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10 Thoughts on The Dark Knight Rises, Part I

The Dark Knight Rises opened this week, and it’s already thrilling audiences and dividing critics. Here are 10 thoughts on Hollywood’s latest movie phenomenon.

30 Days of Alien: Day 15 – Will the Real Alien Please Stand Up?

The 1980s were a simpler time. Back then, girls just wanted to have fun, a man could unironically rock out to Toto’s “Africa” without fear of judgment, and TV sitcoms gleefully ignored anything that was controversial (or, y’know, funny). And, with few exceptions, there was only one version of every movie you love.

Boys Club: The Gender Politics of The Big Bang Theory

I can safely say that I’ve never analyzed a 22-minute sitcom as closely as I am about to, but there’s a first time for everything. With The Big Bang Theory on a brief hiatus due to NCAA basketball, it’s worth taking a look at its most recent episode, “The Weekend Vortex.”

Listmania: The 10 Greatest Examples of Film Noir, Part II

Listmania is a weekly feature on I Wonder If You Wonder. Last week, I wrote about films 10 through 6 on my list of the greatest noir films of all time. This week: the Top 5.

Listmania: The “I Wonder If You Wonder” Top 10 Movies of 2011

Like a lot of film students and critics, I have mixed feelings about ranking movies. For people who write about films for a living, an interesting film – even one of dubious quality – is infinitely preferable to a great one that isn’t particularly attention-grabbing. Art is inherently subjective, so there seems to be little … Continue reading

Vertical Exploitation: The Six Companies That Control Your Life, Part II

If you’ve read Part I of this article, you’re already familiar with the 6 companies that exert a disproportionately great influence over the contemporary media landscape: Comcast, Disney, National Amusements, News Corporation, Sony, and Time Warner. I encourage you to take another look at the lists of important corporate assets that I included alongside the … Continue reading

Vertical Exploitation: The Six Companies That Control Your Life, Part I

Imagine that you’re 12 years old. You live in New York City with your parents, and you’ve got a pretty good life. You’re a good student and an avid reader – when you were a few years younger, your favorite book was Maurice Sendak’s classic children’s tale Where the Wild Things Are, and now you’re … Continue reading

I Have No Attention Span: Music, Movies, and the Connection Between — wait — is that a squirrel outside?

As I’ve written about extensively in previous articles, I’m a total media addict. While this addiction usually manifests itself in the movies and TV shows I watch, I also try to keep up to date with other aspects of pop culture, including music. I go out of my way to listen to as wide a … Continue reading

Always the Bridesmaid: Gender Bias in Hollywood

Changeling. Volver. The Devil Wears Prada. La Vie en Rose. Notes on a Scandal. Dreamgirls. Bridesmaids. Little Children. Rachel Getting Married. My Week with Marilyn. Julie & Julia. Vicky Christina Barcelona. Doubt. Blue Valentine. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. All of these movies have been released since 2006. Every one of them was critically … Continue reading

When Movies Matter

As far as I know, there are only two films in the history of cinema that have essentially saved a person’s life: The Thin Blue Line and Paradise Lost.

Current wonderings…

  • RT @ActuallyNPH: (inhale) Happy April 20th! (cough) Very happy to be working in Vancouver. (exhale) 3 days ago
  • Kudos to the detail-oriented #Billions writing staff. Several weeks ago: legit poker terminology (UTG, continuation bet, etc.). (1/2) 1 week ago
  • New (old) show tweetz~! #PrisonBreak: Doesn't look promising. Has more in common with the mostly-awful 4th season than the mostly-great 1st. 2 weeks ago
  • Looking at the @GlowNetflix promo photos that were released today, I will say this: @marcmaron was BORN to play an '80s wrestling promoter. 2 weeks ago
  • New show tweetz~! #Brockmire: Funniest new comedy I've seen this year, maybe in several years. Azaria is great, first 5 mins are incredible. 2 weeks ago