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Foo Fighters’ Sonic Highways: A reason to watch HBO in the offseason

November 17, 2014 Leave a comment

This is a great rock documentary, chronicling different cities and their influence on rock music. From Chicago to Washington DC, Nashville and Los Angeles, The Foos give each city (and more to come) an episode to shine. Interviews with a lot of influential musicians pepper each episode, with a track from the Foos’s new album Sonic Highways included in each episode.

It’s worth it just to see Taylor Hawkins go bonkers over the fact that Joe Walsh is jamming with them at Rancho del Luna. Talk about fanboy-dom.

And, if you haven’t seen Dave Grohl’s first foray into documentaries called Sound City, I recommend it.

Game of Thrones is all about the spoilers these days – “First of His Name” review

May 5, 2014 Leave a comment

 

So first, what’s with all the spoilers coming in fast and heavy this season? Some examples (be forewarned):

  • The Night’s King – Last week, HBO Go may have committed an inadvertent faux pas when someone writing the synopsis for “Oathkeeper” mentioned the Nights’ King as the one who changed Craster’s last baby son into Ole Blue Eyes.  As per the ASOIAF Wiki:

According to legend, the Night’s King lived during the Age of Heroes, not long after the Wall was complete. He was a fearless warrior, who was named the thirteenth Lord Commander of the Night’s Watch. Later he fell in love with a woman “with skin as white as the moon and eyes like blue stars”, he chased her and loved her though “her skin was cold as ice”, and when he gave his seed to her he gave his soul as well.[1] (Her description matches that of the Others.)

He brought her back to the Nightfort and after the unholy union, he declared himself king and her his queen, and ruled the Nightfort as his own castle for thirteen years. During the dark years of his reign, horrific atrocities were committed, of which tales are still told in the North. It was not until his own brother, the King in the North, and Joramun, the King-Beyond-the-Wall, joined forces that the Night’s King was brought down and the Night’s Watch freed. After his fall, when it was discovered that he had been sacrificing to the Others (possibly in similar way to Craster), all records of him were destroyed and his very name was forbidden.[1] It is likely this led the lords of the North to forbid the Night’s Watch to construct walls at their keeps, ensuring the keeps would always be accessible from the south.

If you remember Old Nan, she would tell current day Bran these stories and mention that she believed the Night’s King to have been the previous Bran Stark, brother to the king of Winterfell and Bran’s namesake, despite rumors to the contrary as to who the Night’s King really was. So, it could stand to reason that in Bran’s quest to see the three-eyed crow, that could mean he’s to meet up with the Nights’ King. Was this really an accidental reveal on HBO’s part? I personally don’t think so. HBO knows how to keep the viewer’s interest with this show so I think it was deliberate.

This is a huge reveal for the books that aren’t even completed yet (The Winds of Winter and A Dream of Spring). In other words, if this “fable”  is true, then could there very well be a horn that could bring down the entire Wall? Sure, why not?

  • Lysa Arryn reminds Littlefinger that he is the one who got her to put the poison in her husband’s wine. You know, the event that started the whole War of the Five Kings and got Eddard Stark to King’s Landing? Yeah, it wasn’t the Lannisters like she initially claimed. What a horrible insane bitch, no? I find no redeeming qualities in Lysa whatsoever. She just creeps me out.
  • The Queen of Thorns and Littlefinger reveal that they were behind King Joffrey’s murder. Big surprise! Yes, this was in the previous episode, but I wanted to mention it again because it’s a biggie.

There is a pattern to look at here, about how much Littlefinger is directly responsible for most of the drama going on in Westeros. He’s already got Harrenhal and is working on becoming Lord Protector of the Vale. Who is to say that his ultimate goal isn’t to sit on the Iron Throne himself by gaining more kingdoms? He knows that he’s got the disadvantage of being lowborn, but hey, even the lowborn can play the Game of Thrones and hope to possibly win.

It’s not all about Baelish though; Dany has her own troubles over in Mereen. Her advisors got her ships to sail to Westeros and invade Kings Landing. However, she has also been told that Yunkai and Astaphor which were supposed to be under her protection are currently in revolt as the old slavemasters have captured the remaining slaves. Dany knows that yes, she can go to Westeros and possibly win it, but she hasn’t exactly proven herself as an effective ruler yet. So, she makes the decision to stay where she is and figure it all out.

Bran has the chance finally to reunite with Jon Snow, but doesn’t do it because he needs to continue his quest and Jon would only try to take him back to Castle Black. So, he makes the hard decision not to say anything to Jon and continue on after warging into Hodor and cracking some skulls (and spines).

What does it say about me that when Hodor killed Locke and Ghost went after Rast I was like “Yeah! Kill them awesomely!” Bloodlust, I tell ya.

 

TV: True Detective loves some Lone Star Beer. It’s also a great show

February 14, 2014 2 comments
All right, all right, all right

All right, all right, all right

Aside from the obvious product placement love of the one true Texas beer, True Detective is an interesting show to watch. That is, if you’re into film noire and shows that have a vibe similar to Se7en. It’s very dark even in the comedic moments.

Matthew McConaughey(still in his Dallas Buyers Club gaunt mode) plays Rust Cohle, a career investigator with a very dark past and a mind like a steel trap. His sole purpose in life is to get into the nuts and bolts of the serial killer’s mind. Woody Harrelson plays Marty Hart, a man’s man who has a wife and young children, but gives his all to the job at their expense.

The scenes are initially set in the present day, where the two detectives are retired from the job and flash back to 1995, when they were working together on a bizarre ritualistic murder. One seems to be doing well in the present day, the other, not so much. As to why two good friends end up barely seeing each other once in a decade is left for later episodes, but it is a vital part of the story.

McConaughey and Harrelson have obvious chemistry onscreen as they are good buddies offscreen as well. They play off each other in darkly humorous ways, but it does get real serious real quick between them also.

The other great character in this series is the state of Louisiana. This is not the Louisiana of True Blood mind you, even if the two shows are on the same network. This one is shady back roads, shacks and burned up churches all along the bayou. No beautiful vampires here, but the scenery is still striking.

Again, this is a very dark drama, not for the squeamish. It’s still rewarding to watch, all the same.

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