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Monday, September 26 2011

Nevermind Nostalgia: The Music of 1991… 20 Years Later

Over the next several weeks, PopMatters explores the artistic diversity of 1991, as we revisit some of the year's most memorable albums, address the trends of the day, and mine the cutout bin of history.


Monday, September 5 2011

The 100 Essential Directors

The aim with this series is to celebrate directors of distinct vision, who have honed their respective crafts, who have brought something new and exciting to the medium, and who continue to push the boundaries of the form. This isn't necessarily a Hollywood-friendly list, and that is very much on purpose.


Thursday, September 1 2011

With a Bang: PopMatters Fall 2011 Preview

Time to figure out the final few weeks of the movie season circa 2011. Will it be a bust, or go out with a bang?


Wednesday, June 15 2011

The Best Summer Entertainment

PopMatters writers present their favorite summer entertainment -- be it music, film, books, events, games, TV, comics -- from any period in pop culture history. These are highly personal picks and we'll begin adding to them on an annual basis. Today we present books and comics selections. Look for music on Tuesday, film/TV/DVD on Wednesday and games and events on Thursday of this week.


Thursday, May 5 2011

Gods, Mutants, and Robots, Oh My!: The 2011 PopMatters Summer Movie Preview

The familiarity of the films coming out between May and August scream of a sure fire mentality that moderates art for the sake of a stack of cash. Sure, there is fun to be had and a few surprises along the way.


Thursday, April 14 2011

Spotlight: Joss Whedon

In the past two decades Joss Whedon has emerged as one of the most influential figures in all of pop culture, most famously by altering many of the standard conventions of television, but also through his screenwriting for films and his extensive comic book work.


Tuesday, February 1 2011

Missed Movies of 2010

Every year, we put the call out to our staff to pick the year's best and every year, out staff comes up with more selections than we can initially handle. Call them misjudged (or misguided), but from A to Z, these are the movies we missed for 2010.


Friday, January 28 2011

The Best Books of 2010

A title deemed "best book" must capture the reader on not just an intellectual level, but on an emotional one, too. It is in this way that a book read in January is remembered the following year, when one considers those which most resonate, still. Here are PopMatters best remembered, best loved books of 2010.


Thursday, January 20 2011

Slipped Discs 2010

PopMatters looks 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 70. 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.


Monday, January 10 2011

PopMatters Picks: The Best TV, Film, and DVD of 2010

The lack of clear consensus and the more personal nature of the picks makes PopMatters Picks for 2010's media best both scattered... and decidedly personal.


Thursday, December 16 2010

PopMatters Picks: The Best Music of 2010

Get ready for two weeks of musical greatness. This Monday it was the best singles, next Monday brings the best albums, and in between leading up to the holidays will be more than 15 lists of genre bests. You should have more fun than usual finding out who goes where on what list, since 2010 was all about curveballs and crossovers.


Sunday, November 28 2010

Performer Spotlight: Ellen Burstyn

Few actors, male or female, have achieved such success and career longevity. Ellen Burstyn possesses a powerful caché of performances which too-often flies under the radar of contemporary cinema-goers.


Tuesday, November 23 2010

We All Shine On: A Tribute to John Lennon

PopMatters presents our eight-day tribute to the revolutionary, the pop smart avant-garde idealist who let his art and his actions do all of the talking (even when he had lots to say personally).


Wednesday, November 3 2010

All Things Reconsidered: Radiohead’s ‘Kid A’

To celebrate the album's 10th anniversary for the next two weeks, PopMatters has collected writings from all across the spectrum, covering the album from every angle and concluding with an exclusive excerpt from Marvin Lin's forthcoming 33 1/3 book about the iconic disc.


Thursday, October 21 2010

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.


Friday, October 1 2010

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.


Friday, September 24 2010

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.


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.


Thursday, September 2 2010

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


Friday, August 27 2010

RiskTakers

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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