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Sunday, January 6 2013

The Best Female Film Performances of 2012

From a precocious young girl bravely battling the elements to much older women waging war with their own demons, 2012 was a standout year for actresses, with these being some of the very, very best.


Wednesday, December 5 2012

Most of Us Don’t Need to Put Labels on It: An Interview with Aurora Guerrero

"I am excited about the fact that my presence at Sundance is inspiring a lot of people," says Aurora Guerrero. "It is an opening of a door. It is, 'Yes, you can!'”


Monday, November 26 2012

The Secret Lives of Bollywood Fans

The lights dimmed and the audience cheered as Khan strutted into frame to his own theme music. He beat up some bad guys, danced to a song about how awesome he was, acted the dutiful son to his mother, and made the heroine -- and the audience -- fall in love with him.


“I Want People to Really Hear My Heart”: An Interview with Cheyenne Jackson

Whether dominating Broadway in Xanadu, showcasing his comedy chops on 30 Rock, or recording full-length albums with Michael Feinstein, there is very little Cheyenne Jackson can't do. He talks to PopMatters about all of the above and more, including what it's like being an openly gay celebrity in this day and age ...


Sunday, November 18 2012

Some of the Most Unbelievable Films of Arnold Schwarzenneger, In Order of Implausibility

These films open some serious theological and existential cans of worms regarding mortality, morality, reincarnation, middle-age crises, ethics, and other such stuff.


Wednesday, November 14 2012

The Critic As Artful Gadfly: Pauline Kael

At her best, Pauline Kael was everything a film critic should be: passionate, knowledgable, in love with the movies and writing about them, willing to defend her reviews, and vicious. She was also everything movie goers despise in a critic: well-educated, argumentative, stubborn, and vicious.


Friday, November 9 2012

Shifting Perception: An Interview with Jeff Orlowski, Director of ‘Chasing Ice’

"Chasing Ice is a film that I’m approaching from an artistic perspective and also, to some degree, the activist perspective: I want this message to be heard and the film to be seen."


Monday, November 5 2012

‘Audre Lorde: The Berlin Years 1984 to 1992’: Interview with Dagmar Schultz

Through my relationship with Audre [Lorde], one thing I learned is that I could not just assume that the other person would judge and accept or reject me. It was something that I had to keep working on, recreating the trust.


Thursday, November 1 2012

Ten Horrific Movie Scenes for Post-Halloween

Since truth is invariably stranger -- and scarier -- than fiction, some of cinema's most unnerving scenes come from movies not found in the Horror section.


Monday, October 22 2012

Cinema as Rorschach Test: ‘The Master’

Much like the kaleidoscopic design of The Master’s theatrical poster, the way one perceives the film -- indeed, all films -- is reflective of the prism through which one views the artform itself.


Sunday, October 21 2012

Micro Frustrated, Macro Happy: An Interview with Demetri Martin

Dropping his usual punchline-a-sentence persona, comedian and author Demetri Martin speaks to PopMatters all about his influences, his frustratingly unfinished projects, and how he can never drift from stand-up for too long ...


Thursday, October 18 2012

The Big Screen: The Story of the Movies

At first, film was a waking dream, delivered for a nickel to huddled masses sitting in the dark. But soon movies began transforming our societies and our perceptions of the world.


Sunday, October 7 2012

Lads on Holiday: An Interview with The Inbetweeners

The cast and co-creator of the UK's highest-grossing comedy sit down with PopMatters to reminisce about live ants and prosthetic penises.


Thursday, September 20 2012

Reflections on the Revolution in Gotham: Of Burke and Batman

Amidst the wheezing voice of Bane and the thunderous roar of the Batpod, The Dark Knight Rises offers a quiet reminder to cherish the important and enduring things in life, and to remember one’s obligations to friends, neighbors, and fellow citizens.


Monday, September 17 2012

Aliens and the Women Who Love Them

If there’s one thing the alien film does well, it’s the introduction of an outsider to provide an inside glimpse at the human condition. What often gets knocked off the wayside is a myriad of underlying issues, including the continued questionable portrayal of women and, more broadly, their social status and treatment.


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.


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