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Tom Jolliffe on the lost art of scaring children witless...
There comes a time in every person’s life when the phrase “in my day” starts to gradually creep its way into your vernacular. The older you get the more common its usage becomes. Well, having crossed the threshold of 30 a couple of years ago, I’ve found myself saying it on a few occasions, and just recently I remembered that “in my day” kids films were often pretty dark and disturbing. Giving young 'uns nightmares seems to be a thing of the past.
So have modern kids films become more sanitized? A lot of films aimed toward the younger markets are decidedly tame. Pixar at its best has the good sense of introducing themes about life and death and growing up. The beginning of Up for example, which had grown adults in cinemas crying like babies, didn’t shy »
- Gary Collinson
From the arrival of cinema and a train steaming into La Ciotat Station cinema audiences have long been in love with both the fast and the furious. The adage ‘the car’s the star’ has long been evident in Hollywood’s annals with Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Herbie, the Batmobile or the family of Minis (Minions?) in The Italian Job taking centre stage and linger in the memory.
In association with the people from Van Monster we stood atop our internet tower and gazed at the past, then plucked five of the most iconic vehicles to appear in movies.
5) 1977 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am
As featured in: Smokey And The Bandit (1977)
Registration plate: Ban One
Hired by Texan double-act Big Enos and his son Little Enos to transport then-prohibited Coors beer to Georgia in under 28 hours, Bo ‘Bandit’ Darville requests a fast car to act as a blocker – a distraction for »
- Simon Williams
Feature Mark Harrison 3 Mar 2014 - 07:02
Roald Dahl has often been referred to as one of the greatest storytellers for children in the 20th century. His books have delighted children for generations, with their dark and inventive sense of humour and their eccentric, dastardly adult characters.
Likewise, his written work for adults has just as much wit and creativity, and over the years, he also worked as a screenwriter on a number of projects, including TV work on Alfred Hitchcock Presents and his own anthology series, Roald Dahl's Tales Of The Unexpected.
Given how it doesn't even take the likes of J.K. Rowling and Stephanie Meyer five years to have their popular works adapted by Hollywood, there has inevitably been an extensive crossover between Dahl's written work and the big screen. »
Their TV property shows offer expert advice on what houses to buy and how to decorate them. But what are their own homes like – and how do they rate each other's?
Welcome to Kirstie Allsopp's study. There she is – behind the bunting and the open wicker chest of haberdashery. You can see her if you wrench your eyes away from the 3D birdcage art, floral rug and heavily ornamented bookshelf. "It's a bit grandiose to call it a study. Not much studying goes on in here," she says. There is a desk, though, which belonged to her paternal grandmother – "a source of enormous pleasure to me", she says. "It is exactly the same one as Lord Grantham sits at in Downton Abbey."
The books seem a puzzle, though. They are stacked strangely, with the spines hidden. Surely that's no way to choose your next read? "Can you see a 'K' in them? »
- Paula Cocozza
Amazon has a number of great DVD/Blu-ray deals and I've grabbed the highlights and linked them below. Some of these deals end tomorrow, so if you see something you like, don't wait too long to pick it up. White House Down (Two Disc Combo: Blu-ray / DVD + UltraViolet Digital Copy) - $12.99 (68% off) The Master (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy) - $11.99 (52% off) Battlestar Galactica: The Complete Series [Blu-ray] - $75.38 (64% off) Up to 70% Off Seasons of True Blood on DVD and Blu-ray which makes it $19.99 per season on DVD and $23.99 per season on Blu-ray Abbott & Costello: The Complete Universal Pictures Collection - $50.99 (58% off) MGM Best of Romance Blu-ray Collection (9 Films) - $40.99 (66% off). Includes West Side Story, Princess Bride, When Harry Met Sally, Overboard, Legally Blonde, Benny & Joon, Moonstruck, Cutting Edge, Four Weddings and a Funeral MGM Best of Family Blu-ray Collection (9 Films) - $43.99 (66% off) includes All Dogs Go to Heaven, Secret of Nimh, »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
The best and worst elements of Top Gear were out in force in the latest episode on Sunday night (February 9).
For those who roll their eyes at the man-child jokes of Clarkson, Hammond and May, we were treated to sniggering about the word vagina, a joke about "sandal wearers" (Top Gear bingo - strike it off your sheet!) and Clarkson making a reference to his "sausage" that will have had viewers regretting that second helping of pigs in blankets with their Sunday roast.
Thankfully, when the Ladz Bantz wasn't happening in the studio, there was a sumptuous feast for petrolheads and casual viewers.
An Alfa Romeo 4C touring the gorgeous Lake Como shores was such a beautiful sight, not even a grinning Hammond at the wheel could spoil it.
James May's tour of Camp Bastion and testing of army vehicles out in the field was that rare beast in »
Every Sunday Amazon rotates a number of their DVD/Blu-ray deals and I've grabbed the highlights and linked them below. Some of these deals won't last, so if you see something you like, don't wait too long to pick it up. Up to 70% Off Seasons of True Blood on DVD and Blu-ray which makes it $19.99 per season on DVD and $23.99 per season on Blu-ray Abbott & Costello: The Complete Universal Pictures Collection - $50.99 (58% off) MGM Best of Romance Blu-ray Collection (9 Films) - $40.99 (66% off). Includes West Side Story, Princess Bride, When Harry Met Sally, Overboard, Legally Blonde, Benny & Joon, Moonstruck, Cutting Edge, Four Weddings and a Funeral MGM Best of Family Blu-ray Collection (9 Films) - $43.99 (66% off) includes All Dogs Go to Heaven, Secret of Nimh, Igor, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Fiddler on the Roof, Pebble and the Penguin, All Dogs Go to Heaven 2, Greatest Story Ever Told, Black Stallion Man of Steel »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
7 items from 2014
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