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Michael Curtis Nelson

Features

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.


Thursday, May 13 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

Tuesday, April 22 2014

'To Chris Marker, An Unsent Letter' Has Insufficient Postage

Collaborators and admirers provide an enlightening, but at times opaquely idiosyncratic assessment of the maverick French filmmaker.


Tuesday, November 19 2013

These Gum-Snapping, Big-Haired Valley Girls Just Want to Have Fun in 'Night of the Comet'

Valley Girls Sam and Reggie’s skills make them much more adaptable to a future that values spontaneity and spunk over brains and bookishness.


Wednesday, October 2 2013

Home Ownership Is Hell, Over and Over Again in 'The Amityville Horror Trilogy'

A Dutch colonial on Long Island has become the nexus for all the fears and anxieties attendant on the cornerstone of the American Dream: the family home.


Monday, September 23 2013

Bleedin' Nora! 'Cockneys vs Zombies' Is a Horror

A parody of the caper and zombie genres—Cockneys vs Zombies presents working-class Cockney spunk and resourcefulness as the heart of London spirit.


Wednesday, August 7 2013

Arms and the Dad: 'Erased' but Not Forgotten

Whatever the currency exchange rate, a mountain of international corpses is a fair price to pay for the reunification of one American family in Erased.


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Lioness [29.Nov.09]
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Necessary Evil [27.Jul.09]
The Cradle [15.Apr.09]
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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.


Monday, November 22 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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