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Christmas time is here again - you have been warned. The lead up to Christmas is crazeeee season and this year its even more so. Fom the sublime The Lady in the Van (based on Alan Bennett's true life novel), through the heavily hyped Kill Your Friends, and Steve Jobs (!), through to festive-centric A Christmas Star and the undoubted turkey that will be Christmas with the Coopers.

And then there are the biggies. Disney Pixar's latest offering The Good Dinosaur, and dare I mention it Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens. The Force Awakens is obviously one of the most eagerly awaited films in cinema history, and however disappointing it turns out to be seeing Han Solo and Chewbacca using their free bus passes to get around hyperspace, we can at least be assured that it won't feature Jar Jar Binks.

The venerable institution The BBC are spoiling us now with their BBC Store - a place to download and keep some gems from the output of the BBC. Although the store is skewed rather heavily in favour of recent output, there are a number of real jewels of TV films in amongst the collection, with the promise of more and more of the archive being opened up each week. Very much something to keep a keen eye upon.

Here are a couple of things we've enjoyed at the local flea pit cinema and are now available to buy and rent to enjoy in the comfort of your home environment. Heaven Adores You, the wonderful bio-pic of late genius singer-songwriter Elliott Smith. On a very different tip, is The Goob. People of a certain age will remember the series of Screen Two films of the 1980s / 90s - this would fit perfectly into that slot. A film set in the Fens, telling the tale of a young man wishing for a better existence than the one he sees playing out before him.

And almost finally, as our way of saying "Merry Christmas one and all" is this, which we dust down every year, our Christmas movie guide in the guise of an advent calendar. We are spoiling you.

And finally, finally, and in the spirit of the season, we here at alt-flix would like to share with you our suggested listening for that warm seasonal feeling, which is Silent Night Songs for a Cold Winter's Evening by The Rowan Amber Mill and Angeline Morrison which, as a collection of winter songery, is as close to a warm hug for your ears that you will find anywhere this yuletide season. So give yer ears a treat this season with those earworms. They are spoiling you too.

We really love their short promo films as well - take a look.


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Directors: Our ever expanding guide to the top directors in cinema. Includes a biography, filmography, comment about the directors body of work plus individual film reviews and news updates on directors current projects, cinema and DVD releases etc.

We've just added a guide to the life and work of Stanley Kubrick. Other directors currently featured in the guide include Ken Loach, Terry Gilliam, Michael Haneke, Shane Meadows, The Coen brothers, Lindsay Anderson and Mike Leigh.

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