5 Things to Know About the New Little Women Movie

This year’s new Little Women movie is set to transport fans to Massachusetts, as Jo, Meg, Beth and Amy navigate their way through the romance, hardships and excitement of becoming ‘little women’.

New Little Women Movie 2019

1) Little Women Has a Dazzling Cast

The upcoming adaptation of  Louisa May Alcott’s classic novel stars Saoirse Ronan as Jo, Emma Watson as Meg, Florence Pugh as Amy and Eliza Scanlen as Beth.

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Not forgetting, Academy Award-winning Meryl Streep will bring Aunt March to life on the big screen, while Timothée Chalamet will sweep fans off their feet as lovable Laurie.

2) Greta Gerwig is the Film’s Director

After seeing Greta Gerwig’s award-winning Lady Bird, we’re so excited to see what she has in store for us next. The new Little Women movie is likely to give the tale a feminist twist, as Gerwig is renowned for celebrating female characters and empowerment.

3) The Little Women Movie Trailer Is Out

The highly-anticipated trailer for the new Little Women film is out! And the acting, scenery and outfits are sure to take your breath away.

The Little Women trailer also portrays Amy in a more positive light than previous adaptations. The trailer suggests that Gerwig will explore the layers of Amy’s character and showcase her desire to succeed in a male dominated profession. And that’s something we can definitely get behind!

 

While you’re here, why not take a read of our selection of the best coming of age movies of all time? 

 

4) Timothée Chalamet. That’s All.

Timothée Chalamet is the film world’s next big thing. And we’re not complaining that his acting portfolio is getting bigger by the day…

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The 23 year old star rose to fame with his portrayal of Elio in Call Me By Your Name,  and if you’re not already, we’re sure you’ll become a Chalamet fan as he captures Laurie’s boyish charms in the new Little Women movie.

5) The Festive Release Date

The new Little Women film is set to be released in the UK on 27 December 2019. And What better time of year to keep cosy in the cinema than the festive season?

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So, we hope you’ve enjoyed our first look at Little Women 2019. We can’t wait to catch it on the big screen this Christmas!

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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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How Many of These Must-See Classic Films Have You Seen

As a Liverpool hotel that pays homage to some of the great classic films of our time, we thought we’d put a list together of a few other movie greats you simply must watch at least once in your lifetime.

Our selection includes thrillers, horrors, musicals and iconic Hollywood productions that have helped shape today’s cinematic landscape.

See which of our selection you’ve already seen and which ones you still need to watch.

Casablanca

Director: Michael Curtiz

Released: 1942

The classic movie of old Hollywood glamour, Casablanca tells the story of a love triangle between, Rick, (Humphrey Bogart) Lisa, (Ingrid Bergman) and Victor (Paul Henried).

As Rick discovers Lisa is back in town, he comes to the aide of her and her new husband helping them avoid the Germans who are in hot pursuit of the couple.

Remembered for: that line.

“Of all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world, she walks into mine.”

Cleopatra

Director: Joseph L. Mankiewicz

Released: 1963

Known as one of the most extravagant and expensive movies of all time, Cleopatra was an obvious choice for our list of the most classic films.

In a time when big-budget movies just didn’t exist, Elizabeth Taylor starred as an Egyptian princess who ruled the ancient world, and wasn’t afraid to spend a buck or two whilst doing it.

Remembered for: The blown budget. Costing $44 million to make, the movie only grossed to date $29.75 million.

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Breakfast at Tiffany’s

Director: Blake Edwards

Released: 1961

Everybody’s favourite on-screen stunner, Audrey Hepburn, made so many things famous in this movie.

The little black dress, the bouffant hairstyle, not to mention the huge sunglasses, Holly Golightly is Hepburn’s most memorable role, one she has been optimised for ever since.

Remembered for: This moment.

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Grease

Director: Randal Kleiser

Released: 1978

Who hasn’t watched Grease? If the answer to that question is me, have you been living under a rock?

This classic film is the original high school musical movie depicting the tumultuous romance of two “teenagers” who meet in the summer and fall in love. What follows is a literal rollercoaster of good girl goes bad and bad boy goes good.

Remembered for: Greased Lightning        

Titanic

Director: James Cameron

Released: 1998

This classic film epic had to make the list for so many reasons. James Cameron really pulled out all the stops when he recreated one of the biggest shipping disasters of all time.

Weaving a class-crossing love story into the tragedy made Titanic a must watch movie that will go down in history as one of the greatest classic films of all time.

Remembered for: Rose letting go after she swore she wouldn’t.

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Gone with the Wind

Director: Victor Flemming

Released: 1940

Still the highest-grossing film of all time, Gone with the Wind is probably the most classic film to have ever been made.

Starring Vivien Leigh and Clark Gable, the movie was destined for greatness and tells the story of a wealthy southern belle and her love life struggles set throughout the American civil war.

Remembered for: that line.

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Citizen Kane

Director: Orson Welles

Released: 1941

Transcending every Hollywood genre, except Western, Citizen Kane enters the list of classic films because it is inarguably the most important American film ever made.

The mystery movie starts with Kane on his deathbed, uttering a seemingly random word “Rosebud” and the rest involves an investigative journalist trying to understand the meaning behind the word.

Remembered for: being a big deal.

Psycho

Director: Alfred Hitchcock

Released: 1960

Notably one of the most iconic classic films in history, Psycho has served as the benchmark for thrillers since it debuted in 1960. The master of suspense, Alfred Hitchcock certainly worked his magic on this one.

Starring one of his icy blonds, Janet Leigh as Marion Crane who flees her job after stealing cash and winds up in a motel run by the very creepy Norman Bates and his mother, or at least that’s what Marion thinks.

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Remembered for: the shower scene.

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The Godfather

Director: Francis Ford Coppola

Released: 1972

The don of all gangster movies (pardon the pun) The Godfather is undoubtedly a classic film not to be missed.

The Godfather is easily the most influential gangster film ever made. Telling the tale of Michael Corleone, played by Al Pacino, and his rise to becoming the head of a mafioso family after initially shunning the business.

Remembered for: Marlon Brando’s portrayal of Vito Corleone

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Jaws

Director: Steven Spielberg

Released: 1975

An oldie but a goodie, after the movie Jaws was published people were genuinely terrified to go swimming in the sea.

Jaws is a gripping thriller which sees a monster shark arrive in the shallows of the sleepy tourist town, Amity Island and go on a killing spree at peak holiday season.

Remembered for: the huge and terrifying, mechanical shark (which, because of all its faults Spielberg nicknamed “The Great White Turd”)

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The Wizard of Oz

Director: Victor Flemming

Released: 1939

A fantasy film masterpiece that depicts a fantasy land adapted from L. Frank Baum’s novel, The Wizard of Oz tells the tale of young Dorothy, played by Judy Garland, and her journey to the land of Oz via a tornado.

This must-see movie has everything from songs and dancing, to witches, munchkins and flying monkeys – what’s not to love?

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Remembered for: the use of technicolour and large-scale production.

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Schindler’s List

Director: Steven Speilberg

Released: 1993

From technicolour wonders to a moving black and white period war film, Schindler’s List is among the greatest, most heart-wrenching movies of our time.

Portraying one of the most horrific crimes against humanity in our history, the Holocaust, Spielberg tells the story of a man that saved the lives of Jewish people in WWII by employing them in his factory and saving them from Auschwitz.

Remembered for: the little girl in the red coat.

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It’s a Wonderful Life

Director: Frank Capra

Released: 1946

A favourite classic film and the ultimate Christmas movie, It’s a Wonderful Life was the very first of its kind.

Known as the most inspirational American film ever made, It’s a Wonderful Life follows the alternative timeline of down-on-his-luck George Bailey through the help of a guardian angel. George sees a world without him in it and learns to love the life he has.

Remembered for: the wonderfully warm and fuzzy ending.

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E.T

Director: Steven Spielberg

Released: 1982

A touching story of friendship and life beyond our planet, E.T is known as one of the greatest science fiction, family-friendly films to see.

Following the friendship of Elliot and alien lifeform E.T, this feel-good film will make you laugh and cry, as well as make you want a little alien friend all of your own.

Remembered for: cycling across the moon.

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Sound of Music

Director: Robert Wise

Released: 1965

A classic musical film that addressed a very real part of Nazi German history, The Sound of Music is one of those classic films that simply must be watched in your lifetime.

Staring the inimitable Julie Andrews as fraulein Maria, the movie is based on the real-life exploits of the Von Trapps, an Austrian naval officer’s family that escaped Nazi-occupied Austria in the 40s.

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Remembered for: Do, Re, Mi

The Shining

Director: Stanley Kubrick

Released: 1980

Perhaps the most well-known film of all time, and a sure thing for our list of the top classic films ever, The Shining is definitely one to watch.

Set in the hills of Colorado, in the abandoned Overlook Hotel, Jack (played by Jack Nicholson) takes his family to overcome a writer’s block. What ensues is nothing short of terrifying.

Remembered for: “Here’s Johnny!”

Forrest Gump

Director: Robert Zemeckis

Released: 1994

Starring Tom Hanks at his finest, Forrest Gump will go down in classic film history for its time-spanning, heart-breaking storyline.

From youth to fatherhood, this amazing movie portrays the feel-good life story of Forrest Gump, a boy born with a curved spine and learning difficulties, who went on to do great things despite all the obstacles.

Remembered for: the line.

“Life is like a box of chocolates; you never know what you’re gonna get!”

Some Like It Hot

Director: Billy Wilder

Released: 1959

One of Marilyn Monroe’s most iconic movies, Some Like It Hot ranks high on every classic film list.

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The story of two male band members who witness a mafia murder, escape by hiding in an all-female band dressed in drag. Monroe’s character, Sugar becomes the object of one of the guy’s affections and all kinds of hilarity roll out as a result.

Remembered for: that song.

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Shawshank Redemption

Director: Frank Darabont

Released: 1994

Falsely imprisoned Andy Dufrense goes through hell in Shawshank, a high-security prison for the most hardened of criminals, but along the way, he makes a friend, Red (played by Morgan Freeman).

Surviving on hope alone, Andy does have a happy ending, despite getting involved in money laundering for prison guards and spending months at a time in solitary confinement.

Remembered for: Andy’s escape celebration

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Goodfellas

Director: Martin Scorsese

Released: 1990

“As far back as I can remember, I always wanted to be a gangster.”

And cue the music!

This stylised crime drama is arguably the high point of not only Martin Scorsese’s glittering career, but also the high point of Joe Pesci, Robert De Niro and certainly Ray Liotta’s careers too.

Be it the wonderful soundtrack or gorgeous clothes that transport you back to the 1950s or the gripping drama that unfolds on screen, Goodfellas is, and always will be, a classic movie.

Remembered for: Tommy’s execution on the day he was to be made. Still hurts.

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A Few Good Men

Director: Rob Reiner

Released: 1992

Released in 1992, this military-themed legal drama is star-studded, to say the least. Tom Cruise, Jack Nicholson, Demi Moore, Kevin Bacon and Cuba Gooding Jr. give this classic movie some impetuous and drama.

Based on an accusation of murder, Jack Nicholson delivers what can only be described as one of the most famous lines in movie history.

Remembered for: That famous line.

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Braveheart

Director: Mel Gibson

Released: 1995

It’s 1280, and William Wallace is leading the Scots in the First War of Scottish Independence against King Edward I of England. Inspired by Blind Harry’s epic poem, Braveheart is Mel Gibson’s finest hour.

An instant success the moment it was released, Braveheart is a rebel-rousing classic film for the record books.

Remembered for: Wallace’s epic cry of “Freedom!”

Gladiator

Director: Ridley Scott

Released: 2000

Russell Crow is Hispano-Roman General Maximus Decimus Meridius in this period classic film. Taking award season by storm, Gladiator redefined the action movie genre and made Crow a household star.

However, it was Joaquin Phoneix’s incredible portrayal of Emperor Lucius Aurelius Commodus that ultimately stole the show.

Remembered for: Joaquin Phoneix’s epic tongue pulling and suspense inducing thumbs down gesture.

The Great Dictator

Director: Charlie Chaplin

Released: 1940

The Great Dictator is a 1940 American political satire comedy-drama written, produced, directed and scored by Charlie Chaplin. Oh, he also starred in it as well.

A stirring condemnation of Hitler, Mussolini and fascism in general, The Great Dictator was extremely popular with cinema-goers – so much so that it was Chaplin’s most commercially successful film.

79 years old and still relevant, The Great Dictator is the epitome of a movie classic.

Remembered for: Charlie Chaplin’s tear-jerking speech at the end of the movie: “In the name of democracy, let us all unite!”

Saving Private Ryan

Director: Steven Spielberg

Released: 1998

Saving Private Ryan was released in 1998 and has since been a tough act to follow when concerning epic war movies.

Starring Edward Burns, Tom Sizemore, Tom Hanks and a young Matt Damon, Saving Private Ryan was selected for preservation in the National Film Registry in 2014.

Described as “culturally, historically and aesthetically important,” there’s no denying that Saving Private Ryan is one of the top classic films that simply has to be seen.

Remembered for: The 27-minute-long opening, which includes a depiction of the Omaha Beach assault during the Normandy Landings.

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Our passion for the greatest classic films of all time can be seen from the moment you step into Arthouse Hotel, following our own yellow brick road to reception.

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Marilyn Monroe room inspired by classic films

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The Very Best and Worst Movie Remakes

As we look forward to all the up and coming live-action Disney movie remakes, we thought we’d take a look back at a few movie remakes from the last few years, and ask the question whether or not they should have been.

The Jungle Book 1967 vs 2016

Kicking things off in style we’ll look at the live-action remake of one of the earliest Disney movies, The Jungle Book.

As we swing into the deep dark jungle, we love the fact that none of the fun was lost.

Characters like King Louis and Baloo the bear and their songs were kept in, and the casting for our favourite characters was spot on. Even Shere Khan was made to be just as terrifying as he was in the original cartoon, with Idris Elba providing a very convincing tiger-like performance.

This movie remake gets a thumbs up from us, as none of the original magic was lost and we got a little more back story about man’s relationship with the jungle.

Lion King 1994 vs 2019

Released July 2019, this hotly-anticipated epic has been met with rave reviews so far.

Although said to be a lot darker than the original cartoon, using the underlying Shakespearian story as more of an influence, the new live-action Lion King is as gripping as the animated Disney version but a lot more serious.

The downside is the real version takes away a lot of the warm and fuzzy feelings Disney created, although, the astonishing reality of CGI creatures and their epic surroundings is said to be astounding..

It’s safe to say that most live-action Disney remakes are building on amazing originals, it’d be hard for them to make a worse movie remake of such popular animated classics.

Cinderella 1965 vs 2015

The fairy-tale of Cinderella was begging to be one of the first Disney movie remakes if only to see how they recreated that dress and of course the glass slippers.

Sadly, this was perhaps the only good thing about this movie remake.

The rest of the film, although kept close to the original animated version story, seemed to take away from the sadness of poor cinders instead of adding anything new to it.

Lily James’ beauty and her pre-ball transformation are literally the only things that brought the original whimsy and magic to the movie.

Even Helena Bonham Carter couldn’t resuscitate the limp dialogue, which has to say something about how poor the rest was.

This Disney movie remake was a treat for the eyes as far as production, scenery and special effects go, but whether it brought an ounce of the original Cinderella Disney magic to the table is left to be said.

Aladdin 1992 vs 2019

Sometimes things are best left untouched, and with the likes of Disney’s Aladdin, many agreed with this sentiment.

People were concerned that the part of the Genie couldn’t possibly be close to or better than the one voiced by Robin Williams in the 1992 animated classic.

Then people discovered the wonder and amazement from the animated movie had indeed been captured and enhanced using amazing CGI and some clever storytelling.

As far as the genie goes, Will Smith makes the part his own, whilst still giving a nod to Robin Williams’ work as well. Smith brought his cheeky comedic nature to the genie and his flare and character were easily adapted to the role.

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In short Aladdin, the live-action movie remake was every bit as exciting and action-packed as the animated role, with extra snippets put in to bring the film into the modern age.

Total Recall 1990 vs 2012

As one of the greatest B movies of all time, Total Recall is a movie remake we wish had never happened, full stop.

There is only one Arnold Schwarzenegger after all, and of course, his wonderful wooden performance is what makes the entire movie.

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The well-timed one-liners, 90s style settings, awful special effects and a kick-ass performance from Sharon Stone are what made this a likeable movie in the firstplace and it’s all missing from the next version.

Changing the setting of Mars for a dystopian version of earth and adding in plenty of political messages, predicting the future of the world, took the movie so far away from it’s original, they should have just made a new film altogether.

In conclusion, whilst the movie remake of Total Recall is acceptably watchable, it’s by no means a better version of the original.

Beauty and The Beast 1991 vs 2017

From the very first scene, you get the sense that movie makers have done their best to stick to the original screenplay word for word, scene by scene.

Emma Watson isn’t your stereotypical Hollywood girl. The smart, strong-minded woman and gifted actress may have seemed a strange casting choice at first, but Watson’s feisty character is exactly what was needed for the success of this Disney movie remake.

After Watson, the rest of the star-studded cast brought the most magical and memorable moments from the original to life.

We loved the newest Beauty and the Beast even if others put it on their list of the worst movie remakes of all time.

The Italian Job 1969 vs 2018

Even though it’s known as one of the greatest British films of all time, The Italian Job has less adrenaline-pumping moments than an episode of Paw Patrol.

Our favourite Brit actor, Michael Caine spends a while building up the suspense, living the life of a 007 style secret agent after being released from a stint in jail. The main crux of the film is the heist and car chase which, could have done with a heavy injection of urgency and drama and a bit more of a chase.

Cut to the 2003 remake and we’ve got a fully Americanised version of the dull British classic, including all-American Marky Mark in the leading role.

Where the original Italian Job was a bit dull, the revisited movie remake sees the iconic convoy of minis go zipping through streets and underground tunnels.

The original is a classic film that will forever be remembered for the line,

“You’re only supposed to blow the bloody doors off!”

And whilst the modern movie remake might not be remembered, it certainly has a lot more to attract audiences as far as action, character development and storylines go.

Texas Chainsaw Massacre 1974 vs 2003

From the grainy 1974 version of this terrifying horror to today’s many movie remakes, retakes and sequels Texas Chainsaw Massacre have been done to death making the new movies a lot less scary than the original.

The original version takes us by surprise, this was one of the first horror movies of its kind, catching audiences unawares with the Leatherface character and barely giving any hints about the horrors that awaited the travelling teens.

By the time the movie remakes appeared, audiences were more than familiar with masked psychotic killers, including Leatherface, Jason in his Hockey mask and Michael Myers from Halloween.

The difference with these and the originals is that the surface terror of the later movie remakes is never scarier than the implied terror from the original film.

Just like Alfred Hitchcock’s movies, the first Texas Chainsaw Massacre was all in the build-up of suspense and surprise.

Things are still shocking in the movie remakes of Texas Chainsaw Massacre, but they’ve been given a Hollywood polish that takes away from the psychological terror of the original.

Godzilla 1954 vs 2019

How many times can one movie be remade?

From 1954 until the present day there have been too many Godzilla sequels and remakes to even discuss, so we’ll stick to the big ones.

The original 1954 was a defining movie moment, creating the effect of suitmation, where a stunt man would walk among miniature sets giving the illusion of a giant in a regular size world.

Cut ahead nearly 45 years and stuntmen are replaced with CGI, making Godzilla’s return impressive, large scale and blockbusting.

Fast forward again another decade or so and the 30th Godzilla movie returns to screens, bigger and better than ever. This time following the original story laid down by Toho, Godzilla’s original creators.

This movie remake has since sparked Toho to produce Godzilla: King of the Monsters, released in May 2019 and we can look forward to another sequel in the near future, Godzilla VS King Kong.

Suffice to say that each of the Godzilla films brings something different to the table, from pioneering effects and the start of a decade-spanning series to promises of exciting future monster battles.

All the Godzilla’s get thumbs up in our books.

Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory 1971 vs 2005

Okay, so we know it’s hard to diss anything that stars Johnny Depp, but Willy Wonka didn’t need to be remade, period.

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The magic and whimsy of the original film were merely replaced by weird and whacky, taking away the sugary sweetness of Roald Dahl’s original story.

Even the oom-pah Loompa’s were ruined.

The movie remake of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory just goes to show that newer isn’t always better, regardless of your casting choices and budgets.

Carrie 1976 vs 2013

Another amazing cult classic, Carrie the original certainly was a spine-tingler if there ever was one.

Highlighting the devastating effects of bullying and poor parenting, Stephen King’s first thrilling published novel was skilfully brought to life on screen in the 70s and suitably sacred audiences who watched.

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Of course, the movie remake didn’t quite have the same effects as the original, with all the modern movie sheen and polish, Carrie became less gritty and more glam.

Even Carrie herself, who in the novel was chubby and spotty, and in the first movie was waif-like and alienesque, was played by the gorgeous Chloe Mortez, making her highly unbelievable as an outcast.

Then there’s the telekinesis.

In the original movie this is a result of Carrie’s maltreatment, but in the remake becomes some sort of superpower which Mortez’s Carrie hones and perfects to wield as a weapon for the grand finale.

The remake of Carrie definitely moved with the times but again we raise the question, did it need to?

Annie 1982 vs 1999

It’s a Hard Knock Life in the first version of Annie, showing an unfortunate orphans rise to wealth and riches, from the slums of a prison-like orphanage amidst the Great Depression.

In the remake, writers changed the orphanage to a foster home and the drunk and abusive Miss Hannigan into a bitter, less threatening version of herself with Cameron Diaz in the role.

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It’s this change alone that seems to have taken away the feeling and emotion of the whole film, as the original showed the change little Annie made in everyone around her, including Miss Hannigan.

In the remake, to give the movie a solid PG friendly base, Miss Hannigan was not abusive or drunk and, aside from her bitterness, provided a safe environment for kids to grow up in.

When it all comes down to it Annie just wasn’t Annie without the crazy gin-drinking, flirty Miss Hannigan.

Sabrina 1954 vs 1995

When something stars Audrey Hepburn it should be a sign to leave it well alone.

The original Sabrina was a screaming success in 1954, starring none other than Humphrey Bogart and the stunning Hepburn as unlikely on-screen love interests.

Enter 1995 and filmmakers take another bash at reviving the movie that was already so perfect, to begin with, casting a relative nobody in the role of Sabrina and man of the moment, Harrison Ford as her older love interest.

Safe to say this version of the movie didn’t rock worlds, but it didn’t flop either, we just know that no one does it better than Audrey and no one ever could.

Little Shop of Horrors 1960 vs 1982

Not many people will realise that The Little Shop of Horrors, starring Rick Moranis and Steve Martin is actually a remake.

The first, filmed in the 60s, was said to be the product of a bet between brothers. Director Roger Corman made a wager with his brother, stating he could film a hit movie in one week. The results were an extremely low budget production that became a stage and screen phenomenon in later years.

Despite the 80s production of Little Shop of Horrors having a cast studded with stars and benefiting from a longer, more expensive filming situation, the earliest Little Shop of Horrors is responsible for inspiring one of the greatest cult movies of all time.

It may not be the best to watch but it’s responsible for the amazing things that followed.

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29 Marilyn Monroe Facts About Her Life and Career

Our Marilyn Monroe themed hotel room is one of our most popular rooms at Arthouse Hotel. So we’re celebrating the star with some magical, mysterious and memorable Marilyn Monroe facts.

Monroe was a pinup icon and went on to become one of Hollywood’s most famous actresses. Long before the days of social media, the press were fixated on unraveling who she was and fans followed her every move.

But behind the scenes, Norma Jeane Mortenson was humble, shy and longed to start a family of her own. Though she’s best-remembered for her looks and charisma, Marilyn was also kind-hearted and politically engaged before her time.

29 Marilyn Monroe Facts

So, to celebrate the fascinating life of the 1950s icon, we’ve compiled a collection of our favourite Marilyn Monroe facts and iconic ‘Marilyn moments’…

1) Marilyn loved to read literature

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Marilyn Monroe owned an extensive library of literature and was an avid reader. Often photographed enjoying a good book, some of Monroe’s favourites included The Fall by Albert Camus and Ernest Hemingway’s The Sun Also Rises. 

2) Marilyn Monroe was just a stage name

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Marilyn’s real name was Norma Jaeane Mortenson, as documented on her birth certificate. Ben Lyon, Head of New Talent at Fox Studios helped a young and ambitious Norma Jeane to create a stage name.

Lyon told her “you are to me a Marilyn”, referencing Marilyn Miller, a fellow actress who’d starred in musicals in New York. Norma opted for her grandmother’s last name, Monroe. And the rest is history!

3) Monroe loved to wear Chanel No.5

If you’ve ever wondered what Marilyn Monroe’s scent of choice was, look no further than Chanel’s first and most timeless perfume. In an interview in 1952, Marilyn Monroe said that she wore “five drops of Chanel No. 5” and nothing else in bed. “I don’t want to say nude,” she said, “but it’s the truth.”

4) She married her first husband at 16

Before the bright lights of Hollywood swept up a young Norma Jean, James Dougherty married the pretty teenager when she was just 16.

“We decided to get married to prevent her from going back to a foster home,” Dougherty later said, “but we were in love. I never knew Marilyn Monroe, and I don’t claim to have any insights to her to this day,” Dougherty told United Press International in 1990. “I knew and loved Norma Jean.”

5) Marilyn was underpaid for her work

In comparison to her fellow leading ladies of the era, Marilyn Monroe was overworked and underpaid. Elizabeth Taylor was paid one million dollars for Cleopatra, while Monroe earned just $100,000 for Something’s Gotta Give. Jane Russell, Marilyn’s co-star in Gentleman Prefer Blondes was also paid over ten times the amount that Marilyn earned.

6) Marilyn married playwright Arthur Miller

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In 1956, Marilyn married playwright, author and screenwriter, Arthur Miller.  The turbulent relationship proved controversial once in the public eye and many speculated that Miller was using Marilyn as a creative muse.

Though their relationship ended in heartache, Miller went on to write:

“She was a whirling light to me then, all paradox and enticing mystery, street-tough one moment, then lifted by a lyrical and poetic sensitivity that few retain past early adolescence.”

7) Marilyn opposed segregation laws

In the 1950s, segregation laws were still very much in force. This meant American jazz singer Ella Fitzgerald struggled to reach the audience she needed to really launch her career.

Marilyn used her platform to help Ella land gigs around Los Angeles, promising management that she would sit in the front row of her shows for a week!

8) Monroe was definitely a ‘dog person’

Throughout her life, Marilyn owned several dogs. As a child, she had a dog called Tippy, and her last four-legged friend was Maf, a Maletese terrier gifted to her by none other than Frank Sinatra!

9) She entertained army troops

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In the February of 1954, thousands of troops gazed up at Marilyn Monroe, who illuminated the stage with ten shows during her visit to Korea. Ted Sherman, who served in the Navy during World War II and Korea, recalled: ‘The movie star was at her glamorous best when she performed ten USO shows in four days for U.S. soldiers, airmen, Marines and sailors during the Korean War in early 1954.”

Sherman added:

“It was a great evening for all the homesick guys who were dazzled by the movie star’s performance. The sight and sounds of Marilyn singing “Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend” is a memory I still cherish.”

10) Marilyn married Joe DiMaggio

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Marilyn Monroe and “Yankee Clipper” Joe DiMaggio shared a whirlwind romance, marrying in 1954 and splitting just nine months later. DiMaggio’s love for Monroe lasted far longer than their marriage survived. Remaining friends until the end, DiMaggio had roses delivered to Marilyn’s crypt three times a week for 20 years.

11) She was notorious for always being late

Nobody’s perfect…and when it came to timekeeping, Marilyn’s certainly wasn’t up to scratch. The star was often known to be running late, much to the frustration of her coworkers.

12) Marilyn was involved with the Kennedys

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Though it is still a subject of debate, many believe that Marilyn Monroe had been romantically involved with both President John. F. Kennedy and his brother, Robert Kennedy.

One of Marilyn’s biographers, James Spada told People magazine, “it was clear Marilyn had sexual relations with both Bobby and Jack. ”

13) Marilyn longed to have children

Sadly, Marilyn suffered several miscarriages during the life. But the star longed for children of her own. This was clear from the close relationships she maintained with her stepchildren from her marriages to Arthur Miller and Joe DiMaggio.

14) And she was very intelligent

Though the “blonde bombshell” stereotype seemed to coincide with being a “dumb blonde”, this was far from the case. Marilyn had an IQ of 168.

15) Hugh Hefner is buried next to her

One of the more bizarre Marilyn Monroe facts out there is that Playboy founder Hugh Hefner bought the burial spot next to Marilyn Monroe in 1992. Starring on the cover of the first issue in 1953, Marilyn helped to shape the magazine into the renowned publication it became.

16) She struggled with her weight

Though Monroe’s hourglass shape continues to inspire ladies to embrace their natural shape, Marilyn’s weight fluctuated throughout her career. Her weight changed so dramatically during the filming of The Prince and the Showgirl that Beatrice Dawson, the costume designer for the film said: “I have two ulcers from this film, and they’re both monogrammed MM.”

17) Marilyn was close to Frank Sinatra

Hollywood duo Marilyn Monroe and crooning legend Frank Sinatra maintained a friendship over a number of years, with many stories detailing a close romance between the pair. Supposedly in 1961, Marilyn and Sinatra embarked on an intimate relationship, lasting several months.

James Kaplan’s account of their relationship claims that Sinatra asked Monroe to stay with him at his Lake Tahoe resort, in a final attempt to win over the actress and protect her from the darker sides to fame. It’s also thought that Sinatra expressed his desires to marry Marilyn, but she declined his proposal.

Following Marilyn’s death, Joe DiMaggio turned Sinatra away from her funeral. The former friends had become rivals, with speculations that Marilyn and Joe had rekindled their romance prior to her passing away.

18) She shared out her estate

Marilyn’s estate was valued at $1.6 million when she died in 1962. She left 75% of that estate to her acting coach, Lee Strasberg and 25% to her psychoanalyst, Dr. Marianne Kris. Marilyn also left a trust fun for her mother that was worth $5,000 a year.

19) Happy Birthday, Mr President

Need we say more? This iconic occasion saw Marilyn perform a breathy rendition of ‘Happy Birthday’ for President John F Kennedy. Her controversial delivery and dazzling rhinestone dress sent the press into a frenzy!

Of course, this performance only fuelled more rumours that Marilyn and JFK were having an affair. It was reported that Jack had told Marilyn he would leave his family for her, and Monroe had said to her friend Jeanne Carmen, “Can’t you just see me as first lady?”.

20) Marilyn was a fan of yoga

Decades before yoga became an Instagram trend, Monroe was a fan of practicing yoga. She was taught by Bollywood film star Indra Devi, who also taught Greta Garbo and Gloria Swanson.

21) She also enjoyed lifting weights!

Marilyn began to lift weights while she was on Catalina Island with her first husband. It’s said that she studied weightlifting with Howard Corrington, a former Olympic champion.

In 1952, Pageant magazine published a feature on Marilyn’s exercise routine and famous figure. Marilyn shared:

“I spend at least 10 minutes each morning working out with small weights. I have evolved my own exercises, for the muscles I wish to keep firm, and I know they are right for me because I can feel them putting the proper muscles into play as I exercise.”

22) ‘Candle in the Wind’ is about Marilyn

Elton John’s 1973 hit Candle in the Wind was inspired by Marilyn, and even references her birth name, Norma Jeane. The song empathises with Marilyn’s struggles, particularly the way in which the press harrassed her.

23) Marilyn’s house had been bugged

Following Marilyn’s death, actress Veronica Hamel bought Monroe’s former home. Supposedly, when Hamel was renovating the house she found a system of wire-taps. It was later confirmed by PI Fred Otash that Marilyn’s house had been bugged by the FBI and CIA.

24) Britney Spears has Marilyn’s jeans

One of our favourite Marilyn Monroe facts features another female icon. Britney Spears, the original pop princess was given Marilyn Monroe’s jeans from River of No Return by Tommy Hilfiger, who purchased them for $37,000!

25) The ‘Marilyn Monroe Moment’….

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Arguably the most famous ‘Marilyn Monroe Moment’ is this scene from The Seven Year Inch. The famous fluttering dress saw the phrase ‘Marilyn Monroe Moment’ become a pop culture reference.

26) Mariah Carey bought Marilyn’s Piano

Mariah Carey purchased Marilyn Monroe’s baby grand piano in an auction in 1999.

27) She thought of Clark Gable as a Father

Sadly, Marilyn Monroe never knew who her father was, but grew up dreaming that Gable was her father.

When the pair became co-stars in The Misfits, she began to see her co-star as a father figure, and was heartbroken when Gable passed away.

28) Monroe Was Inspired by Abraham Lincoln

Another inspiration in Marilyn’s life was none other than Abraham Lincoln. The star read everything she could about him and wrote in her autobiography:

“He was the only famous American who seemed most like me, at least in his childhood.”

29) The Conspiracies around Marilyn Monroe

When Marilyn sadly passed away, her death was ruled a “probable suicide.” However, the deputy coroner dealing with her death was unable to obtain all of the necessary organs for toxicology tests. He was told they’d been destroyed.

This spurred on an array of conspiracies around Marilyn’s death. One theory suggests that Marilyn was murdered because she was set to reveal the details of her affairs with the Kennedy brothers. But of course, this is just a theory, and we’ll probably never know for certain.

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Who Really is the Best Spiderman? You Decide

In the light of the latest Spiderman movie coming to big screens all over the world, we thought we’d take a look back at those who have donned the Spidey suit over the years, and who really can be named the very best Spiderman.

Who Was The Best Spidey

Working through the movies, and the actors who played the friendly neighbourhood superhero, we plucked the very best and most memorable and enjoyable moments of each Spidey to determine who the best Spiderman really is.

First Up Toby Maguire

Appearing in three of the latest Spiderman movie, Toby Maguire really was given props for bringing Peter Parker to life.

The bookish, bespectacled character fit well with Maguire’s rather pale and unassuming look.

Our favourite moments from this movie are when Parker’s Spidey senses kick in and he takes on school bully Flash.

This entire scene captures Spiderman’s ever-present struggle between balancing his regular self and his Spidey self.

No one could ever forget the upside down kiss, recreated in so many movies since, this is the moment when we see Spidey use his powers to his advantage, winning the heart of his long-term crush Mary Jane.

These are just two scenes from the first instalments in Maguires trilogy as Spidey and already we’re liking what we see for him to become favourite.

Next Up, it’s Andrew Garfield

Even though Garfield’s movies have been hailed as the worst in the collection by super fans, what he brought to the role is what makes Spiderman such a relatable superhero; he made his audiences laugh.

It is said that the reason Spiderman became such a favourite among comic book superheroes in the early days, was that he was so relatable.

He quickly became famous for his inner monologue, which first prompted the use of thought bubbles in earlier comics, as well as his never-ending quips about the “sticky” situations Spidey often faced.

These funny jokes and clever one-liners make Garfield’s Spidey likeable and keep the audience’s attention but there’s one thing that failed in the eyes of the most diehard fans.

The most notable let down of Garfield’s Peter Parker is that he played the role less geeky and decidedly more hipster and cool than the original comic books portrayed. This is believed to have taken some of the applauded relatability away from Garfield’s version of Spidey, the script making Spiderman rather smug and a bit of a bully at times.

But let’s face it Garfield is definitely the coolest Spidey to date, hands down.

Onto Our Present-Day Spiderman Tom Holland

As we look forward to the latest instalment of the Spidey franchise, fans can’t wait to see what Tom Holland will bring to the role of Peter Parker and Spidey.

It’s a given that the boyish quality of this latest version of Spiderman relates more to the teenage angst and melodrama portrayed in the comics. Holland’s Spidey simply can’t wait to unleash his abilities to save the world, a quality that previous versions seem to have battled with.

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What’s more Holland’s portrayal takes viewers on an emotional rollercoaster, watching Parker’s joy when he discovers new uses for his fantastic abilities and the devastation when he is told he won’t become a part of the Avengers.

One of the best Spiderman scenes of Holland’s portrayal as Parker is when he’s self-documenting his journey. Something every teenager of today would do had he discovered he had superpowers.

The others are when Parker and his best friend are casually discussing saving the world, crime fighting and hacking past Stark security settings on the new and improved Spidey suit.

We’ll let you choose your favourite moments from what has already been hailed the very best Spiderman movie of all time when you go and see it for yourselves. For now, the jury remains out on who really has played the best Spiderman so far.

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The Best Prom Scenes from the Best Prom Movies

As it’s prom season, and we love a good prom almost as much as a good movie, we thought we’d combine our two favourite things, creating a list of the best prom scenes from the very best prom based movies.

Everything from horror and fashion fails, to important messages and personal breakthrough moments, we’ve covered it all.

Carrie – The Blood Prom Scene

We had to start our list off with a truly terrifying, yet utterly unforgettable prom scene. This is the one from horror movie epic, Carrie.

After being crowned Prom queen in a cruel prank, Carrie gets soaked in pigs’ blood on stage.

Her rage makes her believe the entire school hall has erupted with laughter and Carrie snaps. Using her telekinesis to lock all the exits to the hall, trapping the pranksters and the rest of the school inside, she kills every one.

American Pie – Jim’s Monologue Prom Scene

After spending an entire movie trying to have sex, the gang from American Pie are at a pivotal moment at prom. Realising that the stress and pressure they’ve put on themselves just wasn’t worth it.

“You know what, I am so sick and tired of all this bullsh*t pressure. I mean, I haven’t even had sex and already, I can’t stand it. I hate sex! I’m not gonna stand around here busting my balls over something that….quite frankly isn’t that damn important. Now I’m gonna go hang out with that geek over there because at least SHE has something else to talk about BESIDES SEX. Goddamn!” JIM GOLDSTEIN.

And we know how the rest goes. Jim marries “that geek” and they live happily ever after.

She’s All That – The Best Routine Prom Scene

Apart from the sickening storyline of She’s All That, the prom scene featuring baby Usher and a really lil, Lil Kim is up there with our pick of the very best prom scenes ever.

The reason for the appearance of the perfectly choreographed routine was simply a case of the director’s love of dance, and the producer having a brother who just happened to be a choreographer.

It’s not what you know but who, right?

Back to the Future – Inventing Rock and Roll Prom Scene

After travelling back in time to his mother and fathers high school years, Marty McFly takes the opportunity to wow the crowds by inventing rock n’ roll in Back to The Future.

Of course, another memorable, yet disturbing moment from this movie is the stomach-wrenching moment when Marty’s mom comes onto her future son, kissing him after a few cheeky drinks.

Eeeeew!

Twilight – Love Behind the Scenes Prom Scene

Perhaps one of the most glamourous prom scenes in movie history, Twilight has it all. Beautiful vampires, moody music, overly passionate discussions of darkness and death.

The best thing we discovered about the prom scene in Twilight though, is what happened behind the scenes.

“It was the end of the shoot, and we were all so close and not wanting to go home yet. That’s the one scene I look at and always start crying,” Kristen explains. “And I’m not a bit embarrassed about it.”

Remember when R-Pat and K-Stew were once a thing, for real, well at the time she was asked which scene was her favourite from the movie franchise, she chose the prom scene.

For various mushy reasons of course.

10 Things I Hate About You – Sucker Punch Prom Scene

An insanely complex plot for a teen movie, based on the Shakespearean play The Taming of the Shrew, with a fantastic prom scene that showcases a little female empowerment.

After a lot of big reveals, the instigator who hurt so many people throughout the whole movie gets his comeuppance, receiving two punches to the nose and a kick to the groin as punishment for his indiscretions.

Never Been Kissed – Dog Food Queens Prom Scene

After being cruelly tricked at her own prom, Josie “Grossy” Geller gets a chance to live the perfect prom all over again in Never Been Kissed. 

All is going well until she sees another girl about to become the butt of a cruel joke.

In a stroke of conscience, Josie foils the prank and three “prettiest girls” in school are showered in dog food.

Jaw Breaker – The Meltdown Prom Scene

After a birthday prank between three cliquey friends goes wrong with one of them ending up dead, a spiral of lies and deceit unfolds with Courtney (Rose McGowan) as the ringleader.

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This is All American high school movie has a disturbing dark side that culminates in one of the most amazing prom scenes of all time.

Courtney and her accomplices are discovered and her meltdown at prom is what put Jawbreaker on our list.

Grease – Cha-Cha Steals the Prom Scene

The main characters from Grease may be the ones we all remember but the prom scene that stands out among our list is when sassy dancer Cha-Cha busts out the moves with old partner Danny Zucko.

Poor Sandy, we know but, she really is the “best dancer at St Bernadette’s” even if she does have “the worse reputation”.

Teen Wolf – Fight Prom Scene

Another moment when the bad guy gets a walloping makes Teen Wolf one of the best movies with the best prom scene.

Let’s face it Michael J. Fox is a prom, scene-stealing King.

Napoleon Dynamite – So Wrong Its Right Prom Scene

We love Napoleon Dynamite for its cringe-worthy awkwardness, that’s why we’d expect nothing less than the hardest to watch prom scene ever to come out of this movie.

From stiff as a board dance moves, lingering too long looks in the eyes and some of the gaudiest fashion choices ever made on film, this prom scene is so wrong its just right.

Pretty in Pink – That Dress Prom Scene

Fashion fails are our favourite, and one that tops the list is the ghastly Pretty in Pink ensemble that aspiring “fashion designer” Andie creates for prom.

This dress truly does steal the entire prom scene, regardless of which ending writers went with (there were two) it’s not the storyline of the movie but that dress that audiences will remember forever.

Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion – Threesome Dance Prom Scene

Following a miserable time in high school and a largely unsuccessful few years after, Romy and Michelle are determined to turn their high school dance memories around.

Their plot backfires, of course, until they are saved by an equally geeky guy who happens to have become a billionaire.

Their three-way dance is the stuff of legend and, although technically not a prom scene, there are high school alumni present so we’re going to include it.

Prom Night – Jamie Lee Saves the Day Prom Scene

Not the only thing that we love from the original Prom Night (check out Jamie Lee’s dance moves)

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But without a doubt, one of the greatest prom scenes of all time is when Jamie Lee Curtis, the first lady of slasher movies, takes out the bad guy with an axe to the face.

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Footloose – The Final Dance Scene

After arriving in the sleepy town of Bomont Utah, Ren McCormack played by Kevin Bacon, discovers music and dancing have been banned. A decision made after a town authority’s son died in a car crash, coming home from a night of dancing.

The final dance of the film at senior prom is a culmination of all the storylines, showing the joy dancing can bring to both the young and old.

Plus, we simply adore Bacon’s moves throughout this entire movie.

Mean Girls – Crown Breaking Scene

Straying away from the silly and scary, we’ve picked the prom scene from Mean Girls because of its inclusive and moving crowning moment.

When Cady is crowned Prom Queen but instead of taking the crown for herself, she breaks it into pieces and shares it amongst the crowd.

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A gesture that demonstrated her personal growth and acceptance of self. A touching moment indeed.

Lady Bird – Best Friend Date Prom Scene

An amazing coming of age movie, Lady Bird highlights the struggles a young girl faces, trying to escape the confines of the small town she’s grown up in.

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After working her way through the usual “hot boy” suspects for potential prom dates, Lady Bird realises it’s her best friend who she’d like to mark the special occasion with.

The two-attend prom together and dance . . . and then we cry.

Not Another Teen Movie – Another Routine Prom Scene

Who knew there were so many prom scenes that involved perfectly choreographed dance routines?

This one, a spoof of all the top teen movies of our time, wraps things up with a montage song of all the characters getting ready to go to prom.

High School Musical 3 – Zac Efron’s Crotch Prom Scene

More dancing but this time its not the carefully choreographed routine that caught our eye.

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It’s the sight of heartthrob Zac Efron, thrusting his crotch at the camera every given moment.

Down Boy! You’re still in high school!

Buffy The Vampire Slayer – Hilary Swank Gets Knocked Out Prom Scene

Okay so technically not a prom, but the “last dance of their last year” turns into a blood bath when several seniors turn Vampire and crash the party.

We love how, after the Vampires have their way and Buffy returns for the big climax and one of the cliquey girls, played by Hilary Swank, is knocked out by the principal.

As Prom season approaches, we encourage you to enjoy every moment and make the most of the simpler years of your life. Things only get harder from here on in, as these top prom scenes show, it’s not all plain sailing after high school and college either.

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Each one has its own unique movie theme and plenty of space to party the night away prom night style.

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Titanic Behind the Scenes: Fun Facts About the Making of the Movie

A movie that the public will never let go of is James Cameron’s Titanic. This epic movie masterpiece has lingered in our list of favourite movies for longer than your average for many reasons.

Taking a look at the making of Titanic behind the scenes, we discovered a few fun facts and perhaps the reason why our love for the movie will go on and oooooooooon.

Better Than a Peck on the Hand

When Kate and Leo met for the first time, they were aware there’d be some steamy on-screen moments coming their way, and Kate would have to bare all for that nude life drawing scene.

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Kate, in good form, decided to break the tension before it had a chance to arise by flashing her ample assets at her Hollywood superstar opposite.

This immediately gave the pair fun and dynamic relationship to work with, and all the steamiest scenes in the movie benefited because of it.

A Man of Many Talents

Despite being present for the nude drawing scenes, Leo was not the artist who sketched the infamous picture.

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The artist’s hand you see working that on paper magic, drawing Kate “like one of his French girls” was actually Cameron himself.

No Loo Breaks Allowed

You don’t get to be as successful as James Cameron without enforcing a few ridiculous on set rules. Cameron is the master of his set and, as a result, delivers amazing movies that take his audience’s breath away.

In the big pool used to recreate the water scenes, Cameron invoked a rule that made Titanic behind the scenes a little unhygienic.

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He forbade people potty breaks in order to keep actors in their character and to retain the mood and atmosphere whilst filming the movies most powerful scenes.

This meant people would spend hours in the giant pool, swimming in a delightful mixture of water and their own urine.

Stop Pneumonia-ing

It comes as no surprise, but the freezing water scenes were filmed in freezing temperatures, to get the proper effect.

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After spending hours in such conditions, poor Kate developed pneumonia, which of course she ploughed through to continue filming and not disappoint Cameron.

J. Dawson Was Aboard

After wrapping the movie up, Cameron discovered there was actually a J. Dawson onboard the real Titanic.

His creation of Jack Dawson was entirely without reference to anyone onboard but, following the movie’s release, the real Dawson’s gravesite became a regularly visited Titanic fan spot.

A Rose by Any Other Name

Turns out that Kate was not the first choice for the role of Rose. In fact, she practically had to beg Cameron for the part, calling and writing to him almost daily.

Others in the running included Gwyneth Paltrow, Nicole Kidman and Jennifer Aniston.

What do you think?

Near Far . . . Almost Not in the Film

Whenever we hear that familiar fluted melody we think of Titanic, but it was against Cameron’s wishes, to begin with.

He wanted the movie to speak for itself and felt a pop song would take away from the seriousness of the movie’s message and meaning.

Turns out that it’s not what you know but who.

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Ms Dion’s late husband knew the composer, James Horner, and arranged for the track to be written and recorded in secret, whilst Cameron was busy with directing Titanic behind the scenes.

Once Cameron heard “My Heart Will Go On” he fell in love and the rest is history.

Best Friends Forever

Since the infamous boob flash, Kate and Leo formed a fantastic friendship that has grown and thrived until the present day.

Whilst making Titanic behind the scenes there was a strong bond formed, with lots of practical joking along the way.

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The pair have regular conversations and are known to quote lines from the movie to each other, just because they can and it’s funny.

“I’m not going to tell you what we actually talk about, but yeah, we’re very, very close and sometimes we do quote the odd Titanic line back and forth to each other, because only we can, and we find it really funny.” Kate Winslet

It’s because of their strong friendship that Kate didn’t boycott the 2016 Oscars with some of her fellow actors. She felt it was Leo’s year and she wanted to be there to support him. Aaaawww.

The two often gush about how much they love each other and how much their friendship means to one and other.

Background Stories for Background Cast

It wasn’t only the leading roles that Cameron demanded massive amounts of dedication from. The supporting cast were also expected to get lost in the moment and become their characters entirely.

Delivering real fear and terror during the sinking scenes was so important to Cameron, that he gave his extras back stories to draw from.

One older lady was instructed to imagine her daughter had gone back below deck to retrieve her wedding ring, and she hadn’t returned. Cameron wanted to see the panic and fear in her eyes, knowing that she might never see her daughter again.

Setting Cinema Records

Today you have to be quick to see a movie in the cinema, most top blockbusters are only screened for a month or so.

Titanic set records for being one of the longest running modern movies in cinemas, released in the US in 1997 and still being shown in theatres all over the world when it was being sold on VHS in 1998.

Rumoured Drug Use on Set

Those who worked Titanic behind the scenes were rumoured to be a lot of fun but, on one occasion some cast and crew members took a funny turn after lunch.

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Some were giggling in fits of hysterics, others were spaced out and a few were struck with bouts of dizziness and vomiting, even Cameron.

Turns out some prankster had spiked the lobster chowder with PCP, but the culprit was never found.

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The Wizard of Oz room at Arthouse Hotel

We’ve checked out plenty of fun facts about some of the films that inspired our group hotel rooms.

Have a look at the 50 Weird and Frightening Facts About the Wizard of Oz or 63 Unknown & Bizarre Mary Poppins Facts and learn to love the movies and all that goes into the making of them with Arthouse Hotel.

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5 LGBT Films to Watch While Celebrating Pride

With Pride coming up in July, why not get in the spirit by watching one of the best LGBT films? From BAFTA-winning Pride to Oscar nominated Brokeback Mountain, these fantastic LGBT films are perfect for celebrating with a night in!

We’re so excited for Liverpool Pride this year, and if you’re staying in the city, why not join us at Arthouse Hotel? Our eccentric movie-themed hotel offers a wide range of unique rooms, with themes including the Wizard of Oz and Grease to The Sound of Music. 

1) Pride (2014)

This uplifting movie is one of our favourite LGBT films to date. The British historical comedy-drama documents the story of an unlikely alliance between gay-rights activists and striking miners in the 1980s, united by resistance towards Margaret Thatcher, the conservative press and the police. This unforgettable LGBT film holds a powerful political narrative, and celebrates the importance of LGBT allies over the years.

 

2) Brokeback Mountain (2005)

This iconic story of forbidden love stars the late Heath Ledger opposite Jake Gyllenhall. One of the best LGBT films and most powerful love stories of all time, Brokeback Mountain follows the complicated tale of two young men, a rodeo cowboy and a ranch-hand who meet in Wyoming in the summer of 1963. This stunning film documents their lifelong connection and forbidden romance, set against the breathtaking backdrop of Alberta’s Rocky Mountains.

 

3) Carol (2015)

Set in the Christmas season of 1950s New York, Carol is without a doubt one of the best LGBT films of recent years. The story is a breathtaking adaptation of Patricia Highsmith’s novel The Prince of Salt. This romantic tale follows two women from different backgrounds, whose lives intertwine into an unexpected affair.

 

4) Call Me By Your Name (2017)

Call Me By Your Name tells the story of the summer romance between seventeen-year-old Elio and graduate student Oliver. Adapted from André Aciman’s novel of the same name, this spectacular LGBT film will sweep you off your feet with its sun-kissed scenery and convincing performances from Armie Hammer and Timothee Chalamet. Following the film’s success, the story is set to be continued with a sequel in the works!

 

5) Booksmart (2019)

Booksmart is the most recent movie on our list of the best LGBT films to watch. The coming-of-age story follows high school best friends who realize they should have worked less and had more fun. Cramming four years worth of partying into one night, the film has been hailed the female version of pop culture phenomenon Superbad. Setting it apart from the standard teen rom-com, the film focuses on a queer love story, which director Olivia Wilde described as “essential”. Wilde told Pride.com, “I wanted to tell a story about kind of the next stage. Someone who has come out, their parents are aware, their friends are aware and they’re just living life.”

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11 of the Best Coming of Age Movies of All Time

When you’re feeling nostalgic, there’s nothing better than settling down with one of the best coming of age movies.

From 80s favourites to relatable films of recent years, we’ve put together the perfect list for a film day!

1) Clueless (1995)

This star-studded 90s hit is inspired by Jane Austen classic Emma. Telling the coming of age story of Cher Horowitz, Clueless follows a popular, rich High School student in Beverly Hills. When transfer student Tai joins the school, Cher takes the newcomer under her wing and sets out to give her a makeover. But as time goes on, Cher realizes that she herself may be the one who needs a makeover after all. One that reshapes how she sees the world and treats others.

 

2) Booksmart (2019)

One of the best new coming of age movies, Booksmart has been hailed the long-awaited ‘female version of Superbad’, and it’s easy to see why. This hilarious hit follows bookworm best friends, Amy and Molly. On the eve of their graduation, the girls realize they should have worked less and played more during high school. Aiming to fit four years worth of fun into one eventful night, this coming of age film will make you laugh out loud and shed a few tears.

 

3) Stand By Me (1986)

Without a doubt one of the best coming of age movies ever made, Stand By Me takes us back to the summer of 1959 in Castlerock, Oregon. This heartwarming, hilarious and moving tale brings Stephen King’s coming of age story The Body to life. A nostalgic tale of childhood freedom and adventure, the film follows four friends and their loss of their innocence as they embark on a life-changing search for a missing body.

 

4) Grease (1978)

When it comes to coming of age films, all-singing, all-dancing Grease is a hard one to beat. Bringing back the fashion and music of the late 1950s, this timeless musical is one of our all time favourites. The story follows bad-boy greaser Danny Zuko and sweet Australian Sandy Olsson, as they rekindle their summer romance amidst the social hierarchies and cliques of school. From the Pink Ladies to the T-Birds, it’s a tough world in the corridors of an american high school!

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5) Lady Bird (2017)

This Golden Globe-winning film had to be on our list of the best coming of age movies. One of the newer films on our list, Lady Bird is a heartwarming coming of age story with a mother-daughter bond at its heart. Set in 2002 in the scenic suburbs of Sacramento, Lady Bird tells the witty tale of  Christine “Lady Bird” MacPherson, a Catholic high school senior longing for adventure and escape. This is a fantastic film about growing up and discovering the comforts of home.

 

6) The Breakfast Club (1985)

The 80s was a good time for coming of age movies! And undoubtedly one of the very best is The Breakfast Club. This timeless cult classic tells the story of five high school students who meet in Saturday detention. Though they never normally cross paths, as the hours pass by the group discover that they more in common than they thought. As Andrew puts it, “We’re all pretty bizarre. Some of us are just better at hiding it, that’s all.”

 

7) An Education (2009)

One of our favourite coming of age stories is An Education, starring the UK’s very own Carey Mulligan. Set in the 1960s in suburban London, this fascinating film is inspired by a true story. Following sixteen year old Jenny, who dreams of being accepted into Oxford on her father’s wishes, Jenny’s life changes when she’s swept off her feet by David, an older man who introduces her to music, culture and a different way of life. However, as time goes on, Jenny learns that David might not be who she thought he was.

 

8) The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012)

Adapted from the book of the same title, The Perks of Being a Wallflower follows Charlie, an introverted high school student who is taken under the wings of two carefree seniors. A funny, moving and relatable coming of age film, this memorable story deals with first love, friendship, mental illness and the trials and tribulations of being thrown into the real world. With a fantastic soundtrack featuring David Bowie, this is one we think will stand the test of time!

 

9) The Virgin Suicides (1999)

Bringing Jeffrey Eugenides’ novel of the same title to life, The Virgin Suicides is directed by Sofia Coppola, whose films are known for their dreamlike cinematography. The whimsical feel of this coming of age film fits perfectly with the coming of age story of the mysterious Lisbon sisters. Set in 1970s surburbia, this harrowing story follows a group of male friends who obsess over the girls and watch how their mundane, sheltered lives spiral towards teenage rebellion, romantic fantasies and fatal tragedy.

 

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10) Love, Simon (2018)

Love, Simon is one of the best coming of age movies to grace cinema screens over the last few years. The film tells the story of Simon Spier as he develops an online connection with a boy known as ‘Blue’. The boys confide in each other by email about their sexuality, which they’ve been keeping secret from their family and friends. Soon, Simon begins to wonder who ‘Blue’ could be, and sets out to uncover his identity, discovering more about himself along the way.

 

11) Superbad (2007)

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It may have been made in the noughties, but Superbad is still one of the most hilarious and best coming of age movies to date. One of our favourite feel-good films, Superbad follows Seth and Evan during the last few weeks of high school. The witty duo are usually mocked by the cool kids, but manage to bag an invite to a party. As the night draws closer, the pair set out to stock up on alcohol and plot to  lose their virginity before college. With McLovin’ and two slow policemen tagging along, it’s safe to say things run less than smoothly along the way!

 

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