The United Kingdom is preparing to enter another lockdown, and since its residents can’t really travel anywhere, they’re getting the next best thing: a Google Maps “virtual movie hunt.” Over 40 beloved British movies have been hidden across the Google map of the U.K., and are available to watch for free to any film fan that finds them. This includes institutional British classics like Wallace and Gromit: Curse of the Were-Rabbit as well as other acclaimed films, including Skyfall and Shaun of the Dead.
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For as long as I can remember, scars have been used as a visual shorthand for villainy in movies. I can’t count the number of henchmen I’ve seen who have scars across one eye, and major characters like Le Chiffre from Casino Royale, The Joker from The Dark Knight, and Kylo Ren from the new Star Wars trilogy are recent examples which prove that shorthand is still regularly used today.
But the British Film Institute, or BFI, is trying to combat the negative stigma associated with disfigurement: the organization has announced that it will no longer provide funding for films that include villains with facial scars. Read More »