Wednesday, October 26, 2011

The Gone and the Restless: Dead of Night movie review

Halloween Movie Reviews: the Gone and the Restless

This year for Halloween I will be reviewing a selection of ghost movies! First up: the awesome 1945 horror film "Dead of Night". Enjoy!

Halloween Make-up Tutorial: 1920's Flapper

It's been a while, but here is another video make-up tutorial! Don't forget to subscribe to my youtube channel if you liked it. Stay tuned for more make-up tutorials and Halloween movie reviews!

Monday, October 10, 2011

Doctor Who episode review - The Wedding of River Song

So the time has come. The Doctor has to die. A fixed point in time, there's no escaping it. As we've seen during this season River Song was kidnapped and then trained to become the Doctors assassin. But it has also become very clear that the daughter of Amy Pond and Rory Williams is no push-over. She's smart, strong-minded and loves the Doctor. Ofcourse she'd try anything to prevent his death. And when she manages to, all time stops. The whole world has become a big mess.

I wasn't sure what to think at first, pterodactyls in the playground, Winston Churchill, hot-air balloons and flying cars, it seemed like we might be in for a big special effects bonanza. But I was pleasantly surprised. All the loose ends we've been leaving during the season came together, Dorium Moldovar who gets taken by the Headless Monks, Madame Kovarian, the Silence and the Teselecta. The scenes in the skull room were pretty creepy, especially when Gantok falls in the pit and gets eaten by them. The scariest though was when Rory noticed that the glass where the Silence was kept behind started to break. So it turned out they weren't held prisoner there, but were waiting for the arrival of the Doctor.

The most memorable part for me was when Amy decides to not help Madame Kovarian, even though she knows it would kill her. Back in the normal world she has regrets about this, but I still think she'd do it again if she had another chance. This woman caused Amy and her loved ones so much pain and trouble, why bother saving her from something she caused herself? She'd probably only find another way to kill the Doctor.
After the Doctor convinces River that he forgives her for killing him and that there is no other way, they have to turn back to normal otherwise reality will break down, they marry on the spot. Claiming to tell her his name, he whispers something in her ear and they turn return to the previous reality as they kiss. Then she kills him...

I don't know why I didn't see the twist coming, ofcourse the Doctor can't really be killed. How would they continue the show? But the ending still surprised me. Getting the Teselecta to stand in for the Doctor never even crossed my mind.

Overall I liked the finale. It did feel a bit frantic and rushed, maybe it would have been better as a two-parter. The conclusion was satisfying though, the episode was exciting and the Doctor and River finally got married! Yay!

So, now we know the question, what will the answer be? Doctor Who? Indeed...

Doctor Who episode review - Closing Time

Now the Doctor is on his own he decides to visit his old roommate Craig Owens(played by James Corden). Craig is now living with his girlfriend Sophie and has a baby. Just as the Doctor is on his way to leave he notices something isn't quite right. Weary as Craig is about getting involved he decides to help the Doctor out on this adventure.

I don't really care much for James Corden, but I liked him in "the Lodger" and it was nice to see Craig back. His worry that something bad was going to happen when the Doctor showed up on his doorstep played nicely on the reason why he left Amy and Rory behind at the end of "The God Complex".

The story itself was decent, nothing too complicated for a change. It was funny and had me sat on the edge of my seat. One thing that really annoyed me though was the baby-speak thing. I guess it's just one of those things, I never like it when they make out like the baby is making wise-cracking remarks about the adults around him.
The best part about this episode was the interaction between the Doctor and Craig. They play off each other really well. Like when Val, the perfume counter lady, mistakes them for a couple. The relish on the Doctors face while playing up to it seems even more comical because of Craig's akward denial. These silly asides made this episode more lighthearted than the show has been for a long while and offered a nice and well-needed breather before the no doubt dramatic finale.

The cybermen weren't as scary as they have been in other episodes, but I did like how Craig managed to escape the suit. Maybe it's cheesy, but the thought of being able to overpower these emotionless husks with the human instinct to protect and love your baby seems like as good a way as any. The ending with River Song seemed a little like an afterthought, even if it was a fairly important plot point. Now she is getting ready for the destiny Madame Kovarian had trained her for.
They've been doing that quite a bit this season, these little cliff-hangers at the end of an episode that often didn't have anything to do with the story beforehand. It doesn't really work for me. I either get so taken with the last five minutes that I forget what happened before, or I forget about the ending because it seemed so irrelevant that it only warranted a few minutes of screen time.

All in all "Closing Time" was a very entertaining episode with the right mix of adventure, silliness and emotional scenes. One of the most fun of the season.