Has any genre been as cursed by its own success as the biopic?  The very first feature-length film, Charles Tait’s The Story of the Kelly Gang, falls into the category, as do agreed-upon high culture classics like Carl Theodor Dreyer’s The Passion of Joan of

Classic Film Kid: Stand by Me

Hi all, it’s me, the Classic Film Kid, and I’m back with a second review. What classic are we reviewing today?, I hear you ask. Well, I am looking at Stand By Me, directed by Rob Reiner, and based Stephen King’s short story (or novella,

The Geek Show - S13E07 - Highway to Pun Hell

S13E07 – Highway to Pun Hell

… And we return to the long-awaited adventure specials, picking up our slightly mad and totally not improvised interpretation of dungeons & dragons about elves, Santa, the communist manifesto and the end of the world. It’s weird, it’s fun and its the 1st part of

Keyframe Episode 62 – Maximum Ding

The sarcasm meter is off the scale this week with arguments about violence in animation and a live-action, CG animated feature film of Woody Woodpecker … for Brazil! Our featured anime are Samurai Harem (Asu no Yoichi!), Haikyuu Season 1 Part 2 and Top we

4-Panel Episode 62 – Boom Boom in the Fin Fang Foom

This week we dive into the trailerfest that is San Diego Comic Con. Our featured comics and manga are Next Wave: Agents of H.A.T.E., Choujin Gakuen: Konton Mouryou Seishun Jihen (Superfolk Academy: All Kinds of Disorderly Spirits and Goblins Youth Uprising), Vinland Saga and Mockingbird

I Am Not a Serial Killer

Based on a 2009 ‘Young Adult’ novel by Dan Wells (the first in a trilogy I believe) I Am Not a Serial Killer is a British/Irish co-production set and shot in the chilly Midwestern state of Minnesota. It is directed by Billy O’Brien and stars

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On The Box 60 – Pound Shop Jackie Chan

The bosses of BBC’s Poldark manage to upset their lead actor by making him remove his clothes. In other news, another good movie will be adapted into a mediocre TV series and a ride on a bus is a surprise hit. This week we’ve been

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Literary Loitering 52 – Licence To Quill

It’s an odder than whatever passes for normal this week as Frederick Forsyth decides to stop writing thrillers, the Oxford Electronic Dictionary adds more strange words and phrases to the English language, and beer is made from the yeast found on Roald Dahl’s special writing

The Wailing

Once upon a time horror meant something, it was more of a genre than the series of boxes that need to be ticked to provoke an emotional reaction like it is now. The words “it’s terrible, wasn’t even scary”, have become an epitaph to its

The Hired Hand

Following the industry-reshaping success of Easy Rider, the film’s three stars Dennis Hopper, Jack Nicholson and Peter Fonda took the opportunity to direct personal projects on a studio budget.  In the end, all three of them flopped, though they each have plenty of interest for