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Cynthia Fuchs is Popmatters' film and TV editor.
"Screwing Their Brains Out": Plato's Retreat and the Rise of Swinging
Posted on: Apr 16, 2009, Source: PopMatters
A new film about Plato's Retreat shows how the swinger's club helped challenge gender stereotypes and regressive ideas about sex.
Jesus Politics: Religion in the 2008 Election
Posted on: Nov 13, 2008, Source: PopMatters
A new documentary looks at the troubling -- and mystifying -- mix of religion and politics in America.
Young and Restless in China
Posted on: Jun 17, 2008, Source: PopMatters
"Young & Restless" showcases the tension between capitalism's promises and realities in contemporary China.
Posted on: Mar 20, 2008, Source: PopMatters
Girls Rock! joyfully makes the case that girls can sweat, shout, and rock as hard as any boy.
"Taxi to the Dark Side": How Did America Become a Country That Tortures?
Posted on: Feb 22, 2008, Source: PopMatters
Alex Gibney's Oscar-nominated film documents the Bush Administration's reckless disregard for human rights and the rule of law.
The Unassuming Icon
Posted on: Apr 17, 2006, Source: PopMatters
'The Notorious Bettie Page' is a thoughtful exploration of the legendary '50s pinup queen who merged genuine naivete with outrageous sex appeal.
An Inside Job
Posted on: Mar 27, 2006, Source: PopMatters
Spike Lee's star-studded new heist flick is his most accessible to date -- but it's also pretty darned clever.
Patty Hearst's 'Guerrilla' Legacy
Posted on: Feb 15, 2006, Source: PopMatters
The DVD release of a classic documentary about Hearst's abuduction raises timely questions about the intersection of terrorism and television.
A Different Kind of Family Reunion
Posted on: Dec 5, 2005, Source: PopMatters
Instead of breaking new ground, the film 'Transamerica' settles for the tired, old version of the 'alternative family.'
Emperor of Masculinity
Posted on: Jan 19, 2005, Source: PopMatters
Black heavyweight champion Jack Johnson's inability to be anything but his own man was unforgivable to white America.
Freedom Isn't Free
Posted on: Oct 15, 2004, Source: PopMatters
'Team America,' Trey Parker and Matt Stone's much-ballyhooed parody of Jerry Bruckheimer-style action pictures, is aptly violent, delirious, and outsized (in its miniature-puppet way).
Metallica in Therapy
Posted on: Jul 16, 2004, Source: PopMatters
Originally intended as a standard promo film, 'Some Kind of Monster' zeroes in on the consummate heavy metal band and covers some surprisingly intimate terrain.
Black Hawk Revisited
Posted on: Jun 17, 2004, Source: PopMatters
The triumphant tone of "Black Hawk Down," recently released on DVD, eerily predicts the current post-9/11 zeitgeist -- though it was completed well before the tragedy.
Forget 'The Alamo'
Posted on: Apr 13, 2004, Source: PopMatters
The Alamo, at best an incoherent action flick, fails to represent the hypocrisy, racism, bullying, and anxiety that shaped the emerging United States.
Posted on: Jan 20, 2004, Source: PopMatters
The first film to be made in Afghanistan since the reported removal of the Taliban concerns the regime's many offenses, especially against women.
Robert McNamara's Mea Culpa
Posted on: Jan 5, 2004, Source: PopMatters
'Fog of War' explores the psyche of the former Secretary of Defense, uncovering terrain every bit as murky as the battlefields of Vietnam.
Homeland Security: The TV Show
Posted on: Nov 12, 2003, Source: PopPolitics.com
Threat Matrix, the first television show about homeland security, is both too boring and too disturbing to be entertaining.
Truth about Biggie and Tupac
Posted on: May 11, 2003, Source: PopMatters
Rather than offer definitive answers about the shooting deaths of the two hip hop stars, Nick Broomfield's documentary highlights the messy and unstable nature of truth.
Platinum Strikes Hip-Hop Gold
Posted on: Apr 24, 2003, Source: PopMatters
UPN's new series takes on bad behaviors, outrageous trends, inflated self-images of hip-hop industry, armed with an irreverent attitude and a killer soundtrack.
Girls Just Wanna Play Soccer
Posted on: Apr 3, 2003, Source: PopMatters
The director of one of the highest grossing films in Britain talks about girl power, immigration, the generational divide -- and what it all has to do with soccer star David Beckham.
The 'Real World' War
Posted on: Apr 1, 2003, Source: PopMatters
If embedding is a next logical step for reality TV, it's also a huge leap in political, ethical and commercial terms.
J. Lo Keeps It Un-Real
Posted on: Dec 17, 2002, Source: PopMatters
J. Lo does not want you to forget just how "real" she is -- that is why she performs her "real-ness" over, and over, and over again.
Reflecting on Black Men as Snipers
Posted on: Nov 3, 2002, Source: PopPolitics.com
The arrest of the D.C. snipers introduced a new element for the media to focus on -- the unexpected racial identity of the arrested suspects.
The Connection Between Race and Columbine
Posted on: Oct 27, 2002, Source: PopMatters
Michael Moore's latest movie, "Bowling for Columbine" reveals an unspoken yet ever-present reason for America's gun obsession: racism.
The Cost of Consumption
Posted on: Jun 27, 2002, Source: PopMatters
A new movie about a young African-American shoplifter offers insight into a commercial culture that encourages endless unfulfillable desires.
Funk Soul Brother
Posted on: May 30, 2002, Source: PopMatters
Between NBA commercials, Snoop videos and the return of George Clinton, the funk seems to be everywhere. Now here comes the movie version of the animated series 'Undercover Brother.'
Ain't Trickin' Me
Posted on: May 2, 2002, Source: PopMatters
However else you remember Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes, it's her effort and her engagement, her absolute refusal to back down, that are most unforgettable.
Shakira Declares Her Territory
Posted on: Mar 27, 2002, Source: PopMatters
Though MTV and VH1 have worked hard to transform Shakira into just another blonde pop star, the Colombian icon is actually quite well read and politically aware.
Hart's War: The Unbearable Whiteness of Being
Posted on: Feb 18, 2002, Source: PopPolitics.com
Hart's War, the latest World War II nostalgia flick, tries to take on racism in the U.S. army, but ends up as yet another yarn about white guys learning to do the right thing.
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