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The Full Lid – 11th March 2022

No double bill is more fun than one that’s serendipitous. Entirely by accident I watched Kimi and The Batman pretty much back to back last week. They’re both good, both flawed, both worth watching and both demonstrate the fierce versatility of Zoë Kravitz. Contents Kimi and SelenaQuantum LeapsInterstitials: Scary Pockets Make It FunkyPlayout:  Yuni Marimba covers The Pink Panther Read More

The Full Lid – 11th March 2022

The Full Lid – 4th March 2022

Charles Young needs to get into his apartment. To do so, Charles (played by patron saint of smart, eternally put upon big men Brian Tyree Henry), is required to interact  with the neighbours he’s shut himself from, his not-quite-ex Isha (Sonequa Martin-Green) and himself. Sometimes a perspective shift looks like an inconvenience. And sometimes an inconvenience changes your life

The Full Lid – 4th March 2022

The Full Lid – 25th February 2022

What they do have is the one thing this pair of mercenaries have always longed for: a Good Fight. One set on their terms. Na and Morrison do such a lovely job of long-suffering, permanently on the backfoot, reluctant only adults in the room that you almost lose the poignancy inherent in that state of

The Full Lid – 25th February 2022

The Full Lid – 18th February 2022

Invasion of the Bodysnatchers is the apex predator of the remake. Like the creatures at its core, the movie has spent four decades being reimagined, becoming something new and chillingly familiar each time. Doctor Miles Bennell screams ‘YOU’RE NEXT’ at the camera. Matthew Bennell screams something much, much worse. Meg Tilly gives the best performance of her career and even the 2000s

The Full Lid – 18th February 2022

The Full Lid – 11th February 2022

‘Progress is good, we all want progress, but a man should not be in charge of such a sensitive post, it’s too important,’ she said. Obinna is a house husband, a father, and terrified. He knows his executive wife Amara is having an affair, possibly more than one. He knows that men’s rights continue to

The Full Lid – 11th February 2022

The Full Lid – 4th February 2022

Written by Ramzee and illustrated by a busload of artists, LDN is a deep dive into life in London, a tapestry of styles matched only by Old Smoke’s own verdant diversity.  ‘Sammy’s Mitzvah’, the opening story is the perfect, snarky posterchild example. Sammy and his sister Flick (loves Aragorn, hates spina bifida, big cooking youtuber) are breaking into a

The Full Lid – 4th February 2022

The Full Lid – 28th January 2022

Godolia won the last war by refusing to die. A colossal city-state built on the bones of its underclasses, it maintains itself through ruthlessly pillaged resources and being the last place on Earth to use Windups. Windups are skyscraper sized mecha with a sole task: the subjugation and control of the Godolian population. Windup pilots

The Full Lid – 28th January 2022

The Full Lid – 21st January 2022

Whoever says middle grade novels don’t have moral and ethical complexity just hasn’t read them, have they? Especially not ones written by Matt Wallace. Supervillian’s Guide explores a relationship very close to radicalization. Max isn’t angry, not yet, but he’s done being pushed around. Reaching out to imprisoned supervillain Mastermind, he finds himself equipped to respond to his

The Full Lid – 21st January 2022

The Full Lid – 14th January 2022

Marvel movies are all the same, the common complaint goes. There’s validity to that, especially in the days of Phase Two where we saw ‘this gifted brilliant white man is SAD, everyone!’ several times in a row. There’s certainly a conversation to be had about if ‘these movies all happen in the same universe’ is the

The Full Lid – 14th January 2022

The Full Lid – 7th January 2022

Like it’s heroine, Iron Widow is a story that begins powered by rage. Zetian is a Concubine-Pilot, one half of the man/woman pilot team who operate a Chrysalis. The Pilots are all boys and all rockstars, their Qi so powerful it pushes war machines made from the vast corpses of their foes into battle. The women love

The Full Lid – 7th January 2022

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