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The Neighborhood in Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius is Fake

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The Neighborhood in Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius is Fake

by Emily Keen

Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius nears its two-decade anniversary and still has fans gushing over the child prodigy and his madcap gang of little geniuses. What we look up to the characters for is their impressive knowledge about science and their courage to face the biggest predicament without blinking an eye. The rather inspiring show aimed at kids however has a sinister back story according to a Reddit user.

Reddit user OrganicKermistry shared a fascinating hypothesis about the Nickelodeon characters that will cause you to rethink your childhood. The theory states that Jimmy, Carl, Sheen, Cindy, and Libby are genetically engineered to harbor a certain superhuman ability and then placed in a fake family for further propagation. The people in the neighborhood are no one but actors hired by the government. This makes sense when not a single soul in that neighborhood is surprised to see a child flying a rocket to school.

The Reddit user further elaborates to clear any doubts around his claims. He calls the city a “testing ground” for government projects. We all witness Jimmy’s self-invented gadgets in one part of the film. Be it the self-folding pants or other gizmos that are insane and unrealistic to a whole new level. This is because the government is taking away all his inventions once they are ready for further research. “Retroville and all the children’s adventures are secretly staged development grounds for Jimmy’s inventions,” the Reddit user says.

In one part of the film, Jimmy and his friends make a trip to Europe and wake up as mummies. What actually triggers this incident in the first place? It’s the movie that was shown to them in the class by their teacher. We could think of it as a stimulus to study the response of these gifted kids and what they make of the knowledge imparted to them.

A notable highlight of the film is the military base, Area 86. It is the ultimate proof that Jimmy and his gang resides in testing ground. The entire film and even the TV show has the kids testing some of the other gadgets now and then. The government aims to obtain these powers for governing purposes. Their lives are fascinating but it’s all a big lie.

Jimmy and his pals end up in boisterous situations each day. But not a single person from the town questions their escapades. What do we make of this? It sounds like a huge antic they pulled off there.

The creator of the show, John Davis however has discredited these claims outright. When he was asked about his thoughts on this theory, this is what he had to say – “Thanks for sharing the truth… er, I mean the amusing fictitious ARTICLE!”.  Jimmy and the gang genetically engineered? Interesting theory…. You DO know the company that made Jimmy is called DNA Productions, right ; )”?

We see what you did there John!

Anyway, we would love to hear your thoughts on this theory! Stay tuned to Spotflik for more such theories.

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Calhoun Kill Her Husband in Wreck it Ralph

by Emily Keen

Rich Moore’s Wreck-it Ralph was a remarkable film build on the themes of friendship, love, and self-sacrifice. It was a clever film that revolved around Ralph who wants to give up on his life as the villain and assume the new life of a video game hero. When he accidentally aids in the escape of a deadly enemy he bets his life on protecting the arcade from reaching a disastrous end.

At its heart, the film is the heroic journey of Ralph on a quest to protect the people he cares about. But what most people fail to notice among all the commotion is a significantly dark twist at the end of the film.

The commanding officer of Hero’s duty voiced by Jane Lynch has a tragic story that many are not aware of. Seargent Tamora Jean Calhoun is said to have murdered her own husband at the altar according to a popular conspiracy theory. This puts an interesting canon on her character of a video game action hero character.

According to the theory, a giant Cy-bug enters the venue of Calhoun’s wedding. The Cy-bug goes on a killing rampage and in the process consumes her groom. She succeeds in killing the Cy-bug but her husband is already being indoctrinated.

She saw her husband being taken over in front of her very eyes and couldn’t help but turn into a cold merciless being. This tragedy makes her who she is as a person. In the film, however, this arc is played ostensibly for fun and laughs.

Although the story was not explicitly showcased to see how the events went down that day. The thing is Cy-Bugs tend to assume the shape of anything they consume.

This is evident from most Cy-bug encounters that go down in the film. When a Cy-bug eats a gun, it tends to gain the properties of the gun.

Similarly in one scene, when a Cy-bug eats a candy, it turns to candy.

The transformational abilities apply when Cy-bugs consume humans too. So naturally, after eating Ralph, the Cy-bug tends to gain his shape.

What we witness on Calhoun’s face is not the expression of grief or sadness. It is the uncontrollable urge to cause the destruction of evil. In this case, she badly wants to destroy the monster who has taken the form of the most important person in her life. The Cy-bug gave Ralph a painful death and what Calhoun’s looking for is only revenge.

It’s not long before the Cy-bug transformation occurs. So when Calhoun shoots the Cy-bug it has already turned into her husband. It is her husband’s face she sees as she puts a bullet in him.

And that’s how the theory of her as a killer of her husband came into being.

Do you think this holds up as enough evidence for Calhoun’s “chip on the shoulder” nature? Do let us know in the comments. And stay tuned to Spotflik for more such amazing theories.

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Are Voldemort and Hitler the Same?

by Emily Keen

‘He who must not be named’ in J.K. Rowling’s fantasy world comes as a mirror image of a man in the real-world who killed thousands of people while he reigned over Germany. J.K. Rowling herself admitted that her supervillain from the Harry Potter Series has numerous parallels with Hitler, the king of Nazis.

The first clue being, both of them had a difficult childhood owing to people’s inability to comprehend their views. Adolf Hitler had a difficult time fostering familial bonds. Similarly, Tom Riddle shared minimal connection with his parents on an emotional level. This is the reason he ends up in an orphanage.

Their educational experience is however poles apart but ends up in them becoming more inclined towards the evil in the world.

Hitler failed twice during his mandatory education and missed a chance to be admitted to the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna. We wonder how different the history of the world would turn out had he made it to the institute. It is however quite surprising to have someone of Hitler’s stature to have such a poor academic record.

Voldemort however was the exact opposite and aced his magical tests to become a part of elite wizard clubs and his abilities only grew stronger with time. It is tragic for someone like him to have ended up becoming the bad guy who only brings the wizarding world so much pain and suffering.

Furthermore, both men became powerful by walking the path of betrayal. Hitler came to power staging the Reichstag fire and Voldemort by seizing control of the ministry of magic.

Both men exploited the fears of minorities and pit them against a major section of the population. Hitler convinced the Aryan race that they are threatened by the Jews. While Voldemort tricked Pure Bloods in the wizarding world to believe that muggle-borns were the enemies and needed to be eliminated. Both men gained immense power by creating a divide among the people. They weaponized the fear and anxiety of the minorities and used it to create chaos.

They both selectively chose one community to represent the enemy. Voldemort called them “Muggles’ while Hitler chose “Jews”. They then used the differences to spread the far infection and complete destruction to propagate the idea that only one race is superior thus causing the deaths of thousands of people.

Racism is quite evident in both their strategies. The ulterior motive also remained the same. Both men had a spite against impure races when in fact both of them belonged to the same race they spread hatred against.

Hitler wanted to create a world with only Aryans who were tall, blonde, and had blue eyes. When according to some studies it was found that he had Jewish lineage. He himself was nothing like an Aryan. He was short and had brown eyes.

Voldemort made it his ultimate aim to eliminate any person with muggle connections. A muggle-born wizard, or a muggle friend or any person who had any kind of muggle origin was tagged unfit according to his rules. He considered muggles as an impurity in the Wizarding world and wanted to cleanse it off the impurities. It’s like he had some serious personality disorder.

Both Hitler and Voldemort had an inner circle of trusted allies. For Hitler, it was the Schutzstaffel(SS) And Voldemort had the Death Eaters at his disposal.

The identification procedures followed by these groups of people are rather similar- A mark on the skin. The marks used were both symbols of peace and positivity. Hitler used Swastika as his symbol which represents peace in Sanskrit. Voldemort’s Death Hallow is considered a symbol of good omen in the magic world.

Both men shared an obsession with priced antiques. While Voldemort chased Horcruxes all his life, Hitler had a huge collection of precious pieces.

Voldemort’s biggest desire was to claim the Elder Wand which was considered the most powerful wand in the magic world. Also known as the Wand of Destiny, it is something Voldemort badly wanted.

Hitler had a Lance of Destiny in his priced collection of objects. Also known as the Holy Lance, this was the Lance used to pierce Jesus Christ to the cross. The one who possessed the Lance was believed to be blessed with its esoteric powers and gained the ability to win most battles in life.

The evidence is overwhelming and we can’t help but feel thankful that both these characters did not exist in the same world at the same time. Imagine Voldemort having his hand on an atomic bomb and Hitler possessing the power of magic. What chaos would the world witness then?

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The Movie Titanic Is Secretly a Terminator Prequel

by Emily Keen

This could probably be the craziest theory you have ever heard of. It claims that Jack from Titanic is sent back in time by John Connor to protect his life.

It is being hypothesized that John Connor sends a soldier to the year 1991 to save his younger version. Terminator films treat the timeline as the only one in existence. Any changes in the timeline cause major changes in the future. It was thus important that John Connor protected himself and his mother so they could form the resistance.

This makes Titanic the first film of the Terminator franchise.

According to the theory, John Connor belongs to Rose’s bloodline. Rose was originally meant to die in Titanic. Arnold was not the only soldier who was sent back in time. Along with him, a second resistance soldier was dispatched to save Rose. Now Rose was not in any danger of being attacked by a Terminator. However, her fate was to drown in the film.

Here’s the evidence:

As another theory suggests that Jack was actually a time traveler, has a lot to do with this hypothesis as well. When Jack was sent into the past in 1912, he somehow ended up traveling slowly through the time and then abruptly ended up in 1912. This explains his haircut which was clearly from the 90s. Young John Connor had a similar hairdo. Furthermore, he smokes cigars that were a product first invented in the 1940s. How did he manage to get his hands on those? Also in one of his conversations with Rose, he mentions a roller coaster in Santa Monica pier. Surprisingly, the roller coaster was not built until 4 years after the Titanic disaster. The same goes for his claims about ice fishing in Lake Wissota. The Lake was created 5 years after Titanic sank. That means he experienced all these events close to 1912 and then rapidly ended up in the year where he was supposed to save Rose.

In the end, however, he could not stay with her. As part of the plan, he sinks in the water and removes himself from that time period as he did not belong there. This draws a direct parallel to Arnold’s self-termination at the end of Terminator 2.

Terminator 2 released in 1991 and Titanic released in 1997. The film was made on such a grand scale and yet left these loopholes for the audience to ponder over. The above analysis only suggests that these were deliberate cues that James Cameron sprinkled all over the film.

Do you think these are just coincidences? But we can’t help but feel excited about Titanic and Terminator being the beads on the same string.

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Most Tim Burton Films Secretly Star The Same Character

by Emily Keen

The Burton theory is a popular belief amongst fans that all of Tim Burton’s moves are connected. It still holds a lot of unrevealed secrets that can help us connect the dots.

According to the theory, all of Tim Burton’s films including Frankenweenie, Vincent, Edward Scissorhands, Beetlejuice, Nightmare Before Christmas and, Corpse Bride are connected.

Tim Burton’s film “Vincent” is the first one on the list.

Vincent Malloy

Vincent (1982)Until he turned into a maniac, Vincent Malloy was a simple boy. His attempts in transforming his dog Abercrom bie into a Zombie led the dog to be given away.

And the man who adopts Abercrom bie is Victor and renames the dog Sparky.

Vincent’s wife Sally

Nightmare Before Christmas' Was Forced to Cut Joke About Tim ...Sally is not real. But Vincent claims to have murdered her by burying her alive. And later he tries to resurrect her by rebuilding her. Sally now resides in Halloween town after her death.

Frankweenie

Post the occurrences of Frankweenie, Sparky is dead. He is buried in the pet cemetery and eventually becomes a spirit of Halloween Town. This is how he is adopted by Jack Skellington who renames him “Zero”.

This explains the glow on Zero’s nose in the afterlife.

Zero | Disney Wiki | Fandom

And easter egg can be noted when Zero’s gravestone is visible while victor is making a visit to Sparky’s grave.

This points to an obvious fact that Abercrombie, Sparky, and Zero are the same. They also bear a similar facial structure.

Edgar E’ Gore

Frankenweenie - Edgar 'E' Gore (With images) | Tim burton

Edgar is Victor’s lab partner. A failed lab experiment kills Edgar and he goes on to meet Dr. Frankelstein in the afterlife. The doctor makes the boy his own assistant and they both then create a Reindeer.

 

Were-rat and  Wolfman

My Top 10 Nightmare Before Xmas characters. - Nightmare Before ...

This character’s death is attributed to Sparky’s electrical shock. Once e he dies, he becomes a part of Halloween town later to be known as Wolfman.

 

Bob

Frankenweenie clip - Bigger Problem - Disney - Available on ...The Seamonkey kid dies and resides in Christmas Town and is later being pursued by the Jack’o lanter-in-a-Box.

This is when Sparky is dead for the second and last time.

Victor’s parents get him a new dog to help him forget about Sparky. The new dog is called Scraps. But eventually, Scraps too is dead. The death of his second dog pushes victor over the edge and he runs away. This is how he ends up with the Van Dorts.

After the adoption, the family forces Victor to get married to Victoria Everglot. This alliance is a part of Victoria’s parents’ plan to escape poverty.

Now if we look closely, Victor from Frankweenie and Victor from Corpse Bride bears an uncanny resemblance to one another.

While some people think it is just how Tim Burton likes his figures. But the theory suggests they are the same person.

 

Elsa Van Helsing

Elsa Van Helsing Image Elsa Van Helsing Frankenweenie फ़ोटो ...

Victor’s neighbor and his childhood crush goes in depression after she loses him. It’s as though she becomes dead inside. Not knowing how to handle the situation, her parents decide to put her into a foster home. In an attempt to begin a new life, Elsa changes her name to Lydia. Her new parents Delia and Charles Deetz, find a new home in Barbara and Adam Maitland’s old abode. This is how Beetlejuice begins.

Burgemeister has another brother who is neglected by the parents. Burgemeister ends up inheriting all his parent’s fortune while his brother Finis is left to deal with poverty.

 

This is what leads us to the happenings of Corpse Bride when Scraps makes a comeback.

 

Kim

12 Lively Facts About 'Corpse Bride' | Mental FlossWeird girl tries hard to convince her parents about their cat’s death. She fails repeatedly and her parents put her up for adoption. Jim and Peg eventually take her in.

Kim Boggs, Edward Scissorhands | 9 Winona Ryder Characters That ...

The girl Kim in Edward Scissorhands is the same Weird girl. She is not scared of Edward since she is just as weird herself. She has no pictures of her young self whatsoever proving she is the same as Weird girl.

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Thor is Secretly a Skrull Spy?

by Emily Keen

Marvel has a reputation for laying the groundwork for major plot reveals well ahead in time. We witnessed the weird alien race called Skrulls in Captain Marvel. And the Marvel fans can’t help but wonder if they have seen these creatures apart from this film.

The shape-shifting creatures may have sparked a theory that questions the truth about a significant Marvel hero. Thor may not be who you think is after all. This has been an exciting reveal yet has some fans worried over the claims.

Marvel has used this strategy of dropping hints in many movies. Be it showing Wakanda on Nick Fury’s map in Iron Man 2 or the name-checking of Steven Strange in Winter Soldier. This creates a whole new kind of excitement amongst fans and Marvel is all game for it.

The theory suspects that the Skrulls have some odd connection with the characters we already know. Secret Invasion Storyline is a very important narrative in the MCU. In this story, the homeland of Skrulls is sabotaged by Galactus, and the survivors find their way onto the Earth and infiltrate the superhero community. They do this as a part of their scheme to eliminate the heroes permanently. This culminates in an epic battle where all superheroes have intruders among them. In the end, Norman Osborn is known to have saved the planet.

The Secret Invasion Storyline was rather intriguing in a notable way. That was until the Skrull infiltrators were activated by their masters, they thought of themselves as true Avengers. Meanwhile, the real heroes are kept in a temporary cessation of vital body functions to keep them dormant. They do not possess any memory of their kidnapping whatsoever.

So it is highly likely, the original lord of thunder was abducted and replaced by a Skrull.

According to Reddit user J-Patrick, Thor Ragnarok gives some kind of hint that the Odinson has been abducted by the Skrulls and replaced with one of their own. There are multiple instances in the film when Thor seems to have drifted away from his reality with some vague memories.

The theory suggests that he was taken captive before one of these incidents. After several months of his powers and memories being transferred into the body of a Skrull, he was frozen and the imposter Thor assumed his place.

Since Skrulls are natural shapeshifters they can also replicate a memory or a superpower just as easily. So it becomes almost impossible to tell them from the real superheroes. Thor lacks his Mjolnir in Ragnarok and Infinity War. Besides he starts exhibiting some new powers in addition. This seems suspiciously Skrull like. So is this nerve-wracking theory really true? Only time will tell.

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Is Jason a Tether to Pluto in Us?

by Emily Keen

Granted that Jordan Peele’s Us fits perfectly in his traditional art of layered filmmaking. But how much can you exploit this form to make deep assumptions about his narrative?

Us has been subject to a lot of discussion among fans and critics for its systemic depiction of inequality in the human world and how the wealthy can impact the lives of the population at large. But there has been another discussion surrounding the plot itself that undermines the nature of this symbolism.

From what we know of the film Adelaide (Lupita Nyong) turns out to be a tether. A tether is a doppelganger created by the government as a part of an experiment but was shut down long back. The tether switches places with her human counterpart when they were children. This happens to be the epic twist in the film.

But fans believe this wasn’t the only big revelation in the film. Another big secret which did not get an explicit reveal was   A fan theory has been doing the rounds that Adeilade’s son Jason is also a tether who has swapped places with his human equivalent.

The idea first sparked on Reddit and went on to gain a lot of popularity amongst the Us fans. Is this Peele’s attempt at making you rethink the entire film or just a proof of fans immense impact on the culture.

Here is what the theory suggests:

The theory becomes evident at the end of the film. Adelaide’s human counterpart Red attempts to steal Jason from her family of tethers but is eventually killed by Adelaide.

In the climactic scene when Red reveals her true identity, Jason is privy to the details of the story. Adelaide comes back to the above world and takes her family to a safe location. Just as this happens, Jason passes a suspicious look to his mother and then looks away from her while putting on his mask.

Logically this indicates Jason’s response to his mother’s true identity, fans interpret this look as a sign that Jason has been switched with a Tether. Pluto is Jason’s human counterpart and the switch happened before the film began.

What the Redditor’s theory suggests is “At the end, he has realized that his mother, at one point, has also switched bodies. She gives him a look almost like ‘I also know what you know’ and then he puts on his mask, as a symbol of the masks they will now wear for the rest of their lives,” .

Further evidence presented to prove this point is as follows:

  1. Pluto does not remember the magic trick that Jason learns and ends up burning his face.
  2. Jason is more into digging tunnels in the sand, instead of building sandcastles indicating he is missing his life below the ground.
  3. Jason does not eat with his family when they are at the beach house. Eating reminds Jason of people eating rabbits in the underground and that has killed his appetite.
  4. Jason’s drawing of the bloody man is Pluto’s perspective. The drawing shows Jason’s back and the Tether. This could actually mean it’s Pluto’s point of view of how he sees himself out of his own body.
  5. Jason’s swearing is peculiar and so is his language.
  6. Jason is the first to see his family’s Tethers. When he sees the He goes “It’s us”. This might mean he knows more than he lets off.
  7. Jason can control Pluto making him walk into a fire that supposedly kills him. Tethers were made to control their humans and Pluto’s actions being in Jason’s control seem to fit the description.
  8. Jason cannot perform the fire magic trick because his reflexes are delayed as a tether.
  9. He has focusing trouble. Zora clearly says it to the twins who knock off his sand tunnels on the beach. This probably indicates a side effect of his recent freeing from the tether zone.

But all the above evidence can be efficiently debunked if you understand the core qualities of Tethers.

First of all, Jason may be controlling Pluto but the other way around is not true. The tether experiment was failed because the tethers became susceptible to human enslavement. That was the whole reason why the project was shut down since they have no authority over their human counterparts.

Somehow if Jason turned out to be a successful product of the experiment, the whole film becomes a visceral affair around humanity’s failure and inevitable suffering caused at the hands of a greedy few.

Furthermore, Pluto is unable to control himself from walking into the fire. If it were the Un Tether Jason he would have resisted the act.

The language part of the theory is rather sloppy. Jason is young and speaks good English as compared to his family of Tethers.

Had he been kidnapped while he was young, he would still manage to speak and tell everyone about his abduction as a child.

If Jason and Pluto, did switch places, it would have happened at a young age, and Pluto would have no speaking abilities whatsoever. He would not have been able to recover them once he was back to the surface.

Last but not the least, the whole film is based on the idea of inequality. Pluto’s disfigured face is a result of Jason’s fun magic trick. This symbolizes the power an un-tether has over his Tether just like the wealthy have over underprivileged humans. The rich do not introspect the consequences of their actions on other people just like Jason who has no idea what does not care about what’s on the other side until he is confronted with the truth.

If the subject of inequality is shifts, the integrity of the symbolism is hampered. Jason and Pluto are meant to be viewed as a representation of inequality and not as part of the Tether project. That’s all there is to it.

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In The Thing, Childs is The Thing

by Emily Keen

John Carpenter and Kurt Russel teamed up to create a classic sci-fi horror story. The film has one of the most fascinating villains of all alien romps- R.J. MacReady.

The film created a blood-curdling experience with scary deformations of human bodies and incredible CGI effects on the creatures culminating in a gloriously chilling end. MacReady and Childs survive an alien attack that kills most of their crew. The blow up the base trying to kill the alien. As they wait there covered in snow we can’t help but wonder is The Thing one among these two?

The topic has invited a lot of debate among the online community. Reddit user Giant Freakin robot came up with a fascinating explanation of the film’s mystery.

The user claims that one of his friends had a chance to speak with Carpenter about the film’s ending and this is what Carpenter said:

“[Carpenter] said he never understood where all the confusion came from. The last frame of The Thing is Kurt Russel (sic) and Keith David staring each other down, harshly backlit. It’s completely, glaringly obvious that Kurt Russel is breathing and Keith David is not.” {Emphasis his}

What he is trying to say is that Childs is the thing! But this seems like a sloppy clue. The theory suggests that the alien is not breathing which seems a bit out of place. Furthermore, if the breathing is supposed to be a clue in any way, then Carpenter has clearly missed the mark here.

We can see MacReady clearly breathing because of the fog leaving his mouth and the lighting makes it quite clear. But Childs is also breathing if you look closely.

Although this is not reason enough to trust that Carpenter did not want the audience to think that Childs was a dangerous killer. But it does take away the weight of the claims the theory puts forward.

What do you think about this theory? Do let us know in the comments.

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RoboCop is Jesus Christ- The Theory

by Emily Keen

A man meeting a gruesome and unfair death for doing good by people and then coming back to life from the days only to become more strong and powerful and now immortal! Does this sound familiar?

We all know about the story of Jesus Christ and we cannot help but draw parallels of this story with the Robocop. The Detroit police sergeant Alex Murphy’s life bears an uncanny resemblance to the Lord.

So is the Robocop Jesus?

If you put aside the grisly scenes from Robocop, the life of Alex Murphy and Jesus is pretty much the same. They both serve and protect people. Both are put down by betrayal. If you are thinking about how Murphy was betrayed, it was the OCP’s poor management of the department and disregarding human cops ahead of machine cops. Jesus was betrayed by one of his closest followers Judas.

Both men meet a very cruel ending and before that, they suffer immensely.

Then with the grace of unknown power, both men are brought back to life and this time they gain superpowers that none can match up to. They use this power to face the masses and propagate their beliefs and views. Although the means through which they accomplish this are poles apart the mission is the same.

There are two important scenes in the film that support this theory.

When Murphy is executed at the beginning, it begins with taking off his right hand which is palm open. Jesus Christ’s killing followed the exact process as he was nailed to the cross. The fact that Jesus sits at the right hand of God may be something the scene tries to indicate.

The other scene is where the Robocop walks across the pool of shallow water and that almost seems like he is walking on the surface of the water just like Lord Jesus.

Robocop follows certain directives as a part of his conduct. He shows unwavering dedication towards these commandments.

Considering the above evidence, it only seems to play into the favor of the theory. Above all proof, we have the most important piece of information about the films’ director Verhoeven. The man wrote a book about Jesus. Now that cannot be a coincidence.

In an interview with MTV, the director said; “The point of Robocop, of course, is it is a Christ story. It is about a guy that gets crucified after 50 minutes, then is resurrected in the next 50 minutes and then is like the super-cop of the world, but is also a Jesus figure as he walks over water at the end.”

In the same interview, he called Robocop (the machine) “American Jesus”.

Do we have enough reason to believe the theory now?

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In The Shape of Water Elisa is a Fish Monster

by Emily Keen

The shape of water is a highly ingenious film from Guillermo del Toro. The film swept two Oscars for the Best Picture and Best Director. At its core, the film tells the story of a fish god who falls in love with a mute woman. The plot is absurd in all capacity but the experience at large is incredible.

But the Del Toro film has an important hidden cue that most audiences fail to notice. The film predominantly focuses on the amphibious organism that was retrieved from South Africa. The creature was considered a god by the people around him. He possesses regenerative and healing abilities.

Because of his unusual appearance and abilities, he holds our attention for a longer span of time. What we don’t see is how Elisa is almost as special as this creature. She has the most intriguing backstory of all and you can’t help but wonder if there is more to her than what we see in the film.

She is introduced as an orphan who was the fund with a lot of bruises on her neck and a damaged voice box.  She eventually falls for the amphibious fish-god who later transforms her scars into gills as a part of their “happily ever after” underwater life.

But how can that be possible unless Elisa herself has some genes that make this transformation possible? We can’t help but wonder that there is more to Elisa than the film tells us.

A theory claims that Elisa could have been a part fish creature like the man she loves or a full-fledged fish creature at one point in her life and later transformed to become human.

Here is your evidence:

  1. Elisa was retrieved near a river as a child with those scars on her neck. It is possible that the river was her natural habitat before she became human.

 

  1. She has no fear of water drowning her when she fills the bathroom with water to be with the fish creature. As a human, she is supposed to show at least slight signs of nervousness but that does not happen at all.

 

  1. Her Sexual desires come alive in the water. She feels herself in her bathtub on a regular basis giving her physical needs a rather aquatic spin.

 

  1. The fish-god in all certainty is shown to have only regenerative and healing powers. At best he has time reversing abilities that explain how he can re-grow hair on a bald man’s head. So how then was he able to provide Elisa with gills? That seems a little out of place. The only possible explanation to this is that the lines that appear on Elisa’s neck are rather a dormant form of gills. They are awfully straight to look like scars. What the creature does here is, he simply restored her closed gills. And she is mute because she never was born to speak like a normal human.

 

  1. Her attraction to the creature is bizarre and was a subject of criticism among the audiences. We wonder first that this could probably be like a pitiful attraction to a lonely captive creature. But the attraction goes on to become a romantic relationship. It is not like the creature is attracted to a human or harbors any sort of intelligence. It is a beast in all stripes and at one point eats the head of a cat. It is almost impossible for a normal human to feel attracted to this creature, let alone the desire to have to get intimate with it.

But it all makes sense once we think of Elisa as just another fish creature herself. The two seem to understand each other’s deepest emotions. The fish-god takes care of Elisa when she feels lonely and broken. This explains all of it.

The film intends on exploring the theme of forbidden love and this theory kind of contradicts that. But since people did have an issue with interspecies eroticism, this seems like a fitting reason to call it justified.

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The Government Is Secretly Making Serial Killers In Silence Of The Lambs

by Emily Keen

Hannibal Lecter is undeniably the creepiest maniac known to the psycho-thriller universe. Since Thomas Harris’ book was adapted on the silver screen by Jonathan Demme there has not been a single psychopathic character onscreen who has matched up to the caliber of Anthony Hopkins’ Hannibal.

The Silence of The Lambs is still regarded as one of the finest psychological thrillers and is considered a touchstone for most films in the genre. The story was a grisly shocker made sublime by the gut-wrenching performances from the cast.

The plot was filled with gruesome elements and terrifies modern audiences just the same as it did back when it released in 1991. But was there another side to the story that the viewers missed?

iO9 released a video claiming the narrative had a darker secondary twist which was not revealed explicitly but when examined closely, the subtle hints in the film give it away. According to the theory proposed by iO9’s Hamish Spencer, the film at its core is about mind control project by the FBI.

Clarice an aspiring FBI agent is recruited as a trainee for the FBI. She is assigned a serial killer file which apparently cannot be resolved without the help of another criminal mind. This requires her to have regular sessions with Hannibal Lecter who is a psychiatrist and serial killer himself. Lecter agrees to help her decode the identity of the mysterious women killer. But was this totally necessary? Was coming in contact with a criminal mind the only resort.

As per iO9, this was a conspiracy to transform Clarice into a serial killer. The theory claims, that she was just a guinea pig in one of the government’s secret serial killer manufacturing projects. Hannibal Lecter was only a pawn of the FBI in the Grand scheme and that Clarice was deliberately assigned with a case that would require her to work intimately with him thus exposing her to his thoughts on a consistent basis. Lecter is a genius when it comes to understanding and manipulating the human mind. Considering the nature of this hideous project they could not find a better fit than Lecter to carry out the experiment.

But then why Clarice?

She has had a very disturbing childhood and qualifies as a vulnerable target for the whole project. Is it not a little suspicious that a trainee is required to work in such close confines with a killer kept in a maximum security facility?

This was staged on purpose to make sure Clarice is properly brainwashed by Lecter. The sexist discrimination she faces, Lecter’s attempts to channel their conversations to resurface her childhood memories are all a part of the plan to bring out the killer within her.

As she shares the most intimate stories of her childhood with Lecter, he gets a free passage into her head, thus making it easier to manipulate her views.

Hannibal’s mind manipulation skills were explored in great depths in Bryan Fuller’s Hannibal. The eponymous character is seen playing with the minds of his victims who eventually emerge as killing machines and ardent followers of his beliefs. He tricked them into a world of make-believe where they considered them as some kind of superior human race who get to decide the fate of others who live around them.

The evidence that Clarice is also a pawn being manipulated by Lecter in the film is kind of erratic in the entire film.

Clarice is instructed not to bring any sharp objects anywhere in Lectes’s vicinity. But Lecter eventually escapes using a pen that belongs to one of the asylum’s doctors. This bit seemed a bit too out there. This raises questions on the security of the asylum where Lecter was being held, prisoner. It just does not make sense unless there is something else going on. Clarice is singled out from other trainees right at the beginning by one of her superiors and assigned with a complicated case. This seems rather strange. Furthermore, Lecter’s actions seem to align invariably with the theory. All the horrific experiences Clarice goes through, including the secret of the storage room and Lecter’s escape, is meant to create a sense of disturbance in her mind. Hannibal’s attempts at making her relive her childhood memories are just making her more open to considering his take on life. Simply put, she is being prepped for becoming a killer. And at the end of the film, she has become one.

The above details do raise questions around why some plotlines of the story turned out the way they did.  It does provide enough reason for us to believe that Clarice may have been just another victim of Lecter’s predatory routine.

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The Main Character In Fury Road Isn’t The Original Mad Max

by Emily Keen

Mad Max: Fury Road, the fourth installment of the Madmax franchise stars Tom Hardy as Max Rockatansky and Charlize Theron as Imperator Furiosa. Set in the post-apocalyptic world, the film pits Charlize’s Furiosa against an overbearing cult leader Immortan. The film was critically acclaimed by fans and critics across the board for its glorious set pieces and high-speed chase sequences. The avant-garde George Miller production won Multiple Oscars in 2016 and a nomination for the best picture. Simply put, it is one of the greatest action films ever made.

The ingenious film however was a subject of contentious debate for its lead character. There was a chasm in between the viewers where a section of the audience believed it was about the titular character Max Rockatansky while a major faction considered Furiosa as the headlining character.

Furiosa supporters had strong reasons for their side of the argument.

First of all, In most films, Max never has a story of his own. Except for the first installment, Max pretty much becomes a part of someone else’s troubled life and makes it his own purpose to get them out of it. He is just a gypsy who helps people with their problems and leaves for his next adventure.

And secondly, the character of Max Rockatansky in Fury Road was written with Mel Gibson in mind. However, Tom Hardy was finalized for the role since the director wanted Max to look younger for this particular role. Mel Gibson’s character carried a lot of weight as his stature was that of the wasteland wizard who knew everything about the post-apocalyptic world. Considering this, he could have been a more dominating character as compared to Furiosa. But when the makers bought Tom Hardy on board, the character arc was changed bringing Max’s character on an equal level as that of Furiosa. In fact, Furiosa’s character eventually went on to gain more weight, and hence she had a bigger claim of being called the protagonist of the film. That is what even Brendan McCarthy suggested of the story.

But in the grand scheme of things, this outlook is not resounding enough to dissipate the eminence of Max’s character.

As for Furiosa, she does have a new-fangled role in the franchise. Her caliber and potential are the closest to Max himself, no doubt about that. But how can we forget the title says Mad “Max”. Furiosa’s character can be considered an important one but to think of her as superior to Max somehow seems like stretching it a bit too far. She still needs Max to get fight the villain. It’s Max who helps her complete her quest of bringing balance back to the terrorized wastelands. Max makes the plot rise above the platitudes of survival and adventure and shows what it’s like to become a part of something bigger than oneself. At it’s core the film is about the indomitable spirit of Max. So yeah, Charlize’s Furiosa is kickass and all but the protagonist is the one and only Max Rockatansky.

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The Aliens In Signs Are Demons

by Emily Keen

Night Shyamalan is known for his legendary end twists that invariably leave the audiences in awe of his creations. While most of his movies stand out for an epic climax, some are all about perception and interpretation. The elements and events are symbolic and mean to inspire deep thoughts.

One such film is Signs. The sci-fi horror is known to have been a subject of contentious debate among fans and critics. It received a mixed response from fans. While a few found the film terrifying, others complained that the ending was not what they expected off a Shyamalan film.

Signs revolve around the Hess family who witnesses strange events in their farmyard, apparently indicating an alien invasion. Graham Hess loses his wife in a car accident and with that his faith in the lord as a true Christian. He gives up his life as a priest and devotes his life to the farm and his children.

Their private little abode is soon invaded by aliens. The family is terrified at the beginning but soon finds a way to fight the extraterrestrial monsters. Turns out the invading forces cannot stand plain water.

Good for the Hess family but puzzling to the audience. Why would an alien race with the power of advanced technology choose a planet that has the one thing that scares them in abundance?  Come to think of it, one heavy shower of rain, and they are done forever.

That could only mean that they were there for the only other thing that is unique to the Earth. Humanity! Their ultimate goal was to take over human souls and not the planet.

A notable highlight about these aliens is the way they are completely defenseless against humanity. That is not what you expect of a typical alien. The Hess family is able to fight them using routine objects like a baseball bat and unfinished glasses of water that Bo, leaves around the house.

Mysterious events begin to terrorize the town of Pennsylvania, where a strange creature is seen flying across the sky and crop circle appeared in the field. The incidents happen across the town, but the Hess family seems to be the ultimate target bearing maximum brunt from the invaders.

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The question is why?

This is attributed to Graham’s loss of faith in his God whom he once worshipped as a priest. And when he gives up his belief in him, the evil forces see him as a vulnerable target.

Night Shyamalan is known to incorporate religious and angelic themes in his films. The theory put forward is based on this very aspect of the Shyamalan brand of cinema.

It all starts on the night Graham refuses to say grace before the last supper.  The next thing they know is that they are under attack from aliens. “I am not ready,” he says with absolute reluctance while the invaders are about to get into the basement where they are hiding. This can be viewed as his battle with his spiritual self. He is not ready to fight his own demons that are pushing him over the edge.

The man who killed his wife in a car accident because he fell asleep while driving, Ray Reddy is also battling with his own demons. He feels the utmost guilt and instead of confronting the husband of the woman he accidentally killed, he keeps dodging him. We see Ray and Graham having a little chat before he leaves where he tells Graham- “I guess if this is the end of the world, I’m screwed, right? People who kill reverends wives aren’t exactly ushered to the front of the line in Heaven.” His encounter with the alien is eerily synonymous with his fear of confrontation. His ultimate defense when he sees an alien is locking it in the pantry and running away with all his belongings. All of this indicates that his guilt is crushing him but instead of facing it he simply chooses to run from it.

A strange thing about these aliens is their spaceship is not seen anywhere in the film. The TV reporters consider they might be using some kind of cloaking technology to hide their vessel. But if they are demons, it’s obvious they never used any vessel. Crop circles are discovered in the fields suggesting a spaceship might have landed in town. Weird enough these crop circles are in the shape of a pitchfork which happens to be the traditional tool of demons.

Apart from these, there are multiple signs that the underlying subtext of the film is more supernatural and not scientific.

Graham’s daughter Bo has a substantial part to play in these events. Just before the final showdown with the creatures, Graham recalls how Bo mesmerized everyone in the room with the most beautiful smile when she was born. So much so, that the ladies in the room called her an angel. Was that just a compliment or reality? Well, its Bo’s half-drunken glass of water that effectively burns the aliens once they come in contact with it. In one particular scene, Bo sees a monster outside her window and demands a glass of water. Almost as if she is asking for a weapon to fight it thus putting an angelic spin to her character. Her name too is a variation of Bua in Norse which means “to live”.

And just like all Shyamalan films, the film has an epic payoff at the end. Colleen’s (Graham’s wife) words just before dying become an epiphany for Graham to rise to the occasion and claim a glorious win against the invaders. He recalls how she told him to “See” and Merrill (Graham’s baseball player brother) to swing away. Just then he “sees” on top to find Merrill’s baseball bat which once scored him an iconic win.

Pin on Great Movie Ass Kicking ScenesMerrill picks up the bat and “swings” the alien and just then Bo’s glass of holy water, spills on the alien burning him to the ground.

We simply can’t dismiss all these signs as just coincidences. They have got to have crucial meaning, especially in Night Shyamalan films. At one point Graham goes “Is this really happening” and we can’t help but wonder if it’s Shyamalan speaking through him just to say “all is not as it appears”.

Shyamalan’s previous films have extensively covered supernatural tropes. Wide Awake, The Sixth Sense, Unbreakable, and Devil heavily play on otherworldly themes in some form or the other. Shyamalan himself is a Hindu and has had influences of Episcopalian and Catholic teachings while growing up. That is reason enough for us to believe that “Signs” is not just a film about an alien invasion. It means to invoke deeper questions about the god we believe in, the purpose of life, and the significance of one’s soul.

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Nosferatu Featured a Real Life Vampire

by Emily Keen

Nosferatu, the iconic horror film that released in 1922, was guilty of openly plagiarizing Bram stoker’s literary Dracula. But it is still placed at the pinnacle of the horror movie genre. It is believed to have lifted the vampire trope from the category of indefinite myths and placed it in the mound of highly traversed sub-genres across mediums.

The silent horror lore narrates the story of a vampire who seeks a new residence and expresses unsettling interest in the wife of a real estate agent who is helping him find a house. The lack of dialogue added to its chilling aesthetics. But controversies did not just spawn the film’s plot but also the lead actor. To add to an already dreary reputation, film critic Ado Kyrou came up with another spooky rumor about the film. Max Schreck who famously portrayed Nostferatu’s pointy-eared demon, was hypothesized to be a real vampire.

Although this was a little too out of place, it was not debated my movie fans and the movie community at large. Very little was known of Max Schreck’s personal life besides his film career. The man was an absolute ghost outside his professional life. Stefan Eichkoff who documented Schreck’s life in a biography also concurred with the fact that he was highly reserved as a person. As per Eichkoff, the actor’s colleagues considered him as a “loyal, conscientious loner with an offbeat sense of humor and a talent for playing the grotesque”. Schreck starred in over 40 motion pictures, however, Nosferatu is one of his most memorable performances.

What fuelled the rumor even further was the German interpretation of Schreck’s name. The word translated to “terror” in German. His portrayal of Orlok was so natural, that people couldn’t help but wonder if he really was a vampire in reality.

Kyrou’s idea garnered unprecedented attention. He wrote  “. “Who hides behind the character of Nosferatu?” Kyrou wrote. “Maybe Nosferatu himself?”. Not much was known about Max Schreck when the movie first released.  Even his identity remained unknown for quite a long time. It almost seemed like a well-planned attempt to keep the actor away from public attention. Except this was mainly the cause of an internet deficient world that had very few means to access information.  No one questioned the veracity of Kyrou’s claims simply because there was no room left for debate. The man with the makeup really could be anyone.

The rumor and the meaning of the actor’s name in German fit in like a glove thus encouraging people to believe Schreck could have really been a coffin loving bloodsucker.

This little commentary by Kyrou went on to become a premise for a whole new film.  E. Elias Mehrige’s Shadow of the Vampire played off this rumor as it’s core theme. It was basically a nimble recreation of the making of Nosferatu.

For all, we know this was just a rumor stoked in an era that lacked the necessary means for quick debunking.

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The Real World in Matrix is a Fake?

by Emily Keen

A popular fan theory spawned post the release of Matrix Reloaded in which it was speculated that the “Real-world’ in Matrix is still a simulation. Popularly known as the Matrix in a Matrix (MIAM), the theory suspected that the world outside the Matrix was the next level of Matrix with the presence of Red-pills. The demonstration of Zion and the process of extraction was also a simulation.

Fans believed that the truth would be revealed in Matrix’s next segment i.e. The Matrix Revolutions.

The hypothesis found its roots in The Matrix Reloaded. Two notable aspects from Reloaded had everyone questioning the truth about the so-called “real world”.

As far as Smith’s Red pills are concerned, they are only effective inside the matrix. When he jacks out of the matrix, his programs lose the ability to possess other individuals. But in the film, he continues to possess Bane even when they are outside the Matrix. Considering the fact that Bane is not a part of the Matrix, it seems to be either a trivial glitch or a hint that they are still in the Matrix.

At the end of the movie, Neo telekinetically immobilizes the sentinels. This can be viewed as another hint that he is still inside the Matrix. It is just like the way he manipulates bullets in the Matrix.

It presents essential dichotomy. There are believers who argue that Zion and the real world are a digital environment. The other faction is against the needless complexity.

Another version of this theory is presented with Neo’s meeting with the architect at the edifice of the narrative. It is believed that after the meeting, Neo was trapped forever in the digital world and it was impossible for him to jack out. This is the reason he could disable the sentinels.

However, the final segment of the trilogy did not address any of the above concerns. The makers stuck with the facts that they presented the audience in the earlier installments. If the Wachowskis meant to maintain the element of mystery around Neo’s powers cannot be warranted. We cannot completely deny the fact since their brand of cinema is meant to encourage people to question the iron clad rules of the world around them.

While the fact that Neo’s powers were only limited to machines, in the real world cannot be dismissed. The nature of his powers is also an important factor to be considered. Neo exhibits super speed and flying abilities inside the matrix. These powers do not persist in the real world.

The effectiveness of Smith’s red-pills also can be explained with a simple theory that he erased Bane’s memories and altered his personality with his headjack.

In the end, it’s a Wachowski artform. It is meant to encourage people to think and come up with ideas giving the world a whole new perspective.

 

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The Ghostbusters Died When They Crossed Streams

by Emily Keen

The classic 80s fantasy sci-fi comedy Ghostbusters reached a glorious ending with the iconic foursome eliminating the evil Gozer and becoming celebrated heroes of New York.

The final showdown however was met with a lot of questions and theories.

According to a popular fan theory, the Ghostbusters might have suffered a terrible fate themselves when they crossing of proton beams. This theory takes its roots from Ergon’s warning that comes earlier in the film where he clearly states that it would be bad if proton beams from multiple particle throwers crossed paths.

He cautioned his fellow Ghostbusters not once but twice during the course of the entire film.

In the end though, when they have exhausted all means to defeat Gozer, Egon himself instructs the team to cross streams.

So what was with all the world ending and life-threatening warnings?

Well according to the theory, the Ghostbuster did not make it out alive from that battle. It was clearly impossible for any human to survive an explosion of those proportions. They had no protective gear on whatsoever that could have protected them from the impact of the blast.

While this may have happened, it raises questions around the sequel of the film. I mean if they did die that day, how did they return in the next installment of the franchise?

According to the theory, the sequel is set in purgatory. This makes sense when you examine the key aspects of the film. If you recall, the film appears skewed from multiple angles.

The theory proposes that the gang is living in a limbo where the events of the first film keep repeating. And if you look closely there are slight hints dropped in the film that indicate that the city and it’s people seem a little out of touch with the events of the past. For instance, the New Yorkers in the film have no memory of the giant marshmallow man.

So how do the Ghostbusters escape the purgatory?

David Houghton of Gamesradar extrapolates this theory by adding his own ideas. He sees all their actions as a way to redeem their actions. After all, by crossing streams, they did not just kill themselves but put the whole world in terrible danger. In an attempt to clear their Karmic account they do everything in their power to do good by the people while they are stuck in between the two worlds. This includes Ray summoning his supernatural powers at the end of the film to save the day.

Not just as Ghostbuster, but the four also make some incredible progress with their personal relationships. Peter gets close to Dana and begins to care for Oscar. The ever cynical Egon puts aside reasoning for once and tries to look at things from a more emotional and humane perspective.  As for Winston, he settles for a world filled with ghosts.

It all adds up. They die in the first film as a result of crossing streams and then the sequel settles their acts in a purgatory.

But if crossing streams did have such catastrophic effect, why did it not happen when the Ghostbuster pulled the same trick earlier in the first film.

The epic battle against Gozer was not the only time their streams crossed. In their spar against Captain Steel, when the Captain misconstrues them for the bad guys and tosses them in the air with a bent poll around them, they use the same technique and emerge unscathed.

All four of them point their particle throwers at the water below and create a plume of water to reduce the impact. Egon later admits that he had no idea that the trick had life-saving potential.

This contradicts the theory in all capacity. For all, we know they were very much alive and did make it to the victory parade in New York.

What do you have to say about this theory? Do let us know in the comments.

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The Ending of Minority Report is a Dream?

by Emily Keen

For a Spielberg film the ending of Minority Report seems a little too happy and normal. Steven Spielberg however claims that this is how he and Stanley Kubrick wanted to complete the story. They actually went for a happy ending. But a section of fans still find it hard to believe and think there might be more to what they can see in the climax scene. The missing piece of the puzzle which could actually confirm that the ending was actually a dream induced by a Halo!

But given the fact that Spielberg films are canon on having a hopeful ending, no matter how distressing the plot, Minority Report ending may actually be what it seems to be- The triumph of good over evil!

Minority Report heavily plays on the themes of choice and observation. The plot is set in a future where a Precrime Department has been put in place to regulate the occurrence of crimes. The department operates based on the visions of Precogs. Precogs have visions through which they are able to sense an upcoming crime but more often than not, these visions are not clear. The detectives then have to connect the dots to resolve the remaining part of the puzzle.

John Anderton (Tom Cruise) has been framed for a crime that he actually did not commit. Adding to his misery are the ghosts of his past. He has these repeated visions about his son who was kidnapped and never found. The visions of the precogs are considered hard evidence. The film almost labels them as Oracles and the place where they reside is called a Temple. The solid belief of the world in the Precogs is what drives the whole story. But are the Precogs really accurate in their predictions? And more importantly, can the events be altered once predicted? Will you see what you believe? Or is there more to the story? These are the questions the film means to evoke.

John Anderton is living an unsettling life, mostly high on drugs that take him back to the visions of his son and the happy memories they share. The world has cut down on the rate of crime by 90% but is that a better world? For all we know, a world with no privacy and unfair detainments based on half baked predictions of the future cannot be a good one. Besides crime is not the only issue the society faces. There are more issues like poverty that still persist. The system has clearly not done anything to improve the lives of those individuals.

Spielberg creates a narrative around the characters which is often missed because the audience is lost in the structure and fails to notice the bigger picture. The structure is based on the fact that fate is inevitable. But the story means to break those rules and go beyond the veracity of visions and that fate can be molded according to our actions.

In the final scene, John has been arrested and cognitively detained with a haloed device around his head. This basically puts him in a state of catatonia. The mastermind behind the Precrime program is all set to be honored for nationwide implementation. Just then John’s ex-wife breaks into the containment where John is detained and frees him from the halo. With the motive of stopping Lamar, the begin to gather evidence to prove the error of the program as it does not implicate Lamar for a murder he has committed. Lamar kills a woman who seeks her child just because it could get in the way of the success of his project. He then gives the murder a picture of an echo so that the technicians would just ignore it. This is where the quality of human perception is questionable yet again. They see death but they write it off since their beliefs are altered by a technology-driven society.

As John makes a move towards Lamar, the Precogs sense another murder- Lamar Killing John at the party. Lamar is already exposed before John arrives on the scene. Lamar now faces a choice between proving the efficiency of his Precogs or admitting that the system is flawed and that future can be altered even after it has been observed.

This brings us to our observations about the film. Do we wish to gauge the idea of the film with the regular Spielberg standards or the story itself?

It all finally comes down to what you want to believe in. Is it something that the pre-emptive notions will cause you to think? Or will it be something that you have clearly seen with your own eyes? In the end, systems may fail, justice can be denied and suffering will be caused just because human visions are flawed.

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Labyrinth is a metaphor for a Girl Navigating Puberty

by Emily Keen

Ever since the fantasy lore came into existence they have been aimed at a younger audience with a vivid imagination. Since children adore shiny magical aesthetics and a happy ending, the genre focuses on capitalizing their story by playing heavily on these elements. Much of the plot is invariably about a damsel in distress who fights her way through a series of evil for a McGuffin.

Children take these tales at face value just like they are supposed to. But as we grow up, we realize there may have been a subtext to the story that was not quite obvious upon the first viewing.

Some of these tales stand out among the rest in respect of narrative and for what they represent. Labyrinth is one such gloriously weird tale that found itself treading water at the time of its release but went on to become one of the most iconic films in the history of fantasy cinema.

On the surface, the film seems like a generic tale of a coming of age girl on a quest of rescuing her brother from an evil Goblin King. (Write plot). At its core, though it symbolizes the fantasies and fears of a teenager on the verge of entering a new phase of life. The disoriented set up and it’s phallic undertones become quite obvious to a more mature audience.

The film follows Sarah, a sixteen-year-old girl who has a hard time adjusting with her family’s utter disregard for her feelings and life choices. Dejected and unable to find a way to channel her emotions, she makes a rather wish for her baby brother. Unlucky for her, the words are spoken out of spite become a reality, and there commences a journey through a labyrinth that is both baffling and enlightening. N other words her experiences in this dark world empower her to take full control of her thoughts and life itself.

Let us examine this outlook in detail.

Sarah is a normal girl who likes to read a lot of fantasy lore, act in plays, and goes through a normal girl’s experiences just like any of us. So her insecurities and fantasies would look very much like that of a normal teenager. When she is unwillingly thrust into a world of fantasy, those very fears and desires become her challenges.

First and foremost, David Friggin Bowie!

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Only a total robot will deny his raw sexual magnetism. Of course, the man of her dreams looks like a rockstar with big pointy hair and wears tight pants. A little too tight in this case symbolizes the phallic aspect of puberty. Bowie plays Jareth, the Goblin King who is the reason Sarah is trapped in the Labyrinth. An attractive face is a reason for all your troubles and confusion! classic Puberty problem?

Jareth has Sarah’s baby brother locked away in oblivion and the only way she can rescue her brother is by obeying Jareth’s rules.

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When Jareth first meets Sarah, he tells her that she can either take a dream magic crystal he has to offer or rescue her brother from his complex labyrinth. The clock for rescue is set for 13 hours. If she fails to rescue him within the set time frame, he will turn into one of Jareth’s Goblins.

Sarah without hesitation chooses to rescue her baby brother and from then on Jareth relentlessly pursues her trying to break her will by making irresistible offers.

Jareth and his labyrinth is a rich tapestry of sexual and phallic symbols. His tight outfits make a give a good impression of his genitals. He holds a cane in his hand which in all capacity looks like a BDSM implement. Not to mention the masquerade ball, crawling with young, groveling women.

This represents Sarah’s desire for physical and material pleasures as a teenager. Although she is not quite sure if she wants these things and labyrinth is what represents her confusion. She is fighting the urge to dive into the adult lifestyle by trying to save her childhood. Her baby brother is a symbol of that very childhood which she strives to protect.

The glossy magical life in a Labyrinth is only making it harder to focus on what is most important to her.

Another notable figure in the film is Hoggle. Hoggle eventually becomes Sarah’s guide in the Labyrinth but when she first meets him, he is seen peeing in the pond, holding his bare penis in his hands.

Toilet humor | Muppet Wiki | Fandom To a younger audience, this is only meant to evoke laughter. But when viewed from the eyes of a teenager, this scene bears a sexual undertone.

In addition to this Hoggle spots a jacket with a very unsettling picture of a face on it. This could mean he is probably two-faced. In all probability, he cannot be trusted since he is betraying his master by helping Sarah.

 

Jareth is constantly trying to woo the girl to become his queen and rule his kingdom alongside him. But then what about her brother. Jareth obviously cannot be trusted since his intentions seem sinister. He is keeping her away from her brother and never keeps a single promise. The point here is even amidst a myriad of temptations and fantasies, Sarah is able to make sane decisions. She does get confused occasionally due to Jareth’s conflicting personalities- sometimes a suitor, a father, a king, and a playmate. But in the long run, it does not affect her coherence.

Her experience at the masquerade ball represents her outlook about adult life. To a young teenager on the cusp of adulthood, it is nothing but a racket full of corrupt and threatening faces all around. She desires the enjoyment yet somehow finds it sickening and dangerous. That is the reason she chooses to retreat.

Though most elements of this film fit into the canons of traditional fantasy, it does break the rules to give Sarah the heroic win. Even if it was her decision to get her baby brother to disappear, she makes a quick decision to reverse her actions. She faces Jareth and the challenges of the Labyrinth head-on and comes out unscathed because she does not let her desires get in the way of her determination. Giving up the offer of a queen is rather commendable given the fact that she is a normal girl who believes in fairy tale endings. She sticks to her choices and does not let Jareth take control of her life even for a moment.

Jareth sings, dances, and pulls up all kinds of magical antics to win her over. In the final showdown, he sings “Everything I’ve done, I’ve done for you”. This shows, that Sarah was the only hero in the story. And like every other fairy tale, where the damsel ascends the throne, Sarah gives it away and becomes the king of her own life.

With all authority, she claims at the end “You have no power over me,”! She does not win a king, or a ring but has gained full control of her fate. She has understood her power and responsibilities as a young adult. She has realized that her family and loved ones are beyond any materialistic desires. And in the cacophony of two-faced, intimidating people, she has won loyal friendships.

She emerged so beautifully from the Labyrinth that even the king himself finds it hard to keep away from her. And thus he sits outside her window in the form of an owl in the real world. Only to enter her life again if she approves!

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Did Fargo Spark a Real Life Death?

by Emily Keen

A body of a Japanese travel agent names Takako Konishi was retrieved from Detroit Lake in November of 2001. No one of the people had any idea why the woman was there.

She had checked in to a local Holiday Inn a week before she met with the terrible fate. She was spotted wandering nearby a landfill in Bismarck, North Dakota just the morning after she arrived. She did not know any English. The man who spotted her took her to the local police. Konishi showed the police a roughly drawn map of a tree and road and repeatedly mentioned something that sounded like “Fargo”.

Fargo is a city 200 miles to the east of Bismarck.  It lies between the border of North Dakota and Minnesota. The city gained fame with the 1996 Coen brothers directed iconic film Fargo. The plot of the film revolves around a kidnapping plan that goes wrong and ends up in an unexpected killing of one of the kidnappers. The victim later buries the briefcase with the ransom money in the snow.

And here was this woman, with no English speaking skills nor any solid evidence, looking for the treasure from Fargo. Or so the rumor said!

Among the police, only one officer had actually watched the film. The opening credits clearly specified that Fargo was based on a true story. The police tried to explain to the lady that it was just a film and none of the claims in that story are real.

The tedious effort of making conversation through a pocket translator had no impact on the woman. The police tried seeking help from a local Chinese restaurant. But that did not work either.

A few days later the police discovered the woman’s body through a bowhunter. She was last seen by two people hitchhiking in a miniskirt in a temperature below 26. That was an odd outfit for someone residing in North Dakota, given the harshly cold weather. The people who offered her a lift thinking she might be working her shift although they had no idea where she was working.

The story about Konishi, the Japanese woman looking for the money from Fargo began spreading like wildfire. It eventually caught the attention of the Zellner Brothers who lived n Texas. It was not even a clear story. Just some unconfirmed half baked information that circulated across the then very new internet. There was obviously no means to confirm the bits of information they found through the internet alone.

Some posts claimed the woman froze to death while trying to find a treasure near a snowbank. Had social media been popular among users then, the rumor would have been easily found numerous fact-checkers eventually revealing the truth.

But since the story was still in its raw unattended form, it had the Zellners’ attention. They decided to dive deeper into the story ultimately unraveling the fact that it was actually a case of suicide. The claims about the Fargo treasure hunt resulted as a part of the misunderstood conversation with the cops at the North Dakota police station.

The lack of information and the mystery surrounding the woman is what caused a rumor to be adapted into a full-blown film “Kumiko The Treasure Hunter”.

The Zellners were particularly attracted to the outdated quest of treasure hunt being pursued in the modern era. But as it turns out, the real story was different from what the rumors claimed. But Nathan and David Zellner, kept their film true to the claims of the rumor as they found them more intriguing.

Therefore, even though the rumors culminated in a big-screen adaptation, the story about Fargo inspiring a treasure hunt is not true.

It was simply a case of “Lost in Translation”.

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Jar Jar Binks is None Other than Supreme Leader Snoke

by Emily Keen

Each time a Star Wars movie ends, it leaves a lot of questions unanswered which is a common strategy followed by most franchise films. Although Star Wars in particular likes to take the mystery game pretty seriously. This causes theories to brew up in desperate abandon. Just like the secrecy about the identity of Luke Skywalker’s parents at the end of Star Wars: A New Hope. We only found Luke’s father was none other than Darth Vader in The Empire Strikes Back. The same went down with Rey’s parents before Episode VIII. The most fascinating theories however have developed around the true identity of the ominous Supreme Leader Snoke.

There is a faction of fans who believe that Snoke is “the Last Jedi”. While some others believed he is a re-embodiment of the dead Mace Windu or the Darth Maul because they were equally evil and menacing. However they are missing an important face of malevolence in all this concoction- Jar Jar Binks.

Obviously right now you are thinking “He is just an imprudent, racist filler character from the first trilogy”. Yet there are some fans like Reddit user Lumparwarroo who hold him in high regard as a Force user and Sith collaborator. The theory Lumparwarroo proposed goes on to suggest that Jar Jar Binks supported the Emperor Palpatine in his scheming. Another surprising disclosure adds an insane twist to an already bonkers claim. It seems Jar Jar Binks is a Sith master with immense power and raise a villain of evil proportions from a young child he finds. So that makes Jar Jar Binks even more powerful compared to Snoke.

This is going to seem hard to keep up with so stay with us!

Back in 2015, Star Wars released a book trilogy titled Aftermath. The trilogy covers all events that went down in Episode VI and Episode VII. The same manner in which Rogue One found a connection between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope. The last book of the trilogy reveals the fate of Jar Jar Bink as a street clown who entertains exiled kids from the Gungan race.

It is at this time Jar Jar Binks is approached by a young boy who wishes to know why Jar Jar Binks is ignored by all people. To that Jar Jar Binks replies- “Jar Jar makin some uh-oh mistakens. Big mistakens. Der Gunga bosses banished me longo ago. Mesa no been to home in for-ebbers.”

What is even more intriguing to note is how the boy is described in the book- “disfigured orphan” whose “scar tissue runs up from his jaw, over the hole that used to be his ear, and to the scalp.”

Can you recall a person with a similar deformity? That’s right! Snoke also has a pretty disfigured ear with a deep scar in his forehead. Moved by the young child’s regard for his feelings,  Jar Jar makes an offer- “My teachin yousa, pallo. Wesa maken the whole galaxy smilin, huh”

Now, we are not in complete denial of how completely thoughtless Jar Jar was and of course there is all possibility that he just wanted to teach the young man a few Jar Jar antics. But the theory makes us have a whole new outlook on the dynamic between Jar Jar Binks and the Gungan child. It is possible that Gungans, upon discovering his ulterior motives as a Sith collaborator banished him. The child in turn may have had some dark power lurking within him that Binks fuelled and gave rise to the evil Snoke.

Do let us know what you have to say about this theory in the comments.

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Is Stan Lee Really a Watcher ?

by Emily Keen

The man behind the genesis of the Marvel universe is no longer amongst us. But for as long as he lived, he made it a point to watch over the superheroes he so dearly created. Stan Lee makes appeared in every Marvel Film until he died before the release of End Game. Be it for a few seconds, he is always there to fill his superhero with some pearls of wisdom.

A bevy of Marvel Superheroes including Hulk, Spider-Man, Doctor Strange and Black Panther are attributed to Stan Lee’s imagination.

Stan Lee’s appearance holds the same significance in the Marvel universe as A113 in Pixar movies.

While some perceive this just like a cameo he bags as a token of gratitude for giving us these superheroes, some fans have a different outlook about why he is there in almost every Marvel movie. The theory suggests that Stan Lee is a Watcher.

For those of you who are unaware, Watchers are alien beings who are handed with the responsibility of keeping a watch over the multiverse.

Over the years, almost every Marvel movie has dropped hints suggesting that there is a possibility that all our superheroes exist in a multiverse.  Let us break it down for you.

Take for instance spiderman. It is obvious that Spiderman looks different in each multiverse. In one universe it is Toby Maguire, in the other he is Andrew Garfield while in the third he looks like Tom Holland. Even the animated venture based on Spiderman comics (Spiderman Into the Spiderverse) was set in a multiverse.

This proves that these parallel universes are a big part of Marvel’s narrative. If this is true, how does Stan Lee manage to appear in every universe? He has a cameo in all Spiderman movies with three different actors portraying the lead. Well that confirms that the watcher theory holds some weight to it.

Stan Lee’s cameo in Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol 2 is somewhat a hint that backs these claims. In James Gunn, directed film, Stan Lee is seen having a conversation with three other watchers sharing with them his experience as a federal expressman. This is him referring to his cameo of a FedEx postman in Captain America: Civil War.

Before this bit appeared in GOTG vol 2, fans believed Stan Lee is Uatu, the watcher. But this hypothesis is contradicted by the MCU wiki page which presents Lee as a “Watcher Informant”. An informant is tasked with passing information to the Watchers. So apparently Lee’s job is only to report to other watchers about his experiences on Earth.

In all probability Gunn himself believes this is true. In almost all movies Stan Lee portrays the same character which is a Watcher Informant.

But here is a twist which somehow puts a kink in the theory. Stan Lee appears in the post-credit scene of Big hero 6. He plays Fred’s dad in the film. Now, Big Hero 6 is a Disney/Marvel movie. The question remains if Big Hero 6 belongs to the Marvel multiverse of Disney multiverse. Since it is animated, it is highly unlikely to be called a part of the Marvel live-action universe. Probably a Marvel animated universe would be a better fit for the film.

Besides we cannot tell for sure if Fred’s dad is a watcher? And considering Big Hero 6 is an animated Disney film based on a Marvel character if Marvel multiverse standards apply to the film is pretty much ambiguous.

For all, we know Stan Lee is still awake in another version of this universe and smiling at this little concoction. How far do you think this theory makes sense? Feel free to add to this theory if you think we passed up on something. Comment below and let us know what you think.

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Obi Wan Kenobi is a Robot Clone?

by Emily Keen

As a Star Wars fan, you are well aware of a clone war. Given a choice between a normal human being and a superhuman, who do you think deserves a clone? No offense to humanity living outside. As much as I think, humanity is a marvelous creation meant to change the course of the world, here we need to consider an ideal option. And that would be a being with superhuman abilities. And in the Star Wars universe, the most powerful creatures are the Jedi masters like Qui-Gon, Windu, and Yoda.

So did they do it? Is it possible that they cloned a Jedi in the Star Wars galaxy?

A fan theory surfaced in the late 90s regarding the true identity of Obi-Wan Kenobi. It was proposed that Obi-Wan was in fact a clone. It is a much-debated hypothesis and certain aspects surrounding the character suggest it might be true.

First of all, the name sounds mysteriously close to something like that of a droid. Obi-Wan can also be written as Obi-1. A serial number only appears in the names of robot clones. Obi Wan’s name was later changed to Ben. I wonder what circumstances called for that change?

Try to picture a bunch of Kenobi Jedi army with lightsabers. That would be one invincible group of soldiers.

The question is what made the incumbent government initiate such a project.

Ben Kenobi was first introduced to the audience in Episode I. He has promising Jedi powers growing at an exponential rate. On sensing a kind of threat from the Trade Federation, the government acts accordingly to create a scepter army in the interest of protecting the Republic. Cloning is the only powerful technology that is powerful enough to save the values that protect their galaxy.  This brings us back to the question we asked at the beginning. Who do they clone? For mere soldiers would not be enough to protect them from the threat that looms over the Republic. In which case, Jedi is their only resolve. And that is how the idea of cloning of the strongest guardian of the Republic is conceived. All they need to do now is to select an ideal candidate amongst the Jedi whose abilities deserve to exist in multiple bodies.

Following this they seek out the sharpest among young Jedi. This hey shortlist a few Jedi youth, one among which is Ben Kenobi. He along with a few other gifted Jedi concur to be a part of the project.

The project leads to the creation of a vast number of OB1 or Obi-Wan Kenobis. But soon they discover that these Jedi clones have some glitches. They have a weak resolve in comparison to their hosts and can be easily manipulated. Besides the hosts tend to get overworked because they have to train multiple padawans at once. The said weakness leads to a lot of these clones falling into the dark side and joining the Sith. Imagine the kind of battlefield this would create had the siths pit the cloned Jedi against their hosts. You couldn’t stop but marvel at the magnificence of a Jedi vs Jedi battle.

Coming back to Obi-Wan Kenobi. Amongst the clones, apparently he is a strong-willed one in comparison to others and remained loyal to the Republic. He fought alongside the Republic in the war against the clones, faithfully serving his master Ben Kenobi.

As these battles continue, the clones eventually undergo mass extinction. Unfortunately Ben Kenobi meets his fate at the hands of one of his own clones in a battle. Obi-Wan annihilates his master’s murderer and brings along Ben’s body. In the light of these despondent events Obi-Wan withdraws to a smaller planet to find a safe refuge. He finds Tatooine as the best resort and finds himself home while Yoda goes to Dagobah. On reaching Tatooine, he puts his master’s body to rest and assumes his identity.

Since Obi-Wan is a spitting image of his master, he would have the least difficulty in carrying on Ben’s legacy.

Obi-Wan also brings along one of Anakin’s twin children (the male) to Tatooine. Anakin’s son is the only way of bringing the Force back to power. By guiding and training him, Obi-Wan hopes to honor his master. Luke is kept in secrecy with one of his Aunt and uncle on Tatooine. OB1 chooses to segregate himself until the time comes when he must start training Luke. He remains in isolation for more than 10years after which he reunites with Luke. On resurfacing again, he is addressed by his original serial number OB1 and he is quite surprised to hear it after calling himself Ben Kenobi for all these years.

Makes sense? Although this theory has not been confirmed, Lucas may have had this thought in the back of his head. Let us know what you think of this in the comments.

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Alfred is Bruce Wayne’s Real Father

by Emily Keen

We all know there are some crazy movie buffs on Reddit who always come up with the most insane theories. More often than not these theories change every perception you have about the film. Some times the truth is hard to accept and before you know, your favorite film is not the same anymore. One such theory was put forward by Reddit user u/Gemini911.

Batman comics have been rather inconsistent in providing us a clear picture of Alfred’s origin. Most comics and movies depict him as Bruce Wayne’s legal guardian which came into force after Bruce’s parents died. And we have invariably witnessed a touching dynamic between the duo. The theory however puts a sinister twist on the backstory of how this bond came to be. According to u/Gemini911, Alfred in all probability could have been Bruce Wayne’s biological father.

As shocking and repulsive as this may sound, he comes up with a depressing hypothesis to support his claims. According to the user, Thomas and Martha Wayne are so carried away with their larger than life lifestyle, they have almost no sense of normalcy and sanity left in them. Thomas Wayne indulges in drugs and even gets his wife hooked on drugs just like him. In the distress of her husband’s actions, Martha seeks comfort with Alfred and that gives rise to an illicit relationship between the two. However when Martha conceives a child, she covers the truth and makes Thomas believe it is his own son. While she is carrying she refrains herself from any drugs and ends her affair with Alfred. Alfred however loves the child and her too much give her up. He pursues Martha even more strongly confessing his feelings and gifts her pearl necklace. Martha rejects the proposal on account of her love for her husband. A jealous Alfred seeks revenge from Thomas Wayne with the help of Joe Chill whom he meets at a bar.

When Alfred discovers about Joe’s criminal background, he uses him to plot an elaborate scheme to kill Thomas out of spite. As Martha and Thomas exit the theatre on that dark evening, Joe poses as though he is there to mug the lady off her pearls. Joe points a gun at Martha when she refuses to hand over the necklace. That’s when Thomas steps in front of his wife to protect her. Joe sees this as a perfect opportunity and shoots a bullet at Thomas. On seeing this Martha begins to scream for help. Baffled and afraid that she might testify against him, Joe ends up killing Martha too. Alfred’s plan backfires in a hideous way and Bruce Wayne is left orphaned at a very young age. Alfred grieves the love of his love and swears to protect their child with his life.

Alfred cuts all ties with Joe and makes everyone believe that this is the work of just another maniac on the streets of Gotham. And although it has been hinted at multiple times in the story, Alfred denies being any kind of father to Bruce Wayne.

This theory does sound insane but the vagueness around Martha and Thomas Wayne’s true killer does leave room for eccentric theories.

Although this may not sit very well with fans, it does have Caped crusader enthusiasts vying over possibilities.

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Elvis Presley is Alive and Featured in Home Alone

by Emily Keen

A fan theory claims that not only was Elvis Presley alive when Home Alone released but that he also made an appearance in the film. This is not just insane. One might even call this theory “Bonkers”. Let us examine the evidence that indicates this is true.

Home Alone released in 1990. Elvis Presley died almost 13 years prior to its release. So even considering this idea for a moment seems ridiculous. But here goes!

When Kate McCallister realizes that her son has been left behind, she gets into a squabble at the Scantron airport staff trying to convince them to help her get to Chicago. In the scene, while she argues with the attendant, there is a man who looks so much like Elvis Presley.

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The man is spotted rocking a modest suit, just like any other extra from a scene in a Hollywood film. No bejeweled catsuit, no sideburns, basically nothing that is typical Elvis (because for all we know, he is not).

Careful scrutiny of his actions and head movements are done in a video below. Watch the video and decide for yourself as we have more evidence to cover.

The theory also emphasizes on the fact that Kevin’s convincingly inspiring bathroom performance on “White Christmas” is a point to be noted. It was the same song that Elvis made a cover for.

And if all of this is not reason enough to consider this theory, Home Alone director Chris Columbus mentioning Presley in one of his comments, totally is.

“They are convinced, these people, that this is Elvis Presley,” Columbus says. “That he’s faked his death, and because he still loves show business, he’s an extra in Home Alone.”

“Look at this guy,” he talks of the bearded man in the scenes “He’s not Elvis Presley!” (Sure he’s not, Chris…)

And the most notable and rather mysterious evidence is the anagram that a fan deduced to support this theory. It is strange that when you rearrange the letters of Kevin McCallister, you find a message “I, Mr. Elvis, act”. This is both spooky and hilarious at the same time. On one hand it does sound like a message from a ghost. But as far as logical reasoning goes, this does not even qualify as a perfect anagram. But even then, believers of the theory, consider this final piece of evidence as an important one.

But people, at least since the sarcastic tone in the commentary of the Director! That’s all we got for now! Home Alone is clearly getting more and more sinister with wild theories popping up time and again. Check out other Home Alone theories covered by Spotflik.

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Kevin’s Mother Sold Her Soul to the Devil in Home Alone

by Emily Keen

It’s been more than 29 years since the release of Home Alone. The iconic holiday classic has had generations of audiences head over heels for its goofy prankster of a child protagonist. Kevin Macallister is left behind in his own house while his family goes for a Christmas vacation. His goofy antics and instant ideas get him through even the direst situations. Thanks to his wits and ability to lay elaborate traps with regular household items, he is able to protect his house from a robbery and give us two full hours of entertainment.

The classic garnered enough attention to have several sects of fans and movie buffs coming up with insane theories around its simple plot. One of the craziest theories was sparked by a Reddit user who believes, Kevin’s mother sold his soul to the devil to make sure her son was safe. You’d be thinking, how come a comical holiday classic about aimed at young children possibly have such a dark twist. And how come you did not notice it all these years?

Its because this is just a theory spawned from trivia and possibly does not hold much weight with the kind of evidence. As a fan of delightful holiday movies, you are probably disgusted by the idea. This may have even ruined your favorite childhood film. But the lovers of dark comedies will possibly find this theory rather intriguing.

So who is the devil we are talking about here?

The Polka King of Midwest who greets Kevin’s mother at the airport- Gus Polinski! Apparently being in a Polka band is just a cover he uses to have his way around with innocent and troubled souls.

When Kevin’s mother, Kate realizes her son has been left behind, she freaks out at the airline staff and causes quite a scene that attracts onlookers.

What she precisely tells the airline rep is “If I have to sell my soul to the devil himself, I am going to get home to my son.” We must say the foreshadowing is commendable.

Amongst these onlookers stands Gus Polinski, who notices her little outburst. He has found the perfect victim.  Before the airport staff can provide any advice on dealing with her ordeal, Gus walks up to her and offers to help her.

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The man in the yellow jacket is the one we are talking about.

The second indication comes from the location of the airport where Kate is stranded. The Scranton airport Is located at a crossroads. According to the Reddit user Drewgarr, the crossroads is a myth connected to the world of demons. This is the place where you can make a deal with the devil.  The devil makes an appearance and grants the wish in exchange for something (in this case, the soul). So in this movie Kate has agreed to sell her soul to the devil if he can get her to Kevin.

In exchange for her soul, Gus offers her ride to Chicago. He introduces Kate to one of his friends who rented a van. Kate agrees to the terms and seals the deal with the devil, thus accepting the ride. She may have been irresponsible in keeping a watch on her child but this makes up for every mistake she made as a mother. Could you have asked for a bigger sacrifice?

But how do we know for sure that Gus is a Devil?

Home Alone (1990)

Gus plays a woodwind instrument. And guess what the Devil’s instrument of choice is? Bingo!

In the words of the Reddit user himself – “One last piece of evidence that I have found is Gus choice of instrument. Sure it’s not as obvious as a fiddle, instead, it’s a woodwind instrument. There are some references in the bible that one of the instruments are created and favored by the devil (my understanding at least),”

This does seem a little out there but the evidence he has provided is rather remarkable. It only goes on to prove how vigilantly the person has followed each bit of the film and then connected the dots. Sure the makers may have never had this idea in mind that the elements they have put in place have a rather hellish essence to itself. But it is rather fascinating to watch the film with a different outlook. Dark too!

Do let us know what you have to say about this theory in the comments.

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In Groundhog Day Bill Murray Is Buddha and Punxsutawney Is Purgatory

by Emily Keen

Ramis Harold’s Groundhog Day comes across as a thought-provoking film that had us asking some very important questions about life. The film’s protagonist, Phil wakes up to the same old day precisely 38 times on screen, although there has been some ambiguity surrounding the actual number of days he lived the recurring reality of February 2nd. Phil is a TV weatherman and visits the town of Punxsutawney for officially covering the annual Groundhog Day celebration. On the eve of the ceremony he is already in town and hits a local B&B only to be woken up in the morning to the sound of clock radio playing Cher’s I’ve Got You, Babe. He isn’t particularly enthusiastic about his job and does a sloppy on-camera bit just for the sake of it. Now that he has completed the task, he tries to leave the town but a snowstorm strikes the region and he has to stay the night. He crashes into the same B&B and wakes up the next day with an awfully precise Déjà vu. Except, it’ not a Déjà vu! The day of February 2nd keeps repeating itself until Phil accepts and mends the flaws in his current outlook. Each repetition brings along new realizations and experiences that he tends to overlook in the earlier attempts thus making him appreciate each moment and make the most out of it.

The film was critically acclaimed by critics and academics across the board. But one of it’s most endearing effect was the way it was perceived by philosophers and followers of various faiths.

The film was scrutinized in a theological light by various ethical gurus and thinkers. At the surface it might seem like a comical journey of a supposedly tragic hero. Although at its core, “Ground Hog Day” is about finding the true purpose of one’s existence.

One of the most prominent sects to pick up on the film’s philosophy was Buddhism. The Buddhists found the theme rebirth particularly conversant. Director Harold Ramis himself spoke about people who felt the whole idea a moving experience which included his mother-in-law who was a Zen Buddhist.

There were many others who shared similar views. Stephen Simon, Spiritual Cinema Circle co-founder called the movie “a wonderful human comedy about being given the rare opportunity to live several lifetimes all on the same day. Of course, that’s not how the film was marketed but, for our purposes, I believe that concept is at the soul of the story” in his essay titled, “Groundhog Day The Movie, Buddhism and Me,”.

Dr. Angela Zito, co-director of  NYU’s Center for Religion and Media believed that the story symbolized the idea of  Samsara or rebirth. In her interview with The New York Times, she said  “In Mahayana [Buddhism], nobody ever imagines they are going to escape samsara until everybody else does. That is why you have bodhisattvas, who reach the brink of nirvana, and stop and come back and save the rest of us. Bill Murray is the bodhisattva. He is not going to abandon the world. On the contrary, he is released back into the world to save it.”

And that is how Bill Murrays’s character in the film went to gain a hypothesis that represents Buddha. That’s not it. There were speculations around the town in which the film was set. Writer Jim Cissell caused an online stir when he wrote an article about how the town of Punxsutawney is probably a purgatory. For those of you who do not know, purgatory is a place between heaven and hell as specified in the Catholic Church doctrine. Cissell highlighted various aspects of the town that pointed out its similarities with a purgatory. An elaborate version of this theory goes on to tell us that Phil Connors is going through his own brand of purification before he meets his maker. And the changes he undergoes here will have a direct impact on his fate in the afterlife.

What do you think about this theory? Do let us know in the comments below.

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Forrest Jr. is Not Forrest Gump’s Biological Child?

by Emily Keen

Over the years Forrest Gump has been a subject of countless debates and hypotheses. And the fad only seems to be growing with each generation. The classic has been highly scrutinized with the smallest detail presented to the audience. One such detail is the true paternal origin of the titular character’s son- Forrest Jr.

A wild fan theory claims that Forrest Jr. may not be the biological child of Forrest Gump. And there are clear cues in the film that point to this fact. Before moving on, let us remind ourselves that this is just a fun segment and has no bearing over the contents of the film. The Forrest Gump lore will remain intact as ever since Gump accepts the child as his own in the film, no matter what.

Here are a few things to mull over:

There is no evident on-screen record of intimate relations between Forrest and Jenny

The love of his life is found years later and they both share a passionate kiss in the bedroom. But there are no explicit indications of them having sex. Besides, Forrest doesn’t seem to care much about the act of making a child. Jenny knows this and there goes the possibility of her being discovered out of the window. This might seem a little out there given the ambiguity of the scene we spoke of earlier. But the remaining points are suggestive of the facts we are looking for.

When Jenny Visited Forrest

There is a possibility that Jenny was already pregnant when comes back to Forrest. Her unusual sleeping patterns are another sign that she could have been carrying a baby. Fatigue as we know is one of the symptoms women experience during the early stages of pregnancy. This fatigue of hers may not have received enough attention in the film but could be a plausible cue. At one point in the film even Forrest expresses his concern over her sleeping habits.  Since her lifestyle choices are not an appropriate set up to raise a child, she thinks that it’s best if she returns to Forrest. Forrest’s simple way of life is a much healthier environment to raise a child.

Following this, jenny starts having second thoughts about her intentions, and maybe she realizes that keeping Forrest in the dark is not something he deserves. So she leaves and decides to take care of the child on her own, only to find that she is dying. This brings her back to her original and the only option to take care of her child- Forrest Gump!

But the main question that arises is “ why does she decide to name the child Forrest Jr.?

This is the fact the quite literally counters most of our arguments. If Forrest isn’t the father of her child, then what makes her name the child Forrest Jr.? It’s highly questionable since they did not share much of their life together. And even though they are best friends, it would seem odd to the person who is the real father of her child.

Well here’s a guess. Maybe she is unaware of the identity of Forrest Jr.’s real father. And besides, Forrest is her childhood friend and the only other significant person in her life. He is a constant who has never judged her and accepted her whenever she showed up. That is probably the reason she respects him and as a sign of gratitude decides to name her son, after the most important person in her life.

Jenny’s depiction in the film makes us think that she is a self-centered and an awful person. But is she though? She may have not stuck around for Forrest as much, but as a mother, she did the absolute right thing. She put her child in the hands of a very caring and responsible person and did not just leave him to deal with the world she used to live in. Before she died she made sure, he wouldn’t in any way be impacted by her choices.

What do you think about this theory? Do let us know in the comments below.

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Warhammer 40k is a Sequel to Event Horizon

by Emily Keen

Apparently Event Horizon set the tone for Warhammer 40k and the evidence cannot be dismissed.  The 1997 film starring Lawrence Fishburne and Sam Neil went on to become a fad among the tabletop gaming community. And Warhammer later followed the same path.

But you cannot help but notice the continuity the plot of Warhammer offers Event Horizon. Coincidence and very unusually fit right into the puzzle.

Warning! Spoilers ahead!

Blending some very critical themes of God, AI, and capitalism, Paul Anderson’s Event Horizon sets a bleak narrative with space and time at the heart of the story. A ship called Event Horizon resurfaces after several years of absentia. An investigative team is sent to examine the mysterious event and what they unravel is a grisly tale of horror and massacre.

To put the events in perspective, Sam Neil who plays the designer explains how the traveling mechanism of the ship uses black holes to travel the farthest reaches of the space. What they did not see coming is the path that leads through a figurative hell. The ship crew finds themselves in a ghastly space that has them under some kind of murderous spell forcing them to commit some of the most gruesome acts. Their bodies are discovered in the most horrid state describable. But worst is yet to come.

Come to think of it, the said hellish experience is similar to the one in Warhammer 40k experienced during the Warp travel. The place of Chaos in Event Horizon bears an uncanny resemblance to the world of Daemons and Chaos Gods called Warp. The nightmarish dimension is the path to achieve traveling speed that is faster than the light. Although there seems to be an advancement in 40k since they have figured means to keep the hell at bay so that it does not harm the members of the crew. They describe the technology as Gellar Field.

If this force field fails, it is the travelers who will be subject to similar atrocities as what happened in Event Horizon. Demonic invasion, hallucinations, evil possession, and insanity to name a few! If such horror causes irreversible damage to the vessel and the crew or demonic incursion occurs, the ship just floats in space or Warp like a husk. Furthermore when such ship collides with celestial bodies like asteroids or space stations they are addressed as Space Hulk.

 

According to the theory, Event Horizon was the first Space Hulk to be created after its destruction in the Warp. It is evident that that was the first attempt at using wormholes for space travel and unbeknownst of the horrors that lie ahead the crew simply chose to enter the warp without any defense. As a result they were unable to avoid the ghoulish fate. But the Warhammer 40k crew learned from the experience and created a strong defense mechanism to neutralize the Daemons and Chaos Gods.

Now Event Horizon may be a modest and practical outlook in comparison to 40k, but the timeline of occurrence and the nature of events occurring in both stories hardly seems like a coincidence.

If you watch 40k ahead of Event Horizon, it will help define an outlook that makes this theory believable. If you have already watched these films, try to do a re-run with this idea in mind and you might end up having a whole new perspective than what you had earlier. The parallels only make it a much more enjoyable watch than it already was.

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In “The Big Lebowski” Donny Doesn’t Exist

by Emily Keen

A fan theory claims that In Big Lebowski, Donny is just a figment of Walter’s imagination. Considering this might seem a little out there, we did a little digging and it turns out there is more than enough evidence to believe so. Here are some cues that point to the obvious. If you are in a state of total awareness and notice how the script navigates its characters, it helps you discover some interesting facts.

Like looking at the way the characters interact and which characters do not share a direct communication. I mean, that’s how theories unravel right? The devil is these unscathed details.

In the case of this film, if you look at Donny and his interaction with other cast, you’d be surprised to find he only exchanges words with Walter. The Dude is in a state of denial.

Furthermore, the bowling team has only two members. And when the Corvette owner tries to smash their car, Donny’s presence is completely ignored. In fact, when the nihilists start chasing them, they only go after Dude and Walter. Donny is left alone.

Also, remember the scene when Donny is shot? Walter shouts “Man down” but Dude is least bothered since the lack of blood could only mean “Donny” whom he can’t see.

What is even more unsettling is that the guy never gets a funeral. An important member of a gang at least deserves a memorial right? But the only memorial he gets is from Walter. Sure Dude accompanies him at the mortuary while he says goodbye to his imaginary friend who was nothing but the manifestation of his stress from Vietnam.

However, a section of fans finds this debatable since Donny and Dude are caught exchanging one-liners three times in the film. Twice when the car is stolen and Donny asks “Where are you going, Dude?”. To which Donny clearly responds b calling his name- “Home Donny”. The other time when Donny says “Phone’s ringing Dude”. And Dude saying “Thank you, Donny”. There is also one at the very beginning where Donny asks “What tied the room together Dude?” to which Dude answers- “My rug”. Subtle but plausible signs that indicate this theory is baseless. The Coen brothers do not leave room for doubt there. Even if it’s limited, the dialogue upholds the validity of Donny’s existence.

But the supporters have an equally strong argument to counter these supposed flaws in the theory.

If you carefully examine the scenes when Dude responds to Donny, you can see patterns of ambiguity. For example, the scene in the parking lot when Dude responds, he is actually walking away from the camera and we cant see for ourselves if he really said it. In the first alley scene, he has his head bowed and buried in his long hair. The words spoken then too are not clearly visible to the audience. So we for sure cannot say that Dude did respond to Donny’s questions all this while.

If Walter is delusional enough to make up an entire person in his mind, how hard could it be to force a few dialogues between his groupies? Even that could well be in his own head. After all, if it’s in his head, he can imagine whatever he wants, and however, he wants it. Seriously, hallucinatory theories are a tough nut to crack.

 

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‘Drag Me To Hell’ is a Hallucination Caused by Bulimic Anxiety

by Emily Keen

If you have watched Drag me to hell, you must have noticed on several occasions the protagonist has a history of obesity. We can see her drooling over sweets through a bakery window and there is this woman who later makes an explicit comment about it. And how can we forget the photo of an overweight child that reads “SWINE QUEEN”.  Christine’s self-esteem issues are made obvious in much of the first half. The film clearly tries to showcase her insecurities caused as a result of her being overweight in the past.

Owing to these cues it has been made evident that Christine may have had a history of an eating disorder and the entire film is metaphorically representing her insecurities.

The film introduces Christine’s character as a young ambitious girl trying to make her career and find her place in the middle-class ranks of the society. Her family profession of being farmers is not something she is willing to continue and her biggest goal in life is to not be like her mother.

These apprehensions cause her to stay away from food as she thinks it will make her fat and disgusting again. Considering all these facts, fans have come up with a theory that suggests that Christine’s claim that she sees a demon is just a hallucination. Because it is the hunger that is driving her crazy and making her see things that do not exist. Remember the scene where a creepy hand begins tapping on the desk? In reality, it was just her colleague but the insecurities are aggregating and showing themselves in the form of unrealistic visions.

There is one scene where she passes out in the car and rams her car into a parking lot full of vehicles. But if you go to see, there is nobody following her. She just imagined a woman is following her.

An already insecure Christine is now drawn to the verge of a mental breakdown when she decides to see a Psychic. The Psychic tells her that there is an “Old woman’s curse” that is following her. And that could be the explanation to the nature of her hallucinations. The Psychic could be a fraud who has tricked her into believing that there is actually an evil power trying to take control of her. Although when Christine’s boyfriend is not allowed to be a part of the exorcism session, it hints that there is something shady about the claims made by the psychic.

The food is the ultimate stimulus to all the evil episodes Christine experiences is the main clue. Every time food is introduced in the frame, she gets attacked by the spirit. The Spirit only showing up in her house when she is in the kitchen. When she traps the spirit in the room, the spirit assumes the shape of pig hooves.

The starvation is the actual reason behind her bleeding nose, but the belief in the presence of an evil spirit has clouded her judgment which is why she thinks it is because of the curse.

The evil spirit in the form of an old woman is a representation of her bulimic anxiety. The ugly faced, toothless, candy stealing monster is doing pulling all sorts of disgusting acts to get her to eat. The one time she finally sits to eat, she finds an eye staring right back at her from the cake which leads to choking.

Bulimic anxiety sure seems like one disgusting experience. What do you think? Do let us know in the comments.

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In Fight Club, The Narrator and Tyler are Grown up Calvin and Hobbes

by Emily Keen

It is being speculated that In Fight Club, the narrator and Tyler are actually adult Calvin and Hobbes from the popular American comic by Bill Watterson. The comic spanned over the period of November 1985 to December 1995. The comic revolves around the humorous antics of Calvin and Hobbes (Hobbes being Calvin’s stuffed Tiger). But like in every comic, the Tiger is anthropomorphic.

Fight Club was based on Chuck Palahniuk’s 1996 novel of the same title. Brad Pitt and Edward Norton star in a feature helmed by David Fincher. The Narrator of the story is bored from his life and his executive job. One fine day he meets Tyle Durden the soap maker along with whom they form the “Fight Club”. As the fight club begins to prosper, the thing starts to turn wild.

Coming back to the theory! It goes like this- Calvin grows up to be the narrator and Hobbes becomes Tyler Durden but now he is fully human. The theory speculates that the bullying Calvin is subjected to in seventh grade makes him unimage Hobbes. But Hobbes’perception still remains unaltered somewhere in the deep corners of Calvin’s mind. Hobbes is not around Calvin but may have been waiting for him to free him. When Calvin grows up he eventually brings Hobbes back as Tyler Durden.

What is the basis for this speculation?

This may sound like we are only trying to find reasons to believe the theory. The hypothesis stems from the belief that Hobbes and Tyler Durden are not real but only an image in their respective stories.

Let us see why this theory makes no sense:

  1. What made Calvin change his name? Also, The Narrators’ name in Fight Club may have been revealed in one particular scene as Jack. So the hypothesis that Calvin is the narrator cannot be effectively proved.
  2. Why did Calvin bring back Hobbes as an aggressive personality? It is possible that our hardships as humans tend to make us want to channel the rage we feel inside through some means. But id Calvin did have a hard life, a more calm and sensible version of Hobbes was a practical answer.
  3. Calvin and Hobbes and The Narrator and Tyler both have their own clubs. GROSS (Get rid of Slimy Girls) is the club that Calvin and Hobbes started. The Narrator and Tyler are the Fight Club. But we cannot ignore the fact that both these clubs are completely different.
  4. And the most significant difference between Hobbes and Tyler is their personalities. Hobbes is a very sensible and composed tiger. Tyler Durden, however, harbors an offbeat personality who loses his calm on many occasions.

 

All the above evidence points towards the fact that this theory does not hold a practical explanation. Although it does account for an interesting story.  What do you think?

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Who Framed Roger Rabbit is about Racial Segregation?

by Emily Keen

The multi Oscar-winning offbeat Hollywood cartoon and live-action hybrid is a muti-Oscar winning Disney masterpiece. The film follows the injustice done towards cartoon stars in the Toontown. Set in the 1940s, the film tells the story of Roger Rabbit, who is framed for killing Marvin Acme a human club owner. Eddie Valiant is a private detective who is hired by the Rabbit to clear his name off the felony.

The film has been a subject of many controversial debates but the least discussed one is that it low key takes a hit at the racial segregation that prevails in the society.

Jim Crow era of segregation was at its peak in 1947. The film is set in Toontown of Los Angeles where humans and cartoons lead life effectively distinct and segregated from one another. Judge Doom who plays a big role in maintaining the segregation, comes up with a new freeway plan for the town to support the rich residents. Sounds familiar? The gentrification of non-white neighborhoods happens in a lot of western societies.

Jessica Rabbit is a cartoon character who is more humanlike in her behavior. Eddie, the detective finds her really attractive. Given his hatred for all cartoons, this actually seems like a big deal. This represents the confusion of white males and how they perceive women of color. Although they are viewed as lesser in comparison to their white counterparts, they do sweep the hearts of the men just alike.

Then we have the gruesome Judge Doom, who is actually a cartoon and pretends to be human. This character represents the sellouts who betray their own kind to get accepted in the society. But there is a major difference in the film and what actually happens in reality. In culmination, the film disregards the process of segregation and swears equality to all. In the real world, however, sadly racism still persists.

 

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The Dinosaurs in Jurassic Park are not Real

by Emily Keen

The Steven Spielberg Dinosaur lore that first released in 1993 first presented the world with the possibility that dinosaurs could walk the face of the earth again, very much alive. And that is not much of a shocking revelation given the advancements that have happened over the years in the world of genetic engineering. In the film, the dinosaurs were cloned by entrepreneur John Hammond by extracting DNA from a mosquito preserved in amber. But the claims fall way beyond the limits of science. If you are a science enthusiast it is not difficult to point out the inconsistencies of the facts presented in the film.

We have to give it up to the VFX team of the film for creating exceptional images of the giant Tr-Rexes and bloodthirsty Velociraptors. The park is full of amazing creatures that walked the earth 65 million years ago. So where does the error lie?

According to a theory that was proposed on Reddit, there is not a single real dinosaur in the entire park. The film claims that the Dinosaurs were made from the DNA pooled from mosquitoes that were preserved in amber. But science says DNA would have decayed long before 65 million years. For a moment let us consider that it did manage to remain intact. Even then a mosquito would have had DNA from multiple species of dinosaurs. Not just one.

So how exactly was Hammond able to create the dinosaurs.

The hypothesis suggests that they are lab experiments. They are hybrid creatures built from bits of reptilian, amphibian, and avian DNA and then well crafted to match the popular perception of a dinosaur. The movie scientists have proven that this is possible. The Indominus Rex from Jurassic world is a hybrid of DNA from multiple species spliced together to create an entirely new species.

So why would they not create an entire park full of similar organisms? There is nothing stopping them from doing that. In fact, this way they can create each species with custom specifications.

One way to prove this is the size of the Velociraptors. In the movie, these giants are the size of a human. When in reality, fossil reports of Velociraptors indicate that they can actually grow as big as Chimpanzees.

Another very strong reason to believe this theory is John Hammond’s obsession with creating larger than life illusions with animals to trick people to believe that what they see is real. He started this business by creating a mechanical flea circus which was meant for children. Jurassic Park is no different. It was the same trick that played out on a much larger stage.

He only made it more believable by gaining the trust of Dr. Grant and Dr. Sattler who actually fell for all the stories he made up about the splicing DNA from a mosquito. And if he could fool the scientists, how long before the world accepts it?

The DNA demonstration was all a part of the plan to convince people so the smart ones amongst the onlookers don’t question the actual origin of these giant creatures. But in reality, it was just another con act that Hammond pulled up very smoothly. He knew that it does not matter if the dinosaurs were real. He just wanted people to believe they were. And well, people did!

What do you think about this theory?

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Iron Man 2- Peter Parker is the Little Kid in The Mask

by Emily Keen

This scene from Iron Man 2 attracted a lot of speculations post Spider-Man joined the MCU universe like the Son Tony Stark never had. The scene at the Stark expo showcases a little Kid saved by Tony Stark from a hammer drone attack. Fans had this wild idea that the kid was, in fact, the young Peter Parker.

The little guy in that scene is clearly a hardcore fan wearing the Iron Man mask. He is at the expo because he loves the tech and the man himself. And what do we know of teenage Peter Parker? That he is a science geek. Isn’t that great?

Peter Parker approves!

“It’s cool. I like the idea that Peter Parker has been in the universe since the beginning.” Tom Holland said in an interview.

 

Here’s the moment we are talking about:

In the final showdown of Iron Man 2, Stark Expo and its attendees are under attack by the suits and drones meant to be showcased at the presentation. In an attempt to control the suits, Whiplash reprograms all the devices to follow his command and lets hell lose in the city. His ultimate aim is to bring down Iron Man himself when he arrives at the Expo. As the drones set attacks, one after the other Iron Man fights to prevent civilians from getting hurt by any of the attacks. As one of the drones is about to attack a kid, Iron Man swoops in and takes down the robot. He then turns to the kid with the Iron Man mask and goes- “Nice Job Kid”. That kid right there is Peter Parker.

How are we so sure if it is just a theory?

Because Tom Holland himself confirmed it before the release of Spiderman Homecoming! The actor also said that Kevin Feige fully backed this theory and nothing makes him happier than the thought of Spiderman being a part of MCU for a long time.

None of the movies as of yet explicitly confirm this theory. But we do have a lot of Spiderman films coming up. Maybe the retcon will find its way in one of those. But even if it doesn’t, we already have a very powerful link between Spider-Man and his father figure to cherish forever.

 

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Nemo Doesn’t Exist in Finding Nemo?

by Emily Keen

We all know Finding Nemo as a friendly, funny Pixar movie aimed at a younger audience. There was nothing particularly erroneous about the way the story was told. It was probably the best gags that were used in the trailers that caused a little damage to its performance at the box office. But besides that, the movie was much loved by audiences of all ages. Basically it was a linear plot meant to greet its viewers with a genial message about a father-son relationship or the importance of family on a more general level.

However, if you try to analyze the subtext of the story and the characters philosophically, it holds a deeper meaning to it. A theory has been making rounds regarding “Nemo” being a figment of Marlin’s imagination. At first, it does not make sense, because we all know how Nemo was captured by the divers and then ended up in a fish tank in a dentist’s clinic. Obviously Marlyn couldn’t have built an image with that much detail. That seems totally out of context and unnecessary. But there are certain details that do suggest that Marlyn may, in fact, be imagining Nemo’s presence in his life.

To begin with, it’s the name. Nemo in Latin means “no one”. We know that from Twenty Thousand Leagues Under The Sea. So this changes the title of the film in question to “Finding No One”

Finding No One? Where am I going with this? Here it is, folks: the eponymous character of this children’s animated epic, Nemo, doesn’t actually exist. Finding Nemo is, in fact, the tale of a psychologically damaged clownfish who must go on a personal journey as he tries to overcome the pain and fear caused by the loss of his family.

So that reduces Nemo to nothing but a figment of Marlyn’s imagination. The clownfish ended up with a damaged psyche after witnessing the loss of his wife and children. The film begins with a terrifying incident in which Marlin’s wife and the eggs end up becoming victims of barracuda attacks. As per the scene, the only survivors of the tragic incident are Marlin himself and an egg which grows up into Nemo, a baby clownfish with a slightly deformed fin. It would be safe to assume at this stage that Nemo is nothing but Marlin’s insecurities coming to life.

Before the barracuda destroy his family, Marlin is shown as a jovial and cheerful father and husband. He has found them a safe neighborhood to reside in for the rest of their lives. He looks forward to living life and having fun with his family. Nevertheless, the family meets with a tragic fate, and Marlin is crushed under the guilt of not being able to protect his family.

So when he finds out that he is the lone survivor of the attack, he begins to imagine that one egg somehow survived the attacks which in turn gives him back the power and imparts hope to his otherwise awful life. As a part of the promise made to his wife and the subconscious awareness that its all an imagination, he decides to name the child ‘Nemo”

His trauma snowballs into overprotectiveness and irrational fear of remotely dangerous things when it comes to Nemo. And when Nemo goes missing, he sets on a journey to rescue his one last ray of hope and more importantly because he does not want to feel powerless this time.

He makes a lot of friends on the way who guide his way through the problem and literally to his destination even. He learns many valuable lessons that help him get over the burdensome thoughts like the guilt of not being able to protect his people and eventually realizes that responsible for the death of his family. Bruce, Anchor, and Chum help him realize the misunderstood nature of things that seem dangerous but in reality, are not. And that worrying too much only worsens the situation.

The sea turtles help him realize that there are few things that cannot be controlled and in those times, its best to let go. Dory, his accomplice on the search mission, suffers from short term memory loss. Dory exemplifies living life in the moment and that each passing second brings in new experiences. Marlin gradually understands the importance of letting things go and moving past the feelings of grief and guilt. He begins to live life just like Dory- every moment is a brand new experience.

At the end of the film, Marlin is finally ready to let his don roam free in the aquatic environment and sends him off to school by saying “go have an adventure”. This indicates how the overall journey has helped him evolve into a whole new person who isn’t afraid of what’s to come. He has finally let go of the unpleasant memories and the guilt he had been holding on to. He is no longer a paranoid father as he was at the beginning of the movie.

Am I reading into this too much? I’ll answer the naysayers straight off: yes, yes I am. I know I am. As I stated at the onset of this op-ed, I came up with my analysis arbitrarily in order to keep the film relevant for an older generation. Even so, I hope this interpretation works for many of you the same way it worked for me and keeps what should be another Pixar gem fresh in your minds.

It seems like a deep read into the characters and the story, but this way, the film sounds more relevant to the older age groups. It makes “Finding Nemo” much more than just an animated adventure for kids. It is a film that elaborately explains five stages of grief and how to overcome it.

Thank you for reading this! Do let us know what are your opinions about this theory.

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Sid Grows Up to be the Garbage Man in Toy Story 3

by Emily Keen

We are all aware of Sid from Toy Story. He the little child, who tormented his toys by subjecting them to eccentric experiments. Probably an adolescent while he pulled up the livid act of setting the toys on fire and then pull them apart and then merging them with other toy parts. The kid was insane. The giant baby head on the metal legs is an unforgettable memory. In fact, just go out on the limb and say, he was a terror.

The cynics will probably dismiss his deranged behavior quoting his lunatic side did not cause any harm to live beings. But Hey! Guess what? The toys in the movie have feelings and you cannot stop the audience from siding them over the maniac who did nothing but try to deform them in the most heinous way possible. He learned his lesson at the end of course when the toys decided they won’t take it anymore.

The last we see him is when Woody warns him to “play nice” and he runs while screaming on top of his lungs.

Enter Garbage man, from Toy Story 3!

If we believe the rumors being spewed by ardent fans, Sid probably grew into Garbage man in the third installment of the franchise. And the main indication of the fact is the Skull T-shirt that he wears. Its Pixar- every little detail means something.

Most people would say Sid becoming a garbage man as an adult was karma returning to him in the most practical way. He treated toys like trash. He might as well learn to respect the trash. And as a result, he ended up making a living out of it.

Reddit user Londongarbageman gave an elaborate explanation to back the theory. Here it is:

“In Toy Story 1 Sid is confronted with the horrifying revelation that his toys are alive. 15 years later in Toy Story 3 we see that Sid has become the local Garbageman. Now being a garbageman has one of the biggest perks that you may not have realized. We find things. Lots of things,”.

The user who claims to be a garbage man himself spoke about the toys he retrieved from the trash including Barbies, Legos and Nerf guns. He went on to suggest that Sid accepting the job of a garbage man was his way of redeeming himself in response to the suffering he put the poor toys through.

“Now, let’s imagine you’re a guy who just learned that inanimate objects are alive. What job would you get? Sid isn’t f–ked up and working a crappy job. He’s trying to save them. He is trying to save the toys. He picked one kind of job where you can rescue those things. And Sid is uniquely equipped to fix those toys that he finds that are broken. He’s pretty damn creative.”- he added!

Sid’s job was his wrongdoings coming back to him. He chose a profession that would mean doing exactly the opposite of what he did as a child. Save the toys! He is not even happy doing that job.

Although if you think about it, fate isn’t exactly a curse. It may not be a glamorous job, but at least he is doing something good for the toys that are disposed of. The predator is now the benefactor! How poetic is that! This seems like a more fulfilling explanation for Sid’s story.

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Totoro Represents Death in My Neighbor Totoro

by Emily Keen

My Neighbor Totoro is a beautiful story about childhood and pure innocence. But what if there was a dark twist to the titular character? A theory has surfaced suggesting that the film is based on the Sayama incident. Totoro is speculated to be the God of Death. Sounds a little too much? Probably!

Let us look at what is the Sayama incident.

Sayama incident is a murder case that occurred in Saitama Japan. Yoshie Nakata a 16-year-old girl was reported missing on May 1st 1963. A ransom note was delivered to her family following which her sister showed up at the decided spot with fake money and police surrounding the place. A man appeared on site but quickly disappeared as he found the police were surrounding the place. On 4th May, Yoshie’s dead body was found buried.  The police confirmed that she was raped and then killed. Her elder sister could not live with the guilt. She felt she was somehow responsible for her death and killed herself. The police were also subjected to heavy criticism for their failure to capture the suspect. On May 6th a man from the same neighborhood committed suicide just before his wedding. His blood type matched with the suspect but since he suffered from erectile dysfunction, the police ruled him out. Given the fact that he could not have raped anyone with the prevalent problem. The police carried out a further investigation at the Ishida Pig Farm and arrested Kazuo Ishikawa a 24-year-old who shared the same blood type as the suspect. Ishikawa was however deemed to be innocent by a few supporters and forced to confess to a crime he did not commit by torturing him for 1.5 months. The case never reached a perfect conclusion since there was enough evidence support the man’s guilt. But at the same time, there were certain signs that pointed towards his innocence.

How does this ghastly case relate to My Neighbor Totoro?

The theory suggests that Miyazaki made My Neighbor Totoro to honor the lives of the two sisters. In the film, two young girls move to a village with their father while their mother is admitted to the hospital. They roam around in the new surroundings until one day the little sister goes missing. The elder sister, however, finds the younger by seeking Totoro’s help and the film culminates in a happy ending.

The darker twist, however, suggests that the younger sister Mei actually dies after she goes missing. Since Satsuki is unable to live without her, she decides to join her in the afterlife. Totoro is the God of death who transports them to the other world. At the end of the film, the mother dies too and they all are reunited. This sounds a little out there but there are certain attributes that link the film to the Sayama Incident.

  • The movie was set in Sayama Hills, the exact location being Tokorozawa city where the incident actually happened.
  • The hospital shown in the film is called Shichikoku Byouin. There is a hospital in Sayama with a similar name called, Hachikoku Byouin.
  • The Sayam incident unfolded in May. Satsuki in Japanese means the month of May. The younger sister is Mei, the direct pronunciation of the word in English.
  • After the elder sister of the Sayama incident lost her sibling, she claimed to see cat-like ghosts which could be an effect of her extreme trauma. Totoro in the film is also a similar cat-like or Rabbit like creature.
  • Susuwatari is considered to be a sign of imminent death as per Japanese folklore. Since both Satsuki and Mei can see them, it clearly suggests that they are going to die.
  • The slipper in the lake does not look like Mei’s. But Satsuki chooses to believe that it is since she cannot accept her sister’s death is her fault. Just what happened with the Sayama sisters.
  • One of the Bus stops in the village is called Grave Road. Isn’t that really scary?
  • Totoro cannot be seen by other kids including Kanta. Only Mei and Satsuki see him. If he is a magical creature, he should be visible to all children. But it is not so, because he is the Death God.
  • In the ending scene, the girls are devoid of a shadow. When else does the shadow leave your company?
  • Finally, when Mei and Satsuki visit their mother in the last scene, only the mother can see them. That indicates that the mother is probably dying too.

The producer of the film, however, denies this theory in 2007.

He said, “Everyone, please put your minds at ease. The rumors of Totoro being a death god, Mei being dead, and others rumors of the like are absolutely not true…Someone made them up because they sounded interesting to him or her, and it seems to have spread around the Internet. In regards to comments that “Satsuki and Mei don’t have shadows in the final scene,” it was merely decided that is wasn’t necessary to draw when producing the animation. We hope that people will not believe the rumors, and the PR department would like to officially announce that here.’’

He may have denied the claims, but the arguments made in the theory sure seem to have some weight to them. In fact, so many parallels cannot be a simple coincidence. Miyazaki’s films are commonly full of hidden subtext. So why not with Totoro? The iconic children’s film may have some dark and sad meaning to it as well. Do you believe the theory?

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Peter Pan Is Flying Spirits of Dead Children to Neverland

by Emily Keen

Peter Pan, the angelic child designed by J.M. Barrie in his novel comes to rescue his shadow that he once lost in the Darling mansion. But in an unusual turn of events, the Darling kids are fascinated with the antics of the magical young boy and decide to follow him to Neverland- the place full of enchanted children who never grow up.

But this story has been given a dark twist by a few movie buffs. They believe that in reality Peter Pan is the angel of death and he is flying the dead spirits of the children to Neverland which symbolizes heaven.

Let us look at the facts that stand grounds for this hypothesis.

The first thing that points us in the direction is his line where he says- “to die would be an awfully big adventure”. This only indicates that he may never experience it himself since he is immortal. Few among the believer of the theory suggest that he is so innocent, he does not even realize that the children are actually dead. Does it make sense?

But then the fact that he helped a little girl return back home in the story- “The Little White Bird” plays contradictory to the above theory. In fact, even the Darling children eventually are returned home safe and sound. The same goes for his crew of Lost boys. Wendy’s daughter and granddaughter too are subjects of consideration.

According to the book the children tend to escape while their babysitters are busy tending to some other tasks. This is, in fact, symbolic but it is not death. It probably suggests something even more dark and dangerous crimes that were prevalent in Victorian England at those times namely child theft and sex trafficking. Chilling isn’t it? But J.M. Barrie had in fact decided to tackle some very critical concepts in disguise as it seems.

This other theory goes on to suggest that the boys Peter flies to Neverland actually die or become pirates in the story. And those who survived their childhood became the victims of the harshest crimes breeding in the underbelly of England.

The book brings us face to face with a lot of truth if we know where to look for it. Furthermore, Peter Pan’s stories have been presented by plays and films by changing the original scenario and giving it a whole new meaning. Barrie himself had written multiple memoirs based on the different adventures of Peter Pan. Each story possibly signifies something deeper than just what we can see. So the next time you watch or read Peter Pan, make sure to look beyond the platonic meaning.

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Nightmare Before Christmas is a Halloween Movie?

by Emily Keen

Categorizing some films is a tricky business. They are not created to explicitly fit into a particular season. For example- Die Hard being a Christmas movie has been a subject of enough debates. Just because it’s an action film, do not we can overlook the backdrop in which it is set.

Horror films are clearly meant for Halloween. Who would dare to question the tagging of Casper and Hocus Pocus as Halloween movies? They clearly have this weird and spooky vibe about them. Not as disturbing and scary as horror films, but they do manage to creep you out just right for Halloween night. Similarly, none has questioned the status of Elf, The Muppet Christmas Carol, and Home Alone as holiday films.

But there is one movie that has always left the audience perplexed about which time of the year it belongs to. And that is The Night Before Christmas. Is it a film that fits into the list of Christmas films or is it in fact meant for All Hallows eve?

If you scan all the characters of the film it definitely weighs more in the favor of being a Halloween movie. The film’s main character is a skeleton called The Pumpkin King. He has a dog who happens to be a ghost. The film is full of Witches and then we also have Oogie Boogie who is a sinister creature filled with snakes and uses a torture chamber to scare people. But as it turns out, that does not make it easy to place it as a Halloween film.

The entire film is set in a Christmas town and speaks only about Christmas. And the biggest hint? It has Christmas in the title! The films the main objective is clearly finding the true meaning of Christmas. So when Christmas runs so deep in the plot, it would not be fair to classify it as a Halloween movie. And have you noticed the uncanny resemblance it shares with the film How The Grinch Stole Christmas?

The makers, however, feel differently. Henry Selick in a Q&A at Colorado’s Telluride Horrorshow film festival made his views quite clear: “It’s a Halloween movie.”

As per the report in BirthsMoviesDeaths, The director said that the film was about Halloween, the people of Halloween and what are their views about something like Christmas. His claims actually make sense if you take into account the time of its release which was just in time for the Halloween of 1993.

But if we try to dissect the idea of the plot with practical reasoning, it gives more of a Christmas vibe than the Halloween vibe. What do you suggest?

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Up is Carl Fredricksen’s Journey in the Afterlife

by Emily Keen

Pixar’s Up just got really sad! The movie explicitly aims at tackling the themes of loss and grief. But on a deeper level, it could mean something depressing. Since Pixar overlooked many scientific aspects of floating a house in the air, it has caused fans to speculate that the floating house was symbolic of Carl’s death and transition into his afterlife.

The basic error with the idea of a floating house is that he carl would need at least 100,000 balloons spread on every three feet. But how can a senior citizen with a fixed income manage to pull this off and have it installed on such short notice?

The flying house could mean only one thing. Carl is dead and he is being flown to the spiritual world. And the person guiding Carl in his journey in the afterlife is Russell. He is probably trying to earn his wings by fulfilling the task of Carl’s transition. This is seemingly his final badge attainment task which requires him to help an old man.

Once Russell successfully helps Carl, he becomes a guardian angel in a true sense. Carl’s erroneous perceptions about life need to be corrected. Russell’s innocence and devotion will help Carl see where he is wrong about life. This is clearly working because Carl seems to react positively to many of Russell’s actions. Russell may have taken a child’s form to impact Carl much deeply because Carl and his wife always longed for a child but never had one. It is possible Carl is living his long term dream through Russell’s presence.

Kevin is symbolic of a higher calling or God. Russell probably knows about Kevin’s reality. Carl does not care about Kevin. He just wants to shake him off. But Russell is the one who helps Carl see that Kevin’s presence might actually be a good thing. Kevin loves chocolates. It shows his thrill to earn small rewards on the way of chasing the higher calling. And him never being around when Carl needs him the most is also indicative of the same thing.

Dug’s translational collar is a part of Carl’s ascend too. Dug possibly is a symbol of transition himself. Dug who originally belonged to Muntz followed Carl and now lives by his side. Through a translational collar, Dug is said to have bridged the gap between humans and animals. Which probably reads like, he is supposed to help Carl bridge the gap between life and the afterlife.

Muntz is cruel and signifies Lucifer according to the theory. He’s trying to bring down Kevin is similar to Lucifer meaning to destroy the good in the Bible. The catch being Carl’s soul. If Muntz succeeds, Carl is forever trapped in the cage of despair.

The house symbolizes Carl’s yearning for the physical world. Paradise Falls is his ultimate destination. Paradise means heaven. When the house finally lands in Paradise Falls, Carl has completed the transition and reunited with his beloved wife Ellie. That right there is his greatest adventure!

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Mary Poppins is a Timelord and We have Undeniable Proof

by Emily Keen

P L Traver’s classic book Mary Poppins about a London nanny was adopted in an iconic Disney film in 1964. The film drew as many as 13 Oscar nominations and bagged Julie Andrews an academy award for her stunning performance as Mary Poppins.

The story follows a mysterious magical nanny who comes down to help a troubled household with their issues. She is appointed to take care of the children of a busy banker and a Suffragette.

As we are all aware, Mary Poppins is not just any nanny. She is stern as a nanny but also kind and caring at the same time. Her magical abilities include the power to speak to animals, transporting her to different places, and the ability to fly. These and certain other traits that she possesses are have made some fanatics come up with an eccentric hypothesis. The theory suggests that Mary Poppins is actually timelord from Doctor who. For starters both characters are British, but we are not going to use that kind of platonic similarity as evidence to prove a highly debated theory.

It is a widespread belief that the quirky nanny shares a lot in common with the timelord from the Doctor who series.

We have lined up certain aspects of this fan theory to debate its pros and cons and to make sense of its implications. Let us examine if these aspects do have a plausible explanation to back this claim.

  1. If time lords have a dress code then Mary clearly follows it. When she appears with a long scarf and a sweeping trenchcoat she looks like she just blended the styles of 4th and 12th Any change in costumes bears an uncanny similarity with the outfit choices of the doctor. We cannot ignore the fact that Emily blunt just loves rocking a bowtie. In the infamous musical, the nanny likes to wear shoes that give her audience the idea that she is a levelheaded person. We see the doctor walking about in his super comfy converse most of the time.
  2. Her bag is bigger on the inside. If that is not timelord technology then we don’t know what is. Or all we know that bag could clearly be her Tardis. Timelords’ fictional time machine come spacecraft is also small on the outside but looks like a control room from within.
  3. Remember the scene when Timelord says he speaks horse? His exact words being “he is called Susan and he would like you to respect his life choices”. Mary Poppins says the exact same thing to Matthew and she is referring to a dog down the street. Similarly, there have been many other quotes that both these characters use in their respective worlds. Another very odd yet significant commonality between them is that they speak a language that normal people would tag “Alien”.
  4. Mary Poppins takes the kids on a space adventure. Mary’s umbrella technically cannot support flight for so many people. So we are guessing she uses the Tardis to take the children and Bert to space.
  5. Mary Poppins comes to people’s lives to fix their problems. She helps them mend broken relationships and leaves when her job is done. She constantly travels in search of such tasks and does not stop in one place forever. And what do we know about the timelord? The parallel between both their life choices shouts that they both are meant to be the people with similar purposes in life. Timelord does not exactly come into people’s life sniffing their troubled state. He is more of “gets into trouble and helps whoever he stumbles upon in the process” kinda guy.

What are your thoughts on this? Do let us know in the comments!

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The Monsters Made their First Contact with Humans During the Black Death

by Emily Keen

The advancement and sophistication of the monster world in Monster Inc is evident. They are clearly living in a more technologically advanced era than we are. They are skilled in inter-dimensional travel and their means of energy is the resonance of a child’s scream or laughter.

A theory suggesting that the giants are petrified of the Black Plague has been much debated over. Let us see if this is just another speculation or it holds any weight at all. The following evidence will help us understand the grounds of the theory.

Almost a century ago the monsters tested their technology to open an inter-dimensional portal. Although it was a simple gateway connected to a nuclear power plant that opened the door to a different realm, they did succeed. The first-ever monster to arrive was the big hairy monster. He steps into the portal and enters into the room of an ill child.

The child is terrified at the sight of the monster and starts yelling. Well so does the monster who then quickly retreats from the door back to his own space. In that scene, we can see the child’s scream messing with the monster technology. There is an unexplained surge of power. And in that very moment, there is a noticeable resonance between the power source and the sonic vibrations.

The second indication comes from the flea carrying Yersinia Pestis. At the time when the first monster pulled inter-dimensional travel, he was not checked for any potential dangers or contaminants that he might have brought back with him. Obviously they are aware of fleas and their potential.

Later in the day, the monster goes home, back to his family along with the flea he just transported into his realm. The flea may easily find a corner to breed and start his own family. The monster paid no heeds to that itch on his shoulder. And thus unleashed the terror of a germ that caused his neighbors to show signs of illness. That was the beginning of a pandemic in the monster world, the roots of which are attributed to be the Black Plague that he acquired from the sick child in the human world.

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Snowpiercer is a Sequel to Willy Wonka

by Emily Keen

Warning! Not for Killjoys!

This article is strictly for people who have an open mind and find enjoyment in exploring newer perspectives. However quirky they might seem! In this article, we are trying to deconstruct the idea behind the rumors that Snowpiercer is a direct sequel to Willy Wonka and chocolate factory.

At this point you have probably gone through with the stages of shock, surprise, questioning, rejection, and finally decided to read ahead! Because Hey, we are doing this for fun after all!

Lets us look at the evidence that supports this theory.

To start with, it’s the plots of the two films in question. Both scripts progress along similar lines wherein a group of people is confronted with an unusual atmosphere and the lone survivor who manages to live through all the offbeat experiences will be faced with the industrialist and tell the man that this was all just a test and he had passed with flying colors. The sentence typically ends with, you are the rightful heir to this quirky empire you just had a tour of.

This is just the general similarity between the two movies. Wait until you hear the links that connect the two characters.

Wilford, the inventor of the super train and conductor is hypothesized to be a grown-up Charlie Bucket who turned into a maniac after he had accumulated a huge pile of wealth through the candy business. When he is put in charge of saving lives onboard the train, he puts all his faith in the people he trusts the most. The gun-slinging Mike Teavee is his chief executor. Veruca Salt who was rescued by Charlie from the chocolate factory returns in this film as Wilford’s unapologetic supporter- Mason. Gilliam, Willford’s closest partner is Mr. Wilkinson Who is pretending to side with the resistance, although in reality, he is just an infiltrator fulfilling his duties as he did for Wonka.

Sound like pretty extreme statements these, right here. But the deeper you dive into the details, the more it starts making sense. Besides if they managed to survive the tour of Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory, they were probably crazier than they looked.

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Did You Know that Dumbo is a Biracial Elephant?

by Emily Keen

Tim Burton’s Disney venture “Dumbo” was perhaps the biggest celebration of diversity, family love, and dreams. Max Medici is a circus owner who assigns Holt Farrier and his children with caring for a baby elephant Dumbo with oversized ears. This trait makes Dumbo an item of laughter and that is not in any way helping the shattering the profits of the circus.

But when they find out that Dumbo has the ability to fly, it shoots the booking and the circus company makes a sizzling comeback with Dumbo for a new entertainment project. The film tackles a lot of themes including family and dreams but there is little being said about the lineage Dumbo belongs to.

The fatherless Heffalump is born to a single mom in a circus. He has been a laughingstock since his birth owing to his giant elephant ears. However, how did he get those?

There is something very peculiar about those ears and it obviously has a plausible explanation.

That is the question very few fans have asked. A fan theory suggests that the pachyderm is a product of biracial love between a female Asian elephant and an African male elephant with large ears. Dumbo apparently takes after his father with giant big ears.

The father, however, is not known. But the fan theory speculates the identity of the father through the mother’s name. Mrs. Jumbo is probably the widow of Jumbo, the African bush elephant in real life, and was a part of P.T. Barnum’s traveling circus in 1800s. He died a very brutal death while being stuck on a locomotive train.

This adds more to the misery of Dumbo. He is not only mocked by his fellow elephants but has the tragic death of his father to his history. It all just seems so dark and depressing. Dumbo will never be the same again!

 

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Were Petunia and Vernon Aware that Harry was Voldemort’s Horcrux?

by Emily Keen

Besides the fact that the Dursley couple was terrified of wizards combined with Petunia’s jealousy towards Lily (Harry’s mother) is there a valid reason why they treated him so harshly? Vernon most certainly convinced Harry that magic is nothing but a myth. There is a plausible explanation to their utter disregard for Harry’s feelings.  One that might not be clear at first, but if you can connect the dots, it’s all right there.

The reason is Harry being one of Voldemort’s Horcruxes. There is evidence suggesting that a Horcrux has a very negative impact on its surroundings and the people who possess it. Most of Voldemort’s Horcruxes were inanimate objects(Except Nagini). That made it easy to claim them. The ring could be worn. The diary could be read. Dursley’s being the legal guardians to Harry Potter, became the ones in ownership of him.

So was his presence itself that made them even crueler? Their mindless way of going about life indicates the same.

They tortured their orphan nephew and never let him have a normal childhood. They pampered their own son and raised him to be just as evil and arrogant as they were. Dudley is seen misbehaving with a snake at the Zoo. It’s safe to assume he is mean to animals in general. We cannot forget the time when the Dementors attacked Dudley for being in possession of a criminal soul.

If the Dursleys did hate Harry so much that they felt no shame in treating him like a servant, why did they not put him in an orphanage right away? This makes us give them the benefit of doubt. It is possibly their exposure to a Horcrux that made them behave so callously with their nephew.

So why are other people not affected by Harry’s presence? It is probably because they do not own him in any way and don’t spend much time with him. The longest Harry is known to spend time with is Ron. He is the only person who stays so close to him all the time. But the ownership aspect works here as well. In fact, they break contact when they are asleep at night. So that puts Ron and the others in a safe zone.

Do you think this makes sense?  Do let us know what you think in the comments below.

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Jack Jack is the most Powerful Incredible

by Emily Keen

We cannot stress this enough. The little terror stole the show in Incredibles 2. If you remember in the first movie, he harbors as many as 4 powers. Cut to Incredibles 2, he shows a new power every time he appears in the frame. He keeps giving his family a hard time with a new trick each time. It’s like if Marvel and DC had a baby, he would be it!

We first witness Jack Jack’s powers in the first installment of the franchise when syndrome tries to steal him from his parents. He evades the kidnapping by setting himself on fire while Syndrome is transporting him away. Not just fire. He then transforms into a demon and a heavy metal. But when he starts falling back down he quickly returns to his normal form before his mother comes to rescue.

His babysitter keeps trying to alert his parents that his actions have been quite questionable. But the family completely ignore the seriousness of the situation and that he may have started showing signs of superpowers. In his little antics with the baby sitter, we get to experience his abilities of levitation, wall climbing, gravity control, strength, crossing dimensions, fire and laser eyes.

Pixar has been very selective in spilling the secrets of his actual powers. Which invites even more questions.

After scanning all the bits of Jack-Jack antics we can’t help but think if he has multiple superpowers or if his powers manifest in different ways. Can he control Space and atoms around him? But that does not count as a superpower does it?

His powers are not limited to an object like Aquaman’s Trident or Superwoman’s Lasso. He has not undergone any artificial alterations like the cyborg.

His traditional powers include Super speed, super strength, laser vision, teleportation through dimensions, and telekinesis.

He has body manipulation powers that enable him to clone himself, shift shape, change the size, transform into a demon, stretching, levitation and intangibility.

A lot of these powers come handy in the fights his family gets into. As unusual as these powers are, they do add a lot of entertainment value to his character. Especially when he mimics Edna’s look by getting oversized goggles and a dark-haired bob cut or when he makes multiple clones of himself to fight a raccoon and also when his family uses him as a gun and makes pew pew sounds while he shoots bullets out of his eyes. Its fun to watch but also makes us think, does his powers have any limitation at all?

He is able to move his mom’s mind screen control goggles off his mom through telekinesis.

The youngest member of the Incredible family has is able to mimic the elements and any form of matter there is including metal, smoke, fire, liquid, electricity or lightning, and so on. This clearly shows he can take properties of elements.

 

Jack Jacks’s powers may not be a serious subject of discussion among his family members, but there is one member of the cast who definitely has her interest piqued. Edna is both intrigued by his powers and perplexed by how complicated his design is.  Our theory? He is probably a polymorph given his shapeshifting and other body manipulation abilities. All the antics with space, form, and elements may be pointing out the molecular vibrations in his form that he is unable to control yet. Having said that we cannot ignore the fact that he is able to alter time and space, pull out water and electricity from the atmosphere and his powers to open portals to other dimensions.

In Edna mode’s words- Jack-Jack is pure unlimited potential. In fact, she is the first one to understand his polymorphic abilities and to realize that he is far more mature for his age- Physically and mentally! This comes as a part of his response to external stimuli. For example, he responded to Mozart every time it is played. First with his babysitter by pulling up the goofiest act and attacking the nanny. And the second time with Edna. But the second time he keeps it low key and just clones multiple copies of himself.

As of now, it is unclear if he is just lucky or the powers just come to him naturally as a reflex in times of danger. But the mysterious part is, how is he able to tackle every kind of danger. He is able to ward off any danger because his powers customize based on the nature of the trouble. In other words, he is remarkable. Does he have any limitations at all? Sure doesn’t look like it. He does share some common powers with his father and his brothers like the super strength and super-speed. But the rest of his abilities that stun even his family.

Doesn’t that prove that he is in fact the most powerful Incredible? What do you think?

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Winnie the Pooh Characters have Psychological Disorders

by Emily Keen

A new fan theory about Winnie the Pooh surfaced with the release of Christopher Robin in August 2018. The theory suggested that the Disney characters residing in the Hundred Acre Wood, symbolize various mental disorders:

When you look at it, all you see is a happy and beautiful world where Christopher Robin dwells with his friends. A.A. Milne’s tales have been nothing but noble and gentle for all the readers. But the new generation of readers has a section who believes that all these characters represent a form of mental illness each.

Let us examine each character in detail:

Winnie the Pooh

Pooh shows signs of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). This disorder refrains the patient’s ability to pay attention and is also characterized by the above normal level of activity. According to a research study on all the characters, Pooh’s focus on food and counting pattern indicates that he also suffers from an OCD

Christopher Robin

This seems way out there, and awful but there are questions surrounding the choice of name for his bear. Winnie the Pooh (W*iner in urban terms is used to indicate male reproductive organs). According to Freudian theory, Robin being fixated on the word W*iner is indicative of his sexual drive affecting his personality.

Tigger

The tiger suffers from a chronic case of being attracted to danger and that explains his impulse for sampling everything.

Piglet

He is the closest to Pooh and has a generalized anxiety disorder. He is always either anxious or blushing. As per the study, the piglet’s behavior indicates the problem of lack of self-esteem.

Kanga

Kangaroo’s problem is Social Anxiety Disorder. She is always overprotective about her son Roo.

Owl

He is the most intelligent among the group but is probably dyslexic to a certain degree. The spelling errors all hint in the same direction.

Eeyore

The donkey is depressed. He goes through episodes of stress and anxiety which represent “Chronic dysthymia”.

Rabbit

His mental disorder is OCD coupled with the obsession with self and also his perception of him having many great relations.

What do you think about these characters? Do let us know in the 30comments below.

 

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Wheezy is the Secret Villain in Toy story

by Emily Keen

Stinky Pete, Toy collector AI and Emperor Zurg are probably the most prominent crooks in Toy Story 3. Although there is one more character who has some mystery surrounding his intentions. Woody and Buzz of course, but they are not the ones we are referring to here.

It’s our adorable little penguin, who was saved by Woody from the sale of doom.

A fan theory suggests that Wheezy was not so innocent indeed. A Reddit user TheCircleOfKnife said that Wheezy actually had something sinister about him.

Wheezy was shelved owing to some issues with his squeaker and thus had no playtime with Andy. The Reddit user suggested, “Toys ca be jealous of one another”. This is probably why Wheezy felt left out when Woody and Buzz Show got to spend a lot of fun time with Andy.

“What’s the point in prolonging the inevitable? We’re all just one stitch away from here … to there,” Wheezy said strikingly on noticing the yard sale. In fact, Woody was the one who made an effort to hide Wheezy while Wheezy did not. The user suggests that this was a part of a bigger plan. Wheezy probably knew that Woody would act all heroic and end up getting sold in return. So with Woody out of the picture, Wheezy had Andy’s attention all to himself.

Wheezy could have rounded his arms around Buster’s collars tightly during the rescue mission. But he did not and once again Woody was there to his rescue. That caused woody to fall off the Buster. Wheezy did not even address the fact that Woody had fallen out and just let the Buster keep running.

When at the end of the film Woody is back, the Penguin felt relieved since he had this guilt within that he was responsible for all of Woody’s problems. That is the reason Wheezy is seen singing and dancing along with everyone celebrating Woody’s return but more importantly that indicates his own state of euphoria. Having said that, the musical act could have also been Wheezy trying to cover up his sinister motives by playing all nice and happy so that no one suspects his intentions. Are you on board with this theory?

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Pulp Fiction- The Briefcase Contains Marsellus Wallace’s Soul

by Emily Keen

Quentin Tarantino generally tackles a script with a more nihilistic and practically violent approach. Although his film Pulp Fiction seems more in a Christopher Nolan mold of limbo. Especially owing to the ambiguity of the contents of the “Briefcase”! Fans have been asking this question since the release of the film but Tarantino has consistently insisted that there is no single answer to that question.

In the film, Jules Winnfield and Vincent Vega are on a quest to retrieve a suitcase for their boss. The Briefcase is essentially the “MacGuffin” that drives the story. While they are at it, the kill two men and accidentally kill a third one. In response to which they manage to pull a master level clean up of the mess they just created. When the suitcase is finally acquired, there is a glowing light spilling out of it. The audience, however, is not privy to the contents of the briefcase. The light spiritually awakens Vincent and a restaurant robber named Ringo who also seems to be the fortunate enough to have a peek at what’s inside.

The film swings between the past and the present and that make it quite a puzzling experience. The briefcase additionally serves as a crucial piece of the puzzle which just does not seem to fit in. Although there are a few theories as to what the Briefcase may harbor.

A popular theory suggests that the briefcase contains the soul of Marsellus Wallace. It is hypothesized that the gangster cut a deal with the devil in exchange for his soul and now wants it back. But that won’t be easy as it is clearly suggested by the death parade that unfolds. The number associated with the briefcase is 666. That is the number of the devil. Furthermore, the bandage on the back of Wallace’s head supports the popular claim of how the Devil takes one’s soul as suggested in the Bible. Jules in an intriguing dialogue explains “divine intervention” on surviving a shootout.

Some other fans claim that the Briefcase contains diamonds from Reservoir Dogs. However, not much evidence is there to back this claim apart from the stereotypical gangster attributes and connections between characters. Mr. Blonde a.k.a. Vic Vega after stealing diamonds in that movie goes on a killing spree inviting retaliation from Mr. Pink. In Pulp Fiction, Vincent Vega who is a brother to Mr. Blonde is the first person to look at the contents of the briefcase. Roger Avery who created the story of Pulp Fiction with Tarantino, once suggested that the briefcase contained diamonds but that turned out to be too mundane an interpretation and did not spark any curiosity.

The specialty of the Briefcase, however, is that the truth about its contents will forever remain in limbo. Maybe all Tarantino was aiming to do was pay a tribute to 1955 classic Kiss Me Deadly which includes a similar concept of a cryptic box that is connected to “the gates of hell” and glows when opened.

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Willy Wonka From Charlie and The Chocolate Factory is a Serial Killer

by Emily Keen

Isn’t it terrifying when someone tells you that dreamy and sweet adorable Willy Wonka from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is a serial killer? Fans believe that the chocolate enthusiast played by Gene Wilder in 1971 may not have been as innocent as he shows he was. Speculations are, he was probably a homicidal lunatic and a calculated murderer who invited children to his factory only to kill them in the end.

Roald Dahl weaved the character in 1964 as a chocolate factory owner who lets people take a tour of his chocolate factory by selecting them through a lucky draw. The people who win golden tickets are entitled to a complete tour of the factory by Willy Wonka himself.

Although viewers who see a dark twist in his character believe that nothing good could come out of those tours as they were traps set up to lure kids into his crib of death.

Willy Wonka’s frustration owing to the spying from competitors is sighted as the possible reason for his hidden murderous instincts.

The loneliness pushed him over the edge. And that has him building these elaborate traps as a set up to fulfill his heinous intents.

The golden tickets are nothing but tickets to a one way trip to neverland. Once the young children are lured into the trap they are made to suffer all kinds of awful fates. He views these murders as a part of moralistic schemes.

This is also possibly the reason why he is least concerned about the damage done to his property or the accidents that occur on the premises. And why on earth are the Oompa Loompas prepared to face a child’s death?

When he sees himself getting too old and fatigued to carry on the task further, he decides to pass his throne to a poor boy whom he can easily influence. He put all his effort into explaining the fates of the children to Charlie. His ultimate aim to brainwash the kid and make him a part of his evil plans.

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Is Cobb’s Wedding Ring the Distinction Between Dreams and Reality?

by Emily Keen

Inception is a unique concept. With a storyline that interlinks the past and the present, reality and dreams, deep texts and elaborate action scenes, it is one of the most phenomenal films complete with an incredible cast and stunning graphics. It will forever remain one of Nolan’s most memorable creations.

Although, the ambiguity of the ending still has people’s minds doing somersaults. The limbo of the last scene is raising plenty of questions. Does the top stop spin? Was it real or was he still dreaming? Nolan’s personal views on the scene go way beyond the movements of the totem or the validity of reality. He has always been more focused on the emotional message in each scene and in this one, it is that Cobb has finally stopped dwelling over his past and decided to return back to his children.

We may never really be able to answer the questions with complete certainty. After all, Nolan films are always meant to invoke multiple possibilities. But an interesting theory about Cobb’s ring has been doing the rounds.

The detail we often fail to acknowledge has been brought to light by an ardent fan. Cobb is seen wearing a ring in every scene while meandering in the dreams. But when he is finally awake, the ring is nowhere to be seen on his fingers. Is that the hard-line between dreams and reality for Cobb?

It’s almost shocking that the ring is absent from his fingers when he meets his children. So that boils down to one logical conclusion. Cobb was not dreaming in that scene. That, in fact, was his happy ending. But is it though? Let us look at the events sequentially.

Right from the very beginning, we witness Cobb intertwined in a cobweb of grief and repent. He believed he is directly responsible for her death by implanting the idea of inception in her mind which she was never able to fully recover from. The thoughts of which led her to take an action as grave as killing herself because she believed that her husband made her believe that she would wake up.

This is the thought that traps him in his own mind consequently not letting him accept his wife’s death. He believes he is still married to her and wears the ring as a symbol of their intact bond in his dreams.

The main storyline then branches off into alternate plotlines of the heist and Cobb’s character evolves as he sets himself on a quest to find peace within. That brings us to the end where he finally sees his children. While in limbo when Cobb is about to save Saito, he sees his wife in which he renounces the desire to be with her. For the very first time, his subconscious accepts the fact that she is nothing but an illusion and that his real wife is dead. He understands that the only families he is left with now are his son and his daughter. This is when he makes a conscious and subconscious decision to leave her and free himself from the shackles of her memories.

That points to the obvious error in the ring theory. It means that Cobb will never again be bothered by the painful memories of his wife even subconsciously. And that is the reason he gives up on wearing the ring in is dreams and also in the real world. So the level of uncertainty in the final scene is still intact.

But as Nolan says, the film is more about the protagonist’s emotional journey rather than the heist. So does the presence or absence of the ring really matter? The focus of the final scene was never meant to be the spinning top which slightly wobbles before the end credits appear. The highlight of the scene is that Cobb chooses to ignore the top and looks beyond it to see the faces of his children. He takes full control of his thoughts and knows exactly what he wants now. If that is a dream or a reality, it doesn’t matter. And that is when he has found inner peace. Wasn’t that the point of the whole experience? That right there is where the story ends.

As we have said earlier, Nolan films are meant to be thought-provoking and bound to leave you with countless questions. In such cases, it is the central idea that we focus on the most. In this film that being Cobb navigating his emotions of guilt and grief to finally attain peace! But when it’s a movie as spectacular as Inception, who cares for a meaningful final answer. You just watch it until every detail makes a new revelation. That is the spell cast by Christopher Nolan films we cannot escape from.

So this time when you watch the film, focus more on the characters rather than the plot. It could give you a whole new experience.

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Grease’s Fan Theory – Sandy Was Dead

by Emily Keen

The 1978 college musical Grease was a huge hit back when it released. The bubble gum romance story of high school sweethearts Sandy and Danny inspired many school plays. It went on to become the highest-grossing musical of the 20th century and gained a spot in top American Classics.

The fairy tale fantasy love affair is every hopeless romantic’s dream love story. But there are few fans who see a darker twist in the story. Theorists suggest that Sandy died at the end of the movie. And before she died, she builds the whole plot in her dreams.

Let us look at the evidence that validates this theory.

The first hint comes when Danny describes his “first meeting” with Sandy. In the song “Summer Nights” as he sings he mentions that he saved her life as she nearly drowned. This is where the theory holds itself presenting an alternate version of the situation wherein Sandy did not “nearly” drown, but she drowned and lost consciousness and went in a coma. The remainder of the film is a coma induced fantasy.

The second evidence that supports the claim is the flying car at the end of the film. The film is categorized as a musical, a love story, and a blockbuster. But never has it been called a fantasy.

But at the end of the film, Danny and Sandy are seen flying towards the clouds in a red convertible car. Now, what is a flying car doing in a ridiculously practical set up of a college musical? As per the theory, the flying car symbolizes Sandy is being transported to heaven after her long coma induced imagination about her prince charming finally comes to an end. The rest of the kids are seen waving at them while they ascend towards the clouds in the magic car. What part of that looks like a normal ending to a love story.

The theory also suggests that every other character except Danny is nothing but her imagination including Frenchy, Frosty Palace, Thunder Road.

The makers, however, have always dismissed this speculation and vehemently suggested that Sandy is very much alive. In fact, Jim Jacobs the co-writer of the musical said that John Travolta’s description of him saving the drowning Sandy is only an exaggeration to impress his boys and that Sand was not even close to anything like death. Both Sandy and Danny describe the even very differently in the songs which clearly means that one of them is lying. And given Danny’s playful attitude, it’s most likely him.

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Ferris Bueller’s Day Off- Ferris is Nothing But Cameron’s Imaginary Friend

by Emily Keen

Ferris Bueller the fictional Hollywood sensation of the 80s is a product of a one-liner plot idea pitched to Ned Tanen, by John Hughes. “I want to do this movie about a kid who takes a day off from school and … that’s all I know so far.” Tanen developed the script from that one line into a full-blown script in 6 days.

The iconic film revolves around two kids raised by two opposite kinds of families. Cameron’s parents are strict, unaffectionate, and more concerned about their tangible assets than their relationship with their son. Ferris Bueller, the titular character, on the other hand, has parents who are more liberal in their ways of raising their child and give him all the space he wants and let him live life the way he wants to live it. This very ideal way of living brings Ferris’ existence into question.

There is a very popular fan theory that Cameron’s boy Wonder best friend is nothing but a figment of his imagination. If we analyze the subtext of the story piece by piece, it does sound logical.

Let us start by examining Cameron’s state of mind. The film begins with Cameron waking up sick in bed and cursing his existence and wishing his presence had more value in people’s lives. That is when his unfazed BFF calls in and pep talks him into stopping wasting his energy into meaningless dwellings and seizing the day as it comes. Ferris convinces Cameron to get out of his be, steal his dad’s prized 1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spider. No wonder his dad treats the car as some kind of treasure!

As Cameron gathers the courage to follow Ferris’ suggestions, he rolls out in the Ferrari, picking up Ferris and the most beautiful girl in school. What ensues next is an extravagant day off as the teenagers go on a rampage on the streets of New York.

Ferris drives the 2500 dollar Ferrari. Cameron rides the whole afternoon in the back of the car.

Ferris is Cameron’s way of momentarily letting go of his deep emotional pain and worry. Once Ferris is behind the wheel of the situation, he is in control. Things get fun. Cameron’s sickness suddenly vanishes. But later in the day, Cameron says something that makes us wonder if the speculation is in fact true.

He admits that he is still under control. As if the angel is telling the Devil.

In the case of Ferris, he seems to just know what Cameron is thinking, and how he reacts to the dilemmas he faces.

Ferris talks to the camera as if he is our imaginary friend guiding us with enticing life lessons. Just like the voice in our heads or a reflection in the mirror. Ferris’ ideal parents are exactly something that a boy would dream of if his own mother and father were cold and unaffectionate.

Probably Cameron does invent Ferris to escape reality and that in turn gives him the courage to stand up to his icy father. Cameron here comes off as the striking protagonist of the movie because he evolves as a character. For him, that day is significant in his growth from a self-loathing teenager to a self-assured adult.

After he destroys his father’s Car he decides to face his family and stand up to their torturous attitudes. Subsequently, Ferris is seen escaping in what we can call the fastest and the most dramatic run off scene ever. Unless its an image, it’s highly implausible that he can go from one place to another that quick. Ferris remains the way he is, like an angelic figure, who does not believe in rules like the rest of us

While the majority of the details make this hypothesis believable, a few details bring it under questioning. Like Rooney’s phone call with Ferris’ mother or Rooney intruding the Bueller house. Those are totally unnecessary for an imagination aiming to achieve an escape. But this reading fits well into Cameron’s arc as a troubled teenager who has serious issues with his family. The film touches upon critical themes like self-doubt and teenage insecurities and fears. And Ferris is the magical friend we all dream of having at some point in our lives. Especially on one of those particularly bad days!

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Is Dorothy the Wicked Witch of the East in Wizard of Oz?

by Emily Keen

When The Wizard of Oz released in 1939, it did not turn out to be blockbuster right away. The film had a slow start but went on to become a hit when aired on television. That is probably one of the reasons why the film is counted under classic family films. The film that was brought to life by MGM studios with innovative color technology and a wholesome story about a farm girl from Kansas, went on to become one of the most iconic films of Hollywood. Starring the legendary Judy Garland in the lead role, the film revolves around a girl, Dorothy, who gets swept away to a magical land and must face many challenges to find her way back home. Accompanying her in the magical journey are a bunch of other iconic characters from the movie including the Scarecrow without a brain, a tin man without a heart, and a cowardly lion. The group in the hope of having their wishes fulfilled resort to Wizard of Oz for help. The Wizard, in turn, tasks them with getting a broom from the Evil witch of the west. The bunch of outcasts must now fight their way into the arena of the evil witch to procure the broom. To their bad luck, they invite the evil witch’s fury on their way to her homeland by killing her sister- the Evil witch of the east.

Many of the characters from the film have had a double presence. The characters who Dorothy meets on the way including the Lion, the Scarecrow, and the Tin Man are in fact people who she knows from back home in Kansas. Since many characters make an appearance in both the worlds Dorothy sees, a theory speculating that wicked witch of the East is, in fact, Dorothy’s double has been pushed by fanatics.

Is she though?

(Spoiler Alert)

Those of us who have watched the film, know that the film culminates the entire journey into a classic Hollywood climax where it all turns out to be a dream. But many suggest that it may not be so. In all probability, it could be that Dorothy was swept into a different reality. And that is the reason she sees familiar faces on the road to Emerald City and that she was sent back by tapping the magical heels together by Glinda.

Coming back to the death of the Wicked Witch of the east! In the film, she dies as she is crushed under the ruins of Dorothy’s house. And for the same reason, the audience never gets to see her face clearly.

The only specifics that tie her to Dorothy is that they both have the same shoe size. So the speculation goes on to propose that in the story multiple copies of characters are drawn to kill the possibility of a paradox. And therefore Dorothy’s copy in the wizarding world was the Wicked witch of the east and when she meets her maker at the beginning of the film, Dorothy replaces her in the real world.

But then why did the Wicked witch of the West did not recognize Dorothy when she met her? That is attributed to the perception-altering nature of parallel realities. Perhaps you cannot recognize familiar faces in a different reality because the set up alters your senses to keep the visitor from impacting the fabric of that world. And for the same reason, Dorothy does not recognize, Scarecrow, Tin Man, and Cowardly Lion even though she knows people with similar faces in Kansas.

Does this make sense to you? Do let us know in the comments.

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Dark knight- Joker is an Iraq War Veteran

by Emily Keen

Todd Phillips’ “Joker” released last year and finally gave away the much-awaited origin story of the clown Prince of crime. Christopher Nolan had always kept a tight lip on the history of Joker’s character. There were reports that Jeremy from ‘Gotham’ evolves into the maniac killer that joker is, but those were later dismissed by the makers of the show.

One theory, however, was so well received before the actual origin story was brought to light is that Joker was a war veteran from Iraq who suffered from PTSD. As his trauma enveloped his mind, his actions grew out of control and that is what forced him to go on a rampage letting hell loose on the streets of Gotham. Does this sound like a logical explanation? Let us look at the indications that led fans to believe that the Dark knight’s nemesis was ex-military.

Most part of the theory is attributed to his knowledge of explosives, firearms, and combat. Furthermore, it also seems like a very likely explanation for his scars.

If we dig deeper, his speech to Harvey Dent has subtle cues that implicate the system for being unjust towards soldiers. The text goes-  “If tomorrow I tell the press that, like, a gang banger will get shot or a truckload of soldiers will be blowing up, nobody panics because it’s all part of the plan. But when I say that one little old mayor will die… well, then everyone loses their minds.

The subtext clearly indicates he feels a soldier’s life is undervalued and he feels it even closely because he has experienced it himself. He is very explicit in expressing his aversion towards the normalization of battle casualties and in fact, is causing him to resist by creating chaos in society.

In that story, his target was specifically the District Attorney Harvey Dent and he had made his intentions about dragging the DA to become a pawn into his game of tipping the scales of justice in society. But if analyzed deeply, he is only trying to send a message to the states worldwide.

Patton Oswalt backed his theory in one of his tweets and fuelled it even further by highlighting Joker’s manipulative abilities during police interrogation. He speculated it as a sign of professional military intelligence training. In fact, the clown prince is hypothesized of having planned a bigger strike on Gotham city to bring its people face to face with its vices. The validity of this evidence is still arguable given its all based on circumstances.

This was all just speculation, but Joker as a symbol did find a connection to all the elements of the theory. In fact, what is not often talked about is the fact that Nolan presented the third script of the trilogy along the same lines. Bane staging a massive attack on the institutions of Gotham was also a sign of the resistance against the abusive nature of the system and its organizations. The film referred to pop culture figures as a metaphor for lording power.

The PTSD theory may not have been the real cause of Joker coming into action but had only strengthened the mythology of the character. It fit well into the arcs of the Dark Knight Trilogy and gave meaning to the actions of Dark Knight’s iconic villain. Do let us know your thoughts on this.

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Are Violet from The Incredibles and Boo from Monsters Inc same?

by Emily Keen

Remember Boo from Monsters Inc? Who doesn’t? Well, there are Speculations doing rounds that Boo could possibly be in more than one Pixar movie.

According to a theory Boo transforms to become Violet in The Incredibles.  Besides the fact that both characters look similar, there is solid evidence to support this claim. Remember in Monsters Inc when Sully throws Boo behind a door and when Sully turns around Boo is right in front of her? It could well mean that Boo had developed her powers at an early age. Another fact that plays in favor of this claim are the fact that Violet’s powers work when she is really happy and mitigate when she works under pressure.

You are probably wondering Boo might be going through the same process Jack Jack went through before fully gaining his powers. But Boo is older and that negates that possibility. But we cannot deny that she went through the same stage of developing powers when she was young.

But then what explains Boo’s real name- Mary? This clearly means she cannot be the Violet from Incredibles. However, Dash was called that before anyone was aware of his superpowers. Mary could have been her name but it was changed later as a part of the protection program. When they knew what her real powers were or when they relocated.

Boo makes a brief appearance in Toy Story 3 at the daycare center with a blue cat. She surely remembers Sully or has been in touch with her the whole time. If you recall the ending scene of Monsters Inc, has Sully reconstructing the door and is happy once he opens it. This clearly points out that he is the one who found Boo. This points in the direction of steady contact.

This also validates the theory about Monsters Inc being set in the future. Considering Boo was able to travel to the future through the door Sully constructed, she has deep knowledge of time travel. This only makes her more futuristic for the age she belongs to.

Thank you for giving this a read. Let us know what you think in the comments below.

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Doc Brown was Suicidal in Back to the Future

by Emily Keen

It’s been 34 years since the iconic time travel romp Back to the Future released but no other time heist script has aged as well as this mind-bending classic. Marty McFly set the screens on fire when he appeared as the guitar pounding teenager in the first film. The film not only conceptualized a great script around the space-time continuum but also played heavily on American values and fears that prevailed in the society in the 1980s.

The complex plotline required the audience to twist their grey matter to keep up. But even after that, there was a lot of trivia that invited questions. Jennifer’s transformation from Claudia Wells’ body to Elisabeth Shue’s form is the biggest mystery of all time. Marty’s parents being unable to tell their son who traveled back in time to influence their young lives is the height of naivety

The craziest and one of the most popular theories about this venture is that Doc Brown wanted to commit suicide. We are not going to see any more reboots of the franchise in the future. So all we are left with are the conspiracies spewed by fanatics who have their own ideas around the puzzling affairs of the film.

In this article, we are trying to understand if Doc Brown truly was suicidal.

The theory suggests that when Doc Brown was attempting to test the machine for the first time, his plan was to kill himself in the process. Using DeLorean as a time machine, he asks Marty to film the first attempt of pulling the time travel. In the same scene, we see the man recalling all his failed inventions. He has never attempted time travel before and is not sure if the machine will work. But even then he uses his beloved dog as a subject in the test run knowing very well, that his experiment might fail. While having the dog in the passenger seat, he stands right in front of the speeding machine. It is not difficult to decode his state of mind if you can read that scene. It has all the indications of his suicidal mindset.

Theorists believe that this was a do or die situation for the doc. If this experiment failed he was ready to give his life away along with the lives of his loved ones. On the other hand, he had “The Libyans” hunting him for the plutonium. He was sure that if he was caught, they will never let him live.

A different section of fans believes his mental state could well be understood when he recalled the incident of him almost having his head cut while trying to hang a clock in the bathroom. That his ultimate aim there was to hang himself to death!

Does this count as enough evidence to suggest that Doc Brown was suicidal? Do let us know in the comments.

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All Pixar Characters Live in the Same Universe

by Emily Keen

Film critic Jon Negroni in 2013 brought into the spotlight a highly debated upon theory about Pixar movies. Ardent Pixar fans will know about Room All3. This is a classroom where many Pixar animators were trained. Many Pixar films have a reference to this room in addition to the Pizza Planet delivery truck.

Disney, however, has spoken very little to confirm the veracity of this theory.

In 2017 Disney released a promotional video on its Facebook page connecting all Pixar movies.

Subsequently, another video was released on the Facebook page for Toy Story.

The videos tie the scenes from the following movies:

A Bug’s Life

Toy Story

Monsters, Inc.

Finding Nemo

The Incredibles

Cars

Wall E

Ratatouille

Inside Out

Finding Dory

 

Here are some of the elements from the videos that blatantly exposes the connection between the movies:

Mcqueen rides tires used in Cars are used again in Up to furnish Carl Fredricksen’s tires.

Buzz Lightyear is seen pitching a soda cap in a TV commercial in Toy Story. It is the same cap that Ellie wears as a badge in Up

The girl who watches Carl Fredricksen’s house float in the sky plays has her bedroom filled with toys from Toy Story movies

A child is seen reading “Mr. incredible” in Finding Nemo and seems fascinated by the antics of the superhero.

Finding Dory has a cameo from the homesick protagonist of Inside Out- Riley.

The restaurant, Gusteau’s, from Ratatouille makes an appearance in Cars.

Boo from Monsters, Inc. has a toy Nemo (From finding Nemo).

These are the sly details that validate the truthfulness of the theory. The biggest indication, however, comes from the presence of BnL, a superstore that most Pixar movies showcase. In fact, the chain keeps growing with each film and maintains its presence in Wall E as a ghost company that runs the universe.

Toy Story toys are powered by using BnL batteries.

A news article in finding Nemo picks BnL as a subject.

The racetrack walls in Cars 3 are filled with BnL ads.

BnL was showcased in the 2011 Pixar short story Small Fry where it allowed the characters to buy BnL Burst from a vending machine.

There is enough evidence supporting that Pixar movies are more than connected. The subtext of the context only implies the presence of all these movies in the same universe. What do you think?

Do let us know in the comments.

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Aladdin is Set in a Post Apocalyptic Future

by Emily Keen

A  Weird fan theory suggests that Aladdin may have been set in a distant post-apocalyptic future. Certain suggestions made by Genie may have found the ground fertile for this hypothesis.

Let us deconstruct these hints one by one.

When Genie is about to give Aladdin a makeover, he says that Aladdin’s present costume looks like it belongs to the third century.

Now, if you think about the time he first got out of the lamp, he complained that his neck had been sore with staying inside the lamp for ten thousand years. Considering he has been locked away from the outside world there is very little chance that he is aware of the fashion in vogue. That pushes the setting way ahead in the future- roughly to 10300.

The Genie is voiced by Robin Williams and he seems to include bits of 20th-century actors including Arnold Schwarzenegger, Groucho Marx, Rodney Dangerfield, Jack Nicholson, etc. That pushes the date further ahead to 11970.

In fact, a lot of magical elements in the film logically back this theory.

The “Magical Carpet” for instance represents the hover technology that was trapped in the cave of wonders, probably to keep it from falling into the wrong hands during the nuclear war. A war that turned the whole world into a never-ending desert.

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Likewise, Iago is not just another talking Disney character. It is quite possible that the people of the future grew so emotionally dependent on the pets, that they developed means to detect every thought passing through their minds. Or maybe a mutation occurred in the wake of the nuclear spat that caused animals to grow conversational abilities.

Furthermore, Agrabah is just a made-up town where they happen to follow Middle Eastern culture. The name was probably derived by playing the consonants from Egypt, Arabia, and Afghanistan. Considering the fact that in post-apocalyptic worlds, the names of places that once existed are deemed irrelevant, the name only plays into the validation of the theory.

More evidence comes from the Aladdin video game where remains of the dead from the nuclear war, undetonated nuclear contrivances, and 20th-century signs are clearly seen lying around in the desert.

Some fans highlight the presence of the monolith of Nintendo Wii in the cave of wonders. This holds little weight but cannot be fully disregarded since the former evidence sets a strong case in favor of the theory that the legend might be set well ahead in the future.

TIL Aladdin found the Nintendo Wii in The Cave of Wonders. - Imgur

But to be fair to the school of the audience that does not support this theory, it makes more sense about Genie not being tied in the constraints of time. Also, the fact that he only brings up the 3rd and the 20th century and nothing in the middle is also worth emphasizing. In that case the time he spent trapped in the lamp would be a different time altogether. But the fact that he wants to take a trip to Disney land on being freed, catches us off guard.

There are alternate theories to neutralize the claims of this hypothesis.

The one where Belle from Beauty and the Beast reads a book about Aladdin, definitely means that the story was from the past.

The second theory is that the whole story, in fact, is a lie cooked up by a merchant to sell a lamp.

Which is your favorite theory about Aladdin? Do let us know in the comments.

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9 Most Sociopathic Serial Killer Movies and TV Shows Ever

by Emily Keen

We often dim serial killers as sociopaths whose minds nothing but evil. But did you know that Ted Bundy the infamous American serial killer and rapist worked for a suicide hotline and saved a child from drowning? Jefferey Dahmer was famous in his school years for being a prankster and his antics had gained him immense following then. The question arises that if they had these positive qualities which impacted the lives of people in good ways, what propelled them to go on a rampage with a knife their hands. That is indeed a very logical question given the fact that they did participate in activities that normally would be tagged “good”.

One way is to read books on criminal psychology which you will dread after reading a few pages if you are not a bookworm. The other way is to watch films based on the lives of these pathological killers. These films dive deep into the lives of these criminals which possibly hold the explanation as to what led these individuals formerly normal ad humane, succumb to darkness.

Here is a list of 9 films and TV shows that derive their arcs from lives of real-life serial criminals and literary fiction revolving around the same concept.

 

  1. Ted Bundy (2002)

Ted Bundy (2002) - MoriaEven true love is not enough to keep a man from committing heinous crimes when his cognitive functioning is abnormal. Serial killer biography “Ted Bundy” is exemplary of the fact. The sinister story of Theodore Robert Bundy under Matthew Bright’s direction generously covers his ability to commit murder and a monstrous sexual appetite.

 

  1. My Friend Dahmer (2017)

My Friend Dahmer Review: A Disturbingly Effective Portrait of a ...Jefferey Dahmer is an American serial killer who rose to fame by killing 17 men and boys. This film tells the story of his progression towards the stage of a murderer and liberally explores the incidents that led to it. The film brings to life his teenage life when he struggled to make it through school with the pressures of dysfunctional family life. His goofball antics gain a cult fan club at school but little can keep his vices from spiraling out of control.

 

  1. Wolf Creek (2005)

Wolf Creek – IFC CenterA road trip goes awry in the wilderness of Australia as a group of three friends is led into a trap by a stranger disguised as a Samaritan when their car knocks out in the middle of the journey. The film is directed by Greg McLean and is by and large a celebration of pure violence. The story begins with three friends taking a road trip in Australia and experience a car breakdown in the middle of nowhere. Mick appears as a ray of hope in that helpless situation and offers them a ride down the road. The group camps at night but wakes up in a completely shabby condition and separated from one another. Turns out the stranger was not a life savior after all.

 

  1. Monster (2003)

Monster Review | Movie - EmpireFrom patty Jenkins comes a thought-provoking and patho drama seeding from the underbellies of Florida. Aileen is a prostitute who falls in love with Selby after moving to Florida. In an unfortunate turn of events, Aileen commits a murder in an attempt to save herself from the brutal attacks of John. With one predicament resolved, life still does not seem to get any better. This forces Aileen to relapse and takes the same old road of violence and cruelty.

 

  1. Man Bites dog (1992)

Man Bites DogThis film is a satirical approach to exemplify the complicity of media in the stories they report. The plot follows a serial killer Ben, whose crimes are documented by two filmmakers Remy and Andre. But the footage is more of a presentation of Ben’s mindset and methods as a killer where he talks about the philosophy behind murder and why he does what he does. The crew recording the activities of rampage eventually become a part of the crimes Ben commits thus giving the audience a whole new perspective on the pitfalls of reporting.

 

  1. Mindhunter (2017)

Charlize Theron Says the Second Season of "Mindhunter" Will Hit ...As the title suggests, the show follows the activities of FBI agents Holden Ford and Bill Tench. Deconstructing the disillusioned mindset of a serial killer is a part of their routine which goes on to inspire the idea for a full-blown profiling system used to hunt down psycho murderers. The show boasts a strong off the camera crew including Oscar-nominated director David Fincher Oscar-winning actress Charlize Theron who is one of the show’s executive producers.

 

  1. Bates Motel (2013)

Bates Motel - Vera Farmiga, Freddie Highmore, Kerry Ehrin Season 3 ...Jaw-dropping callbacks, character development, and the overall message are what make this show a true masterpiece. This is not one of those predictable storylines even though the idea of the show is a borrowed one. The smaller stories making way through the main plot prove a driving force for the whole scenario negating the element of “fillers’’. There are no fillers. All of it is relevant. The story begins with an incomprehensibly brutal act of a killer murdering his mother and putting her remains on display in their house. The answers to this disturbing puzzle are revealed as the story progresses.

 

  1. Hannibal(2013)

Hannibal's cancellation gives rise to an online fan petition to ...This is a highly acclaimed crime drama series that borrows its characters from Thomas Harris’ novel. The central theme of cannibalism finds its garnish with a top tier team of CGI experts thus giving the audience a visually salubrious experience. The audio effect is also spotting thus amplifying the whole feel tenfold. The central character of the show is a psychiatrist Dr. Hannibal Lecter who has the bane to influence his patients to do exactly as he wants.

 

  1. Se7en (1995)

Movie Review: Se7en - Casual Rambling - MediumAnother David Fincher edge of the seat thriller that stays relevant even today holds an iconic end twist that makes the audience go crazy. The film sees a serial killer ending the lives of his victims based on the seven deadly sins. The case is assigned to two detectives- one on the verge of his retirement and the other is a newbie. The case affects both their lives in the most unexpected ways and that is what elevates the whole experience. It is dark, gripping and the end is one of the most shocking scenes you may have ever experienced.

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8 Best Crime Movies to Stream on Disney Plus

by Emily Keen

You are about to get introduced to some of the best crime movies streaming on Disney plus. There are films that are straight-up solemn and follow heavyweight crime Lord’s. while there are others that are a lighthearted effort to give the audience a laughter-filled chase of criminals. These do not encompass any supernatural or superhero crime adventures. The movies are carefully picked based on their innately human and straight forward approach of tackling outlandish characters.

1. 101 Dalmatians

Why Does 101 Dalmatians Look Like That? | Disney InsiderThe sadistic and villainous Cruella De Vil wants to make a fur coat out of Dalmatian pelts. But for that, she needs 101 Dalmatians. In an effort to gather the pelt, she hires thugs to kidnap the pups of Pongo and Perdita. The kidnapping leads to Pongo going on a quest to rescue his pups from the evil Cruella, with the help of his dog network. This is one of the most iconic animated films by the mouse house with virtually expressive and top tier animation skills.

2. Adventures in Babysitting

10 Thrilling Facts About 'Adventures in Babysitting' | Mental FlossA comical adventure unfolds in downtown Chicago as a babysitter leaves her job by the day to rescue her friend. Her decision to leave with the kids causes them to face hazards of perilous proportions but that of course portrayed in a comical light.

3. Blank Check

About — Blank checkIf you enjoyed “kid against thugs” stories like Home Alone and Baby’s Day out, you are definitely going to adore this one. The film circles around Preston who receives a blank check for a million dollars. But before he can fall back on his stack of cash and relax he has to show thugs chasing him for the money that he is not the kind of kid they should mess with.

 

4. Dadnapped

Dadnapped | Disney channel original, Original movie, MoviesMelissa hates the fact that her father’s only obsession is a character from his comic book and he devotes all his time to writing about him. In a mysterious turn of events, the dad gets kidnapped by two of his fanboys. Now it is up to Melissa and her friends to rescue him from the captivity of the sinister kidnappers.

 

5. Emil and the Detectives

Emil And The Detectives - Trailer - YouTubeAnother “kids up against gangster’ adventure well handled by Disney Gloves, this is a story written by Children story writer Erich Kastner. The film sees Emil and his group of detective story aficionado friends going up against rogue criminals to retrieve a stolen envelope. Somewhere between a kiddie entertainment and serious gangster romp, Disney manages to give it’s audience an enigmatic chase set in the streets of Berlin.

 

6. Get a Clue

Lindsay Lohan Was The Ultimate Mystery Solver In 'Get a Clue' - MTVLexy Gold a rich and sassy college diva writes for a high school newspaper. But her inner writer craves more and she decides to put her investigative skills to use. With her friends onboard she starts looking into the unexplained disappearance of one of their professors. Their investigative reporting in the local news daily attracts the attention of a corporate investigator.

 

7. Inspector Gadget

Inspector Gadget' Movie in Development at Disney – VarietyA naive John Brown cannot do much with his abilities to become the greatest protector of law and order as he aims. But Dr. Brenda with her knowledge of robotics transforms the inept officer into a man full of talents and gadgets. He can now single-handedly fight the outlaws in the city. The film follows his quest of chasing and busting Riverton city’s darkest criminal, Claw.

8. Max Keeble’s Big Move

Max Keeble's Big Move | Full Movie | Movies AnywhereMax Keeble is bullied and put down on the first day of school. When he finds out that his family had decided to move out of town, he plans a retaliation on each of the bullies thinking he will never see them again. But that move proves to be the biggest mistake since the family changes mind and decides stay back. Keeble must now face the bullies again.

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8 Best Gangster Movies Now streaming on Prime Video

by Emily Keen

The perception of criminals and gangsters we share today is all thanks to the cinema. If it were not for the story writers who decided to tackle the subject and take a closer look at the lives of outlaws who thrived in the underbelly of the society, a common man would never know what the underworld is made of. Gangster movies have evolved from pre-code crime to a modern-day version of street gangs and outcasts.

Here are 8  globetrotting films that capture the essence of the hood genre in its own unique style. You can stream these now on Amazon Prime.

 

  1. The Man From Nowhere

New Line to Remake Korean Hit “Man from Nowhere” | WorldFilmGeekTae Shik, an ex-con while living a peaceful and quiet life in solitude. He crosses paths with So Mi who, a child from the neighborhood who soon becomes his only friend. Things go south when So Mi’s mother messes with a local gang of criminals and gets herself and her daughter kidnapped. It is now up to Tae Shik to save them.

 

  1. Lord of War

A businessman discovers a gold mine of arms and ammunition and starts closing under the table deals with desperate arm seekers from unstable third world nations. This puts him on Interpol’s radar who suspect he is accumulating unnatural amounts of wealth doing illicit activities. Interpol officer Jack Valentine is now in his tail and hell bent on proving his crimes.

 

  1. A Bittersweet Life

Nicolas Cage - Lord Of War | Lord of warSun Woo becomes the manager at a high profile SKy Lounge after 7 years of proven Loyalty and his business management talent to its owner Mr. Kang. The owner has an affair with a young girl who he believes is cheating on him. Woo is tasked to catch them red-handed and kill them. But Woo surprisingly lets the man leave and that triggers bad blood between him and the members of his gang.

 

  1. Seven Psychopaths

Seven Psychopaths” is Bloody Smart | Reel ChangeMarty is a writer who has a hard time finishing his dream screenplay “Seven Psychopaths”. But thanks to his friend Billy he might just find all the inspiration he is looking for. Billy and Hans steal Charlie’s dog and invite infuriate the unpredictable, violent gangster. This sets a series of happenings which could help Marty finish his screenplay, but will he live long enough to do it.

 

  1. Flickering Lights

Flickering Lights · Stream | Streaminganbieter · KINO.deTorkild, a seasoned criminal makes the last heist of his career his key to getting out of the dirty business. He and his cronies are hired by a Man from Faro, to steal a bag from a secured placement. they soon discover that the bag contains a fortune large enough to start a clean business. But will the Man from Faro let them escape with the money they stole from him?

 

  1. King of New York

King Of New York Review | Movie - EmpireFrank White is a ruthless drug Lord who on his release from Jail, realizes that the city is not the same as he had left it. The film builds as the psychotic kingpin eliminates competition and drives all his efforts and money to a noble cause. This is one of those underrated gems in the genre that is a must-watch for every genre buff.

 

  1. Atlantic City

The Oscar-nominated movie "Atlantic City" is released | Local News ...Susan Sarandon plays Sally who is on the run from her gangster husband Dave who is a criminal. Sally moves to Atlantic City with the hope of making it big in the gambling industry. She meets Lou who becomes both her savior and possibly her only way to achieve the success she aims to accomplish. But the path they are headed is a dangerous one. will they survive to live the dream they are betting their lives for?

 

  1. A Time to Live, A Time to Die

Hou Hsiao-Hsien's THE TIME TO LIVE AND THE TIME TO DIE | Tue Sept ...A semi-autobiographical drama directed by Taiwanese director Hou Hsiao-Hsien the film follows the life of Ah-ha whose family moves from the Chinese mainland to the Taiwan countryside. As he grows, there are a series of events that lead them to become permanent residents if the island. when the family loses the head, Ah-ha’s siblings leave the house leaving him in charge of the household. The film builds around his journey of endurance and tribulations in transforming Taiwanese society.

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8 Best Thriller Movies to Stream on Disney Plus

by Emily Keen

Disney’s current line of movies and TV shows is as overwhelming as it can get. The mouse house went all in when filling up the service with their good old classics from the 60s, 70s, and 80s. Besides this Disney plus exclusive content is also available.

Amid this whole roster, it could be difficult to track down a few movies from one particular genre. We have done the heavy lifting for you. Spotflik has different movies listed from specific genres from various streaming services. Here is a list of 8 Best thrillers films on Disney plus.

 

  1. Mighty Joe young

Mighty Joe Young (1998)Jill a young jungle girl, takes care of a young gorilla who grows into a tall wide specimen. An eco enthusiast makes an appearance in the mountains and convinces Jill that Joe could have a better life in a facility in LA. As they are ready to make the transition, they are faced with a lot of difficulties along the road and a host of conspiracies unravel.

 

  1. National Treasure

National Treasure' director wants a third movie, fears streaming ...The founding fathers have hidden a war chest that Benjamin Franklin Gates must now find. But the path he is about to take is not an easy one as he is also being chased by the FBI. And there is an evil villain who simultaneously seeks the treasure he is hunting.

 

  1. National Treasure: Book of Secrets

Review: National Treasure: Book of Secrets - Slant MagazineThe legendary artifact Hunter is back at it again. This time Ben Gates is faced with secrets of felonious proportions that connect his family to the murder of Abraham Lincoln. It is up to him to clear his family name off the crime. But that is just a part of the conspiracy. The bigger picture, in reality, is a global conspiracy that can be solved using a diary that holds deep secrets that will help him connect the dots.

 

  1. Race to Witch Mountain

Race To Witch Mountain Review | Movie - EmpireThe Earth is under a massive alien threat. Siphon a killer from outer space is hell bent on destroying the planet and two aliens in human form are in a quest to protect it. They seek help from Jack to go up against the ET monster.

 

  1. That Darn Cat

That Darn Cat!' is a delightful return to classic family ...D.C. is a Siamese cat owned by the Randall sisters. she is pretty much the reason for all the excitement on their lives. This time she wanders into an apartment where a bank employee, Margaret Miller is held captive. Miller comes up with an idea to get help by attaching an SOS note to the cat. when the sisters find it, they bring in FBI agent, Zeke Kelso to investigate.

 

  1. The Finest Hours

The Finest Hours Blu-ray Review - AVSForum.comBased on Casey Sherman and Michael J. Touglas’ book the film follows the 1952 coast guard rescue incident off New England Seaboard. The film zeroes in on four coast guards facing a furious storm and on a deadly mission to save the crew trapped in a damaged oil tanker.

 

  1. The Lone Ranger

The Lone Ranger Trailer 2013 Johnny Depp Movie - Official [HD ...This modern-day Western spaghetti set up is vividly imagined and insanely executed. A lawyer, John is on chasing an outlaw, Cavendish. In one encounter the formidable enemy almost kills them. But John is saved by Tonto who then teams up with him to bring down the villain.

 

  1. Turner and Hooch

12 Fun Facts About Turner & Hooch | Mental FlossScott Turner is a detective who leads a very disciplined life. Hooch, a monstrous dog turns his life upside down as he walks in. His owner is murdered and now it’s up to Turner to deal with his post-traumatic stress.

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8 Best Superhero Movies to stream on Disney Plus

by Emily Keen

Disney + probably has a bunch of superhero adventures sizzling the menu, but the roster is sure dominated by Marvel comic book heroes. It does include superhero adventures like the Incredibles and Big hero too. But we carefully picked the ones that are highly popular among fans and has the most views. So here you go!

 

  1. Thor

Image result for thor movieThe Lord of thunder is banished from Asgard by King Odin and sent to Earth to spend time among mortals. On arriving on the Earth, the spy agency S.H.I.E.L.D takes away his weapon and now he must retrieve it from their captivity. This is the first installment of the Thor franchise and directed by Kenneth Branagh

 

  1. Ant-Man and the Wasp

Image result for Ant-Man and the WaspScott Lang, the man with shrinking ability is struggling to maintain his life as a superhero and as a father. As if he already did not have enough to deal with, Dr. Hank Pym and Hope Can Dyne come up to him with a new mission. Once again the Ant-man must team up with the Wasp and embark on a journey that will bring them face to face with secrets from the past.

 

  1. Iron Man 3

Image result for Iron Man 3The brilliant Tony Stark this time is pitched against a formidable enemy who knows no limits of evil. Mandarin destroys everything Stark holds dear and puts him on a harrowing path that tests his survival skills with minimal resources. He must now fight for his life and loved ones without his suit.

 

  1. Avengers: Age of Ultron

Image result for Avengers: Age of UltronTony Stark develops an artificial intelligence system called Ultron as a part of a peace program and protecting the future of humanity. But in an unfortunate turn of events, the Ultron realized to become the exact opposite of what he was made to be- a destructive villain. The Earth’s mightiest heroes must now join forces to keep the Ultron from exterminating humanity forever.

 

  1. Black Panther

Image result for Black PantherT’challa takes the Wakandan throne as the next king after his father’s death. His primary goal is to protect his people from outside world threats. But as the past reveals himself, he confronts his father’s mistakes that have now evolved into an evil Killmonger. He seeks to control the Wakandan empire only to open the gates of the Wakanda to the outside world.

 

  1. Ant-Man

Image result for Ant-ManThe first installment of the franchise sees the initiation of the journey of Scott Lang as Ant Mab, how he gains the ability to shrink with the aid of a suit. There are evil elements trying to get hands over his secret and he must rise up and be the savior he needs.

 

  1. Doctor Strange

Image result for Doctor StrangeThe comic book story about the great sorcerer that ever existed is brought to life in this film. The film journeys into Strange’s life before he becomes a sorcerer and how a tragic event in life, sets him on the path of eternal awakening. This is one of the most mind-bending films in the MCU tackling high concept philosophical themes.

 

  1. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2

Image result for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2In the second chapter of James Gunn’s intergalactic Adventure, we see the defenders contesting against a man who appears claiming to be Quill’s father. As the guardians further investigate the matter, they learn some dark secrets about the man who calls himself Ego.

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8 Best Gangster Movies to Stream on Hulu

by Emily Keen

If gangster movies are your favorite genre, Hulu has an interesting lineup to sizzle your movie bucket list. From Mexican drug cartels, undercover cops, post-apocalyptic themes to even satanic worship, the movies cover some of the most bizarre themes. These movies dive deep into the lives of the gangsters and help us reflect on the underbelly of society. How some of the devious beings come into existence and how they help us confront the dark secrets of the system. You will hopefully find a plausible explanation to all these questions through these movies streaming on Hulu.

Here is a list of 8 best Gangster movies you can add to your watchlist:

Akira

Image result for Akira movieA young boy named Akira is kept recruited by the government as a subject for their studies of Parapsychology. In an unfortunate turn of events, Akira develops uncontrollable psychic power which is hard to contain and at one point blows out in the form of a nuclear explosion destroying all of Tokyo. This is mistaken by the rest of the world as a nuclear detonation and eventually leads to world war III.

Cartel Land

Image result for Cartel Land movieIn a harrowing documentary about the Mexican drug cartels, Matthew Heineman examines the journeys of two vigilante groups that emerged to retaliate against the atrocities of the drug business. On one side there is Dr. Jose Mireles spearheading a group called Autodefensas against the Drug cartel. While in America’s Arizona, Tim Foley leads an army of paramilitary forces, to prevent the vices of the Mexican Drug war from infiltrating the American borders. Heineman goes all in, with the aim of giving the audience an honest account of what really happened on the ground.

The Domestics

Image result for The Domestics movieNina and Mark are on the run from a group of deadly factions that emerge in a post-apocalyptic world. However, the noose begins to tighten against their necks as one of the search groups narrows down their search pushing their will for survival against the edge.

Destroyer

Image result for Destroyer movieAs an undercover LAPD cop, Erin Bell has been a part of a gang in California Desert for many years. She must fight her way through her own baggage and a bunch of extraneous factors to bring to justice the leader of the gang who has resurfaced after many years of exile.

Children of The Corn

Image result for Children of The Corn movieA young couple stumbles upon a dead body of a boy while driving through the Midwest. In an attempt to bring the incident to the notice of authorities, they wander off in a land where there are only children. They soon realize the young children are a part of a demonic cult, killing adults as a part of the sacrifice for their demonic deity. Not long until the couple is next on their list of offerings and the run for life begins.

The Kid

Image result for The Kid movieRio and Sara flee their hometown in an attempt to save themselves from their evil uncle. On the way, they cross paths with Sheriff Pat Garrett who is chasing a fabled bandit Billy the kid. Along the journey, Rio reflects on the life he has chosen and the kind of person he wants to be.

Once Upon a Time in Venice

Image result for Once Upon a Time in Venice movieA group of deceitful thugs steals Buddy, the dog of Steve Ford who happens to be a private detective in California. There begins his mission to rescue his favorite dog which leads him to forge an unlikely deal with Spyder the sly leader of the same group.

The Last Man

Image result for The Last Man movieAn action-drama sci-fi film that follows a combat veteran Kurt, who fortifies his home and builds an underground refuge as a preparation for the imminent doomsday. Joining him in his prep is Jessica who also shares the same vision about the future. As the film develops into an apocalypse, Kurt’s life surprisingly begins to fall in place.

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8 Best Fantasy Shows on Prime Video

by Emily Keen

Television is long gone from the minds of the people. Audiences are now more inclined towards online streaming services for watching their favorite shows and movies. They are comparatively more efficient and do not run on the clock. And more so, because they provide a distinct range of content for viewers to choose from. Fantasy is one crucial genre series and movies have played on heavily. Amazon’s latest list of fantasy shows is something to watch out for. The shows are highly unconventional with their plots and storytelling. Here is a list of 8 best fantasy shows to stream on Amazon Prime.

 

  1. The Boys

Image result for The Boys tv showThe culmination of superpowers and human nature is never a sane idea because there are vices within human nature that can take over with the acquisition of power. The Boys is set in a world of superheroes who are managed by a multimillion-dollar conglomerate and eventually they start acting as per their own will. The Boys are the group of men who take it upon themselves to stop these rogue superheroes.

 

  1. The Tick

Image result for The Tick tv showArthur is an accountant and now trapped between the good and the evil. He is no superhero and has no superpowers whatsoever. He eventually learns that the city he lives in is governed by a villain who was thought to be dead. No one believes when Arthur tries to reveal the truth, besides The Tick, a man in blue who may as well be a figment of his imagination. Or is he?

 

  1. Orphan Black

Image result for Orphan Black tv showOrphan Black tells the story of Sarah Manning, who is trying hard to deal with the issues in life and while she is at it , she discovers there are a bunch of women out there who look just like her. Watch the mystery of these women unfold in this highly bingable and a fast-paced show on Prime Video.

 

  1. True Blood

Image result for True Blood tv showAn old school vampire lore set in modern times, where among humans live bloodthirsty demons through a truce of harmony and abiding by the rules of the society. The story builds around the love story of a vampire named Bill and a Waitress named Sookie.

 

  1. Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

Image result for Star Trek: Deep Space Nine tv showCommander Benjamin Sisko is leading the Deep Space Nine crew stationed in the orbit of Planet Bajor. The space station’s position is strategical and of great value since it is situated near a wormhole which can be used to travel into great distances in the universe. For the same reason, an alien species wants control over the station and it is up to Sisko and his crew to stop the imminent invasion.

 

  1. American Horror Story

Image result for American Horror Story tv showThis is basically an anthology of horror stories that surround different characters in different episodes. AHS coalesces the theme of family drama with the horror element to give you a perfect evening watch.

 

  1. Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams

Image result for Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams tv showThis is an anthology of short stories based on Philip K. Dick’s novel. Each episode of the show picks up a premise from the stories and builds around a vital question that holds the key to the future. At the core, each story is a classic sci-fi story you may have witnessed earlier as Dick’s plots have inspired numerous science fiction narratives.

 

  1. The Man in The High Castle

Image result for The Man in The High Castle tv showSet in an alternate timeline where the Axis powers won World War II the dystopian series navigates through the course of the United States divided into three parts- A Japanese controlled state, a section controlled by Nazis and a buffer zone. Through the darkness of oppression emerges the hope from the tales of cinema that a guardian who could be the key to freedom.

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8 Best Sci-fi Shows Streaming on Amazon Prime

by Emily Keen

Looking for some rigorous sci-fi action on television? Here are a few shows on Amazon Prime video that might match the bar. The shows follow diverse themes ranging from futuristic crime thrillers to space operas. With some unusual plotlines and abstract themes here are a few series that we believe should be on everyone’s watchlist.

 

  1. The Expanse

Image result for The Expanse tv showThe show is set up for almost a hundred years in the future where humans have colonized the solar system. The people are divided as The belters, Mars and the Earth. As tensions rise between The earth and Mars, the belters suffer consequences.

 

  1. Salvation

Image result for Salvation tv showA tech aficionado calculates an imminent asteroid collision. The Earth only has a window of six months to prepare for the threat. An MIT graduate discovers the threats and teams up with the techie to find a solution to the arriving apocalypse.

 

  1. Stargate SG – 1

Image result for Stargate SG - 1 tv showThe series is built around Stargate SG 1, a device capable of interstellar transportation across the universe through a wormhole. It was built by a race of humanoids centuries ago and is rediscovered in present-day Egypt. Earth puts the device to use for protecting its own existence and also for deep space exploration. In this series colonel Jack O’Neil is assigned a mission on planet Abydos. On arriving Abydos, the colonel discovers a whole new network of Stargates.

 

  1. Eureka

Image result for Eureka tv showS. Marshal Jack Carter and his Daughter Zoe end up in Eureka, a town filled with scientist nerds. Carter helps find the real culprit behind an awry science experiment and finds permanent residence in the town as the Sheriff. The show builds around the daily struggles Carter deals within this town of troublemakers.

 

  1. Humans

Image result for Humans tv showSynths are robotic servants that have become a necessity in a parallel present. Joe buys a synth to help his wife Laura with domestic chores. The thought-provoking show aims at reflecting on the impacts technology has on human lives.

 

  1. Defiance

Image result for Defiance tv showThe Earth undergoes a massive altercation in its landscape post three decades of alien colonization.  Defiance is a town where humans and aliens coexist. As the series unfolds, certain events threaten to disrupt the peace the town has sacrificed so much over. The TV show and video game of the franchise maintain a striking balance as the events occurring in one, impact the course of the other.

 

  1. Grimm

Image result for Grimm tv showAs Nick Burkhardt discovers that the legacy of his ancestors is very much alive in him, he must continue his duty as a Grimm. Grimms serve to preserve the balance between humanity and Wesen (Creature). Grimm sees Nick battling monsters with the aid of his Wesen Friend Monroe and his detective partner.

 

  1. Mr. Robot

Image result for Mr. Robot tv showA cybersecurity engineer holds a vigilante conscience that sees him hacking criminals once he is off the clock. Serving justice from the shadows, kind of backfires when a mysterious anarchist reaches out to him with the task of ruining the company that he works for.

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8 Best Gangster Shows on Prime Video

by Emily Keen

If you are looking for some good action, Amazon is currently hosting a series of gangster shows on its streaming service. These are shows with diverse premises and made in different languages. Mexican Drug Lord Crime drama to Italian Mafia fare and everything in between sits on the plate waiting to be devoured.

Have a look.

 

  1. The Wire

Image result for the wireA homicide/narcotics team is put together to look into a drug-dealing racket. With the aim of deconstructing the truth that coalesces the bond between drug Kingpins and law agencies, Detective James McNulty leads a team of investigative aficionados. The show perfectly blends the worlds of bureaucracy, law, and red-tapism to give us a high voltage crime investigation series.

 

  1. The Sopranos

Image result for The SopranosTony Soprano is struggling to keep the balance between his family life and underworld business. But when he finds the scales tipping, he seeks help from Psychiatrist Jennifer Melfi

 

  1. Boardwalk Empire

Image result for Boardwalk EmpireAtlantic City treasurer, Enoch Thompson maintains ties with politicians and gangsters in his best interest. But the feds are curious about his unusual friendships. Set in the backdrop of the prohibition era, the show draws inspiration from Nelson Johnson’s book ‘Boardwalk Empire: The Birth, High Times and Corruption of Atlantic City”.

 

  1. Sneaky Pete

Image result for Sneaky PeteWith the hope of leaving behind his past as a con, Maurius assumes a new identity, actually steals the identity of his cellmate – Pete. Pete’s family does not suspect the man since they haven’t seen him in a long long time. But over the course of time, Maurius discovers that the family has untold secrets of their own and staying with them could undermine the very purpose he has set out to accomplish. He must now find his way out of that world and that is not going to be easy.

 

  1. Animal Kingdom

Image result for animal kingdom tv showJoshua’s grandmother takes him in after the death of his mother. But his life takes an unusual turn when he gets involved with the criminal clan that she is the head of.

 

  1. Undercover

Image result for Undercover tv showPair of undercover agents infiltrates the campground of a drug Kingpin. He is the largest manufacturer of ecstasy in the world. But things go south as the agents deconstruct his life and shut his network.

 

  1. Vegas

Image result for vegas tv showThe sacred city of gamblers and entertainment sees a ruthless murder of a casino worker. The law enforcement charges Sheriff Lamb with investigative duties. The Sheriff in the process hinders the criminal activities of Chicago gangster Vincent Savino setting them against each other.

 

  1. Romanzo Criminale

Image result for Romanzo Criminale tv showA young man aspires to climb the ladder of an Italian drug ring. in an attempt, he seeks help from corrupt cops, politicians and secret service. The secret service aids him with the ulterior motive of overthrowing the government in power. Beyond all this scheming a police inspector Nicola Scialoja is hell-bent on bringing the criminals to justice.

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8 Best Spy Movies on Amazon Prime

by Emily Keen

To satiate that urge for a high concept spy thriller, Amazon Harbors a roster of old and new spy thrillers. The list is diverse ranging from the masterpieces of the silent era to modern-day franchise thrillers. You don’t have to hunt for the best ones amongst a big list of available options. We have handpicked the best spy movies for you right here.

 

  1. The conversation

Image result for the conversation movieHarry Caul is a surveillance expert and is tasked with following a young couple by a cryptic client. Haunted by the memories of a past case gone wrong and perplexing tape of a conversation between the couple retrieved by his associate, he develops a strong feeling that the couple may be in some kind of danger.

 

  1. Mission Impossible: Fallout

Image result for Mission Impossible: Fallout movieThe high voltage spy franchise this time sees Ethan Hunt chasing a group of terrorists. The anarchists have planted three plutonium cores on different cities and it’s up to hunt to track them down before they detonate.

 

  1. Stalag 17

Image result for Stalag 17 movieSet in 1944 Germany, two American airforce prisoners are killed while trying to escape from a POW camp. The inmates have their doubts with sergeant Sefton who slips the Germans information in exchange for small favors. Determined to clear his name as a traitor, Sefton vows to expose the true snitch.

 

  1. Ronin

Image result for Ronin movieA group of intelligence agents and former colleagues come together for one last mission. They are tasked with retrieving a briefcase before the Russians lay hands on it. Through a series of betrayal and drama, unfolds a perplexing narrative by John Frankenheimer.

 

  1. The General

Image result for The General movieA silent comedy film starring the legendary Buster Keaton, the film explores the atrocities caused by Union Soldiers. Keaton plays Johnny Grayson a southern railroad engineer whose fiance is captured while on a journey by Union forces. The film follows Gray’s quest through various means of trying to rescue his fiance from the captivity of the soldiers.

 

  1. Three Days of the condor

Image result for Three Days of the condor movieA CIA researcher finds himself in the middle of a quandary. All his co-workers are mysteriously killed. His nerdy nature, however, gives him a knack over the enemy he is facing. But can he win this battle alone?

 

  1. No Way Out

Image result for No Way Out movieAn affair went awry narrative where a navy office finds himself in a bit of a pickle not knowing if there is a way out. Tom Farrell becomes a prime suspect in the murder of the mistress of Secretary of Defence – David Brice. Brice Summons Farrell at the Pentagon but the murder suspicion blocks all ways out.

 

  1. The Spy Who Came in From the Cold

Image result for The Spy Who Came in From the Cold movieA spy, Alec Leamas on the verge of his retirement is tasked with a final mission of going undercover and retrieving information from the den of the Nazis about captive colleagues. But things go south when the Germans take Leamas himself under investigation and a labyrinth of plots and counterplots is uncovered.

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8 Amazing Zombie Movies Streaming on Hulu Right Now

by Emily Keen

For those of us who take pleasure in watching blood being spattered around and people being slashed, Hulu has updated its roster of Zombie movies with the following additions. These films may not be all annihilation and bleak. Some have a clear touch of romance while others are comical. So not just zombie movie fans, but a general audience with the tolerance for gore can enjoy these films in all capacity.
Here are 8 films carefully picked from Hulu’s current lineup of Zombie movies.

 

  1. 28 days later

Image result for 28 days later movieA lethal virus is accidentally unleashed in the city of London infecting most of the human population in the City. The film follows a small group of survivors trying to protect themselves from those infected. The virus acts on the infected human by turning them into killing machines.
The cast is led by Cillian Murphy and Naomie Harris.

 

  1. The Cabin in the Woods

Image result for The Cabin in the Woods movieA monster in the woods fare complete with a rather plausible and scientific explanation to it. But the truth unfolds in layers not all at once which is what makes this film and exciting watch. The film begins with a group of 5 college friends arriving in the woods and facing a zombie attack. The story develops as they unravel the secrets behind the ghoulish violence.

 

  1. Overlord

Image result for Overlord movieSet in the backdrop of D-day the story follows a group of American military parachutist aircraft accidentally crashes into the enemy zone in a village near Normandy. With just the Nazi Troops estimated target the paratroopers are totally unaware of the horror death awaits them in the region.

 

  1. Anna and the apocalypse

Image result for Anna and the apocalypse movieAnna and her friends must face an army of Zombies to reach their loved ones. The fighters all kinds of absurd as it involve clashing and singing their way through a zombie apocalypse. but as the story progresses they sense the civilization crumbling and realize the only people they can trust are each other.

 

  1. What we become

Image result for What we become movieWhile on vacation the Johansson family is brought face to face with a horror they had not imagined India wildest dreams. A virulent strand of flu terrorizes the neighborhood poses the authorities to push families into ultimate Quarantine. But as one member of the family escapes out they are faced with a dire situation that pushes them over the edge.

 

  1. Saint

Image result for sint movieA group of miserable villagers decides to put an end to the terror of Bishop Niklas and his gang of thugs. The evil bishop unforgiving returns as murderous ghosts every year as the full moon coincides with the day of their death. The film stars Huub Stapel and Egbert Jan Weeber is directed by Dick Maas and will forever change what the date of December 5 means to you.

 

  1. Contracted: Phase II

Image result for Contracted: Phase II movieThe second installment of this deadly disease horror sees Riley on a quest to unravel the mystery behind the cause of the outbreak which is now on the verge of sweeping human civilization as we know it. But he doesn’t have much time since he himself is battling the infection and he must uncover the truth before the ailment consumes him whole.

 

  1. Knights of the Damned

Image result for Knights of the Damned movieThe king has tasked his best knights to free his castle from the captivity of a dragon. But the castle is a long way ahead and the path is filled with sirens, warrior women and a notorious army of the dead. A tale full of knights and dragons and zombies in a mythological set up is absurd yet exciting.

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8 Best Space Movies on Amazon Prime

by Emily Keen

Astrophysics is a widely explored theme in the history of Hollywood. Movies like 2001: A Space Oddysey, Alien are a testament to the strong foothold of the genre in the minds of movie buffs. But when examined carefully, space is just a set up to the core concerns of humanity. Since we are already talking about colonizing other planets in the solar system, survival is the most important theme, most space movies are based on. Similarly, there are others that reflect on other aspects of human behavior. According to the legendary filmmaker Christopher Nolan, diving into the vast expanse of the sterile black universe brings us closer to the core of our being. Blending in more such philosophical concepts on a cosmic scale, here are 8 films you can stream on Amazon Prime video to understand the connection between our existence and the universe.

 

  1. Oblivion

Image result for Oblivion movieIn a post-apocalyptic set up where the earth is left in ruins, a futuristic blue-collar drone repairman, Jack finds himself caught in the dilemma of leaving the only planet which he has ever called his home for a new one, he knows nothing about. Oblivion is a character-driven story expanded on a massive scale to give us a glimpse of a bleak future, aptly realizing the emotion and dynamic of a dystopian world.

 

  1. Interstellar

Image result for Interstellar movieChristopher Nolan’s very intimate project as we know it has everything ranging from wormholes to blackholes. This film transcended the others in the league by taking the concept of space physics a little too seriously and creating set designs that were utilitarian yet minimal. Driving its core as a father-daughter story, the film begins with Matthew McConaughey against the world with his view of space advancement and sending human civilization into space and then ultimately bidding goodbye to his daughter to delve deeper into the mysteries of the cosmos.

 

  1. Gravity

Image result for Gravity movieDr. Ryan Stone a medical engineer is on her first mission to space as a part of a routine spacewalk accompanied by astronaut Matt Kowalsky. Of a million things that could go wrong, a space debris storm happens completely sabotaging their space shuttle to ruins. They are left with absolutely no anchor to hold on to in the nothingness of space. Only luckily tied to each other. Apparently the only way out of this vast expanse with no control of your movements is to go further ahead into it.

 

  1. High life

Image result for High life movieAlmost entirely based in the void of outer space, in a space ship High life is a mind-bending space romp brought to life by the sensualist filmmaker Claire Denis. Largely exploring the father-daughter dynamic on a deserted space shuttle heading towards a black hole, the film takes time to deconstruct the events that led up to this time. A group of humans volunteered to take up the space mission in search of an alternate source of energy but as their human desires and rationale began to take over their commitment, it led to utter chaos eliminating each one of them. The film explores highly philosophical themes like human emotions in the face of conflict and the overwhelming nature of desires even in the most excruciating environments.

 

  1. Invaders From Mars

Image result for Invaders From Mars movieDavid Gardner wakes up to an alien space ship making a landing into his backyard but he is unable to convince any of his peers of its existence. The aliens prey on the people in his life one by one. The boy begins to notice all the adults including his parents and school teacher acting strange and sets out to unravel the truth behind the bizarre happenings.

 

  1. Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan

Image result for Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan movieAdmiral Kirk and Captain Spock are trying to navigate a midlife crisis when an old enemy rises again. Khan captures two of Kirk’s officers and challenges him to a battle. A tale of vengeance circling around a fairly destructive device opens into an intergalactic showdown between Kirk and his old nemesis.

 

  1. Star trek

Image result for Star trek movieKirk and Spock once again team up to defeat an evil Nero, a Romulan commander, whose vengeance endangers humankind. But standing in their way is their own rivalry which they must work around before it is too late. The revived venture although boasts a hot new cast still maintains the spirit of star trek films.

 

  1. Galaxy Quest

Image result for Galaxy Quest movieJason Nesmith stars in a fabled space TV show. Believing his on-screen adventures to be a testament to his knowledge of space, a group of aliens reaches out to him to find a permanent solution to the oppressive regime in the solar system. The film is hilarious in its premise but manages to deliver an earnest and sincere space drama.

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6 Best Monster Movies to Stream on Hulu

by Emily Keen

If you are the kind that likes bad choices and absurd situations, you probably love monster horror. We would recommend the below line up on Hulu to satisfy your craving for monster movie fares. Hulu’s list of monster cinema contains some of the most vivid line up of animated and live-action features. Hulu may have lost some of the important titles from their menu in 2020 but they have also added some new titles to the library which are worth checking out at least once.

Here you go:

 

  1. Missing link

Image result for Missing link movieMr. Link is an only surviving Yeti in the Pacific Northwest and dreads living in solitude. He hires a fearless Sir lionel Frost to transport him to the valley of Shangri La where dwell his relatives. Though the journey to the other side of the world is not easy, accompanied by adventurer Adelina Fortnight, the trio gives us a laughter-filled fare until the very end of the movie.

 

  1. Colossal

Image result for Colossal movieAnne Hathaway headlines this glorious monster venture putting a whole new spin to the issue of mental health. As things begin to go south in her life, Gloria’s cognitive balance begins to crumble. But the real shocker comes when she realizes that her mental breakdown is causing mayhem of destructive proportions in South Korea. How the turbulence in the life of a mere mortal can provoke colossal devastation is the mystery she must now solve.

 

  1. I Kill Giants

Image result for I Kill Giants movieA threat that could destroy the whole population looms over Barbara’s town and she is the only one who can confront the danger. The fantastical adventure adorned with themes of a miracle child and family trauma in disguise is a lesson on dealing with difficult situations in life.

 

  1. Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas

Image result for Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas movieThe legendary sailor of the seas is back at it and this time contesting against goddess Eris who has wrongly set him up for sealing the book of peace. Now that the life of his childhood friend depends on that book, he must follow the goddess in her own realm and reclaim that which he is being accused of sticking up.

 

  1. Grabbers

Image result for Grabbers movieA pair of incompatible cops come together to solve the mystery of unexplained disappearances and occurrences on the shores of Erin Island.  One is a careless alcoholic while the other is a law-abiding woman. The plot is as bizarre as it can get. The threat eventually uncovered as an alien threatens the human population across the village and the only thing that can save them is to mind you ‘’getting very very drunk”.

 

  1. Digging Up the Marrow

Image result for Digging Up the Marrow movieAll his life Adam Green as a documentary filmmaker has chased stories of monsters. But when a conspiracy theorist comes along claiming to have found his way into the world of monsters, his life takes an unusual turn. If you feel this is just another monster in the woods fare, then you definitely have to give it a try, because it surely isn’t one. It is filled with surprises right until the very end.

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6 Best Comic Book Movies on Hulu

by Emily Keen

The modern comic genre was launched by Superman The Movie in 1978. And from then on DC has pretty much dominated the game of superhero comics. They launched multiple comic characters that went on to become cult favorites of millions around the world. Over the years Marvel also gained a strong foothold with their set of comic-based films in business. From then on it’s pretty much the battle between these two giants and of course their fans who are ready for a showdown debate over who’s best anytime. Here is a list of comic book-based films you can stream on Hulu right away:

 

  1. Professor Marston and The Wonder Woman

Image result for professor marston and the wonder womanDirected by Angela Robinson the film deals with the origin of wonder woman’s character and the man who was behind the creation. Professor Marston and his unusual family challenged the traditional norms of family life and relationships which ultimately leads him to design the character of Wonder woman. Inspired by the characters of the two women in his life and how their elliptical idea of love shapes wonder woman. The film also scans the struggles and criticisms the comic goes through before being accepted by audiences.

 

  1. Ingrid Goes West

Image result for Ingrid Goes West moviePlaying heavily on the theme of Social media obsession the film follows the life of Ingrid who becomes obsessed with a social media queen, Taylor. Things get interesting and they become friends and Ingrid eventually moves places to be with her. But as time passes, Ingrid begins to realize that Taylor isn’t actually who she is on social media.

 

  1. Along With The Gods: The Two Worlds

Image result for Along With The Gods: The Two Worlds movieThe commonplace idea of an afterlife, blown into a high concept movie! The film centers around a firefighter who dies on duty and is now facing a trial in his afterlife and must prove himself worthy of reincarnation. Although his story holds the plot together the film is really about the guardians who help him navigate through the challenges in the in-between the two worlds.

 

  1. Super

Image result for Super movieHilarious, unapologetic and dark is quite the bizarre amalgamation of ideas that you would expect from a superhero movie. But this is it! The film follows the life of Frank D’Arbo who loses his wife to a drug dealer and retaliates vigilante style. He transforms himself into a superhero called Crimson Bolt and goes on a punishing spree with a Wrench. Yes, that is his weapon of choice.

 

  1. Batman and Bill

Image result for Batman and Bill movieWe know for a fact that the Batman comics were created by Bob Kane. But apparently there was another man who had a huge role to play in bringing the caped crusader’s avatar to life and even Robin. His name was Bill Finger. Batman and Bill is a documentary that explores Bill’s contribution to Batman comics and tells us why he was not credited with the work he deserves the credit for.

 

  1. I Kill Giants

Image result for I Kill Giants movieThe fantasy thriller directed by Anders Walter and written by Joe Kelly follows the life of a weird child with incredible powers. That may not be evident at the very beginning since this is revealed and Barbara’s character arc is low key a slow burn. She believes there are giants living amongst us, the ones only she can see and kills them. The film has a very unique touch to the setting and the mood which is not all bleak and not all happy. It’s just the right balance between the real-world and Barbara’s fantasy world.

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8 Best Animated Comic Book Movies of All Time

by Emily Keen

The landscape of superhero animation has been dominated by the DC Universe for years and there is no denying the fact that nothing beats DC comic universe in terms of their massive fan faction. And why not, they have brought in their A-game each time they have realized one of their characters on the silver screen. Below is the list of the best animated comic book movies of all time and try as we might, DC tends to dominate the list. So here goes.

 

  1. Batman Beyond: Return of The Joker

Image result for Batman Beyond: Return of The JokerBruce Wayne has stepped down from his duties as Batman passing his legacy to Terry McGinnis- the new Batman who now guards Gotham City. But the new Caped crusader gets ambushed by a Clique of  Bruce’s arch-nemesis- The Joker. It is up to Wayne now to get the new Batman ready to face the horror called the Clown Prince of Crime, before he brings Gotham city to its knees.

 

  1. Planet Hulk

Image result for planet hulk movieThe comic is easily one of the best Marvel titles that exist surrounding the green giant. The film showcases the time when hulk’s former allies, now see him as a threat to the Earth and decide to send him off to a planet where his anger and rage are the least of the concerns. When the giant understands the plan of his fellow Avengers, rage takes over and he destroys the space ship, landing them all on a hostile planet where he is turned into one of the slave fighters. He must now channel Bruce Banner’s intellect and strategic thinking to defeat the evil king who rules the planet.

 

  1. The Lego Batman Movie

Image result for The Lego Batman Movie movieMany might have had the idea that this is just one of those product placement moves by the toy company and is probably no good. But they could not be more wrong because this is apparently the most fitting movie for the caped crusader and is hilarious to another level. The film sees Batman secretly disturbed about the fact that he does not have a family and friends. From the visuals to the script everything is spectacular and worth a watch.

 

  1. All Star Superman

Image result for All Star Superman movieLex Luthor makes the superhero fly too close to the sun which results in a solar radiation overload in his body. The story develops as he tries to cope with the excess radiation stored in his body which could eventually lead to his death. The film develops into an epic final showdown between Superman and Lex Luther.

 

  1. Batman: Under The Red Hood

Image result for Batman: Under The Red Hood movieOnce again the Batman is squaring off against not one, not two but three villains in a given time frame. This involves a merciless vigilante, the clown prince of crime and a black mask. The plot forms an intertwined account of all three characters and the film plays heavily on the dynamics that batman shares with the three villains and of course a new Robin.

 

  1. Justice League: The New Frontier

Image result for Justice League: The New Frontier movieThe second animated film of DC universe released on 26 February 2008. Hal, a talented young pilot is approached by Ferris Air to take part in a test program while a shapeshifting monster and ancient power are announcing themselves to the world in their own evil ways. The film is based on a limited comic book series by Darwin Cooke.

 

  1. Big Hero 6

Image result for Big Hero 6The film is based in a fictional city of San Francokyo and revolves around, Hero a kid with a talent and genius of prodigal proportions. An unfortunate turn of events changes his life and he crosses paths with Baymax who is an inflatable nurse meant to care for people. The film basically exploits the themes of futuristic technology and vision to help mankind.

 

  1. Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox

Image result for Justice League: The Flashpoint ParadoxAn alteration of the timeline creates ripples that lead to a warcry between the Aquaman’s Atlantis and Wonder Woman’s Amazons. It is now up to Flash to revive the Justice League and the stop the war from ravaging the earth.

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8 Best Sci-fi Movies to Stream on HBO

by Emily Keen

Put the real world aside for a while and delve into the wondrous world of unimaginable happenings and possibilities. Sci-fi movies serve just the purpose. Whether you wish to see humans battling aliens or being enslaved by technological advancements or even diving into the secrets of cosmos Hollywood has movies across the spectrum for every kind of nerd. We have many great stories to witness from the most encompassing genre.

Here is a list of sci-fi movies you can watch on HBO now:

  1. Aliens (1979)

Image result for Aliens 1979Alien invasion terrorizes a spaceship and its crew who decide to respond to a distress signal and take it upon themselves to look into it. Director Ridley Scott gives us a complete entertainer filled with extraterrestrial horror and killer VFX is a masterpiece of a kind. The film finds it’s balance in science fiction and horror.

 

  1. Upgrade (2018)

Image result for Upgrade (2018)Upgrade builds around a technophobe whose wife is murdered in a mob attack. Driven by vengeance to bring the attackers to justice, he takes the offer of a man who offers him a pill that heals his paraplegic state. Leigh Whannell’s sci-fi flick is a generously hoards gore and violence and twists and turns in a believably futuristic setup.

 

  1. Rise of the Planet of Apes (2011)

Image result for Rise of the Planet of Apes (2011)You impart within animals the ability to reason, they will be quick to react when humans wrong them. This is the story of a chimpanzee, Ceaser, raised by Will, who manipulates his ape cognition by giving him a drug to enhance his brainpower. When Ceaser is locked up in an animal facility against his will, he breaks the cell and forms an army and spearheads an uprising against the humans. The larger than life epic, directed by Rupert Wyatt is an emotional fare that culminates into a grand battle among humans and apes.

 

  1. Robocop (1987)

Image result for Robocop (1987)Based in a crime-infested city of Detroit, the film follows the story of a terminally ill policeman who returns to his job as Robocop. The iconic depiction of mayhem was directed by Paul Verhoeven and accounts for one satisfying sci-fi venture.

 

  1. Alita: Battle Angel (2019)

Image result for Alita: Battle Angel (2019)Alita is the soul of a teenage girl trapped in the body of a battle robot. Doctor Ido revives her injuries and she sets on a quest to find the truth about her past. The film is a technological marvel directed by Robert Rodriguez and is derived from a Japanese manga of the same name. In the midst of seamless VFX and amazing storytelling be rest assured you this is a ride to cherish.

 

  1. The Abyss (1989)

Image result for The Abyss (1989)A diving team is tasked with finding a lost nuclear Submarine and as they set out on the journey, they are faced with alien attacks of unimaginable scale. Underwater! The sci-fi marvel comes from the aficionado himself-James Cameron and we are treated to one of the most splendid and jaw-dropping scenes of underwater action and crescendos.

 

  1. The Adjustment Bureau (2011)

Image result for The Adjustment Bureau (2011)Directed by George Nolfi, this film comes across as a hybrid of two genres- Science fiction and romantic drama. The film charts the life of US Senator on the verge of becoming president and his love interest Elise and a group of men who will go to any lengths to keep the love birds apart. In their most heartfelt performances as David and Elise, Matt Damon and Emily blunt are a talent to behold.

 

  1. Midnight Special (2016)

Image result for Midnight Special (2016)In an action-packed sci-fi thriller from Jeff Nichols, we see a group of religious extremists and the government trying to hunt a boy with supernatural powers and his father. A fast-paced chase that keeps you guessing until the very end is filled with suspense and boasts an abundance of special effects and interesting characters.

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Uncorked (2020) Trailer

by Emily Keen

An aspiring Sommelier does not see eye-to-eye with his father. But when a tragedy unfolds, they are forced to set aside their differences and meet each other halfway. Written and directed by Prentice Penny, the film stars Bernard David Jones, Meera Rohit Kumbhani, Matt McGorry, Sasha Compere, Kelly Jenrette and Gil Ozeri in other roles.

Releasing Date: March 27, 2020

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‘Never Rarely Sometimes Always’ Review

by Emily Keen

Unwed teenage mothers fighting for the life of their unborn child against the impositions and pressures of the society is a narrative extensively exhausted in movies. NRSA breaks the pattern and brings us a girl who is not ready to be a mother. With no support from an adult, it is just her and her high school best friend by her side, battling the stringent laws of abortion in America.

Since the state of Pennsylvania won’t let her abort the child without the consent of a parent, she travels to New York in the hope of facing fewer hindrances while going about the process. Eventually, we all know that won’t be the case.

NRSA finds its title from a heart-wrenching sequence in the film where Autumn is made to answer a questionnaire about her sex life at a clinic. The questions are along the lines of – Has your partner refused to wear a condom/Has your partner made you have sex against your will? And options that follow are Never, Rarely, Sometimes, Always. You can almost feel the power of her being been crushed to the ground as she answers each question.

The film has limited dialogue and much of the story is expressed through the subtle cues in the actions of the characters. Like when one BFF is seen applying an eye shadow for the other or the scene where Autumn throws up in the bathroom and Skylar just knows what it means.

The brilliance of the fare lies in the mastery with which Eliza Hittman overlays the themes of friendship, social indifference, political system and toxic masculinity over a largely subversive plot. The impact created by the bleak silence in the frames will stay with you even when the film is over. And there is nothing deficient about the character study of two young women who seamlessly carry the film to the end.

Hélène Louvart’ s cinematography elevates the desolate mood with the coarse, gritty frames and while keeping it vibrant at the same time. That helps us feel that hope is not dead after all. Hittman plays to the pulse of her characters and draws up eloquent setpieces even with no monologue. Sidney Flanigan and Talia Ryder are a talent to behold. All in all the film is a poignant tale of teenage pregnancy which has its disconcerting and reassuring moments. We have to give it up to Hittman for creating a melancholic and devastating affair with minimal violence and almost no aggression.

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8 Best Medieval Movies Everyone Needs to Watch

by Emily Keen

There is something unusually intriguing about medieval stories. The castles, the fight for the throne, clashing swords, Knights in armor are the things that transport us to those whimsical times. There is a band of films that skillfully realize the times and tales of the medieval era. They may not always stay honest with the legends but they always keep it real. Here is a list of movies that are based on the legends that followed in the medieval times, splendidly brought to fruition on the silver screen.

 

  1. Macbeth (2015)

Image result for macbeth movie 2015If you wish to witness a whole lot of noble backstabbing, sword fights and enigma surrounding the woods, Macbeth is your best bet. The latest film adaptation of the play features Michael Fassbender and brilliantly captures the set up of a medieval era. Fassbender and Marion Cotillard both give phenomenal performances as Macbeths. There is a lot of blood splashing and the remake is definitely not subtle.

 

  1. Seven Samurai (1954)

Image result for seven samurai movieAkira Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai follows the life of a group of villagers who hire a bunch of Samurai to keep them safe from the raiders. Amidst brilliant cinematography and sharp character arcs, we get to experience a magnificent set up of medieval Japan. The way Kurosawa builds the characters of a samurai and a villager- equally poor yet one is highly noble and patient (Samurai), while the other is awfully desperate (Villager), is commendable.

 

  1. Braveheart (1995)

Image result for Braveheart movieThe film is based on a lifelong rivalry between the Saxons and Celts, the one theme that the film plays on. Even the most Scottish people among the audiences may find the extreme patriotism cringe-worthy. Even amidst all the skirt lifting and war cries, the film still remains watchable for its pompous and splendid fight scenes and battles.

 

  1. The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938)

Image result for The Adventures of Robin Hood movieThis dashing and exciting film of the 30s takes the legend of Robin Hood to a whole new level. It is not a very serious film and we can see the characters exchanging a grin all the time. The film won an Oscar for the best soundtrack that year.

 

  1. Black Death (2010)

Image result for Black Death movieWhen a group of people mysteriously start recovering from the bubonic plague in England, a monk starts investigating the incidents. Sean Bean as the protagonist of the film is at his best. The film surprises its audience as it propels into an unexpected supernatural twist.

 

  1. Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)

Image result for Monty Python and the Holy Grail movieKing Arthur is on a quest to find the Holy Grail with his Knights. The narrative builds around the journey of the mythical king and his Knights, which is filled with terrifying situations. The grim atmosphere in the vein of comedy comes across as an intriguing venture. The film is hilarious and yet maintains the dreary tone of a medieval fair.

 

  1. The Name of the Rose (1986)

Image result for The Name of the Rose movieBased in the 14th century the film follows William of Baskerville(Sean Connery), a monk, to solve the suspicious death of a monk in an abbey. As he proceeds with his investigation,  several other deaths occur in the abbey. Terrified, the church leaders call Bernardo Gui, William’s arch-rival to look into the matter. Watching Connery enunciate amidst a medieval set-piece is pure delight.

 

  1. Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991)

Image result for Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves movieThis time we see the heroic outlaw battling a notorious sheriff who has murdered his father. Alongside Little John’s group of thieves, Robin Hood sets out on the quest to avenge his father. Alan Rickman’s Sheriff steals the show as he is as evil as it gets. The film is a perfect weekend watch.

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8 End of the World Movies on Amazon Prime

by Emily Keen

It is one among the possibilities that we all are discussing or combination of many catastrophes that could bring the end of our civilization. We don’t know for sure. Over the years, cinema materialized many of those theories on screen. The beliefs that capture the minds of the majority are often the ones most experimented on cinematically.

It need not always be serious and grim. Movies have the liberty to give it a comical or sarcastic tone to make it less heavy on its audience. Besides, not everyone is up for a gloomy watch.

Here are 8, end of the world movies on Amazon Prime you can stream right now.

 

  1. Seeking a Friend for the End of the World (2012)

Image result for Seeking a Friend for the End of the WorldDirector Lorene Scafaria brings us a rom-com set in the backdrop of an apocalypse. Starring Keira Knightley and Steve Carell, the narrative operates somewhere between comedy and drama. The movie certainly has its flaws with the unusual pairing and a borrowed plotline. But it is a one-time watch.

 

  1. War of the Worlds (2005)

Image result for war of the worlds movieThe Steven Spielberg remake of the original film has some eye-popping camera work and magnificent VFX. The film follows a dockworker, Ray Ferrier and his children on the run for their lives against an extraterrestrial threat that descends on earth.

 

  1. The Rapture (1992)

Image result for The Rapture 1992 movieDread and horror lurk this film throughout the course but the central character wonderfully carries the film to make sure viewers don’t doze off through the story. Based on the theme of Biblical Rapture, the film charts the life of Sharon as a wife and a mother who is jaded with her life and decides to break the shackles. In the process she loses herself and becomes this extreme evangelistic Christian who believes that the world is headed towards judgment day.

 

  1. On the Beach (1959)

Image result for On the Beach movieIn the post-world war III period, the Northern Hemisphere is continually deteriorating with the nuclear dust and people are moving south towards Australia to escape its effects. Gregory Peck and Eva Gardner put up the most phenomenal performances of their career in this film that is set in the aftermath of the end of civilization.

 

  1. Time of the Wolf (2003)

Image result for Time of the Wolf movieA rather unusual exploration of the end of the world theme where Michael Haneke explores how compassion suffocates when humanity faces imminent extinction. A French family visits their house by the countryside unwary of the current situation that prevails there. The place is in total chaos after a catastrophe has swept across and caused people to panic and take refuge in abandoned houses. The family unable to reside in their own house since a prior occupation by victims of the disaster goes in search of a safe place but is met with a violent tragedy.

 

  1. Fish Story (2009)

Image result for Fish Story movie “Rock and roll can save the world”. That is all you need to know before getting started with this oddball of a film starring a punk rock Japanese band. An asteroid is about to hit the earth and wipe off humanity. But a music fan holds his hope close to his heart and through a rather fun extrapolation of hyperlinked incidents, Fish Story manages to give its audience a good run.

 

  1. Miracle Mile (1988)

Image result for Miracle Mile movieA man just found out that a nuclear strike is about to hit in 70 minutes and that could be the end of life as he knows it. There begins his quest to find his new flame on the streets of LA as he plans to escape the probable site of destruction in a helicopter with her. This exhilarating fare is a race against time that drew inspiration for the movie Cloverfield.

 

  1. This is The End (2013)

Image result for This is The End movieRight from monsters visual effects to vulgar humour, the Seth Rogen fare gets everything right. The feel-good film sees James Franco inviting a bunch of his pals for a party when suddenly things go south as an apocalypse of cosmic proportions begins to surge. But this bunch of Prima donnas aren’t gonna fret!

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8 Zombie Apocalypse Movies on Netflix

by Emily Keen

Since the zombie folklore was discovered by filmmakers, it went on to become one of the most experimented themes of cinema. Not just films, the legends found a way into the world of music too.

As more zombie features rolled out, the rage began to envelope new sections of audiences. Movies like Zombieland and Warm Bodies went on to become extraordinary hits. A-listers like Brad Pitt and Will Smith began to star in a spar against undead corpses and that dramatically enhanced the number of zombie enthusiasts.

There is no better option than Netflix when you are looking for diverse content. But surprisingly the streaming service’s menu of zombie pics is limited. Here are a few that you can stream.

 

  1. Day of the Dead: Bloodline (2018)

Image result for Day of the Dead: Bloodline movieZombies in this film are referred to as rotters. They don’t eat humans, they just bite them and spread the infection. Zoe is a young medical student who survives the attack of these biting creatures. In the wake of the emergency, she is transferred to a refugee camp where she serves the victims of the attacks and carries out research to come up with a cure. After a gap of five years, the rotters return and confront her at the refugee camp, and dark secrets of her life began to surface in the process.

 

  1. Gallowwalkers (2012)

Image result for Gallowwalkers movieUnlike other Zombie movies, where the undead is the villains to be exterminated by a human protagonist, Gallowwalkers has puts an undead man centre stage. The backstory being, his cadaver was resurrected by his relatives so he could avenge his death and the rape of the woman he loved. The film comes across as weird and highly goofy with the odd methods of killing and ripping of human skin.

 

  1. Rise of the Zombie (2013)

Image result for Rise of the Zombie movieNeil Parker takes a trip into the woods post a fight with his girlfriend, Vinny. An unexplained wound on his arm begins to fester and he finds himself indiscriminately consuming insects, leaves, bugs and soon it is humans. He tries to reach out to Vinny who is his only hope in this dastardly situation but she is not available. The first of a supposed trilogy, the film garnered attention and appreciation for a  substantial plot.

 

  1. KL Zombi (2013)

Image result for KL Zombi movieNipis from Kuala Lumpar (the extended form of KL in the title) finds his leisurely hockey love quite useful when the city is under a zombie attack. Entertainment value at its peak, although the performance and the plot are sorts of overdone.

 

  1. Doom (2005)

Image result for Doom movieHell breaks loose as a group of vicious humanoids take control of a research lab on Mars and create a ruckus. A group of mariners set out on a quest of hunting and eliminating these beings from Mars. With gore and horror in abundance, the film will take you back to your childhood where you played a similar game. The movie does not follow a gritty story or have any character arcs. It is purely an action flick meant for entertainment.

 

  1. The Rezort (2015)

Image result for The Rezort movieThis one right here is an original and distinct plot that does not lack substance. There is character depth, a gripping storyline and the camera work is magnificent. The film is based in a ReZort which offers killing zombies as a part of leisure sports. Sounds odd huh? But the plot progresses into a captivating experience and besides some below-average performances, nothing about this film is disappointing.

 

  1. Ladronas de Almas (2015)

Image result for Ladronas de Almas movieTranslates to ‘Soul Robbers’! The film is set during the time of the Mexican War of Independence. A group of rebels plan to invade the house of a paraplegic old man residing with his three daughters and a servant. They soon find out that the family is not human and in fact are undead and is supported by their Haitian servant. For those who do not know, Haiti is the birthplace of the legend of Zombies and presumably, no one knows more about them than the residents of Haiti.  The film ended in a cliffhanger and was well received by critics and audiences. Although no sequel has been announced as of yet.

 

  1. Here Alone (2016)

Image result for Here Alone movieA family escapes a zombie outbreak and seeks refuge in the woods. But as time passes Ann, the mother remains the sole survivor in the wilderness. She crosses paths with a teenager and her stepfather who is wounded and helps them. But going ahead, things start getting complicated and that ensues a tale full of action and interesting character arcs. The film has one of the best sound editing and background score. The script might seem a little flawed but you will definitely enjoy the ride.

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8 Post Apocalyptic Movies Everyone Should Watch

by Emily Keen

When you sense desolation in the frames and an uneasy silence seemingly deafening to the stability of your being, know that the cinema has transported you into a post-apocalyptic set up. Creating an experience or more importantly, sensory experience is a craft of perfection. Not all films are able to achieve it. Materializing visually magnificent setpieces, while keeping alive the spirit of the narrative and the characters is a daunting task. If the scale tips in favour of a single attribute, the imbalance hinders the experience of the viewers.

A post-apocalyptic set up comes as an amalgamation of distress, desolation, grim and a visually listless tone. There is something very intriguing about the mood and the ambience of such movies. Ask DC fans why they like gloomy and cloudy days? The bleak, the silence and the feeling of anxious deep down helps us catch a glimpse of our vulnerabilities as human beings.  Besides this could prepare us for a dystopian future if at all that is a possibility.

Hold that thought while we introduce to you, some of the grimmest tales of a cinematic universe. All these films follow the theme of life in the wake of destruction and chaos.

  

  1.       28 Days Later

Image result for 28 Days Later movieThe heart sank in a river of pain as Cillian Murphy aimlessly wandered over Westminster Bridge not being able to comprehend the tumultuous nature of his surroundings. Directed by Danny Boyle the film paints a picture of Britain in the aftermath of a Zombie apocalypse. There is nothing commonplace about 28 Days Later because the makers actually went to great lengths to get the impression right. The producer closed London down for a short time!

 

  1.   A Quiet Place

Image result for A Quiet Place movieNever has a film been able to engulf the audience with a masterful sound editing like this one. The same reason, the film was in contention at the Oscars. A family is trying to lead a normal life in a rather unsettling environment. The world around them is full of creatures that prey by the listening to sound.  The coveted off-screen couple John Krasinski and Emily Blunt come together on screen as parents who are trying to help their deaf daughter survive the danger.

   

  1.       The Battery

Image result for The Battery movieA Zombie apocalypse set up at that but the problem at hand is surviving the with the person you have an aversion to. That is what makes this film so interesting. The two baseball players headlining the tale can outrun the danger but not each other, for they need to survive. The film is very intellectual on various levels but basically in its quest of sticking to the ingenuity of human feelings rather than going on with fan service.

 

  1.       Bird Box

Image result for Bird Box movieThis film sparked a lot of debate since its release on Netflix. Some say it was highly flawed while others argued that it was full of substance. The film has humans against a monster who gives them suicidal thoughts with just a look in the eye. The set pieces are some of the truly amazing scenes ever but do not let your expectations swell for it is a good movie, not a revolutionary cinema as some may say.

  

  1.       The Book of Eli

Image result for The Book of Eli movieA world in the aftermath of a nuclear explosion is not following the rules of the ecosystem as we know it. Humans are either killing each other or eating one another. With some heavy on the mind themes like cannibalism and religion adorning the script, the film builds around Eli played by Denzel Washington, who travels across a wrecked America to deliver a book. The film has plenty of surprise elements and is full of original ideas that makes you wonder why has it not accomplished the success and popularity it deserves.

 

  1.       Cargo

Image result for Cargo movieThe Australian outbacks are infested with plague and Martin Freeman’s character must find a safe place for his infant and himself. Besides the unusual characterization that sees a father ready to battle it till the end for his baby, instead of a mother like films usually show, this one is also a beautifully narrated story.

 

  1.   Carriers

Image result for Carriers movieDo you believe friendships can survive through a life and death situation? Because this film is meant to tell you that they suffocate and die under life-threatening conditions. You can either choose to stay alive or do the right thing. The film was portrayed to be a Zombie themed catastrophe romp, but there are hardly any zombies which disappointed audiences at large.

 

  1.       The Day

Image result for The Day movieWWE studios finally have a feature that does not stink. Not as much as the ones that came early in the league. In fact, that sounds quite unjust a remark, because The Day is actually really good with a quintessentially bleak tone building around its morally questionable characters.

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8 Dystopian Movies on Netflix You Can Stream Right Now

by Emily Keen

We are all curious about the fate of the world and how it might end someday. The fact that it began from nothing into a flourished ecosystem also provokes thoughts of a future that could either be perfect or deeply unsettling. As science progresses, human lifestyle evolves and so does the idea of a perfect world. Every invention, every ideology that we choose to lead us is directing us somewhere.

Do we know how this ends? No! Scientists and philosophers over thousands of years have predicted numerous ways how the world could possibly change.  And cinema has realized those concepts to give the audience a visual representation of the same.

From Zombies to plague and destructive technology, you have some unique ideas coming up. Not all these fears might turn out to be true, but there is no harm in understanding the possibilities is there? Here are a few movies on Netflix that present us with diverse ideas of a dystopian world.

 

  1.       Mute

Image result for Mute movieIn a city full of nasty Mafiosos and peculiar strip clubs and black-market surgeries dwells the mute Leo. An unusual turn of events finds Leo involved in a mystery case that lands him among vile gangsters and a highly unnerving technology as a part of sex service. The film is tagged as the next phase of Moon also directed by Duncan Jones. Through vibrant VFX and neon lights builds a tale of a grim future for Berlin. 

 

  1.       Cargo

Image result for Cargo movieA father on a quest of protecting his infant from a zombie apocalypse has us feeling all kinds of nerves. As the infection spreads, he seeks help from a native boy to help find a safe spot. This is truly a gut-wrenching tale with a lot of gore and killing. 

  

  1.       How It Ends

Image result for How It Ends movieTheo James and Forest Whitaker would not leave a chance to brawl at each other even if they see imminent death. Theo James is on the run to save his fiancee from a perilous situation accompanied by her father. Will the father accept the man his daughter loves?

 

  1.       Extinction

Image result for Extinction movieMichael Pena begins has visions of a world where armed aliens are grotesquely hunting families. Are they just visions or a thing of his past? Watch this mind-boggling tale of an oddball dystopia to find out the truth.

 

  1.       The Humanity Bureau

Image result for The Humanity Bureau movieAmerican Midwest is now a dry desert and the members whom the society declares unproductive are segregated in a  colony. Nicolas Cage, a deportation caseworker, however, finds something odd about the case of the mother and son who are unjustly being deemed futile. 

 

  1.       Death Race

Image result for Death Race movieA remake of the cult favourite originally created by Roger Corman stars Jason Statham as a man on wheels willing to risk his life to make it out of the criminal sentence he has been wrongly condemned to serve. The film is filled with high-speed chase scenes on tracks planted with traps. 

 

  1.       District 9

Image result for District 9 movieMost movies show aliens as the bad guys. But it is basically a prey or be preyed upon kind of situation. If they don’t harm humans, humans will harm them. This film showcases the story of a group of aliens who are captured and quarantined by humans when their spaceships abandon them on earth. But one of them finds a way out with the help of a local caseworker. 

 

  1.       The Lobster

Image result for The Lobster movieHumans must find a mate or else face serious consequences in the world where David lives. That is the basic idea of the film. If they fail to find a suitable mate even after special training, their brains are extracted and placed in a whole new species. Colin Farell gives in to the inevitability of the situation and chooses to be a Lobster.

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8 Best ’80s Movies You Can Stream Right Now

by Emily Keen

The golden era of the 80s is filled with cinematic masterpieces. It is hard to pick a few films that were best of all. But we have tried to cherry-pick a few that the audience at large would love to watch.

And now that we have so many streaming services available, it is not hard to get hold of these classics.  The 80s films span across a wide spectrum of movie genres Before the superhero films imploded and captivated the minds of the viewers, the film industry explored a range of genre that touched both ends of the spectrum. We have classics like The Breakfast Club, Pretty in Pink that never get old. Dark affairs like Beetlejuice and Heathers was the idea of horror back then. Action cinema saw marvels like Die Hard, Star Wars: The Return of Jedi.

It’s quite the roster and we are hoping the mood for retro flicks won’t wear off any sooner.

 

  1. The Shinning (1980)

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A visual masterpiece created by Stanley Kubrick is the idol of horror for today’s horror aficionados. The haunting narrative is picked directly from the novels of the legend of horror stories- Stephen king.  Jack Nicholson gives a stupefying performance that pulls you down in the cave of darkness along with him.

 

  1. 9 to 5 (1980)

Image result for 9 to 5 movieThree women going up against their misogynistic boss builds into a plot that will get you hooked to the screen. The film stars Dolly Parton, Lily Tomlin, and Jane Fonda in lead roles. The theme song of the film was the biggest hit of the decade.

 

  1. Caddyshack (1980)

Image result for Caddyshack movieThe tricks and pranks of this comical romp will leave you in splits. The members of Bushwood Country Club are here to entertain in this classic sports adventure.

 

  1. Fame (1980)

Image result for Fame 1980 movieThe plot is set in New York City performing arts high school and builds around a group of teenagers on a quest of understanding and perfecting their talent. The theme song won the Academy Award for the Best Original Song.

 

  1. Mommy Dearest (1981)

Image result for Mommy Dearest movieWriter Christina Crawford systemically channelled her resentment towards her adopted mother who put her through years of physical and mental abuse. The book garnered a lot of attention than which led it to be made into a film which was also a major success. Fay Dunaway’s performance in the film went on to gain a cult following in the following years.

 

  1. Riders of the Lost Arc (1981)

Image result for Riders of the Lost Arc movieIndiana Jones has a separate fanbase altogether. He is an archaeologist who goes up against dangerous men to retrieve precious artefacts from the past. How hot is that? The franchise was a major hit and then was blown into multiple sequels, a TV series, comic books and Video games.

 

  1. Victor/Victoria (1982)

Image result for Victor/Victoria movieSeven Academy Awards! That should be enough to get you curious and excited about this film. The musical comedy follows the life of a struggling singer who finds her due after she poses as a man on stage following the advice of a gay performer. This is also one of the few mainstream films that portrayed the LGBTQ+ characters with a positive touch and absolutely no controversy.

 

  1. An Officer and a Gentleman (1982)

Image result for An Officer and a Gentleman movieThe film is a romantic drama that navigates the life of Zack Mayo as he tries to keep up with his life at the United States Navy as an officer under rigorous training while working out his relationship with his love interest Paula Pokrifki.

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8 Movies We Can’t Wait to Watch in 2020

by Emily Keen

How much ever we try to cover all the movies in a year, it is impossible to catch every single one on the list. We are bombarded with options every year. And then during awards seasons, we find out that there is actually much more to the roster than we have added to the list. The 2019 list still has pending contenders but we are already compiling the 2020 line up. Few that we are really looking forward to are listed below.

 

  1. The Grudge

Image result for The Grudge movieThe 2004 version of this film was terrifying. The film sees a detective investigating murders happening in a haunted house. The creepy force lurking the home is believed to pass the curse of evil to whoever enters the house. The curse begins to inflict a terminally ill woman, her husband and one other couple who somehow end up in the space ruled by the creepy presence.  (In theatres January 3)

 

  1. Underwater

Image result for Underwater movieWe see Kristen Stewart in her next action-adventure, this time battling strange creature underwater. The film follows a research team in a drilling station which is wrecked by a disaster and the only way the survivors can manage to escape the predicament is by walking across the seafloor. (In theatres January 10)

 

  1. Bad Boys for Life

Image result for Bad Boys for Life movieWill Smith and Martin Lawrence are returning once again to the silver screen with the Bad Boys streak. Mike Lowrey and Marcus Burnett are on the roll one last time.  (In theatres January 17)

 

  1. The Rhythm Section

Image result for The Rhythm Section  movieStephanie Patrick (played by Blake Lively) discovers that the plane crash that killed her family was not an accident. She seeks help from a former CIA agent who can help her track down the culprits. The quest to find the truth soon turns to a self-destructive action as the feeling of vengeance takes over. (In theatres February 31)

 

  1. Birds of Prey

Image result for Birds of Prey  movieThe suicide squad spin-off has Harley Quinn returning to the silver screen. Joining her are Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Jurnee Smollett-Bell, and Ewan McGregor. (In theatres February 7)

 

  1. The Photograph

Image result for The Photograph  movieMae, the daughter of a renowned photographer is grieving the untimely death of her mother when she discovers a photograph that leads her on a quest of diving deeper into her mother’s early life.  While she is at it, she meets a journalist and a tale of an unexpected romance unfolds. (In theatres February 14)

 

  1. Emma

Image result for Emma  movieThe impression of Gwyneth Paltrow playing the meddling Emma Woodhouse is carved deep in the mind. But then again, why not? (In theatres February 21)

 

  1. A Quiet Place Part II

Image result for A Quiet Place Part II movieThe real-life husband-wife John Krasinski and Emily Blunt are returning back with the second instalment of this highly acclaimed creeper. Krasinski will also be directing the film in addition to starring in it. The stay silent feature’s first instalment created a lot of buzz. Will it be able to surpass the level of horror it created earlier? We are yet to find out! (In theatres March 20)

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8 Best Meryl Streep Movies of All Time

by Emily Keen

Let’s take some time to appreciate the woman who has had an interesting and diverse career in Hollywood spanning across decades. With three Oscars and eight Golden Globes, her award shelf is pretty rich with accolades.

From the icy Miranda Priestly to the radicalized Karen Silkwood she has given the world some of the most iconic characters. Be it comedy, musicals or intense drama, she can do it all.

Presenting the Devil who wore Prada- Meryl Streep. Here are some of her most iconic movies of all time!

 

  1. The Devil Wears Prada

Image result for the devil wears prada movieThe 2006 American comedy-drama helmed by David Frankel showcases Mery Streep as the editor of a fashion magazine who is very hostile towards the ignorance of her staff and believes there is no place for emotions in the corporate world. Who can ever get over the cerulean blue scene?

 

  1. Mamma Mia!

Image result for Mamma Mia! movieHere is this lady living her best life under the Greek sun, own a hotel on an island and has gone through men like kleenex. Problem is she doesn’t know who among those the father of her child is?

 

  1. The Post

Image result for The Post movieIf you want a true personification of a boss lady, watch Meryl Streep rising up to 6 male advisors in a room where she throws the facts in their face without blinking. The film deals with the dilemma of reporters while dealing with political scandals.

 

  1. The Iron Lady

Image result for The Iron Lady movieShe won her third Oscar for the best cinematic performance in this film.  The mark of a true actor is when they go all in for a character. The diva apologized to her crew for continuing her accent she picked up as Margaret Thatcher, even in between the shots just so she would not lose the thing.

 

  1. Julie and Julia

Image result for Julie and Julia movieIf you are insanely or even remotely passionate about cooking, this movie will change your life. And the on-screen chemistry between Streep and Stanley Tucci is the best.

 

  1. The Bridges of Madison County

Image result for The Bridges of Madison County movieOne of the actress’ most transporting performance is in this film. The film is based on Robert James Waller’s bestselling novel showcases an intense and passionate love story between Streep and Clint Eastwood. The film was a major success at the box office and even got her an Oscar nomination.

 

  1. The River Wild

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An ex-rafting guide squaring off against two men with murderous intentions, this is one of the most powerful and bold roles the actress has portrayed. If you want to watch her in action, this is the movie you should be watching.

 

  1. Death Becomes Her

Image result for Death Becomes Her movieStreep at the peak of her best performances in a comical venture starring Goldie Hawn is the ultimate delight you need. This masterpiece of a cinema is physical comedy exemplified.

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8 Movies That Will Make Life Worth Living

by Emily Keen

Life isn’t that complicated. We tend to complicate things with our perception of things. What you need in such cases is to relax and think about it with a calm mind. If you need help with that, here are films that will help boost the optimism and give you a new and simple outlook at everything around you. Let us look at each of them one by one:

 

  1. National Lampoon’s Vacation

Image result for National Lampoon’s Vacation movieA man plans a trip with his family to an amusement park across the country. What could go wrong? Apparently everything as per ‘National Lampoon’s Vacation. Bad for them, but good for the audience because you will have a hearty laugh at everything that is going on.

 

  1. Forest Gump

Image result for Forest Gump movieForest Gump has an odd perception of every event that happened in America’s history in the 20th century.  It is rather charming how a boy with a sub-level IQ gives awfully practical views about every aspect of life.

 

  1. My Left Foot

Image result for My Left Foot movieThe film is based on the life of Christy Brown who suffers from cerebral Palsy. His entire being rests at the mercy of his left foot. But in no way does that affect the man’s perseverance thus giving us a fresh and positive outlook about life.

 

  1. As Good As it Gets

Image result for As Good As it Gets movieThe film circles around a maniac whose behaviour around others is affected by his OCD. Things take an interesting turn when he has to alter his way of life as he is placed in a new atmosphere. The film meticulously examines the impacts of OCD on the lives of human beings.

 

  1. Adam’s Apples

Image result for Adam’s Apples movieA neo-Nazi, now a recluse in church vehemently believes it is good in every human being. The Danish film gives us a positive outlook on life leaving us with a pleasant hangover.

 

  1. Erin Brockovich

Image result for Erin Brockovich movieEvery individual is earnest and impressionable. But sadly the societal conditioning moulds us to believe in the weaknesses more than strengths. ‘Erin Brockovich’ will forever change this notion about humankind. The film circles the life of a housewife who lands a job at an attorney’s office and overcomes societal pressure and also helps an entire community.

 

  1. Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

Image result for Ferris Bueller’s Day Off movieEver decided to skip school and that turned out to be the most amazing decision ever? Well, this is the same feeling this film is meant to evoke. A teen skips school along with friends and encounters various adventures. ‘Ferris Bueller’s Day Off’ is a feel-good film with a simple plot, and explores human construct in the most subtle manner.

 

  1. The Eighth Day

Image result for The Eighth Day movieThe phrase ‘mutual development’ makes much more sense once you watch this film. A man who is aimless crosses paths with a young boy who has Down’s syndrome and has fled the rehab where he was being treated. When the two of them meet, they embark on a journey with each other that will ultimately help them understand more about themselves and look at the problems of life with a whole new perspective.

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8 Movies To Watch If You Are Single On Valentine’s Day

by Emily Keen

All Rom-coms need not have a happy ending. Some could even see the characters go through a difficult breakup and rediscover a new self. The idea is not just to see a couple falling in love and calling it forever. It could also mean, breaking the shackles of a controlling relationship and living a free life.

A fairy tale ending is not necessary every time. Here are 8 such hilarious rom-coms that singles can enjoy on Valentine ’s Day.

 

  1. Forgetting Sarah Marshall

Image result for Forgetting Sarah Marshall moviePeter (Jason Segel) takes a trip to Hawaii to get over a painful breakup. But guess who shows up in the hotel where he stays? It’s his ex! Could things get any worse? What ensues next is a hilarious tale of post break up dissing and showing off to each other. But what we need to take away from the film is that you need not give up hope if a relationship does not work out.

 

  1. Under Tuscan Sun

Image result for Under Tuscan Sun movieThis is a tale of a wife, who troubled with her husband’s infidelity, takes a holiday away from the mess and ends up purchasing a villa in Tuscany. The film has all the elements of love and passion. But it is truly about a woman standing back up after being knocked down by challenges.

 

  1. Legally Blonde

Image result for Legally Blonde movieElle tries to get back with her boyfriend and gets into Harvard Law School in the process. But as life at Harvard goes on, she realizes there is more to her life than just the boy she is chasing. Oh and she aces the course!

 

  1. Bridesmaids

Image result for Bridesmaids movieAnnie Walker a woman, in her 30s is asked to be her BFF asks her to be her maid of honour. The film is hilarious and the all-girls cast put up a phenomenal performance.

 

  1. 500 Days of Summer

Image result for 500 Days of Summer movieThis indie film is about the love that did not work out because one of them was just not that into it. The film beautifully breaks down the different phases of a relationship.

 

  1. How To Be Single

Image result for How To Be Single movieBased on a novel by Liz Tuccillo, the film follows the lives of four young adults on a quest to find love in New York City.

 

  1. The First Wives Club

Image result for The First Wives Club movieDiane Keaton, Goldie Hawn and Bette Midler star in this hilarious venture where their ex-husbands leave them for young women and now they want revenge for what they have been through.

 

  1. Bridget Jones’ Diary

Image result for Bridget Jones’ Diary movieIf someone loves you, they will never demand you change. If you find someone like that, keep them. Bridget Jones’ Diary is a highly relatable and comical flick about being single.

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7 Reasons Why You Should Watch Rumble in the Bronx

by Emily Keen

Rumble in the Bronx released in 1996 in the U.S. and this was the breakout film for the legendary Jackie Chan. He was already a huge international superstar by the time, but this is how American audience got the taste of his talent. The film is an incredible blend of comedy and Kung Fu. The story follows Keung who arrives in the Bronx for a relative’s wedding. How wrong could things go on arrival? Well, he gets caught up with a vicious group of bikers and diamond thieves. And that’s how the rumble began.

But there are some interesting details about the film that you never heard of:

 

  1. Shot in Vancouver

Though the title says the Bronx, the film was actually filmed in Vancouver. The New York citizens can figure this by taking one good look at the film. A section of the audience thought it wasn’t justified to the title. But Chan had different thoughts on this. He told his biographer, that people fishing for realism are missing the bigger idea.

 

  1. Jackie Chan’s introduction to the American Audience

Chan enjoyed success for his films thought the 80s and 90s in Asia. Rumble in the Bronx was his fourth Hollywood venture with Battle Creek Brawl, The Cannonball Run and The Protector being the first three. But the earlier three did not create waves as this one did.

 

  1. The Bronx was chosen to make it more relatable to Americans

Jackie Chan fans go to watch his films with one true motive. To witness his Kung Fu skills to the fullest. When first three films in Hollywood failed to create an impact, Chan decided to apply the formula of his Asian films to a western audience and just changed the place where the film was based to help them connect.

 

  1. The movie had the biggest opening in America

The film opened on 1736 screens. Box office records in Hong Kong were at their all-time high.

 

  1. Chan suffered an injury during the shoot

The behind the scenes stories of the film are rather interesting and inspiring. Jackie Chan sustained an injury during the shoot but went to great lengths to achieve the best shot even while he was on a wheelchair. The makers took close shots of Chan to make it look like he was running but in reality, he was only leaning on a wheelchair and moving ahead with his arms.

 

  1. Chan collaborated mostly with regulars for this project

For a major part of his career, the actor has worked with almost the same filmmakers. His uncle from Rumble in the Bronx appeared with him in Police Story. The stunt coordinator Sammo Hung is Chan’s classmate from the Peking Opera School when they were kids. Stanley Tong, the director of this film worked with Chan on five other projects.

 

  1. Chan turned down a role in Demolition Man just before making Rumble in the Bronx.

The breakout role he was looking for in American movies was not coming along. Sylvester Stallone, Chan’s closest friend in Hollywood offered him a role in Demolition Man, but he turned it down. He said in I am Jackie Chan “Another film Stallone offered me was Demolition Man, a movie with Sandra Bullock from the movie Speed. He wanted me to play a supervillain running loose in the far future, chased by a super cop, played by him. I didn’t feel right about that role either. It ended up going to Wesley Snipes—so the two people I’d wanted to work with, and couldn’t, ended up working with each other.”

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8 Spiritual Movies Every Seeker Must See

by Emily Keen

Spiritual Knowledge helps you in personal growth, self-reflection and understanding the true nature of life. What better than cinema to understand these concepts. The following films give a comprehensive view of reality and humanity. They will open your mind to new possibilities and perceptions.

Have a look:

 

  1. Awake: The Life of Yogananda

Image result for Awake: The Life of YoganandaThe person who introduced Hindu spirituality to the west, Yogananda, tells us about his life and the effects of yoga, science and religion through a serious of reconstruction, interviews and verité.

 

  1. One Track Heart: The Story of Krishna Das

Image result for One Track Heart: The Story of Krishna DasBefore emerging as a world-renowned Kirtan singer, Krishna Das travelled India in search of Neem Karoli Baba, the spiritual legend to find his way out of addiction and despair.

 

  1. Kundan

Image result for Kundan lama movieThe movie documents the life of 14th Dalai Lama, his choices and the sad fate that overpowered him. He did not see it coming. The documentary talks in details about The ruler of the state and other aspects of Dalai Lama that we do not know.  The film also shows how the Chinese occupation gained a stronghold in the land eventually stripping it off its independence.

 

  1. Zen

Image result for Zen movieDogen Zenji a monk from the XIII century embarks on a journey to China. On the quest of finding spirituality and true Buddhism, he meets another monk who shares with him the knowledge of meditation and methods of accomplishing enlightenment. Dogen Zenji returns to Japan with utmost faith in his teachings and spreads the knowledge to people of his homeland.

 

  1. Little Buddha

Image result for Little Buddha movieAs per the laws of nature, the Buddhist Monks of Tibet believe that Lama Dorje is reincarnated in the world as some other human. As they try to find his new avatar, they realize it that an American boy and an Indian boy and girl have served to become the objects of reincarnation. The movie also showcases the life of Prince Siddhartha since he rose to spiritual heights

 

  1. Ashes and Snow

Image result for Ashes and Snow movieThe film follows photographer Gregory Colbert’s who listened to the voices of animals and made 32 expeditions spread across the time span of 13 years. Through this documentary, he means to show us the common language that exists between animals and how the world of people and the animals living on the same planet is interconnected.

 

  1. Powder

Image result for Powder movieThe film follows the life of ‘Powder’ a new student who is nicknamed so because of his awfully pale skin. Powder has supernatural powers and energy that can wreak havoc. But what is the truth behind his powers? Is he some kind of a mistake or evolved version of humanity?

 

  1. Nobody

Image result for Nobody movieThe film is based on the concept of parallel realities and different worlds that are created by our actions and how we play different roles in each reality. But this truth is only witnessed by astral travellers since they have the powers to penetrate through their parallel lives.

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8 Romantic Movies To Stream On Your Movie Date Night

by Emily Keen

Movies, well entertaining are enough to please people of potentially very different tastes, especially on your date nights. Even the heartwarming ones are enough to stoke the romantic flames of a couple that navigates their relationship away from the boring daily life realities. Also, it is to be checked that the movie shouldn’t bum out too bad, for example, Schindler’s List might be a great movie, but ‘depressed about the state of humanity’ and this doesn’t turn to release desired date vibe.

Now, let’s check out some best score movies that give you a fantastic date vibe :

 

  1. Pretty Woman

 

Image result for Pretty Woman movieFirst of all, we have Pretty Woman, directed by Garry Marshall and starring Richard Gere, Julia Roberts, and Jason Alexander. It tells you about a man in a legal but hurtful business, who needs an escort for some social events and hires a beautiful prostitute whom he meets only to fall in love.

 

 

       2. Love Actually

 

Image result for Love Actually movieNext, we have Love Actually, a beautiful love story directed by Richard Curtis and starring Hugh Grant, Martine McCutcheon and Liam Neeson. The plot oversees the stories of eight different couples, who experience love in different ways during the crazy time of the year, just before Christmas.

 

 

     3. Me Before You 

 

Image result for Me Before You movieMe Before You is another one directed by Thea Sharrock and starred by Emilia Clarke, Sam Claflin, and Janet McTeer. It tells about a girl who lives in a small town forms an unlikely bond with a recently-paralyzed man whom she takes care of.

 

 

     4. Ghost 

 

Image result for ghost movie patrick swayzeGhost, directed by Jerry Zucker stars by Patrick Swayze, Demi Moore and Whoopi Goldberg. The story is about a young man who is murdered and his spirit stays behind to warn his lover of impending danger, with the help of a reluctant psychic.

 

 

    5. Notebook

 

Image result for Notebook movieThe fifth one is the Notebook, directed by Nick Cassavetes, starring Ryan Gosling, Rachel McAdams, James Garner, and Gena Rowlands. Summary of the movie says about a poor young man who falls in love with a rich young woman, giving her a sense of freedom, but they are soon separated because of their social differences.

 

 

    6. Dirty Dancing

 

Image result for Dirty Dancing movieNext is Dirty Dancing, directed by Emilie Ardolino, starring Patrick Swayze, Jennifer Grey, and Jerry Orbach. And it says about Frances “Baby” Houseman spending his summer at a Catskills resort with her family, falls in love with the camp’s dance instructor, Johnny Castle. 

 

 

    7. Bridget Jones’ Diary

 

Image result for Bridget Jones’ Diary movieThe movie Bridget Jones’ Diary, directed by Sharon Maguire and starring Renee Zellweger, Colin Firth, and Hugh Grant summarises a British woman who is determined to improve herself while she looks for love and records all her experiences in her diary.

 

 

    8. Like Crazy 

 

Image result for Like Crazy movieLast but not the least we have Like Crazy, directed by Drake Doremus, starring Felicity Jones, Anton Yelchin, and Jennifer Lawrence. The film builds around a British college student who falls in love with an American student, only to be separated from him when she gets banned from the U.S. for overstaying her visa.

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8 Best Teenage Rom-coms Movies on Netflix

by Emily Keen

There is something about teenage that we just cannot seem to get over those years. The rush of emotions at the raw age simply euphoric even as we remember it as adults. That first crush, the first kiss or when you thought it was cool to make double meaning jokes, that was the fun you experienced as a teenager.

It was a life without filters and young blood saw no embarrassments or regrets for being naïve and crazy. Those were the experiences that shaped your perceptions as an adult and your life as you know it. You may no longer be able to experience that time again, but with these movies, you can surely take a trip down the memory lane.

Here are movies that pay homage to the sweet sixteens;

 

  1. See You Yesterday

Image result for See You Yesterday movieTwo teens figure out a way to travel to the past. But things take a weird turn when one of them alters the events of the past and that has major consequences on her present life.

 

  1. To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before

Image result for To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before movieThe film gave us the heartthrob of the era Noah Centineo. He is everything a boyfriend should be and girls can’t stop feeling jealous that Lara Jean gets to be the beneficiary of all his love and care.

 

  1. Dude

Image result for Dude movieFour teenage girls make some really bad decisions during the last few days of high school. Teenagers are weird. We have all been there. The film stars Lucy Hale, Awkwafina, Kathryn Prescott, and Alexandra Shipp in lead roles.

 

  1. Sierra Burges Is a Loser

Image result for Sierra Burges Is a Loser movieNoah Centineo appears again with all his charm at its peak. But the film is really about Sierra whom our adorable lover boy talks to mistaking her identity for someone else. How long will she be able to keep up the act?

 

  1. Candy Jar

Image result for Candy Jar movieImagine you and your arch-rival being paired up to debate against another team. You have never known anything but be on battle mode when suddenly you have to work with the enemy. Well, that is how most rivals turn into friends and stories like Candy Jar unfold.

 

  1. Alex Strangelove

Image result for Alex Strangelove movieA rather unusual yet platitudinal tale of romance that sees a teenager stuck between his best friend and boy named Elliot. This is one among the very few films that explore queer feelings.

 

  1. Dumplin’

Image result for Dumplin movieThe film follows the life of an oversized teen endearing body shaming all along. The biggest tragedy is her being the daughter of an ex-beauty queen. The girl decides to challenge the norms of beauty by participating in a beauty pageant and ends up inspiring numerous other oversized people to accept and respect themselves the way they are.

 

  1. The Kissing Booth

Image result for The Kissing Booth movieElle and Lee are inseparable as BFFs. But their friendship has a bro code like every other and unfortunately, Elle ends up breaking it by falling in love with Lee’s elder brother. Set in the backdrop of high school days the film explores everything from the importance of friendship to self-discovery as you pass through the most exciting phase of life.

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10 Movies That Make You Feel Like Travelling

by Emily Keen

Movies that don’t make you feel like you want to be in the places where they are shot are not really doing it right. Expert cinematographers make sure they give you the shot that makes transfixes your mind on that places you just saw onscreen. They make you want to travel to those places.

Here are some films with travel stories and the most brilliantly captured frames that will make you want to head out on an adventure.

 

  1. Eat Pray Love (2010)

Image result for Eat Pray Love (2010)Travelling is all about finding yourself. That is the reason most people do it for. Long term travel may not be a practical thing but if you watch Eat Pray Love, this could well be a change of perspective.

 

  1. The Inbetweeners 2 (2014)

Image result for The Inbetweeners 2The land down under awaits. This movie will definitely make your feet itch and brain crave for a holiday in Australia.

 

  1. The Hangover Part II (2011)

Image result for The Hangover Part IIStu is about to get married but then what is a wedding without some Hangover style drama. That is purely the gist this franchise thrives on. Will the pack of wolves settle their misdoings and make it in time for the wedding? Hell is about to break loose on the streets of Bangkok.

 

  1. The Beach (2000)

Image result for The Beach movieLeonardo DiCaprio goes in search of paradise in Thailand. Get ready to pack your bags to the amazing South East Asia.

 

  1. Under the Tuscan Sun (2003)

Image result for Under the Tuscan Sun movieDo you ever plan on giving everything up and buying a villa in the countryside? That is exactly what Frances does when she decides to move away from her cheating husband.

 

  1. Eurotrip (2004)

Image result for Eurotrip movieBackpacking around Europe is everyone’s dream. The four teenagers in the movie actually go about the plan during their summer break and as they embark on the journey, crazy stuff happens.

 

  1. Letters to Juliet (2010)

Image result for Letters to Juliet movieJuliet Balcony is the place where it all begins. An aspiring young writer sets out to unite two people in love with her talent in writing.

 

  1. Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again (2018)

Image result for Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again movieDonna goes backpacking around Paris and ultimately settles down on a Greek island which is no less than a paradise.

 

  1. A Good Year (2006)

Image result for A Good Year movieLife in the French countryside is a dream come true if you ask us. Don’t believe. Just watch this venture where a business tycoon from London starts falling in love with the slow country life.

 

  1. P. S. I Love You (2007)

Image result for P. S. I Love You movieThe iconic love story between Hillary Swank and Gerard Butler unfolds in the beautiful landscape of Ireland, the Wicklow Mountains to be specific.

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8 Movies That Will Change You to a Whole New Person

by Emily Keen

Take some time to experience some great cinema that will inspire you to change your perception of the world. These films will help a great deal in filling life with optimism.

Let us take a look at some of the most inspiring cinema.

 

  1. The Shawshank Redemption

Image result for the shawshank redemption movieWrongly accused of murder, Andy Dufresne finds himself in the Shawshank prison. But even in that most hopeless scenario where most people would give up, he finds himself doing positive things for people around him and leading a very productive life. And he does that while enduring all the vices that lurk within the walls of the prison. A very strong-willed person that he is, he builds a very secure plan to escape that prison. Will he succeed?

 

  1. The Intouchables

Image result for The Intouchables movieThe film brings together a paraplegic and an ex-con, both down on their luck together. In each others company, they find a new way of looking at life.

 

  1. Gran Torino

Image result for Gran Torino movieA war veteran Walt Kowalsky starts to reevaluate his prejudiced outlook towards people when a series of incidents brings a young Thao in his life. Walt’s hidden humanity once again resurfaces and he finds himself much more optimistic and blissful.

 

  1. Good Will Hunting

Image result for Good Will Hunting movieA college professor stumbles upon a janitor, Will Hunting, with prodigious talents in mathematics. All he lacks is etiquette to present himself in society and lead a respectful life. The professor decides to help Will, attain his maximum potential by having training sessions with him. Will eventually has a newfound respect for life and starts to believe in himself.

 

  1. Million Dollar Baby

Image result for Million Dollar Baby movieA has been a boxing coach and an aspiring 31-year-old boxer come together to create a new and better life for themselves.

 

  1. Rocky

Image result for Rocky movieRocky has served as an inspiration for millions of people around the world. The film finds Rocky taking part in the heavyweight championship where he has to square off against the Muhammed Ali inspired Apollo Creed. The film is about Rocky overcoming all the hurdles to accomplish his dream.

 

  1. It’s a Wonderful Life

Image result for It’s a Wonderful Life movieEvery person on earth serves a purpose. You may just not realize it. That is what the film aims at conveying to its audience through the story of James Stewart who has lost all interest in life and thinks of his existence is futile.

 

  1. Into The Wild

Image result for Into The Wild movieAs a man who chooses to walk against the crowd, Christopher McCandless decides he does not want to be a corporate slave bound to the clock. He gives up his possessions and takes a trip to Alaska to experience the feeling of being lost in the wilderness. He meets a lot of different people on the way who give him a new perspective about life. The film is based on real-life experiences of Christopher McCandless who became an inspiration for countless people.

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8 Puzzling Movies You Should Never Miss

by Emily Keen

If you have a thing for complicated storylines, we have some really dense and intricate flicks lined up right here for you. These are some of the most brilliant movies to have existed and we are sure you will regret not having watched them all these years. They will hurt your brain with mind-bending plots but you will still love them!

 

  1. Twelve monkeys

Image result for Twelve monkeys movieIt is not really easy to explain the plot of this Terry Gilliam film. A very predictable plot at first look, it is truly astonishing as to how the film does not feel like fiction at all. Genius is the word!

 

  1. The Game

Image result for The Game movie david fincherIf you want to get started with David Fincher films, The Game is your go-to. He has this knack over dismantling the layers of reality to create a whole new experience. If that does not shout genius than we don’t know what does. The film follows Michael Douglas who tries to solve a riddle in a simulated environment fabricated by his brother to understand how the world exists.

 

  1. Source Code

Image result for source code movieA nail-biting thriller that will have you jumping to the edge of your seat with every twist and turn. You can find numerous connections to reality in this film.

 

  1. Interstellar

Image result for Interstellar movieThe masterpiece skillfully blends science fiction and drama to give us an out of the world experience. The film explores some of the most eternal themes like family, love and treachery deeply rooted in human lives. It also helps us dive into the unexplored corners of the cosmos which is a different thrill altogether. We are just a tiny speck of dirt in the whole universe and this film proves it.

 

  1. Now You See Me

Image result for Now You See Me movieFour magicians find their calling to become the horseman which is their ticket into the world of real magic. But for that, they must bring a few corporate leaders to justice for their capitalist conspiracies. The way they do it will leave you in awe. There is absolutely nothing mediocre about this film. It is a magical experience.

 

  1. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

Image result for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button movieThe unusual plot of this film follows a boy who is born old and ageing in a reverse manner to become a baby. The film is intense and beautiful in a very touching manner. If you haven’t seen it yet, add it to your list.

 

  1. Paycheck

Image result for Paycheck movieAn engineer is offered various projects to work on. But his memory is wiped clean as soon as he has completed the project. This is his routine until a client walks in with a project which will go on for 3 years. Will he take the project and sacrifice three years of life?

 

  1. Déjà vu

Image result for Déjà vu movieThis is not a new concept. We all have experienced this at some point or the other. It is the feeling that an event that you just experienced has happened before in the same setup. That is Déjà vu as we know it. But apparently this film gives us a whole new perception of the concept.

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8 Life-Changing Philosophical Movies

by Emily Keen

Hollywood cinema has explored some striking philosophical concepts. The characters play out a complex narrative with some even questioning the origin and purpose of our existence.

Philosophy may not exactly be a sub-genre of cinema. These movies come under various genres ranging from sci-fi to comedy. The philosophical concept is skillfully overlaid on a larger and known type of cinema.

Let us look at them one by one:

  1. Groundhog Day

Image result for groundhog day movie‘Eternal return’ is a concept proposed by Nietzsche. The film brings this idea to life by making the protagonist live the same day over and over until he realizes the importance of the present. The film is largely a comical account of a reporter’s life who hates the task he is assigned on a routine basis. The script is effortlessly funny and will an extremely delightful watch.

 

  1. Apocalypse Now

Image result for Apocalypse Now movieA U.S. Army captain is on an assignment of getting back a mad colonel who now supports the enemy’s army. The film builds around the journey of the captain on a quest to capture the colonel. It brings us some undealt with sides of the minds of soldiers fighting wars.

 

  1. Naked

Image result for Naked movieNaked explores the mindset of men who treat social institutions with utter disrespect and take pleasure in harming their sanctity. The central characters share the ideology but David Thewlis’ Johnny somehow takes the limelight with his riveting performance.

 

  1. Irrational Man

Image result for Irrational Man movieAre rules really necessary in living life? This is the question this film means to invoke in your minds through a subjective human arch and portraying the protagonist making some questionable choices just to fill some excitement in his otherwise boring and mundane life. The film is directed by Woody Allen and stars the wonder Joaquin Phoenix as the lead.

 

  1. The Turin Horse

Image result for The Turin Horse movieThe Nietzschean concept seems to occur more often than not in films that aim at creating an intellectual narrative. The spirit of time has more to offer than just existence. The film will make you rethink your take on relationships and social equations.

 

  1. Stalker

Image result for Stalker movieThe setup of this film is quite unsettling from starting to conclusion. A man called “Stalker” guides two men to a forbidden path along which they come across a spot which is known to fulfil wishes. The film is directed by Andrei Tarkovsky and never lets you be okay with whatever is going on in the film.

 

  1. The Double

Image result for The Double movieThe construction and destruction of human identity are explained with the aid of an imposter who enters the life of a worked up bureaucrat. The film is based on a novel of the same name by Fyodor Dostoevsky. Throughout the film exists a bleak and confusing streak that aims at decoding the ephemeral nature of human personality.

 

  1. Persona

Image result for Persona movieAn actress is quarantined owing to a psychological breakdown and the only person she shares a room with is a nurse stationed for her care. Things start to get intriguing as they both enter a state of intense emotional awakening that completely changes their perception of life.

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8 Movies For Those Who Love Studying

by Emily Keen

The book worms have an altogether different taste in movies. They do not prefer high-speed adventures or comedies. Their kind of entertainers tackle some complex theories in the world of science, philosophy, psychology, history, mathematics and so on. A normal viewer cannot get through these without feeling worked up since they require your undivided attention.

Here are 8 movies exploring complex themes for those of you who love to study:

 

  1. Good Will Hunting (Gus Van Sant, 1997)

Image result for Good Will Hunting movieA very straightforward attempt at telling a story about a passionate teacher who discovers the special ability of a janitor. His mathematic skills are unprecedented but his behavioural problems will not let him get a life he deserves. It is up to the teacher to mould him with sessions and training. The cast is phenomenal with their performances, and the script, quite succinct.

 

  1. As Good as It Gets 

Image result for As Good as It Gets movieDo you have an OCD? Then you will be able to relate with this film that attempts at telling a story of a maniac with a compulsive disorder and additionally a morally questionable behaviour. Life is in pieces until he meets a group of people who are different from his usual acquaintances. The plot is lively and the protagonist’s depiction of a man with OCD helps us understand various aspects about the life of individual of his likes.

 

  1. Code Unknown

Image result for Code Unknown movieThe film explores the life stories of multiple people, who may or may not be directly connected with each other, but there is a common link of social prejudice that ties their lives causing the consequences of the actions of one person, all the lives. The filmography is marvellous, presented to us in a world that is progressing towards deterioration.

 

  1. Brainstorm 

Image result for Brainstorm movieNeto is hospitalized in a mental facility owing to substance abuse. But the treatment worsens his condition instead of improving it. The film aims at exposing the toxic environment and irrational methodologies that prevail inside the walls of these ostensibly beneficial hubs of care and rehabilitation.

 

  1. A Beautiful Mind 

Image result for A Beautiful Mind  movieJohn Nash is schizophrenic and faces a worsened state of mind. The film examines the phase of John’s life where he is extremely careful about his contacts with the outside world giving the viewer a comprehensive view of the challenges faced by individuals like him.

 

  1. Tony Manero

Image result for Tony Manero movieRaul Peralta is a huge fan of John Travolta. The film progresses as he becomes an outlaw in the pursuit of his goals. The film is set in the countryside and aims at educating the viewer on the unpredictable social systems that prevailed in South America.

 

  1. A Dangerous Method

Image result for A Dangerous Method movieThe film is based on the lives of two of the prominent psychologists- Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung. Both personages come under the spell of a woman who completely captivates their senses as they struggle to find an answer to the psychological problem the woman harbours.

 

  1. My Left Foot 

Image result for My Left Foot movieChristy Brown suffers from cerebral palsy but in no way does that hamper his perseverance. The film showcases the prominent phase of the man’s life thus giving us a glance of his adoptive talents and the effects of cerebral palsy on quality of life at large.

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8 Must-See Movies for Psychology Lovers

by Emily Keen

We are sequencing a series of movies that are plotted for psychology lovers. Clinging to your favourite narratives here you can find a few blends of psychology themed movies and why you should watch them. It comprises of different genres such as drama, thriller, etc. They are Also, you find your preferred stories including biographies, social psycho drams, psychopathologies, psychological additions, social turmoils and, also symbolic periods of psychology. 

Let’s have a look at these visual psychology treats:

 

  1. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975)

 

Image result for one flew over the cuckoo’s nest movieThis is a story of a crazy criminal who speculates that to serve his time in a mental institution will be easier than pushing his life in jail. It is a comedy-drama that highlights the behaviourism of individuals as well as narrates various forms of psychosis. It also screens the institutional processes of the 1960s and picturizes human cognitive dimensions. 

 

 

    2. Rain Man (1988)

 

Image result for Rain Man movieA melodrama which narrates the selfish rouge who is unaware of the fact that he has a brother who is autistic. The role of Charlie Babbitt was played by Tom Cruise who tries to take his brother under his control to snatch his inheritance. The entire play is adorable and it defines the dynamics of the family. 

 

 

   3. A Beautiful Mind (2001)

 

Image result for A Beautiful Mind movieIt is a biographical drama and dubbed as one of the best movies on mental health. It is based on a true story and more about a genius mathematician yet asocial in nature. The movie highlights the disorder of paranoid schizophrenia. Also, it tells the impact of such a condition on the personal and social life of a person. 

 

 

  4. Black Swan (2010)

 

Image result for Black Swan movieA Typical psychological horror movie that illustrates anxiety disorder and behavioural disorder. It narrates the rivalry and explores mental stress that a person comes across at the prime points of life. As Nina finds the director is about to replace her with Lily, she broke out to the dark phases of life where anxiety and rivalry welcome her to go mad. 

 

 

  5. Driving Miss Daisy (1989)

 

Image result for Driving Miss Daisy movieThe story tells the bond between a Jewish lady and an African American driver. A clear cut drama which reflects a lot of life lessons. This movie clearly traces and never forgets to echo how the relationship between the two prime characters grows. It highlights social discrimination prevailed in society and explores the psychological perspectives of life from different points of view. In addition, you can trace the message that relationships are not bounded by any boundaries. It also touches the problem statements of Alzheimer’s disease and its impact. 

 

 

  6. Memento (2000)

 

Image result for Memento movieA crime drama or can be said as a neo-noir psychological thriller that narrates the revengeful life of a person who is suffering from anterograde amnesia. A severe head injury changes the life of Leonard Shelby who was an insurance investigator. His wife was killed by someone and he was trying all the way to remember the murderer to take revenge. It narrates eh psychological dilemma encountered by those who are suffering from such severe memory loss. 

 

 

  7. Reign Over Me (2007)

 

Image result for Reign Over Me movieIt is a family drama that visualizes the desperate situation that a man faces when he loses this whole family. Charlie lost his family in the 9/11 terrorist attack and he drowns himself down in deep despair. However, when he meets one of his college roommates he finds relief for the rest of his life. In short, the movies gives a vivifying experience that blends different psychological emotions in a person’s life. 

 

 

  8. Ordinary People (1980)

 

Image result for Ordinary People movieThis movie sheds light on the deep mental anguish. Conard is losing his brother in a sailing accident. This loss tore him to deep guilt and he attempted to kill himself. Subsequently, Conard was his extended stay in a mental hospital. He finds his life back and tries to restore life seeing how his mother and father deal with the same situation. This movie highlights the dynamics of a family setting in its deep distress and the value of psychological therapy in real life.

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8 Saddest Movies That Will Make You Weep

by Emily Keen

Sometimes holding it all in does not work well. Not all of us can cry easily. And that may cause a feeling of frustration from within. Crying helps to keep you recharged and going.

For those of you who find it hard to cry, here are some tearjerkers that will definitely get the waterworks going.

 

  1. Sophie’s Choice

Image result for Sophie’s ChoiceCan you imagine a mother having to choose between which of her kids live and which one dies? Piercing isn’t it? This film about choice is set in the backdrop of the holocaust where a mother is forced to do what she has never imagined in her wildest dreams. Every time you think about it, you will cry a little.

 

  1. Toy Story 3

Image result for Toy Story 3 movieThe third instalment of the Toy Story franchise sees the toys battling an imminent death. They survive as usual but the effort they have to make to keep their life is heartbreaking. The film will give you a nostalgic trip to your childhood while confronting the truth about mortality.

 

  1. Romeo + Juliet

Image result for romeo juliet movie hollywood As we all know this is the greatest love story ever made. The classic Shakespearean tale takes you through the tragic life of the iconic couple and the sufferings they had to endure.

 

  1. Mary and Max

Image result for Mary and Max movieSuicidal depression induced by utter loneliness is the theme of this film. The gritty concept is showcased in the most heartfelt manner in this animated feature. If you never cried during an animation film, now is the time.

 

  1. AI: Artificial Intelligence

Image result for AI: Artificial Intelligence movieHaley Joel Osment plays a robot, who believes he is human. Things get pretty wretched when he is abandoned by his mother and as he mourns we can feel the grief permeating the screen and piercing right through the heart.

 

  1. The Lion King

Image result for The Lion King movieWhen Mufasa died we all wept like babies. And believe it or not, this will keep happening every time you watch The Lion King.

 

  1. One Day

Image result for One Day movieAnne Hathaway and Jim Sturgess star in this melancholic flick where they have a tradition to catch up each year for one day. They continue this for around two decades. The film is a slow burn and never has any movie be manipulative in such a positive way.

 

  1. Never Let Me Go

Image result for Never Let Me Go movieHailsham is an English boarding school with a seemingly idyllic environment. Kate, Tommy and Ruth live in a world which seems relatable yet not so much. This is a poignant love, betrayal and jealousy that will almost tear you up.

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‘Cars’ is the Future Where Vehicles Had Wiped Out Humanity

by Emily Keen

Did you notice something weird about the movie ‘Cars’? The children watching the film may not find it odd, but as an adult doesn’t it bother you that there were no humans in the film at all? Cars, after all, are machines designed to make human lives easier. They cannot have a city or planet of their own.

The more you think about it, the creepier it gets. The cars have doors when there are no people to open them. They speak in English. They have personalities of their own. You may argue saying this is just a film and its just a part of the writer’s imagination. But Director Jay Ward who wrote a book about cars has some weird theories of where these cars might come from.

Here is what he said:

 

If you think about this, we have autonomous car technology coming in right now. It’s getting to the point where you can sit back in the car and it drives itself. Imagine in the near-future when the cars keep getting smarter and smarter and after one day they just go, “Why do we need human beings anymore? They’re just slowing us down. It’s just extra weight, let’s get rid of them.” But the car takes on the personality of the last person who drove it. Whoa. There you go.

It does trouble us to think that the director just made such a serious theory sound so casual when it, in fact, sounds like trouble. Is Google even listening? Are world leaders listening? We have a serious situation here! Save mankind from the imminent uprising of the machine before it’s too late!

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8 Movies That Are Worth Staying In To Watch

by Emily Keen

It’s not hard for introverts to make choices when it comes to social situations. They love to stay in as going out amongst a crowd makes them uncomfortable. But in the case of extroverts, it would take something really compelling and strong to make their minds when it comes to staying in. These movies are among those reasons that will force them to give in and spend the night at home to experience some of the most exceptional pieces of cinematic art.

 

  1. 13th

Image result for 13th movie Ava DuVernayA captivating documentary by director Ava DuVernay that focuses on 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution that illegalized slavery and “involuntary servitude”. The documentary brings out the long-lasting impact of the detention system that existed in America years ago and how it still affects modern Americans.

 

  1. Zodiac

Image result for zodiac movieAll A-listers in one film should be enough reason to give up on that night out you were anyway not sure about going to. The film follows a cartoonist in a chronicle who becomes obsessed with the case of a serial killer who appeared in San Francisco in the late 1960s till early 1970s to the extent that it ruins his professional and personal life. The movie stars Jake Gyllenhaal, Robert Downey Jr. and Mark Ruffalo in prominent roles.

 

  1. The Big Short

Image result for The Big Short movieThe substance of this film is formed by a prediction of a financial crisis by four executive-level finance guys. The film develops as they stand up to the banks in retaliation. This is a must-watch if you haven’t already seen it.

 

  1. Milk

Image result for Milk movieThe film is based on the life of Harvey Milk, the LGBTQIA activist who went on to become California’s first gay elected official. The film is complete with footage from the archives. Sean Penn portrays the protagonist in this must-watch film.

 

  1. Atonement

Image result for Atonement movieBased on Ian McEwan’s novel, the film follows the story of Briony, a 13-year-old writer who secretly has a crush on his older sister’s love interest. When things start to heat up between the sister and her lover Robbie, he decides to interrupt by accusing Robbie of a crime he did not commit. Robbie is arrested and the course of all three lives changes forever.

 

  1. The Queen

Image result for The Queen movieIn the wake of the death of Princess Diana, Queen Elizabeth II faces a lot of criticism as she sits on the throne. She attempts to balance the situation with utter composure. The film won Helen Mirren an academy award for her portrayal of Queen Elizabeth II

 

  1. The Place Beyond the Pines

Image result for The Place Beyond the Pines movieRyan Gosling plays a bike stuntman turned bank robber in this film. He needs money to Eva Mendes who is the mother of his child. The film also has Bradley Cooper starring as a police officer trying to climb the ladder in his department.

 

  1. First They Killed My Father

Image result for First They Killed My Father movieThe film is based on the life of a human rights activist in Cambodia fighting against the oppressive Khmer Rogue. Her attempts to survive and the battle against the oppressor are wonderfully depicted in this movie directed by Angelina Jolie.

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8 Things You Never Knew About ‘Miracle on 34th street’

by Emily Keen

The iconic film from the 1940s is the film you will feel like watching every Christmas. Miracle on the 34th street is the kind of film that will put you in the right mood every time you have a bad day. The tale saw a reboot in 1994 and most generations grew accustomed to it. But did you know these behind the scenes facts about this film?

 

  1. The real Santa Claus

Natalie Wood, the child artist in the film thought that Edmund Gwenn who played Santa in the movie was the real Santa Claus. She only found out the truth once he shaved off his beard once the film was over.

 

  1. Not just a movie Santa

Gwenn pitched himself as Santa in the 1946 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Cameras were set up along the parade route to recording the footage of the actor waving at the crowd.

 

  1. Macy’s was head over heels for this film

Helda Hopper revealed in a 1947 column that Macy’s would let its workers leave early when the film opened in theatres so they would be able to watch it.

 

  1. The Kindhearted Neighbor

While shooting the scene where Susan rushes to her dream house, the camera equipment kept failing. The day was cold and the crew had a hard time managing the situation when a woman in the neighbourhood was kind enough to let the crew relax in her house for some time and fix the equipment. Maureen O’Hara later took the woman and her husband to a classic 21 Club restaurant as an appreciation of her gesture.

 

  1. There was talk of a sequel

There could have been a Miracle on 34th Street sequel. Apparently, actor John Payne was so in love with the film that he wanted to make a follow-up. He reportedly even penned a sequel that he planned to send to O’Hara, but he died before ever sending it. O’Hara said in her biography she “often wondered what happened to it.”

  1. The Name

Originally titled the Big Heart the film underwent a change later to ensure the U.K. audiences would connect with it. In a memo to producer William Perlberg, director George Seaton wrote “I am crazy about the title The Big Heart. If we can clear it, it is a natural, it is the kind of title like Sentimental Journey [1946] that made such a hit previously with [John Payne and Maureen O’Hara].”

 

  1. The issue with the Catholic Church

As per The Catholic Legion of Decency, the film was “morally objectionable” since O’Hara’s character was that of a divorcee. But the audiences received progressive notions quite well. Natasha Wagner whose mother Natalie Wood played Susan said: “Maureen O’Hara’s character is a wonderful role model, because the movie is a classic, [its feminism] gets overlooked.”

 

  1. Gwenn was not the first choice for the role

The role of Claus was originally offered to Gwenn’s cousin Cecil Kellaway but since he declined the offer, Gwenn got the opportunity.

 

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7 Spine Chilling Movies On Netflix

by Emily Keen

There is something weirdly fascinating about being terrified to death. The exact reason why we love watching horror movies knowing the fact that what follows after the movie is over is not pretty. But those who love cuddling with their partners, have the best excuse to do so.

Have a look at these 7 horror romps that will send chills down your spine:

 

  1. The ABCs of Death (2012 Film)

Image result for The ABCs of Death movieThe whole premise of the film is weird. There are 26 short horror stories that will scare you to death. And each story is denoted by one letter from the 26 alphabets of English language. You came looking for one. Now you have 26! Have fun!

 

  1. Curse of Chucky (2013 Film)

Image result for Curse of Chucky movieThis doll is not pretty since it kills. The red-haired toy will creep you out to the max! And as if that was not disturbing enough for us, there are grisly scenes that intensify the misery you are feeling. But in all capacity, the film proves much better than all its predecessors.

 

  1. Little Evil (2017 Film)

Image result for Little Evil movieHorror and comedy is a potent combo and that is what makes this film a winner. The story revolves around a mother, a devilish son and his stepdad. The stepfather is trying to work around the son’s demons, the ongoing incidents make the film hilarious and creepy at the same time.

 

  1. Hush (2006 Film)

Image result for Hush movieThis is an iconic film about a masked murderer who creeps around a woman in her house. His intentions are unknown but they are definitely not sane. One look at him make your blood run cold. Why did she even choose to live in the woods is the question you will constantly ask.

 

  1. 1922 (2017 Film)

Image result for 1922 movieWe have seen enough Stephan King novels come to life on the big screen by now. IT maxed out the horror and we wonder if anything could beat that. This film is about a farmer who plans to kill his wife for financial gains. But will this greed do him any good? Watch to find out how the story unfolds next.

 

  1. I am the pretty thing that lives in the house (2016 Film)

Image result for I am the pretty thing that lives in the house movieAn elderly woman is taken care of by a young nurse. Little does the nurse know that the house is full of evil spirits? But it’s too late when they find out!

 

  1. The Babadook (2014 Film)

Image result for The Babadook movieLife takes a vicious turn for the woman in the story when her husband dies and she has to take care of her children single-handedly amidst all the horror around her. Trust this, it won’t let you sleep for days.

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8 Movies About Mental Health, Everyone Should Watch

by Emily Keen

Films on mental health are meant to encourage debates about sensitivity towards the issue. Countless people around us are affected by the issue. At times we ourselves may be on the verge of being clinically depressed, but owing to lack of knowledge in the area, we are unable to recognize the symptoms. Then comes the social stigma that pushes us to dodge the possibility that the mind maybe some kind of ill.

All these concerns can be addressed by understanding the problem and what better than cinema to start with.

Here are 8 movies about mental health that will help you realize the criticality of the situation and clear the misunderstanding and prevailing notions.

 

  1. I am Sam

Image result for I am Sam movieSam is a mentally handicapped father who is fighting for the custody of his 7-year-old daughter. He hires a lawyer for the process who helps him confront a rather ignorant set of people who dismiss his value owing to his mental health. The film subtly highlights the themes of care and the challenges faced by mentally challenged people in society.

 

  1. Rain man

Image result for Rain man movieAn unprecedented amount of research has shown that autism is not a retarded state of mind. It is in fact a more developed state where the human brain is capable of processing complex information with ease. The film starring Dustin Hoffman and Tom Cruise in lead roles taps into the unexplored corners of an autistic mind and tell how much one on one conversations can help with people who live with it.

 

  1. A Beautiful Mind

Image result for A Beautiful Mind movieThe film follows the real-life story of American mathematician John Forbes Nash Jr. The film fabricates a story of illness sets the man on a path of research while he is working to expose the conspiracy of economic theory. You get to witness a new side of mental illness induced as a result of the pressure from the government.

 

  1. Still Alice

Image result for Still Alice movieA linguistics professor is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. The film captures her journey as she battles the pain of losing herself and tries to live each moment she has left before she completely forgets her children and her life as she knows it.

 

  1. Silver Linning’s Playbook

Image result for Silver Linning’s Playbook movieIt is not easy to lead a life with a bipolar disorder. The disorder has completely disrupted the family life of Pal Salatino. He aims to put his family back together as he undergoes treatment in a mental rehab. Joining him on his journey is Tiffany who helps him in the process. The film brings out the challenges faced by bipolar disorder patients through the most moving dialogues and parables.

 

  1. Helen

Image result for Helen Ashley JuddMany among us are still unclear on the concept of depression. We treat it like some kind of stress which comes and goes, often dismissing the seriousness of the problem. This film will help understand the impact of depression on a person’s life and how it culminates into something destructive if not treated in a timely manner. The film addresses every aspect of depression including fears and breakdowns.

 

  1. Girl, Interrupted

Image result for Girl, Interrupted JuddAn 18-year-old Susanna is admitted to a mental hospital as a part of therapy to treat her personality disorder. But is she really crazy? The film explains the nuances of the challenge and what it takes to declare the person “in need of clinical therapy”.

 

  1. Ordinary People

Image result for Ordinary PeopleIt is a known fact that when a person is affected by mental illness, the challenge envelopes the entire family. This film tells the story of a family who loses a child in an accident that renders another son mentally ill. The PTSD syndrome challenges the integrity of the entire family as the mother is unable to support her son.

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8 Movies on Netflix That You Just Cannot Stop Talking About

by Emily Keen

These are age-old and hard to attain movies, but thanks to the golden age of the Internet, we now have a plethora of wonderful content available on-demand at your fingertips. Whether it’s a series like The Walking Dead that has captured our hearts for so long, or the ultimate in Internet stoner cinema, Stranger Things, there are so many things that you can watch and talk about at the drop of a hat.

Here are 8 movies on Netflix that you are probably on the verge of explaining on a late-night rant.

  1. Dear Zachary

Image result for Dear Zachary movieThis is the movie that will actually make you ball your eyes out. The trauma-inducing thriller is about a child whose father is murdered by his mother. The film is brilliant yet so depressing that you actually want to curl up in your bed and never go out in the world since you just witnessed its darkest corners.

 

  1. Shawshank Redemption

Image result for Shawshank Redemption movieThe movie has been standing tall with the highest rating on IMDb for a very long time now. No one could have imagined that a rather mediocre story about prison break could be told in such a comprehensive and majestic fashion.  It sinks and sinks and keeps sinking until it envelops your whole being.

 

  1. Hot fuzz

Image result for Hot fuzz movieThe comedy-action flick directed by Edgar Wright aims at portraying police officials in a funny light. Wright has a unique knack for visual storytelling and that is what makes this film quite phenomenal and a cult favorite.

 

  1. Oldboy

Image result for Oldboy movieSince Parasite’s Oscar win, we have started noticing that Korean movies exist and they are unarguably kickass, you might want to add a few to the list and Oldboy is the one you should start with. You will thank us later!

 

  1. Best In Show

Image result for Best In Show movieDirector Christopher Guest has undoubtedly reinvented mockumentaries and this is one of his works of art that you will want to discuss forever.

 

  1. American Beauty

Image result for American Beauty movie“Sometimes there’s so much beauty in the world, I feel like I can’t take it, and my heart is just going to cave in,” says Kevin Spacey in one of those iconic scenes that is considered the most artistic expressions of emotions in the history of cinema. The film could be a nightmare with a vile theme but will definitely captivate your thoughts.

 

  1. Food Inc.

Image result for Food Inc filmYou might not want to finish that Big Mac once this movie comes to mind. Because it tells you everything that is wrong with the food systems followed by the biggest fast-food chain in the world.

 

  1. Silver Lining’s Playbook

Image result for Silver Lining’s Playbook filmThis is one movie that you will never get tired of watching. No matter how low you feel, this film is meant to make you feel better. The film is a great story with Jennifer Lawrence playing a mental patient delivering one of the most phenomenal performances of her career.

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8 Movies on Netflix That You Didn’t Know You’d Love

by Emily Keen

For decades now, one of the most talked-about American exports is Netflix, which offers customers one of the largest streaming collections of anything you can find online.

The idea here is to guide you through the most surprising movies out there, paired with informative suggestions to see if they’ll make you feel you’re coolest. In our list below, we’ve picked 10 movies we love that have managed to land on Netflix, even if they’re not ones we know very well.

 

  1. ‘Almost Famous’

Image result for Almost Famous movieThe soundtrack of this film is the only upsetting thing about this film as per most people who have watched this film. Everything else is pretty cool. After so many years of release, the rock movie is still relevant and loved by most movie buffs.

  1. ‘Hush’

Image result for Hush movieIt is just scary how smart people can be. Now imagine if there is an added element of psychopathy to this smartness. This is a lethal dose. The man stalking the woman in this film is exactly the kind of psychopath we are talking about.

 

  1. ‘Sixteen Candles’

Image result for Sixteen Candles movieThis movie is a testament to how liberally sex and nudity were treated back in the 80s. The film has a PG rating when a lot of cine folks today would beg to differ on that aspect and demand it be rated R. All in all a light-hearted attempt at explaining coming of age feelings that develop during adolescence. But be assured that the ending will leave you delighted.

 

  1. Home

Image result for Home movieRihanna, Jennifer Lopez, and Steve Martin come together in a lavish and scintillating animated venture for kids. Don’t fret! Adults will equally love it.

 

  1. Hotel Transylvania 2

Image result for Hotel Transylvania 2 movieWhen it comes to the Transylvania franchise, it is loved by audiences across demographics. The second installment of the oddball Halloween adventure has some strong messages about family unity and diversity. You should bite!

 

  1. The Wood

Image result for The Wood movieA story of three friends on the west coast, who reunite after years for one of the guys is getting married. Things go south as the groom goes missing just before the wedding and the other two embark on a hilarious journey to find him and amidst the road trip, take a nostalgic trip down the memory lane.

 

  1. Mystic River

Image result for Mystic River movieThe Oscar-nominated film examines some serious themes it gets you brooding over somber aspects of humanity. This is truly a great film from the beginning till the end that will leave you aching and yearning for an alternate conclusion.

 

  1. To Kill a Mocking Bird

Image result for To Kill a Mocking Bird movieYou never realize how significant some films are until you have watched them. This is one of those masterpieces. It is like chicken soup for the soul. Does it seem like an exaggeration? It won’t seem like it once you have undergone a shift in the perspective about prejudice and the feeling that encourages it in humanity. Which is exactly what this film aims to do.

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8 Movies On Amazon Prime That Can Lift Your Mood

by Emily Keen

Of course, we didn’t find a film that improved mood across the board, but we did find one that may do the trick for you. Instead of stressing about the mood-up, consider taking a break and watching a film of your choice. That may be just the thing to boost your mood.

If that does not work, then we have the following suggestions for you.

  1. 50/50

Image result for 50/50 filmThis film has a hell of a lot going on. The entire film is centered on our protagonist Adam and his medical issues. A thoughtful departure from the typical comedy that sometimes can feel tiring, 50/50 is sure to keep you on edge.

 

  1. Lion

Image result for Lion filmYou will learn that by loving and learning about others, you unlock your inner self. This is an emotional and gripping tale about a 25-year-old boy (adopted by an Australian couple) who on a quest of finding his real parents travels across continents. We recommend it to all of you. You will love it.

 

  1. Salmon Fishing in Yemen

Image result for Salmon Fishing in YemenThis is a relationship film but it is not the typical one. It is a relationship drama that blends in a good chunk of a journalist’s life and their current situation. This is not a comedy and though it still has a few happy moments, with incredible performances from a wonderful cast.

 

  1. Sing Street

Image result for Sing Street movieMusic is in the air and that just adds to the uplifting routine. The boy who leads the track belongs to a family in the middle of a financial crisis. His sole focus right now is to impress a femme fatale with his music. Set in the 1980s, the film is a witty and cheerful story of a band’s successful journey and the protagonist’s pursuit of his love interest.

 

  1. It’s Kind of a Funny story

Image result for It’s Kind of a Funny story movieAdolescence isn’t always normal for every child. It sure isn’t for Craig Gilner. So he decides to get himself checked into a mental health center. The youth ward isn’t available leaving him with the only option of spending five days in an adult ward where begins a journey of mentorship that changes his life for good.

 

  1. Love is Strange

Image result for Love is Strange movieBen and George decide to tie the knot after four decades of courtship. That’s strange enough to even hand the title. The union sets off a series of events that makes up for a delightful ride for the audience elevated by the incredible cast.

 

  1. The Fundamentals of Caring

Image result for The Fundamentals of Caring movieWhat does it take to care for someone? If you are one of those emotionally dry people who cannot find an answer to this question, well then this is your chance. Paul Rudd in an attempt to get over his painful divorce decides to become a caretaker of a teenager suffering from muscular dystrophy. It is not the most adorable relationship you will see as between usual caretakers and their beneficiaries. The connection develops purely on sarcasm and profanity that transcends into mutual growth and emotional healing.

 

  1. The Intouchables

Image result for The Intouchables movieImagine you are bound to a wheelchair? An ex-con would definitely be the last choice on earth right? The protagonist, a rich paraplegic, thinks otherwise. He sees this as a life-changing experience for both of them and from there on ensues a poignant tale encompassing hilarity, surprises, and emotions all along.

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8 Really Sad Movies That Will Make You Cry

by Emily Keen

We all love watching tragedies, don’t we? We all love watching tragic movies, don’t we? As a matter of fact, it is one of the most popular sub-genres we’ve ever seen online. Since we’re short of ideas for a broader franchise, we’ve been giving the media industry and fans that love our films more attention than usual.

That’s why there are so many fan-created ‘diabolic’ films. Before the plot of any film is even set in stone, the watchers will be on the lookout for the possible disasters of the future, leaving all the actors in a bloody and dazed state.

Let us have a look at some of the classic tearjerkers of the era.

 

  1. Ordinary Love

Image result for ordinary love movieA tale of love and cancer which will make you weep like a baby. The film stars Liam Neeson, Lesley Manville, and Amit Shah.

 

  1. Harriet

Image result for Harriet movieCynthia Erivo plays Harriet Tubman in the film that explores her life and the dangerous missions she spearheaded to free slaves from the darkness of the Underground Railroad. The film also stars Leslie Odom Jr. and Joe Alwyn.

 

  1. Adrift

Image result for Adrift movieThe survival story of Tami Oldham and Richard Sharp, who endeavor to cruise the Atlantic Ocean. When Richard is left in basic condition after a storm, Tami must explore her approach to shore alone.

The film stars Shailene Woodley and Sam Claflin

 

  1. Dumbo

Image result for Dumbo movieThis story about a young elephant who is picked upon at the circus will break your heart. The film stars Colin Farell, Michael Keaton, and Danny DeVito.

 

  1. The Aftermath

Image result for The Aftermath movieA British Army man and his wife shift to Hamburg as a part of the colonel’s assignment, but things go south when a  previous resident starts having issues with them. The film stars Alexander Alexander Skarsgård, Keira Knightley and Jason Clarke

 

  1. If Beale Street Could Talk

Image result for If Beale Street Could Talk movieThe film revolves around a pregnant woman whose fiancé has been wrongly convicted of a crime he did not commit. The tear-jerker stars KiKi Layne, Stephan James, and Regina king.

 

  1. Up

Image result for Up movieA 78-year-old balloon vendor goes in search of paradise in his flying balloon which happens to his dead wife’s dream. The film stars Edward Esnar, Jordan Nagai and John Ratzenberger.

 

  1. The Wife

Image result for The Wife movieDoes a woman’s success get shadowed in the image of their husbands? This classic tale of a devoted wife aims to tackle the very concept. The film showcases Glenn Close, Jonathan Pryce and Max Irons in prime roles.

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8 Psychological Thrillers You Should Watch

by Emily Keen

These movies will literally have your brain hurting with a mind-bending plot and overtly unusual character arcs. But it is the most satisfying experience to watch movies that are simply wholesome on a psychological level.

The perplexing feeling that develops while you are at it, is exactly what the directors of these movies want you to feel.

Here is a list of 8 Psychological thrillers that everyone should watch:

 

  1. Frailty (2001)

Image result for Frailty movieThe story follows two siblings and their incredibly strict father. The father accepts he is the errand person of God and that he has been instructed to battle evil spirits. While this is going on, an FBI operator is additionally searching for a serial killer known as “God’s hand.”

 

  1. Get Out (2017)

Image result for Get Out movieAn African American picture taker Chris (Daniel Kaluuya), is persuaded by his white sweetheart to visit her folks’ house in the forested areas. Chris immediately saw something is wrong with a couple of dark people living in that town, they appear to be controlled.

 

  1. A Tale of Two Sisters (2003)

Image result for A Tale of Two Sisters movieFilled with twists and turns, this Korean flick is sure to interest you. Each time you figure things will pass by ordinary, something insane and surprisingly turned occurs. The story rotates around the life of two sisters with a family loaded with privileged insights and secrets.

 

  1. Split (2017)

Image result for Split movieThree young people are caught by a weird man with different characters. He can be delicate, well disposed, and even neighborly at times. At others, he can turn rough, forceful, and insane without reason. Kevin has 23 personalities and his captives must discover an exit plan before the bad side of him dominates and kills them all.

 

  1. Asylum Seekers (2009)

Image result for Asylum Seekers movieThe film recounts to the tale around six misfits who are exhausted or dismissed by current society a desire to be conceded into the haven so as to flavor up their lives. Inside the refuge, they locate a world loaded with odd people, who they appear to venerate. They want to move into the establishment, but the problem is only one of them gets through.

 

  1. Shutter Island (2010)

Image result for Shutter Island movieThe protagonist is sent to examine the exercises of a dysfunctional behavior office situated inside an island. Turns out that proof brings up at DiCaprio being the crazy one and he has had envisioned this “analyst” situation in his mind the entire time. It is up to you to decide, who is the insane one?

 

  1. The Skin I Live In (2011)

Image result for The Skin I Live In movieA Spanish thrill ride about abnormality, science, and firearms. A plastic surgeon is chipping away at another type of engineered skin to assist people with serious burns. His techniques though are somewhat unlawful. He catches hirelings, whom he uses as his guinea pigs until one of them turns on him.

 

  1. Ex Machina (2015)

Image result for Ex Machina movieSoftware engineer Caleb Smith wins an excursion to meet his hero Nathan Bateman. Bateman shows Smith the freshest upset in innovation- robots that look incredibly, human. Things take an interesting turn when Smith begins to fall for one of the robots, Ava. In the wake of discovering Bateman’s damaging methods, he endeavors to save the robots.

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7 Oscar-Losing Movies And Where To Stream Them

by Emily Keen

Whatever your assessment of the Academy Awards, on the off chance that you care about film, you can’t simply expel them. The Academy’s champs serve as a past filled with film. Going through the rundown of Best Picture victors, you’ll see patterns come and go and in any event, get a harsh feeling of what was esteemed in films for every year and the movement of patterns.

Here are 7 movies that lost the Oscars, but definitely deserve your time.

  1. First Reformed

Image result for first reformed movieEthan Hawke was generally great and profoundly astute in his presentation in this film. First Reformed is an extremely unusual flick. Hawke plays a military cleric turned minister of a noteworthy church. A young mother (Amanda Seyfried) requests that he counsel her husband, whose agnostic perspectives strike as a crisis of faith to the pastor. The film in all its capacity zeroes in on the fate of the world and probably this is the reason it was in the running for Best original screenplay. You can stream it on Vudu, Amazon Prime Video, Youtube and Google Play.

 

  1. Black Panther

Image result for Black Panther movieA Marvel movie! Yes! But it lost. And if you haven’t watched it yet, do yourself a favor and please go watch it. You are missing a cinematic and superhero masterpiece. It is now streaming on Netflix.

 

  1. A Quiet Place

Image result for A Quiet Place movieThe Quiet Place crawls with Beasts who are blind and sensitive only to sound. The only defense against these monsters is to keeping pin drop silent in their presence. The film won a nomination for the best sound editing. The film is streaming on Vudu, Google Play, Amazon Prime Video, and YouTube.

 

  1. Shoplifters

Image result for Shoplifters movieShoplifters already had a taste of a win at the Cannes Film Festival. The film set in Tokyo showcases aims to bring out the rare side of family integrity topped by an incredible performance by Sakura Andô. The film is streaming on Vudu and YouTube.

 

  1. Cold War

Image result for Cold War movieSet in the backdrop of the Iron curtain, the film takes us through the love story of a couple spanning over 15 turbulent years. The black and white format adds to the sanctity of the story that is much inspired by director Pawlikowski’s parents. An otherwise exhausted and dramatic tale of passionate love is wonderfully narrated and the cinematography simply adds to the feel. The film is streaming on Amazon video.

 

  1. Can You Ever Forgive Me?

Image result for Can You Ever Forgive Me? movieMelissa McCarthy and Richard E. Grant is awfully underrated in this stunning film based on queer characters. The film was nominated for the best picture. It is available on Amazon Video, iTunes, Google Play, or Vudu.

 

  1. RBG

Image result for RBG movieA riveting documentary about a woman with exceptional mental power was surprisingly left out of the contention of awards. “I ask no favor for my sex. All I ask of our brethren is that they take their feet off our necks.” The line sends chills down the spine and so does the story. The film is streaming on Hulu, YouTube, Vudu or Google Play.

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8 Movies So Disturbing That You Can Watch Only Once

by Emily Keen

When talking about kids – and this applies to both adults and kids – one very important thing to remember is the difference between what is called mature content and what is called hardcore content. It’s about ideas and themes. The sort of explicit scenes we’re mentioning in the films are clearly the kind of depictions and their content that deals with the dark and disturbing subject matter.

Considering the makers went to great lengths to bring out the horror in these ghastly cinematic pieces, they deserve to be praised. But yet they can be watched only once given the kind of violence that is being explicitly showcased in the movies.

Here are 8 such films that every movie buff should try to watch. We say try, because, if you are sensitive, you might just give up mid-way. Else it is a onetime watch and you get to boast about covering every kind of movie on earth.

 

  1. Schindler’s List (1993)

Image result for schindler’s listLet us begin with a winner. Based on the life of Oskar Schindler, the film is based set the backdrop of Nazi Germany. The German businessman and a party member of the Nazis, in addition, has a change of conscience and decides to help Polish Jews escape atrocities by giving them jobs at his company. He blows almost all of his fortune in the process but is still left with the guilt of not being able to do much for them.

 

  1. The Woman (2011)

Image result for The WomanThe last surviving woman from a cannibalistic tribe loses her way and is held captive by a local lawyer. In an attempt to civilize the woman, the lawyer puts the woman through some horrible trauma. The woman eventually discovers the lawyer and his family have some dark secrets of their own. The film showcases some highly disturbing murder scenes that will make you sick in the head. Nonetheless, the movie was received with much appreciation for exploring the subtle cues of misogyny that exist in society.

 

  1. The Human Centipede (2009)

Image result for The Human CentipedeHonestly, the film is awful. But the story of a grim doctor who performs tormenting experiments on the tourists caught the eye and it went on to gain a cult following. It got two sequels which were equally bad and a spoof version on South Park. The plot is so vile that even the thought of it will make you sick in the head. If at all there is any reason why you should be putting yourself through this agony, it is only to get yourself a pop culture knowledge upgrade.

 

  1. The Passion of the Christ (2004)

Image result for The Passion of the ChristIt is humanly not possible to watch this much blood being spilled if you will. The film was the highest-grossing R-rated film until Deadpool took over in 2016. Now, why is a film about Jesus Christ an R-rated film? It is because it is two hours of pure barbaric torture. Don’t say we did not warn you!

 

  1. The Last House on the Left (1972)

Image result for The Last House on the LeftThe Last House on the Left can easily be called one of the most controversial films in the history of cinema. So much so that the film was banned in the UK and the copies of its reels cut to destroy any chances of witnessing the deeply disturbing and degrading scenes. The plot follows a group of escaped prisoners brutally raping and killing two teenage girls. As Karma does it’s thing, the attackers find themselves in the home of one of the girls. The savagery that ensues as a part of vengeance will literally leave you feeling nauseous.

 

  1. Maniac (2012)

Image result for maniac movieYou know the film is a winner when it has sucked you in and twisted your senses to almost make you believe you are a part of everything that is going on. Good thing, just not when the film is about a psychopath serial killer who randomly murders womenkind as a part of his retaliation against a troubled childhood he had watching his mother be a sex worker.

 

  1. Hostel (2005)

Image result for Hostel movieHostel is a classic that holds the top spots when it comes to creepy and gory movies. The film follows two tourists in Europe who are tricked by two women to come seek refuge in a Slovakian hostel which in reality is a human trafficking center where they will be sold off to sadistic clients who take pleasure from torturing and killing people to blow off steam. The scenes are gory to a whole new level and explicitly showcasing all the inhuman disfiguring the humans are subjected to.

 

  1. I Spit On Your Grave (2010)

Image result for i spit on your grave 2010 movie posterA woman from New York is brutally gang-raped by a group of local men. They leave her thinking she would be dead. But luckily she survives and swears to bring the perpetrators to justice. But in the most grizzly ways possible. The film sparked a heavy debate on feminism since Jennifer was portrayed a hero in most of the second half of the film. The franchise gained several sequels but the original is considered the most disturbing of them all.

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8 Netflix Movies That Will Scare You to Death

by Emily Keen

The current lineup of horror films on Netflix is scary to a whole new level. It is so creepy that even watching the trailers will leave you terrified. From films based on true incidents to those aimed at scaring children, there is every kind of film available. And do not make the mistake of watching these alone. Just don’t!

Are you ready? Here goes!

  1. In The Tall Grass

Image result for In The Tall Grass movieFor a film including an hour of individuals strolling through grass, it some way or another stayed straight from beginning to end. The acting was convincing and balanced.

 

  1. Eli

Image result for Eli movieIf hospitals give you creeps, better stay away from this one. The plot circles around a boy who is admitted to the clinic following his diagnosis with a rare disease. The attempts at his therapy, however, unleash bouts of horror and thus a grisly tale.

 

  1. Eerie

Image result for Eerie movieThe film is set in a convent, idiosyncratic to most Hollywood horror films. A girl from a catholic school ends her life and the school thus invites a psychic to investigate the matter. But in the process a lot of hidden secrets and horrid tales about the convent resurface.

 

  1. Malevolent

Image result for Malevolent movieEver heard about the stories where the Ouija board attempt backfires? This is one of those tales, just that there is no Ouija board. A brother and a sister try to earn some extra cash dealing with paranormal stuff. Things go south and now they must run for their lives.

 

  1. Truth or Dare

Image result for Truth or Dare movieYoungsters often tend to go a little crazy and always want to go down the forbidden path. It is this inclination towards danger that usually lands them in trouble. That is pretty much the story of Truth or dare.

 

  1. The Ritual

Image result for The Ritual movieA group of 4 Britishers goes camping in the Swedish wilderness. But they are too deep in it until they realize they are not safe beyond the boundaries of their tents.

 

  1. The Bye Bye Man

Image result for The Bye Bye Man movieAgain a tale of college students who find themselves battling something they don’t even know is real or just hallucination. It’s the Bye Bye Man, a supernatural killer.

 

  1. The Disappointments Room

Image result for The Disappointments Room movieWell, it would have been fine if the were only disappointments. But they are ghosts and it’s not a pretty experience for the woman who just bought the new fixer-upper.

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8 Netflix Movies Based On True Stories

by Emily Keen

Looking back at the lives of those intriguing individuals who inspired some incredible cinema! Watch these films that are based on true events.

Here are 8 movies on Netflix that will help you witness the lives of some extraordinary folks.

 

  1. Dallas Buyers Club

Image result for dallas buyers club movieThe film draws inspiration from the story of Ron Woodrood, although Rayon’s sexuality in the film stays in limbo. There is no explicit revelation about him being a transgender or a crossdresser whatsoever. It speaks volumes about AIDS crisis and the stigma attached to HIV positive people and the consequences on their lives in the 80s and the 90s. The film has some of the most incredible performances by Jared Leto and Matthew McConaughey.

 

  1. The End of the Tour

Image result for The End of the Tour movieFollowing writer David Lipsky’s unpublished account of Wallace in the most recent days of his book visit for Infinite Jest, the film is a ground-breaking chip away at the workmanship, talking with, virtuoso, despondency, and the manner in which inventive individuals see one another. Jesse Eisenberg and Jason Segel do probably the best work of their professions as Lipsky and Wallace.

 

  1. First They Killed My Father

Image result for First They Killed My Father movieThe film is pensive without being exhausting and genuinely wrecking without being manipulative. It’s an extreme watch however a solid film. The film recounts the genuine story of Luong Ung whose family was one of numerous that endured under the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia.

 

  1. Other People

Image result for Other People movieIn light of Saturday Night Live essayist Chris Kelly’s genuine encounters, Other People recounts to the account of battling satire author, David (Jesse Plemons). He moves back home to care for his dying mother. Confounding issues is his dad, who won’t acknowledge David’s sexuality, even 10 years after he turned out. It’s a film that shifts back and forth between minutes intended to make you giggle and cry.

 

  1. Lincoln

Image result for Lincoln movieLincoln may happen during the most spellbound period in American history, however in contrast with our political atmosphere today, it’ll cause you to feel emphatically roused about the intensity of government. Daniel Day-Lewis is incredible as the titular character. Steven Spielberg’s standard wistfulness is altered down to attain a moving narrative.

 

  1. Schindler’s List

Image result for Schindler’s List movieSteven Spielberg’s film is now a characterizing account of the Holocaust. It won the best picture and gave Spielberg his place among the most renowned directors of the generation.

 

  1. The Two Popes

Image result for The Two Popes movieThe Two Popes covers the rising of Pope Benedict XVI (Anthony Hopkins) and his possible retirement and substitution by Pope Francis (Jonathan Pryce), told through a progression of anecdotal discussions paving the way to Benedict’s acquiescence in 2013. It is substantially more modern than the numerous Netflix Originals.

 

  1. Neruda

Image result for Neruda movieNeruda is an interesting, yet long and moderate track down film with artistic and political reverberation. Neruda lived in intriguing times and Larraín hypes the gatherings and talks skillfully combining a chase story.

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The Green Knight (2020) Trailer

by Emily Keen

Starring Dev Patel, Alicia Vikander, and Joel Edgerton, director David Lowery brings us the story of King Arthur’s nephew who embarks on a journey to square off against the Green Knight.

Releasing Date: May 29, 2020

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Big Time Adolescence (2020) Trailer

by Emily Keen

 

The story is about a coming of age teenager, who finds a destructive mentor in an aimless and irresponsible college drop-out dealing drugs.

Releasing Date: March 13, 2020

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Robert The Bruce (2020) Trailer

by Emily Keen

 

The King of Scots gets badly injured in a spar against the English army. A widow and her family help him recover and join him on his quest to free Scotland from the English forces.

Releasing Date: April 24, 2020

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Resistance (2020) Trailer

by Emily Keen

 

The film follows Marcel Mangel, on his quest to save children from the brutality of Nazis before he became a world-famous mime artist and actor.

Releasing Date: March 27, 2020

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The French Dispatch (2020) Trailer

by Emily Keen

 

A European journalist decides to make a bold attempt at publishing the eventful stories of the decade- life imprisonment of an artist, student riots and a case of kidnapping solved by a chef.

Releasing Date: July 24, 2020 

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8 Highly Underrated Movies of All Times

by Emily Keen

Cinema is one tricky business. It gives the most passionate minds the space to channel their emotions and yet only a few manage to soar heights and actually get noticed amongst the troves of movies that are released. Not a very fortunate thing to happen to the films that were made with such dedication and alleviated by incredible performances.

You can almost sense the passion with which they were made and yet they somehow manage to slip under the radar. Seriously, why isn’t there enough love in these movies? Amongst these, there are those that may have to be flawed but still went on to become cult favourites.

We have some of these wonderful actors turning in great performances, but since the movie does not get enough vocal advocates, it simply drowns in the noise.  Take the excellent and stunningly crafted The Dark Crystal. The film is a visual treat and yet criminally underrated.

There are many more by the likes of these. Let’s have a look at them one by one.

  1.   Saved

Image result for saved movie mandy mooreThis movie is a testament to just how wonderful is Mandy Moore in comedic roles. The hilarious film is set in a Christian high school where the mean queen Hillary Faye tries to control her pregnant friend Mary. The sharp sarcasm around Christianity and the iconic scene where Mandy Moore hurls a bible at Jena shouting ‘I am filled with Christ’s love’ are the highlights of this highly underrated teen comedy.

 

  1.   Uptown Girls

Image result for Uptown Girls movieFrankly, this Brittany Murphy starrer never got the credit it deserved as a classic. It will leave you in tears and awestruck at just how much you can relate to Murphy’s Molly as a 22-year-old girl. One warning- the desire to get those Egyptian cotton sheets will stick around until you get one of those.

 

  1.   Hackers

Image result for hackers movieA cult favourite Hackers had quite the futuristic story and also happens to be the breakout film for Angelina Jolie. Everything about this film made a statement- the clothes, the visuals, the characters. Not to mention the music, that was devoured by younger audiences.

 

  1.   Into the Blue

Image result for Into the Blue movieMight I suggest this one, just for all Paul Walker fans? Take the word at face value- he looks so gorgeous in this one, you will fall in love with him all over again. That is basically one selling point of the film and the other being Jessica Alba’s character that brought her into the spotlight as a leading lady.

 

  1.   Alpha Dog

Image result for Alpha Dog movieThis gem has a separate elite movie nerd fan base and holds a respectful spot among movies that impact lives. It may not be a cinematic masterpiece, but the story has fire in it. Anton Yelchin is the star of the show, outperforming the star image he gained with big flicks like Star Trek.  

 

  1.   Pet Sematary

Image result for Pet Sematary movieDerived from a Stephan King book this is one horror experience you will want to have again and again. The story subverts expectations and constantly improves with every watch. This is the kind of movie that will make you feel disgusted and terrorized at once.

 

  1.   Right on Track

Image result for Right on Track movieThis sports adventure belongs to times when kids movies were everything but soft. The rugged race tracks are meant only for men and race car drivers Courtney and Erica Enders are on a quest to change the notions of a misogynistic world.

 

  1.   Dark Crystal

Image result for Dark Crystal movieAn astonishing work of art in every sense, The Dark Crystal is for those who have faith in the ingenuity of myths and legends. It will bring out a surge of emotions, including terror, awe, sympathetic and at times tears. And not just once or twice. It will happen each time you revisit this legendary piece of cinema.

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7 Brilliant British Movies to Watch On Netflix

by Emily Keen

Netflix has added to its list, the dark horses of the British cinematic universe. They are bringing in a whole new kind of drama, action and comedy to the table. The streaming service is buzzing with Guy Ritchie movies and Hugh Grant cinema all at once. Could it get any richer?

Here are 7 Brilliant British movies on Netflix that you should be adding to your watch list:

 

  1.     Trainspotting (1996)

Run Time: 93 min | IMDb: 8.1/10

Image result for Trainspotting movieDanny Boyle’s dark comedy in a very weird sense, speaks to you and tells you to get yourself together. The Scottish classic’s great humour and the incredible performances have a cult following around the world for.  Evan McGregor plays a drug fiend who shares his apartment with friends who are equally a disaster. The film charts the lives of these outcasts as they go through some vicious fights and crimes to finally give us a tragic hero ending.

 

  1.     Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998)

Run Time: 107 min | IMDb: 8.2/10

Image result for Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels movieWhat’s the best place to kick off a crime comedy? In Hollywood’s popular opinion – Gambling. Our guy here loses big time in a rigged card game to a crime kingpin. To pay his debt, he decides to rob a gang along with a group of friends and there begins the hilarious 100-minute journey. This genius British crime comedy is the magnum opus of the legendary Guy Ritchie.

 

  1.     Theory of Everything (2014)

Run Time: 123 min | IMDb: 7.7/10

Image result for   Theory of Everything movieEddie Redmayne walked away with the Oscars for portraying the genius in the chair that year and we couldn’t be happier. It was well deserved. Stephen Hawking himself agreed to the fact that the film was broadly true and that there were multiple instances when he saw himself in the film. The story chronicles the life of the genius scientist and his wife Jane who stood by his side even when his world was crippled by the disease.

 

  1.     God’s Own Country (2017)

Run Time: 104 min | IMDb. 7.7/10

Image result for God’s Own Country movieA truly remarkable love story of a young farmer named Johnny and a Romanian migrant worker Gheorghe. The gritty tale of romance between two men will have you tear up emotions and yet feel delighted at the end. The chemistry between the two is absolutely magical and makes you want to savour every bit of their relationship.

 

  1.     Layer Cake (2004)

Run Time: 105 min | IMDb: 7.3/10

Image result for Layer Cake movieJust going to out a limb and say that this film rules and has everything you want in a fast-paced crime drama. Craig Daniel plays a drug dealer who has to get his hands dirty one last time before he walks away from the world of crime. But the tasks he has at hand are almost impossible? Will he and his crew survive the precarious situation?

 

  1.     About A Boy (2002)

Run Time: 101 min | IMDb: 7.1/10

Image result for About A Boy movieA man child has his way with single mothers, making them believe he is a single father to a son. When one fine day a young man (Marcus) really enters his life and changes him for good. Through a series of comical events, we get to experience a deftly crafted tale of a Casanova, exceptionally performed by Grant and his young pal, played by Hoult. 

 

  1.     Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)

Run Time: 91 min | IMDb: 8.3/10

Image result for Monty Python and the Holy Grail movieKing Arthur and his Knights formed the inspiration for this historically accurate film loved by most movie nerds. Yeah! If you do not geek out on movies, chances are you haven’t even heard of this film. Terry Jones’ ultimate masterpiece is eccentric at best and loved by intellectual cinema fans everywhere.

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8 Great Movies to Watch When You Just Want to Zone Out

by Emily Keen

When you are thinking of putting yourself to sleep, don’t go hard and try to read some dry fiction or put on an intense mind-numbing documentary thinking it will bore you to sleep. That will probably work but why let the poor brain go through trauma? There a whole lot of movies that could get the help you doze off quickly, but they need not have to be intense fantasies like Harry Potter and the Lord of Rings all the time.

That is the time you need to relax and have a sound sleep. We would suggest watching some light-hearted rom coms or feel-good classics that will help accomplish the purpose without putting any strain on the hypothalamus.

Here is a list of eight movies that you can watch when just want to zone out. You might be familiar with most, but don’t worry about engaging with the unknown ones until the end. Even if they keep you up till the end, you will go to bed all relaxed and delighted. Let’s get started.

 

  1.     Clueless

Image result for Clueless movieC24/7a stylish queen, Cher Horowitz is a mean yet a kind person. This teen girl dramedy is basically a classic rom-com from the 90s. Girls till date draw inspiration from the iconic lead character. It is possible you have watched it before and you know what happens. That gives you all the right to zone out.

 

  1.     Last Holiday

Image result for Last Holiday movieOther than the part that highlights the merciless nature of private insurance models, Queen Latifah’s last holiday will make you feel all the good vibes and inspire you to live each day like it is your last. A Christmas movie, by all means, will help you relax before hitting the bed.

 

  1.     Before Sunrise

Image result for Before Sunrise movieThe famous line from the movie goes-“You need to resign yourself to the awkwardness of life”. If that is not enough to make you want to watch it, the fact that the story kicks with a girl meeting a handsome stranger on a train should do the trick. The story is said to have been inspired by director Richard Linklater’s real-life encounter with a stranger in Philadelphia.

 

  1.     Finding Dory

Image result for Finding Dory movieIf you are a mom to a six-year-old, you have probably watched this perfection of a movie umpteen times. Obviously because once your kid watches this, you will have to hunt till the end of the galaxy to find a replacement. But not like you mind re-watching it right? It is one of those guilty pleasures that you give in to after faking mild disapproval. 

 

  1.     Antz

Image result for Antz movieYou can go out on a limb and say this film forever changed the world of animation, but was highly underrated for the gem that it was. The 1998 film showcased a very peculiar and unique perception of ants and their ideas. Oh and the way they talk was unusually calming. The story might seem very humanized at its core but the ant’s assessment of the situation will take your breath away.

 

  1.     Annie

Image result for Annie movieThis is the kind of music you will hold close to your heart. Oh yeah, you heard it right! It is a musical! Don’t give up on it, will you? This is one of those films you keep avoiding judging it based on the cover, but once you have watched it, you will never be the same! “It’s a Hard Knock Life” Yeah!

 

  1.     Bridget Jones’s Diary

Image result for Bridget Jones's Diary movieThis is a perfect comfort movie to end your night with, especially if you are single and it happens to be Valentine’s day. Why you ask. Watch it and you’ll know!

 

  1.     The Devil Wears Prada

Image result for The Devil Wears Prada movieThe blinding dazzle that the fashion world is, it demands your soul in exchange for success! Did I exaggerate that? Not quite. This iconic early 2000s fashion world romp tells you – “by all means, move at a glacial pace” The film might have entered the collective consciousness as a rom-com, but in reality is much more than that. But if not anything, at least you will learn a little something about fashion.

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7 Edge-of-the-seat Thrillers to watch on Netflix

by Emily Keen

It is that thrill of experiencing danger without even being in one that draws us to thrillers. The tension and racing heart create excitement that is distracting enough from mundane life. We love to relish the action, suspense, anxiety, drama that comes along. Netflix recognizes your innate longing for the adrenaline rush and has modified its menu and thrown in some exciting thrillers. At times you may not be able to categorize a film as a hard thriller because it crosses the thin line to merge with the element of horror.

Here is the list of 7 edge-of-the-seat thrillers that you can stream on Netflix right now:

 

  1. Drive (2011)

Image result for Drive movieThis amazing thriller with an incredible soundtrack is one of Ryan Gosling’s best films. No doubt it has some crazy violence in it, but there is an equal balance of calm and composure. Gosling and Carey Mulligan both give a phenomenal performance but the plot of the film is what takes the cake.

 

  1. It Comes At Night (2017)

Image result for It Comes At Night movieWe have to give it up to A24 for creating some of the most eccentric thrillers and It Comes At Night is no different. It takes a special talent to not showcase the face of a monster and leave the audience to speculate and come to the conclusions of their own. The film centres around two families desolated from a worldwide epidemic and ultimately unravelling the truth that true danger lurks within. Not to mention the speciality of A24 to create these paranoid and creepy scenarios in the most scenic locations that make it just so hard to look away from the screen.

 

  1. The Hateful Eight (2015)

Image result for The Hateful Eight movieUnarguably one of Tarantino’s best films in the line of Spaghetti western inspirations, The Hateful Eight sees multiple similarities to vintage western classic frames. The cold snowy frames bear an uncanny resemblance to those of “The Great Silence”. Some would disagree on it being a called a 21st-century movie, yet no one can deny that it is three hours of utter fun. Netflix has both the theatrical version and the director’s cut of the movie to choose from.

 

  1. Panic Room (2002)

Image result for Panic Room movieDavid Fincher’s claustrophobia-inducing thriller is decidedly the most intense of all his films. The film opens with a group of burglars breaking into a house, causing a mother and daughter who live in that house, to lock themselves up into a panic room in their new apartment. We get to witness Jodi Foster’s amazing acting chops and what would become of Kristen Stewart as an actor in this cinema.

 

  1. Frozen River (2008)

Image result for Frozen River movieLooking for some female-oriented independent film to watch? Put Frozen River right up on the list. The story revolves around a single mother who is broke and in need of money to take care of her children. The desperate circumstances make her go down the forbidden path and illegally traffick immigrants across the frozen river. By staying true to the realities of the working class and deftly examining the crossover of race and class, the film has only managed to win hearts at large.

 

  1. Jackie Brown (1996)

Image result for Jackie Brown movieJackie Brown is the titular air hostess who is on a quest to play the gun dealer and the feds chasing her for the debt she owes and her crimes. The woman is slick and you never know what she is thinking. That’s where all the suspense fumes from. This is one of Quentin Tarantino’s famous classics that is surprisingly yet essentially low on the gore and violence.

 

  1. The Cell (2000)

Image result for The Cell movieOne of Jennifer Lopez’s best performances throughout her acting career comes from a thriller directed by Tarsem Singh. The story sees Lopez as a social worker working who helps bring comatose patients back to life by using a technology that taps into the vulnerable parts of their brain. FBI agent (Vince Vaughn) shows up asking for her help to tap into the mind of a notorious serial killer to help find a captive. Although you might see a reflection of “Silence of the Lambs” in the film, the plot is a lot more unique, featuring incredible performances from the cast.

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8 Highly Conceptual Movies that are Hard to Understand

by Emily Keen

Conceptual cinema mostly focuses on a single concept and build a whole world around it. It does not fit the mould of low concept films which essentially follow the same formula to build a narrative.

The film is basically about the concept and less about the characters. In other words, the story is the protagonist.

Here are 8 films that are deemed highly conceptual and hard to understand.

  1. Coherence (2013)

Image result for Coherence movieIf multiple realities are a real thing this film got the concept just right. Eight friends start experiencing a chain of events hard to explain in normal terms. The only concept to explain it is the Schrödinger’s cat theory.

 

  1. Pi (1998)

Image result for Pi movie‘Pi’ revolves around the life of a mathematician who is obsessed with the stark contrast between mathematical regularities and human imperfections. It touches upon multiple themes including mysticism, religion and the connection of mathematics and the universe.

 

  1. Source Code (2011)

Image result for Source Code movieJake Gyllenhaal plays a government agent who is tasked with decoding the identity of a bomber who is dead in a train explosion. He now has to relive the last few minutes of the bomber’s life and find his motive. In the process, he unravels that there is actually much more at stake and things may not be as simple as they seem. The highly exploited concept of time travel is reimagined in this film with brilliant execution by all the actors.

 

  1. The Butterfly Effect (2004)

Image result for The Butterfly Effect movieAccording to chaos theory, a small event in one part of the world triggers a series of consequential events far away. The story focuses on life of Evan a teenager who keeps blacking out due to frequent headaches and wakes up in his past. He is tempted to make alterations to his past life not knowing it would have drastic effects on his present. Until he realizes the consequences of his actions he has already landed himself in a commotion of heinous proportions.

 

  1. Predestination (2014)

Image result for Predestination movieTime travel is fascinating but always rest in limbo. Predestination is a highly intriguing story of a time traveller who keeps touring between 1945 to 1943 in search of a vanishing bomber. Predestination Paradox forms the underlying concept of this mind-bending adventure.

 

  1. Upstream Color (2013)

Image result for Upstream Color movieThe symbiotic relationship between man, animal and nature form the pretext of this script. But overall the film touches upon many concepts. The film builds around two individuals who lose pretty much everything they had and embark on a journey of self-discovery.

 

  1. Inception (2010)

Image result for Inception movieThis movie will forever change how you perceive reality. At least for a few days after you have watched it! The Christopher Nolan movie added a new dimension to the league of intellectual cinema that people didn’t just love but worshipped. This is one true masterpiece that is loved by all tribes of movie buff alike.

 

  1. 2001: Space Odyssey (1968)

Image result for 2001: Space Odyssey movieIf you have watched this Spielberg visionary work of art, you would probably agree to the fact that the movie was far ahead of its time. A section of audiences may find the pace of the film weary. But the arcs are befitting for this deep space adventure. In fact, the pace is the most important element to create an impactful space opera. Kubrick did an amazing job at that!

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8 Creepiest Movies Streaming Now on Amazon Prime

by Emily Keen

Streaming services are up-ing their horror game by adding serious spooky content. They are hell-bent on giving you the most horrifying experience because of course you come seeking one. Why else would you watch a horror film right?

Here are some movies on Amazon Prime to send chills down your spine. They will sink in your heart and impress in your mind the creepiest images, that will leave you so scared, that you won’t want to leave the room alone.

Have fun watching these. Not alone!

 

  1. A Quiet Place

Image result for A Quiet Place movieAs blind creepy monsters crawl all around, a husband and wife must survive the petrifying situation and help their deaf daughter get through the horror too. The film is full of nail-biting tension and suspense. There is very little dialogue as the survival of the characters depends on staying quiet, hence the name.

 

  1. Amityville Horror (2005)

Image result for Amityville Horror movieThe baffling tale already narrated in1979 was revamped in 2005. The film speaks about the horror that lurks the Amityville home in Long Island.  Based on true incidents the flick explores the paranormal events that occur in the haunted house.

 

3.       Annihilation (2018)

Image result for Annihilation movieJeff VanderMeer’s sci-fi novel realized into a kaleidoscopic flick by Alex garland is one scary experience. A series of strange biological phenomenon shake up Florida and a group of women walk into the quarantined area to analyse the matter. Will they make it out alive?

 

4.       Cabin in the Woods (2011)

Image result for Cabin in the Woods movieThe ulterior motive of the makers of this flick is in a bit of a limbo. Whether they tried to make an entertainer or a horror film is unclear because they unleash a group of monster creatures on college kids for fun. How does that sound for an experience in the woods? Same old same old? But the fun element stands out and gets you till the end.

 

5.       Carrie (1976)

Image result for Carrie  movie The god of horror stories, Stephan King obviously had to face some kind of childhood trauma to be able to channel so much terror into his novels. Carrie is straight out of his teenage days, brought to fruition silver screen by Brian De Palma. Sissy Spacek gives a gritty performance as Carrie and Piper Laurie as her god-fearing mother deserves special applause.

 

6.       Children of the Corn (1984)

Image result for Children of the Corn movieThe film may have fewer production costs, but it did land very well in the annals of horror. This is a short story following a bunch of rural kids struggling to survive against the terror caused by “He who walks behind the Rows”.

 

7.       Chopping Mall (1986)

Image result for   Chopping Mall movieNot an explicit slasher by nature, but it does showcase human carnage in the form of electrocution and cutting off heads. If that information is hard to process, you better stay away from this “camping night at the mall” flick.

 

8.       Climax (2019)

Image result for Climax movieHorror does not really answer the question of why! It just happens. Can you even answer why you are drawn to scary films knowing you will be left terrified for days? No right? Same works in case of this film. The pic follows a dance crew and their successful venture which leads into a celebration night. Things go south when their drinks are spiked with LSD and that leads to a whole nasty situation. Again, do not question if all the nihilistic and cruel incidents are making a point.

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The Personal History of David Copperfield (2020) Trailer

by Emily Keen

 

Period drama regular Dev Patel returns as David Copperfield in a film that revolves around the personal experiences of the character developed by Charles Dickens.

Releasing Date: May 8, 2020

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5 Movies Perfect for a Valentine’s Date-Night

by Emily Keen

Not all of like like to go out in crowded restaurants to celebrate Valentine’s day. Maybe having people all around gets you feeling all claustrophobic. Or you just like to keep it low key.

In that case, you can enjoy your valentine’s date night at home, by ordering in some Chinese and putting on these classic date night flicks.

Here are 8 movies that will make spending the valentine night at home, worthwhile.

  1. Once

Image result for Once movieThis is a rather unusual love story about a busker and an immigrant who write and record songs about their romance. The language used in the film is bold, but the story and music will take your heart away. This oddball of cinemas is worth a shot.

  1. P. S. I Love You

Image result for P. S. I Love You movieThe emotional closure is something that every relationship needs, especially when the separation has been caused by death. Death does not give everyone a chance to say goodbye, but the husband in this film was aware of his fate and thus decided to give his wife a proper closure through 10 letters. Grab that box of tissues, because you will be needing a lot of them.

  1. The Notebook

Image result for The Notebook movieIf you are into love stories, you have probably already watched this one and there is no reason why you would not want to watch it on Valentine’s night. It is a classic love story loved by all hopeless romantics. The one that made you wish Rachel McAdams and Ryan Gosling were a real couple and made you go crazy when you found out they were actually dating. That is the effect this film had on the audiences.

  1. Water for Elephants

Image result for Water for Elephants movieThe one thing that gets you excited about this film is the unusual pairing – Reese Witherspoon and Robert Pattinson. Both are wonderful in their roles and do not disappoint. Pattinson plays a veterinary student and Witherspoon is a circus performer. Both find a common interest and leaning towards an elephant and that is how a beautiful tale of love ensues. But every love story has a villain. In this case, it is Witherspoon’s husband.

  1. The Holiday

Image result for The Holiday movieMany of us might tag this a holiday flick, but it is essentially a love story. Following the lives of Iris and Amanda, who happen to meet through an online home exchange website, decide to switch residence and dwelling each other’s land for some time. It is the holiday they could use to get away from their tragic lives. Both find a love interest in a strange land and it is endearing to watch two stories parallelly progress towards a happy ending.

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Minions: The Rise of Gru (2020) Trailer

by Emily Keen

Directed by Kyle Balda, the film follows the life events of a 12-year-old Gru in the 1970s, when he plans to join a supervillain group called the Vicious 6.

Releasing Date: July 3, 2020

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5 Chick-Flicks Every Single Should Watch This Valentine’s Day

by Emily Keen

Single this valentine? You go, girl! We have just the line up to rock that lonely night with some of the most amazing chick-flicks.

Here goes:

  1. The Notebook

Image result for the notebook movieYou have probably already seen this one or at least heard of it. It stars Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams who play teenage sweethearts who are caught in a dilemma of choosing between their families and love. The film is a wholesome ride filled with happy, emotional and romantic moments in abundance.

  1. Mean Girls

Image result for Mean Girls movieIs there anyone living who doesn’t know Mean girls? Probably not! This film is literally the boss of all chick flicks, with so much talk about fashion, catfights and ultimate girlfriend fun. So invite your gal pals and watch away.

 

  1. Grease

Image result for Grease movieThis is the one film that will demand you shed all the baggage and masks and just be yourself. So ladies, are you ready for a feel-good ride?

  1. 500 Days of Summer

Image result for 500 Days of Summer movieHappily ever after is too overrated. 500 Days of Summer is meant to tell you that every perfect couple need not end up together. This film explores the progressions of courtship and may not exactly be a happy ending for everyone. Be prepared for that, because how much ever this feels like a love story, it’s not one.

  1. Bridget Jones’ Diary

Image result for Bridget Jones’ Diary movieNot long ago was Bridget Jones complaining about the lack of dating action in life! Well now she need not, because of not one, but two men are fighting for her attention. And of course, she records all this in her diary for us to understand the way she sees it.

 

  1. Cadet Kelly

Image result for Cadet Kelly movieFor those of us who like to be called our own hero, could use some inspiration from the determined cadet Kelly. Even when Captain Stone is hell-bent on breaking her spirit, the clumsy yet dedicated cadet won’t give up.

 

  1. 27 Dresses

Image result for 27 Dresses movieThe selfless and hopeless romantic Jane, has served as a bridesmaid 27 times. But the adorable Jane finds out that her secret crush has been tapped by her younger sister, Jane begins to rethink her way of life.

 

  1. Easy A

Image result for Easy A movieThis is one of Emma Stone’s top 10 movies. She plays a not so popular high school student who’s cooked up wild weekend story reaches every ear in the school eventually leading her to rolling the eyeballs as she always desired.

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Run (2020) Trailer

by Emily Keen

Directed by Aneesh Chaganty, Run is a story of a homeschooled teenager who finds out that her mother has been hiding a dark secret all along.

Releasing Date: May 8, 2020 

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Only (2020) Trailer

by Emily Keen

 

Directed by Takashi Doscher, Only charts the life of a couple whose relationship is contesting against a plague that threatens to wipe womenkind off the face of the earth.

Releasing Date: March 6, 2020

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8 Movies on Amazon Prime that are Totally Hidden Gems

by Emily Keen

We are not even exaggerating when we say Amazon Prime has hidden gems. Even if you have been using the streaming service for a long time, there is a high chance you might have missed on these sizzling classics. The lineup includes a mix of new and old.

Be it, a cult classic or drama or a comedy, there is something that lines with the likes of each one of you. Brace yourselves for some of the best creations that popped out the Hollywood mould.

 

  1. ‘Superbad’

Image result for superbad movieWhat do coming-of-age boys desire the most? Do we even need to say anything else? It’s hilarious yet heartwarming to see them go to great lengths to get laid though. If you haven’t watched the coolest movie of the year yet, it’s high time you do! Jonah Hill and Michael Cera are a treat to watch in this teenage buddy comedy.

 

  1. ‘Forever’

Image result for 2.	'The Big Sick'  movieExcitement ensues as a suburban couple decide to break the monotony of life and take a trip in the woods. Maya Rudolph and Fred Armisen lighten up your heart with their amazing onscreen chemistry.

 

  1. ‘The Disaster Artist’

Image result for The Disaster Artist  movieOne of the worst movies in Hollywood laid the foundation for one of the best. Could irony flex any further? We don’t think so. James Franco’s The Disaster Artist charts the making process of the cult favourite film “The Room”.

 

  1. ‘Arrival’

Image result for Arrival  movieAmy Adams gives the performance of the generation in this Sci-fi thriller that oversees dealings of human-alien. Adams is an expert translator and volunteers to undertake the mission of cracking the mystery around the intentions of the ET visitors.

 

  1. ‘Lady Bird’

Image result for Lady Bird movieIf smiling through tears is the kind of experience you seek, then Lady Bird is for you. This sweet coming of age story about a young girl will take you girls back to your sweet sixteen. Starring Saorise Ronan in the lead role, the film is directed by Greta Gerwig.

 

  1. Children Of Men

Image result for Children Of Men movieThe film has aged like fine wine and the more you watch it, the more you realize how visionary Cuaron is as a director. The film charts an intense journey of a man who is asked to escort a young pregnant woman away from the dark and difficult land that has not seen a new life since the past two years.

 

  1. Harlem Nights

Image result for Harlem Nights movieIf Eddie Murphy classics had a headliner, this would be it! Harlem Nights is a classic Murphy comedy that sees, a father-son duo sparring against the officials in New York to protect their livelihood.

 

  1. The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert

Image result for The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert movieFilled with love and laughter, three drag queens take a trip in the deserts of Australia hoping to find a gig of a lifetime. The bus on which they travel is called Priscilla.

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Spiral (2020) Trailer

by Emily Keen

 

The ninth instalment of the Saw franchise rolling out this May is a spine chilling new chapter starring Chris Rock, Max Minghella, Marisol Nichols, and Samuel L. Jackson, and is produced by the original Saw makers of Mark Burg and Oren Koules. A sadistic vigilante goes about delivering justice in his own way and detective Ezekiel “Zeke” Banks joins forces with his rookie partner to solve a mystery which is much reminiscent of the city’s terrible past. The film is directed by Darren Lynn Bousman and written by Josh Stolberg & Pete Goldfinger.

Releasing Date: May 15, 2020

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8 Brilliant Period Dramas to Watch on Netflix

by Emily Keen

Period Dramas are a guilty pleasure we all devour without being embarrassed. There is something about these costume oriented 18th century Scottish/English legends that captivate all audiences alike. Perhaps it is the lavishness of the frames that seeps into our minds or the elegance of the women that enchants our senses. Besides these dramas bring out the most awkward details of the lives of the people who were considered the makers of history. A dose of gossip is always a plus. If not any of the above, the blooming innocent romance and lurking infidelity in a regal set up is the kind of entertainment that unequivocally attracts audiences.

Here is a list of 8 brilliant period dramas streaming on Netflix

 

  1. Revolutionary Road

Image result for revolutionary road movieIf you felt Titanic was heartbreaking because Kate and Leo did not have a happy ending, this one will leave you shattered. Meant to say that as a positive trait as their onscreen chemistry is a treat to the eyes and you should watch Revolutionary Road for that in addition to its incredible storyline and screenplay.

 

  1. ‘Neruda’

Image result for Neruda movieThe Chilean communist drama about the infamous politician and poet Pablo Neruda is an act of revolutionary aesthetics and narration. Luis Gnecco is perfect in the role as the impish Neruda. The narrative navigates through the time of Chilean history when a cold skirmish broke between the government and the communist group. An utterly biblical mash-up of literature, politics heightened by splendid performances.

 

  1. ‘The Imitation Game’

Image result for The Imitation Game movieA British masterpiece helmed by Morten Tyldum is the life story of Alan Turing phenomenally portrayed by Benedict Cumberbatch. Many believe Alan Turing was a hero who changed the world by breaking the Nazi Enigma code during World War II but did not get credit owing to his sexuality which also led to his persecution.

 

  1. ‘Howard’s End’

Image result for Howard’s End movieWhat happens when a conservative family crosses paths with an intellectual family? A situation of similar proportions brews up when the Schlegel family and Wilcox family meet in the late 20th century.

 

  1. ‘Daughters of the Dust’

Image result for Daughters of the Dust movieThis is a lyrical experience crafted Julie Dash that chronicles the lives of three generations of Gullah women in the South Carolina preparing to migrate from the region owing to vanishing ways of life. You can feel the frenzy in the inventiveness of the narrative and visual language.

 

  1. ‘Becoming Jane’

Image result for Becoming Jane movieNetflix sure does not have “pride and Prejudice”. But “Becoming Jane” is the closest any story could come to the 90s romance classic. The story is based on the life of the author of “Pride and Prejudice” Jane Austen herself and we may have just realized what forms the inspiration for most of her novels.

 

  1. ‘The Duchess’

Image result for The Duchess movieThe ever beautiful Keira Knightley and period dramas are a never-ending affair and we can’t deny that it is where she belongs. In ‘The Duchess’ the actress portrays the life of the Duchess of Devonshire charting all her life right down to the scandals of 18th century.

 

  1. ‘Lady J’

Image result for Lady J movieFor all you movie buffs who love Dangerous Liaisons, Lady J almost walks the same path where a woman intends to take down a man who cheats on her. Set in the reign of Louis XV, the makers have brilliantly blended wit with a highly promising narrative.

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8 Romantic Movies To Watch This Valentine’s Day

by Emily Keen

There are classic rom coms in Hollywood we often trip over. There are scenes that still get the audience swooning. For instance- Mark flashing a “To Me You Are Perfect” note to Juliet in Love Actually or the I’ll have what she’s having” moment in Harry Met Sally. No matter how many times we come across these scenes, there is a momentary gush of feelings.

But we often miss out on movies that drown in the noise caused by these cult classics. We keep chasing after the relatable feelgoods when there are troves of new feelings to experience. Here is a list of the rarest romantic films that you should be binging over this Valentines.

 

  1. Moonrise Kingdom

Image result for moonrise kingdom movieAccording to popular opinion, this is the film holds a spot in the top 5 movies of Wes Anderson. The man has a penchant for creating heartwarming stories with his knack over intricacy. A budding love of a pre-teen couple passionate yet mature forms the heart of the story. The story builds as they navigate the challenges of school life and the mindset of adults around them. The Moonrise Kingdom might as well be called the best adaptation of Peter Pan and Wendy’s onscreen chemistry.

 

  1. Amelie

Image result for Amelie movieMagic ensues when two kindred souls are trapped in a whirlpool of emotions and you know it is never going to be a straightforward love story. But that’s the beauty of Amelie. The back and forth journey of two people in love will leave you with an intense yet carefree hangover.

 

  1. Love & Basketball

Image result for Love & Basketball movieAmidst countless tales about how love suffocates between two achievers stands an honest attempt by Gina Prince-Bythewood. The film charts the love between two ball players that stems as a rivalry but blooms into an imperfect yet a trying relationship. Bythewood leaves no corner unexplored in this athletic feature. Right from the complications of being in the limelight, making business decisions and family planning Love & Basketball is an ode to love stories that endure the test of time and life.

 

  1. Let the Right One In

Image result for Let the Right One In movieThe love between two oddballs is still love. They just have a different way of expressing it but at the core still exist the same values- utter faith and zero conditions. This screen adaptation of John Ajvide Lindqvist’s novel brings together two misfits who have a peculiar inclination towards gruesome murders and bloodthirst. Creepy huh? If you don’t mind the grisly aspect of this romantic affair, you are about to have a whole new perspective about the unconditional love that we talk about all the time.

 

  1. WALL-E

Image result for WALL-E movieMake no mistake, it’s not just a robot! He feels passion, love and emotions just like you and I. 800 years from now when humanity would probably have evolved into humanoids with the human core still intact only abilities amplified, this is how the love between two people would look like. Andrew Stanton’s sci-fi space animated adventure takes you through different stages of WALL-E’s love story and he makes sure it permeates the screen and pierces right through the heart.

 

  1. The Apartment

Image result for The Apartment movieIf you are ensorceled with B&W era classics love sagas, The Apartment would be a bold choice. If you are thinking why “bold”, well for once it favours the idea of painful love and the other being the Avant grade characters build by Billy Wilder.

 

  1. Forgetting Sarah Marshall

Image result for Forgetting Sarah Marshall movieFor all those getting over a breakup, Jason Segel’s methods of forgetting a significant other might just help. Or maybe not! If not that, at least you will laugh your heart out at this brutally honest tale of post break up struggle.

 

  1. Carol

Image result for Carol movieTodd Haynes means to tell you that love is not just a feeling that brews randomly. It is slow, lopsided and has its own language. It lies in the subtle cues that we often ignore thinking it is just ostensible and transient. What if it’s not? This intoxicating tale provokes so many questions and unattended emotions at once. It’s time you meet your feelings head-on!

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8 Best Valentine’s Day Movies On Amazon Prime

by Emily Keen

Date night with friends or boyfriend! A romantic film is a perfect way to end the night. But how do you choose a film right for the mood? Fret it not!

We have got a list of 8 movies that make up for a perfect valentine’s week line up on Amazon Prime. Here goes:

 

  1. Miss Congeniality and Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous

Image result for Miss Congeniality movieAn undercover FBI agent infiltrates a beauty pageant in this infamous rom-com headlined by Sandra Bullock. The first instalment is more on the romantic side while the second is a pal comedy featuring Regina King as Bullock’s partner.

 

  1. Because I Said So

Image result for Because I Said So movieA hilarious experience ensues as Daphne tries to get her extremely insecure youngest daughter find a perfect match and stop her from backing the wrong horse. The misunderstandings caused by Daphne’s overbearing fill the feature with an utmost chuckle.

 

  1. Thanks For Sharing

Image result for Thanks For Sharing movieA recovering sex addict and a breast cancer survivor find comfort in each other’s company and end up falling in love. But how are they supposed to make this work when they have to fight separate battles of their own? The film stars Mark Ruffalo and Gwyneth Paltrow in lead roles with Tim Robbins and Josh Gad as supporting cast.

 

  1. Cruel Intentions

Image result for Cruel Intentions movieYou could call this a revamp of Dangerous Liaisons with an added essence of true love, Cruel intentions come across as an exploration of the viciousness of human vices. The star cast includes Reese Witherspoon, Ryan Phillippe, Sarah Michelle Gellar and Selma Blair star.

 

  1. Girl Most Likely

Image result for Girl Most Likely movieThis indie comedy charts the life of Imogene (Kristen Wiig) from the time she attempts to end her life and her mother takes her in. You would think this improves her life but it’s just the opposite.

 

  1. How To Be A Latin Lover

Image result for How To Be A Latin Lover movieIn the ultimate laughing stock we see Eugenio Derbez playing toyboy to rich widows to keep his desire of a luxurious lifestyle satisfied. When his cougar of a wife banishes him from her life, his quest of searching for a new flame earns him a total shift in perspective.

 

  1. The Big Sick

Image result for The Big Sick movieKumail Nanjiani’s relationship with Emily V. Gordon forms the basis of this feature dealing with cross-cultural conflicts in a love story. The film stars Nanjiani as himself and Zoe Kazan as Emily.

 

  1. Little Italy

Image result for Little Italy movieA love story at the mercy of a family feud forms the backdrop of the film. Will love see this couple to the end of the road amidst a business rivalry? Oh and maybe you should order some pizza if you crave food once you look at it.

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8 Rom-Coms to Stream on Netflix this Valentine’s Day

by Emily Keen

It’s the valentine season and we are sure you are looking for something to end a date with. Singles need not worry either. These movies will inadvertently cheer up any section of audience irrespective of their relationship status. There is something magical about these classics that spellbind even the most uninterested viewers. You just have to initiate. When it comes to rom-coms Netflix has quite a collection.

Here are 8 best Rom-coms to watch on the streaming service this Valentine’s:

 

  1. About Time

Image result for about time movieThis romantic narrative overlaid on the concept of time travel is monumentally packed with drama and emotions. It is a rather interesting blend of a love story and science fiction. As …. Realizes he can travel through time, all he wants to do is go back and woo an old flame.

 

  1. The Ugly Truth

Image result for the ugly truth movieA lovesick television producer (Katherine Heigl) strikes a wily deal with a cynical TV show host (Gerard Butler) who believes his perception of love is perfect. He is even almost winning the bet until his own feelings begin to wander the love he so claims to control begins to control him instead.

 

  1. Always Be My Maybe

Image result for Always Be My Maybe movieOne word! Hilarious! This comical journey of two childhood sweethearts reconnecting after 15 years will crack you up. The film stars Ali Wong, Randall Park and Keanu Reeves in a special role.

 

  1. The Theory of Everything

Image result for The Theory of Everything movieIf you think a science mind is not at all romantic, you need to watch Theory of Everything. This film captures the love between the most intelligent man on earth and his first love in the most incredible way.

 

  1. Hitch

Image result for Hitch movieWill Smith plays a Date Doctor who claims he can match people with their soul mates in just three days. He crosses paths with a Tabloid journalist (Eva Mendes) who swears to expose him and his sham at all costs. Little do they know the spar ultimately causes them to develop feelings for each other?

 

  1. Jane Austen Book Club

Image result for Jane Austen Book Club movieA tale full of love, bliss, failures ensues as a group of funny friends catch up years later in a Jane Austen themed book club.

 

  1. Good Luck Chuck

Image result for Good Luck Chuck movieCharlie is cursed with being lonely. He has dated a bazillion women and everyone finds their soul mate as soon as they break up with him. As life takes a beautiful turn and he stumbles upon Cam, a charming penguin girl. He instantly falls in love with her but will he be able to break the curse?

 

  1. Someone Great

Image result for Someone Great movieThe twenties won’t stay forever no? We eventually have to give up on our idea of a perfect relationship and embrace life like an adult. In an attempt of recovering from a brutal breakup, Gina takes a holiday with her friends that turn out to be a life-changing adventure.

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7 Reasons Why Love Actually is the Perfect Christmas Film

by Emily Keen

Over the years I have wondered why Love Actually never made the cut as a Christmas film, when in fact it had all the elements to measure up as one. To begin with, it deals with some of the most iconic love stories in all their glory. This is the crux of every Christmas film out there.

Arent holidays suppose to be romantic? What’s the fun if you do not share it with the person who loves you?

Here are ten reasons why Love Actually, actually qualifies as a Christmas film:

 

  1. True love need not always be romantic

Some of the most prominent relationships in the film are not romantic – Sarah and her sick brother, Billy Mack and his Manager and also the father-son duo.

 

  1. Awfully relatable characters

The tension of being around someone you are crushing overkills you and Martine McCutcheon and Hugh Grant realize the exact scenario on screen.

 

  1. That pain of unreciprocated love is beautifully captured

Who does not love the scene where Andrew Lincoln confesses his love for Keira Knightley? It is one of the most beautifully crafted scenes of closure. In fact, it’s perfect!

 

  1. The great Christmas play

The presence of Spiderman, lobsters and a giant whale during the birth of Jesus was absolutely normal and not at all questionable.

 

  1. It’s funny

Jamie struggling to communicate with his maid, Colin’s scheme of finding love in America and Billy Mack’s Radio interview should be the highlights when it comes to hilarity.

 

  1. The incredible music

The music by Craig Armstrong, The Beach Boys, Norah Jones, Kelly Clarkson, and Joni Mitchell powers up this magical journey of love.

 

  1. The Portuguese proposal by Colin Firth!

You will be in splits when you hear Colin proposing Aurelia for marriage every time you watch this film.

Just watch it! It’s worth every bit of time.

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8 Movies That Make You Think About Reality

by Emily Keen

For years we have been told that we only use 10 percent of what our mind is actually capable of. There are still theories contradicting this fact. But what if it’s true? These are movies that will help you walk through those passages of mind that you didn’t even know existed. The whole purpose of these films is to expand our consciousness and open our minds to new possibilities.

 

  1. Total Recall (1990) | IMDb 7.5

Image result for Total Recall (1990)Douglas Quaid has constant dreams about a trip on Mars but he has no idea why. Until he subjects himself to a memory implant which brings back some forgotten memories.

 

  1. K-PAX (2001) | IMDb 7.4

Related imageA patient claims to be ET but the psychiatrist have a hard time believing his explanations.

 

  1. Predestination (2014) | IMDb 7.4

Image result for Predestination (2014)A mind-bending time travel romp which finds a Temporal agent chasing his a criminal who has forever managed to escape through time.

 

  1. Identity (2003) | IMDb 7.3

Image result for Identity (2003)Two plot lines run parallel to each other where one follows a series murders happening at a Motel and the other is a trial room set up where a psychiatrist is trying to prove the innocence of a man accused of murder. Is there a connection between the two?

 

  1. Unbreakable (2000) | IMDb 7.2

Image result for Unbreakable (2000)David Dunn is unbreakable, and he does not notice the fact until he survives a deadly train crash and emerges completely unharmed from it. Elijah, a comic specialist might just know why that is.

 

  1. The Jacket (2005) | IMDb 7.1

Image result for The Jacket (2005)The Jacket is a story about a wrongly convicted suspect in a crime that leads a war veteran to have visions from the future while he is locked in a body drawer as a part of experimental therapy.

 

  1. The Thirteenth Floor (1999) | IMDb 7.0

Image result for The Thirteenth Floor (1999)Another “whodunit” mystery murder tale taken to a whole new level by throwing in a concept of a computer-generated parallel world.

 

  1. Triangle (2009) | IMDb 6.9

Related imageJess and her friends land in an uncalled for a tragic situation where they are being hunted down one by one and Jess unknowingly is the way out of this quandary.

 

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8 Best Netflix Original Holiday Movies

by Emily Keen

November and December are the most pleasant months of the year. It is the time when the excitement for holidays begins and it is okay if you feel like indulging in cheesy rom-com features. Since the mood is generally skewed towards light-hearted and happy ending dramas, a lot of holiday movies happen to release during this time of the year.

Netflix too has its share of flicks that are meant for an audience who want to cozy up to a delightful adventure on a snowy night. And here they come!

 

  1. ‘Let It Snow’

Image result for ‘Let It Snow’ movieYou will find yourself going gaga over a pair of teenage couples, out on a date on Christmas eve in the beautiful small town, Illinois.

 

  1. ‘Klaus’

Image result for ‘Klaus’This Netflix original animated film might seem like a casual holiday flick. Except it’s not! The film has a very strong underlying message about why it is important to learn about being responsible.

 

  1. ‘Holiday in the Wild’

Related imageIt doesn’t exactly start on a positive note where Kate’s husband just left her and her son is off to college. Kate then decides to take a solo trip to Zambia which was actually supposed to be a second honeymoon. The holiday turns out to be a life-changing journey for Kate where she finds an ostensible love interest in Derek and a new found love for taking care of elephants at the local sanctuary.

 

  1. ‘Holiday Rush’

Image result for ‘Holiday Rush’Rush Williams loses his job as an RJ, goes broke and has to give up on his normal lifestyle and start sharing an apartment with his aunt. It would have been better if he didn’t have any dependants on him. He has children who think the house is a dump. “Holiday Rush” is the story of a walking the tight rope, trying to make a living and at the same time be a good father to his children.

 

  1. ‘The Knight Before Christmas’

Image result for ‘The Knight Before Christmas’A knight from the 14th century gets sent to present-day Ohio by an old crone. He is following a quest, unbeknownst to what the mission actually is. Brooke empathizes with the situation and decides to take him in until he has found his way. What unfolds next is a tale of old school romance adorned with a lot of love and kindness with the air smelling like Christmas. A perfect movie for Christmas eve!

 

  1. A Christmas Prince: The Royal Baby’ (2019)

Image result for A Christmas Prince: The Royal Baby'If you don’t mind overly cheesy and goodie love being thrown all around like confetti, go ahead and watch this one. But mind you, it could sound awfully ridiculous at times with overblown emotions and sugar-coated dialogues.

 

  1. Christmas Inheritance (2017)

Image result for Christmas Inheritance (2017)This can be called a hallmark Christmas film with all the elements that make up for a perfect holiday watch but is way less cheesy than the Christmas Prince Trilogy as a whole. A rich city girl must learn the importance of Christmas before she inherits her father’s fortune. What grips you to the story is her journey.

 

  1. The Holiday calendar

Image result for The Holiday calendarNothing flashy about this one per se but it definitely deserves a spot on the list. It’s too bad that this charming story about a photographer who inherits a calendar that can predict the future is often forgotten when we speak of Netflix’s holiday content.

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8 Light Hearted Movies You Can Stream on Netflix

by Emily Keen

We all need an escape from the stress and tension of our daily lives. Netflix is the one escape that we are very thankful for. Do you know what more you should be thankful for? The light-hearted films the streaming service has on the list.

Don’t worry about doing the digging. We already did that for you. Here goes:

 

  1. Roald Dahl’s Matilda (1996)

Image result for Roald Dahl's Matilda (1996)As children, we all felt like getting back at the adults who tried to control every aspect of our life. What would you do if you had the power to teach these control freaks a lesson? Roald Dahl’s Matilda could give you some ideas.

 

  1. When Harry Met Sally… (1989)

Related imageThe cult-favorite rom-com is every hopeless romantic’s go to after an exhausting week.

 

  1. Set It Up (2018)

Related imageIt’s payback time for the horrible bosses! This story about two assistants fed up with their managers will give you a laugh of a lifetime.

 

  1. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before (2018)

Image result for To All the Boys I've Loved Before (2018)What if someday your crush finds out the way you feel about them? You have no idea what to do right? Well, in Lara’s case it is just too many crushes whom she wrote secret letters to and now all of them know! How is she ever going to get through this?

 

  1. Burlesque (2010)

Related imageCliché is all you can call this plot that involves Christina Aguilera and Cher. Mostly a no brainer, but you just can’t hate it.

 

  1. Someone Great (2019)

Related imageThis may not be a great rom-com but watch it just to witness the best onscreen chemistry the trio shares onscreen.

 

  1. Falling Inn Love (2019)

Image result for Falling Inn Love (2019)The Inn is what drives the story that starts between a woman who wins a new tavern space and the contractor who is helping her refurbish it.

 

  1. Legally Blonde (2001)

Image result for Legally Blonde (2001)Is there anyone who has not heard of this teen classic? And if you did not know it was available on Netflix, You are welcome.

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8 Movies That Make You Think About Life

by Emily Keen

We often think of cinema as a medium to keep ourselves entertained. But movies do so much more than that. They help us gain a new perspective on life. Just like these movies we have listed below. They enlighten us and inspire us in more ways than we can imagine.

 

  1. Into The Wild

Image result for Into The Wild movieThis story about a nature lover who gives up on his life and goes in pursuit of wilderness will help you come to terms with the fundamental nature of human beings.

 

  1. The Truman Show

Image result for The Truman ShowWhat would it feel like if you find out, your life until now was documented for a reality TV show? The Truman Show is about a man who comes to find the truth about his life and now questions the significance of his existence.

 

  1. Crash

Image result for crash movieA brutally honest tale of racial tension that developed in America post 9/11 highlights different shades and complexities of human nature.

 

  1. The Shawshank Redemption

Image result for The Shawshank Redemption movieThis classic narrated by Morgan Freeman is a work of art built around the life of Andy Dufresne who is wrongly convicted for a murder he did not commit. Will he be able to redeem himself?

 

  1. Waking Life

Image result for Waking LifeA philosophical masterpiece crafted by Richard Linklater vividly illustrates the nature of the human mind.

 

  1. Pay It Forward

Related imageDoing good is not hard. The world would be a great place to live in had we practiced kindness like the 11-year-old boy does in this movie.

 

  1. Dead Poets Society

Image result for Dead Poets SocietyWhy do we let society define the way we should live? Who gets to decide if your dreams are normal or delusional? Dead Poets society raises some very important questions.

 

  1. Life Is Beautiful

Related imageThis is one heartwarming attempt at showcasing a parent’s love for their children and you will find yourself smiling through tears.

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The Prince in ‘Snow White’ is in fact Death

by Emily Keen

Film theories most of the times do not make any sense because they make us question the entire narrative. Some even take away the essence of the story and make it depressing. Just like this one which says that the Prince in Snow White is actually death. But to be honest this theory makes much more sense than other Mouse house movie theories.

The idea first emerged in the comments of a BuzzFeed story titled “12 Disney Movies That Have Horrifying Origin Stories”. The comment came from Matt, who had a pretty elaborate explanation as to why the prince in Snow White may actually be a Grim Reaper and that the princess ended up dead. Matt proposes that the happy ending was meant for children, while the adults who have experienced the truth of life can easily take the hint that the only way the story ends is in Snow white leaving her body.

But there is strong evidence suggesting what Matt might be saying could, in fact, be true. He compares Snow White to the real-life Margaretha von Waldeck a young noble of 16th century Germany. She fell in love with Phillip II of Spain on her visit to the court of Brussels. But the thought of the king marrying Margaretha was upsetting to someone who later poisoned her to death.

Margaretha’s father owned the copper mines where children were used as labor. We cannot help but think that the Dwarfs the movie refers to in fact symbolize these laborers. Margaretha was loved by many and the movie could be homage to her existence.

Why does the theory suggest that she dies? As per Matt, the prince is supposed to be kind of like an angel of death, basically a happier version of a grim reaper.” When Snow White first sees the prince, she is about to die and next only when she is on the deathbed. “When you die, the air is expelled from your lungs. Folklore said this was death kissing you to take the ‘breath of life’ from you,” Matt continued.

The last evidence is in fact that the castle is surrounded by clouds as if it were in heaven.

Matt’s comments went viral after a UK publication picked up his theory. The mouse house or anyone close has never suggested an alternate ending to the film. But it is not been dismissed either. Whatever they may say, it’s hard to imagine Snow white in the same light as we used to.

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Kevin from ‘Home Alone’ Grew Up to Be the Killer from ‘Saw’

by Emily Keen

There is this crazy theory doing rounds about Kevin McCallister being the Jigsaw. Home Alone films by 20th Century Fox were a major blockbuster of the 90s. In the film, Kevin gets left behind while his family goes on a vacation. Two burglars take note of the fact and try to break into the house. Kevin gives them a tour of hell with his cunning defense art. But this creative skill later evolves into a murderous instinct as per a few.

Jigsaw, on the other hand, is a crooked killer who resorts to killing people as a distraction from his imminent death. Jigsaw’s name is John Kramer. He has a peculiar way of murdering his victims. The captive must play the games they are surrounded with to stay alive. He kills them if they lose.

So where is the comparison here? Let us break it down for you

Kevin does not show any signs of abnormality as a child. Granted he only harms the bandits in defense. But the fact that he enjoys watching them suffer cannot be neglected. Jigsaw’s motive is to generate newfound respect for life in the minds of his victims but he too enjoys torturing them. Would it be totally nuts to assume that Kevin lost his grip on sanity when he heard the news of his illness and brought back the sadist mentality in a more violent way?

Both Kevin and Jigsaw use similar crafts to hurt their victims. Kevin’s speciality is building elaborate traps while Jigsaw makes up complicated games. Some of Jigsaw’s games have an uncanny resemblance to Kevin’s work of art.

Not to mention the blue eyes and blonde hair and oh, the mysteriously similar jawline they share. If we assume Kevin moved to the east coast after experiencing the events of home alone and grew up there, it all adds up. He possibly assumed a new identity of John Kramer and the rest is history.

The release timing of the two movies may not favour this theory since Kevin is just a kid in home alone films and he could only grow up to be a teenager by the time saw released in theatres. But Jigsaw is a fully grown man.  Nevertheless, James Wan, the maker of Saw fully supports this theory. That could mean something.

Only if the math of the release dates could add up, we would have every possible explanation to believe that Kevin did grow up into Jigsaw.

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8 Fantasy Flicks Streaming Right Now on Netflix

by Emily Keen

There is no rigid definition of what makes up a good fantasy film. It is simply any pic that gives us an out of the world experience through breathtaking set pieces.

Be it a battle of pirate ships or trouble in paradise, they qualify if they make the audience go woohoo!

Here is a list of some of the most expansive epics that will take you on a ride of a lifetime.

 

  1. Legion (2010)

Image result for Legion (2010)Run Time: 100 min | IMDb: 5.2/10

Paul Bettany and Dennis Quaid star in this dark fantasy epic that clings to some of the genre’s most- A protagonist versus Zombie chronicle coupled with religious themes and a bit of darkness! We cannot lie though. It’s quite a lot of darkness, to be honest.

 

  1. Cloud Atlas (2012)

Image result for Cloud Atlas (2012)Run Time: 172 min | IMDb: 7.5/10

This Wachowski creation is more of a mind-numbing experience than a fantasy with a lot of plotlines and character arcs being navigated simultaneously. But the themes of space and time help it make the cut.

 

  1. Coco (2017)

Image result for Coco (2017)Run Time: 105 min | IMDb: 8.5/10

On a superficial scale, Coco might just seem like another family drama surrounding a Mexican family. But subliminally it is meant to invoke some deep sentiments that humans experience in this journey of life and death. The picture of heaven painted by this film is rather unconventional but extravagant.

 

  1. The Crow (1994)

Image result for The Crow (1994)Run Time: 102 min | IMDb: 7.6/10

A rockstar comes back to life as the Crow to take revenge from men who raped and killed his fiancé. The film gained much acclaim since the lead Brandon Lee, died on an incident on the set with just a week remaining for the film to be completed.

 

  1. The Brothers Grimm (2005)

Related imageRun Time: 118 min | IMDb: 5.9/10

Two brothers go around scamming villagers for money in exchange for their ability to scare away evil and ghosts. But the con eventually lands them in real trouble when they are faced with real supernatural powers.

 

  1. Hellboy (2004)

Image result for Hellboy (2004)Run Time: 122 min | IMDb: 6.9/10

Who could pull off the devil better than Ron Perlman did? But the audience loved this one since he was not a devil after all. He fought for good.

 

  1. April And The Extraordinary World (2015)

Image result for April And The Extraordinary World (2015)Run Time: 105 min, IMDb: 7.3/10

Set in an alternate version of reality, this film showcases a world where technology does not exist and France is led by the Napoleans. Care to venture into this world?

 

  1. Horns (2013)

Image result for Horns (2013)Run Time: 120 min | IMDb: 6.5/10

Can you imagine Daniel Radcliffe with horns? He still looks hot! Besides in this one, he goes dark.

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5 things You Did Not Know About the Dark Knight Trilogy

by Emily Keen

Tim Burton/Joel Schumacher’s version of Batman did not make quite the buzz and crash-landed flat at the box office. Christopher Nolan’s Batman begins, however, was a gleaming success that kick-started a regime of an undying fervour for the Bat and that was it. The Dark knight trilogy remains to be one of the greatest version of the adaptation of the caped crusader on screen. Even with a sombre undertone, the film managed to bring entertainment to the table. It was Nolan’s genius that the character was revived in a resplendent fashion.

In a way, DC owes it to Nolan and in all fondness to Christian Bale that to get the Batman back in the game after Schumacher’s rendition failed miserably in 1997.

Here are 5 things you may have never heard of the greatest Trilogy ever made:

  1. Christian Bale Fell Asleep during filming.

Christian Bale himself agreed to have slumbered in the middle of a shot. While shooting for the scene where he just dozed off and never heard the word action. He said, “In Batman Begins, in the first scene I had with Michael Caine and Morgan Freeman, I fell asleep. In the scene, I was meant to be waking up, so I laid down and just fell asleep. And I didn’t hear ‘Action.'”

“In the scene, I was meant to be waking up, so I laid down and just fell asleep. And I didn’t hear ‘Action.'” He continued. – “I woke up with Michael Caine poking me in the ribs and going, ‘Look at that! He’s bloody fallen asleep, isn’t he? He’s bloody fallen asleep!’”

 

  1. The subtle hints in Nolan’s creations

Jim Gordon’s daughter was named Barbara Gordon in the trilogy.  Coleman Reese who had mysterious connections with the Riddler was addressed as Mr Reese in the 2008 film. That phonetically sounds like Mysteries

“They asked me if he [Jim Gordon] saw any giant alligators.” cops implicitly referring to Killer croc when John Blake warns them about Bane taking refuge in the city.

The character arc of Roland Dagget, who appears in the animated series, is altered in TDKR and his name is changed to John. Selina Kyle’s roommate Jen is actually representing Holly Robinson from the comic who was a hooker and trainer with the catwoman.

 

  1. Nolan’s gritty narrative changed the game

Batman’s character lost its charm with Batman and Robin (1997). As mentioned earlier, the film turned out to be a complete disaster owing to which the makers had to halt the fifth instalment which was called Batman Triumphant.  Nolan in all his capacity, breathed a new life into the story with his realistic approach as opposed to the theatrical entries staged in Schumacher’s films. Nolan stayed true to the essence of the character as described in the comics and that went to gather the attention of a whole new faction of the audience.

 

  1. The Boy Wonder – Robin

Robin’s arc was never meant to fly in Nolan films. But he did decide to give the character a role in his narrative. Not as a direct sidekick of Batman but as an assistant to detective James Gordon. He fully re-moulded the character to give him detective abilities instead of gymnastics.

 

  1. The Movies were a mix of different comics

Christopher Nolan’s obsession with the Batman story began with Richard Donner’s Superman (1978). “What I loved about Superman was the way New York felt like New York, or rather Metropolis felt like New York. Metropolis felt like a city you could recognize — and then there was this guy flying through the streets.” Nolan said.

Batman Begins (2005) drew major inspiration from Frank Miller’s Batman: Year One (1987), Blind Justice (1989), and The Man Who Falls (1989). The Dark Knight (2008) plotline was the amalgamation of Batman #1 (1940), Batman #251 (1973), The Killing Joke (1988) and The Long Halloween (1996-1997). The Dark Knight Rises (2012) was the closest to Knightfall (1993). It also picked up a few elements from No Man’s Land (1999-2000) and The Cult (1988). Anne Hathaway’s Selina Kyle in TDKR was inspired by Catwoman: The Dark End of the Street (2001-2002)

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8 Fantasy Movies to Watch on Amazon Prime

by Emily Keen

Fantasy movies are much more than the cliché ideas of fairy tales and wizards. They could be giant monsters or machines or even space adventures. It is any movie that takes you on a roller coaster of thrill and excitement.

We present you 8 best fantasy movies streaming on Amazon Prime.

 

  1. Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle

Image result for Jumanji: Welcome To The JungleDwayne Johnson’s Jumanji is a modern-day idea of the original concept. The third installment of the franchise features a video game that sucks the players into a jungle where dangers of cosmic proportions await.

 

  1. Aquaman

Image result for AquamanThe supposedly rightful heir of the Atlantis, the Aquaman is back with a splash in a standalone aqua adventure treating us with the best CGI and intensive combat scenes. But what really looks mesmerizing is the vibrant theme of the film.

 

  1. Godzilla: King of Monsters

Related imageOne word- Destruction! That’s right! If fans say they were not satisfied with the earlier renditions of this monster film franchise, be assured you will have enough combat and demolition to fulfill that craving.

 

  1. Men in Black

Image result for Men in BlackThe Brand’s original film is the best one ever and none of the sequels will ever match up to the level of wit, vision and cultural impact the dynamic duo Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones had on the audience.

 

  1. Snow White and the Huntsman

Image result for Snow White and the HuntsmanUnlike the animated Snow White, this one is not a light-hearted princess story. It is a rather dark and murky quest of a princess(Kristen Stewart) who has to save her kingdom from her evil stepmother. This is a real battle she has to fight on the field with the aid of the huntsman (Chris Hemsworth).

 

  1. Hocus Pocus

Image result for Hocus PocusHocus Pocus is the classic tale of three witches whose spirits come alive every Halloween. The spooky cult favorite released in 1993 and is still adored by all generations.

 

  1. Guardians of the Galaxy

Image result for Guardians of the GalaxyA group of Kickass and hilarious guardians driving around in their cool spaceship saving the cosmos from imminent dangers! This is one franchise in the Marvel universe that perfectly blends superhero actions with genuine emotions and brilliant plotline.

 

  1. Mortal Engines

Image result for Mortal EnginesThe plot sounds bonkers. It is actually set in a post-apocalyptic future where cities are moving on wheels and the big cities will eat up small ones if they don’t grow. Crazy huh? But the soul of the film is n fact the protagonist Hester, who has rather questionable ethics but an undeniable depth to her.

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8 Best Thrillers on Amazon Prime Right Now

by Emily Keen

It is absolutely overwhelming, the list of thrillers Amazon Prime has added to its stable over the years. If you try to settle on one, it gets almost impossible. Amidst the dozen choices and each poster looking better than the other and the feeling that you might miss out something better if you do not do enough research before you zero in on one gets you all anxious.

We wanted you to get past that stage. Here is a list of 8 best thrillers available on the streaming service so that the thought of where to begin, does not take all your time.

 

  1. Overlord

Image result for overlord movieA war story by all means, but ‘Overlord’ takes a big leap by throwing in brutal human experiments and paints an eccentric picture of what the world might have looked like on the clock of Nazis.

 

  1. The Report

Image result for The ReportHow brutality towards prisoners suspected of being connected to the 9/11 attacks has been explored by numerous movies. This film, on the other hand, means to unravel the biggest cover-ups in the history of CIA’s investigation pertaining to the torturous methods that investigative forces resorted to in America in retaliation of the heinous war crime.

 

  1. Thief

Image result for thief movieMaking his mind up on giving up all criminal activities, Frank is down to crack a safe one last time. But we all know how this ends. But the point is you have to witness this underrated gritty noir by Michael Mann. It is great.

 

  1. You Were Never Really Here

Image result for You Were Never Really Here movieJoaquin Phoenix as a war veteran and ruthless assassin keeps having hallucinations. An extraordinary performer that he is, cruising through a tentative world so smoothly and taking us along with him that we keep wondering until the very end, Are we really here?

 

  1. The Rainmaker

Related imageFrancis Coppola handles this one very different from his iconic films like Godfather and Apocalypse. But this happens to be one of the best adaptations of John Grisham’s novels with some of the most terrific performances from the cast. A must watch if you are into the thriller genre.

 

  1. Witness

Image result for Witness movieNot many films have explored the principles of the Amish community like Harrison Ford’s Witness. SO besides being a unique thrill generating machine, it can also be viewed as an educational experience about the Amish community’s take on life.

 

  1. The Killing

Image result for The Killing movieStanley Kubrick’s third film as a filmmaker gave the world a glimpse of his genius. The Killing is everything a thriller should be- Exciting, gripping and high energy.

 

  1. The Conversation

Related imageSurveillance expert Harry Caul is one reserved chap, obsessed with his work and occasionally playing Saxophone. But that’s about it. No one is allowed in his world and neither does he engage with other’s lives until he realizes that the clients he is working, for now, might be having the shadows of death lurking around. With a series of twists and turns watch Harry unravel the truth only to lead to one of the saddest endings you would have ever witnessed.

 

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8 Psychological Thrillers Streaming On Netflix Right Now

by Emily Keen

Thrillers need not always be about creepy monsters and surreal characters. The darkest corners of the human mind are much scarier and worth exploring. Hollywood’s cosmos of psycho thrillers is gleaming with the darkest gems that are highly underrated.  For fans of horror and mystery here are 8 of these brilliant psychological thrillers streaming on Netflix right now.

 

  1. The Invisible Guest

Image result for the invisible guest movieA typical ‘whodunit’ plotline that will keep you guessing about the identity of a killer until the curtain falls on the final act.

 

  1. The Good Neighbor

Image result for The Good NeighborTwo tech-savvy guys, Sean and Ethan are hellbent on creating a haunting experience for their old neighbor. If you are thinking there is nothing particularly psycho about it, you should perhaps take a closer look at Ethan who would go to any lengths to push his poor old neighbor over the edge.

 

  1. Buster’s Mal Heart

Related imageWhen Rami Malek’s at the heart of the story, don’t expect anything sane or normal! But one thing is for sure! You are in for a ride of a lifetime. The Oscar-winning actor plays an ordinary man who one fine day decides to give up on his life as a family man for life on the run because he is convinced that an event called ‘The inversion’ is about to change the world.

 

  1. Brick

Image result for brick movieA classic film noir, the film overlays the elements of old age detective films over seemingly modern characters. Gordon-Levitt’s character drives the entire film which is a masterpiece in itself when it comes to plotting, dialogues, and astuteness.

 

  1. Berlin Syndrome

Image result for Berlin SyndromeSet in Berlin the film follows the journey of an Australian backpacker Clare who loves to explore places and meet new people. But are all strangers really dreamy-like they show in romantic comedies? The one Clare meets is definitely a nightmare.

 

  1. Creep

Image result for creep movieIt is everything the title literally says. There is something so disturbing yet utterly fascinating about this found footage romps that they will keep you coming back. Creep charts the life of Aaron, a videographer who finds himself working for a man(Josef) who is about to die of cancer and wants to document his life for his unborn child. But whatever Josef says, his stories do not add up.

 

  1. Hush

Image result for HushImagine you are home alone and suddenly you realize that you have an invited guest. The terror that would craw above the knees is unexplainable. Now hold that thought. Let’s say you are deaf and mute too. Feel the chills down the spine yet? Exactly the feeling this slasher flick aspires to invoke.

 

  1. Burning

Related imageIf any of you are aspiring thriller filmmakers, consider Burning as the masterclass session you need. The film is simply amazing with developing a story that will take even the most uninterested audience to the edge of their seats. A must watch psychological thriller that takes brilliantly dissects the concepts of class divide and toxic masculinity.

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8 Movies That Are Sure to Make You Cry

by Emily Keen

No matter how strong you think you are when movies bring out a whole lot of relatable sentiments it will trigger waterworks whether you like it or not.

Here are 8 such movies that are sure to make you cry when you watch them.

 

  1. Beaches

Image result for beaches movieA tale of childhood friendship eternalized by the love between two best friends and the performances of Barbara Hershey and Bette Midler. If nothing else, do not underestimate the power of music to tickle the eyes.

 

  1. Brokeback Mountain

Image result for Brokeback MountainIf this poignant account of homosexual attraction between Jake Gyllenhaal and Heath Ledger does not make you cry, I don’t know what will.

 

  1. Holland’s Opus

Image result for Holland's OpusThere is always that one teacher in everyone’s life whose words or actions have a huge impact on their life. Have you thanked them for doing it yet? If not, this story about a music teacher will compel you to do so.

 

  1. The Joy Luck Club

Related imageA mother-daughter story that will make you reach for the phone and call your mom once it’s over.

 

  1. Stepmom

Image result for StepmomSusan Sarandon and Julia Roberts give us the ultimate tear-jerker with their bizarre relationship that takes an unusual turn.

 

  1. The Lion King

Related imageNot just the deers, zebras, and the elephants, we were all rejoiced and teary-eyed when Rafiki held little Simba high up in the air like the king he was.

 

  1. The Fault in Our Stars

Related imageYour life is about to end. How do you process the feelings of love at this stage when nothing is certain enough? Grab a box of tissues before you start watching this tale about two teens battling cancer and at the same time their feelings for each other.

 

  1. The Hate U Give

Image result for The Hate U GiveThis brutal drama about the life of a black girl highlights the struggle of surviving in spaces of white dominance when you belong to a black neighborhood.

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8 Good Movies to Watch When Home Alone

by Emily Keen

Some movies mean to convey emotions that cannot be fully felt in the presence of company. Such features are best enjoyed alone. Here are 8 such movies that may be solemnly devoured when you have the house all to yourself.

 

  1. Honey Boy, 2019

Image result for Honey Boy, 2019A poignant account of actor Shia Labeouf’s life explores an emotionally toxic relationship he had with his father and how the consequential PTSD changed his life.

  1. Waves, 2019

Image result for Waves, 2019Another complicated father-son relationship maverick which pushes the boundaries of conventional narratives coupled with phenomenal cinematography and sublime acting.

 

  1. Uncut Gems, 2019

Image result for Uncut Gems, 2019A high thrill adventure set in the backdrop of New York city driven by an ecstatic Adam Sandler whose life at the moment to be described in one word would be- crisis. Not to mention the Safdie brother’s signature style tension build-up that will keep you at the edge of your seat.

 

  1. The Lighthouse, 2019

Image result for The Lighthouse, 2019An oddball script that is carried only by two characters. That’s right! Robert Pattinson and Willem Dafoe phenomenally enact the struggle, the frustration, and weariness they undergo while being stuck over an island with each other.

 

  1. The World Before Your Feet, 2018

Related imageA very uplifting account about life realized through Matt Green’s obsession to walk every street of the city and document the character of what we call New York. It took him six years!

 

  1. Last Breath, 2019

Image result for Last Breath, 2019A tense and gripping tale of a diver who is stranded 100 meters below the surface of the North Sea just 5 minutes away from his Last breath while the rescue is 30 minutes away.

 

  1. Midsommar, 2019

Image result for Midsommar, 2019Well here is the deal. If you suffer from Anxiety, stay away from this one. This is Ari Aster’s second psycho-thriller taking satanic rituals to a whole new level set in the backdrop of beautiful Swedish mountains. Don’t fall for its aesthetics. It could drive a sane man crazy!

 

  1. The Mustang, 2019

Image result for The Mustang, 2019Matthias Schoenaerts proves he is very eloquent with expressing his emotions without saying a word. This is one of those rare gems which deserves all the appreciation for the underlying subtext more than the story and more so for the way it is narrated.

 

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8 Best Animated Movies of All Time

by Emily Keen

It all started with simple 2D drawings on the screens. The animation genre was once only an effort meant mostly for a juvenile audience. Even the pioneers wouldn’t have foreseen its power as the richest medium to channel creativity and imagination. If we were to handpick a few in the genre that really pushed the boundaries of innovation with the drawings and characters, these 8 films would be it!

 

  1. ‘Rango’ (2011)

Related imageThe director of Pirates of Carribean gives us quirky animated western which charts the adventures of a thespian lizard. The film uses references from some of the most classic western genre opuses including Clint Eastwood’s “Man with No Name” which gives it a peculiar feel.

 

  1. ‘Coraline’ (2009)

Image result for Coraline’ (2009)Everything that shines is not gold. Coraline, our titular character learns this the hard way. The stop motion animation flick crafts some crisp 3D frames and a brilliant storyline.

 

  1. ‘Charlotte’s Web’ (1973)

Image result for Charlotte’s Web’ (1973)Watch this one just to witness Templeton the rat dancing and singing to “the fair is a veritable smorgasborg-orgasborg-orgasborg!”. You will cherish it forever.

 

  1. ‘Grave of the Fireflies’ (1988)

Image result for Grave of the Fireflies’ (1988)An attempt supposedly made to target the child audience but is in fact an intense post-war set up that shows the struggle of teenage siblings who are learning to survive in the world in the wake of the hostilities.

 

  1. ‘Fantastic Planet’ (1973)

Image result for Fantastic Planet’ (1973)Everything! Literally everything about this film is odd. Right from the eerie soundtrack to the papercut animation, this is simply a work of art by French animator René Laloux.

 

  1. ‘The Secret of NIMH’ (1982)

Image result for ‘The Secret of NIMH’ (1982)A symbolic fable that attempts to take a dig at heinous experimentation on animals and a gesture at celebrating the strength of single moms through a light-hearted yet strong story of a widowed mouse.

 

  1. ‘Up’ (2009)

Image result for ‘Up’ (2009)Simply put – an achiever! The film garnered much attention after it became an opening film at the Cannes Film Festival. The stunningly animated frames skillfully refine the plot to realize into what we can call the best magical realism fable ever made.

 

  1. Howl’s Moving Castle’ (2004)

Related imageAn unpleasant witch curses a young woman with an old body. The woman’s only way out is a young wizard who moves around in a walking castle.

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[Crazy Fan Theory] Did Batman die in ‘The Dark Knight Rises’?!

by Emily Keen

There is a section of fans that suspect that Bruce Wayne actually died at the end of The Dark Knight Rises. What immediately comes to mind is, what about the scene where Bruce is seen enjoying a coffee with Selina Kyle? Well, they call it Alfred’s fantasy which is born out of guilt that he walked out on his master Bruce when he needed him the most.

These lines said by Alfred in the move might help put things in perspective

“Every year, I took a holiday. I went to Florence, there’s this cafe, on the banks of the Arno. Every fine evening, I’d sit there and order a Fernet Branca. I had this fantasy, that I would look across the tables and I’d see you there… You wouldn’t say anything to me, nor me to you. But we’d both know that you’d made it, that you were happy.”

Could it be possible? Christopher Nolan’s films are anything but straightforward. So we cannot totally dismiss the probability of it being true.

Let’s examine the facts, shall we?

We saw “The Bat” explode over the ocean and it was an Atomic Bomb if you will. There is hardly any chance of a human surviving an explosion of those proportions. Even if he does, he’d at least undergo a mutation from all the radiations.

There is absolutely no scene where it was indicated that Batman might have had a chance to dodge the blast.

But what about Alfred? Is he really hallucinating?

After all the love he had for the master and the fact that he was not there to support him in his tough days would obviously lead us to believe that Alfred is hurt and broken beyond measure and only projects that image of a happy Bruce to put his misery to rest.

What do you guys thin? Do let us know in the comments.

 

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8 Reasons Why Elf is the Greatest Christmas Movie of Modern Times

by Emily Keen

There are a few movies that do not get the recognition they deserve when they are released. But as years go by they grow to become cult favourites. One such film is Elf on the Shelf. We often see a lot of Santa in Christmas movies. But Elves are usually underrated as a significant part of Christmas.

Elf in the Shelf released in 2003 but hardly ever makes it to the Christmas playlist. We wonder why when it is, in fact, one of the greatest Christmas movies of modern times.

Here are 8 reasons why:

 

  1. Will Ferrell

Will Ferrell broke out as a comedic superstar from this film. He already had cult following through his comedy TV show. He created a brand with his non-sequitur style and frankly, that’s what makes the film so great.

 

  1. The idea of the film

Elf mirrors the plotlines of some of the classic American films including Crocodile Dundee, Big and The Jerk where he is visiting the city of New York with a purpose in mind. The way the makers have settled for an idea that perfectly balances conformity and anarchism is rather commendable.

 

  1. Santa’s Home

The film showcases one of the most unique sets depicting the North Pole. We have to give it up to the set designers for creating a 2D stylized home for Santa and to keep it believable and comical at the same time.

 

  1. Jon Favreau

Jon Favreau deserves credit for a heartwarming and easy-going script which well defines his talent as a writer and director. The film does not look like it is going heavy on the festive element but holds a subtle and natural charm.

 

  1. Way to New York

The directions to New York are rather easy to remember in a way this film taught us: pass through the seven levels of the Candy Cane forest, through the sea of swirly twirly gum drops, and then walk through the Lincoln Tunnel.

 

  1. James Caan

Buddy’s father, a human, makes the rather poignant process of defrosting look so usual. No one could have pulled the act as well as he did and that proves how visionary the casting director was. Susie Farris, Take a bow!

 

  1. Redefining Food Groups

Candy, candy canes, candy corns and syrup! We need to sign a petition to recognize this as the official Christmas diet.

 

  1. Face off with fake Santa

“You sit on a throne of lies!” Buddy yanks the fake Santa to give us the big moment of revelation like in Miracle On 34th Street and Bad Santa.

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8 Best Space Opera Movies of All Times

by Emily Keen

Space operas as a genre are a tremendous effort. The VFX, extravagant set pieces and vivid imaginations are quintessential to the success of these movies. Not all Soap operas made in Hollywood to date have made it to the winner’s list. It’s a total gamble. If the film wins, the makers become legends. If it doesn’t, well then, they get drafted into Hollywood’s loser’s list.

Here is the list of 8 great space operas which turned out to be massive hits:

 

  1. Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan

Image result for Star Trek II: The Wrath of KhanTwo ship commanders sparring against each other in the dark of space, this installment of Star Trek Franchise takes the villainous nature to a whole new level. With staggering performances and one of the most striking death scenes, this deserves the number one spot on the list.

 

  1. Star Wars: Original Trilogy (1977 – 1983)

Image result for Star Wars: Original TrilogyThe Trilogy is the one true definition of what a space opera means in all respects. All three films are considered benchmarks in the world of cinema.

 

  1. Serenity (2005)

Image result for Serenity (2005)Ever come across a film that is so wholesome that it becomes difficult to pick one good moment? Well, Serenity is one of them. The movie was specifically applauded for creating a whole new world with well-drawn characters.

 

  1. Alien (1979)

Related imageIf you haven’t watched this movie in a theatre, you are missing out on an experience of a lifetime. No movie will ever be able to match the dark depths of space as recreated in Alien. The film revolves around a group of humans making a run from an Alien spaceship, hellbent on destroying them.

 

  1. Interstellar (2014)

Image result for Interstellar (2014)Simply put – Work of art, made sublime by the direction of Christopher Nolan and scaling the height of classics owing to wonderful performances and brilliant cinematography.

 

  1. Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)

Image result for Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)James Gunn’s GOTG may not be a classic space opera but it would not be fair if we just dismiss it. The dazzling visual effects and comical tone which spans across the film help the film make the cut.

 

  1. WALL-E (2008)

Image result for WALL-E (2008)So far the only animated film to be classified as space opera Pixar’s WALL-E builds entirely around a robot. It would not be right to say that they have a perfect vision of the future but the ideas are quite refreshing.

 

  1. Galaxy Quest (1999)

Image result for Galaxy Quest (1999)The film begins with spoofing the ideas of space opera and sci-fi culture but then takes a sharp turn to give you a perfect space adventure.

 

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8 Feminist Movies to Watch on Netflix Right Now

by Emily Keen

 

Women centred films are slowly breaking the stereotypes and coming to the fore with more innovative and intriguing plots. Filmmakers are coming up with powerful issues surrounding women as opposed to archaic stereotypes where women were just considered a decoration for the script. Here are 8 films streaming on Netflix that have strong stories played by equally staunch actresses.

 

  1. Portraits of feminism

Image result for Portraits of feminism documentaryA dozen women activists are interviewed in this documentary where they share their views around the evolution of society as a safe and welcoming place for women.

 

  1. Is not it romantic?

Related imageNo, it’s not. It is just a girl on a journey of self-discovery and learning the importance of self-love.

 

  1. Dumplin’

Image result for Dumplin’Ever felt like you are not happy with your body? Most women do and that’s the issue this film expects to tackle in the vein of a light-hearted teen comedy.

 

  1. Lionheart

Image result for LionheartThe ceiling is glass. All you need is a Lionheart! Shot in Nigeria, the film is written, directed and enacted by Genevieve Nnaji as the central character.

 

  1. Mona Lisa SMILE

Related imageMaking life decisions does not seem like a big deal for women in our world right now. But the young women of the mid-twentieth century did not think of it as normal. Watch Mona Lisa Smile to find out how they emerged out of the cocoon to believe in a whole new reality and the fact that they had every right to shape it.

 

  1. The Incredible Jessica James

Image result for The Incredible Jessica JamesModern women want to be self-sufficient for themselves and would still believe in old school romance. Why is it hard to accept that strong women feel no different want nothing different when it comes to love without compromising on their self-esteem? The film raises some very pertinent questions.

 

  1. She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry

Image result for She’s Beautiful When She’s AngryWhoever type casted feminists as rude, men bashing creatures, definitely need to watch this film. The film brings to fore some very prominent moments from the second wave of the feminist movement.

 

  1. Historias cruzadas

Related imageNo oppressor can survive once the force of nature decides to reconcile. Historias cruzadas documents the combat of mid-20th-century domestic workers in the United States who joined hands against ill-treatment by employers and in the process inspired many city women to question the norms of gender stereotypes.

 

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8 Female Empowerment Movies on Amazon Prime

by Emily Keen

Looking for movies with some powerful and complex female characters? In times where women are battling with issues that are deep-rooted in the society since ages, a dose of motivation would not hurt. In fact, that is more of what we need.

Here are 8 very staunch women-centric titles, streaming right now on Amazon Prime.

 

  1. The Help

Related imageA young Journalist in 1960s decides to stick up for a story about the lives of domestic staffs in Mississippi that invites rage of the high-class employers.

 

  1. Lady Bird

Image result for Lady BirdA woman can steer past a thousand troubles but not a stubborn mom. Watch Saoirse Ronan in the skin of a lovely high school senior trying to get it right with her mother along with a whole eventful year at the high school.

 

  1. Moana (2016)

Image result for Moana (2016)Why is Moana on the list? Come on. How else would you inculcate the idea of strong women in the minds of coming of age girls and boys?

 

  1. Hidden Figures

Image result for Hidden FiguresDid you know that the mission that launched astronaut John Glenn into the orbit, was spearheaded by three women at NASA?

 

  1. Mulan

Image result for MulanA girl is not the one to carry forward the father’s legacy? How about we talk after you watch Mulan?

 

  1. A League Of Their Own

Image result for A League Of Their OwnYou’d think it’s easy to be in All-American Girls Baseball League. Well then here is the reality.

 

  1. Wild

Related imageCheryl Strayed begins her journey of self-discovery along the 1,100 mile-long Pacific Crest Trail after a harsh divorce. Reese Witherspoon as a protagonist gives a staggering performance in this adaptation of a bestselling novel Directed by Dallas Buyers Club.

 

  1. Bad Moms

Related imageThings hit the roof as a trio of overworked moms go astray to take time to themselves until they are facing a clique of moms who comply with their responsibilities as good moms.

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8 Family Friendly Movies on Amazon Prime

by Emily Keen

Parents who are having a hard time finding the perfect movies to watch with your kids, we got this. Amazon may not have a section labelled specially as family movies, but they do have films which suit the occasion. Here are 8 movies that you can watch with your kids without getting bored all along.

  1. Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (2017)

Image result for valerian and the city of a thousand planets (2017)Rated PG-13, IMDb score: 6.5/10

Luc Besson’s The Fifth element may not exactly fall within the confines of family movies, but Valerian sure does. The film is an adaptation of French comics and has a PG-13 rating. The film has its share of absurd ferocity but the kind that does not hurt the eyes since it is mostly computer-generated. Oh, and there is a sexy dance number by Rihanna!

 

  1. The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About Space (2017)

Related imageRated G, IMDb score: N/A

Again a G-Rated feature which is safe for watching with children of all ages. Paul Hunts Cat in the Hat saga this time explores the wilderness of the solar system. This the absolute go-to if you want to get your kids started on the sci-fi space adventures.

 

  1. Power Rangers (2017)

Image result for Power Rangers (2017)Rated PG-13, IMDb score: 6.0/10

This reboot of the original Power Rangers film is a next-level adventure. Tidied up for the new-gen audience (older kids basically), it follows the power rangers dealing with some obnoxious rumour peddling happening at school. The violence is animated and the kids get to venture into the vivid world of the gang fighting evil monsters.

 

  1. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out Of The Shadows (2016)

Related imageRated PG-13, IMDb score: 6/10

Before you pounce on our decision to add this movie to the list, wait! Agreed that this turtle spoof carries a load of foul language and toilet humour, but they have definitely sobered down on the sexual content. If that’s what had you worried and a little “Jackass” and “son of a b****” here and there does not bother you, go for it!

 

  1. Hugo (2011)

Image result for Hugo (2011)Rated PG, IMDb score: 7.5/10

A quirky ride power packed for a younger group of audiences is what Hugo is at large. The tale speaks of Hugo, an orphan who loses his father in a fire. While there is nothing particularly concerning or even alarming about the film, the tone adopted in the film by Sasha Baron Cohen’s character where she speaks of pregnancy and infidelity may have upset a few sections.

 

  1. Zathura: A Space Adventure (2005)

Related imageRated PG, IMDb score: 6.2/10

This whimsical space adventure has two brothers (aged 6 and 10) put aside their conflicts and embark on a journey that will have them facing off against infuriated extra-terrestrial beasts. An absolute No-No if you despise foul language though!

 

  1. Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989)

Related imageRated PG-13, IMDb score: 8.3/10

Are you surprised Indiana Jones made the list? You are probably thinking “why anyone in their right mind would want to show their children scenes of melting humans and skeletons”? We don’t want that either. The Franchise’s third instalment goes subtle on the element of “atrocious” and that is how it made the cut. Indy this time pairs up with his father Henry (played by Sean Connery) to give us a wholesome movie full of action, adventure and drama.

 

  1. Jack Frost (1979)

Image result for Jack Frost (1979)IMDb score: 7.2/10

Jack Frost visits the town every year and along with him brings wintertime. But this time fate takes an unexpected turn and the master of cold has his heart warmed by a local woman Elisa. Lovestruck, the conjurer pleads to become human. But the transformation comes with its share of troubles that Elisa’s family must now endure. The stop motion animation feature harbours certain terms that in the times could be considered offensive.

 

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8 Movies Universally Loved by All Audiences

by Emily Keen

There is a general divide among audiences when it comes to a penchant for movies. There will be a section that loves indie classics. There are others who have an inclination towards mainstream cinema. But then there are movies that managed to push these barriers of categorization and enthrall audiences across the band. Here are 8 such films that managed to strike the chords in the hearts of movie buffs at large.

 

  1. Star Trek (2009)

Image result for star trek (2009)A vengeful Kirk is on a quest to defend the Federation from a ruthless Romulan seeking revenge. Will he live up to his father’s legacy? This reboot is considered one of the best renditions of the classic Star Trek saga.

 

  1. The Great Escape (1963)

Related imageAs the name suggests, the film is about allied prisoners of World War II planning an escape from a German camp. The film has been critically acclaimed for its top of class acting and background score. Be assured that if you do decide to watch it, you won’t get bored.

 

  1. The Hunger Games (2012)

Image result for The Hunger Games (2012)Since we are talking about universally loved movies, THG deserves a mention by all means. The popularity of the books formed the foundation of success for the films no doubt. But THG films do have a selling point of its own- Jennifer Lawrence.

 

  1. Spider-man 2 (2004)

Related imageI doubt there is anyone who will disagree with the fact that Sam Raimi’s Spiderman the benchmark of the spidey universe. Peter Parker’s love life is falling apart as he tries to bring down the wicked scientist named Doctor Otto Octavious. The film perfectly blends the elements of romance, action, and evil coming off as a work of art superhero romp.

 

  1. Terminator 2: Judgement Day (1991)

Related imageJames Cameron truly went all out with the second installment of Terminator. Arnie is back from the future one more time to protect John Connor from a shape-shifting monster, Robert Patrick. The film’s blockbuster performance at the box office is primarily credited to the hot and raging CGI that blew the crowd. It is an absolute classic amongst all other Terminator movies.

 

  1. My Neighbour Totoro (1988)

Image result for My Neighbour Totoro (1988)Imagine you are vertically stretching your body and the force you are using actually pulls a tree out of seed in a matter of minutes without you even touching it. This is just one of the many mystical powers Satsuki and Mei discover in the forest of wondrous spirits. Hayao Miyazaki’s complement to country life leaves you in the state of a pure transcendent hangover in its wake.

 

  1. X2 (2003)

Related imageBryan Singer’s X2 unfolds as the social struggle of the gifted continues and they keep their moral high ground fighting on the right side of the battle. The second slab of the x men has some pretty interesting character arcs overlaid with bold action sequences. The fan-favorite outshines its predecessor in all aspects and takes the story of the spandex swathed superheroes to a whole new level.

 

  1. Inception (2010)

Related imageChristopher Nolan’s signature move to couple a mind-numbing concept with entertainment lands Inception right in the lap of eternal classics. You might need to watch it twice because it is heavy to process in a single watch. But the psychedelic assortment of dreams and reality will leave you with an out of body feeling.

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8 Best Movies to Stream on Amazon Prime Right Now

by Emily Keen

Too much time is lost each day scrolling through the overwhelming options available on streaming channels. In the hope of getting the gist and finding the right movie, you keep analyzing titles and scan through the descriptions but end up more confused about which one is right for the occasion.

We thought we could scale down the level of misery for you by helping you pick some of the best movies that are available on Amazon right now. So here goes:

 

  1. Midsommar

Related imageA limerick of classics such as The Wickerman, the film unwinds in the backdrop of a stunning summer solstice that almost blinds you out to the technical mastery at times. Ari Aster’s third attempt at sending you down hell hole of savagery is undoubtedly a masterpiece. Through the landscape of grief, codependence, and angst, follows an extraordinary performance from Florence Pugh. Pugh, enroute on a trip with her boyfriend and his friends ends up in the middle of a pagan ritual which points untangles into a pitch dark comedy.

 

  1. The Report

Related imageContagion and Side Effects writer Scott Z. Burns’ directorial debut is a procedural thriller aimed at exposing CIA’s use of torture post 9/11 attacks through a senate investigation. Adam Driver heads the probing team at the command of Dianne Feinstein. This is a skillfully crafted and sharply executed thriller that in no way deviates from the central gist. And what shall end into a Report as the title suggests!

 

  1. Late Night

Image result for Late NightIf you are into BTS Hollywood stories, then add this to your list right away. The story introduces Mindy Kaling as an aspiring writer for late-night show host Emma Thompson. But here idealistic principles face off against the practical and surviving spirit of the women she idolizes and the all-male writer staff. The film starts high on laughs and ends on a surprisingly emotional note. Thompson is incredible as usual and Kaling is phenomenal as a charming and innocent novice.

 

  1. The Terminator

Image result for The TerminatorA relentless mash-up of sci-fi, drama, and action, The Terminator was the breakout film for the legendary James Cameron. The film meticulously traverses through the concepts of drama and romance in the vein of a full-blown sci-fi script. The cult favorite is one of Linda Hamilton’s iconic roles packed with some high voltage action scenes and comes across as an extraordinary buildup of the script by Cameron.

 

  1. Instant Family

Related imageAn intense and honest film pertaining to the positive and negative aspects of foster home parenting. But kudos to the way the film deals with the comedy without downplaying on the significance of the emotions it is meant to convey. Rose Byrne is someone to be treasured and celebrated for the way she has held up in the comical genre for all these years. She outdoes herself in this one and that is all we can say.

 

  1. A Simple Favor

Related imageIt is twisted, but it is gorgeous! Even with so much absurdity going around, A simple Favor keeps you hooked until the end revealing secrets and weird details at each turn. A single mother (Anna Kendrick) agrees to look after Blake Lively’s son while she is away. But the situation takes a bizarre turn when Lively goes missing and a series of truths begin to unravel about her mysterious life.

 

  1. Climax

Image result for ClimaxThis crowd-pleaser from Gasper Noe is the director’s most sober attempt at mixing the ingredients of paranoia and insanity. Anyone who has seen Irreversible and Enters the Void would agree. Sofia Boutella’s dance crew call for an all-night celebration following a successful performance. But its too late until they realize their drinks have been spiked with a potent dose of LSD. What ensues next is an overpowering psychedelic experience as a cumulative effect of all the crushes, rivalries and violence amongst the crew members.  This is one of those tales that will make you exhale heavily and slowly as anxiousness begins to crawl up the nerves.

 

  1. Serenity

Related imageSerenity is one of the quirkiest films of 2019. The plot is a straightforward “rescue my ex-wife from her abusive husband” story. Although Fisherman Baker Dill is not doing this out of love for his ex-wife. She has offered him $10 million if the plan of this premeditated murder is successful. It’s not much of the story that falls into the quirky groove. It’s the weirdest turns the film takes. If you like weird, you are going to have a blast for sure.

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8 Best Rom-Coms to watch this Holiday Season

by Emily Keen

Romantic comedies and holidays are lovers in paradise. Too cheesy? But that works just fine for the movies coming your way. Since you asked, here is the gold from the tinsel town’s romcom minefield.

 

  1. When Harry Met Sally (1989)

Related imageWe are talking holidays so let’s start with the classics first. And of course, Harry Met Sally aces the list for obvious reasons. Rob Reiner’s classic love story charts the life of Harry (Billy Crystal) and Sally (Meg Ryan) as they meet in college and eventually fall in love. The film is adored by viewers across generations and harbors some of the most phenomenal quotes doing the rounds of the rom-com universe since forever.

 

  1. Love Actually (2003)

Related imageThere is not a single hopeless romantic who won’t know this gem. Is there? If you don’t know Love Actually, you do not qualify to watch any of the below movies. Just kidding! But this classic rom-com by Richard Curtis is no joke. It follows the life of 9 couples across London until Christmas. The movie is a wide spectrum of narratives exploring the definition of love for people of various age groups and mindsets with a schmaltzy yet a classy mold.

 

  1. Bridget Jones’s Diary (2001)

Related imageHelen Fielding’s bestselling novel forms the plot for this film. The feature follows a year in the life of a protagonist which ends with holidays. Perfect for a holiday watch, the film stars the wonderful Renee Zellweger who lived in the film is pretty much smoking, drinking and documenting her life in a journal. Though the film breathes through self-humiliation, it still stands tall in the list of evergreen romcoms.

 

  1. You’ve Got Mail (1998)

Related imageA romance that stems through mail struggles to survive through the blows of a rivalry imbued by capitalism. But the people involved are not aware that they are in fact just pawns in this game called irony. A man and a woman who anonymously share their routine struggles with each other on an online platform do not know that they are the same people rooting for each other’s failure in real life. It is an interesting journey along which the man, eventually finds the truth but still keeps up with the act. setting aside all his anger and frustration he solely focuses on supporting the woman who is out of business thanks to a big bookstore he just opened around the corner. You’ve got mail is a story incredibly narrated and phenomenally played its two protagonists, Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks.

 

  1. The Holiday (2006)

Related imageTwo women from different corners of the world, rent each other’s houses to spend a holiday away from their everyday surroundings and problems. As it happens the swapping of environments works in their favor as they may have found themselves the love they were always looking for.

 

  1. The Best Man Holiday (2013)

Image result for The Best Man Holiday (2013)The second installment of Malcolm D. Lee’s 1999 classic rom-com reunites all characters after a gap of 15 years. Most of the guys are going through either emotional labor or financial trouble when one of the fives puts together a vacation plan for the boys to get back together during Christmas. The ensemble does not disappoint with their comeback chemistry. But this time Lee has thrown in a few chunks of melodrama too.

 

  1. While You Were Sleeping (1995)

Related imageLucy (played by Sandra Bullock) is a train token collector who develops a major crush on a regular traveler. One day she saves the guy from an oncoming train in the wake of which he is hospitalized. In order to get permission to see the comatose man, she lies to the hospital and even his family about her being his fiancé. But things take a terrible turn when Lucy falls for his brother as she starts spending time with his family. Its one big messy story and frustrating too. But Bullock and Bill Pullman’s chemistry is what cuts us some slack and makes us hang in there.

 

  1. Last Holiday (2006)

Image result for Last Holiday (2006)Imagine one day you find out you have very few days left to live. What would be the first thing you want to do? Take a trip to a place you always wanted to? That’s what Georgia Byrd does in the film. The film is high on the experiences of her Last Holiday to Europe with a sprinkle of romance. The plot is mostly predictable but its fun to watch Georgia have the time of her life on the trip.

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8 Action Movies to Stream on Hulu Right Now

by Emily Keen

For those looking for action movies on Hulu, you’d probably don’t want to miss out on these shared favorites which the streaming service has added to the list.

Hulu’s list of action cinema is a power-packed roster of movies exploring all kinds of action- be it blood spilling or bombs exploding all around. You have a wide range of options to choose from

Here is the exciting bunch of action movies streaming on Hulu right now:

 

  1. The Way Back

Image result for the way backThe Peter Weir directorial venture opens with Poland being invaded by the Soviet Union. The film is a character-driven narrative moving around the struggle of a Polish Army officer who is captured in a Siberian Gulag labor camp. The atmosphere at the labor camp is not particularly something he is fond of and as a result decides to escape along with his companions Mr. Smith (Ed Harris), Khabarov (Mark Strong), Valka (Colin Farrell), and several others. The way back is a long way home. If you feel can connect with the real struggle of surviving in hard environments more than a simulated action set up, this is your bet.

 

  1. Kick-Ass

Related imageEver look at these avenger fight scenes in a city where the whole city is in ruins thanks to these superheroes fighting bad men? The idea of Kickass is somewhat the same. It is the superhero myth realized and in a way we all fear. A young youtuber with crime fighting capabilities is drawn into a world of real heroes. What ensues next, spills a lot of blood.

 

  1. Mission: Impossible – Fallout

Image result for Mission: Impossible – FalloutWhat started as an adaptation of a 60s spy TV show, is now a full blown franchise. Mission Impossible is mostly a skirmish between Father time and Tom Cruise where the one is always trying to best the other. But this movie has a perfect summer feel and a pleasant surprise with Henry Cavill joining the force.

 

  1. Total Recall

Related imageThe plot is a straight-up bonkers sci-fi movie narrative adapted from Philip K. Dick’s short story “We Can Remember It For You Wholesale”. Arnold Schwarzenegger as Douglas Quaid opts for a memory of vacation package from the Rekal company which implants the desired memories in the minds of their clientele. Quaid specifically chooses a package which triggers events of a spy in a enemies are hunting a spy on Mars. The plot is driven by these memories implanted in his brain.

 

 

  1. Hellboy II: The Golden Army

Related imageIf you like Hellboy, then you are going to love Hellboy II. As we have all established that Guillermo del Toro loves his monsters and has every trick up his sleeve to make us fall in love with them too. The second installment of the franchise sees Hellboy on a  quest to stop an angry prince from awakening a golden army of monsters that will eradicate humanity if aroused.

 

  1. Kill Bill Vol. 1

Related imageQuit drooling at the picture of Uma Thurman there. Yeah, all you men! But can’t blame anyone as she simply nailed her role in Kill Bill Vol. 1. Thurman stars as an a member of a group of assailants who are betrayed and left to die. The movie follows her journey of vengeance. Expect all the blood and gore as you would in a Tarantino movie. In fact it is gore to a whole new level. We are talking “blood sprinkling from limbs as though it would from a firearm level” gore.

 

  1. Road House

Image result for Road HouseA wholesome bar bouncer action doubled down with some Patrick Swayze powers. Swayze works at a bar in Jasper Missouri as a bouncer. Everything is normal bouncer duties until Brad Wesley shows up with an intention of taking over his place of employment. Now it is upto Swayze and his gang of bouncers to prevent the greedy corporate owner from taking it away.

 

  1. From Russia With Love

Related imageThis is film comes around as one of the top James Bond films. This is the second film of the franchise with Sean Connery still playing Bond and outwitting his rivals. The plot involves Bond travelling to Turkey to assist a Soviet clerk and unravelling truths about SPECTRE’s actual intentions in case of Dr. No.

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8 Best Movies to Stream on HBO Right Now

by Emily Keen

HBO has been on a dropping spree lately but is known to make up for what has been removed with even more intriguing features. The carousel seems to just get better and interesting. But that sure could get overwhelming if you don’t have the guide at hand and the time to weigh your choices. So here you go!

We have prepared the guide you need with 8 movies that definitely deserve a spot on your watch list:

 

  1. Leaving Neverland

Image result for leaving neverland documentaryThere is something solemnly unusual about the frames of Leaving Neverland. Be it the audible breathing and swallowing sounds filling interview segments or the allusive display of archived photos. Leaving Netherland documents the lives of victims who faced subversion by the hands of music and dance legend Michael Jackson. The documentary does not patronize the star but walks us through the darkest hallways of a predatory mind and its long term implications on the lives of victims. Many of us know Jackson’s rise as a dance icon, his struggle with racism and battle with deteriorating health owing to his skin bleaching procedures. Did battling with demons, also give rise to one? How else do you contemplate an act as grave as child molestation?

 

  1. Jane Fonda in Five Acts

Image result for Jane Fonda in Five ActsYou cannot question the altruism in someone who gets arrested for taking a stand against a global crisis. But there is still too much truth shadowed by her larger than life image and the sense of accountability that follows. The doc sees Fonda candidly narrating the high and low points of her life that made her the person she is now. Not to mention how cautiously and sincerely the film investigates the facts using real resources.

 

  1. Happy Death Day 2U

Related imageRemember the time you thought Happy Death Day ends where it ended in 2017? With Happy Death Day 2U you need to make peace with the fact that if filmmakers can resurrect dead without making it look like a big deal, they can also revive a closed story to birth a sequel out of it. Christopher Landon realized he could squeeze more out of the premise and there we have Tree getting caught in the time warp again thanks to her love interest’s pal Ryan. Turns out he caused all this quantum physics, time muddling mess in the first place. Where in the first installment, Tree finds a way out of the time loop, in the second one, Ryan messes up again to put Tree through the same misery yet again. Landon’s script is a winner and so is Rothe’s performance.

 

  1. The Mule

Image result for The MuleEarl Stone’s desperate circumstances land in a driver’s job for a Mexican drug ring. But to his misery, he is not even aware of the nature of cargo he is asked to deliver. The man does an exceptional job as a driver and that leads him to be droned by DEA agent Colin Bates. Now that he has the money, his past deeds begin to haunt him which will either land him in prison or dead at the hands of the drug lord.

 

  1. The Hurt Locker

Image result for The Hurt LockerThe human mind’s predisposition toward hardships is inadvertent. And that may well explain the Chris Hedges opening quote of the film- “War is a drug”. The film brings out the perspective in the most natural way possible. Kathryn Bigelow’s The Hurt Locker rises in a typical war set up in the volatile regions of Iraq, this time solely focusing on the experiences of the Explosive Ordnance Disposal team, zeroed in on one specific character- James. The hothead is a master in bomb disposal but manages to keep everyone at a distance thanks to his hot dog tendencies.

 

  1. Rescue Dawn

Related imageDieter Dengler will be remembered for his great escape from the unbreakable POW camp in Laos. Warner Herzog’s commendable yet far from actuality charts the story of his break out from the impenetrable prison.

 

  1. Upgrade

Image result for upgrade movieIf you share an unprecedented liking for sci-fi and slasher movies this movie is it. Call it the soberest attempt at glorifying gore in the vein of science fiction and efficient storytelling. That’s the art director Leigh Whannell has mastered and upgrade proves it. The film overlaid on the foundation of “AI taking control of humanity” and then conveniently builds a plot with revenge fantasy. Whannell is known for his ever-evolving, gory murder tactics. You will get that a lot in this one too.

 

  1. The Miseducation of Cameron Post

Image result for The Miseducation of Cameron PostIf you haven’t guessed the gist from the title, well here it is. The “miseducation” refers to her being sent to a remote area called God’s promise to “normalize” her sexuality. This happens in response to her being caught in the back seat of a car with a prom queen. The film explores the ridiculousness of the mindsets and the terrifying effects of being labeled gay with light and humory tone.

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8 Holiday Classics to Stream on Hulu this Vacation

by Emily Keen

Trying to get into the holiday spirit and yet it’s not kicking in? Well then quit dwelling over futile practices like cookie baking and gift wrapping. We know exactly what will help you.

These 8 features that Hulu takes pride in calling Holiday films:

 

  1. Home for the Holidays

Related imageStarring the extraordinary Robert Downey Jr. and the ever adorable Holly Hunter, the film is helmed by Jodie Foster. The story charts the life of Claudia Larson (Played by Hunter) is forced to spend Christmas with her madcap family in Baltimore because Voila! Her daughter wants to spend vacation with her boyfriend! Drama and comedy evenly occupy the film’s best scenes which in a way is a writer’s way justifying familial imperfections.

 

  1. Anna and the Apocalypse

Image result for Anna and the ApocalypseLet us be honest here and agree that this is not exactly a holiday material. It’s about a bunch of high schoolers battling zombies. A more apt way would be to call it a Yuletide zombie romp packed with peppy beats. This critically acclaimed British indie feature holds a 78% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

 

  1. Jingle Bell Rocks!

Image result for Jingle Bell Rocks! huluTrolls are bashing “All I Want for Christmas Is You” left right and center and if you agree with them, then you also are probably exhausted with the recurring tunes of holidays. For those who cannot resonate with mainstream Christmas films, this documentary explores all alternate genre of Christmas music filled with weird and off the wall holiday songs. Mitchell Kezin, the maker has a one on one chat with musicians who make independent Christmas music and the people who love it.

 

  1. Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale

Related imageCynically the concept of Santa Claus is quite creepy. A man who breaks into houses in the middle of the night leaving packages and munching snacks seems scary than angelic. Pardon the misanthropic spin on the happiest myth of Christmas but that’s what drives this film. A group of researchers blows up an ancient burial ground that brings the original Santa out of the shadows. And make no mistake, this Claus ain’t no “ho ho laughing, gift giving” old man! He is evil and turns a Finnish research facility into a battleground.

 

  1. A Dogwalker’s Christmas Tale

Image result for A Dogwalker’s Christmas TaleA spoiled rich kid ends up running out on her credit card limit and now has to take up a job and learn to be more responsible. The enticing part is the kind of job she chooses to inculcate sense of responsibility within. She takes up a dog walking job. Starring besides her is the Christmas movie legend Jonathan Bennet.

 

  1. Pooka!

Image result for Pooka!Hulu’s horror anthology Into the Dark gives us a film-long episode showcasing a junior struggling actor whose new job as a ragdoll Pooka totally messes up with his mind. The film also stars Dale Dickey of Winter’s None and Unbelievable.

 

  1. A Very Terry Christmas

Related imageAmongst all the movies we just talked about, none fits better into the mold of a Christmas film like A Very Terry Christmas. It is one of the most feel good Christmas features wherein the Brooklyn Nine Nine star sets the tone with phrases like “Ooh, don’t you just love a blue sky? A pretty, Christmas-y blue sky.” It is so good that if you might just get caught in the loop of watching it over and over.

 

  1. Midnighters

Image result for MidnightersA couple is drunk on New Year’s Eve and accidentally hit and kill a pedestrian. Dark huh? Well then don’t wait for morality to kick in. They do not turn themselves in. Instead, they take the cadaver home and wait until their blood alcohol levels normalize. Oh and this is when it gets creepy- Once they are sober they discover a piece of paper in the dead man’s pocket with their address on it. So much for a holiday movie.

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8 Family Friendly Movies to Cozy up to on Netflix

by Emily Keen

Ever been in a discussion of shortlisting a movie with your family. Well, don’t even get me started on the choices of the kids. One might want to watch a scary ghost film, while the other wants a fun animated pic. The moment you open Netflix, people start throwing in all the weirdest opinions. So how do you prioritize and select a movie right for the occasion?

We have simplified that task for you. Here is a list of 8 family movies on Netflix just apt for every family member. Have a look!

 

  1. Mamma Mia! (2008)

Related imageThis is a light-hearted feel-good film wherein the concept of ‘trying to find who my dad is’ is tackled with utmost simplicity. Sophie’s wedding weekend at her mom’s Greek island hotel becomes interesting. It’s a fun watch for every member of the family. The outdoor-summery theme will leave you all relaxed and cheered up.

 

  1. Lincoln (2012)

Image result for Lincoln (2012)It’s a great story with some amazing educational value. A political biopic by all means but absolutely recommended as a family film if all the folks have a thing for history and politics. The film zeroes in on the specific phase of Lincoln’s career associated with the 13th Amendment.

 

  1. Coco (2017)

Image result for Coco (2017)Coco won two Oscar awards and we cannot see why not. It deserves every bit of appreciation for the way it captures the Mexican lifestyle through a family drama. It explores the themes of death, desertion, family, and matriarchy in the most whimsical way possible. Children will love the vivid animation and elders too are left with some thinking to do.

 

  1. Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs (2009)

Image result for Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs (2009)An adorable children’s book adapted into an animated feature! It follows the adventures of an inventor and a geeky weather girl. An ‘invention gone wrong’ adventure where the two protagonists have to save the town from mutant food, raining from the sky.

 

  1. Groundhog Day (1993)

Related imageThe 90s classic is still a cult favorite for its unusual set up and storyline. Bill Murray an exhausted weatherman is made to live the same day over and over again. The film captures his evolution from a frustrated individual to a man who now puts his experience to use by living a better life. In the vein of sarcasm and comedy, this makes a perfect Sunday afternoon watch.

 

  1. The Little Prince (2015)

Related imageWith crisp animated frames and a heartwarming story, this is a must-have on the list of family movies. The feature tackles profound philosophical concepts in the most humble manner.

 

  1. Little Women (1994)

Related imageThe story of the 1868 novel has been transcribed into live-action countless times but this rendition is somewhat special. The stellar cast makes it sublime with their performances. The cast includes Susan Sarandon, Winona Ryder, Claire Danes, Christian Bale, and Kirsten Dunst. There will be times when you laugh and then cry as the story of the March sisters unfolds.

 

  1. The Incredibles 2 (2018)

Image result for The Incredibles 2 (2018)There is not a child and adult who cannot love these movies. The first installment bowled the fans over and the second one is just as charming. It is the perfect blend of humor, wit, and action.

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8 Good Romance Movies to Watch When Bored

by Emily Keen

Romantic films are a go-to when you feel down or bored and need a lift from an exhausting day. You may not prefer one at all times but there are moments when you simply need to feel love. But amongst so many options staring right back at you, how do you choose the best ones.

We have done the weight lifting for you. Here are 8 classic romance stories you can watch when you are feeling absolutely jaded.

 

  1. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)

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A poignant account from the lives of Clementine (Kate Winslet) and Joel (Jim Carrey) wherein the couple willingly goes through a procedure of wiping off each other’s memories. As the story builds up, one finds it hard to not become emotionally involved as it progresses.

 

  1. About Time (2013)

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What would you do if you had the power to travel in time? Change history? Prevent the Holocaust? Well, Tim Lake is not interested in being a part of something big. All he wants is a girlfriend. The makers of Love Actually have gone a step ahead and given their protagonist a superpower to captivate his love interest Mary (Rachel McAdams). All in all, it is a nicely written romantic comedy to watch when you are bored.

 

  1. The Notebook (2004)

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This particular film is adored by women all over especially for the utterly congenial characters played by Rache McAdams (Allie) and the dreamboat, Ryan Gosling (Noah). Not all love stories can stand the test of time but this one does through all its trials and tribulations. McAdams and Gosling phenomenally land as Allie and Noah in this cheesy yet heartwarming account of love.

 

  1. Love and Basketball (2000)

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Set in the backdrop of the basketball theme, this film enchants the male audience as much as the female for obvious reasons. What begins as a love-hate relationship between Quincy and Monica, progresses into a mature story of two dreamers chasing their passion while continually crossing paths. This movie is highly recommended to the young audience who loves sports.

 

  1. Cactus Flower (1969)

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A complicated yet heart-winning love story between a 21-year-old woman and an older man went on to help Goldie Hawn an Oscar for her portrayal as Toni Simmons. Hawn has her way through wit and charm and that is exactly what makes you fall in love with her.

 

  1. Lost in Translation (2004)

 

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The crux of the story is the classic romance between Bob Harris (Bill Murray) and Charlotte (Scarlett Johansson). It could be characterized as a miserable account of two individuals caught up by accident in a totally unfamiliar set up.  There are ephemeral moments where Anna Farris lightens up the mood with her spoofs. But then what did Bob whisper in Charlotte’s ear before saying goodbye?

 

  1. When in Rome (2010)

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This classic Valentine story is supposedly one of the most iconic roles of Kristen Bell. Bell visits Italy for her sister’s wedding where she steals coins from a fountain. In reconciliation, to her theft, she is hunted down by Danny DeVito, Will Arnett, Jon Heder, and Dax Shepard, who are apparently under a love spell. The film is hilarious and definitely recommended for the days when you are feeling blue.

 

  1. 50 First Dates (2004)

 

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You cannot really come up with a more adorable onscreen couple than Adam Sadler and Drew Barrymore. So the premise goes like this. Adam Sandler transforms from a playboy to a man of commitment for a girl who has short term memory. Since an accident, she wakes up each morning and lives the same day over and over. It’s funny, romantic and a classic chick flick for all romance buffs.

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Snuggle up With These 6 Holiday Flicks on Amazon Prime

by Emily Keen

Your favorite holiday classics are not available on a single streaming service. We get it! It totally upsets you. But looking at the bright side, this might actually be the time to give up on a re-watch and discover some new gems. Amazon prime video has a rare collection of vintage festive movies included with Prime membership. And of course, you don’t have to waste time endlessly scrolling through suggestions.

We have the list ready for you.

  1. It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)

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You might be impacting more lives than you think you are. That is exactly what is this movie intends to convey. George Bailey is a businessman whose business sinks owing to an accidental mishap. The only thing that can protect his family is his life insurance and you can imagine what he must be thinking. Disappointed and distressed the man contemplates suicide. Enter Clarence. She, just like an angel helps him realize his life is worth more than he can imagine. The film has a 94% rating on Rotten Tomatoes and is all in all a feel-good experience. And over the years has stood strong at that spot.

  1. A Christmas Carol (1954)

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Ebenezer Scrooge is a London based cranky loan shark who does not believe in Christmas. His late business partner Jacob Marley visits him over Christmas with the hope of changing his attitude towards the festival but fails miserably. Marley does not give up yet and sends ghosts to help Scrooge realize what he is missing on. The film is made utterly sublime in a way that uses the actors forming an important part of Scrooge’s life to playing the ghosts of Christmas past and present. This holiday Christmas story is based on Charles Dickens 1843 Novella of the same name.

 

  1. Babes in Toyland (1986)

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An 11-year-old Lisa Piper (Drew Barrymore) is not at all into toys. A sudden turn of events transports Lisa to a fantasy Toyland on Christmas eve. A wicked Barnaby Barnicle has trolls walking all around Toyland to capture the girl who he wants to marry- Mary (Jill Schoelen). But Mary is in love with his nephew, Jack (Keanu Reeves). The girl now faces the choice of saving the land of the very thing she despises- the toys. She and the two lovers turn to the Toymaster (Pat Morita) for help. The Toymaster agrees to help them but there is one condition. Lisa must believe in power if toys. Will she?

  1. A Norman Rockwell Christmas Story (1996)

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Its pain that connects us with people more than anything else. And this film takes the idea to a whole new level. An old gentleman, Samuel Cavanaugh, is not very content in his senile days thinking about his difficult past. A young Michael Grant is going through tough times as his father is missing in action amidst a war in Korea. Samuel and Michael bond in the most heartening ways over their visits to a frozen pond where they come to take a break from an otherwise heavy life.

 

  1. One Special Night (1999)

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The iconic pair of the 60s James Garner and Julie Andrews come together once again, this time to recreate love onscreen. Robert (Garner) often visits his wife at the hospice where Catherine (Andrews) works. On a snowy night, Robert is stuck without a cab and Catherine offers him a ride. It’s Hollywood. Ride through a storm obviously means getting stuck on the way and seeking refuge in a cabin. Cheesy? Not so much! Because this is the night that helps the two mature beings realize their feelings for one another.

 

  1. Home for the Holidays (1995)

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Claudia Larson (Holly Hunter) is out of her job and comes back home to celebrate thanksgiving. But her stay is not exactly all honky dory thanks to her overtly strange parents (Anne Bancroft and Charles Durning) and her devious brother Tommy (Robert Downey Jr.). A holiday comedy by Jodie Foster to lighten up your mood with some of the most unconventional characters.

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1917: Review

by Emily Keen

The peak of World War I sets the backdrop for 1917. Sam Mendes does an amazing job as a director upstaging the story through strong old fashioned storytelling. The film proves to be powerfully engaging. A realistic experience that grips the audience with riveting performances from the cast! The Oscar-baiting feature

On April 6, 1917, Blake and Schofield are called for a highly critical mission. The general informs them about a trap set by the enemy and British colonel (Benedict Cumberbatch) is walking straight into the trap.

Blake and Schofield must go across the “No Man’s Land”, and make it to the German-occupied regions to accomplish their task. Blake’s older brother is lieutenant on the frontline and thus this mission is highly important to him. The brave soldiers walk into imminent death. If they do not make it in time, thousands will lose their lives.

Blake and Schofield’s journey seems like an endless march through trenches filled with injured, shattered souls and animal corpses. But the real trouble awaits in the regions they are yet to cover. The brilliance of this Oscar-baiting film lies in its ability to keep the audience with Blake and Schofield and make us feel what they are going through in real-time. And of course the urgency of the matter at hand!

The technical mastery of the film is something that deserves special mention. But that does not in any way let the plot take a back seat. The film has no edits and is one continuous camera shot.

Blake and Schofield are the mascots of courage and persuasion in times when you need to go through tough times and survive. The film phenomenally explores themes of friendship, loss, and compassion. We have to give it up for the makers for bringing the story to the silver screen with sheer honesty.

The tension of the film permeates through the screen and that is largely thanks to Thomas Newman’s incredible score. The music traverses with the two characters to justify the status quo of every space they walk. Be it the darkest places they navigate or the forests.

The film is completely a perspective of Blake and Schofield. Dean-Charles Chapman and George MacKay are perfect.

This film could easily be called Sam Mendes’ magnum opus. No we are not denying the prominence and enormity of American Beauty. But he has outdone himself with 1917. The film is a Dreamworks Pictures production in collaboration with Amblin Partners and Universal Pictures as distribution partners.

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The Irishman: Review

by Emily Keen

It’s a meticulous and rare assortment of three legends onscreen directed by another legend. Martin Scorsese brings together Robert De Niro, Al Pacino and Joe Pesci for an all-encompassing mob thriller. Don’t let “Thriller” diminish your excitement because this film is much more than just another drug lord or bounty hunter life history. But it has definitely got a lot to do with various phases of history.

Frank Sheeran is introduced to us as a crumbling old man now residing in an old age home and regurgitating his deeds which he regrets and admires at the same time. The man now in his 80s takes us through his life as a war veteran and how fate introduces him to Russel Buffalino (Pesci) and then Hoffa (Al Pacino). Filling the dramatic arcs of the story is a road trip full of cigarette breaks and flashbacks of blood spattering past.

The Buffalinos and Hoffas are both well-known mob families and Frank Sheeran is their trusted aide. The film takes us through the phases of the lives of these teamsters and their involvement in some of history’s important events. The rise and fall of John F. Kennedy, for instance, is a peculiarly narrated tale showcasing the participation of the nation’s most powerful union boss in it. It’s almost as it is if meant to invoke dark thoughts about political homicide.

Franks’s daughter and Russel’s goddaughter Peggy is a small but significant part of the story. She hardly expresses her thoughts in front of the mobster men she grew up watching.  But her fierce gaze is a testimony to her conditioning. Anna Paquin does an incredible job as Peggy.

The story of foreign hitmen who ruled suburban regions of America in a lengthy but a fabulous farewell to the stories of the mobsters. Scorsese has brilliantly utilized the iconic trio to elevate the characters. The narrative has a somber pace native to Scorsese’s style of film making. The Irishman excels in conveying the ultimate message that men who only speak the language of violence do not mean anything to anyone.

Even with all the violence and bloodshed, it seems worth our time to understand the impulses that drive these mobsters. The film definitely goes down in the list as one of the greatest of Scorsese epics.

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‘You’ve Got Mail’ is secretly a tragedy. Here is why!

by Emily Keen

You’ve Got Mail is a simple romantic comedy that came out in 1998. Unlike many other films that release in the 90s the film did not gain instant recognition and fan following. But over the years went on to grab a spot on bucket lists of movie buffs and the became the honor of every airplane seat screen.

Plus the 90s attire adds an unusual charm to this perky romcom. Be it Kelly’s pixie hair cut or Joe’s bulging blazers. And then we have Joe’s dog who imparts a sense of intimacy to their encounters. Kathleen Kelly and Joe Fox strike up an online friendship not aware of each other in real life. However, their fates do clash in the real world in the least congenial manner. Joe is the owner of a big chain of bookstores and puts Kelly a small bookstore owner out of business.

Directed by Nora Ephron, the film explores multiple conditions prevailing in the 90s. Primarily the dial-up internet and its ability to bring complete strangers together.  That is in fact what forms the crux of this poignant tale of love. A match made in AOL and two people waiting to hear the three magical words- You’ve Got Mail’. The story wholeheartedly explores the pros and cons of internet love made sublime by the riveting performances of the actors.

Conflicting business interests cause a few sour experiences in the first few meetings between Joe and Kelly. Joe eventually finds out that the girl he has been talking to online and the one he can’t put up within the real world are the same. And somehow he is mesmerized by the two sides of her personality- an adorable friend and a feisty businesswoman. And from there begins his quest to woo and charm the lady.

As a literary, he knows every trick of old fashioned love to get the lady to like him back. He sends her flowers, quotes her favorite writers and even bumps into her at the places she visits often. Sounds romantic?

It is a proven fact that however modern, a woman cannot escape the charm of old school love. It is timeless and has the power to lead a man straight to her heart.

Although this wholesome tale of love effervesces into a tragedy on some level.  Here is why

We have another character complicating the matters of the lives of the central characters. Frank is Kathleen’s boyfriend who is mostly consumed in his own world of fiction. Our girl here is caught up amidst the unsettling relationship she shares with her pretentious boyfriend and the man who took usurped her livelihood.

Besides being a woman in love, she is also an independent bookstore owner who is passionate about selling books to kids.

The film concludes with Joe taking over Kelly’s bookshop leaving her with a small section of Fox book stores which mimics her story hour for children. At the same time, we see a happy ending to a love story that initiated in the virtual world. But a part of you can’t help but question the nature of this conclusion. Doesn’t it tell you that in the end, its capitalism who won?

It’s jarring this realization. Once you read the underlying context through the lens of entrepreneurship and monopoly the weight of the film as just a romantic flick somehow withers away. And you are left to wonder if that how a love story is supposed to reach a conclusion.

But the irony of the matter is Kathleen the victim of capitalization herself loves Starbucks a chain that disrupted the business of coffee shop owners at large.

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Frozen II Review

by Emily Keen

Frozen’s sequel comes along almost six years later. The fans have evolved and so has the franchise. This is apparently the best thing about the movie. The plot seems more mature and does not have much to do with the prequel. The story follows the ancestral history of Anna (Kristen Bell) and Elsa (Idina Menzel). There is a whole new world discovered beyond Arendelle where dwell the snowmen, huge rock trolls, and powerful nature spirits.

The second installment clearly takes the animation to another level. Be it Elsa conquering the horse-shaped water spirit or the mysterious feel of the underground realm, the effect is simply captivating.

The message of the film is quite in resonance to the situation that currently prevails in the real world. It is Nature versus humanity! It is a smart and mature effort to help people understand that harmony is the key to survival. While the underlying messages are intense and powerful the film does not fail to keep up with the usual arcs of friendship and love. Now that Kristoff and Anna are both young, we expect to see some heat there and we do. Our guy is repeatedly making efforts to propose to Anna but keeps missing the opportunity. Adorable little Olaf has realized that times are changing.

Elsa has gained more powers and is trying to reach her full potential. She is burdened with her responsibilities of the kingdom and Anna wants to share the responsibility. A mysterious voice compels Elsa to go up North. Anna, Kristoff and Olaf and Sven accompany her but get separated on the way. And from there on begins an adventure that unravels the mysteries of the past and lay a foundation for a beautiful future.

The love and support of your friends and family will get you through the toughest times- is the message that the film conveys in the most wonderful way.

Songwriters  Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez bring us some touching songs with the composition of Christophe Beck. “Some things never change” featuring the voice of Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Josh Gad, Jonathan Groff, and other cast members will put you at ease. Then there is Groff again soothing our hearts with Crowd favorite Reindeers are better than people.

A feel-good film for a crowd that loves vivacious and gleeful worlds, Frozen II manages to give us some amazing visuals and a meaningful story. If you are looking for something with substance and style, it’s definitely worth a watch.

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21 Bridges Review

by Emily Keen

An NYPD officer, Andre Davis (Chadwick Boseman) is assigned the murder case of seven colleagues. The case is rather strange as the culprits who did the killing look like they themselves were set up. They arrive at a location hoping to buy 30 kilos of cocaine and find 300 kilos uncut. Just when they realize they have been framed, they panic end up shooting all the police officers at the scene.

Davis particularly takes the case personally. Basically another Hollywood exhausted plotline of ‘son joins force to avenge the death of a cop father’. Senior officer Captain McKenna (J.K Simmons) feels they need someone who does not mind getting his hands dirty. And here is Davis who walks with one finger on the trigger. While at the same time harbors immense respect for his badge. Just right for the case! What follows is a high voltage chase around the city of Manhattan where Davis orders a shut down of all the transport routes connecting the city to the outer world, including the 21 Bridges. The manhunt unravels conspiracies of heinous proportions.

Davis’ character is quite Sherlock Holmesy as the guy sharply works out the math of the number of shooters and their current whereabouts from the crime scene evidence. Assisting Davis on the case is narcotics expert Frankie Burns (played by Sienna Miller). She brings quite a satisfying performance with her role as a tough woman and a skilled servant of the law.

What you have to look out for are the amazingly choreographed chase and shootout sequences.

The Russo brothers in all their capacity have tried to make the film into a wholesome experience. Brian Kirk clearly blends the elements of drama, suspense, action and weird mindsets of criminals to create fresh screen experience. Boseman, as usual, brings an incredible style to the character. His flair and skills are always there to add weight to an otherwise ordinary script.

All in all 21 Bridges is a thrilling and exciting noir.

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10 Intelligent Movies to Watch Before You Die

by Emily Keen

Many of us think movies happen to mirror the realities of life. But the power of cinema lies beyond preconceived notions and limits of social order. For years the masterminds in the movie industry have created numerous features to help humanity believe in the power of possibilities. It is one powerful medium that has helped open our minds to newer perceptions and ideas.

Here are 10 intelligent movies that disrupted methods of traditional storytelling to weave some of the most engaging on-screen experiences.

 

  1. Run Lola Run (1998)

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A redheaded Lola is on the clock to save her boyfriend who runs errands for a local gang and ends up losing their money. One of Tom Twyker’s highly energetic and high voltage drama that sets the dynamics of a unique film. Twyker proves his expertise in mixing animation and live-action to create a transcendent love story.

 

  1. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

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This is the first film in the industry that detailed the meaning of human evolution and what there is to learn from it so we can protect our future. Rarely do you come across a gem that enchants you and slowly absorbs you into itself. Stanley Kubrick’s space thriller created a spellbinding experience by perfectly blending the elements of mystery, music and highly advanced cinematic technology. The pace of the film is what actually made the film the work of art that it is although it demands the viewer to be very patient.

 

  1. I Love You, I Love You (1968)

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The film is based on a unique theme that studies the fleeting nature of life along with the importance of our existence. It follows a case of a “science experiment gone wrong” leaving a man trapped in his past memories

 

  1. Zodiac (2007)

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A fresh take on the concept of suspense, Zodiac builds an interesting plot triggering a series of emotions amongst viewers. The film is based on true events that terrorized the state of America in the late 1960s up until the early 1970s. A serial killer who chooses to communicate with a news agency in code thereby gaining the attention of a Journalist.

 

  1. Double Indemnity (1944)

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If you wish to experience cynicism in its purest form, Double Indemnity is for you. The tale of tragic heroism where a cheap and greedy couple experiences a gradual downfall owing to the choices they make. The film is one of the greatest Noir epics ever made by the genius Billy Wilder. The variations of each character are so beautifully captured, you will simply fall in love with the experience.

 

  1. The Sixth Sense (1999)

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The film that broke M Night Shyamalan into the limelight will blow your mind with one of the most epic ending twists in the history of cinema. The film primarily revolves around a child Psychologist and his little patient. How their miseries bring them together and how they help each other overcome their fears will leave you at ease even with a lot of ongoing tension.

 

  1. Psycho (1960)

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A masterpiece painted by Hitchcock with unique strokes of horror and suspense, this film paces into an incredible finale. A secretary defrauds her employer and flees to her lover. On the way she stops at a motel which she has no idea has quite a horror lurking within. The film was re-released multiple times and earned four Oscar nominations.

 

  1. The Gift (2015)

 

An old friend drops by a couple’s house and starts to bother them with his trust issues.  There is always a sense of mystery surrounding each scene. It’s ultimately for the audience to decide how they want to perceive it.

 

  1. The Truman Show (1998)

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Imagine you wake up one day and your whole life turns out to be a lie. This forms the plot for The Truman show. A man finds out that his whole life was actually controlled by a TV show. The film provokes the viewers to reassess their lives through diverse plot arcs.

 

  1. Memento (2000)

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Memento is the cult classic from director Christopher Nolan and harbors a strong fad among movie buffs for its unconventional structure. A man loses his wife and normal life at the hands of a criminal. Memento is the journey of his revenge which is further complicated by his short term memory loss. The film is a highly engaging experience and tackles intense philosophical concepts.

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Hogwarts is all in Harry’s imagination!

by Emily Keen

We know this could be a buzzkill of stellar proportions for all Harry Potter fanatics. But the truth is the writer herself has not denied this theory. So what do we infer? Does J.K. Rowling support this fan theory?

Pains to say, but it could be possible. Rowling has admitted that writing Harry Potter novels for her was an escape from the hardships of life.

Harry’s plight was not much different. How long could a sane mind endure the torture of the Dursleys?

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They were pathetic to him. As an orphan who had no one else to turn to and held no importance in the world where he existed, could he have made up a whole new world in his mind?

A world where the good triumphed over bad. A world where every soul knows Harry Potter. We all grew up wishing the world might really exist. That someday we might find platform 9 3/4, take a one way trip to Hogwarts and never return.

What hope meant to each potter fan was the existence of that very world. And now the theory dismissing its presence in the movie itself! Nothing could hurt more.

But based on psychological reasoning and the reaction of the human mind to persistent trauma, it could be true.

J.K. Rowling and Harry Potter screenwriter Steve Kloves in a discussion in 2012 revealed something that to some extent imparts weight to the theory in question. Kloves pointed out Alastair, a spider from the cupboard who Harry speaks to. Alastair’s character and the toys that Harry retrieves from trash, was, in fact, to help the audience question the legitimacy of Hagrid’s appearance. It is to trigger a thought that Harry might have summoned Hagrid in his mind and that he may not be real after all.

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J.K Rowling’s response to this was rather unexpected. She totally got on board with Kloves’ theory.

Her exact words were- “I think that’s a fabulous point, and that speaks so perfectly to the truth to the books, because I had it suggested that to me more than once that Harry actually did go mad in the cupboard, and that everything that happened subsequently was some sort of fantasy life he developed to save himself,”

Considering J.K. Rowling’s obsession with dismissing fan theories, this was rather unusual.

Harry continually bears the brunt of Dudley and Vernon’s aggression. The father-son duo leave no chance to emotionally torture and degrade him. The sadistic family even locks potter in a room for an entire summer.

Every new school year, the Dursleys try to keep Harry from going back to Hogwarts but somehow Harry breaks free from their confinement.

For the first time, it’s Hagrid.

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The second time, it’s Ron to the rescue with his flying car.

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And the third, it’s Harry pulling himself together and finally standing up against his crooked uncle.

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Does this highlight Harry’s desire to brave the Dursleys?

Karl Smallwood of Cracked.com once pointed out the unusual nature of injuries in Hogwarts, while Harry’s injuries were still so human. We see Ron barfing snails and Hermione’s overgrown teeth but the boy who survived is only getting broken bones. Perhaps it only aligns with the abuse he is going through on Privet Drive.

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Now if you are wondering if that really was a fantasy, why would it include returning back to the Dursleys during vacation? As far as speculations go, that could only be an indication that Harry’s life was getting better. Being locked in a cat Flap was still better than the cupboard if you will. Once difficult times were over he would bring his Hogwarts world back to life. A world where he had friends who cared about him and magic to solve all his problems.

Perhaps he is drawn towards an enemy as dangerous as Voldemort was an indication of his desire to be strong and courageous. He dreamed of being so powerful that even the world’s most dangerous villain would be bothered by his existence. Another coping mechanism that gives hope in times of absolute helplessness.

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The wizarding world might never be the same for us after reading this theory. The thought that Hogwarts is all in Harry’s imagination altogether forfeits our childhood dreams. Well, what do we know? Someone might have made all this up because they were sick of all the Harry Potter fad. And maybe Rowling is just playing along. And who knows. Alastair could have been an Acromantula and he really could speak to Harry after all. Remember Aragog? We still believe Hogwarts was as real as Ron’s arachnophobia.

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What do you think of this theory? Let us know in the comments below.

 

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Why you should watch ’12 Angry Men’?

by Emily Keen

It’s a courtroom scene. The Judge announces to the jury “if there is reasonable doubt in your minds as to the guilt of the accused, a reasonable doubt, then you must bring me a verdict of not guilty. Now however if there is no reasonable doubt, then you must in good conscience find the accused guilty. However, you decide your verdict must be unanimous. In the event that you find the accused guilty, the bench will not entertain a recommendation for mercy. The death sentence is mandatory in this case. You are faced with a grave responsibility. Thank you Gentlemen”

That’s where it begins. 12 Jurors are assigned the task of reaching a verdict in a case in which a young boy is accused of murdering his father.

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Responsibility for humankind means many things. To a few, it is a choice while to others it is inevitable. Between these two perceptions lies a fine line. Which sometimes blurs and outweighs the core beliefs of humanity. The reason is possibly man drifting from his true self owing to experience and evolution.

When the 12 men enter, the discussion room, the chaotic setup paces and gives an impression of how unimportant the case is to each one of them. Besides one person, every man in the room is talking about trivial things like how they have to be somewhere once all this is over or how this is their first experience on a Jury.

 

The film does a marvelous job of keeping things as real as possible. The entire movie is shot in that small meeting hall where the morals of these men are put to test by various factors. It is the sheer intelligence of the makers to introduce a story that is most uncertain when it comes to the end result. Of course, there are only two outcomes. They either come out pleading guilty or not guilty. But it is not the verdict we are worried about. It is the people who are assigned the responsibility of breaking the case down but are simply unwilling to put an effort.

But as we said, there is one man! To make them realize that they are dealing with a human life after all.  Davis’ character in the film is incredibly well thought of and brilliantly executed by the amazing Henry Fonda.

An intense drama created in one small room takes you through a series of realizations. At one point, the truth about the murder seems irrelevant. It is just 12 normal humans exchanging thoughts and realizing where they stand with their views and beliefs.

In the beginning, it is Henry Fonda against the 11. The thoughtful architect wants to give the accused a benefit of the doubt and talk about possibilities.

The way Fonda shows his presence of mind even with a few hefty in the room trying to yell and talk him out of his merciful mindset is explicable. As he analyses all the evidence and witnesses, one by one the jury members begin to realize that they may have missed important facts about the case. Now they have the same goal as Davis- Not to rely on biased witnesses and bring out the facts of the mysterious murder. From here the excitement builds on.

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Davis is never confident he will be able to change all perspectives in that room. In fact, he is uncertain of the truth more than anyone in that room. At one point he is even left dumbfound when one of the men questions his method of assumptions and asks him what if the boy really killed his father? But he is willing to put himself in the victim’s shoes to understand his plight as a slum dweller. Things like violence are an everyday experience for a boy of his origin. And the fact that he was not able to clearly detail his alibi after looking at his father’s dead body.

A brash cobb keeps yelling on top of his voice. At one point he even loses his cool and threatens to kill Davis only to strengthen his argument even further. You will absolutely adore Davis for the dignity and calm that he manages to keep in the most volatile space. Among men who he slowly turns on his side one by one, proposing the most logical possibilities. And in the process, showing them men, that there are more things to them than just themselves.

There are no special effects, no dramatic storyline. Just a simple story played out magnificently by these 12 gentlemen. Fonda’s Davis may be the highlight of the story. But the other 11 characters have a fair share of screen time. In the duration of 96 minutes, director Sidney Lumet makes sure you understand the personality of each character.

It is rather difficult to captivate an audience without giving them something elegant to stare at. The makers, however, manage to keep interests piqued with the minimal resources they have. Zooming in on characters, close facial shots and the sly background score on occasions where the men are struck with deep realizations amplify the effect.

The discussion in that room is built to give the audience, the entire account of the murder. At no point would you feel the need to see how the murder happened. Thanks to the brilliantly scripted conversations you can actually visualize what must have happened at the crime scene.

The characters are undergoing uncomfortable experiences in the room like sweating, no fan and most importantly, the arguments. But the plot never suffocates and succumbs to the claustrophobia of a small room. The script is out an out a winner. If you want to witness tension in its most raw form, this is the film you need to watch. It is marvelous how you feel what each of these characters feel. Very rarely do you come across a script that successfully weaves awkward scenes with gawkiness permeating all the way out of the frame.

It is also a powerful message about the nature of Justice and the nature of humanity itself. How law sometimes fails to understand the truth and takes wrong decisions. We judge others based on superficial details that we know and have heard of. Almost every time forgetting to realize there could be a flipside to the reality that we see.

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Why ‘Breakfast At Tiffany’s’ Is A Must Watch For Every Woman?

by Emily Keen

She is spunky. She is stylish. She gets what she wants! That’s Holly Golightly for you. The iconic diva from ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s will always be cherished for her style and substance. She is what makes the film the classic that will never go out of style. The woman became the fashion dream of the era in her chic wardrobe and elegant neckpieces.

Blake Edward’s Breakfast at Tiffany’s is a perfect film for women pursuing their dreams. And Holly is a perfect face of unpretentious womanhood.

Well, that’s one thing that has her character engraved in the hearts of men and women generations later. The other quality is her way of life. She believes she is entitled to have anything she sets her heart on. And most importantly in enjoying the process of pursuit. Maybe that’s what makes her so unique.

Holly is basically a nineteen-year-old, craving the taste of a luxurious lifestyle. She thinks there are no compromises when it comes to the desires of the heart. She chooses to leave her loved ones and dismisses the norms of society which compels a woman to follow a rulebook. She sets out to see what more life has to offer beyond family and friends.

In doing so, she emotionally disconnects with herself and others. The idea of happiness is lost in the midst of standards of society and materialistic desires. No emotions, just a sense of responsibility towards her dear brother whom she wishes to support in life. Not even her pet cat is a beneficiary of receiving the love buried deep under the pile of dreams and expectations.

On a moral compass, Holly’s choices and methods seem rather dubious. Yet the character seems so real and relatable. Audrey Hepburn’s portrayal of Holly is phenomenal. Her charisma will blow your mind while her style has you swooning. She wants what she wants but makes some questionable choices in the process. At some point, you just wish there was someone who can tell her that she is worth much more than petty gifts and a few dollars.

Besides the story does not try to please the audience either. It is a ride with Holly, who is just being herself and winning hearts with her magical self. At no point does the plot look like it is meant for fan service or to please any of innate human fantasies. It’s just the journey of a girl trying to fit in society. The story too is not a conventional piece of the cinema setting the protagonist on the quest for love or trying to idolize her. She is simply Holly Golightly being herself who needs someone to remind her that all she needs to be in this imposing world is her own self. That is what will get her true love and that’s enough to make her happy.

The honesty of the story is what makes you love the film more than anything. It may not be your good ol’ entertainment flick. But it is definitely a film that you would love to revisit when you feel vulnerable. For all women facing an existential dilemma, this film is a perfect reminder to be themselves and not who the world wants them to be.

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6 reasons why ‘Casablanca’ remains a unique classic film

by Emily Keen

The greatest love story ever made will forever hold a special place in the hearts of cinema lovers. Casablanca is one unique classic that continues to retain its reputation as an iconic film. For obvious reasons of incredible performances and a magnificent screenplay, the film went on to win three academy awards since release. Although, not the biggest hit during the initial phase of release, Michael Curtiz’s highly acclaimed Hollywood classic is more than just a love story. This monumental thriller is also a journey through the setup of the Second World War and its consequences on normal lives.

For those uninitiated, here are six reasons why Casablanca hails as a unique classic film

  1. Rick Blaine

To start with, the variations in character experienced by the Rick Blaine (played by Humphrey Bogart) are rather unconventional. Like most Hollywood heroes, the man cuts a dash. And more importantly, he is the one leading the story through various arcs. But we do not see the world through his point of view. The audience is in fact left to judge the morality of the character through the lens of various other characters. His employees and clientele see him as someone who you cannot easily walk up to for a conversation. He is cold and arrogant. There are times when Blaine comes off quite negative. When the police arrest Signor Ugarte, he says “I stick my neck out for nobody”.

His best friend Renault views the man in stark contrast. He thinks of him as an emotional and compassionate being. And that the cold Rick is nothing but a consequence of a failed love story. These traits are obvious in the character on multiple occasions. For instance when he helps a Bulgarian couple flee to America. The conclusion, in fact, is the greatest testimony to his altruism.

  1. Elsa

Elsa is a strong feminine character, torn between her love for Rick and the respect she has for her husband, Victor. Stuck at crossroads from where it’s either love or responsibilities Ilsa Ingrid finely portrays a heroine who is in no way trying to do anything heroic. She is just a simple woman making her loveless marriage work as a courtesy to her good-natured husband. In doing so, she won’t hesitate to even point a gun at Rick whom she loves so deeply.

  1. Unconventional narrative

The story is presented to us in a disorderly fashion. For those times this was a rather unconventional method of storytelling. The film begins with a shot of Rick’s café and a narrator explaining the background events. The delightful moments of Elsa and Rick’s life are stacked in between the messy present. Moreover, the ending does not resolve any of the chaos, be it the war or Rick’s love life. The War persists and so does the pain of our protagonist’s heart. The film is also a reminder that justice and freedom come with a price.

  1. Separate plotlines

The story perfectly blends in two different plotlines. The first is the love triangle between Rick, Elsa, and her husband. It is the nobility of Elsa’s husband that adds complexity to the narrative. The second plotline is the war and its consequences on the lives of people staying in Casablanca. More importantly, the film has some powerful underlying beliefs and political messages.

  1. The mysterious town of Casablanca

There is always a mystery surrounding the town of Casablanca. The movie is based in a Moroccan setting but there is hardly any reference to Moroccan way of life. It is simply chaotic and reeks of uncertainty. There is a line where a German commander warns Elsa – “human life is cheap in Casablanca”. And people in and around view the city as a prison from which they desire to escape. However unsafe, the town does has some fantasy attached to it. It is the brilliant vision of the makers that fuels our attraction towards mystery and makes us fall for the idea of a risky life.

  1. The Remarkable Conclusion

The climax of this poignant tale of love will break your heart but in a very positive way. It defies the usual traditions of happy endings or the death of a significant character. But ardent movie fans would not have it any other way. For that is what sets the film apart from others in the league. Besides Rick Blaine’s heartfelt decision at the end is what makes him not just one of the greatest known lovers but also a very noble character.

Over the period of its release, Casablanca went on to win three Oscars – Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay, and Best Director. The music is still enchanting to the ears. Can you even listen to ‘As Time Goes By’ and not think of the film? There is nothing and absolutely nothing mediocre about this epic tale of romance. Be it the story, the music or even humor. The film shall forever remain a unique classic film in the history of cinema.

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‘Legally Blonde’ is the sequel to ‘Clueless’

by Emily Keen

It would be one crazy surprise if Elle Woods (Legally Blonde) would, in fact, turn out to be the grown-up Cher Horowitz (Clueless). If you think about it, the two cheerful blondes have quite a lot in common. In addition to being rich and stubborn, they can outsmart anyone in an argument with their twisted sense of logic. So is it really possible that Legally Blonde is, in fact, a sequel to Clueless?

The ages of both characters when calculated align just right. Clueless hit theatres in the summer of 1995. In the film, Cher enters her sweet sixteen in the April of that year. So technically she should be a sophomore by the year 1997 and in college by 2001. 2001 is the year when Elle enters college to get her law degree.

In addition, the two blondes look surprisingly alike. Both are popular valley girls and possess similar personalities. And the most important trait they share in common is their pomposity.

Cast your mind back to that class debate scene in Clueless. The whole set-piece is handled with absolute sensibility blending in subtle humor. It is in that scene the audience realizes that the girl who until now seemed ‘clueless’ in fact more perceptive and mindful than they thought. She cleverly presents her viewpoint on the American Government’s dilemma of accommodating Haitian refugees by using one of her self-tested strategy of restructuring resources.

Although her intuition is good, her methods lack precision. But when it comes to a debate, no one who can put her down. Not even teachers. If the girl thinks she deserves an A, the teacher who marks C be damned.

Cut to Elle Woods, who according to our theory is the grown-up Cher. As an adult, she must now face her choices and decide what she wants to do in life. And with close scrutiny, one realizes that growing up has also helped her talents evolve. She has a fresh perspective on every fact and that’s what sets her apart from her rivals. In Legally Blonde again, Elle uses a personal experience to prove the fake argument presented by the defense. But this time it’s not just instincts but a move backed by hard facts. You bet Harvard has done some good to her innate talents.

Of course, Cher and Elle exist in totally different cinematic franchises. By now you may even come up with enough evidence to prove so. The obvious one is going to be the parents of both characters. Elle’s parents are opposed to her pursuing a law degree, while Cher’s father unconditionally supports her daughter. But it would be simply amazing if the theory of them both being the same people turned out to be true. Cher proves her worth as a successful leader time and again. She would easily outsmart a proficient lawyer had she pursued a degree in the field. Elle takes the leap and makes it happen. She joins law school with an entirely different motive but soon becomes outshines her peers. Including the person, she was there for in the first place.

With their fates shockingly aligned, it is hard to dismiss thoughts of Legally Blonde being a sequel to Clueless.

What do you think?

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How ‘North By Northwest’ pioneered the new breed of action cinema

by Emily Keen

Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest retains its reputation as an inspiring espionage thriller even decades after its release. Contemporary thriller franchises including James Bond, Mission Impossible have unequivocally borrowed the template of this great thriller.

But what is that makes this film the pioneer of action cinema?

To begin with, no movie buff can ever get enough of the larger than life adventure and glorious set pieces. The film has had a lasting influence on generations of cinema. The glossy backdrop, sensual themes, and high voltage adventures, seen in big franchises like Fast and Furious are all borrowed elements from Hitchcock’s all-encompassing action-adventure.

It is said that screenwriter Ernest Leham was tasked with writing a show stopper script to give the fans the best Hitchcock movie of all time. Alfred’s favorite frontman, Cary Grant plays the role of Roger Thornhill an ad exec mistaken for government agent George Caplan. Thornhill is thus forced to make a run from the law and assailants chasing him to death. He is desperate to clear his name of all the charges against him and sets out to find the real Caplan. Except the real Caplan is only a decoy created by the American government to draw the enemy’s attention away from an undercover operation.

Alfred considered plot details to be supplementary in his films. ‘MacGuffin’ was a term invented by Angus MacPhail for films but popularized by Hitchcock through his films. It is used to describe a plot device which builds the story but ultimately holds no significance to the audience whatsoever. In the case of North By Northwest, ‘George Caplan’ is the ‘MacGuffin’.

The film structure is laid down with a careful arrangement of set pieces to boost the excitement of the story. An interesting fact about North By Northwest, revealed by Hitchcock’s biographer John Russell Taylor was that the film was outlined as an exciting line up of action sequences. A story was later developed to piece all these sequences together. Did you ever think that the action bits of the cinema we consider a decoration to the script could actually be the foundation of the plot?

But that is Hitchcock!

An expert in multiple genres of suspense including crime drama, murder mysteries, and psycho thrillers, the aficionado had his way of communicating with the audiences through various components in the frame. For instance, smartly fading out voices of a conversation with noises. Just a way to let you know that “Whatever they are saying is not important. Just enjoy the ride”

Furthermore, he enjoyed outdoing himself with every film he made. Explains the perfection and originality of his action sequences in every film. In one of his interviews, Hitchcock spoke of the famous crop duster scene in North by Northwest.

It rather overthrew the expectations of the audience with the attempt on hero’s life happening in an open field as opposed to usual norms of dark corners of streets and the attackers using a biplane instead of a car.

The process of piecing together the action scenes has become a method for thriller foundations since then. And cheat death stunts, cars flying in the air and parachute fisticuffs in franchises like 007 had become the selling point for films in the niche.

 

Christopher McQuarrie, writer, and director of the two latest MI films admittedly follows Hitchcock and Lehman’s Method to compose his movies.

Another factor that adds to the excitement is its elegant protagonists. Cary Grant’s charm in most films makes ladies go weak in their knees. This idea of a suave and witty gentleman was generously replicated for the character of James Bond. It would not be surprising to know that Grant was Ian fleming’s first choice to play Bond in Dr. No.

Thornhill’s ability to charm and the handsome grey suit was a direct pick for Sean Connery’s 007. And if you recollect Tom Cruise’s Ethan Hunt, the man depends entirely on his own instincts and wits to survive. The idea of a protagonist who knows exactly what to say to turn a situation in his favor rules franchises like MI and 007.

The larger than life experiences weaved by Alfred Hitchcock in North by Northwest kick-started a regime of stylish spies and action heroes. The idea was absorbed and further modified by Bond films. The globetrotting bits from Vin Diesel’s Fast and Furious and Keanu Reeves’ John Wick films also originate from this very Hitchcock romp.

Sophisticated themes and sense of humor prevails in action adventures of the modern era. Audiences fancy the characters for the thrill they bring with their near-death experiences and still manage to keep it attractive. No wonder North by Northwest has an enduring effect on cinemas to date.

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Jack From ‘Titanic’ is a Time Traveler?

by Emily Keen

A theory from fans will completely change your idea about one of the greatest films ever made. James Cameron’s Titanic as seen right now is a romantic journey that begins on a magnificent ship. The story as we know it was recited by Rose, a survivor who fell in love with Jack Dawson a fellow traveler on board the ship.

But there have been certain inconsistencies in the tale of this epic romance that leaves us wondering. Jack, a young adult from humble roots pursues Rose, a lady of dignified origins. And as the ship progresses so does the intensity of their love. But it has been speculated that Jack was, in fact, a time traveler, who was there only to save Rose’s life.

Sounds crazy? Let us break it down for you. The infamous Titanic met its fate in the year 1912. But there are certain claims that Jack makes, which are shocking for a person existing in that time period.

For starters, the nude art enthusiast says he went ice fishing in Lake Wissota. The man-made Lake in Wisconsin was built in 1917. Now for a man to go fishing in a water body that did not exist until five years in the future, it seems rather impossible in a linear timeline.

In the classic “King of the World” scene, Jack promises Rose a ride on a roller coaster in Santa Monica Pier and that they could ride it until they throw up. As charming as his dreams sound, it might as well be a dream in 1912 since the roller coaster never existed until 1916.

Is it starting to creep you out yet? There is more though!

Jack’s hair looks pretty wonderful, doesn’t it? Except for that kind of hairstyling does not belong to the era in which the Titanic existed. It came into the picture almost in the 1930s. Men’s hair in those days was slicker and closely cropped at the sides.

Speaking of more out of fashion stuff, remember the guy’s backpack? The rucksack that Jack and his friend Fabrizio carry was not in existence until the 1930s. What is more surprising is that the man does not have the kind of money he needs to enter the Titanic. He gambles his way into the ship.

The smoking hot commoner smoked filtered cigarettes that were the product of the 1940s. Did our beloved had a pack picked for the trip to the past is just the question?

So why did he even make that trip? And if he did, why did he not save the lives of thousands of people on board.

The answer seems rather unreasonable but it seems like the only logical way out of this puzzle. The man was there only to save Rose! That’s right!

Imagine if Rose’s attempt to suicide was successful, the ship would obviously have stopped its journey and possibly dodged its perilous fate. That’s for sure given Rose’s high profile status. But Jack is the one who talks the lady out of it and prevents her from jumping from the deck. Not just that. He continues to be with her until the very end and saves her life from the disaster.

But why go through all the trouble to save one woman when he could have saved the lives of so many?

We guess it’s an answer that Jack has taken with himself.

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Is E.T. really a Jedi Knight from Star Wars Universe?

by Emily Keen

Fans have theories connecting Steven Spielberg’s E.T. to Lucas’ Star Wars universe. A theory has been doing rounds for quite some time now, that E.T. is, in fact, a Jedi Knight.

It’s a well-known fact that Lucas and Spielberg went to the same film school and share a strong friendship and have even collaborated on projects. Apart from individual success in each of their careers, they got together to give us the Indiana Jones franchise. Besides joint ventures, they even gave each other stakes in projects. Spielberg’s Close Encounters of the Third Kind got Lucas a stake and the latter’s Star Wars shares a stake with the former.

Given the bond they share, it is rather obvious that they discuss and share opinions on creative matters. And E.T. is no different. Besides, E.T. has at least two Star Wars references. Don’t shock yourself just yet!

Because that isn’t it!

The first is the obvious trick-or-treater dressed as Yoda. The second may sound like a ‘no big deal kind of pop culture reference’ happening in movies all the time. It is Elliott playing with Star Wars figures.

Now some would argue that it was the most basic scene that was important to introduce the story. And given the popularity of the Star Wars franchise, there is rather no other reference that would fit in perfectly.

Agreed!

But then there is a strong fundamental link that adds weight to our claims.

Remember the delegates of the Galactic Senate who appeared in the 1999 Star Wars Episode One: The Phantom Menace?  Can you argue that they are not the same species as E.T.?

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Pointless isn’t it?

We all know the legendary Yoda who addressed the chamber!

Events from the Star Wars chapter one are far behind in the past. But the great Yoda will be remembered and spoken about in years to come. Although we do not know what species he belongs to.

The trick-or-treater scene of a boy dressed as Yoda is fuelling notions that E.T. knows who Yoda is. Why else would he mumble ‘Home’ and try to go towards the human who is only there pulling up cosplay?

In 1982, this could be considered an Easter Egg. But since the release of Phantom Menace, the arc attained a whole new perspective. It was definite proof that the delegates of the Galactic Senate might share a common origin with E.T. We all know, Jedi Knights come from different species. So why would it be wrong to assume that little E.T. did harbor the power of the Force?

Especially after looking at this:

So kids from the 80s have something to boast now! You knew about the existence of a Jedi Knight long before they were officially introduced to the world. How cool is that?

Stay tuned to Spotflik for more such theories!

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10 Best Thriller and Suspense Films of All Time

by Emily Keen

We all know that empty feeling when everything in life is normal? It is because, difficult times and tense moments however unwanted, arguably bring a thrill to life. It is in these moments we feel our hearts pounding like it’s racing against time. We feel alive! This is the exact thrill induced by suspense films. But how often do we come across movies that drive you at the edge of the seat or have you jumping with rug pulling twists?  The combination of utterly creepy characters, mind-bending twists and a compelling plot with pace is what makes the best thrillers.

But it is definitely another huge task to choose the best thrillers from troves of available cinematic gems.

We have narrowed down the list to the 10 movies which remain the best thrillers of all time.

  1. Rear Window (1954)

Ever been so bored you had nothing to do but just randomly build creepy stories in mind? Imagine if that creepy story becomes reality. Scary no? That’s exactly the kind of feeling this film invokes. Rear Window is a masterpiece weaved by the legendary Alfred Hitchcock featuring James Stewart, a photojournalist who is left bound to his apartment due to a broken leg. Since, besides his nurse (Thelma Ritter) and girlfriend (Grace Kelly), the man has no interactions with the world, he resorts to peeping through the windows of the neighbors which leads to unraveling scandalous truths. But what makes this classic even more special is Hitchcock’s art of storytelling and the screenplay that does not involve any action. Just pure humor, suspense souled up by its magnetic cast.

 

  1. North by Northwest (1959)

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The master of suspense, Hitchcock strikes yet again! The dashing honcho of sophisticated comedy, Cary Grant is paired up with other usual Hitchcock collaborators James Mason and Eva Marie Saint. Grant’s charm is as usual worth betting all the money on. Grant plays Roger Thornhill who is mistaken for a government agent and hunted by police and assassins. Eva Kendall protects the man and the two develop a tantalizing relationship while hunting for the real government agent. This film is a legacy that inspired numerous thrillers, only a few among which have successfully made an impact. Although not the same as this film.

 

  1. Manchurian Candidate (1962)

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Based on a volatile plot unraveling secrets of underworld politics, the studio thought it was too risky to produce the film. But with support from John F. Kennedy, John Frankenheimer finally breathed life into a politically charged USSR brainwash thriller. If one wishes to witness the gruesome politics through black and white frames, this iconic film is your go-to. Frank Sinatra plays a U.S. army hero who returns to his homeland from Korea. But the fact that he has been hired by the communists to assassinate a presidential nominee is finally discovered by his buddy who sets on a quest to stop his pal from committing a felony.

 

  1. Blood Simple (1984)

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Written, directed, edited and produced by Ethan and Joel Coen, this is the duo’s breakout movie. The film is a brooding crime classic from the siblings who knew nothing about film sets when they were ready to shoot this dark-humored thriller. Marty(Dan Hedaya) is a bar owner and a ruthless torturer of his wife. Frances McDormand who plays the wife ultimately resorts to cheating with one of the bartenders at Marty’s bar. Marty somehow sniffs the betrayal and hires a detective (Visser) to kill the wife and the lover. Steering moments of pure horror but keeping audiences in the know of everything, in contrast to most thriller this film binds a tale of bleak fatalism which is a recurring theme in most cinemas.

 

  1. The Silence of the Lambs (1991)

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This Oscar-winning work of art became the third film in American history to sweep five major awards after It Happened One Night and One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest. To date the horror film remains the only scary film to win The Best Picture Oscar. The film concocts a shrewd serial killer psychology thriller brilliantly brought to life by Jodie Foster, Jack Crawford, and Anthony Hopkins. This is one of those rare movies which has the power to keep you coming back for a re-watch even though you know what it entails. Jonathan Demme indeed crafted a gripping plot to pull the audience right inside the story.

 

  1. The Usual Suspects (1995)

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“The greatest trick the Devil ever pulled was convincing the world he didn’t exist.” The iconic line from this movie by the legendary Kevin Spacey says everything about this blazing cult classic. In his Oscar-winning performance, Spacey plays a mysterious con man and plans a million dollar heist with his partners, the usual suspects in the list of police records. The planned heist fails on cosmic proportions and then comes an offer from the Devil himself. Keyser Soze is a criminal mastermind known to people only through stories of his heinous crimes but not by face. The suspects agree for they have little choice left when it comes to dealing with the mysterious face of violence.

 

  1. Se7en (1995)

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The ending is blowing the minds of audiences even today. If that is not enough to get you excited about the film, David Fincher’s unparalleled obsession with weaving, edgy dark stories will. Brad Pitt and Morgan Freeman play detectives looking into brutal murders symbolizing seven sins- pride, lust, gluttony, wrath, sloth, greed and envy. A vicious yet epic tale that approaches a twist of stellar proportions at the end. Se7en inspired countless storylines and revolutionized the genre of detective/thriller.

 

  1. Memento (2000)

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Apart from the riveting performances by Guy Pearce and Joe Pantoliano what makes this film so great is Christopher Nolan’s flair of weaving an emotionally charged storyline with equally magnificent twists. The film is a different kind of cinematic experience altogether with reverse storylines and chronological events merge and help you connect with the soul of the character. It gets you curious and more importantly satisfies that curiosity. It reveals the end at the very start defying the fundamental norms of cinematic storytelling. What makes you stick around is just the characters and theme.

 

  1. No Country For Old Men (2007)

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It’s the ‘once amateur’ siblings again! Imagine if Ethan and Joel Coen can create a masterpiece without knowing things about filmmaking, what could they do with experience? Cormac McCarthy’s novel forms the plot for this thrilling film. No exaggeration intended! It is literally thrilling. It begins with a Vietnamese veteran (Josh Brolin) discovering a huge amount of cash in the wake of a failed drug deal. He flees with the cash and invites being chased by an enigmatic killer. The crisp frames, captivating landscapes, and biblical themes elevate the effect of this ‘almost an action’ feature by the Coen Brothers.

 

  1. Prisoners (2013)

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A peculiar touch of David Fincher’s dark and seedy world is the treatment that prevails the backdrop of Denis Villeneuve’s Prisoners. Hugh Jackman plays a father whose 6-year-old daughter is missing and the identity of the kidnapper is the obvious mystery they have to solve. The feature is a slow burn of tension intensified with jaw-dropping twists and turns. Jake Gyllenhaal plays detective Loki who is obsessed with his job and Paul Dano is a suspect who is released due to lack of evidence. The stellar cast along with an emotionally powerful storyline makes this movie an absolute work of art.

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Gerard Butler Tapped For a High Voltage Action Thriller

by Emily Keen

An elevated action thriller titled The Plane has made its way into Gerard Butler’s schedule. The film will be launched at the AFM next week by MadRiver International. The domestic rights to the film are attained by CAA Media Finance.

Charles Cumming and  J.P. Davis have written the script based on a book penned by Cumming. Butler will be seen as a commercial pilot Ray Torrance who skilfully lands his damaged aircraft in a war zone but now must face the brunt of militants trying to take the passengers hostage.

The film is being produced by Di Bonaventura Pictures’ Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Mark Vahradian, MadRiver Pictures’ Marc Butan and Ara Keshishian. Butler and Alan Siegel under their G-BASE banner are also co-producing the venture.

Between 300 and his Fallen franchise, the actor has created a different groove for himself. The actor recently starred in the final installment of the successful series Angel Has Fallen which grossed at $133 million globally.  He has also demonstrated some serious acting chops in The Vanishing, which follows three lighthouse keepers who come across a missing fortune.

Although his action cinema does not have a serious fanbase, we cant wait to see how he goes about donning a pilot stuck in a warzone. The production for The Plane is set to begin in the second quarter of 2020.

Butler’s upcoming projects include Ric Roman Waugh‘s thriller Greenland, and Jamie Foxx‘s upcoming basketball comedy All-Star Weekend.

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Star War’s Lands in a Pit of Uncertainty Yet Again

by Emily Keen

The future of the Star Wars franchise is still on the fence. With GOT creators D.B. Weiss and David Benioff exiting the project, fans are left to wonder how and where the brand will progress from here on.

Kevin Feige is set to produce a Star Wars film but that won’t happen any time soon since the Marvel studios honcho is busy with MCU projects. Feige who has led the Marvel universe on a sensational journey with multiple billion-dollar products was rumored to probably take over Lucasfilm. But a recent report from ‘Variety’ dismissed the rumors of Feige attaining any big role at Lucasfilm.

Besides, the Star Wars Franchise is a solid brand in itself and needs not to worry about the effects of organizational level mishaps. Each film in the universe aside from Star Wars: Solo Story has grossed over $1 billion global collections.

Also, creators leaving a project is not entirely an alien situation for the franchise. Remember when Colin Trevorrow and Josh Trank left their Star Wars projects even before they started? Phil Lord and Chris Miller’s unforeseen exit from the Han Solo-centric feature was almost an upheaval of stellar proportions.

In a recent report, Variety cleared some facts on the unfortunate situation the creators and makers were trapped in and how the Ron Howard did the unthinkable by filling in the last moment.

The duo viewed the project as an opportunity to weave a fresh and unique concept that sets it apart from the other franchise films and not just make it a fan service affair. Lucasfilm, however, was not in for all the improvisation and risk-taking. Where everyone was looking forward to a Lord-and-Miller-directed Han Solo feature, the duo had a hard time coming up with a vision for the film that harmonized with the outlook of the studio. Extensive experimentation and uncertainty caused the film’s production to be delayed thus inviting a situation wherein no other option was left for the two rather than to leave the franchise.

The studio ultimately brought in Howard who shot 70 percent of the final feature and delivered the $250M film right in time for its Memorial Day release.

It looks like Benioff and Weiss’ departing situation is much better than that of Miller and Lord’s retreat. Obviously, because the project has not begun any production.

As reported by Variety “The departure of the two [David Benioff, D.B. Weiss] likely sends the studio back to the drawing board with the future of the series more uncertain than it has been since Disney closed its $4 billion deal for Lucasfilm in 2012.”

But given Kathleen Kennedy and Lucasfilms’ expertise in handling the status quo, the franchise definitely seems in safe hands. Although they don’t have much time with the release of the last film of Skywalker Saga closing in. The fact that they do need a comprehensive strategy for future-proofing the brand is inevitable.

The last chapter of the Skywalker trilogy is all set for release on December 20th, 2019.

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Jeffrey Wright confirmed in the role of Batman’s GCPD Ally

by Emily Keen

The Batman director has spilled the beans on the actor’s identity set to don Commissioner Gordon. Jeffrey Wright is now confirmed for the role of the caped crusader’s ally from the police department.

The rumors of Wright playing Gordon have been doing the rounds for quite some time now. Although the Westworld actor’s onboarding was not verified by any of the makers or the directors until yesterday.

The Cloverfield director took to his tweeter account to introduce Wright as Gordon.

The tweet did not say much. He merely wrote the word Tweet!  And Gordon with a hashtag followed by a bat emoji. So there you go. You know who the head of the Gotham city Police Department is.

The Batman’s casting is still an ongoing affair or at least it seems so since there is not much confirmation on the finalizing of many characters. For now, all we know is that Twilight star Robert Pattinson will play Bruce Wayne, Zoe Kravitz has been tapped in as Catwoman, Paul Dano will don The Riddler and now it’s Wright in the skin of James Gordon.

Jonah Hill has reportedly walked away from the role of Oswald ‘Penguin’ Cobblepot which led to Jason Alexander volunteering to play the role. Although it does not seem that Reeves has accepted the Seinfeld actor’s offer.

The Batman, as far as we know, follows the life of young Bruce Wayne and the plot will be somewhere along the lines of Bruce Wayne trying to track a serial killer in Gotham City, keeping suspicious of almost every supervillain in the comic. But the makers were upright in stating that the film is a standalone affair and has no connections with the DCEU whatsoever.

DC movies do not have a great reputation of standing tall at the Box Office with a shared universe. On the other hand, individual ventures tend to perform a great deal. It worked for Joker. Might as well turn out the same way for the masked vigilante’s latest.

The film has locked June 25, 2021, for release. Its currently under the pre-production phase and hopefully we will have news on more castings rolling out soon.

Stay tuned to Spotflik for more details on the film.

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Jeremy Irons to star in a Racehorse Biopic

by Emily Keen

Frankel, the British race wonder horse’s life is getting a film treatment. Oscar-winning actor Jeremy Irons has been tapped in to play the Horse’s trainer Henry Cecil in the film.

Irons is known for his roles in The Lion King, Die Hard: With A Vengeance and The Man In The Iron Mask. His role as Claus von Bulow in Reversal of Fortune won him the Oscar. Currently, the actor stars in a hit HBO series, Watchmen.

Frankel is a retired racehorse owned by breeder Khalid Abdullah, who ran 14 races and went out unbeaten in all the races. Irons will play his trainer who endured years of professional failure and sickness and train Frankel into one of the greatest racehorses, the races have ever seen.  Frankel’s final race at the Champions stakes was indeed an emotional event as the sire went bowing out in front of the capacity crowd at the Ascot Racecourse. The film is set to chart the highly emotional and powerful bond between Frankel and his late trainer.

Apart from starring in the Film