Kit MacFarlane has a PhD in English Literature, Film and Popular Culture, and teaches film and media as a freelance academic. He writes cultural criticism, commentary and relentless tirades, and has published regular cultural and higher education commentary in Australian media. He writes monthly-ish column Retro Remote at PopMatters. A full list of his writing can be found on his very ugly webpage. Why not follow him on Twitter? Off-the-clock, he shouts at the TV incessantly.
Star Trek's Lost Legacy of Literary Pretension | 21 May 2009 // 5:00 PM
What's a Kirk without Earth-poet Shakespeare? Has the awkward Star Trek quotation spat its last breath? Trek's lost legacy of literary pretension.
Who Needs an Oscar Anyway?: Mickey Rourke's Homeboy | 5 May 2009 // 5:00 PM
Dismissed as too depressing in 1988, Mickey Rourke's self-penned turn in Homeboy brings an aura of sorrow more nuanced and poetic than that of his celebrated performance in The Wrestler.
'Quantum Leap' and the Denial of Meaning | 2 Mar 2014 // 9:30 PM
Grand "explanations" are simple, it's actions and decisions that are complex. Quantum Leap treated ordinary people's problems as the real matters of cosmic importance.
Why Does TV Betray Us So, Every Christmas? | 17 Dec 2013 // 9:30 PM
Some TV shows just aren’t willing to launch themselves into Christmas joy without also considering the validity of the Grinch's perspective.
Total Divas on E!: Just Switch it Off | 20 Aug 2013 // 2:00 AM
Total Divas is WWE's ode to its own misogyny, its glorification of its belief that women are peripheral to real narratives and that women don't deserve the same opportunities as men.
Joss Whedon's 'Avengers' Reaches Apex of Averageness, True Believers | 27 Apr 2012 // 12:00 AM
The Avengers may be awesome, but that doesn't mean it's any good. The new standard for superhero films seems to be that they don't suck as opposed to actually containing any ideas of interest.