Being the most asinine thing to come out of a discussion about pop culture is a truly monumental achievement. After all, we’re talking about a subject that has people obsessing over the politics of Ghostbusters, whining about how journalists ‘bully’ certain comic-book corporations, and fretting over the horrific injustices of some incredibly rich, famous people not winning shinny awards. To top the stupidity league in this particular climate is no easy feat.
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YouTube seem to be making a concentrated effort lately to alienate their creators. They’ve always been notorious for doing this, due to their lack of proper communication with users, arbitrary terms of service, and their idiotic content ID systems. However, this past year they seem to have gone into overdrive, with PR blunder after PR blunder leading many people to question if they’re intentionally trying to ruin their own business. Continue reading
David Ayer’s highly controversial Suicide Squad has been out for more or less a week. Suffice it to say, the film’s already been at the centre of heated debate on nearly every conceivable front, ranging from its presentation of gender issues, to its production problems, right through to its numerous edits. Continue reading
This was originally published at Flickering Myth on 18th March 2018.
From a critical standpoint, the phrase ”better than most video-game adaptations” is a useful one, as it allows us to identify the exact juncture at which ‘damning with faint praise’ deteriorates into ”saying literally nothing at all”.
This was originally published at Flickering Myth on 14th February 2018.
Set in cold-war era Baltimore, The Shape of Water focuses on an isolated, mute woman named Elisa (Sally Hawkins), who works as a janitor at a confidential government facility. For the most part, Elisa’s existence is depressingly mundane and deeply unfulfilling. She lives in a crummy apparent, has no family to speak of and repeats the same humdrum routine everyday. All of this changes however, when a tightly-wound government agent (Michael Shannon) delivers a new ”asset” to the lab, one that is mysteriously encased within a sturdy water container. Although the project is initially shrouded in secrecy, Elisa’s curiosity soon gets the better of her and she discovers that the resident of the tank is actually an amphibious humanoid (played by Doug Jones). A series of clandestine encounters follow, during which Elisa develops an affinity for the abused monster and comes to realise that he is both intelligent and empathetic. She subsequently enlists her lonely neighbour (Richard Jenkins) to assist her in a mission to liberate the creature.