The Haunting of Hill House (2018) – Blu-Ray Review

Last year Netflix dropped the addictive, binge it all at once series, The Haunting of Hill House from writer-director Mike Flanagan. And now it comes home on blu-ray with extended episodes and commentary tracks to enhance the viewing experience as one of the most famous haunted house tales comes home in a new way. Taking…

Doctor Who (Peter Capaldi) – Flatline, and In the Forest of the Night

The Doctor (Capaldi) is trapped in an ever shrinking TARDIS, and it’s up to Clara (Jenna Coleman) to investigate an unnerving mystery in Flatline. Written by Jamie Mathieson this episode first aired on 18 October, 2014. Something very unnerving is going on, and people are disappearing, or perhaps just our perception of them. there’s a…

Arrival (2016) – Denis Villeneuve

First contact. The interpretation of words. How we communicate both person to person, and mass media. The very perception of our existence. These are all at work in Canadian director Villeneuve’s latest film. A hard science fiction tale that eschews lasers and space battles for deeper concepts like the way we interact and understand one…

The Mind Reels chats with Brad Wright and Eric McCormack

This fall, specifically, October 17, sees the premiere of this highly anticipated science fiction drama from Brad Wright, the creator of the Stargate television franchise, and producer, star, Eric McCormack (Will & Grace, Perception) – Travelers. The most basic of story explanations, which does not do the stunning opening episode justice, is this: a group…

Star Trek: The Wounded Sky (1983) – Diane Duane

  Diane Duane takes the helm of the Enterprise in this week’s visit to the 23rd century via The Book Shelf. While heavy on the techno-babble and grounded in factual science, this story garnered an additional worthy note, it was later adapted for the season 1 episode of The Next Generation, Where No One Has…

Midnight Special (2016) – Jeff Nichols

  Owing its pedigree to films of the 80s like John Carpenter’s Starman and Spielberg’s Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Nichols writes and directs this science fiction road movie that is best viewed with little to no plot knowledge. So suffice to say, I won’t be saying much about story points in my review….

Sherlock S03E02 – The Sign of Three

  Holmes (Benedict Cumberbatch) and Watson (Martin Freeman) returned Sunday eve for the 2nd episode in the always too short 3 episode seasons of BBC’s fantastic series Sherlock. Steve Thompson, Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat penned this week’s episode, which sees John Watson marrying Mary Morstan (Amanda Abbington), and puts Sherlock in the uncomfortable position…