Author Archives: Josh W

About Josh W

A Catholic; an occasional writer.

“Father…let us embrace!”

As I’ve detailed somewhat on this blog, I love Arthurian romance and medieval literature more generally. This has not translated into a love for modern pop cultural adaptations thereof. John Boorman’s 1981 flick Excalibur didn’t exactly seem like a promising … Continue reading

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Yet another dorky FF fanboy post

Back in 2015 near the start of my re-rediscovery of JRPGs, I wrote a ridiculously long post on Final Fantasy XII. Somehow I even managed to weave Charles Norris Cochrane’s analysis of the fall of the Roman Empire and the … Continue reading

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BTT Manga Roundup

I’m back at Beneath the Tangles again, this time talking about manga. Aside from video games, my experiences with Japanese pop culture recently have centred around manga; picking up drawing as a hobby has led to a renewed interest in … Continue reading

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Understanding Sanic

Of all the platformers originating from my childhood days, Sonic the Hedgehog seems to have won my contemporary interest almost by default: not owning a nintendo console since the N64 days has effectively kept Mario away from me, Capcom has … Continue reading

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In which I receive a prestigious award

Medieval Otaku has recently bequeathed me yet another one of these award things. The rules seem pretty familiar: Thank the person that nominated you and leave a link to their blog Share 7 facts about yourself Nominate at most 15 … Continue reading

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I take back everything I said AAA gaming is terrible

I don’t like The Witcher 3. It’s a shame, because the thing is one of the most technically impressive games I’ve seen and has gotten a billion awards and rave reviews. But it also gathers together some tendencies in pop … Continue reading

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Suns, long and short

For the past few months I’ve worked my way through Gene Wolfe’s Book of the Short sun, only recently finishing the final volume, and thus finally wrapping up his whole Solar Cycle which began with The Book of the New … Continue reading

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2001 coincidence

Are you getting tired of the Lynch posts? I promise this will likely be the last one for a bit, as even I’m feeling the need for a break now. Anyhow, having surveyed different films from across his career and … Continue reading

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Down the rabbit hole

So, as I’ve stated elsewhere here, I kinda really love Inland Empire – it’s one of those films that really gets at the heart of why I love movies in spite of being as close to an anti-movie as a … Continue reading

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Becoming a pretentious film snob with David Lynch

This seems as good a place as any to note that, upon re-watching Inland Empire, my opinion of the film has shifted considerably towards seeing it as a masterpiece – albeit an aggressively weird one. But I’m here to talk … Continue reading

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