Prop Store Exhibition at BFI IMAX 2016

To have the chance to see some of your favourite memorabilia and props from some of your most beloved films, really is something quite special and unique. It’s a very rare opportunity so when you have the chance to see these random items and be up close and personal close to any of these objects, take it! I was lucky enough to have an exhibition in London so I went down to the BFI IMAX in Waterloo, London as Prop Store were holding a special event before their live auction, which took place on September 27.

Prop Store logo

What I saw made me have a huge geekgasm, it was very exciting and the perfect place for me! There were signed scripts and books, props from Die Hard, The Dark Knight, Terminator 2, Star Trek, The Martian, 24, Gladiator and too many more to name. The auction has gone live and people are currently bidding thousands on items such as the Bat Pod, costumes from Star Trek, original storyboards from Star Wars, FBI badges from The X Files, clapperboards from countless films and a signed copy of Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone.

So if you’ve got a bottomless pit of cash, chances are you’ll be bidding on these items already! I know what I’d get first, the Batpod! Take a look and see what I saw the other day. What would you bid on?

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The Great British Geek Off

For those of you who are like me and into the nerdy and geeky wonders of life but also enjoy a spot of baking now and then, you would have enjoyed this year’s Great British Bake Off. It had a wide array of contestants and brilliant bakes. Nadia’s soda cheesecake was one of my favourites and Paul’s (not the judge of course!) lion bread concoction was incredible! It got me thinking how I could combine my love of baking and all things geeky. I’ve found some amazing things to go with my Death Star cookie jar (yes I have one and it’s magnificent) all of which is being added to my Christmas wish list.

Now that we are approaching the festive season with Thanksgiving and Christmas not far off, I wanted to come up with some fun items that the nerd / geek in you will really want to use to create some amazing bakes. So to keep that in mind, here are some things you can use to create the ultimate geek bake off.

What to wear

You are going to want to cover up your threads so why not try on this lovely Tardis from Doctor Who apron on for size? You will look ever so stylish in this blue apron, whilst keeping up the appearance of being a nerd, good choice I say! Especially if you love Doctor Who. Who doesn’t?

Tardis apron

What to bake on

Yes you have your kitchen surface but it sometimes helps to have a chopping board, depending on what you are baking. If you need to make cookies or a cinnamon roll of some kind, you’ll want that extra layer of protection. Just use the Hulk chopping board and all is well. Just do what the Hulk does, which is to say SMASH!

What to roll with

You will only occasionally need a rolling pin, unless you have an unhealthy (actually very awesome) obsession with cookies, whilst baking. So, with that in mind, why not get a fun one? I only have dull plain ones, which I’m not a fan of. However, I may invest in something like this. A Harry Potter embossed rolling pin. This will certainly add some magic to your biscuits!

harry potter rolling pin

What to cut with

If rolling patterns isn’t your thing, then maybe try out some funky cookie cutters. Yet another thing I would like to invest in are these 3D dinosaur cookie cutters. Never been a fan of 3D when it comes to the cinema, but I’m loving these. They are certain to give your cookies some bite!

dino cookie cutters

What to bake in

This is for all you cake bakers out there, which I’m sure includes a lot of you. If you want to do something more special than your standard round cake, how about a Darth Vader head shaped cake? Sound good? Well lucky you, there’s a Darth Vader head cake mould just waiting to be used! Come over to the Dark Side and bake with Darth. He’s famously a big icing fan!

Darth Vader cake tin

What to store it in

Unless you’re very hungry, or you have lots of people to hand out these tasty treats to, you’ll need something to store your cookies in. (Yeah I looked for a cool cake tin, but alas there are none as cool as the rest of this list!) I have a Death Star cookie jar at home, which I absolutely love! But, why not keep this in the darkest of places? Why not keep them cool? Why not keep them in the Dark Knight? This wonderful Batman cookie jar is ideal for biscuits of all sizes. At least he’ll have an excuse for not defending Gotham, he’s just too full of your delicious cookies!

BAtman cookie jar

So there you have it, all you need to enjoy yourself baking at home and to maybe even start your own novelty baking shop! Get out there my fellow nerds and geeks and get baking!

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My 100th Post

This is my 100th blog post. It’s been a long road to get to this point but I think it’s been worth it. Recently I’ve started to follow more and more bloggers on WordPress as well as Twitter and it’s one hell of a community. There are some really wonderful film blogs out there, some very alternative ones, some interesting mainstream ones, those which cover classic films, the ones who love the indies. I urge you to check them out, here’s a few links to some really good ones I’ve seen.

I have done a lot too, been to so many things, events, cinemas, just had a great time since I started this blog. I’ve been to the London Film Festival twice (first time getting to meet Marion Cotillard and then meeting Ralph Fiennes), visited the brilliant and gorgeous Aubin Cinema, returned to the IMAX twice in one year (once for the Dark Knight Rises and once for Gravity), finally made it to the Rooftop Cinema Club in Shoreditch, been to the Harry Potter World at the Warner Brother Studios in Watford, watched countless films, bought countless DVDs (my collection recently surpassed 400), went to my very first film marathon at the Prince Charles Cinema, went to the awful Ramoji Film City in Hyderabad, got to go to the James Bond in Motion exhibition, Sundance London’s first and second year and the VFX Festival which I didn’t even know existed until a few weeks before I went.  Here’s a few photos from the past two years

For this post, I wanted to include something a bit random and special. Vue Cinemas have kindly provided me with a link to this make-up tutorial to create a high street look similar to that of Angelina Jolie’s in Disney’s new film, Maleficent. A really good video tutorial with the talented Marcos Gurgel who has worked on several diverse projects including The Voice, Strictly Come Dancing, and on titles such as Radio Times, Sunday Times and OK! magazine. He has recently worked on shows during London and Paris Fashion weeks. Have a look below

I also wanted to include a few other images which I’ve seen recently, it’s a mix of all odds and sods, some new films, posters, random images of actors and the Batman exhibition opening in LA. Fingers crossed they bring that here.

As for the future of this blog, don’t worry this isn’t where I will sign off for good. In fact not a tall. I’ve got plenty of ideas coming up including an online film festival, visiting more unusual cinemas, going to more film festivals in London and around the country, interviews with those who are up and coming in the movie industry, once again staying up for the Oscars and just so much more I don’t want to tell you about just yet!

Thanks for reading and as ever, Keep. It. Reel

Harry Potter Studio tour

This was such an amazing day, you will honestly feel like a very excited child running around the sets and finding out all about the phenomenon that isn’t going to die any time soon. The Harry Potter Studio Tour is a bold, big and brilliant blend of sets, props, talks, plans, sketches, children, adults, fans, non fans, chocolate frogs, Butterbeer, magic cars, broom sticks and so much more. You need to see it to truly believe, the sets are the real thing from the eight films, featuring Hogwarts, giant chess pieces, the common room, Dumbledore’s office and too many more to mention in a small post.

It’s very hard to describe how much fun it is just to look around and try a few things out. Not only do you see all of the above, there are videos playing with talks from the directors, creators, producers and actors, telling how it was all done which speaks closely to my inner film geek. A truly fascinating land, a must for absolutely everyone.

Have fun and Keep It Reel.



Alternative posters by Olly Moss

Empire Magazine have a regular feature with the artist Olly Moss, have a look at his brilliant artwork of alternative film posters. Superb work! Click here for more work on his site. Hope you love it!