Pan (2015) Review

Unnecessary. That’s the inescapable word that plagues “Pan” throughout its hefty 111 minute running time. It saddles the impish, carefree character of J M Barrie’s timeless tale with a hackneyed chosen one narrative so crushingly unsubtle that the characters actually use the phrase ‘chosen one’ near constantly. Abandoned on the steps of an orphanage as … Continue reading Pan (2015) Review

Doctor Who: Before The Flood (S9E04) Review

*SPOILERS* Usually, the habit of not immediately addressing the previous episode’s cliff hanger at the start of the episode bugs me but this time out, with Capaldi’s Doctor back in “Listen”-style lecture-the-audience mode is just so good it didn’t bother me. I’m really starting to like the 12th Doctor’s fondness for the electric guitar (it’s … Continue reading Doctor Who: Before The Flood (S9E04) Review

Doctor Who: Under The Lake (S9E03) Review

*SPOILERS* Well, that was a deliciously retro treat, wasn’t it? Since “Doctor Who” returned in 2005, I don’t think there’s been an episode which evoked the original series in quite so pure a form as “Under The Lake”. The classic atmosphere was so strong that when the first caption set the adventure in Caithness and … Continue reading Doctor Who: Under The Lake (S9E03) Review

Dracula Untold (2014) Review

It's become a bit of a cliché for Dracula to be given a tragic back story, some personal anguish which drives him and somehow mitigates his bloodlust and monstrous acts. While “Dracula Untold” falls victim to this trope, it does it with a bit of style and visual flair. When Prince Vlad (Luke Evans) tries … Continue reading Dracula Untold (2014) Review