Where I’ve Been, Where I’m Going

So it occurred to me that it’s been almost a full year since my last post here. I expect that if you follow this blog you also follow me on social media, in which case this post is redundant. But maybe you don’t, and you’re mildly curious about my absence. Maybe it’s just my ego telling me that there’s a person for whom this post will be relevant, I dunno. For posterity, if nothing else, it’s probably good to send an update.

I’ve actually done a TON of writing over the past year, more than I ever did on Popcorn Culture. I just haven’t been doing it, y’know, on Popcorn Culture. Around April of last year, I joined the staff of Audiences Everywhere, where I’m now a contributing editor. I’m also a contributing editor at Movie Fail now, but I’ve been writing there for two years now. In any case, all of my output has gone into those two sites since my last post here.

“But Josh,” some hypothetical person is thinking, “how will I ever catch up with all your output?” You’re in luck! Over at my new Tumblr, I’ve been posting links to everything I’ve had published, including an insane number of podcasts for Movie Fail. A lot of it’s really good! Here are some of my personal faves:

Marble Hornets“: An appreciation of the eponymous horror webseries, exploring why it works so well against all odds.

The Princess Bride Forever“:  I talk about how much I love The Princess Bride for a while. This one blew up on Reddit, so it’s a good thing it’s some of my better work.

Fixing What Ain’t Broken: Seven Ideal Director/Superhero Movie Match-Ups“: I think these are some solid choices.

Manakamana“: A review of that film.

The Iron Giant: A 15th-Anniversary Retrospective“: Exactly that.

Persona“: A review of that film. I think this is my best review, to be honest. But that’s just me.

So where does Popcorn Culture go from here? I don’t know. Frankly, at this point it’s hard to put a lot of effort into something that’s just for me. I’ve got too much on my plate as it stands, and I’m accountable to others for all of it. I won’t say I’m closing up shop here, because this might be a good space for something or other down the line. But I’ve moved on to bigger and better things, and I hope to keep going in that direction. Popcorn Culture was always meant to launch me into something else, and my best writing (for the most part) isn’t on here, so for the most part it’s served its purpose.

I know that I’m probably the only one who cares about this, so this little eulogy is purely for me. It just didn’t feel right to abandon Popcorn Culture without a proper goodbye. The good news is that this isn’t a goodbye for me! I’ll always be writing about movies somewhere. And now you know where that somewhere is. I hope you’ll follow me in my future endeavors!



Chronicle is one of the most amazing movies I’ve seen in a very, very long time. I could devote pages to discussing how incredible it is. However, having only seen it once, I don’t think that I can write the best review possible without seeing it again and taking more mental notes. I’ll take this space instead to urge you to see this movie. It blew me away, and it’ll do the same to you.

Announcement: Best Picture Odyssey

As you are probably aware, the nominations for the 2012 Academy awards were announced a few days ago. Film nerds lit up with excitement all across the blogosphere, myself being no exception. Although I unfortunately will be unable to attend AMC’s annual Best Picture Showcase, I have dedicated myself to seeing every Best Picture nominee before the Oscars on February 26th. I will write a review of every nominee, and then make a more informed prediction about the winner. It should be a lot of fun.

I’ve already seen three of the nine nominees and reviewed them. You can find those reviews here:

The Artist

The Descendants

War Horse


Mischief Managed: A “Potter” Retrospective


Harry Potter is the big “thing” for my generation. In fact, I’m not sure that another phenomenon in history has quite reached the levels of success that Potter has. Star Wars is probably the only other one that even compares, and Potter doesn’t have terrible prequels yet.

Anyway, as I’m sure you all know, the final film in the Potter series will be released on July 15th of this year. This happens to be my birthday, by some incredible stroke of luck, and Potter is how I’ll be celebrating. Harry and co. have been around for most of my life, and it will be a heart-wrenching experience to say goodbye to them. When the final book came out four years ago, it didn’t really register to me that this was the end, the absolute final one. That there would be no more. Because, of course, it seemed as though there would be more. There were another three movies to go (four, as it would later turn out). Potter was far from finished.

But now we’re at the end, the real end, in a lot of ways. (And by the way, I’d like to take this moment to thank Warner Bros. for dragging out the end as long as possible by splitting the final book into two films. Fans across the globe appreciate it.) And it’s so, so sad. I’ll probably cry. And I won’t be ashamed. After all, all of the Mischief will have been Managed.

Originally, I was going to cover the entire series in this one post, but I quickly realized that I had far too much to say about all seven (!) films. Instead, I’m going to review each one in a separate post leading up to the release of Deathly Hallows Part II. ‘Twill be fun. And again…



The blog, who wished to remain anonymous, will be known as "Popcorn Culture" from this point on.

As you may have already noticed, given that you are on this page right now, this blog is no longer going by the name of “Film is a Way of Life”. Why did I change the name? For a lot of reasons. Before this site was even a pixel in the computer of my mind, “Popcorn Culture” was the name that I wanted. I tried to register it, but it had already been taken. So, I grabbed “Film is a Way of Life”. I never really liked the name. It sounded too pretentious, which is something that I never wanted the site to become (though that Iron Man 2 review may have crossed the line in that regard). It had too many words, it was awkward, I had every reason to change it. But then the blog started to gather steam, and I feared that a name change would be too jarring, and that I would lose some of my already infinitesimal audience. But, I’ve since changed my mind. The original domain name will still get you to this site, so don’t worry so much in that regard. This will still be the same blog, just with a better name. Enjoy!

P.S. Please do check out the first “Popcorn Culture”. It’s very well-written, though it hasn’t been updated in six months, and the only posts were added over a period of five days last December. http://popcornculture.wordpress.com/