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  • A Short History Of British Film

    For most normal film goers and home cinema buffs, it's easy to sit back and enjoy our favourite films without thinking about their heritage. We want to relax and get stuck into the latest big budget  blockbuster or made for TV action and suspense thriller. But the British film industry has a tradition that goes back a long, long way. And for all you film and history buffs out there, here's a brief account of how it all began: Continue reading

  • Home Theatre Ideas For Small Rooms

    For many of us A/V enthusiasts the fun part of planning our home theatre comes in the early stages when our dreams and ideas are big, our budgets still unspecified and our plans are grand. However, at some point reality does set in and we start to realise that not everyone can have a mini version of the local multi-plex inside their four walls. This is when the planning gets serious. But there's no need to lose heart. There's a lot we can do with today's modern equipment and with a little imagination and a load of sound advice from friends and experts, there's nothing standing in our way to getting maybe not the biggest home theatre in the land, but the best we could possibly build. Continue reading

  • The Best Box Sets of 2016

    So far, this year has brought fans of box sets a whole plethora of excellent TV viewing. With both new productions and further episodes of our favourite shows there's still no end in sight to the range of first rate entertainment on our screens. And just in case you missed any of these little gems, here's a quick list of the top box sets for 2016. Viewing pleasure guaranteed! Continue reading

  • A Beginners Guide To Virtual Reality

    Two years after the Oculus Rift first arrived on the shelves of our local computer shops and with some serious consumer-grade VR devices due in around Christmas, it's time to start thinking of Virtual Reality as 'here and now' rather than 'on its way.' And with that in mind we thought now would be a good time to take a look at the basics of Virtual Reality—what it is—what we can do with it and what actually is the difference between Virtual and Augmented Reality anyway? Plus we'll talk about which kind of PC we'll need to indulge in the VR environment and perhaps more poignantly, if we need a PC at all? Finally, we'll have a sneak peek at what the whole charabanc could be costing us—but with so many factors still unknown, no prices are as yet set in stone. Continue reading

  • Celebrity Spook-Out


    It's that time again. Trick or treat? And what better way to mark the gruesome (fun) occasion with a few tales from well-known personalities who all claim they've actually seen a real live ghost (pun intended). So sit back and read about things that went bump in the night and scared the heebie-jeebies out of some of our best loved celebrities. Continue reading

  • Best British Films of All Time

    It's true that most of us love a full blown Hollywood blockbuster. But over the years, British film makers have had an undeniable impact on the global cinematic scene. Here, in no particular order, is a list of the greatest British films ever made. Many of you will know most of them. But some of you, especially younger film buffs, might have missed one or two. And even if you have seen all the films on the list, then each and every one is always well worth another viewing.

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  • 6 Christmas Classics You Simply Have To Watch Again

    Okay, so I heard you groan and I saw how you rolled your eyes. And I know its my fault--its not even Halloween and already I mentioned the C word. But like it or not, once the trick or treating fun has subsided it won't be long before we're all making plans for the biggest feast of the year. And this includes what we plan to watch on the TV. So to help your enthusiasm for the cold nights ahead here is a list of the best 6 films to get you into that yo-ho-ho mood.

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  • Quo Vadis BBC3?

    On 16th February 2016, BBC3 moved from our TV schedules to become an online only channel. In a recent article on the Radio Times website, journalist Ben Dowell talked to BBC3 Controller, Damian Kavanagh in an attempt to assess the performance of the channel after the controversial migration. Continue reading

  • Is It Okay For Grown Men To Play Video Games?

    A recent discussion on the Hubpages forum for video and computer games tried to tackle the issue of adult male gamers. The discussion began with a cry for help from a community member worried their older brother was spending too much time on his Play Station. The user, calling themselves Kiki 1012, said they understood that everyone needs a hobby, but questioned the practice of grown men spending hours playing computer games. Kiki 1012 called for advice about how to deal with an older brother who lived on his own and played PS3 from dusk till dawn and asked, “Shouldn't he be doing something more constructive with his time?”

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  • Those Eyes-A Brief History of IMDb

    It may surprise you that the IMDb (the Internet Movie Database) was brought to life all because of one man's infatuation with the eyes of beautiful actresses. The popular online information resource for all things television, films and video games began way back in 1990 with a Usenet post from computer programmer Col Needham. Continue reading

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