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There Are Some Spoilers In our Vikings: Homeland Review – Post Episode Discussion

It’s been a really long time since I’ve reviewed an episode of Vikings on the site and I’m not sure why really as it’s one of my favourite shows on television. I was a little too late to make it in time to review last week’s episodes, but I would say that I was very impressed with the season premiere.

In this episode we see some continuing tensions between the sons of Ragnar. Much of their story becomes increasingly tense during and after the siege of York by the Saxons. Ivar has been allowed to come up with the strategy for how the defence is to be mounted and does quite well.

The Saxons as we know, plan to attack where the wall is weak. We see Aethelwulf, his sons and also Bishop Heahmund’s forces enter the fortress, which looks at first easy to take. But in actuality, Ivar has been busy laying traps in many of the corridors and there are spikes on the floor, people throwing oil, people shooting arrows and also some burning happening. The Saxons look to be almost defeated, but surprisingly Ivar rides out into the middle of the battle.

Ivar has been becoming quite the scary individual of late and I believe he is starting to think he’s the most special of the bunch, with the greatest destiny. This is reinforced a little by the slave girl who visits and tells him so, which I think Ivar enjoyed hearing. Ivar falls in battle and ends up surrounded by Saxon forces and yells in his own language saying he can’t be killed and has blood all over his face. Everyone seems terrified of him and to be honest it was an excellent performance from  Alex Høgh Andersen. Eventually his brothers turn up and save him and there’s a massive battle.

As battles go in the series, the siege of York was a decent one. There’s a fair amount blood spilt, people burnt and a few falling into the spikes Ivar left and whole bunch of other horrible medieval style deaths. It’s great entertainment for a Wednesday night!

After the siege, the Saxons back off and eventually retreat, having lost quite a few men. This is where the tensions between the brothers increase, with Ivar after the battle wanting to take credit for it all and the other brothers wanting it to be a team effort. Ivar also finds himself at odds with Hvitserk and Ubbe who want to get peace with the Saxons and claim their land, Ivar thinks this a terrible idea.

Secretly Hvitserk and Ubbe leave Ivar’s castle during the night and seek out Aethelwulf’s and Bishop Heahmund’s forces to try and get peace. Unfortunately though, this is an error in judgement and the two are beaten badly and sent back to Ivar, no peace given and no respect paid to the Sons of Ragnar. It’s an embarrassment for the two brothers and Ivar spends a good amount of time roasting them for it. From this point of the episode, Ivar solidifies himself as the leader of the great Viking army and Ubbe has lost the respect of the forces, eventually going home to Kattegatt at the end of the episode.

We all know that Ragnar did tell Ivar to be ruthless, but did he go too far here with his brothers? Is Ivar going to be unstoppable now or will Bishop Heahmund become trouble down the line? Heahmund seems to be a lot sharper than Aethelwulf. I’m very interested to see what’s to come from the Saxon side of things and what Ivar will do next.

In the lighter side of the episode, we see some scenes with King Harald who has gone back to Norway with Astrid. The King is still trying to win her over, but knows nothing about women. All he ends up getting in the end is a punch in the nose and it looked bad! It was a little funny and I am starting to enjoy King Harald quite a bit lately.

We also see Floki on his journey, he has discovered new land and is having some sort of spiritual reawakening. He is seeing the Gods all over the place and his body has become completely healed. I do wonder and I have a theory that he’s in Iceland, but I am not sure at the moment. I’m also curious to see where this storyline might go, maybe he’ll go back to Kattegat and bring some people to this place to settle and farm there. With Ubbe going back there, maybe there’s an opportunity for it.

Overall this was a great episode of the show, it had some great action scenes and did a lot to further the multiple character plot lines which will make up what is to be season 5. At the moment it looks like Ivar has the most going for him, but there’s some interesting things going on with Bishop Heahmund and Floki. I wonder what it is to come from those two.

Bryan loves writing about movies, TV shows and games and tries his best to give a balanced and honest view in all his reviews or opinion pieces on Resident Entertainment.

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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.”

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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.

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Crawl Review

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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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