Thursday, January 6 2005
Colgan loves the bewitching Buffy and eye-dazzling Peter Pan as well as the comic brilliance of the Office.
The dead returned to life during 2004, with Zack Snyder's mall-set remake and Edgar Wright's pub-set spoof.
PopMatters' Political Editor presents the most shameful moments of the year in the US media, from Star Jones' wedding to the embarassment of William Hung and the hypocrisy of Bill O'Reilly.
Great though it may have been to see Australia's longest running soap tackle issues beyond who's at the pub, the whole lesbian thing turned ridiculous with Skye's conflicts and Lana's perving on every woman in the Coffee Shop.
I seem to be in the minority by thinking that this last season of The Sopranos was boring. In fact, I found most of the past year on television to be unexciting. So I looked for treasures in hidden places.
Kuersten raves about the controversial director Lars Von Trier's condemnation of the hypocrisy of the New Testament in 2004's Dogville.
This annual ritual of looking back has rarely seemed so apt. As it turns out, a majority of the year's worthy films take up precisely this theme, treating the messy processes of memory and/or history as exercises in creativity, anxiety, and futility.
Music videos continue to push boundaries, visual, technical, and political. And new artists continue to emerge alongside the old.
The year 2004 was monumental in the brief history of DVD. The death knell tolled for VHS, while the next big innovation started a blue-ray vs. HD DVD debate that lit up blogs and bulletin boards across the web.
Tuesday, December 7 2004
As a filmmaker, Jerry Lewis reveled in the possibilities of widescreen cinematography, stereophonic sound, and audacious bursts of Technicolor.
Wednesday, December 1 2004
For the last five years, PopMatters has provided smart, literate film reviews, informative interviews, and insightful features that combine a knowledge of film history, cultural issues, and a sense of film as both an art form and an entertainment industry.
Friday, November 5 2004
Turkish auteur Nuri Bilge Ceylan's films are both a little grounded and a little weightless.
Saturday, October 30 2004
From symphonic to choral, electronic and progressive rock, these very different scores reveal innovation that is rarely found outside the horror genre.
Friday, October 15 2004
Reeve's Kent was an essentially tragic figure, a man set apart from the masses by dint of a powerful secret.
Thursday, September 23 2004
The World According to Shorts this year offered punchy films organized so their rhythms meld into a syncopated pulse.
Whether they reflected something true-to-life or were just bizarre, these films united a whole community of queer people who might not otherwise feel connected to each other.
Wednesday, September 15 2004
The family values movement teaches people to be loyal only to their own kin, and to pursue familial interests without concern for a larger society.
Friday, July 30 2004
You may not fully appreciate Steve Buscemi's abilities as an actor until you see him in person.
Thursday, July 8 2004
On screen, he rebelled against 'the man'; offscreen, he rebelled against the rebel stereotype imposed on him.
Thursday, June 3 2004
Fluid and erratic, viscous and elusive, Wong Kar-Wai's films are feats of dream logic.