Author: Charlie Phair

Call me Ishmael, or Charlie, some people even call me Chaz for short. Some years ago - never mind how long precisely- having little or no money in my purse, I started writing things on the internet. I thought I would write about movies and video games and see where it took me. It didn't take me anywhere really. But I enjoy the process none the less.

Macbeth – sound, fury and tragedy

When it comes to Shakespeare, every generation must have their definitive adaptation of the classic core texts. Macbeth is perhaps Shakespeare’s most revered tragedy, a timeless parable about the corruptive influence of power, self delusion and evil incarnate. In today’s climate of wealth disparity, frequent acts of terrorism and the inflation of the personal ego via social media this is… Read more →

The Martian – I still think we should have just left him there…

Sir Ridley Scott is celebrated as a visionary director with films like Alien, Bladerunner and Gladiator under his belt. Over the last ten years, Scott has been extremely busy creating many films of different genres. Whilst these films are impressive in terms of scale and vision, they have been somewhat underwhelming in other dimensions, namely through bad writing, irregular plot holes… Read more →

And God created Terminator Genisys

Genesis. That’ll do it. Terminator 5 would remind audiences that there was a Terminator 3 and 4. If you want to attach some kind of bullshit word to the nth instalment of your long past sell by date franchise, it might as well be Genesis. It’s big and biblical and implies new beginnings, and more importantly more sequels! “You mean… Read more →

Calm and Curious for Fast and Furious

Car’s can’t fly. A line early on in Furious 7 eludes to this concrete truth. The fundamental laws of physics determine the stone cold reality that cars cannot fly. It’s a deeply saddening truth, but real life is like that sometimes. Flying cars have always been a fantasy in mankind’s far flung Jetsons styled future. Luckily we have cinema, where the same… Read more →

Age of Banter – A favourable review of Avengers: Age of Ultron

There is that moment in the first Avengers movie, in which all the superheroes come together in New York City to fight off legions of disposable alien baddies in one long glorious shot. It isn’t actually one long shot, more a number of shots chained together through clever use of computer generated effects, but it is still exhilarating to watch none the… Read more →

Neill Blomkamp whips out his Chappie and it’s not pretty.

First of all, let us take a moment to bask in the magnificence of that headline.  In science fiction, storylines involving AI, robotics and/or transhumanism usually lead to an exploration into the deep philosophical and existential questions of what it means to be human and how far machinery can go before it becomes consciousness. It feeds into the ultimate question surrounding the… Read more →

COD: Advanced Warfare – Malkovich Mode – The Phair Deuce

The Phair Deuce is a new feature on that seeks to examine only the best parts of video gaming.  You may have missed it. The words ‘Malkovich Mode’ in tiny font in between the Public Match and League Play of the Multiplayer menu of Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare. Even the more hardcore COD player could miss it, but Advanced… Read more →