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Why Jessica Jones Season Two Doesn’t (Quite) Work

I didn’t write about the first season of Jessica Jones. There were lots of reasons for that, but the biggest one was because the show felt so personal to me: as I wrote about Lady Bird a few weeks ago, it’s hard to really take a critical look at something that feels as though it’s so tied up in you as a person. And that’s a compliment to the show. It’s hard to think of the last time a run of episodes felt so gallingly specific, to the point where I just can’t take a look at the show on it’s strengths and weaknesses because it felt like jamming a finger into some raw part of my own brain and sloshing it back and forth a bit.

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Movie Review: You Were Never Really Here

As brutal as it is brilliant, Lynne Ramsay’s latest is the best movie of the year so far.

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Riverdale S2E14: The Hills Have Eyes

Well, we’re back after the break with an episode that’s more weird than good – but hey, since the show is focused in on it’s four leads this week (Betty, Veronica, Artie, and Jughead) as they all head up to Lodge Lodge in the woods for a romantic weekend away, let’s break this down and take a look at each of our central quartet, one by one. Starting with, of course, Archie.

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American Crime Story S2E7: Ascent


With a run as good as the one this season of American Crime Story has been on, there’s always going to be an episode that doesn’t stick the way the rest of them do. And this week’s outing, Ascent, is precisely that.

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UnREAL S3E2: Shield

Now,  I know that UnREAL (God, that stylised title is already getting exhausting to type) can’t spend all of it’s third season promising us that it knows what it did wrong in it’s second like it did last week, and I don’t want it to. At some point it has to strike out and be it’s own thing, and this second episode, Shield, is certainly an attempt at that.

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American Crime Story Recaps S2E6: Descent

The world owes Andrew Cunanan. And he’s here to collect.

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Oscar Season: Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

A timely movie explores the cycles of violence that poison communities, and searches for a way out of them.

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Movie Review: Black Panther

Better late than never- here’s my take on Marvel’s best movie in years!

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UnREAL Recaps S3E1: Oath

So, I have a slightly…fractious relationship with UnREAL. I think it’s best summed up in this article, that I wrote after the end of season two a couple of years ago, but if you want the tl;dr, a show that was ostensibly about the goings-on behind the scenes of a Bachelor-esque reality show and the grotesquely nightmarish manipulation exacted on the hapless contestants by the staff lost sight of it’s meta-ness and became too wrapped up in it’s own drama (and major restructuring in UnREAL’s writers room led to some scrappy, messy plots and arcs to boot). But I still think the first series is brilliant and I adore both Constance Zimmer and Shiri Appleby, who play showrunner Quinn and producer Rachel respectively, so when season three rolled around, I knew I had to give it a go.

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