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In regards to film adaptations, video games have been the toughest to crack.  For the most part, we have been raised making our own films when we play the games ourselves.  Playing unbeatable levels gives us more drama and excitement than most film adaptation have even been able to give us.  Since the 1990s, the Warcraft video games have released more than a dozen strategy-based Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Games (MMORPGs) that have entertained us through the years, so it’s a no-brainer that they would try to adapt this as a film.  With the popularity of not only the game, but fantasy films increasing through the years, it would seem like the right time to make an adaptation, so Legendary Pictures gives us Warcraft.  The film is directed by Duncan Jones (Moon, Source Code), so the sci-fi credentials are there. Unfortunately, the film never really “gets it right” and is best described as a missed opportunity. (more…)

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“Synecdoche” is a figure of speech in which a part is made to represent the whole or vice versa, like when a sportscaster says “New York won!” when they really mean “the New York Yankees won!” This grammar lesson is brought to you by this week’s Person of Interest, which sneakily in its title suggested that Team Machine is part of a whole effort, and not alone in the fight to bring balance to the scales of universal justice. In the wake of last week’s sudden death, the show dealt with the loss with humour and pathos, and it dared to show that there’s still hope for our heroes even if they don’t know it. Synecdoche. (more…)

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After spending the majority of last week in the desert, Penny Dreadful returned to full court press this week by engaging all its characters, not to mention its more interesting storylines. Picking up the second after the end of last week’s tense father/son reunion, “No Beast So Fierce” gives us the most tense, though unintentionally hilarious, family dinner ever seen in the American West. On the flip side, a narrative is becoming clear: Victorian England is a man’s world, but that doesn’t mean it has to stay that way. There are new friends made in this hour, and new resentments sewn, but ultimately some trust issues are going to be severely strained. (more…)

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In this week’s Game of Thrones, a whole lot happened. Jon and Sansa began to put their plan of retaking Winterfell into action. Jamie Lannister went to the Riverlands and involved himself in the war of the Tullys and Freys. We got to see yet more politicking between the Lannisters and the Sparrows. Arya now that she no longer is No One, met up with the Faceless Men for a brief confrontation. Theon and his sister stopped for a little R&R and a quick pep talk. Finally, we got to see what an old friend’s been doing since his, ahem, unintended sabbatical from the story, but will they be back in the mix with all the problems involved in Game of Thrones? While this wasn’t as a high-stakes episode as the past two episodes, the ball moved forward and we got yet another great episode of the show.

Warning: This article contains spoilers from the Game of Thrones Season 6 episode “The Broken Man.”

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Looking back on the 2014 reboot of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, the problems begin and end with the idea that April O’Neil is the Chosen One. Before the Turtles were Mutant Ninjas, she befriended them in her father’s lab, named them, and set them free when they were in danger, and it was only through her that the Turtles were able to learn about their true selves and achieve their destiny. Fortunately, the sequel adjusts itself. Out of the Shadows put more emphasis on “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” as opposed to “April O’Neil and the…” And it’s all the better for it. Not great, but definitely not Secret of the Ooze territory.  (more…)

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I remember having a conversation with a friend once about Shrek and the real moral of the story. According to my friend, the moral wasn’t that you have to look beneath the surface to find the good in someone, the moral was that it’s okay to love ugly people so long as you’re ugly too. You’ve got to be asking yourself why I told you that story. It comes from following along the debate for about half-an-hour after the conclusion of Tuesday night’s Person of Interest, and a certain trope that’s become a little common on TV lately this spring. While I can’t deny it’s been a trend, I also think there’s no denying that was still a powerful episode of POI(more…)

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“Sotto Voce.” In Italian, it literally means “under voice,” the intentionally lowering of one’s voice for emphasis. Of course, the emphasis in this episode was on “The Voice” a cunning, criminal mastermind that Team Machine first crossed in season 3’s “Last Call.” It’s rare that the team let’s one get by them, so the chance to tie up this loose end seemed tantalizing, or at least just as tantalizing as the idea of forcing Reese and Fusco to make up by reenacting Assault on Precinct 13. But really, it felt like the last grasp of the old Person of Interest, just the number, no Samaritan nonsense, and a happy reunion for the gang before the final four. (more…)

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A couple of things set Sunday’s Penny Dreadful apart from what’s happened in the series before. First, Eva Green got the week off, which given last week’s emotionally wrought, episode-long flashback to Vanessa’s harrowing days in the asylum was probably for the best. The second unusual happening was that this episode was not written by series creator John Logan, a first for the Penny Dreadful. I had to do a double take when I saw the credit come up and Logan was not listed as the episode’s writer, and while I had hoped it might be a chance for the show to strut with a new voice guiding things, I think it was more a statement on the creator’s interest, or lack thereof, in telling one character’s back story.  (more…)

Jamie Lannister

This week’s Game of Thrones episode “Blood of My Blood” dropped a few bombs for everyone. The showdown between the Tyrell/Lannisters and the High Sparrow didn’t go as planned. Arya finally made a choice if she was going to be No One. We got reunited with someone from a long time ago! And of course, Danny got to deliver yet another badass speech.

Warning: This article contains spoilers from the “Game of Thrones” Season 6 episode “The Door.”

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TV RECAP: ‘Arrow’ – S4E23 – “Schism”

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I’m not sure how to feel about “Schism” on the whole, and I’m not sure exactly how to feel about the fourth season of Arrow in its entirety. On the one hand, this season finale was probably the best it could have been given the various developments built into the story arc over the last year, but on the other hand, the ending left me kind of empty. The very ending that is, as the writers seemed to be contorting the characters to seem even more conflicted than they have to be rather than just accepting that they were able to achieve the impossible and defeated the most powerful bad guy they’ve faced yet. But let’s not get ahead of ourselves…. (more…)