Sunday, March 30, 2014, HBO presented a red carpet premiere of Game of Thrones Season 4, at the Plaza Theatre in Atlanta, Georgia, and I was lucky enough to be invited to attend. What better way, for All Good Things TV to spread the wealth, than to give a review for the premiere that no one else will be able to give for months!I will try my best not to give any spoilers. Hell, the title could be considered a spoiler, but it's more like a cryptic code that only time can unlock for you to say, "Oh...I get it, now..!" Well, in this premiere, relationships seem to be a focus. Daenerys Targaryen questions her control over her dragons. Both Lannister brothers are in danger of losing the ones they love. Jon Snow may have to pay with his life, for his past relationship with Ygritte, and his brief time as a Wildling. The Hound and Arya Stark test their strange bond in battle. And lastly, a presence enters to not only witness the forging of a new royal relationship, but to repay the Lannisters for an old royal marriage turned bloody betrayal, reminiscent of "The Red Wedding."
Not only was the new story well written, but so was the opening recap. In fact, I remember someone in the audience remarking on how she had missed a lot of the last season, but how well the opening recap filled in the missing gaps for her. Yes, indeed, it is hard to believe that they managed to squeeze in so much, so well, including some of Season One.
Well, 'sorry about the short review. After all, it is just an hour long show, y' know! However, I thought I would share some pictures from the feast afterwards.
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What struck me as interesting about Rob and May’s relationship is how easily he is able to score with this voluptuous vixen. The first time they make out, she insists on keeping the lights off. Later we learn it’s because she doesn’t feel good about her figure. Now, contrast this to a similarly built woman in the black community. By date number two she’d be taking Rob through the ninth circle of hell, rather than putting out. There would be no confidence issues. Anyway, the story with May is a nice little entree in my sparse oeuvre of curvy girl lit, along with Clowes and Crumb.
“Minimum Wage” features great artwork and surprisingly funny slice-of-life stories about Rob and his crew. His online dating travails are a highlight.
So today our channel finally reached 10,000 subscribers, which means we're eligible to start charging for subscriptions according to YouTube rules (only a fool would do that though). One thing that was very frustrating when we started this all was trying to find information about how much YouTube pays and it's rules.
Here's a few things I've learned...
1) Pay - YouTube videos pay about $1.25 per thousand views from our experience. On the net you'll see estimates of anywhere from $5 to $1 per thousand views, but we haven't seen anything close to $5. Right now Google is making out like a bandit on Youtube. There are TV shows on networks that do not get 500,000 views (the finale of "90210" drew less than 600k viewers), yet advertisers on those shows pay $100,000 for a 30 second spot. In contrast, a YouTuber with half a million hits on a video makes a paltry $500 from ads.
2) Content is King - I see channels all the time struggling for viewers and it's b/c they haven't figured out what ppl really wanna see. I learned early on that non-ethnic curvy women who act like nerds have a huge draw online. Why? There's a lot of people who are hypocrites when it comes to curvy women - in public they adhere to mainstream standards, but behind closed doors they want a Mal Malloy. Their paradox is my profit. Whatever the subject matter, you gotta give ppl what they want. It is worth it to go through a lot of trouble to find a good subject for your channel, because once you do the views and subscriptions will just roll in.
3) Make Allies with Big Followings - Initially it will be difficult to get anyone to pay attention to your channel, no matter how good your content is. You'll need a launching pad - websites and Twitter users with large followings who will give you props. This doesn't happen overnight. I gained some allies with Indosplace, like the Smoking Section and Byron Crawford. You also have to plan your video postings carefully so that when the video finally goes online, ppl will know it's there.
For those of you who’ve always wondered what would happen if Superman really took off the gloves in a fight with Batman, this movie holds the answer. Let’s just say it gets ugly fairly fast for Batman (and Green Lantern). In general, Superman is not his usual nice self in this movie, which is kind of a treat. To quote Green Lantern (frightened) “This guy is gonna kill us!”
As DC animated movies go, this one is pretty good. It’s not quite at the level of Superman/Batman: Public Enemies, Superman: Unbound, or Batman: Under the Red Hood, but it’s better than, say, All-Star Superman or Justice League: The New Frontier.
Cyborg finally gets his just dues in a movie - he is definitely one of the mvps in the fight against Darkseid, who is one the formidable villains I’ve seen in a DC flick. Oh, and Shazam gets to use that word without transforming himself, which is cool. The voice characterization, with the exception of Michelle Monaghan as Wonder Woman, Jason O'Mara as Batman, and Alan Tudyk as Superman, is somewhat weak in this one.
Nonetheless, if you’re a fan of these movies, Justice League: War will definitely satisfy.