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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...

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Film Torments: Barb Wire (1996)

THIS TIME on Torments, Dan looks at a rightly forgotten relic. For those who grew up in the 1990s, Baywatch hit its peak just outside of the collective memory. Asserting itself into international pop-culture...

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SCM Music’s Top 100 Albums of the Decade

ABOUT a million years after every other publication has given their verdict on the best albums of the 2010s, here comes ours. For myself, the last decade was a formative period. I left school,...

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Film Torments: The Clones of Bruce Lee (1980)

THIS TIME on Film Torments, Dan takes a look at a standard-bearer for a forgotten sub-genre. Exploitation as a cinematic phenomenon comes in all forms and fashions. As the name implies, films that snuggle...

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Joe’s Best Songs of 2019

I’ve found the musical output of 2019 to be pretty lackluster, if I am honest. A lot of hyped projects or projects from people whose previous output I have enjoyed disappointed me or for...

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SCM Music’s Top 50 Albums of 2019

WHEN THIS year started I really did wonder if 2019 could live up to the standards set by 2018, 2017, and the other years this decade. While it might have taken a couple of...