Farther Than You Think: Mapping the Noir Terrain

Farther Than You Think: Mapping the Noir Terrain

By Michael Barrett

23 Mar 2015 // 2:30 AM

Rope of Sand, Dark City, and Union Station each extend the shadowy reach of film noir....

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It’s Not That Steven Toast Is a Total Failure

By Christine Brandel

19 Mar 2015 // 2:30 AM

Arthur Mathew and Matt Berry's sitcom, Toast of London is almost too weird and wonderful to put into words....

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DVD Reviews
Criterion brings two film versions, one a classic and one a misfire, of Ernest Hemingway's short story, "The Killers". [28 July 15 // 3:00 AM]
White God ferociously tells a universal story about the ties that bind us, and the forces that try to tear them apart. [26 July 15 // 9:10 PM]
Timbuktu isn’t just a film about jihadism. It’s a film about the vibrant cultures jihadism can eradicate if it continues to spread. [23 July 15 // 9:10 PM]
This movie is often creepy and unnerving, but it's not unbearably terrifying, if only because Mitchell's distinctive voice as a filmmaker is such a pleasure to behold. [23 July 15 // 3:00 AM]
Through their relentless bloodlust and willingness to organize and plot with their own kind, these werewolves are, in many ways, like us. [22 July 15 // 9:10 PM]
This film presents adolescent desires as if it were a raging ocean of mercury – beautiful and deadly all at once. [21 July 15 // 9:10 PM]
The imagination of the film is unparalleled, but what truly makes Spirited Away a masterpiece is how it imbues the fantastic with so much real feeling. [21 July 15 // 3:00 AM]
While the series is often hit and miss, the Blu Ray musters up some interesting extras like motion comics (for fun comparisons), featurettes, convention appearances and more. [20 July 15 // 9:10 PM]
New York City's seedy underbelly of pimps and prostitutes is explored in this crime drama of police department politics. [20 July 15 // 3:00 AM]
Middlebrow, glib, and unjustifiably pleased with itself, the winner of the Cannes Jury Prize arrives on DVD. [19 July 15 // 9:10 PM]

'Noah' on digital, 'Under the Skin' and Emmy-ignored 'Orphan Black'>

“Noah,” the biblical epic directed by Darren Aronofsky, will be available as a high-definition digital download Tuesday (Paramount, $19.99). The DVD ($29.99)…...

‘Bad Words’ among new DVD and Blu-ray releases>

‘Dallas Buyers Club’ Among New DVD, Blu-ray Offerings>

Critics vs. box office: Three examples on DVD>

By PopMatters Staff
As home video spins off into various immediate options -- streaming, simultaneous theatrical and digital release -- there are still many gems to uncover in the increasingly obsolete format. [18 December 13 // 9:14 PM]
In his latest work, Quentin Tarantino re-establishes his reputation as an experimental filmmaker, putting a revolver to the head of genre and gleefully pulling the trigger. [17 April 13 // 6:14 PM]
By PopMatters Staff
From classics to contemporary television, the typical titles and the surprising outsider choices, the year in home video was just as divisive, and delightful, as the rest of our meaningful media. [31 January 13 // 5:10 PM]
Canon Fodder
Rope of Sand, Dark City, and Union Station each extend the shadowy reach of film noir. [22 March 15 // 9:30 PM]
What's So Funny?
Arthur Mathew and Matt Berry's sitcom, Toast of London is almost too weird and wonderful to put into words. [18 March 15 // 9:30 PM]
Canon Fodder
Hurry Sundown, Skidoo, and Such Good Friends welcome you to a world of crowded frames and uncertain tones. [8 March 15 // 9:30 PM]

The Eye of Lenzi: "Gang War in Milan" and "Spasmo"

// Short Ends and Leader

"Two wide and handsome Italian thrillers of the 1970s.

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Authenticity Issues and the New Intimacies

// Marginal Utility

"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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