Mulling over Starting to watch the new season of GoT

GoT was good, but the final bit of last season where Tywin gets killed and Tyrion runs away and all that is about the end of the story in terms of where my interest lies. The parts with the dragons and Mereen and all that stuff is SO stretched out over the books that I lost interest completely. Think about it for a moment, the idea from the first book is that the dragon queen would attack westeros with an army of Kal Drago behind her. While her character changed over the period of books, barely anything weaved the two major character sets together in the first three books– it was a side show nearly completely. And in book 4 and 5, when things slowly get weaved together we are suddenly exposed to Dorne and Quinton and all those characters who, to someone that came into the first book expecting it to be about the Starks, it all a bit rambly.

The ancilliary character’s stories are interesting, but the core plot, the fate of the Stark children and their wolves, is really what I bought and paid for to see by both reading the books and watching the series. Let’s just say in books 4 and 5 that things get even more divergent.

Months ago, I thought, oh I better start on the series. I have to give it a chance, right? But then I happened to catch on youtube the scene where blondie rides off on the dragon, and try as they might, that was one of the cheesiest scenes I’ve seen yet in the series. Even when they were dealing with their tiny budget in the beginning of the show where they had to re-use sets (mostly in the red keep rooms) to keep costs down there was nothing that cheesy, not even close. So now they bring on the CGI…

So seeing that bit, I would say, without even seeing the rest of the current season, that that moment it may have all jumped the shark.

Mad Max!!

Holy Fuck. That was film of the year. Like an exultation to the gods of War and crash up derbies.   The film blew the doors off of anything I’ve seen in years.  Like matt said: ‘they knew what they had to do and they did it.’  Despite all the violence, it wasn’t a gorefest and only had a small bit of nudity (from a distance even). There was one gross-out scene to really solidify the bad guys as real cunts, but that’s about it.  Don’t want to spoil anything by writing too much, so go see it now!

Also, it was an awesome representation of 80’s brit-punk styling throughout. Despite some shit-assed 3d glasses I had, I’m going to need to see it again and again.  Too bad I sold off my set of Dark Future… oh wait, that’s right, the rules sucked.

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Scott sent me this. Some film that shown before Empire Strikes Back in the UK that was lost ever since. All in line with cheesy fantasy from the 80’s except it’s very Tarkovskyesque.

Post-modern Westerns!

The Western genre ain’t dead, it just needs some creativity applied to it.

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Hateful 8.  Getting close!  I’m glad Tarantino went through with this after the script leak.  This will be glorious.

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Bone Tomahawk.  Looks BADASS and I do believe it is a horror/weird West tale (check the lower right part of the image…those aren’t Apaches!).

 

The new Hobbit was…

…a giant battle nearly from start to finish.   I’d like to coin this as the John Woo Hobbit film. I’m not sure if I liked the movie, but it did not suck goblin schwang like the second film did.   Stretching a small book into three films (though including a bunch of stuff from the Silmarillion) was a tough job but in this one the writers had no choice but to grease up and get fucking.

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Stuff I liked:

  • Huge battle with lots of crap going on everywhere.  There were scenes where dwarves, men, elves and orcs were all fighting like crazy.  For a fan of Warhammer Fantasy Battle and all that stuff since I was a little kid, it was sort of a fantasy battle orgasm, and it should have been.  Despite the original author’s rather denuded account of the battle in the book, it was a big show down in Middle Earth, one that had far reaching consequences for the LOTR wars.  This was much better than the cartoon movie…
  • While the tiny parts with Dol Guldor and the Necromancer were really well done, this should have been a MUCH larger part of the second film and had a massive battle going on to finish up– THEN deal with the dragon.  Really since it was three films, the Necromancer parts could have been the justification for the vast length– and really it didn’t amount to all that much in the third film.  Seeing Saurman and the two elder elf characters destroying the ring wraiths was pretty awesome though, but did they just come alone? Pretty odd that.
  • I liked the 1 on 1 battles that evolved during the fighting.  Since EVERY character had the power and skill of Legolas, it was neat to see the superheroic battles between the main characters. By this film, I knew going in that every goddamn thing was going to be way over the top wuxia so what the hell…

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Stuff I didn’t like:

  • Not enough about Beorn and the bear– that guy should have had more screen time kicking ass. Just one tiny scene? That’s it??
  • Everyone was Legolas– this was pretty ridiculous throughout the three films that all the dwarves were as spritely and had the combat prowess of legolas… but they decided to go with the superheroic version of the Hobbit, and there we have it. If they hadn’t would we have been bored? I don’t know. This is all part of the ‘if everything is fantastic, nothing is’ issue with many fantasy films.
  • The armored orks.  gone are the rabble-like hordes of orcs from LOTR that looked great, in the hobbit you basically had a generic but FULLY armored ork “bred for war” going on. They had little to no character compared to the LOTR versions, and it was unbelievable that human RABBLE and completely unarmored Dwarves should be able to cut a swath through them.
  • The dwarf/elf love story.  This is was preposterous to me.  Despite the fact that Evangeline Lilly is pretty and could just hog all the screen time between fight scenes for all I care, this was stretching the source material too far.  A human? Yes, or another elf that dies in the battle (like NOT have Legolas there, but another male elf).
  • No cool Gandalf spells.  He did few spells in the movies overall, I would have liked to see something other than him whipping his sword and staff around.  It’s not like the film of the Hobbit fits into the low-magic Sword and Sorcery genre with all the running up falling bricks and Aerial lycanthrope transformations…
  • No thrush–where was the bird?
  • This is really on the second film– the meeting of Bilbo and the Dragon was BETTER in the old cartoon movie than the new one!  How did that happen?

What this has inspired me to do is eventually have a marathon and watch the LOTR films back to back.  However I may skip over the last 40 minutes of the last film– if there is any point where people look to where the seed of these Hobbit films inevitably going to shit it was the last 40 minutes of LOTR.