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Sunday, January 27 2013

The Best Films of 2012

From popcorn perfection to animation experimentation, foreign finesse and good old Hollywood hokum, 2012 delivered the shiny cinematic goods and then some. Here are our choices for the titles that took on the challenge, and won.


Tuesday, July 17 2012

To Be Young Again: Maturity and Adolescence in Wes Anderson's 'Moonrise Kingdom'

Was love purer for us when we were 13? Probably not, but it sure is nice to remember it that way.


Wednesday, January 5 2011

The Best DVDs of 2010

As the medium continues to struggle with significance in the steady "streaming" of the 21st Century, here are PopMatters' picks for the best the format(s) have to offer.


Thursday, January 7 2010

The Best 30 Films of 2009

In one of the rarest rating periods ever, several on the staff could successfully argue for any of the Top 30 choices as a potential number one. While not all classics, they remain the consistent cream of 2009's crop.


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

Tuesday, June 17 2014

Wes Anderson and His Weird Ways Are Quite Apparent in 'The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou'

Wes Anderson's strange and surreal film, now in a Criterion Blu-ray, has never looked or sounded better. But is this just another Anderson weird?


Friday, March 14 2014

'The Grand Budapest Hotel': It's Time for Wes Anderson to Make Another Kind of Wes Anderson Movie

The story repeatedly takes a backseat to the style. Anderson is meticulous with his details and creates a candy-colored world within which to situate his whimsy.


Monday, March 10 2014

"Fantastic Mr. Fox' is One Cussin' Fantastic Film

Like Roald Dahl, Wes Anderson seems to have a twisted desire to expose the fallacies of adulthood through the innocent yet knowing eyes of children.


Sunday, September 9 2012

It's a Different Kind of Blue in ‘The Royal Tenenbaums’

The portraits of failed genius in Wes Anderson’s melancholic comedy inhabit a frozen kind of entrapping nostalgia, which somehow the film’s anarchic comedy bursts free from.


Monday, May 28 2012

Cannes 2012: 'Holy Motors' and 'Moonrise Kingdom'

For all their films' differences in depth and address, both Wes Anderson and Leos Carax explore the playful possibilities of their chosen art.


Blogs

Wednesday, October 17 2012

The Impeccably Cute Delightfulness of Stuff: 'Moonrise Kingdom'

I propose a souvenir shoppe, also called "Moonrise Kingdom", a kind of "pottery barn" filled with purchasable goods reproduced from the movie's sets, props and costumes.


Wednesday, June 27 2012

'Moonrise Kingdom' and the Film as Novel

Moonrise Kingdom may be the first film in Anderson's career that suffers from being a bit too subdued.


Thursday, May 17 2012

Cannes 2012: Day 1 - Wes Anderson’s 'Moonrise Kingdom'

Opening the festival with Moonrise Kingdom, beloved indie icon Wes Anderson’s first live action film in five years, only buoyed the camaraderie felt by Cannes attendees.


Tuesday, March 23 2010

Wes Anderson Family Values

Wes Anderson should have been an author. Though he works in film, he remains a true man of letters at his core. There is a


Wednesday, November 25 2009

'Mr. Fox' is Indeed 'Fantastic'

Roald Dahl has always been the anti-Dr. Seuss. For all the lessons illustrated and celebrated by the late Theodor Geisel, his UK compatriot took a


News

Friday, April 20 2012

Cronenberg, Daniels give Cannes lineup a North American spin

LOS ANGELES — The Cannes Film Festival is set to feature one of the richest North American slates in years, as Lee Daniels, David Cronenberg, Jeff


Thursday, October 18 2007

Owen Wilson: Where does he go from here?

A little more than an hour through Wes Anderson's new comedy-drama "The Darjeeling Limited," Owen Wilson -- playing Francis, one of three brothers on a


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