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Wednesday, January 23 2013

The Worst Films of 2012

When movies are mediocre, they're maddening. But when they are as bad as the selections here, you can't help but question the artform's overall validity.


Monday, April 30 2012

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

It begins with a bang, as one of the most highly anticipated comic book movies battles beleaguered vampires, underwater aliens, and the return of Agents J & K for May's monetary consideration.


Thursday, August 4 2011

The 100 Essential Directors Part 2: Robert Bresson to David Cronenberg

Our second day of "100 Essential Directors" could loosely be described as one that defines "influential." Each of the auteurs sandwiched in between Robert Bresson and David Cronenberg has left a lasting mark on cinema, each employing a signature style that is unmistakable.


Tuesday, January 11 2011

The Best Films of 2010

Among this year's winners include a fake documentary, a comedy about Jihad, a vampire story NOT dealing with tacky tween romance, a haunting hillbilly noir, and an elegant tale about clones. Not necessarily the usual cinematic suspects.


Monday, January 12 2009

Off the Radar - The Top 30 DVDs of 2008

Oddly enough, while the major studios continue scratching their heads over how to sell yet another new format (Blu-ray) to disinterested consumers, several outside distributors made sure that this would be a digital year to remember.


Reviews

Monday, December 22 2014

'Big Eyes' Celebrates the Right to Self-Expression

Tim Burton’s sweet little film about art and identity doesn’t demand enjoyment of Margaret Keane's big-eyed waifs, but instead an appreciation of her sincerity and expression.


Thursday, October 18 2012

Ah, the Pathos and the Cluelessness of 'Ed Wood'

Ed Wood's life was a colorful one full of intriguing secondary characters, stunning self-delusion, and a heartbreaking friendship with washed-up horror actor Bela Lugosi. That's why this is a great movie.


Sunday, October 7 2012

Goth Chic: 'Dark Shadows'

Tim Burton's adaptation of Dark Shadows is a fun 90-minute ride followed by 30 minutes of ennui.


Thursday, October 4 2012

'Frankenweenie': Tim Burton's Surfaces

Dull and lackluster storytelling is forgivable: marginalizing and humiliating in a children’s movie those who look or sound different, is not.


Thursday, May 10 2012

'Dark Shadows' Resurrects Alice Cooper

Creaky, teetering, and still a little weird, Alice Cooper is pretty much the perfect choice for this moment.


Blogs

Friday, October 5 2012

Where It All Began: 'Frankenweenie'

Though the subject matter and style may be a bit too frightening for some kids, the overall result is a clever, cheeky homage.


Monday, October 1 2012

Reconsidering 'Shadows'

Dark Shadows is one of the best satires of the last few years. It channels the PG-13 passivity of post-millennial horror, forcefully mocking the Twilight-ing of the genre while reinvesting the source with a surreal bit of social commentary.


Thursday, May 10 2012

Dark Shadows: A Primer

With the big screen version arriving in theaters this week, here's a primer of sorts on Dan Curtis' cult classic and its cinematic update.


Wednesday, April 25 2012

The 10 Best Songs by the Band

We lost a true musical treasure last week with the passing of Levon Helm of the Band. As a tribute, here are 10 of his group's best songs.


Monday, August 8 2011

100 Essential Directors - Tim Burton

100 Essential Directors celebrates directors of distinct vision, who have honed their respective crafts, who have brought something new and exciting to the medium, and who continue to push the boundaries of the form.


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Even Without 3D, Burton's 'Alice' is Amazing! (Short Ends and Leader) [27.May.10]
Go Ask 'Alice': The Meaning of $116 Million (Short Ends and Leader) [9.Mar.10]
Burton's 'Alice' Succeeds More than It Stumbles (Short Ends and Leader) [5.Mar.10]
Alice in Wonderland: The Triumph of Reason (Short Ends and Leader) [4.Mar.10]
'Alice' in Blunderland? (Short Ends and Leader) [22.Jul.09]

News

Wednesday, October 3 2012

Back to Tim Burton’s Realm of Misfits and Oddballs

Frankenweenie features plenty of homages to classic monster movies — those produced by Universal Studios in the 1930s, atomic horror from the 1950s; there’s even a cameo from Christopher Lee as Dracula in one of England’s Hammer Film productions.


Thursday, January 3 2008

Alan Rickman can be a saint, but sometimes evil becomes him

Alan Rickman isn't a bad guy. He just often plays one. Bad guys like Gruber in "Die Hard," Marston in "Quigly Down Under" and the


Monday, December 17 2007

Tim Burton knew he was cut out to direct `Sweeney Todd'

You'd think you could get a rise out of Tim Burton by pigeon-holing the guy, telling him that the blood-spattered Stephen Sondheim musical "Sweeney Todd:


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