Game Retrospective Part 1 Game Vs Play

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K Dog here for a quick discussion on Game Culture discussing the differences and similarities of the terms game and play. Taking Game Culture in College really got me thinking. This is going to be an average guy’s view on the subject.

 

Game Vs Play; people could possibly equate these terns with Yin And Yang of how different interrelated these terms are. The analogies that can creep up when thinking about the differences between Game and Play are

  • Game is order while Play is chaos
  • Game is the rules while play is freedom.
  • Play is open-ended  in which make-believe and world-building are crucial factors. Games are confined areas that challenge the interpretation with rules and tactics and time and space .

Think of how a kid plays with toys as opposed to a group of kids playing the game tag. One there is no rules, and the other has rules.

These two terms sets up a basic argument on what is is to be gained, or lost, in linear games with rules and  as opposed to an open ended game. When I think about the games I experienced, I think of how Linear games are on the game side and open ended games are on the play side.

What does this all mean. Game, can be equated to following rules and focuses more on winning or completing it. Play, on the other end,  is something that is never ending, and  focuses more on exploring.

What does this mean for the future of gaming? People face the whole dilemma of what game is better, or which game is more fun to play. Game and Play two concepts that are different yet relate to each other to create a dynamic mental picture. The duality of game and play may not just relate to games that we play, but also relate to facets within ourselves and our relationship to others throughout outside world.

This was a short explanation of this major topic that has much complexity than what i described and if anyone wants to learn more read this article:

http://www.gamestudies.org/0301/walther/

To end the article I leave a quote from Shiv Visvanathan

“A game is a bounded, specific way of problem solving. Play is more cosmic and open-ended. Gods play, but man unfortunately is a gaming individual. A game has a predictable resolution, play may not. It allows for emergence, novelty, surprise.”

 

 

 

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Game Culture Series Retospective in the Works

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(K Dog)

Over the last few months, a lot has happened to me… mentally. Being in college, learning and not writing something for this blog in a long time, had me a chance to be introspective. I have been thinking a lot. Through this period of thinking I realized that things and my mindset has changed. I have changed and developed and my feelings on art and entertainment has changed, specifically Game culture. Game culture is something I always wanted to discuss on this blog because game culture and video games are special to me personally and made me into the person I am today. Let’s face it, I love to play, people love to play, and I think history has had all evidence that people love the idea to play whether it be escapism, game play competitiveness   or playing a video game story that is imaginative and thought provoking but fun. Really, Video Games are a big part of our culture because it appeals to our instincts of our playful instincts of exploring game worlds as well as our introspective instincts of interpreting and getting something out of an an artist’s or artists’ story by their game. Video games are complex and say a lot about culture and people in the world and there is always the question on what video games exactly are, going beyond what I said. I want to find out how are they important in our life and what makes them similar and different to other forms of entertainment and art like films , paintings and TV. Video Games are evolving just like film was in the early 1900’s and paintings and literature to who knows when. I have never stopped to wonder what my opinions are in games and how it relates of what society thinks of games and what my opinions say of who I am as well as how my opinions differ from others. I am here to start a retrospective, a series if you will of me looking back at game culture figuring out what makes game culture the way it is. This is going to be an objective as well as a subjective series as my goal for this series is to show what other people in society think of Game culture and what my response to these things are. I want to let other people know what I think of Game culture, games and what other people are thinking. This series is going to cover many things and is something I am going to enjoy doing.  Note that I am actually experienced and am eager to challenge myself through this retrospective and I am actually hoping to challenge who ever is reading this retrospective and things that are yet to come. I am taking Game culture class in College right and it is opening my eyes on the different ways video games are made, interpreted and looked at societally as well as subjectively by individuals. This series is a learning experience for me as a writer, an artist, and as a person and I am here to write down what professionals and philosophers say about game culture and give you my own take on the whole thing. I really hope that people reading this will like to join me for my exploration of Game Culture in the history and my own personal opinions about it. I hope you will read my posts. I will appreciate it as well as give me feedback.

Things you will expect in this Game Retrospective. ( These are things that are on my mind and they might not be exactly what I will write down in the future.

Different ways of interpreting the idea of playing and Games and the philosophers and scholars that came up with these ideas:

What is Game, What is Play: Game has rules, play has more freedom

Competitive Play, Learning Experience in play, emotional development in play and examples of these different Games

Game as way to look at societal values

Game as commercial and consuming and profitable parts of our culture or as artistic expressions by authors and the relationship between the two and the similarities to other forms of entertainment

Semiotic Domain in Games

Interaction and relationship between player and world in a video game

Immersion and Meta fiction in a video game and how both work to create a good game.

How life is similar to a video game in many ways according to different philosophers.

Video Game Single player and multi player and how each is different but fulfilling.

Controversy in Video Games

Feminism and sexism In Video Games and how all of people are portrayed

Is video games a double edge sword with no way out of controversy?

Artistic expression verses fulfilling what consumers want in a game.

Post Modern video games and how this is good and bad.

Are video games bad for you or they good for you and arguements for each side  (How this is similar to other forms of entertainment)

Video Games that are filled with violence and require people to do bad stuff in video games. Controversial.

People discussed in this retrospective.

Emcee Prophet ( Youtube Video Game Analyzer)

Ego Raptor (Youtube Video Game Analyzer)

Gee ( Philosopher)

Erving Goffman (Figure in Game Philosophy)

Hideo Kojima (Game Designer)

Shigeru Miyamoto (Game Designer)

Anita Sarceesian ( Feminist Frequency)

David Cage (Game Designer)

Katsura Hashino (Game Designer)

Sigmund Freud ( Psychologist)

Carl Jung (Psychologist)

Roger Ebert (Critic)

Video Games Famous as well as Games I like and don’t like but important to Game Culture that I want to Analyze:

The Last of Us

Mass Effect Series

Mario

Zelda

Metroid

Persona Series

Shin Megami Tensei Series

Knights of the Old Republic

Pacman

Final Fantasy

Metal Gear Solid

Shadow of the Colossus

Grand Theft Auto Video Game Controversial

Paper Mario Series

There is probably going to be way more, but these are just ideas I am thinking about right now and there is going to citations and proof that there are other peoples’ opinions in this retrospective. Video games are subjective and are similar to movies and books and TV but so different. Video Games give us glimpse of our instincts to play but also say something about our identity and how we relate to others as well as we are very different from all types of different individual people. This is me giving a new light to this kind of artistic and entertainment culture known as Game Culture. This is K Dog signing off but will be back shortly.

Dragon Ball GT: A Damn Fun Ride

GMS here.  Damn, I know you barely see a lot of me, but I’ve been busy.  First post in a long while, so here goes!  I’m currently writing a review for Frozen and a few other assorted things, but right now I want to address something.  I was talking with a few of my friends who love anime and manga, and we came to the topic of Dragon Ball.  Arguing over how well Dragon Ball Z and Dragon Ball rate when compared to the fighting manga/anime of today led us to the topic of the GT anime, to which a bunch of my friends went on about how horrible and crappy it is.  Interesting….

Now, let’s all get one thing straight.  GT is bad.

But, is it really that bad? 

I personally really love GT.  Why?  I want to draw your attention to a quote on the back of the GT anime box set, from animenewsnetwork.com: “Dragon Ball GT is a fun ride.”  This is all GT was ever meant to be.  It wasn’t meant to be greater than Z or Ball at all.  Yes, many of the enemies are even more overpowered than even Kid Buu.  And Gogeta SSJ4?  Ridiculous.  The point to all of the overpowered enemies, I think, is to kind of poke fun at the Dragon Ball universe.  A sort of satire, if you will.  I mean, Omega Shenlong is pretty much god incarnate, and he could eat Buu in any of his forms for breakfast and ask for seconds.  You see, what I think Toriyama was going for was to combine Ball and Z into one anime, so as to appeal to those who like both.  And, well, it didn’t turn out that amazing.  Now, I would never consider this as one of the best anime of all time.  But, I think that it is an anime that everyone should see if you are a fan of DBZ, DB, or just anime in general.  There are some great moments here!  The Super 17 arc remains one of my favorite anime arcs ever!  Episode 55, The Heart of the Prince, is actually a really great retrospective on the relationship between Goku and Vegeta.  Piccolo’s sacrifice for the Earth is really moving, just as moving as Vegeta’s suicide in Z.  The Shadow Dragon and Baby sagas are great too!  GT has probably my favorite opening theme in any anime ever (no, not the shitty English one, I’m talking about the Japanese opening.  Give it a listen, you won’t regret it!).  The ending of GT is one of my favorite anime endings ever, as it goes through an entire retrospective of the series, ending with Goku saying goodbye to everyone.  It’s a tear-jerker, and it gets me every time.  Finally, the GT Movie is one of the best DB movies, in my opinion.

That’s not to say GT is without its flaws.  The Black Star saga sucks ass.  It’s terrible.  It’s basically a much lower-grade version of Dragon Ball.  I mean, it’s good for a little enjoyment, but I only really watched the whole thing once.  The Baby Saga is pretty good, but I’d still watch just about any saga in Z over this one.  The Shadow Dragon saga is pretty much crap too, up until the fire and ice dragons and the creation of Syn Shenlong, when it starts to get really good.  Whereas DBZ’s character development is skewered over multiple sagas and characters, far from a perfect way of doing it, GT’s character development is worse: it’s nonexistent.  Neither Goku, Pan, nor Trunks get any character development.  You’d think that when Goku shrunk that this would be an opportunity for some, but he is still pretty much as strong as before, so no.  Pan, first of all, doesn’t get any, and second of all, no one cares about her.  Third, Trunks doesn’t get any either.  Vegeta kind of goes through character development a bit, but it’s the same as before so I wouldn’t even consider it character development.  In the end, all of the characters are pretty static in their development throughout the story, leaving no area for profound development.  In reality, nothing about GT is profound or deep.  You could watch Naruto and find more deep stuff than in this show.

But that’s not the point. 

GT does its job very well: it’s an entertaining anime, with a very shitty, “so bad it’s good” first saga, and then a bunch of really overblown epic sagas following.  I equate GT to Flash Gordon the movie.  It has that same “so bad it’s good” quality to it that I can’t stop watching it.  In the end, I love GT for all of its flaws and triumphs.  GT demonstrates that not every anime can be perfect, some are even terrible, but if you enjoy watching it, than it has done its job.

K Dog’s American Hustle Review

An old 70’s Hollywood logo with a Seventies song “Jeep Blues” playing in the background, Opening statements stating “Some of this has actually happened” followed by Christian Bale doing the most interesting and complex comb over in film history are the first things we see in the movie American Hustle. An opening that is interesting on many levels that tells me instantly that American Hustle is going to be a unique film.

Directed by David O Russell, American Hustle is a movie that is a retelling of the real life Abscam scandal in the 1970’s but more so about the theme of reinvention, and the idea that everyone needs to con others and put on fake facades to trick others to survive. The movie is in the middle of being a character study, parody, and glorification of the 1970’s and the me-ism philosophy that people in the 1970’s followed. The movie  manages to combine drama and comedy to create a story that is ambitious and messy but ultimately a well crafted story that manages to entertain and tell interesting things about how far people will go to achieve the American Dream.

The plot is basically about the Abscam scandal in the 1970’s and about con artists and how everyone in America, even people who are not criminals, are con artists. The story is about a con man, named Irving ( Christian Bale) who works with a woman named Sydney (Amy Adams) to scam people by selling fake art and giving people fake loans. Both of them are caught by FBI agent Richie Di Masso ( Bradley Cooper) who puts them into custody but makes them a deal that if they help him con corrupt politicians they will both be released from prison. They decide to take down a corrupt politician, named Carmine ( Jeremy Renner) who has a good heart but does corrupt things to support the people of New Jersey. They try to con him by getting a fake Arab Sheik to say that he is rich and trick Carmine in accepting fake bribes. In the background Irving has a young wife named Rosalyn (Jennifer Lawrence) who threatens to destroy Irving’s entire operation as well as Richie’s boss (Louis CK) who is against it all.

Now before I get this review underway I have to point out that I actually liked this movie and was surprised of how much I liked this movie. The reasons I point this out is because there seems to be a divided fan base debating on whether this movie is a masterpiece or whether it is one of the most overrated movies of all time. I happened to like this movie a lot because It reminded me of a movie similar to Goodfellas, and Pulp Fiction, where David O Russell takes some things that made those movies great and puts them in this movie, while adding his own style to the caper genre creating a sort mocking parody movie of the 1970’s but a complex drama with funny and dramatic moments, and complex and sympathetic characters usually not seen in the caper genre. David O Russel’s film is filled with sympathetic and raw performances as well as tight concise direction.  However this movie is not perfect and you will probably be surprised with the things I don’t like about it but first lets look at the good stuff.

The best part about this movie is the performances. Christian Bale is my favorite film actor working today and he absolutely makes this movie and is my favorite performance playing a character that is complex but very likable. Christian Bale gained so much weight in this role and you cannot recognize Christian Bale at all.  Irving is very relatable because of his heart in the movie but he has this intimidating air about him and wonderful subtlety about him that Christian Bale plays brilliantly. He definitely could be the best lead actor performance I have seen all year. Amy Adams is also one of my favorite actresses working today and she portrays one of the best and complicated characters in the movie where you never know what her intentions are throughout the movie, while still looking incredibly sexy throughout the movie developing a complex romance with Irving and Richie. Bradley Cooper plays one of the funniest characters in the movie playing a “fifteen year old in an adult body” who is an FBI agent. He has so much energy and ambition and wonderful chemistry with Christian Bale, Amy Adams and especially Louis CK’s character making some of the funniest parts in the movie due to their opposite personalities. He creates a character that seems like an unlikable character on paper due to his ambition and stupidity but Bradley Cooper manages to make me sympathize him due to his good intentions and funny behavior. Jeremy Renner does a brilliant job as being the heart of the movie due to him actually forming a friendship with Christian Bale and him having very good intentions to help New Jersey even when he is doing stuff illegally. Him not being nominated for an Oscar is beyond me especially considering that Jennifer Lawrence has gotten more praise than Jeremy Renner as well as more praise than anybody in this movie.

Yes my least favorite thing in the movie as well as least favorite performance in the movie is Jennifer Lawrence’s character. I was never on the Jennifer Lawrence love band wagon and though I just liked her in Silver Lining’s Playbook (she wasn’t my favorite thing about that movie) Jennifer Lawrence is horribly miscast and over acts and strains in her part as Rosalyn delivering an inconsistent accent and an annoying and one hit character that just acts crazy and cries and screams a lot. She delivers funny lines here and there and is good, but compared to the other characters I didn’t believe for a second that this was Rosalyn, I just saw Jennifer Lawrence. At times Jennifer Lawrence spoke a New York accent and some times she sounded like a college girl with a normal accent. The biggest flaw I have with Jennifer Lawrence is that she doesn’t take the time to immerse herself and study her roles. I think she is a good actress, nothing more and nothing less but I was not a fan of her in this movie.

Jennifer Lawrence’s character is actually one of the few things I didn’t like about this movie, but the other performances, direction by David O Russell, soundtrack and 1970’s setting are very good. The movie feels very talkative but always engaging because of the wonderful character interaction that feels very natural, and always fast paced. I get the feeling a lot of the dialogue in this movie was improvised and it is so fun to see all of the characters interact with each other because of this. David O Russell always makes it feel like I am watching these characters in real-time. The story may be hard to follow at times but the character interactions and wonderful acting and 70’s feeling makes this flaw not that bad. The movie is very grey, not black and white, with no bad guys or good guys and the fun thing about the movie is watching each  characters subtle acting decisions and how something could give away their intentions on who they are conning. The film can be seen as a comedy, and trust me it is funny, however the movie is also a drama filled with compelling characters as well as sympathetic characters with great performance and good written dialogue. The story is not that good and if you are not a big fan of the story or understand it that much, the story will drag, but if you are a fan of compelling characters and pay more attention to the characters more so than the story, you will love this movie. Also being a lover of the 1970’s helps a lot too because this movie really paid tribute to the 1970’s. David O Russell really made a good movie that is messy filled with so many character types of the 1970’s and wants to study them. In the process he makes a movie with great performances and soundtrack but it is definitely messy on the plot side of things. But a good mess because the flaws are inseparable from its positives. With so much focus on the story the characters probably wouldn’t have the same effect as they had in the movie. The movie is fast and sloppy because it symbolizes the characters and the period of the 70’s. The tone and pacing fit the character interactions and theme of the movie very well. It is a con game where everyone is in for themselves and confused on who they are and what they want in life.

Objective score: 9.3 Subjective score:9.5

Positives:

Christian Bale is fantastic, Bradley Cooper is fantastic, Amy Adams is fantastic, Jeremy Renner is very good. They are fun to watch but always seem to be in character the whole time. This is an acting movie, which means this movie is mostly about the characters and the performances, not the story.

This movie is so enjoyable to see. There is so much detail in every performance that it reminds me of a stage play and each character works off each other so well.

The soundtrack to this film is so good and memorable. It is  up there with Goodfellas and Pulp Fiction, when it comes to a good soundtrack. The soundtrack is symbolic as well as very memorable going with many scenes perfectly.

I love how this movie embraces as well as mocks the 70’s and how the hair styles and characters match a certain stereotype of the 70’s.

I love the hair symbolism and music symbolism this movie has. Makes me want to re watch the movie and analyze the movie.

This movie is fun. Not as fun as The Wolf of Wall Street, but fun enough, there are more chuckles in this movie then laugh out loud moments and I am okay with that because I like subtlety.

A great cameo by one of the best actors in Hollywood.

David O Russel’s direction is fun, concise, and breaths giving you good character direction.

Unlike most other caper movies, this movie has strong female characters. I loved Amy Adams the best and she delivers one of the best and complex characters ever in a caper film who is not just a housewife usually seen in other caper movies.

Mixed Feelings:

There are many things in the film that remind many people of Goodfellas, Pulp Fiction , Boogy Nights, Casino and some people may call this ripping off, I find it homage. A quote Irving says describing the idea of ripping off ” This painting is fake, people believe what they want to believe, because the guy who made this was so good, that everybody thinks that it is real, so who is the master, the painter or the forger.”  David O Russell, proves that he is a sort of con artist himself but nevertheless an artist. For David O Russell gives a homage to the caper genre movies in the past years.

Jennifer Lawrence’s character is not that good in my eyes but many people like her so take my opinion any way you want.

Bad:

The plot is complicated.

The movie is messy.

The movie is a little long but doesn’t drag like Wolf of Wall Street.

The movie drags if you are watching the movie for the plot.

The movie is too overhyped and that makes people disappointed of this movie.

I give this film a nice recommendation for those who love good characters, character interaction, music that is good, great performances and the 1970’s. Next I am going to review a film that many people I know are talking about. An Oscar contender for best picture and a movie that most people say is going to be winning it. I think you know. 12 Years A Slave. I am K Dog, and have fun at the movies.

K Dog’s Review of Wolf of Wall Street

Hm, hm, hm, hm, hm, hm, hm, hm, hm (pounding chest) is something that I see everyone doing now who ever watched the movie Wolf of Wall Street. The signature chest pounding humming to yourself ritual is done by  all of the stock brokers led by real life con criminal, Jordan Belfort (played by Leonardo DiCaprio) as a sort of immortality ritual showing their love of drugs, hookers, and the desire to live for themselves and cheat others.

The Wolf of Street is a movie directed by Martin Scorsese and is a movie that stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill. It came out recently on Christmas day and is a movie with fairly mixed opinions with some people calling it a work of genius and others a piece of trash. It is a story that deals with a real criminal named Jordan Belfort and his life being a stock broker conning and ruining people’s lives while in the act making him and the rest of his workers rich. Warning, this movie has no sympathy for the people who were suffered by this con man and it shouldn’t be because this movie is not an emotional sympathetic movie. It is a movie that holds nothing back describing the horrible stuff that character Jordan Belfort did and how cold and ambitious his goals were in making him and the people who worked for him better. This movie if anything is not a mortality play, a comedy, or a drama, it is a movie that I describe as an immortality play of how a man ferociously lives out the American dream in the baddest of terms challenging our thoughts on his lifestyle and makes us question or feelings on this sort life Jordan Belfort is having.

Wolf of Wall Street is a movie that I really have conflicted feelings about and no movie I have ever seen has given me so much conflicted feelings like the movie Wolf of Wall Street. While this sounds like a criticism, I can assure you it isn’t, then again it is. A side of me thinks that the movie is a wonderfully directed movie with wonderful energy and very good performances and the other side of me thinks that the movie was an obnoxious and absolutely disgusting movie with some of the most despicable and vile characters ever put on film. The film has things that I despise like it having no likable characters or characters with redeemable qualities or interesting characteristics about them. But I can’t help but enjoy, or specifically respect, The movie for being an entertaining movie with so much confidence and so much guts with its acting and directing, specifically Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill and Martin Scorsese.

The movie is a film that shows, in an extreme vulgar way, the life of being a criminal, Jordan Belfart, whose whole life is devoted to drugs, whores and money and how despicable this life is and how on edge and exciting it is. The “glorification as well as insult to criminal life” is something that Martin Scorsese has done a lot of times, through movies like Goodfellas and Casino, and he does it very well in this film showing criminal life the way it is, A horrible despicable lifestyle filled with knuckleheads as well as a life filled with excitement and chaos that plays to our vulgar and id instincts. Me being a fan of Goodfellas, more so than the Godfather, is due to the fact of how Scorsese manages to glorify the mob as well as make fun of it at the same time.  The characters are unlikable but they are fun to watch.

Wolf of Wall Street does this sort of thing that Goodfellas manages to achieve but I think it goes too far in a lot of areas.  First off, this movie is not my kind of movie. Now don’t get me wrong I love Scorsese and respect all of his films but movies dealing with violence, and nasty vulgar scenes that make me extremely uncomfortable is not my kind of movie. Especially when I find all of the characters in this move very unlikable and vile people and the fact that I don’t take away any meaningful sort of messages and relatable situations that usually helps me get immersed in a film or any sort of story. Wolf of Wall Street takes violence and vulgar to the extreme and it is a movie that I could see getting an X rating. Parents be advised, do not I repeat, do not take your kids to see this movie, it will scar them for life and I rarely have seen a movie this inappropriate that I can say this statement. The movie is not gonna give you likable characters if you are the sort of sensitive movie lover like me but if you are not you will probably find these characters likable or at least respectable for their ambitions and chaotic behavior. Scorsese is not trying to make us sympathize with these characters and the genius of Scorsese is that he asks the audience whether they enjoy this sort of lifestyle or whether these characters are vile and despicable. I am in the latter but I will be lying if I did not say that some part of me does not find the lifestyle depicted wild and interesting. The wild id part of my brain thinks this.

The movie is full of humor and low brow entertainment and Scorsese, and the actors hold nothing back when showing the life Jordan Belfort lives. I assume after Scorsese has won an Oscar for The Departed, a film that I don’t like that much, Scorsese now doesn’t care whether audiences are gonna appreciate this movie. Scorsese makes the movies he wants to make and I respect him for that. This film, Scorsese is not afraid to make, that I am sure he was aware of, controversial. I don’t think I have ever seen a movie with so much humping ever in my life. There is sex, drugs, animal abuse, outside and inside the office that Jordan Belfort works. Unbelievable, yes, entertaining, yes and the movie makes you not care on whether some scenes are ridiculous. This is mostly all thanks to the actors.

Leonardo DiCaprio gives the performance of his career and makes a character that is one of the most hateful characters in recent movie memory. He plays Jordan Belfort and in this movie he is equally charming, terrifying and funny. Jordan Belfort is a character that is just fun to watch in Wolf of Wall Street where Leonardo Di Carpio plays the character with so much confidence and hard work. I have been impressed with Christian Bale, my favorite film actor working today,  in the movie American Hustle but Leonardo DiCaprio  gives Christian Bale a run for his money. Both play their characters entirely different and it is all a matter of personal opinion on what performance you prefer. I will review American Hustle on a later date but all in all Leonardo plays the character with so much hard work in the film and Christian Bale plays his role effortlessly with hard work on the side, with his amazing body transformation. An example  of Leonardo DiCaprio’s power in his performance  is when he demonstrates his talents as a physical actor having one of the best slapstick scenes I have ever seen in recent memory of him taking a powerful drug that knocks him out having no control over his body or his words while he is in a country club. The scene shows him struggling to get to his car crawling and then, when he makes it to the car, struggles to drive to his house that is less than a mile away. Sounds ridiculous I know but the scene is so well done and acted by Leonardo DiCaprio  and has brilliant direction by Scorsese that it manages to allow the audience to cheer and root for his safety at first and giving us a surprise truth of the whole scene the next day that is brilliantly directed by Martin Scorsese.

Other performances like Jonah Hill is also good as well as new comer  Margot Robbie who plays Belfort’s wife who is incredibly sexy and also strong willed if you look deeper into her character. Jonah Hill plays Leonardo’s partner in crime and he proves time and time again why he should be given more credit as an actor and not always a comedian, because of his chemistry with Leonardo DiCaprio and drama scenes. The ensemble is all good and they are all entertaining characters but not complex characters or sympathetic ones. The movie is a cautionary tale as well as a glorification of the criminal life and the actors achieve by giving the audience entertainment and despicable behavior.

This movie is as if Martin has been  looking at the film Goodfellas and saying to himself, okay Goodfellas was controversial back in the day but screw that we are in the 2010s. Wolf of Wall Street is a movie that takes the glorification and vulgar of Goodfellas and cranks it up 100 times. If you are not into vulgar movies you will not like this movie but hey this isn’t my type of movie and I was able to appreciate it. If you enjoy the movie and not look at so much as a sympathetic sensitive movie you will enjoy this movie. I still can’t figure out if I like this movie or hate this movie. The movie is the most inappropriate and over the top movie I have ever seen in my life. This makes A Clockwork Orange seem like a pg 13 movie and makes Goodfellas a PG movie. This movie should really be rated X and pushes the envelope on what movies can show with its depiction of chaos and violence.

Score: Objectively: 9.3/10 Subjectively: 8.8/10 (Surprising)

Good things: Amazing performances and impeccable energy.

Speeches by Leonardo DiCaprio’s character in the film are delivered with so much power as if he is the modern day equivalent to Hitler.

Wonderful direction

Iconic scene imagery and funny slapstick humor (Specifically Leonardo Di Caprio passing out).

Confidence

Bad things:

Vulgar is not even enough to describe how inappropriate and hard to watch this movie is.

It is way too long. 3 hours and it doesn’t even have that much of a story or interesting characters. As Leonardo DiCaprio character says “the important thing is that we were making money and getting richer and richer through the stuff we were doing.” That is all there is to the plot and how fun it is to watch it.

Mixed feelings:

It has no sympathy for the victims of Belfort’s conning and scheming.

The soundtrack is good but there is not a Layla scene from Goodfellas here.

This has been K Dog and I give this movie a good wild recomendation. This has been K Dog. Peace out and enjoy the movie.

 

K Dog’s Top Favorite Game of Thrones Characters So Far

Game of Thrones

A few weeks ago, I have just watched the last episode of season 3 for Game of Thrones. It was a brilliant season and I am glad to have finally  watched it but it just angers me so much that I have to wait a whole year until the next season for this beloved series to begin. Just for the record: no, I have never read the books, and no, I am not planning to despite a lot of people, I know, insisting me to. I love this series so much that I want to experience the shock and horror of the story by watching it first on my TV screen.

I absolutely love the series Game of Thrones. A series based off of the books by George RR Martin, Game of Thrones is an amazing fantasy series that creates a cruel and inhumane world where every single person is fighting to claim power and kingship just like a strategic chess game. A world were loyalties are lost, family members are being killed by family members, honor not meaning anything, people fighting beyond the wall and swearing an oath and so on; Game of Thrones basically tells a story about how far people will go to gain true power. In Game of Thrones you either win or you die……and it doesn’t matter if you deserve it or not.

Game of Thrones has the cast of some of the most varied and diverse cast of characters I have ever seen in a Television series ever. A show where there is no good guy or bad guy, just characters with real goals and needs in the series with a good side and bad side to them. Characters that are not so much black and white but characters with hints of grey in between the good and bad spectrum. I am just going to give it a go and say what my top favorite Game of Thrones characters from Seasons 1-3 of the TV series are. There is likely going to be another list of my favorite characters in a few seasons so this list is just for now. This series is the kind of series that can change your mind on characters really quickly so it’s always good to go back and make another list later. I have not read the books so I insist on no spoilers in comments, but please say what your favorite characters are or just stuff about the series in general. This is a series were anyone can make an argument for any character being the best or the worst. There are spoilers for those who have not watched season 1-3 or read the books so be warned.

30. Ramsay Snow

The one character that makes Joffrey look like a sweet innocent kid; Ramsay Bolton is easily the most despicable and evil character in the entire series by far. Ramsey Bolton is just a plain evil sadist who enjoys causing other people pain. In season 3 he tortures Theon Greyjoy in some of the most inhumane ways I have ever seen in a story. Despite his absolutely despicable and evil behavior, I have to at least give props to the actor Iwan Rheon for playing this character brilliantly in the series. Iwan Rheon seems to make me absolutely hate Ramsay Snow but he also brings so much charisma and evil energy to the show that his scenes are just memorable as well as disturbingly troubling.
Famous quotes:

“Let’s play a game: which body part do you need the least?…’Please’ is not a body part.”

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29. Joffrey Lannister

The most hated character in Game of Thrones for most people, (For me it’s Ramsay…. but Joffrey is a close second) Joffrey is the evil, whiny, and completely incapable king of King’s Landing.  Joffrey is known for starting some of the most surprising and outrageous events the series has ever known and probably the most famous moment is when he orders Eddard Stark (Sean Bean) to be killed at the end of Season 1. Even though Sean Bean is kind of a living spoiler through his many deaths in movies, I was still so surprised in this moment and hated Joffrey so much for killing off a great character and starting the entire war in the story to begin.

There are so many reasons to hate Joffrey: He treats Sansa badly, he is a completely incapable king, he disrespects Tywin and Tyrion, and he executes and tortures people for no real reason, as well as whines a lot.  I hope that he gets punished for all of the bad deeds he has done. At least Tyrion slaps him alot throughout the series. I know this has been kind of a rant on the character but that is really the reason why I like the character. Not many characters can generate so much hate from people and I give actor Jack Gleeson for making the character so hateful and despicable.

Famous quotes:

“I am the king. Everyone is mine to torment.”

28. Roose Bolton

Another character I hate yet there is no denying he is a great character. Roose Bolton is another vile and double crossing jerk in the series for betraying the Starks and having no sense of honor or sense of loyalty in the series. I absolutely hated him during the Rains of Castamere episode for betraying the Starks. Even though Roose Bolton has a pretty kick ass and awesome low voice, that still doesn’t excuse him for all of the bad things he does in the series. He is the father of the sadist Ramsay Bolton and even though some people may think Ramsay is a lot worse than Roose, I will have to disagree. I think both are quite evil it’s just they show it in different ways. Roose Bolton is clearly doing things just for himself and he has no sense of loyalty, honor, or any type of conscience.

Famous quotes:

“The Lannisters send their regards.”

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27. Robert Baratheon

Another character I am not really fond of. Robert is a drunk king of the seven realms who is completely incapable of leadership. I like him for his friendship with Eddard Stark and a few funny lines here and there………….. but that’s about it. Robert proves a case where kings don’t have to be great leaders or smart and caring at all, they just have to be charismatic and a symbol of kingship for the people. Maybe this is the case and kings really don’t have much power or skills to lead in the world of Game of Thrones, as Tywin says in season 3: “Do you really believe having a crown gives you power?”

Famous quotes:

“I’m not trying to honor you, I’m trying to get you to run my kingdom while I eat, drink, and whore my way into an early grave.”

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26. Syrio Forell

A pretty small character only seen in the first season. Syrio Forell is the sword instructor of Arya Stark at King’s Landing. He is quite a skilled swordsman and pretty charismatic giving Arya some pretty insightful and interesting quotes. A likable character in my book, as well as charismatic and entertaining.

Famous quotes:

“The First Sword of Braavos does not run.”

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25. Bronn

Not many characters in Game of Thrones are as shady or as skilled in combat as Bronn. Bronn is known as a body guard for Tyrion Lannister from season 1 and a major soldier in the battle of Blackwater of Season 2. Not much is known of Bronn except, from an amusing drinking game with Tyrion, he has killed a woman in self defense before he was twelve, his parents beat him, and he has been outside of the wall. Bronn is quite a fearsome fighting opponent by using fast speed and agility to fight others instead of just plain strength.

Famous quotes:

“I sell my sword, I don’t give it away.”

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24. Jaqen H’ghar

A character with barely any screen time, yet somehow, left quite a great impression in the series. Jaqen H’ghar was a prisoner released by Arya in season 2 before she was kidnapped in Harenthel by the Lannisters. While in Harrenthel, Jaqen H’ghar disquises as a Lannister and tells Arya that he will execute any three people she chooses. Of course he follows through on Arya’s requests and is able to kill any person she wants dead.

It is quite amazing how this guy is so skilled as an assassin. He is able to kill any person no matter what. It turns out this guy is a part of the faceless men of Braavos which is a feared order of mysterious assassins able to change their faces at will. It is proven this is the case when he changes his face to Arya when she escapes from Harenthel.

Famous quotes:

“Help was not promised, lovely girl. Only death.”

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(“Jaqen is dead”)

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23.Davos Seaworth

Davos Seaworth is one of Stannis Baratheon’s most loyal and reliable vassals. Davos Seaworth is someone who cares and supports Stannis’ claims to the thrones yet gets treated bad by Stannis himself, especially with fighting and disagreeing with Melisandre. A guy who is very loyal despite the way Stannis treats him sometimes. For me, I find him a very likable character.

Famous quotes:

“I’ve never known bells to mean surrender. They want to play music with us, let’s play. Drums!”

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22. Stannis Baratheon

One thing to absolutely love Stannis Baratheon for is just how confident he is to his right on the Iron Throne. My favorite scene of him is definitely in the Blackwater battle where he is the the first person to land in King’s Landing to lead his army and fight the Lannisters. Stannis is a badass but he does make some pretty stupid decisions like letting himself be manipulated by Melisandre all the time; But there is no denying that he is still a badass.

“The Iron Throne is mine by right. All those that deny that are my foes.”

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21. Sansa Stark

Alot of people hate Sansa Stark! Being a hopeless whiny romantic who wants to marry Joffrey in season 1, and someone who wouldn’t stand up to Joffrey after her sister almost gets sliced in half by him, it is easy to see why she gets a bad reputation. However I am going to defend Sansa Stark’s character, especially because of her actions in season 2. Let me elaborate: Sansa is someone who was a hopeless romantic in season 1 basically wanting to marry Joffrey because he was heir to the throne. She didn’t think Joffrey was the nicest person on Earth but she would still put up with him if it meant her being queen. However, after Eddard Stark is executed by Joffrey after he promised Sansa he would spare him, Sansa realizes what a horrible human being Joffrey is but is trapped in kings landing destined to marry Joffrey. Sansa, of course, wants to kill Joffrey and get back at the family that executed her father, but instead, she puts up with Joffrey by listening to him and getting bullied and beaten up by him in order to survive. Sansa is someone who has strength in a really tough position. Sansa is a character in one of the worst spots in Game of Thrones and I  am rooting for her to get out of it and have something good happened to her.

Famous quotes:

“I don’t want someone whose brave and strong I want him!”

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20. Jorah Mormont

Jorah Mormont is one of the coolest characters in Game of Thrones by having a calm, knowledgeble and relaxing voice, being a skilled combatant, and being one of the most loyal and trustworty characters in Game of Thrones, being the advisor for Dany. Jorah Mormont is someone that would do anything for Dany, since it is hinted that he has a thing for her. Unfortunately, Dany doesn’t really feel the same way for him and according to season 3, has a sort of thing for Daario Naharis. Come on Dany, at least show some gratitude for Jorah in this scene in season 3. You are driving me crazy.

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( His heart is broken into a million pieces)

Famous quote:

‘No-one can survive in this world without help.’

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19. Thoros of Myr/Beric Dondarrion

Another shared spot on my list, yet these characters are very similar personality wise. Thoros of Myr is kind of the Jack Sparrow in the series by being a drunk with a wacky and charismatic presence. He is a priest of the lord of light and actually was ordered to convert King Robert to the Lord of Light but failed. Because of this he became a drunk. Thoros of Myr is one of the most entertaining characters in Game of Thrones for me. His interactions with Arya and his reviving of Beric Dondarrion are some of my favorite parts of season 3.

Famous quotes:

“You’ve got nothing to fear from us, son. The Lords of Westeros want to burn the countryside; we’re trying to save it.”

Beric Dondarion is the leader of House Dondarrion and the lord of Blackhaven. He is being revived over and over again by Throros of Myr and gets a scar everytime he is advised. He is one of the most amusing characters in the series as well as the weirdest.

Famous quotes:

“That’s what we are: ghosts. Waiting for you in the dark. You can’t see us, but we see you. No matter whose cloak you wear: Lannister, Stark, Baratheon, you prey on the weak, the Brotherhood Without Banners will hunt you down.”

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18. Samwell Tarly

Samwell Tarly is such a lovable and innocent guy in the world of Game of Thrones. He is one of the only characters who really doesn’t have any character flaws except that he is not very physically strong or skilled in combat. Samwell Tarly is a member of the Night’s Watch who is one of Jon Snow’s best friends. He is a great friend as well as a great protector when he protects Gilly and her new born baby in season 3.

Famous quotes:

“I always wanted to be a wizard.”

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17. Brienne of Tarth

A character I am really starting to like in season 3 because of her interactions with Jaime; Brienne is one of the most strong women in all of Game of Thrones. While she has a rough exterior and kind of a tough and stubborn personality, she shows a gentler side as well as an understanding side throughout season 3. Seeing her helping Jaime to become a better person in season 3 was an absolute joy to watch. The two characters have really good chemisty and it made some really great scenes to watch in season 3.

“All my life men like you’ve sneered at me, and all my life I’ve been knocking men like you into the dust.”

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16. Catelyn Stark

There is only one thing I hate about this character: She hates Jon Snow. On the other hand, she had a reason to be and she actually felt sorry about it later on in the series so I forgive her for that. Other than that, I love Catelyn Stark and I am so sad to see her go in season 3. Catelyn Stark is the wife of Eddard Stark who is quite a strong willed and tough character as well as a caring parent. Catelyn Stark is someone who would do anything for her kids. Catelyn releases Jaime in order to get Sansa and Arya back from the Lannisters as well as getting her husband’s body back. Catelyn also is an advisor for Robb Stark and she is quite a caring advisor, being his mother and all. Her character is one of the most tragic characters in the series, as her husband dies, her son dies, and she dies while being betrayed. Michelle Fairley is one of my favorite actresses in the show and she plays Catelyn Stark with wonderful presence with determination while being a caring and loving mother.

Famous quotes:

“On my honor as a Tully. On my honor as a Stark. Let him go, or I will cut your wife’s throat.”

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15. Daenerys

Yes, she is a little low but bear with me, please. Daenerys is really awesome and is one of the best developed characters in all of Game of Thrones. Seeing her become an innocent naive school girl into a badass competent leader and the mother of dragons was awesome. Scenes like her dealing with the death of Khal Drago, her eating stallion hearts, Her at the House of Undying, and her saving the slaves at slavers bay are all awesome scenes and give her great character development, but there is one issue I have with her character, and that is her personality. To me, Daenerys is a very cold and not a fun character to watch in Game of Thrones. She is a  great character but not an interesting character, if that makes any sense. I don’t want to bash her because I think she is awesome, but……… you know. She is a pretty good looking character and some people say she is the best looking female in Game of Thrones. To me, not quite. One thing to add is that Daenerys would make an excellent king because she is clearly king material. She could make almost anybody to follow her because of her kind attitude and ability to care for people in the lower class. Would she be a great leader?: hmmmm, maybe not. But she would make a great king, or queen. Sometimes kings and queens are basically a symbol for the people to follow. Daenerys is clearly that. Do I have to mention the Tywin quote again?

Famous quotes:

“When my dragons are grown, we will take back what was stolen from me and destroy those who wronged me! We will lay waste to armies and burn cities to the ground!”

“Yes. All men must die, but we are not men.”

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14. Oleena Tyrell

Oleena Tyrell is quite the charismatic and witty character, that she even gives Tywin and Tyrion a run for their money when it comes to knowledge and wit. Oleena Tyrell, to me, is basically a female Tywin for her wit and knowledge. She is one of the most entertaining characters in all of Game of Thrones.I have to say that Oleena Tyrell is played by Diana Rigg, who played the bond girl, Teresa di Vincenzo, in On Her Majesty’s Secret Service. GMS will surely like this news.

Famous quotes:

“She might think we have some wits about us, one of us at any rate.”

“Loras is young, and very good at knocking men off horses with a stick. That does not make him wise.”

“We mothers do what we can to keep our sons from the grave.”

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13. Margeary Tyrell

Another smart character, Margeary is a very manipulative and smart character that clearly knows how to play the Game of Thrones. Margeary is the future wife of Joffrey in season 3 and uses her kind attitude and versatile social skills to control Joffrey’s sadistic impulses and stupid decision making. Margeary is someone that wants to be queen but she does it by making friends. The world is cruel and I guess people need friends in the Game of Thrones.

Famous quotes:

“No, I want to be the queen.”

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12. Cersei

One of the most hated characters in Game of Thrones, yet, why do I like her so much? She is clearly an incapable leader, is sometimes a bitch, is quite cold, and is the mother of Joffrey. Why do I like her? Well, it is really her pessimistic and realist personality, as well as her interesting presence she brings to the show thanks to the wonderful job the actress Lena Headey does playing this character. A lot of my favorite scenes in Game of Thrones usually have Cersei in them. Her interactions with Tyrion, Tywin, Joffrey, Sansa are all awesome to watch, even though she is seen as cold and quite the jerk. There are reedeeming factors to her character however: She clearly cares about her family and would do anything to protect them. Even though she thinks that she is way smarter than she thinks she is, as Tywin points out in season 3; Cersei is one of the most entertaining and most interesting characters to ever be seen in Game of Thrones.

Interesting quotes:

“Everyone who isn’t us is an enemy.”

“When you play the game of thrones you win, or you die. There is no middle ground.”

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11.Sandor the Hound

A character very taciturn and brutal but not without compassion; Sandor the Hound is one of the most misunderstood characters in Game of Thrones while also being one of the most likable. Sandor the Hound was the personal body guard of Joffrey, before he decided to hell with it at the battle of Blackwater. He shows a compassionate side to Sansa at King’s Landing as well as an unlikely fatherly relationship with Arya in Season 3. Sandor the Hound has a very tragic past where his brother pushed his face in fire because he played with one of his toys. Sandor has some pretty badass scars and a tough exterior yet shows a lot of goodness throughout the series.

Famous quotes:

“No, it gives me joy to kill people. Killing’s the sweetest thing there is.”

‘If any man dies with a clean sword, I’ll rape his fucking corpse!’

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10. Robb Stark

A character I miss so much after the tragic scene of the red wedding, and it’s a shame, because Robb Stark was one of the most competent and potentially good leaders to have been on the iron throne. His only downfall was that he was young, and when you are young you are naive and when you are naive, you make stupid decisions. Robb Stark is a competent leader that actually defeated Tywin in a few battles. Tywin respected Robb as a pretty formidable oppenent so he took drastic measures in the Rains of Castamere episode. That episode was absolutely horrible to watch seeing him witness his pregnant wife, Talisa, being stabbed in the stomach. He died long after he was already dead on the inside witnessing Talisa and his supposed son, Eddard, die right before his eyes. Eddard Stark died because he let his honor get in the way. Robb died because he let his heart get in the way. The Starks never get a break….. but they will be back…..I hope.

Famous quotes:

“I won every battle. But I’m losing this war.”

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9. Ayra Stark

Surprisingly, this is a young character that is actually many fan’s favorite female character, and rarely are little kids liked in TV series and movies. Many girls crave to be pretty or romantic or rich beyond their wildest dreams with a kind loving husband on the side. This is not the case with Arya. Arya is one of the most independent characters in Game of Thrones who is sort of tomboy with knack of learning how to fight and face the world. Arya Stark is clearly one of the toughest characters in Game of Thrones, through her quick thinking and willingness to do anything to protect herself and her family and friends. Arya has killed people in the series, despite her age, and is proven to be very smart and able to survive all alone in the world. She is played by a brilliant actress named Maisie Williams. One of my favorite scenes in the whole series is her interaction with Tywin in season 2. The two actors play off each other seamlessly.

Famous quotes:

“Joffrey… Cersei… Ilyn Payne… The Hound… Polliver… The Mountain…”

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8. Theon

Theon is one of the characters that I clearly feel sorry for more than any other character in Game of Thrones. He has the most painful and grueling story arc out of any character, has some understandable intentions, yet made some stupid decisions and unfortunately, he gets punished for it in the most grueling ways possible. Okay, yes, I agree that his decision to go against the Starks was stupid, but he did it because he wanted to work with his father and gain acceptance from him. Yes, it was wrong to kill two kids to prove to the people of Winterfell that he is someone to be feared and respected, yet he feels completely sorry for it and admits that everything he did against the Starks was wrong (and even mentions Eddard Stark as his real father). He gets captured and tortured, he is rescued by a mysterious figure who saves him only to give him a false hope that he will be safe before he is brought back to be tortured again by Ramsay Snow. I have to ask: Does Theon really deserve this much torture compared to the other characters in Game of Thrones? Yes, George RR Martin clearly made one of the most captivating and cruelest story arcs in all of storytelling history with the character of Theon. Basically his torture from Ramsay Snow is not only a physical torture, but a mental torture, where he is commanded by Ramsay to forget his real name and go by his new name Reek. It is a mental development where Theon learns how he has completely destroyed himself and his name through the stupid and horrible actions he did, despite his intentions to find acceptance from the Starks and his father. Will Theon ever be reedeemed, and will his torture come to an end soon…. and will he ever find acceptance and a real identity for himself, probably not from the looks of it.

Famous quotes:

“What is dead, may never die.”

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7. Little Fingers/Varys

These characters are two sides of the same coin. These are both very manipulative characters and they are both some of the creepiest characters in Game of Thrones.

Little Fingers: One of the main instigators of the war of the five kings because of his betrayal to Eddard Stark and the setting of Catelyn’s hatred toward Tyrion and the Lanniters; Little Fingers is one of the most skilled players in the game of thrones. Little Fingers operates on the side of King’s Landing by being a cold and calculating manipulator. Little Fingers is one of the scariest people of Game of Thrones because he is a smart manipulator that has only his interests in mind. Little Fingers has a crush on Catelyn Stark and it seems the only people he ever cares about are Catelyn and himself. Little Fingers is different from Varys because he clearly manipulates others to improve his standing. Varys on the other hand is the complete opposite.

Varys: Varys is a lot like Little Fingers because they are both creepy manipulators but he is different from Little Fingers because he clearly does stuff for the good of the realm and not so much for himself. Varys is quite a creepy looking character. He has a creepy voice as well as a creepy look.

Varys, in my book, is a good guy while Little Fingers is as a bad guy. Both characters are very entertaining characters to watch in the show. I love there verbal sparring they have towards each other and their interactions towards other characters in the show. These characters are clearly up to something big in the future. These characters are characters that others should clearly watch out for.

Famous quotes:

Little Fingers: Chaos is a ladder speech

“You know what I learnt losing that duel? I learnt that I’ll never win. Not that way. That’s their game, their rules. I’m not going to fight them: I’m going to fuck them. That’s what I know, that’s what I am, and only by admitting what we are can we get what we want.”

Varys: “Storms come and go, the big fish eat the little fish, and I keep on paddling.”

“I’ve always hated the bells. They ring for horror. A dead king, a city under siege…”

“Power resides where men believe it resides. It’s a trick. A shadow on the wall. And a very small man can cast a very large shadow.”

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6. Eddard Stark

The Living spoiler in Game of Thrones because he is played by freaken Sean Bean. Eddard Stark is the most honorable character in all of Game of Thrones and is also one of the most likable. Unfortunately he dies in Season 1 and his death was basically the symbol for audience members to see just how cruel  the world of Game of Thrones really is. He is the main protaganist and the famous actor and he got killed at season 1. I was so surprised at this because I love Sean Bean as well as Eddard Stark.

Eddard Stark is basically the polar opposite of Tywin. He is a kind loving father and puts honor and his conscience ahead of pure ruthlessness and manipulative decision making. Eddard Stark is the Wolf and Tywin is the Lion. If both characters mixed together you would get the perfect leader for Westeros.

Famous quotes:

“You think my life is such a precious thing to me, that I would trade my honor for a few more years…of what?”

“The man who passes the sentence should swing the sword.”

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5. Ygritte

There is practically no romance in the world of Game of Thrones. There is maybe lust but not really any true romance to come from the show ever. This is not the case with the character of Ygritte and her relationship with Jon Snow, which is my favorite romance in the show by far. Ygritte is easily my favorite female character in Game of Thrones (yes better than Daenerys…..I know). Ygritte manages to be not only the most entertaining and interesting female character for me but also the most genuine female character generating the closest thing the show has ever come to a true romance. The romance between Ygritte and Jon Snow is actually one of my favorite things in the show, period. It manages to be a playground sort of romance while feeling very genuine. Ygritte’s playful forwardness and Jon Snow’s naive nobility play off each other brilliantly and makes for some of the most interesting and fun scenes ever in Game of Thrones. Ygritte is hillarious with her teasing and pushy attitude towards Jon Snow. Jon Snow and Ygritte’s scenes in seasons 3 are some of my favorite scenes in Game of Thrones. The Wall Climb ending is one of my favorite endings to Game of Thrones if not my favorite. Too bad Jon Snow leaves Ygritte in season 3. I knew it wouldn’t last in the world of Game of Thrones.

Famous quotes:

“You know nothing Jon Snow.”

“Your mine and I’m yours. And if we die, we die. But first we live.”

“Do you like girls who swoon Jon Snow? Oh a spider! Save me Jon Snow.”

” Is that a palace?” Jon: “It’s a windmill” “A windmill?”

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4. Tywin Lannister

Tywin Lannister is basically the leader of Lannisters (screw Joffrey). Tywin is the real decision maker and he prefers to make decisions as the hand of the king and not as the king. Tywin is one of the smartest, if not the smartest character in all of Game of Thrones. He makes decisions based soley on what is best for his family and he does an incredible job doing it. His only flaw is that he is not a very good father and this causes a lot of his children to be raised not very well (If mixed with Eddard Stark’s good parenting skills he would be a perfect leader). Tywin is played by one of my favorite actors in the entire show, Charles Dance. Every single scene Tywin Lannister is in and every line he says is incredibly bad ass. The one thing I don’t like about him is that he set up the red wedding and because of his hatred for Tyrion. Other than that this is hands down the most badass character in Game of Thrones.

Just to point out. Tywin in my opinion is not king material since I believe no one will follow him. He is leadership material, however, as it seems in Game of Thrones that mostly real decisions are usually made by the hand of the king and not the king himself. Tywin is definitely the best hand of the king for the Lannisters (Tyrion fits this bill as well).

Famous quotes:

“Any man who must say ‘I am the king’ is no true king.”

“I don’t distrust you because you are a woman, I distrust you because you are not as strong as you think you are”

“The house that puts his family first will always defeat the house that puts the whims and wishes of its sons and daughters first… A good man does everything in his power to better his families postition regardless of his own selfish desires.’

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3. Jaime Lannister

How incredible is it to see a character you hated so much in season 1-2 suddenly becoming one of your favorite characters in season 3. Jaime started out as one of the biggest jerks in Game of Thrones because of what he did to Bran and because of his relationship with his sister but it later turns out in season 3 that Jaime is one of the most honest and understandeble characters in all of Game of Thrones.

Jaime is a character that clearly operates on his own ideals and beliefs instead of what he thinks would please his family or other people in the realm. Jaime was of course the king slayer but not without a good reason. The hot tub scene in season 3 is one of my favorite scenes in Game of Thrones history with him confessing to Brienne why he killed the mad king. Scenes in Game of Thrones like him saving Brienne from getting raped and him losing his hand, him saving Brienne from a bear are all scenes that show how great of a character Jaime really is. Actor Nikolaj Coster- Waldau does an incredible job playing Jaime. It is a mix of Nikolaj Coster- Waldau’s performance and George RR Martin writing that makes Jaime one of the most likable characters in Game of Thrones.

Famous quotes:

“The things I do for love.”

There are no men like me. Only me.

Bath scene: just about all of it.

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2. Jon Snow

Jon Snow is definitely one of the most important characters in Game of Thrones since he is basically the audience’s vision outside the wall and a character that has nothing to do with the corrupt kings’ war of Game of Thrones. Yet, Jon Snow has probably my favorite character arc out of any character in Game of Thrones. Jon Snow is the bastard son of Eddard Stark who is now a member of Night’s Watch. Jon Snow is the only character that develops as a character outside of all of the madness that is going on in the war of the five kings. Watching Jon Snow develop throughout the series making tough decisions and gaining friends and romance has been awesome to watch. To me, Jon Snow is probably the most capable king to ever lead Westeros. He has the heart and care of a Stark (unlike the Lannisters) He is able to make tough decisions even when it puts those he loves in danger (Unlike Robb) he has great honor and is loyal (Unlike Roose Bolton). I am personally rooting for Jon Snow to be the new king of Westeros before the series reaches its end.

Famous quotes:

“All the best swords have names”

“I know how to do it”

Joffrey's Name Day. A joust fight is in progress. Tyrion returns from battle . Intrp Ser Dontos.

1. Tyrion Lannister

Oh man, everyone saw this coming. When it comes to just plain likability, Tyrion is the most entertaining character to watch in Game of Thrones as well as one of the most interesting. What really appeals to me about Tyrion is just how smart he is and how he always makes decisions based on what would be best for his family, despite how badly his family treats him. Tyrion is a manipulator but he always seems to have a bigger conscience than Tywin. The scenes between Tyrion and Tywin are awesome scenes that show what it’s like when  two of the smartest people in Game of Thrones are discussing the issues in Westeros. Tyrion says some of the wittiest lines in Game of Thrones and he is definitely the most likable Lannisters despite his many manipulations.

Tyrion always seems to use wit to make up for physical shortcomings. He knows that his father looks down on him because of what he did to his wife, yet holds a recognizable fear and low self esteem when confronting his father. Tyrion is clearly the true heir to Tywin and it is just a huge shame to see that Tywin looks down on him because of what he did to his wife. There seems to be a complete enjoyment about the two smart men being into each other’s company to discuss issues but also a huge hatred for eachother. I say it is one of the most compelling relationships in all of Game of Thrones.

Tyrion is not only witty but very funny. Tyrion’s best season is clearly season 2 when he prepares King’s Landing for the Blackwater. Even though Tyrion takes a backseat in Season 3, he still has very funny lines as well as a hillarious drunk scene at him and Sansa’s wedding. Tyrion is smart and manipulative, but he has a conscience while still holding his family’s ideals in minds. That is quite the challenge considering how cold the Lannisters are. Do I have to mention that Tyrion was the only one that felt bad for Tywin’s set up at the red wedding. I give props to Peter Dinklage for creating one of the most beloved characters on TV. A character who is smart and manipulative, as well as funny and with a conscience.

Famous quotes:

“All Dwarves are bastards in their father’s eyes”

“and now I have struck a king; Did my hand fall from my wrist?”

“Tyrion Lannister: It’s not easy being drunk all the time. Everyone would do it, if it were easy.”

“Drinking and lust , no man can match me in these things. I am the god of tits and wine

 “I’m a monster, as well as a dwarf. You should charge me double.”
“Let me give you some advice bastard. Never forget what you are. The rest of the world will not. Wear it like armor, and it can never be used to hurt you.”
“Those are brave men knocking at our door. Lets go kill them!”

Game of Thrones proves time and again that it has a diverse cast with good and bad traits that can be liked and disliked by many different people. There is no perfect Game of Thrones character and there is no good guy or bad guy and that’s what makes the show interesting. Game of Thrones is definitely one of my favorite stories ever told and I am looking foward to season 4 so badly.

The Daniel Craig James Bond Trilogy: A Review by GMS

Daniel Craig - New James Bond movie Casino Royale

What can be said about James Bond?  He is one of the greatest film icons in history, and his movies are a part of one of the longest running film franchises ever.  Many men have donned the persona of MI6’s greatest agent, but the one I wish to discuss today is the most recent addition to the James Bond Hall of Fame: Daniel Craig.  The topic of Daniel Craig as James Bond has been controversial for me at least, as many/most of my friends think that he is the best Bond, while I do not.  I’ll save that revelation for later.  I have seen Craig’s films out of order, and that had affected my initial perception of him, but as I have recently seen Skyfall and thus finished the Craig “trilogy”, I can safely say that the Bond franchise is in good hands.  I want to lay down my opinion of his trilogy, and then evaluate Craig as opposed to other Bonds.  So, without further ado, let us begin!

I liken the Craig trilogy of Bond films to the Indiana Jones trilogy, but with one exception (I’ll get to it in a moment).

Just hear me out, guys…

Casino Royale is like Raiders: a perfect start to the trilogy, not a perfect movie per se, but great nonetheless.  Quantum of Solace is like Temple of Doom: the weakest of the three, improving upon some aspects, but still not as good as the first.   Skyfall is like Last Crusade: the best of the trilogy, a perfect movie overall.  Now, for my exception: While I will staunchly defend Temple of Doom, as I believe it is not that bad of a movie, Quantum of Solace is a horrible pile of steaming dog shit.  I’ll explain myself when I reach the appropriate point in this review, but for now let’s just leave it at that.

Casino Royale.  This movie is my personal favorite in the Craig trilogy, and I will explain why in a moment.  This movie introduces Bond in his first mission on her majesty’s secret service (heh heh), and has him entering the great Casino Royale to face off against the terrible Le Chiffre.  Along the way, he encounters his new love interest, Vesper, and the two later fall in love.  I really enjoyed the falling in love part, because it reminded me so much of my favorite Bond movie, On Her Majesty’s Secret Service.  I think that it was executed very well in Casino Royale, though not as good as OHMSS.  Plus, Eva Green is super hot, so there’s that factor.

Mmmmmmmmmm, yes….

There is one other aspect that I really want to discuss: Le Chiffre.  He is one of my favorite Bond villains, but I don’t believe he should be very high on a ranking list, as he gradually gets worse later in the movie.  At first, he is this badass, evil gambler who can just dominate the whole game.

Alright, let the discussion begin!  Who would win in a poker game: Le Chiffre or Lonnigan from The Sting?

VS

  Taking all bets!!!  I digress.  As the movie goes on, however, Le Chiffre breaks down really quickly, and turns into this crazy, desperate pawn.  Compare him to the likes of Goldfinger, or even Silva from Skyfall.  Neither of these two villains breaks until the very end, even at all.  But Le Chiffre, on the other hand…Let me just use the interrogation scene from Casino Royale as my evidence.

You know the one.

Other than that, this movie was very well done, and a great start to the series.  Plus, it has one of the best scenes in Bond history: the ending.  Seriously, this is up there with Bond meeting Blofeld from You Only Live Twice, the ending in OHMSS, and the interrogation scene in Goldfinger (No, mister Bond, I expect you to DIE!!)!  Daniel Craig delivers the classic line very well: “The name’s Bond…James Bond.”  However, where this scene really shines is David Arnold’s version of the Bond theme, what I consider to be the definitive version.  Aaaaahh, man!  So good!

To be honest, I really don’t have much to say about Quantum of Solace, as a quarter of the way through the move, I stopped understanding what was going on, and I honestly stopped caring, too.  The main issue that I have with this film is that it is the only Bond movie that can’t stand on its own: it is a true sequel in the sense of the word.  The greatest strength of the Bond movies is that each one can stand on its own.  Sure, there are some things that carry from film to film, but overall each is a different story, and you could start from any point in the series and still be fine.  This cannot be said about Quantum.  I had no idea what was going on, and that is because the plot was in essence a complete follow up to Casino Royale.  Sure this is because I saw this one first, and not Casino Royale, but that doesn’t matter.   On top of that, the action was only average, the villain was stupid, and Craig’s performance was lacking compared with the other two.  In the end, as a result from all these factors, Quantum of Solace remains the weakest in the Craig trilogy.

Ah, Skyfall.  How can I even begin to talk about Skyfall?  Let me start off with this.  Throughout my quest of watching every James Bond movie, I gave each one a rating, from a 1 to 5 scale, 5 being perfect, 1 being a pile of shit.  Out of all the Bond movies, I only consider 3 to be perfect in every way:  Goldfinger, Goldeneye, and Skyfall.  The plot was ingenious, the villain excellent, and Craig’s performance at his best.  He wasn’t a rookie like in Casino Royale, and he wasn’t an emotional wreck like in Quantum.  Skyfall truly houses Craig’s best performance as Bond yet.  While it is certainly not my favorite Bond movie, I hold nothing but praise for Skyfall.  Silva was a triumph as a villain: his motives clearly and cleverly set up, his character interesting and his execution brilliant.

Now this is a Bond villain I can really get behind!

I would definitely put Silva high in the pantheon of Bond villains, right under Blofeld and Goldfinger.  This movie also made palpable the relationship between M and Bond, not just as boss and agent, but as mother and son.  This, too, applies to Silva and M.  Such an agent versus agent plot device is extremely evocative of Goldeneye’s Bond and Trevelyan, but each of these relationships holds its own appeal.  While Goldeneye’s was more small scale and intimate, Skyfall’s was more big-picture and epic.  In general, Skyfall was on an epic scale as compared to many other Bond movies.  For proof, one needs only to look at my favorite part in the movie: the final showdown at Skyfall, Bond’s childhood home in Scotland.  That is why I think Skyfall is such an achievement in the Bond franchise.  Even though Judy Dench’s M dies, she is replaced by one of my favorite actors, Ralph Fiennes.  I look forward to the relationship between Bond and the new M in movies to come.

            Now let me get this out of the way first:

I think the best Bond is Sean Connery.

Yes, I’m going to jump on the bandwagon that has existed since the sixties, but I don’t care.  Connery is the perfect, well-rounded Bond: equal amounts of womanizing charm, catchy one-liners, and amazing action.  I guess this is a moot point, since he was the first Bond, but that doesn’t mean I don’t recognize the achievements of other Bonds, like Craig.  In fact, I think Craig is the second best Bond.  Like I already said, Connery is the well-rounded Bond.

George Lazenby, my personal favorite, is what I like to call the precursor to Daniel Craig: he is very similar to Connery, but has this more human air about him that I find very appealing.

Roger Moore was kind of like Connery on steroids: he took the womanizing and one-liner type comedy to the extreme, many times overplaying the character to the point of it being cheesy.

Timothy Dalton was an interesting Bond: he was more serious than other Bonds, focusing more on action than on the other facets that make Bond, well, Bond.

Pierce Brosnan was great: not only was he the best looking Bond, but he was like Connery except he took the action to a whole other level.

Daniel Craig is like Connery and Lazenby combined: he is well rounded like Connery but at the same time is the legacy of the human-like Bond that Lazenby created in the sixties.  With that statement, you might ask why Craig is not better than Connery.  Well, who do you think of when you think Bond?  Daniel Craig?  Pierce Brosnan?  Timothy Dalton?  Roger Moore?  George Lazenby?  No, you think Sean Connery!  Sean Connery is not only a well-rounded Bond, Sean Connery IS Bond!  YOU CAN’T TOP THAT!!  Now, you may say, “GMS, you could say that about anything, that the first of anything is always the best!”  And, well, you’re right.  But, I don’t believe that that is true of everything, just of this.  And, I could present this same argument used on me to the stalwart fans of The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time.  But, I won’t talk about that issue right now.  I’m just saying that Connery is Bond, and nothing will change that.  However, I’m not denying that the other Bonds have done well.  I still think that Craig is the second best Bond.  In the end, each Bond has his own appeal, and you may think differently than I about your favorite/best Bond.  One cannot deny, though, that Daniel Craig has made a significant contribution to the Bond franchise, one that I do not think should be forgotten.