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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.
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