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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.

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.

 

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.

 

The House movie review

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Game of Thrones season 7 TV show review

 

Well, as of yesterday I was FINALLY able to watch the season finale after somehow dodging every single spoiler for the last couple of days. As always my review will be spoiler free, BUT I will write a spoiler talk later on.

So, the season is over, leaving us with one final season of Game of Thrones. As far as I can tell this season has had a LOT of mixed reviews with seemingly no one in between. You either love it or hate it. I however AM in between. Although this season had a lot of fan service and we were able to see things we have all been wanting to see for seven years now, I felt like maybe it did that TOO much. I was able to predict almost everything that happened this season from the first episode and that is not what Game of Thrones is about. Game of Thrones is about the unexpected. Remember the red wedding? It almost feels as if the writers are afraid of upsetting the viewers now. What this season was more than anything though was an exposition season. A whole season of set up for the massive pay-off next season. I’m fine with that though! Sometimes things like that make the best episodes of Game of Thrones and I am now more psyched than ever for the final season. All in all although this season was missing a lot of the trademarks of GoT, it was a very good season, if not just for the fact that we are finally getting payoff on stuff we have wanted for years!

 

Game of Thrones Season 7 trailer review

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There has never been more hype or anticipation surrounding a show in history than that of Game of Thrones. Every season, and every episode has the days counted until it is released… This is a TELEVISION SHOW trailer, and it gave me goosebumps unlike any movie trailer has in a long time. It told me nothing, yet showed me everything. From the narration by Cersei, to the scenes of battle, wide epic shots, and the looming terror of dark magic over all of them. Their are two seasons left of Game of Thrones and this trailer screams one thing… We have never seen anything from this show like we are about to see.

The Newsroom TV show review

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For fans of The West Wing (that have been unsatisfied over the years with television that just can’t live up to it), Aaron Sorkin gave us something that will satisfy us all! If only for a short period of time. The Newsroom is an HBO series written and created by Aaron Sorkin, It follows Jeff Daniels and his new team of reporters on an endevour to bring integrity back to journalism. Sadly, due to disagreements and writing problems it was reduced to a twenty-five episode series. Which, if you think about it, is a single season of most television shows. But, what this show brings you in three seasons, is fantastic and grabs you immediately and consistently. Being that it is based out of a news room, it touches on the modern issues, such as the Boston marathon and deep water horizon. The first season of this show is one of the best seasons of television I have ever seen, nearing the superb quality of the first season on Friday Night Lights. The second season is quite convoluted, all over the place, and sometimes hard to follow. It jumps around in time and I will be honest, I got a little lost. Despite that, I still binge watched it in a day. Season three, being only six episodes, is mainly wrap up and tying up loose ends before cancellation. Everything progresses nicely through and I was happy with how they ended it despite being unhappy it had to end. Jeff Daniels is fantastic, showing an acting quality I didn’t previously know he had even possessed. Emily Mortimer plays opposite him and they play off each other very well. This show has many, many other characters that all do their job very well and are all equally abstract and three dimensional as the last. The one who really stands out though, to me at least, is John Gallegher Jr who plays Jim Harper. Jim Harper is senior producer of ‘News Night’ (the news show they air) and BASICALLY Jim Halpert from “The Office”. I will tell you now though, this show is very political. It doesn’t advertise it as such, but it is created by Aaron Sorkin, a very active member of the Democratic party, and it is really obvious in this show. If you do not agree with the views of the party, but can look past that, you will enjoy it just as much! This show may have been short lived, but it didn’t limit it all in my mind. If anything, it prevented it from running out of ideas and remaining fresh.

Entourage TV show review

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Entourage follows Vincent Chase and 3 best friends and agent, on the many roads of stardom. Playing on HBO for 8 seasons, and making everyone who watched it feel poor and want to be a star, Entourage is a guys wet dream. The beautiful thing about this show, is it’s a fantasy land. For half hour, once a week (or multiple hours every day for a binge watcher) we all felt like stars. We were living a life of luxury, being with any girl we wanted, having millions of dollars, and amazing friends. The friends are one of the many aspects that make this show, after all, they are his ENTOURAGE. Eric “E” Murphy play Vince’s manager and childhood best friend, being the only one that seems to act like a normal guy (most of the time). Johnny “Drama” Chase plays Vince’s older brother who use to be a star but has since been forgotten. And “Turtle” plays another friend, who lives off of him and is basically comic relief (still awesome though). You can’t forget my personal favorite though, Ari Gold, his loud, foul mouthed agent. When people talk about Entourage they say it is like the Sex and the City but for guys, which is true. So you probably think it has lots of tits, parties, and star life… also true. What you might not think at first glance is that it has an amazing story and character progression throughout the entire series, with major highs and lows. Yes, you want nothing more while watching this show to be one of these characters, but you get attached to them too. You want to know, desperately, what the group of friends will do next. Will Vince be huge? Will Drama get back in the game? Will Ari be the most powerful man in LA? And so on! I admit, this show is not for everyone. You either love it or you hate it, but you have to give it a shot to see if you love it!

Game of Thrones TV show review

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Game of Thrones follows multiple people of multiple families on their blood soaked, death embodied, sex filled road to aquire the iron throne, and rule the kingdom. Game of Thrones is easily one of the most popular, and best shows ever made, but why? Your favorite characters are  killed off at what seems random points. The bad guy seems to ALWAYS win. You have no idea who to root for because nearly everyone has their supreme shitty side. On top of that, it’s another thing you can’t watch with your family, what with the sex, gore, and torture porn-like aspects. All of those reasons are why we all LOVE this show! There has never been a show this unpredictable, crossing lines that TV has silently agreed never to cross. We as viewers are use to being able to predict where our show will go, know that our favorite characters are safe, and that their dicks are safe from knives. Yes, we cry about the same thing, but deep down we know we love it. Each week when we sit down to watch game of thrones, always on the edge of our seats, it’s because we honest to god have absolutely no idea what we are in store for. And THAT is why it is one of the best shows ever made.