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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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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!

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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The Rules of Zombieland – Just in Time for Halloween

28 Oct

Halloween is just around the corner, and I know you’ll all thank me for giving you a recap of these rules (and a heads up that this might be the year that the undead come to shake things up and generally wreak havoc), so that you can live to survive another day.

So without further ado (time is tissue), here are the rules of Zombieland – learn them, live them, respect them.

 

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RULE #1 – CARDIO

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Now we’re not saying skinny = fit, not by any stretch of the imagination, so whatever your size, genetic makeup or natural athletic ability, now’s the time to start getting fit and build up your stamina because you’re going to need it to run rings around these stupid things.

RULE #2 – DOUBLE TAP

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Ok, so we don’t have guns here, but this rule still applies. Don’t be the dumbass that hits a zombie once in the face, then walks right by their outstretched arm, only to be grabbed by not-quite-dead-undead zombie and eaten alive. Mistakes cost lives. Double tab that walker with whatever weapon you have. Make sure they’re dead. Destroy the brain.

RULE #3 – BEWARE OF BATHROOMS

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You should beware them in general, but especially when there are zombie hordes lurking. Remember, bathrooms typically have very small windows that are almost impossible to get out of (have you seen Zack Snyder’s Dawn of the Dead?), so cubicle = cornered. Don’t do it – go in public, use the facili-trees if you have to.

RULE #3 – SEATBELTS

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Safety first – it’s what every almost-survivor forgets. They get so caught up in the adrenaline-fuelled action that they forget the simplest things. You’re not going to be able to defend yourself from the undead when you’re splayed out on the road now, are you?

RULE #5 – NO ATTACHMENTS

It’s statistically proven that people without close family members or friends last longer in a zombie apocalypse, this is mainly because they don’t have to think about anyone other than themselves. Self-preservation is key. The minute you start trying to save other people, that’s when you make stupid decisions and end up risking your own life. Sad but true.

RULE #7 – TRAVEL LIGHT

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Chances are, when the hordes attack, you’re not going to have time to pack all of your treasured possessions to take with you, so learn to travel light – ideally taking nothing at all. Get practicing now, detach yourself from material possessions, then it will come as less of a shock when you’re on the road with just a flashlight and a baseball bat to keep you company. Depressing but entirely possible.

RULE #17 – DON’T BE A HERO

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At least, not unless you’re willing to die for it. This one’s all about picking your battles. If a zombie is about to eat the only friend you have left in the world and you can’t imagine life without them, then THAT’S when you go for it – be the hero you’ve always dreamed of, and risk going out with a ‘bang’!

RULE #18 – LIMBER UP

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This kind of goes hand in hand with rule #1 – you wouldn’t run a race without limbering up first, so how do you expect to out-run a horde of hungry zombies for several miles? Whenever you get a few quiet moments (which are few and far between in the zombie apocalypse), stretch your limbs and mentally prepare yourself for what may lie ahead…

RULE #22 ALWAYS KNOW YOUR WAY OUT

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Trust me when I say ‘smart people survive longer’ – you know why that is? Because they plan ahead – they keep their cool and look for signs and opportunities when others are in a state of panic. By quickly checking your suroundings and planning a way out, you hopefully won’t be caught short if an unexpected guest arrives *gulp*

RULE #31 – CHECK THE BACKSEAT

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If there’s one thing to learn from horror movies it’s ‘check the backseat’ – this can be extended to checking the following areas too: under the bed, behind the door, behind the shower curtain – basically open plan with plenty of windows and open space is the way to go. Don’t let the fear of finding something put you in danger. Chances are, you’re going to be in a lot of cars (to get to where you want to go), so don’t let the sly suckers catch you out.

RULE #32 – ENJOY THE LITTLE THINGS

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Finally, one of the most important rules – ‘enjoy the little things’. What’s the point in fighting bloody battles with the undead if you’re not going to enjoy what you have at the end of it? So swing from the Chandelier of the mansion you just broke into, go Skinnydipping in the river like you’ve always wanted to, or just eat as many Twinkies as you like (without someone nagging at you for being ‘unhealthy’) – now’s the time to enjoy life while you still can!

Disney Villain inspired fashion at George at ASDA

16 Oct

Perhaps it is because Halloween is almost upon us (the only time when it is socially acceptable for you to dress like a ghoul and act like a child), or it might be because according to the retail world, we are now technically in ‘pre-holiday season’, either way George at ASDA have decided to celebrate by collaborating with Graduate Fashion Week to bring customers a collection of Disney Villain inspired dresses.

 

Starting with the first one, which is clearly inspired by the Evil Queen from Snow White and the Seven Dwarves. The floral design on the tulip-cut skirt balances out the masculine collar of the top, adding a touch of femininity to the dress.

Graduate Fashion Week Floral Bottom Disney Villains Dress – £28

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Next we have a Dalmation dress inspired by Cruella De Vil. A mix of smart casual styling and structure makes this a versatile dress that can be worn with boots and a scarf to a coffee date with friends, or dressed up with statement accessories and heels for a glam night on the town.

Graduate Fashion Week Belted Disney Villains Dress – £30

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The final dress in the collection is inspired by the enigmatic Maleficent. This gothic, structured dress is perfect for a grown up Halloween party, and the high-neck and sheer sleeves are practical touch for those chilly Autumn nights.

Graduate Fashion Week Belted Disney Villains Dress – £28

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So whether you’re looking for that perfect Halloween costume or are simply looking for a stylish nod to your favourite childhood characters, give these a whirl. At these reasonably prices, they’re sure to sell out quickly.

If dresses aren’t your thing, you could always go for a Bambi onesie!

Disney Bambi Onesie – £14

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Trailer Drop

3 Oct

This is a good week for new trailers – get your eyes and ears round this lot!

 

INTERSTELLAR

The new trailer (3rd overall) for Christopher Nolan’s highly anticipated Interstellar gives me goosebumps – it’s that good! With Hans Zimmer doing the soundtrack, and uberstars McConaughey, Hathaway, Caine and Affleck in leading roles, I can’t wait to see what this epic Space Adventure movie has to offer.

 

HORRIBLE BOSSES 2

Nick, Dale and Kurt are back – after facing and conquering their horrible bosses in the first film (of the same title), they decide to be their own bosses and set up a business.

 

INSIDE OUT

This is the nostalgic trailer for Disney’s latest animated outing, which introduces us to the emotions of a young girl, allowing us to see the world through her eyes.

 

THE IMITATION GAME

Benedict Cumberbatch stars in the first English language film from Headhunters Director Morten Tyldum. Based on the life of Alan Turing (the British Computer Scientist who helped crack the Enigma code, this looks like it could be a good contender for awards season.

 

THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING

I can’t remember the last time a trailer made me cry. The true, touching story of Stephen Hawking’s incredible life.

Trailer Drop

27 Sep

Here’s a bunch of new trailers to get your peepers round!

 

THE CROSSING

First up, Frank Woo’s The Crossing. which tells the true store of the ship Taiping, which sunk it 1949, an incident that led to the deaths of over 1,500 passengers and crew members.

Click on the link above to watch the exclusive trailer.

 

BETTER CALL SAUL

This is the one Breaking Bad fans have all been waiting for… the fist teaser for Better Call Saul.

 

ELSA AND FRED

One for film fans – a touching love story that reinforces the notion that it’s never too late to fall in love and change your destiny.

 

BIG EYES

Biographic drama about painter Margaret Keaton. Directed by Tim Burton and starring Amy Adams.

 

A MOST VIOLENT YEAR

Crime drama set in NYC in the ’80s, starring Oscar Isaac and Jessica Chastain

 

THE TAKING OF DEBORAH LOGAN

Found footage, Supernatural thriller from Bryan Singer. The plot sounds a bit ridiculous, but I’ll reserve judgement for now…

 

THE LOW DOWN

Winning the Cinematography award at Sundance Film Festival this year, this American biopic (executive produced by Flea and Anthony Kiedis from Red Hot Chili Peppers) is based on the memoirs about famous Jazz Pianist, Joe Albany.