Since I was a teenager, I have been telling stories for the fun of it through film, video, audio drama, and more. Check out many of those projects here, or read on for comments on other stories or items that catch my interest.

Ant-Man (including Spoilers)

August 1, 2015 1 comment

Well, I’ve seen Ant-Man! That seems like it took a while, but I guess it’s only been out a few weeks. Movies are a bit pricey in Australia so all I had to do was fly to Thailand and then it became easy to afford (even as I write this, I am waiting for my showing of Mission Impossible Rogue Nation. Thanks, Thailand!) Anyway…Ant-Man. Could it possibly be any good? Well, you already know. It’s been out for a while and you’ve already read reviews and blog posts, if you haven’t actually gone out and seen it yourself. And the answer is yes, it is. It’s pretty good. Which just goes to affirm the fact that you can skillfully tell a story about just about anything if you’re canny enough. Of course, Ant-Man is a bit silly, but thank goodness for that, right? Read more…

Star Trek: The Next Generation – Liaisons [7.2]

July 31, 2015 1 comment

Picard’s shuttlecraft crash lands and he is rescued by a woman holds him captive because she is in love with him.  However, it turns out the woman is really an alien ambassador in disguise attempting to understand the human custom of love.  Read more…

Doctor Who: Invasion of the Daleks [Big Finish]

July 30, 2015 Leave a comment

Daleks & Doctor Who – the two go together like bread and butter. And I have always (read: since I was about 15, so quite a while ago now) been a Doctor Who fan. But I’ve never been a particular fan of the Daleks. Sure, they have some good stories (I’ve just rewatched and enjoyed the original The Daleks featuring William Hartnell), but the Daleks as characters with their screechy voices and their overall indomitability have never been very appealing as either characters or an alien species. They’re just annoying, with their one-note heartlessness, and I’m always wondering with all the times the Doctor has defeated them, how come people haven’t figured out how their impenetrable armor or unstoppable weapons work and just adapted them? Oh well, there’s probably some expanded universe story out there that justifies that

Anyway, my general disinterest in the Daleks explains why I wasn’t very confident or hopeful going into Invasion of the Daleks, the first part of the first season of audio adventures from Big Finish about the Daleks, and not featuring the Doctor or any other familiar characters from the TV show. But listen to it I did, thanks to the same Humble Bumble deal that got me started on Big Finish’s “Lost Stories” line of Doctor Who adventures.

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But boy, was I pleasantly surprised! Read more…

I Know It’s Not That Good…And Yet…

July 26, 2015 3 comments

I just thumbed through Empire magazine’s latest issue – a list of the 300 greatest movies!  I was just scanning it to count how many of the film’s I had seen, and I came up with what I felt was a pretty respectable number: 158. That means there’s a lot I’ve seen, although there is a fair amount I’ve missed. Of course, not surprisingly, the list–apparently a reader poll–didn’t perfectly reflect my own well-considered opinions on the high points of cinema. But then how could it? I mean this is a list that includes Iron Man 3, Avengers: Age of Ultron, and Skyfall?

Really, Skyfall? I mean, I liked Skyfall, but we honestly couldn’t come up 299 films that were better than Skyfall? Read more…

Molly Danger – All Ages & Worth Supporting

July 19, 2015 Leave a comment

My daughter’s love comics. Pretty much all three of them. But it turns out that by and large, 9-12 year old girls aren’t the main target audience for most comics. That in itself is okay except that it also turns out that the target audience for most comics seem to be really into things that my girls don’t like, or that I as their parent don’t think they should be exposing themselves to in excess (ie intense violence, lots of cruelty, women with improbable bodies walking around looking like their working at a strip club).

So it’s always a nice treat to find something that is truly “all ages” – that I can enjoy as a 45 year old adult, and that my daughters can also enjoy in their childhood and preteen years.   I wrote about one of my favorite such books a while ago here – but another one that I discovered in the last year or so is Molly Danger by Jamal Igle, published by Action Lab Entertainment.

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Cancelled TV Show Calvacade (Forever, Selfie, Shark)

July 17, 2015 Leave a comment

Regular network, commercial TV doesn’t get a lot of love from me anymore. It’s not that I’m not, and it’s not even that I don’t ever watch anything. Instead, it’s just that I don’t have time to watch them in the old-fashioned “normal” way. I guess this is like many people nowadays.

For me, the issue is just one of scheduling. First of all, I’m not living in America, where the TV schedule was a bit easier to get a handle on than it is in Australia. Secondly, I don’t get to watch that much TV in Australia in my normal life just straight off the TV.   So a lot of my TV viewing comes in watching stuff online on the Australian TV network’s websites, or buying something off iTunes, or even catching things while I’m flying (thank you, extensive in-flight entertainment systems!)

So lately, in various ways I’ve caught a few episodes of a few shows, all of which are already cancelled. This is both a blessing a curse, I guess. On one hand, it’s always a little sad when a show you like is cancelled. On the other hand, there’s something sort of encouraging when you know that a show you are just spending on time on isn’t going to go on forever. And of course, sometimes it’s a blessing thing because the show itself isn’t all that good. Read more…

Gnomesville: Mostly Harmless

July 14, 2015 Leave a comment

There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, Than are dreamt of in your philosophy
Hamlet, Hamlet

Life is full of wonder, kid, it’s full of wonders you can barely imagine…
Walter P. Matthias, True Blues

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