All hail the real Tiger King! The Beastmaster (1982) Review

This is one of the rarer films in my Comfort Movie pantheon in that I loved it so much, I was never willing to risk even the slightest sliver of my affection for it by watching either of the belated sequels or the TV spin-off which I only learned existed when I came to do…

The discomfort movie of the moment. Contagion (2011) Review

Having been concentrating on comfort movies recently, I took a break to take in what, in the present climate, is almost the diametric opposite of a comfort movie. Steven Soderbergh’s chillingly prescient docudrama “Contagion” covers the terrifying rapidity with which an aggressive and deadly new disease emerges in the far east and spreads to every…

There’s no puzzle to what gives Labyrinth (1986) its magic.

Published as part of Realweegiemidget’s Pop Stars Moonlighting Blogathon 2020. There’s an immutability to the best of Jim Henson’s work and it’s that sense of timelessness that marks “Labyrinth” out as one of the finest classics of his astonishingly rich legacy. While many of Henson’s frequent collaborators – George Lucas, Frank Oz – were involved…

Star Trek Picard (S1E08) uses Broken Pieces to put things back together again.

*SPOILERS* A great many things become clear as “Star Trek: Picard” manoeuvres its characters and pieces for its first season endgame. Ironically, the episode called “Broken Pieces” is the one which starts to show how everything fits together. But first, in depressingly customary form, we begin with another flashback – to fourteen years ago again…

Doctor Who: The Timeless Children (S12E10) Review

*SPOILERS* After last week’s cobbled together chaotic opener, “The Timeless Children” continues Season 12’s trend of two-part continuations which aren’t really two-part stories. With the arrival of The Master on the scene, the Cybermen and their Cyberprophet are relegated to disposable henchmen as the real master plan, Chibnall’s master plan, takes centre stage and he…