The Dead People Paradox

This essay assumes familiarity with The Sixth Sense. Consider this a SPOILER WARNING. M Night Shyamalan’s The Sixth Sense (1999) is probably known today as much for its twist ending as it is for its sleeper success or its slow-burn, understated approach to generating frights in an age of one-two-punch Scream knock-offs. Its harsher critics …

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Safe Punk: The Rise and Rise of Fawlty Towers

(A sample documentary proposal, written c.2005 as a teaching resource for Media Studies.) In 1975, the British comedy scene was thriving, but a sense of complacency was beginning to take hold. TV comedy successes spawned this, that and the other sequels and spin-offs, comedy stars were household names, and it seemed you couldn’t go to …

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