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Affleck and Damon’s Project Greenlight Returns on HBO

It seems like a lifetime ago that Ben Affleck and Matt Damon launched Project Greenlight, and in terms of the evolution of filmmaking culture, it was. The original…

My Windows 10 Upgrade Hung Up. Here’s How I Fixed It.

I’ve been watching the blogs since April regarding the free upgrade to Windows 10. If you’re unfamiliar, Microsoft recently shifted their business model regarding the Windows operating system…

Surviving the Apocalypse in Phoenix 9

The modern era of moviemaking has changed in one profound way. Prior to computer production methods, indie filmmakers produced low budget short films with minimal effects and hoped…

Short Film Friday: State Zero

Today, for Short Film Friday, I’ve selected State Zero, a short post-apocalypse film by Andree Wallin. This low-budget indie film looks like a big-budget blockbuster. The description from the…

Film Teaser: The Leviathan

The Leviathan is a proof of concept pitch from Ruairi Robinson, director of Last Days of Mars (and the highly regarded short starring Cillian Murphy – The Silent…

Star Wars Lost and Found History: Black Angel

It’s summertime, 1980 and you’re in a mercifully cool, air-conditioned theater. The lights go down and your heart rate increases in anticipation of the feature attraction — The…

Watch Three Dark and Original Short Films

Submitted for your review today, three dark and original short films you can watch in a half hour when you’re killing time. I found them all entertaining. Burnt…

Terminator Genisys Breaks 10 Crucial Rules

My family just arrived home from Terminator Genisys, a mediocre movie by Terminator standards, and likely the last time we’ll see Arnold Schwarzenegger in this role. Despite excellent…

My First Week Driving for Uber

An acquaintance of mine recently started driving for Uber when the service launched in Fargo, and he’s been making an occasional mention of it on his social media,…

ABC’s Drama about the Bakken is Headed for Oblivion

Things are not looking good for the ABC drama “Blood & Oil,” a show about the oil boom in western North Dakota’s Bakken oil fields. “Wait a minute,”…

Review: Tomorrowland

It’s Memorial Weekend and like we do on most holidays, we decided to go to the movies. My son normally gets the most preferential treatment in choosing the…

Fargo: Then and Now

These are some teaser images from a book we’re working on, a photographic history of Fargo featuring present day photos that are reshoots of classic shots from the…

Dying Day

Shadow Man: Dying Day

“I’m going to get some beer,” I said as I crushed my can and tossed it in the grass. My old “friends” barely noticed. I intended to get…

12 True Stories Begging for Movie Treatment

Truth really is stranger-than-fiction, and the news breaks on something unbelievable every day it seems. Every now and then I’ll read something and think to myself, “Wow. Why…

How a Lil Jon Concert Scam Unfolded in Fargo

A story about a bogus concert promoter who scheduled a fake tour featuring Drake hit the web yesterday, and it reminded me that I should really write this…

Twilight Zone in Space: Season One

Anthology TV has always been a guilty pleasure of mine. I suspect it’s old fashioned since the genre seems to have died out in the early nineties, but…

Devastation in the Aftermath of the 1957 Fargo Tornado

In the course of putting together a few coffee table books, we’ve spent a lot of time rooting through boxes of postcards at estate sales and antique stores,…

Fargo Riverfront Study 2015 Released

This is a process I’ve been following with great interest since the first push for a downtown renaissance zone and redevelopment began. The first real project to grab…

1966 Northern UFO Outbreak

When I posted a story about a 1966 UFO sighting in Donnybrook, North Dakota, I was inundated with messages from people who said there was a whole other…

Trailer: Insidious 3

After a decade of gore-fests like the Saw series, Hostel, or any of Rob Zombie’s movies, the new generation of mainstream horror continues to build. The success of…