Soapbox: 15 Things You Never Knew About The Simpsons Movie

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I felt oddly guilty about cropping Maggie out of this image

When it comes to ranking the most important TV shows of all time, The Simpsons must surely be up there. Not only is it the longest-running sitcom in American history – animated or otherwise – it’s also racked up dozens of awards and left an unparalleled imprint on Western pop culture.

It’s no surprise, then, that when Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa, and Maggie – along with the rest of the town of Springfield – made the leap to the big screen back in 2007, the end result was a commercial and (mostly) critical success. By the time it had finished its theatrical run, The Simpsons Movie had amassed $527,068,706 in box office sales, and several award nods – including a Golden Globe nomination for Best Animated Feature Film.

As you might expect with a film so long in the making – it spent nine years in development – based around such an influential TV series, The Simpsons Movie boasts some pretty interesting trivia. In honor of this flick’s 10th anniversary, we’ve filtered through the many fascinating factoids available, compiling the best in this list of 15 Things You Never Knew About The Simpsons Movie.

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Soapbox: 15 Things You Never Knew About The Simpsons Movie

Review: Baby Driver

Not (as its title would suggest) a film about an infant chauffeur

Imagine a musical where nobody sings – sounds impossible, right? Well, I guess that means Edgar Wright has achieved the impossible, as his latest outing, Baby Driver, is exactly that.

In typically stylish fashion, the director has crafted a high-octane car chase flick built entirely around a killer soundtrack – a sing-along affair, just without the actual sing-along part.

The end result is a fresh, funny and kinetic romp of a film, that is unlike any blockbuster film you’ve seen in years.

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Review: Baby Driver

Soapbox: Five Amazing Irish Films For (Almost) Any Mood

You cannot have an Irish films list and not include Daniel Day-Lewis – FACT

It’s St. Patrick’s Day this Friday, which provides us with a great excuse to take a look at some of the finest films to ever come out of Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

Whilst this list is by no means exhaustive (I could – and almost certainly will – do a follow-up listnext year!), what is does have going for it is that, regardless of how you’re feeling, it’s got you covered.

So whether you’re in the mood for romance, confrontation, inspiration, laughter or dragons (totally a thing), read on to find the perfect Irish movie for you!

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Soapbox: Five Amazing Irish Films For (Almost) Any Mood

Live From The Pop Culture Studio: Everything We Know About Samurai Jack Season 5

One thing’s for sure: it’s going to look ah-mazing…

Jack’s back! With Samurai Jack Season 5 arriving on our screens this month, here’s a rundown of everything we know about our favourite animated samurai’s newest – and final? – adventure.

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Soapbox: What A Glorious Feeling! – Why Singin’ In The Rain Is The Greatest Big Screen Musical Of All Time

It may improve your mood, but singing in the rain is actually a pretty great way to get pneumonia…

With the tragic news of Debbie Reynold’s death last week, film fans around the globe have been celebrating her life by looking back at her amazing career. Of all the films Ms Reynolds starred in, perhaps the most beloved is 1952 classic Singin’ in the Rain.

A breezy comedy-musical charting the struggles of a 1920s film studio to transition from silent movies to “talkies”, Singin’ in the Rain is one of the most iconic flicks in cinema history, and – thanks to its strong cast, influence on the genre, eye-catching visuals, timelessness and charm – it’s arguably the greatest big screen musical ever made.

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Soapbox: What A Glorious Feeling! – Why Singin’ In The Rain Is The Greatest Big Screen Musical Of All Time

Review: Bad Santa 2

If watching Billy Bob Thornton get pass-out drunk is your idea of good holiday entertainment, THIS is the film for you

Way back in November 2006, director Terry Zwigoff and writers Glenn Ficarra and John Requa unleashed Bad Santa on the world, providing us with the perfect antidote to the crass-commercialism and forced cheer that can mar the festive season.

Flash forward 13 years and a new creative team has cooked up Bad Santa 2 with the hope of recapturing the same blend of pitch black comedy and surprisingly heartfelt emotion that made the first outing such a success.

Unfortunately, the end result comes across a bit like warmed-up Christmas leftovers: still enjoyable, but far less satisfying than when it was served up fresh the first time around.

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Review: Bad Santa 2

Pop Culture By The Numbers: Ghostbusters

All the team were pretty happy with this infographic, except for Egon…

Which Ghostbusters movie has the most visual effects shots? At what ungodly hour did Ray Parker Jr compose the hit theme song? And just how many gallons of shaving foam does it take to simulate a downpour of marshmallow goo?

Find out in this month’s Halloween-themed Pop Culture By The Numbers infographic!

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