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
Across three films and 18 years, the characters of Jesse and Céline have endured in the hearts of cinephiles everywhere, but their journey remains more complex than you remembered. [12 June 17 // 4:30 AM]
A sensitively framed composition of human nature, Chilly Scenes of Winter reveals the desires and neuroses that drive men to the brink. [18 April 17 // 3:30 AM]
Bille August's The Best Intentions with a screenplay by Ingmar Bergman, offers a view of the tumultuous relationship of Bergman's parents [5 July 16 // 10:00 PM]
The rebooted Star Trek looks and sounds amazing in 4K, but the Ultra High Definition proves even more that the film hasn't stood up to the (brief) test of time. [15 June 16 // 5:30 AM]
Even with their boistrous personalities, the Goldbergs are a distinctly ordinary family; that's what makes them both relatable and funny. [6 October 15 // 3:00 AM]
Although there's not much new in its' story, the way that director Cédric Jimenez balances formal style and emotional substance makes The Connection a worthwhile watch. [6 October 15 // 2:30 AM]
"Isn't it like, you know, very uncool to move all those bodies and..." "Well, it's not like it was an ancient tribal… [5 October 15 // 9:05 PM]
Scottish landscapes, authentic detail, and the female gaze. Who could ask for more? [5 October 15 // 3:00 AM]
Jean-Jacques Annaud's classic naturalist dramatization of a "practically impossible friendship" between two bears gets a visual update but retains all its original emotion. [5 October 15 // 2:00 AM]
An intriguing documentary about the fall of apartheid and the politician who engineered his own exit, this film teeters the thin line between success and failure, often falling one way or the other throughout. [29 September 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]

'Hopscotch' is Anchored in Walter Matthau's Playful, Irascible Personality

// Short Ends and Leader

"With his novel, Hopscotch, Brian Garfield challenged himself to write a suspenseful spy tale in which nobody gets killed.

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//Mixed media

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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