Royal Wedding

As much as I didn’t intend to submit to the event I have the Royal Wedding playing in the background. I’m sort of watching the BBC coverage of Prince William and Kate Middleton whilst writing a Shōwa Day post and news articles .

Prince William and Kate Middleton

Seeing all of the pomp and ceremony on display with Huw Edwards and Simon Schama commentating is fascinating (apart from the dresses which are bizarre). The images of various social strata – royals from around the world (Denmark, Netherlands, Norway, Monte Carlo, Tonga, Brunei), military types including household cavalry and the crowds of people from all four corners of the earth – American, Australia, Canada, China, Japan, South Africa – makes one appreciate just the magic (and tourists) brought to Britain thanks to the Royal family.

Congratulations to Prince William and Kate Middleton.

Now I’m going to post about Shōwa Day and then watch television series Rubicon.

Hello Sweetie!

The first episode of the new season and I’ve fallen for Doctor Who all over again. Where the Christmas special was a gothic fairytale that was Dickensian and played with the timeline, this opener is hardboiled sci-fi with all the monster trimmings and history manipulation that played with the timeline.

Doctor Who sat in the Oval Office

Taking us from 2011 back to 1969, the plot includes Apollo 11 astronauts, the FBI and President Nixon. Moffat’s writing is as sharp as ever – both comedy and plot –

Why would anyone want to capture us?

I don’t know, I was going to wait for somebody to start trying to kill us and work back from there.

The monster is entirely creepy – slipping in and out of places and memory, turn around and you’ll forget it. It has a memorable first glimpse appearance where it blocks the sun and is indistinct but when it is seen in its full glory, it’s creepy. The fact it was also capable of violence on innocent bystanders helped a lot.

The acting is that usually assured brilliance that manages to capture the light and the dark, the extremes of emotions especially when confronting the extraordinary.

Mark Sheppard as an FBI agent in Doctor Who

A great character actor named Mark Sheppard (The X-Files, Firefly, Warehouse 13, Supernatural) is also in the episode.

All in all I’m eager to see episode two.

Link and Trailer Round-up and Sidney Lumet R.I.P.

Before I get into the main body of the post, the first BBC news headline to catch my eye when I connected to the internet was the death of Sidney Lumet at the age of 86.

For most cinephiles, his name will be familiar through classics like 12 Angry Men, Dog Day Afternoon and Network which are classics – just look on YouTube for the endless clips. I have watched two of the above and others but cannot talk confidently about his work or his impact beyond how memorable they are. I can quote them so they worked and had an impact on me as a film-goer. I’ll leave it to better writers to eulogize him properly but in any case, let me just add my condolences.

R.I.P. Sidney Lumet. The world has lost a great film maker.

Back to original programming…

Every week I come up with a wealth of information and trailers that I bookmark and hope to revisit because they are interesting but don’t quite warrant a post. Getting back to these links can take me a while so here’s the highlights of the stuff from this week before I
forget:

Has everybody seen the trailer for Lars von Trier’s latest film?

I’m not a fan of the chap’s work. Actually, I find most of his films rather dull punctuated with points of staggering bad taste. That said, the cast looks absolutely stellar with Kirsten
Dunst, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Charlotte Rampling, John Hurt, Kiefer Sutherland, and old von Trier collaborator, Stellan Skarsgård.

What drew my attention to the project was the story. When I first heard about it, it sounded damn interesting. That and the casting of Kirsten Dunst. Who appears nude. Ahem.

Web Game/Art/Random Cool Thing

This can qualify as an art installation, a game and a random cool thing. After messing around with this thing a few times I have absolutely nothing but praise.

A shot of the thing

For anybody who liked the Electroplankton games on the DS, here’s a link to something that is just charming. All you have to do is click on the squares. The order and pattern of squares that you click are of little importance because you will still create beautiful music!

The original poster (this is tumblr so people reblog like crazy) is here

This has replaced (temporarily) Japanese electro-pop as my internet soundtrack.

BBC – Movie Star Archive Collection

The BBC interviews a lot of stars. As Britain’s national broadcaster it would. All of these interviews are in an archive named:

Hollywood Voices Interviews with the Stars of the Golden Age of American Cinema

I haven’t explored it too deeply yet but from what I have heard, it’s quite fascinating. For any cinephile, this is a treasure trove of a standard and quality that the BBC is world renowned for.

Genkina hito predicts the 2011 BAFTA Awards

With the BAFTA’s (British Academy of Film and Television Arts) due to take place on the 13th February, the British film industry gets a chance to wave the flag for British talent and reward films from the rest of the world. The issue of what is or isn’t a British film depends upon the amount of British involvement but it is safe to say that Britain had a good year (apart from the UK Film Council getting axed).

Anyway, here’s what I think should win. When the results are read out on BBC One I’ll be able to compare and contrast. In the meantime I’ll probably change my mind after watching a few more films but first… 

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Doctor Who Christmas Special

Let me start by saying that this is the best Doctor Who Christmas Special in like… ever. Which is why I just have to post. If you haven’t seen it, watch it before reading this entry.

Matt Smith and Michael Gambon

Consider all of the Doctor Who Christmas specials so far. They tend to focus on over the top alien invasions and throw in a Christmas tree.  THIS Doctor Who, by contrast, is exactly what the Christmas season calls for. Observe…

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Halloween Viewing

It’s the week of Halloween and to get in the spirit of things, I’m colour coding stuff, replaying Project Zero: Crimson Butterfly and there’s a new (somewhat messy) background for my blog which will be revealed on the day (no new header because I like this one). But what is there on television for the horror fan? A lot, thanks to the BBC.

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Doctor Who – Big Bang

A quick post just to say how much I appreciated the season 5 finale of Doctor Who.

The ending was satisfying. Russell T. Davies was a genius in bringing it back and making it relevant but his season finales never satisfied me because they felt too epic and as a result they weren’t as tight as could be because too many elements were thrown in. This finale was brilliant because it was a tight, focussed story on time travel and was less reliant on increasingly outrageous twists.

Steven Moffat proves has the skill and the bravery to jump into different points along a characters time-line and join all of the elements together. All of the jumps in time were executed perfectly. This is typical Moffat but he has perfected it. Every part of the series so far has been expertly used.

Out of all the seasons of Doctor Who, 5 has to be my favourite as it has the comedy, the gothic horror, the sci-fi and the emotions. It had so many memorable elements and episodes – Van Gogh, the Weeping Angels, the Dream Master.

Furthermore, the assistants were enjoyable. The relationship between the Doctor, Amy and Rory as well as River Song powered the series and gave it a strong emotional core on top of the good ideas. Oh yeah, Matt Smith IS the Doctor.

The technology was crazy, the comedy was bang on, the emotions were there, plus there were killer lines:

Potential Spoilers

 

 

“I’ve got a future, that’s nice.”

“Hello universe goodbye doctor.”

“The footprints of the never-were.”

 Plus the fez was a good look.

 Goodbye fez.