The lowdown

Bored? Stream Documentaries

Bored? Stream Documentaries

I love documentaries, and if the topic is something I’m personally curious about or actively invested in, you’ve got my attention - especially if it’s online. The reason for this love of online docs is because they are more accessible, and I think this is the appeal for many people. YouTube, Vimeo,...

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Geek Documentaries: A Primer

Geek Documentaries: A Primer

Documentary filmmakers have been bringing us insight into topics both unfamiliar and dear to our hearts for many years, and geek documentaries are a welcome new strand to the form. I love sitting down to watch what people would define as a “geek” documentary. A geek, to give you a quick insight, is someone...

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The best of Coogan and Winterbottom

The best of Coogan and Winterbottom

We've seen a lot of film partnerships over the years: Tim Burton and Johnny Depp are one example, another is the duo of Steve Coogan and Michael Winterbottom. Their latest collaboration, The Look of Love was released on Blu-Ray disk and DVD on 19th August, so we decided to take a look back at the films which have...

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Pride and Prejudice: A history of adaptations

Pride and Prejudice: A history of adaptations

“It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.” Can you believe that Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice has just celebrated its 200th birthday? 200 years of reading the above quote that begins this classic of world literature. Unless...

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Nora Ephron – Remembering a screenwriting legend

Nora Ephron – Remembering a screenwriting legend

It's always sad when a public figure within the film industry passes away. When someone iconic who was never seen on screen passes though, it's difficult to present the news without everyone asking: who? In the case of Nora Ephron, all you have to do is mention the names Sleepless in Seattle and When Harry Met...

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The Ultimate Pirate Crew

The Ultimate Pirate Crew

When I say that these particular pot-bellied men can normally be found drinking rum and singing loudly out of tune, I'm not talking about embarrassing dads on a night out. I'm talking about the men of the high seas - Pirates. But of course, any pirate knows that you can't be taken seriously if you haven't...

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The Hunger Games – The Lowdown

The Hunger Games – The Lowdown

"May the odds be ever in your favour" is the famous tagline getting The Hunger Games fans excited. Their favourite book has been made into a movie. And it only took four years since the book was published. That's got to be a record. In terms of box office success, the odds are looking extremely favourable for...

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The Oscars 2012: What to Spot!

The Oscars 2012: What to Spot!

The Oscar winners might be yet to be revealed, but there are one or two certainties which we can rely on seeing at this year's ceremony on Sunday. With the Academy Awards now in its 84th year, there are a few characters which crop up time and time again - how many of this lot will we be seeing this...

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Martin Scorsese and British Cinema – The Lowdown

Martin Scorsese and British Cinema – The Lowdown

Last Sunday Martin Scorsese was awarded the BAFTA fellowship. He opened his acceptance speech by saying that "British cinema is something that was formative for me". It was films from the UK, alongside American and Italian movies, that moved and influenced the great director when he was growing up. But how could...

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Golden Hollywood Feuds

Golden Hollywood Feuds

With so many huge egos forced to share the red carpet, it is perhaps unsurprising that clashes of character frequently take place in Hollywood. Bill Murray famously fell out with Lucy Liu on the set of Charlie's Angels, Megan Fox got herself fired after likening Transformers director, Michael Bay, to Hitler, and...

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