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James Gandolfini (1961 – 2013)

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“Standing in public in other people’s clothes, pretending to be someone else. It’s a strange way for a grown man to make a living.”

James Gandolfini was always defined by, and will forever be remembered for, his iconic role as Tony Soprano in David Chase’s critically acclaimed HBO series that changed the face of television as we see it today. The late, three-time Emmy award winning actor, with those tremendously sad eyes, painted an authentic, moving and at times chilling portrait of the murderous, yet tortured mob boss in what remains the single greatest and most important performance in modern television history.

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10 Brilliant Biopics You’ve Probably Never Seen


Recently film sources revealed that Dutch filmmaker Anton Corbijn is set to direct a biopic of James Dean’s all too brief life and his prolific friendship with American photojournalist Dennis Stock. As we eagerly anticipate the announcement regarding who will be cast as the cultural icon, we chart ten criminally under seen and curiously underrated biopics from cinema history.

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Cine-files: Rebel Cinema, Bude

A small independent cinema serving film-lovers in north Cornwall

This week’s Cine-files is from Lee Curtis, a West Country-born, freelance journalist currently based in north Cornwall. A Falmouth University film graduate and regular contributor to Big Screen magazine, West Briton and Sabotage Times. Follow him on Twitter here.

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Settled on the sunny shores of north Cornwall, just off the Atlantic Highway and a short distance from the popular seaside town Bude, is the modest Rebel Cinema. With the nearest multiplex the best part of fifty miles away, small independent cinemas like the Rebel are invaluable to local moviegoers.


British film producer and projectionist Mervyn Collard first launched the Rebel Cinema in 1998 and, while it has changed hands several times in the intervening 25 years since, it has always maintained a traditional aesthetic. After a four year closure, the cinema recently reopened with some ambitious renovations; sparkling interiors, a larger screen, full Dolby digital surround sound and 3D capability. A second screen is currently in construction, but even as it stands today this one-screen wonder can rival any independent cinema for a quality viewing experience.


While the cinema primarily caters to its wide-ranging local audience for most of the year, it also attracts a segment of the large tourist population who visit each summer. Surrounding the cinema are several holiday resorts, pristine beaches and rich countryside and the Rebel’s evening screenings provide a fitting end to a family outing.


The Rebel offers screenings on afternoons and evenings through the week, with matinees reserved for weekends. They always work hard to bring each year’s big hitters to this remote part of the country.


A full-price adult ticket for a 2D film is £6 and the cinema provides a range of price concessions for children, students and seniors.

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The cinema’s continued success and recent expansion is the result of dedication and preservation of the original owner’s traditions. By echoing the sentiments of their forebears with friendly customer service, reasonable prices and no nonsense approach to screenings the Rebel guarantees an enjoyable experience regardless of the standard of the films.

Originally written for Guardian’s Film Blog

The Oscars: An Evening of Awards and Comedy

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Oscars Guy: A critical look at Seth Macfarlane as the choice to host the 85th Academy Awards.

Recently Oscars host Seth MacFarlane took to the stage alongside Hollywood starlet Emma Stone to reveal the nominations for the fast-approaching 85th Academy Awards. MacFarlane is the first host of the prestigious ceremony to also reveal the nominees since Charlton Heston in 1972. Using the opportunity as a dry run for ceremony night the comedy writer abandoned the traditionally serious approach of merely reading from a list and instead opted for announcing the nominations with a sense of humour. While no one is discouraging a refreshing approach, many commentators were left dismayed by his attitude, annoyed by the “personal attacks” within his material and debating whether he would be a good Oscars host at all.

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The Best 10 Films of 2012

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2012 has been a formidable year for film and audiences have returned to cinemas in great numbers to see heroes assemble, rise and fall. I chart my favourite films of 2012, in ascending order:

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The Worst 10 Films of 2012

the worst 10 films

Among the great theatrical releases of 2012 there has been some atrocious cinema experiences that have left me wishing that the Mayan’s predictions were correct and craving the December 21st. Taking a look back on this regrettable side of 2012, I select my worst ten films of the year.

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On Cloud Nine

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As the adaptation of David Mitchell’s so-called ‘unfilmable’ book, Cloud Atlas, makes its big screen debut, Lee Curtis charts the rise of a mind-bending and time-bending epic Continue reading On Cloud Nine