Who Will Watch the Night Watch?

Earlier this year, for a story I never ended up writing, I sank some time into watching Night Watch and then, later, its sequel Day Watch, two films that were colossal blockbusters in their native Russia. I mean, huge, industry-changing, all-time box-office record-setters. I’d been aware of their come-hither effects-heavy trailers for …

Invasion of the Body Snatchers Snatchers

(You see what I did with that subject line — it’s like the movie itself has been snatched and remade as an emotionless alien version of itself. So meta. These are the dividends that you, the reader, reap from my three years in grad school.)

For me the 1970′s-era Invasion of the Body Snatchers is the primal SF horror movie experience. …

Marvel Zombies: This One’s a Biter!

Earlier this week I got a copy of the hardcover collection Marvel Zombies, and I have to admit, I’m deeply impressed. With all the corporate ass-covering that goes on in the media world, what other company would be willing to take its flagship intellectual properties, several of which are the basis of forthcoming mega-budget movies — …

id Software’s New Game Engine

I wasn’t at Jobs’s keynote yesterday, but I was interested to hear that John Carmack was there, showing off his new technology. Carmack is the guy who pretty much invented the first-person shooter — Wolfenstein, Doom, Quake, Doom again — the technical side of it anyway, and he’s still at the top of his game. So to speak. And it’s been …

Bill Gates, the Early Years: Damn, This Thing Works!

I’m going to post a lengthy excerpt here from the conversation I had with Bill Gates earlier this week, because, well, I have so much of it, and it kind of works as this wonderfully absorbing dramatic monologue about where Microsoft came from. This is him essentially telling the story of how he and Paul Allen figured out that writing …

Bill Gates Is Not Running for Prom King

I don’t generally like to work when I’m on vacation. I like to vacation when I’m on vacation. But I got an e-mail last week saying that Bill Gates was thinking about doing some press around his Harvard Commencement address today, and whenever there’s a chance to talk to Gates, I take it. Hence my getting on a plane to Seattle on …

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