HELLO 13TH DOCTOR Ι TWICE UPON A TIME REVIEW

p05nrwnrDecember 2017   Ι   Season 11   Ι   Episode 00   Ι   Rachel Talalay


In this year’s Doctor Who Christmas special we get to follow the 12th Doctor and the 1st Doctor on their adventure through the galaxy. Joined by the Captain and Bill, they all find themselves standing face to face with some rather see through aliens. 

If you didn’t know, I kind of live for Doctor Who and I believe it was a little more than a year ago that I decided to go back to 1963 (not literally unfortunately, haven’t mastered time travel yet),  and watch all the 26 seasons and the movie to get the full Doctor Who experience. It took me a really long time, but oh was it worth it. So you can imagine how happy I was to hear that they were bringing back the 1st Doctor for this years Christmas episode, even though I knew it wouldn’t be my 1st Doctor (since William Hartnell is no longer with us). As one who has experienced quite a lot of the 1st Doctor, I am a little disappointed over how he was portrayed because I didn’t really feel like it was the 1st Doctor. I do however think it was a great attempt and a brilliant idea.

So getting into the whole plot I have to say that I’m a tad disappointed. I want more Christmas!! The Doctor Who Christmas specials I’ve enjoyed the most have been the ones that reminded me of Christmas. I can not say this one did. To this day I have to say that A Christmas Carol with Matt Smith is my absolute favorite Christmas special because that one felt like Christmas.

To my surprise, I found the Captain to be a very fascinating character and even if he might have had a smaller role, he put much to the story. Seeing Bill again was also very pleasant, even if her purpose might have been a tad vague. The aliens were also quite a question mark for me and I had a hard time seeing their purpose and/or threat as well.

The whole episode itself was very intriguing and emotional. I feel like we had characters being emotional from all sides and I really enjoyed that because it felt like this episode needed to be more emotional  due to Peter Capaldi’s goodbye. The last scene with him was also marvelous and they really managed to write the grand speech for the 12th Doctor. They captured one of the Doctors great qualities, which is delivering an amazing speech.

I am really looking forward to seeing the 13th Doctor now and I think she is going to do a brilliant job. Jodie Whittaker, take us by storm.

My rating: 7/10

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Emotional Motor Unit Review (2016)

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First of all I just have to say that it’s amazing how Apple Park Films have managed to make this movie with such a small crew. I recently was the art director for a 15 minute short film and we had around 20 working on that movie, and that this small crew could make this fantastic short is incredible. Extra credit to the sound department because sound is not the easiest to manage but they did a great job.

So Emotional Motor Unit is a science fiction short film directed by Adam Nelson and produced by Xenia Puiggrós. The story is about a man in his 50s, who’s put all his life into his work to please the society. He becomes promoted and in order to write about fiction, he has to interact with an E.M.U Robot. Emotions, that is long-lost in the society, starts occurring but the question is if he will be able to manage all these new feelings.

I have to say that the story is very refreshing and I think Apple Park Films have done a fantastic job. We can see a clear change in the character and he was very easy to follow. I don’t feel like the movie needed a lot of scenes where plenty of things were happening because the main characters feelings managed to lift the whole film. How he went from being an emotionless human who did everything to please the society to a person who felt love, happiness and sorrow was very fascinating.

My only complaint would be that the short film had some dragged out scenes which made it feel like we were staying on the character or characters for too long. It can sometimes make it feel a bit awkward and put a little stop to the flow of the film. Other than that I have to say that it was a well made and interesting short and I really would recommend you to check it out. The cinematography is also pretty darn amazing. Big applause for a talented group!

Find it on Amazon UK and US

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Dirty Grandpa (2016)

home_key_artJanuary 2016   Ι   1h 42min   Ι  Dan Mazer

Jason has to take his grandpa to Florida during spring break, right before his wedding, and he sees a side of his grandpa that he never knew existed. Now Jason has to survive the week with his grandpa and he might even find himself along the way. 

Is it just me that is having a hard time seeing Zac Efron as a perfect, hard-working husband with fancy clothes? It just feels wrong, and apparently the filmmakers thought that too because that man took a real character turn. I did however like the change. One character that did not go through that big of a change was the lovely grandpa Dick Kelly, played by Robert De Niro. That man is a legend and his character was so hilarious. This movie was so awkward and so funny and Zac Efron and Robert De Niro were brilliant.

The actual problem I had with this movie was that it felt so wrong with a grandpa hitting on a young girl that could be his grandchild. I do get that it’s suppose to be a funny detail about the movie but it felt so wrong. Kind of made me enjoy the movie less but I did find it to be hilarious sometimes as well. The movie is overall very humorous and eventful. The environment is also beautiful and the cast pretty spot on. I guess the thing that made me give this movie a lower rating was because of some really awkward scenes, but other than that I would say the movie is worth watching (not for children though).

My rating: 6/10 👴

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