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Monday, January 6 2014

The Worst Films of 2013

For those who love film (as we do), it's often hard to hate the medium you enjoy so much. In the case of the movies listed here, the ability to loathe was quite easy, actually.


Tuesday, June 4 2013

The PopMatters Summer Movie Preview June 2013

A classic comic book champion challenges three different takes on the End of the World, while some oddball independents struggle for recognition in this second serving of Summer season spectacle.


Columns

Monday, May 5 2014

The Gritty and the Real: Unpacking the Realism Trope in Superhero Films

The only thing that can be done with film better than comics is spectacle. Thinking otherwise betrays a lack of respect for comics, and a pretentiousness about film.


Monday, August 19 2013

A Man of Steel That Sinks Like Lead

Turning Superman into the übermensch, standing above humanity, espousing a new moral dictum in which 'might makes right', is a contradiction of the film's own logic, and a gross violation of the principles he has traditionally fought to protect.


Tuesday, May 28 2013

Superman and the War Against Anachronism

The impulse is to "update" Superman, to make him "relevant". But what could be more deadening than making an enduring cultural icon "relevant" to passing trends?


Reviews

Monday, November 18 2013

'Man of Steel' and Blood and Iron

Catastrophic violence becomes more central to the Superman mythos than ever before.


Friday, June 14 2013

'Man of Steel': A Super-Repetitive Superhero

The familiarity of this story cuts at least two ways in this decidedly not-new version. It means the film will rehearse and reinforce the grandly mythic saga of Superman, and provide rationales for his eyeglasses and his cape.


Blogs

Tuesday, April 8 2014

The Misguided Man of Dark Knight Steel Justice League Lite Sequel

By jumping right into the whole Dark Knight/Clark Kent pairing, DC once again shows how clueless it is regarding the handling of their heroes.


Monday, June 17 2013

'Man of Steel' and the Wanton Destruction of Human Life

Why are so many picking on Superman for destroying a few hundred thousand people when his actions clearly save billions?


Wednesday, June 12 2013

The Unrealistic Expectations Placed on 'Man of Steel' and Why They Matter

Warners is trying to reinvent Superman for the 21st century (yes, again) and, this time, the stakes are even higher.


News

Thursday, August 4 2011

Laurence Fishburne will be Perry White in 'Man of Steel'

LOS ANGELES — Laurence Fishburne is going to Metropolis. The Oscar-nominated actor will join the cast of "Man of Steel" in the role of Perry White,


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