Author: Daniel Abbott

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A Final Fantasy Retrospective: Final Fantasy II (Famicom)

A quick note: Since Final Fantasy II never received an official English localisation in its original form, I relied on Demiforce’s excellent fan-translation for the purposes of this write-up. HIRONOBU Sakaguchi was in a pickle....

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Film Torments: Hackers (1995)

ROUNDING out February at Torments, Dan takes a look at a slab of indelibly delicious zeitgeist cheese. Some films define a generation. Some, like Xanadu and Road House, actually kill a decade. And then...

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A Final Fantasy Retrospective: Final Fantasy (NES)

WELL THEN, without further ado, let’s talk about the original Final Fantasy – the one that kicked off this whole screaming clawing feathered-hair 2D 3D HD shebang – by talking about Dragon Quest. Yes,...

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Film Torments: Scarecrows (1988)

THIS TIME on Film Torments, Dan finally gets round to a Fuck You it’s January film if ever he saw one. There are a variety of definitions for ‘cult film’, but most revolve around...

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A Final Fantasy Retrospective: The Prelude

My relationship with Final Fantasy is a strained, distressing and complicated one. For a series with a title of such finality to have lasted 30 years is a morbid joke in itself, but its...

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Film Torments: Old Fashioned (2015)

THIS WEEK on Torments, Sierra takes a look at a winkingly-marketed chaste-sploitation flick in time for the release of Fifty Shades Darker. Oh boy. In February 2015, two ‘romantic’ films were released starring women...

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Film Torments: Legally Blondes (2009)

THIS week on Torments, Dan looks at another hated sequel to a beloved set of films. Did you even know this was a thing? I’m not trying to be condescending here. I’ve never seen...

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The Canon of Cannon: Bolero

THE CANON of Cannon is a feature where we take a wandering look at the backlog of world-renowned trash peddlers Menahem Golan, Yoram Globus and their Cannon Films. This time, we take on the most expensive sex tape...

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Film Torments: The Keep (1983)

IN THIS WEEK’S Torment, Dan examines what happens when an auteur and a studio clash over madness. Michael Mann, to this day, remains one of the most interesting directors to still be making a...

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Review: Silence – Catholic guilt, the movie

AS AN ATHEIST who was raised as a practising Catholic, Martin Scorsese’s Silence strikes two very raw nerves with me as a film that examines both the best and worst aspects of religious faith and...