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Dad’s Army: A thoroughly forgettable remake

Other than seeing the odd episode on TV, my working knowledge of the cult classic series that ran for 9 seasons from 1968 to 1977 is very limited. My impression of it was fun, silly, with a bit of that cheeky, off-colour humour you might have seen in the Carry ...

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Spotlight: They knew and they let it happen

Spotlight is another of the major awards contenders this year, having won acclamation from critic organisations and festivals around the globe. It is one of the more conventional outings in the already formally conservative Best Picture category, but I am a sucker for a good procedural. I usually hold it against ...

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Why pseudo-documentaries continue to appeal

I wanted to capture the… the sights, the sounds… the smells of a hard-working rock band, on the road. What is more interesting than the bizarre stories that grace our television news programs? I remember loving the song ‘Horror Movie’ by Australian band Skyhooks as a kid. The song equates ...

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Youth: Levity is an irresistible temptation

The hotel narrative is quite a staple at this point. Amongst the serene isolation of a hotel spa, a disparate group of characters will come to some existential revelations, with no doubt some quirky antics along the way. There are many different approaches to the form: gentle and yet uncomfortably ...

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Dad’s Army: A thoroughly forgettable remake

Other than seeing the odd episode on TV, my working knowledge of the cult classic series that ran for 9 seasons from 1968 to 1977 is very limited. My impression of it was fun, silly, with a bit of that cheeky, off-colour humour you might have seen in the Carry ...

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The Bands of Mourning: If ever someone should have taken a hint, it was you

As we come to the end of another fantasy series from bestseller Brandon Sanderson, I wouldn’t blame you if you were wondering how he manages to keep up such a grueling publishing schedule. Along with his Mistborn novels, the finale of The Reckoners series is released in the early part ...

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Spotlight: They knew and they let it happen

Spotlight is another of the major awards contenders this year, having won acclamation from critic organisations and festivals around the globe. It is one of the more conventional outings in the already formally conservative Best Picture category, but I am a sucker for a good procedural. I usually hold it against ...

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caine and keitel

Youth: Levity is an irresistible temptation

The hotel narrative is quite a staple at this point. Amongst the serene isolation of a hotel spa, a disparate group of characters will come to some existential revelations, with no doubt some quirky antics along the way. There are many different approaches to the form: gentle and yet uncomfortably ...

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Hugo voters take affirmative action

The Hugo awards have been steeped in controversy this year. The Sad Puppies, as well as the even more politically extreme Rabid Puppies, took advantage of low voting turn-out in the nominations ballots in order to flood the ballot with their own favourites. Trouble is, their political agenda isn’t what ...

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Bill Murray to appear in the Ghostbusters reboot

While having been hesitant to appear in the proposed Ghostbusters 3 after the sequel in the franchise didn’t meet critical expectations (and a supposedly weak script), Murray has said yes to Feig’s all-female reboot. And why wouldn’t he? A cameo is far safer, after all, and given his charisma, there’s ...

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New Dungeons & Dragons film announced

We’re already getting a World of Warcraft film directed by Duncan Jones and now we’re getting a new Dungeons and Dragons film… life is good. Let’s just hope Warner Bros get an awesome team together for this one. And all signs suggest the studio is putting some real effort in ...

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Ronda Rousey to star in biopic about herself

I feel like the walls of reality are caving in. Biopics, no matter how much they may be ‘based’ in reality, are always fiction. But when the subject of the biopic is also the star of the film…. Where does reality end and fiction begin? For those of you unfamiliar ...

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