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Monday, June 18 2012

Essential Film Performances - 2012 Edition Part Two

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

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.


Thursday, January 7 2010

The Best DVDs of 2009

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

Aronofsky: A Shockingly Talented and Aggressive Filmmaker

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.


Columns

Wednesday, December 4 2013

The Great Scores: 'The Fountain's Sonic Road to Awe

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

Identity and Desire: The Search for Emotional Realism in Cinema

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

Exquisite Agony

This holiday season, Mickey Rourke (in The Wrestler) and Will Smith (Seven Pounds) suffer for all us sinners.


Reviews

Thursday, March 27 2014

'Noah' and One Leaky Ark

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

'Black Swan' Entangles a Director's Obsession and an Actor's Commitment

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

'Black Swan': Give Me More of That Bite

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

The Wrestler

Like 'The Ram', we do whatever we can to make it in this world with our dignity or our bodies – though rarely both – intact.


Tuesday, December 16 2008

The Wrestler

Just four minutes into The Wrestler, it looks like Randy has good reason to cling to his past, as his present is so exceedingly unpleasant.


The Fountain [28.Nov.06]

Blogs

Friday, March 28 2014

It's God vs. Man vs. God in 'Noah'

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

The Guild-ed Cages of Awards Season

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': Beauty and the Untapped Beast

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

Rourke's Rennaisance Mirrors that of this 'Wrestler'

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


News

Tuesday, November 30 2010

'Black Swan' put Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis' friendship to the test

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

Marisa Tomei tries to find the naked truth in ‘The Wrestler'

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

Mickey Rourke: Grappling with his past and winning out in ‘The Wrestler'

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


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