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The Great Scores: ‘The Fountain’ and a Sonic Road to Awe

Clint Mansell’s score for Darren Aronofsky’s metaphysical science fiction film, The Fountain, is a masterpiece of both film music and contemporary art music.

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Trapped in a Car Driving Through the Desert with Abbas Kiarostami’s ‘A Taste of Cherry’

As civil liberties were absorbed by the religious state and exacting codes of conduct were implemented with brutal force in Iran, Kiarostami used his canvas to show hope to his countrymen.

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In Defense of Kelly Reichardt’s Directorial Touch

Kelly Reichardt has established herself as a singular and essential voice in modern cinema by being a master of the miniature, a maestro of The Moment.

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15 Nov 2013 // 2:13 AM

12 No-Brainer Additions to the Criterion Collection

The Criterion Collection has released some 750 films since its launch in 1984. Today, a Criterion release ranks among the highest compliments a film can receive.

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13 Nov 2013 // 2:20 AM

Hi Ho Silver, Again

Much of the thrill of watching The Lone Ranger comes from its death-defying ability not to fall.

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12 Nov 2013 // 2:14 AM

Why Should Filmmakers and Critics Rethink 3D?

Whether we know it or not, our brain can pick up on the falseness of the 3D image if it’s not successfully tricked.

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A Post-Apocalyptic Present: ‘Ender’s Game’ and the New Sci-Fi of Violation

Ender’s Game, like much post-9/11 sci-fi, reimagines the future as a violated past. But the object of its nostalgia is a worryingly exclusive white ideal.

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Orson Welles’ ‘The Trial’ Is a Study in Transcendental Sociology

It is to Orson Welles’ eternal credit that he is one of the few filmmakers — perhaps the only one — who actually got Kafka right.

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Martin Scorsese’s Best Marriage of Film and Music Is Showcased in ‘Goodfellas’

Martin Scorsese is a master filmmaker and often just as brilliant at incorporating music into his work. Nowhere have those skills shone brighter than in Goodfellas.

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The PopMatters Fall Movie Preview - November 2013

This month we move further away from the popcorn summer towards the prestige titles as Award Season heats up. This month alone will see Matthew McConaughey and Alexander Payne vying for Oscar glory, as well as the return of The Hunger Games.

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31 Oct 2013 // 1:20 AM

Orson Welles and ‘40s Film Noir

As Welles had created shadowy noir images in the war years, by the end of the war, he captured the cultural climate of the emerging postwar era in his underrated 1946 noir, The Stranger.

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The Icons of Fright and the House That Spawned Them

Universal Studios didn't set out to be "The House that Horror Built", but Carl Laemmle and company created and recreated the ultimate icons of terror, and those icons were very good to Universal in return.

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‘Les Adoptés’ Poses the Question, What Is the Nature of Independent Film?

As much as one can be entranced by the characters and enter the world in which they live, indie films ultimately invite you to reflect upon yourself.

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20 Thrillers with a Side of Capers

Each film in The Best of Warner Brothers 20 Film Collection: Thrillers asks, in some or form or another, Where does your loyalty lie, with the guys or your girl?

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Vincent Price: The Poe Cycle

The six films in The Vincent Price Collection are indeed, six of Price's best.

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24 Oct 2013 // 1:14 AM

‘Citizen Kane’ Is a Labyrinth Without a Centre

The labyrinth structure of the film calls for the audience to be shown a solution, the potential 'centre' of the film.

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How Can Musty Old Dracula Scare Sophisticated Viewers in the 21st Century?

The Count’s long and many lives have terrified us with our xenophobia, anti-Communism, and fear of AIDS. What will he do to us next?

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The Silence of Distortion: An Interview with Nicolas Winding Refn and Peter Peter

PopMatters speaks with director Nicolas Winding Refn and composer Peter Peter about the long overdue release of Peter's score to Refn's 2010 Middle Ages brooder, Valhalla Rising, and its undulating dark ambient music.

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Get the Fuzzy Navels Ready, It’s LGBT Movie Time

Queer, Isn't It? presents the first of five films in its LGBT Hall of Fame.

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James Bond and Batman Walk Into a Dimly Lit Bar: The Camera Rolls

James Bond and Batman -- both heartbroken men -- warily size each other up, then settle in for a long talk over espresso martinis.

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