Obsessed with Pop Culture: Best of the Week


‘The Hospital Suite’ – John Porcellino Seeks the Cure to What Ails Him

John Porcellino is an alternative comics artist who has been drawing his signature series, King-Cat Comics & Stories for 74 issues across four decades and several US states. Since the late 1980s, Porcellino has performed in several bands, run a record label and produced numerous comics and zines. In addition to running his Spit & a Half Distribution company, comics have proven to be his one enduring passion. Porcellino, who recently took a nationwide victory lap to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of King-Cat, has also seen the publication of several collected works, (King-Cat Classix, Map of my Heart, Diary of a Mosquito Abatement Man, to name a few)… click here to read the full article.

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’21 Years: Richard Linklater’ is more entertaining than must-see

Most filmgoers don’t know Richard Linklater’s name but his effect has been felt through the American independent film scene since the debut ofSlacker in 1991. For the star-studded cast of commenters sitting down for some insights into Linklater, it’s hard to imagine a world without him. He is the unicorn who managed to build an entire career of passion projects, a rare opportunity indeed… click here to read the full article. 


‘Why Don’t You Play in Hell?’ is an instant cult classic

While audiences and critics are still debating the unbridled ambition of Nolan’s Interstellar, an equally-madcap film (finally) makes its way into North American theaters this weekend.  Japanese auteur, Shion Sono, unleashes his demented ode to cinema, Why Don’t You Play in Hell?, which might be the most uncanny take on filmmaking since The Player.  Armed with inspired gags, impassioned characters and enough blood squibs to drown Tarantino, Sono delivers a visual feast that’s destined to be a cult classic… click here to read the article. 

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Arrow, Ep. 3.05: “The Secret Origin of Felicity Smoak” spotlights the series’ best character

From the very beginning, “The Secret Origin of Felicity Smoak” announces itself as a special episode of Arrow. The trademark choreography takes us through three scenes of three pairs of characters sparring: Oliver and Roy, Thea and Malcolm, and Laurel and her trainer. What do normal people do in the morning, Thea wonders. Cut to Felicity doing crunches, being stormed in on by Ray Palmer and getting a surprise visit from her mother, who doesn’t know that you have to hit send to send a text message. Come on. The girl hasn’t even looked at a cup of coffee yet…. click here to read the article. 


‘Big Hero 6′ delivers big action in a cuddly package

If kids needed their own version of the Guardians of the Galaxy, they now have it in Big Hero 6.  Hopelessly irreverent with an emphasis on brain over brawn, this gang of self-appointed heroes is poised to launch a lucrative animated action franchise.  Not even the derivative plot points can detract from the visual mastery and goofy fun of Disney’s first foray into the Marvel universe.  Kids will demand multiple viewings of Big Hero 6 because it delivers the action, the gags, and a genuine emotional connection to this “walking marshmallow” and his nerdy pals… click here to read the full article.

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American Horror Story, Ep. 4.05: “Pink Cupcakes” reveals the problems of removing Twisty

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‘Actress’ and ‘Birdman’ or (The Unexpected Similarities between a Documentary and a Fiction Film)

Acting is tough. Performers are constantly asked to inhabit the consciousness of people other than themselves for a limited amount of time, and then they are expected to abandon them and move on with their lives and careers. For any committed actor, each new role has to take a tremendous toll on their psyche, and occasionally they must face a role that overshadows their careers and even threatens to consume their personalities, affecting them permanently. Such is the case with two recent releases,Actress and Birdman, both films that deal with aging actors who are haunted by past roles and seek to escape that shadow through their latest work… click here to read the full article. 


Better Living Through Framing: ‘Nightcrawler’ and the Authorship of Recording

One of the most self-defining and effective shots in Nightcrawler is also one of its most simply constructed. The camera is beneath the front window of a car, but the position isn’t revealed until the next shot when it cuts away to a wider revealing angle. Lou Bloom’s mug is in center frame, and there is a spot on the camera. He reaches down and wipes it off. Now it’s clean, now it’s perfect, now it’s how Lou wants it to be. Because of the angle, he’s performing the act not just on the car but on the audience. That brief moment right there encapsulates Lou Bloom as a character, his desires, and what the film is about… click here to read the article.

James Newton Howard’s ‘Nightcrawler’ attempts satire, but the results prove an oxymoron

On the July 25, 2000 episode of Late Night with Conan O’Brien, Conan decided to play a prank on his guest that evening, Harrison Ford. Ford, whose “no bullshit” personality both on and off the silver screen has preserved his deadpan chops to this day, was to recreate his ever-dependable intense face, once under eerie music and then again with “slightly different music.” Ford’s first attempt went off like gangbusters but the second, a grimace to a lively jazz number, forced the infamously gruff actor to hold back a smile. (You can watch the segment on Funny or Die at the 0:55 mark.) Ford quickly recovered but his subtle slip up was a refreshing bit of transparency and revealed something about the grisled man behind Han Solo, Indiana Jones, and Jack Ryan: in that moment, he didn’t know how to react… click here to read the full article. 

Sordid Cinema Podcast #85: ‘Nightcrawler’

Jake Gyllenhaal stars in Dan Gilroy’s Nightcrawler as Lou Bloom, a driven young man desperate for work who discovers the high-speed world of L.A. crime journalism. Nightcrawler is a dark and cynical movie for a nihilistic age, and so who better to join us in our discussion than former Sound On Sight co-host Jullian Carrington, and the always wonderful Kate Rennenbohm. Remember folks: “If it bleeds, it leads.” … click here to listen to the show. 


Video Interview with Pedro Costa, Director of ‘Horse Money’

Pedro Costa’s new film, Horse Money, represents a return to familiar ground for the portuguese filmmaker. Between arthouse and documentary filmmaking, Pedro Costa is celebrated everywhere around the world but in his own country . His peculiar and unconventional style of filmmaking is focused on phantasmagoric characters embedded in beautiful framed compositions of light, perspective and form. Each frame could easily be turned into a painting full of visual contrast, warmth and textures…. click here to see the full article. 


‘Interstellar’ is a bumpy, exhilarating ride

It’s wonderful to live in a cinematic universe where Christopher Nolan exists.  While other filmmakers are content to stay in their creative cocoon and make the same movie over and over again, Nolan always reaches just beyond his grasp.  His latest behemoth, Interstellar, contains enough groan-inducing humanism and questionable plot points to sink most mortal movies.  Yet, Nolan’s fascinating mess wins the day with its visual audacity, ingenious story structure, and bat-shit craziness.  Interstellarmay puzzle and infuriate you, but it also provides the pure exhilaration of watching an artist reach for the stars and come perilously close to touching them…. click here to read the full article. 

‘Interstellar’ is only haphazardly successful

In the vaguely near future, humanity faces extinction within one generation due to a global famine. Cooper (Matthew McConaughey) is a former NASA pilot and engineer who now rakes out a hardscrabble life on a farm with his two kids and father-in-law. Through some contrivance, he stumbles upon a secret space program seeking to use a recently-appeared wormhole off of Saturn to search for a planet in a distant galaxy that can possibly support human life. Cooper is recruited into the mission in short order, and soon the crew is off for the stars… click here to read the full article. 


Gotham, Episode 1.07, “Penguin’s Umbrella” brings momentum to the ongoing war

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The Walking Dead Podcast Episode 57: “Slabtown”

This week, The Walking Dead returns to the big city. It’s been a long time since we last saw the streets of Atlanta, and it makes a welcome return here. Beth wakes up in a hospital being run by a skeleton staff which consists of a group of wards, local police, a kind janitor named Noah (Tyler James Williams), and one physician, Dr. Steven Edwards (Cullen Moss). Beth was apparently rescued and brought over to recover, but as per usual, something ain’t right. Joining us this week to discuss the episode is Sound On Sight Assistant TV Editor, Deepayan Sengupta... click here to listen to the show. 

‘The Theory of Everything’ or The Theory of Biopics and why they’re all the same

Fools on a Hill: ‘Winter Sleep’ and ‘Leviathan’

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The Televerse #166- Current Live-Action Superhero Adaptations with Sonia Saraiya

Kate’s under the weather, so it’s a somewhat truncated podcast this week. First we look at the week’s comedies, including The McCarthys pilot and the triumphant return of Adventure Time, but unfortunately not Bob’s Burgers (Kate and Simon will discuss Bob’s fabulous Halloween episode next week- Televerse regrets the error!). Then we talk some genre, including the latest episodes of Arrow and Constantine, and we wrap up the week with the dramas, including the premiere of Elementary, a lengthy chat on Kingdom, and a look at the fantastic HBO miniseries, Olive Kitteridge. Afterward, Sonia Saraiya, the TV critic for Salon, joins us at the DVD Shelf to discuss the current batch of live-action superhero series airing on the networks and what the various properties are getting right, and wrong… click here to listen to the show. 

Hey You Geeks!! Podcast #36: Marvel Phase 3

There’s much to discuss after last weeks unexpected, announcement-heavy press/fan conference put on by Marvel Entertainment to announce Phase 3 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU).There’s so much to talk about that we’ve invited Bryan White of Cinema Suicide on to break it all down with us. From Doctor Strange,Captain America: Civil WarBlack Panther and Inhumans to Thor: RagnarokAvengers: Infinity War,Guardians of the Galaxy 2 and finally, an announcement of a Captain Marvel movie, we’re talking potential plotlines, casting and crossovers. We also talk about the remaining films of Phase 2, Ant-Man and Avengers: Age of Ultron and how Marvel’s new slate of films shapes up against DC’s upcoming superhero slate. Finally, it wouldn’t be Hey You Geeks without a little bit of Star Wars talk, so we’re sharing our thoughts on the Episode VII concept art that leaked last week click here to listen to the show.

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60 Years of Godzilla: A History and Critique of the Greatest Monster Movie Series in Cinema

August 6th and 9th, 1945 forever changed the course of history. When the first nuclear bombs were dropped in Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan, World War II ended, but a new fear was born that dominated the thoughts of all men, women, and children for decades to come. The Cold War, atomic bomb testing, a cartoon turtle telling children to “duck and cover”, and this new technology that had the actual potential to literally end the world changed the perception of what was scary. Art reflects life, so cinema began to capitalize on these fears. Gone were the days of creepy castles, cobwebs, bats, vampires, werewolves, and the other iconic images that ruled genre cinema in film’s earliest decades. Science fiction was larger than ever and giant ants, giant octopi, terror from beyond the stars, and sea faring reptiles dominated the silver screen and created a sense of awe that few other types of film were able to achieve at the time. Though the creatures that dominated the silver screen of the 1950s had their moment and faded into film history to make way for zombies, murderous hillbillies, and masked killers, one beast would transcend the times, would continually be reinvented, and remained the most famous monster to ever be put to celluloid. 60 years later, Godzilla still remains the king of the monster…. click here to read the full article. 


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