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I love Game of Thrones (spoilers)

I just finished watching Episode 4 of Game of Thrones.

Now I have loved the show since its first second (actually, long before, I’ve been following its production since early 2009), but until this episode, the show itself had not given me that feeling, you know the one, the type of excitement and adoration that should really be reserved for more important things than a tv show. I don’t know why the feeling has just hit me, after all, it’s not as thought the show has taken a jump in quality (its been superb from the beginning).

Maybe it’s because Fringe has ended (for now, not forever, thank you TV gods) and now I actually have room for GoT (since I’d probably give myself a heart attack if I had such fervour for too many shows at once).

So, what happened this episode?

Well, Samwell Tarly was introduced and like every other character in this show, he is played by an excellent actor who really nails the role. Seriously, this show is so well cast. I can’t think of one cast member I dislike. Earlier in the production I was concerned about sticking close to book descriptions and wanting the cast to feel like the characters I imagined, but now I just don’t care. For instance, I was really upset to hear that Jennifer Ehle had been replaced by Michelle Fairley, and while I do still think Jennifer would have been awesome, Michelle just kills the role.

Speaking of, I’ve never been a huge fan of Lady Catelyn Tully-Stark, but I’ve always loved how she played that scene at the Crosswords Inn, and ever since HBO gave us all a glimpse of that scene so many weeks ago, cheekily cutting it off before the climax, I have been anxiously anticipating watching it in full and I’m happy to say that the show, and Michelle did not disappoint. I just love how even though the way Catelyn captures Tyrion is so completely awesome, storywise, her actions are completely stupid and have giant repercussions.

Now in the book, I was always delighted when Cat made poor decisions and basically vindicated my dislike for her, but show-wise, I already feel myself sympathising with her plight. Of course, I still love Tyrion. Peter Dinklage is brilliant in that role and as much as I’m excited for me, getting to watch him in that role, I’m so excited for him getting to play such a fantastic part.

My other favourite cast members:

Kit Harington. So, I find him extremely attractive on a physical level, so there’s that. He’s also playing one of my favourite characters, which only makes me love him more because he plays the role so well. I would have hated it if Kit had screwed up Jon. Loving characters I hated in the books is awesome, but hating or being disappointed in characters I loved in the books is plain unacceptable.  Of course, it’s not just the actor that brings a character to life (as much as I blame Chris Pang for ruining Lee in the film version of Tomorrow When the War Began, I blame the director and writers more), but we’re lucky everyone involved in this production is extremely talented.

Harry Lloyd. I remember when I first took notice of Harry, in a very superficial way, when he played Will Scarlett in Robin Hood. Since he seemed to do little else in that show but stand in the background looking hot, I assumed he couldn’t act. Then I saw him in Doctor Who. I am dumbfounded to this day that the writers of Robin Hood never gave this talented actor anything to do. So, anyway, I was stoked when I heard that Harry had scored the role of Viserys. I knew he would kill it, and he does. You have to respect anyone who can pull off Viserys’ ‘wake the dragon’ lines without melodrama.

Another actor who has made a character way more attractive than I imagined while reading the book is Aiden Gillen. I’ve never watched The Wire (I hear it’s great, but it’s never really seemed like my thing); the only thing I remember seeing Gillen in was an episode of Poirot. I enjoyed him in that, and I could easily see him playing Littlefinger. He has the perfect appearance for the role, though less smarmy and weaselly and more handsome than I imagined.

Maisie Williams. When I watch this girl, I forget that I’m watching a show. All I see is Arya. She’s such a natural. I also love her hairstyle. I look forward to watching her grow up on screen.

Actually all the kids are great. Jack Gleeson as Joffrey is not as handsome as I imagined, but geez does he act the part. Sophie Turner as well. I was worried about her seeming a little fake, but in context it totally works for the character. What teenage brats.

Miscellaneous Comments (as if this whole post wasn’t ill-structured from the start):

  • I can’t help it, but everytime I see Robb Stark (Richard Madden) I picture his head replaced by Grey Wind’s. This troubles me.
  • I’m loving all the new scenes. Like Jaime and Jory, and war stories with Barristan, Robert and Jaime. I loved getting to see Jaime basically living his day-to-day life. That is, his shithouse job being a door guard. Also loved getting to see more Theon this ep. I’m sure all the non-book viewers were wondering who this dude was.
  • I love how the random redheaded whore named Ros from the first episode has been made into a true character. Too bad she didn’t get to deflower Jon Snow (though I’m kinda happy he’s a virgin for reasons that trouble me a little). I wonder who’ll play the lucky Ygritte (well, somewhat lucky).
  • I always thought the whole ‘the seed is strong’ investigation thing, and the phrase itself, was one of the weakest parts of the book, and I’m finding it true for the tv show as well. Nice to see Gendry though. Shame about him and Arya. I was one of the ones who thought that they might hook up in the book. Clearly the show is not heading that way.
  • I’m not a fan of Bran’s endless dreaming in the book, but I don’t mind so much in the show. Mostly because it’s cut short for time. Also, love Old Nan.
  • It was nice to finally see Ghost this episode. More Ghost please.
  • Also, where was Ser Loras at the tournament? I hope they’re not cutting his joust with The Mountain that Rides.

Anyway, I’d better end my ramblings and go do something else. I’m so looking forward to the next episode. I can’t believe we’ll be halfway through the season. So happy the next book is out soon (I’ll be less happy if Brienne is dead) and that the show is getting a second season.

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Charles, Margot, Jordan and the Logies

Ok, Channel 9, this is Charles Cottier:

And this is Margot Robbie:

Both of the aforementioned people were nominated for Logie awards last night, but you wouldn’t know it from the telecast as the camera showed Ryan Corr during Charles’ nom, and Valentina Novakovic during Margot’s. Great job Channel Nine.

In other news, Jordan Rodrigues was looking very nice in a suit as he got up to accept the award for Dance Academy. A pic’s going up as soon as I can find one, but for now there’s this:

Bring on Dance Academy Series 2.

Tomorrow, when the war began: the movie (yeah!)

Tomorrow, when the war began

"Seven teenagers take a trip to Hell. And seven come back. To Hell."

So, I few weeks ago I complained about how filmmakers were remaking ‘Red Dawn’ when there still wasn’t a Tomorrow film. I asked how long I was going to have to wait for this film, and it turns out–not long at all.

Sources: Slashfilm, Reuters

Stuart Beattie (writer of Collateral, 30 Days of Night, co-writer of Australia) is going to write and direct an adaptation of John Marsden’s ‘Tomorrow, When the War Began’. Not only that, but he has plans to turn the next two books into films as well, and if they are successful, spin off the franchise into a tv series. Apparently, production begins in September (so soon!). Though this film will be Beattie’s first time directing, his writing credits are extremely varied and fill me with hope that this could be the adaptation I’ve been waiting for.

Beattie says the film will be the first Australian action film since ‘Mad Max’ and addresses the film’s similarities with ‘Red Dawn’ by using a very comforting comparison:

“Do you remember when The Full Monty and Striptease were coming out together? They came out within months as the exact same premise — the parent strips for money so they can see their kid. But completely different. One was all flash and rockin’ body, and the other was completely the opposite, of total insecurity about getting up onstage. We’re more like the Full Monty version.”

This journo makes a far less comforting comparison, but thankfully, she has no connection to the film at all.

So, I am very excited about this film. I also love Beattie’s idea for a trilogy, then a tv show. I never thought all seven books would be made into films, I will be happy with just the first one being made, but a trilogy would be great! I think John Marsden himself had planned to end the series with the third book, but popular demand led the series to continue. Anyway, ‘The Third Day, The Frost’ (I wonder if they’ll keep the name) has the perfect ending for a film series. 

Now, I’m hanging out for a cast list. I assume most will be complete unknowns, but I’m sure a few familiar names will crop up. I wonder how Chris Hemsworth feels about this film.

Also, where are they filming? In the locations John Marsden has stated inspired him? I hope Hell isn’t just a soundstage.

Terminator Salvation: My Thoughts

Terminator Salvation

So, I finally got to see Terminator Salvation. Here are my thoughts, spoilers ahoy: 

 

TRAPPINGS

  • The opening credit sequence was crap. And I didn’t like the Marcus/Helena Bonham Carter bit either – give me a kiss? What was that?
  • I wish they had incorporated the original score more. It would have made it feel more like a terminator film since it didn’t really look like one.
  • Sound was great though, I could feel the helicopter blades reverberating through my chest. I don’t know if that’s the movie or just the cinema though.
  • The picture was too clean somehow. It did remind me of the look of other McG films, so I think McG was a bad choice.
  • The script was lacking too. Lots of plotholes. Not enough character focus. Poor dialogue, and the editing in dialogue driven scenes was poor too.

CAST

  • Sam Worthington was very good, although I noticed his real accent appeared quite a few times. I wasn’t quite so disappointed with the Marcus character as I thought I would be. He was still extremely cylon-like though.
  • Moon Bloodgood’s character was worthless though. I liked her, but her actions seemed too reckless. She knew Marcus for two days, she knows what the machines are like and she still risks everything to save him?
  • Anton Yelchin was perfect. He was better than I thought he would be, and I thought he was going to be pretty good. I didn’t expect him to follow Biehns’s portrayal so strongly. His diction was great. He reminded me not only of T1 Reese, but also T2 Connor, which was great.
  • Christian Bale was okay, but not as effective as I’d hoped. It took me a long time to accept he was John Connor. It wasn’t just Bale though, the character of Connor was just off in this. Also, there just wasn’t enough Connor as I’d hoped. He really should have been the main protagonist of the movie, not shared with Marcus and not subordinate to Marcus.
  • Kate Connor was a non-character. And I don’t know why she showed up at Skynet at the end considering how very pregnant she was.  Why was she pregnant anyway? If it’s simply so they can have little Connors in the sequel, they didn’t need to show her pregnant for that to happen, besides, I really don’t want there to be little Connors in the sequel.
  • I didn’t mind the little girl as much I thought I would when she first appeared. It was a good move making her mute.
  • I liked the Sarah Connor and Arnie bits. Although I wish they used the original recording, and that the CGI Arnie was a little better.

STORY

  • I wish there were more character moments. Particularly with John Connor, instead of just action action action. I mean they stopped the action for that long exposition scene, they could have done it to show stuff the audience actually wants to see.
  • Also, how’d they know Marcus would randomly bump into Kyle Reese, or was that a lucky fluke? Also, wouldn’t it have been easier to have Marcus kill Connor instead of luring him so different Terminators could kill him? Marcus actually actively saves Connor’s life in the river. Skynet sucks.
  • It was interesting that John Connor wasn’t the leader yet, but everybody except the people actually in charge acted like he was.
  • I did like that most of the movie was about Connor trying to find Kyle Reese, although it did push back  the most highly anticipated moment in the film for me: Connor meets Reese. I did hope that it would be a surprise meeting, like Connor rescued a bunch of people and Kyle just happened to be one of them, but I did like the meeting as done in this film. It was my favourite scene with Bale in the film. I love how he sees Kyle, knows him, and is all ‘what is your name?’
  • I wish the story existed in a stable time loop. Little things like the machines knowing who Kyle Reese is, and Kyle seeing the T-800 annoyed me a little. However, I am a little hopeful that this means we’ll see a ‘kyle finds out John’s his son’ scene in the sequel.
  • Some of the Terminators were a bit Transformer-like, and a bit too people friendly.
  • Why is Connor going around telling Terminators his parents’ names? Also, why wasn’t Marcus like ‘hey your dad has the same name as this kid I just met’, rather than seemingly understanding that that kid he met was Connor’s dad.
  • The heart transplant ending was stupid, but since I read what the original planned ending was, I am now extremely glad they decided to go with a simple heart transplant. Connor dying and being switched with a Terminator is about the worst possible ending they could have come up with. It would have destroyed the series for me.
  • I wish they’d shown Reese going through the pockets of John’s jacket and finding Sarah’s picture. That would have been awesome.

OVERALL

  • So, I loved it, but it wasn’t nearly as good as it should have been. Actually, the more I think about the film, the less I love it. It still had enough of Terminator about it to make it not completely crap though.
  • Though I liked Marcus, I still wish the character had been omitted and the film focused on John Connor and the resistance. Seeing more of the power struggle between Connor and the legal leaders, and seeing how the Connor prophecy was spread, and seeing the day to day lives of the resistance fighters would have been good.
  • The film seems clearly set up for more movies, so hopefully all the stuff that’s missing from this one will be in the next couple and make this film work in retrospect. 

No Tomorrow, Chris Hemsworth and Red Dawn remake

So, I was searching Chris Hemsworth because I heard that he got the lead role in some big movie about Thor, and I was surprised to discover that he’s also been cast in a remake of Red Dawn.

What?

A Red Dawn remake?

I can’t believe they’re remaking that crappy movie when they still haven’t made a film version of Tomorrow, When the War Began.

I mean, if you want Chris Hemsworth to help defend his country against invaders, he would have made a decent Kevin.

How long will I have to wait for this film?

I just watched Revolutionary Road

I am reeling from watching this picture.

This film was so depressing. Wonderfully acted and directed. Great script. Lovely cinematography. And I just need to believe that what happened to April was unintentional.

I am completely thankful that I’m young and my future is full of options. I think if my life were anywhere near the Wheelers…I don’t know, maybe I would be contemplating suicide right now, or maybe it would spur a change in life direction. I wonder if the period setting of the film was to create distance between the subject matter and the audience. It still hits really hard, and I’m not even at that place.

I can’t wait to see Terminator Salvation

I’ve been waiting for John Connor to meet Kyle Reese since I first saw the original movie. I hope they don’t stuff it up. The small meeting in The Sarah Connor Chronicles was awesome, but tSCC is tantamount to fan fiction really. Also, Anton Yelchin and Christian Bale are dream casting.

The trailers having been playing up the Marcus character though and I’m not sure about the whole sympathetic terminator angle. I prefer my terminators as killing machines, or at least having no cylon/i-robot intelligence thing going on. Still, I hope Sam Worthington’s received warmly. What a crazy ride his life must be lately. It would suck if he were to suddenly fall, particularly before Avatar comes out.