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Thursday, April 8 2010

Sons of Anarchy: Rebels and Bad Subjects with a Cause?

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

The Up-side of Being Plus-Sized: Kirstie Alley and Her Big Life

"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

Richard Pryor’s Designated Writer: An Interview With Paul Mooney

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 TV

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

Five Great TV Series to Discover on DVD

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 with Jesse Ventura

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

20 Questions: Superjail!: Christy Karacas and Steve Warbrick

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

‘Chuck’  Versus ‘Gossip Girl’

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: Changing the Way Americans Think About Sports

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.


Monday, February 8 2010

Must See TV No More?

“You’ve created a fetish around watching the commercials, and not going to the kitchen or the bathroom during the commercials. That’s a pretty amazing thing to have done,” says Turow. But is the phenomenon sustainable?


Monday, February 1 2010

Stop Me If You Think That You’ve Seen This Grammys Before

The Grammys seem like a festering boomer leftover, far removed from the present where major labels live in post-apocalyptic decline.


When Over-the-Top Hits the Spot: 2010 Grammy Awards

Overblown set pieces, fiery performances, and category wins that no one saw coming -- yes, this year, the Grammy Awards decided to be interesting.


Tuesday, January 19 2010

Fast Train to Nowhere: Watching ‘The Wire’ Aesthetically

Every scene, no matter how seemingly throwaway, no matter how seemingly unimportant, contributes to a larger vision, a complex set of patterns and narratives. Which is why The Wire is both totally fascinating and utterly unrealistic.


Monday, January 18 2010

The Film Noir Roots of Cowboy Bebop

The animated series Cowboy Bebop is a blend of classic film noir motifs mixed into a futuristic setting that reverses the roles of gender and character.


Tuesday, January 12 2010

TV’s Ten Greatest Cyborgs

The Cyborg has become one of the most persistent and fruitful character types on television, expressing society's concerns over the fate of the individual in a highly deterministic world.


Marcia Gay Harden on Dreams, Nightmares, and Why There’s No One at the Movies

Oscar-winning actress Marcia Gay Harden talks about being a godmother for a cruise ship, the supposed decline of movie theater attendance, and what it's like to work with "sexy" Clint Eastwood.


Thursday, January 7 2010

The Best TV of 2009

Aside from one or two new shows, this look at the Best of TV 2009 seems awfully familiar. A look at early '60s admen? A practically incomprehensible drama about an island of airplane crash castaways? The Americanization of a UK workplace comedy? That definitely rings a bell.


The Best DVDs of 2009

Let's face it, when the content inside is less than meaningful, how better to market your particular movie than with plenty of digital packaging bells and whistles. Many of our 2009 choices reflect this strategy. Others are great all by themselves.


Tuesday, January 5 2010

The Best TV Performances of 2009

It would have been easy to miss most of this year's best, with all the distractions -- Rihanna and Chris, Taylor and Kanye, Adam and his same-sex drummer, Tiger and, well, who knows, and, ugh, Jon and Kate.


Sunday, January 3 2010

The Guilty Pleasure TV of 2009

It's here where you will find those unmentionable entertainments that keep us suckling at the glass teat for much longer than we need to. It’s not for mental nourishment or relaxation. It’s like an addiction, and going cold crappy TV turkey is just not an option.


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