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The Fifth Year: How to Get Away with Meh

How Not to Get Away with Murder

I wrote last year about How to Get Away with Murder and, well, I was pretty bloody excited about it then. And I stand by that! The mid-season finale, the one where the show killed off it’s main character, Wes Gibbins (Alfred Enoch), is still one of the most effectively shocking and mind-bogglingly memorable moments in recent small-screen memory. But the second half of the season left something to be desired, with ridiculous plot machinations in order to avoid incriminating one of the other main characters in Wes’ death and having to get rid of them too, and now, with the show returning for a fourth season, it’s becoming clear that while the show made a brave and bold choice in killing off it’s leading character, there’s a reason that other shows don’t do it too – and that’s because it just might not work.

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American Horror Story Recaps: 11/9

Alright, so let’s talk about Evan Peters.

I didn’t have much to say about him in my recap of last season because, well, there wasn’t a lot to say about him. He was barely in it, and his character/s just weren’t up to much. But this season – and 11/9, this week’s episode, in particular – he’s front and centre and the show is soaring because of it.

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Carrie Recaps: Part Three

And we’re back (slightly late) – welcome to another recap of Stephen King’s Carrie. Have you guys been reading along? Oh, and speaking of reading Stephen King’s work, I just picked up his new novella Gwendy’s Button Box with Richard Chizmar; anyone read it? Is it worth a look, or should I just reread The Stand for the dozenth time instead?

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American Horror Story Recaps: Neighbors from Hell

This fucking show, man. I swear, every time I write a bad review (like last week), it comes back with an episode packed to the gills with reminders as to what it was I loved so much about American Horror Story in the first place.

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Bojack Horseman and the Legacy of Misogyny

“Man hands on misery to man/It deepens like a coastal shelf/ Get out as early as you can/And don’t have any kids yourself”. If there’s any quote that sums up the latest season of the inimitable Bojack Horseman, it’s the final lines of Philip Larkin’s This Be The Verse – an indictment of inherited misery and the way pain echoes down generations of a single family. But more than that, season four of everyone’s favourite depressive show about an ex-sitcom star who’s more horse than man (or is he more man than a horse?) is a tirade against historical misogyny – and how it, above all else, has inflicted horrendous physical and emotional pain on three generations of the lead character’s family. Spoilers for season four ahead.

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Carrie Recaps: Part Two

First off, thank you so much to everyone who read the first recap last week and offered their support, comments, or interpretations and experiences with Carrie; it’s awesome to know that people are as excited about this as I am, and it’s been really informative to hear other people’s takes on the character of Carrie and the book in general. Without further ado, on with the next recap!

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American Horror Story Recaps: Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark

All is not well in American suburbia. But when is it ever?

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Carrie Recaps: Part One

So, a few things.

The housekeeping first: yes, I am recapping a new book and yes, I haven’t yet finished Fifty Shades Freed. But, as I’m sure you can tell from my last couple of recaps, my heart hasn’t really been in those awful books for a while. I really can’t overstate how depressing, boring, and truly terrible EL James’ books are and frankly, I need a little bit of a break before I get over the final hump. I will go back to them (hopefully by the start of 2018), but for now, I need something new, something that I don’t actively dread doing. If you want to catch up on my other Fifty Shades recaps, you can find them here. ┬áMore importantly, let’s get on to the fun stuff: my new recapping adventure.

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Movie Review: It

When was the last time you were really scared?

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American Horror Story Recaps: Election Night

I was watching the latest episode of American Horror Story, season seven’s premier titled Election Night, taking in the sight of Evan Peters pissing generously into a rapidly-ballooning condom that dominates the entire frame while gruntingly singing a bastardised verison of “La Cucaracha” and let out a sigh. Well, we’re back.

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