Monday, March 10 2014
Berryman, Carver, Cheever, Fitzgerald, Hemingway, Williams; none could tend the flame of their talent with anything but liquor and devastation.
Friday, March 7 2014
For over 20 years, Alan Partridge has shared his life with the British public and fans have embraced him, warts and all. Now, his first feature film is coming to America. Back of the net!
Thursday, March 6 2014
During this three album stretch, Genesis evinced as much growth and glory as any of their prog brethren, and the banner they raised still casts a huge and heavy shadow over everything that followed.
Wednesday, March 5 2014
PopMatters speaks with Jóhann Jóhannsson about his latest venture into music for cinema, his moody and melancholy score for the police thriller, McCanick.
Tuesday, March 4 2014
Seeing Kanye West perform, I learned not only what it's like to see a master at the top of his game in the prime of his career, but also what it is that makes the polarizing artist so fascinating. And so, so breathtaking.
Monday, March 3 2014
Grand "explanations" are simple, it's actions and decisions that are complex. Quantum Leap treated ordinary people's problems as the real matters of cosmic importance.
Friday, February 28 2014
Uncharted puts the "big data" of Google Books through the lens of a tool called Ngram, but the meaning of the results, and even their validity, turn a great read into a cautionary tale.
Thursday, February 27 2014
From clever Soviet-era symphonies to current black market recordings, Russian musicians have a long history of working around the state's culture of censorship.
Wednesday, February 26 2014
A lot of comics may be seen as cheap, but so what? That also makes them fun.
Tuesday, February 25 2014
With the release of her two new records, Lydia Loveless watches you watching her. Maybe you should listen, instead.
Monday, February 24 2014
Gears of War is not about narrative. It's about gut instinct. Pure, primal, primitive emotion. It paints on a big canvas, and uses thick brushstrokes, but the result is an unfiltered, expressionistic roar. It's just like a newborn baby.
Friday, February 21 2014
Plotting exposure, parody seeks to unveil rather than to mask, to offer truths where it finds lies, deceit, or hypocrisy. So why has religion proven particularly prone to this means of comedic put-down?
Thursday, February 20 2014
Italy’s independent hip-hop scene has so far produced some of the brightest, most interesting artists on European shores.
Wednesday, February 19 2014
Free-to-play game developers are playing a game of their own. The object of that game is to gain ownership of your time.
Tuesday, February 18 2014
The success of Canon Fodder's "50 Nights at the Movies -- at Home!" Requires a bigger and better sequel. Or at least, a longer one. Might want to make some popcorn before sitting down for this one.
Monday, February 17 2014
An institution once associated with class, heroism, athletic superiority, equality and, of course, proud patriotism has been deduced to yet another pawn in the ongoing game of international passive-aggression.
Friday, February 14 2014
Ever think Hollywood is making the same films over and over? These many sets of twin films that constitute Hollywood’s Great Duopolies show no signs of stopping.
Thursday, February 13 2014
Just as our bodies are made of recycled stars, our thoughts are spawned from bits of songs and books and movie dialogue. So what happens when your star gets old?
Wednesday, February 12 2014
All it took was a trip to the Royal Rumble to see how similar the warped reality of the WWE is to The Kardashians. Or The Real World. Or Duck Dynasty. Or Honey Boo Boo.
Tuesday, February 11 2014
Like his protagonists, Thomas Pynchon appears to remind us, in his absence from advising us, that we must rely on our own smarts, arrayed against mystery and cynicism and corruption.