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Book Review: The Seedy

A version of this review was originally printed in Ethel the Aardvark, fanzine of the Melbourne Science Fiction Club. This post’s rummage through the MSFC library shelves represents a return to that purveyor of suspect sf, Panther Books, and their 1969 edition of Robert Ray’s obscure and worryingly titled The Seedy. Fifteen-year-old Tim is a …

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Bigger on the Small Screen (Part 1)

From its earliest days, the potential to develop Doctor Who from an exclusively televisual concern into a cinematic behemoth of epic proportions has been evident to some of its canniest exploiters. Reports abound that Disney expressed an interest in adapting ‘Marco Polo’, one of the very earliest transmitted serials. More significantly, Milton Subotsky and Max …

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DC Films: Dawn of the Rushed Superhero Mashup

The transformation of Warner/DC’s inevitable and immediately mooted Man of Steel 2 into the franchise team-up Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice has led to a peculiar online shit storm. Critics have almost universally impaled the production on the most uncomfortable figurative phallic symbol they’ve collectively been able to think of. ‘Fans’, on the other …

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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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