NYCC 2015: House Tyrell & Martell Hold a Strong Panel

Loras-and-Margaery-Tyrell-loras-tyrell-36926289-1800-1012Five seasons after his character shaved a man’s chest and gave him a blowjob on the popular HBO show Game of Thrones, Finn Jones’ reflected on his first day on set as well as the years that followed, with a panel of hundreds of fans at New York Comic Con.

“The thing about the Tyrells, we are always fabulous.”- Finn Jones (Loras Tyrell)

In a panel titled “A Panel of Ice and Fire,” Jones was joined by his on-screen sister Natalie Dormer (Margaery Tyrell) and Keisha Castle-Hughes (Obara Sand) in a crowd-engaging conversation about the show’s past, present and future.

Unusually, 40 minutes of the 60 minute panel was dedicated to fan questions. The questions ranged from the cast’s favorite location to shoot in, to what dead character they’d like to see resurrected; which Jones turned back to ask the audience who’d they like to see return.

The majority of the hundreds in attendance shouted, “Jon Snow!”

The 27-year old British actor also pondered the idea of two characters (dead or alive) in the show who’ve never met before meeting up for the first time.

“Loras would probably try to turn Jon Snow gay,” said Jones. “And share hair tips. I’d teach him a thing or two.”

Castle-Hughes also would like to see her character, Obara Sand, meet with one of the only remaining Starks, Arya (Maisie Williams).

“She’s my favorite character,” said Castle-Hughes. “And this is purely for selfish reasons, because Maize is awesome to hang out with.”

1dd69c6a-8870-4709-b28e-0d0d21a67500When asked about the threat Dormer’s character is to Cersei Lannister (Lena Headey), Dormer said that Margaery is trying to be like Cersei and they both want a similar thing: to be the mother of the king.

“I don’t think she wants to be on the throne … it’s a dangerous place to be,” Dormer said. “I genuinely think that  Margaery wants to be the power behind the throne.”

 

The three cast members chatted with the large crowd, gaining huge laughs, and even a few tears. One fan of Dormer’s work in Game of Thrones as well as another television show, The Tudors, where Dormer played Anne Boleyn, was too overwhelmed by emotions to even get out a question.

Dormer got up, walked over to her, and gave her a big hug.

 

 

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Anime Month: Day 8- Full Metal Alchemist vs Full Metal Alchemist

Spoilers for FMA and FMA Brotherhood.

Brotherhood is the definite version of the tale Hiromu Arakawa set to tell, as it follows the manga directly. But the version that came before it was released before the manga was finished, meaning that the path had to be told differently. That’s why the first few episodes of the series are identical, but go in very separate directions later on.

A “spin-off” idea usually ends up very horribly, but the first anime version of Full Metal Alchemist is a rare exception.  Continue reading

Schindler’s List: Pulling at Heart Strings

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For my film/literature class, I was tasked to quickly recap my feelings after watching Schindler’s List for the first time. I ended up tying the movie to an episode of Seinfeld. Enjoy.   

I’ve always wanted to watch Schindler’s List ever since I first saw the episode of Seinfeld titled The Raincoats, where Jerry Seinfeld’s parents were outraged to find out he was “making out” during the movie. Now that I’ve finally seen the movie for myself, I can see why his parents were so appalled of Jerry’s actions, and even I want to ask him the same thing his mother asked him: “How could you?!” Continue reading

Some Like it Bland

somelikeithotFor my film/literature class, I was tasked to quickly compare the two movies, Some Like it Hot and Emma. This is the rant that resulted from that task. 

Compared to the film Some Like it Hot, the movie based on the Jane Austin book, Emma, seems like a dreadfully dull affair. Even though Some Like it Hot was made in 1959, it managed to feel more relevant than a movie that came out in 1996. From a technical and story-telling standpoint, Some Like it Hot was leagues ahead of Emma and as a result was a much more interesting film.

Joe and Sugar had chemistry. As a viewer, I felt like those two were meant to be together. They connected and had witty banter going, it felt like they actually liked each other. As Sugar goes to meet Joe, she asks him if he has been waiting long. Joe responds, “It’s not how long you wait, it’s who you’re waiting for!” It is a smooth and charismatic line that could have stood by itself. Instead, later in the conversation, Joe apologizes for having to steer backwards, making the trip longer. Sugar then responds to him “it’s not how long it takes, it’s who’s taking you.” That, in my opinion is how you create the illusion of a bond between characters. Continue reading

Arrow Season 3 Premiere Episode Reaction & Review

After a good season one, and a perfect season two, Arrow returns once again, seemingly with higher stakes. *Spoiler Alert*

The episode started off a bit slow, but keep amping up the pace as the episode progressed. The new Vertigo was a better villain than the old one,  Diggle became a dad, Oliver might lose his company (for like the 30th time),  Roy went full Arsenal, flashbacks to Oliver’s time in Hong Kong, Detective Lance almost died, and Oliver and Felicity went on a date. There was a lot going on, and it was good to see that it wasn’t rushed. Continue reading