Saturday, 30 November 2013

Whovember: Top 5 Eleventh Doctor Episodes



All this month on feeling fuzzier - a film blog is Doctor Who Month. We're running a series of features that list the Top 5 episodes of each Nu-Who Doctor (Nine, Ten and Eleven) as part of the 50th Anniversary festivities. 

Today's Doctor is Matt Smith's eccentric, excitable and yet sometimes quick-tempered Eleventh Doctor. Typically found sporting a tweed jacket, a bowtie ("bowties are cool") and braces, the Eleventh Doctor rushed onto our screens in 2010's The Eleventh Hour; his last outing in the show will be this years Christmas Special, The Time of the Doctor.

During his time in the TARDIS, Smith's Doctor faced off against all manner of iconic Who foes; the Weeping Angels, the Cybermen, the Daleks, the Silurians and the Ice Warriors and the Silence alongside companions Amy Pond (Karen Gillan), Rory Williams (Arthur Darvill), River Song (Alex Kingston) and Clara Oswald (Jenna-Louise Coleman).

So, without further ado, these are my Top 5 Eleventh Doctor episodes. Geronimo!


Thursday, 28 November 2013

Whovember: The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot



Sick of hearing about 'The Day of the Doctor'? Fancy something a little more whimsical? Then look no further than 'The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot', another Who-themed TV special to commerate the shows special birthday. 

Except this time, there's no Time War, Zygons or Moments. Instead, Doctors Davison, C. Baker, McCoy and McGann have all banded together to create a fantastic little spoof which pays homage to (and pokes fun at) the classic series. 

Monday, 25 November 2013

Voice of Reason #14: Heroines and The Hunger Games

A poster for
 The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

If anyone asked me what is Hollywood lacking most right now, I wouldn't leap to saying something like "originality" or "ingenuity" - whilst it true that we, as audiences, are constantly bombarded by unnecessary remakes, I'd pick something else. 

It seems everywhere you look, we're entertained with strong, dashing and brave heroes. Thor, Captain Kirk, Kal-El - everyone loves a tough knight in shining armour right?
Except, these blockbuster all lack one ingredient; an equally strong representation of women.

Cue collective groan. You've heard it all before right? Well guess what, you won't be anymore. Hollywood has just found its leading lady - a strong female heroine akin to Ripley, Sarah Connor or the Bride.

Sunday, 24 November 2013

Whovember: 'The Day of the Doctor' Review

Matt Smith, David Tennant and John Hurt as the 11th, 10th and War Doctor

"Great men are forged in fire. It is the privilege of lesser men to light the flame"


Poor Steven Moffat. The guy must have gotten about 20 minutes sleep in the last week. The sheer pressure of delivering the goods for the 50th Anniversary of Doctor Who, one of the globes most iconic and cherised television shows can't be an easy weight to bear.

Fortunately however, it was alright on the night. Not just alright; it was supreme. Breathe a sigh of relief Whovians, 'The Day of the Doctor' is the perfect homage to the shows history whilst also setting the stage for the future. Geronimo!

Saturday, 23 November 2013

Film Review: The Hunger Games - Catching Fire



Director: Francis Lawrence
Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Elizabeth Banks, Woody Harrelson, Stanley Tucci, Jenna Malone, Sam Claflin, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Donald Sutherland, Lenny Kravitz
Runtime: 146 minutes

A dystopian future where teenagers are made to battle to the death amidst a looming revolution and social uprising? Another Twilight for tweens this ain't - The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is a brilliant sequel that transcends the 'tween' market association and places itself firmly amongst a more adult and mature market with this assured and exciting second instalment.


Monday, 18 November 2013

Whovember: Top 5 Tenth Doctor Episodes



All this month on feeling fuzzier - a film blog is Doctor Who Month. With just a few weeks until the show celebrates 50 years, we're running a series of features that list the Top 5 episodes of each Nu-Who Doctor (Nine, Ten and Eleven). 

Today's Doctor is David Tennant's emotional, striking and fan-favourite Tenth Doctor. Typically kitted out in a blue pin-striped suit and Converse trainers, the Tenth Doctor also had a penchant for...well...romanticism. From 2006 to 2009, the Tenth Doctor dazzled us all with adventures to new and unexplored worlds with feisty companions like Rose (Billie Piper), Martha (Freema Aygeman) and Donna (Catherine Tate). 

Facing off against iconic villains such as Davros and the Daleks, the Cybermen, the Weeping Angels and the Sontarans, the Tenth Doctor very quickly sauntered his way into fans hearts. Allonsy!

So, what are the best Tenth Doctor episodes? Here is my pick...

Thursday, 14 November 2013

Whovember: 'The Night of the Doctor' Minisode


The countdown to the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Special, 'The Day of the Doctor', has really kicked in now with the BBC unveiling an exclusive minisode; 'The Night of the Doctor'. 


Film Review: Captain Phillips



Boarded by pirates off the Somali coast, Captain Richard Phillips must do all he can to protect the his crew and cargo; based on a gripping true story, this pulse-pounding thriller directed by Paul Greengrass is one of the most engaging films you'll see this year. Oscars ahoy!

Sunday, 10 November 2013

Whovember: 'The Day of the Doctor' Promo Round-up


Doctor Who fans rejoice! This weekend, only 11 days away from the 50th Anniversary Special being aired, we've been treated to not one, but two trailers for 'The Day of the Doctor', starring Matt Smith, David Tennant, John Hurt, Jenna-Louise Coleman and Billie Piper. 

So, I've put together a round-up of all the promotional material you can get your hands on for Day of the Doctor. Take a look at the two trailers below. I've also embedded the 50th Anniversary Trailer that surfaced a few weeks back and some stills the BBC have released. Not long to go now! Enjoy!

'The Day of the Doctor' airs on November the 23rd. 

Thursday, 7 November 2013

Whovember: Top 5 Ninth Doctor Episodes

Image credit: reignoffire86 (deviantart.com)

All this month on feeling fuzzier - a film blog is Doctor Who Month. With just a few weeks until the show celebrates 50 years, we're running a series of features that list the Top 5 episodes of each Nu-Who Doctor (Nine, Ten and Eleven). 

Today we're going to kick things off with my first Doctor, Nine. Played by the 'fantastic' Christopher Ecclestone, Nine was the kick-start the show needed; dark, haunted and angry, Ecclestone's Doctor may have only hung around for one season but he made a lasting impression on the show.

So, what are the Top 5 episodes of the Ninth Doctor? Here's my pick...


Saturday, 2 November 2013

Film Review: Thor - The Dark World



Director: Alan Taylor
Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Christopher Ecclestone
Running Time: 112 minutes

Want to know why Marvel is one of the most powerful studios in Hollywood right now? The simple fact is that they can balance quality and quantity to a tee. Thor: The Dark World easily side-steps sequel syndrome and builds upon everything the first film fell down on - and then some.


Friday, 1 November 2013

Introducing Whovember (Doctor Who Month)



This month sees one of British TV's hallmark television shows reach a special landmark; on November 23rd, Doctor Who has been on our screens for 50 years. For 50 years, Doctor Who has entertained and enthralled audiences across the world, becoming a cult phenomenon in dozens of countries from native Britain to the United States and here in Australia.

In order to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of Doctor Who, I'll be writing a series of features and opinion pieces on different aspects of the show. I'll be writing a 'Top Five Episodes' feature for each of the nu-Who Doctors (that is, Ecclestone, Tennant and Smith) as well as feature on what I'd like to see for Peter Capaldi's 12th Doctor.

That's not everything though so be sure to subscribe and keep up to date with all the goings on. Expect to see a full review of the 50th Anniversary Special right here following on from the episode airing on November 23rd.

Film fans, don't worry, I'll still be delivering my usual regular film reviews and features; Voice of Reason, 60 Second Film Reviews and Rank the Films.

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