Red Hot Reviews | Best Films of 2014

Award season will soon be upon us and whilst re-runs of Elf, Frozen  and Home Alone will mostly be occupying us over the festive period, our resident film buffs will also likely be cracking open their DVD stash to re-watch some of this years’ greatest films.

 

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As every December for the past bajillion years, the year is finally closing with a little bit of Tolkein. The third installment of The Hobbit: Battle of The Five Armies has arrived and sets to draw a conclusion for Bilbo Baggins on his quest to slay Smaug and reclaim the Dwarven homeland… yet our eyes have been glued to the silver screen all year round with plenty of action, romance, horror and adventure.
This year we’ve been loving Frank, the semi-biographical film based on Jon Ronson’s account of touring with Frank Sidebottom and The Freshies. Starring Michael Fassbender, Domhnall Gleeson and Maggie Gyllenhaal, this madcap comedy-drama by Lenny Ambrahamson followed our stories protagonist Jon (Domhnall Gleeson) as he tries to keep up as keyboard player of Soronprfbs – the band of  the enigmatic paper mache head-wearing Frank who has locked away his comrades to create the greatest album of all time. With an original soundtrack, quick-witted script and stunning visual mood, Frank merges together to create on of the surprise cinematic hits of the year.

Indie fans were also treated to Australian horror The Babadook in October, Calvary in August and Wes Anderson’s Grand Budapest Hotel which sees Ralph Fiennes (who has just been nominated for his performance at the Golden Globes) as the eccentric Monseir Gustave H; the curator of a fine hotel whose adventure with the hotels’ lobby boy Zero to rescue a prized painting ends in offbeat comedy hi-jinks typical of Anderson’s signature style.

Under The Skin, Blue Ruin, Nightcrawler and Locke also led the way of the low-key arthouse titles this year with Under The Skin taking the gong for ‘The Strangest Film We’ve Seen All Year’ whilst Dallas Buyers Club, American Hustle, 12 Years A Slave and thriller Gone Girl have picked up countless acknowledgements – from ourselves AND the Academy – for their brilliance.

Families, comedy fans and action lovers instead had the pleasure of more playful rip-roaring summer popcorn-fests in the form of The Lego Movie, Captain America: The Winter Soldier Godzilla, X-Men: Days of Future Past, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part One and 22 Jump Street to enjoy (Phew! That is a lot of good movies!) – not to mention Christopher Nolan’s long-awaited blockbuster Interstellar starring Matthew McConaughey.

However, our favourite film of the summer has to be Marvel’s latest offering Guardians Of The Galaxy with its’ brilliant ’70s and ’80s soundtrack and laugh out loud action packed sequences. It has to be said that this less popular comic and not-exactly-hotly-anticipated movie completely snuck up on everyone as the funniest and most impressive on-screen venture of 2014 yet with a star-studded cast of unlikely heroes battling it out in space, Guardians truly shone and still shines on a second, third and fourth watch.  Guardians’ may be not be the Avengers V.2 but Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Bradley Cooper, Dave Bautiste and Vin Diesel certainly have a bad-ass attitude which h makes them way more fun and way, WAY cooler.

 

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Ralph Fiennes in Wes Andersons’ ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel

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Scarlett Johansen in Jonathan Glazer’s ‘Under The Skin

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Maggie Gyllenhaal and Michael Fassbender in ‘Frank

AmericanHustlehr6 The luscious 1970s stylings’ of ‘American Hustle‘ starring Christian Bale, Amy Adams,  Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper

guardiansofthegalaxy Guardians Of The Galaxy – our Number One Film of The Year! 

Winter Style

Who says shades are just for summer? Don’t compromise your sense of style due to a snowstorm. Blogger and fashion writer Hebe Blackett shows us how to rock this seasons’ trends for the colder months in this weeks’ Style File….

1. Sports Luxe

Sports luxe is the trend to invest in this season, with designers such as Alexander Wang, Dries Van Noten and Philip Lim taking note and ruling the runways with sportswear. Fashionistas have been putting their own spin on the trend by taking it to the streets, combining both high fashion and high street,by merging their formal-wear and tailored pieces with sporting accents, creating subtly juxtaposing aesthetics. Think trainers with a sharp structured jacket, Adidas stripes with knitwear or slouchy silk joggers with a crisp button up shirt.

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monochrome, Acne studios and specs in winter? Possibly the coolest couple of the season.
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2. Oversized and Over-zealous

Suffering from winter chills? You’ll be glad to hear giant jumpers and colossal coats are the garments of choice for insta-famous fashionistas such as Camille Charriere (@camty), pictured below donning an on-trend polo neck knit. Comfy and cosy chic, thank goodness, is the way forward for the foreseeable future.

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  The Olsen Twins: always the queens of oversized, Parisian-style chic

3. Androgyny

Gone are the days of the archetypal girly girl and the macho man; concealed curves and ambiguous cuts are the mode this season. Whether it’s as simple as stealing your boyfriends’ clothes or following the lead of Hermes and Haider Ackermann with chic suits –  androgyny is a defining trend for A/W15.

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simple, sleek and sharp – overt femininity is so last season

 

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the MA-1 bomber is an essential piece for anyone this winter, boys and girls alike

 

Despite what anyone says, I will be donning these winter styles, and accessorising with shades, whatever the weather. Rain? Aviators on. Snow? Wayfarers please. Blizzard? Well, maybe I’ll just stay inside all together in that case, but you see my point.

Find the perfect sunglasses to go with each of these trends: perhaps a sporty Oakley, a dramatic, oversized frame from Prada or a more androgynous Ray-Ban shape! Which pair will you be donning?

Macmillan Charity Christmas Stocking Auction

This year, cancer support charity Macmillan are celebrating their 16th annual Celebrity Christmas Stocking Auction and Red Hot Sunglasses are getting in on the festive goodwill action… With a star-studded list of supporters including Dame Judy Dench, Jamie Dornan, Emilia Fox, Benedict Cumberbatch and The Saturdays to name a few, the bash hopes to raise enough to add to the overall £2 million total they have raised so far thanks to the wintery bash.

Macmillan is one of the UK’s largest cancer charities and aims to support those suffering with the various forms of the disease as well as providing information and support for their friends and families. Whilst there are many cancer charities in existence, Macmillan’s unique approach to handling the social, emotional and practical impacts of cancer in order to improve the lives of those living with it sets them apart as one of the most supported charities in the country. Founded in 1911 by Douglas Macmillan, Macmillan today works with the National Cancer Research Institute in its’ aim for better cancer care.

Taking place at the St. Pancras Renaissance Hotel in London, the Macmillan Celebrity Christmas Stocking Auction is one of the biggest seasonal events on the charity calendar with plenty of donations towards the cause. This years’ theme was ‘A Night In Paris’ which allowed guests to be immersed in the magical Parisian atmosphere with live entertainment and a respectable guest list of celebs who contributed their ‘ideal Christmas gift’ to the auction. This included a range of luxury goods, exclusive holidays and one-off experiences to be claimed with the help of auctioneer Edward Rising of Sotheby’s.

This year The Saturdays’ chose a pair of our Miu Miu Metal Mix Cateye sunglasses in Black worth £175 from Red Hot Sunglasses for the auction which stood alongside a host of amazing prizes including a meal with Judi Dench at The Ivy, VIP tickets to the ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ Premiere, a private tour of the Fashion and Textiles Museum followed by tea for four at Zandra Rhodes penthouse and a trip to join Team Sky on a stage of the Tour De France.

The Saturdays’ singer Vanessa White certainly stole the show on Tuesday evening in a floor length black gown with starlet waves and red lips whilst actress Emilia Fox also donned a sophisticated black lace number. TV presented Zoe Hardman and DJ Phil Clifton hosted the event and pulled in donations over £195,0000 proving the event to be a roaring success once again!

 

miumiumetalEyes on the prize: Our MIU MIU Metal Mix Cateyes donated for the auction

 

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Emilia Fox decorates the Christmas tree at the bash on Tuesday evening

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The Saturdays’ Vanessa White wows in a black floor length frock

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Host Zoe Hardman goes for a wintery look in a white fur stole
Images sourced:  MailOnline.co.uk