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It would be remiss of me, as an enormous Game of Thrones fan, to let the final season go by without sharing some thoughts week on week. I’m conscious, however, that full and in-depth critical analysis won’t truly be possible until the finale has aired, at which point I’ll be going back and starting to …

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Film music has long been a passion of mine, but I’ve realised I don’t really talk about it on Cultural Conversation as much as I would like. 2019 I am remedying this, partly with a monthly cluster of recommendations. Well in this case… two monthly. Much as my aim is, similar to my end of year …

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When you think about it, Alias gives away the final twist at the end of Almost Thirty Years by virtue of its title alone. Season 1’s climactic episode is probably best remembered by critics and fans for those final couple of minutes, in which Sydney Bristow is confronted with a twist on the truth that …

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Celebrated 1990’s British sitcom Men Behaving Badly recently returned to UK Netflix, which feels like a good opportunity to explore a show which helped define its decade, series by series. Has it stood the test of time? Men Behaving Badly, one of the most popular and well-loved British comedy series of the 1990’s, you suspect …

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“Part of the journey is the end” says Robert Downey Jr’s Tony Stark at a key point in Avengers: Endgame, a phrase which could neatly punctuate Marvel Studios’ remarkable conclusion to the first era of their Cinematic Universe. Endgame is a staggering achievement. It is, without question, *the* biggest superhero movie ever made. It makes …

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Hosted by myself and a collection of X-Files fans, The X-Cast: An X-Files Podcast is a weekly series delving into each episode of The X-Files and exploring supplemental topics, alongside interviews with cast and crew and other special events. Continuing coverage of The X-Files Season 4, TI’m joined by Andrew Brooker of Character Unlock to …

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Remember the time that backstory was just that? Backstory. Many of the most successful TV shows and movies are specifically built on a sense of their own mythology and world building. Game of Thrones has a series of vast novels to draw on which detail an incredibly complicated social and political eco-system, for example. Backstory, …

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