It's been a momentous couple of weeks in Doctor Who news. The announcement of the 13th Doctor kept me smiling all the way to work (or at least until I began to read responses), while the preview for the Christmas episode looks like it could be pleasing (or infuriating) to old school fans and newer … Continue reading Doctor Who: Suspension of relief?
I have no problem quoting Kylie Minogue songs if they serve my purpose, and my purpose, once more, is to detail Doctor Who related patterns. I can't help it, all I see are how these help viewers adjust to the new in Who, as well as the writers retain everything that is familiar about The … Continue reading Doctor Who: All you can do is (step back in time)
Some minor spoilers ahead... As best as I can tell, the enthusiasm ahead of the debut of Doctor Who spin-off Class (ABC iView and ABC2 in Australia) has been cautious, perhaps doubtful. Many (me included) would prefer more Who, than new. Or a return to Torchwood, rather than what could be considered Torchwood Senior High, … Continue reading Gettin’ schooled
I'm in two minds about the use of historical people and spiritual concepts in fiction. On the one hand it seems disrespectful to tear precepts and practices from their cultural contexts to insert them at will into stories. Then, on the other hand, that's what writers do and have always done. I used the poetry of John … Continue reading Something weirder this way comes?
Yeah, I saw Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice. So, spoilers ahead. I know, people loathed it. Put it this way, I enjoyed not liking it all, and I didn't hate it either. It felt like a long, slow motion languid symphony for random chess moves, before everything was in place for the action. And then Saruman … Continue reading Review: Of Marthas and Whistlers Mother
On the last sunny day before Melbourne's erratic winter settles in, I thought I'd pull together a few stray thoughts I've had after recent viewings. It might be a bit spoilery. Avengers: Age of Ultron felt like a welcome visit from wise-cracking friends with very busy international schedules, a bit of bling, and brittle but brave facades. … Continue reading Post review musings on Ultron, Mad Max and The Fall
I've been thinking about Avengers: Age of Ultron since I saw it a week and a bit ago. I'm not a huge fan of heroes creating their own problems to solve, vis a vie Ultron. But I get it is less complicated for the heroes to go around pulverising robots than killing people. We can … Continue reading Avengers: Never ending cast of thousands
So I saw Cabin in the Woods. I was duly horrified. Not as horrified as the woman who kept screaming in the row behind me, but I left the cinema with mouth agape, slightly deaf from the screaming, but also thinking THAT is how you do it. Appalled. You know how Revenge feels like a … Continue reading Springes to Catch Woodcocks: first ideas about Cabin in the Woods
Buffy the TV show was a reboot and it was successful as it took what worked from the original film, which was basically the title, and built on it. Pretty much the TV program changed the direction of and created a compelling mythos for what was a forgettable film with an interesting premise and little … Continue reading When Sequels Attack II
When does a bad sequel or prequel or spin-off ruin a franchise? Most of all how does it? Everyone can name a franchise that went all to hell after the first story. Did anyone *get* Highlander after ‘there can be only one’? Success breeds a vacuum. The thing fans want is MORE. But they’re a … Continue reading When sequels attack