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by John Lindstedt

31 Mar 2010


Jetpack Jackass is a simple but addictive Flash game in the spirit of such mobile gaming favorites as Papi Jump and Doodle Jump. You play as Sam, the titular jackass, as you try to maneuver your way through the sky on using the awesome jetpack you invented to prove your girlfriend she was wrong.

The controls are basic and easy to use: guide Sam with the cursor, trying to get him to land and bounce off platforms and explosive items until you reach the top (or your new personal best). Just play it. It’s…. satisfying. The background music is “You’re the Best”, from The Karate Kid, just in case you needed one more reason to play.

by Rafer Guzmán / Newsday (MCT)

30 Mar 2010


The raunchy new comedy “Hot Tub Time Machine” isn’t exactly going for scientific accuracy: The key ingredient that allows the characters to journey through the space-time continuum turns out to be a can of Red Bull-style energy drink.

But time travel, no matter how seriously or comedically portrayed, never loses its power over our imaginations. It’s a device that allows us to break the most basic law of life: What’s done is done. Of course, sometimes that works, sometimes it doesn’t. Here are 10 time-travel movies, ranked from the most realistic to the most ridiculous — which isn’t necessarily a bad thing.

 

1. PRIMER (2004)
PLOT: In a Texas suburb, two engineers accidentally create a time-travel device. Their first thought: stock market! Their next thought: everything else.

TWO-TIMING: In this low-budget but highly complex film, the heroes create doubles of themselves in a temporary, temporal loop. In other words: mind-boggling.

by John Lindstedt

30 Mar 2010


In the globe trotting action-comedy Knight and Day, James Mangold (3:10 to Yuma,Walk the Line) directs tabloid institutions Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz in their first film together since 2001’s Vanilla Sky. The trailer hints at a summer blockbuster that’s competently constructed, if not ultimately disposable. The action scenes look pretty eye popping, but one wouldn’t be off base in doubting whether the “comedy” part of the formula really delivers. It doesn’t really matter though, as there seems to be enough going on in the film to satisfy every demographic at some point.

It remains to be seen, however, whether Cruise can still draw an audience after tepid responses to Valkyrie and Lions For Lambs. But since the release date was pushed up to June 25 to avoid competing with The Last Airbender, I’d probably bet on it.

by Andy Edelstein / Newsday (MCT)

30 Mar 2010


With April Fool’s Day arriving Thursday, it’s only right that we take a look at the five most foolish things we’ve seen on TV this season.

The Jay Leno Show (and NBC’s decision to eliminate 10 p.m. ET dramas) — No need to elaborate — this may actually go down as the most foolish decision in network-TV history.

by Sean Murphy

30 Mar 2010


Oh no she didn’t…

Oh yes she did.

This one is going to generate some serious discussion, methinks. (You can go directly to Badu’s official site @ www.erykahbadu.com/ to see her new video, about which you may have already heard some noise.)

Shameless self-promotion or audacious creative experiment? A bit of both? It is undeniably bold. The simple act of a woman (much less a black woman) slowly stripping as she strolls through Daley Plaza is political. And provocative. My first take is that this video is neither as visionary as some will claim, nor is it as outlandish (or offensive) as many of the predictable suspects will insist. Badu is about to get a bunch of people talking, and it’s hard to argue that’s ever a bad thing.

Thoughts?

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