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The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina: Testing Goodness and the American Family

The Netflix series comes from the 1990s programme Sabrina The Teenage Witch. It is slightly tainted by Hollywood obsessive market segmentation which dictates specific styles and motifs to appeal to specific demographics; yet this Sabrina is really not for young … Continue reading

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Breaking Bad – The Puritan American Dream & the Family

Breaking Bad is one of those rare series that understands character development. The series is about Walter White (Bryan Cranston), a chemistry teacher, who discovers he has cancer and starts making top-notch meth. This is initially to cover his health … Continue reading

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Chef – Food, Class, and Salvation in America

Chef is an insipid comedy stuffed with movie stars but no bite. Carl Casper (Jon Favreau) is the head chef at a posh restaurant in California. He’s frustrated by the restaurant owner’s imposition of classical dishes, which stifles his creativity. … Continue reading

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The Babadook – the ‘horror’ of parenting and social conventions

(This was first published on Wales Art Review, available here) More than a horror, Babadook is a tale of a woman’s sense of inadequacy before society’s conventions and expectations. Australian director, Jennifer Kent, reinterprets F.W. Murnau’s Nosferatu (1922) to give … Continue reading

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House of Cards – Power & American Values

The first series of the American House of Cards translates rather well the homonymous British mini-series with the splendid Ian Richardson. Spacey’s House of Cards is more polished and more ironic. Kevin Spacey pontificating to camera while having sex is priceless. The second … Continue reading

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Once Upon a Time – the sanctity of the family

American TV constructs the family as the ultimate value. You can mistreat people, maim them and kill them, but once you get in touch with your inner parent you are redeemed and you’re just one step away from being a … Continue reading

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