2012: Best and Worst

The Dark Knight Rises is my worst movie of 2012. It’s Chris Nolan’s Batman & Robin. But, way less fun. So, it’s more like Batman & Robin AND a cancer diagnosis. Yay!

Pilot Season Snap Judgments!

It’s pilot season, y’all! The Fall 2012 TV season is poised to bring us more police procedurals and racial stereotypes along with desperate attempts to pull of an American Downton Abbey.

Killing Cable

I went years without cable because watching a staticky picture was OK with me, even when my leg formed part of the antenna. Now, I’m headed back there.

Game of Thrones: Fire and Blood

I think Game Of Thrones is one of the “gateways” to fantasy for people who aren’t fans of the genre. It features a slow, gradual inclusion of the fantastic — in this case, the year-long seasons, a glimpse of the Others, one undead wight in Castle Black and the dragons hatching at the end. Show a newcomer Lord of the Rings and they might be turned off by the immersion in Elves, Wizards, Dwarves and Orcs. Even the use of language might turn them away. In Thrones, people talk plainly, deal with real issues and the politics of their time. Other elements of the genre slowly work their way in, and in the case of the TV series, it can be doled out a rate that’s easy enough for a novice to wrap his imagination around.

Game of Thrones: Baelor

When you play the Game of Thrones, you win or you die. Honestly, did you think Ned could be saved? This is not a fantasy series based on romanticized notions of chivalry, and in writing the books, Martin took many tropes and turned them on their collective ears. As I said, no one is safe, but I need to emphasize something else: bad things do happen to good people.

Game of Thrones: The Pointy End

By and large Sansa, the biggest victim of events in the books, is a passive character in that she’s led everywhere and doesn’t do anything to impact the story. It’s a sharp contrast to Arya, obviously, so I wonder if the actress is playing off that.