Soapbox: Duets, Card Games And Turning Back Time – The Top 10 Big Screen Romantic Moments

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This would have looked soooo much less impressive if he’d used an iPhone…

Romance is a tricky thing to get right, not just in real life, but in the movies, too.

As in real life, when it comes to romantic moments on film – whether it’s a sweeping gesture, an emotional speech or something in-between – those that truly stand-out do so because of the genuine connection we as an audience feel between the loved-up couple on screen.

With that in mind – and in honour of Valentine’s Day today – the following list provides a rundown of the 10 big screen romantic moments where just such a connection takes place, and which are guaranteed to set your heart aflutter!

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Soapbox: Duets, Card Games And Turning Back Time – The Top 10 Big Screen Romantic Moments

Soapbox: Action Words, Plot Hints And Cheese – Ranking The Star Wars Episode Titles From Best To Worst

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Have three little words ever caused such Internet frenzy?

It’s no secret that I spend a lot of time thinking about movie titles. It’s also no secret that I spend a lot of time thinking about Star Wars.

So it’s not going to come as much of a shock when I say that after the recent announcement that Star Wars – Episode VIII is called The Last Jedi, I found myself spending a frankly embarrassing amount of time considering what makes a good Star Wars title, and that before too long, I had ranked all eight episode titles from best to worst.

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Soapbox: Action Words, Plot Hints And Cheese – Ranking The Star Wars Episode Titles From Best To Worst

Noticeboard: February 2017

There’s no getting around it: Valentine’s Day pretty much owns February. As such, you can expect at least one great, big romance-themed post from The Pop Culture this month, along with the usual pop culture fare.

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Noticeboard: February 2017

Review: La La Land

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There’s balancing contests, and then there’s these guys…

It’s becoming something of a dubious tradition for me to post outrageously postponed reviews in January, a custom only further perpetuated by the decidedly late arrival of this look at La La Land.

Now as then, the reason for this delay isn’t procrastination (well, the main reason anyway…), but rather it comes as the result of me mulling over my initial, complex reactions to what I had seen.

Because for all that Damien Chazelle’s musical has wowed audiences and critics alike – just this week it received a record-equaling 14 Oscar nominations – I have to admit that I had (and still have) mixed feelings on La La Land, even as I can’t deny the incredible craft that lies at the heart of the film.

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Review: La La Land

Soapbox: Taste vs Censorship – Should The Michael Jackson Episode of Urban Myths Be Aired?

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Just think: Someone thought this was a good idea, and someone else agreed with them…

The recent news that European cable network Sky will not be airing “Elizabeth, Michael and Marlon”, the highly controversial episode of the Urban Myths comedy series, came as no surprise.

After all, the episode features Joseph Fiennes – a white actor best known for his portrayal of Shakespeare in Shakespeare in Love – in the role of Michael Jackson, a questionable move bound to ruffle more than a few feathers.

Still, even as I completely understand Sky’s decision not to air the episode, I’m not sure I entirely agree with it, which leads me to consider issues relating to whitewashing in pop culture and good taste versus censorship.

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Soapbox: Taste vs Censorship – Should The Michael Jackson Episode of Urban Myths Be Aired?

Noticeboard: January 2017

A (very) belated “Happy New Year” everyone!

Ask anyone you know about their hopes for the year ahead, and virtually all of them will say “Aw, jeez…I just wanna make it better than 2016”, and (except for the “Aw, jeez” part), that’s The Pop Culture Studio’s goal, too.

Thanks to your support, last year was The Studio’s best yet, which means that the bar has certainly been raised for 2017! Fortunately, I’ve come up with two new year’s resolutions that I think will ensure that The Studio is up to the challenge.

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Noticeboard: January 2017

Soapbox: What A Glorious Feeling! – Why Singin’ In The Rain Is The Greatest Big Screen Musical Of All Time

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It may improve your mood, but singing in the rain is actually a pretty great way to get pneumonia…

With the tragic news of Debbie Reynold’s death last week, film fans around the globe have been celebrating her life by looking back at her amazing career. Of all the films Ms Reynolds starred in, perhaps the most beloved is 1952 classic Singin’ in the Rain.

A breezy comedy-musical charting the struggles of a 1920s film studio to transition from silent movies to “talkies”, Singin’ in the Rain is one of the most iconic flicks in cinema history, and – thanks to its strong cast, influence on the genre, eye-catching visuals, timelessness and charm – it’s arguably the greatest big screen musical ever made.

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Soapbox: What A Glorious Feeling! – Why Singin’ In The Rain Is The Greatest Big Screen Musical Of All Time