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5 Films You’re Guaranteed To See At Christmas That Have Nothing To Do With Christmas

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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas. All those markets, movies and songs are a right give away.

We’re spoilt for choice these days. For Christmas lovers there are festive films galore and even for those who are a bit more Scrooge than Santa, there are Christmas films in disguise; Die Hard, Gremlins, Batman Returns, Trading Places…that warm fuzzy feeling sure is hard to avoid.

But there’s more still. What about Christmas films that have absolutely nothing to do with Christmas but for some strange reason we still associate with fairy lights and a half empty box of Quality Street? It’s a weird one but Christmas just wouldn’t be the same without…

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Remembering Robin Williams

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Robin Williams was one of those actors that you kind of took for granted. He may not have been majorly in the public eye during recent years but there was a certain amount of comfort in the thought that he was quietly kicking about somewhere, doing his thing and making people laugh. A lot has been said during the past few hours as those who had worked with him pay their heartfelt respect but they are few compared to the number of fans he leaves behind. We’ve already heard from those who have lost a friend, a colleague, someone they knew – which makes it all the more strange for us: the fans; the people who felt like we knew him purely due to the impact and longevity of his work. It’s a bizarre and almost irrational thing – to develop an emotional response over the death of someone who you’ve never even met, and yet you only need take one look at Twitter today to see how many people are sharing the same feeling.

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14 Reasons Why Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom is Underrated

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2014 marks the 30 year anniversary of Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, one of the most controversial sequels in geek culture. Immediate reaction to this dark prequel wasn’t kind. After all, it sees our fedora wearing hero flung into the depths of occult madness and child slavery. No easy sell. Story man George Lucas was to blame for the film’s divisive tone, hoping to utilize the same brooding uncertainty that made The Empire Strikes Back so popular to Indy’s advantage. Fans didn’t really agree and a few years later even director Steven Spielberg admitted it was a risky move and one he wasn’t quite sure paid off.

Time has a way of providing perspective though and with two more Indiana Jones sequels available to fans (one golden, one made of questionable crystal), Temple of Doom feels deservant of a second look. Here’s 14 reasons why Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom is the one of the most underrated follow ups of all time…
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North West Film Guide – October 2013

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Since around May time this year I’ve been writing a monthly film event guide for The Skinny North West highlighting some of the best movie events worth checking out. Seen as my column is available on the magazine’s website as well as their print edition, I thought it was about time I started re-posting it on my blog. Check it out below.

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A Movie A Week #23: Up In The Air

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Ryan Bingham lives in the air, travelling from workplace to workplace, hired to let employees of other companies know that they’re fired. He has no home to return to or time for commitments. Ryan Bingham is married to his job and in case you were wondering, Ryan Bingham loves his life.

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Workety work work…

Another few months have passed and a few of my features have finally made it onto store shelves. Here’s another freelance article round-up…

Here’s the second film section that I did for Front issue 165. It covers a selection of February’s cinema and DVD releases and also includes an exclusive Q+A with The Muppets’ director James Bobin.

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