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How Eurovision Breaks Up Families

I’ve been debating with myself whether I even want to post this entry because it is a little petty, but it’s been playing on my mind and I just can’t resist. As the title suggests, this is a tale about how the Eurovision Song Contest destroys families, at least for a few minutes when two sisters who rarely agree on anything anyway cannot agree on how they judge different …

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This Indian movie RRR sounds pretty cool (see ABC review(external link)). It’s described as …a fictionalised account of two real-life Indian revolutionaries who fought against the British Raj. Apparently it was the second-highest grossing film in Australia last week (behind only The Batman), which is super impressive for a non-English language production!

I watched the second Fantastic Beasts movie (Crimes of Grindelwald) tonight, because it was on free-to-air. I was so disappointed by the first movie that I hadn’t gone out of my way to watch this one, and now that I have, I’m perplexed. There were a lot more tantalising whiffs of story compared to movie #1, and most of the individual scenes in isolation were quite good, but it just never came together as a cohesive whole. There were like four major groups of characters and every time the film moved away from one you wouldn’t see them again for half an hour. Plus, I can’t pretend the movie had my undivided attention the entire time, but I’m still confused about some things, like why the F Credence is so important, and also what Dumbledore was even really doing in the movie. (Also hated the inclusion of McGonagall – not only is it a continuity error because she wasn’t born yet, but they included her just to be a dick for some comic relief.) I mean look, I think this is better than the fatal flaw the first film had for me of being boring, but I can’t help scratching my head 🤔

Movie Adaptions

When my folks visited on the weekend, we channel-surfed a bit and ended up watching portions of two movies that were adaptions of older, much-loved TV shows: the last 70% or so of Get Smart (2008) and the first half-hour of Star Trek Beyond (2016). It got us talking about the nature of movie adaptions in general, which I feel like are usually a bit disappointing.

The whole reason most of us …

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A Short Review of Every Harry Potter Movie

On Saturday, Vivian and I completed a goal that at one point he didn’t think we’d ever achieve: we have now watched every single Harry Potter movie together. (The eight original ones, that is.) I’ve mentioned before that the Harry Potter book series was a huuuuge part of my childhood, but Vivian could hardly be more opposite in that regard. He’s a few years older than me …

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Wiki: Blake’s 7

Blake’s 7 is a science fiction TV show produced by the BBC between 1978–1981. Four series of 13 episodes were made over that time. It was created by Terry Nation (perhaps better known as the creator of the Daleks in Doctor Who), who also wrote the first series.

Despite its low budget, the show is held in high regard by many science fiction fans because of how it combined a dystopian setting, …

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Horror Movies

I’ve never really been someone who enjoys horror movies, or video games, and even horror books are very hit-and-miss for me. (Gothic horror? Ooh yeah. Violence and gore? Absolutely no thank you.) I mean, as a kid I would get nightmares every time my parents let me watch a Simpsons or South Park Halloween special, so at least I can say I’ve always been consistent 😂 But still, contrast …

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Rake and Its Depiction of Women

The other night, Viv and I finished watching Rake (IMDB link(external link)). If you’re not familiar, it’s an Australian comedy-drama about a randy barrister, Cleaver Greene, whose life is a neverending trainwreck. And before I get too deep into the rest of this post, I can confirm that it is a seriously funny, though densely-plotted, absurdist kind of show. They made five …

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a cartoony avatar of Jessica Smith is a left-wing feminist who loves animals, books, gaming, and cooking; she’s also very interested in linguistics, history, technology and society.