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17 September 2015

SRSLY #10: Catch Me If You Can

We talk genre-twisting action movie American Ultra, new Channel 4 series Hunted and BBC Radio 4 sitcom Cabin Pressure.

By Caroline Crampton

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The Links

On American Ultra

Ryan Gilbey for the NS on the appeal of American Ultra:

The idea that there are buried and unknowable parts of ourselves that can be triggered at will is an attractive one that has its roots in psychoanalytic theory. It means that no matter how mundane our lives, how dismal or underdeveloped our personalities, there is another us lurking within. A spectacular us.

Mark Kermode’s review of the film.

A summary of Max Landis’s tweets about the box office potential of “original” cinema.

On Channel 4’s Hunted

The trailer:

This reviewer found it “enlightening and scary”. This one didn’t.

If you’re considering going on the run from the surveillance state yourself, here are two handy guides.

On Cabin Pressure

Listen to clips from the show on YouTube.

Caroline’s article about radio comedy, which includes an interview with Cabin Pressure writer John Finnermore.

Find “the fandot” on tumblr.

For next week:

Caroline is watching The Rolling Stones’ Rock and Roll Circus. A preview:

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