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by L.B. Jeffries

21 Jul 2010


Of all the video game avatars that provide ample space for the adolescent male psyche to project into, perhaps none is better suited than Kratos from the God of War series. While Darksiders borrows heavily from the classic Warhammer style of hulking armor or Solid Snake nails the perfect soldier, Kratos is just pure seething id. Interrupted only by the occasional sex romp, he does nothing except smash, kill, and destroy anything that crosses him. The character works nicely because underneath all that are a lot of awkward emotions and guilt because Kratos accidentally killed his wife and child mid-kill-a-thon. Every teenager feels a lot of frustration and anger growing up and sometimes it feels good to express those feelings by tearing something ’s head off.

That’s what makes this particular spoof a bit sharper than your average gamer satire. Borrowing from a long list of sad-bastard man films like Garden State, Rushmore, and The Royal Tenenbaums, it takes that basic film formula and mixes it with the characters from God of War. The weird thing is that it works, mostly because both Kratos and the broken males starring in those types of films have a lot in common underneath the surface. Max Fischer might start clubs instead of killing Gods, but there’s still that same basic archetype at work. Joining in with the trailer’s spirit of coming across as a pretentious prick, perhaps there’s a little bit of Kratos in all of us?

The song in the video is ‘Home’ by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes.

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

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


The nominations for the UK’s coveted Mercury Prize have been announced and include a couple PopMatters favorites like the xx, Foals, I Am Kloot, and Paul Weller. Below is the full list along with our ratings, reviews and videos for each release. We’re betting that London’s the xx is going to nab the ultimate honor, but UK bookmakers William Hill are declaring even odds between the xx and Dizzee Rascal. It just doesn’t feel like Dizzee Rascal’s year, as all the momentum has been with the xx and they’ve got far more critical acclaim behind their self-titled debut than Dizzee’s recent effort.

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