So as not to be accused with clickbait, I want to address the title at the beginning – something about either my copy of Skyrim or my Xbox 360 prevents the game from working. And it’s a shame – I’ve put several hundred hours into the game, and I could probably put a hundred more… Continue reading I can’t play Skyrim anymore 😦
Stannis Baratheon’s journey in the A Song of Ice and Fire books – or, at least, his attempted conquest of the North – was depicted differently compared to what we saw on the television show. The television show had him writing to the Northern leaders, gaining almost no support before just charging towards Winterfell, knowing… Continue reading The Best Stannis Baratheon Quote
As you’ve no doubt heard by now, this past weekend Chadwick Boseman, he was an incredible actor, who over the past five years had gained acclaim for playing King T’Challa, the Black Panther in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. As the star of Black Panther, he was the first black lead in a superhero movie since… Continue reading In Memorium: Chadwick Boseman
I have never seen Escape from Tomorrow, but it is the topic of one of my favorite video essays on YouTube. Theme park enthusiast and film critic Jenny Nicholson says in the opening to her scathing 47-minute takedown of Escape from Tomorrow, calling it “the most dumb, stupid, horrible, inane, awful, ugly movie I’ve ever… Continue reading Pointless Commentary vs. Pointed Commentary; Escape From Tomorrow and The Florida Project
An announcement from original Avatar: The Last Airbender showrunners Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko sent shockwaves through the internet. After it was announced in 2018 that Netflix would be working on a live-action Avatar: the Last Airbender series, the creators of the original animated series were brought on as executive producers to help guide… Continue reading Not Everything Needs an Adaptation
Season 1, Episode 11: “The Politics of Human Sexuality” Synopsis: “Britta challenges Jeff to find a date; Shirley and Britta help Annie with a presentation for a health fair.” This is a great episode for both Jeff and Annie – they do not spend time together, as we’ll see in later episodes, but both carry… Continue reading Community Revisited: S1:E11-15
Whoa! Hey! Five years ago today, I shared my first blog post on WordPress, an essay about executions in Game of Thrones. That feels like a crazy amount of time, and it’s wild to think about. This is actually exactly my 300th post on Pop Cultural Studies – there have been 35 guest posts by… Continue reading Our 5th Anniversary!
This past week, Ernest Cline, author of the 2011 bestseller Ready Player One announced the upcoming release of its sequel, the aptly named Ready Player Two. Ready Player One told the story of a virtual treasure hunt across a wide VR cyberspace of 1980’s nostalgia, created by an 80’s obsessed tech billionaire. The world outside… Continue reading What’s the direction for a Ready Player One sequel?
For about 15 years now, fantasy author Brandon Sanderson has been releasing separate books that all take place in the same fictional galaxy, which he calls The Cosmere. This series is comprised of several smaller sub-series of epic proportions. As I’m slowly working my way through the Cosmere, it’s becoming more and more clear that… Continue reading Why You Should Start Reading the Cosmere
When Community – which is one of my favorite sitcoms and which I’m slowly realizing might be favorite show period – first came onto Netflix, I started a series of posts where I’d review every single episode of the series. I’ve gotten sidetracked, and I’m still working on a review of episodes 11-15, but I… Continue reading Looking at Community’s Banned Episode