The Voice‘s Favorite Holiday Music

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! The time for tree decorating, family gatherings, and sweet holiday tunes. In honor of the season, here are some of Halftime’s picks for the best holiday music to sing and dance along to as the year draws to a close. “Hanukkah in Santa Monica” — Tom Lehrer As...

Weekly List: A Sufjan Stevens Christmas — Deep Cuts Edition

It’s the holiday season once again, and that means it’s high time to revisit one of Halftime’s (read: my) favorite Christmas albums. Sufjan Stevens’ one-hundred-song ode to the Christmas holiday is a wondrous and weird compilation of beloved classics and super original deep cuts. So for the third (and final) time, Halftime Presents: A Sufjan...

Arrival : Mastering Aesthetic Distance and Cinemonarrative Consonance

From War of the Worlds to 2001: A Space Odyssey, the meeting of modern-day Earthlings and advanced extraterrestrials is seemingly a story for every season. That’s a testament to the enduringly human concerns at the core of the concept, because the fable of first contact is as much about the way humans relate to themselves...

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The Post-Hernandez NFL Claims its First Victim

The Post-Hernandez NFL Claims its First Victim

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04/08/2014

After a career year with the Philadelphia Eagles, star wide receiver DeSean Jackson has unofficially become the first player to see the negative effect Aaron Hernandez has left on the NFL. Jackson was recently cut by the Eagles and has now signed with the division rival Redskins despite the fact that he seems to perfectly…

The MLBeat: Assessing the Nationals

The MLBeat: Assessing the Nationals

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04/07/2014

Just one year after winning the National League East Division in 2012, the Washington Nationals fell out of contention for a first place finish by a large margin last year. The entrance of Bryce Harper and his Rookie of the Year season in 2012 brought with it a glimmer of hope for Nats fans that…

Pure X, Cloud Nothings, Jamie XX

Pure X, Cloud Nothings, Jamie XX

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04/07/2014

Welcome, once again, to The Weekly List(en), a brief selection of some of Halftime’s favorite new tracks. This week on The List we have an eclectic mix of exciting new music, so check out our picks! First, we have a track off of Pure X’s new album, Angel, which was released on April 1. The…

Looking Back: “El Duque” and the 1998 Yankees

Looking Back: “El Duque” and the 1998 Yankees

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04/07/2014

On Christmas Day in 1997, Orlando Hernandez, a thirty-two year old Cuban baseball star, boarded a small boat and set sail for the United States. Hernandez, often known simply by his nickname “El Duque,” was a man seeking greener pastures; a year earlier, he had been banned from Cuban baseball amidst allegations that he had…

Wilt Chamberlain: The Behemoth of Basketball

Wilt Chamberlain: The Behemoth of Basketball

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04/06/2014

I don’t know about you, but for me, the name ‘Wilt Chamberlain’ has a mythical, god-like aura attached to it. With superhuman size, superhuman strength, and superhuman personality, Wilt’s lived a life that we will probably never be able to understand. He was Goliath, the freak of nature who absolutely dominated anyone who dared to…

b/c  is pure magic

b/c  is pure magic

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04/06/2014

“Because I want, if nothing else, for you to understand how much we love.” We all have ambition that drives us. We make the choices that end up shaping our experience. And it seems that in the end the telltale question, the indicator that decides for us whether or not we made the right choices…

Analysis: Michael Sam’s Talent, Not His Preference

Analysis: Michael Sam’s Talent, Not His Preference

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04/05/2014

In May of 2013, something revolutionary happened. Jason Collins, a fairly well known NBA center at the time, publicly “came out” and became the first openly homosexual professional athlete. Collins was strongly praised for his bravery and became an instant icon. While he was met with some criticism, the widespread acceptance and admiration that was…

Are remakes really that bad?

Are remakes really that bad?

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04/05/2014

Every couple of years, there seems to be a rush of articles written about Hollywood’s remake culture, most recently brought on by the upcoming (and totally baffling) Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot, courtesy of Michael Bay. There’s always a great deal of lamenting the loss of originality in movies, pining for the good ol’ days…

New Captain America is a mild improvement

New Captain America is a mild improvement

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04/04/2014

Captain America is back! The World War II hero who helped save the world in Captain America: The First Avenger and The Avengers has returned, once again fighting to save the world. Chris Evans, Samuel L. Jackson, and Scarlett Johansson all reprise their roles working for the fictional defense organization, S.H.I.E.L.D. in Captain America: The Winter Soldier.  In an exciting…

Scintillating Spurs Silence Silly Naysayers

Scintillating Spurs Silence Silly Naysayers

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04/04/2014

Despite fan enthusiasm for the Okahoma City Thunder, the Indiana Pacers, and any residual belief in the Miami Heat, the best team in the NBA is, once again, the San Antonio Spurs. For whatever reason, basketball’s intelligentsia decided to underrate San Antonio following their heartbreaking loss in the 2013 NBA Finals. The rationale was that…


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