Long before the shouty, opinionated nerds of Twitter, the French film magazine Cahiers du cinéma had already perfected the art of trolling. Its annual list of the year’s 10 best films is always my most anticipated, if only to see what its contrarian critics will name as their wildcard choice. Personal favourite provocations include Vincent Gallo’s The Brown Bunny (2004), M Night Shyamalan’s The Lady in the Water (2006) and Ang Lee’s $40m flop Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk (2017). Rounding up the decade in cinema, Cahiers declared David Lynch’s 18-part TV series Twin Peaks: The Return its best film of the 2010s. The inclusion of a television show in this kind of list isn’t exactly unprecedented; Cahiers named the original Twin Peaks joint fourth best film of the 1990s and The Return its best film of 2017 (bizarrely, Fox’s terrorism-themed TV show 24 also appeared on 2002’s list). And anyway, Twin Peaks: The Return appeared on … [Read more...] about Does it matter if a television show tops the best-film lists?
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THE British Soap Awards showcase the best acting talent in the soap world - from Corrie to Eastenders. Here's the full list of the short-listed nominations for last year's awards plus who won each of the 2018 gongs and the lowdown on the 'Greatest Moment' category... Who were the winners and nominations for the British Soap Awards 2018? Here are all the nominations and winners for the various categories... Outstanding Achievement Award Rudolph Walker, Patrick Trueman, EastEnders Tony Warren Award Kieron Roberts, former Executive Producer of Coronation Street Best Actor Jack P Shepherd (David Platt, Coronation Street) - WINNER Connor McIntyre (Pat Phelan, Coronation Street) Ryan Hawley (Robert Sugden, Emmerdale) Michael Parr (Ross Barton, Emmerdale) Theo Graham (Hunter McQueen, Hollyoaks) Best Actress Lucy Fallon (Bethany Platt, Coronation Street) - WINNER Catherine Tyldesley (Eva Price, Coronation Street) Lacey Turner (Stacey … [Read more...] about Who won at the British Soap Awards 2018? Last year’s winners list in full and the lowdown on the Greatest Moment award
WE'RE creeping ever close to Christmas, and if you're worried you've left it too late, then don't panic as we've found some of the best last minute gifts you can easily pick up. Whether it's an experience day, a voucher, a membership or even some goodies off Amazon Prime, here are our top picks. Before you start shopping, it's worth thinking about signing up to TopCashback and/or Quidco. You could easily save an extra tenner from participating stores with their new member bonus. 1. Best Experience Days What's better than making memories? If you're looking for something to really put a smile on their face you can't go far wrong with an experience day. Just simply buy them the voucher, and they can do it at a time that's good for them. From cookery days, to afternoon teas and everything in between here are our top picks. One Day Cookery Course at Rick Stein’s Cookery School, £198, Virgin Experience Days - buy here Alice in Wonderland Afternoon Tea with … [Read more...] about The best last minute Christmas gifts for 2019 – for both him and her
Eddie Jones has been boosted by the return of England’s captain, Dylan Hartley, to Northampton’s starting lineup on Saturday but the Saracens lock George Kruis is the latest forward to be sidelined and is likely to miss the autumn internationals after having ankle surgery. Hartley starts against Castres following a six-week absence with a back injury but Kruis is out for “a number of weeks” and joins James Haskell, Jack Clifford, Mike Williams and Sam Jones on the list of injured forwards when England begin their autumn campaign against South Africa on 12 November. Manu Tuilagi, Anthony Watson and Jack Nowell are notable absentees in the backs. Jones is blessed with a deep pool of talent at second row, although with Maro Itoje in the frame to fill the void at openside flanker, England could line up against the Springboks without both their Saracens locks, so influential during the Six Nations and the series victory over Australia in the summer. Still, Courtney … [Read more...] about Saracens lock George Kruis joins list of injured England forwards
Mattresses often outlive our beds, so when it comes to buying a new one, it's worth picking wisely. Especially as they don't come cheap. Even the most affordable ones will still set you back about £50, such as this basic £120 one from Ikea. However, if you're after some seriously good sleep and back support, it may be worth splashing out on a memory foam mattress instead, with an array of different high-tech brands all selling luxury offerings that claim to keep your body properly supported and come guaranteed with a good night's sleep - and occasionally even a ten year warranty! There's a good reason for the sudden surge in memory foam mattresses too, with most brands so confident you'll be swayed that they even offer a 100-night (or more) trial, which means if you aren't impressed enough, you can simply return it for a full refund. To help you decide which mattress to go for, we've got the lowdown on all the best mattresses below - including some very cheap deals and … [Read more...] about Best mattresses for 2019 – and all the best deals