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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, September 16 2014

Juliette of the Spirits: An Interview with Kelly & Cal's Leading Lady Juliette Lewis

Despite years of wonderful work, it’s taken Juliette Lewis almost two decades to land her first flat-out great leading role: Kelly & Cal.


Tuesday, September 2 2014

'Strange' Magic: An Interview with 'Love is Strange' Director Ira Sachs

Ira Sachs' moving new film boasts career-best work from his lead actors John Lithgow and Alfred Molina as a partnered couple.


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.


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

Monday, September 22 2014

'Cesar Chavez' Deifies Instead of Humanizes Its Hero

Too reverential for its own good, this film feels like a social studies class instead of a work of art.


Monday, September 15 2014

Silly Sexual Politics Undermine 'Operation Petticoat'

Silly sexual politics prevent this film from being a bona fide classic.


Friday, September 12 2014

'The Trip to Bountiful' Is a Reminder of Why We Go to the Theater

This television version directed by Michael Wilson is lacking in the same of urgency that made the Broadway show such a sensation.


Sunday, September 7 2014

'Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!': Pornography and Love in the Eye of the Beholder

Almodóvar's shocking, NC-17 film makes us realize that pornography and love are only in the eye of the beholder.


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.


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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