Author Archives: Sam Flynn

About Sam Flynn

Wasting oxygen since 1992, Sam thanks the gods he doesn't believe in everyday his parents didn't discard him as an infant. It would have been the sensible thing to do.

‘Game of Thrones’: ‘Beyond the Wall’ is Beyond the Pale (Review)

Tormund is absolutely right: smart people would be nowhere near the events of “Beyond the Wall” the penultimate episode in Game of Thrones‘ abbreviated seventh season. It’s probably why George R.R. Martin won’t do such a thing, with the Wight … Continue reading

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‘Game of Thrones’: ‘Eastwatch’ Does The Work Of Three Episodes (Review)

“Eastwatch” felt like the second season premiere of this all-too-short penultimate season of Game of Thrones. There were so many moving pieces and ground covered to set up the final two episodes that the whiplash left me hazy on the … Continue reading

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‘Game of Thrones’: A Feast for Fans in Season 7 Midpoint Episode ‘The Spoils of War’ (Review)

“The Spoils of War” refers to the ongoing conflict in Westeros but also to what fans got in the shortest episode Game of Thrones has yet aired. But runtimes are deceptive and the episode feels plenty full, with two heavy-hitting … Continue reading

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‘Game of Thrones’: Speeding Through The Good Stuff In ‘The Queen’s Justice’ (Review)

In an earlier season, the build-up to the meeting of “ice and fire” as the red priestess Melisandre describes the meeting of Daenerys Targaryen, exiled Queen of the Seven Kingdoms, and Jon Snow, the bastard King in the North. But … Continue reading

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‘Game of Thrones’: Narrative Branches Are Chopped Off In ‘Stormborn’ (Review)

There were several more war councils and strategy meetings in”Stormborn,” the second episode of Game of Thrones‘ abbreviated and penultimate seventh season. But unlike the premiere, which acted as an extended prologue, there was a significant amount of forward momentum … Continue reading

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The Board Is Set and the Pieces Are Moving In ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 7 Premiere ‘Dragonstone’ (Review)

Box office is down at theaters this summer amidst tired franchise offerings. But on Sundays, at the same 9 p.m. hour, TV is proving how it has caught up to cinema. On one hand, there’s Twin Peaks, an auteur’s acid trip … Continue reading

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‘The Fate of the Furious’ Review: An Aging But Efficient Machine

The Fast and Furious films are much like the cars they’re about. The series is a machine that’s had parts interchanged and souped up over the years. The Fate of the Furious, the eighth installment in the most improbable saga in … Continue reading

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‘Kong: Skull Island’ Review: Glorious Monster Movie Fan Fiction

Kong: Skull Island is a movie for the child and inner geek inside us all. Rife with giant monster fights and classic movie references, this King Kong-by-way-of-Apocalypse-Now reboot has more on its mind than just spectacle but not quite the bandwidth … Continue reading

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‘Logan’ Review: A Superhero Movie With Soul

How many times are the third installments of trilogies the best? Going by the X-Men franchise at this point, which yielded X-Men: The Last Stand and X-Men: Apocalypse as abysmal trilogy cappers, never. But Wolverine, embodied by Hugh Jackman now … Continue reading

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‘Get Out’ Review: An Instant Horror Classic

From the mind of writer/director Jordan Peele, best known as part of the Key & Peele sketch comedy show that wrapped up its five season run on Comedy Central last year, comes Get Out, a horror movie sucks you in with … Continue reading

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