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, Hollywood.com, and the-artifice.com. 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: http://jonlisi.pressfolios.com/.
Enough with the Biopic: A Re-Examination of Cinema’s Least Interesting Genre | 5 Jan 2015 // 12:59 AM
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 // 9:14 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.
Is 'Madonna: Tears of a Clown' a Laughing Matter? | 2 May 2016 // 9:00 PM
In Madonna's bizarre one-off concert in Australia, she proved that she's still willing to push the envelope with a bold artistic statement. But what exactly was she saying?
Kayaktivists' Colorful and Effective Protests in 2015 | 27 Jan 2016 // 10:00 PM
The most elaborately staged spectacle of 2015 was performed by the “kayaktivists”, a group of environmentalists that successfully stopped oil giant Royal Dutch Shell from drilling in the Arctic.
'A Special Day' in Fascist Italy | 8 Dec 2015 // 3:00 AM
Despite the tumultuous times, the characters in A Special Day can’t escape the clichés of a standard melodramatic story.
'The Overnight' Is a Sure Sign That Mumblecore Has Lost Its Luster | 2 Nov 2015 // 8:10 PM
The Overnight is one long tease without a satisfying payoff.
Madonna's 'Rebel Heart' Reinforces Her Relevance | 7 Jan 2015 // 3:59 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 // 4:00 AM
Room 237 is one of the only films that respects and even admires cinephilia and its various forms.