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May 2015

Is Black Widow Still a Hero? Dissecting the Misogynistic Outrage Against the Avengers

Black Widow may very well be the pinnacle of the modern action heroine, so why is there so much backlash about her role in the new Avengers film?

The Best and Worst Films of Spring 2015

January through April is a time typically made up of award season leftovers, pre-summer spectacle, and more than a few throwaways. Here are PopMatters' choices for the best and worst of the last four months.

“Island of Lemurs: Madagascar” Is Cute but Spooky

This flick is a superficial but eye-popping survey for armchair nature tourists.

Double Take: Marty (1955)

Paddy Chayefsky's adaptation of Marty may be a period piece, but it's a heck of a piece nonetheless.

April 2015

Double Take: One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975)

Look at the faces on you, ya ding-a-lings! Double Take flies over the Cuckoo's Nest this week. Medication time, everyone.

In “Irene”, the Leads Are Upstaged by the Secondary Performers

Although Old Hollywood tried its darnedest to shoehorn great African-American performers as secondary players, in the otherwise blasé Irene, those players steal the show.

‘Batman v Superman’ vs. ‘Star Wars VII’

This past week, two trailers dropped for a pair of the most highly anticipated films of the next year. In the end, only one truly triumphed.

10 Terrific Films With Alternate Endings

With the birth of home video, filmmakers have been able to tinker with their vision. Here are ten examples, however, of where their original endings were changed before said movies were released.

Double Take: Metropolis (1927)

Double Take looks at the men, the machine, the Moloch, the maiden, the master, and Metropolis as we attempt to find the intermediary heart between the Expressionism and politics.

You’ll Need a Vomit Bag for the Torture in ‘Black Sunday’ and ‘Mark of the Devil’

When Mark of the Devil was released, audiences were required to bring vomit bags into the theatre. That warning wasn't without reason.

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//Mixed media

Because Blood Is Drama: Considering Carnage in Video Games and Other Media

// Moving Pixels

"It's easy to dismiss blood and violence as salacious without considering why it is there, what its context is, and what it might communicate.

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