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Thursday, February 7 2013

A Peek Inside Japan’s Tightly Managed Johnny’s Entertainment

If looking into the Japanese music industry is like peering through a frosted glass shower door, attempting to crack Johnny’s Entertainment is like trying to see what’s inside a black hole. We bring a flashlight.


Thursday, January 31 2013

The Best DVDs and Blu-rays of 2012

From classics to contemporary television, the typical titles and the surprising outsider choices, the year in home video was just as divisive, and delightful, as the rest of our meaningful media.


Thursday, January 17 2013

The 10 Best TV Episodes of 2012

First, I chose episodes that were representative of what their series did especially well this year. Second, I chose episodes from what I deem the most successful shows of 2012.


Wednesday, January 16 2013

The Best TV Shows of 2012

Thanks to imports and cable channel choices, the year in TV was very interesting indeed. Where else can classical detectives meet with their updated complements, or sullen 20-somethings smirk at their ancient societal/criminal betters? Oh, and don't forget squid.


Sunday, January 13 2013

The Best Guilty Pleasure TV of 2012

Whether its animated nonsense or reality bite, broadcast bits this cheesy and fun demand indulgence -- and we gladly say 'Yes' to such small screen excess.


Sunday, January 6 2013

The Best of Television Performances of 2012

PopMatters highlights some television performers who stood out in 2012, but aren't likely to find themselves among nominees for annual awards.


Tuesday, December 25 2012

“It’s Not Just About Me”: An Interview with Mo McRae

Sons of Anarchy's Mo McRae talks to PopMatters about the show's villains, his love of biographies, and the shenanigans that happen on-set.


Tuesday, November 27 2012

Make ‘Em Laugh: Sitcom Humor for Millennials

Our generation of 20- and 30-somethings need the truth of a Wes Anderson film in a 30-minute TV bite, and we find it in these dark comedies.


Monday, November 26 2012

“I Want People to Really Hear My Heart”: An Interview with Cheyenne Jackson

Whether dominating Broadway in Xanadu, showcasing his comedy chops on 30 Rock, or recording full-length albums with Michael Feinstein, there is very little Cheyenne Jackson can't do. He talks to PopMatters about all of the above and more, including what it's like being an openly gay celebrity in this day and age ...


Monday, November 19 2012

“You Can’t Be Lazy In Stand-Up:”: An Interview with Simon Amstell

The British comedian gets candid about himself, his own healing experiences, and the magic of hallucinogens.


Wednesday, October 31 2012

TV Networks Have a Knack for Axing Real Gems

TV shows come and go, but sometimes looking back on the programs that networks have axed can reveal some real gems. The 2006-2007 TV season on NBC had three such programs: one an over-hyped Aaron Sorkin vehicle, another an underappreciated hostage drama, and another a misunderstood examination at the lives of young mobsters.


Wednesday, September 26 2012

The Power of Language and Fear in ‘Doctor Who’

Language as we know it, is human. The Dalek's limited vocabulary suggests that they were once exposed to human language or were once human. The Dalek's world is limited by its primary purposes to kill enemies and achieve world domination.


Wednesday, September 12 2012

Body Politic: Rihanna’s Interview with Oprah, Kristen Stewart’s Fall from Grace and the Hook Up Cult

This week Flashpoints looks at the female body politic that is reflected in the hall of mirrors of pop culture. Our gaze is cast on what we think we see of Rihanna, Kristen Stewart, and the Fifty Shades of Gray phenomenon.


Wednesday, August 29 2012

Steam-Powered Hard Drive: Sherlock Holmes As Modern Superhero From 1887-2012

As the world continues to celebrate Sherlock Holmes, PopMatters takes readers on a tour of the famous fictional phenomenon that spans books, radio, television and films.


Monday, August 27 2012

20 Questions: Harry Shearer

What can one say about the irrepressible comedic cultural critic Harry Shearer that hasn’t already been said – or that he hasn’t already said, himself (in an array of voices)? Never short of words, Shearer has a few things to say to PopMatters.


Thursday, August 9 2012

Dyn-o-mite!: Good Times, Bad Times, Our Times—A Memoir

Starting in small clubs and eventually opening for Black Panther rallies, Jimmie Walker became an icon, playing J. J. on Good Times. He was the first successful young black sitcom star, and his catchphrase -- “Dyn-o-mite!” -- remains an indicator of the era.


Sunday, August 5 2012

Defending Oprah

The Oprah Winfrey Network's shortfalls have come not by aiming too low, but instead in trying to buck the trends of the current cable landscape.


Thursday, July 26 2012

Flash Points: Penn State’s Cover-Up and the Ethics of Rape Jokes

This week Flash Points looks at the Penn State cover-up and examines the way powerful people typically go to great lengths to cover their collective asses. We also examine rape culture and the ethics of rape jokes.


Wednesday, July 18 2012

Bountiful Landscapes of Junk: The History Channel and Reality TV

As the American economy struggles in this eternal recession, the TV screen is filled with images that bring back a more primitive sort of capitalism, one which operates on the border between the compulsive hoarding and the accumulation for profit.


Thursday, July 12 2012

Flash Points: Making the Bus Monitor Cry, Frank Ocean’s Watershed Moment & Louie CK’s “Rape”

This week we critically examine the 'Make the Bus Monitor Cry' video, look at the watershed moment of Frank Ocean's coming out, and laugh with tears at the "rape" of Louie CK.


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