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Jose Solis
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Jose Solís wanted to be a spy since he was a child, which is why by day he works as a content editor and by night he writes and dreams of film. Although he doesn’t travel the world fighting villains, his mission is to trek the planet from screen to screen. He has been writing about film since 2003 and regularly contributes to The Film Experience and PopMatters. He is a member of the Online Film Critics Society.


Features

Sunday, February 1 2015

Discovering the Essence of Fiction With 'Timbuktu' Director Abderrahmane Sissako

Academy Award for Best Foreign Film nominee director Abderrahmane Sissako discusses working with non-professional actors, difficult technical shots, and the meaning of receiving Mauitania's first-ever Oscar nomination.


Wednesday, January 14 2015

Conquering the Leviathan: An Interview with Andrey Zvyaginstev

Fresh off his Golden Globe win for Best Foreign Film, director Andrey Zvyaginstev clears up a lot confusion about the political and sometimes religious undertones of his sweeping, grand new film Leviathan.


Monday, December 8 2014

Youth in Trouble: An Interview With the Presets

Coming off of the tour of their life, dance mavens the Presets talk about their influences, Chicago house music, and a sneak peak of what we can expect in their next whole decade.


Sunday, November 23 2014

Skype Dates and Ski Jumps: Johannes Kuhnke on the Role of a Lifetime

Force Majeure is a brutal film, and not just because of the avalanche. Johannes Kuhnke stretched himself for this awards season buzz pick, and often in very surprising ways.


Tuesday, November 18 2014

Modern Romance and Skype Sex: An Interview with Kate Lyn Sheil

Many films this year have dealt with how the internet and social media has changed the romantic landscape, and Kate Lyn Sheil, star of The Heart Machine, has more than a few thoughts of her own on the subject.


Columns

Sunday, September 28 2014

Playing With Consistency Inconsistency: Jeff VanderMeer Takes Us into Area X

The adventurous Annihilation + the Raymond Chandler-like Authority + the existentialist Acceptance = the engaging Southern Reach Trilogy.


Monday, October 29 2012

Did the Master of Suspense Make the Best Movies of All Time?

There was a time when Alfred Hitchcock was considered a mere populist entertainer. Like Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton and others before him, his early work didn’t click with intellectual minds -- they found nothing to praise in his lurid stories of murder, mystery and shocks.


Reviews

Wednesday, January 21 2015

'Boy Meets Girl' Is a Treasure of Cinematic References

Leo Carax sculpts together cinema references and turns them into something new, only later allowing the influences behind specific pieces to make sense in your mind.


Thursday, January 15 2015

The Extended Director's Cut of 'Nymph()maniac' Is the Must See Version

The fully realized five hour version of Lars Von Trier's Nymph()maniac feels as worthy of revisits as your copy of Crime and Punishment or Ulysses.


Wednesday, January 14 2015

'Pride' Celebrates Unity Through Diversity

Pride is the rare crowdpleaser that gives audience members more to think about once they’ve wiped away their tears and stopped smiling after it's over.


Tuesday, January 13 2015

A Great Cast Has Nothing to Do in 'This Is Where I Leave You'

Even though the actors are given parts that suit their usual skills, they all bring extra self awareness to their work.


Monday, January 5 2015

'A Serial Killer in Nazi Berlin' Tells of a Killer Hiding Amidst Mass Murderers

The way in which serial killer Paul Ogorzow turned his victims into his own playthings of wickedness is a small allegory of the corruption that seeped the entire Nazi system.


Blogs

Friday, June 13 2014

Marco Bellochio on Falling In Love with Cinema

Dormant Beauty gives us four different movies in one: a melodrama, a romantic comedy and a political drama


Thursday, June 12 2014

'Chinese Puzzle': An Interview with Director Cedric Klapisch and Actor Romain Duris

PopMatters caught up with Romain Duris and writer/director Cédric Klapisch during their recent trip to New York and we discussed their two-decade long work relationship.


Sunday, June 8 2014

Robert Louis Stevenson's Monster Inches a Little Closer

Daniel Levine finds the unique in what we thought was very familiar.


Thursday, May 15 2014

Best Actress: Fanny Ardant - 'Bright Days Ahead'

The French legend takes hold of the screen with a screen performance so vibrant that there might as well be no one else in the film.


An Oscar Nominations Eve Prayer (Statuesque) [15.Jan.14]
Jose Solis' Favorite Films of 2013 (Statuesque) [15.Jan.14]
Best Original Score (Statuesque) [14.Jan.14]
Girl Power at the Box Office (Statuesque) [9.Dec.13]
Lake Bell on 'In a World'... (Statuesque) [9.Aug.13]
Director Spotlight: Ken Loach: Kes (Statuesque) [18.Apr.13]
Jose's Oscar Wishlist (Statuesque) [22.Feb.13]
Best Actor: Ohad Knoller -- 'Yossi' (Statuesque) [14.Feb.13]
'Amour's' Oscar Chances (Statuesque) [22.Jan.13]
Is Amy Adams the New Thelma Ritter? (Statuesque) [18.Jan.13]
Under the Radar: Cinematography (Statuesque) [10.Jan.13]
An Oscar Plea: Best Original Song (Statuesque) [20.Dec.12]
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