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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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The Death of Utopia: ‘Firefly’ and the Return to Human Realism in TV Sci-Fi

Joss Whedon's science fiction western Firefly was revolutionary in several ways, not least its embrace of a degree of realism regarding human motivation, in contrast to the utopianism of earlier TV sci-fi such as Star Trek.

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Botticelli, Sandwiches Outside and Dreams of Bradbury’s ‘Dandelion Wine’

Boxed in by bandage-colored cubicle walls in downtown Manhattan, my thoughts drift to sweet days in Florence and Rome, and to lines in Ray Bradbury’s ‘Dandelion Wine’.

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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 // 9:00 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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‘Stargate Universe: SGU 1.5’: Look Again, and Much More Is Revealed

Delving into complex issues of faith, redemption, humanity and power within a space opera setting, Stargate Universe demands close attention from the viewer.

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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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New Jurisdiction: How Will the Dark, Brooding ‘Luther’ Fare Stateside?

Airing on BBC America later in the year, the BBC's recent dark crime series, Luther, deserves to do as well stateside as it's doing here in the UK.

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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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‘The American Stage’ Is Best Enjoyed As Theatre As Literature

A collection of 200-plus years of writing about the American theatre betrays a clear preference for the past over the present.

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23 Jun 2010 // 2:21 AM

Being alive is underrated. It can seem pretty simple, all told: Breathe in, breathe out. Walk around. Pay bills. It’s been done for centuries,

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A King’s Velvet Shorts, a Giant Green Eyeball—Must Be Doc Who & ‘The Curse of Peladon’

Those who’ve followed the Doctor for years already know how absolutely fun this show can be. For the rest of us, its only the beginning.

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‘The Affinity Bridge’ Is an Enormously Fun Steampunk Novel

George Mann's book is a smattering of Sherlock Holmes, Neuromancer, and H.G. Wells all rolled into one enormously fun Steampunk novel.

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21 May 2010 // 5:01 AM

Starfleet Unitards for Women

Trekkie compilations and more cocoa in Starfleet to confront viewers with the show's embedded sexism.

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Counterbalance: The Avalanches' 'Since I Left You'

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"Get a drink, have a good time now. Welcome to paradise, and read all about the 305th most acclaimed album of all time. An Australian plunderphonics pioneer is this week’s Counterbalance.

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