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Friday, August 19 2016

The Hunted and the Haunted in ‘King Stakh’s Wild Hunt’

Deeply baroque and shamelessly foreboding, Uladzimir Karatkevich’s King Stakh’s Wild Hunt is a crowning achievement of Belarusian gothic.


Tuesday, August 9 2016

Separate But Unequal: ‘Pioneers of African-American Cinema’

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

From Curiosity to Denial: The Case of ‘An Open Secret’

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

Wim Wenders’ Road Movies as Journeys of Disaffection

With his "Road Trilogy", Wenders suggests that to find our place, we must be displaced.


Tuesday, June 21 2016

‘Gilda’ Is an Invitation to Look Deeper Into Pop Culture

Beautiful, classic, important, and thoroughly complex, Gilda is a real “aficionado” film, and yet it has an undeniable popular appeal.


Friday, June 17 2016

‘Someone Else’ Director Nelson Kim on the Fluidity of Identity

"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."


UCLA Film & Television Archive to the Rescue

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

What’s ‘Love’ Got to Do With it? Why Do Audiences Reject Sex in the Movies?

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

Faintly Androgynous and Pathologically Disturbed

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

Formulating ‘The Hunger Games’ Part 2: Evolution of the Mockingjay

From Death Race to The 10th Victim, may the odds be ever in your favour!


Thursday, April 28 2016

25 Nights With Some Movies That Caused a Temporary Ripple in the Buzz-o-sphere

From the importance (or not) of the comic book movies to films with avant-garde concepts, some beautiful, some unbearable.


Tuesday, April 26 2016

Formulating ‘The Hunger Games’ Part 1: When Books Catch Fire

Like The Hunger Games? There are a lot of similar books that you'll love. Think The Hunger Games stories are a rip off? Read on; the same applies.


Tuesday, April 19 2016

Murder for Two: Oedipal Death-Cycles in ‘The Eye of the Beholder’

Behm turns the detective novel first on its head and then sideways before shot-putting it across a terrain of Żuławskian terror; its film adaptation is an equally nerve-wracking descent into oedipal destruction.


Friday, April 15 2016

‘Hardcore Henry’ Tells Gamers Sorry, There Is No Princess

Hardcore Henry questions gamers' instinctual need to fulfill a particular role within the context of a presumed masculine identity.


Thursday, April 14 2016

‘Disruptive Film’ Creates a Constellation Where the Past and Present Meet

One should approach this collection not unlike how Walter Benjamin approached collecting books: ".... not as dry, isolated facts, but as a harmonious whole..."


Monday, April 11 2016

Romeo + Juliet + Baz Luhrmann: Reconsidered

Baz Luhrmann's films are not subtle. So why do I like Romeo + Juliet so much?


Friday, April 8 2016

On Entertaining Terror: Film v Television

While United 93 was released "too soon" for viewers' comfort, a mix of critically derided films and critically acclaimed series continue to depict the age of terror.


Tuesday, April 5 2016

Lenny Abrahamson’s ‘Room’ Could Change Our Perceptions of Mental Illness

Few films explore abuse, mental illness, and post traumatic stress disorder as realistically and poignantly as Room.


Thursday, March 31 2016

Time Only Makes the Cult Grow Stronger: Kids in the Hall’s ‘Brain Candy’

Brain Candy is considered the "darkest" chapter in Kids in the Hall's story. But dark is a part of their comedy and their appeal, so now's a good time to look at this film in a new light.


Tuesday, March 29 2016

How to Recover From the Batman v. Superman Debacle: An Open Letter to Warner Bros.

Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice is getting trashed. How can DC and Warner Bros. recover from this debacle? PopMatters' comics and movie scholar can help.


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Authenticity Issues and the New Intimacies

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"The social-media companies have largely succeeded in persuading users of their platforms' neutrality. What we fail to see is that these new identities are no less contingent and dictated to us then the ones circumscribed by tradition; only now the constraints are imposed by for-profit companies in explicit service of gain.

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