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The 10 Funniest Movies From All Genres

by Kaylen Summers

We all share a special spark with comedies. Although we don’t exactly know how to put it in words, we love watching these movies and laughing our heads out. Maybe this is why comedy is one of the most preferred movie genres. People just love watching a good comedy flick. Luckily we have made a list of the 15 movies that are so funny that it will definitely make you laugh your head out.

Animal House

The National Lampoon’s Animal Farm is nothing short of a masterpiece. Redefining the genre and paving the way for modern comedy cinema. The movie is about the riotous Delta house and it’s even more out of control fraternity brothers. When the dean of the college decided to revoke their charter and disband their home, the brothers must fight to save their fraternity.

Bridesmaids

Though the movie revolves around the same premise as that of romantic comedy, Bridesmaids is undoubtedly more a comedy film than romance. The movie follows Annie who is a single woman in her 30s. She was broke and alone. However, when her best friend asks her to be her Maid of Honor, she was more than happy to accept. What she didn’t expect was her seemingly perfect rival, Helen hijacking the wedding and stealing her best friend from her.

Palm Springs

We all know how great Andy Samberg be when it comes to comedy. He is one of the best comedian actors from this generation and that makes him the right fit for this stuck-in-a-time-loop movie. Similar to the narrative style of the cult-classic comedy Groundhog Day, Max Barbakow’s Palm Springs is both refreshing and entertaining. The movie follows wedding guests who fall in love with each other as they are stuck in a time loop and living the same day over and over again.

Shaun of the Dead

Shaun of the Dead is a brilliant blend of the Zombie subgenre with comedy. It is considered one of the pioneers and the best of the zombie comedies that we know today. Directed by Edgar Wright, as a part of his Cornetto Trilogy, the movie revisits Shaun who leads a stagnant and mundane life with a dead-end job. Adding more pain to his misery, he also gets dumped by his girlfriend. Even with that life is not done with him. Now, he has to fight zombies to save the world from the apocalypse.

M*A*S*H

It’s time for some war comedy. When a team of womanizing, heavy-drinking army doctors assigned to treat wounded soldiers goes on breaking rules left and right when the world around them is raging in the Korean War. This 1970 dar war comedy went on to become so popular that it got a TV show spin-off in the same name.

Napoleon Dynamite

A teenage outcast named Napoleon Dynamite teams up with Pedro, a new boy who is running for class president. Unfortunately, the odds are not going in their way. From strange shenanigans to the famous ‘Vote for Pedro’ dance, Napoleon is not planning on going down without a fight and it is something you don’t want to miss.

Blockers

Directed by Kay Cannon, Netflix’s Blockers is a boundary-breaking sex comedy that is both brilliant and hilarious. The movie follows a trio of parents who are trying everything they can do to stop their daughters from having sex on prom night.

Little Miss Sunshine

Little Miss Sunshine is something special. It is unique, wild, heartfelt, and hilarious in so many ways. The eccentric tragicomedy takes Olive, a spirited 7-year-old, and her dysfunctional family on a road trip across the country. Her mission is to compete in the coming Little Miss Sunshine beauty pageant. However, keeping her family together and making them take her there is more challenge than everything else.

Clue

Whodunit movies have been around since the beginning of murder mysteries. Rich with many characters, multiple plot twists, and suspense, the subgenre has never disappointed us. Director Jonathan Lynn decided to blend the famous subgenre with comedy and thus came the 1985 classic Clue. The movie is a parody of the popular subgenre and its cliches.

Kung Fu Hustle

This martial art comedy is so cool and funny, that even today it has many fans viewing it repeatedly. Stephen Chow’s Kung Fu Hustle is a remarkable piece of modern cinema that has skillfully merged multiple genres to give us something unique and exciting.

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Best Documentaries To Stream On Netflix Right Now

by Kaylen Summers

There are several great documentaries available on Netflix, from true crime and sports to filmmaking. In the following list, you’ll find a selection of the best Netflix documentaries.

Gaga: Five Foot Two

Watch Gaga: Five Foot Two if you’re in the mood for a celebrity documentary that digs a little deeper than the surface. The film is set during Lady Gaga’s writing and release of her album Joanne in 2017, which also coincides with her casting in A Star Is Born for director Bradley Cooper and the end of her engagement with Taylor Kinney. With Gaga also battling fibromyalgia, you get a look into her life as she’s juggling so much at once, culminating with her Super Bowl halftime performance.

Murder Among the Mormons

One of the best Netflix original documentaries right now is Murder Among the Mormons, a three-part documentary. The film chronicles a series of historical document discoveries that threaten to upend the Latter-day Saints church, only for key players to be killed by bombs. The film uses contemporary interviews and archival footage to tell its story in a compelling way and does not feel exploitative in the process. If you are interested in historical documents and the Mormon church, you will find this fascinating from beginning to end.

13th

In the wake of the 13th amendment, Ava DuVernay makes a powerful documentary about the mass incarceration of minorities. There is more to the widespread incarceration of African-Americans and other minorities than ingrained cultural racism. Keeping people locked up is also good business for the prison system. It shows how media, government, and businesses utilized slavery as a ruse to exploit people of color in the decades following the adoption of the 13th amendment. It is a film that will infuriate, depress, and hopefully inspire you to take action against a system that has caused egregious harm to our citizens.

American Factory

American industrial sector is not that kind to its skilled labor force. From directors Steven Bognar and Julia Reichert, American Factory is an award-winning documentary that dives deep into the issues of the skilled laborers of the Us, but following the workers of the General Motors plant in Dayton, Ohio. The documentary is the first production from Higher Ground, the production company found by former President Barack Obama and former First Lady Michelle Obama. It is distributed by Netflix.

Misha and the Wolves

Will anyone dare to question a Holocaust survivor?! Even if the stories they tell are totally outlandish? Apparently, Sam Hopkinson’s documentary Misha and the Wolves asks the same question. The movie revolves around Misha Defonseca who claims that her parents were arrested by the Nazis when she was about seven years old. On her way to Germany to find her parents, she ends up with a pack of wolves. This stranger-than-fiction lands her and her publisher in a lawsuit, when it was released as a memoir.

Athlete A

If you are into Gymnastics or a follower of sports, then this documentary is a must-watch for you. Following the real-life investigations into the United States Gymnastics program, Athlete A tells the story about how the team doctor Larry Nassar sexually abused many of the young athletes in the program. The documentary questions the power structure of the US Gymnastics Program and how it protects and fosters an atmosphere for repeated sexual exploitation. Athlete A is truly an eye-opening documentary.

My Octopus Teacher

Pippa Ehrlich and James Reed’s lovely documentary My Octopus Teacher is soothing, uplifting, and oddly beautiful. In the film, filmmaker Craig Foster encounters an octopus while snorkeling off the coast of South Africa. He resolves to interact with the octopus every day and learn everything he can about it. We see, through their stunning underwater photography, a magnificent and startlingly intelligent animal surviving in a dangerous kelp forest. The film never cheapens or anthropomorphizes the complexity of this underwater world, nor does it lose sight of its majesty. You’ll likely be enchanted by My Octopus Teacher even if you don’t care for nature documentaries.

High Score

We all have been a fan of some game at some point in our life. High Score is an interesting six-episode docuseries that takes us through the origin story and development of some of the most iconic games- from arcade to consoles. You will be instantly charmed by the in-depth and candid chronicles of your favorite games by the people who actually made these games.

Audrie & Daisy

This one is a tough watch. Fortunately, it is worth it. Telling the tale of two high school students, Audrie (15) and Daisy (14)., the documentary chronicles how the two young girls were sexually assaulted, forcing them to commit suicide. The traumatic events showcased in the event are intensely emotional and chronicles how the institutions failed to protect these victims. Audrie & Daisy also ends in a positive effort to stop the assault before it happens.

Amanda Knox

Amanda Marie Knox spends more than four years in an Italian prison after being convicted for the murder of a fellow exchange student, Meredith Kercher. Rod Blackhurst and Brian McGinn directed a documentary with this as the central theme. However, rather than exploring the crime and its investigation, the documentary looks into the inherent misogyny of media and the public.

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11 Suspense Thriller Movies Worth Watching This Weekend

by Kaylen Summers

There are a lot of movies available on Netflix, but a good thriller is the best when you need a true distraction. The following list of the best movies of all time includes a few classic thrillers to keep the thrills coming.

Shutter Island

Scorsese, stop with your mind games! Mark Ruffalo and Leonardo DiCaprio star in this psychological thriller about two agents who visit an insane asylum on an abandoned island in order to uncover the truth about a mysterious murderer. As the genre suggests, nothing is quite as it seems, and the story becomes darker the longer the two agents remain on the island.

The Woman in the Window

Terribly awful? Messy? Yes. All of those things are true. However, The Woman in the Window is also a psychological thriller that is so over the top and campy that it is impossible to stop watching. As you try to decide whether Amy Adams is a credible witness, it’s intoxicating to watch her navigate the fallout after witnessing a murder.

Double Jeopardy

The late 90s was the peak time for thriller content and Double Jeopardy was considered its best. With Ashley Judd and Tommy Lee Jones, it is a movie about a woman who gets accused of her husband’s murder. After serving her time in prison, she unravels the truth that her husband is still alive. Will the law put her behind bars if she kills her husband again?!

Ava

Jessica Chastin is an assassin. When a mission goes sideways, she decided to blend into the normal world and live a life. However, it looks like having a family is more complicated than killing people.

Nightcrawler

Drawing its inspiration from the classic noir-thrillers, this 2014 movie is truly an under-appreciated gem. Jake Gyllenhaal starts off as a small-time criminal but eventually becomes part of a job that wants him to shoot gruesome accidents and crime scenes for a LA TV station. The movie is directed by Dan Gilroy and is still considered by many as a twisted tale of consumerism and unethical journalism.

Uncut Gems

Adam Sandler in a suspense thriller!! Yes, you heard it right. The comedian-actor gave us one of the most terrifying thrillers- Uncut Gems. Howard Ratner is a jeweler who makes a huge bet to overcome his bad financial situation and get his life back in line. However, it goes out of control.

Sweetheart

Getting shipwrecked and stranded on an island is a great plot for a suspense thriller, right?! At first, Sweetheart can feel just like that. However, the woman stranded finds out that she is not alone on that island. What started as a desperate attempt to survive has suddenly become a death trap for her.

Bad Genius

Get ready for the heist movie like that you have never seen before. Based on true events, this Thai movie is about a group of highly talented young students who decided to pull off one of the biggest college entrance exam scams ever. The movie is critically acclaimed and also has a 100 percent score on Rotten Tomatoes.

The Hateful Eight

When it comes to suspense thrillers, no one could still beat the style of Agatha Christie, the beloved mystery writer. Add that to a Tarantino movie and you have The Hateful Eight. Set in the American West just after the Civil War, the movie is a wild pack of a stellar cast including Samuel L. Jackson, Kurt Russell, Jennifer Jason Leigh, and Bruce Dern. This is one suspense thriller that is not going to end well.

The Perfection

If you are looking for some good thrills then this one is absolute perfection. The Netflix original film is packed with some unnerving and wild twists and turns. The emotions, intensity, and hardcore visual elements are nothing short of perfection in this one-of-a-kind thriller.

Gerald’s Game

Even though the movie is directed by the same mastermind behind Doctor Sleep and The Haunting of Hill House, Director Mike Flanagan’s suspense thriller is not a clear-cut horror movie. Yes, there are many genre traits, the movie has a strong psychological horror backbone.

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Top Horror Movies Of All Time Streaming Online

by Kaylen Summers

Fear comes in many forms. If you don’t believe that, then take a look at the long history of horror movies. From jumpscares to intense character outbreaks, these movies have all the scares you can ever have. Since watching all the movies from the genre is an impossible task, we have narrowed down some of the best ones.

Stream these movies and let us know which ones you liked the most in the comments below. You can also use the Spotflik App to add these movies to your watchlist.

Saw (2004)

Many people know Saw as some kind of torture porn. Yes! It does have some disgusting sequels. However, the original movie is actually brilliant and valuable addition to the genre. The demonic character Jigsaw toying with and asking them to decapitate themselves give the audience a different level of bone-chilling scare. Leigh Whannell and James Wan made this movie on a shoestring budget and it went on to become an iconic horror flick with a cult following of its own.

A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)

Nothing can feel more safe and secure than sleeping in your bed. However, with Robert Englund’s Freddy around, you will not be waking up if you fall asleep. Unlike the normal slasher movies, A Nightmare on Elm Street has its manic lurking in people’s dreams to end their lives. With his murder gloves and sharp blades, Fredy is the ultimate boogeyman and no amount of caffeine is gonna help you save your life. Johnny Depp’s spectacularly splattery death scene alone is enough to watch this iconic horror classic.

Evil Dead 2

For those who thought that Evil Dead 2 is a sequel, it is actually more of a ‘requel’. Keeping the essence of the original movie, this perfect horror-comedy has Campbell’s Ash and his girlfriend Linda fighting Evil released by the Necronomicon. The movie finds a subtle charm in its skillful blend of horror and comedy. Evil Dead 2 is so iconic that it went on to inspire many horror-comedies that came after it. However, none came anywhere close to the original movie.

The Cabin in the Woods (2011)

Soon after Evil Dead became a big hit at the box office, numerous studios in Hollywood started to work on the same formula and create their version of the horror movie. The deserted cabin in the middle of the forest and bunch of twenty-ish characters deciding to stay there for the night was one of the most recurring themes for such movies. The 2011 movie, The Cabin In The Woods takes the premise and presents it in a truly entertaining manner. With Chris Hemsworth playing one of the lead roles, the movie does a wonderful job in mocking the genre cliches, why keep the story safe from being a parody.

Paranormal Activity (2007)

The fascinating thing about Paranormal Activity is that it makes things feel real and deadly serious. While The Blair Witch Project was used the found-footage style to tell the story, this movie uses security footage as the storytelling device. The reason why this technique makes the movie so nerve-jangling is because of the helplessness that the audience feels. We know what is lurking around the corner. We are seeing what the characters are not seeing. Yet, there is no way to let them know what is awaiting them. The tension that builds up is nerve-racking and that is why this movie is an important addition to this list.

A Quiet Place (2018)

This one does not fit into the conventional horror movie genre. However, it deserves a place on this list. This alien/monster movie is undoubtedly one of the best edge-of-the-seat thrillers of our time. The characters are on the run and in constant fear of being hunted down and killed. The stakes are even higher when your wife and children to protect in a nightmarish post-apocalyptic world. With what seems like a simple premise, A Quiet Place does give us sheer muscle-clenching tension and fear.

Dawn of the Dead (1978)

Many people know Zack Synder from his highly stylized slow motions and the even more popular #releasethesyndercut campaign. However, only a few know that the director actually started his career with a zombie movie. Though Dawn of the Dead is something entirely different from the director’s style, it is 100% a zombie movie. The movie literally brought the zombie genre back to life and gave back its main screen appeal.

Oxygen (2021)

French film director Alexandre Aja is known for his horror movies. After the success of Crawl, the director decided to do another horror thriller with a woman as the central character. The french-language science fiction psychological survival horror movie revolves around a woman who wakes up in a cryogenic chamber with no recollection of how she ended up there. With only a little supply of air, she has to find a way out before he runs out of air.

House of Wax (1953)

If you are a fan of old-school horror movies, then this is one movie that you should really watch. Directed by Andre de Toth, this period mystery-horror film is about a Wax sculptor named Henry. In order to claim insurance, his business partner burns down their wax museum with Henry inside. He miraculously survives and is out for vengeance.

The Babadook (2014)

There were a lot of scary tales that spooked us when we were young. Tales of monsters lurking in the closet and the evil red glowing eyes underneath the bed are all spine-chilling thoughts that gave us nightmares even before we fell asleep. Imagine any of those tales becoming real. The Babadook is a movie about a single mother who tries to keep her son away from a monster that is lurking in the house.

The Descent (2005)

Neil Marshall’s truly terrifying claustrophobic creature feature is horrifying in every sense. Six women take on an adventure in a cave system. What awaited them in the darkness are humanoid creatures. With nowhere to run or no one to help, the women must somehow find a way to survive and get out alive.

[Rec.] (2007)

If you thought that Paranormal Activity was scary, then this found-footage horror is going to blow your mind. What makes this movie unique is how its makers blend the zombie and found footage subgenre so brilliantly. The movie does not take advantage of the genre conventions to shy away from any scares. It is a well-crafted piece of horror cinema that has a growing list of fans.

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12 Great Movies About Getting Rich

by Kaylen Summers

From wall street wizards to growing businesses, there is nothing more dramatic and entertaining than watching movies about people making money. We all want to get filthy rich and these movies make us believe that we are just one step away from being so. Here are some of the top money movies you will enjoy watching.

The Wolf of Wall Street

It will not be fair to start this list without the great cult classic from the subgenre- The Wolf of Wall Street. Directed by legendary director Martin Scorsese, the movie is undoubtedly the most awesome Wall Street movie to be made. Leonardo plays the main role of Jordan Belfort, a stockbroker who scams investors for millions of money. What makes this move unique is that it gave us some of the juiciest insights about the infamous greed of Wall Street. You may find it surprising that the story was actually based on a true story.

Wall Street (1987)

Since we are talking about Wall Street, there is one other movie that you would love to watch. The 1987 movie Wall Street has Michael Douglas playing the role of a greedy businessman who represents the many corporate riders and stockbrokers who were doing fraudulent business in Wall Street during the ’80s. The movie made popular the quote “Greed is good”, and shaped the way how most of us view the financial industry. There is also a 2010 sequel to the movie.

Catch Me If You Can (2002)

Leonardo Di Caprio looks so good in movies where he scams and becomes rich. Before he captivated audiences in The Wolf of Wall Street, he acted in Catch Me If You Can as Frank Abagnale, a real-life character who conned his way to work as a doctor, lawyer, and copilot before he was even 21.

Although these movies are entertaining to watch, scamming is not the right way to make money, and trying out these moves in real life can land you in prison for a lifetime.

The Pursuit of Happyness (2006)

There are plenty of real-life stories of people making their way from rags to riches. It takes a lot of hard work, dedication, and courage to achieve the unachievable and The Pursuit of Happyness is about one such tale. Starring Will Smith, the movie is about a struggling single father and salesman named Chris Gardner who is struggling to make ends meet. He loses his house, wife, and money over a product that he was never able to sell. However, he does not give up on his dreams.

The Big Short (2015)

The world suffered a lot from the financial crisis that occurred in 2007-2008. Many people were affected and even today the incidents haunt them. Based on a bestseller by Michael Lewis, director Adam McKay made a movie with a bevy of talented actors. Skillfully weaving complex financial terms into an entertaining drama movie, there is something about this movie that will surely appeal to everyone.

Limitless (2011)

The popular myth is that we use only 10% of our human brain. Limitless picks on this idea and has a struggling writer unleashing his brain’s capacity when he uses an illegal black-market drug. Bradley Cooper plays the lead role as the writer. The drug takes his brain to its full power and he uses his brain to finally end up being a Wall Street genius. Guess most of these movies are about Wall Street. As long as there keep it entertaining, it doesn’t matter.

Moneyball

Here is the story of how one man changed the conventions of Major League Baseball bring replacing conventional wisdom with data analytics strategy. Brad Pitt plays the main role of Billy Beane, the Oakland Athletics manager. Released in 2011, the movie also featured a memorable performance from Jordon Hill- one that redefined his acting career.

Margin Call (2011)

Marking the feature directorial debut of JC Chandor, Margin Call is a financial drama that walks us through a full day in a Wall Street investment bank during one of the initial phases of the 2007-2008 financial crisis. The movie is a candid look at the greed and fraudulent behavior of many Wall Street companies that eventually led to such an economic collapse in the US economy.

Boiler Room (2000)

Before racing cars and jumping of exploding buildings, Vin Diesel was actually part of a 2000 investment drama titled the Boiler Room. The movie is about a college dropout using aggressive cold calling to turn from illegal casinos to what seems like a legal investment business. Working as a broker in an investment firm in the suburbs quickly puts him on a successful path. However, it turns out that the job is not as legitimate as he thought it would be.

Trading Places (1983)

Ever wondered what would happen if you put Eddie Murphy in a brokerage firm. Apparently, the makers of Trading Places were also wondering the same. The actor plays the role of Billy Ray, a homeless man who swaps roles with a rich man working in a commodity brokerage firm. The result is truly surprising and also incredibly funny. The movie also reveals that when people are given the right opportunity that can bring amazing changes.

Office Space (1999)

Let’s take a break from all the Wall Street drama and look into the humdrum lives of some software company employees. They live a depressingly dull life, with the constant fear of facing layoffs, unemployment, and workplace pressure. However, for Peter Gibbons, things started to take turns for the good when he stopped caring. He gets a huge promotion and other benefits. The movie is funny to the core and has some really cool memorable moments.

The Company Men (2010)

When the company they have worked for decided to downsize due to recession, three men had the unfortunate fate of facing unemployment and its impact on their lives. They had to go through a lot of struggle to reclaimrespect and find a new direction for their lives. Directed by John Wells, The Company Men has an impressive list of actors which includes Ben Affleck, Tommy Lee Jones, Chris Cooper, and Kevin Costner. The movie is undoubtedly one of the best movies in the list.

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These Japanese Movies Are The Best Ones You Will Ever See

by Kaylen Summers

Japan is a country with a rich aesthetic culture. Though not that mainstream in popular culture, Japan has produced some of the world’s best films ever. Here are a few must-watch Japanese films that will renew your perspective on life and art:

Rashomon

The most prominent name associated with Japanese cinema is that of Akira Kurosawa. He is a master director who has made films that the world still is in awe of. Rashomon is one of his timeless classics. It is the story of how one incident is interpreted from the perspective of 4 different people. Deep in essence and thought, this is a film that will take you on a journey of introspection and self-awareness.

Seven Samurai

This is yet another film by Akira Kurosawa which can be called his magnum opus. Seven Samurai maps the warriors of Japan in a thrilling, action filled yet deeply philosophical narrative. It remains as one of the most brilliant films made in the history of world cinema.

Fireworks

Fireworks is a film that marked the revival of contemporary Japanese film making. It follows the journey of a cop whose daughter dies in a mishap and wife battles a terminal illness. Acclaimed critical in international film circles, Fireworks put Japanese cinema on the map of world cinema once again with its deeply introspective narrative and craft.

Battle Royale

Battle Royale is a Japanese cult classic must watch film for all movie buffs. Quite similar to The Hunger Games, this is a story of a bunch teenagers and young-adults who fight to death in a game that will leave only a single winner in the end. This movie is bolder, deeper and better than The Hunger Games, with a lot of enjoyable dark humour and thrill.

Spirited Away

Fans of animated films are in for a treat. Spirited Away is a beautiful animated fantasy thriller written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki. Miyazaki is a master story teller who has a special way with animated story telling. This film is about a 10 year old girl who moves with her family to a new neighbourhood and accidentally enters a world of spirits. Weaving thrill and wonder together, this is a film that will entertain and fascinate your mind.

The Taste of Tea

Yet another film that reflects the cinematic genius of Japanese filmmaking, The Taste of Tea is a critically acclaimed work of absolute brilliance. Set in rural Tokyo, the film follows the lives of a family that tries to give each member’s individual potentials full rein. Watch this film if you like cinema that is entertaining and thought-provoking at the same time.

Departures

The first Japanese winner of the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar, Departures follows a cellist who takes a job preparing the dead for funerals. Loosely based on Shinmon Aoki’s Coffinman: The Journal of a Buddhist Mortician, the film presents the rituals surrounding death and explores the feelings induced by them.

Nobody Knows

Nobody Knows tells the story of four children aged between five and twelve years old. They are half-siblings, with each of them having different fathers. Because the three youngest children are in the apartment illegally without the landlord’s knowledge or permission, they cannot go outside or be seen in the apartment, and they do not attend school. Their mother leaves them alone for weeks, and finally does not return.  Forced overtime to survive on their own, they can only rely on each other to face the multiple challenges in front of them.

Harakiri

Harakiri is a period film set in the 1600s. It tells the story of Hanshirō Tsugumo, a warrior without a lord. It documents the traditions amongst samurai warriors, their means for survival, war and life. This is the perfect watch for history lovers and lovers of period dramas with an immersive narrative.

Our Little Sister

This is a moving family drama that is both modern and full of heart. It follows the story of 3 sisters who find out that they have an estranged sibling post the death of their father. The story is a warming tale of how they navigate their relationships and reclaim their bond in this mad world.

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9 Great Movies About Zombie Apocalypse

by Kaylen Summers

Has the pandemic got you thinking of how the world will end?
Here are a few Zombie apocalypse movies to watch on Netflix if you think them Zombies are coming!

Alive

As a deadly virus turns people into monstrous man-eaters, one man manages to stay locked in his apartment to preserve himself against all odds. Digitally cut off and desperate to help himself out, Alive is a chilling story of survival and courage.

Cargo

Amid a pandemic of a virus that turns people into rabid beings within 48 hours, a father tries to seek out someone who will protect his infant daughter. Things get difficult and death looms around. He must now do everything to stay alive for himself and his baby girl.

Ravenous

Set in the quiet town of Quebec, this Canadian thriller follows the journey of a group of people who join forces to flee their zombie infested town with everything they have and can hold on to.

Day of the Dead: Bloodline

One of two remakes of Romero’s original 1985 film Day of the Dead, this is the story of a medical student and her attempts to escape a human-zombie hybrid who is bent on chasing and having her. This film has all the perfect settings of a creepy Zombie movie that will have you on edge till the end.

`World War Z

World War Z is an American apocalyptic horror action thriller starring Brad Pitt. Set in the backdrop of a zombie apocalypse, the story follows the chaotic attempts for escape by the people of a town that is suddenly taken over by zombies.

KL Zombi

This is the story of a reluctant young boy who turns into a hero out of necessity. When there is an outbreak of the undead in Kuala Lumpur, a young boy finds himself transformed from an anxious fence-sitter to a zombie slayer. Watch this film for some real thrill and heroic moments.

Zombieland

Zombieland is a comic thriller set in a post-apocalyptic world. This is the story of a few confused college students who team up with a local thug to survive a town taken over by zombies. Zombieland is a perfect watch if you are freaking out about the end of the world, but also want some humor in the process.

Rise of the Zombie

This is an Indian Zombie horror film about a photographer who tries to throw himself into work to overcome his troubles but finds himself experiencing strange transformations. This is one of the top-ranked zombie apocalypse movies on Netflix by viewers.

The Silence

Similar to The Quiet Place, this is a film about creatures that hunt by sound. The Silence follows a family that tries their best to stay quiet and hidden from the creatures who have killed almost all of the town.

Phobia 2

A Thai horror film at the outset, ‘Phobia 2’ is a compilation of five short stories – one of which named ‘Backpackers’ is about zombies. The story revolves around two travelers who are on a hitchhiking trail in Thailand. The duo is picked by a trucker. Turns out that the trucker was transporting a load of dead bodies and soon, he holds the boy and girl at a gunpoint for ransom. After a while, the bodies come to life and a zombie-killing spree begins.

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10 Must-Watch Korean Movies To Stream This Weekend

by Kaylen Summers

After the big Oscar win of Parasite last year, the attention of the world has turned to Korean cinema. Korea has produced some of the most must-watch classics of all time in the history of filmmaking. Here are a few of them that are sure to change your outlook on art, films, and life itself:

Burning

Burning is a psychological drama that moves in such a tightly mysterious narrative style that absolutely nothing can be revealed without spoilers. But one thing is sure, the finale is worth the wait and the consistent mystery of the plot will make you analyze each frame for its hidden secrets which all make sense in a big bang in the end!

The Housemaid

The original film released in 1960 has had remakes. But nothing compares to the brilliance of the first, which many directors have claimed to be an influence on their film making. It tells the story of a housemaid and weaves a starkly critical narrative on sexuality, class, gender, and economic disparity. The film is one of world cinema’s best and relevant even today, decades after its release.

The Handmaiden

This is a slow and moving story of scandal, lust, and romance. The movie alternates in the narrative between an erotic thriller and drama. The plot weaves together 3 different stories into one theme of central importance through intrigue and eroticism. Watch this film if you are someone who loves intense cinematic experiences.

I Saw The Devil

This is a chilling tale of violence and gore. The story revolves around a bus driver who offers help to a pregnant woman on the road with a flat tire. The events unfold after she beats her unconscious and takes her away to fulfill his psychotic fantasies.

Memories of Murder

Based on true events, Memories of Murder follows the attempts of two cops to nab a violent serial killer. The killer is South Korea’s first recorded serial killer and the story revolves around the frustrating attempts of the agents at getting hold of the killer who has made living a nightmare in their crumbling town.

Train to Busan

One of the most top-rated, emotionally satisfying, and psychologically thrilling zombie films of all time, Train To Busan is a must-watch for every film enthusiast. The film explores ideas such as the treatment of poor citizens, views by society’s elites, and how in one way or the other, death is coming for all of us. The film uses death as a unifying factor that integrates people of all strata, and the only thing in life that does not discriminate as we humans do.

The Host

The Host is about Park Gang-du and his family after his daughter is abducted and eaten by a monster who lives in the nearby river. The film is one of the most different takes on the monster movie genre in world cinema. A lot of parallels can be drawn between this film and the narrative style of Parasite though this is an entire world of its own.

Old Boy

Old Boy is a neo-noir action thriller film. It follows the story of a man imprisoned for 15 years in a room that resembles an old hotel room. He is unaware of the identity of his captor or his captor’s motives. When he is finally released, he goes on a self-destructive quest for vengeance and falls in love with a woman. Everything changes and what follows is a twisted tale of love, loss, violence, and a quest for self-fulfillment.

The Wailing

The Wailing is the piercing story of a village that is taken over by rage, violence, and terror after the arrival of a mysterious teenager. It tells a chilling story of how friends turn enemies and how law and order fail when people are taken over by a sinister quest for domination and supremacy.

Moebius

Moebius is perhaps one of the goriest films ever to be made. It is the master director Kim Ki Duk’s take on sexuality, relationships, and human pleasure. It was initially banned in South Korea owing to its daring theme but later opened up. As mentioned above, kindly watch with caution as the film can be traumatizing and deeply haunting for some viewers, especially children. This film is strictly not fit for the viewing of kids.

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10 Gruesome Movies That Are Too Horrifying To Watch

by Kaylen Summers

Horror movies can be scary most of the time. However, there are some movies that can be equally disturbing. Here is a list of horror movies that can be pretty hard to stomach.

The Woman

What seemed like a ‘normal’ family is the last member of a cannibalistic tribe. The movie is filled with gruesome cannibalism and sexual assault performed by a child, this movie is sure to make you disturbed. However, it is noteworthy that such a horror movie has some strong statements about misogyny and the people who are constantly normalizing it.

The Human Centipede

We all know this one. The infamous horror movie revolves around a sadistic experiment in which a crazy scientist sews 3 victims together, mouth-to-anus. If that doesn’t sound disturbing enough, wait till you watch one of the victims start to have a bowel movement. You will have a tough time finishing this movie and enough reasons to watch it never again.

Hostel

Director Eli Roth used to be a very famous torture porn movie maker. When the director decided to make his name known in the indie movie circuit, he started making a horror movies in the way he best knows- gory and torture horror. The movie has three empty-headed Americans caught in a horrifying game of human hunting and some gruesome chain of events that follows.

The Girl Next Door

You will be surprised to know that this movie is actually based on real events. A young woman who is staying at her own residence is tortured sexually, physically, and mentally. With some really horrifying scenes including sexually assaulting a coke bottle and children torturing one another, you will surely not think about watching this one twice.

The Orphanage

This will be the most depressing movie that you will ever see. From the haunting images of children with special needs to a particular one who walks around with a sack over his head, The Orphanage has enough spooks to give you the chills for the rest of the day. . The movie is dark, both in the subject it handles and also in its making. However, you cannot ignore its Gothic-like beauty.

Teeth

Have you heard the classic legend about a woman who has teeth in her vagina? As absurd it may sound, this dark comedy somehow managed to become one of the most disturbing nightmares for men. Watch how a woman has to deal with the vagina dentata myth as she goes through some grizzly encounters.

The Mist

Stephen King’s novels are known for their horror elements. However, one particular movie adaptation levels up the scare factor further to a disturbing state. When a strange mist takes over their town, a group of townsfolk takes refuge in a grocery store. With a brilliant and controversial ending, you will not be looking to watch the movie again.

Excision

Here is a gag-inducing tale in which an outcast teenager is obsessed with blood and surgery. This leads to some of the most gruesome scenes on screen, particularly the one including menstrual blood. However, if you managed to make it to the ending of the film without turning it off or looking away, then you are sure to get a final kick in the gut.

Funny Games

Funny Games is a psychological crime thriller that is a remake of the 1997 film of the same name. The movie is about a middle-class family who comes across two psychologically disturbed teenagers on their vacation. The family is captured and brutally tortured to a gruesome level. The director intended the movie to be a criticism of on-screen violence used in the media. However, the movie turns out to be more disturbing than most of the others.

A Serbian Film

This is one of those movies that you should only suggest to your enemies. The movie is so disturbing on multiple levels and no sane person will be able to complete it even for once. The story revolves around a man who agrees to make a porn film. However, what he did not know was that it was the most depraved one on earth. From infant rape to decapitation, this is one movie you will surely regret watching.

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These Netflix Musicals Are Super-Trending Right Now

by Kaylen Summers

The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

The Ballad of Buster Scruggs tells the tales of six people in the old West during the period following the Civil War. The six individuals include a sharp-shooting singer, an aspiring bank robber, two exhausted touring performers, a lonesome gold prospector, an uncertain woman roaming the West, and a crew of random strangers stuck together in a carriage ride.

Les Misérables

Our favorite superhero Wolverine actor Hugh Jackman had his own share added to the world of musicals and that too in the most classical way. Les Misérables is an adaptation based on the infamous stage musical from the novel written by Victor Hugo. Both the classic novel and the movie takes place in 19th-century France and revolves around Jean Valjean,  a released prisoner who is out seeking redemption.

West Side Story

West Side Story is also an adaptation but from a classic broadway musical of the same name. The story takes place in the slums of the upper West Side of Manhattan, New York. There are two gangs there. One is a gang of Polish-American teenagers and they call themselves the Jets. Rivaling the are the Sharks, a group of Puerto Ricans who have recently migrated to the place. While their ongoing battle continues about ‘owning’ the neighborhood streets, two kinds from the rival gang end up falling in love with each other.

The Muppets

Kermit the Frog and the Muppets discover that their precious theater planned to get demolished soon. However, they are not willing to let it go without a fight. With the help of a loving human named Gary, and his puppet roommate, Walter, they decided to gang up and make a show that can raise 10 million dollars and save the day.

White Christmas

After the war, two talented men decided to team up. Their song-and-dance skills have driven them to grow into one of the most popular shows of their time. Eventually, they become friends with the beautiful Haynes sisters. They had their own show and the two pairs end up falling in love with each other.

Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey

Here is the latest share from Netflix to the world of musicals. This holiday tale is set in an imaginary world of an eccentric toymaker. He has an adventurous granddaughter who stumbles upon a  magical invention. Its breathtaking powers changed their lives forever.

Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga

Another wonderful musical comedy movie from Netflix is the recently released Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga. The story is about two small-town aspiring musicians who is out to prove that they are indeed the pop stars they dream to become. To prove themselves they get a chance to compete in the global music competition. With the stakes high, they must overcome scheming rivals, and onstage mishaps to prove themselves.

Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story

Dewey Cox is destined to become one of the most musical sensations of all time. However, a childhood tragedy follows throughout his life and his rise to music stardom. As his career blooms, Dewey changes his musical styles, becomes addicted to nearly all drugs known, and falls for uncontrollable rage.

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10 Bad Horror Movies That Really Funny To Watch

by Kaylen Summers

Horror movies are supposed to be good or bad. However, some horror movies exist in a grey area. We know that they are not that good, but we watch them anyway. Here is a list of such guilty-pleaser movies that are really worth watching.

Freddy Got Fingered (2001)

The words “good” or “bad” are not sufficient to describe Freddy Got Fingered, Tom Green’s first venture into what we’ll loosely call directing. You most likely sat there throughout this movie, mouth open and eyes wide open, with no words to describe what you just saw. This 2001 film features Green’s character, Gord, engaging in activities such as stimulating a horse, playing the piano attached to sausages, inhabiting a deer carcass, accusing his father of flogging his brother, and so much more. Although there is a plot, it really doesn’t matter much. The scenes are all intensely surreal, and even though they were released 17 years ago, they continue to haunt you like nightmares.

The Happening (2008)

The Happening is M Night Shyamalan’s worst film, but it’s great because it’s trying to be good. It’s incredible to think that plants could cause human beings to kill themselves without explanation. Mark Wahlberg’s face is constantly confused as if he’s trying to figure out what he’s doing in this film with us. Zooey Deschanel spends 90 percent of her screen time staring off into the distance. The funniest scene in the movie involves a man who lets a piece of farm equipment run over him. It’s not exactly what you’d expect from a horror movie.

The Snowman (2017)

A crudely drawn stick figure snowman dominates the poster for The Snowman, a 2017 thriller based on a Norwegian novel. It just kind of sums up the movie experience. It is hilariously awful. There’s a serial killer in the movie who chops up female victims. In the film, Fassbender plays a detective named Harry Hole, which is pronounced exactly like it’s written (it’s pronounced differently in Norway). It’s hard to understand the accents. Hole is a terrible detective, and he should have been able to figure out who the killer is hours before the movie’s climax. The film’s director, Tomas Alfredson, admits that there wasn’t enough time to shoot the entire script, and it is evident as the plot is glaringly incomplete throughout.

Zombeavers (2014)

It is remarkable how many mentions “Zombeavers” garnered in our poll despite the fact that it only came out a few years ago, suggesting that the cinematic appeal of zombie beavers had gone largely untapped. According to the trailers, the movie is about beavers who got exposed to toxic chemicals, turned into zombies, and attacked college students.

Death Bed: The Bed That Eats (1977)

This late-1970s gem was written, produced, and directed by George Barry – and, thankfully, the title revealed everything audiences needed to know. This bizarre movie features a cursed bed that dissolves hands until there is nothing but bare skeletons, but the film only takes a few bites out of an apple and returns the core. No one has discovered any deeper meaning hidden in this 80-minute horror flick in over 40 years. You can give it a try if you want.

The Mangler (1995)

Robert Englund may be a renowned, classically-trained actor and a horror legend. Many remember him as Freddy Kreuger from the “A Nightmare on Elm Street” franchise. However, it is certain that no one is gonna remember him ever playing the role of Bill Gartley in Tobe Hooper’s “The Mangler.” There are plenty of reasons why. The film is based on Stephen King’s short story about a laundry press who craves blood. You may be overanalyzing the situation if you ask how or why multiple people got close enough to be murdered by the machine. The cop on the case is Ted Levine (Buffalo Bill from “The Silence of the Lambs”), but even he cannot figure out why this film is so awful.

Manos: The Hands of Fate (1966)

The film looks more like a small-town stage play that was recorded for personal use and was accidentally leaked worldwide. The story revolves around a family that stumbles upon an underground cult led by the “Master” (Tony Neyman) and Torgo (John Reynolds). Master wears a black flying squirrel poncho with giant red hands that resemble the Wu-Tang hand sign when he raises his arms, which is more often than not. Both the acting and the script are really worse. The only redeeming quality maybe the Master’s cute dog who deserved much more screen time.

The Incredibly Strange Creatures Who Stopped Living And Became Mixed-Up Zombies!!? (1964)

This is an incredibly long title for a strange horror musical you probably won’t enjoy, right?!. The film was written and directed by Ray Dennis Steckler, a filmmaker whom The New York Times called a “low-budget auteur.” Steckler also stars in the film, as Jerry, one of three friends who meet a zombie fortune-teller at a carnival. It doesn’t really matter what happens after that because it won’t improve the experience.

The Giant Spider Invasion (1975)

1950s giant bug movies were cheesy, but drive-in crowds still enjoyed them. On “The Giant Spider Invasion,” director Bill Rebane tried to recapture the magic of that era but somehow failed to tell a coherent story. The people who made giant webs and totally un-scary spiders from Volkswagens deserve some applause. Despite its budget of $300,000, the film reportedly made millions of dollars and contributed to Merrill, Wisconsin’s economy- the place where the movie was shot.

Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2 (2000)

Is it possible to make a successful follow-up to one of the most profitable and influential films of all time? Yes, It’s simple. Don’t do anything similar to what the filmmakers responsible for “Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2” did. Just 15 months after “The Blair Witch Project,” “Book of Shadows” exists in a universe in which the original fictional movie has become a cult classic. In the film, the main characters visit the woods where it was filmed, and spooky things start to happen. It’s a great idea, but it’s not executed well. “The Blair Witch Project” sequel contains real footage of Roger Ebert’s review, but that did not save the movie from a 2-star rating.

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Top Mystery Entertainers That Are Worth Streaming

by Kaylen Summers

The Prestige

This movie tells the enigmatic tale of two magicians whose friendship gradually turned into an intense rivalry and took them on a life-long contest for domination. The movie is filled with their obsession, deception, and envy that leads them into dangerous and destructive outcomes.

Gone Girl

This one is a classic with one of the most brilliant plots ever. When his wife disappeared, one man becomes the center of an outrageous media circus. He soon realizes that the spotlight has been turned on him and everyone is suspecting that he may not be innocent as it seems.

The Rock

Stanley Goodspeed is an FBI chemical warfare specialist. He takes on a critical mission with a former British spy named John Patrick Mason. Their goal is to Gen. Francis X. Hummel from detonating harmful chemical weapons into San Francisco. Gen. Hummel wants to ransom $100 million for the families of servicemen who died in the battles. As the SEAL team is wiped out, now it is up to Stanley and John to deal with the soldiers and save the day.

Odd Thomas

Set in a Californian desert town, the movie tells the story of a short-order cook with supernatural abilities. Eventually, he confronts an ambiguous man who seems to be linked with some dark, sinister forces.

Where’d You Go, Bernadette

Bernadette Fox is an architect-turned-recluse. When she goes missing just before her family’s trip to Antarctica, her 15-year-old daughter Bee decides to take matters into her hands and go on a quest to find her. Bernadette’s husband also decided to tag along.

Children of the Corn

There is nothing more gruesome than the plot of this horrifying entertainer. The movie has Issac, a boy preacher moving to a small town in Nebraska called Gatlin. There he brainwashed all the children and makes them murder all the adults in the town.

Body Cam

In order to cover up a murder, the Cops involved decided to get rid of their body cam video footage. However, what they didn’t expect was them being haunted by an evil spirit. Now, they have to fight the evil spirit and prevent them from justice.

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8 Scary Movies That The Whole Family Can Enjoy

by Kaylen Summers

The thing about Horror movies is that it is actually nor meant for everyone. However, not all horror movies are like that. Here are some of the best scary movies that you can watch with your family.

A Babysitter’s Guide to Monster Hunting

On Halloween night, Kelly Ferguson decides to take up a simple babysitting job. However, it turns out that she was actually getting recruited into a secret society of babysitters who are out to find and eliminate the monsters. In order to do that, she must find a way to defeat the Boogeyman, who is also known as ‘The Grand Guignol’. The movie is rated PG and will be an exciting one to you and your family.

The Addams Family

We all remember this title as a timeless animated classic from the past. The animated show with its strange characters and scenario has its own cult following even today. The 1991 live-action movie featuring the beloved characters is not different. Uncle Fester is returning back home and he is behaving in an unusual way. The entire family suspects that he is not the Addams that he claims. 

The Spiderwick Chronicles

This Nickelodeon movie tells the story of two twin brothers, Jared and Simon Grace. They moved into a run-down estate named  Spiderwick with their sister and mother. However, things take a turn when they find out that the house is actually the home to an alternative, magical universe. With some magical creatures surrounding them, their adventures began to take them far and wide.

Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween

We all loved reading the eerie fictional series by R.L.Stine. This sequel is a comedy-horror movie about two young friends Sonny and Sam who finds an ancient manuscript while cleaning an old, abandoned house. The mysterious book has the power to bring the characters from its novel into real life. With all the scary creatures out, will the two friends be able to survive?

ParaNorman

This dark fantasy comedy movie is a treat for any fan of stop-motion animation films. Norman is a young boy who has the ability to talk to dead people. His supernatural abilities have made it hard for him to socialize like other kids his age. When the 300-year old witch’s curse was upon the town, he finally decided to use his powers to save the day. Filled with ghosts and zombies, this is one Halloween treat that you don’t want to miss.

The Witches

While HBO Max released the new version with Anne Hathaway, the timeless classic starring Anjelica Huston still stands out as a worthy Halloween watch. The movie is an adaptation of the beloved novel of the same name from Roald Dahl and tells the story of a young boy and his grandmother who discovers a secret society of witches who disguises as normal women to catch children. 

Hubie Halloween

This Adam Sandler movie is one of the major additions to Netflix’s Halloween movie catalog. The actor plays the role of an eccentric named Hubie who is dedicated to keeping the people of his hometown safe on Halloween. This turns him into a laughing stock in front of the others. However, when a suspicious inmate breaks out of the nearby psychiatric hospital, it is up to Hubie to save the day.

‘Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events’

Don’t mistake this for the Netflix original series starring Neil Patrick-Harris. This is the first big-screen adaptation of the children’s book series, with Jim Carrey playing a creepy stalkerish, yet memorable role. The story is about the unlucky lives of the three Baudelaire children. After the death of their parents, the three end up with their creepy relative played by Carrey. From there it is a bizarre ride, in which they must find the truth behind their parents’ death.

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8 Awesome Science Movies To Watch On Prime Video

by Kaylen Summers

Coherence

Cosmic entities are made up of unknown entities and they can cause effects on life on earth if they come close to our planet.  Coherence revolves around such a concept. When an astronomical anomaly happens one night, eight friends are having a dinner party. Things soon take a change when they started experiencing some reality-bending events.

Super 8

It is 1979  in Ohio. Some teenagers are trying to make a zombie movie using a Super-8 camera. During the filming, they end up witnessing a terrifying train derailment. The friends were lucky to escape alive from the accident. However, they make the discovery that the crash was not an accident. Deputy Jackson Lamb is the father of one of them. As he investigates for the truth behind the crash, more unexplained events and disappearances start to follows.

2046

In the future, there is a landscape where you can recapture your memories. Those who went there have never returned home. This was the concept of a novel written by a womanizing sci-fi writer named Chow. He has had many passionate encounters with many women and he derives inspiration from them.

A.I. Artificial Intelligence

David is a robotic boy who is programmed to love. He is adopted by a Cybertronics employee and his wife as a test. However, David found it impossible to live his new life. Failing to get accepted by both humans or machines, David sets off on a quest to figure out where he truly belongs. On his journey, he discovers that a new world for himself where the line between robot and machine is both vast and thin.

Archive

In the year 2038,  George Almore is putting together a true human-equivalent AI. His efforts have finally paid off and a prototype is almost ready.  However, what he really wanted was a different goal. That is reuniting with his dead wife.

Turbo Kid

Earth is now a post-apocalyptic wasteland. In order to save the woman of his dreams, one orphaned teen must fight his way over a ruthless warlord. Will he be able to survive or will he be crushed before ever finding her.

The Vast of Night

In the 1950s, the space race was on its dawn. Two teens who were working on the radio signals unknowingly discovers a mysterious frequency. What they did not know was that the radio waves were going to become so important it will change their lives forever.

Particle Fever

The exciting journey of some of the most brilliant minds as they recreate the conditions that led to the big bang theory. Their mission can unravel some of the most mysterious truths of the universe and how it was made.

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10 Political Movies That Are Truly Extraordinary

by Kaylen Summers

Here are some of the best political movies to watch on your streaming services.

The Coldest Game

Nothing gets more political than a spy espionage drama. Set during the time of the Cuban missile crisis, this movie tells the story of a troubled math genius. He gets picked for a US-Soviet chess match when the height of the Cold War is at its peak. The American player is forced to be part of deadly espionage and he is left with no choice but to go with it as the tension between the two nations starts to rise.

JFK

Directed by Oliver Stone, JFK is an epic American political thriller that goes through the events leading to the assassination of John F. Kennedy, the former president of the United States. The story is told through the eyes of former New Orleans district attorney Jim Garrison, who alleged a cover-up that followed after the assassination.

W.

Starring Josh Brolin, this biographical drama portrays the life and struggles of former American President George W. Bush. Oliver Stone also directed this movie, with Stanley Weiser penning. Being the son of Geroge H. W. Bush, Bush always had to go the extra mile to live up to his father’s presidential legacy. Every decision he makes gets constantly evaluated. However, he overcame it to become one of the best US presidents.

The Final Year

This one and the half-hour-long documentary gives you first-hand experience of the diplomatic legacy of former US president Barack Obama during his last year in the oval office. He and his team for foreign policy have gone through more than 21 nations, drafting some of the greatest policies for the nation.

The Campaign

Politics is not always serious. Sometimes politicians can end up doing some of the funniest things ever. Here is a satire that looks at American politics in a funnier lens. Cam Brady is a longtime North Carolina congressman who has won many elections without an opponent. However, things started to change when inexperienced Marty Huggins decided to run against him.

Vice

When George W Bush got elected to be the president of the United States, he chose Dick Cheney as his vice president. The position made him one of the most powerful bureaucrats in Washington. His position allowed him to reshape the world. Christian Bale plays the role of Dick Cheney in the movie which is the second theatrical film to feature the presidency of George W Bush after Oliver Stone’s W.

Knock Down The House

Politics is not just for men. Here is a documentary to prove it so. Featuring the journey of four determined women who challenged the big names in American politics during the 2018 race for Congress.

State Of Play

Based on the British television series of the same name, State of Play is a political thriller which revolves around the suspicious death of a congressman’s mistress. In order to protect his career, the politician tries to hide his affair. However, a journalist is out determined to find the truth behind the murder. 

LBJ

When former US president John F. Kennedy was assassinated, it was up to Lyndon Johnson to take up the presidency. However, what he didn’t expect were the enemies he had to face both from the White House and his own political party. Woody Harrelson plays the role of Lyndon, portraying his journey from being one of the most powerful Senate majority leader to becoming a powerless vice president and later the president.

The Oath

Politics can lead to different political views and sometimes these political views can cause disputes among friends or family. The Oath is set on such a premise. Chris and his wife learn that all citizens must sign a loyalty oath to the president. As the thanksgiving deadline approaches, the couple undergoes a series of comical situations trying to maintain peace in their house.

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10 Psychological Movies That Are Too Dark & Twisted

by Kaylen Summers

Twisted, dark, and deeply haunting, psychological thrillers are sure to have the viewer on edge. Here are a few of the best films in the genre for those of you who love films that mess with your mind:

The Silence of The Lambs

The Silence of the Lambs is a 1991 American psychological horror film adapted from Thomas Harris’ novel. It is the story of Clarice Starling, a young FBI trainee who is hunting a serial killer, who skins his female victims. To catch him, she seeks the advice of the imprisoned Dr. Hannibal Lecter(Anthony Hopkins), a brilliant psychiatrist and cannibalistic serial killer. This is a film that is cited by film critics the world over as one of the messiest psychological thrillers.

Get Out

This is the story of a young African-American man who goes to meet his girlfriend’s family on a vacation. Things turn chaotic for him as he discovers an unnerving secret in the process. Watch this film if you want to experience some psychological horror right under your skin!

The Girl of The Train

Based on the novel of the same name by Paula Hawkins, this is a film that follows the journey of Rachel, a young woman with mental health concerns that interfere with her sense of reality. She finds herself questioning the fundamentals about her failed marriage after she finds out some secrets related to a couple she stalks on her way to work. This film is a deeply haunting take on mental health, relationships and betrayal.

Black Swan

Black Swan is a masterpiece in psychological horror. Director Darren Aronofsky is known for his selection of themes that haunt the viewers for days. Black Swan showcases his capacity to influence the mind at its best. It is the story of a ballerina who is competing with a rival for a lead casting in a ballet. It maps her mind and her insecurities about reality and art that causes her to go off-grid eventually. Watch this film if you are someone who likes to be involved in a film long after you have finished watching it!

Gone Girl

Based on the novel of the same title by Gillian Flynn, Gone Girl is a psychological crime thriller directed by the brilliant David Fincher. Fincher is known to play with the viewer’s psyche and he does it perfectly well in this film. Gone Girl is the story of Amy, a famous author who goes missing, and her husband Nick who is the prime suspect. It is a chilling take on modern matrimony, trust, love, and betrayal in relationships.

Psycho

Alfred Hitchcock is the king of psychological horror. Psycho is his evergreen classic which sends chills down the spine even after so many years of its release. It is the story of a young woman who rents out a room in a suburban motel for a night. The shy proprietor of the secluded motel manifests uncanny behavior and the aftermath of it is a mystery that unfolds in the most unexpected way.

Shutter Island

Another classic in the genre of the psychological thriller is the brilliant Martin Scorsese’s Shutter Island. Starring Leonardo DiCaprio in the lead, this is the story of a cop who investigates the happenings inside a psychiatric facility on Shutter Island. Dark, haunting, and deeply introspective, this is a film that will truly leave you guessing till the end.

The Shining

Directed by the phenomenal filmmaker of all times, Stanley Kubrick, The Shining is the story of an aspiring writer and recovering alcoholic who accepts a position as the off-season caretaker of the isolated historic Overlook Hotel in the Colorado Rockies. His son is gifted with the ability to visualize the horrific incidents from the hotel’s past and what unfolds is a tale of horror, thrill, desperation, and violence.

The Sixth Sense

A harrowing psychological horror film, The Sixth Sense is an immersive work of cinema by Manoj Night Shyamalan. It is the story of a child psychologist whose patient can speak to the dead. This film marked the director’s place in the genre and has been hailed as one of the best films in the category.

Us

Creepy, mysterious, and disturbing, Us is the story of Adelaide. A group of attackers shows up at her family’s beachfront house one night. Things get uncanny when Adelaide and her family learn that each attacker resembles one of them. Watch this film for some really messy storytelling that will leave you wondering for many nights after!

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8 Best Alien Movies To Stream On HBO Max

by Kaylen Summers

Here are some good ol’ space movies that are available for streaming on HBO Max. These vintage golds have a cult following of their own.

Little Shop of Horrors

Not a clear-cut alien movie, but, it has enough spooks to make it out of this world. While working in a flower shop in urban Skid Row, nerdy orphan Seymour Krelborn develops feelings for his fellow co-worker Audrey Fulquard. She is berated every day by the owner of the shop Mr. Mushnik. Hoping to turn his luck around and get a more stable life of his own, Seymour decides to test his luck in the floral business and ends up purchasing a bloodthirsty plant from a Chinese Street Vendor.

Fantastic Planet

This movie takes us to a far off planet named Ygam.  The dominant species of the planet are the Draags. They are a group of blue humanoids who are extremely advanced in both technology and spirituality. Oms, on the other hand, are considerably tiny and the descendants of the humans from the Terra planet. They are considered ignorant animals. Most of them are kept for the entertainment of Draag children, while others lead a hidden life in the wilderness of the planet.

Lifeforce

A space team exploring Halley’s Comet encounters an alien spacecraft with space vampires. They return back to earth and start turning other human beings into zombies. Tom Carlsen, one of the surviving astronauts from the space team realizes what was going on and steps in to get rid of the troubling alien presence.

Destroy All Monsters

Monsters of the world are rounded up and kept away from humanity in a separate area called Monsterland. A race of she-aliens comes to know about this and frees all the monsters across the world. Now, it is up to scientists to save the world from monsters like Godzilla, Rodan, Mothra, and many more.

*batteries not included

A greedy tycoon is trying to build a new skyscraper and he is using criminal methods to evacuate the current residence of the soon to be demolished block of apartments. It was doing this time that some tiny mechanical aliens landed there to recharge. Seeing the turn of events and the injustice happening, they decided to stay a little longer and help the people out.

Critters 2

Inhabitants of the Grover’s Bend mistake a batch of unhatched critter eggs as Easter eggs. As the eggs start to hatch, it starts a rampage by the flesh-eating furry creatures from outer space. The horror, comedy movie features Scott Grimes and Liane Curtis and is a wonderful watch if you are a fan of the goofy movies of the late 80s.

Alien

Any list on the genre of alien movies will not be complete without the iconic, cult classic movie Alien. Set in the future, the movie starts with a commercial spaceship picking up a distress signal from a distant planet. A three-member team discovers a chamber containing thousands of eggs and a creature from one of the eggs starts to attack them. With an alien parasite planted inside one of the team members, the fate of the entire crew is at stake.

Galaxy Quest

Space shows were a huge deal back in the 1980s. This movie starts off as a parody of those shows and later move on to some serious intergalactic business.  Jason Nesmith is the star of a space-themed television series. He and his other cast members are mistaken as actual space heroes and are taken by a group of alien life forms to save them from an invading menace.

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10 Best Noir Movies To Watch This Weekend

by Kaylen Summers

Film Noir is a French expression used to depict films that have a stylish storytelling pattern and deal with introspective themes like human lust, revenge, quest for adventure and connection. Most of them have an investigator or a detective agent as the lead. Here are a few recommendations from the genre for those of you who would like to experiment with themes:

The Asphalt Jungle

Stylish, thrilling and very racy, this is the story of a jewel robbery. A classic in this genre this is a film that reflects the true essence of noir as a category of films.

Kiss Me Deadly

A female hitchhiker escapes from a psychiatric hospital and gets picked up by a private investigator. What follows is a story of unravelling that takes the viewer on a journey of questions and answers that unfold in the most thrilling way.

Gilda

Gilda is a quintessential film noir work that tells the story of a woman, a young thug. It combines style, love, intrigue, crime and an unforgettable female protagonist all in one. Watch it for some real femme fatale moments on screen!

The Sweet Smell of Success

This is a film about white collar robbery. Different from the usual narratives about theft that happen amongst the more underprivileged sections, this is the story of bribery, corruption, politics and media that unfolds before the viewer with great style.

Out of the Past

This film is one of the best executions of the noir genre. It follows two men and a woman, and the web of lies, betrayal and revenge that plagues them all eventually. The film was widely acclaimed and watched and is hailed as one of the top noir works of all time.

In A Lonely Place

A film that follows the inner workings of Hollywood, In A Lonely Place is a story about creative minds that go awry into dark holes of thought. Stunning cinematography and memorable performances come together in this film to give an experience of noir like none other.

Sunset Boulevard

One of the most rated noir films ever, this is the story of a struggling screenwriter and a former actress of silent films. She tries to lure him to her in order to make a comeback in films and the film takes on into the fantasy world of writers and actors. This is a film that is referred to as one of the most culturally and aesthetically significant works of cinema of all times.

Double Indemnity

You cannot speak about film noir without mentioning Double Indemnity. The story revolves around an insurance salesman and a wife who wishes her husband dead. Unfolding around the double indemnity clause in insurance where an accidental death of the policy holder doubles the insurance money, this is a story of thrill, revenge, greed and style.

The Reckless Moment

This is a melodrama that tells the story of a mother who meets a local thug to request him to stop seeing her young daughter. The story is filled with deeply conflicting incidents that are intriguing, dramatic and very engaging.

Murder, My Sweet

This is a film that influenced the expansion and experimentations in the film noir genre. Centered around a temporarily blinded detective, this is a story about regret, crime and investigation. All the classic elements of noir films come together in this exciting piece of cinema.

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Did You Know That ‘The Friends’ Cast Starred In These Movies?

by Kaylen Summers

We all love the famous sitcom and its beloved cast members both on-screen and off-screen. However, only a few know that the actors have given some memorable performances in other movies as well. Here is a list of some of the best movies starring “The Friends” cast.

Courtney Cox in Ace Ventura: Pet Detective

Receiving great response from the audiences,  Ace Ventura: Pet Detective is the movie that shot Jim Carrey into the stardom and success that we know him today. Surprisingly, the movie also features one of the fan-favorite stars from the Friends show- Courtney Cox. The actress plays the role of Melissa Robinson, a publicist who hires Carrey’s character to find her team’s Dolphin mascot.

Matt LeBlanc in Charlie’s Angels 

Lady’s man Joey finally met his angels in the movie Charlie’s Angels. Though in a supporting role, actor Matt LeBlanc appears in the 2000 Charlie’s  Angels reboot and its sequel later in 2003. LeBlanc appears in a cameo as Liu’s action star boyfriend and gives us fans one of the funniest moments in the whole cinema. It is a shame that he never got many other movies to be added to his filmography.

Jennifer Aniston  in Horrible Bosses

There is no doubt that on who go it big into Hollywood was one other than Jennifer Aniston. The actress went on to appear in many movies after the success of the show, that too in main roles. One of her memorable appearances is in the R-rated comedy movie, Horrible Bosses. The actress plays the role of a sexual harasser boss named Dr. Julia Harris in the movie.

David Schwimmer in Big Nothing

This is one movie that not many might not have heard of. Starring David Schwimmer, the movie is a black comedy that was released in 2006. Schwimmer plays the role of a strung-out former teacher who teams up with his demented old pal to get rich quick through a blackmail scheme. Playing the actor’s friend in the movie is none other than Simon Pegg.

Lisa Kudrow in Romy & Michele’s High School Reunion

It is tough to picture Lisa Kudrow in a role other than Pheobe. The actress has made an everlasting impression in our hearts. However, that didn’t stop Kudrow from trying out new characters in movies. In the solid-gold cult classic comedy Romy & Michele’s High School Reunion, she plays the character of Mira Sorvino. Kudrow brilliantly balances shameless goofiness and sentimentality with the same charm as we all know her.

Matthew Perry in The Whole Nine Yards

Finding movies of Matthew Perry can be a tough job than you think. The actor did only a few performances after Friends and one among them is in The Whole Nine Yards. The 2000’s dark crime comedy movie has to pair up with none other than Bruce Willis. Perry also had a short-yet-memorable appearance in 2009’s body-swap comedy 17 Again.

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7 Bizzare Movies You Will Ever Watch

by Kaylen Summers

Movies can complex with emotions like joy, tears, rage, anger, etc. Sometimes, it can also be downright silly and weird. Here are some examples that are super weird to watch.

Meet The Feebles

Peter Jackson shot into fame with his epic The Lord Of The Rings movie trilogy. Surprisingly the director did create some weird movies in the past and at the top of that list is the 1980’s movie Meet the Feebles. It is considered as one of the strangest movies from Jackson and is a parody of The Muppets Variety Hour. However, while the Muppets were family-friendly, this one was about drug-addled, tragically deranged characters.

Cannibal! The Musical

Yes! You are right. Cannibal and musical are two things that we cannot possibly associate in our normal thought process. However, Matt Stone and Trey Parker, the very same people behind the famous adult animated series South Park, decided to give it a try as their final year project after film school. The result was the 1993 musical parody on the life of Alfred Packer, the first convicted cannibal in the United States.

Tromeo & Juliet

Fans of superhero movies are not unfamiliar with the work of James Gunn. The director has always given us entertaining movies with great comedy and awesome superhero moments. However, anyone who saw Tromeo & Juliet, the first movie that the director worked on, will surely be surprised. Gunn was the writer and associate director in the movie that was a modern-day adaptation of Romeo and Juliet.

F For Fake

Citizen Kane is one of the most brilliant and greatest cinema ever made and is still considered a must-watch for anyone who is looking to make films. How did the director who made such a wonderful film ended up making one of the most senseless movies?! Watch F for Fake, and you will find the answer. Released in 1973, the movie is meant as a metaphor for how he viewed himself.

Oz The Great And Powerful

You heard it right. One of Sam Raimi’s family-friendly movies is the fantasy adventure prequel to The Wizard Of Oz. Unfortunately, the movie titled Oz The Great And Powerful turned out to be weird at places with some awkward characterization and creepy plot points. Coming from the director of Evil Dead, Murder Of A Cat, and Poltergeist, we should have expected that a child-friendly wizard movie would be his comfort zone.

The Straight Story

David Lynch is known as the master of nightmares. Then there is his first drama movie The Straight Story which Disney. The director is surely not comfortable with the change in genre and it is actually evident in the movie. The critics did like the movie and comment on it as a celestial piece of Americana’. Lynch returned to his usual style with Mulholland Drive in 2001.

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Top Action Thrillers Streaming On Netflix

by Kaylen Summers

Good action movies can get your adrenaline pumping and keep you at the edge of your seats. If you are looking for such action-packed thrillers, then look no further. Here are some of the best action movies available for streaming on Netflix.

Air Force One (1997)

James Marshall is the President of the United States. While traveling on Air Force One with his family, a group of terrorists attacks him. With no other way to escape, he leaves his diplomacy behind to pick up an automatic weapon to protect his family and others on board the plane. The role of Marshall is played by Harrison Ford and it turned out to be one of the biggest hits of his career.

IP Man (2008)

There is no doubt that IP Man is the best modern martial art movie to appear before the Hollywood audience (even though it is technically not a mainstream Hollywood movie). Donnie Yen dons the role of the fictional instructor of Bruce Lee. When a Japanese General starts to terrorize a small Chinese community, Yen decides to use his martial arts skills to stop him and protect the community.

Wheelman (2017)

During a bank robbery, a getaway driver gets a mysterious call to double-cross. With the lives of his family members on the line, he has no other choice and the robbery goes sideways. Now, the caller is asking him to reroute the money to another place. As the double-crossing starts to take its full impact, the driver is forced to move on an increasingly dangerous path.

The Night Comes For Us (2018)

If you like the hyperactive action film Raid, then you will definitely enjoy watching this Indonesian action movie with a similar structure. An Assassin and his team of Triad killers are out to protect a young girl. With the action starts, the violence becomes as brutal and bloody as that of a hardcore slasher-horror movie. If you are a fan of such action sequences, then this should be your first pick.

The Debt Collector (2018)

Just like Jean-Claude Van Damme and Steven Seagal, Scott Adkins movies are also filled with martial art moves. In this movie, he plays the role of a martial arts trainer who is forced to take up the role of a bill collector. If you are a fan of the cult Van Damme movies of the past era, then Scott Adkins has done a wonderful job in bringing it back with his go-for-broke fight scenes.

Extraction (2020)

The latest addition to Netflix’s catalog of action movies is the newly released Extraction starring Chris Hemsworth. Playing the role of a mercenary, Hemsworth is tasked with rescuing and protecting the son of a drug dealer who got kidnapped. The movie is penned by Joe Russo (one half of the Russo Brothers) and is filled with some bone-crushing action stunts.

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7 Hidden Gems of 2020 Worth Watching Now

by Kaylen Summers

With the pandemic and the theatres closed down, it is easy to miss out on some of the hidden gems. These movies may not have a star-studded cast or major studio support, they are masterpieces when it comes to the content and presentation. Luckily, we have made a list of best-underrated movies released so far.

The Assistant

From the first view, it is understandable that this movie is inspired by the events that happened around the Weinstein Company. The movie revolves around a low-level employee of a New York-based film studio, who is tasked with taking calls, making copies, and scrubbing bodily fluids out of her boss’s office room couch. Kitty Green directed and scripted the movie to be a truthful portrayal of a toxic workplace and how the system continues to allow its existence.

Guns Akimbo

This movie may not be what you want it to be. But, if you are okay to accept it, then it is sure to be entertaining. After the Harry Potter movies, Daniel Radcliffe is determined to establish himself as a serious actor by taking up characters far away from Hogwarts. His latest attempt is in Guns Akimbo in which the actor is forced into a fight-to-death match called Skizm. With his hands literally screwed to guns, this black comedy is filled with ridiculous gunfights and car chases.

The Photograph

We know how love-dramas work. A couple will be deeply in love with each other. Something will come in between them and lead to a rough patch. The Photograph takes careful steps to avoid the cliches and gives a refreshing new perspective to romantic dramas. Mae is one of the central characters whose mother is a famous photographer. A love affair is born when she meets Micheal who is a journalist doing a story on her mother. 

Color Out of Space

Nicolas Cage is known for his long list of flops. So, finding an underrated movie from it can be challenging. However, Color Out of Space is worth mentioning for the novelty in the concept it presents. The movie is based on the 1927 short story by H.P. Lovecraft and tells the story of the Gardner family who has moved to the idyllic woods of Massachusetts. As each of the members of the family is going through their own personal trauma, a meteorite falls nearby and changes their lives and surroundings.

Ordinary Love

This movie is a perfect example to show that you don’t need dramatic music or long emotional dialogues. Starring Liam Nesson and Lesley Manville, Ordinary Love is about a couple in their 60’s.  Lesley Manville’s character finds a lump on one of her breasts and goes through diagnostic procedures and surgeries. Though not much is shared about the characters, we are instantly connected with the characters and their strong, subtle love for each other. 

Swallow

If you are a fan of psychological thrillers, then this bizarre tale is sure to get your attention. The story has Hunter as the central character who is married into a wealthy family. Over the course of time, she gets the fixation to swallow sharp inanimate objects. This becomes, even more, deadlier when it is revealed that she is pregnant. There is no doubt that this movie is disturbing and truly difficult to watch. However, its subtext about women losing their power over themselves and becoming only a physical agency is bold and worth mentioning.

Horse Girl

The Netflix movie has Alison Brie playing the role of the protagonist who loves horses. Well, that is the only real thing you will get from this movie. From there, the movie is a surreal journey through the mental breakdown of a woman. Fun fact is that Horse Girl co-written by Brie herself, being inspired by her family history of mental illness. Whatever the muse may be, the movie is a surprising blend of fantasy and reality that is sure to be both entertaining and disorienting at the same time.

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7 Romantic Movies That Will Set You Free

by Kaylen Summers

Movies are known to reflect our emotions. There is always a movie for every emotion, especially our love towards that someone special. Here are some of the best romantic movies that you can watch with your crush.

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

Jim Carrey is known for his traditional slapstick comedy performances. As an actor, this movie marks the first time he has taken a serious role, that too in a romantic drama with Kate Winslet. The movie revolves around two couples who decided to erase each other from their memories. Told in a non-linear narrative style and filled with sci-fi and psychological elements, this love story went on to win the best original screenplay award and is considered as one of  Jim Carrey’s crowning achievements.

Forgetting Sarah Marshall 

Peter recently had a huge breakup. Fortunately, he has a plan to overcome the heartbreak- go on a solo vacation to a luxurious beautiful Hawaiian resort. Things never go according to plans, and it seems like Sarah has checked in the same resort as his. What more do you need for an all-out comedy entertainer. Though the movie does not follow the traditional convention of a romantic comedy, it is sure to make you feel happy and lovable. 

The Theory of Everything

What does theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking have to do with love? Apparently, his biographical film has more romance and love than any romantic drama out there. This tender tale tells the beautiful love story between the renowned scientific mind and Jane, his girlfriend, and later wife. After being diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis at a young age, the movie depicts how their relationship has given him the purpose to live. Considering the fact that the movie is based on actual events makes it even more heart-warming.

The Notebook

Nicholas Spark is known for his love stories. When his most beloved novel was made into a movie, however, people had mixed reviews. However, over the years the movie did develop its cult followers and is today recognized by many as one of the most iconic love stories of all time. The movie has Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams in the lead roles.

Sleepless in Seattle

This 1993 romance is a timeless classic without a doubt.  Tom Hanks plays the role of Sam Baldwin, a widower who is looking to start over his life by moving to a houseboat in Seattle with his 8-year-old son Jonah. There he comes across Annie played by Meg Ryan. The two develop feelings for each other and with the help of his son, they start to move closer and together. 

Someone Great

Someone Great marks the directorial debut of Jennifer Kaytin Robinson, the screenwriter for Marvel’s Thor: Love & Thunder. Jenny Young is a music journalist who is looking to take up her dream job in New York. Before making the big move, her two best friends decided to go on one last adventure to help be more determined about moving forward and not looking back.

Set It Up

Two corporate assistants are fed up with their domineering bosses. In order to keep them engaged, the two assistants decide to get the two bosses to fall in love. However, it looks like they are not willing to stop being so demanding. In the process, the two assistants actually fall in love with each other. If you are a fan of rom-coms, Set It Up is sure to make you feel good with love. There are also plenty of laughs to keep you entertained as well.

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Top 10 Trending Movies To Stream This July 2021

by Kaylen Summers

Finding a good movie to watch can be a daunting task. Here is a list of all the popular movies trending on the major streaming services – Netflix, Prime Video, and Hulu.

30 Days of Night

Many horror movies are not appreciated in their time. 30 Days of Night is one such movie. Directed by David Slade, the movie is an unapologetically brutal take on the vampire genre. With a brilliant core concept about an Alaskan town where every year there is a full month of darkness, the movie is about vampires using the opportunity to suck the blood and life of the townspeople. Danny Huston makes a memorable appearance as one of the most sinister and horrifying bloodsuckers to hit the movie screens.

Philomena

For those who are looking for a pleasant drama with some emotional heft, 2013’s Philomena can be a nice option. The movie was nominated for Best Picture, Actress, Adapted Screenplay, and Original Score. Judi Dench plays the role of a nearly fifty-year-old woman who was forced to give up her kid when she was staying at an Abbey in Ireland. As a Journalist starts to do a human interest story on her, he realizes that there is more to Philomena than he was expecting.

The Mitchells vs. the Machines

By this time, you might have seen all those animated family comedy movies. We don’t even remember most of their names. The Mitchells vs. the Machines is one movie that stands apart from the rest of the genre. The movie is made from the same creative minds that made the popular Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse film. Revolving around a father and daughter who are struggling to connect, their adventure kick starts when the father decided to take the family on a road trip to send his daughter off to college where she can finally study to become the filmmaker she aspires to become. However, all hell breaks loose when robots take over the plant and want to deport all humans from earth. Now, it is up to the family to stick together and fight to save the whole of humanity.

Sound of Metal

A musician losing his ability to hear is a truly hurtful scenario. Sound of Metal is about a metal drummer who loses his hearing and is forced to re-learn his entire life in a new way. Riz Ahmed plays the lead role in this new drama which debuted at Toronto International Film Festival in 2019. The movie went on to become one of the best Amazon originals of the year and Ahmed’s performance was praised by many. If you are in for some emotional drama, then this one is for you. Sound of Metal went on to win two Oscars for best sound and film editing.

Spotlight

Stary Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams, and Mark Ruffalo in the main roles, Spotlight is another Oscar winner. The movie may be small-scale, but it is unique, unfussy, and straightforward in every sense. Directed and written by Tom McCarthy, the movie revolves around the Boston Globe and the troubles they have to go throw to unravel, the systemic cover-up of sexual abuse cases within the Catholic Church. Stream this movie for its incredibly tense, engrossing but self-congratulatory storytelling.

A Clockwork Orange

Ready to revisit a classic movie?! Legendary filmmaker Stanley Kubrick’s A Clockwork Orange is a must-watch for any cinephile. The movie takes place in a dystopian world where violence is used to fuel its socio-political setup. Alex is an anti-social young man, living in the near future Britain. He and his small gang of thugs go on a horrific crime spree. Eventually, he is captured and is subjected to experimental psychological conditioning that could somehow ‘cure’ him. A fair warning: the movie is unforgettable, with many disturbing moments.

Friends with Benefits

In the mood for a good romantic comedy?! Well, you are in luck. You will not find any romcom more entertaining than Friends with Benefits. Starring Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis, the movie has the too adorable friends who decide to go into a relationship that is strictly physical relationship. We all know it is not going to be like that for long. However, the movie stands out from the normal rom-com theme with its funny, sweet, and engaging story.

Fighting With My Family

Fans of WWE also have a good movie to watch this weekend. Inspired by the life of real-world wrestling star Paige, Fighting With My Family is about a young girl who belongs to a family of wrestling fans. After going on small-town gigs, she finally makes her way into the international stage. Even if you are not a wrestling fan, you should watch this inspiring movie for the strong empowering family theme it chronicles. If that doesn’t pursue you enough, you will be seeing Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson as himself and a truly charismatic performance from Vince Vaughn.

One Night in Miami

Regina King made a remarkable directorial debut with One Night in Miami. a fictionalized historic account in which some extraordinary personalities meet. The movie is based on Kemp Powers’ play of the same name. Malcolm X, Muhammad Ali, Sam Cooke, and Jim Brown have to spend a night in a quiet hotel in Florida. King’s movie celebrates the young white men and an intellectual investigation into the methods of activism that each followed.

Coming 2 America

Eddie Murphy’s comeback is what cinema and the comedy genre need at the moment. Over-saturated with too many superhero universes and action tentpoles, the actor’s Netflix movie Dolomite Is My Name, captured instant attention from movie viewers. After his comeback movie was a huge success, the actor went on to make a sequel for his old classic Coming to America. Directed by Craig Brewer (he also directed Dolemite Is My Name), the movie does hold the same sweetness and spirit as its predecessor.

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8 Adult Comedies That You Should Watch Alone

by Kaylen Summers

Whether it’s weekends or weekdays, there is nothing like seeing a good comedy entertainer. If it is an adult comedy flick then there will be no stopping the laughter express.

However, finding the right flicks can really be a tough job. Lucky for you we have prepared a list of the best adult comedies available on Netflix. So what are you waiting for? Start streaming now!!

The Master of Disguise (2002)

1h 20min | Director: Perry Andelin Blake | Writers: Dana Carvey, Harris Goldberg

Pistachio Disguisey is a sweet-natured Italian waiter working at his father’s Fabbrizio’s restaurant. Little did he know that his family holds the supernatural skills of disguise. But when his family is kidnapped by their arch-enemy, Devlin Bowman, Pistachio must use the skills of disguise to track down Bowman and save his family.

Not Another Teen Movie (2001)

1h 29min | Director: Joel Gallen | Writers: Mike Bender, Adam Jay Epstein, Andrew Jacobson, Phil Beauman, Buddy Johnson

This spoof movie parodies the teen movie genre in the most brilliant and hilarious way. A gridiron hero of John Hughes High School takes up a bet to turn a geeky Jane into a beautiful and popular prom queen. Will he be able to change her?! Or will he be falling for her?!

Wet Hot American Summer (2001)

 1h 37min | Director: David Wain | Writers: Michael Showalter, David Wain

The year is 1981. It’s the last day at Camp Firewood. But, before everyone goes back home, camp director Beth has ‘some’ unfinished business to resolve. He struggles to keep the kids in order, falls for the local astrophysics professor, tries to save the camp from a dangerous piece of NASA’s Skylab. If you think that that is just it, then there is more.  A dangerous waterfall rescue, misfits, cool kids, love triangles and talking vegetable cans. But, the question is will this all be solved, before the big talent show at the end of the day.

Superbad (2007)

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 1h 53min | Director: Greg Mottola | Writers: Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg

Two co-dependent high school seniors are out to enjoy their lives to the fullest as they are off to different colleges. However, their booze-soaked party goes awry as they land in trouble after trouble.

Grimsby (2016)

1h 23min | Director: Louis Leterrier | Writers: Sacha Baron Cohen, Phil Johnston, Peter Baynham, Sacha Baron Cohen, Phil Johnston

A top MI6 assassin is wrongfully accused and on the run. Now, in order to save the world from a sinister plot, he has to team up with his long-lost, football hooligan brother. These two has to somehow get along. Otherwise, we will be doomed.

The Sweetest Thing (2002)

1h 24min | Director: Roger Kumble | Writers: Nancy Pimental

Christina’s love life is not that colorful. She has been avoiding meaningful relationships for years. But, things took a turn when she meets Peter one night. Though she finally lets her guard down and decides to follow her heart, it seems like Peter has suddenly left town. With Courtney, now she is off to capture the one that got away.

Knocked Up (2007)

2h 9min | Director: Judd Apatow | Writers: Judd Apatow

Ben Stone is a fun-loving party animal. The last thing ever wanted to happen in his life was to get his one night stand knocked up. Well, it happened and eight weeks later, she is at his doorstep telling him that she’s pregnant.

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8 Best Movies On HBO Max This Month

by Kaylen Summers

Warner Bros.’ newest streaming platform HBO Max has an impressive lineup of wonderful movies waiting for you to stream. Check out this streaming guide to find the best ones.

Ad Astra

Brad Pitt in space! The actor is on an intergalactic mission to save mankind and to bring his lost father back home. You cannot exactly call this movie science fiction, because of the emotional theme the movie holds in its core. However, there are many moments of suspense that make it worthy to be a blockbuster. From a zero-gravity fight sequence to jump-scares involving wild animals, Ad Astra makes it rewarding even without the pulpier sci-fi elements.

Jojo Rabbit

We all know Taika Waititi as a fun-loving actor, writer, and director from the Marvel cinematic universe. With Jojo Rabbit, The director proves that his style of storytelling through humor also has the capability of handling serious, relevant, and emotional content.  The movie is about a young boy who is torn between his nationalism and love of his mother, all while having Adolf as his imaginary friend. Winning the Oscar for the best-adapted screenplay, Jojo Rabbit was nominated for 5 other categories as well, including the best picture.

Batman Begins

Christopher Nolan’s epic superhero trilogy has undoubtedly marked the modern superhero era in Hollywood. The first installment of the movie, Batman Begins introduces us to Nolan’s version of Gotham city and the caped crusader. The movie narrates the journey of orphaned Bruce Wayne into the masked crime fighter, Batman.

Doctor Sleep

We all know Stanley Kubrick’s adaptation of Stephan King’s The Shining. The movie is one of the best cult classic horror movies out there and has inspired many movie makers and storytellers alike. However, during the time of its release, there were many problems involving King and Kubrick. The writer was not satisfied with the adaptation and claimed that it was too different from the source material. Years later, the movie gets a sequel titled Doctor Sleep, and this time it is a Stephen King approved version. Though it is more of a sequel to the original source material, you are sure to find many subtle nods and references to Kubrick’s masterpiece as well.

Blade Runner: The Final Cut

When it comes to world-building and sci-fi movies, one movie will always be at the top of the list- Blade Runner. Set in the dystopian future of 2019 Los Angeles, the movie has Harrison Ford playing the role of a hard-boiled detective who is out to find artificial humans known as androids. Directed by Ridley Scott, Blade Runner still remains a timeless classic and still serves as a reference for those modern movie makers and studios who are looking to build a new world in their movies.

The Fighter

From David O. Russell, The Fighter is a biographical drama about the underdog boxer Micky Ward. Christian Bale underwent a monumental physical transformation to take up the role of Ward’s older brother and trainer, Dicky Eklund. While Ward went up the rankings as a welterweight boxer, his brother fell deeper and deeper into drug addiction. If you are looking to see an exciting feel-good movie and some masterclass action, start streaming this one right away.

Ford v Ferrari

Christian Bale is remarkable when it comes to portraying wonderful characters on screen. His latest addition to the list of brilliant performances is the 2019 film Ford v Ferrari. The biographical movie has Ford Motors trying everything they can to win the 1966 Le Mans race in France. Their biggest challenge is to beat Ferrari  and tasked with this mission is the American car designer Carroll Shelby and hot-headed British racer Ken Miles, played by Matt Damon and Bale respectively. 

Gangs of New York

Leonardo DiCaprio was a global heartthrob after the success of the movie Titanic. However, this reputation quickly came to a quick stop when he teamed up with Martin Scorsese for the 168 minute 19th century period piece. DiCaprio plays the goatee-sporting, Irish-American tough guy Amsterdam Vallon with the method actor extraordinaire Daniel Day-Lewis.

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7 Best Movies On Netflix To Watch With Your Family

by Kaylen Summers

Many of the streaming originals may not be that fun to watch with your family or kids. Luckily, Netflix is focusing more on kids-friendly content that is ideal for viewing as a family. Here are some of the best from such family movies streaming on Netflix.

Hugo

Martin Scorsese making a kids movie can feel a little out of place. However, he has made one of the most noteworthy movies from the list- Hugo. Based on the book The Invention of Hugo Cabret, the legendary director has built a memorable world around a young orphaned boy who is living alone in a railway station in Paris.

Ralph Breaks the Internet

If you have already seen Wreck-It Ralph, then the sequel installment for the movie is one that you don’t want to miss. While Ralph’s first outing was grounded in the world of arcade games, the new adventure takes them to the world of the internet and its endless possibilities. Filled with fun-filled moments and special appearances from other Disney-owned properties like Star Wars and Disney Princess, the movie also focuses on realistic issues like toxic masculinity and online culture.

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

Spider-man is a superhero for all ages. Fans were really not happy with how the amazing Spider-man movies turned out to be. However, when they brought Miles Morales and the spider-verse to the table, it was more than just excitement for the fans. Seeing different ‘Spider-people’ (and ham) from parallel universes crossing over to save the multiverse is an epic sight worth watching.

The Croods

This comedy animated movie about a caveman family trying to find a place in the changing world is just the right one to refresh your family. The prehistoric adventure has led Grug and his family into unfamiliar terrain and a young boy appears to help them find a new shelter. However, Grug is having a hard time following his lead. With the studio, looking to release a sequel late this year, now is actually the perfect time to watch this fun movie.

The Main Event

Fan of WWE? Then the good news is that the wrestling entertainment roster is teaming up with Netflix to bring their original movies to the platform. One such movie is the recently released The Main Event. The movie is about an 11-year-old young boy who is obsessed with WWE. He discovers a magical mask that lets him.

Spy Kids: All the Time in the World

Many of you guys may not be knowing about the fourth installment from the Spy Kids franchise. Since the third 3D version of the movie was too much for the audiences, it was a surprise that the studio went for another movie. However, this time it is more of a rebooted version with new characters. Jessica Alba plays the role of a stepmother to two children and is a former ex-agent.

Walk. Ride. Rodeo.

Based on a real-life survival story, this amazing tale is one that is worth sharing with your kids. Amberley Snyder is a nationally ranked barrel racer. However, after surviving a brutal accident, she is left paralyzed from the waist down. Now, she has to gather her inner strength and what is left of her physical strength to earn her place back in the game he loves the most.

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Awesome Movies That Got Delayed During The Pandemic

by Kaylen Summers

The pandemic has left many movies waiting for a theatrical release and many film buffs inpatient. The awaiting line-up is truly impressive and picked eight movies that are the most anticipated.

Avatar 2

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Originally intended to be released on December 17, 2021, Avatar was set to release every other December from then. However, the pandemic has delayed the shoots, and the makers of the movie have decided that it is better to skip this year and release the movie one year later. The first Avatar movie was released in 2009 and was a huge blockbuster. With the studios looking to build a franchise, fans of the movie are sure to get an epic adventure on Pandora.

The Batman

One of the other major movie productions that got delayed due to the pandemic was Matt Reeves’s upcoming Batman movie starring Robert Pattinson. The movie was supposed to be released on  June 25, 2021. Unfortunately, production delays and Pattinson getting affected by Covid19 has moved the movie release to March 4, 2022.

Black Widow

 Though it got finally released, Disney tried its luck by releasing its delayed movies on its streaming platform and failed miserably. The movie was intended to be a summer tentpole releasing in May 2020. With the theatres closed across the globe, the movie was moved to May of this year along with other Phase 4 movies from the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Candyman

Fans of the cult classic slasher movie were excited to hear that a new installment of the franchise was coming their way. Unfortunately, it looks like they have to wait even further as the studio decided to keep the movie on the shelves till 2021. The exact date is yet to be decided. Till then we will not be hearing much about the movie.

Dune

The 1984 movie Dune was a visual extravagance in concept, visuals, and performance. When the studios decided to remake the film into a new, grander version, we all were expecting nothing less. Now, the studio has announced that it will be shifting its release date from December of 2020 to October of 2021.

Free Guy

Ryan Reynolds is known for his hilarious moments both on-screen and off-screen. When the trailer for his new movie Free Guy was released, fans were more than excited for the movie. The movie has finally been released in US theatres and also is available for streaming

Ghostbusters: Afterlife

Another classic franchise that is getting a modern-day sequel is the fan-favorite Ghostbusters. Though an all-female version of the movie was released earlier, it was not accepted well by the audience. This installment, however, is said to be a direct sequel and was expected to release on July 10, 2020. The movie is now rescheduled for a  March 2021 release.

No Time to Die

Perhaps the most anticipated movie to have postponed due the pandemic is none other than No Time to Die, adding another chapter to the James Bond movie franchise, this one will mark the last time we will see Daniel Crag as the 007. With more than enough trailers released for the movie, fans were all set to see the movie in April 2020. Now, they will have to wait until April 2021 to watch the movie.

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10 Great Movies About Coming Of Age

by Kaylen Summers

The years of growing up when you are too old to be a kid, yet young to be an adult is perhaps the most confusing time of life. Coming of age films capture all the chaos and adventure of those mad years. Here are a few films from the genre that are amazing in their portrayal of life’s most exciting times:

Booksmart

School is a time for hard work and study, but it is also the time to have all the fun you can! This is the story of two girls, high school prodigies, who realize that all the academic laurels they earn make no sense if they forget to enjoy their time. So they decide to hit the most happening year-end party and things turn really crazy. This is a fun film about two young adults who are just taking a break from being responsible. We have all been there, haven’t we?!

American Honey

A loud, racy film about a young teenager, American Honey captures all the chaos of becoming an adult. It follows a girl who is confused, curious, and aimless – something that teenagers bring with them for all of us. The story is deeply immersive in her world that is full of music and a constant search for a sense of belonging. The narrative brings out what teenage feels like to most women, and how clueless they often get given that it is also an age when they are most restricted by parents and society at large.

Call Me By Your Name

This is a whirlwind of a romance between a 17-year-old boy and his father’s research assistant. The story is a welcome change in terms of its portrayal of a gay romance in the most beautiful manner. When a teenager and an adult fall in love, the dynamics are bound to be turbulent. The boy in all his confused teenage mental state experiences a longing so pure that it guides his emotional and sexual coming of age in the most unexpected ways. Watch this film to have your heart squeezed out by some exquisite romance.

Lady Bird

In her final year of Catholic school, Christine changes her name to Lady Bird in her search for reinvention like most teenagers. She has a year of college to get through and the plot comes alive with all the classic elements of a coming of age story like romance, friendships, fitting in, conflicts with family..etc. The film is entertaining and also very representative of the in-betweens that teenagers often presents us with. It is a complicated age in terms of the physical and emotional changes a person goes through and the film portrays all of those confusing feelings with a subtle sense of understanding.

Mustang

Set in a remote Turkish village, this is the story of five young orphaned sisters and their struggles of growing up in a conservative neighborhood. Themes of sexuality, acceptance, and social confirmation that women experience are dealt with in the film. The plot is rife with depictions of how society treats young women differently and imposes a certain moral code on them while their male counterparts live a more free and unsupervised life. The film is very relatable and real owing to its honesty of emotions and that makes it a very fulfilling watch.

Little Women

Adapted time and again in different versions, there is no other story more coming of age than Little Women, a novel by Louisa May Alcott. This is one of the oldest and most classic versions of the film that tells the story of four sisters as they navigate their lives and ambitions. The film depicts how women are often taught to downsize their intelligence to suit the egos of their male counterparts and how sometimes being married becomes the most important identity of women. Those who try to swim against this tide are doomed to an isolated life that is characterized by loneliness and a constant conflict between being free and giving in.

The Spectacular Now

Based on the age-old trope of a young bookish girl dating a high school bad boy, this is a film that treats the subject in a very different manner. The passion of the young sweethearts is so real and innocent that it will make you want to go back to your own school love. There is something undeniably charming about naïve young adults falling in love and the fact that they are opposites only adds to it. Watch this film to be reminded of the beauty of young love and the ways in which it sparks excitement like none other in teenage minds.

Boyhood

Boyhood is a coming-of-age film that literally explains how nothing major happens in these years of growing into an adult from a teenager. It follows the protagonist for 12 years and is filmed at different locations over time to document his life as an adolescent. The filmmaking technique is unique and explores the patience it requires in life to accept change, grow as a person, and brace through experiences that are new and sometimes uncomfortable. Filled with brilliant performances and beautiful music, this is a film that is a must-watch for lovers of the coming-of-age genre.

Girlfight

Teenage is often characterized by unmanageable temper for most youngsters. This is the story of a teenage girl who always loses her temper and is trying to climb out of her chaotic high school life. She accidentally steps into the boxing ring one day and gets hooked to the sport. The controlled display of aggression in the ring helps her feel anchored and to tame her own anger in personal spaces. The film depicts how she uses the sport as a personal tool to help herself out of her turbulent teenage life.

Rebel Without A Cause

This is a film that explores the lives of suburban middle-class teenagers. The film explores themes of decay of purpose among the youth, problematic parenting patterns, and conflicts between generations. The narrative tries to bring forth an excellent commentary on how the young are treated in lesser elite communities and how their aspirations are often limited by their social status. The consequences of capitalism on young minds is also a theme that overarchingly appears throughout the plot.

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10 Romantic Movies That Are Too Romantic

by Kaylen Summers

All of us love a good love story! Here is a list of some of the best, most timeless onscreen romances that will sweep you off your seat:

Casablanca

Regarded as the most romantic film of all time, Casablanca is a timeless tale of love. It follows a lonely bar owner who has to make a difficult choice between being with his lover and helping his husband crossover the border. The two lovers meet in Casablanca where he owns his bar in a turn of coincidence and they are suddenly drawn into their old love that perhaps still remains aflame in their hearts. What follows is how they resolve the situation and whether or not they choose one another, yet again.

Love and Basketball

This is a coming-of-age love story between two teenagers who get together through their shared love for basketball. As they age, their love for the sport and each other grows, and they become bonded more than ever. This is a classic love story of two people growing together and includes all its related themes like music, career, life, priorities, and the like. Beautifully executed with some amazing performances, Love, and Basketball is a love story for all times.

Before Trilogy

This is a 3 part trilogy by Richard Linklater which chronicles the love story of Jessie and Celine, two youngsters who accidentally meet during a trip. The three parts – Before Sunrise, Before Sunset, and Before Midnight is symbolic of the various stages in a romantic relationship. The story spans over several years and depicts the characters in their youth, midlife, and early old age. The narrative is such that it is filled with conversations between the two characters, bringing out the importance of communication in sustaining a romance and also indicating that growing together as individuals is an essential component of love.

Brokeback Mountain

This is a film that explores the romance between two young men as they spend time together at a mountainside. The film is a beautiful take on same-sex romances and portrays the complex, delicate love of the protagonists with a subtle sense of understanding. Widely acclaimed by critics and movie lovers alike, this is a film that was ahead of its times. The theme of homosexual love was not explored when this film came out. It set the conversation rolling on the topic and did a wonderful job of telling a fragile story in the most sensitive way.

When Harry Met Sally

After meeting through a cross-country trip, Harry and Sally keep trying to meet each other again for almost a decade in this romantic comedy that lifted the standard of the genre from mindless feel goodness to something substantial. The love between the two protagonists is tender, yet loud and urgent. The viewer is sure to feel their pangs in this beautifully crafted story with great performances, amazing background score, and complementing visuals.

Bridges of Madison County

Francesca is a housewife who gets to have her house to herself for the first time in many years. As she relaxes and enjoys her peace, a photographer who is covering bridges of the suburbs passes by and she accidentally is bound to be host to him. What follows is an electric, fated romance that has the both of them in a whirlwind of emotions that they did not expect to every experience. What follows is how they deal with themselves and what choices they make in the end about their love and relationships.

In The Mood For Love

Written, produced, and directed by the cinematic genius Wong Kar Wai, this is a film that is so atmospheric that you will fall in love with each frame. It is the story of a man and woman whose spouses have an affair and who slowly develop a romantic affinity for each other themselves. Complex, intense, and deeply poetic, this is a film that is regarded as a classic in world cinema. The music is stunning and the performances are so fluid that it is an unforgettable experience for every movie lover.

Titanic

You may have watched it, but any list of timeless love stories is incomplete without a mention of Titanic! Set against the tragic journey of the Titanic that eventually sank in the ocean, this is the story of Jack, a man of modest means, and Rose, an aristocratic woman. The movie is so iconic that its dialogues and scenes have been etched in the memories of viewers who have watched it. Watch this film if you have not for a love story that swims across time and death.

Call Me By Your Name

A story about a young teenager who falls in love with his father’s research assistant, this is a film that explores gay romance in all its glory and intensity. The dynamic between a teenager and his older lover is unlike anything we have seen on screen and it is so poignant that it is hard to forget. The film is bold in its narrative yet subtle in its presentation. The urgent restlessness of an almost forbidden love comes through so seamlessly in the film that you will be left with a soft, lovelorn heart in the end!

The Notebook

Based on Nicholas Sparks’ novel of the same name, this is perhaps one of the most-watched love stories of all times. It is a classic story of how love finds its way against all odds. What begins as a summer romance for Noah and Allie becomes an emotion that they cannot live without. The relationship is condemned by her mother and the couple meet and part in ways that spark more longing in them than ever. Watch to find out what happens to their burning romance and how they manage to keep the fire alive across borders and time.

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10 Great Animated Movies To Stream On Disney Plus

by Kaylen Summers

Animated films transport both children and adults alike into a world that is larger than our imagination. They are inventive and refreshing to watch, especially in difficult times like these. Here are 10 amazing animated films you can watch on Disney +:

Finding Nemo

A good old classic, feel-good story about a tiny little fish, Nemo, this is a heart-warming film that will tear you up a bit. But it is the good kind of tears after which you will find yourself smiling endlessly.

Beauty and the Beast

This is a timeless tale of being loved for who you are. Re-told time and again in various forms, the original animated film of 1991 is still the best version of this amazing fairy tale.

Cinderella

Cinderella is the classic Disney princess who is now a cultural icon. Cakes, dresses, accessories, theme parks – you name it and there inevitably is a Cinderella version of it!
Watch this original animated film of 1950 to indulge in the story of the modest girl who became a princess in glass slippers!

Alice in Wonderland

There have been plenty of versions of this timeless tale. The most classic is this 1951 animated film that keeps intact original style, narration, and visual world-building.

Bambi

One of the best-animated films of all times, Bambi captures nature, animal life and combines it with emotions so beautifully that you forget you are not one among the ones in the forest!

Frozen

One of the world’s most-watched animated film franchise, Frozen, and its sequels is something you cannot ignore. Toys, merchandise, confectionery, food – you name it and there is a Frozen-themed version of it! Watch the film to know why the world is crazy over this film.

The Lion King

This is Disney’s crown jewel of all times. The 1994 film has so many fans world over that 25 years down the line, people are still willing to watch any and every version of it!

Mulan

This 1998 animated film precedes the 2020 live-action version of the same. One of the most inspiring, politically relevant films of all times, Mulan is the story of a Chinese girl forced to fight in disguise as a man.

Ratatouille

This timeless tale about a rat who becomes a master chef in Paris is all about dreaming and making them come true. A feast for the eyes, heart and stomach, watch this film to really get to the heart of animated storytelling.

Zootopia

Zootopia is one of Disney’s recent hits that went ahead to win the Oscar. A masterclass in world-building and storytelling, Zootopia is a delight to watch.

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Most Recommended Movies Streaming Right Now

by Kaylen Summers

Playing With Fire

🎬2019 ⌛1h 35m 

A crew of firefighters is out to save three restless kids. However, what they didn’t know was that they have met their match.

Terminator: Dark Fate

🎬2019 ⌛2h 08m

After Judgement day, another lethal Terminator is sent to eliminate the future leader of the resistance.

The King’s Choice

🎬2017 ⌛2h 10m

When Nazi Germany arrived the Kingdom of Norway, King Haakon had to make a tough choice that will change the entire nation’s fate.

Scream 4

🎬2011 ⌛1h 51m 

Sidney Prescott returns back to Woodsboro and it looks like Ghostface is also back to haunt her and others around her.

Guns Akimbo

🎬2020 ⌛ 1h 33m

An ordinary guy has to keep himself alive in a gladiator-like battle for a dark website to save his girlfriend.

Book of Blood

🎬2009 ⌛1h 36m

Based on the story by Clive Barker, a paranormal expert finds a house where ‘highways’ transporting souls intersect.

Fright Night

🎬2015 ⌛1h 56m

Unable to convince anyone that his neighbor is a vampire, a teenager enlists himself as a vampire hunter and decides to protect others from it.

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These Hulu Documentaries Are Worth Watching.

by Kaylen Summers

The Amazing Johnathan Documentary (2019)

Filled with twists and turns, The Amazing Johnathan Documentary tells the quest behind unraveling the truth about a dying magician, who used to headline shows in Las Vegas. Twist after twist after twist, the movie is a hilarious and emotional story that is stranger than fiction.

Free Solo (2018)

Alex Honnold is a professional rock climber. Free Solo is the effort and struggle he took in his attempts to conquer the first solo climb of the famed 900-meter El Captain’s vertical rock at Yosemite National Park.

RBG (2018)

When it comes to women empowerment, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is nothing short of a rockstar. She became a lawyer at a time when only a very few were women and lifted herself up to become the second woman to be appointed as the RGB is an intimate telling about her life and career.

Three Identical Strangers (2018)

In the year 1980, on a random day in New York, three complete strangers discover that they’re identical triplets who were separated during the time of their birth. The reunion after 19 long years was quickly shot to international fame. However, it also became the reason to reveal an extraordinary secret that was beyond their lives.

Hail Satan? (2019)

Satanic worshippers are not a thing of fiction and conspiracies anymore. Six years ago, the controversial religion made its mark on history by establishing the Satanic Temple. The believers of this new religion are calling for a Satanic revolution to save the nation and lead its soul to the future.

Amazing Grace (2018)

Aretha Louise Franklin is a beloved American singer, songwriter, and civil rights activist. This musical documentary features the behind-the-scenes events that took place during the recording of her best-selling album. The doc showcases some of the original unseen footage that has resurfaced after more than four decades.

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10 Greatest Sports Movies Of All Time

by Kaylen Summers

From boxing dramas to bowling comedies, we are counting down our choices for the 30 best sports films of all time. Here is the list:

No No: A Dockumentary (2014)

Ellis is most famous for claiming that he once pitched a no-hitter while tripping on LSD, but as Jeff Radice’s documentary makes clear, the Pirates pitcher had a pretty noteworthy career, intersecting with one of baseball’s wildest decades. Ellis was in the thick of it all, from free agency to drug abuse to debates in the media over black players being “too cocky.” Despite its shortcomings, it provides insight into MLB in the Seventies.

Miracle (2004)

It is easy to forget that our sports heroes aren’t always dazzling, dynamic individuals. The best thing about Gavin O’Connor’s tribute to gruff coach Herb Brooks is that it never stops reminding us that the man who led the underdog U.S. hockey team to an unlikely gold medal was no heart-warming, touchy-feely guy. Brooks is portrayed by Kurt Russell as a merciless taskmaster who whips his players into shape before they face the fearsome Soviet Union team during the 1980 Winter Olympics. The film is no less riveting because of Russell’s superb performance or because we know how the ending will pan out. It only adds to the joy of his team’s accomplishment.

Rudy (1993)

The film conveniently ignores some details and pretends that Rudy wasn’t charged with securities fraud in 2011. As with any great myth, this sports movie requires a grain of salt. A story about a hard-working, huge-hearted hero who overcomes all obstacles (dyslexia, diminutive size, coach Dan Devine) to get his chance in the final home game of the 1975 season is reason enough not to let facts get in the way. Directors David Anspaugh and Angelo Pizzo, the guys who directed Hoosiers, created the underdog story to end all underdog stories, adding yet another folk hero to the Notre Dame football team (as if it needed any more help). Though many Fighting Irish haters roll their eyes, it’s impossible to deny how thrilling it is to watch Rudy realize his dreams…and over all, a better gridiron story than Ron Powlus’s.

Any Given Sunday (1999)

The acclaimed political provocateur Oliver Stone would not seem to be an ideal person to direct a big sports movie, would he? False. This look at a turbulent season in the life of a struggling Miami football team serves the director well because of his flair for the epic. He feels the mythic desperation of his characters, too. The characters in this movie are all at crossroads: lonely, broken-down coach Al Pacino; injured, aging quarterback Dennis Quaid; hotshot quarterback Jamie Foxx (then mostly known as a comic actor); and ruthless team owner Cameron Diaz. It is precisely because of that collective sense of anxiety and hopelessness that Pacino’s climactic “Life’s just a game of inches” speech to his troops has earned its place as one of the all-time greatest sports movie speeches.

Bend It Like Beckham (2002)

As a first-generation immigrant caught between her old-world Indian culture and the cultural requirements of Britain, Jesminder “Jess” Bjamra only wants one thing in life: to make the national soccer team of India, like her idol David Beckham. The main obstacle in her path is a disapproving mother who would never let her daughter play such a ruffian’s sport. Jess may be able to achieve her goal with some help from a player on a local team and a cute coach. Without Parminder Nagra’s winning performance and an understanding of the ways in which sports can boost self-esteem and self-identity among young women, Gurinder Chadha’s follow-your-dreams story wouldn’t work half as well.

Victory (1981)

Based on the Hungarian film Two Half Times in Hell, director John Huston’s potboiler stars Michael Caine, Sylvester Stallone, and Pele as WWII POWs attempting to escape the Germans. All is going as planned – until the Nazis enter the pitch, and the players wonder if they can actually do more good by beating them. Even though Stallone may be a metaphor for all the Americans who were just learning about “the beautiful game” in the early 1980s, watching Pele display his footwork on the field, you almost believe that the soccer god could have stopped Hitler’s troops in their tracks.

The Wrestler (2008)

If you think pro wrestlers aren’t athletes, watch Mickey Rourke in “The Ram”: an ex-superstar who gets beaten to death whenever he entertains. It contrasts the lurid details of the sport with the bleak reality of Ram’s offstage life, which is spent between his crumbling trailer and his minimum-wage job in a wintry New Jersey suburb. The movie tells us what happens to people who abuse their bodies professionally until they become shells of their former selves. Even the blaze of glory at the end couldn’t dispel the bleakness. 

The Endless Summer (1966)

This unassuming piece of counterculture anthropology is so likable that it had kids all over the world buying boards and heading to the California coast looking for the perfect barrel. The Endless Summer tells the story of two wave chasers (Mike Hynson and Robert August) who avoid winter by trekking around the world, as well as weaving primers on beach-bum terminology throughout bitchin’ footage of gnarly tubes. During the final sunset of the film, director Bruce Brown’s half-smile, half-gushing narration feels more like an irresistible sales pitch.

Fat City (1972)

In John Huston’s tragicomic film, sweat, smoke, and whiskey odors hang heavy over the relationship between Billy (Stacy Keach) and Ernie (Jeff Bridges), the younger fighter who inspires the older fighter to try for a comeback. It’s more about what happens between bouts than what happens in the ring in this boxing movie. Stockton’s long-gone skid row, the film’s grimy bars and flophouses serve as regular neighbors to its pugilist hero, and the film hints that the latest newbie will likely also end up there, no matter how talented they are. This is one movie that makes you want to take a shower right after you see it.

Hoosiers (1986)

There are times when you just want to be moved beyond all reason. In this dizzyingly feel-good sports film, a troubled coach (Gene Hackman) motivates a team of underdog 1950s Indiana high schoolers to play the best basketball they have ever played by sticking to the fundamentals. Television director David Anspaugh’s feature debut is not earnest nostalgia: Hoosiers is a proudly dewy homage to bygone innocence, to a time when only doing your best was enough to defeat giants. It’s a fable that’s delivered without a wink, embodied by Hackman’s perfectly-aged performance that’s filled with rock-ribbed quiet decency. 

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15 Best Movies On Netflix Based On IMDb Ratings (2021)

by Kaylen Summers

Netflix has some of the most top-rated movies hidden in their vast list of titles. Lucky for you we have sorted out some of the best ones using their IMDb rating. Keep in mind that these ratings can change from time to time. However, the best movies are always the best no matter what. Let’s get started.

9.3 | The Shawshank Redemption

You already might have heard about this one. After all, it is one of the most popular, cult classic movies of all time. Directed by Frank Darabont, the movie is 1994 movie is based on the 1982 novella “Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption” written by Stephen King. The movie is based on a banker named Andy who gets an unjust conviction. During his period in the infamous Shawshank Redemption, he develops a strong friendship with Red.

9.0 |The Dark Knight

Christopher Nolan is one of the most celebrated directors of our century. When he decided to make a comic book, we knew that it was going to be an epic. Batman Begins changed the face of comic-book movie adaptation and kick-started the superhero trend. However, it was the second installment that really changed the game. With the most memorable performance from Heath Ledger, The Dark Knight is one of the top-rated movies on IMDb and available for streaming on Netflix

8.9 | Schindler’s List

 Bagging seven Academy Awards, Steven Spielberg’s Schindler’s List is undoubtedly an epic war drama. The movie is still considered one of the best Hollywood movies of all time and tells the real-life story of businessman Oskar Schindler and his efforts to save 1,100 Jews during World War II.

8.8 | Forrest Gump

Movie watching fans will surely not miss Forrest Gump and his incredible adventures. The American classic gave us one of the most iconic performances from Tom Hanks as the titular character. Even today the movie and character Forrest Gump has an ever-growing fanbase and significant importance in pop culture.

8.6 | Saving Private Ryan

This famous American war movie needs no introduction. Taking place back in the time of World War II, Saving Private Ryan tells about the time when American Amry Rangers had to penetrate into German hold territory. The movie is directed by Steven Spielberg and has Tom Hanks in the lead role. It looks like these to love making movies that end up with the top IMDb rankings.

8.6 | Spirited Away

A non-American animated movie holds the top position for animated movies on Netflix, according to IMDb ratings. Directed by Japanese director Hayao Miyazaki, the movie takes us on a journey with a 10-year-old Chihiro and her parents, as they visit an abandoned amusement park. What awaited the little girl there was a magical world filled with an evil witch, spirits, and humans who were cursed into being animals.

8.6 |The Green Mile

Well, it looks like Tom Hanks just loves making incredible movies. Here is another movie from the actor that has made it to the top IMDb ratings. Directed by Frank Darabont, The Green Mile is based on the 1996 novel of the same name written by Stephen King. Tom Hanks plays the role of a head guard in prison. His life is changed forever when he meets an African American inmate- one who is sentenced for murdering two girls.

8.6 | Interstellar

Christopher Nolan not only plays with the narrative structure of his film but also with the genre. As one of the most brilliant directors of our time, each of Nolan’s movies is from a different genre and it redefines the style and reception of genre. Interstellar is his sci-fi, space movie and it is truly a visual treat worth watching. The director even hired an actual astrophysicist to make the movie science more accurate.

8.5 | The Intouchables

The Intouchables is a french buddy-comedy movie that tells the story of the friendship that grows between a street smart immigrant and a French nobleman. Directed by Olivier Nakache & Éric Toledano, the movie got global recognition and got remade into many languages. Recently, the movie got its English version titled The Upside with Bryon Cranston and Kevin Hart in the lead role.

8.3 | Taxi Driver

Released in 1975, the movie directed by Martin Scorsese is an old classic movie with a fan-following of its own. Taxi Driver has Robert Deniro plays the role of an ex-Marine and Vietnam war veteran who takes up the job of the night taxi driver. The loneliness and corrupt city break his mental health down. The movie is so iconic that it became an inspiration for movies like Joker.

8.3 | Inglourious Basterds

Quentin Tarantino is one of the most iconic directors of our time. He has his own unique style of storytelling and we all enjoy watching it so much. Inglourious Basterds takes place in Nazi-occupied France and has Jewish U.S soldiers are plotting to assassinate Nazi leaders. Brad Pitt, Diane Kruger, and Eli Roth are some of the major talents in the story.

8.0 | The Perks of Being Wallflower

Directed by Stephen Chbosky, this coming to age movie got released in 2012 and stars Emma Watson and Logan Freeman. The Perks of Being Wallflower is a teen romantic drama about a 15-year-old teenager named Charlie whose friend has committed suicide. However, when the introvert entered high school, his seniors become his friends and helps him live a new life.

8.0 | Marriage Story

Scarlett Johansson and Adam Driver in the lead role, Marriage Story is a pretty recent movie that has caught a huge critical acclamation. Directed by Noah Baumbach, it is a family drama about a director and his wife who is an actor. They are at the brink of divorce and they have to go through their problems.

7.9 | The Irishman

Martin Scorsese is known for his iconic gangster movies. The latest addition to his list of hit gangster movies is The Irishman. Bringing back the star cast of Robert De Nitro, Al Pachino, and Joe Peski and deaging them to tell their young life, the movie is a roller coaster ride into the past and one of the most entertaining gangster movies from the director.

7.8 | E.T The Extra-Terrestrial

E.T is one of the best movies directed by Steven Spielberg. It paved the way for family sci-fi movies and made aliens more adorable. The movie is about the friendship that develops between a little human girl and an alien. She decides to help her friend return back to his home planet. However, when the government agencies came to know about the alien, things start to spiral out of control.

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Greatest Horror Movies of the 21st Century

by Kaylen Summers

From the zombie-apocalypse tales, retro-slasher flicks, neo-giallo nuggets, to Hollywood franchise films that have spooked us, here is a list of all the great horror movies that you need to watch at least once in a lifetime. Here are the greatest horror movies of the 21st century.

May (2002)

You could make the perfect friend if you put your best friends together, right? To cure her crushing loneliness, May literally does that. With her character’s deteriorating state of mind, Angela Bettis channels the spirit of Carrie White. The audience becomes more complicit with May’s craziness with every rejection, as she kills and dismembers people in her quest for the impossible: finding someone to love and hold. We admire director Lucky McKee for creating such a relatable character that makes us wish she would succeed.

Swallow (2019)

Carlo Mirabella-Davis’ eerie empowerment parable (or is it the other way around?) finds its way into the unsettling portrait of the unraveling of “picture-perfect” housewife Hunter Conrad (Haley Bennett). This woman is quiet, dresses like a 1950s sitcom spouse, and seems one casserole away from going Stepford. As she began ingesting marbles, push-pins, chess pieces, Hunter began feeling empowered in some way. With a genuinely fearless performance at its core, this is straight-outta-the-DSM body horror that touches a nerve – and gives viewers a lot to think about.

Goodnight Mommy (2014)

Many children are innately creepy, and identical youngsters are pretty much vessels for evil without exception. (It’s called science, people.) But the little rascals in this sleek debut by Austrian duo Veronika Franz and Severin Fiala are unique. After Mom returns from an intensive surgery, the boys suspect she’s not the woman she claims to be – look up “capgras delusion” in your DSM – so they begin to brutally interrogate her. A DIY crossbow, a jar of cockroaches, Krazy Glue, and a DIY crossbow are just a few of the unusual weapons the boys have on their side in this front-to-back novel piece. Never trust a twin.

[REC] (2007)

Spain joins the “found-footage” horror scene (sort of) in this short tale about a TV news reporter (Manuela Velasco) at a local fire station doing a human interest story. Little does she know that a quarantine, an infected feeding frenzy, and a mysterious epidemic await her on the call with an elderly woman stuck in her apartment. Through the lens of a cameraman’s recordings, Jaume Balagueró and Paco Plaza’s take on zombie flicks takes its time setting up the mayhem, only to hit exhilaration in its frantic finale. This is arguably the most effective horror movie use of a little girl since Night of the Living Dead.

Climax (2019)

Welcome to the abyss. Gazpar Noe’s dance party in hell begins innocently enough with Sofia Boutella and a host of underground scenesters voguing and krumping. But soon, the screaming begins (in addition to paranoia, depravity, beatings, and extreme self-harm) as it becomes evident that someone has spiked their punch with some powerful hallucinogens. Throughout the second half of the film, a portrait of mass derangement is painted based on a real-life incident in which a dance troupe went mad after being dosed. Noe set out to make a documentary about that story before deciding to recreate one very bad trip without drugs. Ultimately, he succeeds.

Final Destination (2000)

Teenagers may have outrun hockey mask-wearing homicidal maniacs and unstoppable killing machines, but what happens when they face off against the Grim Reaper? After avoiding a plane crash, a high-school student (Devon Sawa) and several fellow passengers learn that Death does not enjoy being cheated. With each entry, this durable horror franchise would up the ante on baroque “accidental” deaths. Even so, its first installment remains eerily prescient, marking the beginning of a decade marked by horrific, random acts of violence.

Dawn of the Dead (2004)

Director Zack Snyder (Watchmen) and writer James Gunn (Guardians of the Galaxy) are known for their superhero movies. A remake of George A. Romero’s sacrosanct zombies-in-a-mall masterpiece defies everything you know about horror remakes. Sarah Polley’s suburban neighborhood is the setting for one of the scariest set pieces in the history of your subgenre with its opening sequence, an absolute showstopper of mounting terror. In addition, the opening-credit sequence uses Johnny Cash’s Bible-quoting song “The Man Comes Around” to further the sense of Armageddon.

La Llorona (2019)

The Guatemalan general (Julio Diaz) is standing trial for decades of persecuting, torturing, and imprisoning political opponents. ‘The past is in the past,’ declares his wife (Margarita Kenéfic) who may or may not be a coven leader keeping him in power and out of trouble. Yet the past is always with us, and so are its ghosts – a concept that director Jayro Bustamante brilliantly exploits for slow-burning dread and the feeling of chickens finally roosting. Likewise, if you think that the unexpected appearance of a young Mayan woman (Maria Mercedes Coroy) claiming to be the family’s new maid fits into a return-of-repressed-revenge scenario, you are absolutely right. In its near-suffocating sense of foreboding, this is the kind of mystery and imagination that prefers to get under your skin rather than shock your system.

American Psycho (2000)

Mary Harron’s adaptation of Bret Easton Ellis’ serial-killer satire of Reagan-era excess, based on the novel about Wall Street psychopath Patrick Bateman, reveals the original text’s feminist subtext about objectification and consumption. Christian Bale’s performance as Huey Lewis became an instant classic (“Do you like Huey Lewis and the News?”) and is perpetually quotable. This film’s most powerful sequence, however, involves no dialogue at all: Bateman running through the halls of his apartment building, naked except for a chainsaw he drops on a fleeing woman’s head with a howl of ugly, pointless triumph.

Revenge (2017)

Coralie Fargeat’s debut would fit nicely into the middle of a vintage Forty-Deuce triple feature, sandwiched between Russ Meyer’s Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill! and Abel Ferrara’s Ms. 45. As a way to spend some extra time alone, a businessman (Kevin Janssens) takes his mistress (Matilda Lutz) along for an out-of-the-way weekend. Later, his buddies arrive early, assault the woman, and leave her for dead in the desert. But she’s not going gently into the night because she has some apex-predator douchebags to hunt first. Every age gets its own version of I Spit on Your Grave. Now we have ours.

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15 Jackie Chan Movies That Are Worth Watching This Weekend

by Kaylen Summers

Jackie Chan is an actor and martial artist with a career spanning decades. From the age of five, he has been acting in films. The Big Brawl introduced Chan to American audiences in 1980, but his real breakthrough came in the late ’90s and early 2000s. Having a martial arts background made him popular with action fans both in China and the U.S. Here are some of the best films starring this most loved actor.

Rush Hour (1998)

Rush Hour catapulted Jackie Chan to fame. The movie is a Buddy-cop comedy about an American and Chinese agent tasked with saving a Chinese diplomat’s daughter. Chris Tucker and Jackie Chan star as mismatched police officers tasked with rescuing a Chinese diplomat’s daughter. Tom Wilkinson, Ken Leung, Mark Rolston, Elizabeth Peea, and Rex Linn play supporting roles. The film was released on September 18, 1998, and grossed over $244 million worldwide. There have been two sequels since the original release.

The Foreigner (2017)

In a senseless act of politically-motivated terrorism, Quan’s teenage daughter dies and a revenge-fueled vendetta erupts between him and the only person left to love him — his long-buried past. In his relentless search for the terrorists, he is drawn into a cat-and-mouse game with a British government official whose own past may hold the key to finding the killers. This is one of the more serious roles the actor played in the latter part of his career.

Jackie Chan’s First Strike (1997)

Jackie Chan stars as Kevin Cha Ka-Kui in this fourth entry in his popular Police Story franchise, a detective who gets into similar situations as a Chinese James Bond. A police officer sets out to expose a group of international spies. One of them gets away, and he is ordered to capture him, and his journey begins in Australia with his sister.

The Karate Kid (2010)

The Karate Kid remake also features another dramatic performance from Chan. Dre Parker is played by a young Jaden Smith, who Chan takes under his wing. In his school, Dre finds himself bullied by Cheng, a prodigious kung fu student. However, things change after he meets Mr Han, a maintenance man who happens to be a kung fu expert.

Rumble in the Bronx (1995)

Chan plays Ma Hon Keung, a Hong Kong cop who comes to the States to attend his uncle’s wedding. However, Keung becomes involved in an ongoing gang war during his stay. The movie is filled with some high energy Chan-style stunts.

Mr. Nice Guy (1997)

Jackie Chan and Richard Norton star in the 1997 action film Mr. Nice Guy, directed by Sammo Hung. When a news reporter accidentally films a drug bust gone wrong, a Chinese chef is involved – and now gangs are trying to steal the videotape from him.

Shanghai Noon (2000)

A Western comedy starring Jackie Chan and Owen Wilson saves Lucy Liu, who plays a Chinese princess in the film. The story is a classic fish-out-of-water tale, as Chan often portrays in American films. In 2003, a sequel called Shanghai Knights was released.

Around the World in 80 Days (2004)

Adapted from Jules Verne’s novel, Around the World in 80 Days stars Jackie Chan & Steve Coogan. In the movie, Coogan played Phileas Fogg, and Chan played Passportout, his valet. Besides martial arts, the movie proved Chan to be a strong comedic presence.

Drunken Master II (1994)

Chan reprises his role as Wong Fei-Hung, a mischievous and foolhardy martial artist in this sequel. Based on the real-life martial artist of the same name from the Qing dynasty, the series of movies were produced in the late 1980s and early 1990s.

Jackie Chan’s Project A (1983)

The film takes place in 19th century Hong Kong, and Chan stars as Dragon Ma, a marine who takes on a band of pirates, who are aided by corrupt government officials. Marine Cadet Dragon Ma is an honest person. As he sets out to battle pirates and smugglers, he becomes dedicated to the preservation of the honor of his country.

Wheels on Meals (1984)

Yuen Biao and Jackie Chan star in this movie as cousins running a restaurant in Barcelona. They team up to save a woman they both love when she is kidnapped in this action-comedy. Jackie Chan choreographs the action in this motion picture which is written and directed by Sammo Hung in 1984. Jackie Chan stars in the film along with Sammo Hung, Yuen Biao, Lola Forner, Benny Urquidez, and José Sancho. The film was filmed in Barcelona, Spain.

The Tuxedo (2002)

This spy parody features Chan as a hapless chauffeur who, when wearing a special tuxedo, becomes able to fight, dance, and perform acrobatics. Jennifer Love Hewitt is his comedic co-star. It is a 2002 American science fiction action comedy film directed by Kevin Donovan.

Police Story (1985)

This collection of seven Hong Kong crime-action films stars Jackie Chan, and is directed by Stanley Tong, Benny Chan, and Ding Sheng, and produced by Raymond Chow, Leonard Ho, Jackie Chan, Barbie Tung, Willie Chan, Solon So and Yang Du. Chan’s first Police Story features some of the best fight scenes of his career, including one in a multi-story mall.

Kung Fu Panda (2008)

As the Dragon Warrior, Po the Panda, a kung fu enthusiast, teams up with the Furious Five to defeat the evil forces that threaten the Valley of Peace. As Master Monkey, Chan gives a strong voice performance in Kung Fu Panda, despite the fact that it’s a kids’ movie.

Supercop (1992)

Hong Kong cop Chan Ka-Kui teams up with an Interpol agent to bust a drug-smuggling ring in China. The situation becomes more complicated when the gang kidnaps his girlfriend. With Michelle Yeoh opposite Chan, Police Story 3 kicks off the third installment of the franchise.

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17 Greatest War Movies of All Time

by Kaylen Summers

There is no hell like war. The violence is brutal and bloody. It destroys lives, countries, and cultures. Our past, present, and future are shaped by it. It is for this reason that filmmakers and moviegoers both continue to be fascinated by it. In its darkest moments, war stories reveal the true nature of humanity. The following are the 20 greatest war movies of all time, including some classics and a few non-traditional picks.

 Inglourious Basterds

Tarantino is one of a kind. As per usual, Tarantino’s revisionist view of World War II spits out a lot of gore and blood in “killin’ Nazis.” An undercover mission by a few Jewish soldiers to deregulate the Nazi government and end the war is the subject of the movie. Meanwhile, a woman seeks revenge against a German officer for the death of her family.

Dunkirk

British soldiers, Belgians and Frenchmen attempt to evacuate Dunkirk during the Second World War. The movie from Christopher Nolan is a masterful look at Dunkirk’s attack from three distinct perspectives. Plus, Harry Styles makes his acting debut in it.

Black Hawn Down

Scott’s entry into war movies was inspired by a book of the same name. The movie tells the story of the U.S. military’s 1993 raid in Mogadishu through an ensemble cast led by Josh Hartnett and Ewan McGregor. Nearly 100 US Army Rangers are led by Captain Mike Steele to capture two top lieutenants of a Somali warlord in the capital city of Mogadishu.

Hiroshima Mon Amour

In addition to his contributions to free-wheeling French New Wave films, Alain Resnais is probably best known for Hiroshima mon amour, perhaps his greatest contribution to cinema. French actress and Japanese architect are involved in a tragic and intimate love affair in the movie. World War II and the Hiroshima bombing in 1945 irrevocably changed their lives. Regardless of whether you are a movie fan or not, this one is worth watching-it’s more significant than all the war movies on this list.

1917

Take a look at the trailer. The 2019 Best Picture nominee is more about pacifism than the glory of either side of WWI. Designed to look like it was filmed in one continuous shot, after watching it, you surely will feel like you were breathless for nearly 2 hours.

Schindler’s List

Schindler’s List is perhaps the most grueling and heartbreaking cinematic portrayal of the Holocaust. In this film, a German businessman tries to save more than a thousand Jews by employing them in his factories during World War II.

The Bridge on the River Kwai

In 1957, The Bridge on the River Kwai helped set a precedent for the genre of war films. It was also nominated for an insane number of Academy Awards, winning seven of them. The movie follows Colonel Nicholson who reluctantly agrees to build a railway bridge with the WWII prisoners. However, it eventually becomes an obsession for him.

Apocalypse Now

Staring great actors like Marlon Brando, Robert Duvall, and Martin Sheen, Francis Ford Coppola’s 1979 classic is one epic anti-war film that you don’t want to miss. The film has gained the status of being the best war epic of all time by not just giving us some of the best performances and visuals, but as for showcasing the pointlessness of the Vietnam War.

The Thin Red Line

The Thin Red Line stars Sean Penn, Adrien Brody, Jim Caviezel, George Clooney, and a laundry list of other giant names. This Terrence Malick film is a brilliantly crafted look into World War II. Many critics have often stated it as the greatest modern war epic in world cinema.

The Deer Hunter

Filmed by Michael Cimino, it examines the Vietnam War. The film takes place in a working-class Pennsylvania town and examines the physical and psychological effects war has on the boys who never return home or never return home whole.

Ran

Ran is a war film unlike any other. Shakespeare’s King Lear is a bit of the inspiration for this epic from 1985.  It tells the story of three loyal sons who abdicate their father, Hidetora Ichimonji.

Platoon

Here is another war movie about Vietnam. Charlie Sheen and Willem Dafoe star in this raw and devastating portrayal of war. The screenplay was written by Oliver Stone based on his experiences in Vietnam, and the effects are both moving and disturbing.

Patton

A favorite of war movie buffs, this biographical film is about General George S. Patton. A mercurial man, George Patton commands the II Corps in North Africa after the defeat of the US at the Battle of Kasserine Pass in 1943. Despite his military expertise, he is a loose cannon. The film won seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director.

Paths of Glory

Paths of Glory is actually a bit of an anti-war movie. One of the finest entries into the genre, it serves as a model for how to make a cinematic portrayal of war. The film is directed by Stanley Kurbrick. A French general decides to take on an impossible mission to capture a German post. However, he insults his men when they back out of the mission.

Letters from Iwo Jima

One of Clint Eastwood’s most celebrated war movies is his 2006 Japanese-language film. Combining Spielberg’s production, Eastwood’s directing, and Yamashita’s screenplay yields gave us one of the most brilliant movies ever. With its careful portrayal of the good and the bad on both sides of the Second World War, it successfully tackles the complexities of good and evil.

Gallipoli

Mel Gibson stars in Gallipoli, an Australian film about World War I. When two sprinters from Australia are sent to fight in World War I, they are confronted with the brutal realities of war.As one of the greatest war epics of all time, the film was acclaimed by critics, swept all Australian film awards, and remains one of the biggest box office successes.

Full Metal Jacket

Matthew Modine, R. Lee Ermey, Vincent D’Onofrio, and Adam Baldwin star in this Stanley Kubrick’s 1987 war film. As one of the best films set during the Vietnam War, Full Metal Jacket will take you into the trenches. The ruthless command of Hartman causes mental breakdowns in a few recruits. As the soldiers cope with the wrath of war, they must deal with a bizarre event.

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16 Best Alien Movies Of All time

by Kaylen Summers

We love watching aliens on the big screen. It is one of our most evident movie fetishes. So we have created a list of movies that you can use to watch and enjoy some of the best Alien movies of all time. Let’s start:

Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)

Steven Spielberg’s Close Encounters of the Third Kind is one of his movies that doesn’t get as much attention as some of his others. Nevertheless, this is an all-time classic of the Alien genre, and for good reason (not the least of which is that the aliens aren’t evil). Even Sci-fi legend Ray Bradbury once said that Close Encounters was the best film ever made.

Alien (1979)

Alien is one of Ridley Scott’s undisputed masterpieces of the genre, and it cemented Scott among the greats. The film definitely leans towards the horror end, and Sigourney Weaver’s character, Ripley, could probably be called a scream queen (though she also kicks some ass). There are not many thrillers that are as tension-filled and unsettling, and with Scott behind the camera, an artistic craftsmanship is also added to the movie.

Cloverfield (2008)

The Cloverfield trailer is a must-see if you’ve never seen it. In spite of the absence of a title, that short trailer tipped off one of the most original alien/monster films of the last couple of decades. With a runtime of less than 90 minutes, it is surprising to see such a movie to become a piece of genius. The film is J.J Abrams at his mysterious best  with Matt Reeves behind the camera as well.

Signs (2002)

Despite its vast scope and story, Signs is M. Night Shyamalan at the peak of his powers (after The Sixth Sense and Unbreakable) and a worthy follow-up to The Sixth Sense. As the title suggests, a family finds crop circles on their farm that indicate extraterrestrial activity is taking place. Who else wants to see the Alien Mystery from M. Night Shyamalan?!

Starman (1984)

The first of a handful of John Carpenter entries on this list, Starman finds a fairly young Jeff Bridges (who got one of his many Oscar nominations) in an alien movie unlike most others on this list. The plot of the movie has an alien taking the form of Bridges, going by the name of Scott, and eventually falling in real human love.

The World’s End (2013)

The World’s End is the third film in Edgar Wright’s trilogy of extremely fun, action-packed comedies (also including Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz). This film tells the story of a group of friends going on a bar crawl for their reunion…and an alien arrives and puts the whole thing to the test. It’s sci-fi/comedy at its finest.

Under The Skin (2014)

A24’s surreal and strange alien film stars Scarlett Johansson as a mysterious woman who seduces men and lures them into her van. The victims are never to be seen again. Though it is one of the strangest movies in the list, ScarJo gives one of the best performances of her career in the movie.

The Thing (1982)

Another Carpenter movie! The Thing is one of the creepiest films on this list. The movie follows a team of researchers in Antarctica (led by Kurt Russell) as they discover an alien in the snow. Despite being released the same summer as E.T., we can say with certainty that this shape-shifting alien is nowhere near as good as Spielberg’s.

E.T. (1982)

E.T., which is another classic from the genre, that gets quite a lot of attention from fans of Spielberg and alien movies. Movie is a masterpiece and redefined the genre entirely. It is a unique success and one hard to copy. You’ve probably heard the lines from this movie somewhere between three and 23 times. But still there is not harm in watching this movie one more time. It is that good.

Starship Troopers (1997)

After the original 1997 Starship Troopers, there have been dozens of straight-to-video spinoffs and sequels.However, we will not discuss those. Instead, let’s focus on the original which was perfectly on tone with Paul Verhoeven’s other movies (Robocop, Total Recall). Featured on this list because of its over the top campiness and lack of take-it-seriously attitude, this ’90s classic pits humans against bloodthirsty alien bugs.

Independence Day (1996)

‘Independence Day’ is one of the all-time great movies. With Will Smith in the lead role, it had a legendary Bill Pullman performance as the President of the United States, and a flying saucer that blew up the White House, adding to this movie’s Man vs. Alien invasion appeal. What more do you want from a tentpole alien movie?!!

Pitch Black (2000)

With two sequels—Chronicles of Riddick and Riddick—and many calls for a fourth, Pitch Black has become a cult classic. But the original is a sci-fi epic about vicious creatures living underground and incapable of surviving sunlight. Occasionally, however, the entire planet is engulfed in an eclipse. Although Vin Diesel’s character is not the main character, his performance in the film made him so popular that two more movies in the series focused entirely on him.

District 9 (2009)

Among 2009’s sleeper hits, District 9 was a big success. The movie is about peaceful aliens called prawns, who are treated like second-class citizens in Johannesburg. Eventually (with the help of a human who was basically forced to be on their side), they begin to fight back. A breakout performance from Sharlto Copely and the director Neil Blomkamp give this movie a special quality.

They Live (1988)

One of the more entertaining alien/horror movies on this list is John Carpenter’s They Live, which serves as a satire of Reagan-era yuppies. At first glance, the aliens in this movie don’t look like aliens. Then one guy gets a pair of glasses that exposes people for what they really are. The movie is fun, wild action, and a good time all around.

Pacific Rim (2013)

There aren’t too many alien movies as cool as Pacific Rim. In this alternate reality, giant extraterrestrial creatures resembling Godzilla named Kaiju attack the cities causing havoc until humans take back control, manning giant robotic monsters called Jaegers. Directed by Guillermo Del Toro, the movie is basically like the Power Rangers episode ending, but made into an extremely cool movie. Hunnam, Elba, and Day are the stars of this film.

Men In Black (1997)

Here’s another obvious one. This film is absolutely perfect due to the chemistry of its two leads, as the charismatic Will Smith and the stoic Tommy Lee Jones complement each other perfectly. The fake government agency investigating the extraterrestrials is both otherworldly and canon in the culture. Everybody alive would know what you’re talking about if you mentioned “Men In Black.” Although the sequels and last year’s spin-off are fine, the first one is just a classic.

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Awesome TV Shows To Watch On Netflix Right Now

by Kaylen Summers

Netflix likes to give us the best content. Every original movie and series from the streaming platform is getting better and better. If you are looking for some good TV shows to watch, then here is a list of good Netflix .

Lovesick

Under the original name, Scrotal Recall, this show might have slipped your notice. Here’s the thing: Lovesick works to cure everything ails you. Dylan (Johnny Flynn) has to tell his former lovers that he has a sexually transmitted disease. There’s a dressing down of each of these relationships, one by one, with their worst moments. His two friends Evie and Luke (played by Antonia Thomas and Daniel Ings, respectively) round out the cast. Lovesick is a heartfelt romp through relationship dysfunction and the things we do for love and connection.

Babylon Berlin

This provocative German drama about a police inspector and police clerk who navigate increasingly hostile surroundings depicts Berlin in 1929. Numerous German television awards have been won by the series.

Money Heist

This Spanish-language drama gets rave reviews for its suspenseful and original take on the heist genre. A group of thieves instead of stealing cash breaks into the Royal Mint of Spain to print it. The show is the most popular non-English title on the service. In 2021, the fifth and final season will air in two parts.

Sex Education

Gillian Anderson stars as a sensualist sex therapist mom in this delightful coming-of-age series. It’s funny, idealized, and in some ways totally retro. Asa Butterfield stars as Otis, a awkward teen who struggles with his mom’s work and the skills he inherits from living with her, who teams up with classmate Maeve (Emma Mackey) to help improve his classmates’ sex lives. The ensemble series unfolds in equal parts earnest, funny, raunchy, and British and American sensibilities, creating a fun world for fans to explore. You just found your next mini-binge with two seasons on the streamer and a third on the way.

The Midnight Gospel

It may not be for everyone, but what better time than now to expand our horizons beyond the confines of traditional thinking? This spacecast, hosted by multiverse-traveling Clancy Gilroy, is like a podcast but in space. There are a lot of interviews with people whose names you probably know about a multitude of topics, including drug use, ceremonial magic, death, spirituality, theories about reality, and so much more.

Never Have I Ever

Mindy Kaling and Louie Lang’s charming dramedy about a young Indian-American girl dealing with grief and high school has lots of fun storytelling quirks. After a traumatic year, Devi Vishwakumar (Maitreyi Ramakrishnan) is on a journey to reinvent herself, resulting in the kind of show you want to sink into, laugh at, and feel things with. Though there are many offerings in the genre on the streaming service, this one is definitely worth your time. The John McEnroe narrative device is hilarious.

Ugly Delicious

Chef David Chang’s food-obsessed travel series is so much more than just food porn. While sharing meals, sights, and conversations with celebrities, critics, and fellow chefs, Chang achieves something similar to what Anthony Bourdain achieved without being a carbon copy. Chang also talks far more vulnerably about his own life in the second season, which revolves entirely around his first child’s birth. In parts perfectly sentimental, in others raucous, Ugly Delicious is an excellent film.

Crashing

Phoebe Waller-Bridge created and stars in this ensemble comedy about a group of disenfranchised twentysomethings who become live-in guards at an abandoned hospital and discover they’re getting a little too close. For a single-season, six-episode mini-binge, it’s perfect.

Schitt’s Creek

The Rose family is exactly what you need right now. It doesn’t matter if you watched the six-season series before or never got into the hype-if you need a mood booster, Schitt’s Creek is the way to go. They live in a motel in Schitt’s Creek, a town they bought once as a joke, and go on a journey from semi-unlikable and out-of-touch weirdos to deeply vulnerable and hilariously lovable weirdos. It is a beautiful transition to witness. With Eugene Levy and his series creator son Dan Levy along with Catherine O’Hara and Annie Murphy, Schitt’s Creek will make you laugh, cry, feel things, and surprise you along the way.

The Great British Baking Off

The Great British Bake Off, or GBBO, is a television series featuring bakers who try very hard to succeed. There are delightful characters, great bakes, and the kind of British commentary that soothes your soul. The goal of this competition isn’t to ridicule or be more dramatic than your competitors; the goal is to hunker down, do your best, and have fun while doing it.

Tuca & Bertie

BoJack Horseman received rave reviews and people have seen, loved, and praised it, but not enough people viewed the single season of Tuca & Bertie by its animator. With her signature style and relatable characters, Lisa Hanawalt’s comics feature some of your favorite performers including Ali Wong, Tiffany Haddish, and Richard E. Grant. Although it was canceled after its initial run on Netflix, it was picked up for a second season on Adult Swim which premiered in June 2021.

Manifest

An NBC mystery series about passengers on a plane who reappeared after being presumed dead for five years has made a huge splash on social media and sailed high at the top of Netflix for several weeks. Five years can pass quickly, which means their spouses have moved on, their children have grown up, and their parents have passed away, which makes their reunion into society even more difficult. In addition, they begin to hear voices and see visions of events that have yet to happen, sending them down a bumpy moral road that they can only navigate together.

Sexy Beasts

When meeting a date for the first time, most people would want to look their best. Love is Blind, a Netflix reality dating show, challenged the notion of love at first sight by never letting the contestants see each other before they got engaged. With the use of advanced prosthetics, this wacky new dating show coming to Netflix July 21 will turn all the daters into animals and other creatures. When the featured dater makes their selection, the costumes are finally removed, so that they can see if the person’s real appearance matches their preferences.

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11 Best Stephen King Adaptations

by Kaylen Summers

We identify with the lonely writers, the shadowy men in black, the nobodies, the outsiders, the ragtag groups of kids in Stephen King’s stories because we are all like them. As horrific and batshit as his stories are, they touch the humanity in all of us, so there’s a reason he’s one of the best-loved American writers. Here are the best King adaptations in film and movies of all time, in celebration of King’s legacy.

1922 (2017)

One of the best-and most underrated-adaptations of recent years is 1922. The Netflix original film 1922 adapts King’s novella of the same name, in which Wilfred James (a highly unreliable narrator) plots with his 14-year-old son to murder his wife. Thomas Jane plays “Wilf” in a moody, grumbling manner, and Neal McDonaugh plays Henry to hissy-fit perfection. Director Zak Hilditch nails the paranoid tone of King’s work in this tale of isolation, regret, and karma, complete with murderous rats.

1408 (2007)

1408, Stephen King’s short story, was already a masterpiece. The story revolves around an author who investigates haunted houses. At a hotel in New York City, there’s one called Room 1408 that’s especially creepy… and you guessed it. He becomes trapped. There are a few problems with the film, but aughts John Cusack and Samuel L. Jackson both deliver top performances and that takes care of half the battle.

Green Mile

There is no doubt that this one is a crowd-pleaser. Kings’ adaptations are always popular, but The Green Mile is one movie that enjoys universal appeal alongside Shawshank Redemption. When this movie was released in 1999, it was a critical and box office success, thanks to America’s favorite uncle, Tom Hanks, who was still the epitome of the 90s. Michael Clarke Duncan won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for his role in the movie.

Creepshow (1982)

It was a stroke of genius to bring together King and Night of the Living Dead master George Romero for this stellar horror compilation from 1982. Some of the most memorable segments involve an adulterous Ted Danson and a jealous Leslie Nielsen, and a crate that may hold a monster that Hal Holbrook can use to rid himself of obnoxious Adrienne Barbeau. It has ably stood the test of time, amusing and ominous at the same time.

It (2017)

Andy Muschietti takes a number of liberties with King’s magnum opus for 2017’s blockbuster, and almost all of them are for the better. Based solely on the kid-centric half of the original story, it depicts a nightmarish vision of young friends threatened by Pennywise the Dancing Clown (Bill Skarsgard), an ancient being that enjoys eating flesh. A series of increasingly nerve-jangling scares is delivered in Muschietti’s It in part thanks to strong performances from its adolescent cast, which humanize the main characters and establish a forged-in-blood bond between them. In the movie, scream-generating thrills are combined with an in-depth investigation of child abuse.

Gerald’s Game (2017)

This 2017 Netflix feature directed by Mike Flanagan (The Haunting of Hill House, Doctor Sleep), was a stunning adaptation of Gerald’s Game, a novel fundamentally about the mind. During a weekend getaway bedroom tryst, Carla Gugino’s frustrated husband suffers a heart attack and she is trapped in bed, chained to her bed. The struggle to free herself while grappling with the memories of a horrific past is portrayed vividly (and, in some instances, gruesomely) by Flanagan. However, it’s Gugino’s outstanding performance that drives the film as a scarred but defiant woman unwilling to give in to the horrors of today or yesterday.

The Shawshank Redemption (1994)

In spite of being nominated for seven Oscars, Frank Darabont’s 1994 adaptation of King’s novella failed to take home any. In spite of this, King’s The Shawshank Redemption has remained among the most beloved of his films. In part, that’s because the movie is more than just a horror movie – it’s a stunning and gripping drama focused on two men trying to escape a Maine prison that features arguably Tim Robbins’ and Morgan Freeman’s finest performances. Thrifted with character detail, humor, and hope, it offers a new perspective on everyday life.

The Dead Zone (1983)

It’s true that David Cronenberg is best known for his brand of body horror, but his 1983 adaptation of Stephen King’s novel took a more psychological tone. The story revolves around a small-town schoolteacher (Christopher Walken) who awakens from a five-year coma with psychic abilities. Even more stunning, he discovers, thanks to his second sight, that a promising US Congressman (Martin Sheen) will bring about a global catastrophe. The subdued performance of Walken captures the alienation affecting his character, who uses drastic measures to avert disaster. The film contends that even having great power doesn’t make you less powerless sometimes.

Stand By Me (1986)

Stand by Me shows Stephen King is capable of crafting less otherworldly tales as well as otherworldly ones (not that there’s anything wrong with that). It’s based on his novella “The Body”. The story still has a touch of the grim and grisly to it. This tale is about four boys looking for a dead body. From a stellar performance from a teenaged River Phoenix to lots of truly moving moments, this classic coming-of-age tale has it all.

The Shining

More quotable lines exist in The Shining than any other classic horror movie- “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.”, “Redrum.”, and “Heeeeere’s Johnny.” are a few of them. There are few movies that are as good as this in the prestige horror genre. Masters of the new era still regard it as a turning point in the genre. With sweeping landscape shots, frightening single point perspective hallways, and a scene reminiscent of a hedge maze, Stanley Kubrick provides cinema with its masterpiece. The film has some of the most beautiful and terrifying images ever captured on film. Jack Nicholson’s facial expressions and unhinged emotional turns are some of the best of his entire career. 

Carrie

The only scary thing in Carrie is high school. The cruel classmates who pelt tampons at the titular anti-heroine, the maltreatment that cascades from her abusive boyfriend , to his mean-girl girlfriend, and finally to her. In addition, Carrie’s mother is truly psychotic.Despite all that, not a single body drops until the final twenty minutes. Then, when you reach the moment when pig’s blood is spilled, you’ve become totally invested in the strange, lonely girl, her teachers, classmates, and even her tormentors. 

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11 Greatest Animated Movies Of All Time

by Kaylen Summers

Animation movies has been a great vessel for story-telling for many ages. These movie have taken us to magical worlds that we could never imagine, helped us think about concepts, made us feel emotions that we wanted to feel. The long history of animation as a movie genre has given us many brilliant and memorable works. Here are a few of the greatest works that er think you should definitely watch.

Coraline (2009)

There are unsettling moments in The Nightmare Before Christmas. But Henry Selick’s adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s story is downright creepy. The title character of the movie grew up frustrated by her inattentive parents, which led her into a world where everyone she knew had been replaced by a cheerier, but hollow duplicate. A hard black button replaced their living eyes. It would be straight-up horror in another medium. But Selick’s stop-motion, as well as his canny use of 3D, allows us to watch from a distance without having that much of scares.

Grave of the Fireflies (1988)

Hayao Miyazaki is often associated with Japan’s hugely influential animation studio Studio Ghibli. But his partner Isao Takahata is also a formidable filmmaker, never more so than in this devastating World War II drama, in which a brother and sister must survive after their town is destroyed by American planes. Despite its focus on children, Grave of the Fireflies is a profoundly mature tale of war and loss, set against a backdrop of despair and anger. Did the latest Pixar movie make you cry? You will lose your heart and soul to this one.

Fantastic Planet (1973)

Beautiful and horrifyingly violent, this psychedelic allegory from French animator René Laloux has inspired musicians like Flying Lotus to hip-hop producers like Madlib. Its freaky art design and distinctive paper-cutout animation style still impress viewers today, while Alain Goraguer’s unsettling score creates an unsettling tone rarely heard on a soundtrack. Traags, towering azure-skinned aliens, keep humans as pets and abuse them indifferently, so the subtext isn’t too subtle. Its inventive aesthetics alone qualify it for inclusion on lists of all-time films.

The Secret of NIMH (1982)

After quitting his job at Disney during the late 1970s due to its sputtering creative drive, Don Bluth made his feature directorial debut with this fable about a widowed mouse who is forced to move her family’s home before a farmer destroys it. Her quest leads her to discover what happened to her husband, who was involved in insidious government experiments on rats. Adapted from Robert C. O’Brien’s book, The Secret of NIMH, weaves a commentary on animal experimentation and a salute to single mothers into a smart, gripping action-adventure thriller, becoming a touchstone for sensitive Eighties kids.

Up (2009)

This tale of an unlikely friendship between a little boy and an old man (complete with balloons, talking dogs, and a zeppelin fight) is a bit of magical realism that suits the subject matter of never being too old to enjoy an adventure. Up garnered a Best Picture nomination and became the first animated film to open the prestigious Cannes Film Festival, and with its eye-catching animation and unexpected emotional resonance, it’s no surprise.

Howl’s Moving Castle (2004)

This antiwar tale, loosely based on a novel by British author Diana Wynne Jones, is brilliantly crafted by Japanese master Hayao Miyazaki. It features a one-of-a-kind set piece: a steampunk castle powered by a wily fire demon lorded over by a bellicose wizard. The film filters Old World aesthetics through an Eastern lens to create a visually stunning love story that is also an indictment of the human and environmental toll of war. Peter Docter, Pixar’s English dub supervisor, enlisted the likes of Lauren Bacall, Christian Bale, Emily Mortimer and Billy Crystal.

The Triplets of Belleville (2003)

With a bent toward Jazz Age stage shows and silent comedy, France’s Sylvain Chomet set up an old-timey caper involving American gangsters, Tour de France cyclists, and the titular trio of weird out sisters to expose a crime ring. It’s got catchy tunes and wry physical humor to spare, but its most charming quirk lies in laying out moving parts – a makeshift treadmill, a daily routine, a song – and watching them go. 

Fritz the Cat (1972)

The screen adaptation of Robert Crumb’s creation – a hip cat that loves getting high and cajoling girls into group sex – served as the ultimate statement on the bitter, biting satire of underground comics. This features an anthropomorphic look at Amerika during the Nixon era (although Bakshi, the artist, nodded his head in approval—he killed Fritz off with an icepick in the books). This midnight-movie staple targets everyone from simpering progressives to social fatcats (represented as literal fat cats). It’s equal parts nihilism and let it all hang out hedonism.

The Adventures of Prince Achmed (1926)

Over ninety years after its original release, Lotte Reininger’s otherworldly fable still captivates with its rapturous fluidity. Its images were created with intricate paper cut-outs, but they seem to flow like water, pure magic created with the simplest of tools. When you consider that Reininger and her collaborators were working without a map, the accomplishments of Prince Achmed are even more incredible. For three years they broke no rules, and went wherever their imaginations and experiments took them, producing one of animation’s first feature films, and still one of its best.

Yellow Submarine (1968)

A late-Sixties Beatles odyssey in which John, Paul, Ringo and George must save an underwater utopia from fun-killing Blue Meanies is synonymous with the “turn off your mind, relax and float downstream” vibe. The Fab Four might not have provided their own voices, but George Dunning’s hallucinatory animation and some of their most trippiest music nevertheless make for a memorable Pop-Art ride. The popularity of Yellow Submarine demonstrated to the mainstream that there are more ways than Disney to pull off a feature-length cartoon.

Toy Story (1995)

The debut film of Pixar was full of promise, already possessing a sense of humor, themes, and a distinctive style that would make it a benchmark of modern animated films. The company’s then-revolutionary team created a cast of lovable toys that feel like old friends with every additional viewing. The comedy duo of Woody and Buzz Lightyear (Tom Hanks and Tim Allen) still tugs at our hearts, and Randy Newman’s “You Got A Friend in Me” never fails to make us smile.

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Hidden LGBTQ+ Gems On Netflix

by Kaylen Summers

In the past decade, Hollywood has been more than inclusive for the LGBTQ+ community. Movies with positive representation are getting more reception and not just from the members of the community. If you are looking for such awesome movies to watch, then here are some hidden gems from Netflix.

The Half of It

Take a typical teen rom-com and turn every single trope on its head. The Half of It is the lesbian coming-of-age rom-com we’ve been waiting for. The movie makes you think you are watching one thing until it completely flips the narrative on its head. Most movies go something like this: Girl helps boy woo (or win back) another girl, but they fall in love instead. But what if that girl falls in love with the girl she’s supposed to be wooing? Lots of drama, that’s what. Don’t worry, it’s the good kind. The film stars Leah Lewis (Nancy Drew) as the band geek Ellie Chu, Alexxis Lemire as the preacher’s daughter Aster Flores, and Daniel Diemer as the soft-spoken jock Paul Munsky. One of the most moving scenes in the film comes when Ellie’s dad confesses his parenting insecurities to Paul in Chinese. Although the football star does not speak the language, he lets him talk uninterrupted, understanding his intent. That’s just one example of how this movie gives viewers what they didn’t know they wanted in an intriguing and memorable way. The Half of It is basically the modern-day Footloose – complete with small-town judgments and little old ladies gasping at the audacity of “the youths” during church pronouncements. With a dash of gay and tons of literary references, this is a must-watch.

The Boys in the Band

The Boys in the Band was originally an Off-Broadway play in 1968 before Ryan Murphy produced the 2020 film. An early positive example (and realistic representation) of gay representation, The Boys in the Band offers the story of gay men celebrating a birthday party in New York City, and was written by gay playwright Mart Crowley just one year before the Stonewall riots. When the play was revived on Broadway for its 50th anniversary, every role was played by a prominent gay actor – all of whom reprised their roles in the Netflix adaptation. It stars Magic Mike’s Matt Bomer (Donald), The Big Bang Theory’s Jim Parsons (Michael), Star Trek’s Zachary Quinto (Harold), and Teen Wolf’s Charlie Carver (Cowboy). An ex-college roommate who is homophobic and likely closeted shows up to Howard’s gay party, and Michael tries (and fails) to hide the group’s homosexuality, causing an unhealthy dose of hostility and violence. Michael’s past sends him on a bender, leaving him without sobriety as he struggles with his sexuality. Drama ensues when Michael makes everyone at the party play a twisted game of calling their greatest loves and confessing their feelings – forcing everyone to confront messy truths about themselves.
With dark wit, comedy, and terrific acting, the period piece tackles everything from internalized homophobia, racism, a warped society, and the timeless nature of gay culture.

Other People

It is refreshing to see a gay lead in a movie that is not about a character coming out. Hollywood has developed a habit of focusing on LGBTQ+ stories that center directly on a character’s queerness – usually centering on a tragic coming-out story. The story centers around David (Jesse Plemons from The Irishman), who is dealing with the impending death of his mother (Molly Shannon). Despite the dark plot, Shannon brings light to her character by making viewers fall in love with her laughter and positivity that shines through even the tensest moments. Yet, she punches through the comedy with some heartbreaking scenes of despair. Viewers will experience every emotion listed on their doctor’s feelings chart, but they’ll never be angry about it. There are also some comedic cameos from actors like Nicole Byers, Zach Woods, and Josie Totah that parallel the darker themes with some of the absurdity that comes with people’s reactions to someone else’s bad news. There is room for LGBTQ+ characters in all genres, not just those that center around their sexuality, and the Adam and Naomi Scott produced film makes a lot of progress in normalizing LGBTQ+ characters in all kinds of films. In a side story, David’s father’s (Bradley Whitford) longstanding struggle for acceptance since his son came out a decade ago is explored. The story is more focused on David’s relationship with his mom and her struggles than on his sexuality.

Disclosure

The Netflix original documentary Disclosure tells the story of Hollywood’s sketchy history of trans representation as narrated by Hollywood’s most influential trans members. In the movie, it’s explored how toxic film and TV portrayals affect the way the world views the trans community – and how they viewed themselves. The documentary features Hollywood favorites like Laverne Cox, Chaz Bono, Candis Cayne, Rain Valdez, and Brian Michael Smith telling their own stories. Many people see little to no trans representation because Hollywood constantly portrays drag queens and the trans community as killers, sex workers, or the butt of the joke. The documentary adds a vital, heartbreaking, and heartwarming element to the story. No matter whether you know someone who is transgender, are LGBTQ+ yourself or have never met a trans person, the film is an enlightening watch that will probably teach you something you didn’t know about the community and their history.

Freak Show

Recently, there have been a number of coming-of-age LGBTQ+ films, but none have focused quite so much on the drag scene as Freak Show. In the wake of his mother’s alcoholism, gay high schooler Billy Bloom feels like his life is coming to an end when he is sent to live with his estranged father. He has to fit into a small town ruled by small-minded bullies with phobic mindsets – including his father. He wears dresses and wigs while shining a light on drag culture and embracing gender nonconformity in the film.Teen Wolf alum Ian Nelson expertly plays Mark “Flip” Kelly – the artistic jock with a softer side who needs a push to defy the expectations placed on him. Billy helps Flip let go of the idea that he needs approval from the world to be himself, but their friendship does not come without its hiccups.Even among an incredible cast that includes Laverne Cox, Bett Midler (Hocus Pocus), and Larry Pine (House of Cards), Alex Lawther’s stellar performance as Billy stands out. Unlike many feel-good stories in the same category, Freak Show shows its leads as flawed and human. Occasionally, the main characters resort to hurtful insults out of anger out of selfishness and privilege. Although Billy’s high school wardrobe may not be very realistic, the film doesn’t paint the characters in glitter to make them seem perfect. Glitter is thrown on them because everything should sparkle.

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11 Famous Feminist Films of All Time

by Kaylen Summers

Movie studios and moviemakers are more focused on make cinemas more woke. However, female filmmakers and female-led storytelling has been part of Hollywood for a very long time. Here are some of the feminist landmarks in world cinema that deserves to be revisited and re-appreciated.

His Girl Friday (1940)

Movies and shows are not realistic when it comes to depicting workplace gender relations onscreen. However, before all these rom-com cliches, there was one movie that did it in the most accurate way- His Girl Friday. Hildy Johnson (Rosalind Russell) works as a star news reporter with a soaring career. Her peers are mostly males and they treat her with unrivaled professional respect. She is presented as a better listener than her peers, strong with self-belief, sympathy, and warm confidence. Considering the year the movie was released, this representation is truly surprising.

The Piano (1993)

The Piano is a very important figure in the history of feminist film history. It presents eroticism and fetishism before the audience through a female gaze. The movie has Holly Hunter play the role of Ada. She is a mute pianist in the 19th century Scotland. After getting married off to a man that she never knew before, and moving to New Zealand, she starts to develop feelings for a local ex-sailor. Similar to her other movies, director Jane Campion protrays the female protagonist as complicated and contradictory. It is one of the most brilliant crafted tale of a woman you can ever see in cinema.

Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)

George Miller’s Mad Max can be never considered a feminist movie. The first installments of the movie were focused more on the central character and there was nothing much being talked about that is even distant from the female B plot. However, when the director decided to do a reboot of the franchise (we are still confused about the timeline), we didn’t expect it to be a female-centric story-telling. Sure, we can argue that it is not a clearcut feminist movie per see. Still, how many movies will you see a bunch of kickass women smashing malignant patriarchy- that too with their bare hands?!

Cléo from 5 to 7 (1962)

If you are looking for feminist film icons, you cannot ignore France’s Agnès Varda. She was and always will be one of most remembered personality for female representation in cinema. Cléo from 5 to 7 is her best known work and portrait of womanhood in a simple and sensitive manner. It is surprisingly refreshing to see woman characters not subjected to over-the-top melodrama. A woman showing her own mortality, without judgement or excessive emotion, is something worth seeing.

A Woman Under the Influence (1974)

Women suffering patriarchal marginalization has been a strong talk point in almost all of the major feminist movies. However, it is not often that other factors are addressed. Take mental health issues for example. It is exactly what indie legend John Cassavetes had in mind, when he decided to make the movie A Woman Under the Influence. The movie is about a woman who is unwell and at the verge of a severe breakdown. However, her spirit still remains broken. The director excels in creating a three-dimensional woman character.

Daughters of the Dust (1991)

Julie Dash’s feature debut Daughters of the Dust is nothing short of rapturous. The movie revolves around a group of former African slaves who were living off the coast of South Carolina. One day they decided to go back to the American mainland and overcome the ill experiences that they had in the past. The movie also have other significance too in the world cinema history. Daughters of the Dust was the first movie directed by an African American woman to get a theatrical distribution.

Ladies and Gentlemen, the Fabulous Stains (1982)

Featuring Diane Lane, Ladies and Gentlemen, the Fabulous Stains is coolest 80’s cult classic movie ever. The movie revolves around Corinne Burns who is the teenage leader of an all-girl punk bank named the Stains. they may not be the most talented group, but they smash opposition with their admirable style and confidence. The movie sets an iconic symbol of female rebellion and self-expression

4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days (2007)

4 Months, 3 Weeks, and 2 Days tell the story of how women are robbed of their options. The movie tells about how abortion is treated culturally and the experiences women have to face during their pregnancy. The movie is filled with elaborate long takes and this creates a certain sense of restlessness in the audience. However, it is this same restlessness that helps us to grow our sympathy towards the characters.

Thelma & Louise (1991)

Nothing can beat the classic!! Thelma & Louise has a very significant position in world cinema history as well us, road movie history, and feminist cinema history. The movie literally changed the way how buddy movies are and introduced a female perspective into the genre. Putting forward the enough-is-enough message, the movie shows two strong, independent women taking on the whole world and even some of the many sexual harassment and predators they had to face on the road. There is one particular scene in which Lousie shoots a creep who attempts to rape Thelma. They never call the cops or ask for help. They face it. How badass is that?!!

Desperately Seeking Susan (1985)

Desperately Seeking Susan is a wildly funny NYC ode. Directed by Susan Seidelman, the movie is nothing short of lightning captured in a bottle. In the movie, Madonna is an ultimate downtown lust object while Rosanna Arquette is living as an ordinary housewife who doesn’t have much to do. However, what makes this movie so groundbreaking is how it reverses Hollywood’s good girl- bad girl archetypes upside down and how it brilliantly let the women characters flourish.

Alien (1979)

Ridley Scott’s sci-fi-horror is a true landmark in cinema history. However, the most astonishing thing about the movie is the protagonist. There is no doubt that the Alien movie gave us one of the strongest and badass female lead characters of all time. Sigourney Weaver portrayed the chain-smoking character to its finest and made an immortal feminist icon. He saves the world and crew members from getting impregnated by a deadly alien species.

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9 Famous Movie Sex Scenes Of All Time

by Kaylen Summers

Sex scenes in movies are something that can be hard to avoid (no pun intended). You never know when one is going to happen and most of the time it can be awkward for the viewers- especially if you are watching the movie with your parents. So, what makes a sex scene great?! Does it need to be realistic, erotic, or controversial?! We have gone through most of the movies to help you find some of the groundbreaking (and weird) sex scenes that movies can offer. Read more if you want to find out how these scenes of love-making are remarkable.

Persona (1966)

Let’s start from the black and white era of cinema. Directed by Ingmar Bergman, Persona is about the catatonic breakdown of stage star Elisabet and how she built a mesmerizing relationship with her nurse Alma. In one of the scenes from the movie, Alma relates to the time when she and her girlfriend had sex with underage boys on the beach. Though the incident led to some dire consequences, the scene is so groundbreaking because it got censored from many screenings, even though there is no sex in it. That is expert-level and only Bergman can make things unbearably hot from just a monologue. The cinematic beauty of this scene is that it would have never been the same if the actual scene was shown in the movie.

Brokeback Mountain (2005)

Based on Annie Proulx’s story about two cowboys falling in love, Brokeback Mountain does have some intense sex scenes. One particular scene, however, is so damn intense. It was cold at night in the hills of Wyoming, and the two ranchers huddle up together for warmth. We all know what happened next. What makes this sex scene so extraordinary is that it was first time that we saw gay sex on the mainstream cinema and it paved the way for many in the future. With brilliant performances from Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal, the got three Oscars from eight nominations (2006). However, it never got a nomination for Best Picture, and some believe that it because of homophobia.

In the Realm of the Senses (1976)

Considered as director Nagisa Oshima’s masterpiece, In the Realm of the Senses is a true story about an all-consuming sexual obsession that developed between a hotel owner and his employee in 1936 Tokyo. The reason the movie deserves a place on this list is because of the highly erotic sex acts seen throughout the movie. It gets totally weird at times too, like when Kichizo inserts a hard-boiled egg into the vagina of his new bride, Sada in front of all the people serving the dinner. She is forced to squat like a hen and lay the egg on the floor for him to eat. This is a straightforward sexual assault, but the scene is crafted to make these judgments irrelevant.

Yes!! We know this movie is so creepy- even for the generation of free internet porn. But, we had to include the movie for pushing the boundaries of cinematic sex scenes.

The Last Temptation of Christ (1976)

If there is a movie in which Jesus Christ is having sex, then it deserves to be on this list for that reason alone. The man who made him do it onscreen- none other than Martin Scorsese. In his movie The Last Temptation of Christ, there is a scene where Jesus fathering a child with Mary Magdalene and the director decided to do it actually showing JC do it on screen. Sure, it is a dream sequence. Still, it did not stop people from losing their minds. The movie turned out to become one of the most controversial films ever.

Ekstase (1933)

In 1933, Czech director Gustav Machaty released the overheated melodrama that involves an impotent husband, a young wife, and her admirer. The movie is iconic for many reasons and one of the main reasons is that it was the first movie to show onscreen female orgasm. The 19-year-old Hedy Kiesler became an international icon after the movie’s release- especially after the nude swimming scene. Even though U.S customs burned uncensored prints of the movie, the actress signed a deal with MGM and became the Hollywood goddess that we know her as today.

Basic Instinct (1992)

A list of famous movie sex scenes will not be complete without Basic Instinct. Yes, you know the iconic scene we are talking about. Catherine Tramell is called in for questioning. She is smoking a cigarette with her icy cold expression and all calculating composure. Finally, the iconic uncrossing of legs turns the tables on not just her interrogators, but also us the audience.

It Happened One Night (1934)

This is an another no sex -sex scene from the black and white era. Then, what makes this scene from It Happened One Night so groundbreaking?! When their bus breaks down, the leading characters Colbert and Gable are forced to spend a night together in the hotel room, posing as husband and wife. Gable can be seen hanging on to the sheer between the twin bed for modesty’s sake. During an era, when Hays Code censorship was strictly followed, such a scene was considered extremely scandalous. The movie scene even provoked many viewers during the time.

Last Tango in Paris (1972)

Two strangers meet in Paris and goes on to have impersonal sex. The plot of Last Tango in Paris is like it was designed to showcase some breathtaking erotic scenes onscreen. The movie is a pipe bomb of an art film and evoked many controversies from its date of release. One particular scene from the movie is considered highly sexual, in which Marlon Brando pins Maria Schneider on the hardwood floor and try our some dairy products in an unforgettable fashion. It was too much for many to handle and during its debut in 1972 New York Film Festival, there were lots of screams, walkouts. Calls for banning the movie followed and many critics stated that the movie was an over glorification of rape.

The Kiss (1896)

The Kiss is one of the earliest films to be shown to the public, directed by William Heise for Thomas Edison. At just 18 seconds long, the movie that showcases the kiss from a popular musical of the time, The Widow Jones. What’s wrong with a kiss?! But for the audience of the time, seeing a kiss up close and person on the big screen felt so scandalous. Edison, you naughty trickster!!

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Forgotten Fantasy Movies That Are Too Awesome

by Kaylen Summers

Fantasy movies are one genre of cinema in which it is really heard to get people’s attention. While major works from famous studios make it to audiences worldwide, there are many great fantasy movies that are forgotten. Here are some of these awesome movies that are worth revisiting.

Ladyhawke

Blade Runner’s commercial failure baffled Rutger Hauer, who played renegade replicant leader Roy Batty in the 1982 film. In addition, Hauer was typecast as a villain after his role in Ridley Scott’s seminal sci-fi film, which is why Richard Donner didn’t want him to play the hero in Ladyhawke, the beautifully shot and criminally overlooked fantasy film. In 1985, Donner told the now defunct Starlog Magazine that he always considered Rutger a heavy son of a b****. Heuer was proud of his role as Etienne Navarre, a haunted knight cursed by a jealous bishop. Narrare transforms into a wolf at night, while his true love, Isabeau of Anjou (Michelle Pfeiffer), becomes a hawk by day, keeping them apart, but always together. A young pickpocket (Matthew Broderick) joins the trio as they set off to defeat the bishop and lift the dreadful curse.

Excalibur

There’s a lot of Lord of the Rings in John Boorman’s Excalibur, which is what the director intended. At the time, Borman’s superbly shot Arthurian fantasy was well-received, but when it comes to King Arthur, people tend to talk more about Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Six years earlier, the beloved Monty Python comedy couldn’t be more different from Excalibur. Borman’s film is frighteningly violent and deadly serious, embracing some of King Arthur’s more uncomfortable elements. The movie follows Arthurian legend so closely that the end result was simply too dense for some; however, fantasy fans ought to check it out. Arthur is played by Nigel Terry, and Nicol Williamson’s Merlin steals every scene he appears in. The film also featured a very young Gabriel Byrne and Liam Neeson, and it introduced Helen Mirren and Patrick Stewart to American audiences. Additionally, cinematographer Alex Thomson was nominated for an Oscar for his work on the movie.

Zathura: A Space Adventure

While Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle was a successful follow-up to the ’90s hit, people aren’t aware that it is not the first sequel. Over a decade after the Robin Williams-led original made over $260 million at the box office, Jon Favreau directed a standalone spinoff called Zathura: A Space Adventure, starring future YA stars Josh Hutcherson and Kristen Stewart. It revolves around three siblings who turn to an astronaut (Dax Shepard) for help after their house is transported into outer space by the titular board game. Zathura bombed and was written off as a failure, but the figures only tell half the story. Somebody at Columbia thought it would be a good idea to release Favreau’s family fantasy on the same day as Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, which drew huge crowds and left Zathura with an uphill battle. The critical response has never matched the receipts of this forgotten fantasy gem.

Jabberwocky

The work of Terry Gilliam cannot be ignored when discussing fantasy films. Before he became a visionary director with films like Time Bandits, Brazil, Twelve Monkeys, and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, he made a film loosely based on Lewis Carroll’s Jabberwocky. Michael Palin plays Dennis, a hapless cooper who gets sent on a quest to kill the titular creature against his will after being mistaken for a hero in Gilliam’s film of the same name. Gilliam wanted to distance this film from his previous work, but the execs wouldn’t budge. He was reportedly furious when the movie was marketed as Monty Python’s Jabberwocky in the States, but he was vindicated when it did better in countries where Monty Python remained largely unknown. Even with such a limited budget, it looks great. It was revealed later that Gilliam used the decaying set of Oliver! to save money.

Laputa: Castle in the Sky

In spite of Hayao Miyazaki’s reputation among fantasy fans worldwide, his early films have been underappreciated in the West. If you’re only going to watch one fantasy gem from Miyazaki’s back catalog, it should be 1986’s Laputa: Castle in the Sky, the first Ghibli film. The story follows a boy named Pazu (voiced by James Van Der Beek in the English dub) who befriends a magical girl named Sheeta (Anna Paquin), a descendant of Laputan royalty. Sheeta’s amulet is the key to finding the lost floating city of Laputa, which is why the shady Colonel Muska (Mark Hamill) is chasing them. The music for Laputa: Castle in the Sky is composed by Miyazaki’s go-to composer, Joe Hisaishi, and the animation is stunning at times. Miyazaki came up with the steampunk setting after visiting Wales during a miner strike.

Seventh Son

Seventh Son gets a second chance to shine in 2020, despite its Rotten Tomatoes rating of just 12 percent. Jeff Bridges plays monster hunter Master Gregory in this film based on Joseph Delaney’s novel The Spook’s Apprentice. The escaped witch Mother Malkin (Julianne Moore) kills Gregory’s apprentice (an almost-clean-shaven Kit Harington), so Gregory begins looking for a replacement. Fortunately, he finds one in Tom Ward (Ben Barnes), who must learn the tricks of the trade quickly to avoid going the same way as the last apprentice. It’s hardly a groundbreaking setup, so how did Seventh Son succeed? To everyone’s surprise, Sergei Bodrov’s film made Netflix’s top ten most-viewed movies list in August 2020. It gained attention again because it’s a reunion for The Big Lebowski co-stars Bridges and Moore, while others say it had to do with people streaming more during the Coronavirus pandemic. Seventh Son is enjoying rising popularity among new viewers because if you turn up not expecting too much, you might just find yourself enjoying it.

Solomon Kane

Solomon Kane, a forgotten fantasy film that has found a new audience thanks to Netflix, is a unapologetic genre film. After encountering a demon, eponymous character (created by Robert E. Howard, author of Conan the Barbarian and Red Sonja) denounces his wicked ways and recommits to pacifism. When Kane (James Purefoy) falls in with a family of Puritans on their journey to the New World, but a member is kidnapped and the rest are slaughtered, he comes out of retirement to avenge them. The film was supposed to start a trilogy, but it still works as a standalone film. Fans of the source material have praised the director, but what makes Solomon Kane worth reconsidering is the leading man’s performance. Known for his roles in Altered Carbon and Sex Education on Netflix, James Purefoy is excellent as the Puritan Avenger, underplaying Kane’s inner turmoil to great effect. After Bassett approached him about the film, he delved into the character’s history, and he was instantly intrigued. 

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Top Spy Movies You Won’t Want To Miss

by Kaylen Summers

It is really awesome to watch a good espionage flick. These movies are truly over the top, but more entertaining than anything. Here are some of the top spy movies you will love to watch.

Spy Kids

A couple of second-generation spies (Alexa Vega, Daryl Sabara) are the focus of Robert Rodriguez’s charming kids’ film. The scheme of a dastardly supervillain/children’s show host played by Alan Cumming forces them to follow in their parents’ footsteps. A big part of the appeal is the wild and unorthodox designs and lame special effects. There were three sequels and a cartoon series following, but the original has become a classic.

Burn After Reading

Nobody explores the monsters behind civilized humanity with the wit and cynicism that the Coen brothers do. Burn After Reading shows what happens when social contracts fail. This razor-sharp satire from 2008 features all the technical excellence we’ve come to expect from Joel and Ethan Coen’s films — flawless casting, whip-smart writing, and a tone that’s just a half-click shy of tragic. There is a spy movie in Burn After Reading just as there is a detective movie in The Big Lebowski, which means that Coen’s clever comedies deftly slip between genre labels while paying homage to those very genres they avoid. A mock spy film colored with farce, Burn After Reading is shot and edited like a classic paranoiac spy thriller.

Spy Game

Though billed as a two-hander with Brad Pitt, Spy Game is really Robert Redford’s show. He returns to the genre in a fine performance. It explores the mentor-mentee relationship between Nathan Muir (Redford) and Tom Bishop (Pitt); one on the brink of retirement, the other about to be executed. When Muir learns that the agency is about to write Bishop off as a lost asset, he embarks on a long-distance covert rescue mission under the nose of his superiors. As we follow Muir over a 24-hour period, Redford’s character reveals a mysterious blend of cunning and loyalty. As his protege has his life cut short, Muir lies, schemes, and manipulates. Redford channels his elegant skill as a leading man and makes it a blast, and some of the film’s most enjoyable moments come when Muir deftly obfuscates answers while his superiors grill him about his activities. The film, in addition to Redford’s outstanding performance, blends classic genre components with Tony Scott’s trademark zeal for explosive action and restless editing.

Red Sparrow

The Red Sparrow is a shockingly grim film made on a sizable studio budget with a star-studded cast that includes Jennifer Lawrence, Joel Edgerton, and freaking Charlotte Rampling. Don’t expect an action-packed romp about a super spy. Red Sparrow is a darker, more dangerous film about surviving sexual assault. Lawrence is, as always, brilliant in the role, bringing the pulpier elements of the story to life within a character so completely realized and compelling that you can’t help but marvel at her strength. The film’s smart direction by Francis Lawrence, who directed the last three Hunger Games films, wisely steers away from exploitative content in the midst of its twisted plot. Although it didn’t get enough attention in theaters, Red Sparrow is a film that will hold up well through the ages thanks to its unusual story and beautiful technical elements.

Munich

The film Munich follows a team of spies and assassins seeking revenge for the death of their countrymen. While Spielberg’s film is an homage to true events, it tells deeper truths with a cinematic flair by partly fictionalizing the tale based on a true story. Despite the team’s best efforts to eliminate the terrorists one by one, they are always replaced. Each death only opens the way for new, more dangerous terrorists. Each act of violence is followed by a new death. Thus, the question becomes, What is gained? What have we lost? It feels a bit diminutive to call Munich a spy film, but it also feels wrong to leave it off the list. The film explores espionage in a unique context, while showcasing excellent action set pieces, but the heart of Munich lies in its human story of revenge and humanity.

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

Tinker Tailor Soidier Spy is a gorgeous, intricate drama directed by Thomas Alfredson, the atmospheric filmmaker behind Let The Right One In (and, in a devastating blow, The Snowman). With an ensemble cast so exceptional that an actor of Ciaran Hinds’ caliber becomes an extra, Tinker Tailor offers a more old fashioned approach to spycraft, involving tense hand-wringing sequences of manipulation and battles of wits. In times before modern technology, our most intimate secrets could still be kept, milking scenes of traded documents and personal secrecy for tension and heartbreak. The film is a beautiful investigation into the dehumanizing cost of bureaucratic espionage, and the loneliness and mental breakdown that come with a deceitful life lived under constant scrutiny. The film is a slow-burn that asks a lot of the viewer but rewards it tenfold.

Lust, Caution

Following up on his Oscar-winning work on Brokeback Mountain, Ang Lee returned to China for this sweeping, heartbreaking epic Lust, Caution. The romantic epic travels back to Shanghai during the Japanese occupation of World War II when we meet Mr. Yee (Tony Leung Chiu), leader of the local secret police who tortures resistance members for information. Therefore, it should not come as a surprise that certain parties want him dead, and they recruit a young actress, Wong Chia Chi (Tang Wei), to seduce Yee and assist in his murder. With stakes laid, Lust, Caution plays out like a prestige spy drama, with lavish period costuming and gorgeous cinematography, but after an explicit and extreme act of violence, the film becomes something else, something harder to pin down. Lust, Caution explores Yee and Wong’s passionate, sometimes violent romance in an unflinching character study that uncovers an unconventional and questionable relationship in all its facets. A beautiful film about love and secrets entangled up in the affairs of wartime spies, that will get your heart racing before ultimately breaking it.

Confessions of a Dangerous Mind

With the zany, sharply shot 2002 spy comedy Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, George Clooney made his directorial debut. This film follows the insane (supposedly) true story of Chuck Barris, creator of The Gong Show and The Dating Game, who claims to have been a CIA spy assassinating 33 people. This tale is approached with considerable skepticism by Clooney and Kaufman, recognizing it as self-fiction and transforming it into a character study about living a double life… Perhaps delusions of grandeur. As Barris, Sam Rockwell leans into the ridiculousness of his tales but keeps them grounded with harrowing emotion. George Clooney plays the CIA agent who recruits Barris into spycraft, Drew Barrymore plays his wife Penny, and Julia Roberts plays a mysterious, seductive operative with her own motives. The film’s cinematographer, Newton Thomas Sigel, creates a beautiful set of contrasts between the warm oranges of Hollywood and the chilly, blues of Chuck’s espionage career.

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12 Best Movies of the 2010s

by Kaylen Summers

It is time to take a look back at some of the best movies of the last decade. Here are a few of the best movies of the 2010s.

Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood (2019)

Tarantino’s penultimate film (or so he claims) reimagines the fringes of Hollywood in the era of the Manson murders, resulting in a riveting revisionist history. In the film, a fading TV star (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his stunt double (Brad Pitt) find their paths intersecting with rising starlet Sharon Tate (Margot Robbie) and the Manson gang. From its movie-mad giddiness to its deep pop culture references and word-perfect dialogue, it is pure Tarantino. 

The Tribe (2014)

Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy’s suffocatingly tense debut was the decade’s most innovative use of sensory deprivation. We are immersed in a Ukrainian school for the deaf with a new student (Grigoriy Fesenko) quickly learning the ropes – and discovering a criminal underworld that operates underground. This bleak drama, performed by a deaf, non-professional cast in sign language, transforms the Lord of the Flies scenario into a thrilling cinematic experience without subtitles, voiceover or background music. 

Lincoln (2012)

Tony Kushner, the director and screenwriter, takes a less traveled path with this movie. Abraham Lincoln’s biography offers an opportunity to analyze the unruly adolescence of American politics, the responsibility of keeping a divided nation together during wartime, the horse-trading lollapalooza of legislation, and what constitutes a presidential legacy. You get Lincoln both as a man and as a myth. You also learn about history in a way that feels vibrant, vital, and contemporary.

Personal Shopper (2016)

As a continuation of her collaboration with Clouds of Sils Maria director Olivier Assayas, Kristen Stewart cemented her victorious post-Twilight transformation into one of our finest actresses with this beguiling portrait of a woman in mourning. In Paris, Maureen works for a high-powered (but rarely seen) model, but her recent loss of twin brother is troubling her, and she believes she may be able to contact him from the afterlife. At this point, she begins receiving strange texts from a possible stalker. Those three dots on an incoming message have never been so terrifying. It is an enigmatic, profoundly moving, and the perfect existential ghost story for the 21st century.

Hereditary (2018)

In his auspicious debut, Ari Aster directs Toni Collette in a witchy fright fest about inherited trauma, starring a mother looking for answers after tragedy. As she starts to look deep into her family history, she finds out that the odd occurrences have something to do with her recent loss and her son’s erratic behavior. The horror film is extraordinary mainly because of the absolutely incredible performance from the cast.

Amour (2012)

Amour is a breathtaking love story that cross-examines the concepts of mortality. The devastating look at an elderly couple has a different approach when considering other films Micheal Haneke (and proof that the director does have a heart). Dealing with illness, the movie can be considered as one of the best works from the director. Don’t let the posters and title fool you. It is a romantic tragedy and there are plenty of moments in the movie when tears roll down your eyes.

Call Me By Your Name (2017)

 Filmmaker André Aciman turned André Aciman’s novel into a powerful memory piece, all sensual images and sweaty euphoria. The Italian director’s coming-of-age romance charts the short-lived summer fling between bright teenager Elio (Timothée Chalamet) and Oliver (Armie Hammer), the indestructible graduate student who enters his orbit. Love affairs are powerful because they don’t last – but anyone who has seen Call Me by Your Name will never forget it.

First Reformed (2018)

Director-writer Paul Schrader has long battled flesh and spirit (remember, this is the same strict Calvinist who wrote Taxi Driver). In his late-career masterpiece about a Dutch Reformed pastor (a brilliant Ethan Hawke) who experiences an existential crisis of faith triggered by eco-terrorism and love, he throws compassion into the mix as well. He brings vitality to this journey into the dark night of the soul at 71 years old. Schrader’s most searching, intriguing, provocative film in years is more than a return to form.

45 Years (2015)

An old couple (Tom Courtenay and Charlotte Rampling) celebrate their 45th wedding anniversary when a body is found frozen in the Alps decades after an accident. She turns out to have once been the husband’s girlfriend; his wife, however, is the one who starts to fall apart. In Ramping’s stunning turn, ice shelves of desolation crumble in the face of sensible Englishness as her life’s partner becomes a stranger to her. The vivisection of a marriage in Andrew Haigh’s drizzly, rural, hatchback-and-high-street ordinary is a vast epic of minute intimacy. Sometimes the fire in your heart is not love, but grief – and either way, smoke gets in your eyes. 

We Are the Best (2012)

The early ’80s saw many misfits who were dissatisfied with their lives start punk bands as an outlet to express themselves. However, for bored Swedish middle schoolers Bobo (Mira Barkhammar) and Klara (Mira Grosin), it’s just a pipe dream. When they meet fellow student/classical guitarist Hedvig (Liv LeMoyne), the idea of forming a female preteen power trio begins to make sense. Lukas Moodysson (Lilya 4-Ever) adapts his wife Coco’s graphic novel to capture the joy of discovering your bliss in two chords and the truth. This is one pure, unadulterated blast of girl power that you don’t want to miss.

Tangerine (2015)

‘Sin-Dee Rella’ (Kitana Kiki Rodriguez) and ‘Alexandra’ (Mya Taylor) are best friends who work as transgender sex workers. The friends spend Christmas pursuing an ex-boyfriend who cheated on them. Sean Baker’s comedy is an empathetic, raw, and ferociously funny work of cine-anthropology that could almost pass for a documentary. It was also infamous for being shot on an iPhone 5S. As a challenge to the next generation of filmmakers, it adds a vibrant, hyperreal aesthetic and DIY feel.

You Were Never Really Here (2017)

The revenge noir genre is turned into a bouquet of barbed wire by Lynne Ramsay. There’s something irreplaceable about the glitchy score, the throbbing cinematography, and Joaquin Phoenix’s schlubby angel of death rescuing a young girl and dealing revenge on a high-society pedophile ring. The real brilliance of this revenge movie lies in its rhythm. A set of already thin scenes is sushi knifed and sharpened until it resembles a torturer’s weaponry. It is surprising to see that most films waste so much time in neutral after watching this brutal, brittle, balletic film.

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12 Famous Movies That Got Banned For Unbelievable Reasons

by Kaylen Summers

The rules of censorship are different in the different parts of the world. This means that many movies that are performing very well in one part of the world can end up getting banned on the other side of the world. Even the cult classics from the most popular director can get banned for the most unbelievable reasons. Here are some of the best movies from the list.

A Clockwork Orange – United Kingdom

There is no doubt that A Clockwork Orange is a remarkable dark fantasy from Stanley Kubrik, one of the most prominent directors from world cinema. The movie has some of the most gruesome ultra-violent scenes that pushed boundaries and during its UK release, there were rumors that the movie is banned by the censors. Believing the rumors, Kubrick decides to pull the movie back from screens. Meanwhile, some reports say that there were death threats for both the director and his family and that is the main reason why the movie remained off British screens till the director’s demise in 1999.

The Wolf of Wall Street – Kenya

Martin Scorsese doesn’t hold back in his heavy-hitting, controversial, and most entertaining tale from the 80s, The Wolf of Wall Street. The movie is so iconic and gave us one of the most brilliant performances from Leonardo Di Caprio. The movie is strictly adult content and portrays what money and power can do to the corruptible. However, what was not expected, was the movie to get banned in almost all the nations in Africa. There is no exact reason to justify the ban. But, we do know that it started in Kenya, and shockingly, the rest of Africa followed.

Sex and the City 2 – Vietnam

Western culture has always had its conflicts with the east and other conservative society of the world. This conflict mostly finds its battleground in the movies of Hollywood and the western themes that it project. For the Vietnamese, it was the popular sequel Sex and the City 2 that created a direct conflict with the cultural values of the nation and its people. One scene in the movie, taking place in Abu Dhabi, also was also controversial as it was deemed to be anti-Muslim by some nations.

Zack and Miri Make a Porno- Thailand

The movie may not be the most popular one when compared with other movies on the list. However, the proactive title did not strike well with the Thailand government. Even though the movie is actually a rather tame affair starring Seth Rogen and Elizabeth Banks, the Ministry of Culture in Thailand thought differently. It was the 2008s and the use of mobile phones was getting popular in the nation. The government department thought that the comedy movie can influence the teen and they will be copying the main plot to make adult movies of their own.

The Da Vinci Code- Solomon Islands

When Dan Brown’s globe-trotting, best-selling thriller was decided to make into a movie, we were expecting outbursts from Christian religious groups. The movie’s release was nothing short of what was expected. Even though it sparked controversies all over the world, the most damned was the then Prime Minister of Solomon Islands, Manasseh Sogavare. The minister believes that the film ‘undermines the very roots of Christianity’ and deserves to be outlawed from his homeland.

2012- North Korea

According to the Mayan calendar proclamation, 2012 is the year in which the world would come to an end. This popular claim was the inspiration for the movie 2021. However, what the filmmakers didn’t know was that the former leader of North Korea, Kim Il Sung had his 100th birthday in the year and the North Korean government thought that a movie about the world ending can put their former leader in a bad light. So, they officially banned the movie.

Barney’s Great Adventure- Malaysia

How can anyone ban a movie with an adorable purple dinosaur who sings and dances with little kids?! Yes!! They banned everyone’s favorite dinosaur. The government of Malaysia, however, found the kid’s character, his catchy tunes, and his infectious voice too offensive for the children to watch. Why?! Only they know.

Zoolander- Singapore

This Ben Stiller comedy had everything that a comedy movie ever wanted. What can possibly get this movie banned?! Apparently, the government of Singapore had spotted something that offended their people. In the movie, the simpleton male model is brainwashed to assassinate the Malaysian Prime Minister. Singapore, the neighboring nation, finds this offensive and banned the movie.

Shrek 2- Israel

You might be wondering how a movie like Shrek 2 ended up on the list of banned movies. In the Hebrew dubbed version of the movie, there was a specific joke that didn’t go well. The scene poked fun of the local singer David D’Or’s high singing voice and the artist decided to take legal action against the movie. Rather than censoring the scene, they banned the entire movie.

Funny Girl- Egypt

Funny Girl is a 1960s romantic musical comedy that has Egyptian Muslim lead Omar Sharif falling in love with Jewish actress Barbara Streisand. During the time of the movie’s release, the actress was a vocal supporter of Israel and it was during this time the two countries were taking severe military actions against each other. Thus, Egypt decided to ban the movie to voice their disapproval.

Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End- China

Since China is the largest population in the world, getting movies to release in China is one of the biggest tasks Hollywood studios face now. Considering the fact that the Chinese government is too strong with their censorship rules and only a limited number of movies are allowed to get released in-country, studios are in an even tougher situation. In Pirates of the Caribbean, most of Chow Yun-Fat’s screen time was trimmed down from the version shown in China. The actor played the role of a Singaporean pirate and the Chinese government came to the conclusion that the character put Chinese people in a bad light.

Fifty Shades of Grey- Cambodia

We all know that this movie had it coming. With its insane romance, explicit sex scenes, and use of violence during sex, the movie got heavily censored and trimmed down in almost all parts of the world. However in Cambodia, things were taken to much higher measures. The nation considered the sexual scenes to be too extreme for the Khmer society. Well, the entire movie is pretty much just that. What more reason do you need to get banned.

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8 Movies Perfect For Your Solo Movie Night

by Kaylen Summers

Planning on watching a movie tonight? Here are few of good cinema that you can watch on your sole movie night.

How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days

Although you’ve probably seen this movie 10,000 times by now, you’ll never get tired of it. There’s nothing better than Kate Hudson and Matthew McConaughey in a rom-com. Plus, we can never resist a movie about magazines. Benjamin is challenged my coworkers to seduce a woman. Meanwhile, Andie has to write an article about how to lose a man in 10 days. What will happen when these two meet?! Watch it to find out.

Annihilation

It is one of the most overlooked, but fascinating films of 2018, and now that it is available on home video, you get to watch it in the dark, by yourself, taking in every detail of the Shimmer and how it seeps into the characters’ brains. Thematically and visually, Annihilation offers a wealth of texture. It’s a meditation on guilt and trauma, a look at what it’s like to grow as an individual, and a glimpse at what can happen when we finally find the transformation we so desperately desire. The film leaves some of the questions it poses ambiguous, so while it’s fun to discuss theories after the movie is over, Annihilation is more of a story that rewards silent contemplation. A film like this begs you not only to watch it attentively, but also to sit with it in silence after the credits roll.

Lost in Translation

In addition to Bill Murray’s magnificent performance, and Scarlett Johansson’s exceptional performance, Lost in Translation earned Sofia Coppola only the third Best Director nomination awarded to a woman in Oscar history, demonstrating her ability to escape her famous father’s long shadow. This is a movie that requires quiet concentration. You won’t lose sight of the story if you see Lost in Translation in a group—there isn’t much plot—but the self-reflection the film generates may be lost in the midst of a group. As Johansson’s character discovers in that unforgettable final scene, some secrets can only be discovered if you lean in close enough to hear a whisper.

Children of Men

Children of Men is not just one of the best science fiction films of the 21st century, it’s one of the best films of this century as a whole. Despite its dense, taut, cerebral depiction of a world in which all human reproduction has ceased, Alfonso Cauron’s film is certainly worth watching, but it may have additional meaning if you watch it alone. It’s a film about the decline of humanity, so loneliness and futility are themes worth considering, but it’s also a film with meaning in every frame. In addition to Cuaron’s visual style and the brilliant performances of the impeccable cast, the film is deeply symbolic. Watching it alone gives you the advantage of picking up on as much of that as possible. Also, the gorgeous long takes, no matter how emotionally wrenching, just beg for uninterrupted watching.

The Other Side of the Wind

Orson Welles’ final film was finally completed and released on Netflix in 2018, nearly five decades after he started working on it. For years, The Other Side of the Wind has been a fabled piece of cinema history, a kind of cinephile Holy Grail that many film lovers have been eagerly awaiting. The film is finally here, and it can be watched in the comfort of your own home, so chances are good that many fans will treat it as a sacred moment to be savored without distraction. There’s no denying that this movie’s brilliant mockumentary style makes it worth watching alone. Films like this are breathless and constantly moving, with characters appearing and disappearing in an instant. The audience is spoon-fed very little information, and Welles’ attempt to make a challenging work of cinema that broke all the conventions of the time is still very captivating, even if it looks a bit conventional to modern eyes.

All is Lost

In JC Chandor’s All Is Lost, a hit 2013 drama about a sailor who endures a litany of increasingly dangerous mishaps during a solo voyage, Redford’s ability to captivate audiences is evident in every scene. The experience of watching this film alone is transformative. Only one character speaks, making sounds that ordinarily might not be noticed–like thunder–all the more intriguing. A movie with little to no dialogue, with most of the sound coming from the main character shuffling around, becomes a more immersive experience due to the inclusion of what would normally be an ordinary background detail. The roaring storm and the sextant, both crucial details in All Is Lost, require the audience’s full attention.

Gravity

Alfonso Cuarón’s hit 2013 space drama Gravity, which stars Sandra Bullock as Dr. Ryan Stone and George Clooney as Lt. Matt Kowalski, packed theaters for weeks, but to fully make its point, it needs to be seen alone. In addition, the filmmakers successfully project Stone’s panic onto the audience after she is marooned in space. Astronaut Sherwood Spring recalled a time from his own career when watching the film and relating to her fears. Being in Dr. Stone’s position requires watching the film alone since fear is alleviated in a group setting. Whether or not there is sound in space is open to debate, but Cuarón’s composition of Gravity’s soundtrack is a second reason to watch it alone – and at high volume. The skillful use of sound amplifies the intensity of the film. It is even the crescendo in the score that allows audiences to feel the emotional weight of Bullock’s character’s struggle to survive on Earth. One sound, one second of distraction can ruin the experience.

The Shawshank Redemption

Do you remember the times you turned on the TV and just couldn’t stop watching a movie, regardless of how long it had already been on? It may not be one of your favorite movies, or even one you usually choose to watch, but once you’re pulled in, you can’t escape. For many people, that’s The Shawshank Redemption. The Frank Darabont-directed film did not do well at the box office, but it has since been recognized as one of the greatest films of all time. The Shawshank Redemption has the power to change your life. (At least that’s what people keep telling Morgan Freeman.) When you’re in the middle of it, you don’t want any distractions — and if you don’t want to cry in front of people, you don’t want to watch it with them.

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13 Best Netflix Thrillers That Will Get Your Heart Racing

by Kaylen Summers

One of the most exciting genres of storytelling to distract you from the real world is the thriller genre. It is the ultimate excitement of the cinematic kind. Fear, action, mystery, and more plot make these movies a true cinematic experience. Popular streaming platform Netflix has some of the most exciting thrillers that can get your heart pounding hard. Here are a few do the best ones from their titles.

Shutter Island

When it comes to mystery thrillers, nothing can top the Martin Scorsese classic- Shutter Island. With Leonardo DiCaprio and Mark Ruffalo in the lead roles, this psychological thriller is the perfect movie to start our list. The plot of the movie revolves around two agents who are visiting a mental asylum on an abandoned island. Their goal is to investigate a missing case that happened recently. However, this gets a lot darker than they bargained for and nothing is what it seems to be. This is one movie that you can thriller you can rewatch many times- even if you already know the ending. It is a masterpiece.

The Woman in the Window

The latest addition to Netflix’s thriller catalog is the new movie The Woman in the Window. Based on a book of the same name, the psychological thriller has Amy Adams in the lead role. Her character is trying to navigate through the fallout of witnessing a murder. However, she is not sure about the things that are happening around her, and that the murder that happened was actually something real or just her mind playing games with her.

Double Jeopardy

If you are a fan of the late 90’s era thrillers, then this one is the right pick for a nostalgia ride. With Ashley Judd and Tommy Lee Jones playing the main characters, the movie is about a women who is framed for her husband’s murder. She is forced to serve her time and after being released from the prison, she decides to set off and uncover the truth. It turns out that her husband is not dead. What will happen if she kills him now? You can’t put her in jail because she killed the same person twice, right?!

Quantum of Solace

When it comes to spy thrillers you definitely know who the king is. It’s none other than James Bond 007. The character and the franchise have been thrilling us consistently for many generations, and the Craig era of Bond movies has shown us that the movies can adapt to suit the modern audience as well. Quantum of Solace may not be the best movie to come out from this era, however, it surely can keep us thrilled and entertained.

Uncut Gems

Adam Sandler is known for his fun, happy, family movies. We would have never placed him in an edge-of-the-seat thriller if it was not for the movie Uncut Gems. The movie is remarkable as a terrifying thriller and makes you feel like it could actually happen in real life. Playing the character of Howard Ratner, Adam Sandler dominates in his performance. Ratner is a jeweler who makes a big bet that can help to have a better financially secure life or no life at all. Anything can happen, when you are gambling with life.

See You Yesterday

This is one hidden gem that you might have missed. Produced by renowned filmmaker Spike Lee, See You Yesterday is a time travel thriller. The plot of the movie revolves around two science prodigies who are working on solving the puzzle of time travel. When one of their brothers gets murdered by an officer, their need for time travel becomes more relevant than before.

The Killing of a Sacred Deer

Winning the best screenplay at the Cannes, this psychological thriller from acclaimed director Yorgos Lanthinmos stars Colin Farrell and Nicole Kidman in the lead roles. The actors play a married couple who invites an orphaned boy into their family. However, it kick starts a spiral of events that puts their family at risk and their relationship from falling apart.

93 Days

There is nothing more nail-biting and terrifying than the outbreak of a new disease. 93 days is a thriller that revolves around the 2014 Ebola outbreak in Nigeria. Based on real-life events, the movie takes us from the day an infected person arrives from Lagos to the Nigerian government’s response that ultimately saved the lives of many lives.

Bad Genius

Looking for some international thrillers?! Then you picked the right one. This 2017 heist film has a 100% score on Rotten Tomatoes and is a must-watch for all out there. The plot revolves around a group of highly skilled students who cook up a college entrance exam scam that leads to greater stakes as it becomes more and more successful. The heist thriller is critically acclaimed worldwide and deserves a watch party with your movie buff friends.

Gerald’s Game

Few adaptations of Stephen King’s novels have succeeded in outdoing their source material. Directed by Mike Flanagan (the genius behind Doctor Sleep and The Haunting of Hill House), Gerald’s Game is among the top 10 Stephen King adaptations. It’s the story of a woman whose husband has a heart attack and dies suddenly, leaving her confined to bed with no way out.

Fractured

A family goes on a road trip for Thanksgiving in this Netflix psychological thriller. When Ray’s daughter suffers an injury, he and his wife use the nearest emergency room and waited till they undergo a CT scan. But the two disappear, and Ray becomes convinced that something is going on at the hospital. 

Nightcrawler

In this underappreciated noir-thriller from 2014, Jake Gyllenhaal plays a small-time criminal hired to film gruesome crimes and accidents for a television station. Directed by Dan Gilroy, Nightcrawler tells a tragic tale about consumers’ appetite for consumer goods and unethical journalism.

I Care a Lot

I Care a Lot is a thriller starring Rosamund Pike as a legal caregiver who manipulates the judicial system to scam elderly people out of everything they own. She’s having a good time until she catches someone with ties that bind a little tighter than she’s used to. The movie lands somewhere between terrifying and hilarious. You’ll be asked if you’re more comfortable with human trafficking or elder abuse, which is really a no-win situation. Yet, it is so damn good.

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Feel-Good Movies That Will Make You Happy

by Kaylen Summers

Sometimes life can seem pretty grim and hopeless. Here are some movies that will make you feel better about life.

The Shawshank Redemption

The Shawshank Redemption is a masterclass in cinema’s unparalleled ability to provide a satisfying payoff after two hours of emotional agony. The story is adapted from a Stephen King novella and follows Andy Dufresne (Tim Robbins), an innocent man who is convicted of a heinous crime, which lands him in Shawshank State Penitentiary. Dufresne suffers abuses of all kinds in this prison; some from authority figures, such as the warden, others from his fellow inmates. Despite his suffering, Dufresne never loses the will to fight, despite the pain. Andy fights for what he believes in, including his fellow inmates’ human rights, their right to education, and his own right to freedom, during all of his trials. This unshakeable determination and willpower enabled Dufresne to devise a long-con plan to break out of jail and eventually escape to freedom. The rewards of life are seen in this success. We are reminded that whatever demons we face today could be dwarfed by our chances of achieving our goals one day in the future, and the more we struggle now, the more we’ll be rewarded in the future.

Groundhog Day

It can be devastating to make the same mistakes time and again. Groundhog Day explores that feeling of monotonous failure in an entirely feel-good way. The film follows weatherman Phil Connors (Bill Murray) as he relives the titular day over and over again. There are many emotions and arcs depicted in the story that accompanies someone trapped in a never-ending cycle of daily disappointment: frustration, boredom, agony, and finally depression. In Groundhog Day, Phil tries to commit suicide a number of times due to the frustration of reliving the same frustrating day over and over again. Ultimately, Phil realizes that he can’t run from his problems, so he decides to face them instead. As he stops focusing on his problems, he begins improving himself. He finds true love, acquires a wealth of new skills, inspires those around him, and breaks the curse – all because he didn’t let life’s cyclical hopelessness keep him down. It’s a great movie to laugh at and learn from if you’re stuck in a rut.

The Sound of Music

It is truly inspiring to see an incompetent nun become an incredible nanny and stepmother in The Sound of Music. Maria, the film’s protagonist, leaves the convent to become Captain von Trapp’s nanny in 1938 Austria. As her bond with the family deepens, she discovers her ability to positively impact not only the lives of von Trapp’s children but also the emotionally distant Captain. Maria realizes she does not need to confirm – she can be herself and shape those around her into better people. The film’s central message is this: you don’t have to change the world around you, you can change the world by changing yourself. Maria embodies these qualities in the movie, which leads to the von Trapp family becoming more loving, empathetic, and joyful. The Sound of Music is a great watch for whenever you need something to make you feel better about life and remind you that life has a purpose for you, exactly as you are.

Up

The movie Up is designed to combat insular, self-absorbed depression. Carl suffers from this disease at the beginning of the movie. Carl, who lost the love of his life before he could afford to go on an adventure together, resigns himself to a sad existence as an angry old hermit. This changes, however, when a young boy scout and a million balloons become attached to Carl’s home, turning it into a makeshift airship with an uninvited occupant. A trip into the skies results in Carl and the boy floating off on an impromptu adventure that teaches both of them a valuable lesson about living life to the fullest. Up may not be Pixar’s greatest or deepest work, but its first ten minutes have some of the most heartbreaking moments in film history and may cause you to pause the movie and call your loved ones just to tell them how much you care. Watch that part of the movie if you need a reminder about life’s meaning, then watch the rest to get a renewed sense of excitement for life’s endless possibilities, and maybe even get inspired to plan a surprise journey.

50/50

Cancer is a serious subject, regardless of context, as it negatively affects everyone it touches. The movie explores that negative stigma and applies a humorous, upbeat slant to a consistently dour subject – and it succeeds, mostly. Cancer isn’t so much the villain as it is the catalyst for main character Adam Lerner (Joseph Gordon Levitt) to gain some self-respect and get his life in order. Thus, 50/50 is less a drama about Adam’s illness than it is a story about taking charge of one’s life and using every obstacle as a stepping stone to a better tomorrow. Adam learns that his girlfriend has been cheating on him shortly after being diagnosed with cancer. If cancer had not threatened to take his life at any moment, he might have tolerated it. Thanks to his condition, he realizes the value of every moment, realizes he can’t waste them with bad company, and promptly breaks up with her. The moral of 50/50 is: adversity isn’t a roadblock, it’s an opportunity to reflect and grow. Life only gets better as you overcome obstacles.

Paddington

If you want to turn a frown upside down, there’s nothing quite as effective as a wholesome, family-friendly adventure story about a marmalade-obsessed anthropomorphic bear. In this sense, Paddington does everything to brighten the mood and encourage optimism: it demonstrates a loving family that looks after Paddington and is willing to help him no matter what, it teaches valuable lessons in trust, and it shows how kindness can make a difference. In the movie, Paddington has to become a member of English society, earn a place within his adopted family, and evade a deranged taxidermist. The fact that Paddington is kind almost knocks out the first two birds (though that’s not something he’d ever do). As for the taxidermist, Paddington’s new family does everything in their power to get him out of harm’s way, using every resource at their disposal. Despite life’s challenges, as long as we keep our heads up and maintain a loving heart, no challenge is insurmountable. In addition, Paddington reminds us to ask for help when we need it – after all, life is a lot more fun and manageable with loved ones by our side.

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13 Netflix Titles That Will Cure Your Home Sickness

by Kaylen Summers

Feeling homesick? Here are some wonderful content of Netflix that you can watch to feel more cheerful.

Always Be My Maybe

Playful and upbeat, this Netflix Original follows childhood sweethearts as they reconnect in adulthood. Teenage sweethearts have a falling out and don’t speak for 15 years, only reconnecting as adults when Sasha runs into Marcus in San Francisco. The old sparks are still there, but the couple lives in different worlds. Enjoy the hilarious comedy, stay for the Keanu Reeves cameo, and leave the movie with a smile on your face, despite your cold.

Cheer

Watch this documentary series if you need some motivation to get through your illness. The series follows an acclaimed cheerleading squad at a small-town college in Texas, and throughout all six episodes, you’ll cheer, cry, and gasp along with the cheerleaders.

The Good Place

Watching a show called The Good Place is hard not to feel happy. It’s true that this critically acclaimed series is about what happens after death, but it’s also upbeat, playful, and thoughtful. Its three seasons are currently available on Netflix, so you’ll be entertained even if you’re out of commission for a few days.

Hairspray

The spontaneous breaking-into song of a musical requires a certain suspension of disbelief, which is easier to achieve when you’re sick. Music lovers already know this, of course. A remake of the ’80s film stars John Travolta, Michelle Pfeiffer, and Zac Efron and is full of classic songs that’ll have you humming along, even if you can’t breathe.

The Incredibles 2

The Incredibles 2 is sure to please fans of the original movie. The movie is filled with warm-hearted superheroes, playful gags, and affectionate family dynamics, and its uplifting conclusion will leave you smiling. What could be a better way to spend your sick day?

Miss Americana

The Swifties probably watched this Taylor Swift documentary before (a few times), but even those who aren’t huge fans will enjoy this peek into the singer-songwriter’s life. It’s funny, entertaining, and educational–a great option for mellow viewing.

Set It Up

Playful rom-com about two low-level office workers who set up their bosses so they can have more free time. Inevitably, funny antics ensue, but the predictability (and energetic humor) of the film are perfect when you’re feeling tired.

Schitt’s Creek

Watch this popular series on your sick day if you believe laughter is the best medicine. You’re sure to laugh at every episode (even if you’ve seen them all before), and the antagonistic but affectionate dynamics in the family at the heart of the show will leave you feeling warm (regardless of your temperature).

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

The animated superhero flick received rave reviews when it premiered and offers solid action without being too jarring for your sick day (or if the kids are home with you). It’s a standard origin story for a new generation’s Spider-Man, and it’ll leave you feeling ready to take on the world once you’re better.

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

This Netflix comedy series is insane, sweet, and completely hilarious, so it makes a great sick day pick. The episodes you see will put a smile on your face and lift your mood (it’s nearly impossible to be down with star Ellie Kemper on screen), and if you do fall asleep, no worries.

Valentine’s Day

It’s a vignette-style romantic comedy that’s fun to watch while you’re relaxing on your bed. Yes, there are tensions and mysteries, but they won’t disturb your rest, and the overall vibe–it’s about Valentine’s Day, the most loving day of the year–will leave you feeling warm inside.

The Politician

Those looking for low-level drama (with gorgeous production values) might find this suitable for a sick day. In The Politician, Gwyneth Paltrow (among other excellent actors) plays a high school student running for class president, with unexpected (and hilarious) consequences.

Parks and Recreation

If you’re looking for something heartfelt instead of goofy (although this beloved series is plenty goofy), Parks and Rec is a great choice for what to watch on Netflix while you’re home sick. The show offers hours of entertainment, and the genuine heart at its core will keep you warm, just like your sick-day blanket.

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Best Movies On Hulu To Watch Tonight

by Kaylen Summers

Even though Hulu had some rough patches initially, it is quietly becoming one of the top streaming players in the past few years. The streaming service has some of the best quality TV shows and movies to offer. Here are a few of the best movies that are currently available on Hulu.

They Came Together

From the first look, They Came Together may feel like a sweet romcom. However, it is more of an absurdist take of the romantic comedy genre. Don’t confuse it for a parody. The movie does have a storyline similar to any other romantic comedy. But, t does not shy away from making fun of the various tropes that make up those types of films. Starring Paul Rudd and Amy Poehler in the lead roles, the movie is directed by David Wain and penned by him and Michael Showalter.

Big Fish

Tim Burton is known for his whimsical and fantastically dark movies. Even though each of his movies is unique and memorable, it was 2003’s big Fish that really caught everyone’s attention. The movie is about a dying man telling his son, his life story. Burton made the movie in the immediate wake of his father’s death. This adds emotional heft to the movie that resonates with the audience very well. In a series of flashbacks, it is shown that the father in the movie goes on a series of fantastical adventures. What out for the ending though. It is a real tear-jerker.

The Adventures of Tintin

When it comes to trying out new technology in cinema, Steven Spielberg is the man. In 2011, he introduced the first motion-captured animated film The Adventures of Tintin. The comic-book adaptation of the beloved character went on to become the first non-Pixar movie to win the Golden Globe award for Best Animated Feature Film. The movie is super fun to watch and you will be amazed to see how much detailing they have done for this movie’s animation.

You’re Next

You might know filmmaker Adam Wingard as the director of the recent movie Godzilla vs Kong. Before he started making titans fight each other, the director made a thrilling home invasion movie. A young woman goes to meet her boyfriend’s family at their family’s vacation home. However, things take a sweeping turn when a bunch of masked attackers infiltrated the house. If you are a fan of horror action thrillers then this is your pick.

Young Adult

Young Adult is a comedy-drama that has Charlize Theron playing the role of a divorced, alcoholic ghostwriter for a series of young adult novels. She goes back to her hometown and gets back into a relationship with her high school boyfriend. The only problem is that he is married now. What makes Young Adult special is the awesome blend of cringeworthy comedy and heartbreaking drama. Just to be fair, keep in mind that the movie is not for everyone. But, if you find the movie to be entertaining, then it is going to be an awesome treat.

Palm Springs

Palm Springs is one of the best latest addition to the Hulu original movie category. Why?! Well, the truth is, the less you know about it the better the movie will be. Just go and watch this romantic comedy without even the faintest idea about the plot. Andy Samberg and Cristin Milioti play the role of two individuals who want to escape from their existence and end up stuck together in what seems like forever. The movie is sharp, sweet, and extremely funny in many ways. It will be one of the most thoughtful flicks you will see in recent years.

Sorry to Bother You

Written and directed by Boots Riley, Sorry to Bother You is about a young black man who becomes a wiz at telemarketing when he puts on a ‘white voice’. With too much success coming his way, he starts to compromise on his basic values. The ones that made him who he really is. This movie is strong in its satire on race, art, masculinity, and capitalism. However, it does not forgets to be hilarious and even complete bonkers from time to time.

Crawl

Crawl is undoubtedly the most surprising hit of all the movies on this list. The plot of the movie is about a college athlete swimmer named Haley, who comes to check on his estranged father when there is a Category 5 hurricane going on. She finds her father unconscious and tries to rescue him. But, little did she know that there are hungry gators surrounding them. The movie is thrill-packed, with a lot of tense and fun moments. The masterful compositions and direction from Alexandre Aja make this movie a unique viewing experience.

Galaxy Quest

Released in 1999, Galaxy Quest is undoubtfully a brilliant comedy and one worth rewatching. A group of washed-up actors from a decade-old, Star Trek-like TV show is living on their past glory days. They are abducted by aliens who believe that the old TV episodes are actually ‘historical documents’ and actors are real space heroes. They want these ‘galactic warriors’ to help them save their planet from a villainous threat. Filled with chaos and comedy, the movie is really good for a fun-filled movie time.

Something’s Gotta Give

Movies by Nancy Meyers are meant to make us feel good. They are sweet and nice. Written and directed by Meyers, Something’s Gotta Give is just that. The romantic comedy follows a successful playwright who has to look after her daughter’s much older boyfriend after he suffers a heart attack. Diane Keaton and Jack Nicholson play the lead characters who eventually end up attracted to each other. If you are looking for a feel-good movie, then this one will be a good pick for you.

Nomadland

Nomadland is one of the biggest gems you will find in Hulu. The movie went on to become the 2020 Best Picture winner at the Oscars. After the great recession in America, many have lost their homes and life’s savings. Fern is one among those people who take up the life of a nomad, living in a van and moving across the American West. The movie never romanticizes Fern’s circumstances and does not glorify the American-dream propaganda. The great element of story-telling in this movie is that it is true to its central theme. Add that to Zhao’s brilliant direction and McDormand’s brilliant performance, and you will have a remarkable movie.

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Best TV Shows To Stream On Prime Video

by Kaylen Summers

Let’s admit it. Amazon’s search function is the worst. And sometimes it makes it difficult to find good movies and (especially) shows to watch. Here are some of the best TV shows that are available on Prime Video.

Undone

Rosa Salazar and Bob Odenkirk star in this odd tale of a troubled young woman named Alma who is struggling with her sister, mother, and boyfriend-and then her dead father starts appearing to her with a request to master time travel. In a film starring actors and then beautifully rotoscoped for an air of surrealism, Undone will take you on a wild ride.

Invincible

The mature-audiences comic by Robert Kirkman is brought to (animated) life in this engrossing series. As a newly-minted superhero, Mark Grayson (Steven Yeun) must cope with his abilities and the secrets of his father, Omni-Man (J.K. Simmons). Just go a watch the first episode. You will either be horrified or hooked.

Wayne

The show revolves around a 16-year-old Boston native (Mark McKenna) with a code of conduct based on Conan the Barbarian, who hurls punches (or rocks) at anyone who offends him. In an effort to retrieve his gas-guzzling inheritance, Wayne discovers that his recently deceased father had a classic car unjustly seized by his estranged mother, her new husband, and their delinquent children. Deb (Ciara Bravo), a streetwise teen with her own family struggles, joins the ride. Wayne creator Shawn Simmons takes cues from a variety of sources, including the Coen Brothers and John Hughes, which results in a winning formula of teen angst and color. A second season may depend largely on people discovering the first.

The Boys

No matter how much you’ve seen of superheroes and superhero meta-analysis, you won’t want to miss The Boys. Eric Kripke’s adaptation of Garth Ennis’ comics imagines a world in which heroes are corporate tools, social media icons, and morally bankrupt. Homelander (think of an ethically destitute Avengers) leads the vaunted Seven, played with red-eyed menace by Antony Starr. The full scope of the hero industrial complex is revealed when mortal Billy Butcher (Karl Urban) targets Homelander.

Fleabag

The story centers on a downtrodden Londoner with a sister who is too perfect, a stepmother who intends to be wicked (Olivia Colman from The Crown), and an emotional crisis that demands hedonism in order to cope. Waller-Bridge interrupts the action to address the viewer directly, offering a biting running commentary on her own complicated state of affairs, including her crush on a priest (Andrew Scott).

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

A critically acclaimed and highly praised Amazon series, this dramedy stars Rachel Brosnahan as Miriam “Midge” Maisel, a 1950’s housewife who takes the bold (for the decade) step of becoming a standup comedian. The show, which captures New York’s burgeoning feminism in the 1970s, vibrates with energy, as does Brosnahan. Don Draper would have a hard time getting a word in with Midge.

Goliath

The series stars David E. Kelley (The Practice), who portrays a downtrodden attorney (Billy Bob Thornton) who brushes up against his former law firm while trying to solve an accidental death case that turns into a sprawling conspiracy. Bill Thornton won a Golden Globe for his performance; William Hurt should have won something for his portrayal as the diabolical firm co-founder who keeps pulling Thornton’s strings from afar. In seasons two and three, Dennis Quaid co-stars as evil California farmer Wade Blackwood. The fourth and final season is expected.

Forever

In this half-hour series, the less you know, the better. Don’t let anyone tell you anything other than that Fred Armisen and Maya Rudolph portray a couple in a troubled marriage. There is a lot more you have to discover on your own.

Homecoming

An acclimatization facility that helps soldiers transition to civilian life is the setting of this critically acclaimed drama starring Julia Roberts. An investigation reveals some startling truths about the program years later. It is Janelle Monáe who headlines season 2, which pushes the story forward.

Bosch

As the eponymous homicide detective in the Michael Connelly novels, Titus Welliver explores the seedy side of Los Angeles in an Amazon adaptation. Bosch succeeds as a police procedural in the Dragnet mold without frills or explosions. Despite the seventh and final season just premiering, it won’t be the end. A Bosch spinoff that stars Welliver, Mimi Rogers, and Madison Lintz will air on IMDb TV, which is available on Amazon Prime and other streaming services for free. The filming of this project will begin later this year.

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Great Gangster Movies Of All Time

by Kaylen Summers

Before superheroes took over the movie screens, there was the gangster, thrilling us with their deadly charm. If you are looking for a good gangster movie to watch, then here are a few of the best ones.

White Heat (1949)

In the early days of Hollywood talkies, James Cagney served as a tough guy whose criminal exploits audiences could adore – at least until the Production Code imposed strict guidelines that prevented people from following his example. Arthur “Cody” Jarrett, a psychotic hoodlum who becomes increasingly fixated on his mother, makes his comeback with Warner Bros. Cagney’s famous dialogue from the film, “Made it, Ma! Top of the world!”, became instant popularity. This theme was repeated throughout film history, especially in Ernest Dickerson’s film Juice, where the actor’s unforgettable appeal lent a glory to the doomed crook, even after he was brutally killed by police.

Bonnie and Clyde (1967)

The story of Bonnie Parker (Faye Dunaway) and Clyde Barrow (Warren Beatty) is a step toward a more open depiction of sex and violence, which the Production Code prohibited, and which this film’s enormous success allowed later. A sad and mesmerizing duo, Beatty and Dunaway embark on an adventurous journey in pursuit of the doomed dream, which brings along Clyde’s reckless brother (Gene Hackman), his disapproving spouse (Estelle Parsons), and an impressionable child. Penn’s film tells the story of these two outlaws in a genre dominated by mythmaking.

Get Carter (1971)

Michael Caine often appeared in the jazziest, most violent expressions of British crime in the late 1960s and ’70s. Caine plays Jack Carter, a London gangster who travels home to discover that his brother was murdered – and decides to take revenge. When he worked with director Mike Hodges (who later directed the excellent Croupier with Clive Owen), Caine attempted to deliver a harder, gritty portrayal of criminal behavior than previous films like The Italian Job, even drawing on real-life acquaintances with underworld figures. In addition, Hodges’s use of bystanders as extras and a cinematographer with experience in documentary film further demystifies and grounds the action in this frequently brutal, amoral story.

Battles Without Honor And Humanity (1973)

Technically, Battles Without Honor and Humanity is not one film, but five directed by Kinji Fukasaku in less than two years. During the post-WWII Hiroshima era, the warrior codes evolved from sword fighting to gunfights. Fukasaku’s storytelling is inspired by nonfiction magazine articles, which use narration, newsreels, and other techniques to lend his stories a vivid sense of authenticity. The series’ violent landscapes explore much more than a single gangster’s journey through a brutal criminal society, exploring the hierarchies, power plays and the bodies left behind by the Yakuza’s march for dominance-and perhaps self-destruction-at any cost.

The Godfather (1972)

No film has become more synonymous with organized crime – and indeed, the mob – than Francis Ford Coppola’s adaptation of Mario Puzo’s story about the fictional Corleone family. A complex portrayal of a family hierarchy in which some members eagerly join the “family business” and others struggle against it cemented Coppola’s own career as well as those of Al Pacino, John Cazale, and others. The Godfather was responsible for an entire legacy of gangster films, perhaps fittingly, as it is so much about inherited, defined, and forged legacy – not to mention some of the best writing, acting, and directing that cinema has ever seen.

The Long Good Friday (1980)

This British film about Harry Shand (an electrifying Bob Hoskins) and his imploding aspirations to become a businessman explores the idea of “going legit” in a way few films do. Harry first must solve an intriguing mystery-who is responsible for the murders disrupting his life? -as director John Mackenzie captures the energy of late 1970s London and the many issues that dominated the social landscape of the era. The relationship between his mission and the IRA suddenly reaches a climax, holding the fate of his authority in the balance in the process.

Once Up On A Time In America (1984)

In order to focus on his own crime saga, which he delivered 12 years later as his final film, Sergio Leone declined the opportunity to direct The Godfather. Years after its initial release, Once Upon a Time in America struggled to find its audience, but the almost-four hour-long version brought its transcendent virtues into sharp focus. De Niro plays Noodles, a street kid who grows up to become a powerful gangster, only for his criminal past to haunt him forever – including keeping him from the life and love he craves. With the accompaniment of Morricone’s tack-piano score, Leone offers an operatic character study that encapsulates the success of lifelong dreams-and, for some, their inescapable cost-of a man left penniless and alone.

The Untouchables (1987)

In a different mode than his cocaine-fueled Scarface, Brian De Palma had the good guys take on one of the most notorious real-life gangsters of all time: Al Capone, portrayed with simmering menace by Robert De Niro. He showcases his effortless craftsmanship in his homages to classic cinema, such as in the Battleship Potemkin-riffing train station shootout. What gives this film its lasting power is the battle of wills between Al Capone, his ruthless henchmen, and Eliot Ness’s fearless police.

Goodfellas (1990)

In the Godfather films, Coppola attempted to examine the criminality of the Corleone family through a historical and socioeconomic lens entwined with the origins of America. Meanwhile, Martin Scorsese’s mob masterpiece followed the hard-won rise of a young lieutenant in a world that didn’t recognize his success, which is also why it couldn’t stop him sooner. Henry Hill is portrayed in thrilling detail by Ray Liotta, from the peaks and valleys of living outside the law to the wild affluence of his life. As Scorsese’s direction propels the film, a powerful question is raised about what’s worse: being a criminal or getting caught.

King of New York (1990)

It is hard to find a director who captures the seedy side of New York better than Martin Scorsese, but Abel Ferrara comes pretty close. Chris Walken plays Frank Black, a ruthless crime lord released from prison who launches a ruthless campaign against his competition while keeping the cops on their toes. An ensemble cast of aspiring stars fills out the roles, but it’s Walken’s pure unpredictability that elevates his performance to classic status, balancing irresistible charisma with an ice-cold sociopathy that leaves audiences on the edge of their seats.

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12 Awesome Time-Travel Movies That Will Blow Your Mind.

by Kaylen Summers

One genre of movies that never fail to bore us. In every era time-travel movies has surprised us with even more mind blowing tales. Here are some of the best movies that has kept us thinking even after the credits have ended.

The Lake House (2006)

A bizarre time-travel gimmick makes this romance stand out. Sandra Bullock and Keanu Reeves exchange letters via a mailbox at a rental house, though she is writing and reading them exactly two years later than he is. If you think about it too hard, a lot of time-travel movies don’t make sense; this is complicated. But still all is fair in a rom-com.

Peggy Sue Got Married (1986)

Francis Ford Coppola’s movie, called a rehash of Back to the Future, is actually a small gem, rueful and thoughtful. Katherine Turner is transported back to her senior year in high school, 1960. As she tries to figure out how her choices as a teenager helped form her future identity, she hopes “She Loves You” will become a hit before Lennon and McCartney finish their song.

Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure (1989)

There are many other goofy time-machine movies, from A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court to Mr. Peabody & Sherman, but none of them have the brilliant slack-jawed performances provided by Alex Winter and Keanu Reeves. Two teens in SoCal try to locate famous figures of Western civilization so they won’t fail history and their band, the Wyld Stallyns, can stay together and build a future utopia through music. The most inspirational moment is when Ted (Reeves) quotes Kansas: “All we are is dust in the wind, dude.”

Safety Not Guaranteed (2012)

The movie stars Mark Duplass as a grocery clerk who invents a time machine and puts a classified ad looking for someone to travel back in time with him; Aubrey Plaza appears as a magazine intern assigned to investigate the ad. Can you guess who forges a connection between two unlikely parties? As time travel becomes more and more popular, people fantasize about living their lives over again, only better. Besides Duplass and Plaza’s superb performances, what makes the film work is that it’s unclear until the end whether they are indulging that fantasy or whether his time machine actually works.

Time Bandits (1981)

This fantastically inventive time-travel adventure stars a young boy, six dwarfs, and a map of the universe that they are using to steal everything they can. Sean Connery as Agamemnon and John Cleese as a daffily aristocratic Robin Hood is the best cameos. Richardson became so absorbed in the role that he rejected some of his dialogue, telling Gilliam, “God wouldn’t say that.”

Run Lola Run (1998)

Lola (Franka Potente) gets a phone call from her boyfriend: He has lost a bag containing 100,000 Deutschmarks, and his criminal boss will kill him if he doesn’t find it or replace it within 20 minutes. Lola runs through Berlin dodging bicyclists and causing car accidents, provoking flash-forward sequences of the fate of various pedestrians, trying to find a way out. When she fails, the 20-minute time loop starts again – it seems to be powered by love and the absence of cash.

Hot Tub Time Machine (2010)

Time-travel movies have never been so entertaining. During a ski trip at a ski resort, John Cusack, Rob Corddry, Craig Robinson, and Clark Duke travel back to the ’80s, when hair was big, outerwear was neon, and Poison was a big band. Best scene: Robinson weeping because he feels bad about cheating on his wife, though she is only nine years old in 1986 and he feels guilty about his action. (The movie sidesteps the fact that Cusack was a much bigger star at the time).

Groundhog Day (1993)

Obviously, time travel doesn’t have to span hundreds of years to be a significant plot point in a movie: it can happen within minutes or hours. According to the rules set by the filmmakers, characters can be caught in a loop, spawn alternate universes, or even kill their grandfathers. Despite being limited to one day, Bill Murray’s comedy plays into one of its most fundamental themes: the idea that if we could live our lives over, we would do it better. That fantasy, however, could be subverted by the lesson that you can start over now.

Primer (2004)

This film is a graduate-level time-travel movie, full of confusion, technical jargon, and duplicate versions of characters attempting to outwit each other. Yet it is also a fascinating mind-bender, and as soon as you’re done watching it, you want to see it again to see if it actually makes sense. Shane Carruth’s debut is one of the best movies ever about a tech start-up: When some engineer friends make a working time machine, the ethical consequences are bypassed for financial gain.

Back to the Future (1985)

When Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) accidentally stops his parents from getting together in 1955, his mother transfers her affection to him instead. Fox does not have to pluck out his eyes – instead, he works to make his parents fall in love so he can be born. The movie makes a subtle joke about a shopping center called Twin Pines Mall changing its name to Lone Pine Mall in 1985.

La Jetée (1962)

This 28-minute film, told through a montage of black-and-white still photographs and narrated in French, is about a man sent back in time to avert apocalyptic war. He becomes entangled in the silken cords of time travel when he remembers how beautiful a woman was and how a man died in his childhood. Despite this novella of a movie being pretty perfect, Hollywood still made a big-budget feature-length version: 12 Monkeys (1995), directed by Terry Gilliam and starring Bruce Willis and Brad Pitt.

Safety Not Guaranteed (2012)

Aubrey Plaza plays the magazine intern who shows up on a job assignment to investigate the classified ad placed by Mark Duplass advertising a time machine to travel through time with him. Time travel is an enduring fantasy explored in this indie film: you get to live your life again, but better. Besides Duplass and Plaza’s superb performances, what makes the film work is that it’s unclear until the end whether they are indulging that fantasy or whether his time machine actually works.

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Best Horror Movies To Watch On Netflix

by Kaylen Summers

Horror movies can be scary. Yet, we love watching these movies. If you are in the mood for some good horror movies to watch, Netflix has some of the best ones. Here are a few of them.

Bride of Chucky

Just when you thought that three Child Play movies were enough, the minds behind the creepy Chucky doll are back with another spin-off character that could push the franchise further into some scarier territory. The late-90s horror-comedy tells the story of Chunky and his demonic lover, Tiffany, on the road looking for new bodies to possess. The movie does have some oddly creepy scenes, including one in which the two killer dolls have sensual sex. However, if you okay with all that and a fan of the Chucky movies, then this is a must-watch movie.

Unfriended

Remember The Blair Witch Project? The movie revolutionized the horror genre with its found-footage style making. Unfriended takes the sub-genre to the digital era. Known as the ‘screenlife’  filmmaking approach, the whole movie is told from the perspective of computers, tablets, and smartphone screens. After the suicide of a classmate due to online bullying, a bunch of teenagers is taken out one by one during an online video call.

In the Tall Grass

When it comes to telling horror stories, no one is better than Stephen King. Together with his son Joe Hill, he wrote the novelette In the Tall Grass which got adapted by Netflix into a movie of the same name. The story revolves around a vast field of tall grass. People who pass by hears voices calling for help and if they enter the field to help them, they will be lost in the haunting tall grass.

Bird Box

Bird Box is one of the biggest horror hits from Netflix. Starring Sandra Bullock in the lead role, the movie is thematically on par with popular movies like A Quiet Place and Hush. In a post-apocalyptic world, everyone needs to be blindfolded to escape a deadly entity. Do otherwise and you will end up mad and ultimately dead. Bullock’s character is a mother-to-be who has to take care of two young children in this post-apocalyptic world. The movie has some terrific scare waiting for you and Bullock’s performance adds to it.

Cargo

Cargo takes the worn-out post-apocalyptic zombie genre and gives a fresh and exciting perspective to it. Starring Martin Freeman, Anthony Hayes, Susie Porter, the tightly focused thriller is about a father trying to get his daughter to safety on a zombie apocalypse. He does not have that much time as he is also infected by the deadly virus. The movie is a relief for the genre and delivers a solid performance from Freeman and the other cast members.

The Invitation

The Invitation is a multi-layered chamber piece that establishes director Karyn Kusama as of the best horror filmmakers. The movie can be described as an intriguing blend of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf and House of the Devil. A dinner party is set for the reunion of some old friends and ex-lovers. However, things take a quick turn immediately and a decade-long trauma is unzipped. There is a theme of supernatural horror and existential drama throughout this movie. The horrifying psychological journey of the main characters is a rare treat for the horror genre.

Hush

If you are looking for a thriller that is not shy about violence, then you should watch the 2016 film, Hush. The movie is much similar to You’re Next and has the same female survivalist feel like I Spit on Your Grave. However, Hush plays things safer than these movies. The performance, music, and ambient noise make this movie such a worthwhile addition to your watchlist.

1922

Directed by Zak Hilditch, 1922 is another Stephen King adaptation available on Netflix. The pacing of the movie may feel a odd. The early portion of the movie is a little rushed and some later instances are dragged to much. However, the movie is simple, direct and pack a punch. The movie is crafted to simmer tension in the minds of the audiences. Thomas Jane, Molly Parker, Billy Schmid and, Kaitlyn Bernard some of the actors who have performed in this movie.

The Ritual

The Ritual is the creepiest monster horror flick on the list and that makes it even more worth watching. With plenty of twists and turns that can keep you guessing, it is best to keep a sharp eye out for the details, straight from the start. A group of former college friends plans on a getaway. As fans of horror movies, we know want is gonna happen next. Yes! Things do take a horrific turn. However, what makes this movie unique is how different it treats the plot from other horror movies. Telling more about it will only ruin your movie-watching experience. So, it’s better to go and watch the movie instead.

Gerald’s Game

Fans of Stephen King novels know that among the beloved writer’s tales, the one with the least chance for getting an onscreen adaptation is Gerald’s Game. However, for Mike Flanagan, it was a dream project than an impossible adaptation. The movie is a psychological horror that strikes some hard topics like toxic masculinity, abusive cycles, oppressive silence, and more. Additionally, this horror movie embraces female strength, rather than exploitive abuses.

Apostle

If you think that you have a week heart, then it is better that you don’t watch this brutal piece of cinema. Apostle is just crazy butchery and sitting through these sickening scenes is the most horrifying part of the whole movie. Directed and penned by Gareth Evans, the horror-thriller takes place in 1905 London. When Thomas Richardson returned home, he learns that a religious cult has held her sister hostage for ransom. In order to free her and bring her back, he goes to the idyllic island where the cult lives. As he starts to infiltrate his way into the island’s community, he started noticing the cult’s ranks are corrupted. Furthermore, he uncovers a darker evil than he ever imagined.

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Best Superhero Movies To Watch When You’re Bored

by Kaylen Summers

Superhero movies are the hottest genre on our period and there are many awesome titles that are worth watching. Here are a few of them.

Chronicle

Chronicle, from director Josh Trank, gives the superhero genre the Blair Witch Project/Cloverfield found footage treatment, telling the story of three teenagers who stumble upon a mysterious extraterrestrial artifact that grants them seemingly limitless powers. Teens are difficult enough, but teens with telekinetic abilities? It soon becomes clear this is a superhero origin story turned supervillain origin story. The movie was a surprise hit among critics and fans alike. While there are moments when you’ll wonder why the cameras are still rolling as psychic high school students battle it out in the sky, the film is such a tense thrill ride that you’ll quickly forget these small nitpicks as it heads towards its inevitable and horrific conclusion.

Darkman

There is something special about Liam Neeson. He is very adept at playing dudes you don’t mess with. But before he exacted bloody vengeance on human traffickers, wolves, in-flight terrorists, rival gangsters, and LEGO lawbreakers, he was Darkman. A scientist-turned-scarred monster-turned reluctant superhero, Neeson plays Peyton Westlake with a maniacal glint in his eye in this Sam Raimi flick. In spite of layers of creepy monster makeup and gauze, Neeson strikes the perfect balance between madness, righteous anger, and pathos. The same can be said of the film itself. Known for its bad-trippy rage sequences, clever practical effects, and campy tone, this 1990 Sam Raimi flick feels like a crazed mix of Batman, Evil Dead II, and The Phantom of the Opera. In other words, it showcases the director’s offbeat style and its charismatic star. The film takes you in weird and wacky directions normal superhero movies would never dare, so if you’re tired of the familiar old trappings of Marvel or DC then you definitely want to check it out.

Batman

Director Tim Burton turned Adam West’s “zapps!” and “pows!” into a serious comic book character with 1989’s Batman. It took more than a decade to finally get a new adaptation mounted in the late 1970s. Originally, Batman was supposed to focus on the origins of Batman and Robin, but Burton scrapped elements from the script when he was hired. Michael Keaton’s casting as the title character caused some uproar among fans, but a look at the final film dispelled all those worries. While Burton didn’t follow the canon note for note, he paid homage to it and created a living, breathing version of Gotham City.

Batman Returns

The title of Batman Returns is misleading, but the film deserves to be seen. The New York Times described Michelle Pfeiffer’s Selina Kyle as an “enchantingly mixed-up Catwoman.” Michael Keaton stars as Batman in the movie, while Danny DeVito appears as the Penguin. The Penguin’s frightening appearance prompted a McDonald’s Happy Meal tie-in controversy. There was a time before Halle Berry walked into a bar and ordered milk before Anne Hathaway broke into Wayne Manor, but Julie Newmar, Lee Meriwether, and Eartha Kitt brought Catwoman to life in the 1960s-but, not like this. In the role of the crooked billionaire Max Schreck, Pfeiffer dressed in a catsuit, Tim Burton at his best, and Keaton sharing the spotlight with two formidable villains, this sequel earned praise from critics and became a box office hit.

Guardians of the Galaxy

A galactic delight, Guardians of the Galaxy earns its spot on the list. Chris Pratt’s Star-Lord proves that ’70s arena rock songs belong in outer space, just as Marvel superheroes do. As the green-skinned Gamora, Zoe Saldana enchants. Rocket Raccoon is voiced by Bradley Cooper, and Groot is voiced by Vin Diesel. Drax the Destroyer, played by Dave Bautista, steals every scene with his inability to grasp idiomatic expressions. After all these years, it’s easy to forget how crazy this film sounded at the time. Prior to Guardians, the Marvel Cinematic Universe had been pretty straightforward. Although Guy Pearce played a fire-breathing dude in Iron Man 3 and Christopher Eccleston played a dark elf in a movie we’ve all forgotten about, the MCU was relatively grounded (for superhero films, at least). It was a movie about a talking tree, a smart-aleck raccoon, and a whistling space pirate. James Gunn’s film introduced wild characters to mainstream audiences that no one had ever heard of before, injecting wit, warmth, and a lot of heart into these losers and scoundrels. Now, fans all over the world agree that the Guardians are great, and we are all Groot.

Dredd

Sylvester Stallone tried bringing Judge Dredd to the silver screen in 1995, but it failed miserably. Fortunately, the mean-mugging lawman got a second chance in 2012 when Karl Urban donned the grungy red helmet. Dredd has an incredibly simple plot. Mega-City One is a dystopian nightmare, and crime is rampant. Ma-Ma (Lena Headey) is holed up inside a skyscraper, so Dredd and his psychic partner (Olivia Thirlby) have to clear out floor after floor in their bloody attempt to bring the crime lord down. As in The Raid: Redemption, the two heroes fight their way upstairs and face down threat after threat in this film. In a Wild Bunch sort of way, the violence here is absolutely beautiful. Using slow-motion and vivid colors, Travis slows down scenes so that we can see bodies gracefully tumble from a high-rise or see bullets rip through bodies and spray crimson, jeweled blood across walls. Dredd is a must-watch if you enjoy gory, graceful violence.

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

There have been six Spider-Man movies from 2002 to 2017, not counting films where he makes an extended cameo-like Captain America: Civil War. In spite of expectations, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse takes the web-slinging mythos in exciting new directions by introducing us to parallel dimensions, comic panels, and a talking pig. As the plot unfolds, teenage Miles Morales (Shameik Moore) is bitten by a radioactive spider. Miles’ life is further complicated when a powerful machine opens up portals to other worlds, bringing a whole group of Spider-Men into Miles’ version of New York City. Spider-Gwen and Spider-Ham, Spider-Man Noir, and Penni Parker are all there, and then there’s an overweight and depressed Peter Parker who’d rather eat pizza than fight the Kingpin.

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7 Movies That You Shouldn’t Watch Alone

by Kaylen Summers

Horror movies are meant to be spooky. They are meant to scare you. Unfortunately some movies are too good at it. Here are some of such scary movies that you don’t want to watch alone.

Possession (1981)

Even in a list of macabre and repulsive movies, it is an achievement for any entry to stand out as the weirdest. This movie is bonkers. Possession is a strange and disturbing creature feature directed by Andrzej Zulawski and starring Sam Neill and Isabelle Adjani that is ultimately about divorce. In this film, characters do the exact opposite of what you would expect at any given turn, and the scenes of body horror serve as potent metaphors for the loss of a child or being cheated. Even while watching it, it’s difficult to determine what is supposed to be “real,” and it creates a fever dream-like experience. It’s the first movie of its kind. There has never been a more memorable, puzzling, or well-performed horror work.

Jacob’s Ladder (1990)

This quiet character study is perhaps one of the best horror films about the psychological effects of war: Jacob Singer (Tim Robbins), a Vietnam veteran and postal worker who slowly begins to doubt his sanity or reality itself. Several sequences in the film, such as the gurney ride through a hellish hospital littered with body parts, blood, and inhuman monsters gone mad, influenced horror media for decades afterward, heavily influencing the Japanese horror video game series Silent Hill. It has become a noted cult classic over the decades, lauded for both its vivid imagery and its deep melancholy.

Salo, or the 120 Days of Sodom (1975)

Incredibly terrifying and borderline unwatchable, this movie is the most horrific on the list. Several countries banned it for decades. If you watch it, you might not finish it; if you do finish it, you might not want to watch it again. There can truly be no way to emphasize how emotionally brutal this film is, a loose parable about fascism in which a castle full of aristocrats kidnaps teenagers and tortures them for months. There are no jump scares in this film – the monsters are bland and human. In it, the strong perpetrate the most atrocious acts on the weak and powerless, and the weak are left to suffer the consequences. We’re talking about the worst acts that can possibly occur – this film is outright banned in places like Australia and the United Kingdom. While it’s an important film that resonates (and has been preserved in the Criterion Collection), it’s also gross, it’s horrid, and it will stay with you forever.

Return of the Living Dead (1985)

This offshoot of the George Romero Living Dead movies is one of the most goofily enjoyable zombie movies of all time, but it doesn’t go so far into ridiculousness that you can’t take it seriously. The film examines the aftermath of a zombie uprising caused by acid rain on a party of dirtbag ravers. In spite of its funny, dated style, the content seems fresh, even though the characters do not. Horror films are notorious for characters acting unrealistically and making fatal mistakes – and this film excels in that regard. Most people behave the way you think they would, freaking out appropriately and taking sound measures to defend themselves from a monstrously overwhelming threat. Running, hiding, barricading and strategizing on the fly, they are barely able to hide their shock. Many zombie movies fall into the self-serious trap of being too serious about their material, from Night of the Living Dead to The Walking Dead, and Return avoids it with aplomb. It’s not a parody, just a fun ride.

Goodnight Mommy (2014)

The Austrian feature from 2014 is a master class in making the audience feel terrible. It involves two twins who develop Capgras syndrome, believing that a fake has taken the place of their mother, disfigured in an accident and lost in depression. In an excruciating way, the story unfolds with train wreck inevitability as their investigation turns into an excruciating game, testing the audience’s faith in a seemingly innocuous setting. It is a conservative story, with plenty of blank spaces and patches of silence where a lesser film would resort to exposition, letting the audience make inferences about the plot on their own. In other words, the film isn’t really about surprises, or a twisty-turny storyline, as much as it is about the horror of watching children do unspeakable things. But, it does make you feel uncomfortable.

The Blair Witch Project (1999)

Found-footage project that launched a thousand copycats (and a couple of sequels) that failed to capture the haunted, pine-scented atmosphere of the original. A low-budget camcorder movie turns the forest into a monster, where every tangle of twigs and leaves assumes an eerie suspicion. As a pack of young filmmakers circle the wilderness, lost and increasingly certain they are being hunted, the film can be read many ways – as an exploration of madness, hubris, isolation, and distrust, while it’s also a straight-up ghost story. The Blair Witch is an enigma, never appearing onscreen, maybe even not real. A sense of uncertainty is at the heart of what horror is – fear, and a sense of helplessness in the face of the unknown.

The Exorcist (1973)

The Exorcist stories have become horror legends. Audiences were getting sick and passing out, the production was haunted, and the director violently terrorized his cast. None of these stories would be as compelling if the film at the center of it all wasn’t any good, and it’s not just good – it’s incredible. A horror film as much about medical horror as religious horror, The Exorcist wouldn’t work nearly as well if it weren’t superbly crafted in every way. There is a sense of dread in every scene; the characters are haunted not by ghosts, but by their own mistakes. Regan, the girl who becomes possessed, turns into a bedridden monster spewing curses and pea soup, throwing furniture and profane insults at anyone who dares challenge the Devil. Possession and Exorcist are still the standards by which all others are measured – and most of them fall short. In the decades since it was released, it has become a common choice for the greatest horror movie of all time – and a perfect, grotesque tour de force that goes places movies today would never dare.

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Best TV Shows On Hulu To Binge-Watch

by Kaylen Summers

Looking for some good series to bingewatch on Hulu? Here are some of the best ones.

Atlanta

The series tells the story of Earnest “Earn” Marks (series creator Donald Glover) who navigates the rap music industry with his cousin Alfred (Brian Tyree Henry) in the titular city. Earn’s journey is a labyrinth for both him and the viewers, with shifting points of view and genre-switching episodes. Zazie Beetz and LaKeith Stanfield co-star in this series.

Dave

This sitcom explores the career of a white rapper adjusting to the musical milieu created by black artists. Featuring some of the best new characters on TV, this show follows the exploits of rapper Lil Dicky, better known as Dave Burd. This show actively wrestles with the identities of those characters and how they are used as tropes in storytelling and culture. It also delivers some of the most innovative storytelling there is. Watch episode 5, “Hype Man,” for one of the most insightful and thoughtful portraits of bipolar disorder on television. It will get you an idea of how good the show really is. See how this talented rapper contends with his rights and role in contemporary hip-hop.

What We Do In The Shadows

Waititi’s success may have exploded in the past two or three years. Despite this, his earlier works continue to set off reverberations that audiences are discovering now to their delight. In 2014, Waititi directed and co-wrote the horror-comedy of the same name about cohabiting, centuries-old vampires. This series was created by his partner Jemaine Clement as a spin off from the movie. Rather than revisit the same glory, it relocates another group of bloodsuckers to Staten Island for more, and different, shenanigans. In the midst of their undead, sexy lifestyle, they succumb to the challenges and indignities of modern society.

Ramy

This show’s star and creator Ramy Youssef won a Golden Globe for his performance. It explores the life of a young American Muslim in a way that few other shows (if any) have ever done before. Yasser struggles with his faith, as well as cultural perceptions of Muslims. A culture, not to mention a family and religious community, that have their own expectations of him makes it difficult for him to reconcile his professional and personal ambitions. By juggling sitcom scenarios while exploring these deeper truths, Ramy delivers exactly what you expect from a half-hour show while also surprising you in plenty of ways.

pen 15

This funny, heartbreakingly honest show stars Maya Erskine and Anna Konkle as 13-year-old versions of themselves. It shows all of the exciting discoveries and frequent indignities that come along with being a teenage girl. While the show touches on coming-of-age staples like competition, peer pressure, and young romance, it examines ideas like budding sexuality, the realities of adulthood, and maintaining meaningful friendships and relationships with family.

The Handmaid’s Tale

The series takes the titular Margaret Atwood novel and explores a dystopian alternate reality, one that is disturbingly familiar, where some women are forced into bearing children because of STD’s and environmental pandemics. Week after week, the show makes viewers feel Moss’s June Osborne’s devastating circumstances. As a result of bad legislation and complacency among voters, this type of control has become prevalent. Women without the means to afford, or protect, their choices and bodies face an oppressive patriarchal state. It is both inspiring and infuriating, and not to be missed.

Difficult people

Obviously, Julie Klausner created this amazing series aimed at those who dislike everyone except that one best friend who absolutely despises everyone. Karlausner and Billy Eichner star in this comedy as struggling comedians who make fun of their many failures by expressing their bitterness to anyone who will listen. Difficult People is acerbic, bitter, and brilliant for people who don’t get out of their own way.

Little Flies Everywhere

Reese Witherspoon and Kerry Washington star in this critically-acclaimed adaptation of Celeste Ng’s novel about two mothers from different backgrounds whose lives are upended when they cross paths. This series explores race, class, privilege, and preconceived ideas and asks some tough questions about identity, choice, opportunity, and expectation, supported by riveting performances from Witherspoon, Washington, and other notable actors.

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Romantic Movies On Netflix That Makes You Feel Good

by Kaylen Summers

There are a ton of good rom-coms on Netflix—whether you want to watch one with your significant other, one with a few tears, or one with a bunch of love quotes that you can repeat over and over again. Here are some romantic films that will give you a warm and fuzzy feeling inside.

The Danish Girl

In this critically acclaimed film, the husband of a married couple in the 1920s realizes he is meant to live as a woman. With Eddie Redmayne and Alicia Vikander leading the cast, it boasts both romantic sentiment and performances that help you feel the love.

The Half of It

Released on Netflix, this sweet tale of mistaken love was highly praised at the Tribeca Film Festival. The movie follows a shy, smart girl who works for one of the school’s jocks as a love letter writer. But instead of connecting with the jock, the popular recipient of the letters is drawn to the writer.

The Lovebirds

With Issa Rae and Kumail Nanjiani as a just-broken-up couple, this hilarious rom-com on Netflix is lighthearted-despite the central role of murder and false incrimination-and playful as they seek to clear their names. This is an excellent choice for a date night if you and your partner (or your friends) like to laugh.

Love, Guaranteed

Featuring Rachel Leigh Cook as a hard-working but stumbling lawyer, this film follows a man suing a dating site because he claims it didn’t help him find a soulmate. Eventually, it turns out that the client-the delightful Damon Wayans Jr.-is less opportunistic and a lot more generous than she originally thought.

Love Wedding Repeat

As guests at Claflin’s sister’s wedding, Sam Claflin (of The Hunger Games and Me Before You) and Olivia Munn (of The Newsroom and Six) appear in this Netflix Original Film. The connection between them is entertaining, but even more entertaining is the movie’s exploration of chance, opportunity, and alternate timelines. A lighthearted flick set in the beautiful Italian countryside is on the way.

Runaway Bride

This playful, heartfelt rom-com from Julia Roberts follows a woman who leaves three men at the altar. While the titular bride struggles to come to terms with her reputation in her hometown, a newspaper columnist tells her story, and sparks fly. You’ll find a little nostalgia and a truly sweet ending in this movie.

Silver Linings Playbook

In this critically acclaimed movie, Jennifer Lawrence won an Oscar for her performance. It deals with love and mental illness in a Philadelphia community. Actors Lawrence and Cooper star in the film, and they both have demons to face as they address past love and try to move on. Aside from the plot and characters, the dance competition that serves as the movie’s climax is truly unforgettable.

The Theory of Everything

This biographical movie focuses on Stephen Hawking’s relationship with his wife, Jane, before he was diagnosed with ALS.

Set It Up

It follows two low-on-the-totem pole assistants, whose burden is making their bosses happy, as they pair them up to make themselves more comfortable. They soon become friends and lovers, of course, creating all sorts of shenanigans.

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before

A sweet teen romance based on a popular young adult book, this Netflix film starts with a dreamy girl’s love letters. When they’re accidentally sent out (something she never intended), she must fake a relationship with a former crush to divert attention from another boy-her sister’s ex. It’s a funny, entertaining rom-com you’ll want to watch over and over.

The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society

There are a few familiar faces from Downton Abbey in this historical film based on a beloved novel. The story follows a writer visiting a remote island after WWII (and falling in love, of course).

Easy A

Emma Stone’s playful high school flick follows quirky teen Olive as she pretends to be the most promiscuous girl in school. This funny rom-com features smart Scarlet Letter references, sharp wit, and high school shenanigans that make it a perfect girls’ night out.

Alex Strangelove

Alex loves his girlfriend, but something’s off. The movie is filled with romantic comedy–esque laughs, but it’s also a thoughtful exploration of sexuality, love, and friendship that anyone can enjoy.

About Time

In this British film, Tim attempts to get his life right in a heartfelt, chronology-bending rom-com. Despite the great premise, the movie is more about his love life and family than time traveling: a great watch if you feel especially lucky to have done things the first time around without time travel.

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10 Greatest Romantic Comedies Of All Time

by Kaylen Summers

We all love to see two different people from different worlds finding each other randomly and overcoming all odds to fall in love to live happily ever after. Rom-com have been selling us this idea for ages and we still love watching them. Here are some of the greatest romantic comedies of all time that you will surely enjoy watching.

Pretty Woman (1990)

The rosy patina on sex work and the stink of white male privilege cannot be undone, but Julia Roberts’ breakthrough performance remains undeniably stunning. It would be a big mistake (huge!) to dismiss the then-21-year-old actress as just a cog in an anti-feminist fairy tale based on her exuberance and vulnerability. Garry Marshall clearly saw Roberts’ Vivian as the real Prince Charming here: The weary tycoon is constantly reminding his special lady friend to stop fidgeting while she is constantly reminding him that money cannot buy everything. We are rooting for their connection to outlast six days, a lousy $3,000, and that spoony Roxette song.

Tootsie (1982)

An unemployable New York actor, Michael Dorsey, is played by infamous perfectionist Dustin Hoffman. As a result of desperation, he dresses up as a woman to land a job on a soap opera, which is complicated when he falls for Julie (Jessica Lange) and has to maintain the ruse. With an ensemble cast that includes director Sydney Pollack (as an exasperated agent), Teri Garr, and Bill Murray, it’s a very grownup romance about gender roles in 1982 and letting your guard down.

Punch-Drunk Love (2002)

Paul Thomas Anderson decides to make … an Adam Sandler comedy. Perhaps you thought the end result would be an unholy cross between Billy Madison and Boogie Nights. What you got instead was one of the sweetest, most romantic (and rage-filled) movies either man has ever made. Sandler, a plunger salesman, stalks around in a blue suit, causing his sisters annoyance. However, he finds a woman (Emily Watson) who recognizes his childlike sweetness. He’s an eccentric with anger management issues and an obsession with a pudding promotion, while she’s a wallflower who’s frightened of him. Yet Punch-Drunk Love not only finds humor in this match, it also puts them on their own love-struck wavelength.

Enough Said (2013)

Could Tony Soprano make a good romantic lead? Nicole Holofcener transformed James Gandolfini into a different character with her deeply moving film, which stars Julia Louis-Dreyfus as a massage therapist who finds out her new client (Catherine Keener) is him. Her soft touch lets even the spikiest material feel lived-in and comfortable, and Enough Said might be her coziest film yet. It’s not very often that we get a rom-com starring middle-aged characters, and Holofcener captures the soft side of Gandolfini in this really sweet film. 

Jerry Maguire (1996)

This is a story of a down-on-his-luck sports agent (Tom Cruise) desperately clinging to the only loyal people in his life – his client (Cuba Gooding Jr.) and employee/love interest (Renée Zellweger). Cameron Crowe once again plumbs the depths of the human psyche for all its damage and worth. Jerry, a big shot with a sudden case of conscience, treats everyone else as an extra. He’s needy, opportunistic … and everything human. And then there’s the Speech – you know, “you complete me.”. It’s a classic rom-com Hail-Mary soliloquy. To be honest, everybody – including Regina King, who was then underappreciated – had us at hello.

Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994)

Is the modern romantic comedy even possible without Hugh Grant? Four Weddings and a Funeral redefined the “charming British suitor” type, replacing the old-fashioned suave sophistication with humanity. With a little help from their star, screenwriter Richard Curtis and director Mike Newell produced a surprise box-office hit featuring a group of well-to-do, thirtysomething English Folk facing the seriousness of life. As Grant’s stammering nice guy weighs his many romantic options, should he choose Andie MacDowell or Kristin Scott Thomas? Before the final credits, was there any doubt as to who he would choose? – his quest for love doubles as the tale of an overgrown schoolboy growing up.

Working Girl (1988)

Melanie Griffith has never been better than in Mike Nichols’ “fake it ’til you make it” tale about Staten Island secretary Tess McGill. Her snooty boss, Katharine (Sigourney Weaver), steals her big idea, then breaks her leg skiing. It captures the culture of Eighties Wall Street in exacting detail, from secretaries commuting in sneakers to debauched office behavior. A genuinely sexy film that only gets sexier as Tess puts on an air of cool confidence to pursue the career and the man she deserves – Harrison Ford in his prime as big-shot mergers-and-acquisitions exec Jack.

Something Wild (1986)

When a square guy meets a free-spirited girl, it’s always a rom-com home run, right? In this Jonathan Demme film, Jeff Daniels’ uptight banker meets Melanie Griffith’s exotic rebel after trying a dine-and-dash. Her dream bohemian not only recognizes a guy who’s ready to unwind, but also convinces him to play the role of a respectable type at her high-school reunion. Their road trip gets considerably crazier when her psychotic ex-boyfriend (Ray Liotta) shows up. Despite the film’s darker turns, the chemistry between Daniels and Griffith keeps things going. We wish Demme and his duo made more films together.

The Princess Bride (1987)

The Princess Bride is a favorite shorthand for heart-fluttering romance among Eighties kids. Rob Reiner created a masterpiece that has it all: high fantasy, wry comedy, kick-ass swordfights, clever political commentary, and, of course, sigh-inducing true love.  Our hearts are pumping for our desperate lovers, Buttercup (Robin Wright) and pirate Westley (Cary Elwes) as they walk from the Cliffs of Insanity to the Fire Swamp, and we smile at the knowingly silly details of the story. The kissing parts of this story are most certainly not gross like those of the ailing grandson (Fred Savage) in the framing story.

Annie Hall (1977)

Due to the dark cloud hovering over the writer-director-star, it’s hard now to fully appreciate what is so poignant, hilarious, hip and thoughtful about this unlikely Best Picture-winner that radically modernized the romantic comedy. A neurotic comic (Allen) and an aspiring singer (Diane Keaton) fall in love, fall out of love, drift apart, realize that their passion will eventually dissolve into an enduring, distant fondness (if they’re lucky). A unique portrayal of attraction, Annie Hall is carried by Keaton’s flawless performance as a budding artist who eventually discovers that her self-esteem does not depend on the approval of an insecure man.

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Oscar Winners 2021 And Where To Stream Them

by Kaylen Summers

This year’s Academy Award® winners are now officially announced and it is much easier to watch these movies than in the last years. Here is the list of this year’s Oscar winners and where you can stream them.

Nomadland

🏆 Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actress in a Leading Role

What is it about: After losing everything in the Great Recession, a woman in her sixties, embarks on a journey as a van-dwelling modern-day nomad.


The Father

🏆 Best Actor in a Leading Role, Best Adapted Screenplay

What is it about: All Bimbo ever wanted was to be a father to his children and a husband to his wife, but providence has a different plan altogether.


Soul

🏆 Best Animated Feature Film, Best Original Score

What is it about: A jazz musician takes a wrong step into the Great Before, where he tries to help an infant soul in order to return to reality.


Mank

🏆 Best Cinematography, Best Production Design

What is it about: Citizen Kane is one of the most iconic movies of Hollywood. Director David Fincher takes us through the tale of how screenwriter Herman J. Mankiewicz and his struggles in crafting the movie.


Sound of Metal

🏆 Best Sound Design, Best Film Editing

What is it about: A heavy-metal drummer’s life is thrown into freefall when he begins to lose his hearing.


Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

🏆 Best Costume Design, Best Make-Up & Hairstyling

What is it about: A heavy-metal drummer’s life is thrown into freefall when he begins to lose his hearing.


Judas And The Black Messiah

🏆 Best Original Song, Best Actor in a Supporting Role

What is it about: Offered a plea deal by the FBI, William O’Neal infiltrates the Illinois chapter of the Black Panther Party to gather intelligence.


Promising Young Woman

🏆 Best Original Screenplay

What is it about: A young woman, traumatized by a tragic event in her past, seeks out vengeance against those who crossed her path.


Tenet

🏆 Best Original Screenplay

What is it about: A Protagonist is on a mission that will unfold into something vital for the survival of the entire world.


My Octopus Teacher

🏆 Best Documentary

What is it about: A Protagonist is on a mission that will unfold into something vital for the survival of the entire world.

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Netflix’s Top 10 Nature Documentaries To Watch This Weekend

by Kaylen Summers

Nature is always fascinating. Netflix is making it even more fascinating with their nature documentaries. Here are the top 10 documentaries that will make you fall in love with nature. 

Our Planet

⌛8 Parts 

What is it about: The high-definition nature film takes us to places on the earth where life is thriving and where it is deeply struggling due to climate changes.


Night on Earth: Shot in the Dark

⌛59m 

What is it about:  The documentary takes us through the unseen world of animals and insects that thrive in the darkness of the nights.


Seaspiracy

1h 30m 

What is it about:  A filmmaker sets out to document the harm that humans do to marine species — and uncovers alarming global corruption


Chasing Coral

1h 29m 

What is it about:  The movie explores the tragic effect of coral bleaching and how it impacts the oceanic ecosystem


Mission Blue

1h 47m 

What is it about:  Presenting the life and work of oceanographer, marine biologist, and environmentalist Sylvia Earle.


Kiss the Ground

1h 24m

What is it about:  Earth’s topsoil is being depleted. Now, it is up to us to stand up and adopt regenerative agriculture to save it.


The Ivory Game

1h 52m

What is it about:  Many elephants are being slaughtered in Africa and Asia. The documentary undercovers and documents the global ivory crisis.


Dancing with the Birds

51m

What is it about:  Directed by Huw Cordey and narrated by Stephen Fry, Dancing with the Birds is about exotic birds and their mating rituals.


David Attenborough: A Life On Our Planet

⌛1h 23m

What is it about:  Former special forces agent Roy Pulver is trapped in a time loop of the day he gets murdered.

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Stream These 10 Movies Before They Leave Netflix

by Kaylen Summers

If you are like me then you might probably have dozens of movies added to your Netflix watch list. But then sometimes I don’t find them there, and then I have to search the internet to find out that they were removed from the streaming platform. And that’s just sad!

I wish that just like Netflix provides us with a list of “Coming soon”, it needs to have a list of “Going soon”, it will just make life easier. But until then you can refer to articles like this one.

The streaming giant will be saying goodbye to the below-mentioned titles in May 2021, and we are sharing our pick of 10 movies that you should stream before they leave Netflix.

The One I Love (2014)

This film falls in the category of rom-com thriller. Elisabeth Moss and Mark Duplass are starring as a married couple with relationship woes. Their relationship is on the brink of collapsing when they decide to go on a weekend getaway. However, during the getaway, they encounter unusual troubles which further complicates their situation.

Quartet (2012)

This is a comedy-drama film based on the play Quartet by Ronald Harwood. At a British retirement home for musicians, things stir up at the arrival of a once-popular opera diva. The residents’ musicians of the home, revive their glory days once a year for a benefit concert, but this time things get sour as old heartbreaks and rivalries resurface, with the presence of the legendary diva.

Cake (2018)

In this Pakistani comedy-drama film, we witness a family dealing with love, loss, and life and death. It is about two sisters, one of whom is taking care of her old parents, and the other who lives abroad. The two of them reconnect when their parents’ health worsens, which creates conflicts and tensions.

Trumbo (2015)

This is a biographical drama film starring Bryan Cranston as the successful 1940s screenwriter Dalton Trumbo. Trumbo’s career abruptly ends when he is blacklisted from Hollywood for his political views. It has a great supporting cast which makes it even more lively. 

Moonlight (2016)

It is an American coming-of-age drama film, about an African-American boy growing up in Miami. We follow the boy’s life journey to adulthood, his everyday struggles as he copes with his identity and sexuality.

My Week with Marilyn (2011)

This movie focuses on a specific moment of Marilyn Monroe’s career, the making of the 1957 film “The Prince and the Showgirl” where she was teamed with Laurence Olivier. During the production, a member of the film’s crew Colin Clark grew close to Monroe, and we get to see a unique perspective on the actress’s life through his lens.

The Help (2011)

The period drama film is based on Kathryn Stockett’s 2009 novel of the same name. In 1960s Mississippi, an aspiring author decides to write a book on African-American maids’ daily struggles and their point of view on the white families for which they work.

Julie & Julia (2009)

This film is based on a true story. It follows the lives of two women who share a love for food and cooking. Julie Powell is a New York-based blogger, who challenges herself to cook all 524 recipes in the popular book by Julia Child. We get to see the story of Child’s start in the cooking profession and the challenges Julie faces to emulate Child’s cooking techniques.

Milk (2008)

This is a biopic about Harvey Milk, who becomes the first openly gay person to be elected to political office in California. Milk was an American activist and faced several difficulties while fighting for gay rights and winning a seat in the public office.

The Pursuit of Happyness (2006)

This movie is based on the true story of Chris Gardner, a man who in the face of extreme despair, refuses to quit. Chris is a homeless salesman and a single parent, who struggles to find work and raise his 5-year-old son.

Happy Viewing!

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Most Watched Movies On Streaming This April 2021

by Kaylen Summers

Looking for the best movies to watch this weekend?! Then check out these popular titles available on your streaming services.

Love and Monsters

⌛1h 49m 📺 Action, Adventure

What is it about:  Joel Dawson is out to find his high school girlfriend Aimee in a world taken over by monsters.


Color Out of Space

⌛1h 51m 📺Sci-Fi, Mystery

What is it about: In a remote farmstead in rural New England, a family notices that a recently crashed meteorite is infecting their land and properties.


Girl

⌛1h 32m 📺 Mystery, Thriller

What is it about: When a young woman returns home to kill her abusive father, she found him already dead. Now, she must save herself from the same fate.


Thunder Force

⌛1h 47m 📺Action, Adventure

What is it about:Two childhood friends become a crime-fighting superhero duo and goes on to fight the evil miscreants.


Arlo the Alligator Boy

⌛1h 32m 📺 Comedy, Animation

What is it about: A half-human- half-alligator boy leaves his sheltered life in the swamp and search for his long-lost father.


Doctor Bello

⌛1h 35m 📺 Drama,  Adventure

What is it about: A cancer specialist forms an unlikely bond with seven-year-old Sam. He must seek the help from Doctor Bello to help save the kid’s life.


Spontaneous

⌛1h 42m 📺 Horror, Fantasy

What is it about: Students in a high school started exploding. Mara and Dylan are left to survive a world where any moment can be their last.


African Safari

⌛1h 22m 📺Drama, Comedy

What is it about:The Lion Whisperer, Kevin Richardson takes us on an extraordinary journey across the most spectacular sceneries on earth.


Why Did You Kill Me?

⌛1h 23m 📺 Documentary

What is it about: When 24-year-old Crystal Theobald gets killed, her devastated family used social media to track down her murders.


Time

⌛1h 21m 📺 Documentary

What is it about: Fox Rich is fighting for her husband’s released from the Louisiana State Penitentiary while raising her six sons.

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Mortal Kombat (2021) Review: Feels More Like A Fan-Made Prequel

by Kaylen Summers

Mortal Kombat is one of the most famous fighting games out there. The latest screen adaptation of the video game came this month with Simon McQuoid. Similar to its previous attempt, the movie failed to craft a coherent plot around the iconic video game characters. The game is heart-snatching, limp-hacking, and brutally body-splitting. However, this gore never got fully fulfilled on screen.

If you are able to withstand the techno music, the first ten minutes of director Simon McQuoid’s debut movie will feel most glorious with its rich cinematography by Germain McMicking- famous for his work in the ‘True Detective’ series. The setup introduces us to the characters Bi-Han (Joe Taslim) and Hanzo Hasashi (Hiroyuki Sanada), who eventually becomes the mortal enemies Sub-Zero and Scorpion. All the characters-even Hanzo’s wife and children- received great attention and detail in this scene. Since it is supposed to serve as the backbone for the whole movie’s plot, it deserves that. The acting, emotions, and conflicts between the two key characters felt real and intense.

Unfortunately, the remaining movie fails desperately to live up to the hype created by the initial motives. One major overshadowing factor is that Hanzo’s son doesn’t feel the need for revenge for his father’s death. He is living happily with his family and his intentions are just to protect them from any threats. This devalues the whole initial scene of the movie. Other than the fact that they are being chased by other-world demons or ‘fighters’, characters like Sonya Blade  (Jessica McNamee), and Kano (Josh Lawson) have no large motive to even participate in this whole exercise. They have no backstories, no motives, and nothing to accomplish.  They are there because they are in the game.

Screenwriters Greg Russo and Dave Callaham penned a very thin outline of a story in a major Hollywood production and the output feels less good than a Power Rangers TV show from the 90’s. Let’s not forget to mention that Dave Callaham also worked in the movie,  Wonder Woman 1984. That explains a lot!!

Cole Young in Mortal Kombat 2021

Mortal Kombat count have taken lessons from the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It had the potential to be built into a whole new universe and fans would have really enjoyed it as well. Each character could have given their own origin story and later a solid team up for the final compact.  However, the producers ignored the successful story-telling techniques and decided to fit too many characters into a single movie with nonsensical dialogue, techno music and some blood and guts- just because it’s R-rated.

Hollywood!! You’ve failed us once again!

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10 Amazing Animated Films Worth Watching On Disney+

by Kaylen Summers

If you are looking for some good animated films to watch on Disney +, then here are a few:

Finding Nemo

A good old classic, feel-good story about a tiny little fish, Nemo, this is a heart-warming film that will tear you up a bit. But it is the good kind of tears after which you will find yourself smiling endlessly.

Beauty and the Beast

This is a timeless tale of being loved for who you are. Re-told time and again in various forms, the original animated film of 1991 is still the best version of this amazing fairy tale.

Cinderella

Cinderella is the classic Disney princess who is now a cultural icon. Cakes, dresses, accessories, theme parks – you name it and there inevitably is a Cinderella version of it! Watch this original animated film of 1950 to indulge in the story of the modest girl who became a princess in glass slippers!

Alice in Wonderland

There have been plenty of versions of this timeless tale. The most classic is this 1951 animated film that keeps intact original style, narration, and visual world-building.

Bambi

One of the best-animated films of all times, Bambi captures nature, animal life and combines it with emotions so beautifully that you forget you are not one among the ones in the forest!

Frozen

One of the world’s most-watched animated film franchise, Frozen, and its sequels is something you cannot ignore. Toys, merchandise, confectionery, food – you name it and there is a Frozen-themed version of it! Watch the film to know why the world is crazy over this film.

The Lion King

This is Disney’s crown jewel of all times. The 1994 film has so many fans world over that 25 years down the line, people are still willing to watch any and every version of it!

Mulan

This 1998 animated film precedes the 2020 live-action version of the same. One of the most inspiring, politically relevant films of all times, Mulan is the story of a Chinese girl forced to fight in disguise as a man.

Ratatouille

This timeless tale about a rat who becomes a master chef in Paris is all about dreaming and making them come true. A feast for the eyes, heart and stomach, watch this film to really get to the heart of animated storytelling.

Zootopia

Zootopia is one of Disney’s recent hits that went ahead to win the Oscar. A masterclass in world-building and storytelling, Zootopia is a delight to watch.

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10 Savagely Scary Horror Movies Set In Broad Daylight

by Kaylen Summers

Yes, you read that right! We think evil does not wait for the night.

While most horror movies typically take place during the ungodly hours, there are some that don’t, and yet can scare the daylights out of you (pun intended). 

We curated this list of 10 horror movies that don’t need a 3:00 A.M setting to scare you silly.

The Birds (1963)

This American horror-thriller film was produced and directed by Alfred Hitchcock. There are no creepy monsters or ghosts in this movie, but it is scary nonetheless. In a bizarre turn of events, birds start to violently attack people living in a town in California.

The Wicker Man (1973)

In a horror movie, the audience always knows that it is a bad idea to go looking for a missing person. Unfortunately, Sergeant Howie doesn’t know that! He travels to a remote Scottish island village to investigate the report of a young girl who mysteriously disappears.

Who Can Kill a Child? (1976)

This movie was also released under the name “Island of the Damned”. It is a Spanish horror film directed by Narciso Ibáñez Serrador. A couple arrives on a small Spanish island inhabited by maniacal children. You can imagine the rest!

Dawn Of The Dead (1978, 2004)

Both the original and the remake are worth your time. This is a classic Zombie movie, and we doubt anyone needs more explanation.

The Reflecting Skin (1990)

This is a British-Canadian dramatic horror film, set in the 1950s, in a small town in Idaho. A young boy is convinced that a neighboring widow is a vampire when his friends start disappearing.

Session 9 (2001)

An abandoned mental asylum (with a horrific past), which had been closed for 15 years, receives new visitors. Even the locals steer clear of the place. This one has all the elements needed for a horror movie. Needless to say, tensions rise quickly within the asbestos cleaning crew as they start working in the abandoned hospital.

28 Days Later (2002)

A group of animal rights activists frees a caged chimp from a medical lab, only to learn, a little too late, that it’s infected with a virus. The virus spreads fast, wreaking havoc in the United Kingdom, leading those who are infected to turn into rabid zombies. A team of survivors try to cope with the aftermath of the disaster and find safety. This one might make you feel uncomfortable in the present times!

It (2017)

This is a supernatural horror film based on Stephen King’s 1986 novel of the same name. Seven children face their worst nightmare when an ancient, shape-shifting evil clown reappears in their town. The bloodthirsty clown is said to emerge every 27 years to feed on the town’s children.

A Quiet Place (2018)

If a place occupied by children has pin-drop silence, either the kids are sleeping, or something is wrong! In this film, a family with young kids must live in silence to avoid getting killed by extraterrestrial creatures that hunt by sound. Even the slightest whisper or footstep can bring death.

Midsommar (2019)

This follows four American tourists who go on a trip to a remote community in Sweden to immerse themselves in a festival during the summer solstice. Their idyllic retreat turns into a sinister, dreadful nightmare. Various sources have compared this movie with “The Wicker Man” which is also on our list. Both movies fall under the sub-genre of folk horror.

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Mind-Blowing Film Theories That Are Too Awesome

by Kaylen Summers

The movies that we see are often told in a single perspective. This means that there are many versions of the same story that are yet to be discovered. Here are some of the crazy movie theories that are sure to leave your head scratching.

Fast & Furious movies are the imagination of a child playing with Hot Wheels cars.

All the events of the Lego movie is said to be the happening of two siblings playing with their lego set. Now, imagine the same scenario with the Hot Wheels. What if all the fast and furious movies are imagined by a child playing with Hot Wheels cars. Since the movies are heavily focused on the “family” theme, the kid can even be an orphan playing with his toys in a foster home. This easily explains why many dead characters are returning back to the franchise and how these people continue to accomplish many of the physics-defying stunts.

Game of Thrones is part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe

This may sound absurd at first, but it would be super cool if it was actually true. Many movie theories have suggested that the The Stark Family of the beloved TV Show Game of Thrones are the ancestors to Tony Stark aka Iron Man. They point out that the king in GoT sits on the Iron Throne and the title of Iron Man comes from this. GoT or not, Robert Downey Jr will always be the king of MCU in all our hearts.

Kevin Spacey’s character Se7en is not the actual killer

There are multiple clues to prove this theory is actually true. The character’s name is mentioned as John Doe. It is the name primarily given to unnamed people in hospitals, making it not his actual game.The theoretical real killer could easily get an amnesiac from a hospital and tell him that he should get  killed by Brad Pitt. The second major clue is that during the entire film we never saw any of the killings and could never verify that it was Spacey’s character who did it.

Endgame is a alternate reality created by Wanda

In the Disney Plus show, Wandavision, we see Wanda creating different realities to get over Vision’s death. This has many speculating that the Scarlet Witch made up all of Endgame for the same reason. If it is the case, then the whole world would be still affected by the snap. Some take this theory even further and say that she altered reality long before, straight from Avengers: Age of Ultron, after the death of her brother. What do you think about this?!

Marie is actually dead in Malcolm & Marie

In the Netflix original Malcolm & Marie, we can see a lot of instances in which Malcolm is behaving oddly. Movie audiences are theorizing that the possible reason for this is that Marie is actually dead. She committed suicide a few years back and the whole night’s argument is Malcolm confronting his feelings and struggling to overcome his guilt of not thanking her or failing to save her. 

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9 Netflix Zombie Movies To Watch As You Wait For ‘Army Of The Dead’

by Kaylen Summers

Zack Synder is all set and ready to release his new Zombie movie, ‘Army of The Dead‘. Here are a few Zombie apocalypse movies to watch on Netflix as you wait for the movie.

Alive

As a deadly virus turns people into monstrous man-eaters, one man manages to stay locked in his apartment to preserve himself against all odds. Digitally cut off and desperate to help himself out, Alive is a chilling story of survival and courage.

Cargo

Amid a pandemic of a virus that turns people into rabid beings within 48 hours, a father tries to seek out someone who will protect his infant daughter. Things get difficult and death looms around. He must now do everything to stay alive for himself and his baby girl.

Ravenous

Set in the quiet town of Quebec, this Canadian thriller follows the journey of a group of people who join forces to flee their zombie infested town with everything they have and can hold on to.

Day of the Dead: Bloodline

One of two remakes of Romero’s original 1985 film Day of the Dead, this is the story of a medical student and her attempts to escape a human-zombie hybrid who is bent on chasing and having her. This film has all the perfect settings of a creepy Zombie movie that will have you on edge till the end.

`World War Z

World War Z is an American apocalyptic horror action thriller starring Brad Pitt. Set in the backdrop of a zombie apocalypse, the story follows the chaotic attempts for escape by the people of a town that is suddenly taken over by zombies.

KL Zombi

This is the story of a reluctant young boy who turns into a hero out of necessity. When there is an outbreak of the undead in Kuala Lumpur, a young boy finds himself transformed from an anxious fence-sitter to a zombie slayer. Watch this film for some real thrill and heroic moments.

Zombieland

Zombieland is a comic thriller set in a post-apocalyptic world. This is the story of a few confused college students who team up with a local thug to survive a town taken over by zombies. Zombieland is a perfect watch if you are freaking out about the end of the world, but also want some humor in the process.

Rise of the Zombie

This is an Indian Zombie horror film about a photographer who tries to throw himself into work to overcome his troubles but finds himself experiencing strange transformations. This is one of the top-ranked zombie apocalypse movies on Netflix by viewers.

The Silence

Similar to The Quiet Place, this is a film about creatures that hunt by sound. The Silence follows a family that tries their best to stay quiet and hidden from the creatures who have killed almost all of the town.

Phobia 2

A Thai horror film at the outset, ‘Phobia 2’ is a compilation of five short stories – one of which named ‘Backpackers’ is about zombies. The story revolves around two travelers who are on a hitchhiking trail in Thailand. The duo is picked by a trucker. Turns out that the trucker was transporting a load of dead bodies and soon, he holds the boy and girl at a gunpoint for ransom. After a while, the bodies come to life and a zombie killing spree begins.

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Werewolves Within (2021) Trailer

by Kaylen Summers

A proposed pipeline separates the people of the small town of Beaverfield. However, when a snowstorm traps the residents in a local inn, a newly appointed forest ranger must maintain peace when a mysterious creature is out killing people.

Releasing Date: 25 June 2021

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The Space Between (2021) Trailer

by Kaylen Summers

The Space between is a comedy drama in which Kelsey Grammer dons the sporty, long and shaggy hair and beard to take up the role as the ageing rock star Micky Adams. The inspiring coming-of-the-age movie is directed by Rachel Winter and stars other prominent talents including Goldani Telles, Paris Jackson, Andy Daly, and William Fichtner.

Releasing Date: 15 June 2021

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The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It (2021) Trailer

by Kaylen Summers

Adding another episode to the Conjuring universe is the upcoming movie The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It. Paranormal investigators Lorraine and Ed Warren return to the successful horror franchise and this time they have to deal with the chilling, terrifying, and murderous case. The movie is based on a real-life murder case in which for the first time in history a murder suspect claims to have possessed by a demonic entity as a defense.

Releasing Date: 4 June 2021

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Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (2021) Trailer

by Kaylen Summers

Marvel Studios’ Shang-Chi and The Legend of The Ten Rings will introduce the first Asian superhero to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The movie stars Canadian-Asian actor Simu Liu who will play the titular character. Confronting his past, Shang Chi must overcome the persuasions of the mysterious Ten Rings Organization. Starring along side Simu Liu is Tony Leung, Awkwafina, and Michelle Yeah.

Releasing Date: 3 September 2021

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West Side Story Trailer

by Kaylen Summers

With prominent list of actors, Steven Spielberg is adapting the ‘West Side Story” into a feature film. The latest adaptation of the classical play has Ansel Elgort, Rachel Zegler, Ariana DeBose, David Alrvarez, Mike Faist, Corey Stoll, Brian d’Arcy James, and Curtiss Cook in the major character roles.

Releasing Date: 10 December 2021

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Shutter Island: Was The Ending Already Revealed From The Beginning?!

by Kaylen Summers

Martin Scorsese has given us so many movies great movies in the past and is still continuing to do so. One of his most memorable hits is the psychological thriller Shutter Island. With Leonardo DiCaprio, in the lead role, the movie takes us to a island where a suspicious mental health institution is treating their patients using mysterious methods.

Here is the trailer of the movie:

WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD

The main character of the movie is Teddy Daniels and Chuck Aule. Both are US Marshals who arrive at the asylum on a remote island to investigate the disappearance of a patients. Most of the patient in the facility are criminals who are diagnosed with strong and violent mental health issue. Since one of such patient is missing, it makes the stakes higher for the investigating officers.

Teddy believes that institution and the governing psychiatrist has something to do with the disappearance. As his investigation progress, he soon uncovers more and more shocking evidences to support his suspicions. Unfortunately, the price he has to pay for these evidences is his own mental breakdown.

Towards the end of the movie comes the most dramatic reveals that Teddy himself is a patient in the asylum. The whole investigation is was just his mind playing with him.

The movie is iconic so many reason and one particular one is the big reveal at the end of the movie. However, what makes this movie a cult classic, is the director’s craftsmanship including so many clues about the ending straight from the beginning of the movie.

Here are a few examples:

No Luggage

The fear of water and meeting the partner only during ferry ride are all clues that connect with the ending twist. Surprisingly, the even more obvious detail is the two Marshals does not bring any luggage even though they knew that they will be staying in the remote island for quite some time. The only possible answer for this is that their luggage are already there at the institution, as one of them is the patient and the other is the doctor.

Nurses are not interested in the interrogation

While being interrogated, the nurses seem to behave bored and less intimidated. The reason for this could be that they already know that Teddy is a patient and they are just participating the whole exercise because their doctors want them too. Hey!! They are just nurses. Not trained actors.

Hallucinations and frequent headaches

Teddy suffers from frequent headaches and hallucinations. The rate of these episodes increases through the course movie and becomes violent and uncontrollable towards the end. This is mainly because he is undergoing major pharmaceutical withdrawal. Without his usual medicines, his hallucinations are returning back to him and as time progresses they are creating some violent episodes.

Scorsese had excelled himself once again with the creation of this modern masterpiece. Feel free to watch the movie again and you will surely find even more hidden details and hints. Makes sure to leave them in the comments below and we will surely update the article with them.

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Riders of Justice (2021) Trailer

by Kaylen Summers

Starring Mads Mikkelsen, the actor famous for his roles in movies like Doctor Strange and Casino Royale, this gritty thriller is about an ex-military man who takes a path of deadly violence to get revenge on behalf of his dead wife. The movie is a blend of touching moments, humor, and lethal action.

Releasing Date: 21 May 2021

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Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway (2021) Trailer

by Kaylen Summers

Peter is known for his mischief among other rabbits. No matter how hard he tries, he cannot seem to shake off that reputation. So, he embarks on new adventures outside the garden into the streets where his mischiefs are appreciated. Unfortunately, the fun time doesn’t last long as he lands in more trouble than expected.

Releasing Date:  17 May 2021

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Seance (2021) Trailer

by Kaylen Summers

Seance is an upcoming horror flick and the directorial debut of filmmaker Simon Barrett. Starring Suli Waterhouse in the leading role, the movie is a blend of several genres including horror, slasher, paranormal and crime. Waterhouse plays the character of Camille who arrives at a all-girls academy. It is her that she join with a group of other girls and summon a spirit.

Releasing Date: 21 May 1993

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Fast and Furious 9 (2021) Trailer

by Kaylen Summers

Dom and Letty are back in the new teaser trailer for the upcoming installment of the Fast Saga. The movie is a sequel to 2017’s The Fate of the Furious. This is the ninth installment in the main Fast & Furious franchise. Nothing much about the movie has been revealed yet.

Releasing Date: 25 June 2020

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Above Suspicion (2021) Trailer

by Kaylen Summers

Popular actor Emily Clarke is making a big screen appearance in the upcoming movie Above Suspicion. The movie will have other popular talents like Jack Huston, Sophie Lowe, Chris Mulkey, Omar Miller, Austin Hébert, Karl Glusman,Kevin Dunn and Thora Birch. The action drama is about a newly minted FBI agent recruiting Susan as an informant. As their relationship deepens, the danger around them also elevates to dangerous heights.

Releasing Date: 14 May 2021

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Top 7 Weirdest Movies Of All Time

by Kaylen Summers

Movies can complex with emotions like joy, tears, rage, anger, etc. Sometimes, it can also be downright silly and weird. Here are some examples that are super weird to watch.

Meet The Feebles

Peter Jackson shot into fame with his epic The Lord Of The Rings movie trilogy. Surprisingly the director did create some weird movies in the past and at the top of that list is the 1980’s movie Meet the Feebles. It is considered as one of the strangest movies from Jackson and is a parody of The Muppets Variety Hour. However, while the Muppets were family-friendly, this one was about drug-addled, tragically deranged characters.

Cannibal! The Musical

Yes! You are right. Cannibal and musical are two things that we cannot possibly associate in our normal thought process. However, Matt Stone and Trey Parker, the very same people behind the famous adult animated series South Park, decided to give it a try as their final year project after film school. The result was the 1993 musical parody on the life of Alfred Packer, the first convicted cannibal in the United States.

Tromeo & Juliet

Fans of superhero movies are not unfamiliar with the work of James Gunn. The director has always given us entertaining movies with great comedy and awesome superhero moments. However, anyone who saw Tromeo & Juliet, the first movie that the director worked on, will surely be surprised. Gunn was the writer and associate director in the movie that was a modern-day adaptation of Romeo and Juliet.

F For Fake

Citizen Kane is one of the most brilliant and greatest cinema ever made and is still considered a must-watch for anyone who is looking to make films. How did the director who made such a wonderful film ended up making one of the most senseless movies?! Watch F for Fake, and you will find the answer. Released in 1973, the movie is meant as a metaphor for how he viewed himself.

Oz The Great And Powerful

You heard it right. One of Sam Raimi’s family-friendly movies is the fantasy adventure prequel to The Wizard Of Oz. Unfortunately, the movie titled Oz The Great And Powerful turned out to be weird at places with some awkward characterization and creepy plot points. Coming from the director of Evil Dead, Murder Of A Cat, and Poltergeist, we should have expected that a child-friendly wizard movie would be his comfort zone.

The Straight Story

David Lynch is known as the master of nightmares. Then there is his first drama movie The Straight Story which Disney. The director is surely not comfortable with the change in genre and it is actually evident in the movie. The critics did like the movie and comment on it as ‘a celestial piece of Americana’. Lynch returned to his usual style in with Mulholland Drive in 2001.

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Army Of The Dead (2021) Trailer

by Kaylen Summers

From director Zack Synder, Army of the Dead is an upcoming zombie heist movie in which a group of mercenaries decides to steal a Las Vegas casino during a zombie outbreak. With the president planning to nuke the city of Las Vegas to end the zombie plague, they only a limited time to carry out the plan.

Releasing Date: 21 May 2021

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Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard (2021) Trailer

by Kaylen Summers

Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L. Jackson are teaming up once again and this time Salma Hayek is also onboard. Follwing the 2017 hit action-comedy Hitman’s Bodyguard, this upcoming movie serves as a direct sequel and is filled with more chase sequences, shoot-outs, and explosions. Will the bodyguard be able to save the hitman’s wife?!

Releasing Date: June 16, 2021

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8 Vintage Alien Movies That Still Is Entertaining

by Kaylen Summers

Here are some good ol’ space movies that are available for streaming on HBO Max. These vintage golds have a cult following of their own.

Little Shop of Horrors

Not a clear-cut alien movie, but, it has enough spooks to make it out of this world. While working in a flower shop in urban Skid Row, nerdy orphan Seymour Krelborn develops feelings for his fellow co-worker Audrey Fulquard. She is berated every day by the owner of the shop Mr. Mushnik. Hoping to turn his luck around and get a more stable life of his own, Seymour decides to test his luck in the floral business and ends up purchasing a bloodthirsty plant from a Chinese Street Vendor.

Fantastic Planet

This movie takes us to a far-off planet named Ygam.  The dominant species of the planet are the Draags. They are a group of blue humanoids who are extremely advanced in both technology and spirituality. Oms, on the other hand, are considerably tiny and the descendants of the humans from the Terra planet. They are considered ignorant animals. Most of them are kept for the entertainment of Draag children, while others lead a hidden life in the wilderness of the planet.

Lifeforce

A space team exploring Halley’s Comet encounters an alien spacecraft with space vampires. They return back to earth and start turning other human beings into zombies. Tom Carlsen, one of the surviving astronauts from the space team realizes what was going on and steps in to get rid of the troubling alien presence.

Destroy All Monsters

Monsters of the world are rounded up and kept away from humanity in a separate area called Monsterland. A race of she-aliens comes to know about this and frees all the monsters across the world. Now, it is up to scientists to save the world from monsters like Godzilla, Rodan, Mothra, and many more.

*batteries not included

A greedy tycoon is trying to build a new skyscraper and he is using criminal methods to evacuate the current residence of the soon-to-be-demolished block of apartments. It was doing this time that some tiny mechanical aliens landed there to recharge. Seeing the turn of events and the injustice happening, they decided to stay a little longer and help the people out.

Critters 2

Inhabitants of the Grover’s Bend mistake a batch of unhatched critter eggs as Easter eggs. As the eggs start to hatch, it starts a rampage by the flesh-eating furry creatures from outer space. The horror, comedy movie features Scott Grimes and Liane Curtis and is a wonderful watch if you are a fan of the goofy movies of the late 80s.

Alien

Any list on the genre of alien movies will not be complete without the iconic, cult classic movie Alien. Set in the future, the movie starts with a commercial spaceship picking up a distress signal from a distant planet. A three-member team discovers a chamber containing thousands of eggs and a creature from one of the eggs starts to attack them. With an alien parasite planted inside one of the team members, the fate of the entire crew is at stake.

Galaxy Quest

Space shows were a huge deal back in the 1980s. This movie starts off as a parody of those shows and later move on to some serious intergalactic business.  Jason Nesmith is the star of a space-themed television series. He and his other cast members are mistaken as actual space heroes and are taken by a group of alien life forms to save them from an invading menace.

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10 Awesome Political Movies To Watch This Weekend

by Kaylen Summers

Here are some of the best political movies to watch on your streaming services.

The Coldest Game

Nothing gets more political than a spy-espionage drama. Set during the time of the Cuban missile crisis, this movie tells the story of a troubled math genius. He gets picked for a US-Soviet chess match when the height of the Cold War is at its peak. The American player is forced to be part of deadly espionage and he is left with no choice but to go with it as the tension between the two nations starts to rise.

JFK

Directed by Oliver Stone, JFK is an epic American political thriller that goes through the events leading to the assassination of John F. Kennedy, the former president of the United States. The story is told through the eyes of former New Orleans district attorney Jim Garrison, who alleged a cover-up that followed after the assassination.

W.

Starring Josh Brolin, this biographical drama portrays the life and struggles of former American President George W. Bush. Oliver Stone also directed this movie, with Stanley Weiser penning. Being the son of Geroge H. W. Bush, Bush always had to go the extra mile to live up to his father’s presidential legacy. Every decision he makes gets constantly evaluated. However, he overcame it to become one of the best US presidents.

The Final Year

This one and the half-hour-long documentary gives you first-hand experience of the diplomatic legacy of former US president Barack Obama during his last year in the oval office. He and his team for foreign policy have gone through more than 21 nations, drafting some of the greatest policies for the nation.

The Campaign

Politics is not always serious. Sometimes politicians can end up doing some of the funniest things ever. Here is a satire that looks at American politics in a funnier lens. Cam Brady is a longtime North Carolina congressman who has won many elections without an opponent. However, things started to change when inexperienced Marty Huggins decided to run against him.

Vice

When George W Bush got elected to be the president of the United States, he chose Dick Cheney as his vice president. The position made him one of the most powerful bureaucrats in Washington. His position allowed him to reshape the world. Christian Bale plays the role of Dick Cheney in the movie which is the second theatrical film to feature the presidency of George W Bush after Oliver Stone’s W.

Knock Down The House

Politics is not just for men. Here is a documentary to prove it so. Featuring the journey of four determined women who challenged the big names in American politics during the 2018 race for Congress.

State Of Play

Based on the British television series of the same name, State of Play is a political thriller which revolves around the suspicious death of a congressman’s mistress. In order to protect his career, the politician tries to hide his affair. However, a journalist is out determined to find the truth behind the murder. 

LBJ

When former US president John F. Kennedy was assassinated, it was up to Lyndon Johnson to take up the presidency. However, what he didn’t expect were the enemies he had to face both from the White House and his own political party. Woody Harrelson plays the role of Lyndon, portraying his journey from being one of the most powerful Senate majority leader to becoming a powerless vice president and later the president.

The Oath

Politics can lead to different political views and sometimes these political views can cause disputes among friends or family. The Oath is set on such a premise. Chris and his wife learn that all citizens must sign a loyalty oath to the president. As the thanksgiving deadline approaches, the couple undergoes a series of comical situations trying to maintain peace in their house.

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8 Dramas That Will Surely Make You Cry

by Kaylen Summers

Here are 8 drama movies that are sure to make you cry when you watch them.

Beaches

A 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.

Brokeback Mountain

If this poignant account of homosexual attraction between Jake Gyllenhaal and Heath Ledger does not make you cry, I don’t know what will.

Holland’s Opus

There 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.

The Joy Luck Club

A mother-daughter story that will make you reach for the phone and call your mom once it’s over.

Stepmom

Susan Sarandon and Julia Roberts give us the ultimate tear-jerker with their bizarre relationship that takes an unusual turn.

The Lion King

Not 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.

The Fault in Our Stars

Your 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.

The Hate U Give

This 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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7 Most Popular Mystery Thriller On Hulu

by Kaylen Summers

Hulu is the home for some thought-provoking mystery thrillers. Here are a few of the most popular ones from the list.

The Prestige

This movie tells the enigmatic tale of two magicians whose friendship gradually turned into an intense rivalry and took them on a life-long contest for domination. The movie is filled with their obsession, deception, and envy that leads them into dangerous and destructive outcomes.

Gone Girl

This one is a classic with one of the most brilliant plots ever. When his wife disappeared, one man becomes the center of an outrageous media circus. He soon realizes that the spotlight has been turned on him and everyone is suspecting that he may not be innocent as it seems.

The Rock

Stanley Goodspeed is an FBI chemical warfare specialist. He takes on a critical mission with a former British spy named John Patrick Mason. Their goal is to Gen. Francis X. Hummel from detonating harmful chemical weapons into San Francisco. Gen. Hummel wants to ransom $100 million for the families of servicemen who died in the battles. As the SEAL team is wiped out, now it is up to Stanley and John to deal with the soldiers and save the day.

Odd Thomas

Set in a Californian desert town, the movie tells the story of a short-order cook with supernatural abilities. Eventually, he confronts an ambiguous man who seems to be linked with some dark, sinister forces.

Where’d You Go, Bernadette

Bernadette Fox is an architect-turned-recluse. When she goes missing just before her family’s trip to Antarctica, her 15-year-old daughter Bee decides to take matters into her hands and go on a quest to find her. Bernadette’s husband also decided to tag along.

Children of the Corn

There is nothing more gruesome than the plot of this horrifying entertainer. The movie has Issac, a boy preacher moving to a small town in Nebraska called Gatlin. There he brainwashed all the children and makes them murder all the adults in the town.

Body Cam

In order to cover up a murder, the Cops involved decided to get rid of their body cam video footage. However, what they didn’t expect was them being haunted by an evil spirit. Now, they have to fight the evil spirit and prevent them from justice.

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Oscar 2021: All 8 Best Picture Nominees Ranked

by Kaylen Summers

The Academy Awards are just around the corner and the nominees are already out. 2020 was not a good year for us. Despite the global pandemic, the entertainment industry had managed to give us some of their best works, and nine of them were nominated for this year’s prestigious Academy Awards. So, here we are ranking the best picture nominees from worst to best. Keep in mind that all these movies are truly brilliant and worth watching. We are just ranking them based on what we felt is good.

#08

The Trial Of The Chicago 7

Directed and penned by Aaron Sorkin, The Trail Of The Chicago 7 is a historical drama that tells the story of the five-month trial of seven anti-war protesters who were accused of inciting riots in 1968.


#07

Promising Young Woman

Emerald Fennell’s ‘Promising Young Woman’ is one of the most discussed movies this award season. The thriller tells the story of Caisy who is out to get revenge against her best friend, Nina for raping her during medical school.


#06

The Father

When it comes to great performances, Anthony Hopkins will undoubtedly be at the top of the list. He plays the role of a proud man who is trying to deny and push through his rapidly increasing dementia.


#05

Sound Of Metal

The most surprising entry in this year’s Oscar nominee slate is Darius Marder’s achingly melancholy tale movie, Sound of Metal. Riz Ahmed’s performance in the movie is truly amazing and Oscar-worthy.


#04

Judas And The Black Messiah

Shaka King’s sweeping film is dominating the awards season. When a Black man is arrested for stealing a car, he is offered a plea deal in which he has to infiltrate the Black Panther and gather intelligence.


#03

Minari

In search of their American dream, a Korean American family moves to an Arkansas farm. Their new life in the Ozarks brings many new challenges and overcoming the hurdles brings them even closer as a family.


#02

Mank

Citizen Kane is one of the most iconic movies of Hollywood. Director David Fincher takes us through the tale of how screenwriter Herman J. Mankiewicz and his struggles in crafting the movie.


#01

Nomadland

With everything lost in the great recession, a woman in her sixties embarks on a journey to become a van-dwelling modern-day nomad. The movie is undoubtfully one of the most powerful movies to come out this year.

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The Tomorrow War (2021) Trailer

by Kaylen Summers

Thirty years in the future, mankind is losing a gruesome war against alien invaders. Along with other soldiers, Chris Pratt is travelling to the future to fight the war and save the world from alien invaders. As the futuristic war takes the best out of him , he must also somehow manage to fight and overcome the ghost of his past.

Releasing Date: July 2, 2021 (Amazon Prime)

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9 Horror Movies That Stands Out From The Genre

by Kaylen Summers

Here are nine tales of otherworldly horror for you to enjoy this weekend:

Coraline

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.

The Ritual

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.

The Sixth Sense

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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.

I Am The Pretty Thing That Lives in the House

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.

Murder Party

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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.

The Witch

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.

The Crow

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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.

Horns

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.

The Babysitter

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A horror comedy that is just right for the 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.

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These Fan Theories Are Surprisingly Good!!

by Kaylen Summers

Fan theories can sometimes be bizarre and strange. However, there are many fan theories that you wish were actually true. Here are a few of such surprisingly great fan theories circulating online:

Tenet is the last part of a trilogy

Yes!! You heard it right. Based on his past record and mind-blowing films, Nolan is one director who can do such a thing and still get away with it. The theory goes like this. Tenet is the last part of a new trilogy. Similar to the inversion inside the movie, the director has skillfully inverted who trilogy too. Considering the fact the, the movie starts with the hero saving the day, we have to keep this mind-blowing fan theory a second thought. If it comes out to be true, the trilogy will be ending with the origin story of the hero.

Brad Pitt’s character is the murderer in Se7en

One of the major reasons why many fans suspect Brad Pitt’s character Mills as the mysterious murderer is his sketchy behavior. He mostly is seen distracting Somerset (Morgan Freeman) from finding pieces of evidence. There are instances in which he even points out evidence. John Doe is typically a name given to medical patients without a known name. So, he must have been hired or manipulated by Mills to behave or act as the murderer.

Zack Synder’s Superman is Jesus Christ

Fans of Zack Synder’s DC movies might have noticed that his version of Superman has a more God-like persona than you can imagine. One of the main reasons for this is because Superman’s story is much similar to that of Jesus Christ. Similar to Christ, Superman was also from a different world and was taken up by human parents as their children. Both are a symbol of hope for many and tried to save the world from all evil. Synder takes it even further too. Just like Christ, Superman also dies and is resurrected to save the world from eternal doom.

Dr.Strange always knew magic

The Dr.Strange movie was surely a game-changer for the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Up until then, magic and magical beings were explained to us some kind of science in MCU. However, Dr.Strange established the existence of mystic arts and other magical elements. In the movie, Dr.Strange meets with an accident and breaks his arms. In his attempts to fix his damaged hands, he gains his magical powers after getting trained in the sanctuary in the Himalayas. There is a theory that says that the doctor already had his magical powers lying dormant within him before the accident and training. It is due to this reason that he was able to person incredible surgeries and save other people’s lives. We like to believe this theory too. In fact, all doctors are magic.

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The Woman In The Window (2021) Trailer

by Kaylen Summers

Anna is a agoraphobic who does not leave her home. Over the course of time, she has been slowly slipping into a dark frame of mind and it is making her see thing that are not there. Her solace is spying on her neighbors. However, it also gets dark and confusing as the line between her reality and fiction starts to blur.

Releasing Date: 14 May 2021

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Top 8 Netflix Original Movies Worth Watching This Weekend

by Kaylen Summers

Here is a list of eight wonderfully crafted Netflix stories worth watching this weekend

Roma (2018)

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.

Mudbound (2017)

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.

Happy as Lazzaro (2018)

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.

Beasts of No Nation (2015)

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

Private Life (2018)

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.

The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018)

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.

On Body and Soul (2017)

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.

The Meyerowitz Stories (2017)

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.

The Little Prince (2016)

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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8 Netflix Movies That Are Worth Rewatching

by Kaylen Summers

Here are a few Netflix movies that have aged well. These movies are a definite must-watch. Have a look.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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Berserkers (2021) Trailer

by Kaylen Summers

Four friends are on the run for their lives as their hometown is getting taken over by a deadly virus that is turning everyone into bloodthirsty monsters. With the virus slowly spreading across the world, will they be able to survive the post-apocalyptic zombie wasteland?

Releasing Date: 2021

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Those Who Wish Me Dead (2021) Trailer

by Kaylen Summers

Those Who Wish Me Dead is an upcoming thriller that has the popular actor Angelina Jolie fight her way against fire, assassins, guilt and more in an attempt to protect a young child. The movie will be released both in theaters and HBO Max.

Releasing Date: 14 May 2021

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6 Classic Comedies That Are Still Worth Watching

by Kaylen Summers

While the world is busy with superhero movie and franchises, it is becoming more and more evident that the genre of comedy is getting significantly diminished. Over the past years, there was no major comedy movie that was worth remembering. This has led people to look for some great flick to watch from the golden age of comedy.

Here are a few of these classic comedies for you to watch this week.

Animal House

No list will ever be complete without National Lampoon’s legendary cult classic comedy ‘Animal House’. Coming from a magazine that is known for its “unrestricted” humor, the movie still sets the bar for cinematic depictions of collegiate debauchery. Even though it is not that family-friendly, it is still one of the most entertaining comedy movies to be ever made.

Superbad

There are many reasons why ‘Superbad’ is the best coming-of-the-age comedy teen movie, and the best one is that it stars Michael Cera and Jonah Hill. The actors donned the roles of two high school friends who gets into a a lot of shenanigans to score alcohol for a huge party.

Coming to America

Before Wakanda and King T’challa, there was a another prince from Africa who stole our hearts onscreen. With Eddie Murphy playing the lead role, the movie is about an African prince who breaks his traditions and comes to America to meet and marry the woman of his dreams.

Dazed and Confused

One of the most prominent sub-genres of comedy is the stoner comedy. ‘Dazed and Confused’ belongs to this types of movies and is one of the most entertaining stoner comedy out there. Packed with the some amazing 70s soundtrack and Matthew McConaughey’s famous line “Alright, alright alright!!”, this is one movie that you don’t want to miss.

The Big Lebowski

If you are looking for a cult classic comedy, then look no further. There is no comedy movie more iconic than ‘The Big Lebowski’. Even today, the movie has its own fan base and is considered one of the most re-watched comedy movies of all time.

Bridesmaids

Romantic comedies are filled with so many cliches. We all know that. However, long before the studios took over storytelling, there used to be ones that are brilliantly crafted and is amazingly funny. Take ‘Bridesmaids’ for example. The movie has a wonderful blend of romance, friendship and brilliant comedy that we will watch it again and again without a doubt.

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Without Remorse (2021) Trailer

by Kaylen Summers

Micheal B Jordan takes up the role of a Navy SEAL named John Clark. When his wife gets murdered, he takes it upon himself to find those responsible and take revenge. What he didn’t expect was to get entangled in a massive conspiracy.

Releasing Date: April 30, 2021

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Top Movies With The Most Shocking Endings.

by Kaylen Summers

We are counting down on the 7 amazing movies with the most surprising endings of all time.

The Prestige (2006)

Christopher Nolan never seizes to surprise us with his truly one of a kind storytelling skills. But, his The Prestige had more than just skillful movie making. The plot twist of the movie as mesmerizing as the prestige of a magic show. Robert Angier and Alfred Borden are rival magicians attempting to outdo one another in a quest for the perfect illusion. The movie reveals in the end that was actually two people—twins, to be exact. This helped him pull off so many of his tricks. Meanwhile, Angier copied his tricks by cloning himself with the help of Nikola Tesla and killing his clones after each trick.

The Sixth Sense (1999)

M. Night Shyamalan is the king when it comes to plot twist and it all began with his debut feature film, The Sixth Sense. The protagonist of the movie, Dr. Malcolm Crowe,  is a child psychologist. After a home invasion, he returns to work by attempting to help a young boy who sees the dead. However, he along with the audience realizes that he too is dead.  The film established Shyamalan as a writer and director and introduced the cinema public to his affinity for surprise endings.

Gone Girl (2014)

Directed by David Fincher and written by Gillian Flynn, this psychological thriller is based on the popular novel of the same name. The movie is filled with plot twists one after the other. After realizing that her husband Nick was cheating on her, Amy planned her disappearance to make it look like Nick killed her. Later, when she decides to return home to Nick, she seduces and then murders an old ex-boyfriend to make it look like he kidnapped her. To make sure that Nick stays with her, she also gets artificially inseminated with Nick’s semen. Darn! That’s too much plot twists in a single film!!

Fight Club (1999)

The movie was not well received at the box office or with critics when it was first released. However, it has since become a cult classic because of its demented plot and a mind-boggling plot twist. The flick is about the unnamed narrator and his new friend, Tyler Durden, creating a “fight club” that turns into a national movement. Later, it was revealed that the narrator was suffering from dissociative identity disorder -he and Tyler Durden are the same person. The movie is directed by David Fincher.

Shutter Island (2010)

This Martin Scorsese 2010 neo-noir psychological thriller film had a truly memorable plot twist at it’s ending. The plot of the movie revolves around a US Marshal named Teddy Daniels who attempts to track down an escaped mental patient, Rachel Solando. But, later it turns out that Daniels is actually Andrew Laeddis. He was detained at the mental hospital for murdering his wife (Rachel) after she killed their three children. The whole search for Rachel is a mere “game” devised to shake him from his insanity.

The Usual Suspects (1995)

No list about plot twists will be complete without mentioning The Usual Suspects. This 1995 neo-noir mystery film was directed by Bryan Singer and follows the interrogation of Roger “Verbal” Kint, a small-time con man. He tells the interrogator a convoluted story of events about mysterious crime lord known as Keyser Söze. Söze controlled him and his associates during their heist. It is only after the police let Kint go, that they realize he’s actually Söze.

The Departed (2006)

Blink and you will miss this one. Directed by Martin Scorsese and written by William Monahan, the movie tells the story of Billy Costigan goes undercover within the Irish mob to implicate sadistic boss Frank Costello. Meanwhile, Staff Sergeant Colin Sullivan, a dirty cop secretly doing Costello’s bidding, tries to hunt out the “rat.” However, when Costigan finally takes Sullivan down, he is shot in the head at a blink-of-the-eye moment, leaving the audience in shock.

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Top Movies There Available For Free Streaming

by Kaylen Summers

Streaming services can be a lot expensive. Luckily there are many OTT platforms that are free for streaming. Here are some of the best movies that you can watch on these platforms.

The Intouchables

🍅74% ⌛1h 53m 🎬Comedy, Biography

What Is it About: A paragliding accident makes an aristocrat quadriplegic. A young man from the projects takes up the job to look after him. The two become friends and make some heart-warming memories together.

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Train to Busan

🍅93% ⌛1h 58m 🎬Adventure, Zombie

What Is it About: A mysterious viral outbreak has turned everyone into zombies. Now, the remaining ones must get on an express train to Busan to stay safe. But, will they be able to survive when some in the train are also infected?

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Snatch

🍅73% ⌛1h 58m 🎬Adventure, Zombie

What Is it About: From British director Guy Ritchie, this one is fast-paced crazy character-colliding filled film with two overlapping stories. A diamond is stolen and different gangs are after it.

Roman Holiday

🍅98% ⌛1h 59m 🎬Romance, Comedy

What Is it About: While visiting Rome, European princess Ann decides to take off for a night. However, she ends up a park bench after having a sedative. Luckily, an American reporter, Joe Bradley, finds her and takes her home.

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What’s Eating Gilbert Grape

🍅98% ⌛1h 59m 🎬Romance, Comedy

What Is it About: Gilbert Grape has a lot of responsibilities- his overweight mother, mentally impaired younger brother, Arnie and more. But, when he meets the free-spirited Becky, his world is turned upside down.  

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The Man from Nowhere

🍅100% ⌛1h 59min 🎬Thriller, Crime

What it’s about: A lonely former special agent is friends with Somi, a little girl next door. When she gets kidnapped by a gang, he is out to save her.  

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Rain Man

🍅90% ⌛2h 14min 🎬Drama, Psychology 

What it’s about: Charlie Babbitt is a selfish yuppie. When his father left a fortune to his savant brother Raymond, he must somehow get the money from his brother.

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Big Fish

🍅75% ⌛2h 05min 🎬Drama, Psychology

What it’s about: Edward Bloom led a life enormous passions and tall tales. But, he remained a mystery for his son. After his death, his son sets out to find the truth about his father.

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Planes, Trains, and Automobiles

🍅93% ⌛1h 33min 🎬 Comedy

What it’s about: A man is trying to get back home for Thanksgiving. However, it is not turning out the way he thought. Now he has to stick with a shower ring salesman to get back home.

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Taxi Driver

🍅97% ⌛1h 54min 🎬 Crime, Drama

What it’s about: A Vietnam War veteran works as a night-life taxi driver in New York city. His unstable mental condition and urge for violent action have let him into full outrage.

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Guess You Missed These Awesome Movie Details

by Kaylen Summers

Moviemakers often go the extra mile and place some quite interesting details in their works of art. Some are the most obvious ones while others can be easily missed. Here are a few amazing movie details that are hard to notice on your normal watch.

“Tsim Tsum” – the name of the ship in ‘Life of Pi’

life of pie hidden detail

Life of Pie is one movie that mesmerized us with its brilliant story-telling, vibrant visuals, and great performance. In the movie, the main character Pi travels in a ship named “Tsim Tsum”- a Hebrew word that represents how God condensed himself to create an infinite empty space in which the universe was built. Pi also faces a similar fate later in the movie when the ship sinks. His entire life is condensed into the tiny space of a lifeboat, stuck in the vast, ‘infinite’ empty sea.

UCS-M01- the license plate in ‘Spiderman Homecoming’

When it comes to Easter eggs and references, the Marvel Cinematic Universe is undoubtedly at the top of the game. In their Spider-Man movie, Homecoming, they introduced the character of Aaron- the Uncle of Miles Morales. The hidden detail was in the license plate of his car, which said: UCS-M01. The character of Miles Morales was first introduced in the ‘Ultimate Comics Spider-Man #01’. The license plate is a subtle nod to the comic-book origin of the character.

The Fishes are spying on Theo- ‘Children of Men’

In the 2006 sci-fi thriller Children of Men, the character Theo takes Kee and Miriam to Jasper’s home, hoping that they would stay safe and hidden there. However, the Fishes find their safe house easily. The brilliance in this plot point is that it was foreshadowed long before it even happened. Back when Theo was travelling on train to Jasper’s place, we can see one of the Fishes in back seat following him. This was an intelligent chose from the movie maker and a hidden detail that fits perfectly with the whole narrative.

Chainsaw Carr- Mystery Science Theater 3000

Hidden details can not only be just references to past adaptations, works, or source materials. It can also be about inside jokes. One such joke that made it to the big screen is from the 1996 movie, Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Movie. In a scene in the movie, there is a chainsaw labeled Carr, which was intended as a jab at executive producer Carr D’Angelo and the numerous cut he made on the movie.

The potted plant – ‘Leon: The Professional’

Leon: The Professional is one of the most iconic movies to be ever made. In the movie, Leon has a pet potted plant , which is a variety of aglaonema. Leon believes that he is similar to the plant, since he doesn’t has any roots like the plant. However, in the end of the movie, Mathilda plants it in the ground outside her new school and allows it to take roots. It will eventually kill the plant. It is wonderful and emotional symbolism and parallels the life of Leon. He took grew ‘roots’ when he became emotionally attached to Mathilda. It eventually led to his death as well.

We know there are infinite number of hidden movie details out there. If you have noticed any, do mention them in the comments below. We will be featuring them in our next article about movie details.

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7 Hardcore Action Movies That are True Entertainment

by Kaylen Summers

Let’s explore a few of the hardcore action movies that you should watch. We are excluding the most obvious ones like Die Hard and the Fast franchise to include new movies that you can take a look at.

xXx (2002)

Vin Diesel is the ideal man for action movies (since we are not expecting any acting skills in such flicks) and he delivers the same as Xander Cage in XXX. Cage is your standard adrenaline junkie who is not afraid of anything. So, the US Government asking him to go on a deadly mission doesn’t come as a surprise for him. A deadly nihilistic named Yorgi is trying to destroy the world and it is up to Cage to gather information about him.

The A-Team (2010)

A group of Iraq War veterans is framed for a crime that they haven’t committed. The group includes Col. Hannibal Smith, Capt. H.M. ‘Howling Mad’ Murdock, Sgt. Bosco ‘B.A.’ Baracus, and Lt. Templeton ‘Faceman’ Peck. Now they are on the run from U.S. military forces, trying to clear their names. But that’s not all. Along the way, they are also helping out others in need too.

Crank (2006)

Here is another action star. But he is everyone’s favorite one though- Jason Statham. Crank has him playing the role of a professional assassin named Chev Chelios. He realizes that his rival is planning to kill him by injecting a poison that will make him dead if his heart rate lowers. Obviously he could have killed him with a normal poison. But, where is the fun in that?

Shoot ‘Em Up (2007)

There is nothing more exciting in an action movie than shootouts. But, while in this shootout, Mr. Smith gets to deliver a woman’s baby. That doesn’t end there. Now, he has to protect the newborn from the army of gunmen who is out to kill him and the baby. Will they survive?! Stream it now to fight out.

The Last Stand (2013)

After leaving the LAPD after a failed operation, Ray Owens decided to become the sheriff of the quiet US border town of Sommerton Junction. But, his peaceful life plans are overthrown by a gang of notorious drug dealers who are on the run from the FBI. They are making their way toward Sommerton Junction and the police looking to intercept them before they escape crossing the border. Though Owens does not want to get involved, we all know that he is the only one who can stop them.

Knight and Day (2010)

Ready for some Tom Cruise action?! Here is a bonus too- Cameron Diaz is also co-starring in the picture. The two play a fugitive couple who are on a glamorous and deadly adventure. The only problem is that there is nothing and no one they can trust. Not even themselves. with shifting alliances and unexpected betrayals, this action movie wastes no time to set its explosive narrative into motion.

The Expendables (2010)

We have seen our beloved action hunks fight bad guys in their own separate movies. but what if they all come together in one huge movie. The Expendables is your wish granted. The stars play a band of highly skilled mercenaries led by none other than Sylvester Stallone. Now the group is out on a mission to assassinate the dictator of a small South American island. Will they be able to succeed? Or will they learn some new secrets along the way?

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Black Widow Trailer

by Kaylen Summers

Black Widow marks the first solo-outing of the character after a decade of being in the Cinematic Universe. The movie will also kick start Phase 4 of MCU. Set as a prequel to the events of Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame, the movie is expected to be placed after Captain America: Civil War in the MCU timeline.

Releasing Date: July 2021

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Space Jam: A New Legacy (2021) Trailer

by Kaylen Summers

Space Jam is getting a second part, but it will not have any connections with the initial one. Starring NBA player LeBron James, the movie is supposed to be a sequel to the 1996 smash hit blockbuster movie Space Jam. The movie will see the team-up of the old Toon Squad with Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Pork Pig, and many other familiar Looney Tunes including Lola Bunny.

Releasing Date: 16 July 2021

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PG-13 Horror Movies That Are Too Frightening

by Kaylen Summers

Without further ado, here are some of the best PG-13 horror movies that are too good.

A Quiet Place (2018)

It’s the post-apocalyptic world. And the earth is filled with creatures that hunt by sound. One family is on the run to from the creatures and stay alive. Their only hope is to remain silent and make no sound. How long will they be able to survive? Stream this movie to find out.

The Final Girls (2015)

For fans of the slasher movie genre, here is one flick for you with some awesome slasher movie with some great meta-commentary. While a young woman grieving about the loss of her 80’s actress mother, she is pulled into one of her mom’s most famous slasher movies. After getting reunited, the mother-daughter duo must now fight off the film’s killer.

Drag Me to Hell (2009)

Christine Brown is a loan officer. When she denies a woman extension, her life takes a turn to the worse. The Gypsy woman curses her. However, her boyfriend thinks that it is not real. With all hope lost, her only way out is a psychic who has promised to help her from being dragged straight to hell.

The Ring (2002)

There is nothing more spooky than The Ring, when it comes to PG13 horror. It is by far the scariest PG-13 movie ever made. The movie is an adaptation of the Japanese film Ringu, which is outstanding source material. The concept of unavoidable viral death and some scary iconography, this own is a cult classic.

1408 (2007)

This adaption is of a lesser-known tale from Stephen King. The movie may be PG13, but it has enough of King’s trademark pulpy gore and scatological humor to give you chilling ghostly thrills and psychological horrors.

What Lies Beneath (2000)

What Lies Beneath definitely has some major PG13 chills to offer. The movie revolves around the life of Claire and Norman who has moved back to his old house. As usual, the couple finds some spooky stuff happening around them. The movie is best for its casting of Harrison Ford. It’s not every day that you see him play the bad guy. (even though he is often the on-screen scoundrel).

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