Review: Doctor Who 10.08 ‘The Lie of the Land’

Well, that was the worst episode of Doctor Who I have seen in ages. Summary before complaints? Fine. This was the final episode in the corpse-monk-aliens take over the world three-part saga (thank God!). When the episode began they had, you know, taken over the world. And had brainwashed everyone into thinking they'd always been here,… Continue reading Review: Doctor Who 10.08 ‘The Lie of the Land’

Review: Alien: Covenant

I wish I'd seen this drunk. Alien: Covenant is the sixth Alien film, but as the second in the prequel series it is the sequel to 2012's Prometheus. [DISCLAIMER: I haven't actually seen any of the other Alien films, so I'm reviewing Covenant entirely on its own lack of merit. Also: this review will contain SPOILERS, because some things were… Continue reading Review: Alien: Covenant

Review: Doctor Who 10.07 ‘The Pyramid at the End of the World’

I know I said I'd probably only write a review for last week's Doctor Who. But I've still got Opinions. I would also like to apologise to everybody for letting them believe that this arc was a two-parter. It's at least a three-parter. Lucky us... Fine, it was better than last week's episode. The corpse-monk-aliens are back… Continue reading Review: Doctor Who 10.07 ‘The Pyramid at the End of the World’

Review: Fargo 3.05 ‘The House of Special Purpose’

The feud between Ray and Emmit escalates, and Varga finally gets involved in it by (purposefully?) getting completely the wrong end of the stick. On the other hand, Gloria and Winnie (Olivia Sandoval) get it exactly right, and prove that their partnering up was just as nice as I hoped it would be. I feel like… Continue reading Review: Fargo 3.05 ‘The House of Special Purpose’

Review: Doctor Who 10.06 ‘Extremis’

This is my first and possibly only review I will do of Doctor Who, but this week I've been inspired to write one by my exasperation with Steven Moffat. I'd given up on Doctor Who for years before this series started, but I thought, 'New companion, always liked Peter Capaldi, let's give it a go.' And I… Continue reading Review: Doctor Who 10.06 ‘Extremis’

Review: The Handmaiden

Vengeance Trilogy director Park Chan-wook adapts Sarah Waters's novel Fingersmith, and creates something haunting, beautiful, and quietly horrifying. In colonial Korea, orphaned pickpocket Sook-hee (Kim Tae-ri) is hired by a conman going by the alias of "Count Fujiwara" (Ha Jung-woo) to help him steal the fortune of Japanese noblewoman Lady Hideko (Kim Min-hee) and have her committed… Continue reading Review: The Handmaiden

Review: Fargo 3.04 ‘The Narrow Escape Problem’

Well done Fargo! Strong return after episode 3. Fargo sometimes has those moments that come out of nowhere and are wonderful to watch. Maybe they're a tad pretentious, fair enough if you argue that. But there's always something special about Fargo when it just goes for it. The opening to this episode was brilliant. Season 1's Billy… Continue reading Review: Fargo 3.04 ‘The Narrow Escape Problem’

Review: Fargo 3.03 ‘The Law of Non-Contradiction’

In my review of the first two episodes I thought maybe Fargo was taking a broader approach, moving outside the bounds of Minnesota. Turns out I seem to have been right: this week we're in Los Angeles. The entire episode follows Gloria, travelling to Hollywood to dig into Ennis's past as the science fiction writer Thaddeus… Continue reading Review: Fargo 3.03 ‘The Law of Non-Contradiction’