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GLOW: We will be invincible!

The new female-centric Netflix show, GLOW, is very loosely inspired by the actual women’s wrestling league of the 1980’s, Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling. But beyond the idea of doing such a show, very little else in the series takes its cue from real life. What Liz Flahive and Carly Mensch ...

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Transformers – The Last Knight: God, help me…

You are actually reading the second version of this review. The first consisted of a stream-of-consciousness which included the phrase ‘fuck you’ 463 times. Of course I hate this film. Someone with the remotest sense of critical taste was bound to. These films wear their reputation for critical savaging with ...

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The Asylum of Dr. Caligari by James Morrow

Adapting one of the most iconic silent films into a new SF novel sounds like a bizarre idea – or at least it did to me. But then again, reboots seem to be all Hollywood can manage these days, so why shouldn’t we see the same thing happening in novels? ...

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GLOW: We will be invincible!

The new female-centric Netflix show, GLOW, is very loosely inspired by the actual women’s wrestling league of the 1980’s, Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling. But beyond the idea of doing such a show, very little else in the series takes its cue from real life. What Liz Flahive and Carly Mensch ...

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Transformers – The Last Knight: God, help me…

You are actually reading the second version of this review. The first consisted of a stream-of-consciousness which included the phrase ‘fuck you’ 463 times. Of course I hate this film. Someone with the remotest sense of critical taste was bound to. These films wear their reputation for critical savaging with ...

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The Asylum of Dr. Caligari by James Morrow

Adapting one of the most iconic silent films into a new SF novel sounds like a bizarre idea – or at least it did to me. But then again, reboots seem to be all Hollywood can manage these days, so why shouldn’t we see the same thing happening in novels? ...

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All Good Things by Emma Newman

All Good Things is the fifth and final instalment of Emma Newman’s Split Worlds series. It is likely, by now, that you know whether or not you are on board with the style, characters, and plot, but as the final instalment of a successful series, we do have to ask: ...

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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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Nostalgic Impulse: Network (1976)

No matter what the subject or how affecting the lessons were, humanity never learns from mistakes of the past. Sidney Lumet’s 1976 masterpiece could easily have been made in 2017. Watching Network post-Trump feels like a particularly cynical (though accurate) look at the media, particularly the news media. The news is ...

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