With Christmas jumper day just around the corner (on the 15th December), it’s time to start thinking what Christmas jumper to wear. For me and my colleagues, we’re not looking further than TV and movie related jumpers.

This year, there seems to have been an increase in the number of quality movie and TV Christmas jumpers on the horizon. Based on a bit of looking around, I thought we’d share our favourite jumpers. Based on TV shows and movies.

Game of Thrones

let it snow

You can’t have a list of TV and movie Christmas jumpers without a Game of Thrones jumper. Who better to represent this than the man himself. The King of the North!

Rick & Morty

There has to be at least one person wearing a Rick and Morty jumper. Who wants a snowman or a Christmas pudding when you can have Rick Sanchez’s eyes staring at your work colleagues.

Star Wars

Luke Skywalker vs Darth Vader Christmas jumper

Star Wars Christmas jumpers were the original nerdy jumpers. Now the range has expanded exponentially. Out of all the movies and TV shows, they seem to have the widest selection of different jumpers.

Stranger Things

Another popular show among the writers on this site is Stranger Things. With the second season launching during Haloween on Netflix, it’s fresh in everyone’s eyes. There are some cool and clever Christmas jumpers for Stanger Things. Like the two below.

It also looks like DC and Marvel have taken their comic book rivalry to Christmas jumpers. There are some great jumpers which would make most nerds and even non-nerds excited.

Let’s have a look at Marvel first

Avengers

I think we need Hulk and Iron Man to help settle things!

However, that model doesn’t exactly looking too hulking to model that jumper!

Then on the opposing team we have the DC jumpers.

I’m not about you but I’m Marvel over DC here as well (Marvel fanboy alert!)

Harry Potter

Also for those JK Rowling fans, we there are some awesome Harry Potter jumpers. The pick of the bunch has to be this green and black fairisle.

There are also the classics. We’re talking Home Alone, Elf and Die Hard jumpers. Anyone born before the nineties would appreciate these retro classics.

 

Regardless of what you like. Let us know what is your favourite movie and TV Christmas jumper for 2017.

Also be sure to check some of these sweaters at https://Christmasjumperclub.com/

This is a guest review by Fernando Autran. DVD Street is not responsible for any of these views or opinions.

The Thor saga occupies a strange place within the Marvel universe. It’s like that weird cousin in your family or the mysterious friend of your friend that nobody quite likes, but they don’t hate either. What I’m trying to say is that the best way to describe the previous two Thor movies is they were average. Blame it on an uninspiring script or bad direction, but they didn’t leave much of an impression. The question is then, has Thor Ragnarok finally managed to shake the saga from its stupor? Well, I’m happy to say that it has.

The solution came by pouring a big glass of Guardians of the Galaxy essence into the mix, but don’t take this as a lack of originality. Director Taika Waititi managed to take the best elements, implant them seamlessly and make the movie truly his. The humour, the campiness, the colourful characters and settings, are all there to our delight. A feast for the eyes that oozes charisma.

However, an amazing setting is nothing without a good story filling it, and although it’s pretty good overall, there’s a bit of dissonance that drags the experience. You see, the problem is that Thor Ragnarok is two stories packed into one. On one hand, we have Thor and Hulk’s story on the planet Sakaar, and on the other, we have Hela’s conquest of Asgard. From the two, the first one is clearly the best, and the jumps to the second one feel more like an intrusion than a progression of the story. The movie could have been perfect for just the first story.

This is not fault of any of the actors, they all perform their roles perfectly. That said, I would like to give a special mention to Cate Blanchett. She does a fantastic Job as Hela, she devours every scene she’s in. In a movie with so many characters that fell larger than life, you truly believe her when she says she’s the goddess of death.

That said the stars of the movie are definitively the Hulk-Thor duo. The banter and puns between the two wouldn’t have work if there wasn’t chemistry between the actors, but they both deliver, giving us a hilarious performance. The sibling relationship between Thor and Loki also gets developed and although not as humorous, it carries a lot of the drama of the movie, and it helps develop Loki’s character.

I’m talking a lot about the acting and the story, what about the action? It’s pretty much what you can expect from a Marvel movie: frenetic, tense, and exciting without dragging too long. It doesn’t have anything to envy from Guardians of the Galaxy. It speaks volumes of Taika Waititi’s skill as a director that the serious and comedic moments never clash during the action, they nicely flow from one to the other.

Thor Ragnarok is probably the funniest Marvel movie to date. That is its greatest strength and its greatest weakness. The virtues do outnumber the flaws, but they do not suppress them. Marvel has found a good equilibrium between comedy, action, and drama, but when the moments that stand out the most are the jokes you run out the risk of taking away the gravity of the story. So far, the movie manages to stay on balance with a few missteps. Time will tell if they’re capable of maintaining that balance with the rest of the movies.

Before we go on, I must stand up and confess something about Star Wars: The Force Awakens. What I’m about to say has nothing to do with the quality of the movie itself, I think it was great, and I enjoyed it a lot. That said, there’s something I must take off my chest. Okay, here it goes: I think it was a shameless copy of a new hope.

Yes, I can already see some of you snarking and rolling your eyes, but please stay with me just a bit longer. Again, as much as I enjoyed the movie, its lack of originality disappointed me a lot. I understand why Disney did it, there was too much riding on the film to take any risks.

That said, it’s my sincere hope that Star Wars: The Last Jedi, takes more risks, a new generation deserves new stories. Thankfully, I’m happy to say that based on the limited information available I think it’s on the right track. With that said here are 5 things to expect in the upcoming Star Wars: The Last Jedi:

1. The end of the Jedi.

I love Star Wars, I Love the Jedi, I love the Sith, but man I’m tired of the conflict between the two. You could quickly summarize the story of the whole galaxy as the war between the light side and the dark side, sometimes the light wins, and sometimes the dark wins, but in the end, nothing really changes. I get the feeling that Luke has finally understood this, the best he can do to end the cycle is to get rid of the Jedi once and for all.

2. The beginning of something new.

Rey and Kylo are force users, but at the same time, they’re something more. If as Luke said the Jedi are finished, then what will take their place? New sith? I don’t think so. I believe that Rey and Kylo will become a new kind of force users, with a preference for the light side or the dark side of course, but different. Perhaps they will become the “grey Jedis” everyone is talking about, a force user that seeks balance above everything else.

3. Luke won’t be Yoda, and Rey won’t be Luke.

It’s clear that Luke is going to be Rey’s mentor, what is not clear is the kind of relationship they will have. What we can see from the trailers and the information so far is that there’s going to be a lot of tension between the two. Luke has been described several times as jaded and cynical after the incident that destroyed his school. He’s terrified he’s going to make the same mistakes with Rey, and so he keeps her at a distance, not fully trusting her. This will certainly affect Rey’s development as a force user in ways it didn’t affect Luke.

4. The bigger picture will take form.

How are Kylo and Rey related? Are they even related at all? Who’s supreme leader Snoke? Why does he have an interest in Kylo and Rey? What happened between Luke and Kylo? A thousand theories surround these questions, some more solid than others. I’m not sure which ones will end being true, but what I know is this: this movie will answer those questions, or at least provide enough information to start discarding theories finally.

5. A war of influence and leadership.

The situation in the galaxy is different from previous Star Wars movies. Both the resistance and the first order suffered devastating loses and the collateral damage left the galaxy in chaos. As such, this means that the war will be as much as making alliances and gaining influence as it is about winning battles. The thing is Leia is old, and she’s exhausted. Perhaps we will see someone else take the mantle? Poe Dameron maybe?

This is a guest post by Fernando Autran.

One of the only redeeming qualities of the fall season is the holidays that follow. First up is Halloween, which is the best of the three. Christmas brings hope. New Year’s brings renewal. Halloween brings darkness and terror, and laughs in the face of impending death. It’s the sexiest of the three. It’s the holiday that comes to the party dressed in black, and doesn’t give a crap about your happiness or joy.

Halloween is Punk.

Halloween is also that time when one can indulge in fictional horrors through television and film. Many of us try to get into the spirit of the holiday through horror films and scary tv.

With that in mind, here are some suggestions that help you celebrate the macabre. At the very least, you’ll get a good fright.

  1. THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS (with special shout out to “IT’S THE GREAT PUMPKIN, CHARLIE BROWN”)

For some of a certain age, Halloween didn’t kick off until you watched “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown.” The story of Linus waiting for the Great Pumpkin to arrive is as timeless as it is simple. It was a great kickoff to the holiday season.

Now, thanks to Netflix, a new holiday tradition has begun for the wee ones. Released in 1993, The film tells the story of Jack Skellington, a resident of “Halloween town” who discovers a doorway to other holidays and, out of boredom, decides to take Santa’s place. It’s a delightfully dark film with memorable music and a fantastic score.

Netflix plays it every year now and Disney has caught on to its popularity. You can’t miss Nightmare products at the stores in October.

Watch it soon as the calendar changes. It will set the proper mood for the next 31 days.

  1. THE SHINING

For adults, Halloween often means two things: Dressing up as a “Sexy” Version of whatever’s hip in pop culture, and Scary movies. and while most often go for a slasher flick (like, say, “Halloween”) I tend to go for something with a bit more heft to it.

Something considered a classic of the cinema.

Something that originated from the mind of Stephen King.

THE SHINING has everything you would want in a horror film. A haunted hotel. A boy with the ability to see Ghosts. And a father consumed by madness until he becomes the lumbering monster with murder on the mind.

A suspenseful Classic, The Shining is the one to watch this Halloween . . . with the lights on.

  1. THE WALKING DEAD PILOT

Walking Dead is in its 8th season now, with no signs of slowing down. The Popular show has become the definitive Zombie horror story. And as story about survival against all odds

The Pilot episode stands out as a fantastic hour of horror television. It’s directed by Frank Darabont, and it’s the most cinematic episode of the series.

One scene stands out. Rick, walking down a dark corridor, with nothing to light the way but matches. It’s a close shot of his face, as he’s walking this hallway. Every few moments, the light extinguishes, and for a moment it’s pitch black. And then Rick lights another match. It’s the most suspenseful two minutes on TV. Seven years later I still remember it.

Watch the first episode for that scene alone.

  1. GHOSTBUSTER ‘84

It can’t be all Doom and Gloom, right? Sometimes you want something you can laugh at.

Ghostbusters (the 84 version) still holds up. Staring Bill Murray, Dan Ackroyd, and Harold Ramis, the film tells the story of three paranormal scientist who figure out how to contain the supernatural and keep them from pestering society. The film was wildly popular, spawning a sequel, a Saturday morning cartoon, and a remake. Kids still dress up as Ghostbusters today, asking “Who You gonna Call?”

  1. STRANGER THINGS SEASON ONE AND TWO

And speaking of the eighties, “Stranger Things” Season 2 starts in time to take advantage of the holiday. The Second Season builds on what happened before and specifically, what happened to Will.

If you haven’t seen the first season, get on it. If you’ve wondered what a collaboration between Stephen King and Stephen Spielberg would have looked like, this is the closest you may get.

There are many ways that one gets into the Halloween spirit, but these five films and television programs are staples. They are but a small selection of media that can chill you to the bone and get your heart rate up. I recommend watching with the lights off and remember, it’s only make-believe.

And that knock at the window? It’s only the wind.

Or is it?

It’s been a couple of weeks since the season 7 finale. Admittedly, it was a weaker season than previous ones. However, the end of Season Seven was still pretty intense. Zombie dragons breathing blue fire. Littlefinger punished for his past indiscretions. The long-awaited consummation between Jon Snow and his aunt. The fall of the wall.

With the eighth season of GOT airing as late as 2019, here are some shows that may make that wait a little easier.

WESTWORLD

In the future, man will find amusement in the virtual reality that is “Westworld.” There, humans can kill and screw whomever they please against the backdrop of the old west. Hosts, the androids who populate the park, are there for man’s entertainment.

But what happens when they become conscience? What happens then they begin to remember the horrors done to them?

The storytelling’s a bit more thought provoking than game of thrones. But like early episodes of GOT, there’s a lot of nudity to appease those missing the “Sexposition” GOT excelled at.

Find it on HBO, HBO GO, and the HBONOW app. Season one is complete and season two will premiere sometime in 2018.

Rating: 9 out of 10 bullets to the chest (if you’re a host)

Handmaid’s Tale

The United States is no more. Women have lost all rights. those who show exceptional fertility become “Handmaids” and are ceremoniously raped every month. One handmaid, Offred, refuses to break and becomes part of the resistance.

This show is HEAVY, especially in the current political climate. Like GOT it has a central hero who doesn’t give up even when the odds are stacked against her. And you look forward to the day Offred gets her revenge. Much like the night Arya got hers against the Freys.

Season One is available on HULU, with season 2 coming in 2018

Rating: 9 out of 10 headdresses.

OUTLANDER

A married woman travels to the past, falls in love with a Scottish Gael, and promptly has what may be the strangest affair ever.

Outlander is much more romantic than GOT, but it has that soap opera element that one who is addicted to the Songs of Ice and Fire would appreciate.

OUTLANDER is in its second season can currently be seen on STARZ.

Rating: 7 out of 10 magic time traveling stones.

VIKINGS

Who isn’t down for a little village pillaging? Vikings tells the story of the legendary Viking Chieftain Ragnar Lothbrok and his crew. It’s more historical fiction than fantasy, but the tone and violence is similar enough to Game of Thrones to make it a worthy surrogate.

Plus, Travis Fimmel is not that bad on the eyes, am I right ladies? Gentlemen? Anyone?

VIKINGS is in its fourth season on The History Channel.

Rating: 7 out of 10 raided villages

Preacher

There is nothing about this show that is even remotely like Game of Thrones.

But you have a preacher, his lady, and a vampire on the road looking for God. How can you say no to that?

Preacher is in its second season on AMC.

Rating: 9 out of 10 Hallelujahs to the face!

We are in a time where finding something of quality to watch is harder than ever. And while nothing can compare to GOT, it’s good to know there are plenty of options that are out there that will keep you enraged, enlightened, and most of all, engaged.

Happy viewing!

There’s something ominous coming over the horizon. Something that’s going to threaten the lives of all who live in Hawkins, Indiana.Something that seems to be haunting Will Byer, the only other survivor of the “Upside Down.”Stranger Things makes its return this October, and based off the trailers, it looks as though the threat is much larger for the small town.

Stranger Things makes its return this October 29, and based off the trailers, it looks as though the threat is much larger for the small town.

Set during Halloween in 1984, the second season deals with the aftermath of the events of the first season. The four boys are now back together, trying to make things appear as if they are back to normal.

But Will is still traumatized by the events, and based on the trailer, may still be haunted by the “Upside down.”

Add to that a new threat that seems to be of even greater stature than the Demogorgon, and you have a series that is about to up the ante.

According to Producer Shawn Levy, the show will be about the “Determined desire to return to normalcy in Hawkins.” How successful that will be is anyone’s guess. We will also see the return of Eleven, after her disappearance at the climax of Season one. “It’s a big Climax for Eleven,” said Millie Bobby Brown of the character, “and we’ll learn a lot from her.”

Returning to the show is also Winona Ryder, who in the second season will be dating an old high school friend to cover her feelings, as well as David Habour, who as Detective Hopper, will begin to crack under the pressure of keeping season one’s events quiet. Not many people know that there was a monster running loose, and he’s also doing all he can to protect Joyce and Will.

There are also new cast members coming in to lend their support to an already stellar cast. Sean Astin, of Goonies and Lord of the Rings fame, plays Bob, a former schoolmate of Joyce’s who starts a relationship with her and finds himself at odds with Hopper. And Sadie Sink plays Max, a young lady with a complicated past and a stepbrother with violent tendencies. It looks like she will join the team of Mike, Will, Dustin, and Lucas as they face off with what’s to come (in Ghostbusters costumes, no less).

It’s shaping up to be a fantastic season, and with 80’s nostalgia still going strong, there are high hopes that the second season will be a hit. Hopefully, we will get some questions answered in this second season. Will Nancy finally see Steve as the jerk he is and fall for Jonathan? Will the boys be able to take out this threat that seems so much bigger? And what will we learn about Eleven? How was she able to survive the battle with the Demogorgon?

And if she survived, did the Demogorgon survive as well? October 27th can’t get here fast enough. If you haven’t seen Stranger Things season 1 yet, there’s plenty of time to have binge and be ready for the new season.

In case you have been hiding under your bed, there’s a certain red-haired clown who has made his (IT’s?) way onto the big screen. With his seductive grin and red balloons aplenty, he has returned to terrorize young children and lure them into his vicious world “Where we all float down here!”

And no, I’m not Talking about Ronald McDonald. Though I do believe he and IT share the same body count.

Given that he’s (IT’s?) the most popular member of the scary clown club, I thought I would share a few of the scariest clowns in TV or cinema that make my heart jump just thinking about them and what they can do. Warning, these clowns might keep you up all night. These names are a big reason why.

Pennywise

I had entertained the thought of not including Pennywise on the list. But it’s hard to title your article “5 scariest clowns” and not include him (IT?) on the list.

IT’s not just the glowing yellow eyes, the sharp teeth, the forehead that seems to go for miles. It’s the bullying. The mocking. He knows your deepest darkest secrets, and he will expose them to you, and when you are vulnerable, he will strike. He’s the kid in class who knows how to take you down with his words as well as his fist. He’s the reason you think about taking that bottle of pills rather than face the world. He’s the ultimate monster. And he wears White Greasepaint.

That scary ass clown toy from Poltergeist

First it sits there, with its permanent grin, looking at you with its gangly legs and feet.Then it’s gone.

Where did it go?

You check under the bed, and it’s not there.

But why would it be? IT’S RIGHT BEHIND YOU!!!!

I’m sure sales of Clown related memorabilia plummeted after the release of POLTERGEIST.

And with Good Reason.

The Joker from The Dark Night

I’m specifically talking about Heath Ledger’s performance as the Joker. Jack Nicolson made the character seem fun, and the less we talk about Jared Leto the better.

But Heath’s Joker, that guy was unstable. Being in a room with him, you never knew what was going to happen. And that makeup, haphazardly slapped on his face, and those scars? He has a story (or two) about those scars.

The Joker’s always had a laugh at the expense of others, and Heath Ledger brought that madness to the forefront. His performance deserved the Oscar win, and it’s been hard to top since then.

Yes, Jared, I’m looking at you.

Clown, from the film Clown

After a mistake with a birthday clown booking, Kent McCoy finds an old Clown Costume and puts it on, saving the day and earning the love of his son.

But that costume is really the skin of a demon, and slowly, Kent transforms into a monster who lures people into his clutches by pretending to be this sweet, funny clown.

Sound familiar?

The transformation is grotesque and the thrills real. This CLOWN is every bit as frightening as Pennywise, and even more so because he possesses an innocent man in the process.

Twisty the Clown from American Horror Story: Freak Show

Twisty was a gentle but slow-witted clown who only wanted to entertain. But jealousy and rumors destroy his career, and at a depressed state, he attempts suicide by eating a shotgun.

The attempt fails and he’s left with a mutilated face and a new lease on life.

He becomes a killer.

With his mask of a grinning face, and his dirty, disheveled costume, Twisty terrorizes the town, kidnapping children and murdering their mean parents. His grinning mask, with its gray teeth and dark lips, only amp up the nightmare.

Thankfully, these clowns only terrorize us on film and television. You won’t find these clowns at the circus, or at your next birthday party. They aren’t real. It’s only make believe.

Keep telling yourself that if it makes you feel better.

Right off the bat, the best thing about the series is how short it is. Only eight episodes. It doesn’t suffer from the filler that the shows that proceed it suffered from. It keeps the show focused on one singular story. And benefits from that focus.

The show starts with a recap of where each character left off in their respective shows. If you haven’t seen the programs that predate THE DEFENDERS, you may find the beginning to be a little spoilery. I like to think they serve to entice you to watch those shows. They become prequels. You wonder how they got to where they are now.

Matt Murdock has given up his Daredevil persona and is now working full-time as a Pro Bono lawyer. Luke Cage is still in prison but is soon released. Jessica Jones is dealing with her issues the only way she knows how – at the bottom of a bottle.

And Danny Rand? He’s still trying to fulfill his duties as The Immortal Iron Fist.

He’s not doing so well.

Each Character gets pulled into the plot by their specific dealings with the Hand. The Hand is led by Sigourney Weaver’s character, Alexandra, one of the five “fingers” of the hand. She’s dying, and is looking to open a door to immortality.

She only needs a key.

Oh, and Electra lives. Again.

Being that this is Marvel, they don’t buddy up and save the world right away. There’s distrust. They fight each other. They deny their ability to help.

But by the end, they do the right thing

Each character brings something to the story. Jessica Jones serves as the Spider-man Surrogate, quick to drop one liners. Luke Cage is the moral compass, the man who wants to do the right thing. Matt is the leader, whether he wants to or not. And Danny? If you didn’t know he was the immortal iron fist, he will let you know.

A lot.

Towards the end, there is a shift in the tone of the show. By the third act of the series it becomes a Daredevil season 2.5, and the rest of the characters are back up. Luke Cage and Jessica Jones are especially out of place, serving as only muscle.

And while the four Superpowered characters get top billing, I can’t forget how much Misty Knight, Clair Temple, and Colleen Wing contribute to the team. They may not be on the front cover, but they are members of the team.

I give it the show 8 out of 10 Glowing Iron Fists. It’s a great way to spend a weekend if you feel like bingeing, with great performances by the actors and fun references to the comics, if you’re familiar with the characters. I would hope that a second season will bring a threat that is more central to each character, and not only one of them.

Perhaps they could hunt for a certain vigilante with a thing for Skulls?