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Review of Marvel's The Defenders

The Defenders: It’s too late for heroes

Marvel’s relationship with Netflix began so well. The first season of Daredevil was exquisite. Since then, however, it’s all gone downhill. While many critics lauded Jessica Jones, I was not one of them. Luke Cage had some redeeming features but ultimately failed to hold my attention. And let’s not even ...

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The art of the trailer: Genre tropes

The genre of a film determines a lot, from typical plot points and character arcs to visual style. It’s no surprise then that trailers follow a similar pattern. It might sound obvious that the trailers for comedies and thrillers follow different patterns, after all, they are very different kinds of ...

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Age of Assassins by RJ Barker

I love going to conventions. Not only do you get to indulge in your geekiest loves, you discover so many new things you never encountered before. I discovered RJ Barker at Nine Worlds. When I heard him and – more importantly – saw him perform a passage from his debut ...

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Atomic Blonde: Welcome to Berlin

Lorraine Broughton (Charlize Theron) is headed to Berlin, a hornet’s’ nest of intrigue, just as the Wall comes down in 1989. She has been sent by her MI6 taskmasters to recover that most easily misplaced of national secrets in the movies, a list of active operatives. She has to navigate ...

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The art of the trailer: A marketing soundtrack

Trailers are, like the medium they are representing, both audio and visual in nature. While we may watch trailers for the snippets of the feature to come, it is the music that is often most successful in setting the tone. Genre can often be inferred from the trailer soundtrack alone. ...

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Review of Marvel's The Defenders

The Defenders: It’s too late for heroes

Marvel’s relationship with Netflix began so well. The first season of Daredevil was exquisite. Since then, however, it’s all gone downhill. While many critics lauded Jessica Jones, I was not one of them. Luke Cage had some redeeming features but ultimately failed to hold my attention. And let’s not even ...

Read More »

Age of Assassins by RJ Barker

I love going to conventions. Not only do you get to indulge in your geekiest loves, you discover so many new things you never encountered before. I discovered RJ Barker at Nine Worlds. When I heard him and – more importantly – saw him perform a passage from his debut ...

Read More »

Atomic Blonde: Welcome to Berlin

Lorraine Broughton (Charlize Theron) is headed to Berlin, a hornet’s’ nest of intrigue, just as the Wall comes down in 1989. She has been sent by her MI6 taskmasters to recover that most easily misplaced of national secrets in the movies, a list of active operatives. She has to navigate ...

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Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets: Ugh…

Luc Besson can be a punishing director to follow. He has undoubtedly made some great films but one imagines his career will be defined by distinct eras of quality. Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets falls firmly in his ‘lacklustre’ later era. It is an utter mess that ...

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Nostalgic Impulse: Tank Girl

Tank Girl was barely a blip on the radar when it was released in 1995. It flopped both with critics and audiences, only recouping in US$6 million of its $25 million production budget. Critics tended to agree on its faults: that it had lots of spunk but it wasn’t as ...

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Binge watching: Bluestone 42

BBC shows have such short seasons that I often feel as though I blink and miss shows entirely. I had never so much as heard of Bluestone 42 when I stumbled across it on Netflix. What’s this? A military sitcom full of un-PC humour? How had I missed that? It ...

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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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