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The Fall of the Oliver Stone Empire: A Director and His Critics

Until 2004, Oliver Stone could never be accused of shying away from anything. Once he did, the critics pounced.

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It Will All Be Yours: ‘Natural Born Killers’ and the Dead End of Allusion

On the eve of the release of Oliver Stone's new film, Thomas Britt reflects on Stone's Natural Born Killers and the mass murdering mayhem courtesy of the fabulously alliterative, famously insane characters of Mickey and Mallory Knox.

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Gekko As Hero? Hell NO!

Gekko isn't really the kind of noted nasty you love to embrace. Instead, he's everything that's bad in our current economic downturn. He's the target of a Michael Moore documentary, a running gag for Bill Maher's politically incorrect vivisection of the times.

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Just Bill: How and Why to Make a Film About Bill Withers

PopMatters talks with filmmakers Alex Vlack and Damani Baker about their unique look at an unassuming legend, Bill Withers.

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One Man’s Trash…: An Interview With Harmony Korine

First known to filmgoers as the teenage screenwriter of Larry Clark’s 1995 film Kids, Harmony Korine seems to have enjoyed that rarest of things within American cinema: the pursuit of a purely individual, often radically rebellious vision. PopMatters spoke with Korine about his career and his latest film, Trash Humpers.

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20 Questions: David Michôd, Director of ‘Animal Kingdom’

Animal Kingdom is the critically acclaimed feature debut of young Australian director, David Michôd, who has helmed many short films that have made the festival circuit.

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Masterpieces of Silent Film Are Rescued From Obscurity

Underworld, The Last Command, and The Docks of New York are masterpieces of visual storytelling -- human dramas expressed with cinematographic innovation, impeccably realized set design, and an unparalleled grasp of the “bigger picture” of the motion picture.

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Part Four: December 2010

This is it... the last push towards end-of-year accolades, with Darren Aronofsky, David O. Russell, Julian Schnabel and the Coen Brothers all looking for that elusive critic's choice seal of approval.

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‘Word Is Out’‘s Historical Importance Cannot Be Underestimated

Tales of secrecy, discrimination, discovery, bonding, and isolation and loneliness are common, not surprising considering the social and political climate for the LGBT community in the '70s.

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Part Three: November 2010

Things slow down considerably in the rush to Turkey Day, including the latest from Danny Boyle, the House of Mouse, and the always formidable Harry Potter.

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‘Eclipse’: A Sort of Romantic Kind of Fairytale

When I saw Eclipse, a gaggle of teenage girls behind me giggled, gasped and squealed their way through most of the film. Each time their hysteria erupted, it happened during a romantic scene.

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Part Two: October 2010

By the look of the calendar -- and this list of titles - it looks like Hollywood is out to investigate the horrors of vampires, demon children, alien invasion, and the most evil entity of all -- Facebook!

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‘Scott Pilgrim’ and What Movies Mean to Comics

Why do comics readers care about the movies made from their favorite books?

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Part One: September 2010

With over 23 films to choose from, September is a smorgasbord of possibilities -- from intelligent thrillers to unusual chiller, creative kid flicks and the standard Tinseltown tripe.

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Rambo’s Hold Will Never Let (Us) Go

The essential point of this series of all the Rambo films, muddy as it has been made by the hateful final installment, is that Rambo represents the failure of the American people to come to terms with their misadventure in Vietnam.

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Essential Film Performances - 2010 Edition Part Five

PopMatters follows up last year's hugely popular 100 Essential Female and Male Performances feature with 50 additions to the essentials list. Today we highlight performances from Hideko Takamine through Jane Wyman.

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Mommie Dearest: An Interview with Animal Kingdom’s Jacki Weaver

Playing a complex, historically awards-winning character -- the atypical, troubled mother -- Weaver is very much in keeping with the traditions begun by Oscar-winning actresses such as Jo Van Fleet, Shelley Winters and even Mo'Nique. She talks with PopMatters about her scorching role in Animal Kingdom.

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Essential Film Performances - 2010 Edition Part Four

PopMatters follows up last year's hugely popular 100 Essential Female and Male Performances feature with 50 additions to the essentials list. Today we highlight performances from Michael Redgrave through Tilda Swinton.

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Giving Us Something We Can Feel: An Interview with Lonette McKee

McKee reputedly beat out more than 500 other women for the plum role of Sister in Sparkle, for which she appears on our list. She talks frankly about what it's like being a black woman over 50 working in a contemporary industry that at times can be inhospitable and unwilling to tell her story.

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Essential Film Performances - 2010 Edition Part Three

PopMatters follows up last year's hugely popular 100 Essential Female and Male Performances feature with 50 additions to the essentials list. Today we highlight performances from Tony Leung through Michelle Pfeiffer.

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Supernatural: Season 11, Episode 19 - "The Chitters"

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"Another stand-alone episode, but there's still plenty to discuss in the Supernatural world.

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