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Weekly Mini-Review: Bananas (1971)

Story: A nebbish product-tester pretends to be interested in loopy political groups to impress a girl. When the relationship falls through, he takes an already planned trip to a small Latin American country and gets forced into becoming part of … Continue reading

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The Spontaneous Precipitation of Fairy Tale Rip offs

At first the sudden appearance TV shows like Grimm and Once Upon a Time seemed fallout from the not one but two movies about Snow White made in the last year or so. But that was only the beginning. Now … Continue reading

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How to Remember Movies Fondly, Even When They Stink

Try watching a few movies you only saw once or twice when you were a kid and see how well you remember them. Not only will you remember them differently than other people, but you might have even rewritten the … Continue reading

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Is There a Stereotype for TV Medical Examiners?

A little while ago, I just happened to find myself watching a few episodes of various shows about people who examine the dead and solve crimes; namely Quincy M.E, Crossing Jordan, Dexter, and Bones. In doing so, however, I noticed … Continue reading

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What is Feminist Media?

There seem to be several different definitions for the term “feminist cinema,” (or TV, as the case may be). To some, unfortunately, it means films with self-proclaimed “bitches” who spend an hour-and-a-half man-bashing, complaining about cosmetics/shaving and other methods of hair removal/magazine … Continue reading

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All Reruns All the Time, and Other Recent TV Maladies

For the most past few years, I’ve pretty much entirely been watching “TV” on the internet by streaming from places like Hulu or Netflix. Starting a month or so ago, I began watching actual TV again and found that some … Continue reading

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Lost in Translation: Are Insufficient Subtitles Robbing Unilingual Viewers of Potential Enjoyment?

Last year, when I took my first semester of Spanish, I began to notice that I could tell what Spanish-speaking characters were saying some of the time in the movies and television shows I was watching. Unfortunately, I was able … Continue reading

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Date Night Should Have Been Titled “Two Sketch Comedians On The Town”

The 2010 movie Date Night was an interesting attempt at portraying a boring, middle aged, suburban couple caught in a comedic maelstrom of intrigue and adventure. Unfortunately, it’s pretty clear that the writer (whose only other credits are a horror … Continue reading

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Some Shows Are Only Good When You’re Tired

Since television became available for streaming over the internet, I’ve realized something that was impossible to notice when I used to watch TV on a programmed schedule. There were a few shows, which shall remain nameless, that I used to … Continue reading

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A Modern Perspective on King Lear

Just a few brief thoughts. . . In watching the 1984 TV version of King Lear last week, it occurred to me that this story would take on quite a different interpretation in modern times. Perhaps it’s over-simplified, but as … Continue reading

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