New this week
Expert Witness is a new feature in which we talk to industry insiders on the actual business of making the pop-culture sausage, and it kicked off with a look at the booking of music festivals. Adam Zacks, the founder of Sasquatch Festival, talked to us about picking headliners, balancing different types of acts, and dealing with Washington’s new pot laws.
- If you somehow missed the Super Bowl (or just want to relive it), blackout, Beyoncé, and all, we’ve got you covered. Meanwhile, Noel Murray and Scott Tobias recapped the real TV event from Sunday night with their look at Super Bowl commercials, from Budweiser to Go Daddy.
- Did we forget to mention that Community finally came back? At the very least, Todd VanDerWerff didn’t, and he provided a space to celebrate October 19 with him.
- If you’re wondering how current events can shape or dictate pop-culture output, here’s an Inventory of 14-plus pieces of entertainment that were altered due to historical events.
- Oscar-winning documentarian Alex Gibney spoke about his newest film, Mea Maxima Culpa, which concerns the Catholic Church child-abuse scandal.
- TV Club’s fearless leaders Todd VanDerWerff and Erik Adams were asked anything on Reddit—but did they respond with anything?
- We got some “head-banging savagery” from Iron Reagan, Cult Of Luna, and Holy Grail in this month’s Loud.
- Todd VanDerWerff bemoaned the way the New Girl kiss ruined its chances for friend ’shipping in the most platonic For Our Consideration yet.
- Oliver Sava, Noel Murray, Genevieve Koski, Tasha Robinson, and Noah Cruickshank wrapped up this round of Back Issues with Sandman’s meta-joking, poignant last volume.
- Scott Tobias found the files in the computer in his look at the comic staying power of Zoolander.
- Alec Baldwin, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Matt Damon tried on false identities in this week’s installments of Watch This.
- Nathan Rabin examined Mike Judge’s most unqualified failure, liberal satire The Goode Family. Was it really that bad?
- Kyle Ryan argued for acceptance of the “indefinite hiatus” in the wake of Fall Out Boy’s reunion.
- Jason Heller took a trip to “Soulville” with Aretha Franklin and liked what he found.
- In Bestcasts, Paul Scheer talked about Sleepaway Camp, Birdemic, and shooting the shit with Pete Holmes for his favorite episodes of How Did This Get Made?
This week in Great Job, Internet!: The cast of The Adventures Of Pete And Pete got into a fistfight, two tracks from one of Pavement’s first shows were discovered, and a fake oral history of Studio 60 examined the genius of Matthew Albie.
What are we arguing about this week?
We went to the mat for everyone from The Beatles to Andrew W.K. in this AVQ&A on the best album-opening one-two punches. Josh Modell definitely thinks “It’s Time To Party” as long as you “Party Hard.”
See: Rooney Mara holds Steven Soderbergh’s exciting psychological/pharmaceutical thriller Side Effects together well, and the Shakespearean mob documentary/performance film Caesar Must Die is fascinating. On the other hand, Charlie Sheen and Roman Coppola ape Wes Anderson wholesale in the pointless, empty A Glimpse Inside The Mind Of Charles Swan III.
Read: Ali Smith’s experimental lecture series/novel, Artful, is messy, but at least it’s interesting. That’s more than we can say for Pete Wentz’s novel, Gray, the title of which might be just a bit too accurate. Good thing Fall Out Boy got back together.
Listen to: My Bloody Valentine finally released their new album, and it’s just as good as you were hoping it would be! Frightened Rabbit’s dark and anthem-filled new record is no slouch, either.
Watch: The fourth Robin Sparkles episode of How I Met Your Mother was pretty good, as we discovered Robin’s tantrum was actually the inception of grunge (according to Geddy Lee). The Americans also managed to keep us hooked through the second episode, even though we’re rooting for the Soviets. Oh, and did we mention Community is back? We did, right?