Sunday, July 7 2013
What happens when parenting, technology and America's Pastime collide?
Wednesday, May 1 2013
The strategy and neologism of showbinging has become the preferred method of assimilating all that great TV out there.
Monday, February 25 2013
"My thing is to get the joke across in as few words as possible." Standup comedy legend Steven Wright talks about his stage persona, Twitter, and the art of the joke.
Thursday, October 25 2012
Choosing the right movie can spell the difference between an evening of fun thrills and a night of seriously bad dreams.
Sunday, August 26 2012
People are customizing their network names, knowing full well that friends, neighbors and passersby are scanning for free wi-fi all the time.
Tuesday, June 26 2012
140 characters? Sounds like my sister's wedding reception!
Monday, April 16 2012
How I learned to stop worrying and love TV show remakes.
Wednesday, January 4 2012
Notional, portable and entirely analog, the Movie Blurb Game can be played anywhere, at any time.
Thursday, August 18 2011
Media formats come and go, subject to the gale-force winds of technology and the retail market. Me, I'm still clinging to my Monty Python collections on VHS.
Sunday, June 26 2011
We went into Ice Road Truckers with the best intentions for our eight-year-old, I swear. It's the History channel, right? It's educational!
Wednesday, May 11 2011
Old books and even older movies can fend off the creeping anxiety of information overload.
Sunday, March 13 2011
I Am Number Four, a PG-13 science-fiction-slash-teen-romance movie, is so faithful to the Twilight template that it could have been assembled by marketing software.
Tuesday, January 18 2011
Video games and cross-promotional marketing yield the inevitable: console karaoke for Gleeks.
Tuesday, November 9 2010
It occurred to me that Clint Eastwood used to make these kinds of movies – often with an orangutan – back when he made good movies.
Wednesday, September 22 2010
Glad you asked about the mosque! This is what situational ethics is all about!
Tuesday, July 6 2010
The RiffTrax line of DVDs reignites the enduring debate: Can something really be so bad that it's good?
Tuesday, May 4 2010
Is there a certain film that, if you come across it flipping channels randomly, you feel compelled to watch yet again? Even though you've seen it 34,000 times? Even if it's on the Spanish-language station and you don't speak Spanish?
Sunday, March 21 2010
If Dave Chapelle came back, spring would come earlier, melodies would sound sweeter, the polar ice caps would stop melting, and maybe we might all understand and treat each other just a bit better.
Sunday, November 8 2009
Researchers have largely ignored the pop cultural value of the H1N1 virus: hours on the couch catching up on DVD.
Tuesday, September 8 2009
When paring down your music collection, is it OK to prune songs off classic albums? An aesthetic (and moral) dilemma...
Wednesday, July 15 2009
PopShots introduces 15 Second Theater -- radically distilled dramatic readings designed to accommodate the contemporary attention span.
Monday, May 4 2009
Geek humor is rooted in a commanding pop cultural and scientific literacy and deployed with a sense of casual authority which one ... must ... obey.
Monday, March 2 2009
The use of unfiltered direct quotes gives a veneer of authenticity, and the writer doesn’t have to do much actual writing.
Monday, January 5 2009
Facebook is like having a dozen rolling high school reunions simultaneously, plus grade school, and college, and every summer camp you ever attended.
Sunday, November 23 2008
Internet memes meet political postmortems as we uncover more salient facts about America's next president.
Tuesday, October 21 2008
Tred quietly, carefully with your Tour Guide as we catch glimpses of the fierce and the timid political animals of Washington, D.C.
Wednesday, September 3 2008
Mushrooming geek chic trendiness has made it difficult to separate the men from the fanboys. Take this quiz to see how authentic you are.
Tuesday, June 24 2008
On the (Wii) golf course I am a multiracial, broad-shouldered, green-haired punk rock Adonis in a kilt.
Sunday, May 18 2008
You will highlight and underline, memorize and prioritize. And you will not blink.
Tuesday, March 18 2008
Premium beer + long winter months + national health care = fertile breeding ground for resourceful science.
Tuesday, February 26 2008
The gunplay in Lost shot past the ken of lessons-not-learned in Screenwriting 101 and blasted into an over-the-top Marx Brothers routine.
Monday, January 21 2008
Wanna get me off my DVD-lovin' couch and into a movie theater? Then gimme the movies that make me feel like a 14-year-old.
Sunday, November 18 2007
A bold proposal regarding our massive backlog of pop culture artifacts and the potential recycling thereof, ad infinitum.
Thursday, October 25 2007
Time again for everyone's favorite corporately co-opted Judeo-Christian pagan demon holiday! A public service for procrastinating party-goers.
Thursday, October 4 2007
A felonious alumnus provides words of wisdom to the graduating class and sepia-drenched remembrances on the way things were at Higbert Community College.
Monday, August 20 2007
The cause of the Cataclysm revealed? Experts discover new tell-tale artifacts, recalibrate their analysis of American celebrity from the Year 2449.
Thursday, August 2 2007
In our brave new world of news bytes, instant messaging and dwindling attention spans, the haiku is making a comeback.
Thursday, July 5 2007
Let authors Michael Bloomberg, Paris Hilton, John Travolta, and Bob Barker help you through the long dog days of summer with these new, engaging titles.
Thursday, May 24 2007
Roller coasters are fun, vacations are fun, and parks are fun. So why are vacations at roller coaster parks no longer any fun?
Monday, April 30 2007
Strapped for cash, aching to free their creative impulse from the grind of the same old story, over and over and over, our best modern film directors turn their talents toward the vastly untapped world of TV commercial-making.
Tuesday, April 3 2007
Giving up cigarettes – an odyssey of shame, debasement and despair.
Sunday, March 4 2007
You know that sick feeling you get when fire off a toxic reply, hit the “send” button, and find yourself peering into the Dark Side of instant global electronic communication?
Monday, January 29 2007
The introduction of Apple’s new iPhone prompts a review of that enduring cultural artifact known as The Gizmo.
Wednesday, January 3 2007
Our resident wit offers up the excerpts and highlights from the best celebrity roasts in 2006.
Monday, November 27 2006
In which our resident ethical expert contends: Ethics may complicate, but absolute ethics complicate absolutely.
Sunday, October 29 2006
Kinder, gentler, and thoroughly creepy, today’s children’s television is no match for the classics.
Monday, October 2 2006
A terrifying glimpse of what can happen when modern technology meets Happily Ever After.
Monday, September 4 2006
Join our guide on a tour of the Internet, where stealthy sexual predators, docile digerati, pathetic loners, and vast, roaming herds of the dangerously overinformed roam freely in their habitat.
Wednesday, August 9 2006
The scary-smart 20Q AI project asks: Animal, vegetable, mineral or legendary '70s rock star?
Monday, June 26 2006
Does the Snakes on a Plane phenomenon signal the End of Days in Hollywood?
Tuesday, June 6 2006
It's the ultimate in entertainment options when Netflix and the time-space continuum collide.
Tuesday, May 2 2006
A behind-the-scenes peek at television pilot programs the networks almost wanted you to see -- until someone got wise.
Monday, March 27 2006
Q: How many professional athletes does it take to screw over a lifelong fan? A: Several thousand, evidently. Thanks, pinheads!
Tuesday, March 7 2006
The ultimate in elegant time wasting for the obsessive film fan.
Wednesday, February 8 2006
A desperate inquiry into the madness and methods of practical joking from a frightened young man who really should know better, by now.
Wednesday, January 18 2006
Our intrepid correspondent answers his fan mail. That which is publishable, anyway.
Monday, December 12 2005
'Tis the season! Several modest proposals for Mr. S. Claus regarding studio execs, rock chicks, worldwide revolution, and other gift ideas.
Monday, November 21 2005
Fun with media supersaturation as the realms of celebrity and the collective unconscious collide!
Tuesday, November 1 2005
Bringing you the best in arbitrary, uninformed and mean-spirited opinions since 1986!
Monday, October 10 2005
In the alien(ating) world of addictive, online communiqués, can anyone hear you scream?
Tuesday, September 20 2005
Indiana Jones is 63 years old, and we're in trouble.
Wednesday, September 7 2005
30,000 gamers descend on middle America to dress up, get down, and spook the squares.
Monday, August 8 2005
The notoriously violent video game sneaked in some sex scenes. Now that's naughty!
Wednesday, July 20 2005
What goes around to the hip, comes around to us all... eventually.
Friday, June 24 2005
At PopMatters, we've seen the future. So . . . want some investment advice?
Friday, May 20 2005
A guided tour of one of America's most protected habitats for endangering species.
Wednesday, April 20 2005
There's a planet full of kind and decent people who, as children, were terribly abused. We were the lab rats and guinea pigs for a nascent industry called orthodontia.
Wednesday, March 23 2005
McDonald succumbs, all too easily, to the guilty pleasures of Internet TV.
Wednesday, February 23 2005
McDonald vouches for SquarePants' character. He should know, he roomed with him in college.