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An Emotional Response to Lucifer [Episodes 1-3]

Occasionally one encounters a piece of fiction so staggeringly ill-judged as to transgress the border of the misanthropic, the production of which in any civilised society would be an actual crime. I can’t say for certain that Lucifer taken as … Continue reading

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Live by Night [2016]

The 1920s are defined in the modern Western imagination by the Volstead Act, Prohibition, and the  criminal underworld it created. The reason is partially that the most successful and most powerful bootleggers of the age wanted it that way. Al … Continue reading

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Victor Frankenstein [2015]

I’ve got to be honest: it’s been so long since I read Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein that I can’t actually remember what happens in the novella as opposed to what’s been reconstituted in the myriad adaptations I’ve consumed since. There’s some … Continue reading

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Thor: The Dark World [2013]

Perhaps it was unfortunate that I saw this film soon after reading Jenni’s review of Iron Man. The basic criticism she laid was that Tony Stark is an unreconstructed misogynist, which is a hard claim to refute. Her incisive character … Continue reading

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A Pigeon Sat on a Tree Branch Reflecting on Existence [2015]

I should have known better. Empire magazine gave this 4-stars, the Telegraph gave it 5-stars, and Dr Kermode also loved it. The New York Times declines to give ratings, but reading between the lines on all of these reviews made … Continue reading

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Inherent Vice [2014]

The screening I attended for this was sparsely populated. I think a lot of people have watched the excruciating trailer and been uninspired. I was uninspired myself, but a major release of a throw-back detective film was too close to … Continue reading

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Continuum [Ep 1.1 & 1.2]

With Kevin Kulp’s TimeWatch in the back of my mind, I sat down to watch the pilot of this new SyFy Channel original. It looked great, but even allowing for the usual jitters and settling in problems of a new … Continue reading

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