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Game of Thrones: The Lion and The Rose Review (Article) - 4/14/2014 10:27:47 AM

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As I've not read the books, I have no idea where the Bran storyline is going, but for now it bores me. Luckily it was very short.

It is the storyline closest to traditional YA fantasy. With all of its problems.  But the storyline has already reached Dance of Dragons territory, so I think the show writers are going to take a lot of liberties with it. Otherwise, they are going to have to drop the character for a season or two.

 

Book Review: Game of Thrones: A Pop-Up Guide to Westeros (Article) - 4/4/2014 6:33:14 AM

The backstory of the Mad King and how Robert Baratheon and Ned Stark came to be in power fascinates me.

You know that this is completely glossed over in the show, and the books have a lot more detail on this, right?

Doctor Who: The Moonbase DVD Review (Article) - 3/25/2014 7:37:43 AM

 The pacing of the old shows was much, much slower.  This was true of a lot of shows of that time; see Dark Shadows.  A large part of the time was spent on atmosphere over character development and plot.  In some cases (e.g. the Hinchcliffe seasons of the Tom Baker era) this has aged well.  In other cases, it hasn't.

The Spring of '84: The Ice Pirates (Article) - 3/17/2014 10:14:25 AM

 This movie was pretty fun.  One reason it does not hold up is because the robots are a vehicle for a lot of racial jokes that probably would not be considered acceptable today.  In particular, Michael Bay got a lot of flack for doing something similar (robots as racial sterotypes) in one of the Transformer films.

Shock-O-Rama: Voyage of the Rock Aliens (Article) - 2/12/2014 6:35:40 AM

I am floored by how bad the trailer is.  Even for bad movies they usually do good trailer editing.

The announcer in this trailer bounces back-and-forth between "epic voice" and "comic voice" seemingly at random.  And the announcer is not a clueless nobody; this is the main 80s trailer guy.

It is as if the people who made the trailer had no idea what to do with this movie.

Enders Game Blu-Ray Review (Article) - 2/9/2014 6:08:38 PM

 This movie did have the Harry Potter problem, at least the problem that the first Harry Potter movie had. They tried to cram too much of the book into a movie running time.  As a result, you had a lot of disjointed set-pieces that made no sense unless you read the book. This was a classic case of being over-faithful with the adaptation

Mania Review: I, Frankenstein (Article) - 1/25/2014 8:46:55 PM

 Where are you that you have a drive in open in January? Both of my nearby drive ins are closed from October to March.

Big Ass Spider Blu-Ray Review (Article) - 12/28/2013 10:03:02 PM

 Vermithrax is correct. Anyone who calls THEM schlock has obviously never seen the film.

Winter of '83: The Keep (Article) - 12/17/2013 5:50:17 AM

 Not aliens. A demon/vampire. Not that you could have figured that out from the movie.

Winter of '83: The Keep (Article) - 12/16/2013 8:12:19 PM

The Keep, what a wonderous mess.  I am sorry, but the Tangerine Dream soundtrack is one of the best things about that movie (just as their soundtrack is one of the highlights of Legend).  The movie has some excellent set pieces that, together with the soundtrack, act as great music videos.

The true problem with the film is a lack of coherency.  It has marvelous set pieces, but the narrative is too fast and disjointed to make any sense.  Unless you have read Paul Wilson's novel, it is impossible to follow what is going on.

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