I wish I was alive in the 80s. Or at least, I wish I was alive in the world of those 80s films, so knowing and righteous in their manifestations of teen problems.Read more "The Breakfast Club"
Twenty five years ago I wasn’t alive. Nevertheless, Twin Peaks became a part of me, travelling through skin and flesh, right into the womb. As I struggled against the sticky mess of my mother’s belly I could hear it, that song, whistling through the wind. I could hear it, and I would remember it, for one day, I knew, it would return with a vengeance.Read more "Twin Peaks: The Return (parts one and two)"
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.Read more "Total Recall and YA Literature"
What Remains of Edith Finch is the result of designing a game around a story, rather than the other way around. It’s an experience where every single element, from the audio to the way the controls effect what’s in front of you, serves a singular, narrative purpose. Which wouldn’t count for much if the narrative itself wasn’t very good. Well, What Remains of Edith Finch is one of the greatest stories I’ve ever experienced. So it’s pretty great, if you ask me.Read more "What Remains of Edith Finch"
Legion is an exercise in keeping your feet on the ground, whilst never letting you be entirely sure where that ground is.Read more "Legion: Watch, is good."
There’s something magical about Welcome to Happiness, and I think by even writing this article I’m going to ruin some of that. You see, I watched Welcome to Happiness the way I never, ever watch movies. I watched it knowing absolutely nothing beforehand.Read more "Welcome to Happiness – A film for me"
The Affair is the greatest show nobody watches. I mean, I’m sure loads of people do watch it, otherwise it wouldn’t still be going. But nobody in my circle of friends/podcasts/YouTube videos/blogs/skin-walkers/flesh-eaters/Mormons/other multimedia discussion spaces seems to even mention it. Which is strange, because it’s a show I can’t stop thinking about.Read more "The Affair (The Tv Show, not the act.)"