Thursday, January 6 2005
This annual ritual of looking back has rarely seemed so apt. As it turns out, a majority of the year's worthy films take up precisely this theme, treating the messy processes of memory and/or history as exercises in creativity, anxiety, and futility.
Music videos continue to push boundaries, visual, technical, and political. And new artists continue to emerge alongside the old.
The year 2004 was monumental in the brief history of DVD. The death knell tolled for VHS, while the next big innovation started a blue-ray vs. HD DVD debate that lit up blogs and bulletin boards across the web.
Tuesday, December 7 2004
As a filmmaker, Jerry Lewis reveled in the possibilities of widescreen cinematography, stereophonic sound, and audacious bursts of Technicolor.
Wednesday, December 1 2004
For the last five years, PopMatters has provided smart, literate film reviews, informative interviews, and insightful features that combine a knowledge of film history, cultural issues, and a sense of film as both an art form and an entertainment industry.
Friday, November 5 2004
Turkish auteur Nuri Bilge Ceylan's films are both a little grounded and a little weightless.
Saturday, October 30 2004
From symphonic to choral, electronic and progressive rock, these very different scores reveal innovation that is rarely found outside the horror genre.
Friday, October 15 2004
Reeve's Kent was an essentially tragic figure, a man set apart from the masses by dint of a powerful secret.
Thursday, September 23 2004
The World According to Shorts this year offered punchy films organized so their rhythms meld into a syncopated pulse.
Whether they reflected something true-to-life or were just bizarre, these films united a whole community of queer people who might not otherwise feel connected to each other.
Wednesday, September 15 2004
The family values movement teaches people to be loyal only to their own kin, and to pursue familial interests without concern for a larger society.
Friday, July 30 2004
You may not fully appreciate Steve Buscemi's abilities as an actor until you see him in person.
Thursday, July 8 2004
On screen, he rebelled against 'the man'; offscreen, he rebelled against the rebel stereotype imposed on him.
Thursday, June 3 2004
Fluid and erratic, viscous and elusive, Wong Kar-Wai's films are feats of dream logic.
Thursday, May 13 2004
This year's Filmfest DC, the 18th, was mild cause for excitement among locals and hardly at all for international cinephiles. Thus, it seems, it will always be for a film festival located in the capital, where the national soap opera invariably drowns out everything in its radius.
Thursday, May 6 2004
Groundhog Day reconciles the smart-ass and nice guy aspects of Bill Murray's persona completely, and weirdly parallels his career.
At the San Francisco International Film Festival, it's entirely possible to assemble your own festival within a festival, to choose your own adventure. Like life in San Francisco, you can forget about the next big thing in favor of doing your own thing.
Wednesday, April 28 2004
This year at the Philadelphia Film Festival, the movies are the focus, from a 30th Anniversary screening of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre to Control Room, a documentary on Al Jazeera filmed during the takeover of Iraq.
Thursday, April 22 2004
In the decade since Pulp Fiction's release, fans and detractors alike have had difficulty reconciling the film's spiritual aspect with its violent imagery, ironic tonal fluctuations, stylized dialogue, and ubiquitous pop culture references.
Monday, April 12 2004
The Passion of the Christ is as much a horror movie as Dawn of the Dead writes Nenonen. Both films deal with damnation, death, and resurrection. Neither offers any hope for salvation through human virtue.