Ten great… Close Encounters of the Third Kind moments
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Ten great… Close Encounters of the Third Kind moments

Forty years ago, Steven Spielberg released Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977), the second big game-changing science fiction blockbuster of the year after Star Wars (1977). Back in cinemas now in a new 4K restoration, what better time to reacquaint ourselves with some of the extraordinary, iconic images from the film. In truth Close … Continue reading

Ten great… British television title sequences part 1
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Ten great… British television title sequences part 1

good television title sequence should set the scene, establish what’s to come, act as a curtain raiser for the ensuing drama/comedy/action/whatever it is it’s preceding. But they’re often more than. They’re more often than not the first thing we remember about a show, the thing that triggers memories – good and bad – the second … Continue reading

Ten great… John Hurt appearances
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Ten great… John Hurt appearances

John Hurt, who died on 25 January 2017, was one of Britain’s hardest working and most recognisable actors with a long (if not always impressive) genre filmography. His reluctance to turn down any offer of film or television work resulted in a body of work littered with more than its fair share of below-par titles … Continue reading

Ten great… electronic music soundtracks
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Ten great… electronic music soundtracks

Electronic music has become so commonplace that today it’s easy to overlook the fact that any given score features synthesizers at all. The ubiquity of high-quality software synths that can emulate with great accuracy just about any instrument you might want means that the purely acoustic score is something of a dying breed. But it … Continue reading