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I teach philosophy at Eckerd College, in Saint Petersburg, Florida. 

I run an award-winning International Cinema series in Tampa Bay (www.eckerd.edu/ic), and am co-director of an exciting environmental film festival (www.environmentalfilmfest.com). 

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reviewed Death at a Funeral (2010 American rem.... August 11, 2010
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Death at a Funeral
   I saw the original Death at a Funeral when it played at our local theater. I liked it, but I liked this remake even better. While the scenarios are almost identical, the cultural differences …
Johannes Cabal the Necromancer
   Johannes Cabal's not exactly evil (in spite of his profession, that consists of controlling the dead) - but he is extremely focused, to the point of being utterly oblivious to the needs …
reviewed Winter's Bone (2010 movie). August 03, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
Winter's Bone (2010)
Ree has enough to deal with, even before she finds out her house is due to be taken away. She's just seventeen, and stuck running the household, with two younger siblings to feed and a catatonic mother …
reviewed Greenberg (2010 movie). August 03, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
   Roger Greenberg, an anxious and unsettled middle-aged man from New York City, is house and dog sitting for his older brother in L.A. He meets up with Florence, her brother's beautiful …
reviewed Cyrus (2010 movie). August 03, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
   John, a middle-aged down-on-his-luck divorcee, meets a beautiful woman he thinks is way out of his league. Improbably, she digs him. The only trouble is her adult son, who just can't …
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Quick Tips
posted a Quick Tip about Arcade Fire. August 03, 2010
Arcade Fire
The new Arcade Fire album "The Suburbs" is available for cheap download ($3.99 for the entire album!) on Amazon.com (only mp3s): http://www.amazon.com/The-Suburbs/dp/B003X73QA8?tag=afdmrp1-20
posted a Quick Tip about Greenberg (2010 movie). August 02, 2010
Don't go into this one thinking you'll get the usual Ben Stiller gig - it's him, and it's recognizable as an extreme variation on the character types he normally plays, but this is really a Noah Baumbach …
posted a Quick Tip about Toy Story 3. July 30, 2010
Toy Story 3
Lots of fun and delightfully animated. The best reason to watch this, however, is the wonderful animated short that it opens with. It's called "Night and Day" and it's one of the most lovely and inventive …
posted a Quick Tip about On the Genealogy of Morals / Ecce Homo. July 29, 2010
On the Genealogy of Morals / Ecce Homo
On the Genealogy of Morals is easily the most accessible of Nietzsche's texts. Still it's a challenging read - that will challenge any reader who takes it seriously.
posted a Quick Tip about Night (book). July 29, 2010
Must be read. Illuminates the darkness of a dark period, but without succumbing to oversimplification.
posted a Quick Tip about The Hunger Games. July 29, 2010
The Hunger Games: Book 1
My kids and I loved the Gregor the Overlander series by the same author. This is even more intense - but not recommended for anyone younger than 12.
posted a Quick Tip about Into the Wild (book). July 29, 2010
Into the Wild
Intriguing investigation of a young man in search of an old ideal. Doesn't give easy answers, but illuminates the situation.
posted a Quick Tip about Watchmen (graphic novel). July 29, 2010
Delightful and prescient exploration of the superhero mythos. Asks whether we really want anyone above the law.
posted a Quick Tip about Fahrenheit 451. July 29, 2010
Fahrenheit 451 (book)
One of the greatest books about why books matter. An easy read, but sticks with you.
posted a Quick Tip about Understanding Movies, 11th Edition. July 29, 2010
Understanding Movies, 11th Edition
A readable and clear introduction to the various elements that make up movies. Well worth reading for those new to film studies, or who just want to be able to say more about movies than whether they …
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October 24, 2010
you're one of this week's MEMBER SPOTLIGHT in Movie Hype! :)
August 09, 2010
Hey Nate. Yeah, that was lame, sorry.
August 09, 2010
What do you mean, Dan?
August 09, 2010
I wanted to try comments, and couldn't think of anything better than Hey Nate to write. That's what was lame.
August 09, 2010
Oh, well. I'm always happy to hear a "hey" from you Dan.
October 24, 2010
hey Dan!
July 27, 2010
Seems you too came to Lunch via Amazon with me! Welcome--- you're ranked at 60% compatible with me. I teach humanities in California, but at a technical-business college. Looks like we may share some similarities.
July 28, 2010
Yeah, I came from Amazon, where I've been reviewing a long time. I thought I'd try this out, and see what I think.
July 29, 2010
I also came from amazon, I still drop by there from time to time...but I mostly review here now. You can always cross-post your reviews! welcome to the site!
July 27, 2010
Geez louis, welcome to Lunch and thanks for sharing all of these fantastic reviews, Nate! Really diggin' em :)
July 28, 2010
Thanks, devora!
July 27, 2010
Thanks for all your awesome contributions that you are brining over from Amazon. I also like some of the Quick Tips I've been reading. Let me know if you have any questions about Cafe Libri. :)
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