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The Villain Checklist: Capability

We have established our villain, we have given him some character, now we need to start looking at what makes them loom large over the audience, in terms of the power or abilities they have, their willingness to use these … Continue reading

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Review: Shimmer Lake, The Farthest, Headshot

Another series of short reviews this week, with the latter two viewed during the Audi Dublin International Film Festival earlier this year. Shimmer Lake Trailer On Friday a disgraced former public prosecutor Andy Sikes (Rainn Wilson) is shot dead while on … Continue reading

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The Villain Checklist: Justification

In most kinds of stories, we know who the hero is. We know this because the hero is generally the main character, and is generally easy to spot relative to the bad guy. The hero is trying to stop nefarious … Continue reading

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Review: Wonder Woman

Wonder Woman Trailer I could, in this introduction, talk about how DC and its “DCEU” is treading water, critically at least, with Patty Jenkins’ Wonder Woman in the unenviable position of needing to right the ship. I could talk about … Continue reading

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Review: War Machine

War Machine Trailer     Two weeks on, and we’re back with Netflix’ second Middle-eastern war based offerings. Unlike Sand Castle however, War Machine is very much looking at the big picture, and what could be bigger, when it came … Continue reading

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The Villain Checklist: Consistency

Character is everything in stories, in my opinion. You can have the most thrilling plot imaginable, the most dazzling special effects, the most triumphant score, but if you don’t have the characters, for the audience to root for, hiss against … Continue reading

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Review: Sand Castle

Sand Castle Trailer The Iraq War is already proving itself to be an historical quandary, not even 15 years after it began. The war was, in the title of the best expose of its incompetent motivation and planning, a fiasco of … Continue reading

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