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Sunday, April 22, 2012

A Game of Characterization: Roundtabling Game of Thrones’s Second Season (Thus Far)

Having been three episodes into a season that is simultaneously more surefooted but also more divergent than its predecessor, Marc N. Kleinhenz decided to call up some of the biggest fans – and critics? – of both HBO’s Game of Thrones and George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series to get out the microscope and examine what have already proven to be some of the show’s most controversial elements, changes, and improvisations.  It’s a star-studded lineup to discuss what is turning out to be one of television’s biggest breakout hits.

Dramatis personae:
 

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Review: Game of Thrones, Season 2 Episode 3

Based off of George R.R. Martin’s 1,000-page opus A Clash of Kings, the second season of HBO's Game of Thrones takes the first year’s intricate plot lines, character shadings, and thematic undercurrents and simultaneously expands and deepens them to a ridiculously exponential degree. Or, at least, it’s supposed to – the actual doing just may prove to be a ways off from the source material’s being.

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Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Review: Game of Thrones, Season 2 Episode 2

Based off of George R.R. Martin’s 1,000-page opus A Clash of Kings, the second season of HBO’s Game of Thrones takes the first year’s intricate plot lines, character shadings, and thematic undercurrents and simultaneously expands and deepens them to a ridiculously exponential degree. Or, at least, it’s supposed to – the actual doing just may prove to be a ways off from the source material’s being.

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Sunday, April 8, 2012

Review: Game of Thrones, Season 2 Episode 1

Based off of George R.R. Martin’s 1,000-page opus A Clash of Kings, the second season of HBO’s Game of Thrones takes the first year’s intricate plot lines, character shadings, and thematic undercurrents and simultaneously expands and deepens them to a ridiculously exponential degree. Or, at least, it’s supposed to – the actual doing just may prove to be a ways off from the source material’s being.

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Sunday, April 1, 2012

Game of Thrones: What Has Been Known

At long last, season two is upon us! In just a few short hours, the five kings of Westeros will clash to see who claims the Iron Throne – and who will come to a nasty, bloody end in the name of vengeance (or just political expedience). To help refresh your memory of all the many twists and turns of season one, Coming Attractions has put together this brief rundown of the first year’s major story beats. Needless to say, there are plenty of spoilers in this post, so mosey on along if you haven’t caught up just yet.

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Sunday, March 25, 2012

Game of Thrones: A primer to prepare you for season 2

New to George R.R. Martin’s world of A Song of Ice and Fire, which now consists of five novels, three novellas, and, very shortly, two seasons of a breakout HBO series? Or are you a veteran that still finds the houses of the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros confounding, with their various family trees, arranged marriages, and assassination attempts? Not to worry – Coming Attractions is here to help. Use this simplified, spoiler-free guide to help whet your appetite for the television odyssey that is to come or as a refresher course to help prepare for season two. Either way, it’s 3,000 years of backstory to parse through, and we’re all going to do it together. And while you’re at it, if you like Marc N.

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Sunday, March 11, 2012

Exclusive: Game of Thrones season 2 roundtable

Game of Thrones’s second season, based off of George R.R. Martin’s novel A Clash of Kings, is blissfully due to descend on us in just a few weeks’ time.  And though anticipation for the show’s return couldn’t be higher, there seems to be a growing undercurrent of tension or concern among both the fan and journalistic communities.  Showrunners D.B. Weiss and David Benioff have changed the name of Asha Greyjoy, Theon’s sister back on the Iron Islands, to Yara?  The way-cool storyline the crippled Bran Stark has back at Winterfell might be cut and moved to the third season?  Daenerys Targaryen’s minimal presence in the novel might be dramatically expanded – with action scenes?

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Saturday, March 3, 2012

5 reasons why Prometheus may be a bad Alien movie

As I write these words we’re three months away from watching Prometheus, Ridley Scott’s big return to science fiction movies. The Prometheus movie marketing hype has just kicked up a notch with the reveal of the TED 2023 talk. As the clock ticks down to Prometheus’ June 8 opening we’ll see the marketing escalate, and more of the movie’s secrets (and its increasingly likely strong connections to the first Alien movie) emerge from the shadows.

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Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Ten Years of Sucking: Thoughts on The Lord of the Rings movie trilogy

Man, was I excited to see The Fellowship of the Ring just a tad over ten years ago. Though I had only seen the well-intentioned-but-still-very-mediocre The Frighteners before sitting down in the theater that cold December night, I was very confident of Peter Jackson’s ability to transcribe J.R.R. Tolkien’s fully-realized literary world onto the big screen lovingly, faithfully, and, above all, accurately. After all, several million people on the internet couldn’t be wrong about his filmmaking bona fides, right?

They were wrong. Horribly, tragically, depressingly wrong.

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Sunday, February 12, 2012

A Chronicle of the unrecoverable

Chronicle is, not to put too fine a point on it, a paradox.

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Tuesday, January 24, 2012
Monday, January 23, 2012

The Super-normal Story of Paranormal Activity

[Beware of story spoilers for the Paranormal Activity movie franchise in the following article!]

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Friday, December 30, 2011

Director's Cut: Patrick's top 10 anticipated movies for 2012

Looking forward to the next year of movies has been a tradition on Coming Attractions. After all, the whole reason why CA got started in the first place was to talk about movies that were in development, at a golden time when each film had awesome potential. As we watch the days grow shorter between their release dates, we love to imagine how great watching these movies will be. Whether the movies actually live up to the mental hype we give them is something else entirely.

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Tuesday, September 6, 2011

10 Changes George Lucas Should Make to Star Wars: A New Hope

Star Wars is like no other movie franchise. When Episode IV: A New Hope was released in May 1977, it ushered in a new age of summer blockbuster: the space opera. Without the huge box office that the original Star Wars earned, there likely wouldn’t have been many of the sci-fi/fantasy mega-franchises that we know of today.

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Sunday, July 24, 2011

10 hidden easter eggs in Captain America: The First Avenger

Ever since the release of the first X-Men movie back in 2000, there has been an intelligent attempt to build up the layers of the Marvel film universe. With thousands of characters created throughout the years, and millions of people now familiar with the heroes that populate the Marvel universe, the creators of the modern Marvel movies, as well as the executives running Marvel Studios, are trying to appease fans by giving them quick cameos or mentions of characters and equipment from the comic books.

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