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After all these years, Gator is dead… again… kind of. The cheesy joke that became one of the biggest cult hits of recent memory has not had so much as a teaser image since the release of the franchise’s latest entry, Man 2: I Didn’t Man To, did horribly at the box office. In an interview after Man 2’s release, the series’ original creator, Charles Spitzner, reportedly stated “Y’all’ve taken this way too far. I’ve been saying that the joke died.” With no new Gator or Man movie seeming to be in the works, and even with the original creator saying that it should end, it looks like after all this time the franchise as a whole may actually die. As such, now seems like the best time to look back at the franchise, both to remember where it came from and to try to analyze both what it did…

After its initial 52 episode run 12 years ago, the final season of “Samurai Jack” began on March 11. After such a long wait, one question begs answering: was the original series actually that good, or are people being blinded by their nostalgia? In short, the series holds up well, but with a few glaring flaws. Some are creative decisions, others are byproducts of the time. Before delving into the positives and negatives of the show though, a brief reminder about the overall plot of “Samurai Jack,” as explained by the series’ antagonist, Aku: “Long ago in a distant land, I, Aku, the shape-shifting Master of Darkness, unleashed an unspeakable evil! But a foolish Samurai warrior wielding a magic sword stepped forth to oppose me. Before the final blow was struck, I tore open a portal in time and flung him into the future, where my evil is law! Now…

Edited by Jon W, Ricky, Jess On October 1, 2001, Jayceon Taylor was in his Compton apartment when he was shot five times and left for dead. He harvested the strength to make a phone and call 911 in time to be saved. Taylor spent numerous days in a coma before recovering. While hospitalized, Taylor came to the realization that he wanted to be a rapper. He gave himself the moniker “The Game” and less than four years later, his debut album The Documentary was released under Dr. Dre’s Aftermath Entertainment.   The Documentary was an instant classic. It was released in January 2005, the album sold over half a million copies within a week, and close to 5 million since. It was initially set to be released as Nigga Wit’ Attitude: Volume 1, a reference to the group N.W.A, but the name had to be changed for legal reasons.…

It’s impossible to throw oneself back to the time when the fear of nuclear weapons was at its height in the minds of the masses, especially those who lived in Japan. It’s surprising to know there were those who felt safe in the presumed knowledge that it may never happen again. Still many lived in a dark time when they had no idea what nuclear war would bring next. I Live In Fear (sometimes referred to as Record of a Living Being or What the Birds Knew) observes an individual of that time, whom is both fearing and in hope but is at the center confused. Set a mere ten years after Nagasaki and Hiroshima were paved away by the atomic bombs, the film focuses on—through the observations of Dr. Harada (Takashi Shimura)—an old man in a foundry family, Kiichi Nakajima (Toshiro Mifune). We see early on that Nakajima is…

Today marks the 45th anniversary of Jimi Hendrix’s death. Hendrix remains a household name,  is on millions of people’s list of favorite musicians, and not only forever changed music, but also left his mark on pop culture. In honor of Jimi Hendrix, here are 45 things you should know about the musical icon. 1. His major career spanned only four years. Hendrix’s career technically lasted longer than four years, however he only gained fame and popularity in 1966 after he and manager Chas Chandler formed The Jimi Hendrix Experience in London. He had been playing in small bands since he was a teenager. When he was in the military, he formed a band called the Casuals and after he and fellow band member Billy Cox were both discharged, they formed the King Kasuals in the early 1960s. Throughout the early-mid 1960s, Hendrix played backup for Little Richard, the Isley Brothers,…