Posts Tagged: entertainment

Philip Seymour Hoffman

Philip Seymour Hoffman, you will be missed

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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 […]

Sly Cooper

Sly Cooper animated film announced

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On Tuesday, Blockade Entertainment CEO Brad Foxhoven revealed to the world that one of the PlayStation’s most beloved characters is headed to the big screen: Sly Cooper. The famous orphaned raccoon thief will be joined by Bentley Turtle and Murray Hippo in Sly’s first major motion picture, which Foxhoven describes as “a kinetic and comedic heist film.”  […]

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The Complexity of Coffee

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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 […]

The Bill of Rights

The “Duck Dynasty” thing has NOTHING to do with free speech!

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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 World's End

Movie Review: The World’s End (7.1/ 10)

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When it comes to contemporary comedy duos, few are quite as prestigious as Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, stars of the classic British TV show Spaced and a slew of hilarious movies, including Shawn of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, and Paul.  So when the film The World’s End was announced, people were understandably excited to […]


The CBS/ Showtime blackout on Time Warner Cable is over… for now

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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?

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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 […]


The Following Review

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Once upon a midnight dreary, while he pondered, weak and weary, over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore. While he nodded, nearly napping, suddenly there came a tapping. As of some gently rapping, rapping at his chamber door “’Tis some visitor,’” he muttered, “tapping at my chamber door” The producer said, “We […]


Music Review: My Bloody Valentine – MBV

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My Bloody Valentine MBV 83/100 By Zack Smith, Feb. 5, 2013   Obsessive genius nearly bankrupts record label while crafting game-changing album and then goes AWOL for twenty years. This was the My Bloody Valentine story and if you are a fan you are pretty familiar with it. Frustratingly familiar with it. It would be […]


A senator says video games cause violence… sigh

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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 […]


We need new action stars, badly!

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1988.  That’s the last time the “holy trinity” of action stars — Bruce Willis, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Sylvester Stallone — all released action films that were in theaters at the same time.  There were other years since then when all three made movies, but never as closely together as they did in 1988.  Until now. […]