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Rehabbing Tonto: THE LONE RANGER as Picaresque Tale

In steering "The Lone Ranger" away from the point of view of its hero, John Reid (Armie Hammer), to the first-person narrative of his Indian sidekick Tonto (Johnny Depp), the tired pulp story becomes a postmodern picaresque.
  • By Tony Dayoub
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  • July 9, 2013 8:35 AM
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Are the Belchers of BOB'S BURGERS the New All-American Family?

At the level of metaphor, and with an eye towards an entire nation rather than just one nuclear family, the Belchers are as representative an American family as we've seen on TV in a very, very long time.
  • By Seth Abramson
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  • July 5, 2013 8:35 AM
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STAR TREK Into Remission: Gene Roddenberry’s Most Famous Creation, Cancer and Me

To begin as Spock might begin: often, when a full-blown crisis happens in a person’s life, media may be used to cope with stress and adversity. And no matter how relevant or irrelevant that media is to the circumstances of the crisis, it may be a source of comfort, distraction and catharsis. This is a personal account of such coping.
  • By Lincoln Flynn
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  • July 3, 2013 1:51 AM
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During July, Press Play will be presenting a three-part video essay series called "Siding with the Victim," about the ways in which identifying with the hapless ones in horror films, the ones who go into the basement/behind the creaky door/into the woods without a flashlight/into the attic, is a crucial part of what makes these films so compelling.
  • By Jed Mayer and Ken Cancelosi
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  • July 2, 2013 8:35 AM
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