*Disclaimer! This review contains spoilers for Game of Thrones up to this point. Proceed at your own risk*
Game of Thrones is finally back. After over a year of waiting, season 7 has aired its very first episode and it gives us a lot.
I really like that the story is a direct continuation from last season with no real time in between. Game of Thrones has had season premiers that are very close in time to previous finales, but rarely has the continuation been so seamless. Arya and Jon Snow both pick up in scenes that could very well have been in season 6, with Arya finishing off the Freys and Jon preparing for the White Walkers respectively. This seamless flow from season 6 to season 7 will certainly be helpful for those who like to binge watch the show. It adds a level of cohesion that isn’t very common between seasons on this show.
One of the best scenes in this episode does what Game of Thrones does best. It highlights the fact that the factions in this show are black and white. The scene in question has Arya traveling through the Riverlands where she meets some Lannister soldiers eating a meal by a campfire. With each and every interaction between her and the soldiers, the only thought I had in my mind was “they’re going to try to rob/rape/kill her”. The dialogue is also seemingly purposefully written to imply this, but they turn out to be just genuinely good people who are looking out for a straggler in the woods. It’s a great scene where not only are we shown that the Lannisters, the “bad guys” of this season, are not all bad but we get Arya’s motivation for the season in a natural way. She tells them she’s going to kill Queen Cersei and, of course, they laugh it off since Arya’s a little girl and they have no idea what she’s capable of.
What didn’t work so much in this episode is a complaint that many fans had last season, especially towards the end. People travel and communicate information way too fast in this episode. Either that, or the showrunners have gotten worse at portraying the passage of time. With scenes like the ones with Arya at the Twins and Jon in the same room he was proclaimed King of the North last season, it’s implied that the story takes place directly then. However, somehow, Euron Greyjoy already has his new Iron Fleet and has made it to King’s Landing. Only a few scenes after Arya finishes off the Freys, everyone already knows and soldiers have already been deployed to the Riverlands. The worst offender is Jon being in the King of the North scene then Cersei immediately knowing what happened with him the next scene and then him already getting a raven from her the scene after that.
There are a smattering of other cool scenes as well, such as Daenerys finally reaching Westeros and Jorah being confirmed to be at the Citadel, but there really isn’t much to say about those scenes. We all have a general idea of where they’re going and we didn’t really learn too much besides Jorah’s location being 100% confirmed, the family the Hound robbed in season 4 is dead, and Cersei is negotiating with Euron Greyjoy. Overall it was a solid episode, but it was still mainly set-up and had its own issues. Regardless, Game of Thrones season 7 is off to a good start.
Trailer for Next Week’s Episode:
Orlando Bloom and David Harbour Share the Gran Turismo movie’s first trailer
Well, this movie has certainly come together quickly, just like the automobiles the franchise is centered around. In truth, Gran Turismo adaptation directed by Neil Blomkamp has already wrapped up filming and is in post-production ahead of its global theatrical release on August 11, 2023. Do you want to see a brief teaser? To view the trailer, click above.
Orlando Bloom and David Harbour provide some comments in this 60-second clip, which also includes a few brief film snippets. In essence, this is based on the real-life experiences of Jann Mardenborough, who won the 2011 GT Academy competition and later found success as a racing car driver.
In the few photos that were displayed, the cinematography seemed amazing, therefore it is obvious that this would look stunning on a large screen. During Sony’s CES press conference, Blomkamp briefly discussed how he is employing the company’s cutting-edge cameras to not only get stunning close-ups from within the car’s cockpit but also to imitate some of the game’s angles, as shown in the trailer.
“An imposing, spectacular, supersized movie,” according to the review of Avatar: The Way of Water
James Cameron was king of the bigger, better, and more contentious sequel blockbuster before he was crowned King of the World. Avatar: The Way of Water comes near enough to retain that reputation, even if his eagerly anticipated return to Pandora can’t rival Aliens or T2 for targeted tanker-weight efficiency. And it certainly knocks the flying fish off of Piranha II.
Will it become a $2 billion club member as Cameron suggests it must? We’ll see, but it’s undeniably flawed yet full of flavor (to paraphrase Guillermo del Toro(opens in new tab)). “MOVIE-MOVIE” is a sometimes strange, always magnificent sensory hit with a thematic thrust that is pleasingly genuine with an undercurrent of soft feeling. Untangling some of the story lines might require numerous viewings and three more movies. But Cameron is the best person to make the case for going to the movies again and again.
Cameron doesn’t spend much time setting the scene because the majority of people have already been to Pandora. The first scene quickly parachutes into Pandora’s rainforest, where Jake Sully (Sam Worthington) and Neytiri (Zoe Saldana), who have turned completely Na’vi, are now raising their growing family. They have three biological children: Tuktirey, Neteyam (Jamie Flatters), and Lo’ak (Trinity Bliss). Then there are the adoptees: Spider (Jack Champion), a feral human orphan orphaned by war, and Kiri (Sigourney Weaver), a type of offspring of Grace’s avatar (from the original Avatar).
Jake feels that defending his family gives him meaning. The Sully family seeks safety among Pandora’s sea clans when the evil Colonel Quaritch (Stephen Lang) reappears in (completely explained) “Recombinant” avatar form seeking “payback” for his demise. Jake hovers firmly over his tearaway brood in this instance. But how long can they evade Quaritch’s new blue marines? And isn’t knowing how to manage risk an important learning curve?
While Cameron’s bare-bones setup showcases his pulp punch as a writer, it also demonstrates his astounding skill as a world-builder. This time, Cameron doesn’t give much opportunity to pause and take in Pandora’s plant life. The lush jungle suddenly seems inhabited and alive. However, the RDA (Resources Development Administration) has grander plans for Pandora, even though life on Earth is hardly sustainable at this point. Their base of operations is a small metropolis with cutting-edge technology like robotic spider “swarm assemblers” that can create structures in a matter of days. Cameron makes sure you can sense the destruction left behind when humanity arrive on Pandora.
The Way of Water definitely has the WOW factor in terms of CG. Thirteen years later, Avatar’s spectacle-cinema upgrade has been surpassed. Hair and skin gleam; flames and dust particles transfix. The great revelation this time is the reef, which is home to the Metkayina clan, just as Avatar took time to introduce viewers to Pandora’s funky wonderland. The aquatic realm is vivid, sensual, and tranquil. The sense of weightlessness immersed in the waves reveals a new, sensitive grace in Cameron’s direction as the 3D visuals shimmer in time with Simon Franglen’s ringing score. He instills respect for the ocean in addition to entranced love because the waves are both seductive and hazardous. And the sensation of anguish is overwhelming when their residents are mistreated.
Cameron expertly balances thematic, narrative, emotional, and character strands while dazzles your eyes. Jake’s instinctive need to save his children creates danger as a thematic pattern; from the opening monologue on, Cameron treats the theme like a dorsal fin to cling to through stormy story waters. This is somewhat reminiscent of Finding Nemo.
Casting-wise, Saldana and Kate Winslet (as Ronal, the co-leader of the Metkayina tribe) are a little too much in the background, but Worthington shines as the former Na’vi trainee turned training-on-the-job father. Weaver bridges the age gap between actor and character by touchingly projecting Kiri’s feelings of exclusion and sulky eye-rolls through the mo-cap. Dalton, one of the fantastic young actors, gives bonding scenes with the whale-like Tulkun heart when they otherwise may have seemed a bit Free Willy. Additionally, Champion dispatches the Newt-like Spider, whose subplot expands on Cameron’s family-related ideas.
Although it’s unfortunate that his toxic spiel (“science pukes,” etc.) sounds familiar, the returning Lang adds explosive wrath. Cameron doesn’t spend any time brushing up on Avatar, but he occasionally uses well-known beats. The Sully clan’s water-training reworks Jake’s previous Na’vi training, while marine animals like the “ilus” are reimaginings of the “ikrans” from Avatar. When a character moans, “Can’t believe I’m tied up again,” you wonder if a little editing could have been advised. Cameron even repeats himself a little bit within the movie.
Another minor issue with the plot’s stop-start nature is how some characters’ difficulties seem to go away for long lengths of time. Cameron, though, harnesses prior career highs into a blast of full-bore, high-stakes extravaganza at the film’s climactic point to remind you who’s in charge. The Abyss’ strange wonder, Aliens’ kid danger, Titanic’s aquatic horror show, and T2’s technology are all there and have been enhanced for tension, action, and emotion. Some loose tale threads leave more questions than answers when the fire is out. However, there are three scheduled follow-ups. Even after three hours and more, Cameron’s return leaves you wanting more.
Here is the second advertisement for The Last of Us on HBO
A brand-new trailer for HBO’s live-action take on The Last of Us from PlayStation has just been released.
The program, which will debut on HBO Max on January 15, 2023, and on Sky in the UK the following day, will star Pedro Pascal and Bella Ramsey as its main characters.
The Last of Us is the first TV show produced by PlayStation Productions, a division of Sony Interactive Entertainment created to create film and television adaptations of its own game franchises.
The first game’s events will be covered, and there may even be The Last of Us Part 2-related material, according to Craig Mazin, the creator of Chernobyl, and Neil Druckmann, vice president of Naughty Dog.
The show’s main protagonists, Joel and Ellie, will be portrayed by Pedro Pascal and Bella Ramsey. Sarah, Joel’s daughter, is portrayed by Thandie Newton’s daughter Nico Parker (Dumbo), while Tommy, Joel’s brother, is portrayed by Gabriel Luna (Agents of Shield).
The Last of Us’ debut trailer was released by HBO in September.
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