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2 items from 2011

Readers' reviews: Paul Bettany's longing for the past, and Skrillex - the future of dubstep?

6 October 2011 4:06 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

The best of your comments on the latest films and music

'I hate to be one of those actors moaning about how films were better in the past," Paul Bettany told Film&Music last week, "but fuck me, films were just better in the past. Know what I mean? The 70s – fuck!"

That single thought dominated the online discussion of the interview (aside from the frequent interjections of admiration for Bettany himself – he "is one of those actors whose presence makes anything 27% better", asserted MrGreyhame). A great many of you agreed with Bettany and lined up to offer your reasons why films have got worse. "Films may have been better in the past because directors didn't have CGI," said BackAndToTheLeftist. "Back then a director would have to depend on direction, cinematography and a good script to communicate their ideas to the audience." Blame the youngsters, said MrBronze: "The reason films »

- Michael Hann

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The Observer Summer Arts Calendar

30 April 2011 4:04 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Our critics pick the season's highlights: From Lady Gaga to Harry Potter, Coppélia to Tony Cragg, this summer has something for all


4 Film The Tree of Life

The much-delayed fifth feature from director Terrence Malick, snapped up by Icon for UK release ahead of its Cannes showing, is a multi-generational drama featuring Brad Pitt, Sean Penn – and, reportedly, dinosaurs.

5 Classical From the House of the Dead

Opera North's production of Janáek's final work, directed by John Fulljames and conducted by Richard Farnes. Stars Jeffrey Lloyd-Roberts, Alan Oke and Roderick Williams. Leeds and touring

Dance By Singing Light/Romance Inverse

National Dance Company of Wales bring Stephen Petronio and Itzik Galili's arresting double bill to Dance City in Newcastle, with the former set to the poetry of Dylan Thomas.

6 Theatre Shrek

Nigel Lindsay plays the lime-coloured, lovelorn ogre, with Amanda Holden as Princess Fiona and Nigel Harman as Lord Farquaad, »

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