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Michelle Welch
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Michelle Welch is a pop culture obsessive with a BA in Cinema and Media Studies from the University of Chicago. She’s a freelance entertainment writer, a former news blogger for The Onion’s AV Club, has a soft spot for terrible movies, and dreams of one day seeing her name and picture among the film critics listed on Rotten Tomatoes. Follow her on Twitter @stayfrostymw


Features

Thursday, August 25 2011

Variation on a Theme: An Interview with J.K. Simmons

J.K. Simmons's most visible credit to date is the scenery-chomping role as J. Jonah Jameson in Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man trilogy. But in The Music Never Stopped, (now out on DVD) a deeply rewarding film about music therapy, family, and the Summer of Love generation, Simmons shines in his first lead film role as the uptight father of an amnesiac hippie.


Reviews

Sunday, February 19 2012

Carrie Fisher Likes to Shock Herself and Her Readers in 'Shockaholic'

Shockaholic switches on and off with the distant past and more recent present, ultimately drawing conclusions about what it means to be born into celebrity and the seeming inescapability of one’s public persona.


Friday, January 20 2012

'Drew Peterson: Untouchable': Rob Lowe: Unbelieveable

Drew Peterson: Untouchable tells the story about a controlling man, his supposed charm and charisma, and his startling arrogance.


Thursday, December 8 2011

'Young Adult' Is Jason Reitman's Most Grownup Film Yet

In Young Adult, the question is not whether the tightly wound Mavis will snap, but when and how destructively.


Wednesday, October 19 2011

'The Walking Dead' Season Two Is Where the Show Should Have Begun

The Walking Dead's second season premiere on Sunday night was good, lively and tense like last year's pilot. In many ways, it was where the series ought to have begun.


Tuesday, October 11 2011

The Usual Man's Man Tropes: 'Last Man Standing'

Tim Allen is back in Last Man Standing, but do we want him?


Blogs

Monday, August 15 2011

The Top 10 'Are Are You Afraid of the Dark?' Episodes

To celebrate the debut of TeenNick's "The 90s Are All That" programming and its record ratings, here are some classic episodes that made you afraid of the dark.


Wednesday, April 20 2011

S.E. Hinton Is Writing About Vampires, Too

Borders liquidation sale turns up the S.E. Hinton novel Hawkes Harbor; proof of the maxim that if you don’t use it, you lose it.


Tuesday, April 12 2011

Wye Oak: 7 April 2011 - Chicago

This pair is about volume, and we’re not talking about just loudness to your ears, we’re talking about amplitude that ripples your pant legs and beats your heart for you.


Monday, April 11 2011

A Truly '90s Cultural Artifact: 'Goosebumps: Escape From HorrorLand'

Jeff Goldblum and Isabella Rossellini collaborated with Steven Spielberg on a Goosebumps video game and somehow it never became an Internet meme.


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