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Noah F. Houghton

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The Last Kingdom

Top Five: Historical Dramas

Perhaps the most relevant show on this list in the face of current events is “The Americans.”

'Rick and Morty' Season 3

‘Rick and Morty’ Finale Caps Off Season of Change

It is particularly striking that the season finale functions as something of a reset button for the Sanchez-Smith family in a season which has been explicitly about change.

Senua from "Hellblade"

‘Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice’ is a Short but Singular Experience

It’s a great single-player experience that you might not want to play again after you beat it, but it’s a hell of a time while you’re on that first run.

Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice

An Interview with Dominic Matthews of ‘Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice’

In Hellblade, everything’s very intimate—the camera is very close to Senua. It’s brutal, and it’s very visceral, so combat is different.


War and Peace in Space: 'Stellaris: Utopia' Enhances Galactic Empire Sim

I’ve poured many, many hours into "Stellaris,” and I can tell you that it’s worth your time.


Recap: No Lines Left to Cross in 'The Americans'

​“The Americans” is doing its best to juggle a number of plotlines in its fifth season. That makes for great storytelling, but it can also make for particularly confusing episodes when the directors choose to advance too many of them at once.


Recap: No One’s The Good Guy in ‘The Americans’

The season is definitely slower than previous ones; that hasn’t changed. But it might be less of an issue than I first thought, because these first few episodes, taken together, constitute the beginning of a metamorphosis for both Stan and the Jennings.


Despite Pre-Release Concerns, ‘Mass Effect: Andromeda’ Is Worth Playing

Not only are the environments large enough in scope and scale to be imposing—more importantly, the game will require a lot of your time.


Recap: A Plague Upon Their Grain

This season continues to build on the work of the initial seasons, but I have to wonder if the dramatically slowed pace will undercut that success.


Nothing Stays Buried in ‘The Americans’ Season Five Premiere

Joe Weisberg, former C.I.A. officer and creator/producer of “The Americans,” has earned my trust with four mostly incredible seasons of television. It must be said, however, that this was not the triumphant return to the small screen that could be hoped for, perhaps even expected, from the show.


‘The Walking Dead’ Midseason Premiere Shambles Further from Series Roots

There’s a startling and sudden dearth of the realism that once made the show such compelling television.


PHOX Wows with Contemplative Harmonies at Brighton Music Hall

Each member of the band is individually quite talented—Jason Krunnfusz provided great harmony and solid bass lines, and Martin’s smoky soprano is unmistakably the musical calling card of the ensemble—but the true joy of listening to PHOX is hearing their talents mesh together.

On Campus

“Aloha, Say the Pretty Girls” Arrives at Farkas Hall

Piñatas, komodo dragons, a dog that turns into a human: These wacky sights, among others, will take the stage at Farkas Hall this weekend during Harvard’s production of Naomi Iizuka’s 1999 comedy “Aloha, Say the Pretty Girls.”

Hamilton's America

'Hamilton’s America' Unlocks the Mystery of the Musical

Never-before-seen recordings of the Broadway performance are interspersed throughout the feature, along with commentary from prominent musicians and actors on the unique style of the show.

"Bad Hombres, Nasty Women"

Whoever Sings Best will be President: The Gregory Brothers ‘Songify the Election’

“Bad Hombres, Nasty Women,” a songification of the final presidential debate, features a great complex backing track with a fabulous hook.