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About "The Current Big Thing" Bryan Micklus (10 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 [...]

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 [...]

The Current Big Column: Characters Welcome

February 4, 2012 // 0 Comments

Yeah, Internet. That’s right. Welcome back.     So a little while ago a facebook friend “shared” an article with me that had been published by Forbes magazine. It seems like it merits mentioning that this particular friend is black. That’s right, Internet. I know a black guy who reads Forbes. A couple, actually. What? Anyway, the article “predicted” the allegedly impending doom of a mutual former employer. Best Buy, if you must know. Nosy. That’s not the good part, though. I mean, ballsy article and all, but the real treasure was found thanks to the author [...]

TVE’s 2011 NFL Forecast, Part 4: AFC & NFC West Divisions

September 9, 2011 // 3 Comments

Over the course of this week, we’ve been taking brief looks at what this NFL season may well hold for each club, and now it’s time to bring it home. Cover your wagons as we make like the Donner party and head West for this final chapter. Prediction:  2-14; 4th in AFC West I think Broncos fans will have to endure at least one more year of disappointment as the organization continues its recovery from the nuclear disaster that was Josh McDaniels’ tenure as head coach/general manager. I get the feeling that quarterback Kyle Orton will continue to be a stable, if unspectacular, [...]

In My Ears: Hell: The Sequel, by Bad Meets Evil

June 6, 2011 // 1 Comment

1. Welcome 2 Hell 2. Fastlane 3. The Reunion 4. Above The Law 5. I’m On Everything (featuring Mike Epps) 6. A Kiss 7. Lighters (featuring Bruno Mars) 8. Take From Me 9. Loud Noises 10. Living Proof (Deluxe Edition Bonus Track) 11. Echo (Deluxe Edition Bonus [...]

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