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The Society of the 'Fight Club' Is the Society of the Spectacle

All work and no play make Fight Club's Jack deconstruct life, Cinema, and his own sanity.

Games

Navigating the Hollywood Monsters of the 'Resident Evil' Videogame Franchise

From crawling to walking to running to the White House: dissecting 20 years of zombie evolution, courtesy of Resident Evil.

Television

'The Sopranos': Mythologizing the Gangster Genre

From The Public Enemy through to Scorsese, the Sopranos family knows how to pick a bad example to follow.

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New Additions to Netflix Worth Watching in August

Forget summer sunshine, PopMatters offers you several reasons to stay in the air conditioned indoors with these Netflix offerings.

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'Richard III' Is Ian McKellen's Glorious Rendition of an Absolute Villain

With Shakespeare's A Game of Thrones rendered into a Fascist version of '30s Britain, be careful whose side you're on.

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'I Ain't Afraid of No YouTube': When Hollywood Trailers Become Unhitched From Their Films

Key scenes in trailers are briskly propelled before our eyes like a Willy Wonka candy-machine set to rapid-fire auto-spoiler by some sucrose-soaked Oompa Lumpa Tony Montana.

Film

The Turner Prize: A Brief Introduction to Film and Video (and Disappointment in 2016)

If we look past the ludicrous, carnival facade of The Turner Prize, the obscured film work might be less on the “outer fringes of the map of cinema” than we are led to believe.

Film

'Culloden' and 'The War Game' Don't Rewrite History, They Rewrite How We Can Learn From the Past

Peter Watkins' controversial BBC documentaries from the '60s still astound, startle, and disturb.

Books

"Though This Be Madness, Yet There Is Method In't": Speculating on Adaptations of Shakespeare

Could Joss Whedon's next Shakespearean film be a sort of Boardwalk Empire meets Hamlet? Or a Chinese infused space western 'verse of Firefly: The Good, The Bard, and the Powerful Ugly?

Film

Surviving the Moral Narrative of 'Taxi Driver' 40 Years On

"You do a thing and that's what you are." So what does that make us, the voyeurs in Travis Bickle’s world?

Television

Jekyll and Hyde: Series 1, Episodes 8, 9, and 10

As the series comes to an end, vampires, the Incubus, and an army of the undead knock on Jekyll's door, only for Hyde to answer; unfortunately, he doesn't like cold-callers.

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The Frankenstein Chronicles: Series 1, Episode 6 - "Lost and Found"

The fantastic season finalé of finally grants our wish to reveal our mad scientist and our monster -- but we should be careful what we wish for.

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Television

Jekyll and Hyde: Series 1, Episode 7 - "The Reaper"

It's Aliens vs. The Exorcist in this mid-season episode, where secondary-characters start to shine as the body count keeps rising!

Television

The Frankenstein Chronicles: Series 1, Episode 5 - "The Frankenstein Murders"

As we draw closer to the end, moral beasts and political monsters threaten to overshadow child murder, until confessions of mad-science experiments gone wrong point Inspector Marlott towards the real mastermind of the season.

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Television

Jekyll and Hyde: Series 1, Episode 6 - "Spring-Heeled Jack"

Spring-Heeled Jack is no Jumping Jack Flash, but the real villain of the piece will make your skin creep as it crawls out of your mouth!

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The Frankenstein Chronicles: Series 1, Episode 4 - "The Fortune of War"

The gothic images on display in this week’s episode are what you get when you stare into the darkness and the expelled afterbirth of humanity oozes back at you; prepare to get closer to the horror of The Frankenstein Chronicles.

Carl Wilson
Television

Jekyll and Hyde: Series 1, Episode 5 - "Black Dog"

Part Hound of the Baskervilles and part An American Werewolf in London, the legend of the Black Shuck is a captivating gothic tale with a twist.

Carl Wilson
Television

The Frankenstein Chronicles: Series 1, Episode 3 - "All the Lost Children"

At the mid-point of the series, the gothic horror and Nordic Noir influences are gaining traction, but the pace of the story might not be able to catch up.

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Television

Jekyll and Hyde: Series 1, Episode 4 - "The Calyx"

“The Calyx” delivers a thumping adventure story that plays out like a B-movie you might have found whilst channel flicking late at night; it's entirely worth staying up for.


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