The Ultimate Christmas Film List

15 Dec

Wondering what to watch this Christmas holiday? Here’s my list of Christmas favourites, and the good news is they’re all available to stream on either Amazon Instant Video, UK Netflix, or Now TV! Enjoy!

 

Home Alone (on Amazon Instant Video)

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Die Hard (on NOW TV)

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National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (on UK Netflix and Amazon Instant Video)

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Love Actually (on UK Netflix)

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The Nightmare Before Christmas (on UK Netflix)

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Jingle All The Way (on UK Netflix)

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Scrooged (on UK Netflix)

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Elf (on NOW TV)

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It’s A Wonderful Life (Amazon Instant Video)

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The Best Tumblrs of 2014

13 Dec

The internet has been on top form this year, and it’s only fair to do a round up and give credit to the geniuses behind these timely, hilarious beauties. So put the cat away, make a cup of tea and have some LOLs with my top Tumblr picks of the year!

Museum of Selfies

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A slightly more creative version of the over-saturated trend of the ‘selfie’ (that’s not completely self-indulgent) – why did nobody think of this earlier?

If Paintings Could Text

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The title explains it all – giving paintings a (witty) voice, using the medium of texting.

House of Carbs

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As a lover of puns (and food), I’m kicking myself that I didn’t come up with this one. Genius.

Will It Beard

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Inspired by the infamous Will It Blend, Will It Beard asks all the important beard-related questions in life such as: Straws – will it beard? (answer: yes, it will!)

Beyonce vs. Zombies

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A clever mix of great illustrations of our Bey in different Zombie apocalypse situations with lyrics from her songs as captions. Great fun.

Source Code in TV and Film

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Ever wondered what the code used in your favourite TV shows and films mean? And whether they’re completely made up or actually real? Someone has gone to the trouble to find out…

Love Grandpa and Grandmaster Flash

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When you mix Grandparents and Facebook, hilarity ensues!

Drunk Furniture

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We’ve all been there – apparently so has the furniture.

My Top 10 Films of 2014

9 Dec

It’s that time of year again – we’re on the final pages of the last chapter of the book of 2014, so it’s time to take a look back at the cinematic offerings since January and compile our top 10 lists! Please comment below with your thoughts/ your own lists below.

In no particular order:

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GONE GIRL

Continuing his string of stunning novel adaptations, David Fincher has created yet another masterpiece. My advice? Read the book before you see the film – while the film is almost faultless (in my opinion) it would have been impossible to cram in every last plot arc and detail from the book, so inevitably some things were condensed/ missed out.

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THE LEGO MOVIE

Everything IS awesome – from what seems to be a frivolous cashcow throwback to a popular toy back in the ’70s and ’80s, turns out to be a lovely story with moral values at its core. With some hilarious jokes that work on many different levels, it will have both kids and adults doubled up with laughter.

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GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY

An epic win from James Gunn (of whom I’ve been a long time fan) with a fantastic story, unforgettable characters and a kick ass soundtrack. Plus, Chris Pratt with his top off? Exactly!

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NIGHTCRALWER

I had the pleasure of working on the UK social media campaign for this, and I must admit, I didn’t foresee it becoming a sleeper hit, despite starring the brilliant Jake Gyllenhaal (who is going through somewhat of a McConaissance at the moment). The story will have you gripped and guessing all the way until the end credits.


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THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL

Wes Anderson scores a hit with this crazy tale of hotel life in the fictional Republic of Zubrowka sometime between the two world wars. A winning, Russian Folk soundtrack from Alexandre Desplat (who I’ll be seeing at the Barbican on Thursday) and beautiful set designs and direction make it certainly one of the most unique films of the year.

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UNDER THE SKIN
This is an odd one – I remember coming out of the preview screening, not quite sure if I liked what I had just seen. It was so very strange, almost completely lacking dialogue (usually something I avoid in films if possible) but very beautifully directed. The more I mulled it over, I realised it had done it’s job and got me thinking – definitely worth a watch, but don’t expect to make too much sense of it.
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EDGE OF TOMORROW
What can I say about this? I bloody loved it! I’m not a massive Tom Cruise fan, but he was totally watchable in this, as was Emily Blunt, who was incredible as the no-nonsense, butt-kicking Special Forces Warrior. Other time-bending movies, take a leaf out of this book on how to keep things fresh and interesting.
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INTERSTELLAR
I’m still trying to get my head around some of it (unsurprisingly), but what an incredible feat of scale, storytelling and science-fiction – bravo Christopher Nolan, I expected nothing less from such a talented director.
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COLD IN JULY
Eighties NEON delight with a killer soundtrack. Hunt this one down if you haven’t already, you won’t regret it.
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BIRDMAN
Michael Keaton is back in charge and showing us all how its done. An excellent play on screen with some impressive shots, and an unusually surreal few moments, this is one to watch!

The MTV EMAs 2014

13 Nov

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I was lucky enough to be invited on an all-expenses-paid trip to Glasgow at the weekend, for the annual MTV Europe Music Awards. Scotland has been host to the EMA’s (now in it’s 20th year) only once before, and this year promised to be the best yet.

With performances from Ariana Grande, Ed Sheeran, U2 and Slash, MTV were set to make it an International affair, featuring not only the latest pop acts to top the charts, but also some of the most successful Rock icons of the 20th Century.

An event like this was worth getting up at an unsociable time on a Sunday morning – I was up and out of the door just after 5am. After a swift security check and a smooth flight (got to love domestic flights), we arrived in Glasgow around 10am and headed straight to our hotel to check in. It was then time to collect our wristbands and tickets (for the main event and the pre-party) and get ready.

 

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The mail out to attendees stated that we would be standing on a raised platform close to the awards stage, so we should prepare to be on camera and dress to impress! My friend and I sensibly chose dresses that we’re both glamorous yet comfortable, and most importantly, weren’t completely weather inappropriate (it was around 4 degrees in Glasgow at the time).

 

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At 5pm we were transported to the Glasgow Science Centre, where the official pre-party was taking place. Drinks and food were provided, and there were several photo booths (with props) to make the most of – which, of course, we did.

 

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A short walk across the bridge and we were at the venue for the main event, the SSE Hydro – the Hydro is ranked in the top five busiest indoor entertainment arenas in the world alongside such iconic venues as Madison Square Garden in New York and The O2 in London.

Once inside – this was our view. We were in the VIP area right next to the awards stage, giving us prime location to spot and snap the host, Her Minajesty, and the other award presenters (including Jena Malone, David Hasselhoff and Jourdan Dunne).

 

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We were given wristbands to wear and were told that they would be lighting up at some point during the event. As Enrique Iglesias appeared on stage, it all became clear that the audience were going to be part of his stage performance, and the venue lit up in thousands of colourful dancing lights – all changing colour in sync with each other, and in time with the music!

 

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For those of you that missed the awards, here are the winners:

  • Best Video – Katy Perry ‘Dark Horse’
  • Best Female – Arianna Grande
  • Best Male – Justin Bieber
  • Best Pop – One Direction
  • Biggest Fans Award – One Direction
  • Best Look – Katy Perry
  • Global Icon Award – Ozzy Osbourne
  • Best Song – ‘Problem’ Arianna Grande
  • Best Rock – Linkin Park
  • Best Hip-Hop – Nicki Minaj
  • Best Worldwide Act – Zhou Bichang
  • Best Alternative – Thirty Seconds To Mars
  • Best New Act – 5 Seconds of Summer
  • Best Electronic – Calvin Harris
  • Best World Stage Performance – Enrique Iglesias
  • Best Song with a Message – ‘Pretty Hurts’ Beyonce

 

We were so excited to be given the chance to attend the EMAs and thoroughly enjoyed the event. Fingers crossed I get to go next year – after all it will be hosted in Italy. Milan, here I come!

 

 

Something for the Weekend

7 Nov

This week has been a busy one – I’ve mostly been preparing for my trip to Glasgow for the MTV EMA Awards this weekend (which is very exciting), so didn’t have chance to post the Weekly Viral Vaccine. In it’s place I’ve put together a little ‘Something for the weekend’ – a couple of juicy links to keep you entertained when you’re on the bus or waiting for a friend at the pub.

Enjoy!

  • Honda The Other Side – this incredible video allows you to switch between two stories with the click of the ‘R’ key. Beautifully (and meticulously) shot, it will have you watching again and again to see the different sides of the story.
  • The Motherlode of Deliciously Disturbing and Disgusting VHS Horror Art – naturally!
  • The John Lewis Christmas TV Ad Recut – the internet has been inundated with comments and tweets about Super-Agency Adam&Eve DDB’s newest heart-melting festive ad, but I always have more of a soft spot for the parodies – this one is winning by a country mile. Introducing The Babadook recut:
  • All the Best Fake Commercials from the Movies, in One Amazing Supercut – some of these are awesome!

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Autumn Fashion: Bonfire Night

2 Nov

Heading off to a fireworks display next weekend? Then be cosy and fashionable with these lovely, affordable Autumn pieces from some of my favourite online stores.

 

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Plus 20% off if you use code WARMERS20 at the checkout

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Boohoo

15% off everything (ends midnight tonight) – use code ENJOY at the checkout

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ASOS

25% off selected Winter items

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Halloween Food Pinspiration

30 Oct

If you didn’t know (where have you been?) it’s Halloween tomorrow, and as it falls on a Friday you have a whole weekend to celebrate one of the most fun holidays of the year. I’ve been scouring Pinterest for some fun Halloween-inspired recipes so you don’t have to. So why not take a crack at making some of these fabulous recipes at home to fuel your horror movie marathons – everyone does that right? It’s not just me, surely…

Click on the titles to go to the recipes. Enjoy!

Alien Chest-Buster Macaron

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Shattered Glass Cupcakes 

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Cream Cheese Brain Dip

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Monster Donuts

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Witches Fingers

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Spooky Spaghetti

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Cheese Broom Sticks

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And Finally…..

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