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  • Reader Myth: Game of Thrones books aren't always better than the show Posted by: Matt Rock Posted on: February 22, 2014
    SPOILER Warning: mild to moderate Game of Thrones spoilers ahead, through the end of season 3 of the show.  If you haven’t watched through season 3 by now… what the heck is wrong with you?  Go watch it! Whenever you hear of a television show or a movie being based on books or comic books, […]
  • NBC, you owe an apology to Olympian Bode Miller... and to journalism Posted by: Matt Rock Posted on: February 18, 2014
    Due to time constraints, I’ve been forced to watch the 2014 Winter Olympics on a delay.  It wasn’t until last evening that I saw the Men’s Super-G race from the weekend, in which veteran skier Bode Miller took home the bronze medal after an intense speed-skiing shootout in Sochi.  Miller would’ve won the gold had […]
  • What I want to see from this season of The Walking Dead Posted by: Matt Rock Posted on: February 9, 2014
    SPOILER WARNING: If you aren’t caught up on what happened in the first half of this season, don’t read this article yet!  When the fourth season of The Walking Dead premiered back in October of 2013, I knew there was a specific list of things I wanted to see happen in said season.  I wanted the walkers to pose an […]
  • Movie Review: Don Jon (4.3/ 10) Posted by: Matt Rock Posted on: February 5, 2014
    How does one sum up the film Don Jon, which was released on DVD on January 31st? I suppose I should start by writing an honest synopsis: A chauvinistic Jersey shore d-bag with absolutely no personality gives up everything, which is actually nothing at all, to win over the girl of his dreams, who is also […]
  • Philip Seymour Hoffman, you will be missed Posted by: Matt Rock Posted on: February 2, 2014
    I’m not a big fan of celebrity worship.  When I co-created Obscure Republic last year, I vowed to myself that the OR team would never trip over ourselves trying to report or espouse on gossip, reality TV nonsense, or other silliness.  But I certainly have no problem with talent worship; I firmly believe we need […]
  • Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor? What now? Posted by: Matt Rock Posted on: February 1, 2014
    Surely you remember the big huge stink the Internet had back in August 2013, when Warner Brothers revealed to the world that Ben Affleck was going to play the goddamn Batman in the upcoming film Batman makes Superman cry like a bit Batman vs. Superman, which is slated for a summer 2015 release.  And you […]
  • Seven reasons I'm not in a hurry to see Star Wars - Episode VII Posted by: Matt Rock Posted on: January 28, 2014
    Star Wars is, to any nerd worth their salt, one of the great holy relics of our faith.  It’s our Ark of the Covenant.  So there are, of course, serious debates all throughout the orthodoxy as fans look toward the next installment to the film franchise, Episode VII.  The whole Star Wars fan community seems […]
  • The Complexity of Coffee Posted by: Maggie MacKenzie Posted on: January 26, 2014
    I would like to talk to everyone about the complexity of the modern cup of coffee. If there is such a thing as a Coffee Nerd, I am that. Some may say, “Coffee Snob” or “Hipster”, but I think Coffee Nerd fits best.     When someone says “coffee”, the image that may come to […]
  • What happened to Syrio Forel? Posted by: Matt Rock Posted on: January 26, 2014
    SPOILER ALERT!  This article discusses events from the fantasy novel series A Song of Ice & Fire, and the HBO television series Game of Thrones.  If you haven’t watched through season two, or read through book two, you might not want to read this article just yet. In the world of Game of Thrones/ A […]
  • The "Duck Dynasty" thing has NOTHING to do with free speech! Posted by: Matt Rock Posted on: December 20, 2013
    In the past twenty-four hours, I’ve explained the 1st amendment to more people than I probably have in the past two or three years cumulatively.  Why?  Because it seems like every person that feels like defending Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertson is naming said amendment, or blathering about freedom of speech, or even… and I’m […]
  • The CBS/ Showtime blackout on Time Warner Cable is over... for now Posted by: Matt Rock Posted on: September 3, 2013
    CBS Corp. and Time Warner Cable have finally reached an agreement over new broadcasting rights, ending a month-long blackout of CBS, Showtime, and other channels.  CBS claims Time Warner eventually gave in and agreed to their new terms.  But Time Warner subscribers shouldn’t jump for joy just yet… it’s only a matter of time before […]
  • HBO NO: Why is HBO's online streaming service so terrible? Posted by: Matt Rock Posted on: September 2, 2013
    HBO has the best original televsion programming in the business.  Other networks have great shows, but none can claim to have as many high-quality programs under one roof, not in the past twenty years anyway.  Why, then, does their online streaming service, HBO GO, suck as hard as it does? On paper, HBO GO is […]
  • A case for why we need information reform Posted by: Matt Rock Posted on: February 20, 2013
    The big popular word in contemporary American politics is “reform.”  Everyone wants some form of reform or another; there’s tax reform, and immigration reform, and campaign finance reform, and lobbying reform.  And while all of those are well and good, and necessary in their own ways, we tend to forget about the one type of […]
  • A new Yoda movie? Yay or nay? Posted by: Matt Rock Posted on: February 5, 2013
    It was recently reported that Yoda is headed back to the silver screen, starring in his very own stand-alone Star Wars film.  No one is sure if the film will tell the story of a young Yoda’s quest to become a Jedi, or an older Yoda, perhaps (and I’m just guessing here) telling the story […]
  • A senator says video games cause violence... sigh Posted by: Matt Rock Posted on: January 30, 2013
    I remember it like it was yesterday.  The year was 1993 — I was thirteen years old — and I was celebrating either my birthday or Christmas (they’re pretty close together).  My parents gave me a Super Nintendo game that at the time was shocking and exciting, but I mainly remember it because each time […]