Author: Jack Feerick

Jack Feerick — critic-at-large, freelance know-it-all, and three-time Jeopardy! champion — lives and works in upstate New York with his family, three two one cat, and a neurotic Husky. You can hit him up on Twitter, and listen to more of his work on Soundcloud while you're at it.

Popdose Conceptual Theater

Popdose Conceptual Theater: Archer

I have distinctly mixed feelings about the Adult Swim-ization of TV comedy. Not quite a genre, less than a movement, born of Cartoon...

Popdose Conceptual Theater

Popdose Conceptual Theater: Heavy Liquid

Paul Pope is a comics rock star. From his first self-published graphic novels in the early 1990s, his singular vision and staggering...

Books, Popdose Conceptual Theater

Popdose Conceptual Theater: Something Wicked This Way Comes

The chilly winds of autumn howl across the plains and carry the distant sound of a train whistle, heralding the arrival of the carnival...

Music, Popdose Conceptual Theater

Popdose Conceptual Theater: 7 Faces of Doctor Lao

Autumn, it seems to me, is a good time for fairy tales. With the nights getting longer, we gather ‘round the hearth, or nestle by a...

Music, The Weekly Mixtape

The Popdose Mixtape: Labor Day 2014 Edition

Welcome once again to the Popdose Labor Day mixtape, that quixotic collection of work songs, union anthems, and hymns to the working men...

Music, Popdose Conceptual Theater

Popdose Conceptual Theater: “True Grit”

Howdy, pilgrim. Today we’re fixing to bust out a words-and-music tone poem inspired by Charles Portis’ 1968 Western novel True Grit. A...

Music, Popdose Conceptual Theater

Popdose Conceptual Theater: Music for Fireworks

Not so much a conceptual piece this time around as a practical musical tool, designed to solve one of the many pressing problems of...

Current Events, PopSmarts

PopSmarts: Flattery Will Get You Nowhere

It’s been a little more than a week since Slate published a piece that — across your Old Professor’s little corner of the Internet,...

Book Reviews, Books, Comics Reviews

Book Review: “Burn the Orphanage: Born To Lose”

I’m not here to pass judgment on what gets you off, friends; let’s get that straight. My job, when I’m wearing my “critic” hat,...

Music, Popdose Conceptual Theater

Popdose Conceptual Theater: The World’s End

There’s probably no filmmaker alive (with the possible exception of Wes Anderson) who curates the music for his movies more carefully...

Popdose, PopSmarts

PopSmarts: Come On, Pilgrim

Critical objectivity can be difficult to sustain. As members of the family, we have an implicit contract with our readers to consider each...

Book Reviews, Books

Book Review: “Lovecraft’s Monsters”

The problem with monsters is that, when you come right down to it, they’re not that scary. Oh, zombies and kaiju and slaver-mawed...

Popdose Conceptual Theater

Popdose Conceptual Theater: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Coming to you in living color, from the heart of the global communications network to the darkest recesses of your imagination — this is...

Current Events, PopSmarts

PopSmarts: Wave a Red Rag

There’s a feeling you get. You know the one. You’re listening. It’s a song you’ve heard before, maybe many times. Heard it, but...

Book Reviews, Books, Popdose

BOOK REVIEW: David Kinney, “The Dylanologists”

People get into the fandom scene because they are deeply and sincerely interested in an artist, of course. But it’s also an effective way...

Current Events, PopSmarts

PopSmarts: What Becomes a Legend Most?

The second season of Vikings, last year’s basic-cable breakout hit, is coming into its homestretch, and the intrigues are piling up....

Popdose Conceptual Theater

Popdose Conceptual Theater: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

Coming to you in living color, from the heart of the global communications network to the darkest recesses of your imagination — this is...

Current Events, PopSmarts

PopSmarts: Fractured Mirror

There’s a new top dog on the Young Adult block. The film adaptation of Veronica Roth’s bestselling YA novel Divergent opened a couple...

Popdose Conceptual Theater

Popdose Conceptual Theater: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

Coming to you in living color, from the heart of the global communications network to the darkest recesses of your imagination — this is...

Popdose Conceptual Theater

Popdose Conceptual Theater: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

 Coming to you in living color, from the heart of the global communications network to the darkest recesses of your imagination — this...

Popdose Conceptual Theater

Popdose Conceptual Theater: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Coming to you in living color, from the heart of the global communications network to the darkest recesses of your imagination — this is...

Current Events, Film, PopSmarts

PopSmarts: Two Thumbs Up

The art of film involves many collaborators, the most important of whom — as I’ve written before — is the audience. We are more than...

Current Events, Popdose, PopSmarts

PopSmarts: The Politics of Haunting

It’s a holiday tradition; the low murmur of the stereo in the corner of the kitchen, filling the house with the sounds of Yuletide...

Books, Music, Popdose Conceptual Theater

Popdose Conceptual Theater: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Coming to you in living color, from the heart of the global communications network to the darkest recesses of your imagination — this is...

Current Events, PopSmarts

PopSmarts: It Only Begins With L-O-L

Thanks to the fortunes of History and the inevitable bending of the Universe’s moral arc towards justice, our children, gay and straight,...

PopSmarts

PopSmarts: Trouble Shooting

I talk about a lot of different iterations of pop culture in these columns — film, literature, music, comics — but even the casual...

Books, Music, Popdose Conceptual Theater

Popdose Conceptual Theater: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

Coming to you in living color from the heart of the global communications network to the darkest recesses of your imagination, this is the...

Current Events, Popdose, PopSmarts

PopSmarts: Yellow Perils

We’re well into Movember now, the month-long event wherein thousands of men worldwide grow mustaches to raise awareness of men’s health...

Current Events, Popdose, PopSmarts

PopSmarts: A Reputation For Difficulty

We who take it as a vocation to criticize the efforts of others must take great care to keep our own behavior above reproach. It is...

Music, The Weekly Mixtape

The Popdose Mixtape: Labor Day 2013 Edition

As you enjoy the long weekend, ponder the words of Lee Camp: Download the full mix (1:08:31) Collect ’em all! Download the full mix...