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Top 10 Films To Look Forward To This Summer (2017)

Summer movie season is upon us once again, and unlike last year I am actually looking forward to a lot of films that will be out in the coming months. I will admit I struggled to choose my top ten but I am also pleasantly surprised by the amount of original or first time adapted films that are being released this year considering last year’s box office was overran by sequels and reboots.

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10. The Hitman’s Bodyguard

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One of the first original movies on the list, the Hitman’s Bodyguard looks like a hilarious outing with Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L. Jackson. At the same time it could be a massive miss like R.I.P.D. Finger’s crossed its will be the comedy of the summer.

9. The Dark Tower

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I will admit I am unfamiliar with the story, all I know is that its a Stephan King adaptation that a lot of people have been trying to bring to the big screen for decades. The trailer looks impressive and I do love a bit of Idris Elba so hopefully it will be very enjoyable.

8. Baby Driver

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I’m a massive Edgar Wright fan so when this film was announced I knew it would be great. The reviews have been incredible so as as it’s been doing the festival circuit, so I am hoping this film will do well with audiences.

7. The Mummy

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The first reboot of the list, it’s a bit of stretch considering how badly the last mummy movie was. But from the look of the trailers, I think they’re not following the same pattern as the original trilogy which can be a good thing. It also has Tom Cruise in it so I’m taking that as a good sign as Cruise’s movies the last 5/6 years have been pretty good.

6. Spider-Man: Homecoming 

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If I’m being honest I will probably enjoy this, it’s Marvel and they have not had a miss in a few years so it will probably use the same MCU formula. What I’m more excited about is Tom Holland as I think he is a stellar actor (watch him in The Impossible!) and he was the stand out in Civil War.

5. Wonder Woman

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Ok I know the DC universe has had a really rocky start but the trailers for Wonder Woman have been pretty good and I think it will be quite enjoyable. Even if it doesn’t live up to expectations you have to remember that a live-action Wonder Woman movie has never been attempted and the fact that DC have a female fronted super hero movie is more than what the MCU have done.

4. Valerian and The City of a Thousand Planets

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I will admit I hate Cara Delevigne as an actress, I’ve watched her in a few things now so nope. That said I do like Luc Besson movies, he’s great director, and I really enjoyed Lucy despite it being completely bonkers. The trailer looks pretty cool and I really like the concept. Although it is adapted from a comic book and not original content, I would rather go see something I haven’t seen before than pay money to see Pirates of the Caribbean 5 (like did really need another one?!?!?!).

3. The Beguiled

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Although this is a remake, the original came out 46 years ago so it’s nice to introduce a new audience to something they probably wouldn’t have seen (I just hate remakes for films that have some out in the 90s onwards). Sofia Coppola has written and directed this  film so that is a plus as I loved The Virgin Suicides and The Bling Ring. It also has an amazing cast attached to it (Nicole Kidman, Colin Farrell, Kirsten Dunst, Elle Fanning). This probably won’t have a massive box office but I am hoping the critics will love it.

2.  War of The Planet of The Apes

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I love the planet of the apes movies, I’ve been a fan since I saw the original when I was a child (hate the Tim Burton one though!). These Andy Serkis Apes films that have been incredible, I enjoyed the last one even more than the first so hopefully Fox will be able to achieve the same success.

1. Dunkirk 

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There was no competition really, the moment that trailer came out for Dunkirk I knew this would be my most anticipated. Christopher Nolan is pretty much King cinema so I am hoping this film film blow everything out the water. Interstellar was a bit of a miss for me (it was too weird and confusing) so I am hoping this is Nolan’s return to form.

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Favourite Music Picks for January

Here is a list of songs both new and old to get people through the January blues in style.

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1. SIMPLETHINGS by Miguel (Wildheart, 2015)

2. HOW FAR I’LL GO by Auli’i Cravalho (Moana, 2016)

3. STRONGER THAN EVER by Raleigh Ritchie (You’re a Man Now, Boy, 2014)

4. WHEN WE WERE LOVERS by Jack Savoretti (Sleep No More, 2016)

5. TOUCH by Little Mix (Glory Days, 2016)

6. WONDERWALL by Oasis ((What’s The Story) Morning Glory?, 1995)

7. HUMAN by Rag’n’Bone Man (Human, 2016)

8. ALL NIGHT by Beyoncé (Lemonade, 2016)

9. SEE YOU AGAIN (SOLO VERSION) by Charlie Puth (Nine Track Mind, 2016)

10. I WOULD LIKE by Zara Larsson (TBA, 2016)

11. WASTING ALL THESE TEARS by Cassadee Pope (Frame by Frame, 2013)

12. FIGURE 8 by Ellie Goulding (Halcyon, 2012)

13. GHETTO GOSPEL FEAT. ELTON JOHN by 2Pac (Loyal To The Game, 2004)

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Top Ten Favourite Films of All Time

Like any other movie lover, I have a top ten list of all time favourite films. Most of the films on this list have been permanent fixtures for years, but there are a couple that I have changed recently. This list is based on my own opinions and no one elses. Let’s begin…

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10. HARRY POTTER AND THE GOBLET OF FIRE (2005)

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This may be seen as a controversial decision, as majority of people usually favour the third instalment of the Harry Potter series. That said, I love the forth film, mainly because it was the first film that went totally dark (third film was the start), it had a great story with the tri-wizard cup, and more importantly it was the “beginning of the end” when Voldemort regenerated fully.

9. SHAUN OF THE DEAD (2004)

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This is such a great British comedy, in fact its probably one of the best comedies ever released. It is the first of the ‘Three Flavours of Cornetto trilogy’, Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright have taken the zombie genre and put their own spin on it. Highlights of this film is the incredible one-liners, and comedic timings from the entire cast.

8. THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA (2006)

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Another great comedy favourite of mine. Meryl Streep is amazing in this movie she really went all the way with the character of Miranda Priestly and delivered the best lines in this movies. Emily Blunt was also brilliant in this movie, despite only having under 20 minutes of screen time, that was all she needed. Other highlights from this movie is soundtrack (lots of Madonna!), and the styling, I remember watching movie and I literally just wanted everything Andy wore.

7. VERTIGO (1958)

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I first watched this film when I was studying Film Studies in school. It has been described as the greatest film of all time, and it is quite spectacular. Hitchcock is the ultimate king of suspense, this film has a brilliant plot with many twists, and the visual effects are stunning.

6. KILL BILL VOL. 1 (2003)

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I am a massive fan of Tarantino, every film he makes has a fantastic premise with his own ‘auteur’ style injected into it. Kill Bill vol 1 is by far my favourite, the visuals, music, amazing characters, and the razor tongue dialogue was on point. A highlight of this film is the anime short in the middle of the film of O-Ren’s origins.

5. GONE GIRL (2014)

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For me, Gone Girl is the perfect thriller. Its filled with so much suspense, and it has an amazing twist to it. I read the book as well, and to be honest the film is definitely on par with it. David Fincher who has directed some incredible films (Zodiac, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo) directed this piece. Rosamund Pike and Ben Affleck were spectacular and had the perfect amount of chemistry.

4. THE SOUND OF MUSIC (1965)

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The Sound of Music is my ultimate musical movie, I was pretty much raised on this. I can’t even count how many times I’ve seen this film. It is such a fun movie, the songs are great to sing along too, it has breathtaking visuals, and Julie Andrews is an absolute babe in the film!

3. PRETTY IN PINK (1986)

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This is my favourite teen movie, and before anyone asks I’m team Blaine. Its a perfect teen romcom/drama that I think a lot of people can relate to. The overall narrative is very reminiscent of Romeo and Juliet but instead of two warring families its two groups of teenagers who have different backgrounds in terms of social class and privilege at high school and IRL. Duckie is such a highlight of the film as well as James Spader who was pretty much Chuck Bass before Chuck Bass existed.

2. BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY’S (1961)

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I love Audrey Hepburn! She is the epitome of class and beauty. Her performance as Holly Golightly is perfect. I love the 60s nostalgia this film possesses, and George Peppard was such a dream boar. There is that blip of racism in the form of Mickey Rooney that can dampen the movie, but the overall story and performance from Hepburn is spectacular.

1. AMERICAN BEAUTY (1999)

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This is probably my perfect movie. Its has the right amount of drama and humour mixed together. It has a great cast featuring Kevin Spacey, Annette Bening, and Thora Birch. It has an incredible score which gives me goosebumps everytime I listen to it, and the cinematography is breathtaking.

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Top Ten Ellie Goulding Songs

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I’ve been a massive fan of Ellie Goulding since 2009 when I heard Under The Sheets on the radio. Months later she won the Critic’s Choice at the Brit Awards and has blown up over the Globe. Here are my top ten songs by Miss Goulding which are based on my own opinions. As a side note – I’m not including songs featuring Ellie Goulding but I am including soundtrack songs as she has done her fair share.

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BEATING HEART – Divergant: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (2014)BURN – Halcyon Days (2013)STILL FALLING FOR YOU – Bridget Jones’ Baby: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (2016), GUNS AND HORSES – Lights (2010)

10. LOVE ME LIKE YOU DO – Fifty Shades of Grey: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (2015)

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To be honest this song is completely over-hyped. That said its a great pop ballad that showcases Goulding’s vocals. In addition the music video completes it as a whole.

9. ANYTHING CAN HAPPEN – Halcyon (2012)

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This tune was the first single off Goulding’s sophomore album, Halcyon. This song tapped more into Ellie’s indie routes and gave her a strong introduction to her second album.

8. LIGHTS – Lights (2010)

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Lights is a very quirky pop tune. Although this tune wasn’t a hit in the UK, it did introduce Goulding to the International market and helped propel her into stardom.

7. FIGURE 8 – Halcyon (2012)

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Once again, Goulding gives us an awesome indie tune in the vain of Florence + The Machine. Although it wasn’t a massive hit, It has become a fan favourite that Goulding still performs on tour.

6. STARRY EYED – Lights (2010)

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Starry Eyed, although was Ellie’s second single, this was the tune that made Goulding a star in the UK. Starry Eyed is was one of the first of many indie pop tunes that defined Goulding’s sound.

5. ARMY – Delirium (2015)

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I love this song from Goulding, it highlights how much she cares about people including her best friend (who she wrote this for). This is a very powerful song and is a feel good for everyone who’s feeling down.

4. HERE’S TO US – Girls, Vol. 3 (Music from the HBO original series) (2016)

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 Though it is not an official single and has no music video, “Here’s To Us” is a great song to listen and sing to. What I love about it is that as its is about loss and reminiscing about the past and it can be interpreted to different meanings which a lot of people can relate to it.

3. UNDER THE SHEETS – Lights (2010)

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This was the first song that introduced me to Miss Goulding, and it made me love her instantly. Back in 2009 there were so many new musicians coming out with the same type of music and Ellie swooped in with this unique sound that made her stand out in that sea of pop stars.

2. EXPLOSIONS – Halcyon (2012)

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This song is probably the most heartbreaking song she released. As it was about her Dad it made me relate to my relationship with mine which is quite strained. Its a great pop ballad that people can belt out or have a little cry to.

 

1. ON MY MIND – Delirium (2015)

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Some people might find this song a bit controversial for #1 but I absolutely love it. I know a lot of old fans of Goulding’s have complained that she sold out a bit with songs like this but as an artist I think it is vital to experiment with different genres and evolve their sound. This song is a proper pop tune but it still has that Ellie Goulding sound that we all know and love. I think its that Guitar rift throughout the song that got me more than anything.

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Halloween Films to Watch This October

Out of all the seasons, I always find Autumn the best time of the year. In addition to the leaves changing, cool weather and seasonal drinks, there is of course Halloween. Christmas is my favourite holiday of the year, but Halloween is an awesome time to bundle up and watch some amazing cinematics. This is a list of all the great movies to watch this September/October!

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FAMILY-FRIENDLY

HOCUS POCUS (1993)

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SPIRITED AWAY (2003)

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THE BLACK CAULDRON (1985)

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SABRINA THE TEENAGE WITCH (1996)

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(Couldn’t find a gif of the film so here is Salem being awesome!)

HALLOWEENTOWN (1998)

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SLIGHTLY CREEPY FILMS

THE CRAFT (1996)

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FRIGHT NIGHT (2011)

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THE AWAKENING (2011)

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SCREAM QAUDRILOGY (1996-2011)

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THE CROW (1994)

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SCARY SHIT

A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET (1985)

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HALLOWEEN (1978)

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THE CONJURING (2013)

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THE RING (2003)

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PSYCHO (1960)

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Top Ten Friends Episodes

This was a really hard list to do. Friends is probably my all time favourite show that I have watched for as long as I can remember. I know the show through and through and can quote every episode. I decided to pick my favourite episode from each season then rank them 10 to 1. 

10. THE ONE WHERE EVERYBODY FINDS OUT (Season 5, Episode 14)

Phoebe finds out about Monica and Chandler after seeing them through Ugly Naked Guy’s window and although Joey is happy that now they can just confront them, Rachel and Phoebe instead decide to pretend Phoebe is romantically interested in Chandler, so as to make them confess. Monica and Chandler realise something’s up so they play along.

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9. THE ONE WITH PRINCESS CONSUELA (Season 10, Episode 14)

Newly married Phoebe tries to change her name to Phoebe Hannigan, but learning she can change her name to whatever she wants, she changes it to Princess Consuela Bananahammock, but insists her friends call her Valerie. Mike is angry and decides to make a point by changing his name to Crap Bag.

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8. THE ONE WITH THE LOTTERY (Season 9, Episode 18)

The gang buys lottery tickets and fight over how to divide them up. Chandler waits for a promotion, while Rachel and Ross anticipate Emma’s first word.

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 7. THE ONE WITH GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS (Season 1, Episode 4)

Ross, upset about it being the anniversary of his first time sleeping with Carol, goes to a Rangers game with Chandler and Joey and gets hit in the face by a puck, and is taken to the hospital. The girls spy on George Stephanopoulos, whose pizza was delivered to them by mistake, across the street.

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6. THE ONE WITH ALL THE CHEESECAKES (Season 7, Episode 11)

Rachel and Chandler get hooked on cheesecakes meant for someone else. David, Phoebe’s Scientist Guy, comes into town for just one night and wants to have dinner with Phoebe when she already has plans with Joey. Monica’s cousin Frannie, with whom she was once best friends, is getting married, and she is not invited.

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5. THE ONE WITH THE PROM VIDEO (Season 2, Episode 14)

A home video from Monica and Rachel’s prom night reveals that Monica was previously overweight, and that Rachel had a large nose. Rachel seemed to have been stood up by her prom date, so Ross puts on his father’s tuxedo to take her to prom himself, but Rachel’s date shows up and they leave before she learns of Ross’s plans.

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4. THE ONE WITH THE VIDEOTAPE (Season 8, Episode 4)

Ross and Rachel disagree over who came onto whom when they hooked up. He wants to prove it and accidentally reveals that he has the encounter on videotape. Monica and Chandler meet another couple while on their honeymoon.

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3. THE ONE WITH THE EMBRYOS (Season 4, Episode 12)

Phoebe’s uterus is examined for implantation of the embryos. A seemingly harmless game between the guys and the girls escalates into a full-blown contest to see which pair knows more personal data about the other. The guys end up betting the chick and the duck, and the girls end up betting their apartment. 

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2. THE ONE WHERE ROSS GOT HIGH (Season 6, Episode 9)

Ross is forced to tell Chandler why Jack and Judy don’t like him. It turns out that in college, Ross experimented with pot, and blamed the smell on Chandler, who had supposedly jumped out of the window because he was stoned. Rachel tries to make dessert, but because the recipe book’s pages were glued together, she makes half of an English trifle and half of a shepherd’s pie.

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1.  THE ONE WHERE NO ONE IS READY (Season 3, Episode 2)

Ross is in a hurry to get everyone dressed for an important banquet at the museum but everyone keeps delaying. Monica freaks when she hears an answer phone message from Richard, and Joey and Chandler fight over a chair.

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Top 10 Favourite Family Guy Episodes of All Time

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I know there are quite a few people out there (including my sister) that think Family Guy is stupid. Me however, not so much. I have been a massive fan of the show for as long as I can remember and not ashamed to admit I have them on DVD. These are my favourite episodes of all time and they are purely based on my opinions.

 

10. Back To The Woods (SEASON 6, EPISODE 9)

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James Woods has become a bit of a regular guest star on the show. Although his first appearance on the show was hilarious, it was his second appearance which was the most memorable. James Woods takes revenge on Peter from his previous appearance by stealing his identity. What makes it really funny though is people closest to the Griffins believe he is Peter just because Woods has his wallet.

Highlight of the episode: All the guys confessing they are massive Barry Manilow fans.

 

9. Not All Dogs Go To Heaven (SEASON 7, EPISODE 11)

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This Meg-centric episode is believe it not quite hilarious. Meg gets the mumps and becomes a born-again Christian after watching Kirk Cameron on TV while sick. Brian confesses he’s an Atheist and Meg turns the entire community against him.

Highlight of the episode: The side plot involving Stewie trying to spend the day with the cast of Star Trek: The Next Generation.

 

8. Stewie Kills Lois/Lois Kills Stewie (SEASON 6, EPISODE 4 & 5)

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This double episode story sees Stewie finally killing Lois like he always planned since the pilot. Although Lois survived it showed Stewie’s true colours to his family and he takes over the White House and plots world domination. However this all turned out to be a simulation so Stewie could see what happened if he went through with his plans.

Highlight of the episodes: Lionel Richie cut away gag, and American Dad cameo.

 

7. Road to the Multiverse (SEASON 8, EPISODE 1)

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Out of all the ‘Road to…” episodes this probably the best as we get to explore alternative worlds. certain parallels include if Japan beat the US in WWII, Flintstones universe, I universe where there is no religion. When they end up in the universe where humans are subservient to dogs, Brian “accidentally” breaks the device and Stewie and him are stuck.

Highlight of the episode: The Disney universe is probably the best alternative world.

 

6. Chick Cancer (SEASON 5, EPISODE 7)

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Lois takes Peter to see a “chick flick” and he becomes obsessed with the genre and decides to make his own with hilarious results. Stewie runs into his former rival Olivia and falls in love with her. What I loved about this episode was Stewie and Olivia acting like an old married couple having arguments about things adults argue about.

Highlight of the episode: Peter’s finished chick flick “Steel Vaginas”.

 

5. Three Kings (SEASON 7, EPISODE 15)

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One of the few gems in the show where they step away from cut away gags. This episode retells three Stephen King stories. The Body, Shawshank Redemption. All three are very hilarious and it was funny to see people in certain roles, like Carter as the prison warden and Adam West as the bully.

Highlight of the episode: Misery is probably the best story out of the three, Stewie as “Stewie Wilkes” is brilliant.

 

4. The Man With Two Brians (SEASON 7, EPISODE 5)

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Truly a really funny episode. Brian almost drowns while trying to save Peter from a Jackass stunt gone wrong. After Lois scolds Peter for almost killing Brian telling Peter that he’s not a young dog any more, Peter decided to buy another dog and call him New Brian. Everyone loves New Brian except Stewie and when Brian feels he is being replaced, he decides to move out.

Highlight of the episode: Peter’s “Greatest American Hero” stunt which leads to the accident.

 

3. Laugh It Up Fuzzball: The Family Guy Trilogy (SEASON 6, EPISODE 1, SEASON 8, EPISODE 20, SEASON 9, EPISODE 18)

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This is a bit of a cheat (so was the Stewie Kills Lois/Lois Kills Stewie entry) but I couldn’t decide which was better as it was just brilliant as a whole. I knew how much a Star Wars fan Seth MacFarlane is so it was really interesting to see his take on the original trilogy.

Highlight of the episode: Just Stewie in general a Darth Vadar.

 

2. I Dream of Jesus (SEASON 7, EPISODE 2)

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Everything about this episode was hysterical. After Peter becomes obsessed with the song “Surfing Bird” the family had had enough and destroys his copy of the song. Peter goes in search for a new copy only to find Jesus Christ working in a record shop. Peter then convinces Jesus to do a “second coming” but because this is the 21st century Jesus becomes a celebrity, hangs out with celebrities like Paris Hilton and goes on a downward spiral.

Highlight of the episode: Office Space cut away gag with Brian and Stewie.

 

1. And Then There Were Fewer (SEASON 9, EPISODE 1)

All time favourite, this episode is by far the most well written and by far one of the funniest episodes  of the series. Everyone in Quahog  is invited to a weekend getaway by a mysterious host who turns out to be James Woods! He want to make amends with everyone but ends up getting murdered. The guests have to figure out who do it before they’re all murdered. I’m a hug fan of And Then There Were None so i really liked their take on the story. What I also loved about it was the storytelling was on point, they didn’t rely on cut away gags to get a laugh and they put together character we never usually see in the same scenes.

Highlight of the episode: Everyone telling their reasons why they hate James Woods e.g. He messed Dr. Hartman’s skeleton in his office.