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21 Oct 2010 // 10:00 PM

Director Spotlight: Akira Kurosawa

PopMatters is proud to present this Director’s Spotlight on one of the most complicated, enduring and influential voices in world cinema. Over the next two weeks, we’ll bring you short essays on each film in Kurosawa’s prolific body of work, as well as in-depth essays on the style and substance of his legacy as a whole.

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Performer Spotlight: The Women of Woody Allen’s Oeuvre

What is it about the women of Woody Allen's filmic universe that sets them apart from mere mortals? Few contemporary directors have created such a pantheon of memorable female characters. All this week we celebrate these performances.

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24 Sep 2010 // 6:24 AM

Director Spotlight: Oliver Stone

As Oliver Stone's update to the Wall Street hits theatres, PopMatters takes a look back at the influential and thought-provoking director, as well as examines the new film. We also examine the critical backlash Stone has faced in more recent years.

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The PopMatters Fall 2010 Television Preview

All this week, PopMatters highlights the new shows premiering on cable and broadcast channels with in-depth reviews and trailers.

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The Best for Last?: PopMatters Fall 2010 Movie Preview

The next four months will determine is 2010 is a moviemaking "mystery date", meaning a possible dream, or a dismal dud.
Part 1: September 2010
Part 2: October 2010
Part 3: November 2010
Part 4: December 2010

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27 Aug 2010 // 2:00 AM


What were the risks inherent in making these comic books, both creative, and commercial? And who were the industry leaders? Who were the creators who blended together the commercial and the creative to produce the titles and the characters we still read today?

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Essential Film Performances - 2010 Edition

PopMatters updates our annual best performances feature with 50 new performances and features interviews with five of the actresses selected, including Melissa Leo, Pam Grier, and Margaret Cho.

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25 Jul 2010 // 10:00 PM

Performer Spotlight: Sissy Spacek

It is with tremendous excitement that PopMatters shines the first-ever Performer Spotlight onto Sissy Spacek, a true revolutionary, a living legend and a completely cool lady who just so happens to have eyes that are so expressive they rival Bette Davis' legendary gaze in terms of just sheer impact.

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10 Jun 2010 // 10:00 PM

Director Spotlight: Alfred Hitchcock

Alfred Hitchcock's iconic Psycho turns 50 this week and so we're casting an in-depth glance at the entire career of the Master of Suspense over the next 11 days. There will never be another filmmaker quite like Alfred Hitchcock. His genius was singular and indelible.

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20 May 2010 // 10:00 PM

Forever Lost: Celebrating a TV Classic

As the beloved and bewildering Lost TV series comes to an end, we delve into what this show has meant to its fans over the last six years. This special section marks our last chance to get Lost!"

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What’s the Write Word?

Over 100 music scribes are confronted with this not-so-simple question: "If an eager young writer cornered you and asked 'What's the best advice you could give me?' what would you have to say?"

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Retroactive Listening: Perspectives on Music & Technology

Technology has not only continually transformed the structure of the physical world, it has also radically altered the shape and sound of our audible world, which has lead to incredible, and sometimes questionable, modifications in our lives. An idealistic critic might call this modification progress; an evolutionary biologist might call it mutation.

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Straight Down the Middle: The 2010 PopMatters Summer Movie Preview

More than likely, this will not be the best Summer season in recent memory. Nor will it be the worst. Unfortunately, it looks like the final assessment will be somewhere straight down the middle. Today: May films, including Iron Man 2 and Sex and the City 2.

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The Best Music Scribing Awards 2009

Covering the media now is like working in the obits section of a small town paper. Still, Gross finds plenty of music-related highlights for the eighth annual edition of his best music writing picks, sans PopMatters.

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26 Jan 2010 // 10:00 PM

Slipped Discs 2009

PopMatters is offering a look at those Slipped Discs, the ones that our writers dearly loved and thought were important, but simply didn’t draw enough votes to make the top 60. With that much great music to digest, we’re splitting these picks up over the next three days. So dive in and discover something new or revisit some of last year’s favorites.

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22 Jan 2010 // 1:53 AM

The Best of Books 2009

As you will see in the selections we present here, there were more than enough great books by great writers in the past year to more than make up for all the other shouters and malingerers.

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PopMatters Picks: The Best Film, TV and DVD of 2009

No, no fancy or fun subtitles. No all encompassing phraseology meant to delineate the entire 12 months in a particular medium. It was that kind of year -- 2009, the end of the new millennium's first decade. It was not a year where one filmmaker or film stood out. It was not a time when TV reinvented itself. DVD remains a strong, if starting to struggle format.

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PopMatters Picks: The Best Music of 2009

Regardless of whether the past year lacked superstar moments or even a strong genre trend or two, we weren’t lacking for strong recordings. As ever, it’s a grab bag of styles, themes, and emotions, but this year proved to have a lot of quiet greats.

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Re-Meet the Beatles: PopMatters Salutes the Still Fab Four

Where do you begin? How do you encapsulate the legacy of a media myth that is still rewriting and refining its legacy some five decades after the fact? The influence is undeniable, entire generations of musicians and songwriters stumbling through their archive, marveling at the achievement and strident originality. John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr set the benchmark for lasting pop stardom, a standard that to this day has the four lads from Liverpool earning the endearing tag of greatest rock and roll band ever.

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