J.M. Suarez has been a contributing writer at PopMatters since 2008. She's happy to talk about TV any time, any place. Really.
The Leap: The Universe of Difference Between 'Pablo Honey' and 'The Bends' | 7 Apr 2015 // 10:00 PM
In jumping forward from the lackluster Pablo Honey, Radiohead finally started becoming the Radiohead that is idolized today.
Pearl Jam's 'Ten', 20 Years On | 26 Sep 2011 // 5:00 PM
Released alongside Nirvana’s Nevermind, the importance of Pearl Jam's Ten has been somewhat overshadowed by that record. Here is a young band, barely together for a year, yet confident enough in it style and aware of its strengths to release a cohesive debut album that would serve as a fine indicator of its potential.
Woman or Object: Selected Female Roles in the Films of Pedro Almodóvar | 17 Nov 2009 // 4:00 PM
What many of the women in Almodóvar’s films do have in common, despite their characterization as victim or martyr or heroine, is that they are survivors.
An Excellent Ensemble Shines In 'The Casual Vacancy' | 6 Aug 2015 // 3:00 AM
The series does an admirable job of adapting J.K. Rowling’s dense book into a miniseries, even with the sacrifice of several storylines.
On Miyazaki's Gross, Funny and Touching 'Spirited Away' | 21 Jul 2015 // 3:00 AM
The imagination of the film is unparalleled, but what truly makes Spirited Away a masterpiece is how it imbues the fantastic with so much real feeling.
'Broadchurch' Retains Its Suspense and Offers Another Excellent Season | 28 Jun 2015 // 9:10 PM
Broadchurch not only continues to draw in and engage viewers, it also finds a way to add even more interest in its second season, making for a wholly satisfying series.
'Call the Midwife' Continues to Charm in Its Fourth Season | 28 May 2015 // 9:10 PM
An excellent cast, coupled with the show’s strong sense of time and place, makes Call the Midwife consistently engaging and satisfying.
'Maude' Remains Funny and Groundbreaking 40 Years On | 5 Apr 2015 // 9:09 PM
Maude certainly paved the way for other strong-willed, independent, feminist characters, but she more than others will be remembered for her wit and unwavering beliefs.
'A Place To Call Home' Is a True Period Piece //12.Mar.15
Stylish and Dramatic, 'Breathless' Delivers //17.Sep.14
'Mr. Selfridge: Season 2' Gives Us a Wonderful Cast of Characters and a Riveting Time Period //29.Apr.14
Latino Americans //16.Oct.13
The Complexity of Finding Balance in 'Luther 3' //30.Sep.13
'Orphan Black' Is Riveting Television //17.Jul.13
'Call the Midwife: Season Two' //9.Jul.13
Coming on Strong: 'Copper: Season One' //14.Nov.12
'Mad Monster Party' It's a Scream! //9.Oct.12
You Sprung a Leak in Your Dinghy: 'The Carol Burnett Show: Carol's Favorites (2-disc edition)' //2.Oct.12
An Ode to Dopamine: 'The Musical Brain' //23.Sep.12
Take Some Teenage Delinquents, Add a Little Lightening and You Get 'Misfits: Season One' //28.Aug.12
Painful Naïvety: 'Albert Nobbs' //14.May.12
What Is True? Or, How Much of It Is True? Otto Preminger's Classic: 'Anatomy of a Murder' //27.Mar.12
'Becoming Santa': Reveals that this Ubiquitous, Beloved Character Can be Hard to Pin Down //5.Dec.11
'Cars 2' Has No Shortage of Clever Appropriations of Human Culture Into It's World of Transportation //9.Nov.11
The Troubled and Charismatic 'Luther: Season 2' //26.Oct.11
'Gavin & Stacey: The Complete Collection' and Their Large, Unconventional, Extended Family //26.Sep.11
'Bloodworth' Is Overstuffed with Characters //1.Aug.11
'Treme: The Complete First Season': When Tragedy and Adversity Meet with Resilience and Hope //13.Apr.11
It Was So Much More than Just Football: 'Friday Night Lights: The Fifth and Final Season' //12.Apr.11
'Luther' Is Shocking, Troubling and Satisfying //28.Nov.10
Bored To Death: The Complete First Season //10.Nov.10
'Glee: The Complete First Season': Poignant Camp //21.Sep.10
Political Motivation, Long-Held Grudges and Good Old-Fashioned Greed Form 'The Art of the Steal' //17.Aug.10
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo: Every Bit As Dark, Disturbing, and Captivating As the Book //11.Jul.10
'Burn Notice' Still Sizzles in Third Season //6.Jul.10
Party Down: Season One //2.May.10
In Search of Beethoven //28.Apr.10
Rhoda: Season Two //4.Apr.10
Eleven Minutes //17.Mar.10
Omnibus: Leonard Bernstein //16.Feb.10
Chuck: The Complete Second Season //24.Jan.10
It Might Get Loud //6.Jan.10
The Paper Chase: Season Two //5.Jan.10
Andy Barker, P.I.: The Complete Series //23.Nov.09
Murphy's Law: Series One //8.Oct.09
Dexter: The Complete Third Season //24.Aug.09
Designing Women: Season Two //23.Aug.09
The Middleman: The Complete Series //20.Aug.09
The Lucy Show - and - The Lucille Ball Specials //29.Jul.09
Burn Notice: Season Two //9.Jul.09
Everwood: The Complete Second Season //16.Jun.09
Fillmore: The Last Days //1.Jun.09
Morrissey: From Where He Came to Where He Went //22.Apr.09
Rhoda: Season 1 //20.Apr.09
The Paper Chase: Season One //12.Apr.09
Room 222: Season One //5.Apr.09
Family Ties: The Fifth Season //22.Mar.09
Frozen River //9.Feb.09
Skins: Vol. 1 //3.Feb.09
Alison Krauss: A Hundred Miles or More //9.Dec.08
TV Sets: Holiday Treats //28.Oct.08
Johnny Cash Christmas Specials:1978 & 1979 //16.Oct.08
Californication: Season 1 //20.Aug.08
Friday Night Lights: The Second Season //1.Jul.08
Burn Notice: Season One //15.Jun.08
The National: A Skin, A Night [DVD] //22.May.08
Kurt Cobain //16.Apr.08
Destination Hamburg //31.Mar.08
The Independent //5.Mar.08
The Amateurs //4.Mar.08
Goodbye to 'Parks and Recreation' and the Greatest Town in America | 4 Mar 2015 // 5:00 AM
For a series perpetually on the verge of cancellation, it managed to carve out a special place in the television landscape.
The Many Faces of Female Friendship in 'Orange Is the New Black' | 10 Jul 2014 // 4:00 AM
Because female relationships are rarely depicted well on television, Orange Is the New Black stands out from the norm.
Chalk It Up to Bad 'Luck': The Demise of Seven One-Season TV Wonders | 25 Feb 2014 // 4:00 AM
Unfortunately, some shows seem destined for cancellation right away, regardless of critical acclaim or the support of small, fanatical groups of fans.
Nine Great TV Opening Themes | 14 Oct 2013 // 3:33 AM
The opening themes to some TV shows are as artful as the shows themselves.