Movie Review: Coded Bias

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Moview poster with a synthetic white face.

This is an excellent and illuminating documentary of the state of algorithmic bias. If you’ve read recent books like Algorithms of Oppression and Race After Technology – you probably won’t find anything new. But it is nice seeing academics in their natural habitats. It really helps to personalise the problems by placing them in social…

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Movie Review: Royal Hunt of The Sun (1969)

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Movie poster.

So, farewell Christopher Plummer. This might be one of the most bizarre role he’s ever played, in this charming – but flawed – production of the stage classic. I met my wife at a University production of Royal Hunt of The Sun. As an anniversary gift, she got me the DVD. The film is incredible…

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Movie Review: Space Sweepers / 승리호

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Astronauts and a Robot.

This is a frustratingly good movie. I wish I had the film-making vocabulary to describe it properly. As a fun sci-fi heist, it is a triumph. The special effects are light-years beyond Star Wars – both the original and the sequels. The multi-lingual world it presents is possibly the most realistic depiction of the future…

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Movie Review: TiMER

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A woman holds the hand of an unseen man.

It’s rare to find a sci-fi / rom-com crossover – and it’s even rarer to find one that’s good. TiMER is excellent. Like all good speculative fiction, it changes just one aspect of the modern world – what would it be like if you knew exactly when you would meet your one-true-love? It doesn’t bother…

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Movie Review: Wonder Woman 1984

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A guady superhero poster.

There’s nothing wrong with this movie. It’s just so… ordinary. Partly, that’s a failure of the superhero genre. They’re all identical movies. I am strong enough to defeat common thieves! Here is a baddie who is somehow stronger than you! I will defeat you due to really believing in myself! Fan service post-credits scene. WW1984…

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Movie Review: Escape Room

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A young woman's face is partly replaced by jigsaw pieces.

An utterly superfluous movie. Have you seen Cube? Or perhaps Saw? Maybe My Little Eye? All identical. But this has put last year’s zeitgeist as its title as a selling point. The major problem with this outing of the plot is that it invites us to participate in a puzzle but provides none of the…

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Movie Review: Zombeavers

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A zombie beaver menaces a group of young women.

A group of college kids staying at a riverside cabin are menaced by a swarm of deadly zombie beavers. The moment that the zombie beavers deliberately chewed through the phone lines in order to strand our hapless heroes, I knew I was in for a treat. This is an unapologetic B-Movie. It knows exactly how…

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The New Mutants – one of the more interesting superhero movies

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An artsy poster for the movie.

I hate superhero movies – let’s get that out of the way first. They’re a bag of clichés, where flashing lights are considered an adequate replacement for new ideas. 2017’s “Logan” is the only one I’ve found interesting. What happens to a Superhero after they’re too old for this shit? What does it mean to…

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Movie Review – The Craft: Legacy

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Four teenage witches sprawled on the floor.

A group of high school students form a coven of witches. A sequel to the 1996 film, “The Craft”. This bills itself as a sequel to the mid-90’s classic, but it’s a completely independent movie. Although it is not as dark or scary as its predecessor, it’s a fun and challenging film. What starts out…

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Movie Review: An American Werewolf in London

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I'm trying to build up my tolerance of scary movies. The Shining was pretty good – but not too scary. Now @summerbeth is making me watch An American Werewolf in London. — Terence Eden (@edent) October 30, 2020 I have a theory about certain movies. Take, for example, “Star Wars: The Phantom Menace“. It is…

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