The Best Daddy Movie Moments of All Time

As we get closer and closer to father’s day we take a look back at some of the very greatest daddy movie moments of all time.

Our selection features everything from comedy gold to the tear-jerking and terrifying, showing us as many a father will tell you, it’s not easy being a dad.

Darth Vader – Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back

No daddy movie blog would be complete without including the biggest cinematic reveal of all time.

After battling his way through the galaxy, helping the rebels and training to become the greatest Jedi that ever-lived, Luke Skywalker’s world was torn apart by one timeless and unforgettable line.

Our favourite daddy movie moment: “Luke. . . I am your father!”

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George Banks – Father of the Bride

The ultimate daddy movie moment of all time is basically the entire script of Father of The Bride.

Watching the loveable, yet clueless, George Banks lose his mind slowly throughout the film is daddy movie gold.

Our favourite daddy movie moment: The father-daughter game of hoops in the family home, before Annie’s wedding. Sob.

Indiana Jones – The Last Crusade

You wouldn’t think a man like Indy had to worry about proving himself to anyone, but in Indiana Jones The Last Crusade, we watch him squirm trying to impress his dear old dad.

Who could compare to Sean Connery though, right? It’s rumoured that Connery only accepted the role if his character could be bigger and better than Indy’s. He told Spielberg;

“whatever Indy’s done my character has done and my character has done it better”

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Our favourite daddy movie moment: When Indy realises he and his father slept with the same woman.

Ew! That’s a father-son rivalry if ever we’ve seen one.

Chris Gardener – The Pursuit of Happyness

From funny daddy movies to the most heart-wrenching one you’ll ever see. This epic biographical film shows us what one man can, and will do for his child.

Our favourite daddy movie moment: when Chris realises, he is crushing the dreams of his son

“Don’t ever let someone tell you, you can’t do something. Not even me. You got a dream, you got to protect it.”

Very inspiring stuff.

Bryan Mills – Taken

Now every father knows he would go the ends of the earth and back for his children so, when Bryan Mills’ daughter is taken, he literally traverses the globe to find her.

Leaving a path of bloody destruction in his wake.

Our favourite daddy movie moment: when Mills talks to his daughters’ kidnappers.

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Chilling.

Noah Levenstein – the American Pie’s

Jim’s dad, what a guy. Always ready to take on every parenting situation with gusto and a sage bit of advice.

In the first American Pie, Jim listens to his dad’s life experiences cringing but, by the end of the franchise he realises his dad’s wise words have helped shape who he is, and it’s all “perfectly normal”.

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Our favourite daddy movie moment: Jim’s dad explaining all the different types of lad mags there are in the world, in great detail.

Rick O’Connell – The Mummy Returns

When your mum is a reincarnated Egyptian princess and your dads a warrior for god, things are bound to get a bit hairy from time to time.

However, facing life-threatening situations on the regular is a walk in the park for Rick O’Connell, action dad extraordinaire.

Our favourite daddy movie moment: O’Connell sprinting across a lost oasis, son in tow, to save him from being sucked to death by a cursed bracelet.

Peter, Jack and Steve – Three Men and a Baby

Perhaps the most classic daddy movie ever made, Three Men and a Baby lets us see how three very different guys would go about handling fatherhood.

Regardless of their own life-skills, each guy struggles in different ways, highlighting just how challenging one little baby girl can be.

Our favourite daddy movie moment: When the guys all sing the baby’s goodnight song in perfect harmony.

Harry, Sam and Bill – Mamma Mia

Another threesome of father figures in this next amazing daddy movie.

Technically Mamma Mia showcases some of the best mom movie moments, but we have to give props to the father figures that are really the focus of the film.

Each one of the dads in Mamma Mia makes up a part of Sophie’s character, making it impossible to know which her biological father is.

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Our favourite daddy movie moment: When they all stand up in church to give Sophie away, each one accepting a portion of their potential daughter.

Michael Newman – Click

Not many Adam Sandler movies can make us laugh as hard as we cry but, Click is one of those rare films that does both.

We laughed hard when Sandler mounted his bosses’ desk to break wind his face, but we teared up when he runs into the road in the rain after his kids and collapses.

Our favourite daddy movie moment: The ending. We can’t tell you though, because it’s a spoiler!

Mufasa – The Lion King

The ultimate must-see daddy movie, The Lion King, showcases a father-son relationship cut short.

In one of the most saddening Disney movie scenes ever, Simba finds his dad, at the bottom of the ravine after being trampled by a wildebeest stampede.

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Our favourite daddy movie moment: When Mufasa gives Simba a noogie and they play in the grass, before having the talk about the kings of the past.

That’s heartwarming stuff right there.

Dr Evil – Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me

After freezing his “little soldiers” before his last trip into space, Dr Evil’s team of loyal henchman created an heir to his empire, in case he should not return.

Of course, that heir turned out to be a petulant teenager with some serious daddy abandonment issues.

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Our favourite daddy movie moment: When Dr Evil tries to relate to his son doing what we can only assume is the Macarena?

Dr Harvey – Casper

Not one you’d think of right away, but the dad in Casper is a pretty good example of a fabulous father . . . eventually.

Let’s be fair, a skint single dad, raising his daughter whilst searching for the lost soul of his deceased wife. That’s a tough job if you ask us.

Throw in a couple of mischievous spectres and you some of the biggest fatherhood challenges known to man.

Our favourite daddy movie moment: When Cat’s dad suggests making her Halloween costume! Aw cute and clueless at the same time.

Daniel Hillard – Mrs Doubtfire

And the best dad from any daddy movie ever made goes to, Daniel Hillard (aka Robin Williams) in Mrs Doubtfire.

We don’t know any man who would dress up in drag daily, heels and all, just to spend more time with his kids.

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Our favourite daddy movie moment: Dancing on the table at the house party that breaks the marriage.

Jack Byrnes – Meet the Parents

There’s always been a sense of dread when it comes to meeting your other halves parents, none more deserved than when Greg Focker meet the parents of Pam.

Robert De Niro’s character, Jack Byrnes, is by far the most intimidating father figures in all movie history. Giving Don Corleone a run for his money.

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Our favourite daddy movie moment: The lie detector. Who doesn’t see their own dad doing this if they could?

Papa – A Little Princess

Another weepy one now, but perhaps the greatest daughter and daddy movie ever made.

When little Sarah has to enrol in Ms Minchin’s boarding school for girls, she struggles to let her papa go to war, as would any young girl.

The real pain and anguish come through when her father goes MIA and Sarah is forced into servitude.

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Our favourite daddy movie moment: When Sarah’s father returns to the school to adopt Sarah’s friend, the other servant girl, Becky. Gush.

Charlie Swan – Twilight Franchise

As far as understanding fathers go, Charlie Swan is the winner in our eyes.

Who else would put up with Bella’s sad face for the first three movies for one.

And two, how cool do you have to be to see a werewolf materialise before you and not run screaming for the hills?

Our favourite daddy movie moment: The wedding speech when Charlie warns Edward subtly that because he’s a cop he knows how to hunt someone to the ends of the earth.

Forest – Forest Gump

An obvious epic, and one with so many amazing relationships throughout. But none are more touching than that of big and little Forest.

It’s hard to see when watching Forest Gump, a happy ending to such an emotional rollercoaster of a film, but when Forest finds out he’s a daddy, it’s the cherry on the cake.

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Our favourite daddy movie moment: When big Forest learns little Forest is his son and the first thing he asks is “Is he smart?”. Pass us the tissues.

Sonny – Big Daddy

Another Sandler special now, this time with fewer tears and more laughs. A real feel-good film, Big Daddy watches one man become a responsible father against all the odds.

Raising 5-year-old orphan, Julian, as his own, Sandler imparts all his wisdom and some of his worst habits onto the child. Along the way turning his, and Julian’s lives around.

Our favourite daddy movie moment: When Sandler teaches the kid how to apply a sleeper hold.

Essential parenting 101 if you ask us

Marlin – Finding Nemo

It’s not every father that would take on three sharks, ride sea turtles, swim through an army of jellyfish and get swallowed by a whale to find their son, but it didn’t stop Marlin.

This Pixar sensation showcases the struggles every parent faces when it comes to safeguarding their kids.

Our favourite daddy movie moment: Marlin’s desperation to tell Nemo how old sea turtles are whilst stuck inside a whale.

George Banks – Mary Poppins

Now we know George Banks in Mary Poppins isn’t the most popular father figure, but he’s got a few things going for him.

He obviously provides well for his family, I mean check out that swanky London manor house on Cherry Tree Lane, and of course he loves to fly a kite, what more could you need from your dad?

Our favourite daddy movie moment: Convincing himself, and his wife, that he successfully hired the greatest a nanny of all time when in actual fact Mary Poppins simply hired herself.

Brad – Daddy’s Home

Stepparents usually get a bad rep in movies, but Daddy’s Home turns all that around, making Brad (Will Ferrell) the responsible, “boring” stepdad the hero in the end.

Trying to live up to his wife’s ex, played by Mark Walberg to win the kids approval, Brad falls hard and often with some hilarious consequences.

Our favourite daddy movie moment: The motorcycle scene where Ferrell almost runs over the kids, ends up lodged in a wall and Wahlberg uses it the whole thing as a teachable moment.

Bernie Focker – Meet the Fockers

The sequel to Meet the Parents introduces us to Greg’s parents and we simply adore Bernie Focker as a father.

Believing in showering his son with as much love as possible, Bernie is the total opposite to Pam’s father Jack and we couldn’t love him more for it.

Our favourite daddy movie moment: Trying to up his macho, for Greg’s sake, Bernie tackles Jack in a family football game almost breaking his back. The victory dance is what really makes this scene pop.

Nigel  Powers – Austin Powers: Gold Member

Michael Cane really is the daddy of all British actors and, when he made an appearance as Powers’ dad, Nigel in Gold Member, we were ready for some cinematic gold.

Throughout the film, the daddy movie moments come in thick and fast, from Austin’s obvious rivalry with his dashing dad to the cockney rhyming convo the pair have during Nigel’s rescue.

Our favourite daddy movie moment: When Nigel reveals he is also Dr Evil’s father and that his real name is Douggie.

Georg von Trapp – Sound Of Music

Another pretty poor example of a father figure makes an appearance in Sound of Music, and if we’re honest we feel for the Von Trapp children and their sad excuse for childhoods.

The turnaround Georg Von Trapp makes from being, Cpt to father is astonishing, and all of it done with the help of a song and a wonderful woman.

Our favourite daddy movie moment: When Cpt von Trapp picks up his guitar and belts out a heartfelt rendition of Edelweiss.

Don Corleone – The Godfather

The head of the family, the daddy of all daddy’s, Don Corleone has the final spot on our best daddy movie moments.

And why not he certainly earned it, building himself a criminal empire and inspiring fear in those he commanded he’s also responsible for some of the greatest daddy movie lines of all time.

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All these amazing daddy movie moments are our tribute to fathers everywhere, just in time for fathers day.

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You could book a delicious daddy’s day meal in Alma de Cuba where he can enjoy a tasty Sunday roast dinner and live entertainment provided by a gifted gospel choir.

Arthouse Hotel is the best place to stay at the heart of the city, ideal for taking your dad out for a night on the town.

Check out some of the best real ale bars in Liverpool on a real ale trail or simply let him relax in peace this father’s day at Arthouse Hotel.

Call now to book your stay this fathers day on 0151 236 0166 or have a look at some of the amazing Liverpool accommodation offers we have at Arthouse Hotel.

15 Memorable Gavin and Stacey Quotes and Funny Moments

Without a doubt some of the best news of 2019, James Corden took to social media today to announce that Gavin and Stacey will be returning with a long-awaited Christmas special!

Gavin and Stacey Quotes and Moments

The cosy British sitcom is one of our favourite feel-good shows, and to celebrate its upcoming return, we thought we’d take a look back at 15 memorable Gavin and Stacey quotes and hilarious moments.

1) “I have had some wines”

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From her witty one-liners to bickering with Mick, Pam is one of the best characters in Gavin and Stacey. And when it comes to drinking wine, we can definitely relate. She wasn’t drunk, drunk. Just had some wines…

 

2) The OG Carpool Karaoke

Long before The Late Late Show brought the world carpool karaoke, James Corden took to the road as Smithy to belt out one of our favourite Christmas songs. This memorable Gavin and Stacey moment never fails to put a smile on our faces. Fingers crossed the next Gavin and Stacey Christmas special is just as good!

 

3) The Indian Takeway Dilemma

A scene that perfectly captures a British night in, we’ll never get tired of Smithy’s frustrations while ordering an Indian takeaway. Chicken bhuana, lamb bhuana, prawn bhuana, mushroom rice, bag of chips, keema naan and nine poppadums…

“What is it about a group of people orderin’ an Indian or Chinese, that it’s somehow unexpectable to eat your own food that you order yourself?”.

 

4) Islands in the Stream

A scene that needs little introduction, never forget this iconic performance of Islands in the Stream. Is there a better duo than Nessa and Bryn? We don’t think so.

 

5) Mick’s Big TV appearance

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A hilarious anti-climax and one of our favourite Gavin and Stacey quotes is from Mick’s appearance on TV. The Shipmans had popped open a bottle and invited round the neighbours for the big occasion…but it wasn’t quite what they’d been hoping for.

“It’s the last thing you expect to find when you come to work in the morning.”

 

6) Bryn Singing James Blunt

Goodbye my lover, goodbye my friend…

 

7) Nessa as Father Christmas

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Nessa as Father Christmas is another of our favourite Gavin and Stacey quotes and moments. Quick to shatter any dreams of luxury Christmas gifts, we’re sure the children of Barry are still recovering now.

“Oh. Oh. Oh.”

 

8) Smithy Being Dramatic

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It’s safe to say that when it comes to drama, Smithy is the expert. From being heartbroken by Gavin’s honeymoon, to this memorable moment, Smithy was never one to look on the bright side…

 

9) Pam Getting Caught Out

After a panicking Pam pretended she was vegetarian, she found the lie very hard to keep up. One of our favourite Gavin and Stacey moments is Pam getting caught eating ham…to nobody’s surprise!

 

10) Smithy’s Big Entrance

Always one to make an entrance, another of the most memorable Gavin and Stacey moments is Smithy’s big entrance with his football chant. So good that even Mick and Pam join in!

 

11) Nessa and Smithy’s ‘Moment’

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The unconventional love story of Nessa and Smithy is something we’re hoping will feature in this year’s Gavin and Stacey Christmas special. This adorably awkward ‘moment’ is one of our favourite scenes, and a testament to just how well James Corden and Ruth work together.

 

12) Smithy’s Wedding ‘Toast’

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One of the best (and worst) wedding speeches to ever grace our TV screens. “I’d like to raise a toast“…*weeps on table*

 

13) Bryn’s Holiday T-Shirt

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A prime example of why Uncle Bryn is so lovable. This well-rehearsed joke had “mixed reviews”.

 

14) Gavin Surprising Stacey

Back to where it all began with this heartwarming scene from the first episode of Gavin and Stacey. If Gavin hadn’t followed Stacey all the way back to Barry, where would we be now?

 

15) Pam Loving the Drama

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Another relatable Pam moment and one of the most quoted Gavin and Stacey quotes. It’s safe to say that we’re this excited for the upcoming Gavin and Stacey Christmas special!

 

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The Best Disney Conspiracies and Easter Eggs

In the lead up to some big Disney blockbusters being released this year, we took a look back at some of the farfetched fan theories and Disney conspiracies that have hatched over time.

We also took the opportunity to seek out and showcase the allusive Disney and Pixar Easter eggs.

Let’s see if our findings blow your mind, and how many Disney Easter Eggs you’d already spotted.

#1 Who was Ariel’s mum and why isn’t she around?

No, it’s not a case of mermaid abandonment, King Triton once had a Queen and between them, they had seven daughters.

Attina, Alana, Adella, Aquata, Arista, Andrina and Ariel.

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After watching prequels of The Little Mermaid we learn that the Queen was killed by humans, hence King Tritons distaste for them in the original movie.

Upon researching further, people have come to the conclusion that the killer was actually Captain Hook, and that the Queen once lived in Mermaid Lagoon in Neverland.

This, of course, is all based on the fact that there is a redheaded mermaid in Peter Pan, and Ariel and her mum also have red hair.

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Easter Egg: King Triton makes an appearance in the Princess and the Frog Mardi Gras parade.

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#2 Greek Mythology Makes Ariel and Hercules Cousins

If we think about it, it’s not that difficult to believe.

Hercules’ father is Zeus.

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Zeus’ brother is Poseidon.

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Poseidon’s son is Triton and Triton’s daughter is Ariel.

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Making Ariel and Hercules first cousins. Simple really (?)

Easter Egg: Simba’s Evil Uncle Scar makes an appearance in this Greece-based movie, as a pelt which Hercules wears whilst having his portrait painted.

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#3 Speaking of Relatives, Were Elsa, Anna and . . . Tarzan Siblings?

Turns out, according to this popular Disney conspiracy, yes.

Elsa and Anna’s parents supposedly survived the shipwreck and went on to become Tarzan’s mum and dad.

Fans believe the King and Queen of Arendelle made it onto an island after the Queen had a baby boy at sea.

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They built a treehouse out of driftwood and boat parts and, just when life started to look peachy, they were eaten by leopards.

That’s some unlucky streak if you ask us.

#4 But wait there’s more . . .

Here we discover a popular Disney conspiracy with the help of one of those cheeky hidden Easter eggs too.

The theory has it that Jane is actually the granddaughter of Belle and the Beast.

What are we basing this on?

The appearance of the once-enchanted tea set of course, at Jane and her father’s camp in Tarzan.

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#5 More on Belle

We understand that Beauty and the Beast the movie was set in a rural village in France right?

Belle was obviously suffering Wanderlust at some point though, as she can be seen waltzing the streets of old Paree “with her nose stuck in a book” in the Hunchback of Notre Dame.

Trés, intriguing hmm?

#6 Andy’s Mom is Evil!

That’s right, as Toy Story 4 gets closer to its UK premier you should all be made aware of the fact that Andy’s mom is the enemy of toys everywhere.

The heart-breaking story of when Jessie’s owner, Emily, cruelly grew up and dumped her in a box takes an unexpected turn when we learn, Emily is Andy’s mom!

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The timeline fits, as Jessie remembers a 70s teenage bedroom, and then there’s Andy’s own cowboy hat which is not like woodies, but more like Jessies.

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The same hat as Emily is seen wearing, only without the white trim, years earlier in the memory.

This Disney/Pixar conspiracy fits like a glove and goes on to explain how Andy has such an old school doll, that has been in the family for years.

Easter Egg: A Buzz Lightyear figure appears on the floor of the dentist’s waiting room in Finding Nemo.

#7 White Rabbits, Drugs and Rock n Roll?

A common theory, even before the Disney movie was created, was that Alice in Wonderland was a metaphor for a drugs experience after taking LSD.

People believed that Alice’s repeated eating and drinking of strange substances, and the whole concept of Wonderland, outlined the authors own drug-induced state whilst writing the novel.

The story was written when the use of opiates was legal after all.

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#8 Aladdin Never Really Happened

Well, of course, we know the story itself is more than likely 100% fictional.

Flying carpets and genies aside, this Disney conspiracy actually suggests that the entire movie was a yarn spun by the clever salesman from the start.

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It’s understood that the little guy is just desperately trying to make a sale and that the whole story was concocted as a clever marketing ploy to sell what is essentially an ordinary lamp!

Well, we bought it.

#9 Snow White’s Stepmother went on to Torment Another “Daughter”

It should come as no surprise, that the Evil Stepmother and Queen from Snow White, would come back and bite someone else in the ass.

Hell-bent on remaining young and beautiful forever Snow White’s Stepmother is said to be no other than Mother Gothel in Tangled.

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There are some striking physical similarities, and both older ladies look identical, give or take a pixel or two.

Then there’s the obvious disdain towards the young and beautiful, as well as the mistreatment of the young girls in their care.

Sold! The Evil Queen is definitely Mother Gothel.

We, the human race are not long for this world!

According to Disney and Pixar, one day our vastly intelligent cars will take over the world, destroy the human race, and take our place as the dominant lifeforms on earth.

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Dark we know but in a kind of i-Robot way, we can sort of see this happening.

To Be King or Not to Be King? That is The Question

Disney had to get his stories from somewhere, but who would believe that the Bard would serve as inspiration for one of the best Disney movies of all time.

Rumour has it, Disney used the Shakespearian masterpiece, Hamlet, to base the plot of the Lion King on.

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Both main characters are princes, there are somewhat shady/murderous uncles in both movies, Simba and Hamlet’s fathers die and reappear as ghosts.

There is a battle to the death with their uncles, although in true Disney spirit Simba doesn’t actually do the murdering himself.

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There are plenty more references to draw upon, but it’s safe to say Disney hedged his bets that one of Shakespeare’s most popular plays, would bring only good things to the Lion King story.

Can You Spot These Cleverly Concealed Disney Easter Eggs?

As well as all these fascinating Disney conspiracies, there are also a few more Easter Eggs that we challenge you to hunt out, when enjoying a day of Disney movie watching.

When the Sultan in Aladdin is busy stacking up his tower of tiny toys, keep your eyes peeled for a familiar figure amongst the pile. The Beast can be glimpsed snarling out of one side.

After baby Boo, is safely delivered back into her room at the teary goodbye ending to Monsters Inc. she excitedly shows Sully her toys and one of them is a stuffed version of Nemo.

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An inspiration to young women everywhere, Mulan even appears in Lani’s bedroom, on a poster in Lilo and Stitch and Mulan is also the name of the local Chinese restaurant.

Rapunzel didn’t really have a chance, but she got her happily ever after in the end, despite the cursed spinning wheel from Sleeping Beauty being stored in her tower.

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Perhaps inspired when Mike and Sully were banished to the Himalayas, or maybe he’d popped in on one of the children to make them laugh at some time. Either way there is a wooden carving of Mike Wazowski on Wandering Oaken’s Trading Post (and Sauna) counter in Frozen.

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Another amazing Disney movie film adaption Dumbo has arrived on our screens recently but see if you can spot the bubble blowing pachyderm in Basil the Great Mouse detective as the mice snoop around the London toy store.

See if you can spot Mickey, Donald and Goofy in the audience when King Triton enters the underwater concert room. The three of them are standing there under the sea, no scuba gear and just waiting for the show to start.

And lastly, it seems that even in San Fran Sokyo Hans is a hated and wanted individual as his picture appears in a wanted poster in the police station of Big Hero 6.

Magical Movie Stays at Arthouse Hotel

Whether you are looking forward to seeing the film adaption of Aladdin or the latest instalment of Toy Story, Arthouse Hotel has the greatest Cinema and Stay Offer to book for the whole family.

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Enjoy a wonderful overnight stay in any of our exciting movie-themed rooms, a tasty two-course meal and a screening of the latest release at Liverpool ONE’s Odeon.

All of this for just £149 per family means you can escape to Agrabah or see how Woody and the gang are getting on, during a family-friendly city break at Arthouse Hotel.

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Mulholland Singing Diner to Host Madhatters Afternoon Tea Party

“There is a place like no place on earth. A land full of wonder, mystery and danger! Some say, to survive it you need to be mad as a hatter. Which luckily I am”

Time to tumble down the rabbit hole and follow the White Rabbit all the way to Mulholland Singing Diner, where he’ll be joining a colourful cast of Wonderland characters at the Madhatters Afternoon Tea Party.

You’ve Not Gone Mad . . . Yet

At Mulholland Singing Diner we’re turning our world topsy, turvy for an amazing afternoon tea party hosted by our very own Madhatter.

Enter an enchanting venue, where a world of wonders awaits and bring the whole family together. There’s room for everyone.

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We’re inviting you all in to be as mad as you like, whilst enjoying the company of the Hatter and all his friends. There’ll be fun themed games and the chance to enjoy all the best bits of Wonderland, in one whacky afternoon of interactive activities.

Best of all your ticket to this extraordinary tea party includes a selection of specially made sandwiches, crazy cakes and perfect little pastries and of course plenty of tea.

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There’ll be live performances from our talented Mulholland cast of singing waiters, giving you all the chance to sing-along with your favourite tea party songs.

At Mulholland Singing Diner we want to bring the marvellous world of movies to life, and do so each and every day we open our doors.

Book your tickets to the Madhatters Afternoon Tea Party for kids and enjoy an exciting afternoon that you and the family will never forget.

Prices start at just £14.95 per child and £24.95 per adult plus booking fees.

Other exciting regular events hosted at Mulholland Singing Diner include our spectacular Disney Sunday Brunch and a Dirty Dancing Bottomless Brunch. Both of which use the magic of the movies as inspiration for amazing Liverpool events hosted in the city’s first singing diner.

We all love to escape to the movies, and you can too, live and in person, at Mulholland Singing Diner.

Stay the Night in Our Own Movie Wonderland

After you’ve enjoyed all the whimsy in Wonderland at our Madhatters Afternoon Tea Party, why not book to stay in any of the other magical musical movie rooms in Arthouse Hotel?

Our musical floor boasts a huge collection of movie-themed rooms inspired by all the classic musicals of our time.

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Pop down the chimney for a stay in the Mary Poppins room, follow the Yellow Brick Road to Oz in our Wizard of Oz room or stay to see if the hills really are alive with the Sound of Music.

Check out some of our amazing Liverpool hotel offers, built for the whole family to stay the night in Arthouse Hotel. Book yourselves seats at the greatest afternoon tea party for kids in Liverpool coming to Mulholland Singing Diner soon and enjoy some quality time together celebrating some of the greatest movies of our time

Call 0151 236 0166 for bookings or email info@signatureliving.co.uk for more details on the up and coming events.

Celebrating the Best Summer Movies of All Time

This summer, why not join us for a weekend away in Liverpool at Arthouse Hotel? Our movie-themed hotel is located in the heart of Liverpool nightlife, perfect for enjoying sunny beer gardens and Seel Street’s top bars and clubs.

We have a wide range of unmissable offers to choose from to ensure your stay with us is perfect from start to finish. So, why not take a browse of our latest offers here or book your stay online here for the best available rate.

To get you in the spirit for a summer stay in Liverpool, we thought we’d celebrate the season with some of the best summer movies of all time!

A Guide to the Best Summer Movies

1) Roman Holiday (1953)

A charming tale of summer romance, Roman Holiday had to be on our list of the best summer movies. Starring Hollywood sweetheart Audrey Hepburn opposite Gregory Peck, this romantic classic saw Hepburn pick up an Academy Award for her performance. The story follows Peck as reporter Joe Bradley and Hepburn as Ann, a royal princess exploring Rome on her own. This stylish summer movie may have been made in the 50s, but it’s safe to say its clever script and leading duo ensure it stands the test of time.

2) Jaws (1975)

Our list of the best summer movies wouldn’t be complete without Steven Spielberg’s most famous thriller, Jaws. Shot along the sandy shores of Martha’s Vineyard, the must-see summer blockbuster of 1975 became the highest-grossing film of all time until the release of Star Wars. The famous story follows a police chief, marine biologist and professional shark hunter as they hunt down New England’s notorious killer shark. Arguably the best bit of all, the spine tingling score compromises of just two alternating notes…duunnn dunnn…duuuunnnn duun.

3) To Catch a Thief (1955)

A sun-kissed Hitchock classic, To Catch a Thief stars the one and only Grace Kelly opposite the iconic Cary Grant. The alluring thriller takes audiences on a journey of suspense and romance alongside the glamorous backdrop of the French Riviera. Without a doubt one of the best summer movies of all time, this slick and stylish Hitchcock gem tells the story of a retired jewel thief setting out to prove his innocence. Another 50s blockbuster that is just as captivating today.

4) Stand By Me (1986)

A coming-of-age comedy by Rob Reiner, Stand By Me brings Stephen King’s novella The Body to life. This heartwarming film showcases the genius of King’s work at its best. Dark, funny and moving, this nostalgic  story is a true summer classic. Following the friendship of four boys from a small town in Oregon, viewers are taken on an unforgettable adventure in search of a dead body. With a star-studded cast featuring young River Phoenix, Corey Feldman and Kiefer Sutherland, it doesn’t get much better than this 80s hit and its catchy, classic soundtrack.

 5) The Parent Trap (1998)

Starring Lindsay Lohan (opposite Lindsay Lohan!) The Parent Trap is a family favourite when it comes the best summer movies of all time. The feel-good film features everything a summer film should do, from  camping chaos to lakeside mischief. Telling the story of identical twins Annie and Hallie, this 90s comedy is a heartwarming tale for all ages with plenty of laughs along the way. Not forgetting, we’re a big fan of the soundtrack, which features the Beatles’ Here Comes the Sun. It’s safe to say this childhood favourite is one to fondly revisit this summer.

6) Grease (1978)

It goes without saying that Grease is on our list of the best summer movies! The musical comedy starts with summer dreams ripped at the scenes as the holiday romance of Danny and Sandy comes to an end. And though heading back to school is usually a bit of a downer, John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John keep the fun alive alongside an all-singing and all-dancing cast. One of the most timeless summer movies ever made, the 50s wardrobe, slicked back hair, infectious cast and unrivalled sountrack ensure that the magic of Grease never goes out of style.

While you’re here, why not take a peak at our Grease-inspired hotel room at Arthouse Hotel? This spectacular room is the perfect spot to stay in style with your friends this summer!

7) The Seven Year Itch (1955)

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Starring the one and only Marilyn Monroe, The Seven Year Itch is another of our favourite summer movies. The dazzling Hollywood classic brought audiences one of the most iconic images of the 20th century, the breezy ‘Marilyn Moment’ on the subway grate. Directed by Billy Wilder, this classic romantic comedy follows the story of a faithful husband tempted by his beautiful neighbour…considering it’s Marilyn Monroe next door, we can’t say we blame him.

Our Marilyn Monroe hotel room is one of our most popular rooms at Arthouse Hotel. Take a look around the room here.

8) I Know What You Did Last Summer (1997)

We love a frothy, feel-good summer movie as much as the next person…but you can’t go wrong with slasher blockbuster I Know What You Did Last Summer. The hit film has all the makings of the best summer movies; a Fourth of July setting, bonfire on the beach and a wardrobe of adorable 90s outfits. Pair that with a horrifying twist and you’ve got the perfect teen horror film. Not forgetting, the star-studded cast features Sarah Michelle Gellar, Freddie Prinze Jr, Ryan Phillipe and Jennifer Love Hewitt. What more could you wish for?

9) Dirty Dancing (1987)

Have the time of your life this summer as you revisit (or if you’re watching for the first time, where have you been?!) 1980s hit Dirty Dancing. Starring Patrick Swayze opposite Jennifer Grey, this uplifting tale takes viewers back to the summer of 1963, as 17-year old Frances “Baby” Houseman vacations at an upscale resort and meets Johnny Castle, one of the resorts charming dance instructors. Featuring some of the most famous movie scenes ever made, the legacy of Dirty Dancing continues to live on today in stage shows, tribute nights and pop culture. Nobody puts baby in the corner!

10) The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants (2005)

One of the best summer movies of the early 2000s, The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants was adapted from the bestselling teen novels by Ann Brashares. The comedy-drama stars a young Blake Lively (pre-Gossip Girl fame!), Ugly Betty’s America Ferrera and Gilmore Girls’ Alexis Bledel. This heartwarming story follows four best friends who go their separate ways over summer. Though they may be apart, the girls stay in touch by sending each other stories of their summers and a secondhand pair of jeans that fits each of the friends. This heartwarming story is one you may need some tissues for!

11) Call Me By Your Name (2017)

Set in the summer of 1983, Call Me By Your Name is a coming-of-age drama based on André Aciman’s 2007 novel of the same title. The hit film saw Timothee Chalamet skyrocket to fame and receive a nomination for Best Actor from the academy. The colourful cinematography and beautiful backdrop of Italian countryside makes this one of the best summer movies we’ve seen in recent years. Call Me By Your Name follows the blossoming romance between a seventeen-year-old student, Elio and his father’s research assistant, Oliver. Prepare to be dazzled by the stunning performances and accompanying soundtrack as you’re swept away by this romantic tale.

12) Mamma Mia (2008)

If you’re getting excited to go on holiday, Mamma Mia is just the movie for you. And with a hit sequel that followed, why not have a Mamma Mia marathon for a night of ABBA hits? With an A-list cast and sun-kissed location, we’re sure you’ll fall head over heels for the film’s lovable characters as they come together for a wedding in the Greek islands. This feel-good film is one of the best summer movies for a sing-song, so dancing queens should definitely give it a watch!

13) The Talented Mr Ripley (1999)

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Starring a young Matt Damon alongside Jude Law, The Talented Mr Ripley is a psychological thriller following Tom Ripley, a young underachiever posing as a wealthy Princeton student. Ripley is sent to Italy to bring back spoiled playboy Dickie Greenleaf, by Greenleaf’s wealthy father. But this seemingly light story soon takes a dark turn with twists and turns guaranteed to leave you on the edge of your seat. Not forgetting, this stylish summer movie offers an array of chic summer wardrobe inspiration!

Enjoy a Summer Stay in Liverpool

Arthouse Hotel is a unique themed hotel, situated along dynamic Seel Street. This spectacular spot is inspired by timeless movies and pieces of art from throughout the years.

The perfect location for hosting a party or summer sleepover, Arthouse Hotel is home to spacious rooms and suites featuring fabulous amenities such as the Skyline Suite’s giant Roman bath and scenic outdoor terrace!

To find out more or to book your stay at Arthouse Hotel, you can reach our friendly team on 0151 236 0166.

Spooky Facts You Didn’t Know About Hitchcock’s The Birds

Unquestionably one of the world’s most renowned and influential directors of all time, Alfred Hitchcock is famous for his unique directorial style that earned him his ‘Master of Suspense’ title and paved the way for Hitchcock’s pioneering evolution of the thriller genre. One of his most famous films was of course The Birds, a disturbing tale of a pristine city woman who comes undone in a rustic northern California seaside town by an onslaught of seemingly unexplained, arbitrary and chaotic attacks of birds.

With shots framed to maximise the feeling of suspense and claustrophobia in his audience, this film has become one of the most eerie and terrifying in Hitchcock’s repertoire.

At Arthouse Hotel we are huge Hitchcock fans, which is why we’ve dedicated many of our rooms to the directing legend and one of the most popular is The Birds room.

To celebrate this classic we’ve decided to delve into the spooky facts and secrets that surround the filming of The Birds.

BOOK A STAY IN THE BIRDS ROOM TODAY! 

It was Loosely Based on a Daphne Du Maurier Book 

The title of the film and the plot came from the short story called The Birds written in 1952 by Du Maurier.

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Hitchcock Was Inspired By a Spooky Incident He Saw in the Paper

In 1961, Hitchcock read a newspaper article about hordes of dead birds washing up onto the streets in the seaside California town of Capitola and a story about flocks of frenzied, dying birds flying into the windows of homes in Monterey Bay.

Leading Lady Tippi Hedren Had Never Acted Before

Hitchcock spotted her in a TV commercial for a diet drink during NBC’s Today show. He would eventually groom her into one of his classic icy blondes, choosing her clothes, hairstyle, and even her lipstick for her role as Melanie Daniels.

Hedren Met With Executives About a ‘Secret Film’ on Friday the 13th

She had several meetings with executives and an agent, with no one willing to divulge the director or film for which she was being considered. She was finally told it was Hitchcock and met with the director for dinner; they didn’t discuss the film, but rather food, travel and wine.

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The Film is Full of Suspense But There is no Musical Score 

Hitchcock hired his long time musical partner and favourite composer Bernard Herrmann for ‘The Birds,’ but he didn’t write a single piece of music for the film. Instead, Hitchcock wanted him to focus on sounds to make the entire film infinitely creepier by using the chirping and flapping of the birds’ wings just before they attacked.

The Bird Noises Were Made Using Electronic Sound Machines

They were created on the mixtrautonium, an early electronic musical instrument, by Oskar Sala.

The Schoolhouse That Was Used For Filming Was Haunted 

Tippi Hedren said the entire cast was spooked to be there, they had a feeling like it was full of people when it was completely empty. When Hitchcock was told about this, he was even more encouraged to film there.

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Raw Meat and Fish Were Used to Attract The Birds

The actors often had ground meat or anchovies smeared on their hands and raw meat was hung from the cameras.

Not All of The Feathered Friends Were Real

Hammers with fake bird heads were used to peck through the wooden doors and give the effect of birds breaking through.

The Birds Were Fed a Mixture of Wheat and Whiskey

During filming the crew needed to keep the birds standing and flying for hours, so they were fed this combination to keep them going.

 

The Birds Were Not Allowed to be Released or Kept as Pets

Ray Berwick was head bird trainer on set and later admitted that the birds were too dangerous to be released after filming had finished as they had been trained to attack.

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Live Birds Were Attached to Hedren’s Clothes During Filming

They were attached using long nylon threads so they couldn’t get away. It gave the scene more of a manic feel.

Hedren Really Slaps Doreen Lang who Played Her Hysterical Mother

Hedren was hesitant, having never slapped anyone before, but Lang convinced her to do it.

The Post-Attack Makeup Was Too Horrifying for Hedren

She looked at herself in a mirror and had to go outside to throw up!

The Leading Lady was actually cut in the face by a bird in one of the shots

On the last day of shooting, a bird clawed Hedren’s face just below her eye, and she broke down in tears.

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One Scene Took Seven Days To Shoot 

The intense scene where Hedren’s character is attacked in the attic was filmed over seven long days, even though it only runs about a minute on screen. Hedren has spoken often about how hard the harrowing scene was to film, Hitchcock insisted on having real trained gulls attack her.

Following This Scene Hedren Was Admitted to Hospital for a Week

She said it was the worst week of her life and took a physical and emotional toll on her well-being.

Hitchcock Was Known For Playing Sick Practical Jokes 

Hedren’s daughter Melanie Griffith was given a present by Alfred Hitchcock during the filming, it was an eerily accurate doll of her mother wearing a dress from The Birds and lying in a miniature coffin.

Hitchcock Had A Trick Up His Sleeve For When The Film Was Over

When audiences left the film’s UK premiere at the Odeon in Leicester Square, London, they were greeted by the sound of screeching and flapping birds from loudspeakers hidden in the trees to scare them further.

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The Birds Created an Unending Terror for the Audience 

The film does not finish with the usual “THE END” title because Alfred Hitchcock didn’t want the horror to end once the film was over.

Something Spooky Happened To Daphne Du Maurier’s Son 

In May 2001, Du Maurier’s son reported that he and his wife were being terrorised by seagulls nesting outside their cottage in Cornwall, England.

It Was Voted the Seventh Scariest Film of All Time

In a poll carried out on the British public by Channel 5 and “The Times” in 2006.

The Birds Themed Hotel Room

If you’re a Hitchcock fan, why not book a stay in one of our eight different themed rooms, on a floor that is dedicated to this iconic director.

Sleeping between four and six guests, indulge in the luxury of a bygone era of cinema in our fabulously opulent hotel room dedicated to The Birds.

The Birds room at Arthouse Hotel is dark and decadent, transporting you into the mind of one of the world’s greatest filmmakers with a glorious image from the film, crushed velvet fixtures and luxurious unique features.

Arthouse Hotel is in a perfect location in the heart of Liverpool’s centre and just minutes walk to the vibrant and ever-growing nightlife. There is no better place for group accommodation that the Arthouse Hotel, especially if you love classic movies of the silver screen.

Call us on 0151 601 8801, email info@signatureliving.co.uk or book your room online and stay at Liverpool’s best movie-themed hotel.

What Did the Best High School Movies of All Time Teach Us (If Anything)?

For some, high school (or secondary school as it’s known this side of the pond) is a terrifying prospect but, watching some of the best high school movies of all time can make it seem like a super exciting adventure.

But what, if anything, did these movies actually teach us?

We take a look at the top high school movies of our time, to see if they set us up for disappointment or actually delivered any worthwhile life lessons.

Grease

As we look forward to the prequel of Grease, a short four decades down the line from the first movie premiere, we wonder exactly what did the pupils and teachers of Rydell High teach us?

First, we learn that you can be 28 and still play an eighteen-year-old in American high school movies!

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Olivia Newton-John was closer to thirty than twenty when filming began, but she certainly wasn’t the oldest. In fact, it was the actor that played Rizzo, Stockard Channing, who was 33 when filming began.

Secondly, Grease taught us that high school can change a person. Rather controversially telling us that giving in to peer pressure is the best and most fun way of getting through high school.

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Sandy’s transformation from the wholesome, clean-cut Sandra Dee into a lycra, leather-clad vixen makes us think that good girls never get what they want.

A far cry from the messages we want to instil in the young women of today.

American Pie

A few valuable life lessons came out of this one, but the three most important are;

#1 Never get frisky with fruit pies or any baked good for that matter

#2 Webcams are a bad idea!

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#3 Highschool boys have only one thing on their mind

This high school movie is certainly one that shows us many social traps that the modern student can fall into.

At the end of the day, if we take anything from American Pie, it’s that your friends will always encourage you to do the stupidest things you will ever do in your life.

Mean Girls

An amazing high school movie that helped shape pop culture as we know it, Mean Girls paints a horrifying picture of what high school can be like if you don’t fit in with the “in” crowd.

But what did Mean Girls actually teach us?

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Well, aside from that we certainly get a glimpse of what to expect when it comes to high school hierarchy. Through this, we are shown how easy it is to manipulate those around you, enter three-way phone calls and well-placed candy canes.

But, the most important message that comes out of all those first-year social tortures is that it’s only a year and you have another few years in school to find out where you fit in.

Clueless

A true ode to the 90s, Clueless gave us mere mortals an idea of what it was like to grow up Beverly Hills.

This modern high school movie classic was actually loosely based on Jane Austen’s Emma and shows us that even the best intentions can end with ghastly consequences.

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Cher sees herself as a gifted matchmaker, who only has other’s best intentions at heart, but being forever focused on self-promotion, she loses sight of what real friendship and kindness is.

Clueless makes us understand that, whilst we all would like a friend like Cher, we need to follow our own judgement and not let others choose our paths for us.

The Breakfast Club

One of the greatest lessons ever taught in a high school movie can be learned by watching The Breakfast Club.

Set in day-long detention, a group of five are flung together, all from different social groups. A jock, a geek, a preppy girl, an outcast and a rebel begin to bond and share their experiences both at home and in school.

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The group learn that no matter which group you fit into, or where you came from, your life problems are usually similar.

So far ahead of its time, the message of equality is powerful in The Breakfast Club and certainly shows us what it would be like if we all let go of our prejudice.

High School Musical

A phenomenon that swept the globe back in 2006, High School Musical gave young people everywhere the hope that they could simply sing their way through school.

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The biggest high school movie of the year raked 7.7 million views at its premiere and the soundtrack quickly climbed the charts too.

Thankfully, there was an important message underneath all the white teeth and wholesomeness that encouraged viewers to embrace their dreams and look after their friend’s wishes.

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

“Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.”

It may not seem like it to many a high school student, but school is only a small portion of life, and believe it or not, probably the best bit.

Although not a great scholastic lesson, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off shows us that sometimes taking a risk will pay off.

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Playing truant by faking illness, Ferris has the time of his life, driving a fancy sports car and becoming a temporary rock star.

The message that this high school movie delivers is to seize the day, an important one that we all forget from time to time.

Never Been Kissed

Proof that life usually doesn’t get much better after high school, Never Been Kissed is a fantastic example of how unimportant social acceptance is in school when it comes to finding happiness and success in later life.

The story of Josie Grossy is heartbreaking and her high school experiences go on to shape and restrict her adult life.

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Despite becoming a success, Josie never gets over how she was treated in high school and when she goes back to school as an undercover reporter, she’s determined not to make the same mistakes again.

Never Been Kissed teaches us that life at the top isn’t always so rosy and in order to get there, you have to sacrifice your morals and integrity.

In short, this high school movie lets us know everything will work out okay in the end, if we are true to who we are.

Carrie

A seriously terrifying high school movie that warns us all of the effects bullying can have, Carrie is a chilling film adaption of Stephen King’s first ever published novel.

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Taking us along on the high school journey of a sheltered young girl, who faces serious issues at home as well as in school, Carrie gives us an understanding of a bully victim’s world and the hardships they face. When poor Carrie falls victim to a bully’s revenge, things take a turn for the worse and the whole town pays.

Carrie might be overkill, literally, but the message is simple, bullies are horrible human beings who always get their just desserts.

Bring It On

On a lighter and much cheerier note, Bring It On is one of those high school movies that helps celebrate the underdog and makes us want to be a cheerleader along the way.

At its heart, Bring It On celebrates honesty, integrity and a determination to do the right thing.

When lead character, Torrance, inherits the captainship of her school’s award-winning cheer squad, she realises her entire cheer-career has been a lie.

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To change it she needs to alter her approach to life and, with the help of LA transfer student Missy, Torrance embarks on a journey of self-discovery and personal improvement.

A real feel-good high school movie, with an amazing soundtrack, Bring It On is certainly one of our favourites.

Superbad

The best and super-baddest of all our high school movies, Superbad teaches us many life lessons. All of which are brought to us through a hilarious and unlikely set of coincidental scenarios.

At the end of the movie we know that cops are people too, you should always look both ways before crossing the road, and good decisions are never made under the influence of alcohol.

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Superbad is one of the greatest high school movies ever made, despite mainly being set outside of school grounds.

At Arthouse Hotel we’re mad about movies and enjoy schooling our audiences about some of the best out there.

So, if you love movies as much as we do, check out some of our fun film facts based on some of our most popular movie-themed hotel suites.

Read all about the Weird and Frightening Facts About the Wizard of Oz or the Unknown and Bizarre Mary Poppins Facts we unearthed. 

Call now and book your stay at Arthouse Hotel on 0151 236 0166 or check out some of our amazing accommodation offers for group and weekend breaks in Liverpool.

How to Have the Best Student Night Out in Liverpool

Student nights in Liverpool are known to be something else! And when it comes to planning the ultimate student night out, at Arthouse Hotel we’ve got you covered.

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Arthouse Hotel is Liverpool’s go-to destination for a memorable stay in the city. Our movie-themed hotel is the perfect place for staying with your mates and getting ready for a night out in Liverpool in style.

 

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Our picture-perfect rooms are ideal for getting some Insta snaps of your night, so if you’re celebrating a birthday or special occasion, look no further than Arthouse.

 

In one of our themed group rooms

Rooms at Arthouse Hotel are designed to sleep groups of guests for the ultimate group stay. You’re never too old for a sleepover with your best friend, and our rooms are perfect for just that! Our themed rooms range from Marilyn Monroe and the Grease room to Rocky Horror Show.

 

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We always have a wide range of special offers available for you to enjoy, making your visit affordable and convenient. So, don’t miss our latest offers here!

 

Make the most of the whirlpool bath

Our rooms are fitted with fabulous whirlpool baths, so you can enjoy a pamper in between your night out. Our Skyline Suites feature a giant whirlpool bath – ideal for large group stays.

 

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What better spot for relaxing with a glass of fizz before you head out to explore Liverpool’s nightlife scene?

 

Or your very own outdoor terrace

Arthouse Hotel’s Skyline Suites are also home to a scenic outdoor terrace overlooking Liverpool’s skyline. What better backdrop to your stay in the heart of the city?

 

The terrace is fantastic for enjoying the summer months as you make the most of the sun with your best pals.

 

Experience Mulholland Singing Diner

Your student night in Liverpool wouldn’t be complete without some music! Bringing a sprinkle of Broadway magic to Liverpool, head downstairs at Arthouse and you’ll discover Mulholland Singing Diner.

 

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At Mulholland, you can enjoy a bite to eat and delicious milkshakes while our talented team of singing waiters serve your meal in style. What better venue for singing along to your favourite musical hits and ballads through the decades?

 

And enjoy our cocktail deals

Cocktail deals are ideal for a student night in Liverpool. And you can look forward to a fantastic range of cocktails at Mulholland. We offer an unmissable deal of 2 classic cocktails for £10 every day!

With Seel Street’s bars and clubs right on your doorstep, there’s nowhere better to start your night in style.

 

Stop for a drink in a beer garden

Everyone loves a beer garden during the sunny months! And Seel Street is home to plenty to enjoy.

 

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Just across the road from Arthouse Hotel, Alma de Cuba’s beer garden is a firm favourite in Liverpool for sitting back and catching some rays.

 

Spot celebs at historic Alma de Cuba

Alma de Cuba is also the place to be if you fancy spotting some celebs in Liverpool. Love Island star Georgia Steel has been known to frequent Alma, along with Megan McKenna, Charlotte Crosby and some of the best Instagram bloggers in the UK.

 

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The stunning venue will add a touch of sophistication to your night with its historic surroundings. But when it comes to partying, Alma is definitely the place to let your hair down!

 

And don’t miss Alma’s petal drop!

Have the ultimate night out in Liverpool by catching Alma de Cuba’s famous petal drop in action.

 

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The Cuban themed venue will dazzle you with its shimmering samba dancers and fabulous petal drop at the weekend. You won’t forget a night at Alma de Cuba!

 

Cure your hangover with breakfast

Last but not least, curing a hangover is the perfect excuse for an indulgent breakfast. And Mulholland is known for its dreamy stacks of pancakes and tasty breakfast dishes.

 

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What better way to finish your amazing night out in the city? To book your stay with us, a table at Mulholland or at Alma de Cuba, simply get in touch today on 0151 236 1066.

The 7 Most Iconic Rocky Horror Quotes

The Rocky Horror Picture Show might be up there with one of the most quotable musicals ever made. The 1975 musical horror comedy film by 20th Century Fox was a parody tribute to the science fiction and horror ‘B’ movies of the 1930s to 1960s.  The film stars the fantastic Tim Curry, Susan Sarandon and Barry Bostwick amongst other brilliant cast members, who all contribute to creating one of the best kitsch, cult films in cinematic history.

The Start of a Movement

When it was first released, however, the response was pretty dire. Critics’ initial reviews read mostly like Dave Kehr’s from the Chicago Reader, “The wit is too weak to sustain a film, and the songs all sound the same.” Oh, how they were mistaken!

It quickly became a midnight movie where audiences began participating in lip syncs, reciting lines, singing songs and even performing dance routines at the Waverley Theatre in New York in 1976. Soon after, a movement began. Cinemas all over began hosting screenings of Rocky Horror, and to this day the musical masterpiece is the longest-running theatrical release in film history.

So, without further ado, here are the most iconic quotes from this incredible cultural phenomenon that changed the world of film forever!

“I would like, if you may, to take you on a strange journey.” – The Criminologist

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A healthy dose of foreshadowing if we’ve ever heard it. The Criminologist very quickly transports the audience to a darker, unfamiliar place – and we love it every time!

“Damn it, Janet – I love you!” – Brad

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It’s from one of the corniest songs in the film, but we think it sums up American Dreamers Brad and Janet perfectly.

“I’m going home.” – Frank N. Furter

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To explain his outlandish actions, Frank N. Furter tells the cast that he’ll return to Earth one day and stay forever. Whether this is all a pity party or a genuine statement is questionable, but either way, this moment is one of the more memorable and poignant from the film.

“It’s astounding; time is fleeting; madness takes its toll.” – Riff Raff

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It wouldn’t be a roundup of iconic Rocky Horror quotes without mentioning the Time Warp, would it? Riff Raff’s brilliant beginning to one of the most famous musical numbers is unbeatable.

“So, come up to the lab and see what’s on the slab!” – Frank N. Furter

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This is one of our favourite lines from the well-known Rocky Horror show tune “Sweet Transvestite.” It’s a hauntingly tantalising invitation from Tim Curry as he really shows us what he’s made of.  If we could all channel a bit of that trademark ‘Furter sass, we reckon we’d all be a lot better off!

“I’ve tasted blood and I want more!” – Janet

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This is when we see Janet unravel right before our eyes. Frank may have deceived her when he disguised himself as Brad – but she’s not at all bothered when she realises! Frank N. Furter must be one hell of a romancer.

“I see you shiver with antici…pation!” – Frank N. Furter

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We just had to end this list on a high! Furter has us hook line and sinker with this delivery of the amazing play on words by Richard O’Brien.

“More, More, More!”

The Rocky Horror Room at Arthouse Hotel

If you can’t get enough of Rocky Horror, then you’re in for a treat. Here at the Arthouse Hotel, we have an amazing Rocky Horror-themed room that sleeps up to 6 people. Why not book yourself in when the Rocky Horror comes to the Empire Theatre from the 29th April to 4th May? Arrange a night to remember and let your inner freak-show shine! Make your reservation to stay at The Arthouse Hotel today.

Female Movie Stars: Our Favourite Leading Ladies of Hollywood

At Arthouse Hotel, some of our favourite rooms are those dedicated to films featuring iconic female movie stars and leading ladies of Hollywood.

From Audrey Hepburn to Marilyn Monroe, our hotel is an accolade to some of the best movies from the silver screen and the famous females that starred in these classics.

Whether you love a good sing-a-long with Julie Andrews or revel in the magical mystery of the land of Oz, Arthouse Hotel is sure to have a room you’ll love.

Here are some of the most celebrated leading ladies from our film themed rooms, which are your favourites?

Our Favourite Female Movie Stars

Julie Andrews

One of the most iconic and loved women of our time, Julie Andrews is an English singer, actor and author.

Famed for her perfect pitch and impressive vocal range, she is most known for her roles in Mary Poppins and Maria Von Trapp in The Sound of Music.

Born Julia Elizabeth Wells in October 1935 in Walton-on-Thames, her mother Barbara was a professional pianist who was married to a woodwork teacher.

Andrews hit fame after starring in Broadway musicals My Fair Lady in 1956, playing Eliza Doolittle, and Camelot in 1960, playing Queen Guinevere.

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Source: By Eva Rinaldi – Julie Andrews, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=27615720

But it was in 1964 that she made her first film debut as Mary Poppins and shot to stardom. Andrews won an Academy Award and a Golden Globe for her amazing performance as the beloved governess, making her one of our favourite female movie stars.

Following this she was snapped up by 20th Century Fox for the film that would crystallise both the fame and the image she had gained with Poppins.

Her performance as Maria Von Trapp in Rodgers and Hammerstein’s The Sound of Music ensured Andrews’ status as one of the few British actors truly to conquer America.

Julie Andrews became both a gay icon, a family favourite and has remained an international treasure.

She was also made a Dame in 1999 and we love her so much, there are two rooms dedicated to her fabulous work!

The Sound of Music Room

Our beautiful Sound of Music room is a stunning tribute to arguably the greatest musical of all time.

Based on The Story of the Trapp Family Singers by Maria Augusta von Trapp, The Sound of Music changed musicals and movies forever.

This heart-warming story of Maria, who accepts a job to become a governess to a large family and falls in love with the children and their widowed father, captured the nation’s imagination.

The Sound of Music was the highest-grossing film of 1965 and by 1966 the film became the highest grossing film of all time, surpassing Gone with the Wind and breaking box office records in 29 countries.

female movie stars Sound of Music

This luxurious room, which offers a large screen TV and a kitchenette, will make you feel like a Hollywood star as you indulge in a relaxing double whirlpool bath, providing a truly enjoyable stay at our themed hotel.

You can guarantee the Sound of Music inspired rooms will capture your heart as much as the 1965 musical. Sleeping up to 6 people, it’s the perfect room for anyone who loves Julie Andrews.

Mary Poppins Room

Or, if you’re more of a fan of Julie Andrews when she was ‘practically perfect in every way’, book a stay in the magical Mary Poppins suite.

The fantastical tale of Mary Poppins tells the story of one amazing nanny, who transforms family life for George Banks and his children through song, dance and sheer magic.

Marry Poppins Room

Tumble into your very own chalk painted dream and fall in love with this whimsical and wonderful Poppins themed accommodation.

The room sleeps up to 6 people and features unique Poppins murals, a large screen TV, kitchenette and a double whirlpool bath, you will never want to leave our movie-themed hotel in Liverpool.

Marilyn Monroe

An actress, model and sex symbol of the 1950s, Marilyn Monroe was an icon of her time.

Best remembered for her glamour, charm and perhaps the most sensual rendition of ‘happy birthday’ of all time, Monroe was the lead star in numerous blockbuster films.

But behind the camera lens, Marilyn Monroe wasn’t just the effervescent actress who played the comic ‘dumb blonde’ characters, she was shy, clever and modest.

A hopeless romantic, Monroe was perpetually in search of love and desperate to start a family of her own, a far cry from the ditsy blonde that lit up the silver screen.

Born and raised in Los Angeles as Norma Jeane, Monroe spent most of her childhood in foster homes and an orphanage.

Marilyn Monroe

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She married at the age of just sixteen and began working in a radio plane factory in 1944, as part of the war effort. Whilst there she was introduced to a photographer from the First Motion Picture Unit and began a successful pin-up modelling career.

She signed a contract with Fox in 1951 and over the next two years, she became a popular actress with roles in several comedies, including As Young as You Feel and Monkey Business.

By 1953, Monroe was one of the most marketable Hollywood female movie stars, with leading roles in the noir Niagara and the comedies Gentlemen Prefer Blondes and How to Marry a Millionaire.

In 1955, she starred in one of the biggest box office successes of her career, The Seven Year Itch. Following this she won a Golden Globe for Best Actress in Some Like It Hot. Her last completed film was the drama The Misfits in 1961.

During her short life, Monroe struggled with anxiety, depression and the fact she was always type cast as a ‘sex symbol’.

Sadly on August 5, 1962, she died at age 36 from an overdose of barbiturates at her home in Los Angeles.

To this day, Monroe has been celebrated for her beauty and talent as an actress and icon.

Marilyn Diptych Room

Instead of celebrating the blonde bombshell’s films, we decided to showcase one of the most iconic and famous portraits of the actress, Andy Warhol’s ‘Marilyn Diptych’.

Echoing the beauty and sparkle of Marilyn Monroe, this room captures Warhol’s artistic vision, transporting you into the colourful world of pop art.

Completed in 1962, Warhol’s silkscreen painting the Marilyn Diptych is one of his most infamous and influential works.

Following Marilyn’s death in 1962, Warhol began a four month artistic journey, creating over twenty silkscreen paintings of the engaging American star.

Marilyn Monroe

Warhol’s creation was based on one publicity photograph of Marilyn, taken for the film Niagara in 1953.

Warhol’s vision for the piece was inspired by the themes of death and the cult of celebrity, both of which Marilyn had become renowned for. Alluding to the media whirlwind and her mortality, Warhol created a fusion of these elements using a vivid contrast of colour combined with a fading effect.

The repetitive image of Marilyn’s face is thought to reflect her incomparable media presence, while the contrast of colours reminds viewers that while Marilyn’s bright and vibrant status may have felt perpetual, her mortality meant that she would always fade away.

Sleeping up to 4 guests without compromising on quality and style, this stylish suite is ideal for those interested in the life of Monroe and the glamour of the 50s and 60s.

Audrey Hepburn

One of Hollywood’s greatest style icons known for her beauty, elegance and grace, Audrey Hepburn was ranked by the American Film Institute as the third-greatest female movie star of Golden Age Hollywood.

A philanthropist, humanitarian and talented performer, she was born on 4th May 1929, in Brussels, Belgium and spent most of her childhood moving between Belgium, England and the Netherlands.

She studied ballet from a young age which led to her performing as a chorus girl in West End musical theatre productions.

female movie stars Audrey Hepburn

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When she was 22 years old, Hepburn starred in the 1951 Broadway play Gigi after being spotted by French novelist Colette, on whose work the play was based.

Following this, she shot to stardom for playing the lead role in Roman Holiday in 1953, for which she was the first actress to win an Academy Award, a Golden Globe and a BAFTA Award for a single performance.

She went on to star in a number of successful films, such as Sabrina (1954), The Nun’s Story (1959), Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961), Charade (1963), My Fair Lady (1964) and Wait Until Dark (1967), for which she received Academy Award, Golden Globe and BAFTA nominations. Hepburn won a record three BAFTA Awards for Best British Actress in a Leading Role.

As her life went on Hepburn appeared in fewer films, devoting much of her later life to UNICEF.

She was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in recognition of her work as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador in December 1992. A month later, Hepburn died of appendiceal cancer at her home in Switzerland at the age of 63.

My Fair Lady Room

An enchanting blend of comedy, romance and singalong hits, My Fair Lady is a timeless masterpiece that fans continue to adore today.

Visually striking with an infamous score, the revival of the stage production brought the dazzling costumes and colourful sets to the big screen.

It tells the story of a young girl’s transformation from a working-class Cockney to a high society Victorian lady. Eliza Doolittle, played by Hepburn agrees to lessons from phonetics Professor Henry Higgins, who works with Eliza on her speech to improve her job prospects.

However, it doesn’t take long for their budding relationship to escalate into a complicated love triangle. Higgins finds himself besotted with Eliza, but only after she’s been swept off her feet by an aristocratic suitor.

my fair lady

Capturing the spirit of one of the best loved musicals of all time, our My Fair Lady room is truly something special.

Sleeping up to six guests, the My Fair Lady room radiates character and charm reflective of the classic musical and celebrates one of the greatest female movie stars. Featuring a luxurious kitchenette, opulent fittings and a flat screen TV, the film’s qualities are certainly reflected in this magical hotel room.

Judy Garland

Renowned for her contralto vocals and youthful glow, Judy Garland was an American singer, actress and vaudevillian.

She attained international stardom that continued throughout a career spanning more than 40 years as an actress in musical and dramatic roles, as a recording artist, and on concert stages.

Born as Frances Ethel Gumm in June 1922, Garland began performing in vaudeville with her two older sisters and was signed to Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer as a teenager. Signed by MGM, she made more than two dozen films with them, including nine with Mickey Rooney.

However, in 1939, Judy shot immediately to stardom with The Wizard of Oz, in which she portrayed Dorothy, an orphaned girl living on a farm in the dry plains of Kansas who is whisked off to the magical world of Oz on the other side of the rainbow.

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Source: Wikicommons – MGM studio

Her poignant performance and sweet delivery of her signature song, ‘Over The Rainbow’, earned Judy a special juvenile Oscar statuette on 29 February 1940 for Best Performance by a Juvenile Actor.

Following this, she continued to star in successful films including Meet Me in St. Louis (1944), The Harvey Girls (1946) and Easter Parade (1948) until she was released from the studio.

Judy went on to make record-breaking concert appearances, a successful recording career, and her own Emmy-nominated television series.

In later years, her film appearances became fewer only starring in A Star Is Born (1954) and Judgement at Nuremberg (1961). At 39, she became the youngest and first female recipient of the Cecil B. DeMille Award for lifetime achievement in the film industry.

From an early age, Garland struggled with the pressures of adolescent stardom and her self-image, which was constantly under the spotlight. Throughout her life, she married five times, with her first four marriages ending in divorce.

Sadly Judy had a long addiction with drugs and alcohol, which ultimately led to her death from a barbiturate overdose at the age of 47.

Still celebrated today, Judy Garland was one of the greatest female movie stars with one of the most unique voices of our time.

Wizard of Oz Room

The Wizard of Oz is undoubtedly a timeless classic, notable for its innovative use of technicolor, this amazing film captured imaginations all over the world.

An iconic film in popular culture, it won Oscars for Best Original Song with Over the Rainbow and Best Original Score by Herbert Stothart.

Our stunning Wizard of Oz room makes the most of the characters that delighted it’s audiences, with an amazing picture of Dorothy and her friends on the ceiling.

Featuring plush champagne interiors, a stylish kitchenette and a double whirlpool bath, the Wizard of Oz suite has everything you’d expect from a room inspired by the magical musical.

wizard of oz

Sleeping up to six people in two luxury doubles and two single beds, this room has been designed with a fabulous adventure in mind and guarantee you’ll never want your Arthouse adventure to end.

If you love singing along to classic musicals, check out Mulholland Singing Diner. A unique American style diner with waiters who sing all your favourite tunes, come along and belt out some of your favourite hits from the movies. 

If you enjoyed our marvellous round up of the best female movie stars of Hollywood, why not book a stay in our magical movie-themed hotel and be transported back to the golden era of film.

Get in touch with one of our friendly team today to book a stay worthy of Hollywood.