Horror Houses: Top 5

Top Horror Film HousesWhy are horror houses such a mainstay of the scary movie genre? It’s a concept that has been used time and time again, whether it be for the gory antics of The Last House on the Left or for the more subversive, spectral encounters of The Babadook, there is something about a fright-filled homestead that really hits a nerve with people.

Perhaps it’s the ultimate subversion of what makes us feel most safe that audiences get a kick out of. Where horror is concerned, taking something innocuous and perverting it into a symbol of fear is not only a commonly used dramatic device, it’s present in almost all scary films. Continue reading

Best Film Couples of the 2010s: Top 5

Best Movie CouplesAh, Valentine’s Day, one of my favorite holidays. Crappy chocolate, endless disappointment, and all in a half-hearted attempt to receive a punch on the shoulder at the end of the night. With Valentine’s Day, we always receive a film centered about romance, so I thought I’d take a look at the best film couples of the past decade. I based this list off of some criteria, including sacrifices, spark, dialogue, and just general chemistry. That should explain the absence of Anastasia and Christian of Fifty Shades, Bella and Edward of Twilight, and Belle and Beast from Beauty and the Beast.

I also decided to limit this list a bit and not have couples which are hardly even together, so as much as it hurts to say, Simon and Blue from Love, Simon will not be featured on this list, because they were only together for about four minutes. So, let’s talk about the five couples (ordered from good to greatest), so you can convince your significant other to watch these instead of The Kissing Booth again.  Continue reading

Best Movie Storms: Top 5

Best storms in moviesIt’s February 2020 and Storm Ciara is battering the UK. Trees are down, ferries are struggling to dock at ports across the nation and hundreds of flights have been cancelled. In typical British fashion however, the biggest debate is over the pronunciation of the storm name itself rather than the path of destruction it is making all over the country. Is it “see-ara” or “kee-ara”? Who knows.

With the majority of the UK population locked indoors, it got me thinking about the best movie storms to have ever graced the silver screen. This doesn’t incorporate disaster scenes as a whole (we’ve got another top 5 for those), just those involving storms of some nature, weather (see what I did there) on land, in the air, or at sea.  From terrifying tornadoes to swelling seas, here are our picks for the top 5 movie storms seen in film. Continue reading

The Best Films of 1989: Top 5

the best films of 1989Turning 30 is a big deal, and don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. With some trepidation, I entered my fourth decade on this earth in August 2019, and the lack of a world-changing event was surprising by its absence. Perhaps I had built it up to be something more than it was.

Nevertheless, I intend to spend my next decade seeing as many places as I can, trying new things and watching as many films as possible. With that in mind, I decided to get right back to where I started – way back in 1989. These are the top five movies from 1989: the year of my birth. Let me tell you, this wasn’t an easy list to make – 1989 had some cracking films released, but I’ve managed to narrow it down to just five. Without further ado, let’s take a look. Continue reading

The Best Mainstream LGBT Movies: Top 5

best mainstream lgbtq+ filmsPride month comes to an end on June 30th here in the UK. It’s been a great opportunity to highlight the progress the country has made over the last few decades in recognising the rights of those in the LGBT community, though there is still a way to go.

Emily White shared with us her picks for the best alternative LGBT films of the last decade, and as a farewell to Pride month, I’ve picked out the five best mainstream LGBT movies ever made. In the interests of clarity, mainstream in this list is determined by box-office success, a wide theatrical release and by having well-known and recognised stars in a pivotal role within the movie.

Any of those three criteria can be met for a film to be featured in this list. So without further ado, shall we begin? Here are our picks for the five best mainstream gay-themed films ever made. Continue reading