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Jersey Oys: Hollywood's On-Going Problem with Musical Biopics

By shuffling the songs off to the side, Clint Eastwood does the Four Seasons and Jersey Boys a grand disservice.

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A Short Shrift to Short Films?

Can showing short and experimental films in real movie theaters be a sign of disrespect?

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Annie's Black... So What?

Annie may indeed be black now, but that doesn't matter. Your reaction, on the other hand, is what's really important, and what it says about you, and the state of society, is even more telling.

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The Case Against (and Against) Woody Allen

Though he's never been legally convicted of a crime, the ongoing battle between Woody Allen and the court of public opinion will never end.

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'Ender's' Shame

As we come to terms with our past and look forward toward a better tomorrow, situations like the one with Ender's Game will be seen as what they truly are: part of the growing process, an aside in our increased attempt at understanding

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Gore Is Good!

Like discovering your Dad's stash of Playboys when you were young, the shady, antisocial nature of such disturbing imagery represents the heavy metal equivalent of movies, the raised fist anarchy that many horror fans long to embrace.

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How the Festival Circuit Is Ruining Awards Season

Sure, someone has to start the discussion, but why does it have to end so quickly?

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The Mad "Genius" of 'The Lone Ranger (2013)'

While this new Lone Ranger is no masterpiece, it's also one of the most inventive and insane movies of the Summer 2013 season.

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Can God Be Funny? Some Films Think So

Still, within a genre that sees few actual affronts, it's nice to acknowledge when intelligence is applied to the ridiculing of religion.

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Jim VanBebber and the Return of 'The Manson Family'

After nearly a decade in the DVD wilderness, Jim VanBebber's incredible The Manson Family is being roadshowed around the country. In this interview, the filmmaker talks about his past, his present, and his propensity for film.

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Why Rob Zombie Is the Quentin Tarantino of Horror

The rocker turned filmmaker is just as genuine, and just as good, as his Oscar winning counterpart and for many of the same cinematic reasons.

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What the MTV Movie Awards Tell Us About the State of Cinema

Not much. Or put another way, not much that we didn't already know. Yet, the MTV Movie Awards have argued that, more than any other mainstream celebration of cinema, they have their finger on the pulse of the under 30 populace.

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What's So Funny? The Mis-Remembering of 'The Evil Dead'

So you don't like the new Evil Dead remake because it's not funny enough? Really? What Evil Dead are you thinking about?

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The Laughable Love/Hate for 'Spring Breakers'

As with any entertainment, opinions will vary and are always uniquely individual. Love it or hate it, Spring Breakers is not what you think. It's also not what the naysayers are struggling to suggest.

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'Room 237' and the Ongoing 'Shining' Mystique

It's like the Beatles and the whole "Paul Is Dead" thing transported over to celluloid, but instead of records and album covers, we have scenes and visuals and veiled references.

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So Far... So Lame? The Movies of 2013

2013 isn't shaping up to be the best year for films -- at least as far as the first two months go.

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The Best Films You Never Heard Of... Sort Of

I can remember years when I had to whittle down my eventual 10 from a pile of plenty. Now, I can hardly drudge up five... and that's putting it mildly.

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From Harlequin to Horror? Pandering to the Post-Modern Female

What is it about the creatures of the night (and now, slick supermodels from outer space) that get the girls all hot and bothered? Or better still, why aren't they responding in kind to authentic depictions of love and caring as part of the celluloid set-up?

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Adult Whim

The Adult Swim approach appears to be something different. It's the acknowledgement that your typical moviegoer is not sitting around on a typical weeknight watching your typical TV choices

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Plan 9 from INLAND EMPIRE: Damon Packard's 'Foxfur'

Like David Lynch's digital experiment...merged with a myriad of outside the box ideas, Packard plays fast and loose with reality in order to steer the audience toward ideas they might not otherwise embrace

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Kept Crusader: Why We Love the Bat

The obvious answer is... that Batman is us. Batman is a bigger than life adolescent dream. He's everything we wish we could be, including protector of the faith and righter of wrongs.

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Dissecting the 'Friday the 13th' Franchise

In celebration of the day and date, here's an overview of the dozen or so films that make up the beloved slasher series.

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'Freddy vs. Jason' vs. 'The Cabin in the Woods'

That's right, Freddy vs. Jason is the movie Cabin in the Woods claims to be, a circular experience in celluloid dread dreamt up by two genre geeks who wanted nothing more than to see their favorite fiends battling each other in a rumble royale.

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Man vs. Boy: Separating the Two Spideys

The core concepts may be the same, but this update on the character is not a remake of Raimi's original. It's its own unique vision, one apparently unable to be seen by some.

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The Un-Civil War: 'Abraham Lincoln' vs. The Critics

The amount of vitriol aimed at the film and its makers may have little to do with what's up on the screen and more to do with industries out of touch with each other and their own individual best intentions.

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Explaining the 'Prometheus' Love/Hate

Ridley Scott abandoned Alien after the first film, allowing James Cameron, David Fincher, and Jean-Pierre Jeunet to run wild with it. As a result, his return was bound to be polarizing.

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Dark Shadows: A Primer

With the big screen version arriving in theaters this week, here's a primer of sorts on Dan Curtis' cult classic and its cinematic update.

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'The Avengers': The First Superhero Chick Flick?

The Avengers is the first full blown superhero movie that honestly speaks to women. Not only has Whedon done the impossible cinematically, he's done something unheard of demographically.

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Pirate Braying

This is not a defense of your average Joe Sixpack sparking up his BitTorrent software and treating the family to a night at the (free) movies. Instead, we are talking about how to accommodate professionals without turning them into criminals.

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Make Your Own Damn Movie...Before Critizing Others?

That's right, the only reason we hate the movies you love is because we are frustrated filmmakers... nothing more or less?

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The 2012 SEALS - Short Ends and Leader's Annual Film Awards

PopMatters Film Blog Celebrates the Films and Performances of 2011 With Its Own Unique Acknowledgments.

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The Ghost of a Different Dream; Giuseppe Andrews' 'Diary'

Diary is an instant classic. It reminds you why Andrews has always been considered the Godard of the goofballs.

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Does "Not Fat" Equal "Not Funny"?

Does losing weight mean losing one's comedic edge, especially when your funnyman facade is supposedly based on your size?

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Hollywood is Hell: 'The Gruesome Death of Tommy Pistol'

The Gruesome Death of Tommy Pistol is A Serbian Film with a serious sense of humor.


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