The varied and rich philosophical strands of Blade Runner 2049 will be analysed and debated for years to come. Already in the world are some top-shelf articles on the use of light in blade runner, the neglect of children, the relationship of the movie to Nabokov’s novel, Pale Fire, and the way in which technology   Read More …

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Part 2 is dedicated to my theories. Part one was a review of the film, part three discusses philosophical themes. Spoilers below, obviously. Without further ado: Theory 1: the Nexus 7 Roy Batty is a Nexus 6. Inception date 8 January 2016. Sapper Morton is a Nexus 8. Inception, 22 Match 2019. A leap from   Read More …

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Blade Runner should never have had a sequel. It was and is a work of art, self-contained. It bears watching and re-watching. Today, thirty-five years after it was first released, it still feels contemporary, is unarguably prescient. Blade Runner imagined a future history of urban decay, multiculturalism, corporate greed and corruption, boundless commodification and alienation,   Read More …

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I used to say: ‘watching David Lynch is like listening to jazz – it’s not meant to be a logically understood, it’s meant to be experienced.’ I was wrong. Twin Peaks: the Return is as close a viewer will come to experiencing a coherent Lynchian cosmology. In genre terms, Lynch is a masterful world builder.   Read More …

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A staple of noir cinema is the heist gone wrong. Perhaps the best known contemporary example is Reservoir Dogs (1992), in which Tarantino – steeped in and heavily influence by classic noir – depicts the aftermath of a diamond robbery turned clusterfuck. Tarantino, riffing on the noir penchant for superb dialogue, also gave us the   Read More …

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Suicide Squad What a fucking mess. There were apparently two versions of Suicide Squad, the dark original and a funnier reshoot. It shows. This movie doesn’t know what the fuck it is doing. A full run-down isn’t necessary; it’s been catalogued elsewhere by a variety of scathing reviews. Two less-discussed aspects that stood out for   Read More …

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Let’s start with the good news: an Aurealis Award and an ‘Best of the Year’ Anthology inclusion. The Aurealis nomination for Best Horror short story was unexpected, because I’d never written horror before, and well, I’d never thought I’d be nominated for an Aurealis, either. The story, Flame Trees, is certainly science fiction, but yeah,   Read More …

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Kazuo Ishiguro writes in the aftermath of the noir event. The tragedy has passed, the noir moment of betrayal now an unreliable memory. Ishiguro is my favourite living author. I re-read one of his novels recently: An Artist of the Floating World and a second, When We Were Orphans, for the first time (the latter   Read More …

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Numbers fourteen down to seven on the list are here, if you missed it. If not, may I present the final countdown: (click on PDF icon, above right, if you prefer to read black script on white) 6) Christopher Nolan Christopher Nolan has never made a bad film (the worst on the list below is the Dark   Read More …

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I was fucking chuffed to have received my first (and shit, maybe last) Aurealis Award nomination a few days ago. For the uninitiated, the Aurealis Awards are the juried prize for best genre fiction in Australia.  The short story – Flame Trees – started as science fiction, as with everything I write, but ended up   Read More …

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