Weekly Viral Vaccine 15-10

After a week relaxing, snorkeling and tanning on the lovely islands of Malta, I'm back to bring you closer to some of the funny, entertaining and odd things on the web.  

1) The Walking Dead pancakes (this is incredible!)

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2) The 15 best closing songs in films - can't forget this one...

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3) Epic GoPro bridge ride (rather him than me!)

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4) A Plant-Blood Veggie burger? Yep, you read me correctly!

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5) Paintings from Plane windows - I simply love this, and am amazed that noone had thought about it before...

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6) Baffling foreign versions of The Fresh Prince of Bel Air theme tune - the Polish one has to be the best!

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7) Obama of the future found on the New York Subway



8) Space cats is well worth a follow on Twitter - just a couple of gleaming examples below as to why

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Have You Tried Hyperlapse Yet?

Despite Instagram being only four years old, Instagram has just launched a new tool to allow its users even more ways to show their creativity and record special moments in their lives. Just 6 days ago Instagram announced the arrival of a new app, Hyperlapse, which has already one of the most popular free apps on the App Store. The app allows fans to capture high-quality time lapse videos on their phone.  

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There are countless time-lapse apps available to download at the moment, but what makes Hyperlapse different is its in-built stabilization technology resulting in smooth, moving time-lapse videos with a professional finish.

Hyperlapse is now available through iTunes and the App Store.

Check out these 13 amazing Hyperlapse videos for inspiration, then start shooting!

Weekly Viral Vaccine 01-09

Happy Monday - have a gander at these oddities from the net over the past week: 1) Divorce selfies are now a 'thing', apparently...












We can now add that to the list of other bizarre selfie 'trends' (including but not limited to: death-defying selfies, Altar selfies and Funeral selfies):
































2) The Japanese have taken it a step too far (again), this time by promoting their Pizza Hut restaurants run by cats!

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3) Here are the 22 types of hangover, expertly illustrated using stuffed, dead animals (as you do). I don't know about you but I'm ALWAYS no. 4...












4) Emmy cocktails inspired by award-winning shows - my fave has to be the Breaking Bad (yum)!













5) What would happen if geek girls acted like geek guys? Hmmmm...

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6) Finally, it's only taken 14 years but someone's finally created a Shaggy flow-diagram


Vine Cranks Up A Gear

vine camera Since Twitter acquired Vine almost two years ago, not a lot has changed for the platform - you pretty much got what you signed up for with the first version; six second looping videos recorded on and directly uploaded from your phone.

On Wednesday of last week, Vine announced their new update which tech sites were quickly jumping on and touting as a game changer in the social space. Designed with the attention-span deficient generation of today in mind, Vine became an instant hit with young audiences all around the world, but failed to really take off with brands and businesses (with the exception of comedians - who continually found new ways to push the 6 second capacity to the limit). This all changed just a few days ago when Vine announced the new functions on the updated version of their platform, including time-lapse, ghost mode, undo, but the biggest development is the new 'import' button that allows you to upload a previously filmed piece of video content.

Vine posted the below video introducing the new camera features on their blog...

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To find out more about what the new features are and how to use them, click here for Mashable's guide.

No longer will Community Managers and Content Editors for brands be sat fumbling for hours with a makeshift steady-cam crane for their iphone, trying to film a stop-motion, 6 second video - now they will be able to import existing videos, edit them and share them with their Vine followers much more easily than before. And that's just the FMCG brands - working in film I know that this development will change the way in which entertainment brands use Vine in their social media campaigns moving forward, as the creative ideas we've been pitching for so long are actually now possible. We can create teaser Vine trailers and edit new content together to seed to Viners, finding a new way of engaging film audiences.

I worked on one of the UK's first national Vine brand campaign for Kids Company (when I worked at AMV BBDO) - although it was a great project to be part of, and a massive success, I can't help but think how much more creative we could have been if functionality (at the time) had allowed - everything from the sound effects to the end cards had to be captured in the shot.


More info on the project can be found here.



Latest Movie Reviews: Fairy Tales, Zombies, Aliens, Car Chases, Corrupt Cops and Contract Killers

This month I have a quite a backlog of DVD and Theatrical reviews, so let's start with the most recent. Mirror Mirror is one of two major movie adaptations of the classic Snow White tale, released this year.

While Mirror Mirror doesn’t boast a star-studded cast, there are a couple of familiar faces that pop up, including Sean Bean as Snow’s father and Mare Winningham (Miracle MileTurner & Hooch) as Baker Margaret. The rest of the cast are mostly unknown, but all put in great performances – you can’t help but love the seven dwarves, who stalk the woods as giants, with springy accordian-like stilts (complete with accordian sound effects). This is just one of the many imaginative spins on the story – but who’d want to spoil any more of it for you? Watch it and see for yourself.

Click here to read my review and catch the trailer below.


Next up, is the first ever Taiwanese Zombie movie - Zombie 108. 

The zombie makeup and special makeup effects overall are pretty good, it’s just a shame that the shaky plot and direction are so distracting and let the side down. If you have an odd sense of humour and a high tolerance for the oversaturated zombie genre, then by all means give Zombie 108 a whirl – just don’t come crying to me when you end up with a headache. You have been warned.

Click here to read the rest of my review.



On to one of the best British genre films of the year, Noel Clarke and Johannes Roberts' Storage 24.

The microcosmic script works so well – with almost all of the action taking place inside the storage depot you don’t even think about how it will effect the outside world and that’s the beauty of it. It is a story that is containable, a necessity when working to a tight budget.

Click here to read the full review and see the trailer below.


On to some foreign cinema and two very different French Thrillers. First up is The Prey, starring Albert Dupontel.

Directed by Eric Valette, who also made the J-horror American remake One Missed Call (which may be enough to put some off watching this altogether), does a pretty good job of keeping a rather derivative plot interesting to watch. I’ve not seen any of his other films (including Malefique) but The Prey has some unusual directorial choices to offer that pay off – a chase scene on foot for example, featuring our main protagonist Franck, is filmed head-on, showing the chase from a new perspective that the audience isn’t used to seeing.

Click here for the full review.


The second of the French films I recently reviewed was Requiem For A Killer, starring Melanie Laurent, of Inglorious Basterds fame.

What starts off as a simple contract killing job becomes rather more complicated as more people get involved. For most films of this genre, that means an opportunity to involve more thrilling and cerebral plot developments, double-crossing characters, red herrings and the like.

See the rest of my review here.



Finally, its on to Woody Harrelson taking a break from comedy to play a corrupt and troubled cop in Rampart.

A very strange film with almost no relatable characters is a brave move for any director or writer, but somehow this works. It is very oddly shot for the most part; with actors or props obstructing the view of other actors and some shots horribly out of focus (on purpose it seems), yet while jarring and almost annoying on one level, it adds to the feeling of despair.

Click here to read the full review.



Also, keep an eye out for my next DVD review coming shortly, which also happens to be one of my top films of the year - the touching, mid-life, coming of age drama, This Must Be The Place.

Latest DVD reviews: Basements, Lycans and Dragons

Hi all, apologies for not having posted recently (has it been a month? blimey!) My three latest DVD reviews are now up on Chris and Phil Present - if you haven't read them yet, what on earth are you waiting for? First up is The Divide, one of the better films of last year's Frightfest. It's flawed, yes, but it does have the god-like Milo Ventimiglia, so we can all be thankful for that. Check out my full review here.


Next is Underworld Awakening. Kate Beckinsale is back in the PVC for more werewolf vs vampire action. I didn't dig it that much, find out why here.


Finally it's Jabberwock: Dragon Siege - I'm not sure I can articulate my feelings on this better than I have done in my review - check out what I had to say about it here.


Also, keep an eye out for a mammoth Friday the 13th marathon blog post coming very soon!

My love affair with Horror...

My main passion in life is horror films - I have loved them ever since I caught a glimpse of my first one, aged six, and ever since I have been fascinated with them. My interest in the genre peaked when I stumbled across a (then) relativelt little-known horror film festival in London back in 2006 called Frightfest, which has since become a world-renowned five day extravaganza, showcasing the best horror films from around the world.

My first experience of the Frightfest event, which takes place every August Bank holiday in Leicester Square, London, occurred after making friends with some of the regulars on the FrightFest forum, spurring me to go down for the day to try it out. I had never experienced anything quite like it before - a cinema full of horror fans, cheering and heckling at what was onscreen. These horror fanatics made the cinema their home for the best part of a week, seeing on average around 30 films over the course of four and a half days!
I came away that day realizing that I had finally found my home, and after being dragged to Reading festival the following year, decided that outdoor camping wasn't really for me and got set for the countdown to my first full weekend of horror in 2008. Two and a half years, and three Frightfest events after my first experience, and I'm still as excited as ever to see what the Frightfest organisers are going to bring to the table for their next event.
Up next is the March event, which takes place on the 7th March for one day, featuring the best (and only, might I add) documentary about Ozplitation films I have ever seen, Not Quite Hollywood, in addition to some other exciting new horror titles to whet our appetites. The surprise films is also causing a bit of discussion - if it is what I think it is then it should be a very good weekend indeed!
Frightfest is a festival created by horror fans for horror fans, and every year the number of regular attendees keeps rising. Each event boasts exclusive world and UK premieres with directors, producers and cast in attendance for Q&A sessions and signings. For any horror fans out there shouting at their screen: 'Tell me where I can find more information on this Mecca of gore and terror!", here is a link to the Frightfest website.