Category Archives: Film and Other Assorted Buffery

DVD REVIEW: Frankenstein

After adaptations dating back to 1910, you would be forgiven for dismissing yet another screen outing of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, and the men who have played both the infamous titular Doctor and their human, not monstrous, creation. There have been many, and several more via television and stage; even an ex-member of Bros was birthed as the wretch. Yet none is more renowned than James Whale’s 1931 version. Even if unseen, all are familiar with its star, Karloff in that Jack Pierce make-up and it is often this and its sequel The Bride of Frankenstein, which are heralded as the…

DVD REVIEW: Frankenstein

FEATURE: Buffy the Vampire Slayer – Goodbye Iowa

Previously on Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Buffy joined the Initiative, asked too many questions and then Maggie Walsh tried to have her killed. It didn’t work. Instead, the creature that Walsh has been working on kills Walsh in a nicely Oedipal penetrative way. Riley takes the news that his surrogate mom has tried to kill his girlfriend badly and leaves the Initiative. Sort of. He’s back this week. Oh, and Spike’s still bechipped and in hiding from the Initiative.Last episode, The I in Team, rattled through the big Initiative break-up build-up at quite the speed, leaving poor Goodbye Iowa to pick up the…

FEATURE: Buffy the Vampire Slayer – Goodbye Iowa

DVD REVIEW: Spectre

Beware: this review contains spoilers…For someone who calls himself a 007 geek, I didn’t see Spectre at the pictures. This was double strange considering I loved Skyfall, and Daniel Craig is my second favourite Bond*, but the marketing didn’t grab me at all and the early opinions from people I trusted were anything but glowing. But now it’s out on home video, I decided to give it a chance. Everything seemed back to normal at the end of Skyfall – a new M, Moneypenny, and a chance for Bond to get back in the saddle for some new adventures away…

DVD REVIEW: Spectre

TV REVIEW: The X-Files – Mulder and Scully Meet the Were-Monster

Mulder’s having a bit of a mid-life crisis after his return to the X Files, finding many of his cases solved and decidedly on the normal side of para-. When Scully tells him of a new case in which several victims appear to have been killed by what looks like some kind of horned monster, Mulder begrudgingly goes along to investigate. Whilst there, he finds himself confronted with something that tests his faith in all its forms. Scully attempts to go about investigating the episode as normal as her partner chases lizard monsters into the night.Darin Morgan’s episodes, too few…

TV REVIEW: The X-Files – Mulder and Scully Meet the Were-Monster

FEATURE: Angel – She

Previously on Angel: Cordy’s got a nice new flat and it’s haunted, but with a nice ghost. Wesley’s now hanging around and helping it out when he can. Angel’s finding this whole interacting with humans thing a little hard to handle.Cordelia’s housewarming party gives us a brief insight into Angel’s lack of social skills, Wesley’s even worse and Phantom Dennis is still awesome. Realising that Wesley’s hanging around because he needs a job, Angel welcomes him as an associate in the Investigations and he’s on hand as Cordy has a vision of a man being burned alive from the inside…

FEATURE: Angel – She

FEATURE: Buffy the Vampire Slayer – The I in Team

Previously on Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Buffy’s big secret is out and she’s now working with the Initiative of which Riley is a part, as is Psychology professor Maggie Walsh. She’s involved in something called 314 which has got the demon world a’rumbling. Elsewhere, Spike has discovered he can hit demons whilst Willow is embarking on a new friendship with fellow witch, Tara.Right. Deep breath. Buffy has been spending a lot of time with the Initiative, training and basically beating them to a pulp within 28 seconds. Maggie Walsh is impressed, Riley’s in love and the Scoobies are disappointed, especially Willow…

FEATURE: Buffy the Vampire Slayer – The I in Team

FEATURE: Angel – Expecting

Previously on Angel: Cordelia moved to LA to begin an acting career, but was stymied by her lack of talent and everything going a bit wrong. She’s got the apartment down, but since Doyle’s death, she’s yet to get back on her dating game. And she’s not dating Wesley. We know how that went down.Cordelia’s starting to get a hold of her LA life, gathering a group of friends and heading out on a hot date with Wilson Christopher, man about town and general studmuffin. She brings him back to her apartment, Phantom Dennis does the protective ghost bit and then…

FEATURE: Angel – Expecting

TV REVIEW: The X-Files – Founder’s Mutation

After the breakneck, slightly maddening quasi-pilot that was last week’s My Struggle, Founder’s Mutation finds us in far more familiar, freak-of-the-week territory. Dr Sanjay, a scientist working for the DOD, finds himself plagued with a high pitched noise and, after an episode during a board meeting, he commits suicide by jamming a letter opener into his ear, but not before writing “Founder’s Mutation” on his hand. Now Mulder and Scully are back on the X Files, they’re sent to investigate. It seems like a routine suicide, but as they dig deeper, it seems they have stumbled on to a secretive mutation…

TV REVIEW: The X-Files – Founder’s Mutation

FILM REVIEW: Deadpool

Deadpool is a character that has been infamously ill-served by his previous onscreen incarnation during the disaster movie that was X-Men Origins: Wolverine. It’s been a real fight to get him back in to the cinema and it’s testament to the tenacity of the film-makers, star Ryan Reynolds (seizing his second Wade Wilson-based chance with aplomb) and the fans who loudly clamoured for the film to be made after test footage was “leaked.” To try and describe the plot, even in summary, in a linear fashion defeats the purpose of the film somewhat, throwing you into the action almost immediately and…

FILM REVIEW: Deadpool

TV REVIEW: The X-Files – My Struggle

Opening with a Mulder exposition of his own personal obsession and the history of alien conspiracy theories, the My Struggle once again asks the question of “are we truly alone?” Coupled with the unchanged opening credit sequence, it is a glorious statement of intent; it’s a continuation of the story that we loved (and that infuriated us) with the characters we fell in love with. Mulder and Scully are separated and pursuing their own lives, but are dragged back in by an online talking head, Tad O’Malley, a conservative conspiracy nut who also happens to be a Mulder-Scully fanboy. As they…

TV REVIEW: The X-Files – My Struggle