PopMatters Picks:

The Best TV, Film, and DVD of 2006

Series edited and produced by Bill Gibron, Cynthia Fuchs, Robert Wheaton and Sarah Zupko.

2 January 2007

The Pay Off: The Best Film of 2006

For many of the movies on PopMatters' 2006 list of the year's best films, it is clear that a heavy personal and professional stake was riding on the final product.

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Net-Works: The Best TV of 2006

You won't have to look far along your television dial to discover the Top TV picks from PopMatters staff. From 20 upward, each entry represents the boob tube at its best.

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Time Encapsulating: The Best DVDs of 2006

From solid single issues to amazingly complete film and television compilations, the works highlighted here argue for DVD's continued importance.

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War Stories: Top 12 Films of 2006

You hardly needed to duck into theaters to see war images this year. And yet, there it they were. War stories made for some of the most gripping, provocative, and outraged offerings of 2006.

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Best TV Characters 2006

The end of 2006 has inspired a lot of essays about how television is dead. The idea isn’t new, and the essays are repetitive: they

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Instant Replay: Best of TV on DVD

Forget Tivo. DVDs have changed the way we watch TV. Whether it’s to reminisce on series past or get pumped for seasons to come,

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Best of TV’s Performers 2006

As TV leans increasingly towards game and reality shows, opportunities diminish... the chances to develop plots and characters are decreasing.

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Geek Goes Mainstream

The year 2006 saw many examples of so-called geeks breaking into the mainstream.

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The Year in Crime

The best four films of the year are all essentially crime pictures. Though they are stylish, none could be deemed pulp, or at least not in the Tarantino/Rodriguez sense of the word.

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Unkept Promises: Most Disappointing Films of 2006

If it's easy to get excited about a new film, it's just as easy to feel disenchanted with the results. Looking over 2006, there were lots of unkept promises.

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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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