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Entries by Alex Remington from 02/2010

Interview with Nina Paley, Animator and Director of Sita Sings the Blues, a Fantastic Jazz Musical Retelling of the Ramayana

| Posted 02.02.2010 | Entertainment

American cartoonist Nina Paley has one of the hottest indie movies around, Sita Sings the Blues (rating: 86), her animated retelling of the classic Hi...

Beyond Human: An Exploration of the Human Future of Robotics, Long on Sci-Fi but Short on Sci-Fact

| Posted 02.10.2010 | Books

Almost Human, a book that follows the Carnegie Mellon robotics department's frequent frustration with building robots in the present day, is fun to read, but there isn't a whole lot of solid science between its pages.

Extract: Mike Judge's Latest is Also His Worst, But It's Still Pretty Good

| Posted 02.10.2010 | Entertainment

Extract goes down smoothly, but there's not much there. Mike Judge's third live-action movie is a much more modest affair than the biting satire of the brilliant Office Space.

The Monster Squad: See It Instead of The Wolfman This Weekend, It's One of the Best Kids' Horror Movies

| Posted 02.12.2010 | Entertainment

The Monster Squad has a ridiculously easy premise for an '80s movie: bring together Dracula, Frankenstein, the Mummy, the Wolfman, and the Creature f...

Wristcutters: A Love Story a Beautifully Morbid Romantic Comedy With Little Romance and No Comedy, but Plenty of Imagination

| Posted 02.14.2010 | Entertainment

A movie's premise might be its most important piece. If you have a killer premise, it's hard to make a movie any worse than mediocre; by contrast, if ...

What Dreams May Come: An Original Vision of the Afterlife, Poorly Cast But Gorgeously Rendered

| Posted 02.15.2010 | Entertainment

The greatest crime committed by the 1998 film What Dreams May Come is its excessive, nearly humorless earnest, personified by its star, Robin Williams...

Sam and Max Hit the Road: One of the Great Comic Book Games Ever

| Posted 02.20.2010 | Entertainment

Steve Purcell has done just about everything, and he's done it with Sam and Max -- a six-foot dog and a toothy rabbit with a taste for carnage.

The Last Mimzy: Stories: Well-Thought Out But Poorly Written WWII-Era Sci-Fi

| Posted 02.21.2010 | Books

Henry Kuttner is one of the lost masters of science fiction, according to Ray Bradbury, who wrote the introduction to a posthumous collection of Kuttn...

Interview with Will McRobb, Co-Creator of "The Adventures of Pete and Pete," One of the Best Kid's Shows in TV History

| Posted 02.21.2010 | Entertainment

It's mighty strange You're looking happily deranged [lyrics incomprehensible] Or have you picked your target yet? Hey Sandy! --"Hey Sandy," Polaris If...