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Twilight as a Necessary Evil: The Curious Case of Melissa Rosenberg

Melissa Rosenberg’s portfolio is more than a little confusing. One of the most successful female writers in Hollywood, she’s the woman at the helm of Jessica Jones, the feminist, noirish, boundary-pushing Netflix series that nobody thought Marvel was capable of. Rosenberg was a staff writer on The O.C (Season One, when it was briefly good) […]

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"It's Not Real Music": Rap, Rock and the New Racism

image source: bet.com/news/music We’ve all seen them. The youtube commenters lurking in the threads below every Led Zeppelin classic, every Nirvana lyric vid, bemoaning the state of modern pop. “This is REAL MUSIC”, they declare, because they have a real thing for capslock. “This generation’s music SUCKS”, they say with great critical acumen. Even Dave […]

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Done to Death: The Real Reason We’re Addicted to Apocalypse Movies

We sure do like seeing pretty people suffer. Hollywood has delivered us the apocalypse in a dazzling array of colours and flavours in the last decade, from teenage dystopias to political zombies to global warming. This (http://www.hopesandfears.com/hopes/future/technology/213487-how-technology-spawned-your-favorite-superhero-origins) is a nifty wee article about the way that superheroes are a direct response to the technology of […]

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Sex, Cyborgs and Sci-Fi

Fair warning: the following ramble contains very mild spoilers for several movies (Metropolis, The Machine, Ex Machina, Under the Skin, Beyond the Black Rainbow, Blade Runner). If you are a rigorous anti-spoiler fascist, you can go now. For the record, I would recommend pretty much all of the movies mentioned, especially to people who enjoy […]

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Why do we hate Kim K so much?

One of the founding principles of Western, neoliberal society is the idea that you can earn your way to success. Hard work and talent can afford anybody prosperity, regardless of their origins, making us all self-responsible. You get what you earn; this is the simple equation that gets us out of bed in the morning. […]

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