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Sunday, January 1 1995

The Dudesons

For the Dudesons, it's all about the commotion, the more extreme, the better. For them, pain is a reward. For us, it's more frightening than funny.


Citizen Baines

'Citizen Baines' symbolizes the lack of imagination driving so much of prime-time.


Crossing Over with John Edward

it is certainly the first talk show to have as its guests, members of the dearly departed.


Charmed

As Charmed's Paige, Rose McGowan seems stifled and reticent, perhaps as if she's not quite sure what she's supposed to be doing -- and so, in her performances so far, she's just laid low, and made no waves or sudden movements.


PopMatters - Television - Reviews - City of Angels

The camera looks up at a towering urban edifice, which turns out to be a fictional L.A. hospital that is meaningfully marked, “Angels of


Crossing Jordan / Philly

Here are two shows that lift their premises, plotlines, and even their personality quirks from tv past and present, fritter away the skills of good actors, and lock skilled writers and producers into tired formulae.


Charmed

In a nation where the man who will be president is afraid to say the word 'gay' on national television, it might come as a surprise that one of its biggest television stars is playing a gay man on television.


City of Angels

For all the primetime-melodramatic cliches at work in the men's conflicts -- the moral and political posturing, not to mention the dick-swinging -- it is significant that these battles are waged by black men, pitted against one another as they wrangle over the scant resources allotted them by a larger governing system.


Curb Your Enthusiasm

Larry David as Larry David seems very real, very whiny, very self-absorbed, and in the end, not someone who's much fun to hang out with.


Courage the Cowardly Dog

The fact is that all cartoons, from the surreal output of the Max Fleisher studios ('Betty Boop') and Disney's elitist morality fables ('Snow White and the Seven Dwarves') to Hanna-Barbera's execrable attempts at hipness ('Groovy Ghoulies'? 'Funky Phantom'?) and today's post-'Ren & Stimpy' moment of unrelenting gross-out humor ('Cow and Chicken', 'South Park'), are worthy of appraisal, if only because the medium itself is inherently subversive.


X-Men Legends II: Rise of Apocalypse

The character development contains about as much depth as a Playboy centerfold's bio sheet.


The Warriors

Rockstar Toronto didn't just remake a cult favorite to reap the commercial benefits; they expanded an interesting story into something that could only work in this medium.


Worms 4: Mayhem

Mayhem feels like a series of errata and revisions but, really, you've got to sweat the small stuff for a game so miniature.


We Love Katamari

If the shocking oddity of the objectives weren't enough to warrant further play, the never satisfied attitude of the King will.


Viewtiful Joe: Double Trouble

Surely a system that is simple to play and a game series that is essentially a no-fuss beat 'em-up would be a perfect match, right?


Urban Reign

Sadly, you are not required to rescue George W. Bush from angry Louisiana officials or disgruntled military moms in Namco's new Urban Reign.


Ultimate Spider-Man

These are comic book panels come to life.


Unreal Championship 2: The Liandri Conflict

For a game whose real meat is supposed to be multiplayer madness, it's gratifying to see that the developers took the time to give us an entertaining single-player campaign.


1213

A properly executed solitary walk will frighten players more than a zombie jumping through a window.


Tokobot

Undeniably cute and relatively smart, Tokobot provides a title the PSP desperately needed: a game with at least some mildly innovative gameplay, as well as casual appeal.


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