The best of 2016… Film

best of 2016

Number One: The Witch

Set around 60 years prior to the Salem Witch Trials, the script, costume and setting are all extremely authentic to the period The Witch represents. Writer / director Robert Eggers draws influence and dialogue from original texts and balances this with a stark soundtrack, adding a real sense of dread to the surroundings

The film doesn’t focus on the panicked witch hunting we are used to – no one is put to trial, burned at the stake or dangled from a bridge. The Witch instead slow burns as the family descend into paranoia and anguish at missing children, failing crops and waning faith.

Well executed folk-horror has always been one of the most effective incarnations of the genre and it has rarely been presented as perfectly as here. Check out my full review HERE.

best of 2016

Number Two: The Nice Guys

Easily the funniest film of the year, The Nice Guys is the perfect mix of comedy and neo-noir featuring perfect performances from Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe.

Tangled into a web of confusing, seventies crime, the unlikely duo are pitched together as their confused detective work clashes on the trail of a dead porn star.

I don’t remember the last time I laughed this much at the cinema – it’s everything good about Inherent Vice and Boogie Nights rolled into a package – watching Gosling and Crowe stumble from one opportune discovery to the next had me in stitches for the full 116 minutes.

best of 2016

Number Three: Hail Caesar!

The latest film form the Coen brothers, Hail, Caesar! is an extremely funny slapstick run through classic Hollywood.

Following Hollywood ‘fixer’ Eddie Manix (Josh Brolin), as he struggles to juggle the tribulations of everything and everyone associated with his production studio, the film deals with a host of challenging characters and situations as Manix works to keep things smooth across his various productions.

At times, the plot feels like it exists purely to link the jokes and cameos but that’s never a problem – they always hit the mark. Hail, Caesar! is the Coen brothers best work for a long, long… did I say LONG(?) time.

Honourable Mentions: The Neon Demon, The Jungle Book and The Big Short.

What makes it on to your best of 2016 list? Let me know on Twitter on in the comments section below. Look out for more of my best of 2016 series coming soon…

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CT Fletcher: My Magnificent Obsession

CT Fletcher: My Magnificent Obsession

Popping with inspirational monologues that would leave Samuel L. Jackson’s character in Pulp Fiction with a sweaty brow, My Magnificent Obsession charts powerlifting champion CT Fletcher’s return from the dead as he works on realising his lifelong dream.

If you don’t already know, CT blew-up on YouTube just over three years ago as ‘The Strongest Man you’ve Never Heard of…’, delivering fitness inspiration from the perspective of a man who basically has every excuse NOT to be in the gym. Having been through open-heart surgery, during which he flatlined on three occasions, CT disobeyed doctors orders to continue his obsession with weightlifting and is using his new lease on life to inspire others.

The film follows CT as he works on opening his first gym – the appropriately named Iron Addicts – while recounting the story of a tumultuous personal life. The most powerful moments focus on CT’s philosophy and his unique brand of motivational content. But it’s not blind positivity, CT’s story is balanced through a difficult relationship with his father and his wish to leave a legacy for future generations.

If you need a pick me up, or a little extra spark to get yourself back in the gym this winter, look no further. CT’s story has the power to inspire everyone, not just those who share his addiction to iron!

Now, what are you waiting for? It’s still your Mutha F*ckin’ set!

My Magnificent Obsession is available on Netflix now.

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Air Jordan – The Space Jam collection…

air jordan 11 space jam

Can you believe it’s been 20 years since Space Jam was released and I Believe I Can Fly was polluting airwaves as the number 1 single for 3 weeks? I can’t but Jordan brand are here with a reminder and a collection of sneakers / apparel to mark the occasion.

The pièce de résistance is obviously the Air Jordan 11 ‘Space Jam’ sneaker as worn by MJ himself in the movie. Nike have remastered the classic silhouette and it drops mid-December – it is sure to be an instant sell-out.

However, the collection of clothing produced to coincide with the anniversary of the movie is available now and is not one to sleep-on!

Here are my picks from the Air Jordan Space Jam drop…

air jordan 11 space jam

You know I have to start things off with a hat. I have a more snapbacks in my collection than I care to admit but one more isn’t going to hurt, especially when it looks like this! It even glows in the dark…

air jordan 11 space jam

This jacket isn’t going to keep you warm enough over the course of an extreme Scottish winter. It will however keep your style at a constant A1 rating with the subtle, glow in the dark Monstars branding.

air jordan 11 space jam

You can seek to combat the cold weather by layering with this sweater which features the classic Space Jam logo, raglan sleeves, and my go-to, all-black aesthetic.

air jordan 11 space jam

And no Space Jam inspired look would be complete without the Tune Squad jersey. This all-black take on the iconic top is AMAZING.

What are your picks from the Space Jam collection? Let me know on Twitter or in the comments section below.

This collection is available now from Nike and is selling FAST.

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