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/.
Monday, January 5 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
Wednesday, March 25 2015
For once, a pop artist has rejected the idea of stardom, and as a result, has become one of the world’s most discussed pop stars.
Wednesday, February 18 2015
We are living in the second Golden Age of Television, and not just because the writing is so good: TV is where we can tune in for real diversity.
Wednesday, February 11 2015
For every apparent innovation, one-man movies are as conventional as they come.
Tuesday, January 27 2015
Tom Cruise is the most consistent movie star Hollywood has, and when he stops making films, his absence will signify the end of an era.
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, March 24 2015
Readers that aren’t easily offended will find themselves laughing and cringing at what is surely the raunchiest history book in years.
Monday, March 23 2015
Die-hard Sondheim fans may enjoy this adaptation, but the rest of the world should revisit Chicago and wonder why Marshall hasn’t been able to capture that film’s magic since.
Monday, March 23 2015
For every powerful moment, there is a scene that lacks force and overstays its welcome.
Wednesday, March 18 2015
For better or worse, contemporary scholars in cinema studies spend more time drawing from and debating one another than talking about films.
Monday, March 16 2015
Top Five is one of the most original and satisfying comedies in years.
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.