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Monday, July 7 2014

With ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’ the MCU Decisively Breaks with Comics

Marvel owns characters and its profits come from comics sales, film tickets, lunch boxes, etc. As such, character identification fluctuates easily between media.


Friday, June 27 2014

Is There Anything Rob Brydon Can’t Do?

Sometimes it seems like Rob Brydon is everywhere in the comedy world. And that's a good thing.


Tuesday, June 3 2014

In Defense Of ... Calling It a Finalé Even Though It’s Not Over

With Mad Men now wrapped up until spring 2015, it's time we stop resisting the trend of this new television practice. It ain't over, but it's still a finalé.


Monday, June 2 2014

The Rise Fall and Rise of Marvel Comics on Film Part 1: Origins and Eternities

Marvel Comics rules the box office today (three films based on Marvel Comics occupied the top 10 in May 2014 alone), but getting there was a long, hard, slow road.


Wednesday, May 14 2014

A Gay ‘Idol’, and We Don’t Mean Judy Garland

It's no secret that American Idol has had LGB contestants before, but the show seemed to adopt a "don't ask, don't tell" policy up until this season, until M. K. Nobilette.


Monday, May 12 2014

The Gently Subversive ‘Rev.’

Vicars interact with a wide range of people, and the motley crew who pass through Adam's church offer ample opportunities for comedy.


Monday, April 21 2014

‘LOST’ and Found: Mystery Boxes and Pleasure Domes

LOST arrived with the thunderous roar of exploding fuselage. It cut wildly through pop-culture stereotypes, and then left its fans lost and bewildered amidst the wreckage.


Thursday, April 10 2014

Cinephilia Culture and the Fear of Missing Out

There just isn't enough time in the human lifespan to see all the films one 'should'. So why not just declare the death of the cinephile?


Friday, April 4 2014

Drastically Divergent: The Sequels That Strayed Far Too Far

Can a barely recognizable sequel save a franchise? Or is it doomed to mark its epitaph?


Wednesday, April 2 2014

In Defense Of ... The Phrase ‘Spoiler Alert’

Hey, did anybody else have the Good Wife plot twist spoiled for them last week? Thanks to Google, Time and the Associated Press, I did.


Tuesday, March 25 2014

In Defense Of ... Modern Family’s Writers

Right when the adult actors of ABC's most successful series in years were forced to file suit against 20th Century Fox, the minds behind the dialogue took an entire episode to make their points known. Subliminally or not.


Friday, March 21 2014

Watching ‘Search’ Is Like Carrying the Internet Around in Your Head

When you pay for Probe's services, you're not only getting the agent of the week but also a passel of experts with their tiny cameras, microphones, and zirconium-shelled "audio implants".


Tuesday, March 11 2014

In Defense Of… The Seth Meyers / Jimmy Fallon Late-Night Team

Thanks to Seth Meyers, the community of after-hours talk-show hosts just got a whole lot friendlier. Call it fresh. Call it new. I call it interesting.


Friday, March 7 2014

The Funniest Man Who (N)ever Lived: Alan Partridge

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!


Monday, March 3 2014

‘Quantum Leap’ and the Denial of Meaning

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.


Monday, February 17 2014

In Defense Of ... Totally Being Over the Winter Olympics

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

Instantly Familiar: Hollywood’s Great Duopolies

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.


Wednesday, February 12 2014

In Defense Of ... Openly Enjoying Professional Wrestling

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.


Monday, February 10 2014

What Does the Success of ‘Sharknado’ Reveal About Social Media?

In 2013, Syfy's Sharknado became a trending topic on Twitter and a pop culture phenomenon. Here's why none of it matters.


Monday, February 3 2014

Selling Japan: How Much Is a Nation’s Culture Worth?

Via the billion-dollar Cool Japan Fund Inc, Japan is aiming to become one of the world's dominant culture forces. But can a national culture be commodified so easily?


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