Stories by Cynthia Fuchs

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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.

Posted on: Nov 13, 2008, Source: PopMatters

A new documentary looks at the troubling -- and mystifying -- mix of religion and politics in America.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.'

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.

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).

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.

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.

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.

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.

Posted on: Nov 12, 2003, Source:

Threat Matrix, the first television show about homeland security, is both too boring and too disturbing to be entertaining.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Posted on: Nov 3, 2002, Source:

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.

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.

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.

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.'

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.

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.

Posted on: Feb 18, 2002, Source:

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.