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The Ten Percent: ‘American Gods’

“Ninety percent of everything is crud.” – Theodore Sturgeon

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Greetings and welcome to another installment of The Ten Percent! Every two weeks (well, roughly), Ensley F. Guffey and I use this space to take a look at the inverse of Sturgeon’s Law; in other words, the small portion of everything which is not crud. Viewed as a whole, Sturgeon was, sadly, right – the vast majority of movies, television, writing, art, and so on really is crud – but there has always been that slim slice of sublime. The Ten Percent isn’t limited by genre – I think our previous columns have proven that point – and that’s because these rare gems are high quality productions which demand more of their viewer than simple passive reception.

I have, on occasion, discussed an entry that makes the cut on The Ten Percent in more than one category, such as a book and the movie made from the book. It’s hard enough to create ONE fantastic thing; to create a Ten-Percent-worthy work in more than a single medium is truly catching lightning in a bottle.

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Jim Knipp Reviews Game of Thrones S06 E07: The Broken Man

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In this week’s episode of “Game of Thrones” an old frenemy returns, the Jaime-Bronn bromance is back, and a lot of characters act against their own self-interest as a second straight placeholder episode jumps between plotlines like a Braavosi Water Fighter on speed. Let’s talk about what it means and all the reasons I’m pissed after the break. (Of course there are spoilers, silly)

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American Horror Story: Asylum Recap Season 2, Episode 8 – Unholy Night

He's here to open his present...

He’s here to open his present…

In “Unholy Night,” the eighth episode of American Horror Story-Asylum, things are looking pretty grim for our friends in Briarcliff. Sister Mary Eunice unleashes a killer Santa during the institute’s Christmas celebration. Sister Jude returns in hopes of confronting the possessed nun. Meanwhile Dr. Arden has an extraterrestrial encounter while disposing of Grace’s body.

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