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REVIEW: “Star Wars: Empire and Rebellion : Razor’s Edge” by Martha Wells

Princess Leia is the focus of the Martha Wells novel “Razor’s Edge,” the first of the “Empire and Rebellion” trilogy, which follows one of the “Big Three” in a one-shot adventure set during the fertile three years between “A New Hope” and “The Empire Strikes Back.” Continue reading

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$200 Reviews, #6: “Mud”

      One of the more daunting narrative challenges of any medium is to give the audience a genuine depiction of what it is like to come-of-age as a teenager. We like to think of those years as being … Continue reading

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GTA IV review/reflection

     When it comes to video games I consider myself very casual. Not so casual to the point where I think the Call of Duty or Madden franchises to be the only games in existence. Please, I have standards. … Continue reading

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$200 Reviews, #5: “Oblivion”

“And how can man die better than facing fearful odds, for the ashes of his fathers, and the temples of his Gods?” – “Horatius” by Lord Thomas Babington Macaulay Synopsis: Jack Harper (Cruise) is one of the last few drone repairmen … Continue reading

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$200 Reviews, #4: “Pain & Gain”

If you had told me four or five years years ago I would someday have an appreciation for the acting talents of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, I would have taken you to the nearest ER. Continue reading

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$200 Reviews #3, “Star Trek Into Darkness”

If it wasn’t for the hasty attempt to put a nice bow on the movie and the lack of forward momentum on plotting, “Into Darkness” would be considered a superior entry in the Trek saga. Continue reading

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$200 reviews #2, “42”

Verdict: Watch on cable “Money isn’t black or white. Money is green.”  –  Branch Rickey      There was a time in the early to mid-2000s when it seemed every underdog, sport related story you could think of was being … Continue reading

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$200 Review #1: “Admission”

“To me, religion is like Paul Rudd. I see the appeal and I would never take it away from anyone, but I would also never stand in line for it.” – Jeff Winger, Community 1×12, “Comparative Religion”   Synopsis: A Princeton … Continue reading

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$200 Reviews: Preamble

    What’s a guy to do with his summer when he’s graduated from college and waiting to hear about his possible future in grad school?    Simple. Go see a movie. A lot.     Thanks to a very … Continue reading

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“Thirteen Reasons Why” reflection/review

Once upon a time, I could read a book in no time flat. Give me two or three days and I would have it read it cover-to-cover. Then I would be on to the next adventure awaiting me within the confines of whatever book I had picked up at Barnes and Noble, the local library, my school library or the local Vintage Stock for those of you familiar with Northwest Arkansas.

Once upon a time, I was a high school student. Continue reading

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