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Snubs, statuettes and discrimination: an alternate Oscars

The real point, surely, of any awards ceremony is to provide everyone the opportunity to be utterly irate about how their particular favourite film/ actor/ musician/ type of cumquat has been passed over. The Oscars are no exception. Rather they are the yearly high point for people grumpily complaining about how ridiculous it is that […]

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Sunset Song

If you are looking for a film to make you realise that your life, even with impending exams, really isn’t that bad then Sunset Song may be the film for you. Unremittingly bleak, this story of a poor farming family near Aberdeen at the start of the twentieth century features enough rape, beatings, incest, infanticide, […]

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The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part II

  People can be quite dismissive of Young Adult films. They seem to attract as many snooty detractors as wildly enthusiastic fans. Admittedly as films they can be quite easy to mock – particularly the dystopian sub-genre with its silly made up names, hunky males and evil adults terrorising poor blameless teenagers.   The Hunger […]

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Scout’s Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse

It is hard to accuse Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse of not doing exactly what it says on the tin. When a zombie virus hits a small town, three scouts band together with a cocktail waitress to fight the undead and their social outcast status. It is not destined to be a classic of the “zom-com” […]