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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.


Tuesday, June 19 2012

Essential Film Performances - 2012 Edition Part Three

PopMatters follows up our hugely popular 100 Essential Female and Male Performances feature and 2010 update with 50 additions to the essentials list. Part three features Kirsten Dunst, Kirk Douglas and more...


Sunday, January 22 2012

The 40 Best Films of 2011

2011 was a year of good, not necessarily great, films, though the amazing choices by our staff might argue against such a overall cinematic classification.


Monday, January 16 2012

The Best Female Film Performances of 2011

It was a monumental year for women in film as our selections for 2011's best female performances indicate... over and over and over again.


Monday, September 5 2011

The 100 Essential Directors Part 10: Josef Von Sternberg to Zhang Yimou

The final day of directors is here, Josef Von Sternberg through Zhang Yimou. German Expressionism, Dogme 95, contemporary views of Asian life, post-WWII malaise in Eastern Europe, and the alternately heartwarming and queer takes on everyday life in Baltimore all hold a space on today's list. Did we forget your favorite director on this list?


Columns

Monday, August 4 2014

Films for Fans of Visionary Directors

In film, "visionary" has become a marketing adjective, like "iconic". Here, on the matter of visionary directors, we separate the claret from the beaujolais, if you will.


Monday, April 26 2010

The Illusion of Identity in Lars Von Trier's Antichrist

Lars von Trier suggests that the terrible and the horrific are not to be found in the abnormal behaviour of an outsider, but within our relationships, and the play of domination and submission in everyday life.


Thursday, August 28 2008

Katrin Cartlidge: The Working Actress

Whether it was through silence, grotesquerie, fury or intelligence (or, at times, lack of intelligence), Cartlidge was not afraid to upturn the dark corners of the women she portrayed.


Reviews

Wednesday, May 14 2014

'Breaking the Waves' Has the Touch of the Divine

If only for its artistic value, Breaking the Waves will always be a reminder that we can come in touch with the divine even when we’re unsure of its existence.


Tuesday, March 18 2014

Calculated Provocations: 'Nymph()maniac: Vol. I'

Nymph()maniac: Vol. I is conscious of its own storytelling, as Seligman listens intently to Joe's self-narration and we watch what she remembers.


Monday, April 9 2012

'Melancholia': The Stasis of Despair and the Allure of Rapture

Lars von Trier's stunning, occasionally beautiful, slow-motion apocalypse, Melancholia, reaches for a moment of cathartic ecstasy amongst the crippling stasis of despair.


Thursday, November 10 2011

'Melancholia' Is Far From Transcendent

Melancholia begins and ends with scenes of utter destruction, scenes that are truly powerful, very scary, and somehow strangely beautiful.


Monday, October 3 2011

New York Film Festival 2011: 'Melancholia' + 'Carnage' + 'The Loneliest Planet'

New York Film Festival organizers have thankfully maintained the limited number of films on the Main Slate (21 this year), preserving NYFF’s identity as an “elite” festival.


Blogs

Friday, April 4 2014

'Nymph()maniac - Vol. 2': From Lust to Loss

Even with all its XXX gimmickry, Nymph()maniac remains grounded in character. From someone like Lars von Trier, we'd expect nothing less... and we get a lot more.


Wednesday, March 19 2014

Ranking the Greats 10: Lars Von Trier's 10 Best Films

He's both beloved and berated by film fans around the world. Yet, for us, these 10 examples explain why Lars Von Trier is one of the artform's best.


Tuesday, March 18 2014

Profound Things Said in a Profane Way: 'Nymph()maniac - Vol. 1'

Lars von Trier clearly intends to use perversion and the profane to same something quite profound about the human condition and he succeeds.


Wednesday, September 14 2011

Toronto International Film Festival 2011: 'Melancholia'

"The earth is evil. We don't need to grieve for it." So declares a luminous Kirsten Dunst in Danish provocateur Lars von Trier's best and most powerful film yet.


Tuesday, November 9 2010

Chaos Reigns!: 'Antichrist - The Criterion Collection' (Blu-ray)

So obsessed with birth and biology that the symbols practically stand up and shout their intent, this is New Age therapeutics as Grand Guignol geek show.


'Antichrist' is an Ambitious, Audacious Masterpiece (Short Ends and Leader) [24.Oct.09]

News

Thursday, May 19 2011

Lars von Trier says he doesn't deserve a Palme d'Or

MOUGINS, France — On Wednesday, Lars von Trier set off a worldwide firestorm when, in his typically provocative way, he attempted to make a number of


Thursday, May 19 2011

Cannes 2011: Director Lars von Trier retracts Nazi comment, apologizes

CANNES, France — Danish director Lars von Trier, an auteur provocateur known for his controversial films, apologized Wednesday after joking with reporters at the Cannes Film


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