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The Beguiled: Can I get you anything

Corporal McBurney is a wounded yankee soldier who throws himself on the mercy on Miss Martha’s secluded girls’ boarding school as the American Civil War rages just beyond the woods. McBurney is Initially treated with disdain by the young Southern maidens and their two wardens, Miss Martha and teacher Miss ...

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Darien by C. F. Iggulden

C. F. Iggulden is the pseudonym of successful historical fiction writer Conn Iggulden. Darien is the author’s first attempt at a fantasy series, and a YA series at that. Having never read any of his previous work, I went into Darien knowing nothing other than this was a novel from ...

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War for the Planet of the Apes: I showed you mercy…

The rebooted Planet of the Apes series has been a pleasure with each instalment. It hasn’t used its inevitable conclusion as an excuse for lazy plotting powered by ‘destiny’ nor laden itself down with incessant internal references. The films have instead opted to focus on logically unfolding developments of characters ...

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Castlevania: There is darkness upon the land

Video game adaptations have a poor track record, to say the least. Concepts of player agency and input translate poorly into more traditional narrative forms and little heed is often paid to actually rendering the central appeal of the game into the new medium. More often than not, you get ...

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The Beguiled: Can I get you anything

Corporal McBurney is a wounded yankee soldier who throws himself on the mercy on Miss Martha’s secluded girls’ boarding school as the American Civil War rages just beyond the woods. McBurney is Initially treated with disdain by the young Southern maidens and their two wardens, Miss Martha and teacher Miss ...

Read More »

Darien by C. F. Iggulden

C. F. Iggulden is the pseudonym of successful historical fiction writer Conn Iggulden. Darien is the author’s first attempt at a fantasy series, and a YA series at that. Having never read any of his previous work, I went into Darien knowing nothing other than this was a novel from ...

Read More »

War for the Planet of the Apes: I showed you mercy…

The rebooted Planet of the Apes series has been a pleasure with each instalment. It hasn’t used its inevitable conclusion as an excuse for lazy plotting powered by ‘destiny’ nor laden itself down with incessant internal references. The films have instead opted to focus on logically unfolding developments of characters ...

Read More »

Castlevania: There is darkness upon the land

Video game adaptations have a poor track record, to say the least. Concepts of player agency and input translate poorly into more traditional narrative forms and little heed is often paid to actually rendering the central appeal of the game into the new medium. More often than not, you get ...

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Nostalgic Impulse: Solaris (1972)

Few phrases intimidate both casual and auteur film-goers as the words ‘Russian cinema’. Renowned for its epic scope, long running times, and dense philosophical content, the classic films of Russia boast some unapologetically difficult viewing experiences. There are of course many masters of Russian cinema to laud: Eisenstein, Bondarchuk, Kosintsev. ...

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Nostalgic Impulse: The Man Who Could Cheat Death (1959)

I am woefully underexposed to the cult collection of Hammer Horror films. While at university, I saw my first Hammer film – a restored cinematic re-release of Dracula (1958). Suddenly I understood why these films are so beloved – over the top, silly, and endlessly quotable, there was never any ...

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Nostalgic Impulse: Akira

Any list of most influential and greatest anime will inevitably feature one name above all others. Some have favourites that supersede it (indeed, I myself do) but no other film can claim as singular an impact on bringing Japanese animation to the west. That film is Akira. For the uninitiated, ...

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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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