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Heart-warming Films for the Cold Weather

By Mia Batrisyia The Beast from the East gets us excited for the snow… for the first few hours, because then we realise just how dreadful being snowed in really is. So, here are some heart-warming films to help you forget about the freezing temperatures for a bit. I personally enjoyed these movies myself, so there won’t be any spoilers because I highly recommend you give them a watch yourself. 1. Big Fish (2003) When we think of fictional films compared real life, it makes us

Top 5 Christmas Movies

By Michael Watkis – Contributing Writer ‘Tis the season people. With Halloween long gone and our American friends had their fill of Thanksgiving, we can now get majorly hyped for Christmas. The great thing is that there are so many ways to pick your spirits up after all this degree nonsense, we got songs, decorations, and of course Christmas movies. So strap yourselves in because we have another top 5 list, this time of all the greatest Christmas movies. Jingle all the way- C

Top 5 most awesome Halloween movies of all time

By Michael Watkis- Contributing writer Halloween really is a wonderful holiday. An excuse to dress up as a favourite character or celebrity, go to parties, and eat a ridiculous amount of tiny chocolate bars. It’s also a great excuse to watch a great and beloved genre of films, ‘Scary Movies’. For this list, we present what we consider the ‘Top 5 most awesome Halloween movies of all time’. Ranging from ghosts and other supernatural antagonists, to crazy humans who just want to

Best movies to watch after a breakup

Image: Pixabay [Michael Sabater | Contributing Writer] The day has finally come; you’re officially someone’s ex. Whether you’re the dumper or the dumpee, it still hurts. It’s like a piece of yourself has been ripped out, thrown on the floor and stomped on. You’re currently wearing sweatpants, trying to fill that empty hole with salty snacks and alcohol and wallowing in your sorrow. Yep, breaking up sucks, but the pain’s not over yet, not by a long shot. So begins the dreaded

Queer love stories

Image: chrisjtse, Flickr, CC BY 4.0 [April Wilson | TV Director] While love is very much the focus of modern day media, there is undoubtedly less representation for queer characters; whether that be on TV, in films or comics. This list (by no means exhaustive) covers a range of platforms. Also, some of the couples on this list were instrumental in opening up their platform for the showing of queer characters in popular media. 1. Twist and Shout This is a fanfiction, but it’s

Top 10 romantic movies

Image: Pixabay [Danielle Smith | Contributing Writer] Are you in love and want a great night in? Single and just want to fantasise? Well we have pulled out all of the stops, giving you the greatest top 10 romantic movies to date! So sit back, relax, and let us set the scene for your special night. 10) Sleepless in Seattle (1993) 9) Indecent Proposal (1993) 8) And So It Goes (2014) 7) 27 Dresses (2008) 6) The Fault in our Stars (2014) 5) Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging (200

Top five funny sex scenes *spoilers!*

[Lara Owolabi | Production Manager] Watching sex scenes can be sooooo awkward! Especially if it happens unexpectedly with your parents in the room. However, romantic comedies can “take the heat off,” and frankly they’re pretty hilarious. Everybody has their own top five when it comes to funny sex scenes; here are some of ours! 5. Bride of Chucky Image: Bride of Chucky This horror film is probably part of the funniest set of sequels ever, besides the scary movie sequel. In thi

Top 10 horror movies of all time

[Maxine Weller | Contributing Writer] Trident Media thought it would be fitting to do a countdown some of the most popular and most loved horror movies of all time to celebrate Halloween! Why not gather all of your housemates together with some of your favourite Halloween snacks and have a movie marathon? (And maybe scare the pants off each other!) Now, while many of us enjoy being scared, horror movies are not everyone’s cup of tea. Some of the most loved horror flicks do no

5 Films for Freshers

[Image: Disney Pixar] [Hannah Bicknell | Features Editor] It’s getting to be about that time. The decisions have been made, the big move is complete and you’ve met the crazy person next door. Now what? Well we all know that as a fresher, you’re going to face challenges that you never even saw coming. So, we have compiled a list of the top five movies to watch to help prepare you and possibly give a little insight into what you can expect in your first year. So why not sit bac

Mad Max: Fury Road – Please see this movie!

[Charlotte Mullin | Contributing Writer] Sometimes, there are movies that completely absorb your entire being, making you forget that you’re actually inside a stuffy room with your feet stuck to popcorn-crusted floors and not an incredibly rich and new world. These movies are like pixie dust, few and far between; very rarely has a film made me feel like I’ve just participated in a life-changing experience, so unable to process my thoughts and emotions upon its end that I don’

9 movies which make you ask WTF did I just watch?

[Melissa Nadarajan | Contributing Writer] Sometimes a movie has the ability to leave you slack jawed, confused, and questioning your very existence. Sometimes you are just left wondering how you will ever get those hours of your life back. This list, by no mean definitive, is just a taster of the weird, the wonderful and the downright bizarre; welcome to the world of the WTF film. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas Year: 1998 Director: Terry Gilliam Starring: Johnny Depp, Benicio

Celebrating the Elstree Studios

From Borehamwood to Hollywood [Ellie Pilcher | Contributing Writer] On Thursday 13th of November, the Weston Auditorium was full of movie-lovers and Hertfordshire-residents eager to watch the fall and rise of the beloved Elstree Studios. In a documentary of interviews, spanning four years of work, Barbara Windsor narrated the tale of the studios from its changing-hands to its part in the creation of Star Wars and now as the home of BBC and ITV productions such as ‘Strictly C

Top Five Halloween Movies

[Laura Noakes | Deputy Print Editor] If you’re a little unsure of what to watch this Halloween night, I’ve got you covered. Whether you like ghosts, 90’s classics or good old fashioned horror, here are my top five picks for movies to watch this October 31st. 1) Scream – Scream is the classic cult slasher film. It follows a killer named Ghostface who is steadily murdering more and more people in a small town. With a smart plot that doesn’t conform to horror cliches, this is a