Unconventional Christmas Films: Top 10

Unconventional Christmas filmsAh, Christmas: the most wonderful time of the year. Full of joy, cheer and watching the same Yuletide movies over and over again. However, the festive season need not be a cacophony of monotony – here are 10 Christmas movies that might just knock you out of that joyful rut.

Like what you see? Check out our Emily White’s picks for the best Alternative Christmas Movies for those of you who hate Christmas.
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The Shining: Horror Movies Explored

The Shining movie posterEliciting horror in film is, in my opinion, one of the most difficult tasks a director can take on. Meticulous planning in camera, lighting and pacing and so much more go into leaving an impression on the audience. As a huge fan of horror, I recently gave The Shining a watch, one of the undisputed champions of the horror genre.

Although it lived up to its reputation as being scary as hell, I was left scratching my head by the end of it. I couldn’t pinpoint why I found it so scary. There weren’t any jump scares or tense music cues to reveal an ugly monster or any other conventional horror means of scariness. Continue reading

Stan Lee Tribute: The People’s Hero

Stan Lee tributeWhen you think about your childhood, what do you remember? Going to school? Doing your homework? Doing your chores? Or, instead, do you remember having fun? Fun that seemed like it would never end; fun that was part of who you were and who you are now. That fun, that fundamental part of your being, was due partly to Mr Stan Lee.

A legend in his own right, Marvel comics creator, Stan Lee was born in 1922 in Manhattan, New York. In 1939, he started a pencil pusher job at Timely Comics – two years later, his name was penned under a Captain America comic entitled “The Traitor’s Revenge!”. Continue reading

Is the 12A Certificate Ruining Cinema?

Is the 12A certificate a good thing?Is there anything better than going to the movies? The experience of watching some of your favourite characters on the biggest screen imaginable is an incredibly exciting way to spend an evening.

However, since 2002, the UK film industry has seen cataclysmic changes that have altered cinema for absolutely everyone who loves movies. Whether you’re young or old, the introduction of the 12A certification by the British Board of Film Classification now means films are more accessible to more people than ever before. Continue reading

Hollywood’s Obsession with the Devouring Mother

Hollywood MothersHereditary, the title of Ari Aster’s eagerly anticipated new film, has got horror fans sitting up and paying attention. Rumours of psychologically broken actors suffering from PTSD and promises of a film set to be this generation’s The Exorcist, Hereditary is already guaranteed to secure a place on the IMDB Top 100 list. Motherhood is as prevalent a theme in horror as death, sex and mental illness; indeed, the most monstrous incarnations manage to assimilate them all into one. 

If you take a sweeping glance across the horror genre over the last decade, you’ll notice that mothers have had a pretty bad rap. Angry, over-bearing, sexually repressed, possessive; the devouring mothers depicted on-screen are Freudian nightmares. In the flesh, in spirit, male, metaphorical or metaphysical – the devouring mother archetype manifests in a wildly vast number of ways. Continue reading