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    The BFD Book Review: The Madness of Crowds

    Francis Forde Title: The Madness of Crowds: Gender, Race and IdentityAuthor: Douglas MurrayPublished: 2019Pages: 288 Douglas Murray’s book The Madness of Crowds is a much-needed social commentary in this time of great unreason. Bearing the subtitle ‘gender, race, and identity’...

    Movie Review: Color Out of Space

    Despite his posthumous renown as “the twentieth century's greatest practitioner of the classic horror tale”, the stories of H. P. Lovecraft have proved notoriously difficult to adapt for the screen. Most previous attempts have been pretty dire. The most successful, Re-Animator, is an entertaining 80s 'video-nasty',...

    The BFD Video: REVIEW: Taylor Swift’s Crazy Sexist ‘The Man’ Music Video

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    SMOS – Ben Nevis 22yo – 58.4% – 1997 to 2019

    Like chomping on copper bits, this is a robust and satisfying whisky. Not a common bottling, especially in NZ, SMOS does this distillery justice.  Imagine having a plate of pork chops, pork belly and a rare steak and then sticky date pudding for dessert. 

    Movie Review: Midway

    It’s somewhat ironic that I first saw a trailer for Roland Emmerich’s Midway at a screening of Sam Mendes’ 1917. The contrasts between the two movies highlight everything that makes Mendes’ film excel, while Emmerich makes his standard, enjoyable-enough-but-empty popcorn epic. In 1917,...

    Movie Review: Doctor Sleep

    Stanley Kubrick refused to be bound by genre: science fiction, period drama, black comedy, war movies, Kubrick covered them all, with consistently excellent results. So, when the master turned his hand to horror, the result was characteristically brilliant. The Shining is widely regarded as one of...

    The BFD Book Review: A Game of Birds & Wolves

    Fighting Temeraire Title A Game of Birds and Wolves The Secret Game that Revolutionised the WarAuthor Simon ParkinPublished 2019Pages 320 This is the story of WATU, the Western Approaches Tactical Unit. Led by a Captain RN who had been invalided...

    Springbank 15yo Rum Wood 51% 2019 release

    What a treat - is it the best Springbank? No, is it compelling? Yes. A unique expression of Springbank, not as filthy and dirty as usual - clean, clinical and somewhat refreshing. A must try....

    Drew Estate Liga Privada Feral Flying Pig

    When Pigs Fly... Well, These feral flying pigs is like the 'Beast of Blenheim' had babies with your local Queen street synthetic weed user - It is brutal! Overwhelming but intriguing.  This is not for the faint hearted....

    BFD Weekender: The Matrix 20 years on: How a Sci-fi film tackled BIG Philosophical Questions

    Richard ColledgeAustralian Catholic University Incredible as it may seem, the end of March 2019 marked 20 years since the release of the first film in the Matrix franchise directed by The Wachowski siblings. This “cyberpunk” sci-fi movie...