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Friday, October 4 2013

The PopMatters Fall Movie Preview - October 2013

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.


Monday, September 17 2012

Aliens and the Women Who Love Them

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.


Tuesday, May 1 2012

Hot Stuff: The PopMatters Summer 2012 Movie Preview (June)

June arrives on full film fire, with a new one from Pixar, a look at a Presidential monster killer, and Ridley Scott's return to a certain extraterrestrial franchise...


Sunday, May 2 2010

2010 Summer Movie Preview - May

May blasts the summer season off with two mega-movies, Iron Man 2 and Robin Hood, while offering up yet more Shrek and Sex and the City.


Tuesday, September 9 2008

Talk, Talk, Talk: October 2008

What studio suit thought this was a good idea? With four months to schedule your high priced efforts, you instead unload almost 30 overpriced pictures on an unsuspecting movie audience.


Columns

Tuesday, November 20 2012

Building the Perfect Star Beast: The Antecedents of 'Alien'

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.


Thursday, July 26 2012

Tears in Rain: 'Blade Runner' and Philip K. Dick's Legacy in Film

Thirty years after the release of Blade Runner, with a remake of Total Recall on the horizon, the work of Philip K. Dick continues to find its way into our cinemas and minds. How did the visions of a paranoid loner become the most relevant science fiction of our time?


Reviews

Friday, December 12 2014

The Context of 'Exodus: Gods and Kings' Is Out of Its Control

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.


Friday, October 25 2013

Cameron Diaz Devours in 'The Counselor'

Whatever else happens in this movie, whoever else pays a price or feels consumed, suffers violent retribution or executes it, the woman who fucks a car is most audacious.


Thursday, June 7 2012

'Prometheus': What You Know Is a Problem

What you know is a problem for Prometheus. Actually, it's the problem for Prometheus, perhaps unavoidable in any prequel to Alien, but especially poorly managed here.


Tuesday, February 15 2011

'Thelma and Louise': Still the Coolest Girls to Ever Drive a T-Bird

Twenty years old this year, Thelma and Louise is not just a classic, but the ultimate road map for breaking the rules.


Thursday, May 13 2010

'Robin Hood' Embraces His Outlaw Status

An early episode establishes Robin's change, from Crusader to champion of the beleaguered and besieged, a fighter for… Muslims' rights?


Blogs

Friday, June 8 2012

Creature/Creator: 'Prometheus'

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.


Monday, June 4 2012

Ranking Ridley: The 10 Best Films by Ridley Scott

Some consider him a genius. Others label him style over substance. Here are 10 examples of Ridley Scott's aesthetic, including his most recent "return to form".


Sunday, February 20 2011

Sisters Are (Finally) Doin' It For Themselves: 'Thelma and Louise' (Blu-ray)

Thelma and Louise (is) a film that uniquely captures the post '70s zeitgeist of women's issues in a way that few dissertations, let alone entertainments, can muster.


Friday, September 17 2010

A Bunch of Blu 4

In this edition, we focus on Robin Hood (2010), Letters to Juliet, Loose Screws: Screwballs II, Babies, and Vigilante


Friday, May 14 2010

When Things Were Rotten Indeed

As crowd-pleasers go, it's anemic and underwhelming. As history and heritage, it's even worse.


Stop Ridley Scott Before He Directs Again! (Short Ends and Leader) [12.May.10]
DiCaprio Only Reason 'Lies' Succeeds (Short Ends and Leader) [9.Oct.08]

News

Monday, December 8 2014

Ridley Scott’s ‘Exodus’ Casts a Wide Net of Spectacle and Family

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


Thursday, October 30 2008

Audiences turn a deaf ear to preachy Hollywood films

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.


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