So, yesterday we expressed how paltry our expectations for The Amazing Spider-Man 2 were, following Marc Webb discussing what’s in store for our teenage superhero. His quotes were too media-savvy for any honesty to show through, and we were disappointed to report that nothing particularly groundbreaking will occur in Andrew Garfield’s second foray into spandex.
But, as oft happens, the trailer would come out twenty-four hours later and change our minds, right? We would be blown away by it, tingling with excitement and crying over his perfect New York accent? READ MORE
Can you hear those sleigh bells? Do we spy the distant twinkle of fairy lights? Is that cinnamon and mulled wine wafting across the snow-covered glen?
No? Okay. Well, it’s not quite December, granted, but we’re getting excited about the holidays nonetheless. And while food is clearly the best bit about the season, it’s generally considered good practice to get your nearest and dearest a little something. READ MORE
1963. November. One weekend that changed the world. While the media mourned President John F Kennedy across the pond, a pilot of a sci-fi show had been produced by a Jewish woman and a gay Indian. Times they were a-changing, indeed.
It’s been a long 50 years. TV shows have come and gone, trends have risen and fallen, but one thing remains. Solid, strong and standing sentinel at the doorway of sci-fi, not merely to guard, but to nurture, is a BBC institution. Perhaps not Aunty, but the bizarre Uncle who yells about mad inventions every Christmas.
This weekend, we had the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who. 94 countries showed the celebratory episode in cinemas live, and kids and adults alike flocked to their local screens or TVs. And we’ve got two fans of Who to tell you what they thought.
An Adventure in Space and Time was a glorious celebration of the genesis of Doctor Who. Infused with poignancy, pathos and pride it told how a small band of visionaries took the improbable notion of an old man travelling through space and time in a police telephone box and created a television legend.
CS Lewis meets HG Wells meets Father Christmas. That’s the Doctor.
A self-proclaimed ‘mad man in a box’, the Eleventh Doctor is the most alien and eccentric incarnation since the 1970s. His youthful appearance, together with a fondness for bow ties and various forms of headwear (particularly fezzes), conceals a centuries-old soul.
Fire is catching in Panem as the second instalment of Suzanne Collins’ dystopian series The Hunger Games hits cinemas today. It’s only been a year since the first film, directed by Gary Ross and his famous ‘shaky-cam’, so we’re sure you can remember everything just crystal.
But, in case whoever-Thor’s-brother-plays has slipped your mind, The Geek Agenda is on hand to help out with our Who’s Who? of THG: Catching Fire.
In comparison to Suzanne Collins’ dystopian future imagined for us in The Hunger Games, our modern obsession with fashion seems pretty tame.
Even Camden town on a Friday night can’t match the wild Capitol trends showcased by the likes of Elizabeth Banks’ Effie Trinket. So what will be in vogue this November when Catching Fire hits cinemas? READ MORE
Fast-talking to the point of babbling and frequently declaring “Allons-y”, the Tenth Doctor was prone to intense loneliness and possessed of an unforgiving and vengeful nature. Taking his lead from the Fifth Doctor, he wore trainers to accompany his various pinstripe suits and the long flowing overcoat given to him by Janis Joplin.
People assume that time is a strict progression of cause-and-effect… but actually, from a non-linear, non-subjective viewpoint, it’s more like a big ball of wibbly-wobbly… timey-wimey… stuff.
Everyone knows that films tell a story. It’s like saying that windows are for seeing through, that gloves are for keeping hands warm – but sometimes it’s forgotten that a soundtrack is just as capable of telling the same story, if used in the right way. With a franchise like The Hunger Games, when so much is left to subtext, some might argue that its importance cannot be emphasised enough.
Then again, those buying the soundtrack are likely to be seeing the movie anyway, so we tend to think of it as a companion. To get the full effect, the soundtrack needs to be as strong as the film it accompanies.
In the spirit of THG, we suppose the best way to proceed is to pit the two movie soundtracks against each other in a fight to the death.
It’s not been the longest of waits – just a year since Gary Ross’ adaptation of Suzanne Collins’ first dystopian novel. But this November, we have a new kid on the block – Francis Lawrence, set to direct the second instalment of the Hunger Games film quadrilogy. So, does he meet the stylised standards of the first film? Will Katniss and Peeta’s adventures appear in a blaze of flaming glory, or fade into disappointing embers?