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    Heroines of Cinema: Tilda Swinton and Sally Potter's Orlando

    Arguably it is stretching the bounds of this column to claim Orlando, the eponymous protagonist of Sally Potter’s 1992 film, as a Heroine of Cinema.

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    Heroines of Cinema: Rizzo from 'Grease'

    For a film so obsessed with cool, “Grease” is surprisingly naff. Perhaps it was inevitable. A film set in the 1950s and filmed in the 1970s was always set precariously amid the ebbs and flows of fashion.

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    Heroines of Cinema: Muriel Heslop

    As widely reported earlier this month, the new Sight and Sound poll of the 50 Greatest Films of All Time featured only one film by a female director. It was hardly a surprise to those versed in the inequalities of the film industry. No women competed for the Palme d’or at Cannes this year.

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    How To Plan For a Better Spring

    For anyone who could do with a genre-defying, heartbreaking, utterly beautiful piece of writing at the end of a long Monday… here is one. If the title alone doesn't seduce you, I assure you this is worth reading. It just might make you cry.

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    "I Hate Winona Ryder"

    I don't know why this is suddenly doing the rounds a year after it was broadcast - but this montage of Miriam Margolyes' appearance on the Graham Norton Show is surely what is known as "chat show gold". This is what happens when a formerly in-demand actress gets fewer and fewer ...

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    The High School Musical Approach to Child Warfare

    There has been a lot of excellent criticism and discussion elsewhere on the Invisible Children Kony campaign, which I won't add to here. But this video - by always entertainingly subversive British journalist Charlie Brooker - is definitely worth watching, if only for the utterly insane ...

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    How Not To Make a Film, Part Four

    Time flies when you're not blogging, it seems, for it was only in my last post that I was announcing my intention to make a short film, and now I have shot it.

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    Oscar Bitchfest: Knott vs. Knegt On This Year's Academy Awards

    Lost Boys Matthew Hammett Knott and Peter Knegt shoot sass at the Oscars in this back-and-forth bitchfest:

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    An Existential Reading of "War Horse"

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    How Not To Make a Film, Part Three

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