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Superhero Films Backlash

Quentin Tarantino is the latest in a list of directors who have recently criticised superhero films, saying that he would never be involved in one because “you have to be a hired hand to do those things”. Martin Scorsese famously received backlash in 2019 for similarly saying that Marvel films are not cinema. I am […]

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Cult Column: Hausu

For many of us, our most vivid memories of fear come from childhood. When we have no understanding of the world, anything has the power to horrify, and even innocuous household items can strike terror into our hearts. This is one of the many reasons that Nobuhiko Obayashi’s 1977 cult hit Hausu provides such a […]

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Review: Hocus Pocus 2

For me, like many others, Halloween is synonymous with Kenny Ortega’s 1993 film, Hocus Pocus. When Disney announced the sequel, I had my doubts that they could recreate the energy and fun of the original, but I’ll happily watch anything starring Bette Midler. Unfortunately, Hocus Pocus 2 falls woefully flat in practically every way. This […]

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Cult Column: Pink Flamingos

50 years ago, one of the most controversial films of all time was released. It included bestiality, incest, graphic nudity, cannibalism, and famously, it showed the actress Divine genuinely eating dog faeces. I am of course talking about Pink Flamingos. Variety called it “one of the most vile, stupid and repulsive films ever made”, even […]

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In Defence Of: Practical Magic

CW: domestic abuse, violence Every September, as soon as jumper weather arrives and the leaves start changing colour, I welcome in the Autumn by watching Practical Magic. It’s a perfect seasonal film, featuring witches, idyllic New England landscapes, and a soundtrack full of Stevie Nicks and Joni Mitchell. What’s not to love? A lot, according […]