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Lists! 2009: Favorite Video Games (Updated 2/5/10) by Barbecue Bros
January 8, 2010, 6:10 pm
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All games were for Xbox 360

UPDATE: I forgot about Shadow Complex, the sidescrolling “metrovania” title that was released this past summer on Xbox Live Arcade. It may be the only game I have played through twice to date. In any case, I would honestly rate it as the second best game of the year (yes, ahead of MW2). It’s that good.

1. Batman Arkham Asylum – As good of a comic book-based video game as I’ve ever played combining stealth, rpg elements, bash-em ups, and collecting. As has been noted many times before by other people, Arkham Asylum was this year’s Rapture.

2. Modern Warfare 2The blockbuster game of 2009.

3. FIFA 10 – Instead of resting on its laurels, it just keeps getting better and better.

4. Fallout 3 DLC – The five DLC (downloadable content) packs added between 8-10 hours to my favorite game from last year.

5. Rock Band: Beatles – Haven’t really played it as much as I could have, but c’mon it’s the Beatles.

6.GTA IV: The Lost and the Damned – Still haven’t gotten around to The Ballad of Gay Tony yet, which looks to be a little more whimsical, but The Lost and the Damned was a solid DLC expansion that added about 4-6 more hours to the game.

7. Street Fighter IV
8. Halo 3: ODST
9. Madden 10
10. NBA Live 10

Linkdown: 11/16/09 by Barbecue Bros

Interview with Bradford Cox, singer of Deerhunter and who recently released a solo album under his Atlas Sound moniker

– A pretty lengthy interview with Bill Simmons

– MGM is officially for sale

– Cinematical’s five ways to save Joss Whedon, whose latest show “Dollhouse” was recently canceled

– Brooklyn record label Slumberland Records is 20 years old

– “Final Fantasy XIII” is coming to North America on March 9, 2010

– Slashfilm: Is the Hollywood Movie Star Dead?

– A screenshot confirming an R2-D2 easter egg in Star Trek

Tuesday Trailers: 10/13/09 by Barbecue Bros

More Than A Game – A documentary about Lebron James and his high school basketball team and their quest for the National High School Basketball Championship.

Lego Rock Band – Yes, it actually does exist. This is not a parody video from College Humor or Funny or Die.

The Damned United – From the screenwriter of The Queen and Frost/Nixon and starring Michael Sheen (also of both of those films.

Set in 1960s and 1970s England, THE DAMNED UNITED tells the confrontational and darkly humorous story of Brian Cloughs doomed 44 day tenure as manager of the reigning champions of English football Leeds United. Previously managed by his bitter rival Don Revie, and on the back of their most successful period ever as a football club, Leeds was perceived by many to represent a new aggressive and cynical style of football – an anathema to the principled yet flamboyant Brian Clough, who had achieved astonishing success as manager of Hartlepool and Derby County building teams in his own vision with trusty lieutenant Peter Taylor.

Linkdown: 10/7/09 by Barbecue Bros

– AV Club’s latest inventory, this time of 42 10+ minute “pop songs” which includes the awesome “Do You Know How to Waltz?” by Low

2. Low, ā€œDo You Know How To Waltz?ā€ (14:37)
The longest song by Duluth, Minnesotaā€™s finest export starts with two minutes of slowly building rumble before a snare snap signals that its heart has arrived. Then husband and wife Alan Sparhawk and Mimi Parker sadly harmonize for a couple of minutes before giving the epic ā€œDo You Know How To Waltz?ā€ back to instrumental rumble, which builds ominously for another 10. It was the first time this quiet band decided to get sort of loud, and they did so in epic fashion.

Interview with Woody Harrelson and Jesse Eisenberg of Zombieland

– First song by “Jesus Christ.” (the indie band) is available on Gorilla vs. Bear

Pavement to headline and curate next year’s All Tomorrow’s Parties festival in England

“Bored to Death” has been renewed, which is awesome news

All 93 tracks from the upcoming video game DJ Hero

– Slate: “Coercive sex,Ā aĀ Sterling CooperĀ tradition”

Tuesday Trailers: 10/6/09 by Barbecue Bros
October 6, 2009, 10:24 am
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Modern Warfare 2 – The highly anticipated video game sequel is just about a month away. ZOMG can’t wait.

Up in the Air – TheĀ secondĀ trailer, which provides a little more insight compared to the first trailer that was more of a teaser with a voiceover by George Clooney. Looks pretty darn good.

Red Cliff – John Woo’s latest film is an asian epic, complete with huge battle scenes and beautiful cinematography. Though the film has been out for some time, it is just now getting toĀ the US (albeit in a 2.5 hour version compared to the 4 hour version in China), and here is the first USĀ trailer. According to Slashfilm, “the film is a retelling of the battle of Red Cliff during the Han dynasty in ancient China, and is based upon the historical text Chronicles of the Three Kingdoms.” I would imagine this would look amazing on the big screen or on Blu-ray.

Tuesday Trailers: 9/29/09 by Barbecue Bros
September 29, 2009, 1:40 pm
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The Invention of Lying – Ricky Gervais’ latest movie is a high concept comedy where he lives in a world where everyone tells the truth and discovers that you can lie. Not sure if I will get to it in the theater, but I was one of the people that actually enjoyed Ghost Town, so I will see it at some point.

Assassin’s Creed 2 – I’m actually really excited for AC2, even if I thought Assassin’s Creed was a little repetitive. I love the setting of Renaissance Florence and am hopeful that Ubisoft will bring more variety into the game.

Precious – Besides getting a lot of nice hype at various festivals, Oprah loves this movie. So get ready to hear a lot about Precious is the coming months.

Linkdown: 9/24/09 by Barbecue Bros
September 24, 2009, 11:11 am
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– Vulture makes the case for Precious to be nominatedĀ for Best Picture

– They also examine if Tucker Max is the next Tyler Perry

Ted Leo signs to Matador Records as the last two labels he was with (Lookout! and Touch & Go) have folded in recent years

– How Nathan Fillion got his gig for Halo 3 and Halo: ODST

Video of MGMT‘s appearanceĀ on kids show “Yo Gabba Gabba!”

– Some photos from Ryan Adamsart show at the Morrison Hotel in NYC

Inteview with Joss Whedon (via Pop Candy)

– The Jim and Pam EW wedding cover