Tuesday, September 4 2012
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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.