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Alex Ramon
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Alex Ramon lives in London, UK, and teaches English literature and film at Kingston University and the University of Reading. He holds a PhD in English and is the author of the book Liminal Spaces: The Double Art of Carol Shields (2008). In addition to writing for PopMatters, Wears The Trousers and The Public Reviews, he’s been known to blog here: http://boycottingtrends.blogspot.com/. And to tweet @BoycottTrends.


Features

Wednesday, October 3 2012

The Tori Amos Canon - Part 4: Companions

The next best thing to listening to a Tori album? Listening to live Tori. And watching Tori. And reading about Tori. And, well, you get the picture. PopMatters give you a rundown of some of Amos’ must-have audio, visual, and literary supplements.


Sunday, September 30 2012

Identity, Image and Acting with Archetypes in the Music of Tori Amos

Constructing characters, adapting archetypes, blurring personas and myths, Tori Amos’s work is characterized by a fascination with selfhood and its transformation. In this first essay in the PopMatters Performer Spotlight series, Alex Ramon gets under the skin of identity and image, Amos-style.


Monday, November 16 2009

Referencing & Recycling

A true passion for cinema is something that effortlessly shines through the work of the greatest filmmakers. We've seen homages to classic films, in this year alone, in Quentin Tarantino's Inglorious Basterds, Judd Apatow's Funny People and Lee Daniels' Precious, but no contemporary director references film history as commandingly as Almodovar.


Reviews

Tuesday, June 25 2013

Texas: The Conversation

After an extended hiatus, the Scottish band return with their best, most beguiling album since their late '90s heyday.


Monday, April 15 2013

The Living Sisters: Run For Cover

Charming covers from a retro four-piece.


Sunday, April 7 2013

Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell: Old Yellow Moon

A long-delayed collaboration between two roots music greats proves perfectly pleasant but may leave the listener wishing for a little more spark and fire.


Monday, April 1 2013

Laura Tsaggaris: Everyman

Tsaggaris' third album is her most confident and exciting yet.


Friday, March 29 2013

Susie Glaze & The Hilonesome Band: White Swan

This is a set of confident and beguiling Americana comprising traditional material, originals and singer-songwriter covers.


Blogs

Wednesday, September 18 2013

TIFF 2013: '12 Years a Slave' (dir. Steve McQueen, 2013)

In our final review from TIFF 2013, PopMatters joins the chorus of praise for Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave.


Thursday, September 12 2013

TIFF 2013: Gerontophilia (dir. Bruce LaBruce) / Young and Beautiful (dir. François Ozon)

Two films about teenage sexuality yielding contrasting results: Bruce LaBruce's Gerontophilia is a hilarious and heartbreaking portrait of a teenager's passion for an octogenarian, while François Ozon's Young & Beautiful is a chic yet tacky take on a teenage girl's decision to prostitute herself.


Wednesday, September 11 2013

TIFF 2013: August: Osage County (dir. John Wells, 2013)

At TIFF, Alex Ramon enjoys the deluxe casting in John Wells's film of August: Osage County, especially Meryl Streep's scenery chewin' turn, but finds the material to be too much of a calculated dysfunction-fest.


Wednesday, September 11 2013

TIFF 2013: Can a Song Save Your Life? (John Carney, 2013)

Alex Ramon finds himself underwhelmed by Once director John Carney's latest exercise in music-based uplift.


Monday, September 9 2013

TIFF 2013: Wałęsa. Man of Hope (dir. Andrzej Wajda, 2013)

At TIFF, we find Andrzej Wajda's Lech Wałęsa biopic to be a surprisingly lively, cogent take on (part of) the life and times of one of the pivotal figures of the 20th century.


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