We all know what Black Friday is: in the U.S. it’s the madcap discount-driven shopping day after Thanksgiving that usually ends up with some kind of mayhem. Ask anyone these days what Black Friday means, and they’ll usually say it represents the day when retailers’ annual profit moves from red (a loss) to black (a gain,) due to this rush of maniacal shopping. The past few years an alternative theory about the origins of Black Friday suggested it’s linked to… Read more »

The events of the new film Room, a screenplay Emma Donoghue adapted from her best-selling 2010 novel of the same name, have echos of the Cleveland kidnappings (which came to light after the book was published) and the Jaycee Dugard case, but the main story that loosely inspired this emotional film happened in Austria.

The word demon usually isn’t taken literally anymore, but even figuratively, wrestling with demons is a serious issue. We’re usually talking about intense personal struggles with mental health issues and addiction that are robbing us and our loved ones of our selves, our identities, our peace, and our happiness. Many, though, believe demons are literal spirits that can overtake our bodies, turning us, unwittingly into puppet-type monsters.

X-rays have a ghostly quality – they’re white whispers on black, usually shouldering some hidden revelation about what’s going on inside. Artist David Maisel’s photographs of x-rays of ancient art in his “History’s Shadow” project delightfully plays with our senses, letting us see objects that have become the backdrop of our culture in an entirely new way. In order to stay fresh and interested in the marvels of our world, we have to keep pricking our dull senses, dusting off… Read more »

The baffling events of early 2013 in a fabled L.A. hotel are one of many inspirations for American Horror Story: Hotel, and an upcoming horror film called The Bringing. While the details of the case drove intense speculation about possible paranormal elements to a young woman’s death, the reality is more of lonely despair.

Area 51 is strange for a number of reasons, but one of the most glaring reasons it’s odd is so obvious we often can’t see it. It’s known as a secret, but it’s the opposite. It hasn’t been a secret since the 1950s, and even then it was a bit of a open government secret shrouded in mysterious coverups that have now been blasted apart. Whether you are a believer in alien stories or not, Area 51 has definitely invaded our imaginations to stay.

The first episode of Fargo, Season 2 involves Kirsten Dunst as Peggy Blomquist, a butcher’s wife who lets her denial of reality wrap them both up in a dizzying coverup. Some of the details of this darkly comedic scenario are inspired by a true events from over a decade ago.