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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.


Thursday, January 7 2010

The Best 30 Films of 2009

In one of the rarest rating periods ever, several on the staff could successfully argue for any of the Top 30 choices as a potential number one. While not all classics, they remain the consistent cream of 2009's crop.


Tuesday, January 5 2010

The Best Female Film Performances of 2009

Some in the media would have you think it was a sparse year for women on the silver screen. One peak at this amazing list of 20 girl power performances will have you giving said sentiments a specious second look.


Wednesday, June 20 2007

Part 4: Challenging Convention

As cinema went completely commercial, abandoning art for artifice, true aesthetic acumen was hard to come by. Luckily, for the movies included herein, it was their difference, as well as their diversity, that helped them stand out from the rest of the high concept hackwork.


Columns

Tuesday, November 20 2012

Building the Perfect Star Beast: The Antecedents of 'Alien'

The impact of Alien is undeniable, and with Prometheus breathing new, terrifying and artistic life into the saga, Alien's legacy could go anywhere. However, Alien didn't spring, fully-formed onto movie screens as the near-perfect Star Beast that it is.


Monday, January 25 2010

Apologies to James Cameron: 'Avatar' a Sign of Changing Cinema

'Avatar' is pop culture at its most popular. It captured the world immediately, and I never saw it coming. I predicted all hype but didn't think Cameron could do it. Again.


Reviews

Monday, September 10 2012

One of the Most Popular Movies to Date Is Back to Prove Why We Love it So: 'Titanic'

This will most definitely not be the last home media incarnation Titanic gets, but at the moment it’s undeniably the most exquisite.


Monday, April 16 2012

'Titanic 3D' Connects on an Elemental Level

Titanic's re-release in 3D provides the opportunity to drink in its spectacular mise-en-scène, to admire its graceful, imposing, and majestic camerawork, particularly in several magnificent sweeps across the bow of the ship.


Tuesday, December 7 2010

'Avatar': There's Always a Bigger Fish

If you add up the unabashed color and light shows, the crazy special effects that aren't quite photorealistic but blend convincingly into their own environments, the clumsy dialogue and the undeniable showmanship, you get something a lot closer to the Star Wars prequels than some of the angrier nerds would care to admit.


Thursday, December 17 2009

Avatar

Cameron's evocations of everything from Blackwater's Iraq massacres to the Trail of Tears gives his story an uncommon resonance. This is a whole new kind of science fiction filmmaking.


Wednesday, December 16 2009

Avatar

For all its powerful technologies, Avatar can't get out from under its essential cardboardness.


Blogs

Friday, May 20 2011

'The Terminator' Was Indeed the Start of Something...Significant

In 1984, Hollywood had never really heard of The Terminator's team. Today, it wouldn't be the same without them.


Sunday, April 25 2010

Bigger Than Life: 'Avatar' on Blu-ray

Avatar is one of the most versatile entertainments ever conceived, a big idea epic that also excels in the smaller, more detailed moments. It's eye candy of a type so amazing and monumental that you rarely get tired of consuming it.


Thursday, April 22 2010

Sigourney Weaver Saves the Cosmos!

Pull back all the girl power politics and strong role model manipulation and you have one of the rare actors who understands the needs of the narrative, no matter how outrageous or unrealistic.


Thursday, December 17 2009

Blue World: James Cameron’s 'Avatar'

Cameron's evocations of everything from Blackwater's Iraq massacres to the Trail of Tears gives his story an uncommon resonance. This is a whole new kind of science fiction filmmaking, something particularly grandly spectacular, even if occasionally daft and overblown.


Tuesday, September 1 2009

Avatar dir. James Cameron (trailer)

James Cameron's Avatar is the director's first release since Titantic. While that's a lot to live up to, this teaser trailer proves that he may


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News

Wednesday, April 4 2012

Is the world ready for more ‘Titanic’ tears? James Cameron & Co. hope so

LOS ANGELES — In the late 1990s, a peculiar global fever broke out. Boys in Afghanistan began cutting their hair like Leonardo DiCaprio, girls in Japan


Thursday, October 28 2010

A pair of 'Avatar' sequels is on its way from James Cameron

LOS ANGELES — James Cameron has set his return trip to Pandora. Fox announced Wednesday morning that "Avatar 2" and "Avatar 3," the sequels to last year's science-fiction


Sunday, February 28 2010

In James Cameron's worlds, women lead the charge

Who would have thought James Cameron would turn out to be one of the strongest feminist voices in contemporary cinema, and yet he is. It's


Friday, February 5 2010

Super Bowl weekend should be another win for 'Avatar'

After holding the top spot for seven consecutive weeks, it looks like "Avatar" will reign one final time over Super Bowl weekend. Despite rising interest


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