Sunday, April 28, 2013

TV On The Throne: A Game of Thrones Podcast S3E04 - "And Now His Watch Is Ended"

And Now His Watch Is Ended: Sean, Lynn and Andrew talk about misperceptions of power and loyalty in the latest episode of Game of Thrones. There is some speculation as to where the intrigues of this season are headed and a comparison between the failing philosophies of the Night's Watch and the Jedi Knights. It was only a matter of time until we starting making Star Wars comparisons, folks...

Sunday, April 21, 2013

TVAMD Episode 181: Evil Dead!

Sean, Gary and Andrew talk about the new Evil Dead remake and what it might mean for the future of the franchise, the return of Ash and a possible Army of Darkness 2.

There is also some talk of Star Wars action figures and other 80's toy lines like GI Joe, Transformers and MASK. And the subject of Prometheus comes up again, but only briefly.

Saturday, April 20, 2013

TV On The Throne: A Game of Thrones S3E03 - "Walk of Punishment"

Walk of Punishment: Sean, Andrew and Gary dissect the latest Game of Thrones episode. The brutality of war and the questionable ethics of the nobility that starts wars is a big focus of the discussion, but it quickly degenerates into an awkward examination of how prominently the threat of rape factors into this episode and the show in general.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

TVAMD minisode: The Hobbit... again!

Sean and Lynn take a few minutes to get Greg's take on the Hobbit, since he missed out on the last 8 times we've covered this topic. And we've still got two movies to go, folks...

Sunday, April 14, 2013

TVAMD Episode 180: How We'd Do It - Prometheus, Part 2

Sean, Andrew and Greg wrap up their reconstructive criticism of Prometheus. Then they look forward to the Summer movies that might be awesome: Man of Steel, Star Trek, World War Z, Iron Man 3... that's a lot of good movies on the way with any luck. They also talk a little bit about Oz the Great and Powerful, Morgan Freeman, screaming goats and Evan Almighty.

Saturday, April 13, 2013

TV Ate My Dinner minisode - GI Joe: Retaliation!

Sean, Lynn and Andrew take a few minutes to review the pros and cons of the new GI Joe sequel.

TV on the Throne: A Game of Thrones Podcast S3E02- "Dark Wings, Dark Words"

Dark Wings, Dark Words: Sean, Lynn and Andrew talk about Episode 2 of Season 3 with an emphasis on the importance of character development, plot structure, and the awkwardness of sex scenes in prose.

Monday, April 8, 2013

GI Joe: Retaliation

This movie isn't great, let's just say it. But the effort to resurrect this franchise after the incomprehensible nonsense of its predecessor is not for nothing. The original trailers promised that everybody would die and had no clips of any returning characters from the first film. Then it dropped off last summer's roster to boost up the film for a 3-D release, which pretty much suggested that test audiences weren't impressed in initial screenings.

So I went in with very little expectation, which I think is probably best. Channing Tatum does return as Duke, and the movie follows where the first film left off, with Zartan impersonating the US President. But it's obvious that the movie intended to take a new direction, which is the best thing about it. In what also seems to be an effort to keep the budget a little lower than the first movie, the characters and story make a little more sense instead of constantly degenerating into mindless FX. Instead of silly black jumpsuits and iron man supersuits, the Joes actually dress like soldiers. Sometimes they even act like soldiers. Flint is kind of generic, but the Rock is awesome as Road Block and Adrianne Palicki as Lady Jaye makes up for the absence of Rachel Nichols. Bruce Willis' presence in the movie is an awkward ploy to give it some action cred, but it doesn't hurt.

Cobra Commander is pretty cool and all the Cobra guys feel more like they ought to, where they never really worked in the first movie. Snake Eyes doesn't have an unsettling molded mouth in his mask and his outfit looks more like the cool body armor it's meant to be.

The dialogue is stale and the jokes are by-the-numbers one-liners that don't really land, and the movie overall would just be okay if not for the awesome mountaintop ninja-fight halfway through. That fight scene is nothing short of badass and makes the whole movie worth it. Overall this movie's decent and it leaves the franchise in a much better position for future sequels, if it comes to that.

If nothing else, it's certainly better than the first one.

Sunday, April 7, 2013

TVAMD Episode 179: How We'd Do It - Prometheus

Sean, Andrew and Greg take on the challenge of reimagining Prometheus into a story that actually makes sense. Plus there's a little bit of talk about Oz the Great and Powerful and Star Wars: The Clone Wars.

Saturday, April 6, 2013

TV on the Throne: A Game of Thrones Podcast S3E01- "Valar Dohaeris"

Valar Dohaeris: TV Ate My Dinner presents its first official spin-off! Sean, Andrew and Lynn discuss the ins and outs of the Season 3 premiere of Game of Thrones. Dragons! Zombies! Giants! Nipple-less slave soldiers! Looks like Season 3's off to a good start.

Cool link: Game of Thrones theme - acoustic version

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