Another Halloween has been and gone but our obsession with fancy dress is far from over. And the best part is that you don’t even have to wait until your friend’s birthday or Christmas party to whip-out your best costume anymore – it seems we’re starting to integrate our favourite outfits from popular culture into our everyday wear, with John Lewis reporting last month an increase in sales of Peaky Blinders’ style flat caps, and black jumpsuits, like those worn by Phoebe Waller-Bridge in Fleabag. Continue reading Stylish Screen: Inspirational Fashion from TV & Film
I love How I Met Your Mother. I love it so much that I have seen every episode nine times, which means I know pretty much everything about it. Specifically, I know that if there’s one thing How I Met Your Mother does well, it’s holiday episodes. From ‘Slapsgiving’ to ‘How Lily Stole Christmas’, the sitcom is guaranteed to keep its audience entertained at any time of year. At Halloween, the two episodes that stand out are ‘The Slutty Pumpkin’ (season 1, episode 6) and ‘The Slutty Pumpkin Returns’ (season 7, episode 8). Continue reading Halloween Culture Favourites: ‘How I Met Your Mother’ Halloween specials
When the leaves begin to turn brown and crunch under my feet, I know that it is soon pumpkin time. No, not pumpkin carving, pumpkin pie, or pumpkin pales. It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown time. If all the best aspects of Fall were condensed into one 25-minute television special, it would be the Great Pumpkin. The Halloween classic, since its release in 1966, has become synonymous with Halloween, and it’s no wonder why. Based on the comic strips of Charles M. Schulz, Linus spends all of Halloween night sitting in the pumpkin patch with Sally waiting for the Great Pumpkin, the number #2 below Santa, to appear. The rest of the Peanuts gang spends the night trick-or-treating and having fun at a Halloween party, with Lucy asking for extra candy for her “blockhead brother”, and Charlie Brown stating at each door that he “got a rock.” Of course, you can’t forget about Snoopy as the WWI Flying Ace, scouring through the hills of suburbia as if they were the war-torn countryside. Good luck to you if you spend your Halloween night like Linus waiting for the Great Pumpkin, and if you do go trick-or-treating, here’s sending you my best wishes that you yourself don’t get a rock. Continue reading Halloween Culture Favourites: ‘It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown’
For a film about a performer, Judy starts with a brilliant apparent break of the fourth wall. I struggle to remember a film with a more apt beginning. The structure of the film is further used to great effect by balancing the enrapturing beginning with an emotive end; it would not surprise me to see the odd tear shed as the lights come up. Continue reading Review: Judy
Ever wondered what brain sashimi tastes like? Yeah, me neither, but Doctor Hannibal Lecter could probably tell you. Yes, that’s right, the legendary gastronomical enthusiast, Hannibal the Cannibal. This three-season show, while not strictly Halloween related, is a bubbling cauldron of aestheticism, philosophy and sensual horror. Set before Lecter’s imprisonment as shown in the movie, Silence of the Lambs, Bryan Fuller reimagines Thomas Harris’ novel using innovative, visual delights which leave you disturbed and often (somewhat worryingly) very hungry. Charismatic, charming, the good Doctor is sure to draw you in with the subtle wit and humour Fuller wields so delicately in a show brimming with intelligent dialogue. Perhaps most daring, however, is Fuller’s choice to reimagine Lecter’s relationship with Special Agent Will Graham as a bond founded on mutual understanding and erotic attraction. The result is one of the most unconventional love stories of the 21stcentury. So, if you’re a fan of horror, strategy and, of course, an array of extremely sexy suits, why not try Hannibal this Halloween? He promises not to bite! Continue reading Halloween Culture Favourites: Review of Hannibal
To anyone that knows me, it would be very surprising to hear that I was planning on watching a horror film, let alone heading to the cinema on the very day of IT Chapter 2’s release. It was one thing to watch the first film from the comfort of my own sofa in broad daylight, but very much another to head to a late showing of the sequel in the cinema! Yet there I was. Continue reading Review: IT Chapter Two
Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s recent success at the Emmys was testament to the power of female-written stories – we laughed and cried as Fleabag navigated her way through the world, often with devastatingly funny or heart-breaking results. But who else can we turn to for shows and films that engage us so powerfully? Here are 3 other women blazing a trail in screenwriting.
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