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Of Principles and Policies: How Superheroes Can Inform Our Thinking About Social Life

The complexities of social life depicted in superhero narratives are similar to those of our own. In 2018, we need to consider taking superhero narratives a little more seriously.

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In All Things Pop Culture, Reinterpretation is the Key to Relevancy

Everyone bemoans the remake, the bastardization of their memories, of something they hold dear. But times are constantly shifting, and our heroes cannot exist in a static universe. Without proper reinterpretation, would our pop icons still be relevant?

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In Defense of Film Critics Who Didn't Like 'The Dark Knight Rises'

Love it or hate it, The Dark Knight Rises isn't worth the type of outlandish responses received in light of the movie's initial reviews.

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Kept Crusader: Why We Love the Bat

The obvious answer is... that Batman is us. Batman is a bigger than life adolescent dream. He's everything we wish we could be, including protector of the faith and righter of wrongs.

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The Best Film Scores of the 2000s

From contemplative science fiction to macabre stop-motion, the 2000s brought forth some excellent film scores that are worth listening to long after the credits have rolled. With this year's Academy Awards just behind us, Sound Affects looks at the top movie scores from the 21 century so far.

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Your Virtual Fall TV Preview: Thursdays

Part four of a primetime look at what the major networks will be offering us, with predictions on what will stick and what will flop.

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Sidekicks Rule!

Ten examples of cinematic 'second bananas', the glue that holds most superhero/genre efforts together.

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Knowing Nolan... Again

Christopher Nolan is the bellwether for a new kind of filmmaker, one that successfully merges Hollywood classicism with the best of the post-modern revision.

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Has Hollywood Run Out Of Ideas? (trailers)

More remakes, sequels, and superhero movies ahead.

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Superheroes Versus Comics

There can be no doubt that the summer of 2008 stands as a high-water mark for superheroes. But in the wake of a superhero renaissance and the growing cultural legitimacy of the genre, the question must be posed: Has the superhero genre evolved beyond the comics medium?

shathley Q
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The New Classics - The 30 Best Films of 2008

Unlike previous years, where classics came crawling out of the celluloid woodwork with regular reckless abandon, 2008 was more calm… and considered. That's not to say that choosing 30 top titles was hard. The difficulty in placing them in some manner of rank order suggests the actual depth of quality involved.

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Iconic - The Top 20 Male Performances of 2008

Like the gladiators of old, 2008 resembles a battle of formidable acting gods, especially when looking over the 20 choices presented below. Indeed, if anything, choosing a winner requires more of a leap of faith than any amount of critical skill - they all were that good.

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Let Us Now Praise Ordinary Men: Normalcy, Comics, and The Dark Knight

Without a couple of recognizably fallible and ordinary men like Harvey Dent and Commissioner Gordon at its center, The Dark Knight would ultimately be nothing more than an exceptionally well-tooled and smartly-acted thriller.

Chris Barsanti
Comics

What the World Needs Now: Society’s Desperate Need for Superheroes

Hollywood has finally discovered what comic book fans have known all along: superheroes serve as brightly-colored, two-dimensional extensions of ourselves.

Charles Moss
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The Dark Knight

Batman's dilemma in The Dark Knight is how to use his bad press, whether he will embrace it or continue to fight it.

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The Return of the Popcorn Circus: July 2008

And it just doesn't stop. If part two in this three-ring play was packed with well hyped product, July just keeps the receipt treats coming.

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