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Liz Medendorp
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Liz Medendorp is an English instructor at several institutions within the Colorado Community College System. She earned her Master’s degree at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, where her research 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 has also published works in the areas of translation and fan studies, including a chapter in the Buffy the Vampire Slayer volume of the Fan Phenomena series from Intellect, Ltd. She is an aspiring screenwriter for both film and television.


Reviews

Tuesday, August 13 2013

Even Girls Like Bugs, Monsters and Other Icky Things in 'Beetlejuice'

The "ghost with the most" is called back from the dead once again in this long-overdue DVD box set.


Tuesday, July 30 2013

Streisand and Rogen's 'The Guilt Trip' Runs Low on Fuel

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

'Gamer 3D's Depth is Purely Visual

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

One Need Not Believe in Ghosts to Enjoy 'A Haunting: Season 5'

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

'This Is 40' Is a Strangely Tragic Comedy

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.


Blogs

Friday, January 11 2013

Wasting Away in the Winter Hiatus

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

The Bones in Every Procedural TV Show, Including 'Bones', Are the Characters Themselves

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

'Once Upon a Time': We All Love It, But Why?

While the popular show Once Upon a Time has some major shortcomings, we keep coming back for more. But why?


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