November 27, 2013 Marc Hirsh marks the 25th anniversary of the great bad-movie snark-off by taking an unpopular opinion about two poor fellas who got stranded in space playing with robots.
October 17, 2013 Marc Hirsh checks in with Katy Perry and the current requirements for pop stagecraft. It used to be that you didn't need big and splashy stage shows unless they suited you; that's no longer the case.
September 12, 2013 Marc Hirsh explains why, even though he loves good television and good writing, he's ignoring the avalanche of Breaking Bad coverage until the show ends.
August 29, 2013 The band's new box set, Made in California, has critic Marc Hirsh thinking again about a group whose legend never made sense to him.
March 26, 2013 The Voice returns tonight with two new coaches, while The X Factor will return in the fall minus three familiar faces. But only one of the shows is in trouble.
January 28, 2013 With the departure of Ben & Kate, television loses one of its few comedies whose characters — gasp! — like one another.
October 17, 2012 As The X Factor whittles its contestants down to the top 16, one type of song has become triumphant: the slow, sad ballad.
October 16, 2012 A new DVD celebrates the kids' sketch show You Can't Do That On Television. But can a documentary work without looking directly at its subject?
October 12, 2012 With the increasing prevalence in criticism that sets down arbitrary rules for cultural consumption, a look at the unnecessary tunnel vision of "You're Doing It Wrong."
October 12, 2012 What do the Mythbusters crew, Neil DeGrasse Tyson and Salon television critic Willa Paskin have in common? They're all reminding us of the importance of a recognizable reality in fiction.
October 10, 2012 A recent reassessment of Prince's Batman album prompts the question: Why has "Batdance," a No. 1 hit, seemingly vanished from his history?
August 26, 2012 On the eve of its first-season finale, some bold predictions about how the journalists on HBO's The Newsroom will lean on their fortuitously-placed friends and family for future stories.
August 1, 2012 Faced with a new reissue of Sam Phillips's 1994 album Martinis & Bikinis, a critic reveals his inability to write about the music that seems to be made with him in mind.
June 29, 2012 Can you look forward to a record so much that you can't make yourself listen to it? Perhaps you can, if you're determined to have just the right listening experience.