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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Let me pose this scenario: you’re a geek (shut up, you are). You’re marooned on Mars (shut up, just go with this). You’ve got enough food and water to last until the resupply mission arrives in eighteen months. You may pick the cinematic corpus of only one director to entertain you until the rescue mission arrives. You are   Read More …

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  This isn’t a review of the entire film. There are plenty of those around, written by better critics than I. All I’ll say is this: I enjoyed Rogue One. It was a flawed, but welcome addition to the franchise. Somewhat better than the Force Awakens, far less so than Jedi. However, it had problems.   Read More …

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Read about 45 this year, plus shitloads of academic articles, and watched an abundance of film and television. I’ll stick to books here, other than to say that, for mine, The Expanse was the best TV of 2016. In no particular order: The Fat Years – Chan Koonchung Written in 2009, set in 2013, relevant   Read More …

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  Vikings Season 1 – 2 (Canadian – Irish production) Vikings is a bloody, meat-tearing, bare-arsed and tits-bared trek through Viking culture, mythology, and history. Ragnar Lothbrok’s (Australian Travis Fimmel) stare is enough to make shield maidens swoon and Saxons poop their pants. Good actors, great fight scenes, and oh yeah, I’ve fallen in love   Read More …

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I mean, it could have been worse. I was late to watching the movie – anyone with young children is always late to doing anything – but all I’d heard in the lead-up was the splat of pop-cultural fans and critics throwing dung at the film from a great height. I thought it was going   Read More …

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Mad Max Fury Road will walk away with seven Oscars this year. Three Oscars less than this masterpiece warrants.   The ones that really matter and that Fury Road deserves to win – Picture, Director, and Cinematography – will go to the Spotlight, Revenant and Revenant respectively. Fury Road will win the following Oscars fairly   Read More …

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I saw a bunch of movies, read around fifty books, and found time to watch a few different TV series this year. I’ve collated the best of that I can remember – and presumably sticking in the mind is one criterion for good – and laid it out here: Movies Mad Max: Fury Road Anyone   Read More …

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Let me make one thing clear before this rant begins: Starkiller Base looks amazing. The First Order standing out there on the plain, fucking space Nazis – that was a great shot. The Force Awakens, too, is a welcome return to form for a cherished franchise still stinging from the abuse of the prequels. The   Read More …

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