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Recap: 'Game of Thrones' Season 4, Episode 8, 'The Mountain And The Viper' Face Off

  • By Katie Walsh
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  • June 2, 2014 8:12 AM
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Game of Thrones' Season 4 - The Mountain and the Viper'
We're back after a week off, and it's time to dive back into the wacky world of Westeros. There's another easter egg in the opening credits this week — Moat Cailin makes an appearance, the geography of the show growing with each episode. "The Mountain and the Viper," directed by Alex Graves (you might remember him from Joffrey's Purple Wedding), has promised us the trial by combat, the showdown and revenge we've been waiting for this whole season, and we're going to get it… right after all of these hideously boring monologues. The episode is a series of rather long, wordy, staid scenes bookended with bursts of bloody violence. A few of the monologues could stand to have been heavily edited, and time was checked during the show, a truly rare occurrence.

Cannes: Bruno Dumont Fascinates With Ambitious 3 ½-Hour Comedy Series ‘P’Tit Quinquin’

  • By Nikola Grozdanovic
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  • May 23, 2014 1:05 PM
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P'tit Quinquin
Mental disorder, disease, murder, and confounding evil. Not exactly the makings of a slapstick comedy, but this is Bruno Dumont we’re talking about. Known, by the few who dare to know him, as a seriously depressing and morose filmmaker, Dumont is so fascinated by the grotesque side of human nature, he can’t even make a comedy without putting the subject front and center. Dumont is back in television format with the mini-series “P’tit Quinquin.”

Review: HBO's 'The Normal Heart' Starring Mark Ruffalo, Julia Roberts, Taylor Kitsch, Matt Bomer, Jim Parsons & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 22, 2014 12:25 PM
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The Normal Heart
First staged off Broadway in 1985, Larry Kramer's acclaimed play "The Normal Heart" is undoubtedly a product of its time. Written and performed during the early stages of the 1980s AIDS crisis, a period which saw the gay community gripped by fear of the emerging disease, and ravaged by a shocking death toll, Kramer's work is searing indictment of governmental indifference and those who refused to fight unreservedly to get the necessary resources and funding to foster support groups and research. Kramer's play was also autobiographical, drawing on real-life people as inspiration for the characters, with the end product something as personal as it was polemical. More than 25 years later, "The Normal Heart" was revived on Broadway in 2011, and now it comes to HBO in a star-studded movie adaptation, with an aspiration towards the same fury the material evoked decades ago. But unfortunately, that passion oddly leaves the movie feeling a bit out of time in 2014.

Recap: 'Game Of Thrones' Season 4 Episode 7 'Mockingbird' Flies Us To The Moon

  • By Katie Walsh
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  • May 19, 2014 9:02 AM
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What up, Gameheads. Have you made plans for your Sunday nights after #GOT is over? Just a few more weeks left (though it's not on next Sunday, "The Normal Heart" will be on instead). It’s not like there’s not plenty of other teevees to watch that night—Sunday is overwhelmed with good stuff while there's garbage on every other night of the week. We have free time on Tuesdays, you know!

Recap: 'Game of Thrones' Season 4, Episode 6 'The Laws of Gods And Men'

  • By Katie Walsh
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  • May 12, 2014 8:05 AM
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"Game Of Thrones" Season 4 Episode 6 "The Laws of Gods and Men"
As we enter the latter half of Season 4, “Game of Thrones” eases us into the action with episode 6 “The Laws of Gods and Men” that both sets the stage for the big things to come, and brings the pain for a select few. Director Alik Sakharov balances both bloody action and one-set, dialogue-heavy scenes with a stylish aplomb, maintaining the high-wire tension throughout, and showcasing a bravura performance from a series favorite. And I’m burying the lede here, but we also got a whole NEW LOCATION in the credit sequence! That’s right, after much, much foreshadowing, we finally put Braavos on the map. And that’s where we begin.

Recap: ‘Game Of Thrones’ Season 4, Episode 5 'First Of His Name' Has Its Vengeance

  • By Katie Walsh
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  • May 5, 2014 9:05 AM
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Hi haters. I'm still here, still writing about "Game of Thrones," and will be for the rest of the season, so if you dislike my tone or the fact that I might complain about the specific portrayals of rape on screen, you might as well find another recapper to bother. Here's the thing: I accept the fact that rape exists in Westeros, just as it exists in the world we live in (but, for the record, Westeros Time never existed. There are DRAGONS and SNOW ZOMBIES. It's not real.) I accept rape as a part of a complicated, dark human nature that the show creators and GRRM choose to depict. My specific issue is with how the creators of this television show, who live in this world, in 2014, chose to represent it onscreen. I do not think it was necessary for storytelling or character purposes to have repeated graphic and violent depictions of rape, most particularly those in the scene in Craster's Keep.

Recap: 'Game Of Thrones' Season 4 Episode 4, 'Oathkeeper' Needs A Trigger Warning

  • By Katie Walsh
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  • April 28, 2014 9:04 AM
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Just when you thought “Game Of Thrones” couldn’t get rapier … it goes and gets more rapey. It’s really unfortunate how shortsighted Team Throne Games was about the avalanche of outrage that would meet the amazingly poorly executed rape of Cersei (Lena Headey) last week (sorry, nope, Alex Graves, you can’t just switch from nonconsensual to consensual sex in the middle of the act, and if that’s what you were going for, it’s not what you pulled off). This week’s episode featured a gruesome scene in Craster’s Keep with a ridiculously gratuitous portrayal of the rape and abuse of women.

Recap: 'Game of Thrones' Season 4 Episode 3 'Breaker of Chains' Delivers More Questions Than It Answers

  • By Katie Walsh
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  • April 20, 2014 10:00 PM
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Have we all recovered from the shock of last week’s turn of events? Have you been put off red wine and pie forever? As a fun curio, here's Jack Gleeson lecturing on celebrity culture at Oxford, dropping Baudrillard and Weber like nothing. Turns out Joffrey doesn't hate reading after all. I enjoyed all of the heated speculation in the comments last week, but, like I said, if you’ve read the books, don’t spoil the fun! Tonight we find out what happened to Joffrey... Or do we? I honestly feel more confused than I did last week, but that’s just the game, right? This episode, “Breaker of Chains,” is directed once again by Alex Graves, and it picks up right where the last one left off...

Recap: ‘Game Of Thrones’ Season 4, Episode 2, ‘The Lion And The Rose’ Is A Nice Day For A Westeros Wedding

  • By Katie Walsh
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  • April 13, 2014 10:00 PM
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If there is one piece of advice in the land of Westeros, it is DO NOT ACCEPT AN INVITATION TO A WEDDING. Also, don’t get married, don’t participate in weddings, just never go anywhere or do anything. I’m starting to wonder if George R.R. Martin is an anti-marriage advocate or something. I do think that “The Lion and The Rose” (directed by Alex Graves) one-ups “The Red Wedding” in terms of sheer shock value, and I will get into that later, but let’s check in with the rest of the gang before we delve into the wedding business.

Watch: First Full Episode Of HBO’s 'Silicon Valley' Plus Review Of Mike Judge's Tech World Comedy

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 7, 2014 10:08 AM
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Silicon Valley
Over the course of his career, Mike Judge has always been a keen observer of the absurd, mundane minutiae of the work world. Of course, "Office Space" is his crowing achievement, pitch perfectly capturing the soul crushing ennui of working 9 to 5. Judge returned to the well with "Extract," something a bit more screwball, less focused and as a result, less satisfying. And while Strickland Propane of "King Of The Hill" was another opportunity to skewer working life, it was more of an added texture to the All American Hank Hill than a particular point for parody. However, "Silicon Valley" returns Judge full throttle to the arena of clock-punching, management and ambition, with the tech world setting providing a fresh twist, but with results decidedly mixed across the first five episodes sent to press.

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