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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, July 20 2014

The Upsetters: An Interview with Metronomy

They're the electronic group that looked for a challenge, tried tape analogue tape recording, and made their most acclaimed disc yet.


Monday, June 30 2014

Melvil Poupaud Reflects on Director Éric Rohmer and His Film, 'A Summer's Tale'

A Summer’s Tale is a rich snapshot of youth and the hopefulness contained in the realization that the world is nothing if not endless possibilities.


Monday, June 16 2014

You're in Love (With Betty Who): The PopMatters Interview

"All those 'oh I'm so famous and it's so hard' songs are bullshit." Dance-pop zeitgeist Betty Who speaks her mind and her heart as she breaks into the mainstream.


Wednesday, May 28 2014

I Am Not Afraid: An Interview with Owen Pallett

When not doing strings for the likes of Grizzly Bear or Arcade Fire, Owen Pallett is putting out his own gorgeous string- and synth-laced pop, like his latest, In Conflict, which he gives PopMatters a guided tour of.


Wednesday, May 21 2014

Slippery Stones: An Interview with Yann Tiersen

Yann Tiersen has charmed audiences the world over with his score to Amélie, but that was only after years of putting out brilliant, lushly melodic solo albums, not unlike his ambitious new disc .


Columns

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, August 20 2014

'Falling Out of Time' Is a Profound Dissection of Grief

Woven like a colorful tapestry of many characters, all of whom share the misfortune of having lost a child, this is structured like an epic poem which, despite its short length, feels fully realized.


Monday, August 11 2014

'Amen' Is What Political Cinema Is All About

Troublesome though the implications of Amen are, it is nonetheless a fine example of Costa-Gavras at his most incendiary.


Monday, August 4 2014

'Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me' Invites the Viewer to Drink Up a Vibrant Life

Watching Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me, the primary impression left is that Stritch had many more stories to tell.


Sunday, August 3 2014

From Screenwriter to Character: 'Truman Capote: A Literary Life at the Movies'

This is a good enough read, but it doesn't find the right balance between sensationalism and criticism.


Monday, June 30 2014

'Il Sorpasso' Makes for a Luxurious Summer Treat

Dino Risi is able to turn this odd couple’s story into a film that’s socially and emotionally intelligent -- and entertaining.


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) [19.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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