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Firestorm by Lucy Hounsom

Firestorm by Lucy Hounsom

I love discovering a fantasy series on my own – one that I come to without the influence of hype or expectations. It is rare these days, but it does happen. For me, this was Hounsom’s Worldmaker Trilogy, which has ...

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Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle feels like the first draft of a film. It is slight, underdeveloped, and transparently written to a template. This has clearly been created to cash-in on the recognition of the property (do kids today even ...

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Are we living in the Golden Age of TV?

Breaking Bad

We are told this is the golden age of television. That we live in a bold new world where high-powered dramas pursue long-form stories with feature film-like production qualities. It is a rather tiresome platitude. Aside from an obvious vanity ...

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Suburbicon: This one stinks

Everyone likes George Clooney, don’t they? He’s witty, he’s charming, handsome, an advocate for good causes, blah blah blah… For all his easy on-screen charisma though, seeing one of his directing credits fills me with trepidation. Maybe that is unfair: ...

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The Disaster Artist: Oh, hi Mark

The “Citizen Kane of bad movies” gets its own tribute film. The Room defies belief at its sheer lack of logic, ridiculously bad acting and baffling production decisions. You don’t need to take my word for it: we had a ...

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Justice League: What did you expect?

Something was wrong with Superman’s face. I was watching this film and in the first scene something was amiss with Superman’s face. It was almost as if he were on the brink of developing a harelip. Since then, I have ...

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Call Me By Your Name

It has not been a bad year for major gay films and good ones at that. Moonlight was obviously acclaimed and I am an enthusiast for Park Chan-Wook’s film The Handmaiden. Now their ranks are joined by the highly accomplished ...

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The Party: You could consider murder

Janet has been promoted to the Shadow Cabinet after years of graft and campaigning in the party. To celebrate the occasion, she is hosting a little soiree with some close friends and their partners. However, her lately distracted and dispassionate ...

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Star Wars: From a Certain Point of View

From a Certain Point of View: Short story collection

When I was a kid, I loved reading the Expanded Universe novels, particularly the ones I owned on cassette tape read by Anthony Daniels. They were my constant companions on family road trips (well, them and my Michelle Kwan biography). ...

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