Thursday, 13 December 2018

Book Review: The Ultimate Guide to Strange Cinema by Michael Vaughn

I was excited to receive a review copy of The Ultimate Guide to Strange Cinema by Michael Vaughn. Strange and cinema? Two of my favourite things!

They say don't judge a book by its cover, but everything about this book's cover makes me want to read it. It's both clean and fun, which describes the book perfectly. The Ultimate Guide to Strange Cinema covers a wide variety of genres, from a wide range of cultures, and that helps keep things interesting. We've seen a lot of films (A LOT) but there were films in here that even Jay hadn't seen. That takes some digging!

The Ultimate Guide to Strange Cinema is clean and crisp to look at. Information is presented in a way that makes it easy to read. Also, the writing has a conversational tone that makes it accessible and entertaining. My problems with the book don't come from what's in it but, rather, what's missing.

Basically, I wanted more. I wanted a set rating system for each movie. (In keeping with the cover, why not gory eyeballs? 3 eyeballs out of 5? Sure!) I wanted more stills and posters to fill up all the white space. I wanted each movie to have its own page (two to a page, max) with more trivia, more interviews, more crazy connections, more "goes well with"... just MORE of everything.

In addition to a set rating system, a set verdict would have been nice, too.

The best part of The Ultimate Guide to Strange Cinema has to be the snark! It's full of humorous quips and puns that had me laughing out loud. Here's a taste, from the introduction to The Devil's Sword (1984): 'Are you a fan of Conan but wished it was made by someone tripping balls?'

If that doesn't recommend this one, I don't know what does!

Sunday, 2 December 2018

Winter Blog Post Ideas

The winter months can be a fun, crazy, exciting time and there are so many ways to bring that excitement to our blogs. Don't worry if you're struggling to come up with good content this winter. I've got you covered...

Here's my list of Winter Blog Post Ideas:

  • create a winter mood board
  • explore winter through the senses
  • make a winter playlist
  • write a wintry poem
  • social media hashtags for winter
  • share your winter bucket list
  • some winter date night ideas
  • what you love and hate about winter
  • share some winter make-up tips
  • your favourite winter manicure ideas
  • share your winter beauty routine
  • share your winter beauty essentials
  • share your winter wardrobe essentials
  • create a winter self-care checklist
  • share your winter reading list
  • share some winter budget tips
  • what's in your bag: winter edition
  • write a day in the life: winter edition
  • what to binge-watch this winter
  • tips for beating the winter blues
  • how to stay sane with a full house
  • share your favourite winter pinboards
  • your favourite soup recipe
  • have a snowy photo shoot
  • share your favourite snow day memory
  • write about what the holidays mean to you
  • advice on overcoming holiday burnout
  • explore winter holidays around the world
  • social media hashtags for Christmas
  • make an Instagram challenge for Christmas
  • write a letter to Santa
  • share your family's Christmas traditions
  • share your favourite Christmas memory
  • how to survive Christmas vacation with the family
  • your favourite movies for Christmas
  • favourite things about Christmas
  • favourite Christmas memory
  • make a Christmas gift buying guide
  • how to rock Christmas on a budget
  • share your Christmas dinner menu/recipes
  • tips for decorating your home for Christmas
  • how to have the best Christmas/New Year's party ever
  • your must-have party gear
  • finding the perfect party dress
  • share your New Year's resolution