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Millions

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Saintly

Saintly

Now Millions was the business. I only watched this because Danny Trainspotting Boyle directed it, but it turned out to be a cracker. A nice mixture of darkness and light as a child who recently lost his mother finds a bag full of money. There is a real evocation of the magical times of childhood when everything is that little bit more special and your imagination can run riot.

Daisy Donovan was a revelation. From her earlier shows I knew she could act but she puts in a real subtle performance. And for once James Nesbitt didn’t annoy me at all.

I just wish Danny Boyle would make more films. Still his next science fiction one, Sunshine, looks a cracker.

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June 29, 2009 at 3:21 pm

Stalker

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Journey into inner space

Journey into inner space

I first heard about Stalker ages when I read a rave review of it in a book about science fiction films. It was a film directed by the acclaimed Russian director Andrei Tarkovsky. A few years back I had tried to watch his Solaris on late night television but gave up due to both the lateness of the hour and the film’s extreme length. I will not say it was boring exactly, just so arty as to be almost unwatchable. After that the urge to watch Stalker had receded. But then recently I saw it was available for rental so thought I would give it a go.

The film does have a plot, if on the face of it a rather simple one. A Stalker leads the Writer and the Scientist into the Zone (yes all the capitals indicate we are dealing with arch-types not real people here). The Zone was formed after a meteorite (or possibly an alien spacecraft) crashed, leaving an area riddled with deadly ‘traps’ but at the centre of which is a Room that will grant whatever is someone’s deepest wish. Read the rest of this entry »

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June 29, 2009 at 3:10 pm

WTF, D&D

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An hilarious investigation into some of the more idiotic aspects of really old-school Dungeons And Dragons:

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June 29, 2009 at 3:04 pm

Three Colours: Blue, Three Colours: White and Three Colours: Red

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Blue

Blue

Three Colours: Blue had always been for me one of those universally acknowledged film greats that I’d not got around to seeing. In fact watching yet another of those countdown clips show on great movies I was struck by the fact that it was the only movie near the top of the list that I had not seen. So I watched it and was sufficiently impressed to watch the rest of the three colours trilogy. Taken together the films really are a masterpiece – although perhaps harder to analyse than most, as they work in the emotions rather than the intellect. Named after the colours of the French flag they represent the spirit of liberty, equality and fraternity – as well as strongly featuring the colour of its title in its costumes and set design. Each one stars a breathtaking European woman (though the middle film, White is from the perspective of her admirer), who each make brief appearances in the other films.

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June 29, 2009 at 2:48 pm

“In the modern Doctor Who series, the sonic screwdriver has more in common with a magic wand than an actual mechanical device.”

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Whilst I still watch it (I dropped Torchwood after the first series and Primeval recently… never got into the Sarah Jane thing) and for the most part it’s pretty entertaining – there’s usually at least one stand-out episode each series – the new Doctor Who has some terribly lazy writing at times. Especially when it’s a Russell T Davies script. This article on the use of the sonic screwdriver as some sort of magic plot-solving device sums up a lot of my thoughts on the matter. And don’t even get me started on the that magic-paper thing…

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June 29, 2009 at 2:33 pm