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Winter Preview

Throw away your televisions


When your housemates wake up, you should probably soften the blow somehow. Make them all a cup of tea. Bacon sandwiches. Hand out paracetemol like you’re the GP at OP, and remind them all of just how great a time they had last night. You’re going to need them in a good mood before you tell them what you’ve done. That you’ve taken that advice the Red Hot Chili Peppers gave back in 2002 (remember? Back before they were wank?). This term: throw away your television. Watch films instead.

Out later this month is an interesting change of pace from Knocked Up star Seth Rogan, as he stars alongside Joseph Gordon-Levitt in 50/50, a comedy-drama about relationships, friendship and a young man who discovers he has cancer. It will face steep competition at the box office, though, from Moneyball, a baseball drama-comedy starring Seth’s oft-collaborator Jonah Hill alongside Brad Pitt and Philip Seymour Hoffman. December sees the theatrical release of Junkhearts, which premiered at this year’s BFI London Film Festival, to wide critical acclaim, and tells the story of haunted ex-soldier Frank and off-the-rails single mother Christine. So who needs TV, with a winter of films like these?