The last episode of Game of Thrones was spectacular, in a way… It was truly an episode that took full advantage of the fact that NONE-OF-THAT sort of violence took place in at least a few episodes preceding it. They lulled us to sleep, and then, GOTCHA BITCH!
Rob, his pregnant wife, unborn baby Ned incarnate ll, Mama Stark (Princess Fiona, if it were Shrek 7), and Rob’s entire army of Small Soldiers fell to an incredibly gratuitous stabbing medley executed by the Quasi-Commando Elite… but not before Lord Ugly Daughters talked a wealth of shit about Rob’s girl as she dawned a cloak that said “I’m not pregnant, obviously, because I’m covering an obvious pregnancy.”
Did I mention that Ned Stark is SO dead, that an unborn baby Ned Stark was killed before he could even enter the Kingdom!?! I wouldn’t be surprised if Ned got killed one more good time at the pearly gates. He is not to exist in this realm in any way, shape, or form apparently. NED AND NED DEAD.
–Back to the macabre massacre–
Let me say, nooobody attempted to block or parry a single blade, they received every one of them to the gut or gullet. A lot of story died with that episode. Why? Well, because a new majority of characters strong enough to carry the series are children, but those children aren’t realistically strong enough to survive Westeros in its current state. Its like a bizarro Peter Pan. The jury’s out on Bran Stark though, he stumbled onto some Jean-Grey mind-control wizardry when he shut that human pokémon Hodor the fuck up…
The story centered around one family, the Stark family, & now the story is decentralized because the entire Stark family is DEAD… with the exception of the muppet babies… and Jon Snow… who is too busy performing at the Winter X Games with Ygritte, Sheamus of the WWE, and Captain Jack Sparrow the Bird Whisperer. With Rob gone, so is the plot payoff of his ascension to power and exacting his revenge on Theon Greyjoy… et al. And before I forget, yes… I assume Theon was completely killed by Evil John Mayer? If not, he should be, because we no longer sympathize with his character & Rob’s death was his. They took a beautiful gamble, you know, eradicating everyone that you care about to leave everyone that you don’t particularly care about… I’m excited to see how it turns out in 7 years when 59lb Aria Stark and Bran “Professor Charles Xavier” Stark are strong and experienced enough to become a formidable force in Westeros. No, I haven’t read the books you weirdos. Let this story be its own story, BASED on a set of other stories written by the guy who wrote this story. Its an adaptation, not a transcription, so the people that like when books to be transcribed from book to screen verbatim may as well watch their books. Let the creators create.
Hopefully they didn’t cut the legs out from under this wonderful series, I’m looking forward to the continued surprises. Refreshing television. I’m @TravantiQuinn.
This is my third published article at Technorati.com: Cain Train Brain Drain on Technorati.
The GOP issued a Reality TV casting call to fill a vacancy left by Donald Trump, and one proprietor answered the call. Herman Cain. Herman Cain has gone from presidential hopeful, to presidential hopeless, and that means that there is still hope for America.
Was he a qualified candidate? Are any of them qualified candidates? He spoke the language of the people he represented. Unfortunately, there is no Rosetta Stone for that language, only tattooed truck stop bathroom stalls. Not only did that qualify him as a political pundit, but, so does the mishandling of his public personal life. See what I did there?
He was accused of having an extra-marital affair with Ginger White. She states that the affair lasted 13 years. I would disagree with the name, affair, that sounds very much like a marriage. In fact, that affair outlasted most marriages, making it more of a marriage than an affair. Affairs occur during weekend visits and summers. I digress.
Herman Cain disagrees. Herman Cain denies the allegations, but “13” is an awfully specific number to fabricate. I would’ve doubted her sincerity if she didn’t mention a number, but apparently, she was there with someone‘s Herman Cain for more than a decade. Maybe it is a case of mistaken identity, she meant Horatio Cain.
For those of you who are interested, understand that the #GOP presidential debates take place on television. Broadcast Television derives its revenue from ratings, ergo, the current candidates –Hermain Cain included– are a gaggle of mascots cheering for a brand of fail. That brand of fail, much like Reality TV, creates an interesting spectacle that draws even the brightest of people to the television screen. An unfortunate kind of brilliant. These debates are making tv stations a lot of money at the expense of our sanity. Their mantra? “More money, your problems.”
Until you allow the aforementioned to marinate, you will never understand how the likes of Herman Cain, Trump, Gingrich, and Bachmann can receive the opportunities that they do. Maybe the estranged Herman Cain supporters will migrate to Newt Gingrich, a kindred extra-marital spirit.
Article first published as Immortal Kombat on Technorati. (I write for them).
In the month of November, the legend of a legend, reminiscent of other legends, was born.
Immortals, starred the protagonist, Theseus (Henry Cavill). A run-of-the-mill hero.
He had chiseled facial features, he displayed physical dominance over every living thing, experienced one moment of self-doubt before the final battle, possessed more intuition than the oracle whose intuition he was to depend on, screwed an un-screwable woman while poisoned & subsequently bragged about it, and he began his journey under the tutelage of an old sage named Old Man… who would enlighten the youngster as he practiced attacking things… as budding Gods do.
If you hadn’t noticed, Immortals was produced by the same producers of the movie 300. So, yes, the movie was visually stunning. Like 300, Immortals was filmed primarily in Sepia. Nobody knows why, but the 300 production team clearly has an affinity for both warfare and old-fashioned photographs.
I almost forgot to mention their obsession with masks.
Hypothetical pitch meeting:
Producer: “We’re doing another war film, it’ll be shot in Sepia again. It’ll be a historical hodgepodge, but what should the focus be?”
Head Writer: “I’m not entirely sure, but it would probably involve evil masks. The Medieval Jabawockee look worked well in 300”
Producer: “but we’ve already done that…”
Head Writer: “And people loved it.”
Producer: “………….. I like it”
Mickey Rourke (King Hyperion) plays a convincing menace, but dressing him as a Venus Flytrap diminished the villainy.
He looked like a Pokemon, which would have been genius if it were intentional.
For this overly masculine-a-movie, you would not expect for there to be so many wardrobe changes. Madonna during concert? Yes. Mickey Rourke? No. Immortals definitely had some Metrosexual Man-vogue going on, but that made it interesting.
See? King Hyperion is part Venus Flytrap, part Pokemon, and part Jabawockee. A hodgepodge of hilarity. Immortals was as unintentionally funny as it was ultra-violent and action-packed.
- The Athenian Army of 57 men faced off against King Hyperion’s army of what appeared to be 2,000,000. No big deal. Clever camera angles & film editing killed maybe 1,999,877 of them itself, leveling the playing field.
- The Braveheart moment fell flat on its face. With the sudden & synchronized clanking of their armor, it turned into an Under Armor commercial. They must protect this house.
- Hyperion signals for his men to charge, the Athenian Army lost all desire to fight, Theseus spoke to them, they ignored 89% of his speech, & they instantly regained the courage to fight an army that initially outnumbered them 40,000 to 1. And the rest is history….fabricated, history.
Here’s an example of how pivotal the Theseus Fog of War speech was:
Soldier: “Who are you to tell us what to do!!?”
Theseus: “I am no one to tell you what to do, I am Theseus”
Now that, is leadership.
- In nearly every meeting hosted by King Hyperion, he arbitrarily killed one of his henchman for being the bearer of good news, bad news, or just news. He doesn’t like news.
- Too many cuts to the Barbeque Bull. Ok, we get it, being inside of that thing sucks.
- The Eagle in the movie wasn’t a symbol, it wasn’t paying homage to Falconry, the screeching Eagle shot was just there.. the entire film. Subliminal American Eagle product placement?
- The preferred attack of choice was to the throat or to the inner-thigh. It was odd. Observe how many people fell prey to a well-executed throat or inner-thigh attack… In Immortals, a well-placed lower-inner-thigh attack was like a Halo head-shot. “Lost, the lead. Gained, the lead”
- There was an extravagant display of God-on-God violence, when Zeus slayed the disobedient Ares with an Inferno Whip. This made Theseus a believer. Sorry, zealots. He saw actual Gods, & they yelled at him. I’d be convinced too.
- Athena played Mystique, from X-Men, in her first scene with Zeus. Be yourself, Athena.
- To appease a mortal movie audience, they employed Spartacus: Blood and Sand-esque slow-motion fight scenes to simulate how fast Gods are, and how slow we are.
- The film makers poked fun of Greece being the supposed origin of civilization, democracy, & their obsession with diplomacy with this scene:
Greek King: “Let us negotiate”
Hyperion: *Head Chop*
Greek King: “………………………….”
I strongly urge that you watch Immortals. If not for the comedic fodder, then to nourish your primitive affinity for combat. Or, in this case, Immortal Kombat.
I am @ironsheek. Enjoy the trailer:
Netflix canceled their Qwikster idea under two premises:
1. Qwikster should be the name of a chocolate milk, and sold to
Nestle. Who is probably also owned by Rupert Murdoch. He owns everything. It’s not an empire, but more like a Kingdom. Ok, same thing. Both may include the intimidation or murder of serfs who speak too freely. I digress. Back to Qwikster.
2. For two additional dollars, yes, eight quarters, nobody wants to receive mail with a DVD inside anymore. AOL 3.0’s outmoded business model? To hell with that. We’re like digital Salmon, we thrive in the stream…
Well, except for the 920 Eisenhower-era people who still read physical newspapers… with fine-print font. Old person + Poor Vision should not equal micro-font. Blogs would be a perfect match for the advanced of age, though the computer could become a new opposition.
I’m @Ironsheek, tune in.
College made perfect sense during, say, Vietnam. Where everyone who wasn’t a middle-to-upper class WASP or a member of Jack & Jill got drafted. I’m pretty sure most of them preferred a degree over a Purple Heart for high-fiving a mortar. Today? The college conundrum has evolved.
People beyond it wish that they were within it, and people within it wish that they were beyond it. Some degrees have led to wonderful opportunities, while others have convinced the Tony Robbins’ of the world to create their own.
Bill Gates, didn’t finish. Mark Zuckerberg, didn’t finish. Mary Kay, Richard (who looks like Sabertooth) Branson, did not finish. Seriously, Branson looks exactly like Sabertooth —
Some of the wealthiest mammals on planet earth needed college to convince them that they did not need college. However, they were already supremely talented so maybe they, could convince you, that you should attend college. You have yet to discover you, though they (Moguls) are well acquainted with themselves. You, on the other hand, may need college if, for no other reason, than to dual-wield the collegiate carbines of assumed credibility. Yes, it is a superficial I matter. That, my friend, was a Halo reference… and I do believe that I nailed it.
College, to the mega-wealthy-brainy-charismatic-elite, was an obstacle. Then again, they already had a vision. Their imaginative world was far more vivid than that of a pale institution, they had advanced ambition, and a professor cannot teach that. Especially a professor who could fail their own test if it were given to them…with a study guide…multiple choice.
If you have a vision, stop at nothing to see that it reaches fruition. If study at a university can serve as a catalyst, then I recommend that you give the university their front-end money although their student-loan goons will slowly collect the back-end for a decade. Yes, I liken student loan lenders to Mobsters who don’t dress like out-of-shape break dancers or Rick Pitinos’, I would imagine that they dress more like Dilbert. Google him. He’s cool.
Over the cost of a lifetime, it is a smaller price to pay than assuming the life of someone Spiderman would’ve webbed up in an alley. Thug life.
For the cliché monger who says “School isn’t for me”, that is ridiculous. How about, life isn’t for you. You can’t get an education in your exact shoe size.
P.S. You can educate yourself for free if you’d like, or almost free. Or half-priced, check out Half-Price Bookstore.
Oh, and I typed this blog from my phone…. shut up.