Game of Thrones Recap & Review: A Golden Crown

Directed by: Daniel Minahan
Written by: Jane Espenson, David Benioff & D.B. Weiss

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A Golden Crown opens in King’s Landing, where Eddard awakens in his chambers after passing out in the street with his leg wound. He is confronted by Cersei and Robert, who demand that he let Jamie go and tell his wife to release Tyrion. Robert also gives him back his status as Hand of the King. Arya also continues her sword training.

Across the sea, in the Dothraki capital, Daenerys puts one of the old unhatched dinosaur eggs over a fire and then picks it up without getting burned, but it burns her servant.

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Review of Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides

Directed by: Rob Marshall
Written by: Ted Elliot & Terry Rossio
Starring: Johnny Depp, Penélope Cruz, Geoffrey Rush, & Ian McShane

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As I said in my review of Fast Five, sometimes it’s okay for a movie to be light-hearted and fun. Pirates 4 is another example of one of those movies. While it does involve one plot-line that touches on a few interesting themes, the movie as a whole makes no effort to be overly dramatic or thematic. It revels in its fun and has a great energy and pace to it.

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides stars Johnny Depp as the infamous Captain Jack Sparrow on a quest to find the fountain of youth. But as we know from the past three films, nothing is ever easy with Jack Sparrow. Also en route to the fountain are the Spanish, Blackbeard (Ian McShane), and the now-privateer Barbossa (Geoffrey Rush). And since it wouldn’t be a Pirates movie without a saucy young lady, an old flame of Sparrow’s, played by Penélope Cruz, also gets involved (who, by the way, is still sexy wearing a fake moustache).

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Game of Thrones Recap & Review: The Wolf and The Lion

Directed by: Brian Kirk
Written by: David Benioff & D.B. Weiss

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The Wolf and The Lion opens in King’s Landing, following Eddard as he checks on Lord Vail, who is getting the massive hole in his neck sewn up, but who still looks dead. There is another joust, this time between Lord Gregor, and the newly introduced Sir Lloris, a.k.a Knight of the Flowers. Sir Lloris tricks Lord Gregor’s horse, which enrages Lord Gregor. Proving you wouldn’t like him when he’s mad, Lord Gregor decapitates his own horse, and then attacks Sir Lloris. The Hound steps in to protect Sir Lloris, and ends up duelling his own brother until King Robert yells to make them stop.

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Review of Thor

Directed by: Kenneth Branagh
Written by: Ashley Miller, Zack Stentz, & Don Payne
Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, & Anthony Hopkins

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If I was forced to describe Thor in one word, it would be: Tonal Mess. That is not to say it doesn’t have good things about it, it just means that they don’t work well together. Thor as a whole is less than the sum of its parts.

Thor tells the story of Thor (Chris Hemsworth), the future King of Asgard, who is an arrogant warmongering brat who defies the King/his father (Anthony Hopkins) and gets banished to Earth, while also losing the ability to use the mighty Mjolnir, the hammer which gives him his powers. Meanwhile in Asgard, Loki is planning his ascent to the throne and starts a whole lot of trouble. Review with spoilers after the jump.

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Review of Fast Five

Directed by: Justin Lin
Written by: Chris Morgan, & Gary Scot Thompson (characters)
Starring: Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Dwayne Johnson, & Jordana Brewster

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Sometimes when you go to see a movie you walk into the theater expecting an emotionally touching plot, snappy intelligent dialogue, and one or two tour de force performances. And sometimes you go to have fun. Fast five definitely qualifies as the latter. Some of you might say “but movies are supposed to be good, not fun” and I would reply “stop being so pretentious and learn to enjoy life.” Fast Five doesn’t try to be high art, it tries to be a car-focused balls-to-the-wall thrill-ride heist action film, and it succeeds entirely. Review with spoilers after the jump.

Fast Five follows the actions of three federal fugitives (Diesel, Walker, Brewster) as they attempt to establish a life in Rio de Janeiro, only to immediately get roped into a visually impressive car heist and become entangled with the most powerful criminal mastermind in Brazil, all while being tracked by “the guy the FBI hires when they want people found (Johnson).” To get their way out of trouble they bring back most of the characters from the past four films, cashing in on the viewer’s nostalgia, to plan “one last job.” Continue reading “Review of Fast Five”

Quick and Dirty Rental Review: The Losers

My boyfriend described The Losers to me as “a more serious version of The A Team”.    I think that suits this movie quite well.  Seriously kick ass, and awesome also work in a pinch.

This movie has everything you really need in an action film.   Guns, things blowing up, sex with a hot girl and fantastically written one liners.   It also helps that there is some seriously messed up and fun characters. (Jason Patric’s character is great) There are some great scenes I could tell you about, but I don’t want to ruin them.    It is your standard not so good triumphing over evil but done in a really good way.

Now this is based on a comic that I have not had the pleasure to read. So I am not sure if this really does the comic any justice.  Maybe someone can weigh in on this matter, but I will say it  makes me want to read the comic.   I am very happy I rented this, but kind of wish I saw it in the theater instead.

Quick & Dirty Film Review: The Mechanic

Let me be honest right from the start, put Jason Statham in a movie and you are putting my ass in a seat.  He may never win an an Oscar but I am not going to see a movie to watch him spout dramatic monologue while looking pensive.  I am going to see him be crafty, smart mouthed and kick a lot of ass.  (Although he does do pensive kind of well in a hardened action start kind of way)

The Mechanic delivers this nicely to me and I get the  chance to see Ben Foster in a movie. Now there is a guy wh

o knows how to play broken immoral sociopaths. His performance in this movie was pretty good. One of the things I really liked about The Mechanic was the look.  A lot of it looks like they went back to 1972 (the year the original Charles Bronson movie was released)  to film it and it made it a lot more entertaining for me to watch.

Look this isn’t a cinematic blockbuster, it’s not a five star, ten star affair. It probably won’t even get past 50% freshness. It’s an  action movie with plot holes the size of Texas, lots of gun fire, very graphic violence and naked time with a hot girl. Oh yeah most importantly, shit blows up.

What more could a girl ask for?

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Episode 25: NYEAAHHHHL

This week, we get super spy as we commentate (that’s clearly not a word but whatevs) on TRUE LIES! This was a pick from Mike Nayyar, who doesn’t have a blog, but if you put his name at the end of any social website url, you’ll find him. Anyway, this film is directed by James Cameron and is really effing long.

NYEAAAHL.

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Episode 25: NYEAAHHHHL
TRUE LIES (1994)
Director: James Cameron
Cast: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jamie Lee Curtis, Tom Arnold
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