Year In Review: Best Pop Culture Writing

by robinhardwick


Best writing about pop culture from this year. In no particular order.

The beautiful imperfection of Magnolia [The Dissolve]

Waiting for the Internet’s ‘Mad as Hell’ Moment [Medium]

Jennifer Lawrence And The History Of Cool Girls [Buzzfeed]

An Attempt to Explain the Utterly Inexplicable San Diego Comic-Con [Flavorwire]

The problem with false feminism and why Frozen left me cold[Medium]

Who Killed the Romantic Comedy? [L.A. Weekly]

Bonfire of the Inanities [The Awl]

Against YA [Slate]

Documenting the slow unraveling of Axl Rose [death and taxes]

The Curse of ‘Crash’: The Narratives That Doom Oscar Movies [Grantland]

Vice: We’ve Been Had, and We Let It Happen [Hazlitt]

Do You Have ‘The Touch’? Learn the Bizarre History of the Greatest Transformers Song Ever [Vulture]

Fictional Characters Whose Lives Would Have Been Vastly Improved By An Abortion [The Toast]

The Internet Has a Problem(atic) [The Awl]

‘Til Death Do Us Part’: Marriage Is the True Terror of Gone Girl [The Atlantic]

Robin Williams and Why Funny People Kill Themselves [Cracked]

We’re losing all our Strong Female Characters to Trinity Syndrome [The Dissolve]

How “Empire Records” Became The Unlikely Film Of A Generation [Buzzfeed]

A Courtroom of Assholes: Juan Pablo vs. The Bachelor [Jezebel]

Dead Poets Society Is a Terrible Defense of the Humanities [The Atlantic]

The Internet Has a ‘Louie’ Problem [Grantland]

Why Some Movies Shouldn’t Be Explained [Criticwire]

Lena Dunham is not real [The New Statesman]

The legacy of [Kernel]

The Cannibal Cop and the Freedom to Have Fucked-Up Fantasies [Vice]

I’m sorry for coining the phrase “Manic Pixie Dream Girl” [Salon]

Thank You, Academy Haters: Why Snubbing ‘Inside Llewyn Davis’ Proves Just How Brilliant It Is [Flavorwire]

Status Bro: The Inauthentic Authenticity of Maroon 5 [Grantland]

Confessions of Thought Catalog’s Biggest Troll [Gawker]

I Don’t Care If You Like It [The New Republic]

The Wolf of Wall Street Debate Misses the Damned Point and Here’s Why [Film Drunk]

The Trials of ‘Entertainment Weekly’: One Magazine’s 24 Years of Corporate Torture [The Awl]

How Freddy Krueger started our cinematic Nightmare [The Dissolve]

How recaps changed the way we think about TV – and our lives [The Guardian]