Tuesday, March 8 2011
Are Quantum and Woody a dynamic duo, or just another wearying odd couple with a duo dynamic?
Tuesday, February 8 2011
Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man trilogy is like his Evil Dead trilogy: the first entry is self-conscious, the second is more of a remake than a sequel, and the third is so different from the first two that it almost qualifies as a different genre.
Tuesday, January 18 2011
The Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers TV series was after my time, and a passing glance at any given episode was enough to convince me that it was, well, 'stunted'. So why have I seen Power Rangers: the Movie five times?
Monday, November 29 2010
It seems that Todd McFarlane designed Spawn’s cape to billow wildly just so that it would obscure Spawn’s feet, so that he wouldn’t have to draw them.
Thursday, November 4 2010
Take Your Daughter to Work Day: A Father Reflects on Years of Force-feeding Pop Culture to His Child
How will my daughter feel when her friends greet her in 2030 with an enthusiastic shout-out to Hannah Montana or SpongeBob SquarePants and she can only remember Bebop, Rocksteady, the Gentleman Ghost and Gyro Gearloose?
Wednesday, September 29 2010
If Preacher’s longtime fans were to take a fresh look at its nine uneven volumes today, would nostalgia keep them from noticing its flaws, or would they banish it to the realm of other crude, corny, ostensibly shocking ‘90s relics like South Park, Attitude-era WWF shows and Kevin Smith movies?
Wednesday, September 22 2010
Nate was always searching desperately for deeper meaning, and so it was not surprising that he would see his dead wife’s soul peering at him from the eyes of a dog.
Wednesday, August 11 2010
Who writes lyrics more menacing than those of thrash-metal legends Slayer? Pretty much everyone.
Wednesday, July 7 2010
While most moviegoers bemoan the glut of Hollywood sequels and remakes, City Slickers II: Coffee and Cake is just one of many unproduced sequels I wish we had the chance to see.
Wednesday, June 9 2010
Every utilitarian object in my home boasts an invitation to visit its website. Are there forums where pleased consumers come together to share their contentment about lip balm and adhesive bandages?
Monday, May 10 2010
One could almost make the case that the four Faith No More albums produced during the Mike Patton era were written for the Joker.
Tuesday, April 20 2010
Have you ever combined the first and last sentence of a novel or a song? The results are often amusing, and sometimes revelatory.
Tuesday, March 23 2010
In 1995, Skid Row fell back on the only choice that remains for a metal band with no place in the mainstream culture: they made the heaviest damn album in the world.
Tuesday, March 9 2010
Are toy photography "dios" a new art form, a different breed of fan fiction, or nothing loftier than playtime for the stunted?
Wednesday, January 6 2010
If the first act of The Matrix calls to mind eXistenZ, with Pikel licking Allegra’s bio-port and sucking gristle and skin from a gun, its third act is as antiseptic as a bad Star Trek rerun.
Tuesday, November 24 2009
Fans are mistaken about Return of the Jedi and Luke Skywalker (dismissing the Ewoks, and Skywalker is deemed a wuss). Might they also be wrong about the prequel trilogy? And how.
Monday, November 2 2009
More surprising than the still-impressive special effects and the jokes that hold up to modern scrutiny is the fact that there are moments throughout Ghostbusters that are legitimately scary.
Wednesday, October 7 2009
In 1989, I loathed the New Kids on the Block with a passion and intensity that only junior high-aged children can bring to their study of popular culture, yet when Hangin’ Tough Live hit DVD, I had to see it.
Wednesday, August 26 2009
The fate of 'The Rise of Cobra' (both the toys and the movie) might depend on something completely out of Hasbro’s control: nostalgia.
Wednesday, July 15 2009
This movie provokes a guilty-pleasure curiosity, followed by a yearning to somehow feel above the ridiculous performance you’re witnessing.
Monday, July 6 2009
Tomine has a gift for capturing body language and facial expressions -- his characters often say more in a silent panel than most say with an entire word balloon.
Sunday, June 7 2009
Still cute, funny and entertaining, Disney’s Adventures of the Gummi Bears holds up remarkably well on every level.
Tuesday, May 5 2009
Metallica’s got identity and projection issues -- James Hetfield repeatedly directs a string of insights or even accusations at some mysterious "you", only to concede by song's end that he is talking to himself.
Wednesday, April 8 2009
The most irreverent, knowing, daring and hippest time travel story of all time has, inevitably and fittingly, become a time capsule.
Wednesday, January 28 2009
I am happy to report that after 25 years, the 'Transformers' franchise has finally gone postmodern… no thanks to 'Transformers Energon'.
Wednesday, January 7 2009
In a surreal world dedicated to a uniquely haphazard and comically inept breed of pretense, Bret Hart’s appeal was simple: he made everything seem 'real'.
Monday, December 1 2008
Scott Keith's Dungeon of Death is a confused, unfocused, meandering account of the most gruesome death yet in an industry known for killing off its performers at startlingly young ages.
Thursday, November 20 2008
For all the self-serious Deep Thoughts and the sometimes unsettling material in DeZ Vylenz The Mindscape of Alan Moore, Moore can be a startlingly funny host.
Tuesday, September 2 2008
Having missed out on the show in its '80s heyday, a hapless Monte Williams shares his thoughts during his baffled first look at The Galaxy Rangers.
Thursday, June 12 2008
With The Incredible Hulk ripping through movie screens in mind, Williams hunkers down on the couch with two silly, strangely stirring seasons of the TV show.
Monday, April 21 2008
Is he strumming your face with his fingers? And singing your life with his words?
Sunday, March 30 2008
A small town white boy looks back at pop culture's impact on his concept of race while growing up, and how racism and homophobia are expressed and addressed in today's pop climate.
Sunday, February 24 2008
The appeal, the madness of Ross' painting is that it makes a scene involving a fight between spandex-clad do-gooders seem almost as important as Rockwell's depiction of the first step to end racial segregation.
Monday, December 17 2007
Sigma 666: Wherein I offer my soul to Satan in exchange for G.I. Joe dolls.
Tuesday, November 6 2007
I'm not here to mock God and his fanatical fan club, I'll sit back and let much more clever men and women mock them for me.
Tuesday, October 9 2007
The shelves of our great nation's toy retailers are seldom stocked with action figures of flabby, furry, graying columnists, but that could change . . .
Wednesday, September 5 2007
My DVDs and books and toys are so seductive, and the outside world so unappealing, that it's sometimes all I can do to force myself to walk out the front door every morning.
Sunday, August 5 2007
One Man's Daring Look Back at He-Man and the Masters of the Universe… and Porky's
Monday, July 2 2007
Autobotic Asphyxiation occurs when someone crosses that thin, tremulous line separating a passionate hobby from an unhealthy obsession. Watch for these symptoms . . .
Tuesday, June 5 2007
To reduce Watchmen to just another superhero movie is to miss the point entirely, and one can't help but anticipate that the result will have all the cultural relevance of a supermarket paperback novelization of Citizen Kane.
Sunday, May 6 2007
A disillusioned fan calls for the resurrection of Guns N' Roses, already. Please. Now would be good.
Wednesday, March 28 2007
The time has come to admit to ourselves that young America's polite indifference towards partisan politics and the wrestling industry stems from the uncomfortable but increasingly undeniable fact that the two have grown indistinguishable from one another.
Sunday, March 11 2007
As wild-eyed Rob (John Cusack), in High Fidelity, explains that his chaotic collection of LPs is not organized alphabetically, nor chronologically, but autobiographically, so, too, many toy collectors amass and display their plastic trinkets in an effort to compile something of a three-dimensional, pop cultural autobiography.
Wednesday, February 14 2007
Practically everyone in Boonville loathes Wal-Mart and Home Depot, and yet despite its role in the loss of two local independent businesses, Netflix has been granted a rare and elusive "Get Out of Our Smug Disapproval Free" card.
Sunday, January 21 2007
Move over, MySpace, Amazon.com's 'who you are is what you buy' Wish List is the new hip virtual community.