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Fishsticks on the Brain: Why is Kanye Still Rapping About South Park?

“Rapper holds grudge” is one of those “Dog bites man” stories that rarely merits reporting anymore. In the heady days of Tupac versus Biggie, hip-hop feuds were passionate and intense, often playing out like Shakespearean tragedies. In the modern era, however, they have become mere rote exercises in braggadocio (more Spenserian than Shakespearean, you could … Continue reading

“Mean, Surly, Nasty, Rude”: Elvis Presley in Film

I recently visited Memphis, Tennessee, home of Elvis Presley’s Graceland mansion. As you might expect, thousands of people come to visit the site each year and Memphis has responded by plastering Elvis on everything you can think of. It’s always the same image of Elvis: poofy pompadour, jumpsuits, and sunglasses. That seems to be the … Continue reading

7 Movies That Should Have Been Based on Toys

As is often the case with traumatic events that occur on a national scale, few of us will forget where we were when the first trailer for the Battleship movie came out. Nobody could have predicted the bewildering blur of images and sounds that devastated our eyes and ears on that tragic day. America wasn’t … Continue reading

Thanks a Lot, James Franco: How Sci-fi Makes Science Look Bad

Rise of the Planet of the Apes, released August 5th, tells the story of Caesar, a super-intelligent chimpanzee made an outcast among both humans and his fellow chimps, which turns him into a primate Che Guevara as he leads an ape army through San Francisco.The cause of his super-intelligence is an experimental Alzheimer’s drug that … Continue reading

Welcome to Pop Culture Lab Notes

There are plenty of pop culture blogs out there, but none of them have been started by Alex Nichols and Lou Schumaker. Pop Culture Lab Notes will finally fill that void by finally releasing to you, the public, the findings from our ongoing research in the field of watching stuff. If all goes according to … Continue reading