Doctor Who series 7 part 2 November 20, 2013Posted by oldboy in : Science Fiction, Time Travel , add a comment
Part II of series 7 comes off a lot stronger than part one. When it shines it really shines. When it doesn’t it has me wondering if it’s time to give the show a rest.
The Christmas Special The Snowmen was an excellent episode. It had me laughing out loud in places as it did my parents who never watch this sort of thing usually. If it can get all of us in the same room and all of us enjoying it that’s something quite special in my view. Great to see Strax back. He was very funny in this. I loved the allusions to Sherlock Holmes too and
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban November 2, 2013Posted by oldboy in : Books, Fantasy , add a comment
Much like the movies the tone of the books start to take a darker turn with repeated scenes of Harry hearing the final scream of his Mother before she dies trying to save him. We also have Harry wanting to take revenge for his parents and we’re told how Sirus Black coldly killed a bunch of Muggles in a past incident. It’s a turning point.
Breaking Bad October 2, 2013Posted by oldboy in : DVD/Video/T.V., Best Ever , add a comment
Perfect is how I’d describe the ending of this series. I haven’t seen a finale in so long that was able to wrap up so many elements and hanging strings in such a satisfying way. But was it a little too perfect? Or are we so spoiled rotten when it comes to the high production value of TV these days that nothing will satisfy us? In some ways I want to be surprised by the unpredictability of events, in other ways I want to enjoy my meal. while I didn’t know what was going to happen I felt like the last episode of the series gave us everything we could have wanted. There won’t be any regrets or a big huh?! with this series finale. *Cough, Sopranos, cough Battlestar Galatica’s Kara disappearing cough* .
Blind Fury September 10, 2013Posted by oldboy in : DVD/Video/T.V. , add a comment
Blind Fury is a lose remake of the 17th Zatoichi movie ‘Zatoichi Challenged‘ starring Rutger Hauer. The film floats somewhere between a family TV movie of the week and a grindhouse film.
Having lost his eye sight in combat in Vietnam, Nick Parker spends years training before returning to the USA in order to talk to the man who left him alone on the field of battle. By chance he gets mixed up with a gang who are after the kid of his ex army buddy and so he must protect the kid while trying to get him back to his father, who now cooks drugs.
Man of Steel August 31, 2013Posted by oldboy in : Cinema, Comic Book , add a comment
I’m unsure what to think of this. On the one hand I liked it. I liked seeing the earlier years of Clark Kent’s life, the problems he faced as his powers developed, the scenes in which he travels by himself trying to discover the man he is (which resembles parts of Batman Begins) I liked the initial thought writer David Goyer had when it came to reintroducing this character, by having a realistic approach, showing how the world would react to this Alien from another world.
Star Trek Into Darkness August 26, 2013Posted by oldboy in : Cinema, Science Fiction , add a comment
Before you read on this review will contain spoilers FOR EVERYTHING in this movie and Star Trek.
Star Trek into Darkness AKA ‘Star Trek on Acid’ is the 12th film in the Star Trek franchise, a number which I remember ‘The Simpsons’ mocking 20 years previously with the title ‘So very tired’. Fortunately Star Trek Into Darkness is anything but that. But is the fast pace action of the film necessarily a good thing?
The Grandmaster August 23, 2013Posted by oldboy in : Cinema, DVD/Video/T.V., Asian Cinema , add a comment
Kung Fu, two words, horizontal vertical, victory and defeat.
Here is a film that does not directly interpret the life story of Ip Man but gives us the essence of it through Kung Fu. Much like the Great Gatsby the grandmaster is a stunningly beautiful film that is less about people and more about a way of life. The life of a martial artist.
Zatoichi August 2, 2013Posted by oldboy in : Western, Asian Cinema , add a comment
26 Movies, 2 Japanese Remake movies, 1 spin off movie, 100 episode TV series and 2 American remakes.
Man am I totally addicted to this series, not least of all because of the Acting Talents of Shintaro kintsu. He is irreplaceable as the character as he embodies the role not only as an actor but in spirit too. Since he himself developed the character over 26 movies and a 4 season TV series I’d say there is nothing that compares to his idea of Zatoichi. A humble, charming, killer.
Frankenstein July 25, 2013Posted by oldboy in : Horror, Books, DVD/Video/T.V., Book to Film , add a comment
Have been Frankenstein crazy the past year. It all started with my viewing of that excellent stage play of Frankenstein 2011 based on a script by Nick Dear, Directed by Danny Boyle and featuring Benedict Cumberbatch and Johnny Lee Miller both as the creature and Victor Frankenstein. I watched both versions and definitely feel that Benedict’s Creature and Miller’s Victor Frankenstein are best suited to the actors abilities. There is a very physical performance in Benedict’s Monster that shines through the actor and expresses the creature beyond words alone. Miller’s Frankenstein is gentlemanly and carries the genius and torment of Victor Frankenstein wonderfully making his story as gripping as the monsters.
The Great Gatsby June 29, 2013Posted by oldboy in : Cinema , add a comment
“I sat and looked toward the building where Naoko lived. It was easy to tell which room was hers. All I had to do was find the one window toward the back where a faint light trembled. I focused on that point of light for a long, long time. It made me think of something like the final throb of a soul’s dying embers. I wanted to cup my hands over what was left and keep it alive. I went on watching the way Jay Gatsby watched that tiny light on the opposite shore night after night.”
The above quote is from the novel ‘Norwegian Wood’ by Haruki Murakami. It was my first taste of the Great Gatsby (it being Murakami’s Favorite Novel) and it was that quote about Jay Gatsby watching that tiny light that drew me to the book itself which I read after.