Preface: let me say that I’m counting Doctor Who serials as films, because it just seems to make sense.  They’re usually 4-5 episodes that follow a relatively self-contained storyline and fill 1.5 to 2 hours.  Plus when you download them from Netflix, they’re all together as the serial.  So I’m counting it.  

Doctor Who: The Androids of Tara (1978) 

Being a Doctor Who fanatic, there aren’t too many serials that I flat out dislike.  This one, I think, was actually one of the more enjoyable and interesting ones.  Maybe because of my inherent interest in Medieval settings…and robots…and the juxtaposition of the two is pretty neat.  Sure there are some plot issues that I’ll be happy to overlook (like how is it that Romana just happens to look EXACTLY like the princess from a completely different planet?), and of course the effects are cheesy, but it’s 70s Doctor Who.  If you’re looking for completely plausible and high-tech, you’re in the wrong place.  And you know what?  It’s got Tom Baker.  Your argument is invalid. 


The Sorcerer’s Apprentice (2010) 

Yes, we watched a Disney/Bruckheimer film.  BUT it’s a Disney/Bruckheimer/Fuckin’ Nic Cage film.  And much like the first run at a Disney/Bruckheimer/Johnny Depp film, it was not a bad little movie.  It was fun, I enjoyed watching it, and Cage gives a solid, if well-reined, performance as an eccentric sorcerer trying to save the world from the forces of evil.  He certainly looks like a badass, with his long hair and leather trenchcoat and flying metal eagle/gargoyle thing, even if he doesn’t get to let loose.  It is a family film, after all.  Not one I’d buy, but enjoyable nonetheless.  

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