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Monday, March 7 2011

Joss Whedon 101: Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Whatever else that Joss Whedon achieves in his career, he may forever best be known as the creator of one of the landmark series in TV history, as well as one of TV's most iconic characters, a blonde cheerleader turned vampire slayer named Buffy.


Thursday, March 3 2011

Why Cast a Spotlight on Joss Whedon?

PopMatters will, over the next five weeks, publish almost 60 essays and/or interviews on pop cultural icon Joss Whedon. So just what has he done that is worthy of such attention, and why should we care?


Thursday, October 21 2010

Comparing Akira Kurosawa’s Early and Late Films

There are some striking differences not only between the earlier films of Kurosawa and the later films, but in the very different ways that people have responded to these two different groups of films


Thursday, October 14 2010

Kurosawa 101: Day Five, 'Seven Samurai' (1954)

Today's Kurosawa 101 focuses exclusively on what is generally regarded as not only the greatest Japanese film ever made, but perhaps the greatest in world cinema.


Sunday, October 10 2010

A Giant Shadow: The Continuing Influence of Akira Kurosawa on World Cinema

Today it is impossible to imagine a world without the films of Akira Kurosawa. He is easily regarded as one of the very greatest directors in the history of film, having made a host of first tier masterpieces.


Reviews

Sunday, September 18 2011

Good Reading, Good Viewing: 'Investigating Veronica Mars'

This collection of essays on Rob Thomas's series about a teen-aged girl detective helps make the case for its membership in the canon of quality television series


Sunday, September 12 2010

Academic Writing Is Not Supposed to Be As Funny As in ' The Dialectic of Counter-Enlightenment'

Christian Thorne discusses eloquently and brilliantly a number of pre-Enlightenment thinkers and writers who were passionately doing what they could do to keep the Enlightenment from happening. Their motto? "Long Live the Status Quo!"


Thursday, August 5 2010

'The Italian Straw Hat' Is a Must-see By One of French Cinema's Greatest Comic Directors

René Clair's comic masterpiece is about marriage and the attempt to save a marriage; the beginning of a marriage and one in danger of ending; a film about the beauties of marital love and the tawdriness of adultery.


Monday, August 2 2010

If You Believe That Bigger Is Better and Biggest Is Best, Then 'Doctor Zhivago' Is For You

Doctor Zhivago, almost pornographic in the way it pursues the beautiful image, stands on the other side of a vast chasm defining one era of film making from another.


Monday, June 28 2010

Ally McBeal Mopes, Yearns, and Aches in Season Two

David E. Kelley's sometimes frustrating, frequently delightful series continues its migration to individual DVD sets -- with the original music intact!


Blogs

Monday, August 22 2011

TV Highpoints and Lowpoints of 2010-2011... Number 1

Several new series debuted in April 2011 to transform what had been a mediocre season into an exceptional one, including Game of Thrones. AMC, meanwhile, systematically abused three of its great series, calling into question whether the cable network is truly ready for the big time.


Friday, August 19 2011

TV Highpoints and Lowpoints of 2010-2011... Number 2

The 2010-2011 TV season saw an unprecedented number of major film directors work in TV, while Charlie Sheen's meltdown was an embarrassment both to him and to those who fixated on his demise.


Wednesday, August 10 2011

TV Highpoints and Lowpoints of 2010-2011... Number 3

This year Justified went from being a very good show to being a great one, while two of TV's most promising new series, Terriers and The Chicago Code, were gone too soon.


Monday, August 8 2011

TV Highpoints and Lowpoints of 2010-2011... Number 4

The 2010-2011 season meant saying farewell to cult favorites Friday Night Lights and Smallville, as well as the ongoing mania surrounding one of TV's most mediocre shows, Glee.


Wednesday, August 3 2011

TV Highpoints and Lowpoints of 2010-2011... Number 5

Except for Parenthood, television is bereft of great family dramas. Just where have all the family dramas gone?


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