Author: Sean W. Fallon

Doctor Who Recap: The Doctor Falls

DOCTOR WHO – SEASON 10 EPISODE 12 THE DOCTOR FALLS WRITTEN BY STEVEN MOFFAT DIRECTED BY RACHEL TALALAY And here it is, the episode we’ve been waiting for, the episode that has caused this recapper to lose sleep all week. Will Bill come back? Will we meet the new Doctor? Will we meet an old Doctor? Will Missy fall on the side of the angels, or is there just too much devil in her? Are you ready? No, me neither. Let’s do it. Recap: We open on green fields with pastoral, Songs of Praise music playing in the background. A...

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Prevenge Sees Alice Lowe on a Rampage

Overview: A heavily pregnant woman seeks revenge on her husband’s killer. Shudder; 2017; Rated-R; 88 mins Lowe: Alice Lowe has gradually carved out her place in the horror comedy pantheon. Starring roles in the seminal Garth Marenghi’s Dark Place and Sightseers (which she also co-wrote) have helped make her name as an actress who is equally adept at landing a joke and cutting a throat. For Prevenge she pulls triple duty as its writer, director, and star. This would be impressive enough, but when you add in the fact that she wrote, directed, and starred in the movie while...

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Doctor Who Recap: World Enough and Time

DOCTOR WHO – SEASON 10 EPISODE 11 WORLD ENOUGH AND TIME WRITTEN BY STEVEN MOFFAT DIRECTED BY RACHEL TALALAY And now, the end is near. This is the one we’ve been waiting for. It’s gonna have The Master and the Mistress, it’s directed by Rachel Talalay (aka the G.O.A.T), and it’s going to put the pieces in place for the regeneration. I’m not ready, are you ready? Well, doesn’t matter. Let’s do it. Recap The TARDIS arrives in a blizzard and the Doctor falls out, injured. He begins to regenerate and screams, “Noooooo” as we cut to the opening titles....

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Doctor Who Recap: The Eaters of Light

DOCTOR WHO – SEASON 10 EPISODE 10 THE EATERS OF LIGHT WRITTEN BY RONA MUNRO DIRECTED BY CHARLES PALMER We’re very close to the end of what has been one of the best seasons of Doctor Who ever. Capaldi has finally made the role his own and Bill has been the shot of adrenaline the show needed. Next week will be the beginning of the end so let’s see what the Doctor gets up to on his last standalone adventure before regeneration beckons. Recap: We open in present day Scotland where two kids are climbing a hill so that the...

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Netflix Hidden Gem: Lost Soul: The Doomed Journey of Richard Stanley’s Island of Dr. Moreau

Lost Soul: The Doomed Journey of Richard Stanley’s Island of Dr Moreau covers the making of the disaster that was 1996’s The Island of Doctor Moreau. In movie circles, the story of how the movie went off the rails is probably more well-known than the plot of the actual movie. Richard Stanley, fresh off some weird, well-made horror movies, is given the chance to direct a movie of his favourite book, The Island of Doctor Moreau. Ill-preparedness, prima donna actors, divorces, suicides, hurricanes, anti-social behaviour, and floods all combine to get Stanley kicked off the project and replaced. Lost...

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Predator – Vietnam in a Haunted House

Predator was the first horror movie I ever watched. At the time, I was eight or nine, I didn’t know it was a horror movie and I don’t think my parents knew either. As far as we were concerned, if Arnie made it, then it was an action movie. It was only when I re-watched Predator recently that I saw that even though the movie is billed as a sci-fi/action movie, it’s actually a slasher flick. The greatest sci-fi horror movies are the first two Alien movies. Alien is the quintessential haunted house movie while Aliens used the xenomorphs...

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Doctor Who Recap: Empress of Mars

DOCTOR WHO – SEASON 10 EPISODE 09 EMPRESS OF MARS WRITTEN BY MARK GATISS DIRECTED BY WAYNE YIP The Monks trilogy is over and we’re closing in on the end of the season and the final episodes of Peter Capaldi. Mark Gatiss returns and he is a Doctor Who writer with a hit or miss track record so let’s see what’s he got tonight. Recap: We open on a NASA control room as a group of techs wait for a transmission from their probe, Valkyrie. As the countdown nears an end we see that the Doctor, Nardole, and Bill are...

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The Mummy Gets the Dark Universe Off to a Shaky Start

Overview: An ancient mummy awakens from her tomb and must be stopped by a thief and an archaeologist. Universal; 2017; Rated-M; 110 mins. Dark Universe: The original Universal horror movies are a wonderful collection of weird little gems filled with iconic monsters, mad scientists, and adventure. When Universal announced their Dark Universe would be a modern version of these stories set in a shared universe featuring, initially, The Mummy, the Invisible Man, Frankenstein’s monster, and Jekyll and Hyde, I was overjoyed. However, now that I’ve seen the first outing for the Dark Universe, The Mummy, I’m going to have...

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Seoul Station is Entertaining but Inessential

Overview: A zombie outbreak begins in Seoul, striking first at the homeless population. Next Entertainment World; 2016; 90 mins. Prequel: Though billed as a prequel to 2016’s Train to Busan, Seoul Station is its own creature. It shares a lot of DNA with its live action counterpart but both movies can exist independently of each other. It feels feels like a class of film students were given the same assignment: make a zombie movie set in Korea that says something about class. Train to Busan took the idea and made a live action movie about zombies and salary men....

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Guardians is Fast-Paced to a Fault

Overview: A team of superheroes must stop a madman from destroying Moscow. Turbo Films; 2017; Not Rated; 100 minutes. And Then: There’s a popular video on YouTube in which Trey Parker and Matt Stone of South Park fame crash a writing class at NYU. Their main script writing advice is that between each scene you should be able to put the words BUT or THEREFORE. Otherwise, you might as well just write AND THEN. Guardians is very much an AND THEN movie. Guardians is the story of a Cold War project known as Patriot that sought to create superhumans. When the...

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Doctor Who: The Lie of the Land

DOCTOR WHO – SEASON 10 EPISODE 08 THE LIE OF THE LAND WRITTEN BY TOBY WHITHOUSE DIRECTED BY WAYNE YIP This week promises a lot: the finale of the Monks trilogy, the return of Missy from the Vault (if it is her in the vault), and someone getting shot. From the trailers, it looks like this is going to be a Bill-centric episode with a plot like one of those awesome alternate universe episodes of Fringe, so basically, all the things I like. If you’re sitting comfortably, let’s begin. We open with a David Attenborough style history lesson (narrated by...

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10 More DC Women Who Deserve a Movie

With Wonder Woman making her way into cinemas and early reports declaring it an incredible movie, we can only hope that DC are smart enough to branch out and make movies with some of the other amazing female characters in their stories. With that in mind, we’ve chosen ten that we would like to see given the $200 million movie treatment. Poison Ivy Poison Ivy has, alas, been portrayed on screen before by Uma Thurman in 1997’s Batman and Robin. However, that performance failed to capture some of the nuance of Pamela Isley’s alter ego. In the modern world...

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What If Wonder Woman Were Made in a Past?

We’re opening the doors to the way back machine once again so we can see what Wonder Woman would have been like if they had made it in the 1960s, instead of us having to wait until 2017 to see Diana lead a big budget blockbuster movie. Really, Groot the talking tree was in two movies before Wonder Woman was released, and we’ve seen seven different actors play Batman. We’ve now jumped into our parallel universe, time-travel doohickey, and we’ve brought back some info about the movies that should have been and never were: 1960s Deep in the jungles of Vietnam,...

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Doctor Who Recap: The Pyramid at the End of the World

DOCTOR WHO – SEASON 10 EPISODE 07 THE PYRAMID AT THE END OF THE WORLD WRITTEN BY PETER HARNESS & STEVEN MOFFAT DIRECTED BY DANIEL NETTHEIM After last week’s headtrip into the Doctor watching an episode of Doctor Who, we continue the story of the monks and the Doctor’s blindness. This arc has the potential to be something very special so let’s see how it goes. Recap: We begin with an odd previously on… as it shows events from last week but intercuts them with current events. I’m not going to rehash what came last week so I’ll focus on...

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Happy Birthday, Star Wars! A Thank You From Our Families

When I pounced on this writing assignment I didn’t have a specific hook in mind, I just knew that if something was going to be written about Star Wars then I wanted it to have my byline. I umm’d and ahh’d for a while and pitched some different ideas but nothing really made me want to dive onto my computer and start writing. It was only when my older brother, Ken, sent me a video of my five-year-old nephew, Leo, dancing to the Imperial March while talking about how ‘all the ships blowed up’, that I had my idea....

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