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For the love of an underdog: Sports in film

Sports show humanity at our best and worst. On the one hand, they provide an insight into what people can achieve with perseverance and dedication, and on the other, they show how competition can drive us to behave unconscionably (look out for the Tonya Harding film currently in the works). ...

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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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The Djinn Falls in Love & Other Stories

I love a good thematically organized short story collection, be it situated around an issue or a specific concept, the variety of stories around a singular subject matter can make for some intriguing reading. Every author interprets the theme differently and comes at it from new and interesting angles. The ...

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Hidden Figures: Here at NASA we all pee the same colour

When a based-on-true-events film comes out, there is a problem assessing its qualities when one has no knowledge of the subject material. Hidden Figures chronicles the involvement of black women in the NASA space programme during the Project Mercury rocket launches. The story is framed through lives of mathematician Kathryn ...

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The Djinn Falls in Love & Other Stories

I love a good thematically organized short story collection, be it situated around an issue or a specific concept, the variety of stories around a singular subject matter can make for some intriguing reading. Every author interprets the theme differently and comes at it from new and interesting angles. The ...

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The Founder: McDonald’s could be the new American church

Just about anyone with a modicum of public influence will have a biopic made about them these days. This is a blessing and curse. It can be interesting and informative to get a view into slightly more obscure fields. The danger is that the production will frame tawdry personal drama ...

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Hidden Figures: Here at NASA we all pee the same colour

When a based-on-true-events film comes out, there is a problem assessing its qualities when one has no knowledge of the subject material. Hidden Figures chronicles the involvement of black women in the NASA space programme during the Project Mercury rocket launches. The story is framed through lives of mathematician Kathryn ...

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Fifty Shades Darker: Make it stop

You know the best way to open a high profile erotic thriller? Child abuse. Grainy black-and-white footage of a child about to be beaten in a dilapidated crack house. You’re getting flustered just reading that, ain’t ya? Fifty Shades Darker went precisely 0 seconds without making a stupid and poorly-judged ...

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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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Nostalgic Impulse: Ghost in the Shell

Ahead of the alternately anticipated or dreaded live-action version, this week saw the re-release in cinemas of Mamoru Oshii’s Ghost in the Shell. The film is a landmark in world and animated cinema, spawning a host of imitators and is, for the record, one of my favourite films. The film ...

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Nostalgic Impulse: Double Indemnity

Billy Wilder’s Double Indemnity is a recognized noir classic, preserved by the National Film Registry for being deemed ‘culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant’. Perhaps you will focus on the venetian blind lighting style that became a staple of the noir film genre or the hard-boiled dialogue from the Raymond Chandler ...

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