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The 100 best British movies

The 100 best British movies

How exactly does one define British cinema? It’s more difficult to nail down than it seems. Okay, so the accents usually give it away. But the essential qualities of the best British movies are as wide-ranging as the Commonwealth itself. In terms of the stories it tells, it’s basically limitless. Want a widescreen epic? Go straight to the work of David Lean or Powell and Pressburger. In the market for a smaller, more personal drama? Try Joanna Hogg or Shane Meadows. Thrillers? Comedies? Period dramas? Movies about drugs? Movies that seem to be on drugs themselves? The UK film industry has produced them all, each displaying a distinctly English slant. In compiling this list of the best British movies of all-time, we surveyed a diverse array of actors, directors, writers, producers, critics and industry heavyweights, from Wes Anderson, Mike Leigh, Ken Loach, Sam Mendes and Terence Davies, David Morrissey, Sally Hawkins and Thandiwe Newton. Unsurprisingly, the results are as diverse as the country itself. Written by Dave Calhoun, Tom Huddleston, David Jenkins, Derek Adams, Geoff Andrew, Adam Lee Davies, Paul Fairclough, Wally Hammond, Alim Kheraj, Matthew Singer & Phil de Semlyen Recommended: 💂 50 great British actors🔥 The 100 best movies of all-time🎥 The 100 best movies of the 20th century so far🇬🇧 The 100 best London songs 

The 50 best monster movies ever made

The 50 best monster movies ever made

Movie monsters come in many shapes, sizes and species, from parasitic slugs to reanimated dinosaurs to creeping mounds of space gelatin. Some are meant to symbolise social ills or reflect the deepest, darkest human fears, while others are clearly reflective of the issues their designers have been working on in therapy. In other cases, some monsters are just unholy beasts that are often nauseating to look at but impossible to turn away from, driven only by pure instinct. All that said, a great movie monster doesn’t necessarily make for a great monster movie. In the case of these movies, the monster might drive the action, but there’s more going on than just awesome effects and righteous kills. To help sort the beastly from the bogus, we put a few parameters in place. First off, no zombies or vampires – those guys warrant lists of their own. Secondly, no humans. Apologies to Freddy, Jason, Michael and Henry from Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer, but you are not the kind of monsters we’re looking for. Rather, we loaded up on killer rabbits, killer plants, killer fish, killer clowns, killer aliens and killer giant sandworms – and even then, it was hard to choose the bloodthirstiest of the bunch. But we did the best we could.  Written by Tom Huddleston, Adam Lee Davies, Andy Kryza, Paul Fairclough, David Jenkins & Matthew Singer Recommended: 👹 The 66 greatest movie monsters💀 The 100 best horror movies of all-time👽 The 100 best sci-fi movies of all-time🦄 The 50 best fantasy m

50 terrifying movie moments

50 terrifying movie moments

Here, as the dark cloud of Halloween descends, we showcase the horror movie scenes that have made us cower in our boots, dash for the exit sign and – in the case of ‘Guest House Paradiso’ – weep for the very future of humankind. Some of these terrifying moments are on here for personal reasons (‘Who Framed Roger Rabbit’, ‘The Vanishing’), some constitute lesser-known gems (‘The profound Desire of the Gods’) and some are simply chilling horror classics which no list of this nature should be without (‘Jaws’, ‘The Exorcist’). WARNING: The most terrifying scenes of these scary movies often tend to take place at the end. Some of the following entries contain major spoilers – we’ve flagged them up, but we urge readers to proceed with caution. RECOMMENDED: The 100 best horror films By Dave Calhoun, Tom Huddleston, David Jenkins, Adam Lee Davies, Derek Adams

The ten worst date movies

The ten worst date movies

Check out our definitive list of films guaranteed to kill even the cosiest evening stone cold dead. If you've got a bad-date-movie experience of your own you'd like to share, or think there's a woefully unromantic movie we've missed out, let us know in the comments below.  

The ten worst date movies

The ten worst date movies

If you’re stuck with a date you don’t really want – or just keen to make your cosy night in that little bit more 'experimental' – check out our definitive list of films guaranteed to kill even the cosiest evening stone cold dead. If you've got a bad-date-movie experience of your own you'd like to share, or think there's a woefully unromantic movie we've missed out, let us know in the comments below. RECOMMENDED: The 100 best romantic movies

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16 Soundwave festival anthems

16 Soundwave festival anthems

Taking place in the beautiful Croatian town of Tisno every July, Soundwave festival returns for a ninth instalment this summer. Renowned for its winning combination of a sun-kissed, seaside location and top-drawer music from some of the best live acts and DJs around (this year including The Pharcyde, Roni Size and Roy Ayers), if you've never made it to Soundwave, there's still time to bag a ticket for this year's bash. For a taste of what to expect, whether you're off to the festival this year or not, we recommend hitting up the official Manchester Soundwave launch party, taking place Saturday April 22 at Stage & Radio on Port Street.  Tied in with the city's celebrations for Record Store Day, the party features Manchester favourites Children Of Zeus and Mr Thing alongside Soundwave regular DJs Gilla, Bobbafatt and Jim Bane, who here pick out some of their favourite tracks from the festival from over the years. Read on for a taste of what to expect on Saturday and at the festival itself...   www.soundwavecroatia.com   1. A Tribe Called Quest - 'Buggin’ Out' DJ BobaFatt - 'The sonics of jazzy boom bap can be found deep in the DNA of Soundwave's core. Nothing exemplifies this more than the synchronised reaction to THIS bassline, and its ability to prompt hundreds of folks to air-drum one off-beat snare drum, and belt out the word "YO!" in unison.'   2. Floating Points - 'Love Me Like This' DJ Gilla - 'Great memories of this being p