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Does the Academy neglect Female Film Directors?

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In the 86 years since the birth of the Oscars, only four women have ever been nominated for Best Director. Of those four only one, Katheryn Bigelow, has won. The winning film for...

Our generation must save the Earth

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One could argue that we are living in a post-truth society. One where facts and opinions are indistinguishable. This phenomenon is best encapsulated in the current commander in...

Can you truly separate a director from his works?

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The recent revelations about Harvey Weinstein have been circulating repeatedly on TV and print news for the last few weeks, as more and more women bravely come forward and expose...

Stanley Kubrick: A Director Worth the Stress?

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A notoriously difficult but wonderful director, Tom Cooney and Joe Holloran give us their perspective on whether Stanley Kubrick was worth the stress....

Things We Hate: Delayed Sequels

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The sequel to this article should arrive somewhere before the year 2989....

Oh snap, we’re in the thick of it

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After the ‘shock’ announcement of a snap general election, Joe Holloran prepares us for June 8th by looking back at cinema’s most notorious balloting blunders...

Donald vs Arnold: Trumpment Day

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Twitter feuds. A common part of modern life. Who doesn’t love reading J.K Rowling digitally bitch-slapping Piers Morgan during the down time between ISIS atrocities and Buzzfeed...

And the Academy Award goes to…

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Did the 89th Oscars praise the right cinematic spectacles? The Courier Writers sum up their dream picks and their thoughts on the real winners, plus a recap of THAT movie...

DC vs Marvel: Dawn of Good Films

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With the DC Cinematic Universe failing at every turn Joe Holloran offers some reasons, and solutions, for their consistent bad reception, and just plain awful luck....

Golden Oldies: Martin Scorsese’s Taxi Driver

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The Tyneside Cinema sure does love Scorsese; so much so that they held two sold-out screenings of his iconic neo-noir vigilante thriller Taxi Driver last week. Fellow ‘Marty’...