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Gender stereotyping in Smurfs: The Lost Village

Today’s guest post was penned by Breaking the Glass Slipper’s co-host Charlotte Bond. Staying very much ‘on brand’ for the podcast, Charlotte looks at the misogyny rife in the latest Smurfs film outing. You can catch Charlotte regularly reviewing horror novels over at Ginger Nuts of Horror and find out more about ...

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Letters from Baghdad: Not very like a woman, you know…

This has been a film I have looked forward to for some time, having seen a segment presented by the director and producer during a conference. This documentary on the life of astounding British traveller, writer, archaeologist and king-maker Gertrude Bell is a very interesting affair in its form alone. ...

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Wayward: A new world order is on the horizon

I am a devout acolyte for Image Comics. All current series that I religiously purchase are published by Image. They are fun, imaginative, and engaging with their series and always excel in the realm of art. I was surprised that I’d not come across Wayward before, finding it, as one ...

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Nostalgic Impulse: WarGames (1983)

When approaching a cult film for the first time, I tend to expect one of two things: it will either be a gem that will make it into my frequent watching rotation or it will be utter shit. Some films that reach cult status really do baffle me. While WarGames ...

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The Handmaiden

I fully expect this film to be in my top 5 by the end of the year. The Handmaiden is maestro Park Chan-Wook’s adaptation of Sarah Water’s The Fingersmith. The action is relocated from Victorian England to Japanese-occupied Korea – though typically of the director, this is a very heightened reality. ...

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Letters from Baghdad: Not very like a woman, you know…

This has been a film I have looked forward to for some time, having seen a segment presented by the director and producer during a conference. This documentary on the life of astounding British traveller, writer, archaeologist and king-maker Gertrude Bell is a very interesting affair in its form alone. ...

Read More »

Wayward: A new world order is on the horizon

I am a devout acolyte for Image Comics. All current series that I religiously purchase are published by Image. They are fun, imaginative, and engaging with their series and always excel in the realm of art. I was surprised that I’d not come across Wayward before, finding it, as one ...

Read More »

The Handmaiden

I fully expect this film to be in my top 5 by the end of the year. The Handmaiden is maestro Park Chan-Wook’s adaptation of Sarah Water’s The Fingersmith. The action is relocated from Victorian England to Japanese-occupied Korea – though typically of the director, this is a very heightened reality. ...

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VIDEOSYNCRATIC by Jon Spira

I feel like I need to preface this review with a disclaimer: the author of this book, Jon Spira, is a (long-suffering) friend of mine. Having said that, I pride myself on approaching such things with absolute objectivity to the point where many writer friends quiver in their boots at ...

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Nostalgic Impulse: WarGames (1983)

When approaching a cult film for the first time, I tend to expect one of two things: it will either be a gem that will make it into my frequent watching rotation or it will be utter shit. Some films that reach cult status really do baffle me. While WarGames ...

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Nostalgic Impulse: Network (1976)

No matter what the subject or how affecting the lessons were, humanity never learns from mistakes of the past. Sidney Lumet’s 1976 masterpiece could easily have been made in 2017. Watching Network post-Trump feels like a particularly cynical (though accurate) look at the media, particularly the news media. The news is ...

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Nostalgic Impulse: Battle Royale

This cult classic courted controversy when it was first released for its ‘vulgar violence’. It was rated R in its home country of Japan and was either banned or found only limited releases in other countries. Watching it now, I find this baffling. Yes, it is violent, but worse than ...

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Nostalgic Impulse: Invader Zim

In 1999, comic book writer Jhonen Vasquez pitched his idea for a cartoon to Nickelodeon. That wacky little idea became Invader Zim, a series that began airing in 2001. The network had no idea what a gem Vasquez had produced for them, cancelling the series shortly into the second season. Despite ...

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