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They Might Be Giants: Join Us

Join Us is the type of record, despite its titular invitation, that will be best enjoyed by the faithful, as opposed to those who are curious about the group and want a starting point to delve into.

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Discover a Hero in ‘Cedar Rapids’

What's at first blush a light-hearted comedy is actually a much more profound tale.

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Was Megan Fox Right? The Women of ‘Transformers: Dark of the Moon’

Transformers: Dark of the Moon is another exercise in the one-dimensional portrayal of women for Michael Bay.

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Everything You Know Is Wrong: An Interview with “Weird Al” Yankovic

He survived an inexplicable Lady Gaga controversy, and is warning us of the fiery (and hilarious) Alpocalypse at hand. The Grammy-winning comedy icon discusses everything from Rebecca Black to what would've made his Internet Leaks EP more effective, as well as the time he missed out on filling in for James Taylor on The Tonight Show.

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20 Jun 2011 // 10:00 PM

In Praise of Silliness

They say you gotta laugh to keep from crying. A simple dose of pure silliness taken on a regular basis is much needed, these days.

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‘Four Lions’ With a Ridiculous Roar

Chris Morris transcends the obstacles of the delicate subject matter of suicide bombers and creates a sharp satire.

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Let’s Play: Interactivity by Proxy in a Web 2.0 Culture (Part 4)

The ways gamers customize their gameplay and then document that play has the potential to significantly affect how certain titles and their surrounding culture of players are perceived.

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Let’s Play: Interactivity by Proxy in a Web 2.0 Culture (Part 3)

Today marks the third of four articles dedicated to fully unpacking my recent paper for Rutgers School of Communication, presented earlier this month at the

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‘Campus’ Series Premiere

The new series from the makers of Green Wing feels like comedy by the numbers.

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‘Wild Target’: Moral Ambiguity Without Messy Drool

Thoughtfully drawn characters give audiences something to relate to and laugh at in the offbeat comedy, Wild Target.

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“It Will Change the Genre Forever”: An Interview with “The Walking Dead’s” Jeryl Prescott

"It seemed like an odd marriage: Frank Darabont and AMC ... and zombies." Jeryl Prescott talks about how her Southern roots prepared her for this story of zombie apocalypse in the South.

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Fall 2011-12: It’s Pilot Season, People

Pan Am isn’t not the only pilot trying to capitalize in this post-Mad Men world.

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Michael Palin: Nice Guy Finishes in Hollywood

The Nice One from Monty Python sketches a consistent portrait of himself as a decent, ordinary bloke who just happens to be trapped in the role of light-comedy hero -- Hugh Grant comes inevitably to mind -- playing exasperated straight man to his whacky buddies, who in turn are forever dragging him into Situations.

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‘Skippy Dies’: This Isn’t Hogwarts

Paul Murray's novel about tragedy, heartbreak, and quantum physics at an Irish private school is as snortingly funny as it is painfully poignant.

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22 Sep 2010 // 10:00 PM

Playing the Fool

Successful video game comedy often depends on whether the player is willing to be the butt of the joke.

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The Danger of ‘Girl Comics’

There's always the risk that efforts like the “Women of Marvel” are token exercises, small measures taken in lieu of further reaching commitments to change in how women are regarded, as characters, as creators, and ultimately, as readers.

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‘Saturday Night Live: The Best of Will Ferrell’—Inching Toward Potential

Despite their longevity, the SNL home video producers have never quite taken full advantage of the of the DVD format.

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It’s Stop-Motion Brilliance From the Low Countries In ‘A Town Called Panic’

There's never an attempt to mask nor rationalize the absurdity of this story. Rather, it's a world that's almost infinitely open and flexible, and that operates on its own logic.

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‘Hot Tub Time Machine’: Jump In, But Hold Your Nose

If you liked The Hangover, are a fan of any of the leads or enjoy the kind of humor associated with Apatow-style films, Hot Tub Time Machine may be for you.

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Janes Smiley’s Excellent Prose and Sly Humor are Here in ‘Private Life’

Smiley never writes a book without placing her characters amidst upheaval; here it's war, along with scientific advances and technologies like the telephone, the 1906 earthquake, and the Spanish Influenza epidemic.

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Double Take: The African Queen (1951)

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"What a time they had, Charlie and Rosie. They'll never lack for stories to tell their grandchildren. And what a time we had at Double Take discussing the spiritual and romantic journey of the African Queen.

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