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Tuesday, January 11 2011

The Best Films of 2010

Among this year's winners include a fake documentary, a comedy about Jihad, a vampire story NOT dealing with tacky tween romance, a haunting hillbilly noir, and an elegant tale about clones. Not necessarily the usual cinematic suspects.


Tuesday, January 4 2011

The Best Female Film Performances of 2010

The ladies really lit up the big screen, delivering the kind of brilliant acting work that makes picking a mere 20 that much more difficult, let alone unearthing a clear number one.


Sunday, January 2 2011

The Best Independent / International Films of 2010

PopMatters launches our six-day look at 2010's best film, TV and DVDs by spotlighting the 25 best indie and international films of the year, highlighted by a host of superb documentaries, a stellar film from China and one of the finest works of "hillbilly noir" ever.


Thursday, January 10 2008

A Gallery of Good Works: The Best Films of 2007

From Julian Schnabel's artsy The Diving Bell and the Butterfly to the legendary Coen Brothers splendid adaptation of Cormac McCarthy's No Country for Old Men, PopMatters counts down the 30 best films of 2007.


Thursday, January 3 2008

The Best Big Screen Eye Candy of 2007

When flipping through my mental catalog of the year's films, certain scenes stand out. This past year offered a veritable feast of visual goodies.


Columns

Thursday, March 11 2010

Mama Said Knock You Out: An Interview with Mother Director Bong Joon-ho

Korea has quickly become a hot spot for some of the most engaging female film performances in the world. This reputation is only bolstered by Kim Hye-ja's sharp turn as the resourceful Mother.


Reviews

Wednesday, August 4 2010

'Barking Dogs Never Bite' Left Me Growling

An unemployed grad student with a pregnant wife takes extreme action against a dog that has made his life hell -- a decision that comes to haunt him.


Friday, March 19 2010

Mother (Madeo)

The question Mother comes back to repeatedly has to do with watching, and consequentially, knowing.


Sunday, July 12 2009

Tokyo!

A people so lost in their own hermetic insularity that human connections seem alien and almost dangerous.


Tuesday, April 21 2009

Tôkyô!

Taken together, the three movies in Tôkyô! create a frightful, smart, and lingering impression.


Thursday, March 8 2007

The Host (Gwoemul) (2006)

The buzz of 2006's Cannes festival, Bong Joon-ho's The Host offers all sorts of visual surprises.


Blogs

Friday, June 27 2014

Train in Vain: 'Snowpiercer'

This is a terrific, dark dystopian nightmare mixed with flashes of Terry Gilliam-esque absurdity and the filmmaker's own fractured frame of reference.


Sunday, June 21 2009

Tokyo! (2008): Blu-ray

A foreboding metropolis that chews up young people, relegating their dreams to a distant memory within servitude and sacrifice. A society so strapped by tradition


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