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Counting to X: X-Men

And so, here we are at the end game again. This week, Dark Phoenix will bring the era of 20th Century Fox X-Men movies to an end. They’re a weird, fractious, wildly variable collection of films but as we reach the end it’s worth returning too the beginning to see how far they’ve come and …

Counting to X: X-Men

The Horror at Gallery Kay

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.  Special Thanks to Abe Goldfarb, for assistance with fact checking. Petra and …

The Horror at Gallery Kay

Destroyer

This piece originally appeared as part of my weekly newsletter, The Full Lid on 8th February 2019. 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.   Karyn Kusama’s Destroyer is a film that haunts you from …

Destroyer

The Endless

This piece originally appeared as part of my weekly newsletter, The Full Lid on 15th February 2019. 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. [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z4cAsmQS610] When I was 15 or so I …

The Endless

The Friday Film: The Hunter

Martin David is a mercenary sent undercover to Tasmania. His employers, Red Leaf, are a private military biotech firm who are seeking one of the last Thylacines, or Tasmanian tigers. The legendary creature purportedly had a unique venom that paralyzed its prey and Red Leaf want that. Red Leaf are paying, which means Martin wants …

The Friday Film: The Hunter

The Friday Film: Mansome

There are really three films in one in Mansome. The first is a collection of celebrity talking heads discussing masculinity and what it means to be a man who grooms in the 21st century. This is facilitated, and bookended, by producers Jason Bateman and Will Arnett who appear in the movie getting a variety of …

The Friday Film: Mansome

Friday Film: Cropsey

The first documentary of the year is Cropsey, written by Joshua Zeman and produced and directed by Zeman and Barbara Brancaccio. They’re front of camera a good deal too, and with reason. Both of them grew up on Staten Island in New York ion the 1970s. ‘Cropsey’, at that time, was a local term for …

Friday Film: Cropsey

Friday Film: Safe

Welcome to Friday Film Club. This year, I’ll be watching a movie I’ve never seen before and that, in most cases, is outside my comfort zone, and talking about it here every week. There’s no internal prejudice here, no bias towards one genre over another, just you, me, the movie and the words. Activate the …

Friday Film: Safe

Friday Films: The Last Thoughts of Captain Karl Janek

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iIJeQNyZ6VE] The Last Moments of Captain Karl Janek: Prometheus Karl Janek’s first thought as he watches the obscenity lift off in front of him is simple; I knew it. This job had been squirrely from the get go. Janek had considered himself a man of faith, you didn’t pilot long haul ships without it, …

Friday Films: The Last Thoughts of Captain Karl Janek

Friday Films: Total Recall – The Quaid Imprint

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XG5SK-P2h5o&w=560&h=315] FROM: Psychological Operations Department, Esoterics Subdivision TO: Control, Diogenes Club RE: The Quaid Imprint ABSTRACT That an agent or rogue agent can be turned by having their memory overwritten, placing them in a deep cover position where they will be close to a target or able to gather valuable counter-intelligence without ever knowing …

Friday Films: Total Recall – The Quaid Imprint

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