I don’t know about you guys but I am totally ready for someone to Kickstart a Westeros courtroom drama reality TV spin-off.
The Laws of Gods and Men was another great episode with viewers getting their first taste of Braavos and practically half-an-episode’s-worth of delicious medieval courtroom drama. It didn’t jump around as much as previous episodes this season but I think was all the better for it.
WARNING – SPOILERS AHEAD
The first part of the episode centered on Davos and Stannis’ visit to the Iron Bank of Braavos. The introduction of Mark Gatiss as Braavosi banker, Tycho Nestoris, was a highlight here. I’m a big fan of Gatiss’ work and have been excited to see him make his appearance in the show since he got cast in the role.
Furthermore, I really dug the architecture of the Iron Bank and it was great to see Davos really step up his game and win the bankers (and no doubt a few more viewers) over to Stannis’ cause. Stannis may not be a Lannister but he definitely plays his debts and Davos makes some good points – Tywin really is the only thing holding the Lannister cause together.
Not too much to say about it, but it was also great to see Salladhor Saan again. He’s such a marvelously well-cast member of Team Dragonstone.
Overall, this episode was another major win for Stannis and it’ll be exciting to see him show off some renewed confidence now that he’s finally back in the game of thrones.
Given the amount of time spent talking in this first part, it was only appropriate the episode jumped to the ruthless Yara/Asha Greyjoy for her attempted-rescue of Theon. I’ve always been a big fan of Gemma Whelan’s take on the character and, as a book-fan, it was great to see Yara/Asha put her trademark axes to work.
What I liked about this stretch of the episode was that it was just as much about Yara/Asha as it was Theon/Reek and the seemingly-invincible Ramsay Snow. Alfie Allen has done a tremendous job capturing the transformation of Theon to Reek and his chemistry with Iwan Rheon’s Ramsay is terrifying. In my opinion, Ramsay has become more of a psychopath than Joffrey ever was and his request for Reek to ‘take on the role of Theon’ again should be interesting to watch unfold whenever this season returns to their plotline.
The episode also touched base with Daenerys takeover of Mereen. It was pretty impressive not just to see how big (and potentially problematic) her dragons are getting but also how good the show is getting at demonstrating it.
The formal of Hizdahr zo Loraq (played by Joel Fry) was also handled quite well. He made a really good case against Dany’s zero-compromises crusade against Slavers Bay and did a great job calling her out on her mistakes. With any luck, he’ll be acting as the mouthpiece for the social upheaval that Daenerys’s occupation has created and his inclusion should keep things interesting over in Essos for a while.
From here, The Laws of Gods and Men brought things back to Kings Landing to focus entirely on Tyrion’s trial. It was a bold move to spend so much time on this sequence but it let them take all they time they needed to get things just right – although it did bother me that Pycelle was able to acquire Sansa’s necklace.
From the brief small council meeting that preceded it to the trial itself, Pedro Pascal really brought his A-game as Oberyn this week. His brief interjections into both the meeting (“I have been to Essos and seen the Unsullied first hand, they are very impressive on the
battlefield. Less so in the bedroom”) and the trial were witty and masterfully played off. Even just focusing on Pascal’s body language alone throughout the episode, it’s clear that he gets his character on so many levels. His brief interchange with Varys this week was another great moment with just as many easter eggs for book-fans as there were fun lines for show-fans.
Jaime also did a great job this week. It was great to see so much screentime spent emphasizing the relationship that he has with Tyrion and the scene when he appealed to Tywin – only to get played like a fiddle – was possibly my favorite moment of the episode.
Peter Dinklage captured the build up to Tyrion’s final speech flawlessy and much like Joffrey’s wedding, the devil was in the details for this part of the episode. It was torturous to watch side-characters like Pycelle, Varys, Meryn Trant and eventually Shae come out and turn some of Tyrion’s best scene-stealing quips against him. On the other side of things, it was delightful to see the reactions of an uneasy Margaery and a smug Cersei as the walls closed in on Tyrion.
Tyrion’s decision to pin his hopes on a trial by combat was a great way to end the episode and the beginning of the end for this season’s major story arcs. I wouldn’t be surprised if Dinklage secured himself an Emmy his performance this week. His transformation and uncanny manifestation of Tyrion’s rage and humiliation over the course of the episode was PHENOMENAL and the superb direction during his speech really brought things home.
Although The Laws of Gods and Men wasn’t the best episode this season, it certainly came close. Between Tyrion’s trial and Stannis’ trip to Braavos, there were too many highlights to count – All that’s certain is that the rest of this season is going to be a hell of a ride.
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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