Total Recall and YA Literature

I watched Total Recall on channel four, where it was interrupted midway through by an awkward newscast that lasted half an hour. Apart from reminding me of why I hate watching things on TV rather than streaming them, it gave me time to reflect. What I realised, as that man wittered away about the state of the world, about the rounding up of Ozie’s, about the arrival of the Watcher Clan, was that the reason I was enjoying Total Recall so strongly was for the same reasons I adore much of YA literature.

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School of Movies

I need sound. I need it, always, constantly, lest my thoughts flare up and my brain enter overdrive. Aural stimulation is what I’m after. Yes. Lovely, lovely podcasts. They’ll do the trick.

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The LEGO Batman Movie

I’m young and beautiful and think all old things are dumb, so I’ve never seen happy Batman. What I have seen is Christopher Nolan’s Bat-films, and Zach Snyders Bat-Mum-twist, and the Arkham videogames Bat-Punch and Kick system. Then along came Bat-Lego-Man, and the joy of adding the word Bat as a prefix to everything was revealed to me. What a wonderful joy it is.

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Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, apart from having one of the most confusing titles I’ve ever seen, is also just brilliant. There’s so much I could say about this movie, and the series as a whole. Its bananas how good they are. Not only in the way they tell a brand new story, but in the way they ape the classics as well. They’re masterful at creating empathy not just with the animals but with the human’s, who it could be argued are much harder to root for. There’s not a wooden actor in sight.

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