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Fair Is Foul and Foul Is Fair But Geoffrey Wright's 'Macbeth' Is Just Foul

Shakespeare's plays offer endless potential for adaptation, but sometimes, as is true of Geoffrey Wright's Macbeth (2006), when these reinterpretations fail we get a clearer impression of the original's genius.

Games

'Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning' Twists Videogame Tropes

Kingdoms of Amalur takes all of the principles of videogames – agency, choice, exploration, conflict – and turns them into an expansive experience of testing the conventions, and even the technical framework, of videogame fiction itself.

Theatre

Making Troy Great Again: On Shakespeare's 'Troilus and Cressida' and Trump's Ugly Political Rhetoric

The Trump presidency is Shakespeare's Troilus and Cressida made real – only it's stripped of the mythology and just lying bare and ugly for all to see.

Film

'Star Wars': The Forgetful Menace

In the Star Wars universe, those who do not remember history are doomed to sequel it; those who do, apparently, make prequels.

Television

Is the Revival of 'Roseanne' Merely Televisual Grave-Robbing?

The return of Roseanne brings with it some complicated political baggage -- and it brings Dan Connor back from the dead.

Film

Where's the So-called 'Feminism' in  Zack Snyder's Violent 'Sucker Punch'?

Cinema's Russian doll of vacuous misogynist hyper-sexualised spectacle is a swing-and-a-miss.

Games

In 'Mass Effect' While You Stare into the RPG, the RPG Stares Back into You

Just as you interrogate your companions and enemies in order to understand them and their worlds, the game reveals itself to have been questioning you. What kind of player are you? What kind of person?

Television

'Star Trek: Discovery' and 'The Orville': To Boldly Go Where We've Already Gone

Whereas Star Trek: Discovery continues to explore ideological complexities, so far The Orville seems little more than a celebration of Seth MacFarlane's love of the Star Trek property and his ability to indulge in expensive cosplay.

Television

'Twin Peaks' and Its Twisted Reflection

The return of Twin Peaks fundamentally reshapes the theme of the entire text, refashioning it into a meditation upon reflection, and the inability to know oneself.

Film

From the Superhero Universe of Brute Ego, Wonder Woman Arises, Unsullied

Seventy-five years ago Wonder Woman arose to show what a stagnating comic book medium could achieve; now she does it again, and in so doing, rescues the DC franchise from itself.

Television

'Twin Peaks': Flame Wars, Walk With Me

On 22 May, Twin Peaks returns; unfortunately, so does everything else that surrounds any significant pop culture text. This is how it will go.

Film

'About Time' Is the Donald Trump of Romantic Comedies

About Time professes to celebrate life, but instead celebrates perhaps the most narcissistic, selfish behaviour ever rendered in film.

Culture

The Spoiled Little Man-Child They Made King: Celebrity, Richard II, and Donald Trump

Did Shakespeare predict Trump? No. That's ridiculous. He just wrote a play about a thin-skinned, petty, self-aggrandising narcissist whose poor leadership drove an empire to ruin. Totally different.

Theatre

Shakespeare's 'As You Like It' Trumps Reality TV

Shakespeare's As You Like It employed every signature reality show convention three and a half centuries before television even existed.

Television

Things Strange: The Dungeon Master of 'Stranger Things'

Stranger Things crafts something wholly individual out of the chrysalis of the past, turning the comfort of nostalgia against itself.

Film

Romeo + Juliet + Baz Luhrmann: Reconsidered

Baz Luhrmann's films are not subtle. So why do I like Romeo + Juliet so much?

Music

Chaos Does Not Mean Despair in Bowie's Soundscapes

What Bowie's music describes, again and again, is that we were endlessly, relentlessly killing ourselves.

Culture

Night-Wing Media: Stephen Colbert and Jon Stewart's Lessons in Discourse

Through the levelling power of humour, The Daily Show and The Colbert Report cut through the culture's sensationalism and panic to remind us of the baseline of normality beneath all the hysteria.

Television

'24 - Live Another Day' 'Cause You're Gonna Die Anyway

24 began sugared-up on gooey clichés of liberty and freedom -- and ended in hypoglycemic shock. Would a new series be worse for our health?

Games

Look at You, You Big Silly, Says 'Assassin's Creed 3'

Assassin's Creed 3 is an enormous, beautifully rendered sandbox game designed to kick sand in your face.

Film

Still Life: The Portrait of Time in 'Boyhood'

Boyhood sets itself the daunting task of reflecting the breadth of a human adolescence, but it instead reveals that it is in life's minutia that we find the most meaning.

Television

The Upside of No-See Me: Invisibility and 'Buffy, the Vampire Slayer'

For Buffy, turning invisible allows her to indulge all her worst impulses; but in doing so, she realizes that she is not embracing life, but fleeing it.

Games

It's Not Easy Seeking Green: My Muppet Show

My Muppet Show is the Orpheus myth. You just have to swap out Orpheus for me; Eurydice for a frog; a lyre for a cartoon banjo; and Hades for the iTunes store.


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