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Wednesday, March 18 2015

The Narrative of the ‘Halloween’ Saga Gets Confused Over Time

The message of John Carpenter's Halloween is simple: "Evil is here!" To expect any sequel to enhance that idea is to miss the point.


Friday, March 13 2015

Cinema Made in Italy, March 5th - March 9th 2015, Ciné Lumière, London

Mob comedies, reflective looks at wartime, and the Italian financial crisis are all under the gaze of the cameras at the Cinema Made in Italy season.


Tuesday, March 10 2015

Splitting Hairs (of Identity) in ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’

James Gunn's epic borrows from the mythologies of Star Wars and Indiana Jones, but its characters are on a much more contemporary quest for identity.


Thursday, March 5 2015

Spending Time with ‘Les Blank: Always for Pleasure’

Les Blank's intimate documentaries are staged when time slows and music, food, and community come together.


Thursday, February 26 2015

Don’t Want to Miss This Thing: An Interview with Aerosmith

Aerosmith has released concert DVDs before, but with Aerosmith Rocks Donington 2014, they are on the silver screen for one night only. Tom Hamilton tells us about the hits, the fits, and the pursuit of naughty bits.


Tuesday, February 24 2015

Finding Hope in the Horror: An Interview with Director Bernard Rose of ‘sx_tape’

Fresh off of last year's divisive sx_tape and with the classic Candyman to his credit, director Bernard Rose talks horror's past and present, as well as his own forthcoming take on Frankenstein.


Is All the World Really a Stage in ‘Birdman’?

Is Birdman's metacommentary the theatre within cinema that it appears to be?


Monday, February 23 2015

“This Is a Cautionary Tale”: An Interview With Dan Gilroy of ‘Nightcrawler’

PopMatters speaks with Nightcrawler writer/director and Academy Award nominee Dan Gilroy about writing antiheroes, watching local television news, and questioning the pervasiveness of fear mongering media.


Tuesday, February 17 2015

“It’s Morphin’ Time!”: Twenty Years of Power Rangers With No End in Sight

The campy Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: 22 years, 22 seasons and two movies in (and a reboot on the way). Why do we love this show?


Wednesday, February 11 2015

Everything Is True: Continuity in ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’

In the world of comic book continuity, if everything is true, anything can happen.


Tuesday, February 10 2015

‘Jupiter Ascending’ and the Search for Renewed Narrative Conventions

Although the Wachowski siblings' latest film has taken a critical beating, it merits a closer examination for its clever playing with narrative tropes from science fiction and fairy tales.


Monday, February 2 2015

Discovering the Essence of Fiction With ‘Timbuktu’ Director Abderrahmane Sissako

Academy Award for Best Foreign Film nominee director Abderrahmane Sissako discusses working with non-professional actors, difficult technical shots, and the meaning of receiving Mauitania's first-ever Oscar nomination.


Tuesday, January 27 2015

‘Alpha’ Female: An Interview With Actress Serafita Grigoriadou

A sweeping, mythological epic of dreams and nightmares, Alpha introduces one of Greek cinema's newest and most entrancing actresses.


Monday, January 19 2015

The ‘Steven Spielberg Director’s Collection’ Captures a Critical Period in the Director’s Career

Universal Pictures, distributors of the eight-film Steven Spielberg Collection on Blu-ray, is uniquely positioned to offer a long view of Spielberg's career.


Thursday, January 15 2015

Conquering the Leviathan: An Interview with Andrey Zvyaginstev

Fresh off his Golden Globe win for Best Foreign Film, director Andrey Zvyaginstev clears up a lot confusion about the political and sometimes religious undertones of his sweeping, grand new film Leviathan.


Tuesday, January 13 2015

Coolness and Connoisseurship in Jim Jarmusch’s ‘Only Lovers Left Alive’

Jim Jarmusch's Only Lovers Left Alive reimagines the vampire myth in the context of intellectual philistinism.


Monday, January 5 2015

Enough with the Biopic: A Re-Examination of Cinema’s Least Interesting Genre

Life-spanning biopics are still the ultimate Oscar bait in 2014. Here’s hoping that no one will be biting in the future.


Friday, January 2 2015

The 10 Best of ESPN’s 30 for 30

On the occasion of 30 for 30's fifth anniversary, ESPN Films has released a 100-Film Gift Set. And on that occasion, a list of the 10 best 30 for 30 films.. so far.


Thursday, January 1 2015

The Best Documentaries of 2014

As the best of 2014's documentaries find new ways to tell stories, they are also the year's best films.


Wednesday, December 31 2014

Crisis and Continuity: Reliving the Superhero Flicks of 2014

Superhero cinema had a watershed year in 2014, where it saw its fully postmodern realization. Films like X-Men: Days of Future Past not only interrogate genre tropes; they also upend them.


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