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As we close out 2019, it’s time to put together a few Top 10 lists based on my key entertainment passions – film, TV and film scores. I’ve gone back and forth on decade lists but I suspect I’m just going to keep to 2019 releases on the blog, and maybe do something more with …

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From 2012 onwards, before developing this blog, I wrote a multitude of reviews on the website Letterboxd. In this irregular series called From the Vault, I’m going to haul these earlier reviews out of mothballs and re-purpose them here. This one is from April 26th, 2014, revisited with Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman having landed… David …

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Welcome to June! Because there’s not enough useless information floating around on the internet, I thought I would update readers of this blog as to what I’ve watched/read over the previous month, each month, in the form of TV, movies and books. Some of this I will have reviewed on Cultural Conversation but others I’ve …

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The end of April saw two of the biggest pop-culture entertainment events of the decade in one weekend, and something strange has become apparent through the other side of them: we have become obsessed with death. SPOILERS follow for Game of Thrones, Avengers: Endgame, Breaking Bad & The Sopranos.

Welcome to May! Because there’s not enough useless information floating around on the internet, I thought I would update readers of this blog as to what I’ve watched/read over the previous month, each month, in the form of TV, movies and books. Some of this I will have reviewed on Cultural Conversation but others I’ve …

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The word masterpiece is too often thrown around with abandon in this hyperbolic day and age, but the term might well be apt for the BBC comedy drama Fleabag, which reached a much anticipated conclusion this week. Writer and star Phoebe Waller-Bridge had to be talked into developing a follow up to her nihilistic dark …

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There really is nothing like an ending. We are obsessed, as audiences, with endings. At times we lose sight of how important the journey is of the stories we digest precisely because of how obsessed we are at what will happen in the grand denouement. Often it takes rediscovering a series long after it has …

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