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Matt Grant

Matt Grant teaches writing workshops to students in Harlem. He has a B.A. in film production and occasionally writes DVD and film reviews for PopMatters. He lives with his wife in Brooklyn.


Features

Wednesday, August 21 2013

Go Home, Walter: The Case for Gustavo Fring as the Greatest Villain in Television History

Gus Fring has earned his spot in the all-time Villain Hall of Fame. It his unexcitable demeanor when enraged that makes him unpredictable and highly volatile to be around, and that's exactly what you want in a good antagonist: never knowing what he is going to do next.


Tuesday, July 17 2012

To Be Young Again: Maturity and Adolescence in Wes Anderson's 'Moonrise Kingdom'

Was love purer for us when we were 13? Probably not, but it sure is nice to remember it that way.


Reviews

Thursday, May 8 2014

'I Love Lucy: Ultimate Season One' Is Really Smokin'

I Love Lucy has been treasured for years, but this is the first time that it has been presented in a manner so thoroughly studied and examined within its historical context.


Tuesday, April 1 2014

Ron Burgundy and the Sorry State of Journalism

I didn't expect Anchorman 2 to be something the first Anchorman was not at all: a relevant, and dare I even say intelligent, satire on the state of news reporting in the US.


Monday, February 3 2014

Darkness Comes to 'Downton'

Season 4 of Downton Abbey is suddenly like the British aristocracy’s version of Breaking Bad.


Sunday, December 22 2013

'The Great Muppet Caper' and 'Muppet Treasure Island'

Even in this tech-dominated age, the fixed eyes and features of the Muppets remain expressive and alluring.


Friday, November 1 2013

'Downton Abbey's Poor Relations

What's so captivating about Downton Abbey is that the servants are thrust into the forefront, wholly realized characters themselves and often the ones we care about most.


Blogs

Thursday, August 2 2012

'Rises' Is More Like 'Begins' Than 'Knight', and That's a Good Thing

The final installment in Nolan’s saga brings the focus back where it belongs: on the man behind the mask.


Monday, May 28 2012

'Battleship': What Did You Expect?

The film is a huge missed opportunity, not because of its action potential but because of its subtext.


Monday, May 21 2012

Surprise: The Avengers Uses CGI!

When we do finally reach the CGI-infused Last Stand in the breathtaking third act, we are cheering for those heroes in ways that we never quite have before.


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