20th Oct2017

Westeros comes to mobile with ‘Game of Thrones: Conquest’

by Phil Wheat

Warner Bros. and HBO have announced the worldwide launch of Game of Thrones: Conquest on the App Store for iPhone and iPad and on Google Play for Android devices. Developed by Turbine and based on the award-winning HBO series, Game of Thrones: Conquest allows players to become a lord or lady in Westeros and define […]

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24th Aug2017

Culture Dump #5: Are the Days of Drip-Fed TV Show Releases Over?

by Simon Bland

HBO aren’t having a great week. For starters, they’ve recently fallen victim to a massive hack. In something that’s becoming an increasingly regular occurrence, a group of unidentified cyber-bandits targeted the studio and made away with a whopping 1.5TB (i.e loads, to all non-techies) of data. Their haul was a good one too, including scripts […]

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22nd Aug2017

‘Game of Thrones 7×06: Beyond The Wall’ Review

by Steven Riley

SPOILERS: This review contains key plot points from episode six of season seven, Beyond The Wall. If you haven’t yet seen the episode then watch it before you read this recap. With this being the penultimate episode of the most explosive, fast-paced and set-piece packed season yet, things were sure to go down with a […]

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24th Apr2017

HBO’s ‘Silicon Valley’ gets a soundtrack of Mass Appeal

by Phil Wheat

In celebration of tonight’s highly-anticipated season 4 premiere of the hit HBO series Silicon Valley, HBO has partnered with Mass Appeal Records to release Silicon Valley: The Soundtrack. Curated by Silicon Valley executive producers Mike Judge & Alec Berg, music supervisors Jason Alexander & Rudy Chung, and Mass Appeal Records, Silicon Valley: The Soundtrack features […]

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11th Jan2017

Nerd Buy: ‘Silicon Valley’ Funko Pop! Vinyl Figures

by Phil Wheat

Your favourite characters from the hit HBO dramas Game of Thrones and True Blood have already been immortalised as Pop! Vinyl figures – and now it’s time for the dedicated staff at Pied Piper to have their moment in the spotlight. Yes, you read that right, Silicon Valley Funko Pops are coming… and I want […]

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23rd Sep2016

‘Game of Thrones 6×10: The Winds of Winter’ Review

by Gretchen Felker-Martin

“Promise me, Ned.” Olenna Tyrell sits all in black in the water gardens of Dorne, surrounded by beautiful women bent on revenge. “Cersei stole the future from me,” she tells Ellaria. Her enemy’s crime is so vast, so terrible that it cannot be described as the destruction of places or people. Instead it is the transformation, […]

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22nd Sep2016

‘Game of Thrones 6×09: Battle of the Bastards’ Review

by Gretchen Felker-Martin

“I lived with him.” Violence is a form of intimacy. To cut into another person’s body, to reveal the secret machinery of their existence, is an incredible violation, yes, but it’s also about the closest, physically, two people can be. The dead of the Battle of Winterfell form a hill together, a single massive edifice […]

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21st Sep2016

‘Game of Thrones 6×08: No One’ Review

by Gretchen Felker-Martin

“He died fighting.” The Blackfish dies offscreen in a lonely stairwell, his last words a wry observation that he hasn’t been in a proper sword fight in years and that he’ll most likely embarrass himself. The Waif dies in the dark under Braavos, skewered by the girl she tormented and beat, her face given to […]

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27th Nov2015

‘Amy Schumer: Live at the Apollo’ Review

by Phil Wheat

Following a stellar year, including an Emmy win for her sketch series Inside Amy Schumer and a box office smash, Trainwreck, Amy Schumer: Live at the Apollo features Schumer in her first HBO stand-up special directed non-other than by award-winning comedian/writer/actor/director Chris Rock. Taped before a live audience at New York’s iconic Apollo Theater, Amy […]

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03rd Aug2015

‘True Detective 2×07: Black Maps and Motel Rooms’ Review

by Gretchen Felker-Martin

“When I ran out of the woods.” It starts with Ray, at a loss as to how to help Ani come down from MDMA, offering to roll her a joint in a seedy motel room while Paul, expression wooden, gets blackmailed via anonymous text. These people, burnouts and fuckups that they are, weren’t prepared for […]

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27th Jul2015

‘True Detective 2×06: Church in Ruins’ Review

by Gretchen Felker-Martin

“Christ, you had to show me this?” It’s the orgy episode, folks. You knew it was coming and now, like the sweaty, bloated captains of industry who remain clothed while their nude pleasure slaves gyrate around them, it has come. And ‘Church in Ruins’ is every bit the soggy disappointment that comparison would lead you […]

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20th Jul2015

‘True Detective 2×05: Other Lives’ Review

by Gretchen Felker-Martin

“It’s like uh, blue balls. In your heart.” ‘Other Lives’ is probably season 2′s strongest episode to date, which really isn’t saying much when you get right down to it. It finds some limited success in deepening its central mystery, the conspiracy of the rich and powerful finally taking on the air of menace it’s […]

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13th Jul2015

‘True Detective 2×04: Down Will Come’ Review

by Gretchen Felker-Martin

“Right now there’s so many things to go about the wrong way, I’m losing my fucking vision.” ‘Down Will Come’ does exactly one thing right. When the grindingly stereotypical Mexican gangsters are dead, when the shell casing have stopped clattering, Ani and Ray don’t look like winners, they look like they want to puke and […]

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07th Jul2015

‘True Detective 2×03: Maybe Tomorrow’ Review

by Gretchen Felker-Martin

“Pissed myself.” True Detective lifted the lid on the mystery of Ray’s maybe death after an entire week of ferocious speculation to reveal Colin Farrell’s suicidally droopy mustache, a sight which avoids occasioning disappointment only in the respect that at least you’re not seeing it in the mirror. It’s not a worse show for having chickened out […]

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29th Jun2015

‘True Detective 2×02: Night Finds You’ Review

by Gretchen Felker-Martin

Captions: (Crickets chirping) After a pilot episode with little to recommend it, ‘Night Finds You’ recaptures a bit of season 1′s driving-in-cars-shooting-shit character chemistry, meanders through introducing what might shape up into a compelling setting and plot, and then ends by swerving with alarming suddenness into what might be some honest to God interesting territory. […]

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22nd Jun2015

‘True Detective 2×01: The Western Book of the Dead’ Review

by Gretchen Felker-Martin

“I welcome judgment.” Cool, Ray. You asked for it. True Detective‘s first season seemed to have the zeitgeist firmly in its swamp-mummy claws, an unexpected pulp hit hitched to live-wire performances by Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey, filmed by the thunderous Cary Fukunaga, and veined through with little rills and creeks of cosmic horror. It […]

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15th Jun2015

‘Game of Thrones 5×10: Mother’s Mercy’ Review

by Gretchen Felker-Martin

“…if I might beg just one drop of the Mother’s mercy.” For all that the High Sparrow likes to talk about the laws of gods and men, the truth is that no life in Westeros or the wider world of which it is a part is lived within an ordered set of rules. Whatever the […]

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08th Jun2015

‘Game of Thrones 5×09: The Dance of Dragons’ Review

by Gretchen Felker-Martin

“Sometimes a person has to choose. Sometimes the world forces his hand.” We do so much because we feel it is impossible to do otherwise. Straying from destiny’s path, we fear we’ll show the world where to find the gaps in our armor. Spare your daughter and the throne slips through your fingers. Give up […]

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01st Jun2015

‘Game of Thrones 5×08: Hardhome’ Review

by Gretchen Felker-Martin

“I’ve seen the army of the dead.” Me too, Sam. Holy hell. ‘Hardhome,’ written by showrunners Benioff and Weiss and directed by Miguel Sapochnik, could easily coast on the strength of its stupendous final quarter, but instead it delivers a melancholic and anxiety-producing hour of television that doesn’t so much scale into insanity as it does […]

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25th May2015

‘Game of Thrones 5×07: The Gift’ Review

by Gretchen Felker-Martin

“Have you ever sowed the field, Lady Olenna?  Have you ever reaped the grain?” Everybody in ‘The Gift” is trying to lend a helping hand, but from the irascible Olenna to the desperate ser Jorah they’re all operating with one eye squeezed shut against the unpleasant realities of their world. As Myrcella informs her uncle/father Jaime […]

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18th May2015

‘Game of Thrones 5×06: Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken’ Review

by Gretchen Felker-Martin

“What do we do with the bodies after we clean them?” Two people are bathed in the course of ‘Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken.’  One is a corpse being laid to rest in the House of Black and White while the other is Sansa Stark, betrothed of Ramsay Bolton.  Arya discovers that the bodies of those who […]

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11th May2015

‘Game of Thrones 5×05: Kill the Boy’ Review

by Gretchen Felker-Martin

“Every time you wear something you made, you can remember her.” Myranda’s phony words of comfort to Sansa pluck uncomfortably at something every human struggles to reconcile within themselves.  What claim do the dead have on us, and is it more important to honor their memory than it is to work toward a better future? […]

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