I'm not sure just how dark the show is willing to go with Ward, but the level of ambiguity surrounding his motivations is deliciously twisted. When Christian admitted that he pushed Ward to torture the younger brother—when faced with being thrown down a well by someone who's just murdered people in front of him—the… » 11/20/14 9:11am 11/20/14 9:11am

How serendipitous! I just watched The Visitation last night, and was thinking the whole while that Nyssa was awesome! Adric and Tegan just seem like dead weight, and they complain like nobody's business. It gets old quick.

Nyssa was essentially a female Doctor for me. Figuring things out, thinking on her feet, not… » 8/25/14 1:32pm 8/25/14 1:32pm

Thanks for the interesting read. I wonder if there should be a bifurcation of the idea of gentrification to better capture the relatively benign gentrification that you describe compared to the malignant gentrification that is used as a tactic in wars on crime and political opposition in major cities in places like… » 8/20/14 12:41pm 8/20/14 12:41pm

Yes. I think it is fun to compare adaptations to their source material, but in the end, each iteration of a tale should be allowed to stand on its own merits.

I have to admit, though, that sometimes I cannot tell if I dislike new versions of things because they really aren't that good, or because they jar and grate… » 8/18/14 8:44am 8/18/14 8:44am

Just saw Gravity on a TV for the first time last night. I am absolutely glad that I saw it in the theater in IMAX and in 3D. If Hollywood makes more stuff that is as technically proficient and well-crafted as that, they needn't worry about losing theater going crowds. There is simply no comparison. » 7/09/14 5:57am 7/09/14 5:57am

I for one loved this account of a visit to the set of a really cool-looking movie. The tidbits about how deeply creatively engaged the director, actors, and others involved in the production were excites me. Let's face it, this movie looks freaking amazing, and we are all as excited as hell to see this many aliens,… » 7/08/14 12:24pm 7/08/14 12:24pm

Well, we didn't get the Aronofsky The Wolverine either, but we've gotten over it. Yes, the Wolverine movie they gave us was uninspired, but Aronofsky made a big-budget, post-apocalyptic, mushroom trip version of the Bible story about Noah and his ark instead. No matter which way you slice that cake, the movie he made… » 5/25/14 1:48pm 5/25/14 1:48pm

I don't know about others, but the last few episodes cinched it for me that Fitz is actually the audience surrogate (well, if the audience is me anyway). He was the heart of this whole final six episodes or so for me. His answer to Garret's question at the Hub, his EMPing of Garret last episode, and his speech to… » 5/14/14 7:53pm 5/14/14 7:53pm