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Game of Thrones – Arya and Sansa – Why love one but hate the other?

GOT Show spoiler warning. Relatively book-safe, minus some excluded scenes. I’ll start by saying that I love both Arya and Sansa as characters – both are refreshingly complex and multidimensional young women who are deeply explored and beautifully acted in this epic series. I believe very strongly in Ned’s words that his daughters are two…

Catching Fire Review – The film takes the best parts of the book and makes them better.

Spoiler Warning – contains heavy spoilers for Hunger Games (first book/ film), light spoilers for Catching Fire (second film). Every now and then a live action adaptation does it right – like, really right – and Catching Fire was an absolutely wonderful translation from book to film. All but the nit-pickiest of fans can expect…

Korra is a problematic title character, and it’s disappointing as hell

Spoiler warning level : 3/5. Some spoilers up to episode 22 / S02EP10. Before people break out the pitchforks, let me start by saying that, while not as good as The Last Airbender, I still enjoy Legend of Korra. I think it’s a fun show and I like a lot of aspects of the series,…

Thor 2 – The Dark World Review

I’m actually really glad to say that Thor 2 was an unexpectedly wonderful addition to the ever-expanding Marvel cinematic universe, which I have grown to adore in the past few years. Right before Avengers was released, I set out to watch all the MCU films that I had missed (and re-watch a few) and personally…

Why Blackface in Cosplay and Costume Appropriation Sucks

So I stumbled upon a post on Tumblr that garnered a lot of negative attention recently in regards to blackface in cosplay, and it (understandably) sparked quite the argument. Also, halloween is coming and so the controversial “we are a culture, not a costume” issue gets tossed about a lot as well. I wanted to…

HBO’s “Girls” Review – How one girl made her Mary Sue fic into an award-winning series.

HBO Girls Review Living the dream, one mistake at a time. And never actually facing the consequences of those mistakes, because entitlement. Oh, Girls. This is definitely one of those shows that you either love or hate – there’s little in-between and I feel as though the general public feels the same given the vasts…

Elysium 2013 Review – Not So Hidden Message

Elysium 2013 Review IzzieBytes Rating: 4/5, A- Characters: 4/5 Story: 4/5 Acting: 4/5 Effects: 5/5 Music: 4/5 The Summer of Sci-fi continues with Elysium, a dystopian adventure with a thinly veiled message about privilege, poverty, and the very controversial issues of universal health care and immigration. After District 9’s resounding success, writer / director Neill…

Pacific Rim Review – Decidedly Not Transformers

IzzieBytes Rating: 4/5, A- Characters: 3/5 Story: 4/5 Acting: 3.5/5 Effects: 5/5 Music: 4/5 Having kicked things off with Oblivion back in April, this summer’s blockbuster-hopefuls list has had a decidedly Sci-Fi flare, which admittedly has me spending far more on tickets than I have in several years. The downside, however, is that the genre…

Ready Player One Review – Too Much of a Good Thing

Ready Player One Review Izzie’s Rating: 3 / 5 Characters: 3 / 5 Story: 3 / 5 Pacing: 3/ 5 Ending: 2 / 5 Ready Player One was suggested to me by a fellow geek and literary fan after I mentioned my goal to read more in 2013. When she explained the premise, I was…

Is the Assassin’s Creed film already starting out on the wrong foot with white-washing?

It was brought to my attention recently that there’s an Assassin’s Creed movie in the works, which got me a little more excited than I expected. The honest truth is I’ve played maybe two hours of the entire series (which I promise I’m hoping to change very soon). But it’s always intrigued me a ton;…