Top 20: Video Games 2010 – 2015

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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
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
Dishonored

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?”

SideNote: “Southpaw’s” Oscar Credibility

SideNote: “Southpaw’s” Oscar credibility

When photos emerged of Jake Gyllenhaal’s new physique, many people saw “Southpaw” as a serious Oscar contender… at least for Gyllenhaal.

It had The Weinstein Company behind it and an award season December release date. Well that release date was pushed up to July 31, 2015 and people became skeptical.

Now we have a trailer, and the film looks both intense and emotional. Jake Gyllenhaal looks excellent here, continuing to drive performances outside his own comfort zone.

However, it doesn’t look like an Oscar movie. If reviews are strong Gyllenhaal may still be a factor by year’s end. And with a weak lead actor field, The Weinstein Company could campaign him into the 4th or 5th slot of the category.

But it’s not going to be a weak year with Tom Hanks (Bridge of Spies), Leonardo DiCaprio (The Revenant), Eddie Redmayne (The Danish Girl), Ben Foster (Icon) and Jake Gyllenhaal’s next performance in Jean Marc Vallée’s Demolition, it is likely that Southpaw will be forgotten with the other summer dramas, but still remain a strong bullet point on Gyllenhaal’s resume.

Oscars: Updated Predictions – March

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We have updated all of our Oscar Predictions. This season is already starting to move fast with many new films thrown into the mix, while others are being pushed to 2016.

In the coming months things will start to become more clean, but for now here are our best guesses for the 2016 Oscars, keep in mind you can keep watch for updates on our Oscar page.

Best Picture
The Revenant
The Hateful Eight
The Danish Girl
Steve Jobs
Joy
Bridge of Spies
The Walk
Demolition
Carol
Icon

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SideNote: First and Final Frames

The interpretation is yours, but some of these side by sides of the first and final frames of popular movies are pretty surreal.

Golden Globes: Updated Predictions – March

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We still have only movie categories predicted. For a reflection of what the television categories may look like check out our Emmy Predictions.

“The Danish Girl” and “Snowden” really appear to be in a strong position, with newly added award season release dates. Meanwhile in the, very scarce (as usual), comedy categories “Ricki and the Flash” seems baity enough to bring Meryl Streep her next Golden Globe.

Check out all our predictions below!

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The Danish Girl
The Revenant
Steve Jobs
Bridge of Spies
The Hateful Eight
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