Carmilla by Sheridan Le Fanu - Book Review - tUG
The Geek takes a bloody stab at the first lesbian vampire. [9/3/2022]
Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell - Sci-Fi Classic Review - tUG
The definitive work of dystopian fiction is essential reading for the modern world, but it's often misappropriated. [7/7/2022]
War for the Planet of the Apes - Sci-Fi Classic Film Review - tUG
Five years before giving us The Batman, writer/director Matt Reeves gave us another masterpiece that competes for title of best in its franchise. [3/10/2022]
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes - Sci-Fi Classic Film Review - tUG
If anything, the Geek loves this sequel even more. [2/3/2022]
21 Things I Learned in 2021 - tUG
The geek continues his annual tradition of finding a steadily increasing number of things to discuss about the previous year. [1/7/2022]
Rise of the Planet of the Apes - Sci-Fi Classic Film Review - tUG
Does the second reboot hold true to the franchise? [12/23/2021]
Planet of the Apes (2001) - Movie Review - tUG
Tim Burton's re-building of the property is not structurally sound enough to make for a good movie. [12/9/2021]
Battle for the Planet of the Apes - Sci-Fi Classic Film Review - tUG
A good concept is ruined by terrible execution. [11/11/2021]
Conquest of the Planet of the Apes - Sci-Fi Classic Film Review - tUG
The darkest and most violent entry is also one of the best. [11/4/2021]
Beneath the Planet of the Apes - Sci-Fi Classic Film Review - tUG
The original is a hard act to follow. [10/21/2021]
Planet of the Apes (1968) - Sci-Fi Classic Film Review - tUG
This is a masterclass in film adaptation. [10/14/2021]
Planet of the Apes by Pierre Boulle - Sci-Fi Classic Review - tUG
The novel doesn't deserve to be overshadowed by the franchise it birthed. [9/30/2021]
Nemesis - Summer of Asimov II - tUG
It may not be Asimov's best work, but don't let Nemesis convince you he is anything other than one of the greatest sci-fi writers of all time. [9/23/2021]
Nightfall (1988) - Summer of Asimov II - tUG
The story deserved far better than this. [9/16/2021]
"Nightfall" - Summer of Asimov II - tUG
It is one of the greatest short stories of the 20th Century, full stop. [9/9/2021]
Foundation and Earth - Summer of Asimov II - tUG
The Foundation series has one final puzzle to solve. [9/2/2021]
Foundation's Edge - Summer of Asimov II - tUG
It's not the best of the series, but it is a worthy addition. [8/12/2021]
Forward the Foundation - Summer of Asimov II - tUG
Even though it's another prequel, this is Asimov's incredible final testament to his life's work, through the cypher of Hari Seldon. [7/29/2021]
Prelude to Foundation - Summer of Asimov II - tUG
It's a well-written adventure with much to praise, but some of the retconning is hard to forgive. [7/8/2021]
Second Foundation - Summer of Asimov II - tUG
The search for another Foundation at the other end of the galaxy proves to be a nigh impossible task but an exciting adventure. [6/24/2021]
Foundation and Empire - Summer of Asimov II - tUG
This is the end of an Empire, and the fall of a Foundation. [6/17/2021]
Foundation - Summer of Asimov II - tUG
Writing a series of futuristic short stories riffing off the fall of the Roman Empire, Asimov built one of the greatest landmarks in science-fiction. [6/10/2021]
The Further Adventures of Lucky Starr - Summer of Asimov II - tUG
We kick off the second Summer of Asimov with the second half of his juvenile mystery series. [6/3/2021]
The Creature Walks Among Us - Sci-Fi Classic Film Review - tUG
It's a weird follow-up for the Gill-Man, but in its own right, this is a surprisingly good film. [5/13/2021]
Revenge of the Creature - Sci-Fi Classic Film Review - tUG
A good example of a bad sequel, this movie is big on potential but small on delivery. [5/6/2021]
Creature from the Black Lagoon - Sci-Fi Classic Film Review - tUG
The last of the original Universal Monsters emerges in a film that is more than just a classic. [4/15/2021]
Godzilla vs. Kong - Movie Review - tUG
This might not only save cinemas, but more importantly, it might save Legendary's MonsterVerse. [4/1/2021]
Zack Snyder's Justice League - Movie Review - tUG
This extended and improved version of a cinematic trainwreck is a major victory for artistic integrity, but it's still a flawed film. [3/25/2021]
The Invisible Man's Revenge - Sci-Fi Classic Film Review - tUG
A reboot that aims to get back to basics, this entry in the Universal franchise is unfortunately uninspired. [3/18/2021]
Invisible Agent - Sci-Fi Classic Film Review - tUG
This is the most uneven entry in the classic Invisible Man franchise, but it's also the most financially successful. [3/11/2021]
The Ghost of Frankenstein - Sci-Fi Classic Film Review - tUG
The fourth entry in the classic Universal Frankenstein franchise is where it devolves into formulaic mediocrity. [3/4/2021]
Robert Wise: The Motion Pictures by J.R. Jordan - Book Review - tUG
A fascinating dive into the work of an overlooked cinematic genius. [2/25/2021]
Son of Frankenstein - Sci-Fi Classic Film Review - tUG
A rare good third entry in a franchise, Son of Frankenstein captures the feel of its predecessors, even if it kind of misses the point. [2/18/2021]
The Last Mimzy - Movie Review - tUG
Turning the source material into a generic family film is an unforgivable waste of potential. [1/28/2021]
"Mimsy Were the Borogoves" by Lewis Padgett - Sci-Fi Classic Review - tUG
Toys from the future set the stage for a frightening fantasy full of profound ideas. [1/21/2021]
The Midnight Sky - Movie Review - tUG
George Clooney's sci-fi apocalypse film is very well-made and certainly worth a watch, but it's held back by a few unfortunate choices. [1/14/2021]
Lathe of Heaven (2002) - Movie Review - tUG
Despite some good acting and an interesting atmosphere, this version makes several unusual changes that ruin the story. [1/7/2021]
20 Things I Learned in 2020 - tUG
Even dumpster fires teach important lessons. [12/31/2020]
The Lathe of Heaven (1980) - Sci-Fi Classic Film Review - tUG
This micro-budget PBS production is pretty good, all things considered. [12/10/2020]
The Lathe of Heaven by Ursula K. Le Guin - Sci-Fi Classic Review - tUG
This reality-warping homage to Philip K. Dick and Taoism has a lot of personal meaning for the Geek. [12/3/2020]
Dr. Bloodmoney by Philip K. Dick - Sci-Fi Classic Review - tUG
One can never really be prepared for the weirdness of Philip K. Dick. [11/19/2020]
"The Sentinel" by Arthur C. Clarke - Sci-Fi Classic Review - tUG
The Geek reviews one of Clarke's earliest and most significant short stories. [11/12/2020]
Mary Shelley's Frankenstein - Movie Review - tUG
This is an absurd and anvillicious little film, but I love it nonetheless. [10/29/2020]
Frankenstein: The True Story - Movie Review - tUG
The three-hour made-for-TV movie is interesting and different, but also flawed and overlong. [10/22/2020]
Bride of Frankenstein - Sci-Fi Classic Film Review - tUG
The Geek has an unpopular opinion regarding which James Whale Frankenstein film is better. [10/15/2020]
Frankenstein (1931) - Sci-Fi Classic Film Review - tUG
The 1931 film adaptation of Mary Shelley's novel is arguably more important and influential. [10/8/2020]
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley - Sci-Fi Classic Review - tUG
The Geek reviews the first science-fiction novel. [10/1/2020]
I am Legend - Movie Review - tUG
A mixed bag of a film that isn't terrible, the Will Smith version of Matheson's novel isn't very good either. [9/17/2020]
The Omega Man - Sci-Fi Classic Film Review - tUG
It's the least faithful adaptation, but it's probably the most entertaining. [9/10/2020]
The Last Man on Earth (1964) - Movie Review - tUG
It might be the most faithful Hollywood adaptation of Matheson's I am Legend, but it's still not a very good movie. [9/3/2020]
I am Legend by Richard Matheson - Sci-Fi Classic Review - tUG
While certainly qualifying as horror, this post-apocalyptic vampire classic is a scientific parable with a killer twist. [8/28/2020]
Slaughterhouse-Five - Sci-Fi Classic Film Review - tUG
This 1972 film adaptation of Vonnegut's anti-war satire is surprisingly good. [8/20/2020]
The Gods Themselves - Summer of Asimov I - tUG
Asimov deals in aliens and parallel universes in this mind-bending three-part novel. [8/13/2020]
The Currents of Space - Summer of Asimov I - tUG
The Galactic Empire Trilogy finally finds its groove. [8/6/2020]
The Stars, Like Dust - Summer of Asimov I - tUG
The Geek dissects the grandmaster's least favorite Asimov novel. [7/30/2020]
Pebble in the Sky - Summer of Asimov I - tUG
It's a bit clunky, but as first novels go, this introduction to the Galactic Empire is entertaining enough. [7/23/2020]
I, Robot (film) - Summer of Asimov I - tUG
The Geek gets on his soapbox to defend the best Asimov film adaptation to date. [7/16/2020]
Robots and Empire - Summer of Asimov I - tUG
The final robot novel is more thematically dense than it might appear, but is it really more than just a bridging episode between two bigger stories? [7/9/2020]
The Robots of Dawn - Summer of Asimov I - tUG
Asimov begins tying his robots into his other series in a mixed bag of a novel. [6/25/2020]
The Naked Sun - Summer of Asimov I - tUG
This accidentally prescient follow-up to The Caves of Steel is an improvement over its predecessor. [6/18/2020]
The Caves of Steel - Summer of Asimov I - tUG
The first robot novel is a brisk paperback thriller that finds a good harmony between pulpy fun and intelligent science-fiction. [6/11/2020]
Bicentennial Man (film) - Summer of Asimov I - tUG
Hollywood's first stab at a big budget adaptation of Asimov's work misses the mark. [6/4/2020]
The Complete Robot - Summer of Asimov I - tUG
Here are the stories that fleshed out The Three Laws of Robotics, Asimov's most enduring legacy. [5/28/2020]
The Adventures of Lucky Starr - Summer of Asimov I - tUG
We launch the first Summer of Asimov with a series of young adult mystery/sci-fi novels about a Space Ranger. [5/21/2020]
War of the Worlds (2005) - Movie Review - tUG
I may have liked it in 2005, but in 2020, Steven Spielberg's War of the Worlds isn't a particularly great movie. [5/14/2020]
The War of the Worlds (1953) - Sci-Fi Classic Film Review - tUG
Arguably the best H.G. Wells film adaptation ever made. [5/7/2020]
The War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells - Sci-Fi Classic Review - tUG
In a career filled with massively influential science-fiction novels, this is Wells' most important work. [4/30/2020]
"The Man Who Walked Home" by James Tiptree, Jr. - Sci-Fi Classic Review - tUG
The Geek reads a story by one of the most fascinating sci-fi writers of the Twentieth Century. [4/23/2020]
Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut - Sci-Fi Classic Review - tUG
Vonnegut uses science-fiction to highlight the absurdity of war. [4/16/2020]
Alien: Covenant - Movie Review - tUG
Ridley Scott's prequel sequel is the best Alien movie in thirty years. [4/9/2020]
Prometheus - Movie Review - tUG
Ridley Scott's divisive Alien prequel is both great and terrible. [4/2/2020]
Alien: Resurrection - Movie Review - tUG
The fourth entry in the Alien franchise is kind of a disaster, but it has some redeeming qualities. [3/26/2020]
Alien³ - Movie Review - tUG
The third entry in the Alien series is a bad sequel, but it's not a bad film. [3/19/2020]
Aliens - Sci-Fi Classic Film Review - tUG
Ripley becomes the ultimate badass in this James Cameron masterpiece. [3/12/2020]
Alien - Sci-Fi Classic Film Review - tUG
How have I been reviewing classic sci-fi movies for so long without writing about Ridley Scott's Alien? [3/5/2020]
The Invisible Man (2020) - Movie Review - tUG
It's harrowing and well-made, but it's not much fun. [2/28/2020]
Somewhere in Time - Sci-Fi Classic Film Review - tUG
The movie is better than the book. [2/20/2020]
Somewhere in Time by Richard Matheson - Sci-Fi Classic Review - tUG
The Geek finally gets around to writing about one of his childhood heroes. [2/13/2020]
Chapterhouse: Dune by Frank Herbert - Sci-Fi Classic Review - tUG
We finally come to the end of Frank Herbert's Dune. [2/6/2020]
Heretics of Dune by Frank Herbert - Sci-Fi Classic Review - tUG
This is by far the most action-packed novel in Frank Herbert's series. [1/30/2020]
God Emperor of Dune by Frank Herbert - Sci-Fi Classic Review - tUG
As an extended thought experiment about the future of Dune, this book is both intriguingly dense in subject matter and mind-numbingly light on story. [1/23/2020]
Frank Herbert's Children of Dune - TV Review - tUG
It is a significant improvement over the first Dune miniseries, but it has its own share of problems. [1/16/2020]
Children of Dune by Frank Herbert - Sci-Fi Classic Review - tUG
While still not quite as excellent as the original, this sequel is a brilliant follow-up that sticks true to its roots in all the right ways. [1/9/2020]
19 Things I Learned in 2019 - tUG
Another year of lessons in politics, pop culture, and my personal life. [1/2/2020]
The Movies of 2019 - tUG
The Geek reviews Glass, Avengers: Endgame, Toy Story 4, Gemini Man, and Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, among others. [12/26/2019]
Dune Messiah by Frank Herbert - Sci-Fi Classic Review - tUG
It's an essential book in the series, but nevertheless a disappointing follow-up to the superior original. [12/19/2019]
Frank Herbert's Dune (2000) - TV Review - tUG
This Sci-Fi Channel miniseries has a sterling reputation, but the Geek can't figure out why. [12/12/2019]
Dune (1984) - Sci-Fi Classic Film Review - tUG
It's a flawed film to be sure, but there are good reasons it has become a cult classic. [12/5/2019]
Dune by Frank Herbert - Sci-Fi Classic Review - tUG
This is one of the greatest novels ever written. Full stop. [11/28/2019]
The Word for World is Forest by Ursula K. Le Guin - Sci-Fi Classic Review - tUG
Despite being atypically one-dimensional and preachy, this is undoubtedly one of Le Guin's most important works. [11/21/2019]
Babel-17 by Samuel R. Delany - Sci-Fi Classic Review - tUG
This is a work of startling genius, but it's not for the uninitiated. [11/14/2019]
Terminator: Dark Fate - Movie Review - tUG
Everything about this movie is fine, except the story. [11/7/2019]
Memoirs of an Invisible Man - Movie Review - tUG
John Carpenter's adaptation of H.F. Saint's novel does some things right, but ultimately fails to live up to its premise. [10/31/2019]
Memoirs of an Invisible Man by H.F. Saint - Sci-Fi Classic Review - tUG
A flawed novel, Saint's retelling of The Invisible Man is still a classic in its own right. [10/24/2019]
Hollow Man - Movie Review - tUG
Paul Verhoeven's attempt to salvage his career with an updated adaptation of Wells' novel fails on every level but one. [10/17/2019]
The Invisible Woman (1940) - Sci-Fi Classic Film Review - tUG
The third entry in Universal's monster movie franchise is, weirdly enough, a situational comedy. [10/10/2019]
The Invisible Man Returns - Sci-Fi Classic Film Review - tUG
It might not be as groundbreaking as the original, but it is certainly entertaining. [10/3/2019]
The Invisible Man (1933) - Sci-Fi Classic Film Review - tUG
Claude Rains' amazing performance makes up for any failings in this vintage Universal monster movie adaptation of H.G. Wells' novel. [9/26/2019]
The Invisible Man by H.G. Wells - Sci-Fi Classic Review - tUG
The science-fiction grandfather's most iconic villain is a good starting point for people interested in H.G. Wells' work. [9/19/2019]
Logan's Run - Sci-Fi Classic Film Review - tUG
This is a flawed but important film that is best kept separate from the novel. [9/12/2019]
Logan's Run by William F. Nolan & George Clayton Johnson - Sci-Fi Classic Review - tUG
The novel might have a better story than the film, but it goes by so quick, it never has time to mature into something great. [9/5/2019]
Alien by Alan Dean Foster - Book Review - tUG
Should fans of Ridley Scott's sci-fi horror masterpiece give this novelization their attention? The Geek weighs in. [8/29/2019]
IGIST by L.S. Larson - Book Review - tUG
This is a sci-fi adventure so good, it deserves to be a phenomenon. [8/22/2019]
The Number of the Beast (Summer of Heinlein) - Book Review - tUG
The Geek sums up what he's learned about Heinlein and touches on one of the master's most notorious missteps. [8/15/2019]
The Moon is a Harsh Mistress (Summer of Heinlein) - Book Review - tUG
If you can only read one Heinlein novel, make it this one. [8/8/2019]
Stranger in a Strange Land (Summer of Heinlein) - Book Review - tUG
Heinlein's most famous novel deals with aliens, hippy religion, and the sexual revolution. [8/1/2019]
Starship Troopers (Summer of Heinlein) - Movie Review - tUG
Thrown together from an unrelated script and directed by someone who hated the novel, this film is an offense to the source material. [7/25/2019]
Starship Troopers (Summer of Heinlein) - Book Review - tUG
Deeply provocative and easily misunderstood, Starship Troopers is arguably Heinlein's most influential work. [7/18/2019]
The Door into Summer (Summer of Heinlein) - Book Review - tUG
Heinlein's breezy time travel novel is one of his most impressive works. [7/11/2019]
Starman Jones (Summer of Heinlein) - Book Review - tUG
It may or may not be Heinlein's best juvenile, but either way, it's an important stepping stone in his career. [7/4/2019]
The Puppet Masters (Summer of Heinlein) - Movie Review - tUG
Though it tries to be true to the novel, this forgettable 90's flick loses everything that separates The Puppet Masters from generic schlock. [6/27/2019]
The Puppet Masters (Summer of Heinlein) - Book Review - tUG
While flawed, this prototypical alien invasion story is one of Heinlein's best early works. [6/20/2019]
Destination Moon (Summer of Heinlein) - Movie Review - tUG
The film that kicked off the golden age of sci-fi cinema is also an important milestone for Heinlein. [6/13/2019]
Rocket Ship Galileo (Summer of Heinlein) - Book Review - tUG
With this early juvenile about kids fighting space Nazis on the moon, the Geek kicks off his exploration of another Big Three sci-fi giant. [6/6/2019]
Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) - Movie Review - tUG
The Geek reviews the latest in Legendary's MonsterVerse, a movie that sacrifices gritty realism for giant monster spectacle. [6/1/2019]
The Mothra Reviews - tUG
The Geek reviews the original Mothra and the 90's Rebirth of Mothra trilogy, along with 1956's Rodan. [5/30/2019]
Eye in the Sky by Philip K. Dick - Sci-Fi Classic Review - tUG
This early work by the psychedelic sci-fi master is a great concept that shows immense potential, but it's not for everyone. [5/23/2019]
Forbidden Planet - Sci-Fi Classic Film Review - tUG
The Geek celebrates his 500th article with a review of the greatest science-fiction film of the 1950's. [5/16/2019]
The Island of Dr. Moreau (1977) - Sci-Fi Classic Film Review - tUG
This 1977 adaptation of Wells' novel, starring Burt Lancaster and Michael York, doesn't get the recognition it deserves. [5/9/2019]
The Island of Dr. Moreau (1996) - Movie Review - tUG
As trainwrecks go, this bizarre adaptation of Wells' classic is pretty entertaining. [5/2/2019]
Island of Lost Souls - Sci-Fi Classic Film Review - tUG
Wells may have hated this pre-Code horror film, so salacious and controversial it was banned all over the globe, but it is a bonafide classic. [4/25/2019]
The Island of Dr. Moreau by H.G. Wells - Sci-Fi Classic Review - tUG
Wells' most visceral and horrifying novel is as thematically deep as it is thrilling. [4/18/2019]
The Andromeda Strain (2008) - TV Review - tUG
Though the miniseries based on Crichton's novel improves upon many of the story's flaws, it adds plenty of its own. [4/11/2019]
The Andromeda Strain (1971) - Sci-Fi Classic Film Review - tUG
The first blockbuster Crichton adaptation is not a bad film, but the Geek takes issue with it. [4/4/2019]
The Andromeda Strain by Michael Crichton - Sci-Fi Classic Review - tUG
While not Crichton's finest work, this sci-fi medical thriller set the mold by which his ultra-successful career would be formed. [3/28/2019]
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954) - Sci-Fi Classic Film Review - tUG
Walt Disney's legendary film adaptation is arguably better than Jules Verne's novel. [3/21/2019]
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne - Sci-Fi Classic Review - tUG
This surprisingly accurate prediction of submarine life is both a great novel and a fatally flawed one. [3/14/2019]
Anthem by Ayn Rand - Sci-Fi Classic Review - tUG
The dystopic tale of Equality 7-2521 is an exceptional work that doesn't deserve the baggage of its author. [3/7/2019]
Metro Exodus - Solo Gamer Reviews
How does the Metro series fare when it dares to leave its namesake behind and venture out into a more open world? [2/28/2019]
Metropolis - Sci-Fi Classic Film Review - tUG
One of the first full-length science-fiction films of all time is also one of the most important. [2/21/2019]
Metro 2035 by Dmitry Glukhovsky - Book Review - tUG
The final book in Glukhovsky's trilogy is a frustrating step down for the series but a nonetheless satisfying conclusion to Artyom's story. [2/14/2019]
Metro 2034 by Dmitry Glukhovsky - Book Review - tUG
The sequel might not be about Artyom, but it is a better novel. [2/7/2019]
Metro 2033 by Dmitry Glukhovsky - Book Review - tUG
The international cult megahit about the post-apocalyptic Moscow metro system deserves more recognition in the States. [1/31/2019]
The Day the Earth Stood Still (2008) - Movie Review - tUG
The Geek pulls no punches when deconstructing this atrocious remake. [1/24/2019]
The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951) - Sci-Fi Classic Film Review - tUG
One cannot overstate the importance of its legacy. [1/17/2019]
"Farewell to the Master" by Harry Bates - Sci-Fi Classic Review - tUG
The story that inspired The Day the Earth Stood Still is pretty neat, though quite different from what you'd expect. [1/10/2019]
18 Things I Learned in 2018 - tUG
The Geek discusses developments in his personal life, politics, and popular culture from the last twelve months. [1/3/2019]
The Movies of 2018 - tUG
The Geek reviews a ton of movies this year, including Black Panther, Ready Player One, A Quiet Place, Hereditary, The Predator, Venom, and Aquaman. [12/27/2018]
The Invasion - Movie Review - tUG
The most recent adaptation of Finney's novel is flawed, but filled with good ideas. [12/20/2018]
Body Snatchers - Movie Review - tUG
The 1993 adaptation of Finney's novel plays like a B-movie desperately trying to be taken seriously. [12/12/2018]
Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978) - Sci-Fi Classic Film Review - tUG
Be wary of anyone who says this isn't the best Body Snatchers film. They can't be trusted. [12/6/2018]
Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956) - Sci-Fi Classic Film Review - tUG
You're next! You're next! You're next! [11/29/2018]
The Body Snatchers by Jack Finney - Sci-Fi Classic Review - tUG
Our collective pod people paranoia can be traced back to this eminent classic. [11/22/2018]
Overlord - Movie Review - tUG
This genre-blending flick about Nazi zombies is far better than it has any right being. [11/15/2018]
Neuromancer by William Gibson - Sci-Fi Classic Review - tUG
This week, we look at the prophetic technofuturist noir novel that gave birth to cyberpunk. [11/8/2018]
"The Things" by Peter Watts - Short Story Review - tUG
THINGTOBER has been held over one week so we can get the Thing's perspective on all this. [11/1/2018]
The Thing (2011) - Movie Review - tUG
As THINGTOBER nears its conclusion, we consider the most terrifying thing of all: bad visual effects. [10/25/2018]
Halloween (2018) - Movie Review - tUG
Fans of the franchise should enjoy this soft reboot. [10/20/2018]
John Carpenter's The Thing - Sci-Fi Classic Film Review - tUG
The 1982 version of The Thing has endured for over thirty years because it reflects one of the darkest aspects of the human condition. [10/18/2018]
The Thing from Another World - Sci-Fi Classic Film Review - tUG
This early creature feature might have little in common with the source material, but it's still worthy of its classic status. [10/11/2018]
"Who Goes There?" by John W. Campbell - Sci-Fi Classic Review - tUG
The story that inspired John Carpenter's The Thing is also responsible for birthing an entire subgenre of sci-fi. [10/4/2018]
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley - Sci-Fi Classic Review - tUG
A world without suffering or conflict might just be more terrifying than the alternative. [9/27/2018]
The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin - Sci-Fi Classic Review - tUG
Ursula Le Guin's 1969 exploration of gender and Taoism is as relevant today as the day it was published. [9/20/2018]
The Time Machine (2002) - Movie Review - tUG
The Geek looks for things to appreciate about 2002's remake of the 1960 classic. [9/13/2018]
The Time Machine (1960) - Sci-Fi Classic Film Review - tUG
George Pal's 1960 film adaptation of H.G. Wells' classic both honors and alters a timeless tale. [9/6/2018]
The Time Machine by H.G. Wells - Sci-Fi Classic Review - tUG
What makes this prototypical time travel tale so important? [8/30/2018]
The Gamera Trilogy Review - tUG
During Japan's Heisei era, a trio of Gamera films were released that should silence all of the giant turtle's detractors. [8/23/2018]
The Summer of Arthur C. Clarke: The Hammer of God - tUG
As a bonafide master near the end of his career, Clarke goes with a playful tone when describing a potential apocalypse. [8/16/2018]
The Summer of Arthur C. Clarke: The Songs of Distant Earth - tUG
The ideas in Clarke's post-Earth saga are fascinating, but the story is weak. [8/9/2018]
The Summer of Arthur C. Clarke: The Fountains of Paradise - tUG
Unfairly treated as little more than space elevator advocacy, this is Clarke's most personal and passionate novel. [8/2/2018]
The Summer of Arthur C. Clarke: RAMA - Solo Gamer Reviews
The Solo Gamer takes over The Summer of Clarke to review an obscure point-and-click adventure game based on the Rama series. [7/26/2018]
The Summer of Arthur C. Clarke: The Rama Sequels - tUG
The follow-ups to Rendezvous with Rama, written in collaboration with Gentry Lee, are inferior to the original but not without merit. [7/19/2018]
The Summer of Arthur C. Clarke: Rendezvous with Rama - tUG
It's finally time to dive into my personal favorite of the sci-fi master's novels. [7/12/2018]
The Summer of Arthur C. Clarke: 3001: The Final Odyssey - tUG
Frank Poole is revived a thousand years after his apparent death to show us the state of things in one of Clarke's most detailed portraits of the future. [7/5/2018]
The Summer of Arthur C. Clarke: 2061: Odyssey Three - tUG
Despite a wealth of intriguing ideas and conceptual science, the third odyssey just isn't as good. [6/28/2018]
The Summer of Arthur C. Clarke: 2010: The Year We Make Contact (film) - tUG
Peter Hyams' film isn't in the same league as Kubrick's, but it's nonetheless a worthy adaptation of Clarke's work. [6/21/2018]
The Summer of Arthur C. Clarke: 2010: Odyssey Two - tUG
This sequel is superior to its predecessor in almost every way. [6/14/2018]
The Summer of Arthur C. Clarke: 2001: A Space Odyssey (film) - tUG
Clarke and Kubrick collaborated to make one of the most important films ever made, and it changed them both forever. [6/7/2018]
The Summer of Arthur C. Clarke: 2001: A Space Odyssey - tUG
Despite being overshadowed by Kubrick's film, Clarke's original novel has plenty to offer. [5/31/2018]
The Summer of Arthur C. Clarke: The City and the Stars - tUG
The twin dystopias of Diaspar and Lys show us Clarke at his most imaginative and untethered, where his sci-fi instincts lean toward fantasy. [5/24/2018]
The Summer of Arthur C. Clarke: Childhood's End (TV) - tUG
As adaptations go, the Syfy Channel version of Childhood's End makes more improvements than you'd expect, but it stumbles a few times as well. [5/17/2018]
The Summer of Arthur C. Clarke: Childhood's End - tUG
Arguably Clarke's first significant work of fiction, this unusual alien arrival tale contains early iterations of some of his most important ideas. [5/10/2018]
Avengers: Infinity War - Movie Review - tUG
Thanos and Marvel Studios have finally revealed their plan, and it's a doozy. [5/3/2018]
MacReady and Childs Are Both the Thing - tUG
The Geek gets overanalytical about the plot of 1982's The Thing. [4/26/2018]
Metroid: Samus Returns - Solo Gamer Reviews
This remake of one of the original Game Boy's greatest games is a decent way to pass the time while waiting for Metroid Prime 4. [4/19/2018]
How Expectations Hurt Star Wars: The Last Jedi (and Metroid: Fusion) - tUG
As a pop culture franchise grows older, its narrative options become more limited. [4/12/2018]
The Alienist - TV Review - tUG
TNT's much anticipated adaptation of Caleb Carr's novel has finally aired. Does the Geek approve? [3/29/2018]
Tomb Raider (2018) - Movie Review - Solo Gamer Reviews
Does Lara Croft's rebooted origin story finally break the video-game-to-movie curse? [3/22/2018]
Jessica Jones, Season 2 - TV Review - tUG
The sarcastic P.I. returns for a second season that doesn't live up to the first. [3/15/2018]
Ecco the Dolphin and the Man Who Thought Aliens Stole His Penis - Solo Gamer Reviews
The story behind the trippy Sega Genesis classic is far stranger than the game itself. [3/8/2018]
8 Lame Excuses for Not Writing - tUG
Sometimes, you don't want to do what you want to do. [3/1/2018]
Hellraiser: Judgment - Movie Review - tUG
The Geek acts as Assessor and gobbles up the latest entry in the long-struggling horror franchise. [2/15/2018]
The Cloverfield Paradox - Movie Review - tUG
The first two Cloverfield movies surpass their own genre identities in remarkable ways. Can the third installment continue the trend? [2/8/2018]
Black Heritage 2018: Is the President Racist? - tUG
Let's carefully consider the evidence before we pass judgment. [2/1/2018]
How I Learned to Let Go of Half-Life 3 - Solo Gamer Reviews
Pining for Gordon Freeman's next adventure is only opening yourself up to a world of hurt. [1/25/2018]
The Alienist - Book Review - tUG
The Geek prepares for the upcoming TNT limited series with a review of one of his all-time favorite novels. [1/18/2018]
17 Things I Learned in 2017 - tUG
From politics to the personal, here are seventeen things the Geek has taken from the previous year. [1/11/2018]
The Movies of 2017, Part 2 - tUG
The Geek reviews several movies from the second half of 2017, including Spider-Man: Homecoming, It, Justice League, and Star Wars: The Last Jedi. [12/21/2017]
The Movies of 2017, Part 1 - tUG
The Geek reviews several movies from the first half of 2017, including Split, Logan, Kong: Skull Island, Ghost in the Shell, and Alien: Covenant. [12/14/2017]
Top 5 Heroes & Idiots of 2017 - tUG
2017 has been a particularly crowded year for the best and worst. [12/7/2017]
Writing Your Novel: Editing - tUG
So you finished your first draft. Congratulations! Now the real work can begin. [11/30/2017]
The Punisher, Season 1 - TV Review - tUG
Does Frank Castle shine in his solo series the way he did alongside Daredevil? [11/24/2017]
Super Mario Odyssey - Solo Gamer Reviews
After all these years, the iconic plumber is still king. [11/16/2017]
Jigsaw - Movie Review - tUG
Seven years haven't changed the formula. (No spoilers.) [10/31/2017]
The Saw Reviews - tUG
Are the Saw movies mindless blood-and-guts entertainment, or is there more to their success? [10/26/2017]
Cult of Chucky - Movie Review - tUG
Thirty years on, and Chucky's still having a bloody good time, but making a worthy sequel is anything but child's play. [10/19/2017]
Blade Runner 2049 - Movie Review - tUG
After thirty-five years, is this sequel too-little-too-late, or is Blade Runner 2049 destined to become an important cultural milestone that lives up to its predecessor? [10/12/2017]
There Is No "Common Sense" Solution to Gun Violence - tUG
There are better ways to address tragedy than by smugly assuming your preferred policies are the only rational reaction. [10/5/2017]
5 Critical Life Lessons Taught by Video Games - Solo Gamer Reviews
If you think video games have no worthwhile educational value, let them teach you a thing or two. [9/28/2017]
Leatherface (2017) - Movie Review - tUG
Does this prequel to The Texas Chain Saw Massacre honor or insult the late Tobe Hooper's legacy? [9/21/2017]
Hurricanes and Climate Change - ReThink
What matters more than whether or not global warming worsened Irma and Harvey is what we intend to do in their aftermath. [9/14/2017]
3 Reasons Why Marvel Shouldn't Ignore The Incredible Hulk - tUG
With Hulk set to steal the show in Thor: Ragnarok, it's problematic that his initial debut in the MCU has been sorely neglected. [9/7/2017]
TV Review: Inhumans, "The First Chapter" - tUG
It's real bad, you guys. Real, real bad. [9/1/2017]
Writing About Politics - tUG
Getting political can be dangerous for a writer trying to build an audience, but keeping quiet is probably more dangerous for his sanity. [8/31/2017]
Movie Review: Shin Godzilla - tUG
Japan's latest Godzilla film is about as subtle as an earthquake, a tsunami, and a nuclear meltdown, but it is remarkably effective. [8/24/2017]
TV Review: The Defenders, Season 1 - tUG
They're no Avengers, but they have their moments. [8/18/2017]
Slasher Summer: How to Make a Slasher Flick - tUG
Just follow these five, easy steps and you'll be dining with movie stars in no time. [8/17/2017]
Slasher Summer: The Hellraiser Reviews - tUG
Pinhead isn't a traditional slasher villain, but he sure knows how to rack up a body count. [8/10/2017]
Slasher Summer: Chucky's Top 10 Best Kills - tUG
How does a possessed doll kill people? Violently, of course. [8/3/2017]
Slasher Summer: The Child's Play Reviews - tUG
Can an evil doll really deserve to be lumped in with the likes of Freddy and Leatherface? Yes, yes he can. [7/27/2017]
Slasher Summer: Leatherface's Top 10 Most Intense Moments - tUG
Leatherface is easily the most intense slasher icon, and here's the proof. [7/20/2017]
Slasher Summer: The Texas Chainsaw Reviews - tUG
This week, we look at one of the most intense--but also one of the most problematic--slasher franchises of all time. [7/13/2017]
Friday the 13th: The Game (Slasher Summer) - Solo Gamer Reviews
Slasher Summer is handed over to Solo Gamer Reviews this week to look at Jason's most recent foray into video gaming. [7/6/2017]
Slasher Summer: Jason's Top 10 Best Kills - tUG
With so many murders to his name, it's almost impossible to narrow them down to the ten best. [6/29/2017]
Slasher Summer: The Friday the 13th Reviews - tUG
The Slasher Summer moves to Crystal Lake to study the legacy of one Jason Vorhees. [6/22/2017]
Slasher Summer: Freddy's Top 10 Best Nightmares - tUG
When you live on Elm Street, your nights are filled with terror. [6/15/2017]
Slasher Summer: The Nightmare on Elm Street Reviews - tUG
This week, we leave Michael Myers behind and say hello to the undead child murdering burn victim who stalks your dreams: Freddy Kreuger. [6/8/2017]
Slasher Summer: Halloween's Top 10 Finest Moments - tUG
There are a handful of scenes in the Halloween franchise that bridge the gap between slasher flick and meaningful cinema. [6/1/2017]
Slasher Summer: Michael Myers' Top 10 Best Kills - tUG
These are the ten most notorious Halloween murders. [5/25/2017]
Slasher Summer: The Halloween Reviews - tUG
The Unapologetic Geek's Slasher Summer kicks off with a review of every movie in the Halloween franchise (so far). [5/18/2017]
5 Hopes for Judge Dredd: Mega City One - tUG
With the announcement of a new Dredd adaptation fresh on his mind, the Unapologetic Geek lists what he wants to see from it. [5/11/2017]
Historic St. Louis Flooding is Manmade - tUG
Stuck indoors with nothing else to occupy himself, the Geek looks to current flooding for an elegant example of cause and effect. [5/4/2017]
Science Doesn't Need a March - ReThink
The March for Science was doomed from the start to become a left-wing sideshow as opposed to a rational discourse about the importance of empiricism. [4/26/2017]
Mark's Top 25 Sega Genesis Games - Enlightened Minds
With so much love being thrown at the SNES lately, Mark counters with a list of twenty-five Sega Genesis titles worthy of respect. [Mark Steenburn, 4/24/2017]
Top 20 SNES Games - Solo Gamer Reviews
Here is the solo gamer's definitive list of the greatest games to ever be released on the greatest gaming console of all time. [4/20/2017]
David's Top 20 SNES Games - Enlightened Minds
One of the Solo Gamer's loyal readers creates his own list of the greatest Super Nintendo games. [David Caron, 4/20/2017]
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild - Solo Gamer Reviews
Nintendo launches the Switch with an incredible masterpiece. [3/30/2017]
TV Review: Iron Fist, Season 1 - tUG
The final Defender has at last debuted on Netflix, but does Danny Rand belong in the same league as Matt Murdock, Jessica Jones, and Luke Cage? [3/24/2017]
7 Things to Do Instead of Beating Calamity Ganon - Solo Gamer Reviews
It's impossible to save Hyrule without getting distracted. [3/16/2017]
Black Heritage 2017: The Lives that Matter - tUG
Putting people in boxes and assigning values to each is how we got into this mess. [2/27/2017]
On the Deep State - tUG
Corruption is neither a conspiracy theory nor a partisan issue. [2/16/2017]
The Bipartisan Hyperbole Problem - tUG
The rhetoric coming from our political leaders has departed reality. [2/9/2017]
Resident Evil VII: Biohazard - Solo Gamer Reviews
Capcom scrapes the mold off its flagship franchise and rediscovers survival horror. [1/30/2017]
Why Music is Better Than It's Ever Been Right Now - Enlightened Minds
Technology has allowed music to be more accessible and diverse than ever before, and that can only mean better quality. [Jason Peter, 1/30/2017]
16 Things I Learned in 2016, Part 2 - tUG
Every year brings more life lessons in writing, parenting, housekeeping, politics, and more. [1/26/2017]
16 Things I Learned in 2016, Part 1 - tUG
Every year brings more life lessons in writing, parenting, housekeeping, politics, and more. [1/20/2017]
The Movies of 2016 - tUG
The Unapologetic Geek reviews Star Trek Beyond, Suicide Squad, Arrival, Assassin's Creed, Deadpool, and more. [1/11/2017]
Top 5 Best and Worst Things about AMC's The Walking Dead - tUG
Here are the main reasons I consider myself a fan, but definitely not the biggest fan. [12/8/2016]
Top 5 Cyborgs in Film - tUG
Which technologically enhanced individuals deserve their place in cinematic history? [12/1/2016]
Everybody's Gone to the Rapture: Is It Art? - Solo Gamer Reviews
Can a slow walking simulator about the apocalypse really be called artistic? [11/17/2016]
Chill the Hell Out, America - tUG
If you can't accept the results of a fair election, you are more problem than solution. [11/10/2016]
4 Patriotic Drinks to Get You Through Election Night - tUG
I don't want to know what the founding fathers would think about this election; I want to know what they'd drink. [11/3/2016]
Defending Final Fantasy XIII - Solo Gamer Reviews
The Geek is putting his foot down and declaring that Final Fantasy XIII deserves more respect. [10/20/2016]
The Candidates 2016 and My Vote - ReThink
And now we get down to brass tacks: who do I endorse, if anyone, to be the next President of the United States? [10/13/2016]
The Candidates 2016 and Foreign Policy - ReThink
This week, we look at the different approaches the candidates take on America's interactions with the rest of the world. [10/6/2016]
The Candidates 2016 and Energy - ReThink
This week, we ReThink the approaches of Clinton, Johnson, Stein, and Trump on energy subsidies, nuclear power, fracking, and domestic oil and gas. [9/29/2016]
The Candidates 2016 and Civil Rights - ReThink
Which candidate has the best platform to preserve our civil liberties? [9/22/2016]
The Candidates 2016 and the Economy - ReThink
Each candidate has plans to improve America's economy. Which ones make the most sense? [9/8/2016]
The Candidates 2016 and Domestic Policy - ReThink
This week, we discuss education, healthcare, drug policy, and immigration. [9/1/2016]
The Candidates 2016 and Science - ReThink
Where do the presidential contenders stand on vaccines, evolution, GMOs, and climate change? [8/24/2016]
The Candidates 2016: Preamble - ReThink
This election year, it is harder than ever to ReThink on the candidates for president in an objective manner. [7/20/2016]
The Pulse Reaction: When Tragedy Meets Politics - tUG
There's a fine line between trying to improve things and exploiting people's grief to further your own agenda. [6/29/2016]
Mirror's Edge Catalyst - Solo Gamer Reviews
Has the eight year wait been worth it for Faith's open world run through the City of Glass? [6/22/2016]
I Was Wrong about Racism in America - tUG
Overt racism is alive, well, and thriving in America, and I can't argue otherwise anymore. [6/14/2016]
Movie Review: X-Men: Apocalypse - tUG
It's not perfect, but it sticks the three-point landing. [6/1/2016]
4 Cool Sci-Fi/Horror Finds on Netflix - tUG
These four obscure films are well worth an instant viewing for genre fans unafraid to try something a little different. [5/25/2016]
4 Things You Learn Writing Every Day - tUG
When you write every day, you become a better writer. [5/11/2016]
America is Voting Away the Democratic Republic - tUG
With Trump and Clinton all but locked in as the nominees for president in 2016, it is now beyond doubt that we've lost our way. [5/4/2016]
5 Reasons the Latest Hollywood Whitewashing Controversy is Total Crap - tUG
How offended should we be that The Ancient One in Doctor Strange is being played by a white woman? [4/27/2016]
Notes from Darth Plagueis - tUG
The Geek has read the Star Wars Legends novel by James Luceno and weighs in on its implications for the future of Star Wars. [4/20/2016]
Donald Trump vs. Conservatism - ReThink
The party that purports to conserve the values and institutions of America is courting a presidential nominee who vows to upend them. [4/14/2016]
5 Challenges in Adapting The Infinity Gauntlet - tUG
With the curtain set to rise on Marvel's cinematic Phase Three, all eyes are on Thanos. [4/7/2016]
Movie Review: Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice - tUG
Severely flawed but beautifully shot, DC's long-awaited cinematic title bout is a mixed bag of awesomeness and mediocrity. [3/31/2016]
TV Review: Daredevil, Season 2 - tUG
The Punisher and Elektra highlight a strong sophomore effort from Netflix's flagship Marvel series. [3/21/2016]
Movie Review: 10 Cloverfield Lane - tUG
Alfred Hitchcock meets Rod Serling in this 'spiritual sibling' to 2008's most successful giant monster flick. [3/16/2016]
Missouri Democrats Aren't Acting Very Democratic - tUG
Missouri Democrats are using a filibuster to keep people from voting on a proposed constitutional amendment. [3/9/2016]
Are Open Primaries Biased? - ReThink
Perhaps yesterday's Super Tuesday elections can teach us something about the differences between open and closed processes. [3/2/2016]
Black Heritage 2016: Oscars So Political - tUG
Forget Black History Month; the real race problem is the Academy Board of Governors, apparently. [2/25/2016]
Gamers Should Never Forget Justice Scalia - Solo Gamer Reviews
The loss of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia is the loss of a great man who helped cement video games as an art form. [2/17/2016]
The James Bond Reviews - tUG
The Unapologetic Geek reviews all 24 (Eon-produced) James Bond movies to date. [2/10/2016]
Top 5 Bond Girls & Henchmen - tUG
Bond month continues with an accounting of the best girls 007 has romanced and the greatest henchmen that have gotten in his way. [2/3/2016]
Top 5 Best & Worst James Bond Villains - tUG
James Bond month continues with a look at 007's greatest foes and most embarrassing baddies. [1/29/2016]
Top 10 James Bond Theme Songs - tUG
The Geek starts off a month-long examination of 007 with the best theme songs from the film series. [1/21/2016]
15 Things I Learned in 2015 - tUG
This year, the Geek discusses Paradox, cooking, and owning his own home. [1/13/2016]
Top 5 Heroes & Idiots of 2015 - tUG
An annual accounting of heroics and idiocy from the Unapologetic Geek. [1/6/2016]
Trailer Overload - tUG
With movie trailers exploding over the Internet, here's the Geek's take on Captain America: Civil War, Star Trek Beyond, and more. [12/16/2015]
The GOP Needs to Denounce Trump (Before It's Too Late) - tUG
Donald Trump is close to winning the Republican nomination for president, which is the worst thing that could happen to the GOP. [12/9/2015]
5 More Logical Fallacies in Politics (2015) - ReThink
Even in today's discussions of immigration, violence, and climate change, the presidential candidates are making major mistakes in basic reasoning. [12/2/2015]
Black Friday is Destroying Thanksgiving - tUG
I'd rather give thanks for what I have than trample people for stuff I don't need. [11/25/2015]
Let's Not Turn Away the Huddled Masses - tUG
The America I know is neither xenophobic nor isolationist. [11/18/2015]
If I Were Writing A Metroid Movie - Solo Gamer Reviews
Please, someone, pay me thousands of dollars to do this. I KNOW I can. [11/11/2015]
Are the Cosmic Entities Coming to MCU Phase 3? - tUG
Things are about to get metaphysical in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. [10/26/2015]
TV Review: The Strain, Season 2 - tUG
The second season of The Strain is good enough to please fans, but that's about it. [10/8/2015]
The Planned Parenthood Videos, Part 3: Did Carly Fiorina Lie? - ReThink
Presidential contender Carly Fiorina's description of a PP video is the source of much contention that completely misses the point. [10/1/2015]
The 3 Biggest Misconceptions About Autism - tUG
The best way to counter the panic over Autistic Spectrum Disorder is to educate yourself to the facts. [9/24/2015]
5 Reasons Why Fallout: New Vegas is Better than Fallout 3 - Solo Gamer Reviews
It's a shame that New Vegas hasn't been treated as a proper Fallout game, since it's the best the franchise has to offer. [9/16/2015]
It's George Wallace All Over Again - tUG
Kim Davis' stand against same-sex marriage is eerily similar to a 1963 protest against desegregated schools. [9/9/2015]
5 Things the Star Wars Prequels Got Right - tUG
Let's celebrate the good things about Episodes I through III. [8/26/2015]
Rethinking the Planned Parenthood Videos - ReThink
New videos from the Center for Medical Progress cause the Geek to rethink his prior assumptions. [8/7/2015]
The Senate Acts Like 2014 Didn't Happen - tUG
With the highway spending bill drama unfolding in the U.S. Senate, the GOP leaders are indistinguishable from Democrats. [7/28/2015]
You Don't Have to Be Pro-Life to Find the Planned Parenthood Videos Disturbing - ReThink
Despite all efforts to make it seem otherwise, the Planned Parenthood videos are not a straightforward issue. [7/23/2015]
Batman: Arkham Knight - Solo Gamer Reviews
Does the Arkham series end on a high note, or has it worn out its welcome in the new console generation? [7/16/2015]
The Supreme Court's Teaching Moment on "Judicial Activism" - tUG
The two big Supreme Court cases last week reveal hypocrisy and inconsistency all around. [7/1/2015]
On the Confederate Flag - tUG
Apparently, everyone is required to have an opinion. [6/25/2015]
The IRS Does Not Need More Money - tUG
The public sector just doesn't understand the value of a few billion dollars. [5/27/2015]
Notes from Age of Ultron - tUG
The Geek shares his fresh thoughts after seeing The Avengers: Age of Ultron. [5/1/2015]
Movie Review: Ex Machina - tUG
Ex Machina is one of the most intelligent and gorgeously shot science-fiction films in recent memory. [4/28/2015]
Top 10 Androids in Film - tUG
These are the greatest humanoid robots to ever appear on the silver screen. [4/20/2015]
Axiom Verge - Solo Gamer Reviews
Say hello to the best 2D platformer since Super Metroid (and it might even be better than that). [4/10/2015]
Much Ado About RFRA - tUG
Now that it's finally illegal to be gay in Indiana, why are so many people upset? [3/31/2015]
Ferguson Revisited - tUG
With the release of the DOJ report, the problems in Ferguson are more apparent than ever. [3/17/2015]
The Tetraforce Theory: Further Down the Zelda Rabbit Hole - Solo Gamer Reviews
Is there a fourth triforce, and if so, could it help a future Zelda game reconcile the timelines? [3/12/2015]
American Disengagement Might Not Be So Bad - tUG
America doesn't seem interested in the War on Terror anymore, and maybe--just maybe--that's a good thing. [2/26/2015]
Black Heritage 2015: The Identity Politic - tUG
Tribal affiliations should not matter when measuring individual success. [2/9/2015]
Thief (2014) - Solo Gamer Reviews
Thief, the fourth installment and soft reboot in the seminal stealth series, is free to download this month on PlayStation Plus. [2/6/2015]
7 Overactors Who Saved Otherwise Mediocre Films - tUG
Sometimes, all a weak dish needs is some ham. [1/27/2015]
Top 5 Heroes & Idiots of 2014 - tUG
The Unapologetic Geek offers his annual awards for heroicism and idiocy in 2014. [1/15/2015]
14 Things I Learned in 2014 - tUG
2014 was the most eventful year yet for the Unapologetic Geek. [1/9/2015]
Top 5 Christmas Movies of my Generation - tUG
These five films are the ones that taught me the true meaning of Christmas. [12/24/2014]
On Ferguson - tUG
The Geek weighs in on police abuses, racial tension, and the temerity of rioters. [12/1/2014]
Stop the Omnibus, I Want to Get Off - tUG
The U.S. Congress' penchant for enormous, all-in-one spending bills is doing violence to our democratic republic. [11/20/2014]
7 Problems in Adapting Marvel's Civil War - tUG
The announcement of Captain America: Civil War raises as many questions as it does fanboy cheers. [11/11/2014]
Alien: Isolation - Solo Gamer Reviews
Does Alien: Isolation recapture the terror of Ridley Scott's classic film, or is it dead in space? [11/3/2014]
The Missouri Ballot 2014 - ReThink
The Geek takes a look at his local ballot for the upcoming 2014 midterm elections. [10/28/2014]
Republicans and Ebola - tUG
People on the right need to chill the hell out about Ebola. [10/20/2014]
TV Review: The Strain, Season 1 - tUG
Guillermo del Toro tackles vampires in the latest FX series from Carlton Cuse. [10/9/2014]
Destiny - Solo Gamer Reviews
Bungie claims it has created a new dawn in gaming, but its final product is lacking. [10/1/2014]
An Evening with P.T. - Solo Gamer Reviews
Take my hand and I shall recount for you a tale of creeping madness. [9/16/2014]
In Need of a Doctrine: On America's Response to ISIS and the Invasion of Ukraine - tUG
Americans are being beheaded for all to see and Russia is aggressively expanding its empire. What can we do about that? [9/3/2014]
Movie Review: Transcendence - tUG
A thoughtful take on artificial intelligence and the singularity is mired by poor choices. [8/26/2014]
Rethinking Gun Control, Part 9: Conclusions - ReThink
It's time to wrap up this extended look into the gun control debate. [8/19/2014]
Top 5 Favorite Robin Williams Performances - tUG
The Geek shares his favorite roles from the recently lost actor. [8/12/2014]
How Did Fundraising Affect the Senate in 2012? - ReThink
As an exploration of the influence money has on elections, let's compare campaign contributions to results in the latest Senatorial elections. [8/6/2014]
Could Planet Hulk Be in the Works? - tUG
The geek discusses the rumor that Marvel Studios is secretly planning a movie based on Planet Hulk. [7/30/2014]
5 Reasons I'm Addicted to Xenoblade - Solo Gamer Reviews
With well over 200 hours under my belt, you'd think Xenoblade Chronicles would get old, but it just doesn't. [7/23/2014]
Movie Review: Dawn of the Planet of the Apes - tUG
Apes and man go to war. [7/16/2014]
Rethinking Gun Control, Part 8: Background Checks and Gun Show Loopholes - ReThink
It's time to dive in-depth into the failed Toomey-Manchin proposal. [7/8/2014]
Movie Review: Godzilla (2014) - tUG
After the long build-up here at emagill.com, it's safe to say my expectations for Godzilla's latest entry were high, and yet they were still exceeded. [6/3/2014]
Godzilla: Unleashed - Solo Gamer Reviews
How can a game that pits all of Godzilla's monsters against each other while destroying major cities go wrong? [5/15/2014]
Top 10 Godzilla Battles - tUG
If all you want is big monster brawls, these are the ten you need to see. [5/6/2014]
Top 5 Best & Worst Godzilla Monsters - tUG
Godzilla is always the biggest star, but these are his most memorable co-stars. [4/29/2014]
The Godzilla Reviews - tUG
The Geek kicks off Godzilla month by reviewing all 28 Toho Godzilla movies (along with that American imposter from '98). [4/22/2014]
Movie Review: Captain America: The Winter Soldier - tUG
Captain America returns for his second stand-alone movie, and the Geek is pleased. [4/4/2014]
What Does Ukraine Have to Do with Edward Snowden? - tUG
It's time we discuss the possibility that Snowden has been helping Moscow to pull off its recent power grab. [3/25/2014]
5 Reasons Rand Paul is Not a Libertarian - tUG
Rand Paul is the most libertarian-leaning Republican who might run for president in 2016, but don't be too quick to label him. [3/21/2014]
Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag - Solo Gamer Reviews
This may be the only review of the latest Assassin's Creed that doesn't contain an endless stream of pirate puns. [3/4/2014]
Movie Review: Robocop (2014) - tUG
It's finally arrived, and now the Geek must decide if the Robocop reboot does not, in fact, suck. [2/28/2014]
Rethinking Gun Control, Part 7: Registration - ReThink
When it comes to gun registries, two questions must be asked: are they effective, and do they threaten individual liberty? [2/20/2014]
Black Heritage 2014: The War on Language - tUG
When we put all our energy into declaring war on our own words, we aren't solving any real problems. [2/7/2014]
13 Things I Learned in 2013 - tUG
For my review of 2013, I'm separating my lessons into three categories: personal, politics, and parenting. [1/15/2014]
The Movies of 2013 - tUG
The Geek reviews Evil Dead, Oblivion, Iron Man 3, World War Z, Catching Fire, The Desolation of Smaug, and more. [1/8/2014]
TV Review: Mob City - tUG
Frank Darabont takes a shot at an L.A. noire. [12/19/2013]
Top 5 Heroes & Idiots of 2013 - tUG
A crack-smoking mayor, a traitor, a famous actress, and a president are among the highlights of this year's dubious honors. [12/18/2013]
A Resident Evil Mea Culpa - Solo Gamer Reviews
I just can't quit you, Resident Evil. [12/4/2013]
Health Care Pretzel Logic - tUG
The Democratic Party's defense of the Affordable Care Act goes against some of the party's most fundamental principles. [11/20/2013]
Rethinking Gun Control, Part 6: Spree Shootings - ReThink
Even if firearm homicide rates appear relatively flat, many insist that so-called 'spree shootings' are on the rise. [11/12/2013]
DuckTales: Remastered - Solo Gamer Reviews
Another NES classic gets a modern upgrade. [11/6/2013]
Top 10 Guilty Pleasure Movies - tUG
These are the flicks I'm almost afraid to admit I like. [10/29/2013]
Rethinking Gun Control, Part 5: International Variations - ReThink
What kind of comparisons can be made among different countries and their various approaches to gun control? [10/22/2013]
Top 5 Sequels Taking Too Damn Long to Develop - Solo Gamer Reviews
Sometimes, a sequel can be in the works for so long that people start to forget the franchise. [10/8/2013]
The Shutdown Blame Game - tUG
Today marks the start of the first partial government shutdown in seventeen years, and all anybody wants to talk about is who's to blame. [10/1/2013]
Rethinking Gun Control, Part 4: State Track Records - ReThink
Can any conclusions be drawn by comparing state gun laws to their respective firearm mortality rates? [9/24/2013]
Metro 2033: Differences between Novel and Game - Solo Gamer Reviews
The rare novel-to-video game adaptation Metro 2033 can help understand why gaming is a unique artform. [9/10/2013]
Movie Review: Riddick - tUG
After so many years, can Vin Diesel's Riddick continue to be an endearing and entertaining sociopath? [9/7/2013]
Pikmin 3 - Solo Gamer Reviews
Can Nintendo's first major release for the Wii U drive people to the console once and for all? [8/27/2013]
Rethinking Gun Control, Part 3: Looking for a Trend - ReThink
Are gun-related deaths on the rise, or on the decline? [8/21/2013]
The Six Stages of LEGO® Lunacy - tUG
Early detection is the key to sanity protection. [8/6/2013]
Book Review: The Twelve by Justin Cronin - tUG
Justin Cronin's follow-up to The Passage is good, but it can't seem to escape its fate as the second book in a trilogy. [7/26/2013]
Movie Review: Pacific Rim - tUG
Is Guillermo del Toro's giant-robots-versus-giant-monsters epic as much fun as it looks? [7/16/2013]
On the Cancellation of Legacy of Kain: Dead Sun - Solo Gamer Reviews
It was recently learned that Square Enix spent three years working on a new Legacy of Kain game, but cancelled it last year. [7/9/2013]
Rethinking Gun Control, Part 2: The Second Amendment - ReThink
Before we can talk about gun control, we have to talk about the meaning and relevance of the 'right of the people to keep and bear Arms.' [7/2/2013]
LEGO City Undercover - Solo Gamer Reviews
How much fun is a GTA-style sandbox filled with LEGOs? [6/25/2013]
Movie Review: Man of Steel - tUG
Is Zack Snyder's Superman reboot a fresh start for DC like Batman Begins, or is it a catastrophic failure like Green Lantern? [6/25/2013]
E3 2013 Reactions - Solo Gamer Reviews
The console wars heat up with the launch of the 8th generation, so who won E3 this year: the Xbox One, the PS4, or the Wii U? [6/11/2013]
Tommy's First Console: Wii U Early Impressions - Solo Gamer Reviews
My son just got his first real video game machine, so today, I share our experiences and my thoughts on the Nintendo Wii U. [6/4/2013]
Movie Review: Star Trek Into Darkness - tUG
The Unapologetic Geek (and Trekkie) offers two reviews for Star Trek Into Darkness: one without spoilers, and one with. [5/21/2013]
5 Hopes for Jack's Triumphant Return - tUG
24 is back, and the Geek once again shares his hopes and dreams for Jack Bauer's future. [5/14/2013]
Rethinking Gun Control, Part 1: Statement of Intent - ReThink
Before he cuts through the shrill politics to get at the facts, the Unapologetic Geek lays out his opinions on gun control. [5/14/2013]
5 Insane YouTube Videos Discovered by a 4-Year-Old - tUG
Letting my son browse YouTube has lead to some extremely random--and sometimes unsettling--discoveries. [4/30/2013]
The Birth of a Conspiracy Theory - tUG
There are already people trying to tell us that, where the Boston Marathon bombing is concerned, nothing is what it seems. [4/23/2013]
Top 10 Franchises in Need of a Revival - Solo Gamer Reviews
These are the great games that deserve a sequel, remake, or reboot, before they are forgotten forever. [4/16/2013]
Quantum Mechanics 101: Entanglement - ReThink
A new experiment could test the limits and possibilities of quantum entanglement, but what is quantum entanglement and why should we care? [4/9/2013]
4 Examples of White House Excess - ReThink
That White House silver doesn't polish itself. [4/2/2013]
Killing the Bioshock Movie - Solo Gamer Reviews
The Bioshock movie is officially dead for now, but that might not be a bad thing. [3/26/2013]
Book Review: Life is Short, Laundry is Eternal - tUG
The Unapologetic Geek, a stay-at-home dad himself, reviews Scott Benner's Confessions of a Stay-at-Home Dad. [3/12/2013]
Dead Space 3 - Solo Gamer Reviews
Does Dead Space 3 hold true to its survival horror roots, or is it just a generic third person shooter? [3/5/2013]
Black Heritage 2013 - tUG
The news media reflects and encourages racial anxiety in America, which is obvious if you look at the story of Trayvon Martin. [2/26/2013]
Movie Review: A Good Day to Die Hard - tUG
Does the Die Hard formula translate well in Russian? [2/19/2013]
The White House's White Paper Looks Awfully Red to Me - ReThink
Our government is justifying the murder of its own citizens by asserting authority it simply cannot have. [2/12/2013]
Xenoblade Chronicles - Solo Gamer Reviews
If you can only play one Japanese RPG, play Xenoblade. [2/5/2013]
TV Review: The Hollow Crown - tUG
Do Ben Whishaw, Jeremy Irons, and Tom Hiddleston bring new life to Shakespeare in the recent BBC adaptation of the Henriad? [1/29/2013]
5 Logical Fallacies from the Gun Debate - ReThink
The shrill arguments about gun control that followed the Sandy Hook tragedy may be dying down a bit, but logical fallacies live forever. [1/22/2013]
Top 5 Heroes & Idiots of 2012 - tUG
There were almost too many heroes and idiots to choose from in this crazy, crazy Year of our Lord, 2012. [1/15/2013]
12 Things I Learned in 2012 - tUG
What did 2012 teach me, aside from the fact that the world didn't end? [1/8/2013]
Season's Greetings - ReThink
Shouldn't it be possible to wish people well this time of year without offending someone? [12/25/2012]
The Movies of 2012 - tUG
The Geek reviews The Hunger Games, Mirror Mirror, Lockout, The Avengers, Snow White and the Huntsman, Prometheus, The Dark Knight Rises, The Bourne Legacy, Skyfall, and The Hobbit. [12/18/2012]
Assassin's Creed III - Solo Gamer Reviews
With the world coming to an end next week, does Assassin's Creed deliver at the last minute with its take on the American Revolution? [12/11/2012]
On Secession - tUG
Breaking away from the Federal government is not the way to end an argument. [12/4/2012]
Final Fantasy XIII-2 - Solo Gamer Reviews
Can XIII-2 recapture the Final Fantasy magic, or is it just a waste of Square Enix's time? [11/27/2012]
Why 2014's Robocop Might Not Suck - tUG
The Geek is willing to risk disappointment to explain why he is cautiously optimistic about the upcoming Robocop remake. [11/20/2012]
The Candidates and My Vote 2012 - ReThink
Which presidential candidate gets my vote in 2012? [11/6/2012]
The Candidates and Foreign Policy 2012 - ReThink
Where do the 2012 presidential candidates stand on foreign policy issues? [10/23/2012]
The Pennsylvania Ballot 2012 - ReThink
The presidency isn't the only important race worth investigating. [10/16/2012]
The Candidates and Energy 2012 - ReThink
Where do the 2012 presidential candidates stand on energy issues? [10/2/2012]
The Candidates and Civil Rights 2012 - ReThink
Where do the 2012 presidential candidates stand on civil rights issues? [9/25/2012]
The Candidates and the Economy 2012 - ReThink
Where do the 2012 presidential candidates stand on economic issues? [9/17/2012]
The Candidates and the Domestic Policy 2012 - ReThink
Where do the 2012 presidential candidates stand on domestic policy issues? [9/11/2012]
Digital Season 2012 - Solo Gamer Reviews
The Solo Gamer reviews the DLC expansions and arcade games he played during the long summer of 2012. [9/4/2012]
The Candidates and Science 2012 - ReThink
Where do the 2012 presidential candidates stand on scientific issues? [8/28/2012]
A Nation of Minorities - tUG
Once you agree that fairness is relative, you start down the slippery slope of treating everyone with inequality. [8/21/2012]
Top 5 Movies Trapped in Development Hell - tUG
These five movies need to be made, but things aren't looking good for their production. [7/24/2012]
6 Movies That Could Be Amazing Video Games - Solo Gamer Reviews
Most movies, as a rule, would make terrible video games, but these are six notable exceptions. [7/17/2012]
Rethinking AGW, Part 9: Loose Ends - ReThink
In the final installment, I mop up some of the remaining arguments and make my determination about anthropogenic global warming. [7/11/2012]
Top 5 Best & Worst Movie Prequels - tUG
Telling a backstory is full of deadly pitfalls, but the results are sometimes worth it. [7/3/2012]
Healthcare as an Economics Problem - ReThink
Understanding the difference between scarcity and shortage is an informative way to examine the healthcare debate. [6/26/2012]
Spending Time with an X: How I Learned to Love Mega Man Again - Solo Gamer Reviews
The solo gamer is ashamed to say he abandoned the Mega Man series long ago, but now he's ready to do some catching up. [6/19/2012]
Rethinking AGW, Part 8: The IPCC - ReThink
The IPCC is the most ambitious merger of science and politics ever attempted. Should a handful of errors ruin its reputation? [6/12/2012]
On Entitlement, Austerity, and Julia - tUG
The problem is more sociological than social. [5/29/2012]
Rethinking AGW, Part 7: Questioning Authority - ReThink
Are the NOAA, NASA, and the CRU worthy of our trust? [5/22/2012]
Rethinking AGW, Part 6: Publication Bias - ReThink
We have to trust the research to take a stand on global warming, but acknowledging the bias and following the money reveals that we can't. [5/15/2012]
Movie Review: The Avengers - tUG
After years of anticipation, Marvel's ensemble epic is finally here. Is it worth the wait? [5/8/2012]
Top 10 Comic Book Movies - tUG
These ten films prove that comic books can be adapted to the silver screen and can be worthy of respect. [5/1/2012]
Resident Evil is Dead to Me - Solo Gamer Reviews
For all the fans who like the direction the franchise is going, I wish you the best. For me, though, I am done with Resident Evil. [4/24/2012]
Rethinking AGW, Part 5: Pascal's Wager - ReThink
Is acting on AGW logical, even if it turns out to be fiction? [4/17/2012]
The Most Untenable Position: Obama on the Supreme Court - tUG
No matter what the Supreme Court has to say about PPACA, the president has just taken the most untenable position possible. [4/3/2012]
Movie Review: The Hunger Games - tUG
It's breaking serious box office records, but does The Hunger Games deserve its popularity? [3/27/2012]
Mass Effect 3 - Solo Gamer Reviews
How does Commander Shepard's final mission stack up against the hype? [3/20/2012]
Rethinking AGW, Part 4: Global Coping - ReThink
How well does the Earth compensate for changes in atmospheric carbon dioxide levels? [3/13/2012]
Black Heritage 2012 - tUG
This year, the Unapologetic Geek uses Black History Month to talk about the appeal to racism. [2/28/2012]
The False Premises of the HHS Mandate - tUG
Does the federal government have the power to protect women's rights through executive mandate? [2/21/2012]
Bananaman's Valentine's Day Playlist - tUG
Bananaman comes out of retirement to offer you a list of appropriate songs to celebrate this most wretched of holidays. [2/14/2012]
The Future of Legacy of Kain - Solo Gamer Reviews
I'd like to share one of my biggest hopes and dreams, that we may finally see the next chapter in Kain's legacy. [1/31/2012]
Rethinking AGW, Part 3: The Human Contribution - ReThink
How much, exactly, does mankind contribute to greenhouse gas emissions? [1/24/2012]
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim - Solo Gamer Reviews
The question is not whether or not Skyrim is great; it's about how great it is. [1/17/2012]
Top 5 Heroes & Idiots of 2011 - tUG
Who impressed and who depressed the Unapologetic Geek in 2011? [1/10/2012]
The Movies of 2011 - tUG
The Unapologetic Geek reviews ten of 2011's biggest films. [1/3/2012]
11 Things I Learned in 2011 - tUG
This has been a year mostly comprised of parenting lessons. [12/27/2011]
Rethinking AGW, Part 2: The BEST Data on Rising Temperatures - ReThink
The first premise of anthropogenic global warming--that the average global temperature is on the rise--is put under scrutiny. [12/20/2011]
The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword - Solo Gamer Reviews
One of Zelda's biggest cheerleaders attempts an objective review of Skyward Sword. [12/13/2011]
What Inception is About - tUG
Critics posit that Christopher Nolan's Inception has no deep artistic meaning, but the Unapologetic Geek begs to differ. [11/29/2011]
The Sky Dilemma - Solo Gamer Reviews
There is only one question you need to answer right now: Skyrim or Skyward Sword? [11/29/2011]
Rethinking AGW, Part 1: Outline of Intent - ReThink
It's time for me to take a fresh, serious, and intellectually honest look at anthropogenic global warming. [11/15/2011]
Five Years of Living with Diabetes - tUG
The strange truth is that being diagnosed with diabetes is one of the best things that has ever happened to me. [11/08/2011]
5 Reasons I'm Not a Republican - tUG
Please don't confuse me with those other conservatives. [10/11/2011]
Middle School Narcissists: What TV Reflects about the Coming Generation - tUG
According to a new study of popular television, our children have become more self-absorbed than ever. [10/4/2011]
Top 5 Movies that Remind Me of My Father - tUG
He's been gone for one year now, but with these movies, I will always remember some of the best things he taught me. [9/27/2011]
Confessions of an Xbox Junkie - Solo Gamer Reviews
This is what I learned while separated from my beloved 360. [9/20/2011]
In Defense of SpongeBob: 6 Episodes with Profound Meaning - tUG
A new study suggests SpongeBob is bad for your kids, but here are 6 episodes that can be used to teach crucial life lessons. [9/13/2011]
Violent Rhetoric & Civil Discourse: Democrats vs. the Tea Party - tUG
President Obama and Democratic leaders simply refuse to live up to their own standards of polite debate. [9/6/2011]
Writing Your Novel: The Pros and Cons of Outlines - tUG
Whether you decide to make copious notes or fly by the seat of your pants, there are things you need to know before you start writing your novel. [8/30/2011]
The Science of Spoilers - ReThink
A new study suggests that people tend to enjoy stories more when they already know the outcome. In our current spoiler-obsessed climate, can this possibly be true? [8/23/2011]
Top 5 Best & Worst Video Game Threequels - Solo Gamer Reviews
A third installment can make or break a video game franchise. These are the games that nearly killed a good series or raised it to new heights. [8/16/2011]
Movie Review: Rise of the Planet of the Apes - tUG
Is this latest attempt to reboot Planet of the Apes another failure, or is it a clever new take on a beloved franchise? [8/9/2011]
How the President Saved the World - tUG
A moron's guide to the debt ceiling fight. [8/2/2011]
A Skeptic's Take on Alice: Madness Returns - ReThink
Alice being the victim of repressed memories makes for a great video game, but can memories really be repressed? [7/26/2011]
5 Reasons Trekkies Should Respect Star Trek: The Motion Picture - tUG
It's pretty remarkable how many good Star Trek ideas originated in the most overlooked movie of the franchise. [7/19/2011]
The Casey Anthony Verdict: A Triumph for the American Legal System
Despite outrage from the court of public opinion, the Casey Anthony verdict is a vindication that our legal system still works. [7/12/2011]
5 Logical Fallacies from the Republican Debate - ReThink
It's time to go over some more logical fallacies in politics, but this time they will all come from Republicans running for president. [6/15/2011]
L.A. Noire - Solo Gamer Reviews
Rockstar has a lot of promises to live up to with its latest epic. Have they delivered? [6/8/2011]
A Skeptic's Take on Limitless - ReThink
In this installment of A Skeptic's Take, the notion that we only use a small percentage of our brain power is put under scrutiny. [6/1/2011]
Do Children Enjoy Violent Cartoons? - ReThink
A new study suggests that children don't like violence in their television programming. A Skeptic's Take breaks it down. [5/25/2011]
Movie Review: Thor - tUG
Does Thor live up to the expectations set by Iron Man and The Incredible Hulk? The Unapologetic Geek weighs in. [5/11/2011]
What if the Birthers are Right? - ReThink
The Unapologetic Geek takes on an insane thought experiment, assuming the apocalypse is upon us because the president wasn't born in the USA. [5/4/2011]
Top 10 Aliens in Film - tUG
The Unapologetic Geek lists the top 10 movie aliens. [4/27/2011]
The Future of Prince of Persia - Solo Gamer Reviews
Is the Persian Prince officially dead, or will he make a return to video game prominence? The Solo Gamer discusses the possibilities. [4/20/2011]
The "Historic" 2011 Budget Deal is Meaningless - tUG
Is the 2011 federal budget an unprecedented compromise--a huge deal to be praised--or is it an example of people making a big deal out of nothing? [4/13/2011]
Book Review: The Hidden Reality by Brian Greene - tUG
Author E. Magill reviews the latest from Brian Greene and discusses the possibility of multiple universes. [4/6/2011]
Lightbulbs and Liberty: CFLs vs Incandescents - ReThink
Why are we letting the government take away our right to choose our lightbulbs? [3/30/2011]
Top 5 Most Original Final Boss Battles - Solo Gamer Reviews
The Solo Gamer lists five epic video game final boss battles that are groundbreaking, unique, and memorable. [3/22/2011]
The Truth about Publishing Your Novel - tUG
It's time to set the record straight about why getting published is far, far harder than you think. [3/8/2011]
5 More Logical Fallacies - ReThink
It's time to continue the exploration of bad arguments in politics with five more logical fallacies ripped from political headlines. [3/1/2011]
Black Heritage 2011 - tUG
This year, rather than rehash his opposition to Black History Month, the Geek goes over relevant news stories from the last year. [2/23/2011]
Final Fantasy XIII - Solo Gamer Reviews
The Solo Gamer, by popular request, shares his opinion of the controversial thirteenth entry in the Final Fantasy franchise. [2/15/2011]
Top 10 On-Screen Vampires - tUG
The Unapologetic Geek lists the top ten vampires to ever appear on the big or small screen. SPOILER: Robert Pattinson does not appear. [2/8/2011]
Dead Space 2 - Solo Gamer Reviews
Does Dead Space 2 add to the survival horror excellence of the original, or does it follow other fallen horror franchises by focusing on action and multiplayer? [2/1/2011]
8 Modest Suggestions for the 24 Movie - tUG
With no script yet greenlit by the executives, the Unapologetic Geek brainstorms a few ideas about how to translate 24 to the big screen. [1/25/2011]
In Defense of Homeschooling: The Story of John Freshwater - tUG
Is the story of disgraced science teacher John Freshwater a case of academic oppression or an argument for homeschooling? [1/18/2011]
10 Things I Learned in 2010 - tUG
The Unapologetic Geek takes a personal look back at 2010 and the lessons he took from it. [1/11/2011]
Top 5 Heroes & Idiots of 2010 - tUG
The Unapologetic Geek's annual list of the best and worst the last year had to offer. [1/4/2011]
The Video Games of 2010 - Solo Gamer Reviews
The Solo Gamer reviews Bioshock 2, Fallout: New Vegas, Halo: Reach, Mass Effect 2, Splinter Cell: Conviction, Super Mario Galaxy 2, and Super Meat Boy. [12/28/2010]
The Movies of 2010 - tUG
The Geek reviews Alice in Wonderland, Book of Eli, Harry Potter 7, Inception, Iron Man 2, Jackass 3D, Predators, Prince of Persia, Splice, and TRON: Legacy. [12/21/2010]
The Strange Case of the Hidden Triforce - Solo Gamer Reviews
If you haven't experienced the Da Vinci Code-like downward spiral into paranoid madness that is the Ocarina of Time Triforce Quest, here is a primer. [12/14/2010]
On Shylock - tUG
Shylock, with all of his antisemitic overtones, is one of Shakespeare's most problematic characters, but he also set the stage for the greatest writer who ever lived. [11/30/2010]
Top 10 Time Travel Movies - tUG
The author of Paradox lists the ten best movies that deal with time travel. [11/23/2010]
Are Airport Security Checkpoints Necessary? - ReThink
Escalation is probably not the best solution to airport security measures. Maybe--just maybe--less is more. [11/17/2010]
Book Review: Mass Effect: Retribution - Solo Gamer Reviews
The third entry in the Mass Effect novel series is out, and the Solo Gamer lets us know if it's worth our time. [11/9/2010]
The Pennsylvania Ballot 2010 - ReThink
The Geek uses his controversial 'trust-the-candidates' approach to examine next week's ballot in his district of Pennsylvania. [10/26/2010]
Eulogy for my Father, Patrick Magill - tUG
What follows is a copy of the eulogy I gave at my father's memorial service earlier this week. [10/20/2010]
Inside Reality TV Hell with The Colony - tUG
Now that fall television has finally started again, I can admit something embarassing: over the summer, I watched the entire second season of The Colony. [10/12/2010]
President Obama's Top 10 Broken Promises - tUG
In less than two years, President Obama has managed to break many significant promises. Here are the top ten, with apologies to my more liberal readers. [10/05/2010]
7 Good Sci-Fi Movies Ruined by Terrible Endings - tUG
These seven science-fiction movies could have been great, but ridiculously bad endings forever tainted their reputations. [9/21/2010]
Book Review: Freedom by Jonathan Franzen - tUG
Freedom is being hailed as the modern Great American Novel, so important that even the president is reading it. Does the Geek agree? [9/14/2010]
Metroid: Other M - Solo Gamer Reviews
Does the tenth installment in Nintendo's Metroid franchise, Metroid: Other M, live up to its predecessors? [9/7/2010]
6 Political Talking Points that Need to Die - tUG
These 6 arguments are being made by politicians and pundits right now, and we're all dumber as a result. [8/24/2010]
Top 40 Greatest Science-Fiction Films - tUG
There's a lot of terrible sci-fi out there, but these are the 40 movies that rise above. [8/17/2010]
We're All Doomed: The Internet is Alive (Maybe) - ReThink
Science says the brain is more like the Internet than previously thought, which means we're all screwed. [8/10/2010]
On Protected Classes and Discrimination - tUG
Protected classes are a valuable tool against discrimination, but they can easily be abused or taken to ridiculous extremes. [8/3/2010]
8 Twisted Ways to Reinterpret Pop Culture Favorites - tUG
Ferris Bueller is Tyler Durden? Beauty and the Beast is about Stockholm Syndrome? And why would a young boy have a toy named Buzz? [8/3/2010]
Book Review: Contested Will - ReThink
Did Shakespeare write Hamlet? Many prominent people are skeptical, but James Shapiro is skeptical of the skeptics. [7/20/2010]
6 Things I Want to See at the Movie Theater - tUG
Here are six modest suggestions for how to improve the moviegoing experience for everyone. [7/6/2010]
Top 5 Most Counter-Productive Political Ideas - tUG
These 5 ideas are so stupid they are counter-productive, but they remain popular in America even in the face of overwhelming evidence that they don't work. [6/29/2010]
The Facts Behind MSG - ReThink
Author E. Magill discusses the common belief that MSG is bad for some people, and includes a recipe for take-out-style chicken and broccoli. [6/22/2010]
So My Wife Wants to Play Fallout 3 - Solo Gamer Reviews
The Solo Gamer creates a simple lesson plan that can turn his wife from a casual gamer to a more hardcore one. [6/15/2010]
Book Review: The Passage by Justin Cronin - tUG
The Geek reviews Justin Cronin's The Passage, 2010's must-read about a post-apocalyptic future riddled with vampires. [6/8/2010]
10 People to Blame for the Oil Spill - tUG
These are the people you can safely accuse of being responsible for the recent BP oil spill, regardless of your politics. [6/1/2010]
TV Review: The 2009-2010 Season - tUG
The Geek reviews the latest seasons of 24, Criminal Minds, Heroes, House, Lost, and V. [5/25/2010]
Movie Review: Sherlock Holmes (2009) - tUG
Does Guy Ritchie's action-heavy reboot of Sherlock Holmes do justice to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's literary hero? [5/18/2010]
The Future of 5 Video Game Franchises - Solo Gamer Reviews
The Solo Gamer discusses upcoming sequels to Batman: Arkham Asylum, Dead Rising, Dead Space, The Elder Scrolls, and Mirror's Edge. [5/5/2010]
Fear and Free Expression - tUG
The Geek discusses the responsibilities that come with free speech and the fear and intimidation that can result. [4/27/2010]
Album Review: Hybrid: Disappear Here - tUG
The latest album by the British electronica group Hybrid, Disappear Here, might be their best work to date. [4/20/2010]
Top 10 Logical Fallacies in Politics - ReThink
Author E. Magill discusses the prevalence of logical fallacies in political thought. [4/7/2010]
Top 5 Best & Worst Video Game Sequels - Solo Gamer Reviews
The Solo Gamer lists the best and worst second installments in video game franchises. [3/23/2010]
Top 20 Greatest Science-Fiction Novels - tUG
As an award-winning sci-fi writer, it's amazing the Geek hasn't made this list sooner. [3/16/2010]
Caffeine: What You Don't Know Can Kill You - ReThink
Just how bad for you can caffeine really be? [3/10/2010]
Top 5 Worst Trends in Gaming - Solo Gamer Reviews
The Solo Gamer discusses the worst trends in modern gaming after a particularly disappointing news story about Dead Space 2. [3/2/2010]
Healthcare Summit Live Special - tUG
The Geek offers realtime thoughts on the bipartisan healthcare summit of February 25, 2010. [2/25/2010]
Can't Let Go, Must Collect More - tUG
Our government has a severe hoarding disorder, evidenced by its refusal to let go of its programs as our national debt spirals out of control. [2/23/2010]
Black Heritage 2010 - tUG
In his annual discussion of race relations in America, the Geek looks at the various subtle ways our society reinforces discrimination. [2/16/2010]
Top 5 Heroes & Idiots of 2009 - tUG
The Geek lists the best and worst that humanity had to offer in 2009. [2/9/2010]
9 Things I Learned in 2009 - tUG
Parenting, the tea party, the Wii, cancer, and Sesame Street are just a sampling of the things the Geek learned from in 2009. [2/6/2010]
Movie Review: Avatar - tUG
It's ironic that something so groundbreaking can also be mind-numbingly unoriginal. [12/22/2009]
Our Rights and the Constitution - tUG
The United States Constitution and Bill of Rights are all too often distorted by politicians of all stripes. [12/15/2009]
Intrigue in Review: A Meta-Blog - tUG
Author E. Magill chronicles his first hundred blog posts. [12/1/2009]
Grand Theft Auto: Episodes from Liberty City - Solo Gamer Reviews
There are more stories to be told in Liberty City. The Solo Gamer reviews The Lost and the Damned and The Ballad of Gay Tony. [11/17/2009]
Top 10 Movies Based on Actual Events - tUG
These are the movies that excell in presenting history. [11/10/2009]
Top 5 Actors Who Could Play the Riddler - tUG
These are the five actors the Internet wants to cast as the Riddler in Christopher Nolan's next Batman film. [11/3/2009]
Bill Maher is a Cancer on Modern Medicine - ReThink
Author E. Magill discusses his father's recent cancer diagnosis and examines the depths of Bill Maher's insanity on the subject. [10/20/2009]
Top 5 Best & Worst Movie Threequels - tUG
The Geek lists the best and worst third installments in recent film history. [10/13/2009]
Movie Review: Pandorum - tUG
The Geek takes a look at the latest sci-fi/horror flick from Paul W.S. Anderson. [10/6/2009]
4 of the Biggest Unanswered Questions in Science - ReThink
Author E. Magill discusses some of the big mysteries in science, one discipline at a time. [9/29/2009]
Batman: Arkham Asylum - Solo Gamer Reviews
Is Arkham Asylum the greatest comic book video game ever made? [9/22/2009]
On Willpower - ReThink
Is there a scientific basis for the concept of willpower? [9/8/2009]
Mini-Reviews 8/31/09 - tUG
The Geek reviews Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, The Time Traveler's Wife, Knowing, Dean Koontz's Frankenstein, and The Year of Living Biblically. [8/31/2009]
Shocking Hypocrisy from the Right and the Left - tUG
The Geek discusses the recurring hypocrisy of the two-party system and advocates Libertarianism. [8/24/2009]
Becoming Those People: Thoughts on Taking a Six-Month-Old to the Movies - tUG
I was probably wrong to take my baby to the movies, but where do you draw the line? [7/20/2009]
Modern Witch-Hunts: When Skeptics Become "Deniers" - ReThink
Skepticism is a virtue, but when even skeptics start throwing insults, have politics gone too far? [7/13/2009]
The Godfather II - Solo Gamer Reviews
Is The Godfather II as good a sequel as the movie? The Solo Gamer gives his verdict. [7/6/2009]
Jenny McCarthy Murders Children - ReThink
The anti-vaccination movement, personified by advocate Jenny McCarthy, is unrepentantly responsible for the deaths of children. [6/8/2009]
TV Review: The 2008-2009 Season - tUG
The Geek reviews the most recent seasons of 24, Dollhouse, Heroes, House, Lost, and Terminator: The Sarah Conner Chronicles. [6/1/2009]
Modest Suggestions for the Next American Revolution - tUG
The Geek offers his ideas for how to fix some of America's core problems when the time eventually comes to write a new constitution. [5/18/2009]
Movie Review: Star Trek (2009) - tUG
Does J.J. Abrams' reboot of Star Trek live up to expectations, or is it just another nail in the coffin for Paramount's floundering flagship franchise? [5/11/2009]
Top 20 Star Trek Episodes (10-1) - tUG
While waiting for the new Star Trek reboot, the Geek lists the 20 best Star Trek episodes, from the original series all the way through Star Trek: Enterprise. [5/4/2009]
Top 20 Star Trek Episodes (20-11) - tUG
While waiting for the new Star Trek reboot, the Geek lists the 20 best Star Trek episodes, from the original series all the way through Star Trek: Enterprise. [4/27/2009]
Top 5 Best & Worst Star Trek Movies - tUG
While waiting for the new Star Trek reboot, the Geek decides to put all the previous Star Trek movies in order. [4/20/2009]
Top 10 Star Trek Villains - tUG
While waiting for the new Star Trek reboot, the Geek lists the best and most memorable villains in the Star Trek universe. [4/13/2009]
Michael Dowling's IQ is Irrelevant - ReThink
Michael Dowling is a celebrity because of his 170 IQ, but is IQ really worth anything? [3/30/2009]
Digital Transitions, Digital Transmissions, and SETI - ReThink
Does the mandatory digital transition spell doom for the assumptions that built the Search for Extraterrestrial Life? [3/23/2009]
Album Review: Enigma: Seven Lives Many Faces - tUG
Michael Cretu proves with his seventh Enigma album that his work is still relevant and important, even if they don't play his stuff on the radio anymore. [3/17/2009]
Unnecessary Complications: The Pros and Cons of Daylight Saving Time - ReThink
The Geek gets into the reasoning behind daylight saving time and wonders if it's necessary in the modern world, given the side effects it creates. [3/9/2009]
Book Review: Mass Effect: Ascension - Solo Gamer Reviews
The Solo Gamer reviews the second Mass Effect novel by Drew Karpyshyn. [3/3/2009]
Black Heritage 2009 - tUG
Even though America has elected a president with black skin, we still have a long way to go to eradicate the racial divide in this country. [2/23/2009]
Movie Review: Resident Evil: Degeneration - Solo Gamer Reviews
The Solo Gamer reviews the animated movie Resident Evil: Degeneration. [2/16/2009]
2008 Fall/Winter Movies - tUG
The Geek reviews eleven movies released in the last stretch of 2008. [2/9/2009]
The Pitfalls of DLC - Solo Gamer Reviews
Most games released today are accompanied by downloadable content. This isn't necessarily a good thing. [2/2/2009]
Top 10 All-American Film Icons - tUG
These celluloid heroes define what it means to be an American icon. [1/26/2009]
The Problem with Balance - tUG
Even if there are two sides to every story, that does not mean that all perspectives deserve equal attention. [1/19/2009]
Top 5 Heroes & Idiots of 2008 - tUG
There were many idiots and heroes in 2008. These are the ones that got the Geek's attention. [1/12/2009]
8 Things I Learned in 2008 - tUG
On top of having a baby, seeing the greatest comic book movie of all time, and dealing with a bitter election, 2008 had plenty of lessons to teach the Geek. [1/5/2009]
Top 10 Video Games of 2008 - Solo Gamer Reviews
Which games impressed the Solo Gamer in 2008? [12/22/2008]
TV Review: Heroes, Volume 3 - tUG
Though the show has fallen in ratings and popularity, the Unapologetic Geek still finds things worth loving about NBC's Heroes. [12/15/2008]
Top 10 Worst Trends in Television and Movies - tUG
Procedurals, spoilers, remakes, reboots, and bad time travel: which of these is the worst trend in entertainment today? [12/8/2008]
Internet Karma, Hacktivism, and the New Paradigm - tUG
The Internet is a harsh mistress for some and a kind distributer of fame for others. What will happen when it starts spreading its influence on a grander scale? [12/1/2008]
Top 10 Movie Twists - tUG
These are the greatest narrative changeovers in cinematic history. [11/17/2008]
Metropolis Reborn - tUG
With the rumblings of a big budget Hollywood remake of Fritz Lang's Metropolis, the questions are raised: who should direct, and who should star in it? [11/10/2008]
The Candidates 2008 and My Vote - ReThink
So which 2008 presidential candidate gets the Unapologetic Geek's vote? Time to decide. [11/3/2008]
The Politics of Hate - tUG
Political discourse is far too angry in the United States today. We can do better. [10/20/2008]
The Candidates 2008 and Foreign Policy - ReThink
Where do to 2008 presidential candidates stand on foreign policy issues? [10/13/2008]
Book Review: Mass Effect: Revelation - Solo Gamer Reviews
The Solo Gamer takes his first stab at a novel based on a video game with the prequel to Mass Effect, Mass Effect: Revelation. [10/6/2008]
Fan Hatred: When Geeks Get Too Critical - tUG
Why is it that geeks and fanboys become more virulent towards the thing they love than everybody else? [9/29/2008]
The Candidates 2008 and Energy - ReThink
Where do to 2008 presidential candidates stand on energy issues? [9/23/2008]
The LHC: God is Shrinking - ReThink
As the Large Hadron Collider increases our knowledge of the universe, is God getting smaller or are we just getting closer to him? [9/15/2008]
The Candidates 2008 and Civil Rights - ReThink
Where do to 2008 presidential candidates stand on civil rights issues? [9/2/2008]
Too Human - Solo Gamer Reviews
Is Too Human the game we've waited ten years for, or is it dead on arrival? Writer E. Magill weighs in. [8/25/2008]
Top 5 Best & Worst Movie Sequels - tUG
Contrary to popular belief, movie sequels are as old as movies themselves. Here are the best and worst of all time, according to the Geek. [8/18/2008]
The Candidates 2008 and the Economy - ReThink
Where do to 2008 presidential candidates stand on economic issues? [8/11/2008]
2008 Summer Movies - tUG
The Geek reviews Iron Man, Prince Caspian, The Incredible Hulk, Wall-E, Wanted, Hancock, Hellboy II, The Dark Knight, and The X-Files: I Want to Believe. [8/4/2008]
The Problem with Modern Games: Comparing Mass Effect to Starflight - Solo Gamer Reviews
What if you could play a video game that combines the best of the old and the best of the new? [7/28/2008]
The Candidates 2008 and Domestic Issues - ReThink
Where do to 2008 presidential candidates stand on domestic issues? [7/21/2008]
Movie Review: Vantage Point - tUG
Vantage Point is a movie about a presidential assassination attempt from multiple points of view. Is it a gimmicky failure or a fun ride? [7/14/2008]
The Candidates 2008 and Science - ReThink
Where do to 2008 presidential candidates stand on scientific issues? [6/30/2008]
Vaccines and Autism - ReThink
Is there a connection between vaccines and autism? [6/16/2008]
The Future of Zelda - Solo Gamer Reviews
The Solo Gamer overviews of the challenges facing the future of Nintendo's Zelda franchise. [6/9/2008]
TV Review: Lost, Season 4 - tUG
Flashforwards, constants, a cabin, a freighter, and the Oceanic Six: Season 4 of ABC's hit show Lost had plenty to chew on. [6/2/2008]
Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: My Life as a King - Solo Gamer Reviews
This early review tackles one of the first games to be released on Nintendo's WiiWare. [5/26/2008]
Movie Review: Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull - tUG
Does Indiana Jones belong in a museum, or does the new movie prove that he can live on in the 21st Century? [5/22/2008]
On Gay (and Lesbian) Marriage - tUG
In light of a recent California State Senate decision, the Unapologetic Geek weighs in on whether homosexuals should be allowed to marry. [5/19/2008]
Movie Review: Mr. Brooks - tUG
Kevin Costner as a serial killer? I just had to check this one out. [5/12/2008]
Pregnancy and Publication - tUG
There are surprising similarities--and important differences--between trying to get your work published and having a child. [5/5/2008]
On Gun Control - tUG
Guns, gun control, and the Second Amendment continue to be controversial issues in America today. The Unapologetic Geek shares his views. [4/28/2008]
Book Review: Ender's Game - tUG
Thanks to his new iPhone and Audible, the Unapologetic Geek has gotten a chance to listen to a sci-fi classic: Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card. [4/7/2008]
Don't Kill Me for Being Right - tUG
Does freedom require social responsibility, or does free speech entail tolerating the worst that people have to say? [3/31/2008]
Resident Evil: The Umbrella Chronicles - Solo Gamer Reviews
This on-rails shooter for the Wii is surprisingly well-made and exciting. Fans of the franchise shouldn't ignore it just because it's a Wii game. [3/26/2008]
Beyond the Limits of the Possible: A Farewell to Arthur C. Clarke - tUG
The death of Sir Arthur C. Clarke is a deep loss, but it should remind us of all the great things a science-fiction writer can accomplish. [3/24/2008]
Welcome to the Nanny State, Ladies and Gentlemen - tUG
Proposals to ban body sprays and perfume are the predictable results of existing legislation to control our vices, and it should worry every fan of freedom. [3/17/2008]
Wake Up, It's the Future! - ReThink
There are plans in place for the future of space exploration that will blow your mind. [3/10/2008]
Lost: Via Domus - Solo Gamer Reviews
Should fans of ABC's Lost spend their money on this licensed video game or let it pass them by? [3/1/2008]
Book Review: What is the What - tUG
Dave Eggers' latest book chronicles the true story of Valentino Achak Deng, a Sudanese Lost Boy who went through the unimaginable to make it to America. [2/25/2008]
Black Heritage 2008 - tUG
Does Black History Month celebrate diversity and equality, or does segregating history increase divisiveness? [2/12/2008]
Zack & Wiki: The Quest for Barbaros' Treasure - Solo Gamer Reviews
E. Magill, in his first video game review, takes a look at the Nintendo Wii's Zack & Wiki: The Quest for Barbaros' Treasure. [1/28/2008]
Movie Review: Cloverfield - tUG
Is J.J. Abrams' highly anticipated monster movie worth the price of admission, or is it just a rehash of Godzilla and The Blair Witch Project? [1/28/2008]
Eulogy for Penny Lane - tUG
Losing a pet is never easy, and the Geek won't apologize for getting a little emotional. [1/21/2008]
7 Things I Learned in 2007 - tUG
In his first blog ever, the Geek discusses the eventful year of 2007. [1/14/2008]


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