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.
Friday, December 2 2016
Exploring the darker core of a Christmas classic reveals just what is so wonderful about life.
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.
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?
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.
Friday, October 7 2016
The narrative of Paul Theroux's (and later Peter Bogdanovich's) Saint Jack offers a palliative to the high-priced hedonism taking place in an American-owned compound in Singapore.
Wednesday, September 21 2016
Flops, superheroes, monsters and noir in The Next Reel.
Friday, August 19 2016
Deeply baroque and shamelessly foreboding, Uladzimir Karatkevich’s King Stakh’s Wild Hunt is a crowning achievement of Belarusian gothic.
Tuesday, August 9 2016
Funded by Kickstarter, this five-disc set preserves and restores the most significant collection of "race films" on DVD and Blu-ray.
Wednesday, August 3 2016
The failure of An Open Secret to connect with a wide audience speaks to the persistence of denial when the perpetrators of child abuse populate the entertainment industry.
Monday, June 27 2016
With his "Road Trilogy", Wenders suggests that to find our place, we must be displaced.
Tuesday, June 21 2016
Beautiful, classic, important, and thoroughly complex, Gilda is a real “aficionado” film, and yet it has an undeniable popular appeal.
Friday, June 17 2016
"The puzzle, or mindfuck film, if you will, is an inherently cinematic idea. Something about the very nature of cinema invites playing around with different levels of reality."
The Chase, Too Late for Tears, Woman on the Run and The Southerner are all examples of postwar indie cinema that had fallen through the cracks -- until now.
Thursday, June 9 2016
Gaspar Noé’s Love was panned in many different parts of the world because its unsimulated sex scenes defy narrative norms and take moviegoers out of the story.
Friday, June 3 2016
Montgomery Clift and Clifton Webb were both gay actors. One embraced his sexuality, while the other denied it, which made a huge difference in how their careers played out.
Wednesday, May 4 2016
From Death Race to The 10th Victim, may the odds be ever in your favour!
Thursday, April 28 2016
From the importance (or not) of the comic book movies to films with avant-garde concepts, some beautiful, some unbearable.