We’re three weeks into the TV adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s dystopian novel in the UK, The Handmaid’s Tale. Kate le Vann ponders if it is really a warning of things to come, or a reflection of the present.
Sixteen months on from the last non-Xmas episode of Doctor Who, the two grumpy middle-aged Scotchmen in charge return for their swan-song. A third one – Ricky Young – is just pleased there’s no other songs involved, especially ‘River’ ones, in season-opener ‘The Pilot’.
Yesterday we brought you Paul Duane’s takedown of (almost) everything 1986 has to offer the dedicated cineaste, so today we redress the balance with some of our contributors’ favourite memories of the year that saw the birth of Pixar, Ghibli and The Simpsons, though the animated film we’ve selected below is a little less cheery than any of those.
It’s 1986 week here at MF Towers, where sometimes the present day is too grim to contemplate and we allow ourselves a period of reverie in the past. The fun kicks off with Indy Datta on today’s anniversary re-release of Cocoon.
Not sure if you have heard, but there’s a new Star Wars film on the way. I know, me neither, but still. As a lead-in, we got some of our writers to talk about and around the ‘Wars. Many Bothans died to bring us this information.
James Moar on a show about a scientific genius, his plucky grandson, and their horrible, horrible adventures (now on your British space telly).
Paul Duane on the late Alexei German’s last, and maybe most singular, film, which reaches British screens this week.
Niall Anderson looks at a remastered release of David Cronenberg’s Rabid. Continue reading Or are you just happy to see me?
Indy Datta reviews Alex Garland’s directing debut, and steers clear of spoilers.