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by John Lindstedt

7 Apr 2010


The stunning Milla Jovovich returns as “Alice” in Resident Evil: Afterlife, director Paul W.S. Anderson’s fourth film based on the popular survival-horror gaming franchise, and the first in 3D. This seems a bit odd, as rumors indicated that the next entry in the franchise would be a reboot.

Fans of the series, however, should find it welcome. While never the most innovative or popular franchise, the Resident Evil series delivered gory thrills and breathtaking visuals. They’re fun flicks that don’t have much to say, but hardly need to. Just keep churning out sequences like this, and I’ll keep coming back:

Critics, you can just go home. This isn’t for you.

by PopMatters Staff

6 Apr 2010


Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti
Before Today
(4AD)
Releasing: 8 June

Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti are making their 4AD debut this June with Before Today and have just released a free MP3 “Round and Round” to give you a taste. Before the album release, “Round and Round” will pair with “Mistaken Wedding” for a limited edition 45. The press release makes the album sound rather interesting: it’s a “beguiling mix of glam rock, West Coast funk and Merseybeat harmonies with a high-production sheen; a contrast to the corroded bedroom recordings that have fomented a fervent cult following over the past decade.”

“Round and Round” [MP3]
     

by John Lindstedt

6 Apr 2010


Hopefully the title didn’t scare everyone away, because this is a lot more entertaining than it sounds.

In the past, the Milwaukee production company Red Letter Media gained some attention with ridiculously in depth video reviews of such films as Star Wars: The Phantom Menace and Avatar, and now it’s back with a take on Star Wars: Attack of the Clones.

The reviewer talks in nasally, sarcastic, tone, but his disparaging hostility towards the movies he reviews never gets grating (especially if you agree with him.) Although most people have a general idea why the Star Wars prequel films were less than stellar, this reviewer breaks it down to a science while remaining entertaining through out.

He makes some interesting observations that are infinitely more insightful than the average internet flame war, like how since there’s no fish-out-of-water character the principles need to explain the plot to, the audience is often left in the dark. Check it out in parts if you don’t have time, it’s fascinating to anyone who is a Star Wars fan, or just good film making in general.

by John Bergstrom

6 Apr 2010


New Zealand’s Crowded House will be releasing their long-awaited follow-up to 2007’s Time on Earth in June. Titled Intriguer, this is really the band’s first proper post-reunion album, since Time On Earth began life as a Neil Finn solo album. Crowded House have reportedly signed a new record deal with Universal Music for all territories except the US. Expect a US release for Intriguer, though, as Crowded House will be touring North America later in the summer. Here’s the premier performance of first single “Saturday Sun” on New Zealand’s TV3.

by Jessy Krupa

6 Apr 2010


FOX’s Sons of Tucson has only aired four episodes, but the network has now announced that the new series is canceled. Imdb.com lists 13 completed episodes, but it isn’t known if any of them will air at a later date.

I watched the show, but found that it needed some work. The concept, streetwise brothers hiring a slacker to pretend to be their father so that they can stay out of foster care, was interesting, but the show had its problems. While much of the show focused on the often illegal exploits of “fake dad” Ron, weak storylines were put upon the kids, who showed more acting potential. However, the last few moments of the last episode showed some promise, in which Ron took the time to teach his neglected pretend son how to throw a baseball. Also keep in mind that there isn’t really much else on Sunday nights. What do you think? Are you going to miss Sons of Tucson?

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