Let’s get a few things out of the way first. Pierce Brown’s Red Rising and its sequel Golden Son are well-written, intelligent sci-fi. The world-building’s solid (if a bit cliche- seriously why is Greco-Roman the go-to influence for future dystopias?) and the books generally have complex things to say about the limits and and effects […]

If anyone ever told me that they didn’t like science-fiction, or thought it had nothing to offer as serious literature, I would gently lob a copy of Hyperion at their head. On the surface, it looks like everything that turns people off about sci-fi. Just look at the cover. Not only is there a vague, […]

WIth that rather off-putting name and the fact that the show only consists of six episodes, I wouldn’t be surprised if most people never bothered to watch Scrotal Recall. Which is a shame because it’s terrific.

For someone who consumes as much fantasy literature as I do, I’ve never really dipped my toe into the vast amount of Arthurian retellings. I’ve never even read The Once and Future King, which may make me a bit of a failure as a fantasy nerd. However, I have recently read the kick-ass feminist retelling […]

This is my first post about a movie that isn’t happily living in Netflix Instant Watch, but when you come across something as unique and brilliant as Attack the Block, you just can’t help but plug it. I heard about this movie nearly three years ago, knowing only that it was “teen gang vs. aliens” […]

Bachelorette is a nasty, audacious little movie that tries to pull off the trick of having its three antiheroes be as unlikable as they are redeemable. It doesn’t really work, to be honest. Save Kirsten Dunst’s self-obsessed, steely narcissist, the other two bachelorettes have too much in the way of tragic backstory and/or endearing sweetness […]

Some Like It Hot ends up on a lot of “best lines” and “best ending” lists, as its last scene is a thing of absurd and delicious beauty. So when I watched it for the first time, I was a little sad that I already knew the famous punchline (which I won’t spoil for you). […]