100 Horror Movies in October 2021: Update Two
October 11th: 29) What's Your Number? (2011, US, IMDb genre: Comedy/Romance, Director: Mark Mylod) Watched on Netflix. Rewatch. Wild Card #2.
Mayhem Film Festival 2021 Review
It's the most wonderful time of the year! No, I don't mean Christmas I mean Mayhem Film Festival. After a scaled back 'skeleton' edition in 2020, this year was back to normal, except for a few minor COVID-related changes, with 15 feature films plus their signature shorts showcase over four days. Taking place at the stunning Broadway cinema in Nottingham, Mayhem has been running since 2005. Initially starting with shorts, they soon expanded to include features too with a focus on horror, sci-fi and cult. I have attended the festival in 2014, 2016, 2017, 2018, & 2019 so you can see why I was so excited to be back! This year we had several films directed by duos as well as zombies, and demons, and magic, oh my!
100 Horror Films in October 2021: Update One
Spooky month is here! As the pandemic is still raging on and I'm not going out quite as much as normal I thought I might as well try this insane challenge again.
Halloween Party Playlist 2021
You've invited all your guests. You've decorated your house (if you're American then hopefully that involves one of those crazy 12 foot skeletons because I'm very jealous of those). You've picked out your best costume and spent hours following SFX tutorials on YouTube to get the perfect scary look. Now you just need to set the right atmosphere, and I'm here to provide you with the perfect playlist to do just that. Here it is, and I'll defend my choices below:
How Avengers: Endgame Changed My Life
Picture the scene if you will: it's 2019, you love movies and you've dutifully watched (almost) every installment of the MCU for the past eleven years. You've booked a double bill screening to see Infinity War and Endgame back-to-back, Endgame starting at one minute past midnight so you can be one of the first audiences in the world to see it. The cinema is busier than it often is at social hours of the day, lots of people are dressed up, and you can feel the excitement buzzing in the air. The film lives up to the hype, everybody gasps and laughs together, and you leave with a bubble of happiness around your little soul. It's still intact as you get into work the next morning. Yes you're a bit tired but you're on time and you do your damn job like you always do. One of your colleagues asks you how the film was and your boss overhears and accuses you, in front of your colleague and potentially customers, of being unprofessional. The bubble of happiness is well and truly disintegrated. You hold it together, hearing them talking about you to your colleague while they think you're out of earshot, until lunch when you cry in a public place, call your Mum, and then promptly hand in your four weeks notice when you get back.
Work From Home Necessities: Two Tuxedo Cats
Item: Two black and white tuxedo cats (only available in pairs so they don't get lonely). Cost: Priceless (or in other words a donation to the rehoming charity of your choice). Accessories such as litter trays and scratching posts sold separately.
Candyman (2021) Review
I saw this movie two weeks ago and I've barely stopped thinking about it since so I thought I should put my thoughts down. I was incredibly excited about this movie, and I was worried that as this is its fourth scheduled release date it would end up going straight to home release and I wouldn't get the Candyman cinema experience I craved. I was too young when the original came out, although I don't think two year old me would have appreciated it anyway, so this was my first chance. It wasn't until a few days before I was booked to see it that I began to worry I was in fact too excited and the film wouldn't hit my high expectations.
Championing The Wind on Fire Trilogy
I wasn't sure about entering this challenge at first as I wouldn't say fantasy is my main genre and I assumed there would be many stories about the more mainstream fantasy series I like such as Harry Potter and The Hunger Games. I went to check my bookcase and that's when The Wind On Fire trilogy jumped out at me. The nostalgia hit me like a big yellow school bus friends. I was a big Point Horror and Goosebumps fan as a kid but this is the first connected book series I remember being so into that I was hanging out for the next before it was even published. Remember the hype on Harry Potter launch day, when bookshops used to open at midnight & then lots of people had finished reading by the following morning? That was me with The Wind on Fire trilogy. I'm not good at getting rid of books anyway but I think that's why these still have a place on my bookcase.