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SCM Music’s Top 50 Albums of 2020

Let’s be honest, you don’t need me lecturing you on how bad 2020 has been. But when we think back on the months we spent inside our homes, let’s remember how vital the arts...

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Film Torments: The Lion King (2019)

THIS TIME on Torments, Dan sighs heavily. Spoilers ahead. It’s easy to see the appeal of remakes. Taking a piece of media from another time offers ripe opportunities to re-contextualise and re-interpret it, allowing...

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Film Torments: Garzey’s Wing (1996)

THIS TIME on Torments, Dan examines an anime disaster. In the world of anime, Original Video Animations (OVAs) are straight-to-video releases usually made to serve as a sidebar for an ongoing series. They often...

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A Final Fantasy Retrospective: The Coda

WE STARTED with a Prelude: here’s the Coda, in which Dan finally, mercifully, concludes this three-year project. In 1987, Hironobu Sakaguchi and a ragtag band of scrappy developers inadvertently created a monster. This bizarre,...

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Parasite wins Best Picture… but does it matter?

OSCAR history was made last night with Bong Joon-ho’s Parasite victorious as the first Best Picture winner in a language other than English. Bong also netted Best Director and Best Original Screenplay, to waylay...