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

Best Movie Easter Eggs: Top 5

The best movie Easter eggsSo, it’s Easter Sunday and no doubt everyone will be chowing down on some frightfully delicious chocolate eggs over the course of the next few weeks. Cadbury, Nestle, Mars; all the big names in chocolate must make an absolute killing in the run-up to Easter, especially in the UK: people go mad for it as soon as Christmas is over.

Of course, the movie industry is full of Easter eggs too. Not in the literal sense of course, that would be just ridiculous. No, I’m talking in the figurative sense. After all, an Easter egg in a movie, TV show or game isn’t about munching on chocolate, it’s about finding something hidden by the producers, the developers or the directors that only the very hardened fans notice.

With that in mind, I’ve trawled through the archives to find five movie Easter eggs that are simply scrumptious. I could’ve gone for “eggcellent” there but I thought that would be one Easter pun too many. From Toy Story to Harry Potter and to Star Wars, read on for a voyage of discovery (in no particular order). Continue reading

5 Alternative Christmas Movies for Those Who Hate Christmas

Alternative Christmas MoviesHas the endless tirade of Christmas television and forced familial interaction done some serious damage to your peace, love and goodwill to all men?

Does the idea of indulging in festive cheer make you throw up in your mouth a little? Boggled by the insidiously universal embrace of bad taste, baubles and brussel sprouts?

If you answered yes to any of those questions then you probably have nothing but a cold, dark and empty chasm where your heart should be and that’s okay. I do too. Therefore I know that if there’s one thing you hate more than pulling crackers and extended family, it’s a good old paint-by-numbers, schmaltzy Christmas film. Continue reading

Ronnie Pickering!! Who!? The best film parodies

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Adam Brannon looks at some film parodies.

For those of us living in the UK over the last couple of weeks, a bizarre road rage incident has taken the country and the internet by storm. Hailing from my hometown of Hull, Ronnie Pickering has become an online star after his unusually aggressive confrontation with a moped driver was recorded on a helmet cam.

Naturally, the internet went into overdrive with thousands of videos and memes being created in a matter of hours. These are now littering the web and I thought it was high time for me to trawl through some of the best film-related parodies out there. Continue reading

MM Top 5: Opinion changing movies

Author: Rob Stoakes

All views expressed in this MM Top 5 are those of the author and not necessarily the views of other contributors to the site.

So, I ended up seeing Jurassic World for a second time with a friend. It was an interesting experiment for me, because I know that my thoughts of the film have been met with some disagreement, and here I could see if what I saw was not present on a second viewing. And the results are…

… I was completely right. Its stunning visuals are matched only by how bad the writing is. Every scene with the Indominus Rex is sublime but the “love and friendship saves the day” ending is at odds with the otherwise very dark tone of the film. The baffling score gels with the visuals as well as a book gels with a band-saw. Chris Pratt is very good, and Bryce Dallas Howard’s B-plot is misogynistic.

But not every film gets the same reception upon a second, third or even thirty-eighth viewing. So here we have the top five films that audiences and critics remember completely differently to how they saw it the first time around. Continue reading