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Ahoy there, dear readers! Today, I have something of a special announcement. You may or may not be aware that I dabble in the art of podcasting and today, on International Podcast Day no less, I thought I would reveal my big podcast plan for 2019. In short, I’m starting a network. It’s called WE …

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You may ask yourself, as action revenge thriller Peppermint is released in the UK with a limited release, why Jennifer Garner never became the Next Big Thing. Pierre Morel’s thriller—from a director who has, as of yet, failed to capture the same iconic formula he developed with Liam Neeson in Taken—sees Garner play Riley North, a mother on …

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How do you solve a problem like Jack Ryan? This appears to be a question Hollywood has been asking itself for over two decades. Tom Clancy’s most famous creation—the lowly, bookish CIA analyst who over the course of around a dozen modern espionage novels becomes President of the United States—has assiduously avoided successful attempts at …

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The first part of The Box established that nothing would ever be the same for Alias once this story was over. The second part cements this one hundred percent in stone. In discussing part one of The Box, one of the major aspects that becomes clear watching this two-part story is how heavily indebted everything …

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If The Confession was the point of no return, The Box is the tale which catapults Alias into what is, barring one or two exceptions, a season and a half of dynamic, top drawer storytelling. Alias was a high concept TV series from the outset. The ‘high concept’ in Hollywood vernacular defines an idea which …

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