Celluloid Diaries

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Top 5 movies set in Paris

top 5 best movies set in paris

Strolling through the streets of Paris last month and passing many famous filming locations, I wondered about the top movies set in Paris, especially those that would make any viewer fall in love with the French capital. So after some thinking, here are my eclectic top 5 of movies that take place in Paris.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Caturday Movies - Interview with Kedi director Ceyda Torun

caturday documentary

I had the chance to see a delightful new cat documentary: Kedi (aka Nine Lives: Cats in Istanbul). The film follows seven cats in the Turkish capital and sheds new light on their lives and how they influence the people around them.

As I'm always in for a good conversation about cats and movies, I had a chat with director Ceyda Torun about the making of Kedi.

But first, have a look at the trailer. It really gives a good impression of what the documentary is like.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Ten must read books

ten must read books

I can hardly believe When Animals Attack: The 70 Best Horror Movies with Killer Animals has been out for over two months now. We haven't actually celebrated that, have we?

For the occasion, ten contributors to When Animals Attack will give away their books to one lucky reader of Celluloid Diaries.

All you have to do is fill in the Rafflecopter form below for a chance to win the entire package of ten books. The giveaway is open worldwide.

These are the books we're giving away...

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

The art of Walt Disney Animation Studios

musée art ludique exhibition paris

Last month, we visited the exhibition The Art of Walt Disney Animation Studios: Movement by Nature at the Musée Art Ludique in Paris. In case you didn't know, the museum was created in 2013 and specializes in exhibitions about animated films. Some of their previous exhibitions include Pixar: 25 Years of Animation, The Art of Marvel Superheroes, Drawings of Studio Ghibli, Aardman: Art Taking Shape, and The Art of the Blue Sky Studios.

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Amelie filming locations in Montmartre

amelie filming locations montmartre

I wasn't planning on doing an article on the Amelie filming locations in Montmartre. However, last month, I spent a few days in Paris, and a visit to Montmartre was on top of my list as it's one of my favorite Parisian neighborhoods. Ambling along the picturesque, cobblestone alleys, my local friend kept saying, “This place appeared in Amelie.” As Montmartre is where much of the film occurs, I thought you'd be interested in discovering these Amelie filming locations with me.

In case you haven't seen the film, watch the trailer first.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Why I hated Star Wars

i hate star wars

This is a guest post by Hilary Grossman.

I like to think that I have an open mind. But deep down I know that is usually not totally the case. Take movies for example. I will give pretty much any genre a chance, except for science fiction…

For my entire life, whenever I heard the words Star Wars I would cringe. I knew the series weren’t for me. I boasted I never watched one movie, and I never planned on sitting through one either.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

A parody of The Walking Dead

walking dead theater

When I was in Paris earlier this month, a friend introduced me to Hyperkult, a French theater company known for on-stage parodies of popular TV shows.

Their first performance, now already ten years ago, was a comical reproduction of Dallas, heavily influenced by Ben Stiller, Les Nuls, and Monty Python. The concept was successful and other parodies followed, including Dexter, Game of Thrones, ER, Star Trek, and Baywatch.

Monday, January 2, 2017

Harry Potter exhibition in Brussels

harry potter exhibition brussels

On the last day of 2016, I went to see the Harry Potter exhibition in Brussels. Judging from the pictures, it looked a magical experience. It truly was.

Here are a few photos...

Saturday, December 10, 2016

The animals are loose

the animals are loose

The animals are loose!


When Animals Attack: The 70 Best Horror Movies with Killer Animals is now officially available as paperback and eBook.

Some of the contributing writers include Jon Kitley, Christine Rains, Jay Clarke, Dave Anderson, Alex J. Cavanaugh, Oksana Osachiy, and many others.

Friday, November 25, 2016

When Animals Attack | Cover Reveal

nature strikes back movies


I'm thrilled to reveal the cover of my new release When Animals Attack: The 70 Best Horror Movies with Killer Animals. The design is by Gilles Vranckx who also made the covers for Avalon, Next to Her, and GPS with Benefits.