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50 years of James Bond, 50 awesome cars

Everybody has their favourite James Bond. I always say mine is Roger Moore. Partly because this infuriates the ‘Sean Connery is the greatest’ majority, but partly because he’s the only one who seemed to appreciate that saving the world with … Continue reading

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The Wicker Man: essential Halloween viewing

Crazy pagan dancing, a smattering of nudity, a great folky soundtrack and Christopher Lee in drag combine to make this 1973 chiller a cult classic. It’s essential Halloween viewing and makes the abysmal 2006 remake look about as scary as … Continue reading

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London International Animation Festival

Director / Animator: Daniela Negrin Celebrating an impressive range of work from all over the world, the London International Animation Festival is back for its 8th year in a brand new home at the Barbican. This is the largest UK … Continue reading

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Seaside surprises: the renaissance of Britain’s coastal resorts

At one stage it seemed the British seaside had gone the way of bubble perms and £1 notes. With the advent of the package holiday in the 1960s and the lure of sun-kissed European beaches, Brits who had been content … Continue reading

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London’s best rooftop bars, cinemas and pop-up gardens

If you’re sick of battling for tables in beer gardens or straddling gutters in order to enjoy a pint on a balmy summer’s eve, try these temporarily transformed spaces for something a little different. Dalston Roof Park Just off the … Continue reading

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What do Bristol and Hollywood have in common? Cary Grant, of course

Apologies for another film post but I’ve been thinking about movies all week and only just found this out. The silver-tongued megastar, Hitchcock favourite and all round legend, christened Archibald Leach, was actually born in the West Country. Grant may … Continue reading

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Five of the best: UK film locations that pretend to be something they’re not

Not all UK locations in movies are quite what the filmmakers would have you believe. Here are five celluloid charlatans worth knowing if you’re a movie buff, a set-jetter or just when you’re short of conversation in the pub: The … Continue reading

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Birmingham’s Flatpack Festival: exploring the wild frontier of film

Flatpack Festival is back again from 23-27 March showcasing the work of up and coming filmmakers and building its reputation as one of the UK’s most interesting and eclectic film events. This year’s festival features a vintage mobile cinema, live … Continue reading

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Film: Mary & Max – Claymation brilliance

I adore clay-mation. When I was a wee kidlet, one of my favourite TV shows was Morph and I taped, then re-watched, the very first Wallace and Gromit short film approximately eleventy billion times. To this day, I still think … Continue reading

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Five of the best: UK independent cinemas

I was in Birmingham at the weekend and spotted a splendid little place tucked behind the concrete abortion they call New Street Station. Turned out to be The Electric, the UK’s oldest working cinema; an art deco belter with a … Continue reading

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