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Friday, December 6 2013

The PopMatters Fall Movie Preview - December 2013

Like a great battle, or a criminal desperately trying to avoid capture, Hollywood breaks out the big guns this month, giving us new efforts from Martin Scorsese, David O. Russell, the Coen Brothers, and Spike Jonze, along with the typical mainstream holiday fare.


Thursday, January 15 2009

The New Classics - The 30 Best Films of 2008

Unlike previous years, where classics came crawling out of the celluloid woodwork with regular reckless abandon, 2008 was more calm… and considered. That's not to say that choosing 30 top titles was hard. The difficulty in placing them in some manner of rank order suggests the actual depth of quality involved.


Wednesday, April 30 2008

The Return of the Popcorn Circus: August 2008

Talk about a crowded schedule. There are more offerings scheduled this month than in the previous two combined.


Columns

Tuesday, April 12 2011

Jim Carrey's Brilliant Dark Side

The Cable Guy and I Love You Phillip Morris show what Jim Carrey is capable of when no one is watching.


Thursday, September 4 2008

Are We Not Funny? Laugh, Damn You!

The problem with the (inexplicably popular) Tropic Thunder may be that Ben Stiller is just not a funny filmmaker. Not even remotely.


Reviews

Sunday, December 14 2008

Tropic Thunder: Unrated Director's Cut

A fun, occasionally brilliant satire of these Hollywood tropes that actually retains its comic punch after multiple viewings.


Tuesday, August 12 2008

Tropic Thunder

Tropic Thunder tells you that race and masculinity and class identity issues make men in this business mean and juvenile. And then it tells you again.


Saturday, December 31 1994

Zoolander (2001)

Zoolander's parody of the fashion industry is a pretty pointless endeavor, for the simple fact that ultimately, it parodies itself.


Blogs

Tuesday, December 24 2013

Wander-lost: 'The Secret Life of Walter Mitty'

It's the Lonely Planet version of personal reinvention, a winning if ultimately weak walk through casual carpe diem and taking risks.


Thursday, October 17 2013

'The Secret Life of Walter Mitty' - 51st New York Film Festival

Walter Mitty doesn't sport much comedy. It doesn't plunge into a character's emotional depths. But it has an adventurous spirit. And that may be reason enough to see the movie.


Tuesday, August 12 2008

'Tropic' Blunder

We hear it all the time, that comedy cop out meant to assuage the offender of all implied guilt: "It's just a joke." Be it


Monday, August 11 2008

Danny O.D.: Too Much McBride?

That's it. I've had it. I am officially at my character actor capacity. Nothing personal on the man in question, but after a summer where


News

Wednesday, August 13 2008

Jack Black talks 'Tropic Thunder' and how he got the girl

They teach it in Interviewing 101: find common ground with your subject. But when your subject is rich, famous, plump and happy Jack Black, that might


Wednesday, October 3 2007

Ben Stiller: Funny or the heartbreak kid?

Just prior to last year's opening of the Ben Stiller comedy "Night at the Museum," the film's screenwriters, Thomas Lennon and Robert Ben Garant, were


Monday, December 18 2006

Ben Stiller and some old pros have a make-believe 'Night'

It would have been easy to get the wrong idea on the set of "Night at the Museum." There was star Ben Stiller being chased


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