Tuesday, February 11 2014
12 Years a Slave is every bit as intense as one might imagine, though not completely depressing, whereas Django Unchained aestheticizes its extreme violence.
Wednesday, June 20 2012
PopMatters follows up our hugely popular 100 Essential Female and Male Performances feature and 2010 update with 50 additions to the essentials list. Part four features Michael Fassbender, Jane Fonda and more...
Sunday, January 22 2012
2011 was a year of good, not necessarily great, films, though the amazing choices by our staff might argue against such a overall cinematic classification.
Tuesday, January 17 2012
In another strong year, crime and punishment take on heart and heroism for the right to be called 2011's best male film acting work.
Monday, January 16 2012
It was a monumental year for women in film as our selections for 2011's best female performances indicate... over and over and over again.
Thursday, December 1 2011
Obscene, grandiose and artistically worthless -- such is the monstrous reputation of the 1979 art-porn blockbuster Caligula. Is this most shocking of Roman epics worthy of reappraisal?
Monday, October 21 2013
12 Years a Slave invites you to see all at once (and so, feel overwhelmed) and to grasp how trauma is incremental, molding expectations as it crushes souls.
Monday, May 7 2012
Everyone involved in Shame, including the deservedly-praised Michael Fassbender, should be quite proud of their distressing product.
Thursday, December 1 2011
If Brandon and Sissy are similarly traumatized, their disparate responses suggest not depth of suffering but eerie flatness.
Wednesday, October 12 2011
The desire to balance the material and the spiritual is a theme apparent in the documentary George Harrison: Living in the Material World and also in Steve McQueen's Shame, which takes the idea to a physical extreme.
Thursday, March 18 2010
Featuring a powerful performance by Michael Fassbender, Hunger is a meditative symphony of human struggle and resilience.
Thursday, January 9 2014
Armond White allegedly heckled Steve McQueen at the recent NYFCC Awards ceremony... and people are surprised by this?
Thursday, November 7 2013
"As an actor, trying to do the best you can on a film, you think, do I say thank you or fuck you?" -- Alfre Woodard.
Thursday, October 24 2013
"The thought of doing Patsey in a method way would have destroyed me. Destroyed me. And I felt that I owed it to Patsey’s spirit to enjoy my freedom."
Wednesday, October 23 2013
Those who can't see 12 Years a Slave for what it is are destined to deny its import. If it needs to "exploit" a subject to get people to pay attention, so be it.
Friday, October 18 2013
About the closest anyone has come to this is level of confrontation is Steven Spielberg with Schindler's List, or even better, Spike Lee with his incendiary Bamboozled.
Thursday, March 6 2014
LOS ANGELES — Was it ultimately a race about race? The best picture Oscar is meant to honor the year’s greatest achievement in film, and “12
Monday, January 6 2014
They are among the season’s most acclaimed directors. But if you ask the six filmmakers who participated in The Envelope’s fifth annual Directors
Thursday, April 23 2009
When he was 11, living with his mother in a West London flat, Steve McQueen saw the images on the TV news. There was the photograph