Best Games of 2015

The nature of the game industry is changing. As a product, video games stabilized in the post crash 90’s behind four or five major console makers with standardized products. I bet you can’t remember a PacMan 2. In contrast, what about Megaman 1 through 10? Sequels are a sign of an industry figuring out what…

Best Movies of 2013

Just in time for none of my favorite movies to win any Oscars (sans Gravity which should do quite well), I present the best film of 2013. This year was a little more muted than last year, passing up bombastic plots for intense character study, marking the return of palpable blockbusters, and indie cinema rose…

Best Games of 2013

Games came a long way this year. As the end of a console generation approaches, established studios are crackling on all cylinders. The narrative tricks of film are being alloyed into increasingly varied and impressive set pieces. This year though, games began to move past the taut thrillers they had been perfecting and offered something…

Best TV of 2013

TV has grown up a lot in the last few years. After a few decades as movie’s developmentally challenged cousin, most TV has developed continuous plotting and great editing. Everything looks stunning now too. The only problem is it’s hard to find time to watch it all. Additionally TV remains the most subdivided of all…

Best of 2013 – Music

Best of 2013! Happy New Year Dearest Reader, To celebrate our miraculous survival for another year, I have several favorites to share with you. The Opinion Tree bows heavy with fruit, come sit with me and enjoy the harvest. We’ll be going through the best of Music, TV, Games, and Movies, so come back often.…