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The Matrix Rebooted

Back at the turn of the century, The Matrix was the coolest thing in sci-fi. I was a fan of the movie, like so many others. But 16 years later, the movie and its...

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Media Fragmentation at a Halloween Party

Back in the mid-20th century, Western culture was dominated by a few media sources. There were just three TV channels here in the US, bands like the Beatles dominated music, and virtually all movies...

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Sharknado vs Shark NATO

The Syfy Channel makes a lot of low-budget movies involving monsters and natural disasters. Their latest monstrosity is a movie called “Sharknado“, which as the title implies is all about tornadoes full of man-eating...

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DVD Special Features

DVD’s aren’t as popular as they used to be, but despite competition from online video streams, we still watch a lot of movies on DVD and BluRay. We also watch a lot of DVD...

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Act III Failures

This article is about the ends of stories, so of course it contains major spoilers. Almost every narrative follows a three act pattern: beginning, middle and end. Act I sets up the premise and...

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How Weird Al Invented Reality TV

“Weird Al” Yankovic is a national treasure. For over 30 years, he’s made humorous parodies of pop hits. From Michael Jackson to Nirvana to Lady Gaga, Weird Al’s career has changed with the times....

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Episode 2: Who Owns Star Wars?

Just a couple weeks ago, I made the argument that George Lucas doesn’t own Star Wars. My argument was that, while he retained the legal rights to the sci-fi franchise, he had lost creative...

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Tech Nostalgia: RCA Selectavision

When it comes to watching movies at home, DVDs are on their way out, and Blu-Ray discs have yet to pick of the mantle. As more and more people stream their movies directly from...

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Who Owns Star Wars?

Note: This article was written just a couple of weeks before George Lucas sold the Star Wars Franchise to Disney. And while I doubt that Lucas read my article, I’m glad he came to...

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Disney Princesses in a Democratic Republic

The Walt Disney Company has built a entertainment dynasty around princesses. Over the years they have come out with a whole line of fairy tale heroines. These Disney princesses — Ariel, Belle, Snow White,...