SN: The Force Awakens – It’s okay to put your guard down

SN: The Force Awakens – It’s okay to put your guard down

Your guard is up. Very few moments in your life you felt the sensation of anxiety and jubilant  glee: your first wedding, birth of your first child, and the premiere of Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace when John Williams’ classic score accompanied your beating heart. You were pumped. Goosebumps riddled your scrawny body… Lucas’ masterpiece franchise finally to come full circle..

The movie starts… you shrug off the occasional mediocre dialogue, you shrug off the explanation of “The Force” being lazily defined to “Midi-chlorians.” You try and shrug off Jar Jar Binks, but he just… keeps… talking…. You’re at war with your own nostalgia: “No! This can’t be bad! This isn’t bad!”
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Review: A rave for “Child of Light”

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“Child of Light” is one of the greatest games I’ve ever played. Unlike many gamers I didn’t really get into gaming till after the side-scroller generation of Sega Genesis and Super Nintendo. So I had never played anything like “Child of Light” before, not just in its format, but also in its content.

The whole game felt like it was drawn straight from a children’s storybook, in a good way. Not to discourage any adult-gamers, but I felt like I could have read a transcript of this story to a child.
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Emmys: Updated Predictions – April

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Few things have changed since our last Emmy Predictions.  New shows like “Bloodline,” “Grace and Frankie,” “Better Call Saul,” and “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” have all been more widely considered in each category.

Also “Orange is the New Black” has officially been swapped over to the “Drama” categories. See how we have it fairing below:

Keep posted on our Emmy Predictions by frequently visiting this page.

Best Television Series – Drama
Game of Thrones
House of Cards
Mad Men
Downton Abbey
The Good Wife
Better Call Saul
The Affair

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SN: “Birdman” is the best ‘Best Picture’ Oscar-winning film of this decade

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According to our monthly poll, out of the five “Best Picture” Oscar-winning films this decade (“The King’s Speech,” “The Artist,” “Argo,” “12 Years a Slave,” and “Birdman”) “Birdman” has the edge.

Out of 67 voters 48% of Media 10 viewers voted for “Birdman” as the best. 2nd place went to “12 Years a Slave” with 19%, but “The Artist” missed a tie by one vote, earning 3rd place 18% of the votes. “Argo” and “The King’s Speech” tied for 4th place with only 7% each.

In five years time we will be able to have 10 unique films in this poll.

Our next poll is going to ask viewers what they think has the edge to win “Best Television Comedy” at the Primetime Emmy Awards this year. Check it out in the sidebar.

Top 20: Video Games 2010 – 2015

Red-Dead-Redemption-John-Hillcoat-Short-Film-Trailer_5Top 20: Video Games 2010 – 2015

Since we had a lot of success with our top 20 films of the decade so far list, we decided to take a look at some of the best video games of the 2010s so far.

Of course, we will update this list more promptly early 2016 to include the games from this year, with “Bloodborne” looking really strong it may make an appearance.

With the decade half over, and a not-so-smooth transition into the next console generation, we still have some strong video games on this list. So here are the top 20 Video Games of the decade so far:

Top 20 Video Games 2010 – 2015

Red Dead Redemption
Grand Theft Auto V
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
The Last of Us
Mass Effect 2
Portal 2
The Walking Dead: A Telltale Game Series
Super Mario Galaxy 2
Journey
BioShock Infinite

Batman: Arkham City
Fez
Dragon Age: Inquisition
Dark Souls II
Super Mario 3D World
Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception
Mario Kart 8
Super Smash Bros. for Wii U
Little Big Planet 2
God of War 3

Film: The Potential of “Me & Earl & the Dying Girl”

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There were many flashy films at this years Sundance Film Festival, but in the end the Grand Jury Prize, as well as the Audience Award, went to an independent adaptation called “Me & Earl & the Dying Girl.”

“Me & Earl & the Dying Girl” is an adaptation of a 2013 book of the same name by Jesse Andrews. It tells the story of a teenage filmmaker and how he befriends a classmate with cancer. It has been called funny, heart-breaking, poignant, and melancholic by critics. It currently holds a 92 on Metacritic with 7 reviews logged.

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SN: “Bloodborne” scores high with game critics

SN: “Bloodborne” scores high with game critics

We are still in an odd dark period with next-generation gaming. With few outstanding exclusives on the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 it’s hard not to see why the real dominant gaming device of this generation is PC.

Last year, the most advertise and anticipated game was “Destiny” which earned lukewarm reviews and didn’t make it into our top 10 for this year’s M10 Awards.

“Dragon Age: Inquisition” ended up being arguably 2014’s strongest game, which no one really expected or saw coming. This year’s early high score goes to another under-advertised game, which happens to be an exclusive for Sony – and that’s “Bloodborne.”

“Bloodborne” has earned a stunning 93 on Metacritic with 58 reviews accounted for. Other notable games that earned a 93 are “Minecraft,” “BioShock Infinite,” Fallout 3,” Soul Calibur II,” “God of War II,” and “Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell.”

92 was the highest score on Metacritic for a console game that wasn’t a remake, or an iOS game, and that went to “Super Smash Bros. for Wii U” an exclusive for the Wii U.

This kind of score easily brings “Bloodborne” to the top of the “Best of 2015″ list, but what can rival it? “Batman: Arkham Knight?” “Tom Clancy’s The Division?”

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