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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.


Monday, March 18 2013

“Just Walk Into That Cloud”: Finding Bhutan in Books and Film

"Happy peasants in bountiful fields. A King who's too good to be true.... I'm making photos, shooting video and collecting stories. Everybody in Bhutan's got a story -- some of them might even be true."


Thursday, March 7 2013

Go Ahead, Disney… Rough Up ‘Star Wars’

Whatever Disney does to Star Wars, let's at least hope they keep its rough aesthetic.


Tuesday, March 5 2013

Table Talk with Tom Colicchio, Kristi Jacobson and Lori Silverbush

"If we want to see change, we have to make hunger a voting issue in America." -- Jeff Bridges, Academy Award Winner & founder of End Hunger Network


Sunday, February 24 2013

The Pop Culture Death Trap Part 2: The Death of Beauty

Despite having seen it all before – the rock star and the blonde actress – we look on each such instance of celebrity death with the same mixture of surprise, curiosity, horror, and glee. Pop culture reflects our capacity to simultaneously ignore death and make of it an obsession.


Thursday, February 21 2013

Abandoned ‘Star Wars’ Plot Points Episode II: The Force Behind the Scenes

With Disney's purchase of Lucasfilm already changing Star Wars, let's look at the prior behind the scene changes in the saga.


Thursday, January 31 2013

The Best DVDs and Blu-rays of 2012

From classics to contemporary television, the typical titles and the surprising outsider choices, the year in home video was just as divisive, and delightful, as the rest of our meaningful media.


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