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PopTalk: The 2015 Academy Award Nominations

PopTalk is a new podcast on PopMatters that casts its gaze on exciting developments in culture and the arts. In this first installment, we examine the 2015 Oscar nominees, and the broken rules of the institution that is the Academy.

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Critical Confessions: Part 24 - Awards Season Workhorse

Coming up with a Top Ten is difficult enough...but because of such arguably unimportant factors as timing, publicity, legitimacy, and that always persnickety concept of being first out of the online gate, my fellow film writers are constantly pushing for earlier and earlier reveals.

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Critical Confessions: Part 23 - Venice Envy

Sure, if you factor in all the NY to LA releases, as well as those things planned by just not panning out, the odds of seeing something good definitely increase. But when zombies, wolves, and owls are your big beginning-of-Fall selling points, the prospects are rather grim.

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Best Folk of 2006

English and Scottish ballads, Cajun songs, protest music, and covers of everything from Mississippi John Hurt to Prince populate this year's notable folk records.

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