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Sunday, June 24 2012

Essential Film Performances - 2012 Edition Part Six

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, March 27 2011

National Theatre Live Shocks 'Frankenstein' Back to Life

Why did you create me? The plaintive question adorning National Theatre Live posters may echo critics’ question about the need for yet another in a long line of Frankensteins. Previous Frankensteins and monsters have been entertaining but less socially relevant. The National Theatre’s production, as directed by Oscar-winner Danny Boyle, to use a cliché, is Alive!


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 Male Film Performances of 2010

Heroes and villains, criminals and crazed creative types: the 20 best male performances of 2010 definitely run the dramatic/comedic character topography... with a few unusual turns tossed in for good measure.


Sunday, April 12 2009

India Shining?: America's Indian Moment

Perhaps Slumdog Millionaire is an elaborate, cinematic version of Bobby Jindal. Perhaps Western audiences have so deeply appreciated Boyle's film because it subtly reiterates a symbolic order that is as familiar as colonial conquest.


Columns

Thursday, January 15 2009

Slumdog Millionaire: All Eyes East

Slumdog Millionaire's Golden Globe win for Best Motion Picture/Drama is like a flare warning Hollywood about its future in cinema.


Reviews

Friday, April 5 2013

'Trance': The Art of Hypnosis

If Goya used familiar figures to suggest nightmares, figures like witches and demons, he also made them eerie and unfamiliar, haunting. Trance does not haunt, it orchestrates.


Tuesday, September 27 2011

'Trainspotting': Depravity Raised to an Art Form

Not since William S. Burroughs' The Naked Lunch has there been such a lyrical evocation of the nastiness of a life on junk.


Tuesday, March 29 2011

In a Canyon Fissure, No One Can Hear You Scream: '127 Hours'

Lost in God’s Country: Danny Boyle gets trapped in the Utah Desert.


Friday, November 5 2010

'127 Hours': Heading Out

At the start of 127 Hours, Aron is headed out, a direction, he reveals in voiceover, he perceives as a moral and philosophical imperative.


Tuesday, November 11 2008

Slumdog Millionaire

In Slumdog Millionaire's riotous, luscious fantasy, Jamal responds to an astonishing series of game show questions -- each speaking directly and surreally to his own life experiences.


Sunshine (2007) [19.Jul.07]
Millions (2004) [22.Nov.05]
Millions (2004) [10.Mar.05]
The Beach (2000) [31.Dec.94]
The Beach (2000) [31.Dec.94]

Blogs

Tuesday, July 31 2012

Ranking the Greats: The Films of Danny Boyle

From outside to Oscar to the Olympics, Danny Boyle is a creative chameleon. Here's our ranking of his best cinematic (plus one) efforts.


Thursday, February 24 2011

National Theatre Live's Frankenstein Trailer is a Worthy Experiment

How best to capture the mirrored, tortured psyches of Victor Frankenstein and his Creature within 61 brief seconds? National Theatre Live’s Frankenstein trailer intercuts dialogue


Wednesday, November 24 2010

Survival of the Fittest: '127 Hours'

127 Hours is not a perfect film, but it's a death defying feat of motion picture magic to be sure.


Tuesday, February 24 2009

Blaxploitation & 'Slumdogs Can't Have Dignity' - A Critical Response to Indian Media Coverage

Unlike comic book superheroes, Slumdog hit a bit closer under our bellies with our eyes wide shut. Yet, now that “we” have had our eyes opened, will “we” place Third World poverty into another, more entertaining box?


Wednesday, January 21 2009

Dickens - Bollywood Style: Slumdog Millionaire (2008)

“Serendipity” originated in India. The word derives from the old Persian name for Sri Lanka, and tells the story of three princes who went on


'Slumdog' Sizzles as One of Year's Very Best (Short Ends and Leader) [18.Dec.08]
Boyle-ing Over (Short Ends and Leader) [18.Nov.08]

News

Monday, November 1 2010

Some viewers faint during '127 Hours', but is that a marketing nightmare or dream?

LOS ANGELES — Two at the Telluride Film Festival, three at the Toronto International Film Festival and one at the Mill Valley Film Festival. If that


Friday, October 29 2010

In trying to get '127 Hours' off the ground, Danny Boyle took a cue from his bold subject

BLUE JOHN CANYON, Utah — Danny Boyle could barely be heard over the low-flying helicopter. "It's like 'Apocalypse Now,'" he yelled as he fastened his


Thursday, March 12 2009

‘Slumdog' popularity shines spotlight on Indian designers, fashions

If there was ever a time we needed a Mumbai makeover -- or at least a nudge toward the cheery colors, metallic threads and dazzling


Thursday, February 19 2009

'Slumdog Millionaire' leads the best picture pack

Hate it or love it, the underdog is on top. Not long ago, the movie to beat at this year's Oscars seemed to be "The


Tuesday, February 17 2009

Truth, fiction face off — and 'Slumdog' will likely take the lead

There really is no backlash when it comes to "Slumdog Millionaire," the best bet to take home the best picture Academy Award next Sunday. It's


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