Author: Daniel Abbott

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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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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...