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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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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Red State

Red State

| October 18, 2011

Filmmaker Kevin Smith is one of the most infamous verbal badminton players around, striking back as often as he’s attacked. As a result, his status as a relevant force in contemporary cinema has been challenged in a vain most often found on IMDB message boards, where he’s treated less like a professional and more as […]

The Trip

The Trip

| October 11, 2011

The process by which Michael Winterbottom’s latest film The Trip came into being is a very unusual one. Winterbottom’s Tristram Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story (2005) starred Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon in a part-mockumentary, part-fictional narrative film where the actors played themselves. The team reunited for a six-episode TV series which ran on […]

It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia: Season Six on DVD and Blu-ray

It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia: Season Six on DVD and Blu-ray

| September 20, 2011

The “rags to riches” story of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia is an inspiring one for the future of independent television. FX gave unknown Rob McElhenney an unprecedented level of support by green-lighting his series with no recognizable talent to carry the weight. If that wasn’t enough, McElhenney was billed as Executive Producer from the […]

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