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"Come Again, Little Girl": 32 Films That Begin With Someone Leaving a Mental Institution (1904-2012)
17 Mar 2016 // 9:30 PM
These 32 films make the case for the recently-escaped-or-released-mental-patient narrative as its own subgenre, replete with a language of recurring themes, plot devices, and character archetypes.
Essential Film Performances - 2012 Edition Part One
17 Jun 2012 // 6:30 PM
PopMatters follows up our hugely popular Essential Female and Male Performances feature with 50 additions to the essentials list. Watch this space for the next two weeks as we bring to your screen more iconic film performances. Today's highlights include Lucille Ball and John Barrymore.
How the Renowned Liar Fritz Lang Became One of the Most Truthful Filmmakers
12 Mar 2014 // 2:30 AM
It’s impossible not to realize that the author, too, has come to the conclusion that Fritz Lang was a beast not even he could tame.
If There Was Ever a Movie That Deserved This Degree of Re-examination, It's Metropolis
1 Dec 2010 // 4:00 PM
The story of Metropolis' 2010 restoration is as complicated -- full of mistaken identities and made harder by bureaucratic machinery -- as the film itself. In its Blu-Ray release, Bruce Bennett sheds light on how the newest restoration came to be.
'Gold' Shivers Rather Than Glitters
14 Jun 2016 // 9:45 PM
'Gold' sees Hitler's Germany working out the psychology of power within a bland sci-fi narrative weighed down by leaden acting -- and an excess of feathers.
Cultural Critique, Silent Film Style
15 Mar 2016 // 9:10 PM
These five '20s-era silent films, newly available on Blu-ray, bring key moments in history vividly to life.