Sep 19, 2017

[Videos] Just Write on Game of Thrones

I recently started following YouTube channels like The Nerdwriter (Patreon link) and Just Write (Patreon link) to get more ideas for my own writing (should I ever find the nerve to truly pick up the pen again) and there's a lot of good stuff there. They've helped fill the gap in my entertainment analysis diet while waiting for videos from Every Frame a Painting (Patreon link).

What was a bit more striking was how his initial video on what we can learn from the writing of Game of Thrones was eventually balanced with a criticism of the writing in the latest season. And that's quite a wide shift in looking at a body of work, which is really the joy of criticism of this nature.

So here are the two videos - he raises some good points in both videos.

What Writers Should Learn From Game of Thrones

Game of Thrones; Or The Pain Of Falling Out Of Love With A Story

Sep 18, 2017

[TV] Marvel's The Defenders: Season 1 Review

When we began our Netflix journey with Daredevil back in 2015, they had already announced that they had bigger plans in mind. Given the relative success of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the folks behind the show wanted to create a TV version of that focused on more street level crime.

It's 2017 the work behind four different Marvel shows on Netflix has finally culminated with The Defenders, a team name familiar to Marvel fans but with a completely different composition this time around. There's been so much hype around this show and after all that we get...this.

It was a little unusual that the show that incorporates characters from four different shows ends up with a season shorter than what those other shows got. You'd think we'd at least get a season of relative parity since they had to tell a bigger story that brings these four characters together to save the city or whatever.

The end result wasn't too bad, but could have been better.

Sep 15, 2017

[Movies] Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (2017) Review

Wow, it's hard to believe that this is the fifth movie in the Pirates of the Caribbean movie franchise. I had thought that we were done with the series after the third movie, but then it kept on going. And it's still going apparently and I'm honestly beginning to worry that it's not going to stop anytime soon.

Dead Men Tell No Tales is the title of the fifth movie. Let's say that again - there is actually a fifth Pirates movie. It blows the mind to really think about it.

Tobie and I ended up watching it on home video just for the heck of it. At this point it's hard to not watch these movies since you're curious as to what sort of a story they're going to come up with this time around.

It's not that the movies are bad - but more they're really running out of runway. Things are starting to feel tired and the franchise is feeling the weight of its own internal running gags and tropes. And yet there is still talk of a possible sequel.

Sep 13, 2017

[Books] Miranda Hart's Joke Shop - The Complete First Radio Series Audible Review

Before the brilliant comedy Miranda, there was Miranda Hart's Joke Shop, a radio series which was pretty much a pilot for the eventual sitcom.  It's hard to tell this recording apart from the actual show but one really needs to appreciate the joys of radio dramas as much as the British continue to do given their many programs of this nature.

I stumbled across the radio series as an Audible audio book release and I had no hesitation getting it along with some of her other audio books including Is It Just Me? which was also brilliant.

While short, this radio series is about as fun as the sitcom; allbeit without the joy of seeing Miranda being her adorable Miranda self.

Sep 12, 2017

[Videos] Star Wars Rebels Season 4 Trailer 2

So the second trailer for the fourth and final season of Star Wars Rebels hit the internet recently and I'm still reeling over the implications. There's a lot more shown of whats to come but also a lot more questions that remain unanswered.

And it feels like showrunner Dave Filoni is taunting us with just how many wolves are in this crazy trailer. So. Many. WOLVES.

There's no sign of Ahsoka Tano yet (Ahsohka LIVES!) but I continue to hold out for her making an appearance. But man there's other great stuff like references to the Death Star and thus the Rogue One time period draws ever closer.

Star Wars Rebels Season 4 Trailer 2 (Official)
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