2017 M10 Award Nominations

oj2017 M10 Award Nominations

Film Categories

Best Film
Arrival
La La Land
The Handmaiden
Hell or High Water
Jackie
Manchester by the Sea
Moonlight
OJ: Made in America
Silence
Toni Erdmann
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Essay: Making Radical Decisions in the Telltale Game Universe

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When I first played Telltale’s “The Walking Dead” I wasn’t fully immersed until I was forced to make a complicated decision at the end of episode two. I faced an atypical moral dilemma – kill this guy or don’t kill this guy?

Without spoiling too much, the guy who had put my group (the characters I was starting to love) through hell was finally pinned down by my character, Lee. The guy continued to call Lee weak, even as Lee held a pitchfork over him, but he wasn’t just calling Lee weak – he was calling me weak. I took it personally and killed that character.
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Emmys: Early Winner Predictions

taylor-schilling-orange-is-the-new-black-s2Emmys: Early Winner Predictions

Hit “Continue Reading” to see all the winners we predict for the 2014 Primetime Emmys in EVERY SINGLE CATEGORY. From Technical Direction, to Costumes, to Choreography, every single winner is predicted here. Click here for a full list of nominees.

Best Television Series – Drama
Current Leader: Breaking Bad

Best Television Series – Comedy
Current Leader: Orange is the New Black

Best Lead Actor – Drama
Current Leader: Matthew McConaughey, True Detective

Best Lead Actress – Drama
Current Leader: Robin Wright, House of Cards

Best Lead Actor – Comedy
Current Leader: Louis CK, Louie

Best Lead Actress – Comedy
Current Leader: Taylor Schilling, Orange is the New Black
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Preview: Predicting the Best Video Game of 2014

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Next month’s E3 is going to reveal a lot and it’s going to be exciting to see what games will be testing the powers of the new-gen consoles. The year is almost halfway over and we’ve already seen some excellent games.

Keep in mind that this list co-ranks both the games released and the potential/expectations of upcoming titles. Also many games still haven’t announced their release dates and could be pushed to 2015.

For now here is our list for what could potentially be the top 10 video games of 2014 at the end of the year: Continue reading

Hypothetical Casting: The Walking Dead (Telltale Series)

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Who knows if AMC would ever want to capitalize on the success of the hit television series and expand into adapting the amazing 2013 game-of-the-year winner. Telltale developed an emotionally stirring epic with their spin-off of the successful franchise. The game almost required you to watch the story more often than hit buttons on your controller.

Who knows if an adaptation would ever be successful. but we went ahead and picked some key actors to fill in as possible candidates for each of the roles. Keep in mind we couldn’t do all the characters so we stuck with primarily the main roles within Season One.

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Emmys: Best Supporting Actress – Drama

mad-men-christina-hendricks-joan-tale-of-two-citiesBest Supporting Actress – Drama

Christina Hendricks, Mad Men
Christine Baranski, The Good Wife
January Jones, Mad Men
Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey
Emilia Clarke, Game of Thrones
Lena Headey, Game of Thrones
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TV: 2014 TV Show Schedule – Midseason Returns and New Arrival Air Dates

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TV: 2014 TV Show Schedule – Midseason Returns and New Arrival Air-Dates

We have compiled a spreadsheet of every single show returning in 2014 including their air dates and air times. You can see the entire listing below.

Keep in mind that shows set to return on a later date are more subject to change than earlier dates. We will update the spreadsheet accordingly. If there is anything we need to add please let us know. Continue reading

TV Analysis: Is “The Walking Dead” finding its source material again?

theprison-vs-tank-the-walking-deadTV Analysis: Is “The Walking Dead” finding its source material again?

I had written an article four episodes into the current season of “The Walking Dead” that reflected my disdain regarding the show’s direction. Similar to season two, we experienced two different stories here and the ladder half is far superior. My original consensus earlier this season stated that there wasn’t enough focus on character reflection; something that the graphic novels delivered in truckloads. I experienced the wrath of many “Walking Dead” apologists who disagreed with my comments, but I stand by my original statement. The sickness conflict never felt like a real threat to our main protagonists, it felt like it was there to kill time, and may have been there for logistical purposes.

SPOILERS FOR THE COMIC AND SHOW FOLLOW
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TV Analysis: Is the Golden Age of Television ending?

lost_the_life_and_death_of_jeremy_benthamTV Analysis: Is the Golden Age of Television ending?

We see a lot of detective shows, cop shows, lawyer shows, all because this genre has succeeded in the past and continues to succeed. It is familiar. Television has had some of its greatest shows of all time in the last 20 years. They have called it the golden age of television, but with many critically-hit shows ending, is the golden age also coming to an end?

“Breaking Bad,” “Lost,” “30 Rock,” “West Wing,” are all a part of the golden age, alongside many other financial and critical successes. These shows captured audiences’ attention with their high-quality production. With so many hours of content, audiences became emotionally invested in the situations and the characters of each show. Continue reading

Video Game Analysis: The Art of the Video Game story

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Legendary film critic Roger Ebert once provoked the wide community of gamers by  asking the question: Are video games art? One of his key arguments stated that video games aren’t an art because the audience had too much control over the outcome of the protagonist.

A long time ago this argument was brought up about movies, and before that about theatrical production. The key argument then was: Is it art when it’s created through collaboration? Often the directors get sole credit for a film’s artistic style, but many key positions include: writers, producers, editors, production designers, cinematographers, all the way down to the makeup artists and set decorators. Some more minimal than others, all have an artistic input to the production of a film.

Much like films, video games are a collaborative art form.  Some games have reportedly taken over 5 years to fully develop.
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