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Russell’s final Oscar picks

At last the big night is finally upon us. Just like last year, I offered a set of predictions totally blind and without the benefit (such as it is) of having  seen any of the nominated films and prior to any of the preceding predictor awards.  Having now seen all of the latter (but still…

Anita Sarkeesian and the Damsel in Distress Trope

In early 1986 Nintendo released the action-adventure video game The Legend of Zelda, and when I, a geeky eight-year-old, first got my hands on a NES controller and, with the press of a few buttons, took the sword from the grammatically-challenged old man in the cave, my gaming life changed forever. Even at eight, though,…