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Author Archives: Jim Knipp

31 Days of Horror: Deadly Dollies

I hate dolls. I hate the way they seem to multiply, especially if you’ve raised daughters. You start with a few, and next thing you know you have a few dozen.  I hate the way they stare at you with those soulless eyes and knowing grins.  I hate the way they hover above your bed and taunt you with their ghostly little voices.

…this happens to you too, right?

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Game of Thrones S07 E07: The Dragon and the Wolf

Can Game of Thrones‘ final episode allow us forgive and forget a season with supersonic Dragons ex Machina, wormhole-riding navies, and characters acting completely out of character?  Could it bring the shortened, crazy season to an end with the things that have made this the greatest show on Earth: Excellent pacing, tense storylines, and characters you love to hate and hate to love?  Could it end on a note that makes us howl with frustration because we know we’ve got ten long months before we get a new episode?  Find out all this and more, after the break.

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Game of Thrones S07 E06: Beyond the Wall

Sibling rivalry goes in some dark directions, the worst laid plans in Game of Thrones history goes about as well as the best laid plans on Game of Thrones, and once again the happy shouts of a million fan theorists echo across the land.  So much to talk about after the break.  Yes, there are spoilers.

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Game of Thrones S07 E05: ‘Eastwatch’

The Lannisters and Targaryens deal with the aftermath of Daenerys’ surprise attack, we get a number of wacky plans so crazy they just might work, and I discover how hard it is to watch Game of Thrones while you’re on vacation and your internet connection sucks.  Find out if I made it through the episode without throwing the television out a window, right after the break. Spoilers ahead.

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Game of Thrones S07 E04: ‘The Spoils of War’

Wow.  Just… wow.  Over these last seven point four three seasons, Game of Thrones has left me in many states:  Sad, exultant, angry, completely bereft of hope that the concept of “good” was anything but an illusion manufactured by our ape brains to cope with the sheer cruelty and meaningless of life

…yeah, that was a dark time, wasn’t it…

…but never have I ever left an episode feeling so completely shaken, and unsure about where exactly my loyalties lie.  Please meet me on the analysts couch after the break (spoilers abound).

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Game of Thrones S07 E03: ‘The Queen’s Justice’

A whole lot to talk about as Fire and Ice finally meet, the Lannisters let loose in several different ways, and we continue to collect missing Starks in a densely packed episode that revealed a ton of things, even as it muddied several paths our heroes need to follow.  Let’s talk about them all after the break (and yes… lots and lots of spoilers).

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Game of Thrones S07 E02: Stormborn

Game of Thrones treated us to a dark and stormy episode two, as our heroes face internal whirlwinds, uneasy allies succumb to a tempest of emotion, and the fog of war once again envelops Westeros.  Lots to talk about this week after the break. Spoilers abound!

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Game of Thrones S07 E01: Dragonstone

Arya’s revenge spree kicks into high gear, the first cracks appear in an old alliance just as a dangerous new one is forged, and Sam makes a lot of new discoveries, not all of them to his liking.  Game of Thrones‘ seventh season kicks off with its foot squarely on the gas and doesn’t let up the entire episode.  Find out what what flying in this whirlwind of action right after the break. (and yes, the spoiler warning is in full effect)

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Game of Thrones Season Seven: What Will Winter Bring?

The calendar is slowly moving towards July 16th and the beginning of this abridged, penultimate season of the greatest show on earth is right around the corner.  The show has long outpaced the books, which means no one but the show runners have any idea what’s coming next.  Well… the show runners and – thanks to my off-season training as a greenseer – yours truly.  So join me after the break as I connect to Weirwood WiFi and share my predictions for Season Seven of Game of Thrones!  (And yes, if you’re not caught up through season 6, there are tons of spoilers).

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By the Book: Arrival

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Arrival …um …arrived in US theaters over the weekend. Based on Ted Chiang’s Nebula and Sturgeon award winning novella, The Story of Your Life, the movie opened to mostly good reviews  and a modest third place domestic box office take. How did the movie hold up to its source material? Let’s chat after the break (and yes, lots of spoilers!)

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