The Best DVDs of 2010 | 5 Jan 2011 // 4:00 PM

As the medium continues to struggle with significance in the steady "streaming" of the 21st Century, here are PopMatters' picks for the best the format(s) have to offer.

The Best 30 Films of 2009 | 7 Jan 2010 // 4:00 PM

In one of the rarest rating periods ever, several on the staff could successfully argue for any of the Top 30 choices as a potential number one. While not all classics, they remain the consistent cream of 2009's crop.


Why Do So Many Aliens Look Like Tony Blair? | 24 Apr 2011 // 5:00 PM

The unfamiliar will only find acceptance if it is expressed in familiar terms; thus, aliens "...may have bulbous heads and triangular eyes, speak in a chillingly robotic monotone or emit a strong stench of sulphur, but otherwise they look much like Tony Blair."

Apologies to James Cameron: 'Avatar' a Sign of Changing Cinema | 25 Jan 2010 // 3:59 PM

'Avatar' is pop culture at its most popular. It captured the world immediately, and I never saw it coming. I predicted all hype but didn't think Cameron could do it. Again.


'Avatar': There's Always a Bigger Fish | 7 Dec 2010 // 4:00 PM

If you add up the unabashed color and light shows, the crazy special effects that aren't quite photorealistic but blend convincingly into their own environments, the clumsy dialogue and the undeniable showmanship, you get something a lot closer to the Star Wars prequels than some of the angrier nerds would care to admit.

Avatar | 17 Dec 2009 // 11:15 PM

Cameron's evocations of everything from Blackwater's Iraq massacres to the Trail of Tears gives his story an uncommon resonance. This is a whole new kind of science fiction filmmaking.


Bigger Than Life: 'Avatar' on Blu-ray | 25 Apr 2010 // 5:30 AM

Avatar is one of the most versatile entertainments ever conceived, a big idea epic that also excels in the smaller, more detailed moments. It's eye candy of a type so amazing and monumental that you rarely get tired of consuming it.

Sigourney Weaver Saves the Cosmos! | 22 Apr 2010 // 7:00 AM

Pull back all the girl power politics and strong role model manipulation and you have one of the rare actors who understands the needs of the narrative, no matter how outrageous or unrealistic.


'Avatar' sequels get set for production | 25 May 2011 // 1:29 AM

MANHATTAN BEACH, Calif. — Over the din of buzz saws and beeping forklifts, producer Jon Landau can barely contain his excitement as he strides into a 4

A pair of 'Avatar' sequels is on its way from James Cameron | 28 Oct 2010 // 1:40 AM

LOS ANGELES — James Cameron has set his return trip to Pandora. Fox announced Wednesday morning that "Avatar 2" and "Avatar 3," the sequels to last year's science-fiction

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"No Dollars in Duende": On Making Uncompromising, Spirited Music

// Sound Affects

"On the elusive yet clearly existential sadness that adds layers and textures to music.

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