You Might Not Realise How Much Black Panther, The Shape of Water & I, Tonya Have In Common (okay, I might be stretching things a bit here)

My film buddies and I have managed to see three more movies, all of which also happened to be nominated for this year’s Oscars, and have even won a fair few between them. Having seen these movies, I think they all deserve a rundown on just why they’re so damn good, how they deal with their themes (there’s only two that overlap with all three, but I’ll come to those in good time). I will also try to avoid spoilers because I genuinely want you all to see these movies… besides, everyone knows how the story of I, Tonya goes – it’s like Peter Jackson’s King Kong. Or Dino De Laurentiis’, for that matter.

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100 All-Time Greatest Comics… Improved: Part XX

Yes, I know I said I was going to be done with this by 2016, but I wasn’t expecting 2016 to be the year the two most prominent members of the Anglosphere decided to fuck everything up for funsies, was I?

Anyway…

Scalped: The Gravel In Your Guts

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2016: The Dangers of Nostalgia

There’s a magazine I often pick up when I’m waiting for a train at Birmingham New Street station – Retro Gamer. The title pretty much explains it all, but it doesn’t just do retrospectives the timeless classics like Metroid, Warcraft and Tomb Raider, and devices like the smash Christmas hit of the NES Mini, but also looking at the obscure and long-forgotten games and systems e.g. the Acorn Electron. A lot of love goes into this publication, and it’s always fun to read on the long train journey to and from work.

Another reason I buy it is because I had it on good authority that Retro Gamer was one of the lowest-selling titles for Imagine Publishing, and was only three consecutive months of bad sales away from cancellation. I say “was”, only because Imagine was taken over by Future Publishing in October 2016; Retro Gamer has been assured that nothing will change as far as they’re concerned, and they can carry on without the threat of cancellation over their heads.

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