Euro 2020: Our Favourite Football Movies and Shows

It's Euro 2020! England have just beaten old foes Germany this past week in their round of 16 match at Wembley, winning 2-0, making history! Then they went onto devastate Ukraine with 4-0 to England! It's a very exciting time for football fans up and down the country, with the hopes of the Three Lions getting into the final. Fingers crossed we haven't jinxed it! So whilst football fever is in the air, we thought we'd look at some of the best football themed films and shows out there that, if you're tired of waiting for the next match, hopefully a couple of these shall be able to tide you over! Ted Lasso If you've got a subscription to Apple TV, then you've got the opportunity to watch this absolute gem. A TV show starring Jason Sudeikis as the loveably naïve Ted Lasso, a small-time American football coach, who is hired to coach a professional football team in England, despite having no experience coaching the sport. It's a bizarre comedy with plenty of great humour, particularly from Sudeikis, but there's also a lot of heart, warmth and incredible drama in here too. Bend It Like Beckham Everyone knows this one, a British cult classic featuring Kiera Knightly as an aspiring football player looking to stray away from the typical norms of womanhood and blow everyone away at what she can do with the sport. Directed by the amazing Gurinder Chadha, this one is undoubtedly the football classic most people [...]

Euro 2020: Our Favourite Football Movies and Shows2021-07-07T14:56:06+00:00

The Best Animated Adverts

We've always said that animated video, be it 2D or 3D, is an incredibly effective way of telling your story and selling your services. We've created many animated videos for these purposes, and it's undeniable to say that the vast array of colour, personality and charisma they have doesn't go a long way. So we've decided to move away from our own animated videos and have a look at some other 2D and 3D animated adverts that have done very well in the mainstream. The Bear and the Hare (John Lewis) What would this list be without a John Lewis Christmas advert? Of course we have to go for a classic, The Bear and the Hare. With a rendition of 'Somewhere Only We Know' by Lily Allen as the backing track, this one is arguably the most popular ad that John Lewis has done. In terms of 2D animation, this looked as though it had just come out of a Disney movie, and perhaps that's why it clicked with so many of us. The 2D animated video looks gorgeous and still holds up today, it's hard to deny this isn't one of their best adverts, or at least one of them. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iCmvz8rDYVU Say Hello (Headspace) Headspace is a meditation app that has grown in popularity over recent years. Some of that might be down to their strong marketing, in particular their very fresh looking adverts that have a very distinct style that, if you know the app well, [...]

The Best Animated Adverts2021-06-03T13:01:06+00:00

Our Most Influential Filmmakers Of 3D Animation Video Production

Influential filmmakers are something we've talked about before, from Quentin Tarantino to David Lynch. But with film, you can only expect a large variety of different types with different filmmakers having various specialities. So we thought we'd look at a genre of film in particular, and that being 3D animation video production. So, who do we find the most inspirational of animation companies? Aardman Animations Aardman are a 3D animation video company based in Bristol, and are most notable for creating the Wallace and Gromit series as well as films such as Chicken Run and Early Man. Everyone knows at least one of their films, especially in Britain! Wallace and Gromit is a household name. They're a company that work with plasticine models and create stop-motion animation for their films. It's a time-taking process but their finished products are always top notch. Seriously, there isn't a bad one in the bunch. Pixar Just like Aardman, everyone know this 3D animation video company. Pixar are owned by Disney, and have brought us some of the most iconic and genre defining films of the last few decades. Toy Story, Monsters Inc, Finding Nemo, Up and Wall-E, to name but a few. They've also won a huge amount of Oscars, BAFTAS and Golden Globes, they're a big deal, and it's hard to say they aren't at the top of 3D animated film studio pack. There's always a guarantee everyone has at least seen one. Dreamworks Some would argue that Dreamworks are the ultimate rival to Disney and Pixar. Infact, many see the extremely popular [...]

Our Most Influential Filmmakers Of 3D Animation Video Production2021-06-03T13:00:35+00:00

A Glimmer of Hope for the Cinema Experience

A few weeks ago we blogged about cinemas reopening, primarily in the USA, where many had had great turnouts to some long awaited films. It was only a matter of time before the UK opened the doors of chains such as Cineworld and Odeon, and fortunately for us, we've also had a great opening too. So what does this spell for the future of the cinema experience? In the last week, films such as Peter Rabbit 2 took an estimated £7m in ticket sales, the best for a film since March 2020, before we went into lockdown. Godzilla vs. Kong also performed very well, despite the circumstances regarding it's release such as being on digital home platforms for the last month. Odeon said that it sold 25,000 portions of popcorn, 9,000 portions of nachos, 3,000 hot dogs and 25,000 litres of drinks in just the first four days after cinemas reopened! Those are great numbers! This just proves with certainty that people are aching to get in front of the big screen again, something unexpected due to the past year, but welcomed all the same. It seems as though people are missing these luxuries, and that couldn't be more obvious, even when they're available in other places, safe from COVID, the cinema has had a strong resurgence. And these numbers are only going to get better, as highly anticipated films such as Cruella and A Quiet Place Part II are releasing this weekend, and in terms of the latter, it will be exclusive to cinemas. Of [...]

A Glimmer of Hope for the Cinema Experience2021-05-26T14:04:05+00:00

Will You Be Going Back To The Cinema?

The world is opening back up again, slowly but surely, and with that comes the reopening of cinemas. Now we've talked about how the pandemic has effected cinema on our blog before, but things seem to be making a change. In the United States, the newly released Godzilla vs. Kong movie has set a pandemic record with a $48.5 million debut. This is huge, a film that didn't really have too much advertising behind it until the last month or so, has done what Christopher Nolan's Tenet tried to accomplish last year, in creating a massive consumer return to cinemas. Of course in the UK we're still waiting for cinemas to reopen. But is this recent success for the US be a sign that cinemas are going to survive longer than what we presumed a year ago? Potentially. It's worth noting that cinemas in the UK aren't due to be opened until at least June if the government's roadmap goes according to plan. So, that's a couple of months delay for us to catch up to the US, so our cinemas won't be able to reap the financial benefits of what Godzilla vs. King could possibly make. Yet, June is the perfect time to open. Summer blockbusters are the ultimate money makers for cinemas, and with big films such as Black Widow and The Suicide Squad releasing this summer, people will be aching to get back in front of the big screen to see a film, especially these ones. So, it could be that UK cinemas [...]

Will You Be Going Back To The Cinema?2021-04-19T13:23:04+00:00

Beating The Netflix Algorithm

So it's occurred to us recently whilst we've been browsing Netflix in our free time that we've been watching a lot of the same stuff over and over again, or stuff that's so similar to what we've already watched, we may as well not branch into watching other things.  But why is that the case? It can't be down simply to the simple fact that we like a certain genre or type of visual media, because everyone likes more than one genre. If you could, we're sure you'd love to watch a comedy now and again as compared to the vast amount of docuseries you've been watching. So what could it be? Netflix's algorithm is designed to cater to the individual and your favourite genres and subjects. Infact, you could literally create a new account, watch a single documentary, and the rest of your recommendations would be documentaries. Usually, these recommendations are the first things we'll see, and many people just don't want to have to scroll to find something. They want their content fast, immediately. That's what Netflix is designed for. And sure, this isn't applied to everyone, as a lot of people will search for something else. But sometimes it can be hard to avoid. What exactly can you do to avoid this? Well, as we say, it's good to create a new account, or separate profiles, in which you can dive into a new algorithm you've made for yourself. Feeling comedy? Choose your comedy profile. Want [...]

Beating The Netflix Algorithm2021-03-30T12:32:36+00:00

‘It’s a Sin’: Our Spoiler-Free Review

We've been blown away by Channel 4's new show from writer Russell T Davies, It's a Sin. You've probably seen a lot of the marketing going around, as it's become Channel 4's most binged show. But what is it? The show tells the story of a group of gay youths studying in 1980's London. Our characters are having the time of their lives, drinking, dancing and forming close relationships. However, the infamous disease AIDS is becoming a household name, especially among the gay community. Back in the 80s, the disease was either not taken as seriously, or was severely ignored. The five part series explores how our characters deal with the disease in a time where their community wasn't as valued and respected as it is today. The way the show portrays this disease is very mature, yet unique. Davies almost portrays AIDS as if it is an actual supervillain of sorts. He makes it ominous and terrifying. And since not a lot was known about the disease during this period, the fact that the characters don't understand or comprehend it just extends how challenging and scary it can be, and even though we understand the danger of it, the people we're following and care for in the show don't. This just amplifies how fearful this show can be. It keeps you on the edge of your seat, hoping everything will be ok. The cast and performances are also top notch! Olly Alexander plays the main role of Ritchie fantastically. Our [...]

‘It’s a Sin’: Our Spoiler-Free Review2021-02-18T09:33:03+00:00

The Movies we’re Excited for in 2021

Last year, we posted a blog on the upcoming releases for 2020 in terms of movies we were excited for. Alas, not all of them were released due to the pandemic. However, with a new year and better times ahead, we've got high hopes for film this year, and the even higher hopes they'll release at all! So let's go through what movies we're excited for in 2021. Dune This was one of the ones we were excited for last year, but of course, it was delayed an entire year. Sad times! At least we got a trailer for it, giving us a glimpse of this sci-fi epic, which is directed by legendary filmmaker Denis Villeneuve based on Frank Herbert's best selling novel. What is it? Think Game Of Thrones, but in space. It has a stacked cast too, including Timothee Chalamet, Oscar Isaac and Rebecca Ferguson to name but a few. The Suicide Squad The last Suicide Squad movie we got from DC wasn't exactly the best. The story of a group of supervillains being made to do the government's dirty work is a fresh idea for the superhero genre, but that last one really didn't do much for a lot of people. However this time around, DC has got Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn to take the reigns on their reboot. Judging from what we've seen so far, it looks like Gunn might be able to get it right. Featuring Margot Robbie, Idris Elba and Viola [...]

The Movies we’re Excited for in 20212021-01-15T10:23:09+00:00

Netflix at Christmas: What To Watch This Festive Season

It's that time of year again, the Christmas holidays are upon us, albeit feels a little different this year. There's a guarantee that we're going to be indoors a lot more this festive season, and thankfully we have plenty of entertainment to binge on Netflix over the period. But of course there's so much to choose from, so where do you start? Well, look no further. Here are our picks for what you should give a go for the holidays. The Queens Gambit You've probably heard through the grapevine that this show is all the rage at the moment. It has broke various Netflix records and seems to be getting a lot of praise from everyone. Anya Taylor-Joy plays Beth Harmon, an expert chess player defying all odds during the 60s, as a prominent woman of the game. Chess? Might not sound like everyone's cup of tea. But like Rocky, the show focuses more on the character than the sport, and it's that what elevates this show majorly. It's a seven episode miniseries that's a breeze to get through, but an entertaining one for sure. Mank This is one for the cinema lovers, the story of the acclaimed writer of the acclaimed Orson Welles film, Citizen Kane. Directed by the legend that is David Fincher, Gary Oldman plays the titular writer Mank, as he navigates his way through an old Hollywood landscape to write one of the most famous and critically acclaimed scripts of all time, which fought the Hollywood system [...]

Netflix at Christmas: What To Watch This Festive Season2020-12-14T11:35:07+00:00

The Slow Decay of Cinema

Have you visited the cinema since COVID-19 restrictions lifted? Not many have. It's easy to see this from the poor box office performance of Christopher Nolan's Tenet, a film that, if it hadn't been for the pandemic, would have been a sure fire hit. The New Mutants and Bill And Ted Face The Music were two other recent releases that hoped to put cinemas back on the map, but sadly, haven't done as well as intended. And now, the second delay of the next Bond film, No Time To Die, has pushed cinema chains Cineworld and Picturehouse to close all of their stores temporarily. There were hopes that a new Bond film would pull in more and more people, but with another delay this hasn't given the chains a lot to go on for the rest of the year. This puts a catastrophic amount of jobs at risk, as could be the same with other chains such as Vue and Everyman in the coming months. This begs the biggest question. Is cinema dying? Not so much the art of cinema, but the activity itself. There's something very special about going to the cinema, having the big screen experience. It's a night out, and a couple of hours away from the outside world that so many people cherish. But the COVID-19 pandemic has proved that, as nice a time as it is, people don't care for it as much, and could do without it if needed be. Netflix, Amazon and Disney Plus are dominating entertainment, especially this [...]

The Slow Decay of Cinema2020-10-09T11:52:52+00:00
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