Movie Review: THE 33

THE 33 | © 2015 Warner Bros.

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Antonio Banderas, Rodrigo Santoro, Juliette Binoche, Lou Diamond Phillips, Bob Gunton, Gabriel Byrne, James Brolin Writers: Mikko Alanne and Craig Borten and Michael Thomas, based on the screen story by Jose Rivera and the book DEEP DOWN DARK by Hector Tobar Director: Patricia Riggen Distributor: Warner Bros. Release Date (theatrical): November 13, 2015 This whole review may or may not need a spoiler alert, depending on what draws people to the theatre in the first place. THE 33 dramatizes an incident that received worldwide coverage for months in 2010. It is one of those stories that, if […]Read On »

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TV Review: VIKINGS – Season One – “All Change” – Season Finale

Rollo (Clive Standen) in VIKINGS "All Change" | (c) 2013 History/Jonathan Hession

Cast: Travis Fimmel, Clive Standen, Katheryn Winnick, Gabriel Byrne, Gustaf Skarsgard, Jessalyn Gilsig, George Blagden Writer: Michael Hirst Director: Ken Girotti Network: Airs on History, Sundays at 10 p.m. Original Telecast: April 28, 2013 The season finale of VIKINGS was not your typical one, but for a show that has been anything but typical from the start that really shouldn’t surprise anyone. “All Change” was not a knockdown, drag out battle between warring factions of Scandinavia but was more of a stage setting for what was to come – which will surely be a knockdown, drag out battle between warring […]Read On »

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TV Review: VIKINGS – Season One – “Burial of the Dead”

Ragnar (Travis Fimmel) takes over as Earl in VIKINGS "Burial of the Dead" | (c) 2013 History/Jonathan Hession

Cast: Travis Fimmel, Clive Standen, Katheryn Winnick, Gabriel Byrne, Gustaf Skarsgard, Jessalyn Gilsig, George Blagden Writer: Michael Hirst Director: Ciaran Donnelly Network: Airs on History, Sundays at 10 p.m. Original Telecast: April 7, 2013 “Burial of the Dead” was the episode that has been building since the very first episode of the season on VIKINGS. It was the final confrontation between Ragnar Lothbrok (Travis Fimmel) and the leader of their Nordic tribe Earl Haraldson (Gabriel Byrne) and the culmination of nearly everything we have seen on the show up until this point. Given the brutality of “Raid” from last week […]Read On »

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TV Review: VIKINGS – Season One – “Raid”

The Earl (Gabriel Byrne) in VIKINGS "Raid" | (c) 2013 History/Jonathan Hession

Cast: Travis Fimmel, Clive Standen, Katheryn Winnick, Gabriel Byrne, Gustaf Skarsgard, Jessalyn Gilsig, George Blagden Writer: Michael Hirst Director: Ciaran Donnelly Network: Airs on History, Sundays at 10 p.m. Original Telecast: March 31, 2013 This was an exceptionally brutal episode of VIKINGS. And when I say that it is actually saying something considering every episode of this show on History has been very brutal. But “Raid” was by all means the fall of the Lothbroks at the hands of the ruthless Earl Haraldson (Gabriel Byrne). Haraldson has pretty much been dead set on eliminating made a move to eliminate Ragnar […]Read On »

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TV Review: VIKINGS – Season 1 – “Trial”

Ragnar (Travis Fimmel) awaits judgement in VIKINGS "Trial" | (c) 2013 Jonathan Hession/History

Cast: Travis Fimmel, Clive Standen, Katheryn Winnick, Gabriel Byrne, Gustaf Skarsgard, Jessalyn Gilsig, George Blagden Writer: Michael Hirst Director: Ciaran Donnelly Network: Airs on History, Sundays at 10 p.m. Original Telecast: March 24, 2013 Building on the theme that was established in the first raid out west in VIKINGS, “Trial” showed that these bearded band of bad asses are definitely not good people. Picking up after the previous episodes were Ragnar Lothbrok (Travis Fimmel) and his Viking sailors made land once again on England and dispatched the local sheriff and soldiers. They pressed on to the neighboring village and Ragnar, […]Read On »

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TV Review: VIKINGS – Season 1 – “Dispossessed”

Priest Athelstan (George Blagden) visits Ragnar's home in VIKINGS "Dispossessed" | (c) Jonathan Hession/History

Cast: Travis Fimmel, Clive Standen, Katheryn Winnick, Gabriel Byrne, Gustaf Skarsgard, Jessalyn Gilsig, George Blagden Writer: Michael Hirst Director: Johan Renick Network: Airs on History, Sundays at 10 p.m. Original Telecast: March 17, 2013 Hey it isn’t so bad to be a slave among the VIKINGS. Not only are you treated fairly well in terms of getting a house over your head and a warm cot, but as was shown in “Dispossessed” you get the opportunity to share the wife of the man who owns you. And when you are talking about the lovely Lagertha (Katheryn Winnick) that’s a pretty […]Read On »

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TV Review: VIKINGS – SEASON 1 – “Wrath of the Northmen”

Ragnar (Travis Fimmel) and his raiders prep for battle in VIKINGS "Wrath of the Northment" | (c) 2013 Jonathan Hession/History

Cast: Travis Fimmel, Clive Standen, Katheryn Winnick, Gabriel Byrne, Gustaf Skarsgard, Jessalyn Gilsig Writer: Michael Hirst Director: Johan Renick Network: Airs on History, Sundays at 10 p.m. Original Telecast: March 10, 2013 The theme of this week’s VIKINGS’ episode “Wrath of the Northmen” really should have been called “Wrath of the Northwomen” because you do not want to f*** with these Nord chicks. From the Earl’s wife Siggy (Jessalyn Gilsig) beating the crap out of an unworthy snitch that hoped to get a little more out of the Earl than just gratitude (he ends up getting shanked near a pile […]Read On »

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TV Review: VIKINGS – SEASON 1 – “Rites of Passage” – Series Premiere

VIKINGS S1 Rites of Passage1

Cast: Travis Fimmel, Clive Standen, Katheryn Winnick, Gabriel Byrne, Gustaf Skarsgard, Jessalyn Gilsig Writer: Michael Hirst Director: Johan Renick Network: Airs on History, Sundays at 10 p.m. Original Telecast: March 3, 2013 History (don’t call it the History Channel) has been slowly moving to become the next great cable channel to popularize itself with original programming following in the successful footsteps of FX, AMC, TNT and others – obviously which began with pay-TV network HBO. Proving that just having movies and documentaries are just not enough these days and the more successful original programming is what is drawing viewer interest. […]Read On »

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