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Jeremiah Massengale
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Jeremiah Massengale is an assistant professor of communication arts at the University of the Cumberlands where he also advises the award-winning college newspaper.


Features

Wednesday, October 17 2012

'Thor' Reconsidered As Both Vital and Dangerous for Marvel Studios

With the end The Mighty Thor, perhaps now's the perfect time to reconsider Kenneth Branagh's critical box office success as a metaphor for the challenges facing the upcoming Thor: God of Thunder.


Tuesday, August 30 2011

The Real Story, But Not All of It

Perhaps more than a long, critical gaze at DC's history, Secret Origins makes the incredibly savvy move of rendering the company's 70-plus years as both heartwarming and resilient.


Tuesday, August 9 2011

The Nouveau Retro of The First Avenger

At first glance, Captain America seems dated. But viewers are quickly reminded that WWII was as much an ideological conflict as a military one. On the battle of ideas, icons matter.


Reviews

Thursday, October 2 2014

The Wit is Strong With This One

Dear Luke, We Need to Talk. Darth offers an amusing, fresh look at some pop culture classics that you only thought you had overanalyzed before.


Thursday, September 25 2014

There's No Horsing Around in 'A Brony Tale'

A Brony Tale isn’t as fun as it should be, but it does manage to say a lot of interesting things about stereotypes and fandom.


Thursday, August 21 2014

Disney's 'Tarzan' Is a Visual Thrill Ride

Disney’s Tarzan is more than the last film in the “Disney Renaissance”; it’s also the best Tarzan film ever made.


Monday, July 7 2014

The Groundbreaking Wonderfulness of 'I Spy'

I Spy is filled with revolutionary diversity, exotic filming locations, and a textbook example of on screen chemistry.


Thursday, June 5 2014

There's a 'TINY' Rebellion Going on in America

TINY: A Story About Living Small is a suitably modest documentary that explores whether home is really what you make it or if there’s a minimum size requirement.


Blogs

Friday, April 13 2012

A Marvelous Collision: "Archie Meets the Punisher"

In 1994, the Punisher and his fixer Micro stormed into Riverdale, believing that such a squeaky-clean town must be hiding its own special breed of hell…


Friday, January 13 2012

Lessons Learned from "ThunderCats: The Return"

2011 saw the reboot of the classic show, ThunderCats, on Cartoon Network. But an earlier ThunderCats reboot, in comics, holds lessons for uncovering good from bad reimaginings.


Thursday, January 5 2012

Last Shot?: FOX Tries Transitioning "The Punisher" from Its Cultural Ghetto

It's only fair to balk at the idea of some changes Criminal Minds producer Ed Bernero has planned for his FOX-optioned pilot of The Punisher. Frank Castle is black-and-white, right? What if the real issue is more complex, and goes to the heart of comics fandom? What if the real issue is, can The Punisher be for everyone?


Monday, August 29 2011

The Political Terror That Flaps in the Night

Darkwing Duck is just a kid's book, right? It can't really be commenting on the political landscape can it? I mean, not really in any kind of meaningful way?


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