Thursday, January 13 2011
How the Coen Brothers' ostensibly faithful award winning adaptation of Cormac McCarthy's No Country For Old Men diverges from its creator's rather questionable politics.
Thursday, January 15 2009
Unlike previous years, where classics came crawling out of the celluloid woodwork with regular reckless abandon, 2008 was more calm… and considered. That's not to say that choosing 30 top titles was hard. The difficulty in placing them in some manner of rank order suggests the actual depth of quality involved.
Tuesday, January 13 2009
Like the gladiators of old, 2008 resembles a battle of formidable acting gods, especially when looking over the 20 choices presented below. Indeed, if anything, choosing a winner requires more of a leap of faith than any amount of critical skill - they all were that good.
Monday, September 8 2008
From wars both past and present to a number of nail-biting thrillers, September is sizing up as a potentially profitable one.
Thursday, January 10 2008
From Julian Schnabel's artsy The Diving Bell and the Butterfly to the legendary Coen Brothers splendid adaptation of Cormac McCarthy's No Country for Old Men, PopMatters counts down the 30 best films of 2007.
Thursday, September 11 2008
Ozzie (John Malkovich) embodies the problem of the CIA, of the "intelligence community," which is that it reacts to data, then fashions a story about it to comport with the reaction.
Thursday, November 8 2007
The desolate landscape and moral layout evoke old Westerns, but the film, based on Cormac McCarthy's novel, also reconsiders the genre's conventions, comparing now and "the old times."
Saturday, December 31 1994
Though shot on a shoestring budget by first-time feature filmmakers, the movie encapsulates all that has come to typify the Coen brothers' style: engaging narrative, inventive direction, and the juxtaposition of grim violence with moments of sublime, sometimes surreal, human behavior.
Sunday, December 21 2008
The Coen Brothers remains the most predicable unpredictable artists in Hollywood. You can be guaranteed that the minute you think you have them pegged -
Wednesday, September 17 2008
TORONTO - John Malkovich is, well, being John Malkovich, although no portals affording entry to his mind seem to be in operation here at the
Wednesday, August 13 2008
The verdict is nearly unanimous: As the Joker in "The Dark Knight," Heath Ledger gives a great performance. But what exactly does that mean? As
Saturday, February 23 2008
Walking out of a press screening of Paul Thomas Anderson's "There Will Be Blood" in early November, I turned to a fellow critic in the
Friday, February 22 2008
LOS ANGELES - On a Sunday night this past January, as the filmmaking brothers Ethan and Joel Coen were picking up one of several New
Sunday, November 11 2007
What has more sex and violence than an episode of "The Jerry Springer Show"? The multiplex. You can pass through any neighborhood in America and