Yes, I know this show is terrible. It’s probably the worst thing I’ve ever seen on TV. But, God help me, I also love it. It gives me the same self-indulgent feeling as getting stuck into a bag of BBQ chips, if chips had the power to make me laugh hysterically at their poor construction. So really, this show is infinitely better than a bag of chips…which might just be the highest praise I’ve ever bestowed upon anything. So without further ado, here are the top 5 reasons that you, too, should indulge in CSI:Cyber. …read more
It turns out that Umbridge was doing the right thing. Not for Harry, of course – that poor kid had enough on his plate – but for the story.
Our blood boils when we think of the torments and indignities forced upon young heroes like Ender Wiggin, Sara Crewe, Matilda Wormwood, Pip and countless others…yet their stories are the ones to which we return. The most beloved child protagonists are also the ones who suffer the most, and Harry Potter is no exception. The truth is that he would never have achieved such status in the hearts and minds of readers had JK Rowling not tormented him with all the relish of a sadistic kitten. …read more
Deep Breath – the title of Dr Who’s season premiere – is more than just a reference to its featured villains (although, because said villains are cyborgs hell-bent on organ-harvesting their way to the status of ‘living’, it’s a shame we won’t be spending more time with them).
Based on the evidence, ‘Deep Breath’ is actually a message to the fans, a warning that after several seasons of glossy explosions, love triangles, and soapy melodrama, their beloved show is about to head in a very different direction. While some fans might be nervous about delving into new territory, the writers are asking us to have a little faith, take a deep breath, and take the plunge with them. …read more
Corner anyone who’s read the Harry Potter books and ask them to name the predominant theme; chances are, ‘choice’ will come out on top. If they’re a proper fan, they’ll drill down still further, explaining that our choices don’t just reveal who we are; they determine who we are. This deceptively simple idea (which winds up being a chicken-and-egg scenario if you think about it too hard) is conveyed so effectively that you’d be forgiven for thinking that free will is both ubiquitous and all-powerful in the Harry Potter universe. Only it isn’t. JK Rowling, while obviously a champion of willpower and choice, throws her hands up and discards the rulebook whenever it comes to one single element:
That’s why I find it so odd that anybody would worry too much about JK Rowling’s recent statement, in which she admitted that a relationship between Ron and Hermione makes about as much sense as an invisible, carnivorous skeleton-horse that also flies and can understand directions. …read more
Last year (and like many others), I was caught up in the media flurry that resulted from Robert Galbraith’s unveiling. After reading articles on literary worth, the flawed nature of the publishing industry, and a whole bunch of topics that entirely obfuscated the merits of the book itself, I figured that I had very little to add.
However, one thing did catch my eye, and it has less to do with the book than its shiny wrapping. …read more
It’s impossible to find anything truly bad in this film. After all, it’s a Disney Princess Movie, so we’re not exactly dealing with hacks here. The animation is gorgeous, the characters brilliant, and the story solid. As for ugly…well, even the Villain possesses a roguish charm. …read more
I’m not exactly what you would call a gamer, but God of War taught me some time ago that I am far from immune to gaming’s addictive charm. Since that heady period of 3am bedtimes and caffeine-infused mornings, I’ve stumbled upon a strategy game called Civilization V…and there’s no turning back. …read more
The reviews for Pixar’s Toy Story of Terror have been out for a few weeks now, and they are overwhelmingly positive. The much-anticipated 22 minute television special aired on ABC just before Halloween, and fans were happy with the result. For those reasons – and the fact that I am something of a Pixar fan – I hesitated to write this article. You see, the sad fact is that Toy Story of Terror left me feeling somewhat, well, empty. …read more