Tag Archives: Satire

The Spy Who Dumped Me [2018]

Just a foreword here that since I think few people will have seen this film at the time I’m publishing the review, I’ve tried to keep it spoiler-lite. I talk about one specific set-piece that occurs early in the film, … Continue reading

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12 Books of Christmas: Adventure, Mystery, and Romance

A Dialogue on Art, in One Act; Prepared by the Author for the Elucidation and Delight of Sundry Audience as should perchance click upon a Link to this Humble Site. Dramatis Personae: The Art Lover, a person of character and distinction, for … 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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12 Books of Christmas: The Profit

Robin Williams had a segment in one show about the questions of a toddler: a spiral of “why” that eventually just explodes in parental frustration. Welcome to life I suppose, because the argument for Agnosticism that I find most compelling … Continue reading

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The Lobster [2015]

This is a critic-friendly film, and I imagine generations of English and Film students as yet unborn being tasked with picking it apart scene by scene or even line by line as a master-class on satire and deconstruction. It has been … Continue reading

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Network [1979]

Look, it’s hard not to love a film where the central pivotal sequence is a respected news personality, drenched, in his pyjamas, goes on air and explains that he doesn’t understand the problems of the world, before enjoining the viewers … Continue reading

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Spy [2015]

I’ve got to make a little confession before I can post anything substantive on this. I went to see it because it looked like it had a majority-female cast, rather than because I was particularly intrigued by the publicity or … Continue reading

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