Space Sweepers movie review – Korean science fiction

Dan Wild

Space Sweepers, directed by Jo Sung-hee, is probably Korea’s first venture into blockbuster science fiction film. Much of Korean TV contains fantasy elements, so sci-fi isn’t too great a leap into the unknown. The preview is full of visual eye candy. And across the full two and half hours Space Sweepers does not fail to …

Record of Ragnarok review of Season 1

Dan Wild

Many of us dream of seeing showdowns between ultimate sporting legends, like a matchup between Don Bradman and Curtly Ambrose in cricket, or Muhammed Ali versus Mike Tyson. Or how about Fangio, Senna, Schumacher and Hamilton all lining up on the F1 grid? Maybe it’s impossible to compare eras, with their different techniques and technologies …

Netflix Lupin review, with notes on French culture

Dan Wild

Omar Sy stars as Assane Diop, son of African immigrant Babakar, who is betrayed by an influential businessman. Babakar Diop (Fargasse Asandé), accused of theft, is imprisoned and ends his life in a cell, unable to live through the loss of face. But not before he introduces Assane to Maurice Leblanc, creator of the Arsene …

Another Life review – Netflix science fiction original

Dan Wild

I knew I’d seen Captain Niko Brekinridge somewhere before. Her feistiness reminded me a little of Claire Danes as Carrie Mathison in Homeland. Even when the end credits rolled after the first episode I couldn’t place Katee Sackhoff, despite knowing the name: it’s been almost 15 years since I farewelled the Battlestar Galactica and Starbuck. As Captain …

Wu Assassins review – Netflix fantasy original

Dan Wild

Miniseries started flourishing in the 1950s. Now Netflix is breathing new life into the genre. I’m not a fan of spoilers. But I’ll reveal that this series is 10 episodes. The length of a miniseries generally varies from five to fifteen episodes, 25 to 45 minutes in length. Producers have the flexibility to develop plot and …