Description: The fourth episode in my ongoing series of reviews, with analysis, of the BBC science-fiction show, Doctor Who. In this part, the era of the Third Doctor, Jon Pertwee, is considered. We discover how Doctor Who had to change to meet the demands of seventies' tv and how it grew to more overtly reflect social and ecological concerns, before looking, in depth, at choose stories from this era.
Description: The fifth episode in my ongoing series of reviews, with analysis, of the BBC science-fiction show, Doctor Who. In this part, the era of the Fourth Doctor, Tom Baker, is considered. We discover the 'Golden Era' of Doctor Who, looking at how the present developed into a far darker and scarier version, influenced by the Gothic Horror genre, and the resultant backlash from self-appointed 'moral guardians'. We also consider the economic troubles of the late seventies and their result on the present before its regeneration just in time for the eighties. Along the way, three stand out stories are looked at in depth with plenty of clips from the full seven-year Baker tenure!
Description: The seventh episode in my ongoing series of reviews, with analysis, of the BBC science-fiction show, Doctor Who. In this part, the era of the Sixth Doctor, Colin Baker, is considered. We take a look at how Peter Davison's departure spurred John Nathan-Turner to gamble with the creation of an incarnation wildly various from what went before. We consider how social hysteria informed one of the stand-out stories of the era before moving on to look at how the present came under fire from an executive who had no love for science-fiction.
Description: The sixth episode in my ongoing series of reviews, with analysis, of the BBC science-fiction show, Doctor Who. In this part, the era of the Fifth Doctor, Peter Davison, is considered. We discover how the tv landscape changed as the present entered the eighties and how changes to the format ensured a renewed interest. Two stand-out stories are looked at in feature and we take a look at how the present celebrated its twentieth anniversary before preparing itself for an even more radical change.
Description: The eighth episode in my ongoing series of reviews, with analysis, of the BBC science-fiction show, Doctor Who. In this part, the era of the Seventh Doctor, Sylvester McCoy, is considered. We look at how producer, John Nathan-Turner, was forced to undertake the unpleasant task of replacing the lead and how he came to select the eccentric McCoy for the role. The pressure of TV execs and protest groups to tone down the show's violent excesses and how this led to a rather tame and camp ver of what went before is looked at before we consider how the present finally regained its stride, producing some of the greatest ever episodes before its untimely demise.
Description: The ninth episode in my ongoing series of reviews, with analysis, of the BBC science-fiction show, Doctor Who. In this part, the fourteen-year period following the cancellation of Classic Doctor Who is examined. We look at how the Doctor Who mythos refused to die and how it continued in novel and comic forms whilst different production companies tried their utmost to take control of the show's future on the tiny and silver screens. We glimpse at the horror that was 'Dimensions in Time' before taking a comprehensive and detailed look at the long-gestating TV Film starring Paul McGann, how it ultimately failed to reboot the show, and what came next...
Description: Recounts the extraordinary segregation-era partnership between two surgeons--one black and one white--who defied the medical establishment and changed the course of cardiac surgery.
Description: “The AKB that I used to know, that fought to the end, that shined with limitless light – I wanted to see it once again.” “The group we gotta conquer actually isn’t AKB, but Nogizaka!” “This is clearly just a fantasy… but hopefully everyone will come to recognize us again.”
Description: The soccer stadium Arena Corinthians was constructed in São Paulo’s Itaquera district, approximating the club structures to the largest stronghold of its fans. Through filming the official tour at the arena and interviewing Corinthians soccer squad supporters that live on its margins, the movie shows the dubious relation that takes zone between them.
Description: On February 14, 1973 Elvis presented Muhammad Ali with an 'Elvis Style' robe emblazoned with the words, 'People's Choice' on the back in rhinestones and jewels. The wording was a mistake as Ali was known as the 'The Peoples Champion'. Elvis was very upset about this but it too late. Ali thanked Elvis for the robe then went directly to the Las Vegas Convention Center for his war that night vs Joe Bugner where he wore Elvis' robe for the first time. Often the storyline is said he did not wear it this night, but as you can see in the video clip below, he sure did, and he won the war too! As an aside Sammy Davis Jr was ringside for the war and purchased into the ring post war by Ali.
Description: Casi Paraíso is a movie in which 8mm footage, collected photographs, magnetic tape recordings and filmed moments are combined to reflect on violence in Mexico nowadays. When the filmmaker's daughter is born and becomes the fifth generation of this film, he begins an inquiry into the past while he follows the happenings back home.
Description: Tokyo International travelers brave constant rain and still have a nice experience in one of the world's biggest cities. The backpackers learn about Japan's fascinating history at the Edo and fight memorial museums before heading to the world's biggest fish market. Partying in few of the wonderful nightlife territories of Tokyo opens their eyes to the special Japanese youth culture. Experience the rush of traveling the globe for the first time with a team of international back-packers, ages 16 - 22 on their quest for adventure, romance and the excellent moment.
Description: Merrilees Parker travels to Japan to learn about its special meal culture. She starts her adventure in Tokyo, at Tsukiji, the world's largest fish market. Master chef, Romeo teaches her how to create the ultimate sushi, an art that takes years to master. Then it's off to a ramen museum, where you can test different regional styles of the noodle soup. Escaping the city, Merrilees takes the bullet train to Matsusaka where she visits a farm that produces the most expensive beef in the world. She also visits Kyoto and Mount Fuji for the annual Summer Fire Festival to gorge herself on unbelievable road food.
Description: In the form of a photo-novel, in which a succession of static photos construct a narrative with the help of the voice-over, "Estas Mãos São Minhas" is a love letter of André Miguel Ferreira to his grandmother. The pretext is one of the usual trips of Sundays and Thursdays of the grandmother, with the most elegant clothes and the greatest perfume, to dance sessions where, in this zone of melody and conviviality, married boys hide their alliances and widowed girls find for ghosts. And it is a particular ghost that really matters to the young director, his deceased grandfather, for whom his grandmother cries silently and for whom sometimes he changes his name. This is a movie about the loss, the longing, the time, the fear, the love and the immense strength of women.
Description: Documentary on the work of Helena Almeida, a plastic artist that, since the end of the 60s, has developed a body of work in which she explores the limits of self-representation and the frontiers of the various mediums she uses, be it painting, drawing, photography or video. "Pintura Habitada" focuses on the few phases and elements involved in the constructive process through which Helena Almeida constructs her works, from the first studies to the exhibition of the finished work.
Description: The film's starting mission was an exhibit at the Centre of Modern Art (Gulbenkian) in Lisbon. By evoking a time in the past and the journeys of the artist's generation, Silva Melo is able to depict the oeuvre and the artistic persona of António Palolo.
Description: An unprecedented UHD movie on Karnataka's rich Biodiversity narrated by David Attenborough. Portraying the state with highest number of Tigers and Elephants using the recent technology - a masterpiece showcasing the state, its flora, fauna.
Description: In 2017, 25-year-old Anna Campbell from Lewes in East Sussex travelled in secret to northern Syria. She was heading for Rojava, the Kurdish zone in the north of the country. In the midst of the civil fight in Syria, a fledgling feminist democracy had been established but almost instantly came under threat from the so-called Islamic State. Just eight months after arriving and with no military background, Anna went to the front line to war with Kurdish YPJ. A month soon she was killed by a Turkish air strike. With access to her diary and videos filmed while she was there, this movie explores what motivated Anna to leave and how her family create sense of the tragic consequences.
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