Review — Portal

The Cake is a Lie. Underneath a clever physics game is gleeful homicidal glee with a cute voice.  Valve’s Portal, originally packaged in with Half-Life: The Orange Box, is a gem of a game that earned countless accolades last year. Portal takes the simple idea of a two-way portal gun and makes a whole (if…

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Supernatural 4×05 “Monster Movie”

This week’s Supernatural was a loving homage to the classic Universal Studios monster movies, complete with a bombastic soundtrack in the place of Supernatural’s classic rock and a full black-and-white episode. A full unpacking of the expert genre and medium emulation on the part of the episode “Monster Movie” would fill an entire journal-length essay,…

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Review: Valentine

Valentine is a new romantic comedy/drama brought to us by Kevin Murphy, co-executive producer on Desperate Housewives, and the writer of the musical version of Reefer Madness (he then produced a film version of same). The premise is this:  (Some of) the Greek gods are alive and living in LA, trying to eek out their…

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Review: Pretty/Handsome

There are a lot of things that media can do.  It can inform, entertain, challenge, distract, instruct, condemn, rally, terrify, delight. And of course, there are people in control of media distribution, company programming execs, network censors, etc. Which means that sometimes, a show will come along to challenge our pre-conceptions and investigate difference, a…

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