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‘Hardware’ – an action-packed, thought-provoking cyberpunk thriller

Ricky D Fernandes
Hardware Directed by Richard Stanley Written by Richard Stanley Uk / USA – 1990 Upon its initial release, Hardware was dismissed by most as a rip-off of The Terminator, but in fact, the film was actually inspired by a 2000 AD comic called SHOK! Walter’s Robo-Tale. Richard Stanley’s bizarre post-apocalyptic...
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‘The Brother From Another Planet’ – an independent urban take on the alien movie

Ricky D Fernandes
The Brother From Another Planet Directed by John Sayles Written by John Sayles USA, 1984 A black, mute extraterrestrial with three toes and a detachable eye, played by Joe Morton (Terminator 2 Judgment Day), crash-lands in Harlem, and spends his days working at an arcade and hanging out at local...
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‘Riki Oh, The Story of Ricky’ – one of the true classics of Martial Arts cinema

Ricky D Fernandes
Starring Siu-Wong Fan as the titular character, Riki Oh, based on a manga series which eventually became an anime, marks the end of an era of Japanese exploitation flicks before the new generation of filmmakers such as Takashi Miike took over. Unlike Miike’s movies, or other recent entries such as Tokyo...
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How ‘Bojack Horseman’ Went from a Typical Sitcom to a Soul-Crushing Dramedy

Truman Kreager
(SEASON 1 SPOILERS) When it was first announced, Bojack Horseman looked like a bit of a routine sitcom. The jokes in the trailer for the first season weren’t particularly impressive, but the idea of an alcoholic horse trying to find a life after fame was interesting enough for me to...
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The Five Keys to Understanding (Film) Criticism

Thomas O'Connor
With the release of DC’s Suicide Squad, the gulf between audiences and critics has widened, at least momentarily. Audiences, the filmmakers and actors who worked on the film and the DC fanbase have reacted to the film’s critical paddling mostly by pushing back against the critics who took umbrage with...
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Looking back at ‘Stoker’ and the reoccurring case of the disappointing third act

Ricky D Fernandes
Chan-wook Park’s Stoker is a Gothic fairytale, a family drama and a beautifully twisted, pitch black coming of age story, all at once. This slow-burning psychological thriller isn’t afraid to cross into uncomfortable places, often edging close to taboo territory. Park wants his audience to twitch in their seats and...