give thanks for openers

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You’ve probably never heard of them. If you have, it’s because you saw their name listed on the website under the headliner. You didn’t recognize the name and immediately thought, well “I’ll just get there a little bit later”.  Instead, you’re robbing yourself of the full value of your ticket.

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on netflix-dealin’ with idiots

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Today, the newest installment of the Hunger Games trilogy opens up in theatres. For most movie studios, the tentpole feature is now their bread-and-butter, a proven way to get audiences to the cinema. Thanks to Netflix and other Video on Demand (VOD) services, smaller films have an easier time of finding a wider audience. I’d like to examine some of those pictures, starting with Jeff Garlin‘s Dealin’ With Idiots.

 

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generation cryo and the age of the docudrama

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MTV as a channel that plays music videos hasn’t existed for most of my life. For the past 25 years or so, they’ve been experimenting with original programming and getting lots of hits and misses. For every Real World, there’s four Clone Highs. Recent success has been found in the world of reality docudrama, and the new series Generation Cryo intends to build on that buzz. Continue reading

lorde and radio

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Lorde is currently one of the biggest pop stars out today. Her hit single “Royals” has been everywhere the past few months, building an inescapable presence. Alternative radio, pop radio, and contemporary hits/urban radio all feel compelled to play it.  The sparse beat and Lorde’s matter-of-fact cadence stand out, no doubt. What’s beyond such a smash?

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video game console wars-again

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Every five years or so, a new video game console or two comes out challenging for supremacy.  When I was younger, I would always put my chips on the line in terms of the Christmas list. More often than not, Nintendo’s offering would be my selection. In my mid-twenties, I can’t get excited for this season’s competition.

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jonathan martin is an adult. unlike his teammates.

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Over the course of the past week, a lot has been broken about the news surrounding Miami Dolphins offensive tackle Jonathan Martin. A Stanford graduate, Martin had been the subject of bullying by other Miami teammates. At the center was noted shithead Richie Incognito, whom the Dolphins suspended.  Who got the respect of their teammates?

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