Sunday, January 27 2013
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.
Tuesday, January 8 2013
From diabolical tech terrorism to brutal slave ownership, the actors that make up this year's best traversed a wide canvas of creative and cinematic choices.
Sunday, January 6 2013
From a precocious young girl bravely battling the elements to much older women waging war with their own demons, 2012 was a standout year for actresses, with these being some of the very, very best.
Monday, October 22 2012
Much like the kaleidoscopic design of The Master’s theatrical poster, the way one perceives the film -- indeed, all films -- is reflective of the prism through which one views the artform itself.
Monday, August 1 2011
Neurotic New Yorkers, Queer Mavericks, Swedish close-ups and the art of putting a microphone on every person on set are but a few of the themes explored in PopMatters' first group of ten essential directors, Chantal Akerman through Bernardo Bertolucci. Please note that any perceived omissions were likely on purpose...
Monday, February 18 2013
With the Oscars set to be handed out this Sunday, it's time to take a look at what made the one film that somehow got pushed to the back of the awards season bus so transcendent, so polarizing, and so... great.
Sunday, February 24 2013
Though whispered about as a film tackling Scientology, Paul Thomas Anderson's real subject is Freddie Quell, a soldier turned drifter and prodigious alcoholic.
Sunday, September 16 2012
The Master becomes a fascinating duet between Joaquin Phoenix and Philip Seymour Hoffman, with several bars intentionally left out.
Monday, April 7 2008
However fictional, Daniel Plainview is like history come to life -- more Frankenstein's monster than wax doll.
Thursday, January 3 2008
Land, oil, blood. There will be lots of all in Paul Thomas Anderson's stunning new movie.
Sunday, June 22 2003
Deftly rearranges any number of generic conventions, from romantic comedies, musicals, and melodramas with happy endings that can't make sense but seem inevitable and necessary.
Wednesday, March 13 2013
While some have suggested that this is nothing more than a veiled Scientology screed (it has many allusions to the bizarre religion's earliest earmarks), The Master is actually a movie about two men who couldn't be more different, and yet are almost exactly the same
Friday, January 18 2013
A look at the four-time Oscar nominee's near-constant presence on Oscar's radar in the past few years...
Friday, September 21 2012
Something like The Master is fascinating for what it offers up, and what it leaves behind.
Tuesday, August 2 2011
100 Essential Directors celebrates directors of distinct vision, who have honed their respective crafts, who have brought something new and exciting to the medium, and who continue to push the boundaries of the form.
Monday, January 10 2011
Paul Thomas Anderson's follow-up to his brilliant There Will Be Blood was to be an original tale of a fictional religious organization entitled The Master,
Saturday, February 23 2008
Walking out of a press screening of Paul Thomas Anderson's "There Will Be Blood" in early November, I turned to a fellow critic in the
Thursday, January 3 2008
"Maybe it's presumptuous to say this, but from a director's point of view he's the Holy Grail of actors, isn't he? At least he always