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“There are worse things out tonight than vampires.”
“Like what?”
Like me.”

As I watched Blade for the first time in twenty years, I realised that this work of art should hold a special place among comic-book superhero movies. Not merely as the precursor for the Marvel cinematic universe, which it will soon be (re)joining. More importantly, Blade feels like a touchstone for many subsequent action/horror/sci-fi/superhero films, with an aesthetic and tone more relevant now than ever. And quite fittingly, like some vampiric summoning ritual, it is returning to bloody glory just when the time is right.

When I first…


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https://www.playstation.com/en-us/games/the-last-of-us-part-ii-ps4/

The Last of Us: Part II has generated a huge amount of controversy, heightened by the fact it is one of the most highly anticipated sequels in gaming history. This controversy was brought to bear by leaks that revealed elements of the game’s plot before its release.

A lot of the controversy was around two characters: Abby and Lev. Abby is a butch woman and Lev is a trans kid. The idea that the gender or sexuality of these characters is in any sense detrimental to the story is facetious to say the least. Neither of these elements are even…


The (unlikely) next crossover phenomenon.

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I stand in a city-centre car park, looking into the boot of my friend’s car. After a few weeks of cajoling (which included sending photos I furtively hid from friends and colleagues), he has convinced me to return to a former pastime. Before the customary distractions of youth, something else had held our attention. We both appraise the contents: a chunky, black, militaristic briefcase with a familiar eagle head insignia. He clicks the case open to reveal… a set of aggressively posed, darkly painted model soldiers with a style that is somehow medieval, retro and…


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Still from Kurosawa’s Yojimbo From japanesefilmarchive flickr.com/photos/89330362@N03/8140234131/in/photostream/

Star Wars devotees could be forgiven for not managing to stir up enthusiasm for The Mandalorian TV series. Non-initiates are more likely to dismiss another iteration of ‘a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away’, given the franchise fatigue generated by the final instalment of the film trilogy. Any possible narrative or cultural interest has surely been rung out of this universe long ago. Enough must, finally, be enough. Time to stop whipping a dead tauntaun.

Non-Star Wars fan is a category I can happily count myself in. I saw the prequel trilogy as a child when it…


I can’t deny the excitement of seeing a new Tarantino film in the cinema. He is one of the few, big name Holywood auteurs who still generates anticipation and controversy before every release. Once Upon a Time in Hollywood combines his recent trend of tackling alternative historical timelines with the more grounded realism of his early work Jackie Brown. It also follows some other recent films which deal with mid-century Hollywood in dense, pyschedelic terms: the Cohen brothers’ Hail, Ceaser! and Thomas Anderson’s Inherent Vice. On the surface, the plot follows washed up actor Rick Dalton (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his…

Luke Pearce

Work in education & doing this geeky pop-culture writing for fun. From Sheffield, now in London via Spain and Australia. Expect games, comics, film and tv.

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