The King’s Speech

Once a Monarch, Always a Monarch | 5 Jun 2011 // 4:00 PM

Why do the same British actors always play Kings and Queens and their underlings? There are, it seems, a handful of interchangeable actors tasked with portraying a finite set of monarchs in new and dizzying combinations of age and relation.

The Best Films of 2010 | 11 Jan 2011 // 3:00 PM

Among this year's winners include a fake documentary, a comedy about Jihad, a vampire story NOT dealing with tacky tween romance, a haunting hillbilly noir, and an elegant tale about clones. Not necessarily the usual cinematic suspects.


'Henry's Crime' is a Crime of Omission | 18 Sep 2011 // 3:59 PM

Hardly anybody saw Henry's Crime in theaters, but this little film is perfect for home viewing.

Colin Firth's Poor Little Rich Boy in 'The King's Speech' | 9 May 2011 // 12:29 AM

Bertie’s feeling of being trapped in a code that has time and time again failed him is gut-wrenchingly clear, perhaps never more than when he is trying to be funny. His are jokes that would break your heart.


PopTalk: The 2015 Academy Award Nominations | 20 Feb 2015 // 9:00 AM

PopTalk is a new podcast on PopMatters that casts its gaze on exciting developments in culture and the arts. In this first installment, we examine the 2015 Oscar nominees, and the broken rules of the institution that is the Academy.

The Guild-ed Cages of Awards Season | 31 Jan 2011 // 2:30 AM

After decades of decided handwringing, Hollywood finally has what it wants: a sense of specialness undeterred by surprise or a sense of wonder.


Two opposing views of England: 'The King's Speech' and 'Kes' | 19 Apr 2011 // 5:30 AM

There will always be an England, but which England? This week's home video releases include two acclaimed films — "The King's Speech," which focuses on British

'The King's Speech' stands above newest Blu-ray titles | 19 Apr 2011 // 2:29 AM

A multi-award-winning drama tops this week's lineup of the latest Blu-ray releases. It's not often that film critics and film fans so overwhelmingly agree on

//Mixed media

Because Blood Is Drama: Considering Carnage in Video Games and Other Media

// Moving Pixels

"It's easy to dismiss blood and violence as salacious without considering why it is there, what its context is, and what it might communicate.

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