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Tuesday, February 4 2014

What Is Not Erased: Kafka and Lynch and Their Gift of Death

Eraserhead is very much of the same ilk as The Metamorphosis, and could be described to be a dark(er) twin of that novella.


Wednesday, January 29 2014

A Langeducation: 10 Essential Jessica Lange Scenes

Furious smokers, farm wives, iconic theater roles, women on the edge of a nervous breakdown, and a small truckload of little gold statues. Obviously, we are counting down Jessica Lange's 10 greatest scenes.


Monday, January 27 2014

Freudian Trip: Why We Still Can’t Get ‘The Shining’ Out of Our Heads

Freud theorized that to experience the uncanny was to awaken intellectual uncertainty. Kubrick's The Shining understands this to a masterful degree.


Thursday, January 23 2014

Eastern Dragons Meet Western Tigers: Wu-Tang Clan’s Debut Helped Asian Films Find a New Audience

Quentin Tarantino himself arguably wouldn’t have been so emboldened to make the Kill Bill films without that fire set forth by the Wu’s debut.


Thursday, January 16 2014

‘The Act of Killing’ and How Not to Get Conned by a Charming Madman

Using Joshua Oppenheimer’s belief in the healing power of performance, mass murderer Anwar Congo creates a masterpiece of guilt and repentance that his director buys hook, line and sinker.


Tuesday, January 14 2014

The Guilty Pleasure Films of 2013

Sometimes, a bad movie inspires a bit of unnatural love. In other instances, films overlooked by the masses make it into our personal preferences. Whatever the case is here, we have several examples of efforts we feel bad for enjoying, but love nonetheless.


Wednesday, January 8 2014

The Best Female Film Performances of 2013

It was a particularly strong year for women in film. These sensational performances remind us that, when all is said and done, it's character and how an actor or actress creates them that matters as much to a movie as a script, a director, or an idea.


The Best Male Film Performances of 2013

The best male film performances highlight how masculinity, managed within a more considered and complete character overview, can turn even the most rugged rogue into an equally strong if sensitive cinematic center.


Tuesday, January 7 2014

The Worst Films of 2013

For those who love film (as we do), it's often hard to hate the medium you enjoy so much. In the case of the movies listed here, the ability to loathe was quite easy, actually.


Monday, January 6 2014

The Best Films of 2013

After a shaky start, 2013 ended up a stellar cinematic year, covering subjects as varied as young love, '70s (and '80s and '90s) con men, our country's horrific history of slavery, and perhaps most importantly, giant robots battling equally elephantine alien monster.


Monday, December 23 2013

The Best International & Indie Films of 2013

Sometimes, you have to travel a bit off the beaten path to find salvation from the onslaught that is the mainstream moviemaking machine.


Thursday, December 19 2013

The Best DVDs and Blu-rays of 2013

As home video spins off into various immediate options -- streaming, simultaneous theatrical and digital release -- there are still many gems to uncover in the increasingly obsolete format.


Friday, December 6 2013

The PopMatters Fall Movie Preview - December 2013

Like a great battle, or a criminal desperately trying to avoid capture, Hollywood breaks out the big guns this month, giving us new efforts from Martin Scorsese, David O. Russell, the Coen Brothers, and Spike Jonze, along with the typical mainstream holiday fare.


Thursday, December 5 2013

The Magnificently Mutilated Ambersons

Though Citizen Kane has cemented his place in film history, The Magnificent Ambersons -- especially had its original ending been kept -- would prove Orson Welles one of Hollywood’s greatest masters of tragedy, if not the greatest.


Friday, November 15 2013

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.


Wednesday, November 13 2013

Hi Ho Silver, Again

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


Tuesday, November 12 2013

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.


Friday, November 8 2013

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.


Thursday, November 7 2013

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.


Tuesday, November 5 2013

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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