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No Utopia: On Wyatt Rockefeller’s Settlers (2021)

According to SpaceX CEO, Elon Musk, the company’s proposal to colonize the planet Mars is “about believing in the future and thinking that the future will be better than the past.”  The vision is of a self-sustaining Mars-based city home to one million inhabitants. The relative ease and cheapness of the SpaceX Starship and Falcon […]

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Ghosts of Love Lost in Andrew Haigh’s 45 Years (2015)

What makes a ghost story is known to us in that subconscious way we also know the sound of a nursery rhyme or Christmas carol when we hear one. We may have no idea how to explain the constituent parts of these things, or how these elements combine to achieve the desired result. It’s something […]

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Widescreen: Mean Girls’ Lovable, Narcissist Plastics

Brutal drama and cheeky humor, with a dash of 00s fashion, Mean Girls (2004) as the typical dramatic comedy has aged well with its animated narcissists. Much of the early 2000s still echoes with “fetch”, “you can’t sit with us” and “on Wednesday we wear pink”. Mean Girls is one of those movies that has melted […]

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5 practical tips for making your first indie film

Whether you fancy yourself as the next Kurosawa or you simply have a story you’re itching to tell, getting started in filmmaking is a daunting task. These tips and tricks should help you on your way. 1. Get the script right first With a lot of amateur filmmakers, there seems to be a rush to […]

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Widescreen: Horror Holidays

Alexandra Heller-Nicholas books some time off, packs her camping gear and heads off on a horror holiday, but will she make it back alive? The dream-holiday-gone-wrong is a staple horror trope: where would films like the Hostel or Wolf Creek franchises be without their legions of wide-eyed young people whose dreams of seeing the world […]

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Brand X: Bloomberg stock exchange report

A unique take on imaginary brands in the movies ++ technology ++ technology ++ technology ++ technology ++ technology ++ technology ++ Some of the globe’s biggest tech stocks shifted again in yesterday’s trading. Los Angeles-based Fischer-Morrow (NYSE: FIM) may be a shadow of its former self following last year’s demerger but was still up […]

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Brand X – Time magazine interview with Eldon Tyrell

Few figures in North American industry today can be said to be true giants in their field. Long-established names have suffered gradual collapse or found themselves targets for amalgamation or overseas take-over, leaving just a handful of firms standing. The genetics sector especially has seen often fierce consolidation since its beginnings in the early 1980s, […]

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Fan Phenomena: Heroes with issues: Fan identification with Batman

I realized that he was a ‘superhero’…he is just a man walking among gods, but he can take every single one of them out and they all know it.

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Fan Phenomena: Fashion from a galaxy far, far away

So there I was, standing in line, surrounded by a Sith Lord, a space rebel and a slave girl…