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Thursday, July 17 2014

‘A Constantly Driving Feeling’: Interview with Orlando Von Einsiedel

"The rangers risk their lives every day because of their hope for the park, and the hope that this amazing place promises for Eastern Congo."


Monday, July 14 2014

‘All These Characters Are Me in Different Ways’: An Interview with Director Ritesh Batra

"So it all came from a point of view of nostalgia, of how India used to be when I still lived there," says Ritesh Batra of his film, The Lunchbox.


Wednesday, July 2 2014

The PopMatters Summer Movie Preview: July 2014

We take another trip to a certain simian world, we have another experience with an annual government authorized night of lawlessness, and we get our second sighting of a mythic Greek muscleman.


Tuesday, July 1 2014

Melvil Poupaud Reflects on Director Éric Rohmer and His Film, ‘A Summer’s Tale’

A Summer’s Tale is a rich snapshot of youth and the hopefulness contained in the realization that the world is nothing if not endless possibilities.


Wednesday, June 18 2014

Religion and Biological Limits in Post-Humanity: ‘Her’ and ‘Transcendence’

Post-humanism, transhumanism, and the stakes of religion in the digital age intersect in Her and Transcendence, hinting at radical societal change to come.


Wednesday, June 4 2014

The PopMatters Summer Film Preview - June 2014

It's June. School's out, the kids are antsy, and Hollywood is serving up the spectacle. We'll get more Transformers, more Tom Cruise, more animated adventure, and a bit too much found footage.


Friday, May 2 2014

The PopMatters Summer Movie Preview - May 2014

It's that time of the year again. Time for the days to get longer and hotter and the moviegoing experience more complicated and chaotic.


Wednesday, April 30 2014

Making the Cut: The 17th Annual Full Frame Documentary Film Festival

This year, in addition to film reviews, we're honoring the unsung heroes of documentary filmmaking by exploring and celebrating what it is that editors do.


Monday, April 28 2014

Five Ways ‘Animal House’ Changed the World

Wherever the bar was set for '70s college parties, Animal House took that bar, broke it into kindling, and made a bonfire.


Tuesday, April 22 2014

The Little Joys (Not Pleasures) of Scopophobia: On Mystery Science Theater 3000, Vol. XXIX

From our fear of the culture industry emerges a new sense of self—a negative self to be sure, created from the fear of being hypnotized by one’s inferiors, yet a self less likely to get lost in the dark.


Wednesday, March 19 2014

Rich People Have Problems Too: Teenage Angst in ‘Sixteen Candles’

A film like Sixteen Candles suggests that wealthy teenagers are not immune to life’s harsh caprice, and that no amount of affluence can cure high school’s sense of alienation and anxiety


Tuesday, February 25 2014

The Blackened Eyes of the Movie Men With No Name

Akira Kurosawa’s samurai, Stuart Heisler’s gangster, Sergio Leone’s cowboy, and George Miller’s misfit suffer a similar black eye, but with dramatically different effect.


Monday, February 24 2014

The Oscar Curse

For more recent winners, who don't have the benefit of the studio system helping shape their images, Oscar can be more of a frenemy who can lead them down a self-destructive path of bad career moves.


Wednesday, February 19 2014

No Greek Tragedy: An Interview with Stathis Papadopoulos

Greek actor Stathis Papadopoulos was poised to be the next big thing in Greek cinema following his bold and equally sensitive turn in Constantine Giannaris' From the Edge of the City more than 15 years ago. But Papadopoulos' star never ascended the way it should have.


Wednesday, February 12 2014

America, Slavery, and McQueen and Tarantino’s Two Very Different Movies

12 Years a Slave is every bit as intense as one might imagine, though not completely depressing, whereas Django Unchained aestheticizes its extreme violence.


Friday, February 7 2014

We’ve Seen This Movie Before: Trying to Make Sense of Philip Seymour Hoffman

The death of Philip Seymour Hoffman hurts more than the typical "gone too soon" tragedy because we are being robbed of an artist performing at the height of his considerable powers.


Have a Little Faith in People: Woody Allen, ‘Blue Jasmine’, and Returning to Form

Blue Jasmine goes some way towards restoring our faith in Woody Allen's talent. Against the odds, and late in the game, Woody has hit a home run. He actually has returned to form, this time.


Tuesday, February 4 2014

What Is Not Erased: Kafka and Lynch and Their Gift of Death

Eraserhead is very much of the same ilk as The Metamorphosis, and could be described to be a dark(er) twin of that novella.


Wednesday, January 29 2014

A Langeducation: 10 Essential Jessica Lange Scenes

Furious smokers, farm wives, iconic theater roles, women on the edge of a nervous breakdown, and a small truckload of little gold statues. Obviously, we are counting down Jessica Lange's 10 greatest scenes.


Monday, January 27 2014

Freudian Trip: Why We Still Can’t Get ‘The Shining’ Out of Our Heads

Freud theorized that to experience the uncanny was to awaken intellectual uncertainty. Kubrick's The Shining understands this to a masterful degree.


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