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Thursday, January 31 2013

The Best DVDs and Blu-rays of 2012

From classics to contemporary television, the typical titles and the surprising outsider choices, the year in home video was just as divisive, and delightful, as the rest of our meaningful media.

Tuesday, June 19 2012

Essential Film Performances - 2012 Edition Part Three

PopMatters follows up our hugely popular 100 Essential Female and Male Performances feature and 2010 update with 50 additions to the essentials list. Part three features Kirsten Dunst, Kirk Douglas and more...

Sunday, January 22 2012

The 40 Best Films of 2011

2011 was a year of good, not necessarily great, films, though the amazing choices by our staff might argue against such a overall cinematic classification.

Monday, January 16 2012

The Best Female Film Performances of 2011

It was a monumental year for women in film as our selections for 2011's best female performances indicate... over and over and over again.

Thursday, September 15 2011

The PopMatters Fall Movie Preview - November 2011

Like the seminal song by Queen, November is "no time for losers" as the Oscar races heat up (J Edgar, The Descendants) and superficial fluff (Piranha 3DD, Tower Heist) becomes scarce.


Monday, April 9 2012

'Melancholia': The Stasis of Despair and the Allure of Rapture

Lars von Trier's stunning, occasionally beautiful, slow-motion apocalypse, Melancholia, reaches for a moment of cathartic ecstasy amongst the crippling stasis of despair.

Thursday, November 10 2011

'Melancholia' Is Far From Transcendent

Melancholia begins and ends with scenes of utter destruction, scenes that are truly powerful, very scary, and somehow strangely beautiful.

Sunday, October 2 2011

New York Film Festival 2011: 'Melancholia' + 'Carnage' + 'The Loneliest Planet'

New York Film Festival organizers have thankfully maintained the limited number of films on the Main Slate (21 this year), preserving NYFF’s identity as an “elite” festival.

Thursday, May 19 2011

Cannes Film Festival: 'Melancholia' and 'Hors Satan'

Both Melancholia and Hors Satan conjure a long-building sense of foreboding, though they lead to very different resolutions.


Wednesday, September 14 2011

Toronto International Film Festival 2011: 'Melancholia'

"The earth is evil. We don't need to grieve for it." So declares a luminous Kirsten Dunst in Danish provocateur Lars von Trier's best and most powerful film yet.


Friday, December 2 2011

Getting an ‘A’ for ambiguity

It’s no exaggeration to say people went nuts over Michael Haneke’s 2005 thriller, “Caché.” Steeped in paranoia and cloaked in enigma, the film centered

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