10 Simple Fixes That Would Make Movie Trailers Awesome Again

Posted on Sep 20, 2016

Everyone knows movie trailers kinda suck. That’s not to say they’re not an awful lot of fun, just that all too often they fail at that very important “advertise the movie” part of their definition; when they’re not purposely mis-selling the movie at hand (no, Drive isn’t a Fast And Furious thrill-ride and, no, The Place Beyond The Pines isn’t a Drive-esque stylish meditation on life), they’re going to whatever length possible to spoil the plot. It’s now incredibly common for trailers to spell out a story beat-for-beat, although even if they don’t then odds are that across a teaser, first trailer, second trailer, final trailer, international trailer and two dozen TV spots (and that is in no way an exaggeration) you’ll get enough footage to piece the narrative together regardless. But there’s more to the suckiness of trailers than simply giving away the ending. Oh, that part’s terrible and by far the worst way to market a film ever conceived, but if we’re actually going to fix movie trailers and not just take them while grumbling, we need to be a little more methodical. What are the systemic problems that need to be addressed so we can get back to a time where trailers made you want to see a movie, rather than making you feel like you’ve already seen the whole thing before even buying a ticket? Well, I’m glad you asked… detailed report Here a link to...

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Family Days Out Round-up: A summer of fun

Posted on Sep 19, 2016

Photo credit: asife, Shutterstock Hello and a warm welcome back to the Family Days Out Round-Up. Apologies if you missed us in August but I had so few submissions to the round-up that I thought it would be best to wait until we had all gathered our thoughts, got the kids back to school and breathed a sigh of relief that the school holidays were over?.. for another 6 weeks at least. I for one thought the summer holiday?s were over far too soon and we didn?t get half of our summer holiday list done, but we had a good stab at it anyway and had some fabulous days out and made memories that will last a lifetime. The summer is festival season and there are family friendly festivals by the bucket load and it seems like many of you enjoyed all they have to offer. We didn?t have to head too far to find Camp Bestival which was four days of fun. We spent the majority of our time in the Dingly Dell, Mummy Fever got to meet Jess Glynn, The Joy of Five captured the essence of the festival perfectly and Tattooed Mummy thought it was Out of This World. Travel Loving Family paid a visit to Livestock Festival, Coombe Mill enjoyed Boconnoc Steam Fair, we had a fun good time at the New Forest Fairy Festival and on a fairy theme MummySphere enjoyed an enchanting Fairy Walk at Audley End. Ask children where they want to go over the summer holidays and invariably there is a theme park in the list somewhere. The Places We Will go headed to Twin Lakes Theme Park, two birthday?s were celebrated at Peppa Pig World; Happy Birthday Amelia from New Young Mum who celebrated turning 3 with Peppa and friends and Parker from Emily and Indiana who turned 1 who celebrated at Paultons Park with his sister. Drayton Manor was also a hit, with Charlie Moos enjoying everything the park has to offer and Hollybobbs catching up with friends at Thomas Land. Still on the Thomas the Tank engine theme, Mrs Savage Angel enjoyed a Day Out with Thomas on the Watercress Line. Also on this magic summer list is the zoo. Emily and Indiana enjoyed seeing the animals at Howletts Zoo, Bubbablue and Me got up close and personal with the Penguins at Cotswold Wildlife Park, Hex Mum combined a visit to Banham Zoo with some Pokemon Go, Keep Up with the Jones Family did the Zebra Trail with Marwell Zoo and Frugal Family got up close to the fish at Brighton Sea Life Centre. Visiting the capital was top of the agenda for many families and with such a plethora of activities to keep the kids entertained I can see why. Adventures of Adam enjoyed The London Eye, London Aquarium and the Natural History Museum. Bubba Blue and Me took a river cruise along the Thames,...

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8 Hidden Secrets In The Mona Lisa

Posted on Sep 19, 2016

Wikipedia Leonardo da Vinci’s 16th Century work the Mona Lisa is probably the most recognisable piece of art in the world. Well, maybe second to maybe The Scream, The Girl With The Pearl Earring or that sticker of the kid peeing on football shirts you see in the back window of people’s cars. What is it that’s so beguiling about this particular portrait? What made it “the best known, the most visited, the most written about, the most sung about, the most parodied work of art in the world”? Why this painting above all others, let alone all others in the impressive and sizeable oeuvre of literal renaissance man da Vinci? Well, as much as it pains us to admit it, we think Dan Brown might have been onto something. The Da Vinci Code might be a bit of a hacky, pulpy thriller that has made way too many people believe in ridiculous conspiracy theories, but they tap into something that’s genuinely fascinating about the artist’s work, and especially the Mona Lisa. There actually are a whole bunch of hidden mysteries, secret messages and ongoing rumour surrounding the portrait – five hundred years after it was painted. Critics, historians and Brown fans alike are still arguing about everything from Lisa’s identity to whether it was actually a much larger picture that got cut down for some reason. That’s not even the nuttiest thing that people have read into this quincentgenarian artwork – to be honest, we reckon even Dan would have a problem getting his head around some of these. Here are eight hidden secrets in the Mona Lisa. In this post:  Mona Lisa First Posted On: 19th Aug 2014 very important some...

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Finance Round-up: Back to normal

Posted on Sep 18, 2016

Photo Credit: Denis Vrublevski, Shutterstock Since the kids have gone back to school I?ve heard the phrase ?back to normal? many times. It seems the six weeks holidays throws everyone. Schedules go out of the window and money slips through our fingers like melting ice cream. So now is the time to get back on track as ? dare I say it, I?ve already seen Christmas goods in the shops. Let?s see what advice our team of bloggers can give you to help your finances look better. Quite often through the summer holidays the kids can assume that if there is anything they want they can simply ask mum or dad for it and it will be bought. Since very few of us can oblige so readily to be forever paying out for our children Natalie has been wondering what age should I give pocket money? Do you start once your child knows how to count and understands the concept of money or do you wait until they are older? Do you give a set amount each week or only after certain chores have been completed? If you are thinking not just about pocket money but all financial aspects when it comes to your children?s education then let Skint Dad Ricky guide you through from birth to 18 with practical financial lessons for your child. Whatever the age of your son or daughter it?s never too late to instill a sound financial grounding into them. If you thought the kids were asking for food every five minutes during the school holidays then you will know once they are back to school your kitchen cupboards only remain full until they get home. To try and fill up her sons without breaking the bank Kelly has come up with a recipe for croissant bread and butter with chocolate raisins. One way to keep your money in check is through trying to live a zero waste life. Some people have managed to change their entire lifestyles to help save the planet and in the meantime save some money. If this sounds unachievable then try seven days as each September sees the arrival of Zero Waste Week. Zoe spends her life trying to make the changes that matter both financially and environmentally. You can follow how she got on through the week starting with using up any waste food. Since I did mention the ?C? word in the introduction I should give you some pointers on how to deal with the cost of Christmas even though it is only September. Emma has been thinking about how to manage your money better so you can deal with expected monthly costs but also those annual expenses such as Christmas and birthdays plus the dreaded unexpected bills. If you feel you never have money for the things that make you happy or bring you joy then have a read of Cass? explanation of intentional spending. Many of overspend in certain...

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F1 Fanatic

Posted on Sep 18, 2016

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