Fantastic Feature Films to Look Out for This Year

At the heart of the city in Liverpool’s most exciting movie theme hotel we are always on the lookout for new and exciting film releases.

This year cinema screens will be featuring superheroes, fantasies, musicals and action so at Arthouse Hotel we thought we’d take a sneak peek at the year of film ahead.

See which of these latest and up and coming release you think will be blockbusters and which will fall into the classics categories over time.

Fantasy and Musicals

Our very own musical movie theme hotel floor has been designed to reflect the most magical musical movies of all time. The rooms include the Wizard of Oz, Chicago and,  of course, the legend that is Mary Poppins.

This year we can look forward to welcoming some amazing magical and musical movies onto the big screen and here are the top three.

Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again

This smash hit musical is one of the most hotly anticipated sequels of all time.

We simply cannot wait to see the younger versions of the much-beloved cast of the first Mamma Mia act out their previous lives.

Revisiting Donna’s youth, meeting a young Tanya and Rosie and seeing Donna and the Dynamos take to the stage is promising to be a smash hit spectacular.

And did we mention Cher will be making a special appearance as well as singing the unforgettable ‘Fernando’.

Forget Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back and the God Father Part II, Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again promises to be an unforgettable movie sequel experience.

Mary Poppins Returns

And its about time she did, the youth of today need Mary Poppins in their life if only to bring some order to the world.

This time Jane and Michael are all grown up and when Mary visits them and Michaels three children to restore the joy and magic to their lives. During the time of the Great Depression, things are looking bleak for the Banks family and that’s when Mary Poppins arrives to turn things around in the way that only she can.

Poppins is played by our all-time favourite English rose Emily Blunt and Dick Van Dyke returns to the film in the role of Mr Dawes Jr. There’s also an all-star cast including Angela Lansbury, Colin Firth and Meryl Streep.

We wonder if this long-awaited sequel to such a much loved musical will be a ‘Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious’ success or if we’ll struggle to ‘Stay Awake’.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Crimes of Grindelwald

We were all devastated when the Harry Potter series was brought to an end, where were we going to get our wizarding movie fix from now!

Enter the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them series.

When last we watched Newt Scamander had helped capture the notorious wizard Grindelwald and all was well in the muggle and magic worlds. When we return we learn Grindelwald has escaped and is planning to raise an army of pure blood magical folk to rule over the muggle and magical world.

The cast of this latest magical movie includes the return of the talented Eddie Redmayne, Jude Law will play a handsome Albus Dumbledore and Johnny Depp plays the role of the notorious Grindelwald.

Be prepared for new tricks and treats as we tune in to see what life was like before Harry and Voldemort were at war in this the latest instalment of J.K Rowling captivating’s wizarding world.

Action Heroes and Super Villains

We simply can’t get enough of superheroes and it seems the more the merrier as the people at DC and Marvel continue to bring their printed comic characters to life on the big screen.

Aquaman

As the story goes poor Aquaman has always been the forgotten, somewhat mocked hero of the Justice League and the reason we have been waiting so long for his solo movie is that Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman all had to go first.

Jason Momoa will play Arthur Curry who has lived on land his whole life but can also breathe underwater and talk to sea creatures. He is asked to dive below the waves to inherit an underwater kingdom and battle a long list of villains along the way.

Other cast members include Nicole Kidman as Aquaman’s mother and Amber Heard as Aquaman’s love interest.

Now Aquaman has his own flick this is set to be an under the sea movie that will blow all superhero films that came before out of the water.

Venom

From obscure superhero to the most infamous supervillain ever, Venom could prove to be the darkest Marvel movie made starring one of this generations greatest acting talents as the lead; Tom Hardy.

Fans of the Spidey series and those who are avid Marvel graphic novel readers will be aware of Venom and his origins. But for those who aren’t a brief summary is that Venom is an alien parasitic lifeform that attaches itself to a host giving that person powers and an unhealthy bloodlust and thirst for violence.

It is rumoured that Venom will join the ranks of Logan and Deadpool in the Sony Pictures Universe rather than the Marvel Studios Cinematic Universe where Spidey exists. Quite confusing, yet fans of the comics will fully understand the reasons behind the separation, even if the rest of us don’t.

Despite all the politics and confusion, the movie is poised to be one of the scariest Marvel movies to date with the prospect of many sequels being more than likely.

Other Films to Look Forward Too

There are plenty of other great movies coming out in 2018 and we simply don’t have the time to write about them all but these are the ones that simply shouldn’t be missed.

Jurassic World II – the cast of the last epic instalment return to the dinosaur-infested island to try and save some of the species. Of course, plans will fail, safety measures will be lax and some people might get squashed by big feet or eaten.

Tomb Raider – Despite Ms Jolie doing a superb job back at the turn of the century, Tomb Raider has returned to our screens with a new posh and ponytailed beauty played by Alicia Vikander. The plot stays the same, Lara is trying to find her long-lost adventurer father and gets herself into some perilous predicaments.

Breaking In – The tables are turned in this nail-biting thriller as a young mother takes her kids to a secluded cabin for the weekend and ends up having to rescue them when four men break into the house to find hidden money.

Movie Nights at Arthouse Hotel

Mary Poppins movie them hotel room

Thanks to our awesome location in the heart of Liverpool guests staying at Arthouse Hotel can catch a movie in style.

Simply make your way to Liverpool One’s Odeon for the latest blockbusters or the nearby FACT where things are a little more intimate. Or better yet bring your own movies and stay in one of our spectacular movie theme hotel rooms with friends and enjoy a low key cinema night in.

Call and book your stay today on 0151 601 8801 or email info@signatureliving.co.uk or check out some of our amazing accommodation offers here.

Warhol’s Chelsea Girls: “Busted In Boston” & “Censored In Cannes”

Our movie themed rooms at Arthouse Hotel have been designed to remember the iconic superstars of a film generation. From our musicals floor which celebrates wonderful whimsical movies filled with song and dance to our Hitchcock floor decorated and themed around the best thrillers from the legendary director.

Another movie themed floor in Arthouse Hotel pays homage to the artistic iconography of Andy Warhol and one room, in particular, has been themed with one of Warhol’s most celebrated cinematic creations in mind, and perhaps his most scandalous too.

Warhol’s movie, Chelsea Girls, was banned from being screened at the 20th Annual Cannes Film Festival in 1967. As this year’s event gets underway we look at why Warhol’s work didn’t appear as scheduled in the 1967 programme.

Who Was Andy Warhol?

Andy Warhol

For those of you who are unsure who or what Andy Warhol was, listen up.

Warhol first appeared on the scene in 1949 when he moved to New York and worked as a window dresser, an illustrator and began designing commercial artwork for top-selling fashion magazines Vogue and Glamour.

He continued to work in the fashion press industry using groundbreaking techniques which became well known in the business.

By 1960 Warhol grew dissatisfied with commercial work and began manipulating photo imagery and comic book strips which made his career blossom and established him as a pop art artist. He created his famous Campbell’s Soup Cans in 1961 and went on to create the Marilyn Portrait in 1962.

Andy’s interest in filmmaking didn’t start until 1963 when he purchased his very first camera and began experimenting with artistic short films that were inspired by real life and which shocked and amazed his audiences.

Why Warhol Started Filming

Andy Warhol and Pele

Between that first moment of picking up a camera to the moment he made his last motion picture, Warhol wanted to make moving art in his films.

By portraying real-life experiences in great detail and often adding shock value to them Warhol’s movies made a splash on the underground cinema. In 1965 Warhol officially put down his paintbrush and became a filmmaker instead.

With an entourage of wealthy socialites at his beck and call the Warhol Superstars made up the cast of his earliest movies. Warhol continued to make movies that the trendy public wanted to see and/or star in and by 1966 he had created Chelsea Girls which gained widespread recognition among the most fashionable circles.

The movie was filmed in various locations around New York city but was set and filmed inside the prominent Hotel Chelsea in New York.

Chelsea Girls banned at Cannes Film Festival

The first film of its kind, Chelsea Girls followed the lives of those who lived in the Hotel Chelsea, from models and artists to wealthy socialites and aristocrats. The movie portrayed the carefree, artistic and bohemian lifestyle that was popular at the time among artists, musicians, celebrities and the well to do.

Chelsea Girls: Banned By Cannes

Warhol and his superstars at Cannes Film Festival

Warhol and his superstars made their way to the 20th Annual Cannes Film Festival in 1967 to watch Chelsea Girls screened in public for the very first time. They had the movie reels stored in their personal luggage because shipping costs at the time were very high at the time and this saved them money.

The way Warhol had shot the movie meant that it needed to be displayed on two screens at once using two different projectors, making it stand apart from other work of the age.

Cannes Film Festival had officially invited the film to be screened and Warhol’s work in the film industry had begun to garner a great deal of attention due to its unique subject matter and his famously artistic flare.

There was a lot of confusion about how to screen Chelsea Girls by Cannes Film Festival organisers, despite being given implicit instructions from the Warhol camp. This, as well as some concerns about the scandal that would follow full frontal male nudity, rumoured to be in the movie and Cannes Film Festival decided to pull the plug.

Despite being part of the official programme, Warhol’s Chelsea Girls became the first ever invited film not to be screened at the 20th Annual Cannes Film Festival 1967.

So Where Was the 1st Official Public Screening of Chelsea Girls?

Chelsea Girls banned at Cannes Film Festival

After taking his unshown work away from the film festival, Warhol and his entourage are rumoured to have arranged the first public screening in a Paris based movie theatre; Cinematheque.

Other accounts state that the movie went straight from Cannes Film Festival to London. Here a gang of 50 people, made up of Warhol Superstars and other notable artists and socialites had gathered to watch Chelsea Girls in a flat on Mount Street belonging to Robert Fraser.

Stash De Rolla, an aristocrat and friend of the Rolling Stones, The Beatles and some of Warhol’s Superstar’s recalls;

“Robert [Fraser] called and asked me to bring Paul’s [McCartney] 16mm sound projector because Chelsea Girls needed two projectors used simultaneously.

So I took it over, arrived at 23 Mount Street and found about fifty or more people crammed in, lying all over the floor, all the Warhol entourage.

We showed the movie and someone complained about the noise and the police came.”

Following this screening interest in Chelsea Girls spread all over the underground cinema world and more and more above ground movie lovers wanted to see the mysterious and artistic production.

There’s No Such Thing As Bad Press

Warhol's Chelsea Girls press

Despite the growing interest, Chelsea Girls was banned in Boston after being shown in May 1967 a police raid resulted in the manager of the Boston Cinema getting a $500 fine and receiving four charges of obscenity.

Warhol loved the attention and relished using the line “banned in Boston” to advertise his masterpiece from then on.

The movie then toured Chicago and Berlin before making it back to New York cinema screens in July 1967. The ad read

“busted in Boston” and “censored in Cannes”

and Chelsea Girls continued to attract large audiences of “normal society”, not the usual cult underground cinema lovers that had previously followed Warhol’s work.

The stars of Chelsea Girls included daughters of wealthy socialites and aristocrats like Brigid Berlin and Mary Wornov. Brigid’s mother was said to be disgusted by her daughter’s appearance in the film and Mary’s mother sued Warhol for allowing her daughter to be filmed without a signed release.

Over time Chelsea Girls became accepted for its cultural statement rather than its value as an actual movie. Those who appeared in the movie were either real-life inhabitants of the Hotel Chelsea or people who had fallen into Warhol’s orbit essentially Chelsea Girls depicted the world in which Warhol lived. Surrounded by admirers and those whom he used as muses fro his work.

The Chelsea Girls Room

Chelsea Girls Room - movie banned at Cannes Film Festival

Book your stay in the Chelsea Girls room at Arthouse Hotel and enjoy a night of luxury in our movie inspired group accommodation.

The amazing artwork from the movie’s advertising is displayed across the ceiling and the rest of the room oozes the type of glamour and splendour associated with the Hotel Chelsea in New York.

Sleeping up to six guests in comfortable double and single beds and located at the heart of Liverpool’s popular nightlife district, the Chelsea Girls room is perfect for a group of guests looking to enjoy a taste of the chic and cosmopolitan lifestyle.

Check out our superb accommodation offers at Arthouse Hotel for girls gathering or lads nights in Liverpool or call 0151 601 8801 to book your stay.

Top Themed Hotel Rooms for Fans of Thriller Movies

When you’re picking your Friday night film which genre do you lean toward? Comedy, fantasy, action? If the answer is a good old-fashioned thriller then why not spend a Friday night one of our Hitchcock movie themed hotel rooms in Liverpool.

At Arthouse Hotel, our second floor has been entirely dedicated to the work of one man who knew how to shock and thrill his audience; Alfred Hitchcock.

Here we count down our Hitchcock themed hotel rooms based on his most thrilling pieces of work.

#5 Notorious 1935

One of Hitchcock’s favourite leading ladies plays the Notorious Alicia Huberman in this masterful love story turned spy thriller.

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Deep undercover, Alicia becomes entangled in increasingly more dangerous situations.

The entire movie is rife with the cinematic mastery that Hitchcock became famous for and draws viewers into the seemingly hopeless love affair, spiced with a risky espionage plot line.

The Notorious themed hotel room at Arthouse sleeps up to four guests and is swathed in decadent red leather walls complemented by glistening gold furnishings.

All the top modern facilities are to hand as well with a huge flat screen TV and small kitchenette.

Perfect for a small group of horror fans looking for a thrilling stay in Liverpool.

#4 Suspicion 1941

Suspicion is a classic story of boy meets girl, boy marries girl, boy lies to girl and girl suspects boy of plotting to murder her!

Leading man Cary Grant fills the role of playboy Johnnie wins over everyday girl Lina, whom he suspects has access to inheritance from her wealthy father but it’s not long before the truths come out.

thriller themed hotel room - Suspicion

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Throughout the rest of the movie Lina’s suspicion of her new husband begin to mount and Hitchcock manages to engage the audience and succeeds in matching their suspicions to hers.

A famous scene is when Johnnie is ascending the stairs with a glass of milk for Lina. The audience’s suspicions heighten without verbal prompting because the glass is illuminated.

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At Arthouse Hotel, the Suspicion themed hotel room has been matched to Hitchcock’s classic style black leather finishes mimicking his perfectly tailored trademark black suits, splashes of red to add some drama.

The Suspicion hotel room sleeps up to six guests with a functional kitchenette and stunning ensuite bathroom.

#3 Vertigo 1958

Perhaps the defining movie moment of his illustrious career Hitchcock uses Vertigo to explore the fragility of the human mind and the ease at which it can be manipulated.

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It has been recognised as the best film ever made and ranks as the ninth-greatest American movie of all time.

Thanks to special camera tricks such as the infamous dolly zoom, and Hitchcock’s fondness for French literature, Vertigo is a movie masterpiece with a dark theme at its core.

Plenty of theories have been drawn up as to what the movie signifies some include portrayals of male aggression, the deconstruction of femininity and the most modern perhaps is that the movie is the all in the imagination of the main male lead.

Our Vertigo themed hotel room can sleep up to four guests in utter luxury.

Located in Liverpool’s most popular nightlife district, Vertigo provides perfect group accommodation in Liverpool for those who enjoy a spooky movie.

#2 Psycho 1960

A movie with the most iconic scene in cinema history, Psycho most defiantly deserves the runner up spot in our countdown to most thrilling Hitchcock movies.

This amazing movie plot has been at the core of so many popular thrillers and set the benchmark for acceptable levels of on screen violence.

Typical of Hitchcock our leading lady Janet Leigh is stranded in a secluded motel after stealing from her boss. Hitchcock often made his victims seem as though they somehow deserved their fate, another directorial technique adopted by modern movie makers.

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Leigh’s character eventually succumbs to the evils of Norman Bates, and one of the most terrifying and disturbing movies follows.

Our stunning Psycho themed hotel room sleeps up to four guests and in the city centre of Liverpool. There are full modern facilities available to guests including a huge flat screen TV and stunning ensuite bathrooms.

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Worlds apart from the accommodation experience at Bates Motel for sure.

#1 The Birds 1963

Our number one movie in our countdown to the most thrilling pieces of Hitchcock’s work is, of course, The Birds.

Starting the movie with a clever bit of movie trickery, Hitchcock lulls the audience into a false sense of security with playful comedy technique known as screwball comedy.

After setting the comedic tone of a love story Hitchcock then plunges his audiences into unimaginable terror and new realms of bird related fear.

thriller themed hotel rooms - Alfred Hitchcock

Tippi Hendren who played the lead role in The Birds was said to have been shaken after scenes filmed with Hitchcock due to these little-known facts from the filming of The Birds.

The famed telephone box scene where Hitchcock threw in a realistic looking bird prop smashing the glass was not scripted, neither was there meant to be live birds in the attic scene towards the end of the movie.

It was Hitchcock’s style to shock and amaze; his talent was clear and he captivated his audiences by leaving them wanting more.

The Birds room at Arthouse Hotel will do just the opposite, giving you everything you could need or want during a stay in Liverpool.

thriller themed hotel room - The Birds

This stunning movie themed hotel room is exceptionally outfitted with stunning décor and the latest modern facilities. Sleeping up to four guests The Birds room is our top choice for a group of thriller movie fans looking to stay in Liverpool in style.

Staying at Arthouse Hotel

movie themed hotel rooms at Arthouse Hotel

Call and book your stay today on 0151 601 8801 or email info@signatureliving.co.uk.

Come along and see how Alfred Hitchcock’s genius has helped us make stunning themed hotel rooms that, like the great director, never fail to impress.