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The Headcase and the Hydra: Why Jason Bourne Doesn't Work as a Franchise Hero
13 Sep 2016 // 9:15 PM
Jason Bourne has big shoulders, but carrying the burden of misinterpretation is too much; he can’t chart a hero’s journey conceived in a rat’s nest.
The PopMatters Fall Movie Preview - October 2013
4 Oct 2013 // 2:34 AM
October sees the arrival of several Oscar contenders, including the story of astronauts trapped in space, a free man sold into slavery, an American boat captain vs. Somali pirates, and another skipper alone against the elements. Toss in the usual commercial suspects and you've got quite a movie month.
On Entertaining Terror: Film v Television
7 Apr 2016 // 9:00 PM
While United 93 was released "too soon" for viewers' comfort, a mix of critically derided films and critically acclaimed series continue to depict the age of terror.
Everyone Lost: Protest Art and the Iraq War
7 Mar 2013 // 5:30 PM
While people were killing and dying, what did it matter whether there were decent songs being sung, insightful films being produced, appropriate art being inspired? When did poetry ever stop a war?
'Jason Bourne': The Bourne Repetition
28 Jul 2016 // 6:30 AM
Here again, the cuts in fight scenes are thrilling but maybe indecipherable, making irrelevant any logic of time and space, in favor of a viewing experience you might call meta-visceral.
The US Navy Can't Lose in 'Captain Phillips'
11 Oct 2013 // 2:30 AM
What's most worrying about Captain Phillips is its full-on celebration of the Navy's hugeness: repeated shots show helicopters, ships, and boats all over the little orange lifeboat, with all manner of surveillance by cameras, binoculars, and microphones to ensure the Navy's total control of each moment.
Tom Hanks for the (Much Needed) Save in 'Captain Phillips'
10 Oct 2013 // 4:00 AM
Captain Phillips is so insular, so locked in the littleness of its narrative, that it never achieves the kind of heartbreak epiphany of the filmmaker's other fact based effort.
A Return to Redundancy: Green Zone (Blu-ray)
18 Jun 2010 // 9:01 AM
This is chaos by the numbers, well acted and efficiently edited, but doing little more than rattling our reality before sitting back to sell us an already known bill of goods.
Six Top Directors Discuss How Memorable Moviemaking Is Often the Result of Learning from Mistakes
6 Jan 2014 // 3:51 AM
They are among the season’s most acclaimed directors. But if you ask the six filmmakers who participated in The Envelope’s fifth annual Directors
Cannes 2012: 'Bourne's' Paul Greengrass to tackle FC Barcelona
18 May 2012 // 12:10 AM
CANNES, France — Though he’s famous for his hand-held verite style of filmmaking, Paul Greengrass has never made a documentary. That will change — and in