Recent Features
Part Four: December 2010

This is it... the last push towards end-of-year accolades, with Darren Aronofsky, David O. Russell, Julian Schnabel and the Coen Brothers all looking for that elusive critic's choice seal of approval.

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20 Questions: Melora Creagor-Rasputina

Rasputina's newest CD, Sister Kinderhook, came out in June. Rasputina's founder, Melora Creager, tells PopMatters 20 Questions about the lure of living in an era past, when what was essential could be made by hand -- and giants walked among us.

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Anarchy and the Arts: Sex, Wales and Anarchy 3 Sets the Stage for Change

“SWA is a festival of talent born in dissatisfaction, anger and desperation. But, hopefully, over the years to come it will continue to generate opportunity, confidence, realisation of potential and a cleansing of the soul.”

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‘Word Is Out’‘s Historical Importance Cannot Be Underestimated

Tales of secrecy, discrimination, discovery, bonding, and isolation and loneliness are common, not surprising considering the social and political climate for the LGBT community in the '70s.

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Permanent Vacation: An Interview with the Young Veins

Just as his former band, Panic! at the Disco, was reaching their highest peaks of emo girl adoration and chart success, Jon Walker and co-writer/guitarist Ryan Ross split the band striking out on their own as The Young Veins

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Part Three: November 2010

Things slow down considerably in the rush to Turkey Day, including the latest from Danny Boyle, the House of Mouse, and the always formidable Harry Potter.

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‘Eclipse’: A Sort of Romantic Kind of Fairytale

When I saw Eclipse, a gaggle of teenage girls behind me giggled, gasped and squealed their way through most of the film. Each time their hysteria erupted, it happened during a romantic scene.

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Part Two: October 2010

By the look of the calendar -- and this list of titles - it looks like Hollywood is out to investigate the horrors of vampires, demon children, alien invasion, and the most evil entity of all -- Facebook!

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‘The Mothers-In-Law’: Just for Good Measure, We’ll Give Everyone the Intelligence of a Radish

The '60s were the most surreal decade on TV, and this show has scenes as bizarre as any sitcom, even without castaways or martians or robots or talking animals or reincarnated automobiles.

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‘Scott Pilgrim’ and What Movies Mean to Comics

Why do comics readers care about the movies made from their favorite books?

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Part One: September 2010

With over 23 films to choose from, September is a smorgasbord of possibilities -- from intelligent thrillers to unusual chiller, creative kid flicks and the standard Tinseltown tripe.

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‘The Men Who Would Be King’ Reveals the Stuff That DreamWorks Was Undone By

With energy and a candor reflecting a veteran journalist unworried whether she'll eat lunch in that town again or not, author Nicole LaPorte reveals the parallels between the DreamWorks story and that of any dream's road to either reality or perdition.

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26 Aug 2010 // 10:00 PM

Mythologizing Michael Jackson

Aristotle's wisdom about these protagonists suffering irreparable loss at the hands of destiny is applicable to Jackson's journey: he suffered disproportionately more than he deserved; he was intelligent and gifted at evoking pathos in his audience; and he had influence but was in conflict with external forces and internal demons. In short: he was a flawed, tragic figure.

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Missed Directions Reboot: Assembling ‘Unthinkable’

Reading comics promotes specific psychic resiliences, ones that go beyond well beyond the comics page and carry on into civic discourse.

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26 Aug 2010 // 10:00 PM

Soundscape Mix #7: Ad Noiseam

Berlin's Ad Noiseam has quietly become one of the world's penultimate electronic labels. Featuring recent tracks from Larvae, Raoul Sinier, the Kilimanjaro Darkjazz Ensemble, Broken Note, and Roel Funcken, PopMatters' latest free mix proves that Ad Noiseam is a force to be reckoned with.

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Things Will Be Worse Now: John Reed and Breaking the Spell of History

With his most recent book, Tales of Woe, John Reed takes a creative and a commercial risk in producing a 'handmade alien object'.

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Moving Mountains with Her Point of View: An Interview with the Mynabirds

Hot on the heels of the most promising debut album of 2010, Laura Burhenn of the Mynabirds divulges with PopMatters on coming to terms with being a good person through her music, working with the enigmatic Richard Swift, and why Ringo Starr is so misunderstood.

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MAD’s Maddest Artist Gets Even: Don Martin Strikes a Blow for Creators’ Rights

In 1988, MAD's Don Martin helps set the stage for the move towards comics creators' rights in the '90s.

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24 Aug 2010 // 10:00 PM

Doggamn!

How do you follow up the best metal album of 2009? By putting out one of the best Americana albums of 2010, of course.

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Pressing Issues: Wizard Press and the Trapeze of ‘90s Fan Culture

Following the apparent reconciliation between Wizard and Frank Miller in 2005, have issues are the publication's quality of journalism finally been settled?

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