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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.


Friday, November 1 2013

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.


Thursday, October 31 2013

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.


Tuesday, October 29 2013

‘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.


Thursday, October 24 2013

‘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.


Wednesday, October 23 2013

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?


Wednesday, October 16 2013

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.


Tuesday, October 15 2013

Orson Welles’ Subversive Genius: ‘The Third Man’, Film Noir and the Cold War

Could it be that Orson Welles was directing the films he was acting in even when he wasn't officially "directing" them?


Friday, October 4 2013

The PopMatters Fall Movie Preview - October 2013

October sees the arrival of several Oscar contenders, including the story of astronauts trapped in space, a free man sold into slavery, an American boat captain vs. Somali pirates, and another skipper alone against the elements. Toss in the usual commercial suspects and you've got quite a movie month.


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