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I watch TV and write about it. Sometimes I watch movies too.

GoT: Dragonstone

Game of Thrones is back, with a promise that each and every one of its season 7 episodes will be as intense and spectacular as Hardhome.

First things first: was this a shocker of an episode? No, but it was an excellent way to ease us back into the world of Ice and Fire after a painfully long hiatus, and it actually set up plenty of storylines for the weeks to come. This wasn’t exactly unexpected, given that there’s only a a dozen more episodes left before the show comes to its grand finale, but still a very pleasant surprise.

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10 questions we need answered in GoT Season 7

We might be in the middle of a heatwave but Winter Is Here, and everyone and their mothers have opinions about the upcoming season of Game of Thrones. Just a few days away from what is the beginning of the end for the Ice & Fire saga and with no book release in sight (damn you, GRRM!), speculation is obviously at an all-time high about what Season 7 will bring. And I wouldn’t be a true blogging fan if I didn’t add my own babble to the mix now, would I?

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Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

I would really, really like to meet the idiots who gave this movie such rave reviews and punch them in the face. Seriously, why do I fall into this IMDb trap every single time? If only I’d bothered to read the negative reviews before sitting down to watch this crapfest, I wouldn’t have wasted 105 minutes of my life.

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Better Call Saul: Season finale review

It took three whole seasons for the Breaking Bad spin-off show to really establish its deeper connections with its ‘big brother’. I’m not complaining about the slow burn, because it’s been a hell of a ride. Better Call Saul definitely lives up to my expectations, and although significantly different from its predecessor, all the components that made BB one of the best damn shows of recent years are still there: captivating story-telling, thoughtful character building, stellar acting and directing and a fascinating main character at its heart, who can carry the show just as well as Walter White did BB.

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MasterChef Australia Season 9

My feelings about this show are well documented: it’s the best damn cooking competition out there by a mile, not only in terms of the actual food prepared (phenomenal!) but also because the contestants themselves seem to be such amazing people: they’re all so talented yet humble and supportive of each other, it’s impossible to pick just one to root for.

This season is no exception, and once again we’re treated to a fantastic new crop of home cooks who would put most professional chefs to shame.

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The Book of Nora: a perfect finale.

My infatuation with The Leftovers wasn’t love at first sight. It’s not the kind of show that wins you over as soon as you let the first few scenes of the pilot episode wash over you. In fact, if I hadn’t binge-watched it before Season 2 started and had to wait week to week for new episodes, I probably would have given up. Man, am I glad I stuck with it.

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Here I am, having just watched The Leftovers finale…

…bawling like a baby. Damn you, Lindelof, you actually did it this time! Consider yourself officially redeemed for that Lost finale.

I loved this episode. It answered everything — and nothing. And it was done well enough that we don’t really care about the answers. Like Matt and his Book, we can choose to believe, and then it all makes sense. It’s all about Nora and Kevin. And to get the answers from Nora herself was so damn satisfying.

I’m sure there are plenty of analyses out there already, so I’ll keep this brief for now. The Book of Nora exceeded my expectations. Theroux and Coon absolutely killed it. I could watch them play off each other all day, so it’s a bittersweet ending for me: as much as I enjoyed this finale, I just want more.

Man, I’m gonna miss this show.

Split

Every time there’s buzz around a movie, I promise myself I won’t give in to the hype. And every time I get sucked in.

M. Night Shyamalan’s Split was no exception. No matter what kind of drivel the man has produced since The 6th Sense, it seems like the world keeps hoping that he’ll finally come up with something to equal the well-deserved success of his breakout film.

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The Leftovers: episode 309 [long, rambling post]

Alright. I’ve (kind of) gathered my thoughts but no matter how much analysis we could delve into, I don’t think we’d do this episode justice. I don’t know what it is about these afterlife/purgatory themed episodes that appeals to me so much; with the exception of the first season, which I feel was the weakest of the bunch (or maybe I just needed time to acclimate myself to the bizarre world of The Leftovers), every installment has been equally well-constructed. Still, the International Assassin episodes are a step above for me. Maybe it’s the fact that, as surreal as they feel, they still manage to stay grounded, so to speak. The story is completely bonkers, and yet it makes perfect sense. It’s pretty heavy stuff, but injected with clever humor, enough to add some much needed levity. And the result is a fascinating hour of television unlike any other.

Warning: this is going to be a very lengthy post. The recap alone is long enough, given how dense this episode was, so without further ado, let’s get into this.

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