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The Christmas Invasion - Behind the Scenes [Part 11]

Excerpt from Benjamin Cook’s articles in Doctor Who Magazine #365

[Benjamin Cook asking David Christmas-themed questions]

BC: Which gift from ‘The 12 Days of Christmas’ would you most like to receive this year?

DT: If the pipers piping were Billie Pipers, then obviously I’d go for that. But that would be quite creepy. It’s got to be ladies dancing, hasn’t it? I mean, there’s not really much contest. Five golden rings you could flog, if they were really nice. But I don’t think you’d get much for them.

BC: If there were five of them, they’re unlikely to be top-notch quality.

DT: Well thought through. I mean, all the others would just be irritating, frankly. And dirty. Colley birds? French hens? Yes, you could eat them, but then you’d have to murder them yourself. I don’t want to do that at Christmas. That’s far too much effort. I want a shrink-wrapped turkey from Sainsbury’s. No, ladies dancing - much better. They can come and dance in my Christmas parlour.

BC: What’s the worst Christmas record of all time?

DT: Ooh jings. No, there’ve got to be some terrible ones, haven’t there? Well, anything by Cliff Richard. Mistletoe and Wine? It’s got to be Mistletoe and Wine. That is a heinous piece of work, isn’t it? My mum likes it. She likes everything by Cliff Richard. But she is wrong! It’s saccharine, and repulsive, and when all those kids start singing at the end, you just want to murder. It’s horrible.

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XX - Official Trailer

Horror anthology film directed by Annie Clark, Karyn Kusama, Roxanne Benjamin, and Jovanka Vuckovic


C R U S H    I T                  ….okay?


XX is a new all-female helmed horror anthology directed by Annie Clark (St. Vincent), Karyn Kusama, Roxanne Benjamin, and Jovanka Vuckovic.

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St. Vincent and Roxanne Benjamin on directing ‘XX’ - LA Time


Horror movies I want to see:

  • Raw - dir. Julia Ducournau
  • The Autopsy of Jane Doe - dir. André Øvredal
  • The Void - dir. Jeremy Gillespie & Steven Kostanski
  • From a House on Willow Street - dir. Alastair Orr
  • Safe Neighborhood - dir. Chris Peckover
  • Get Out - dir. Jordan Peele
  • Seoul Station - dir. Sang-ho Yeon
  • Sun Choke - dir. Ben Cresciman
  • Beyond the Gates - dir. Jackson Stewart
  • The Hollow One - dir. Nathan Hendrickson
  • A Dark Song - dir. Liam Gavin
  • Sweet, Sweet Lonely Girl - dir. A.D. Calvo
  • XX - dir. Karyn Kusama, Annie Clark, Roxanne Benjamin & Jovanka Vuckovic
  • The Eyes of My Mother - dir. Nicolas Pesce
  • The Similars/Los Parecidos - dir. Isaac Ezban
  • The Devil’s Candy - dir. Sean Byrne

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The Christmas Invasion - Behind the Scenes [Part 8]

Excerpt from Benjamin Cook’s articles in Doctor Who Magazine #365

After dinner, the cast and crew move up to a balcony on the storey to shoot David’s ‘neuron implosion’ scene. It’s raining now (”Ooh hello, is it wet? Oh God, it’s tipping it down! That’s a bit of a worry,” says James [Hawes, director]), but the balcony is undercover, so we’re all keeping nice and dry. Except for the three extras down below, who are dressed in Santa costumes and getting soaked to the skin. Ho, ho, ho.

[…] Several takes later, and David is still imploding. “You woke me up too soon,” he wheezes. “I’m still regenerating.”

“I felt like that this morning,” mutters James, and then yells: “Cut! That’s good, guys. I’m really enjoying it. I like the way you come forward, David, then lurch towards Camille. But let’s go for one more. As he collapses there, you could support him,” he suggests to Camille. “You’re helping him up. Improvise it. You too, Billie. Noel, grab David’s knee. Make a bit more of it. I’m going to let you milk it.”

The next shot is a close-up of Camille delivering her big speech on the balcony. The one that ends with the Doctor telling her to shut up. “Do you want me to keep almost interrupting her?” asks David.

“Good idea!” responds James. “Yes, I love that.”

On the first take, as Camille tries to help David to his feet, she falls arse over tit, and lands with her bottom in the air.  “That’s not your best side,” comments James.

“I’ve been like this all day,” she chuckles, “one way or another.”

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GLBT Book Month

June is GLBT Book Month! The LGBTQIA community is part of our nation’s great diversity and there are a ton of YA books that celebrate and support them. Whether it’s comedy, romance, fantasy, or just day-to-day life, these books are great reads! 

  • Fan Art by Sarah Tregay
  • None of the Above by I.W. Gregorio
  • Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Saenz
  • About a Girl by Sarah McCarry
  • Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour
  • Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan
  • Tell Me Again How a Crush Should Feel by Sarah Farizan
  • Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
  • The Bane Chronicles by Cassandra Clare
  • Not Otherwise Specified by Hannah Moskowitz
  • My Best Friend, Maybe by Caela Carter
  • One Man Guy by Michael Barakiva
  • More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera
  • Ask the Passengers by A.S. King
  • Simon and the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
  • Alex as Well by Alyssa Brugman
  • If You Could Be Mine by Sarah Farizan
  • Freakboy by Kristin Elizabeth Clark
  • Keeping You A Secret by Julie Anne Peters
  • Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld

XX (2017) Directed by Roxanne Benjamin, Sofia Carrillo, Karyn Kusama, St. Vincent, and Jovanka Vuckovic

An all female horror anthology featuring new work from Karyn Kusama, Annie Clark, Roxanne Benjamin and Jovanka Vuckovic.

XX (2017), Annie Clark, Karyn Kusama, Roxanne Benjamin, and Jovanka Vuckovic

I don’t really think the filmmakers provided a legitimate reason for these four shorts to coexist with one another (three of the four are about mothers, but that doesn’t make for a convincing connection), but at the same time, it doesn’t matter if they have anything to do with one another since what’s most important is just how effective each vignette is, and they are all certainly passable, a couple are even pretty great (I particularly enjoyed Jovanka Vuckovic’s deadpan and ambiguous The Box and Karyn Kusama’s intriguing Her Only Living Son), all featuring a surprising cleverness and a satisfying voice. 

Metacritic: 64, RT: 70%, IMDb: 4.7