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Who Matters? Watching Westworld with Philip K. Dick and Jean-Luc Picard

This article originally appeared at Splice Today. HBO’s new series Westworld begins with a clever narrative twist. We’re shown a handsome man named Teddy (James Marsden) on a train as he approaches a wild west theme park populated by androids. We follow him after his arrival, and he is cautious of his harum-scarum surroundings as he navigates the coincidences and […]

Get In Touch With Reality: Winter 2015-Spring 2016 Reality TV Report

The Bachelorette (Season 12, ABC) ABC’s reactionary response to Kaitlyn Bristowe was an early failure. Conservative niceguy Ben Higgins turned in the most boring season in recent memory. Fearing a loose canon, producers found themselves with a block of wood. Tweet

Is the DC Comics Identity Crisis Finally Coming to an End?

  Over the last week or two, a discreet corner of comic book fandom has been abuzz with news of the latest round of refurbishments to the DC Comics Universe. The locus of these changes was a one-shot issue aptly titled DC Universe Rebirth. Penned by DCU life coach Geoff Johns and penciled by a […]

DOPE Digest vol. 32 – Snowden, Charli XCX, Rihanna & More!

DOPE Digest is a weekly roundup of pop culture miscellany, with succinct analysis from our contributors.  Snowden (movie trailer) BK: Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Nic Cage in the same movie? It’s like Christmas coming early! I’m not a huge Oliver Stone fan and I’m even less of a fan of the voice that JGL uses throughout the trailer/movie, but I […]

How Daredevil Succeeds Where Batman vs Superman Failed

BvS has the surreal quality of systemic, top-down incompetence; virtually every scene, every plot beat, every line of dialogue–there’s something logically “off” about all of it. But in addition to what amounts to an ocean of individual isolated idiocies, there is a much bigger problem with the movie. The big problem was in its structural plot dynamics; somehow, the filmmakers*  here […]

DOPE Digest vol. 30 – Dallas Housewives, Lana Del Rey, Pussy Riot & MORE!

 DOPE Digest is a weekly roundup of pop culture miscellany, with succinct analysis from our contributors. Real Housewives of Dallas Trailer syvo: It almost feels to me like Bravo is starting to panic that it’s Housewives empire is starting to go the way of all great empires, approaching the historical inevitability of decadence, decline, and dissolution. As key sub-franchises […]

Dope Digest vol. 29 – Pee-Wee, HBO’s Animals, Primal Scream & MORE!

 DOPE Digest is a weekly roundup of pop culture miscellany, with succinct analysis from our contributors. Pee-Wee’s Big Holiday Teaser syvo: This should be interesting, but I’m not totally sold on Apatow here. It’s easy to forget that Pee Wee’s Big Adventure (1985) was actually Tim Burton’s feature debut as a film director, and I’m puzzled to think of a creator […]

DOPE Digest vol. 28 – Savages, Neck Deep, The VVitch and more!

 DOPE Digest is a weekly roundup of pop culture miscellany, with succinct analysis from our contributors.   Savages – “Adore” Video Julia: This is my first favorite single of 2016, it is so great. The composition is basically perfect – it builds so dramatically, like the best Arcade Fire anthem – but is also super dark and coolly […]

Reality TV Report – Bachelor, Vanderpump, Housewives (Winter 2015-16)

It’s time to face reality. The Bachelor (ABC)   This season of the most talked-about reality show on TV is off to a slow start. Following Kaitlyn Bristowe’s mostly unfortunate (albeit entertaining) season of anarchy and overblown slut-shaming, and not to mention the hellish emotional brutality of Bachelor in Paradise, ABC’s producers seem to have […]

DOPE Digest vol. 26 – Ariana Grande XMAS, Star Trek, Pusha T and More!

DOPE Digest is a weekly roundup of pop culture miscellany, with succinct analysis from our contributors. Ariana Grande – Christmas & Chill EP syvo: Well, well, well- Merry Christmas! This is a fantastic little surprise. This past week, we read that Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas Is You” was somehow unseated this year (by a […]