Tuesday, December 13 2016
The sixth novel in John Burdett's Bangkok detective series is a dispiriting, dismaying mess. Is there still hope for recovery or is the series in a death spiral?
Monday, December 12 2016
Novelist Laird Koenig managed to capture the world of children with an exactitude that is rare nowadays. His children are often sagacious -- and sometimes they're sociopaths.
Friday, December 9 2016
How About Some Noah Baumbach, Paul Thomas Anderson, Robert Altman & Akira Kurosawa for the Holidays?
If you ever wonder why certain elements get tossed into a movie, remember: beauty never needs to be justified. These and other thoughts on recent Blu-ray releases.
Thursday, December 8 2016
Shakespeare's As You Like It employed every signature reality show convention three and a half centuries before television even existed.
Monday, December 5 2016
George Harrison knew that in the time and space that get between us and our food, there's a sense of longing.
Friday, December 2 2016
Exploring the darker core of a Christmas classic reveals just what is so wonderful about life.
Thursday, December 1 2016
Italy's favourite rapper mines the crates of American '90s hip-hop on his latest work.
Wednesday, November 30 2016
Media scholar Jack Linchuan Qiu argues that slavery-like conditions, which define digital media workers, mirror the slavery-like obsessions of consumers.
Tuesday, November 29 2016
Can Batman and Superman save the DCEU or will their efforts fail, again? These and other The Next Reel speculations, past, present and future.
Monday, November 28 2016
The universe of No Man's Sky may be calm, but it’s certainly no utopia.
Tuesday, November 22 2016
Jazz columnist Will Layman presents seven pieces of music as evidence of the beauty and urgency of pure sound in instrumental jazz.
Monday, November 14 2016
Bartender Chris Hannah is an old soul who's perfectly suited for Arnaud's French 75.
Thursday, November 10 2016
Leonard Cohen endures and conquers. But does he mean something different to Millenial audiences than he did to their parents? Can the legend of Cohen escape its own clichés?
Monday, November 7 2016
Crises abound in America, but while complacency won the day before, these times feel different.
Tuesday, November 1 2016
Can the rebooted film franchise keep what is special about Star Trek, but boldly go where no director has gone before?
Monday, October 31 2016
It's time for the personalities of the science community to emerge from their labs and to get into the ring.
Thursday, October 27 2016
As the latest Blair Witch exits cinemas, PopMatters asks what was the aura of the first Blair Witch Project, and has it been lost?
Wednesday, October 26 2016
The "chick flick" medium doesn't completely obfuscate the espousal of the triumph of Hindu conservatism over secular-liberal institutions and socialist ideology.
Monday, October 24 2016
Transparency means that I can always find enjoyment in improving my personal high score when I play a game, whether or not I win or lose.
Friday, October 21 2016
Can markets be separated from capitalism? From money? From the disenfranchising effects of equating social power with money?