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Apr 22 2014

Hannibal Review: “Su-zakana”

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“I’m a good fisherman, Jack.”
“You hook him, I’ll land him.”

Even through Hannibal’s plots and relationships are under more strain than ever in a lot of ways, “Su-zakana” returns this incredible show to it’s “murderer of the week” format. The episode, whose title refers to a Japanese palate cleanser, brings us a nightmarish (pun intended) scenario involving a corpse sewed into the uterus of a dead horse. Vintage Hannibal, you might say, if the word “vintage” can refer to a single season earlier.

Still, despite the way that Season Two has — to quote creator Bryan Fuller — “reset” Hannibal’s storytelling, the show cannily manages to move onward and upward instead of simply stalling out.

Exhibit A: Will’s ongoing psychological seduction of Hannibal Lecter. The quote at the head of this writeup comes from the opening ice fishing scene, wherein Jack complains about how much harder it is to catch a fish in the cold, when he’s not even hungry. The parallels to the Lecter situation are blindingly obvious, revealing a fascinating dynamic at play. In short, Will seems to be using himself as bait to expose Hannibal Lecter’s, um, sordid habits.

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Apr 21 2014

All Men Must Die

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Once again, more amazing art from Boss Logic. The guy just can’t miss. This time, he’s taken a rather morbid look at the characters of Game of Thrones, filling their portraits with death and despair.

Though some of these characters die, and some don’t, I wouldn’t consider this a spoilery gallery because you won’t know which ones. Still, feel free to be better safe than sorry. It really is worth checking out though. Continue Reading »

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Apr 18 2014

Turns Out the Bastard of Bolton Can Sing

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Now that (ENORMOUS GAME OF THRONES SPOILERS LOOK AWAY NOW) King Tiny-face is dead, the next most hated character on the show immediately shifts to Ramsay Snow, the Bastard of Bolton, whom we saw hunting a girl through the woods last week for sport. He’s being an evil dick to a formerly hated character, Theon Grejoy, now known as Reek, and their story is among the most interesting going forward in my eyes.

But the actor who plays Ramsay? Much like Jack Gleeson as Joffrey, he’s the opposite of the character in real life. Iwan Rheon’s first big break was in the rather good UK’s Misfits, but he’s also a hell of a singer, as seen above. It’s really weird to see Ramsay Snow singing like an angel, but it’s worthwhile. Check it out.

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Apr 18 2014

The Best Thing of the Week: Time is a Flat Circus

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Family Circus has long been known as the most useless comic in the newspaper (among many useless comics in the newspaper these days), but now it’s found new life in the form of the Tumblr “Time is a Flat Circus.

True Detective fans might already get the reference, and yes, it’s a host of Family Circus cartoons matched up with Rust Cohle quotes from the show. It’s honestly the best thing I’ve seen in a long time, and all of the ones released so far are perfect.

Check out the best ones below: Continue Reading »

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Apr 18 2014

If George RR Martin Wrote Mad Men

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It’s yet another “If George RR Martin Wrote” image from JoyofTech, and you’ll remember the last time they did this for Breaking Bad no doubt.

Neither of these shows fit too terribly well into the mold of Westeros and its existing characters, but it’s funny to see them try all the same. I think the Campbell/Joffrey comparison is particularly apt, but Sally Draper WISHES she was Arya Stark.

[via GeeksAreSexy]

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Apr 17 2014

Mike Wrobel is Back With a Few New ’90s Game of Thrones Entries

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You will all remember Mike Wrobel’s series of 90s-themed Game of Thrones characters. Well, he’s continued to make them all this time, and now that season four has rolled around, I figured I’d go back and scoop up the ones I missed.

There are I think five that I don’t remember posting before, my favorite being the sweater-wearing Tormund above. You can see the others below and honestly, I’m not sure what characters are left to feature. Maybe new ones like Oberyn Martell and Daario. Check out the rest below: Continue Reading »

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Apr 17 2014

Sam Spratt’s Beautiful Queen of Dragons

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Sam Spratt is no stranger to this site, and has more talent at 25 years old than I do uh, at a few years old than that. The guy is an absolutely incredible artist with corporate clients ranging from National Geographic to Game Informer to FX.

Today, he’s turned his attention to Game of Thrones and has released this gorgeous Daenerys Targaryen piece. I’m not sure if it was for HBO directly, but they should damn well pay him a bunch for it and use it somehow. Really incredible work, and I’d love to see him do more of the cast.

[via Nerd Approved]

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Apr 16 2014

Disney Firefly is Just Plain Shiny

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I’m sort of in love with this Disney version of Firefly, like that’s any surprise. Artist Stephen Byrne has transformed the series into animated form, with nary a princess to be found.

I actually like how he’s fully adapted the characters into Disney archetypes, with River literally being a little girl, and Book uh, a little wizard, or something. But both fit well. Wash looks suspiciously like a blonde Joss Whedon, and I can’t tell if that’s on purpose or not.

[via NerdApproved]

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Apr 16 2014

Space Dandy: An Inconsequentially Entertaining Anime Acid Trip… In Space!

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Space Dandy is the latest anime from legendary director Shinichiro Watanabe, creator of the gold-standard series Cowboy Bebop and Samurai Champloo. The show is a sci-fi, action, adventure, comedy mishmash that, to quote Bender, “transcends genres even as it reinvents them.” Borrowing trappings from every anime stereotype imaginable as well as Western cultural artifacts like 70s cop dramas or Elvis’s beach movies from the 50s, Space Dandy proves itself a satisfying romp through the cosmos, albeit with little message or consequence. And that’s just fine with me.

A proverbial “show about nothing” in the tradition of Seinfeld or the film The Big Lebowski, Space Dandy is all about having fun with a cast of quirky reprobates. The episodic nature of the show often throws continuity out the window; the plots run the gamut from thrilling to disposable, and they never advance past one episode despite the inclusion of the iconic tsuzuku message before the credits (which translates roughly as “To be continued…”).

In Space Dandy, though, nothing ever does continue. Each episode starts off on the same footing, and even if the eponymous hero is blown up in a planet-engulfing fireball, he’ll be back next week with no explanation needed. Thus, in Space Dandy‘s universe, death is a meaningless setback between episodes. The audience is challenged to forget their notions of causality and sit back and have some fun. Continue Reading »

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Apr 14 2014

Hannibal Review: “Yakimono”

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Well, the mystery of what Hannibal Lecter was up to in the cliffhanger from last week’s episode had a hell of an answer.

What seemed like a possibly overconfident misstep from fiction’s most famous cannibal turned out to be something of a macabre masterstroke. Hannibal’s unconventional pastimes have been closer and closer to being discovered, but throwing the Miriam Lass wrench into the machine completely upended the course Jack was on.

It also brings us one of the more emotionally potent episodes of the season, and an hour of television that just lays out one ballsy reveal after another. The edges of Hannibal’s plan are beginning to come into view, and it’s gonna be a whopper.

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Apr 14 2014

Game of Thrones Review: “The Lion and the Rose”

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The Purple Wedding has arrived.

I’m going to go ahead and ward everyone away who hasn’t watched last night’s episode yet, as there’s really no way to start this review without talking about the biggest event of the night, and what will likely be the biggest event of the season.

Are they gone?

Alright then. Continue Reading »

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