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[Spoilers] On NBC’s Hannibal, and What We All Know

Hannibal Lecter kills and eats people. This is, I think, a fairly well-known fact of pop culture. James Bond prefers his martinis shaken, not stirred; Batman’s parents are dead; Hannibal Lecter kills and eats people. Certainly, excepting particularly devoted Mads Mikkelsen fans, ...

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Thick As Thieves: The Gender Politics of Romantic Narrative in Republic of Thieves

The “mystery girl” is a recognizable archetype in fiction: a woman who flits in  and out of the male protagonist’s life, her feelings toward him kept partly  hidden, providing a will-they-won’t-they romantic dynamic. All of this can  play into some ...

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[SPOILERS] Not Moving On: The morality underlying Carrie and Ju-On: The Grudge

Author's note: this article reveals the ends of both films. With Carrie, that’s probably no big deal. Ju-On, however, is worth watching as unspoiled as possible; the mystery is so key to the experience of unease. For Halloween, a few friends ...

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No Binge Needed: Narrative Structure and Continuity In Adventure Time

In general, television has, over the past decades moved away from episodic storytelling in favor of increased serialization.  While this has, for the most part, allowed for long-running plot and character arcs that make the stories told on TV more ...

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[SPOILERS] Justifying the Apocalypse: On Cabin In The Woods and The World’s End

Editor's Note: Before you click on the link here, please be advised that this article spoils the endings of two films that are best watched knowing as little as possible the first time around. You have formally been warned! In a ...

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[SPOILERS] Game of Thrones’ Love Interest Problem: Robb and Talisa, Tyrion and Shae

SPOILER WARNING: Before continuing in the article, it seems polite to note that I am going to be making reference to events up through the end of A Storm of Swords, including material that has, as of the writing of ...

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In Defense of Pandering: on Batman Sidekick Harper Row, Gender, and Fan Backlash

As someone who lives far too much on the internet, one thing to which I am attuned is the currents of fanboy opinion. And nothing sparks barrages of opinionated fanboys quite like Batman, and more specifically, Batman’s supporting cast and ...

Actually, I don't even think I've listened to this song, The image was just apt as all get-out.

Elvis Costello…Feminist?

Elvis Costello was, in the late ‘70s, one of the most notable representatives of a new sort of rock star.  He not only eschewed the bare-chested adulterated-blues-mojo of such swaggering ladies’ men as Robert Plant or Jim Morrison, but also ...

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Satisfaction and Rock As A Genre

Dummmm-dadada-dadum-da-dum-dadumdumdumdum! Aaaah can’t get no… Sat-issss-FAC-shun! You’re hearing it in your head now, aren’t you? The peculiar thing about "Satisfaction" is that, while it may be one of the most famous Rolling Stones songs, it’s likely not the first song most people ...

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Too Many Johnnies: A Close Reading of Stiff Little Fingers’ ‘Johnny Was.’

The opening minute-thirty or so of this eight-minute song is, in a sense, a statement of why Belfast’s punk veterans Stiff Little Fingers do what they do.  We open with military snares, playing in an unchanging ratatat-ratatat-ratatat-a-tat-tat.  Then the guitar ...