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Finding Elvis Religion in Mike Burrell's 'The ​Land of Grace​'

The Land of Grace is at once a critique of religious faith, a comic romp through the weirdness of Elvis culture, and a horror story in which death and resurrection aren't so much an Easter miracle as a recurring nightmare.

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'Star Wars': The Forgetful Menace

In the Star Wars universe, those who do not remember history are doomed to sequel it; those who do, apparently, make prequels.

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Star Studies Geeks and the Spellbinding Power of Celebrity

For the right onscreen personality, we're all "Beatlemaniacs". What do movie stars have that we don't?

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We Still Believe in 'Opening The X-Files'

In this engaging look at the influential sci-fi show, Darren Mooney points out the links not only between episodes, but also between other shows, movies, and cultural events.

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'Please Stand By' Sweetly Blends Disability Commentary with 'Star Trek' Fandom

This film gives humanity to some of our unsung voyagers; those on the spectrums, those at the extremes of fandom.

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Madonna Isn’t That Interesting, But Alina Simone Is

Madonnaland is not the end-cap of Simone's existential musings; it's an intense jewel in the already sparkly crown of a consistently perceptive critic.

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A History of the Future: 'Star Trek: The Complete Unauthorized History'

Books like this can give fans and historians context and insight, but at their worst they’re little more than obituaries, an account of what’s been lost.

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Robot Dreams: 'Transformers' and 'Sex Kittens Go to College'

Retro Remote nominates Sex Kittens Go to College as Transformers' true precursor. The problem with Tranformers-type franchises is that the criticisms can only annoy people by reminding them of what they have chosen to ignore.

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Frustrated Fantasies: Misperceptions of Fandom and 'Gone with the Wind'

The value of fandom is often underestimated. Rather than the stereotyped burnt-out housewives or socially inept teenagers that obsessively and indiscriminately consume popular culture, fans are active agents.

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