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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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VIDEOSYNCRATIC by Jon Spira

I feel like I need to preface this review with a disclaimer: the author of this book, Jon Spira, is a (long-suffering) friend of mine. Having said that, I pride myself on approaching such things with absolute objectivity to the ...

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James Bond: Eidolon

Eidolon is the second volume of Warren Ellis and Jason Masters’ take on the iconic James Bond in comic book form. Perhaps I expected too much, being a long time Ellis fan (and avid reader of his weekly newsletter, Orbital ...

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Free Fire: Now we’re cooking!

The best thing about Ben Wheatley and Amy Jump is that each of their films is very different. Even if you don’t rate a prior effort of theirs as good, it is guaranteed to offer something unique. They experiment and ...

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The Ninth Rain by Jen Williams

It’s only natural that you end up comparing a writer’s new work to what they’ve previously delivered. Given that Jen Williams’ Copper Cat series was one of the most fun I’ve read in recent years, it was always going to ...

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Life: Be careful what you search for

Here is a review of Life in one sentence: an unacknowledged Alien reboot where the humans bring the alien on board deliberately. Once you know the premise of this film, you know exactly how it will play out. There is ...

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