Game of Thrones finale review

Game of Thrones is over. HBO’s epic adaptation of A Song of Ice and Fire has reached its bittersweet conclusion with “The Iron Throne,” a finale that will certainly keep tongues waggling for years to come.

So let’s dive in. For the last time, /Film’s resident Westeros experts Jacob Hall and Ben Pearson have gathered to break it all down. Read More »

good omens review

The road to a good screen adaptation of a beloved book is paved with good intentions, but often littered with bad executions. But if a show were made of pure good intentions, it would be Amazon’s Good Omens, which is a show eager — even desperate — to do justice to its source material. And thanks to the delightfully absurd performances by stars David Tennant and Michael Sheen and an irreverent Monty Python-inspired touch from director Douglas Mackinnon, it just about succeeds.

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Paul Rudd Hosted Saturday Night Live

Season 44 of Saturday Night Live has come to a close, and the cast and crew went into summer break with a bang thanks to having Paul Rudd as host. He didn’t even need any special guests from Avengers: Endgame to help drive it home. In fact, there weren’t any special guests at all (beyond Alec Baldwin and Robert De Niro returning as Donald Trump and Robert Mueller respectively). So Paul Rudd carried this one by himself, and the cast was on fire for the most part.

So let’s dig into the best and worst sketches from the Paul Rudd hosted Saturday Night Live season finale. Read More »

Cloak and Dagger Two Player Review

Okay, Cloak & Dagger fans—we need to talk.

This week’s episode, “Two Player,” is the episode that finally rubbed me the wrong way. Let’s quote what I said last week:

“I have a lot of questions that I hope will be answered next week. But there is one thing I hope Auntie Chantelle’s death doesn’t lead to—Tyrone and Evita’s breakup…Yes, I know Tyrone and Tandy are supposed to end up together anyways, but I don’t want Tandy pushed into Tyrone’s arms because of Auntie Chantelle’s death. I want her death to mean more than just being a mere plotpoint for teen romance.”

And guess what? The episode did exactly what I didn’t want it to do. It did use Auntie Chantelle’s death as the catalyst for Tyrone and Tandy to come together by taking Evita out of the equation. This is just one of the many things I found annoying about this episode, so let’s discuss.

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The Bells GOT

Well, that was certainly a thing.

The penultimate episode of Game of Thrones, titled “The Bells,” somehow managed to be more apocalyptic than the episode with the battle against the literal army of the dead. The body count was massive. Characters made ugly and horrible decisions. The landscape of Westeros was forever altered. And there is still one episode left.

/Film’s resident Game of Thrones experts Jacob Hall and Ben Pearson sat down to pick this episode apart and sort through the bodies and the rubble. What happened here? What comes next?

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On HBO last night, viewers watched in horror as a power-mad woman sold her soul and devastated a land she claimed to love in order to achieve maximum power at the expense of countless innocents. And there was also an episode of Game of Thrones where Daenerys Targaryen killed a bunch of people.

What? Did you think I was talking about Westeros? Heavens, no. I was talking about the United States of America and Selina Meyer, the lead character of Veep, whose desperate attempt to reclaim her power resulted in a series finale that was as brutal, as biting, and as deeply, powerfully sad as anything the political satire has ever done.

But much like the mad mother of dragons on the network’s flagship series, Veep has been planting these seeds for the better part of a decade. We had front row seats to the creation of a monster, a super-villain, and a stain on a fictional (albeit modeled on our own) history. And while the series chose to reward Selina’s absence of morals, ethics, decency, standards and so-on, it also provided what I hope Game of Thrones can do when it ends next week: it let us know how history treats the Selina Meyer legacy.

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Emma Thompson Hosted Saturday Night Live

It’s truly a shame that it has taken so long for Emma Thompson to host Saturday Night Live for the first time. The British actress brought some serious comedic chops to the show, fueled by her longtime acting careers, and the result was a hilarious episode that stayed true to the tradition of the Mother’s Day episode by having some great special guests pop up.

Let’s take a look at the best and worst sketches from the Emma Thompson hosted Saturday Night Live.

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Cloak and Dagger Vikingtown Sound

It’s becoming clear: Cloak & Dagger is spinning its wheels this season.

I’ve kept my overall reticence about this season quiet because 1) I love Cloak & Dagger’s unique, grounded way of telling a comic book story, and 2) because the collective voice of TV critics could sway Freeform’s decision on renewing or canceling the show. I know networks can cancel shows regardless of critical perception, but sometimes, networks listen, and I don’t want to sound like I want the show to go away and the only reason I’m always scared for Cloak & Dagger is because I know how Marvel has treated its other comic book show that catered towards young women, Agent Carter.  

But I can’t keep my feelings inside any longer. This week’s episode has made me realize that the last few episodes were, in fact, pieces of evidence that pointed towards the writers seemingly checking out as they pushed the narrative forward towards next week’s exciting-looking episode involving Baron Samedi. In fact, the action finally picked up again towards the end of this episode before it left us again on a cliffhanger, in which Tyrone has fallen ill from something going on in the Darkforce Dimension. But could the narrative involving Tandy and the traffickers had been sped up while still showcasing the gravity of the situation? Was there a better way to introduce Andre’s powers to us in a much more efficient, but still creepy manner? These questions are what we’ll analyze I break down this week’s offering.

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chernobyl review

Creator Craig Mazin and director Johan Renck hold a magnifying glass up to one of the worst nuclear disasters in history with Chernobyl. Most adults are aware of the disaster, and likely know the basics. But Chernobyl digs beneath the radiated earth, pulling up alarming truths that often come across as depressingly timely.

Because Chernobyl isn’t just about a disaster on a technical level. It’s about how the stubbornness and willful ignorance of humanity can bring about terrifying results. The end result is not easy to watch – but it is a must-see.

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Game of Thrones The Last of the Starks Review

After last week’s massive battle between the forces of good and evil (or rather, morally grey and evil), Game of Thrones returns to its old ways with “The Last of the Starks.” Plotting. Intrigue. Backstabbing. Bargaining. And yes, the brutal deaths of characters we love.

/Film’s resident Westeros experts Jacob Hall and Ben Pearson sat down in a dark room to talk about treason. And this episode. Read More »