Call for Essays About Any Aspect of Popular Culture, Present or Past

Up in the Air


Wednesday, January 5 2011

The Best DVDs of 2010

As the medium continues to struggle with significance in the steady "streaming" of the 21st Century, here are PopMatters' picks for the best the format(s) have to offer.

Thursday, March 11 2010

Oscar Afterglow, "American Century" and a War of Popular Cultures

Oscars hopefuls Up in the Air and An Education offer different but complementary views on popular culture. "American Century" throws this neat paradigm into question.

Thursday, January 7 2010

The Best 30 Films of 2009

In one of the rarest rating periods ever, several on the staff could successfully argue for any of the Top 30 choices as a potential number one. While not all classics, they remain the consistent cream of 2009's crop.

Tuesday, January 5 2010

The Best Male Film Performances of 2009

Certainly, the multi-millionaire boy's club represented here is heavy on the dramatics and light on the more 'amusing' fare. But if you really give this list a meaningful perusal you'll see a few genre and jokester surprises along the way.

Tuesday, January 5 2010

The Best Female Film Performances of 2009

Some in the media would have you think it was a sparse year for women on the silver screen. One peak at this amazing list of 20 girl power performances will have you giving said sentiments a specious second look.


Thursday, March 11 2010

Up in the Air

Ryan Bingham spends over 300 days a year away from home, and loves it. Then two women come into his life and between the two of them, he questions his empty-backpack existence.

Thursday, December 3 2009

Up in the Air

As these lessons all come together, the film's floaty, cool affect starts to come down to earth, the points and plot turning more conventional.


Tuesday, January 4 2011

Slighting 'The Social Network'

The Social Network keeps racking up Awards Season kudos. But that doesn't mean it will automatically win Best Picture... does it?

Friday, December 18 2009

'Up in the Air' is First Class All the Way!

Life is all about connections: the meet and greet; the interpersonal 'hook-up'; the professional (and private) networking that brings about common bonds, unbreakable attachments, and


Tuesday, March 2 2010

Who will win the big Oscars? Hint: It's not 'Avatar'

The decision to expand Oscar's best picture competition from five to 10 titles came from a place of greed and anxiety: the desperate need to attract

Friday, February 12 2010

Why the 2 Ryan Binghams? And other pressing Oscar questions

Now that the Oscar nominations are out, we have three pressing questions that need answering. 1. This year an actor (George Clooney) is nominated for playing

Monday, February 1 2010

Oscar predictions: Who will the nominees be?

On Tuesday morning, at 8:30 EST, this year's Oscar nominations will be announced at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Samuel Goldwyn Theater. And

Wednesday, January 27 2010

It's a four-horse race in Oscars' 10-film field

Here's the dirty little secret about the motion picture academy's controversial scheme to expand this year's best picture nominees from five to 10 movies. It isn't

Now on PopMatters
PM Picks

© 1999-2015 All rights reserved.™ and PopMatters™ are trademarks
of PopMatters Media, Inc.

PopMatters is wholly independently owned and operated.