Vale – Miguel Ferrer

Long-time Hollywood character actor and voice-over artist Miguel Ferrer, best known for his work on 80’s sci-fi classic RoboCop, the television version of Stephen King’s IT, and television series Twin Peaks, has passed away.

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Rogue Fiction: We’ve lost the ability to just enjoy…

One of the most unedifying phrases used by modern critics in their attempts to belittle cinematic blockbusters these days is “fan-fiction”. Most recently used to describe JJ Abrams’ The Force Awakens: “it was little more than big-budget fan-fiction”, et al, the phrase has become about as useless an epithet to write as it is to listen to, and if you sit and think about it, it’s hideously disingenuous.

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Standing Up For The Force Awakens – Apparently Clickbait Has Become The New Film Criticism

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This week, film website Flickering Myth published an article by Anghus Houvouras entitled “Can We All Just Admit Star Wars: The Force Awakens Was Kinda Terrible?” and, reading it several times, can we all just admit that that article was all kinds of terrible? It’s the kind of clickbait headline sensationalism designed to grab views and provide a “heated” discussion about the flaws and successes of JJ Abrams reboot of the Star Wars universe post-Lucas. In it, Mr Houvouras claims Awakens to be a “passionless, unoriginal mess” and while I’m usually loathe to dissect another person’s views about a cultural behemoth such as Star Wars, the article angered me so much due largely to faulty, facetious reasoning, in what appears at first blush to be some kind of against the grain hatred of anything that succeeds.

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