DVD Review: The Marx Brothers TV Collection

The Marx Brothers (Groucho, Chico, Harpo, and sometimes Zeppo) entertained audiences for many years in their movies, and still do so today. However, much of their television work is less well known. Shout! Factory hopes to remedy this with their 3 DVD ...

Robin Williams 1951 – 2014

I was going to write about the mini love affair I had with the Ringo Starr song “Photograph” this weekend, in it’s glorious beauty and underlying sadness.

I was going to write about Morrissey, you stupid ass, when will you grow ...

DVD Review: Mystery Science Theater 3000, Volume XXX

Mystery Science Theater 3000 continues its post-cancellation afterlife with another new set of four episodes, released on July 29 — the 30th such set since the show began appearing on DVD back in 2000. For this landmark release, Popdose’s resident die-hard MSTies Tony Redman and ...

Film/TV/Live Event Review: Monty Python Live (Mostly)

It is a difficult prospect to bring out the old favorites and play them once again for the audience. We’ve seen it again and again with groups like The Police, Genesis, and even Led Zeppelin. There is an all-too-adoring and forgiving presence ...

A belated love letter to 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” – “What Would Sue Heck Do?” Several days into this endeavor she sat down at our kitchen table and declared, “It’s ...

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, or point at things and grunt and expect immediate service, like some rich mute ...

TV Review: “The Case Against 8″

My initial attempt to watch The Case Against 8 was interrupted ten minutes into the documentary. My 15-year-old daughter entered the room and asked what the film was about. She was just 6 in 2008, so I wouldn’t expect her to ...

The Three Strike Rule: “True Detective” on Blu-ray

The haunting and beautiful music of The Handsome Family’s song, “Far From Any Road,” serves as the theme song for True Detective, HBO’s much lauded TV series now available on Blu-ray. Coupled with the stunning imagery of the show’s title sequence, ...

TV on DVD: “The Adventures of Chuck & Friends: Top Gear Trucks”

The word “wholesome” gets thrown around a lot with regards to children’s/family programming, and it’s usually sarcastic shorthand for “boring” or “uncool.” To me, it is an all-important indication that as a parent, I can turn it on and not have to ...

TV Review” “Remembering the Artist Robert De Niro Sr.”

Robert De Niro pays loving tribute to his father, Robert De Niro, Sr., in HBO’s newest documentary, Remembering the Artist Robert De Niro, Sr. The 45 minute film premieres tonight on the cable network. My initial thoughts going into the film were ...

We come in praise of ‘America’s Got Talent’

I’ll say right off that I am not a fan of talent competition shows, with their rosy-cheeked overachieving would-be Mariahs and dysfunctional judges panels. But that’s not to say there haven’t been exceptions — one would be “The Sing Off,” ...

The Popdose Interview: Debbie Gibson

There is a lot to be said for the impact of a career when, at the mention of a name, their face, or voice, or song appears in your head. This is exactly how it is with Debbie Gibson…or is it Deborah? ...

Dunphy Knows It All: Fixing Broadcast TV

Welcome to what I hope will be an ongoing series of columns wherein I freely shoot my mouth off. The only difference between this column and business-as-usual is that you might actually agree with my viewpoint here.

I am no stranger to ...

Comrades Podcast: Episode 12, “Operation Chronicle”

We like to use big words here on the Comrades podcast. This week’s special word is penultimate, which, according to dictionary.com, means “next to the last.” “Operation Chronicle” is the penultimate episode of season 2 of The Americans, another excellent hour in what ...

Comrades Podcast: Episode 10, “Martial Eagle”

Welcome once again to Comrades, a weekly podcast dedicated to the FX drama series, The Americans. Popdose TV Editor, Scott Malchus, is once again joined by Jeff Marsick and they breakdown the latest episode, “Martial Eagle.” The guys only had an hour this week, ...

Comrades Podcast: Episode 9, “New Car”

This week’s especial Easter edition of Comrades features an in depth discussion of Christianity and its effect on the Soviet spy circa 1982.

Not!

Instead it’s another hour plus discussion of The Americans, the brilliant FX series about two KGB agents living ...

CD Review: Vince Guaraldi Trio, “A Boy Named Charlie Brown”

I’ve admitted, to my embarrassment, just how jazz-illiterate I am. Yes, I had Miles Davis’ Bitches Brew since the late-1980s, and I knew of the crooners that skirted that jazz/standards/pop division from the ’30s to the ’50s. I recognized Dave Brubeck’s ...

The Three Strike Rule: “Rogue,” “Broadchurch”

Still going through True Detective withdrawal? Let me suggest a couple of alternative detective series that should give you a healthy dose of thrills and nail biting moments.

Thandie Newton (Crash) stars in Rogue, an cop drama that airs in the ...

Comrades Podcast: Episode 8, “Arpanet”

Michael Parakeeton? There’s no reason Malchus should be laughing so hard to this joke. Anyway, the boys return for another episode of Comrades, their weekly discussion about The Americans. This week’s ep had a lot of computer mumbo jumbo, at least, that’s ...

Of Heather Langenkamp, Whom I Knew Not

One of the most curious aspects of pop culture is the advent of “fandom,” and how it does and does not survive over time. Literally, the word “fan” is short for “fanatic” and there is plenty of fanaticism to be found in ...