Film & TV posts

The 10 bestselling DVDs at Readings in 2013

Here are our 10 bestselling DVDs from the past year.

Reflecting an enduring thirst for crime and politics, the following list is predominantly populated with smart, savvy television dramas, some of which have very dark undertones. A stellar list of writers, actors and directors is featured here including Jane Campion for Top of the Lake, and Aaron Sorkin for The Newsroom: Season 1.

The list als…

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On being a Lord of the Rings fangirl

by Bronte Coates

Inspired by her recent visit to the cinemas to see The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Bronte Coates reminisces about her youthful obsession with The Lord of the Rings.

I’d already read, and fallen in love with, the books so by the time I saw the first trailer for The Lord of the Rings in a dark cinema as a naive and impressionable youth – so I was pretty much primed for a life-altering cinem…

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The Best DVDs of 2013

by Lou Fulco

Our top ten DVDs from 2013, as selected by our film expert Lou Fulco. (Displayed in no particular order).

The Perks of Being A Wallflower

The Perks of Being A Wallflower is a film that actually does justice to the book it was based on. On screen, Stephen Chbosky’s novel of teenage angst and life-changing friendships is honestly and unflinchingly portrayed. Logan Lerman, Emma Watson and Ezra…

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Book vs Film: Catching Fire

by Bronte Coates

Last week I went to see the second film instalment of Suzanne Collins' dystopian trilogy, The Hunger Games, on opening night and, as expected, found myself in a cinema full of enthusiastic teen fans. When the trailer for the upcoming adaptation of Divergent appeared on screen, my friend leaned over to me and said, ‘I think those girls behind us are hyperventilating.’ I patted his hand. ‘We’re amo…

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10 Books For YA Fans To Read Before The Movie

by Emily Gale

Are you the type who always wants to read the book first? Here’s a list of movies based on books YA fans love, which are due to be released over the next few months.

1. Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

The second installment in the Hunger Games trilogy will be released in November. This is one of the rare times when I’ve enjoyed a movie (Hunger Games, the first installment) more than a book b…

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The Best Female Leads on TV

by Nina Kenwood

Our online manager (and TV addict) Nina Kenwood picks out her favourite female leads on TV right now.

With the end of Breaking Bad, I say let us now also bring to an end the era of the male anti-hero.

Look, I loved Breaking Bad as much as the next person, but I am tired of talking about Walter White, Don Draper, Dexter Morgan, Tony Soprano, Nucky Thompson, Francis Underwood, Raylan Givens and…

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Why HBO should adapt Swamplandia!

by Bronte Coates

I’m an optimistic when it comes to adaptations - I like to believe the new interpretation will be better than expected rather than fear for the worst - so it’s disappointing to come to terms with one of my most-anticipated book-to-screen projects falling deep into development hell. Here’s why I think HBO should hurry up and create a television series of Karen Russell’s Pulitzer prize-shortlisted

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Why you should watch Friday Night Lights

by Marie Matteson

Bookseller Marie Matteson tells us about the secret Readings Friday Night Lights fan club, and why she thinks you should join it.

A few years ago Lorrie Moore wrote a wonderful piece for The New York Review of Books about the television show Friday Night Lights. She spoke of finding herself at a party, heads together with two other authors, united in what had been a previously isolated love of…

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Five Notable Uses of Music In Breaking Bad

by Chris Somerville

Chris Somerville talks about some of his music highlights in the television drama, Breaking Bad.

Currently I’m trying to catch up on Breaking Bad before the season ends and everyone talks about it on social media. I realise, of course, that this is entirely my own fault, and that I’ve had ample time to catch up. Even so it irked me when recently a woman sitting next to me on a plane saw me wat…

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Alice Gage on filmmaker Jeff Nichols

by Alice Gage

‘Is anyone seeing this?’ asks Curtis (Michael Shannon) in Jeff Nichols’ second film, Take Shelter (2011). Curtis has pulled his car over to the side of the road to watch a dry lightning storm approaching ominously from the fields beyond. His wife and daughter are asleep in the back seat and, indeed, no one sees it but him. Curtis’s portentous visions are leaking from his dreams into his days. Is …

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