Every so often, a person comes along who combines an insatiable pop culture appetite and a totally baseless sense of his own importance. Not only has that happened, but for some reason Wired saw fit to give him his own weekly podcast. Allow us to introduce The Monitor, a new video series in which senior editor Peter Rubin sits in front of a giant fake bookshelf and talk about his favorite releases of the week.
Movies, TV, videogames, music, comic books, books with words but no pictures, newspapers, commercials in which household pets appear to be rapping and driving cars — anything’s fair game. But especially the commercials with rapping animals.
This week in The Monitor‘s inaugural edition, Rubin takes a look at a comic book written by sci-fi novelist China Miéville, devotes a little bullet time to Rockstar Games’ newest release (Max Payne 3) and turns in a haiku review of Dark Shadows. (Unless if by “review” you mean “nuanced critical assessments of a work’s triumphs and flaws.” Because really, how much can you do in 17 syllables?)
So take the less-than-three minutes you were going to devote to downvoting a YouTube video and give The Monitor a shot. There’s magic in it!