The Month In Pop Entertainment: November 2013

Still from The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

Feast on a cornucopia of entertainment options this month.

November is be an interesting month for many reasons. If you're a gamer, you might be making a big purchase soon. There’s several television events on the way, too.

We may still be a month away from the big holiday season, but there’s plenty of new music and movies to keep us entertained until then.

Free Birds (01 November)

Birds travel through time to prevent turkey from being served at the first Thanksgiving. The settlers and natives also feasted on eels that day, but you don’t see anyone making an animated comedy about that now, do you?

The Wolf of Wall Street (15 November)

I could point out that this is a potential Oscar nominee, directed by Martin Scorsese and based on a best-selling book, but none of that is the best reason to see this film. Instead, you should know that this is the movie that the great GIF of Leonardo DiCaprio dancing came from.

FOX’s Almost Human (17 & 18 November)

The last new show of the Fall 2013 season has been rescheduled to debut after a football game in order to attract more viewers. It doesn’t really need such gimmicks, as the premise alone (a cop bonds with his robot partner in the year 2048) is interesting enough to reel in an audience.

Playstation 4 (15 November) & Xbox One (22 November)

You’ve probably already heard that the Xbox One can be controlled using your voice or that the PS4 boasts region-free games and the ability to “test play” everything online. But what’s really interesting is the race to see which becomes the hottest seller. Over one million PS4s, selling for $399 each, have already been pre-ordered, with critics are claiming that Xbox One’s $499 price tag will make it very unpopular.

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (22 November)

This eagerly awaited sequel reportedly cost over $130 million to make and is expected to bring in at least that much in its opening weekend alone. Never bet against a movie with its own line of make-up.

BBC America’s 50th anniversary of Doctor Who (23 November)

Cult hit Doctor Who has been on television in one form or another for half a century. On the golden anniversary of its first episode, American fans can tune in to see a new episode at the exact same time that UK fans can. If you miss it, you might be able to catch a 3D screening at your local theatre.

One Direction Midnight Memories (23 November)

You’re probably going to see a lot of One Direction this month. Their third album, which already features two hit singles, is coming out just in time for the Black Friday sales rush. Its one of the most anticipated albums of the year, and it has the potential to break sales records.

ABC’s The 41st Annual American Music Awards (24 November)

The Grammy’s refers to itself as “music’s biggest night”, but think of the less stuffy AMA’s as music’s second biggest night. This year’s telecast will feature performances by One Direction, Florida Georgia Line, Eminem, and more, while Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Justin Timberlake, and Taylor Swift divvy up the most nominations.

NBC’s The 87th Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade (28 November)

Details on who will be performing are still scarce, but the parade’s new additions include an Adventure Time balloon, a SeaWorld float, and a seasonally re-designed Spongebob Squarepants balloon.

Frozen (29 November)

Disney adapts the Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Snow Queen” into a digitally animated tale about courage, friendship, and a talking snowman who looks like a rabbit!






Of Purges and Prescience: On David France's LGBTQ Documentary, 'Welcome to Chechnya'

The ongoing persecution of LGBTQ individuals in Chechnya, or anywhere in the world, should come as no surprise, or "amazement". It's a motif undergirding the history of civil society that certain people will always be identified for extermination.


Padma Lakshmi's 'Taste the Nation' Questions What, Exactly, Is American Food

Can food alone undo centuries of anti-immigrant policies that are ingrained in the fabric of the American nation? Padma Lakshmi's Taste the Nation certainly tries.


Performing Race in James Whale's 'Show Boat'

There's a song performed in James Whale's musical, Show Boat, wherein race is revealed as a set of variegated and contradictory performances, signals to others, a manner of being seen and a manner of remaining hidden, and it isn't "Old Man River".


The Greyboy Allstars Rise Up to Help America Come Together with 'Como De Allstars'

If America could come together as one nation under a groove, Karl Denson & the Greyboy Allstars would be leading candidates of musical unity with their funky new album, Como De Allstars.


The Beatles' 'Help!' Redefined How Personal Popular Music Could Be 55 Years Ago

Help! is the record on which the Beatles really started to investigate just how much they could get away with. The album was released 55 years ago this week, and it's the kick-off to our new "All Things Reconsidered" series.


Porridge Radio's Mercury Prize-Nominated 'Every Bad' Is a Wonderful Epistemological Nightmare

With Every Bad, Porridge Radio seduce us with the vulnerability and existential confusion of Dana Margolin's deathly beautiful lyricism interweaved with alluring pop melodies.


​​Beyoncé's 'Black Is King' Builds Identity From Afrofuturism

Beyoncé's Black Is King's reliance on Afrofuturism recuperates the film from Disney's clutches while reclaiming Black excellence.

Reading Pandemics

Colonial Pandemics and Indigenous Futurism in Louise Erdrich and Gerald Vizenor

From a non-Native perspective, COVID-19 may be experienced as an unexpected and unprecedented catastrophe. Yet from a Native perspective, this current catastrophe links to a longer history that is synonymous with European colonization.


John Fullbright Salutes Leon Russell with "If the Shoe Fits" (premiere + interview)

John Fullbright and other Tulsa musicians decamped to Leon Russell's defunct studio for a four-day session that's a tribute to Dwight Twilley, Hoyt Axton, the Gap Band and more. Hear Fullbright's take on Russell's "If The Shoe Fits".


Roots Rocker Webb Wilder Shares a "Night Without Love" (premiere + interview)

Veteran roots rocker Webb Wilder turns back the hands of time on an old favorite of his with "Night Without Love".


The 10 Best Films of Sir Alan Parker

Here are 10 reasons to mourn the passing of one of England's most interesting directors, Sir Alan Parker.


July Talk Transform on 'Pray for It'

On Pray for It, Canadian alt-poppers July Talk show they understand the complex dualities that make up our lives.


With 'Articulation' Rival Consoles Goes Back to the Drawing Board

London producer Rival Consoles uses unorthodox approaches on his latest record, Articulation, resulting in a stunning, beautiful collection.


Paranoia Goes Viral in 'She Dies Tomorrow'

Amy Seimetz's thriller, She Dies Tomorrow, is visually dazzling and pulsating with menace -- until the color fades.


MetalMatters: July 2020 - Back on Track

In a busy and exciting month for metal, Boris arrive in rejuvenated fashion, Imperial Triumphant continue to impress with their forward-thinking black metal, and death metal masters Defeated Sanity and Lantern return with a vengeance.


Isabel Wilkerson's 'Caste' Reveals the Other Kind of American Exceptionalism

By comparing the American race-based class system to that of India and Nazi Germany, Isabel Wilkerson makes us see a familiar evil in a different light with her latest work, Caste.


Anna Kerrigan Prioritizes Substance Over Style in 'Cowboys'

Anna Kerrigan talks with PopMatters about her latest film, Cowboys, which deviates from the common "issues style" approach to LGBTQ characters.


John Fusco and the X-Road Riders Get Funky with "It Takes a Man" (premiere + interview)

Screenwriter and musician John Fusco pens a soulful anti-street fighting man song, "It Takes a Man". "As a trained fighter, one of the greatest lessons I have ever learned is to walk away from a fight without letting ego get the best of you."

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