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Jon Lisi

Jon Lisi has an MA in Cinema Studies from New York University. His research explores Hollywood cinema and the American film industry. Currently, he is interested in the impact social media has had on filmmaking and industry practices. He also investigates social media’s broader influence on various cultures and societies in this globalized digital age. In addition to his monthly column here at PopMatters, he has written for the International Journal of Communication, Hollywood.com, therichest.com, and the-artifice.com. You can follow his work here: http://jonlisi.pressfolios.com/


Features

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

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?


Sunday, February 9 2014

What Does the Success of 'Sharknado' Reveal About Social Media?

In 2013, Syfy's Sharknado became a trending topic on Twitter and a pop culture phenomenon. Here's why none of it matters.


Tuesday, January 7 2014

How Live-Streaming Social Media Websites Complicate the Male Gaze

Teenagers use social media to escape the control of authority figures, engage in sexual behavior with peers, and entertain anonymous strangers. Is this a problem?


Sunday, November 3 2013

Does Tinder Transform Dating Culture?

Tinder’s popularity is proof that people are turning to social media technologies to increase their chances of finding a mate... or at least a friend for the night.


Monday, September 16 2013

Is Miley Cyrus a Master of Social Media?

With each tweet, photo upload, and "twerk" video, Miley Cyrus artfully crafts her star image, always maintaining our interest in how she presents herself.


Reviews

Wednesday, April 9 2014

A General, a Princess and Two Greedy, Dim-Witted Peasants

The Hidden Fortress is more "accessible" and "entertaining" than Rashômon, but Kurosawa's artistry is ever present.


Thursday, April 3 2014

David Dow Is Compassionate Enough to Humanize the World’s Most Hated People

There are a plethora of memoirs and true crime stories to read, but few of them are as eloquent and passionate as Things I’ve Learned from Dying: A Book About Life.


Tuesday, March 25 2014

The Embers of the MOVE Bombing Still Smolder

To some, the FBI's handling of MOVE screamed of the Attica prison riot; to others, it was more like the hunt for Osama Bin Laden, if you will.


Monday, March 17 2014

Should 'Thief's Protagonist Be Punished or Praised?

Thief, like the best crime films, forces the viewer to rethink traditional conceptions of criminality.


Sunday, March 16 2014

The Bosnian War Deserves a Better Film than 'Twice Born'

Twice Born takes what has the potential to be an engrossing cinematic backdrop—the horrific Bosnian War—and turns it into cheap sentiment.


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