Game of Thrones S5E1 Recap: The Wars to Come

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Longtime readers know I’m a bit obsessed with HBO’s Game of Thrones, to the point where I’ve provided a recap for the Season 5 premiere in both article and podcast form.

If you love the Now Conspiring podcast, then you can listen to me and Adonis chatting about the episode and several theories we have for what’s to come with the wars to come. The podcast is streaming below.

But if you just want to read words and take names, I’ve provided a full recap on my Moviepilot column, which you can check out here.

Or you can do both, if you’re as big a fan of this show as I am (or you just have a long commute). Enjoy!

Join the discussion! What did you think of this episode, and do you have any theories?

PLEASE, NO BOOK OR LEAKED EPISODE SPOILERS IN THE COMMENTS!

Daredevil Review, Movies That Actually Deserve Remakes

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Get ready for an action-packed episode of Now Conspiring. Maria, Adonis and I chat in length about the new Marvel/Netflix series, Daredevil, along with early impressions for Avengers: Age of Ultron (don’t worry, no spoilers). We covered a ton of info this week to keep you up to date with all things movie/television.

Late in the show, we had a fun thought experiment: which movies deserve to have remakes? If you don’t agree with our pick, be sure to sound your opinions in the comments!

Enjoy the show, and please rate and subscribe to the podcast on iTunes if you like us!

Question of the Week: Which movie or movie franchise do you think most deserves a remake/reboot?

Song of the Week: We actually featured an album this week. Mat Kearney’s “Just Kids” came out, and the featured song we start the show with is “One Heart.”

Other music you heard in this episode:

“The Avengers” — Alan Silvestri

“Heartbreak Dreamer” — Mat Kearney

“Teen Titans Theme” — Puffy Ami Yumi & Puffy AmiYumi

“Billion” — Mat Kearney

“Moving On” — Mat Kearney

“The Conversation” — Mat Kearney

“Los Angeles” — Mat Kearney

Early Reviews For ‘Daredevil’ Are In, And They’re Great

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From The Verge:

Daredevil is the best (and bloodiest) show Marvel has made yet.

With so many new superhero shows on television, Daredevil successfully raises the bar. As Marvel’s crop of TV projects have evolved from decent (Agents of SHIELD) to excellent (Agent Carter), Daredevil pushes the envelope by going down dark paths the Marvel Cinematic Universe hasn’t gone down before.

This review confirms that Daredevil takes place in a New York City torn apart (metaphorically) by the damage we saw in The Avengers, three years ago. I wasn’t expecting such a direct tie-in, but man if I can’t wait any longer to check this show out. 

The premise is what hooks me the most. A world where the Avengers have failed New York, and your only hero is a blind vigilante. Just perfect.

Deadline also reviewed the show, saying “Marvel’s Daredevil is the TV offering from the superhero giant that we’ve been waiting for.” The Washington Post aptly named it a “creative bullseye” for Marvel.

If you have a Netflix account, you can start streaming the series in its entirety on Friday.

My Day At Pixar (And Early Thoughts on ‘Inside Out’)

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Last week, I had the opportunity to visit Pixar for two days and watch the first 56 minutes of Inside Out. It’s been a lot to process, but I’ve condensed the experience into a post you can read here:

Behind-the-Scenes First Look at Inside Out, INSIDE Pixar Headquarters!

It was a great experience, and I had the chance to chat with Pete Docter, Jonas Rivera, Tony Fucile, and many others. I also saw a screening for the new short, LAVA, which will be paired with Inside Out.

My early thoughts on the movie is that it is a huge step forward for Pixar in terms of narrative. Docter and Rivera have crafted something really special with Inside Out, and I have little doubt it’s going to be a huge success for the studio. The world they’ve created for this movie is more rich, detailed, and inventive than anything the studio has put out so far. I felt like I was stepping into a world built by George R.R. Martin, the author of A Game of Thrones. 

It’s funny. It’s emotional. And it’s fun. I can’t wait to see the whole thing. Once the movie comes out, and you all have a chance to see it, we can talk about how it fits into the Pixar Theory and all of that. But for now, I just want to bask in the fact that Pixar is coming out with another winner.

Furious 7, Pop Culture State of the Union

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Hey listeners, we have a podcast episode this week unlike any we’ve ever done before. It’s a little longer, but that’s because in addition to our chat about Furious 7 and the Fast/Furious franchise in general, we had a bit of a Pop Culture State of the Union.

What’s that? Oh, well really it’s us just catching up on everything that’s been piling up in the news surrounding new shows and movies coming out soon, along with updates on shows and movies we never saw coming. Enjoy!

Thanks for listening, and don’t forget to rate and subscribe Now Conspiring on iTunes! 

Question of the Week: What’s your favorite The Fast and the Furious movie?

Song of the Week: “Mile High” by Brooklynn

Other music you heard during this episode:

“Take Me Home, Country Roads” — John Denver

“When It’s Over” — Wild Belle

“I’ll Be There For You” — The Rembrandts

“Hey Beautiful (Barney Version)” — Neil Patrick Harris

“The Office Theme” — Michael Scott Fan Club

“The Adventures of Rain Dance Maggie” — Red Hot Chili Peppers

“Nine in the Afternoon” — Panic! At the Disco

 

Mini Review: ‘Furious 7′

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Furious 7 builds on the formula that made Fast 5 such a surprise success. It’s a fantasy action movie that happens to have cars in it, and if you’re invested in these characters already, Furious 7 finishes their story in a satisfying way.

In fact, I’d even say in terms of tone and spirit, it’s pretty much the best movie they could have made for their “one last ride.”

Everything you might hate about these movies — such as the glaring plot holes, egregious butt shots, and fifth-grade dialogue — is still there, but the slick action scenes and escalating plot points are just as prominent. I can’t say I was properly immersed in Furious 7 (I still think Fast 5 is the best of the franchise), but it held my attention admirably, considering it runs over 2 hours.

The film also pays genuine tribute to the late Paul Walker, who died tragically before they finished shooting. It was uncharacteristically emotional for these movies, but in the best way possible.

One question though: Why are all the tough guys in these movies bald?

Anyone Else Getting Sick of Deadpool?

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I forget where I read it first (it was probably a Tweet), but yes, Deadpool (Fox’s apology movie for the popular anti-hero being butchered in X-Men Origins: Wolverine) will be rated “R.”

I’m glad, but the way this news was delivered via a crass video and the subsequent Ryan Reynolds Tweet just all seem a bit…much to me. I’m not complaining because Fox is literally giving the fans everything they want. And I really want to sit down and watch a good movie about Deadpool (especially with the Zombieland writers behind it).

I just sort of wish I wasn’t getting sick of it so early. As much as I love the comics, Deadpool is a character I can only handle in small doses. Yes, he’s funny and unpredictable, but that inane wackiness gets old after a while. For the same reason Zombieland doesn’t provide a complete escape from truth and believability (though it goes pretty far), I don’t want to be immersed out of Deadpool because it’s so scared of disappointing fans.

But that’s just me.