Is Netflix Losing It’s Edge?

Netflix looks as though it's slowly but surely losing its edge and popularity with the consumer. Netflix has been around for a decade and has been one of the most influential companies in the entertainment industry. However, in the last year or so, there have been some major changes to their business model and it is not working out as well as they had hoped. Netflix's original content is not as popular as it once was, and they are struggling to compete with other streaming services like HBO Now, Disney Plus and Amazon prime which offer new and varied content every week. It's easy to say then that competition has hindered Netflix's growth significantly. Netflix's stock price has dropped significantly since last year, but they are still profitable. The company is trying to turn things around by investing in new shows and hiring big names like Shonda Rhimes and Ryan Murphy. Yet their content clearly isn't helping them anymore. Netflix is failing because they are not adapting to the changing market and they are not willing to take risks. The company has been boasting about how it has been able to produce a lot of original content in the past few years, but it seems like this strategy is not working anymore. Netflix has been losing subscribers, which means that there’s a lack of interest in its content. Not to mention now, but Netflix is raising its subscription model prices even further. Considering the prices have risen year on [...]

Is Netflix Losing It’s Edge?2022-05-24T14:01:03+00:00

Are the Oscars losing their touch?

The Oscars are back, and this year, they may have just featured something that the internet will be discussing for weeks. If you've been living under a rock for the past few days, you won't know that Oscars host Chris Rock made a joke and the expense of Will Smith's wife, to which Smith got on stage and hit Rock in response. It's hard to tell if this whole escapade was staged, most people believing it wasn't due to the shocking nature of it all. Yet a large part of the internet believe it could have been an act, just to get people talking about the Oscars. All news is good news, and in the case of this fiasco, it would definitely drum up a lot of publicity for the Oscars. It's no secret that the awards show has been losing viewers year on year. A lot of people were turned off the show a while ago, during the start of the #MeToo era. But it could be argued that the Oscars have been losing steam even before this, with a lot of people saying that the internet took away from the might of the Oscars and it's place in the live television world. Then, we've had the pandemic, that has undoubtedly not helped either. So, with ratings falling year on year, would you be surprised if the higher ups decided to do something big and newsworthy to spice up the media presence of the Oscars? We saw it [...]

Are the Oscars losing their touch?2022-03-30T11:07:05+00:00

The Best Christmas Movies Of All Time

Christmas Movies! It's that time of year again, and what's better to get you in the festive mood that a good old Christmas film. The only issue is that there are just way to many to choose from. We've put together a list of our favourite Christmas movies of all time, so if you're stuck for choice (which let's face it, you shouldn't be!) we've got you more than covered. Home Alone One of our favourite Christmas movies has to be the John Hughes' written classic, Home Alone. Undisputedly one of the greats, telling the story of Kevin McCallister who is left home alone one Christmas by his family. He's overjoyed at this newfound freedom, and soon finds himself fighting off the infamous Wet Bandits who plan to steal from the house. If you haven't seen this one... what are you doing? Go watch it now! It's as famous as it is hilarious, charming and simply just so festive. And once you're done there, go and watch the sequel! It's almost as good. Love Actually This one seems to be very marmite, you either love it to bits or you can't stand it! Whatever your opinion, you can't deny how classic of a film it is. It's undeniably British, with it's very British style of humour, cheesiness and whole host of actors that are staple of the British film industry from Alan Rickman to Bill Nighy. Yes, it's not perfect, it can be very odd at times, but if you [...]

The Best Christmas Movies Of All Time2021-12-07T11:06:24+00:00

Midnight Mass Review | Tales from the Couch 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. 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
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