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Category Archive: Books

“The Maze Runner” Astounds with a Predictably Indecipherably Labyrinthian and Nebulously Insufferable Plot

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Don’t ask me what The Maze Runner was about because I have absolutely no idea. It’s got a story about as cryptic as its titular labyrinth. Sure, I sat through two hours of forced dialogue and… Continue reading

Who is Jon Snow’s Mum? The R + L = J Theory Explained for Show-Watchers

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This is about as spoilery as spoilery can get. For those of you who only watch the show, these are some major book spoilers. What I’m going to reveal comes from the Song… Continue reading

Critics Be Damned: In Defense of “The Fault in Our Stars”

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Note: This article contains spoilers for the film The Fault in Our Stars, so read only if you don’t mind and/or have already seen it. One of the annoying things about writing movie… Continue reading

“The Fault in Our Stars” Movie Review

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Somewhere along the winding road of my early twenties, I found a YouTube channel called vlogbrothers. It’s description: “Raising nerdy to the power of awesome.” Using vlogbrothers, two exceptionally nerdy brothers, Hank and John, post nerdy selfie… Continue reading

Let’s Talk About That Scene from “Game of Thrones”

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SPOILERS Last year I went through great efforts to do the weekly episode recaps for Game of Thrones. This season I have to struggle with a stolen borrowed HBO Go account just to keep up with… Continue reading

“Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor” Trailer Reveal

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Pretty cool, eh? Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor is a multi-platform, open-world action-adventure video game set in the beloved realm of Middle-earth, better known as the land of Hobbits and other creatures in The… 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

Ric’s Netflix Picks: Preparing for “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” (Pt. 4)

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By now you should feel pretty damn prepared for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. For the final installment of this series, we shall have a battle of the doctors, as we set… Continue reading

Ric’s Netflix Picks: Preparing for “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” (Pt. 3)

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It’s time for Part III of Snippet Studio‘s preparation for The Desolation of Smaug! Today’s journey takes us to one of the supporting actors, James Nesbitt. He does not play a big role in The… Continue reading

Ric’s Netflix Picks: Preparing for “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” (Pt. 2)

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Welcome to Part II of Snippet Studios’ preparation for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug! Today we will be looking at the darkly charismatic Richard Armitage. His two performances discussed below prove that… Continue reading

Ric’s Netflix Picks: Preparing for “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” (Pt. 1)

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All of us here at Snippet Studios are very excited for the release of the second installment of The Hobbit trilogy: The Desolation of Smaug. Ever wonder what Martin Freeman worked on before wielding… Continue reading

Ric’s Netflix Picks: “Atlas Shrugged: Parts 1 & 2”

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                                                        Who is John Galt? Watch… Continue reading

Movie Review: “The Spectacular Now”

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Based on a book by Tim Tharp of the same name, The Spectacular Now tells the story of Sutter Keely (Miles Teller). He’s the life of every high school party. He has everything… Continue reading

Ric’s Netflix Picks: “Jekyll”

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When does an adaptation stop being an adaptation and become something more? In your search for answers, consider the BBC miniseries Jekyll. Based on The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, our… Continue reading

Ric’s Netflix Picks: “Battle Royale” vs. “The Hunger Games”

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Some say you cannot compare apples and oranges. Well I can and will, in a manner of speaking. Both Battle Royale and The Hunger Games feature groups of young people set to compete… Continue reading

Thoughts on “Life of Pi”

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Life of Pi by Yann Martel is heavily marketed as the kind of spiritual journey that will give rebirth to your belief in God. While I’ve still yet to see the movie, I… Continue reading

The Trouble With Nerds

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Time for a completely unscientific look at the nerd culture. I’m a huge fan of JJ Abrams‘s work. His Spielberg-esque, modern sensibilities allow him to rejuvenate franchises well as he create new ones. I… Continue reading

“Perks of Being a Wallflower”: Charming, Endearing, and Every Other Wholesome Word that I Know

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A quiet, awkward teenager is the last student in the classroom.  His favorite teacher is seated behind his desk.  The man smiles and says a quick goodbye as the boy walks past.  The… Continue reading

Three Hobbit Films?

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My immediate thought after seeing The Return of the King for the first time was something along the lines of, “wow”. That thought was quickly followed by, “When is The Hobbit going to… Continue reading

Thoughts on “Breakfast At Tiffany’s” – From Novella to Film

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“What I found does the most good is just to get into a taxi and go to Tiffany’s. It calms me down right away, the quietness and the proud look of it; nothing… Continue reading

“Ishmael” by Daniel Quinn – Book or Revelation?

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“Teacher seeks pupil. Must have an earnest desire to save the world. Apply in person.” Imagine if you saw that ad in the personals section of the newspaper. What might you think? How… Continue reading

Some Reactions to “The Great Gatsby” Trailer

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The trailer for Baz Luhrmann’s adaptation of the classic Fitzgerald novel The Great Gatsby went live mere minutes ago. Set to be released sometime this Christmas, the film has many literary folks skeptical and lower… Continue reading

A Book Review of “Norwegian Wood” – Way Too Sad

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Some of my favorite books I’ve ever read are some of the saddest ones out there. Brideshead Revisited, Franny & Zooey, The Great Gatsby. They give you a hero or narrator who is… Continue reading

A Book Review of “The Art of Racing in the Rain”

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Once upon a time, I took a creative writing class in fiction. We’d rotate writers each week and spend our weekdays reading each others’ stuff. Then every Friday afternoon we’d all curl up… Continue reading

“John Carter” Review

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It is sort of a shame that so few people are going to see John Carter, because it is actually pretty good in a fun, goofily earnest sort of way. Adapted from the… Continue reading