Entertainment Link-Off: Dog Days of Summer

anna-kendrick-aubrey-plaza-mikeanddave16-11Is it just me or is summer really a dead time for movies. Since I’ve taken up temporary residence on Saturdays doing the entertainment links, I can’t think of massive summer blockbusters apart from family movies. Where are the big budget action movies? Where are the superheroes?

On the plus side, The Secret Life of Pets opens this weekend. Critics really seem to like it but not to the same extent that Pixar’s Finding Dory was adored by critics. The other big release is Mike And Dave Need Wedding Dates which is getting middling reviews.

Anyway, it’s Saturday night so it’s time for the links. Let’s kick off with the lead pair from one of this weekend’s movies. Here are Anna Kendrick and Aubrey Plaza.

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Game of Thrones: The Winds of Winter Review

game-of-thrones-the-winds-of-winter-headerWhat is hype may never die. There were a lot of loose plot threads heading into this season’s finale. Not only were they paid off spectacularly but we are set up for the stretch run of Game of Thrones with a series of mic drops as the episode came to an end.

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Game of Thrones: Battle of the Bastards Review

game-of-thrones-battle-of-the-bastards-headerSure, Game of Thrones is at its best when it tells a story and focuses on its characters. However, the show also has this expectation that the ninth episode will wow us. This season’s ninth episode brings us the biggest and most expensive battle in the show’s history as the forces of Jon Snow and Ramsay Bolton did battle for control of Winterfell and the North. And, yes, it was pretty epic.

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Game of Thrones: No One Review

game-of-thrones-no-one-headerWith next week being the generally epic and iconic Episode Nine of the season, this week’s episode was tasked with closing up some plots and setting up others for the season finale. Surprisingly, it was the storylines that were building toward episode ten that were more satisfying than the parts of the episode that wrapped up an existing story. Continue reading

Game of Thrones: The Broken Man Review

game-of-thrones-the-broken-man-headerNow that I’m thinking about it, the title of this episode, The Broken Man, works on a literal level. Each storyline featured a male character that is broken in some role. Jaime is missing a hand. Theon is mentally broken. The Mountain might have lurked in the background but he’s a zombie and you could make the argument that Jon Snow is as well. The title is surprisingly on the nose. Well, at least we got Bronn back.

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Game of Thrones: Blood of My Blood Review

game-of-thrones-blood-of-my-blood-headerLast week, everybody was left crying at the conclusion of Game of Thrones. This week, there was far less crying and even a few exciting, fist-pumping moments that were balanced out by some pretty intriguing twists. Sadly, no Littlefinger to bring us those plot twists. Westeros’s other resident master schemer did, though.

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Behind the Scenes of Game of Thrones: The Door’s Final Scene

Hopefully you’ve watched this week’s episode of Game of Thrones and read the review because it’s time to look at the final scene. Game of Thrones is known for these epic setpieces that make it one of the most amazing and most expensive shows on television. Even a little ten minute ending scene is a massive undertaking for the show. HBO’s cameras went behind the scenes to show us what went into making the final scene of this week’s episode, The Door.

By the way, spoilers.

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