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Tuesday, August 5 2014

PopMatters’ 2014 Fall TV Preview: Tuesdays

PopMatters takes a look at Fall 2014's new Tuesday shows that will be competing against TV’s highest-rated series.


K-Pop Roundup - July 2014

July has brought the full-fledged summertime songs to K-pop, so get ready for massive pop hooks, breezy production, and over-saturated music videos.


Back to School: Revisiting California’s Golden Age of Public Education

In Blackboard, Lewis Buzbee compares the progression of his daughter, with his earlier journey through California's public schools. Things have changed.


Films for Fans of Visionary Directors

In film, "visionary" has become a marketing adjective, like "iconic". Here, on the matter of visionary directors, we separate the claret from the beaujolais, if you will.


Seasick, But Still Floating: Blur and ‘The Great Escape’

Blur's masterpiece The Great Escape examines the costs—for young lovers or pop stars—of trusting in stasis.


‘Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me’ Invites the Viewer to Drink Up a Vibrant Life

Watching Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me, the primary impression left is that Stritch had many more stories to tell.


Monday, August 4 2014

Sexism, Sanity, and Motives

Chase a Crooked Shadow trades upon sexism, but it also makes the audience question its own uncertainty about the motives and sanity of the female characters.


Korea Is Making World Domination Cool Again (and Family-friendly, Too)

The Birth of Korean Cool is a thoroughly researched and engaging account of the rise and spread of the Korean pop culture phenomenon.


The Queen of Rockabilly Looks Back: Wanda Jackson at 9th Street Summerfest

The First Lady of Rockabilly gave an energetic set at the 9th Street Summerfest in Missouri, mixing together youthful zeal with old-time classics.


Joyous Cadre of Cinematic Excrement: ‘Mystery Science Theater 3000: XXX’

There are good MST3K box sets, and then there are great MST3K box sets. The difference? All the Jack Palance jokes you could ever hope for.


Arkells: High Noon (Reviews) [4.Aug.14]
Bleachers: Strange Desire (Reviews) [1.Aug.14]
The Architecture of War in ‘King and Country’ (Short Ends and Leader) [31.Jul.14]
Living and Dying for Silent Film (Columns) [29.Jul.14]
Cardinal: Cardinal (reissue) (Reviews) [23.Jul.14]
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