Foreshadowing the Ghost Monument

Foreshadowing the Ghost MonumentIn my look back at Series 11 of Doctor Who, I talk about how the writing throughout the whole series (bar a couple of episodes) felt it needed an extra draft. Today I want to go into that opinion in a bit more detail by looking at the second episode of the season The Ghost Monument.

It is a fun but low stakes story of the Doctor and her friends trekking across a dangerous alien planet trying to get home during an intergalactic race. The tension is taken out of the episode because of a poor example of foreshadowing. I’ll go on to explain why I feel this way but first let’s look at what foreshadowing is, and a good example of it contained in the same episode.

Spoilers below for Doctor Who: The Ghost Monument

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Doctor Who Series 11: It’s Fine

Foreshadowing the Ghost MonumentIn these click bait times in which we live, revealing the conclusions of an article in the headline goes against the norm but in many ways a simple blog title is the best metaphor for the 11th series of Doctor Who.

What follows below the break are my thoughts on various parts of the series and why, when place in the whole, they result in my verdict of ‘It’s Fine.’

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Loving Vincent’s Animation

As well as seeing the popcorn pleaser Thor: Ragnarok over the weekend I also saw the much smaller UK/Poland animated movie Loving Vincent. What makes this biographical tale of Vincent Van Gogh stand out is the animation style: each frame is an oil painting on canvas like a Van Gogh painting. Don’t believe me, check out the trailer below:

As you can see the animation is definitely beautiful but is there more to the movie than pretty pictures? You’ll have to click below the break to find out

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Ragnarok of Comedy

Ragnarok of ComedyThanks to work, I’ve only just caught up with Thor: Ragnarok – another solid seven out of ten film from Marvel Studios. One thing the film does do is highlight Marvel’s problem with comedy and how it undercuts any tension the movie may have.

I’m not saying that superhero movies shouldn’t make a single joke. In fact characters like Thor need to embrace the silliness of their premises but they need to do it in a way that still takes their stories seriously. Below the break I’ll have examples!

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Golden Compass Rewatch

Golden Compass RewatchThe only way to complete this mini Northern Lights/The Golden Compass series is to do a rewatch of the film and see if the concerns I had of the original trailer were unfounded. The short version is it is better than I remembered but does have a couple of major issues stopped it ever becoming a good film.

Beware spoilers for The Northern Lights/The Golden Compass below

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Introducing The Golden Compass Film Discussion

Introducing The Golden Compass Film DiscussionToday is the day that Philip Pullman publishes his new book La Belle Sauvage, the first volume of The Book of Dust series – a sequel series to Pullman‘s His Dark Materials trilogy.

Introducing Golden Compass Film Discussion

I’ve loved the original trilogy since my university days and I’ve talked a bit about them on previous blogs before so to celebrate the launch of the new book I’ll be re-publishing my original trailer review for The Golden Compass as a Ghost of Blogs Past. The following day I’ll publish a re-watch review of the film that refers back to the trailer review post to see if my concerns from 2007 are still true today. I’ll post both of these articles below the break once they have been published.

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Next of the Planet of the Apes

Next of the Planet of the ApesYesterday I saw the quite superb War for the Planet of the Apes. Apart from being great it concluded what I’m going to call the Andy Serkis Trilogy of Planet of the Apes films. Can you believe there have now been nine Planet of the Apes movies in total? Eight of which could be claimed as cannon but that is not what I want to talk about today. Instead I want to talk about what next for the Planet of the Apes. This of course includes spoilers for War for the Planet of the Apes so no suggestions until after the break below!

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The 13th Doctor – A Hot Take

Tonight the BBC finally announced the actor who would play the 13th Doctor, taking over the role from Peter Capaldi at Christmas. For those avoiding spoilers (good luck!) I won’t say who it is until after the break. For those who want to find out – or just want to enjoy the moment again – here is the BBC‘s intro video!

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When The Beginning Isn’t A Very Good Place To Start

When The Beginning Isn't A Very Good Place To Start

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According to the musical the Sound of Music

Let’s start at the very beginning/a very good place to start

However when adapting/remaking/re-imagining a famous property it often isn’t.  Last week I sat down to watch Emerald City, the Game of Thrones style TV remake of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. It is everything you’d expect from such a description (minus the pointless female nudity) yet the opening episode was often boring as the usual plot points came and went. Spoilers from here on out so click below to read more.

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