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Thursday, Nov 29, 2007

Unrequited love, the all consuming crush, the exasperated horror of hormonal changes, the tedium of school, trouble with parents, the emergence of individual identity. The adolescent struggle and all of its attendant rites, rituals, and humiliations are ever present in the storytelling of My So-Called Life. Rather than employing such episodic conceits as melodramatic posturing or self-righteous lessons, the writers chose instead to blend these moments into the textured fabric of the overall story arc that runs throughout the series. Furthermore, Shout! Factory has assembled a loving, insightful, and extensive package of extras to accompany the 19 original episodes.  In addition to interviews and (select) episode commentary from creator Winnie Holzman and executive producers Marshall Herskovitz and Ed Zwick, there are insightful interviews and episode remarks with writers, directors and many members of the cast, including Claire Danes. They have also included a 36-page booklet with tribute essays from Holzman and famous fans such as Joss Whedon and Janeane Garofalo. The teenager in us all can relate.



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Legacy gave the long overdue re-issue treatment to Sly and the Family Stone’s catalogue this year. The Collection is for anyone who loves great music. Fraudulent transcendence is one of pop music’s prime currencies—a contemporary band such as the Polyphonic Spree, for example, may share the Family Stone’s gimmick of fashion and embrace of community, but their supposedly ecstatic music lacks any sense of mortal urgency. Understand this: Sly & the Family Stone’s music is not just a feel-good grandiosity, but a bid for higher things, once-attainable things of irregular power, things that would prove more vulnerable to humble truths than musical fantasy.


Sly and the Family Stone - Medley [Live on the Kraft Music Hour]

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While his infamous Midnight Movie El Topo remains an established cult classic, few actually know the true cinematic legacy of this celebrated surrealist. Beginning life as a radical and poet, Jodorowsky fell into film as a means of extending his performance art pretensions. The results remain some of the most confounding masterworks ever conceived. This brilliant box set collects all his early works – the short film La Cravate and his three major ‘60s/’70s epics (Fando y Lis, El Topo, and The Holy Mountain). Visually arresting, philosophically strident, and brutally strange, they stand as excellent examples of this director’s unquestioned vision. 


El Topo - Trailer

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Thursday, Nov 29, 2007
by Darwin Hang

The best looking game for the Playstion 3 may not be the one game to sell the system, but it could have been if it had twice the content.  Nariko is hot, Kai is weird, and the bad guys get theirs in some of the most gorgeously choreographed fight sequences to date.  What other game provides as much girl power in the year of the Spice Girls reunion?  None.  Andy Serkis deserves a Grammy for his voicework in Heavenly Sword.  The combat system is top notch, with three different combat styles used to fight different styles of enemies.  Even the aftertouch feature, a first person perspective of a thrown object, is of cinematic quality.  The environments are stunning, and it’s simply a joy to play from start to finish.  Despite its short length, the total package makes this game worth the price tag.


Heavenly Sword - Trailer

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Thursday, Nov 29, 2007

Pop culture heads love lists. That’s no surprise there. And quite a few read this magazine too. So, for those TV junkies among you and in your lives, we wholeheartedly recommend this TV Guide book containing list after list playing to the small screen obsession of every type. The greatest cartoon character of all-time, Jerry Seinfeld’s squeezes, the most memorable moments from scores of classic shows, the best TV moms and dads, it’s all here. Perfect for a night of trivia with friends before that Lost marathon.


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