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Sunday, January 27 2013

The Best Films of 2012

From popcorn perfection to animation experimentation, foreign finesse and good old Hollywood hokum, 2012 delivered the shiny cinematic goods and then some. Here are our choices for the titles that took on the challenge, and won.


Wednesday, July 18 2012

Where Has the "Amazing" Gone?: Hubris Overturning Noir in Spidey's Origin

Like it or not, something's missing from Marc Webb's cinematic reimagining of the Amazing Spider-Man, the exact piece that makes Spider-Man, Spider-Man…


Monday, July 2 2012

Through His Glasses: A Talk with The Amazing Spider-Man's Leif Gantvoort

The actor-director Leif Gantvoort plays a pivotal role in the summer blockbuster The Amazing Spider-Man, and swings by PopMatters to tell us all about it: the Mensa premiere, his thoughts on if it's too soon for a franchise reboot, and why everyone should watch the movie Brick ...


Wednesday, May 2 2012

Hot Stuff: The PopMatters Summer 2012 Movie Preview (July)

It's a battle of the box office biggest superheros as July sees Batman take on a new webslinger for artistic and commercial bragging rights.


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.


Columns

Wednesday, January 27 2010

A Little Human Magic in Recent DVDs

Either by coincidence or because I just happened to watch these all on a cold day when I needed a little warmth, the magic of the human condition emerged as a trend in these new DVD releases.


Reviews

Friday, May 2 2014

'The Amazing Spider-Man 2': Emocore Superhero

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is a pulpy and mostly winning combination of spandexed superheroics and the complicated yearnings of young romance.


Monday, July 2 2012

'The Amazing Spider-Man' is Corporate Regeneration

The Amazing Spider-Man simplifies the well-known story's struggle between science and myth.


Sunday, September 19 2010

'Lone Star': Never Play Yourself

Lone Star suggests that being human has nothing to do with conscience and empathy and everything to do with how well you deliver the performance your audience expects.


Friday, July 17 2009

(500) Days of Summer

(500) Days of Summer may not be a particularly happy love story, but it's a love story all the same.


Blogs

Tuesday, April 29 2014

2 Much 2 Soon? 'The Amazing Spider-man 2'

When it works, it's a wonder. When it doesn't, the atmosphere of interference is obvious.


Wednesday, July 4 2012

Man vs. Boy: Separating the Two Spideys

The core concepts may be the same, but this update on the character is not a remake of Raimi's original. It's its own unique vision, one apparently unable to be seen by some.


Friday, June 29 2012

This 'Spider-man' is Truly 'Amazing'

The Amazing Spider-man is just that. It's a legitimate epic wrapped up in the tale of one mixed up young man.


Sunday, December 27 2009

(500) Days of Summer (2009): Blu-ray

Love hurts. Love stinks. It's all you need and often the answer. So a love story should be complicated, not pat and perfunctory. A romance


Monday, July 27 2009

RomCom-trast: 'Ugly Truth' vs. '(500) Days of Summer'

Does anyone really care about the romantic comedy anymore? Does anyone see the once burgeoning chick flick genre as anything but a placeholder for the


News

Friday, July 24 2009

'(500) Days' director creates a romantic comedy with chemistry you can dance to

First-time filmmaker Marc Webb didn't like romantic comedies. And then he fell in love — with a script. Webb, a Wisconsin native with a background in


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