Top 10: Television’s Best Villians

One of the greatest aspects of media is seeing the very best, and for that matter discussing who the best actually is. With that in mind, I present to you my personal top 10 televisions villains of all time.  Keep in mind, some of these villains may not be revealed as villains immediately in a show, and therefore I must put out a spoiler warning.

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Day 5: The Thrawn Trilogy

Go to your local bookstore’s science-fiction or fantasy section and you will find hundreds of movie and video game inspired spin-offs. You will see shelves riddled with sub-par plots and writing that can usually be described as “glorified fan-fiction.” While that may be a little harsh to the authors who have put their hearts, souls and massive amounts of time into creating these novelizations or adaptations of films, I doubt anyone would argue that these books are representative of literary genius. There are, however, a few exceptions, and Timothy Zahn’s Thrawn trilogy sits on the top of this list. Continue reading

Review: Our Idiot Brother

Starring: Paul Rudd, Elizabeth Banks, Emily Mortimer, and Zooey Deshanel
Director: Jesse Peretz

With summer winding down, Hollywood begins its transition away from  summer blockbusters and R-rated comedies to Oscar-bait and a slew of bad horror films. Jesse Pertz’s newly released film Our Idiot Brother falls in neither of these camps, yet acts as a warm-hearted dramedy that feels like a nice palate cleanser for what has been, in my humble opinion, one of the worst years in film in recent memory.

Ned (Rudd) is carefree organic farmer from upstate New York who has recently been released from incarceration and is on parole for selling marijuana to a uniformed police officer. Kicked out of his former home by his hippie girlfriend and separated from his best friend and dog, Willie Nelson, Ned finds himself forced to move in with his three sisters in the city. Ned’s good-natured, charming, and optimistic outlook mixes with his naivety and trust in the common man to lead to inexorable changes in his and his sisters’ lives.

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Games: Gamescom Produces First Million Dollar Gaming Champions

Professional gaming hit a milestone this past weekend when, for the first time ever, a first place team received a check for one million dollars. The recipients: five members of the Ukrainian Defense of the Ancients (DotA) team Na’Vi, for winning the first ever DotA 2 tournament held at Gamescom in Cologne, Germany.

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Spotlight: World of Warcraft

In late 2010, World of Warcraft, the world’s biggest and most successful Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game (mmorpg) was nearing its peak of nearly twelve million monthly subscribers. World of Warcraft solidified its place in gaming history by doing what few games have ever done: capturing both the casual and hardcore gaming audience alike. At that point, I was a disbeliever. After six years of seeing my friends, acquaintances and colleagues delve into an online environment where they invested hundreds, if not thousands of hours and dollars, I was content to know this was a game and routine I was never going to experience. Unfortunately, like the rest of us, I am susceptible to that magical tool called hype.

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