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DOPE Digest vol. 25 – X-Men: Apocalypse, Sleigh Bells, Chairlift, and More!

 DOPE Digest is a weekly roundup of pop culture miscellany, with succinct analysis from our contributors. X-Men: Apocalypse Trailer   BK: Including the Wolverine movies, this will be the 8th (!!?!) movie in the X-Men franchise and the quality of the movies has varied from bad (X-Men 3, X-Men Origins: Wolverine) to solid (X-Men, X-Men: First Class) to […]

Noé Love: Can Cinematic Storytelling and Pornography Coexist?

“The fantasy ideal of a perfect work of pornography would be precisely to preserve this impossible harmony, the balance between narration and explicit depiction of the sexual act.” -Slavoj Žižek, Looking Awry Over the past two years a series of films have attempted to blur the line between cinema and pornography. We’ve seen films like […]

DOPE Digest Returns! vol. 23 – Housewives, Bieber, Grimes & More!

DOPE Digest is a weekly roundup of pop culture miscellany, with succinct analysis from our contributors.  Real Housewives of Beverly Hills Season 6 Trailer syvo: Yep, this is gonna be good. My only quesion is: “How good? Because I need to be really ****ing good.” Tweet

Reality TV Report – Ladies of London, Dash Dolls and More (Fall 2015)

  The world has changed since I last reported. A fantastic season of Real Housewives of New York City is in the rearview. Real Housewives of Orange County is speeding towards conclusion with an ethically questionable (and superb) storyline concerning Brooks’s supposedly fake cancer. Meanwhile, Bachelor in Paradise closed a continuously breathtaking season with the […]

Nicole Dollanganger’s Music Explores the Relationship Between Violence and Love

Last month, Grimes announced on her tumblr the launch of an artist co-operative called Eerie Organization. She also revealed its first artist: Canadian singer-songwriter Nicole Dollanganger. Clearly excited about this girl’s music, Grimes had this to say: I cannot adequately describe it succinctly, but something like Hurt NIN sound design/ pain w Dolly Parton-esque witty […]

Are We Entering a Creepy New Age of Meta-television?

The new David Foster Wallace biopic The End of the Tour gives us a peek into the writer’s real-life relationship with television. Jason Segal’s performance depicts a man agonized by guilt over his own enjoyment. The film’s focus on shame sits well enough with Wallace’s legendary, notoriously difficult novel Infinite Jest, that large book that […]

Reality TV Report – Paradise, Housewives, Cait and Divas

While everyone is busy complaining about how True Detective isn’t that good anymore or how Mr. Robot is so criminally underrated, I’ve been busy with other, more humble pursuits: namely, plunging into the dark, sublime world of reality television. In case you’re looking to join me, here’s a rundown of five of the most essential […]

Interpersonal Class Struggle in Bravo’s Southern Charm

“All social rules and all relations between individuals are eroded by a cash economy.” –Karl Marx A few years ago, a New York Times column by Alessandra Stanley commented on the relationship between class consciousness and reality television. Stanley observed that the role of class was the major distinguishing factor between scripted shows and reality […]

Bachelorette Prenup: Britt or Kaitlyn?

When Chris Harrison unveiled his devious, coldhearted plot to pit fan-favorite heir apparent Kaitlyn against the silken-haired, unshowered villainess Britt, there were no illusions about the process. With a cruel smirk, Harrison explained: “For the first time in Bachelorette history, we’re gonna have two bachelorettes. The 25 men on Night 1 are going to have the ultimate […]

Underwriting the Contemporary with Vanderpump Rules and Bret Easton Ellis

“My staff look amazing. I mean they really are gorgeous. Sometimes I wish they   were a little more beautiful on the inside, but they look great.” -Lisa Vanderpump   To say that reality television showcases “shitty people” for us to gawk at is, generally speaking, a misguided cliché. It presumes that normal people are […]