Author Archive: Jared Scott Stroup

Studied Film at Eastern Michigan University, the movie store and movie theater he used to work at, on his own, and with friends. Jared is also a playwright, screenwriter, director, short story writer, and essayist. You can read more of his work at two other websites: The Man in the Movie Hat and The Hive Ann Arbor. He lives, works, and walks his dog in the Detroit area, where he's willing to obsessively discuss The Simpsons or the films of Paul Thomas Anderson at a moment's notice.

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Game Change

Game Change

| January 8, 2013 | 0 Comments

Remember Sarah Palin?  She was John McCain’s running mate during the 2008 presidential election.  She was mocked extensively on Saturday Night Live (as they are wont to do), and her presence made politics feel even more like the reality show it had become.  HBO and director Jay Roach collaborated to make a movie to memorialize […]

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Standup Guys: A Generation of Laughs by John DeBellis

Standup Guys: A Generation of Laughs by John DeBellis

| December 3, 2012 | 0 Comments

John DeBellis should be famous.  Far from a household name, he’s shared the company with Larry David, Richard Lewis, Jerry Seinfeld, Gilbert Gottfried, Bill Maher, Andy Kaufman, Woody Allen, Eddie Murphy, and plenty others whose presence is more instantly recognizable than his own.  He even wrote some jokes for Rodney Dangerfield and sketches with Billy […]

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An Askew View 2: The Films of Kevin Smith by John Kenneth Muir

An Askew View 2: The Films of Kevin Smith by John Kenneth Muir

| September 13, 2012 | 0 Comments

John Kenneth Muir had the right idea when he decided to update his previous book on Kevin Smith’s work called An Askew View.  While the first book covered Smith’s first five films, this sequel extends the coverage to include Smith’s second five films.  With the first edition salvaged as the first half of the book, […]

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Deforce: America’s Past.  America’s Future.  Detroit’s Present.

Deforce: America’s Past. America’s Future. Detroit’s Present.

| March 4, 2012 | 0 Comments

When doing a documentary about Detroit, you can go the exploitative route, or you can go the honest route. Deforce: America’s Past. America’s Future. Detroit’s Present. is a documentary that goes the honest route, and by doing so, it addresses the most important issues in America today. And, sadly, the issues that aren’t regularly talked […]

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Futurama: Volume 6 on Blu-Ray and DVD

Futurama: Volume 6 on Blu-Ray and DVD

| January 31, 2012 | 0 Comments

The Comedy Central renewal of Matt Groening and David X. Cohen’s Futurama initially recieved its share of expected negative criticism. I, for one, believe their recent output to be as strong as their run on FOX, and the reduced number of episodes per season (thirteen down from a usual twenty-two) has strengthened the watchability of […]

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Raised Eyebrows: My Years Inside Groucho’s House (Expanded Edition)

Raised Eyebrows: My Years Inside Groucho’s House (Expanded Edition)

| January 25, 2012

I first came across Steve Stoliar’s Raised Eyebrows: My Years Inside Groucho’s House on a lonely day nearly six years ago. It had been gifted to me by a family member aware of my admiration for the bespectacled comic legend, and that familiar craving for a non-fiction book found its fix within these pages. Reading […]

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If You Like Monty Python…

If You Like Monty Python…

| January 24, 2012

One of the wonderful things about Limelight’s If You Like… series is that they’re exactly what they should be: they’re written with the enthusiasm of a friend recommendation, with the research instincts of a journalist. A.V. Club writer Zack Handlen is your friendly guide through the influences on and of Monty Python in the latest […]

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The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret: Season 1

The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret: Season 1

| December 29, 2011 | 0 Comments

David Cross has very few blemishes on his record. With a very successful–and formidable–stand-up comedy career as his primary position, he managed to be involved in some of television’s most innovative comedy shows. He was a writer for The Ben Stiller Show, a writer and star of HBO’s Mr. Show, and a co-star in FOX’s […]

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If You Like The Sopranos…

If You Like The Sopranos…

| November 9, 2011

The Sopranos attracted a lot of attention when it premiered. At first it was treated as television, but, as academic eyes gravitated towards it, it very quickly became synonymous with art. The literary approach by series creator David Chase and his writers offered plenty of room for analysis, and before long, the essays came flooding […]

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Three Stooges FAQ by David J. Hogan

Three Stooges FAQ by David J. Hogan

| November 8, 2011

Right on the heels of Sony releasing the eighth and final volume of The Three Stooges Collection (finally allowing audiences to see all 190 short films on DVD), David J. Hogan published what could be the most comprehensive companion piece to the most comprehensive Stooges collection yet. His book Three Stooges FAQ: Everything Left to […]

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