Jon Lisi is a PhD student in the Department of Communication and Culture at Indiana University. He received his MA in Cinema Studies from New York University and his BA in New Media from Fairfield 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/
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
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?
Sunday, February 9 2014
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
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?
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.
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.