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Top Ten Winston Churchill motivational quotes

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Top Ten Winston Churchill motivational quotes

Posted on 14 June 2017 by Chris Ford

This week sees the release of ‘CHURCHILL’ starring Brain Cox as Britain’s iconic Prime Minister Winston Churchill, covering the days before the infamous D-Day landings in June 1944.  As allied forces stand on the south coast of Britain, poised to invade Nazi-occupied Europe, they await Churchill’s decision on whether the invasion will actually move ahead.

With the release of Churchill we thought we would compile our top ten Winston Churchill motivational quotes to inspire you through the week :

  • “There are a terrible lot of lies going about the world, and the worst of it is that half of them are true.”
  • “Men occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of them pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing ever happened.”
  • “One ought never to turn one’s back on a threatened danger and try to run away from it. If you do that, you will double the danger. But if you meet it promptly and without flinching, you will reduce the danger by half.”
  • “Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm.”
  • “Every day you may make progress. Every step may be fruitful. Yet there will stretch out before you an ever-lengthening, ever-ascending, ever-improving path. You know you will never get to the end of the journey. But this, so far from discouraging, only adds to the joy and glory of the climb.”
  • “There is only one duty, only one safe course, and that is to try to be right and not to fear to do or say what you believe to be right.”
  • “This is the lesson: never give in, never give in, never, never, never, never — in nothing, great or small, large or petty — never give in except to convictions of honour and good sense. Never yield to force; never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy.”
  • “It is a mistake to try to look too far ahead. The chain of destiny can only be grasped one link at a time.”
  • “If you have an important point to make, don’t try to be subtle or clever. Use a pile driver. Hit the point once. Then come back and hit it again. Then hit it a third time-a tremendous whack.”
  • “Continuous effort – not strength or intelligence – is the key to unlocking our potential.”

 

Churchill is released in UK cinemas this Friday, 16th June

 

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Top Ten  Movie Drunks

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Top Ten Movie Drunks

Posted on 18 June 2014 by Chris Ford

A true test of a great actor is the unlikeliest of scenarios; however, if an actor or actress can convey the sense they have consumed large amounts of alcohol without actually doing so, then it’s only a matter of roles until you deliver a performance which will stand the test of time. To mark the DVD release of Downhill on 16th June 2014, we count down the ten best movie drunks.

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Ted Striker (Airplane! – 1980)
Played by… Robert Hays
As an airplane passenger forced to take action when everyone’s lives are thrown in danger, this classic spoof of disaster movies depicts Striker as an edgy, over-serious ex-fighter pilot with a drinking problem – best evidenced in the hilarious scene where he has a drink, but due to the heavy turbulence ends up slashing himself in the face rather than drinking any of it.

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Marion Ravenwood (Raiders of the Lost Ark – 1981)
Played by… Karen Allen
Appearing in all Indy films bar The Last Crusade, Marion Ravenwood’s memorable first appearance comes in the midway point of a drinking contest which she is naturally winning. Surrounded by empty shot glasses, Ravenwood embraces her liquor-holding technique to get out of a few threatening scenarios, including her escape from Belloq.

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Withnail (Withnail & I – 1987)
Played by… Richard E. Grant
It’s hard to recall this as Richard E. Grant’s performance, but what a way to burst onto the cinematic landscape; as titular character Withnail, Grant steals the film as a drugged and very drunk British unemployed actor who ups and leaves his squalid Camden apartment for an idyllic holiday in the countryside, courtesy of his Uncle Monty (Richard Griffiths). Raining non-stop with a lack of food, Withnail and pal Marwood (Paul McGann) end up drunker than before…

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Ben Sanderson (Leaving Las Vegas – 1995)
Played by… Nicolas Cage
Perhaps the most accolade-strewn ‘drunk’ performance comes from Nicolas Cage in heavy drama Leaving Las Vegas, and rightfully so; his intensely played performance shows the other side of alcoholism – the real side; the one which tears lives apart. Harrowingly difficult to watch, any doubt as to the scope of Cage’s career, look no further than this performance.

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The Dude (The Big Lebowski – 1998)
Played by… Jeff Bridges
This White Russian drinking layabout becomes embroiled in a kidnapping plot due to sharing names with a wheelchair-bound millionaire (David Huddleston); the kidnap in question occurs when the latter’s wife Bunny is held for ransom, and with an array of characters getting in The Dude’s way, including troubled Vietnam veteran Walter (John Goodman), Julianne Moore’s avant-garde feminist Maude Lebowski and John Turturro’s Italian bowling opponent Jesus Quintana, it’s no wonder he accepts drinks more readily than most.

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Gwen Cummings (28 Days – 2000) Played by… Sandra Bullock
As a newspaper columnist obliged to enter rehab for her alcoholism, Sandra bullock’s portrayl of Gwen Cummings reaches for the Nicolas Cage heights of movie drunks. Kick-starting the film with a spiralled event where Cummings wrecks her sister’s wedding after consuming more than enough alcohol, it is refreshing to see a script depict a troubled character who is willing to try and beat their condition.

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Willie T. Stokes (Bad Santa – 2003)
Played by… Billy Bob Thornton
Not even working as Santa Claus in a shopping mall can prevent Billy bob Thornton’s Willie T. Stokes snatching numerous moments to swig from alcohol-filled flasks – so much so that he even ends up vomiting on the job. His priceless reaction where child Thurman (Brett Kelly) brings him a glass of orange juice to sober him up best encapsulates why Stokes made it onto this list.

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Miles Raymond (Sideways – 2004)
Played by… Paul Giamatti
What better way is there to disguise your alcoholic tendencies than to travel to peaceful wineries with a friend; this is precisely what Paul Giamatti’s Miles does in Alexander Payne’s Sideways. Perhaps due to drinking so much of it, Miles is an apparent wine expert, shown to be the case with his oft-quoted outburst – ‘I am not drinking any f*cking Merlot!’

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Jasmine (Blue Jasmine – 2013)
Played by… Cate Blanchett
Jasmine, a babbling, drinking shadow of her former socialite self, is thrown into despair following the downfall of her fraudulent businessman husband (Alex Baldwin). Heading to New York City where she plans on staying with free-spirited adoptive sister (Sally Hawkins) who lies on the opposite end of Jasmine’s spectrum, scene by scene she melts further down, drowning sorrows in a number of glasses of alcohol throughout the running time of Woody Allen’s film.

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Julian (Downhill – 2014)
Played by… Ned Dennehy
Despite all four old school friends participating in the same amount of drinking during a coast-to-coast walk across the UK, there is naturally one who embraces the opportunity to drink copious amounts of alcohol rather than enjoying the outdoors or, you know, each other’s company. This Ned Dennehy’s Julian, in a peculiar but hilariously watchable performance, which sees the four blokes get up to a whole manner of brilliant hi-jinks.
Downhill is available on DVD and digital platforms on the 16th June 2014

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Delivery Man – Competition

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Delivery Man – Competition

Posted on 12 June 2014 by Chris Ford

Delivery Man staring Vince Vaughn as an affable underachiever who finds out he’s fathered 533 children through anonymous donations to a fertility clinic 20 years ago. Now he must decide whether or not to come forward when 142 of them file a lawsuit to reveal his identity.

Sound good? well how would you like to win a copy on DVD as well as that you will also get a Delivery Man Coffee mug!

all you have to do to win is email us at enterthecomp@gmail.com telling with the answer to this question:

In one of Vince’s previous movies, what did he and Owen Wilson ‘Crash’ ?

We have three sets of DVDs and Mugs to giveaway and winners will be selected Friday 20th June at random

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Delivery Man is out now on DVD and Blu-Ray

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Downhill – a great British comedy

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Downhill – a great British comedy

Posted on 08 May 2014 by Chris Ford

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British comedy films can be a bit hit and miss, lately there have been lots about weddings and stag dos it seems a format that I feel has been milked to death so I wasn’t sure what to expect when I went to see Downhill recently.

Downhill’s premise is a fly on the wall documentary which follows four old school friends as they attempt a coast to coast walk from one side of England to the other, I know it doesn’t sound too exciting but this film was genuinely the funniest thing Ive seen in the cinema for a long while, the characters felt real, each one of them had their own little heart ache they were hiding whether it be money troubles, the prospect of aging or sexuality it’s all there and treated with a dark humour that works very well here.

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There are no major stars in this, but you will recognise most if not all the cast from other things and they all put in sterling performances.

If you are looking for something funny yet heart-warming then I would suggest Downhill fits the bill perfectly.

Downhill is released on DVD and digital platforms on 16th June 2014

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AN OVERSIMPLIFICATION OF HER BEAUTY

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AN OVERSIMPLIFICATION OF HER BEAUTY

Posted on 10 February 2014 by Chris Ford

If you are looking for something a bit different to take your partner to this Valentine’s day then how about the new film written and directed by Terence Nance?
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The film focuses in as a artist hypothesizes about why he feels bad when a mystery girl stands him up. The event prompts him to ask: what’s the content of a momentary feeling? Is it the sum of your experiences? And, perhaps more importantly, are your experiences the sum of you?
I wont say anymore than that as its one of those films that’s both hard to explain but in a way it would also spoil it to do so too much, but I think it’s a perfect film for Valentines Day that explores relationships and what they mean to each of us.
The film is out now in selected UK cinemas through Picturehouse cinemas.

Picturehouse is the leading independent cinema chain in the UK and will also be supporting the film through their ‘Discover Tuesdays’ programming. All participating cinemas will be screening An Oversimplification Of Her Beauty on Tuesday 11th February.
To find out details of where the film is showing and book tickets go to: http://www.picturehouses.co.uk/Picturehouse_Recommends/Discover_Tuesdays/
Picturehouse have kindly offered a signed script from the film by director Terence Nance, for a chance of winning just email us at enterthecomp@gmail.com and also make sure you are a subscriber to the site.
A winner will be picked at random on the 14th Feb 2014

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STELLA ARTOIS PRESENTS EXCLUSIVE UK PREMIERE OF IN FEAR

Posted on 15 November 2013 by Chris Ford

The UK premiere of In Fear took place at the ICA in London this Tuesday , the debut psychological thriller by Jeremy Lovering.

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The Stella Artois bursary programme aims to financially support exceptional creative talent and bring smaller releases to a wider audience, providing unique cinematic experiences to film fans. In Fear was the seventh film Stella Artois has supported since the bursary programme began in August 2012.

In Jeremy Lovering’s chilling debut, a young couple fights to survive one night-turned-nightmare. Driving to a music festival, Tom and Lucy have plans to stay at a countryside hotel. But with hotel signs leading them in circles and darkness falling, they soon become lost in a maze of country roads, and the target of an unknown tormentor.

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Reminiscent of vintage psychological thrillers and bolstered by newcomer Iain De Caestecker, along with Allen Leech in its main roles, In Fear plays out in real time and hinges on a claustrophobic, unrelentingly tense horror thriller.

“In Fear is a wonderfully crafted masterpiece which is sure to keep viewers on the edge of their seats.  We are delighted that our bursary programme has given the film the chance to have the premiere it deserves.” said Phil Pick, UK Marketing Manager for Stella Artois. “The Stella Artois bursary enables film makers to showcase their rich talent by offering opportunities that were previously not possible, such as premieres and director Q&A’s.”

The In Fear premiere is the latest instalment in a series of events funded by the Stella Artois bursary programme which has been set up to support stand-out film.  Previous support has enabling premieres for Sightseers and A Field in England.

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I was lucky enough to attend the premiere on Tuesday along with three pair of lucky competition winners and thoroughly enjoyed the film, we met the stars of the film and also the awesome Simon Pegg was amoungst the stars who turned up to see the film.

I highly recommended you check In Fear out.

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Win Tickets to the ‘In Fear’ premiere, courtesy of Stella Artois

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Win Tickets to the ‘In Fear’ premiere, courtesy of Stella Artois

Posted on 07 November 2013 by Chris Ford

Gentlemen’s Goods is teaming up with Stella Artois to give readers the chance to win a pair of tickets to the UK red carpet premiere of In Fear, the debut psychological thriller by Jeremy Lovering.

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The exclusive premiere of In Fear will take place at the ICA, The Mall, London, SW1Y 5AH on Tuesday 12th November. We have three pairs of general admission tickets up for grabs.

Those lucky enough to secure a pair of tickets to the screenings will get to attend the UK premiere of the film.

 

To be in with a chance of winning all you need to do is email your name, date of birth and contact telephone number to enterthecomp@gmail.com.

Terms and Conditions

In Fear Premiere Ticket Giveaway (the “Promotion”)

No purchase necessary. Prize draw

7.11.2013 – 09.11.2013

 

1.       The promoter is Gentlemen’s Goods (www.gentlemensgoods.com) (the “Promoter”). The prize is provided by AB InBev UK Limited (Company number: 3982132) of Porter Tun House, 500 Capability Green, Luton, Bedfordshire, LU1 3LS (the “Prize Provider”).

 

2.                   This Promotion is open to persons aged 18 or over and resident in the UK (England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland), excluding employees of the Promoter or the Prize Provider, and their immediate families, associated agents or anyone professionally associated with the administration of this Promotion. Entries from agents, third parties or consumer groups will not be accepted. Bulk entries will not be accepted.

 

3.                   The Promotion opens at 13.00pm on 7th November 2013 and closes at 10.00pm on 9th November 2013 (the “Promotional Period”).

 

4.                   There are three pairs of general admission tickets available to be won for the premiere of In Fear, at the ICA, The Mall, London, SW1Y 5AH at 7.30pm on Tuesday 12th November, three separate prize draws taking place at 10.00am on 10thNovember 2013:

 

Each pair of tickets is a “Prize”.  There are 3 pairs of tickets available to be won in total.

 

5.            To enter the Promotion, individuals should email details of their name, date of birth and contact telephone number to enterthecomp@gmail.com (“Entry”).

 

 

6.            Three participants will be chosen at random via a randomised computer programme from the prize draw from all the participants who validly submitted their personal details and correctly answer the question in accordance with paragraph 5, who will each win a Prize (“Winners”). There will be three (3) Winners in total. Each Winner will be notified that they have won a prize by email by 11.00am on 10th November 2013 to the email address they supplied on Entry (“Notifying Email”). Winners must respond to the Notifying Email no later than 24 hours after the time the Notifying Email is sent (as per the time stamp on the sent email) confirming their acceptance of the Prize, agreement to the Terms and Conditions, and the name and date of birth of their guest. If Winners do not reply to the Notifying Email within 24 hours, that Winner forfeits their Prize and a replacement winner will be drawn in their place from the entries received during the Promotional Period. Once the Winner’s acceptance of the Prize has been received by the Promoter, he or she will be sent a confirmation email no later than 24 hours prior to the screening providing further details about the Prize including the time of screening, location of cinema and where to go to on arrival at the cinema. Upon acceptance of the Prize by email in accordance with this paragraph, the Prize Provider will add the Winner and their guest’s name to the Stella Artois guest list.  Upon arrival at the ICA, Winners and guests should ask for the guest list queue and state their name to ICA staff who will check their name against the guest list they have been provided.

 

Terms and Conditions apply (see below), 18+ only, closes 10pm 9 November 2013

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