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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.


Wednesday, January 5 2011

The Best DVDs of 2010

As the medium continues to struggle with significance in the steady "streaming" of the 21st Century, here are PopMatters' picks for the best the format(s) have to offer.


Wednesday, May 5 2010

2010 Summer Movie Preview - August

We round out our summer preview with the August releases, a rather dim bunch unfortunately. Will Edgar Wright save us from summer movie hell with the new Michael Cera vehicle?


Tuesday, January 8 2008

Performance Art: The Best Acting of 2007 - Male

From the tender and eerie precision of Sam Riley's depiction of Joy Division singer Ian Curtis in Control to yet another superlative performance by Daniel Day-Lewis in There Will Be Blood, PopMatters highlights the best male actors of 2007.


Thursday, March 1 2007

The PopMatters 'Short Ends & Leader' Spring Film Preview

In order to separate the worthy from the worthless, PopMatters' "Short Ends & Leader" editor is highlighting 10 new films he's looking forward to this spring.


Columns

Sunday, August 29 2010

'Scott Pilgrim' and What Movies Mean to Comics

Why do comics readers care about the movies made from their favorite books?


Wednesday, May 5 2010

Comics: It's Such a Big Small World

One of the key differences between Stumptown and Comic-Con is that the bigger gathering is the fans' party, while the smaller event is the creators' shindig.


Reviews

Friday, November 22 2013

Can Life Go on After 'The World's End'?

The cinematic worlds presented in the Cornetto Trilogy may be ending, but the legendary collaboration of Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg, and Nick Frost lives on in The World's End DVD/Blu-ray set.


Friday, August 23 2013

A Proud Manboy Faces 'The World's End'

Refusing to grow up, Gary hangs on to the belief that his last great night as a hard-drinking lad remains unfinished.


Friday, August 13 2010

'Scott Pilgrim vs. the World': Love Is a Nintendo Battlefield

Scott Pilgrim deftly recasts the YA emo romantic comedy inside a snow-globe fantasy of underground rock bands, epic Mortal Kombat battles, and electric kisses.


Monday, April 23 2007

Hot Fuzz (2007)

Hot Fuzz is all about the guys. And who needs girls when you have guns?


Wednesday, September 22 2004

Shaun of the Dead (2004)

Casting Bill Nighy as a zombie -- or more accurately, a zombie to be -- may not be precisely innovative, but it's clever and wholly enjoyable.


Blogs

Wednesday, May 28 2014

What Edgar Wright's Departure from 'Ant-Man' Says About Marvel

At one time, Marvel was seen as taking risks in defiance of the bottom line. Those days are gone, apparently.


Tuesday, August 20 2013

You Can't (or Shouldn't) Go Home Again: 'The World's End'

Hopefully, this isn't the last time we see the Wright, Pegg and Frost trio in action. Considering the movies they've made together, such an absence would be a crime against comedy.


Wednesday, November 10 2010

2010: The Year of the Misunderstood Movie

If it goes down as anything, 2010 will be seen as the year of the misunderstood movie, an artistic anomaly which saw at least four fine films fall by the commercial wayside.


Monday, November 8 2010

Sidekicks Rule!

Ten examples of cinematic 'second bananas', the glue that holds most superhero/genre efforts together.


Monday, August 30 2010

Scott Pilgrim vs. Thematic Clarity

Inasmuch as Pilgrim explores the "save the princess" archetype and questions romance as an abstracted end point arrived at through violence, the story then summarily rejects deeper characterization by asking us to forget all that and cheer for the death of the final boss anyway -- simply because he's a bigger jerk than Scott is.


Game(r) Over (Short Ends and Leader) [16.Aug.10]
Making Mr. Wright (Short Ends and Leader) [11.Aug.10]

News

Saturday, July 28 2007

'Bad Boys' influenced the British makers of 'Hot Fuzz'

The British comedy "Hot Fuzz," out this week on DVD, plays like a compendium of every action movie and cop thriller cliche ever made. The


Friday, April 20 2007

'Hot Fuzz': Filmakers approve the use of deadly farce

"The one word that we bristle at is 'spoof.'"


Thursday, April 19 2007

'Hot Fuzz': An Over-the-top Brit-riff

Simon Pegg is the silliest David Caruso since the real one in Hot Fuzz, an over-the-top Brit-riff on cop movies, cop shows and the CSI


Thursday, April 19 2007

Taking aim at cop movies with 'Hot Fuzz'

Most filmmakers hate the city-a-day promotion tours that inevitably end up producing a lot more sitting around -- in airports, airplanes, taxis, hotel rooms and


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