Author: Pete Chianca

Pete Chianca is a humor and music writer and author of Glory Days: Springsteen's Greatest Albums. He lives north of Boston with his wife, two kids and an indeterminate number of dogs and cats. Read more Pete at Pete's Pop Culture, Parenting & Pets Blog.
America's Favorite Baseball Movies

Farkakte Film Flashback, Film

Farkakte Film Flashback: Baseball Movies Edition

You’re probably familiar with Redbox — that’s the company that lets you borrow DVDs from a box outside the supermarket....

Book Reviews, Books

Book Review: Matthew Phillion, “The Indestructibles,” Books 3 & 4

You know that an adventure series has really hit its stride when you find yourself enjoying the expository sections — those quiet...

Current Events, Farkakte Film Flashback, Film

Farkakte Film Flashback: Don’t Vote Trump Edition

I usually try to avoid getting political in this space, except in the case of truly extreme circumstances, such as if the republic were...

Album Reviews, Music

Album Review: Leland Sundries, “Music for Outcasts”

The worst you can say about Leland Sundries’ two EP releases — 2010’s “The Apothecary” and 2012’s “The Foundry” —...

Comics and Graphic Novels, Film

Synergy Cinema: We Get the “Star Wars”/”Avengers” Crossover Movie We Deserve

Let me say right off the bat that I love Stan Lee. If he hadn’t revolutionized superhero comics at Marvel back in the 1960s, I don’t...

Music, Popdose Lists

Popdose 2015: 20 Music Trends That Probably Weren’t Actually Trends

After running down the best 2015 albums from classic rockers and taking a look at the rock/pop and country/rootsrecords you don’t want to...

Film, Popdose Lists

Popdose 2015: The Worst Box Office Predictions of the Year

Sometimes I wonder, “Why doesn’t Hollywood call to ask my opinion about what kinds of movies they should be releasing? Surely I have...

Album Reviews, Music

Album Review: Darlene Love, “Introducing Darlene Love”

It was a canny move on the part of producer Stevie Van Zandt — he of E Street Band and “Sopranos” fame — not to try...

Farkakte Film Flashback, Film

Farkakte Film Flashback: Buggy “Ant-Man” Edition

I saw “Ant-Man” over the weekend, and given the fact that advance buzz (so to speak) was iffy, I was pleasantly surprised: It was the...

Music

Rock of Aging: How Dare Debbie Harry and Bruce Springsteen Get Old!

I usually don’t get worked up about aging celebrities, mainly because I’ve managed to convince myself that their age is somehow...

Album Reviews, Music

Album Review: JD McPherson, “Let the Good Times Roll”

The best albums can take you somewhere else, and not just sonically — they’ll seem to bring you to a place you can almost feel and...

EP Reviews, Music

EP Review: Kingsley Flood, “To the Fire”

It’s been almost six months since the Boston-based band Kingsley Flood launched an innovative PledgeMusic drive to fund the entirety of...

Music

Rock of Aging: 30 Years Later, the “We Are the World” Album Still Stinks

“We Are The World,” the charity single to end all charity singles (except it didn’t), was recorded 30 years ago this week. It was an...

Film, Humor

Popdose Exclusive: George Lucas’s Rejected Plans for “Star Wars VII” Revealed!

“The story ideas that I sold to Disney, they came up to the decision that they didn’t really want to do those,” George Lucas...

Film, Popdose Lists

Popdose 2015: 10 Movies to Look Forward to That Aren’t “Star Wars”

As I’m sure you’re aware if you’re a watcher of movies, if you were to put together a pie chart measuring anticipation...

Music, Year-End Best-Of Lists

Best of 2014: The 2014 Music Notable Awards!

Yes, at WickedLocal.com I’ve already run down my picks for the year’s standout albums, my 2014 mixtape suggestions and my ratings for...

Muppet Family Christmas, Mr. Magoo's Christmas Carol, Star Wars Holiday Special: All worthy of reconsideration.

Popdose Lists, Television

Popdose Prime: The Top Five Almost Forgotten Holiday TV Specials

With “A Charlie Brown Christmas” having already made its first appearance of the season, and ABC Family’s “25 Days of Christmas”...

Star Wars Episode VII is coming. What else do you need? (starwars.com photo)

Current Events, Popdose Lists

Popdose Prime: 24 Current Reasons to Be Thankful in 2014

Sure, the government’s a mess, the environment is spiraling out of control and American cities are actually burning. But that...

Book Reviews, Books

Book Review: Matthew Phillion, “The Indestructibles: Breakout”

My fellow Gatehouse Media editor Matt Phillion is at it again: “The Indestructibles: Breakout” (PFP Publishing), his sequel to last...

Music, Popdose Lists

Popdose Prime: Five Current Top 40 Pop Songs I Actually Like, So Sue Me

I drive my daughter Jackie to school in the morning, and because I’m a swell dad, I let her select the radio station. Occasionally...

Book Reviews, Books

Book Review: Barbara Barnes Sims, “The Next Elvis”

One thing Barbara Barnes Sims doesn’t do in “The Next Elvis” (LSU Press), the memoir of her time working at Sun Records in the...

Comics and Graphic Novels, Television

Just Wondering: 10 Questions for Fans of “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” “Gotham,” and “The Flash”

I have to admit that I’ve kind of given up lately on brainy, morally ambiguous cable and Netflix shows like “House of Cards,”...

Concert Reviews, Music

Rock of Aging: How Concert Reviews Might Read From the Cheap Seats

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers have gotten rave reviews from the Boston critics for their Aug. 30 Fenway Park show — and I can vouch...

Music

Rock of Aging: Here’s the Proof Bob Dylan Was Good in the ’80s

Maybe it’s because it’s when I first discovered Dylan, but I’ve always had a soft spot for his much-maligned ’80s output. I was...

Comics and Graphic Novels, Film

Synergy Cinema: A Bad Feeling About “Batman v Superman”

When I saw the above fan mash-up (via Comic Book Bros) of the three character stills from the upcoming “Batman v Superman” movie, it...

Book Reviews, Books

Book Review: Matthew Phillion, “The Indestructibles”

Since it was written by a colleague — Matthew Phillion, a fellow Gatehouse Media journalist — I would have likely picked up...

Album Reviews, Music

Album Review: “Weird Al” Yankovic, “Mandatory Fun”

Let’s face it, “Weird Al” Yankovic albums are impervious to typical reviews — you either appreciate his song and style...

Television, TV Reviews

TV Review: A Belated Love Letter to “The Middle’s” Sue Heck

I have a sister-in-law who shall remain nameless who has unironically embraced a new life philosophy, which she has dubbed “WWSHD”...

Television

Toddler Television: Thomas Land Is Coming! (You’ve Been Warned)

Yes, there were times as a toddler when my son Tim, now 12, would have fits in the supermarket, or demand to be carried for hours on end,...

Music

Rock of Aging: What Bruce Springsteen Could Learn from Emblem3

My regular readers may recall my ongoing connection with the boy band Emblem3 — they’re the “X-Factor” finalists with...