May 2010


This timeline by dehahs shows that Pulp Fiction is a completely different movie when it’s laid out chronologically.

I love that the briefcase is on there. I guess Jules wandering the Earth is off to the right.

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I’m going to borrow an old Transbuddha phrase for this one, and I feel it’s deserved: Oh Sweet Creamy Jesus! I need to play this Super Mario Bros. / Ninja Gaiden crossover now! Thanks Exploding Rabbit! You can read more about the project here.

Super Mario Bros. Crossover – Ryu Hayabusa Trailer

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The folks over at Epipheo Studios have put motion and sound to The Oatmeal’s How Twilight Works. The result is sure to anger tweens and soccer moms everywhere.

Why Twilight is Popular


I’ve having trouble wrapping my head around a world that Dennis Hopper no longer resides in, so we’ll have to wait for a proper G’night post for a man who seemed to be a fixture of my cinematic life. In the interim I’ll just share a tune that’s been rattling about my head for the last couple of days: “Lazy Eye” from the Silversun Pickups. This video was a popular little number back in the Transbuddha days, and I’m happy to say the tune holds up a few years later (as does the video central figure’s odd allure).

This is still far and away my favorite tune from a band I’m otherwise fairly ambivalent about, but I realized the other day that “Lazy Eye” shares a lot in common with “1979” from the Smashing Pumpkins, which is also a fav tune from a band I’d otherwise sooner ignore.


I love this comic. Other than one complaint (which I’ll get to in a second) I’m totally on board for Keith Giffen‘s tale. Maxwell Lord has made the world forget his existence. Not only that, he’s disgraced the few heroes who remember him in the eyes of the rest of the DCU. Ice is seen as unstable, Fire was let go from Checkmate, Captain Atom is now a renegade, and Booster Gold…well, he’s still Booster Gold. Booster’s reputation was so tarnished Max didn’t even need to worry about him. Though the change Max makes to Ted Kord‘s death is perhaps the deepest cut of all.

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You know what you need on a lazy Friday afternoon? You need Sam the Eagle performing The Guess Who‘s “American Woman.” Yeah, that’s exactly what you need.

The Muppets: American Woman


Prince of Persia

by Cap'n Carrot on May 28, 2010 · 6 comments

in Film

What do you say about a film which includes a “dagger of time” and magic sand which powers its time traveling capabilities? Yeah…magic sand!? Let’s get this out of the way right from the start – Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time is ridiculous. Yes, utterly and completely ridiculous. It is however, at times, also fun.

Trying to find a good movie adapted from a video game is akin to finding a boy band who has aged well over the years. It just doesn’t happen all that often. Director Mike Newell and screenwirters Boaz Yakin, Doug Miro, and Carlo Bernard attempt to adapt the video game franchise created by Jordan Mechner for the big screen. How successful they are is debatable.

The story centers around Prince Dastan (Jake Gyllenhaal), a street uchin who as a child was adopted into the family of King Sharaman (Ronald Pickup) and now is one of three princes of the Persian Empire. Although miscast (he’s neither an action star nor Persian) Gyllenhall relies on his charm to provide the kind of scruffy likable hero the film needs to build it’s silly premises around.

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The post-Norman Osborne Avengers relaunches continue with Steve Rogers‘ own black ops team of Secret Avengers. The first issue does a good job of giving you a feel for each member (Black Widow and Valkyrie, War Machine, Moon Knight and Ant-Man, Sharon Carter, and Beast) while providing flashbacks on how Rogers convinced the more reluctant members to join the team. As first issues go its solid. Not great, but solid (though the final panel did made me wince). Worth a look.

[Marvel $3.99]