The Best Films of 2013 | 5 Jan 2014 // 9:13 PM
After a shaky start, 2013 ended up a stellar cinematic year, covering subjects as varied as young love, '70s (and '80s and '90s) con men, our country's horrific history of slavery, and perhaps most importantly, giant robots battling equally elephantine alien monster.
The PopMatters Fall Movie Preview - December 2013 | 6 Dec 2013 // 2:35 AM
Like a great battle, or a criminal desperately trying to avoid capture, Hollywood breaks out the big guns this month, giving us new efforts from Martin Scorsese, David O. Russell, the Coen Brothers, and Spike Jonze, along with the typical mainstream holiday fare.
There's Uncompromising Orneriness 'Inside Llewyn Davis' | 11 Mar 2014 // 2:00 AM
Llewyn doesn't look like a nice guy: he specializes in unsmiling bumbling coupled with prickly stubbornness. Yet he becomes oddly endearing, oddly fast.
'Inside Llewyn Davis' Is a Wintry Odyssey | 6 Dec 2013 // 3:00 AM
The Coens appear to be back in Barton Fink mode, setting up a straw man whose creative arrogance ensures that he won’t see a moment’s happiness from his work.
'Inside Llewyn Davis' is a Musical Mobius Strip | 22 Nov 2013 // 11:00 AM
As yet another brilliant example of the Coen Brothers period expertise, Inside Llewyn Davis captures the near-dawn of the Dylan Greenwich Village folk scene with all the accuracy of a half-remembered dream.