baftaThe nominations for BAFTAs have been announced and quite a few very good films look under represented such as Pacific Rim, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Frozen and the Wolf of Wall Street. Here are a few of the most noted films up for this year’s BAFTA awards.

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breaking badBreaking Bad is rated 9.5 out of 10 on IMDB. It’s safe to say that the Emmy-award winning series owns a place in the pantheon of most popular TV series ever.

The story is about a chemistry school teacher who turns to a life of crime,

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Pӧlkar is a new band formed in Thessaloniki, Greece that describes itself as an indie, folk and rock band. This is their first video clip directed by Michael H. Webber and Kleitos Kyriakides.

The music video itself is like a short film with a plot that thickens and thickens as the song progresses till it clots.

We expect scary videos from Marilyn Manson, Rob Zombie or even Ozzy but it is still quite unusual for new artists. Hence, why we enjoyed watching it so much!

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Charles Bradley: The Soul of America, which recently aired on the BBC, is one of those documentaries that justifies a good chunk of the TV tax all on its own. Over the course of an hour (the limited theatrical release was 72 minutes) we are shown around the life of a former James Brown impersonator who only made it with his own material in 2011, at 62 years of age.
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The Great Gatsby was one of the most eagerly anticipated films to hit our screens this year. The combination of Baz Luhrmann and Leonardo DiCaprio had many fans and critics keen to see what the two could create. Like with any major film release that has a big build up, there was always going to be some film critics ready to slate it just to cause upset and go against the grain, but essentially the film has been well received, taking $51million at the US box office in its opening week.
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Dir. James Wan
Stars: Patrick Wilson, Vera Farminga, Lili Taylor, Ron Livingston

Just like studio sitcoms, horror films that make the audience jump seem terribly passé these days. There is something not very sophisticated about the whole thing – like getting your kicks from poking someone in the sides, or unexpectedly screaming in their ear. Which is a shame, because there is nothing wrong with a film that shocks by jumping out at us from the dark, providing it does it well.
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Didn’t Danny Boyle do well putting together the Olympics opening ceremony, splicing together music and films we were sick to death of already to create one great big patriotic spectacle? Well over the next two weeks, the nation’s only Olympian film director will be putting together a more nuanced selection of British film and music at St Clement’s Social Club in Bow, east London, which looks well worth a visit.
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Don McCullin

Photographer Don McCullin is still alive, although his brand of hard-hitting photojournalism may not be. This is what we learn from the eponymous documentary by Jacqui and David Morris, charting the life of one of the world’s most daring and brilliant war photographers, now retired but lucid as ever.

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The Act of Killing

You only need to read the synopsis for Joshua Oppenheimer’s latest documentary The Act of Killing to understand the hype. The director – known for his experimental non-fiction feature The Entire History of the Louisiana Purchase – has brought documentary film-making into the realm of fiction by asking his subjects to recreate acts of their past on camera. But the intrigue doesn’t end there. Oppenheimer’s subjects are former leaders of an Indonesian death squad who recreate their murderous rampages in different film genres.

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Before Midnight

You’re probably going to want to see Before Midnight without knowing what happened to Jesse and Celine since last time.

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