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Kyle Moody

Kyle Moody is a PhD candidate in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Iowa. His research and writing interests are digital media, online communities, popular culture, video games, and broadcasting/podcasting, and how online culture is responsible for expanding and shrinking communities. His blog Moodicarus explores these issues further, but with pictures and colors!
His entertainment loves include music from the Nineties, teen movies, karaoke and bicycling. He lives in Iowa City with his plants, LPs and video game collection, and hails from Georgetown, Kentucky. It’s not recommended that you make fun of his Kentucky Wildcats unless you want to get shown up on the court. Visit his blog - http://www.moodicarus.blogspot.com

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Guardians of the Galaxy burns with the promise of watching incredible exploits in worlds far, far away, and the movie isn’t afraid to get weird while also remaining approachable.

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To offer commentary on The Dark Knight Rises is to go back to every part of the movie and discuss it. Therefore, I will say that this is not a review, but more a discussion of what works and what does not within the film, and contains MAJOR SPOILERS below.

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THE DARK KNIGHT RISES is an amazing experience and a flawed movie, both spectacle of the highest order and a house of cards. It’s worthy of your time, attention and love, but it doesn’t rise to the transcendent heights of previous entries in the series.

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BREAKING BAD is the most important show on television today, as well as the best show in its current generation. These are bold words, but the show is good enough to merit them. Furthermore, as it approaches its fifth season premiere this Sunday on AMC, it deserves attention that only

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As PROMETHEUS opens up this week, we continue our conversation of all things important surrounding the movie. We posted our first post yesterday, and today we look at the R rating, creature design, and dichotomy of optimism and pessimism surrounding the release. I had the privilege to be joined by

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PROMETHEUS opens up this week in the United States, and marks director Sir Ridley Scott’s (BLADE RUNNER, GLADIATOR, BLACK HAWK DOWN, and too many other good ones to mention) return to science fiction and (maybe?) the universe of ALIEN, where he revolutionized science fiction and horror. Consequently, it also marks the

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I had the chance to speak with Chronicle‘s Michael Kelly recently about his work in the successful teens-with-superpowers movie (because it’s not a movie about superheroes) that is out TODAY on Blu-Ray and DVD! The twenty-year Hollywood veteran chatted with me about his work in Chronicle, Generation Kill, Changeling, and  the Zach Snyder remake

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I had a whole huge column about why the Oscars were too old and focused on recreation/simulation culture. Then I realized that it’s not the point anymore. (FYI, just look at the Best Actress nominations and tell me what actress got in there for playing an original character. None? Okay,

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So yesterday I suggested that factors like the increasing homogenization of radio playlists, the eradication of local talent, and the avoidance of new music was hurting rock radio. I wanted to take the time to explain how this affects rock radio on a cultural level today, as well as leveling

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When’s the last time you bought a song or album after hearing it on the radio? Okay, now when’s the last time you bought a song or album that you heard on rock radio? If you didn’t answer because you don’t remember or don’t listen to rock music, you’re in

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I love Joss Whedon’s work. I have seen every episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Firefly, & Dollhouse. I can quote Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog if there are enough amaretto sours involved. I have read all the Buffy comics, his run on Astonishing X-Men with John Cassaday, and began

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If we’re talking about the end of the world in 2012, look no further than most mainstream entertainment. I’ve already talked at length about the remake culture in our entertainment and how it destroys originality with its focus on churning out the same thing. But have you ever thought of

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Hi, welcome to the Moody Views! I’m hoping to provide some more in-depth commentary on issues in popular culture that I believe greater consideration. In this era of quick reactions and instant commentary, sometimes it’s good to actually reflect on what certain things mean in our information era, and I

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There have existed vanity projects before, but somehow Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson continues to emerge as the rapper with the greatest number of said projects among his generation of MCs. Now Jackson’s back with an inspirational movie called BRIAN’S SONG about cancer and football co-written by him and directed by

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What do you say in a year where you could listen to almost anything you ever wanted? Spotify has actually made it much easier and more rewarding to go back through artist catalogues and search for hidden gems, meaning that the year was largely spent rediscovering my love of classic

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YOUNG ADULT isn’t just the best drama/comedy of the year, it’s also a horror story that plays out in terrifying slow motion. By the end of the movie, Mavis Gary (Charlize Theron in an inspired role, her best acting since MONSTER) hasn’t changed. In fact she’s become worse, a more insular version of the stifled personality that’s killing her at the beginning of the film, and it seems as though redemption has been lost. Yet the journey to this awful destination is two hours of quality entertainment, and the best that the JUNO creative team of writer Diablo Cody (UNITED STATES OF TARA) and director Jason Reitman (UP IN THE AIR, THANK YOU FOR SMOKING) have yet offered, and a startling reminder that there are still films that don’t require thousands of pounds of dynamite to have the most powerful explosions.

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