The Farthest

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The story of the Voyager probe mission is chronicled in Emer Reynolds’ eye opening documentary, The Farthest. It should be no surprise to readers of this site that I’m a massive nerd for space exploration. I love Star Trek and also love the real world stories of the achievements humanity has made in reaching out to learn…

This Beautiful Fantastic

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A young woman forges an unlikely friendship with her cantankerous old neighbour when faced with the prospect of an eviction in Simon Aboud’s This Beautiful Fantastic. The story focuses on Bella (Jessica Brown Findlay), a strange young woman who was protected by ducks when she was a baby until she was found by an old man…

Churchill

Churchill

Jonathan Teplitzky’s Churchill follows Wartime Prime Minister Winston Churchill in the 96 hours before the D-Day landings that heralded the end of World War II. The biggest problem with biographical films is that the cradle to grave approach can be very limiting from a storytelling point of view. With a lifetime to cover it inevitably…

God’s Own Country

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The 71st annual Edinburgh International Film Festival opens with Francis Lee’s God’s Own Country; the story of a Yorkshire Farmer who struggles to confront the truth about himself. Johnny Saxby (Josh O’Connor) is immediately established as someone who has a less than ideal life. He is essentially stuck in his situation due to his father’s…

Doctor Who – Season 10 Episode 10

Doctor Who

“The Eaters of Light” Doctor Who heads to Roman occupied Scotland to learn the reason for the disappearance of the Roman Ninth Legion. This episode is an important one even if it doesn’t seem like it. Peter Capaldi’s time as the Doctor is coming to an end and this is the final stand alone episode…

Gifted

Gifted

A man faces various challenges when trying to raise his genius level niece in Marc Webb’s Gifted. The story primarily focuses on Frank (Chris Evans and his niece Mary (McKenna Grace) with the core relationship being their combination of a father/daughter and an uncle/niece bond. This immediately stands out as being somewhat unique as Frank’s…

iZombie – Season 3 Episode 11

iZombie

“Conspiracy Weary” iZombie deals with the fallout of Major rushing into a romantic connection with Shawna as Liv starts to unravel the truth about D.A. Barracus. I mentioned last week that it wasn’t immediately clear where that particular episode sits in the overall narrative of the season and I definitely stand by that. The previous…

Doctor Who – Season 10 Episode 9

Doctor Who

“Empress of Mars” Doctor Who heads to Mars after a message is discovered on the surface left at the time of Queen Victoria. The most recent episodes have been really full on so it was possibly for the best for the show to slow down and deliver something more stand-alone. It did feel refreshing to…

The Mummy

Mummy

Universal try to launch their own Marvel style Cinematic Universe using their classic monsters starting with Alex Kurtzman’s The Mummy. By my count this is the third time Universal have tried to create a modern connected universe using their monsters with the first effort I, Frankenstein being a critical and commercial failure followed by a…

iZombie – Season 3 Episode 10

iZombie

“Return of the Dead Guy” iZombie deals with Liv’s guilt over the death of Drake as Mr. Boss goes after Blaine for reasons of revenge. Drake’s death happened at the end of last season and the show hasn’t really dealt with it. There were some passing references earlier in the season but on the whole…