Tuesday, January 14 2014
The life of Life of Brian tells us much about a period when disparate cultural values were battled over in a dramatic tug-of-war on the frontlines of society -- and for Monty Python, the threat of prison loomed.
Sunday, July 1 2012
Not every pre-Code film is a Scarface or Baby Face; some are only mediocre faces.
Sunday, June 3 2012
Around the world, heavy metal has long been aligned with Satanism in the cultural imagination. For metalheads from Lebanon to Poland, the Satanic Panic is very real and far from over.
Friday, May 27 2011
The controversy surrounding A Serbian Film is symptomatic of an ominous development in the horror genre's combative relationship with the censors.
Wednesday, March 30 2011
"Why is it, Dorian, that a man like the Duke of Berwick leaves the room of a club when you enter it?" Now we know.
Wednesday, March 19 2008
What would the so-called Massachusetts "Games-as-Porn" bill really mean?
Thursday, November 29 2007
The issues surrounding Manhunt 2's release make it more interesting as an example of game editing and censorship than as a game.
Monday, September 17 2007
Tuesday, July 24 2007
In an age when gangsters have given way to gangstas, it's refreshing to find a book that takes the older breed seriously.
Wednesday, July 11 2007
"I would also argue, and no one agrees with me on this but I will argue it anyway, that not all "young adult" novels are about teenagers." PopMatters talks to John Green about literature, pop culture, and all those Katherines.