Author: Matt Springer

Fortyish someone living in Columbus, OH with my awesome wife and three great kids. I have a book, Poodoo, collecting some of my commentary on the Star Wars films and geek culture. I also tweet incessantly and under multiple aliases. By day, I do marketing, public relations, social media, and copywriting. By night, I sleep.

Music

Popdose Exclusive: Bruce Springsteen on “Springsteen on Broadway”

Popdose has obtained an exclusive first look at the program notes Bruce Springsteen has written for his debut theatrical performance,...

Current Events, Music

Fandango: Caught in a Dream Where Everything Goes Wrong

Two weeks ago today, I was sitting in the Fort Lauderdale airport, and my biggest concern was whether or not I’d make it home for my...

Film

Fandango: On “Rogue One,” Zen and the Art of Franchise Maintenance

There will always be Star Wars. When I lay upon my death bed in 2066, my kids will wish I could hang on just a few days longer, so that I...

Television

Fandango: Dear Duffers, Let’s Not Do Season 2 of “Stranger Things”

An open letter to the Duffer brothers: Congratulations on a stunning first season of television. Stranger Things is more than a successful...

Film

The Great Summer Movies: This Town Needs an Enema

Picture a pre-pubescent me, acne sprouting up like weeds across the oily plains of his face, visiting his local comic book shop. His eyes...

Film

The Great Summer Movies: Fish Make Love in It

My dad didn’t take me to see Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. I went with my friend Jack and his dad. But my dad took me to see...

Film

The Great Summer Movies: Unlimited Power!!!!!

Whatever the case, I think…I think I’m letting go. Maybe I’ll grab hold again someday. For now, let this latest outrage drift right...

Film

The Great Summer Movies: Hold On to Your Butts

It is the summer of 1983. I sit in the River Oaks Theaters with my dad. I watch R2D2 get blasted by a stormtrooper, and I gasp. It’s...

Music

Fandango: Bruce Springsteen Faces Death on the Other Side of the World

(or “What’s it all about, Stevie?”) “I’m just a prisoner…OF ROCK ‘N’ ROLL!” Bruce...

Album Reviews, Music

Album Review: Elvis Costello and the Roots, “Wise Up Ghost”

“Now we’re in a hall of mirrors With my secret fears and terrors” –from “Come The Meantimes” by Elvis...

Film

The Great Summer Movies: It’s Not the Years, Honey, It’s the Mileage

George Lucas has been written off as an emotionless technophile who built a billion-dollar empire on the backs of Ewoks and clones. To be...

Film, Popdose

The Great Summer Movies: Don’t Get Cocky!

18 Observations On Star Wars As It Turns 36, Just As I Did Last July 1. This was one of the first VHS tapes we owned; we had a guy across...

Film

The Great Summer Movies: KHAAAAAAAAN

There’s an old man on a spaceship. He’s cheated death, tricked his way out of death, and patted himself on the back for his ingenuity....

Film, Popdose

The Great Summer Movies: You Have My Sympathies

In space, no one can hear you scream. On the Nostromo, you can hear almost everything. Alien is a masterpiece of sound design. Every second...

Film

The Great Summer Movies: Keep Believing, Keep Pretending

Summer movies usually demand a great suspension of disbelief. They’re heavy on special effects and deal with outlandish situations,...

Film

The Great Summer Movies: A Perfect Engine

Drunk naked lady ventures into water after dark. Shark eats drunk naked lady. Resort town goes nuts. Police chief, oceanographer, and...

Film

Fandango: On Ebert (1942-2013)

                  Growing up in the south suburbs of Chicago, there were two kinds of houses:...

CD Reviews, Music

Fandango: On Ben Folds Five, Nostalgia, and the Lies I Ought to Tell

I am an objective reviewer. I have listened to a record. This record is by Ben Folds Five. It is called The Sound of the Life of the Mind....

Music

Fandango: On Bruce Springsteen and Silver-Plated Assholes

Lashing out against the latest Springsteen backlash....

Rufus Wainwright, "Out of the Game"

Album Reviews, Music

Album Review: Rufus Wainwright, “Out of the Game”

What’s most surprising about Out of the Game is that in spite of the presence of auteur producer Mark Ronson, it’s still a...

Film

Fandango: Kidpocalypse Now — Inside “Tooth Fairy 2’s” Cavity of Darkness

One writer visits the set of Larry the Cable Guy's Tooth Fairy 2, and lives to tell the tale....

CD Reviews, Music

CD Review: Ben Folds, “The Best Imitation of Myself: A Retrospective”

Ben Folds sums up an amazing career in a slightly uneven package....

News, Popular Culture

Fandango: “Insanely Great” — Steve Jobs, 1955-2011

The worlds of technology and popular culture lost a true visionary yesterday with the death of Steve Jobs at age 56 due to complications...

Music, Spare Parts

Springsteen’s Spare Parts: “This Hard Land” (1984)

After much delay, Spare Parts finally returns with 1984's mega-blockbuster, "This Hard Land."...

Music, News

Music News: R.I.P., R.E.M. — The Boys Call It Quits

It’s nothing more than a short, direct statement on their website, along with a band photo: “To our Fans and Friends: As...

Film

Fandango: George Lucas Doesn’t Give a Shit About You

Well, he doesn't....

Music

Popdose Covers Party: Tonight, 9 PM EST, Turntable.fm

Hopefully you’ve already set aside some time to read through our massive Popdose 100 on the greatest cover songs of our time. In our...

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Music, The Weekly Mixtape

The Weekly Mixtape: 2/11/11 (“I Love You, Let’s BLANK”)

Songs of love and sex, in alternating doses, for the day that is of valentines....

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Books, Comics and Graphic Novels

Comic Book News: Picking Apart Diamond’s Digital Comics Initiative

A quick, close look at the new digital comics initiative from Diamond Comics Distributors. ...

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Music, Spare Parts

Springsteen’s Spare Parts: “The River” (1980)

The exploration of Bruce Springsteen's alternate career continues with a revisionist take on his 1980 epic The River....