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Derk's Pull List For the Week of 5/26/2009

In The Pull List! on May 26, 2009 at 7:54 pm

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So here we are with another installment of my version of this week’s Pull List. If you’re looking for a list that is insufficient and meager compared to Christophers’, you’ve came to the right place. But as usual, if you want a more informative list, check out his (especially this week since it’s a video). Here we go.

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Review:: Green Day – 21st Century Breakdown

In Music on May 25, 2009 at 11:15 pm

green-dayGreen Day have certainly evolved over time. It seems like it has been forever ago (1990 to be exact) since these guys made their debut with 39/Smooth. Since then they gained mainstream success with Dookie and somewhat became the band to hate with American Idiot. Sure that album enjoyed much success in sales and with critical response, it also gained some hate from the “true” punks out there. Of course, this is nothing new for Green Day. They felt the same backlash by signing with a major label way back with Dookie.

For me, Green Day has remained a favorite over the years. Insomniac was second to Metallica’s And Justice for All in getting me into a “different” type of music. While some may scoff at my collection of Green Day CD’s sitting neatly beside of my Black Flag and Minor Threat albums, I make no apologies. Green Day will forever remain a favorite for me, if for nothing but nostalgic bliss.

So with that being said, Green Day have offered their follow up to American Idiot. With 21st Century Breakdown Green Day continues the style they had with American Idiot, which means it’s another concept album. While it may seem hard to create a worthy successor to such a critically acclaimed album, I feel that Green Day have done a sufficient job here.

Within the confines of this album you’ll fine various songs containing the trademarked patterns of Green Day. Some good examples would be the single Know Your Enemy and Horseshoes and Hand Grenades. However, many may notice a more “arena rock” feel to songs such as 21 Guns. While it’s easy to miss the styles of Dookie or Insomniac, it’s a fact that these guys have grown up. While most may label that “selling out”, I would argue that it would be fairly silly for these guys to put out songs about smoking pot and waiting for parents to die when they’re around 40 years old.

But anyway, back to the new album, the only real problem I have with the album is the fact that many of the songs on this album can toe the line of being a bit pretentious. The bigger overblown arena rock-like songs can leave a taste in your mouth like that of listening to *shudder* U2. At times it seems like these guys are taking the songs and themselves way too seriously. Of course, this is my own opinion and I could be completely misreading everything.

Basically it boils down to one simple thing. If you liked American Idiot, or Green Day, you will like this album. That seems like a fairly obvious statement, but I don’t know how else to say it. I feel like this album falls into the “love it or hate it” category. Myself, I enjoy the album. Could it have been better? Maybe. Nonetheless, I can’t say I am disappointed due to the fact that I got what I was expecting.

Final Grade: A-

Review:: Punch-Out!! (2009)

In Game Reviews on May 25, 2009 at 10:12 pm

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Way back when in 1987 a game was released that would become widely known as one of the most addicting and fun video game experiences of all time. That game was Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out!. While the title may lull the gamer into thinking that this is just a typical boxing game, the gameplay would quickly convince the player otherwise. In MTPO, underdog Little-Mac was pitted against some of the most outrageous characters in gaming history. Guys like Piston Honda, Bald Bull, and Soda Popinski wil certainly go down in history with the likes of Mario and Zelda. Even though most (or at least most of the people I know) have never successfully KO’ed Tyson, that didn’t come close to stop the game from being one of the best of all time.

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VIDEO: The Pull List! Week of May 28, 2009

In The Pull List! on May 25, 2009 at 11:00 am

So this week, I decided to try something new! Your Pull List is now in a convenient, bite size format, in the form of the video below. Its still pretty experimental, but the goal is to start including a lot more video content, since its much easier to digest than long winded articles…though, don’t get me wrong, there will still be plenty of written articles and reviews; we simply don’t have the time or resources to do videos of everything at this stage.

Hope you enjoyed it! Leave a comment and let us know what you think for future episodes.

REVIEW: "Terminator Salvation"

In On Film on May 24, 2009 at 4:44 am
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So I went tonight and saw “Terminator: Salvation“, despite Derk’s less than savory review. And while I’ll likely be in the minority here, I actually did find it to be an enjoyable enough flick, although deeply flawed.

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