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Category Archive: Film

Jul 21 2014

Recommended reading: bumper edition

Life happened and I haven’t posted much recently. While I catch up on the work, you can all catch up on the reading.

Jul 17 2014

God and the ghost in the machine: atheism, transhumanism and Spike Jonze’s Her

Science fiction shows the moment when an robot disobeys its programming as an ascent to sentience; religion does the same thing while calling it a fall.

Jun 16 2014

The trouble with Captain America: The Winter Soldier

A well put-together, thoughtfully directed thriller’s script still fails fundamentally at what it sets out to do.

Nov 30 2013

Catching Fire straightwashes its stars

Catching Fire, the Hunger Games follow-up, ranks among this year’s best films, achieving the rare status of a sequel better than its predecessor. Praise for Jennifer Lawrence, fresh from Oscar success and giving one of her best performances, justifiably saturates reviews, but the real revelation is director Francis Lawrence (no relation), who draws magnetic work from the …

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Nov 01 2013

Spoiler-free first thoughts on Thor: The Dark World

Just having emerged from Thor: The Dark World since a friend reminded me to see it, I type this from the Carlisle branch of Waterstones. (From the Costa, that is, strangely if typically built in. The Earl Grey satisfies; milk rationing per cup continues to frustrate.) Conclusive thoughts on films take time to form, and usually, at …

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Oct 22 2013

A very British nightmare: 28 Days Later, Danny Boyle’s anti-imperialist zombie flick

Spoiler warning with immediate effect. Content note: fictional scenarios mentioned of infanticide, racially motivated violence and (separate) sexual harassment, enslavement and attempted institutional and ritualistic rape-to-impregnate in a post-apocalyptic horror context. Atop the Big Brother house, picking the undead off by long-range rifle through its outer fence, characters in Charlie Brooker’s Dead Set (Channel 4, 2008) wonder why …

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Sep 14 2013

Rowling’s Potter spin-off could be better than the previous films

[Warning: spoilers!] Yesterday it emerged the Harry Potter franchise isn’t done. JK Rowling’s wizarding world, following her announcement of a spin-off film series, clearly has still to give up the ghost. (Or the dragon. Or the hippogriff.) Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, due for release presumably within the next two years, will be inspired by …

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Aug 28 2013

Bonding with history: Skyfall’s postmodern 007

[Warning: spoilers!] We are not now that strength which in old days Moved earth and heaven, that which we are, we are, One equal temper of heroic hearts, Made weak by time and fate, but strong in will To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield. So recites Judi Dench’s M midway through Skyfall, …

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Aug 17 2013

You want sex? So stop asking for coffee

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Using ambiguity against prospective partners isn’t fair.

Aug 15 2013

Secular synthesis and why we need it – or, Hello Freethought Blogs

You already know that I’m a #FTBully. Of all the letters after my name (admittedly, there aren’t very many), those are the ones I’m proudest of. My feeling is, that tells you all you need know about me. Keep reading though. I’m 22, secular, British, poly, queer, tall, ex-Christian, “left wing and long-winded”, a nerd, a graduate …

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