Articles

This section is a space for film writing that hasn't been published by other outlets. The subject is not always science fiction, but most of the time about the relationship between film and technology.

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Awake could have been so much more

Mark Raso’s Awake has many interesting ideas and potential plotlines, but too few of them are explored to satisfaction.

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Oxygen offers expertly crafted single‑space suspense

The revelations keep coming until the very end in Alexandre Aja’s claustrophobic and surprisingly transhumanist sci‑fi mystery Oxygen.

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Stowaway is mesmerising but leaves one big question unanswered

Joe Penna’s sci-fi survival drama Stowaway is an intimate and captivating study of cosmic remoteness and the meaning of sacrifice.

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What Voyagers teaches us about societal control

Fear and impulse undermine humanity’s chances at survival in Neil Burger’s space epic Voyagers, a story about the dangers of confining the mind and the illusion of control.

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Infinitum: Subject Unknown – a sinister take on many-worlds quantum mechanics

Infinitum: Subject Unknown weaves a story-driven, imaginative quantum mystery from equal parts escape rooms and time loops.

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The far-reaching world of The Wanting Mare

The equine fantasy tale The Wanting Mare, the first feature by Nicholas Ashe Bateman, aims for the immense and boundless.

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Say it with a scent – a brief history of fragrant cinema

From rose water to scratch cards, follow along for the story of how the film industry tried and failed at making scented cinema a thing.

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Meeting your maker – cyborghood, existentialism and gender in Blade Runner

An exploration of robotic identity in Blade Runner based on my master’s thesis on cyborgs in film and television.

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Machine lust and mindsets in Electric Dreams

Stemming from the tech-enthusiasm of Electric Dreams (1984), the intersection of modern technology and its disintegration is examined by free association.

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Chasing an instant of death

Regarding “natural” and “unnatural” deaths on film, a short analysis of what we might find between the frames.