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Struggling with sci-fi

I know I shouldn’t really write this here – I suspect a few sci-fi fans on this course – but I’m struggling to bring myself to view – let alone write about – some of the more sci-fi-ish films.

On an abstract level, I totally get the idea that genre fiction can do “big themes”. For [...]

Girlfriend in a coma, or why Worldbuilder is more about pornography than Internet is for porn

Second thoughts on Worldbuilder – actually a very depressing film about male desire.

Here’s the narrative, such as it is: man creates cyber world for girlfriend/would-be girlfriend; girlfriend/would-be girlfriend gambols delightedly though idealised cyber dreamworld, observed, without her knowing it, by her admirer/lover, until called back to the reality of the intensive care ward.

The flower has [...]