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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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)
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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?!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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 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 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.
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.
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.
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 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 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.
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.