Jon Lisi

Jon Lisi is a writer in the greater New York City area. In addition to his monthly column here at PopMatters, he writes Book and DVD reviews on a regular basis. He has also contributed to the International Journal of Communication, the Journal of American Studies in Turkey, Immediacy,, and He received his MA in Cinema Studies from New York University and his BA in New Media from Fairfield University. You can follow his work here:

Features // 3 Articles
Columns // 20 Articles
Reviews // 54 Articles
Blogs // 5 Articles

Enough with the Biopic: A Re-Examination of Cinema’s Least Interesting Genre | 4 Jan 2015 // 11:59 PM

Life-spanning biopics are still the ultimate Oscar bait in 2014. Here’s hoping that no one will be biting in the future.

How Women Dominated Pop Music in the '00s | 28 Sep 2014 // 8:14 PM

We owe it to ourselves to recognize the many women in pop music that made an undeniable impact on popular culture and the world at large.


Revisiting 'Girlfriends': A Forgotten Film of Second-Wave Feminism | 4 Nov 2015 // 8:30 PM

Stanley Kubrick was right. Girlfriends is one of the finest American films of the ‘70s.

Could YouTube Help Bernie Sanders -- and Hurt Hillary Clinton? | 1 Sep 2015 // 8:30 PM

Hillary Clinton may be the Democratic establishment's favorite, but on the Internet, social media users are feelin' the Bern.


'The Overnight' Is a Sure Sign That Mumblecore Has Lost Its Luster | 2 Nov 2015 // 7:10 PM

The Overnight is one long tease without a satisfying payoff.

'The Farewell Party (Mita Tova)' Has a Deliciously Twisted Sense of Humor | 30 Sep 2015 // 12:59 AM

The humorous treatment of so-called "mercy killing" will certainly provoke some viewers.


Madonna's 'Rebel Heart' Reinforces Her Relevance | 7 Jan 2015 // 2:59 AM

Despite the detractors who insist that she gives it up, Madonna is determined to dominate the cultural conversation once again.

'Room 237' and The History of Cinematic Representations of Cinephilia | 4 Sep 2014 // 3:00 AM

Room 237 is one of the only films that respects and even admires cinephilia and its various forms.

//Mixed media

Because Blood Is Drama: Considering Carnage in Video Games and Other Media

// Moving Pixels

"It's easy to dismiss blood and violence as salacious without considering why it is there, what its context is, and what it might communicate.

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