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Nostalgic Impulse: Fullmetal Alchemist

It has taken up until very recently for the 2003 anime series Fullmetal Alchemist to be released on Netflix. One of my favourite series, the lack of availability has been a source of frustration given how hard to find a legal copy of the DVD-boxset is at a reasonable price. ...

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Darkest Hour

Ah, awards season. I know that stench anywhere. It is now the time of the year where the preliminary awards ceremonies are kicking off. These will firm up the frontrunners for the major ceremonies in February. Because the members of these institutes cannot be expected to remember great cinema earlier ...

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Genre Fiction and the Middlebrow

Literary fiction awards rarely go to works of science fiction and fantasy. We review a lot of genre fiction on Pop-Verse. Mainly science fiction and fantasy. These books might be lauded in their own fields but are, with some exception, excluded from ‘serious’ awards prestige. Despite the fact that these ...

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Hostiles

I am sucker for a good western. Something slow-paced that can move easily between quiet moments of reflection and outbursts of searing brutality. The frontier is also a rich setting for conflict. Hostiles could have drifted into dangerously old-fashioned territory with its focus on Native American-Settler warfare (something modern westerns ...

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A Wrinkle in Time

Appreciating art without contextual bias

When I was ten or so, my mother bought me the classic children’s book A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle. It sat on my shelf for twenty years. But with the film coming out in a few months, I decided it was finally time to read it. The novel won the ...

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Darkest Hour

Ah, awards season. I know that stench anywhere. It is now the time of the year where the preliminary awards ceremonies are kicking off. These will firm up the frontrunners for the major ceremonies in February. Because the members of these institutes cannot be expected to remember great cinema earlier ...

Read More »

Hostiles

I am sucker for a good western. Something slow-paced that can move easily between quiet moments of reflection and outbursts of searing brutality. The frontier is also a rich setting for conflict. Hostiles could have drifted into dangerously old-fashioned territory with its focus on Native American-Settler warfare (something modern westerns ...

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All the Money in the World

This is the film that they cut Kevin Spacey out of. Following the numerous allegations of sexual assault levelled against the actor, Spacey’s scenes were excised from the film. Recasting Christopher Plummer in the role of oil tycoon J. Paul Getty, the scenes were reshot with barely a month to ...

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Three Billboards Outside of Ebbing, Missouri

Three Billboards Outside of Ebbing, Missouri is a comedy addressing some bleak subject matter. Writer-director Martin McDonagh has a track record in this regard – he is responsible for dark comedies In Bruges and Seven Psychopaths – but in some respects, this is his most serious work. It is nevertheless ...

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Nostalgic Impulse: Fullmetal Alchemist

It has taken up until very recently for the 2003 anime series Fullmetal Alchemist to be released on Netflix. One of my favourite series, the lack of availability has been a source of frustration given how hard to find a legal copy of the DVD-boxset is at a reasonable price. ...

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Resident Evil (2002)

Nostalgic Impulse: Resident Evil (2002)

Sometimes I’m rather impressed with my abilities to live under a rock. Somehow, for fifteen years I had managed to completely avoid ever finding anything out about the insanely successful Resident Evil franchise. Then again, now that I’ve seen it, I can’t say I was missing out on all that much. Yes, ...

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Nostalgic Impulse: Blade Runner

With a new latter-day sequel trudging across cinema screens, we are provided with a great opportunity to review the iconic cyberpunk noir masterpiece Blade Runner. Established now with a pristine reputation, the film was initially released to critical derision and a ghastly performance at the box office. Director Ridley Scott, ...

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Nostalgic Impulse: Gladiator (2000)

I’m not sure how I managed to avoid watching this film for so long. It isn’t as though it is an under the radar classic. For years, friends have been lecturing me about watching it, which prompts me (contrary bastard that I am) to push it further down the ‘to ...

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