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 and reviewing for PopMatters, British Theatre Guide and The Public Reviews, he's been known to blog here: http://boycottingtrends.blogspot.com/. And to tweet @BoycottTrends.
Cinema Made in Italy, March 5th - March 9th 2015, Ciné Lumière, London | 12 Mar 2015 // 10:00 PM
Mob comedies, reflective looks at wartime, and the Italian financial crisis are all under the gaze of the cameras at the Cinema Made in Italy season.
The Tori Amos Canon - Part 4: Companions | 3 Oct 2012 // 5:10 PM
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.
Cannes 2015: 'Mediterranea' Explores African Migration to Italy | 22 May 2015 // 3:50 AM
Evoking De Sica, Denis, and the Dardennes, Jonas Carpignano’s film Mediterranea is a humane and visceral portrait of African migration to Italy.
Cannes 2015: 'Youth' Is a Memorable Meditation on Ageing and Art | 20 May 2015 // 4:01 AM
Paolo Sorrentino’s arresting new film brilliantly pairs Michael Caine and Harvey Keitel as two elderly creators assessing their lives, loves and attitudes toward art.
Cannes 2015: Todd Haynes' 'Carol' Could Have Been Better | 17 May 2015 // 7:45 AM
Todd Haynes' adaptation of Patricia Highsmith's 1952 lesbian love story is a sumptuous visual treat, but the novel's emotional content has been softened and simplified.
Cannes 2015: Woody Allen's 'Irrational Man' Is More of the Same | 16 May 2015 // 6:00 AM
The 2015 Cannes Film Festival finds Woody Allen mining the same tropes of crimes and misdemeanors that he does with each film.