Monthly Archives: October 2015

Doctor Who: 9.07 The Zygon Invasion

Doctor Who’s 50th anniversary episode Day Of The Doctor was largely viewed as a brilliant success; for me seeing it at the cinema was a wonderful moment to be a Doctor Who fan. Returning to some of the key moments from that episode at the beginning of The Zygon Invasion we were reminded of the brilliance of seeing the Tenth, Eleventh and War Doctors working together; it also reminded of the one storyline that many fans felt was suddenly dropped; the Zygon / UNIT conflict.Fortunately, this week’s episode served as a proper sequel to that storyline that saw twenty million…

Doctor Who: 9.07 The Zygon Invasion

Narcos: Failing female characters and the Magnanti test

I’ve only watched two episodes of Narcos. Two. I say this up front because when I slag it off, I will have people asking ‘oh but did you not see the bit with X or Y?’ to which I can reply ‘not unless it happened in the first two episodes’ and I need you to know that there are spoilers in this for the first two episodes. However if you haven’t seen it, then I hope I can save you ninety minutes of your life by telling you it’s probably not worth watching. I should also warn you that Narcos contains…

Narcos: Failing female characters and the Magnanti test

Happy Halloween! The Walking Dead Is Renewed For Season Seven

Here’s a bit of great news for Halloween; AMC have renewed The Walking Dead for a seventh season.With ratings still going very strong and with much critical acclaim too, the hit zombie series continues to be a juggernaut for the AMC. On the announcement, Charlie Collier, president of AMC, SundanceTV and AMC Studios commented; “The Walking Dead” has come to define AMC beyond prestige dramas “Breaking Bad” and “Mad Men.”Meanwhile it’s slightly less well received spin-off Fear The Walking Dead will be back for a longer 15 episode second season next year too.You can catch up on our season six…

Happy Halloween! The Walking Dead Is Renewed For Season Seven

Carol

Carter Burwell is a hell of a hidden talent. He shouldn’t be, and it’s somewhat unfair that he seems to get relegated to the back row because he doesn’t score blockbusters (although had a near-miss with Thor: The Dark World), but with the previous Mr. Holmes and now his score to Todd Haynes romantic drama Carol, he’s showing a lot of other composers not only how good he is, but how easy he makes it look. Carol is absolutely gorgeous but nevertheless tinged with a bittersweet feel that hooks you in emotionally. This leads to some tense pieces, such as…

Carol

Arrow: 4.03 Restoration

Restoration is a key word for this episode and indeed the whole of season of Arrow; while season three had so momentous moments it was almost the most decisive year in the show’s history with the flashbacks failing to engage and the ‘Dark Arrow’ storyline proving to be a steps too far for some. While I enjoyed the majority of season three, I do agree that it was lacking that special something that made season two so great. Fortunately season four is showing real promise; let’s look at the ways this week’s episode got there…Sara’s restoration; it’s been widely known…

Arrow: 4.03 Restoration

FEATURE: Shocktober '15 – The Last House on the Left (1972)

Over the course of October, I shall be watching one horror movie a day and reviewing it right here for your reading pleasure. I haven’t seen any of the films I’ll be watching before and you can find the full list here. Estelle and John (Cynthia Carr and Gaylord St. James) are the proud parents of teenager Mari (Sandra Cassei) who is off into the big city to go to a concert with her friend, Phyllis (Lucy Grantham). On their way, they decide to try and get hold of some weed, meeting Junior (Marc Sheffler) who says he can help them…

FEATURE: Shocktober ’15 – The Last House on the Left (1972)

Film Review: SPECTRE

FILM REVIEW: SPECTRE Release date: 26/10/2015 148 mins |  12A Writers: John Logan, Neal Purvis, Robert Wade, Jez Butterworth Director: Sam Mendes Cast: Daniel Craig, Christoph Waltz,  Léa Seydoux, Ralph Fiennes, Monica Bellucci, Ben Whishaw, Naomie Harris, Dave Bautista, Andrew Scott, Rory Kinnear, The legacy of the James Bond’s past has overshadowed the reign of Daniel Craig’s incarnation of the character like a…weird ghost dude. His first film, Casino Royale, was the series’ most notable reboot, ignoring all that came before and sending Bond out on his first mission; a cookie dough spy just getting put in the oven. Gone were the gadgets,…

Film Review: SPECTRE

Bond Fans On Bond

With Spectre just arriving in UK cinemas, we asked some of our friends to write about their favourite 007 soundtracks… “I am, probably somewhat controversially given the nature of this article, not a huge Bond score fan; they’ve just never really clicked with me. What I do love, however, is a good Bond theme and so I shall proceed to wax lyrical on how Garbage’s barnstorming ‘The World Is Not Enough’ is quite possibly the best Bond theme not sung by Dame Shirley Bassey. No, there’s another Shirley at the front of this one (who I also think should be a…

Bond Fans On Bond

FEATURE: Shocktober '15 – Thirst

Over the course of October, I shall be watching one horror movie a day and reviewing it right here for your reading pleasure. I haven’t seen any of the films I’ll be watching before and you can find the full list here.Father Sang-hyun (Song Kang-ho) is a well respected priest who volunteers at a local hospital, providing comfort to those in need. He finds himself wavering and decides to volunteer for an experiment to find a vaccine for the Emmanual virus, a deadly infection sweeping through the population. The experiment goes wrong and he contracts the EV, but is the only…

FEATURE: Shocktober ’15 – Thirst

Sodom and Gomorrah

There are a handful of composers who are undisputed masters of a specific film genre. Bernard Herrmann was most of all the master of suspense (partially thanks to his collaboration with Hitchcock), Erich Wolfgang Korngold the father of what we understand as Hollywood swashbuckling and surely the unrivalled king of historical or sword-and-sandal epics was Miklós Rózsa, who wrote perhaps his most famous music for films like Quo Vadis (1950), Ben-Hur (1959), El Cid (1961) and King of Kings (1961). The final film and score in the composer’s run of these spectacles was the 1962 Sodom and Gomorrah, which was…

Sodom and Gomorrah