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ModCon02 has a long and fruitful history of loving and hating popular culture, music, movies and books. He is sitting, somewhat comfortably, in North America but his heart belongs to Sheffield.

Casting Number 13: Who Will Be The Next Doctor Who?

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Current Doctor Peter Capaldi has confirmed that the upcoming series of Doctor Who will be his last. Which means that for Whovians everywhere it’s time to start making a list of possible replacements. (It’s part of the grieving process. Don’t come at me.) This is the look on millions of Whovians’ faces right about now. […]

Peter Capaldi Stepping Down After Third Season As Doctor Who

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Peter Capaldi has announced that the upcoming series of long-running BBC program ‘Doctor Who’ would be his last. He made the announcement during an interview with Jo Whiley on the the radio program ‘An Evening In‘. “I’ve never done one job for three years,” Capaldi said “and I feel it’s sort of time for me […]

The Actor’s Actor: Sir John Hurt, 1940-2017

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Sir John Hurt, one of the greatest actors of his generation, has passed on following a battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 77. In a career that spanned nearly six decades, Hurt assayed every type of role across every type of genre and was brilliant in all of them. It staggers me to consider the […]

Well *I* Liked It! A Defiant Defense of ‘Resident Evil’

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The (allegedly) Final Installment in the absurdly long running ‘Resident Evil’ movie series comes to theaters this week. ModCon takes this as his cue to argue the merits of another in an increasingly long list of Lost Causes… First off, I’m talking about the FIRST of the 33 or so ‘Resident Evil’ movies made so […]

Filled With Secrets: Mark Frost Takes Us Back To ‘Twin Peaks’

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On January 9th, 2017, Showtime ended months of speculation by announcing a date for the return of ‘Twin Peaks’. The groundbreaking TV series created by David Lynch & Mark Frost was at long last getting it’s 3rd season. New episodes will begin airing May 21st, 2017.   ‘Twin Peaks’ originally premiered on April 8th, 1990. […]

Miguel Ferrer: An Appreciation

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As Constantin Stanislavski famously remarked: “There are no small parts, only small actors.” He could have been referring to Miguel Ferrer, one of the finest character actors of his generation. Ferrer died January 19th following a battle with esophageal cancer.   (Left to Right) Miguel Ferrer, Kyle MacLachlan, David Lynch & David Bowie on the set […]

Sinisterly Sad & Mirthfully Morose: A Lemony Snicket Reader

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If I were Lemony Snicket, this article would begin by telling you to stop reading. I would politely suggest that your time might be better spent perusing recipies for marmalade. Or perhaps a picture book of puppies dressed up as movie stars. I would further urge you to avoid any attempt by me, Lemony Snicket, […]

‘Krazy’ – A Timely Appreciation Of A Forgotten Master

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I first discovered ‘Krazy Kat’ – the brilliant, absurdist work of cartoonist George Herriman – when I was around 9 years old. I grew up with a  father who was one of those depression-era babies obsessed by relics of his childhood. They reminded him, he would say, of a simpler time. “Things were better back […]

2016: A Savage Year In Music

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ModCon02 returns to active duty at Echoba.se with a look back at his favorite music from 2016 – this most savage of years. Be warned, comrades: heartache and wrenching change lie ahead.   2016 was a rough year. I’m sorry if that’s redundant or not particularly insightful, but, well… it needs to be said. For […]

KABLOOEY! Or: The Apocalypse Goes To The Movies!

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For no particular reason, ModCon has gone and compiled a list of movies that follow a certain theme. You could even say they have an “end of days vibe”.  Yes, comrades: it’s the Apocalypse. Now! Say what you will about 2016 – that it’s nasty, brutish and seemingly on a mission to kill off our […]

I Miss Capaldi. Oh! Look! A ‘Class’ Trailer!

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It has now been over a year since we last saw Peter Capaldi as Doctor Who on our screens, and, well… I’m really starting to feel the weight of that absence.     Absence can have weight. It’s a paradox. Yes, it’s confusing. But at least it’s not as confusing as a Bootstrap Paradox. Anyway, […]

Does ‘Ghostbusters’ Extended Cut Help Or Hurt?

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On September 27th, ‘Ghostbusters 2016‘ was released in an extended director’s cut as a digital download. A Blu-Ray/DVD physical release will be released October 11th. I was going to wait and buy the physical media, but I decided to give myself an early Halloween present.     I thought the theatrical version was great fun. […]