The Doctor is back again on DVD and Blu Ray. “Last Christmas” is now available to bring home with some amazing special features. As the 2014 “Doctor Who” Christmas Special, “Last Christmas” brings the epic showdown to fruition; Santa Claus versus The Doctor. The special features guest star Nick Frost as Santa Claus and takes viewers through a fun and complicated maze of dreams. How do you know if you are awake? What is real and what is fantasy? Join The Doctor and Clara as they piece together the mystery of the Dream Crabs. Continue to Examiner.com
With a new year comes all of the hopes and dreams of the future; even as a “Doctor Who” fan. Now that fears have calmed about a new Doctor and Series 8 is all tied up with a bow, fans can shift their gaze into 2015. In the next year, Whovians have so much to look forward to as the show is becoming a pop culture phenomenon in the United States. “Doctor Who” merchandise is everywhere you turn and viewers who had to explain “Doctor Who” to others for the past few decades now find themselves a fan of the new favorite science fiction program. Let’s sit back and look towards what there is to get excited about in 2015. Continue reading on Examiner.com.
By, Heather Maloney
After an eventful and suspenseful debut in his first “Doctor Who” story with Titan Comics, The Tenth Doctor returns to continue his adventures with Gabby. On sale August 27, 2014, Issue Two is full of adventure and fun. On the hunt to figure out what is causing people to witness their worse fears, the duo work to fit the pieces together.
Written by, Heather Maloney
So, it has taken me a few days to even begin to wrap my head around the loss of Robin Williams. Never has a celebrity death hit me as hard as his and it feels like I have lost an uncle. My life has been bookmarked by Robin Williams and at 36 years old, I honestly feel like my childhood and innocence is now gone. When life was too much to handle as a six year old there was always “Popeye” to put a smile on my face; as a teenager I could revisit “Mork and Mindy”. The thought that there will never be a new moment of his work is almost too much to bear.
One of my earliest memories of laughter was one night was I very little. Lying in bed, my pink and frilly canopy monstrosity, I could hear my father laughing like I had never heard before. The only sound I heard besides my dad’s laughter was a funny man’s voice talking about different ways to react after stepping in dog poo. From that moment on, I always equated Robin Williams with my father and whenever I was sad or lost, I could count on his voice, and humor to make me feel at home.
Then one Sunday in 1995, I was watching “Dead Poets Society” on television, dreading having to go back to high school the next day. Right after the suicide scene ended my telephone rang and I was met with the first major loss of my life; my friend was found and had committed suicide. That movie, and especially his performance, was the first landmark of my adult life and has always meant so very much to me.
In addition to his amazing humor, Mr. Williams truly shined in his dramatic roles. “What Dreams May Come” was one of the most beautiful, devastating, heartbreaking and enlightening films that I have ever seen. As a 21 year old woman, in the midst of her first serious relationship, this film helped me to realize what I was truly looking for in life and helped me recognize what I personally believed about the afterlife. “The World According to Garp” is another performance that is not often mentioned but is truly a masterpiece in film.
My absolute favorite performance of Robin Williams is “Death to Smoochy”. The extreme dark humor of the film and especially the role of Rainbow Randolph is genius and can put a smile on my face even at my darkest moments.
The ultimate tragedy is that while his life and work gave so much hope and laughter to millions of people, including myself, he had his own demons to battle. Luckily, while I have had demons, his work has helped me process through them and laugh like I never thought I could. I truly wish that I could have given him even the smallest morsel of what he gave me and knowing that I can never repay him for his selfless gifts breaks my heart.
When I first heard the news on Monday like many of you I was devastated. To be that upset about the loss of someone you have never met is truly an odd moment, but one that shows the monumental impact he had on our lives. I felt like a helpless and lost child, so I did two things automatically. First I called my father as I needed to hear his voice. Then I sat down on my couch and started watching “Popeye”. It was in that moment that I realized only one thing could help me grieve through this moment of my life and that was the work I loved of Robin Williams; the same work that has always made me smile.
As I never met the man, his unmistakable presence helped to direct my life in a very positive way, and for that I will be forever grateful. Despite the details that come out in the future regarding his life and death, I will always admire this brilliant man and am so very lucky that my life ran parallel to his and that we will forever have his characters, his humor and his compassion as a measurement of our own.
Thank you Robin.
LONDON, ENGLAND – MAY 12: (l-r) James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender attend the UK Premiere of ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’ at Odeon Leicester Square on May 12, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Tim P. Whitby/Getty Images)
By, Heather Maloney
In the current motion picture climate, bigger does not necessarily mean better. It is hard to image a movie being any larger than “X-Men: Days of Future Past”, however the movie’s scope and cast still allows for a truly intimate story. While very adult at times, the non-stop pace and amazing characters prove once again that few can stand up to the grandeur of this band of Mutants. (continue reading on Examiner.com)
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Fans of Spiderman comic books have been on a bit of a roller coaster ride while watching their favorite hero on the big screen. The first trilogy produced was laden with plot errors and questionable casting. While the reboot movies have stayed truer to the comic book stories, and the casting of the leads are impeccable, “The Amazing Spiderman2” failed to astonish.
Gwen Stacy always lights up a story, and the same holds true on the big screen. Though her story line is littered with tragedy, the overall journey is worth the tears. Emma Stone is truly a vision as Gwen and breaths life into the character. As her story truly is one of the most amazing comic book tales, “The Amazing Spiderman 2” spends too much time building up to the epic finale and loses some of the magic along the journey. (Continue on Examiner.com)