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by Michael Barrett

3 Jun 2015

Like the best  spaghetti westerns, Day of Anger injects social commentary into its flashy widescreen vistas and ear-catching music.

Spaghetti westerns are marked above all by a monotonous emphasis on revenge, violence, and sadism perpetrated by ambiguous antiheroes and the men who hate them. The best examples inject social commentary or dress it up with a flashy style of widescreen vistas and ear-catching music. Day of Anger is among the better examples, especially when we can see it in such a clear, vibrant, properly letterboxed transfer.

by PopMatters Staff

3 Jun 2015

Enter for your  chance to win a copy of Brad Meltzer's new book The President’s Shadow + $100 Visa gift card.

One (1) winner receives:
·      $100 Visa gift card
·      Copy of The President’s Shadow

Giveaway open to US addresses only.
Prizing and samples provided by Grand Central Publishing.

Following The Inner Circle and The Fifth Assassin, #1 bestselling author Brad Meltzer returns with The President’s Shadow. in PopMatter’s Hangs on LockerDome

by Brice Ezell

3 Jun 2015

With a simplistic  yet undeniably catchy chorus, "Simpleanimal" is a welcome return by the Seattle-by-way-of-Oklahoma indie pop outfit Aqueduct.

It’s been eight years since Aqueduct—initially from Tulsa, Oklahoma but now camped out in Seattle—released a full-length debut, the last time being 2007’s Or Give Me Death. That LP follows 2005’s I Sold Gold, which caught the group a new wave of critical appreciation and even an appearance on Conan O’Brien. The wait for a new Aqueduct album is now over, however, as Wild Knights is set to be released this summer.

For both a preview of Wild Knights and an example of frontman David Terry’s pop chops, you can stream the catchy “Simpleanimal” below. The direct yet subtly complex tune is one reason why this description from The Onion makes terrific sense: “[Aqueduct is] like a collaboration between the Beach Boys and XTC.”

by Fergus Halliday

3 Jun 2015

Heroes: Reborn  looks like what the original Heroes could have been in an alternate, better universe.

First airing in September 2006, the first season of NBC’s Heroes found its audience in a big way. It combined an interesting cast, slick special effects (for the time), and a sprawling mythology to bring superpowers to the small screen that, in retrospect, really set the stage for today’s superhero TV line-up. However, Heroes’ success proved short-lived, as each successive season grew more convoluted and threw away a lot of the goodwill its debut garnered.

This year, the series is set to return with Heroes: Reborn, and there’s every reason to suspect it could be a real phoenix-rising moment for the show.

by Brian Crecente / Tribune News Service (TNS)

3 Jun 2015

While E3 has  traditionally been an industry event that doesn’t officially allow consumers onto its game-packed floors, this year the show is allowing 4,000 to 5,000 of some of gaming’s biggest fans into the Los Angeles Convention Center halls to wander as invited guests.

This year’s E3 will include a first for the 20-year-old annual international gaming convention in LA: limited public access.

While E3 has traditionally been an industry event that doesn’t officially allow consumers onto its game-packed floors, this year the show is allowing 4,000 to 5,000 of some of gaming’s biggest fans into the Los Angeles Convention Center halls to wander as invited guests.

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"Like the best spaghetti westerns, Day of Anger injects social commentary into its flashy widescreen vistas and ear-catching music.

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