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Doctor Who: Flatine and The Lonely Black Teen

October 25th 2014

This post will contain spoilers for the episode, Flatline. Some of the links also contain spoilers to earlier episodes of Doctor Who.

Last week’s episode, Flatline maintains the strong standard of much of this series (after a pretty ropey start). While written by Jamie Mathieson, it had a discernible aroma of a Steven Moffat story, with the villains (“The Boneless”) turning the most everyday areas of life into sites of peril. No longer could one stand near a wall, or even stand on a floor, without risking death. The Boneless come in the recent tradition of monsters such as the Vashta Nerada and of course, the Weeping Angels. (more…)

Television

Television

Doctor Who: The Caretaker’s Microaggressions

October 3rd 2014

Despite the stereotype of the embittered, bellyaching genre-fiction fan, most of us aren’t like “Comic Book Guy” from The Simpsons. Our favourite movies and television shows function as a necessary panacea when navigating the more boring aspects of life. (more…)

Television

Television

Doctor Who: Listen

September 18th 2014

CONTENT NOTE: This review will contain minor spoilers, and some of the embedded links are NSFW

It’s been somewhat disconcerting to be one of those Doctor Who-naysayers over the past year. The middling quality of Matt Smith’s final (half)-series appeared to continue into the early episodes of Peter Capaldi’s tenure as The Doctor. I seem to be in the minority, but I’ve been disappointed by the show since its return last month. (more…)

Books

Books

Redefining Realness by Janet Mock – Review

September 6th 2014

CONTENT NOTE: This review will contain instances of transphobia, sexual assault and spoilers – although I’m not sure if you can “spoil” an autobiography.

In The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, there’s a line which says, “When the legend becomes fact, print the legend.” It’s something I find a maddening aspect of much of the media, however, the “legend” – albeit likely incorrect – that Janet Mock was the woman who brought down Piers Morgan is a legend I’m happy to co-sign. (more…)

Film

Film

Maleficient w/spoilers

June 16th 2014

The following post is from Lindsey. K (@lindseykal28 on Twitter). This has also been posted on her blog.

3 1/2 out of 5 *****

CONTENT NOTE: This review contains talk of sexual assault.

The story of Sleeping Beauty has come a long way from the Middle Ages. Maleficent, starring Angelina Jolie is its newest incarnation. Disney take the”Wicked route in re-imagining the deliciously bad Maleficent as a misunderstood woman, with warranted reasons for doing what she does. No longer is she an evil witch that delivers a murderous curse for the crime of being snubbed. Sleeping Beauty was my favorite animated movie as a little girl, and I went to the theater mainly out of childhood nostalgia. I did not expect such feminist themes from a children’s movie, and was pleasantly surprised, if not a little shocked. (more…)

Film

Film

Belle w/spoilers

June 12th 2014

Starring: Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Tom Wilkinson, Emily Watson, Sam Reid, Tom Felton, Miranda Richardson, Matthew Goode, Sarah Gadon, James Norton

3 out of 5 *****

If I asked 20 people to name me a superhero movie, I’d expect to get a high degree of variance in the answers. The same if I asked 20 people to name a gangster film. But if I asked for a movie about slavery? I don’t think it’s much of a stretch that the majority response – especially at the moment – would be 12 Years a Slave. As much as I hold Steve McQueen’s film in high regard, I confess I worried that it would be (through no fault of McQueen) forever perceived as the film about slavery, reducing centuries of horrific violence and oppression to a 134 minute story. (more…)

Film

Film

Locke w/spoilers

May 14th 2014

Starring: Tom Hardy, Olivia Coleman, Andrew Scott, Ruth Wilson, Ben Daniels

3 1/2 out of 5 *****

Over the past few years, we’ve been used to Tom Hardy being a regular in high-profile, Hollywood fare. But his starring role in Locke is a long way from The Dark Knight Rises or Lawless. (more…)

Television

Television

Orphan Black and Feminism

April 30th 2014

 The following post is from Lindsey K. (@lindseykal28 on Twitter)

If you are a science fiction fan, and aren’t watching the BBC America show, Orphan Black, you’re missing out.  It’s not only one of the freshest and well-crafted sci-fi shows I’ve seen in years, it’s also one of the most feminist.

SPOILERS AHEAD FOR SEASON 1 (more…)

Technology

Technology

Google Chromecast Review

April 22nd 2014

The short version is that I love this little thing. The slightly longer version, is that the Chromecast doesn’t do quite as much as other, more expensive, set top boxes. But what it does, it does brilliantly. Now here’s the long version.

It costs £30, and it’s about the size of an old USB memory stick. Except that where that memory stick has a USB plug, the Chromecast has an HDMI plug. If you’ve got a newer TV that supports power over HDMI, then all you need to do is plug the Chromecast into an HDMI port. If not, you can either use the supplied cable to plug into the USB port on your TV, to get power. Or, you can plug the Chromecast right into mains power. (more…)

Film

Film

Captain America: The Winter Soldier

April 20th 2014

3 out of 5 *****

Starring: Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Samuel L. Jackson

We’ve reached the mid-point of Marvel Studios, ‘Phase 2′. The interstitial between Avengers movies. We’ve had the most recent installments in the adventures of Thor and Iron Man, and now it’s Captain America’s turn to suit up, before Age of Ultron hits our screens in 2015. (more…)

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