What to do when you're not the hero any more by Laurie Penny [NewStatesman]
From Star Wars to Mad Max, a new, more diverse kind of storytelling went mainstream this year - and the backlash shows how much it matters. [more inside]
"[Director John] Moore is taking on what is, from a creative perspective, an awfully daunting task. What makes the Die Hard
franchise practically tragic is that it's become so stupefyingly ordinary after bowing in 1988 as a remarkably taut, funny, exquisitely crafted action film that — but for the appearance of late-'80s computer and phone technology — has not aged a day. As explosively entertaining as it was the first time I saw it on the big screen 23 years ago, it was just as good two weeks ago..." MetaFilter's own
Linda Holmes analyzes the original Die Hard
movie, and the failure of a film franchise, on NPR's pop-culture and entertainment blog, Monkey See
: Take THIS Under Advisement: Hey, 'Die Hard 5,' Don't Drag Down A Classic
. [more inside]
is a 1994 action comedy film directed by James Cameron and starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jamie Lee Curtis, and Tom Arnold. The film was a huge hit, and is noteworthy in that it featured visual special effects considered impossible
only a few years prior. It's been 20 years since it was released
. Time for a revisit, then. [SPOILERS if you haven't seen this movie.] [more inside]
Don't fight it. It's the year of the oral history. If there hasn't yet been an oral history on your favorite pop culture phenomenon, it won't be long. In the meantime, for your reading pleasure, how about starting with an oral history of Captain Marvel: The Series
? Or perhaps you'd rather read about The Telluride Bluegrass Festival
? If your taste runs more toward technology, check out an oral history of Apple design
. More reading inside! [more inside]
Best known for creating the nostalgic mash-up REMEMBER
), Youtube user Thepeterson teams up with Slackstory to create another video clip time machine: REMEMBER 1994
For generations both societies lived apart from humanity, united in their common experience as outcasts. But as so often happens when downcast but fanatical groups find themselves in the ascendancy, today their factionalism is exposed
and the rivalry has erupted into open conflict
. [more inside]
Swedish graphic designer Viktor Hertz
to depict movies
, rock music
, and aphorisms
How well do you really know old Arty? It all began with the Welsh: The The Annales Cabriae (inside) and parts of the Welsh oral tradition (later collected into the Mabinogion
) give a very different picture of the popular King Arthur than contemporary readers are familiar with: no Lancelot, three or four different Guens, no love triangles or Holy Grails. A look at the vast scope of the Arthurian legend. [more inside]
At no point in Bela Lugosi's iconic role in the 1931 film Dracula
does he make the sound "Bleh!" So why is "Bleh!" so deeply associated with Dracula in popular culture?
Followup with more examples.
: "When the AV Club Travels, we always make time to visit pop culture landmarks. If something memorable happened in the world of film, tv, books, or music, we want to go there. We're not just tourists, we're POP PILGRIMS
." [more inside]
The AV Club feature Gateways to Geekery
is all about the best places to start on some of pop culture's most complex and nuanced artists and genres, including Randy Newman
, The Who
, Monty Python
, Sherlock Holmes
and 90 others. [more inside]
It was not easy to get Terence Malick to direct again, as this article about the making of "The Thin Red Line"
from Vanity Fair shows.
is a new blog from Austin's decidedly badass Alamo Drafthouse Cinemas
and Devin Faraci, formerly of CHUD.com
. [more inside]
Stephen King has described The Dark Tower as his "Jupiter."
The epic series, inspired in part by Robert Browning's poem, "Childe Roland to the Dark Tower Came"
, has spanned 22 years, 7 books and nearly 4000 pages. The first book in the series, The Gunslinger
, begins with a simple, memorable declaration, "The Man in Black fled across the desert, and the gunslinger followed." [more inside]
- The Movie!
If it bombs, the reviews should be comedy gold.
Squeal Like a Pig dot com
- Online home of actor Bill McKinney
, best known as the villain from Deliverance
. There's not much on the site but there is Real versions of three tracks from Bill's album, Love Songs From Antri
Everybody's got their indulgences-- maybe it's an impressively bad tv show, a blatently comercial film you've watched dozens of times or the upteeth sequel of a good book by a lazy author.
What's your cultural big mac? What can't you admit you love?