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The Villain Checklist: Contrast With The Hero

We’ve had a look at various facets of what makes a good villain, but for the next two entries, we need to shift the goalposts a little bit, and take about the most important relationship that the antagonist has: that … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: Loos

In the aftermath of the failed offensives of earlier in 1915, and as thousands of Allied troops were fighting and dying in the futile Gallipoli effort, the British and French armies made one more attempt to force a breakthrough on … Continue reading

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Review: What Happened To Monday

What Happened To Monday Trailer Ah, not too distant dystopia. The Hunger Games, The Maze Runner, Divergent, they are the new genre of dominance. Or, at least, maybe, they used to be? It seems like the big budget offerings from … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: The Gallipoli Debacle

The established Irish regiments of the British Army had been battered and bloodied in the Gallipoli landings, with the larger effort floundering on isolated beachheads, that soon closer resembled the trenches of the western front than the more mobile affair … Continue reading

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The Villain Checklist: Sympathetic/Compelling

Thou, nature, art my goddess; to thy law My services are bound. Wherefore should I Stand in the plague of custom, and permit The curiosity of nations to deprive me, For that I am some twelve or fourteen moon-shines Lag … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: The Gallipoli Landings

In the run-up to the First World War, both the Entente and the Central Powers vied for the support of the Ottoman Empire, the massive political structure that nominally dominated Turkey and the Middle-East. In reality, the Ottoman’s had been … Continue reading

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Review: Death Note

Death Note Trailer I have not read a jot of Death Note, the famous Japanese manga series that has already been the inspiration for a number of animated movies and shows. In college sci-fi, fantasy and anime circles, it was … Continue reading

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