Okay so here's the second edition of my 'Recently Watched' segment. I've watched a fair few things since the last time I posted one of these pieces so I'll just leap right in...
Game of Thrones - Series 1
Released: 2011 Starring: Sean Bean, Emilia Clarke, Lena Headey, Kit Harington, Mark Addy, Charles Dance, Peter Dinklage
Naturally, the TV version loses all of the description and inner monologues that make the books such a rich feast of fiction and certain scenes do indeed feel rushed through just to get to the next main event. This was my one big gripe to be honest but even then, I had been expecting it after years of watching book > film adaptations. Thankfully I really feel like they nailed the look of most of the characters and the visuals in general i.e. the architecture, battles, armour were all excellent and clearly developed to a meticulous degree. There was a lot of sex and gratuitous use of bare breasts but this is also in line with the books and is does suit the sort of brutal, medievil tone of the fictional world that Game of Thrones describes.
As with the books, there are certain character segments that I'm not particularly excited for (John Snow/the Wall and Bran to name two) but even those are still interesting. Oh and I know everybody finished talking about her a long time ago but wow, Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen is ridiculously beautiful (hence the choice of accompanying image for this part of the post!). Her story is another that I don't go mad for but I will gladly have it just so that Dany is on-screen!
Overall, very impressive and I'm looking forward to getting Series 2 on when I can (I've already bought it).
Peter Kay's Car Share
Released: 2015 Starring: Peter Kay, Sian Gibson
Peter Kay - like most comedians - is somebody that you either find hilarious or completely unfunny. Me, I love the northern dialect and his 'everyman' persona so I've always enjoyed watching his material. Car Share follows Kay's supermarket management character (John Redmond) and his car share 'buddy' Kayleigh Kitson (played by Sian Gibson) as they are forced together by their employer's new car share scheme. The majority of the show takes place inside John's car and focuses on the banter between the two characters. There are so many funny moments and a little character development along the way. The humorous radio advertisements are entertaining and the footage of their car motoring around the likes of Manchester, Bolton and Swinton (three of many filming locations) gives the show a relatable element as does the frequent work-related supermarket topics that the two discuss/bicker over. It's just a very homely comedy that everybody should give a chance. Sadly there are only six episodes but a second series has been commissioned which is great news indeed.
Released: 1992 Starring: Harvey Keitel, Tim Roth, Michael Madsen, Chris Penn, Steve Buscemi, Lawrence Tierney
Released: 1993 Starring: Christian Slater, Patricia Arquette, Dennis Hopper, Val Kilmer, Gary Oldman, Brad Pitt, Christopher Walken
Released: 2013 Starring: Sandra Bullock, George Clooney
Last Action Hero
Released: 1993 Starring: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Austin 'O Brien, Charles Dance, Bridgette Wilson
This is another of my favourite films and one I can watch over and over, especially if I need cheering up! Apparently, a lot of people think this film is naff and their view is - unfortunately - backed-up by a poor box office showing for the Governator's 1993 comic/action film. Well I say: what is wrong with these people?!? Last Action Hero has everything going for it: Shwarzenegger bad-assery and one-liners, explosions, shoot-outs, that awesome early-90's 'feel', a hot girl (Bridgette Wilson), excellent actors (Charles Dance for example) and loads more.
The film is about a movie-obsessed kid named Danny Madigan (O' Brien) who is given a golden cinema ticket that allows him to (unwittingly) enter a movie. While watching a super-special private screening of the new Jack Slater film, he falls into the movie and finds himself paired up with Mr.Slater a.k.a Arnie, a cop completely oblivious to his existence as a movie star. The film has a lot of humour going for it and pokes fun at cinema cliches while featuring plenty of cameos relevant to its 1993 release period such as Robert Patrick as the T-1000 (just randomly passing by) and a Terminator 2 poster with Sylvester Stallone in Schwarzenegger's place (since he is Jack Slater in the movie and not Arnie as we know him).
I think it's just a really fun film that has a lot going for it. If you like Arnie's classic movies then Last Action Hero is a definite must-see. Better than all the constant remakes and the onslaught of superhero movies that Hollywood keeps shitting out today anyway.
Released: 1987 Starring: Peter Weller, Nancy Allen, Daniel 'O Herlihy