Thursday, July 12 2012
The ambiguous ending in a movie doesn’t feel like 'art'. It feels like a copy. And it resembles the tendency of the franchise ending, with intent to leave it open for a sequel.
With the latest season of Episodes recently beginning to air on Showtime, we are reminded of how affecting the always-entertaining act of self-deprecation can be.
Tuesday, July 10 2012
Thanks to translation, the cult '60s British show The Avengers is known to French viewers as Chapeau Melon et Bottes de Cuir, literally "bowler hat and leather boots", a title which could be misconstrued for a show about bondage tips and foot fetish.
Monday, July 9 2012
Tony Hancock played an Every Man with the lovable charm and the infuriating selfishness of a know-nothing know-it-all. Like his character, most of us want what we don't have and the rest of the world, we believe, is responsible for our dissatisfaction.
Monday, June 18 2012
In the nearly ten years that its been off the air, Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant's crowning achievement has aged with grace, in part because of its short run, but most of all, because of its originality.
Depictions of black women in popular culture have long surpassed the 'mammy' archetype. Let's talk about Teresa Graves in Get Christie Love (1974), for starters.
Tuesday, June 12 2012
With the news that the Smashing Pumpkins leader is developing a reality television series around his Resistance Pro imprint, it's hard to bet against the singer's success as a businessman.
Wednesday, June 6 2012
Like Suzi, the character she drew for Womanthology, Jean Kang tells stories in “her own small way to take a stand against stereotype.”
Monday, June 4 2012
With Mad Men's season finalé set for Sunday, we look back at how polarizing the show's return to television has been while coming to terms with how frustrating it began and how great it's become.
Sunday, June 3 2012
Hannah of Girls is not your grandmother’s fictional heroine, but she's a worthy, modern-day descendant.
Thursday, May 31 2012
It'd be a shame if the endless emphasis on youth results in a lack of "grown-up" concerns in pop culture. Here are five examples of the old kicking ass and refusing to give way to the young in mainstream pop culture.
Thursday, May 24 2012
With two TV shows returning Arthur Conan Doyle's creation to our screens, Sherlock Holmes has never seemed more influential. But for the good of detective fiction, it might be time to look elsewhere for our unorthodox investigators...
Thursday, May 10 2012
Whereas Richard Pryor used autobiography for his comedy of social dissent, George Carlin aimed his critical lens outwards, to reflect upon a world of greed and self-delusion.
Thursday, May 3 2012
In light of David Simon's recent comments to The New York Times on its intent to 'stir actual shit', we revisit how important The Wire should be to both popular culture and American society.
Thursday, April 26 2012
With more and more websites developing original programming and cable companies raising prices each year, there has never been a better time to turn away from your television and toward your computer.
Tuesday, April 24 2012
Love and hate. Success and failure. Life and death. Cigarettes. You could get addicted to Brian Dooley's The Smoking Room.
Monday, April 16 2012
How I learned to stop worrying and love TV show remakes.
Wednesday, March 21 2012
In light of a third animal death on set, HBO swiftly canceled its promising new racetrack drama. But considering the latest obsession with television nostalgia, was immediately axing the show the right move? Or even better, was it the least bit hypocritical?
Thursday, February 23 2012
Did the record breaking Ricky Gervais Show podcast give insight into the real people behind it? Or were they just three more brilliant comic creations?
Tuesday, February 21 2012
Like Downton Abbey and Upstairs Downstairs, Brideshead Revisited can be considered a requiem for the days of Empire and the unyielding class structure that governed British life pre-World War II.