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First Impressions Review: The Life of Pablo by Kanye West

The most important thing to remember when thinking about TLOP and the insane lead up to its release is the one thing that’s remained constant throughout the rapper’s whole career: Kanye West is full of contradictions. It might be infuriating, but it’s true: The moment you think you can generalize something about Kanye, he’ll swerve. How…

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Songs of the Summer Mixtape Draft, Part 2

Read Part 1 Dan We’re halfway through our summer songs fantasy draft, and I have to say my thoughts on my roster are a mixture of delight and disappointment. Curiously, it seems our early picks were the least competitive, most strident with each other: You certainly could have waited several rounds to nab “Let Me…

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The Top 25 Episodes of Adventure Time

Before I begin, I’d like to note that all the episodes on this list are from Season 6 and before. This doesn’t mean that I dislike the episodes in Season 7+, it simply means that, when this list was written, Season 7 had yet to start. 25. “The Enchirideon!” (Season 1, Episode 5) The perfect starting…

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I Played 365 Board Games in 2015

In 2015, I played 365 board games, and kept fairly detailed logs of what I played, when I played, who I played with, who won (when relevant), and how much I liked the game. I usually get about this far in the explanation before people start bombarding me with questions, so I suppose I should…

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The Earn This Podcast, Episode 20: Reviewing The Martian

Download link (you may have to right click and “Save As”) Shortly after The Martian debuted, I sat down with my buddy Matt to talk about the film: what works and what is underwhelming. Given its recent Oscar nominations, including for Best Picture (!) — here’s our discussion. Notes/corrections: “In space, no one can hear you scream”…

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It’s Oscar Time! Can Leo Lose Again?

The Oscar nominations were announced today, and even though people trust the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences only slightly more than Congress, this day always excites me.  The full list can be found here.  Now, ten thoughts on the nominations in what’s been a weird year for mainstream movies: 1) It’s understandable that Leonardo DiCaprio’s…

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5 Thoughts Tangentially Related to Alan Rickman

Die Hard is a legitimately fantastic film. I don’t mean that in the ironic, macho way that Joey does in Friends. It’s one of my favorite movies, brilliantly crafted and thrilling. The script tells a story of Bruce Willis saving a building from terrorists. But Die Hard goes one step deeper in the way that…

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The Earn This Podcast, Episode 19: Terrapin Beers

Download link (you may have to right click and “Save As”) For our winter outing of the Earn This Beercast, Mike took the reins as emcee and beer selector. He brought a whopping eight beers from his favorite brewery, Terrapin Beer Company in Athens, GA. Listen as Mike tests Dan and Colton’s palate. In turn,…

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2015: The Year in Superlatives

Most Overrated Movie: Spotlight Grant says: The kind of movie that always gets overpraised. Chronicling the exposure of the sex abuse scandal in the Catholic Church in the early 2000s, Spotlight is a ‘talky’ without particularly good dialogue, which is a bit of an issue. It also feels dated (imagine if ‘Margin Call’ or ‘The Social…

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15 Thoughts on The Force Awakens

SPOILERS AHOY! If you haven’t seen Star Wars: Episode VII, I recommend that you do so before reading this. I do not shy away from spoilers in the following comments. 1. This is a good movie, and a great movie-going experience Breathe a sigh of relief, o fellow nerds! The franchise is redeemed! Our worries were…