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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. 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?

by PopMatters Staff

6 Apr 2010

Enter for a chance to win an all-expense paid trip to Coachella by taking the AXE Morning Alertness Test at  Win 2 festival tickets and a chance to attend the AXE Shower sponsored Anthem Lagoon pool party VIP style.

Some big names will be playing this year’s event, including Jay-Z, Gorillaz, Pavement, Muse, Phoenix, Thom Yorke, and LCD Soundsystem.

Enter the contest.

by John Lindstedt

6 Apr 2010

Marvel recently unveiled it’s new application for Apple’s iPad, and it’s essentially the already existing iPhone application Comixology, but limited to Marvel titles. So basically, it’s an iTunes for Marvel comics that you can read on your iPad, scrolling and zooming as you please.

The layout and function seem pretty smooth, but as digital prices run about the same as their paper counterparts, it may be pointless for some. Others, however, may appreciate the instant access and perpetual “mint condition”.

//Mixed media

Because Blood Is Drama: Considering Carnage in Video Games and Other Media

// Moving Pixels

"It's easy to dismiss blood and violence as salacious without considering why it is there, what its context is, and what it might communicate.

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