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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!

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.

Weekly Viral Vaccine 08-09

8 Sep

Happy Monday y’all – here’s what’s been happening on the internet this week:

1) Giant Mutant Spider Dog – this is both hilarious and completely genius!

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2) More puns like this, please – Again, complete genius

 

3) IKEA Bookbook – IKEA trying to be clever about Apple, but coming off a little smug in the process…

 

4) London Meat Map – fine the best places for meat in the big smoke

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5) #ExplainAFilmPlotBadly – This hashtag is now trending in the UK. Why not spend a fag break/ lunch hour guessing some of them?

Vine Cranks Up A Gear

25 Aug

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Since Twitter acquired Vine almost two years ago, not a lot has changed for the platform – you pretty much got what you signed up for with the first version; six second looping videos recorded on and directly uploaded from your phone.

On Wednesday of last week, Vine announced their new update which tech sites were quickly jumping on and touting as a game changer in the social space. Designed with the attention-span deficient generation of today in mind, Vine became an instant hit with young audiences all around the world, but failed to really take off with brands and businesses (with the exception of comedians – who continually found new ways to push the 6 second capacity to the limit). This all changed just a few days ago when Vine announced the new functions on the updated version of their platform, including time-lapse, ghost mode, undo, but the biggest development is the new ‘import’ button that allows you to upload a previously filmed piece of video content.

Vine posted the below video introducing the new camera features on their blog…

 

To find out more about what the new features are and how to use them, click here for Mashable’s guide.

No longer will Community Managers and Content Editors for brands be sat fumbling for hours with a makeshift steady-cam crane for their iphone, trying to film a stop-motion, 6 second video – now they will be able to import existing videos, edit them and share them with their Vine followers much more easily than before. And that’s just the FMCG brands – working in film I know that this development will change the way in which entertainment brands use Vine in their social media campaigns moving forward, as the creative ideas we’ve been pitching for so long are actually now possible. We can create teaser Vine trailers and edit new content together to seed to Viners, finding a new way of engaging film audiences.

I worked on one of the UK’s first national Vine brand campaign for Kids Company (when I worked at AMV BBDO) – although it was a great project to be part of, and a massive success, I can’t help but think how much more creative we could have been if functionality (at the time) had allowed – everything from the sound effects to the end cards had to be captured in the shot.

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More info on the project can be found here.

 

 

Latest DVD reviews: Lot of ‘or’s – Mumblecore, Roger Cor, Thor.

6 May

Time to point you lovely people in the direction of some of my most recent DVD reviews, if you haven’t read them already (where have you been?)

First up is A Horrible Way to Die, check out my review here

 

Next up is Roger Corman’s eagerly anticipated documentary Corman’s World: Exploits of a Hollywood Rebel. My review over on Chris and Phil Present can be found here.

Finally, it’s TV movie Thor: Hammer of the Gods – review here

I’ll also have three more reviews up in the next few weeks so keep an eye out for those. There’s The fourth installment of the Underworld series, Awakening, TV fantasy adventure movie, Jabberwock, and one of my favourites from last year’s Film 4 FrightFest, The Divide, starring the gorgeous Milo Ventimiglia.

Latest DVD reviews: Drunk and Kooky

17 Mar

I’ve had a bit of a break from blogging after relocating back to London and starting an amazing new job – so it’s all been a bit frantic, but I managed to grab a couple of minutes to point you in the direction of some of my most recent DVD reviews.

First up is The Rum Diary, starring the ever lovely (how does he manage to stay looking THAT good?) Johnny Depp and every boy’s fantasy girl (although the majority of non-horror/ comic book fans still have no idea who she is) Amber Heard. I had no idea what the film was about before being given it to review, as I hadn’t read the book but based on the cast and the Director alone (Bruce Robinson, Withnail and I) I knew to expect a solid movie.

Check out over on Chris and Phil Present – trailer below:

Next up is kooky Brit Indie movie, Booked Out – I think I summed up my feelings about the film succinctly enough in my review so have a gander and you can watch the trailer in the meantime:

Hmmm, Pinteresting: 3 Great New Social Media Sites

12 Feb

Attention folks, there are 3 new social media kids in town and they are here to stay! So get signed up and start using these bad boys ASAP while they’re still relatively young so you can show off to your mates and sow them how to use them.

 

First up – the best, Pinterest:

 

 

Pinterest is a virtual pinboard and social media site that allows you to upload, like, ‘pin’ and share your favourite images and videos on the web. The site’s mission statement is to “connect everyone in the world through the ‘things’ they find interesting.” It is fully integrated with Twitter and Facebook so your followers and friends can keep up to date with what you like.

The terminology: On your profile you can create ‘boards’ where you categorize the images you like and ‘repin’.

The site launched as a closed beta in March 2010, then as invite-only open beta (as it remains today – email me for an invite). In August 2011 Time Magazine included Pinterest in it’s ’50 Best Websites of 2011′ column.

Pinterest now has over 10.4 million registered users according to Inside Network’s AppData tracking service (a massive leap from the 1.68 million registered users in September 2011).

 

This Is My Jam:

 

 

This Is My Jam is a new social tool that allows you to select and share your favourite song for upto a week (you can change your ‘Jam’ before this, but if you don’t it will appear on your profile and on the homepage of those that follow you for 7 days). It recently changed from invite-only beta to public beta, so now everyone can join. It has a simple sign up process that allows you to sign in with either Twitter or Facebook, and then add the other so that you can share your latest ‘Jams’ with your Facebook friends and Twitter followers.

A simple and easy to use Social Media site, it is unique in that this is the first music focused one that successfully achieves what it sets out to do – Watch this space over the next few months – This could well be on a par with Twitter and become an essential Social Networking tool for music fans.

This Is My Jam actively encourages users to discover new music (as well as share their existing favourites) by placing emphasis on the ‘social’ aspect of the site – when you log on the home page is filled with new ‘Jams’ that people you follow have submitted. What’s really interesting is that there is no search bar to find new songs, only a search bar to enter your new ‘Jam’ into – they also drive home the importance of social interaction on the site by suggesting new people to follow based on: most -liked jams this month, popular current jam, most-liked among friends, and past jams include ‘x’ (artists who have featured as your ‘Jam’ before).

 

Letterboxd:

 

 

Letterboxd is the ultimate social networking site for film geeks; An online film-diary of sorts, where you can log the date and time you watched a movie, as well as giving it a star rating and a review. With an aesthetically pleasing, easy-to-navigate interface, it makes early adopters of the film social media angle (such as Get Glue and Flixster) pale into insignificance.

The simplistic nature of the site reflects it’s tagline: ‘Your life in film’. Users can not only log their watched films, but also follow other users to see what they have been watching (great for looking for film recommendations) and create lists to share with other users.

There is a vast range of titles available to search from and any that can’t be found can be added to the TMDb (The Movie Database) with relative ease. There is no mobile interface as of yet, but once it goes public I expect Android and iOS will follow up with official apps (once their own API has launched).

Letterboxd is currently in private beta so you can either add your email address to the waiting list on the homepage, or get in touch for an invite.