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'Fargo': A Guide to the Show's Coen Brothers' References

'Fargo': A Guide to the Show's Coen Brothers' References
There's a moment early in the new season premiere of the FX crime drama Fargo when a parole officer recalls how he met his fiancée, a slick hustler named Nikki Swango (played by Mary Elizabeth Winstead). As the episode flashes back to Nikki at a police station, getting booked and photographed, fans of filmmakers Joel and Ethan Coen might experience some deja vu. The situation, the way it's shot, and even the way the crook gets yanked around by the authorities – it's all right out of the Coens' 1987 comedy Raising Arizona.
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10 unique videogames from the Cold War

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Top 10 Ryan Lambie 17 Sep 2013 - 05:58

What can videogames tell us about the volatile east-west relations in the 1980s? Ryan takes a look at 10 unique titles from the Cold War...

Videogames are often talked about in terms of nostalgia or their pioneering place in the medium’s evolution, but how often are they described as social or historical documents? The spread of videogaming’s broader popularity in the 70s to the golden age of arcades in the 1980s took place within the shadow of the Cold War’s final years, so it’s only logical that their content reflects that period in history.

After World War II rumbled to a close in 1945, the post-war period brought with it not an era of unprecedented peace, but one of anxiety and distrust; the Us and the Ussr were two superpowers locked in a state of terse rivalry, and the threat of nuclear
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Revisiting The X-Files season 1: Deep Throat

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Review Jennifer Cates Feb 6, 2013

Jennifer's weekly look-back at the story arc episodes of The X-Files' first season continues with Deep Throat...

This look-back contains spoilers.

1.2 Deep Throat

The X-Files brings out the big guns for its second ever episode. After a pilot that gave us the aliens and the Smoking Man, we have an episode that serves up The Aircraft, and Deep Throat. So after only two episodes, we are left in no doubt that aliens exist and that they have visited earth, putting us always on the side of Mulder and in constant wonder over Scully’s ability to remain skeptical. It was a bold move on the part of the show; who could know if, after getting the money shot, viewers would continue to tune in? It’s a testament to the writers and our beloved actors that the audience is more than willing to see how far the rabbit hole goes,
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The greatest sci-fi movies of the 1950s

The 50s was a golden era of big screen sci-fi. Here’s our pick of the decade’s ten very best genre films…

Off screen and on, the 1950s was a spectacular era for science fiction. In literature, Ray Bradbury kicked off the decade with his masterpiece, The Martian Chronicles, while digest magazines like Galaxy were publishing the works of such sci-fi luminaries as Arthur C. Clarke, Isaac Asimov and Robert Heinlein.

In the cinema, every year brought forth a fresh wave of genre pictures, some brilliant in their awfulness (Plan 9 From Outer Space, Robot Monster), others simply brilliant. This article is devoted to the movies in the latter category.

Here, then, is my rundown of my ten favourite science fiction movies of the 50s:

Destination Moon (1950)

The 50s era equivalent of 2001: A Space Odyssey, Destination Moon was the brave attempt of producer George Pal to bring a
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Sir Patrick Moore’s Irish UFO movie unearthed (IrishCentral)

For 50 years Sir Patrick Moore has been the BBC’s leading authority on astronomy but it was recently been revealed that during the 1950s Moore starred in a B-movie about UFOs (Unidentified Flying Objects) in County Monaghan. The film “Them in the Thing”, a low budget science-fiction movie was filmed in 1954 and includes shots of flying saucers hovering over Castle Leslie, in Monaghan. The cinematic treasure was discovered by the Irish Film Institute and was the work of the late Desmond Leslie, whose family were residents in the castle for over 300 years. Leslie had a lifelong passion for extra-terrestrials and in 1953 he wrote a book entitled “Flying Saucers Have Landed”. The next year he set to work on the B-movie with help the neighboring village of Glaslough and his own son, Mark. Mark said “My dad was quite an experienced filmmaker with a high definition camera. He was pretty ambitious
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The Empire Strikes Back as a 50s Sci-Fi Movie

Ivan Guerrero has done something very cool. He’s taken loads of classic sci-fi movie clips and spliced them together to make a 50s-style movie trailer for The Empire Strikes Back. Guerrero has more of these “Premakes”, but this one is a must-see. I just can’t help but marvel at how he was able to find the right old clips to make a reasonable comparison to the iconic imagery of Star Wars. But he did and it’s damn impressive.

Hit the jump to check it out along with a list of all the films he used to put it together.



Here’s Guerrero’s list of films he took footage from (and obviously he did some text and small special effects). Also, if you’d like to see more of his Premakes, click here [via The Awesomer]:

Flash Gordon (“Deadline at Noon”, “Conquers the Universe”), The Phantom Planet, Buck Rogers in the 25th Century,
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