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Clare O’Farrell’s blog on books, TV, films, Michel Foucault, universities etc. etc.

Warning spoilers My rating: * imdb link Watchmen has been on my ‘to view’ list since it first came out and I read the rave reviews and numerous comments to the effect that it was an intelligent superhero film for those who didn’t like superhero films. I am one of that number. I generally find …

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In Praise Of Love by Alain Badiou My rating: *** Badiou, Alain with Truong, Nicolas (2012) In Praise Of Love. Trans. Peter Bush, London: Serpent’s Tail I approached this short essay interview about the notion of love (as it is enacted between lovers) with caution. I was not expecting a 75 year old male philosopher …

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This is another piece from my defunct film website. Written way back in 1998, before science fiction fandom became ‘mainstream’ I first came across Sapphire and Steel, an obscure British science fiction series made in the early 1980s, while I was browsing through a mail order catalogue in the late 90s. I read the description: …

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Warning spoilers My rating: **** imdb link While on things vaguely religious, I thought I would post up another item from my now defunct film website. I originally wrote this review in 2002. I have made some very minor updates. Plot A New York doctoral student in philosophy, Kathleen (Lili Taylor), gets bitten by a …

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In 2002 I created a review website around the actor Christopher Walken, which was also home to some of my writings on science fiction television. I have decided to let this site lapse as it has been languishing for years without updates. I will be reposting some of its content on this blog. I originally …

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Warning spoilers My rating: *** imdb link Plot A 12 year old orphan (played by Asa Butterfield, who also appears as the young Mordred in the TV series Merlin) lives in the forgotten back corridors of the Gare Montparnasse in Paris in the early 1930s, maintaining the clocks of the railway station using skills he has …

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Cult TV: The Essential Critical Guide by Jon E. Lewis My rating: **** Jon E. Lewis, Cult TV: The Essential Critical Guide, Pavilion Books, 1994. I noticed a few months ago that Google appears to have acquired Goodreads, a social networking and book cataloguing site to which I subscribe. At least that is my explanation …

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