Jon Lisi works in the greater New York City area. His monthly column is about stardom, celebrity culture and performance. He also writes book and DVD reviews. He has 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: jonlisi.pressfolios.com/.
Enough with the Biopic: A Re-Examination of Cinema’s Least Interesting Genre | 5 Jan 2015 // 12:59 AM
Life-spanning biopics are still the ultimate Oscar bait in 2014. Here’s hoping that no one will be biting in the future.
How Women Dominated Pop Music in the '00s | 28 Sep 2014 // 9:14 PM
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.
Is 'Madonna: Tears of a Clown' a Laughing Matter? | 2 May 2016 // 9:00 PM
In Madonna's bizarre one-off concert in Australia, she proved that she's still willing to push the envelope with a bold artistic statement. But what exactly was she saying?
Kayaktivists' Colorful and Effective Protests in 2015 | 27 Jan 2016 // 10:00 PM
The most elaborately staged spectacle of 2015 was performed by the “kayaktivists”, a group of environmentalists that successfully stopped oil giant Royal Dutch Shell from drilling in the Arctic.
'A Special Day' in Fascist Italy | 8 Dec 2015 // 3:00 AM
Despite the tumultuous times, the characters in A Special Day can’t escape the clichés of a standard melodramatic story.
'The Overnight' Is a Sure Sign That Mumblecore Has Lost Its Luster | 2 Nov 2015 // 8:10 PM
The Overnight is one long tease without a satisfying payoff.
Madonna's 'Rebel Heart' Reinforces Her Relevance | 7 Jan 2015 // 3:59 AM
Despite the detractors who insist that she gives it up, Madonna is determined to dominate the cultural conversation once again.
'Room 237' and The History of Cinematic Representations of Cinephilia | 4 Sep 2014 // 4:00 AM
Room 237 is one of the only films that respects and even admires cinephilia and its various forms.