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12 Angry Men

Nostalgic Impulse: 12 Angry Men

Prejudice always obscures the truth. The original teleplay for 12 Angry Men by Reginald Rose (from which the stage production and the 1957 film, which is the subject of this piece, was made) was written over 60 years ago. And in that time, it hasn’t lost any of its punch. While the film ...

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The Shape of Water

Just occasionally, a director is able to grow their reputation enough to pitch a weird film for a major release. Master of pulpy macabre Guillermo del Toro has done this superbly with The Shape of Water, a delightful romance between a mute woman and a fish-man trapped in a lab. ...

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Black Panther

Black Panther is the newest big release from Marvel. Since debuting in Captain America: Civil War, Marvel have been steadily positioning Black Panther as an integral part of the superhero landscape in the run up to their extravagant spectacle Avengers: Infinity War. This is a significant move because it gives ...

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Fifty Shades Freed

Back when I first joined Pop-Verse, reviewing the first Fifty Shades film was an early assignment of mine. In fact, it was criteria for me to join the site. Megan, the editor-in-chief, sat atop her throne composed of the skulls of former contributors and demanded I face this gruesome trial ...

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Netflix

Netflix: Just another network

It was an exciting time when Netflix began commissioning original television and films. They didn’t need to please advertisers, just their subscribers. They could take more risks (we assumed), show us something the networks would never dare to. And at first, they embraced their image as innovators. Netflix saved and ...

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The Shape of Water

Just occasionally, a director is able to grow their reputation enough to pitch a weird film for a major release. Master of pulpy macabre Guillermo del Toro has done this superbly with The Shape of Water, a delightful romance between a mute woman and a fish-man trapped in a lab. ...

Read More »

Black Panther

Black Panther is the newest big release from Marvel. Since debuting in Captain America: Civil War, Marvel have been steadily positioning Black Panther as an integral part of the superhero landscape in the run up to their extravagant spectacle Avengers: Infinity War. This is a significant move because it gives ...

Read More »

Fifty Shades Freed

Back when I first joined Pop-Verse, reviewing the first Fifty Shades film was an early assignment of mine. In fact, it was criteria for me to join the site. Megan, the editor-in-chief, sat atop her throne composed of the skulls of former contributors and demanded I face this gruesome trial ...

Read More »
Blood of Assassins by RJ Barker

Blood of Assassins by RJ Barker

Age of Assassins was one of my favourite books of last year. It had everything you could want: great characters, tense mystery storyline, political machinations of the most Machiavellian kind… The question is whether debut author RJ Barker could sustain the quality in the second installment, Blood of Assassins. He has proven ...

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12 Angry Men

Nostalgic Impulse: 12 Angry Men

Prejudice always obscures the truth. The original teleplay for 12 Angry Men by Reginald Rose (from which the stage production and the 1957 film, which is the subject of this piece, was made) was written over 60 years ago. And in that time, it hasn’t lost any of its punch. While the film ...

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Nostalgic Impulse: Fullmetal Alchemist

Fullmetal Alchemist is now on Netflix. About time. The 2003 anime is one of my favourite series. The lack of availability has been a source of frustration as it is unreasonably hard to find a legal copy of the DVD-boxset is at a fair price. Within hours of the anime ...

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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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