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Jon Lisi

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/.


Features

Monday, January 5 2015

Enough with the Biopic: A Re-Examination of Cinema’s Least Interesting Genre

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

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

Wednesday, March 25 2015

The Artist Is Not Present: The Significance of Sia's Anti-Pop Persona

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

Can Television Be a Solution to Hollywood's Diversity Problem?

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

From ‘Cast Away’ to ‘Locke’: The Rise of the One-Man Movie

For every apparent innovation, one-man movies are as conventional as they come.


Tuesday, January 27 2015

Tom Cruise: Hollywood's Last Great Movie Star

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

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.


Reviews

Monday, April 20 2015

A Vampire Falls in Love in Iran in 'A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night'

A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night is the most exciting debut feature film of the decade thus far, showing a prodigious talent in director Ana Lily Amirpour.


Tuesday, March 24 2015

It's an Art Form, Talking 'Bout Your Mama

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

There Aren't Many Reasons to Go 'Into the Woods'

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

'Unbroken' Is a Merely Adequate Biopic

For every powerful moment, there is a scene that lacks force and overstays its welcome.


Wednesday, March 18 2015

'Dreaming of Cinema' Demonstrates Why the Humanities Are Out of Touch

For better or worse, contemporary scholars in cinema studies spend more time drawing from and debating one another than talking about films.


Blogs

Wednesday, January 7 2015

Madonna's 'Rebel Heart' Reinforces Her Relevance

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' 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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