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DC/Vertigo

(Written and art by Paul Pope)

May 14, 2010 Comic Books Web Exclusive

While my appreciation of Paul Pope’s Heavy Liquid is on record, I’ll submit that his 100% series, published in the early 2000s and now collected in a single edition from Vertigo, was definitely a step forward in maturity, subject matter, and storytelling. Not better, necessarily, but a natural and appropriate follow-up.

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Holy Fuck

Latin

Young Turks/XL

May 14, 2010 Music Web Exclusive

Toronto’s four-letter favorites return with another album of instrumental electro-pop. This is the first to feature their consistent touring lineup, rather than the revolving unofficial cast of previous efforts, and the formula remains largely the same: a live take on electronic music, with uptempo, heavily rhythmic backdrops underlying swaths of melody and noise.

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Looking for Eric

Studio: IFC Films
Directed by Ken Loach; Starring: Steve Evets and Eric Cantona

May 14, 2010 Cinema Web Exclusive

Director Ken Loach has made a film that fuses his own mastery of the British kitchen-sink drama with the whimsy of Woody Allen’s Play It Again, Sam and the underdog sentimentality of ‘80s John Hughes teen films. It’s the kind of odball amalgamation of styles that SCTV used to imagine.

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May 13, 2010 Music Phantogram

The Saratoga Springs, New York duo of Josh Carter (guitar) and Sarah Barthel (keys/vocals) delivers an impressive debut full of dark beat-driven electronic rock. Opener and lead single “Mouthful of Diamonds” unfolds like a night blooming flower with some truly excellent layered vocals from Barthel and a smooth, clean, almost country sounding guitar line from Carter.

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May 13, 2010 DVDs Web Exclusive

Gamera, Daiei Studio’s giant turtle answer to and rival of Toho Company, LTD.‘s Godzilla, has unfairly been saddled with the reputation of being a knockoff of The King of the Monsters, a kind of GoBots of kaiju eiga.

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The Flash: Rebirth

DC

(Written by Geoff Johns; Art by Ethan Van Sciver; Colors by Brian Miller and Alex Sinclair; Letters by Rob Leigh)

May 13, 2010 Comic Books DC Comics

In the introductory forward of The Flash: Rebirth comic writer Matt Cherniss admits that when it comes to superheroes, “keeping them dead is often harder than actually killing them in the first place.” While ending the life of beloved character always carries a level of gravitas to it, death in comic books is more or less like hitting the creative reset button

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The Executor

DC/Vertigo Crime

(Written by Jon Evans; Art by Andrea Mutti; Cover by Lee Bermejo)

May 12, 2010 Comic Books Web Exclusive

Vertigo Crime delivers another pulpy treat, this time in the form of Native American exploitation thriller The Executor. Writer Jon Evans (Dark Places, Invisible Armies) and artist Andrea Mutti (Break Point, Le Syndrome de Cain) team up for the first time to tell the story of former hockey star Joe Ullen.

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May 12, 2010 TV Web Exclusive

In the case of Daria Morgendorffer, absence surely makes the heart grow fonder. Since MTV’s Daria finished its fifth and final season in 2002, the series spent years caught up in red tape regarding use of its original score.

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May 11, 2010 Music Kate Nash

At the end of “Don’t You Want To Share the Guilt” Kate Nash screams, “Not being able to articulate what I want to say drives me crazy!” This is just one outburst in a sophomore album full of stream-of-conscience rants that help brand her as the girl we all wish we cold befunny and brutally honest, even when plowing though life’s emotional cesspools. A perpetual Peter Pan, My Best Friend Is You finds Nash returning to the same self-deprecating source material that made her debut such an awkward yet admirable attempt at self-exploration.

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