Tywin Lannister on “Game of Thrones”
I actually loathe the Lannister patriarch (Charles Dance), but not since Gus Fring (“Breaking Bad”) has television had such a menacing villain. Dance’s performance has always been maliciously wonderful, but this season he’s taking it to new heights; giving zero f---s about what anyone — especially his own family — thinks about his power plays.
Serial killer dramas have littered TV this year, but “Hannibal” is the only one worth watching. The characters are smart and well-developed. The acting, particularly Mads Mikkelsen as Hannibal and Hugh Dancy as Will Graham, is incredible. The visuals are beautiful (and haunting). This is the best network drama in years — let’s hope NBC doesn’t cancel it.
When I was thinking about my answer to this week’s Staff Question (“What’s your favorite ’90s band?”) I remembered Van Morrison — and especially his original band, Them — was in heavy rotation during that era of my life. Years later, I’ve only grown to appreciate the band’s limited output even more.
Sure it’s nice to support local, but I’d drink Ohio beers if I lived in Saskatchewan. The beer is that good.
“Only God Forgives” red band trailer
The reunion of “Drive” director Nicolas Winding Refn and its star Ryan Gosling means I’ve been all-in on this film since its inception. While subsequent trailers have more details about the plot — a Thai police lieutenant and a gangster settle their differences in a boxing match — the red band version is best. Minimal dialog, a trippy score and visceral intensity culminates with Gosling’s “Wanna fight?” July 19 can’t come soon enough.