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Aesthetic Vs. Execution: On Andrew Jarecki and Robert Durst.

As of right now, we’re about to enter five days after the explosive finale of The Jinx, HBO’s documentary series reconstructing the life of Robert Durst, a millionaire who may […]

As of right now, we’re about to enter five days after the explosive finale of The Jinx, HBO’s documentary series reconstructing the life of Robert Durst, a millionaire who may or may not have killed at least three people in cold blood. And the ending is probably one of the most hauntingly powerful moments captured in film on the last two decades if not more so. It’s the product of careful and laborious craft, investigative work and sheer determination.

In many ways, I think that’s what’s so easily compelling about The Jinx. For better or for worse, the Jinx is a brilliant piece of manipulation on par with anything that Orson Welles would do by the end of his career in documentaries like F For Fake. However, the film has many problems, some of them are downright ethical while others are purely aesthetic. It is still the product of a filmmaker who gave us Capturing The Friedmans, a film that was willing to go the extra mile in order to craft a narrative (and that extra mile often involved the deliberate manipulation of information)

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Superman #39 Loses The Powers But Brings In The Heart

I’d been excited for the collaboration between Geoff Johns and John Romita Jr. since it was announced. While I’ve been routinely impressed with the comic they’ve been putting out thanks […]

I’d been excited for the collaboration between Geoff Johns and John Romita Jr. since it was announced. While I’ve been routinely impressed with the comic they’ve been putting out thanks to both Johns’ understanding of the character as well as JR JR’s gorgeous art, it was what I was expecting. Nothing about it reached a level of character-defining that some of Johns’ superior work has done.

Until Superman #39. This comic is maybe the best Superman story since the New 52 began with only Grant Morrison’s Action Comics #13 standing as its rival. This may sound like damning it with faint praise since this has been a rough few years for Superman. It hasn’t all been terrible. As stated, Grant Morrison’s comic had some spectacular highs and Greg Pak’s run on Action Comics has been a lot of fun. What makes this comic incredible is how it changes up the dynamic of Superman while still enforcing the things that make him such an amazing hero.

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The Order: 1886 has the Potential to Be Something Great

When I first saw the E3 trailer for The Order: 1886, I was absolutely ecstatic. I have a very particular weakness for the aesthetic of Victorian England (though not the […]

When I first saw the E3 trailer for The Order: 1886, I was absolutely ecstatic. I have a very particular weakness for the aesthetic of Victorian England (though not the colonialism and the living conditions), so the lush visuals and smoky skylines of The Order: 1886’s alternate timeline London immediately caught my attention. An additional allure was the idea of fighting werewolves, territory that is surprisingly not very well trod by gaming at this point. (VtM: Bloodlines still has the scariest werewolf fights, let’s be honest). My anticipation grew with videos of gameplay, as running away from scary things while trying to shoot at them is a lifetime hobby of mine. My excitement just continued to increase, especially given how much I loved the design of Isabeau D’Argyll, and my curiosity about the world building the game would provide to explain the technology and mythology of their alternate London’s reality.

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1001 Frights Episode 3: An Embarrassment of Ghosts and Spirits

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Welcome again to another brand new episode of 1001 Frights. This week, Jerry and Bobby discuss some listener submissions in their continuing quest to discover the 1001 best horror stories of all time. Hopefully, their adventure goes better than those discussed in this week’s episode!

Stories covered in this episode:

  • “Oh Whistle And I’ll Come To You My Lad” by M.R. James
  • Alien directed by Ridley Scott
  • Rigor Mortis directed by Juno Mak
  • The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask developed by Nintendo

And, as always, we are super excited for any submissions you may want to send us! Feel free to contact Bobby @luckyrevenant on Twitter or Jerry @sonofether on Twitter, or at our tumblr here.

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Outside The Comfort Zone: Breaking Bad

There are five humans on Planet Earth who have not seen Breaking Bad. These humans were once selected by one Zordon to defend the Earth from Rita Repulsa’s conquering army. […]

There are five humans on Planet Earth who have not seen Breaking Bad. These humans were once selected by one Zordon to defend the Earth from Rita Repulsa’s conquering army. Once I learned that my dear friend Jerry was one of those five humans, I had to bring back Outside The Comfort Zone to make him watch Breaking Bad. We of course decided to not discuss Jerry’s experiences as a Power Ranger due to the fact that this is stuff he feels really uncomfortable revisiting.

Either way, we hope you enjoy this one! It was a really fun one to make and we hope to start bringing these back to this place sooner rather than later.

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

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 […]

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

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 […]

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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