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Tuesday, September 11 2012

The Hellbilly Comes Clean: An Interview with Rob Zombie

When not releasing a new remix album, starting a co-headlining tour with Marilyn Manson, or working on his fifth full-length feature film, Rob Zombie sits down with PopMatters, talking about all of his projects as well as revealing, rather interestingly, just how much he hates clutter ...


Monday, September 10 2012

The 2012 PopMatters Fall Film Preview - Part 4: December

The final players in the possible Awards Season set-up come to play, and there's plenty to look forward to, including the latest from Quentin Tarantino.


Thursday, September 6 2012

Fear Itself: How Did the Big Screen Become Linked to a Crime Scene?

The social discourse around the Aurora shooting at the screening of The Dark Knight Rises reveals a schizophrenic culture struggling with the issue of its own sanity. With so many different voices vying for attention, it has found itself contending with confusing impulses and messages.


Wednesday, September 5 2012

The 2012 PopMatters Fall Film Preview - Part 3: November

While the pickings may seem slim this month, thanks to new offerings from Robert Zemeckis, Ang Lee, and Steven Spielberg, the possibilities appear endless.


Tuesday, September 4 2012

The 2012 PopMatters Fall Film Preview - Part 2: October

We get closer to the true cream of the cinematic crop, with some mandated seasonal horror thrown in for 31st consideration. Highlights include the Wachowskis/Tykwer epic Cloud Atlas and Ben Affleck's Argo.


Monday, September 3 2012

The 2012 PopMatters Fall Film Preview - Part 1: September

Things start off scattered and suspicious as some summer leftovers battle the brilliance of a select few for fine filmmaking recognition.


Wednesday, August 29 2012

Steam-Powered Hard Drive: Sherlock Holmes As Modern Superhero From 1887-2012

As the world continues to celebrate Sherlock Holmes, PopMatters takes readers on a tour of the famous fictional phenomenon that spans books, radio, television and films.


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.


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