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Happy Birthday, ‘Murcia! It’s July 4th, and to help celebrate your independence from high taxes, a farce of a representative government and a society ruled by the rich elite (…wait), catch up on this week’s pop culture happens so you can
uncomfortably discuss wuddup with drunk people as you grill! CUZ ‘MURICCAAAAA!
In honor of Shakespeare’s 450th birthday, the following Pop Culture Review was written in what this author assumes is traditional Shakespearian iambic pentameter. “Couldn’t you just spend 5-10 minutes and …
Spring must certainly be in the air, because this week two companies did that sexy dance and got together, toasting a fresh start with pop culture hormones abounding.
Then again, it must still be winter, because celebrities ended their copulations, …
Ten years ago, 18.6 million people flipped the channel to ABC for the first ever episode of Lost. From the still unknown J.J. Abrams (when Alias was the only noteworthy credit to his name), no one really knew what to …
Here we are again, Pop Culture Week In Review. I love/hate writing these because, unlike feature stories, they’re completely reactionary. Any color added is thanks to what’s happening throughout the week, not some predetermined idea or narrative. It’s simultaneously exciting and frustrating not knowing what you’re going to be writing about until the picture becomes clearer the closer a deadline gets, but if nothing else, it’s unique.
Like the beers we review, sometimes it’s refined, and other times it falls flat. Who knows how this one will go; all I’ve got is a few ingredients. Let’s see how well they sit.
A wise man once said, “All substances lower the quality of your writing, but heighten your opinion of it.”* If that’s the case, by the time I finish this article, I’ll swear it’s my magnum opus.
Not from anything illegal, mind you, but from that most auspicious of beverages: beer. That’s what you get when PorchDrinking.com founder Tristan Chan shows up in your city and hops from brewery to brewery with you in tow. It’s when you get to taste brews named “Clown Tears,” “Quaff on Hare Trigger” and “Kono Koko blablabla”** while sharing conversations and laughs with a group of people you just met. But I can’t think of a better way to end my PorchDrinking hiatus than with a night like that.
Usually when we start a Week in Review with, “this has been a slow week for pop culture,” it’s not entirely true. It’s a lament to a slow week for bombastic mainstream news. No, this doesn’t mean I’m putting on the hipster glasses, it just means there’s been a lot of niche news. While that’s the case this week, there was one megabust that dropped: Blockbuster is dead, long live Blockbuster. This time, it’s more than just a flesh-wound.
Horror movies belong to the most polarizing class of all moviemaking. Action blockbusters, romantic comedies and historical biopics all sell tickets and garner critical acclaim, but the horror genre brings about as much disdain and avoidance as it does obsession and fandom. It’s the bastard step-child of the Greek tragedy, offering up a kind of storytelling far beyond the traditional good guy wins, bad guy loses mentality.
October is such a wild month. In all regards, it starts with relative ease. Only a slight chill to the weather, only a budding budget squabble in Washington, only flowery decorations on your neighbors porch. But the deeper we fall down October’s rabbit hole, the more madness consumes us. I’m talking about fall frosts, a government shutting down, and terrifying(ly awful) cotton cobwebs and sheet-ghosts on every corner. But hey, at least our popular culture is safe. It’s not like we’re slowly marching to a holiday that metaphorically AND literally celebrates this horror, one that completely consumes the collective culture of everything pop and pulp. Oh, wait.
Fall is upon us, porch drinkers, and with it the annual onslaught of new TV shows. This week kicked off with Sleepy Hollow, Dads and Brooklyn Nine-Nine all airing their respective pilots with various degrees of critical success. The general …
Sex and pop culture are two of the most easily discernible, yet confounding of all foundational aspects in American society. The counterculture boom of the 60’s and 70’s radiated sex, drugs and rock and roll, opening up entire publics to …
J.J. Abrams riddles the internet, a cavalcade of actor/actress project news, and two industry vets died this week. Oh, and huge Batman news. Let’s get right to it.
J.J. Abrams, transcendent being of mysterious mysteries that he is, kicked off …
So far, this summer has knocked it out of the park with pop culture happenings. If there’s one theme permeating the pieces from various pop culture writers here at PorchDrinking, it is, in a word, SOMUCHNEWSANDCOOLSTUFFNOMG. And then Comic-Con 2013 …
The Lone Ranger cost $215 million to make. Directed by Gore Verbinski, produced by Jerry Bruckheimer and starring Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter and a hammer, Disney was positive its investment into the once established franchise would yield a lucrative return. But after opening night, The Lone Ranger only raked in $9.7 million. Ruh-roh, Silver.
Content Warning: If you fancy yourself only the most modest connoisseur of media and pop culture, the following may be an inappropriate consumption for you. This week showcased some of the most in-depth news of the year, distinguished not only by its content, but the elaborate multiplicity consternating the ramifications necessary to comprehend. If you choose to read, the choice may irrevocably extinguish the inexhaustible, visa vi, your pop culture conscious. Ergo, the paradox of choice: causality. Concordantly. A priori? I don’t have a job.
School’s out for summer. Summertime. The boys of summer. Summer girls. Summer love. Summer breeze. Those summer…niiiiIIGGHHTTSS!
Whether you’re enjoying time off between semesters, a break from work, or stuck in the special kind of hell that is a 62º office when it’s beautiful outside, there’s no doubt the dog days are here at last. In any case, stay awhile and get acquainted with the pop culture news and previews you’ve been missing.
Have you ever read one of our Pop Culture Week In Reviews and thought, “Hey, that wasn’t a review. Where’s the criticism and acclaim? The judging and gauging? The hoopla and hollering?” Well, I have, dear reader. Late last night, whilst perusing the dark corners of the internet for my secret pop culture sources, I realized you probably finish these articles with an air of contempt. “This is garbage, I wasn’t told what to think!” you say, contemptibly.
Lucky for you, I care, and while we usually pepper in our opinions with implicative subtext, today is not that day. So here’s me, actually reviewing the most notable pop culture news and happenings of the week.
If you own a smartphone, the first thing you probably noticed is how little you knew about smartphones. They are, after all, the pinnacle of communicative advancement, our gateway into a larger, interconnected world.