Fantasy Styling Ghostbusters 2016

Whatever you thought of the new Ghostbusters film, one of its biggest successes was establishing these new characters through their clothes. Yes, yes, yes, we all saw the overwhelmingly tedious side-by-side memes suggesting the originals were ghostbusters and these were just four amateurs in boiler suits. But their ‘workwear’ – the beige jumpsuits with orange piping – were the least interesting costumes in the film. After all, when they’re wearing them, they’re a team and deliberately indistinguishable from each other. … Read More

Ghostbusters – Updated, respectful and loads of fun

Let’s get this out of the way early – the new Ghostbusters film isn’t as good as the original. It was never really trying to be and, in all honesty, whether you were looking forward to it or in the camp decrying its mere existence you probably weren’t expecting it to trump the 1984 classic. Not even Ghostbusters II, fully loaded with the original cast, managed to improve upon its predecessor. The new Ghostbusters had to be something that spoke … Read More

The Self-Sabotage of Nerd Culture

There once was a time where being the shy, quiet nerd was niche. I have a distinct memory of sitting in the school library during my final year of high school with people I didn’t especially consider my friends, they were just classmates. People to pass time with. We didn’t have much in common. I looked across at the cool kids, all classic beauty, confidence, both admirable athletic and academic ability. I didn’t quite see myself with them either. I … Read More

Comic Block Unboxing June 2015

Today I’m unboxing the Comic Block subscription box offering from June 2015. All the comics were ones I’m really looking forward to diving into this month. Have a watch of the video and let me know what you’d do about my Tank Girl dilemma. Close-up photos now appear in the video itself, if you’re looking for them. Interested in the Ghostbusters III column I mentioned in the video? You can find that here. Enjoy! Follow me on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook to keep up … Read More

Nerd Block Unboxing April 2015 | Growing Up 80s

You know how I said in my last Arcade Block video that I definitely wasn’t getting the April Nerd Block even though it had a Ghostbusters item in it? It turns out that everyone really does have a price and mine sits with Back to the Future junk. So with no regrets whatsoever, here’s the Growing Up 80s Nerd Block unboxing for April 2015. There’s a gallery of close-ups below, but if you want to see science live and in … Read More

Food on Film – Movies and Scenes to Make you Hungry

If I gave you 30 seconds it probably wouldn’t even take you that long to name your favourite food scene from a film. Something that triggers a weird feeling in your stomach, making you hungry but also doing what food is supposed to do: initiate a sense of comfort and insatiability. What I love most about those food on film moments is that they’re so personal. As you read through my list of movies and special scenes you’ll no doubt have … Read More

COLUMN: Ghostbusters III and why you don’t need to worry

Nostalgia used to be considered a psychiatric disorder. If you found yourself reliving memories, fond or otherwise, it was thought that something must be wrong. It’s known that fixating too much on the past and not allowing yourself to enjoy the now can sometimes be a symptom of depression. Being repeatedly haunted by a traumatic experience is at the root of PTSD. But true, happy nostalgia in its simplest form actually has health benefits. Researchers at the University of Southampton … Read More