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40 Nights at the Movies (in the Comfort of Your Home): The Franchise

Back by popular demand! Recommendations from "40 Nights at the Movies" will keep you, your dog and your elephant glued to the couch for months.

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Ray Harryhausen’s Legacy: Monster Movies, Special Effects, and the Sci-Fi Fanzine

All of Harryhausen’s invocations of mythical antiquity deserve attention and study, regardless of their fidelity to ancient sources, and despite (or perhaps because of) the rise of 'New Hollywood' and the summer blockbuster.

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The Waiting Was the Hardest Part: Warren Zanes on Rock Icon Tom Petty

Tom Petty biographer and respected musician Warren Zanes speaks on heroin headlines, playlist gems, and playing the long game in rock music.

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Way Down in Louisiana: Clifton Chenier, Cajun, Zydeco, and Swamp Pop Music

In this excerpt Todd Mouton delves into the evolution of “The World’s Greatest Cajun Band”, BeauSoleil, and their role in the Cajun renaissance.

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‘Victoria’ Director on How He Made the Most Thrilling “Crazy Little Dog” of the Year

Sebastian Schipper has created a single-take marvel that has won awards, invigorated young audiences, and is finally hitting Stateside.

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Adventure and Discovery: An Academic Discussion With Bad Religion’s Greg Graffin

PopMatters talks with Bad Religion's Greg Graffin about his new book The Population Wars, his life as a Doctorate-holding punk singer, enlightenment, society, music, and science.

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23 Nov 2015 // 2:30 AM

How Ethical Are Ad Blockers?

For many netizens, a free Internet would be the apogee of its early techno-utopian vision. Yet the "free internet" rallying cry is one of the latest, greatest manifestations of consumerism.

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Ready to Soar! ‘Ready for This’ Offers New Stories of Aboriginal Australia

This new teen drama provides authentic and nuanced stories that don’t shy away from the uglier issues of racism and colonialism in Australian society.

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‘Dying Light’, ‘Evolve’ and ‘Battlefield’ Deserve a Replay

These three 2015 early releases are maligned and misunderstood -- and worthy of reconsideration.

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20 Nov 2015 // 2:00 AM

Paul McCartney’s “War” and “Peace”

Paul McCartney recently re-released two of his albums from the early 1980s: Tug of War and Pipes of Peace, making for the perfect time to reconsider a critical period in his career.

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20 Nov 2015 // 1:30 AM

Reel World: An Anthropology of Creation

Drawing from years of fieldwork with Tamil filmmakers, artists, musicians, and craftsmen in "Kollywood", Reel World explores what happens to life when everything begins to look and feel like cinema.

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Blitzen Trapper Nation: Eric Earley Wakes, Discusses Latest in Long Line of Fine Moments

Blitzen Trapper continues to release gorgeous, emotion-provoking albums that raise more questions than they answer. And that's alright.

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Ian Buruma: A Voice of Tolerance and Erudition Among Liberalism’s Intellectuals

In Theater of Cruelty the politics of love, war, and popular culture define the career of one of today’s foremost public intellectuals.

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Cole Porter in the Age of AIDS: The 25th Anniversary of ‘Red Hot + Blue’

Today's pop culture is as intolerant as ever of aging and illness but Porter’s great wit remains ideal for expressions of love, solace, and desire in the age of AIDS.

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On Ameripolitan: A Lesson in Country Music from Dale Watson

No, Dale Watson didn't watch the CMA Awards, because he founded his own, and the flagship Ameripolitan artist doesn't hold back about the state of the scene, why he broke off from the mainstream, and his fiery new album.

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Land of Soap and Glory: An Ode to British TV

If you type the word “doctor” in the Wikipedia search box, “Doctor Who” appears ahead of “doctorate”. Now that’s cultural relevance for you.

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No More Bones: An Interview With CHVRCHES

With Every Open Eye, CHVRCHES vaults the bar set by its debut, The Bones of What You Believe. Multi-instrumentalist Iain Cook speaks with PopMatters to explain just how that happened.

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The Empress Of Impossible Dreams

Lorely Rodriguez (a.k.a. Empress Of) is a no-bullshit pop music storyteller for our modern age, and talks to PopMatters about the numerous cultural influences of her debut full-length Me.

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The 25 Best Classic Progressive Rock Albums

The purpose of this column has been to revisit, reassess and, above all, celebrate classic prog rock, so it’s inevitable we name names and select the best of the best.

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Order, Chaos, and Faith: The Themes and Form of ‘The Dark Knight’

Originally a story about the perils of combating organised crime, The Dark Knight makes several radical departures that frequently result in the main characters being split among tonally disparate contexts whose relevance to each other is not always immediately evident.

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//Mixed media

Because Blood Is Drama: Considering Carnage in Video Games and Other Media

// Moving Pixels

"It's easy to dismiss blood and violence as salacious without considering why it is there, what its context is, and what it might communicate.

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