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“Everything is the same these days” — the useless insight from every 90’s-born, Mean Girls is a classic!, Nolan/Tarantino-fluffing film critic. Swallowing opinions wholesale in an echo chamber of likes or thumbs up icons and scrutinising the relevance of informed opinions. The model shape of a Dunning/Krueger mass burning the intellectuals at the stake — not dissimilar to a religious cult or certain capitol-raiding, tangerine-supporting fuckwits.

In fact it’s become a cliche in itself to compare modern times to 1984 or Brave New World or Kafka, such is its prescience, yet here we are burning books for homogenised pleasure-seeking lotus…


There seems to be a common consensus with Unforgiven and that is: “what the hell is the point in English Bob?”…

…Well, a common consensus is a bit grand but most people that I know ask that. To answer that properly we need to look at the narrative and thematic questions of the film to see how this sub-plot feeds in.

  1. The narrative question

Broadly speaking, the ‘narrative question’ is very simple in concept but can be made as complicated as the writer desires. It is the driving force of the plot summarised into a basic question — “will Brody…


It’s perhaps inarguably agreed that music is the oldest form of art, but swiftly after that is storytelling. Through language, pictures, music, performance and eventually the written language, storytelling has incorporated from and expanded all art forms. The nature of its ubiquity is what makes it hard to penetrate the sketched lines beneath: a pre-historic beginning and global span means there have been evolutions of form entirely separate and isolated. How do we square that circle into a unifying form? By intense vagueness.

The truth is that there is no unifying form. Many gurus and writers will claim to know…


How have vampires remained a popular creature since the 19th century? Perhaps it’s the blood sucking fangs, or the bat transformations, or the ability to sway the minds of soft-headed fools that appeals to us. However, there are many villains of folklore and classic literature that haven’t stood the test of time, take Bram Stoker’s other less lauded works like “In the Lair of the White Worm” or “The Jewel of Seven Stars”, quite like the vampire.

Of the creatures who have endured, there are a few exemplifying hallmarks that one might not see immediately but would nonetheless instinctively feel…

Liam Egan

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