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J.M. Suarez

J.M. Suarez has been a contributing writer at PopMatters since 2008. She’s happy to talk about TV any time, any place. Really.


Monday, September 26 2011

Pearl Jam's 'Ten', 20 Years On

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.

Tuesday, November 17 2009

Woman or Object: Selected Female Roles in the Films of Pedro Almodóvar

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.


Thursday, March 12 2015

'A Place To Call Home' Is a True Period Piece

A Place to Call Home is a period piece in the best sense in that it embraces its time period completely, all the while showcasing universal themes.

Tuesday, February 10 2015

'101 Dalmatians' Remains a Diamond in Disney's Crown

Featuring a story filled with wonderful characterizations, genuine excitement, and a perfectly earned ending, 101 Dalmatians is one of Disney's best.

Wednesday, January 7 2015

'Broad City' Skillfully Juggles the Heartfelt and the Absurd

Broad City is funny, but it's also heartfelt in unexpected and strange ways.

Wednesday, October 29 2014

'The Honourable Woman' Is a Thriller With Emotional Resonance

The Honourable Woman is smart, taut, and consistently suspenseful, without ever sacrificing character for plot, which is no easy feat.

Monday, October 27 2014

'Death Comes to Pemberley' Is Jane Austen, Continued

Affairs, unwed pregnancies, and murder all abound, but at the heart of Death Comes to Pemberley is the story of a marriage.

Latino Americans [16.Oct.13]
Eleven Minutes [17.Mar.10]
Rhoda: Season 1 [20.Apr.09]
Twilight [22.Mar.09]
Frozen River [9.Feb.09]
Skins: Vol. 1 [3.Feb.09]
Kurt Cobain [16.Apr.08]
The Independent [5.Mar.08]
The Amateurs [4.Mar.08]


Wednesday, March 4 2015

Goodbye to 'Parks and Recreation' and the Greatest Town in America

For a series perpetually on the verge of cancellation, it managed to carve out a special place in the television landscape.

Thursday, July 10 2014

The Many Faces of Female Friendship in 'Orange Is the New Black'

Because female relationships are rarely depicted well on television, Orange Is the New Black stands out from the norm.

Tuesday, February 25 2014

Chalk It Up to Bad 'Luck': The Demise of Seven One-Season TV Wonders

Unfortunately, some shows seem destined for cancellation right away, regardless of critical acclaim or the support of small, fanatical groups of fans.

Monday, October 14 2013

Nine Great TV Opening Themes

The opening themes to some TV shows are as artful as the shows themselves.

Life on Mars: The Complete UK Collection (Consuming Consumables) [16.Dec.10]
The Walking Dead (trailer) (Mixed Media) [29.Aug.10]
Tegan and Sara - "Northshore" (video) (Mixed Media) [13.Aug.10]
Fran Healy Streams New Song (Mixed Media) [30.Jul.10]
Pearl Jam Premieres Two Videos (Mixed Media) [21.Jul.10]
Rogue Wave - Live at Moog (video) (Mixed Media) [15.Jul.10]
The Pipettes - "Stop the Music" (video) (Mixed Media) [19.Apr.10]
Why We Need "Chuck" (Channel Surfing) [3.May.09]
Bea Arthur R.I.P (1922-2009) (Channel Surfing) [27.Apr.09]
Pushing Daisies: The Complete First Season (Consuming Consumables) [26.Nov.08]
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