Almost heaven, West Virginia

Some photos of things I’ve come across while playing Fallout 76:

A quiet night by the fire.


Country roads.

This guy was set up, firepit and TV and all, in a cemetery.

I don’t know what to tell you.

Gotta give Vault-Tec a bit of credit – they chose some nice country for Vault 76.

Nice night on the links.

Lee Carvallo’s Jousting Challenge (You have entered STOMP THE GAS).

At Fort McClintock.

A Mothman poster found inside a house.

The Mothman Museum in Point Pleasant.

More to come, I’m sure – there’s no shortage of things to see Fallout 76’s West Virginia.





Of country roads and Mothmen

One of my favourite cryptid stories is that of the Mothman, the giant, winged, red-eyed thing that terrorized the skies over Point Pleasant, West Virginia, in the 1960s.

The legend, and the Mothman itself, has proven popular and enduring – I’ve written about it before – and has winged its way into pop culture, even finding a spot on the monster roster of Fallout 76, which released earlier this week.

This newest Fallout is a bit of a spin on the franchise gameplay-wise, being an MMO/survival-type offering. But, as with the other games in the series, it’s still set in an alternate-history United States, after a nuclear war.

In this one, you emerge out of Vault 76, built smack-dab in the middle of West Virginia, an area that includes Point Pleasant. And, of course, the Mothman.

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Redder Deader

Red Dead Redemption 2 is a wonderful game, but one that requires no small amount of adjustment if you’ve played any GTA lately.

No supercars, flying motorcycles, or freeways here – just slow the hell down and mosey, wouldya?

As an aside, my one big regret is not saving more moments like the one captured in the video above. The flying-off-your-horse-after-you-do-something-stupid physics are very well done.


Character and theme in No Country for Old Men

No Country for Old Men (2007)

The blurb: Violence and mayhem ensue after a hunter stumbles upon a drug deal gone wrong and more than two million dollars in cash near the Rio Grande.

Runtime: 2 hours, 2 minues

Starring: Javier Bardem, Josh Brolin, Tommy Lee Jones, Woody Harrelson, Kelly Macdonald

Written by Joel Cohen & Ethan Cohen, based on the book No Country for Old Men by Cormac McCarthy

Directed by Joel Cohen and Ethan Cohen

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A Texan named Llewelyn Moss, while out hunting, stumbles across the remnants of a drug deal gone bad somewhere in the desert. He finds bodies, guns and spent cartridges, a stash of heroin, and, of course, cash. More than two million dollars in cash, actually, and Moss, like any sensible person, decides to keep it.

This wouldn’t be a big deal – nor much of a movie – if that was it. At the site, though, Moss also encounters one living person: a nearly-dead, bullet-riddled Mexican man, who says nothing but “agua.” Moss has no water, so he leaves the man there.

While lying in bed that night, however, Moss feels a pang of guilt over leaving the man there, and decides to bring the man some water. This is where things go wrong for our man Moss.

It’s dark when he gets back to the site. He parks his truck nearby and heads down to where he left the man, only to find the man now dead and the drugs missing. But before he can leave, another truck arrives, parked up on the rise beside Moss’s truck. The occupants slash his tires and come after Moss, who barely escapes with his life.

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Shin Godzilla vs. Red Tape

Much has been said about how political 2016’s Shin Godzilla was. It was as much a disaster/monster movie as a skewering of the Japanese government, as well as that of the United States, and their relationship.

And it’s all true, of course – it’s a beautifully-written film, and a hell of an addition to the series.

Something that’s always stood out to me on my viewings of that film, however, is how the film handles the endless bureaucracy that’s the Japanese government.

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Character in Oliver Stone’s Talk Radio

Talk Radio (1988)

Netflix blurb: With his show going into syndication, an acerbic radio talk-show host spouts opinions that anger everyone – including a local neo-Nazi group.

Runtime: 110 minutes

Starring Eric Bogosian, Alec Baldwin, Ellen Greene, Leslie Hope, John C. McGinley

Written by Eric Bogosian, Oliver Stone, based on Talk Radio by Eric Bogosian and Talked to Death: The Life and Murder of Alan Berg by Steven Singular

Directed by Oliver Stone

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First of all, great, tense, film, with a fascinating – but infuriating – main character in Barry Champlain, the aforementioned acerbic talk show host. Plot summary here.


This is a tragedy. Barry’s flaw is his ego – he takes himself way too seriously, and needs to be talked about, whether that’s positive or negative. He condescendingly argues with, and insults, his callers. He’s booed at public appearances, but he shakes that off easily. He brags about his negative press coverage – it’s all good publicity. He pushes everyone around them to their limits.

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