Sunday, June 24 2012
PopMatters follows up our hugely popular 100 Essential Female and Male Performances feature and 2010 update with 50 additions to the essentials list. Part six features Piper Laurie, Ewan MacGregor and more...
Sunday, August 7 2011
Spiritual possession, screwball comedy, German kinks, and the quintessential American Western genre are among the disparate characters we shine a light on today as PopMatters counts down the 100 Essential Film Directors. Today we look at George Cukor through John Ford. Who falls in the middle might surprise you...
Thursday, January 10 2008
From Good Luck Chuck to Julie Taymor's ill-advised Beatlesque '60s tribute Across the Universe, PopMatters presents the dreck of 2007.
Thursday, November 15 2007
As ham-fisted and angry and awkward as it often is, Redacted has something more on its mind than telling another bad-day-in-country story. It doubts the very possibility of telling truth in a war zone.
Sunday, October 29 2006
While not perfect by any means, Murder A La Mod should be essential viewing for fans of Brian De Palma's work.
Thursday, September 14 2006
Why the detectives are obsessed with the murder is never clear, though it may have to do with the vacuum of a movie swirling around them: they've got nothing else to do.
Tuesday, December 21 2004
It is slightly odd to see Robert DeNiro so young and handsome, giving a performance so deftly naturalistic.
Sunday, October 31 2004
It's a story of a (nearly lone) lawman standing up against the bad guys, replete with a High Noon type showdown.
Monday, August 11 2014
On a regular basis, yours truly will discuss many of the movie "firsts" that have occurred in his life over the last half century. Let's start with Brian De Palma's Phantom of the Paradise.
Tuesday, September 6 2011
Oddly enough, some 30 years later, few remember the thousands that came to our shores from Castro's Communist house cleaning, but few have forgotten the movie that immortalizes it... Scarface.
Friday, September 2 2011
De Palma may have showed his hand a little too honestly in this excellent example of the form, but at least he warned us where he was going right up front. Dressed to Kill may be a telling title, but what waits inside is even more indicative - and intriguing.
Wednesday, November 28 2007
With "Scarface" and "Body Double" on his resume, director Brian De Palma is hardly a stranger to violence and controversy. But he's never made a