How frustrating is it when a film has all the stuff it needs — promising premise, good production values, decent cast, director who can twist filmic reality in imaginative ways — and just… doesn’t … grab… you? Pretty damn frustrating, it turns out. OCULUS tells the tale of an orphaned brother and sister who reunite as adults to destroy the mirror that turned their father into a homicidal maniac, yet despite casting DOCTOR WHO’s Karen Gillan in the lead, finding unique ways of styling flashback sequences so that past impinges on present and vice versa, and stuffing its scenario full of such spooky stuff as hostile, spectral presences, mind-bending hallucinations, and a guest walk-on by the Weeping Angels, the whole winds up decidedly less than the sum of its parts.
The Cinefantastique Online team of Steve Biodrowski, Lawrence French, and Dan Persons get together to express their fascination about a film that has so much and falls so short, and to try to figure out what prevents this latest Blumhouse (or as it’s now being called, BH Productions) release from rising to its potential. Click on the player to hear the show.
The Producers and stars give us an advance look at DOCTOR WHO’s “The Angels Take Manhattan”.
This Saturday, Sept. 29 at 9:oo PM /Central BBC America gives us the final episode of the Fall 2012 season of the revived series. The Doctor’s (Matt Smith) companions Amy Pond and Rory Williams (Arthur Darvill) will be leaving the show in what’s promised to be a dramatic fashion.
Then at 11:00 PM/10:00 Central, the cable station presents an original special, DOCTOR WHO IN THE U.S., in which they “uncover the Doctor’s special relationship with the U.S., from Daleks to robot gunslingers.”
Karen Gillan spoke to Hitflix about her character Amy Pond leaving the revived DOCTOR WHO in its upcoming Seventh Season.
“I feel sad because I am gonna leave, but with any story, it has to come to an end. It was a mutual decision with me and Steven Moffat (the BBC series’ Writer/Producer). We had this lovely dinner and decided when the best time for me to go was, and it’s been decided. So I’m excited and slightly scared.”
Ducking the question of mow many episodes Amy will be in, she stated only: “There’s going to be a few episodes. A few really good episodes.”
Gillan was being interviewed about WE’LL TAKE MANHATTAN, an Ovation TV moive in which she plays 1960’s model Jean Shrimpton. It premeires March 3rd at 9:00 PM (ET/PT) on the cable outlet.
This new teaser of the second part of DOCTOR WHO Season Six suggests that in addition to inadvertantly (or not) saving Adolph Hitler’s life the Doctor’s other adversaries, including the Cybermen, Weeping Angels and the new menace of The Silence will be seen again.
At Comic Con actress Karen Gillan, who plays companion Amy Pond, confirmed she’ll be back with Doctor Matt Smith for the seventh season of the revived BBC sci-fi series.
Additionally, writer/producer Steven Moffat told the BBC’s official WHO website that the new executive producer of the show will be Caroline Skinner.
“The exec joining me on Doctor Who is Caroline Skinner – fresh from the wonderful Five Days, and still finishing up on a brand new show called The Fades (a fantasy horror series, written by Jack Thorne – I’ve seen episode 1, and it’s BRILLIANT.) Somewhere between me laughing in a basement and choosing planets to invade, and Marcus Wilson raising armies, there has to be a Prime Minister actually running the whole thing. That’s the job Piers Wenger and Beth Willis have been doing so wonderfully for the last few years. Now that Piers is off to movie land, that’s the furnace Caroline will be walking into.”
DOCTOR WHO returns to BBC AMERICA on Saturday, August 27th at 9:00 PM /8:00 Central with Let’s Kill Hitler, written by Steven Moffat and directed by Richard Senior.