AGoTI almost wrote this entry several weeks ago, but life happened…you know how it goes. But what I wanted to address was Game of Thrones and more specifically, the Unbowed, unbent, and unbroken episode. Most already know, that this was the episode where Sansa Stark marries and is later raped by Ramsey Bolton. Now, it shouldn’t have to be said, but for the sake of argument I will say it here: rape is never a good thing. Luckily for us, Game of Throne is a fictitious show and not real. Kind of sad, but I shouldn’t have to point that out either, and yet here I am doing exactly that. And yet, after the episode aired many took to social media claiming that they were never watching the show again and how Sansa‘s rape in no way added to the plot of the character nor the storyline. As for me, I love the show and will continue to watch as I saw nothing wrong with the episode in question or any other episodes. You see, people often forget that television is not only about entertainment, it is also about exploring and bringing to light aspects of our society that we feel need to be addressed, talked about, explored and in general, torn apart in order to gain a better understanding of it. I’m not saying that is what happened here, but rape has been a buzz word in the media lately – especially in the last election – so it is not out of the realm of possibility that this is what was going on. Secondly, we don’t know that this horrible act didn’t add anything to the character, that will be determined later on down the line as the show continues and the character grows. And lastly, the books, in George R. R. Martins own words, “[R]eflect a patriarchal society based on the Middle Ages. The Middle Ages were not a time of sexual egalitarianism. It was very classist, dividing people into three classes. And they had strong ideas about the roles of women.” In his books Martin has made several of the main characters women, giving them a tremendous amount of influence power in the goings-on of the story. That’s saying a lot since many women in history had tremendous sway and power in their day – the Mistress Diane De Poitiers of Henry II, comes to mind – but many of them only had that power behind the scenes and through a man, they rarely had the opportunity to get up and speak their mind. So in that sense, while Martin, I believe, is trying to mesh together a little history in his fiction, the role of women in his books aren’t historically accurate. They have power, they’re outspoken, and they openly challenge the men that get in their way. Lastly, for the second time, there is plenty of violence against men in this show as well. Jamie gets his hand cut off; Joffrey is poisonedmany other men were burned to death at the hands of Stannis, and yet I have said nothing about that. Why? Because it’s fiction. Now if the producers of the show had created a scene where Sansa was raped and they tried to make the scene lighthearted or comical, I might have had a problem with that, but everything in that one scene shouted this is bad, even the music was somber.

As for me, I have continued to watch the show and love it as much today as I did when I started watching it. And, I plan on buying this latest season on blu-ray when it comes out.

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Everybody is excited about the new Star Wars film, and despite my criticism about how Disney is handling the franchise, I must say that the film does look pretty awesome. Which is why I’m surprised to learn that a year after Star Wars: The Force Awakens in theaters is released, Disney will release a spin-off movie entitled Star Wars: Rogue One. This film is said to be a prequal of Star Wars: A New Hope, but other than that, details are few and far between. Oh, but wait, there’s more! A third movie it seems is in the works, although nothing is known about it except that it will be directed by Josh Trank and is scheduled for release in theaters in 2018.

And if you’re a gamer of Star Wars games, get ready by Star Wars: Battlefront being released this November. It would appear that this game is the third installment in the Battlefront series but why they named it Battlefront (which already exists as a game) instead of Battlefront III is unknown. Whatever the reason, as a huge Star Wars: Battlefront fan I’ve been looking forward to this game for a long time.

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heir_to_the_empireWhat I would really like to do is get Jar Jar Abrams and the heads of Disney Corporation in a small room and tell them what worthless pieces of Bantha Fodder they are. Yeah, then I would like to tell them where they can shove their new movie. For real Star Wars fans, you know that the events that took place after Return of the Jedi and even before The Phantom Menace, and even everywhere in between, have all been scribbled out in details in numerous books, comics and even television series. But apparently the powers that be at Disney are considering that massive body of work null-and-void as they plan on re-writting the entire Star Wars universe. I took this to even mean Timothy Zahn‘s Heir to the Empire trilogy, which I have a special place for in my heart. So just so everybody knows there will now be two Star Wars universes – the real one that has been their since the beginning, and the new one that Jar Jar Adrams and his cronies wrote. But I’m not bitter.

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Ghostbusters_logo.svgSo everybody got excited last month when Sony announced that they were making new Ghostbusters movie that in part was going to star Melissa McCarthy, and as far as I know that is still in the works. But now I am also hearing rumors that Sony is looking to make a second Ghostbusters movie, however, this one is going to star Crhis Pratt and Channing Tatum. I guess the lesson to be learned here is that don’t believe anything until you actually have a theater release date. God knows that I have heard about some book being made into movies/tv shows that have yet to bare fruits, and probably never will. Still, it sounds like a good idea and I look forward to see what comes of it. Besides, any break from the Bahzillion comic book movies that are supposed to be coming out this coming year will be a welcome change.

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foundationThere hasn’t been much to get excited about in regards to Hollywood, but for all that disappointment, cable sure seems to be picking up the slack. For example, I have always been one that has been critical of Hollywood‘s choice to do the remake or the comic book story, ignoring the hundreds, if not thousands, of science fiction books that are just waiting to be made into movies. The biggest such one of these books is probably The Foundation series, by Isaac Asimov. The Foundation series has long been revered as possibly the greatest science fiction story ever told, and yet no movie has ever been made of it. Apparently that is all about to change. But don’t look for The Foundation movie in theaters, instead look for it on HBO. That’s right, the channel that brought us Game of Thrones is adapting the books for a series/miniseries/movies. All the details are still unclear, but if done right this could be something truly amazing. After all, HBO has previously brought stories long thought to be impossible to make and made them and found gold.

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Ghostbusters_logo.svgSo yes, it is happening, Ghostbusters III is scheduled to start filming this summer. But don’t look for Bill Murray, instead look for Melissa McCarthy and her all-female Ghostbusters. I’m not saying that it’s a mistake that this movie is going to feature an all women cast, I’m just saying don’t screw it up because given the history of this franchise and the opinions of the fans, this could either be a really great movie or a horrible bust. Given that I’m a big McCarthy fan, I hope it does well, but taking into account of how much I enjoyed the originals, it better be done right.

itSeth Grahame-Smith seemed to come out of nowhere with the publication of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. Then a few years later Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter hit the shelves followed by a movie sometime later. I only bring this up because a few days ago I found myself sitting in a doctors office waiting for a family member with nothing but Hollywood Insiders and People magazines in front of me, not my usual reading. Trying to kill time, I picked up one of the magazines that seemed like it would hold at least a little interest to me and started to read. Close to the back was an interview with Seth Grahame-Smith and his “wishlist” of things he would like to do and/or accomplish in the near future. On that list was a re-make (or spinoff) of  The Gremlins franchise (I don’t know about any of your out there, but I loved those movies when I was growing up), as well as making a Beetlejuice sequel. Last on the list is a big screen adaptation for Stephen King‘s IT, which out of all of them I am most excited to see happening. I have yet to read the book, but it has been one on the list for a while even though it is a beast to read weighing in at a thousand plus pages. When I dug a little deeper into the filming of IT I found out that filming begins this summer, so I guess it’s time to take that book off the shelf and start reading.

the_human_divisionSo, like many years in the past few, I fell far short of reaching my reading goal. At list this year I had somewhat of an excuse such as planning my own wedding. And it didn’t help that project after project was piled onto one another at work. But that’s life.

There are, however, some books that I am reading as the year ends that I am hoping I will get mostly finished, if not completely finished, before the year is done. I have been trying lately, and hope to continue into the next year, reading two or three books at a time, but all concerning different subject matters and genres. For example I am currently reading The Human Division by John Scalzi. Scalzi is by far one of my favorite authors to emerge from the world of science fiction in the past few years. Also, in order to try and jump start my writing and creative side, I am reading Outlining Your Novel by K. M. Weiland. And lastly, because I am a history buff I am reading The Plantagenets by Dan Jones.

I find if I read two science fiction book at the same time, or two history book, things can, and often do,the_plantagenets bleed together. At least this way, reading a science fiction/fantasy book; a history book, and a how-to book will keep things at least separated in terms of writing style. And also, I have never been one to pick up a book and read it all the way through before starting the next book. I have always had my fingers in more than one book at any given time.

Hopefully with the end of the year approaching I will have a little down time so I can at least finish one or two of these books before moving onto the next year, but with family and friends in town as well as get-togethers, it remains to be seen how much I will get done. In any event, I hope everybody has a merry Christmas!

It seems the last two months have been nothing but trailers, and to prove it here is another one.

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