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Jon Lisi

Jon Lisi is a PhD student in the Department of Communication and Culture at Indiana University. 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. You can follow his work here: http://jonlisi.pressfolios.com/


Features

Sunday, September 28 2014

How Women Dominated Pop Music in the '00s

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.


Tuesday, March 18 2014

Rich People Have Problems Too: Teenage Angst in 'Sixteen Candles'

A film like Sixteen Candles suggests that wealthy teenagers are not immune to life’s harsh caprice, and that no amount of affluence can cure high school’s sense of alienation and anxiety


Columns

Tuesday, December 2 2014

The Politics of Performance: Reverend Billy and the Church of Stop Shopping

Like many avant-gardists before them, Reverend Billy and the Church of Stop Shopping view their performances not as an artistic practice or profession, but as an orientation toward life.


Tuesday, October 14 2014

The Magical Presence of Anna Karina: More Than Godard's Muse

It’s not that Anna Karina couldn’t act, but that she didn’t have to. Her physical presence was the art, and her beauty, in and of itself, was a significant contribution to the culture.


Monday, September 15 2014

The Power of Body Language: Michelle Yeoh, Action Cinema's First Lady

Watching Michelle Yeoh fight on screen is like watching Fred Astaire dance: simply beautiful.


Monday, May 19 2014

On Madonna's Art for Freedom: Why You Can't Change the World with a Tweet

Madonna's Art for Freedom project proves that social media is not a productive tool for activists who want to impact public policy and alleviate human rights violations.


Wednesday, April 9 2014

Cinephilia Culture and the Fear of Missing Out

There just isn't enough time in the human lifespan to see all the films one 'should'. So why not just declare the death of the cinephile?


Reviews

Wednesday, July 30 2014

Linda Williams on the Melodrama of Black and White in 'The Wire'

On The Wire is a must-read book for everyone who believes that the HBO series is life-changing fiction of the highest order.


Wednesday, June 25 2014

'L'eclisse' Is Beautifully Made, but Boring as Hell

L’eclisse is a highly regarded work of European modernism that is pretty to look at, interesting to think about, and grueling to watch unfold.


Tuesday, May 20 2014

'God Loves Uganda' Is a Timely Exposé, but It's Also Unimpressive Cinema

God Loves Uganda exists to educate and enrage; it paints a clear portrait of good versus evil.


Wednesday, May 14 2014

'Riot in Cell Block 11' Has the Courage to Ask Important Questions

Will America's prison system ever change? Or is meant to keep America’s caste system in place?


Wednesday, May 14 2014

'Leonard Cohen on Leonard Cohen' Is at Once Fascinating and Frustrating

This collection of interviews forces us to consider that Cohen's interactions with the press are products of his public image instead of honest words that represent his core belief system.


Blogs

Thursday, September 4 2014

'Room 237' and The History of Cinematic Representations of Cinephilia

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


Monday, July 14 2014

Revisiting 'Garden State' 10 Years Later

Despite the film’s hipster soundtrack and depiction of twenty-something malaise, it ultimately embraces the human spirit and all of the sentimentality that goes with it.


Monday, June 23 2014

'True Detective' and the Death of Television Criticism

Something has gone wrong if critics consider True Detective the best that contemporary television has to offer.


Friday, May 2 2014

Addressing America's Brutal Past in 'The Address'

The Address shows that there’s no point to public education if students don’t walk away with useful lessons for life.


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