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Friday, December 6 2013

The PopMatters Fall Movie Preview - December 2013

Like a great battle, or a criminal desperately trying to avoid capture, Hollywood breaks out the big guns this month, giving us new efforts from Martin Scorsese, David O. Russell, the Coen Brothers, and Spike Jonze, along with the typical mainstream holiday fare.


Thursday, January 31 2013

The Best DVDs and Blu-rays of 2012

From classics to contemporary television, the typical titles and the surprising outsider choices, the year in home video was just as divisive, and delightful, as the rest of our meaningful media.


Monday, December 5 2011

The Beauty and the Horror: Peter Jackson’s King Kong - Part 2

Jackson's film is as unwieldy and difficult as it is gripping and moving, expanding upon the exotic spectacle of the original while simultaneously steering the tale into the realm of tragic lament.


Wednesday, November 30 2011

The Beauty and the Horror: Peter Jackson’s King Kong - Part 1

This film is keenly aware of the myriad meanings embedded in its cinematic myth and sets about re-contextualizing and commenting upon the implied politics while offering extravagant thrills and tragic, classic romance.


Thursday, January 7 2010

The Best 30 Films of 2009

In one of the rarest rating periods ever, several on the staff could successfully argue for any of the Top 30 choices as a potential number one. While not all classics, they remain the consistent cream of 2009's crop.


Columns

Thursday, December 20 2012

What Happens When Humans Go a-Hobbiting?

More than 100 “hobbits” journeying from a half dozen countries to celebrate the world premiere of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey in the Middle of Middle-earth (aka Wellington, New Zealand). They developed a unique fan fellowship—and along the way, met Peter Jackson.


Sunday, October 28 2012

The Last Witch Hunt: The Legacy of the West Memphis Three

Teenage outcasts often feel like the world is against them; in 1994, three adolescents in West Memphis, Arkansas, experienced proof that it actually was. Now, despite being freed after 18 years of wrongful imprisonment, the battle of the West Memphis Three is not concluded.


Sunday, April 25 2010

Cracking the Spine: The Lovely Bones

The author's 'heaven' is a concrete and unexpected place with"lumbering women throwing shot put and javelin"; whereas the filmmaker's interpretation changes 'heaven' to something like a garish, 3-D Hallmark card.


Reviews

Sunday, April 6 2014

It May Be Titled 'The Hobbit', But It's All About the Dragon

A shapeshifter, gigantic spiders, and a barrel-battle escape create exhilarating suspense in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, but best of all is a deliciously devious incendiary beast.


Friday, December 13 2013

'The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug' Has a Smart Balance of Spectacle and Character

At this point, it would be foolish to expect Peter Jackson to change his approach to The Hobbit films.


Sunday, March 17 2013

Middle-Earth Eye Candy: 'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey'

This film explores the bonds of friendship and the commonality among all races, and provides raging battles and daring escapes, as well as quiet fireside moments that reveal a character’s thoughts.


Wednesday, December 12 2012

On the Road to Heroism with 'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey'

An Unexpected Journey's tensest moments emerge in its smallest-scale standoff, the one between Bilbo and Gollum.


Thursday, December 10 2009

The Lovely Bones

The start of Peter Jackson's The Lovely Bones is indicative of the troubles to come, as the film makes awkwardly literal the fantasy spun in Alice Sebold's strange and poetic novel.


Blogs

Wednesday, December 11 2013

Bigger... Badder... Better? 'The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug'

When you consider the spectacle involved and the edge of your seat derring-do on display, The Desolation of Smaug can't help but satisfy.


Thursday, January 31 2013

Why Did 'The Hobbit' Become the Most (Unjustly?) Ignored Movie of Awards Season?

I forgot to look at my watch. Forgot there was a world outside of Jackson’s conception of Middle Earth and when the movie arrived to its conclusion -- the first of two cliffhangers -- all I knew is I wanted more.


Wednesday, January 30 2013

Award Season Rewind: 'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey'

As it stands, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is a thoroughly engaging, often rip-roaring, old school yarn. It's got scope, excitement, and above all, emotional heft.


Thursday, December 13 2012

A ‘Hobbit’ That Overstays Its Welcome

The first installment of Peter Jackson’s new Middle-Earth trilogy has nearly as much going for it (Martin Freeman as Bilbo, much untampered-with Tolkien dialogue) as it does against it (that chintzy-looking 48 FPS speed, bloated screenplay).


Friday, January 6 2012

These 'Heavenly Creatures' Are Actually From Hell

In fact, the whole purpose of Heavenly Creatures is to sabotage the standard ideal regarding what drives someone to murder.


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News

Monday, January 11 2010

Peter Jackson's brave new world: the grief-stricken dreamscape of 'The Lovely Bones'

MINNEAPOLIS — After four flamboyant epics — the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy and a remake of "King Kong" — Peter Jackson has moved to a film that's


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