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Wednesday, August 22 2012

What ‘True Romance’ Did for Tony Scott and Hollywood

Tony Scott’s take on this violently funny genre mishmash gave his career new life, and also transmitted Quentin Tarantino’s vision more credibly than the screenwriter and then-novice director could have done himself.


Thursday, August 16 2012

Harry Potter, Wizards and How We Let Technology Create Who We Are

Whether it's wands or smartphones, technology can be seen as contributing to the social construction of reality. If the wand chooses the wizard, what implications might this have for Muggle society?


Sunday, August 12 2012

Abandoned ‘Star Wars’ Plot Points, Episode I: The Ties That Surround Us, Bind Us and Penetrate Us

To celebrate the added "layers" of unnecessary 3D onto both the Prequel and Original Trilogies, here are some actual plot layers straight out of George Lucas' old plans that just might have made Star Wars a more engrossing saga (in somebody's mind, anyway).


Wednesday, August 8 2012

High Art or Hood Film: John Singleton’s ‘Boyz n the Hood’

When Boyz n the Hood was released in 1991, I wanted to see it. All of my friends wanted to see it. We were all 11 or 12, and we all wanted to see it for the same reasons our parents didn’t want us to see it; it was about the hood.


Thursday, August 2 2012

What Is Summer in New York Without Woody Allen?

Woody (and Penelope, and Alec, and Ellen, and Greta) on Woody: The director and cast of To Rome With Love talk fame, fans, and Fellini.


Wednesday, August 1 2012

Directing in the Round: Fernando Meirelles’ ‘360’

Upon the release of new film 360, the director of City of God talks with PopMatters about chance encounters, Freud’s concept of civilization, and how to survive the slings and arrows of producers and critics.


Thursday, July 26 2012

J. Edgar Hoover Goes to the Movies: The FBI and the Origins of Hollywood’s Cold War

Between 1942 and 1958, J. Edgar Hoover's FBI conducted a sweeping investigation of the motion picture industry to expose Hollywood's alleged subversion of "the American Way" through its depiction of social problems, class differences, and alternative political ideologies.


Tuesday, July 24 2012

Life is Funny, That Way: How Filmmaker Taika Waititi Sees It

In light of Taiki Waititi’s ridiculous sense of humor and the absurd characters he creates, it’s almost too perfect that his epiphanic moment occurred while he was sitting in a Green room, fully waxed, and donning only a thong.


Wednesday, July 18 2012

Where Has the “Amazing” Gone?: Hubris Overturning Noir in Spidey’s Origin

Like it or not, something's missing from Marc Webb's cinematic reimagining of the Amazing Spider-Man, the exact piece that makes Spider-Man, Spider-Man…


Tuesday, July 17 2012

To Be Young Again: Maturity and Adolescence in Wes Anderson’s ‘Moonrise Kingdom’

Was love purer for us when we were 13? Probably not, but it sure is nice to remember it that way.


Tuesday, July 3 2012

Through His Glasses: A Talk with The Amazing Spider-Man’s Leif Gantvoort

The actor-director Leif Gantvoort plays a pivotal role in the summer blockbuster The Amazing Spider-Man, and swings by PopMatters to tell us all about it: the Mensa premiere, his thoughts on if it's too soon for a franchise reboot, and why everyone should watch the movie Brick ...


Thursday, June 28 2012

Essential Film Performances - 2012 Edition Part Ten

PopMatters concludes our 2012 update of the Esssential Film Performances today. Part ten and the final section features Elizabeth Taylor, Twiggy and more...


Wednesday, June 27 2012

I, RoboCop: Paul Verhoeven’s Prescient Classic 25 Years Later

One of RoboCop’s greatest strengths is how the movie so comfortably and carefully straddles the space between smart satire and popcorn thrills, a special talent of Paul Verhoeven’s.


Essential Film Performances - 2012 Edition Part Nine

PopMatters follows up our hugely popular 100 Essential Female and Male Performances feature and 2010 update with 50 additions to the essentials list. Part nine features Frank Sinatra, Rosalind Russell and more...


Tuesday, June 26 2012

Essential Film Performances - 2012 Edition Part Eight

PopMatters follows up our hugely popular 100 Essential Female and Male Performances feature and 2010 update with 50 additions to the essentials list. Part eight features Richard Pryor, Ryan O'Neal and more...


Monday, June 25 2012

Essential Film Performances - 2012 Edition Part Seven

PopMatters follows up our hugely popular 100 Essential Female and Male Performances feature and 2010 update with 50 additions to the essentials list. Part seven features Liza Minnelli, Elizabeth Montgomery and more...


Sunday, June 24 2012

She’s an Essential Performer: The Interview with Piper Laurie

Female movie stars of today may possess the basic, bare minimum tenets of Piper Laurie’s blazingly original screen persona, but very few can claim the kind of honed, strong chops she can.


Essential Film Performances - 2012 Edition Part Six

PopMatters follows up our hugely popular 100 Essential Female and Male Performances feature and 2010 update with 50 additions to the essentials list. Part six features Piper Laurie, Ewan MacGregor and more...


Thursday, June 21 2012

Essential Film Performances - 2012 Edition Part Five

PopMatters follows up our hugely popular 100 Essential Female and Male Performances feature and 2010 update with 50 additions to the essentials list. Part five features Charles Laughton, Madeline Kahn and more...


Wednesday, June 20 2012

Essential Film Performances - 2012 Edition Part Four

PopMatters follows up our hugely popular 100 Essential Female and Male Performances feature and 2010 update with 50 additions to the essentials list. Part four features Michael Fassbender, Jane Fonda and more...


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