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Michael Curtis Nelson

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Sunday, March 13 2011

Pedagogy of the Possessed: Teaching and Learning in 'Buffy'

The implied pedagogical theories undergirding both Buffy and Giles's guidance of her evince a particularly American pragmatic understanding of the learning process.


Sunday, June 13 2010

'Blackmail' and the Birth of the British Talkies

Originally conceived as a silent film, Blackmail was quickly converted to sound, making it the first British talkie. To accommodate theaters that were not equipped for sound, it was reissued as a silent film. The differences in the two versions are here compared.


Wednesday, May 12 2010

"Fringe": Every Generation Gets the "X-Files" It Deserves

Fringe is The X-Files new and improved for viewers with shorter attention spans and an appetite for more gadgets and less paper work, more super geniuses and fewer bureaucrats, higher body counts and less verisimilitude, more answers and fewer questions.


Wednesday, October 29 2008

Decade of the Dead

After a decade in which the dissemination of powerful images of human suffering—911, Abu Ghraib, Darfur, Iraq, New Orleans—have had little impact on changing the status quo, it’s hard to grudge Romero for his pessimism.


Reviews

Monday, November 17 2014

All of the Citizens of 'Nuclear Nation' Are Forced to Be Expats

Like spent fuel rods, refugees of the Fukushima nuclear disaster are handled delicately, considered toxic, and unwelcome anywhere they go.


Sunday, November 16 2014

'Uranium Drive-In' Reveals How Fake Facts Shape Reality

Suzan Beraza's documentary captures the contours and stubborn endurance of myths about uranium mining, as well as the evidence of their tenuous connection to reality.


Wednesday, August 6 2014

The Golden Woods of 'Without Warning' Can't Kick the Camp

"It was a sci-fi and we could ham it up, so we did—and it was great,” Tarah Nutter says about Without Warning. While "ham it up" fits the film, "great" is less apt.


Wednesday, July 30 2014

Have Our 'Hearts and Minds' Really Changed?

There are lessons aplenty about Vietnam in Hearts and Minds—it's a shame we still haven’t learned them.


Sunday, July 6 2014

A Tree Grows in Stoningham: 'All That Heaven Allows'

There’s no scenery chewing in All That Heaven Allows, just very eloquent décor.


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Blogs

Wednesday, December 15 2010

Just Say Nooo!: ‘Contact’

It’s always impressive when a director can imbue silverware with horror.


Sunday, November 21 2010

Johnny Flynn, 10 November 2010 - Kenyon College, Gambier, Ohio

The sound of a room full of 20-year-olds singing “when you’re dead” over and over again, while Flynn provided harmony, made for an exhilarating end to an unforgettable evening.


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