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INVENTION OF BAD (parents’ edn)
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following up tom’s post, i just realised i carry in my head a kind of “old person’s equivalent to kid’s free pass” in ref pop cult stuff: viz that if my dad (and obv it applied to my mum too) expressed liking for somethi[…]

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BI AGENDA!!!
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(actually of course by the 51st century this is a hopelessly quaint and inadequate formulation)[…]

Not a Star Wars post
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I refer you to this thread instead, where you will find love and hate of an epic proportion. I am on the love side and I care not what you think. (Not entirely true, but you’re not going to change my mind!)
Instead I wish to talk to you about[…]

The Invention of Bad
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I’m thinking a bit about childhood tastes at the moment*. What I’m quite interested in is the moment at which a kid gets the level of visual sophistication which allows them to identify a visual effect as ‘rubbish’. Be it a bi[…]

oh my god it almost made me WATCH IT!
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“Father Dowling’s evil twin turns up again, and causes more mischief”[…]

see THIS is where crazy frog’s penis comes in, culture-war-wise
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i sorta plan to post more on this – or maybe not, sigh – but for the moment all i shall say abt that C4 abi titmuss doc is that when mr rod liddle declared that the AT phenom marked the arrival at sensible maturity of british sex, i i had[…]

Yoda vs Lara Croft
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In Tomb Raider (the game), Lara Croft’s guns are auto-aiming. Basically if she can see it, she can shoot it. This leads to a particular set of moves when she is fighting anyone or any creature particularly difficult. You make her jump around. A[…]

A Nation Of Tar
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The more I thought about seeing Tarnation, the more my brain started splitting the words up to become Tar Nation, a film about a country complete tarmacadamed. In such a fictional land our hero Jonathon would be a very poor lawnmower salesman, until […]

Stand Up! Stand Up!
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This is a real blog entry right here, folks: ace critic Raymond Durgnat takes on Sight and Sound, the BFI, Hoggart, Leavis, the Free Cinema etc etc, forty years ago. (Later he made up with Anderson, a bit.)
Until it was posted, this piece was rare as[…]

Ong-Bak, When Are You Coming Back?
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Yes, yes, Ong-Bak has repeated sequences of people getting the tops of their head caved in with an elbow, but what is unusual about that? Elbow have been giving people brain damage for years. No, what is interesting about Ong-Bak is the edit job whic[…]

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