Recent Features
Summer Hours: An Interview with Olivier Assayas

Assayas’ newest film Summer Hours, and in fact his entire oeuvre, is consistently magnanimous, in representing a universe of real women and colorful female characters of all ages, races, and socio-economic backgrounds.

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God as a Character: David Berman’s Journey Through Israel

Silver Jew follows David Berman with a camera during his first-ever trip to Israel in a documentary that covers not only the man and his music, but also his intensely personal spiritual journey.

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Meaningless Landscapes: G. Willow Wilson’s and M.K. Perker’s ‘air’

Airports and airplanes are extreme manifestations of a placeless McWorld, and Jihad is a backward-looking form of resistance to that placelessness, but we need not be limited by those choices.

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13 May 2009 // 9:00 PM

Art and Appropriation

Using trash to make art is a political statement, though not necessarily the one the artists may intend. The implicit message, reduce and reuse, runs counter to the consumerist impulse to always buy more.

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Remembering the Allman Brothers Band: The Road Goes on Forever

They moved to Macon 40 years ago. No one here had seen the likes of people like them before. This is their story, in the words of those who knew them best.

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12 May 2009 // 9:00 PM

Obama is The Boss

What Barack Obama and Bruce Springsteen share is an understanding that real life happens on the ground, regardless of the hot ideological winds blowing through Crawford or Washington D.C. or talk radio.

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How It Could Be Different: An Interview with Sarah Katherine Lewis

The sex worker turned memoir author and columnist discusses the egalitarian nature of the sex industry, the devaluation of the body, and why you should just go ahead and eat that bacon if you want it.

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Sinéad O’Connor: I Do Not Want What I Haven’t Got

Nearly perfect, and overflowing with determined beauty, one of the best recordings of the 1990s is given its due.

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11 May 2009 // 9:00 PM

“I Thee Wed”

Weddings performed by a justice of the peace, a ship's captain, or an Elvis impersonator don't fit into the historical, traditional view of marriage, performed in and sanctioned by the church – but they’re legal.

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Harder Than Moving a Couch: An Interview With Buddy Miller

The Nashville legend has had a dramatic stretch (including a trip to the Grammys and another to the hospital). He tells PopMatters what's really a challenge.

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Janet Jackson: Regain Control

With the musical world filled with young "divas", there's little room for Miss Janet, an innovator who popularized the Sexy Diva With Choreography paradigm in the first place.

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Commit: An Interview with Steve Earle

Earle digs through a mutual past for a new album of Townes Van Zandt covers, and he explains what it was like knowing, and being heckled by, the songwriter himself.

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20 Questions: Zachary Richard

Zachary Richard’s Cajun accordion speaks to the heart. Let that sound get in your ear and you’ll be out of your chair and on your feet before you can say Laissez le bon temps rouler!

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Gidget’s ‘Dear Diary—et al.’ – and All that May Imply

As things start getting a little steamy, Retro Remote 'sinks into nothingness' trying to mix Gidget and some serious film theory.

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Adoration: In the Eye of the Beholder

Atom Egoyan talks to PopMatters about his newest film, Adoration, an intelligent coming-of-age tale that won’t be making it to the local multiplex anytime soon, but makes for a refreshing, welcome addition to the impending sea of American-made summertime garbage.

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Big, Dramatic, Rock Guitar Moments: An Interview with Longwave

Following his departure from RCA, Longwave frontman Steve Schiltz wound up touring with Strokes axe-man Albert Hammond Jr., taking advice from the Edge, and making his best album to date.

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A Lament on the Deafening Silence of iPods

I miss your impulse to play your music LOUD, to draw me in, to irritate and offend me – and I miss my impulse to do the same to you.

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Near Misses and Gems: 2009 Tribeca Film Festival

Selecting just 85 feature films for screening, this year's Tribeca Film Festival increased the quality quotient, cutting the number of embarrassing failures that once studded the schedule like a minefield.

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6 May 2009 // 8:59 PM

20 Questions: School of Seven Bells

Benjamin Curtis, formerly the guitarist for the Secret Machines, pulled School of Seven Bells together and he sits down with 20 Questions to discuss his moonwalking skills and the greatness of Star Trek and New York City.

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Metal Up Yours, Mine & Metallica’s

Metallica’s got identity and projection issues -- James Hetfield repeatedly directs a string of insights or even accusations at some mysterious "you", only to concede by song's end that he is talking to himself.

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More Recent Features
//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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