Civil War & Peace

It takes a special type of film to pit multiple superheroes against each other, to put good guys up against other good guys and see what happens. Captain America: Civil War isn’t even the only such film out this quarter. (Okay, so depending on where and when your quarter starts and finishes, maybe it’s not the same quarter, but this film […]

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Blind To The Grind

Oh, how I loved Daredevil season 2. Now flip it, reverse it, take out the formatting and we’ll discuss my feeling for Daredevil. Damn, Daredevil is a jerk, and this series of words is brought to you having watched thirteen episodes of him being  a jerk. When season one of Daredevil dropped last year, it broke the mould for the current Marvel Cinematic Universe […]

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High Rise: Decadence On The 30th Floor

Based on the book of the same name by JG Ballard, High-Rise is a project long in the making, finally brought to our screens by Ben Wheatley. This is easily the biggest project of Wheatley’s career so far: the director behind Kill List, Sightseers and A Field In England, Wheatley has finally gotten his teeth into a much larger project (cast, budget, content, you name […]

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Let’s Talk About Cancer

Today, 4th February is World Cancer Day. So let’s take some time away from movies and films and selfies and water charges and talk about cancer. What’s that? You don’t want to talk about cancer? Yeah, tough shit. In the time it takes you to say you “don’t want to talk about cancer,” I guarantee you someone, somewhere is being […]

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Stranger Danger

It’s been a while since I read comics properly, certainly not in the same way that I used to. It’s been 20-25 years of toying around with certain worlds and characters, always coming back at different times. (I thought those numbers were a bit overly generous, then I did a quick Google search. Apparently, the X-Men animated series debuted in 1992: at […]

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Farewell, X-Men

It’s been a while since I’ve read comics properly. Real-life got in the way (real-life leaning towards a brain tumour and multiple surgeries and chemotherapy and radiotherapy.) I just didn’t have the time for fantasy and drama and fiction any longer. That broke my heart. The X-Men were and are a powerful metaphor for life for many reasons. So when Uncanny […]

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Genre: The Tragedy

This is another post from ye-olden-days (ie 2013) and was written with a very specific purpose after some rather negative reviews on my first novel Godhead. It is especially appropriate after sharing this contemporary rant Talkin’ About Tolkien.) Genre: I loved it once. The word, the very concept, that delightful French-style curl on the ‘-r’ that makes it less of a word and […]

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