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Doctor Who (2005)
I feel like a kid again...
Living in America, I always felt bad that I had few possibilities for watching Doctor Who. My local public broadcasting station got me hooked on the show in the early 80s when they showed the Tom Baker episodes over and over. They were finally able to show some Jon Pertwee episodes and some Peter Davison episodes before the show became priced too high for them and they had to stop. I have been able to buy some of my favorite episodes on DVD, but that could quickly become a very expensive habit.
In 1996, when the Fox movie with Paul McGann aired, I was glued to my couch with a big bowl of popcorn. While I didn't think the movie was as bad as some made it out to be, I wasn't surprised that the show wasn't picked up and made into a series. Now, nine years later, the show is back where it belongs, on the BBC. And through the combined technologies of the Internet and file-sharing, I am able to watch the new show not four days after it aired in the UK.
Where do I begin? I really like Christopher Eccleston's portrayal. He seems to be combining many of the best traits of previous Doctors. He is both humorous and slightly arrogant. Intelligent, and still curious. The show benefits from the relatively cheap CGI effects available today, without relying on them at the cost of good storytelling. The new console room seems to be a combination of the classic console room and the elaborate one created for the 1996 movie, with a couple nice new touches (i.e. the interior side of the main door). The first episode suffers a bit from having to re-establish the universe, but once new fans know what is going on the writers should be able to focus strictly on the story. I really liked that the first story dealt with a classic show threat, the Nestene Consciousness from Spearhead from Space and Terror of the Autons (I wasn't sure if that qualified as a spoiler or not, hence the warning). As soon as I saw the mannequin turn its head I knew exactly who/what was responsible.
Finally, Rose has the distinct honor of joining Jo Grant, Leela, Romana I, and Nyssa on the list of companions with whom I'd most want to be roaming time and space. She's quite the cutie.
So, between this new version of Doctor Who and the upcoming theatrical release of Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, I feel like I'm returning to some of the best parts of my childhood. It should be a fun year.
Edit: I just would like to add that after hearing the news that Christopher Eccleston is leaving the show after just one 13-episode season, I am back to feeling like a bitter and cynical adult.
Amazing movie overall.
I just saw Unbreakable at a 2nd run theater and can't believe I waited so long to see it. I enjoyed 6th Sense but liked Stir of Echoes better. I went to this mainly because I like Bruce Willis and Sam Jackson so much. The movie blew me away. The visuals were amazing. The story intriguing. I did not see the twist ending coming and I'm usually very good at that. I am now a big M Night fan and can't wait for his next movie.