Mouse Takes Fox

The news that Murdoch plans to sell 21st Century Fox and Sky TV to Disney is interesting for how it will reshape the media landscape. But it's good from my point of view for a number of reasons, some relatively trivial and to do with content consumption; and one big. The X-Men and the Fantastic…

On Blade Runner 2049

Spoilers ahead, obviously. Although I don't go into much detail. We saw it in the Rio in Dalston, because all the Hackney Picturehouse showings were full (or at least just had a couple of separated seats left). Which makes me surprised to read these stories about it not doing very well on opening weekend. And…

Looking Back and Forward

My recent and forthcoming live music experiences all involve bands of my youth that have reformed and are touring their old material. ((Or a mixture of old and new, as with The Rezillos.)) Wallowing in nostalgia, some might call it. But there‚Äôs nothing inherently wrong with bands getting back together. It can be problematic if…

Oscar Action

Went to see Hidden Figures tonight. I absolutely loved it. It's a feelgood movie about space, computers ((Original and modern meanings.)) and civil rights. What's not to like? And yesterday we saw Moonlight, which is strange and interesting, and while I enjoyed it, I don't think I got as much out of it as some…

Awakening

You'll have noticed, I'm sure, that after my [brief](http://devilgate.org/blog/2015/06/23/the-phantom-menace/) comments on the [three](http://devilgate.org/blog/2015/10/28/attack-of-the-clowns-or-send-in-the-clones/) Star Wars [prequels](http://devilgate.org/blog/2015/12/16/revenge-of-the-prequels/) late last year, I didn't come back and say what I thought of the sequel. Which was, after all, the main reason I watched the prequels in the first place. That was lax of me, but in honour of…

Revenge of the Prequels

Well, this is more like it. It's far from perfect, but Revenge of the Sith is far and away the best of the three prequels. And that is largely because it has a story that mostly makes sense, and isn't too confusing. Sure, there are still plot holes, and flaws in the motivation; but overall…

The Phantom Menace

Just who (or what) is the menacing phantom? Following on from my On things never seen post, yesterday was Father's Day, and we watched The Phantom Menace. It is not as bad – not nearly as bad – as nearly everyone makes out. It starts badly, oddly enough. Not just the dull scroll about the…

On things never seen

There's a programme on Radio 4 from time to time (and it has made the transition to TV) called I've Never Seen Star Wars. In it Marcus Brigstocke gets a guest to try things that they have never tired before. Conversation ensues, and it can be amusing. Anyway, the title clearly derives from how unlikely…