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The PopMatters Fall Movie Preview - October 2013
4 Oct 2013 // 1:34 AM
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.
Aliens and the Women Who Love Them
17 Sep 2012 // 5:14 PM
If there’s one thing the alien film does well, it’s the introduction of an outsider to provide an inside glimpse at the human condition. What often gets knocked off the wayside is a myriad of underlying issues, including the continued questionable portrayal of women and, more broadly, their social status and treatment.
Deconstructing the Star Beast: How the 'Alien' Saga Went Wrong
4 May 2015 // 12:01 AM
Alien was a planned B-Movie that transcended its genre and spawned the rare sequel that is neither imitation nor complete deviation. Then the saga went to hell.
Building the Perfect Star Beast: The Antecedents of 'Alien'
20 Nov 2012 // 4:20 PM
The impact of Alien is undeniable, and with Prometheus breathing new, terrifying and artistic life into the saga, Alien's legacy could go anywhere. However, Alien didn't spring, fully-formed onto movie screens as the near-perfect Star Beast that it is.
'The Martian' Does the Math
2 Oct 2015 // 2:37 AM
Ridley Scott’s futuristic lost astronaut epic strings a series of logic puzzles through a lighthearted ensemble dramedy that feels equal parts The Avengers and Gravity.
The Context of 'Exodus: Gods and Kings' Is Out of Its Control
12 Dec 2014 // 2:00 AM
Just like Moses' task from God, the social and cultural context that surrounds Exodus: Gods and Kings shapes it in ways that these actors and filmmakers might not have wanted.
10 Terrific Films With Alternate Endings
21 Apr 2015 // 4:00 AM
With the birth of home video, filmmakers have been able to tinker with their vision. Here are ten examples, however, of where their original endings were changed before said movies were released.
8 Jun 2012 // 1:15 AM
It's not a monster movie in the same sense as the original. As the title suggests, the story is more concerned about the right to play God, and the Frankenstein like result of doing same.
Ridley Scott’s ‘Exodus’ Casts a Wide Net of Spectacle and Family
8 Dec 2014 // 3:22 AM
In Ridley Scott’s lavish new 3-D epic, “Exodus: Gods and Kings,” rivers run with blood, ancient seas part with tsunami force, and Christian Bale
Audiences turn a deaf ear to preachy Hollywood films
30 Oct 2008 // 10:11 PM
Used to be, going to the movies was a way to escape the bustle and stress of the real world for a couple of hours.