Kevin Bacon gets great role in small, but thrilling ‘Cop Car’

Is it shallow to admit I was only initially interested in seeing Cop Car because director Jon Watts is set to helm the next Spider-Man movie? I had never heard of Watts before Marvel and Sony announced he had been hired, but quickly learned that his film was a hit at the Sundance Film Festival […]


Superheroes in space may be light-years over audiences’ heads

Looking at the blockbuster releases of the past seven years and at the upcoming slates through 2020, it’s clear superheroes aren’t going away anytime soon. As the market has shown, audiences are mostly willing to embrace comic book deep cuts that were once considered too obscure or “too nerdy” to become major blockbusters. While Marvel has proven that […]


What happened to RollerCoaster Tycoon?

If you grew up in the early 2000s, you have fond memories of playing RollerCoaster Tycoon or its sequels. It struck such a chord with a generation that it continues to be played by those same kids, now college-age. The original game spawned multiple sequels before being put on a decade-long hiatus. The once-dormant series has […]


30 years later, a look at ‘Better Off Dead’

When I was growing up, my uncle — who is about 10 years older than me — got me started on many of the interests I still have today. He gave me my first comic books (a few issues of The Invaders from the 1970’s), let me stay up late and watch The Kids in […]


Dear Dan Le Batard: Please, Don’t Let ESPN Ruin You

Ever since Colin Cowherd to FOX became a reality, I have been dreading what comes next for ESPN Radio. I am a huge fan of Dan Le Batard’s radio show. It is a collection of self deprecating idiots talking sports and pop culture with passion and depth. Le Batard and his cast of knuckleheads often […]


A Man, a Car, and a CB radio: An appreciation of ‘Smokey and the Bandit’

“I classify it as a rainy day Saturday afternoon movie. It’s a little like Chinese food… wait an hour and you may want to see another one.” – Burt Reynolds, from 1977 archival footage included on the Smokey and the Bandit 2006 Special Edition DVD. 1977 was an interesting year for moviegoers. One of the […]


‘The End of the Tour’ and David Foster Wallace give Jason Segel breakout role

It’s too bad that the Seth Rogen-James Franco-Kim Jong Un movie took the title The Interview, because it probably would have been perfect for James Ponsoldt’s film about author David Foster Wallace being interviewed by magazine writer David Lipsky about writing the novel Infinite Jest and becoming a literary celebrity and pop culture curiosity. But […]


Rectify: Where The World Is So Wrong, But The Television Is So Right

Nothing about the achingly beautiful television series Rectify needs to be rectified. The product doesn’t need any improvement; only the viewership totals do. What follows is more than just a review of season three of Rectify, which concluded this past Thursday; it’s an appreciation of a show which deserves (and, one could legitimately argue, demands) a far […]


President Obama’s Summer Playlists Aren’t All About Fun

Last Friday, President Obama tweeted out the links to Spotify playlists for his summer vacation at Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts. Each list — “Day” and “Night” — consists of 20 songs from a wide variety of genres from folk to hip-hop to jazz. Quickly, the playlists led to internet posts about which intern was in charge […]


‘The Man from U.N.C.L.E.’ wastes its stars in a fun, but empty spy flick

Yearning for the spy movies of yore — particularly the jet-setting glamour of the 60s-era James Bond films — has become something of a genre itself this year. In February, Matthew Vaughn directed his love letter to old Bond movies with Kingsman: The Secret Service, stating his preferences for a more fun spy action film rather […]

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Has ‘Food Network Star’ actually created any Food Network stars?

In 2005, the Food Network launched a reality competition show called The Next Food Network Star, with pretty self-explanatory goals. The show was created with the goal of finding the next Bobby Flay, Emeril Lagasse, or Robert Irvine. It became the American Idol of cooking shows and is currently airing its 11th season on Sunday […]