I have to admit that it can sometimes take very little to get me to buy a new book. An author with a Japanese name and some effusive praise on a London billboard was all it took to get me to invest in Hanya Yamashita’s A Little Life – I didn’t really have any clue what it was even going to be about. Of course, the book then languished on my Kindle for several years before I actually got around to reading it, but once I’d cracked its virtual cover, I was hooked. Continue reading
First things first. When it comes to Hercule Poirot, I have always considered myself a self-confessed David Suchet purist. For me, his was the quintessential portrayal of the moustachioed Belgian detective with his infamous love of precision and square crumpets. Nonetheless, Suchet’s time as Poirot had long since come to an end, and so it was that over the festive period I found myself watching a rather different adaptation of a classic Poirot story, The ABC Murders. Continue reading
Ahead of the release of Black Mirror season five comes Bandersnatch, a one-off “choose your own adventure” which offers decision points where viewers can choose which direction the story takes. The format echoes the plot of the episode itself, in which aspiring game designer Stefan is determined to make a video game adaptation of Bandersnatch, an epic sci-fi choose your own adventure book. But the further Stefan gets with the game, the shakier his grip on reality becomes. Is free will an illusion? Does he have control over anything, or is he just a puppet to the whims of an unseen viewer? Continue reading
If you’ve any interest in Star Trek at all (and if you haven’t, it’s unclear why you would pay much attention to this blog), then you’ll have heard the news – Patrick Stewart is set to return to our screens in a brand new series about TNG’s beloved captain, Jean Luc Picard. Naturally, this news was received with anticipation and delight from all corners – even I have put aside my natural “is that a cash cow I hear being milked?” reaction and allowed myself some quiet anticipation. Continue reading
The latest in my series of “things I decided to watch after listening to Imaginary Worlds”, The Thief and the Cobbler is also the start of a new category of viewing for me – animated films that took decades to make. Seriously, if you think Nomura is taking his time with Kingdom Hearts III, then bear in mind that this film was in production for 29 years – and even then, the final version was, much like FFXV, an hastily cut together unfinished product. Continue reading
The United Federation of Planets is touted as a utopia in which poverty and hunger have been eliminated, and equal rights have been ushered in for all. If we ignore some of the discrepancies we see on screen and just accept it at face value, then it is a multicultural society in which anyone of any race can happily pursue whichever way of life they desire. What a time to be alive. Continue reading
Long-time readers of this blog will know that I’ve watched and reviewed a lot of terrible sci-fi movies. And, much as I enjoyed picking them to pieces, it saddened me that a genre I loved so much seemed to churn out so many duds. Forunately, the likes of The Martian and Pacific Rim kept me going, ensuring that I didn’t abandon sci-fi completely.
Enter Annihilation, the film adaptation of Jeff Vandermeer’s novel of the same name. Annihilation quietly landed on UK Netflix in March, and I soon picked up a positive vibe about it from both friends and Twitter. In due course, I gave it a go myself. Continue reading