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Ten years of movie reviews.  How do you pick the best?  Our theory from the very first day of publishing borg has been reviewing only those things we like, things we think are fun, imaginative, or just plain cool—because if we think they’re cool, maybe you will, too.  What makes a great movie?  #1 for us is great writing—great storytelling.  #2 is re-watchability.  Lots of movies are good, but if every time you watch it you enjoy it all over again and maybe find something you didn’t see before, then you likely got far more value from the movie than the price of a movie ticket.  #3 is innovation—there’s nothing to top off a good story like new technology surprising us.  Finally, the experience must be fun—why else would you devote two hours or more of your valuable time?

So in Casey Kasem style, here are the Top 40 movies we recommend, spanning 2011 to 2021.  These are our favorites.  How should you use lists like this?  If you like what we talk about at borg, you’re probably going to like these movies.  If you’ve missed any, odds are you have some new movies to take a look at.  Let’s start at #40 and move our way to #1.  As with everything borg, we’re stressing genre movies, so don’t expect to see strict dramas or a lot of Best Picture Oscar winners here.  Title links are to our original borg review.

Let’s get started!

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End of an era

We’re flying our borg.com flag at half mast today for our support team member Jasmine, who passed away last evening,  who celebrated her 16th birthday two months ago, and was the last of nine sibling hound kids we’ve raised.  We’d rescued her mama from the middle of the interstate 16 years and 3 months ago on my birthday, and were immersed in a big family ever since.  (Fred Flintstone had nothing on my greeting when I arrived home each day).  If you ever are lucky enough to live among a family of dogs, you’ll know how each has as defined and as individual a personality as any two-legged family member, and Jasmine was the self-designated communicator of the group.  Something’s happening?  Jasmine reported on it.  She was also a night owl like me, and was often my reason for being up and around, writing or not, into the wee hours of the morning.  Sometimes that’s just when she thought play time should be.  And that was just fine.

She was a sweetheart to everyone she met, loved crowds of people as much as crowds of dogs, and was fascinated with other animals, dog variety or not.  One of the best experiences I personally have ever witnessed was when I took her out after midnight in the backyard one night as she calmly and cordially encountered an opossum, nose to nose, approaching each other from opposite parts of the yard.  Each were taken aback only briefly, as if to say, “oh, excuse me, good evening to ya” and then they both continued along as if they met someone on the street, as friendly as can be.

Jasmine was also a snow bird, but she didn’t like snow fences, and whether she could make it or not, you couldn’t hold her back from hurdling one if she saw something on the other side.  We always knew Jasmine was a coonhound, but her border collie genetics were always out front, too–she was always ready for the next activity and always sporting her smile.  And, of course, she was a big cosplayer, spending Renaissance Faire weekends for the better part of the past decade in fairy, or Viking, or other garb.

At a week shy of 114 dog years, the girl who thought her name was “Hi, Sweetheart!” passed away simply from old age.  She wore out (and didn’t rust out) every system one by one (the way all of us should if we’re lucky), but was riding her bike just the day before she passed and was out looking at the garden flowers only five minutes before she left us.  We were lucky to be able to help our old girl squeeze the pulp out of every day.  We’ll miss her.

As always, thanks for reading, and for your support.

C.J. Bunce
Editor
borg.com

Six years have gone by already?  How did that happen?

It seems like it was only yesterday I was writing our five-year celebratory email.  I won’t go through highlights of all the fun we’ve had again right now, but check out my rundown here from last year to revisit some of our past highlights.

So what shall we do this coming year?  We’re planning to continue the daily coverage of what seems to be the most interesting content around, entertainment, sci-fi, fantasy, action, thrillers, at the movies, on TV, in print, or in whatever form it’s in.  Thanks to you for reading.  It’s a lot of fun (and hard work) keeping up on all the great genre entertainment out there.  I also want to thank all the comic book publishers out there that provide us with previews and review copies, as well as book publishers and TV and movie studios and collectible companies that allow us to give you the first look at what’s coming next.

Thanks to my family, my friends, especially my partner in crime Elizabeth C. Bunce, Art Schmidt and Jason McClain, my support team, and William Binderup at Elite Comics and the Elite Flight Crew.

Onward and upward!

C.J. Bunce
Editor
borg.com

We just want to take a break today to shout out a Happy 16th Birthday to our amazing support crew of rov(er)ing reporters, our four-legged support team of Jade and Jasmine.

You’ve probably seen them pop up from time to time–Jasmine cosplaying as Supergirl or Jade at RenFest as a Viking–or everything in between.  But if you haven’t, know they have been nearby tail-wagging away as we feverishly scan the entertainment sphere coming up with your next daily entertainment fix.

We couldn’t be prouder of our furry crew with 224 dog years between them.

As always, thanks for your support, and thanks for reading!

C.J. Bunce
Editor
borg.com