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Archive: January 2012

2012-01-29 :: Jordan // Horrorthon Posts
The Zone

Okay, let’s get into it. Here are my top ten (links are to Wikipedia pages, which have spoilers): “The Four of Us Are Dying” Not especially scary (as the Zone goes) but this one has incredible mood and atmosphere (in a heavily abstracted film noir kind of style) and, like all first season episodes, has […]

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Minor cinematic observation: some of the best directors have used this really great counterintuitve technique at extremely dramatic moments in their movies. The protagonist is at an absolutely critical juncture in his/her story, and (usually) is having a conversation; maybe it’s on the phone, or maybe it’s with somebody else in the room. (Or maybe […]

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2012-01-21 :: Jordan // Tech
The new iBooks and education

[So I had just finished posting the following comment on a technology website:] Maybe I’m in the minority but I find this whole development [Apple’s new iBooks textbook technology] very disquieting. I remember when a schoolbook or textbook was a book — an inanimate, text-based object that you, the student, had to penetrate with your […]

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2012-01-19 :: Jordan // Cartoons
space heater

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2012-01-17 :: Jordan // Horrorthon Posts
2012 predictions

I’m just curious what everyone thinks. Here’s my take: Sherlock (Season 2)Already seen it (all three episodes): it’s fantastic!Star Wars Episode I The Phantom Menace 3DI’m more partial to the prequel trilogy than probably anyone else here on Horrorthon. I’d even go so far as to say that The Phantom Menace is kind of comparable […]

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2012-01-13 :: Jordan // Horrorthon Posts
Oscar Goldman’s desk?

After years of fruitless searching I think I’ve found images of Oscar Goldman’s desk (from The Six Million Dollar Man). When I was a kid, I considered this to be the El Dorado of desks. The only better desk was maybe Commander John Koenig’s desk from Space: 1999, but that was impossible to reproduce since […]

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2012-01-11 :: Jordan // Horrorthon Posts
3D

Continuing my trend of going in the opposite direction from the prevailing Horrorthon opinion, I have totally got the 3D bug. What happened? Yesterday I saw The Adventures of Tintin (which, unfortunately, I could not see on an IMAX screen without going to Rochester; I missed my shot at the four Manhattan IMAX theaters) in […]

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Sherlock (Season 2) January 1stStar Wars Episode I The Phantom Menace 3D February 10thMad Men (Season 5) March 25thTitanic 3D April 6thThe Avengers May 4thPrometheus June 8thThe Amazing Spider-Man July 3rdThe Dark Knight Rises July 20thSkyfall November 9thThe Hobbit December 14th Not bad, huh? A lot of long bets pay off this year. (Yes, Sherlock […]

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This isn’t specifically directed at anyone on Horrorthon, but the topic does come up here, so I figured it’s an appropriate place for this rant. I just finished watching the Coen brothers’ True Grit (which had me bawling like a baby) and thought it was maybe the most perfect Western I’ve ever seen. While watching […]

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