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Sunday, March 4, 2018

TV-Series Review Game of Thrones: The Complete Seasons 1-7

TV-Series Review - Game of Thrones: The Complete Seasons

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

Game of Thrones: The Complete Seasons 1-7
Game of Thrones: The Complete Seasons 1-7

Game of Thrones: The Complete Seasons
From the scheming south and the savage eastern lands, to the frozen north and ancient Wall that protects the realm from the mysterious darkness beyond. The powerful families of the Seven Kingdoms are locked in a battle for the Iron Throne. Game of Thrones, spans across the fictional continent of Westeros.

Game of Thrones Characters:
Game of Thrones is a thrilling journey through a riveting and unforgettable landscape. This is a story of duplicity and treachery, nobility and honor, conquest and triumph. In the Game of Thrones, you either win or you die.

Game of Thones is one of my favorite shows of all-time. The story is brutal and tragic, yet engrossing and compelling. The characters are wonderfully written, and everything from character motivations to the dialogue and action sequences are superb. The show also has top notch production values, as the environment, props, and wardrobes look magnificent. GOT is a beauty.

The packaging is awesome, as it has been on all of the season blu rays. The discs are in flip book, which go into a sleeve, which has a paper sleeve over top of it all. This season has black and brown artwork, which looks lovely. Very happy with the packaging. The insert also has a complete character guide, breaking down the different families/houses, and a full map of Westeros.

Extras include a complete guide to Westeros, making of featurette, in episode guides, histories and lore, audio commentaries, deleted scenes, and a plethora of behind the scenes featurettes.

The episodes look amazing on blu ray. The 1080p really shines on this series, and everything look breathtakingly beautiful. The characters, scenery, wardrobes, etc all look excellent. The 5.1 audio is great too. The score is brilliant and the metal swords and armor clanging sound great. Sound and Video are easy 10/10.

Overall this is an excellent 1st season in this great series. I enjoyed every episode, and always recommend this show to anyone I talk to about movies/tv. Game of Thrones gets my highest recommendation, and the blu ray sets are glorious. This is the best show on television, in my humble opinion.
The casting is excellent and the plotline riveting from the first episode, even when I can't keep all the Houses straight! (That's when the capability to rescreen comes in handy - and it helps to keep a novel with the appendix of Houses at your elbow.)

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
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Game of Thrones: The Complete Seasons 1-7

  • Genres: Drama, Fantasy, Romance, Action & Adventure
  • Starring: Various Artist
  • Supporting actors: Various Artist
  • Directors: Various
  • Producers: Various
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 7
  • Studio: HBO
  • DVD Release Date: December 12, 2017
  • Run Time: 3800 minutes
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Game of Thrones: The Complete Seasons 1-7

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Movie Review Fifty Shades Freed

Movie Review - Fifty Shades Freed

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Fifty Shades Freed

Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson return as Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele in Fifty Shades Freed, the climactic chapter based on the worldwide bestselling “Fifty Shades” phenomenon. Bringing to a shocking conclusion events set in motion in 2015 and 2017’s blockbuster films that grossed almost $950 million globally, the film arrives for Valentine’s Day 2018. Believing they have left behind shadowy figures from their past, newlyweds Christian and Ana fully embrace an inextricable connection and shared life of luxury. But just as she steps into her role as Mrs. Grey and he relaxes into an unfamiliar stability, new threats could jeopardize their happy ending before it even begins.


Fifty Shades Freed is the conclusion of the Fifty Shades trilogy that delivers what the fans love and want so much: lots of steamy sex scenes, the story being pretty faithful to the original source and good performances by Jamie Dornan, Dakota Johnson and the rest of the cast.

The movie shows us the life of Ana and Christian after getting married. Will steamy sex be enough for them to live happily ever after? The couple is put through tests like people from the past determined to ruin their happiness, Ana's adjustment to Christian's fortune, unexpected pregnancies and Ana dealing with being now a Grey. I gotta say the movie is enjoyable, as it includes the key parts of the book on the movie, but some other parts feel rushed and superficial. Some of the important characters are barely on two or three scenes with one or two lines, and it feels like they spend so much minutes on sex rather on creating a more deep and meaningful ending to the series, but let's also consider that this is the shortest Fifty Shades film.

I still believe this is a good conclusion to the series, as it delivers romantic (and of course sexy) moments that are memorable and amazing and that will make you miss Ana and Christian as soon as you leave the movie theater. Even if this is not your "award winning" kind of movie, I will always remember this movie series as your non-so typical love story and good entertainment! Die-hard fans and regular moviegoers will be pleased. Don't listen to professional reviews. If you enjoyed the past movies, you will enjoy FSF too. Worth the pre-order.
 
I loved this last movie. It was done so much better than the other two. I know people are complaining that everything wasn’t in the movie. It’s very difficult to tell a whole book in 2 hours. All of the best moments in the book were there. I loved the end. I’m just sorry that their love story is over. You will love this last movie it has a little bit of everything for everyone.
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Fifty Shades Freed

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Sunday, February 18, 2018

Movie Review Outlander Seasons 5

Movie Review - Outlander Seasons 5

Outlander Season 5 - Den of Geek

Outlander Seasons 5 Serials :
  1. Sassenach
  2. Castle Leoch
  3. The Way Out
  4. The Gathering
  5. Rent
  6. The Garrison Commander
  7. The Wedding
  8. Both Sides Now

While on a second honeymoon with her husband, British combat nurse Claire Randall is transported back in time to 1743 Scotland. Accused of being a spy, she is catapulted into danger and finds herself torn between two men in vastly different times. Diana Gabaldon's best-selling book series is stunningly realized by Executive Producer Ronald D. Moore in Season One's first eight episodes.
I realize most buying this will already be fans of the books/show and have seen the episodes but for any newbies who saw this as a suggested purchase and want to know more, here's what I can tell you. (I've watched the entire show so far and am reading the first book).

First off, ignore the part of the description that says "epic travel through time." This is not a time-travel or science fiction story. It's about Claire Randall, a combat nurse in the 1940s who goes to Scotland after the second world war to reconnect with her husband (Frank)/have a second honeymoon. Not realizing the place they're travelling to is a place for some pagan/druid activity, Claire accidentally time-travels through some standing stones after watching a druid ritual and ends up in 1700s Scotland. From there it turns into an adventure/historical fiction story when Claire runs into and is kidnapped of sorts by some Scottish Highlanders who don't know what to make of an Englishwoman running around in that area. She's taken back to their clan's Scottish castle and not knowing how to escape and go back to her own time or what to do next, has to cope with living in an era where there's a lot of Scottish clan politics (and clashing with the English soldiers who occupy the Scottish territories). At the same time she has to be very careful to hide the secret of who she really is and where she really came from, not easy to do because Claire is very much an independent, stubborn, forthright person and harder still when she is "hired" to be the healer of the Mackenzie clan (the clan of the castle/property she's taken to). It doesn't help that she attracts the attention of an English garrison commander - a brutal, sociopathic, sadistic English captain who is none other than her husband's ancestor. And it really doesn't help that she might be developing smooshy feelings for one of the very, very handsome soldiers at Castle Leoch. (Why can't I fall through standing stones and meet some gorgeous guys in kilts? Surely Houston must have some standing stones somewhere?)

From showrunner/executive producer Ronald D. Moore (Battlestar Galactica), the show is beautifully executed and very faithfully adapted. Much of it so far is right out of the book. Of course this doesn't mean it's exactly to the letter how it'll be in the book because television doesn't work that way but it's very closely done (author Diana Gabaldon is a close consultant on the show and has a fun cameo in episode 4 "The Gathering.") Here's my opinion on the show for what it's worth: I actually like it better than the book. I'm really enjoying the book but watching the show, I can tell the show makes some slight tweaks here and there (scenes added, certain lines in the book given to other characters, etc.) that make the storytelling smoother and an easier transition to tv. It's like if the book is a pretty wooden carving, the show is the same carving, but sanded and oiled. There are so many parts in the books where it just wouldn't work to have the show film them as is. The show also softens some of the characters (including Jamie and Claire), so while it stays true to the essence of their characters, they're also made easier to like and relate to.

The actors, costumes, sets, music, etc., everything is breathtakingly realistic and very well produced; unlike so many American period shows, the characters look and act like real people. The costumes (done by Moore's wife costume designer Terry Dresbach) actually look like period clothes and not like they were picked up from the 1700s Scotland Gap like they would in any other show. It's a very expensive production so their attention to detail is amazing and really pulls you into the new world Claire is thrown into (with some occasional flashbacks to the 1940s lives of Claire and Frank). One warning: the Highlanders' accents are sometimes hard to understand and the Gaelic (native Scottish language of that time period) is not subtitled, but if you pay close attention, it doesn't need to be and you can understand the context of what they're saying.

I've seen a lot of comparisons to Game of Thrones. This is nothing like Game of Thrones which is high-concept fantasy. I haven't read the rest of the books yet but from what I've heard, Outlander's books (and the show) are really more historical fiction and not fantasy. Some people complain it's slow at times but it's never boring or unengaging. The first few episodes have to have some quieter moments to set up all the characters, storylines and conflicts. The only negative thing I have to say - not really negative so much as a warning - is it is extremely gritty and graphic. This is made for the Starz network, the same network that had The White Queen, Spartacus and Black Sails. If graphic sex scenes and very graphic blood and gore and draconian punishments are not for you, neither is this show. It's not family friendly, absolutely not for kids or the squeamish and there are some rather disturbing scenes in just the first few episodes, so be mindful who you watch it with. Much as I love the show, there are scenes of it I simply won't watch again - I'll either skip them or mute and leave the room.

Diana Gabaldon has told the story many times of the failures in making this into a project for the screen before and she agrees - and so do the books' fans - they really couldn't have seen a better job done with this than Ron Moore has done. I highly recommend this (with the above caveats in mind) if you liked the books or like this kind of show in general.
 
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Outlander

  • Genres : Fantasy, Drama, Romance
  • Director : Metin Hüseyin, Anna Foerster, Brian Kelly, Mike Barker, Philip John, Brendan Maher, John Dahl, Richard Clark, Douglas Mackinnon, Norma Bailey, Charlotte Brändström, Jennifer Getzinger, David Moore, Matthew B. Roberts, Julian Holmes
  • Starring  : Caitriona Balfe, Sam Heughan
  • Supporting actors  : Duncan Lacroix, Tobias Menzies, Grant O'Rourke, Graham McTavish, Stephen Walters, Romann Berrux, Andrew Gower, Lotte Verbeek, Laura Donnelly, Steven Cree, Bill Paterson, Keith Fleming, James Allenby-Kirk, Nell Hudson, Finn Den Hertog, Gary Lewis, César Domboy, Gary Young
  • Season year : 2014
  • Network : Starz
  • Producers : Toni Graphia, Toni Graphia, Matthew B. Roberts, Matthew B. Roberts, Matthew B. Roberts, Elicia Bessette, David Brown, Ronald D. Moore, Maril Davis, Maril Davis, Anne Kenney, Anne Kenney, Ira Steven Behr, Ira Steven Behr, Michael O'Halloran, Paulo De Oliveira, Karen Campbell, Shannon Goss, Ben McGinnis, Michael Wilson
  • Format : Prime Video (Streaming Online Video)
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Saturday, February 17, 2018

Movie Review The Choice

Movie Review - The Choice

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The Choice
From Nicholas Sparks, the best-selling author of The Notebook and Safe Haven, comes this heart-lifting romance about how far we go to keep the hope of love alive.
Starring: Benjamin Walker, Teresa Palmer, Maggie Grace
Runtime: 1 hour, 51 minutes 
 
This movie will be one of my proverbial comfort foods. Though it has been critically panned by a lot of critics, the ONLY critic whose review matters, is mine. I love this movie. You have to suspend your disbelief in some spots, particularly when it comes to the aging (or lack thereof) of the characters and *SPOILER ALERT* the medical improbability that anyone in a coma can look stunning or much less walk out of the hospital without muscle atrophy. Putting those hiccups aside, the movie had me in tears in a very good, cathartic way. I love it!
 
I found myself pulled into this sweet, yet cheesy, love story. I didn't anticipate that. Perhaps it was the setting of the waterfront 1940s cottages and moss-covered trees that evoked feelings of another time. Maybe it was because of the unexpected and deep love these two expressed for each other that I've always wanted, but never really felt I had. It is a story, yes, but it was beautiful in a strange way.
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The Choice

Genres Drama, Romance
Director Ross Katz
Starring Benjamin Walker, Teresa Palmer
Supporting actors Maggie Grace, Alexandra Daddario, Tom Wilkinson, Tom Welling, Jesse C. Boyd, Brad James, Noree Victoria, Anna Enger, Lou Lou Safran, Vance Griswold, Brett Rice, Ashley LeConte Campbell, Sharon Blackwood, Marty Stonerock, Diane Sellers, Wilbur Fitzgerald, Callan White, Brett Kelley
Studio Lionsgate
MPAA rating PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned)
Captions and subtitles English Details
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Movie Review Me Before You

Movie Review - Me Before You

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Me Before You
Film was brilliantly made and held my attention throughout. I loved it until then end. Terrible and tragic ending. This movie left me angry and heartbroken! To avoid spoilers read no further.
My aunt who is paralyzed from the neck down is the strongest and most inspiring woman I have ever met. If she would have taken control into her own hands and ended her life, so many people would have missed out on the blessing it is just to know her. So many people have been impacted by her, and brought to Jesus because of it. She is not holding anyone back. 

For this movie to imply that those with disables do so is utterly disgusting. I am angered to even have spent the time watching it. It could have ended beautifully, with Tim choosing to live out the remainder of his life as God intended, doing the most he could with what he was given, impacting others, and sharing his life with Lou. He could have went along side her through her journey. What an amazing love story that would be about sacrificial love. Instead, it ended with him selfishly taking matters into his own hands and taking the easy way out. 

I know it's just a movie but this just made me realize how devastating our world is becoming, that somebody would think this is an epic romance.

Great acting. But sad ending. This film gives the message that disabled people are useless and are better off dead, and it isn't our place to discourage them from that. I think disabled people have a lot to live for. This film did a great job of glorifying assisted suicide, and a terrible job of giving hope to people who are disabled.
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Me Before You

A girl in a small town (Emilia Clarke) forms an unlikely bond with a recently-paralyzed man (Sam Claflin) she's taking care of.
Starring: Emilia Clarke, Sam Claflin, Janet McTeer
Runtime: 1 hour, 50 minutes 
Genres Drama, Romance
Director Thea Sharrock
Starring Sam Claflin, Vanessa Kirby
Supporting actors Emilia Clarke, Eileen Dunwoodie, Pablo Raybould, Gabrielle Downey, Henri Charles, Samantha Spiro, Brendan Coyle, Jenna Coleman, Alan Breck, Matthew Lewis, Muzz Khan, Janet McTeer, Charles Dance, Stephen Peacocke, Ben Lloyd-Hughes, Richard Goulding, Diane Morgan, Stephen Chance
Studio New Line
MPAA rating PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned)
Captions and subtitles English Details 

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