Everything Sucks! Is Thorough In Its 90s Research But Doesn’t Quite Achieve What Stranger Things Does With the 80s As Its Less Put Upon Crutch

Because nostalgia is at such a premium in the present era of wanting to escape into the past when it is not merely one’s imagination that “things were better then,” Netflix continues to try its hand at something that has worked very well for it of late: going back in …

Dawson’s Creek Interpretations That Try Too Hard to Fit the Political Mold of Now on Its Twentieth Anniversary

With a number of “celebratory” “think pieces” out at the moment about Dawson’s Creek in honor of its twentieth anniversary, the current climate of needing to make everything about female agency is saturating retrospective interpretations of the show. One analysis in particular by Constance Grady for Vox attempts to make Joey …

Dancing to Phil Collins With Duct Tape: The Patrick Bateman/Andrew Cunanan Connection

As we enter further into the psychotic, drug-addled brain of Andrew Cunanan with each new episode of The Assassination of Gianni Versace, one can’t help but find some rather overt parallels between the man of many masks and the ultimate authority on masks (both metaphorical and skin care-related), Patrick Bateman. …

Class Envy: The Man Who Would Be Vogue vs. The Man Who Would Be FBI’s Most Wanted

With “The Man Who Would Be Vogue,” the first electrifying episode to kick off the second season of American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace, those faithfully devoted to the Ryan Murphy canon will instantly recognize the recurring motif of his work: a dedication to calling out the hypocrisy …

File Under Why God Why?: Celine Dion’s “It’s All Coming Back to Me Now” Being Used in an Applebee’s Commercial

As though life was content to continue proving, “I will shit on everything you love,” Applebee’s use of the unspokenly sacrosanct power ballad that is “It’s All Coming Back to Me Now” is a new level of desecration–even when compared to Alan Ruck reviving Cameron Frye for the sake of …

Problems of the Present and Past Plague Black Mirror’s Increasingly Futuristic Season 4

“End fucking game!” So the sentiment of the very first episode, “USS Callister,” of Black Mirror season four indicates the collective desire to exit from the self-imposed technological prison we’ve created for the sake of entertainment. Yet how can we get ourselves off the tainted teat we’ve come to know, …

Brenda in Adventures in Babysitting as Precursor to Barb in Stranger Things

Considering the thoroughness with which Stranger Things strives to appear as a show directly out of the 80s, it’s not remarkable that the inspiration for Barb in season one might very well stem from another quintessential “gawky, hyper-reactive” archetype from a classic of 80s cinema: Chris Columbus’ directorial debut, Adventures in …