Sunday, 26 December 2010

The Voyage of the Dawn Treader

A few weeks ago, I went to see The Voyage of the Dawn Treader with my family.
I've loved the Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis since I was five or six, so I was excited about seeing the movie.

While the book was more of an exploration and search for the seven lords, the motion picture focused more on the Dark Isle, the island that turned your worst nightmares into reality. Caspian, Lucy, Edmond, Eustace, and the crew of the Dawn Treader were given a quest by Coriakin (A wizard charged by Aslan to rule the Duffers): To defeat the Green Mist and the Dark Isle, the protagonists were required to unite the swords of the seven lords on Aslan's Table. All the characters grew throughout the course of the movie, Eustace most of all.
 Even though the plot differed from the book, it was a very good movie and I can't wait for the next one, The Silver Chair, to be released.

Saturday, 4 December 2010

Spinning Christmas Trees

In The Christmas Invasion, the first Doctor Who episode featuring David Tennant as the Tenth Doctor, a Roboform Christmas Tree (sent by the Roboforms, a people traveling with the alien Sycorax) wreaked havoc on Earth during the invasion that took place on Christmas. This remote-controlled tree could spin at extremely high speeds and rip apart everything in its path.

The Roboform Christmas Tree

The Tenth Doctor Sonics the Roboform Christmas Tree

This year, my family's Christmas tree is mounted on a rotating base. Fortunately (or unfortunately, depending on the way you look at it), it does not spin fast enough to cut its way through a wall or hack a dining room chair into splinters.

The Christmas Tree

Sunday, 21 November 2010

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows-Part 1

Finally, after months of waiting, I went to see the first installment of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows dressed as a character from the series.

The cover for Part One

Surprisingly for a book-based movie, it stayed almost completely true to the book. With a darker and more ominous tone than the other six movies, it was fast-paced and intense the majority of the time as Harry, Ron, and Hermione searched for the Horcruxes. This was my favorite book in the series, and there's no way they could have gotten it all in one installment. Part One was amazing, and I expect Part Two to be even better.

Xenophilius Lovegood: [draws a line] The Elder Wand, the most powerful wand ever made. [draws a circle] The Resurrection Stone. [draws a triangle] The Cloak of Invisibility. Together, they make the Deathly Hallows. Together, they make one master of death.

Wednesday, 17 November 2010

Doctor Who Marathon

What do a time-traveling police box, a sonic screwdriver, and bow ties all have in common?
All are possessions of a certain Time Lord known by most as the Doctor.

Taken from the Doctor Who BBC Page

On Saturday the thirteenth, I watched the Season Five Doctor Who Marathon with other fans of the show. Starting with the Christmas and New Years Specials from 2009, we watched up to the Season finale of the current season. Here's one of my favourite quotes from the show:

The Doctor: This is bad, I don't like this. [kicks console and yells in pain] Never use force, you just embarrass yourself. Unless you're cross, in which case, always use force!
Amy: Shall I run and get the manual?
The Doctor: I threw it in a supernova.
Amy: You threw the manual in a supernova? Why?
The Doctor: Because I disagreed with it! Now stop talking to me when I'm cross!