GAME OF THRONES: SEASON 4 REVIEW

BE NOT AFRAID: NO BOOK SPOILERS (But there are plenty of show spoilers.)

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What the world really needs is someone to critically think about, discuss and appreciate the grand spectacle that is Game of Thrones. Luckily, we are here to appeal to the niche audience that appreciates this show on a micro as well as macro level. Episode 90 hands out awards for the season MVP, asks logistical questions about Tyrion’s ability to slink through tunnels and hallways and takes stock of all the major plot and character developments from Season 4. We are living proof that book readers and show watchers can live like Hot Pie in a bakery – in peaceful harmony. Finally, a place for people to feel safe to talk about this show. You’re welcome, internet friends.

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2014 FIFA WORLD CUP PREVIEW

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The World Cup is a grandiose spectacle celebrating a beautifully simple game. It is a complicated event, ripping through a country struggling to overcome economic disparity like an unrelenting cyclone, sure to leave behind a mess Brazilians will be forced to clean up. A Jules Rimet trophy would be a fleeting moment of bliss for Brazil, followed shortly by more protests aimed at a government’s reckless spending and a corrupt, laughable organization. FIFA is the oil spill tainting the rich, expansive ocean of international soccer, an international punching bag that appears to grow stronger despite sustaining Tyson-like haymakers from global media regularly.

And yet…

The collective enthusiasm for the World Cup has never been higher in the United States of America. USA sends a team with a spitfire manager aimed at systemically overhauling the country’s reputation and style. There are prodigies teeming with talent and stalwarts that have earned respect at the highest levels of club soccer. Coverage by ESPN, which will broadcast the tournament domestically, has exceeded expectations leading up to the event and most certainly will continue to do so moving forward. No amount of turmoil and corruption can quell the wellspring of support that seems to grow a little more every four years.

These next 32 days will ask us to look past the shiny veneer FIFA has slapped on the site of the world’s most popular tournament. And for the most part, we will. We won’t think of favelas crumbling when Michael Bradley laces a through ball to Clint Dempsey. We won’t think of gross economic disparity when Lionel Messi embarrasses grown men with maddening runs and touches. We won’t think of Sepp Blatter the Puppet Master when Luis Suarez strikes a goal with an unmatched fury. We will soak in the moments, both memorable and heartbreaking, hoping for better in the future but expecting more oil to contaminate the game we love.

 

 

JUNE MOVIE PREVIEW

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When I saw Jonah Hill in a movie, he was playing a bespectacled platform shoe aficionado (provided said platforms contain goldfish) in 40-Year-Old Virgin. He had maybe five lines to deliver, lines that would be forgettable in the hands of another actor. Hell, maybe if Jonah Hill hadn’t become two-time Oscar nominated actor Jonah HIll, this scene would be forgettable. But as it were, the scene stands as a sign of potential. It was like that was Hill’s vertical leap or a 40-yard dash, a few precious seconds that showed a wide audience his potential. It was just his fourth registered acting credit on IMDB. Today, 10 years later, that number stands at an incredible 49. He’s dabbled as the lead in indies, voiced characters for movies and television, landed supporting roles in critically-acclaimed films and carried some of the best comedies in recent memory. It’s a bizarre career trajectory that seems to be rising into perpetuity.

In his latest movie, 22 Jump Street, Hill seems to be in his comedic happy place. The sequel to the underrated 21 Jump Street, which showed off the comedic chops of another ascendant star in Channing Tatum, is released on June 13. It features the pair engaging in classic college shenanigans and let’s Hill’s improvisational talent shine through. The movie is our most anticipated film of June. Check below for the rest of the film’s discussed in this podcast.

EDGE OF TOMORROW

Tom Cruise breaking shit, dying, and then breaking more shit.

THE FAULT IN OUR STARS

Shailene Woodley doing her best to make us all cry eco-friendly tears.

22 JUMP STREET

HELL Yeah.

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