Monday, June 18 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 two features Ellen Burstyn, Diahann Carroll and more...
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
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.
Thursday, January 7 2010
Let's face it, when the content inside is less than meaningful, how better to market your particular movie than with plenty of digital packaging bells and whistles. Many of our 2009 choices reflect this strategy. Others are great all by themselves.
Wednesday, April 11 2007
Aside from being the early efforts of a shockingly talented and aggressive filmmaker, Requiem for a Dream and Π -- while relating quite different stories -- share an underlying narrative structure and a profound concern for the individual's deeply embedded need for the patterns that inform his/her life.
Monday, August 4 2014
In film, "visionary" has become a marketing adjective, like "iconic". Here, on the matter of visionary directors, we separate the claret from the beaujolais, if you will.
Wednesday, December 4 2013
Clint Mansell’s score for Darren Aronofsky’s metaphysical science fiction film, The Fountain, is a masterpiece of both film music and contemporary art music.
Wednesday, March 7 2012
The manifestation of jealousy and desire is subtle. It develops over time, and if set off, the act of aggression may just as likely be one of attachment and ardor.
Thursday, December 18 2008
This holiday season, Mickey Rourke (in The Wrestler) and Will Smith (Seven Pounds) suffer for all us sinners.
Wednesday, July 30 2014
The film retells the story of Noah's Ark filtered through Aronofsky's intensity, rather than the pageantry of the faith-movie industry.
Thursday, March 27 2014
Russell Crowe’s embodiment of Noah’s tempestuous righteousness nearly carries Darren Aronofsky’s muddled Biblical parable of man-made catastrophe.
Thursday, March 31 2011
It's Darren Aronofsky's seriousness that makes Black Swan work as horror (and camp, for that matter, if that's your bag).
Thursday, December 2 2010
As much as Darren Aronofsky's Black Swan is about art and artists, greed and gifts, it is also about costs.
Thursday, April 30 2009
Like 'The Ram', we do whatever we can to make it in this world with our dignity or our bodies – though rarely both – intact.
Friday, March 28 2014
Noah is not a blasphemous anti-God screed. Instead, it's an amazing movie that misses being an all out masterpiece by one autonomous idea.
Monday, January 31 2011
After decades of decided handwringing, Hollywood finally has what it wants: a sense of specialness undeterred by surprise or a sense of wonder.
Sunday, December 5 2010
Black Swan is beguiling and seductive, using recognizability and the known realities of a life in service of art and moving way beyond the easier explanations.
Friday, December 19 2008
Man is not a perfect machine. He is flawed, easily broken, capable of incredibly feats and destined to die off damaged and corrupt. Luckily for
Tuesday, November 30 2010
LOS ANGELES — After pirouetting for hours on the set of "Black Swan," Natalie Portman would sometimes remove her pointe shoes, towel the sweat off of
Sunday, January 11 2009
There's a phrase that the sportscaster Tony Kornheiser likes to use describing woman of a certain age who retain every bit of their sexual allure
Wednesday, January 7 2009
TORONTO - For a few days at the Toronto International Film Festival in September, where Mickey Rourke's "The Wrestler" stunned audiences and started a bidding