Competition *CLOSED*: Win Tickets To A Sight & Sound Poll Winners Screening at BFI Southbank 0 64

Thoughts On Film - BFI Southbank competition

The following competition is now closed. Congratulations to Dorottya Botta who has won the pair of tickets!

Following the recent unveiling of Sight & Sound’s once-a-decade Greatest Films of All Time poll the British Film Institute is running a season of screenings of the top ten films at the BFI Southbank in London throughout September and October.

So here, according to hundreds of critics, historians, curators and programmers from around the world, are the Ten Greatest Films ever made, a programme that covers (or ought to) nearly everything of which the cinema is capable. And somewhere among this selection is the title that these experts have collectively decided is The Greatest Film of All Time (you’ll have to buy the September issue of the magazine to find out exactly where each film has ranked, and which has emerged triumphant). I’m not going to eulogise or describe individual titles here – each is familiar and brilliant in its own way – nor will I mention the near-misses, because this list speaks for itself. What one can say is that these titles are the result of a terrific game, an agony of decision-making that has given sleepless nights to so many passionate cinephiles and made my role feel more like that of a therapist than an editor. We at Sight & Sound are very proud of this ten-yearly task, and we’re confident that – though canons have their detractors and we can (and will) argue to the end of time about what should be in or out of the list – this canon is vital proof that cinema is an art form. Anyone who can take the time to see every one of these films will find a permanent passion for the medium is latent within them.

– Nick James, Sight & Sound Editor.

The BFI has teamed up with Thoughts On Film to give you the chance to win a pair of tickets to a screening of your choice from any of the films which made it into the top ten. The top 10 includes:

10. 8 1/2

9. The Passion of Joan of Arc

8. Man With a Movie Camera

7. The Searchers

6. 2001: A Space Odyssey

5. Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans

4. The Rules of the Game (La Regle du jeu)

3. Tokyo Story

2. Citizen Kane

1. Vertigo

Information on screening times can be found over at the BFI Southbank official website (additional screenings of Citizen Kane have also been added here).

To be in with a chance of winning the tickets all you need to do is follow @TOF_UK on Twitter, Like the Thoughts On Film Facebook page and answer the following question:

Which film directed by Stanley Kubrick features in the 2012 Sight & Sound Critics’ Top Ten Poll?

Send your name and answer to with the subject heading “BFI Southbank Competition.”

  • Competition open to UK residents only
  • Only one entry per person
  • The winner will need to make their own arrangements for travel and accommodation if needed
  • Competition closes on Wednesday September 5th at 23:59pm GMT
  • The winner will be chosen at random from the entries received.

Good luck!

If you would like to keep track of the films you’ve seen from the entire Sight & Sound Top 100 then you can use the new BFI Facebook app.

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I’m a freelance film reviewer and blogger with over 10 years of experience writing for various different reputable online and print publications. In addition to my running, editing and writing for Thoughts On Film, I am also the film critic for The National, the newspaper that supports an independent Scotland, covering the weekly film releases, film festivals and film-related features.

I have a passion for all types of cinema, and have a particular love for foreign language film, especially South Korean and Japanese cinema. Favourite films include The Big Lebowski, Pulp Fiction and 2001: A Space Odyssey.

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Competition *CLOSED*: Win a Copy of Zombie Flesh Eaters on Blu-ray! 33 175

Competition - Win Zombie Flesh Eaters on Blu-ray

This competition is now closed. The winners were Gary Hughes and Robert Girvan!

It’s competition time again here at Thoughts On Film and this time we have another fully restored classic up for grabs in the form of Lucio Fulci’s controversial 1979 video nasty Zombie Flesh Eaters.

Initially banned in the UK upon release, the restored edition includes the full uncut version that Fulci intended everyone to see. The limited edition steelbook contains some very special features including an exclusive introduction by lead actor Ian McCulloch and a look into the special effects of the film.

Here’s a full list of the special features followed by a look at the cover artwork:

  • Brand new high definition restoration of the original negative.
  • Optional English SDH subtitles on the feature
  • Audio commentary with screenwriter Elisa Briganti moderated by Calum Waddell
  • Audio commentary with Fulci biographer Stephen Thrower and horror expert Alan Jones
  • UK exclusive introduction to the film from Ian McCulloch
  • FROM ROMERO TO ROME: THE RISE AND FALL OF THE ITALIAN ZOMBIE FILM: Veteran Fulci screenwriters Dardano Sacchetti (THE BEYOND) and Antonio Tentori (CAT IN THE BRAIN), celebrated UK critic Kim Newman and filmmakers Luigi Cozzi (CONTAMINATION), Ruggero Deodato (CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST) and Russ Streiner (NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD) share memories of the genesis of corpse-crunching cinema – from Romero’s early templates to the gory glory days of Fulci and his many successors.
  • THE MEAT MUNCHING MOVIES OF GINO ROSSI: The special effects magician behind many Italian splatter classics talks about his most famous gore-drenched greats – and shows props from many plasma-packed masterworks – including ZOMBIE FLESH-EATERS, CITY OF THE LIVING DEAD, THE HOUSE BY THE CEMETERY, CANNIBAL FEROX, BURIAL GROUND and PIRANHA II.
  • MUSIC FOR A FLESH-FEAST: Composer Fabio Frizzo – Live Q&A from the Glasgow Film Theatre
  • ZOMBIE FLESH EATERS – FROM SCRIPT TO SCREEN: Dardano Sacchetti shows key pages from his original ISLAND OF THE LIVING DEAD screenplay.
  • Trailer and radio spots
  • Collectors booklet featuring contributions from Calum Waddell, Stephen Thrower, Craig Lapper and Jay Slater.

Competition - Zombie Flesh Eaters Blu-ray

We have two limited edition steelbook copies to give away. To be in with a chance of winning one of them all you have to do is comment on this post with your favourite zombie movie and why. Winners will be chosen from our favourite comments and will be contacted by e-mail soon after the competition closes.

Now time for the the small print:

  • Competition open to UK residents only
  • Only one entry per person
  • Entrants must be 18 or over
  • Competition closes on Friday December 7th at 23:59pm GMT

Good luck!

Zombie Flesh Eaters is released on Blu-ray, DVD and limited edition steelbook in the UK on Monday December 3rd.

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Don’t forget to like the Thoughts On Film Facebook page and follow us on Twitter @TOF_UK.

Competition *CLOSED*: Win a King of Devil’s Island Poster Signed by Stellan Skarsgard! 4 53

King of Devil's Island poster competition

It’s competition time again here at Thoughts On Film and this time we have a signed poster to give away from the excellent Norwegian historical drama King of Devil’s Island, which is out to own at the end of the month.

The film tells the true story of what happened at the Bastoy Prison for young boys in Norway in the early 20th century:

Under the guise of rehabilitation, the boys’ daily regime is dictated by mental and physical abuse at the hands of their wardens. The arrival of news boy Erling and Ivar sparks a chain of events that ultimately ignite rebellion. King of Devil’s Island explores a sinister moment in Norwegian history that won’t be forgotten.

We reviewed the film a couple of months ago, describing it as a, ” fittingly austere film that builds tension in a fascinating way, hitting you with an ending that’s somehow both surprising and completely necessary.”

We have a quad poster (40×30 inches) signed by the ever-brilliant Stellan Skarsgård to give away to one lucky winner. Take a look at the stunning poster below:

Competition - Win King of Devil's Island poster signed by Stellan Skarsgard

All you have to do be in with your chance of winning is answer the following question:

Stellan Skarsgård co-starred with Meryl Streep in which film musical?

A – Chicago

B – Mamma Mia

C – Moulin Rouge

Please send your name and answer to:, with the subject heading “King of Devil’s Island Competition.”

Also, why not comment on this post with your favourite Stellan Skarsgård movies?

Now time for the the small print:

  • Competition open to UK residents only
  • Only one entry per person
  • Competition closes on Sunday October 28th at 23:59pm GMT

Good luck!

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King of Devil’s Island is out on DVD, Blu-ray and digital download from 29th October.