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.
A Parallel History of America Through Filmmaker Debra Granik | 24 Jun 2015 // 3:42 AM
Sure, Debra Granik helped direct Jennifer Lawrence to her first Oscar nod, but her new motorcycle documentary gives her oeuvre a theme: films about the neglected and disenfranchised in America.
Let the Music Move You: A Conversation with Eden's Félix de Givry and Sven Hansen-Løve | 21 Jun 2015 // 10:00 PM
Mia Hansen-Løve's Eden is a love letter to modern dance music (with a Daft Punk subplot), but its star and co-writer discuss its surprisingly realistic origins.
Looking Into the Future of Cinema with Director John Boorman | 12 May 2015 // 11:00 PM
The iconic Academy Award-winning director John Boorman discusses what may very well be his final masterwork, Queen & Country.
Discovering the Essence of Fiction With 'Timbuktu' Director Abderrahmane Sissako | 1 Feb 2015 // 11:00 PM
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.
Conquering the Leviathan: An Interview with Andrey Zvyaginstev | 14 Jan 2015 // 10:59 PM
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.
Jean-Luc Godard and the 3D Dog: An Actress' Tale //17.Nov.14
The Upsetters: An Interview with Metronomy //20.Jul.14
I Am Not Afraid: An Interview with Owen Pallett //28.May.14
Slippery Stones: An Interview with Yann Tiersen //21.May.14
"Doll & Em's" Azazel Jacobs on the Pleasure of Being Stuck and Working Your Way Out of It //31.Mar.14
Venus & Mars: An Interview with Sarah Brightman //25.Jun.13
Enjoy Your Life: An Interview with Yelle //9.Feb.12
Playing With Consistency Inconsistency: Jeff VanderMeer Takes Us into Area X | 28 Sep 2014 // 9:45 PM
The adventurous Annihilation + the Raymond Chandler-like Authority + the existentialist Acceptance = the engaging Southern Reach Trilogy.
Did the Master of Suspense Make the Best Movies of All Time? | 29 Oct 2012 // 6:20 PM
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.
'Alan Turing: The Enigma' Is Surprisingly Spiritual in Its Epiphanies | 7 Jun 2015 // 10:05 PM
People who read Alan Turing: The Enigma after watching The Imitation Game will feel let down by the film. The epiphanies in the book are remarkable.
'Dick' Is an NC-17 Pixar Movie | 7 May 2015 // 2:00 AM
Brian Fender's attempt to demystify penises is rather touching and revealing -- in nearly every sense of the words.
'Annie' Is a Feature-Length Native Ad, Not a Remake | 3 May 2015 // 9:10 PM
At the helm of producers Jay-Z and Will Smith, Annie becomes not a tale about finding one's home, but instead a paean to personal shopping sprees and technology.
'The Boy Next Door' Is Wrong, but It Feels So Good | 27 Apr 2015 // 2:00 AM
Like a musical, The Boy Next Door often asks us to suspend our disbelief and take a ridiculous ride to an absurd place -- in this case, a place where first editions of The Iliad actually exist.
'Cries and Whispers' Is a Life-Affirming Film About Death | 23 Apr 2015 // 9:10 PM
To call Ingmar Bergman's red-drenched masterpiece Cries and Whispers essential to any collection would be a serious understatement.
'Pride' Celebrates Unity Through Diversity //14.Jan.15
Elsa Schiaparelli and Fashion Made Sublime //4.Dec.14
What a Difference a Hair Makes //30.Oct.14
Let Your Twee Flag Fly High! //9.Oct.14
'Amen' Is What Political Cinema Is All About //11.Aug.14
'Il Sorpasso' Makes for a Luxurious Summer Treat //30.Jun.14
'The Selfish Giant' Is Oscar Wilde Re-Imagined //22.May.14
'Breaking the Waves' Has the Touch of the Divine //14.May.14
'The Man Who Invented Rock Hudson' Is a Revelatory Dissection of What It Was to Be a Gay Movie Star //23.Apr.14
Which Is More Interesting in 'A Brief History of Time', His Ideas or Stephen Hawking Himself? //21.Apr.14
Social Satire, Italian Style //4.Mar.14
A Night at the Movies with Marty //9.Feb.14
'Vanished' Loses Its Reader //3.Feb.14
Steven Moore's Love of Literature Is Infectious //24.Jan.14
Nora Ephron Was Taken Away from Us too Soon //17.Jan.14
Eat, Pray, Become a Scientist //26.Dec.13
'The Fall' Is an Audacious Police Procedural //16.Dec.13
What Do Dorothy's Ruby Slippers, Kermit the Frog's Bike and McFly’s Hoverboard Have in Common? //9.Dec.13
There Is Beauty in 'Thérèse' But No Passion //21.Nov.13
'George Cukor: A Double Life' Is Essential Reading on Queer Cinema and Hollywood History //29.Oct.13
'The Madonna on the Moon' Is an Enchanting Debut //27.Oct.13
'Two Men in Manhattan' //9.Oct.13
Marxism in Coppola? Hobbes within Scorsese? //17.Sep.13
Eat, Pray, Learn Not to Judge: 'Babette's Feast' //13.Sep.13
Has 'The Good Wife' Become Formulaic?' //20.Aug.13
'The Host''s Conflicted Valley Girl //16.Jul.13
A Man with Something to Prove: 'Barrymore' //23.Jun.13
Is Love Just an Addiction? 'Upstream Color' //6.Jun.13
'Broadway Musicals: A Jewish Legacy': The Parallels Between Traditional Music & Modern Compositions //3.Jun.13
'Vito' Is as Inspiring as It Is Educational //29.Apr.13
Straightforward and Brutal: 'On the Waterfront' //28.Mar.13
Little Boy Machine: 'Ivan's Childhood' //14.Mar.13
'The Loretta Young Show: 100th Anniversary Edition' Is Both Groundbreaking and Comforting //12.Feb.13
Julianne Moore Gets Sarah Palin's Seductively Innocent Look Down Perfectly in 'Game Change' //10.Jan.13
Peter Finch Was Probably the Greatest Actor of All Time, and 'Sunday Bloody Sunday' Proves Why //8.Nov.12
'Mad Men Season 5' Is the Best Season Yet //16.Oct.12
He Did These Because He Could: 'Eclipse Series 35: Maidstone and other Films by Norman Mailer' //27.Sep.12
Surreal Wonder: 'The Most Dangerous Game' //23.Jul.12
Irreverence and Zaniness Abound in 'Eclipse Series 33: Up All Night with Robert Downey Sr.' //2.Jul.12
He's Got Rhythm: 'A Hollis Frampton Odyssey' //26.Jun.12
A Neophyte and a Cosmopolitan Get Together and Create Magic: 'David Lean Directs Noël Coward' //10.May.12
Steerage: 'A Night to Remember' //9.May.12
The Reason We Go to Movies: 'The Iron Lady' //2.May.12
'The Moment of Truth': The Rise & Fall of a Bullfighter as a Rep. of Franco's Dictatorship //14.Mar.12
Michelle Williams is Extraordinary As the Most Famous Movie Icon in History: 'My Week with Marilyn' //12.Mar.12
'Woody Allen: A Documentary', Like the Best of His Movies, Makes You Laugh and Breaks Your Heart //14.Feb.12
D.W. Griffith's Morality Tale, 'Way Down East', has One of the Greatest Movie Finalés, Ever //6.Feb.12
'Citizen Kane: 70th Anniversary Ultimate Collector’s Edition': A Magnificent Visual Spectacle //2.Dec.11
'The Devil's Double': So Psychotic, So Serene //22.Nov.11
Gone Too Soon, 'The Complete Jean Vigo' Might be Film History's Most Concise and Perfect Filmography //3.Nov.11
'Incéndies' Is Mysterious, Moving and Brilliant //24.Oct.11
Strike a Pose for 'Bill Cunningham New York' //9.Oct.11
Let 'The Beaver' Speak For You, and To You //26.Sep.11
'In a Better World', Susanne Bier Tones Down Her Powerful Political Voice In the Service of Oscar //6.Sep.11
'Das Boot' Feels Like the Ultimate Docudrama //21.Jul.11
'Shoeshine': A Dickensian Tale //5.Jun.11
The 'Fat Girl' Gets the Last Laugh //26.May.11
The 10 Best Episodes of 'The Nanny' | 8 Jun 2015 // 4:00 AM
Fran Drescher's seminal '90s series is finally available on DVD, and it's infinitely better than you want to give it credit for. Here are ten reasons why that is the case.
Marco Bellochio on Falling In Love with Cinema | 13 Jun 2014 // 7:00 AM
Dormant Beauty gives us four different movies in one: a melodrama, a romantic comedy and a political drama
'Chinese Puzzle': An Interview with Director Cedric Klapisch and Actor Romain Duris | 12 Jun 2014 // 6:00 AM
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.
Robert Louis Stevenson's Monster Inches a Little Closer | 8 Jun 2014 // 9:15 PM
Daniel Levine finds the unique in what we thought was very familiar.
Best Actress: Fanny Ardant - 'Bright Days Ahead' | 15 May 2014 // 5:05 AM
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.