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  • Why I love ... Attack the Block

    Mixing wit, social conscience and action thrills, Attack the Block is a bracingly original alien invasion film that keeps its feet firmly on the streets of ‘Broken Britain’ even as it warns us to watch the skies.

    Dylan Cave
    Friday 19 December 2014

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  • Did Stanley Kubrick invent the iPad?

    Read the futuristic headlines for a New York Times app that Kubrick commissioned for the ‘Newspad’ in 2001: A Space Odyssey, a slimline computer that eerily predicts the modern tablet.

    Samuel Wigley
    Thursday 18 December 2014

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  • Why I love ... Close Encounters of the Third Kind

    A first encounter with Steven Spielberg’s wondrous alien-contact epic in a local cinema in 1978 led BFI National Archive curator John Oliver to return four more times in the following weeks – and the thrill of this most moving of sci-fi films remains today.

    John Oliver
    Tuesday 16 December 2014

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  • The LGBT film highlights of 2014

    It was a great year for gay men on the big screen, but lesbians and trans people may have to wait until 2015 for more exciting representation.

    Alex Davidson
    Monday 15 December 2014

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  • 8 things we learned from Star Wars Day

    Special guests and awe-inspiring fancy dress made back-to-back screeenings of the original Star Wars trilogy at BFI Southbank a day to remember. Here’s what we’ll take away from it.

    Matthew Thrift
    Monday 15 December 2014

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  • Top 10 bestselling BFI DVDs of 2014

    Leopards, ghosts, samurai and giant lizards dominate the top spots in this year-end chart of our most popular DVDs and Blu-ray releases.


    Monday 15 December 2014

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  • The best 60s sci-fi film posters

    Turn on, tune in, trip out with these classic poster designs for some of the great science fiction films of the swinging 60s.


    Friday 12 December 2014

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  • Why I love ... Alien

    In the realm of outer-space horror movies, Ridley Scott’s ‘Texas Chain Saw Massacre of science fiction’ still lords it over the competition.

    Lou Thomas
    Wednesday 10 December 2014

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  • Why I love ... Dark Star

    Before Halloween and The Thing, John Carpenter flexed his genre muscles with spaced-out space-travel comedy Dark Star. It was the hippie, deadbeat answer to Star Trek and 2001, but in turn influenced everything from Alien to Sunshine.

    Kevin Lyons
    Monday 8 December 2014

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  • British Independent Film Awards 2014: the winners in full

    Pride takes the award for best film at the 2014 British Independent Film Awards, as well as two acting prizes.


    Sunday 7 December 2014

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