Love Actually (Classically Lacking)

Classically Lacking is a series where I tackle classics which have passed me by and pass judgement on them. Have they held up? Are they worth revisiting? This week, I'm taking on a Christmas classic in a genre I - stereotypically - know little about: the Rom Com. On the latest episode of Mark Kermode… Continue reading Love Actually (Classically Lacking)

A Christmas Carol

Photo by Hide Obara on Unsplash In 1843 Charles Dickens read a government report on the employment of women and children, and he was sickened to see the extent to which these people were being subjected to horrific work for equally horrifically lapse pay. To him, they were - in the words of biographer, professor, and all-around Dickens… Continue reading A Christmas Carol

The King of Comedy

With Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman soon to be upon us I figured now would be as good a time as any to feature ol' Marty on Classically Lacking. With Joker still so near in my rear view, there was really only one film to be chosen. The King of Comedy. Released in 1983 to positive… Continue reading The King of Comedy

Frankenstein

Here we are on Hallows Eve, and I’m taking on a really classic classic in celebration. It is a story that we all know, or a story that we all think we know at the very least. In the afterglow of having actually read the book for myself, I can say most certainly that I… Continue reading Frankenstein

Night of the Living Dead

There was a time not so long ago when the world was infected with zombie madness. I’m thinking between the mid-noughties to the early tens, starting roughly with Zack Snyder's Dawn of the Dead remake and Shaun of the Dead in 2004 all the way to World War Z in 2013 (which also saw the… Continue reading Night of the Living Dead

The Shining

It's Halloween week. For the most part I really don't care about that, sorry, but as you may already know I am using it as an excuse to expand my horror knowledge by getting in to some classic genre fiction. Yesterday I went cult, today I'm going full blown mainstream blockbuster horror writing. It could… Continue reading The Shining

Suspiria (1977)

Classically Lacking is a series of reviews where I tackle some so-called-classics which have passed me by and make an argument either for or against going back and taking them on if you've missed them too, because who has time these days? You know how many shows Netflix has? And I don't mean Friends I… Continue reading Suspiria (1977)

Super Mario Maker 2

The reason why I wanted to give Super Mario Maker 2 a go is because of Super Mario Maker. Seems obvious, but I actually never played that first game. I can't even really say I'm that much of a Mario guy, I've missed most core iterations of the franchise. I liked Super Mario Maker without… Continue reading Super Mario Maker 2