He's one of those historical figures (the Borgias also come to mind) who probably weren't much worse than their contemporaries, but most of what we know about them comes from their enemies. Sometimes more recent and more rigorous scholarship can amend their reputation, but it's really hard to change the image in the… » 10/21/14 11:44am Yesterday 11:44am

Until recently, even if horror films performed poorly at the box office—if they got a theatrical release at all—they could still do well on the home video market, because horror fans are a voracious lot. I don't know the current situation, but the things I've heard second-hand suggest the rise of digital… » 10/21/14 7:45am Yesterday 7:45am

I wonder if Godfather Part II works so well because it's simultaneously prequel and sequel. I like to refer to it as The Rise and Fall of the Corleone Empire. In the past, Vito avenges his father and builds a criminal empire, and maintains the love of his family. In the present, Michael has (in a sense) avenged his… » 10/20/14 10:35am Monday 10:35am

I will respond with that other sociological study of equal impact and legitimacy, Say Yes to the Dress. Two or three times an episode, a group of women will debate their differences in opinion, reach compromises, and decide on the best way to allocate thousands of dollars. » 10/20/14 8:37am Monday 8:37am

There were a lot of writers like that in the early 80s. Steven Brust and Lawrence Watt-Evans did some similar things. There was a lot of thought about, "given access to reliable magic powers and items, what stops the characters from abusing the hell out of them like any D&D player with half a brain?" Today, there's a… » 10/16/14 12:04pm 10/16/14 12:04pm