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The Best Films of 2015
30 Dec 2015 // 5:23 AM
What is Art, at its best, but the very weapon by which we wage the necessary, perpetual war on Culture? Here, but a quiver full of the world’s arsenal of 2015 film offerings.
PopMatters Film Preview: December 2014
5 Dec 2014 // 6:44 AM
This is it, the final push for the 2014 Awards Season, which includes some big names, some Academy almosts, and subjects as diverse as snipers, orphans, civil rights, and paintings of children with big, sad eyes.
In Defense of 2012's Best Movie, 'The Master'
18 Feb 2013 // 4:30 PM
With the Oscars set to be handed out this Sunday, it's time to take a look at what made the one film that got pushed to the back of the awards season bus so transcendent, so polarizing, and so great.
Paul Thomas Anderson Douses Film Noir With Bong Smoke in 'Inherent Vice'
28 Apr 2015 // 1:00 AM
Throughout cinema history, there have been countless films made about detectives and stoners, but nothing has ever been quite like Inherent Vice.
The Story Is Inside and Outside Joaquin Phoenix's Mind in 'Inherent Vice'
9 Jan 2015 // 4:00 AM
P.T. Anderson's adaptation of Thomas Pynchon's 2009 novel is an atypical noir, where narrative freely flows in and out of the mind of Doc (Joaquin Phoenix).
Scientology Aside, 'The Master's" Meaning is Clear
13 Mar 2013 // 1:00 AM
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
Is Amy Adams the New Thelma Ritter?
18 Jan 2013 // 1:00 AM
A look at the four-time Oscar nominee's near-constant presence on Oscar's radar in the past few years...
Paul Thomas Anderson Takes on ‘Inherent Vice’
5 Nov 2014 // 6:35 AM
If only Paul Thomas Anderson could remember what drew him to the story of “Inherent Vice” in the first place. Or, more specifically, by making
There will be confusion: Deliberately vague films leave critic cold
23 Feb 2008 // 9:19 PM
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