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by Jessy Krupa

4 Feb 2014

The Super Bowl is often the highest-rated event on television, and part of the reason why so many tune in to see it is the new commercials. Advertisers spent an estimated $4.5 Million for their thirty seconds of airtime, and many of them tried to surprise us, be inspiring, or just make us laugh. 

While it was far from being the best Super Bowl ever, this year’s crop of ads can best be divided into certain themes. Here is PopMatters’ guide to great moments, big laughs, and some completely overblown time-wasters.

by Isaiah Wooden

3 Feb 2014

There are two dynamic, exceedingly bright boys from Brooklyn at the center of Joe Brewster and Michèle Stephenson’s American Promise. The documentary chronicles the lives of Brewster and Stephenson’s son, Idris, and his best friend, Seun. Hoping to avail them of the many opportunities and privileges that an expensive, private school education often affords—and wanting, too, to equip them with skills to counter a world that frequently elides black maleness with criminality—Idris and Seun’s parents enroll them in Manhattan’s tony Dalton School for kindergarten.

by Jessy Krupa

3 Feb 2014

Super Bowl XLVIII was the highest rated event in the history of television, meaning that a lot of people who don’t watch football on a regular basis were watching. While we don’t know this year’s numbers yet, but the average musical performances, (mostly) underwhelming commercials, and stilted game probably left many viewers feel a little cheated.

Not everyone was able to see the full event, however, so here is PopMatters’ recap of what happened when.

by Jessy Krupa

27 Jan 2014

The 2014 Grammys was a night where newcomers were rewarded and legends were worshipped, where simple, intimate performances battled it out against major productions, and where there were too many flashing lights and stripper-dancing. All in all, it was three and a half hours that demanded your attention.

If you happened to miss any of the night’s performances, PopMatters has you covered. Here are videos of what went down and how great it was (or wasn’t), arranged in order from best to worst.

by Jessy Krupa

10 Jan 2014

It’s hard to guess who will be taking home the golden gramophones this year, as the Academy has confused music fans with a combination of older releases, albums with mixed reviews, and complete surprises in their nominations.

Here’s a look at ten popular award categories on “music’s biggest night”,  and speculation on what will happen. The nominees are listed in order of the best chances to win. In other words: this is going to be a big year for Macklemore & Lewis, and Taylor Swift will likely be spending most of the night sitting down.

//Mixed media

Indie Horror Month 2015: 'Dark Echo'

// Moving Pixels

"Dark Echo drops you into a pitch back maze and then renders your core tools of navigation into something quite life threatening.

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