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How to Beat Those January Blues With Movies!

Tweet 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 cos you spent December feeding…

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

Tweet 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 you need… Every great Halloween…

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

Tweet 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 do anything rash with a power…

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

Tweet 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!  1.       Pumpkins  (“Maybe that last daiquiri was a mistake…”) The first thing that springs to my mind when I think of Halloween is the…

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

Tweet 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 movies! With that in mind,…

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5 Babysitting Lessons I Learned from the Movies

Tweet 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 things: 1. She wants to come and stay with me for…

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How to Plan your Movie Week

Tweet  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 the woman, or when we’re in…

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

Tweet 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 and the mushrooms growing out…

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How to Reinvent Yourself Via the Magic of the Movies

Tweet 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 up,  and in which you…

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How to Safeguard Your House Against a Cinematic Animal Attack

Tweet 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 to seek vengeance and aren’t eating…

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

Tweet 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 walls. But I don’t need…

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How To Throw A Great Movie Murder Mystery Party

Tweet 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 mates round for a theme…

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How to Make the Greatest Movie Ever

Tweet 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 committed to celluloid. Some films…

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

Tweet 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 work so we can watch…

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How To Embrace Your Inner Geek

Tweet 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 view of Aliens. I was…

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How To Take A Cinematic Tour of the British Isles

Tweet 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 the good news is that…

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

Tweet 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 Darth Vader’s scary big shadow:  I got goose bumps…

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How To Throw A Kick-Ass Oscar Party

Tweet By Maggie Kruger 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 Oscar Night a go next…

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How to Plan the Perfect Movie Marathon

Tweet 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 your weekend…. OK, that’s maybe over-exaggerating…

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