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Sunday, August 7 2011

The 100 Essential Directors Part 3: George Cukor - John Ford

Spiritual possession, screwball comedy, German kinks, and the quintessential American Western genre are among the disparate characters we shine a light on today as PopMatters counts down the 100 Essential Film Directors. Today we look at George Cukor through John Ford. Who falls in the middle might surprise you...


Tuesday, January 13 2009

Tough and Tender - The Top 20 Female Performances of 2008

Twenty talented ladies, 20 performances worthy of multiple little gold men. Unfortunately, as in all years, someone has to come out on top. But after looking over this impressive list, picking the preeminent turn of 2008 seems almost impossible.


Tuesday, January 13 2009

Iconic - The Top 20 Male Performances of 2008

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.


Tuesday, September 9 2008

Talk, Talk, Talk: October 2008

What studio suit thought this was a good idea? With four months to schedule your high priced efforts, you instead unload almost 30 overpriced pictures on an unsuspecting movie audience.


Reviews

Tuesday, June 4 2013

'Swimming to Cambodia' Remains Beautiful, Eloquent

There has never been an American mind quite like Spalding Gray's. This reissue of his classic 1987 monologue, which recounts his experiences in Southeast Asia while film The Killing Fields, reminds us of his unparalleled brilliance in this form.


Friday, October 26 2012

'Neil Young Journeys' Is Aptly Titled, Appropriately Straight Forward

Jonathan Demme and Neil Young have become one of rock's most interesting couples and they shine -- albeit in their own way -- with this third collaborative concert-cum-road trip flick.


Wednesday, September 12 2012

Don't Judge Me for What I'm about to Say: 'I'm Carolyn Parker: The Good, the Mad and the Beautiful'

Mostly intimate, mostly low-key, mostly observational and celebratory -- I'm Carolyn Parker also shows some public resistance.


Monday, July 9 2012

'Neil Young Journeys' Takes You Through Time

On stage, Neil Young appears alternately engrossed, agitated, and perversely mystical, his eyes often closed as he sings.


Monday, May 23 2011

'Something Wild' Is a Film You Will Feel Was Made Just for You

Jonathan Demme’s unclassifiable oddball masterpiece finally gets the recognition it deserves from Criterion.


Blogs

Tuesday, August 30 2011

100 Essential Directors - Jonathan Demme

100 Essential Directors celebrates directors of distinct vision, who have honed their respective crafts, who have brought something new and exciting to the medium, and who continue to push the boundaries of the form.


Tuesday, December 8 2009

Stop Making Sense

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Tuesday, October 13 2009

Stop Making Sense (1984): Blu-ray

For many a devoted Talking Heads fan, 1983 was either the best year ever for their favorite band, or the telltale beginning of a slow and


Friday, October 24 2008

Camera Trick Undermines 'Rachel''s Realism

It's a staple of the cinematic form, drama's go-to position when anything outside biology becomes unobtainable. In fact it's such a stalwart that the independent


News

Saturday, March 20 2010

Director Demme can't get enough of that Neil Young

PHILADELPHIA — Along with an Academy Award-winning career directing dramatic films — he won for "The Silence of the Lambs" (1991) — Jonathan Demme has a nice little sideline


Thursday, October 16 2008

Fast chat with ‘Rachel Getting Married' director Jonathan Demme

Jonathan Demme has long had one of the most interesting careers in the film business. An Oscar-winning director ("The Silence of the Lambs"), the 64-year-old


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