Glen Weldon

Glen Weldon appears in the following:

Remembering Charlotte Rae: Her Voice Quavered, Her Comic Timing Didn't

Monday, August 06, 2018

Charlotte Rae snagged the role of Mrs. Garrett in 1978, a time when sitcoms were driven by catchphrases. But it was her delivery that turned a stock matronly character into a starring role.


If You're Patient, 'Lodge 49' Is Worth A Lengthy Visit

Monday, August 06, 2018

AMC's new series about a dim but genial drifter's discovery of a not-so-secret society takes its time getting started, but its intricate narrative structure proves hugely satisfying ... eventually.


'Teen Titans GO! To The Movies': Joke! Gag! DC Films Aren't Just For Mopes Anymore!

Thursday, July 26, 2018

This bright, silly and breezily funny film finds the Cartoon Network heroes going Hollywood, bringing deep-cut DC Comics references — and fart jokes — with them.


Ladies With An Attitude Make For A Striking 'Pose' Finale

Monday, July 23, 2018

The first season wrapped up with a come-from-behind victory that surprised no one — but the appeal of the series isn't about who wins. The greatest thing about Pose is that it exists at all.


ABBA Silver: 'Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again'

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Return with us now to the enchanted isle of Kalokairi, where the sun shines, the water gleams and the populace is unnervingly obsessed with '70s Swedish power-pop — albeit the B-sides, this time out.


Emmy Nominations Analysis: Lots Of Old, But Something New

Thursday, July 12, 2018

For the first time in years, the venerable Modern Family and its cast failed to nab a nomination, making room for several freshman comedies — and new faces.


Hollywood And Tab Hunter: The Marriage That Ended Amicably

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

The '50s heartthrob who lived a closeted life during the peak of popularity survived the end of the Hollywood studio system by refusing to make many of the compromises his fellow gay actors did.


Remembering Steve Ditko: Forget Kirby Dots, Let's Talk Ditko Sparkles

Sunday, July 08, 2018

The idiosyncratic co-creator of Spider-Man, Doctor Strange and many lesser-known comics characters died last week. His distinctive storytelling style shaped generations of comics readers.


Wee, The People: 'Ant-Man And The Wasp'

Monday, July 02, 2018

The sequel to 2015's Ant-Man is just as light and inconsequential, but a forgettable villain and an over-complicated plot means it has to work harder — and it shows.


'A Very English Scandal' Is Veddy, Veddy Fun, Indeed

Friday, June 29, 2018

The stars of Paddington 2 (Ben Whishaw and Hugh Grant) reunite, under ... very different circumstances, for a 3-episode Amazon mini-series about a gay relationship that shocked the U.K. in the '70s.


If The First Season Of 'Detroiters' Flew Under Your Radar, Adjust Your Settings

Thursday, June 21, 2018

The deeply goofy and weirdly sweet comedy series about two best friends (Veep's Sam Richardson and SNL's Tim Robinson) who love their city, and each other, is back for a second season.


The Unusual Success Of The 'Wallace The Brave' Comic Strip

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Wallace the Brave is a new daily comic strip, which is getting attention, award recognition and increasing readership. It's about a boy who's less depressed than Peanuts character Charlie Brown and kinder than Calvin & Hobbes.


Have We Reached Peak Funny?

Monday, June 18, 2018

In his new book Planet Funny: How Comedy Took Over Our Culture, Ken Jennings takes humor seriously, tracing how comedy infiltrated every aspect of our lives — and what it's doing to us.


'Shaking The Hand Of Peace': Unpacking Trump's North Korea Movie Trailer

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

A four-minute fake movie trailer created by the Trump administration for Kim Jong Un is decidedly odd. Culture critic Glen Weldon asks National Security Correspondent David Welna what it all means.


Retrofuturistic 'Incredibles 2' Is More Retro Than Futuristic

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

The action of this animated sequel, which picks up where The Incredibles ended 14 years ago, is fresh and inventive; pity the laughs aren't.


'Sense8' Finale: Gorgeous, Sexy, Completely Nonsensical — Which Is To Say, Perfect

Sunday, June 10, 2018

The finale to the Wachowskis' decidedly queer (in every sense of the word) Netflix series was a beautiful mess of a thing that gave fans everything they loved about it, one last time.


'Marvel's Cloak & Dagger' Shines A Light That Flickers — And Then Glows

Thursday, June 07, 2018

The latest Marvel adaptation — about two teens with strangely linked super-powers — is so concerned with being a character-based drama it starts out slow and talky, but sticking with it pays off.


Pop Culture Happy Hour: The Charming And Disarming 'Paddington' Cinematic Universe

Wednesday, June 06, 2018

At last, we take a deep, overdue dive into the sweet, tangy jars of emotional marmalade that are the Paddington films.


Can You Trust A Movie Trailer?

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Movie trailers are a thing unto themselves, but can you really trust them? Linda Holmes and Glen Weldon of NPR's Pop Culture Happy Hour explain how manipulative and sneaky movie trailers can be.


'All The Answers' Can't Answer Its Central Questions — And That's Just Fine

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Cartoonist Michael Kupperman's new memoir recounts his attempts to get at a great mystery in his father's life — his childhood in the spotlight as a contestant on the Quiz Kids radio show.