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Thursday, October 17 2013

Get the Fuzzy Navels Ready, It’s LGBT Movie Time

Queer, Isn't It? presents the first of five films in its LGBT Hall of Fame.


Friday, October 11 2013

Against Cult Cinema: Documentarian Didacticism and ‘The Animals Film’

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

Celluloid Androids: The Big Screen’s Fascination with Robots

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

How John Lurie Made Me Read Fewer Books

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

Bruce Lee, Boxed: Safety Goggles and Crash Helmets Required

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

Out of Sequence: The Saga of Hollywood’s Hidden Sequels

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?


Thursday, September 5 2013

Getting Good at Getting Dark: An Interview with Cliff Martinez

PopMatters speaks with Only God Forgives composer Cliff Martinez about working with Nicolas Winding Refn, writing music for bloody movies, and finding success in film music.


Sunday, August 25 2013

What Happens When Hollywood Film Production Meets Social Media?

For the first time in cinema history, Hollywood has enabled social media users to contribute to the artistic properties of films, thereby earning them co-authorship… of sorts.


Monday, August 19 2013

A Man of Steel That Sinks Like Lead

Turning Superman into the übermensch, standing above humanity, espousing a new moral dictum in which 'might makes right', is a contradiction of the film's own logic, and a gross violation of the principles he has traditionally fought to protect.


Tuesday, August 13 2013

50 Nights at the Movies—at Home!

Who needs Netflix and its fees? Make a list of movies and take it to the nearest public library.


Thursday, August 8 2013

Scores of Summer 2013: Pulse-Heightening Horror, Twee Indie, Thunderous Action and Old-School Blues

No matter how classically trained (John Williams) or pop-minded (Hans Zimmer) a composer might be, the skill set required for making great movie music is unlike any other form of composition.


Wednesday, August 7 2013

Crowd-Funding a Crowd Pleaser: The Feature Future of ‘Cleaning Up’

Crowd funding through Kickstarter or Indiegogo may be trendy, but filmmakers Thomas and Simon Guerrier are taking an atypical approach to funding a feature-length version of Cleaning Up.


In Defense Of ... Sarah Polley Being One of the Best Directors in Modern Cinema

From Away From Her to Stories We Tell, the child actress-turned-director is a mastermind at both presenting and analyzing the fine details of a life. To realize she's still so young is both exhilarating and unnerving.


Thursday, August 1 2013

From the Zombie Hordes to the Successfully Bankrupt: The First Year of ‘The Next Reel’

The Next Reel is PopMatters' exploration of film links and histories that go far beyond the obvious. Looking back on the past year of The Next Reel's adventure is not for the faint of heart.


Monday, July 29 2013

Forget the Brooding ‘Man of Steel’, Here Are Five Ways to Have Fun with a Lighter, Brighter Superman

Man of Steel was more concerned with surly brooding than Superman's more endearing traits. I think we (and Superman) should lighten up.


Sunday, July 21 2013

Between the Omnivore and the Hermit: Reducing Religion to a Cult of One

The bad film cultist sacrifices his selfhood to the group; the sophisticated film cultist, wary of any residue of fascism, desires alternative groups but keeps them at arm’s length to preserve the integrity of his ego and the pristine beauty of his narcissism.


Monday, July 15 2013

How to Best Handle Controversial, Racially-Charged Art? Talk It Up, or Shut It Down?

If Disney's Song of the South is as innocuous as its adherents claim, they need to think long and hard about why it’s out of official circulation.


Sunday, July 14 2013

How Does It End? Narrative Closure in the Marvel Universes

In Marvel's comics, narrative closure is always deferred, every ending a new beginning. Iron Man 3, with its now world weary characters and aging actors, draws attention to how live action is different from comics.


Thursday, July 11 2013

To Live Is to Die: Clint Eastwood’s Dangerous Oeuvre

These 20 films are a journey through the social and political conditions of America and a broader history of human violence that crowns no winners and knows no end.


Monday, July 8 2013

Living Inside the Cliché: ‘Spring Breakers’

Although one might condemn the girls of Spring Breakers for descending into the lustful materialism of St. Petes, it seems hypocritical coming from avid cinemagoers who also like to immerse themselves in the debauchery of horror films, musicals, melodramas, and the like.


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