Ever since I started watching Brooklyn Nine-Nine, I’ve been a massive fan of Andy Samberg. Of course, I had heard of his exploits on Saturday Night Live and as one of the members of The Lonely Island before, but it was after I saw him as Jake Peralta that I began to take notice of his incredible charm and talent for comedy. It was only natural, therefore, that I immediately plop myself down first thing in the morning when I heard that a new movie starring him titled Palm Springs, had been released on Hulu. I went into the movie completely blind and not knowing what to expect, and what I found was pleasantly surprising. Palm Springs is a light-hearted romantic comedy that can get surprisingly poignant at times, yet never loses itself in its more serious moments.
The first video game system I ever bought was the Nintendo GameCube when I was around 5 or 6, and when I bought it, the only games I had were The Legend of Zelda: Collector’s Edition and Super Monkey Ball. I played the latter and enjoyed it, and didn’t play Zelda much because it was too complicated for my kiddy brain to handle. And so, the search began for a new game I could play, and being a fan of SpongeBob SquarePants, I immediately looked to see if there was a game for the GameCube that starred the yellow sponge. Sure enough, I got my hands on SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle for Bikini Bottom, and everything changed.
In 10th grade, our teacher emailed us a video. She told us that we were to watch it once at home, and the following day at school, she would show it to us again before asking us a series of questions based on it. I was curious as to what exactly I would be watching: perhaps it was a re-enactment of a scene from As You Like It (the play we were studying at the time), or a scene from an iconic movie. However, to my surprise, it was a clip from an old episode of Oprah, where a man named Randy Pausch reprised a lecture he had given earlier at Carnegie Mellon University dubbed 'The Last Lecture'.
The devil grows inside the hearts of the selfish and wicked
White, brown, yellow and black - colour is not restricted
You have a self destructive destiny when your inflicted
And you'll be one of Gods children and fell from the top
- Dance with the Devil by Immortal Technique
Around one year ago, the blockbuster TV show Game of Thrones concluded its eighth and final season, and after all the anticipation the show built up…it was a bit of a disappointment. In this two-part retrospective, I wanted to tackle some of the things I felt were severely mishandled in this season. In the first part, I covered the buildup to the eighth season as well as the first three episodes. This part will deal with the final three episodes, as well as a deep dive into one of the most frustrating choices I’ve ever seen in any television show. Let’s get started, shall we?
(SPOILERS FOR ALL 8 SEASONS OF GAME OF THRONES)
The day was April 17th, 2011. At approximately 9 PM on HBO, people were greeted with a brand new TV show. It opened on three men on horseback riding past an open gate into a dark tunnel, only to emerge into a wintery wasteland. They encountered mysterious creatures, which proved to be their demise, and only one of the men survived. He fled from the scene, terrified, but eventually suffered the same fate as his comrades as he was executed for deserting his post. The man who sentenced him to death was also his executioner, and he told his son, "The man who passes the sentence should swing the sword", after the deed was done.