One of the biggest questions that plagues the human race is “can men and women just be friends?” There are arguments for both sides and “What If,” directed by Michael Dowse, seemingly weighs in on this age old issue. (Spoilers Ahead)
Remember that scene in “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” where they are going through that psychedelic boat tunnel and Gene Wilder starts that poem/song thing. It gets more intense and frantic as he goes, “there’s no earthly way of knowing which direction they are going… There’s no knowing where they’re rowing… Or which way the river’s flowing… Is it raining, is it snowing? Is a hurricane a-blowing? Not a speck of light is showing, so the danger must be growing… Are the fires of Hell a-glowing? Is the grisly Reaper mowing? Yes! The danger must be growing. ‘Cause the rowers keep on rowing and they’re certainly not showing any sign that they are slowing!” Gene Wilder slowly gets more and more wild. It’s freaky, scary, panic inducing, but also intriguing.
That scene perfectly encapsulates the aesthetic of the next movie marathon, “Welcome to the Mind F**k.” This marathon is a three parter and, if it’s the first time you watch these films, will cause your brain to explode. If you’ve watched these classics before you will still explode because you’ll understand what’s going on a little bit more and pick up on stuff you missed the first (second, third, fourth, etc.) time round.
We are fast approaching the winter months. This means inclement weather that keeps you indoors and bulk eating to prepare yourself for hibernation. What can you do while trapped inside, shoveling food into your face hole? Movie marathon! Movie marathons are perfect because they allow your to be hands free, the better to devour food with, and you can turn it into a group activity without exerting any energy. Perfect!
The eighth season of “Doctor Who” premieres on BBC America this Saturday, August 23. I wrote this article back in January when I was binge watching “Doctor Who” but decided to save it for now.
A blue box drops from the sky. A man, who seems off his rocker, asks you to join him in his spaceship. He says he travels in time and space. If you are a Whovian, or anyone with basic knowledge of pop culture, you would know I was describing the Doctor. If you really had the opportunity to leave your life behind to travel the universe, would you? For the past couple of days I have been asking myself that. I have gone between yes and no numerous times. I think I have finally settled on an answer. So let’s go through the process step by step, together!
I am about to set a scene for you. Are you ready? Good. Close your eyes. Imagine the summer sun peaking through the treetops, children laughing and playing, people barbecuing and hanging out. Now look a little closer, there is a room in a house that seems darkened, save for a faint flickering of light. That would be me, sitting alone in my room, rewatching “Parks and Recreation” (for the third time.) I bet you have a lot of questions, dear reader, like “why?” and “don’t you have a laundry list of new shows to start?” and “but isn’t it summer?” To that I say, shut up and leave me alone.
Hello everyone! Yes, yes I am alive and well. I know I have not been present lately, for which I have an excellent reason (excuse.) The past few months have been quite busy because of two major things. The first being finals, gag me, and the second being study abroad. Shout it to the rooftops, I am in London, England. While these things have kept me busy and running around, I now have the time to write a fun little article about British television!
Maybe it’s the hype, maybe it’s the rustling about season 8, maybe it’s the fact that it’s fantastic but you’ve finally given into your curiosity and want to start watching Doctor Who. Who can blame you? All your nerdtastic friends are doing it. Not to mention, Doctor Who is arguably one of the most successful TV shows of all time and recently celebrated its 50th Anniversary! That’s nothing to turn your nose up at. But with all that success, and all those episodes, it can be quite daunting to figure out where to start especially if you are a non commital person and would prefer to give it a taste first. After all, there have been 11 doctors, 7 seasons since the 2005 reboot, and 26 seasons of Classic Doctor Who, which we won’t even touch in this. Overwhelmed yet? Don’t be. Lucky for you, you have options.