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Frozen: The Seven Standards of Disney

By | Aug 27, 2014 | 8 comments

Does Frozen meet the seven standards? Does it fall short? Is it a law unto itself, setting its own standards?

Calling it Quits: When Should TV Shows End?

By | Aug 25, 2014 | 29 comments

Shows stand to lose their prestige when they place more value on their business than the story they're telling.

In Defense of ‘The Room’: Atmosphere and Tone

By | Aug 23, 2014 | 19 comments

How can a legendarily awful film have such a unique and overpowering emergent atmosphere?

Fame: Carrie the Victim, Studs the Triumphant

By | Aug 22, 2014 | 11 comments

The different effects of fame on two classic literature characters--Studs Lonigan and Carrie Meeber.

The Thin Red Line: The Impact of the Senses on Setting and Landscape

By | Aug 21, 2014 | 19 comments

Terrence Malick's enigmatic film demands all of our sensory attention.

The Rules of Reviving a Genre: ‘Scream’ and Postmodern Cinema

By | Aug 20, 2014 | 17 comments

Wes Craven's 'Scream' survives on the postmodern premise that the past is a recyclable source for the artist.

Women in Gillian Flynn’s Mystery Novels: Villains and Victims

By | Aug 20, 2014 | 12 comments

Author Gillian Flynn's vicious female characters have received both praise and criticism as she explores a dark side of femininity.