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13 Jan 2011 // 9:00 PM

Rescripting the Western in ‘No Country for Old Men’

How the Coen Brothers' ostensibly faithful award winning adaptation of Cormac McCarthy's No Country For Old Men diverges from its creator's rather questionable politics.

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The Best Documentaries of 2010

A remarkable number of documentaries challenged basic assumptions about structure and representation, faith and truth.

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The Best Films of 2010

Among this year's winners include a fake documentary, a comedy about Jihad, a vampire story NOT dealing with tacky tween romance, a haunting hillbilly noir, and an elegant tale about clones. Not necessarily the usual cinematic suspects.

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The Worst Films of 2010

When Hollywood delivers the stink bombs, they are strident in their creative stench. Need proof? Just check out the ten titles below.

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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 // 9:00 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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