Brian Ashe

Top Reviewer Ranking: 439
Helpful votes received on reviews: 85% (109 of 128)
Location: Ottawa, Canada



Top Reviewer Ranking: 439 - Total Helpful Votes: 109 of 128
Game of Thrones: The Complete Third Season <b>DVD</b> ~ Lena Headey
10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More, please, Sept. 3 2013
The third season of Game of Thrones is almost the same as the third volume of the series of novels. It is just as good.

Game of Thrones is one of (possibly the) best fantasy series ever written in English. No major character is entirely good, and none is entirely evil. All are human, but with major character flaws. All have completely understandable motivations. This is one of the few series that gets it right. Despite the necessary presence of night walkers, of giants and dragons and sea monsters, it is centred on the people and their interactions. Love, hate and betrayal: human. Sex, money and power: human needs.

The format follows closely that of the book, with… Read more
Centurion (Bilingual) <b>DVD</b> ~ Michael Fassbender
Centurion (Bilingual) DVD ~ Michael Fassbender
Eagle of the Ninth. Find out what really happened to the ninth legion! Well, sort of...

Without spoiling the movie, this tale of revenge and racism moves along nicely. Good plot, good acting, spectacular cinematography, and a really nice score. The tale of a Roman centurion and his interactions with the barbarian Picts has a gritty historical feel and good gory action. This is a movie in the style of Gladiator, and every bit as good. Arms and armour are more or less realistic. Costumes are fine, though they sacrifice historical accuracy for sexiness. Definitely worth seeing.
Orcs by Stan Nicholls
Orcs by Stan Nicholls
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
This is a fat book with attitude. That's the good part. Snarky, quick-tempered, battle hardened, tough, and muscle-brained, Vikings are nothing if not consistent. Oops, I meant orcs. Or maybe barbarians?
The problems with this book are several. First, the story line is generic fantasy. Nothing wrong with that if the characters or the setting were interesting. They're just OK. Second, the characters are stock. Third, the writing is humdrum. Fourth, the ecology/geography makes no sense. Distances telescope, winter goes tropical, and there's nothing for all these (pseudo)-intelligent races to live on.
Any one or two of these problems could be retrieved by a good story line or good… Read more