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Tuesday, July 1 2014

The PopMatters Summer Movie Preview: July 2014

We take another trip to a certain simian world, we have another experience with an annual government authorized night of lawlessness, and we get our second sighting of a mythic Greek muscleman.


Tuesday, January 11 2011

The Best Films of 2010

Among this year's winners include a fake documentary, a comedy about Jihad, a vampire story NOT dealing with tacky tween romance, a haunting hillbilly noir, and an elegant tale about clones. Not necessarily the usual cinematic suspects.


Reviews

Friday, July 11 2014

It's the Humans That Go Ape in 'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes'

Matt Reeves’ sequel to Rise of the Planet of the Apes is a tight, bleak, and dramatically lopsided tragedy wrapped inside a pummeling summer crowd-pleaser.


Sunday, February 20 2011

'Let Me In' Is a Refreshingly Bloody Coming of Age Love Story/Revenge Fantasy

Let Me In, the inevitable American remake of the 2008 Swedish vampire arthouse hit Let the Right One In, more than holds its own against the nearly perfect original.


Friday, October 1 2010

'Let Me In': Harder Than You Dare

Let Me In both tweaks and fulfills right-wingy, quasi-religious views by making the most virulent embodiment of evil a little girl.


Sunday, April 20 2008

Cloverfield

By being both absolutely verisimilar and absolutely unreal, Cloverfield highlights the extent to which reality is natively constructed.


Thursday, January 17 2008

Cloverfield

The focus on delusional heroism may be Cloverfield's most salient trick.


Felicity [31.Dec.94]

Blogs

Monday, July 14 2014

The 'Dawn' of Something Amazing

As with much art, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes signposts situations we'd otherwise ignore or try to avoid, provides insights, and provokes questions. This film, like all great art, is alive, vital, and transcendent.


Thursday, November 11 2010

Watch the Skies!: Top 10 Alien Invasion Films

Ten examples of evil cosmic conquerors and their eventual mash-up with mankind.


Wednesday, November 10 2010

2010: The Year of the Misunderstood Movie

If it goes down as anything, 2010 will be seen as the year of the misunderstood movie, an artistic anomaly which saw at least four fine films fall by the commercial wayside.


Monday, October 4 2010

Geek Ire, The 'Splice' Effect, and 'Let Me In'

Honest reaction and opinions are almost always the answer to a lack of ticket sales. The sooner the aggregate gets that in its communal noggin and stops trying to dictate universal appeal (or abhorrence), the better.


Wednesday, September 22 2010

Remake... or Redundant?

Call it generational or junk culture, but "why?" will never fully address the thought process behind Hollywood's often craven need for movie makeovers. In the case of this latest revamp, the results speak for themselves.


News

Wednesday, October 1 2008

The end is here: 9-11 attacks and the new millennium revive apocalyptic movies

Flooded cities. A plague of blindness. Humanity huddled in bunkers. It's just another night at the movies. The Katrina documentary "Trouble the Water," the viral-outbreak


Friday, January 18 2008

'Mockumentaries' make the outlandish seem true

In the new movie "Cloverfield" a towering monster runs amok in New York City, knocking over buildings and collapsing bridges. No, it's not a very


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