Archives for 2016


Say what you will about 2016 — and many people already have — but it was a great year for film. 2016 saw the return of old favorites (Paul Verhoeven and Shane Black releasing new films), the continued dominance of comic book films and the Star Wars juggernaut, a host of new names offering, surprise, fresh ideas. Ideally, our list of films would be more comprehensive and shine a spotlight on more than just a handful of titles; alas, we were forced to whittle our much larger list of sixty picks down to a much digestible twenty-five. Such is the
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CINE-WEEN: From War of the Worlds to the WNUF Halloween Special, A Brief History of Halloween Hoaxes

In 1938, Orson Welles may or may not have caused a panic throughout the United States when he adapted H.G. Wells’ “War of the Worlds” as a radio play. Over the course of 60 minutes, Welles ‘interrupted’ the normal Mercury Theatre broadcast with news bulletins stating that Martians were invading Earth, but, by the end of the show, audiences across the country quickly came to the realization that there had been no attack. Buildings still stood where they had previously. The streets were empty except for some very confused crowds. And, sadly, there were no flying saucers hovering in the skies.
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