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Linkdown: 1/20/10 by Barbecue Bros

Favorite movies will come later today or tomorrow. Here’s the first linkdown of the year:

(500) Days of Summer director Marc Webb will direct the Spiderman reboot trilogy

– Will Ferrell, who was Conan O’Brien’s first guest on “The Tonight Show”, has been booked for the final show

Taste test on the “new” Domino’s Pizza

The Killers are going on hiatus

– NBC has picked up a new series from Thomas Lennon and Ben Garant (“The State”, “Reno! 911”)

– The Coachella lineup was announced yesterday morning and is pretty sick

Review of Aziz Ansari‘s hilari0us comedy special “Intimate Moments for a Sensual Evening”

Check the hazey new video for “Blessa” from Toro Y Moi

– If ou haven’t heard it yet, feel free to stream the excellent new Beach House album Teen Dream over at NPR (via Stereogum)


Top 5: 12/5/08 by Barbecue Bros
December 5, 2008, 2:27 pm
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1. Candy Cane Joe Joe’s – I don’t know what to say other than that these are ridiculously awesome.

2. Egg Nog – I have looked forward to November and December for years specifically because of egg nog and egg nog milkshakes from Cookout (haven’t had one yet though).

3. Stranglehold (link) – This game got lost in the holiday shuffle last year, but I thought the demo was pretty intriguing. However, it wasn’t until I saw it on clearance for $10 a few months ago that I actually picked it up. It proved to be a very fun and often frustrating third person action game that utilized the Unreal Engine 3 beautifully and added some cool touches – John Woo-esque cinematic trademarks, bullet time, standoffs, and nearly fully-destructible environments.

4. Criminal (link) – A 2004 remake of the Argentine heist film Nine Queens starring John C. Reilly, Diego Luna and Maggie Gyllenhaal. I love John C. Reilly and believe this was one of this first turns as a leading man, but I didn’t feel he wasn’t quite convincing enough as a confidence man. Nonetheless, this was a cool movie reminiscent of Ocean’s Eleven (director Gregory Jacobs has served as second unit director on nearly all of Steven Soderbergh’s films).

5. Olivia Tremor Control – Black Foliage: Animation Music (link) – Other than Neutral Milk Hotel‘s In the Aeroplane Over the Sea, probably the penultimate Elephant Six album. Black Foliage is a sprawling album with 27 tracks of Beach Boys-esque harmonies and sound collages. College Tommy would be have been all over this album; 26-year old Tommy appreciates it and wishes he had gotten it years ago as he had planned to.