Tag Archives: Troy Phillips

Poor Scholars Short Film Suite

TerryTateBY TROY PHILLIPS

Short films are a valuable part of film culture but are often overlooked in favor of their longer, larger budget counterparts. Alas, Poor Scholars’ Troy Phillips is here to give you a few works of amateur film that are certifiably worth their compact running time.

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Spoken from experience: Truths and misnomers from ‘Malcolm in the Middle’

malcolmBY TROY PHILLIPS

There are always those conditions of life that are determined without the luxury of personal preference; appearance, intelligence and wealth to name a few examples. Admittedly, most of these allotted realities become manageable as the years progress. You can hit the gym and keep up on clothing trends to mask a sub par appearance, take extra time to observe the world and increase your wealth of knowledge or work hard to increase your bank roll once the opportunity arises.

And then there are the attributes that are both unavoidable and impossible to alter, two ingredients for a cocktail that can turn very sour in a hurry.

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An overview of OverDog: Video games with athletes

overdogBY TROY PHILLIPS

For those that have been wondering, I would agree that we at Poor Scholars have been missing out on a large component of pop culture by not including video games in any of our articles. I’m not here to promise that there are any large scale changes coming to appease the gaming community, but I think that ex-Bear Hunter Hillenmeyer’s new idea should be a great way to make up for some of that lost time.

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In defense of ‘Dark Skies’

dark-skiesBY TROY PHILLIPS

As I walked out of the theater at the end of Dark Skies this past weekend, I couldn’t wait to rehash the best sequences with my favorite group of horror loving friends. There would be plenty of thought-provoking, exhilarating scenes to be placed upon the discussion block, and I couldn’t wait to get the ball rolling.

As we made our way through the reflective sanctuary that is a movie theater during the late night hours, I turned to the group and immediately declared my enjoyment for Dark Skies. After all, there is always a subtle pride in being the first to voice a widely accepted opinion. My initial declaration of opinion, followed by the brief response of one of my friends, strikes as bold in my memory of the movie as any work of cinematic genius or edgy suspense witnessed on-screen.

Me: “I loved that movie.”

Friend: “You did?”

What?

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Urban Dictionary Words of the Week

urbandictionaryBY TROY PHILLIPS

When not doing his YouTuber of the Week segment, Poor Scholars’ Troy Phillips sorts through the creative, the weird and the disturbing to find his favorite words of the week from Urban Dictionary.  After making repeated use of the “random” button to sort through potential candidates, here are Troy’s discoveries for this week.

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Tag, you’re still it 40 years later

tagbannerBY TROY PHILLIPS

It was one of the fluffier stories featured on an episode of SportsCenter, there’s no denying that. If you happened to tune in to ESPN on Sunday in search of a sports fix like I was, you probably saw the five-minute segment about a group of friends that play a month-long game of tag every year. The peculiar part of the story — which must have also must have been classified as the intrigue for SportsCenter producers — is that these ten men have been playing for the last 23 years and have no intentions of calling off their annual return to adolescence.

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Name says it all for ‘Kick Ass’ sequel

kickass2BY TROY PHILLIPS

So, apparently there was enough budget and demand to create a second installation in what is now the Kick Ass series. Despite being amused by the first movie, I didn’t think it had nearly enough punch for a second edition, yet here we sit with the release of the second movie looming less than four months away.

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Urban Dictionary Words of the Week

urbandictionaryBY TROY PHILLIPS

Somehow, having hundreds of thousands of words at our disposal isn’t enough for us English speakers.

New words are invented almost daily, with varying levels of success. Some words that start as informal works of imagination start to catch onto other people’s tongues and can even be inaugurated into the English Dictionary if they gather enough buzz. The spoken word has always been one of the most powerful devices known to man, broadcasting information across thousands of miles to millions of recipients without advertisement or incentive.

The transmission of words remains largely random in today’s world, but there are some ways to get new phrases kick started thanks to sites like Urban Dictionary. I’m going to cruise the many pages of obscure, disturbing and hilarious phrases to find a quality group of words that are trending each week.  Hopefully, we might just be able to catch a word or two on its’ way to usage stardom.

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Impressions of the NFL Draft Combine

BY TROY PHILLIPS

The NFL Draft Scouting Combine is currently going on in Indianapolis and prospects from across the country are working out for NFL teams. Poor Scholars asked Troy Phillips, noted NFL draft enthusiast, to watch the combine and take notes on the action. He glady accepted and broke down a few positions of players to watch.

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Seth MacFarlane: Right choice for the Oscars

sethmacfarlaneBY TROY PHILLIPS

Admittedly, I wasn’t aware that Seth MacFarlane was going to host this Sunday’s Oscars until recently. Thursday morning, to be exact, when Scott asked me if I, the avid fan of Family Guy, had any thoughts on MacFarlane being the emcee for the most prestigious event in cinema.

So no, I don’t follow award shows very closely, but yes, I am very familiar with MacFarlane’s work and the standards that are expected at a formal, star-laden event such as the Oscars.

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