Surprisingly Competent Media

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Film Torments: Black Eagle (1988)

In the halcyon days of the early 90s came the Gotterdammerung of the action star. Though budgets skyrocketed – peaking with the $100 million masterpiece that is True Lies – the era of the muscle-bound...

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Film Torments: Much Ado About Nothing (1993)

To be perfectly honest, Kenneth Branagh’s Much Ado About Nothing doesn’t really belong amidst the bilge of your average Film Torment. It’s beautifully filmed, (mostly) well-acted, and evokes an easy nostalgia for a better...

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15 Songs That Helped Me Through 2020

THIS YEAR I decided to change things around, hopefully for the last time, in order to include the songs I enjoyed in 2020 regardless of when they were released. I did this because, to...

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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...