The opening scene of the Season 8 premiere, “Winterfell,” reminds us of a simpler time in Game of Thrones. The arrival of Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) and Jon Snow (Kit Harington) at Winterfell echoes that of Robert Baratheon and Cersei Lannister in Season 1. It harkens back to a child’s excitement at seeing a royal procession and antiquated notions of heroes and villains. By the end of Season 1 we were thoroughly disabused of any fairy tale conceptions of morality. At the start of Season 8, Winterfell has been through the worst of the War of the Five Kings, and remains under threat from the North and the South. Continue reading
Season 8 of Game of Thrones is the beginning of the end, with only six episodes left in this sweeping series. Having given viewers some of the most impressive special effects, beautiful backdrops, and beloved characters ever seen on screen, Game of Thrones has created intense anticipation and speculation regarding the series end. Many of the complex storylines which took place throughout Westeros and Essos have come together, yet the resolution of overarching narratives has yet to be revealed. Continue reading
Winter has come as Game of Thrones heads into its final season. The HBO series, based on George R.R. Martin’s Song of Ice and Fire book series, has held fans in its grip since premiering in 2011. It’s become a cultural milestone, exemplifying the new golden age of television through complicated characters, creative storytelling, beautiful backdrops, and online availability. Game of Thrones fans have long awaited Season 8. Continue reading
In the 2018 horror film Suspiria, director Luca Guadagnino creates a thoughtful tale, both compelling and strange. Suspiria explores the darkness surrounding a dance company in Berlin. Set in 1977, the backdrop of German Autumn violence brings a real world aesthetic to this supernatural story. Continue reading
As Supernatural approaches their 300th episode, we’re reminded of what makes this series so outstanding with the mid-season opener “Nihilism.” Sure, saving people and hunting things makes for exciting television, but that in itself isn’t why this series has lasted for 14 seasons. It starts with great characters with complex connections, is maintained by creative storytelling and emotional performances, and is supported with an eye for detail in film and set. “Nihilism” checks all the Supernatural boxes, with an episode that’s both thoughtful and thrilling. Continue reading
Looking for some spooky series to enjoy during the cold nights of fall? Whether it’s Halloween or Harvest, the fall is the perfect time for an evening of fun and fear. This season provides some intriguing television options concerning the supernatural realm. Continue reading
In “Gods and Monsters,” Supernatural begins a slow reveal of the mayhem Michael (Jensen Ackles) intends to introduce with his experimental creations. While Michael attempts to bring his ghastly vision into being, Nick (Mark Pellegrino) and Jack (Alexander Calvert) explore unacknowledged aspects of who they are. Writers Brad Buckner and Eugenie Ross-Leming construct the form for the Season 14 story arc, while director Richard Speight, Jr. brings “Gods and Monsters” to life.