Condensing thousands of years of eastern teachings into a few discount phrases for the jaded western hero.

Gender neutrality has been skiing uphill for so many years and just when you think the slope will plateau to generate real progression, in walks Hollywood

After leaving the cinema in 2015 having just watched the shiny new Jurassic World film with my family, I said, ‘Well, that was shit. That literally just put storytelling back 25 years.’ Which is an obvious embellishment, that also happens to be true. But what was more interesting was how my sister replied. ‘Sure,’ she said, ‘but it also put feminism back 25 years.’

Source: Universal Pictures Amblin Entertainment, Jurassic Park, 1993.

Much discussion and biting, rapier critique of Jurassic World’s high-heel wearing, T-rex dodging, morally bankrupt female ‘main character’ later and I realised that not only were we both lamenting the same issue — because, without great…

In a rush to create a memorable character everyone thinks they have to design a deluge of eccentric characteristics and quirky flaws. Stoner is the antidote to this, proving the remarkable can lie in the unremarkable.

Source: New York Review Of Books, 2003, The reissued cover

It’s 1 am. I’ve just finished reading Stoner, John Williams’ posthumous classic for the second time. I can’t sleep. How can I knowing I’ve been touched so heartily by a character who now exists more in my soul than in those tender pages which reveal his broken but wholesome life? For that’s the true achievement of Stoner, the deft creation of a character who defies comparison with his gentle ordinariness and manages to burrow his way into your heart nonetheless.

Occasionally when you consume a story you’re invested in the character’s lives, in their journeys, so much so you walk…

A short rant about the God of Mischief’s first date with destiny

Source: Disney+ and Marvel Studios

Spoilers, Duh!

What’s most surprising about Loki is there’s actually not much to talk about. This sentence doesn’t always come with a connotation of a sad face emoji. It’s just that the series finale was, to put it mildly, anti-climactic. After building this huge reveal right from the beginning, fighting through layers of bureaucracy, apocalypses, fakes, copycats, and cloud monsters, we finally see who’s behind the curtain and all I can say is I was well and truly whelmed. Not under or over, just whelmed.

In a way, Loki’s finale echoes the rest of the season. It had highs and…

The frightening thing isn’t the film’s absence of quality but what it signals for the future streaming wars

Source: Amazon Studios, The Tomorrow Bore? Test audiences later confirmed this was not a sellable title.

When someone asks you if a film was good, you can usually sum it up in a few tidy sentences. The Tomorrow War is no exception. Handily, Ross from Friends has the perfect quote which, in all honesty, I’ve paraphrased slightly: “You know at the end of the day when you come home and relax with a movie. Yeah, well instead of a movie, there’s a pile of garbage. And instead of a story, there’s a pile of garbage. …

A brief anxiety about how streaming suffocates our consciousness

Photo by Mollie Sivaram on Unsplash

Before I spring into my theory, let me preface it with a primer. How many TV series have you seen recently that you’ve forgotten almost entirely? Or better yet, how many shows have you seen which left an impact on you?

If you consume as much content as me, then the answer might be a dizzying one. For every show we spend twenty hours binging, we spend all of ten minutes mulling over.

Personally, while I watch and forget many shows — some I’m happy to let wash away with the current — I also spend a lot of time…

There’s nothing like watching someone overcome the impossible on Mars to get your ass off your earthly couch

Photo by Daniele Colucci on Unsplash

I don’t know about you, but my favourite types of films are the ones I can watch over and over until they run on a kind of mental playback. When I was growing up, this lasted until the VHS wore down to ash or the DVD was so scratched it resembled Tony Hawk’s skateboard. Nowadays, we’re faced with no such restrictions meaning repeat viewings are limited only by internet connection, steaming platform and your partner’s tolerance for a zillionth screening of Aliens (sorry darling, but it really IS that good!).

What I’m saying is The Martian falls into the same…

One episode in and Loki shows why after thirteen years, Marvel can still feel fun, imaginative, and fresh

Source: Marvel/Disney

Light spoilers ahead

Loki was always going to be a different type of show, a Marvel Cinematic curveball if you will. After all, its titular character is an adopted heir to a throne that no longer exists who enjoys wreaking havoc as much as pulling the rug from under you and then saving the day just… because. All in all, Loki has the potential to be one of the most fascinating character stories in the MCU. And very much to my relief, this seems exactly what the show is interested in.

Wait, shouldn't that be obvious? A show called Loki…

Zombies in Vegas — Come for the entertainment, stay for the…

Source: Netflix

After ‘watching’ this film, my mind conjures images of the Netflix boardroom as they wrestle with the idea for a Zombie movie.

Executive: We want to make a Zombie movie with a twist.

Assistant: What twist is that?

Executive: Excess! You know, over-the-top zombie horde levels of fun that’s set somewhere so excessive it’ll be like Vegas on Crack! Wait a minute…Crack!

Assistant: OR we set it in Vegas, boss?

Executive: Genius! But who should we get to direct something so over the top, bullet heavy and intellectually vacant as…oh you know what, the answer’s already in my —


It’s beyond terrible, and somehow still not even the worst Shyamalan has to offer

Source: Universal Pictures, Glass Promotional Poster

Sometimes Hollywood films are fun because of how great they are. Other times they’re fun because of the disaster they turn into. And then there’s a rare film that is so bad it’s not fun for any reason, no matter how desperately it tries. Glass, M. Night Shyamalan’s attempted sequel to Unbreakable and Split, is undoubtedly one of the latter.

Now, Split was a film I could watch again. McAvoy’s brilliant multi-performance is given room to breathe in the contained thriller, and when he’s paired with Taylor-Joy, the two form a unique blend of predator and prey. …

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