How to Beat Those January Blues With Movies!

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by Maggie Kruger

January sucks, doesn’t it? There’s very little that’s good about January [Editor's Note: Hey! My birthday's in January!]. Let’s look at why January is officially the crappiest month of the year:

1. You have no money cos you spent it all on Christmas presents.

2. You don’t fit into your jeans . . . → Read More: How to Beat Those January Blues With Movies!

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How to Throw an Awesome Halloween Movie-Themed Party, Part 4: This Time It’s Personal!

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by Maggie Kruger

So less than a week to go and your movie-themed Halloween party is shaping up to be a bit special! You’ve planned the décor, you’ve rented/hired/made the finest costume known to zombie, ghoul or ghost, and you just can’t wait to tuck into that brain pate.

There’s just one thing more . . . → Read More: How to Throw an Awesome Halloween Movie-Themed Party, Part 4: This Time It’s Personal!

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How To Throw An Awesome Movie Halloween Party, Part 3: Spooky Food and Drinks!

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by Maggie Kruger

What’s that you say? “Food’s not spooky, Mags, you daft baggage! Food’s lovely!”

All I can say is

“How are those maggots, Michael?”

The census taker, her liver, some fava beans and a nice Chianti. Texas Chainsaw Massacre

Are you with me yet?

OK, I’m not suggesting you go out and . . . → Read More: How To Throw An Awesome Movie Halloween Party, Part 3: Spooky Food and Drinks!

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How to Throw an Awesome Halloween Movie Party, Part 2: Decorations

“Maybe that last daiquiri was a mistake…”

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by Maggie Kruger

They’re (almost) HEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEERRRRRRRRRRRREEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!

OK, we’ve still got a couple of weeks to go but it’s time to get back to planning your awesome Halloween Movie party – this week: decorations and games!

“Maybe that last daiquiri was a mistake…”

1. Pumpkins

(“Maybe that last daiquiri was a mistake…”)

The . . . → Read More: How to Throw an Awesome Halloween Movie Party, Part 2: Decorations

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How to Throw an Awesome Halloween Party – Part 1: Movie-Themed Costume Ideas

I really, REALLY wish I hadn’t drunk that last gallon of soda…

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by Maggie Kruger

I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but Joel’s a little excited about Halloween. And why not? It’s easily the coolest excuse for a party there is – everyone gets dressed up, you can get freaky with the décor, with the food, and let’s face it – the best movies are scary . . . → Read More: How to Throw an Awesome Halloween Party – Part 1: Movie-Themed Costume Ideas

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5 Babysitting Lessons I Learned from the Movies

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Village of The Damned… kids!

by Maggie Kruger

So my sister calls me up the other week, asking a favour. Faintly, in the distance, I heard warning bells start to ring… Tubular Bells, one might say…

I love my sister, but when she asks for a favour it usually means one of three . . . → Read More: 5 Babysitting Lessons I Learned from the Movies

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How to Plan your Movie Week

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by Maggie Kruger

Much to the chagrin of my friends and family, I am a movie geek. (They’re also fairly chagrined that I use the word ‘chagrin’ but never mind that.) They don’t complain about me being a movie geek when they can’t remember the title of that film with that bloke and . . . → Read More: How to Plan your Movie Week

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How To Be As Mad as Hell and Not Take It Any More!

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by Maggie Kruger

***Warning! This post is totally NSFW. It is R –Rated, 18 certificated, 100% not one for the office***

So I know my life sounds like a catalogue of woes at the moment (rat infestations, flatmates swanning off on holiday, don’t even get me started on the leak from the apartment upstairs . . . → Read More: How To Be As Mad as Hell and Not Take It Any More!

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How to Reinvent Yourself Via the Magic of the Movies

Vera (Annie Ross) would like to say, "Domo Arigato, Mr. Roboto!"

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by Maggie Kruger

Ever had one of those mornings when you’ve woken up, looked in the mirror and wished you were somewhere else? That you were someone else? That you had someone else’s life, one that didn’t involve long commutes to the office, lengthy arguments about whose turn it is to do the washing . . . → Read More: How to Reinvent Yourself Via the Magic of the Movies

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How to Safeguard Your House Against a Cinematic Animal Attack

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by Maggie Kruger 

So the nice exterminator has been to visit and there is now rat poison aplenty in my basement – the Mousekewitz family were in fact the cast of Willard and now their verminous behinds are paying the price for attempting to colonize my apartment. I’m slightly worried that they’re going . . . → Read More: How to Safeguard Your House Against a Cinematic Animal Attack

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How to Tour Western Europe Without Leaving the Country (or Your TV)

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by Maggie Kruger

My flatmate is off to Italy in the morning, and I am very jealous of him: he’s heading off to the Amalfi coast and I get to stay in our manky flat waiting for the exterminators to come and do something about the family of mice we’ve got living in the . . . → Read More: How to Tour Western Europe Without Leaving the Country (or Your TV)

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How To Throw A Great Movie Murder Mystery Party

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by Maggie Kruger

It’s no secret that I love a good party. Any excuse to have friends over, cook extravagant amounts of food and pop the cork on a couple of bottles of fizz and I’m happy. But even better than having your mates round for plain old nibbles and drinks is having your . . . → Read More: How To Throw A Great Movie Murder Mystery Party

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How to Make the Greatest Movie Ever

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by Maggie Kruger

Listen up Hollywood, I’m about to throw you a few home truths. A lot of your favourite actors need to go back to drama school. A lot of your hotshot directors couldn’t direct themselves out of a wet paper bag. A lot of your movies are among the greatest crimes ever . . . → Read More: How to Make the Greatest Movie Ever

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How To Get Yourself in the Cinematic Mood (for a Royal Wedding)

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by Maggie Kruger

On April 29th,=, the world and its gerbil is going to turn its attention to Ye Olde London Towne, to witness our Future King marrying Kate Middleton. What with the success of The King’s Speech at the Oscars in February and now all of the UK getting an extra day off . . . → Read More: How To Get Yourself in the Cinematic Mood (for a Royal Wedding)

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How To Embrace Your Inner Geek

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So, the other night, I was at the cinema, watching a special screening of one of my favourite ever movies (yes, I know I say that virtually every movie is one of my favourite ever movies, but that’s by the by). Suffice to say, I had a front row seat and a wonderful, unobscured . . . → Read More: How To Embrace Your Inner Geek

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How To Take A Cinematic Tour of the British Isles

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by Maggie Kruger

It’s no secret that Great Britain doesn’t have the greatest reputation in Hollywood: it’s cold, wet, grey, and it’s peopled by buffoons, bad guys, and Hugh Grant. So I’m guessing you don’t particularly want to spend your hard earned wages and precious 2 weeks holiday allowance on a trip here… and . . . → Read More: How To Take A Cinematic Tour of the British Isles

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How I Learned to Forgive George Lucas… And You Can Too!

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By Maggie Kruger

The Prequels

If, like me, you spent your childhood pretending to be Luke, Leia or Han, then Summer 1999 would have been a very dark time for you.

Yeah, you know what I’m talking about.

The teaser poster was so cool – tiny little Jake Lloyd casting . . . → Read More: How I Learned to Forgive George Lucas… And You Can Too!

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How To Throw A Kick-Ass Oscar Party

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Toot your horns and sound your trumpets, it’s only the Oscars! As I live in the UK and have to be at work on a Monday morning, the chances of me staying up to watch the ceremony are as skinny as Renee Zellweger, but for you lucky souls living Stateside, give . . . → Read More: How To Throw A Kick-Ass Oscar Party

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How to Plan the Perfect Movie Marathon

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by Maggie Kruger

So. It’s Saturday. The weather’s rubbish and you haven’t got the energy to go out. The perfect conditions to plan yourself a cheeky little movie marathon.

It’s easy to mess up Movie Night. The wrong choice of films, the wrong food, the wrong lighting… all of these can mess up . . . → Read More: How to Plan the Perfect Movie Marathon

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