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Friday, November 1 2013

The PopMatters Fall Movie Preview - November 2013

This month we move further away from the popcorn summer towards the prestige titles as Award Season heats up. This month alone will see Matthew McConaughey and Alexander Payne vying for Oscar glory, as well as the return of The Hunger Games.


Thursday, October 31 2013

Orson Welles and ‘40s Film Noir

As Welles had created shadowy noir images in the war years, by the end of the war, he captured the cultural climate of the emerging postwar era in his underrated 1946 noir, The Stranger.


Tuesday, October 29 2013

‘Les Adoptés’ Poses the Question, What Is the Nature of Independent Film?

As much as one can be entranced by the characters and enter the world in which they live, indie films ultimately invite you to reflect upon yourself.


Thursday, October 24 2013

‘Citizen Kane’ Is a Labyrinth Without a Centre

The labyrinth structure of the film calls for the audience to be shown a solution, the potential 'centre' of the film.


Wednesday, October 23 2013

How Can Musty Old Dracula Scare Sophisticated Viewers in the 21st Century?

The Count’s long and many lives have terrified us with our xenophobia, anti-Communism, and fear of AIDS. What will he do to us next?


Wednesday, October 16 2013

James Bond and Batman Walk Into a Dimly Lit Bar: The Camera Rolls

James Bond and Batman -- both heartbroken men -- warily size each other up, then settle in for a long talk over espresso martinis.


Tuesday, October 15 2013

Orson Welles’ Subversive Genius: ‘The Third Man’, Film Noir and the Cold War

Could it be that Orson Welles was directing the films he was acting in even when he wasn't officially "directing" them?


Friday, October 4 2013

The PopMatters Fall Movie Preview - October 2013

October sees the arrival of several Oscar contenders, including the story of astronauts trapped in space, a free man sold into slavery, an American boat captain vs. Somali pirates, and another skipper alone against the elements. Toss in the usual commercial suspects and you've got quite a movie month.


Thursday, September 26 2013

Hollywood, History, and the Art of the Big Anachronism

Turkey legs may take the place of hot dogs, but even in the Middle Ages—at least the version of it in films such as A Knight’s Tale—fans still do The Wave.


Wednesday, September 25 2013

Just One of the Fans: ‘Good Ol’ Freda’

For more than 50 years, she kept her secret. Now, in an amazing film, Beatles' secretary Freda Kelly shares her insights into the frenzy surrounding the band, the impact their career had on their families, and how working for the Fab Four changed her life.


Thursday, September 19 2013

Fascism Is Not Fun: Katniss, Capitalism and Media Blindness

The German silent film classic The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920) eerily displays the same ideological ground as The Hunger Games (2012). In fact, they may be similar cultural markers of the consciousness of these respective civilizations, although they appeared during distant epochs.


Wednesday, September 18 2013

For Infidelity: Reconsidering Aesthetic Anachronism

Being faithful to the original can require removing it from its context. It’s a necessary and paradoxical reversal.


Monday, September 16 2013

Kiss Kiss Bangs Bangs: Pauline Kael, Lester Bangs and the Twitter Age

Maybe if one writes reviews like they're the only things that matter, the way Pauline Kael and Lester Bangs did, then writing reviews is enough.


Friday, September 13 2013

Finding the Voice of the Film: Interview with Haifaa Al Monsour, Director of ‘Wadjda’

"If there was an obstacle, then we tried to overcome. I don’t like to say it just to be bold, but I think it’s always good to have situations of confrontation. And that is the only way to go about it."


Friday, September 6 2013

The PopMatters Fall Movie Preview - September 2013

The preamble to Awards Season proper starts off with a collection of leftovers, a few failed tentpoles, some festival favorites, and at least two films centering on sex addiction and cannibalism. Now what does that say about September in general and specifically what Hollywood thinks you'll tolerate before the Oscar bait is unleashed?


Thursday, September 5 2013

Every Era Gets the Monster It Needs, and Ours Is the Era of the Zombie

The images of humans imprisoning themselves in The Walking Dead speak poignantly about a world in which walls seem like an answer to the threat of those masses of bodies on the other side.


Wednesday, September 4 2013

Rick Rubin’s Soundtrack for ‘Less Than Zero’ Perfectly Emulates the Excessive ‘80s

While the crowd dances to the beat of Jimi Hendrix’s soul/psychedelic classic, “Fire”, Robert Downey, Jr.’s character has a moment of reflection, but casts it aside and throws himself into the dance.


Thursday, August 15 2013

Essential Film Performances 2013 Update: Part 9

Essential Film Performances concludes with classic moments from top-notch comedian Robin Williams, the always fascinating Billy Bob Thornton, a star turn from Lynn Whitfield as Josephine Baker and more.


Wednesday, August 7 2013

Essential Film Performances 2013 Update: Part 8

Essential Film Performances continues with show-stopping turns from Terence Stamp, Jane Russell and Roy Scheider, as well as comic classics from Alicia Silverstone and the incomparable Barbra Streisand.


Tuesday, August 6 2013

Essential Film Performances 2013 Update: Part 7

Essential Film Performances continues with musical day, featuring star turns from Diana Ross, Prince and Dolly Parton, as well as classic-period Hollywood flicks with Ginger Rogers and child star Margaret O'Brien.


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