Sunday, April 26, 2015

'Ex Machina' Review: I Robot, You Jane?

A pretty face (Alicia Vikander as Ava) is only part of the story in "Ex Machina."
A funny thing happened on the way to Sci Fi Blockbuster Season - a movie that is definitely worth your time hit theaters to little acclaim.

If you've been overwhelmed by the publicity and rumors surrounding "Avengers: Age of Ultron," "Mad Max: Fury Road," "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," "Terminator: Genisys," "Tomorrowland," "Fantastic Four," "Ant-Man" and a certain superhero movie that doesn't come out for nearly another year (we're looking at you, Clark Kent and Bruce Wayne), you may have missed the artistic and critical success that is "Ex Machina."

No, the future of all humanity is not at risk (not yet, anyway).

No, you're not going to witness spandex-clad heroes battling armies of high-tech warriors (although artificial intelligence is the centerpiece of the plot).

Instead, "Ex Machinia" is smartly written, well-acted and edgy. In other words, it's an actual Movie rather than an Event.

Friday, April 24, 2015

Doctor Who - Doctor Who UK Comic Issue 3 Cover and Trailer



Out now in the UK is the third issue of the Doctor Who comic magazine which continues the three stories for the 10th, 11th and 12th Doctors.  Below is a trailer for the comic book.


Thursday, April 23, 2015

Doctor Who - The Darkness of Glass Review



Doctor Who:
The Darkness of Glass
By Justin Richards
Starring Tom Baker and Louise Jameson

The year is 1907 and The Doctor and Leela are cut off from the TARDIS when the path they are walking on is covered up by the ocean when the tide came in.  Stranded on a small island The Doctor and Leela find sanctuary in a castle where members of the Caversham Society have gathered to on the 100th Anniversary of the death of Mannering Caversham who was the greatest Magic Lanternist who ever lived.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Eye on Sci-Fi - Star Wars, Orphan Black, Mad Max


Late April 2015

by Ken Parker



With a slew of high profile sci-fi movies coming out this year like The Avengers: Age of Ultron, Mad Max: Fury Road, Terminator: Genisys and Jurassic World, one can be excused to forget about the biggest release of the year, mostly because it is still many months away from coming out. But we won't be forgetting about Star Wars from now on. Expect an ever increasing level of promotion and coverage about Star Wars from now on.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens – Obviously the big news for this was the release of the trailer.


Doctor Who - Series 9 Filming Pics (Spoilerish)

Here is the next batch of filming pics from the Official Doctor Who Instagram site.  There are two images that are spoilerish so don't say you weren't warned.



New Comic Book Checklist For April 22



DARK HORSE COMICS

Buffy: The Vampire Slayer: Season 10: 14
Creepy Comics 20
Crimnial Macabre:TPB: Third Child
Frankenstein: Underground 2
Grindhouse: Drive In Bleed Out 4
Halo: Escalation 17
Mind MGMT 32
Mister X: Razed 3
Strain:THC: 2-The Fall
Tomb Raider 15
Witchfinder:TPB: 3-Mysteries of Unland

DC COMICS

Batman 66: 22
Batman 66:THC: 3
Batman 66:TPB: 2

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Doctor Who - Lethbridge Stewart: The Forgotten Son Reviewed By @BlackAdder345



Lethbridge Stewart:
The Forgotten Son Review
By Will Barber – Taylor

When Colonel Alistair Lethbridge-Stewart of the Scots Guard is recalled from Libya to help combat the Yeti incursion in London, he finds himself on the frontline fighting robotic soldiers of an alien entity known as the Great Intelligence. With the British Government still reeling at this proof of alien life, what connects these events to the events to the seemingly quiet Cornish village of Bledoe? And what has all of this to do with Lethbridge-Stewart?

The Forgotten Son is a unique book. It captures the tone of modern Doctor Who novels but also mixes in a nostalgic feel comparable to the Target novelizations of old.

Doctor Who - David Schofield Cast For Series Nine (Possible Spoiler)


Some Series Nine news.  Den of Geek is reporting that David Schofield has been cast in Series Nine of Doctor Who.  Now for those who do not want to know who they think he will be playing do not read any futher.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Doctor Who - Death Match Synopsis


This months 4th Doctor audio sees The Doctor and Leela going up against The Master yet again as they find out he is very much alive following their last encounter with him last month.  You can order this release from the Big Finish website.
http://www.bigfinish.com/releases/v/death-match-940

The Death-Match is under new management. The Hunt Master's Champion has been installed. All regular players are welcomed back to the Pursuit Lounge to observe the contest in luxurious surroundings. Privacy is assured. For this reason we ask our elite guests to abide by the strict security protocols. Please note, the house has no limits.

In the Gallery, your combatants can be observed on the orbiting Quarry Station. A purpose-built environment filled with deadly traps and hidden dangers. Prizes are offered for every kill, with bonuses for rogue elements. Only an elite hunter can survive the End-Game. Do you have a worthy champion? Kill or be killed: the only rule of the Death-Match...

Written By: Matt Fitton
Directed By: Nicholas Briggs

Cast
Tom Baker (The Doctor), Louise Jameson (Leela), John Leeson (K9), Geoffrey Beevers (The Master), Susan Brown (Kastrella), Andy Secombe (Vargrave)

Producer David Richardson
Script Editor John Dorney
Executive Producers Jason Haigh-Ellery and Nicholas Briggs

Bloody 'Daredevil:' A Dark Knight for the Marvel Universe

"Does this hurt? I hope so."
Let's set some simple ground rules for this review of the new "Daredevil" series on Netflix. As you probably know, "Daredevil" is the first step being taken by Netflix to create its own little corner of the Marvel universe. More series with more characters are part of the plan. And, "Avengers"-like, they will become a team. We don't care about any of that. Not yet, anyway, because none of it is going to happen unless "Daredevil" makes us care about the downtrodden residents of New York's Hell's Kitchen.

Mission accomplished, Marvel.

Based on the first two episodes (Netflix has released 13 for streaming), "Daredevil" easily stands on its own as an outstanding superhero crime series, thanks largely to star Charlie Cox. "Superhero" is used loosely because he possesses none of the usual comic book powers (strength, flying, speed). When young Matt Murdock is blinded in an accident, he gains heightened senses that make him keenly aware of his surroundings. By night, Murdock becomes a masked vigilante. By day, he and Foggy Nelson (portrayed by Elden Hanson) are partners in a small law firm struggling to make ends meet.

Friday, April 17, 2015

Doctor Who - The First Doctor Companion Chronicles Box Set Synopsis


Big Finish has released the details for its upcoming 1st Doctor box set which is a continuation of the popular Companions Chronicles.  It features four companions from the 1st Doctor era and is out in June.  You can preorder this box set from the Big Finish website.
http://www.bigfinish.com/releases/v/the-first-doctor-companion-chronicles-box-set-1132

A new four-disc release featuring four tales from readers associated with the First Doctor era, and a second actor.

The Sleeping Blood by Martin Day

When the Doctor falls ill, Susan is forced to leave the safety of the TARDIS behind. Exploring a disused research centre in search of medical supplies, she becomes embroiled in the deadly plans of a terrorist holding an entire world to ransom – and the soldier sent to stop him.

The Unwinding World by Ian Potter

Office life is tough, the commute is a grind, nothing works quite as well as you'd like. Vicki seems to remember things being better once, before the little flat. It’s time she put some excitement back in her life. It’s just a shame the Doctor can’t help.

The Founding Fathers by Simon Guerrier

The TARDIS lands in Leicester Square in the summer of 1762. When the Doctor, Steven and Vicki find themselves locked out of the TARDIS, only one man can possibly help them. But the American, Benjamin Franklin, has problems of his own...

The Locked Room by Simon Guerrier

Steven Taylor left the Doctor and the TARDIS to become king of an alien world. But it's now many years since he gave up the throne and went to live in a cell in the mountains, out of sight of his people. He's not escaping his past – quite the opposite, in fact. As his granddaughter, Sida, is about to discover...

Written By: Martin Day, Simon Guerrier, Ian Potter
Directed By: Lisa Bowerman

Cast
Carole Ann Ford, Maureen O'Brien, Peter Purves, Alix Dunmore, Alice Haig, Darren Strange

Doctor Who - LI Who 3 Adds Jemma Redgrave To Their Guest List



LI Who has added Jemma Redgrave who plays Kate Stewart in Doctor Who.  She was in series 8 and will be in series 9 and it should be interesting to hear what she has to say about acting with four Doctors.  You can get your tickets at the LI Who website.
http://longislanddoctorwho.com/

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Doctor Who - 10th Anniversary of NuWho: Aliens of London/World War 3 Review



Doctor Who:
Aliens of London/World War 3
By Russell T. Davies

“If aliens fake an alien crash and an alien pilot, what do they get? Us. They get us. It's not a diversion, it's a trap.”

The Doctor returns Rose home in which he believes she has been gone for 12 hours which it turns out to be 12 months instead and it caused quite the furor.  Jackie was livid as she thought Rose was kidnapped and even went as far as accusing Mickey of murdering her.  Needless to say this was not the homecoming that Rose had expected and it was another goof by The Doctor that resulted in all this.

Then all of a sudden an alien ship crashed to Earth hitting Big Ben before crashing into the Thames. This has gotten The Doctor’s spirits up as he now has something to investigate and to get away from the domestics.  What he finds is a pig. A normal pig that someone has augmented his mind to make people think it is an alien.

Doctor Who To Premiere On Disney XD May 9th


Doctor Who will be airing on Disney XD in the US and I think this is a good way to get a younger generation into watching the show and hopefully the continue with it and seek out the show on BBC America.  It is also a good move as BBC America is a premium channel and now the show can gain a larger audience.  Lets hope they add Matt Smith and Peter Capaldi episodes in the future.  Below is the press release.

BBC’S ICONIC SCI-FI DRAMA "DOCTOR WHO"

TO PREMIERE ON DISNEY XD BEGINNING MAY 9

-- Starring David Tennant, Seasons Two Through Four of the Global Family Action Adventure Hit to Air on Disney XD --




BBC's world-renowned science fiction drama "Doctor Who" will premiere on Disney XD beginning SATURDAY, MAY 9 (9:00 p.m., ET/PT).  Disney XD, home to other top-rated action adventure programming including Lucasfilm's "Star Wars Rebels" and Marvel Television's animated series, has picked up seasons two through four of the global sci-fi hit.  The landmark series depicts the adventures of the Doctor (played by David Tennant), a Time Lord who travels through space and time in his TARDIS combatting various enemies to save civilizations around the universe.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Doctor Who - The Defectors Synopsis


Out now is part one of three that will be part of the celebration to Big Finish's 200th main range release.  This month sees the 7th Doctor teaming up with Jo Grant.  You can order it from the Big Finish website.
http://www.bigfinish.com/releases/v/the-defectors-870

Jo Grant is shocked to find most of her colleagues are missing. Then she discovers that the Doctor has inexplicably changed.

But there’s no time to worry about it, as she and her misplaced Time Lord friend are whisked to the mysterious Delphin Isle on a matter of national security. There, they encounter a disturbingly odd form of local hospitality and learn of a highly classified incident that took place during the Cold War.

Why exactly have they been brought here? And what is the truth concerning the bodies in the harbour and the vast project being undertaken beneath a cloak of secrecy?

Written By: Nicholas Briggs
Directed By: Nicholas Briggs

Cast
Sylvester McCoy (The Doctor), Katy Manning (Jo Grant), Richard Franklin (Captain Yates), Neil Roberts (Captain Cornelius), Barnaby Edwards (Commander Wingford), David Graham (Shedgerton), Rachel Bavidge (Europan Leader), Jez Fielder (Europan)