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Friday, September 28, 2007

It's a DigitalLife Afterall

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Yesterday, we attended the first-day festivities at the DigitalLife technology, gaming and entertainment event here in New York. As far as video games go, there wasn't anything new. "Lord of the Rings Online." "BioShock." "Gears of War." Been there. Played that. (Of course, that didn't stop us from playing them again in this week's installment of "Up Down Left Right.") What was new at DigitalLife was a barrage of robot products. Spy bots. Cleaning bots. There was even a robotic Elvis. No thanks, DigitalLife. Didn't we learn anything from the "Terminator" movies?!

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

"Inland Empire" Side Effects

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This blog post probably isn't going to make much sense because we're about to write about David Lynch, one of our favoritest cerebral film directors. We've been ill for the past few days and decided to pop in our review copy of the "Inland Empire" DVD — which comes out Aug. 14 — after taking a doctor-prescribed drug. Big mistake. By the end of this three-hour epic, the walls were caving in around us and we were questioning our reality. We'll never be able to look at screwdrivers or bunnies the same way again. We're not sure who to blame: the pills or Lynch.

Like his other ground-breaking films and TV series "Twin Peaks," this movie has a transportive effect that's thought-provoking and totally trippy. Laura Dern stars as a "woman in trouble" who wanders around Los Angeles and Poland. Yep. That's about as much of a plot as we could decipher. The entire movie was shot by Lynch with a shaky digital camera instead of standard filmstock, so the imagery in "Inland Empire" has an unsettling is-this-for-real vibe. While we enjoyed "Inland Empire" we think?!  it wouldn't be a bad idea for pharmacists to add "David Lynch films" right after "dangerous machinery" on drug warning labels.

Monday, March 05, 2007

Mickey Mouse to Children: My Neck is Killing Me!

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We've all had our photo taken with at least one bobble-headed costumed character, those bizarre beings most abundant at the Disney theme parks. They're cute. They're cuddly. They're kinda mysterious. And they make for a good picture. But this story from the Orlando Sentinel takes the head off just how dangerous donning a Pooh outfit can be.

For example, did you know that the costumes can cost upwards of $100,000? Or that the men and women under the fur blamed the costumes for 282 injuries in 2005, according to reports kept by Disney World or the Occupational Safety and Health Administration? Ouch. Think about that the next you let your little cousins crawl on top of poor ol' Goofy.

Monday, January 22, 2007

We're All On Ice Together

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"High School Musical" was a made-for-TV movie ratings smash then a top downloaded album and now a high-grossing concert tour. Later this year, it's gonna be 32 degrees. While The Slug was having lunch with Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus' Bello the clown and ringmaster Tyron McFarlan today, Nicole Feld, producer for live production company Feld Entertainment, told us she was currently hard at work on "High School Musical on Ice." Yes. On ice.

The slick adaptation of the tween megahit (don't act like you've never heard of it) won't feature the original actors — they're not that good at skating, Feld said — but will include tunes from the original and the highly anticipated (if you're 12 years old like us) sequel set to debut on the Disney Channel in August. What's next? "High School Musical in Space"!? Actually, that would be awesome.

Monday, October 30, 2006

The Slug Has Got Game

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Because the weather was so darn dreary this weekend, The Slug stayed inside, drank warm beverages and played a bunch of new board games. (Actually, make that just games. None of 'em came with boards. How futuristic!) We rated our three favorites for you since the holidays are right around the corner, which usually means mucho time-killing with the family while waiting for turkeys, hams and latkes.

Fun: "Survivor DVD Blast." The box for this DVD-based trivia game boasts that no board or game pieces are required. But isn't that, you know, part of the fun of playing a game? Instead, all moves happen on the tube. The game even keeps score for you. But unless you're a HUUUGE fan of "Survivor," this game is definitely difficult. Even The Slug didn't know most of the answers.

Funner: "Family Feud." OK. So this is technically a video game, but it can easily be played by multiple people. Since The Slug is a whore for game shows, we loved this highly customizable version of the classic. You can select what era studio to appear in and even edit the appearance of your family. Grandma gets an afro! Unfortunately, you can't select which host will read the survey questions. Boo! We want Richard Dawson! The game's Fast Money final round is particularly fun to play.

Funnest: "Banzai." Based on the absurd G4 show, this Japanese-themed DVD betting game comes with the awesomest accouterment ever: plastic sushi, chopsticks and "Karate Kid"-style headbands that players wear while predicting what will happen in bizarre DVD clips. For example, how many balloons will it take for a chicken to fly? The player with the most chopstick skill usually has the upperhand because betting requires picking up as many plastic sushi as possible in a 15-second span. Super cool.

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Elvis Has Left the Blockbuster

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Seriously, what's not on DVD? Don't you dare say Elvis Presley impersonator training. Because today it is — all for the low price of $24.95. "Sing Like the King" offers lessons on "vibrato, vocal range, mastering the Elvis accent, signature dance moves and gestures, as well as hair, makeup and costume tips." The King is probably rolling in his Beta collection.