Instagram is a way of life nowadays. Launched in October 2010 by Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger, it soon became gobbled up by what is now one of the biggest businesses on the planet: Facebook.
Since launching our own Instagram in 2017, we’ve come to realise just how much of an important tool it is for bloggers looking to build their reach and expand through a visual medium. And while cinemas are still closed across the majority of the world, we thought we’d create a list of our favourite movie-related Instagram accounts to follow during these uncertain times.
These accounts have been picked due to the quality of their content, the frequency of posting and just the general community vibe that they give out on Instagram. Shall we dive in? Continue reading →
Once a year, on a Saturday evening in May, arguably the most exciting television event in the world is broadcast internationally: the Eurovision Song Contest. Known for being over the top, crazy, and sometimes, hilarious, Eurovision has graced our screens for over 60 years. So, when it was announced that comedy veteran Will Ferrell was bringing us a Eurovision movie, it’s obvious that many people began to wait with bated breath for it to be released. Alas, that time has arrived, and Netflix dropped Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga for the world to enjoy, and to laugh at.
The film follows Fire Saga, an Icelandic duo comprised of Lars (Will Ferrell) and Sigrit (Rachel McAdams) as they attempt to reach the Eurovision finals in Edinburgh. However, it doesn’t really help that they’re not very good. As the duo, who may be siblings but probably aren’t, embark on a musical and romantic journey, they meet a lot of new people, and a lot of new problems, on their way.
When I got the notification about our ten most influential films, I have to say, I immediately panicked. Ten best films, I could go on for hours. Ten worst films, even longer. However, when it comes to the most influential, that’s much harder. Do you focus on the movies that formed you as a human, because if so, I’ve based my entire personality on the Greek Choir from Mighty Aphrodite singing “When You’re Smiling” and that only takes up one spot, or do you focus on the movies you associate with specific memories, like the last time I ever saw a friend before moving away was at a screening of Ghostbusters(2016).
I chose something of a mix, and I’ll admit that some of these were hard to come up with. You don’t realize how few movies that actually matter until you’re forced to compile a list of them. So without any more meandering, let’s talk about the ten most influential movies to me. Continue reading →
Today, I become a trailblazer for all. What I’m about to do is a first that the world has never seen. I’m going to talk about video games on the internet. My knowledge of video games and rating those is the exact opposite of my knowledge of movies. The most I know about game critique is the fact I’ve watched Zero Punctuation for the last six years. However, I do still play games like NBA2K, Mortal Kombat, Hitman, and Animal Crossing. I enjoy these games, but I recognize that a lot of people don’t. It’s hard for me to defend my position as I don’t know a whole lot on the subject.
But I do know things about movies, and boy does Hollywood try to merge the two a lot! I, as of writing, have seen roughly two dozen video game movies, which range from 4 ½ stars to less than a half star, and I haven’t even seen the really bad ones (Alone in the Dark, Ratchet and Clank, DOA). Upon my research, looking at critic and audience scores, video games are better now than they ever have been before. So why do they still suck so much? Well, I decided to look at three examples of video game movies (The Best, The Worst, and the Blandest) to determine what makes video game movies so awful. Continue reading →
Foreword by Adam Brannon: We are all adapting to some serious changes post-COVID-19 and as the world tries to get back on its feet, it’s been refreshing to see people trying new, exciting and different things.
Whether it’s deciding to cycle, rather than get on public transport or create your own podcast, the number of individuals relishing trying new activities has been perhaps one of the only positives of this troubling pandemic. Over on Instagram, new accounts are popping up left, right and centre, but one that really caught my eye was tot_for_tot_remakes.
Alex and his daughter Matilda live in the US, and have taken the Insta world by storm by recreating classic scenes from movies with a little photoshop knowhow and little else. The results have been astounding. In this interview, I ask Alex about the thought process behind the account and the public reaction. Continue reading →