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Features

Monday, November 9 2009

Yin and Yang: The Beatles - 'A Hard Day's Night' vs. 'Help!'

Aside from such obvious aspects -- including the difference between black and white and color film stock -- the back and forth between the films was also reflective of their burgeoning creative output.


Thursday, January 24 2008

The Best Music DVDs of 2007

The last few years have seen some mind-blowing DVD repackaging of a wide variety of musically projects. 2007 is the best yet.


Wednesday, January 23 2008

Gone and Not Forgotten: The PopMatters DVD Wish List

A lot of good movies are still missing from DVD. Here is a list of 25 that PopMatters feels have been unceremoniously left to simply fade away.


Tuesday, January 1 2008

Paul McCartney – We Believe In Yesterday

Taken together, Help! and The McCartney Years, show the breadth of an artist's career, warts and all. Few have lived a life as well-documented or as successful as Paul McCartney.


Monday, June 18 2007

Part 2: The Changing Face of Filmmaking

Every staid situation needs shaking up, none more so that the labored Hollywood studio system. The titles chosen for this section stand out as reasons why things had to change, the results of those seismic stylistic shifts.


Reviews

Wednesday, July 9 2014

In 'A Hard Day's Night', Trifle Becomes Transcendent

Silly plot aside, the real attraction to A Hard Day’s Night is the music and the way it is presented.


Tuesday, July 9 2013

'Help!': Overlook the Plot, Stay for the Music

Help! is two films in one -- and if you can tolerate the first, you're bound to enjoy the second.


Thursday, November 1 2007

Help!

The Beatles' second (and second-best) movie, an absurdist romp with Bond-esque aspirations, gets an overdue clean-up on this new double-disc edition.


Sunday, July 9 2006

Petulia (1968)

For its many commendable qualities -- qualities long recognized by a sizable cult of fans -- Petulia doesn't quite display cultural insight.


Wednesday, July 31 2002

Cuba (1979/2002)

The idea that an individual, like Robin Hood, could stand up for the rights of the oppressed comes across as a pleasant fantasy, worthy of song and legend, but devoid of the means to stand up against state power.


Blogs

Friday, June 28 2013

Putting Off 'The Ritz'

Bring a towel.


Friday, September 14 2012

'Ring-a-Ding Rhythm'

Richard Lester and musical England, just before they was fab.


Friday, March 25 2011

'How I Won the War'...and Lost the Battle?

How I Won the War wanted to be wacky and irreverent. Sadly, it comes across as weird and irrelevant forty some years later.


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