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Off the Radar - The Top 30 DVDs of 2008

Oddly enough, while the major studios continue scratching their heads over how to sell yet another new format (Blu-ray) to disinterested consumers, several outside distributors made sure that this would be a digital year to remember.

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Celulloid Culpability - Top 10 Film Guilty Pleasures of 2008

Like comedy or music, one's choice in cinematic pleasure can be very personal - and very peculiar. Take this tantalizing list of shameful indulgences. You can argue over their artistic value, but their individuals rewards definitely speak to those who champion them.

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20 Questions: Casey Driessen

Casey Driessen is a rather funky fellow. He wears red shoes. He eats headphones at art museums. Sometimes he channels Vassar Clements.

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11 Jan 2009 // 9:00 PM

Happy-Go-Plucking

Steve Martin, Sufjan Stevens, and Kermit the Frog all know it and you should, too: the banjo is hands-down the coolest instrument out there.

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‘But Every So Often, A Miracle Happens’ - A Send Off for Moral Orel

It's Art Clokey vs. the Antichrist at Adult Swim as we say goodbye to one of the best, most brazen stop motion animation efforts ever. God only knows why this show isn't coming back for another sensational season.

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As Charged - Top 10 TV Guilty Pleasures of 2008

If television is indeed a vast cultural and artistic wasteland, then the 10 examples of culpable amusement selected by our staff must represent something significant -- or perhaps we're just way too addicted to the old boob tube.

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Back to Basics - The 30 Best TV Shows of 2008

The Year in TV was a lot like the US economy: struggling until summer and then tanking under the hope of a 2009 comeback. Still, our staff found 30 solid reasons to be cheerful come entertainment investment time.

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11 Jan 2009 // 8:59 PM

The 2008 Stickies

To celebrate the past 12 months of infuriating and entrancing sports culture, PopMatters proudly presents the Sticky Wickets Awards for the best and worst in Global Sports.

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Rebels Wit Attitude: Nirvana

In this excerpt from PopMatters' new book Rebels Wit Attitude, Iain Ellis discusses how Nirvana were a rocking perfect storm of punk’s attitude, metal’s riffs, and pop hooks.

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8 Jan 2009 // 9:00 PM

Depression Modern

Americans can't afford to spend like they used to, but is frugal living ever really going to become trendy?

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Super Scribing

Gold medal: the best writing of the year.

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Superior Scribing

Silver medal: excellent pieces of writing.

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Making a Scene: Baltimore, Maryland’s Wham City

Goofy, childlike, chaotic, tribal, artsy -- all of these and more describe Wham City, the sprawling collective of artists working together to make Baltimore, Maryland, a community thriving on wild abandon and mutual support.

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8 Jan 2009 // 8:59 PM

Guerrilla Patton

Soderbergh's supersized retelling of the Che Guevara legend is an uncomfortable mix of war procedural and unabashed hero worship; ingenious but flawed.

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Bret Hart: A Real Life in a Cartoon World

In a surreal world dedicated to a uniquely haphazard and comically inept breed of pretense, Bret Hart’s appeal was simple: he made everything seem 'real'.

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Quality Scribing

Bronze medal: great story ideas, well executed.

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Other Arts

Fine writing outside of music but still bearing on music.

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Bottom of the Barrel

Confiscate their laptops: the worst writing of the year.

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7 Jan 2009 // 8:59 PM

Twilight Takeover

The film is a successful adaptation of the book not only because Pattinson is so talented and dreamy, but also because Hardwicke knows a thing or two about filming adolescents.

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Dave Zirin: A Sportswriter with Real Punch

"We can pretend sports isn't political just as well as we can pretend there is no such thing as gravity if we fall out of an airplane."

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