Alan Ball
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Talk, Talk, Talk: September 2008
8 Sep 2008 // 5:00 PM

From wars both past and present to a number of nail-biting thrillers, September is sizing up as a potentially profitable one.

The Return of the Popcorn Circus: August 2008
30 Apr 2008 // 4:59 PM

Talk about a crowded schedule. There are more offerings scheduled this month than in the previous two combined.


14 Sep 2008 // 5:00 PM

As viewers of Towelhead must know (and Jasira, eternally ripe and optimistic, will never know), the future has only become more constricted.

Six Feet Under
11 Sep 2005 // 7:00 PM

Six Feet Under's lack of delicacy is easy to mistake for exploitation. Where other shows hint, this one acts out.


The 10 Worst Examples of Screenwriters Turned Directors
20 May 2014 // 3:09 AM

Sometimes, letting a screenwriter direct a movie turns out to be a terrific idea. Here are 10 examples, however, where that promise translated into something pathetic.

Girl Gone Child: The Trouble with 'Towelhead'
10 Sep 2008 // 5:45 PM

There is a fine line between illustration and exploitation. Put another way, there's a clear delineation between drama and dreck. Dress it up any way

//Mixed media

Because Blood Is Drama: Considering Carnage in Video Games and Other Media

// Moving Pixels

"It's easy to dismiss blood and violence as salacious without considering why it is there, what its context is, and what it might communicate.

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