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Film: February 2011’s Films

I’m still catching up with these, but unless procrastination gets the better of me March’s posts will arrive promptly in April once I’m off work (so probably the 6th onwards). This month the first monthly review post covered gaming (which was last  in January), the second was television and now it’s the turn of February’s films, and we’ll end with the month’s reading.

 

Three images are much easier to fit into the header, so that's a plus of sorts. Can you guess what the films are?

Image sources: Jake, Ray and The Operative.

Yes, just three films this months. That’s daft and I have no excuse, so I’m just going to jump straight into talking about the films themselves:

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TV: January 2011’s Television

March 2, 2011 5 comments

I’ve decided to resurrect the old monthly review posts that I tried briefly last year (the earliest three entries with the monthly review tag), but doing them more in the style of the 2010 in review posts. Having only just decided to do it means I’m going to have to sort out January’s now then almost immediately jump into February’s, but going forward there should actually be a month between them. This first post covers television viewing, and there will also be posts for film, books and gaming.

 

Spike, Buffy, Raylan, Simon and Jack.

Making a top image out of every watched show may prove awkward in months when I watch more.

Image sources: Raylan, Simon and Jack (Spike and Buffy are DVD captures)

Being the first post in this style I’ll talk about when I watch TV in addition to what I watched. As I’ve mentioned previously on work days I only have about three hours of free time, and on those days I wake at 3pm, sit at my computer and watch an episode of something I have downloaded or on DVD, and while doing so I check into Twitter then scan Google Reader to whittle the hundreds of entries down into just the ones I want to properly read. On my days off I do the same (keeping to the same hours as a work day), but also have time to watch something on an online video service during the evening, then a couple of things at about midnight that have queued up on the Sky+ DVR.

With that in mind, here’s what I watched (with summaries that will include some spoilers), after which I’ll give my overall verdict on the month:

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Film: 30 Movies in 30 Days: Day 06

This post is part of a month-long project, answering thirty topics about movies over thirty days. The subject for the sixth day is:

Favourite made for TV movie

I had trouble even thinking of anything that counts. Being in the UK we don’t quite have a TV movie system, at least not that I can think of. The UK system isn’t quite as rigid as the one in the US seems to be, with its focus on seasons and set numbers of episodes, so we get lots of movie length dramas but they’re not quite TV movies. Some people who participated in this project went with things like Band of Brothers or Angels in America but they seem too long to me (more a mini series), so I’m going to admit defeat and go with a movie of a TV show instead:

Serenity

Serenity

(Click the image for a link to the source)

Serenity was a rare instance of a movie being made out of a TV show that had been cancelled for a few years (and never had particularly impressive ratings). The series itself, Firefly, took its time making its way to the UK, only being broadcast on the UK’s Sci-Fi Channel after Serenity had finished its run at the cinema, and at the time the idea of watching a movie sequel to a series I hadn’t seen just didn’t make sense and I skipped it (Update: A look on Wikipedia tells me that Sci-Fi UK did actually show the series back in 2003 and ran it again to coincide with the film’s release, but apparently didn’t advertise it very well because I never knew). It was only later that year after watching the series (and going through the obligatory outrage that something so great had been cancelled and messed around so much by the network) that I bought Serenity on DVD and loved it as much as the series. In fact I’m struggling to think of a sci-fi film from the 2000s that I enjoyed more.

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TV: Dollhouse – The Left Hand (S02E06)

January 30, 2010 Leave a comment

Episode quote: "I'm afraid of Caroline. If she comes back where will I go?" (Echo)

Year of Broadcast: 2010

Starring: Eliza Dushku, Harry J. Lennix, Fran Kranz, Olivia Williams, Stacey Scowley, Miracle Laurie, Alexis Denisof, Summer Glau, Enver Gjokaj.

*Spoilers follow*

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TV: Dollhouse – The Public Eye (S02E05)

January 30, 2010 Leave a comment

Episode quote: "You can never tell what monsters are hiding inside." (Cindy Perrin)

Year of Broadcast: 2010

Starring: Eliza Dushku, Harry J. Lennix, Fran Kranz, Olivia Williams, Keith Carradine, Tahmoh Penikett, Stacey Scowley, Miracle Laurie, Alexis Denisof, Summer Glau.

*Spoilers follow*

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TV: Dollhouse – Belonging (S02E04)

November 5, 2009 Leave a comment
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Episode quote: "The cold reality is that everyone here was chosen because their morals have been compromised in some way." (Adelle DeWitt)

Year of Broadcast: 2009 (19 days behind US)

Starring: Eliza Dushku, Harry J. Lennix, Fran Kranz, Enver Gjokaj, Dichen Lachman, Olivia Williams, Keith Carradine, Vincent Ventresca.

*Spoilers follow*

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TV: Dollhouse (S02E03)

November 3, 2009 Leave a comment
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Wikipedia fact: "Despite low ratings in its first season, Dollhouse was renewed for a second season of thirteen episodes. As part of the deal, there was a cut in the show's budget, though Whedon has stated that this will not affect the second season."

Year of Broadcast: 2009 (19 days behind US)

Starring: Eliza Dushku, Harry J. Lennix, Fran Kranz, Tahmoh Penikett, Enver Gjokaj, Dichen Lachman, Olivia Williams.

*Spoilers follow*

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