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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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More Sport and Banter for your tastebuds

Thats right the third episode of ‘The Sweat Room’ straight from essex uni and SX:TV, is online for your enjoyment.

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Chaos with World Cup Referees

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There is the recurring theme of chaos in the World Cup, and seems to appear every four years and every other match or so. The causes of the chaos seem to range from the huge (Maradona’s hand of God) to the less so (Lampard’s disallowed goal), but they all have great significance, and the officials int he game are there to help shepherd this chaos, and for the most part they do a great job. But every so often they make a mistake and this is what makes it one of the most pressured jobs in the world, especially as the world is watching.

It is so easy to criticise the referee, and sometimes this criticism is deserved, as what is a yellow to one referee is not to another (eg. in the Germany, Serbia match when Alberto Undiano; the referee, gave Miroslav Klose two yellow’s where most other referees would have just given fouls), which gives teams an unfair advantage over other ones simply because of irresponsible decision-making, and the consequences can leave a team crashing out the world cup.

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The referees are handpicked from around the world, and just as the players are the best in the world at their jobs, the officials are at theres. Although it can be said that there are very few referees nowadays who don’t have some controversy or another to their name, as it is in people’s nature to make mistakes. Many people have asked whether we can keep allowing the officials human error to rule the game and, in some cases, pick out the winner with their mistakes, but I feel we have no other choice. I do believe we should bring in goal line technology and the opportunity for referees to view video replays so we can get as close as we can to honest football as possible. But I also believe that no machine could ever replace a referee on the pitch as there is always human judgement involved, like the playing advantage rule and the choice of giving a card and which card to give, no machine could ever say whether a tackle had malice involved in it.

Most of the time, the referees do a great job, but every now and again they slip up just as the rest of us do. Unfortunately this can not only alter the scoreline by disallowing a goal, or allowing one which might be offside (the apparent offside against Uruguay last night, as Van Persie tried to play Robben’s ball before it went in the back of the net), but also the mentality and momentum of the teams, as they lose focus and feel outraged falling out of contest, and unable to scramble back into the match.

Whilst the perfect referee is an ideal, you have to realise that the game of football, as with any sport, is decided by far more than just referring, and ultimately quality will shine through. Germany beat England because they had the pace and the passing precision to beat a faltering defence on the counter. And Uruguay, whilst being a very good team, couldn’t keep up with the Dutch and the likes of Robben and Sneijder. But who knows what the refereeing of the future will be like, lets hope that it’s not too perfect so there is still a little bit of hidden drama that goes beyond the players, besides I have to blame someone other than the players for England losing..

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Better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all..

As I write, I write in mourning. In mourning of what could have been, of what might have been and heavily reminded of the fact that we aim too high. Cast aside by a young German side that, it pains me to say this but, deserved their victory. Matthew Upson and John Terry failing to resemble anything that starts to look like a defence. Throwing ball after ball away for German goal kicks. Before the game it was said that due to the lack of experience Germany would be the more wasteful team with possession and it’s just not the case.

Just like a lover looking back on a failed relationship I can just about struggle to see the positives, and with them heavily being outweighed by the damning negatives like the defence and the score line.

Like a lover I see where things could have changed, the point where we lost our way (Frank Lampard’s beautiful strike crossing the line and being disallowed by the South American linesman), and as I sit with my tub of ice cream I can see where we can learn from these mistakes; finally bring in goal line technology, change to a modern, more adaptable manager one who isn’t afraid to try something other than 4-4-2.

Change is the most important thing England, as it’s not me it’s you, it really is and you have the potential to win these tournaments and make other teams cower at your presence. Now, like a recently single man I will have to set my sights on something lower as we have been divorced from the World Cup, maybe the Euro, although Germany will still be there.

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Don’t reach for the Sky

   When the monopoly that Sky television is is too much to pay for, it is time to call it quits. As i am not the bill payer in my household it took me a little while to accept the end of the subscription. Especially as I had to say goodbye to almost all the sport that I have taken for granted over the past few years.

  However, once you get rediscover the likes of BBC sport and ITV football, it can be easy to compensate for the loss. As a result I have been able to accomplish more as less time is spent staring at a screen.

 Hopefully if enough people choose to follow suit, then sky can lower their rates and change their packages, as we are not here to be exploited, and it should be well within our price range and an easy choice to keep this commodity.

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Get wet with Heavy Rain

Heavy Rain, the new PS3 game to hit the gaming shores, is a massive breakthrough. I can’t help but think that this will be far beyond a novelty as gaming gets closer to real life. I’m sure it will not be too long before we are swept away to climb into a gaming suit as Wii technology goes that one stage further as well.

Heavy rain also highlights how important the storyline is to new and upcoming games, as Call Of Duty has before, having to write up to twenty different script to play out to find the elusive ‘oragami killer.’ Technology like this is bringing entertainment to a whole new level.

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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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