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Why Was 'Punisher: War Zone' Pummeled by Fans?

Why did the only film based on a Marvel Comics property and directed by a woman fail so spectacularly?

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OMG - The 20 Worst Films of 2008

There's bad, and then there's 2008 level bad. You know this list is looking down into a deep dark bottomless pit of cinematic despair when Mike Myers' shameful Love Guru didn't even make the Top 20!

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Off the Radar - The Top 30 DVDs of 2008

Oddly enough, while the major studios continue scratching their heads over how to sell yet another new format (Blu-ray) to disinterested consumers, several outside distributors made sure that this would be a digital year to remember.

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Back to Basics - The 30 Best TV Shows of 2008

The Year in TV was a lot like the US economy: struggling until summer and then tanking under the hope of a 2009 comeback. Still, our staff found 30 solid reasons to be cheerful come entertainment investment time.

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Punisher: War Zone

The premise is so awful it veers toward sublime: the angry white guy kills everyone.

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Talk, Talk, Talk: December 2008

Just like the end of an inspiring speech that may or may not succeed in making its point, these final four weeks before 2009 tend to define or defeat the entire awards season purpose.

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Women and 'The Wire'

Why the most intelligent show on TV, a compelling exploration of the circumstances and institutional pressures that make people who they are, gets an "F" in Gender Studies.

Sophie Jones
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The Wire: The Complete Fifth Season

The dense mythology, painstakingly created over five novelistic seasons, has enough drama packed inside to be easily spun out for the next five, ten, 15 years.

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The Wire

In David Simon's indictment of American capitalism, numbers -- say, crime stats and school test scores -- no longer have an epistemic value, they don't refer to any external reality.

Jesse Hicks
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High Redefinition: The 30 Best TV Shows of 2007

In memoriam of a TV season cut down before its prime time, PopMatters staff celebrates the Top 30 TV Shows of 2007. Some are old favorites. Others have barely made their impression felt. But at a time when all broadcast fortunes are up in the air, they definitely deserve the recognition.

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Part 5 - Beyond the Envelope

The format forced the issue among cult and commercial products. And TV on DVD highlighted the cream of the creative, forward thinking crop.

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Three Hundred

300's penchant for drama and exaggeration is proof that a far-reaching vision and hyperbole can come together to tell a much better story than one based purely on historical facts.

Marisa LaScala
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Spartan Spectators

The earnestness of 300 assaults reality so effectively that it ends up destroying myth.

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300 (2007)

Spartans! Simple and resonant, this call to identity comes up frequently in 300, the film based on Frank Miller's graphic novel.

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The PopMatters 'Short Ends & Leader' Spring Film Preview

In order to separate the worthy from the worthless, PopMatters' "Short Ends & Leader" editor is highlighting 10 new films he's looking forward to this spring.

Bill Gibron
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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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The Wire

This is the consequence of America's broken systems: a young boy staring into the darkness, wondering what else his future might bring.

Jesse Hicks
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The Forgotten (2004)

In The Forgotten, the ethical terms are laid out: it's good to remember, fervently, and it's weak and bad to forget.

Cynthia Fuchs
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Mona Lisa Smile (2003)

Berkley-educated, Katherine is a 'forward thinker,' a 'bohemian' who believes that education opens doors.

Cynthia Fuchs
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Mona Lisa Smile (2003)

Katherine has her hands full, even aside from looking for romance (though this happens too, as this is, after all, a Julia Roberts movie).

Cynthia Fuchs
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