Carl Wilson is a freelance writer based in Sheffield, UK. He's contributed to over a dozen edited collections on film and TV. Examining a variety of subjects, his work has recently appeared in books on Jane Austen, women screenwriters, world film locations (Havana, Toronto, and Vancouver), four volumes from the Directory of World Cinema series (on American independent and Hollywood cinema), and PopMatters' own book on Joss Whedon: After the Avengers, which you should probably check out now that we're all friends.
Navigating the Hollywood Monsters of the ‘Resident Evil’ Videogame Franchise
From crawling to walking to running to the White House: dissecting 20 years of zombie evolution, courtesy of Resident Evil.
‘The Sopranos’: Mythologizing the Gangster Genre
From The Public Enemy through to Scorsese, the Sopranos family knows how to pick a bad example to follow.
‘Sherlock’: “The Six Thatchers” Goes Beyond Disappointing Into Downright Nonsense
Holmes spends "The Six Thatchers" hoping for a better plot to unravel, and I can't blame him.
New Additions to Netflix Worth Watching in August
Forget summer sunshine, PopMatters offers you several reasons to stay in the air conditioned indoors with these Netflix offerings.
‘Richard III’ Is Ian McKellen’s Glorious Rendition of an Absolute Villain
With Shakespeare's A Game of Thrones rendered into a Fascist version of '30s Britain, be careful whose side you're on.
‘I Ain’t Afraid of No YouTube’: When Hollywood Trailers Become Unhitched From Their Films
Key scenes in trailers are briskly propelled before our eyes like a Willy Wonka candy-machine set to rapid-fire auto-spoiler by some sucrose-soaked Oompa Lumpa Tony Montana.
The Turner Prize: A Brief Introduction to Film and Video (and Disappointment in 2016)
If we look past the ludicrous, carnival facade of The Turner Prize, the obscured film work might be less on the “outer fringes of the map of cinema” than we are led to believe.
Hardcore POV: ‘Hardcore Henry’, the POV Shot, and ‘Let’s Watch’ Cinema
Is Hardcore Henry the start of something new or a repeat of failed past experiments?
‘Culloden’ and ‘The War Game’ Don’t Rewrite History, They Rewrite How We Can Learn From the Past
Peter Watkins' controversial BBC documentaries from the '60s still astound, startle, and disturb.
“Though This Be Madness, Yet There Is Method In’t”: Speculating on Adaptations of Shakespeare
Could Joss Whedon's next Shakespearean film be a sort of Boardwalk Empire meets Hamlet? Or a Chinese infused space western 'verse of Firefly: The Good, The Bard, and the Powerful Ugly?
Surviving the Moral Narrative of ‘Taxi Driver’ 40 Years On
"You do a thing and that's what you are." So what does that make us, the voyeurs in Travis Bickle’s world?