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My Game of Thrones Finale Thoughts and Review

Eight years of television for a show that is long argued to be the best show ever made, only contended by Breaking Bad, and The Wire. Seventy-One episodes that have captivated millions upon millions of people… All of it was wrapped up last night in what many people are calling the worst finale they have ever seen, to wrap up a disappointing and lazy final season. I’m here to give my thoughts on the ending.

Although I’m not as bent out of shape as most people, I am still at least slightly disappointed with most things, and angry with others. Lets just start with the biggest thing I, along with everyone else, was waiting to see. Character endings. I wanted to see where all my favorite characters were being left the last time I ever got to be with them!

Jon: Rightful king of the seven kingdoms, and the prince who was promised. The bastard we followed from day one to oath into the nights watch only to become lord commander and eventually king in the north. What does the man who came from nothing do? Kills Daenerys and then just kinda fucks off to the north. I do get it. I really really do. Jon never wanted the throne, but he was thrust into power because he deserved it and earned it. He would have been best for the seven/six kingdoms… His ending was never quite explained in a way that made sense either. He was exiled to a wall that serves no purpose anymore, in a kingdom that is independent and now ran buy his sister, to appease a group of people that all left on boats anyway. Jon gets to hang out in the north with the people he loves, and grow old peacefully. He’s happy, but he is the only one better off for it and all the holes in the forcing of it is just lazy writing.

Daenerys: Dead. I’m fine with her being dead, and I’m one of the few people it seams that is completely fine with her story arc. I saw her going mad from the very beginning and Tyrion was right when he listed off all the horrible things she has done to horrible people. Her thirst for power and self righteous ways have been subtle and long winded building up. In episode five she threw a wrench into everything and threw off everything I thought I knew in a very predictable final season as a whole.

Arya: When Sandor told her to go away so she wouldn’t be like him, and you saw something click in Arya’s head, it was a great moment. A great ending for their relationship and I had high hopes for Arya’s ending. Now, personally I wanted her to go to Storms End to be with Gendry, but I know that’s not her. Her being a pirate/explorer is very her and makes total sense. It doesn’t take away from the fact however that its completely unsatisfying. She is our girl, she has been our girl since season one. She has the best story of everyone and I feel like its too basic of a way to finish it off. I can live with it though, I guess.

Sansa: Sansa’s ending is the only one I am truly content with. Sansa is a fantastic ruler that for a while now I thought had to be the lady of Winterfell. Queen of the north for an independent kingdom is even better. I went from absolutely despising her in season one to her being one of the best on the final season. She has been through so much suffering that has made her strong. She has learned from Little Finger, and Cersei, who though terrible people are brilliant, and yet she has the compassion and love for her people and home that her father did. If Jon is not the king in the north, no one deserves the crown next more than she does.

Bran: Bran’s story has been by for the most boring and worthless this entire time. His journey to become the three-eyed-raven feels dumb at this point as it has served very little purpose. His character is awkward as hell and just… Boring. The fact that he become the king makes me ridiculously angry as it makes absolutely no sense. I get it, he’s impartial because he is unfeeling. Who gives a shit?! What in the hell has this guy ever done for anyone else or done to deserve the throne. Nothing, complete and utter jack shit. “Who has a better story than Bran Stark.” So many people, almost everyone in this entire series. He got a unanimous vote to be king? Bullshit he did.

Tyrion: Tyrion’s job is the be the hand. Doesn’t really matter to who, since he has been one many times for many people, and been very bad at it every time. The fact that he is hand again is so stupid. Give it to Davos. Give it to Davos. A good man that was actually good at his job… I was expecting ore for Tyrion. Something out of left field. Something Different. But nope, same old thing… His council is also the biggest joke I’ve ever seen.

There is lots of other small things both good and bad. Like after so many years and build up the Night King feels like a subplot in the end. Or that Jamie’s arc was completely ruined. Theon got a great ending that did his arc justice at least.

In the end, unpredictable is good, but only if it  makes sense. Don’t do something completely out of character as a writer, just because your readers or watchers won’t see it coming. Every time you do that it ruins our experience just a little bit more. Don’t do something we want if it feels like fan service, that isn’t what we want. Don’t sacrifice realism and charm for something epic. This season and this finale did all the DON’T’S I can think of and I was let down for it. Game of Thrones as a whole has not been ruined for me, but It has been less than twenty four hours and I’m left unsatisfied and uncaring. I shouldn’t feel that way about something that’s been in my life almost a decade.

UFC 3 game review

Being a sports game their isn’t a WHOLE lot that I feel I can tell you. The visuals are stunning and realistic, the blood splatter and damage effects alone are amazing to see. Everything is very fluid and feels real, and the power behind big hits kinda blows my mind sometimes.

One big thing I can tell you though that might encourage you to play this if you’re on the fence is the career mode. Career mode is so in depth, starting you from the very bottom and making you fight to the top while training and having press conferences that actually make real differences in the way you climb the ladder and the people you fight. The customization of  fight moves is awesome too. Being able to choose your fight style and assign specific moves really makes it feel MMA and not just a boxing/wrestling simulator.

If you are in to this kind of thing it’s definitely a good buy, I often go back to it just to take out some stress.

Instant Family movie review

Few movies have ever brought me to the brink of tears. Instant family did multiple times throughout. I’m not saying that makes it a great movie or anything, but it’s great at something.

Instant Family is based on a true story and follows Pete (Mark Wahlberg) and Ellie (Rose Byrne) as they foster and attempt to adopt three kids, one of them being a teenager. Though this movie has its faults just like any movie, sometimes going slightly over the top with its few gags, for the most part I would say it sets out to do exactly what it wants to. Which is to tell a real and heartfelt story while feeding you a few slight laughs occasionally to pick up your spirits when it is necessary. I have seem some critics say that these laughs ruin the moment, but I say they add to them by making things feel more real when the tension of an emotional moment is broke afterwords and people start giggling. But that isn’t the only reason this movie is likable.

It is also original. Their are probably other movies like this one out there, sure, but I haven’t seen them and they are definitely not “in the norm”. The difficulty with making something like this good is you need solid young actors, which are very hard to come by. The three they snagged up for this one nail it though,  especially Isabela Moner as the teenage older sister of the three foster kids. She and Mark Wahlberg play off of each other so nicely that they alone almost brought on the tears I was talking about.

I would honestly watch this again, it’s simple, sweet, and funny. My kinda movie.

 

7 Days in Hell movie review

I haven’t fully processed this mockumentary film since watching it last night, but I’m fairly certain that I will never fully understand what I watched anyway. 7 Days in Hell is a mockumentary following an epic tennis match that took place over seven days between two all-star players. Off the bat I gotta say that I love that HBO lists this under “Sports” as if it is real. That alone made me laugh.

7 Days in Hell stars Andy Samberg as a past legend in tennis that comes back to take down the rising young star played by Kit Harington. Now, everyone knows and expects this type of thing from Samberg, but seeing it coming from a man I have only ever known as Jon Snow is great. Kit has a subtle deadpan comedy style that I couldn’t really expect. As for the comedy, be prepared, because it doesn’t exactly pull any punches. Early on you realize there isn’t a single aspect of this movie(?) that is going for realism, and goes to strange and far away measures to get a laugh.

In the end I’d say that if stupid, dirty, over the top comedy isn’t for you than you wouldn’t enjoy the first two minutes of 7 Days in Hell. If it is than it will be one of the many things keeping you in a laughing fit the whole time.

 

Creed 2 movie review

Ironically these days boxing movies are bigger than boxing itself. The Rocky franchise has been the benchmark for great boxing flicks since the 1970’s and remains that way decades later. Sure, there are good ones out there such as The Fighter, Southpaw, and Bleed For This, but Creed 2 steps back in the ring and shows them who the real champ is.

Creed 2 once again continues the story of Adonis Creed, Apollo Creed’s son. Apollo is now the world heavyweight champion, having just won the belt. He is on top with no opposition until Viktor Drago, son of Ivan Drago, the man that killed Apollo comes forward and challenges him for the title.

I will admit this movie is very formulaic. The first Creed movie follows the same story as the first Rocky and this one skips a few steps and jumps right to being the same (basically) as Rocky 4. Despite that though I personally believe and see this movie as being better than its predecessor. Not by much! But, still better… The first movie was very solid, and very good. It was a great introduction to the character of Apollo and eased us back in to the world of Rocky nicely. While Stallone was a show stealer in the first one, and still remains awesome in the this, I really feel like Michael B. Jordan’s performance and emotion fuel this movie well. Emotion is really what drives this film. I found myself overcome with it a few times and was surprised with just how serious it got.

The bad guys set it apart as well. Or, should I say “bad” guys. What is most surprising is that the villains are never really villiainized and are fleshed out and three dimensional characters. I wouldn’t say I liked them, but I was conflicted on wanting them to lose, and I definitely didn’t want to see them hurt.

All in all I would put this very close to the top, maybe even number two in this legendary eight film series. I hope they end it here as I feel Creed’s story has been told perfectly. I don’t need to see anymore and we run the risk of getting to the point Rocky did in his later films. I don’t want that for this, and it doesn’t deserve it.

Band of Brothers TV show review

Band of Brothers doesn’t need me to accolade it or approve of it. Band of Brothers is already widely known as not only the best military depiction for entertainment, but also one of the best (if not the best) mini-series ever made.

Band of Brothers is made by Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks in 2001, after they collaborated on the movie Saving Private Ryan in 1998. It follows the history of Easy Company, 2nd Battalion, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, of the 101st Airborne Division from their training early on, through D-Day, all the way until the end of the war.

I myself love military movies, shows, and books. I have come back to this show a couple different times and can guarantee I will many times again in the future. I love it for many, many reasons. The fact that the action sequences are gripping and awesome is just the tip of the iceberg, but they really are. Some episodes are more gruesome and focus on the battles than others, but every time they do I find myself holding my breath and staring intently at the screen. The sequences stay realistic and in reality, nothing is over the top but they certainly don’t pull punches. The war was hell and people were lost around every corner and it depicts that throughout the whole run of the show. At any moment a person that you found yourself invested in could die. Knowing that all of it is real makes it that much more emotional.

The characters (though that isn’t an entirely accurate description) are what really hold this together. You follow Easy Company from the very beginning before they have even seen the war. You get to witness a long arc of character development that shows how men are truly effected by everything that happens to them, and the strong bonds they create and what happens when those are severed. Some episodes focus on a specific character, such as the 7th episode, and my favorite, “The Breaking Point”. This episode follows First Sergeant Lipton, a man you get to see from his early days as a SGT before the D-Day drop. We follow him as he holds his company together during the battle of the bulge and we get a closer glimpse of him as he narrates the episode. Many episodes follow this formula and it never feels like cheap exposition dropping, but essential to the story. Almost as if we are reading a soldiers letters home. It would be impossible for me to write why I love every single character in this, even the ones I hate, while keeping this short. But, the fact that I could should tell you something.

I don’t want you to think I am overstating when I say that I have never seen anything in the theater or on television that has impressed me and made me feel more than this has. I could go back and watch Band of Brothers a hundred times over because everything about it is both wonderful and terrible in the best ways. It is truly a benchmark for both war depictions and storytelling itself.

 

Silent Hill movie review

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Anthem: my first thoughts

Anthem is a game that is not only widely anticipated, but highly anticipated within my close knit group of friends… Destiny was big for me and everyone I game with and when Destiny 2 came out I was very ecstatic. Unfortunately, Destiny 2 was a major let down and fell off of my radar rather quickly. I, along with everyone else, have kept myself busy with Overwatch been have been starved for a new MMO. Well, I’m very happy to say that if you are in this same boat than this will fill that hole.

Anthem is an MMORPG, or “Massively-Miltiplayer-Online-Role-Playing-Game”. Though I have never played Warframe I hear it compared to that quite a bit. I feel it is HEAVILY like Destiny though. Like Destiny it is a shooter with heavily customizable loudouts, looting systems, and co-op missions. On the surface however two aspects set the games apart. Anthem is a third person shooter instead of first and allows you to pick from multiple different exosuits, or Javelins. The Javelins play different roles in combat such as tank, distance, speed, and all-around. I like this a lot because I always felt MMO’s on console lacked roles in combat.

As for the gameplay itself it is is very smooth. Combat makes you feel powerful yet still becomes overwhelming if you get carried away. Flying is fun and feels like you’re Iron Man. The visuals are fantastic with the world being really unique and just awesome to look at when you’re not getting shot.

All around I think this game will be a hit as long as EA doesn’t make the same mistakes they have in the past. But as for BioWare, I think they are back to the makers we know and love.