Author: Brian Boone

Brian Boone writes about music, pop culture, and other nonsense. He does more of this kind of thing on Twitter and wrote this swell book called "‪Rock Lists For Obsessive Music Connoisseurs, Zealots, and Junkies‬," which you totally want.

Film, Popdose Lists

Popdose Prime: 10 Movies About Magicians (to Prepare You for “Now You See Me”)

I’m not sure Now You See Me is a real movie—I’m pretty sure it’s part of the massive viral marketing campaign for last...

Film, Popdose Lists

Popdose Prime: 10 Movies About Really Fast Cars (to Prepare You for “Fast & Furious 6”)

Programming note: this week’s “10 Movies” column was written/dictated by a discerning expert who knows and appreciates race-car...

Film, Popular Culture, You're Dead to Us

You’re Dead to Us: Cop Movies

The other day on the Popdose email thread, as one is wont to do, we started spouting off old cop movie cliches for some reason—”I...

Film, Popdose Lists

Popdose Prime: 10 Movies Based on Old TV Shows That Probably Aren’t as Good as “Star Trek Into Darkness”

Proof positive that Hollywood had no idea how to turn a TV show into a movie during the '90s...

Film, Popdose Lists

Popdose Prime: 10 Movies That Are Insane Adaptations of Famous Books (to Prepare You for the New “Great Gatsby”)

I haven’t seen The Great Gatsby yet, but I can tell already that it just doesn’t add up. The production seems to have missed...

Popular Culture, Television, You're Dead to Us

You’re Dead to Us: TV Shows for, and Starring, Old People

In which we look at once common curiosities of pop culture that don’t exist anymore, be it because of changing tastes, the fragmentation...

Film, Popdose Lists

Popdose Prime: 10 Movies That Were Comeback Vehicles (to Prepare You for “Iron Man 3” With Robert Downey Jr.)

Downey headlines this week’s Iron Man 3, his fourth outing as the billionaire Robocop. He’s one of the biggest stars in the world and...

Film, Popdose Lists

Popdose Prime: 10 Movies That Are Narrative Remakes of Documentaries

Kon-Tiki hits American theaters this week, months after it was nominated for the Best Foreign Film Oscar. It’s a narrative retelling of...

Film, Music, Popular Culture, You're Dead to Us

You’re Dead to Us: Movies Starring Pop Stars

In which we look at once common curiosities of pop culture that don’t exist anymore, be it because of changing tastes, the fragmentation...

Film, Popdose Lists

Popdose Prime: 10 Movies Directed by Rock and Pop Stars (to Prepare You for Rob Zombie’s “The Lords of Salem”)

Lots of musicians decide they are famous and attractive enough to act, but it takes a special kind of hubris to take a break from making...

Film, Popdose Lists

Popdose Prime: 10 Movies That Are Fifth-quels (to Prepare You for “Scary Movie 5”)

Most movie series don’t make it to five films. Either the filmmakers run out of ideas, or the studio reboots the characters. The latest...

Popular Culture, You're Dead to Us

You’re Dead to Us: Russia as a Scary Place Full of Scary People

A series in which we look at once common curiosities of pop culture that don’t exist anymore, be it because of changing tastes, the...

Film, Popdose Lists

Popdose Prime: 10 Movies That Are Remakes of Classic Horror Films

Horror movies derive most of their power and enjoyment (you sicko) from a combination of novelty and surprise.The novelty: how the...

Film, Popdose Lists

Popdose Prime: 10 Movies Starring People Who Are Famous for Being Famous (to Prepare You for Kim Kardashian in Tyler Perry’s “Temptation”)

Eventually the tabloid fixtures, the celebutantes, the people that are famous for being famous, heck, even the D-list...

Popular Culture, Television, You're Dead to Us

You’re Dead to Us: Broadly Appealing Network Situation Comedies

A series in which we look at once common curiosities of pop culture that don’t exist anymore, be it because of changing tastes, the...

Film, Popdose Lists

Popdose Prime: 10 Movies About Cavemen (to Prepare You for “The Croods”)

Dreamworks’ CGI caveman spectacular The Croods comes out on Friday. It’s the first big animated movie of the year, but...

Popular Culture, Theatre, You're Dead to Us

You’re Dead to Us: Broadway Musicals as an Important Cultural Force

A series in which we look at once common curiosities of pop culture that don’t exist anymore, be it because of changing tastes, the...

Music, Popular Culture, You're Dead to Us

You’re Dead to Us: Hit Songs by Older Adults, Made for Older Adults

A new series in which we look at once common curiosities of pop culture that don’t exist anymore, be it because of changing tastes,...

Humor, Music

Advice From Circa-1982 “John Cougar”: Your Valentine’s Day Problems Solved!

A special Valentine’s Day edition of our ongoing advice column in which readers ask Circa 1982 “John Cougar,” a pop singer, good...

Television, TV on DVD

TV on DVD: “The Loretta Young Show: 100th Birthday Edition”

The Loretta Young Show, which aired on NBC from 1953 to 1961, embodies a lot of TV history. First of all, it’s an anthology...

Book Reviews, Books

Book Review: Gary K. Wolf, “Typical Day”

So I’ve read a lot of articles over the last three years or so about the exciting, brave new world of e-book publishing, almost all...

Book Reviews, Books

Book Review: Jack Kimble, “Profiles in Courageousness”

Political satire is usually pretty lead-footed. It’s hard to do well, with the result usually falling into the realm of smug,...

Music, Reissue Reviews

Reissue Review: Herb Alpert, “Fandango”

Was "Fandango" Herb Alpert's last great album?...

Humor, Music

Fight Courtney, F*** Winona, Be the Biggest Rock Star of All Time: A Scientific Analysis

Hole founder, rumored songwriter behind Live Through This, and all around difficult human being Courtney Love once remarked that,...

Football, Humor, Sports

Popdose Sports: An Open Letter to Manti Te’o, from Jan Brady

Hi, Manti Te’o. It’s me, Jan Brady! I’m a sophomore at Westdale High School in California. I live with my three brothers,...

Humor, Music

More Advice From 1982’s “John Cougar”

 Circa-1982 “John Cougar” once again be takin’ your advice queries on matters of flesh, personal relationships, career, and...

Book Reviews, Books

Book Review: “The World Almanac Book of Facts 2013”

Are almanacs still necessary? Yeah, I think they are. Even though you can find exactly the thing you  need on the Internet instantly,...

2012 Holiday Gift Guide, Holiday Gift Guides

2012 Holiday Gift Guide: iPhone-Ready Earbuds

Most of the stuff on sale at the Apple Store, both physical and virtual, tends to be made by Apple itself. Usually if Apple likes a company...

Humor, Music

Dear John: Advice from 1982’s John Cougar Mellencamp

Need advice? Popdose's advice columnist, circa-1982 "John Cougar" is here to help. Also, he's an ageless shapeshifter....

2012 Holiday Gift Guide, Contests, Holiday Gift Guides

2012 Holiday Gift Guide: Affordable Yet Good Headphones

Headphones don't have to be super-expensive or designed by Eazy E's super best friend to be super-excellent....