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About jonathondsvendsen

Hi! Thanks for stopping by my blog! Somehow you stumbled upon it. Whatever brought you around, I'm glad you're here. I am a free-lance writer and independent scholar of pop-cultural mythology, living and working in Minnesota. An aspiring mythmaker, I dream of voyages through space, fantastic worlds, and even my own superhero or two. I am also an established public speaker and have guest-lectured for college classes on the topic of comic book superheroes. I graduated from Bethel University in 2007 with a degree in Literature and Creative writing. I also write for the website NarniaFans.com. Head on over and you can check out my book reviews , a few fun interviews and even my April Fools Day jokes.

Life Finds A Way: Celebrating the Jurassic Park Franchise #2: Dr. Ellie Sattler

The monster movie has been a fixture of cinema since the Golden Age of film in the 1930’s. From King Kong scaling the top of the Empire State Building, to the monster of Frankenstein being chased by angry villagers, to … Continue reading

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Tis a Gift…

Around this time of year, there’s an old Shaker Hymn that is frequently heard called “Simple Gifts.” You probably know the tune and have heard the lyrics, but in case you haven’t here they are:   “‘Tis the gift to … Continue reading

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Life Finds A Way: Celebrating the Jurassic Park Franchise #1: Dr. Alan Grant.

When we first meet Dr. Alan Grant in the film Jurassic Park, we have learned form a conversation between InGen’s Lawyer Donald Generro and another paleontologist working in an Amber mine that the company really wants him to come down … Continue reading

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Coming Soon To This Blog…

How does one possibly follow up a blog series looking at Steven Spielberg’s beloved classic E.T.? Why, with a trip to an island, of course. But not just any island. It’s sort of a biological preserve, filled with creatures that … Continue reading

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I’ll Be Right Here: Celebrating 35 Years of E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial: #5: E.T.

In comparison to other movie aliens, E.T. is a bit of an oddity.  While the aliens in Close Encounters are certainly benevolent they retain the sterile and immaculate resemblance to the 50’s stereotype of the grey man. The ones in … Continue reading

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I’ll Be Right Here: Celebrating 35 Years of E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial: #4: Mary

In many ways E.T. is not that dissimilar from a modern day fairy tale. The film opens in a deep dark forest; there are strange and wonderful creatures, and even a sense of magic throughout the story. Most importantly, as … Continue reading

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I’ll Be Right Here: Celebrating 35 Years of E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial: #3: Gertie

There is an old adage in Hollywood, first coined by comedian W.C. Fields, that directors should never work with children or animals. Younger kids, like animals, can often have a difficult time following  cues, and can have a hard time … Continue reading

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