Sunday, June 7, 2015

17 Lingering Questions on Game Of Thrones

Game Of Thrones – It feels like an eternity that we wait for it to premiere each year and just as soon as it does, the season is already over WAY too soon. So, with such an epic episode last Sunday and only 2 episodes to go, lets ask the 17 Questions that we hope get answered before the Season 5 finale!

1)    How MUCH is Tyrion wanting Daenerys right now???

We all know the dwarf loves the ladies, but he doesn’t admire/impress easily, particularly after killing the love of his life at the end of last season. Upon finally sitting down with her, the  Mother of Dragons seems to have rekindled a spark in Tyrion. Given him a purpose. How long till his admiration grows to something more?

2)    Who needs ‘Dragon Glass’ when you’ve got Valyrian Steel?

Thought Dragon Glass was the only thing that could kill a White Walker? Think again!! (Thank you, Jon Snow!)

3)    Why the HELL is Sam STILL at Castle Black??

He’s honor bound and doesn’t want to abandon the Night’s Watch, but Gilly nearly got raped and he nearly got killed trying to protect her. Ghost might not be there to save your ass next time. Might be time to consider a change in address.

4)    Cersei … How you like DEM apples?

An old adage states to “never throw stones when you’re living in glass houses” … That holds true even if that house is ‘House Lannister

5)    How much of a pussy is King Tommen?

Last we heard, the KING was sulking in his room, starving himself and depressed, while his wife (the Queen) and his mother lay rotting in a dungeon prison … The late King Joffrey had NO redeeming qualities whatsoever, but say what you will about him, its hard to imagine him being this weak and indecisive faced with the same situation.

6)    What’cha gonna do with that corkscrew Sansa?

Here’s for hoping that you introduce it to Ramsey Bolton’s neck, sooner rather than later.

7)    Where’s Varys?

Since being separated from Tyrion, he’s pretty much disappeared.

8)    Ser Jorah has no chill, does he?

      Cursed with Grayscale, enslaved, and then nearly executed for trying to return to Daenerys’s side – what does he do as soon as he’s cast out? He returns to the fighting pits trying to curry her favor once more. Zero. Fucks. Given.

9)    How much time does Ser Meryn Trant have left?

Last we checked, he’s on his way to Bravos to visit the Iron Bank. It’s a safe bet that he will encounter a 'very happy to see him once moreArya Stark. I’d like to see his name crossed off her list.

10)   How awesome will the battle at Winterfell be to even HALFWAY hold a candle to Hardhome?

11)   Karsi, we barely knew ye, yet why do we miss you so?

Game Of Thrones has a habit of killing off any character any time It feels like it, but Karsi, the awesome new Wildling leader, got killed in her introductory episode! She was smart, strong, brave, and level- headed. Would have loved to see the impact this new female character could have had, joining the main cast. But alas... This is Game Of Thrones and she’s now #TeamWhiteWlaker.

12)   Is there ANY retribution left for Theon??

He’s already betrayed Sansa to Ramsey once, but then he also revealed his
secret to her that he DIDN’T kill the 2 Stark boys, which even Ramsey doesn’t know … How will this all play out??

13)  Uhm … Grey Worm … Are we getting back to work anytime soon? Or nah? …

14)  Are the Sand Snakes gonna redeem their relevance and remind us why we were excited for them in the first place?

Their first attempt to kill the Lannister girl was a huge disappointment. Not just for them failing, but for the viewing audience as well. “Underwhelming” would be putting it as mildly as possible. Let’s see what they can REALLY do!

15)  What’s the High Sparrow’s TRUE agenda?

This mysterious, scary bastard …

16)  Are we gonna get any more dragon action??
Haven’t seen anyone roasted to a crisp in a minute … That would be nice …

17)  Who’s head is next on the chopping block?  

We usually lose a major character or two, each season. Game Of Thrones has trained us not to get too attached to anyone as their number could be called without warning. That being said, we’ve already lost Mance Rayder, Ser Barristan Selmy and Aemon Targaryen this season alone, but I feel the God of Death isn’t quite done yet with his shopping list for Season 5 …

Can’t wait to find out. 2 cents. 2 more weeks. #BreakTheWheel

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Monday, May 4, 2015

Avengers 2: Save the World? Or Save Your Money?

Before I go into Avengers: Age of Ultron, the new summer blockbuster from Marvel Studios, I should mention that I wasn't the biggest fan of the 1st Avengers movie. It was "ok", but nothing mind blowing or next level like the way SOME fans would tell it. It wasn't the BEST movie, the best "SUPERHERO movie", or even the best of the new era Marvel movies. I only say this to be clear that I didn't walk into the SEQUEL with lofty unmet expectations. In truth I didn't expect much at all, so if anything, I was just open to being pleasantly surprised ... I was not.

I'll keep the spoilers to a minimum, but Avengers: Age of Ultron was a whole lot of fluff. Quips and 1-liners disguised as dialogue, surrounded by tons of flashing digital lights and loud noises. Tucked away deep inside was a "story" (kinda) about Tony Stark's (Robert Downey Jr.) best intentions gone awry (again ... *eye roll*) when he attempts to construct a peace-keeping A.I. that rages out of control, and instead becomes the Avengers sworn enemy - the evil robot Ultron.

They tried to balance the movie, devoting equal time to exploring the Avengers as "people" but most of it just felt tacked on and empty ... Did anyone REALLY care about the budding relationship between Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo) and Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson)? If you answer "yes", you're lying.

Or Hawkeye's (Jeremy Renner) secret personal life? *Yawn* It was all drummed up to SEEM so meaningful, but none of it made any impact on the story at all. At ALL. Fluff.

Newcomers, Quicksilver (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) and Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) were pretty disappointing too. First off, they were boring as hell. Next, they couldn't even be called "mutants" cuz of stupid licensing restrictions (20th Century FOX owns the rights to the X-Men and every "mutant" related thing), so they were given a new and even less compelling backstory -- Volunteer test subjects granted powers by Baron Strucker ... Mad cuz they blame Stark for the death of their parents. (*eye roll* again) Who cares, right? Not truly essential to the story, right? So they coulda/ shoulda just kept it simple and said -- "They were BORN with these rare gifts. Period." And just left it at that. No muss. No fuss. No lawsuit. Comic book purists - appeased. Casual movie fans - pacified.

I really could go on for days pointing out how & where Avengers 2 dropped the ball, but rather, I do feel inclined to mention a few of the bright spots in this overall "meh" movie ... James Spader's portrayal of Ultron was pretty good. He injected a lot of personality into the menacing man made of metal. Also, the cameo of James Rhodes aka War Machine (Don Cheadle) was quite welcome ... And the most "human" scene where the Avengers are relaxing after a party and they each take turns trying to lift Thor's (Chris Hemsworth) hammer -- It was one of the best parts of the film. A great example of accomplishing so much in such a small minor scene, without having to try so hard.

the rating system:

  • Loved it - one of the best movies I've seen in a long time and worth every cent of the ticket price. I can't state enough how much u need to go see this movie ...

  • Liked it - it was an enjoyable flick for the most part and I'm glad I watched it. Will I run out to buy it when released on video? ... Probably not.

  • Leave it - ranging from the truly forgettable to the "wait a minute ... that didn't make any sense" in the 1st 5 minutes after I leave the theater. Basically - a whole lotta nothin.

  • Loathed it - a movie that literally makes me ANGRY after I exit and for days and weeks after. Angry that I wasted my time and money, and angry that such a piece of shit was ever made and that people actually received payment to do so

  • Leave it

    Age of Ultron wasn't terrible. It was just hollow. Wall-to-wall robot fighting and explosions, with a paper heart slapped on, feigning the illusion (not redundant) of fully realized story & characters. It should go without saying, but flashy, digitally rendered action scenes does NOT a quality movie make.

    Instead of wasting time with the Hulk & Widow dribble, they should have taken on the "Machine vs. Creator" dynamic between Stark & Ultron ... Maybe less punching & mechanized canon fodder, and more Ultron actually AMONG the world and people he was supposedly trying to save ... Ya know, so we could get a better picture of what HE was all about, thus making us care more about the overall conflict? ... Just a thought ...

    X2: X-Men United is a perfect example of how to do a superhero team movie sequel RIGHT. Check that out, in case you haven't already ... Joss Whedon, I'm talking to you too ...

    Just cuz you have a ton of toys to play with doesn't mean you need to make a mess on the floor.

    2 cents yo!

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    Monday, April 27, 2015

    Mariah shoots the Canon

    So Mariah Carey & Nick Canon’s relationship is over. Can we all agree with that, at least? But to add insult to “injury” and leave nothing to speculation, Carey drops the new single “Infinity”, billed as a “diss record”, supposedly destroying (ex?) hubby Nick … Really, tho? … She takes shots at him “being broke” … C’mon. Such a cliché and predictable jab, and totally B.S. at that, as we all know the Can-man’s cash flow is just fine.

    But moreso, and I’ll just say it – the song is plain whack. I mean did she just write the thing yesterday, sing it into her phone and save it in a voicemail or something? And the video? Can we even call it that?? … Sad. So far beneath Mariah, even at her most mediocre.

    I’m a Mariah fan, so it pains me to say this (not really though) but her song is like a super corny knockoff of Beyonce’s (who I hate) Irreplaceable.
    Am I wrong?

    And Beyonce's Irreplaceable as the measuring stick in this case

    Word? Got 2 Cents? Can I have 1?

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    Saturday, April 25, 2015

    Too Many Cooks & Kings

    I flat out LOVED the Too Many Cooks short that came out from Adult Swim last October! For 11 minutes straight, it lampooned the cliché and stereotypical drama, sitcom, action show, and procedural opening credits of 70’s, 80’s, and 90’s era television. With that infectiously catchy theme song, I’ve watched it literally dozens upon dozens of times and haven't been able to stop humming the tune since! (you've been warned!)

    So what happens when someone makes a “parody” of a genius parody and combines it with the greatest show on television today, HBO's award-winning Game of Thrones? – Something miraculous!

    The original Too Many Cooks – Love it and laugh your ass off:

    Now watch the updated Too Many Kings – You’re Welcome.

    Start saving your 2 Cents for Summer movies ... They're right around the corner ya know! 

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    Saturday, April 4, 2015

    AJ calls it Quits!!

    So AJ Lee has officially quit ("retired from") the WWE!! 

    She did seem a bit "out of character" with her post-match celebration following her tag-team victory with Paige at Wrestlemania last Sunday ... Thought little of it at the time, but now? ... 

    Some speculate that she's finally just following suit along with husband CM Punk who infamously walked out on the company last year ... There are even rumors that she's hanging it up cuz she's preggers, and is now focussing on starting a family ... 

    Multiple time WWE Divas Champion, and record holder for longest Divas Championship reign, the WWE Divas division is far weaker without AJ, and she'll surely be missed #ThankYouAJ #EWLYD

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    Sunday, February 8, 2015

    It’s Heeeeere! Hollywood’s Next Frightening Remake

    2015 is shaping up to be the biggest year, possibly EVER, for theatrical releases, chock full of big budget sequels and remakes. When it comes to the Hollywood film industry, little is sacred, so it should surprise no one whenever the latest victim of the “modern day reboot” is announced. Next up? – Poltergeist.

    Originally released in 1982, written and produced by Steven Spielberg, directed by Tobe Hooper, and starring Craig T. Nelson, JoBeth Williams, and Heather O’Rourke, Poltergeist is the story of a family that inadvertently moves into a haunted house and has to find a way to rescue their youngest daughter who is kidnapped by the wicked spirits dwelling within. It’s an amazing and truly frightening movie which, interestingly enough, probably deserved to be “R-rated” at the time due to its content and subject matter. However, since “PG-13” wasn’t even invented till 2 years later, Poltergeist got the “PG”.

    Fast-forward to 2015, and we’ve got an updated version, set to appeal to a new generation. *insert eye roll* … Who needs it?! The original was a masterpiece, even going so far as to rank among the highly acclaimed EWLYD’s Top 10 Horror Movies of All-time! What could this rehash POSSIBLY offer that’s worth the $15 price of admittance??

    Although, to be fair, not ALL remakes are shit. 2004’s Dawn of the Dead remake by Zack Snyder was actually very good. Poltergeist 2015 comes with some strong names attached: Sam Raimi as Producer, and starring Sam Rockwell … Plus, from the trailer, 2015 appears to follow (shot for shot in some cases) very close to 1982 in most regards … Although Zelda Rubinstein’s iconic character Tangina seems to have been replaced with some psychic Irish dude (not cool, yo) … They should have at least gone with safe money and cast Morgan Freeman for the role ... Just saying! ...

    As Poltergeist 1982 is one of my fave films ever, I’m automatically biased against it, but, nonetheless, I’m willing to give the remake a chance. What do you think? Worth checking out?

    That’s 2 Cents there. Save it for the movie ticket or the overpriced concession stand.

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    Monday, January 12, 2015

    The Fox is Out the Box

    Head coach John Fox and the Denver Broncos have parted ways.

    This follows the 24-13 loss by the Broncos to the Indianapolis Colts yesterday in the AFC Divisional Playoffs. They had a very good season, finishing 12-4, but Denver is done now. They ain't going to the Super Bowl so Peyton can go home and rest his knees while Fox dusts of his résumé and hits Indeed.

    Yay? ...

    Go Packers!!

    2 Cents. On the floor. There it is.

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