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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 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”.

by Diepiriye Kuku

4 Apr 2010

Lt. Dan Choi in front of the WHite House,
handcuffed to the gate in his military fatigues,
discharged from being gay.

Wow, other people’s moral judgments just get sicker and sicker. Just goes to show that it never pays to ask a people to deny themselves.  Caution, when I watched this clip streaming on, it was preceded by a candy bar commercial where a family father ogles over a trio of teen girls in front of his wife who stands next to him struggling with their infant. The sweet confection gave the man time enough to think of an amenable excuse for checking out the prepubertal set of scantily clad young maidens: “I’m looking at potential babysitters,” he finally blurts out after his candy-snack jack. He was gonna exploit them one way or another—or both! In the same warped universe around the same warped time, there was also story about an announcement made over the PA system in a retail shop in Jersey: “Attention Wal-Mart customers, all Black people leave the store now.” So, this should all situate the following clip about a military service woman being granted a marriage license by one state, outed to her government employer by the police, and dropped by the sidelines by our society in the same warped nation-state. Ask. Tell. And See this:



by John Lindstedt

2 Apr 2010

Websites typically have a field day on April 1st, surprising unexpecting visitors with drastic revamps, sensational news stories, and fake company buy-outs.

Google, for instance, claimed they were changing their name to “Topeka” after the Kansas city decided to change their name to “Google.”, on the other hand, unveiled a line of new shows like “Flasher Forward” and “Dancing With The Tsars.”

If you fell for any of these, you must be the office favorite this time of year.

The best of the bunch, however, had to be Funny Or Die, which appeared to be taken over by teen pop sensation Justin Bieber.

Visitors to the site were treated with a video greeting from everyone’s favorite moppet baby telling them he bought the site, now called “Bieber Or Die.”

The homepage was filled with Bieber-related videos, some of which were hybrids of familiar memes like Bieber After Dentist and OMG Bieber Vs. Chuck Norris Vs. Bear.

Say what you will about his musical style, but the titular tyke has a surprisingly knack for comic timing.

by John Lindstedt

31 Mar 2010

The cult of Scarface has been known to permeate many corners of our society. Dorm rooms, Spencer’s Gifts, and Spike TV “best of” lists are usually places of worship when it comes to Brian De Palma’s 1983 drug epic, but it looks like elementary schools are also getting into the act. Check out some surprisingly talented child actors take on the story’s climax in this “fudging” awesome school play.

//Mixed media

Notes, Hoaxes, and Jokes: Silkworm's 'Lifestyle' - "Ooh La La"

// Sound Affects

"Lifestyle's penultimate track eases the pace and finds fresh nuance and depth in a rock classic, as Silkworm offer their take on the Faces' "Ooh La La".

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