Tag Archive | Time Travel

XIPHOS LIST OF APPROVED BINGE WORTHY TV SHOWS

maninchairHEY LOOK A NEW POST! NO SERIOUSLY!!!!!!! I know, I know. I haven’t posted anything in awhile but in fairness nobody else has either so I thought maybe, just maybe, if I did it would get the ball rolling again. Let’s hope so!

Well anyway this isn’t going to be a long post. I’m just going to make recommendations for a bunch of TV shows I think are great for binge watching for different reasons. Most I’ve talked about before probably but this is just a post to get my feet wet for writing again. Let me know in the comments any shows I missed which will be many I am sure. One last thing, this isn’t in any sort of order it’s just as they occur to me.

 

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Star Trek: First Contact (1996)

Director: Jonathan Frakes

Starring: Patrick Stewart, Brent Spiner, Alice Krige

The Next Genners didn’t get off to a good start in Generations did they and when the follow up was announced, the sight of Paramount keeping it in-family didn’t instil much confidence in this one either. So how’s this re-watch gonna stand up? My memory is it’s the best of the post-original crew movies (2009’s re-imagining not included). I’m wary but hopeful…

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Star Trek: Generations (1994)

Director: David Carson

Starring: Patrick Stewart, Brent Spiner, William Shatner

The Search For Roman Numerals. I actively don’t want to do any more of these but I started the sodding series so I’m gonna have to finish it. Time for the Next Generation-ers to take the field and usher in a brave new era for the beloved series… or maybe not, maybe they’ll just bore the feckin pants off of everyone.

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Quantum Droid – Looper (2012) vs Safety Not Guaranteed (2012)

Quantum-DroidOriginally, this review was going to be about ‘Looper’. Then I saw a small indie film that was on my radar since the Sundance film festival earlier in the year called ‘Safety Not Guaranteed’. Both films revolve around the subject of time travel, but their respective approaches are completely different. A comparison might make interesting reading. We’ll see.

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Spanked by the Monkey: Escape from the Planet of the Apes

It’s closing the circle time in the Planet of the Apes series. After Charlton Heston selfishly tried to ruin all the monkey fun by destroying the Earth in Beneath the Planet of the Apes, the writers had an almost impossible corner to paint themselves out of. Sure, the end of Beneath and the morbid postscript make for fantastic stuff, but if you want an incredibly profitable series to continue, where do you head after that? There were basically 2 approaches that the could take- a prequel of some sort, dealing with Ape Society, but the film that should have been almost all monkey was Beneath, and they shat that, or alternatively, seeing as Taylor and Brent were catapulted into the future, then some kind of time travel shenanigans may well have been in order.

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Quantum Droid: Primer (2004)

Quantum-DroidI was complaining recently about the misuse of the awesomeness of time travel when I reviewed the film ‘The Philadelphia Experiment’ for the 1984 entry in my birthday series. Of that film I said “The film drags along in a seemingly never ending series of tedious scenes that fail to develop anything interesting and then ends in a fury of special effects.” But by comparison with ‘Primer’ that film was a veritable hive of activity. And that isn’t a criticism of ‘Primer’ at all. It’s actually a testament to the fact that if you intelligently craft a film of challenging complexity, a film that fails to build an interesting story, and instead relies on a far fetched plot and whizz bang special effects, will look pretty silly in comparison. I’ve tried to keep the details of ‘Primer’ under wraps, so for those that haven’t seen it, hopefully there’s no dramatic spoilers lying in wait. And if there is, you can rest assured that they won’t help you understand the film any better.

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The Birthday Series: The Philadelphia Experiment (1984)

Droids-Birthday-Series-1984There’s nothing worse than trying to write a review about a dull, average, boring film. A bad film gives you plenty of topics to talk about, and a review can often be therapeutic as it allows you to clarify in your own mind why you didn’t like it. Good films are easy as well, but tend to be less complex than bad reviews. The reasons for its success are usually simpler. The film is fun, entertaining, emotionally satisfying, challenging or whatever other base reason gives you the jumping off point to create a review that encapsulates your positive attitude towards the film.

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Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986)

Director: Leonard Nimoy

Starring: William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley

The 3-part story arc begun in The Wrath Of Khan and carried through The Search For Spock concludes here in The Voyage Home and the divisive ‘time-travel as a deus ex machina’ is given a run-out. The crew are heading for Earth, but not as they know it…

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Jarv’s Birthday Series: Millennium (1989)

I can’t properly express how glad I am to see the back of the 80’s. It seems like late August was the dumping ground for no end of hideous shit, and I’ve waded through almost all of it. 1989’s contribution to the river of sewage was Millennium (release date August 17th 1989), and is a film I liked on first watch, but does not stand up to a second viewing. I suspect that I was overly enamoured with the clever premise of this film, because really, looking at it, it isn’t that good. In theory, all the component pieces are here to make a cracking film, but something went wrong, and it is, to be fair to it, an interesting failure.
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Quantum Droid: Source Code (2011)

Quantum-DroidSince I have a sincere love for anything that relates to time travel (thanks to seeing Back to the Future as a youngster, which is of course the greatest movie of all time!), I hereby introduce a new review series, Quantum Droid. There’s a heck of a lot of material for this series, and I will look in on it every now and then as a break from the usual series I’ve got going. The inaugural entry for this series is the newly released ‘Source Code’. Enjoy.

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