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In it for the Bahs

In it for the Bahs

‘Bah’. If I had to condense the many varied and conflicting sentiments that appear alongside the #bbcqt hashtag into a single word, that would be it – ‘Bah’. In fact, looking at the feed at this precise moment in time*, Bah seems very much to be the order of the [...]

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Your American Dream

Your American Dream

‘Breaking America.’ You hear that phrase a lot in the entertainment world of the UK and Europe. It’s something that’s coveted, often attempted, but rarely achieved. Sure, Kate Winslet’s done it. So have Gordon Ramsey, Ewan MacGregor, Julian Fellowes, Ridley Scott, The Beatles and Adele, to name just some. But [...]

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What I’ve been watching…

What I’ve been watching…

This is the first is a new series of monthly columns by Peter Hoskin. CultureKicks also has a ‘What I’ve been reading…’ column by Emily Rhodes, and will soon add a ‘What I’ve been listening to…’ one to the mix. The extended winter has put me into a sort of [...]

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Running with ewoks

Running with ewoks

Ewoks, goddamn ewoks. George Lucas’s fluffiest creations strain your nerves at the best of times – but just imagine what it’s like to encounter them in Return of the Jedi at one in the morning, having just watched all five other Star Wars movies back-to-back. It’s the sort of thing [...]

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Skip the TV show, play the game

Skip the TV show, play the game

I’ve been in a gaming rut. I have a pile of unbeaten games— Assassin’s Creed, a few HALOs, Alan Wake: American Nightmare—but I ignore them. I keep going back to my two favorite worlds of Mass Effect and Red Dead Redemption, games I’m so loath to let go that I’m [...]

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Trusting in Affleck’s ‘poetic truth’

Trusting in Affleck’s ‘poetic truth’

Three of the films up for best picture in this year’s Oscars were recreations of actual historical events, from the 19th century bio-epic Lincoln, to the tracking and capture of Osama bin Laden in Zero Dark Thirty, to Ben Affleck’s Argo, which dramatised the plan to rescue six American hostages [...]

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How Hollywood votes

How Hollywood votes

The politics of Hollywood are never more apparent than during awards season. From late autumn, when many of the most statuette-hopeful movies are released, until just days before the Academy Awards ballots are sealed and stored in the safes at PricewaterhouseCoopers, marketing teams and nominees are in full-on campaigning mode. [...]

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In praise of the loser

In praise of the loser

What’s your favourite scene in Tim Burton’s best film, Ed Wood? I figure everyone has one. Perhaps it’s the scene in which the round-eyed film director Mr Wood (Johnny Depp) watches the washed-up horror movie star Bela Lugosi (Martin Landau) do his hypnotic Count Dracula ‘come to me!’ hand gesture. [...]

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Goodbye, my Shepard

Goodbye, my Shepard

The Mass Effect videos games are works of rare emotional intricacy. Here, our resident Xbox expert, Elisabeth Rappe, bids them a tearful farewell. Any gamers among you be warned: there be spoilers ahead. I always knew Shepard and I weren’t going to make it. We were soldiers – old soldiers now, [...]

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Jammin’ for Jamaica

Jammin’ for Jamaica

2012 is set to be a very important year for Jamaica. This summer, the island’s freakish number of perfect human specimens will power to Olympic glory in London. And, after that, the Caribbean Island will celebrate its 50th anniversary of independence from British colonial rule, alongside the 50th anniversary of the [...]

by × April 20, 2012 × 0 comments