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Capitalist Superheroes: out now!

I just realized it would be remiss of me to pass up the opportunity to note that my book Capitalist Superheroes has been available from online retailers as of this month, and has even been popping up here and there at … Continue reading

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The Secret of My Success

One essential part of the solipsistic attraction of running this blog, which is really about nothing besides what catches my momentary fancy at an opportune moment, is the elaborate statistical tracking that WordPress offers. Finding out just how many people … Continue reading

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The Sad Summer of 2011

Over at The House Next Door, critic Tom Stempel helpfully posted this list of disclaimer notices that have proved to be -sadly- fictional throughout the summer of 2011. (The only one he notably missed was some rule related to the … Continue reading

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Superhero movies: if you’ve seen one…

How long has it been since my last blog post that had anything to do with superhero movies (supposedly my object of research)? A long time. And why is this? Because obviously all superhero movies are exactly the same. See … Continue reading

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You’re The Voice

A fabulous peek-a-boo moment last week on NBC’s Community, a new comedy that is continuing to pick up steam as it moves through its first season. In the Halloween episode, Abed comes dressed as Batman, entering an early scene with … Continue reading

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Red Dawn and America’s obsession with Insurgents

Watching Red Dawn, that astonishingly up-front Reagan-era bit of violent Cold War paranoia fused with teenage NRA wish-fulfillment, I was struck once again by how strongly the narratives of American pop culture emphasize underdog insurgency fantasies in which the heroes … Continue reading

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Green Lantern – fan trailer

The already famous fan-made trailer shows just how little it takes to connect the dots and imagine a full-length generic blockbuster simply by creatively repurposing spectacular moments from existing features…

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