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Cream of the Cool

It's that time of year again! The time when we separate the hard from the soft. The myths from the legends. The tin...from the IRON.

Presenting, the 10th annual edition of...

THE IRON NODER CHALLENGE

Many hundreds have tried. Mere tens have succeeded. Do you think you have what it takes to enter the hallowed HALL OF THE IRON?

Actually, when you think about it, it's not even that hard. All you have…

"They think that details make it more real, but they're wrong. Reality is messy."

Dr. Ana Stelline

That quote is bitterly ironic. (Not a spoiler, don't worry; this review is pretty much spoiler free.) She's talking about Replicant memory implants there and what makes 'good' ones. Her point is that there is more art in what's missing and the messy parts, and that's what makes one emotional, visceral and real. The irony comes from the…

Ben Cooper, Inc. was an American company that manufactured Halloween costumes. The company stayed open from the 1930s through the 1980s, and their costumes were absolutely ubiquitous in the 1950s to the 1970s. If you weren't wearing a Ben Cooper costume, you probably knew a half-dozen kids in school who were. 

The company was founded in 1937 by Ben Cooper, a guy who'd got into the theatrical costume biz and designed costumes and sets for the Cotton Club and the Ziegfeld Follies.…

"I Sing The Body Electric" is the 35th episode of the third season of The Twilight Zone, and was first broadcast in May of 1962. It starred Josephine Hutchinson as "Grandmother". It was written by Ray Bradbury, the only episode of the Twilight Zone filmed from one of his scripts. The short story was based on the script for this episode, which I did not know while viewing it: I thought that this was the filmed interpretation of an already famous story.

The Twilight Zone is one of the…