Mar 24, 2017

[Movies] The Iron Giant (1999)

Featuring the 107 Facts video for The Iron Giant had me missing the movie something fierce. Thankfully iFlix had it in their movie library, so that saved me the effort of scouring the web for a way to get a copy off the movie. Oh the joys of streaming entertainment services.

And how can you not love this movie? After all it's quite the epic tale about a giant robot from outer space, but at the same time it's a wonderfully grounded story that's ultimately about a boy. Plus it's pre-Pixar creation by the now legendary Brad Bird that already follows his principle of telling stories with key focus on characters.

And again, it's a movie with a giant robot. How can you not appreciate a giant robot? Sure, I obviously have a thing for robots large and small, but that's beside the point. Giant robots are fun, and there's something even more fun about a giant robot who still has that retro look despite being pretty powerful given his extraterrestrial origins.

Totally cool.

Mar 23, 2017

[Doctor Who] The Road to Season 10

So I've been dancing around staying more in tune with the updates and spoiler discussions related to the upcoming 10th season of the new Doctor Who series, but one can only resist for so long. But the new season brings with it a new companion in the form of Pearl Mackie playing Bill Potts with Matt Lucas' Nardole also in the team. I'm not sure how to feel about these things.

But the teasers and trailer videos leading up to the April premiere of the new series are certainly getting more and more exciting with some interesting images including someone says saying EXTERMINATE and what appears to be an old school Cyberman from the Classic era. What could it all mean?

Series 10 Teaser - Doctor Who - BBC

Series 10 Teaser "A Time For Heroes" - Doctor Who

Series 10 Trailer - Doctor Who

Mar 22, 2017

[TV] The Crown: Season 1

I never expected to be the sort of guy who'd get into period dramas, but I have come to fully embrace this fact about myself now. I am proud to be a person who enjoys watching shows like Downton Abbey and I am totally happy that we took the time to watch The Crown. And yes, I'll probably get around to watching Victoria soon enough.

But back to The Crown, I had a good feeling that the show had promise based on the trailers and video clips going around social media. But I had no idea how much I'd enjoy this series given what could have been just another dry biographical drama.

Instead we have a fascinating journey into the Royal Family and the ascent of Queen Elizabeth II to the throne. That seems like a simple enough story, but in truth there's a lot of family drama before and after she becomes queen. There's also all the political stuff and dealing with her government, which is ruled in her name by the Prime Minister and all that jazz. It's all presented in a manner that is quite fascinating.

Mar 21, 2017

[Videos] Woman Interrupted During Interview

By now, most of us have seen the video of Professor Robert Kelly getting interrupted by his kids walking into a video interview with BBC News. The video was remembered for how much he tried to remain focused on the interview while pretty much ignoring his kids and letting his wife handle things.

The folks at Jono and Ben came up with this cheeky response video of a sort that I really liked:

Woman interrupted during BBC interview

For reference, here's the original BBC News interview:

Children interrupt BBC News interview - BBC News

And here's the follow-up piece Professor Kelly's entire family:

Prof Robert Kelly is back & this time his wife & children are meant to be in shot! BBC News

Mar 20, 2017

[Theater] The Nether (Red Turnip Theater)

Red Turnip has certainly developed a reputation for selecting some pretty interesting plays that may not always be big Broadway hits but certainly have something interesting to say. And I do appreciate that discernment when it comes to their show selections and thus the reason they've become a regular part of our theater calendar for the year.

The Nether seemed interesting without knowing too much about the play as it's not often you get productions that tackle science fiction. I don't precisely know why this is the case but there's something about the genre that doesn't necessarily make it the first choice for folks writing plays.

The beauty of science fiction isn't to be found in the big flashy scenes that movies fill with special effects. Instead it's more about how such future worlds are used as a lense to examine our own reality from a different perspective. Thus it uses the alien the make things more familiar.

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