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Sound Effect of the Doctor Sound Effect of the Doctor

“Kerblam!”, to-day’s new Doctor Who episode, felt kind of like the Seventh Doctor’s first season production staff tried to adapt Star Wars: Attack of the Clones. It has the ironically modern kitchy tone of the tourist service from Delta and the Bannerman and it features a robot army and slapstick on cgi conveyor belts…

The "Good Parts" Version The "Good Parts" Version

It seems strange 1987's The Princess Bride works at all. It’s a story that seems to sabotage itself at every step, undercutting its own tension and drama, but it comes off as a remarkably effortless picture. But only sure hands could have pulled it off, the most important being William Goldman, who passed away…

A Ballad of Ballads A Ballad of Ballads

A brand new Coen brothers movie, even an inferior one, would be a nice gift for NetFlix to deliver automatically to-day for its customers, but 2018's The Ballad of Buster Scrubbs happens to be the best Coen brothers movie in years. Beautifully shot and featuring a cast that is simultaneously idiosyncratic and…

The Last Real Folk The Last Real Folk

In the final episode of Cowboy Bebop we suddenly find ourselves in a very long story established in a very brief space of time. There were hints to and reflections of it throughout the series but all those elements come together finally in a single piece presenting a completion in the final episode simultaneously…

A Bit About Stan Lee A Bit About Stan Lee

Stan Lee passed away yesterday. Many celebrities and artists and critics are saying things about his work, many of them fairly accurate, like how he is largely responsible for creating the more “down to Earth” superhero of Marvel in contrast to DC’s more godlike beings. It’s all been said before, really. But it’s true.

Is anyone watching Mars? Is anyone watching Mars?

By which I mean the TV show on the National Geographic Channel.

Another Animated Rose Another Animated Rose

I’ve been keen on anime lately and 18th century Europe. If only there were a way I could combine the two. But there is! I’ve watched three episodes now of one of the most influential shojo anime series of a all time, 1979's The Rose of Versailles (ベルサイユのばら), a show I’ve wanted to see for a long time because of its…

Demons in the Flowers Demons in the Flowers

Ah, Spain, standing in ably for so many countries for so many movies and shows. It stood in for Pakistan on to-day’s new Doctor Who, “Demons of the Punjab”. Spain had previously appeared as America in the 11th Doctor episode “A Town Called Mercy” and as itself in the Sixth and Second Doctor serial The Two Doctors. But…

Happy Birthday, Harry Lucey! Happy Birthday, Harry Lucey!

He’s a comics legend, but he seldom receives the recognition given to his contemporaries. November 13 marks the 105th birthday of the late Harry Lucey, a remarkably gifted illustrator known primarily for his work with one company: Archie Comics (MLJ). From the 1950s into the 1970s, Lucey was one of the principal…

Highwaymen in Shiny Coats Highwaymen in Shiny Coats

Why aren’t there more movies based on picaresques? In 1999, Ridley Scott’s son Jake Scott attempted to bring the original “loveable rogue” genre to film with Plunkett & Macleane, an original story but set in the same year my favourite picaresque, Roderick Random, was published, 1748. It bears many similarities to …

A Long Way to See Colour A Long Way to See Colour

The surprisingly mild adventures of a time traveller unfold in the new anime series Iroduku: The World in Colours* (色づく世界の明日から). A pretty show about a teenage girl sent from the future to 2018 by her grandmother, it introduces a few ideas for dramatic tension and then rapidly dissolves them into almost a slice-of-life…

Real Folks Real Folks

Carrying over from the previous episode, questions about the real nature of home and family underlie the action in the penultimate episode of Cowboy Bebop.

Clips that make you Cry? (*Spoilers Likely*) Clips that make you Cry? (*Spoilers Likely*)

What clip from a genre (or not genre (I won’t tell) ) show or film gets your eyes watering or gets you straight out bawling? Clips if you have them.

The Uncertainty of Love Over Tea The Uncertainty of Love Over Tea

Yesterday the fifth episode premièred in a sweet, refreshingly subtle, yuri anime series called Yagate kimi ni naru (やがて君になる). The title translates to “Eventually, I will become you,” though for its English language release it’s been given the slightly more lurid title of Bloom Into You. Flowers are certainly in…

A Sudden Hardware Update A Sudden Hardware Update

For me, the scariest moment in 1956's Invasion of the Body Snatchers comes relatively early in the film. The protagonist, Dr. Bennell, brings his friend Jack and a psychiatrist, Dr. Kauffman, to his girlfriend Becky’s cellar where the night before he’d seen one of the pods slowly turning into her duplicate. Bennell…

See you, Space Cowgirl See you, Space Cowgirl

Some people might define home as any place you go to sleep at night. Most people wouldn’t be satisfied by this definition—Faye Valentine from Cowboy Bebop, for one, though Edward just might. The underlying symbolic conflict of the series as a whole becomes clearer than ever before as Edward accompanies Faye in a…

One Arrowverse Mystery is Solved

For those eagle-eyed viewers that were wondering about the mystery of “Why is Detective Joe West always sitting?” this season. It was announced yesterday that Jesse L. Martin will be taking a leave of absence from The Flash to deal with a back injury suffered during the show’s Summer hiatus. No word on when his…

The Green Glow on the Wicked Regula The Green Glow on the Wicked Regula

There’s a 1967 West German horror film streaming on Amazon Prime now under the unassuming title of The Torture Chamber of Dr. Sadism. But according to Wikipedia it also goes by the similarly understated titles The Blood Demon, Castle of the Walking Dead, or its German title of Die Schlangengrube und das Pendel (“The…

Poles are for Vampires Poles are for Vampires

Just imagine what vampires could do if the sun didn’t go down. Well, you don’t have to, because 2007's 30 Days of Night shows us what might happen; it turns out to be an exciting horror film having also the quality of a western, the vampires functioning sort of like marauding Apaches in a John Ford film of the 40s or…

Halloween Fest: Moviegeddon Part 5 Halloween Fest: Moviegeddon Part 5

This was a damn fine set of movies to go through.

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