Guardians of the Galaxy and the Rise of Post-Plot Cinema
Steven Zeitchick | The Los Angeles Times "Guardians seems to be the logical convergence point of two distinct trends that have been growing for a number of years now — in which spectacle on the one hand (Godzilla, Transformers et al.) and quippy reference on the other take pride of place, effectively crowding out traditional storytelling."
"Personally, I’d love to see an all-female Ghostbusters. I’d also love to see a Ghostbusters set in Victorian England, with everyone in top hats and waistcoats. For that matter, I would love to see a steampunk Ghostbusters."
"As the sixties progressed, the feelings she displayed—pain, lacerating anger, the desire to burn down whole cities in revenge—made her seem at times emotionally disturbed and at other times simply the most honest black woman in America."
"Looking back, the whole Twin Peaks phenomenon feels like, well, something out of Twin Peaks: a blue rose, a Show From Another Place, a visitation from a stranger world that made a deep impression before vanishing and leaving those who saw it to puzzle over what it all meant."
"The scathing response to Miley Cyrus's performance at last year's MTV Video Music Awards—including criticisms of her body to her haircut, her outstretched tongue, and her apparent appropriation of black culture—offers plenty of material for an intensive, five-week sociology course."
Spencer Kornhaber is a staff writer at The Atlantic, where he covers pop culture and music. He was previously an editor at Patch.com and a staff writer at OC Weekly. He has written for Spin, The AV Club, and RollingStone.com.