In Select Theaters: Isle of Dogs

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At the advance screening for Isle of Dogs I attended, there were several moments within the film that got laughs, gasps of delight, and rounds of clapping from the audience. As of this post’s writing, Isle of Dogs sits at 93% on Rottentomatoes.com. It is a stop-motion movie about dogs with an amazing voice cast, a creative if not super complex story, and a delightful look. I should have liked it.

I did not. 

Maybe it’s because I’m not a Wes Anderson devotee and am not inured to his unique voice, comedic flourishes, or banter. I enjoyed The Life Aquatic and outside of that I have few impressions of his films, other than they employ bright colors and have a lot of neurotic people struggling to manage family relationships.

Although Isle of Dogs did many technical things very well, it did some pretty major things poorly. The story is not charming or heartwarming enough to compensate for these missteps, and ultimately the whole thing felt like the film version of an ill-conceived rainy day craft project.

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Game of Thoughts: No One (Episode 6.8)

I can’t lie, for most of the show I’ve been wondering why they would cast an actor as great as Tobias Menzies (ROME!!!) and then have him doof around in the background for 4 seasons.

Note: This is last week’s Game of Thoughts, which was postponed due to the Orlando shooting. I am writing this on Sunday, June 19th, for posting on Monday morning. I will do my best to recap The Battle of the Bastards and get that posted the same time, but I am going to a memorial event tonight and am not sure when I’ll be home.  The tragedy hit us hard and we are picking up the pieces; but part of  putting our lives back together means doing it with new or missing pieces.

Hello and welcome to Game of Thoughts! This is a feature in which I recap the latest episode of everyone’s favorite grimdark fantasy, Game of Thrones. We do things fun around here so for more in-depth coverage of big themes, check out Patrick Sponaugle‘s incredibly witty and fun blog posts. Note: These recaps WILL contain spoilers.

Let’s DO THIS!

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Game of Thoughts: The Battle of the Bastards (6.9)

I am not even sure what this relates to, I just wrote down ‘another shitty pep talk, take a drink everybody!’

Hello and welcome to Game of Thoughts! This is a feature in which I recap the latest episode of everyone’s favorite grimdark fantasy, Game of Thrones. We do things fun around here so for more in-depth coverage of big themes, check out Patrick Sponaugle‘s incredibly witty and fun blog posts. Note: These recaps WILL contain spoilers.

Let’s DO THIS!

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Game of Thoughts – The Broken Man (6.7)

Hello and welcome to Game of Thoughts! This is a feature in which I recap the latest episode of everyone’s favorite grimdark fantasy, Game of Thrones. We do things fun around here so for more in-depth coverage of big themes, check out Patrick Sponaugle‘s incredibly witty and fun blog posts. Note: These recaps WILL contain spoilers.

Let’s DO THIS!

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Thoughts on the “Preacher” Pilot

So far I’m enjoying the changes, and the original writing (Cassidy and the cow, Tulip and the kids) is making for compelling character moments.

Two things:

  • My laptop is fixed. YAY!
  • Everything at work is broken. BOO.

However, this means I have some time to throw out a few thoughts on the Preacher pilot. I has been two weeks since I saw it and I didn’t make any notes, so I’m just going to do a light skim and mostly focus on casting. Here we go!

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