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A Stark Bickle

Martin Scorsese recently courted controversy by claiming that Superhero movies were “not cinema”. Quite what he means by “cinema” here only he can say for, however venerated he may be, surely he has no more say in defining the term than do the rest of us. It might seem that the opinion of one of theContinue reading “A Stark Bickle”

Hosting the Language

The second episode of Season Two of the X Files, ‘The Host’, is generally regarded as a classic episode, favourably remembered for its iconic monster-of-the-week. Misleadingly, the title doesn’t refer to the creature but its victims. In actual fact, then, there is no single character in the episode to whom the title refers. The host isContinue reading “Hosting the Language”


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