How to Save the DC Extended Universe


So the reviews are in on Justice League, and they are not good. I saw it myself over the weekend and I wish I could say different but Justice League is a step down from Wonder Woman.

It’s not a terrible film, just average. And for the DC equivalent of The Avengers, Justice League should be anything but.  However for a film about a superhero team saving the world the movie feels anything but epic.

So what next? DC/Warner Bros. are at a crossroads and need to think carefully about how to save their franchise/cash cow. It just so happens I have a few ideas on how to save the DCEU from itself:

Focus on the females

DC should focus on their successes and in this case Wonder Woman was a critical and commercial success. It also gave them a chance to show up Marvel Studios by producing a female superhero movie before them (and doing it well). A sequel to Wonder Woman has been scheduled for 2019, but DC need to keep up the momentum and show the world that DC is the place to go for quality female superhero movies. Audiences (male and female) are calling out for female driven movies and DC could spearhead the movement. Drop the Joker and keep Gotham City Sirens centred on Harley Quinn, after all Margot Robbie performance was one of the few acclaimed aspects of Suicide Squad whereas Jared Leto’s Joker had a more mixed reaction.  With Batgirl ready to go with Joss Whedon in the director’s chair, why not add other female heroes and villains to the mix.  Black Canary, Poison Ivy and god knows Catwoman needs a decent movie after the Halle Berry fiasco (although it’s still a guilty pleasure of mine), so there’s plenty for DC to choose from. DC could be seen as leading the way rather than playing catch up to Marvel.

Ditch the team ups and concentrate on solo movies    

Batman Vs Superman, Suicide Squad and Justice League have been underwhelming affairs.  That’s because there hasn’t been enough world building for us to know this universe and it’s characters. So much time is spent introducing new characters and their origins when it could be spent on improving the plot, characterisation and action scenes.

So even though I doubt they would do this as Suicide Squad 2 and Justice League 2 are already being lined up, I think concentrating on solo movies for their heroes would be a welcomed move. Cyborg and Aquaman would have been better served in Justice League if their solo movies had come before the team up. Leave the team work for much, much later and work on making the individual characters stand out first.

Don’t make the villain an afterthought

A lot of time has been spent on the heroes, quite rightly as they are who we are following.  But as the saying goes “a hero is only as good as it’s villain” and so far the treatment of the super villains have been rather underwhelming (and this is not just a DC issue either).  Considering the wealth of rogues in their back catalogue DC can have their pick of great foes for the heroes to fight with. But it’s not just picking out a well known character, it’s spending time making the villains worthwhile opponents on screen. Lex Luthor is a great character but he was an annoyance on screen in Batman Vs Superman.  DC need to look back over their source material and remind themselves what made these villains stand out and captured the audience attention. They have to be either a counterbalance to the hero, a dark mirror as to what they could have been if made the wrong choices, or their polar opposite that highlights the goodness in our heroes.

Give Patty Jenkins more control

One of the main criticism of Justice League is it’s uneven tone, with Joss Whedon directing more comedic re-shoots that clash against Zach Snyder more sombre mood. You can see why Warner Bros. tried to bring more humour to the movie as it’s dour, overly serious nature was a big criticism of previous DC movies, however the styles of Snyder and Whedon are just too different to merge coherently into one film. Perhaps Snyder needs another director to help balance out the DCEU going forward.

So far the movies best version of the DC Extended Universe has come from Patty Jenkins’s Wonder Woman. Great at action scenes and smaller character moments, Jenkins has understood the DC world better than her other recent contemporaries. She also managed to get the tone right with a lighter, hopeful touch that still managed to balance the more serious feeling of the previous movies. Plus the attempts at humour were much better than Justice League awkward one liners. Zach Snyder also produced and co-wrote the story for Wonder Woman so him and Jenkins have shown that they can work well together. Perhaps having Jenkins contribute to the wider cinematic universe would help DC keep the balance of satisfying it’s critics while also keeping the Snyder fans happy too?

So can DCEU be saved? Of course it can. But there’s no quick fixes, and for the studio bosses to turn things around they will need to take a long, hard look at what’s working and what isn’t. Making rushed re shoots and post production edits isn’t going to cut it any more, as this weekend’s box office has shown. To really put up a fight against Marvel Studios, DC and Warner Bros. need to take a deeper look at their universe and do it’s characters justice.

What do you think, can the DCEU be saved? Is it a lost cause? Or do you think there’s nothing wrong with the franchise and people should stop hating on it? Let me know in the comments below?



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Game of Thrones Season 7 Episode 7: The Dragon and the Wolf


So that happened.

As the season came to a close we finally got a scene with the majority of characters, and it was just as good as I could hope for if less bloodier than I was expecting. There was some happy reuniting for some like Tyrion, Bronn and Pod while others like The Hound was not too happy to see the (somewhat) familiar face of his brother The Mountain. It looks like we’ll have to wait until next season for them two to face off properly as everyone concentrated on the matter at hand-the walkers.  Cersei’s face when she came literally  face to face with a Walker was priceless. Finally the sneering mask slipped and we actually saw Cersei shit scared, as she should be. But this being Cersei she can help but make demands, wanting Jon to stay out of the great war. Of course Jon being Jon he states he must stay loyalty to his oath to Daenerys. To which everyone facepalms and Cersai leaves the negotiations (I bet Daenerys regretted harping on about bending the knee so much in hindsight).

So it’s up to Tyrion to save the deal and he faces a tense meeting with Cersai. After three seasons separated from each other it was satisfying to see the fraught Lannister siblings together again. This being Cersei though she blames him for all the family’s trouble including Mrycella and Tommen’s deaths, completely ignoring her own part in her family’s demise. Interestingly enough despite her hatred Cersei can’t bring herself to kill Tyrion herself and eventually agrees to help in the great war. However this soon turns out to a be another Cersei lie as she admits to Jamie later (does this mean the whole quest to capture a walker was a big waste of time?) Appalled by her shortsightedness and going against her word Jamie finally grows a backbone and leaves her and King’s Landing. So is he heading to Winterfell? Even though he’s left Cersei he’s still a Lannister and no one besides Tyrion and Brianne is going to trust his word that he’s on their side now. Then again as snow starts falling in King’s Landing they probably won’t have much choice but to accept any ally they can.

Over in Winter fell the Stark siblings finally start working together to bring Littlefinger down and it is glorious. With Sansa’s trial against Littlefinger bringing all his previous misdeeds out into the open he has no where to run and pleads for his life. But with evidence from all the Stark children (yes even Bran makes himself useful) brought out in the open before the Knights of the Vale Littlefinger’s time is up. Sansa brings him his sentence and Arya swiftly enforces it with a cut to his throat. I previously thought Littlefinger would be one of those characters that slyly make it through to the end of the show, but I’m glad to be proven wrong. The Starks united are in a much stronger position now and look set to be stronger when Jon returns.

So naturally there has to be a spanner in the works.

After seven seasons the show finally and officially reveals Jon’s parentage: that he is in the son of Rhaegar Targaryen and Lyanna Stark. Oh and his real name is Argon Targaryen (though considering they prononce it egg-on I think he should stick with Jon). These revelation all comes out when Bran and Sam meet again at Winter fell, where Bran introduces himself as The Three Eyed Raven and Sam admits to having no idea what means-you and me both Sam. Anyway despite Bran/Three Eyed Raven claiming to know everything he somehow doesn’t know that Jon’s parents were legally married (good thing Sam was listening to Gilly after all) making Jon a legitimate heir to the throne.

Now I know this kind of news may not be the best thing to address through a raven’s note but you’d think Bran would have had some sense to give Jon the heads up so he doesn’t do something icky like, I don’t know, shag his own aunt? Yes, Jon and Daenerys, er consummate their alliance which I know some fans will be happy about but all I can think is EWW THEY ARE RELATED! Finally Cersei and Jamie will have competition for most messed up relationship on the show. And considering the show has been bleating on about Daenerys inability to have children Jon is bound to miraculously get her pregnant to make this whole thing even more twisted. Poor Jon he can never be happy can he?

Still they will have to figure it all out another time as the walker army invade Eastwatch and obliterate the wall using the dragon Viserion’s blue flames. Oh dear indeed. Not only does this mean the walkers are on their way to the seven kingdoms but with a dragon on their side Cersei may not be as safe in the south as she thinks. One things for certain next season is going to be carnage.

What did you think of the episode? Did you enjoy this and the season as a whole? Who, if any will make it out of the series alive? Let me know in the comments below.


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Game of Thrones Season 7 Episode 5: Eastwatch


So much off-screen teleportation in this episode it’s a wonder when anyone does decide to walk anywhere.

So Jamie survived! To the surprise of no one. What is surprising is that Bronn somehow managed to drag a heavily armoured Jamie down the river away from Daenerys and her army. Speaking of Daenerys she gets to do her two favourite things, say her catchphrase “bend the knee” and burn people alive. The unfortunate recipients are the Tullys with both Sam’s father and son getting burnt to a crisp. With Daenerys acting a bit more like the mad king in every episode Tyrion tries to organise the mess which leads to him arranging to meet up with Jamie. Which is awkward to say the least considering the whole murdering their father business. But Tyrion does get Jamie to suggest to Cersei to listen to reason. Then Cersai drops a bombshell – she’s pregnant. As Jamie beams with delight Cersei tells him never to betray her again. Surely she’s lying? I wouldn’t put it passed her and I’d hate to think what Jamie would do if she is lying.

At Winterfell Arya and Sansa are back at each others throats with Littlefinger twisting the knife as he manipulates Arya into finding a note he’s not so secretly hidden. According to the internet the note is from back in season one when Cersei forced Sansa to write a note to Robb saying Joffrey is a true king, Ned Stark is a traitor and Robb should submit. Now even Robb knew this was written under duress but will Arya understand? I hope Arya doesn’t turn against Sansa but you never know…

Meanwhile Bran uses his magical powers to control birds or something and spies the white walkers on the move (very slowly by the way, they seem to be the only ones without the offscreen teleporter everyone else on the show has been using). So Bran sends Ravens out to a number of characters including those at the citadel. There we see Sam and he’s getting sick of the Maesters and their lack of action. Unfortunately his frustration leads him missing out a crucial piece of information as Gilly reads from a book that Prince Rhaegar Targaryen (or Raggard as she calls him) had an annulment in Dorne.

While they don’t get the significance it leads to another angle in the Jon Snow is really a Targaryen theory. Because if he is the son of Lillian Stark and Rhaegar Targaryen then maybe they got married after his annulment and Jon is a legitimate male heir. Which could lead to an interesting dynamic in his and Daenerys relationship. If he is a Tygareen then explains why he’s able to get up close to a dragon without it killing him. It even lets Jon pet him! Even Daenerys is impressed.

Throughout the episode we get a build up to it’s climax as a a ragtag bunch of misfits gather together to go over the Wall and bring themselves back a walker. OK first things first, is it just me or does this seem a terrible idea? First of all how are they going to find one white walker when they all seem to be in a huge pack, and secondly how the hell are they going to even bring it back to King’s Landing to convince Cersai of the walker’s existence? I’m starting to think burning King’s Landing is a better plan. But besides the negatives its awesome to see all these characters come together to defeat a united foe. And who reappears in this episode, only bloody Gendry! I thought he was still bloody rowing- a sentiment brilliantly echoed on screen by Davos. It turns out Gendry is quite handy with a hammer too which will be useful in facing off the walkers. He also manages to do something which few people on the show has done, make Jon laugh! So it would seem unlikely that they would bring Gendry back just to kill him off. I wouldn’t really care if either of the Brothers without Banners get killed but surely someone else will get bumped off? So who? Jon is safe but the others not so much. Jorah? The Hound? Tommen? Arggghhh!

What did you think of the episode? Is Cersai really pregnant? Who will get killed capturing a walker? Can’t everyone just off screen teleport to safety? Let me know what you think in the comments below.

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I can’t say I know too much about American history with only the basic knowledge beforehand of the Detroit riots but I managed to see an advance screening of Kathryn Bigelow’s latest movie and boy what an education.

It’s the summer of 1967 and civil unrest leads to riots across Detroit. One night during the riot reports of gunshots near the Algier Motel leads to unexpected levels of police brutality as racism and violence spills further out of control.

I felt absolutely sick to my stomach watching Detroit and for a long time afterwards too. In a way it’s probably the best film I never want to see again. But it definitely deserves to be seen and talked about.

Bigelow has always been a strong director that can amp up the tension to keep the audience at the edge of their seat but here the tension is brought to an almost unbearable level and there’s no action set piece or surfer drug dealers a la Point Break to release the anxiety.

From the off there’s a feeling of dread as the movie introduces you to Detroit 1967 and the group of characters caught up in one particularly awful night during the riots. That dread feels even worse as you know it is all based on real events and real people brutalised, beaten and killed by the police. With such an excellent cast giving their absolute all there are two in particular that stand out. Will Poulter is fantastic as officer Krauss, whose sinister and murderous actions leave you reeling the whole way through. I haven’t felt such an overwhelming feeling of hate towards a movie character for a long time. Then there’s Algee Smith who I never heard of before but is utterly heartbreaking as singer Larry Reed in this movie and has a lovely soulful voice. Hopefully this won’t be the last we see or hear from him.

It would have been easy enough to just stop right after the incident at the hotel when the audience is feeling bad enough but Bigelow doesn’t let up and doesn’t let its audience off the hook. She doesn’t just want to make you sad, she wants you to feel angry and not just about what happened that night in the hotel but at the injustice that continued on afterwards and still continues now. One of the most disturbing things about the film is the fact that very little has changed. You can’t make yourself feel better by saying well that’s all in the past now.

After seeing this Dunkirk has got some tough competition on its hands come Oscar season.

Rating 5/5 – see it, get angry and spread the word – this must be seen.

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Game of Thrones Season 7 Episode 4: The Spoils of War


Bloody hell!

So we’ll get onto that climatic battle scene later on. Firstly we’ll look at the Starks at Winterfell who all seem to be coming out of the woodwork now. Bran is settling back in at home and Littlefinger gives Bran the Valyrian steel dagger that was used in the assassination attempt in season one (gee thanks Littlefinger, how about a gift basket or something next time you want to present a gift). I have no idea what Littlefinger is playing at here but it seems whatever game is being played may backfire on him as Bran repeats back to Littlefinger his remark to Varys that “chaos is a ladder”. Given how unnerved he looked maybe Littlefinger is worried his duplicitous ways will come back to bite his on the ass? Meanwhile Bran’s lack of empathy comes back into play as Meera said her goodbyes and get’s barely little in return. I was glad when she called Bran out on his callousness considering many people including her brother and Hordor (Hordor!) gave up their lives for him. But Bran’s response implies that Bran is no longer Bran and just a vessel for the 3 eyed raven. Poor Meera, nothing to do for several seasons but drag Bran around and that’s all she gets.

On a happier note Arya makes her entrance to Winterfell and is turned away by the guards who promptly lose her. However Sansa figures out where she is and reunites with Arya in the Stark family crypts (which is typical of the Starks to meet in the most depressing of places for a family reunion). Considering the two didn’t get along in Season One it’s a lovely moment to have them hugging and getting to know each other again. I also enjoyed the moment where they both mention that they wished they had killed Joffrey! Sansa, then takes Arya to meet Bran who again ignores polite conversation and brings up Arya’s kill list. He also hands Arya back the dagger. What will she use it for, to kill Cersai or as it’s Valyrian steel will it be used to kill the white walkers? Knowing Arya it’s both and she gets to show off her fancy footwork that’s she learned over the last seven seasons as she spars with Brienne. It’s a cool moment and it’s nice that Brienne is given something to do.

The Lannisters are feeling pretty good about themselves-well at the start of the episode anyway, as Cersei has paid back her debt in full (well Lannisters always pay their debts…) to the Iron Bank. The Bank also say they will help fund her more soldiers, although considering how the episode ends they may not get that many new allies willing to join Team Cersei.

At Dragonstone Jon and Daenerys look at the mine of dragonglass and they find carvings from the Children of the Forest which seems to warn of White Walkers which makes it seem like Daenerys is starting to believe Jon’s claims. Still it’s not enough to stop her saying her new favourite catchphrase “Bend the knee”. Jon is not submitting yet, but surely it’s just a matter of time? Time for discussions of White Walker and bending of knees is interrupted as Daenerys hears of the fall of her allies. Daenerys’ first instinct is to burn King’s Landing to the ground, but Tyrion warns her against this. Frustrated with Tyrion, Daenerys asks Jon for advise who tells her if she uses her dragons to attack King’s Landing then she’ll be no different to the other tyrants who have ruled before her.

As Daenerys departs we see Jon reunite with another character, unfortunately this one isn’t a great one for anyone involved as he lays eyes on a washed up Theon. The look on Theon’s face is priceless as Jon approaches him and is remarkably restraint in his behaviour although makes it clear to Theon that he’s only acting this way because of Sansa. Theon then looks for help from Daenerys army to rescue his sister but is informed she has already left. Which leads us to the climax of the whole episode.

The attack on the Lannister army is so brilliantly done you could almost forget the fun stuff that happens before. For once thing Bronn is back and gets to speak this time. It’s great to have him around, whether it’s whining at Jamie about wanting a castle or his immature laugh after being introduced to a man named Dickon (I admit I did chuckle too) Bronn is good at bringing the humour to the proceedings. It also turns out he’s quite astute as he’s the first to realise something is amiss before everyone else. Not that it helps because soon they are attacked by the Dothraki and Daenerys riding Drogon. The circling of the Lannister army and the brutal attack was reminiscent of a western (with added dragon! cause everything is better with dragons) with Indians circling the cowboys. The battle is epic in scale with men on fire and the Dothraki slaying all those around them, even the horses in one particularly gory moment.  We also get one spectacular set piece as Drogon burns a long line of the Lannister food wagons and a whole lot of soldiers too. One of the brilliant aspects of the show is that there are so many characters you care for, so while I want Cersei to lose I don’t want characters like Bronn and Jamie to get killed. Many times during the battle I feared for Bronn safety and again felt torn when he hit Drogon using Qyburn’s invention. Luckily Drogon is just wounded but is forced to land and Daenerys is left vulnerable as she removes the spear from Drogon. As Jamie rides to kill her my emotions was going back and forth as he aims to kill Daenerys and is then nearly burnt to a crisps by Drogon and then gets saved by Bronn.  As Jamie sinks to the bottom of the river (yeah heavy armour not so good in water) the episode cuts to black.

Now I don’t think for a moment Jamie is dead in the river, but I’m dying to know if he’s been captured by Daenerys or somehow managed to escape. And now that Bronn has lost his gold will he try to jump ship to Team Daenerys? After all Bronn doesn’t have much loyalty and it would be great to see him and Tyrion on the same side again.  Other than that I wonder what the hell Cersei is going to do now. She has the gold but no food, her army slain and Jamie has possibly been captured. After a few episodes of Cersei winning Daenerys has now almost completely annihilated her. It’s a good thing Cersei has paid back her debts to the bank as she’s going to need a hell of a lot of favours now.

What did you think of the episode? Was that one of the series best battle scenes? Will Cersei recover from the loss? Will we ever find out if Jon is really a Targaryen so people can stop trying to ship Jon and Daenerys together (even Davvos has got in on the act)? Let me know what you think in the comments below.

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Game of Thrones Season 7 Episode 3: The Queen’s Justice


So here we go, one of the moments GoT fans have been waiting for as Jon and Daenerys, Ice and Fire themselves meet face to face….and they aren’t that impressed with each other.

For the fans though it’s a great moment as the two meet, with Daenerys introduced with her usual length spiel “mother of dragons, breaker of chains, blah, blah” etc, while Davos bluntly goes this is Jon Snow. As the two most brooding characters in the show it was a good move to have Tyrion and Davos there to undercut their scenes with humour as the two try to broker a deal. However their families have history which is dragged out and mulled over by both parties with neither willing to make much compromises. With Jon refusing to bend the knee and Daenerys not listening to tales of White Walkers (although considering she has dragons one would think she might have a bit more of an open mind over the matter). Still with Tyrion’s help they at least manage to broker a deal over the dragonglass. Thank god Tyrion is around otherwise I’d worry they wouldn’t get anything done.

Of course Daenerys has a lot more to worry about with her allies dwindling fast (more on that later) and Theon is found alive by Yara’s surviving men. As Theon claims he tries to save Yara the men look at him in disbelief, no surprise the liar! I know he’s probably suffering from PTSD but still.

Over at Winterfell Sansa is getting used to being in charge and preparing for the war to come. She seems to be doing well, thinking of all the supplies the people may need if the war goes on for a long time. Of course Littlefinger is still hanging around like a bad smell, still he does give Sansa some ok advise to expect danger from all sides. Before they can discuss anymore Sansa gets a visitor and I must admit I was expecting Arya, so I was surprised to see Bran turn up. A tearful reunion between the siblings unfolds but Sansa find Bran to be very different from when she saw him last (not least the fact he’s gone through puberty since season one). As a confused Sansa tries to understand Bran’s rambling about the three eyed raven (she’s not the only one), Bran seems to have lost his sense of empathy by implying he somehow saw Sansa on her wedding night to Ramsey. Not surprising this leaves Sansa upset and the audience wondering what Bran is going to do now he’s back at Winterfell and how long it will be til he tells Jon about his true birthright.

Over in King’s Landing Euron is pleased with himself for killing two of the sand snakes and capturing the others. His reward is control of the army alongside Jamie- that’s bound to go well. Surely Euron will end up having a nasty ‘accident’ sooner or later at the hands of the Lannisters. Cersei then turns her attention to Ellaria Sand and her daughter Tyene who are kept as prisoners in the dungeons. It was inevitable that Cersei would give them a grisly fate, although I was expecting it to be much more violent, considering this is Cersei. Instead she gives Tyene a poisoned kiss-the same as Ellaria used on Myrcella. It’s hard to feel sorry for Ellaria as she brought this all on herself but while Myrcella got a relatively quick death it seems Tyene will have a much more drawn out death, with Ellaria unable to help or comfort her daughter. Oh well goodbye Sand Snakes.

Someone on a better road to recover is Jorah who has been cured of his greyscale by Sam (go Sam!) and heads off to join Daenerys. I’m glad Jorah has been saved but it does mean his greyscale infliction was a bit of a waste of time.

Over to this episode’s big battle we get Grey Worm and the Unsullied attack on Casterly Rock with Tyrion devising a great plan of attack. Unfortunately it all goes a bit too easy and we soon find out why. While the Unsullied were attacking Casterly Rock Euron’s fleet has destroyed the ships and their chances of getting back to Daenerys. Meanwhile Jamie and the Lannister forces attack Highbridge, home of House Tyrell. This sadly means the end for Olenna Tyrell as she prepares to meet her end and she and Jamie have a bit of a heart to heart (where she delivers the best line of episode, perhaps the series when she calls Joffrey a c**t – got to love her!). Jamie gives her mercy by letting her die by a poisoned drink which Olena accepts, then reveals it was her who killed Joffrey. Hey at least she went out with a bang. The thing is will Jamie let Cersei know this? I doubt it will make much of a difference to Cersei’s feelings towards Tyrion, she’ll probably suspect they did it together.

So it’s not looking good for the allies of Daenerys at the moment, maybe Jon should take the dragonglass and run? More likely it will force her to come up with a better, stronger deal with the North as she’s going to need all the help she can get. Unless she just decides to set her dragons on King’s Landing instead. Gulp!

What did you think of the episode? Were you excited or disappointed by the meeting or ice and fire? Does Melisandre’s message to Varys mean he’s going to die soon? Is Olenna’s line about Joffrey the best in the series? Let me know in the comments below.



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Game of Thrones Season 7 Episode 2: Stormborn


Well that was exciting wasn’t it!

As Daenerys plans her next move we see her getting counsel from her various allies, and it’s quite fun seeing them all arguing and preparing for war. It was good to see Daenerys question Varys motives considering that whole conspiring to murder her all the way back in season one. Of course Daenerys settles things the best way she knows how-threatening to burn him alive if he betrays her. We also finally have a hint of a Daenerys/Jon alliance when Melisandre and Tyrion both speak on his behalf. However this potential new partnership causes tensions up in the North when Jon decides to accept Daenerys invitation to visit Dragonstone. Sansa is not too pleased about this but noticeable shuts up when Jon says he’s leaving her in charge. Will she like power a bit too much? Lets just hope Littlefinger doesn’t get his claws into Sansa while Jon is away, and considering Jon’s threats to Littlefinger to leave his sister alone, Littlefinger better watch his back.

Meanwhile Arya meets up with her old friend Hot Pie and finds out that Jon has retaken Winterfell, and for a moment it seems like the old Arya is back. She gives up her quest for vengeance and sets off north where she runs into her old direwolf Nymeria. Arya tries to get the direwolf to join her but instead Nymeria runs off. Poor Arya. Still at least she didn’t let her wolf pack kill Arya so that’s a plus. I don’t know if Arya will take this as a sign not to go back to Winterfell, although personally I hope she does and can reunite with Sansa. Considering the sisters weren’t that close before it would be interesting to see how they interact after all they have been through.

Over at the Citadel Sam decides to do some DIY surgery on Jorah’s greyscale. While I’m glad Jorah may be saved I’m not thrilled that again the scenes at the Citadel are designed to make me squirm. Still at least it’s better than seeing Sam handle people’s shit again.

Two people having a much more pleasant time is Grey Worm and Missandi who finally confess their feelings for each other. While it’s a sweet scene between them it automatically makes me think Grey Worm is going to die next week, or shortly after, because people can’t be happy in Westeros. Whatever happens I’m excited about the Unsullied heading to Casterly Rock. Hopefully there will be an epic battle!

While Daenerys plans her next move Cersei makes her own battle strategies. First she pleads for the House Tyrell’s bannermen to support her instead of Daenerys by using the Queen of Dragons history of crucifying the Lords in Slavers’ Bay against her (perhaps not a great PR move in hindsight). Of course Cersei doesn’t have a great deal of support considering what she did to the Tyrell’s last season but Jamie still has her back for now as he tries to persuade Sam’s dad to remain loyal to Cersei. While Jamie is doing damage control it looks like Cersei may have an ace up her sleeve when Qyburn shows her some old weapons used against dragons. Noooooo! Leave the dragons alone.

However the best bit of the episode is Euron Greyjoy’s surprise raid on Yara’s Iron Fleet. It’s a brutal fight which sees the death of two of the Sand Snakes (who sadly no one will miss) where Ellaria and her daughter taken hostage. I have a feeling karma is going to bite Ellaria hard as Cersei is bound to kill her daughter in revenge for Myrcella’s death. The only thing I’m wondering is how horrible a death will she get, knowing Cersei it will be awful. The other person taken hostage is Yara as Euron goads Theon to fight for his sister and how does Theon react? By jumping overboard and abandoning his sister! What the hell Theon! I couldn’t believe it when he did that. I almost laughed with disbelief. After redeeming himself slightly last season by helping Sansa escape Ramsay it’s now a million steps backward for everyone’s least favourite Greyjoy (yes even his dastardly uncle is better-at least he’s honestly awful).

What did you think of the last episode? Will Sansa go mad with power at Winterfell? Will the Unsullied take Casterly Rock? Is Theon just the worst for literally jumping ship?

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Christopher Nolan is back once more, this time with World War 2 drama Dunkirk. But is it worth all the hype and Oscar talk it’s been getting?

As British soldiers prepare to evacuate from Dunkirk in 1940 we follow three stories; one with the troops on the beach, one with a civilian boat on its way to Dunkirk and another from the perspective of the Spitfire pilots in the air.

I’ve long been a fan of Nolan’s work, even Interstellar which I wasn’t as enamoured with still had Nolan’s great direction, so I’m pleased to say Dunkirk is another triumph for the visionary director.  Splitting the three narratives in slightly different time frames can sometimes be confusing but for the most part the three stories are smoothly interwoven. Luckily all three narratives are gripping so you never feel you’re missing out by going back and forth between the stories.

Having seen the film in IMAX helped the feeling of immersion into the action. Whether it’s the thrilling chase in the clouds or the overwhelming struggle for survival on the ground you feel in the thick of the battle.

As we are dropped into the characters viewpoint there is little time to get to know much about these people we’re following. While it is a little disappointed we don’t know much about them on the other hand it would appear that Nolan’s intention is to give you a small bit of what the soldiers are feeling. There’s no time for back story when everyone is just trying to make it out alive. One of the strongest elements of the movie is that it allows you to emphasise with the complete desperation that the soldiers are feeling. That need to survive is something that comes across all the soldiers. They don’t feel brave or proud, they just want to make it home. For this reason Nolan’s film is one of the best to deal with that desperation and the dark places it can take you to. The soldiers here are not categorized as bad or good, just men on the edge who have seen too much too young and want to get out.

Dunkirk is not a war film about victory in a traditional sense. It’s victory is in how many people managed to survive in what was considered at the time a hopeless situation. There’s a few scenes which discuss cowardly behaviour but Nolan reverses these issues back at us asking would you really be any different in this situation?

Rating 4/5 powerful and compelling, this is Nolan’s best shot at an Oscar yet and a worthy one at that

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Game of Thrones Season 7 Episode 1: Dragonstone


After what seemed like several winters ago Game of Thrones has returned to our screens and all the players are getting ready for a final showdown for the crown. Except Arya who is just exacting vengeance upon all her enemies which includes killing all the Frays! I was really confused in the opening scene when Walder Frey was addressing his family until my sister said it was probably Arya- and she was right! With her taking the form of her enemies to get her revenge one has to wonder what form she’ll take if she ever gets to Cersei. Will she put on Jamie’s face or Joffrey? It would be a twisted end if Cersei did meet her end seeing the face of one of her beloved before she dies.

Over in the North, Bran reaches the Wall which should be great moment, but I’m still annoyed at Bran for basically being the reason Hordor died (Hordor!) Still it is a step closer to bringing the Starks together. Not that Jon and Sansa are acting as one at the moment. With their arguing over tactics in front of others they aren’t presenting much of a united front. I’m hoping this is just showing Sansa’s development from naive girl into a forthright woman but with Littlefinger hanging around Sansa like a bad smell I hope she won’t betray Jon.

Meanwhile Cersei is preparing for a war. Unfortunately as Jamie points out she has no allies which leads to Cersei being on the verge of teaming up with Euron Greyjoy who promises he’ll win her round with his actions. With even loyal Jamie questioning Cersei’s decisions could we see Jamie turn around and betray Cersei? Maybe give her a quick death before she is defeated by her enemies who would want her to have a painful demise?

Then we get to see how Sam, Gilly and little Sam are doing. While I’m glad we get to see Sam  I’m not too amused that we had to see a montage of Sam clearing up shit. Thanks GoT for that! But we did get to meet Jim Broadbent’s character and witness Sam stealing restricted books from the library (go Sam!). From these books we see Dragonstone is going to be a key area for defeating the White Walkers. Is this another foreshadowing of a Jon and Daenerys alliance? Maybe she’ll give him the dragonglass in exchange for supporting her claim to the throne and keeping Jon as the King of the North? After all Jon is one of the few people who don’t seem at all interested in power so he won’t necessarily want a claim on the throne. Then again he has no idea of his true heritage so who knows if this might change.

As we catch up with the Hound we see he’s still with the Brotherhood Without Banners where it seems that the Hound is now seeing visions in the fire himself, and it doesn’t look good. We also see the Hound burying the bodies of a father and child who they find in an abandoned house. I’m not sure if it’s the same family that the Hound and Arya stole from back in season 4 or if it just reminds the Hound of others he has condemned to death. Either way we see remorse from the Hound which is an interesting character moment and I wonder if we’ll see any more compassion from him in the future.

So after six seasons Daenerys finally crosses the sea and reaches land. OK its Dragonstone and not King’s Landing but its close enough. But after five minutes of walking, and walking and walking, she reaches the castle and says…”Let’s begin”. End credits. A part of me was like is that it? Maybe it’s the bloodthirsty side GoT brings out in me but I was ready for some fighting and dragons kicking ass. But I’m sure there’s plenty of that to come.

My feeling is that Cersei will die this season and the battle for the Iron Throne will be settled before the final season sees everyone having to battle together against the White Walkers. But what do I know? NOTHING!! As per usual.

What did you think of the season premiere? Was it a tantalizing start? Who do you think will meet their maker this season and who will be left to fight the white walkers? Let me know in the comments below.

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Jodie Whittaker to be the 13th Doctor

Jodie Whittaker

So it’s finally happened, after months of speculation Doctor Who has announced its 13th Doctor will be Jodie Whittaker. That’s right Doctor Who is getting its first female Doctor.

It’s certainly a risk with some corners of the internet crying out that its political correctness gone mad and threatening to stop watching the show altogether. Personally, while I’m not sure if Whittaker is quirky enough to be the Doctor, she is a good actress as her work on Broadchurch showed (which was created by Doctor Who’s new show runner Chris Chibnall). It’s also a good sign that Chibnall is not going to play it safe with the new series. Doctor Who has always been about regeneration so why not completely revamp the show and try something different? At least the good thing about this show is if something doesn’t work then the Doctor can just regenerate again in a few years time anyway.

For me I will try to hold off judgement on Whittaker until I’ve seen her first full episode. Hat’s off to Whittaker she’s got a tough year ahead of her with her critics wanting to see her fail before she’s even begun. I’m going to keep a positive attitude and hope this heralds an exciting and innovative new time for Doctor Who.

What do you think? Is a female Doctor Who a good thing? Are you a fan of Jodie Whittaker? Or is Doctor Who just for massive geeks and you couldn’t care less about who the next Doctor is? Let me know in the comments below.

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