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The Pogues - Fairytale Of New York (feat. Kirsty MacColl) single cover
24th Dec
Christmas songs clog up the chart toward the end of November leading up to Christmas. One of the most popular songs around this time of year is The...
Elf on The Shelf doll sitting in front of a gingerbread house style door
21st Dec
Looking for your dream home? Perhaps your wishlist includes stunning views, spacious living accommodation and outbuildings, but how about self-...
Harrison Ford in Blade Runner
19th Dec
I did not like Blade Runner the first time I saw it, because I didn't get it, and couldn't stand its slow pace. Once I knew the vague outlines of...
Jonathan Pryce in Brazil
18th Dec
In 1984, George Orwell protrayed a police state that controlled its citizens every move and thought, and imprisoned those it couldn't. In Brazil,...
The cast of Only Lovers Left Alive
16th Dec
Jim Jarmusch describes his filmmaking method as rather like that of a music composer. With this film, I can understand what he means. The music,...
Nicole Kidman in the Others
15th Dec
When I tackled horror before, I went for suspense, ie there's something scary and we don't know where it is. Psychological thrillers take on many of...
Plastic, bottles, party, gifts.
14th Dec
With all the wrapping, decorations, and food that come with it, you might think Christmas is the worst time of year to think about going plastic-free...
Scene from Cloud Atlas
14th Dec
The characters in Could Atlas spend a lot of the runtime discussing their philosophies on things important to them in their timelines. This gives...
Brendan Gleeson in the Guard
11th Dec
I talked about how Martin McDonagh made In Bruges very silly, yet bitingly real at the same time. His brother, John Michael McDonagh did the exact...
Scene from Stalker
10th Dec
Magical Realism is a little known genre in which the film has magical elements but these are treated as mundane and normal in the environment. Close...


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