DROSS EXAMINATION: Pop Culture Analysis

“We're in this barrage of pop culture. We become creatures that we've made up, made of certain different flotsam from pop culture and certain different personas that are in style.”
       ― Gillian Flynn

In his book, Cultural Theory and Popular Culture, John Storey offers six different definitions of popular culture. In one definition, Storey describes popular culture as "a hopelessly commercial culture, mass-produced for mass consumption [by] a mass of non-discriminating consumers.”

Storey further states that popular culture is “formulaic [and] manipulative,” not unlike how he views the process of advertising.

The films in this list — some serious, some fluffy — make an attempt to tweeze apart why we like what we like, and what certain stories and themes…

  • That's What She Said (And They Said Too!)
  • Never Surrender: A Galaxy Quest Documentary
  • Image Makers: The Adventures of America's Pioneer Cinematographers
  • Mark of The Beast: The Legacy of the Universal Werewolf
  • Ready Cosplayer One
  • Le fantastique Mr Murray
  • League of Legends Origins
  • QT8: The First Eight
  • Direct to Video: Straight to Video Horror of the 90s
  • Laughing Matters
  • The Game Designers
  • Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge - Adventure Awaits
  • Making The Game
  • The Empire Strikes Door (A Star Wars Mystery)
  • Glam rock: Splendeur et décadence
  • The Last Days of Phil Hartman
  • Hollywood's Second World War
  • Making Monsters
  • 1982 - Hollywood Summer
  • Leap of Faith: William Friedkin on The Exorcist
  • A Riddle of Steel: The Definitive History of Conan the Barbarian
  • Suzi Q
  • Long Live Rock... Celebrate the Chaos
  • Michael Jackson: Chase the Truth
  • Enter the Anime
  • The Nazi Pug: Joke or Hate?
  • Geek, and You Shall Find
  • Tattoo Uprising
  • The Movies
  • Cola Wars
  • Killing Michael Jackson
  • Game Changers: Inside the Video Game Wars
  • Cleanin' Up the Town: Remembering Ghostbusters
  • Who F****d Up the Internet?!
  • Game of Thrones: The Last Watch
  • BIT X BIT: In Bitcoin We Trust
  • The Phantom Menace 20 Years Later
  • Unraveling the Mystery: A Big Bang Farewell
  • You Can’t Watch This
  • Raising Kratos
  • Inside the Internet: 50 Years of Life Online
  • An Accidental Studio
  • I Want My MTV
  • The Show Must Go On: The Queen + Adam Lambert Story
  • Making Waves : The Art of Cinematic Sound
  • The Emoji Story
  • You Don't Nomi
  • Not for Resale
  • Grass Is Greener
  • Surrealistic Nightmares: An In-depth Look at Walloon Horror Cinema
  • Scream, Queen! My Nightmare on Elm Street
  • I Am Richard Pryor
  • Madonna and the Breakfast Club
  • My Dad, the Facebook Addict
  • David Bowie: Finding Fame
  • Horror Noire: A History of Black Horror
  • Untouchable
  • Ask Dr. Ruth
  • Memory: The Origins of Alien
  • Public Figure
  • Fyre Fraud
  • John & Yoko: Above Us Only Sky
  • The Gilligan Manifesto
  • Rise of the Superheroes
  • What We Left Behind: Looking Back at Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
  • Quincy
  • LEGO House: Home of the Brick
  • Too Macabre: The Making of Elvira, Mistress of the Dark
  • Kevin Smith: Silent but Deadly
  • Love, Gilda
  • Andre the Giant
  • 27: Gone Too Soon
  • The Zen Diaries of Garry Shandling
  • The Director and the Jedi
  • The Commodore Story
  • Feminists: What Were They Thinking?
  • Bad Reputation
  • Making Fun: The Story of Funko
  • Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind
  • K-Pop: Korea's Secret Weapon?
  • Friday the 13th Part 3: The Memoriam Documentary
  • Sound It Out: The Untitled LGBTQIA Music Documentary
  • T2: Reprogramming The Terminator
  • The Problem with Apu
  • Obey Giant
  • Rolling Stone: Stories From the Edge
  • McKellen: Playing the Part
  • How the Beatles Changed the World
  • Too Funny to Fail: The Life & Death of The Dana Carvey Show
  • Perfect Bid: The Contestant Who Knew Too Much
  • Spielberg
  • 80’s Blockbusters: When Hollywood Played Tough
  • Power of Grayskull: The Definitive History of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe
  • Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond
  • Silk Road: Drugs, Death and the Dark Web
  • Unconventional
  • Dumb: The Story of Big Brother Magazine
  • World of Darkness
  • Batman & Bill
  • The Truth Is in the Stars