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Girls: “Painful Evacuation”

Girls: “Painful Evacuation”

Well, I didn’t see that coming! If you haven’t seen episode 4 of Girls yet, please don’t read on – major spoiler ahead! I’m not a huge fan of this season of Girls so far, I think it has lost its edge, the thing that made it so unique from all the other drama’s out there. It was this generation’s Sex and the City but without all the unrealistic life expectations, however, it has mutated over the last few seasons into Lena Dunham’s vanity project and that rawness was replaced with self-indulgent, nonsensical episodes of friends hating friends. That hasn’t really changed in this season, however, we are seeing some...

Westworld and the Role of Felix Lutz

Westworld and the Role of Felix Lutz

Cast your mind backs to the final months of 2016 when we were all enthralled by HBO’s newest series about cowboys and robots, Westworld. One of the central storylines belonged to brothel owner Maeve (Thandie Newton) and her desperation to leave the park upon discovering that she was a robot living her life over and over again in a theme park for the ultra-rich. Do you remember who got her there? Felix Lutz works in the Livestock Management division of Westworld and also works with colleague Sylvester repairing damaged Hosts. When Maeve became aware that she was not a human she roped Felix and Sylvester into changing her programming to the...

The Young Pope: “Episode Two”

The Young Pope: “Episode Two”

In episode two, swiftly following on from the dramatic and alluring season opener for The Young Pope sees the Vatican City doing some major damage control following on from Lenny’s explosive and scornful debut under the cover of darkness. Before I get into the episode, this was the first time I saw and heard the opening credits which is vibrant and heavy version of All Along the Watchtower, which literary scholars have remarked on the lyrics bearing a strong similarity to the Book of Isaiah in the Bible, most notably chapter 21 verses 9 to 12: Prepare the table, watch in the watchtower, eat, drink: arise ye princes, and prepare...

The Young Pope: “Episode One”

The Young Pope: “Episode One”

This new series from Academy Award-winning director Paulo Sorrentino sees Jude Law take on an exciting, exhilarating and ecclesiastical new role as the Vatican’s first American pope. The feature-length first episode was an electric, pulsing and deliciously ambiguous cacophony of Catholicism, corruption and unpredictable characters. The season looks set to lure us into its dreamy, imaginative and captivating imagining of life behind the walls of one of the world’s most elusive, criticized and speculated places, The Vatican City. The tone of what is yet to come is set from the outright, with Pope Pius XIII (Law) dreaming of his first...

Slenderman: The Ghostly Spectre Haunting America & HBO

Slenderman: The Ghostly Spectre Haunting America & HBO

Beware the Slenderman is airing on HBO on January 23rd which takes an in-depth look at the fictional faceless man’s impact on two young girls who stabbed their friend in the woods, to keep Slenderman happy. Slenderman was created by Eric Knudson as his entry for a Photoshop competition but despite these banal beginnings, the horrors of the Slenderman began to take a hold on internet users over the world. The frightening realistic image that Knudsen created began moving through the internet and ended up on fan fiction site creepypasta. As his notoriety grew as did the images and the stories alleging his real existence, putting him in the...

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