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There is not another living playwright out there that can twist the elements of tragedy and comedy together, and create a piece of theatrical work that plays on all of your senses quite like Martin McDonagh. The man responsible for both The Leenane Trilogy and The Pillowman, as well as the dark and demented 2008 film In Bruges, knows how to jumble the saddest, happiest and sometimes disturbing elements of life and slice it all together into one fluid production. Yesterday I was able to check out his Tony-award winning play The Cripple of Inishmaan at the Paramount Theatre, presented by Ireland's Druid Theatre Company.

After several movies, books, comics and prequel games, Dead Space 2 has finally arrived.  Personally, I have been waiting for this game for quite a while.  As a huge fan of the original game and an owner of far too much other Dead Space media, this game release could not have come soon enough.  The hype leading up to it has been pretty substantial, but after playing it myself I truly think we may already have one of the best games of this year.

The last ten years of the pillows' career have been like a game of "Chutes & Ladders," filled with many ups (Thank you my twilight, MY FOOT, PIED PIPER) and some downs (PENALTY LIFE, Good Dreams, Ooparts). Here we are within the 21st year of their lengthy and legendary careers, and a new album from Sawao Yamanaka, Yoshiaki Manabe and Shinichiro Sato has landed in our hands for our eager ears. This LP is Horn Again, an album that proves once again why the pillows are the best rock band from Japan.

Not very often do gamers bear witness to a game quite like ilomilo. On the surface it looks like a game aimed primarily at children, but once you get deep down into the aesthetics of it you realize that this SouthEnd Interactive title was made to bring the inner child out of all of us.

Many highs and lows in the music world, but a great amount of artists this year had their shiniest moments thanks to their risks and successful undertakings. Let's take a look at this year's best and brightest albums, starting from number twenty and ending in this section at eleven.


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When it comes to The50Kaitenz their mixture of punk rock and comedy is no match for any band, so when it first heard that the Osaka trio was teaming up with cult favorite director Noboru Iguchi (The Machine Girl, Robogeisha) the pairing sounded like a match made in Heaven. Like a blend of The Three Stooges, Help! and Detroit Metal City both the director and its stars manage to create one heck of a funny blend of comedy and punk rock with Rock 'N' Roll Magic.

The happiest musical duo returns with their third album, and while Matt & Kim may not branch too far out from their usual motif their songs still manage to put a smile on even the biggest scrooge.

With the otaku generation taking over at least the male demographic, it would've been no time at all for the light novel and anime industry to pamper over to the female population. This fall the folks at AIC have adapted Tsukasa Fushimi's light novel series Ore no Imōto ga Konna ni Kawaii Wake ga Nai (or Oreimo for short), which is translated as "My little sister can't be this cute." What could've been a funny series has instead transformed itself into kind of a bore-fest.

Oh Captain Smiley. How much I wanted to think you were a big bag of awesome. Unfortunately your superpowers are no match for my critical analysis, and dude I have many issues with your video game debut.

In a wonderful turn of events, a little over a week ago, my girlfriend turns to me and says that she would like to help me buy a game.  After I awoke from the shock-induced coma, I instantly knew which game I was interested in checking out.  We went to the store and like a little boy in a toy store I pointed and jumped at Kirby’s Epic Yarn.  I have since played through the entire game and it has been a serious contender for one of my favorite games of this year.