FIRST LOOK: New Photos STAR WARS EPISODE IX THE RISE OF SKYWALKER!

Hey Everyone, 

Paul here…

Star Wars is like a religion to me. Those films are a large part of why I love movies so much. However, even with Star Wars Episode IX coming out in December, all of my attention as a fan has been focused on Avengers: Endgame and Game of Thrones. Game of Thrones ended up being a bit of a mixed bag in it’s final season, but man oh man, did Endgame deliver. Avengers: Endgame was one of the most thrilling movie going experiences of my life. The movie surpassed expectations to deliver a masterpiece of blockbuster filmmaking. I’ve often said The MCU is this generation’s Star Wars, which makes Endgame the modern equivalent of The Empire Strikes Back. Like, The Empire Strikes Back, Endgame has already reached the status of modern classic. Anyway, back to Star Wars! With Game of Thrones and Avengers: Endgame out of the way, I can focus my fandom on Star Wars Episode IX The Rise of Skywalker! The final chapter in  The Skywalker Saga, 40 years in the making.

   The new issue Vanity Fair has given us the best look at the film so far. The June cover story is all about Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, with an excellent article by Lev Grossman that’s the most in depth look at the film yet and just a damn good read. You can read the full article the full article right here (I highly recommend that you do): https://www.vanityfair.com/hollywood/2019/05/star-wars-cover-story?verso=true

   The coolest part of the Vanity Fair issue is the amazing photos taken on the set by famed photographer Annie Leibovitz. Vanity Fair and Leibovitz have been covering the Star Wars movies for decades now. I still have the Vanity Fair issue that focused on The Force Awakens because of the incredible photographs she had taken. In my opinion, Annie Leibovitz one of the best photographers in the business and these fantastic photos for The Rise of Skywalker are a testament to how stunningly beautiful her photos can be. You can see them all below.

The Knights of Ren (FINALLY!!!)

Well, the countdown to Star Wars Episode IX has officially begun! Spider-Man: Far From Home is the last, “next BIG movie”, that I’m really looking forward to, but once I see that, I imagine my Star Wars mania will really start to heat up! As always, thanks for reading!

-Paul 

*Editors Note: All photos from Vanity Fair

PODCAST: Game of Thrones: The Series Finale! Episode Review! SPOILERS!

Hey Everyone,

Paul here…

SPOILERS AHEAD!!!! PROCEED WITH CAUTION!!!

Game of Thrones, A Song of Ice & Fire, one of the greatest shows of all time… has come to an end. On this episode of “The World’s Best Podcast” we give you our first reactions to the historic series finale, “The Iron Throne”! A fitting title for the final installment of the series.

  We recorded this episode almost immediately after watching “The Iron Throne”.  I’m sure, after watching the episode again, we’ll pick up on things we may have missed on our first viewing. Over time, our opinions of the series finale, the final season, or even the series as a whole, may change and evolve. However, on this episode of The World’s Best Podcast, you’re getting our gut reactions, right after watching the end of one of our favorite television series of all time. 

  Was the show able to deliver a satisfying final episode? What the fate of all our favorite characters? Who LIVED?! Who DIED?! Get our take on this CAN’T MISS episode! Listen here or subscribe on Spotify, Stitcher, and iTunes:

https://www.spreaker.com/episode/18019935

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-Paul

My Problem with The Daenerys Twist in GoT (And a couple other details this season)

If you’re not caught up on Game of Thrones, I’m going to be spoiling some stuff for you, so please leave now if you don’t want that.

This season has had some received some major flack from audiences for all sorts of issues, and obviously I don’t agree with everyone, but I wanted to talk about a couple that I don’t like. I guess, I’ll start with the big one, the title of this article kind of hints at.  Daenerys turning crazy/bad/however else we want to categorize her.  I didn’t dislike this until the moment in this week’s episode when the bells are ringing, and she looks over at the Red Keep, and decides to lay waste on the people of King’s Landing.

You see, while Daenerys has never shied away from being violent to achieve her goals, there was always some sense of morality to it, and she was never casual with innocents.  Up until this point, the fact that she’s burned the Iron Fleet, and the guard towers, and as much as she has destroyed, makes sense, and largely is the right thing to do, to avoid unnecessary death of innocents.

Then she stops, sitting atop the final remaining dragon, and looks down, the bells are ringing, and it is clear that she has won, and she snaps and proceeds to go further.  Now, if she’d done everything and  never stopped, never paused, and was just caught up in it, and therefore didn’t notice the bells, or the peace, or anything else and got carried away, this would be a more satisfying example of her going too far, and perhaps being the threat Varys died to stop (which I thought was played excellently).  Also if she had that moment of pause, and then flew over and destroyed the Red Keep, I could get that too.  But she pauses, looks around, sees she has won and unleashes fury on the innocent, which is out of character.  It’s not getting carried away, or going too far as many of her past behavior has shown, it was her snapping, and it is out of character for her.

I also think that if it had been more along the lines of her getting carried away and going too far, even way too far, this would allow the necessary characters to say “oh we need Jon Snow to sit on the Iron Throne” without the writers betraying the character of Daenerys to justify that final play that it seems is coming.

I mentioned Varys, and I think Varys is a prime example of how the characters should be thinking about Daenerys, his last words are “I hope I’m wrong about her,” (or something similar) but he honestly believes he is not.  That’s because she’s riding the edge of righteous and power-hungry, and he is forced to make a decision unsure if he’s correct, it makes his decisions more bold.  Now if Jon realizes she’s a mad-Queen, and rebels against her, it will not be a bold act, but rather the obvious one for someone who will always risk his life for what’s right.  It takes away the ‘risk of being wrong.’

Now, there were plenty of moments in addition to Varys’s death which I thought were well executed, I liked the final battle with the Hound and the Mountain, and I thought that Arya leaving because Cersai is dead regardless of what happens, worked really well.

But there were also moments in which it seemed like they tried to eat their cake and have it too.  Jaime could have gone with Brienne (I didn’t really want to see that, but once it happened I liked it) or he could go back to Cersai, but I think having him do both really cut through both.  That’s ultimately what I think the problem with this season is (it’s the worst of GoT, but it’s still pretty damn good otherwise): they want to both shit and get off the pot at the same time, and they spent years elaborately creating characters and beats, and now they’re trying to tie them all up far to quickly.

Written by Michael Cole

PODCAST: Game of Thrones: The Final Season Episodes 1 & 2 Review (SPOILERS)!

Hey Everyone,

Paul here…

Thanks for listening!

It’s finally here! The epic ending to “A Song Of Ice And Fire”! On this week’s episode of The World’s Best Podcast, Paul Sr. and I do a SPOILER filled, deep dive, breakdown of Episodes 1 & 2, “Winterfell” and “A Knight Of The Seven Kingdoms”! From Game of Thrones: The Final Season! Listen here or subscribe on iTunes, Spotify, and Stitcher: https://www.spreaker.com/episode/17715325

iTunes:

https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-worlds-best-podcast/id1246038441?i=1000436091195

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-Paul


PODCAST: SHAZAM! Review (Some SPOILERS)

Hey Everyone,

Paul here..

 On this week’s episode of The World’s Best Podcast, I review the new DC superhero movie SHAZAM! starring Zachary Levi.Shazam may not be well known, but at one time his comic book series was outselling Superman. DC may not be knocking it out of the park with their movies like Marvel, but they’re on the right track. With missteps like Suicide Squad and Justice League out of the way, DC has built up a solid roster of stand alone movies with Wonder Woman, Aquaman, and now Shazam. SPOILERS are discussed in this episode, but I cover the characters history and some other interesting topics before breaking down the movie.

Listen to the episode here or subscribe on Stitcher and iTunes:

https://www.spreaker.com/episode/17579597

iTunes:

https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-worlds-best-podcast/id1246038441?i=1000434505606

Stitcher:

Thanks for listening!

-Paul

PODCAST: New GAME OF THRONES Trailer & Much More!

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Paul here…

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  First of all I feel I have to apologize yet again for being a little late in putting out our latest podcast. It’s been a busy month, but we try to get episodes of The World’s Best Podcast on a more or less weekly schedule at a minimum, if not more. So I really appreciate your patience with our unorthodox podcast release schedule over the last few weeks and I want to reassure you that the release schedule will be getting back to normal. As a small consolation, this week will see the release of not one, but TWO pretty great episodes of the Podcast (today’s episode and our Captain Marvel SPOILER-Filled Deep Dive Review)! I am particularly excited about our upcoming Captain Marvel episode! Not only because I am very psyched to see the movie, but some of the concepts and elements that we will see in this film, have the potential to open up so many different interesting possibilities for the MCU! Much in the same way Guardians of The Galaxy and Doctor Strange did.

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   Anyway back to today’s episode! Most excitingly, HBO FINALLY dropped a full trailer for the EPIC final season of Game of Thrones premiering on April 14. I’ve posted the trailer below if you want to check it out (As if you haven’t already watched it a dozen times 😉). Needless to say, we were super excited to talk about it and we needed to do a breakdown of the trailer right away. I really dug it, the trailer was exciting and just substantive enough, without giving too much away. 

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    We also discuss the trailers for Dark Phoenix and Hellboy released earlier this week, we touch upon some predictions for Captain Marvel, and sadly we wrap things up on a somber note. With a tribute to the untimely passing this week of beloved actor, Luke Perry. Who was taken from us too soon, passing away at the age of 52. Despite the sad ending, as usual we had a lot of laughs recording this episode and we think you will too! So please enjoy! Listen here or subscribe on Stitcher and iTunes:

https://www.spreaker.com/episode/17237586

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Stitcher:

https://www.stitcher.com/s?eid=59244346&autoplay=

Game of Thrones: The Final Season Trailer:

 

Thanks for listening!

-Paul

New GAME OF THRONES Posters Released By HBO

Hey Everyone,

Paul here…

HBO released some very cool character posters today that feature about 20 different Game of Thrones characters sitting on The Iron Throne.  With all this promotional material coming out, hopefully we’ll  get a real trailer soon. I first found out about these over at EW.com. I put my favorite posters below, but if you want to see all 20 you can follow the Twitter link here: https://twitter.com/i/moments/1100531893244739585

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Thanks for reading!

Paul-

New HBO Promo Gives Us New Looks at Game of Thrones, WATCHMEN, His Dark Materials, DEADWOOD & More!

Hey Everyone,

Paul here…

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A new Rorschach? Or the same old Rorschach in a retelling of the same tale?

It can be maddening waiting for all of our most anticipated shows and movies to premiere, and 2019 has a lot of content coming out that’s worth waiting for. HBO dropped a new teaser today promoting it’s upcoming 2019 slate. They have a stacked fucking deck for the coming year!  It’s not much in terms of new content, but there are some juicy tidbits and we’ll take what we can get. This teaser gives us oh so brief glances at Game of Thrones: The Final Season, Watchmen (The Live Action Quasi-Sequel Series), His Dark Materials based on Phillip Pullman’s beloved series of novels, the long awaited Deadwood film, the documentary series The Case Against Adnan Syed, Big, Little, Lies Season 2, & more! Watch it here:

Like I said, far too brief, but certainly enough to get you excited! Plus, I found some cool promo images as well. This is just from HBO! We have awesome TV and films coming out in 2019 from Netflix, Amazon Prime, DC UNIVERSE Streaming, Marvel, Disney, Star Wars, & more! Completely contrary to what that dipshit Bill Maher has to say, Goddammit it’s a great time to be a fan!

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Jeremy Irons as Adrian Veidt AKA Ozymandias 

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As always thanks for reading!

-Paul

FIRST LOOK: Game of Thrones: Season 8!

Hey Everyone,

Paul here…

HBO is notoriously secretive  when it comes to their hit series fantasy Game of Thrones.  They want the audience to know as little as possible coming into each new season. Especially going into the final season.

So far they’ve done a pretty damn good job. The show has always maintained a high level of secrecy to keep the audience surprised. A few years ago, the first 4 episodes of Season 5 leaked online about a month before the Season 5 premiere (I’m certainly DID NOT, find those early episodes online, hook my laptop up to my TV, and watch all 4 episodes alone on a Saturday night, because downloading content like that is WRONG). That incident increased the levels of secrecy and security HBO imposed even more. With April 14 premiere date of the final season fast approaching, we’ve been given very little promotional material showing us anything from the upcoming season. There have been two teasers  which I posted right below, but neither have shown any real content from Season 8. After the teasers, scroll down to all the cool pics HBO released to promote Season 8:

However today HBO dropped a bunch of new pictures from the new season. They mostly look like they are taking place at Winterfell. If I had to guess, the pictures all look like they’re probably from the first 2 episodes of the season. Based on the sets and the way that people are dressing, it seems to be that Jon has made his triumphant return to Winterfell with his new aunt/lover/queen in tow. Let’s dig in…

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Goddammit, these two are sexy!

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Last we saw the Lord Tyrion, he seemed concerned about these two young lovers. One would think a marriage between these two Houses will only make them stronger. But is Tyrion afraid that Daenerys inherited some of her father‘s jealousy and insanity after all?  Who knows?

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Now, this is a guy who threw a young boy out of 10 story window to hide the fact that he was fucking his own sister, but despite all of that… I’m really rooting for Jamie in the season. In a perfect world, he gets Tyrion to convince Jon and Daenerys to pardon him and he joins the fight for Westeros. Maybe he’ll even end up with Brienne of Tarth, but I think Tormund would have a thing or two to say about that.

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Speaking Of Brienne, as much as I like this character,  I’ve got a strong feeling she’s not gonna make it out of this season alive, unfortunately …

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…Neither will Varys, I’m afraid.  After all, The Red Woman did say it was his destiny to die in this strange country, but she could’ve just been fucking with him. I mean we all going to die somewhere. Maybe he is destined to die in Westrose, but not for a few more decades? Or he’s fucked.

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I’ve got a good feeling that The Onion Night is going to make it out of this one alive.

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Ah, Sam. Sweet wonderful Sam.  In a perfect world, things play out like this: Sam becomes an unconventional Maester  (like Q’byrn) or (eventually, years from now), Hand Of The King, to King Jon and Queen Daenerys. All the while, going home each night to fuck his illegitimate wife Gilly and raise his beloved, if non-biological son, Little Sam.

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As long as we don’t have some fucked up situation where Daenerys kills Jon out of jealousy because of his claim to the Throne or something crazy. If that doesn’t happen, I think it’s very likely that Sansa will become Warden of The North.

 

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Oh, Arya. Jesus, I don’t know about this one.  Arya’s defined her life by revenge.  When death is all you know, how can you expect to live life? My money is she ain’t making it out of this story.

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I’m not really sure how things are going to play out with Bran. It seems like his entire existence has been to ensure humanity survives this upcoming war. So I don’t know where that leaves him when the battle is over.

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Your own decisions have led you to be so alone, Cersie.

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I think either Jaimie or Tyrion will kill her, but my money’s on Jaimie.  Or they could throw us a curveball, who knows?

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One last look at our heroes …

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Godddammit, Jon Snow is a Grade A prime cut of Beefcake!

Anyway, thanks for reading!

Paul

PODCAST: Most Anticipated Movies & TV Of 2019!

Hey Everyone,

Paul here…

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In this follow up to last week’s episode, The Best & Worst Of 2018, this podcast is all about what’s to come in 2019! This episode as well as the end of the year retrospective are  always fun to record. So Paul Sr. and I discuss our most anticipated movies, TV series, and comics in 2019. We talk about Glass, the long awaited sequel to Unbreakable, the final EPIC season of Game of Thrones, Avengers: Endgame, the new Hellboy movie, and much, much more! 

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Below the links for the podcast, I’ve included a list of my personal most anticipated movies and TV shows coming out in 2019 and when they’re scheduled for release.

DON’T MISS this killer episode! Listen here or subscribe on iTunes and Stitcher:

https://www.spreaker.com/episode/16707850

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https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-worlds-best-podcast/id1246038441?mt=2&i=1000427632148

Stitcher:

https://www.stitcher.com/s?eid=58177684&autoplay=1

Movies

Glass – 1/18

Captain Marvel  – 4/8

Us – 3/15

SHAZAM – 4/5

Hellboy – 4/12

Avengers: Endgame – 4/26

John Wick: Chapter 3 – 5/17

Godzilla King of monsters -5/31

Brightburn -5/24

Spider-Man Far From Home (July 5)

Once Upon A Time In Hollywood (Dir. Quentin Tarantino) 7/26

Hobbs and Shaw – 8/2

Artemis Fowl –  8/9

IT: Chapter 2 – 9/6

Joker – 10/4

Kingsman 3 – 11/8

Star Wars Episode IX (Dir. J.J. Abrams) – 12/20

TV

Crisis On Infinite Earths (The CW Superhero Crossover) Fall 2019

Game of Thrones: The Final Season (HBO) – 4/14

American Gods (Starz) – 3/10

Young Justice: Outsiders (DC UNIVERSE) NOW STREAMING

Supernatural Episode 300 John Winchester RETURNS – 2/7

 

2019 here we come! Thanks for reading and listening!

-Paul