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About- Caitlin Van Mol

Caitlin VanMol

Caitlin VanMol

Caitlin, or CVM, is our resident queen of pop culture. In fact the only way we were able to convince her to write for us was to bribe her with HBO Go access.

Posts By Caitlin VanMol

Summer Movie Preview: Part Two

June 27, 2013 |

Earlier this year we brought you our Summer Movie Preview for the first half of the season.  Here’s our second part in the series replete with summer blockbusters that you should check out, and a few you might want to … Read More

Pop Culture Week in Review 5/19-5/25

May 24, 2013 | 2

When Harry Met FX

Ok, that doesn’t have quite the same ring to it but anyways- FX has greenlit a comedy starring Billy Crystal to begin shooting this summer.  The show, called The Comedians, will star Crystal as a comedy vet … Read More

Summer Movie Preview

May 16, 2013 | 1

When trolling our website (as in ‘looking at our content,’ not ‘writing mean comments on other posts’), this week I found that we here at PorchDrinking haven’t told you what you should do with yourself if its too rainy to … Read More

Pop Culture Week in Review

May 10, 2013 | 1

They turned the IT Crowd off, but they are turning if back on again

Creator Graham Lineham has confirmed the basement gang of Reynholm Industries will be back one last time.  And I’m talking the proper British version, not the shit American … Read More

Pop Culture Week in Review 4/27-5/3

May 3, 2013 |

Late Night Wars!

But it isn’t what you think.  Chris Hardwick has been given yet another television show (He already helms the Nerdist on BBC America and Talking Dead on AMC and is developing another show for AMC and NatGeo while doing a podcast three … Read More

Pop Culture Week in Review 4/5-4/12

April 12, 2013 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

What I’m enjoying now: AV Club’s fourth series of “AV Undercover” is now underway.

So far, we’ve had ZZ Ward cover Frank Ocean, Yo La Tengo cover the Supremes and Night Beds cover Robyn.  BTW, call your girl friend. It’s probably time you had the talk.  But by far, my favorite was Frontier Ruckus, whom I have never heard of, cover “Semi-Charmed Life” by a little up-and-coming band called Third Eye Blind.  And that’s just a sample of what to come.  They invite bands to play a song on their list of 25.  As the season goes, the list grows smaller, forcing the bands into fun little creative corners.  On this years list?  Billy Ocean.  Backstreet Boys.  New Radicals.  It is enjoyable.  You should partake.
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Walking Dead Game of Thrones and My Television Bloodlust

April 4, 2013 | 3 Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

The season finale of Walking Dead and the season premiere of Game of Thrones made me realize some very disturbing things about myself. [MAJOR SPOILERS ON WALKING DEAD, GAME OF THRONES AND SONS OF ANARCHY]

A Lament for the Living

After watching the season finale of Walking Dead and the premiere of Game of Thrones, I said aloud after both episodes of television, “Well that was disappointing. Hardly anyone died.”

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Pop Culture Week in Review 3/15-3/22 Jimmy Fallon to Tonight Show?

March 22, 2013 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

Enlightened, we hardly knew ye…

…and I’m pretty ok with that.  HBO has declined to renew the Laura Dern series for a third season.  I haven’t watched the second season yet but I really found the first season (which I watched in full) completely insufferable.  I really wanted to like it- Mike White! Luke Wilson! The occasional Jason Mantzoukas! But her stupid hippy dippy voice overs drove me up the wall, across the ceiling and down the other wall to crash land on the floor in a fit of rage.  But anyway its cancelled so it doesn’t matter.

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Pop Culture Week in Review 3/2-3/8

March 8, 2013 | 4 Avg. Reading Time: 3 min

Hi. I think we all know there’s really only one thing I want to talk about, but for the sake of trying to pretend to care about other people’s interests, let’s get some other things first. Read More

Pop Culture Week in Review: February 16-22

February 15, 2013 | 1 Avg. Reading Time: 3 min

So the Grammys happened…remember?

I know Tristan already did a breakdown of the show, but I love the Grammys so you will hear what I have to say.  I don’t give a shit about the awards themselves but the performances are usually bananas.  I’m still talking about the Mumford/Avett/Dylan performance from two years ago.  But this year, no trapeze.  No weird eggs.  And seriously not enough Beyonce.  Ok, so apparently I just want it to be 2011 again.  At least then we wouldn’t have to deal with LL Cool J or his silly hats.  You’re not hiding anything from anyone- Just be bald.  Own it.  And I know they weren’t your fault exactly, but you could have chosen not to make a “Grandma/Grammy” or a “Fun. is fun” joke.  We are the choices we make, sir.

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Community Returns to NBC: All You Need to Know About Community

February 7, 2013 | Avg. Reading Time: 1 min

I don’t know anyone who watches television that would say, “Oh Community?  None for me, thanks.”  But maybe you just somehow missed the train the past 4 seasons.  Or maybe you need a refresher before the season 4 premiere on Thursday.  Or probably you just find my writing charming and clever.  Either way but it should mostly be the third reason,  here’s everything you need to know about our favorite Greendale crew.

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Pop Culture Week in Review 1/19-1/25

January 25, 2013 | 1 Avg. Reading Time: 4 min

Look, a lot of things happened this week.  I know what you guys really want to talk about, but we really have to address some things first.  Important things.  Like Doctor Who important.

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Pop Culture Week in Review 1/11-1/18

January 18, 2013 | Avg. Reading Time: 3 min

So I’m sure you are either tired of hearing about the Golden Globes or forgot they happened already.

But bear with me whilst I do a brief recap told mostly in video and picture form.  There weren’t any really horrible moments that didn’t involve Anne Hathaway or Claire Danes, so I’ll just run you through my favorites/first five I could think of. Read More

A Shameless Plea: Watch Cougar Town

January 8, 2013 | 1 Avg. Reading Time: 2 min


I love Cougar Town.  Please hear me out.  I know, the title sucks.  No one is arguing that.  But other than the shit title, what do you really know about the show?  You might say, “Well, its about cougars.”  This is the point where steam comes out of my ears, I slap you in the face with a fish and yell, “NO ITS NOT YOU STUPID FACE. YOU DON’T KNOW ANYTHING.” Then I apologize and get you the alcoholic beverage of your choice.

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Pop Culture Week in Review 12/21-12/28

December 28, 2012 | Avg. Reading Time: 3 min

The end of the year is my least favorite time for pop culture.  TV shows go on hiatus.  News outlets are only doing their “Best Of’s” and not reporting any news.  Though unless you count what Demi Lovato is getting her mom for Christmas as ‘news,’ there really isn’t anything to report as people are spending time with their stupid families instead of working.  The only good thing to come out of all this is the movies released on Christmas Day.  But you can really only see one on Christmas.  So then you get a huge backlog of movies you have to see and spend $13 per ticket (in New York- I hear there are magical places that charge less than $10 for a movie ticket but I don’t believe they exist) to see. But you can’t really afford to see them because you just dropped a ton of cash on DVD box sets for the whole family.  Hang on, I need a cookie.
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TV Shows You Really Should Be Watching

December 13, 2012 | 3 Avg. Reading Time: 4 min

I know we all only have so much time in the day.  We hit the grind all the live long day and seemingly only have a few minutes to ourselves before we hit the hay and start the process all over again.  But if you find yourself in need of something to do on a certain night of the week, I suggest filling the time void with some good old fashioned television.

You might think I’m crazy with the following list of TV shows, but please hear me out on these shows you should be watching but probably aren’t. Read More

Pop Culture Week in Review

December 7, 2012 | 1 Avg. Reading Time: 3 min

Prin Kate is Pregs

I can’t even be bothered to write whole words about this as it really isn’t that interesting.  The married couple who have an obligation to an entire country to maintain the family line have conceived a child!  Who would have thought.

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How to be Conversant in ‘Lost’

November 15, 2012 | Avg. Reading Time: 5 min

As much as I try, even I can’t watch all the television there ever was. Personally, I despise the moments where I admit I haven’t seen a show and the person I’m talking to freaks out. “How can you claim a television obsession and have never seen [Insert title]?!?!”  I’m sure you have also had a moment like this  and I’m here to help. Here’s everything you need to know to have a conversation with someone about Lost.  [SPOILER ALERT]- I would think this is obvious, but I just wanted to cover my bases. Read More

Pop Culture Week in Review 10/12-10/19

October 19, 2012 | Avg. Reading Time: 4 min

Walking? Dead

Any concerns of this season being boring (the main complaint from last season) were totally erased in the first episode. VAGUE SPOILER ALERT: I’m going to try to not go into specifics, but there will be hints of what happened in Sunday’s season premiere so if you really don’t want to know- skip ahead. First and foremost, all children are accounted for and now bear arms. That’s enough to improve this season leaps and bounds over where were last year. Goddamn Sophia. Any way, the last five minutes of the premiere had me in convulsions. I needed my smelling salts because I nearly went into full on lady vapors. I wouldn’t say I screamed per se, but sounds of shock and horror were emitted from my mouth. This episode was one of, if not the best episode of the series. Holy leg hack, batman. If you fell off last season, watch this premiere and get back on board. It’s a fun ship. I mean, I’m there. Read More

Pop Culture Week in Review 10/5-10/12

October 12, 2012 | 1 Avg. Reading Time: 3 min

Bad News Human Beings

NBC has announced the premiere of Community has been postponed.  The network has actually been doing well this season (which is a change for them) and they said they want to continue heavily advertising their shows they still believe in new shows.  I know this isn’t the case as they would be insane to pay for shows they have no intention of airing, but if I were to sneakily cancel a show this is how I would do it.  And to be fair, in saying they want to continue to support their new shows, they also said that the postponement will allow them to focus on Community if/when they decide to do that. Read More