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

Streaming: Our September Viewing Habits

If you still haven't made a trip to the cinema this month due to worries of the COVID-19 pandemic, then we can only guess you're still at home watching Netflix, Amazon or even Disney for your entertainment fixes. Thankfully, streaming services have had plenty to offer in terms of film and TV on demand, and we've got some of our own recommendations to throw your way. Let's dig right in! The Boys We've discussed Amazon's The Boys before, as it's first season was fantastic. The satire on the superhero genre is brilliantly clever and charismatic, you won't find anything like this anywhere else. Set in a world where the superheroes are corporate villains, 'the Boys' are a group of vigilantes working to bring them down. The show is halfway through it's second season now, so if you haven't seen the first yet, you'll hopefully have a full season to watch after you finish. Euphoria Zendaya has just won an Emmy for her role as Rue in this coming of age TV show, and it's very well deserved. Similar to Channel 4's Skins, Euphoria tells the story of Rue, her friends and her school mates growing up in a mature world. The show feels very different to your standard high school show, feeling very grown up - with some interesting filmmaking and editing to boot. You can get the entire season on Amazon in an instant, it's well worth the price! I'm Thinking Of Ending Things From the mind of [...]

Streaming: Our September Viewing Habits2020-10-05T08:35:05+00:00

What We’ve Been Streaming In August

We've been streaming as always as much as we can this summer. But as September approaches, people return to work and cinemas re-open, it's a prime time to get in as much streaming as possible. As always, we've got your back. Here are our streaming picks for this month. The Umbrella Academy With its second season having released in July, Netflix's The Umbrella Academy has already gained so much praise, and a massive fandom. Centred around a dysfunctional group of super-powered siblings who must prevent an upcoming apocalypse, there's a lot to love in this  quirky superhero story. With time travel being a massive part of the second season which is set in 1963, there's plenty of variety between the seasons whilst still having the same lovable characters throughout. It's hard to talk about the show without spoiling it, but the performances, soundtrack and overall story will easily cruise you through a good binge of it. Travel Man If you're missing travelling due to the pandemic, (isn't everyone?) then Richard Ayoade's Channel 4 show Travel Man is a perfect substitute. All episodes are on 4oD right now - and they're a riot to watch. Ayoade's humour is dry and sarcastic as always, and he injects it into the world of travel brilliantly, giving you a very different travel show. From Barcelona to Krakow, Richard is joined by a new guest every episode, from Paul Rudd to Dawn French. So if you're looking for a new destination after the virus [...]

What We’ve Been Streaming In August2020-09-02T14:57:52+00:00

The Perfect Time to Stream: Our top picks

As lockdown continues, we're streaming plenty of TV every day to fill the void of going out and having fun - and it's just as fun! Of course with all of the different streaming sites out there, there's plenty to watch - and we're here to give you some more new recommendations to stream. Killing Eve With Season 3 underway currently, you can stream the entirety of the series up to now on BBCiPlayer. Starring Sandra Oh and Jodie Comer, the series tells the story of an MI5 detective partaking in a deadly game of cat and mouse with a dangerous Russian assassin - and the pair battle their attraction with one-another. It's a funny, energetic and dramatic series that will always have you on your toes. We can't recommend this one enough! Fleabag If you've got access to Amazon Prime or BBCiPlayer, Fleabag is the perfect 'dramedy' for you to watch. Written and starring Phoebe Waller-Bridge, the series follows the character only known as 'Fleabag' and her battle with a complicated family, job and many difficult relationships. The show and it's cast have won tons of awards as the show has captivated the world. Waller-Bridge has come a long way with this project and it even has former President Barack Obama's seal of approval. If that doesn't peak your interest, we don't know what will! Hollywood From American Horror Story creator Ryan Murphy comes Hollywood. Set after WWII, the show follows a group of upcoming actors, directors and [...]

The Perfect Time to Stream: Our top picks2020-05-21T11:23:18+00:00

COVID-19: Should delayed films be released on Netflix and Disney+?

COVID-19 has effected a multitude of different industries massively. There's little doubt that in the coming months when we hopefully return to normality, lots of these industries will be changed in various different ways. One in which is the cinema industry. With cinemas closing their doors to prevent the spread of the disease, and so many countries all staying at home, streaming sites such as Netflix and the newly released Disney+ have seen a boost in subscriptions, for obvious reasons. Yet, cinemas are struggling, as it gets to blockbuster season, films such as No Time To Die and Black Widow have been put on hold until later in the year - and even then it is uncertain. But with streaming sites becoming more relevant than they ever have before, should the decision be made to start putting these delayed movies on these sites for us all to watch in self-isolation? There is without a doubt a case for and against. It's a shame that all of the biggest releases have been pushed so far back, and for Disney fans, this is even more so disappointing. Films such as Marvel's Black Widow and the Mulan remake have been eagerly anticipated by fans, but with their status uncertain, so are fans. Yet, and easy remedy would be to premiere these movies on the new streaming site Disney+. Having released in Europe, the site is getting incredibly big traction. Rumours persisted that Disney would put them on the site, however would charge [...]

COVID-19: Should delayed films be released on Netflix and Disney+?2020-04-30T09:30:59+00:00
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