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Kindness in Darkness: Doctor Sleep

This piece originally appeared as part of my weekly newsletter, The Full Lid . If you like it, and want a weekly down of pop culture enthusiasm, occasional ketchup recipes and me enjoying things, then check out the archive and sign up here. Doctor Sleep is the kindest horror movie I’ve seen this decade. It’s also the most …

Kindness in Darkness: Doctor Sleep

The Party’s Just Beginning

This piece originally appeared as part of my weekly newsletter, The Full Lid . If you like it, and want a weekly down of pop culture enthusiasm, occasional ketchup recipes and me enjoying things, then check out the archive and sign up here. Liusaidh (pronounced Lucy) is fine. She’s FINE. Her best friend Alistair (Matthew Beard) killed …

The Party’s Just Beginning

Saving The Man of Tomorrow

This piece originally appeared as part of my weekly newsletter, The Full Lid . If you like it, and want a weekly down of pop culture enthusiasm, occasional ketchup recipes and me enjoying things, then check out the archive and sign up here. My favorite Son of Krypton is back in the news. Henry Cavill has made …

Saving The Man of Tomorrow

Horrible Histories: Rotten Romans

Atti (Sebastian Croft) has a problem. Drafted to the UK for a crime he absolutely committed (But which was, in fariness, very funny) he’s bested by Orla (Emilia Jones). Orla, it turns out, has her own set of problems. She’s the daughter of Arghus (Nick Frost),a Celtic chieftain who insists on keeping her off the …

Horrible Histories: Rotten Romans

Ad Astra

Here are three statements which are going to seem contradictory. Ad Astra tries very hard to explore the horrors of toxic masculinity. It succeeds, but does so in a way that will actively annoy many audiences.. You should probably watch it anyway. In the near(ish) future, Major Roy McBride (Brad Pitt) is working on the kilometers tall …

Ad Astra

Jurassic World: Battle at Big Rock

That was FUN! He said with a combination of relief and surprise! Here’s the thing, I don’t mind Jurassic World and Fallen Kingdom. Fallen Kingdom, whatever the Hell literally every decision made about Toby Jones’ character was aside, is actually a surprisingly good and emotionally resonant time. The commodification of the dinosaurs makes perfect sense, as does the way that …

Jurassic World: Battle at Big Rock

Dora And The Lost City Of Gold

Okay first off that’s not Dora. That’s what happens when photoshop googles ‘absinthe’. It’s a shame any time that sort of crime against cinematography and facial structure happens but double so with a movie like this. This? is Dora. And this is one of the best movies not enough people will see this year. Dora and …

Dora And The Lost City Of Gold

The Dead Don’t Die

This piece originally appeared as part of my BFS Award nominated weekly newsletter, The Full Lid . If you liked it, and want a weekly down of pop culture enthusiasm, occasional ketchup recipes and me enjoying things, then check out the archive and sign up here. The best way to spot a Jim Jarmusch movie …

The Dead Don’t Die

Mib 123 (4): Men in Black

Men in Black, with a couple of decades distance, is possibly the oddest pre-millennial blockbuster ever made. It’s marketed as the story of a young hip NYPD officer discovering the true nature of the world and there’s certainly a lot of that. But there’s also a unique and memorably horrible villain, moments of genuine poignancy …

Mib 123 (4): Men in Black

Bravest Kitchen Warrior

This piece originally appeared as part of my weekly newsletter, The Full Lid . If you liked it, and want a weekly down of pop culture enthusiasm, occasional ketchup recipes and me enjoying things, then check out the archive and sign up here. Roy Batty in Blade Runner was, of course, a definitive role. One that just like Richard E …

Bravest Kitchen Warrior

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