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The Walking Dead: Bury Me Here (2017)
"Glass & peace alike betray proof of fragility under repeated blows."
It is important for any TV show to make its audience feel something central during every episode, whether it be happiness, sadness, intrigue or even anger. When a TV show is truly well put together, it will make its audience, truly, feel several of these emotions over the course of one episode. Throughout most of season seven of The Walking Dead, episodes have failed greatly in making its audience feel anything towards its characters or its story, at all. Alas! now we have an episode that is reminiscent of everything we loved from a bygone age of Walking Dead episodes. Finally, characters portrayed depth again, conflicting emotions, accompanied by a story that kept us on our heels. Though the dialogue at the beginning of the episode was somewhat questionable, the episode quickly progresses into a well paced and intriguing episode featuring a poignant thought on the futility of peace during times of conflict. Without spoiling anything, this episode was an important one, not only for the overall story, but for us, the viewer, to restore faith that the show can continue its powerful, story telling ways.
Game of Thrones: The Broken Man (2016)
The Art of Revenge
Firstly, Never has the first 60 seconds of a TV series hit me as hard as I have been hit tonight. It's been a strange 'Game' of late, with so many significant characters falling to the sword (or bolts). So to see the Hound, one of the best GOT characters ever return was honestly profound.
Despite the major shock of the Hound's return being an astronomical moment in the series, the rest of the episode didn't disappoint either. Finding out what we expected all along, that Margaery was plotting against the High Sparrow certainly wasn't a surprise, but it was a significant moment in the show. We also got a well written confrontational scene between the Queen of Thorns and Cersei, A scene that may also foretell of a darker future for the Queen of Thorns based off Cersei's reaction.
However for me the real highlight of this episode was the much needed return of Bronn. Bronn's return ensures the return of the wit that has been so lacking this year, but also tells of an interesting future for his character. Whilst Arya also isn't in the best of places having been stabbed by Waif, i feel fairly certain she won't face fatal repercussions and it isn't a significant moment in the series.
Lastly i'll return to where I began, with the "Broken Man", Sandor Clegane. That ending was dark, haunting and exactly what Game of Thrones does best, I expect Sandor to have his revenge, in more ways than one. Truth be told this wasn't the most exciting Thrones episode ever, but it returned to the terrific story-telling which has been seemingly absent of late.
Game of Thrones: The Door (2016)
Hold the Door!
I think there is a word in our conspicuously profound language that perfectly describes 'The Door', "Wow"! When those all too familiar final credits rolled I was mesmerised, in awe and speechless for the first time since season 5 episode 8, another legendary episode which packed a very different punch. Taking major strides towards the end game has been a token of GOT this year, and it continued in 'The Door'. We now see the end in sight, the North reunited, Daneary's grand arrival...but just when you thought the future of Westeros was clearer than ever, Game of Thrones did what Game of Thrones does best and completely disregarded normality and threw everything we know off course, to quote the late, great Robert Frost, the show has opted for "the road not taken" in a much less metaphorical and slightly more ironic way. Never has a GOT ending been so intense. Death has been a constant lingering presence in the show throughout its entirety, but even so, the rate at which these deaths so heart-poundingly unfold was too much for the heaviest of souls.
Firstly, Summer, Brann's dire wolf faded into mortal oblivion with a pain stricken yelp which deeply saddened my heart and weakened my barricades of toughness enough so that every emotion intended to be felt would come pouring through (Animal deaths are the worst). And then, finally, we're left with an origin story, one that changes the way rules apply in GOT, that changes the way we see things, that removes the barricade between past and present and reminds us all that time is a flat circle. It does all this whilst showing us the demise of one of our beloved characters and then showing us his doom. The bells ring out as we delve deeper into the past (and present) and reach our climactic point, it is then we are informed why the bells ring, why the bells have always rung, for death. Now as we race towards the end of this great song the bells of death ring louder than ever, though this time in an unfamiliar tune. Rest in peace Hodor, you played well old friend.
The Hallow (2015)
Dark, creepy and transmits a good message
One thing is for certain after watching The Hallow, Corin Hardy is a great new director. He achieves a dark, creepy and supernatural tone effortlessly. He avoids the mistake horrors commit far to often in modern times, and that is trying to achieve a general mood far to hard, to many films nowadays, especially in the horror genre, try and be something they're not by forcing tones and characters that just seem all to out of place. The Hallow doesn't do this, it doesn't forcefully shove dark tones down your throat, it simply sticks to the story and in due to course you are made fully aware of its existence.
The film itself is enjoyable, starts off slow and gradually builds speed like every other horror movie there ever has been. I tend to avoid the topic of predictability in my reviews, for many horrors it's hard not to avoid it. The Hallow however can't have any excuses, it's a completely unique concept which shouldn't succumb to being predictable, but oh how it does. It's unfortunate, it's one of a few flaws in a far from flawless movie.
The movie does however achieve a great deal of success in a number of areas, it's practical effects are incredible, even though it's CGI is...forgettable, the film overall stills looks tremendous, the cinematography in this film is honestly next to flawless, in fact it reminds me a great deal of the cinematography in 'The Grey' 2011.
The underlying message in The Hallow, I'm led to believe, is that deforestation will only lead to consequences on our selves as humanity. I'd like to think this film is smart enough to portray a metaphor amongst it's story. What I take from its message is that we are unable to control nature, and no matter how hard we try to avoid this fact, one day we will have to come to this realization.
The Hallow is a solid movie, the acting performances are solid, the direction is outstanding and the cinematography is beautiful, this movie is a lot smarter than most of the generic horrors that are forced upon us nowadays, it deserves recognition for this.
Tales of Halloween (2015)
Having just sat down to watch 'Trick r' Treat' a few days ago I decided to watch 'Tales of Halloween' to try out a few other horror anthologies. I gave Trick r' Treat a 7, which is in high regard for its fun, but it's general lack of actual horror, so I was hopeful watching Tales of Halloween that I'd get an anthology with a bit more 'horror', I was indeed disappointed, 'Tales' was far from scary, it lacked horror A fair bit, much like its anthology counterpart Trick r' Treat, but also much like Trick r Treat it achieves massively on being fast paced and fun, the gore is good, realistic and on the borderline of being overused, but when it is used its often for comedy if anything. In conclusion it's not quite as good as Trick r' Treat, but it's not far off, so I'd recommend giving 'Tales' a try, it's not going to scare you, that's not what it set out to achieve, but you are going to have fun watching it.
Some segments are much better than others so I've rated them individually: 1-7/10 2-8/10 3-6/10 4-7/10 5-6/10 6-5/10 7-6/10 8-7/10 9-7/10 10-7/10 The average of all the segments is 6.6, which I'd say is an accurate reflection of the overall movie.
Blue Mountain State (2010)
Irreverent Humour at its Finest
Listen, if you don't get irreverent humour then BMS is certainly not for you, if you don't know how to watch a show just for the purpose to laugh and have fun, then BMS is also certainly not for you. In fact BMS is the television equivalent to Marmite, much like the American Pie series is the film equivalent. It is however in all its inane humour also quite an intelligent piece of television, you are actually required to think in some of the episodes, as crazy as it sounds. The characters arcs of Thad, Alex, Radon etc are honestly a delight to watch. I hate shows and films that are downright stupid, deriving from the utmost ridiculous levels of stupidity to achieve laughs, in fact there are many shows and films that pop into my head straight away, but BMS isn't this, it creates lovable characters, hilarious characters, characters that you'll grow surprisingly attached to, so if you're willing to accept that this show isn't out to delve into the depths of the human mind, then Go Goats!
Dark Was the Night (2014)
Definition of coming up short at the finish
Damn I was loving this movie, the first 3/4 were brilliant, the scenes were dark, intense and surprisingly emotive. The acting was solid, the script was solid and the practical effects were solid. The tone and setting of the movie transported me right to scene, the creature build up was Jaws-esque. Then the final 1/4 happened, and it undone almost everything the first parts of the movie had done. It turned into a stupid 'SyFy' channel creature feature right before my bewildered eyes, I don't know why the director felt the need for such a ridiculous Cgi filled finish, because the Cgi was indeed awful, it's a classic example of every new director wanting to jump aboard the Cgi monster hype train which I truly wish came of its tracks a long time ago. I'd still recommend watching 'Dark was the Night' please ignore the ridiculous new title, because it was a great film, but please notice the word 'was' as the final 1/4 of this film is a bigger let down than the Fnatastic Four reboot.
Bone Tomahawk (2015)
Sitting down to watch 'Bone Tomahawk' I was excited, the concept was clever, unique. The opening scene immediately sets the tone for the rest of the film, it's graphic, brutal and relies on realism for its shocks. It is not, however, the only thing that is given to us in this movie. The ironically named small western town of Bright Hope that is presented to us shows us the humanity in the characters we are introduced to, with 3 people on the police force it's clear bright hope doesn't have much trouble makers, which makes what's to follow all the more shocking. The 'troglodytes' are portrayed masterfully, they behave like wild animals, everything they do is so astronomically different from the people of Bright Hope that it makes them seem almost supernatural, those blood curdling howls will stay in your mind for a few nights to come. Bone Tomahawk's real success does come from its realism, it's shocking brutality and managing to avoid the all out killing spree we've become so accustomed to in horror films, this is what leads me to give this film an 8/10. It is definitely worthy of fitting in to the horror genre, some of the deaths will haunt your nightmares, but there is undeniably good character arcs, an entertaining story and great acting performances amongst all the insanity, Bone Tomahawk is definitely worth a watch.
At first glance this seems like a mid-life crisis version of a teenage sex film, but give it 10 minutes to change your mind on that, yes there's nudity, sex, drugs and alcohol but so what? it just makes it more real and accurate, The show itself is incredibly well written and it's a very smart show, there are so many wonderful moments that are made by the highest level of writing and A-grade acting, and they're are also moments of truly funny comedy which will make you laugh quite hard, the show also has this way of portraying friendships quite wonderfully and shows the true meanings and values of it, this show is a wonderful blend of many things, but it all blends very well together to make a wonderful show.
Average Film, Average Aims
The film itself is not 'Predator' or 'Alien' there's no multi-million dollar cast members and no 'Avatar' like graphics, this is without doubt A 'B' movie, but it doesn't claim to be anything else, The acting is above average to what you'd expect in this sort of film, the script just as weak as you'd expect for this film, it relies on Gore and intensity to make the film, and it achieves its goals quite well, this movie isn't going to blow you away with some 'wonderful screen writing' or 'visually stunning effects' but it is more or less going to entertain you, it's an average film that entertains to what you might expect it too.
Game of Thrones (2011)
Game of Characters
The biggest TV series there has ever been, the biggest sets and casts there has ever been, The multiple characters, everything about Game of Thrones is big, and as the old saying goes "the bigger they are.." yeah you get it, but they're is no fall, so what happens when something big doesn't fall? well it's simple it stands tall and high above the rest? it gets recognized more often and it deserves it every bit of attention it gets, George RR Martin writes so many characters into the story it's unbelievable how he doesn't forget there names, there is such a vast range of character types, From Tyrion Lannister the Imp who we all love, to The Hound the bad guy who secretly we all love and isn't so bad and then there's characters like Bronn and Syrio Forrel, characters who are just simply so awesome, Credit also goes to D and D for bringing us 'A Song of Ice and Fire' also because if it wasn't for them many of us may never have heard it.
The Grey (2011)
Neeson is epic
The fact that the story itself is rather hard to believe and that wolves would be driven so far to attack and kill humans means that the Grey was destined for failure, but when Joe Carnahan decided to drop the plans for ottway to be played by a younger character and instead bring in one of Hollywood's big shot actors Liam Neeson was the best decision that was made in the entire making of the movie, Neeson's skill in acting is clearly way above anyone else on the set of the Grey,but the movie itself surprisingly turned out to be a great watch the poem that is used and the Neeson himself make the movie but the plot also surprised because it turned out to be the opposite of what it seemed on paper and Carnahan's ability to blend action,threat and drama into one means the Grey turned out to be one of the best movies of 2011.