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The 100 Essential Directors Part 2: Robert Bresson to David Cronenberg

Our second day of "100 Essential Directors" could loosely be described as one that defines "influential." Each of the auteurs sandwiched in between Robert Bresson and David Cronenberg has left a lasting mark on cinema, each employing a signature style that is unmistakable.

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4 Aug 2011 // 4:20 AM

‘Rise’ of the Post-9/11 Fictions

Speculations abound about the forthcoming release of Rise of The Planet of the Apes on August 5. Clingan postulates a narrative connection between Rise and Post 9/11 American-Arab relations.

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Like Mao’s Long March: An Interview with Alex Gibney and Alison Ellwood

The co-directors of the Magnolia Films' documentary Magic Trip: Ken Kesey's Search for a Kool Place open up about the daunting task of constructing their visually stunning movie out of the film found in damaged, rusted canisters stored in the Kesey family barn.

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The 100 Essential Directors Part 1: Chantal Akerman - Bernardo Bertolucci

Neurotic New Yorkers, Queer Mavericks, Swedish close-ups and the art of putting a microphone on every person on set are but a few of the themes explored in PopMatters' first group of ten essential directors, Chantal Akerman through Bernardo Bertolucci. Please note that any perceived omissions were likely on purpose...

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Ashton Kutcher vs. The Village Voice: Looking for Real Men on the Internet

The feud between Ashton Kutcher and the Village Voice sparked a firestorm, and highlights a need for a greater understanding of sex trafficking -- and media representation of it -- across the board. How should the media and Hollywood approach this complicated subject?

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Robot Dreams: ‘Transformers’ and ‘Sex Kittens Go to College’

Retro Remote nominates Sex Kittens Go to College as Transformers' true precursor. The problem with Tranformers-type franchises is that the criticisms can only annoy people by reminding them of what they have chosen to ignore.

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Sherlockians, Whovians, Woodies: Summer is the Season for Cinematic Tourists

Each summer they descend upon London en masse. Who are these cinematic tourists, and why do they travel thousands of miles to see where real or fictitious people enacted the stories that captured fans’ imagination?

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Voluntary Amnesia in ‘Dollhouse’ and ‘Pygmalion’

Long before Dollhouse's Echo submitted herself to five years of memory loss, Eliza Doolitle of Pygmalion experimented with some personal tabula rasa.

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Overlooked Polish Masterpieces: Two Essential Films by Jerzy Kawalerowciz

Kawalerowicz's work would set the intellectual tone for post-war acts of filmic subversion and transcendance within Poland's burgeoning industry, essential characteristics that Polish cinema would come to be best known for.

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Frustrated Fantasies: Misperceptions of Fandom and ‘Gone With the Wind’

The value of fandom is often underestimated. Rather than the stereotyped burnt-out housewives or socially inept teenagers that obsessively and indiscriminately consume popular culture, fans are active agents.

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Ethical Backbone: An Interview with ‘A Better Life’ Director Chris Weitz

"The moment that you turn a camera on to a situation that is politically charged at all," Chris Weitz says,"Your film is going to be politicized in the minds of the people who watch it. And that’s okay."

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What a Wonderful ‘Life’: An Interview with Director Oliver Schmitz

Life, Above All director Oliver Schmitz brings the best-selling novel Chanda's Secret to the big screen with a dazzling cast of African actresses. Schmitz chats with Nik Ruckert about the making of this universal South African tone poem about tolerance.

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Call Me Uncontrollable: Deaf Muslim Filmmaker Sabina England

A Conversation with Deaf Muslim Filmmaker Sabina England about punk attitudes, Deaf identities, and Muslim treatment in post 9-11 America.

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The Sound of ‘Beginners’: An Interview with Mike Mills

With his acclaimed new film Beginners, director Mike Mills sits down with PopMatters to discuss the autobiographical nature of the soundtrack, and oh so much more ...

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‘Go Lala Go!’ and ‘Working Girl’: The Chinese/American Dream

Both Go Lala Go! and Working Girl feature the basic Cinderella narrative. Yet there are marked distinctions between the Chinese and American processes, and the films differ greatly in their approaches to female conflict, empowerment, and class struggle.

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How Intricate Can Marvel’s Storyworld Become on Film?

Marvel producers are attempting to create a film analog to the Marvel Universe that knits together the publisher's mainline titles. Will moviegoing audiences keep coming back for the next story, and the next?

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‘Norwegian Wood’ Is Pretty Onscreen, But Puzzling

Haruki Murakami's Norwegian Wood has been referred to as the "Japanese Catcher in the Rye", but J. D. Salinger said that his book was not actable and he would never sell the rights to Hollywood. Maybe Murakami should have listened to Salinger.

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The Best Film, TV and DVDs for Summer

Draw the curtains against that relentless summer sunshine. Crank the air conditioner not only for comfort, but to drown out that infernal sound of laughing children. While away some free time this summer in the company of your TV with these recommended shows.

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Enmeshed In Modernity: Malcolm Turvey’s ‘The Filming of Modern Life’

Most of these films have been studied to death, then autopsied, buried, exhumed, and autopsied again, but Malcolm Turvey unearths some fresh perspectives and in the process, provides a nice corrective to long-misguided notions.

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23 Jun 2011 // 3:00 AM

Obsession As the Driver Behind the Road Movie

Since Jack Kerouac's On the Road, the notion of hitting the road to "anywhere but here" speaks to us not of grand rolling landscapes, but of an emergence into a truer, freer, state of being than our everyday routines allow.

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The Thoughtful Absurdity of 'Spaceplan'

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"Spaceplan is a goofy game that still manages to pack a potent emotional punch.

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