Game of Thrones Winner: “The Queen’s Justice”

Was there a winner last night? I mean besides, me giggling like an idiot while I watched Emilia Clarke and Kit Harrington have actually, hot as fire chemistry with one another?

I think so. And I think it’s someone you might not expect.

Or you might.

Jorah Mormont won last night.

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Jorah doesn’t have greyscale anymore, because Sam is a boss! He gets to go back to Dany and our Ser Mopey Bear (last week I called him “Mr. Mopey Bear” but I feel the need to ammend it to give include his title, he’s anointed and all…) can’t get a better win that that.

Runners up are Bran and Sansa, and SHUT UP, you’re the one who’s crying.

Missandei And Grey Worm Watch

They are parted, but both doing things, Grey Worm takes Casterly Rock, which isn’t hard, because it turns out Jaime is not a moron, but still, good for him. Missandei meanwhile is announcing Danery’s million and a half names, while Davos introduces Jon Snow, but we’ll get to that.

In other shipping news: Hey, Dany and Jon and the crackling chemisty. Also Euron and Cersie, seriously, guys, I’m into it. I know it’s gross and weird and they’re both awful and obviously I don’t want them to win, but I kind of do? It’s confusing.

Sansa’s Agency Watch

Sansa is doing a very good job ruling Winterfell and ignoring Baelish, and WHY IS HE STILL THERE? She also has a nice chat with Bran and you can tell she is like 1000% done with her brothers and all of their mystical hoo ha. Also, way to bring up her goddamn terrible wedding night, Bran! (I’m still not unconvinced she’s pregnant!) Oh, and Tyrion asks about her to Jon, who’s all “let’s not talk about my sister who you’re still technically married to I guess, but she was like 13, and thanks for not having sex with her I guess?”

Arya’s Badass Watch

No Arya this week.

Bran Stark’s Excellent Adventure

He’s back at Winterfell and tries to explain the whole three eyed raven thing to Sansa, who again, is OVER IT. Perhaps bringing up something other than the most traumatic thing to happen to her over years of compacted trauma was not the way to go? I don’t know, but the scene where they hug is amazing. And I’m crying again.

#NotAStark

You guys, Jon actually said the words, “I’m not a Stark,” tonight. IT’S WORKING. Oh, also he and Dany are hot together. The scene where they first meet is awesome, and why exactly he doesn’t want to tell her about his magical ressurection, I’m not sure of, but whatever, she’s curious, when Davos says that Jon took a knife in his heart, it’s not a figure of speech, it’s literal. He’s very focused, and hey! He gets his Dragonglass, and seriously, how long do you think it is that he’ll be on Dragonstone and how long until he rides a dragon. (Rhaegel, probably, seriously, he should be riding the dragon named after his father.)

Sam Is A Ravenclaw (Or Possibly A Hufflepuff)

Sam is not in trouble for illegally curing Jorah’s greyscale. He also is not hailed as a hero for it. This is probably because Sam is not a Gryffindor, and only Gryffindors get rewarded for breaking rules and it working out best for everyone. (Happy Birthday Harry!)

How Long Til Jaime Snaps?

While I will never forgive him for killing Olenna, wow, does he seem close to the edge these days. Or he’s gone full dark with Cersei, but I think he’s wavering. And Olenna is always right, and she thinks he’s going to lose it. Plus he knows that Olenna killed Joffrey, which he has pushed his brother away for and WOW, is that a problem for Jaime’s confirmation bias.

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Ellaria and Tyene (meh) and Olenna (Actually I’m very sad.) Yara, for the moment appears to be alive.

Varys Talks About Stuff

This time he and Melisandre have a chat about gaining and losing power. She says she’s going back to Volantis, but then also says she’s going to die in Westeros. And she admits she made mistakes (YES BURNING SHIREEN TO DEATH WAS A HUGE FUCKING MISTAKE MELISANDRE) but that she’s played her ultimate role, bringing ice and fire together. Now they need to pull their collective heads out of their butts and GET IT TOGETHER ALREADY.

Sorry about the lasteness of this post. I was at Classic East this weekend, and it was amazing, but I couldn’t watch the episode until I got home from work.

The Secret, The Truth

It’s part 2! Marina learns a pretty obvious truth, and we meet Count Caleb of Pantona and General Thomas Martin…story starts happening!

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I don’t even know where to begin.

The twins have not even been gone six hours and it seems as though everything in my life has changed. First was dinner, which was awful, as usual, especially without Tristan there, because Lord Brayton was watching me.

Again.

It feels like he always is, and it gives me the shivers. Mercy Williams says that I should be flattered. Flattered? That he feels the need to undress me with his eyes every time I see him. Plus I’ve Seen the things he does. He’s done.

If my cousin is dead, it’s because of him.

If she’s alive, it’s likely she’ll have to fight him.

I don’t know which is worse.

After that, Papa said that he wanted to talk to me in his study. This is strange, normally after dinner, Papa and I sit in the parlor and I work on my embroidery…

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All We Did Was Survive…That’s Enough

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There’s a moment towards the end of Dunkirk when a small fleet of personal fishing and pleasure boats break through the fog to the French beach and the thousands of men stranded there begin applauding and cheering.

It’s one of those, “not a dry eye in the house” moments that feels truly earned by the film that preceded it, and really surprised me, especially coming from Christopher Nolan, who’s made himself the king of a the not necessarily earned but audience pleasing third act twist.

But that’s kind of all of Dunkirk, a masterfully made war film, that feels somehow like the absolute culmination of Nolan’s career so far as a filmmaker, and yet like a complete departure from anything he’s done before. The genre trappings he’s been able to hide behind before are stripped away for one thing, but it’s still somehow about the way communities and individuals intersect and the ability of the human mind and spirit to transcend unthinkable circumstances (both big favorite themes of his.) It’s a movie that is both epic in scale and claustrophobic-ally small at the same time.

A game ensemble of British character actors take us through the day of evacuation, special stand outs however, go to Mark Rylance as “Patriotic And Determined Civilian With A Boat” and Kenneth Branagh as “Officer On A Pier Looking Concerned.” (I don’t remember any characters’ names, but that’s more because I don’t know that anyone is given names.) I was less impressed by Cillian Murphy as “Shell Shocked Soldier Who Whines The Whole Time.”

Overall, I think Dunkirk is really special, and if it had been released in November, would be a shoe in for awards conversation. Even with it’s mid summer blockbuster slot, I think it’s got good chances.

Rankings:

  1. Wonder Woman
  2. The Big Sick
  3. Dunkirk
  4. Spider-Man: Homecoming
  5. Guardians of The Galaxy: Volume 2
  6. King Arthur: Legend of The Sword
  7. Cars 3
  8. Pirates of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales

Trailers:

I did the 70MM so there were few trailers (it was cool to watch a movie on film again though, I haven’t done that in quite a while)

Justice League: It looks…fine? My lack of enthusiasm in either direction about this movie worries me. I do like the cover of “Come Together” used at the end though. Definitely a cool choice, And hey, it’s more Wonder Woman…so that’s good? Right?

 

Game Of Thrones Winner: “Stormborn”

Two down, five to go. And we’ve got a pretty clear winner tonight.

Sansa Stark, is tonight’s winner of Game Of Thrones

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Finally, all of Sansa’s fighting with Jon paid off, and he put her in charge of The North while he heads to Dragonstone to go palaver with Dany. (OK…I’m bringing Dark Tower language into my Game Of Thrones recaps…my fandoms are touching and I’m too excited to care much.) Also, all of the Northern Lords are way more in line with her than they are with Jon, which isn’t great in the long run, but is good for her right now.

Runner up is Euron, because, I mean, it’s Euron. I’m not going to miss The Sand Snakes, but I am going to miss Yara. He gets the win, because that was a decisive victory, but it was brutal, and to quote Michael, “Euron is going to be a problem.” 

Missandei And Grey Worm Watch:

OMG! OMG! OMG! Before Grey Worm goes off to conquer Casterly Rock in Dany’s name, Missandei comes to say goodbye, and they confess their love, and then they kiss and then they have SEX! And it’s AWESOME! And I managed not to squee, but OMG! OMG! OMG! How does Grey Worm, who as we all know, does not have a dick, have sex with Missandei? He goes down on her. And it’s great, and I’m really, happy about this.

Sansa’s Agency Watch

She won this week. I’m worried in the long run about what that power is going to do to my girl, but I’m happy for her, and the agency, there is so much of it.

Arya Bad Ass Watch

Arya is slowly but surely becoming a person again, and it’s really a cool arc. This week she saw Hot Pie again, and they talked about how Jon is The King In The North now, and she decided to abandon her “Kill Cersei” quest and go home, UNTIL, she encounters Nymeria and her pack (OMG OMG OMG!) in the woods, and her wolf refuses to come with her. You aren’t yet a wolf again Arya.

Bran Stark’s Excellent Adventure

No Bran this week.

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This week, our King In The North, the last son of Ned Stark, who, lest we forget is #notastark, got two important letters, one from Sam, and one from Tyrion. The one from Tyrion was asking him to come to Dragonstone and meet Dany and then bone her…umm, OK, actually is was requesting he bend the knee. But whatever. The one from SAM, pointed out that there’s a giant mountain of dragonglass at Dragonstone. So, Jon’s off south with Davos. The Lords of The North are #notonboard, but he’s leaving Sansa in charge, so that should go well. (I do not anticipate this going well.)

Sam Is A Ravenclaw (Or Possibly A Hufflepuff)

Sam continues to feel useless at Hogwarts, but when he’s standing with the Archmaester, he does get to check out Jorah’s greyscale. Then he sears and cuts it off, and it is disgusting. But hey, Jorah, might not have greyscale anymore? So that’s a win! And Sam does all of this out of memory to Lord Commander Mormont, and comes very short of saying, “I’m a good person, and also your dad was THE SHIT, so you’re not dying of greyscale on my watch, Mr. Mopey Bear.”

How Long Til Jaime Snaps?

Oh, well, since Euron’s likely to sail back to King’s Landing with Ellaria Sand’s head? Which means Cersei will probably marry him? Not long now. Also, he was trying to convince Sam’s dad to fight for Cersei. He did not succeed. I don’t think he’ll be able to succeed in getting many allies for Cersei, since he barely believes in her himself anymore.

People Dany Should 100% Listen To

Olenna Tyrell and Varys. Also Jon. Tyrion had a good plan that did not calculate for Euron and Theon being a total weenie.

Has Little Finger Learned ANYTHING?

Nope. People might remember that once upon a time, Brandon Stark almost killed him in a duel for Cat’s hand. Then there was that time that Ned put him into a wall for hiding Cat in a brothel, and now Jon chokes him out and threatens to kill him if he touches Sansa.

Granted, he did outlive both Brandon and Ned, but still, like, don’t mess with their women, Baelish. It’ll get you beat up.

 

Goodbye, Perhaps Forever

The first installment of The Marina Chronicle! Marina says goodbye to Tristan…he’s pretty important in the long run

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I was glad that Papa told me Tristan, Sir Tristan, (I must remember that we aren’t children anymore.) was leaving. He couldn’t tell me where, but I did want to say goodbye. He looked at me strangely, as I handed him the handkerchief.

“Just, something to remember me by,” I said. “And for luck.”

“I see,” he said, he was smiling, but I think he thought I was being silly. I suppose that I was. In the books that I read, brave knights going on quests always take a favor from a lady with them. Of course in those books the brave knight and the lady are in love, and Tristan is not in love with me. “That’s very kind of you.”

I was blushing, but then he kissed my hand. Honestly! I think I could have swooned.

“Do you know how long you’ll be gone?” I asked.

“As long…

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Marina

Her name is Marina Sanpierre.

She is a psychic. She is about seventeen years old. She nursed a long crush on a boy who chose somebody else, and she is mostly OK with it. She has long dark hair, brown eyes and brown skin. She is royalty, or at least royalty adjacent. She is not a fighter, though most of her friends are. She is a born diplomat. She is lonely. She is quiet. She is trained as a healer of some kind.

She has been with me since I was 14 years old, and I have never found the right way to tell a story about her, or even decided what kind of world I wanted her in. Every time I start a new story, though, no matter the genre, Marina finds her way in.

Marina has shown up in space operas.

Marina has shown up as a magical girl.

Marina has shown up as an eerily prescient cheerleader in realistic YA.

Marina has shown up in that Jimmy Buffett Jukebox musical I wrote half as a joke. (Swept away in a harddrive crash unfortunately. It was actually pretty OK.) She sang, “Banana Republics,” she was going to be an alto.

Marina has shown up in epic fantasy. (This is by the way, where she fits in the best, and where she is best developed.)

I think it’s time for me to make Marina the main character in something, which is why I’m announcing this. It’s the epic fantasy, or part of it, it’s the world that I’ve been playing in since I was 16. It’s called Cammadan. There’s a missing princess, a handsome knight who loves her, an evil wizard tyrant, and there’s Marina.

This is her diary. My goal is to update at least once a week, I have the first few weeks banked so that everything keeps moving. We’ll see how it goes. I’m nervous because this character has been with me for so long, and I’m protective of her, and also, this is the first time I’m putting fiction, not of the “fan” variety out into the world since high school, and high school lit mags and creative writing class don’t really count.

Anyway, the description above pretty much covers who Marina is, although I’m starting her diary at fifteen rather than seventeen for a lot of reasons, but I’m hoping to cover a lot of the events I’ve plotted, written and rewritten but never been happy with for the past fifteen or so years. I know a lot about Cammadan, a lot about more about this girl and she’s still surprising me.

I’m ready for the world to meet her and to know Cammadan a little. The first post goes up tomorrow, and every Thursday after that, until it’s run it’s course.

You Completely Overwhelm Me

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I’ve been waiting a long time for The Big Sick, and the fact that I knew the story of the movie pretty much by heart before the it was even conceived, having listened to The Indoor Kids, Kumail Najiani and Emily V. Gordon’s podcast, as well as read Emily’s book and Tumblr, and listened to them on countless other podcasts.

Of course this would all be moot if The Big Sick weren’t good on it’s own, but it is. Struggling comedian Kumail meets charming grad student Emily and they fall in love, but he’s holding her at arms length, because his mother is trying to arrange a marriage for him, and he’s knows his family won’t approve of a white girl. They break up when she realizes that they have no shot at a future.

What happens next is even more wrenching, when Emily falls terribly ill and is pushed into a medically induced coma, and Kumail is forced to bond with her parents, played sublimely by Holly Hunter and Ray Ramano.

Zoe Kazan is lovely as Emily, and manages to capture the real Emily’s vibe while not doing an outright impression which is cool. Kumail also does well, and I really love the stuff with his family.

Trailers

I missed them, because I sat down in the wrong theater and sat there for fifteen minutes…I know.

Rankings!

  1. Wonder Woman
  2. The Big Sick
  3. Spider-Man: Homecoming
  4. Guardians of The Galaxy: Volume 2
  5. King Arthur: Legend of The Sword
  6. Cars 3
  7. Pirates of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales