Midnight Mass Review | Tales from the Couch

https://youtu.be/V2B2KI_J7hQ Lotty and Sam are back on the couch, this time to discuss something spooky in the run up to Halloween. Mike Flanagan's Midnight Mass is now on Netflix, and we loved it. Find out our thoughts in our latest vlog. Your Industrial Story Starts Here Press the button. Make the call. Transform your media. +44 (0)113 288 3245 [email protected] Contact Us

Midnight Mass Review | Tales from the Couch2021-10-19T08:30:56+00:00

In Cinemas Now… What We’ve Been Watching | Netflix, Prime

It's been a while since we've looked at and reviewed some of the great stuff we've been watching recently. Thankfully, more and more great content is showing up on our cinema and TV screens. So today, we've got a few more recommendations we'd love to share with you! No Time To Die (In cinemas now) It has felt like an eternity waiting for Daniel Craig's latest and final outing as James Bond. The pandemic has delayed this film a number of times but now it's here, was it worth the wait? No Time To Die is one of the better Craig films out there, along with Casino Royale and Skyfall. As it should be, considering this is his last film. There's some great stuff in here, all the best and what you'd expect from a Bond film. Craig puts in a great performance for his swan song which is worth the price of admission alone! Do yourself a favour and book your viewing as soon as you can, this isn't one to miss. Sex Education (Netflix) Now on it's recently released third season, Sex Education has been entertaining audiences for a few years now, being one of Netflix's biggest original shows. A blend of comedy and teen drama, the show focuses on a group of late teens attempting to navigate their way through life with the prospects of sex, relationships and the like changing their lives in a multitude of ways. It's cheesy, but also very heartfelt with some stellar performances and writing that really justifies [...]

In Cinemas Now… What We’ve Been Watching | Netflix, Prime2021-10-11T13:41:10+00:00

Our Most Influential Filmmakers of today

Who are some of our most influential filmmakers of today? We've looked at some our favourites of the past, some of the greats including Ridley Scott and Alfred Hitchcock. Of course, some of these filmmakers are still producing great movies, but there's a new generation of artists crafting such great works that we admire a whole lot. So we thought in this blog we'd look at some of them, so you can get a few new film recommendations from truly great directors. Denis Villeneuve The French-Canadian filmmaker has made some big waves in the last few years. Known for his sci-fi movies, Villeneuve is a very passionate filmmaker who has a great love for the big screen and is devoted to capturing the most beautiful looking settings and telling the most ambitious stories. From Arrival to the much loved sequel to Blade Runner 2049, the upcoming Dune adaptation is his next work that everyone is extremely excited for. Some of his other films include Sicario and Prisoners, two epic thrillers that also deserve your attention. Edgar Wright If you haven't heard Edgar's name before, you'll have most certainly heard of his films. Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz and The World's End, also known as The Cornetto Trilogy are British comedy staples, and Wright has made even bigger impressions in Hollywood with 2017's heist film Baby Driver. His quirky, absurd and hilarious comedy is something to admire, but for every filmmaker it has to be his editing style, one that has so much personality to it. But he's not just a [...]

Our Most Influential Filmmakers of today2021-09-13T12:21:13+00:00

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
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