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Monday, January 9 2012

The Guilty Pleasure Films of 2011

You may snicker when looking over this list, but these are the films of 2011 that made us feel guilty for loving them so -- and love them we do.


Thursday, March 24 2011

Five Hot Chicks and the MPAA, Why Can't This Be Europe? Zack Snyder's 'Sucker Punch'

PopMatters was in Beverly Hills for the Sucker Punch press junket, and sat down with among others, Director Zack Snyder, Producer Deborah Snyder, and stars Emily Browning, Abbie Cornish, Jena Malone, Vanessa Hudgens, and Jamie Chung.


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.


Thursday, January 7 2010

The Best DVDs of 2009

Let's face it, when the content inside is less than meaningful, how better to market your particular movie than with plenty of digital packaging bells and whistles. Many of our 2009 choices reflect this strategy. Others are great all by themselves.


Tuesday, January 5 2010

The Best Male Film Performances of 2009

Certainly, the multi-millionaire boy's club represented here is heavy on the dramatics and light on the more 'amusing' fare. But if you really give this list a meaningful perusal you'll see a few genre and jokester surprises along the way.


Columns

Monday, August 19 2013

A Man of Steel That Sinks Like Lead

Turning Superman into the übermensch, standing above humanity, espousing a new moral dictum in which 'might makes right', is a contradiction of the film's own logic, and a gross violation of the principles he has traditionally fought to protect.


Tuesday, May 28 2013

Superman and the War Against Anachronism

The impulse is to "update" Superman, to make him "relevant". But what could be more deadening than making an enduring cultural icon "relevant" to passing trends?


Reviews

Monday, November 18 2013

'Man of Steel' and Blood and Iron

Catastrophic violence becomes more central to the Superman mythos than ever before.


Friday, June 14 2013

'Man of Steel': A Super-Repetitive Superhero

The familiarity of this story cuts at least two ways in this decidedly not-new version. It means the film will rehearse and reinforce the grandly mythic saga of Superman, and provide rationales for his eyeglasses and his cape.


Tuesday, August 9 2011

'Sucker Punch': Sound and Fury Signifying Nothing -- a Furious Sounding Nothing

Though visually striking and stylistically ambitious, this bombastic, juvenile genre mashup is a mostly discordant, occasionally incoherent, but always compulsively watchable, mess. Just check your brain at the door...


Thursday, March 24 2011

'Sucker Punch': Amped Up

The girls look striking and sexy while fighting robots and dragons in short skirts and piled-on makeup, sauntering into battle, guns in one hand and samurai swords in the other.


Thursday, March 5 2009

Watchmen

For Rorschach, there are clear lines between good and evil, and in this he is the most traditional of the superheroes in Watchmen.


Three Hundred [12.Aug.07]
300 (2007) [8.Mar.07]

Blogs

Monday, June 17 2013

'Man of Steel' and the Wanton Destruction of Human Life

Why are so many picking on Superman for destroying a few hundred thousand people when his actions clearly save billions?


Wednesday, June 12 2013

The Unrealistic Expectations Placed on 'Man of Steel' and Why They Matter

Warners is trying to reinvent Superman for the 21st century (yes, again) and, this time, the stakes are even higher.


Monday, March 28 2011

Glam Slamdunk: In Defense of 'Sucker Punch'

Sucker Punch is one of the rare films that finds a specific means of vizualization and runs like hell with it. It is literally unlike any movie made in the last few years.


Friday, March 25 2011

'Sucker Punch'; The Zack Snyder Experience

More Red Bull-pumped special-effects demo reel than film, which isn't to say it's entirely bad.


Tuesday, October 19 2010

Who Are the Next Horror Movie Maestros?

Perhaps it's too soon in the career arc to write off some of these wannabes as less than meaningful maestros. As we wait, however, the void continues to grow...and grow...


Can Snyder Make Superman Super Again? (Short Ends and Leader) [12.Oct.10]
Another Zack Attack (Short Ends and Leader) [23.Sep.10]
Watch-meant: The Meaning of $55 Million (Short Ends and Leader) [8.Mar.09]
'Watchmen' is a Work of Visionary Wonder (Short Ends and Leader) [5.Mar.09]
Who Will Watch 'Watchmen'? (Short Ends and Leader) [3.Mar.09]
Squid Quibbles (Short Ends and Leader) [2.Mar.09]
Who Are the Watchmen? (Short Ends and Leader) [11.Feb.09]
Zack Attack (Short Ends and Leader) [10.Feb.09]

News

Monday, March 21 2011

Girl power: Action heroines pack a 'Punch'

NEW YORK — Black undies? Or white? It was a choice that confronted writer-director Zack Snyder while making "Sucker Punch," a mostly female action-fantasy starring Emily


Tuesday, October 5 2010

Zack Snyder is tapped to re-launch Superman

LOS ANGELES — Zack Snyder, the director of the edgy comic-book films "300" and "Watchmen," will direct the Warner Bros. revival of Superman, the first and most


Monday, March 16 2009

'Watchmen' challenges ratings' value

It's the one point on which "Watchmen" audiences can agree: Director Zack Snyder's slavishly faithful adaptation of the graphic novel is not best experienced in


Monday, March 9 2009

Movie execs finally discover that audiences want to be entertained

Why does Hollywood make so many comic-book movies like "The Dark Knight" and "Watchmen?" Why does Hollywood make so many silly comedies like "Madea Goes


Thursday, March 5 2009

‘Watchmen' role had Billy Crudup turning blue in the face (and everywhere else)

To an outside observer, there is no rhyme or reason for the way Billy Crudup selects acting roles. There are times when he seems to


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