Friday, August 21 2015
Multiple versions of the classic story The World of Suzie Wong offer different takes on a social phenomenon, but can any of them escape the biases of their authors?
Tuesday, August 11 2015
Kristen Wiig’s genius is that she can generate humor and pathos from the same source, her characters’ pain.
Wednesday, July 29 2015
In the dust of long gone video stores ghosts of film geeks past forever roam.
Tuesday, July 28 2015
Superman and Superman II are two of the best films of their kind, but budget and time overruns necessitated a number of changes from the original vision.
Wednesday, July 15 2015
An examination of internalized fears, The Last of Philip Banter explores the social culture of the working-class through a careful dissection of mental illness.
Monday, July 13 2015
The biggest "box office bombs" of all time, much like the biggest hits, are not always the ones you're expecting them to be.
Friday, June 19 2015
Making their films resistant to easy consumption and demanding respect for the artiste is essential to the spirit of Birdman and Uttama Villain.
Tuesday, June 9 2015
In The River, Renoir transcends his own attractive colors, stumbling into a “realistic” philosophy of nature that the portraiture of color so often forbids.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
Tuesday, April 21 2015
Not even the combined might of Superman, Batman, Predator and James Bond can save their respective series from sinking like an ocean liner into the Bay of Pigs!