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Wednesday, September 18 2013

For Infidelity: Reconsidering Aesthetic Anachronism

Being faithful to the original can require removing it from its context. It’s a necessary and paradoxical reversal.


Monday, September 16 2013

Kiss Kiss Bangs Bangs: Pauline Kael, Lester Bangs and the Twitter Age

Maybe if one writes reviews like they're the only things that matter, the way Pauline Kael and Lester Bangs did, then writing reviews is enough.


Friday, September 13 2013

Finding the Voice of the Film: Interview with Haifaa Al Monsour, Director of ‘Wadjda’

"If there was an obstacle, then we tried to overcome. I don’t like to say it just to be bold, but I think it’s always good to have situations of confrontation. And that is the only way to go about it."


Friday, September 6 2013

The PopMatters Fall Movie Preview - September 2013

The preamble to Awards Season proper starts off with a collection of leftovers, a few failed tentpoles, some festival favorites, and at least two films centering on sex addiction and cannibalism. Now what does that say about September in general and specifically what Hollywood thinks you'll tolerate before the Oscar bait is unleashed?


Thursday, September 5 2013

Every Era Gets the Monster It Needs, and Ours Is the Era of the Zombie

The images of humans imprisoning themselves in The Walking Dead speak poignantly about a world in which walls seem like an answer to the threat of those masses of bodies on the other side.


Wednesday, September 4 2013

Rick Rubin’s Soundtrack for ‘Less Than Zero’ Perfectly Emulates the Excessive ‘80s

While the crowd dances to the beat of Jimi Hendrix’s soul/psychedelic classic, “Fire”, Robert Downey, Jr.’s character has a moment of reflection, but casts it aside and throws himself into the dance.


Thursday, August 15 2013

Essential Film Performances 2013 Update: Part 9

Essential Film Performances concludes with classic moments from top-notch comedian Robin Williams, the always fascinating Billy Bob Thornton, a star turn from Lynn Whitfield as Josephine Baker and more.


Wednesday, August 7 2013

Essential Film Performances 2013 Update: Part 8

Essential Film Performances continues with show-stopping turns from Terence Stamp, Jane Russell and Roy Scheider, as well as comic classics from Alicia Silverstone and the incomparable Barbra Streisand.


Essential Film Performances 2013 Update: Part 7

Essential Film Performances continues with musical day, featuring star turns from Diana Ross, Prince and Dolly Parton, as well as classic-period Hollywood flicks with Ginger Rogers and child star Margaret O'Brien.


Monday, August 5 2013

Essential Film Performances 2013 Update: Part 6

Essential Film Performances continues with great comic turns from Bette Midler, Leslie Nielsen and Jack Oakie, who goes tit-for-tat with Charlie Chaplin as another Great Dictator, as well as from Polish silent film star Pola Negri and Rita Moreno.


Sunday, August 4 2013

A Walk with Love and Death: The ‘Essential’ Courtney Love Cobain

One of the most notorious icons in pop culture talks exclusively with PopMatters about shedding scales to create her signature style of performance, codes of silence at movie star tennis brunches, and how a very famous actress once slipped her a mickey at the Russian Tea Room.


Essential Film Performances 2013 Update: Part 5

Essential Film Performances continues with classic moments from Jerry Lewis, Carole Lombard, Madonna, Rachel McAdams, and rocker Courtney Love who graced us with an interview for this series.


Wednesday, July 31 2013

Essential Film Performances 2013 Update: Part 4

It's ladies day. Essential Film Performances continues with classic moments from Goldie Hawn, Betty Hutton, Catherine Keener, Elsa Lanchester, and the incomparable Audrey Hepburn in Roman Holiday.


The PopMatters Summer Movie Preview - August 2013

As we enter the dog days of summer, we get the summer movie season dregs as well. Still, there's some stuff to look forward to, including the latest from Neill Blomkamp, a biopic on Linda Lovelace, more Disney cross promotional marketing, and the latest from the almost always brilliant Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg, and Nick Frost.


Tuesday, July 30 2013

Essential Film Performances 2013 Update: Part 3

Essential Film Performances continues with classic moments from Irene Dunne, Sally Field, Janeane Garofalo, Joel Grey and the Quiet Beatle, George Harrison.


Monday, July 29 2013

Essential Film Performances 2013 Update: Part 2

Essential Film Performances continues with classic moments from Jamie Lee Curtis, Beverly D'Angelo as Patsy Cline, Judy Davis as Judy Garland, Michael Douglas and the pair Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke.


Sunday, July 28 2013

Essential Film Performances 2013 Update: Part 1

For this year’s annual update, we are abiding by the weird and wacky Hollywood Foreign Press guidelines for this historically-debatable category of Musical or Comedy, which has often included some eyebrow-raising choices that range from appropriate, inspired nominees and winners to head-scratchers that sorta make sense and to the utterly perplexing.


Monday, July 22 2013

Silence Is Compliance: HBO’s ‘The Cheshire Murders’

With their documentary on a tragic crime premiering on HBO, filmmakers David Heilbroner and Kate David talk with PopMatters about the film, their findings, and what compelled them to tell this intriguing story in the first place.


Wednesday, July 17 2013

Confronting Ang Lee’s “Hulk”

One year on from the phenomenal success of Joss Whedon's The Avengers isn't it time to reconsider his most unlikely Avenger, the Hulk? Particularly the lavish treatment offered the Hulk in auteur Ang Lee's 2008 outing The Incredible Hulk.


Sunday, July 7 2013

“Kind of Serendipity, I Think”: An Interview with Jody Stephens of Big Star

Big Star were not talked about much when they were releasing their music, but as their influence spread, so did their legend. With a new documentary in tow, sole surviving member Jody Stephens talks to PopMatters about the band's legacy, followers, and unsung mentors and teachers ...


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