Nostalgia Critic is a comedy webseries created, written, edited by, and starring Chicago native Doug Walker. The series initially launched on YouTube in 2007 before moving to independent sites That Guy with the Glasses and Blip.tv. The show follows the titular Nostalgia Critic, a bitter and sarcastic film critic, as he reviews movies and television shows from his childhood and recent past, usually with comically exaggerated rage. The show often alternates the Critic's angry rants and juvenile humor with legitimate analysis of the episode's subject.
Walker briefly retired the series at the end of 2012 to work on other projects, even writing the character out of existence in the Channel Awesome film To Boldly Flee. However, on January 22, 2013, Walker announced the show's imminent return in a narrative video called "The Review Must Go On". The more sketch-heavy sixth season began on February 5, 2013 with a review of the film The Odd Life of Timothy Green.
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Nostalgia, Ultra (stylized as nostalgia,ULTRA. and occasionally nostalgia/ultra) is the debut mixtape by American singer Frank Ocean. It was released on February 16, 2011. Ocean was inspired to make the mixtape after Hurricane Katrina in his native New Orleans and his subsequent relocation to Los Angeles. After joining alternative hip hop group Odd Future in 2010, he self-released the mixtape, without initial promotion. Nostalgia, Ultra has a unique R&B aesthetic and features surreal themes and nostalgic lyrics. The songs mostly focus on interpersonal relationships, personal reflection, and social commentary. Following its release, the mixtape received rave reviews from music critics. The cover features a picture of a bright orange 1980s BMW E30 M3, Ocean's “dream car”, in plain sight amidst lush greenery. In May 2011, Def Jam announced its plans to release the mixtape as an EP on July 26, 2011. However, the release of the EP was indefinitely delayed in July 2011 and has since been cancelled. Two singles were released from the aborted EP version: “Novacane”, and “Swim Good”. Both songs received music videos directed by Australian director Nabil Elderkin. Ocean embarked on a solo concert tour through North America and Europe to promote the record, playing a total of 7 shows. In addition, his 2012 performance at the Coachella Music Festival included several live renditions from the release including “Strawberry Swing” and “LoveCrimes”. The mixtape appeared on several music critics' and publications' end-of-year albums lists. Controversy arose in March 2012 over the song “American Wedding”, a remake of the song “Hotel California” by American rock band Eagles. Recording artist Kanye West was reportedly a fan of the mixtape, which led to Ocean appearing on the album Watch the Throne. Subsequently, Ocean collaborated with artists Beyoncé Knowles and Jay-Z after they were introduced to the mixtape through West. Following its release, both Ocean and the mixtape have developed a cult following. The mixtape was followed by the release of Ocean's debut studio album Channel Orange to even greater critical acclaim in 2012.
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The album begins with a melodic cover of “Strawberry Swing” by English alternative rock band Coldplay. Connor O'Neill of The Miscellany News writes that the cover begins the album with “so much atmosphere you almost melt into it” and then “spreads you over an apocalyptic swan song”. The song ends abruptly with the rude sound of an alarm clock, followed by the “nightmarish” song “Novacane”. It has been called a love song of sorts, with influence taken from alternative hip hop group The Pharcyde. Lyrically the track explores a narrative in which the singer meets a girl attempting to pay her way through dental school by working in porn. Ocean meets the girl at Coachella, a musical festival which takes place in Indio, California. Ocean serves as the protagonist in the song, in love with a girl “so gone on drugs that Ocean, wanting to be close to her, has no choice but to get gone on those same drugs”. The pair get high using dental local anesthetics. Ocean serves as an unreliable narrator. Several interludes are placed throughout the album, named after video games, such as Street Fighter, Metal Gear Solid, GoldenEye 007 and Soulcalibur. This is reported to give the album a more nostalgic feel; the record is “held together by tiny interludes named after 1990s video games in which the unmistakable sounds of a cassette player rewinding, fast-forwarding, and stopping are heard”. On the track “We All Try”, Ocean speaks out against homophobia. According to The Guardian, “Odd Future's frequent use of the word 'faggot' unsettled liberal stomachs”, and that “Ocean was brave enough to stand alone once more, declaring on 'We All Try': 'I believe that marriage isn't between a man and woman, but between love and love'. On the same song he reveals his opinion of the pro-choice debate: 'I believe a woman's temple, gives her the right to choose/ But baby don't abort.'” He obliquely “announces his support of a woman's right to choose and gay marriage”, both of which are “hardly typical r&b tropes.” The song contains “smooth, bedroom-type grooves”. Pitchfork Media wrote that "in a skit called “Bitches Talkin”, the ladies tell him to cut it out with the damn Radiohead, while “Optimistic” is playing in the background; in 'Songs For Women', he obliges—he's an indie kid when it comes to alienation but a pragmatist when it comes to sex." “Songs For Women” is a song where Ocean can't decide whether to rue or revel in his conflicted feelings about women. The song offers a self-effacing perspective, with a numbed, restrained delivery. Lyrically the track expresses a narrative where he tries to arrange an after-school meeting in his dad's empty house and brags about harmonizing to Otis, Isley and Marvin. He laments that his woman doesn't listen to him or his music: “It's like she never heard of me.” In spite of the “suave delivery and the song's inherent tunefulness”, the object of Ocean's affection soon ditches his love songs in favor of those sung “by real R&B big-shots (Drake included)”. The mixtape also contains several references to American director Stanley Kubrick and his films, most notably Eyes Wide Shut. Nicole Kidman's adulterous soliloquy from the film can be heard during the song “Lovecrimes”, adding a sense of manic dread." The film is also referenced on the track “Novacane”, where Ocean also sings that he's “feelin like Stanley Kubrick”. Following that is the track “There Will Be Tears”. The song has been described as emotional in nature, containing a glitchy beat sampled from Mr Hudson, with heavily synthesised vocals. “There Will Be Tears” has a thundering bass flat over a hyperactive 808 beat. Ocean sings about not having a father; “Hide my face, hide my face, can't let 'em see me crying / Cause these boys didn't have no fathers neither / And they weren't crying”, where he “lets his guard down completely.” “Swim Good” has been called an “astonishing suicide song” and that Ocean finds himself dressed in black ('Like I'm ready for a funeral'), tormented by heartbreak and on the verge of driving his car into the sea. The song is a grim escape fantasy describing a murder suicide, which “has the singer driving his car to the shore, his trunk 'bleeding' with 'broken hearts'.” The hook of the song ends with the refrain of “I feel like a ghost, no Swayze, ever since I lost my baby.” “Dust” uses books as an extended metaphor for memories and experience, with lines like “so many pages I wrote, wish I could revise 'em / But there's no erasing”. The penultimate track is “American Wedding”, a 7-minute remake of “Hotel California” by American rock band Eagles. The track expresses an extended tale of a shotgun marriage and subsequent divorce. Its here that we “might get a little peek into the psychology of the man shirking the foremost genre for love songs: He doesn't believe in love. At least not in the United States.” The song has a “totally unexpected ending for a song told as a flashback.” The album ends with “Nature Feels”, a reinterpretation of MGMT's “Electric Feel”. The song exhibits Ocean as an “openly fun character”, opening the song with the line “I've been meaning to fuck you in the garden.” According to Pitchfork, no matter the mood, Ocean is always “quick to add fine particulars that make his songs his songs”. Pitchfork called “Nature Feel” an “MGMT-sampling Garden of Eden fuck ode”.
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