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Warming Up to Melody: An Interview with Film/TV Score Composer Cliff Martinez

Film/TV score composer Cliff Martinez talks with PopMatters about his work with Steven Soderbergh, Harmony Korine, and Nicolas Winding Refn, whose new series Too Old to Die Young features one of Martinez's most ambitious scores to date.

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Television

'The Knick': Clive Owen in 1900s New York City

Again and again, The Knick makes visible the traumas suffered by bodies, at risk, unequal by law, and struggling to survive.

Film

'King of the Hill' Is a Touching, Sweet Story and Quite Unlike Later Soderbergh Films

This is a fascinating glimpse into an exploratory, identity-forming period before even Soderbergh himself seemed to have a handle on his erratic muse.

Reviews

'Gray's Anatomy' Says More About its Director than Its Actor

Given Steven Soderbergh's skill behind the camera, it makes sense that Gray's Anatomy, despite his intentions, ends up becoming more about his vision as a director than about Spalding Gray's ocular conundrum.

Television

No Contract for Old Men: 5 'Old Folks' in Pop Culture That Are 5Xs Tougher Than You

It'd be a shame if the endless emphasis on youth results in a lack of "grown-up" concerns in pop culture. Here are five examples of the old kicking ass and refusing to give way to the young in mainstream pop culture.

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...And the Men Are All the Same

Remember Tina Turner? In Pherone, creator Viktor Kalvachev delivers a tale every bit as powerful and evocative as Tina's eclipsing of the abusive Ike Turner.

Books

Solarian Absurdity

In his classic SF novel Solaris, Stanislaw Lem composes an ode to the absurdity of the human struggle for knowledge. No better is this struggle encapsulated than in the infinite expanse of space and in the discovery of new worlds.

Marcus How
Games

Imitating Intimacy in Video Games

Sex is very often (and very unfortunately) just a game.

Reviews

The Girlfriend Experience

The camera continually zeroes on Sasha Grey's face: pretty, unknowable, sometimes out of focus.

Reviews

Traffik

Film after film has borrowed the structure of this epic British miniseries, but few have used it to effect achieved by the original Traffik.

Film

Che

Che is about the dissemination of Che Guevara the icon, as it is also the saga of Che refashioned.

Film

Guerrilla Patton

Soderbergh's supersized retelling of the Che Guevara legend is an uncomfortable mix of war procedural and unabashed hero worship; ingenious but flawed.

Reviews

The Good German (2006)

Instead of a deeply involving present-tense drama, we get an essay on how such dramas used to look and work.

Brian Holcomb
Reviews

Oceans Thirteen (2007)

Every time George Clooney or Bernie Mac admits to the lameness of Number Two, the third film in the franchise can't help but promise improvement.

Reviews

The Good German (2006)

The Good German's visual evocations of 1940s movies only underscore its many deconstructions, of nostalgia, heroism, and political coherence.

Film

Bubble (2005)

Less experimental than contrary, Steven Soderbergh's Bubble offers up a series of sacrificial objects, with remarkably little sympathy for any of them.

Cynthia Fuchs
Film

Eros (2004)

Wong Kar-Wai's section follows Miss Hua (Gong Li in some of the most gorgeous dresses ever photographed), a sultry but also wistful Hong Kong call girl.

Zach Hines
Reviews

Independent's Day: The Ultimate Insider's Look at the Crazy World of Sundance (1998)

Indie fanatics will appreciate this behind-the-scenes look at the independent film business set against the backdrop of the Sundance Film Festival.

Jennifer Lind-Westbrook
Reviews

K Street

What does make K Street fascinating is the pinpoint accuracy with which it details the day-to-day lives of its principals.

James Oliphant
Reviews

Solaris (2002)

'The one thing you'll see as you watch the film, what you'll take note of, is how still it is.'"

Cynthia Fuchs
Film

Solaris (2002)

The liveliest moments in Steven Soderbergh's Solaris belong to Jeremy Davies' hands.

Cynthia Fuchs
Film

Full Frontal (2002)

This self-satisfaction makes Full Frontal's gears grind.

Cynthia Fuchs
Film

Ocean's Eleven (2001)

The background surf, unbuttoned shirt, and look away from the camera -- all this demonstrates just how movie-starness is done. The plot, like I say, is beside the point.

Cynthia Fuchs
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