Jess Kroll

Jess Kroll
Jess Kroll has spent years traveling the world, writing books, performing poetry, teaching, playing D&D, and occasionally discussing movies for Pop Mythology. His novels include 'Land of Smiles' from Monsoon Books and young adult series 'The One' and 'Werewolf Council' from Epic Press. He can put his foot behind his head.

11 Films to Start the New Year Right

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The New Year's Day Film tradition is about more than entertainment or opening the year with something enjoyable. It’s about establishing a state of mind, acknowledging that things aren’t perfect, never will be, but remaining focused on what’s most important.

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The Wolf of Wall Street | Review

'The Wolf of Wall Street' was never going to be as universally appreciated as much of its creators’ previous work, but that’s kind of the point. It is meant to be ridiculous, both through its characters’ actors and through the fact that they are allowed carry them out.

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American Hustle | Review

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Whether "American Hustle" is the sign of a brilliant work by a confident filmmaker or a haphazard jumble by an indulgent one is up for the viewer, but even with its numerous detours, it entertains through an outstanding cast, strong dialog and a very solid sense of place and style.

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The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug | Review

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"The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" is entertaining enough and an improvement over the previous film that fixes many problems from the original. Still, someone desperately needs to teach Jackson the importance of leaving some things off screen or unspoken.

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In Punk We Trust: Why CM Punk Is An Inspiration

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Even with every odd stacked against him, CM Punk has never given up nor let anyone else define him. He tells people he is the best and works everyday to prove it. And it is because of this that he succeeds. Of course, we can’t all be the Best in the World, but that shouldn’t stop us from trying.

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The Hunger Games: Catching Fire | Review

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"Catching Fire" lives up to its name, and although we don’t yet know if it’ll be the best of the Hunger Games movies, it does what every second chapter should: keep the story hot and spread its flames.

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8 Movies That Fans Have Taken Over Completely

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This is not simply a list of “cult” films or movies with obsessed fans. This list focuses on films in which the fans have taken over its legacy, usurping the producers’ control and proclaiming, “This belongs to us now.”

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Ender’s Game │ Review

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'Ender’s Game' is a generally agreeable sci-fi popcorn flick, though one more likely to be enjoyed by kids just discovering the franchise than those who grew up on the books.

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The Counselor │ Review

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'The Counselor' has its moments of detached poetics, its pulse-raising sequences and humorous or insightful moments, but they don’t come together in a satisfying way, which makes this venerable collaboration all the more disappointing.

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10 Popular Artists Who Are Considered Jerks

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The release of 'Ender’s Game' has placed author Orson Scott Card at the center of controversy, many choosing to boycott the film. But if a book, movie, song, painting, etc. is good, then it should not matter who made it. In this vein, I present ten artists who are widely considered to be unpleasant or reprehensible but whose works are critically praised.

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