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February 2016

Elsewhere: My Letterboxd review of The Truth Commissioner

[Reblogged from my Letterboxd list](http://letterboxd.com/macdara/film/the-truth-commissioner/):

A premium brand idea let down by its Yellow Pack execution. The Truth Commissioner is brimming with plot and intrigue, shades of kitchen-sink drama and Le Carré-esque ambition. But with a mini-series worth of plot forced into 99 minutes, and far too much exposition and clichéd caricaturing to patch its bursting seams, it was never going to work.

Weeknotes #755-756

Week 755 brought a modest web article assignment and some freelance subediting (a nice bonus for a short month) that continued into the following week, leading into three straight production days, and the requisite subbing, layout and hair-pulling (a bit less of the latter than the last few deadline, though). But it began with a full day of film screenings, one of which was decent fodder for a review (and which I linked last week; I’m doing better!).


Elsewhere: My Letterboxd review of Deadpool

Reblogged from my Letterboxd list:

I think there’s been some misreading of Deadpool among local film critics, who appear to have watched it through the lens of ‘oh not another comic-book movie’ and allowed that to colour their take on its very deliberate schtick. I can’t even say I blame them, as such, because Deadpool is the very definition of a movie squarely aimed at fans, even more so than, say, The Force Awakens and its fan pandering at the expense of a better story, the difference here being that the titular anti-hero is an inside-baseball meta-creation – a comic-book character who knows he’s a comic-book character, constantly breaking kayfabe to address the reader and lampoon the tropes of the medium. If he wasn’t aimed at that audience, what would be the point?


Weeknotes #753-754

My did the last two weeks fly by with little to show for it. My work hours were off schedule again, which always throws things for a loop. And Daniel Bryan retired, casting a unexpected pall over proceedings. But I made the time to spend a day out with Bee in the city, write up a film review last weekend (that I remembered to link here this time) and join in the #MWE fun on Twitter.