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Fenton is an occasional writer and journalist. He primarily writes on film and culture. His articles range from film reviews, to coverage of literary festivals and even comic book history.

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 ...

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Alien: Covenant

As one of my friends quipped, this film should really be called Alien vs Prometheus. Not only does Alien: Covenant give you the unwanted sequel to Prometheus, but smushed on top of that is a very formulaic Alien remake. The ...

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King Arthur: Legend of the Sword

My, oh my. Where to begin? King Arthur: Legend of the Sword is Guy Ritchie’s attempt to bring the Arthurian legends to the big screen in the style of big fantasy blockbusters like Lord of the Rings. I say ‘in ...

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Mad Max: Fury Road – Black & Chrome

This is an interesting return to cinemas for a film whose reputation is already outlasting a lot of its peers from 2015. Mad Max: Fury Road finds itself at cinemas once more, this time screened in the monochrome version that ...

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The Handmaiden

I fully expect this film to be in my top 5 by the end of the year. The Handmaiden is maestro Park Chan-Wook’s adaptation of Sarah Water’s The Fingersmith. The action is relocated from Victorian England to Japanese-occupied Korea – though ...

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Beware fake feminism

‘Yeah, I fight like a girl,’ says a defiant Isabela Moner in a trailer for the new Transformers film. And this irks me. Not because I am a misogynist simmering with rage at the slightest suggestion that feminism has infiltrated ...

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