The Pop Culture Historian is Now Two Years Old!

It all started with our very first review of Arai Akino’s Sora no Uta on August 11, 2011. Two years and 218 posts later, The Pop Culture Historian is still around.

The reason for the latter is the continued support from our fans over the last two years. We received our 50,000th hit a little under a week ago on the 5th. When I first started this blog, I had no idea it would take off as much as it did.

Screenshot from the mobile WordPress app showing me that I had gotten 50,002 hits at that point on the 5th

Screenshot from the mobile WordPress app showing me that I had gotten 50,002 hits at that point on the 5th. Yes, I’m an iPhone user.

Despite the fact that hits to it have died down over the last few months, our most popular post was our review of Saw: The Final Chapter at 3,996 hits. However, we did have hard times in the fall of 2012, primarily because I was in my semester from hell. In the month of October, only two posts got out. Fortunately, we were able to recover in the winter going into the early spring, when we got our review of Tiana Xiao’s Painting out.

The spring was an interesting time for indie projects. The first one we looked at was Lendl Tellington’s The Living, which was a surprisingly good silent film used as an advertisement for HyLo Boutiques.

Almost immediately thereafter, we ran into the long-awaited Alpha Girls, which was basically a horror movie based on the perverted fantasies of older guys who ostensibly didn’t get much (female) action in college. I should add that you should ignore the obviously skewed mean user rating of 7.2 on the Internet Movie Database and know that it is in fact a terrible movie which had a lot of technical competence, but no heart on the part of writers/directors Tony Trov and Johnny Zito or most of the acting cast. However, Alpha Girls was good for one thing: That is the fact that now I can truthfully tell people I have seen a movie featuring Ron Jeremy.

It's the man himself!

It’s the man himself!

That aside, our most exciting discovery by and far was Cornell University’s own anti-folk sensation Meesh! We reviewed their first album, made by founding members Adam Hachey and Mitch Chisholm, and gave it our stamp of approval. The best part: The album is free to download from their Bandcamp website! Needless to say, you should go check it out. It’s a sound that will likely appeal to those who liked softer classic rock along the lines of The Beatles or Simon and Garfunkel.

Cornell mechanical engineering majors should find this image very familiar.

Cornell mechanical engineering majors should find this image very familiar.

Then came the summer, which is ordinarily a very exciting time for The Pop Culture Historian as that is when we get into summer blockbuster movie season. Unfortunately, many of the films we have seen this summer have been a little disappointing, particularly the clumsy The Purge and the absolutely forgettable Epic. However, we did see good things in the form of Pacific Rim and The Wolverine! So all is not lost. Considering how good last year’s winter was as far as movies, I’m hoping for good things this year as well.

Another record setter we had this summer was my post on my favorite Asian actresses. It got 64 hits the same day it was published, thus making it the post that had the most immediate virality; most of the hits came from our Facebook fans. I’m guessing that due to the lack of any sort of commentary that most people are embarrassed to admit they have clicked the link, but I know what you guys probably were thinking when doing so.

FOREIGN PRESS AWARDSFans (as well as non-fans) should know that despite some setbacks, such as those that came in the form of Indian tech support scammers, The Pop Culture Historian has gone strong for 2 years, and will for many years to come. Once again, we have you guys, the fans, to thank for it.