Film Review: The Last Duel

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A Matter of Perspective 

Warning: This review discusses aspects of the plot, including the ending. It’s funny that The Last Duel should be a film about bravery – that’s both that of medieval women and the traditionally recognised form of masculinity writ large – men charging into battle and experiencing what Adam Driver’s character calls, with some justification, “the […]

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Film Review: No Time to Die

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No Good About Goodbye  

Warning: This review contains spoilers. Don’t read on until you’ve seen this title or counselled someone who has. Obsolescence last stalked James Bond back in 2002. Pierce Brosnan’s missions were fun but frivolous. It looked to all the world as if Eon and Barbara Broccoli had canonised the Austin Powers movies and were raiding them […]

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Book Review: Feminism for Women – The Real Route to Liberation by Julie Bindel

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A Man Writes...

Julie Bindel’s fucking angry. She’s spent a lifetime campaigning for female liberation. Not equality as you’ve been conditioned to understand it, whereby men and women are judged by the same metrics, but the freedom for women to be judged on their own terms – emancipation from the most oppressive, most ugly, most aggressive social organising […]

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Film Review: No Time to Die

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No Good About Goodbye  

Warning: This review contains spoilers. Don’t read on until you’ve seen this title or counselled someone who has. Obsolescence last stalked James Bond back in 2002. Pierce Brosnan’s missions were fun but frivolous. It looked to all the world as if Eon and Barbara Broccoli had canonised the Austin Powers movies and were raiding them […]

> > Read More...

Book Review: Feminism for Women – The Real Route to Liberation by Julie Bindel

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A Man Writes...

Julie Bindel’s fucking angry. She’s spent a lifetime campaigning for female liberation. Not equality as you’ve been conditioned to understand it, whereby men and women are judged by the same metrics, but the freedom for women to be judged on their own terms – emancipation from the most oppressive, most ugly, most aggressive social organising […]

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Film Review: Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings

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Boiled Tofu

Marvel’s formula is a wash that cleanses its movies of all flavour. The directors’ names change, so too the composers, but you’ll be damned if you can get to the end of these flicks and taste anything – it’s like chewing buffet tofu. Until now that sensory flatlining has been a regret but with Shang-Chi, […]

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Film Review: The Suicide Squad

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The Naked Gunn

James Gunn and David Ayer are friends, but the use of the definite article in differentiating his film from Ayer’s butchered and beleaguered 2016 supervillain team up is instructive. “The” marks the 2021 version as the real deal – the final draft, and few will argue. Gunn, given the backing and free reign denied to […]

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Film Review: Fast and the Furious 9

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Used Cars

The pandemic did its best, but nothing can stop Vin Diesel’s vroom vroom franchise from returning – not you, me, or the end of the world. If you can remember Fast and the Furious 8, so have been chomping at the bit for the follow-up, you’re probably educationally subnormal. The rest of us, retaining only […]

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Film Review: Black Widow

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Florence and the Machine

Timing’s everything in life. If you doubt it consider Black Widow – the 24th marvel movie and an exercise in brand management and retconning. This is an odd entry in the never ending series that only exists because fans noted its lack and cried foul, forcing the studio to slowly, belatedly, bring it about. Consequently, an […]

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Film Review: Godzilla vs. Kong

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Three Monsters and a Little Lady

There’s a scene in Crank II: High Voltage – I think we can agree one of the most successful sequels of all time, where Jason Statham’s Chev Chelios; a character that’s rightfully taken his place in the pantheon of cinematic icons, sandwiched between Vito Corleone and Officer Hightower from the Police Academy movies; goes hand […]

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Film Review: Zack Snyder’s Justice League

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Justice Delayed is Justice Denied

NB: This is the full copy of a 2017 review that was extensively edited and reworked. Part I: “I just want you to know, good luck – we’re all counting on you.” I write this review in a state of confusion. Perhaps I should explain. The last release in the DCEU – Wonder Woman 1984, […]

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Film Review: Wonder Woman 1984

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Edgeless Lord

Warning: This review discusses aspects of the plot. If Warners Brothers could wish for anything, they’d probably ask for a year without the Covid pandemic. Their fortunes invert the monkey’s paw maguffin of Patty Jenkins’ superhero sequel. In this long-delayed movie, those who wish on the talismanic object, later personified by Pedro Pascal’s Max Lord, […]

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