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Game of Thrones: “Winter is Coming” and “The Kingsroad”

Posted by therebelprince on February 13, 2012

 I’m not usually a fantasy fan. But I’m also not really a fan of Westerns, cop shows, or mafia movies. So when HBO – which had already used those genres as the templates for some of the greatest TV series ever made – announced they were adapting a major fantasy series, with Peter Dinklage (of my favourite indie flick, The Station Agent), I quickly sought out the published volumes of George R.R. Martin‘s A Song of Ice and Fire, and devoured them. The scope, tone, and dense politics and characterisation, make the books a joy. In the lead-up to the second season of HBO’s Game of Thrones (and after the release of the series’ fifth novel, A Dance with Dragons), I thought I’d rewatch the ten-episode first season.

This week, we tackle the first two episodes:

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Thoughts on “Boardwalk Empire”

Posted by therebelprince on October 3, 2010

I’ve been asked why I haven’t reviewed Boardwalk Empire, and… I really didn’t have an answer, so I thought I’d give it a go. But see, so far everything makes sense upfront. I can talk about the thematic significance of scenes or characters in Mad Men or Twin Peaks for hours on end, but this show is just doing what it does. And – ironically – Boardwalk Empire‘s perfect presentation means there’s little to write home about.

Steve Buscemi is Nucky Thompson, our hero; a 1920s profiteer during Prohibition. It’s great to see Buscemi in a lead role, and he’s clearly relishing the part. He’s surrounded by a talented group that includes Dabney Coleman, Dana Ivey, Michael Stuhlbarg, Kelly Macdonald as an abused recent-widow in Nucky’s care and (apparently) Michael Kenneth Williams, although he’s yet to make more then a cameo. In fact everyone in the cast is in fine form, except for Michael Pitt, who sometimes seems to be phoning it in as the war-ravaged young hood Jimmy Darmody. Read the rest of this entry »

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Bored to Death: “Escape from the Dungeon”

Posted by therebelprince on September 28, 2010

It’s nice to have Bored to Death back in my life. This show really got me last season, in spite of a few growing pains, and it seems with this episode that they’ve refined some of the kinks, while proving that others are just the nature of the show.

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True Blood: A Season Three Review

Posted by therebelprince on September 21, 2010

I’m not exactly the target audience for True Blood: I have no interest in vampires, I don’t particularly care for ‘relationship’ shows, and I don’t have a very high tolerance for  camp. So I entered the show’s first season from a removed perspective and watched with relative indifference as a mysterious killer slew the town’s waitresses, and a toothy blonde fell for a soulful vampire. It wasn’t really until season two that I got invested: partly because of the expansion of the vampire/human politics side of things (a genuine goldmine that the series seems to treat only as a catalyst for further tragedy), and partly because of the rip-roaring performance of one of my favourite small-screen actresses, Michelle Forbes, who took the part of Maryann the Maenad and ran with it.

So we come to the third season: and for every element that Alan Ball has refined to perfection, there are a few where I’m afraid we can often see the strings. Read the rest of this entry »

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Hung: “The Rita Flower”, or “The Indelible Stench”

Posted by therebelprince on August 19, 2009

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Great guest performances and some logical plot follow-ups make this episode worthwhile, even if we’re beginning to feel in a bit of a holding pattern. Read the rest of this entry »

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Hung: “Doris is Dead”, or “Are We Rich or Are We Poor?”

Posted by therebelprince on August 12, 2009


We’re into the middle of the season, so there’s a lot of plot but not a lot of rumination this week. Ray’s relationship with Jemma (Natalie Zea) is centre stage this week. It starts off wonderfully comedically, with a session that turns out to be marriage counselling. The counsellor (Erick Avari) just sits there shocked as Jemma makes up an entire broken relationship, and all the reasons that it’s Ray’s fault. She is, as Tanya put it last week, incredibly fucked up. Read the rest of this entry »

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Hung: “Do It, Monkey”

Posted by therebelprince on August 5, 2009


This week, Ray experiences the wackier side of prostitution, while Tanya slowly falls apart. It’s not the most fascinating installment, but at least everyone gets a moment in the spotlight. Read the rest of this entry »

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Hung: “The Pickle Jar”

Posted by therebelprince on July 30, 2009


This week, Happiness Consultants finally have their first success, while Ray’s personal life takes a downturn. Read the rest of this entry »

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Hung: “Strange Friends, or The Truth Is, You’re Sexy”

Posted by therebelprince on July 23, 2009


“I’ve been a terrible pimp. At least, not very excellent.”

– Tonya

Hung

His daughter is dating a guy named Hammer, his son is listening to “death music”, and his ex-wife is falling apart at the mere sight of sad animals. But Ray has bigger problems – his first client stole his wallet after sex. Read the rest of this entry »

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Hung: “Great Sausage, or Can I Call You Dick?”

Posted by therebelprince on July 22, 2009

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The second episode of HBO’s Hung is five-star entertainment, and continues the show’s return to the HBO of old. Read the rest of this entry »

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