This past decade, video games have pulled off a stunning transformation. On the one hand, gaming made huge strides as an artform to the point where the "are games art?" discussion now has to be taken seriously. But at the same time, games are no longer solely the domain of basement-dwelling geeks; they're now just another medium like movies, books, or television -- one that different people enjoy for different reasons.
Fans perked up to hear the news today that not only are the rumors true about the new X-Men origins film, Bryan Singer - director of the first two X-Men films - has agreed to take on directing duties.
Despite the massive continuity changes from the comics in the X-Men films, most fans agree that Singer did a passable job taking their beloved characters to screen.
The list of unironically good Hannukah pop music is a short one, but you can bet that They Might Be Giants' "Feast of Lights" would be near the top. Similar to the Charles Brown classic "Please Come Home For Christmas," this song is about putting relationship troubles aside in the name of celebrating Hannukah together.
OK, your mileage may vary with this one. Not everyone can summon an appreciation for a video clip that takes the Jingle Cats' already-terrifying kitty-meow cover of "White Christmas," runs it backward at 80% speed, and plays mad-scientist with the audio until it sounds like a transmission from the depths of Satan's litter box.
There are many terrible Hannukah rap songs on the internet, but the above video is one of the worst. The low production quality, the corny video effects, and the far-from-phat rhymes are enough to tempt any Jewish rapper to lay down a dis track. However, like the creators of Miracle Lights, I think these "rappers" are aware of their limitations and don't much care.
Still making latkes from a box? Don't bother -- it's not that hard to make latkes from scratch, and they're far superior that way. Leslie Jonath tells us how to make the best possible potato pancakes in this video, but not before warning against some common latke mistakes.
If you're already an expert cook and you want to make something more complex, here's a vid explaining how to make a popular Hannukah treat in Israel: sufganiyot (basically, they're donuts).
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Here's everyone's favorite Hasidic Jewish reggae musician Matisyahu, attempting to wish you a Happy Hannukah. The jury's still out on whether he's actually high in this video or just terrible at reading a teleprompter.
This is Bush's speech at the White House's first ever Hannukah celebration in 2001. Despite the man's stumbling over the word "menorah" (reminding us all how much we appreciate Obama's "eloquence"), we appreciate his incorporation of Hannukah into the White House routine. Obama plans to continue the tradition this year as well, albeit less lavishly.
Do you prefer to fill your stockings with severed feet? Picture Santa
as a voyeuristic psychopath? If you prefer your eggnog with a splash of
blood, then check out these Twelve Frights of Christmas -- and, if your appetite for yuletide carnage is sufficiently whetted, you can
check them out at the Brattle Theatre's "Ho-ho-horrors!" film line-up this week.
This next Hannukah video is from the Colbert Christmas special last year. Jon Stewart attempts to coax Stephen Colbert - via music - to give Hannukah a try.
The Festival of Lights begins tonight at sundown. On all eight days of the holiday, Laser Orgy will be giving you the gift ... of video. That's right: Hannukah-themed videos from ye olde internet, selected for Viewers Like You.
This first one is an animated trailer for a movie called Miracle Lights, which can be purchased here
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