From ‘The AP Party’: The Crucial Moments From Each Season of ‘Game of Thrones as Season Six Awaits


In preparation for the sixth season of Game of Thrones, I broke down the key moments of each season for The AP Party.

Game of Thrones begins its sixth season this Sunday (April 24) and it will mark the first time that the show’s plotlines move past George R.R. Martin’s five novels. Showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss have added, removed, and rearranged scenes from the novels, but now we will see scenes based only on the details Martin has passed to the duo. As the series has grown in popularity, every “big” moment has been analyzed, inspiring countless comments and think-pieces.

I recently rewatched the entire series in anticipation of the new season which, unsurprisingly, adds a new perspective to the early seasons because Game of Thrones is extremely dense with backstory, characters changing their allegiances and the ensuing betrayals that follow. Those moments still hold their original weight, but hindsight gives them more defined context. Over the course of the daunting 50+ hour experience, I found there are a handful of such developments in every season. Below are those moments that defined each of the five seasons thus far.

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From ‘The AP Party’: Are the Golden Globes An Accurate Predictor for The Oscars?


After the 2016 Golden Globe Awards, I took a look at the history of winners for the ceremony and how they compared to their corresponding Academy Awards, I wrote a post for The AP Party about my findings. Link to the full article at the bottom.

This year’s Golden Globe Awards gave us plenty to think about when it comes to the upcoming Academy Awards.

Is this finally Leonardo DiCaprio’s year with The Revenant or does Matt Damon (The Martian), who also has never won an acting Oscar, have a chance to upset? Will the Academy also see fit to give Revenant director Alejandro González Iñárritu that rare second-straight Best Director/Best Picture sweep or will Tom McCarthy ride Spotlight‘s early front-runner status to the big prize?

What about the lead actress award that went to Jennifer Lawrence (Joy) in Musical/Comedy, while Brie Larson (Room) picked up the award in the Drama category? For the supporting awards, Kate Winslet (Steve Jobs) got a surprise win with Sylvester Stallone (Creed) earning the night’s biggest ovation.

We might be closer to some answers when the Oscars nominations are announced Thursday (Jan. 14) morning. But history gives a good indication that we can consider some of those awards already locked. Looking back at the past 15 Golden Globes and Oscars winners in the major categories — Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor and Actress, Best Supporting Actor and Actress — provide some interesting revelations for what the Golden Globes mean as an Oscars predictor. They’re particularly strong with the acting categories, but not so much for the others. Read More…

From ‘The AP Party’: George Lucas’ Unfortunate Comments Reflect Deeper Concern Over Who Actually Owns ‘Star Wars’


After George Lucas made his infamous comments about Disney in an interview with Charlie Rose, I wrote a post for The AP Party diving deeper into his comments, the interview and found a deeper concern behind Lucas’ comments.

During an interview with Charlie Rose which aired over the Christmas holiday, George Lucas likened the sale of Lucasfilm and the Star Wars franchise to Disney to selling his property to “white slavers.” You probably heard or read about that.

But while everyone seems to be focusing on what Lucas has since called an “inappropriate analogy,” the more interesting aspect of those remarks was the last part of the quote where Lucas says corporations like Disney “takes these things, and…” before stopping himself, likely before he said something he didn’t want to say. Read More…

From ‘MXDWN Movies’: Let’s Talk About…’Spotlight’


I recently participated in a discussion on the new movie ‘Spotlight’ for MXDWN Movies. You can read the full discussion at the link below.

James: Alright, so Spotlight is slowly starting to make its way around the country. The film already has amassed large critical acclaim and early awards heat. Just to get started, what are your initial thoughts on the movie?

Tyler: I loved the movie. As someone who studied journalism, I have a soft spot for “journalists change the world” movies. I was engaged the whole time. What did you think?

James: It really is a terrific movie. Impassioned and intelligent, Spotlight does a wonderful job of getting to the root of its central investigation- sex abuse in the Catholic Church- and pointedly examines why it took so long for it to come about in the first place. It’s a great journalism movie (akin to All the President’s Men and The Insider), but hopefully more accessible than that. It felt like it was paced like a terrific thriller. Read More…

From ‘The AP Party’: With Only One Foot in the Digital Distribution Door, Amazon Fails Where Netflix Succeeds


Last week, I examined Amazon’s non-committal nature when it comes to the culture surrounding digital distribution in a piece for The AP Party. Link to the full article below.

The digital revolution isn’t coming; it’s been here for a while. For many, the decision to watch a movie or TV show hinges on whether they can find it on streaming services like Netflix or Amazon Video. Now, each service is making sure that we can ONLY see shows and movies on their service by producing their own content.

Almost two weeks ago, Netflix released the Aziz Ansari dramedy Master of None, to both critical and audience acclaim. On Friday (Nov. 20), Amazon will release its most ambitious series to date, The Man in High Castle, based on the Philip K. Dick novel of the same name. Yet it’s unlikely Amazon’s show, predicated on the idea of “What if the Nazis and Japan won WWII?” will garner the same attention as Ansari’s collection of relatively small, short films. Read More…

From ‘The AP Party’: Grantland’s Podcasts Brought Diverse Perspective to Those Who Might Have Missed It


Last week, I took the time to reflect on the diversity of Grantland’s Podcasts in a piece for The AP Party. Link to the full article below.

Media consumption is now a niche-based activity. Whether it’s television, online or print, if we don’t like the way something is presented or the lens through which it’s packaged, we find a different website, change the channel or put away the newspaper.

Sometimes this is for our benefit. Why listen to film a critic with different tastes and waste $12 on a film that we know we won’t enjoy? Other times, this method of consumption is detrimental to our own understanding of any issue that might have real-world importance like U.S. relations with Russia or something relatively innocuous such as whether or not Don Draper actually told us “to buy the world a Coke.” Read More…

From ‘The AP Party’: Films Telling True Stories Must Alter History to Find Truth, and That’s OK



After seeing ‘Steve Jobs’ and reading backlash citing the film’s inaccuracies,  I wrote a piece for The AP Party in response to these claims seemingly hurting their performance at the box office. Link to the full article below.

“Find The Truth.” It’s a direction often used in acting classes to guide actors into discovering the basics motivations and traits of their characters. It’s also used for writers and directors to understand the true essence of a scene.

Work based on true stories have been with us for as long as anyone can remember. Yet recent works — particularly biopics — fall under tight scrutiny while similar, older films weren’t met with the same scrutiny. Many claim such inaccuracies ruin those respective works because particular events didn’t occur as depicted or just didn’t happen. Yet it’s unlikely that Shakespeare ripped all of his scenes for Julius Caesar straight from the headlines of March 15, 44 BC. Like Shakespeare, many filmmakers alter and elaborate for the sake of dramatic storytelling. But until recently, those creators haven’t received the same criticisms they get now. Read More…