Category Archives: Reviews

Film Review: Tale of Tales

I love it when you can say that watching a movie you’ve been dying to see for a long time can also be called research. Matteo Garrone’s Tale of Tales (loosely adapted from Giambattista Basile’s 17th century collection Il Pentamerone) taps into the weird and … Continue reading

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Review: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Obviously I’ll be spoiling the heck out of The Cursed Child in this post, and I’m going to kind of assume that if you’re reading this you’ve already read it (or don’t care). Actually, if you haven’t read it yet, … Continue reading

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The Brothers Grimm, Lovely Fellas – “Heaven Sent” Review

I went into “Heaven Sent” prepared to love it. I mean, come on. It’s weird, experimental Doctor Who starring Peter Capaldi in what the industry calls a single-hander, a prestige piece by Steven Moffat, and directed by Rachel Talalay. Of … Continue reading

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All Those Death-Defying Scrapes – “Sleep No More” & “Face the Raven”

I’m putting these together, although they are the lone non-two-part pair of the season. Indeed, you could almost make “Face the Raven” part one of the three-part finale (quite like how “Utopia” set up “The Sound of Drums” while still … Continue reading

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Why Don’t You Break the Cycle? – “The Zygon Invasion”/”The Zygon Inversion”

I would never presume to claim that Doctor Who can offer an adequate response to the horrors unfolding in Paris and Beirut, because nothing can offer an adequate response. But isn’t that why we create art and tell stories? To … Continue reading

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I Am Afraid, But I Will Sing – “The Girl Who Died”/”The Woman Who Lived” Review

The thing that really stands out about this melancholy and lyrical pair of episodes is how much they appear to be setting up and playing into, even more than the first four, the seasonal arc regarding the departure of Clara. … Continue reading

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Die with Whoever Comes After Me – “Under the Lake”/”Before the Flood” Review

Ah, Toby Whithouse. Once a stalwart member of the core “reliable Doctor Who writers” group (like Mark Gatiss, but you know, good). Now a surprisingly polarizing figure of love-it-or-hate-it marmite. When and how did this happen? I’ve said that Whithouse … Continue reading

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