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John Grassi lives in Norman, Oklahoma. His work was recently published by Centipede Press in their latest Film Studies collection, ‘Night of the Living Dead’.  He can be reached at john.grassi@att.net.


Features

Tuesday, October 28 2008

The Unhappy Undead

The Civil War is reenacted on a micro level in Night of the Living Dead. Your neighbors are the real monsters.


Reviews

Wednesday, November 6 2013

In 'Mad Men: Season Six' Don Draper Tells the Truth, Slowly

At its dark core, Mad Men is an epic poem to rapacious capitalism.


Tuesday, March 26 2013

Twilight's Last Gleaming: 'The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn' Parts 1 & 2

The Twilight universe is ruled by a curious strain of American morality that can be described as “bloody puritan”. Decapitations = Yes, Premarital Sex = No.


Sunday, October 7 2012

Goth Chic: 'Dark Shadows'

Tim Burton's adaptation of Dark Shadows is a fun 90-minute ride followed by 30 minutes of ennui.


Thursday, August 9 2012

Preppies at Love and War: 'Metropolitan'

Despite the fact that Metropolitan features a cast of unknowns (who have remained unknown), I cannot think of a more likable young cast in any film.


Tuesday, June 26 2012

Genetic Engineering and the Ghost in the Shell: 'Cracking Your Genetic Code'

“What if insurance companies gain access to this information?” asks Jay Adelson, who recently completed genome typing.


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Blogs

Monday, November 25 2013

Women Are on Top in 'American Horror Story: Coven'

No show in recent memory has showcased such powerful and alluring women, and the performances of Jessica Lange, Emma Roberts, and Angela Bassett are pitch-perfect.


Tuesday, May 21 2013

Signs & Wonders: Television Ads As Pop Art

Every once in a great while, an ad will rise above the white noise and actually transcend the fetid swamp of commercial television.


Tuesday, November 16 2010

The Promise: The Making of Darkness on the Edge of Town

Bruce Springsteen's Darkness therapy. The stakes are remarkably high and the film is reminiscent of the Beatles' Let It Be, as we glimpse a band under the pressure of expectations.


Tuesday, April 20 2010

'The Hunt for Gollum' Is a Fabulous 'Lord of the Rings' Fan Film

A stunning Lord of the Rings fan-made film based on Aragorn's search for Gollum. (Watch the full movie below.)


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