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Killtoberfest 5 – #3: The Exorcist

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“Do you know what she did, your cunting daughter?” Faith is a battlefield, and war is Hell: The Exorcist. The most important moment in William Friedkin’s 1973 horror blockbuster happens entirely off-screen, yet drives most of the rest of the plot. No, I’m not referring to Regan’s …

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Killtoberfest 5 – #2: Get Out

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“Why us? Huh? Why black people?” In Danse Macabre, about the 1975 horror film The Stepford Wives (to which Get Out is certainly a spiritual successor), Stephen King wrote: “Men, the film says, do not want women; they want robots with sex organs.” Get Out answers a similar question by …

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March 2017: The State of Anime Streaming

In All, Anime by Keskel

There comes a time in the career of every unpaid, amateur anime blogger that certain facts catch up with him, and he needs to product some content. Those facts may or may not include living with one of his editors, and the attendant opportunities for …

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Best (Worst) of 2016: Anime

In All, Anime by Keskel

This year I’m chronicling my terrible anime consumption/addiction a little differently from last year. I’m specifically listing “original” or non-sequel shows in one list, and am leaving a separate place for continuations (ie., season 2s or franchises). It’s worth noting that I’m not treating an …

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The Mainstreaming of Anime Has Failed

In All, Anime by Keskel

As I write this, I’m still recovering from this year’s Anime Expo, a convention dedicated to anime fandom of all stripes. As with every time I go to a con like this, I start thinking about the state of anime fandom and what it means …

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The Loaded Die: Konexi, Tanto Cuore, Guillotine

In All, Board Games by Kyu

Welcome back to The Loaded Die, a biweekly feature here at the Kraken where your host, Kyu (that’s me!) reviews three new board games in every delicious post. For each game, I’ll give an overview of what it is, a description of how to play, and my subjective thoughts …

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The Comic-Con Report: SDCC 2016

In All, Conventions by David

After a whirlwind of activity, another San Diego Comic-Con has come and gone, a little more than a week ago. This was the sixth time I have gone to SDCC, and each time has been a different and fun experience travelling into the belly of …

Conpocalypse 2015 SDCC Edition: Sunday Funday

In All, Conventions by David

Well, it has been a good run, but all good things must come to an end. In the final part of Conpocalypse SDCC Edition, I will discuss the events on Sunday, plus the highs and lows of SDCC 2015 as a whole. Sunday is always …

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Killtoberfest 5 – #3: The Exorcist

In All, Movies by KyuLeave a Comment

“Do you know what she did, your cunting daughter?” Faith is a battlefield, and war is Hell: The Exorcist. The most important moment in William Friedkin’s 1973 horror blockbuster happens entirely off-screen, yet drives most of the rest of the plot. No, I’m not referring to Regan’s …

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Killtoberfest 5 – #2: Get Out

In All, Movies by KyuLeave a Comment

“Why us? Huh? Why black people?” In Danse Macabre, about the 1975 horror film The Stepford Wives (to which Get Out is certainly a spiritual successor), Stephen King wrote: “Men, the film says, do not want women; they want robots with sex organs.” Get Out answers a similar question by …

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The Anticipated: Colossal

In All, Movies by David

Hello all! It is time for another edition of The Anticipated. What’s that? You thought this day would never come? Yeah, okay, it may have been a little while… okay, more than a little while, but things are getting back on track. So let’s get to …

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Notes from the Kraken: October

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Welcome again to We Have Always Live the Kraken, a pop culture blog transmitted directly to you from the belly of the beast. Here in the Notes we’ll show you this month’s posting schedule, but first here are some thoughts. So the SNES Classic is here, and Nintendo’s …

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Notes from the Kraken: September

In All, Notes by Kyu

Welcome again to We Have Always Live the Kraken, a pop culture blog transmitted directly to you from the belly of the beast. Here in the Notes we’ll show you this month’s posting schedule, but first here are some thoughts. So we have finally come to the end …

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Notes from the Kraken: August

In All, Notes by Kyu

Welcome again to We Have Always Live the Kraken, a pop culture blog transmitted directly to you from the belly of the beast. Here in the Notes we’ll show you this month’s posting schedule, but first here are some thoughts. Stephen King has three works that stand above …

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Notes from the Kraken: July

In All, Notes by David

Welcome again to We Have Always Live the Kraken, a pop culture blog transmitted directly to you from the belly of the beast. Here in the Notes we’ll show you this month’s posting schedule, but first here are some thoughts. So things have moved slowly at the Kraken …

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Notes from the Kraken: June

In All, Notes by David

Welcome again to We Have Always Live the Kraken, a pop culture blog transmitted directly to you from the belly of the beast. Here in the Notes we’ll show you this month’s posting schedule, but first here are some thoughts. Wonder Woman has finally come and it is, …

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Emmys Live Blog 2017

In All, Television by David

Another year has passed, and it is time for the Emmys to return, so check in at 5:30 PDT (okay, I guess earlier, thanks internet for lying to me) for all the useless insight and jokes from me in this year’s Emmys. 5:13 PM PDT: Well, …

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Shot in the Dark Emmy Predictions

In All, Television by David

So with the Emmys almost at hand, we are ever so close to finding out who can win in a TV awards landscape devoid of Game of Thrones. (Though I have to wonder if the most recent season could win anyhow… Who am I kidding? This …

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Golden Globes Live Snark Blog

In All, Movies, Television by David

So, okay this is going to be weird. Turns out switching over to internet cable like Playstation Vue means I can’t actually watch the Globes… So instead I am just going to do a live reaction to Twitter as I get more and more angry …

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Oscarathon 2017: Golden Globes Predictions

In All, Movies, Television by David

The Golden Globes are tonight, and while I will do my traditional live blog during the show, I thought this year I would also throw out some predictions. Predicting the Globes can be tricky because, well, they are so damn weird. The Hollywood Foreign Press Association …

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Hidden Levels: Recettear: An Item Shop’s Tale

In All, Video Games by Matt Morris

In this recurring feature, guest blogger Matt Morris takes us through the lost, the forgotten, and the overlooked video games of yore. Consider him your guide through all the best and most secret Hidden Levels. Game: Recettear: An Item Shop’s Tale (2007) Genre: Role-Playing, Simulation Platform: PC Developer: EasyGameStation Publisher: Carpe …

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Hidden Levels: Cool Spot

In All, Video Games by Matt Morris

In this recurring feature, guest blogger Matt Morris takes us through the lost, the forgotten, and the overlooked video games of yore. Consider him your guide through all the best and most secret Hidden Levels. Game: Cool Spot (1993) Genre: Platformer Platform: Genesis, SNES Developer: Virgin Games Publisher: Virgin Interactive Ahh, …

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Hidden Levels: OneShot

In All, Video Games by Matt Morris

In this recurring feature, guest blogger Matt Morris takes us through the lost, the forgotten, and the overlooked video games of yore. Consider him your guide through all the best and most secret Hidden Levels. Game: OneShot (2003 Original / 2016 Reboot) Genre: Puzzle Adventure Platform: PC Developer: Team OneShot Publisher: Team OneShot …

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Hidden Levels: Mystical Ninja Starring Goemon

In All, Video Games by Matt Morris

In this recurring feature, guest blogger Matt Morris takes us through the lost, the forgotten, and the overlooked video games of yore. Consider him your guide through all the best and most secret Hidden Levels. Game: Mystical Ninja Starring Goemon (1997 JP / 1998 NA) Genre: Action …

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Best of 2016: Video Games

In All, Video Games by Matt Morris

Matt: 2016 was a rough year in many ways, but when times are tough, video games are like a warm blanket of comfort on a cold night. So huddle up, folks, because it’s time to talk about the year in video gaming! We saw the release …

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