One of my weaknesses is teen movies. I can’t get enough of them. I’m a sucker for all the cheese and predictability. But having said that, when I come across one that surprises me while still entertaining, all the better. Watching ...Read More »
Can we blame Star Trek TNG for the sadism of today’s TV?
Those of us who have stuck with Game of Thrones for five season know all too well how masochistic we can be as TV fans – and just how much the writers and show runners can be sadistic assholes. And ...Read More »
Red heads are evil: How Disney ruined the rags to riches tale
Retellings of fairy tales are very popular these days. And why shouldn’t they be? Classic stories updated and made relevant for today’s audience are bound to have mass appeal. Writers have been reinventing these classics for years and there are ...Read More »
Mission Impossible: Equal Opportunities
The latest Mission Impossible trailer has rolled around and I am struck by the steadily accrued cache of returning cast members the franchise is boasting at this point. With each instalment Ethan Hunt’s IMF (apparently this does NOT stand for ...Read More »
Talking Dirty without Blinking: Loving Lana Del Rey
“Always [she] explores relentlessly the eternal themes that obsess her: love, loss, madness, the nature of the father– daughter compact, and death – the Death Baby we carry with us from the moment of birth” Then US poet laureate Maxine ...Read More »
Call me da Vinci: Why shouldn’t we compare ourselves to the greats?
Oh, Kanye. Your clownish antics continue to keep us amused.The controversial rapper has done it again, comparing himself to da Vinci and Galileo, among others, much to the ire of the public. But if we divorce his buffoonish arrogance from ...Read More »
Lost Girls and the nature of filth
Literary ascension is an objective of many genres. Science fiction and fantasy continually battle to have their literary entries recognised, more unconventional media like comic books lobby for validation of their literary qualities, and the digital era may produce new ...Read More »
Reloading the Canon: Alex Harvey & notes from time
In 1929, stood silently on cinema screens, Louise Brooks was pure sex, in a black bob sharp enough to slit your throat. But the past is a different country, and it can be difficult getting a passport. We’re often given ...Read More »
Why does the procedural TV format work so well with the supernatural?
Anyone who has watched television in the last decade or two has seen at least one procedural show. While police procedurals are the most common (such as Law and Order, Castle, NYPD Blue…), the procedural format can be applied to ...Read More »
Bond Girls: Sexy, glamorous and badass
For a 62 year old character, James Bond sure has been in the news a lot recently. Some of the news has been good, some bad, but most of its been less focused on the titular Bond and more on ...Read More »