PopMatters Picks:

The Best TV, Film, and DVD of 2003

By PopMatters Staff

8 January 2004

The movies were as dismal as the times. A year clouded by a slumping economy, lost jobs, broken alliances, a new war, reconstruction blues, SARS,

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If the films shown at the New Czech Film Festival at the Brooklyn Academy of Music are any indication, to this day Czechoslovakia is a country of dueling emotions and opposite impulses.

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In a year of blockbuster sequels, self-important prestige pics, and uninspired indies, the real film finds were few and far between. Here are the unexpected

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The year’s cinematic output had everything to do with the complex cultural climate. Fearing mortality, yearning for connection, and lusting for vengeance appeared again

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9 Jan 2004 // 12:00 AM

I love making lists, especially wish lists. And so I relish the opportunity to make a Top 10 of 2003 films as it will remind me to

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It’s curious that something as seemingly random as a year’s worth of movies can somehow take on its own semi-coherent themes. Following 2001 (the

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Judging by the horror films released in theaters and on video in the U.S. during 2003, the genre is undergoing yet another renaissance.

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With the nearest cinema more than half an hour from my house, I have to really want to see a movie to make the journey. Who wants to add the waste of gas and good hour or so on the road to the money already spent on tickets and popcorn? My limited time at the movies, though, means I enjoy the experience more than if I took it for granted.

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//Mixed media

Because Blood Is Drama: Considering Carnage in Video Games and Other Media

// Moving Pixels

"It's easy to dismiss blood and violence as salacious without considering why it is there, what its context is, and what it might communicate.

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