Game Of Thrones Moment: Blackwater

May 28, 2012 at 9:44 am

Game Of Thrones Moment: Blackwater | Season 2 Episode 9 Review


How the hell am I supposed to pick ONE moment after that!?  That was by far my favorite episode of Game of Thrones.  Period.  Just one week after my least favorite episode of the season too.

Finally…  Finally!  Stannis has come to King’s Landing and what an entrance it was.  My first instinct was to choose the impossibly huge wild fire explosion that engulfed men and ships in awesome green flames.  Or perhaps the moment was the incredibly brutal battle itself that was worthy of the silver screen.  At one point, I veered towards the end of the episode which surprised me.  I’m always thankful for twists I don’t see coming.  (Still…  I do want to read the books now.)

Blackwater was an absolute triumph when it comes to achievements in television.  To stage such a huge battle is a monumental accomplishment.  It’s the most fun I’ve had watching television since the season 4 finale of Dexter.

For me, choosing the best moment from Blackwater came down to character over action.  Courage over spectacle.  The Half Man.


“Those are brave men knocking at our door.  Let’s go kill them!”

Game Of Thrones Moment: Blackwater | Season 2 Episode 9 Review

Tyrion has long been my favorite character and I’m definitely not the only one who feels that way.  His growth in King’s Landing has been the spine of the season.  And now he shines in what may be the moment of the season.  Tyrion’s biggest moment.  Inspiring the men to fight was a grand speech but heading out to fight Stannis’ men was a phenomenal moment.

It’s unfortunate that he was hurt but it made his act of bravery even sweeter.  It’ll be interesting to see how Tywin rewards his son.  What will become of The Cowardly King’s Hand now that Tywin has come to King’s Landing?


The rest of the episode was mostly devoted to a drunken Cersei and some wonderful Sansa moments:

“The worst ones always live.”

Game Of Thrones Moment: Blackwater | Season 2 Episode 9 Review

Her journey with The Hound will certainly be interesting to say the least.  The real treat here was the battle itself.  Gigantic, violent and full of ‘holy crap’ moments.  I suppose my only real complaint was the absence of both Melisandre and the smoke monster.

It’s been a while since we’ve heard from old Smokey.  Why wasn’t it around during this crucial battle?  That’s just one of many questions this episode set up for the finale next week.  One episode left…  Starting to get sad…

Catch up on past episodes here:

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Episode 8 Moment

Indie Features, Trailers, Short Films and a Web Based TV Network

May 27, 2012 at 8:45 am

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A cool Sci Fi short film directed by Clark Baker.  Awesome creature work BTW!

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Should The Avengers Get An Oscar Nomination? Could The Dark Knight Rises?

May 23, 2012 at 8:43 am

Should The Avengers Get An Oscar Nomination?


Movies vs Films…  I like to think my taste in movies falls somewhere in between.  So while I LOVE the summer movie season, I’m also a big fan of the dramas that regularly populate the awards season each year.

I’ve seen The Avengers three times.  I love that movie.  Critics love that movie.  Audiences around the world love that movie.  But… Is Marvel’s The Avengers an Oscar contender?

The most fun I’ve ever had watching the Oscars was the year Return of the King dominated.  I felt like I was cheering for the Blue Jays. (My favorite sports team.)  Eleven times they announced that fantasy ruled the cinematic world that year.  I was filled with a sense of pride.  It’s fun to cheer on the movies you love.

On the other hand, sometimes your favorites aren’t even nominated.  The Dark Knight did NOT receive a best picture nod which was incredibly frustrating for me.  Realistically, I didn’t expect it to win but I felt that Christopher Nolan’s masterpiece deserved at least a nomination.  Thankfully, the Academy did recognize Heath Ledger’s legendary performance as The Joker.

Should The Avengers Get An Oscar Nomination?

With Gladiator being a notable exception, there haven’t been many summer action movies in contention come awards season.  I suppose Avatar kind of fits the bill but it was released in December.  Still, the landscape has changed a lot since Peter Jackson received the night’s final and most prestigious award.

With Christopher Nolan’s Batman franchise leading the way, superhero movies have evolved immensely.  It’s a series of films that made all of us believe comic book movies can be Oscar contenders.  Perhaps it’s time the Academy took notice of the blockbuster entertainment being served in the Summer months.

Want to spice up the Oscar broadcast?  Stick a summer horse in the race if it deserves it.  What’s the worst that could happen?

Having said that, before that plan can work, the movies must deliver.  For every Dark Knight there is a Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen after all.

Should The Avengers Get An Oscar Nomination?


First and foremost, The Avengers delivered on impossibly huge expectations.  It was a FUN movie.  Marvel’s universe collided on the big screen and crushed box office records in the process.  To say that Joss Whedon’s film is an overwhelming success is an understatement.  90%+ on Rotten Tomatoes from the critics and the fans and over billion dollars grossed and counting.

The Avengers is a movie that nearly everyone seemed to love.  That’s an award worthy movie in my books.  Again I stress I don’t think it would win but a little comic book love is overdue isn’t it?

To me, the brains behind The Avengers deserve an Oscar nomination JUST for pulling it off.  Merging 4 larger than life heroes into one movie that delivers is an achievement worth recognizing.  Not only that, the seamless blend of action, character and humor was so much fun to watch…  Three times.

Of course, two summer movies sneaking in would be a bit farfetched.  But what if? What if TDKR and The Avengers are deserving?

XTRA | The Dark Knight Rises Trailer Top 5 Moments.

It’ll be interesting to see the results after The Dark Knight Rises launches this July.  Will Christopher Nolan’s Gotham enjoy the same fate as Peter Jackson’s Middle Earth?  Part of me thinks The Dark Knight Rises may prevent The Avengers from getting a nomination.  Is this a year we see not one but two comic book movies honored on Oscar night?

…  Let’s not get ahead of ourselves.

For now, The Avengers will continue tearing up screens around the world.  I’m already looking forward to adding the blu ray to my collection.  I’m thankful The Avengers exists especially after such a long wait to finally see it.  It exceeded my expectations and will most definitely appear on my Top 5 movies of 2012.

But will it be in the Top 5-10 come Oscar time?  I wouldn’t be surprised if it wasn’t but wouldn’t it be cool if it was?

Should The Avengers Get An Oscar Nomination?

Game Of Thrones Moment: The Prince Of Winterfell

May 22, 2012 at 10:18 am

Game Of Thrones Moment: The Prince of Winterfell | Season 2 Episode 8 Review


I hate to say it but this may have been my least favorite episode of season 2…  But this is Game of Thrones after all so that’s pretty much giving it a 7/10 instead of 9 or 10.  There was a LOT of talking in this episode as the players move towards their penultimate destinations.

Stannis is knocking on King Joffrey’s front door.  Tywin marches towards Robb who has a separate force ready to reclaim Winterfell.  Daenery’s is on route to reclaim her children from the House of the Undying.

In the middle stands Tyrion has his quest to clean up the mess his nephew has caused in King’s Landing without revealing his love for Shae.  Brienne escorting Jaime amidst constant teasing at her expense.   Kat having to deal with Robb’s anger after freeing Jaime in the first place.  John Snow not doing much in the north except fearing people with skull masks.  But the most entertaining conversation in the episode was courtesy of Arya and Jaqen.

So this week’s moment is revealed.

“Un-name me.”

Game Of Thrones Moment: The Prince of Winterfell | Season 2 Episode 8 Review

Even though it was incredibly frustrating to have Tywin right in front of her without naming him, I thought Arya’s quick thinking was pretty great.  Naming Jaqen knowing he would honor his word was a brilliant way to get what she wanted.  Freedom.  His reaction was priceless.  It’ll be interesting to see where Jaqen pops up next.  He’s slowly creeping up my list of favorite characters on the show.

“The girl must do as she’s told.”

Still, she should have named Tywin first but I understand it’s a TV show and that’s a crappy way to kill off such a strong character.


While nothing MAJOR happened in this episode, it was still necessary to prepare us for the season’s final episodes.  The only real disappointment this season has been John Snow’s storyline.  It’s…  Just okay.  I can’t help but wonder if his journey is more of a seed for Season 3 rather than a vital component of Season 2.

All in all, it was another solid episode of Game of Thrones.  It just wasn’t as amazing as the others before it and certainly will pale in comparison to what lies ahead.

Catch up on past episodes here:

Episode 1 Moment
Episode 2 Moment
Episode 3 Moment
Episode 4 Moment
Episode 5 Moment
Episode 6 Moment
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Short Films, Animation, Web Series & More

May 16, 2012 at 10:29 pm

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Have you watched a short film today?


A sweet and heartfelt short film written and Directed by Takashi Doscher.


Here is a well put together and stylish short directed by Daniel Fahre.  Great looking car accident!

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Here is a short film by Jasmin Lai completely created with Photoshop.

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Winner of Outstanding Comedy and Outstanding Actress (Melanie Minichino) at LA Web Fest 2012.  Check out an episode below and be sure to stop by Melanie’s site here.

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