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Some Shows to get you through the final stages of lockdown

If recent press conferences are to be believed and everything goes to plan, we will finally be out of lockdown in June.  Will you be able to look back and ...
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The Matrix 4? Who cares?

Apparently there’s a new Matrix film on the horizon (probably swishing slowly into view now as they iron out the glitches).  My question is who cares?  The Original matrix arrived ...
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Sure, Say Anything About Grosse Point Blank

Bored of the current crop of superhero franchises I’ve decided to create my own trilogy narrative using older films starring the same actor.  It brings a whole new light to ...
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Is Ghostbusters 2 a Christmas film?

It’s rare for a film that was released in the month of June to be talked about as a Christmas film, but Ghostbusters 2 is an exception. Released the 16th ...
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What Are The Top Ten Stephen King Books?

Stephen King, an American author of contemporary horror, suspense, science fiction, and fantasy is one of my all time favourite authors. His books have sold more than 350 million copies ...
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Top 10 Stephen King Film Adaptations

We seem to have been pummeled by Stephen King film adaptations since the late the 1970’s, if I’m honest most are terrible. Being an avid fan of Stephen King’s writing, ...
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The legend of “See You Next Wednesday”

See You Next Wednesday began as a recurring gag for film director John Landis. He took the line from the 1968 classic 2001: A Space Odyssey, where it is the ...
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LOCKDOWN SPECIAL: WHAT TO WATCH ON 4OD (A-Z)

Now after trawling through a lot of channels it is safe to say that Channel 4 OD has the widest selection of old and new film, anime and tv shows ...
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LOCKDOWN SPECIAL: WHAT TO WATCH ON ITV HUB (A-Z)

The Lockdown rolls on so we have trawled through the ITV Hub to save you the trouble and have found some film and TV gems that might make everything a bit ...
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Lockdown Special: What to watch on BBC iPlayer (A-Z)

As Lockdown continues we have sifted through BBC iPlayer to save you the trouble and have found some film and TV gems that might make everything a bit more bearable! ...
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Is Doctor Who Going to be Cancelled?

Back in July 2017 the BBC cast its first female Doctor. Whilst the then current Doctor, Peter Capaldi, had felt like a gift to the shows older fans; the casting ...
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1983 gives us the first lyric video via computer!

In 2020 lyric videos are so common place that the only shock is when they get all the words correct. In 1983 such an idea must have seemed so futuristic ...
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Remembering Leon: I want love… or death… that’s it!

Damaged people act differently to the rest of us. They are products of their experiences. Both Léon and Mathilda have experienced trauma and loss but find companionship after Léon opens ...
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The Degrassi Legacy and why it matters

In a time when the world was over exposed to glamorised American teenage dramas where teens were being played by thirty years olds a dramatic shift happened. The seeds of ...
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The legacy of Santa Claus: The Movie

Santa Claus: The Movie was supposed to be the holiday hit of 1985. Such was the confidence that farther and son producers Alexander and Ilya Salkind had managed to get ...
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The Rise of Skywalker – One 40 Something’s ‘Obsessed Fanboy’ pre-release thoughts…

No one likes an 'I told you so', so let's get the unpleasant bit out of the way. I told you so. Back in Feb 2018, whilst I was still ...
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Empire Records – What happened after Rex Manning Day?

When Empire Records was released in 1996 it captured the grunge vibe that many teens were going through at that time. "Damn the man - save the empire" we all ...
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Revisiting Avengers: Endgame

Avengers: Endgame has been out for some months now and as late as it is I have thoughts on the film as both a standalone and as a conclusion to ...
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Paul Darrow – Avon’s Calling

When I was a kid, there were three adults that made me tremble with fear whenever I saw them, First up is Darth Vader, no introduction needed.  Second was my ...
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Cult Faction Visits Val Verde

Hello fellow Factionites! My wife, two kids and I are currently visiting  Val Verde for the first time. While Val Verde may look like your stereotypical Latin American nation — ...
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A 40 something obsessed fan boy reflects on the new Star Wars trailer

Well, after the disappointment of Episode 8, I didn't expect to be this excited by the trailer for Episode 9, but hats off to Disney JJ and KK for at ...
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Not Another Terminator Movie!

Arnold Alois Schwarzenegger is 71, Yes The Terminator himself is now that same age as Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall. He always said he would be back, but now surely the ...
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Remembering Shane Rimmer – F.A.B.

It was very rare for an actor to acquire the accolade to be part of more than one film franchise, nowadays it's a lot easier, but back in the 60's ...
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Dreamer – A new kind of Superhero? Most definitely!

It was mentioned way back in January 2018 by Greg Berlanti, the creator and executive producer of Supergirl, that there was a lack of representation, in the Arrowverse, of a ...
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Doctor in Distress – Do you remember the Doctor Who charity single?

In 1985 the production of ‘Doctor Who’ was suspended for a year and rumours were circulating that the long running show would be cancelled. In response to this news songwriters ...
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Whatever happened to The Ex-Presidents?

In July 1991, Kathryn Bigelow’s Point Break arrived at the cinema and clashed with Terminator 2: Judgment Day's (directed by Bigelow's then husband, James Cameron). Whilst Terminator 2 would dominate, ...
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The Polar Express – A Christmas Horror!

Robert Zemeckis 2004 film ‘The Polar Express’ was in the main panned by critics on release and was not as successful as distributors Warner Brothers would have liked. It has ...
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Solo – One 40 Something’s ‘Obsessed Fanboy’ take on it all!

If you read my TLJ review on Cult Faction a while back, you'll already know I hated it with a passion and Solo has also already been reviewed on Cult ...
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How the Gameboy Advanced saved lives

It’s well documented that Nintendo’s Gameboy Advance is one of the most hackable consoles ever produced. With the right knowledge you could hack the console to run through an N64, ...
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I was there in 77, 80, and 83

A long time ago, in a Galaxy far, far away…… That sight is what greeted this 8-year-old lad as he sat in awe of the huge screen in front of ...
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Nein Kampff: Why Blade Runner is so overrated

Over the course of the history of the internet, now and then, someone has raised their head above the parapet and voiced the dangerous opinion that Blade Runner is an ...
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Aren’t you The Doctor? Where else can you see The Doctors?

Once a ‘Doctor’ always a ‘Doctor’, but as Christopher Eccleston is more than happy to tell you they have also done other things. Here are my recommendations on where else ...
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MTV taking a stab at Scream season 3….or not?

Reboots, spin-offs, and sequels all have a tendency to be judged quicker than fresh material, due to the reputation of the original looming in the back of the mind. This ...
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Brighton Beach Comic Con Preview

This April 7th ‘The Grand Hotel’ will become a haven for the nerdy as it hosts this year’s ‘Brighton Beach Comic Con’. Guest will include ‘Buck Rogers’ Gil Gerrard and ...
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The worst Doctor Who episode of the modern era?

With the exception of series 1 and 10 every season of Doctor Who has that one episode the fans don’t want to talk about. You know, watch once and then ...
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Star Wars – The Last Jedi – One 40 Something’s ‘Obsessed Fanboy’ take on it all!

Let's get this straight from the start.  I've seen TLJ a few times now and it IS a damn fine movie.  So why are so many people vehemently angry? I ...
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A Brief history of El Santo comic books

The El Santo comics were very popular in Mexico and all over Latin America for a few decades, beginning in 1952 when the issue first appeared. The first series lasted ...
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My Top 5 Lucha Films!

Assembling a Top 5 Lucha/Horror listing of these type of films is a very difficult task, because some of the better titles are not easy to find, but probably the ...
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A Brief History of “Lucha Libre” Films

After soccer, “lucha libre” is the second most popular sport in Mexico. Since its national prominence, the Mexican movie industry produced a genre of “lucha-hero” films, starring some of the ...
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Deck the Halls (2006)

The disturbing sexual undertones of Deck the Halls! ‘Deck the Halls’ is a 2006 Christmas comedy starring Danny DeVito and Matthew Broderick. It tells the tale of Buddy Hall (DeVito) ...
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Stranger Things = Netflix Karaoke!

Anyone who has ever entered their local pub looking for a quiet pint, only to be driven out of by a group of inebriated middle-aged divorcees crowded around a microphone ...
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Remembering the Amstrad GX4000

The GX4000 was Amstrad's short-lived attempt to enter the games console market. With a higher spec graphics card and more memory Amstrad saw the GX4000 as serious competition for Sega’s ...
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Doctor!!! No!!! Why Christmas is ruined!!!

I was so looking forward to Christmas. The tenth series of Doctor Who finished with an astonishing cliffhanger, revealing the First Doctor — played by Game of Thrones' David Bradley ...
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Netflix: Taking a stab at original horror films

Netflix originals are popping up left and right and seem to be making their way onto everyone’s must see lists. Shows like Stranger Things, Orange is the New Black, House ...
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Twin Peaks – Season 3: What we have learned so far…

At 2am on Monday the 22nd of May I raised my cup of Damn Fine Coffee and re-entered the realm of Twin Peaks. There was a deep humming noise. There ...
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As we say goodbye to Peter Capaldi…

Peter Capaldi has joined Steven Moffat in announcing that season ten will be his last full series of Doctor Who. As has become the tradition Capaldi will regeneration into the ...
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Who is Saw Gerrera?

Since the release of Rogue One people have been wanting to know more about the character Saw Gerrera (played in the movie by Forest Whitaker) - so we have dug deep into ...
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Gotham City Sirens becomes next handful of mud that hopefully sticks to a wall

Between Man of Steel, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Suicide Squad, and the upcoming Wonder Woman, DC could have introduced a number of female characters that at this point we ...
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Nic Cage: The Man, the Meme

Nicolas Cage named his son after Superman and once owned a castle. He’s been a sex symbol, an Oscar-winner and a punchline. A man from the school of acting where ...
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Who really were the N.W.A. in Hot Fuzz?

It was 2007 when director Edgar Wright dropped Hot Fuzz on us. The film was written by Wright and Simon Pegg and featured long time collaborator Nick Frost. It is ...
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How the Flash saved the DC Multiverse (on film and TV)!

Last week’s Flash episode “Welcome to Earth 2” (Season 2, Episode 13) has the potential to change the game for the DC Universe on the film and TV screen. No ...
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Why are Tarantino films so rubbish now?

There's a scene in the Wizard of Oz. Having killed the Wicked Witch of the West, Dorothy returns to the Emerald City. The Wizard delays her request to grant her well-deserved reward ...
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The Doctor Who Christmas Specials Top 10

With the eleventh Doctor Who Christmas Special of the modern era this year I thought it’d be a good time to count down the previous ten. I’ve decided to not ...
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The Future is Overrated – Why ‘Back to the Future’ is Average at Best!

Everyone loves ‘Back to the Future’ don't they? But be honest, you've been conditioned to like this film. Hello? Hello? Anybody home? Do you think it’s really a good movie ...
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The Cult of Everything

The other day, for no good reason, I started to watch Avatar. This in itself was unusual, because I have always found the success of the film to be a phenomenon ...
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Iron Man – The Worst Avenger?

Iron Man has a cool suit. But that’s it. If you took the suit away he's just a cocky rich arse, a crap Batman without the pathos. He’s smarmy and ...
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Backing a losing force – Why J.J. Abrahams should have stuck with Star Trek

Do you think Star Wars was great? Sorry to break it to you, but it’s actually a big pile of pump. Not the prequel trilogy, not the original films, not ...
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What ever happened to Bill and Ted’s Excellent History Presentation?

Back in 1989 two dudes known as Bill S. Preston Esq. (Alex Winter) and Ted "Theodore" Logan (Keanu Reeves) - together they were known as Wyld Stalyns -  needed to ...
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Are Superhero franchises killing cinema?

Alan Partridge: Right, OK. Shoestring, Taggart, Spender, Bergerac, Morse. What does that say to you about regional detective series? Tony Hayers: There's too many of them? Alan Partridge: That's one ...
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Marvel Vs Those that own their film rights – The real reason for Secret Wars?

With all the chatter regarding Secret Wars it is easy to get caught up in the hype that surrounds it. Looking deeper though it would seem that perhaps Marvel had ...
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What does it mean to be a “Gamer”?

I say to people I am a gamer, and to me being a gamer means spending at least 3 hours a day with a mouse and keyboard or controller in ...
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Our Top 5 Cult Moments of 2014

It's been a big year folks. Over here at Cult Faction we decided to bring you out top 5 CULT moments of the year. These are moments that had us ...
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Star Wars: Plot holes, timeline issues and inconsistencies created by The Prequel Trilogy! Part 1…No 4… No 1!

With Star Wars Episode VII just around the corner, I thought it would be a nice idea to look back over the original classics, as well as the hugely debated ...
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Retro Gaming: The Nintendo 64

With the 64 bits power of Nintendo 64, players can explore breathtaking 3D worlds that explode with colour, dance with real-time lighting effects and light up your ears with CD-quality ...
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Retro Gaming: The Game Boy – Handheld Gaming Begins!

The Game Boy is an 8-bit handheld video game device developed and manufactured by Nintendo. It was released in Japan on April 21, 1989, in North America in August 1989, ...
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Retro Gaming: The SNES – “I’m SUPER now!”

First brought to Europe in 1992, the Super Nintendo Entertainment System blew gamers away with visuals and gameplay that dragged videogames into a spectacular new era. The Super Nintendo features ...
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Crossguard Lightsabre – Why the fuss?

With the recent Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer the internet has gone crazy about the crossguard lightsaber. Well I know the expanded universe has been put on the shelf ...
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Have you heard The Wilhelm Scream?

Have you heard The Wilhelm Scream? The answer is 'Yes, probably'. In fact, if you’ve seen Star Wars, Lord of the Rings and/or Indiana Jones, then undoubtedly you will have heard ...
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What To Watch Next: The Knick

Period dramas have become a popular genre of late with series such as Downton Abbey and The Borgia’s grabbing big audiences. The Knick however is a a  period drama that ...
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My Top 5 Christmas movies…

With December almost upon us I thought I share my five favourite Christmas films... #5: Scrooged / Dir: Richard Donner / 1988 A 1980s ‘greed is good’ take on the ...
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Who are The Inhumans?

We all know about Marvel’s current urgency to make The Inhumans the centre of their universe. It is clear to see that with the upcoming rebranding of Scarlet Witch and ...
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The Mystery of Morley Cigarettes

Morley is a fictional brand of cigarettes that has appeared in various television shows, films, and even video games that otherwise have no connection to each other. The iconic, fictional ...
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What is A113?

One imagines there are many secrets contained within the corridors of Disney. Was Walt really cryogenically frozen? Just who was responsible for 'Treasure Planet'? How come Donald Duck doesn't wear pants? One thing we ...
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Can The Flying Nun save Spiderman?

We all want SONY to just give Spiderman back but we know they wont. The Amazing Spiderman wasn't a bad start but they followed it up with the biggest clusterf**k ...
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Genesis of the Doctor

Darker is a word that is thrown at every sequel within a teen fantasy movie franchise. It started with Harry Potter, continued with Twilight and is currently being used to ...
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What makes a video game a classic?

In this blog I will be running through the Classics, but before we go there, we have to know a few things first. To understand what makes a game a ...
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