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Doctor Who: Day of the Doctor Review (Article) - 11/25/2013 3:20:14 PM

Undoing the destruction of Gallifrey DOES disrupt things.  The Doctor in the New Who was a man who made hard decisions.  He had committed genocide on two sentient species in the service of saving the rest of the universe.  The good of the many outweigh the good of the few, even when the "few" is millions of people.

He'd do it again but this decision destroyed him emotionally.  Eccleston's Doctor was a very damaged individual with PTSD and we've seen his recovery proceed with each new regeneration.  His actions have influenced everything we've seen him do since.

Yes, he still THINKS he killed all of his people but now he no longer did.  He weaseled out of it.  And all the pain, guilt and grief he's suffered since is worthless since he now DIDN'T kill the Time Lords.  It's so sad I want to cry.

Now I suppose he will go on some kind of quest to unlock the Time Lords.  That's a shame because the Time Lords were always very tiresome.  I don't particurlarly want them back.

Doctor Who: Day of the Doctor Review (Article) - 11/25/2013 7:01:23 AM

Instead of John Hurt they should have hired McGann.  They got him back for that webisode so he was available and amenable to playing the Doctor again.

Doctor Who: Day of the Doctor Review (Article) - 11/25/2013 6:14:58 AM

I wasn't impressed. 

Some of it was good.  I really liked the interaction between Matt Smith and David Tennant.  That was highly entertaining.  I liked the reappearance of the Zygons.  They were a fun classic who villian and deserved to be included in a new adventure.

I didn't like the creation of this War Doctor.  McGann's 8th Doctor should have regenerated into Eccleston's 9th Doctor as a result of injuries sustained in the Time War.  I realize that Eccleston's being a jerk and would never agree to do the episode but the creation of another incarnation was the wrong way to go.  If nothing else, it throws the count off.  And to be honest, I didn't care about this new incarnation I just met or how long he agonized over his decision (there was a point I actually shouted at the screen "stop TALKING and PUSH THE DAMN BUTTON.").  The episode shouldn't have been about him.  It should have been about the 10th and 11th Doctors we were familliar with.

I didn't like that the Doctor's genocide has been retconned away.  The whole emotional underpinning of the New Who is the emotional backlash, the guilt and grief that the Doctor felt for making that decision.  It was necessary and he'd do it again but he wallowed in his guilt and it was the basis for most of the decisiions he made.  Now all that pain was for nothing.  He DIDN'T kill all the Time Lords and he's not the last one left.  And he's not this bad guy who did bad things anymore.  He's now this clever guy who was able to solve the problem without any downside.  Yay for him.

And some parts were just plain embarassing.  All the incarnations uniting to destroy the Daleks felt like something from a bad fanfic.  And Queen Elizabeth throwing herself at Tennant's Doctor was cringeworthy.  I gritted my teeth every time she did it.

Also, what was Billie Piper doing there?  If Rose was going to be in the episode she should have been in it as the Doctor's companion.  She should have been hanging out with the Doctor and Elizabeth at the picnic.  Having her as a disembodied presence who was acting as companion to a Doctor who hadn't met her yet was just wierd.

I wouldn't have given it an A pluss.  I'd give it a C minus at most.

Mania Box Office Report: Burning Hunger (Article) - 11/25/2013 6:07:48 AM

I miss TV Wasteland.  Badly.

Didn't see a movie this weekend.  Maybe tomorrow when movies ar $5 at my local theater.

Wonder Woman Casting Rumors (Article) - 11/11/2013 5:51:32 AM

Nobody's mentiones Summer Glau.  Maybe because she's short?  But really, you guys are way shallow.

Abrams on why Arndt is off Episode VII (Article) - 11/8/2013 6:26:27 AM

Dazzler, too many cooks spoil the broth.  You get too many writers tinkering with things and you get an unfocussed mess.

Mania Review: Thor: The Dark World (Article) - 11/8/2013 4:41:30 AM

Looking forward to seeing it.  I really enjoyed the first Thor film, concentrating as it did on character development rather than heroes and villians beating the cr*p out of eachother.  I felt the sibling rivialry angle was a fresh and interesting take on a superhero film. 

I've really become a big fan of Loki.  Let's face it, he's a much more interesting character than Thor and anybody who's ever had a sibling can see where he's coming from.  I'm sure we've all been jealous at some point because we think our sibling is the favorite or is just more awesome than we are.  It's much more relatable than Thor's journey where he loses godlike powers and has to cope.

I may not get to seeing this movie this weekend (my cousin had a baby last night!  Welcome to the world Baby EJ!).  But I will see it soon.

DVD Shopping Bag: After Earth (Article) - 11/1/2013 7:34:12 AM

I haven't seen the film, probably watch it when it comes on HBO.  But the trailers didn't attract me.  It seemed like most of the film was devoted to hairsbredth escapes from viscious animals and other dangers from being alone in the wilderness.


I saw that movie with the most recient remake of King Kong.  And it didn't impress me much.

And while I appreciate a father trying to help his kid get into the business, there was just something grating about this effort.  The talk show appearances and other promotions seemed to be Will Smith not saying "Here's my son, I'm proud of him and hope you like him."  It was more like "Here's my son and you WILL like him!"  It rubbed me the wrong way and apparently the rest of America as well.

Mania Review: Ender's Game (Article) - 11/1/2013 7:06:47 AM

I read the book about 30 years ago so the details are fuzzy.  But I seem to recall that as a book about children enduring military training that sexuality in any form was mostly absent. 

All this brouhaha is about Card's beliefs, statements and donations to charities.  I try to seperate the artist from the man so I will not let my opinions about Card's personal beliefs affect my decision on whether or not so see this film.  I want the right to speak out about MY beliefs and to donate to any charities I want, so I can't deny those rights to others, even if I don't believe as they do.

31 Days of Horror Movies: The Mist (Article) - 10/30/2013 6:29:58 PM



King stated that he prefers Darbont's ending, but apparently I interpreted his ending differently than he did.  As per King, they heard "Hartford" and headed towards Hartford where a human community still survived.  It was hopeful.

I had thought that the "Hartford" they heard was some sort of prerecorded message and they would arrive in Hartford to find it just as full of mist and monsters as Maine was.  The whole Earth had been precipitated into another dimension by the Army's experiment and all the life that had inhabited the earth, including humans, was doomed.

While the ending of the movie included Drayton killing all of the survivors with him, including his young son, with a gun but as he ran out of bullets he couldn't kill himself and therefore saw the Mist roll back and the Army arrive to save them.  Too late for everybody but him.  Very dark.  But it did imply that humanity saved the earth and pushed back the monsters.  More upbeat than the ending I had gotten from the book.

The book gave me nightmares (when I read it back in college in the '80s).  I hadn't had the courage to see the movie until quite reciently.  It was very faithful to the book until the ending.  All three endings (the movie, the end to the story that King imagined and the one that I imagined) are legitimate.  I guess it's a matter of taste.


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