Thursday, October 18 2012
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
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
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
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
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 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
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
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
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…