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GAME OF THRONES: Mockingbird Review (Article) - 5/23/2014 8:33:00 AM

Martin peopled Westros with violent sociopaths.  Joffrey, Ramsay Snow, The Mountain and now little Robin Arryn who loves to push people through the moon door.  Robin's pretty young.  Will he learn compassion and empathy when he gets a little older (assuming he lives that long) or will he remain that way into adulthood?

Mania Review: Godzilla (Article) - 5/16/2014 7:07:28 AM

I kind of enjoyed the '98 Godzilla.  I like Matthew Broderick and the idea of the French CIA in NYC was hilarious.  It worked for me as a comedy with monsters rather than a monster flick but hey, whatever works.

Looking forward to seeing the new movie and will try to catch it sometime this weekend.

Game of Thrones: The Laws of Gods and Men Review (Article) - 5/13/2014 5:40:21 AM

Even if it hadn't been portrayed previously on Game of Thrones everybody should know what trial by combat is.  Aside from being an actual, historical thing, it has been portrayed in many books and movies.

Yara ran away instead of fighting Ramsay Snow because she saw her mission was futile.  She let Theon out of his cage and Theon ran back inside it and refused to be rescued.  He'd been tortured so badly that he's snapped and gone crazy.  Thus Yara thinks he's no longer a man and not worth rescuing.  Why risk her life and the lives of her men for that?

Peter Dinklage is awesome!  If he doesn't win some kind of acting award he's being cheated.  The end of the episode was fantastic and I can't wait for next week.

Salador San looks JUST like I pictured him.  He's got the same voice too.  What perfect casting!  And I'm glad that you menfolk got to look at some boobies. 

If they really wanted to be shocking they would have showed the naked Theon below the waist and his amputated penis.  I was waiting for that, just for the shock value.  But I doubt all you guys could handle that.  *chuckle*

The Spring of '84: Firestarter (Article) - 5/13/2014 5:16:35 AM

King can be absolutely brilliant and also churn out schlock reusing ideas and characters from better books (including his own).  And the movie and television projects made from his works have the same range.

I've both read and seen Firestarter.  I remember the book as being engaging but not as good as some of his other books (noteably The Dead Zone which he wrote at about the same time).  I don't remember much about the movie at all, which tells you all you need to know.

I think the best filmed King is in the miniseries form.  Both The Stand and It are classics and I have seen them many times.  I also quite liked Storm of the Century which I turned on on Syfy a few years ago and ended up discarding my Saturday plans to spend all day watching. 

Avoid The Langoliers at all costs.

The ccurrent King project, Under the Dome, I have mixed feelings about.  I read the book and found it clichied, cannibalizing themes and ideas from The Mist which was much shorter, better and far more scary. 

The series is actually better, discarding some of Kings more silly ideas (dogs see ghosts?  really?).  But I still wouldn't call it great.  It's light summer entertainment at best.

Mania Box Office Report: AMAZING Spider-Man 2 (Article) - 5/5/2014 5:12:07 AM

I went to see Brick Mansions.  Lots of handsome and VERY athletic guys, nice action.  It was fun.  A nice, lightweight little action film to enjoy with popcorn and lemonade.  Enjoyable.

I really have no desire to see the Spiderman film.  It was too soon to reboot it after the Toby Mcguire version.

Justice League Movie Announced (Article) - 4/29/2014 4:16:30 AM

Basically what they need to do is concentrate on the script.  The Green Lantern film had a great concept but the script was bad.  You need interesting, believable characters or the rest doesn't matter.

I saw MoS and enjoyed it.  It was neither the best or worst movie I have seen and truth to tell I don't remember it that well.

I think there is a difference in perception between the movie departments of Marvel and DC.  Batman has been the exception.  But mostly DC has been content to make expensive, SFX laden movies with less attention paid to script and characters.  It's a comic book movie about super people punching eachother.  Plot holes and poor characterization don't matter.

Marvel has been making movies about characters.  Iron Man 1 had a pretty standard plot.  What made it so entertaining was Robert Downey Jr as Tony Stark.  The Avengers succeeded because it was about these agressively individualistic people coming together to work as a team.  The Thor movies were about the relationship between Thor and Loki as brothers and the sibling rivalry it generated.  X-Men is about prejudice.  These movies were about more than finding a thin excuse for superfolks to punch eachother and tear up cities.

GAME OF THRONES: OATHKEEPER Review (Article) - 4/28/2014 6:02:59 PM

Tommen was the third of Cerci's children and was definitely prepubescent.  As with most of the children in the series, the actor they chose to play Tommen is older than he is portrayed in the books.

GAME OF THRONES: OATHKEEPER Review (Article) - 4/28/2014 3:53:59 PM

I have 2 bones to pick with the reviewer.  First, the people in Meereen that Danny was urging to revolt were slaves, not serfs.  There's a difference.

Secondly, the Crow mutineers didn't leave the baby in the woods because it's crying bothered them.  It had been Craster's practice to leave all his sons in the woods and keep the daughters (whom he would marry when they came of age).  The baby boys were a sacrifice to the White Walkers who therefore didn't attack Craster or his daughters/wives.  That was why Craster's wives insisted that the Crows continue this practice.  And that was why Gilly ran away with Sam.  She didn't want her baby son left in the woods.

The Geek Life Road Trekking (Article) - 4/22/2014 9:33:19 AM

If you're in NYC try Grand Central Station, even if you don't need to catch a train.  You'll recognize it from many many films and TV shows.

Blu-ray Shopping Bag: The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (Article) - 4/8/2014 4:53:43 AM

I'm enjoying The Hobbit films but they feel so padded to me.  With LoTR they put the story from 3 books into 3 movies.  Fair enough.  And they were able to trim some of the fat from the books to make the movies smoother (a little too much fat for the theatrical runs, some important stuff got left on the cutting room floor but was put back in the director's cuts).

The Hobbit was a shorter book than any of the 3 chapters of LoTR, yet they have stretched it to 3 movies.  In the first film they had the extended sequence (that went on and on and on) of the dwarves eating dinner in Bilbo's home with singing.  Yes, it was in the book.  But it should have been cut out of the movie or at least trimmed waaaay down.  When you start to check your watch during the film, something is wrong.

The second Hobbit film had extra elves.  It was nice to see Legolas again and, while he didn't make an appearance in the book, if he had been in a few scenes when the dwarves were being held captive by the elves it would have enhanced the movie.  But we have a new subplot about new character Tauriel getting a crush on one of the dwarves and following them to Laketown and Legolas follows her and there's tracking in the wilderness and long conversations about conformity vs independance.  It's all nice enough and interesting enough but it's just a big fluffy pillow tied around the movie to extend the running time.

And one of the dwarves is injured in the escape from the elves and there's lots of angst about that, another big fluffy pillow that wasn't in the book.

This epic trillogy could easily have been told in 2 movies or even in one.  And as much as I like Peter Jackson and his vision of Tolkien's work I just get the feeling that the decision to make this a trilogy is mainly a financial one, not an artistic one. 

I totally understand that movie studios have to make money in order to survive and to keep producing films for us to enjoy.  But it's not like the first 2 films haven't been profitable.  It's better to leave the audience wanting more than sick of the whole business.

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