Call for Essays About Any Aspect of Popular Culture, Present or Past

Lesley Smith


Wednesday, January 18 2012

TV 2011: Survivalist Crime Solvers

Recent US crime shows claim not only that the law does not provide justice to ordinary Americans, but also that it cannot do so.

Monday, June 16 2003

An Admirable Account of Himself

Gregory Peck was enthralled with the process of becoming someone else, and worked at perfecting it until the very end of his motion picture career.


Sunday, June 15 2014

David Tennant Is a Brilliant Barrister in 'The Escape Artist'

Will (David Tennant) may be his chambers' most promising barrister, but he's flamboyant and ruthless only in the courtroom.

Friday, March 28 2014

'Breathe In' Considers Inspiration

At first it’s not clear whether the high school music teacher Keith is falling in love with Sophie or with his own, newly rejuvenated capacity to create music.

Sunday, March 9 2014

'Resurrection' Is In the Zeitgeist, Baby

The ever-expanding TV population of zombies, the disappeared, and assorted cyborgs is joined by the citizens of Arcadia, Missouri, who just can’t seem to stay in the graves where their loving relatives have interred them.

Monday, January 6 2014

'Intelligence' Begins with a Promising Conundrum

The smartest parts of Intelligence concern debates over Gabriel's malfunctions as a machine, even as they feel emotional bonds with him.

Wednesday, December 4 2013

'Mob City': An Homage to the Seamy Streets of Films Noirs and the Pulp Novels That Inspired Them

The premiere suggests exactly why this period isn't more often plundered by television, namely, the extraordinary difficulty of shaking off the popular culture clichés of the period.

City Island [8.Apr.10]
White Collar [22.Oct.09]
All About Steve [3.Sep.09]
Glee [18.May.09]
Inkheart [25.Jan.09]
Igor [18.Sep.08]
Death Race [21.Aug.08]
Cashmere Mafia [15.Jan.08]
Womens Murder Club [14.Oct.07]
Big Shots [3.Oct.07]
Journeyman [23.Sep.07]
The Closer [12.Jul.05]
Into the West [6.Jul.05]
The 4400 [26.Jun.05]
Deadwood [20.Mar.05]
Boston Legal [31.Oct.04]
The West Wing [31.Oct.04]
dr. vegas [10.Oct.04]
The Winds of War [6.Jun.04]
The Handler [3.Nov.03]
Cromwell (1970) [6.Oct.03]
Las Vegas [5.Oct.03]
Chicago (2002) [25.Dec.02]
Two Women (1998) [9.Dec.02]
Boomtown [14.Oct.02]
Hack [29.Sep.02]
The Sopranos [22.Sep.02]
Married in America [25.Jun.02]
Path to War [9.Jun.02]
Citizen Baines [31.Dec.94]
Nurse Betty (2000) [31.Dec.94]
Trixie (2000) [31.Dec.94]
Wit [31.Dec.94]
First Monday [31.Dec.94]
Mifune (1999) [31.Dec.94]
Sex and the City [31.Dec.94]
Deadline [31.Dec.94]
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