New Affiliated Podcast: THE X-CAST – ‘Season 6 / The Official Archives / Albuquerque’

Brand new podcast appearance.

In the latest episode of The X-Cast, myself and my co-host Carl Sweeney touch base on several pieces of X-Files related business…

– What we think of the new The Official Archives book.
– The news about the Albuquerque spin-off series, and what it means for the franchise.
– What’s coming for the rest of 2020 into 2021 for The X-Cast, including the live 500th episode series, Patron specials, and Season 6 coverage…

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New Affiliated Podcast: MOTION PICTURES – ‘Legacyquels’

Brand new podcast appearance.

In the latest episode of Motion Pictures, myself and my co-host Carl Sweeney discuss the ‘Legacyquel’, the idea proposed by Matt Singer in 2015 of what to call sequels which arrive years, sometimes decades, later – such as the recently released Bill and Ted Face the Music.

They look at many films which qualify for this bracket, including Star Wars, Star Trek and Terminator sequels, and wonder quite what their prevalence means for modern mainstream cinema. Plus! They discuss recent (as of September 2020) happenings in the Covid-era for cinema releases.

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New Horrified Article: HORROR IN THE BRITCOM – Victor Meldrew’s New Nightmare

New article for Horrified Magazine!

Horrified is a new kid on the block but is producing some fine work in the realm of British horror, both in terms of analysis and original fiction, so I was delighted when the editor, Freddy, was keen on my pitch for a recurring series called ‘Horror in the Britcom’, unpicking the intersection between horror and comedy in British sitcoms…

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THE GREAT BRITISH BAKE OFF is exactly what we need right now

Precipitously timed as we head into deeper, restrictive Covid-19 measures in the U.K., The Great British Bake Off is a breath of fresh air.

Yes, I’m a fan of this show, particularly in recent years. I didn’t get on with Mel & Sue generally but once they left, and the charming mixture of Noel Fielding and Sandi Toksvig filled the breach when the show transitioned from BBC1 to Channel Four, it rapidly became a show I enjoyed with my wife as opposed to doing other things while she had it on. As with any ‘reality’ show, the combination of presenters and on-screen talent are the key ingredients to engagement. These kind of shows are, as a result, entirely subjective – I may have found Mel & Sue irritating, but many would have turned away from the show with Noel & Sandi taking their place, or the posh, grandmotherly Mary Berry being replaced by the equally posh, schoolmistress-y Prue Leith.

For me, the combination worked, and it allowed the fantasy of Bake Off to engulf me whole. And it is a fantasy. Bake Off exists in a hermetically sealed, English-rose depiction of Britain, one where the sun always shines on canvas tents surrounded by bunting in the gardens of manor houses and stately homes. It’s as if the 19th century gentry allowed the peasants to have a bit of fun on their grounds, yet at the same time it never strives to be elitist. Bake Off feels inclusive, warm and good natured, even if ultimately it’s not really about baking. It’s about personal empowerment, building self-esteem, and proving worth in a fantastical, alternate-universe England where we all live in harmony.

In 2020, more than ever, Bake Off is a pleasant fiction.

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New Affiliated Podcast: THE MOVIE PALACE – ‘In the Heat of the Night’

Brand new podcast appearance.

In the latest episode of The Movie Palace, in which I take over from host Carl Sweeney, I am joined by co-host Russ Hugo to discuss Norman Jewison’s 1967 racial potboiler In the Heat of the Night.

Another episode originally recorded for my on-hold ‘New Hollywood’ podcast The New Wave, this was a really enjoyable discussion in which we dug deep on this classic Sidney Poitier & Rod Steiger picture. It was a real learning curve, researching this film, and hopefully you’ll learn lots of intriguing information about the Civil Rights movement, the production itself and beyond in this episode.

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New Affiliated Podcast: BETWEEN THE NOTES #20 – ‘Tenet / The Best of Ludwig Goransson’

Brand new podcast appearance.

In the latest episode of Between the Notes, myself and my co-host Sean Wilson discuss Christopher Nolan‘s Tenet and the career of composer Ludwig Goransson. You may have read my Tenet review but if you want to hear me discussing the film in depth, definitely check this episode out.

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New Affiliated Podcast: MAKE IT SO #31 – ‘Star Trek: Discovery 1×12 – Vaulting Ambition’

Brand new podcast appearance.

In the latest episode of Make It So, myself and my guest Craig McKenzie discuss the twelfth episode of Star Trek: Discovery‘s first season, Vaulting Ambition, as we work through the season before the show returns to Star Trek: Picard coverage.

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New Affiliate Podcast: LIFE’S MILESTONES – ‘Tony Black’

Brand new podcast appearance.

In a guest appearance, I was happy to join host Mark Adams on his show Life’s Milestones, all about the journey from birth through to death.

Mark is a Humanist Celebrant by trade who has parlayed his experiences into a podcast where he talks to a range of different people about their lives. Want to know the first time I swore in front of my Mum? Or what my very curated, Humanist wedding day looked like? Or indeed the fanciful way I’d like to end up after my death? Then this is the podcast for you.

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Movie Review: SHE DIES TOMORROW

★ ★ 1/2

Anxiety is a monster, especially unchecked, and Amy Seimetz’s She Dies Tomorrow is the ultimate expression of the condition as a horrific construct.

Based in no small part on Seimetz’ experiences, and funded thanks to her role in the remake of Pet Sematary, she crafts a personal, if often quite ponderous, picture. Amy (Kate Lyn Sheil), so named after Seimetz in case the autobiographical aspects are unclear, has just bought a house in Los Angeles but is crippled by a strange sense of existential dread, convinced that she will, as the title suggests, die tomorrow. Her friend Jane (Jane Adams), who calls to congratulate her, at first finds her unnerving conviction ridiculous but slowly she succumbs to the same escalating feeling of doom. Almost akin to a virus, Amy’s unshakeable belief ripples across her circle of friends and contacts before building to devastating consequences.

You might feel She Dies Tomorrow is, from this description, a low-key horror movie. It’s not. Nor is it a comedy, as has been billed. It’s neither, and both, and unable to figure out quite what it is, all rolled into one.

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