The Netflix Watchlist Number Game #2

Partly because I’m horrendous at picking what movie to watch, and because my UK Netflix watchlist continues exponentially growing, I occasionally have started a game called the ‘Netflix Watchlist Number Game’ to thin the nerd and deal with my indecisiveness in one fell swoop.

Below you’ll find my thoughts on a group of movies I watched in this round of the game, thanks to people who were invited on Twitter to pick a number between 1 and 223. On my Apple TV Netflix app, each film on the list is numbered so thanks to this randomised system, it becomes easier to watch something on the list I wouldn’t have necessarily chosen to view.

So my thanks to those I mention below for throwing me a number – maybe the rest of you will find a Netflix movie to check out you wouldn’t previously have considered.

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GAME OF THRONES 7×05 – ‘Eastwatch’

“I’m here to talk to you about the Avenger initiative.”

Before you call me out on it, no that’s not a quote from ‘Eastwatch’, the sixth episode of Game of Thrones gleefully satisfying seventh season, but rather the post-credits scene of Marvel’s 2008 franchise kick-starter Iron Man, in which S.H.I.E.L.D boss Nick Fury approaches Tony Stark about becoming involved in a world-saving squad. After watching this latest episode of Thrones, you may appreciate the sentiment, as forces conspire to throw behind Jon Snow the badass equivalent of an Avengers team he’ll need to achieve near-impossible odds.

‘Eastwatch’ dials down after the air-punching climactic escapades of ‘The Spoils of War’, which will go down in Thrones history as one of the most fan-pleasing episodes of the entire series no doubt, given we first saw Daenerys Targaryen ride her dragon into army-burning battle for the first time, certainly against her ultimate Lannister enemy. Dave Hill’s script now asks us to consider the consequences, both literally and morally, with an episode very much continuing the pragmatic sense of reality which has carried through the surviving main characters as more of the deluded, pompous or just plain ignorant characters have died across the previous few seasons.

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GAME OF THRONES 7×04 – ‘The Spoils of War’

“No more clever plans.”

‘The Spoils of War’ is an apt title for the fourth episode of Game of Thrones‘ seventh season because its an hour (or just under at 47 minutes, the shortest episode of the season) all about battles. Battles on horseback between armies and savages and dragons, battles between the old ways and new, battles between young and old, and battles of the mind. Wars are not just the province of empires and vast legions but rather the ongoing struggle between the myriad, disparate elements that make up the world of Westeros and beyond.

What becomes clear in the most straightforward of ways by the end of ‘The Spoils of War’ is that the end game in Game of Thrones is going to come down, in no small part, to money. Gold becomes the investment hedge fund of George R.R. Martin’s feudal construct, a literal grounding of financial capital the all-powerful, monolithic Iron Bank will use to pick the side they believe has the best chance of winning. Last week it became clear that capitalism was going to play a major role in how the landscape of Westeros will look beyond the ultimate wars to come, and here that point is hammered home: if the numbers line up, the game will be won.

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