Farther Than You Think: Mapping the Noir Terrain

Farther Than You Think: Mapping the Noir Terrain

By Michael Barrett

23 Mar 2015 // 1:30 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 // 1:30 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
Effortlessly charming and infinitely resourceful, Roger Moore's Simon Templar sets the world to rights in hourly installments in The Saint. [21 May 15 // 8:10 PM]
Val Guest's newsroom drama take on the apocalypse is a product of its nuclear war-obsessed times and a prescient commentary on the present day. [23 November 14 // 8:10 PM]
Leviathan plays like a cheap, schlocky, caffeine-hyped attempt at sci-fi Hitchcock, with a healthy dose of John Carpenter horror thrown in for good measure. [6 November 14 // 8:10 PM]
The debut feature from director Anthony Chen features strong performances, but its understated quality makes the film struggle to make a lasting impression. [4 November 14 // 8:10 PM]
Like the great antiheroes of history, Angelina Jolie's seductive performance as Maleficent gets you to root for her even as she commits acts of evil. [3 November 14 // 8:10 PM]
Perhaps MacFarlane will learn from his experiences, but with any luck, he'll learn the biggest lesson of all: his talents are required behind the camera, not in front of it. [4 November 14 // 1:00 AM]
The once widely unavailable Love Streams gets a thorough Criterion reissue, a well-deserved feat for John Cassavetes' final masterpiece. [3 November 14 // 1:00 AM]
James Franco's attempt to adapt Cormac McCarthy's novel Child of God for the screen confuses merely depicting horrendous evil with saying something interesting about it. [2 November 14 // 8:10 PM]
Alfonso Cuarón's highly sexualized film is deceptively serious, hiding weighty themes behind comic banter and, yes, plenty of sex. [30 October 14 // 8:10 PM]
The Honourable Woman is smart, taut, and consistently suspenseful, without ever sacrificing character for plot, which is no easy feat. [29 October 14 // 8:10 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 // 8:14 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 // 5:14 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 // 4:10 PM]
Canon Fodder
Rope of Sand, Dark City, and Union Station each extend the shadowy reach of film noir. [22 March 15 // 8:30 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 // 8:30 PM]
Canon Fodder
Hurry Sundown, Skidoo, and Such Good Friends welcome you to a world of crowded frames and uncertain tones. [8 March 15 // 8:30 PM]

'42nd Street' Is Still a Young and Healthy Musical

// Short Ends and Leader

"42nd Street invented or perfected all the clichés of the backstage musical.

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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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