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Calling All 30 Rock Viewers… All Three of You

Alex Baden

December 18, 2008

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Thursday night. To the bulk of WJ students that means one thing: The Office. But while The Office is undeniably awesome, at 30 minutes an episode it always seems to be painfully short. To fill the void left after a half hour of...

Heartbreak Never Sounded So Good

Alex Baden

December 18, 2008

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Kanye West climbed to the top of the hip-hop universe by beating rappers at their own game, using catchy beats and intelligent lyrics in his first three studio albums to establish himself as the best artist in the rap game. In...

Great Films are Made of Milk

Alex Baden

December 18, 2008

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No other word can accurately describe Milk, other than sensational. At a time when homosexuals had to fight tooth and nail to make themselves heard, to have the rights that they deserved, Harvey Milk (Sean Penn) was the one ma...

TV Shows from the Vault: Political Skits

Alex Baden

November 12, 2008

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With ratings sky-rocketing behind Tina Fey’s vivacious Sarah Palin impersonations, “Saturday Night Live” is enjoying unparalleled late night success. The election cycle routinely provides “SNL” writers with material, bu...

Soul Men Perform as Expected in Decent Comedy

Alex Baden

November 11, 2008

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Soul Men is the story of at odds bandmates, Louis Hinds (the always loveable Samuel L. Jackson) and Floyd Henderson (played by the recently deceased comedy legend Bernie Mac) as they team up for a cross country trip to the Ap...

Out of Left Field: Ear Abuser, Ear Abuser, Oh You’re An Ear Abuser

Alex Baden

November 12, 2008

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Attention students of America: I have an exciting new prospect for you. All that crap your parents gave you about applying yourself is useless now. A propitious career is on the horizon—one that promises even the most unimaginative, no...

Out of Left Field: Spotted On Network TV: Surgically Enhanced, Old-Ass, Fake Teens — xoxo Gossip Girl

Alex Baden

October 30, 2008

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A couple of nights ago, I was out on the town at one in the morning, swigging Cosmos and soaking in my own fabulousness. I made my way down Rodeo Drive (or was it Park Avenue?) surrounded by other paradoxically bright-yet-dumb, be...

Palahniuk’s Novel Adaptation Choke Falls Flat

Alex Baden

October 1, 2008

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Sex in our modern culture is generally revered, glorified, and at times nearly heralded. Seldom, if ever, is sex seen as a drug as it is in Choke, a jumbled, confusing, and altogether rushed Chuck Palahniuk novel adaptation dir...

Gossip Girl Returns for Second Season

Alex Baden

October 1, 2008

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“Gossip Girl” returns with its second season, airing Monday nights at 8 p.m. on the CW. Based on the Gossip Girl series of books by Cecily von Ziegesar, the show follows the fabulous lives of a group of teenagers living on...

“Skins”: The Best TV Show You’ve Never Seen

Alex Baden

October 1, 2008

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Let’s face it: we live in a world dominated by overly-made up, twenty-something models attempting to play “normal” teenagers on television programs. So common is this practice that it’s a rare and unexpected delight to discover ...

Skeletal Lamping a Jumbalaya of the Zany, Ironic and Fantastic

Alex Baden

October 2, 2008

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To say that Kevin Barnes, the loopy front man of indie-pop/psychedelic/funk/experimental/twee pop band of Montreal, is weird would be putting it mildly. Best known for wearing colorful war paint and having the musical attention span ...

Movies from the Vault: The Princess Bride

Alex Baden

October 2, 2008

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When you’re stuck in bed, feeling on the verge of death by flu, a visit from Grandpa and an uncomfortable cheek-pinching session is about the last thing you want. However, when your Grandpa happens to be the kindly and comical P...

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