• SUPERHERO MOVIES: Good, Bad & Elektra

    In this episode: Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016)

    BvSDoJ, to its friends and detractors. The name of Zack Snyder has cropped up several times in this series already, and the conclusion has been clear to anyone with eyes to see: Snyder has a gift for translating comic-book action and indeed panels to the screen; what he's no good at is adding the extra layers of nuance a comic-to-cinema adaptation really needs. DC/Warner Bros should have known what they were getting into by hiring Snyder for BvSDoJ - after all, they'd already had the noisy, generally incoherent Man of Steel. This Clash of Titans turned out exactly as expected, both for good and bad.

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  • RIDDLE STORY OF DEVIL: You Sense it Makes Know

    From its gramatically-challenged English title on down, Riddle Story of Devil - also known as Akima no Riddle - is one of the strangest concepts in anime - and that's saying a lot. Riddle has elements of many, many other animes (not least the ones previously featured on this blog), but comes up with a synthesis that is wholly unique, for better or for worse.

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  • OBVIOUS BIRDS #74: Osprey (Pandion haliaetus)

    Few birds in Britain are as celebrated as the Osprey. A major symbol of conservation and a tourist attraction rolled into one, this bizarre raptor proved over half-a-century ago that Nature had an economic role to play - a lesson that still seems lost on developers, farmers and landowners across the country. Nonetheless, the Osprey's enduring public appeal remains a positive beacon.

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  • SNAP BOOK REVIEW: 'Gifted' (vols 1-3) by Marilyn Kaye

    Stop me if you've heard this one before. A group of disparate, disaffected teenagers, each of them possessing an extra-normal ability, are brought together under the auspices of a kindly, dedicated teacher who tries to show them how to use their 'gifts' for good. One of the kids is a telepath, another telekinetic, whilst others have even weirder powers, such as possession and communicating with spirits. What the teacher must do is train these students to control their powers, whilst protecting them from hostile elements anxious to exploit the children for nefarious ends.

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  • Smacked in the Face by a Karma Bat...

    For those wondering why things have been kinda quiet on this blog lately, the truth can now be revealed: I have been intensively jobhunting (strangely, the allure of cleaning toilets has somehow worn off) and, well, it's paid off. I will soon be starting a brand-new job with a high-tech firm in Cambridge, on a salary close to double what I'm making now.

    In practical terms, this is going to mean some heavy duty commuting, at least in the short term (up to 4 hrs per day). That in turn is going to crimp my free time, including that available for writing & updating this blog. At the moment I have a deep stock of pre-drafted posts, so things will continue as normal for a while yet, but over time things may get a bit erratic, so I hope you'll all bear with me. Thanks to everyone who's been on this site down the years, especially my tiny cohort of hard-core followers (you know who you are!)

    For now, please enjoy this tender, erotic yet vaguely threatening image, courtesy of X-Art.

    Much love, Alice - X

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