Party Animal

Christmas has just gone by but most of us (not me) still have time off for the holidays which means one thing...it's party season! With that in mind I have a small public service announcement with the help of the following shorts. I'm not saying to not have fun as it's the holidays you're meant to eat, drink and be merry. However...don't be these guys. They are everything you don't want to be the morning after. Party Animal First up is Chris, the Party Animal. Written by Adam Bowers & Chris Stathis, the story follows a man (Chris) who wakes up the morning after to find his life in ruins. This short is a physical example of the two sides of a night out story, the amazing feeling that you have while you're drinking with your friends and ...

Christmas films

There's much debate over what constitutes a great Christmas film. What key traits make it a classic that needs to be rewatched every year to bring back that memory you had the first time you watched it. For me the greatest christmas film of all time has the one and only Jingle all the way. There are many reasons that this film has such a hallowed place in my heart and in my Christmas film roster (which includes Elf, Love Actually and all the rest not to worry). The 1996 classic stars the original action figure like actor; Arnold Schwarzenegger. He plays a workaholic dad who needs to buy his son a super popular (and ridiculously well marketed) action figure for Christmas – Turbo-Man. The only problem is, being the workaholic he is he’s left it too late, and the ...

A very Murray Christmas

While an interesting concept in practice A Very Murray Christmas felt very...forced. I honestly did like it however like anyone else watching it I felt very confused as to what was going on and what exactly the whole point of the film was. This Netflix musical film written by Bill Murray, Mitch Glazer and Sophia Coppola has a seemingly simple premise; Murray (as himself) worries no one will show up to his TV show due to a massive snowstorm in New York City. Through luck and perseverance, guests arrive at NYC's Carlyle Hotel to help him — dancing and singing in holiday spirit. Sounds great right? Wrong. It seems to me that at the cost of story musical numbers were wedged into the film or perhaps this was an attempt to hide the lack of story. It was frankly a ...

Christmas TV

If there's one thing that you can always expect on television it's that there will almost always be a seasonal episode of a show especially if it's a sitcom or if it's been on the air for a while. This is because it's an easy story to do, it associates the show with the good feeling we already associate with the season. However getting that special mix of whimsy and keeping the shows core identity is a hard task for even the most seasoned writers which is why most stick to what works and for that reason most of them don't really stand out but instead fade into our memories to be forgotten until the season comes around again. What I'm going to focus on in this post are 3 Christmas specials which I feel stand out from the crowd, ...

Hogwarts Christmas

Christmas starts in September, or at least Christmas announcements do. This year September has come with a very special announcement for Harry Potter fans. The latest addition to the Warner Bros. Studio tour event calendar is one present made for those who want to live the Hogwarts experience. For one night this year, guests are being given the chance to dine in the Great Hall, one of Hogwart's most magical places and a place where one can truly dine like a wizard. Taking place from 6pm until midnight December 3rd, the event will allow fans to dine on the set used to film the Harry Potter films. This will consist of a two course meal before fans take in the sights of the tour. As you'd expect however this trip into the heart of J.K Rowling's famous dining hall ...

Or is it? Every year without fail for some unknown reason writers of countless television shows decide that their characters just aren't allowed to have a "Merry" Christmas. No their characters must live through a torturous holiday break and sometimes (especially if you're Sean Bean) you might not even live through that! So is Christmas really the most wonderful time of year? Yes you spend it with family, friends and co-workers making the most of this joyous season. But in reality, in that deep dark part of your soul that you don't allow out into the public domain for fear of being labelled a weirdo, you are craving your next fix of your favourite show like a meth addict forced to go cold turkey by the powers that be who decided you just couldn't handle that show 24/7. Or ...