November 15-20, 2010

This week, in “Dysphonia,” Mike Vincent says the venue’s the thing, and size really does matter when it comes to a live comedy album. Read “That’s not funny”

In “The Cinephiles,” Kevin Mattison asks if games are becoming more and more cinematic, why are movies based on video games so bad (and vice-versa)? Read “You can take the game out of the movie, but you can’t take the movie out of the game” Adam Simmons bemoans the lack of genuine, certified bad-asses in contemporary action films, especially in comparison to 1972’s Prime Cut, a film that will turn you off sausage forever. Read “Certified Bad-ass”

In “Diary of a Casual Gamer,” Gavin Craig plays Super Mario Bros. again in honor of its 25th anniversary. And because he’s never beaten the damn game. Read “Mario gets old”

In “Flipside,” Rosemary Van Deuren explains why the 13-hour miniseries deserves a comeback. (Hint: It’s mostly because 1976’s I, Claudius is brilliant, bawdy, features a better Caligula than Caligula, and shows off the best performance of Derek Jacobi’s career.) Read “Of emperors and prophetic chickens”

In “Rounding Third,” Angela Vasquez-Giroux traces her sidearm throwing motion to her dad. And the Karate Kid. (Neither of which makes it any easier to correct her mechanics now.) Read “It’s looking like a limb torn off”

In “The F Word,” Jill Kolongowski shares a few helpful rules for dealing with hypoglycemia. Or good snacking. Or what to do if she unexpectedly bites your head off while dress shopping. Read “Peanuts or pretzels?”

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