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Giant maggots and the Doctor dressed up as a milkman – what more could fans have asked for?
The Green Death: episode six (23 June 1973)
The one … with the maggots!
Spoiler Alert: We are discussing some of the Doctor Who adventures broadcast over the last 50 years. In this blog, we're looking at part six of The The Green Death. It contains spoilers both about the specific episode and the story as a whole.
Maggots define The Green Death, but the main reason for its place in the canon is the departure of beloved companion Jo Grant. Off she goes, into the Amazon in search of protein-rich fungi with her new Welsh eco-warrior fiance. The Doctor's anguish lies in everything he doesn't say. Not until he hologrammed up to Rose Tyler on Bad Wolf Bay would the Doctor ever appear more heartbroken. That exit, driving off forlornly in Bessie as Jo and her »
- Dan Martin
Well that certainly wasn't the image I expected to see in the optogram in the opening scene of "The Crimson Horror" - how about you? Even Madame Vastra said it was impossible. Yep! Vastra, Jenny Frist and Strax were back and on the case. It was really their hour, as they went to extraordinary measures to try to get The Doctor to come their way.
My first thought as Jenny infiltrated "Sweetville" was Soylent Green Is People! When she finally got to the monster and it was, again, The Doctor, I was clueless. At least the next scene showed a bunch of people ready to be dumped into a pot of red goo. Perhaps Soylent Red was people? Nah...it was just a preservation process.
It was a really fast hour of viewing, that's for sure. Mrs. Gillyflower was played by the incredible talent, Diana Rigg, known best for her »
- email@example.com (Carissa Pavlica)
Top 10 Aliya Whiteley 23 Apr 2013 - 07:43
The Exorcist celebrates its 40th birthday this year, which had Aliya wondering, what other horror films came out in 1973? Here are 10...
Some movies become so famous, so iconic, that they rise above the time and place from which they sprang. The Exorcist is one of those movies. It doesn’t need any explanation and it doesn’t seem to age. Whether you love it or hate it, it stands above other horror movies.
It’s too easy to view influential films as if they were made in a vacuum, but when we talk about The Exorcist as possibly the best horror movie ever made, it got me thinking – was it part of a great year for the horror genre? What else was out there in 1973? Were all the horror movies of that year along similar themes, or were they all still dealing in physical rather than psychological horror? »
This weekend, the summer movie season unofficial kicks off with "Oblivion," a big-budgeted sci-fi extravaganza starring Tom Cruise as one of the last men on earth, a maintenance worker who is part of a two-person "clean-up crew" looking after the planet after a devastating intergalactic war. Of course, a series of increasingly weird situations leads Cruise's character to question everything he's been told. This includes his encounter with a group of freedom fighters led by Morgan Freeman's mysterious character, which serves as the beginning of a series of eye-opening revelations that could throw both himself and the planet into an existential tailspin. We've taken the time to run down the ten things you should probably know going into "Oblivion." 1. You Should Try to Know as Little as You Can One of the biggest pleasures of watching "Oblivion" is realizing how different a movie it is than the one marketed in the trailer. »
- Drew Taylor
In a significant first-run deal, Universal Channel has acquired A&E Network‘s Bates Motel for the UK. Handled overseas by NBCUniversal International Television Distribution, the series is a contemporary prequel to the Alfred Hitchcock feature Psycho and stars Vera Farmiga, Freddie Highmore, Max Thieriot, Olivia Cooke, Nicola Peltz and Nestor Carbonel. It debuted in the U.S. on March 18 and was renewed for a second run last week. Universal Channel acquired both seasons. Bates Motel is produced by Universal Television for A&E. Carlton Cruse, and Kerry Ehrin are exec producers. World’s Oldest Film Fest Adds ‘Doctor Who’s Karen Gillan In ‘Not Another Happy Ending’ The Edinburgh International Film Festival, which is celebrating its 67th edition this year, will close with Not Another Happy Ending. The film, directed by John McKay, stars erstwhile Doctor Who companion Karen Gillan along with Stanley Weber and Lost’s Henry Ian Cusick. »
- NANCY TARTAGLIONE, International Editor
Apocalyptic and dystopian stories have always intrigued us. If societal structure was to break down, the void left behind would expose the basest of human impulses. And over the last century, movies have taken a sick sort of pleasure in showing us what the worst case scenario might look like, with ominous features of the future mirroring the most pressing concerns of the present.
1. 'Metropolis' (1927)
This groundbreaking German sci-fi flick from the silent era explores the division between upper and lower classes while, out in the real world, socialism was quaking the geopolitical landscape .
2. 'The Last Man on Earth' (1964)
- Ben Freiburger
The landscape is vast, endless, and bare, often parched, sometimes green but always empty, with maybe a lone ribbon of highway snaking through it, a real road to nowhere. Come to think of it, the landscape isn’t completely empty. It’s dotted with outsize junk, with the stray wreckage of civilization, a rusty-metal-carcass reminder of everything that once was and can never be again. As for the people, they’re lone wanderers, the dregs of the human race, travelling by themselves or maybe in a pack of two or three (one of them is often a dog), until they »
- Owen Gleiberman
Feature Ryan Lambie 11 Apr 2013 - 07:00
Blomkamp rightly gained attention and praise for his 2009 debut feature District 9, and his next film, this summer's Elysium, appears to contain the same amalgam of intelligence and action; and that brief yet indelible shot of Copley and his Japanese sword seems, in a weird sort of way, to sum up what's so compelling about Blomkamp's filmmaking career to date: clever, oblique, and joyously cartoonish.
Crowdfunding was made for guys like Alex Cox. Similar to Ralph Bakshi, whose successfully Kickstarter-ed project we profiled recently, The Sid and Nancy and Repo Man director is a cult filmmaker who doesn’t fit in Hollywood and who therefore has had a hard time getting his movies off the ground. Even when working with his old titles, as he did with the sorta-sequel Repo Chick and the re-cut release of Straight to Hell (called Straight to Hell Returns), he’s had trouble getting notice. Hopefully he’s able to turn things around with Bill, the Galactic Hero, a low-budget sci-fi comedy adapted from the same-titled novel by Harry Harrison (who wrote the basis of Soylent Green – the novel “Make Room! Make Room!” — and co-wrote the script for Bill with Cox before his death last August). Cox has launched a Kickstarter campaign to help fund the movie at $100,000, and after a week he’s already halfway there »
- Christopher Campbell
Are you hungry for the tenderest of meats cooked to blood rare perfection, smothered in mushrooms, and dripping with a delicate au jus? Sounds kind of good, no? Only trouble is this sliver of protein power is more akin to Soylent Green than sirloin. Check out a new promo for "Hannibal."
The "Hannibal" series premiere is Thursday, April 4th, at 10Pm.
One of the most fascinating literary characters comes to life on television for the first time: psychiatrist-turned-serial killer Dr. Hannibal Lecter. In this new drama from Bryan Fuller ("Pushing Daisies," "Heroes") based on the characters from Thomas Harris' classic novels, we see where this incredible story began.
Will Graham is a gifted criminal profiler who is on the hunt for a serial killer with the FBI. Graham's unique way of thinking gives him the astonishing ability to empathize with anyone - even psychopaths. He seems to know what makes them tick. »
- Uncle Creepy
Even though Destroy the Brain is based out of St. Louis and we love to share with our local readers what’s going on around town, we also know that some of you don’t live in the “Gateway to the West.” As a result we do tend to cover horror and cult events outside of our hometown as well. And this time, boy do we have a not to miss event if you can make it to the “Windy City.” The weekend of March 8th and the 9th is a big one for genre fans living in Chicago. If you tend to go on long movie binges without any sleep then you may want to check out the massive Sci-Fi Spectacular going on March 9th. The mega movie marathon is happening all day at the Portage Theater and will include screenings of Matinee, Soylent Green, In The Mouth of Madness, »
- Michael Haffner
Clint Barton and Oliver Queen's arrows have nothing on Cupid, that obnoxious nude baby that pops up in television commercials the same time each year.
If it is your good fortune to get hit with one, you can be assured of a few absolute truths: you'll never get to watch what you want and you'll find yourself cleaning up the mess of a pet you never asked for.
If you are a male dating a female (and on Planet Fanboy, this is just one of a dozen permutations) you're gonna have to whip out the ol' Discover Obsidian Advantage Plus Card and dig deep as the calendar approaches February 14, no matter how much your beloved feigns indifference to crass, material goods.
But there's no reason that what you buy can't be fun for you, too. And if you are a Fanboy and she be Fanboy-tolerant (which is all most of »
- Jordan Hoffman
I don’t know about you, but damn, I need a cigarette. And I don’t smoke.
Yes, faithful readers, after much teasing, after much torment, after endless patient waiting, we finally got what we’ve been waiting for. How fitting that, in a week that began with a Super Bowl, our two favorite gay-diators finally achieved their own version of a touchdown.
Oh yes, we finally got to see it. Agron and Nasir and not, for once, coitus interruptus (or, as the Romans called it, bluis ballius.) And it was sweet. And romantic. And hot hot hawwwwwwwwt!
But, before we get ahead of ourselves, we need to go back to the very beginning which, as St. Julie of Andrews often reminds me, is a very good place to start.
The place: Spartopolis. The year: judging by the sexy shenanigans we saw going on, 69 BC. The scene: a bunch of men beating their swords. »
A peek at the top of the box office chart for 2012 gives a fairly clear indication why Hollywood continues to favour genre fare. Of the top 10 performing films from last year, only three drifted outside the fantasy, science-fiction or comic-book film oeuvres, and each of those was an animated movie.
It should come as no surprise, then, that the forthcoming year looks set to offer a plentiful bounty of fanboy-friendly films. In fact, there is so much to look forward to that I hope you'll forgive me for the brevity of some of the descriptions below.
Sci-fi aficionados ought to be in for a particular treat and the lineup of superhero-themed movies also looks extremely promising, with hardly a Green Lantern or Catwoman in sight. »
- Ben Child
14 items from 2013
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