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1001 Frights Episode 2: An Intro to Some Greats (And Also Dead Space)

Listen Welcome back to the second episode of 1001 Frights, where your hosts Jerry and Bobby discuss horror stories from across media in an effort to uncover the one thousand […]

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Welcome back to the second episode of 1001 Frights, where your hosts Jerry and Bobby discuss horror stories from across media in an effort to uncover the one thousand and one best horror stories of all time. If it counts as horror we’ll try and find a place for it on the list! So please, give it a listen, and if you have any stories you’d like us to talk about, or any questions for us, be sure to contact us at @sonofether or @luckyrevenant! Also, we now have a tumblr, which you can find here!

Stories covered in this episode:

  • Dead Space developed by Visceral Games and published by EA
  • Salem’s Lot by Stephen King
  • Hellraiser directed by Clive Barker
  • “The Shadow Over Innsmouth” by HP Lovecraft

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Pawnee In The Rear View Mirror.

It’s easy to get caught up in the moment when evaluating a work of art. Especially when you are naturally passionate about art or the work itself. So you will […]

It’s easy to get caught up in the moment when evaluating a work of art. Especially when you are naturally passionate about art or the work itself. So you will have to forgive the superlatives that will come out of my fingertips and which I will regret later in life as I re-evaluate everything I have ever written. But Parks and Recreation might just be the best comedy of the last 15 years so far. And its ending might just be one of the most powerful hours of Television crafted in the history of the medium.

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1001 Frights Episode 1: The First Four Fears

Listen Welcome boys and ghouls to the first episode of 1001 Frights! Where we discuss horror and venture to discover the one thousand and one best horror stories of all time! […]

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Welcome boys and ghouls to the first episode of 1001 Frights! Where we discuss horror and venture to discover the one thousand and one best horror stories of all time! Your hosts Jerry and Bobby will be taking you through in-depth discussions of their favorite horror stories, not-so-favorite horror stories, and stories you suggest! They can be anything from a book to a film to a video game to a rock opera. If it counts as horror we’ll try and put it on the list until it gets bumped off! (which won’t be for a while) So give it a listen and if you have any horror stories you’d like us to cover or questions to answer be sure to contact us @sonofether or @luckyrevenant to axe us! ehehehehehe!

Stories covered in this podcast:

  • The Black Cat by Edgar Allen Poe
  • Nosferatu directed by F.W. Murneau
  • Hellblazer: Dangerous Habits by Garth Ennis and Will Simpson
  • Resident Evil 4 directed by Shinji Mikami and Hideki Kamiya

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Me and John Stewart.

I’m seven years old. The year is 2001. The date is, well, you know what it is. I come home. At the time me and my parents were living in […]

I’m seven years old. The year is 2001. The date is, well, you know what it is.

I come home. At the time me and my parents were living in a dingy mid-town apartment in Barranquilla, Colombia. I just came back from school. I literally don’t remember anything else about that day. Other than my parents and my grandmother, huddled in front of the TV. They were watching two planes crash into two gigantic towers of steel. I thought this was a movie. I ignored it. I went to bed early, tired and didn’t ask any questions. The next day, I hear all about it and I feel mildly dumb for assuming it was a movie.

What you need to understand is that these events were incredibly unreal to me. Not even in my wildest dreams could I imagine the US being subject to such a destructive terrorist attack. To us, the US was the haven. The endgoal. The dream. You know that story. You’ve heard it thousands of times. We heard it millions.

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Everything Old Is New Again (Again) In The HD Release Of Resident Evil.

Resident Evil HD is just like the Gamecube release of Resident Evil but even prettier so you should all buy it. Wow, that was easy. Who’s up for Red Robin’s […]

Resident Evil HD is just like the Gamecube release of Resident Evil but even prettier so you should all buy it. Wow, that was easy. Who’s up for Red Robin’s for lunch?

(Editor’s Note: Jerry we’ve talked about this)

Fine, fine.

In the year 2002, Resident Evil was still considered both a commercial and critical darling and were waiting for the fourth installment, which would not shake the gaming world until three years later. At the time director director Shinji Mikami would pause throwing out games and starting from scratch to go back to basics. And thus was released Resident Evil for the Gamecube, often called REmake by its fans, which retold the initial story of the first game. It wasn’t simply a port of the game like the Gamecube releases of Resident Evil 2 and 3 were. The game was completely reworked. The puzzles were more complicated, the game was bigger, the mansion looked prettier, and the voice acting… well, in Capcom’s defense have you seen the rates union actors require?

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Game of Thrones: The Lost Lords mourns the death of innocence.

Death of innocence and loss of hope are not exactly new aspects to the Game of Thrones world. It’s very fair to say that in fact, they’re at the core […]

Death of innocence and loss of hope are not exactly new aspects to the Game of Thrones world. It’s very fair to say that in fact, they’re at the core of the yarn that Martin has been trying to spin for more than two decades. When the Game of Thrones show is at its best (Season 3, for my money), Game of Thrones perfectly portrays that sense of loss and trying to rebuild a world that has long faded away with nothing but dreams and ideals. Sadly, the show has fallen to its own excesses and has lost a lot of what it has to say about people, instead becoming a complicated soap opera that doesn’t seem to go anywhere interesting most of the time.

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The Nightly Show Has A Strong Start But A Long Way To Go.

Larry Wilmore has a tough act to follow. Taking over a spinoff show from a massively successful show is already a daunting enough task. However it isn’t just Jon Stewart […]

Larry Wilmore has a tough act to follow. Taking over a spinoff show from a massively successful show is already a daunting enough task. However it isn’t just Jon Stewart he’s having to follow up. Larry Wilmore also has to succeed the nine-year pop culture icon Stephen Colbert by occupying his former time slot. There are a lot of pitfalls he has to avoid, not the least of which is avoiding simply becoming ‘The Black Daily Show’ or ‘The Black Colbert Report’ . Fortunately, Larry Wilmore has shown himself to be one of the sharpest comedians in the Daily Show’s roster. He’s managed to still be incredibly funny while discussing difficult issues and without losing the edge to what he’s discussing. It’s also hard to argue with the pedigree.

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Long Live The Queen Is The Pretty Princess Simulator You’ve Always Wanted

Princesses aren’t uncommon in video games. It’s pretty safe to say that princesses have been in video games for only slightly less time than video games themselves have existed. Most […]

Princesses aren’t uncommon in video games. It’s pretty safe to say that princesses have been in video games for only slightly less time than video games themselves have existed. Most of the time you are saving them. Games like Mario and The Legend of Zelda feature this all-too common story hook. Everyone agrees these games are great but it doesn’t give the princess much to do (though I guess Zelda got to be a ninja and a pirate so maybe she doesn’t count) Sometimes you’ll get to actually play as the princess. She’ll join our heroes, go on adventures, and maybe even bust a few heads. These games, however, are not about what it’s like to be a princess. Princesses don’t lie around all day waiting for someone to rescue them and very rarely do the go charge into battle against armies of orcs. Being a princess holds responsibilities, duties, and the fate of an entire nation depends on you.

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Nightcrawler tips his hat to cinematic history while still carving its own place.

At the core of Nightcrawler, its clear to see the forefathers that Dan Gilroy studied for his impressive debut as a director. Its central idea of portraying the inherent power […]

At the core of Nightcrawler, its clear to see the forefathers that Dan Gilroy studied for his impressive debut as a director. Its central idea of portraying the inherent power of film and how it could be abused is easily linked to Network and Peeping Tom, movies that put forth the question of whether our entertainment with murder and suffering has any limits both by questioning the audience itself and pushing the characters over Ethical Street and way past Mental Breakdown lane. Whereas its character-centered structure and main character’s disregard for social rules/narrow focus on transformation are both reminiscent of Taxi Driver. However, much like with Tarantino’s films, Nightcrawler is still joyously unique without being bogged down by its references and ancestry.

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Martin Luther King Jr is humanized in Selma

One of the most frustrating aspects of biopic films in American/British films is how overtly simplistic they are. Biographies tend to lionize their protagonists and reduce their life to moments […]

One of the most frustrating aspects of biopic films in American/British films is how overtly simplistic they are. Biographies tend to lionize their protagonists and reduce their life to moments meant to stir emotion through orchestral scores and sweeping shots meant to showcase genius or courage.  They also tend to not show why these characters/people were remarkable, instead showing the historical consequences of their genius and/or courage as we barrel through a series of wikipedia notes (and sometimes, it’s even less accurate)

While Selma has been criticized by many as inaccurate in its portrayal of LBJ, the truth is that the problem at play is not about accuracy. Historical films are not really documentaries. It’s fine to contort history into a dramatic context in order to create a more powerful narrative that audiences can relate to. The issue is when emotional truth is lost. While Selma might have decided to go against LBJ’s personality and principles, it still manages to be a film that’s true to both the reality of the civil rights movement then and the reality of racial oppression in America today.

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