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Wednesday, December 18 2013

The Best DVDs and Blu-rays of 2013

As home video spins off into various immediate options -- streaming, simultaneous theatrical and digital release -- there are still many gems to uncover in the increasingly obsolete format.


Tuesday, January 8 2013

The Best Male Film Performances of 2012

From diabolical tech terrorism to brutal slave ownership, the actors that make up this year's best traversed a wide canvas of creative and cinematic choices.


Sunday, January 6 2013

The Best Female Film Performances of 2012

From a precocious young girl bravely battling the elements to much older women waging war with their own demons, 2012 was a standout year for actresses, with these being some of the very, very best.


Monday, October 22 2012

Cinema as Rorschach Test: 'The Master'

Much like the kaleidoscopic design of The Master’s theatrical poster, the way one perceives the film -- indeed, all films -- is reflective of the prism through which one views the artform itself.


Monday, September 3 2012

The 2012 PopMatters Fall Film Preview - Part 1: September

Things start off scattered and suspicious as some summer leftovers battle the brilliance of a select few for fine filmmaking recognition.


Columns

Monday, February 18 2013

In Defense Of ... 2012's Best Movie, 'The Master'

With the Oscars set to be handed out this Sunday, it's time to take a look at what made the one film that somehow got pushed to the back of the awards season bus so transcendent, so polarizing, and so... great.


Reviews

Sunday, February 24 2013

'The Master' Is a Study in Displacement

Though whispered about as a film tackling Scientology, Paul Thomas Anderson's real subject is Freddie Quell, a soldier turned drifter and prodigious alcoholic.


Sunday, September 16 2012

'The Master' Is a Portrait of Pain

The Master becomes a fascinating duet between Joaquin Phoenix and Philip Seymour Hoffman, with several bars intentionally left out.


Blogs

Wednesday, March 13 2013

Scientology Aside, 'The Master's" Meaning is Clear

While some have suggested that this is nothing more than a veiled Scientology screed (it has many allusions to the bizarre religion's earliest earmarks), The Master is actually a movie about two men who couldn't be more different, and yet are almost exactly the same


Friday, January 18 2013

Is Amy Adams the New Thelma Ritter?

A look at the four-time Oscar nominee's near-constant presence on Oscar's radar in the past few years...


Friday, September 21 2012

Manipulator and Commander: 'The Master'

Something like The Master is fascinating for what it offers up, and what it leaves behind.


News

Monday, September 17 2012

‘The Master’ draws worshippers at the art-house box office

LOS ANGELES — Moviegoers worshipped at the altar of “The Master” at the box office this weekend, as Paul Thomas Anderson’s critical darling dominated art


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