Tuesday, June 2 2015
Wendy Brown charts the ‘stealth revolution’ that’s transforming every aspect of society -- and now has democracy in its sights.
Monday, June 1 2015
It takes a superior actress to convey a character’s entire history in one scene, and in this film, at least, Meryl Streep does it masterfully.
Thursday, May 28 2015
The mortal authenticity of Charles Bronson’s face needed no surgical denials or plastic justifications, unlike the onscreen stars of today's image-obsessed culture.
Wednesday, May 27 2015
Series 2 of Steve Pemberton and Reece Shearsmith's Inside No. 9 provides a perfect balance of tragedy and comedy.
Tuesday, May 26 2015
Two fascinating bits of Americana, Black Gold and Face of Fire, are defined by racial themes, yet tackle the subject quite differently.
Friday, May 22 2015
Two Canadian forays into sci-fi television, Ascension and The Starlost, bear interesting parallels to modern life in Canada.
Thursday, May 21 2015
An electrifying story of deadly obsessions and poisonous pedagogy, Pin captures perfectly the dread and unease of '80s American suburbia.
Wednesday, May 20 2015
All too often, when you have a token female in a story, that character's primary super power is simply that she's a girl.
Tuesday, May 19 2015
This Is Why We Can't Have Nice Things confronts the interrelation between subversive trolls and mainstream ideas, and opens up conversations about post-internet politics, activism, and human relationships.
Monday, May 18 2015
Perhaps these days our real choice is not between buying vinyl or digital, but between listening and not listening.
Thursday, May 14 2015
As Hollywood hopefuls Gig Young and Inger Stevens would learn, Hollywood is a dream factory; but it produces nightmares, as well.
Wednesday, May 13 2015
To say that Billie Holiday's songs remain memorable because we know she lived a hard life does her artistry a most insulting disservice.
Tuesday, May 12 2015
From Batsuits to Lawsuits, Hollywood Studios have a long history of hiding profits to claim that enormous hits were actually flops. How do they do this, and why?
Monday, May 11 2015
The scarcity of the Black Widow action figure on toy shelves has me thinking about what we think we know about gender identity in play, be that play with toys or play in video games.
Friday, May 8 2015
PopMatters talks with Icelandic composer Jóhann Jóhannsson about his role in the Stephen Hawking biopic The Theory of Everything, for which he won a Golden Globe.
Thursday, May 7 2015
Robert Aldrich favors the classical presentation of angry cynical characters given to violence and grotesquery, which means he's often "tasteless" and discomfitting.
Wednesday, May 6 2015
The problem isn't that Rihanna's "American Oxygen" fails as political art, it's that we might consider it a success instead of a mere gesture.
Tuesday, May 5 2015
Cover songs don't have to be all that bad. Just listen to what Becca Stevens and Jason Moran have been doing lately, and you'll see.
Monday, May 4 2015
Alien was a planned B-Movie that transcended its genre and spawned the rare sequel that is neither imitation nor complete deviation. Then the saga went to hell.
Monday, April 27 2015
Furious 7's path to the screen is emblematic of the ways in which film and other media defy (and define) death as images develop lives of their own.