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With season 8 of the show set to air in April 2019 and the next book in the series, Winds Of Winter, yet to get a release date, fans are understandably desperate for more Game Of Thrones Action. If you have only indulged in one of the mediums, you might be interested to learn about some of the big differences between the TV show and Books. Despite George R. R. Martin being heavily involved in the story crafting of the TV series, there are still some pretty big differences. We take a look at just some of those differences here.
For decades now, Batman has been known as the ‘Dark Knight’. He has been featured in thousands of comics and graphic novels through the years, and an entire universe of cities, characters, villains and madmen has sprung to life around him. He began life in the gaudy technicolor of the early pulp comics of the 30’s. Specifically in Detective Comics #27, published in 1939 and written and created by artist Bob Kane and writer Bill Finger. Since then, he has morphed into something much bigger and often times, much darker. Graphic novels have become hugely popular of late, with writers leaning toward penning stories aimed at more mature, adult audiences, rather than just standard comic book fare. Batman is no different and he has starred in countless X-rated story lines. There are even a number of graphic novels that focus on other aspects of the Batman universe, such as Gotham City, or characters like the Joker, where Batman never even appears. Here, we take a look at 8 graphic novels about Batman, or set somewhere in the Batman universe, that are for adult eyes only. Arkham Asylum: A Serious House On Serious Earth Woven deep through all Bat based lore is the dread house of madness: Arkham Asylum. Where evil dwells and angels fear to tread. Arkham Asylum: A Serious House On Serious Earth, tells the story of a Joker led riot, where the lunatics have taken over the Asylum. Batman is called in to free some hostages, but the Joker wants to play a game of cat and mouse with him, forcing him to face old foes and a few inner demons along the way. The tumultuous tale is intermittently interrupted by stories of the history of Arkham, and the tale of the slow decline into madness of the man who built it, Amadeus Arkham. The book was written by Grant Morrison, with art by Dave McKean and published by DC comics in 1989. Artistically, it is like nothing that had been done before it, utilising different mediums, and incorporating various different styles of art. McKean captures the dichotomy between the stoic, measured presence that is Batman, and the chaotic anarchism of the asylum and the deranged genius that is the Joker beautifully. Storywise, Grant Morrison is one of the greatest comic book writers of our time, and he has penned more than a few sublime Batman story lines. The basic premise that we are all just one wrong move away from a descent into madness is something that is handled with great aplomb. This theme is consistently galvanized by the unending depth of McKean’s visuals, each page feels like a separate madness. There is literally no other graphic novel out there like it and it is an essential part of the Batman mythos. The Killing Joke When we talk about Batman, the first thing that springs to mind is the Joker, and many of the graphic novels on this list feature him heavily. The Joker is insane, plain and simple, and in The Killing Joke, we get to witness the birth of that insanity. It was published in 1988 and written by Alan Moore, a powerhouse of comic book storytelling, with art by Brian Bolland and colour work by John Higgins. The accepted trope that Batman doesn’t kill, is thrown out the window five pages in, when the caped crusader vows to kill his arch nemesis one day. In it, the Joker rapes Commissioner Gordon’s daughter Barbara, shoots her and then leaves her wheelchair bound. He later kidnaps Gordon, chains him up, forces him to take LSD, and shows him images of the bound, beaten and bloodied daughter he has just brutalised. And these aren’t even the main plot points of the story. The Killing Joke is widely considered to be the ultimate Batman vs. Joker story, with some even going so far as to claim it as the greatest Joker story ever written. Many critics consider it to be one of the greatest comic books of all time. Between Moore’s masterful characterization of Batman, Commissioner Gordon and the Joker, and Bolland’s superbly detailed and disturbing artwork, The Killing Joke is truly one of the greatest Batman stories ever told. Very few stories have even come close to contending with it in the decades since its publication. Gotham Central Gotham Central was a limited comic book run that focused on the Gotham City Police Department rather than on Batman, or any of the villains. It is one of the most engaging, innovative comic runs of the last few decades. Written by Ed Brubaker and Greg Rucka, Gotham Central tells the story of the detectives of the Gotham City Major Crimes Unit. It delves into the lives of the detectives, who have their hands full with the likes of Mr. Freeze, The Joker, Poison Ivy, Catwoman, Doctor Alchemy, all while trying to negotiate what it means to have an unwelcome vigilante (Batman) running the streets. The book focuses mainly on Detective Renee Montoya, who is outed as a lesbian, and then disowned by her family. She begins a violent descent into depression and despair as her life slowly spirals out of control. The comics, (now available as either 4 collected editions or one really, really big one), is a police procedural graphic novel (imagine The Wire, but set in Gotham City). This is a gritty, alternate take on what Gotham City is all about, and an interesting view on what it would mean to actually have Batman running around beating up criminals, and how negatively it could affect the good, honest, hardworking cops in the city. It is honestly one of the best reads out there and not just for comic book fans. Death Of The Family Death of the Family is a Batman Family crossover storyline written by Scott Snyder with illustrations by Greg Capullo. It was published in the New 52 Batman series with crossovers through Batgirl, Batman and Robin, Catwoman, Detective Comics, Nightwing, Red Hood and the Outlaws, Suicide Squad, and Teen Titans. In this expansive run, Joker has been missing from Gotham City for more than a year. He has been captured and sent to Arkahm Asylum and that was the last anyone has heard of him. However, we quickly learn that this was all part of a master plan by the Joker, who meets with the Dollmaker, and has his own face sliced off. Now without a face, Joker manages to escape Arkaham, and is not heard from again until one year later. He returns to the Gotham City Police Department Headquarters, murders several cops and steals his own severed face from the evidence room. On his return to Gotham, the Joker wreaks havoc like never before, with a new level of ferocity and venom not previously seen. This is an amazing run and one of the most engaging story arcs ever in the Batman canon. The Man Who Laughs Taking its name from the 1928 movie that originally inspired the look of the Joker, The Man Who Laughs is another Ed Brubaker offering to this list. Batman: The Man Who Laughs is a one-shot comic book that was released in February 2005, and was intended as a successor to Frank Miller’s Batman: Year One. However it works as a stand alone story too. It re-imagines the origins of The Joker, and details Batman’s first encounter with him. Few writers would have the cojones to take on the accepted cannon of Moore’s The Killing Joke and change it, but Brubaker does, and he does it well. Focusing more on the Joker’s first Gotham City crime spree than on his back ground and origins, the story is a tale of a young Batman, unsure of himself, and a chaotic mad man who is about to shape his entire future. As a reader already in the know, we know as we read the comic, what a big deal the Joker will one day become and how his arrival is a turning point in the Dark Knight’s career. It is also a benchmark for Gotham City’s strength and resilience in what we know to be extremely dark days yet to come. Joker Joker was written by Brian Azzarello and illustrated by Lee Bermejo and was released in 2008. In it, we follow Johnny Frost, a low-level street thug assigned to pick the Joker up from Arkham and follow him around, essentially becoming his body guard/right hand man. It is a gritty crime story, with echoes of mob movies like Goodfella’s or Carlito’s Way. The story is centred around one night, the night Joker is released, as he goes around Gotham, assessing the damage done to his crime racket while he has been incarcerated. Needless to say, what follows is a harrowing night of revenge, murder and manic crime as only the Joker can deliver it. We see him reclaim parts of his business form well loved villains like The Riddler and Killer Croc and even see him re-ignite old passions with a certain Harlequined ex lover, one miss Harleen Quinzel. Brian Azzarello brings a visceral intensity to the character, creating a gripping and well-executed tale of a man on the edge. Azzarello creates a looming, morally vascillating sense of foreboding and the result is a compelling, but extremely bleak, crime story.   The Dark Knight Returns The Dark Knight Returns is a four part comic series published in 1986 and written by Frank Miller. It is a masterpiece of modern comic book story telling. In it, Frank Miller completely rethinks the accepted Batman lore and sets the scene in a near future Gotham City that has gone to wreck and ruin in the ten years after Batman’s retirement. As crime runs rampant, and violence reaches a fever pitch, the man who was Batman dons the cape again and returns, in a savage blaze of fury. He must take on a whole new generation of criminals, and is also accompanied by this new generation’s Robin, a young girl called Carrie Kelley. Not only do we get a Gotham on the brink of ruin and the struggle Bruce Wayne still has with both his inner and outer demons, we also get the ultimate clash of the titans as two aging superheroes come to blows. The original Batman vs. Superman story is told within these pages. Gritty and violent and full of typical Frank Miller edge, The Dark Knight Returns is widely accepted as one of the most influential comic books of all time. Gotham By Gaslight Gotham By Gaslight was written by Brian Augustyn and ilustrated by Mike Mignola, (Hellboy and B.P.R.D), and has an introduction by Robert Bloch, author of Psycho. A hugely imaginative take on the Batman story, Gotham By Gaslight takes us back in time to a 19th century Gotham. We see the Dark Knight come to town at the same time as none other than Jack The Ripper, and it is up to the caped crusader to save the city from this terrifying evil. Because of the arrival of Bruce Wayne at the same time as the killings start, Bruce is framed for the murders. It is perfectly illustrated and depicts a fictional Gotham of the 19th century beautifully. This was originally published in 1989, so pre-Hellboy, but you can really see Mignola’s signature style taking shape in this earlier work. It was published as part of DC’s Elseworld’s run, a series of comic books that depict alternate histories, alternate timelines, fictional historical, and potential future stories for many beloved DC heroes. Gotham By Gaslight is atmospheric and broody, and weaves a wonderful tale of intrigue, thrills and murder. This is a must read for any Batman fan and would also do well in the collection of any Jack The Ripper collectors or 19th century crime enthusiasts.   #acp_paging_menu, .acp_wrapper { display: none; }
We are all familiar with The Simpsons, Family Guy, American Dad, South Park etc. There are plenty of really great animated TV shows aimed at an adult audience that are totally mainstream, and that everyone knows about. But what about the ones that have flown under the radar over the years, but still stand up strong against their more popular counterparts? Here, we take a look at some animated shows that are aimed at adults that you might not have heard about! Bob And Margaret Bob And Margaret follows the animated adventures of neurotic dentist Bob and his wife, Margaret. Bob and Margaret are a British couple with no children, but they do have two dogs, named William and Elizabeth. Stressed Eric This series revolves around Eric Feeble, a middle class man who is always stressed because of his family, work, co-workers, etc. He is recently divorced and has to look after his young children. When Eric gets too stressed, the vein in his head pulsates so much it pops from his temple and strangles him. Monkey Dust Monkey Dust is an animated comedy sketch show that derides British life from across the spectrum of society. The show is characterised by its dark humour and willingness to tackle a host of taboo subjects such as murder, suicide, paedophilia and bestiality. Drawn Together A Big Brother parody, Drawn Together was billed as the ‘First Cartoon Reality TV Show’. It throws together eight cartoon archetypes, including a superhero, a Disney style princess, and a sexually ambiguous anime hero, in a house where cameras are on them all the time. Frisky Dingo Frisky Dingo was comprised of 25 ten minute episodes from the co-creators of Sealab 2021. It follows a super villain named Killface, as he struggles to destroy the world, while trying to raise his son and maintain his old world charm. Invader Zim Invader Zim revolves around an alien named Zim from the planet Irk and his mission to destroy or conquer Earth. Consistently undermined by his own ineptitude, his malfunctioning robot servant GIR and his nemesis Dib, Zim is faced with perilous adventures in each episode. It is written and created by comic book writer Jhonen Vasquez , of Johnny The Homicidal Maniac fame. Superjail From the people that would go on to bring you Adventure Time, Superjail is the world’s largest, most brutal prison. Built beneath a volcano, it is routinely the site of riots and murders. The Maxx Originally a comic book series by Sam Keith, The Maxx follows the adventures of the titular hero, both in the real world and in an alternate reality, referred to as the Outback, that potentially only exists inside The Maxx’s head. Aeon Flux What later became an Anime series, and a big budget Hollywood movie, began life as an early 90’s MTV show. An avant-garde sci-fi cartoon, with Aeon Flux as the main protagonist. Stripperella Stripperella was created by Stan Lee and stars Pamela Anderson as the voice of the title character. It follows Erotica Jones, a stripper who is actually a secret Government agent. Axe Cop Axe Cop gets two minutes of sleep a night and only eats birthday cake. Axe Cop and his partner, Flute Cop, unleash their unique brand of vigilante justice on evildoers everywhere. It was created by brothers Ethan Nicolle and Malachai Nicolle, it started life as a web comic. The stories were written by Malachai, and turned into a comic by his older brother. What made this unique is that Malachai was only 5 years old at the time of inception. The Head The Head began as a mini series as part of MTV’s Oddities, but later got its own two season run. The Head is the story of Jim, a New York Student who wakes up one morning to find that is head has grown to epic proportions. A week later, his skull cracks open and out pops Roy. A little purple alien who is here to save the Earth from the terrifying Gork.   While many of these shows had limited runs, and are not that widely known, they are all truly awesome. Most of them are readily available on DVD or across the net if you do a little digging.   #acp_paging_menu, .acp_wrapper { display: none; }
The Golden Age of Hollywood is widely accepted as the cinematic era between the 20’s and the very early 60s. Conjuring up images of glamorous women in mink stoles, smoking from elongated cigarette holders, the whole era is awash with glitz, allure, charm and charisma. Cinema was an uncontested entertainment medium during this time, and as a result, Hollywood stars were akin to royalty and the volume of movies that were produced has never been matched since. There are literally hundreds of cinematic classics that hail from this era, and here we will take a look at a mere handful of them. The Cabinet Of Dr. Caligari Widely considered to be the worlds first true horror movie, The Cabinet Of Dr. Caligari is now almost 100 years old, but its influence can still be felt in cinema today. The film follows Francis, (Friedrich Feher), and his friend Alan, (Rudolf Lettinger), as they attend a carnival and stumble upon the maniacal Dr. Caligari, (Werner Krauss). Dr. Caligari boasts of having a somnambulist named Cesare, (Conrad Veidt), a man he has hypnotised and who he claims can see the future. Cesare predicts Alan’s death, and much to the surprise of Francis, by morning the prediction comes true. Cesare then becomes the prime suspect in the murder case, however is he truly guilty or is he merely a pawn in Dr. Caligari’s diabolical game? The Cabinet Of Dr. Caligari is the ultimate example of German expressionist cinema. With surrealistic visuals, distorted and mangled perspectives, the movie strikes a nightmarish chord throughout. Its other worldly aesthetic has made it a staple in cinematic history. The Wizard Of Oz Made in 1939, The Wizard Of Oz is generally accepted to be one of the greatest films in cinematic history. It was released by MGM, and starred Judy Garland as the beloved character Dorothy Gale. The movie was groundbreaking for its use of Technicolor. The use of color in the movie added a new artistic element to the film-making process. With its stunning use of visuals, excellent special effects and heart warming musical numbers, The Wizard Of Oz still manages to capture the imagination of audiences today. The movie is deeply ingrained into our collective psyche, with songs and quotes appearing regularly throughout popular culture. A recent academic study even went so far as to claim that it is the most culturally significant Hollywood film ever made. Now Voyager In Bette Davis’ biggest box office hit, we see the screen queen play the part of Charlotte Vale, a high society woman, under the thumb of a domineering mother, and written off as a spinster aunt. After a nervous breakdown, she checks into a mental health facility, befriends a young girl and entirely reinvents herself. We see a woman, on the brink of madness, pulling herself back from the edge, and forging her own way in the world. An early feminist tour de force, this is Bette Davis at her finest. She falls in love and embarks on a love affair with a married man that spans for years, but she is never overcome by it. She stands her ground against her bitter, declining mother, and she becomes a headstrong confident woman. Something she could only have dreamed of at the beginning of the movie. For its time, the movie deals with mental illness with a huge amount of delicacy, and it is still an extremely culturally relevant one today. Rebel Without A Cause Rebel Without a Cause is arguably James Dean’s seminal turn as leading man. It is a tour de force of teenage angst, and it perfectly captured the essence of the 50’s burgeoning youth culture. The movie is famed for having introduced the cinematic concept of the teenager, and attributing their characteristic moody, disaffected behaviour to juvenile delinquency. More than just a movie about the quintessential tear-away teen, the film is a a study in the search for identity in a post war America that beleaguered the youth of the nation. James Dean plays Jim Stark, a rebellious and troubled young man, who has moved with his parents to a new town to escape a troubled past. Rebel Without a Cause represented a snap-shot in time, and highlighted a society on the cusp of a cultural change and the struggle to find a middle ground between two generations seemingly worlds apart from each other. Rebel Without A Cause was Dean’s second of only three movies before his tragic and untimely death on September 30, 1955. How To Marry A Millionaire How To Marry A Millionaire is a remake of 1933’s The Greeks Had a Word for Them, and was the first comedic movies to be shot in CinemaScope. The movies stars Lauren Bacall, Betty Grable, and Marilyn Monroe as three models who decide to rent an uptown Manhattan apartment to disguise themselves as upper class. The purpose of this is to land themselves rich husbands and never have another days worry in all of their lives. This was Marilyn Monroe’s 20th film, and her first to be shot in CinemaScope. In fact, the movie was the second CinemaScope film ever made, after the historical epic, The Robe. It was the 5th top grossing film of the year and was a huge success for Fox. Despite her already impressive back catalogue of movie appearances, this was the movie that would really catapult Monroe to superstardom. The movie is full of that classic Hollywood sparkle, and is perfectly cast and wickedly witty. Lauren Bacall steals the show in her turn as the tough talking no nonsense Schatze Page. Monroe and Grable delight in brilliant, heartwarming comedic performances as near-sighted Pola Debevoise and the knuckle-headed Loco Dempsey. Forbidden Planet A futuristic retelling of Shakespeare’s “The Tempest”, this movie is a landmark science-fiction film. Boasting groundbreaking special effects, an unusually sophisticated script and outstanding performances, this movie was truly ahead of its time. The story follows a team of scientists in the year 2200 A.D as they travel to a far off planet known as Altair IV to seek out the fate of a group of scientists who was sent there decades earlier. When the space crew arrive on the planet, they discover that there are only two people there: Dr. Morbius (Walter Pidgeon) and his daughter, Altaira (Anne Francis), who was born there. Also in tow is the doctors faithful robot, Robby. The group soon begin to uncover the truth about what happened on the planet and why Morbius and Altaira are the sole survivors. It has gone down in the annals of movie history as the first sci-fi film to cost $1 million. The movie was a technical masterpiece and utilised techniques that were way ahead of its time. The stand out star of the show though was the monotone Robby the Robot. The infallible robot went on to appear in the movie The Invisible Boy. All in all, a splendid fantasy achievement that wears its age well. Rear Window Rear Window is a lurid Hitchcockian study of the obsessive nature of human curiosity and the dark lean toward voyeurism. The movie is based on Cornell Woolrich’s (with pen-name William Irish) original 1942 short story or novelette, It Had to Be Murder. The film was shot entirely on one set that was constructed at Paramount Studios. The movie depicts magazine photographer L.B Jefferies, (James Stewart), as he is confined to a wheelchair with a broken leg. He is stuck in his room with nothing to do to occupy his days but look through his window at the apartment block across from his, and ponder at his neighbours day to day activities. His intense voyeurism is broken occasionally by the comings and goings of his model girlfriend, Lisa Caroll Fremont, (Grace Kelly). Things take a dark turn for Jefferies though, when he becomes convinced that he has witnessed a murder in one of the apartments across from him. The camera angles throughout the movie are largely from the protagonist’s point of view so the audience only really sees the inhabitants of the other apartments from his point of view, allowing moviegoers to share in his voyeuristic surveillance. With a building sense of foreboding that eventually reaches a tense fever pitch, Rear Window is a masterclass in suspense theatre. It displays Alfred Hitchcock’s innate talent for psychologically terrorizing an audience, and shows James Stewart and Grace Kelly to be truly great thespians. Some Like It Hot Some Like It Hot follows the marvellous misadventures of slick saxophonist Joe, (Tony Curtis), and his best buddy Jerry, (Jack Lemmon). The movie focuses on them fleeing Chicago after Joe witnesses a Mafia Murder, and the pair wind up on a Florida bound train. The two come up with a crack-pot scheme to disguise themselves as women, and join an all-female jazz band. Meanwhile, when they are out of drag, Joe pretends to be a millionaire to win over the band’s sexy singer, Sugar (Marilyn Monroe). At the same time, Jerry has become an object of desire for a real millionaire (Joe E. Brown). The whole thing builds to a hilarious finale as the mobsters close in in this rip-roaring romp through the 1950’s Hollywood elite. There is more to Some Like It Hot than gender-bending shtick though, it serves as a romantic comedy, a buddy movie and a brilliant crime caper. It has a sublime score, and the entire movie is an ode to tolerance and acceptance. Rather than vilifying the ne’er-do-well, anti-hero protagonists, the movie makes the audience not only sympathise with them, but root for them. It also portrays the valuable lesson that if you just be yourself, there will always be someone out there who will love you, just the way you are. Breakfast At Tiffany’s It would be a crime to compile a list of great movies from the golden age of Hollywood and not include an Audrey Hepburn movie. The darling of the silver screen, Hepburn is instilled in the hearts of movie goers everywhere even to this day. Breakfast At Tiffany’s is probably one of her most famous turns as the ambitious but eccentric Manhattan party girl: Holly Golightly. It is based on the Truman Capote novella of the same name and follows the story of Holly as she negotiates the New York City social scene and takes a job as a high-class escort who is seeking an older rich man to marry. She meets a young man, Paul, who is also a tenant in her apartment building and is himself involved with an older wealthy woman. Paul is a struggling writer and soon succumbs to the charms of the flighty Holly. However a secret past soon catches up with our leading lady and threatens to ruin her chances at true love. Widely accepted as Hepburn’s finest and most affable role, Breakfast At Tiffany’s is a stunning look at the glamour of 1960’s New York socialites, and an examination of transformation and self preservation. #acp_paging_menu, .acp_wrapper { display: none; }
Christmas is coming, and you don’t want to be buying something that the person you hate already possesses. Once again, you have decided to go for fun and disturbing rather than for useful and well-thought. We understand that, and that is why we will help you, with the ultimate selection of weird stuff you can buy on Amazon. 25 placenta recipes It’s not juust that you hate your family, it’s just that they deserve to know. Especially your pregnant sister or sister-in-law. After a very long time without sushi and alcohol, what could be more useful than a book with advice on how to cook parts of your own body? It’s not harming the planet if you are the animal. A dick trophy that says World Champion Another tasteful idea for your loved ones. Just had the best night/morning/class of your life? You might want to thank your gifted male partner for that. If you want to make everyone feel particularly uncomfortable, don’t hesitate giving the trophy to one of your male cousins in front of the whole family. It’s going to be a holiday to remember. Small hands so your fingers will have fingers Fingers for fingers. It does sound like a tacky lesbian thriller, but it’s actually what you would get if you were to buy these tiny tiny hands you can place on your fingers. If you’re very bad at maths, no more anxiety when it comes to counting to a hundred! Edible chocolate anuses Always wanted to try in real life, but still afraid that the smell and/or taste will not live up to your expectations? With these anus-shaped chocolates, get practice without the stress. Also, you can give them to your family and see who’s the first one to recognize the shape. Nicolas Cage pillowcases Trouble sleeping alone? It doesn’t have to be like that. With these Nicolas Cage pillowcases, make sure your idol is always right here with you. You don’t have to share everything you intend to do with it, but make good use of that special present. Mullet hair headband A classic. It’s not the most original gift, but not everyone deserves anus-shaped candies. For boring neighbors, a very young niece or nephew, or even a tall dog. Fun guaranteed. Even if you hate Christmas, you can be sure that these gifts will bring some joy and fun to the party. Enough with the jumpers, enough with the expensive phones and video-games: the time has come to take this holiday to the next level. #acp_paging_menu, .acp_wrapper { display: none; }
The Holiday season is finally upon us. There will be lots of nights out and plenty of parties to go to. But, if you are planning on hosting your very own all ages gathering, don’t be boring! Don’t put on the same old Christmas playlist you have heard count less times before. Playing the same 15 Christmas songs on repeat. Why not listen to a playlist of all time classics, guaranteed to please everyone from your Nan to your Niece? Here we have curated a playlist for those family holiday parties that should appeal to most people, although, there is no accounting for taste! Twist And Shout – The Beatles She’s Not There – The Zombies Gimme Shelter – The Rolling Stones Town Without Pity – Gene Pitney Nothing Takes The Place Of You – Toussaint McCall Piano Man – Billy Joel Starman – David Bowie Does Your Mother Know – Abba I Feel Love – Donna Summer Small Town Boy – Bronski Beat Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This) – Eurythmics When Doves Cry – Prince Echo Beach – Martha And The Muffins Hazy Shade Of Winter – The Bangles Intergalactic – Beastie Boys It’s Like That – Run DMC And Jason Nevins Ready Or Not – The Fugees No Diggity – Blackstreet Drop It Like It’s Hot – Snoop Dogg Hey Ya – Outkast Mr. Brightside – The Killers Take Me Out – Franz Ferdinand Hate To Say I Told You So – The Hives Roll The Bones – Shakey Graves Tash Sultana – Jungle Lost On You – LP The Arctic Monkeys – Do I Wanna Know The Bones Of You – Elbow So there you have it, 28 songs spanning the decades, from the 60’s right up until very recently. We think there is something in there for every one, with one or two little curve balls thrown in to keep it interesting. These should keep everyone dancing and singing along and having a grand old time! Just try to keep your Nan away from the sherry, especially when The Beatles come on! #acp_paging_menu, .acp_wrapper { display: none; }
LGBT+ representation is at an all time high at the moment and that can only be a good thing. Up until 1989 the CCA (Comics Code Authority), banned any mention of homosexuality in comics that were published in the USA. Since the 90’s, however, there has been more and more LGBT+ characters and themes frequenting comic books. Here, we take a look at 8 extremely popular superheroes from comic books who also happen to be queer. Batwoman Not to be confused with Batgirl, Batwoman is one of the few LGBT+ comic book characters that is the star of their own title. Batwoman, aka Kat Kane, was dishonourably discharged from the military during the time that ‘Don’t Ask Don’t Tell’, was still in effect. She becomes a crime fighter, just like Batman, and has had an ongoing relationship with Maggie Sawyer. Batwoman is soon to be portrayed onscreen by lesbian model turned actress, Ruby Rose, in a CW show about the superhero. John Constantine John Constantine is the ultimate anti-hero. He is mostly only concerned with his own survival and is an occult detective from Liverpool. Although mostly depicted with women, Constantine is in fact bisexual and has had a number of same sex partners throughout his comic book run. Northstar Northstar was the first ever openly gay superhero. In the late 80’s, early 90’s AIDS crisis in America, Marvel Comics decided they needed to address the situation. They released a comic, Alpha Flight #106, wherein Northstar discovers a baby girl who has been abandoned. We learn that this baby was born with AIDS and she dies weeks later. This prompts Northstar to come out as gay as he tries to promote visibility for the gay community. Hoping that this would inspire a greater interest in HIV prevention. Midnighter Midnighter is one of DC comics’ grittier heroes. During a botched mission, the superhuman tactician was forced to spend seven years in exile with fellow superhero Apollo. The two formed an intense relationship and have been together ever since. Apollo As mentioned above, Apollo is in a long standing relationship with Midnighter. The pair have recently been the star of their own spin off comic series ‘Midnighter and Apollo’, written by Steve Orlando and penciled by Fernando Blanco. They are most notable for being the first openly gay superhero power couple. Green Lantern In 2012, Alan Scott, the first Green Lantern and resident Green Lantern of Earth 2, came out as gay. This was part of the DC comics revamping of their brand and comics known as The New 52. Green Lantern has been around since 1940 so this was a fairly significant change for the beloved character. Iceman Iceman is a member of The X-Men and has been around since the 60’s. The character came out as gay in 2015, and is often seen frequenting gay bars. Iceman recently got his very own comic book series and features the work of queer writers and artists including Sina Grace, Kevin Wada and Alessandro Vitti. Mystique Mystique is a mutant in the X-Men series and has the ability to shape shift into literally any person she lays eyes on. She is also bisexual and has had an on-and-off relationship with Irene Adler (Destiny). This relationship lasted for decades until Destiny was eventually killed. She has also had many relationships with men in the comics and even had a child with fellow mutant Sabretooth. That child was called Graydon Creed, and he was born human, despite both parents being mutants.   LGBT+ representation in comic books is hugely important. Because they are read by all ages, and the infiltration of LGBT+ acceptance in popular culture is of great importance for Queer youth.   #acp_paging_menu, .acp_wrapper { display: none; }
So, you’ve spent your last 6 hours staring at your phone screen and scrolling aimlessly. You’ve posted your 17th selfie of the day and you’ve engaged in eight online arguments about the state of politics in the world, and one about which is the best cheese to have with your red wine. You are officially all Instagramed out. So what do you do to keep the walls from closing in? Well fear not because we have just the answer: play an old fashioned board game! That’s right, dust off your old box of scrabble, or invest in a new, super nerdy, role playing table top game, to stave off those Facebook blues. Here we take a look at some of he best table top games to play with your friends and family when you need a break from social media. Cluedo – Game Of Thrones Edition We are probably all familiar with Cluedo. The family game of mystery and murder. We have all made the guess that it was Miss Scarlett in the billiard room with the candle stick! But how about a mystery set in Westeros featuring all of our favourite Game Of Thrones characters? Thats right, this version of Cluedo has the same basic rules of play as the original game, but this time it features a double sided board. One side is set in Meereen and the other in the Red Keep. There are nine rooms on each side, that include Cersei’s Bedchambers and the Throne Room. There are six suspects for each side of the board: Daenerys Targaryen, Jorah Mormont, Grey Worm, Missandei, Daario Naharis and Hizdahr Zo Loraq in Meereen; and Sansa Stark, Jamie Lannister, Margaery Tyrell, Tyrion Lannister, Cersei Lannister and Petyr Baelish in the Red Keep. There are six weapons: the Crossbow, Poison Vial, Battle Axe, Catspaw Assassin Dagger, Arakh and Faceless Man. There are also 21 ‘intrigue cards’ that feature things like the Master of Whisperers and the White Walkers. Fun for any Game Of Thrones fanatic or the casual player also. Trivial Pursuit This old family favourite has been around since 1979 and is one of the most popular board games of all time. A general knowledge game, Trivial Pursuit has a range of different questions in six different categories. Each player has a counter that they fill with ‘pieces of cheese’. The person to fill theirs first, and answer the final question correctly, wins the game. Over the years there have been many different versions of this game released that specialise in particular areas, or on particular things. Everything from Harry Potter Trivial Pursuit to Horror Movies Trivial Pursuit is available. There are also age specific versions, travel, and adult versions available. There are even arcade games, video games and phone app versions of the game. Scattergories Scattergories is a super fun game to play with all the family. Originally published in 1988 by Milton Bradley, the game is fast paced and requires players to really think on their feet. Each player gets a category list with things like ‘A boy’s name’ or ‘a famous bridge’. There is a large 26 sided dice, (with each letter of the alphabet on it). Once the dice is rolled and lands on a letter, a timer is started and each player must fill in his or her list with things that begin with the letter on the dice. It sounds simple enough, but, try naming something that is cold starting with the letter Q when you are under time pressure! Then at the end of each round, each player reads out what they got, and so long as no one else got the same answer as them, they receive one point for each correct answer. The game is played in rounds. After 3 rounds a winner is declared, and a new game can be begun. Scattergories is a commercial version of an old parlour game known as Categories or Guggenheim. Rummikub Rummikub is a numbers and strategy game, a bit like scarbble, but with numbers. It combines elements of the card game Rummy and Mahjong and was invented in the 1930’s. The game uses 106 tiles which are numbered 1-13 along with two or more Joker tiles. The tiles are of 4 different colors, usually red, yellow, black and blue. The game starts when the two players pick two tiles from the sack of tiles. The first move has to equal at least 30 points. If the points won’t make 30, then the player has to take a tile from the sack and add it to his rack. The idea is to get rid of all of your tiles first, this is known as Rummikub. Once the winner is declared, the losing player’s points are added to the winner’s cumulative score. This is one that requires a small amount of brain power and strategic thinking but is a truly entertaining game and can last for hours. Cards Against Humanity Ok, so this one is for the adult family gathering or late night get together with friends. The self described ‘party game for horrible people’, Cards Against Humanity is a very simple game in concept but provides hours of entertainment. Each player gets some white cards, on each persons turn they draw a black card from the deck and read out the question. These can be anything, so say something like: ‘What is Batman’s guilty pleasure?’ Then, each other player answers with, what they think is their funniest answer, on one of their white cards. So, you could potentially get an answer like; ‘Uranus’ or ‘Winking at old people’, (those are mild examples, things can get a lot more raucous when playing the game). Whoever submits the funniest answer gets a point. The person with the most points wins. It is simple but, oh so much fun! Some of the questions and answers can get pretty adult though, so this game is strictly over 17. Magic The Gathering – Arena Of Planeswalkers This is a tactical, miniatures war game that is based on, and set in the world of, Magic The Gathering, the popular trading card game. You do not need to have ever even seen a Magic The Gathering card to play this game though, as it is a stand alone adventure, with all the pieces needed to play contained within the box. The idea is that you build the battlefield, and fight your enemies with spells and enchantments, as determined by sets of cards and dice. Whoever wins the final battle, or has the most terrain at the end of the game, wins. There are two expansions available for this game, which can add hours to the game play. Initially this game is a little time consuming to get started. There are a lot of rules to understand, and if you are new to the Magic The Gathering world, a lot of new terminology for you to familiarise yourself with. But once you get started, this is truly an engrossing game that will provide hours of entertainment. Unstable Unicorns Unstable Unicorns is a card game where you get to build a unicorn army. That’s right… you read that correctly… a fricken unicorn army!! It is another one that is maybe not for the younger players, as some content is of an adult nature. You collect cards to build your army, while at the same time dealing destruction cards to your opponents. These kill off their unicorns, in various, hilarious, often disturbing ways. The game has simple enough rules and provides hours of lighthearted entertainment. There are a number of expansion sets now available for this game too, including the NSFW expansion pack, the Dragons expansion pack and the Rainbow Apocalypse expansion pack. Dungeons & Dragons Last, but by no means least, is the ever popular classic RPG game, Dungeons & Dragons. This game can seem very daunting to get into initially, with an expansive in game universe, and literally hundreds of different adventures and board games already in existence. But, if you get a group of people together and start with the starter pack, it’s not at all hard to follow and will literally be the source of hours and hours, and even days, of entertainment. Each player assumes the role of a fantasy character, so say, half-orc, halfling, or a dragon-borne. One of the team must be the Dungeon Master, that player determines the story for the rest of the players. Each player has a set of 7 dice, each with various numbers of sides. The outcome of each situation is determined by the roll of each individual players dice. Obviously, this means that there are any number of outcomes for all of the adventures. The game is really an exercise in immersive story telling, and once you let yourself go and really get into the spirit of things, you will find that a ten hour session goes by in a flash. You also don’t need a whole lot to get started with D&D. The Dungeon Master needs the rule book and the adventure book, but players only need their dice, a pen and paper, and you will also need the maps, but you can find these as printable versions for free online. This game is perfect for anyone who really wants to lose themselves in another world, and it is also a great bonding game, as you must work as a whole team while playing the game.   #acp_paging_menu, .acp_wrapper { display: none; }
It’s costume party time again and you’re tired of wearing your Pikatchu onesie? There are TV show-inspired costumes that don’t require too much time or imagination, and can actually make you look cool. Also, you know that the person who gets the joke can be a friend for life. The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel Big fan of vintage outfits and tired of everyone making fun of you? You can pretend you’re Mrs. Maisel! The perfect excuse to wear colorful, outdated stuff. And act overly enthusiastic. Max & Caroline – Two Broke Girls That one is easy to purchase and can either be used single or double. You don’t really have to wear a wig to master the character, but at least try to do justice to Max’s beauty and elegance. Tahani – The Good Place Feel like looking fabulous? Just put on your fanciest-looking necklace from Claire’s, curl your hair without burning down the house, and be ready to bring on that flawless English accent. That’s it, everyone’s in the bad place. Sheldon Cooper – The Big Bang Theory Honestly easy and cheap. A long-sleeve jumper with a geeky symbol on it underneath a t-shirt, you’re all set. The best part: you get to say awfully honest things to everyone and just pretend it’s the character, when it’s really you being a tw*t. Jessie and James – Team Rocket Oldie, but goodie. Just like Max and Caroline, you can go solo or insist that someone who loves you enough to share the fun joins you. Also, great excuse to wear a crop top in any season. James and/or Alyssa – The End of The F***cking World Don’t throw away that Hawaiian shirt you bought that day you were massively hungover. And thank you grandma for a free costume, because you are going to rock the indie vibe…and smell weird. Monica and Chandler – Friends The point of a costume is that people find it cool and funny. If you go dressed as an obscure character from this indie TV show – The end of the f*cking world, for example – no one will get the joke, even if it’s great. Friends or couple costumes are the best, and you get to recite some of the dialogues, if you surround yourself with great humans. Piper or Alex – Orange is the New Black Basically, it depends on your hair color. Brown, go for Piper, blonde go for Alex. Obviously. If you feel like doing both with a friend, please, PLEASE do go to a gay bar and make out for a minute. You’ll make some nights. Ron Swanson – Parks and Recreation Fake mustache, hair wax, woodsman’s clothes. Make sure everyone – or at least one person – gets the reference. Pro: you can just spend the whole night eating bacon and arguing with the vegans. They might be right, by the way. #acp_paging_menu, .acp_wrapper { display: none; }
Ah the dreaded remake! Most movie goers will know that a remake usually signals a terrible version of an already great movie. But there are many movies that we all know and love that are in fact based off older original tales. Here we take a look at some dearly beloved movies that you didn’t know are remakes. The Nutty Professor The Nutty Professor, was a hugely popular science-fiction comedy starring Eddie Murphy. It was made in 1996, and featured Murphy playing the part of seven different characters int he film. However not a lot of people know that it is in fact a remake of a 1963 film of the same name. The older version starred Jerry Lewis, who later went on to produce the 1996 version. The original movie is a parody of the 1886 novel by Robert Louis Stevenson: The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. Flubber Flubber was a 1997 movie starring Robin Williams and Marcia Gay Harden. It is a remake of the 1961 film The Absent-Minded Professor, starring Fred MacMurray and Nancy Olson. The 1997 version was produced by John Hughes and both movies were based on a short story by Samuel W. Taylor called: A Situation Of Gravity. Scarface The 1983 gangster movie starring Al Pacino, in one of his most iconic roles, is actually a remake of a 1932 movie of the same name. The 1932 movie starred famous horror actor, Boris Karloff, and was itself based on the 1929 novel of the same name by Armitage Trail. The 1983 remake was directed by Brian De Palma, written by Oliver Stone and also starred Michelle Pfeiffer in her first movie role. Cape Fear Cape Fear is a 1991 movie starring Robert De Niro, Nick Nolte, Jessica Lange and Juliette Lewis. It is a psychological thriller based on a 1962 movie of the same name. The original stars Gregory Peck and Robert Mitchum, and is based on the 1957 novel; The Executioners, written by John D. MacDonald. Meet The Parents Meet the Parents, is a 2000 American comedy that starred Robert De Niro and Ben Stiller. It has two sequels, Meet the Fockers and Meet the Little Fockers, and was a hugely popular comedy at the time of its release. What you may not realise though, is that it is in fact a remake of a 1992 ‘direct to video’ movie of the same name. It was written and directed by Greg Gilenna, who also starred as ‘Greg’, the movie’s male protagonist. Three Men And A Baby Three Men and a Baby was directed by Star Trek star Leonard Nimoy and was released in 1987. It starred Tom Selleck, Ted Danson and Steve Guttenberg, and follows the adventures of three bachelors… and a baby! The script was based on the 1985 French film Trois hommes et un couffin (Three Men and a Cradle), and went on to be made into four different Indian movies, in four distinct languages. A sequel to Trois Hommes Et Un Couffin was released in 2003, 18 years after the first one called, appropriately, 18 Ans Après (18 Years After). True Lies True Lies is a 1994 action thriller starring Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jamie Lee Curtis. The movie was directed by James Cameron, and is a remake of 1991 French comedy farce, La Totale! The original was directed by Claude Zidi, and starred Thierry Lhermitte, Miou-Miou, Eddy Mitchell and Michel Boujenah. 12 Monkeys 12 Monkeys is a 1995 American neo-noir science fiction film directed by Terry Gilliam. It starred Bruce Willis as the main protagonist and has since spawned a TV series of the same name. The movie was inspired by a French short film, from 1962, La Jetée, (The Jetty). The 28 minute long short featurette was written and directed by Chris Marker. The film is made up almost exclusively of still photos and tells the story of a post-nuclear war time travel experiment.   #acp_paging_menu, .acp_wrapper { display: none; }