Tag Archives: Urban Fantasy

Micro-procedurals in Urban Fantasy

When Buffy the Vampire finished up its run, I was ready for it to be over. I had loved the show, but over the course of the seventh season I’d been feeling a palpable sense of de ja vu bordering on boredom … Continue reading

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Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them [2016]

The trick to getting value from reviews is to find a reviewer whose tastes match your own and then look for the thumbs-up/down signal in their review. Star ratings are awesome for this, except for that 3-star recommendation where the … Continue reading

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47 Ronin [2013]

I first heard the tale of the 47 samurai during the film Ronin. The legend hinges on the idea that there are two competing imperatives for honourable behaviour. On the one hand, the samurai whose master was killed could live … Continue reading

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RIPD [2013]

I liked what this film was trying to do, which was to build a portrait of a world-behind-the-world and bootleg the plot structure of a police procedural to create a story for that portrait. It’s not exactly new territory – … Continue reading

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Crimson Peak [2015]

My supervisor was an occasional advocate of “pugilistic” critical writing, where you basically take on the erroneous critic and point out where they’ve gone wrong in their wrong-headed praise/dismissal of whatever rubbish/brilliant artwork you’re talking about. In the case of Crimson … Continue reading

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What Stories Want

Over on his blog, my friend (and probably yours, that guy gets around!) Morgue has been reviewing Buffy the Vampire Slayer episode by episode. I have been enjoying his posts because Morgue’s perspective on drama is very different from mine. … Continue reading

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The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus [2009]

It’s taken me the better part of six months to write this review, because every time I’ve tried to take some deep angle on this film it’s not been quite as deep as I think when I pick my starting … Continue reading

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