Friday, March 27 2009
On this final day of PopMatters' 1999 overview, awards season hype gives way to pure acting prowess and definitive directorial flair. Day Five: Toy Story 2 to Titus (November - December 1999)
Monday, February 23 2009
PopMatters concludes our 100 Best Female Film Performances feature with extremely insightful, generous anecdotes from Liv Ullmann about three of the performances on this list, one of her personal choices, and a once-in-a-lifetime addendum by the glorious Bergman super trouper Bibi Andersson herself.
Friday, January 30 2009
PopMatters concludes our week-long celebration of Motown at 50 with Diane Leach's essay on living in the Detroit of the '80s in What It Was Like and a couple more album gems with Needles in the Haystack.
Thursday, January 22 2009
From AmpLive to Xiu Xiu, PopMatters presents our two-part selection of Slipped Discs, 80 great albums that didn’t quite make our year-end list in 2008, but which our writers thought belonged there. [Part 1 | Part 2]
Friday, January 16 2009
Friday, January 9 2009
The sloppy arrogance and search for ideas in the music scribing world. Gross presents the seventh annual edition of his picks for the year's best music writing sans PopMatters.
Wednesday, January 7 2009
During the past 12 months, PopMatters writers have been turned away from shows due to torrential rain, stood next to flaming cymbals, and stepped out of their comfort zones all in the name of objective reporting. Here are the best and worst musical events of 2008.
Friday, December 19 2008
PopMatters presents our best music of 2008, highlighted by the Best 60 Albums of 2008 and the Best 50 Singles of 2008, plus our picks across many musical genres. We're now on publishing break until the new year. Happy holidays.
Wednesday, November 26 2008
Day Two: The last quintet of choices show how the blues reclaimed its basis for a dozen hard rock hymns, argued for the importance of following one's singer/songwriter muse, and proved that not every significant sound coming out of the UK was Beatle-based.
Friday, November 21 2008
Side Four: The potential breakthrough and the impending breakup, the final side celebrates the Beatles' artistic experimentation -- and the creative contradictions that signaled their eventual end.
Friday, October 31 2008
On the last day of our week long celebration of Night of the Living Dead’s 40th anniversary, PopMatters offers six essays that delve on the subjective appreciation of Romero’s landmark film. In strong contrast to the previous installments of this collection, these articles offer a more personal perspective of the everlasting influence of Night of the Living Dead.
Wednesday, October 15 2008
What if you were asked to narrow your notions of good and great down to one… single… item? A sole symbol of who you are. PopMatters staffers pick one indispensable DVD, and the 30 responses echo something very private and personal about the writers answering.
Friday, September 12 2008
PopMatters highlights 80 fall films all this week. Up today, December: Just like the end of an inspiring speech that may or may not succeed in making its point, these final four weeks before 2009 tend to define or defeat the entire awards season purpose.
Friday, August 1 2008
With DETOURS, the PopMatters staff is celebrating the strange, bizarre, lovely, and funny albums that have emerged from an artist's desire to try something different. Some of these detours have lead to modern-day classics. Some have lead to laugh-inducing commercial disasters. And others ... others are just plain weird.
Monday, June 23 2008
With no mud to be found, the Mediterranean close by, and an air-conditioned, indoor stage with actual audience seating, Primavera Sound seems like festival heaven. Yet the pendulum still swung wildly for our writers at Spain’s premier musical festival.
Wednesday, June 18 2008
Secondhand books and the emporiums they inhabit affect book lovers in different ways. In this four-part PopMatters special section, we step inside the world of secondhand books and demonstrate the diversity of the experiences it contains.
Friday, May 2 2008
PopMatters looks at each month that makes up this yearly caravan of summer moviegoing, picking out the winners and wastes of time. Today: Remembrances of Summers Past: 40 Years of Movie Memories: Highlights from Gibron's popcorn moviegoing history.
Thursday, March 20 2008
PopMatters wraps up its 2008 SXSW coverage with three pieces: Justin Follin's literary Austin/SXSW road journal, "Gutterpunks Gone Gonzo", Kevin Pearson's A to Z of the fest, and Jennifer Kelly's tips for enjoying SXSW.
Friday, January 25 2008
It was the year of the behemoth box set, the multi-disc triumph that tried to give long suffering fans everything their demanding little digital hearts ever desired. Here are PopMatters' 30 picks for the best DVDs of the year.
Monday, January 14 2008
Cultural wars, hard news dies hard and a female voice of a generation, Gross presents the sixth annual edition of his picks for the year's best music writing sans PopMatters.