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  1. September 2016: The Third Rail

    The Third Rail.

    Bartlet: …the third rail of American politics. Touch it, and you die.
    Toby: That's 'cause the third rail's where all the power is.
    - The West Wing S05, E12:– ‘Slow News Day’.
    There was a discussion in BoLS Lounge about the idea of a 40K film, and one forum poster said this: ‘The Grimdark needs to be embraced rather shied away from. Any Hollywood PC tinkering will turn it into a joke, think Dredd rather than Judge Dredd.’

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  2. August 2016: Why I Only Really Buy Games Workshop’s Products.

    Due to unforseen circumstances, this month's column comes to you a few days earlier than planned. My apologies for this. Next month's will be back to the usual time of the first Sunday of the month.

    Why I Only Really Buy GW Products, And How I’d Prefer It If That Was Not The Case.

    “You do know wrestling’s fake, don’t you?”

    As long-term readers may be aware, I am a massive fan of wrestling. Last month, I was told that you can’t be an adult fan of wrestling;
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  3. July 2016 - Humanity Wears Many Hats

    Humanity Wears Many Hats



    It’s only short. But, assuming you can look past the fact it was filmed on a budget that consisted of whatever change was in J. Michael Straczynski’s pockets that day, it’s one of the thousand moments that means seminal 90’s sci-fi series Babylon 5 is still a watershed of quality sci-fi television.

    For those of you who’ve never enjoyed B5’s overarching ‘Star Trek vs. The Imperium vs
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  4. June 2016 - On Maturity

    ’Hey, look at this. It’s called ‘Akira’… And it’s a cartoon. How can it be 15 certificate?’

    I was in my teens when anime ‘first’ made its way to the UK. I say first, but honestly, we’d all grown up with ‘Dogtanian and the Three Muskehounds’ so any child of the 80’s who’d grown up with Philip Schofield and the Broom Cupboard already had a fairly solid idea about what it was. No, what I mean was that the very first ‘adult’ anime had made it to UK shores.

    There were only
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  5. May 2016 - Captain America Needs To Die

    Or: The Problem Of Merchandise

    So Captain America is my favourite character in the MCU. Has been ever since I saw ‘The First Avenger’, and honestly? He may achieved the unthinkable and overtaken Punisher as my favourite Marvel character. It’s weird; normally I’m all about the GRIMDARK, but Cap… In a cultural landscape where every other character is cynical, consumed by manpain, or frankly insane, there’s something really refreshing about a protagonist who isn’t. I love the idea that
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  6. April 2016 - John McClane’s Feet Are More Dramatic Than An Eldar Wraithknight.

    John McClane’s Feet Are More Dramatic Than An Eldar Wraithknight.

    Hello and welcome to this month's TL;DR. This month: on embracing your weaknesses.

    "Karl: Schieß dem Fenster..."

    When ‘Die Hard’ was released in 1988, it brought about an almost total paradigm shift in how action films were presented. Until John McClane, the action heroes hidden inside the sacred, filth-encrusted VHS boxes my brother and I rented from the Tudor Wine Merchants
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  7. March 2016 - The Definitive Warhammer 40,000 Film List

    The Definitive Warhammer 40,000 Recommended Film List

    Hello again. It's the first Sunday of the month, which means it's time for another TL;DR. This month, I’m going to be looking at some films you might enjoy.

    Christ alive but I miss ’Vampire: The Masquerade’

    My background is in cultural and arts criticism, and not just because it was what I was good at during my time at school. As long-time readers of my blog may have noticed, I love looking at works
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  8. Feb 2016 - Zombies, Klendathu and The Absurdly Violent Intergalactic Space Fungus

    Zombies, Klendathu and The Absurdly Violent Intergalactic Space Fungus.

    I remember the first time I tried to properly read the Bible. I lay down in bed, cracked open Genesis, and just ploughed in there. The stories seemed fun enough, and a lot of the ideas are certainly interesting. (Genesis 3:22 has always been a favourite little curiosity of mine...)

    But the genealogies…

    I can never manage the genealogies. Where Abraham was the father of Isaac, Isaac
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  9. Jan 2016 - A Barely-Commented Upon Evil

    A Barely-Commented Upon Evil
    Or,
    Tau Are Just The Worst.

    “I hate this. It’s rubbish; not even real. Who even likes reading about things that aren’t real?”

    One of my years 10s was enjoying studying Stave Three of ‘A Christmas Carol’ about as much as a trepanation. I could have told her that she needed to in order to pass her GCSE English and thus gain access to those employment opportunities that remain forever locked to the illiterate… But I’d already
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  10. December 2015 - Why Are There So Many Skulls On Everything?

    Why Are There So Many Skulls?
    or,
    Why Do They Always Send The Poor?


    WARNING: this article contains spoilers for ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’; make sure you watch the film before you read this.

    Not even joking, stop doing everything and go watch it. You won’t regret your choice.


    Dane and The Devil

    If, like me, you’re old as balls, there’s a good chance that you’ve read seminal 90’s comic ‘The Invisibles’. Dating from the time
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    Updated 12-06-2015 at 05:48 AM by YorkNecromancer

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