Doctor Who – The Specials (2013) Rewatch and Review

Following the cliffhanger ending of the seventh series, Doctor Who had two specials before the next series could begin. The first of these is “The Day of the Doctor”, which is still the biggest thing the show has ever done. This was followed at Christmas by “The Time of the Doctor”, which saw Matt Smith’s Eleventh Doctor take his final bow.

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Doctor Who – Series 7 Rewatch and Review

Series 7 of Doctor Who is often considered to be a bit messy. Like the previous series, it’s once again quite literally a series of two halves – with the first half following the Amy and Rory and the second half picking up with new companion Clara, played by Jenna Coleman. Because of this, the series often feels like two separate seasons, and not one consistent thing. And with Amy and Rory’s tragic exit at the halfway mark, combined with The Doctor’s own departure at the end of the two specials, this is a series of goodbyes. But that doesn’t mean it’s not still incredibly entertaining. 

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Cinema of New Zealand: Sleeping Dogs (1977) Review

Sleeping Dogs is a landmark film for the cinema of New Zealand. It kick-started the countries very own new wave cinema movement and it heralded the arrival of two new voices with director Roger Donaldson and star Sam Neill.

But away from all that, it’s also just a really good thriller. The pacing is occasionally uneven but the film is certainly never boring. The beautiful cinematography and explosive action sequences disguises the film’s low-budget roots while Donaldson’s passionate direction shines throughout.

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Lost – Season 4 Rewatch and Review

Season 4 as a whole is one of the strongest seasons of the show, with no real weak points. I feel it’s the turning point for the show, between the first three seasons with their survival thriller vibes and the last three, more outlandish, science fiction and fantasy seasons. This change will polarise some watchers but I love it and believe these final seasons to be the best in the entire show. And season 4, with it’s tight scripting, fantastic characters, and it’s wonderfully realised science fiction concepts, might just be the best of the lot. 

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Lost – Season 3 Rewatch and Review

Here we are, over half way through Lost, on the downward slope. I don’t necessarily mean that in terms of quality – some of my favourite Lost stuff comes in the final 3 seasons. But season 3 was where the show runners decided they needed to begin to wrap things up. You can see in season 3 where the writers meandered, unsure where the show was going and padding out the run time with questionable storylines. For the most part though, season 3 does what Lost does best and pushes the story forward while simultaneously giving us the stuff we have all come to love. And in a lot of ways, it’s the strongest season yet.

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The Walking Dead – ‘Here’s Negan’ Review

This week The Walking Dead adapts the fantastic stand alone volume of Robert Kirkman comic book series, ‘Here’s Negan’. It’s something that’s been long awaited in TWD community, pretty much since the volume released in 2016, and it was easy to imagine Jeffrey Dean Morgan slipping into the role of pre-apocalypse Negan. And despite this adaptation being part of the run of COVID episodes, no sign of filming hindrances causes by pandemic precautions are on show here. In fact, ‘Here’s Negan’ is not only the best episode of this recent truncated season, it is one of the best episodes of The Walking Dead ever. 

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Doctor Who – Series 5 Rewatch and Review

I’ll admit that I was weary about David Tennant’s regeneration into Matt Smith. Smith is a phenomenal actor, but I had a few reservations about his time on the show. It was during these years that the show really blew up, becoming a big deal across the pond and cementing the reputation of the actors and creators. But as with things like this, when the goofy, nerdy thing that you like reaches the mainstream, it stops feeling like your thing. Suddenly you have to share it with the rest of the world.

But upon rewatching the first of Smith’s series as the Eleventh Doctor, I couldn’t have been more wrong.

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Lost – Season 2 Rewatch and Review

Lost season 2 picks up from pretty much exactly where season 1 ended. The survivors on the mysterious island have finally got that damned hatch open and are about to go inside. I’m not sure what the prevailing theories were at the time of airing, about what exactly was in the hatch. But I’m betting nobody guessed it’d be a Scottish man (with more than a passing resemblance to Jesus) and a doomsday button needing to be pressed every 108 minutes. The season meanders a little bit, here and there, treading water and buying time to pad out the overlong 24-episode long season. But even the unnecessary stuff is loads of fun. And the more out-there elements of the show introduced in season 2, like the various other stations on the island and the beginning of the Dharma initiative, is some of the absolute best stuff the show ever did.

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The ‘Final Destination’ Franchise – Worst to Best

Like the ‘Saw’ franchise, from 2000 to 2011, Final Destination became a cinematic tradition. Released every few years, the series hooked audiences in with the promise of ridiculously gory and over-the-top deaths. But it did this with a surprisingly consistent approach, establishing and updating it’s strict set of in-world rules and building a impressively rich mythos. And also someone gets their guts pulled out of their arsehole.

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