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Is Netflix’s Cowboy Bebop adaptation doomed from the start?

There is something about a live action anime adaptation that people can’t quite seem to get right. The track record over the last few years is less spotty and more a complete wash – with stinkers such as Dragon Ball, Ghost in the Shell, The Last Airbender and more recently Netflix’s much derided Death Note […]

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History of Swearwords – Review

⭐⭐⭐ 3 stars Fuck, Shit, Bitch, Dick, Pussy, and Damn. Nothing equally thrills and shocks an audience more than a good old fashioned curse word; a show deconstructing their origin and how their meanings have changed should delight. Throw in Nicholas Cage as its host and one would assume that it promises great things. Promise […]

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If Anything Happens I Love You: Review

Netflix’s short film If Anything Happens I Love You, is one of a kind. Dexterous animation melds with gripping music to render a heart-wrenching experience. Under the direction of Michael Govier and Will McCormack, it succeeds where films in similar categories fall short.  The twelve-minute animated film invites us on a journey of reconciliation. We […]

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A grandmaster’s chequered life: The Queens Gambit

What dimension involving a board allows a woman to be unquestionably all-powerful despite being saturated by men? For the moment, the chess board. Netflix’s The Queens Gambit is a retelling of a book of the same name by Walter Trevis. Playing the almost unbeatable ‘queen’ of chess, the ruthless and graceful Beth Harmon, is the […]

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Mindhunter

Netflix continues to cash in on the recent craze around crime and punishment (Making a Murderer, The Confession Tapes) with Mindhunter as the latest installment in this saga, produced by David Fincher and Charlize Theron. While Netflix’s other dalliances in the true crime genre have been chilling documentaries, this new series is a dramatized adaptation […]

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Big Mouth

Netflix’s Big Mouth provides a surprisingly accurate and honest portrayal of adolescence. The newest animated series on the block is about the trials and tribulations of going through puberty, following two young boys, Andrew and Nick, as they experience it all first hand; from discovering your sexuality to all those bodily changes. Puberty is embodied […]

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Atypical Review

I’m a weirdo, that’s what everyone says.  These are the words of the protagonist of Netflix’s new comedy-drama Atypical. Sam is 18 years old, has Autism Spectrum Disorder, and is on a quest to find a girlfriend. His obsession with Antarctica, coupled with sensory and communication issues, make finding a girlfriend a daunting challenge for […]