Marcelino Truong's 'Saigon Calling' Is a Beautiful Graphic Memoir of a Nightmarish Time

Marcelino Truong's #GraphicFiction SAIGON CALLING: LONDON 1963-75 offers a poignant and jarring reminder of the resilience of the human spirit. #PMPick

Luca Guadagnino Creates a Landmark LGBT Love Story with 'Call Me By Your Name'

Luca Guadagnino's excellent film Call Me By Your Name will have people of all sexualities, ethnicities, and ages question: When am I just passing, and when am I truly living? #PMPick #LGBTQ

'Thanks, Obama': The Upside/Downside of Life as Non-Essential White House Personnel

A good takeaway from David Litt's #ThanksObama on the upside/downside of life as non-essential White House personnel: If you want a job in public service, put "sense of humor" at the top of your resume. #PMPick Ecco Books

The Toxic Masculinity of Stanley Kubrick's 'Barry Lyndon'

Stanley Kubrick's Barry Lyndon Movie suggests that all violence—wars, duels, boxing, and the like—is nothing more than subterfuge for masculine insecurities and romantic adolescent notions, which in many ways come down to one and the same thing.

Victory Is Never Assured in ‘Darkest Hour’

Joe Wright's sharp snapshot of Churchill in Darkest Hour as the Nazi juggernaut looms serves as a handy political strategy companion piece to the more abstracted combat narrative of Dunkirk .

The Case for Eurythmics' Induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

The case for Eurythmics ' induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame . Very few of their peers surpass Annie Lennox and Dave Stewart in terms of artistic vision, musicianship, songwriting, and creative audacity.

Various Artists: Pop Ambient 2018

Here comes another Kompakt Records #PopAmbient collection to make life just a little more bearable. Stellar new tracks from T.Raumschmiere and The Orb are the highlights. #PMPick

Dead Man Counting: An Economic Ghost Story

HOMO ECONOMICUS critiques the neoliberal capitalist regime, which rightly should have disappeared in 2008 but has possibly mutated into something worse. Out now via Pluto Press. #PMPick

The 15 Best Red Hot Chili Peppers Songs

The 15 Best Red Hot Chili Peppers Songs

Life Makes Us Better Readers: Tess Gallagher's 'The Man from Kinvara'

Tess Gallagher's work often suffers unfairly beside famous husband's Raymond Carver. The Man from Kinvara should permanently remedy this.

Animation Film 'The Breadwinner' Speaks to Issues That Most Adults Would Find Harrowing

Like Siddiq Barmak's film OSAMA, Nora Twomey's The Breadwinner presents the challenge to the girl who is "passing" in vivid detail. This film speaks to issues that most adults would find harrowing.

Love, Time, and Distance in the Comics form '5,000 Km Per Second'

If space is time—and space is literally time in the comics form—the world of the novel is a temporal cage. Manuele Fior pushes at the formal qualities of that cage to tell his story.

Dead Man Counting: An Economic Ghost Story

Peter Fleming's new book Homo Economicus attempts to lay zombie capitalism to rest.

Ready?!: A Conversation with Diet Cig

That our conversation with Diet Cig contained thoughtful, joyous multitudes is of no surprise to those pulled into the band's orbit, exemplified by the recent album Swear I'm Good at This. Frenchkiss Records

Why They Fight: A Brief History of Batman Battling Superman

Batman v. Superman But why?

'The Best of Richard Matheson' Is Among the Best of Pop Culture

Richard Matheson's work has so permeated modern pop culture that it can be hard to find works not at least partially indebted to an idea of his or, as is more often the case, someone influenced by him.

'Mudbound': Dreams in Brown

If the plot of Mudbound is familiar, its very repetition is devastating, especially in this moment in US history, when Trump and white supremacists dig up the past -- legacies of racism, abuse, and fear -- and make them horrifyingly incessant, inescapable.

Bob Dylan: Trouble No More: The Bootleg Series Vol. 13 / 1979-1981

Bob Dylan's underrated, misunderstood "gospel years" are meticulously examined in this welcome new 13th installment of his Bootleg series.

Inane Political Discourse, or, Alan Partridge's Parody Politics

That the political class now finds itself relegated to accidental Alan Partridge territory along the with rest of the twits and twats that comprise English popular culture is meaningful, to say the least. Steve Coogan

'Crazy Ex-Girlfriend: Season 3' Gives a Bruising without Feeling

The show is called Crazy Ex-Girlfriend largely because it spends time dismantling the structure that finds it easier to write women off as "crazy" than to offer them help or understanding.

Aosoth: V: The Inside Scriptures

French black metal force Aosoth unleash a pivotal entry to their discography with a record that combines their musical heritage with the ferocity of '90s death metal. 'V: The Inside Scriptures' is out today via Agonia Records .

Life, Living Weapons, and (Unlearned) Lessons: 'Weapon X #11'

Weapon H/Hulkverine has an uphill battle from the beginning of #WeaponX11, but does plenty to set himself apart, even if he is just a simple mix of Wolverine and Hulk-like brutality.

Xenoula: Xenoula

Xenoula produces a wonderfully eclectic album full of life, color and personality. Her LP releases 11/24 via Domino Recording Company. #PMPick

The Inexorable Line of Violence 'Le Crime de Monsieur Lange'

In Jean Renoir's 'Le Crime de Monsieur Lange', the beguiling depravity of the capitalist not only wreaks injustice upon us, it seduces us into complicity in that injustice.

Fun Finish Can't Save the Day for 'Justice League'

The delightfully cheesy and entertaining conclusion to Zack Snyder's superhero opus makes the rest of this listless, disjointed film Justice League Movie all the more infuriating.

​'Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri'​ Seethes with Tension

If Martin McDonagh's dark comedy-drama Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri doesn't quite out-Fargo Fargo, it brilliantly illustrates the chaos a few choice words can cause in the hands of a talented filmmaker.

The Light and Dark Music in ' Mr. Robot': A Conversation with Max Quale

An interview with Emmy-winning composer Mac Quayle who is one of the best in the TV soundtrack business. His mastery of synthesized instrumentation is perfectly suited to Mr. Robot's theme.

Empathy Test - 'Safe From Harm' (album stream) (premiere)

#PREMIERE: London #synthpop duo Empathy Test creates a world with their sunny and cinematic music on Safe From Harm and goes post-apocalyptic and groovy on Losing Touch.

Sam Bardfeld: The Great Enthusiasms

Violin, piano, and drums — playing jazz that arises from folk, rock, and roots traditions, but the "weird" avant-garde ones. Still, pointedly, Sam Bardfeld's music sings and moves with joy.

A Visual Encyclopedic Look at Mute Records

The title doesn't deceive. 'Mute: A Visual Document: From 1978 - Tomorrow' is something to look at, a package that is undoubtedly of the label it covers. 'Mute' is a beautiful objet d'art for the post-millennial coffee table. Mute Records

Fever Ray - "Mustn't Hurry" (Singles Going Steady)

​"Mustn't Hurry" is another excellent Fever Ray song that operates on varied planes of meaning and will thrill devotees while still likely remaining little weird for your average pop fan. Mute Records

Curtis Harding - "Need Your Love" (Singles Going Steady)

Curtis Harding combines sweet soul and a funky bass line on "Need Your Love" to create a smooth confection that makes one want to dance, hug, and kiss.​ His amazing new album #FaceYourFear is out now via Anti Records. #PMPick

Alex Williams: Better Than Myself

Alex Williams joins the ever-increasing ranks of #countrymusic outsiders making country music the way it used to be made with his promising debut for Big Machine Label Group.

The Hidden Gender Roles in "Narcos"

Narcos has a "no girls allowed" quality that threads throughout the show -- to its detriment.

'X2: X-Men United' Perfected the Comics-Film Blockbuster Sequel Formula

X2: X-Men United has a much stronger plot than X-Men, a surprising amount of social consciousness, better action and visual effects, and it caps things off with a killer cliffhanger ending.

Various Artists: Jesus Rocked the Jukebox: Small Group Black Gospel (1951-1965)

This stellar anthology offers a spiritual journey into not just the soul but the very heart of rock 'n' roll's origins. 'Jesus Rocked the Jukebox: Small Group Black #Gospel (1951-1965)' is essential listening and available now from Craft Recordings.

Gregory Porter: Nat "King" Cole & Me (review)

With lush arrangements courtesy of Vince Mendoza, Gregory Porter shines on a tribute to one of his major influences Nat "King" Cole. Nat “King“ Cole and Me is out now from Blue Note Records.

On Woody Allen's Work Ethic: 'Start to Finish'

Eric Lax's 'Start to Finish: Woody Allen and the Art of MovieMaking' is a comprehensive discussion of sight, sound, inner vision, and personal complications in the production of the 2015 Woody Allen film, Irrational Man.

On Woody Allen's Work Ethic: 'Start to Finish'

Eric Lax's 'Start to Finish: Woody Allen and the Art of MovieMaking' is a comprehensive discussion of sight, sound, inner vision, and personal complications in the production of the 2015 Woody Allen film, Irrational Man.

Mikael Tariverdiev: Olga Sergeevn Original Television Score

The West continues to catch up to the artistry of Mikael Tariverdiev through Olga Sergeevn. Earth Recordings

The Grid Beneath the Grid in Joshua Cohen's 'Moving Kings'

Joshua Cohen's MOVING KINGS is a visceral, intelligent look at the economy of evictions in New York's outer boroughs.

'Planes, Trains, and Automobiles' Celebrates Its 30th Anniversary at a Time We Need It Most

The nostalgic beauty of John Hughes' 'Planes, Trains and Automobiles' — aside from a delicious '80s synth score — is its fleshy, alive representation of different economic classes having to deal with one another absent easy technological escapes.

The Paradise Papers of a Developing Nation: A Guide to Protomartyr

Protomartyr's story of the USA is the "Paradise Papers" of a country that officially considers itself a developed nation but, in fact, is developing in the wrong direction, and everyone knows it.

Chaos Moon: Eschaton Memoire

In a furious return three years after Resurrection Extract, Chaos Moon re-establish their bitter atmospheric take on black #metal and reach a creative peak with the ambitious #EschatonMemoire. Out Friday via Blood Music.

Johnny Dango - "Strange to Change" (audio) (premiere)

#PREMIERE: With his full embrace of the cosmic and ethereal, Johnny Dango feels like folk-rock's answer to Sturgill Simpson on "Strange to Change".

Nonrequired Reading Has a Finger on the Pulse of the Moment

Turning the pages of 'The Best American Nonrequired Reading' to find Tweets or sheet music creates the kind of unexpected surprise that's often encountered in digital space, but seldom in print.

Guillermo del Toro Redefines the Love Story in Underwater Fantasy-Thriller 'The Shape of Water'

Guillermo del Toro's The Shape of Water is a plea to stop seeing the "other" in people, while masterfully remaining more charming than didactic. ​#PMPick

Google's Burger Emoji: Why Can't We All Just Get Along?

To those who would deny the Google burger because it's messy, I say, get a napkin and get over it.

The Difference Between Truth and Honesty: Director Richard Linklater on 'Last Flag Flying'

Director Richard Linklater talks with PopMatters about Last Flag Flying: "Little lies. It's social lubrication," says Linklater, "verbal alcohol, so that we can all kind of get along."

The 100 Essential Directors Part 1: Chantal Akerman - Bernardo Bertolucci

100 Essential Directors is back and we'll be rolling it out over the month of November.

Neurotic New Yorkers, Queer Mavericks, Swedish close-ups and the art of putting a microphone on every person on set are but a few of the themes explored in PopMatters' first group of ten essential directors, Chantal Akerman through Bernardo Bertolucci.

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