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Why the Audience and Critics Are So Weirdly Split Between Loving and Hating Damon Lindelof's 'The Leftovers'

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What 'Battlestar Galactica' Teaches Us About Human Compassion

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For My Next Trick, Watch Me Disappear: Do Women Really Need a Size 000?

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The Joy of Not Watching Everything

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Orange is the New Black & the Myth of Prison Rehabilitation

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An Open Letter to the Kid Sitting In Front of Me Who Was Scarred for Life by 'How to Train Your Dragon 2'

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If Women Who Commented on Last Night's 'Louie' Were As Sh*tty as Some Men Who Comment on HBO's 'Girls'

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Is NY Mag's Profile of Terry Richardson Fair Journalism or a Disgusting Fluff Piece? (Hint, It's the Latter)

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The Interior Monologue of an Unrepentant Cynical Bitch Going to See 'The Fault in Our Stars'

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Presenting the Next Great Action Star: Emily Blunt

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25 Practical Tips About The Horrors Of Raising A Teenage Girl (That Movies Or TV Won't Teach You)

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About Those Insidious Mobile Ads That Hijack Your Phone and Redirect You to the App Store

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About that Time I Was Really Embarrassed by What A Huge Jerk I Was on the Internet

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Netflix Isn't Changing TV — But it Should

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Haters To the Left: On Tom Cruise's Amazing Three Decades of Box-Office Resilience

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Here's an alphabetical listing of all our Think Pieces:

"All those moments will be lost in time, like tears in rain": Matters of Memory


"Big Fish" and the Movies of Tim Burton as Viewed Through His Art


"Books break the shackles of time, proof that humans can work magic": Technology and the Future of Books


"Breaking Bad," Skyler White, and Unspoken Double Standard We Place on Female Anti-Heroes


"Build your wings on the way down": Ray Bradbury 1920-2012


"But they treasure, secretly treasure, the times they lost. It's a sacrifice, of sorts": Why We Keep Watching Sports


"Every artist is a cannibal, every poet is a thief": Borrowing, Stealing, and Copyright's Suppression of our Gestalt


"Fame Whore" is So Demeaning; Adrianne Curry Prefers the Term "Celebrity Entrepreneur"


"How I Met Your Mother": The Truth About Ted Mosby


"I Told You Not to Say Anything. You Can't Go In There, Brazenly Flaunt the Rules and Then Think I'm Gonna Share With You."


"I've seen things you people wouldn't believe": Nixon's Speech if Apollo 11 Had Failed


"It's Not the Years, Honey, It's the Mileage": The Awkward Aging of Television and Film


"Mob City" Trailer: Frank Darabont's F*** You Letter to AMC


"Put Your Bodies Upon the Gears and Upon the Wheels": Martin Luther King and SOPA/PIPA


"Tell Sad Stories of the Death of Kings": Why We Love Dark Stories


"The Walking Dead" and the Birth of the State


"The West Wing": "Decisions are made by those who show up"


"True Blood" As A Subversion of the Tragic Vampire Trope


"You know, we're standing on the doorstep of a new millennium": Hollywood and Politics


#YesAll Women, #YesAllPeople and the Dangers of Misunderstanding Feminism


'Dark Blood': River Phoenix's Last Movie Will Finally Try To Rise From The Ashes


'Enlisted,' 'Parks and Recreation,' and Finding Comedy in Political Tragedy


'Orange is the New Black' & the Myth of Prison Rehabilitation


'South Park: The Stick of Truth' and a Television Show Worth the Threat of a Bomb


'The Newsroom' and Cynicism: Why Sorkin Desperately Needs to Get His Inspiration Groove Back


'True Detective' and the Perils of the Curiosity Gap


(500) Days of Summer and the Difference between Misogyny and Bad Writing


1 in 14 Of History's Greatest Artists Are Alive Today: The Upside to Overpopulation


10 Notable Examples from Hollywood's Checkered History with Racebending


10 Pop-Culture Facts That Hammer Home the Reality of Just How Depressingly Dumb Americans Are


16 Things Working Parents Should Know About the Horrors of Caring for Sick Children


2010 in Science Fiction | "Rage, rage against the dying of the light"


25 Practical Tips About The Horrors Of Raising A Teenage Girl (That Movies Or TV Won't Teach You)


3 Reasons Why the Terminator Reboot Needs Another "Sarah Connor Chronicle"


30 Practical Tips About the Horrors of Raising a Baby That You Will Never Learn from Movies and TV


6 Big Questions Left Unanswered By Body Swap Movies


7 Keys to Building a Successful Movie Franchise Without Even F*cking Trying


8 Steps to Cashing in on Your Micro-Celebrity, the Saddest Job Title Since Freelance Writer


A Baby, A Weiner, and a Hispanic Man. How Has It Come To This?


A Brief Open Letter to Showtime About the Final Season of "Dexter"


A Complete List Of All The Horrible Things That Could Happen to You Because Of the Comcast/Time Warner Merger


A Conversation With Myself Over the Non-Existent Jennifer Lawrence Backlash


A Conversation with My Wife about a #YesAllWomen and a 'Phenomenal Woman,' Maya Angelou


A Lengthy Feminist Response to Shailene Woodley about the Definition of Feminism


A Lengthy Feminist Treatise on the Golden Globes Criticism of Gabourey Sidibe, Lena Dunham and General Body-Shaming Culture


A Look at Foreign Box Offices | Why Don't They Just Speak American?


A Manifesto for the Next Fifty Years of Media


A Modest Proposal for Funding Art


A Pale and Stale Shadow of the Real Thing: Pop Culture's Tired Obsession with White People


A Plea to the BBC: Let Me Throw My Money at You


A Pox On Both Your Houses: A Conversation About Spoilers


A Sad Postmortem on the Life of Gary Coleman | The Curse of Celebrity


A Single Look that Can Sell a Million Movie Tickets


A Study into the Many Facial Expressions of 'Weekend Update's' Colin Jost


A Superman Fan Living in a Batman World: What "Man of Steel" Needs to Do to Succeed


A Tale of Two TV Pilots: "Wonder Woman" and "Arrow"


A Taxonomy of Time Travel


A Transparent Attempt to Explain the Economics Behind Running a Pop-Culture Website and the Need to Run Intrusive Advertising


A Valentine's Day Miracle Tale of Monoamniotic Twins and Averted Heartbreak


About The Time That Motherf*cker Bret Easton Ellis Spoiled 'Gravity' For Me


About Those Insidious Mobile Ads That Hijack Your Phone and Redirect You to the App Store


About that Time I Was Really Embarrassed by What A Huge Jerk I Was on the Internet


About the Time I Was Reprimanded by Ryan (F*cking) Gosling


Absence Makes the Heart Do Something: The Beginning of the End of 'Parks and Recreation'


Adventures in Cord-Cutting: My First Two Weeks Without Cable


Ah, It's Great to Be a Woman: Michigan Marches Forward with Rape Insurance Requirement


All Dogs Go To Heaven: Why We Cannot Stomach the Suffering of Dogs in Our Fiction


All We Need is Love (And a Little Elbow Grease)


All Your Favorite Shows May Be Cancelled: Why Bad Nielsen Ratings Should Be Great for Quality Television


An Advanced Dan Harmon Fan's Journey into Harmoncountry


An Airbrushed History of "Weeds'" Nancy Botwin


An Amusing and Ultimately Frustrating Wrinkle in Gender-Neutral Parenting


An Examination of MPAA Ratings and Release Schedules | Think of the Children? I Blame the Bastards.


An Exhaustive, 600-Word Explanation of the New Breaking Dawn Teaser Poster


An Innocent Victim of Murderous Female Desire | The Evolution of Michael Douglas


An Open Letter to Anyone Who Thinks They Can Solve the Riddles of Marriage and Parenthood by Reading an Open Letter


An Open Letter to Chris Hemsworth About the Sad Double Standard Between Male and Female Celebrities in Magazine Photoshoots


An Open Letter to Game of Thrones David Benioff and Dan Weiss


An Open Letter to Kevin Smith | It Okay. Don't Be Cry.


An Open Letter to People Who Hate Things That Others Enjoy


An Open Letter to the Artist Behind the "Lady Avengers" Starring Alison Brie and Amber Heard


An Open Letter to the Kid Sitting In Front of Me Who Was Scarred for Life by 'How to Train Your Dragon 2'


An Open Letter to the Pinheads Who Think Writing Strong Female Characters Is Hard


And Here We... Go! (Again.): Why Rotten Tomatoes Closing Its Comments For The Dark Knight Rises Is A Net Good


And When I Walk the Streets Kings and Queens Step Aside: How I'd End Breaking Bad


Any Sufficiently Advanced Technology: Hollywood and the Hacker


Are There Any Perfect Options for Ending 'Game of Thrones'?


Are We Bad People? Casey Anthony, the Reality TV Effect and Dead Kids as Hallmark Entertainment


Are Your iTunes Really Yours?


Assessing This Year's Painful, Disastrous Season of 'Saturday Night Live'


At Ninety-Eight We All Rotate: New Theater Will Encourage Cell Phone Use


Bad Words Vs. Bad People: The Forgiveness Double Standard


Baptized by Rehab: When Saving Face Trumps Saving Lives


Behind Every Supermom Is An Incompetent Dad: This Dad Is Sick Of The Condescension


Birth, School, Work, Death: Why Do We Take Our Television and Film So Seriously?


Blaming Curses For Addiction, Possible Mental Illness, and Finding God? Charlie Sheen Still Thinks He's Winning


Blood Without Pain: Should Networks Remove TV Episodes in the Wake of Real-Life Violence?


Bob Belcher, Hank Hill, and the Future of the Animated Sitcom


Body Swapping Popularity in The '80s: Diagnosing an Aberrant Phenomenon


Boobquake 2: Fighting A**holes with T*ts


Books, Rebellion, and 'The Hunt for Red October'


Brad Pitt and How Beauty Can Often Obscure Real Talent


Breaking Down the Most Painful Clip on YouTube: Four Minutes of "The Chevy Chase Show"


Bruce Willis Is the Most Versatile Actor in Hollywood Right Now


But They Can Never Taint You in My Eyes: Tom Cruise, John Travolta, L. Ron Hubbard and Scientology


Cable TV: Winter Is Coming


Can We Talk? 'Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.' and Richie Incognito Edition


Can We Talk? Ben Affleck's Bat Nipples Edition


Can We Talk? The-World-Needs-Aquaman-and-Doesn't-Even-Know-It Edition


Captain My Captain: He Just Might Get You High Tonight


Catfish Tales: About the Time a Woman Who Didn't Actually Exist Became a Contributor to Pajiba


Celebrity Dream Interpretations


Celebrity Is a Deal with the Devil, and We're That Devil


Charlie Sheen: The Sad Spectacle of the Real-Life Kenny Powers


Chasing Movies That Slip Through the Cracks


China Miéville and How Television Helped the Evolution of Rape Investigations


Comic-Con 2010 and Christians | Screw the Squeaky Wheel, I Spread My Grease Around


Comic-Con, Jon Stewart, and How Film Bloggers Became Part of the Marketing Strategy | Film Criticism Isn't Dying. It's Just Bullsh*t Now


Coming to Terms with Disappointing Reality of Who'd Actually Play You in the Movie Of Your Life


Coming to Terms with the Crushing Realization that Natalie Portman Is Not a Very Good Actress


Conservative Movies Make more than Liberal Movies, But Only If You Think that Liberal Means Satan-Worshiping Crack Addicted Serial Killer


Conservative Wingnut Believes Boone from "Lost" Is a Terrorist Threat to Humanity


Creative Freedom Isn't Free: Stop Stealing "Game of Thrones"


Cutting Off Your Nose To Spite Your Face Earns You An NC-17 | The Tyranny of Morality and the MPAA


Dear 'Batman vs Superman,' I'm F**king Done With You. Eat Me. Yours, A Huge Batman Fan


Dear Interent (and Michael Ausiello): Stop Ruining Everything


Dear Internet: If You're Going to Continue to Bitch About Lena Dunham and "Girls," At Least Watch the Goddamn Show


Death Is Meaningless: Exploring Death in 'Sherlock,' 'Agents of SHIELD,' and 'American Horror Story'


Democracy is So Overrated: How 'House of Cards' Fell Victim to Real-World Political Machinations


Did Woody Allen Sexually Abuse His Seven Year Old Daughter? Here's the Evidence For and Against


Dimension Blech | Why 3-D Needs to Go Away


Django Unchained and the Power of That Word


Do Movie Reviews Matter Anymore? A Pop-Culture Experiment


Do You Have a Tipping Point? | When the Personal and Professional Lives of Celebrities Collide


Doctor Who or: How I Learned to Stop Thinking and Watch the Mess


Documentarians Are Whores, Too | The Machinations of Toronto's Hot Docs Festival


Does 'The Walking Dead' Still Have A Woman Problem?


Does The Way Certain Movies Are Being Released Rely on Racist Assumptions?


Don't Hand Me No Lies and Keep Your Hands to Yourself: The South Continues to Tighten Abortion Restrictions


Don't Listen to the Movie Critics Who Say Negative Things About 'The Hobbit'!


Don't Panic: A Cursory Overview of Tabloid-Speak to Get You Through This Troubled Time


Don't Worry Geeks, You're No Longer Freaks. Unless, Of Course, You're A Girl.


Donald Trump: The New Voice of Privileged White-Male America


Down the Rabbit Hole: Disney Movies, Conspiracy Theories, and Imaginary Puzzles


EXCLUSIVE: Spoiling the Whole Goddamn Plot to New Line Cinema's NEW YEAR'S EVE


Edvard Munch's Scream and the Competitive Thrill of Auction Bidding


Emasculation and the Problem with the Contemporary 105-Pound Female Action Hero


Empathy is the Enemy: The Fall of Orson Scott Card


Entirely Too Much Attention To Detail: The Lucas Edition


Entirely Too Much Attention To Detail: The Sci-Fi Pets Edition


Entirely Too Much Attention To Detail: The True Love Edition


Everybody Hates Sansa: Defending Game of Thrones' Elder Stark Sister


Everybody Loves Bill Murray | The Comedy and Pathos of One of Our Greatest Actors


Everything I Learned About Everything I Learned from Nicholas Sparks's Yahoo! Answers Pages


Everything Wrong With Pointing Out Everything Wrong In Popular Movies: Learning to Choose Your Battles


Evil is Not Washed Away by Good: Torture and Zero Dark Thirty


Examining Two Scenes Translated from A Clash of Kings to "Game of Thrones" Season Two


Exploring the Most Important Question in the History of Internet


F*ck Everything, Let's Talk About Rape


Fathers and Heroes: 'Our Fathers Were Our Models for God'


Fiction and the Slow Problem of Time


Fight the Power! Support Gay Marriage at Chick-Fil-A Today By Not Being a Complete and Total Douchebag


Finally Someone Is Thinking of the Children | A Parental Think Piece


Finding the Line: Thoughts on Grantland's Perceived Outing of a Transsexual


Five Amazing Celebrity Performers Whose Art Is So Good That Their Problematic Histories with Women Are Often Overlooked


Florida Tax Bill Promotes "Family Values" Oriented Films


For Better or Worse, Oscar-Winning Talent May Revive the Television's Waning Reality-Competition Genre


For My Next Trick, Watch Me Disappear: Do Women Really Need a Size 000?


For Once, Alec Baldwin Says the Right Thing on Twitter ... and Promptly Deletes It


For That Inch


For Your Consideration: Why Are Oscar Campaigns So Shameless?


Forget About Triplets, We've Got "Leaked" Scenes from the Un-Produced Kindergarten Cop II


Four Theories on Why the Internet Has Such a Massive Almost Unexplainable Crush on Alison Brie


Frank Underwood: Just a Guinea Pig in a Cage


Friendship, The Shawshank Redemption And A Strange Case Of Cinematic Stubbornness


Frontier Of The Unspoken: How the Internet Changed the Way We Socialize


Game Shows Touch Our Lives: How My Father Would Fare In the Dystopian Game Shows of The Future


Gay Marriage: Can't We Just Get to the Good Part?


Gay in 2011: How Homophobia Lost Its Cool


Genre and Movie Quality over Time | Movies Were Not Better When You Were A Child


Getting 'Star Wars: Episode VII' Right


Girl's Guide to Heartbreak: Learning to Forgive Ourselves and Others


Go Then, There Are Other Worlds Than These: Universe Building and Fictional Crossover in Literature


God Is in the Details: John Candy, Rick Moranis, Catherine O'Hara, Harold Ramis, and The Rise and Fall of 'SCTV'


Guilty Pleasures, Schmuilty Schmleasures: Or, Only the Penitent Man Will Pass (Judgment)


Gun Control and the Price of America's Manifest Destiny


Gwyneth Paltrow: Sexy Girl Deer | Gwyneth Paltrow: A Conversation


HBO's "Girls" and Our Resentment Toward Privileged, White America


Harvey's Girls | The Would-Be Ingenues: Where Are They Now, And What Happened Then


Haters To the Left: On Tom Cruise's Amazing Three Decades of Box-Office Resilience


Have You Ever Been So Mad You Turned Racist? Examining the Celebrity Freakout


Here Comes Pimped Children: The Whole "Kids Are Off Limits" Thing Is Now Off the Table


Here's How to To Get Those Painful Earworms Out of Your Head


Here's the New Most Galling Thing About Zach Braff's Kickstarter


Hey! Does Anyone Remember That Guy Craig Ferguson? Whatever Happened to Him?


Hey, Hey Honey Take a Whiff On Me | The Deep Impact of Elijah Wood


Hidden in Plain Sight: Paul Walker and the Working Actor


Hollywood Crazy: Where is the Line Between Entertainment and Tragedy?


How Did It Go So Wrong? NBC's Thursday Night Comedy Lineup Is Worse Than It's Been In 30 Years


How Do You Fill the Shoes of Julie Andrews? Simple: You Can't


How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love The Horror Genre


How Interface Matters More than Genre in Video Games


How Knee-Jerk Internet Outrage Is Turning 2014 Into the Year of the Apology


How Lara Flynn Boyle's Botched Face Brings Out the Worst in Humanity


How Live-Tweeting TV Shows Ruins Everything


How Long Should You Stick With a New TV Show?


How Mass Effect Helps the Understanding of Unequal Gender Portrayals in Mass Media


How Modding Changes Art


How Netflix Should Democratize Television


How Network Television Executives Can Learn from Crack Dealers


How One of the Bravest Moments In Television History Paved the Way for Ellen Page's Coming Out Speech


How Salon.com Rewrote My Headline and Turned Me Into an Internet Troll


How The Catholic Church Controlled Hollywood


How The Rumors That Nickelodeon's Dan Schneider Sexual Abuses His Teen Stars Grew Into 'Internet Fact'


How We Love To Watch Them Fall: What Does Our Celebrity Schadenfreude Say About Us?


How the Red Wedding Broke 'Game of Thrones'


How to Be a Better Whore: Where Is the Line Between Studio Publicists and Movie Critic?


How to Get the Best Experience Out of Watching "Super 8" This Summer


How to Properly Introduce a Movie-Night Film to a Loved One and Ensure the Best Experience


I Am Not Your Blowing Wind: Audiobooks and the Endless Road


I Am Woman, I Am Bored: Nikki Finke Thinks Beautiful Women Aren't Funn--zzzzzzzzzzzzz...


I Don't Think Duct Tape Will Work: Fixing the Nielsens


I Hate Hugh Jackman


I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream: How We Mistake Dark Stories for Complex Ones


I Hope You Know This Will Go Down on Your Permanent Record: I Never Met a Dog I Didn't Like


I Love That Dirty Water: Thoughts On Yesterday's Events


I Must Break You | Can Criticism Be Too Cruel?


I Think I Know Why We Give a Sh*t About Charlie Sheen


I Understand That You Have Good Intentions | But You're Still Wrong


I Want To With You: 'Mulholland Drive' as the Ultimate Body Swap Movie


I'll Watch My Stories Howsoever I Damn Well Please


I'm Tired of Having Sex: Mating, Dating and Relating and How TV Mostly Gets it Wrong


I, Creature: The Real Origin Of Frankenstein


If Women Who Commented on Last Night's 'Louie' Were As Sh*tty as Some Men Who Comment on HBO's 'Girls'


Illustrating The Difference Between the Inspired, Intelligent Writing of "Breaking Bad" and the Boneheaded, Moronic Writing of "Dexter"


In Appreciation of Stephen Colbert, Not Just as a Comedian, But As a Humanist


In Beleaguered Defense of Tyler Perry


In Constant Sorrow All Through His Days: Heartbreak, Outsiders, and American Music


In Defense of James Franco


In Defense of Mel Gibson: A Comprehensive, Point by Point Thesis


In Defense of Tracy Flick


In His Typically Sedate Fashion, Julian Assange Accuses Benedict Cumberbatch Of Being A "Hired Gun" Used To Assassinate The Truth


In Praise of the Perfectly Imperfect Les Misérables, the Future of Movie Musicals


Intelligent Television Drama and the Death of "Good" and "Bad" Characters


Is American Horror Story: Coven Cursed, or Just a Poorly Written Hot Mess?


Is It OK for a Furiously Heterosexual Male to Have a Man Crush on Chris Pratt? Let's Investigate


Is Jonathan Levine Hollywood's Most Romantic Director?


Is NY Mag's Profile of Terry Richardson Fair Journalism or a Disgusting Fluff Piece? (Hint, It's the Latter)


Is Walter White a Bad Guy?: A Conversation


It Ain't Fantasy Without a Little Fascism, or Why Neville Was the Real Hero of 'Harry Potter'


It was Never Meeting Sally that Mattered to Harry: What Romantic Movies Don't Get


It's Jimmy Fallon's World, and Thank God For It


It's OK To Appreciate the Music of R. Kelly, As Long as You Also Appreciate That It's the Music of a Serial Rapist


It's Time to End Song Lyric Fascism Once and For All


It's Time to Kick the Superhero Genre in the Ass


It's Tradition, so Suck It Up


Jeremy Lin, Chris Brown and How Ignoring Race Can Perpetuate a Cycle of Racism


Jimi Hendrix, 'Mad Men's' Don Draper, and the Prophetic Warnings of the Number 9


Joshua Jackson (R.I.P.) Rises from the Dead to Celebrate Pacey-Con


Joss the Beloved Character Slayer: Deconstructing One of the Director's Most Common Tropes


Juggalos: How The F**k do They Work? | An Investigation


Junket Jackassery | An Embarrassing '80s Nostalgia Trip for John Cusack


Just How Many Blow Jobs, Rape Jokes And Drug Addictions Will It Take To Make You Forget 'Harry Potter'?


Keanu Reeves Talks The Matrix 4 and 5 (Bullsh*t!) | That Is The Sound Of Inevitability


Kevin Spacey Is Not a Very Good Actor | Smile. You're at Mr. Smiley's


Killer Extinct: The Death of the Boogeyman | Where's This Generation's Freddy Krueger?


Kony 2012 and Jason Russell's Creepy, Narcissistic Advocacy Project


LOLdunit: Television Mysteries in the Age of Ironic Consumption


Lena Dunham Thinks Men Are "Simple," And She's Probably Right Because She IS the Voice of a Generation


Lena Dunham, "Girls," Fat-Shaming, and an Honest Male Perspective


Let's Get Real About the Cultural Impact of Violence in Media


Levon Helm: American Son (1940 - 2012)


Life is a Sitcom: How Our Reality Mirrors 'Burn Notice'


Lily Allen: The Hero We Need Right Now


Lindsay Lohan And the Destruction Wrought By the Celebrity Welfare State


Livetweeting Real Life: When People Stop Being Polite and Start Being Dicks for Retweets


Long Live the DVD: Why I'll Never Give Up Physical Media


Looking Fondly Back On a Decade of Potter


Looking for a Cheap Holiday in Other People's Misery


M. Night Shyamalan: Ambitious, Serious-Minded Talentless Disease | The Shyamalan Downward Spiral


Mad Men's Garden of Eden: The Book of Genesis Allusions in 'The Monolith'


Magic, Religion, and "Proof" in "Game of Thrones"


Make Sure Your Face Is Clean Now, Can't Have No Dirty Dead: Race, Gender, And "The Walking Dead"


Making the Case that Arnold Schwarzenegger Should Replace Oprah Winfrey


Manufacturing Dissent: When Adult Viewers Act Like Children


Mark Wahlberg Bluntly Explains What Really Went Wrong with "The Lone Ranger"


Marvel vs. DC and the Amalgam Universe: The Logical Next Evolution in Superhero Cinema


Marvel's The Interventioni2t: Executive Orders in the Wake of Edgar Wright's 'Ant-Man' Departure


Marvel's The Interventionist: An Open Letter to Overzealous Comic Book Purists


Mass Literacy and the Revolution of Literature


May Your Days Be Kind of Merry and Sort of Bright: Depression During the Holidays


Mere Anarchy is Loosed Upon the World: "Breaking Bad" and Our Love of Antiheroes


Michael Murray Visits the Set of Hundreds of Films and Television Shows


Michael Sam and How Sports Radio is the Trojan Horse Unleashing the Message of Acceptance into Conservative America


Mindhole Blowers -- Holy Sh*t: Tyrion Lannister's Grizzled Sellsword, Bronn, Used to Be a Huge and Hugely Lame Pop Star


Mindhole Blowers: 20 Facts About Gone with the Wind That Will Make You Give A Damn


Moneyball: Boom or Bust? Examining the Legacy of Billy Beane and How It Will Translate Into Film


Movie-Movies: The Ultimate Genre


My Evening (Almost) with Amy Sedaris | A Christmas Tale of Woe and Rum


My Tortured Relationship with Jackass: Or How I Ended Up the One with a Stick in his Ass


Myself, Taylor Lautner, and the Most Humiliating Experience of My Career as a Film Reviewer


NBC and Sony Can't Market for Sh*t: Predicting Tomorrow's "Community" Reviews Today


NYC Homicide: Reality vs. Television | In New York City's War On Crime...


Navigating the Lunatic Tornadoes of Celebrity: Sarah Polley vs. Jennifer Lopez


Nawt You: How Ignoring Canon Cost David O. Russell the UNCHARTED Gig


Nelson Mandela, 1918-2013: A Memorial and a Celebration


Netflix Downward Spiral Continues: No Qwik Solution Anticipated


Netflix Isn't Changing TV -- But it Should


New 'Justice League' Rumor Provokes Nerd Excitement Mingled with the Acknowledgement of Likely Disappointment!


New to Me: 'An American Werewolf in London' (1981)


New to Me: 'Dr. No' (1962)


New to Me: 'East of Eden' (1955)


New to Me: 'The Night of the Hunter' (1955)


Nice Counts. Or Why Jessica Simpson Hasn't Done Nudity


Nice Guys Might Finish Last, But Captain America Is Most Certainly Not Boring


Nice Manners, Babe! A Love Letter to John Hughes and 'Sixteen Candles' in Honor of its 30th Anniversary


Nikki Finke, Johnny Depp, and Why the Offer Story Is Such Bullsh*t | The Farce of the Trade News Game


No Home for the Holidays: The End of Thanksgiving TV


No One Hates Don Draper More than Don Draper


No, the 'Breaking Bad' Finale Was Not a Dream Sequence


Nobody Likes a Preachy Clown: The Perils of "Comedy for Conservatives"


Not Just a Crazy Person Ranting: Why Todd Akin's Comments Matter


OK, Men's Rights Movement, Your Friendly Neighborhood Frigid B*tch Feminist is Listening: What the Hell Do You Want?


Of Course You Liked That Trailer: Why All Movie Ads Are the Same


Oh, Pretty Girls, You're Too Good For This | The Asshole Phenomenon


On 'Gravity' and the Resilient Magic of Movie Theaters


On Books and Infinity


On Facebook and Copyright And Unbunching Your Knickers


On Loving, and Losing, Pets


On NBC's Dracula, and Whether We Need Vampires Anymore


On the 10th Anniversary of His Death, Remembering How John Ritter Unwittingly Helped Change the Perception of Gay Men


On the Occupy Wall Street Movement, the Death Rattle of the Old Media, and America's Economic Disparity


On the Side of the Angels: "Sherlock," Sociopathy, and Evil


One Company, Two Images: The Striking Distinction between the American and European Brand Identity of the Same Product


One Week at a Time: In Praise of Episodic Television


One of the Most Hilarious Sh*t Poor Stories of My Youth, and the Fascinating Process Involved in Plasma Donation


Our Cinematic Autobiography: An Officer and a Gentleman


Our Cinematic Autobiography: 10 Things I Hate About You


Our Cinematic Autobiography: An American Tail


Our Cinematic Autobiography: Away We Go


Our Cinematic Autobiography: Blue Valentine


Our Cinematic Autobiography: Broken Flowers


Our Cinematic Autobiography: Clerks.


Our Cinematic Autobiography: Crocodile Dundee II


Our Cinematic Autobiography: Jurassic Park


Our Cinematic Autobiography: Stand By Me


Over the Top Critical Reactions to 5 Attempts to Change How We Watch Movies


Part of the Problem: Confessions of a Saw-aholic


Paula Deen and Why So Many Southern Racists Don't Believe They're Actually Racists


Peak Reference -- The Point At Which We Can't Cram Anymore References Into Our Head -- Is Coming


People that Argue 'SNL' Is No Longer Relevant Need to Open their F**king Eyes


Pick Your Poison: Sturgeon's Law and Why We Love Bad Fiction


Pictures, Paparazzi and Pleasantries: Do Celebrities Owe Us Anything?


Planning Against The Sequel: Why Not Every Genre Movie Needs To Be A Franchise


Playing the Long Game | Thoughts on How We Watch TV


Politics is About Storytelling, Not Debates


Predictable Shockers: How TV Lost Its Capacity to Surprise


Presenting the Next Great Action Star: Emily Blunt


Put Your Damn Shirt Back On: Analyzing An Upsetting New Film Trend


Quantity is its Own Quality: Fantasy Epics as a Distinct Medium


Rape in the Military: It Is Time for Real Change


Rashida Jones, Beautiful Tropical Fish, on Slut-Shaming Incident: A Pajiba Debate


Reading by the Light of the Screen: Thoughts on Adaptations


Reassessing Jay Leno, Late-Night Television's Most Popular Villain


Redbox vs Amazon vs Netflix: Progress Is Cool


Reducing the Absurdity of the Entire Third Season of 'Homeland' Into Ten Bullet Points


Refuting Tolkien


Religion, Kick-Ass, and Stupidity


Remarking on the Almost Quaint Wholesomeness of the Annual Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue


Rian Johnson's The Psychology of Dream Analysis


Robots ARE Taking Over the Planet, and This Man Is Your New Overlord


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