Monday, February 17 2014
As the idealism of the ‘60s congealed into the malaise of the ‘70s, TV offered us small bands of forlorn humans in tight suits, roaming the stars. These are the “the starlost shows”.
Tuesday, January 21 2014
His third standup special was one of his most popular to date, and the 23-year-old Bo Burnham decided to release the entire thing on YouTube for free. In talking with PopMatters, Bo tells us about all the why's of what.
Monday, January 13 2014
Perhaps the most stunning element of this years list is the lack of domination by the broadcast networks. In fact, there are more streaming and pay cable shows taking top honors than any Big Three offering. The future of the medium is here and now.
Thursday, December 19 2013
As home video spins off into various immediate options -- streaming, simultaneous theatrical and digital release -- there are still many gems to uncover in the increasingly obsolete format.
Tuesday, December 10 2013
Rhys Darby has a small legacy of his own, ranging from his roles in Flight of the Conchords to How I Met Your Mother to his outrageously theatrical standup, as well.
Monday, December 9 2013
A visit to Seattle's Star Trek convention reveals the conflicted feelings cast members have towards being immortalized in comic form.
Tuesday, November 26 2013
Anachronism so cunning you could pin a tail on it and call it a weasel.
Wednesday, November 20 2013
It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia pushes the boundaries of human decency -- in a good way.
Wednesday, October 23 2013
The Count’s long and many lives have terrified us with our xenophobia, anti-Communism, and fear of AIDS. What will he do to us next?
Monday, October 7 2013
Like Walter White, we left Breaking Bad with a big smile on our faces. And that’s what was so bad about it.
Wednesday, September 11 2013
From Roots to Star Trek and well beyond, LeVar Burton says that his time on Reading Rainbow was "the most important thing I've ever done." With a new app to encourage reading, he tells us how its legacy will extend to a whole new generation.
Tuesday, September 10 2013
Synecdoche. Diegesis. Star Wars. Pop Culture. Cool Cool. Open a TV Tropes tab as we look into Abed’s identity in Community.
Thursday, September 5 2013
The images of humans imprisoning themselves in The Walking Dead speak poignantly about a world in which walls seem like an answer to the threat of those masses of bodies on the other side.
Tuesday, August 27 2013
Consider watching these true originals before American remakes completely ruin them or force them back into hiding underground.
Sunday, August 25 2013
Walter White as aged teacher and Jesse Pinkman as retired student grow to be somewhat of a family for each other, but the way in which Jesse learns and applies himself shows that Breaking Bad's theme of learning goes deeper than one might initially think.
Thursday, August 22 2013
Once a viewer starts tuning into the subtleties of those affected by the collateral damage of Walt/Heisenberg's victories, it's hard not to read the show as a satire that challenges us to rethink our romanticized assumptions about American Westward conquest.
Wednesday, August 21 2013
Gus Fring has earned his spot in the all-time Villain Hall of Fame. It his unexcitable demeanor when enraged that makes him unpredictable and highly volatile to be around, and that's exactly what you want in a good antagonist: never knowing what he is going to do next.
Tuesday, August 20 2013
By the time Season Five came around, Jesse hadn't only changed, he became the moral center of Breaking Bad. His journey, grim as it is, is one of the show's most compelling arcs.
From cinematography to editing, each episode of Breaking Bad feels meticulously crafted, the director's authorial hand ever present to lead the viewer through the story. Every shot is as precise and deliberate a storytelling tool as the scriptwriting or the actors" performances.
Sunday, August 18 2013
Celebrated filmmaker Lance Bangs discusses the second season of his insightful Vice show Young Americans and his flexibility as a filmmaker.