Poser – A Review

In a world where the comics mainstream remains largely superhero fare, interspersed with lighter content drawn largely from “funnies” strips and cartoons, it’s pleasing that independent comic creators continue to stretch the possibilities of the form. It’s into this context that Matt Miner and Clay McCormack’s Poser drops like a dose of acid gob. At …

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Doctor Who and the Fan Abandonment

An unprecedented thing has happened to Doctor Who in 2018. Chris Chibnall, writer of a handful of less-than-well-received episodes in past seasons and showrunner-by-proxy of frequently derided spinoff Torchwood, has decided to take a highly transformative approach to his first season as executive producer/head writer of the parent series. He has changed the gender of …

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Iron Man: A Key Scene Analysis

Written originally as a sample essay for Media Studies, this review is a story and production element analysis of five key scenes. Jon Favreau’s Iron Man (2008) is a suspenseful, action-packed comic book adaptation with strong comedic touches. It explores arms magnate Tony Stark’s transformation into a superhero and the effect this has on his …

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Review: A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum

Burt Shevelove, Larry Gelbart and Stephen Sondheim’s A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum has been revived for what promises to be a successful Melbourne season at Her Majesty’s Theatre. In the throes of a brief preview season, it is already exuding the confidence required of mounting a fifty-year-old self-referential farce. Geoffrey …

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Wassup With McCoy? (Part 2)

Instead, what we got was untrained, undisciplined writing that was sometimes just plain horrible. Not in a worn, dull, plodding sense as in the past – the creakiness of certain late ‘70s scripts clearly shows in Douglas Adams’ attempts to spruce them up with Cambridge humour and in Christopher H Bidmead’s desperate top-to-tail rewriting of …

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DVD Review: Dead Country

Words can’t describe how terrible this straight-to-DVD excuse for a zombie feature is. CGI that’s ‘80s quality, atrocious acting, a deadening, repetitive script, non-direction, sluggish pacing, haphazard grading to hide the uncompromisingly awful cinematography, variable tonal music to cover the multitude of poor audio joins, and several scenes in which half the image is smeared …

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