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About "The Current Big Thing" Bryan Micklus (23 Articles)
I'm an award-winning writer and editor here at The Vortex Effect. In addition to my "Current Big Column", I also write the occasional film, television, or music review.

In My Ears: Platinum, by Miranda Lambert

June 20, 2014 // 0 Comments

Full disclosure: I’m a Miranda Lambert Fan. I have all her albums. Even that little four-song EP (The Dead Flowers EP) she put out between Crazy Ex-Girlfriend and Revolution. That said, over the last week or so, I’ve given her new record, Platinum, a few spins, and it’s in my ears again right now. The first couple of songs are good. The title track plays second, and it’s a fun little tune. And I really like the third cut, Little Red Wagon. I was all ready to tell you the album doesn’t really take off until that song plays. And then Smokin’ and Drinkin’, the album’s fourth cut, [...]

Comedian John Pinette Passes Away at 50

April 8, 2014 // 3 Comments

One of comedy’s brightest lights went out last Saturday night in Pittsburgh. John Pinette was found dead in his hotel room the morning after a show of a pulmonary embolism, or a blood clot that made its way to his lungs and them became lodged in his pulmonary artery (the vessel carrying oxygenated blood back into the heart for [...]

Review: Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee

January 15, 2014 // 2 Comments

Host: Jerry Seinfeld Format:  Talk/Interview Website: (also available on Runtime: 11-18 minutes per episode Official Score: 4 Stars I think Jerry Seinfeld’s “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee” might be my favorite web series ever. I haven’t seen that many web series, and I think people who don’t really -love- comedy might be a little bit bored (after all, the show is exactly what the title says it is– a couple of comics on a car ride and then getting a cup of coffee together) by it, but I absolutely [...]

EA To Pay Student Athletes

September 28, 2013 // 1 Comment

The following press release was received only hours ago by staff:    Hausfeld LLP Announces EA to Pay Current and Former Student-Athletes WASHINGTON, Sept. 28, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Hausfeld LLP announces that videogame manufacturer Electronic Arts, Inc. (“EA”) has agreed to pay tens of millions of dollars to current and former student-athletes, resolving its liability in a lawsuit brought by former UCLA basketball star Ed [...]

Sir Ken Adam: The Man Who Designed James Bond

November 19, 2012 // 0 Comments

Editor’s Note:  The following article was sent to us by the Media Director of and is reprinted with permission. Check them out HERE. By: Steve Karras/Web2Carz As a production designer, Sir Ken Adam consistently pushed his imagination to the limits, creating movie sets, each different, as thrilling to look at as the action unfolding up on the screen.  His work on seven James Bond films—including the first of the series, Dr. No—set the tone for what became the Bond franchise. His vision behind the war-room in Dr. Strangelove, the interior of Fort Knox in Goldfinger, the [...]

Review: Extraordinary Rendition

November 10, 2012 // 0 Comments

Writer’s note: We rate video games movies and albums on a 10-point scale these days. I’ll follow suit here too, with the following provision: every book I review will receive a minimum rating of 2.0—one point for having written a book, which I haven’t, and one point for having gotten that book published, which I also haven’t. After those concessions, the rest is up to the author and the editor.     ‘Extraordinary Rendition’. I had to look that one up. It’s a good thing I did, because if I hadn’t, I’d have probably told you that [...]

Football Fury Week 2: Halftime Update (Late Games)

September 16, 2012 // 0 Comments

Wow. The Cards went into New England and came out winners. I did not see that coming. At the end of the day, though, Calais Campbell, Darnell Dockett, Patty Pete, and company kept Tom Brady off balance just about all game long, and when Tommy Terrific finally found Rob Gronkowski in the end zone, it proved to be too little, too late. Whatever thunder Andrew Luck garnered earlier this afternoon is in danger of being stolen by Robert Griffin III. Again. Griffin is off to a great start in St. Louis, albeit having thrown his first career interception. After a hot start that saw the ‘Skins [...]

Football Fury Week 2: Halftime Update (Early Games)

September 16, 2012 // 0 Comments

  So far, I’d say the first half of today’s festivities belongs to two young men: Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck, whose gone 11/17 for 146 yards and 2 touchdowns so far, and Buffalo Bills running back C.J. Spiller, who’s rushed for 92 yards and a pair of touchdowns on just 11 carries. It looks like the beginning of a breakout year for Spiller, and the end of anyone anywhere caring at all about Fred Jackson. As for Luck, I struggle to comprehend how good he’ll become. Especially when he gets some sort of an offensive line in front of him. In Charlotte, [...]

Football Fury Week 2: First Quarter Update (Early Games)

September 16, 2012 // 0 Comments

  Rookie Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck has just thrown his first career touchdown in Lucas Oil Stadium. What a career he’s going to have. Elsewhere, the Eagles and Ravens are all knotted up an 7, the Saints are not unpredictably leading the Carolina Panthers, and the Arizona Cardinals are out to a fairly surprising 6-0 lead over the once-nearly-perfect New England Patriots. Enjoy it while it lasts, Cards [...]

Football Fury Week 2: It’s (A)Live!

September 16, 2012 // 0 Comments

Happy Sunday, Internet. Week 2 is underway, and I’ll be bringing you my thoughts on all the action of the day, as it unfolds. For starters, the Eagles are off to a great start. Even though Michael Vick threw a red zone interception, the Philly D got him the football right back. Even if it’s not always sunny in Philadelphia, it certainly seems to be [...]

Football Fury Week 1: Back Again Like A Kardashian

September 14, 2012 // 2 Comments

  Well, Internet, pro football is finally back, and I couldn’t be much happier. Last year, I did a full-on season preview in which I not-so-famously-but-nonetheless-correctly predicted Peyton Manning’s fate. The part about his going on IR., I mean Not the part about his being cast out of Indianapolis and going to Denver. I did not see that one coming. Starting next week, this section will be comprised of brief game-by-game analyses and predictions, but this week I’m already a week and a half behind, so everything’s getting kind of mashed together in the name of [...]

E3 2012: Ubisoft Media Briefing Impressions: This is Your Brain on Drugs

June 5, 2012 // 1 Comment

So the first (and thus far, the only) bit of E3 that I’ve actually gotten to take in has been Ubisoft‘s press conference, which I watched right here on The Vortex Effect. I’m going to begin with that. Internet, Ubisoft had me at “hello”. Because, you know, it was comedienne Aisha Tyler doing the talking. I love that girl to death. The first thing revealed was some game called Just Dance 4. I’m not aware of the evidently preceding three games, nor was I thrilled to be subjected to that Florida guy’s WrestleMania song again. It was stated that this [...]
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