Cinematic Soulmates: Ghost World and American Splendor

When most people think of comic book movies, they tend to think of muscle bound men and sexy women strutting around in revealing spandex costumes, striking poses and pummeling one another within an inch of their lives.  However, there is another side to comic books, one that looks at the human condition through the lens of ordinary, everyday folks who […]

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Dr. Geek: The $6 Million Contact Lens: The Marrying of Cybernetics and Augmented Reality

You’re in the middle of Hyderabad, India, on the hottest day of the year.  You’re there for a business / pleasure trip, researching Bollywood culture for your book on globalized fandom.  You’re looking for the easiest way to get to Ramoji Film City, a Bollywood response to Disneyland.  You would ask someone, but your previous attempts at handling the region’s […]

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Ms. Silver Screen: Drive Was Robbed… Big Time

On the morning of Tuesday, January 24th, the nominations for the 84th Annual Academy Awards were released. If you listened carefully, you likely heard the sound of mass disappointment. Not just regarding DRIVE, but for me, that was the big one. First of all, why 9 Best Picture nominees? Because they just HAD to get EXTREMELY LOUD AND INCREDIBLY CLOSE […]

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Cinematic Soulmates: Assault on Precinct 13 and The Warriors

Since the dawn of Man, we have used stories as a way of understanding both ourselves and the world around us.  Many of the best stories are about journeys, both metaphorical and actual.  Some follow a character or characters from one location to another, and others serve as a chronicle of the progression from one stage of a character’s life […]

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