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Star Wars: The Force Awakens

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Spoilers The hinge on which the Hero’s Journey turns is the Crossing the Threshold. The moment the hero makes the choice to answer the call to adventure. This is dramatically compelling. A character,… Continue reading

Furious Seven Review

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There are a lot of things I thought a Fast and Furious film could achieve. Making an audience weep was not one of them. As if to prove me wrong, James Wan delivered… Continue reading

“Tomorrowland” Teaser Trailer Arrives

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It was easy to forget about this one. It’s deep, deep in the Mystery Box. A technique writer Damon Lindelof surely adopted from JJ Abrams. Well now it’ll be impossible to forget about… Continue reading

Doctor Who: “Time Heist” Recap

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Doctor Who has the special condition that it can tell any kind of story that it wants to. The Doctor is not bound by time or space, so neither are the writers. Sometimes this… Continue reading

PODCAST: Doctor Who Series 8 Premier “Deep Breath” Discussion

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Ric, Liam, and Corey carved out some time to reflect on the past, present, and future of Doctor Who in light of the Series 8 premier and debut of the 12th Doctor, Peter… Continue reading

“Guardians of the Galaxy” Review

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Think of your favorite Marvel film. Now think of your favorite moment in that film. I have good money betting it’s a character beat, not an action set piece. Mine? I can’t tell… Continue reading

How To Train Your Dragon 2 Review

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How to Train Your Dragon was released in 2010 and it blew me away so much that it easily topped my favorites list of the year. Inception was released in 2010. This is a… Continue reading

“Edge of Tomorrow” Review

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It is easy to deride the state of the modern blockbuster. Sometimes it feels like we have been overwhelmed by Transformers, Marvel and their clones, remakes, reboots, reimaginings, adaptations, and recreations. Each of… Continue reading

“The Last of Us: Left Behind” Review

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The Last of Us ruined video games for me. My tolerance for sophomoric writing in games evaporated the moment Ellie said “Okay” at the end. There have been several story-intensive games that I flat-out… Continue reading

“Godzilla” Trailer

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Holy crap, Godzilla is big. Check out the latest trailer for Gareth Edward’s reboot of Godzilla. I’m pretty in the dark on this one, so I don’t have much insight here. The trailer… Continue reading

New Music from Coldplay – “Midnight”

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Coldplay just released a new single entitled “Midnight.” There was no anticipation machine ramp up to this release, that I know of at least. Which is sort of interesting. It, of course, begs… Continue reading

Facebook Paper Review

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Facebook is starting to struggle to remain relevant. Reports of young users viewing it as dead as Myspace and Friendster surely have sent Zuckerberg into a frenzy. Investors still don’t see Facebook as… Continue reading

“Device 6” Review

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Device 6 is a text based adventure game that reads like a mystery novella. It pretends to be a choose-your-own-adventure story while playing like a puzzle. In fact the whole experience is a singular… Continue reading

“Guardians of the Galaxy” Trailer

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The first trailer for Marvel’s gamble Guardians of the Galaxy just premiered on Jimmy Kimmel Live. Guardians is one of my most anticipated movies of 2014 because it sounds bananas. Also because it stars Chris… Continue reading

10 Reasons To Watch: “Hannibal”

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NBC’s Hannibal slipped by most of us unnoticed, judging by its ratings at least. That’s a shame because it might just be the most intriguing network drama since ABC’s Lost. The entire first season is now… Continue reading

“Sherlock” Series 3 Review

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Sherlock Holmes is perhaps one of literature’s most flexible characters. Not because he is malleable, but because he is intransigent. The makeup of Sherlock is genetically permanent. His personality is beyond loud, and… Continue reading

JK Rowling Regrets Coupling Ron And Hermione

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So. This happened. I have surprisingly strong feelings on the matter. Like so many members of my generation, Harry Potter is a series very, very close to my heart. After my mother read me the… Continue reading

“The Wolf of Wall Street” Review

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  The Wolf of Wall Street is a dangerous film. Remarkable, but dangerous. Martin Scorsese has crafted a film full of vigor and bravado. It is a movie that oozes confidence as much as… Continue reading

“Inside Llewyn Davis” Review

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Spoiler Warning: I don’t consider Inside Llewyn Davis to be a movie one can spoil in any grand way, it doesn’t rely on plot all too much, be warned, I discuss much of… Continue reading

New to Who? A “Doctor Who” Watching Guide

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After all the hoopla Snippets made about the 50th Anniversary of Doctor Who I’ve gotten the same question from a few folks: “I’m afraid of Doctor Who! I have no idea where to begin!” Which is… Continue reading

“About Time” Review

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I will keep this brief. There isn’t precisely a lot to say on Richard Curtis‘s latest effort, About Time. That isn’t due to lack of substance or quality, but because it is just such… Continue reading

Additional Thoughts on The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

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I wanted to take a moment to jot down a few thoughts as an addendum to Snippets’ official review of Catching Fire from Tim Combatti. I wanted to write on why it works so well.… Continue reading

“Ender’s Game” Review

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Ender’s Game is an unfilmable novel as it stands. Firstly it follows a six year old boy genius as he is warped into a military leader by unethical teachers. Secondly the novel takes place… Continue reading

Liam’s Reactions to “The Day of the Doctor”

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The Day of the Doctor appropriately celebrates 50 years of collected history while looking to the future, and it looks bright. My immediate reaction to the special episode is best summed up with one… Continue reading

Twitter, Second Screens, Piracy, and Why I’ll Never Be A Good Movie Blogger

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If you pay attention to the insular, yet oddly connected, lives of movie bloggers then you’re as pathetic as I am on Twitter. These people are like my celebrities. I skim right past… Continue reading