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Film Torments: Legally Blondes (2009)

THIS week on Torments, Dan looks at another hated sequel to a beloved set of films. Did you even know this was a thing? I’m not trying to be condescending here. I’ve never seen...

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The Canon of Cannon: Bolero

THE CANON of Cannon is a feature where we take a wandering look at the backlog of world-renowned trash peddlers Menahem Golan, Yoram Globus and their Cannon Films. This time, we take on the most expensive sex tape...

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The XX explore new sounds on I See You

EVER SINCE their Mercury award winning debut in 2009, The XX have, understandably, been watched by the music press with a beady eye. From the sparse and haunting xx to the even more minimal...

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Film Torments: The Keep (1983)

IN THIS WEEK’S Torment, Dan examines what happens when an auteur and a studio clash over madness. Michael Mann, to this day, remains one of the most interesting directors to still be making a...

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Review: Silence – Catholic guilt, the movie

AS AN ATHEIST who was raised as a practising Catholic, Martin Scorsese’s Silence strikes two very raw nerves with me as a film that examines both the best and worst aspects of religious faith and...

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This just in: Scalebound is cancelled

Scalebound, a Platinum Games (the people who made Bayonetta 1 & 2, Vanquish, Wonderful 101 and the upcoming Nier: Automata) developed game and Xbox One exclusive, has been officially cancelled according to Eurogamer and...

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Film Torments: Shark Exorcist (2015)

KICKING off the year at Film Torments, Dan looks at – what else? – a film. Before Shark Exorcist even has time to begin, it poses a riddle. “Is the shark the exorcist, or...