My Salute to Comedy Legend Gene Wilder

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Upon waking up this morning & learning of the death of Gene Wilder, I found myself incapable of accomplishing any task of importance without stopping and reflecting back on all this man has done to make me smile. His comedic genius first captured my attention in his seminal role as Willy Wonka in Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory. Watching this movie as a child I was enthralled with the colors, the music & the candy I so desperately wished was real. Willy Wonka was an over the top, crazy & sometimes scary character that captured my imagination in a way few characters had before.

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Once I was a little older my Dad decided to introduce me to some of Wilder’s other works. Little did I know that the movie he would choose would become one of my favorite movies of all time. That movie was Young Frankenstein. It was love at first sight. It had everything: physical comedy, hilarious writing, scifi parody, funny roles for women & of course a leading man who carried the movie with comedic ease.

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Wilder’s Dr. Fredrick Frankenstein character went from a hilarious maniac to an expert scientist to lovable neurotic to everything in between. I was enthralled. This movie also introduced me to so many other actors that I grew to love who were part of the Mel Brooks stable such as Madeline Kahn, Marty Feldmen, & Kenneth Mars. I cannot explain how much I love this movie…. I quote it endlessly with family & use it as a measuring stick when deciding if I can be friends with someone. I watch it every year on Halloween & often times on long flights. On one such occasion I was watching Young Frankenstein on a flight with my sister & I could hear some laughter behind me. A woman had been watching the movie through the crack in between the seats! She apologized & said, “Sorry for prying but are you watching Young Frankenstein? That is such a funny movie!”

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Whether through his partnership with Mel Brooks in movies like Blazing Saddles & The Producers, the comedy duo of himself & Richard Pryor or directorial projects like The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes’ Smarter Brother, Gene Wilder always delivered a unique, scene stealing, unforgettable performance. He was a light in this world & someone who always made me happy no matter my prior mood. His importance to the comedy world can’t be overstated. He will be greatly missed & I for one will be spending the rest of this week watching the plethora of classics he has left behind. “Good Day Sir!”

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Game of Thrones Season 6 Finale Spoiler Review/Recap

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**Warning: This post will be discussing episode 6×10, other events of season 6 and predictions for future seasons. Ye have been warned!**

Alright let’s dive right in! I know the season 6 finale has already been out a week, but I needed that time to soak in all of it’s magnificence and watch it 10 more times. That had to be one of the most satisfying finales I have ever watched! Every character’s storyline was wrapped up in a very definitive way yet still set up next season’s storyline so perfectly that I had to shout in frustration knowing we have a year long wait until the story can continue.

We start the episode off with a beautiful piano score from Ramin Djawadi that matched the tone and emotions being played on screen perfectly. At first I was a little taken aback due to the piano/organ parts. The usual score never really utilized those instruments before to my knowledge, but the music complimented the visuals so well that I was completely enthralled for the entire sequence. I knew there was no way Cersei was going to stand trial willingly but I truly did not expect the lengths she would take to get her way. She truly is on “Mad Queen” levels, but more on that later. I wanted so badly for Margaery Tyrell to escape the explosion, having felt she had so much more to offer the overarching story but alas it was not meant to be. The performances from Jonathan Pryce (High Sparrow) and Natalie Dormer (Margaery Tyrell) in that last scene, where you can see it in their eyes that they know Cersei has won, is just top notch. I was happy to finally put an end to the High Sparrow storyline but ultimately sad that it was at the cost of Queen Margaery, one of the best to play the game. We’ve been with her from Renley to Joffery to Tommen but in the end it was the High Sparrow that ended her reign. Natalie Dormer said as much in her interview with Harper’s Bazaar, Margaery is a fatality of the High Sparrow underestimating Cersei. She had the reins taken away from her, from being in control of the situation; the High Sparrow took the reins and it proves that he underestimated Cersei in a way that Margaery never would have. She ends up dying on the show not because she didn’t beat Cersei, but because she trusted that someone else — the Sparrow — was handling her.” 

Rest in Peace Sweet Rose.

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Ok, I’m off my Margaery soap box. Cersei is basically Queen by default because she literally killed off all the competition and a good chunk of the population of Kings Landing (Goodnight gentle Tommen). Fine. Fine. Just go ahead and keep that throne warm for Dany. I can’t wait for next season when Drogon burns you to a crisp and eats you a la Lord Farquaad in Shrek!

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Up in the North, Jon Snow is finally recognized by his peers and crowned King in the North (I always shout this any time I read it) much to the chagrin of Littlefinger. Don’t mess this up Lord Baelish! The North is in a good spot right now! Sansa, you better keep your secret admirer in line! Side note: MVP for this scene goes to Lady Lyanna Mormont. That little girl was boss. #LyannaForPresident We also learned that finally, finally R+L=J or in simple terms Jon is half Targaryen half Stark! Look it up non nerds! What does that mean going forward? Well I hope it means Jon gets to ride a dragon. Dany’s got 2 spares. Come on writers!

Before we talk about Daenerys let’s give a round of applause to Arya for giving us one of the most satisfying deaths of the season! A girl is finally done with her Assassin’s Creed training and has made her way to Westeros & she’s not wasting any time! Walder Frey eats a slice of humble Frey pie and meets his demise at the end of Arya’s sword.

#RedWeddingAvenged

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And now, ladies and gentlemen, I hope you are sitting down because FINALLY Daenerys Stomborn of the House Targaryen, Queen of the Seven Kingdoms, the Unburnt, Mother of Dragons, Breaker of Chains, Khaleesi of the Great Grass Sea has set sail for Westeros!!! It only took 6 seasons everybody! Let’s See:

  • Army of Unsullied
  • Hoard of Dothraki
  • Ironborn Fleet
  • Support of the Tyrells & Martells (courtesy of Varys)
  • 3 Mother ‘Effin DRAGONS!!

Dany is more than well equipped to take the Iron Throne & Cersei better pray Jamie comes to his senses & kills her before she becomes dragon fodder next season.

Oh you think you will have a long reign? That’s cute. 

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Side note: Dany has ditched Darrio for Yara and Tyrion was made Hand of the Queen. If you weren’t smiling from ear to ear for Tyrion during that moment you are dead inside!

So in a season full of answers and finallys, we end on a high note, salivating for the next chapter.

Predictions for next season:

  • Dany vs Cersei Queen Bowl
  • Continuation of Lady Olenna vs Sandsnakes Smackdown
  • Stark Reunion (I’m looking at you Arya & Bran)
  • Brienne + Tormund: A Love Story
  • Littlefinger doing littlefinger things
  • White Walkers come in towards the end of the season & wreck sh*t up
  • The Red Woman meets up with the Hound & the Brotherhood with No Banners
  • Sam actually uses that Valyrian steel sword
  • Miguel Sapochnik directs every episode!!!

Next season is gonna be straight fire!! Til next time……

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