Friday, October 4 2013
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.
Thursday, January 10 2008
From Julian Schnabel's artsy The Diving Bell and the Butterfly to the legendary Coen Brothers splendid adaptation of Cormac McCarthy's No Country for Old Men, PopMatters counts down the 30 best films of 2007.
Thursday, May 3 2007
In past years, Hollywood purposely counter programmed these renowned Cineplex dog days, trying to offset the perception that cinematic scraps were all the studios had to offer. From the look of this lame list, it's apparently back to the filmic fridge for some patently warmed over offerings.
Thursday, March 7 2013
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?
Friday, October 11 2013
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.
Thursday, March 11 2010
Green Zone makes no pretense that it is offering anything other than hopeful, thrilling revisionism.
Sunday, January 6 2008
The Bourne Ultimatum is one of the most enjoyable documents of cultural paranoia and political alienation you’ll see this year.
Saturday, August 4 2007
The Bourne Ultimatum lives and dies by its car chases and fisticuffs, and it has to be said that some of the best examples in the genre exist in this electrifying film.
Thursday, August 2 2007
Bourne is the logical product of the secret CIA program that made him, the dark routes by which a desire for surveillance and security gives way to brutal dominion and extreme measures.
Thursday, October 10 2013
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.
Friday, June 18 2010
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.
Friday, March 12 2010
By now, it's a given that we went to war in Iraq under the questionable directives of some equally suspect intelligence. Saddam had nothing to
Monday, January 6 2014
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
Thursday, May 17 2012
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
Saturday, August 4 2007
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. - Lunch at the legendary Polo Lounge in Beverly Hills has to end precisely at 1 p.m. because Matt Damon has a