GAME OF THRONES Season 7 EP2 Review: STORMBORN

stormborn.jpgDaenerys receives an unexpected visitor. Jon faces a revolt. Tyrion plans the conquest of Westeros.

Director: Mark Mylod
Writers: Bryan Cogman
Stars: Peter Dinklage, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Lena Headey

by Mary Cox

 
In tonight’s installment of Game of Thrones, Daenerys’ first real foray into the Great Game came crashing down on her head as Theon and Yara suffered a devastating blow when facing up against their cousin, Euron. Daenerys has made it this far on the backs of her dragons with her Khalasar and Unsullied armies at her side, but she’s never been up against the likes of Cersei Lannister. Her claim to the Seven Kingdoms seems to rest on forming an alliance with Jon Snow and the North. The question remains: after tonight’s spectacular military failure, will Daenerys continue to trust Tyrion’s counsel, or will she take Olenna Tyrell’s advice and finally “be a dragon”?

Despite Daenerys’ popularity with the small folk of Westeros, memories of the Mad King are still fresh in members of the gentry. However, Jaime Lannister’s unsuccessful appeal to Lord Tarly seems to forecast that the Lords and Ladies of the Seven Kingdoms are willing to take a risk on Aegon’s successor. Speaking of the Tarly’s, Samwell seems determined to gross us all out while getting kicked out of the Citadel as he embarks on his quest to save Jorah Mormont from the death sentence that is Greyscale.

On learning that Jon and Sansa are alive in the North, Arya makes an incredibly frustrating decision to cut her trip to King’s Landing short and to return to her ancestral home. However, after almost not being recognized by her own Direwolf, Arya’s return to Winterfell might not go as well as she hopes. Littlefinger is clearly counting on Jon to make a fatal misstep so he can seduce Sansa and become the Lord of Winterfell himself, but a second Stark daughter throws a wrench into his plans for succession. Will Arya, who both Jon and Sansa assume is dead, be welcomed back to the North? Or will she receive

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“Mary Cox is an entertainment writer from the United States. Her hobbies include making good beer and bad decisions, watching drag queens fight on the internet, and overanalyzing everything. Mary one day hopes to be the person shouting “World Star” in the back of a Waffle House brawl video. She is currently tolerating life in Toronto. You can follow her on Twitter at @M_K_Cox”t

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Film Review: THE SENSE OF AN ENDING (UK 2016) ***1/2

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the_sense_of_an_ending.jpgDirector: Ritesh Batra
Writers: Julian Barnes (novel), Nick Payne (adaptation)
Stars: Jim Broadbent, Charlotte Rampling, Harriet Walter

Review by Gilbert Seah

The first thing that should be known when watching the drama THE SENSE OF AN ENDING is that it is based on the 2011 Man Booker Prize winning book of the same name by British author, Julian Barnes. The influence of a writer and the importance of writing are both evident at many points in the film.

The story in the book is told in two parts, narrated by Anthony ‘Tony’ Webster at two stages of his life, the first as a school lad in the 6th form (Grade 12 or Pre-University) and secondly in his elderly retired part of his life. The script by Nick Payne (a playwright with this being his first film script) reverses the process. The film opens with Tony (Oscar Winner Jim Broadbent) in his senior years recounting the past, which is told in flashback. This story-telling better suits a film structure.

The film is the story of how a letter written in anger by Tony in his younger days had affected the girl, Veronica (Freya Mavor) he loved and his best friend, Adrian Finn (Joe Alwyn). The story here emphasizes the importance of writing even as Tony jokes with this line uttered at the start if the film: “No one writes anymore.”

The film is an excellent blend of writing in and direction. The words of the book come alive as the beautiful dialogue is spoken by the actors. Director Ritesh Batra’s (he made the highly successful Indian film THE LUNCHBOX in 2014) English directorial debut is excellent.

Batra plays the film as a mystery with lots of skeletons in the close in addition to false clues to tease the audience. The truth comes out at the very end. Nothing is what it seems. The climax occurs in the pub where a revelation is made to Tony. Batra’s Indian influence can be noticed with the over-excited, chubby Indian postman who delivers the post to Tony’s house.

Despite the seriousness of the story, there is a lot of humour in the film. The humour comes primarily from Tony’s lesbian daughter, Susie (Michelle Dockery). She is a member of the LPL (lesbians impregnating lesbians). When the film opens, she is taking her father to the lesbian baby delivery classes.

But the film, in all earnest, (funny enough) is a coming-of-age story of a senior retired man, disgruntled with his life, as seen as he mutters and grumbles about at the start of the film. After his growing up process, he is shown the kinder gentleman.

Jim Broadbent is again, excellent in his meticulously portrayed Tony without any display of over-acting. Charlotte Rampling (who is always doing roles of frustrated seniors) plays the elderly Veronica while Matthew Goode has a small role as Tony’s teacher in school.

THE SENSE OF AN ENDING is so called because, as quoted from by author Julian Barnes, in life incidents just happen. In books, a meaning to an incident is explained. In the film all events occurring to Tony’s life come with explanations. And very satisfactory ones resulting in a very satisfactory film.

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pYLNTQGpNQ0
 

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Happy Birthday: Jim Broadbent

jimbroadbent.jpgHappy Birthday actor Jim Broadbent

Born: James Broadbent
May 24, 1949 in Lincoln, Lincolnshire, England, UK

Married to: Anastasia Lewis (1987 – present)

Read reviews of the best of the actor:

YOUNG VICTORIAYoung Victoria
2010
dir. Jean-Marc Vallée
Cast
Blunt
Rupert Friend

HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWSHARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS
dir. David Yates
Stars:
Daniel Radcliffe
Emma Watson

HARRY POTTER AND THE HALF BLOOD PRINCEHarry Potter and the Half Blood Prince
2009
dir. David Yates
Starring
Daniel Radcliffe

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal SkullIndiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
2008
dir. Spielberg
Starring
Harrison Ford
Shia LaBeouf
INKHEARTInkheart
2009
dir. Iain Softley
Starring
Brendan Fraser
Paul Bettany

Another YearAnother Year
dir. Mike Leigh
Stars:
Jim Broadbent
Ruth Sheen

MOULIN ROUGEMoulin Rouge
2001
dir. Baz Luhrmann
Starring
Ewan Mcgregor
Kidman

BRIGHT YOUNG THINGSBright Young Things
2003
dir. Stephen Fry
Cast
Simon McBurney
Michael Sheen

MOVIE POSTER THE IRON LADY
dir. Phyllida Lloyd
Stars:
Meryl Streep
Jim Broadbent

MOVIE POSTERARTHUR CHRISTMAS
dir. Sarah Smith
Stars:
James McAvoy
Jim Broadbent

MOVIE POSTERBULLETS OVER BROADWAY
1994
dir. Woody Allen
Starring:
John Cusack
Dianne Wiest

MOVIE POSTERHARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOW PART 2
dir. David Yates

MOVIE POSTERCLOUD ATLAS
2012
dir. Tom Tykwer
Andy Wachowski
Lana Wachowski

MOVIE POSTERCLOSED CIRCUIT
2013
dir. John Crowley
Stars:
Eric Bana
Rebecca Hall

MOVIE POSTERART SCHOOL CONFIDENTIAL
2006
dir. Terry Zwigoff
Stars:
Max Minghella
Sophia Myles