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26May/11Off

Game of Thrones Recap & Review: A Golden Crown

Posted by 8bithero

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.

19May/11Off

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

Posted by 8bithero

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.

12May/11Off

Game of Thrones Recap & Review: Cripples, Bastards, & Broken Things

Posted by 8bithero

Directed by: Brian Kirk
Written by: Bryan Cogman

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Cripples, Bastards, & Broken Things opens with Tyrion Lannister's return to Winterfell on his way South to King's Landing. He stops by to give Bran a schematic for a special saddle which would allow him to ride a horse despite not having use of his legs. He does this without asking for anything in return.

At The Wall, we are introduced to a new character, Samuel, who is a fat man afraid to fight. Jon Snow stands up for him and tries to help him survive. The fat man's father threatened him with death or The Wall.

5May/11Off

Game of Thrones Recap & Review: Weeks 1-3

Posted by 8bithero

Game of Thrones is a fantasy television series produced by HBO, based on the George R.R. Martin series of novels, A Song of Ice and Fire. It stars Sean Bean, Peter Dinklage, and Lena Headley, as part of a very large cast. Game of Thrones airs Sunday nights.

Each week I will provide a brief recap of the week's episode and review it. This week's post will cover the first three episodes of the show, titled Winter is Coming, The Kingsroad, and Lord Snow.

10Mar/11Off

Review of Black Death

Posted by movieguyjon

Black Death

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Directed By: Christopher Smith
Written By: Dario Poloni
Starring: Eddie Redmayne, Sean Bean and Carice van Houten

I feel like I could copy and paste my review of Centurion here and it would pretty much express how I felt when I left an advanced screening of Black Death. This is yet another sword and sandal epic that doesn't pull any punches when it comes to grisly and harsh realities of "back in the day" and it does so in a way that makes you think.

The story is such: A young monk is tasked to go off with a band of holy mercenaries who are off to investigate a plague-free village in the monk's homeland. Along the way they learn some startling truths and are forever changed by them. The standout here are the performances, with Sean Bean giving a weighted performance comparable to his Boromir in Fellowship of the Ring. It's tough not to enjoy every moment he's on screen. Contrasting his role quite nicely is Eddie Redmayne, who plays the troubled monk Osmund. Really, everyone delivers a strong performance and for it the film is much stronger than you might guess from the trailers.

Thematically, this film is strong. It was interesting to see how the main characters placed themselves in this battle between "good" and "evil." There's a particularly strong moment where Ulric mercy-kills a young woman accused of witchcraft, which speaks quite well to how complicated that time period was. It was also a strong move on the filmmakers part to not take a side on the issue or attempt to force some sort of moral choice on the audience, which I appreciated by the time I was well into the third act.

I do have some gripes about the film. Namely, I'm not entirely sure I like having that epilogue tacked on at the end. Compared to the rest of the film it feels clumsy and like something that could just as easily have been given to one of the other characters as a somber voice over. In fact, just before the epilogue starts there's a rather nice voiceover by one of the remaining soldiers which serves as a nice objective look at what happened, and wondering what the events of the film meant. If it had just been that moment and then the credits, I would have been perfectly fine with this film and would have probably given it an extra star in the rating up top.

Just like with Centurion, some of the side characters don't get a whole lot of attention, which really detracts from their eventual demise in the film. With these films, I'm always interested in these guys and how they develop with the story. And while there weren't any "Mickey" level performances from these side characters, I still felt myself wishing the film would stop for a few moments and give them something more. But given how tightly paced the film was, I feel like this is more of a personal gripe than a legitimate one.

Overall, I enjoyed the film and thought it presented some really interesting ideas. If you get a chance to see it in the near future, you should. It's only opening in two screens this weekend, but I expect it will open to more screens soon or at least make it's way to Netflix Instant. And hey, it will at least give you a decent fix of medieval Bean until Game of Thrones arrives on HBO!