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Tuesday, January 11 2011

The Best Films of 2010

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

The Best Male Film Performances of 2010

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

Part Four: December 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

Go Play in Traffic: 5 Movies About Kids That Are Better Than 'Hugo' and 'True Grit'

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

'True Grit' Brings Out the Best in the Coen Brothers

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': Some Bully Shot

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: The 2015 Academy Award Nominations

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

Finally Getting It? The 2011 Oscar Nominations

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

'Grit' Happens

Usually, the Coens are considered a cult favorite. Now, they have become... commercial?

Thursday, December 16 2010

Right of Passage: 'True Grit' (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

Critical Confessions: Part 24 - Awards Season Workhorse

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.

True Grit - Official Theatrical Trailer (Mixed Media) [24.Oct.10]


Wednesday, February 23 2011

Coen brothers relish 'tough stylistic choices'

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

Hollywood discovers teen girls' true grit

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

If 'True Grit' makes you love Westerns, here are 10 essentials for true fans

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

'True Grit's' Hailee Steinfeld is a straight shooter

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

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