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/
Sunday, January 4 2015
Life-spanning biopics are still the ultimate Oscar bait in 2014. Here’s hoping that no one will be biting in the future.
Sunday, September 28 2014
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
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
Tuesday, December 2 2014
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
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
Watching Michelle Yeoh fight on screen is like watching Fred Astaire dance: simply beautiful.
Monday, May 19 2014
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
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?
Wednesday, July 30 2014
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 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 exists to educate and enrage; it paints a clear portrait of good versus evil.
Wednesday, May 14 2014
Will America's prison system ever change? Or is meant to keep America’s caste system in place?
Wednesday, May 14 2014
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.
Wednesday, January 7 2015
Despite the detractors who insist that she gives it up, Madonna is determined to dominate the cultural conversation once again.
Thursday, September 4 2014
Room 237 is one of the only films that respects and even admires cinephilia and its various forms.
Monday, July 14 2014
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
Something has gone wrong if critics consider True Detective the best that contemporary television has to offer.
Friday, May 2 2014
The Address shows that there’s no point to public education if students don’t walk away with useful lessons for life.