TV – Game of Thrones: Season 4: A+

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This season’s “All men must die” tagline certainly proved apt, and the show continued to reenforce how choosing favorite characters is not a good idea. The Red Wedding from last season saw the deaths of many major players, but not since Season 1 have we seen so many fall, and in such creative, satisfying ways. The full-episode battle at The Wall was easily the best battle scene I’ve watched on television. There were of course plenty of great performances, especially The Hound, Tywin, and predictably, Tyrion. Lots of interesting developments left most characters at the ends of arcs, so that the season felt wrapped up, but with plenty of intriguing uncertainty about where things will go from here.

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Movie – Black Book: B-

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Paul Verhoeven, the man who directed RoboCop, Total Recall, and Starship Troopers, decided he needed to make a film about a Jewish woman surviving WWII in his native Holland. It’s filled with all the nudity, violence, and social commentary I’ve come to associate with him, but also does a decent job showing the horrors of The War from a Dutch perspective. Unfortunately there wasn’t anything incredibly new or notable. At one point the lead character screams, “When will it end?” after yet another horrible hardship. I echoed her sentiments, with twist after twist leaving me apathetic about closure and just hoping for a conclusion.

TV – Game of Thrones: Season 3: A+

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It’s nearly impossible to review this season without focusing on the divisive penultimate episode. While it can be argued that it crossed too far past “bold” or “daring” into something more akin to “sensationalist”, no one should claim it was boring. But the lead up to that beautiful episode had loads of fantastic moments too. Jamie underwent some interesting character “growth” and Peter Dinklage further showed why he earned his accolades. Arya continued to entertain, mostly due to her hanging out with the coolest minor characters on the show. Daenerys had a great moment of badassery mid-season but then her story got a bit redundant.

TV – Game of Thrones: Season 2: A


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There was quite a different tone than season 1; with significantly more magical goings-on. Though I enjoyed the first season more, I think that may have been from watching it all in one sitting, rather than weekly as I did this time around. The stakes seemed higher this season, but the consequences weren’t as dramatic. There were some incredible moments though, especially in the penultimate episode (written by Martin himself.) I loved some of the new characters, anxiously wondering about their inevitable demises. The wait for season 3 will be painful.