Liz Medendorp is an English instructor at Pikes Peak Community College and a recent graduate of the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Her M.A. thesis focused on notions of success in cross-media adaptation, specifically drawing on examples from the works of Joss Whedon. She has been very active at academic conferences, presenting research on popular culture and new media studies through the lens of academic scholarship and theory. She is also the author of a chapter in the forthcoming volume Fan Phenomena: Buffy the Vampire Slayer and is an aspiring screenwriter for both film and television.
Tuesday, August 13 2013
The "ghost with the most" is called back from the dead once again in this long-overdue DVD box set.
Tuesday, July 30 2013
Strangely endearing and mildly funny, The Guilt Trip is a charming but unexceptional film that fails to live up to its potential.
Monday, May 13 2013
Touching on societal anxieties about technological advancement, especially in terms of of free will, isolationism, desensitization, and sensationalism, Gamer makes no attempt to interrogate the issues it raises.
Monday, April 22 2013
A Haunting is both entertaining and thought-provoking, calling for open-mindedness in light of ordinary people's stories of extraordinary experiences.
Wednesday, April 17 2013
Too harsh of a critique would be misleading and undeserved, as despite all its faults, This Is 40 is still genuinely entertaining and at times acutely insightful.
Friday, January 11 2013
As television viewers languished with nothing new to watch over the holidays, it may be time for networks to reconsider their programming schedule.
Wednesday, December 12 2012
I hate procedurals, but I love Bones. The compelling characters keep the audience engaged despite the formulaic format, but some episodes fall flat.
Monday, December 3 2012
While the popular show Once Upon a Time has some major shortcomings, we keep coming back for more. But why?