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Tan The Man writes mostly about film and music. He has previously covered events like Noise Pop, Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival, South By Southwest, TBD Festival, Wizard World Comic Con and WonderCon.

Top 5 Pixar Animated Films

I compare Pixar to what Miramax used to be when it first started. When Miramax started, it was a revolution to film. It created trends and romanticized independent film. Pixar has romanticized animation. Not just because they used computer animation, but because what they did with it. Anyone can make decent animation (Sony made great animation for Final Fantasy), but ... Read More »

Most People Like Cinderella Man

About a week ago, AMC Entertainment offered viewers the opportunity to get a refund for their ticket if they saw, but didn’t like Cinderella Man directed by Ron Howard and starring Russell Crowe, Renee Zellweger and Paul Giamatti. This was a rare thing, which AMC started with a money-back guarantee with 1988’s Mystic Pizza. AMC wanted Cinderella Man to be ... Read More »

Roger Federer Reaches Third Consecutive Wimbledon Final

No. 1 Roger Federer has reached his third Wimbledon final by beating No. 2 Lleyton Hewitt in a three set semifinal match. He will either face Andy Roddick or Thomas Johansson on Sunday for the championship. If Federer wins the final, he will become one of three men (Pete Sampras and Bjorn Borg) to win three consecutive Wimbledon titles since ... Read More »

Live Baseball Game Played On X-Box Rejected

About a week ago, the Independent Northern League decided that as a promotion, one of the league’s games would be played by two video game players on an X-Box to determine the first two innings of the game. The Kansas City T-Bones and Schamburg Flyers would face the first two innings of the July 16 game on the park’s 16 ... Read More »

Top 5 Greatest Non-Sports Rivalries

Rivalries are a mainstay in sports. It’s the nature of the sports and how games are played. One team/player has to win, and so there also must be a loser. There have been many great sports rivalries: Evander Holyfield and Mike Tyson, Boston Red Sex and New York Yankees, Adolf Hitler and Jesse Owens (I’m stretching this a bit), Tonya ... Read More »

Own Your Very Own Napoleon-Era Fort

If you ever wanted to own your own island, now is the time. For a relative bargain at £150,000 or around $275,000, you can own Stack Rock Fort, which is situated off the coast of Milford Haven. It has it’s own cannons! We’ve all had fantasies and playfights on our islands, and now you live it. I’m not sure you ... Read More »

Nerds Make Better Lovers! Yes!

Apparently, nerds make better lovers. Here. This article doesn’t say that nerds are better in bed, it just says that nerds attract women who want to settle down. “A nerd is an excellent provider and a guy who puts you first,” says E. Jean Carroll, Elle magazine’s love and sex advice columnist. “He’ll turn out to be a great father ... Read More »

V For Vendetta by Alan Moore and David Lloyd

I must admit that I didn’t have any inclinations to read graphic novels despite the good films that inspired them: Road To Perdition by Max Allan Collins and Richard Piers Rayner and Sin City by Frank Miller quickly come to mind. The funny thing is that most of my friends in grade school and high school were huge fans of ... Read More »

Top 5 Oddest, But Still Brilliant Inventions

I read over at MSN recently of Tamim Ansary’s (a columnist) list of the 10 greatest inventions. His number one is the mechanical clock. And kudos for that. Not many people realize how important and ingenious time is to both nature and civilization as we know it. I don’t think that we’ll ever find out that single man or woman ... Read More »

The Dying Popularity of Grass and Its Wimbledon Champion

Wimbledon, the historic tournament at the All England Club, is already upon us and in full swing. The world’s favorite player and the one player whom everyone wants to see win one last time withdrew from the tournament a week ago – Andre Agassi is still recovering from the back pains that caused him to lose in the first round ... Read More »