Spring is here in Minnesota and the snow is almost melted off. But still, “winter is coming” in the form of Game of Thrones. The popular HBO show returned to the small screen Sunday night with its long-awaited season three premiere, Valar Dohaeris.
A product born of the infamous ‘black list’ – the informal name given to what are allegedly the ten best screenplays currently sat idle – Swedish helmer Daniel Espinosa’s English language debut is a gritty, arresting tale of duplicitous double-dealing in the international espionage community.
While the rampant global popularity of the likes of the Harry Potter series and Twilight have heralded a seismic shift in the way fantasy fiction is received, few amongst us can honestly say hand-on-heart that they saw this one coming.
Setting itself against the backdrop of Britain's youth crime epidemic, with a venerable, aging icon (Sir Michael Caine) at it's center as a peaceable man with a violent past, Harry Brown has invited comparisons to Clint Eastwood's sleeper hit Gran Torino.
The popular new HBO series, Game of Thrones, based on the Song of Ice and Fire medieval fantasy series by George R. R. Martin, may have a long hiatus between the first and second seasons, but HBO is reminding fans that it's well worth the wait.
Skimming the synopsis of this film you might find yourself slightly tempted to scoff at the premise – I know I did: “Frank Perry is a lifer; in prison for the rest of his natural born days.