Image Courtesy of Toby Kane and Brian Masek

There’s a raw energy that permeates the entirety of Toby Kane and Brian Masek’s musical experiment “Ghost and a Guess.” Recorded remotely with the help of regional musicians during the pandemic, the effort feels like an escape from the stresses of being a citizen of Earth in current times. …


A short story about addiction.

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Friday, December 17th, 1993–4AM

The last hit had been too much. He had gone too far. The room had stopped spinning, and was now just fading in and out from existence. A lump caught in his throat, and he began to cough into a clammy, clenched fist. …


A story of humor and horror.

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As the barn door creaked open, the Old Gods beneath it stirred.

“Shh! Harold, you’re going to get us caught!”

“Would you calm down, you dumb sumbitch?”

Harold peered into the old barn and nothing peered back. He motioned for Dale to follow him in. His companion reluctantly obliged, wiping…


In a post-apocalyptic world, a young girl tries to get her father to safety.

Original Artwork by Author

As Kori dragged her father up an exit ramp and into the city, she noticed the silence. It wasn’t the same ominous silence that had followed them on the journey here. Rather, it was a peaceful silence, occasionally punctuated by the call of a bird or the chirp of a…


The 1992 film starring Brad Pitt and Kim Basinger is a disaster, but the idea has potential to be great…if you fix the gender politics.

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Have you seen the (almost) cult classic Cool World? If you haven’t, I wouldn’t blame you. It’s mostly known for being that Who Framed Roger Rabbit? rip-off starring Brad Pitt and a misogynistic attitude that hasn’t aged particularly well — if it was ever in vogue to begin with. No…


Kristi Noem has created a problem at the South Dakota border.

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Kristi Noem is a terrible governor. And I promise I’m not saying that because she’s a Republican.

I’m saying that because in the past year, she’s attempted to overturn the will of the people on marijuana laws, downplayed a pandemic that killed over 2,000 South Dakotans, and spends more time…


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I had a blast at Grandpa’s, but I might have been the only one…

When my grandfather passed away, I was obviously devastated. He meant a lot to me. He was an artist and a poet, and he instilled a love of art in me from a very young age. We would sit and discuss Tarantino and Scorcese films, listen to his extensive music…


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Oh, sorry, I don’t have any K-cups, Karen! I just bought a French press this weekend. No more K-cups for this guy!

Wait, do you not have a French press? It’s actually really cool once you look into it. A French press actually gives you more control over the taste and temperature of your coffee. …


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I feel as though I have to tell you…those mini-pufts are very on brand for the ‘Ghostbusters’ franchise.

Seriously, Film Twitter? This is what we’re going to gripe about today? Hot off of the “can horror films be set in space?” discourse, we’re going to fight about Mr. Stay Puft?!?!

I mean, I get it. You grumpy movie fans need something to bitch about, and today, a harmless…


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The fourth entry in the MonsterVerse is the “fast food” blockbuster we need right now.

Wow, was it fun seeing a big, dumb blockbuster in a packed theater! And by packed, I mean at fifty percent capacity, because…well…you know the situation by now. The experience was something both myself and the rest of the movie-going population have been yearning for since March of last year…

Sam Lenz

A film critic with a taste for genre fare, living in Sioux Falls, SD. If you love movies, we’ll get along just fine.

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