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Wednesday, January 5 2011

The Best DVDs of 2010

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.


Thursday, January 7 2010

The Best 30 Films of 2009

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.


Tuesday, January 5 2010

The Best Female Film Performances of 2009

Some in the media would have you think it was a sparse year for women on the silver screen. One peak at this amazing list of 20 girl power performances will have you giving said sentiments a specious second look.


Thursday, September 10 2009

Part Four: December 2009

At last, dessert, with just a few more entrees tossed in to satisfy those coming late to the table. The big guns -- James Cameron, Clint Eastwood, Peter Jackson, Terrence Malik -- are still putting the finishing touches on their over the top treats, hoping that viewers will appreciate the care and craftsmanship that went into each one. As usual, it looks like the Hollywood heavyweights are once again saving some of the best for last.


Columns

Sunday, April 24 2011

Why Do So Many Aliens Look Like Tony Blair?

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."


Monday, January 25 2010

Apologies to James Cameron: 'Avatar' a Sign of Changing Cinema

'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.


Reviews

Tuesday, December 7 2010

'Avatar': There's Always a Bigger Fish

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.


Thursday, December 17 2009

Avatar

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.


Wednesday, December 16 2009

Avatar

For all its powerful technologies, Avatar can't get out from under its essential cardboardness.


Blogs

Sunday, April 25 2010

Bigger Than Life: 'Avatar' on Blu-ray

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.


Thursday, April 22 2010

Sigourney Weaver Saves the Cosmos!

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.


Thursday, December 17 2009

Blue World: James Cameron’s 'Avatar'

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, something particularly grandly spectacular, even if occasionally daft and overblown.


Friday, August 21 2009

Avatard

Avatar looks unreal, a stellar combination of CG, live action, motion capture, and pure artistic imagination. The technology Cameron is using puts other examples of the rendering technique to shame. The characterization is real, the face and mouth movements 100% flawless.


News

Wednesday, May 25 2011

'Avatar' sequels get set for production

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


Thursday, October 28 2010

A pair of 'Avatar' sequels is on its way from James Cameron

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


Thursday, August 26 2010

'Avatar' is back , already , with nine minutes added

SANTA MONICA, Calif. — Apparently, there's no such thing as a quiet little corner of the world when your name is James Cameron. "Welcome to the


Thursday, August 12 2010

3-D and the Movies: The Future Or Just a Flash?

Is the 3-D movie juggernaut losing momentum? Since Avatar, ticket sales for 3-D films generally have trended downward as the number of 3-D films has increased.


Wednesday, April 28 2010

3-D dictating not only which movies are greenlighted but how scenes are written

LOS ANGELES — When Matt Pitts, a writer on "Fringe" and a former assistant to J.J. Abrams, recently began shopping his first film script to


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