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Dalvin Aboagye

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One of the most eye catching science fiction shows to burst onto the scene in past few years belongs to the dystopian anthology Black Mirror. With a self-contained collection of seven well-crafted episodes, the British show managed to make a name for itself as a worthy successor to classics like The Twilight Zone (1959) and The Outer Limits (1995). With the talents and insights of its creator Charlie Brooker, Black Mirror managed to revive the spirit of the genre by prioritizing speculation over spectacle. Despite finding a new home on Netflix, the show still manages to be both thrilling and thought provoking with a stunning six-episode third season. As it did on its original run on British television network E4, each episode of season three introduces us to new cautionary tales revolving around our relationship with technology in the near distant future. Black Mirror holds nothing back with its warnings…

It’s no secret that the past few years at the box office have been dominated by superhero and fantasy films. As a result, there’s been a bit of backlash as to whether or not we should celebrate or condemn this trend. Little to no experimentation, a lack of originality, you name it. The opposing arguments will be the same in any think piece you’ll find floating around about the subject. Nowhere is the largely negative impact of this shift felt more than in the genre that has always been on the fringes: horror. The most recent crop of thrillers have been nothing but disappointing, to say the least. Historically, horror/thriller films have always been on the cheaper side of things, making it the home of ideas that usually border on campy than high brow. The current need to compete with larger fan fare has lead to convoluted CG-infused messes only…