4 items from 2017
Simon Brew Apr 22, 2017
This episode contains spoilers. Our spoiler-free review is here.
“You can’t reach the controls from the seats, what’s the point in that?”
My thoughts on Smile, the second episode of this year’s Doctor Who run - and the second-ever story to be written by Frank Cottrell-Boyce (previously behind series 8’s In The Forest Of The Night) - aren’t too far away from my thoughts on the series opener, The Pilot. That Pearl Mackie’s Bill is a breath of fresh air, that the interaction between her and Peter Capaldi’s Doctor feels different, and that the more relaxed pacing is »
Author: Cai Ross
Earth’s future has always proved a playground of possibility for scriptwriters and directors. Artists are rarely content to make do within the confines of what is merely possible. Setting a movie years in the future is a way of letting their minds off the leash, while usually offering an allegorical reflection of the times in which we currently live. As one fictional time-travel expert once said, “The future is not set. There is no fate but what we make for ourselves.”
Snow White & The Huntsman director Rupert Sanders is the latest in a long line of visual soothsayers who has made his own fate in the form of Ghost In The Shell, which offers us a metropolitan futureworld full of gymnastic augmented cybernetic agents, colossal 3D advertisements and the increasingly regular sight of Juliette Binoche in a lab-coat.
Like many futuristic sci-fi movies, Ghost In The Shell »
- Cai Ross
The way to a sci-fi’s heart is through its stomach.
At the beginning of Mad Max: Fury Road, Max Rockatansky crushes a double-headed gecko beneath his heel, wipes it off his boot, and eats it. It is a perfect moment — the panicked scuttling of the gecko over the sand as it fatally scurries towards Max’s foot; the crunches; the way the squirming lizard dangles helplessly from Max’s mouth as he turns to the camera. It’s a brief lull before we’re whisked away into 120 minutes of high-octane car theatrics — and it tells us everything we need to know about Max, ever the opportunist, and his hostile, crusty world. As NPR’s Jason Sheehan notes, a similar scene takes place in Road Warrior, in which Max chows down on some dog food; “a history of lack and desperation completely told with nothing more than a hungry stare, a »
- Meg Shields
Does anybody really know what's going on?
One thing I know for sure after watching Colony Season 2 Episode 2 is that we're a touch away from reuniting four of the Bowmans again. But not the four we've gotten to know as a unit.
The elusive Charlie and daddy Will have finally been reunited, but with Bram slaving away in a labor camp, the Bowmans will still be one shy of a full load. Other than that? Alien filled sky is the limit!
The extended family unit is still in tact, and pulsating. While we lost Beau last season, we've picked up Devon, and she grew on me during the hour. She's not only feisty, but she knows how to get around in a world that's very foreign to Will.
Jennifer was back, and she's not someone you really miss until she's right in front of you. Kathleen Rose Perkins is a gem. »
- Carissa Pavlica
4 items from 2017
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