Friday, May 17, 2019

Game Of Thrones In The News


                Game of Thrones, HBO’s spectacularly successful adaptation of the George R.R. Martin saga, is in its final season—and in the news more than ever. We recently learned that Bella Ramsey, the 15-year-old actress who played the (now) late Lady Mormont (who was crushed to death during the epic Battle of Winterfell as she stabbed a White Walker giant in the eye), is not allowed to watch the series because her parents—rightfully—think the series is too gory and adult-themed.
                Then there was incredulous mockery of a recent scene in which a disposable plastic coffee cup could be distinguished amid the otherwise authentically medieval accoutrement. Many wondered how such a glaring faux pas could possibly have occurred in a series with such production values, and one so lavishly outfitted, funded, shot and examined. It does boggle the mind, but, perhaps we are all being too hard on the iconic series. It’s not as if G.O.T. is the only major television or movie production that has ever experienced a similar embarrassing lapse of historical credibility. Or, as another iconic television institution (Sesame Street) puts it, “One of these things just doesn’t belong here, one of these things just isn’t the same.”

                I list here, for my beloved reader’s edification, ten other epic film foul-ups of similar type:

                *Yoda eating a Burger King Whopper in the original “Star Wars” movie, Episode IV. (“Eat you I will…yes, yes…”).

                *The “Fats Domino” record seen in the background of the Biblical epic film, “Ben Hur.”

                *A soldier playing Pok√©mon Go on the beach during “Dunkirk.”

                *Multiple Rubik’s Cubes seen in the movie “Titanic.”

                *A Nerf football clearly visible in “The Last Emperor.”

                *The bucket of Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) consumed by Union soldiers in 
“Gettysburg.”

                *Two Hula Hoops in the movie “Lincoln.”

                *A “Captain Fantastic” pinball machine on the battlefield during the movie “Braveheart,” chronicling fighting between Scottish and English troops in the 13th century.

                *Spartacus playing with a “slinky” in the movie “300.”

                *Thomas Jefferson using a flip-phone to call Ben Franklin in HBO’s otherwise critically acclaimed mini-series “John Adams.”

                It can happen to the best of them, right? Sometimes these things just slip through your hands. Now, about Jaime Lannister’s hands…


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