Stephen King

Strange Technological Romances on Film

“It’s not just an operating system, it’s a consciousness,” reads the ad for the world’s first artificially intelligent operating system in Spike Jonze’s Her. A romance between Joaquin Phoenix’s Theodore and the OS1 (voiced by Scarlett Johansson) quickly ensues. While you decide if Her, which opened in theaters this week, is an eccentric look at falling in love or a manipulative portrait of male loneliness, we looked back at other strange, technological romances on film. … Read More

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David Cronenberg’s Baseless, Hypocritical Stanley Kubrick Slam

Nobody loves a juicy bit of director-on-director trash talk more than your film editor, and the gifted Canadian auteur David Cronenberg has proven himself quite adept at it — witness his blunt assessment of M. Night Shyamalan (“I HATE that guy! Next question”). But a recent Cronenberg interview in the Toronto Star (flagged by Vanity Fair) finds him taking on one of cinema’s most sacred cows: Stanley Kubrick. Yet in doing so, he sounds a definitively sour note — not because Kubrick is above criticism, but because Cronenberg’s condemnation could just as easily be pointed inward. … Read More

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50 Incredibly Tough Books for Extreme Readers

Maybe it’s a Pavlovian response to years of schooling, or that the brisk weather affords more hours inside, or something else entirely, but the fact is this: November seems like the time to take on the heftiest reading on your list. And let’s face the facts: some books are only for the toughest readers on the block, your Sylvester Stallones of literature, as it were. So for those of you who count yourself tough, here’s a list of books for you: some absurdly long, some notoriously difficult, some with intense or upsetting subject matter but blindingly brilliant prose, some packed into formations that require extra effort or mind expansion, and some that fit into none of those categories, but are definitely for tough girls (or guys)… Read More

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Why Do Our Favorite Horror Fiction Monsters Still Frighten Us?

There is, of course, a very definitive list of 50 books that cover the spectrum of what scares most people — ranging from killer clowns to waking up without any limbs, possessions, haunted houses, bloodsuckers, and more. But it’s when you look past the fright factor to consider what it is about these supernatural stories that keep us coming back for more that you realize how much more there is to the recurring archetypes in horror fiction than just unshakeable fright. … Read More

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The Scariest Movies for Phobic Film Fans

After learning about the Northampton Clown, a mysterious man (recently unmasked) in a creepy clown costume who makes pop-up appearances around the East Midlands region of England, our worst nightmares were realized — and we know we’re not alone. They say the best way to conquer your fears is to face them head on. ‘Tis the season for scary movies, which makes this the perfect opportunity to tackle your deepest phobias with a little help from horror cinema. We’ve curated a selection of 15 different fright films for 15 common phobias that will either help you or haunt you for the rest of your… Read More

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10 Cultural Icons’ Letters to Themselves

What would you hope for yourself 10 or 20 years from now? What fears would you want to overcome? These are the questions ten pop culture icons pondered before writing a letter to themselves in the past, present, and future. Connecting the timeline of their lives, these famous personalities time traveled in order to relate important messages to their younger and soon-to-be selves that would make an impact — life lessons, life mistakes, and life milestones. See what advice, reassurance, and words of wisdom ten stars had to give to their other selves, below. … Read More

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No to Wire Hangers, But Yes to Wire Sculptures: Links You Need to See

If you saw Gravity, you know that droplets of liquid (including tears!) will fly all over a spaceship. Luckily, one brave soul has figured out how to brew beer in space. No matter how you fall on the party-line divide, perhaps you will still enjoy seeing the popular Republican congressmen made-up… Read More

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The Devil’s 10 Best Appearances in Literature

We’re in the middle of spooky season, a particularly American phenomenon where the supernatural meets the commercial. There’s plenty of candy corn, jack-o’-lanterns, and people slapping together last-second costumes so they can look like sexy Dracula, a sexy mummy, or a sexy flesh-eating zombie.

It’s all good, clean fun (if you don’t count toilet-papering a house as “dirty”), even though the holiday does have its roots in both pagan and Christian traditions. Still, it’s hard to deny that there is something downright evil about contemporary Halloween. And who is the personification of all evil? The devil, of course. … Read More

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