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Pop Culture Week In Review 3/29 – 4/5April 5, 2013 | Nik Heimach
I was going to open this article as I normally do, rife with raucous wordplay, comedic puns and a thematic undertone that riddles its way throughout the article. “Outrageous!” you declare. “I now, as a dedicated reader who exists, feel cheated! Why?!” Well, frankly, because Roger Ebert died. That’s why. Happy? Of course you’re not.
Pop Culture Week in ReviewMarch 19, 2013 | Nik Heimach 2
I’ll be honest with you, this wasn’t the most eventful seven days in cultural history. It started as if it took a spring break vacation with the rest of the college folk, taking with it everything fun and entertaining. Meanwhile, we were left up North, clinging to our blankets and a totally normal, healthy level of rampant jealousy for anyone south of the Mason-Dixon line. Luckily, it didn’t stay that way for long.
Pop Culture Week In Review, brought to you by a jaded, icicle of a man.
Pop Culture Review 2/16 – 2/23February 23, 2013 | Nik Heimach
Let’s cut the fluff and get right down to brass tax; a lot happened this week, a lot is still happening, and you don’t have time to sit around not knowing about it. I get it, you get it, we get it, and I’m here to tell you, it’s cool. Relax. Crack a cold one. I got this.
Pop culture review, SlimFast style.
Pop Culture Week in Review 1/26 – 2/1February 1, 2013 | Nik Heimach 1
Let me start by stating this for the record: J.J. Abrams is a fantastic choice to direct Star Wars VII. I know, it’s “old” news by now, but come on. Freaking J.J. Abrams! Directing a script written by an Oscar winner, supervised by Lawrence Kasdan (the guy who wrote Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi)! How is this NOT the only pop culture happening that matters?!
Because it happened five days ago, and wonton crowds of shameful hooligans have already begun droning, “Ugh. Move oonn already! Star Wars, Shmar Shmwars!” Well, luckily for you, vermin, there’s pop culture freshness to be had.
Pop Culture Week in Review 1/5-1/12January 12, 2013 | Nik Heimach
This week, nominations came spilling into and over our collective consciousness for every film and television show we wanted-to-but-didn’t-get-the-chance to see. But for all of the Hollywood hoopla, leave it to Piers Morgan and CNN to finally get the most of our attention. In an interview with radio sensation Alex Jones, Piers sought what many journalists have since the shooting sprees of late: debate about gun control. Instead, he got screamed at, mocked, threatened, and flabbergasted by a certifiable lunatic seeking to deport him. OoOoOoOoooo! Entertainment!
How To Celebrate FestivusDecember 23, 2012 | Nik Heimach 5
With each passing holiday, it seems more and more like American consumerism knows no bounds. Every superstore begins their holiday-hyping months in advance, and the majority of American consumers spend exuberant amounts of cash fulfilling every advertised need. From thousands of Christmas lights perfectly choreographed, to beating your neighbors bloody for the last honey-glazed ham, it would seem Americans love spending money on holidays almost as much as businesses love exploiting them. The mere opportunity of Black Friday deals turn regular people into riotous mobs, with incidents of trampling becoming commonplace each year. But it was in a similar moment of impassioned consumerism when Frank Costanza, after raining blows upon a rival buyer, realized there had to be another way. Soon after, Festivus was born. “Festivus for the rest of us!”
Pop-Culture Week In Review: 12/16 – 12/23December 23, 2012 | Nik Heimach
Yes, this post is later than you’re used to. What did you expect? THE WORLD WAS SUPPOSED TO END. Did you think I would spend my final hours hunched over a computer, slaving away with research and delicate prose to deliver you the best pop-culture bits of the week?
….well, I did anyway. You know, just in case.
New Star Trek Villain: An Examination and Reveal! (Maybe)December 21, 2012 | Nik Heimach
I am a nerd: to begin with. If you haven’t suspected from some of my articles, there is no doubt about that. If there’s one thing you will take from going forward, it is that inescapable truth. Now, a nerd wouldn’t (and shouldn’t) claim this fact, for true nerds need no social verification. We are born of an individual and insatiable passion which we may or may not choose to share among likeminded enthusiasts. But if unknown to you, dear reader, it must be distinctly understood, or nothing wonderful can come from this speculative story.
5 Movies to See and 5 To Skip This Holiday SeasonDecember 14, 2012 | Nik Heimach 1
I hate mediocre films. I hate them so, so much. I hate them even more than terrible movies. Why? Because unlike those drenched in passable mediocrity, bad films get punished. More often than not, awful films bomb at the box-office because anyone with moderate observational talents can see them coming from a mile away (exhibit A: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4-7iv6-8BRw). Mediocre films, on the other hand, slip by, make millions, and tell studio execs, “Hey, this isn’t too shabby! Let’s do more of this, because real talent costs money, and MONEY IS OUR GOD.”
Holiday Buyer’s GuideNovember 22, 2012 | Nik Heimach
Ever look around and wonder, “Man, I wish companies would market their products more. I never know what to buy come the holidays…” Of course you haven’t! We live in a hyper-advertised world, you hooligan! In a capitalist society, the holiday question has become not “what” to buy, but “which” to buy.
Israel vs. PalestineNovember 20, 2012 | Nik Heimach 2
Israel vs. Palestine: How it happened, what’s happening now, and why you should care.
If you’ve picked up a paper or turned on the news in the past five days, you’ve seen coverage of the recently renewed violence between Israel and Palestine. Israeli military claims 544 rockets fired from Gaza have hit Israel since Wednesday, while Palestinians report that Israeli retaliation has devastated cities in the Gaza Strip, killing hundreds. With the death toll mounting and violence escalating, both sides are preparing for a ground war as Israel mobilizes its troops.
Pop Culture Review – Oct. 28 – Nov. 4November 4, 2012 | Nik Heimach
In case you missed it (or hate huge news in popular culture), Disney acquired Lucasfilm this week for $4.05 billion dollars. One day later, Lucasfilm announced a new Star Wars trilogy is in the works, with Episode VII expected to release in 2015. For more important details on the matter and why you should care, check out my special Disney-Star Wars Pop Culture feature.
Now, it’s time for all the happenings that don’t involve corporate control, lightsabers, and the (arguably) most important film franchise in our culture. Oh don’t worry, other news, you’re…still…important… Read More
Pop Culture Special Report: Star WarsNovember 3, 2012 | Nik Heimach
“The Star Wars franchise is nothing short of a generational touchstone…I literally can’t think of any comparable cultural phenom that has so pervasively shaped and galvanized viewers to the extent that Star Wars has. It’s embedded in my — and our — cultural DNA in a unique way and these are enduring strands.” – Shawn Levy*
News Week in Review – 10/22 – 10/29October 30, 2012 | Nik Heimach
Hurricane/Super-Storm Sandy Hits
If you’ve been watching the news at all in the last 48 hours, you’ve heard the news: New York and New Jersey are doomed. The “worst-case scenario” of perfect tide conditions and incredible amounts of rain finally brought super-storm Sandy to land, wrecking the coast with record-setting wind speeds, power outages, and flooding across the northeastern seaboard.
Pop-Culture Week in Review – September 29 – October 5October 7, 2012 | Nik Heimach
Throughout the week, I try to catch some sort of pop-culture phenomenon that can help lead off my review. In order to make the cut, the idea needs to be equal parts strange, funny, quirky and somewhat relevant to interesting events in entertainment. So, luckily during the presidential debate, the folks at Touchstone Pictures decided to air this trailer. Watch it.
News Week(s) in Review: September 10-22September 23, 2012 | Nik Heimach
In my last Pop-Culture review, I wrote that we live in trying times. Perhaps that was a bit premature, because in the weeks since, the world’s gone a bit crazier than normal.
Pop Culture Week in Review: 9/1 – 9/9September 9, 2012 | Nik Heimach
Know, dear reader: we live in trying political times. The right hates the left, the left lampoons the right and between the destructive forces of the two-party system lay the twitching corpse of the American electorate, tragically caught in the crossfire. Read More
Pop Culture Week in Review 8/11-8/17August 17, 2012 | Nik Heimach
In between Shark Week marathon-ing and mundane activities of “life,” I managed to sneak in “Harry Potter 7: Part 2” again this week. It was then I realized that every … Read More
Pop Culture Week in ReviewAugust 4, 2012 | Nik Heimach
Oh here we go, here we go, here we go again: it’s another week in pop culture. Time to fill up your delicious, zombie-food cranium with all you need to … Read More