Recent Posts

Full House season 2

Masculinity according to Full House

Why is it that when I watch older television sitcoms, I often find a more enlightened view on social constructs than appear on those currently airing? Seems to me that the late 80’s/early 90s was far more progressive than we are now. The Golden Girls focused on an all-female, all over 50 ...

Read More »
Miles Davis

Miles Ahead: Come at it with some attitude

The musician biopic has sadly become a staid and generic entity. Since Walk the Line, the format has been refined to a soulless template, mapping out predictable plot points to be applied tritely at well-edited points in the musician’s life. Films like Walk Hard have spoofed the arbitrary and ridiculous ...

Read More »
JohnsonBanner1

The Almighties

With the popular consciousness of comics so dominated by the BIG TWO and their movie-fodder superhero fare, it is nice to get a chance to dip into the independent alternatives. Life on the fringes comes with all manner of originality and experimentation, particularly on up-and-comers who are just launching material ...

Read More »

Reviews

Miles Davis

Miles Ahead: Come at it with some attitude

The musician biopic has sadly become a staid and generic entity. Since Walk the Line, the format has been refined to a soulless template, mapping out predictable plot points to be applied tritely at well-edited points in the musician’s life. Films like Walk Hard have spoofed the arbitrary and ridiculous ...

Read More »
JohnsonBanner1

The Almighties

With the popular consciousness of comics so dominated by the BIG TWO and their movie-fodder superhero fare, it is nice to get a chance to dip into the independent alternatives. Life on the fringes comes with all manner of originality and experimentation, particularly on up-and-comers who are just launching material ...

Read More »
JANE-GOT-A-GUN

Jane Got a Gun: What is a Western without a brilliant baddie?

I love a good Western. The best Westerns have simple premises and tend to stay focused on one single plot line, something Jane Got a Gun sets up before spectacularly discarding in favour of a meandering, flavourless, tension-less narrative. With a cast full of talented actors and a script spruced ...

Read More »
Baloo

The Jungle Book

Here we have a new version of The Jungle Book: part of an initiative from the House of Mouse to bring new renditions of their classic films to younger audiences. With the sad retirement of their traditional animation studio, Disney have filmed this version as a live action movie (actually ...

Read More »

Comment

Creative Industries

Features

breaking-glass-slipper-logo-620x330

Breaking the Glass Slipper: Gender inequality in ‘best of’ lists

Welcome to the brand new podcast, Breaking the Glass Slipper. There are so many wonderful women writers of science fiction, fantasy, and horror but they are often overlooked. This podcast series was inspired by writer Juliet McKenna who recently commented on her blog about the many so-called ‘best of’ genre ...

Read More »
natsbar_thelostweekend

Nostalgic Impulse: The Lost Weekend

Five shocking days in the life of an alcoholic While Wilder’s 1945 Oscar winner, The Lost Weekend, was not the first big-screen look at alcoholism, it was one of the earliest to take such an honest and unrelenting approach. Though alcoholism was garnering more attention amongst the medical industry and ...

Read More »
the-emperor-s-new-groove

Nostalgic Impulse: The Emperor’s New Groove

I often wonder why The Emperor’s New Groove, originally released in December 2000, isn’t talked about more as one of the best Disney animation films of all time. Because it really is. No character is wasted, they all have distinct personalities and motivations; the humour is biting and sarcastic (often poking ...

Read More »
first-day-of-camp

Binge Watching: Wet Hot American Summer

Damn you, Netflix and your auto play of the next episode. For those of us who had an inclination for binge watching TV, once we get Netflix, we are doomed, metaphorically chained to our sofa’s forever more. I had never seen David Wain’s original 2001 cult comedy film Wet Hot ...

Read More »