The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf | Lore, Gore and Tears

The world of Netflix’s the Wither is expanding with this animated film, a spin-off to the series, staring Theo James (Divergent series), Lara Pulver (Sherlock, True Blood), Graham McTavish (Outlander, The Hobbit Trilogy), Mary McDonnell (Major Crimes), Tom Canton (The Witcher), and Matt Yang King (Trese).

Premise: Before Geralt, there was his mentor Vesemir, a swashbuckling young witcher who escaped a life of poverty to slays monsters for coin and glory. But when a strange new menace begins terrorizing a politically-fraught kingdom, he must face the demons of his past.

Review: I need to get this off my chest but watching this, I disturbed by two things: The first a lot of the voice cast are in Castlevania and it was a bit distracting at the begining. The other thing is that I realized that the Witchers themselves and their world is very similar to a favorite anime of mine name Claymore. Norihiro Yagi‘s dark fantasy manga series is basically a gender swapped version of The Witcher. My mind is blown. I watched season one, even knew the games a little bit but this never occurred to me until now. If you have a chance, at least check out the Claymore‘s anime it’s great.

Anyway, right of the bat I love how the plot unfolds. Timeline-wise it’s close to how the show’s first season goes, but more importantly it shows how Vesemir evolved. The movie gives us a lot of back story on the Witchers that the show’s first season didn’t provide, but it sheds light on the reasons behind some of the prejudices against Witchers. It’s not as simple as they’re hated because of who they are, even if they’s some of that. There’s a rich history here, some juicy and easy to grasp geopolitical maneuvering. Being an animated movie the Witchers seem to be more powerful and otherworldly than Cavill does in the series. There are also more monsters and gory details.

This animated movie really builds to quite the climax, with amazing action sequences that are very well designed, good twists, and a bittersweet ending. I enjoyed the film and learned a lot about the lore.

Rating: 8 out of 10.

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The Finest Hours | Trailers

Review: I saw this trailer at the movies in front of Ant-Man, and I have to say it looks epic. The trailer sucked me in within seconds, the action does not looked too CGI-ish, and it showed enough about the story and the characters to peak my interest. The Finest Hours looks like a good dramatic thriller with award worthy performances. 

I like the cast, the time period, the accents, and the action but what about you guys what did you think of trailer?

TV Review: Outlander (S1)

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Premise: Follows the story of Claire Randall, a married combat nurse from 1945 who is mysteriously swept back in time to 1743, where she is immediately thrown into an unknown world where her life is threatened. When she is forced to marry Jamie Fraser, a chivalrous and romantic young Scottish warrior, a passionate relationship is ignited that tears Claire’s heart between two vastly different men in two irreconcilable lives. (Source: Starz)

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Review: I am impressed with this show. The premise desn’t sound like much but it’s a good show. Thank goodness I was bored enough one day to check it out. The theme song is just wonderful and intoxicating, a great choice for the show that it is. The pilot set everything up nicely, at least the first part of things, we got to know Claire’s life in 1945 before diving deep in 1743’s Scotland.

The characters and the plots are slowly introduced and developed that they quickly feel real. The slow pace the show took created a solid base to amp up the drama, relate to the characters, and set up the era. I felt like with each episodes I learned a little bit more about Scottish culture. The voice over stayed throughout the season but I didn’t mind it. It was on point, adding to the information that the images and/or the great performances were giving. It also made boring shots (people walking around, landscape shots – however beautiful they were) more interesting.

The show is full of little references, I did not expect to find e.g. “When you eliminate the impossible whatever remain, however improbable, must be the truth.” a quote that many of you have heard in Sherlock.

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The pilot’s development on Claire’s life in 1945 made even more sense once they started to use flashbacks. I don’t know if the flashbacks would have made any sense if they hadn’t spent a good portion of the pilot in 45. Claire strong, pigheaded AND annoying at times. Jack Randall is amazing, powerful, which is even more impressive when you compare the actor’s performance as Clair’s husband in 1945.

The further we went with the show, the more riveting, and beautiful Outlander was. I was giddy and excited to watch the show. Outlander was a little bit all over the place when it came to categorize it, it was a bit sappy, cheesy but it also got dark, I mean really DARK, which was a direction I didn’t exactly expect. Not having any spoilers from the books I thought I was imaging Jack Randall’s proclivities but I wasn’t! It made the show all the more sweater because the creative team was not afraid to get into the sadism, get gritty, and graphic. It got so disturbing but the way it was edited made it bearable.

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Outlander is an emotionally charged and riveting new show, arguably one of the best that came out this year.  What about you, have you seen the show? Any thoughts?

Outlander | Trailer

This adventure historical drama is based on Diana Galbaldon’s book series and follows Claire Randall, a married combat nurse from 1945 who is mysteriously swept back in time to 1743, where she is immediately thrown into an unknown world where her life is threatened.

The show is worth checking out, I’ve been waiting for the mid-season premiere for while now. Check it out now because it comes back on air in April 2015.  

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies | Mindblowing trilogy and the whole saga makes sense now

It is the final installment of the three part film adapted from The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien. Directed by Peter Jackson The Battle of the Five Armies follows The Desolation of Smaug and An Unexpected Journey and stars Ian McKellen, Luke Evans, Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Lee Pace, Benedict Cumberbatch, Evangeline Lily & Orlando Bloom.

Premise: Bilbo and Company are forced to engage in a war against an array of combatants and keep the terrifying Smaug from acquiring a kingdom of treasure and obliterating all of Middle-Earth.

Review: Bilbo and the Dwarves have reached and reconquered Erebor. The old Dwarf kingdom is filled with gold and jewels, and is strategically placed in middle earth so of course the Humans, the Elves, the Orcs will go to war for it. They all have different reasons to want Erebor, some more legitimate than others, and it leads to a big, impressive, entertaining battle.

The film is awesome, thrilling, action packed with epic nicely choreographed and CGI-ed battles. It’s waves after waves of amazing battle scenes and storytelling. It’s not just epic battle scenes, the movie also pulls on your heartstrings, the drama is at its peak. The heartbreaking moments made sense and did not overtake the story and turned it into a depressing movie. I was sad but satisfied.

The cast was really good, they all had their moments, I’m now more familiar with the Dwarves because they had more substance, they were no longer extras in this big movie. Richard Armitage was so convincing as Thorin. He managed to annoy me with this character and bring me to almost hate Thorin before reeling it back to a point where I respected the character and sort of liked him in the end. Martin Freeman is The Best Bilbo that could have been cast. Cate Blanchett, Hugo Weaving and Christopher Lee were great, it was the best unexpected scene ever and it completely make sense with the Lord of the Rings.

I’m not a sucker for love interests or love triangles in movies but Kili (Aiden Turner) and Tauriel (Evangeline Lily) were one of the best part of the movies. I said it before, I’ll say it again, I’m glad she was added to the movies, it wasn’t such a sausage fest with her in it. She’s badass, interesting, and helped make the movies better. Their love interest added to the drama and apprehension during the movie.

The Hobbit series is done and we now have a six movies saga that you can dare your friends to watch with you in one day. Anyway use the comment section to tell What did you thin of the battle of the five armies? And of The trilogy in general?

The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug | More impressive and entertaining

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It is the second instalment of the three part film adapted from The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien. Directed by Peter Jackson The Desolation of Smaug follows An Unexpected Journey and stars Ian McKellen, Luke Evans, Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Lee Pace, Evangeline Lily & Orlando Bloom.

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PremiseThe dwarves, along with Bilbo Baggins and Gandalf the Grey, continue their quest to reclaim Erebor, their homeland, from Smaug. Bilbo Baggins is in possession of a mysterious and magical ring.

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Review: A similar method to An Unexpected Journey was used to introduce this movie before dived right back into the action. This time the flash back didn’t last as long and it answered a question I had about Gandalf & Thorin. The second installment is better, action packed, a real sequel to a movie franchise, they’ve upped the scale and made it more impressive.
The running theme of this story is that History has a way of repeating itself and peace only last as long as it takes to prepare for war. I can easily illustrate what I’m saying, it seems defeated foes have their way of coming back, it seems Bilbo also got caught in a spider’s web, and there was also an interracial love interest blooming. This one is more subtle but it leads up to a weird love triangle, in which this time there’s some unrequited love thrown in the mix (you know what I’m talking about it you’ve seen the movie).

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The Dwarves are impressive, I mean, I did not realize the scale of their might until I saw Smaug in the mountain. I know there were a lot of them living in their back in the day but boy there were filthy rich. And what about the size of that place? It told me one thing, they were suffering from some serious megalomania and Napoleon syndrome. They really are greedy little beasts. I understand the Dwarves a little bit better, hell if I had that much gold and jewels and it was taken from me, of course I would want to get it all back.
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Martin Freeman is showing us he can carry a franchise, in TheHobbit: AnUnexpectedJourneyhe showed that he was Bilbo Baggins, the only Bilbo that made sense. In The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug he gave Bilbo more depth, an edge where the darkness crept to the surface, a daring quality that Frodo never had. I guess Frodo was the sensitive soul of the family. Bilbo revealed himself to be sneakier and more brave in this one.
Thorin (Richard Armitage) is still, if not more, annoying, the other dwarves are showing more personality, I can now tell apart four of them. Lee Pace, was regal, a real king, firm and mysterious. Gandalf is proving to be more resourceful and powerful in the second installment, I guess he really was older and “wiser” in The Lord of the Rings trilogy, which translated as “I’m wizard but won’t be using my powers much don’t have.”
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Tauriel is a very good addition to the mix, it was only when she came in that I realize that the movie is a bit of sausage fest, yes Cate Blanchett was in it but i think she served the same purpose. Evangeline Lily’s character might have been added for the sake of having a female in the cast but she is in no way a weird stand in that has no business doing there, she is bad-ass, incredible and elevates the movie. The same goes for Legolas (Orlando Bloom) but she clearly out-shined him.   
Smaug was incredible in this movie, one of the most memorable moment of this movie. Benedict Cumberbatch did an amazing job voicing Smaug. This Dragon looked awesome, he was menacing, dominating, enormous and mighty. The dialogues between Bilbo and Smaug were just really good.
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In the end The Desolation of Smaug was good, better than the first. I was thrilled and impressed and now wish that I had seen in the cinemas.
The next step will be my review of The Battle of the Five Armies but first tell me what your thoughts about the movie? You can tweet me @wornoutspines or comment in the section bellow?