The Problem of Susan

A few weeks ago, Dark Horse Comics published an adaptation by P. Craig Russell of Neil Gaiman’s Narnia short story, “The Problem of Susan.” While I’ve read Gaiman’s short story a half dozen times over the years, between work and life and the flu I didn’t have the opportunity to give the graphic novel aContinue reading “The Problem of Susan”

On Widows, Blue Boxes, and Christmas Trees

Saturday night, as I did my last Christmas wrapping, I watched Santa Claus Conquers the Martians. It’s been my Christmas Eve tradition for several years now, though last year, as I was in Raleigh for Christmas, I didn’t have the opportunity to watch the film. As I watched the film this year, I had aContinue reading “On Widows, Blue Boxes, and Christmas Trees”

On Things I’ve Been Reading

“The Professor, the Queen, and the Bookshop” Doctor Who Magazine #429 Panini UK Written by Jonathan Morris Art by Rob Davis One winter’s day, during the height of the Blitz, two young children — Amelia and Rory — run through London’s streets, en route to a nearby train station to meet Amelia’s aunt. Amelia spiesContinue reading “On Things I’ve Been Reading”

On The Voyage of the Dawn Treader

When I was very young, no more than six, I found my way into Narnia. CBS produced an animated adaptation of The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, directed by Bill Melendez, one of the lights behind CBS’ Peanuts cartoons. I was really taken with the movie, and my parents bought me a boxed setContinue reading “On The Voyage of the Dawn Treader”

On My Favorite Childhood Movie

No one remembers the movies they saw when they were young. I can't tell you what the first movie I saw was; the earliest movies that I can remember going to see were The Black Hole and Race For Your Life, Charlie Brown. The former I've had no desire to see again in my adulthood;Continue reading “On My Favorite Childhood Movie”

On Thinking About Summer Movies

I mentioned a few days ago the comic book films I was looking forward to this summer. To recap, from top to bottom: The Dark Knight Hellboy II: The Golden Army Iron Man The Incredible Hulk It’s a bit of a misnomer, actually, to suggest that I’m looking forward to The Incredible Hulk. I’m quiteContinue reading “On Thinking About Summer Movies”

On the Prince Caspian Trailer

A few days ago Disney released the first trailer for The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian. I downloaded the trailer and gave it a look. I’ve written previously that I found The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe… adequate at best. For what it is, it’s a good film. It’s eye-candy. The story? It’s prettyContinue reading “On the Prince Caspian Trailer”

On Revisiting the Wardrobe

Recently I acquired Disney’s extended cut DVD of The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. It was released last Christmas and left on the market for about six weeks, whereupon it was pulled. Like The Lord of the Rings extended editions, this was a four-disc affair, released both as a regular four-disc edition and asContinue reading “On Revisiting the Wardrobe”

On The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe

I saw The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe last night. Overall opinion? The film was okay. Not great, mostly good, but overall, just okay. Adequate. I first read the books when I was six. CBS had done an animated version of Lion (just bought it on DVD, btw), and my family and I hadContinue reading “On The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe”