My Phoenix Comicon Weekend

Posted by: on May 30, 2013 at 12:52 pm
My Phoenix Comicon Weekend

After this weekend, I feel as bloated as this guy looks.

Do you know what it feels like to be in a zombie apocalypse? I sure do. Well, sort of, I experienced the next best thing: serving alcohol and food to over 40,000 hungry Phoenix Comicon attendees. Read the rest of this article…

‘Strip Search’ Recap: Season 1, Episode 26 “On The Hunt”

Posted by: on May 28, 2013 at 11:50 am
‘Strip Search’ Recap: Season 1, Episode 26 “On The Hunt”

Another fun challenge!

Okay, this was pretty exciting. Graham takes the remaining four out for a scavenger hunt around Seattle. Much like the Duck episode a week ago (I mean, months ago), we get to sample more of the local flavor that hosts Penny Arcade’s offices. Also, every weekend should be a 3-day weekend if it means getting to Strip Search sooner.

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‘Arrested Development’ Season 4 Review: As Good As It Gets

Posted by: on May 27, 2013 at 8:41 am
‘Arrested Development’ Season 4 Review: As Good As It Gets

The gang is back! Kinda!

Perhaps Mitchell Hurwitz shouldn’t have said a thing. I didn’t watch his Arrested Development show when it aired. I didn’t understand it when fans would post random YouTube clips of the show and its eccentric characters completely out of context as if it were born of the comedy gods themselves. I absolutely positively didn’t understand it when he made Sit Down, Shut Up, a terrible cartoon starring many AD alums. Well, I finally watched AD and I got it from the get-go. Why did I wait so long?

So why shouldn’t have Mitchell Hurwitz mentioned that the newest season of AD, brought to us by industry-changing Netflix, would feature performances filmed nearly four months apart between actors because of their hectic availability? Because maybe I wouldn’t have been thinking about it so much when pushing through the season’s 15 episodes.

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‘The Hangover Part III’ Review: Can This Franchise Finally Die?

Posted by: on May 26, 2013 at 6:12 pm
‘The Hangover Part III’ Review:  Can This Franchise Finally Die?

Yep, that’s the Wolf Pack. Shenanigans will certainly ensue.

The Hangover was a damn good movie. It combined dark comedy, crude humor, and a noir-ish mystery plot into one of the more innovative mainstream comedies of the past two decades. I still like that movie. Then The Hangover Part II came out, and that was just a shallow retread of the original. Now four years after the original flick made waves, The Hangover Part III hits theaters. It breaks with the formula of the first two movies, but the filmmakers neglected to include much in the way of actual jokes or gags.

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‘Fast & Furious 6’ Review: Not Quite Fast Enough

Posted by: on May 26, 2013 at 5:22 pm
‘Fast & Furious 6’ Review: Not Quite Fast Enough

Take a minute and let that image soak in.

Until I sat down to watch Fast & Furious 6 recently, I had never watched any of the previous five movies in the franchise from beginning to end. Obviously the series has come a long way in the past decade, because I was under the impression these movies were supposed be about illegal street races. Fast & Furious 6, however, features an A-team of world renowned thieves teaming up with federal agents to take down a gang of international terrorists. Cars are also involved.

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Listen/Watch “Reach For The Dead” From Boards Of Canada’s New Album

Posted by: on May 23, 2013 at 1:55 pm
Listen/Watch “Reach For The Dead” From Boards Of Canada’s New Album

Oh man, oh man, oh man…

Hoo boy was I excited when Warp announced that a new Boards of Canada album was in the wings. Due out June 11th in the US (right in the middle of E3, of course), Tomorrow’s Harvest is the group’s first LP since 2005. Yeah, it’s been that long. Well, today they dropped the first single off the record, titled “Reach For The Dead”. Yeah, it’s weird to say “single” in the context of a BoC release.

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General Zod Just Wants Superman In New ‘Man of Steel’ Trailer

Posted by: on May 22, 2013 at 11:00 am
General Zod Just Wants Superman In New ‘Man of Steel’ Trailer

ALL WILL KNEEL BEFORE ZOD.

Look, ugh, you’re a Kryptonian general just looking for your boy, Kal-El. He’s causing trouble. You just want the people of this big blue marble that he landed on to help you out to find him. If you have to murder a few people – a few million – them’s just the stakes.

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Spielberg’s ‘Halo’ Series Is Probably Doomed

Posted by: on May 21, 2013 at 1:57 pm
Spielberg’s ‘Halo’ Series Is Probably Doomed

Look at that devilish smile, he knows what’s going on.

Spielberg appeared in a recorded segment during Microsoft’s Xbox One conference today to unveil the Halo TV series he’s working on. This isn’t the first time, nor likely the last, that a major Hollywood director has shown up at a Microsoft conference, which spells doom for whatever he’s doing going forward. The first to set off this disturbing trend? Steven Spielberg.

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‘Star Trek Into Darkness’ Finds Final Frontier In Disappointing Opening Weekend

Posted by: on May 20, 2013 at 11:42 am
‘Star Trek Into Darkness’ Finds Final Frontier In Disappointing Opening Weekend

A charming new villain, a smaller take at the box office.

I wasn’t the biggest fan of J.J. Abrams new Trek adventure, but while my colleagues may disagree, it appears that not enough people came out to prove me wrong. As it turns out, Star Trek Into Darkness, even with ticket inflation and a massive marketing campaign, opened to a notably smaller box office take ($70.6 million, Friday-Sunday) than its predecessor ($75.2 million). Paramount had been expecting a $100 million purse.

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More Than Psy: A K-Pop Primer

Posted by: on May 20, 2013 at 9:41 am
More Than Psy: A K-Pop Primer

Jessica and Krystal Jung

“Oppan Gangnam style!” Ugh. Those words are enough to make me want to vomit. Being a very casual K-pop and J-pop fan for more than a few years, 2012 brought out the rabid fangirl in me when I (re)discovered SHINee. Months later, Psy would become world-famous and dreaded by K-pop fans around the globe. To some, this was their first exposure to Korean pop music. To others, it was just another song. To those of us already deeply entrenched, it became an annoying, dreadful hit. You see, it’s not easy to be a fan and have the whole genre judged by a gimmicky song and a ludicrous dance. It’s like someone deciding never to watch the original Star Wars because they started with The Phantom Menace. There’s a lot of great K-pop out there, but warned: the road to K-pop addiction is a long and lonely road, wrought with frustration, sleepless nights, heartbreak and anticipation.

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