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Cut the Cord

?Cut the cord? has become the rallying cry for those interested in abandoning cable television in favor of streaming online video to their phones, tablets, desktops and ??forsooth! ??televisions. It?s an apt phrase, not merely for its echoes of severing the umbilical cord in the delivery room but for its metaphoric reach into that almond-shaped […]

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Blade Runner’s Sequel Sickness

Certain films are so singular in vision, so spectacular in their realization that they’re fundamentally immune to the disease of sequel-itis, or its often more virulent form, prequel-itis. Among those in this rarified canon are Citizen Kane (of course), Casablanca (duh) and, until last week, Blade Runner. Whether or not one agrees that the futuristic […]

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Star Wars Palette, circa 1977

The Force from a crayon box, the Star Wars Palette, circa 1977.

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Gaming the Story | Insights from The Art of Immersion by Frank Rose

A ringing cake. Sure, it reads like a lost lyric from ?MacArthur Park? but it?s actually a key moment in the history of media, marketing and perhaps even marzipan. As recounted by Wired Magazine contributing editor Frank Rose in his recently released tome, The Art of Immersion ? How the Digital Generation Is Remaking Hollywood, […]

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Destroy All Movies (then buy the book)

Of all our cultural franchises on ?philias, it?s the cinephiles, audiophiles and bibliophiles who foster perhaps the most socially-acceptable proclivities and yet, somehow, they?re still left out in the cold of mainstream culture. Fetishists par excellence, they are the true fans, the one?s that remind us that the etymological root of ?fan? is ?fanatic? and […]