July 6th, 2008

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(Film) The Mist

Just got back from the midnight showing of The Mist, which has only just been released here in the UK despite being released last September in the States! It seems like it won't be on for long either as the local cinema had two showings this week 11.40pm Friday and Saturday night!

Anyway, daver2323 suggested it so he, crookedmonkey, dredd_bob and myself headed through the late night mean streets of Finchley (ahem) to watch the film.

Now before I go into the film I'd just like to say that I generally am not a fan of Stephen King - his books nor the film/tv adaptations based upon them. Sure there's been one or two over the years (The Green Mile is a fantastic film) but generallly, no. The Mist is based upon one of his novels so I wasn't sure although the Director, Frank Darabont, was also the man behind The Green Mile so worth a shot I guess.

Damn right it was worth a shot.

I think The Mist may be the best film I've seen all year at the cinema so far. I'm going to sleep on that but my current top two are Iron Man and Cloverfield and The Mist certainly beats Cloverfield for me and is giving Iron Man a good run for its money.

I loved it. The creatures were awesome and the film was eerie. Certainly beat the lacklustre 'Hancock' that dredd_bob, larva and myself saw this morning.

Dave and me (geeks as we are) spoke about what roleplaying game it'd be - he reckoned Cthulhu "The Stars Are Right". I reckoned Torg, with the film being the initial cosm-invasion.

I won't say much more about it right now (especially as it's now almost 3am and I have to be up in 6 hours to get ready to go and see Kung Fu Panda with the guys - yes, this weekend is fairly cinema-heavy) but the other thing that impressed all of us was the incredibly bleak ending. It's great to see the rare bleak endings that American films seem so adverse to providing us.

Brilliant movie.

Season 5 Doctor: All Change?

I'm going to read more into this quote than probably intended:

"Tennant has been confirmed to star in the lead role for a number of BBC One specials next year. The fifth series, with Bafta-winning writer Steven Moffat at the helm, is scheduled to be broadcast on BBC One early the following year. Moffat is to take over from current writer and executive producer, Russell T Davies, from 2010.

It's the first line "Tennant has been confirmed to star in the lead role for a number of BBC One specials next year. "

"a number of BBC One specials" - so maybe not 'all' of them.

I don't think Tennant will be the Doctor when Steven Moffat starts weaving his magic at the beginning of Season 5.

I also agree with some of my friends that Steven Moffat should bring back one of his own creations as the Doctors Companion - Sally Sparrow.

Doctor Who Finale Watched by 9.4m (BBC Online; Sunday 6th July 2008)