Call for Essays About Any Aspect of Popular Culture, Present or Past

John Wells


Tuesday, September 23 2014

Comics Go Psychedelic, Then Dark…

The most tumultuous and varied era of comics is chronicled with balance and aplomb in American Comic Book Chronicles: 1965-69.

Monday, April 7 2014

The Pressure Cooker of 'August: Osage County' Explodes with Talent

During a brittle August, the battle for familial control flares when Barbara confronts her iron-willed mother in the aftermath of a family crisis. If only they didn’t have to be so loud about it.

Tuesday, December 24 2013

Meryl Streep Reigns in 'August: Osage County'

Addled by pills and rage, Violet (Meryl Streep) turns the requisite family dinner into a tour-de-force of belittling spitefulness.

Sunday, June 12 2011

'The Company Men' Achieves that Delicate Balance Between Anguish and Hope

The Company Men remains a painfully relevant film that offers no easy solutions, but it encourages strength by virtue of its intent not to ignore our new and uncertain world.

Sunday, December 12 2010

'The Company Men': Pounding Nails

Kevin Costner serves here as kind of updated, left-leaning Clarence the Angel, full of wisdom and generosity, with a dash of manly abrasiveness so his radiant integrity isn't too, too obvious.

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