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, March 27 2011
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
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
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
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.
Thursday, January 15 2009
Slumdog Millionaire's Golden Globe win for Best Motion Picture/Drama is like a flare warning Hollywood about its future in cinema.
Friday, April 5 2013
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
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
Lost in God’s Country: Danny Boyle gets trapped in the Utah Desert.
Friday, November 5 2010
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
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.
Tuesday, July 31 2012
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
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
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
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
“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
Monday, November 1 2010
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
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
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
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
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