Archive for April, 2014

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Episode: 35
Airdate: May 4, 2014
Directed by: Michelle MacLaren
Written by: George R.R. Martin (“A Song of Ice and Fire” by), David Benioff (creator), D.B. Weiss (creator), David Benioff (written for television by), D.B. Weiss (written for television by)

From every report I’ve seen, last week’s episode was largely a bridge between actually interesting events, and there were a couple of major changes from the source material yet again, although nothing quite on the same level as what happened two weeks ago (at least nothing from this week has caused the same kind of internet fracas). If the series is treading water, this is nothing new – the middle four or five episodes of Season 3 felt very much the same. For now, characters need to be positioned, armies need to be trained, and alliances need to be forged. What sorts of maneuvers can we expect to see in this week’s episode? Click through after the break for my breakdown of the Promo video and my thoughts on what this week shall bring.

<<Spoiler Alert: This preview of Game of Thrones S04E05 – “First of His Name” – will discuss major plot points and events suggested by previous events and the events shown in the Promo video; read further at your own risk!>>
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Four weeks into the “Uprising” arc, and the tension keeps getting ratcheted up. With the wolf rejoining the flock, how long will it be before things come to a head? Lest I give anything away, I’ll wait until after the break to begin discussing tonight’s episode: click through to read on.

<<Spoiler Alert: This review of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. S01E19 – “The Only Light in the Darkness” – will discuss major plot points and events in the episode, as well as spoilers that apply to events in the recently released movie, Captain America: The Winter Soldier; read at your own risk!>>
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Sad Tyrion is Sad

Episode: 34
Airdate: April 27, 2014
Directed by: Michelle MacLaren
Written by: George R.R. Martin (“A Song of Ice and Fire” by), David Benioff (creator), D.B. Weiss (creator), Bryan Cogman (written for television by)

I have saddened Tyrion. Just like last week, I am unable to do my review of this week’s Game of Thrones episode due to my family vacation in Hawaii where, due to my lack of research, I chose a hotel that does not have HBO available. I shall never forgive myself. I will, however, catch up with reviews of episodes 403 and 404 (or 33 and 34 by the Benioff and Weiss enumeration) once I have reviewed next week’s episode, “First of His Name.” In the meantime, please enjoy, in honor of my favorite character Tyrion, the Peter Dinklage version of the Game of Thrones theme song:

See you all again next week, and thank you for continuing to read the blog!

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Episode: 34
Airdate: April 27, 2014
Directed by: Michelle MacLaren
Written by: George R.R. Martin (“A Song of Ice and Fire” by), David Benioff (creator), D.B. Weiss (creator), Bryan Cogman (written for television by)

I’m not going to get into the controversial events of last week’s episode here (I cover my thoughts in an editorial posted yesterday), but will rather focus on what I expect to see in this week’s upcoming episode, the beginning of the middle stretch of the fourth season. The fallout of the recent assassination (no names before the break) still hasn’t died down, and it is bound to have an affect, near term or long, on everyone, regardless of whether they know about it yet or not. For my breakdown of the Promo video and suggestions on where things are heading, click through after the break.

<<Spoiler Alert: This preview of Game of Thrones S04E04 – “Oathkeeper” – will discuss major plot points and events suggested by previous events and the events shown in the Promo video; read further at your own risk!>>
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Trigger warning for sexual violence.

With the events of last week still causing fallout in the world of Game of Thrones fandom, what will this week’s episode do, if anything, to mollify the justly disturbed? (I won’t go into specifics prior to the break, as per my policy, in order to avoid spoilers.) Of course, with the nature of television broadcast and filming schedules, it is unlikely that any mitigation of the damage is going to come so soon. The question really becomes: will Benioff and Weiss double down on what happened, worsening an already bad situation due to narrative momentum? Click through after the break to see what I think about the key and controversial event of last week’s episode.

<<Spoiler Alert: This editorial regarding events in Game of Thrones S04E03 – “Breaker of Chains” – will discuss major plot points and events from that episode, and will discuss potentially triggering actions and scenes; read further at your own discretion.>>
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Episode: 33
Airdate: April 20, 2014
Directed by: Alex Graves
Written by: George R.R. Martin (“A Song of Ice and Fire” by), David Benioff (creator), D.B. Weiss (creator), David Benioff (written for television by), D.B. Weiss (written for television by)

My apologies. I’m in Hawaii on a family vacation, and had received special permission (and understanding) from my family, not only to watch Game of Thrones tonight, but to spend the necessary time to review it afterward. (This is no small thing – as those of you who have been following my reviews and recaps know, they run in the 4-5000 word range). However, my hotel does not carry HBO. This just blew my mind. Everywhere I’ve ever gone on vacation, ever since HBO was a thing, I’ve never seen a hotel that doesn’t carry it. I’ll know in future not to make such assumptions! They do, however, mix a mean Mai Tai downstairs.

I’ve tried to access HBO online through my Canadian cable subscription, but it won’t play here due to regional restrictions, and Hola Unblocker isn’t getting the job done. I will try some other options (and no, torrents are not an option here), so if I can, I will watch the episode and get my review up as soon as possible. If not, I will be forced to wait until I get back home in order to view the episode and write my review. I will be writing my sneak peek midweek – I know the books, and will read online synopses so I can make informed suggestions; the rest will have to wait until I get a chance to watch the episode myself.

For now, you can click through to watch a reaction video to the final scene of last week’s episode, as well as an excellent thirty minute interview and talk with the most relevant actor from the episode (nope, no spoilers before the break) – click through only if you already know what happened!
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Director: Edgar Wright
Writers: Simon Pegg, Edgar Wright
Starring: Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Kate Ashfield, Bill Nighy
Release Date: September 24th, 2004
Runtime: 1 hr. 39 mins.
MPAA Rating: R

 

 

 

 

The “Three Flavours Cornetto Trilogy” (note the British spelling is not a mistake – the title is British), a series of three movies combining the writing talents of Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg, and the acting talents of Pegg and Nick Frost, began ten years ago with this little gem of a movie, Shaun of the Dead. Written as a spoof of zombie film classics, it combines the sensibilities of American zombie horror with British humor, and throws in a little romance for good measure. Is Shaun of the Dead the perfect comedy/horror film? Click through after the break to get my take.
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Episode: 33
Airdate: April 20, 2014
Directed by: Alex Graves
Written by: George R.R. Martin (“A Song of Ice and Fire” by), David Benioff (creator), D.B. Weiss (creator), David Benioff (written for television by), D.B. Weiss (written for television by)

One week after the GRRM scripted “The Lion and the Rose,” Benioff and Weiss again take the creative helm, and they have a heck of a show to follow. Without getting into any details here (I’ll save those for after the spoiler warning and the break), how do you top the events of last week’s episode? Of course, even after last season’s “The Rains of Castamere” episode, the show had to go on. And so it goes (my thanks to Vonnegut). Click through after the break to get my breakdown of this week’s Promotional video, and some thoughts on what “Breaker of Chains” will bring us.

<<Spoiler Alert: This preview of Game of Thrones S04E03 – “Breaker of Chains” – will discuss major plot points and events suggested by previous events and the events shown in the Promo video; read further at your own risk!>>
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The Uprising story arc continues tonight, and events over the last two weeks have left more questions than answers. We get two new guests with fan recognition – and geek cred – in Adrian Pasdar (from Heroes) and Patton Oswalt (who needs no introduction), which show a willingness on the part of showrunners to continue bringing in new faces to maintain momentum. As far as the continuing narrative of the show is concerned, we return to a team divided and on the run, not only from Hydra but from government and military agencies. Where will Coulson go? What is Ward really doing? And how long will he survive if May ever gets her hands on him? Click through after the break for my episode recap and review.

<<Spoiler Alert: This review of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. S01E18 – “Providence” – will discuss major plot points and events in the episode, as well as spoilers that apply to events in the recently released movie, Captain America: The Winter Soldier; read at your own risk!>>
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Episode: 32
Airdate: April 13, 2014
Directed by: Alex Graves
Written by: George R.R. Martin (“A Song of Ice and Fire” by), David Benioff (creator), D.B. Weiss (creator), George R.R. Martin (written for television by)

We’re only two episodes into Season Four of Game of Thrones, but tonight’s outing saw some major events, game changers on par with anything that has usually been saved for much later in previous seasons. This suggests that we’re going to see some heightened narrative over the next eight episodes, with kings clashing and allegiances shifting. And will anyone remember the threat from the north before it becomes too late? Winter is coming.

<<Spoiler Alert: This article is a review and complete recap of Game of Thrones S04E02 – “The Lion and the Rose” – it will discuss major plot points and events in detail; read further at your own risk!>>
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