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!
Friday, April 17 2015
Boyhood sets itself the daunting task of reflecting the breadth of a human adolescence, but it instead reveals that it is in life's minutia that we find the most meaning.
Thursday, April 16 2015
The real charm of Sullivan’s Travels is the way it exposes Hollywood’s mediation of the Depression and the trauma it inflicted.
Monday, April 13 2015
A recent biopic about the last executioner in Thailand explores the extremes between killing and redemption.
Tuesday, March 24 2015
Disturbing, funny, alluring and repulsive in a uniquely American way that no one likes to admit, The Voices should trouble you.
Monday, March 23 2015
Rope of Sand, Dark City, and Union Station each extend the shadowy reach of film noir.
Monday, March 16 2015
As the red-breasted bird folds its wings from flight, it too portends things are less than all right... on Prom Night.
Thursday, March 12 2015
Two unique jazz phenoms of the Reagan '80s -- tapping guitarist Stanley Jordan and falsetto scatting legend Bobby "Don't Worry, Be Happy" McFerrin -- are back.
Monday, March 9 2015
Hurry Sundown, Skidoo, and Such Good Friends welcome you to a world of crowded frames and uncertain tones.
Friday, March 6 2015
Sometimes the most successful and acclaimed films are marked and marred by the absolutely worst sequels imaginable.
Friday, February 27 2015
The '30s era Hays Code limited significantly what artists could express and what audiences could see. Today's LGBT media has blasted through all that.
Friday, February 20 2015
Network and cable programming both demonstrate overwhelming irresponsibility and contradiction concerning depictions of sexual violence and abuse.
Wednesday, February 18 2015
Chris Rock transcends generations of fans with a signature combination of intelligence and contemporary comedy.
Tuesday, February 17 2015
So long as the Academy clings to a myopic definition of what an "original" score is, too many deserving composers will be left out come Oscar night.
Thursday, February 12 2015
For every apparent innovation, one-man movies are as conventional as they come.
Tuesday, February 3 2015
In the kulturkampf between India’s intelligentsia decrying the ‘cultural terrorism’ of extremists, a film like PK has me wondering, how long can secular liberals retain the moral high ground?