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Category Archive: Opinion

The Point of Fiction, Wish Fulfillment, and HIMYM Reflections

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What’s the point of fiction stories anyway? In J. R. R. Tolkien’s On Fairy-Stories — an essay that predates anything to do with Hobbits — he intimately discusses the “fairy story” as a literary form, which… 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

A Conflict of Interest: #GamerGate and the Need for Ethics in Video Game Journalism

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This common narrative of GamerGate as presented by the media is one of harassment and misogyny, not of journalistic ethics. It should strike us as ironic, however, that an ongoing misrepresentation of the movement in the media only proves the point that video game journalists are in dire need of an education in ethics.

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

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

Lifehacks: How to Get Lots of Freebies For Your Birthday

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If you’re looking to have the best birthday ever, then you’ve come to the right place. Look no further: CLICK HERE Alright, alright. In all seriousness, when your birthday rolls around it is… Continue reading

How to Make a Wonder Woman Movie (As Told by a Dude)

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“We need one!” “The world is not ready for one!” “It cannot be done right!” There has been a lot written about the prospect of a Wonder Woman movie; a lot, possibly too… 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

10 Reasons to Watch: “Breaking Bad”

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The final eight episodes of this beloved series were recently released onto Netflix, and if for some reason you haven’t watched them yet, I’m here to set you straight. Note: this list is… 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

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

The End of an Era: Derek Jeter to Hang Up His Spikes After 2014 Season

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Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Mickey Mantle, Joe DiMaggio, Yogi Berra, Whitey Ford, Reggie Jackson and Mariano Rivera. Some of the greatest baseball players of all-time have worn the pinstripes of the New York… 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

A Eulogy to Colonel Meow & Thoughts on Feline Celebrity

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Colonel Meow, marketed as a scotch-guzzling, haughty grump with an intense dislike for the insufferable Boo, died last week on January 29. He was only two years old.

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

Corey’s 2014 Oscars Predictions

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The 2014 Oscar nominees have been announced! Naturally, there are a few surprises and a few snubs, namely the Coen brothers and Tom Hanks. On the flip side, big films like American Hustle… Continue reading

Doctor Who: 12 Things I Want to See from the 12th Doctor

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Now that the mantle has officially been passed from Matt Smith to Peter Capaldi, theories are flying as to what’s in store for the beloved, time-traveling Doctor from Gallifrey…

Corey’s Top 10 Films of 2013

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Looking back at all that 2013 had to offer, I find myself hard-pressed to really narrow down a top 10. The summer offered some stellar blockbusters in the form of Iron Man 3,… Continue reading

Celebrating 10 Years of “Battlestar Galactica”

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The 1990s were the heyday of science fiction television programming. The broad success of Star Trek: The Next Generation proved that there was a rabidly interested audience clambering for more programs in the… Continue reading

“It’s a Wonderful Life” at Cable Car Cinema: Christmas Classic or Overrated Oldie?

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PROVIDENCE, RI — Bells jingle on the door as patrons walk in, and the scent of hot butter wafts over from a giant vat of popcorn at the center of the cafe. Artsy-looking twenty-somethings… Continue reading

Remembering Paul Walker, Star of “Fast & Furious”

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A truly tragic loss, Paul Walker passed away earlier this weekend. At the age of 40, he was attending an event for his own charity, REACH OUT Worldwide, when he got into a… 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