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  • The Beatles, the Stones and the Birth of British Rock n' Roll

    England in the mid-1950's. The nation had emerged from the shadow of World War II, only to be faced with a new threat; American rock and roll. Post-war prosperity had provided British with a new sense of freedom, and a considerable passion for all things American. So, when this raucous, rebellious new music finally crossed the Atlantic, the reception it received made even the recent coronation of Queen Elizabeth II seem dull by comparison. This was not just music. It was the battle cry of a new generation.

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  • The Secrets of a Great Pop Song

    A great pop song tells a human story. It connects with universal values; values that people can understand and empathise with. It demands our attention and sticks in the memory. A pop song can make us want to sing and dance or transport us to another time and place.  But what does it take to create a hit song? And why is it that pop music can be as rich, as powerful and as affecting as any classical symphony?

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  • 8 Most Influential Albums in Rock History

    Music can be nice, like a catchy tune we sing under the shower. Or a favourite melody we learn to play on our first guitar. But it can be much more than that. Sometimes, music makes us question the way we see, feel and think about the world. And really good music changes everything. Here is a list of the Most Influential Albums in Rock History. It includes works made by some of the most innovative musicians ever to walk this planet, and who created something so utterly timeless, they forever changed the way music sounds.  Remember, we're focussing specifically on innovative albums, so you won't find artists like Elvis, Chuck Berry or Buddy Holly, as they were more famous for their singles rather than their albums.

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  • Contemporary Films Destined to Become Classics

    Some films have the potential to be timeless. Here's a list of films that are destined to become classics in the future.    The list comprises modern movies that promise to stand the test of time and will remain just as revered in the future as they are today. The entries have to be fairly new, so we've only included films that were released in the 2010's and we've based our choices on the film's critical reception and how well we believe they will age. So, in no particular order, let's go:

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  • Why Some Acting Roles Should Come with a Health Warning

    It's easy to look at the celebrity lifestyles, the red carpets and the awards, not to mention the million pound paychecks, and believe that acting has to be one of the cushiest jobs going—once you've become a star. After all, there are enough special effects teams and stunt doubles at the ready to keep you safe, right? And if truth be told, the director and the audience are only asking you to 'pretend' for a couple of weeks. So, what could be easier?

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  • Famous Film Quotes We Always Get Wrong

    We all have our favourite film quotes. But did you realise that most of us get them wrong? Take 'Jaws' for example. Roy Scheider's line when he first sees the monster shark is constantly being misquoted as:

     

    “We're going to need a bigger boat.”

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  • 10 of the Best Horror Films Ever Made

    A lot of film fans like nothing more than paying good money to be scared out of their seats, and with its almost endless amount of subgenres, horror films are probably the ones that use an audience's potential for imagination most effectively. With slashers, zombies, aliens, ghosts, vampires, evil robots, an endless cadre of psychopathic killers and just about anything else that can go bump in the night, horror movies have found their place in many a cinema-goers top ten list of all-time favourite films. Today we're going to have a look at some of the best scary movies ever made, from way back in the 1920's right up to the 2000's. So, hit the lights, cuddle up and prepared to be scared!

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  • Top 10 Most Underrated Films of the 2000's

    The 2000's saw the release of some fantastic films. These are the ones that no one bothered to watch. Today we're looking at films released between 2000 and 2009 that for some obscure reason have been overlooked or forgotten over the years and have all suffered from a modest box office performance or general lack of acknowledgement, despite their (with hindsight) obvious cinematic value. Films that are generally known by the public or have received good professional reviews are not included, such as 'The Prestige' (2006) and 'American Psycho'  (2000) etc.

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  • Top 7 Historically Inaccurate Films

    Whenever you see the tagline, 'based on a true story', you'd be well advised to take it with a grain of salt, and to prove it, here is our list of the top seven historically inaccurate movies. We're looking at films that are supposedly based on true stories but which have taken extreme liberties with history to create films that border on fiction. We've not chosen any specific time period, (we consider anything in the past to be historic) and we've excluded those films that purposely alter history, such as “Inglorious Basterds” (2009). We've also left out myth-based films like “Troy” (2004), as there is no way of knowing if they are actually historic.

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  • How Film Music Works

    Film brought forth an art form centred around seeing motion on a screen. But film is far more than only visual. Music plays a huge role in the heightened realism at the heart of a scene. Different film scores can completely alter the mood of a scene and filmmaker carefully pick their soundtracks or film scores to convey certain emotions or ideas. But how does it work? Today we're looking at the psychology of music and how our brains respond to different auditory stimulation in films.

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