Tag Archives: 1980s

Revisiting Blade Runner [1992 re-release]

I recently re-watched this in preparation for seeing Blade Runner 2049 (review forthcoming), and judging from my Facebook “news” feed, so have a lot of other people. I’ve been a little surprised to see a quite negative stream of commentary … Continue reading

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Reflexivity in Remington Steele

Remington Steele was a lightly comedic detective procedural from the early 1980s. It had two gimmicks – front and centre is the conceit that Remington Steele is a fraud, an invention of the real detective, Laura Holt, who was not … Continue reading

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Atomic Blonde [2017]

Atomic Blonde belongs to a male-dominated genre and aesthetic, not only dominated, but almost explicitly anti-woman. Women exist in this genre space almost purely to get “Fridged“, rescued, or indifferently used by the hero in furtherance of his aims. The … Continue reading

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12 Books of Christmas: Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency

If the key to understanding a person really is understanding their hobby horses, then understanding me is a matter of understanding the Mystery-Investigation Complex. While I love science fiction and fantasy, my truest love is the detective story, whether playing … Continue reading

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The 12 Discs of Christmas, Stop Making Sense

At different times, we all experience “existential” moments, where we have cause and opportunity to stop and think about what we’re doing. Sometimes we wonder big questions – I’ve always eaten meat, but do I really like it? Are men … Continue reading

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B is for Burglar [1986]

One of the most common critiques of hard-boiled detective fiction is that it is highly masculine. The reasons for that are as complex and inexorable as the male domination of other genres, and exist on manifold layers. In the first … Continue reading

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Clandestine [1980]

James Ellroy’s novels defy easy classification. There are a few early novels that fit nicely in a pigeon hole – the Lloyd Hopkins novels are serial killer procedurals, Brown’s Requiem is essentially “just” a hard-boiled detective yarn. But it’s not … Continue reading

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