Author: Claire Napier

Back to Earth 2049: How Red Dwarf Did Blade Runner Better

Back when I reviewed Blade Runner 2049 (2017), I expressed the opinion that the whole thing would have worked better and been received with greater tenderness if it had been a lower-budget miniseries. Having bought and watched Red Dwarf: Back to Earth (2009) I find myself unexpectedly vindicated. I never planned to watch Back to Earth. Having been around a television in 2009 and subject to the viewing of trailers, I thought it looked embarrassing: thawed out corpses being jerked around for adult-baby viewers who just want something more of the familiar. Red Dwarf finished in 1999; on for...

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The Holiday Is a Christmas Movie That Skips Christmas

Amazon sent me an email about Christmas films now-available on Prime. Watch The Holiday, it said! Okay I will, at literally any excuse! said I. And I did. The oddest thing about The Holiday, as a Christmas pick, is that it skips Christmas Day. It’s odd when you watch it— not the “well Christmas just happened, in the background” of Ghostbusters 2 or Die Hard or…whatever, but an almost perverse denial of aesthetic climax. Here’s a bunch of festive imagery! Here’s a Christmas Eve party! Oh back to normal life? Okay. Ooh, get ready for New Year’s Eve! Then...

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Brave Is Cowardly

How many men are in Brave? Ten billion. How many women are in Brave? Six. How many women have goals in Brave? Two. What does the third woman do? Appear once: “I’m not a witch. Okay I am. Pay me. Here’s a spell. leave.” Appear again, as a magical holograph answering machine. Add nothing. What does the fourth woman do? Exist as a narratively stupid cleavage-conveyance obstacle we laugh at and are exasperated with. Allow the audience to ignore their regressive laughter at a big-titty bimbo, by being fat and old and plain and frumpy. Kiss the hypermasculine hunk...

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Logan: Who Needed It? Me

The film Logan moved me emotionally, because everything about it was wrong. I don’t mean contrary to canon; I don’t mean, “He would never do that; how dare they.” Everything in Logan was wrong in that everything happening was something that, should he do it, would make him unhappy. This is the darkest timeline–everything was “wrong” in how miserable it told me he was, must be, would have to be to exist as both the Logan I know and the Logan I was viewing. I say “the Logan I know.” I have read a lot of X-Men and spent...

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Blade Runner 2049: Why Make a Sequel to Blade Runner?

Blade Runner 2049 Denis Villeneuve (director), Joe Walker (editor), Roger Deakins (cinematographer) Extrapolated at length from Philip K. Dick by Hampton Fancher and Michael Green Released October 3rd (US), October 4th (Belgium), October 5th (UK) Disclaimer: This review contains spoilers for Blade Runner and Blade Runner 2049. At no point preceding my viewing of Blade Runner 2049 did I understand the reason anybody would make a Blade Runner sequel. My perspective, after viewing, remains unchanged. Blade Runner does not have a good story. It barely has a story. It’s a cinematic poem, a mood piece, an #aesthetic. Poetry can have...

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