March 2007

On the eve of the WWE’s biggest weekend Nintendo has announced they will release the next THQ Raw vs. Smackdown video game on the Wii.  (No word yet on how you will use the wiimote to do a suplex).  Meanwhile wrestling fanatics are making the trek to Detroit to watch two aging billionaires, with not a shred of athletic ability between them, try to shave each other’s head.  Yeah….that sounds like it would be worth $50 on PPV.

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Here’s Summer of Tears second sketch from the US Comedy & Arts festival, which takes a long look back at the damage wrought to our communities by the siren’s call of America’s Funniest Home Movies

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If you haven’t seen the wonderful documentary ’Genghis Blues‘, you’re missing out on one of the best music documentaries ever made.  Bluesman Paul Pena travels to Tannu Tuva to study and play with the masters of Tuvan throat singing, and it’s just an amazing combination. 

Dig on this compilation clip featuring Paul Pena and Tuvan master Kongar-ol Ondar.  Super thanks to Mr. Dante Fontana’s Visual Guidance LTD for the find.

I remember when this came out, as mrcookieface, The Black Glove, and I wasted a number of hours at the record store trying to master this singing style. 

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Meet The Robinsons ✩✩✩ ( out of ✩✩✩✩✩ )

As likable as it is, Meet The Robinsons is not a good movie.  It never raises a question too complicated for a young audience to understand, and the plot is as straight as an airport runway, but it doesn’t matter.  The voice actors and animators inject enough spunk to make it feel like the film just might bounce off of the screen in front of you; which if you do it right, is all that you need to make an entertaining animated film for the family.

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The Lookout ✩✩✩ ( out of ✩✩✩✩✩ )

There are two tales wrapped up in writer/director Scott Frank‘s The Lookout.  The first is about Chris Pratt (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), a young man struggling with readjusting his life after an accident leaves him in a diminished mental state.  He is helped by an older blind man (Jeff Daniels) and an appointed psychologist (Carla Gugino – who doesn’t get near enough screen time) to try and create a new life for himself, forget his past mistakes and former girlfriend (Laura Vandervoort), come to terms with how his family (Bruce McGill, Alberta Watson, Janaya Stephens, Marc Devigne) now acts around him, and move on with his life.

The second thread involves a group of thieves (Matthew Goode, Greg Dunham, Morgan Kelly, Aaron Berg) who take advantage of Chris’s position as a bank janitor for a planned heist with the help of an attractive young woman (Isla Fisher).

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Three words I thought I would never, ever string together: Karl Rove Rapping.  Seriously.

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Puzzle Quest

by alphamonkey on March 30, 2007 · 1 comment

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I know we usually only post online games, but the demo for Puzzle Quest is enough fun for me to break the rules this once.  Mixing RPG, multiplayer, and puzzle games, this turn based puzzle fighter actually taxes your strategy skills at the same time as it’s beating up your cognitive logic lobes.  Give it a download already, and kiss your weekend goodbye. 

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Oh man, what a cool pairing.  Louis Armstrong and The Cash recreate a session Armstrong did with Jimmi Rogers in one of Armstrong’s last public performances. Enjoy Blue Yodel #9. 

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Since the RIAA has decided that it’d like to be only slightly less popular than the House of Unamerican Activities, there has been a bit of speculation as to just how they decide who to go after.  Well, the BBSpot blog has cracked their code with the handy RIAA Lawsuit Decision Matrix

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Here’s another Geek Fantasy from the good folks at G4.  This time it’s a Harry Potter inspired one.  There’s also a second one too (thanks to radjac31 for loading these up on YouTube).  All nerdom rejoice!

It’s not quite as good Star Wars one in my opinion, though that doesn’t mean I didn’t enjoy it.

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