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‘The Raid 2′ is a glorious dance of violence

One of the things I enjoyed most about Captain America: The Winter Soldier was its fight scenes. The face-off between Cap and Batroc on a hijacked ship early in the film is a highlight, as is the scrum when the hero takes on a dozen combatants in an elevator. In my view, the action is […]

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Kraftwerk: The Rock Hall’s Greatest Omission

The Rock N’ Roll Hall of Fame and Museum sits on the shore of Lake Erie in downtown Cleveland, Ohio. It’s an oddly shaped triangular building between a science center and an airport. The official reason this building sits in Cleveland is that local disc jockey Alan Freed coined the phrase “rock n’ roll.” The […]

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The 10 Greatest Moments of the Ultimate Warrior

If you were a kid growing up in the late 80s or early 90s, The Ultimate Warrior was one of the most iconic figures of your childhood. He was a mythical creature from Parts Unknown who seemed to possess supernatural powers and shot to superstardom in the WWF. Long before the days when pro wrestling […]

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Jeopardy contestants are getting weird with Alex Trebek

By its nature, Jeopardy is supposed to be very predictable. On every show you’ll see a Jeopardy, Double Jeopardy, and Final Jeopardy round. All of your answers have to be in the form of a question. All the dollar amounts remain the same — there’s no gimmicks with Jeopardy like we’ve seen with Millionaire or Deal […]

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The Flaming Lips Great, Big April Fool’s Joke

The Flaming Lips have never been a band to follow the basic blueprint for popular rock bands. Whether it was releasing an album like Zaireeka, which requires the listener to play four CDs simultaneously, or the 24-hour song “7 Skies H3” that has its own website playing a continuous audio stream, the band likes to […]

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How Season 4B saved The Walking Dead from its zombie slumber

The Walking Dead has reached a place in American culture where no scripted cable television series has ever gone before. It’s more than just a cultural phenomenon, it’s the most popular show on all of television for younger viewers. The popularity of the show has been revolutionary in the television industry. America’s love for zombies […]

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I bailed on ‘How I Met Your Mother’ years ago

With the end of March also comes the end of CBS’ How I Met Your Mother. After nine seasons, the series is wrapping up, finally giving us the ending that the show and its title promised when it debuted in 2005. I plan on watching the series finale, yet I don’t know how excited I […]

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Raising a fist for the solid ‘Undercover Brother’

Earlier this month, John Ridley won the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay, celebrating his work on 12 Years a Slave (which also won Best Picture). During his acceptance speech, I was kind of hoping that Ridley would make some acknowledgement, any sort of nod toward a movie he wrote 12 years ago: Undercover Brother. […]

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PlayStation expanding the TV universe with ‘Powers’

I’d like to think I’m a dedicated television watcher. I pay more than I probably should for the cable package with all the premium channels, so that I’m not deprived of any of the great shows being produced by HBO, Showtime or even Starz. I have a Roku in one room, a Chromecast in another, […]

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Five 1980s Trends That Do Not Need a Reboot

After decades of scandal, war, and protest, the 1980s were a decade defined by excess and greed. Pop culture became the norm with entertainment and news merging into one entity. Hell, the president was a former actor who quoted Dirty Harry, and Clint Eastwood was the mayor of Carmel, California. It was a decade struggling […]

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Why we hope ‘Rick and Morty’ lasts 100 times forever

When you write about television, you tend to use super flowery language. It can become a little… not grating, but it kind of misses the point sometimes. When’s the last time you watched a show where all you could think was “Oh my god… awesome.” That show, for me, is Rick and Morty, which is close […]

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