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House of Hummingbird (2018, Kim Bora)

The Stop Button Posted by Andrew Wickliffe on Aug 3, 2020

Eun-hee (Park Ji-hu) is an average Seoul eighth grader circa 1994, which would be fine if being average weren’t a one-way ticket to nowhere. Park’s the youngest of three children; while presumably eldest sister Park Soo-yeon has already screwed up and is going to a crappy school across the bridge, read more

A New (temporary?) Format

The Stop Button Posted by Andrew Wickliffe on Jul 28, 2020

Outside some special posts–Josh Hartnett movies coming up, y’all–and anything Vernon wants to post, I’m moving all new material (for the time being) over to a TinyLetter newsletter. Lots of reason, lots of things, maybe I’ll write about them in it, maybe it’ll ju read more

The Alienist (2018) s02e01 – Ex Ore Infantium

The Stop Button Posted by Andrew Wickliffe on Jul 22, 2020

Dakota Fanning gets the “and” credit in “The Alienist: Season Two: Angel of Darkness: Ex Ore Infantium.” She doesn’t die (at least not in this episode, and since it’s based on a novel I could just spoil myself), but the “and” credit is quizzical because it’s very clear this time around read more

Doctor Who (2005) s03e10 – Blink

The Stop Button Posted by Andrew Wickliffe on Jul 21, 2020

Blink is apparently not a backdoor pilot to a “Doctor Who” spin-off where recognizable cast—in this case Carey Mulligan on her way up—interacts with the world of Doctor Who without necessarily having to do a lot of scenes with David Tennant. Or Freema Agyeman, who’s second-billed but feels read more

Doctor Who (2005) s03e09 – The Family of Blood

The Stop Button Posted by Andrew Wickliffe on Jul 20, 2020

So I thought this episode—wrapping up a two-parter about the Doctor (David Tennant) turning himself into a human so as to avoid some aliens who are hunting him and losing himself in early 1900s England—wasn’t going to get any worse after Tennant, having regained his memory and alien… superpowers read more

Samurai Marathon (2019, Bernard Rose)

The Stop Button Posted by Andrew Wickliffe on Jul 19, 2020

Samurai Marathon has some strange epilogue problems; all of a sudden the movie’s about marathons, when it turns out the marathon isn’t a particularly big deal in the story. It’s central to the story, but as a narrative tool. It provides the right stage for these characters. Though, with a title read more

Doctor Who (2005) s03e08 – Human Nature

The Stop Button Posted by Andrew Wickliffe on Jul 18, 2020

I didn’t have a great feeling when I saw Paul Cornell with the writing credit but I forced myself to be hopeful. Plus, Charlie Palmer directing, surely it would be all right. What’s the worst Cornell would do, another overly melodramatic time waster… And, yes, he does do another overly melodramatic read more

Rock Jocks (2012, Paul V. Seetachitt)

The Stop Button Posted by Andrew Wickliffe on Jul 17, 2020

Rock Jocks is full of “it’s not racist because” jokes. There’s even a moment early on when Felicia Day tries explaining to Gerry Bednob how he’s actually a racist even though he says he’s not. When he disagrees, Day gives up, which is a fairly good place to give up on Jocks. You’ve hit read more

Doctor Who (2005) s03e07 – 42

The Stop Button Posted by Andrew Wickliffe on Jul 16, 2020

There have to be TV shows where they unintentionally duplicate episodes. Soap operas, whatever. The same plot must get repeated. Unintentionally. Because it very obviously happens intentionally, such as with 42, which is a riff on a great two-parter from last season, only without anything similarly read more

Upload (2020) s01e10 – Freeyond

The Stop Button Posted by Andrew Wickliffe on Jul 15, 2020

After ignoring the initial A plot but actually the B plot because Robbie Amell and Andy Allo are cute for eight episodes, this episode’s almost entirely about the mystery behind Amell’s death. And his missing memories. The ones he didn’t find out about until halfway through the season but didn’t read more

Doctor Who (2005) s03e06 – The Lazarus Experiment

The Stop Button Posted by Andrew Wickliffe on Jul 14, 2020

What is this show’s problem with companions’ mothers? We briefly met new companion Freema Agyeman’s mom, Adjoa Andoh, in the season premiere and she seemed fine. Nope. She’s possibly even more annoying than previous companion’s mom Camille Coduri, which doesn’t even seem possible, but the read more

Enter the Fat Dragon (2020, Tanigaki Kenji)

The Stop Button Posted by Andrew Wickliffe on Jul 13, 2020

Enter the Fat Dragon is about Hong Kong super-cop Donnie Yen (already in a pound of makeup before he puts on the fat suit, presumably to look more age appropriate for love interest Niki Chow) who goes too far one too many times and finds himself busted down to the evidence room. After Chow dumps hi read more

Doctor Who (2005) s03e05 – Evolution of the Daleks

The Stop Button Posted by Andrew Wickliffe on Jul 12, 2020

Last episode I went in pretty hard on the British actors playing Americans but I think I may have emphasized accents too much. Hugh Quarshie’s accent isn’t bad. His performance is bad, his accent is fine. Whereas Andrew Garfield’s accent is bad and his performance is bad. Though even Garfield read more

The Old Guard (2020, Gina Prince-Bythewood)

The Stop Button Posted by Andrew Wickliffe on Jul 11, 2020

The Old Guard is better than any of the Highlander movies (to date, I suppose) but sadly not a success. It gets relatively close to passing at least, but then the epilogue is forced, predictable (screenwriter Greg Rucka’s really obvious, he’s really episodic and he’s really obvious–Old Guard read more

Upload (2020) s01e09 – Update Eve

The Stop Button Posted by Andrew Wickliffe on Jul 11, 2020

Turns out “Upload” is able to surprise me. This episode reveals the Horizon app where all the dead people live is getting an upgrade. Including having more than two seasonings, which is a heck of a long time into the show to reveal none of the digital dead people eating are tasting anything the read more

Backcountry (2014, Adam MacDonald)

The Stop Button Posted by Andrew Wickliffe on Jul 10, 2020

Backcountry is all about this young couple who need a weekend in the woods to realize why they’re wrong for each other. She’s a lawyer who’s interested in playing on her smartphone with her friends. The movie’s from 2014; maybe it’s supposed to be Candy Crush? Is 2014 too early for Instagram? read more

Doctor Who (2005) s03e04 – Daleks in Manhattan

The Stop Button Posted by Andrew Wickliffe on Jul 10, 2020

So… Nicholas Briggs does do the Dalek voices in this episode. He’s been doing all of them, which is weird because the Dalek voices this episode are terrible and so… I figured it was other actors. But no. It’s Briggs. And he’s terrible. I was waiting for the Daleks to show up—they’re trying read more

The Books of Magic (1993-2019)

The Stop Button Posted by Vernon Wiley on Jul 9, 2020

Books of Magic
Original series and recent “Moveable Type” trade paperback Back in 1991, DC decided to let one of their successful new writers, Neil Gaiman, fresh from his success with The Sandman, an opportunity to play in the sandbox with a bevy of their silver age B list characters, weaving read more

Upload (2020) s01e08 – Shopping Other Digital After-Lives

The Stop Button Posted by Andrew Wickliffe on Jul 9, 2020

The episode opens with Robbie Amell getting Andy Allo in trouble for their relationship. Except she can’t let him know she’s in trouble so when she gets sent home… he assumes she’s still at work. Only it’s her boss, Andrea Rosen, who shuts him down. See, he’s ready to commit to their romance. read more

Doctor Who (2005) s03e03 – Gridlock

The Stop Button Posted by Andrew Wickliffe on Jul 8, 2020

Really nice direction from Richard Clark this episode; really nice. It’s a strong episode overall, because it’s set out in space in the future, which are usually the best “Who” episodes (so far), but this episode manages to do it with a bunch of regular humans. Well, not regular humans. 5 billion read more
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