The “Angry Video Game Nerd” (type in that phrase on YouTube or go to his website) uses modern production values (film clips and staged scenes to go along with the typical voice-over-game-footage) to capture the nostalgia of vintage games. There are a lot of video game reviewers on YouTube, but no one brings back those old cartridges like the AVGN (actually named James Rolfe).
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If you’re worried about the fate of “Life Unexpected,” the ending of the first season couldn’t have made you feel too good about its chances for renewal by The CW. Baze bursts into the church right after the minister’s classic “Any objections?” line that only happens in movies and TV shows. Cate stares at him for a moment … and then kisses her groom, Ryan.
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Chloe is put in charge of CTU; Renee and Jack have sex less than an hour after Jack found President Hassan dead; Hassan’s widow agrees to take over as IRK president; the Russians pull out of the peace talks, blatantly suggesting that they have hidden motives; President Taylor goes to criminal ex-President Charles Logan for help; and the secretary of state who had a heart attack two hours ago is back at work.
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A recent issue of Entertainment Weekly examined networks’ efforts to find the next “Lost,” in terms of both quality and ratings, and determined that nothing fits the bill. I disagree: “Fringe” (8 p.m. Thursdays on Fox) — like “Lost,” produced by J.J. Abrams — is as good as “Lost” (maybe better), and it’s successful enough that it has been renewed for a third season.
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Butch Walker’s latest album was, according to the liner notes, “written and recorded in 5 days at RubyRed Productions in Santa Monica, CA.” I’m not surprised. Not because the album is rushed and sloppy, but because it’s really good — but in a breezy, effortless way that I’ve come to associate with the artist.
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I can’t really say it better than I did in my Nov. 1, 2002, Easily Bemused column for my college paper, the North Dakota State University Spectrum. So, to commemorate Tuesday’s 20th anniversary of the original “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” movie, here is a reprint of my tribute to my all-time favorite comic-book-turned-movie (and cartoon, and toys, and more movies, and more cartoons, and more toys), along with a few footnotes that I’ve added (or should I say “Foot” notes. Get it?):
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Almost as entertaining as reading the “Buffy” Season 8 comics is reading Scott Allie’s From the Editor pieces on the Dark Horse Web site. In a January editorial, he apologized profusely to fans for Dark Horse’s accidental leakage of the identity of season-long villain Twilight when advance covers of Issue No. 34 were released online showing — SPOILER ALERT
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I’m not an awards-show guy. If you’re perusing my blog archives looking for analyses of Oscars, Emmys or Grammys, you won’t find any. That having been said, someone needs to give Nestor Carbonell an award (even if it’s a worthless award like an Emmy) for his performance as Richard Alpert in “Ab Aeterno,” Tuesday’s episode of “Lost.”
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