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by G. Christopher Williams

21 Jul 2010

In case you don’t have the time to play through these classics, the writers of 8-Bit Twilight Eclipse Interactive (who in a recent post I criminally failed to credit alongside 8-bit animator, Doctor Octoroc), the Fine brothers, bring you a pretty complete education in Nintendo game endings in just two minutes.

For a moment, the video makes you ponder the simplicity of storytelling in games from the ‘80s and early ‘90s.  Well, until you get to explanations of the conclusions of the games in the Ninja Gaiden series.

By the way, those space invaders?  They will win eventually. 

Pac-Man?  Yeah, the ghosts will get him eventually, too.

by Matt Mazur

21 Jul 2010

Robert Duvall, Bill Murray and Sissy Spacek star in this “true tall tale” about a wild, misunderstood man coming to grips with a complicated past.

PopMatters will be publishing our first-ever Performer Spotlight week-long series on co-star Spacek Monday, July 26 through Friday, July 30 and this in-depth look at her career will culminate in a rather epic interview with both Spacek and Duvall.

From Sony Pictures Classics, Get Low will open in limited release July 30.

by Matt Mazur

20 Jul 2010

First Film: Heavenly Creatures (Peter Jackson, 1994)

Must-see: Holy Smoke! (Jane Campion, 1999); Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2003); Little Children (Todd Field, 2006)

Star Turn: Sense and Sensibility (Ang Lee, 1995)

Underrated: As a sensual lower-class laundress who smuggles the prohibited work of the Marquis de Sade to the public after he is imprisoned in Phillip Kaufman’s Quills (2000)

Upcoming, Current and/or Recent: Having recently won the Best Actress Oscar for The Reader (Stephen Daldry, 2008), Winslet went right to work on auteur Todd Haynes’ mini-series update Mildred Pierce, which is shooting.

by PopMatters Staff

20 Jul 2010

Vevo has the video of “Pala Tute” from the PopMatters approved Trans-Continental Hustle. It’s one of the year’s best singles so far.

by PopMatters Staff

20 Jul 2010

New York’s No Surrender are true genre mashers, not content to reside happily in any one category. Blending hip-hop, banging electronic beats, R&B and even indie pop is their stock and trade. They seem programmed to appeal to the OutKast and N.E.R.D. audience as the new video for “Godda Get It” proves. “Godda Get It”, produced by Radioclit, is surely more overtly dancey and electro-poppy than OutKast and shows off a psychedelic aesthetic that shares more in common with electronic music and indie pysch, but it’s got the soul and flow that would make the Atlanta crew proud. No Surrender will be releasing their sophomore full-length Medicine Babies this fall on ZerOKilled Music. The group brags about making “future music” in this tune and, guess what? They actually deliver it.

//Mixed media

The Hills Are Alive, But Nobody Else Is in 'The Happiness of the Katakuris'

// Short Ends and Leader

"Happiness of the Katakuris is one of Takashi Miike's oddest movies, and that's saying something.

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