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Head Trips and Virtual Life in the Films of 2010

Many of 2010's best triumphed not by rejecting the artifice or fantasy of filmmaking or gaming or dreaming, but by hopping between worlds, ever beginning.

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Suffragette City’s Best of 2010 Cinema

What’s black and white and blue all over? 2010’s finest films. Suffragette City investigates all of the major awards categories, offering up choices that are about as far a field from the Hollywood/Oscar PR machine as one can get!

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It Was a Very Good Year for Film

Now that the first decade of the new millennium is done with, despite what the snarking class might say, the state of film is very healthy indeed -- even considering atrocities like Sex and the City 2.

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Mean Streets: Take a Closer Look at Alejandro González Iñárritu’s ‘Biutiful’

Alejandro González Iñárritu makes up for the lack of challenging cinematic adventures by looking at the microcosm of Barcelona's “dark side” through a magnifying glass in his latest film Biutiful. What he finds might shock you. PopMatters gets some insight into one of the year's most underrated films from director Iñárritu and star Javier Bardem.

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The Best Male Film Performances of 2010

Heroes and villains, criminals and crazed creative types: the 20 best male performances of 2010 definitely run the dramatic/comedic character topography... with a few unusual turns tossed in for good measure.

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The Best Female Film Performances of 2010

The ladies really lit up the big screen, delivering the kind of brilliant acting work that makes picking a mere 20 that much more difficult, let alone unearthing a clear number one.

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The Guilty Pleasure Films of 2010

A collection of 10 films that make us feel bad for loving them so - though we can easily defend each and every one... we think.

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The Best Independent / International Films of 2010

PopMatters launches our six-day look at 2010's best film, TV and DVDs by spotlighting the 25 best indie and international films of the year, highlighted by a host of superb documentaries, a stellar film from China and one of the finest works of "hillbilly noir" ever.

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Straight No Chaser: “Another Year’s” Arch Melancholia

We present an exclusive round table interview with Another Year director Mike Leigh and actors Jim Broadbent, Lesley Manville and Ruth Sheen, getting a crash course in the intricacies of the patented Mike Leigh filmmaking process from the maestro and his players.

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I Am Become Undead: ‘Cronos’ by Guillermo del Toro

Guillermo del Toro evokes a sense of literary and filmic magic surrealism, one of the core traits of Latin American creative DNA, popularized by writers such Gabriel Garcia Marquez, who probe the painful politics that often prevail in the Latin world.

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Remain in Light: An Interview with Ellen Burstyn

Ellen Burstyn has proven herself to be a survivor in a business that often asks women to compromise when they hit "a certain age". Artistic integrity fully intact nearly seven decades after she began her acting career, Burstyn is a consummate professional in her field.

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We’ve Got a Winner! Ellen Burstyn Holds a Dark Mirror Up to the Soul of ‘Requiem for a Dream’

Burstyn's Requiem for a Dream transformation is more of a cinematic cousin to the great character work of Lon Chaney or Boris Karloff, or perhaps even Robert De Niro in Raging Bull, which makes Sara Goldfarb a classically-defined monster in many ways.

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The 1990s and Beyond: The Essential Late-Period Ellen Burstyn

We take a look at the actresses' major works of this later period of her life, in patented PopMatters Essential Performances style. Burstyn during this period schools everyone in the art of taking risks with memorable supporting character parts in eclectic ensembles.

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1980s: Snow-Capped Artistic Peaks and Scorching Death Valleys

Resurrection defines a career, while Burstyn flirts (unsuccessfully) with series TV and finally moves into a new role: teacher. The actress inadvertently transitioned into a string of demanding roles in TV movies, on the stage, and behind the scenes.

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29 Nov 2010 // 10:00 PM

The Devil Wears Spandex

It seems that Todd McFarlane designed Spawn’s cape to billow wildly just so that it would obscure Spawn’s feet, so that he wouldn’t have to draw them.

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The 1970s—Magnificent Obsession: Ellen Burstyn’s Legacy: Awards, Accolades, and Iconicity

Ellen Burstyn becomes an unlikely star, sex symbol, and Hollywood success in her 40s, during one of the most creatively-fertile periods in film history, appearing in landmark films like The Last Picture Show and Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore.

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Everything Gets Pulled into Question: Interview with Chico Colvard

Filmmaker Chico Colvard talks about his memories, his award-winning documentary (Family Affair) -- opening this Friday at the Quad -- and the whiteness of the independent film community.

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Politicking with ‘Made in Dagenham’‘s Miranda Richardson

Miranda Richardson discusses this season's premiere feminism-themed film about the real-life strike at the UK Ford plant that challenged and changed British laws on equal pay. Just how far have we come since 1968 in the fight for gender equality in the workplace?

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Tearjerkers, Weepies, Three-hanky Pictures, Sudsers & Other Such ‘Balloon Juice’

Men's movies show us a fantasy of the man we'd like to be (Tarzan or James Bond or Sam Spade), while women's movies are transmogrified dreams of women's real lives.

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Be the Media: The Current State of Activist Media and  the Work of Franklin Lopez

At its best, López’s work engages in constructing a new vision where popular culture serves the interests of the poor and dispossessed, where humor is reignited within activism, and the D.I.Y. ethics of punk and hip-hop allow those with talent and gumption to be the media, once again.

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