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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.

Watch the movie trailer here: 

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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, Iron will also be producing it alongside Andrew Berg and John Sachs of Eclipse Films.

“A lot of people have tried to make this film but fell short of the mark,” Andrew Berg and John Sachs of Eclipse Films told screendaily.com.

“Jim Piddock’s script stands out as the perfect balance of drama and action and director Ron Scalpello is a gifted director, visceral, sensitive and extremely hard working and creative. Jeremy was first choice to play Henry and has a genuine love for horses. Jeremy’s decision to join us as a producer has further cemented his passion for this project.” They added.

This, however, is not the first time that the winning horse’s life story has been documented. Frankel and Cecil’s relationship was earlier showcased in a British documentary named The Trainer and the Racehorse: The Legend of Frankel.  It aired on Channel 4 in 2015.

The worldwide sales on Frankel’s biopic will be handled by Canadian Wazabi Films. The co-presidents of the firm Anick Poirier and Lorne Price expressed by saying they “immediately connected with the determination and resilience of the story.”

The film is written by Jimmy Piddock and will be directed by The Corrupted and My Name Is Lenny’s Ron Scalpello.

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An Iconic Character from Spiderman to Cameo in Sony’s Morbius

by Emily Keen

There could be an unexpected cameo of a Spiderman character in Sony’s upcoming antihero flick Morbius. News has been doing rounds that J. K. Simmons could appear in Morbius in the form of J. J. Jameson.

A twitter handle, DR Movie News cited an unnamed source to have had a peek through the footage of the Daily Bugle editor-in-chief making an appearance in the Jared Leto film.

As reported by CBR.com – “Freelance media journalist Daniel Richtman seemed to confirm that footage of Simmons as J.J did exist for the upcoming Sony film, though no descriptions were provided.”

J. J. Jameson’s character has famously appeared in Sam Raimi’s Spiderman Trilogy. As of lately, he also made an appearance in Spiderman: Far From Home. MCU’s version of this fan-favorite character is in the form of a host of an online news show instead of an editor-in-chief of a newspaper.

It’s about time the two studios settle on a common version of hefty Simmons, as it seems he is not just passing by and is definitely sticking around.

Given the character has already appeared in a Marvel Studios film, it is clear that Sony needs an approval to use Jameson in Morbius.

So if they have come to an agreement on Jameson, does it mean that the SMCU and MCU are ready to build bridges?

If Jameson does make an appearance in Morbius, it is not wrong to assume that Sony well intends on sharing the Spider-Verse with the MCU.  In other words, Sony’s Venom and Morbius do not just exist in a shared universe of their own, but may somehow be connected to the MCU just like Spiderman.

Kevin Feige now has creative control over all Marvel characters and is also the one to broker the deal with Sony to maintain Spiderman’s presence across universes. It is possible that the new arrangement might have opened doors for various other characters to travel across the cinematic universes too. His statement about the new deal might have hinted at the existence of a multiverse between MCU and Sony’s Marvel characters.

“I am thrilled that Spidey’s journey in the MCU will continue, and I and all of us at Marvel Studios are very excited that we get to keep working on it,” Feige said. “Spider-Man is a powerful icon and hero whose story crosses all ages and audiences around the globe. He also happens to be the only hero with the superpower to cross cinematic universes, so as Sony continues to develop their own Spidey-verse you never know what surprises the future might hold.”

Morbius starring Jared Leto as the eponymous character will be directed by Daniel Espinosa. Matt Smith will be playing Loxias Crown and Adria Arjona is set to don Martine Bancroft.  Further, we have Tyrese Gibson as Agent Stroud and Jarred Harris in an unnamed role. The film will open in theatres on July 31, 2020.

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Teen Wolf Heartthrob to Lead an Infestation Thriller

by Emily Keen

Teen Wolf star Tyler Posey has been signed for a new thriller from Johnny Martin – Alone. The movie will also star Donald Sutherland alongside Posey in the lead role, Deadline confirmed. 

Sutherland is known for his role in The Hunger Games franchise as President Snow. He recently also starred in Brad Pitt led cosmic thriller Ad Astra. Sutherland’s other credits include Lolita and Buck White. 

The plot follows the life of Aidan(Posey) who locks himself in his apartment to protect his life from infected screamers infesting the complex. Amidst the chaos Aidan discovers that a young girl (Summer Spiro) in a house across his courtyard is also trapped and now must find a way out for both of them. 

The story naturally unfolds into a tantalizing romance between the two youngsters together in times of danger. 

Alone is written by Matt Naylor and financed by HIG Productions. Martin in addition to helming the movie is also co-producing alongside Rabih Aridi and Anne Jordan.

Malaysian actress Maya Karin also has a brief role in the film as that of a scientist who understands the virus infecting the screamers.  The actress confirmed her onboarding earlier in July when she flew to LA for the short scene. 

The film began shooting in May this year and i currently in the post production phase.

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Game of Thrones Creators Drop Star Wars Trilogy Project

by Emily Keen

David Benioff and Dan Weiss have chosen to walk away from the upcoming Star Wars Trilogy. The Game of Throne creators juggled a $200 M deal with Netflix and realized it was not possible to do justice to both projects in the given time frame. 

The duo had entered an agreement with Disney Lucasfilm to write and produce the project. The official announcement of the deal came in February 2018. But earlier this year, when GOT was almost ready for its final showdown, ‘Deadline’ found out that the duo were being approached by as many as 6 film studios.

The pair finally closed a $200 M deal to write, produce and direct a venture for Netflix. 

Benioff and Weiss acknowledged in a public statement that it would not be fair for more than one project to be handled in such tight frames. 

“There are only so many hours in the day, and we felt we could not do justice to both Star Wars and our Netflix projects,” they said in a statement to Deadline on Tuesday. “So we are regretfully stepping away.”

“We love Star Wars. When George Lucas built it, he built us too. Getting to talk about Star Wars with him and the current Star Wars team was the thrill of a lifetime, and we will always be indebted to the saga that changed everything.”

Kathleen Kenedy, Lucasfilm President said in his statement: “David Benioff and Dan Weiss are incredible storytellers. We hope to include them in the journey forward when they are able to step away from their busy schedule to focus on Star Wars.”

No comments were made on as to what the future of this trilogy would be, but that need not concern Star Wars fans. A different trilogy from Rian Johnson is already on charts of Lucasfilm along with other releases in the Franchise. These include Kevin Feige’s film, Disney + live-action series Mandalorian and the return of Obi-Wan Kenobi in an upcoming Disney + series. 

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Joker Takes Over Maleficient’s Collections, Back to Being No. 1

by Emily Keen

Arthur Fleck’s contagious laugh does not seem to be dying any sooner. Joaquin Phoenix’s magnum Opus now stands strong with a global collection of $849 million. The DC movie has toppled Angelina Jolie’s fantasy fiction once again to reclaim it’s top spot this weekend.

According to ‘Deadline’ the Todd Phillip’s Joker rolled in a $18.9 million where as the Disney film brought in $18.5 million. The numbers are close but the fact that Joker has been it its fifth week of release speaks for itself. In the last week, Maleficient 2 brought down the highly acclaimed Phoenix starrer with the collection of $36.9 million. Joker in that weekend stood at $29 Million.

Maleficient: Mistress of Evil’s global earnings as of now are $293.5 million.

This weekend was rather peaceful with studios slowing down releases for the onset of Halloween. In the third place, stood Addams Family with $11.7 million edging out Zombieland: Double Tap which brought in $11.6 million.

Joker’s list of accolades could already bind a compendium and it has them coming. The movie has now officially surpassed Deadpool’s record as the highest grossing R-rated movie. The Ryan Reynold’s film stood at $782.6 million.

Terminator: Dark Fate debuted in cinemas this weekend and made $12.8 million. The numbers might have been a tad disappointing given the hype around the Linda Hamilton starrer. But the movie might soon catch up as there are Holidays coming up in the keys markets of release.

As for Joker, it is still running strong in Europe. This weekend added $47.8 million to Jokers collections from 79 overseas markets. The film is now looking forward to a $950 million worldwide collection.

The film is also the highest grossing WB movie in 14 international markets including Russia, Argentina and Mexico and the biggest DC movie in 34 markets which includes, Holland, Italy, Spain, Russia, India, Argentina and Mexico.

Moreover it has stood at the #1 spot for a 4th weekend in a row in Europe. In Asia, Joker is now the 4th best WB title and the 2nd best of WB movie of all times in Latin America.

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It’s a Wrap for Daniel Craig’s Last installment of 007

by Emily Keen

The latest installment of the James Bond series, No Time to Die has successfully wrapped its shoot.

The official Instagram page of 007 confirmed the news. The news comes almost a month after Daniel Craig’s emotional speech on the final day of production in Italy. The Bond hunk was then tapped giving a heart-warming speech for a wrap up party.

The new picture features director Cary Fukunaga, Craig himself holding a clapperboard.


Post Spectre, this will be Craig’s last dive into the Bond universe. Fans are even more eager to see the actor don the secret agent for the last time. The makers were firm on having a strong story-line for Craig’s last film. And in the effort lost the original Bond director Danny Boyle.

Fukanaga finally came in as Boyle’s replacement, but the change led the film to be postponed until 2020. With his arrival Fukunaga made a few more additions to the line-up of the film including Rami Malek. Fukunaga has taken the shoot around the world and has been busy with the production of Bond 25. Craig’s on-set injury also added to the delay in the duration of the filming. But the shoot has finally come to an end.

Familiar faces are set to make returns in the 25th installment of the Bond series. Jefferey Wright will be reprising the role in the movie with his character Felix Leiter.

The movie is set to hit theatres in the April of 2020. Since the production is already complete, we can expect the first trailer to drop soon.

Stay tuned to Spotflik for more updates on movies.

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Jane Fonda Did the Unthinkable on Getting Arrested

by Emily Keen

Hollywood icon Jane Fonda got arrested on Friday for a climate change protest in Washington DC. But in that moment too, she did not let the situation affect her iconic stature. The Oscar winning actress accepted her BAFTA award while the policemen tied the plastic ties around her wrists and walked her to the van.

The actress was bestowed with the prestigious Stanley Kubrick award for excellence in film during the BAFTA annual celebration in LA. She had moved to Washington DC with the intent of contributing to heighten the urgency against global climate change. Which is why she could not be present to accept the award.

The folks at the ceremony were surprised to see a video message of acceptance from Fonda acknowledging the award and also apologizing for not being there in person.

Here is the footage of the courageous actress getting arrested for a bigger cause and waving with her shackled hands thanking BAFTA for the award.


The actress moved to Washington to start a movement called Fire Drill Friday.

In her statement she said:

‘I’m going to take my body, which is kind of famous and popular right now because of the [television] series and I’m going to go to D.C. and I’m going to have a rally every Friday.

‘It’ll be called Fire Drill Friday. And we’re going to engage in civil disobedience and we’re going to get arrested every Friday.’ The actress’ inspiration to join the movement came from the teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg.

She also said Greta had ‘realized what was happening and that this was barreling at us like an engine’. The ties around her hands did not seem to diminish her spirit even for a moment and she gracefully addressed the camera and walked way.

Fonda’s speech received a loud cheer and standing ovation from the activists.

The other actors who won at BAFTA this year include Steeve Coogan and Phoebe Waller Bridge. Coogan was bestowed with the Charlie Chaplin award for excellence in comedy. Bridge received the British Artist of the year.

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Realease Date Set for James Wan’s Upcoming Horror Flick

by Emily Keen

Aquaman director James Wan’s latest horror romp now has an official release date. Before going ahead with the sequel of the DC movie, Wan has bet his time on a project that takes him back to his horror roots. The Warner Bros. movie, Malignant is set to hit the screens on August 14, 2020, as suggested by a report from ‘Deadline’.

The cast line up for the film includes Anabelle Wallis who recently starred in Netflix’s Peaky Blinders. Jake Abel of CW’s Supernatural fame is also a part of the horror freight. The rest of the lineup includes George Young, Michole Briana White, Jacqueline McKenzie, and Ingrid Bisu. Bisu has co-written the film alongside Wan. In addition, she will executive produce the venture with Wan and his Atomic Monster partner Michael Clear.

Not many details about the film’s plot have been revealed yet. For all, we know from Wan’s statements that the film will be a Hard-R thriller.

Wan had said in a statement:  “There’s been a bit of speculation as to what my next project is… all I’ll say is, I’m super excited to go back to my indie roots with this hard-R thriller,” Wan said of the project earlier this year. “An original horror idea (not a reboot/remake or anything based on existing IP) with old school, practical effects and no giant, blue screen sets.”

Malignant will be distributed by New Line Cinema with Starlight Media and Midas Innovation as the financers. The film is currently undergoing production in Los Angeles.

Wan’s previous direction credits include Saw, The Conjuring, The Conjuring 2, Furious 7, and the Mamoa starrer DC freight Aquaman. Wan’s Conjuring and Insidious sagas have gained him the reputation of a horror film honcho. With Malignant, the director plans to weave a new kind of horror fantasy.

The film is set to square off against three major wide releases on opening. These include Universal’s Nobody, Sony’s Escape Room 2 and Disney’s The One and Only Ivan.

Stay tuned to Spotflik for more updates on the film.

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Disney is Plotting the Second Round of Hocus Pocus

by Emily Keen

A sequel of the cult favorite Halloween classic Hocus Pocus is apparently making movements. A report from ‘Collider’ confirmed that Jen D’Angelo is on board and working on the script. The sequel is exclusively aimed for streaming on Disney’s web streaming service, Disney +.

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The report also claims that the writer has been asked to work the script to get back the original characters. The 1993 classic starred Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimy in the role of the three lead witches. There are rumors that the three actresses might make a return in the sequel. If they will reprise their roles or pass the legacy to a new generation of actors, is still a fact that remains unclear. Given the fact that the Witches are obsessed with restoring their youth, we may not be wrong to assume that the Sanderson sisters could be portrayed by three young faces.

The original PG-rated film was written by Mick Harris. The plot follows as a young boy, Max unintentionally resurrects the Sanderson sisters (the witches) from the dead inviting trouble for his little sister. The film progresses as Max along with his love interest Allison makes a run from the witches trying to save his sister and all the children in the city. The film was helmed by Kenny Ortega.

Many of the original cast has expressed interest in making a return in the sequel, including the actresses who played the witches and also Doug Jones who played the deadman, Billy Butcherson. Considering the cultural impact of the characters, Disney could very well grant them the wish.

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The film then did not land as a box office success initially, but over the years went on to become one of the most-watched Halloween movies. Despite the film lacking commercial success, Disney has kept its fad piqued with recurring streaming on All Hallows Eve. It’s consistent airing on Disney’s networks probably aided the film’s growth as a classic loved by a huge faction of audience.

As for D’Angelo, she has served as a writer-producer for CBS’ Happy Together and Fox’s sitcom LA to Vegas.  She also holds the credits as the associate producer of Netflix’s Game Over, Man!  She also made a consistent appearance on Facebook series Loosely exactly Nicole, as Veronica.

Disney + launches on November 12 it plans to add a whole lot of fan-favorite freights to the platter in addition to lots of reboots and spin-offs. Stay tuned to Spotflik for more updates on movies.

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Fast And Furious 9 Tapped Rapper Cardi B

by Emily Keen

Fast and Furious 9 has been making waves with it’s casting news lately. No very late after the news of Keanu Reeves possibly becoming a part of the Franchise future rolled out, they are ready with the next blow.

Cardi B has been signed for an unknown role in the upcoming installment of the fast-cars feature. The Fast and Furious frontman Vin Diesel dropped a clip of him and Cardi B acknowledging their last day of shooting in the UK.

In the video, Cardi B is seated next to Diesel, while he tells us that the entire cast has given the film everything. The Emmy winning rapper shares the feeling, declaring this film would be the best one of all the others in the franchise.

The news of Cardi being a part of Fast 9 comes on the final day of their UK shoot. Which means the queen of rap had been onboard for quite some time now. Looks like Diesel is hell-bent on not letting the hype die down. He kept it in the hopper and dropped the news yesterday as the film is nearing wrap. Cardi B recently sizzled alongside Jennifer Lopez in the hit stripper crime thriller Hustlers.

Many popular names have joined the cast in unknown roles including John Cena, Finn Cole and now Cardi. Reggaeton artist Ozuna will also be a part of this hot lineup. Ozuna and Cardi have previously worked together for the hit DJ Snake Song and its music video- Taki Taki.

Besides the new joiners, we have familiar faces making returns. Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Jordana Brewster, Chris Bridges (aka Ludacris), Nathalie Emmanuel, Helen Mirren, and Charlize Theron will be reprising their roles along with Vin Diesel.

The ninth film of the series is being directed by Justin Lin who had also helmed the third, fourth, fifth and sixth films of the saga. The film will open in theatres on May 22, 2020.

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Gemini Man’s Abysmal Figures Will Take a Toll On its Production Companies

by Emily Keen

Will Smith’s Gemini Man was trying hard to breathe since two weeks of its release. But looks like the game’s over for the Double Smith feature. The movie rolled in multiple bad reviews from critics and faced tough competition from the highly acclaimed Joker and Maleficent: Mistress of Evil.

But that’s not all with director Ang lee’s directorial venture. The movie took multiple hits of disappointments and this one seems like the last nail in the coffin.

Gemini Man’s failure at the box office is a testament that not even a wildly popular actor and an Oscar-winning director can save a bad script. The story sees Will Smith, squaring off against a young clone of himself (materialized with de-aging tech).

The movie is set to face a whopping loss of $75 million. The movie opened in the domestic market at $20 million. If you think that is worse, the worldwide collection figure will sink your heart.

The action thriller made a modest $118.7 million dollar global collection according to ‘The Hollywood Reporter’. The film still had high hopes from Chinese Markets where it disappointed again with just $21 million over the weekend where Maleficent: Mistress of Evil surprisingly surpassed making $22.4 million.

The loss, however, will be shared by David Ellison’s Skydance Media, Paramount Pictures and the China-based Fosun and Alibaba. The production of the Will Smith starrer cost roughly around $140 million and over $100 million was spared as the marketing budget.

The movie garnered high hopes across demographics for being the trailblazer of de-aging and high frame rate technology.  Paramount and Skydance, however, predicted the current precarious situation when pre-release tracking and reviews showed no signs of positivity.

The VFX packed feature is by Far Lee’s worst project with a 25% score on Rotten Tomatoes.

Paramount and Skydance each invested 35 percent budget in the film. Paramount’s returns, however, will ultimately soar up through distribution minimizing the loss. Fosun and Alibaba have 25 percent and 5 percent stakes respectively as per sources.

Both Paramount and Skydance can still hope for redemption for they have James Cameron’s Terminator: Dark Fate coming to theatres next month.

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Zack Snyder’s Upcoming Zombie Film Wraps Shoot

by Emily Keen

Zack Snyder is done with the principal photography of his upcoming film Army of The Dead. The Man of steel director took to Vero to acknowledge the wrap of his upcoming zombie romp.

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Since Dawn of the Dead (2004), this will be Snyder’s first zombie feature. The director stepped away from the movies post Dawn of Justice (2017) owing to a family tragedy. Army of The Dead marks a comeback to his momentarily snoozing career.

His wife Deborah, Wesley Coller, Ori Marmur, and Andrew Norman are co-producing the venture alongside Snyder himself.

The Netflix exclusive’s plotline picks up 6 years after the city of Las Vegas has been put under isolation down to a Zombie outbreak. Amidst the vicious assortment of the walking dead, a mercenary (played by Dave Bautista) brings together a group of soldiers to retrieve a casino owner’s money from the quarantined zone of the zombie-infested city.  Snyder came up with the idea of the plot and put together a script along with Shay Hatten.

Apart from Bautista, the movie contains one exciting line up including Ella Purnell, Omari Hardwick, Theo Rossi, Ana De La Reguera, Huma Qureshi, Hiroyuki Sanada, Chris D’Elia, Garret Dillahunt, Raúl Castillo, Nora Arnezeder, Matthias Schweighöfer, Samantha Win and Rich Cetrone.

When the project was announced Snyder was excited to have full creative independence with a film. He said in a statement, “There are no handcuffs on me at all with this one. I love to honor canon and the works of art, but this is the opportunity to find a purely joyful way to express myself through a genre. It will be the most kick-ass, self-aware — but not in a wink-to-the-camera way — balls-to-the-wall zombie freakshow that anyone has ever seen. No one’s ever let me completely loose [like this].”

In a recent interview, he also expressed how the movie has given him a chance to introspect and grow.

“With Army [of the Dead], it’s difficult not to do to a social statement because the movie is about building a wall for refugees and veterans but it’s also fun to do a zombie heist in Vegas. It makes it richer and better. I can’t help myself. I’ve always worked in a self-reflective way. Cinema is a reflective art form.”

History has not been very kind to Netflix’s decision of giving directors full creative control over films. Films like Roma, Gerald’s Game Apostle and Hold the Dark have failed to generate a consistent response from the audience. Snyder, however, seems pretty confident about his ideas as the movie falls well in the confines of his creative expertise.

Netflix has not given an official release date for the movie. Zack However has revealed the launch could happen somewhere in the winter of 2020. We are hoping the project is worth all the wait.

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Dwayne Johnson is Finally Ready to Don Black Adam

by Emily Keen

Dwayne Johnson is finally ready to break the ice around his dormant DC project. Black Adam, the arch-nemesis to Shazam! is finally happening. The project that has been in talks for over a decade, is ready to begin production in July next year.

Beau Flynn of FlynnPictureCo has stepped in to produce the film alongside Johnson, Dany Garcia and Hiram Garcia of Seven Bucks Productions.

Johnson took to his Twitter to confirm the production by reposting an image of a fan-made sculpture of the antihero.

After the huge success of Shazam! the makers are already working on a sequel. Black Adam was earlier set to appear in the movie. But looking at the rich history of the character, the makers decided to give the villain a feature of his own.

The gestating project will be helmed by Jaume Collet-Serra. The director has already worked with Johnson on the upcoming Disney flick, Jungle Cruise.

Dwayne Johnson was approached for the role of Shazam! but he chose Teth-Adam intrigued by the transformation curve of the character. He said he found it interesting how the character goes on to become a villain from a slave and then an antihero.

The Shazam! movie has equally had its share of delays and conflicts.

The movie had kicked up in the pre-production phase in 2008 at New Line Cinema. But as soon as the studio was acquired by Warner Bros. the project had to be shelved. As a part of the old plan, Peter Segal was tapped in to direct the movie with a script from John August.

August left the project over creative differences with the studio. Apparently the studio wanted more intensity to Shazam post the success of The Dark Knight. The draft prepared for Shazam was more on a comical and light-hearted side.

Meanwhile, another team of scriptwriters tried their luck with Shazam’s script. Bill Burch and Geoff Johns too tried making progress but apparently did not think that Johnson will stick around with the script being constantly altered.

Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel released in 2013. Segal stated that a Kibosh was put on Shazam! owing to the superhero’s similarities with Superman.

 

 

In August 2014 the movie was back in talks and Dwayne Johnson confirmed he was still a part of it. Later that year in September, he finally settled his choice of character with Black Adams – the modern antihero version. In 2017 David F. Sandberg stepped on board as the director of Shazam!

By the time DC had something big planned for Johnson’s character. They decided to make the character a solo film without him making an appearance in Shazam! They wanted the character to have an origin story before facing off against the superhero.

You have to give it up for Johnson for sticking around for so long. 12 years if you will! Besides this will be the actor’s first time testing the waters of the superhero territory. It will be interesting to watch an otherwise morally right Johnson, approach an unusual grey character.

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James Gunn Says It’s Okay if Genius Filmmakers Don’t Like Superhero Movies

by Emily Keen

Martin Scorsese taking a dig at Marvel movies, calling them “not cinema” has now escalated into a war of words between the directors who are for and against the comments.

In his resolve to support Martin’s thoughts, Francis Ford Coppola took a hard hit at the comic book movie universe. He called the films “Despicable”!

 

 

Speaking to a Journalist in Lyon where he was awarded the Prix Lumiere for his contribution to cinema, Coppola said:

“When Martin Scorsese says that the Marvel pictures are not cinema, he’s right because we expect to learn something from cinema, we expect to gain something, some enlightenment, some knowledge, some inspiration. I don’t know that anyone gets anything out of seeing the same movie over and over again. Martin was kind when he said it’s not cinema. He didn’t say it’s despicable, which I just say it is.”

James Gunn particularly could not stay quiet at the sound of this obnoxious criticism.

The Guardians of Galaxy director, however, did not call out to Coppola directly. He did but give quite a dignified response through an Instagram post using the word “Despicable”.

The post materialized with an image of an emotional scene shared by Groot and Rocket accompanied by captions in the vein of “a movie may not necessarily resonate across demographics”. He also highlighted how perceptions change with generations by citing examples of how our grandfathers and other elderly thought differently about movies that are in today’s time, considered classics. He ended by saying that if genius minds are not able to appreciate a movie loved by masses, it is still okay!

Here is James Gunn’s Instagram post with a statement responding to Coppola’s comments.

The dramatic exchange of emotions first began with Martin Scorsese saying in his interview with ‘Empire Magazine’, that he has had futile attempts of watching Marvel movies. He then doubled down the attack by classifying them into theme park adventures.

The Irishman director’s comments invited a twitter backlash from multiple Marvel actors and fans.

James Gunn had also responded to Scorsese’s comments saying

“Martin Scorsese is one of my 5 favorite living filmmakers. I was outraged when people picketed The Last Temptation of Christ without having seen the film. I’m saddened that he’s now judging my films in the same way.”

We do not know if Gunn’s response will settle this heated debate. Marvel is currently the biggest entertainment company in show business. It has given audiences around the world, a universe full of hope that is now a part of their lives. So it’s hard to say if fans will let go of an attack on something they have cherished for years, so easily.

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The New Riddler is Ready to Challenge The Batman

by Emily Keen

Paul Dano has been tapped in as the Riddler for the upcoming Robert Pattinson led Batman movie. For a while, there were rumors about Jonah hill being in talks to play the character, but it seems the makers have finally settled the deal with Dano.

Dano’s character in the movie will be named Edward Nashton who goes on to adopt a villainous new identity as Edward Nygma.

The news of Dano’s casting was confirmed by Matt Reeves himself through Twitter.

Tantamount to his name, the Riddler is known to challenge Batman with tough to solve puzzles.

Riddler’s character first appeared in a live-action Batman series in the 1960s. The character was then portrayed by Frank Gorshin. Following which, the infamous portrayal of the character by Jim Carrey in the 1995 film Batman Forever, left a mark.  In the recent Fox series Gotham, the role was marvelously handled by Corey Michael Smith.

The news broke almost 3 days after Zoe Kravitz landed the role of Catwoman in The Batman movie.

As for Dano, his previous credits include Escape at DannemoraSwiss Army ManLooper and, in the dual role of Paul and Eli Sunday in There Will Be Blood. He also produced and co-wrote 2018’s Wildlife.

The Batman is set to begin shooting by January and will open in theatres on June 25, 2021. The latest reboot of the franchise follows the life of young Bruce Wayne.

Spotflik keeps you updated on all the latest happenings of Hollywood. Stay tuned!

 

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9 Great Spaghetti Western Movies Of All Times

by Emily Keen

Obsessed with Tarantino’s western revisionist dramas are we? But what laid the inspiration for Tarantino’s widely popular genre might still be unknown to many cinephiles. The template for the current revisionist cinema is borrowed from the works of Spaghetti westerns aficionados. Which you will realize once you watch the great epics of the genre mostly acclaimed to Sergio Leone, the legend of Spaghetti Westerns.

If you haven’t broached this group yet, here is what you can start with. Or rather you must start with!  

 

  1.   Once Upon A Time In The West

 IMDb rating: 8.5/10

Waging in all the classic vices of the genre, Once Upon a Time In The West sits at the pinnacle of the Spaghetti westerns. Well because everything right from Ennio Morricone’s score to the film’s visual impact is extraordinary. From an efficient blend of corruption, injustice and violence spawns a brutally honest tale of the old west. Henry Fonda’s Frank is a sadistic killer hired by a crippled railroad kingpin to seize the property of a prime railroad owner. The attempt of seizing the land goes foul as, after the death of the owner, the property is lawfully transferred to his wife who is now under the protection of Charles Brosnan’s Harmonica. Sergio Leone’s magnum opus is a vicious jumble of alliances and betrayals. Not to mention the riveting performances by Brosnan and Fonda.  The film is without a doubt the best western ever made.

  1.   The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly

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 IMDb rating: 8.8/10

TGTBTU is an epic stemming from the conflict in the wake of the civil war. For the uninitiated, this film is tantamount to the first port of call before making it to others in the genre. The magnificent film brings together three parties to track an allied treasure. The reluctant team-up unleashes a wild skirmish resulting in one of the classic and genius western stories ever made.

  1.   For A Few Dollars More

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 IMDb rating: 8.3/10

The quintessential tale of western partnership sets a platform for Sergio Leone’s famous trilogy. The movie surpassed its predecessor in every capacity but essentially not the successors. Lee Van Cleef and Clint Eastwood is probably the best onscreen chemistry ever created with a pair of western gunslingers. Topping a fine storyline, as usual, was Morricone’s trademark score. The film’s climax unarguably beats the buildup and is the best pay-off amongst many others in the genre.  

  1.   The Great Silence

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 IMDb rating: 7.7/10

Sergio Corbucci manages to create a masterpiece tale with the backdrop of The Great Blizzard of 1899. The elements of a cold disaster worked hand in glove with the cold nature of the protagonist who loses his voice with the brutal assassination of his parents. Hungry for revenge he sets out to bring the killers to justice teaming with Mormon outlaws and a young African American woman. The movie managed to stand out with setup and story painted in stark contrast to its contemporaries. Tarantino’s Hateful Eight contains a eulogy of the opening scene of this film.

  1.   The Big Gundown

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 IMDb rating: 7.4/10

A symbol of American imperialism brewed by Sergio Donati brings out the shady truth of politics that prevailed in the era. Jonathan Corbett(Lee Van Cleef) is a lawman who is presented with a chance to run for Senate for he has displayed an unprecedented mastery of skills at work. But before that, he is assigned with bounty killing of an alleged rapist by the power broker throwing the bone. In pursuit of his bounty, the lawman finally discovers the truth of impacts of political order on the underprivileged and that his target may not be guilty after all. A rather unusual blend of socio-political themes presented to the viewers by some extraordinary performances, The Big Gundown went on to become a classic post many years after release.

  

  1.   A Fistful Of Dollars

 

  IMDb rating: 8.0/10

The beginning of what shall forever remain an iconic trilogy in the history of westerns, A Fistful of Dollars may not be as charged as it’s sequels but deserves special mention for being a Kickstarter to the regime of western spaghetti. The movie follows a tale of a cynical gunman, Joe, who flaunts his ostensible allegiance to two rival gangs but is loyal to none. Clint Eastwood’s performance as Joe is the most iconic role of his career. The story borrows the mold of Kurosawa’s Yojimbo but Leone’s treatment definitely brings out a stunning original that now serves as inspiration itself.  

 

  1.   Duck, You Sucker! (A Fistful Of Dynamite)

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 IMDb rating: 7.7/10

A rather underrated film of Sergio Leone, this happens to be the second film of the Dollar trilogy. In the final act, Leone soars down the focus to a single character. The movie finds its roots in the Mexican revolution of 1910 with a classic transformation of an outlaw to a revolutionary storyline. Although unlike other westerns, the film is less political and more of an emotionally charged affair, navigating the essence of friendship during a volatile phase of Mexican history.

  1.   A Bullet For The General

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 IMDb rating: 7.1/10

Set in the backdrop of the Mexican Revolution the movie follows the life of El Chuncho, a militant turned revolutionary. Guiding his path of transformation is a prisoner of government forces. The film is a poignant account of political drama, deception and conflicts weighed against the power of conscience and trust. With a heartfelt performance by Gian Maria Volontè, the feature is considered one of the best among the genre of Zapata Westerns.

  1.   Django (1966)

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IMDb rating: 7.3/10

Django is one of the classic western spaghetti films, very much in the Sergio Leone mold. A soldier of the Union Army begins his journey across the south with a coffin. Of course, there is a lot of action along the way when the cowboy hero has to face off against multiple enemies across the Mexican border. Drawing subtle inspiration from A fistful of Dollars, the film explicitly mimics the classic Kurosawa style film making and continues to have a cultural impact years later.

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Kevin Feige Takes Control of the Creative Segment of Marvel Entertainment

by Emily Keen

News broke on Tuesday that Kevin Feige is promoted as the chief creative officer of Marvel Entertainment. So in addition to being the President of the company, he will also oversee the creative process of Marvel Entertainment’ s film, TV and comic ventures.

How exactly does this shift in power change things for Marvel Entertainment?

The structural framework remains steady where Feige will report to Walt Disney’s Co-Chairman and Chief Creative Officer Alan Horn and Co-Chairman Alan Bergman. Dan Buckley will continue as the President of Marvel TV but will now also report to Feige for creative and editorial issues in addition to checking in with Chairman Ike Perlmutter for operations, sales, games, and license. Meanwhile, Joe Quesada, Marvel CCO since 2010, will now serve as the creative lead and report directly to Buckley. Buckley shall also be responsible for supervising the creative executives in the publishing segment.

Besides Jeph Loeb, Marvel’s head of TV will now report to Kevin Feige and not to Dan Buckley.

Feige’s relationship with Marvel began in 2000 as the producer of X-Men. Feige has taken MCU to entirely new heights as the biggest Franchise of entertainment industry, grossing above $26 billion at the global box office across the past decade. He is also involved in the development of a Star-Wars movie for Lucasfilm owned by Disney. However, his career highlight came in 2019 with is Avengers: Endgame becoming the highest-grossing movie of all time surpassing Avatar.

Apart from the new responsibilities, Feige remains the president of Marvel Studios and continues to direct the MCU into Phase 4. He will also partner with Sony for a third Spider-Man film in 2021. The upcoming releases of the studio include Black Widow and The Eternals set for release in 2020. Apart from the movies, there are multiple TV shows slated for Disney+ streaming service.

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Jane Foster’s Cancer Storyline Could Find its way in Thor: Love and Thunder

by Emily Keen

Taika Waititi recently teased that Thor: Love and Thunder might explore Jane Foster’s battle with breast cancer. Natalie Portman who will reprise her role as Jane Foster in the Ragnarok sequel, will acquire the abilities of an Asgardian and become female Thor as hinted by Waititi in his earlier interviews.

The new plot retains significant arcs from 2014 comic written by Jason Aaron with Russell Dauterman as the artist. Not only does Jane return but she returns as Mighty Thor. The question is will the makers be generous enough to lift the part about Jane’s battle with cancer as well?

As per the comic, Jane in her human form is diagnosed with breast cancer. Meanwhile, Thor grows unworthy of wielding the power of Mjolnir.

Following which the hammer grants its powers to Jane who becomes a new Mighty Thor. As a human, she cannot endure the effects of the painful disease. But her super-powered form is able to fight it owing to the powers rendered to her by the hammer.

Waititi seems much intrigued by the part of the story of Foster’s cancer battle. But he is not sure about how much of that story will make it into the film, since plans for Marvel films are subject to change even when late in production or editing phases.

In his recent interview with Variety, the Jojo Rabbit director said

“I think that’s a really powerful part of the books. I think it’s really cool that she’s fighting this thing and there’s two battles going on. Personally, I really love that storyline. But whether it ends up in the film is yet to be seen,”

Waititi has not worked with Portman’s character before since she was missing in Ragnarok. The writer/director approached the Oscar-winning actress to make a comeback in Love and Thunder for an even more promising role than she had in the first two installments of the series.

Chris Hemsworth will reprise his eponymous character along with Portman’s Jane and Tessa Thompson’s Valkyrie. The storyline if retained will tackle a powerful subject and could in some way prove inspirational to the cancer-stricken around the world.

Thor: Love and Thunder will open in theatres on November 5, 2021. Don’t miss Taika Waititi’s Jojo Rabbit which hits the screens on October 18.

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9 Netflix Halloween Movies That Are Super Scary to Watch

by Emily Keen

Halloween is the time for brewing up some hocus pocus with friends and family. But if you do not have much to do this Halloween season, grab some candy corn and Apple cider, get cozy in the blanket and tune in to Netflix. There are some spooky fun horror movies waiting to be discovered. We narrowed down the list with some of the most iconic classic and new horror movies to make your task simpler.

Here are nine tales of otherworldly horror for you to enjoy this Halloween season.

  1. Coraline

IMDb rating: 7.7/10

Coraline is a symbolic journey of a young girl who must decide what is right and wrong. The girl subjected to constant invalidation from her parents finds her way into a new world which is an ideal version of her own life. Slipping away into the sparkle of the new world, she fails to understand it could, in fact, be an illusion created to lure and trap her.

 

  1. The Ritual

IMDb rating: 6.3/10

The usual tale of a sinister creature in the forest story. Four humans have made their way in the woods as a part of college reunion and are relentlessly hunted by an unseen force. With plenty of spooky vibes the horror movie seems perfect for Halloween season.

 

  1. The Sixth Sense

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IMDb rating: 8.1/10

This is the breakout film of M. Night Shyamalan and contains one of the most iconic twists in the history of films. Cole Sear a socially awkward boy has a terrifying ability to communicate with spirits. Malcolm Crowe, a child psychologist steps in to help the child make peace with what is and find ways to put a positive spin to a rather undesired gift.

 

  1. I Am The Pretty Thing That Lives in the House

IMDb rating: 4.5/10

Helen Bloom, a successful ghost story writer decides to live in her country home during the last days of her life. Lily is a young nurse who takes care of Helen. Little does Lily know that the house of the writer has some real horror lurking within. The film directed by Oz Perkins is an immersive and slow burn of horror unfolding onscreen.

 

  1. Murder Party

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IMDb rating: 5.9/10

Christopher, an awfully humble man finds an invitation to a Murder party. Without even taking time to consider that it sounds like trouble, he decides to show up only to find out the inviters were not bluffing about the name of the party.  It is, in fact, a group of rogue artists trying to glorify their art through murder to win a grant. Jeremy Saulnier’s debut directorial venture is a comical yet relentlessly violent affair.

 

  1. The Witch

IMDb rating: 6.8/10

A witch steals a child from a family in New England and uses it to open some unhealed wounds and disrupt their integrity. The period drama set in the 1630s depicts the destruction of relationships due to evil supernatural forces but more importantly due to forces of doubt and grief native to humanity.

 

  1. The Crow

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IMDb rating: 7.6/10

A tale of rebirth for revenge, The Crow charts the life of Eric who is killed along with his fiancée by a group of street thugs. A year later, Eric comes back to life as the Crow infiltrates the gang and brutally brings each one responsible to justice. The film sheds light on the unsettling and evil corners of society.

 

  1. Horns

IMDb rating: 6.5/10

The film begins with Daniel Radcliffe’s character being a suspect in the mysterious death of his girlfriend and him waking up one morning with a new set of horns. With the horns grows his wicked humor and ability to influence people to speak out their deepest desires. Based on Joe Hill’s novel of the same name, the movie is a tale of revenge, exploring weirdness of the supernatural world.

 

  1. The Babysitter

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IMDb rating: 6.3/10

A horror comedy that is just right for Halloween mood. A young woman, hired to babysit a boy secretly performs satanic rituals every night the boy is asleep. Until one day the boy defies his usual sleep schedule and walks in on her shenanigans only to strike up a rivalry against a group of handsome but insatiable young adults ready to do anything to fulfill their desires.

No matter how old you are. The list has something for everyone. Watch away!

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The Batman has found the Catwoman

by Emily Keen

Big Little Lies star Zoe Kravitz has been cast as Selina Kyle in the upcoming Batman Flick alongside Robert Pattinson.

‘Deadline’ confirmed that the iconic role which has earlier been donned by Michelle Pfeiffer and Anne Hathaway has now been claimed by Kravitz. It will be interesting to see how the actress will blend into the skin of the gray character.

Kravitz has earlier starred in Mad Max Fury Road, X-Men: First Class, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald in significant roles. That seems like enough a testimony of her aptitude to sizzle as the Catwoman alongside the Sly Caped crusader. Besides Kravitz already has some experience with the character. She was the voice of Catwoman in The Lego Batman movie.

Ana de Armas, Ella Balinska, Eiza Gonzalez were also in the running for the role of Selina Kyle. But Kravitz was found to be the apt choice for the role of the Bullwhip flinger.

Jonah Hill will reportedly play Penguin the eccentric yet gentlemen of a criminal. Jeffrey Wright is in talks to play Commissioner Gordon. However, none of these actors have been publically been named by the makers.

Selina and Bruce Wayne share an odd relationship wherein the cat although a rival ends up being a reluctant ally of Batman on most occasions.

We can’t wait to see how Zoe and Robert will recreate this inevitable bond onscreen.

Director Matt Reeves has teased saying that “there will be a rogues gallery” for the Batman to deal with. Robert Pattinson in the reboot of Dark Knight will play a young Bruce Wayne, who is more of a detective than a vigilante behind a mask protecting the city against crimes.

The makers are looking to unlock a whole new Bat-world with this film. In addition to Catwoman and Riddler, Two-Face, Firefly and Mad Hatter are also rumored to appear to amplify the misery of Batman in this movie. The upcoming story of the caped Knight is a completely new script and does not aim at validating the adventures of Ben Affleck’s Batman.

Nothing has been disclosed about the plot as of yet. Though rumors have it that it might be along the lines of The Long Halloween comic book, where Bruce Wayne in his pursuit of a serial killer is faced with his many of his old foes along the way.

The Batman will open in theatres on June 25, 2021. Stay tuned to Spotflik for more updates on the movie.

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‘Abominable’ Lands in Trouble in Vietnam Over Territorial Issues

by Emily Keen

Vietnam has put a Kibosh on Abominable’s theatrical run in the country as it shows a controversial map that marks territory in Vietnam as a part of China.

A scene in the Dreamworks feature showcases a map that presents China’s unilaterally declared nine-dash line enclosing a part of the South China Sea. China has claimed a resource rich region of the sea. But the South Southeast Asian Nations including Vietnam assert rights over portions of the sea as rightfully theirs.

The region has been the cause of a standoff between the two countries.

The screenshots of the map from the movie were extensively circulated on social media by Vietnamese viewers once they spotted the inaccurate depiction.

This thus resulted in the government pulling off the movie from theatres.

Ta Quang Dong, Vietnam’s deputy minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism said “We will revoke [the film’s release license],” as quoted by the ‘Thanh Nien’ newsdaily.

Written and directed by Jill Culton, Abominable opened in Vietnam, on October 4th.  Screenings of the film were put to an end on Sunday once the images of the upsetting map started circulating on social media.

The PG-rated adventure follows a Kid (Yi) who discovers a Yeti seeking refuge on the terrace of her home. When Yi learns that the capitalists are trying to use the creature for their gains, she and her friends (Tenzing Norgay Trainor, Albert Tsai) set on a quest to save the animal and put her back in her natural habitat.

Abominable is a joint venture produced by Shanghai based Pearl Studio and Dreamworks animation. Pearl studio is owned by Chinese entertainment conglomerate China Media Capital. This unit is supported by the Chinese government. As The Hollywood Reporter suggests, the depiction may not have been a fluke after all.

The two neighbors are already in the middle of a heated Maritime dispute. Earlier in July China tried to conduct an energy survey by sending its vessel in the waters controlled by Vietnam.

The scene from Abominable might have fanned the sparks.

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Are Captain Marvel and Valkyrie the Rainbow Lovers of MCU?

by Emily Keen

Marvel has already made a strong statement by letting its women fight the biggest war alongside its men. But people really want Marvel to be explicit in their support to the LGBTQ community as well. Fans have come up with a sizzling theory of Captain Marvel romancing the Valkyrie in the upcoming movies.

Valkyrie is the first openly bisexual hero of the Marvel universe. But until yet, this has not been made evident in any of the movies. Now that Endgame officially upstaged her as the new ruler of Asgard, fans cannot wait to know more about her life.

There is strong proof about Tessa’s character being bisexual in the comics. But the comic’s version of Valkyrie finds her love interest in Annabelle Riggs. Captain Marvel’s sexuality has however been kept under wraps until now. The comic book version of Captain Denvers is straight. But there also exists a gay version of the character.

Both Larson and Thompson, however, do not mind setting screens on fire with their romance.

In a recent interview during ACE comic con, Chicago they were quite supportive of the idea.

Brie said “We’re here to ship, ya’ll! We can dig into it, I’m just telling you we’re shipping,”. While Tessa backed Larson by adding “Brie is my real-life queen, in general. If it becomes canon, that’s cool, too.”

Both actors share a great friendship offscreen.

Brie even tweeted a fan art last march which showcased their Marvel characters in a romantic embrace.

And a few days later, Tessa Thompson returned the gesture.

This is not the first speculation around Valkyrie’s love interest. There has been much buzz regarding the probable lady love of Asgard’s new ruler.

A few days earlier Jamie Alexander’s Lady Sif had volunteered to be the queen.

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A few think Jane Foster’s return in Thor: Love and Thunder could probably be a new chapter in valkyrie’s life. Looks like we have many Marvel women crushing over the female warrior.

It is too early to decide if Captain Marvel and Valkyrie will be portrayed as a couple given their crucial roles in two separate movies. The realization of this theory will need a strong and convincing narrative that resonates with the audience. And fans can sure afford to be wrong about theories, but not being disappointed with the script.

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Aladdin Officially Beats Avengers: Endgame

by Emily Keen

Aladdin has officially steered past the theatrical run of Avengers: Endgame. It released on May 24th and has now completed 143 days on the big screen.

Avengers: Endgame sure stays the highest-grossing movie of the times beating James Cameron’s Avatar with a worldwide collection of $2.79 billion. Aladdin’s collections stand at $1.05 billion.

In his interview with comicbook.com Aladdin producer, Dan Lin said

“I mean, we’re just so fortunate we got Will,” Lin said. “As has been publicized, he passed at first and then he thought about it some more. I think Jaden [Smith] may have influenced him, and encouraged his role in this movie, but that’s the only way that you can cast this movie, which is with the biggest movie star in the world. And it’s a role that is so complex because it requires singing and dancing, high expectations, it requires comedy, it requires drama. It really requires kind of the full skill set of an actor, and he pulled it off. And how he did that was he made it really personal. I think that’s the number one overarching theme that everyone brought the movie. They made this movie by bringing their personality to it.”

“And so Will Smith, if you look closely at the Genie, is influenced by what he did so well in Hitch and what he did so well with Fresh Prince,” the producer continued. “This is a hip hop genie and so it’s very specific to Will. No other actor could have done this the way he did, in the same way no other actor could have done the genie the way Robin Williams did. They are so iconic and so the way Will interpreted the Genie was to make an iconic character that only he can play that is very true to himself. And that’s what really excited us and allowed us to differentiate and stand out from the previous Aladdin movie.”

As of Thursday Aladdin was still being played across 105 screens in the United States. Whereas Endgame is available digitally and also on physical home media. It is Disney’s one of five movies to hit the 1 billion mark in 2019 alongside The Lion King, Captain Marvel, Toy Story 4 and of course the showstopper of the Year Endgame.  And that is not all! Disney still holds two more cards up its sleeve before it ends the year with a bang. Frozen 2 open in Theatres in November and Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is set to hit the screens at Christmas. The predecessors of both features are members of the $1 billion club.

Stay tuned to Spotflik for more updates on movies.

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Terminator: Dark Fate Run Time Beats Most Movies of the Franchise!

by Emily Keen

Terminator: Dark Fate is one the second-longest movie among the entire series. The Dark Fate plot has apparently altered the timelines neglecting the events of Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, Terminator Salvation and Terminator Genisys.

Dark Fate sees a destructive humanoid (Gabriel Luna), sent from the future to kill a young woman Dani Ramos (Natalia Reyes), much similar to the plot of the first installment of the series. The new Terminator model is Rev-9 and is capable of separating itself in two autonomous units. And just like in the original movie, there is also a soldier from the future sent to protect Dani from the murderous cyborg- Grace (Mackenzie Davis). Arnold Schwarzenegger will reprise his role as Carl who now lives peacefully with the humans. Linda Hamilton as Sarah Connor is also back at being the hardcore gunslinger.

BBFC announced that the movie has a runtime of 128 minutes.

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The James Cameron production instead is a direct sequel to Terminator 2: Judgment Day. We see what Cameron did there! It looks like he had a different vision for how the franchise would progress since the second installment and that looked nothing like the two movies that came after.

Director Tim Miller has teased a powerful ending to this highly anticipated follow up. There is some overwhelming nostalgia about to hit the fans.

He said in his statement

“I think it’s hugely emotional, and I’m not making this up when I tell you I just watched the ending again this morning because I was showing someone, and I cried. I still cry almost every time. It’s really powerful at the end and I think it’s a testament to the story, but also what the actors brought to it.”

Arnold Schwarzenegger is also very happy with the film. He said: “I haven’t seen action and emotion like this since the second movie. It feels new again.”

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Under Miller’s direction, Dark Fate seems to be redeeming itself by going back to the roots after the last two installments wandered off. And with a runtime of over 2 hours, the film is not compromising on any aspect of the narrative by keeping it tight. The audience can experience high voltage action made of blazing guns and human-robot face-offs for a good two hours.

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A Training Day Prequel is Officially Underway

by Emily Keen

Denzel Washington’s Training day is getting a prequel. Warner Bros. is currently working on the project. The original movie released in 2001 and was a box office hit with a gross collection of $104 million at the box office.   

The movie follows the life of Jake Hoyt (Ethan Hawke) who is taken up for evaluation by Alonzo Harris (Washington) for determining his potential for joining the LAPD. It does not take long for Jake to learn that Harris is corrupt and has quite a shady past.

The film was directed by Antoine Fuqua with a script from David Ayer. Denzel Washington won an Oscar for the second time in his career for his role as Alonzo Harris (The first one being for Supporting Actor in Glory). Ethan Hawke also received an Oscar nomination.

The movie was later on adapted into a tele series that premiered in 2017, starring Bill Paxton and Justin Cornwell. Unfortunately, the venture had to be called off after Paxton’s untimely death.

The prequel is rumored to be showcasing the past life events from Hariss’ life and is set almost a decade behind the time period of the original movie. Blacklist writer Nick Yarborough will be working on the script. The prequel as of yet has no attached director to it.

Denzel Washington’s character in the original movie was 46 years old. Now that the prequel is set almost a decade earlier, Alonzo would probably be in his late thirties. We wonder who could best fit to play the younger Alonzo. Bets are being placed on John David Washington (Denzel’s son) who is currently 35. If Warner Bros. believes that the apple does not fall very far from the tree, then chances of John being the young Alonzo seem pretty high. In addition, John has recently worked with Warner Bros. for Christopher Nolan’s Tenet. So the predictions are not entirely delusional.

There is no hint of Antoine Fuqua or Jeffrey Silver(one of the three original producers) being involved in the making until yet. But there is a possibility they might return as executive producers.

A lot of projects lately tend to create a buzz but do not make it past the writing stage. We hope the Training Day prequel does not suffer the same fate. But considering the accomplishment of the original film, it would not be wrong to assume that Warner Bros. is pretty serious with this one.

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Joker Has made it Among the Top 10 IMDb Movies

by Emily Keen

The audience around the world has clearly defied all the arguments of the film content inciting violence and helped Joker sit in the top tier of IMDb movies. 

Joker follows the life of Arthur Fleck who is disenfranchised by the society where he tries to spread laughter as a clown. His frustration grows into untamed lunacy that takes the path of heinous crimes. 

The fact that Joker is a comic book adaptation and still managed to grab a position in the list definitely seems like an achievement. But will it be okay to dismiss the spirited and purposeful experience it created just like any other art house cinema? How Todd Phillips was able to narrate a gritty story that sourced from the poster selling world of DC universe is something to reckon with.

The origin story of Batman’s arch-nemesis has no connection with the DCEU’s timeline whatsoever. Hence just tossing the movie into the segment of comics would be not entirely fair to this masterpiece.

The movie is a downright classic that explores the cultural imagination of times with such precision. There has been enough discussion around the potential of its content to trigger criminal minds. Despite the film only intending to reflect on the pervasion of the evil in society.

Joker currently stands at the ninth position in the IMDb top 10 list. But let’s not rejoice just yet as, there have been instances where a film entered the high ranks soon after release and then fell away in months to come.

It is not easy to maintain the rank in the top 10 given the number of factors that influence the ratings. But having said that we hope it does maintain the ranking because, well, it deserves it!

Philipps’ imagination clearly seems to have resonated with the masses and the flocking audience is a clear indication of its success. 

The clown prince of crime currently shares the space with Shawshank Redemption, Both Godfathers, Pulp Fiction and it’s dear enemy- The Dark Knight.

The R-rated film is on its way to hit the $300 million worldwide collections.  DC’s previous installments have performed quite poorly at the box office. The Arthur Fleck lunacy has made up for all the low points DC had with the last few features. 

Joker is currently playing in cinemas near you. Go watch the movie if you haven’t yet! 

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Yahya Abdul-Mateen II Lands a Secret Role In Matrix 4

by Emily Keen

Aquaman star Yahya Abdul-Mateen II has been officially signed for a lead role in Matrix 4. The makers are reportedly deep into a rigorous casting process and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II clearly passed the hard test.

It’s a test to enter The Matrix Universe after all. You need more than just acting skills!

 

Although the role landed by The Greatest Showman star has been kept under wraps. We are left with a hint about a young Morpheus appearing in the film. And now, looks like the two pieces of the puzzle fit right in.

As we know Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss will reprise their roles as Neo and Trinity. Warner Bros. is also excited they were able to get Lana Wachowski back at the Director’s chair.

The present Warner Bros Studios boss Toby Emmerich said:  “We could not be more excited to be re-entering The Matrix with Lana. Lana is a true visionary – a singular and original creative filmmaker – and we are thrilled that she is writing, directing and producing this new chapter in The Matrix universe.”

The concept of The Matrix was considered a benchmark in the history of Sci-fi cinema for many considered it way ahead of its time. Although Reloaded and Revolutions did drop the ball, this could be the franchise’s chance to redeem itself. And looks like the Wachowskis are hell-bent on making that happen

Lana is going ahead with the screenplay in full swing. She said she has been adapting pre-developed concepts for the plot along with sister Lilly Wachowski. The Lazarus Project author Aleksandar Hemon and writer David Mitchell are also lending the story their writing prowess.

Lana said in a statement – “Many of the ideas Lilly and I explored 20 years ago about our reality are even more relevant now. I’m very happy to have these characters back in my life and grateful for another chance to work with my brilliant friends.”

The Matrix Universe genesis-ed almost 20 years ago revolutionizing the way sci-fi movies were perceived. The film begins production early 2020 and there is no confirmation of a release date for the feature. The plot of Matrix 4 has been creating waves amongst the fans with impending mysteries and rumors. We can only hope the follow up is worth all the commotion.

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How about David Diggs as The Jamaican Crab?

by Emily Keen

‘Sebastian’ the chatty crab may finally have a voice in Disney’s live-action feature of The Little Mermaid. Blindspotting actor David Diggs is in talks to be featured as Sebastian in the adaptation of the 1989 animated pic. Sebastian is a close friend to princess Ariel and happens to sing one of the acclaimed songs from the movie- Under the sea.  

The movie will be directed by Rob Marshall and written by David Magee. The titular character of The Little Mermaid has already been claimed by Halle Bailey. Melissa McCarthy will play the evil aunt Ursula. Oscar Awardee Javier Bardem is in talks for the role of King Triton. Awkwafina and Jacob Trembly will be Skuttle and Flounder respectively.

Harry Styles was almost set for the role of Prince Eric but called the deal off this summer. 

Producer Lin-Manuel Miranda was rumored to play Sebastian’s role but the filmmakers apparently feel that Diggs can pull it off way better. As for Miranda, this seems only a little less work among many other duties. In addition to producing the film, Miranda will also be working on the songs of the film along with Alan Menken who was also behind the score and sound of the original animated pic.

The then Sebastian was voiced by Samuel E.wright.

Director Rob Marshall will also be producing the film alongside Marc Platt, John DeLuca, and Miranda.

Marshall in his statement to comicbook.com said,

“There are things I’ve learned about how you have to work to integrate songs into story, and how it has to feel earned. It can’t just be sort of put there, placed there, because you feel there should be a song. It has to be a song that’s earned, that takes you there. And so as we’re working on, in a way, fleshing out The Little Mermaid — Ariel has one song in the animated film — and so we’re looking for maybe more material.”

“Alan Menken and Lin-Manuel Miranda are coming on board to write some lyrics, so that’s exciting, to sort of take what was there, which is so beloved, but also find a way to create a live-action version of it,” Marshall said, adding “the lessons of creating an original musical have been very helpful so far.”-He added.

Diggs rose to fame with as Marquis de Lafayette in the infamous Broadway production of Hamilton. He was also awarded a Tony for the best featured actor in a musical. He also has Wonder, Undone and the upcoming tele series Snowpiercer to his credits.

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Kevin Smith’s Clerks III Is Almost His Own Biography

by Emily Keen

A few days earlier Kevin Smith announced on his Instagram page that his 1994 indie cult hit Clerks is getting a threequel.

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3 CLERKS! Thanks to the good folks at @zscentertainment and @leeloomultiprops, I got to see Randal! #JeffAnderson, @jaymewes, and I spent Saturday signing stuff and catching up, seeing so much movie merch that’s been made over the last 25 years (hit the Leloo site for sweet signed skateboards)! But even better than that? We talked about making a movie together. It’ll be a movie that concludes a saga. It’ll be a movie about how you’re never too old to completely change your life. It’ll be a movie about how a decades-spanning friendship finally confronts the future. It’ll be a movie that brings us back to the beginning – a return to the cradle of civilization in the great state of #newjersey. It’ll be a movie that stars Jeff and @briancohalloran, with me and Jay in supporting roles. And it’ll be a movie called CLERKS III! To be great is to go on. To go on is to go far. To go far is to return. And we’re all gonna return to the scene of the crime! This won’t be the old script we almost made a few years back: this is a completely new screenplay that I just started writing last night! And so far, it’s like a dream come true! After mending fences with @benaffleck earlier this year, I was hoping for a chance to do the same with Jeff – so huge thanks to Leeloo Multiprops for getting us all in the same room. But the biggest thanks ever go to Jeff, for being receptive to the idea at all. This means I’m gonna get to play with my two favorite inaction figures again: Dante & Randal! Two weeks from the debut of @jayandsilentbob Reboot (on @fathomevents screens 10/15 & 10/17, link in my bio), I’m ecstatic to announce our imminent return to Quick Stop! So I assure you: we’re open! #KevinSmith #clerks3 #jaymewes #jayandsilentbob #danteandrandal #quickstop #leeloomultiprops #indiefilm #clerks

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Although the idea through which the plot seeded is even more interesting.

Kevin Smith, in his interview with ‘The Wrap’ confirmed that the plot of Clerks III is inspired by his own heart attack. For those not in the know, Smith suffered a fatal Heart attack last February.

In his interview he explained the plot for Clerks III:

“Randal has a heart attack, decides that he came so close to death, and his life has meant nothing, there’s nobody to memorialize him, he has no family or anything like that. And in the recovery, while under fentanyl, he comes to the conclusion at mid-life, having almost died, having worked in a movie store his whole life and watched other people’s movies, he tells Dante, I think we need to make a movie. So Dante and Randal make Clerks. That’s the story of Clerks 3.”

Brian O’Halloran and Jeff Anderson will reprise their roles of Dante and Randal respectively with Jason Mewes and Kevin Smith himself as supporting characters.

The third installment of Clerks was being teased for quite some time now. Smith even read an iteration of the script publicly along with his friends. He had completed the script for the threequel a few years back. But owing to Jeff Anderson (one of the headliners of the franchise) bailing out of the project, the film had to be canceled in 2017.

Smith and Anderson recently reconciled the differences as the director confirmed in an Instagram post. It looks like the differences were likely about the script since Smith also mentioned that the current script for Clerks III has an entirely new screenplay from the one which was written earlier.

The director seems to be on a “making amends” spree lately. He also made up with Ben Affleck and got him to do a cameo in Jay and Silent Bob Reboot which is set to open in theatres next week. We all know, most Kevin Smith films exist in a shared universe. Jay and Silent Bob are characters from Clerks 2 who went on to have their independent movie in 2001.  And it was not just Ben Affleck but many folks from the View Askewniverse who made their way into the follow-up feature of Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back.

Smith takes pride in the fact that he enjoys living in the past. His obsession with remakes and reboots and most importantly callbacks of characters from his other movies is proof enough. Where most his films are more humor over substance, things seem to have changed with Jay and Silent Bob Reboot which actually has more to it than just raunchy humor and celebrity cameos. The plot follows Jay discovering the existence of his love child and experiencing unusual fatherly instincts.

And learning of plot of Clerks III we can hope for the trend to continue.

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Guy Ritchie and Jason Stathom are Back With a New Action Thriller

by Emily Keen

After Lock, Stock And Two Smoking Barrels and Snatch Jason Statham and Guy Ritchie are powering up again for a Miramax action thriller. The currently unnamed project is a remake of a 2004 French film Le Convoyeur.

The plot charts the life of a reserved and mysterious man who works for armored trucks company. The character-driven script spans across various timelines in the life of the protagonist through a meticulously crafted narrative creating a truly mind-altering experience.

Miramax CEO Bill Block and Ivan Atkinson will be lending the project their producorial prowess.

Block said in his statement- “Working again with Guy Ritchie on our second collaboration together, alongside renowned actor Jason Statham, is a privilege, and we anticipate that the tone and flavor of these two longtime friends will resurrect nothing less than a true, genre classic,”

Ritchie who can’t wait to work with Statham once again had this to say:

“I’m looking forward to bringing this story to life and working with Jason while he still has the use of his knees.”

Jason Statham’s latest project with Dwayne Johnson, Hobbs and Shaw saw a tremendous global success grossing over $758 million. Even though the fast and furious spin-off had a bit of a sluggish start at the box office, it eventually kicked up momentum and how.

Guy Ritchie’s year too has started on a fantastic note with Aladdin turning out to be a massive success worldwide. Aladdin currently stands tall with a global collection of $1 billion. His upcoming projects include The Gentlemen starring Matthew McConaughey who plays an expat Drug lord based in London trying to clean himself up while enemies try to take over his empire.

For all we know, the unnamed project with Statham is Ritchie’s claim to fame frenetic action genre. There are no official confirmations on production dates or release dates as of yet. Similar is the case of the remaining cast line up for the action freight but we are hoping for the news to drop soon enough.

Stay tuned to Spotflik for more updates on the Hollywood adaptation of the French action thriller.

 

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You Wont Believe Who Showed Up In The Red Band Trailer Of Zombieland: Doubletap

by Emily Keen

It is only a few days ahead of Zombieland: Doubetap’s release and the news of a familiar face making return has surfaced. Apparently Bill Murray who was famously killed in the last installment of the zombie romp is not dead after all.

The latest Red Band Trailer of the movie dropped in a few hours ago and it clearly shows the actor alive and well.

Murray’s appearance in the first film was a cameo where he tries to prank-scare Columbus as a Zombie and gets shot to death. As terrible as his backfiring fate sounds, it may not be that worst after all. The shot of the actor in the latest trailer is proof.

In the trailer we can see Murray being asked in an interview:

“What made you do it? And don’t say the script.”

To which he answers – “Can this be just between us? Drugs cost money.”

The sequel happens almost a decade after the first installment. All the four leads along with the Director and writers have reprised their roles. Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, Emma Stone, and Abigail Breslin are returning are back at poking fun and hunting the zombies. Joining them on their quest of saving the world are Rosario Dawson, Luke Wilson, Zoey Deutch, Thomas Middleditch and Avan Jogia.

The Sequel is written by Rhett Reese, Paul Wernick, and David Callaham.

The first movie had a huge cultural impact and fans were hoping for a sequel to happen just years after the first movie. Considering the cult following director Ruben Fleischer was high on the idea of maintaining the standards of the script.

He said

“We all have so much love for the original. So, we held ourselves to a really high standard as far as making sure that, if we were going to make a sequel, that it be at least as good, if not better, than the original.”

The Venom director has apparently taken the zombie calamity to a whole new level. In the original, the four slayers had to deal with zombies alone. But now they will be seen battling a whole new species of evolved zombies along with some painful family drama.

Zombieland: Doubletap opens in theatres October 18 and we can’t wait to savor the vicious assortment of the living and dead once again.

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Tom Holland’s Next big Project With Russo Brother’s Begins Production

by Emily Keen

Now that Sony and Marvel have finally settled the Spiderman conflict, Tom Holland can happily get back to work. Joe and Anthony Russo’s Cherry has officially kicked off with principal photography. This is the Russo brothers’ fourth big venture in collaboration with Tom Holland since Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War, Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame.

The brothers were eventually planning on shooting the film in their hometown of Cleveland but could not do so owing to uncertainty around Ohio’s film production tax incentives.

Cherry is a big-screen adaptation of Nico Walker’s Bestselling novel with the same name. Holland will portray the protagonist of the story who is a war veteran and suffers from the post-traumatic stress disorder. He resorts to bank robberies to support his drug addiction. 

The first announcement about the project came in March with Holland’s in the lead role. The makers also confirmed that the film will be R-rated.  Co-starring with Holland in female lead is Wayne star Ciara Bravo. The remaining cast line up includes star Bill Skarsgard, Jack Reynor, Forrest Goodluck, Jeff Wahlberg, Michael Gandolfini, and Kyle Harvey.

In a joint statement, Russo brothers said

“We were drawn to Cherry given our personal experience from Cleveland, as well as the important need to share stories like these. As Cleveland natives ourselves, it means a lot to us to be able to film in our hometown. We shot the exteriors for Winter Soldier here, we are excited to return home to our roots.”

The novel happens to draw inspiration from the real-life experiences of the author who is also a Cleveland native. We can see what really sparked the connection between the Russo Brothers and the story.

At the Comic-con event in July, Joe Russo expressed why they felt like taking up the subject.

“It’s a story about drug addiction and the opioid crisis. It’s touched us both, it’s a deeply personal movie for us. The gent who wrote the book went through the same growth arc in the same part of the city we grew up in — but different experiences.”

Stay tuned to Spotflik for more updates on the movie.

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Joker’s Demonic Dance Moves are a Box Office hit!

by Emily Keen

Joker’s infectious energy is spreading onto tomato meter with the ratings being as unstable as the protagonist’s state of mind. But that is not stopping the audience from pouring in at the international screenings of the highly anticipated DC villain origin story.

The dark drama stands tall in Korea with a staggering collection of $2.25 million. It opened at $846,000 in Indonesia and $170,000 in Belgium. By the end of the week, it should have spanned 73 markets worldwide. The Batman villain solo flick opened in Hong Kong, Italy and Russia on Thursday. Predictions suggest it could bring in close to $60 million from the international collections.

Sony’s Venom currently holds the October records at the North American Box office with a collection of $80.3 million. The Joaquin Phoenix starrer began its run in the region Thursday night and is expected to surpass Venom in terms of October collections.

To top the crazy fan following the DC anti-hero has in India, the opening, fortunately, clashed with a public holiday pitching in a whopping $900,000.

Joker has clearly beaten DC’s recent releases including Shazam, Wonder Woman and Aquaman in terms of collection and reviews! But the list of accomplishments for the Warner Bros.’ R-rated romp does not end there. The movie received an eight-minute-long standing ovation at the Venice Film Festival before it won the prestigious Golden Lion.

The Long-range tracking report by BoxOffice Media’s chief analyst Shawn Robbins suggests in all probability, the movie could be the first-ever $100 million+ opener in October history.

The plot covers the origin story of DC’s rogue villain Arthur Fleck whose mental instability snowballs into a mayhem causing homicide mania. Joaquin Phoenix nails the character to its core and the concerns about the film sparking real-life violence are a testament to his skills.

The Oscar-baiting psychopath memoir directed by Todd Philips with Scott Silver’s screenplay also stars Robert De Niro, Zazie Beetz, Bill Camp and Marc Maron in important roles.

Theatres across U.S. have been kept strictly under the guard of Law enforcement agencies post numerous threats of violence doing rounds on social media. But so far no slump of interest has been noted even with the film drawing concerns of distress. Although the film was aimed at a diehard DC fan base, the movie has interests piqued across demographics.

The cultural impact created by Heath Ledger’s Joker is unmatchable. Possibly it is this impact that is also driving the audience to step out and experience the genesis of this hysteric/historic character.

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Ryan Coogler’s Latest Production Venture Is A Whole New World of Superheroes

by Emily Keen

News is out that the famous comic series Bitter Root is getting the film treatment and Ryan Coogler has officially stepped in as the producer.

While the Creed director already has his hands full with Black Panther 2 and Space Jam 2, he has willingly accommodated another big project in his schedule. Legendary acquired the rights to the Image comic created by David F. Walker & Sanford Greene and got Ryan Coogler on board to produce the film adaptation alongside Zinzi Evans, Sev Ohanian and Chuck Brown.

The plot is set in the era of the Harlem Renaissance. It circles around a family whose members have down the line of history hunted evil monsters lurking in the city of New York. A supernatural force preys on the prejudice of people and turns them into ruthless creatures. But the period of glory has faded for the family. The Sangeryes are now survived by a few descendants who can’t hold the fort down. And that is mainly due to conflict of interests and tragedies that have shattered their family integrity.

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The comic started off as a casual talk about Harlem Renaissance and demon hunters between Chuck Brown and Sanford Greene. Sanford who shared good chemistry with David Walker got the latter aboard to do the designs. And the rest is history! 

The fifth issue of the comic was released by Image last March. Bitter Root bagged the nomination of the Best New Series at the 2019 Eisner Awards. The series also created quite a buzz at the 2019 Ringo awards as the Best series Nominee. Both Walker and Greene are onboard the film crew as executive producers.

Coogler is currently working on his Black Panther 2 Script which will hit the screens somewhere in 2022. He rose to fame with his directorial prowess in Fruitvale Station and Creed before he became a part of Marvel Universe. Coogler and Wife Zinzi Evans have worked hand in glove on many projects. The couple is teaming up again for Bitter Root’s big-screen adaptation. 

Time and again Coogler has proved his knack with successfully depicting Black legacies. And with Bitter Root being based on one of the most important events in Black History, we cannot think of anyone who can bring life to the comic better than he can.

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We Finally Know The Secret Behind C-3PO’s Red Eyes

by Emily Keen

Disney is leaving no chance to mess with the minds of Star Wars followers by revealing clips of questionable nature from The Rise of Skywalker. Daisy Ridley’s Rey, wielding a double-bladed red lightsaber has drawn assumptions that she has fraternized with the enemy. And then another speculation of a good character gone dark seeded from the footage of C-3PO flaunting ominous red eyes.

Plausible explanations behind the red oozing out of C-3PO ‘s peekers are that either he has been swayed or that he is probably a sith. But a recent update about a new character helped us connect the dots.

A Droidsmith of diminutive stature with talents of cosmic proportions – Babu Frik!

Here is how Starwars.com stylized the persona and fervors of the new alien:

“The tiny Anzellan droidsmith, first glimpsed in toy form during the Triple Force Friday livestream event, works among the Spice Runners of Kijimi and can reprogram or modify virtually any droid — regardless of the security measures protecting its systems.”

Have a look at the pint-sized droid technician in live-action:

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Now size up and focus on the part that says “can reprogram or modify virtually any droid”.

Babu Frik is clearly the only one with the powers and talent to mess up with the protocol fixated droid created by Annakin Skywalker. That’s all we needed to understand why C-3PO is shooting red daggers in the trailer. Now we are not quite sure, who Babu Frik swears his allegiance to, but guessing from the part that says “Spice Runners of Kimji” it will not be wrong to assume he operates for Resistance.

The very first disclosure about Babu Frik came in September. The classic toy unveiling the furry coated droid master happened at the Triple Force Friday Preview event. Although not much has been revealed about Babu’s role in the franchise sequel. We can’t help but think if it is because he could do something important to the story.

It’s hard to clearly decipher the arcs of the final chapter looking at the skillfully edited trailers. They are only flashing glimpses from the movie without projecting a clear idea of the plot. All we can do is interpret these glimpses to get the bigger picture. However, it’s only fair to maintain the mysterious aura given this is the final chapter of the Skywalker Trilogy.

After all, it’s just a few months ahead of release and fans deserve this period of excitement.

The Rise of Skywalker opens in theatres on December 20, 2019.

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Eli Roth’s Amazing Reaction When Asked About His Upcoming Project!

by Emily Keen

The word is out and official that Eli Roth will be producing the latest Orion slasher flick 10-31. The story crafted by Ian Shorr and Peter Gamble is set in the backdrop of Halloween. A young woman goes trick-or-treating with her niece and nephew and discovers about a serial killer being loose in her neighborhood. That’s just the synopsis we know about for now. But looking at the Hostel director’s excitement seems like the slasher flick has lots in store than just a gripping storyline.

There are currently no reports on who will be directing the horror flick. The same goes for the cast as well. The screen story written by Kathy Charles will be handled by a pretty impressive team of producers. Roth and Roger Birnbaum’s Arts District Entertainment will be producing the film alongside John Zaozirny’s Bellevue Productions.

Roth was quoted saying this about his upcoming project: “Very rarely do you get a script that grabs you by the throat, holds you until the last page, and gives you nightmares after. I don’t want to reveal too much, but this is one of the best, scariest premises for a horror film that I have read in years. Slasher films are my favorite subgenre of horror, and this script has all the ingredients of a new classic. We are very excited to make this film with Orion, who we have a long relationship with, and who understands what it takes to make a no holds barred scary movie.”

Executive producer Michael Besman too seemed quite excited. In a statement he said:

10-31 is exactly the type of movie that Eli and I have been looking to make for Arts District Entertainment: Smart, elevated genre for a wide audience. The writing has originality, style, elegance, and most of all, real tension and scares. We look forward to a great production with Orion.”

Eli Roth’s most recent works include Death Wish remake and The House With a Clock on it’s Walls as a director. He also produced the AMC series History of Horror and Haunt.

10-31 does not have a release date yet. Stay tuned to Spotflik for more updates on the movie.

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9 Netflix Movies That Are too NSFW to Watch

by Emily Keen

However progressive, humans are bound to have sweat dripping off their forehead if they have to share a room while a sex scene runs on TV. Especially if it’s with a parent! The feeling of secondhand embarrassment is universal to humanity, no matter what age you are strutting through.

So here are a few movies that need to stay strictly off-limits on family get-togethers or even movie nights with friends. Friends too yes! Unless of course, you share a blatant lack of respect for each others privacy.

 

  1. The Late Bloomer

 

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Run Time: 90 min | IMDb: 5.2/10

The title marks the late onset of puberty for Peter Newmans who happens to be a sex therapist himself. Tragic? Well just wait until you see how the puberty that is 15 years late to arrive hits him overwhelmingly. All the mood swings and voice cracking happen in just one single month. The movie is strictly not recommended if you find it uncomfortable discussing sex out in the open. Directed by Kevin Pollack and starring Johnny Simmons in the lead role, this movie is a downright horny comedy.

 

  1. Below Her Mouth

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Run Time: 94 min | IMDb: 5.5/10

A Lesbian romance that begins with two women discovering their sexual preferences when they meet each other over a weekend. With that begins a highly sensual and defiant tale of love. The scenes are every shade of lust, a lesbian desires in her wildest dreams. They are way too NSFW to be played in a company that does not approve of a generous sexual display. Directed by April Mullen, the not so praise worthy script, is an absolute erotica aimed at teens and night-loners.

 

  1. Nymphomaniac Vol I

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Run Time: 117 min | IMDb: 6.9/10

Do we even have to guess after reading the title? Director Lars von Trier made quite a choice of using porn actors as body doubles to film the sex scenes and then using CGI to make it look like they were performed by real actors. The plot follows Joe (played by Charlotte Gainsborough) who is found in a bad shape in an alley. The movie is largely about Joe (a nymphomaniac) recalling the sexual experiences from her youth. With so much sex and extremely kinky stuff going on most of the time, the movie easily earns a safe spot in the list of NSFW movies.

 

  1. Immoral Tales

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Run Time: 103 min | IMDb: 5.7/10

An anthology that features four stories with a vivid display of sexual desire and its manifestation across the series. But what apparently makes it a bad movie night contender are the silent, background score lacking, erotica-oozing frames. Ever had an uncomfortable experience when an extremely intimate scene pops up when with parents? You even stop breathing hoping they forget you exist in that moment. That’s exactly the kind of embarrassment this erotic flick is meant to ensue.

 

  1. The Package

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Run Time: 94 min | IMDb: 5.5/10

The package seems like a safe way to address the entity they are actually trying to imply here. Wait till you find out what the discretion holds, highly protected in a cooler.

Whatever! It’s a Penis!

Already grossed out? Well then don’t watch, because the fate of the penis is way too worse than the hospitalized teen who chops it off with a switchblade. An unfortunate incident unfolds on a  spring break, where one among the group of highly messed up teens incises his tenders and the group safely sends him to the hospital. Only with the wrong package! Could things go more wrong? Yeah! They are already high up the mountains by the time they realize their friend might just pay the price of their carelessness. A dark comedy aimed at saving genitalia, The Package is not for the feeble ones who mellow up jargon with euphemisms.

 

  1. The Little Hours

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Run Time: 90 min | IMDb: 5.8/10

A young male appears at the door of a convent seeking refuge and projects himself as deaf and mute. One trip of thought and he blows up his cover! Speak of blasphemy and there is a lot going on in this convent full of vulnerable nuns. You might want to pass on this one if you have an aunt who strictly insists on saying “grace” before dinner and Amen after every single thought.

 

  1. Love

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Run Time: 135 min | IMDb: 6.1/10

A 3D sexual adventure that will blow your mind with thrice the level of erotica. An artistic sex epic weaved with closely packed sex scenes and visuals of privates up for display,  Gaspar Noé’s Love, created quite a buzz at the film festivals. The film is about a couple looking to amplify their sexual experience with a threesome but forget to factor in the emotional chaos it might lead to.

 

  1. Blue Is the Warmest Color

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Run Time: 180 min | IMDb: 7.8/10

A poignant account of Adele’s romantic experience with a blue-haired woman- Emma!. Self-discovery is the crux of the story and inspiration ensues as Adele blooms in Emma’s presence. The story draws its plot from a novel and is quite a piece of art cinema. It however contains a long and intense scene of graphic sex hindering your desire of experiencing this beautiful tale of Lesbian romance.

 

  1. Y Tu Mamá También

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Run Time: 106 min | IMDb: 7.6/10

This art drama directed by Alfonso Cuaron may particularly not be an oasis of vulgarity, but does contain a threesome of electrifying intensity. So definitely not safe to watch at work kind of movie! Cuaron cinema is bound to be a muscular script with underlying subtext. One thing we ought to remember is that art-house directors believe in “No compromises”. It is essential to bring out the depth and conviction in each character. And being a coming of age drama, Y Tu Mamá También demands at least some aggressive making out.

So the next time you decide to watch any of these movies, be sure to maintain a low profile.

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9 Best Comedies on Amazon Prime Right Now

by Emily Keen

The comedy genre has come a long way in Hollywood. But if you consider Hollywood comedies as just all jokes and no substance then you are wrong. The American cinema is definitely a huge universe with numerous gems conceived down the line of history and waiting to be discovered. 

Here is a list of classic comedy features streaming on Amazon prime which are not just funny but also have a solid storyline and underlying messages even.  

  1. The Apartment

Run Time: 125 min | IMDb: 8.3/10

C.C. Baxter decides to play wingman to his philandering office superiors by lending them his apartment for their illicit affairs just to get into their goodbooks. His trade off seems fair until he finds out that his crush has an affair with his boss and that is just the beginning of Baxter’s miserable yet humorous romantic tragedy.

 

  1. Beetlejuice  

Run Time: 92 min | IMDb: 7.5/10

A ghost couple is disturbed by the fact that their home is haunted by a conceited human family. Quite a reversal of roles from traditional premise of horror movies, this forms the basis for the humorous tale. Beetlejuice ( Michael Keaton) is the star of the show who is hired by the couple to free themselves from the wrath of the humans. Directed by Tim Burton, the spooky horror is carried substantially by Keaton with his manic performance until the very end.

 

  1. The Birdcage 

Run Time: 117 min | IMDb: 7.1/10

A screwball comedy of the 90s era that portrays Robin Williams as a gay cabaret owner and his partner Nathan Lane as a dragqueen of the night club. The story gains heat when Williams’ son (Val) falls for the daughter of a highly moralist politician and now must introduce both families. And amidst getting Nathan to pose as Val’s mother and the senator trying to protect his reputation of “Man of Values” unfolds a chaos of cosmic proportions.

 

  1. The Blues Brothers

Run Time: 133 min | IMDb: 7.9/10

The film brings to life John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd’s SNL characters “Blue Brothers” to life on big screen. The two of them learn that the orphanage that they grew up in in about to be shut due to back taxes. They gather their old bunch of band members and try to raise money to save the orphanage. A simple plot sizing up the absurd lives of two cynics amidst a lot of chaos and carnage

 

  1. Boomerang 

Run Time: 117 min | IMDb: 5.5/10

The king of comedy, Eddie Murphy is an executive at an advertising firm and leads a highly exciting life as a professional and a philanderer. This is until his new female boss (Robin Givens) with a similar personality only amplified in magnitude gives him a taste of his own medicine and there begins his comeuppance. Set in the backdrop of misogynistic culture of corporate, the film maker conveys the message of love and Karma in the vein of what can be viewed as a sophisticated parody.

 

  1. The Disaster Artist

Run Time: 104 min | IMDb: 7.4/10

James Franco’s Magnum opus is based on the making of Tom Wiseau’s 2003 fiasco The Room.  Tommy Wiseau (played by James Franco) bumps into Greg Sestero (played by Dave Franco) in an acting class. Greg is bewitched by Tommy’s take on performance art and they both set out on their quest to make a movie. But when Hollywood rejects to take the script he is so passionate about, Tommy decides to make the movie on his own. Made especially for the cult followers of The Room, this movie depicts Wiseau’s megalomaniac craze and undying dedication towards the projects with utmost honesty.

 

  1. The Squid and the Whale

Run Time: 104 min | IMDb: 7.3/10

An indie pop by Noah Baumbach, follows the crumbling marriage of a couple and how it affects their two sons. Both parents are writers but are perceived differently by their children. The father Bernard, is a literary aficionado and the elder son, Walt (Jesse eisenberg) agrees to and respects most of his opinions. Inspired by the father, Walt is quiet a talent at school but takes weird decisions of giving up his love life, because his father apparently is not a big fan of monogamy. The mother on the other hand ihas fallen out of love with Bernard and finds a romantic interest in another man. The younger brother is enjoying his puberty in a very unapproved manner. All in all this a perfect way to explain how dysfunctional relationships raises a relatively better offspring and the cycle continues.

 

  1. Wayne’s World

Run Time: 94 min | IMDb: 7.0/10 

A laffaminit spectacle originally conceived from the parody of Saturday Night live TV show. The show is hosted by two young lads who are quite passionate about their choices and are also very much attached to them. They are outsmarted by an ad company that finally tricks them into selling their show for big bucks. The film captures the journey of the two young men through a very predictable but intelligently crafted movie filled with sight gags and smart humor.

 

  1. Six Degrees of Separation

Run Time: 112 min | IMDb: 6.8/10

News broke in New York that a few socialites were tricked by a black young man who claimed himself to be the son of Sydney Poitier. This became the premise for a Broadway hit and later was given the film treatment by Fred Schepisi. The protagonist played by Will Smith plays a con man who drops by the door of an upper crust couple and introduces himself as a schoolmate of their children and that he has just been mugged. The couple kindly let him spend the night and he fully uses the opportunity to charm them with anecdotes and his culinary skills. A vibrant drama filled with surprises and sarcastic comedy!

So get ready to split your sides with some of the best comical ventures. 

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9 Best Netflix Original Movies So Far

by Emily Keen

In the world of event cinema, finding interesting stories driven by passion and originality is a tough task. But if you have Netflix, you need not sweat it! Some of the most engaging dramas are waiting to be discovered right away. 

Here is a list of nine such wonderfully crafted stories:

  1.   Roma (2018)

Run Time: 135 min | IMDb: 7.8/10

This mellow piece of drama shot in pellucid black and white frames follows the life of two women. Sofia, a mother of four and Cleo the maid of their house are walking parallel roads disappointed by the spineless men who left them alone to deal with their plight. Alfonso Cuaron intelligently combines the ingredients of tragedy, comedy, and mystery to brew up a soulful tale of a dysfunctional household in Mexico. And to top that is the extraordinary performance of a tender and stoic Cleo, scaling up the drama to a sheer work of art.

 

  1.   Mudbound (2017)

Run Time: 134 min | IMDb: 7.4/10

Mudbound is a poetically maneuvered narrative of communal tragedy layered onto the preconceived notions of racism and patriarchy. Set in the aftermath of world war II, the film explores the situation of two families (one black and one white), only to reveal they are implicitly weighed down by common distress- societal norms. This is a deviously crafted melodrama that dares to bare the sublime agony of the browbeaten by the powerful.  And just unlike a mature piece of cinema, it aims at evoking response based on individual perceptions with subtle clues of information hidden in the beats.

 

  1.   Happy as Lazzaro (2018)

Run Time: 128 min | IMDb: 7.6/10

Based on real events in Italy, Happy as Lazzaro is a story of a naïve young man who lives among the sharecroppers on a farm. Another tale of a socially oppressed class of workers being bossed around by their landlords, that introduces you to a perplexing mindset of a boy who despite being exploited with intensive labor, sees his life as idyllic. An engaging buildup waiting to reveal the mysterious cause of the Lazzaro’s happiness, the film will have you puzzled but still wanting to keep wandering in the world created teller.

 

  1.   Beasts of No Nation (2015)

Run Time: 137 min | IMDb: 7.8/10

An uncompromising and emotionally powerful depiction of what war costs humanity! Beasts of No Nation is a poignant tale of a village boy strayed by the men who portray themselves as messiahs and manipulate young minds to commit ruthless crimes disguised as “heroism”. Gauging the depths of a soldier’s mind, the movie brings out the truth of the lives of men in uniforms who take pride in unleashing the beasts within.

 

  1.   Private Life (2018)

Run Time: 123 min | IMDb: 7.3/10

The “Private Life” is a comical venture into the lives of a middle-aged couple who cannot get pregnant owing to an awfully unfortunate status quo of their reproductive system. Truly painful a situation yet a rich premise for a humorous drama, the story explores the frustrations of an impotent couple. Their obsession with bearing a child takes a hard hit at their professional and personal lives until they have a guest who comes as a beacon of hope. A brilliant mix of observations and gags skillfully sprinkled onto the story of two ambitious people bearing the brunt of their choices.

 

  1.   The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018)

Run Time: 133 min | IMDb: 7.3/10

An anthology of political nature at large follows six stories for a duration of two hours. With Western revisionism at the heart of the film, the Coen brothers play up almost every element that forms a part of conventional cinema in a few handpicked genres – Gothic mysteries, romance, and slapstick comedy. Amidst abundant violence and killings, the film gallops across the canvas of western legends. A rather intelligently chronicled account highlighting the nihilistic stains in the fabric of civilizational history.

 

  1.   On Body and Soul (2017)

Run Time: 116 min | IMDb: 7.6/10

A bizarre yet unique plot that unfolds in the backdrop of a slaughterhouse, On Body and Soul is a metaphorical representation of the nature of human thoughts. The story unwinds as two people begin to fall in love with each other and live the experience not in the real world but through a common dream. Yes, therein lies the bizarre part of the story! It is a whimsical depiction of an ostensible world where humans find it okay to chop animals for trade but deep down a part of them, construes the act as horrible. 

 

  1.   The Meyerowitz Stories (2017)

Run Time: 112 min | IMDb: 6.9/10

Harold Meyerowitz is a sculpting artist whose borderline narcissism overrides his instincts as a father. Thanks to this attitude he has managed to raise two sons with malignant thoughts for one another, waiting to explode at any given time. There is also a daughter who does not die for attention and comes across as the sensible one of the lot with her limited yet poignant dialogues. A deviant family drama garnished with Noah Baumbach’s hallmark astringent comedy!

 

  1.   The Little Prince (2016)

Run Time: 108 min | IMDb: 7.7/10

Based on Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s 1943 children’s classic, the little prince is an animated composition remixed with instruments of modernism. The story unfolds as a clandestine relationship between a child and her aviator neighbor who introduces the central character of the movie. The little prince from outer space strikes the face of the earth from outer space and falls in love with a high strung rose but ultimately loses his innocence as he grows to accept the ruthless norms of the world. 

So what are we waiting for? Switch to Netflix and binge-watch these amazing movies now!

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Fantastic Beasts 3: Eddie Redmayne’s Update Comes as a Relief!

by Emily Keen

Post the not so successful second installment, Warner Bros is definitely not willing to take chances with the third sequel of Fantastic Beasts. And why not? It’s a lore that connects generations and has got to keep up with the reputation. So the initial filming schedule of summer 2019 has been pushed ahead into the summer of 2020 giving J.K. Rowling a fair amount of time to rework the script.

When asked about Fantastic Beasts 3 at the Toronto Film Festival Eddie Redmayne told ET the script is still being worked on. It is appeasing to hear that the makers are not taking the emotions of the cult for granted. The word coming from Newt Scamander himself testifies to the fact that there are efforts made to maneuver the arcs of the script to take the franchise in the right direction.

Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling will be planning for five movies of the Franchise. Crimes of Grindelwald script invited a solid criticism from many fans. Executive of Warner Bros., Kevin Tsujihara himself admitted that the sequel was not up to the mark.

He also assured the audience that J.K. Rowling was revising the draft of the upcoming movie.

“The second film didn’t perform as well as the first, but I think we know what we need to do to get the third film hopefully even better than the first one. And J.K. Rowling is really working hard now on that third script, and we’re going to get it right. She has an incredible vision of where she wants to go with this that is incredibly exciting. The hardest part of the franchise is you have such a big core fan base. That fan base really knows the lore and they want to go deep into these characters. But what you don’t want to do is intimidate people. You want to be able to create a stand-alone movie that’s enjoyable for someone who isn’t steeped in the lore.”

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them hit the screens in November 2016 and the second installment opened in November 2018. To keep up with the two-year timeline, the third movie was slated to release in November 2020. But since The Crimes of Grindelwald did not land well, the makers thought it was best to take time and introspect.

Finally, November 12, 2021, was locked in for the release of Fantastic Beasts 3.

The franchise now bears the pressure of redeeming itself. And with a cliffhanger as major as the mysterious Dumbledore family tree, J.K. Rowling has a lot of explanation to do in the third movie. The stakes are high and the job is well, tremendous! It would only be wise to spend time than regret.

 

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Zombieland: Double Tap is R-Rated. Here is Why!

by Emily Keen

Zombieland: Double Tap is releasing a decade after its first installment and word is out that it will be R-rated. The Motion Picture Association of America has officially set boundaries which only adults can cross. Children below the age of 17 will need to be accompanied by an adult.

The zombieland sequel apparently contains a lot more gore and violence and to top that, some drug abuse and sexual content as well.

A zombie romp is naturally expected to have a lot of violence and blood in the frame. And the added dose of drugs and explicit content got the movie an R-rating as per the report given out by Film Ratings.

For those of you looking forward to a brutal crusade Zombieland: Double Tap sounds just about right! The first installment with a PG-13 rating was a howling success. And now with the sequel stamped R, the franchise only assures to keep up with the intensity of viciousness. Good thing they did not crank down the element of gore to extend its reach. How can they possibly take away the mojo?

The sequel was in talks soon after the release of the first movie. But it took almost a decade to materialize. Ruben Fleischer resumed his position as a director owing to which he had to take a rain check on Venom 2. The project was finally handed over to Andy Serkis for. Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick returned as scriptwriters and were supported by David Callaham.

Jesse Eisenberg, Emma Stone, Woody Harrelson, and Abigail Breslin will reprise their roles on screen. 10 years is quite a gap but seems like the cast gets along just fine. We hope that reflects in their onscreen chemistry. And lest we forget to mention, Bill Murray will be back in action in the Double Tap along with Dan Aykroyd. Zoey Deutch, Thomas Middledtch, Luke Wilson, Rosario Dawson, and Avan Jogia are some of the latest additions to the crew.

The movie will hit the screens on October 18. so get ready for a cold and crude zombie adventure.

 

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9 Upcoming Netflix Movies that are Worth Watching

by Emily Keen

Netflix has an interesting lot of cinema coming up in the days ahead. Here is a sneak peek into few of the must-watch upcoming features you definitely don’t want to miss. Have a look.

 

  1. Between Two Ferns: The Movie

An ill-tempered Zach G is defamed when Will Farrel projects a clip of his celebrity interview TV show as a laughing stock on Funny or Die. Zach decides to redeem himself and hits the road to shoot more high profile interviews with Hollywood stars. Directed by Scott Aukerman, the movie bifurcates from the genre of mainstream comedies with a special touch of Galifianakis comedy. Between Two Ferns is originally a web talk show of similar nature as shown in the movie. Galifianakis has famous guests from various sectors and asks insulting questions to the interviewees who return the gesture in their responses.

Release Date: September 20

 

        2. In the Shadow of the Moon

A mysterious serial killer resurfaces every nine years and a Philadelphia police officer, Thomas Lockhart (Boyd Holbrook) is downright determined to find him. But the case facts fall beyond the confines of science and Lockhart is pushed over the edge by the obsession. The psychological thriller is directed by Jim Mickle and also stars Michael C. Hall and Cleopatra Coleman in very important roles.

Release Date: September 27

 

  1. El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie

El Camino picks up where the hit AMC TV series Breaking Bad left off in its last season. The TV series revolves around Walter White a chemistry professor with terminal lung cancer, who gets involved in a local drug trade to pay off his debts along with his student Jesse Pinkman. In the climax of the last season, Jesse makes a run from the captivity of neo-nazis who want him to formulate meth. The plot of El Camino builds up with Jesse coming to terms with his past and make choices for building a decent future for himself.

Release Date: October 11

 

  1. The King 

Roughly drawing inspiration from Shakespeare’s Henriad, The King is a period drama. A headstrong prince inherits the throne upon the death of his father and must take charge of an ongoing war and chaos threatening the kingdom. The King stars Timothee Chalamet, Joel Edgerton and Robert Pattinson in important roles.

Release Date: November 1

 

  1. The Laundromat

Meryl Streep’s pleasant vacation unexpectedly turns into a quest to unravel an insurance scam. As more layers start coming off she learns of the involvement of Panama City law firm and their efforts directed towards nourishing the wealth of their rich clients. The founding partners (played by Gary Oldman and Antonio Banderas) through their incessant charm and expertise in shell companies and offshore accounts help the rich grow more wealth. Ellen Martin (Meryl Streep) being a commoner naturally bears the brunt of tax evasion, bribery and other such treachery lurking in the financial framework of the world.

Release Date: October 18

 

  1. Dolemite Is My Name

Post numerous failed stand up gigs an epiphany changes Rudy Moore’s life as an artist. He assumes a new stage identity borrowed from the legends of Los Angeles streets- Dolomite. Bizarrely written scripts full of obscene legends and a pimpish outfit to go with it makes him a sensation in the world of comedy. But now he wants more than that. His dream now takes the shape of a movie about Blaxploitation. Through countless hurdles and challenges from rivals, the movie is finally materialized and turns out to be a smashing hit at the box office.

Release Date: October 25

 

  1. American Son

American Son is a drama following a mysterious disappearance of the Kendra Ellis-Connor’s son (Jamal). Estranged from her husband, a single mother Kendra rushes to the police to report the absence of her son. But in the light of timeframes governing the reporting of missing cases and typical patterns exhibited by youth behavior, the police officer refuses to dive in to investigate the case right away. Kendra’s husband, an FBI agent finally shows up and adds to her already miserable situation with misdirected emotions and futile arguments. The investigative feature seasoned with race politics is based on a Broadway play of the same name.

Release Date: November 1

 

  1. The Forest of Love

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Director Sion Sono builds another of his typical scripts around a cold-hearted protagonist. The story explores the depth of darkness in the human mind. Jo Murata with his manipulative charisma convinces a group of filmmakers that his patchy relationship would form a good arc for their film. As the journey of filmmaking begins, it becomes hard to tell reality from lies. Gruesome and equally shocking acts follow as the limits of humanity are tested.

Release Date: October 11

 

  1. The Two Popes

Set in the backdrop of the Vatican city, the movie explores the events from the life of Pope Benedict and his unusual retirement in the vein of light-hearted humor. The movie though based on the critical event in the history of Papal supremacy maintains a breezy tone giving the viewers a glimpse into the personal conversations that happened between Pope Benedict (played by Anthony Hopkins) and Cardinal Bergoglio (played by Johnathan Pryce). Directed by Fernando Meirelles with Anthony McCarten as a screenwriter, The Two Popes comes across as a bold attempt to deconstruct the life of a Vatican supreme beyond what the world can see.

Release Date: December 20

Make sure to check out Spotflik for updates as more films are announced.

 

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Goldfinch Falls at the First Hurdle

by Emily Keen

Time is hard for Dramas and Goldfinch figures have proved it. Where Jennifer Lopez’s thriller romp Hustlers swept a clean victory in its opening week, Goldfinch had the worst recorded opening numbers. The movie had a wide release across 2,542 screens. As per Box Office Mojo, the movie had the sixth worst opening for a debuting movie on almost over 2500 screens. It grossed at a weekend estimate of $2,640,000.

Dramas do find it hard to soar even with an impressive cast ensemble like Nicole Kidman, Sarah Paulson, Finn Wolfhard, Ansel Elgort and Jeffrey Wright. An R rated one for that matter! The feature and could not impress the audience and hence lost the last ray of hope too- Verbal advocates!

Goldfinch is a feature adaptation of a Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Donna Tartt. The movie opened at the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival days before its theatrical run. It could not impress the folks there either.

Goldfinch directed by John Crowley and written by Peter Straughan follows the life of a boy who loses his mother and how that shapes his life as an adult. The script swings across different timelines showcasing events from growing years of the protagonist’s life. It is intense and 150 minutes long. It at least needs a gripping plot to glue the minds swayed by the fad of event movies. It lacked the major element that is needed to survive in the theatrical marketplace of times.

The film has earned a 25% rating on the tomatometer from critics and a 74% fresh rating from only 674 users. It is not a shock since very few people show up at multiplexes intending to witness a soulful drama.

This is a third Warner Bros. of the month movie which saw a straight-up flatliner in the opening weekend. The movie has an IMDb average of 6.3 out of 10.

Goldfinch was set to make an opening figure of $5M-$8M. But the predictions dropped to a shocking $3M since it mostly ran for empty theatres.   It stood at #8 on the September 13-15 weekend box office chart. Amazon streaming is the only option the movie is left with to redeem itself.

It comes with a serious lesson for art-house dramas too. A festival opening might not be the best way to hype up a literary feature adaptation. Although many would argue, the deviation from the arcs of novel and poor handling of script caused it to crash hard.

Stay tuned to Spotflik for more movie updates.

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Prey (2019) Trailer

by Emily Keen

Prey (from Hyde Park Entertainment, ImageNation, and Blumhouse Productions) is a terrifying thriller which follows two youngsters trying to escape the wrath of a mysterious force that lurks deep in the jungle. The movie features Logan Miller, Kristine Froseth in the lead roles.

Release Date: 27 September 2019

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Michael Bay’s Next Project is Sony’s Black 5

by Emily Keen

If your brain is missing a dose of high-speed action, amidst firing guns and nasty explosions, we have good news!

Michael Bay is back to helming, with an action feature titled Black 5. The story is an original idea from the man himself but no details of the plot, have been spilled yet! Reports have it that the movie is being developed as a video game too, just like most Bay movies.

Ehren Kruger (Ghost in the Shell) will be doing the screenplay. Bay and Kruger go way back, as they have worked together on the script of multiple Transformer movies. Bay and Erwin Stoff will team up again after 13 Hours to produce the new high voltage action-adventure backed by Sony.

The details of Black 5 have not been addressed by the studio for now. The production is expected to begin in early 2020 as reported by ‘Variety’.

A typical Bay movie is an assortment of pyrotechnics, flying cars and fast cuts of mad war between patriots and enemies! Oh yes! And how can we forget his signature 360 spin shot! Considering his obsession with style over substance, it is safe to expect Black 5 to be an overhaul of a high energy tussle.

Michael Bay’s Transformers property has a cult following around the world and to date remains one of Hollywood’s biggest franchises. The franchise returned to screens in 2018 with its latest spinoff- Bumblebee. The film was a blockbuster and well received by critics and audience at large. It was directed by Travis Knight with Bay as a producer.

Michael Bay’s take on shooting films is improvisation to the max and giving the audience a complete visual of his set. His art lies in punctuating the scenes in a way to provide the viewers with a sense of space.

Bay’s career highlights include ArmageddonPearl Harbor, Bad Boys, The Island, Pain & Gain and 13 Hours. He is currently working on a Netflix project starring Ryan Reynolds which is expected to release next year.  The director is also working on a sci-fi thriller titled Robocalypse, which happens to be an adaptation of a novel by Daniel H. Wilson. The script is penned by Seth Goddard and the plot is set in the wake of a robot insurgency.

For all we know, we have a lot of Bayhem coming up on the big screen in the next two years.

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The First look of Sophia Lillis Starrer Gretel and Hansel is Out!

by Emily Keen

The favorite fairy tale of all times gets an all-new spin. Hansel and Gretel our good ol’ bedtime story, is coming to life on the silver screen to scare your sleep away.

Only this time Gretel will be center stage. Sophia Lillis of IT and IT: Chapter 2 fame will be playing Gretel. The Orion Pictures’ upcoming horror feature titled Gretel and Hansel will be directed by Osgood “Oz” Perkins.

The creepy recreation of the fairy tale classic opens in theatres on January 31, 2020.

January is not exactly a prosperous time when it comes to cinema. But Gretel and Hansel might prove to be the Humdinger for the month of trashy movies.

Starring alongside Sophia Lillis will be a newcomer Sammy Leakey. The rest of the lineup includes Charles Babalola, Alice Krige, and Jessica De Gouw. Rob Hayes has finished working on the script and the production is already underway.

Brian Kavanaugh-Jones and Fred Berger are co-producing the venture along with executive producers Sandra Yee Ling, Macdara Kellehe.

Sophia has soared to heights of fame with her appearance in Stephen King’s IT franchise. She will be back to play Beverly in the second installment releasing this September. Her big-screen debut was with the 2016 drama, 37. She has also featured in TV mini-series like Sharp Objects, and her own franchise Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase.

Here is the first image of Sophia Lillis as Gretel, sourced from Orion Pictures.

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The plot of the re-imagined version of the gothic tale falls along the same lines as its original version. Gretel leads the brother (Hansel) to the woods in search of food and work. Except for this time, they will witness something far more horrifying than only a miserable witch.

The director did give away a few details about the plot. This is what he said in his statement:

“We tried to find a way to make it more of a coming of age story. I wanted Gretel to be somewhat older than Hansel, so it didn’t feel like two twelve-year-olds — rather a sixteen-year-old and an eight-year-old. There was more of a feeling like Gretel having to take Hansel around everywhere she goes, and how that can impede one’s own evolution, how our attachments and the things that we love can sometimes get in the way of our growth. Sophia Lillis is really fantastic. She has one of those faces that the camera immediately understands, which is something that rarely happens. For my style and for my taste, which tends to be minimalist and a little bit more mannered, she’s really a dream.”

Perkins described the plot of the movie as “awfully faithful to the original” fairytale. But will the audience embrace this creepy take on the legend of Hansel and Gretel? Only time can tell!

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Woody Harrelson to Make a Comeback in Venom 2

by Emily Keen

The cinematographer of Venom 2 in his recent interview dropped news about Woody Harrelson being a part of the second installment of the franchise.

The sequel will be helmed by Andy Serkis. Robert Richardson (Oscar-winning cinematographer) will be handling the cinematography.

Richardson was recently asked why he decided to work on Venom 2. In response to which he gave away a detail about an unknown cast member of the sequel. Woody Harrelson who made an appearance in the end credits scene of the first installment will be making a return in the sequel.

This is what Richardson told ‘Collider’:

“I was looking forward to entering into that arena with Batman years ago with Ben [Affleck]. I thought, ‘Well this is something I haven’t done that I would love to try to do.’ And then Andy Serkis, who I worked with on Breathe, gave me a call a month ago and said that he was up for this and would I be willing. I’d seen the film. I watched it again, then they sent me a script and I felt like, yeah, I would say yes anyway to Andy just because I would say yes to Andy, but I also think it’s a great… I think it’s unexplored yet, and it’s going to explode, and this film, I think, will help it explode, because you have a remarkable central character with Venom, but now you’ve got Woody Harrelson, who’s going to obviously make his own little entrance here, and we’ll see what else comes in with the Sony Marvel collaboration. I look forward to it. It’s a massive change for me, but I’m excited. I think Hardy is one of our best. He never misses. I so look forward to sitting with him and watching him perform.”

We know for a fact that the confirmation of Harrelson’s entry has not come from the higher-ups in Sony or even the Director. But can’t doubt the credibility of information coming from a person inner circle can we?

Speaking of the end credits scene we mentioned earlier, it shows Eddie Brock (the host to Venom) approach Cletus Kasady (portrayed by Woody Harrelson) a deranged serial killer for an interview.

Cletus says in his final statement “When I get out of here- and I will… there’s gonna be carnage”. The words were spoken and the comic cult went bonkers. Carnage was coming!

As per comics, Carnage is a symbiote who takes over Kasady. But, unlike Venom, he has no inclination towards rules and morals. Was that a sneak peek into the plot of the sequel?

As of yet, we do not have any reports on the arc of Venom 2. So will it be hard to predict the significance of Harrelson’s Carnage? Definitely! He could be a primary villain our guy Venom is slated to take down. Or he could be a part of the bigger problem altogether.

If you are wondering how Harrelson landed as the perfect piece of the puzzle, know that it’s not completely out of the blue. Ruben Fleischer (director of Venom) shared a professional history with the actor thanks to Zombieland. The team thus found the perfect Kasady!

As for Richardson, he seems delighted to be a part of the project, and couldn’t wait to work alongside Serkis and Hardy on this highly anticipated sequel. We do have confirmations that familiar faces will make a return in the upcoming installment of the franchise. Michelle Williams will be back as Eddie Brock’s former fiancée, Anne.

The possibility of a high voltage red vs black symbiote battle is gaining fad amongst fans. But what the sequel truly has in store will only be revealed in the October of 2020. Stay tuned to Spotflik for more updates on Venom 2.

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Lucy in The Sky (2019) Trailer

by Emily Keen

Lucy (played by Natalie Portman) is a female astronaut, moved by her first experience in space and on returning back to earth, sees her world as small and loses grip with reality. Directed by Noah Hawley, the plot unravels as Lucy tries to make it back into space amidst personal and professional challenges that arise due to her obsession.

Release Date: 20 September 2019

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Nathan Fillion to Join the Ensemble of Suicide Squad 2

by Emily Keen

Nathan Fillion who is best known for his role in shows like Castle and Rookie will be making an entry into the DC universe. Although it is still unclear on what role he will be land in, the actor has been officially signed for the Suicide Squad 2.

The ensemble of the DC comic adaptation includes Viola Davis (Amanda Waller), Joel Kinnaman (Rick Flag), Jai Courtney (Captain Boomerang) and Margot Robbie (Harley Quinn). New additions to the cast include Daniela Melchior as Ratcatcher, David Dastmalchian as the Polka Dot Man and John Cena as Peacemaker. And just like Nathan, Idris Elba who is also officially on board the team has some mystery attached to his role as well.

James Gunn will be directing the sequel and the pre-production phase has already kicked in. Not to mention this is not the first time James and Fillion have been pairing up for a project. Their history goes way back when Fillion starred in Gunn’s Slither as well as in Super (a dark superhero comedy). Fillion also made his way into the Marvel Cinematic Universe when he voiced for an alien in the Guardians of Galaxy.

Is Fillion’s role in Suicide Squad 2 is a crucial arc bearer or will he be seen just as a cameo? Well, that still remains a mystery!

Nathan Fillion is adored for his role as Captain Malcolm on Firefly, a series which aired just for one season but still has a cult following. Apart from Firefly, Fillion also starred in popular series like Modern Family and A series of Unfortunate Events. He was the voice of Green Lantern in animated DC series like The Death of Superman.

The sequel of Suicide Squad is said to be a total reboot of the first installment. James Gunn has refrained from calling this movie a ‘reboot’ or a ‘franchise’. Apparently, he has headed in a different direction altogether, not taking it down the same path as David Ayer did with Suicide Squad. The plot of the movie is still under wraps. The movie will open in theatres on August 6, 2021.

 

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How Crawl Redefines The Indie Movie Culture?

by Emily Keen

The usual tradition of a blockbuster studded summer faded this year. The season saw high budget films gauging the depths of the valleys while a different kind of horror-thriller cruised its way out. Crawl was the latest addition to a roaster of cheap thrill horror cinema. But unlike other indies, this one has a major studio back-up.

Florida is under a category 5 hurricane alert. After numerous failed attempts to reach out to her father, Hayley Keller(University of Florida swimming champion) decides to drive past the impending hazard to check in on him. The way to her childhood home passes through an alligator farm. This is where the audience gets a glimpse into the horror that lay cloaked under a dank natural disaster. She comes home to find her father bruised and trapped in the cellar, a “Crawlspace” of some sort. For the most part of the film, the action builds up in this very region of the house.

As the hurricane reins its fury, the house starts flooding and brings in a swarm of bloodthirsty alligators. The digital fruition of these bone-crushing jaws looks awfully real and earns the film its brownie points. Fun fact, the movie lacks environmental simulation and is primarily shot in a real space calibrated to align with the appearance of a disaster struck home. Hayley (played by Kaya Scodelario) is invariably seen dragging herself through a concoction of black muck even with gruesome gator bites. The script plays up with its highly interactive make-believe sets.

The film flaunts well-schemed attempts of failed rescue only to force in a few humans into the mouths of giants and fuel the uncertainty of survival for the central characters. Director Alexandre Aja creates spikes of panic with dysfunctional items like torches and phones. Kudos to the screenwriters for having appeased the audience with enough scenes of the bloodthirsty giants crunching away human carcasses and scaling the situation of the protagonists!

Even though the plot at large has essentially nothing new to offer, the script lifts off on a fresh note. It is a rather mediocre premise treating the audience with sporadic jolts of thrill. The director succeeds in creating moments of nail-biting tension and sequences which say Don’t Breathe (just to blow Sam Raimi’s trumpet who co-produced the film along with Aja and Craig Flores).

Amidst the mayhem caused by the water and the creatures, the skin-deep script is forced to flex dry emotional substance. The tension fades off for a while as the element of sentimental past kicks in.  The father-daughter duo tries to address issues from the past, which seem like an unruly attempt to mollycoddle a script aimed at inducing raw fear. Although even with a clichéd and redundant emotional angle, the scenes are well gauged to suit the lead actors’ clean and convincing performance.

Given Aja’s record as a successful indie filmmaker, Crawl was not screened at as many press events as it should have been. Where everyone was expecting Disney’s The Lion King remake to be the show stopper, Crawl did surprisingly well for a modest independent horror feature. Though the script draws several parallels with earlier releases in the league, the presentation is acute and effectively served.

All in all, Crawl has progressively perfected the conventional theme of man vs monster with appallingly realistic CGI and gallant performances from the leads.

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Disney’s Upcoming Animation Movie Revealed at the D23 Expo

by Emily Keen

Disney has spilled the beans on the film that was holding on to the November 2020 slot.

Raya & the Last Dragon is a fantasy action-adventure which draws its essence from the culture of Southeast Asia. The film was upstaged at the D23 Expo by Walt Disney’s Chief Creative Officer, Jennifer Lee.

The movie showcases the life of a warrior Raya, who is faced with a challenge of saving the Kingdom of Kumandra against a dark force. And for that, she needs to find the last surviving dragon.

The panel members at the Expo had the pleasure of witnessing a splendid 3-minute long footage from the movie.

The clip showed Raya (voiced by Cassie Steele) and her younger brother, heading through a lush green forest and finally coming face to face with Sisu. Sisu is a gorgeous pink and teal dragon voiced by Awkwafina of Crazy Rich Asians fame.

Sisu can apparently also transform into an old woman. Raya is a highly skilled swordswoman.

The movie will be directed by Paul Briggs and Dean Wellins who also have Frozen and Big Hero 6 to their credits. The script was composed by Crazy Rich Asians’ writer, Adele Lim. Osnat Shurer will be producing the venture which is slated for release on November 25, 2020.

The plot features an unconventional face of planet earth and a civilization that celebrates the power and wisdom of mythological creatures –The dragons. The dragons have all vanished from the planet except for one- Sisu. The Land of dragon in the age comprises five different clans. Raya takes up the challenge with a bunch of eccentrics to bring unity and light back to the land.

 

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Black Panther II Release Date Announced at the D23 Expo.

by Emily Keen

Kevin Feige officially took to the D23 expo stage to announce the release date for the sequel of Black Panther.

Black Panther II is coming to theatres on May 6, 2022.

Director Ryan Coogler was present at the event too. But as of yet none of the details regarding the movie plot or cast have been made clear. So we have no idea of who the villain is or even the title of the project.

Considering the release date of the film, we are thinking the movie will be a part of phase 5.

MCU phase 4 as of now consists of Black Widow and Eternals (2020); then Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten RingsDoctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, and Thor: Love and Thunder (2021).

Though there is no official statement as to which phase has been marked for the return of the King of Wakanda.

At D23 Marvel studios also made it clear that the Eternals cast will have Kit Harrington on board. The panelists and the audience were treated with the early looks of the stars. The audience also got another look into the world of Black Widow. Disney too showcased exclusive footages from Star Wars: Skywalker and Jungle Cruise.

As for the cast line up of the unnamed Black Panther sequel, the details of newer cast have been kept a low profile. Rumor has it that Namor the Sub-Mariner could be the upcoming villain. The status of Michael B Jordan’s involvement in the project, however, remains unclear.

There is still a long way for us to hear the Yibambe battle cries, but at least we know that the king will be back with a Fang!

 

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Unchartered’s Second Director Has Officially Shaken Off the Project

by Emily Keen

The week seems to get tougher by the hour for Tom Holland and Sony. First, it was the calling off the deal over Spiderman profits with Marvel. Fans are biting Sony’s head off for the abrupt decision.

And then comes the news that Dan Trachtenberg has emptied the director’s chair of Unchartered.

The 10 Cloverfield Lane director is the second one to bail out on the project. Shawn Levy was the first director who took up the directorial task and then had to drop it because of a slammed schedule. Earlier to that, two more folks including David O. Russell and Neil Burger were being prepped to helm the project. The latest draft of the script is written by Jonathan Rosenberg and Mark Walker.

The film adaptation of a game series stars Tom Holland in the lead role and will begin production early next year. Sony confirmed Trachtenberg’s exit on Thursday.

In May 2019, Sony launched an exclusive studio ‘Playstation Productions’ solely dedicated to adapt its huge line up of Video games in Television and Films.

Unchartered is the first joint venture of Sony and ‘Playstation Productions’. The game series focuses on the adventures of Nathan Drake who lives as a treasure hunter. The fourth Series of Unchartered was a huge hit and sold around 15 million copies worldwide.

The movie, however, will narrate Drake’s life as a child and how he grows to become a treasure hunter, rather than directly diving into adulthood. None of the other cast except Tom Holland is announced as of yet. But considering the project already has a release date, the word on the remaining cast members should be out in the coming months.

Unchartered will be Holland’s fourth movie to open in theatres next year. His other projects include Dolittle, Pixar’s Onward and the long-awaited Chaos Walking which will release later in 2020.

 

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GO! (2019) Trailer

by Emily Keen

Jack (William Lodder) is obsessed with Go-Kart racing but must learn to control his recklessness on the track. GO! unfolds as an aspiring engineer, Mandy (Anastasia Bampos), best mate Colin (Darius Amarfio-Jefferson) and mysterious mentor, Patrick (Richard Roxburgh) come together to help him win the National Go Kart Championship.

Release Date: 16 January 2020

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Ezra Miller Revives Dying Hopes, Lists The Flash as one of His Upcoming Projects

by Emily Keen

DC’s extended universe has faced quite many obstructions and The Flash is definitely at the forefront of all quandaries. The project has been under development for a long time now. But Ezra Miller pulsed up dying hopes in his recent interview.

Warner Bros. usually bets its money on sequels based on the success rate of predecessors. Apparently Justice League’s flat performance did not work in the favor of the ‘fastest man alive’. And without a doubt, The Flash’s production is bearing the brunt of its big-time failure.

But Ezra Miller’s latest statement comes as a ray of hope for the fans who eagerly await a solo flick of the scarlet speedster. In his recent visit to Seoul, Miller confirmed to ‘W. Korea’ that his upcoming projects include Fantastic Beasts 3 and The Flash.

Miller’s contribution to DC has so far been restricted to cameos he played in Batman v Superman and Suicide Squad. And later in Zack Snyder’s Justice League he got a significant screen time made the best use of it.

Miller in the skin of Barry Allen was loved by the audience for his naïve and outlandish spirit. It would not be wrong to say that he in his capacity added life to an otherwise dreary script of Justice League.

The movie significantly disrupted the dynamics of DC in its wake. Ben Affleck stepped down as Batman and Henry Cavill’s future as Superman dwells in a dungeon of doubt.

However, the major setback for The Flash has been the relentless shuffling of Directors. The film has seen at least 4 directors renouncing the project over creative differences. That is basically on Ezra Miller himself as he insisted on a screenplay which is more on the darker side as opposed to the vision of John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein. The duo wanted the script to size up into a fun and playful experience. Similar differences arose with Seth-Grahame Smith and also Rick Famuyiwa when they took up direction of the speedster romp back in 2016.

Andy Muschietti has been sitting tight on the director’s chair since arrival and we hope it stays the same. With the stability at the director’s chair and a word of confirmation from Miller, the red streak is sure to light up the screens sometime in 2020.

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Jexi (2019) Trailer

by Emily Keen

Jexi depicts the life of young Phil who finds a sounding board in his virtual assistant which soon turns out to be his worst nightmare The comedy feature is written and directed by Jon Lucas and Scott Moore. It stars Adam DeVine, Alexandra Shipp, Michael Peña, Rose Byrne, Justin Hartley, Wanda Sykes, Ron Funches, and Charlyne Yi.  The movie

Releasing Date: 11 October 2019

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The ensemble of Ghost Draft Just Got More Interesting!

by Emily Keen

Stand up comedian Theo Von is the latest addition to the cast of Ghost Draft.

The Sci-fi thriller will be directed by Chris Mckay. The movie brings together an exciting ensemble which includes  Chris Pratt, Yvonne Strahovski, JK Simmons, Betty Gilpin, and Sam Richardson.

The script penned by Zach Dean and Bill Dubuque follows the experience of a man of the family who gets drafted to the future to fight a war that shall decide the fate of humanity. It all relies on the man’s ability to confront the issues of his past.

The movie will be produced by David Ellison, Dana Goldberg, Don Granger, David S. Goyer, Jules Daly, and Adam Kolbrenner.

Von is currently busy with the Dark Arts tour which seems like a huge success with all shows sold out around the globe. This might need him to reorganize his filming schedule of Ghost Draft.

Amidst the busy schedule, Von will still continue doing his weekly podcast This Past Weekend. The podcast is a huge hit with 5 million downloads a week.

Skydance developed Ghost Draft along with Paramount and will be producing and financing the venture.

The David Ellison owned company is also known for some major franchises like Mission Impossible and Star Trek.

Von’s latest big project was called No offense, a stand comedy streaming on Netflix. It didn’t invite much of applause and was poorly acclaimed for being cliche. Looks like Von’s career could use a breath of fresh air and Ghost Draft has arrived just in time.

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The Sound of Silence (2019) Trailer

by Emily Keen

 

A successful house tuner helps his clients by calibrating the sound of their homes to match their moods until he comes across a client whose problems lie beyond the scope of his skills. The film is directed by Michael Tyburski and stars Peter Sarsgaard in the lead role.

Release Date: 13 September 2019

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The Coach of 12 Mighty Orphans Finally Has a Face

by Emily Keen

Luke Wilson has officially stepped in the role of Coach Rusty Russel.

12 Mighty Orphans is a feature adaptation of Jim Dent’s novel of the same name. It documents true life events of a group of orphans chasing the title of Texas Football champions.

To summarize the plot- It shows the journey of a football coach and his team who inspires the crippling nation struck by Great Depression!

The Bottle Rocket star has an interesting line up of movie coming later in the year. Berlin: I Love you released earlier in 2019 and his upcoming projects include “The Goldfinch” and Zombieland: Double Tap.

The story of 12 Mighty Orphans is set in the era of WWI. Rusty Russel, trying to come to terms with his bitter past as an orphan, feels obligated to turn the fate of others like him. On discovering about the boys he decides to trade in as their coach and transforms them from a bunch of amateurs to potential champions.

The script has been penned collectively by Ty Roberts and Lane Garrison. The film will be co-produced by Mike De Luca, Houston Hill, Angelique De Luca in association with Greenbelt Films’ Brinton Bryan.

Production shall kick-off by fall. It will be filmed in Fort Worth, Texas as dictated by the original narrative.

Wilson in the skin of Russel seems like a pretty interesting choice given his journey that highlights comedy flicks as his forte. But then again it would be unfair to pigeonhole the actor into one genre since has maintained the balance when it comes to the choice of projects. Although his major credits do come with a stamp of humor.

In recent years he has dived into multiple low key ventures and even TV series and like DC’s Stargirl and Showtime’s Roadies. The hustle and shuffle only point to his gleaming versatility. The 12 Mighty Orphans seem to be in good hands after all!

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Bombshell (2019) Trailer

by Emily Keen

Bombshell follows the lives of three women who bring down Fox News Channel boss, Roger Ailes. The movie stars Margo Robbie, Charlize Theron and Nicole Kidman in the lead roles and is directed by Jay Roach.

Release Date: December 2019

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Corporate Animals (2019) Trailer

by Emily Keen

 

A tale of a corporate team-building trip gone wrong starring Demi Moore as a megalomaniac CEO, Corporate Animals builds up as a catastrophe strikes the people aboard. Now bonding is not a choice but more of a distraction they all need.

Release Date: 20 September 2019

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Keanu Reeves and Carrie Anne Moss Returning to Matrix 4

by Emily Keen

The year 2019 has been the year of franchises and as we speak, another one seems to have revived after a long long time.  Matrix 4 has been announced and we have familiar faces making a return.

As reported by ‘Variety’ Lana Wachowski will be writing and directing the movie. Good news is, Keanu Reeves and Carrie Anne Moss will pair up again as Leo and Trinity for the fourth installment.

Warner Bros. and Village Roadshow have teamed up to back this project which will return after a gap of 15 years.

The film is likely to begin shooting by the start of 2020, but producer and distributor Warner Bros. have not yet announced an official release date for the film. Matrix landed in 1999 as one of the trailblazing sci-fi action thrillers inspiring a revolution in the world of science fiction.

Considering the level of effort that goes into the creation of a Sci-fi marvel like Matri