January 2007

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Ready for the weekend?  here’s a timely one from the YesButNoButYes Veg Archives….  Peyton Manning Commercials

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I’m a fan of both film noir and video games and A Case of the Crabs (Monty Python fans can explain the name for you) joins my passions in this noir style point and click mini-mystery.  Thanks to the guys at GameGarage for hosting this.

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If you do read The AV Club Blog at all, then you will know that I really do not post a lot of music videos.  The reason for this is very simple: most music videos bore me too much.  There are big exceptions to this generality, and this week I will post a few of them.  First up, this concept piece from Fionn Regan.  The idea is so clean and simple and well executed: perform the song in different locations and use the audio from each to create the final edited video.  This video really compliments the song, and it also had me thinking about how important the physical space a performance happens in is to the experience of the song.  Imagine if the whole album were recorded in any of these different locations- its interesting to think about how different it would be from one to the other.  Thanks for passing it along to me Jess.

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It’s Wednesday so it must be time to take a gander at the new stack of comic book titles hitting the shelves today.  So get your comic book geek on, and let’s take a look, shall we?

This week’s fun includes Batman and the Mad Monk, Daredevil, Ghost Rider Finale, Jack of Fables, Teen Titans, Usagi Yojimbo, and more graphic novels than you could shake a stick at (and this week I really mean it!) including ArchEnemies Vol.1, Batman: Secrets, Hellboy Animated Volume 1: The Black Wedding, Iron Man: Extremis, Seven Soldiers of Victory Vol. 4, and, for the first time translated into English, XIII Vol. 1: Day of the Black Sun.

So true believers, sit back and relax as we take a look at the comics hitting your local newsstands, bookstores, and comic shops this week, ‘Buddha style.  (The snide asides were thrown in for free)

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I don’t really watch Jay Leno, mostly because I find the late night show format to be kind of uninteresting as a whole.  Conan has some really spectacular exceptions to that, but mostly because he tries to break out of the format.  Well this clip was brought to me by Carol of My View Of It, and its worth passing along.  Jay had his extremely flamboyant intern Ross hang out with the Crocodile Hunter for a day, and honestly I can’t decide who in this clip is funnier.

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Anyone else notice this surreal video floating around the internet – WHERE MONSTERS DWELL?

If not, here’s a look at a scene about a guy in a bunny suit.

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AV Club favorites Invisible Engine (the boys were in one of our two live shows last year) made me laugh out loud [not LOL, laugh out loud] with this short.  I don’t often get more than a chuckle out of most web vids, so I thought this one was worth posting.  Enjoy!

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Catch a Fire3 & ½ Stars (out of 5)

Last year’s Catch a Fire tells the story of a foreman and part time soccer coach (Derek Luke) who finds himself wrongly accused of an act of terrorism.  The treatment, enforced by an obsessed police captain (Tim Robbins), forces the once apolitical young husband and father to question the righteousness of Apartheid as a man who despised terrorism now finds himself looking at his world through an entirely different view.

The film is based on the true story of Patrick Chamusso and the events in South Africa only a couple decades ago.  The performances, especially by the two leading men and Bonnie Mbuli as Patrick’s wife Precious, carry this engaging film.

The true import of the film is the look at how strong anti-terrorist policies actually create the very thing they wish to destroy – more terrorists.  The film is a not-too -subtle reminder to our country and our leaders to the current struggle in Iraq.

The DVD includes deleted scenes and commentary by director Philip Noyce, producer Robyn Slovo, writer Shawn Slovo, Tim Robbins, Derek Luke, and Patrick Chamusso.

It’s not a must buy by any means, but it is a well made film with an important message, both in historical context, and in today’s world.  And it’s at least as good as the more hyped Blood Diamond (read that review here).  It’s worth a trip to the video store.

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DVD Craptacular!

by mr sparkle on January 30, 2007 · 15 comments

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Henceforth, I officially declare the Thirtieth of January of all ensuing years to be dubbed ‘Crap Day,’ so that we may honor the shitty releases on DVD set for this Tuesday.

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Sober Santa

by alphamonkey on January 30, 2007 · 0 comments

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From the folks over at GameGarage, who’ve got more games than ever teh monkey could play at one sitting, here’s Sober Santa.

The object?  Santa needs your help to keep his buzz, just make sure you don’t fall off the roof.

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