Tuesday, September 7 2010
The Wire’s intentional difficulty and rigor -- along with academia’s ongoing love affair with cultural studies -- might very well explain its emerging as a centerpiece in a growing number of courses at many colleges and universities in the United States.
Sunday, August 15 2010
The bottom line, to paraphrase Sue Sylvester, the resident Queen of Mean on Glee, is that Americans want their gays so flaming you can see them from space.
Sunday, August 1 2010
Is Torchwood the true “digital weapon” that can successfully market its stories in any medium—not just TV episodes, but also novels, radio plays, and now a comic book?
Thursday, July 22 2010
The BBC series Being Human chronicles the attempts by three roommates -- one a vampire, one a werewolf, and one a ghost -- to live decent, normal lives in a world inhospitable to them. But who are the real monsters?
Monday, June 28 2010
The aspirational dynamic at work with the majority of the show's viewers – adult women – is a fantasy do-over of their high school experience. Gossip Girl is a teen show for adults.
Sunday, June 27 2010
The public has long had an affinity for the strange and less than wonderful, and the concept of an actor recording a CD invariably brings up the ghosts of dead music careers past. So, bands that happen to include an actor/musician need to follow Beecake’s and Blue Gillespie’s example.
Friday, May 21 2010
Here we stroll down memory lane, recalling favored episodes of Lost, past. We remember with fondness as we stumble into the final episode, true ‘til the end, still trying to find our way.
Theories, conspiracies, clues... these writers stumble blindly about on the little islands in their minds, tripping over things, becoming ever more disoriented -- seeing, but alas, never realizing...
Thursday, May 20 2010
Be they slavishly devoted or stubbornly skeptical, whether they clinged to every minute of the entire season -- wherever in the time spectrum that minute appeared -- or simply turned their modern-day Dharma dial to ‘off’ after season one (gasp!), these writers were always, well, lost in thought. Ha, ha.
Where is the criminal also known as Kate? What became of the mysterious Juliette? They were lost, in seems, in this collection of adoration for the Lost boys.
Thursday, May 13 2010
Fringe is The X-Files new and improved for viewers with shorter attention spans and an appetite for more gadgets and less paper work, more super geniuses and fewer bureaucrats, higher body counts and less verisimilitude, more answers and fewer questions.
Thursday, April 8 2010
Our present 'social grid' -- the stage Sons of Anarchy plays upon – is one that most on the planet have fallen through; life outside of that grid may offer some hope, some new regime.
Wednesday, March 31 2010
"We're sort of like the Ozzie & Harriet family meets the Addams Family" says the Emmy-winning actress, who deals with both her weight troubles and family issues as part of her new A&E show which just barely premiered. PopMatters reports live from the set.
Thursday, March 25 2010
In a new memoir, veteran stand-up comic Paul Mooney reflects on his life and work with the legendary comedian Richard Pryor and their struggle against racism in Hollywood.
Thursday, March 4 2010
Autopsy entertainment makes painfully clear that no amount of Twitter and Prozac, Friending and Unfriending, Outplacement and Outsourcing, Bail Outs and Stimulus, Surges and Drones, Mii and Wii, Nunchuck and Netois can save us.
Monday, March 1 2010
One of the greatest benefits that DVDs have bestowed is the ability to discover great TV series that we missed the first time around. Here are five great shows that anyone who loves quality TV should see if they haven't already.
Monday, February 22 2010
Conspiracy Theory presents a world divided into elites and Joe Sixpacks, where the hidden masters of the universe plot against you and me.
Sunday, February 21 2010
Superjail! creators Christy Karacas (Cartoon Sushi), and Stephen Warbrick (Beavis and Butthead, Celebrity Deathmatch) were turned loose, briefly, to answer our 20 Questions.
Thursday, February 18 2010
Gossip Girl and Chuck, both created in the wake of the demise of The O.C., bear a sharp resemblance to The O.C., despite paradoxically bearing little resemblance to one another. Chuck embodies the geekier parts of The O.C, while Gossip Girl evokes its internecine social battles.
Wednesday, February 17 2010
ESPN changed the course of American sports culture by providing access to national and international events 24 hours per day and cultivating the entertainment potential of sporting events and personalities.