The Absolute Ultimate Cult Movies List

There’s no single way to recognise or label a cult movie. A cult movie can be an older picture, a misunderstood movie or perhaps one that underperformed when released – or it can be none of those things. Making it onto any cult movies list is never easy nor predictable.

For whatever reason, these otherwise unique movies end up enduring themselves to people; people who would just as soon bore you to death about the complex misunderstood love story in Sharknado 5: Global Swarming.

Cult Movies List

So, we’ve decided to put together the ultimate cult movies list – so you don’t have to – starting with an absolute classic.

Donnie Darko

 

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Director: Richard Kelly

Released: 2001

This indie cult classic initially flopped when released in 2001 – like so many pictures on our cult movies list. Almost impossible to pin down, the movies teenage protagonist is a paranoid-schizophrenic who is haunted by Frank, a bloodcurdling bunny rabbit who ominously appears throughout the film. Oh, and Donnie also discovers time travel.

Simple, right?

Donnie Darko deliberately invites you to interpret it in such a weird way so as the movie means something completely unique to you.

Cult Movie Status: Donnie’s chilling imaginary friend-bunny rabbit Frank is the reason Donnie Darko makes it onto our cult movies list.

Snatch

 

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Director: Guy Ritchie

Released: 2000

The ultimate quotable classic, Snatch makes it onto our cult movies list with good reason. Arguably Guy Ritchie’s last good movie, Snatch explores the dark London underworld and its hilariously seedy characters.

Although Snatch was well received when realised in 2000, over the years it has snowballed into the memorable cult classic that teenagers and dads love to quote.

Cult Movie Status: What makes Snatch an instant cult classic is the numerous quotable lines. Our favourite? “I’m sorry, I couldn’t get the bi-noc-u-lars out in time.”

A Clockwork Orange

 

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Director: Stanley Kubrick

Released: 1971

A Clockwork Orange is a 1971 dystopia crime movie adapted, produced and directed by Stanley Kubrick, based on Anthony Burgess’s novel.

Described as ‘the quintessential cult classic’ by commentator Emma Guinness, A Clockwork Orange was banned in American upon its release due to its violent and sexually explicit content. That said, despite its reputation, the movie is not centred on debase and debauchery.

A Clockwork Orange makes it onto our cult movies list largely due to its unusual content and, ultimately, the poignant comment it makes about human nature and rehabilitation.

Cult Movie Status: The concluding scene in this movie makes it an absolute cult classic.

Pulp Fiction

 

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Director: Quentin Tarantino

Released: 1994

The king of cult; a man who could have an entire cult movies list dedicated to his work; Quentin Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction is a cinematic masterpiece.

Instead, some would argue that Pulp Fiction owes a debt to the genre. The movie is extremely violent, it uses recognisable actors whose careers had stalled, and it looks back at older genres such as romance – all characteristics of many cult classics.

Nevertheless, it wouldn’t be right not to include Pulp Fiction on our cult movies list.

Cult Movie Status: It has to be Samuel L. Jackson’s epic monologue. Oh, and his wallet.

Fight Club

 

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Director: David Fincher

Released: 1999

We know we’re breaking the first and second rule of Fight Club here, but we couldn’t resist.

What makes Fight Club a cult hit is that it is subversive and stylish. The suggestion that people can find release and escape through violence while simultaneously opposing capitalism, is cult at its best.

Mix that together with a noir setting, stylish clothes and a narrative structure that’s neither linear nor chronological, and what you have is the makings of a cult classic.

Cult Movie Status: The repetition and variations of: “I am Jack’s…”

The Big Lebowski

 

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Director: Joel Coen

Released: 1998

The Big Lebowski was a disappointment upon its release and received mixed reviews at the time.

The Big Lebowski is not alone as a cult movie that plays with genre conventions, however, unlike some movies that subvert themes only to make them more subversive, The Big Lebowski, on the other hand, draws upon weed, missing toes, bowling and nihilistic Germans in order to make the movie seem noir.

People love The Big Lebowski because they love its characters; while no doubt odd, they provide an insight into a world that can feel boring.

Cult Movie Status: We mean, any movie that spans its own religion (Dudeism) has to make our cult movies list.

Tank Girl

 

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Director: Rachel Talalay

Released: 1995

Released in 1995, Tank Girl is a post-apocalyptic movie set in drought-ravaged Australia and sees the female protagonist take on an oppressive corporation called Water and Power. Weird, we know.

Despite the negative critical reception and it only recouping £6m of its £25m budget, Tank Girl has been cited as a cult comic-book movie, whilst it has also been noted for its progressive feminist themes.

A cult movie like no other, Tank Girl has anti-establishment tropes and is considered the ‘real’ feminist cult film.

Cult Movie Status: Tank Girl makes our cult movies list for being so progressive.

Quadrophenia

 

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Director: Franc Roddam

Released: 1979

Set against the backdrop of a burgeoning youth culture, Quadrophenia is a cult movie because it literally examines the idea of cult itself.

Quadrophenia stars phil Daniels as Jimmy, a young Mod who escapes his dead-end-job by dancing, partying, taking amphetamines and riding his scooter – pretty standard really.

A cult movie about a type of cult, Quadrophenia is a coming of age film with a dark twist.

Cult Movie Status: “I don’t wanna be the same as everybody else.”

The Rocky Horror Picture Show

 

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Director: Jim Sharman

Released: 1975

This absolutely absurd movie epitomises everything a cult movie should be.

The Rocky Horror Picture Show was too ridiculous and shocking to even be labelled as a cult movie – it became known as a midnight movie and it was, in every sense of the term.

The Rocky Horror Picture Show just had to be on our cult movies list.

And now, at Arthouse Hotel, you can book a stay in The Rocky Horror Show room here. This extravagant room echoes the movie in every way and is ideal for a weekend stay in Liverpool.

Sharknado

 

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Director: Anthony C. Ferrante

Released: 2013

Depending on how you look at it, Sharknado is either the best movie ever to grace the big screen or the worst.

2013’s Sharknado introduced the world to the nominal threat; a waterspout that sucks murderous man-eating sharks from the ocean and dumps them in Los Angeles.

The Los Angeles Times’ Mary McNamara recommended pairing the movie with “the consumption of many alcoholic beverages.”

What more could you want from a cult movie?

Cult Movie Status: Our cult movies list wouldn’t be complete without a movie that features a shark-versus-chainsaw scene now, would it.

Reservoir Dogs

 

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Director: Quentin Tarantino

Released: 1992

Here he is again with another cult movie hit, Quentin Tarantino and Reservoir Dogs.

A classic independent movie, Reservoir Dogs incorporates many tropes that have become Tarantino’s hallmarks, namely violent crime, pop culture references, profanity and nonlinear storytelling.

Featuring a myriad of alternative movie stars such as Harvey Keitel, Tim Roth, Chris Penn, Steve Buscemi and even Quentin Tarantino himself, Reservoir Dogs is deserving of a place on our cult movies list.

Cult Movie Status: The most famous opening credit sequence of all time.

Heat

 

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Director: Michael Mann

Released: 1996

Like Tarantino, Michael Mann features twice on our cult movies list – and for good reason.

Mann is a genre specialist and one whose eye, paired to a keen sense of theatre, has made his contributions to the cult scene somewhat vibrant. Described as a ‘masterpiece of modern cinema,’ Heat, staring Al Pacino, Robert De Niro and Val Kilmer, is just that – a masterpiece.

The explicit nature and minute detail of several of the film’s robbery scenes was cited as the model of a spate of robberies since its release.

Now how’s that for making an impact, albeit a negative one.

Cult Movie Status: It has to be the meeting between Pacino and De Niro: “Brother, you are going down.”

Blade Runner

 

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Director: Ridley Scott

Released: 1982

Employing the conventions of film noir, Blade Runner is the ultimate cult movie.

Blade Runner Portrays a dystopian future in which Los Angeles is an overcrowded city where rain constantly falls from the sky, skyscrapers reach the stratosphere and rich people are ensconced in pyramid-like buildings.

The biggest showpiece of the movie is the dark and mysterious universe created by the director, cinematographers and set designers – all of which make Blade Runner a cult classic.

Cult Movie Status: The fact that Blade Runner was set in 2019 says it all.

Napoleon Dynamite

 

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Director: Jared Hess

Released: 2004

This indie movie/comedy has been used to describe a whole phenomenon in which researchers fail to predict whether or not a particular viewer will like the film based on their tastes.

Basically, Napoleon Dynamite is an anomaly, making it the archetypal cult movie.

Cult Movie Status: Napoleon’s iconic dance routine to Jamiroquai’s ‘Canned Heart’ earns Napoleon Dynamite a place on our cult movie list.

Manhunter

 

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Director: Michael Mann

Released: 1986

Manhunter is better than Silence of the Lambs – fact.

Opening to mixed reviews, Manhunter fared poorly upon release, however, it has been reappraised in more recent years and now enjoys a more favourable reputation due to both the acting and stylised visuals and cinematography.

Any film which is supposedly driven by strong colour cues and the use of tints is an instant cult hit.

Cult Movie Status: Those colour cues and exotic settings – cult cinematography at its finest.

And so, that completes our cult movies list.

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13 Frightening Facts About The Movie Psycho

The movie Psycho is regularly voted among the most innovative, acclaimed and scariest movies ever made. Celebrating its 60th anniversary next year, Psycho is a tale of paranoia, voyeurism, violence and, of course, parental influences.

That said, here at Arthouse Hotel we love Psycho, which is why we’ve dedicated an entire suite to the immortal horror movie.

We’ve done our research, scared ourselves stupid, and started showering less and less and found 13 frightening facts about the movie Psycho.

1. Customary Cameos

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The Master of suspense was famous for making cameos in each of his movies, and Psycho was no exception.

Six minutes into the movie Psycho, the distinguished director can be seen wearing a white Stetson as Janet Leigh walks by.

Alfred Hitchcock made 40 cameo appearances in the 40 movies he directed.

2. Amazing Amenities

That bathroom scene is one of the most famous and shocking scenes in cinema history. And yet, it was the lavatory that was making most of the headlines in 1960.

Strangely, Psycho was the first American movie to show a toilet on screen – and the first in which we hear a toilet being flushed.

That just shows how repressed America was back in the 50s and 60s.

3. Hitchcock Financed The Film

To say Paramount had cold feet regarding the movie is an understatement. And so, in order for Psycho to be made, Hitchcock financed the film and forgo his rather substantial director’s fee in exchange for 60% ownership.

Paramount’s loss was Hitchcock’s gain however, as Psycho earned over $32,000,000 on release – that’s $273,450,884.35 in today’s money.

4. He Also Paid $9,000 for the Rights

 

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Hitchcock paid $9,000 for the movie rights to Robert Bloch’s novel, solely based on a good review he read in The New York Times.

He also made the bid anonymously so as to keep the movie under wraps for as long as possible.

5. Spoiler Alert

The movie Psycho was spoiled months before its release.

Despite the directors fervent and earnest attempts at keeping the movie a secret, Variety Magazine published very thorough spoilers regarding the movie.

Let’s just say that in the age of social media, Psycho’s ending would have been completely ruined.

6. The Movie Psycho was Hitchcock’s Most Successful Movie

 

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By a long way.

Psycho earned over $32,000,000 on release. Hitchcock’s next biggest successes were Rear Window – which grossed about $27,500,000 in 1954, and Notorious, which grossed $3,000,000 less.

7. One Last Hurrah

 

Psycho marked the final time that Hitchcock would earn an Oscar nomination for Best Director.

Amazingly, however – arguably one of the greatest directors of a generation, never won an Oscar for directing.

Just let that sink in for a moment.

8. Keeping Janet Leigh on Edge

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Alfred Hitchcock tormented Janet Leigh throughout filming to keep her on edge.

The wicked director went as far as hiding scarier versions of the ‘Mother’ dummy in her dressing room wardrobe. He even jumped out on her during her breaks.

9. That Shower Scene

What can be described as the most famous three-minutes in cinema history took an astonishingly long time to shoot.

In fact, the infamous shower scene took 7 days to film, it features 77 camera angles, 50 cuts and 26 takes of the spinning plughole.

10. Eee Eee Eeee

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The shower scene was never intended to have music, but composer Bernard Herrmann insisted that Hitchcock heard his score.

The director loved the now famous screeching score so much that he included the composition in the scene and increased Herrmann’s salary.

11. Historic

The shower murder is one of the most studied montages of film ever made.

12. Hitchcock Made the Movie Psycho because of the Shower Scene

Sticking with the shower scene – when asked why he wanted to make the movie Psycho, Hitchcock said: “I think the murder in the bathtub, coming out of the blue, that was about it.”

The rest of the novel must have been a rather boring read.

13. Psycho’s Opening Scene

In the movie’s opening scene, Marion is wearing a white bra because she is innocent and pure. However, once she has stolen the money, she’s seen in a black bra so as to echo her dark turn.

Subtle, we know.

Arthouse Hotel

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At Arthouse Hotel, we know that the movie psych0 is a classic that should be celebrated. Our unique Psycho-inspired room has been designed as a homage to the 1960 horror smash.

Relax in style, as our Psycho room features a double Jacuzzi bath and shower, deluxe beds and a large screen TV – a far-cry from the eerie Bates Motel.

Sleeping up to 4 people, our Psycho room is the ideal way in which to stay in Liverpool, as we’re closely located to some of the best bars, restaurants and shops in town.

Book a stay in our Psycho room here or contact our helpful booking team on 0151 305 7900.

6 of Andy Warhol’s Pictures Displayed on Instagram

Andy Warhol predicted the 21st Century media landscape, namely throwaway celebrities and Instagram – in the 1950s he exclaimed: ‘A picture means I know where I was every minute, that’s why I take pictures. It’s a visual diary.’ Interestingly however, this month, some of Andy Warhol’s pictures are being displayed on the social media app he seemingly foresaw.

During the next two weeks, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts are displaying a whole host of Andy Warhol’s pictures that seemingly document his life; a massive amount of 130,000 photographic negatives exist of the pop art extraordinaire.

So, we thought we’d show you some of the most intimate photos of Andy Warhol that have been shared on Instagram thus far.

Andy’s Helicopter Hat

 

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The introductory photo uploaded by the foundation is arguably the best. This intimate image was captured in August 1979, with Andy Warhol opening his presents at his birthday party at Halston’s in Manhattan.

Warhol’s helicopter hat is a particular highlight as he looks engrossed in the book he is flicking through. Indeed, the woman dressed as a nurse surrounded by champagne in the background, epitomises the indulgent aesthetic of the 1970s.

Go Yankees

 

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Some of Andy Warhol’s pictures show him to be a New York Yankees fan, and this snap taken in July 1982 at Fire Island is no different. Here, Warhol looks straight down the camera as he looks to escape the Long Island sun.

The artist would be photographed wearing his trusty New York Yankees cap on numerous occasions; most probably because he started going bald in his early 20s.

Andy Warhol: Shadows

 

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Not many of Andy Warhol’s pictures are taken in his studio, but this one is.

Here, Warhol is painting one of his most famous pieces, ‘shadows’ – which is now on long-term view at The Dia Art Foundation in New York thanks to Calvin Klein.

The fact that Warhol is painting this picture with what looks like a brush, shows the inner workings of his creative mind.

A Filmmaker at Work

 

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Recognised as one of the most influential avant-garde filmmakers of his generation, a lot of Andy Warhol’s pictures see him holding a video camera. He once went as far as to say that, ‘when I got my first television set, I stopped caring so much about having close relationships.’

Here, he’s captured holding a video camera at a restaurant in the summer of 1984. Wearing his signature black jumper, Warhol is immersed in whoever or whatever he is filming.

‘Experimental’

 

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This picture is simply stunning. From his miserable expression to the word ‘experimental’ that seems to underline his face, this photograph perfectly explains who Andy Warhol was.

Photographed in 1981, this image exudes a boyish charm. Perched inside the cockpit of an airplane, Warhol couldn’t look more unhappy to be having his picture taken if he tried, however, the word ‘experimental’ meant that this polaroid would go on to define him.

The Everyday

 

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Warhol reflected the banality of every day life in his work. This picture of him cleaning a sink, therefore, is extremely interesting.

Look at how the camera and mirror work in tandem to make it seem as though there are three people in the picture. One of the mirror images has even turned his back on the action.

Above everything else, this snapshot shows that Andy Warhol, one of the greatest creative minds the world has ever seen, had to clean the sink every now and then.

Celebrate Some of Andy Warhol’s Pictures at Arthouse Hotel

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At Arthouse Hotel, we’ve been inspired by some of Warhol’s most famous creations, and some our most popular rooms celebrate his iconic and ground breaking artwork.

From the Famous For 15 Minutes suite to the Lips room, you can bask in the visual aesthetic of Warhol’s most famous pieces while enjoying the luxurious amenities our hotel has to offer.

Sleeping up to six guests, our Warhol rooms come equipped with large, comfy beds, flat-screen televisions and double whirlpool baths.

Arthouse Hotel is a stones throw away from some of Liverpool’s best bars and restaurants and, with spacious group accommodation, there’s no better place to stay in the city – so book your stay with us here or contact our helpful team on 0151 236 0166.

The Best Bars on Seel Street for those Warm Summer Nights

Summer is just around the corner – and with warmer and sunnier days comes an air of happiness and positivity in the atmosphere as summer approaches. The sunny afternoons are the perfect excuse to venture outside and sip a cocktail or two. Seel Street is now home to some of the best outdoor spaces and unique bars in Liverpool.

So, slap on some suncream and head on down to one of these boss bars on Seel Street.

Moloko

 

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This trendy, innovative bar has an incredibly spacious outdoor beer garden, perfect for those warm summer nights. With rustic benches and a community feel, Moloko promises to be the best bar on Seel Street this summer.

Moloko is perfect for those sun-drenched days in June.

The Peacock

 

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The Peacock sits at the top of Seel Street and is the perfect destination for an afternoon tipple in the sun. When the warm weather arrives, their relaxed outdoor space is the place to be on Seel Street – and there’s even pizza and other snacks available from early afternoon.

Then, when the sun drops below the clouds, head inside and hit the dancefloor.

Alma De Cuba

 

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Alma De Cuba is one of the hottest venues on Seel Street. The Caribbean-Latin American themed restaurant and bar is the ultimate exotic escape this summer. With live samba dancers and a Sunday gospel choir, Alma De Cuba evokes images of paradise – perfect for those summer sessions.

The beer garden is amazing too with rustic, bare wood benches and an atmosphere to match. Grab a special cocktail or an ice-cold beer and soak up the sun in style at Alma De Cuba –  Seel Street’s best bar.

Salt Dog Slim’s

 

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Seel Street’s resident ‘dive’ bar may not be known for its outside area, but the bar now has a couple of colourful deckchairs that decorate Seel Street and enable summer drinkers to soak up Liverpool’s famous, friendly atmosphere. Be a part of this exclusive street party and grab a seat before they’re gone.

Then, when the afternoon draws to a close, end the evening with one of their famous hotdogs.

Plus, Salt Dog Slim’s is a dog friendly venue; so, you can take your pooch along for the ride this summer.

The Merchant

 

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Less of a beer garden and more of a gorgeous gin bar, The Merchant is the perfect place to watch the sun go down on Seel Street.

Decorated with plasma televisions and leather booths, The Merchant has everything you could possibly want in an outside space. And, who could forget The Merchant’s in-house pizzeria which featured on our countdown of the best places to find pizza in Liverpool.

The Merchant is a summer retreat in the heart of Seel Street.

Heebie Jeebies

 

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Heebie Jeebies isn’t just for students, their courtyard is both beautiful and a sun trap.

Their enormous courtyard serves up tasty drinks surrounded by outdoor furniture and palm tree plant sculptures. There’s room for everyone and the venue’s beer garden is heaving from the early afternoon onwards – even more so when the sun makes an appearance.

Kazimier Garden

 

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In the heart of the city centre hides an outdoor bar that needs no introduction. Nevertheless, ‘The Kaz’ has earned itself a solid reputation as the ultimate place to visit on those sunny days and warm nights.

This rustic, botanical haven is a unique experience of mismatched furniture and outdoor decor that makes it the perfect place to catch up and soak up the sun.

This bohemian paradise is not to be ignored when the sun sneaks out from behind the clouds.

Be At One

 

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Located on Seel Street, Be At One boasts one of the best beer gardens around. The cocktail super chain opened its doors in Liverpool a few years ago and has earned itself somewhat of a reputation.

Ideal for those summer nights on Seel Street, this intimate location is just as good as any independent bar Liverpool has to offer.

After an afternoon in the sun and an evening enjoying the warm weather, you’re going to want somewhere to rest your head close by. Arthouse Hotel is a stones throw away from Seel Street and with spacious group accommodation and movie-themed rooms, there’s no better place to stay in Liverpool.

Contact us on 0151 601 8801 or email info@signatureliving.co.uk to book your stay.  

11 True Crime Documentaries You Need to Watch Now

Why are we so obsessed with true crime documentaries? Is it because we’re somewhat strange or that we love to fear what monsters hide in the shadows or beneath our beds? Or is it simply because these documentaries are just so captivatingly good. But, what we’ve learnt from watching so many of these true crime documentaries is that nothing is ever simple; oh, and that you should never open your mouth without a lawyer present.

So, with this in mind, we thought we’d count down eleven true crime documentaries that you need to watch now.

Making a Murderer (2015)

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Laura Ricciardi and Moria Demos’ Making a Murderer is the granddaddy, the forerunner of today’s true crime obsession. The docuseries narrates the story of Steven Avery, a man from Wisconsin who served 18 years in prison for a crime he (supposedly) did not commit.

The jewel in televisions true crime crown, Making a Murderer is enchantingly good to say the least.

The Staircase (2018)

The Staircase, a docuseries by filmmaker Jean-Xavier de Lestrade, is often held up as one of the best true crime documentaries ever made. Lestrade never tries to solve the case, but rather examines how the criminal justice system treats the protagonist – Michael Peterson.

This noir masterpiece epitomises everything we love about true crime documentaries.

Mindhunter (2017)

We know that Mindhunter isn’t a true crime documentary. What it is, however, is one of the most intense, accurately portrayed crime dramas ever created.

Based on the book: Mindhunter: Inside the Federal Bureaus Special Crime Unit, Mindhunter (2017) revolves around the creation of the behavioural science unit.

The interviews’ with infamous “serial murderers” yield what can only be described as one of the most intense scenes ever between Holden Ford and Edmund Kemper.

The Confession Tapes (2017)

Sarah Loudenberg’s The Confession Tapes is an indictment of America’s criminal justice system, the trust we put in law enforcement, and the reasons why people confess to crimes they didn’t commit.

This isn’t similar to any of the other true crime documentaries on our countdown as most of the criminals aren’t even criminals, some of them weren’t even in the country when their crimes were committed.

What makes The Confession Tapes so hard to watch is exactly why you should watch it; we did warn you that nothing is ever simple in the world of true crime documentaries.

The Seven Five (2014)

Former NYPD policeman Michael Dowd recounts how he and his partner ran their own cocaine cartel while working in New York during the 1980s and early 90s. Dowd’s conviction in 1992 led to one of the largest police corruption scandals in NYPD history.

The Seven Five is 104 minutes of jaw-dropping action and deserving of high praise indeed.

Louis Theroux: Miami Mega Jail (2011)

Louis Theroux is the godfather of documentary making. And, as always, he shows everyone how it’s done in this true crime documentary.

Louis tackles this sensitive subject, and the interviewees and inmates he meets, with his usual concoction of empathy, genuine interest and awkwardness that makes him the best at what he does.

Theroux’s readiness to report on the dark underside of American culture makes Miami Mega Jail stick out above not only the spew of Louis Theroux documentaries, but also the numerous true crime documentaries that run aground when endeavouring to imitate his unique style.

Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes (2019)

The Ted Bundy Tapes take a look inside the mind of murderer Ted Bundy, featuring interviews with him on death row.

One of the newest and best true crime documentaries on our countdown, Jon Doran’s docuseries coincides with the announcement of Extremely Wicked, shockingly Evil, and Vile – a Zac Efron biopic that didn’t feature on our countdown of the most anticipated movies of 2019, but we’re starting to think it should have done.

You almost certainly won’t be sleeping much once you’ve watched this formidable docuseries.

Manhunt: Unabomber (2017)

As with Mindhunter, Manhunt: Unabomber shouldn’t be on our countdown of the best true crime documentaries, however, as with Mindhunter, it’s too good not to include.

Andrew Sodroski’s drama miniseries depicts a fictionalised account of the FBI’s hunt for the Unabomber and is true crime at its captivating peak.

Team Foxcatcher (2016)

Recounting the downward spiral of John Du Pont, Team Foxcatcher is absolutely astonishing and extremely fearsome in equal measure.

With the grace and panache of a murder mystery novel, Team Foxcatcher is a must watch for those who love true crime documentaries.

The Witness (2015)

James D. Solomon’s directorial debut is outstanding and superb, shocking and alarming, and therefore making it a must watch.

The Witness pioneered a new wave of true crime documentaries – recounting a murder from the perspective of 38 witnesses.

The Witness, therefore, is the epitome of bingeworthy.

The Keepers (2017)

In mood, theme, tone, and content, The Keepers is everything you’d expect from a true crime documentary. That’s it: watch, tremble and bask in the true crime seesaw of emotion that is The Keepers.

Get everyone together and binge watch one of the amazing true crime documentaries above in some our awesome movie-themed rooms. Come and join us, we’d love to hear from you today to organise a superb stay at Arthouse in 2019.

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Feel-Good Movies for the January Blues

Despite our endeavors, January is probably not the most exciting month of the year; although it is the darkest, coldest and grimmest. Christmas is over, the decorations are down and everyone is drudging back into work one miserable step at a time. The January blues are certainly upon us in 2019.

Having said that, we thought we’d share with you our pick of the best feel-good movies to get you out of the post-Christmas slump.

The Pursuit of Happyness | 2006

The Pursuit of Happyness is feel-good personified. I mean, it even has the word ‘happyness’ in the title – although it is spelt wrong.

Directed by Gabriele Muccino, The Pursuit of Happyness is a must for those who are devoid of motivation in January. This feel-good movie is about a young man who, in the throes of homelessness, is trying to raise his son.

Armed with a slew of instagramable motivational quotes, ideal for helping you out of bed in the morning – the foremost being: “if you want something go get it” – The Pursuit of Happyness is as feel-good as it is heartwarming.

Grease | 1978

Memorable showtunes and magnificent dance moves: two of the reasons why Grease is the ideal feel-good movie for banishing the January blues. The most dubious ‘teenagers’ ever go a long way to have you dancing the gloom away.

Featuring on our pick of the greatest teen movies that changed pop culture forever, Grease is guaranteed to have you popping your hood like Travolta as the rain crashes down on your way to work in January.

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Shape yourself up this January, you wont regret it.

500 Days of Summer | 2009

Now we know that 500 Days of Summer isn’t the happiest of happy movies, however, we believe it echoes everyone’s mood in January; not wanting to get out bed in the morning being one of them.

Indeed, this bubbling volcano of romance, comedy and everything inbetween is worthy of any January viewing on the bluest of blue days.

La La Land | 2016

La La Land is a technicolour behemoth of choreographed dance routines and musical numbers that are bound to banish the January blues.

The movie opens on a dreary overpass, and – in one swooping take – we find ourselves in the midst of a feel-good movie bursting with charm.

Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone are awesome in La La Land as it is preposterous, ludicrous – and exactly the movie we need in January.

Mrs. Doubtfire | 1993

Released in 1993, Mrs. Doubtfire is a transvestic cauldron of madness about a man impersonating a nanny from Scotland and therefore ideal for January, when everyone could do with a laugh.

This feel-good movie is sure to have you laughing one minute and weeping the next, but don’t fear, it is wrapped up in a heartwarming bow at the end.

Mrs. Doubtfire, like The Pursuit of Happyness – and each and every one of our movies – is feel-good personified.

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Cinema | What to Look Out for in 2019

Excellence abounded at the movie theater in what was a remarkable year for cinema in 2018. From a mustachioed frontman to an opulent au pair, 2018 had something for everyone. But don’t be alarmed, 2019 is already looking like a rousing year for cinema.

So, whether you’re a would-be action hero or you go to the cinema for a bit more Hollywood glamour, 2019 has got you covered.

With this in mind, we thought we’d share with you what we’re looking forward to watching in 2019.

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood | 7 June 2019

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A washed-up actor and his longtime stunt double; the former played by Leonardo DiCaprio, embark upon a crusade to make a name for themselves in Charles Manson tortured Los Angeles in what is also Quentin Tarantino’s most ambitious movie for some time.

A chic-looking premise set in the context of a murderous cult and gruesome violence: it is easy to see how Once Upon a Time in Hollywood points towards a Tarantino triumph.

Brace yourselves for the comeback of the 1960s as we expect Once Upon a Time in Hollywood to not only be a cinematic success, but it could also secure DiCaprio his second Oscar.

Star Wars: Episode IX | 20 December 2019

“An emotionally resonant finale” is what J.J Abrams has promised Star Wars: Episode IX will be. Nonetheless, the final piece of the intergalactic jigsaw is sure to both wow and enrage die-hard Star Wars fans.

Naomi Ackie and Richard E. Grant are to join anew while Joonas Suotamo, John Boyega – now the darling of the chat show – Anthony Hamill and Oscar Isaac are set to make their noble returns.

This being the newest big-screen cosmic adventure, Star Wars: Episode IX is sure to be both an uproarious quest and financial smash.

Rocketman | 31 May 2019

As was Bohemian Rhapsody, Rocketman is directed by Dexter Fletcher and, like its contemporary, it is sure to be a sensational smash in 2019.

This long-awaited biopic – which was announced back in 2012 – is a foot-stomping, uncensored, completely human account of Sir Elton John’s breakthrough years.

The movie chronicles the years preceding the frontman’s meteoric move upwards when John, played by Taron Egerton – who replaced Tom Hardy in 2017 – united with iconic songwriter Bernard Taupin.

We’re certain that Egerton’s performance as Sir Elton John will be deserving of acclaim and award; however, it’ll be Lee’s absorbing screenplay and Fletcher’s spectacular directorship that’ll empower this movie.

The Irishman | TBA 2019

Martin Scorsese’s newest gangster movie is to be released sometime in 2019 on numerous platforms. The Irishman follows self-confessed hitman Frank Sheeran (Robert De Niro) as he recalls his possible involvement in the assassination of union leader Jimmy Hoffa (Al Pacino).

We think The Irishman will be a huge success in 2019 for two reasons: one being it’s enormous £110m budget and two being its stellar cast, which includes Joe Pesci, Harvey Keitel and scouser Stephen Graham.

This being Scorsese, we can only imagine how good this movie will be.

The Lion King | 19 July 2019

From Disney Live Action, director Jon Favreau’s remake of The Lion King (1994) is guaranteed to amaze and excite audiences both young and old.

If the wondrous trailer is anything to go by, then The Lion King is sure to be one of the most celebrated and talked about movies of 2019 due to both its stellar cast, which includes Donald Glover, James Earl Jones – who will be reprising his role as Mufasa – Seth Rogan and Beyoncé, and it being a visual treat.

So ready yourself for what is guaranteed to be an even more heart wrenching conclusion than back in 1994.

Us | 15 March 2019

From the remarkable mind of Academy Award winning author and director Jordan Peele comes Us, an even more nightmarish sequel to his directorial debut triumph Get Out (2017).

Adelaide Wilson, played by Academy Award winner Lupita Nyong’o and Gabe Wilson, played by Winston Duke, take their children to their beach house expecting to unwind. But as darkness descends, their serenity turns to tension and chaos when some hideous doppelganger’s appear uninvited.

Due to the longing for a sequel created by the success of Get Out, Us is certain to shock and excite cinema goers in 2019.

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Celebrate the Release of Mary Poppins Returns at Arthouse Hotel

For almost everyone, Julie Andrews is Mary Poppins, and vice versa; she is opulent, astute, unspoiled and supercalifragilisticexpialidocious. That is not to say that Emily Blunt isn’t all of those things, however, she certainty has her work cut out when navigating Andrews’ magic umbrella – and a spoonful of sugar may not be enough.

Mary Poppins Returns is released on December 21 in UK cinemas and, while you wait, experience a stay in the supercalifragilisticexpialidocious Mary Poppins room at The Arthouse Hotel.

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From the moment the magic hero soars into shot there has to be immediate buy-in, not a minute of doubt or suspicion – Blunt is Poppins in all her pomp. With her blue boater hat and famous umbrella, Blunt certainly looks like Andrews, however, she ensures through her wonderfully unique performance that Andrews is all but a distant memory.

“For me, there was no one else but Emily; she is warm and vulnerable” maintained Robert Marshall, the movies director. Blunt is tough, poised and cornily British in everything she does and, importantly, she can sing and dance. She caricatures her natural London-ish voice into the kind of accent copied by American actors pretending to be British: the sort of elocution that ends every sentence with the phrase “I say!”

Emily Blunt said that she was “daunted” by playing Poppins, and who could blame her. And yet, her spectacular performance will achieve a rare thing in 2018: it will placate the purists and entertain those who have never seen the original.

Mary Poppins Returns

With pastel colours of intoxicating beauty and new show tunes practiced to perfection, Mary Poppins Returns is an admirably accomplished sequel, primed and ready to mesmerise a new-found audience.

Mary Poppins Returns is not a modern remake nor is it ironic or pretentious. The only applauded hint of newness is some ethnic variety in the supporting cast; otherwise this movie is a simple remastered version of the 1964 original. The tunes aren’t bad, and the movie is certainly a technical triumph – as it was in the 1960s.

Unable to detach itself entirely from the original, Dick Van Dyke makes a cameo in the sequel while his 2018 counterpart is again acted by an American: Lin-Manuel Miranda.

Collin Firth, Julie Walters, Ben Whisham, Angela Lansbury and Meryl Streep head up a star-studded cast and, while there is no Christmas blockbuster to turbo-charge the ticket-booth in 2018, movie aficionados expect Mary Poppins Returns to be a colossal success.

Mary Poppins Returns is a practically perfect Christmas movie in every way.

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Our Guide to the Best Movies of 2018

In 2018, a selection of stellar movies has showed that, regardless of genre, excellence abounds at the cinema.

In this modern cinematic era, you’d think that the visceral experience of going to the movies, buying popcorn and, extreme I know, putting your phone away, would be under threat. However, rather than retreating in dismay, cinema – notably in 2018 – has come out swinging in a Rocky Balboa-esc blaze of glory.

So, with a month to go until the calendar turns, we thought we’d share with you our picks for the best movies of 2018.

Bohemian Rhapsody

This long-awaited biopic is a foot-stomping celebration of Queen, their music and their iconic mustachioed frontman – one of, if not the greatest entertainer ever to grace a stage.

The movie chronicles the years preceding Queen’s legendary performance at Live Aid in 1985 where Mercury, played by Rami Malek – who replaced Sacha Baron Cohen in July 2013 – led the band in one of the most iconic performances in music history.

Bohemian Rhapsody does, however, have its shortcomings – its tameness being one of them. Mercury lived a dramatic, hedonistic existence which doesn’t come through in the movie.

Nevertheless, the biopic regains its best-movie status when Mercury, in all his pomp and pageantry, performs at Live Aid in front of 72,000 computer-generated people.

A Prayer Before Dawn

A Prayer Before Dawn isn’t for everyone nor is it one to gather the family for, however, Joe Cole’s ferocious yet unblemished performance is one that transforms actors into megastars.

Jean-Stéphane Sauvaire’s reworking of boxer William Moore’s 2014 memoir that documents the three years he spent in the infamous Bangkok Hilton – Thailand’s toughest prison – is a primal masterpiece.

Cole is at home in Liverpool when recording Peaky Blinders; the period drama of which he is most known, however, in A Prayer Before Dawn – which was largely shot on location in Klong Prem Prison – he couldn’t be any more removed.

This bubbling volcano of a movie is worthy of being one of 2018s best pictures.

A Star is Born

Renowned movie expert and, aptly, musician Mark Kermode summed up A Star is Born in the opening sentence of his October review: “a timeless tale,” he hollered.

This maxim works wonderfully to describe this movie which, is most certainly timeless. Not only was this picture one of the best, but it was also one of the biggest, grossing £152,518,456 worldwide.

In A Star is Born we have Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga: the former making his directorial bow, the latter in her big-screen debut and, whilst Cooper is awesomely assured behind the camera, it is Gaga who stands out; a star is truly born.

On reflection, A Star is Born may be the best movie of 2018.

Black Panther

The newest big-screen superhero story is both an uproarious adventure and success.

Showcasing Chadwick Boseman as Black Panther and Michael B. Jordan as N’Jadaka, this Marvel masterpiece is a staple of 2018 cinema viewing. Visually handsome with a captivating plot to match, Black Panther is not only a good superhero movie, but it is also a good movie in general.

Not wanting to ignore the important themes the movie tackles Black Panther, subsequently, paved the way for future superhero movies in 2018 and, therefore, is deserving of a place on our list.

Crazy Rich Asians

Like Black Panther, Crazy Rich Asians is a watershed moment for Hollywood.

Directed by Jon M Chu, Crazy Rich Asians follows native New Yorker Rachel Chu who journeys to Singapore to meet her spouses’ kin. Nevertheless, like every rom-com ever, there’s an adorable twist. Rachel’s boyfriend is from one of China’s most moneyed families and shock, Rachel doesn’t know.

Normally, a movie such as this wouldn’t pop up on a list like ours, however, Crazy Rich Asians is a lesson on how to both cast a movie and adapt a best-selling novel.

Lady Bird

Lady Bird is a movie overflowing with warmth, humour and sadness that manages to feel current despite the “overly stacked nature” of the teenage-angst genre.

This evocative performance by Saoirse Ronan as Christine “Lady Bird” McPherson is deserving of acclaim and award; however, it is Greta Gerwig’s absorbing screenplay and spectacular directorship that empowers this movie.

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The Best Christmas Movies for a Wintry Night in this Festive Season

The festive season is looming and that involves copious amounts of Christmas eatables and numerous wintry movies. We’ve assembled a selection of some of the greatest festive movies to get you in the Christmas spirit.

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It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)

It’s a Wonderful Life is an undisputable staple of Christmas movie viewing. Frank Capra’s depiction of a suicidal building banker (George Bailey) and his Scrooge-like awakening has nestled its way into movie folklore as a festive classic.

This greyscale, festive fairytale follows Bailey on Christmas Eve 1945. In the movie the protagonist is visited by Clarence Odbody, a celestial messenger who shows the downtrodden banker exactly what he has to live for.

Drawing upon Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol (1843), the otherworldly Odbody prompts a phrase that is guaranteed to get you in the Christmas movie spirit: “Merry Christmas, movie house!”

Home Alone (1990)


Guaranteed to get you in the Christmas vein with its festive soundtrack and slapstick shenanigans, Home Alone is a Christmassy masterpiece. Macaulay Culkin’s portrayal of the loveable, albeit hyperreactive Kevin McCallister, is both legendary and heartwarming.

That said, the shovel smacked Joe Pesci and the tarantula covered Daniel Stern would almost certainly disagree.

Not only is this Christmas classic ideal for those wintry nights, but it is also certain to amuse the Ebenezer in every family.

A Christmas Carol (1938)

A Christmas Carol is Christmas in a nutshell. Written by Charles Dickens in 1843, this festive monograph arguably invented the celebration we recognise today. Nevertheless, Joseph Mankiewicz’s adaptation is iconic. Despite its greyscale depiction of Ebenezer Scrooge and his supernatural companions, this cinematic pioneer captures the essence of Christmas.

That said, Michael Caine’s A Muppets Christmas Carol (1992) is Mankiewicz’s greatest competitor as any festive movie is enhanced by musical cabbages and skating penguins.

Love Actually (2003)

Richard Curtis’ Christmas-themed romantic comedy is a modern classic. This star-spangled, multi-narrative movie is both corny and joyous in equal measure, perfect for Christmas Eve viewing.

Love Actually is a must-watch for your festive film catalogue. Starring the prime ministerial Hugh Grant, alongside a plethora of lovestruck characters, this festive staple is here to stay this Christmas.

Elf (2003)

Will Ferrell is a bubbleheaded orphan nurtured by Santa Clause and his assembly of elves in the North pole who travels to New York City to locate his biological father. This nonsensical, clownish Christmas comedy – which was released seven days before Love Actually – is both sidesplitting and, unusually tearjerking.

Prepare for numerous quotable catchphrases as the loveable Elf (Ferrell) bounces about the New York cityscape draped in khaki clad and pointy headgear.

Jon Favreau and David Berenbaum’s Elf is unmissable festive viewing for the entire family this Christmas.

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