Tuesday, April 03, 2012

Seen in March 

Sean Bean as Eddard Stark in HBO's Game of Thrones

In five years of tracking what I've watched I don't think I've gone a month without seeing at least one feature film. I have now. I watched plenty of television including an old series on Netflix. I guess it was a bad month for Hollywood. Well, for the record, this is what I did see.

True Blood Season 1
Twilight for grown- ups? Violent, sexual and as melodramatic as any soap opera. I'm not sure how much more I can take of invented vampire lore.

Game of Thrones
Lord of the Rings for grown-ups? It's certainly grittier and more gory. Peter Dinklage is great as Tyrion Lannister (these names are so pseudo-epic) – like he was born to play it – and he has great lines like "A mind needs books like a sword needs a whetstone." but I think I'll need a Dungeons and Dragons-esque manual to follow it. Reminds me a little of Gormenghast in that it sounds more interesting than its confusing story turns out to be. I will say this, every time someone looks at a dagger and says "Valerian steel?" I almost pee myself laughing. I mean really? "Valerian Steel" How many fantasy epics use "Valerian" to describe something? Too many, that's how many. I just keep thinking of valerian tea, aka, "Sleepy Time".

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