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Monday, June 17 2013

The Women of ‘20 Feet from Stardom’: Lisa Fischer

Why do Mick, Sting, and Tina cast the spotlight on Lisa Fischer? As 20 Feet from Stardom reveals, she knows how to stop time.


Sunday, June 16 2013

The Women of ‘20 Feet from Stardom’: Merry Clayton

As part of our 20 Feet from Stardom, today we explore the gospel of legendary chanteuse Merry Clayton. Our interview discusses friendship, faith, and fearlessness, principles by which this diva passionately abides.


Sunday, June 9 2013

When the Music’s Over: Oliver Stone’s Tribute to Excess and the God of Rock

"There are things known. There are things unknown. And in between are the Doors."


Tuesday, June 4 2013

The PopMatters Summer Movie Preview June 2013

A classic comic book champion challenges three different takes on the End of the World, while some oddball independents struggle for recognition in this second serving of Summer season spectacle.


Monday, June 3 2013

“It’s Fun Being An Asshole!”: An Interview with Fran Kranz on Joss Whedon

The actor behind the lovable stoner from The Cabin in the Woods and Dollhouse's conniving programmer dishes about working with Joss Whedon, horror movies, and fan attention.


Farewell, Maestro: Rituparno Ghosh (1963-2013)

Upon the untimely death of the Indian film director Rituparno Ghosh, PopMatters remembers his remarkable career as a director, screenwriter and activist.


Tuesday, May 21 2013

In Defense of Star Trek

Who will defend the future from J.J. Abrams... and his fans?


Sunday, May 12 2013

From Thinking Steaks to TITANic Mistakes: The ‘Star Trek’ Films They Almost Made

If not for “The Guardian of Forever” and other unworldly phenomenon, our next Star Trek film, starring Eddie Murphy, might have been a cross between Police Academy and The Jetsons.


Thursday, May 2 2013

Should Hollywood Lie Low or Sound the Alarm? ‘Hollywood and Hitler, 1933-1939’

Between 1933 and 1939, representations of the Nazis and the full meaning of Nazism came slowly to Hollywood, growing more distinct and ominous only as the decade wore on.


In the End, What You Don’t Surrender: A Critical Response to ‘Iron Man Three’

In Iron Man Three incoming director Shane Black presents us with a perfectly-crafted vision of Tony Stark that we didn't realize we needed to see, until now…


Wednesday, May 1 2013

Hey, Old Sport, (Again): Hollywood and ‘The Great Gatsby’

Here comes another adaptation of The Great Gatsby. Why should this one succeed where its predecessors have failed?


Monday, April 29 2013

The PopMatters Summer Movie Preview - May 2013

Within the first two weeks of the 2013 summer season, we'll see two of the most highly anticipated releases of the year. We'll also get more Hangover, some F. Scott Fitzgerald, and the (hopeful) return of M. Night Shyamalan to the ranks of legitimate filmmaker.


Tuesday, April 23 2013

On the Band That’s Pelted with Frozen Fish Fingers: ‘Get Ready to Be Boyzvoiced’

Though it’s earned the tagline, “Norway’s This Is Spinal Tap”, Get Ready to Be Boyzvoiced is far more subtle than that, and much closer in tone to BBC’s The Office.


Monday, April 22 2013

The Stubborn Speed of Sound Advice

We should have more thinking in our writing, even if it slows the normal process of reading to a useful crawl. Intellectual death has already claimed the distracted reader. May vital writers and their dwindling audiences always remain one paragraph ahead of the goon squad.


Wednesday, April 17 2013

Trouble Man: ‘Django Unchained’ and the Obliteration of Identity

In his latest work, Quentin Tarantino re-establishes his reputation as an experimental filmmaker, putting a revolver to the head of genre and gleefully pulling the trigger.


Thursday, April 11 2013

The 30 Most Bizarrely Funny Movie Ratings

If it weren’t for the MPAA, we’d be unwittingly and constantly assaulted by bawdy puppets, bare bottoms, smoking caterpillars, quirky situations, irreverent humor and more (gasp!) much more, in our movie-going experiences.


Monday, April 8 2013

The Pop Culture Death Trap, Part 4: Projections

Who will be our next dead celebrity? Does it matter? Regardless of who, as Joseph Conrad suggested, we each remain loyal to the nightmare of our choosing.


Thursday, April 4 2013

Beyond Genocide: Stanley Kubrick’s Revisitation of Pagan Myth in ‘The Shining’

The walls and the foundations of the bright world of heroes – be they Greek, Celtic or American – are covered in blood, and they will stay red ‘forever and ever and ever.’


Wednesday, April 3 2013

Portraits of Love and Death: Godard’s Nostalgic Cinema in ‘Le Mépris’

A half century later Godard's Contempt still captivates audiences. Contempt is not as simplistic as it may appear; it is not a mere telling of rejection but of absolute dissolution, of modernized romance and the failings of modernity.


Thursday, March 21 2013

New Queer Cinema: The Director’s Cut

As a critic, curator, journalist, and scholar, B. Ruby Rich has been inextricably linked to the New Queer Cinema from its inception. Her book follows this cinematic movement from its origins in the mid-‘80s to the present.


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