Friday, February 14 2014
Ever think Hollywood is making the same films over and over? These many sets of twin films that constitute Hollywood’s Great Duopolies show no signs of stopping.
Wednesday, February 5 2014
Lost far too soon, Philip Seymour Hoffman was the single most affecting reason I ever decided to watch movies in the first place.
Thursday, January 23 2014
Caesar Must Die and The Act of Killing are experiments that mix fiction and reality in distinct ways in order to investigate the relationship between freedom and violence.
Monday, January 20 2014
In the sagas of film's biggest monsters, what qualifies as a Kaiju? And does the giant monster have to be a Japanese creation to be considered Kaiju?
Tuesday, January 14 2014
The life of Life of Brian tells us much about a period when disparate cultural values were battled over in a dramatic tug-of-war on the frontlines of society -- and for Monty Python, the threat of prison loomed.
Thursday, December 12 2013
Will a Kickstarter campaign make Betty Suarez the next Veronica Mars?
Wednesday, December 11 2013
This year saw no shortage of innovative, exciting film scores. Notes on Celluloid counts down the ten soundtracks that lingered the longest in our minds.
Thursday, December 5 2013
Clint Mansell’s score for Darren Aronofsky’s metaphysical science fiction film, The Fountain, is a masterpiece of both film music and contemporary art music.
Wednesday, December 4 2013
As civil liberties were absorbed by the religious state and exacting codes of conduct were implemented with brutal force in Iran, Kiarostami used his canvas to show hope to his countrymen.
Tuesday, December 3 2013
Kelly Reichardt has established herself as a singular and essential voice in modern cinema by being a master of the miniature, a maestro of The Moment.
Wednesday, October 30 2013
Universal Studios didn't set out to be "The House that Horror Built", but Carl Laemmle and company created and recreated the ultimate icons of terror, and those icons were very good to Universal in return.
Friday, October 25 2013
Each film in The Best of Warner Brothers 20 Film Collection: Thrillers asks, in some or form or another, Where does your loyalty lie, with the guys or your girl?
Thursday, October 24 2013
The six films in The Vincent Price Collection are indeed, six of Price's best.
Monday, October 21 2013
PopMatters speaks with director Nicolas Winding Refn and composer Peter Peter about the long overdue release of Peter's score to Refn's 2010 Middle Ages brooder, Valhalla Rising, and its undulating dark ambient music.
Thursday, October 17 2013
Queer, Isn't It? presents the first of five films in its LGBT Hall of Fame.
Friday, October 11 2013
The pacifism of The Animals Film renders it an anti-cult cult film, not merely a plea to cease animal cruelty, but a critique of the violent objectification cum commercialization of life itself.
Tuesday, October 1 2013
Robots and Replicants... Between utilitarian tools and far too human replacements lies the Uncanny Valley. The Next Reel explores Cinema's love/ hate relationship with the automaton.
Friday, September 27 2013
The great Elmore Leonard wrote dozens of novels. Some, like Get Shorty, were adapted for film. So why do I associate him with smooth jazz? Well, John Lurie had a hand in that.
Monday, September 16 2013
Children and pregnant women should not take this ride without consulting a physician first. Professional athletes should take special care before looking directly at these battles, as side effects include testing positive for testosterone boosting.
Thursday, September 12 2013
In every successful series there are prequels and sequels that create the long-standing sagas that we love. But what becomes of those orphaned sequels begging for a home?