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  • Classic Music Spotlight
    This week, the spotlight shines on the 1943-1944 classic Al Dexter hit, “Pistol Packin’ Mama.” Smith’s Sentiment: Al Dexter wrote and performed this song that topped the charts during 1944, although it’s the cover by Bing Crosby and The Andrews Sisters that is more well known today. The latter version appears in the hit game, Fallout 4. So thank you Bethesda for exposing a lot of younger folks to a timeless classic. Lyrics: Drinkin’ beer in a cabaret And I [...]
  • Classic Wrestling Match of the Week
    This week, the Classic Wrestling Match of the Week takes us back to April 27, 1987 and one of the great infamous wrestling angles and moments. The AWA Southern Heavyweight Championship was on the line in Memphis, TN, but that wasn’t the only thing up for grabs in this Steel Cage match. It’s Jerry Lawler defending his title against his former friend and partner Austin Idol, and it’s also a hair vs hair match. Smith’s Sentiment: This, ladies and gentlemen, is [...]
  • TCM Movie of the Week
    Airing on TCM: Saturday, January 30th @ 7:00 pm CT. Director: Fred Zinnemann Writer: Robert Anderson (screenplay), Kathyrn Hulme (book) Starring: Audrey Hepburn, Peter Finch, Edith Evans, Peggy Ashcroft Studio: Warner Bros. Release Date: July 18, 1959 Runtime: 149 minutes Trailer: Smith’s Sentiment: If you read my latest feature, The Top 5 Audrey Hepburn Films, you’d know that I enjoyed The Nun’s Story enough to put it at number five on the list. It’s a wonderful drama [...]
  • WWE Network Pick of the Week
    This week’s WWE Network Pick of the Week is an easy one: the 2016 Royal Rumble. The Royal Rumble airs LIVE tonight on WWE Network, but of course if you can’t watch it live it’ll be available for on-demand viewing immediately following the live broadcast. The main event is of course the HUGE Royal Rumble match, which will see Roman Reigns defend his WWE Championship against 29 other WWE Superstars. This is the first time since 1992 that the WWE Championship has been on the line [...]
  • Blu-ray Releases
    Here’s the rundown of new Blu-ray’s releasing this week: January 26th: – CHI-RAQ – The Wrong Man – The Assassin – Burnt – Comin’ at Ya! – The Serpent and the Rainbow for Collector’s Edition – Doctor Who: Series Nine, Part Two – Masterpiece: Downtown Abbey Season 6 – The New Girlfriend – Jack’s Back (Combo Pack) – Da Vinci’s Demons: The Complete Third Season – Goosebumps 3D (Combe Pack) January [...]
  • New Game Releases
    Here’s the rundown of new games releasing this week. January 25th: – World’s Dawn (PC) January 26th: – LEGO Marvel’s Avengers (PC, PS4, XONE, WiiU, PS3, X360, 3DS, PSV) – The Witness (PC, PS4) – This War of Mine: The Little Ones (PS4, XONE) – Sid Meier’s Civilization Revolution 2 Plus (PSV) – Final Fantasy Explorers (3DS) January 27th: – Slain! (PC) – ROBLOX (Xone) January 28th: – Rise of the Tomb Raider (PC) – The [...]
  • In Theaters This Week
    Looking to hit the theater this week but don’t know what to see? We’ve got you covered. Here’s a look at the new releases hitting the big screen this week. January 29th: The Finest Hours – A heroic action-thriller, “The Finest Hours” is the remarkable true story of the greatest small boat rescue in Coast Guard history.Presented in Digital 3D™ and IMAX® 3D, the film will transport audiences to the heart of the action, creating a fully-immersive cinematic experience on an epic [...]
  • WWE RAW Preview banner
    Tonight on RAW, Brock Lesnar joins Chris Jericho on the Highlight Reel just six days before the Royal Rumble. Here’s what WWE.com is advertising for tonight’s RAW: Will chaos erupt on “The Highlight Reel”? – Lesnar will appear on Chris Jericho’s “The Highlight Reel” alongside Paul Heyman. What questions will Y2J have for The Beast and his calculating advocate? No matter what happens, The Big Dog will be watching. Believe that. Social distortion – Now that The [...]
  • diablo-glog
    For Christmas I got a copy of Diablo III: Reaper of Souls for PS4. It was one of several games acquired, so it was pushed aside for a little bit mainly while I played through Assassin’s Creed Syndicate. Prior to starting it up, I wasn’t sure I was going to like it. I had heard good things, mainly from our own Monkey, and so I knew I wanted to try it. This is my first Diablo experience, I didn’t play any of the previous games in the series. I’ve been playing it for a week [...]
  • Weekend Box Office Report
    For the fourth straight week, Star Wars: The Force Awakens reigns on top of the weekend box office bringing in an estimated $41.6 million bringing its domestic total to  $812,011,043 ($1,733,411,043 world wide total). However the big one this week was Leonardo DiCaprio’s The Revenant, which expanded to over 3,300 theaters and surged all the way to second (23 last week) with an estimated total of $38 million. Daddy’s Home continues to fare well, slipping to third place ($15 [...]
  • WWE News Banner
    John Cena revealed on Twitter today that he’s heading to Birhimgham, Alabama tomorrow to undergo surgery on his shoulder: Rather upside down start to 2016 as tomorrow I will head to Birmingham for shoulder surgery. Life's full of set backs but #nevergiveup — John Cena (@JohnCena) January 7, 2016 WWE.com put up a brief breaking news blurb about it as well, which you can read here. Smith’s Sentiment: Well that sucks for Cena. Here’s wishing him a speedy recovery. [...]
  • Classic Music Spotlight
    It’s Classics Appreciation Wednesday here on Vortex Effect, and this week we’re debuting the newest classics feature to the lineup: Classic Music Spotlight. That’s not to be confused with “classical music,” although it is very likely some Mozart could end up being spotlighted at some point. Instead, this is usually going to spotlight music from the 1920s-1950s, back when it was actually decent and worth listening to (unlike the popular crap put out today). This [...]
  • Classic Wrestling Match of the Week
    This week’s Classic Wrestling Match of the Week comes to us from Comisky Park in Chicago, IL. The date, June 30, 1961. It’s Pat O’Conner defending the NWA World Heavyweight Championship against the original Nature Boy, Buddy Rogers in a two-out-of-three falls match. Smith’s Sentiment: It goes without saying, but this was a HUGE match when it happened, and it took place in front of over 38,000 fans. Both Buddy Rogers and Pat O’Conner are absolute legends in the [...]
  • Just Cause 3

    Review: Just Cause 3

    January 6, 2016

    It's all about getting lost and getting crazy in an open world sandbox and being encouraged and rewarded to do it as insanely as you possibly can. How can you not like that? [...]
  • TCM Movie of the Week
    This film noir is based on the true story of mob murder of Albert Patterson, Alabama Attorney General who had run on a platform of cleaning up the organized crime ridden sin city of Phenix City. [...]
  • Destiny Weekly
    The first weekly reset of 2016 has arrived. Here’s your activities in Destiny for the week of January 5th through January 11th, and certain parts of this post will update daily (such as the Daily Heroic portion and the Daily Crucible portion): Nightfall: Dust Palace Meridian Bay, Mars A new Cabal force has unleashed powerful Psion Flayers to seize control of the old Martian Warmind. Face this new threat and secure what remains of the ancient network. Modifiers Epic – Heavily [...]
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