There’s one real issue with Game of Thrones’s habit of making Episode 9 of each season a powerful, high-budget shocker – they have to follow it up. Season finales tend to lean more towards setup than on other prestige dramas, which works well with the overarching nature of the story. But “Mhysa” had a hard row to hoe, both following up the powerful “Rains of Castamere” and trying to put a season cap on a story that’s actually at its midpoint – about 60% of the way through A Storm of Swords, at a glance.
And it’s hard to rate it a full success. There were a couple big missed opportunities, an ending sequence that certainly didn’t live up to the last two years, and some scenes that really just seemed excessive use of screen time. Yet “Mhysa” also had a level of thematic cohesion that was missing from other episodes this year, and served as something of a come-down; an after-dinner scotch after we gorged ourselves on Holy-Shit-Quotient last week.
The new album from KHALEESI, with Dany on vocals, Daario & Jorah on guitar, Missandei on keyboards, Barristan on bass, and Grey Worm on drums.
I am so happy to live in a time now where super hero comic book movies are the big movie events every summer. I remember seeing the old Batman movies, then when X-men rolled out, and now this is a regular thing. These are epic stories with DECADES of history behind them. I love to watch other people’s interpretation of what I’ve also read, but sometimes I think writers and producers may have bitten off a little more than they could chew – which is my opinion of Superman: Man Of Steel. Continue reading
It’s all we book-readers have ever wanted, show-watchers.
Warning! Major spoilers for Season 3, Episode 9 of Game of Thrones follow, as well as videos with some truly inspired use of the English language.
As Reuben eloquently put it earlier this week, those of us who have read A Song of Ice and Fire have been prepared (as much as one can be for this sort of thing) for Game of Thrones to tackle the Red Wedding for a very, very long time. We’ve been girding ourselves to have our hearts ripped out all over again, stocking up on tissues and comfort food. But the other thing we’ve been excitedly readying ourselves for is the delicious, delicious schadenfreude of experiencing the reactions of those sweet, summer children who had no idea what was coming. Many of us have been gleefully waiting to see the outrage, the despair and the outbursts of WTF from our families, friends and total strangers.
This whole week I’ve been soothing my own depression and rage (which, by the way, feels so unfair – I HAD TO DEAL WITH THIS WHEN I READ A STORM OF SWORDS EIGHT YEARS AGO, WHY DOES IT STILL HURT) with the amazing reactions of the masses. Today I’m going to share some of my absolute favorite reactions to the Red Wedding, the reactions that made me sip my over-sized golden goblet and say ‘heh.’ Continue reading
In my anticipation of the screening i’m going to Monday night for Man of Steel, I picked up Superman: Unbound, the animated movie. While admittedly, I am much more of a Batman fan, Superman has his high points as well. Supergirl, Brainiac, Lois Lane and the general cast you would expect (minus Lex Luthor) round out the movie for a fun hour, with only a few questions left to ask aftewords. Continue reading
I read A Storm of Swords about nine years ago, in a public library, because I had to start reading immediately, to find out what happened next. So there I was when I reached That Scene – when the drums began to beat, and the dread began to mount. And who are you, the proud lord said, that I must bow so low? As you can imagine, maintaining library silence after that chapter was a bit of a struggle.
And because I am a big stinking nerd, and because so much of what I read & write was informed by ASOIAF, I have had that scene playing in my head for nine years. So approaching “The Rains of Castamere,” while there’s other scenes that happened, and some of them were very good – good enough that “Rains” is in the running for Game of Thrones’s strongest episode ever – there’s really only one thing to recap, review, analyze, explain, and relive.
After Earth is the new special effects laden futuristic action movie starring Will and Jaden Smith. Set 1000 years in the future after humanity has abandoned Earth for… reasons… and found a new home on Nova Prime, the story revolves around the fractured relationship between father and son. Unfortunately, the lackluster plot and unbelievable characters are glaring issues that put the whole film well beyond my ability to just accept it and enjoy it for what it is. Continue reading
I wasn’t thrilled with the new Star Trek. I’m not using that phrase as an intentional understatement implying that I didn’t like the movie. I did enjoy it. It just didn’t thrill me. Which, in an action movie such as Abrams reboot of Trek, is a seriously problem. Why didn’t it blow me away as it seems to have done many of the other critics? I’m not entirely sure, but I suspect that it has a lot to do with the fact that the movie was too busy. This is going to contain some massive spoilers, so be warned. Continue reading
On the surface, “Second Sons” wasn’t that much different from the last couple weeks of Game of Thrones: lots of set-up, checking around the world, and a loose thematic connection with one big Oh SHIT! moment holding it all up. But while it lacked the snappy dialogue of “The Bear & the Maiden Fair” or “The Climb’s stunning visuals, “Sons” was a much better paced, plotted episode than either of those, and a quiet contender for one of the season’s strongest yet.
The title of the episode is about as much “theme” as it needs – second sons, from Stannis to Sandor to Tyrion, unfavorites everywhere you look. But there’s another undercurrent running through the episodes, in moments of brutal and sometimes unasked-for honesty; characters getting or seizing the opportunity to finally say what’s on their mind, with mixed results. It’s part of the power of the episode, where even when there aren’t any more events actually happening than in the last few weeks, characters are making powerful and inescapable choices that very clearly set things in motion.
“Fuck you, OKCupid.”
I saw Iron Man 3 this weekend and it was pretty good. Probably the worst of the trilogy, but still a good movie. As a final capstone to the journey of Tony Stark from rich douchebag to rich douchebag dating Gwyneth Paltrow, it functioned admirably. Lots of stuff blowing up, some good character moments, pounding music, and actors that bravely left no bit of scenery unchewed. Let’s take it apart, shall we? Continue reading
We need to talk about Theon Greyjoy.
Well. That’s not entirely accurate. We don’t need to talk about Theon Greyjoy. I just feel compelled to bring him up, because there has been a lot of screen time spent on the misadventures of Balon Greyjoy’s baby boy and at this point, it’s not really taking us anywhere. One of the downsides of book-to-screen conversion is that unlike ink-and-paper creations, characters with actors attached to them can’t really be shuffled offscreen for years at a time. Sometimes that’s yielded dividends for Game of Thrones, as with Jaime Lannister’s invented Season 2 material and the unexpected prominence of the Tyrell family. And sometimes, well…
Sometimes you get six minutes of gratuitous NSFW. Have Tyrion & Bronn bantering instead.