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That’s right, we’re back!

I have very big news for all of you! The fourth episode of my university television programme has finally come out for everyone’s enjoyment. The Sweat Room team have been working hard to create this lightly entertaining and not at all informative show. Enjoy, and don’t forget to give it a like!


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The Artist

The Artist Poster

I know I’m a bit late on this fron but I saw The Artist last night. Maybe it’s just me but i love clever intricacies of plot, especially when it is in view of a bigger picture as it is in the artist: the transition from silent movies to the talkies. Jean Dujardin played George Valentin, the crowd-warmer and his emotions portrayed entirely through his actions are still incrediblymoving.

If you are a fan of clever movies, i hope you’re not too put off by the fact the only voices that can be heard come at the very end. It is worth your time, and deserved every little golden man at the Oscars!

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The Human Centipede?!!

Hollywood is in a constant state of evolution, producing the blockbuster cinema that is watched the world over. In order for this evolution to occur there needs to be the process of natural selection, this normally happens through the production companies rejecting and accepting what is put on the silver screen.

Every so often the selection process fails and a movie that not only wastes our time as the audience, but also the hard work of the actors, director and everyone involved. The movie I am currently talking about is an abomination to cinema; The Human Centipede. It is a concoction that is barely worth a second glance as the plotline seems to revolve around the most perverse surgeon and a will to capture people and sew their mouths to another person’s anus, connecting their alimentary canals.

To think this up is perverse, but to actually put on the hours to produce this movie is in the region of needing psychological help. Although I am obviously not the only one, as the first week after release in the cinemas only brought in a £6000 revenue. Hopefully Hollywood will learn from this awful lesson and not disgrace their reputation to this degree again.

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What is the point of Charles Bukowski?

 Can someone tell me the point of Charles Bukowski? After reading two of his books: ‘The Post Office’ and ‘Hollywood’, I couldn’t help but feel dissatisfied with them, especially as they both ended ‘and then I wrote this book.’ All they seem to do is process these ‘complex’ characters who are at the bottom end of society through basic situations. Bukowski only commentates on his life and does not show any admirable qualities except honesty, and even uses this virtue in a downtrodden way. He celebrates only his vices and hates everything purely on principle, as society appears to hate him, and yet it gives him a job and a reason to carry on.

 I could not relate to ‘Hollywood,’ due to its setting heavily being in the LA film industry, and I did not care for his glorifying of being a drunken fool. In the book he is asked “Who would care for the life of a drunk?” And I can’t believe that anyone would proudly and genuinely stand up and say they would, not the life of Henry Chinaski anyway.

 When I read a book I feel the need to have gained something from the experience, not made to feel it is a horrible waste of time and money. This is obviously where I can not connect with Mr. Bukowski. Yes, he exposes organisations for who they are, but he forgets the fundamental point of writing; to inspire and entertain, rather than keep a meagre existence going and sell his readers short.

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Will We be in 3D?

After Avatar has had time to settle, the question still remains; what’s next for 3D?

When I left the screen, I found my eyes were burning with the strain of having to take in the whole of the screen and all it tried to offer. I could not help but think, that while it is early days for the technology, will it really progress with the rest of the 2-dimensional cinema, or fade into the background to join hollywood’s long list of forgotten.

How far will directors and producers go in order to make us; the audience, a character, and how far can it go? Even with 3D, I feel, the old-fashioned greats will never be trumped and remakes of films like The Matrix, to this format, will only end up losing the essence of the experience and more of investor’s money.

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