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  • Roger Ebert writes a kind of four-star anti-review of Synecdoche, New York, and is then inspired to write a rambling, poetic essay on it.
  • Chuck Klosterman reviews Chinese Democracy, which he likens to Timothy Treadwell being eaten by a bear. Just one of many reasons why Chuck Klosterman is the reigning king of brainy hipsterdom and I’m just some guy.
  • I haven’t seen a good overview of Tarantino’s upcoming Inglourious Basterds anywhere, but Wikipedia rounds up most of the details that are available. Apparently, it’s a Spaghetti Western-and-French New Wave-inspired take on the WWII action flick, with Brad Pitt as the leader of a group of Jewish-American soldiers who infiltrate occupied France to collect Nazi scalps. And it has Maggie Cheung as a Frenchwoman. Frankly, it sounds awesome.
  • 2007 Independent Games Festival grand prize winner Aquaria has finally been released for OS X. I only just started it, but I’m pretty impressed so far. It’s beautiful and oddly meditative for a side-scrolling action game. Finally, I can live my dream of being a magical fish-woman who swims around in the ocean singing songs and collecting recipes!

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