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Can a Woman Make a Joke?

Feb 06, 2017

TW Column by Emily Toth

Women are more apt to tell drawn-out stories, with caresses and tweaks.

Authors, Screen Time, Nothing but the Toth | Read More

How Hollywood Screws up YA Books

Sep 21, 2015

Theme Essay for John Michael Bell

Even Meryl Streep, as Chief Elder, has little to do but grimace.

Screen Time, Children's Lit | Read More

Mr. Spock Was My First Crush

Mar 02, 2015

TW Tribute by Martha Nichols

The night before Leonard Nimoy died, I happened to be looking over images of Spock.

Screen Time, Memoir | Read More

Movies with My Mother—and James Agee

Nov 24, 2014

Essay by Marc Schiffman

I could still hear the movie voices circling at the bottom of the staircase like lost and scared children in a forest.

Screen Time, Reader's Life, Critics | Read More

Are Video Games the New Novel?

Apr 30, 2014

Feature by John Michael Bell

I ache a little bit when a new game doesn’t show narrative ambition.

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How Not to Adapt "Romeo and Juliet"

Oct 17, 2013

Film Review by John Michael Bell

Julian Fellowes, of 'Downton Abbey' fame, has broken one of the most sacred rules of adapting the Bard for the big screen.

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Nick, Old Sport, Would You Just Shut Up?

May 15, 2013

Film Review by John Michael Bell

Baz Luhrmann's 'Gatsby' keeps telling, telling, constantly telling, never mind that we can see perfectly well what’s going on.

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Where's Bilbo?

Dec 21, 2012

Film Review by Martha Nichols

I could complain about Ian McKellen’s overacting as Gandalf, but what’s really wrong with this movie is the writing.

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Hitchcock Got “Rebecca” Dead Wrong

Nov 14, 2012

Theme Essay by Elizabeth Langosy

Poor Manderley. You are now possessed by Rebecca—or at least by her enormous head.

Adaptations, Book Reviews, Screen Time | Read More

Holy Adaptation, Batman! Who’s the Real You?

Nov 12, 2012

Theme Essay by Andrew Vanden Bossche

Superman saves the world from physical threats, but it's Batman who saves America from its existential fears.

About Comics, Adaptations, Screen Time | Read More


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