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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

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.


Monday, November 17 2014

Jean-Luc Godard and the 3D Dog: An Actress' Tale

Starring in a film directed by Jean-Luc Godard is an intimidating prospect (especially when it's in 3D), but not only did Héloise Godet rise to the challenge, she's starting to get rave reviews of her own.


Wednesday, November 12 2014

'Force Majeure' and the Art of Putting Your Marriage on Ice

Provocative filmmaker Ruben Östlund's Force Majeure is getting awards buzz for setting the story of a crumbling marriage on avalanche-prone ice slopes.


Monday, November 10 2014

Margaret Brown, The Great Invisible, and Modern Day Injustice

Margaret Brown chides at questions about being a female filmmaker, but that's nothing compared to the subjects of her film The Great Invisible, dealing with the personal toll that the Deepwater Horizon oil spill took on people's livelihoods.


Tuesday, September 30 2014

The Guest: Interview with Director Adam Wingard and Screenwriter Simon Barrett

The duo discuss their filmic influences, toying with audience expectation and the use of humor in horror.


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

Sunday, November 16 2014

Learn How to Sculpt With Words With 'Gwynne's Grammar'

N. M. Gwynne is devoted both to the preservation of the proper English language and also to its use for higher aesthetic purposes.


Wednesday, November 5 2014

From the Rainbow to Shadows: 'Judy Garland on Judy Garland'

The ultimate Judy Garland encyclopedia told by the person who knew her best: herself.


Monday, November 3 2014

If Only All of History Were Told as Well as Jonathan Beckman's 'How to Ruin a Queen'

Regardless of the melodramatic, almost operatic overtones of the plot, this telling is at its best when it contextualizes the sociopolitical setting in which the story is unfolding.


Sunday, November 2 2014

'The Ice Cream Queen of Orchard Street' Is Sweet Where It Could Have Been Corny

With a picaresque tone and first person narration reminiscent of Charles Dickens, Gilman’s novel is a delightful chronicle of New York history.


Thursday, October 30 2014

What a Difference a Hair Makes

The Gigantic Beard That Was Evil feels timeless, because it contains truths you’ve known all along.


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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