January 24, 2015

The Horrors

Stonehearst Asylum (2014): The Asylum scored really low on both critics and viewers ratings, like most of the films I tend to like. “Inspired by a short story from Edgar Allan Poe, Stonehearst Asylum is a tale in which nobody is who or what they appear to be”. I must have watched way too many CSI shows in my life, because the ending was not much of a surprise to me. But, seriously, it is not as bad as one would think.

Ouija (2014): Have you ever tried to make contact with a recently deceased loved one only to get a disturbing dark entity on the other end of the planchette instead? Me neither. If you enjoy teen movies, with an 80’s retro feel, then you are going to like this one. I found it quite entertaining despite all banalities. And Lin Shaye was a pleasant addition to the cast (spoilers). My generally favorable critique of “Ouija”is entirely Lin’s fault, you guessed it.

Before I Go To Sleep (2014): A thriller, for a change. I hope this is the last time Colin and Nicole play house. It didn’t work in The Railway Man (2013), it didn’t work in this one either. Other than that, I almost liked it (for a single watch, on a day you don’t feel like doing anything else but staring at the screen). Great story (based on S. J. Watson's 2011 best-seller novel), about a woman who suffers from anterograde amnesia and wakes every day with no knowledge of who or where she is. We follow her as she tries to reconstruct her memories (and furthermore her life), piece by piece. What if they had concentrated on that alone; rather than on clichés and things that didn’t really add anything to the story. Paranoia: my favourite subject.

Jessabelle (2014): As I have stated numerous times before, I have a thing for house-related movies (not necessarily haunted) and, watching Jessabelle’s trailer, I thought this film would make me a very happy girl. Boy was I wrong. I think Jessabelle must be one of the worst (horror) movies I have ever seen. No rhythm, no suspense, no soul, no colour. The cast was fairly decent but no matter how good an actor is, if the writing and general execution of an idea are bad, disaster in inescapable. I did like the poster, though (what a horrible thing to say).

January 4, 2015

Blue Box, Red Ribbon

SPOILERS AHEAD.
It took me a while to post this one, but I have been busy (strangely enough).

Last year’s Doctor Who Christmas Special (alongside Sherlock 3), made me join the “Moffat Bingo” Club. I found it insulting for both Matt Smith and the fans (the Special, not the Bingo). This year, things went slightly better than expected. A well-written, well-acted classic Who monster episode, with a side of Santa (to keep the Christmas light on). Dreams within dreams and an ever-evolving background story. It almost broke me into pieces when the Doctor couldn’t tell the young and older Claras apart. How wonderful would that be, if we could see beyond the surface and actually care about other things but the façade. But that’s just me. The episode was about second chances; and tangerines. I did laugh with the Alien joke, yes. But I didn’t care for the tangerine in the end.

And a few thoughts on series 8, in general:

I liked Capaldi as the Doctor. He brought real depth to the character. Having said that, I found it most frustrating that there was always some sort of a tribute to a previous Doctor, on each and every episode. As if Capaldi was not the Doctor, or not enough of a Doctor, that we needed all previous 11 as a reminder or a cheap tear-jerker. I hate this kind of stunts; pushing emotions down your throat, over and over again.

The writing was not as good as it could have been, if you care for my opinion. “Listen” was brilliant (my favourite series 8 episode, by far), “Mummy on the Orient Express” was equally interesting and from there on, quite a few good story ideas poorly executed, therefore forgettable.

Missy was great; I loved Missy. I truly hope they find a way to bring her back (I am pretty sure they already have). Danny was flat. Gorgeous, yet flat. Clara was a surprise this season. I actually liked her and I am glad she’ll be coming back for series 9. I was never a fan of the whole “impossible girl” nonsense and the fact that she would frequently take the lead but, I can really feel for her after this season.

By the way, I have assured myself that Missy killed the sucker shape-shifter (aka The Zygon), not the actual Osgood (reaches for the inhaler), because I pretend that’s me in the show and I am too young (and sarcastic) to die.

Oh and I STILL hate the opening titles sequence. Could you perhaps go for the “John Smith” version next time? Thank you.

January 1, 2015

Carnival Of Light

Happy New Year, everyone! I am gradually getting back to the normality of (my) life, now that the (double) move is over. I broke the “Doctor Who Christmas Special Review” tradition this year but I will probably post a little something about it later this week, along with a few thoughts on Series 8 in general, since it has concluded (Whovians will get this need of mine).

Other than that, I have a huge “to do” list and a lot of photos waiting to be exposed. Coming up!