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  • Title: Game of Thrones – The Complete First Season
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Game of Thrones - The Complete First Season DVD reviewGoing back and watching a show for the first time well after it’s become popular is always going to give the view a different perspective than those who watched from the beginning. Game of Thrones has become of phenomenon over it’s six seasons (and counting), but examining the beginning of its run it’s hard not to feel somewhat mixed about the results (especially compared to the undying fervor of its fans).

Over ten-episodes we are told repeatedly that Winter is coming. As foreshadowing goes it’s not exactly subtle. By the end of the season Sean Bean has performed his perfunctory role (which fans of his know all too well), we finally get some dragons (pathetic that they might be), and things are just starting to get interesting. Winter, however, still feels far off. If Winter is coming, it’s taking the long road. The lack of a central protagonist also makes it hard at times to invest in events our their outcomes. Who should I be rooting for? The Starks? Jon Snow? The Targaryens? It seems only the Lannisters are hard-set as villains, although at least one of their member breaks that mold.

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Kill la Kill – Junketsu

by Alan Rapp on July 14, 2017

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  • Title: Kill la Kill – Junketsu
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The third episode of Kill la Kill raises the stakes and sets the stage for the episodes to follow as Satsuki Kiryūin (Ryôka Yuzuki) dons her own Kamui (named Junketsu, giving the episode its title) which will force Ryūko Matoi (Ami Koshimizu) to make a deeper connection to Senketsu in order to unlock her Kamui’s full potential. The fight between the pair dazzles the audience but ends in a stalemate and a challenge. If Ryūko wants a rematch, and answers to her questions, she will have to go through Satsuki’s underlings in the Honnōji Academy and earn that chance (thus setting up the countess battles to come).

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Double Impact

by Alan Rapp on June 22, 2017

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  • Title: Double Impact
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Double Impact Blu-ray reviewOur Throwback Thursday post takes us back to the action of the early 90s. Double Impact is ridiculous, even for a Jean-Claude Van Damme movie. Playing twins (not the last time he would attempt this) separated for 25 years and brought back together to avenge their parents’ murder, Van Damme stars as both Kung Fu expert and Yoga instructor Chad and seedy criminal type Alex whose girlfriend (Alonna Shaw just happens to hold the keys to get their high-kicking form of justice). Along with the action and ridiculous dialogue the script also makes the most out of Chad being mistaken for Alex on multiple occasions (including by his girlfriend).

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  • Title: Kill la Kill – So Sexy She Might Pass Out
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Kill la Kill - So Sexy She Might Pass Out review

The second episode of Kill la Kill begins to supply some answers, although not one to the burning question which drives Ryūko Matoi (Ami Koshimizu). Here we learn that her sexy new uniform is a Kamui which was created by her father and, despite its obvious powers, it does have some limitations. Ryūko is forced to disengage from combat twice in this episode, once at the beginning and once after her defeat of the Tennis Club Captain Omiko Hakodate (Chiaki Takahashi), and neither time is able to press her advantage to demand answers from Student Council President Satsuki Kiryūin (Ryôka Yuzuki) and demand the identity of her father’s killer.

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  • Title: Kill la Kill – If Only I Had Thorns Like a Thistle…
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Kill la Kill - If Only I Had Thorns Like a Thistle... review

The first episode of Kill la Kill introduces us to the rigid structure of the Honnōji Academy whose student council and their supporters are clad in super-powered Goku Uniforms which are the envy of the rest of the student body. The arrival of a new transfer student, a talented fighter with half a scissor-blade sword, will show the students that there is a match for even the mighty power of the the school uniforms.

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