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Thursday, January 31 2013

The Best DVDs and Blu-rays of 2012

From classics to contemporary television, the typical titles and the surprising outsider choices, the year in home video was just as divisive, and delightful, as the rest of our meaningful media.

Thursday, June 28 2012

Essential Film Performances - 2012 Edition Part Ten

PopMatters concludes our 2012 update of the Esssential Film Performances today. Part ten and the final section features Elizabeth Taylor, Twiggy and more...

Thursday, August 25 2011

The 100 Essential Directors Part 8: Jean Renoir to Douglas Sirk

From Jean Renior through Douglas Sirk, there may be some choices that raise an eyebrow. While each of the directors we look at today might not be on every cinephile's list of great directors, they absolutely merit inclusion for their distinct visions and dedication to their craft, some despite their questionable personal lives and politics.

Wednesday, January 23 2008

Gone and Not Forgotten: The PopMatters DVD Wish List

A lot of good movies are still missing from DVD. Here is a list of 25 that PopMatters feels have been unceremoniously left to simply fade away.


Wednesday, January 21 2009

Ken Russell at the BBC

Everything here is in achingly beautiful and sharply restored black and white, everything is intelligent and witty, everything is deeply felt -- everything is Russell.


Thursday, March 22 2012

'The Devils': The Original Cut of Ken Russell's Daring, Flamboyant and Controversial Masterpiece

The ferocity of Russell’s vision represents a kind of multicoloured artistic purging, with close to two hours of invention, energy and madness loaded into a blunderbuss and fired onto the screen in shocking, blasphemous glory.

Thursday, February 27 2003

Tommy (1975)

The Who's rock opera Tommy still rocks.


Friday, July 13 2012

Russell's Revision: 'The Music Lovers'

The movie is fast, funny, always visual, always musical, always melodramatic in the literal sense.

Friday, December 9 2011

Sound and Infuriating: 'The Music Lovers'

Ken Russell is an true visionary at times and when he meshes the sounds of symphonies with his various visual cues, he achieves a kind of critical nirvana.

Monday, November 28 2011

"That Crazy Old Bastard": Ken Russell (1927 - 2011)

Cinema has lost one of its greats. Before all the ballyhooed bandits who supposedly struck substantive blows against the artform’s stodgy empire, Ken Russell (who died on 27 November) was the original rebel.

Friday, May 6 2011

Art/Artists as Rebellion/Rebels: 'Savage Messiah'

Another chaotic Ken Russell masterwork hits home video.

Monday, September 6 2010

Go to the Mirror, Boy! - 'Tommy' : Blu-ray

Bursting with imagination and aided by the power in Pete Townshend's iconoclastic tunes, Tommy transcends the typical musical ideals to become a piece of pure pop art poetry.


Thursday, December 1 2011

Ken Russell just had to let the music out

LOS ANGELES — Some years ago in London, at the premiere of John Cage’s “Europeras 3&4,” I bumped into Ken Russell in the press queue. He

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