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Joss Whedon 101: Firefly

There are few if any prematurely cancelled shows whose demise is more lamented than Firefly.

Science

Life, The Universe and Everything

Like Richard Feynman before him, Dr. Leonard Mlodinow has a gift that’s all too rare in physicists – he speaks Normal Person. The physicist and author of the New York Times best-seller The Drunkard’s Walk, Mlodinow has a knack for making the complicated issues that crop up in quantum physics understandable to everyday readers.

Reviews

'Micmacs' Could Make Harold Lloyd and Buster Keaton Squirm with Jealousy

In the highly stylized and inimitably executed scenes that owe as much to the Three Stooges and Rube Goldberg as to comedic luminaries like Keaton and Chaplin, Micmacs resembles nothing so much as watching a sporting event of the highest caliber, a quarterback on the hottest of streaks, hitting every pass, every note, and making it all look way too easy.

Science

Why the Caged Bird Sings

TED Fellow Juliana Machado Ferreira's work focuses on bringing the latest advances in forensic science to bear against “crimes against nature. Her bete noir—and the driving factor behind her research—is the illegal wildlife trade that removes hundreds of thousands of animals, primarily birds, from Brazil’s ecosystem every year.

Film

The Brush and the Lens: Kurosawa As Painter and Filmmaker

As a painter and filmmaker, Kurosawa stuck to his own style, informed heavily by traditional Japanese painting as well as European impressionists and expressionists, another arena of art where he answered to both Eastern and Western influences.

Science

What’s The Upside, Doc?: Interview with Behavioral Economist Dan Ariely

In The Upside of Irrationality, author, and self-described “social hacker", Dan Ariely calls attention to what he terms “the basic dilemma we have in life – there’s lots of stuff that’s really unpleasant for us in the short term, but really good for us in the long term.” And perhaps more importantly, he suggests what we can do to change that.

Reviews

Agatha Christie's Poirot: The Movie Collection, Set 5

In this collection of the latest Agatha Christie mysteries, everything is worth seeing, but the unorthodox adaptation of Murder on the Orient Express stands head and shoulders above the rest.

Events

Of Guffaws and GDPs: PopMatters Talks to Yoram Bauman, Standup Economist

For stand-up economist Yoram Bauman, getting laughs out of the financial situation is his business. Even during these hard times, business is good.

Games

Psych-Horror Flick as Music Video, or Vice Versa: Animal Collective's 'Oddsac'

Musically and visually, Animal Collective's new "visual album" 'Oddsac' is unmistakably in the group's wheelhouse: unapologetically and uncompromisingly weird, possessed of a singular vision, and all the more compelling for it.

Science

Lucky Numbers: Economist Simon Johnson Explains the Importance of '13 Bankers'

To fix the banking sector, economist and author Simon Johnson is recommending some common sense regulations: “We need to put constraints on the size of our largest banks, we need to force them to hold a lot more capital, we need to properly regulate derivatives." So why has that proven so hard to do?

Reviews

Plunder: A Lot of People Acting Badly -- Rather Like This Documentary

Danny Schechter doesn’t seem to recognize that he’s pretty late to the whistle blower party here -- but that’s not the main problem.

Music

The New New Thing: Quasi Gets Reborn As a Power Trio

The eclectic duo known as Quasi have become a trio, altering the dynamics of their band but not in the ways you'd initially think. Janet Weiss talks to PopMatters about in-studio chemistry, why none of her bands should be considered "side-projects", and oh so much more.

Film

Someone to Watch Over Me: An Interview with Ondi Timoner

Director Ondi Timoner talks to PopMatters about her new film, We Live in Public, and what one-time media mogul Joshua Harris' story reveals about our current obsession with social media and its potential consequences.

Film

Horror Will Eat Itself: An Interview with Ti West

Mingling art house sensibilities with a knack for gripping suspense, director Ti West might just be able to get back to the roots of the cinematic horror and save the genre from itself – that is, if no one lets him go direct romantic comedies first.

Books

Opera, Death, and Overcaffination: An Interview with Shannon Wheeler

The Too Much Coffee Man comic creator Shannon Wheeler discusses the plans for a TMCM opera, tells you how to get a job at the New Yorker, and reveals a "little Nixon list" of revenge.

Ian Chant
Reviews

Red Cartoons: Animated Films from East Germany

Billed as incisive political commentary from a bygone era, the pieces that make up this collection mostly amount to little more than bits of mostly tired schtick.

Sports

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?

Books

Incentives Matter: An Interview with Stephen J. Dubner

PopMatters talks with Superfreakonomics coauthor Stephen J. Dubner about collaboration, geoengineering and why some economists don't like his books.

Ian Chant
Reviews

Robot Chicken: Season 4

The minds behind Robot Chicken have discovered a formula that works: it's possible to be pretty damned funny in ten seconds.

Games

Ashley Greene on Her SI Swimsuit Spread and Life After Undeath [Video]

New Moon actress Ashley Greene sits down with PopMatters' Ian Chant for a discussion of soulsuckers, swimsuits, and Sundance ...

Reviews

The Samuel Fuller Film Collection

One has to be something of a completist for anything included here to qualify as required watching.

Reviews

Thunderheist and Winter Gloves: 27 November 2009 - Seattle

The sort of performance in which playing a keyboard with your foot while slapping away at a tambourine seems like the most natural thing in the world to do.


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