Monday, 10 November 2014

What I've Been Watching Lately #3

watching lately 3

The Maze Runner (2014) : via cinema release
Based on the first instalment in the popular book series by James Dashner The Maze Runner is the latest YA dystopian adaptation to hit the big screen. The story follows Thomas (Dylan O'Brien) as he finds himself in a maze with no memory of who he is or how he got there. Up until his arrival the Gladers, or other boys living there, have been trying to find a way to escape with no success, but can Thomas help them find freedom?

Personally I thought the film was an impressive feature length directorial debut from Wes Ball, who is best known for working in other areas such as the art department. As a fan of the books I really enjoyed seeing the Maze itself come to life and his background experience in the creative side of things seemed to shine through onto the screen with a spot on visual representation of the Glade, Maze and Grievers. Just like the books the adaptation follows Thomas' point of view meaning that it was an intense watch as you're thrown into the action alongside the characters. From watching a few cast/director interviews I also learnt that the film was shot in just 42 days, making this debut even more impressive, and I'm keen to get hold of a copy of the DVD at some point as I'd love to learn more about how the film was made - hopefully there will be a featurette sharing the process of creating the visuals. I'm also already really looking forward to seeing how Wes brings the Scorch to life in the sequel! ✯✯✯✯1/2

American Horror Story: Coven (2013-2014) : via Netflix
The third season of this popular and innovative horror series is all about witchcraft. This time we're introduced to Zoe (Taissa Farmiga) who discovers that she is a witch and is sent off to a special school. The main arc of the season revolves around the search for the next Supreme, the one who will replace Jessica Lange's Fiona as the most powerful witch of her generation.

In the world of American Horror Story it seems that for most people Coven is the huge disappointment. Whilst I can understand why it may not be as popular as Murder House or Asylum I still feel like it was a pretty good watch, although perhaps after hearing so many negative reviews my expectations were lower?! As with every TV series some episodes and story arcs were stronger than others and right from the start I didn't enjoy the odd and unnecessary camera angles which were more distracting than stylish. Plot and camera angles aside, Coven was also very generous on the fashion side of things - look out for Zoe and Madison (Emma Roberts) Character Style Inspiration posts next month! Although there were definitely parts I didn't like so much, overall I actually really enjoyed Coven, plus it was the perfect thing to watch on the run up to Halloween! ✯✯✯✯

The Lost Files: 10th Anniversary Extras (Season 1, ) : via NowTV
Put together to celebrate the 10th anniversary of LOST's mysterious pilot episode that won over audiences this series features a look back at some of the show's most popular, shocking and exciting moments.

As someone who was a big fan of LOST at the time but who hasn't since watched it all the way through from start to finish, I quite enjoyed revisiting key moments through this series. Having said that the episodes were often repetitive sharing the same clips and recaps (a little annoying if watching them one after the other) and I can only assume that they were shown as standalone features in between the seasons when they originally aired. The thirteen episodes recap the entire six seasons each focusing on a different aspect such as the mystery of the island or the survivors stories. Although not a substitute for watching the original series - six seasons of information doesn't fit easily into a thirteen episode recap - it may be an enjoyable watch for fans looking to revisit the show. ✯✯1/2

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