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Went to see Pan's Labyrinth last night, and thought it was quite good. Less fantasy than I expected, and more war film. And most of the fantasy bits seemed really, really basic and childish. That could have been a conscious decision, to contrast with the war bits, but they had no depth to them at all. In fact, even the war parts suffered a bit from lack of depth, apart from possibly the very end. I suppose since it's supposed to be an adult fairytale, I can't complain that we got archetypes instead of characters, but it lent a certain distance to proceedings. The ending seemed unsatisfying because we'd spent longer in the "real" world than the fantasy one, and were more attached to it. Random comparison - I was watching the Parallel Worlds documentary last night (more on that later) and it mentioned the Buffy ep Normal Again, where she hallucinates (?) that she's actually a schizophrenic in a mental hospital, and the last six years have only happened in her brain. In that, we root for Buffy to win in the Sunnydale world, because that's what we're attached to, even though the hospital world is more like our own. In Pan's Labyrinth, she wins in the fantasy world, but because we're more invested in the real world, it seems like a loss.

On the other hand it looked gorgeous, the acting was excellent (even the kid, and you know how I feel about those), some of the fantasy stuff was cool (mandrake root! *Donne and Wizard Howl fangirly squee*) and, geek alert, I adored the font they used for the subtitles. Heh.

Watched the BBC's Parallel Worlds documentary thing, from the Science Fiction Britannia series (which has a remarkably crap website). It was fluff, mostly, but it was fun. rozk turned up talking about Buffy - I was impressed that they mentioned Buffy, I thought they'd ignore it because it's "not SF". But it got quite a lot of time, because of Doppelgangland, The Wish and Normal Again. (They didn't mention Superstar - I don't think it fit into any of their nicely constructed little categories. Nor did they mention all the "normal" other dimensions, now I think about it.) The other woman talking about Buffy annoyed me in her first sentence by calling Willow boring (!!!) but redeemed herself somewhat afterwards. They seemed to have a very loose interpretation of "parallel worlds", and shockingly, though they had a section dedicated to the decisions-create-branching-universes theory, they didn't mention the phrase Trousers of Time once. And I got very confused when they started talking about more than two parallel universes meeting and used Daleks v Cybermen as an example, because unless you're counting the void as a universe, I could only see two universes there...

Also, I think Kim Newman and Brian Stableford must be doing well out of this season. They're talking heads about *everything*.

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squirrelette
Nov. 29th, 2006 09:22 pm (UTC)
I didn't see Parallel Worlds, but I reckon Brian Aldiss is doing well out of this season too. He turned up twice on Monday night to make disparaging comments about Wyndham's "Day of the Triffids". I don't know where he got his axe but he seems to be grinding the hell out of it.
pickwick
Nov. 29th, 2006 09:26 pm (UTC)
Heh :D I haven't seen Monday's Martians and Us yet, I've got it on tape.
sovietkiki
Nov. 29th, 2006 09:41 pm (UTC)
What? I missed something from Science Fiction Britannia?

ARGH!!!!
pickwick
Nov. 29th, 2006 09:52 pm (UTC)
It's repeated tonight at 11, and tomorrow and Sunday in the middle of the night. Trust in the cable channels repeating things :)
momentsmusicaux
Nov. 30th, 2006 01:36 pm (UTC)
Superstar wasn't really parallel, it was just a change that went through the whole world, like Dawn's arrival.
Normal Again -- that one really creeped me out with the last scene.

Daleks and Cybermen, parallel? Huh?
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