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I’ve never finished watching an entire “Paranormal Activity” movie. Why, you ask? Well, maybe it’s because “found-footage” movies are rarely interesting or scary to me. Especially when there’s nothing believable about the acting, the plot, or the very obvious “camcorder” grain / filters over clearly HD movie footage. But recently, I had nothing better to do, and I got curious. The Paranormal Activity series has been going on since 2007, and it doesn’t seem to be going anywhere since the general viewing audience keeps paying for the sequels. I’ve obviously seen the trailers, and to be honest, nothing about these movies are scary. Every trailer I’ve seen involves someone getting more »

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Between the Buried and Me is the sort of band that the music industry needs more of. They may not be for everyone, having an air of intensity and chaos, but there’s a complexity within that has to be respected. With songs typically ranging between five and fifteen minutes long, they’re the kind of band you need an attention span for. Seriously, five out of twelve songs on this track are nine minutes or longer. With that sense of elongation also comes the sense that you’re not left hanging by the end. Ignoring the trends and seemingly never straying from their path in the music scene, their songs always sounds more »

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Recently I acquired the latest XL model of Nintendo’s handheld 3DS, and I have to say I’m enjoying it so far. Although the system itself is basically a 3DS with larger screens, the design is very intuitive. With the only hardware controls being A, B, X, Y, two shoulder buttons, a directional pad and an analog stick, you would think some games like Ocarina of Time would feel hampered. But with the placement of the touch screen, there’s a lot of room for every other button you could possibly need in a game. Now, I’m a big, tall person with larger hands, so I decided against buying the original 3DS more »

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At the time of this album’s release, the hype surrounding Odd Future was palpable. The group was riding the recent wave of Tyler the Creator’s success with the album Goblin and the VMA-winning “Yonkers”. This is the point at which most rappers and musicians try as hard as they can to stay comfortably seated on their thrones, writing safe, simple songs that highly resemble their most popular stuff. In short, this is the point where people sell out. I could say this is a great, innovative leap forward for music, but what is Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All really doing for Hip Hop? For every dark, serious and more »

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  So lately I’ve been using the Windows 8 Consumer Preview that was released in February. There are some things I like, and a lot of stuff that bugs me and I figured I’d share my thoughts. Now first of all, the gaps between Microsoft’s operating system releases were steadily closing at some point; Windows XP released in 2001, Windows Vista in 2007, and Windows 7 in 2009. Arguably the most stable release thus far, Windows XP, stayed in stores for nearly an entire decade. Windows Vista, the next product to hit the shelves, completely flopped in comparison. Windows 7 came around and things were somewhat stable again, but no more »

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  This is the second official group release by the thrasher rap collective known as Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All, a mixtape called “Radical” filled with a lot of brag tracks and some experimentation with mixing. This mixtape came out on May 7th, 2010 for free download worldwide. (Link to download this mixtape from DatPiff) The introduction to the album is a circus / sideshow style listing of the Odd Future roster, while screams and random sounds go off in the background. Not much to say about the intro, it’s pretty ridiculous and like most of OFWGKTA‘s music it seems like it was done in one or two more »

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When I tried introducing some of my friends to OFWGKTA (Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All), their reactions were that of bewilderment, and disbelief that this was quote on quote “real music“. With videos full of ridiculously overemphasized nonsense like “Rella”, it would be hard for anyone to take them seriously at a glance. When you dig a little bit deeper, some members of the group seem a bit more in control of their faculties than they let on. In fact, some of them are actually good at rapping, capable of putting together really clever lyrics. Other members are pretty lacking, almost stumbling over the beats very clumsily. In more »

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Rant by Chuck Palahniuk is a bizarre book, and that’s putting it REALLY lightly. Told from the perspective of several different people in an interview / monologue format, the main character technically never says anything aside from quotes sited by others. In this book we follow the plight of a homeless, rabies infected, time traveling vagabond that is constantly testing the limitations of existence. This book doesn’t necessarily need to be written from the point of view of people being interviewed, but through this process it begins to feel less like a book and more like a sordid tale being told around a campfire, and that attitude definitely lends itself more »

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This movie was an intense trip… I have to say it’s one of the only recent movies released deserving of the genre “horror”. This movie has you guessing from the very start, an air of tension surrounding nearly every scene. If you think Martin Scorsese directing a modern thriller sounds too good to be true, you better believe this movie had a lot to live up to after it was announced. In a time when most horror movies have amounted to little more than cheap, poorly timed jump-scares, “Shutter Island” is a breath of fresh air. There are subtle elements of several different storytelling styles, revealing mysteries and twists at more »

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“Feed the Animals” by Girl Talk There are a lot of remix artists out there. It’s actually pretty overwhelming, but there are a few who stand out as being really innovative and clever about their mixing. In a proverbial sea of artists, Girl Talk is the one crowd surfing above nearly everyone. The previous album, Night Ripper, isn’t nearly as well formed and seemless as Feed The Animals. And that’s a pretty good record, so this one really raised the bar significantly. There’s a great selection of well known hits and familiar verses from harshly contrasting artists, all steadily changing without missing a beat. It’s a really fresh slant on more »

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This is a long movie review, pretty much scene by scene. So if you’re not down for a long read, there’s always a [tldr] button to get to my paragraph long synopsis at the end. Be sure to leave a comment at the bottom as well, thanks! Also, in this review I constantly refer to Ripley as Sigourney Weaver. It’s like that and that’s the way it is. [tldr] So the movie starts out on a ship carrying 20,000,000 tons of space rocks, and they’re on their way back to earth. We learn this from the floating space text. Everything on the ship looks like a mix between 2001 and more »

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“Colors” by Between the Buried & Me Ah, Between the Buried and Me. For some, perhaps, a musical act of acquired taste. Let me start by saying the first albums I heard were  “The Silent Circus” & “Alaska”. So I’ve been a fan for quite some time, & I think “Colors” is their best album by far. This one is meant to be listened to continuously from track to track without any pauses, making for a unique listening experience each and every time. [tldr] “Foam Born (a) The Backtrack” – The piano intro to this song is haunting, a foreshadowing of the surreal nature of the songs to come. Simple, more »