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'Arrival' is a worthwhile escape from Planet Trump

The world of "Arrival," wherein a tense and frightened planet Earth sits helpless in the face of the unknown, isn't too far removed from the one we're living in this week or the world we'll be living in for the next four miserable years. "Sicario" director Denis Villeneuve's latest is a markedly...

  • 31 horror-not-horror movies for Halloween

    31 horror-not-horror movies for Halloween

    In October, it's common for horror nerds to commit to watching a horror movie a day. With "Hundreds Of Dead Bodies" (which is also a podcast available at thewonderofitall.xyz), I wanted to do something different and focus on movies that convey the sense of horror rather than the genre of horror...

  • Witch Country: Burkittsville and the Long Shadow of 'The Blair Witch Project'

    Witch Country: Burkittsville and the Long Shadow of 'The Blair Witch Project'

    As we crept through the woods behind the deactivated Granite Nike Missile Base in Baltimore County, Joe and I stopped for a noise—a rifle firing in the distance. For the first time on our two-day journey, I felt a pang of real, instinctive panic in my gut. Something bad could happen to us here....

  • 'Blair Witch' is a fresh spin on the old familiar

    'Blair Witch' is a fresh spin on the old familiar

    In "Blair Witch," Adam Wingard's sequel to "The Blair Witch Project," everyone's a cameraman. Literally: most characters are outfitted with cameras as mounted earpieces, allowing their perspective in a given scene to become our perspective. Not only is this extremely apt at a point in time where...

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  • Gamer's Grammar: An interview with one of the creators of 'Halt and Catch Fire'

    Gamer's Grammar: An interview with one of the creators of 'Halt and Catch Fire'

    At 32 years old, Christopher C. Rogers, one of the co-creators of the AMC television drama "Halt and Catch Fire," is one of the youngest and brightest creators in the industry. The show revolves around a rogue corporate computer guru, Joe MacMillian (Lee Pace), who snowballs a Texas software company...

  • Gamer's Grammar: 'The Witcher 3' is too damn big to fail

    Gamer's Grammar: 'The Witcher 3' is too damn big to fail

    Right now, you’re hunting a massive wyvern. That’s dragon in geek. This one circles about a quarter-mile above. The creaking trees around you aren’t much shelter from the approaching storm. There’s a city in the distance you haven’t visited yet. Tiny streams of wood smoke seep from chimneys. Its...

  • Gamer's Grammar: I'm yet another casualty in the console wars

    Gamer's Grammar: I'm yet another casualty in the console wars

    As I write this, my finger hovers over the “place order” button on Amazon . . . a click away from spending $400 on yet another game console—a PlayStation 4. That’s on top of the $500 I spent last year on the new Xbox One. How much have I spent on games in the past two years? Maybe $1,500 total?...

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