So this is what it’s like to be surprised by this show again.
For a lot of viewers, Oathkeeper will be a great return to form after last week’s somewhat-middling episode – but for book-viewers specifically, it will go down as an episode verging on obscenely significant. For the first time, they were the ones being spoiled on the events that have yet to unfold in the remaining books in the series, and it made this episode exciting in a whole new way.
WARNING – SPOILERS AHEAD
Oathkeeper picked things up right where they left off with Dany & Grey Worm triggering a slave uprising in the city of Mereen and I genuinely felt like this was Dany’s strongest episode so far. Although it still struggles from this recurring problem where Dany’s whole chunk of the episode takes up five to ten minutes when it could be made to feel a lot more meaningful and significant if it was stretched out/broken up – as satisfying as it feels to watch Daenerys take all these cities, it’s undermined in a bunch of ways by just how easy she makes it look.
I also found the visual design and architecture here to be really interesting. I wasn’t quite how I imagined Mereen to be when I read the books but it definitely captured a very distinct sense of place. Barristan’s attempt to dissuade her from crucifying the masters was something absent from the book but also great to see and dead-on for his character. Hopefully more of this moral ambiguity starts to creep into Dany’s plotline as the season goes on and we start to see her discover, just like Robb Stark and Robert Baratheon before her, that being a good conqueror doesn’t make you a great ruler.
Given last week’s debacle, it was nice to see Jaime back on track here. Although there was some unavoidable dissonance between how he acted in last and this week’s scenes, Nicholaj Coster-Waldau nailed his scenes this week. There were plenty of great lines to be had in his sparring with Bronn and his catch-up with Tyrion. The latter was quite brilliant since despite the pair barely having a scene together since the first season, they still managed to perfectly capture the relationship between the two brothers. That said, the highlight of Oathkeeper was by far the sequence where Jaime charged Brienne with finding Sansa and Arya, gifting her not only a new set of armor (which for a moment there I thought would be an Iron Man-style power suit) and his Valyrian sword (appropriately named Oathkeeper) but also a companion for her journey – Podrick!
Part of me wishes that this episode’s scene with Littlefinger was in last week, it would have rounded out the direction his and Sansa’s plotline is taking and while the reveal that Joffery’s demise was his and the Tyrell’s handiwork was intriguing to see, the straightforwardness with which the murder-mystery was resolved (for the audience, at least) felt a bit underwhelming. That said, the transition here from Littlefinger’s monologue to Olenna Tyrell’s was very smooth and her scene with as usual, she and Margaery played off each other marvelously. Olenna’s line about marrying a Targaryen “being all the rage back then” was particularly funny and given that she’s due to be heading back to Highgarden any day now, it’ll be a shame to see her go.
This episode also gave us another look at the kind of king that Tommen is going to be now that he’s snuck out from Joffery’s shadow. Margaery’s midnight visitation scene was definitely a bit weird and creepy – something unavoidable given the age difference between the pair – but I think it understood that, and it managed to make it work by portraying even Margaery as a little uncomfortable with the whole thing. This episode also included the long-awaited debut of Tommen’s pet cat, Ser Pounce, and we can only pray to the old gods and the new for paw-erful appearances from him in future episodes.
While things are beginning to cool down in Kings Landing, things are (ironically) beginning to heat up in the North. Jon and Alliser Thorne had some frosty words this week and it was interesting to see Jon handle being taken down from the badass he’s been the last few seasons now that he’s back at Castle Black and without Mormont’s protection.
While the impending threats of both Mance’s attack and the Mutineers were both at the forefront of the story, this episode also saw the first rumblings of The Watch’s need to elect a new Lord Commander and the re-introduction of Locke. His attempts to foster a friendship with Jon were unnerving to watch given the past brutalities we know he’s capable of and it’s pretty clear that he’s not going to be trekking up to Craster’s Keep for the nicest of motives.
Burn Gorman does a great job as the leading man of the ex-Brothers of the Night’s Watch hanging out at Craster’s Keep, Karl Tanner. Between the borderline-absurd amounts of rape shown in this part of the episode, the mistreatment of Hodor and the capturing of Bran, he did everything in his power to make us hate him – and damn, given how eager I am to see Jon arrive, free Ghost and deliver some swift Stark justice.
And now we come to the Night’s King. This final stretch of the episode was absolutely chilling to watch and the muted scoring here definitely brought the vivid sequence to life. While book-readers have long suspected there was some sort of organized force behind the White Walkers, this episode was both a confirmation of that and the first glimpse at the leader of the Walkers confirmed by HBO as the Night’s King. The Night’s King was a commander of the Night’s Watch who went rogue, married a female White Walker and had his name stricken from history for his crimes. The books have mentioned the Night’s King in stories on a number of occasions but the reveal of him as potentially the direct series antagonist is a pretty world-shaking one for the book-fans. It’s the first time that the show has potentially spoiled the final two books and as we get closer to the end of the series published material, it won’t be the last.
Given that the editor and writer of the episode was the same guy behind Cripples, Bastards and Broken Things and What is Dead May Never Die, there should be very little surprise that this episode was a stellar one and given the implications of the final scenes, Oathkeeper is one that won’t be soon forgotten.
Need For Speed Heat Australian Release Date
The Need For Speed Heat Australian release date is November 8 2019. The game will be published by Electronic Arts and comes developed by Ghost Games. The game will be available on Xbox One, PS4 and PC.
EA says “The game deepens and expands everything Need for Speed fans love – expressive customisation, authentic urban car culture, and an immersive narrative that pulls you into the game.”
What is Need For Speed Heat about?
Need for Speed Heat sends fans to Palm City, a brand-new open world where street racers have gathered to make their names known. By day, players compete in the Speedhunters Showdown, a sanctioned competition where they earn Bank to customise and upgrade their garage of high-performance cars. At night, players risk it all to build their Rep in underground races where a rogue police task force roams the streets, ready to take racers down and swipe all their earnings. The roads, the risks, and the rides never end in this street racer where a player can roll deep with their crew, build their garage full of hot cars, and make the city their nonstop playground.
Riley Cooper, Creative Director at Ghost Games said “Our fans have been clear that they want more cars, more customisation, and more challenges, and we’re tuning up on every aspect. From your character’s style to your car’s performance and your driving style, we’re fuelling everyone’s creativity with this new game.”
Once Upon A Time In Hollywood Review
Once Upon A Time In Hollywood is a film which comes written and directed by Quentin Tarantino who some may know for films such as The Hateful Eight (2015) or Pulp Fiction (1994). The film stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie, Dakota Fanning and Al Pacino. Once Upon A Time In Hollywood is about a fading Hollywood actor and his stunt double who are striving to achieve success in the final years of the Hollywood golden age.
Before going into this film, I must admit I was quite excited about it. This is the 9th film from Quentin Tarantino, who is one of my favourite directors of all time and the cast is filled with so many great actors there’s no reason to not want to see this one. Even though my expectations for this film were set very high, I came out of the cinema incredibly happy, very entertained and extremely impressed with what I just saw. Quentin Tarantino has truly delivered something very special this year and I highly recommend going to see it.
The way the story is told is very interesting. The audience follows the career of Rick Dalton (Leonardo DiCaprio) who is trying to maintain his stardom and Hollywood status in a time when things are changing. The actor is trying to transition from being a major TV star to a Hollywood actor, but it’s very difficult. On top of this, Rick Dalton is ageing and he is no longer in his prime, he’s sort of becoming obsolete. Cliff (Brad Pitt) is sharing a similar fate with his career tied to the success or failure of Rick’s. In contrast to these two, Sharon Tate (Margot Robbie) is a character who is everything good about Hollywood in 1969, her personality is welcoming, she helps people and she’s friendly. Quentin Tarantino’s Sharon Tate is the ideal Hollywood star of the time.
Quentin Tarantino with this film captured the spirit and essence of Hollywood in 1969. I felt like I was watching real people going through real things. The attention to detail on each of the characters and also watching them develop as the film progresses was very well done. This film also one has of the best endings and is maybe the best film that I’ve seen in 2019.
The actors were all great, I really enjoyed watching Leonardo DiCaprio in this film. The actor has a very wide range of things he could do as his character Rick Dalton is going through quite a lot and there are a lot of different emotional elements. On top of this, as a character who is an actor, Rick is seen acting in other films within this film as different characters he is playing. There are some very good performances within this film from Rick Dalton and in some ways, I wish I could watch the films that he was making within this film. Brad Pitt does very well and so too does Margot Robbie. Dakota Fanning surprised me a lot in this film as I didn’t even recognise her as Squeaky Fromme, she was only in the film for a bit, but for that time she was, she was very impactful.
Overall, I have no further comments to make about this film without having to go into major spoilers discussing all the different elements of it. It’s hard to write a long review for a film when everything was awesome in it. The directing, acting, writing, music and everything else about Once Upon A Time In Hollywood was awesome and Quentin Tarantino exceeded my expectations for this film. It may just be one of his best ones yet. I highly recommend going to see it at the cinema this week or as soon as you can. I am already wanting to see it a second time and probably will re-watch it on Blu-Ray when it’s released.
Crawl is a film which comes directed by Alexendre Aja who some may know as the director of The Hills Have Eyes (2006). The film stars Kaya Scodelario and Barry Pepper.
Crawl is a film about a young woman named Haley (Kaya Scodelario) who attempts to save her father (Barry Pepper) who is trapped in his house during a category 5 hurricane. Tremendous damage has occurred to the home and the surrounding area during the storm, with the streets slowly flooding But that’s not the only danger to be wary of, the flood waters have paved the way for dozens of alligators to come into town and they’re ready to feast on anyone still around. Will poor Haley and her father survive though?
Going into this film. I was actually quite excited. I do enjoy these action films where there’s some creature out there and it’s preying on whatever character the film is about. This film is a little similar to The Meg, but it most reminded me of Anacondas (2004). All of these films and Crawl included wouldn’t be ones I’d say were legendary films, but gosh, I definitely have fun watching them!
Crawl as a story is about survival. There are themes all throughout it related to man vs nature and also the idea of the apex predator is scattered all throughout it. Both characters in the film are constantly challenged and struggle to survive in the a town getting torn apart by the storm.
The main reason most people would go to see Crawl at the cinema would be for the action and that’s the same reason I wanted to go along and see this one. I wanted to see what the alligators could do and I wanted to see some people get eaten up. Did I get that? I certainly did! Did I need much more out of this? Probably not.
As for Crawl being scary. I’m not too sure, I find it all quite fun. But there are people who this would probably frighten a little. Much of the film is cgi and for what it is and for the type of movie this is I think it was just the right quality. They didn’t try to go too big like in The Meg where the cgi seemed to struggle in certain areas. Although the limitations of the cgi are visible in Crawl, it’s not too bad in the end.
The acting in Crawl isn’t too bad. Kaya Scodelario is who you’ll be watching for basically the entire film and she delivers a pleasant performance. Some may recognise this actress from her appearance in The Maze Runner (2014) where she played Teresa. Hopefully there is more to come from her in future films.
The tone of the film, while at times can be a little intense with all the danger out there did actually feel a little light. Alexandre Aja seemed to keep the tone not too serious and embraced the silliness of it all in certain areas to keep it light and fun. But it was also tense and scary when it needed to be.
Overall I had a good time with Crawl at the cinema last week. This isn’t a film that is going to blow anyone away with how good it is, but it’s something to see for a bit of fun over the weekend. You get to watch two characters try to survive a massive hurricane and not get eaten by alligators. Crawl was 1 hour and 27 minutes of fun!
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