Tuesday, January 11 2011
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.
Tuesday, January 4 2011
Heroes and villains, criminals and crazed creative types: the 20 best male performances of 2010 definitely run the dramatic/comedic character topography... with a few unusual turns tossed in for good measure.
Wednesday, September 1 2010
This is it... the last push towards end-of-year accolades, with Darren Aronofsky, David O. Russell, Julian Schnabel and the Coen Brothers all looking for that elusive critic's choice seal of approval.
Wednesday, March 28 2012
Precocious cherubs and wise-beyond-their-years savants are a Hollywood staple, but they don't really reflect the state of actually being a kid. Here are a five good, great, or interesting films that are far more effective in portraying that being a kid is a really weird thing to be.
Monday, June 6 2011
This is a character-driven, emotional movie wrapped in a fast-paced, entertaining plot. And although the story takes place long ago, Mattie’s inspirational example of strength, perseverance, and finding one’s own “grit” is timeless.
Thursday, December 23 2010
True Grit clarifies the relationship between their very rugged physical adventure and their storytelling, their repeated efforts to claim control of the brutality they encounter and enact.
Friday, February 20 2015
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.
Tuesday, January 25 2011
The 2011 Oscar Nominations, with indications that, for once, the Academy might have figured out what truly was/is the Year's Best.
Sunday, January 9 2011
Usually, the Coens are considered a cult favorite. Now, they have become... commercial?
Thursday, December 16 2010
Not only do (The Coens) rip it from the well-earned celebrity attached to its formidable former star, they make us forget John Wayne all together. And when you consider the size of said legend, that's quite an accomplishment.
Monday, December 6 2010
Coming up with a Top Ten is difficult enough...but because of such arguably unimportant factors as timing, publicity, legitimacy, and that always persnickety concept of being first out of the online gate, my fellow film writers are constantly pushing for earlier and earlier reveals.
Wednesday, February 23 2011
Joel and Ethan Coen have written, directed and produced some of the smartest and most iconic movies of the modern era, from cult comedies such
Wednesday, January 12 2011
LOS ANGELES — "I am about to embark on a great adventure," says the hero, tucking a Colt revolver into a flour sack, donning a wide-brimmed
Saturday, January 1 2011
The movie Western has been in decline for so long that no one film is going to pull it from its commercial doldrums. Yet the
Friday, December 24 2010
LOS ANGELES — On the set of "True Grit," the new Coen brothers Western, Hailee Steinfeld established a crafty money-making scheme. Surrounded by a cast and