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Criterion's 'Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me' Is a Semiotic Feast

Sheryl Lee's iconic performance as Laura Palmer evokes epic sorrow and haunting tragedy.

Television

Mustaches Run Amok Throughout Mickey Spillane’s 'The New Mike Hammer: The Series'

WARNING: This review may disturb, nay, trigger recollections for Gen X'ers that grew up watching TV with adults in the '80s.

Film

Jean-Pierre Melville’s 'Le Samouraï' Plays with the Perils of the Loner

Under the lens of cultural and historical context, as well as understanding the reflective nature of popular culture, it's hard not to read this film as a cautionary tale about the limitations of isolationism.

Books

'Fanfiction and the Author' Gives Well-Blended Discourse for Maximum Fan Enjoyment

Scholar Judith May Fathallah's work blurs lines between author and ethnographer, fan experiences and genre TV storytelling.

Garret Castleberry
Reviews

In a Battle for Digital Media Literacy, Scholars Debate 'Liberalism In Neoliberal Times'

A cabal of contributors demonstrate how collective efforts to truly achieve a lived understanding of the political theory of neoliberalism are failing at a societal if not global level.

Film

'David Lynch: The Art Life' Pulls the Garmonbozia Directly Out of the Auteur Himself

This insightful documentary brings advanced closure to lingering questions we may have when Twin Peaks: The Return ends its triumphant televisual revival in September.

SAVE / IGNORE: Labels

Goldsmiths Press/MIT Press

SAVE / IGNORE: Labels

October Books / MIT Press

SAVE / IGNORE: Labels

October Books/MIT Press

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On Profiting From War and the Privatization of Earth's Remaining Resources

Loewenstein paints an essential portrait of post-9/11 globalism, framing war and natural disaster as among the most coveted "commodities" facing mass exploitation for financial gain.

Politics

'24 - Legacy' Is Fox's Post-Super Bowl Post-Truth Bomb

24: Legacy and the dilemma of mediating a xenophobic aesthetic resurgence.

Television

'Westworld's "Contrapasso" Episode Suggests Dehumanization and Dante's Nine Circles of Hell

The narrative pivots and complicates the reality of Westworld in "Contrapasso". The show is about the most HBO-ized episode of an HBO drama ever produced.

Garret Castleberry
Reviews

Stagecoach: The Texas Jack Story

Trace Adkins and company bring Western cosplay to the forefront in this 90-minute elegy to a once mighty genre.

SAVE / IGNORE: Labels

Cinedigm, Nasser Group North


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