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AC/DC: Rose or Bust?

‘Are you deaf? You wanna hear some more?’ – ‘Rock ‘N’ Roll Ain’t Noise Pollution’, AC/DC (1980) Who plays bass for AC/DC? I’ll give you a minute. Then we’ll get to the question of who their vocalist is. There are bands ...

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Fullmetal Alchemist in the flesh

It is the era we live in. Old properties, and even those not long put to rest, are dredged up for live action remakes by soulless money-grabbing studios. The new announcement that one of my favourite anime/manga series and fan ...

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The Dark and Twisted Legacy of Miracleman

Last week we looked over the dense, messy and admittedly somewhat disputed publication history of Miracleman. Whilst the trajectory of the comic and character has dovetailed with some of the major events of the industry (usually waves of bankruptcy), the ...

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Gimmicks and sitcoms: A sustainable set-up?

Watching – and thoroughly enjoying –  The Grinder has prompted me to think about sitcoms and their use of ‘gimmicks’ as both a set-up for an entire series as well as for singular jokes. The Grinder is built around the gimmick of lampooning tropes ...

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The industry of the dead celebrity

I never thought I would be so choked up mourning a dead celebrity. After all, I never really knew them so how could it possible impact me in any real way? And yet, there is something peculiarly affecting about David ...

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Awards Season 2016

The New Year has commenced so that means the awards buzz begins too. Within the space of a week we’ve seen the nomination announcements for the Oscars and the BAFTAs, and the Golden Globes have been duly dispensed. Let’s dig ...

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