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10 Best Groundbreaking Fantasy Films

by Kaylen Summers

Fantasy is a genre that takes our minds into the realms of creativity and imagination. It transports everyone into worlds that are alien, beautiful, and mesmerizing. Here are some of the best fantasy films to watch:

1. Groundhog Day

This film is a beautiful mix of fantasy and deep philosophical thought. The story follows a sour, cynical weatherman doomed to repeat the same day over and over again after getting into a time loop. This is a lovely film that extends beyond fantasy and tries to bring many elements into the narrative. Watch this film for an unforgettable experience.

2. My Neighbour Totoro

Hayao Miyazaki’s family fantasy is one of the most charming films ever made. It’s the story of two sisters who move with their dad to be close to their sick mother, and there they meet a snuggly monster with a goofy grin and a twelve-legged cat bus. The world-building in the film is amazing, and it is a very intense, moving film.

3. A Matter of Life and Death

This is the story of a plane crash after which the protagonist finds himself at the pearly gates of a mysterious place. There are two locations in the film, earth, and heaven. In the latter, a celestial court must decide if the pilot will be spared or not, and the film then moves into an inquiry of the best and worst in how we live our lives.

4. The Dark Crystal

This is a quest story where a Gelfling, must fulfill a prophecy and defeat the aging, decaying race of Skeksis in favor of the gentler, wiser Mystics. The film’s character design is remarkable and it shows immense conviction in the power of imagination. The world and the characters in the film are built on very solid grounds. It is a mesmerizing experience and is a must-watch.

5. La Belle et la Bête

Nearly 70 years after its release, the magic of the story of Beauty and the Beast still casts a spell. An adaptation of a fairy tale, the film has many magical elements like disembodied arms appearing through the walls of the Beast’s castle to hoist the candelabras lighting Belle’s path. It is a delightful watch with amazing effects and truly mysterious, yet captivating sequences.

6. Spirited Away

A benchmark of animation films as a whole, this magical adventure film turns the wanderings of a lonely ten-year-old girl into an experience, complete with ancient folklore and modern storytelling techniques. Magical, groundbreaking, and undeniable, this film is still the highest-grossing movie in Japanese history.

7. Ugetsu Monogatari

The greatest ghost story ever told on screen; this is a tale of two greedy peasants who try to profit from the civil war raging through their country. Soon, one of the men becomes enchanted with a mysterious noblewoman, taking leave of both his senses and his family in one swoop. The film’s fantasy world is eerie, mysterious, and very intriguing. It is a well-crafted film and quite a milestone in the fantasy genre.

8. Onward

This is yet another amazing fantasy film that is all heart. It follows a pair of grieving elf brothers who turn to magic to reanimate their father they never really knew, for 24 hours. But the spell is broken halfway through, leaving them with half a dad. With only the legs operational and the missing top half flopping around under layers of clothes, the three bluff their way through a quest to find a magical gem and finish the job.

9. King Kong

King Kong is a character that does not need much introduction. The film is a beautiful and haunting one that explores the fantasy genre in all its glory. It is one of those films that offer a lot of thought while entertaining and making you go wow. The film is a favorite among adults and kids alike, making it an all-time hit.

10. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

This adaptation of JRR Tolkein’s genre-defining trilogy is fantasy’s most inimitable benchmark. The film and its sequels continue to thrill moviegoers for generations to come. It gets you invested with its brilliant world that is full of magic, thrill, and depth. The franchise is unlike any other, making it an evergreen fantasy favorite.

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10 Movies That Are Actually Comic Book Adaptations

by Kaylen Summers

Comics are a great form of entertainment and insight. It is perhaps a huge part of many of our childhoods. Here are some great films that are originally comic book adaptations:

1. Blue Is The Warmest Colour

Le bleu est une couleur chaude is a graphic novel written and illustrated by Julie Maroh and first published in 2010. The English language version, Blue Is The Warmest Colour was later published in 2013. The graphic novel received widely positive reviews and was adapted into a film in the same year it was published in English. This is the story of two women who try to find love, freedom, art, and escape. It is critically acclaimed and quite an audience favorite.

2. Hellboy

Hellboy is a character from a famous graphic novel. Though it only loosely followed its source material and virtually created its own lore, this film is widely regarded as the best adaptation of this character and story. It is a film that shows how an adaptation can deviate from the original storyline, yet retain the character and make it very believable.

3. Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World

In August of 2004, Canadian author and illustrator, Bryan Lee O’Malley created the first volume of this comic series. This is considered one of the most accurate, iconic examples of a classic comic series brought to life. With its popping, vibrant imagery and amazing casting, Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World is fondly remembered and well-loved to this day by critics and film buffs all over.

4. Oldboy

Oldboy is a Japanese manga series that ran from 1996 to 1998, spanning eight volumes and seventy-nine collective chapters. In 2003, director Park Chan adapted the series into a critically acclaimed, award-winning film by the same name. This film adaptation is often considered to be one of the best. It’s still talked about to this day, and it still garners much more recognition than the more recent 2013 adaptation.

5. A History Of Violence

Adapted from a graphic novel of the same title published in 1997, written by John Wagner and illustrated by Vince Locke. The standalone graphic novel did not garner much attention until its film adaptation hit theatres nearly ten years later. The film has a very unique tone and visuals which are very striking. This is a film well worth watching.

6. Persepolis

The first Persepolis graphic novel was published in 2000 and depicted the life of author and illustrator, Marjane Satrapi, and her experience growing up during the Islamic Revolution. With a strong social commentary, both the novels and the film version of Persepolis remains relevant to this day. The story is timeless and was beautifully brought to life in a memorably animated film.

7. Snowpiercer

The comic was originally published in French and titled, Le Transperceneige. The film adaptation of this French graphic novel is critically and commercially acclaimed. It attracted attention to its source material, with the English version being published shortly after the film’s worldwide debut. The film is stunning in its writing and the way it creates moments is absolutely memorable.

8. The Mask

In 1994, while the comic book series was still in its prime, a film adaptation the story hit theatres. This film stars Jim Carrey as the lead character, Stanley Ipkiss, the dorky bank clerk whose life is changed forever when he encounters the titular supernatural mask. It is much loved character most of us are probably used to watching on cartoons while growing up. The film stays true to the book and is an amazing watch.

9. Ghost World

Bringing Ghost World to life on the big screen was achieved on a small budget, but was nonetheless a success, and was even nominated for an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay. The film had its worldwide premiere at the Seattle International Film Festival. It was not a commercial success, but today, it has earned a cult following and holds a respectable reputation among film lovers and critics.

10. 30 Days Of Night

This film is based on a comic book by illustrator, Ben Templesmith, where he presents a haunting and gruesome take on vampires. Adapted skilfully, this film was a success, calling attention to both the source material and the vampire genre in general. It is scary, brilliant, and at the same time ripe with layers of psychological horror. It is considered one of the best adaptations in the genre.

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10 Parenting Movies Every Parent Should See

by Kaylen Summers

Parenting is one of the toughest jobs on Earth! The journey is filled with ups, downs, and everything in between. Here are a few amazing films on parenting that are extremely relatable and fun:

1. What To Expect When You’re Expecting

Based on the international best-seller of the same title, this film follows the lives of five couples, all of whom are expecting. This is a wonderful take on the questions, doubts, and struggles of pregnancy. It also touches on adoption and explores the viewpoints of dads-to-be. Through humor and relatable sequences, the film brings out the experience of these characters preparing to become parents. It is lovely to watch whether or not you are a parent!

2. Knocked Up

This is a fun story of a one-night stand that forces two people to give their relationship a try. We are shown how these two absolutely clueless people hilariously tackle pregnancy and would-be-parenthood. Through these struggles and some very relevant side characters, the film brings out how people trying to remain, great parents, while keeping their individual identities.

3. She’s Having A Baby

This is a film that focuses on a man who tries to deal with a would-be father’s experience. The film does a wonderful job of showing what the pressure of wanting to be the best parent and partner can do to a person. The story is honest about the roadblocks in parenthood. The good and the bad showcase what parenthood usually follows with no filters.

Three Men And A Baby

This is yet another hilarious story of accidental parenthood. It is about three men, bachelors, whose lives are changed when a baby suddenly appears at their doorstep. We learn quickly that in some cases, the best fathers are the ones who don’t see it coming. Not only is this film hilarious, but it is also touching and moving. It brings to life the many different dynamics of what it’s like to raise a child, the struggle, the breakdowns, and the longing for something you never knew you wanted or needed.

Life As We Know It

This is a film about two working professionals who are brought together to raise an orphaned child after their mutual friends are killed in an accident. Despite the fact that they hate each other, they learn to not only navigate parenthood but also their new lives. This movie does an unbelievable job of showing you that sometimes the best things in life are not expected. It is a fun-filled, genuine film that touches your heart while also making you laugh out loud.

Mr. Mom

This is an unconventional story that shows that a man could stay home and take care of the kids, and do it just as well as any mother could do. Not only is it hilarious, but it also definitely showcases parenthood from a different perspective. It explores the gender switch with respect to caregiving, which had not been done before the release of this film. Watch this film if you have not, it is so worth it.

7. Yours, Mine, And Ours

This is a story about a blended family that comes together and makes one, brand-new family. In this film, two widowers meet. The lady has 10 kids and the man has 8. The story is about how they try to merge their individual families and exist as one. The ride is full of hilarious moments and some moving drama. It is a film that will surely make you laugh and cry and be grateful for your own family.

8. Little Miss Sunshine

This is a film that shows that parenthood is about those tiny sacrifices we make, which can take us on a journey, together as a family, and change our lives. It gives a wonderful glimpse into families and how at their core, no matter how dysfunctional they are, love and support always prevail. The film is hilarious, unpredictable and heart-warming with some amazing performances to remember forever.

9. Riding In Cars With Boys

This is the story of a young, aspiring author. She is focused and steady but all that changes when at 15, she becomes pregnant. The story follows her journey from a fifteen-year-old expectant mother to an adult woman. This movie will move you with the realism, the heartbreak, and the true power of parenthood. Be sure to have some tissues ready for this one, waterworks may flow!

10.This Is 40

This is almost a sequel to Knocked Up. It follows Pete and Debbie as they navigate their lives as parents, professionals, and lovers, all while handling an early mid-life crisis. This film is witty and so very true to parenthood. It explains mid-life crisis and how parenting as a huge responsibility can add to the stress of getting it all right. It is relatable and you cannot help falling in love with these genuinely written characters.

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10 Best Enemies-To-Lovers Stories of All Times

by Kaylen Summers

Most classic love stories begin with the couple hating each other. It is a kind of love that seems fated, and meant to be despite the initial turbulences. Here are some compelling enemies-to-lovers movies for you to watch:

You’ve Got Mail

In this engaging 1998 romantic comedy, the protagonists despise each other. They’re rival booksellers and they want nothing to do with one another. However, they’re unaware that while they’re feuding in real life, they’re falling for each other online through emails and instant message chats. Luckily, they discover the truth about their equation and reconcile, making the film absolutely lovely.

ICarly

This is a series about two people who seem to be polar opposites. To her, he’s nerdy, lame, and she hardly ever considers him as a friend. But when they finally kiss and start dating during the show’s fifth season, it is rewarding. This is a show that is absolutely amazing in the way it explores the complexities of a man-woman relationship. They are a very endearing enemies-to-lovers kind of couple you will love.

Star Wars

The instant Han Solo meets Princess Leia in Star Wars: A New Hope, they have animosity towards each other. Princess Leia is responsible and selfless, whereas Han Solo is selfish. She is not impressed with him, even calling him a “stuck up, half-witted, scruffy-looking” man. So, when they ultimately kiss and admit that they love each other, it’s surprising but also endearing. Their love endured through many trials, and they are one of the most memorable enemies-to-friends couples there is.

Buffy The Vampire Slayer

When Buffy Summers first meets Spike on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, she wants to slay him. After all, she’s supposed to because he’s a vampire. At the same time, he’s ready to kill her. Eventually, the two grow to respect one another and ultimately love each other. The relationship did have toxic elements, but still, the chemistry of this couple is quite undeniable.

When Harry Met Sally

They argue about whether men and women can be friends without any benefits. They bicker and they’re nowhere close to being romantic. Ten years later, they meet again at a bookstore. Despite their arguments, and they’re eventually attracted to each other. They may be great as individuals, without each other. But they are certainly better together and the film underlines that so beautifully, with subtle writing and great performances.

The Vampire Diaries

 

He’s a vampire-werewolf hybrid and she’s a human-turned-vampire, and they hate each other from the beginning. However, after he saves her life, they form a bond that eventually leads to a relationship. This is a romance that explores the themes of uncertainty and the security of finding love in a person you never expected to. It is beautiful and complex at the same time.

10 Things I Hate About You

A modernized version of William Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew, this is a film about a woman who wants nothing to do with the man, but he must continue to pursue her due to a bet with his friends. Over a period of time, she slowly begins to let her guard down and realizes he is the right kind of person for her. This is a romantic comedy that showcases one of the most loved enemies-to-lovers couples of all time.

Once Upon A Time

In this twisted tale of love and hate, the woman doesn’t trust the man, and his sarcastic humor doesn’t help. They’re enemies who would rather kill each other before going on any more adventures together. However, when he selflessly considers her feelings before his own, she starts to see his true character. When they finally kiss and fall in love, it’s one of the most unforgettable moments for the audience!

Pride & Prejudice

Jane Austen’s iconic novel, Pride and Prejudice, has had many adaptations. This film has beautifully brought out the clash between Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy. They have too much “pride and prejudice” to see past their differences but also have undeniable chemistry. Both are too stubborn to recognize it. It takes Mr. Darcy a long time to realize that his feelings have changed and that Elizabeth is too special to lose. Then on, the story flows into a romantic note, which is hard to not gush over.

Cheers

This is a show where the protagonists are the definition of “haters-turned-lovers.” When they first meet, Sam is crude and a ladies’ man. Diane is a wealthy snob. They instantly hate each other, but they must work together at the Boston bar. Over time, they see the better side to one another and slowly but steadily fall for each other. Their relationship is flirtatious and absolutely enviable. It is a treat to watch their story unfold and you must not miss it!

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10 Movies That Are Too Heartbreaking To Watch

by Kaylen Summers

Good stories always move the audience. They are real and appeal to the heart, sometimes by breaking it. Here are some deep, beautiful, but heart-breaking films to watch:

1. Dead Poets Society

Robin Williams stars as the teacher figure you always wanted. It focuses on a group of young men trying to find their way in this scary unknown world, with overbearing parents who just won’t quit meddling. The teacher shows them the life-altering power of literature and those moments of self-realization are so deeply showcased that you cannot help but cry. It is the good kind of heartbreak, but heartbreak nevertheless.

2. Marley and Me

This is a film that tracks the life of possibly one of the cutest and most energetic dogs on the planet. It is a comedy, but it also has moments that are so overwhelming that it will bring you down to your knees. The film has amazing world-building and a rich screenplay that will make you want to grab your tissues and cry, while also watching the rest because it is that beautiful.

3. Pride and Prejudice

This is a story about love that is complicated. Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy’s relationship takes the cake when it comes to sad romances. The film is rich in its critique of a period in time and it has operatic settings. Within that, this plotline makes the film a very deep and layered watch. It is a kind of sadness that you will want to get more of, knowing that it will haunt you for days.

4. If Beale Street Could Talk

This film focuses on two childhood friends turned love-struck couple. They struggle to move forward with their life together when one of them is arrested and put in jail for a crime they didn’t commit. The grief, helplessness, and fateful misery are so disturbing that you will want to scream at the screen. It is a film that moves you and gives you a cathartic sense of pleasure.

5. Gladiator

This is a cult classic film with a stature of its own. The film is the story of a Gladiator on a mission to avenge the death of his son and wife, who were murdered by a jealous Greek emperor. It is frustrating to see him drag himself through adversities and the heartbreak is unlike anything else. The film is an absolute gem, with its action and emotional depth. By the end of it, it is impossible to not get emotional about the character’s predicaments.

6. The Colour Purple

Based on the much-acclaimed novel of the same title by Alice Walker, the film chronicles the Black experience through a girl. It is heartbreaking because it etches out the injustice faced by people of color. It also makes you guilty, helpless and questions your own political allegiance. This is a heartbreak that is relevant because this is an issue that should break hearts, for change to happen.

7. A Walk to Remember

This is yet another heart-breaking film based on a high school romance novel of the same name. In a twist of events, a high school girl doesn’t want the popular guy to fall in love with her because she’s secretly dying. But he falls deeply in love with her and then, you are in for a romance that will shatter your heart into a million pieces. This is a film that is known for its emotional intensity, and you must be ready to weep before you start watching it. But don’t worry, it is the kind of weeping that will also make you feel good.

8. A Star Is Born

This is the story of two musicians who come together to create one of the best songs of all time and fall in love. But it is difficult to sustain a love story when one of the lovers is a compelling alcoholic who desperately needs to be saved. It is a film that becomes heartbreaking the moment you think the saddest bits are over.

9. Sophie’s Choice

This is a devastating film about a Holocaust survivor Sophie, who was forced to choose which of her children to send to their death. The film is dark, deep, and incredibly disturbing. The lingering sadness of the character is so heavy that it just does not let you forget how tragic and miserable she feels deep within. It is a film that will make you cry, and introspect and also move you to no end.

10.The Lion King

Mufasa’s death scene will make you cry, no matter what. There is no debate about the imaginative depth and emotional gravity of this absolutely amazing animation film. It has influenced people for generations and you cannot watch it without crying and feeling heavy in all the cells of your heart. The film needs no introduction, so watch it, even if you already have.

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10 Best Heist Movies of All Times

by Kaylen Summers

Movies based on heists are thrilling and extremely edgy to watch. They make for good content on days when you want to be absorbed into a cinematic world. Here are some amazing heist movies to watch:

1. Sexy Beast

This is an interesting heist movie in which a mobster tracks down a former employee to force him out of retirement. The film operates on the foundations of all the classic elements of a heist plot. It has action, sophistication, wit and thematic brilliance. It is sharp in its narrative construction and the actors have complemented the story with amazing performances.

2. Heat

This is a heist crime thriller considered as the classic of the genre. Robert De Niro and Al Pacino are a formidable pair in this story of a detective trying to catch a seasoned criminal pulling his very last heist. The narrative then spins around and exploits every hidden corner of the city in a relentless game of cat and mouse. It is one of those really well-made, tight films which does not fail to charm even if you have watched it earlier.

3. Logan Lucky

This is a dark crime comedy about two men trying to steal their way out of America. The story follows the Logan brothers, who plan an elaborate scheme to rob a racing circuit in North Carolina, and the tangled web they get caught in through trying to evade the FBI. It is yet another good example of a heist movie done right.

4. The Usual Suspects

This is a mysterious, much-loved heist thriller that pulls you into a confusing maze. In the wake of a deadly siege on a burned-out ship that leaves 27 dead, just two figures are left to piece together what happened. Both being criminals, the problem is how much you can believe what they tell you. The film is considered a cult classic and it is a must-watch owing to its brilliant storytelling.

5. Baby Driver

In this exciting, edgy film, a former getaway driver is blackmailed to take part in a job, or else his girlfriend will be hurt. But things go very wrong when their arms dealers turn out to be undercover officers. The story is a high-octane chase that barely lets up. It also has a very strong soundtrack behind all the screeching brakes.

6. Reservoir Dogs

In this celebrated thriller by ace director Tarantino, two anonymous criminals known only by pseudonyms attempt a huge diamond steal together, only to have the police show up and sow suspicion about who ratted them out. This is a cult heist film that is threaded with paranoia and rising tension. The story is maniacal with its ups, downs, and twists.

7. Inception

This is Christopher Nolan’s crime story which changed the game for the heist genre. The film follows Cobb, a criminal who steals information by entering his victim’s dreams in a realm in which five hours of real-time accounts for fifty years in the dream world. Presented with an offer he cannot refuse; Cobb must perform inception on his competitor’s ill child in order to have his criminal past wiped clean. The film is a benchmark in the heist film-making department and an absolute must-watch.

8. Quick Change

This is the story of a man who executes the perfect heist along with his girlfriend and accomplice. All he needs to do is jump on a plane and get out of New York. It’s the getaway where things get sticky complicated. The film is racy and intriguing with its classic thriller elements on point. This is yet another interesting film that takes a different route on the heist genre.

9. Thief

This is the story of a closed-off, emotionally cold jewel thief and former convict who is torn between his businesses and his yearning for normal family life. The film combines the satisfaction of a good heist plot and also adds a very emotional layer to it with the inner conflicts of the characters. It is a wholesome heist film that is moving and engaging.

10. The Killing

A gem from the inimitable Stanley Kubrick, this is a tightly wound and hard-boiled noir thriller built around an experienced criminal swinging at one last job to set himself up for life. There’s $2 million waiting to be swiped at a racetrack, and he pieces together an unlikely crew to do it. The film explores how he goes about it and what lies ahead on this risky road which he hopes will eventually get him out of the life of crime and deceit.

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10 Great Bromances That Are Worth Watching

by Kaylen Summers

There is no code that is greater than the bro-code, right guys?! Here are some amazing bromances that bring out the fun, frolic, and depths of the love between bros:

1. Point Break

This is a fun, exciting film about two men who hate each other at the onset. Then they become bros and go on a journey of adventure. It shows how bromances work, including some objectification of women, which is now not that acceptable. But it can be seen as representative of how men look at women and what they speak of in general when they get together.

2. The Fox And The Hound

This is a friendship that not only defies society but nature itself. A fox named and a hunting dog meet when they’re too young and naïve to know that they’re destined to become enemies. The film is an animated one with a bromance that is sweet and absolutely insightful. It draws together an enviable friendship and has lessons for us to learn from.

3. Superbad

This is a story of a high-school bromance. For those who don’t fit a very clearly defined blueprint for popularity, it can seem like a constant parade of humiliation. But friendship saves you from that phase and when you are forced to part with that friend, it is the most difficult thing. Complete with all the awkward, embarrassing scenarios that are bound to situationally arise in such a case, the film presents a lovely bromance that is exciting and very moving to watch.

4. The Shawshank Redemption

If you got a buddy like Tim Robbins or Morgan Freeman to keep you company, anything becomes bearable, even a couple of decades in prison. This bromance is one that sticks through loneliness, isolation, war and an extremely difficult time in life. It is an iconic film in itself, and the bromance aspect only adds to the layers of the story.

5. Lethal Weapon

This is one of the most badass bromances ever. It is one of the best buddy cop movies about a grizzled veteran who is a loving family man, and the seriously unhinged, suicidal loner still reeling from the death of his wife. There is spellbinding action, depth, and a lot of sophistication in the film. It also explores the many layers of the relationship between the bros, making it a thrilling and moving watch.

6. Pineapple Express

This is a story about a friendship between a guy and his dealer. It shows that such an equation can be a good thing, despite a few pitfalls. Dale, the dealer is the one more reluctant to befriend Saul, the stoner, but they both go on the run after Dale witnesses Saul’s supplier commit murder. This is a twisted tale but the bromance at its heart is unforgettable and absolutely well written.

7. Bill And Ted’s Excellent Adventure

This is the story of a dynamic duo who are so thick that when there is a possibility that they might be permanently divided, they use time travel to keep them together and ensure that the beautiful music they will make together ushers in the world. This is a very unconventional bromance which is absolutely entertaining and layered. It is a breath of fresh air in the genre and definitely a delight to watch.

8. The King’s Speech

The male friendship between Colin Firth’s King George VI and Geoffrey Rush’s speech therapist Lionel Logue not only proves essential to the making of a monarch, but it also comes crucial to the future of a nation and a world when it goes to war. Based on a true story, this is a film that showcases a bromance that is quite unlike anything else. It is a rich, deep, lovely film to watch for the relationship between these two characters.

9. The Odd Couple

This is a film that sets the standard for bromance in films. It tells the story of two very different but very close pals who find that their friendship is put to the ultimate test when they are somehow forced to share a living space. Odd as it sounds, such proximity puts roadblocks in their equation and the story follows how they navigate it. This is a fun, beautiful film about male friendship.

10. Lord of the Rings

This is an epic bromance. Literally! The franchise offers various kinds of bromances from Merry and Pippin, Pippin and Gandalf, Legolas and Gimli, Legolas and Aragorn, to pretty much everybody. These are friendships so epic; they built a franchise too big to be forgotten. The films have many characters who bring out the true boons of bromances and captivate you with their emotional layers, making this fantasy story seem very real.

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10 Genre-Defying Horror Movies

by Kaylen Summers

Horror movies offer a lot of emotions. Eerie, haunting, and challenging, this is a genre that is exciting and imaginative. Here are some of the best horror films of all times:

1. It Follows

This is an amazing horror film with a dreamy visual tone, some indelible skin-crawler moments. It movie does not place any reliance on jump scares. It follows a young woman who inherits a sexually transmitted curse of being hunted by an unstoppable entity. This is one of the creepiest films to be made in this genre, with some really eerie moments that will haunt.

2. Friday The 13th

This is a defining film in the slasher horror genre. It is sophisticated, scary and gory. It is a film that has a huge following and is a cult. The film combines all the key elements of the horror genre with great performances and an incredible soundtrack. It is a benchmark film that is quite a disturbing watch, but absolutely worth it if you love this genre.

3. Trick ‘R Treat

This is a film that tells multiple clever and comically creepy stories of one unique Halloween night, bound by a mischievous trick-r-treater named Sam. He is a much-loved mascot, and the film explores all the possibilities of the clown as a scary character. It is spooky and at the same time extremely layered in the perspective of the story and its horror aspects.

4. Shaun Of The Dead

This is a film that gave the zombie genre a very clear definition. It utilizes the plot points of a zombie story well, incorporating some intriguing twists along the way. The art and aesthetics of the film add a layer to the story. The performances are also captivating, holding together the film incredibly well.

5. Suspiria

This is a really haunting, edgy film about an American ballet student at a prestigious German dance academy, where sinister supernatural forces leave a trail of violent, grisly murders. The film is very atmospheric, and it encapsulates the mood of the film very well. The brilliance of the film lies in how it gets under the psychological layers of the viewers with its penetrative storytelling.

6. Repulsion

This is a dark, psychological horror film that is an undeniable classic from ace director Roman Polanski. The film is about a sexually averse woman tormented by horrific visions and hallucinations when her sister leaves her alone for a holiday. The film does not use usual tropes like jump scares to create effect. It is very intelligent in the way it creates scare and tells the story in an unprecedented manner.

7. Don’t Look Now

This is the story of a married couple attempting to come to terms with the death of their young daughter. They travel to Venice, where they’re haunted by a series of mysterious occurrences and reminders of death after an encounter with two elderly sisters. The film is a chilling, menacing story, tinged with melodrama and the supernatural, that sticks with you long after watching.

8. Get Out

This is one of the most important films of this genre. It is a smart and honest portrait of racial injustice and it showcases social commentary through horror, which is why it defies the genre and interprets it with a sense of social responsibility. The film maintains its mood and stays true to the purpose of the story throughout. It also has incredible performances, which only add to the gravity of the film.

9. The Thing

This film follows the rugged crew at an isolated Antarctic research facility as they’re besieged by an alien presence that can assume the form of anything it touches. The film shows one of the masters of horror, working at the very top of his game in his directorial job. The ending of the film is ambiguous, and it is still the subject of debate among film lovers.

10. 28 Days Later

This is an innovative, post-apocalyptic film that is very striking. What starts as a stunning and contemplative look at a London mostly devoid of people turns into a rapidly worsening slide into terror as survivors come face to face with the hideous outcome of such a population-depleted planet. The film is an interesting take on horror as it capitalises on the fear and uncertainty of a world where there is no order or definition.

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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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10 Popular Disaster Movies That Actually Existing

by Kaylen Summers

Disasters, both natural and man-made are terrifying. Films about disasters are upsetting, but they are also engaging because some of them depict reality and some are speculative representations of probable disasters. Here are some popular movies about disasters to watch:

1. Airplane!

This is a spin-off on the genre of disaster films. It is a spoof, complete with a huge cast, cameos, a romantic subplot, and flashbacks. The film is a comedy classic. It takes a different route on disaster films by making them comic and critiquing the way we handle tragedies in real life and films. It is an innovative attempt and it has been executed amazingly well.

2. San Francisco

This is a beautiful musical romantic-drama, about a man and angelic singer for whom he falls hard. The voice of the singer is mesmerizing. The voice, along with the devastation wreaked by the 1906 earthquake, forces him to change his ways. The film builds to the quake and its aftermath and explores the transformation of the place into a new city in its wake.

3. Contagion

This is a film that explores a worldwide epidemic that affects all strata of society. The story focuses on how it effects society and how society is pushed to the extremes. But the sharply observed script, and the director’s great positioning of actors, make this a real gem. This is a movie that spends a lot of time on character development and also tells the whole story emotionally.

4. The Poseidon Adventure

This film is the story of a luxury passenger liner that capsizes in the wake of a tsunami caused by an undersea earthquake. It showcases how people deal with the mishap and how cops lead the survivors to safety, with many freak accidents along the way. What makes this one so special is the way the film transforms this giant boat, a modern marvel of engineering. into a terrifying, deadly obstacle course.

5. Melancholia

This is an apocalyptic drama that focuses on a depressed, troubled woman who ironically becomes the one person who can keep it all together when it is revealed that a rogue planet is headed toward Earth and will soon destroy our planet. As the end begins to loom, the narrative captures the rising desperation and the anxieties of humans scrambling when faced with the inevitable.

6. Miracle Mile

This is a story of a man and woman who meet by chance and then make a date for later that night. A power failure gets in the way, and they discover from an errant pay-phone call that a nuclear war has started. As the city around them spins into complete mayhem, the two young lovers try to reconnect. The madness of the whole disaster is supremely gripping and the film is an exciting watch.

7. A Night to Remember

This is a film about the sinking of the Titanic. It’s less about the spectacle of the ship sinking and more about watching individual human interactions over the course of an evening. It showcases the confidence in the wonders of technology eventually turn to sheer desperation among people. Though not as operatic as the Titanic movie, this film is a different take on the incident which is well worth watching.

8. The Birds

This is ace director Alfred Hitchcock’s classic thriller about a budding romance between two lovers. They are interrupted when birds start gathering in huge groups and attacking humans. The plot becomes a disaster movie by showing the chaos that the bird attacks wreak across the entire town, and presumably beyond, while also chronicling the tension and confusions of people. It is definitely a must-watch from a master director.

9. The Towering Inferno

This is a cult classic, Oscar-nominated movie about a San Francisco skyscraper, the tallest in the world, that catches fire on its opening night. It is built by a leading architect, but the shoddy work of another important character leads to the mishap. The film shows how ambition and envy come together to create a disaster that could have been avoided

10. Titanic

There can be no list of disaster movies without mentioning this story of doomed love and appalling disaster. The film is an ideal combination of teen romance and state-of-the-art action filmmaking. The story of Jack (Leonardo DiCaprio) and Rose (Kate Winslet) is a story about two young people who find each other, fall madly in love, and are then torn apart by the unimaginable disaster. Though it is a disaster movie, it is magnificent and iconic.

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10 Best Disney Live-Action Movies

by Kaylen Summers

Disney is known for its animated films and equally loved for its live-action productions. Here are some of the most amazing Disney live-action films of all times:

1. Old Yeller

This film is an adaptation of the 1956 children’s novel of the same name. It follows a young boy who takes in a dog, and it becomes a beloved and fiercely protective family pet. The story is the heartbreaking ending where the dog develops hydrophobia after a wild hog bites him. The fact that the young master is forced to put his dog down makes it even harder to watch. Despite the depressing ending, it remains one of Disney’s most beloved live-action movies ever.

2. Aladdin

This live-action version of a much-loved classic with Will Smith taking over as Genie has an impressive fan following. The film has proved to be one of Disney’s most popular live-action remakes. It recreates the classic story with all the popular and familiar characters without losing the essence. It improves the animated version by making it more nuanced and adding character.

3. Queen of Katwe

This is a Disney movie about the life of a Ugandan girl living in the slums of Katwe, who learns to play chess and becomes a Woman Candidate Master. The film is an adaptation of an ESPN article and book about Phiona Mutesi. It is a biopic of her inspirational story. This is a live-action film which is also an underdog story about sports, based in the world of competitive chess.

4. Pollyanna

Based on the 1913 novel by Eleanor H. Porter, this is the story of a 12-year-old orphan named Pollyanna who goes to live with her strict and wealthy aunt. Due to her positive outlook on life and optimism in the face of any odds, she makes everyone else’s life around her improve. When Pollyanna is injured, the entire town comes together to support the girl who helped them. This is a lovely movie that will move you and put a wide smile on your face.

5. The Jungle Book

Released in 2016 and based on the original 1067 Disney Animation classic, this is the familiar story of Raksha and her pack who adopt a young boy named Mowgli after black panther Bagheera brought him to her. Mowgli then has to survive the deadly tiger Sher Khan, learn when to trust his bear friend Baloo, and escape the clutches of the greedy King Louie, before finally gaining acceptance from the human world.

6. Saving Mr. Banks

This is one of the most loved live-action movies based on Walt Disney himself. Tom Hanks stars Walt Disney in this movie and it showcases how he deals with his relationship with author P.L. Travers, the author of Mary Poppins. The story follows the two weeks of meetings in 1961, where Walt Disney tries to obtain the rights to the Mary Poppins novels. The past of Travers, and how it influenced her story, and Disney’s attempts to help her find the joy for fantasy missing from her life, lead the story to great heights.

7. Miracle

This is a live-action sports drama that came out in 2004, based on the true story of the U.S. men’s hockey team at the 1980 Winter Olympics that shocked the world and won the gold medal. It stars Kurt Russell as the head coach of the University of Minnesota hockey team. The film shows changes he made to help the U.S. national team make their way through the tournament and beat the Soviet Union for the gold medal.

8. Remember the Titans

This is the story of a high school football coach who attempted to integrate the team at a Virginia school in 1971. The entire theme of the film is the school battling racism both in the small football town and within his program as well. It is a feel-good story with social commentary that allows it to remain popular to this day. The live-action sequences add layer to the story.

9. Mary Poppins

This is one of the most beloved, whimsical movies in Disney’s live-action history. Julia Andrews stars as the nanny Mary Poppins who helps whip troublesome kids into shape and helps turn around the life of the disciplined George Banks. The term “Spoonful of Sugar” and the word “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” remains ingrained in popular culture even 50 years later.

10. Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl

This is a Disney live-action movie with the highest IMDB. Based on the theme park ride, Disney took the idea of the old-school pirate movies and placed it in the world of the supernatural. What makes this movie so memorable and popular with fans was the performance of Johnny Depp as Capt. Jack Sparrow.

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10 Highest Grossing Movies of All Time

by Kaylen Summers

When a film becomes a box-office hit, it is also indicative of how relatable it is, and how much the audience resonates with it. Here are some of the highest-grossing films of all times that you can watch:

1. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2

This is the last installment of the franchise and it did very well at the box office for obvious reasons. The event that was Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 can be called nothing less than epic. Cast out because he was different, the bespectacled Harry won us over with each installment in the series, managing, often awkwardly, to combat the forces of Voldemort with pure goodness. But as students of the books know, Harry’s innocence is but part of his defense. What started out in 2001 as a kid’s fantasy matured into something of surprising import and lasting impact.

2. Black Panther

This is one of the best superhero movies with a Black protagonist. It is an extremely well-made film with all the elements in the right place. It was received well at the box office and is still one of the most loved films in the genre. Performances are incredible and the storyline is one that keeps the attention of the viewer together. It was well-loved and is one of the best-grossing films of all time.

3. Avengers: Age of Ultron

There is a whole lot to enjoy in this action-packed film. James Spader excels as the voice of the godlike Ultron—a wonderfully arrogant, immature AI character. This is a film that has a huge fan following and adds to the franchise phenomenally. It is again, one of the highest-grossing films for its cinematic quality and thematic excellence.

4. Furious 7

This is the seventh installment of the adrenaline-fueled Fast & Furious franchise. For a series of films that has been a continual escalation in physics-defying stunts, Furious 7 takes it to an entirely new level. The result is a fun, thrilling daring cinematic experience. The chemistry between the cast is undeniable, and it’s easy to see how much everyone involved enjoys themselves. All these factors make the film one of the highest-grossing films.

5. The Lion King

This feels less like a more realistic version of the classic animated original. This is a film that needs no introduction. The story is so ingrained in generations of viewers that it has almost become like a story you cannot forget. It’s a classic of performance and sensation. The popularity of the story also has made it an audience favorite, making it a film that grossed incredible amounts.

6. Jurassic World

Lovable giants, children, graphics, and a wonderful storyline – this is a film that is iconic in all respects. It is a film that has been etched in the hearts of the viewers and it has been fascinating us for the way it was executed. The world it builds is amazing, and it has led the film to do very well at the box office, making it one of the top grossers.

7. Avengers: Infinity War

There is no need to introduce any movie in this franchise. The film has fans raving and excited for it the world over. It is a film that has made a deep impact on the franchise and has brought quite a lot to the table for it. Performances, music, and effects – everything came together so well that it has been a big hit with the theatrical figures.

8. Star Wars: The Force Awakens

This is a film that brings a lot to the table. The story, performances, and the incredible world-building have won quite a man’s fans for this film. It is aesthetic, and thrilling as it unfolds in ways that are captivating. The film delivers well and that is why it is on this list of highest-grossing films. It is so loved that it cannot be denied.

9. Titanic

Almost 20 years after its theatrical debut, this is a film that is epic by all means. What starts off as a romance between two people who find each other suddenly becomes a disaster movie about the sinking of an iconic ship. Thrilling, moving, and haunting, the film stands out for all aesthetic aspects of it. The audience has loved this film and it is one of the most successful films at the box office.

10. Avatar

This is the second highest-grossing movie ever made. The film is modern mythmaking at its most foundational. The way the world in this film unfolds is incredibly sharp. The characters never feel alien because they are so relatable and grounded. The film attracted an audience of all age groups and was loved. That has made this film one of the benchmarks with respect to box office success.

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A Week Away (2021) Trailer

by Kaylen Summers

Will Hawkins is a troubled teen who arrives in a church camp.  It is there that he meets Avery. With lots of singing, dancing, romance, and more singing, their lives are changed forever. Staring Kevin Quinn, Bailee Madison, Kat Conner Sterling, Jahbril Cook, Iain Tucker, and Sherri Shepherd, the new musical is directed by Roman White.

Releasing Date: 26 March 2021

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Mortal Kombat (2021) Trailer

by Kaylen Summers

After three decades of being a popular video game, Mortal Combat is getting a new live-action movie. Director by James Wan, the movie is an R-rated modern adaptation of the video game. The director is known for movies like The Conjuring, Saw, Furious 7, and the DC superhero movie Aquaman.

Releasing Date: April 16, 2021

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Disney’s Cruella (2021) Trailer

by Kaylen Summers

Emma Stone is all set to tell the origin story of Cruella de Vil, the iconic villain from the 101 Dalmatians movie. The live-action feature film takes us to the early years of the infamous fashion designer. Directed by Craig Gillespie, the movie stars Emma Thompson, Paul Walter Hauser, Joel Fry, Emily Beecham, Kirby Howell-Baptiste, and Jamie Demetriou.

Releasing Date: May 28, 2021

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10 Inspiring Films About Strong Women

by Kaylen Summers

Strong women may fight harder battles, but what makes them inspiring is how they push through and come out as examples for everyone. Here are some films with strong female characters that you must not miss:

The Devil Wears Prada

This is a film with two great female leads. It focuses on a girl dreaming to become a journalist and lands a job as an assistant to the demanding editor-in-chief of a major fashion magazine in New York City. Meryl Streep shines as the difficult and demanding editor whereas Anne Hathaway juggles her role as the bewildered assistant with a wild sense of conviction. This film is definitely a great watch that inspires.

Brave

This is an animated film about a skilled archer named Merida who chooses her own path in life, defying the powerful Scottish clans and their leaders. She goes to a recluse for advice, who not only refuses to help but imposes a dangerous spell on Merida. This young princess then emerges strong and relies on her own bravery to break the powerful curse. This film is a lovely, inspiring film about a young girl’s journey from strength to strength.

Mamma Mia!

This is a story about a young girl named who is going to get married. She dreams of a traditional wedding ceremony, and she wants nothing more than her father to give her away at the altar. The problem is that she doesn’t know who her father is, since her mother has not ever mentioned him. The film has many moments of mother-daughter bonding and conflicts which bring out their strengths and vulnerabilities.

The Hunger Games

This is part of one of the most successful film trilogies in the history of cinema, starring Jennifer Lawrence. The film tells the story of a girl whose life quickly turned into a struggle for survival. The character is strong-willed, determined and so kickass that you cannot help but fall in love with her zest for life. This is yet another lovely female character we cannot forget.

Salt

In this movie, Angelina Jolie plays a CIA agent who somehow manages to avoid prison after she’s accused of being a Russian spy. She now tries to clear her name out of these accusations and start clean. The film is anchored on her character that is edgy, agile, and has some really deep-seated emotional variations. This character is again, another unforgettable female lead in contemporary cinema.

Black Swan

This is a phenomenal film that is considered a classic. The plot revolves around a prima ballet dancer who competes with a new rival for leading roles. With performance day coming closer, the level of competitive intrigue becomes higher and higher. Natalie Portman and Vincent Cassel are magnificent in their lead roles as ambitious, flawed, and extremely relatable women who are pitted against each other. The film offers a lot of inner strength that is brought through these splendid women characters.

Malena

This is an iconic film with Monica Bellucci playing Malena, a beautiful widow who is the obsession of every man and the envy of every woman. The women keep spreading dirty rumors about Malena, and the men keep dreaming of her. A stunning combination of femininity and strength possessed by the female lead makes this film brilliant. It is a reminder of how difficult it is for a woman to navigate life. It also shows how capable this woman is to retain her personality against all odds.

Frida

This is a biopic of the Mexican painter and icon Frida Kahlo. Salma Hayek plays the lead in this really intense film that showcases her outstanding professional achievements and reveals her true life story. Frida was fire, and the film brings out all her nuanced intensities very well. She is not only an inspiration to artists but also all women because of how she navigated life even in the face of medical and emotional turbulences.

Kill Bill

At a wedding ceremony, a pregnant bride, who is also an assassin whose code name is Black Mamba, is shot and seriously wounded by a man, named Bill. The bullet hits her in the head but doesn’t kill her. After being in a coma for four years, the bride awakens, eager to find people who betrayed her. This is a brilliant two-part film about the central female lead who plots her revenge. Uma Thurman plays the character and is so amazing that many scenes in the film will make you want to clap and salute this woman.

Juno

Juno is a high school student who discovers that she’s pregnant. The girl finds a couple who wish to adopt her unborn child. Being so young, she must find answers to difficult questions. The film is about how she navigates such an intense, confusing predicament and arrives at a decision. Juno is a film that really moves you with its subtle, charming intensity. The character is self-aware even at a young age, making her an inspiration for women. A lot of scenes etch the conflicts of being a young woman and in the end, it all becomes so inspiring.

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10 Best Shows on Amazon Prime To Watch This February 2021

by Kaylen Summers

With so many streaming platforms out there, you are never short of content to watch. There is one for every mood! Here are some really engrossing shows you can stream right away on Amazon Prime:

The Wilds

This is a series that revolves around a group of people who crash land on an island and something mysterious is in the offing. The group of teenage girls are en route to Hawaii for a women in power retreat when their plane crashes and they are stuck on a mysterious island. Little do they know that this is all part of a grander plan. The series explores survival, isolation and adventure, making it a very engaging watch.

Truth Seekers

This is an eight-episode series that follows a team of part-time paranormal investigators as they travel across the UK in search of evidence of the supernatural. It is also all fun and games with their homemade gadgets and comic antics, until they begin to uncover a conspiracy that could bring about extinction for the entire human race. The series ties together fun, science and horror into a neat storyline that is extremely entertaining.

American Gods

Based on Neil Gaiman’s phenomenally successful book of the same title, this is an incredibly engrossing series. It tells the tale of fading old gods as they are replaced by new gods with specialities familiar to us 21st-century pilgrims. There are the God of technology and media; ones who have risen from our devotion to the world-wide-web and connectivity. Things get complicated as the plot moves further and you are in for a roll.

The Boys

This is a brutally funny adaptation of Garth Ennis’ comic book series. The hero of the story is a normal man whose partner is brutally murdered by a corporate Supe. Billy Butcher, who’s also had his own run-in with the superpowered, has a vendetta, and he teams up with the reluctant Hughie. A few more other non-Supes join in the fun and form The Boys. It all gets really messy from then on, making the series a super fun watch.

Good Omens

This the story of an antagonistic angel and a devilish demon who were present at the beginning of the universe. However, despite their obvious differences the two strike up a lasting friendship, and, when the time comes, to team up to prevent Armageddon. This show presents a whimsical world full of dry wit that you will come to love. The series overflows with irreverent humour and fascinating mythology, making it the perfect escape.

Tales from the Loop

This is an interesting story of a local town of people in Ohio live above “The Loop”, a machine built to unlock and explore the mysteries of the universe. The Loop makes the impossible possible, and each episode looks at the life of the people it affects. The series explores the lives of those who live above The Loop in compelling and thoughtful ways. The depictions of imaginative alternate realities through this unconventional narrative are beautifully brought out with some great writing.

The Tick

This is the story of The Tick, an invulnerable hero who fights crime and has a nervous, befuddled side-kick. When the villain returns, the pair must work together to save the city’s citizens. This one’s a joy to watch from start to end with its superhero antics and sense of humor. It is a very interesting take on vigilante justice and the ultimate victory of good over evil.

Vikings

Similar to Game of Thrones, Vikings serves up a similar amount of blood-drenched violence and edge. The series follows a lowly farmer who becomes a respected warrior after years of sailing the seas of Europe, along with his wives and kin, in search of vulnerable countries to ransack. The story itself is amazing, and along with its glorious production design, you’ll be drawn in and unable to stop.

Catastrophe

This is a fun series about two first time parents. They are both from different countries and don’t really know each other that well. Their efforts to stay together after they discover they’re pregnant are what drive the series into hilarity and, at times, heartache. The story is hugely relatable and humorous with good laughs, memorable moments and some extremely amazing performances.

The Man in the High Castle

This is an alternate historic fiction series that imagines a new kind of world. The world no longer looks the same. Under Nazi rule the sprawling North American continent has been divided into three territories, and it’s inside those borders that this gripping story of a small Resistance group unravels. It makes for such compulsive viewing because it bears so many relatable moments from our current world that tie together well with its critique of politics and historic events.

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10 Weird Horror Films That Give You The Creeps

by Kaylen Summers

Are you a curious moviegoer who loves to watch creepy, weird horror films with twisted plots? Here, we have some recommendations for you, brave heart!

The Lords of Salem

This is a creepy, terrifying film that focuses on a young woman residing in an apartment building. She is chosen by a coven of witches to carry the devil’s spawn. The film packs some extravagant static shots that exude a menacingly beautiful quality. The shots of long foreboding corridors, doors leading to other realms, and grand buildings representing hell bring to mind several moments of absolute, cold horror. Watch it if you like visual, visceral horror.

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2

This is the sequel to The Texas Chain Saw Massacre. It is an absurd black comedy horror film with a relentless sense of nightmare. The characters are so deranged that they have their own demented sense of justice. Their wild eyes and dual wield chainsaw attack, elevates an already crazy film into a carnival of the bizarre.

The Beyond

This is a film in which violence is combined with the bizarre and grotesque. With only an extremely basic storyline to tie these gory images together, this film poses a unique combination of trash aesthetics and dreamlike surrealism to create a zombie epic. Combining such audaciously gruesome images as tarantulas eating a man’s face with illogical, hallucinatory nightmare visions, the film immerses the viewer in a terrifying dreamscape.

In the Mouth of Madness

One of the most underrated horror films of the 1990s, this is a film that manages to bring to the screen intangible, indescribable horrors. What begins as frightening dreams and strange occurrences turns into an inescapable nightmare where the simple act of reading a book can bring about the end of the world. Adding an extra layer of weirdness, the film also blurs dreams and reality, fact and fiction, film and reality to shocking effect.

Evil Dead II

This film follows a secluded protagonist battling demons in a cabin. It takes everything that is nasty and horrifying about so-called serious horror and plays it for laughs, exposing the inherent silliness that lies at the heart of even the most hardcore of nightmares. This can clearly be seen in the film’s transformation of the hero into a bumbling fool, blood that becomes a cartoon green liquid, and a severed hand made into a little tyrant. As he begins to realize how ridiculous his predicament has become, he can’t help but laugh, and neither can you.

The Old Dark House

This was one of the first films to focus on a demented family of weird individuals. The film centers on the Femm family; encompassing a violent mute butler, the camp, an exceedingly eccentric Horace Femm, his religious, aging obsessed sister, their ancient bed-ridden father, and the maniacal pyromaniac kept locked upstairs. When a rainstorm forces a group of travelers to seek refuge in the old dark house, they are forced to spend the evening getting to know some of the strangest characters in horror cinema history.

Suspiria

This is a film that showcases the absolute peak of surreal Italian horror cinema. In the film, the plot is unimportant, it is merely a tool with which images of beautiful brutality, eye-catching visuals, and bombastic sounds are threaded together. The effect of the overall cinematic experience is most important in this kind of filmmaking, and this film totally delivers.

Phantasm

This is a horror film that blends dreamy visuals and fantastical imagery. It is punctuated by jolting nightmare visions of zombie dwarfs, killer flying spheres, and a menacing Tall Man. The realm of dreams and reality blur into one unfathomable whole, making this a difficult film to decipher as it is often impossible to tell what is a dream and what is reality. The focus is on the images and less on the storyline, but even then, revealing anything will take away the creeps.

The House by the Cemetery

This is a film about The Boyle family who relocates to a mansion near Boston to enable their father to conduct some research. But the son starts seeing the ghost of a girl and discovers the basement’s sinister secret. While scenes such as a shop window dummy’s head falling off and bleeding lend the film an indecipherable sense of intrigue, violent images of knives penetrating skulls fulfill the grossness quota. It is this melding of the uncanny and intangible that makes the film such a uniquely strange viewing experience.

The Car

This isn’t an inherently weird film, but it is a solid, cult movie with thrilling action sequences and commendable performances. The film has a completely ridiculous premise of a driverless demonic car terrorizing a small desert community. There is a great deal of fun to be had if you are willing to embrace the film’s outlandish premise and simply go along with the ride. The best thing about the film is the car itself; an indestructible, customized 1971 Lincoln Continental Mark III with a demonic visage and memorably menacing horn. The car is an iconic movie monster in its own right.

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10 Best Dramas to Watch on HBO Max this February 2021

by Kaylen Summers

Looking to watch some amazing content this February 2021? We have got some great recommendations for you here. Check out these films you can stream right away on HBO Max:

Breaking the Waves

This is a gripping, intense drama that follows a woman whose immobilized husband asks her to have physical relationships with other men. It sounds very unconventional, sure. But what the film brings forth is a very layered, beautiful story of two individuals who love each other in unconventional, accepting ways. The film was a groundbreaking one in terms of the genre as it handled a plot that could slip up extremely well.

Brief Encounter

This is a romantic drama that is very layered and moving. It focuses on two people who meet at a train station in England and begin a relationship that can never be because they are both married. The sense of longing and impossible happiness resonates in every dialogue and frame. The characters are very well written and they have a rare sense of honesty that intensifies the dramatic nuance of the film with each scene. This is a lovely, devastating and worthy watch.

Casablanca

There is a reason this drama is still being quoted and referenced almost 80 years after its release. It is because this film stands the test of great writing, filming and performances. It is the story of a bar owner through whose town his ex-lover and husband are passing to move out of the country, undercover. The plot is tense with a looming war and also the intense longings of the ex-lovers who meet at such an unfortunate time.

Citizen Kane

This is yet another gripping drama that is more than worth a watch. It follows the story of a publishing tycoon. He dies under confusing circumstances, and an exploration of his dying words reveals some conflicting details about his scandalous life. The plot thickens from there on, taking the viewer for a really intense, dramatic ride. Watch this cult classic film if you have not already.

Cleo from 5 to 7

This is director Agnes Varda’s best film ever, though you can never go wrong with any of her films. It is the story of a pop star who has a few hours before her biopsy results come in. Meanwhile, she wanders and bumps into a soldier and then the plot becomes invested in their relationship and her own relationship with her body. This film is a gem and a cult classic which is definitely something you must watch.

Dead Man Walking

This is an intense drama about a woman whose life gets changed through relationships she forms with prisoners on death row. It’s a searing drama that’s grounded by incredible performances. It explores the justice system, the nuances of how justice comes across as a theme, and also how we respond to crime and tragedy as a society. It is a film that has so much to offer and says it all with so little.

Dog Day Afternoon

This is a crime drama that is one you must not miss. It follows a man who plans to rob a bank to help his lover. The whole thing then spirals into a situation where he is forced to take hostages and it only gets messier as it progresses. It is a layered film that explores crime, emotions, and general themes of justice through a plot that is packed with great writing and performances.

In the Mood for Love

One of the best films ever made, Wong Kar-Wai’s 2000 drama is the story of a man and a woman who form a delicate relationship of glances and brief touches but can never fulfill their passion. Set in 1962 Hong Kong, the film is filled with color, longing, and regret. The film is like a dream on screen.

The Invisible Man

This is a drama with a horror element throughout. This is the story of a man who figures out how to become invisible. It then spirals into how he becomes a possessive, toxic man. This is a plot that is absolutely brilliant in its critique of gender roles and it delivers these complex themes wrapped in a great screenplay. The performances are also absolutely amazing. Watch this for a very intense experience.

Mystic River

This is a crime drama that has some of the best moments in cinema. It is the story of a police officer who investigates the murder of a young teenager. The course of his investigation leads him to another murder mystery that happened 25 years ago. The film is absolutely thrilling and intense with its subtle drama and solid performances.

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Old (2021) Trailer

by Kaylen Summers

M. Night Shyamalan is known for his mind-twisting tales. This year, he is coming with such a new tale titled Old. The movie follows a family who is out on their tropical holiday. As they were relaxing on a secluded beach for few hours, they started to realize that they were aging so rapidly. With their whole life reducing to a single day, they must figure out a way to escape the chilling, mysterious effect.

Releasing Date: 21 July 2021

 

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10 Best Shows on Amazon Prime To Watch This February 2021

by Kaylen Summers

With so many streaming platforms out there, you are never short of content to watch. There is one for every mood! Here are some really engrossing shows you can stream right away on Amazon Prime:

1. The Wilds

This is a series that revolves around a group of people who crash land on an island and something mysterious is in the offing. The group of teenage girls are en route to Hawaii for a women in power retreat when their plane crashes and they are stuck on a mysterious island. Little do they know, that this is all part of a grander plan. The series explores survival, isolation and adventure, making it a very engaging watch.

2. Truth Seekers

This is an eight-episode series that follows a team of part-time paranormal investigators as they travel across the UK in search of evidence of the supernatural. It is also all fun and games with their homemade gadgets and comic antics until they begin to uncover a conspiracy that could bring about extinction for the entire human race. The series ties together fun, science and horror into a neat storyline that is extremely entertaining.

3. American Gods

Based on Neil Gaiman’s phenomenally successful book of the same title, this is an incredibly engrossing series. It tells the tale of fading old gods as they are replaced by new gods with specialities familiar to us 21st-century pilgrims. There are the God of technology and media; ones who have risen from our devotion to the world-wide-web and connectivity. Things get complicated as the plot moves further and you are in for a roll.

4. The Boys

This is a brutally funny adaptation of Garth Ennis’ comic book series. The hero of the story is a normal man whose partner is brutally murdered by a corporate Supe. Billy Butcher, who’s also had his own run-in with the superpowered, has a vendetta, and he teams up with the reluctant Hughie. A few more other non-Supes join in the fun and form The Boys. It all gets really messy from then on, making the series a super fun watch.

5. Good Omens

This the story of an antagonistic angel and a devilish demon who were present at the beginning of the universe. However, despite their obvious differences the two strike up a lasting friendship, and, when the time comes, to team up to prevent Armageddon. This show presents a whimsical world full of dry wit that you will come to love. The series overflows with irreverent humour and fascinating mythology, making it the perfect escape.

6. Tales from the Loop

This is an interesting story of a local town of people in Ohio live above “The Loop”, a machine built to unlock and explore the mysteries of the universe. The Loop makes the impossible possible, and each episode looks at the life of the people it affects. The series explores the lives of those who live above The Loop in compelling and thoughtful ways. The depictions of imaginative alternate realities through this unconventional narrative are beautifully brought out with some great writing.

7. The Tick

This is the story of The Tick, an invulnerable hero who fights crime and has a nervous, befuddled side-kick. When the villain returns, the pair must work together to save the city’s citizens. This one’s a joy to watch from start to end with its superhero antics and sense of humour. It is a very interesting take on vigilante justice and the ultimate victory of good over evil.

8. Vikings

Similar to Game of Thrones, Vikings serves up a similar amount of blood-drenched violence and edge. The series follows a lowly farmer who becomes a respected warrior after years of sailing the seas of Europe, along with his wives and kin, in search of vulnerable countries to ransack. The story itself is amazing, and along with its glorious production design, you’ll be drawn in and unable to stop.

9. Catastrophe

This is a fun series about two first time parents. They are both from different countries and don’t really know each other that well. Their efforts to stay together after they discover they’re pregnant are what drive the series into hilarity and, at times, heartache. The story is hugely relatable and humorous with good laughs, memorable moments and some extremely amazing performances.

10. The Man in the High Castle

This is an alternate historic fiction series that imagines a new kind of world. The world no longer looks the same. Under Nazi rule the sprawling North American continent has been divided into three territories, and it’s inside those borders that this gripping story of a small Resistance group unravels. It makes for such compulsive viewing because it bears so many relatable moments from our current world that tie together well with its critique of politics and historic events.

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Snyder’s Justice League (2021) Trailer

by Kaylen Summers

DC fans are finally getting what they have long wanted. After a long battle between the studio and fans, WB has finally decided to release the infamous Zack Synder version of DC’s live-action Justice League.  The movie will be following the director’s Batman Vs. Superman, the new version will be completely based on the original vision and is said to about 4-hours-long.

Releasing Date: March 18

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The Vigil (2021) Trailer

by Kaylen Summers

In order to fulfill the duties as a ‘shomer’, a young man must take care of the dead body over one night as a part of some ritualistic practice. Directed and penned by Keith Thomas, the American supernatural horror film marks his directorial debut and is rooted deep in Jewish culture and mysticism.

Releasing date: 26 February 2021

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10 Under-the-Radar Movies to Watch

by Kaylen Summers

There are films that sometimes go unnoticed when they release. This may happen for many reasons, but the good thing about the internet is that they are forever present so that we can revisit them at will. Here are some underrated films that deserve all your attention:

1. Locke

This is a small movie about a man who spends pretty much the whole movie in the car, driving somewhere and looking extremely stressed. On the way, he has a number of conversations with his kids, wife, boss, subordinate, and the imaginary ghost of his father in the backseat. The film is very innovative in its narrative, and the performances are absolutely stunning.

2. Empire Records

This movie opened to terrible reviews but has since become a cult classic. Centering around one epic day at a record store, each character brings something different to the table and storyline. The film has incredible catchphrases and some amazing everyday conversation. This is a film that is underrated, but deserves way more attention.

3. All I Wanna Do

Set in the ’60s at an all-girls boarding school, this is the story of Odette, a bitter new student who forms friendships with three other ladies. After the school announces it’s going co-ed, friendships are tested as they fight to save a school from the invasion of boys, while also helping each other achieve each other’s goals. Watch this film for a great experience.

4. Smokin’ Aces

This is a fascinating fictional look at the world of professional killers. It is packed with famous actors who deliver incredible performances. It is a dramatic film with intense layers and absolutely amazing filmmaking. The film did not get the attention it deserves, and it is one that is surely worth a watch.

5. That Thing You Do

Written, directed, and starring Tom Hanks, this fantastic film follows a band as they are propelled to stardom in the ’60s. The film did not gain any momentum until much after it debuted. It is a film that combines great writing, acting, and absolutely memorable moments. The way it brings forth all the elements of the story is really worth watching.

6. Better Off Dead

This is a dark comedy about a teen who has everything going against him—parents who don’t care, a girlfriend who dumps him, and a little brother who is way cooler than he is. The story then goes on to show how he battles all these odds to come out with better insight and strengths. It is a film that definitely deserves more attention than it got.

7. Max

This is an innovative take on Hitler and his relationship with a Munich art dealer. It was criticized that this film may offend the feelings of the Holocaust survivors. But the narrative stays within lines and delivers an inventive perspective on the theme. It is a film that is worth your time for its novel storyline and performances.

8. In a World

This is a lovable film about a vocal coach who competes against her own legendary voice actor father, as well as the current biggest voice actor in the game, to get a huge gig voicing the trailer for a big-budget movie. This is a film you will adore and want to watch over and over again. It is an endearing take on relationships, ambition and art.

9. Sunshine

This is a science fiction fantasy film set in a time when the sun is dying, and the Earth will too, as a result. A team of astronauts is sent to revive the sun and as they fail, a new team is sent seven years later as humankind’s last hope. This film is at par with any other movie in the genre but does not have as much following or attention.

10. Near Dark

This is a horror film based on a farmer’s son who ends up traveling with a group of vampires after the woman he’s trying to seduce turns him in. This is a unique story that explores quite many layers of the story and the characters are very relatable, even though the premise is set in fantasy. It is a rare film that is engaging and deserving of your time.

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Yes Day (2021) Trailer

by Kaylen Summers

Allison and Carlos always have to say ‘no’ to their three kids. However, the couple decides to say ‘yes’ to their kids for one full day. With the kids having 24 hours to make the rules, all things are going more complicated than they expected. The family comedy stars Jennifer Garner, Edgar Ramirez, Jenna Ortega, Julian Lerner, Everly Carganilla, Fortune Feimster, Nat Faxon, Arturo Castro, and Molly Sims.

Releasing Date:  March 12

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10 Best Korean Movies on Netflix

by Kaylen Summers

When you think about movies with a different personality in terms of themes, presentation, and moods, Korean cinema always takes the cake. Here are some of the best Korean films you can watch on Netflix:

Psychokinesis

This is a film that tells the story of a father who goes to a great extent for the safety of his children. The central character of the film is a security guard who comes to know that his daughter has gotten into trouble with a construction company over her business. He then drinks water from a special mountain spring which gives him the superhuman ability of telekinesis, and with this newfound power that he goes on to fight for his child. This is an absolutely engaging, intense film that is a must-watch.

Revenger

If you are a lover of martial arts films this is for you. This is the story of a former police officer who is devasted after his family is brutally killed by criminals. He finds out that these criminals are presently locked up on a prison island, and thus he decides to get himself arrested and sent to the same prison. The film has several high-octane action scenes, and it is ab absolute treat for action lovers out there.

The Drug King

This film is based on a true story depicting the life of a drug kingpin. The film serves as an eye-opening account of the drug trade that went on in the 1970s in South Korea, where a supply line thrived between Busan and Japan. The story packs a lot of characters and storylines. It is a very engaging, exciting watch.

26 Years

This is a film based on the Gwangju massacre of 1980, when an open fire was ordered on civilians. The narrative recounts the horrors of the incident in the midst of the victims, 26 years after the incident took place. This is a story of revenge and determination. It is also interesting because of its historic reference and details.

The Prison

This is the story of a detective who, in a quest to bust the crime syndicates from within, gets arrested and lands up inside one of the most notorious prisons. He figures out that a crime lord inside the prison is giving the inmates directives to commit crimes and the prison authorities seem to turn a blind eye. What follows is how far he risks himself to out the nexus and fight for justice. The film is yet another example of stunning Korean film making and is quite a must-watch.

Pandora

This is a very relatable story of a man who is worried about the conditions of the local nuclear power plant. Nobody seems to listen to his concerns but when an earthquake strikes, it severely damages the power plant and begins to spread panic. This is a story that is thrilling and also has many emotional moments about saving each other and sticking together against a disaster. The film will move you and also engage you throughout.

Okja

This is the story of a pig that has been genetically engineered to be of massive size and to produce pork of the finest quality. Many such pigs were distributed by a company all over the world to farmers, and the one which turned out to be the best of the lot is the pig called Okja. Now when the company takes Okja away, her owner, a little girl decides to follow them and rescue Okja. The film is very well written and is sentimental and brilliant, to say the least.

Seoul Searching

Based on true incidents, this film is set against the backdrop of the Korean War in the ’80s when the South Korean government started a program for non-resident Koreans to visit the country and learn a few things about their roots and the place where they actually belong to. The story focuses on four such residents who get to taste the first experience of their motherland. The film has many twists and turns and is a lovely watch which will not disappoint you.

The Chase

This is a comedy-thriller murder mystery film about two old men – a moody homeowner and a washed-up detective – who are trying to solve a murder mystery from 30 years ago and catch a serial killer in the present who has been killing the elderly folk in a small town. The film takes enough time to set up the premise and characters and slowly builds on the thriller element. It is one of the most exciting, edgy thrillers you will watch.

High Society

This is a very interesting film about social classes and how people change with money. It follows a middle-class couple – a university professor with political ambitions and his art gallery curator wife – as they trade in their morals and ethics to get in with the exclusive rich people’s club. is a stylishly-made film with dramatic scenes that are supported well by great performances from the actors.

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10 Best Serial Killer Movies of the 90s

by Kaylen Summers

Crime and serial killers are a favorite subject among filmmakers and viewers. Here are some of the best serial killer movies from the 90s, a time when the genre saw its peak:

The Bone Collector

This is the story of a quadriplegic ex-police detective who now lives a dormant life. He then hears about a serial killer abducting people and sadistically killing them. Thereafter, he jumps back on the job and the film progresses into a classic crime thriller with some great performances. If you’re looking for a good cop mystery flick with a lot of serial murders, this one’s for you.

Copycat

This is a movie that follows a psychologist with agoraphobia and a female detective as they try to take down a serial killer. The story is made interesting by the fact that the killer copies the scenes and deaths from serial killers of the past, making it all the more difficult to catch him. This copycat element is interesting, especially for serial killer buffs.

Summer Of Sam

This is based on the real-life story of the infamous killer, “Son of Sam”, from the 1970s in New York City. The film is told from the perspective of the people in the neighborhood, in a time of severe fear and distrust. It packs a lot of crazy twists and turns along the way and is a real treat for everyone who loves a good story of a serial killer that is based on true events.

Nightwatch

This is yet another thrilling story of crime and terror. It follows a law student who gets a job as a night watchman at the Department of Forensic Medicine. He finds himself in the spotlight of an investigation when the victims of a serial killer start to pile up. This is an engaging, borderline creepy film, which is enjoyable for those who love the genre.

The Talented Mr. Ripley

This is the story of a young man who is sent by the father of a boy who fled off to Italy, to retrieve him and bring him back home. However, things take a very violent turn in a case of stolen identity and greed. Though it is a bit removed from the typical serial killer genre, the film certainly is a good watch for those who love crime and murder mysteries. Matt Damon plays the lead, and his performance is a thing of absolute beauty on screen.

Kalifornia

This film follows a couple who are journalists. They go on a road trip to California while visiting serial killer murder sites along the way. However, to help pay for the trip, they post an ad at the university and are joined by another couple. What they don’t know though, is that they’re actually traveling with a serial killer. This is an intense, tragic serial killer film that we are sure you will love.

Citizen X

This biography crime drama takes place in the 1980s. Soviet authorities embark on a hunt for a serial killer who targets railway stations and leaves his victims in the woods. This is a cult classic film that showcases the true essence of ’90s serial killer films. It is so well made that even today, it stands out for its craft and impeccable making. This is certainly a must-watch for lovers of the genre.

Natural Born Killers

This film follows the story of two individuals with traumatizing childhoods. They meet and become lovers and they also become psychopathic serial killers. This film is a creepy, twisted classic, and you can’t love the genre without watching this film. The fact that it is written by Quentin Tarantino only adds to its craziness factor. So sit back and get ready to be thrilled.

Se7en

There is no better classic detective film than this one. The movie follows a rookie and a veteran detective as they pair up to hunt down a serial killer, who bases his motives on the seven deadly sins. This is a very dark film, but if you love detective and serial killer films, you must not miss this film at all. It is edgy and everything that you look for in a film of this genre.

Silence Of The Lambs

This is a classic that cannot be left out in a list of films on serial killers. It follows an F.B.I. cadet who enlists the help of an infamous serial killer to better understand the mind of another serial killer on the loose. This is one of three movies in the world to ever win Best Picture, Best Actress, Best Actor, Best Director, and Best Adapted Screenplay at the Oscars. The film is intense and timeless. It has a kind of quiet terror that gets under your skin and grows on you.

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10 Best Dramas to Watch on Netflix this February 2021

by Kaylen Summers

Here are some of the best, most dramatic content you can stream right away on Netflix:

Halt and Catch Fire

This is an interesting show that begins in Dallas in 1983 and showcases the changes related to the dawn of the personal computer. It follows the evolution of technology and how the machines we’ve become so attached to also turn destructive. The show is a very intriguing watch and it is now on Netflix for watching. So sit back and let it take you on its ride.

The Queen’s Gambit

This is a seven-episode limited series that follows the life of a chess prodigy. It tells her story from the time she was a young orphan working through her trauma to find some semblance of joy through the game. The story is thrilling and captivating because of the specific moves of the game and also because of how it does such a great job of making investments in it. You need not know chess to follow the series, but after watching you may definitely want to learn it!

Broadchurch

If you’re in the mood for a murder mystery, this is for you. The story follows a pair of detectives who are investigating the disappearance and subsequent murder of a young boy. It really digs into how the incident affects the family and townspeople. This is an engaging and extremely dramatic show to watch. It packs sentiments, thrills, and mystery very well to create a memorable watch.

Ozark

This is one of the most popular shows on Netflix right now. It follows a man and his family who are forced to move from Chicago to the Ozarks to start a money laundering business after he discovers his long-time business partner has been dealing with Mexican drug cartels, and they are in neck-deep debt. As he tries to untangle the mess, he gets pulled deeper and deeper into the criminal underworld. The show is dramatic and engaging, which will keep you hooked.

Hannibal

This is an artfully told story of a dreaded serial killer. He is a forensic psychiatrist who is called upon by a criminal profiler of the FBI to help track down a serial killer. Soon the team begins to suspect that he might have a role to play in these murders. This is a wholly unique series that gets weirder and weirder as it goes on but keeps you hooked the entire time.

Mindhunter

David Fincher’s show is based on true events and follows the early days of the FBI’s criminal profiling unit in the late 1970s. Two FBI agents from the FBI’s Behavioural Science Unit set out to interview imprisoned serial killers to see if they can understand why they did what they did, to help create a profile for the FBI to catch these kinds of killers. The show is methodical and dramatic in ways that have not been explored before.

Maniac

This is a series that takes place in a slightly more advanced version of Earth in which two depressed and despondent individuals take part in a mind-bending pharmaceutical trial meant to cure them. The trial sees them mentally living out various different fantasies and scenarios. It is a kind of drama that unfolds slowly yet with great precision. Engaging and entertaining as it progresses, the show is a very relevant watch.

The Crown

This is a series that examines the early reign of England’s Queen Elizabeth II. It beautifully captures young Elizabeth’s early life as a privileged princess before having to transition into the position of Queen. From there, as her grandmother cautions her, she is at odds with one part of her who is a young woman with her own hopes and dreams, and one who is a royal, whose life will be full of duty and sacrifice. The series is rich, layered, and extremely dramatic.

Hap and Leonard

This is a funny, action-packed, and unique story about two unlikely friends — one a white, hippie-cowboy, and the other a black, gay, Vietnam vet. They often get into problems and accidentally end up in the middle of a crime they never planned on investigating. The show packs humor and heartbreak as its heroes, villains, and settings come alive on the screen.

Bodyguard

This is a series that follows the story of a metropolitan police officer who uses his special training while off-duty to help diffuse a potential terrorist attack. He is a badass character who also has deep emotional connections and a compassionate heart. He is then tasked with being the bodyguard for a Conservative Home Secretary. This is when the story really takes off and eventually peaks with all its drama, edge, and mystery.

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10 Best Animated Shows Worth Watching on Hulu

by Kaylen Summers

Looking for a world of fun, imagination, and escape? Here are some of the best-animated series on Hulu to transport you into another world:

Animaniacs

This is a super fun series whose predominant personalities are the Warner brothers, Yakko and Wakko, and their sister, Dot. The three are inseparable. They are also naughty ones who have a great time creating havoc and mayhem in the lives of everyone they meet. The series is exciting and is also very well animated. It is something everyone will like and is told with a deep sense of imagination and intrigue.

Archer

This is an extremely sharp and funny satire of the James Bond universe. It is an absolutely engaging, layered, and really exciting series that deserves more attention than it got. It is a lovely watch if you like some action and some drama in your day. The visuals are executed with abundant creativity and they come through with a deep sense of finesse.

Attack on Titan

If you are a lover of dark and gritty drama along with your anime, this is your series to watch. There are some gruesome violence and body horror, which makes this more suited for an older audience. The story takes place in a world where human survivors live in walled cities in fear for their lives from mysterious Titans, humanoid beings. The only line of defense besides the walls themselves are teams of dedicated scouts and soldiers who do their best to protect the last vestiges of humans.

The Awesomes

This is an amazing series worth your time and attention if you’re looking for an escape from the ordinary and a break from the same-old superhero story. It follows the title team of comic book-inspired superheroes led by the son of the greatest superhero of them all, Mr. Awesome, as they attempt to fill the sizable shoes of the heroes they’re replacing. The voiceovers are a treat to watch and hear. The series is super fun and something that will warm your heart.

 

Axe Cop

This series features childlike wildness that leads to the inclusion of dinosaurs, robots, mermen, evil scientists, and a whole lot more. This is all kinds of whimsy that you will love to watch unfold. It is a lovely, detailed animated series that is so endearing that it is difficult to not watch it and be hooked. Watch this to indulge in a childlike fantasy that will shake up your day and make it warm.

Ben 10

There is no need to introduce Ben10. The animated series focuses on 10-year-old Ben Tennyson, who discovers an alien watch that grants him amazing powers. The series is a fun and popular one that is such a hit with kids that it has tonnes of merchandise in its name. It is something everyone loves, so no more descriptions. Sit back and watch, or re-watch!

Bless the Harts

This is a hilarious show about a struggling Southern family. It packs a lot of family-based humor and dynamics that are relatable and also very very difficult to stop getting hooked to. It is a full-on family drama that is beautifully animated. It unfolds with a sense of integrity and it also reflects a sort of deep value for feelings and commitments within a family.

Bob’s Burgers

Centered around a hamburger chef and his freak flag-flying family of oddballs, this series is packed to the brim with the delicious scene on food and family. The humor is natural and relatable. It is also a very interesting take on everything that goes on in a crazy family of complete mad heads who will stop at nothing to get what they want.

Family Guy

This is yet another dramatic, fun series about a family. It is so much fun that you will keep looking at the endearingly animated figures move and talk. The series reflects on deep thoughts through humor and also maintains its comic element throughout. It is a lovely watch and it will keep you really hooked for a long time.

Futurama

This is one of the best sci-fi series on the internet. It ventures into time travel, far-space travel, universal apocalypses, invasions, and pretty much any and every sci-fi element in a storyline that you can think of. It is a joy ride for hardcore sci-fi lovers who have a thing for science, space, and inventions. The animation is done beautifully, and the voiceovers make the story very believable. It is a really exciting watch, one we think you should not miss.

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10 Highly Underrated Gems On Amazon Prime

by Kaylen Summers

Missed some fantastic content in the middle of the pandemic and navigating the new year? Here are some of the best, hidden gems on Amazon Prime that you can watch:

Mother

Told in a very non-linear, absolutely atmospheric tone, this is the story of a couple. After moving into an old house, the wife tries to redo it from the ground up, only to discover the secrets the house. Meanwhile, she also figures out many strange facts about her husband and their seemingly perfect marriage. The film is rich in performances and intrigue. Watch it for something intense and layered.

Parks and Recreation

This is a fun series about a government office that gets absolutely nothing done. It has hilarious moments that are also very relatable for us, users of public services. The characters come together with very relatable performances and they create an energy that is infectious. The story offers everything that you are looking for in a comedy, with its occasional buts of reality checks.

Victoria

Looking for something historic and dramatic to watch after The Crown? Here is what you are looking for. This is a series that tells the story of history’s great monarchs, including Queen Victoria. This is everything that you are looking for in a series that packs history, drama, and power games. It is quite underrated but really worth the time. Watch it for a rich experience of royalty and some iconic personalities in their element.

Forever

This is an entertaining story about a married couple who live a very sweet and loving but very predictable life. They decide to shake things up by taking a trip to a cabin in the woods, and from there, the plot takes on an entirely unexpected turn. The visuals are stunning and the performances back this lovely narrative with all earnestness. This is definitely a hidden gem that deserves its audience and appreciation.

Disobedience

This is a stunning, intense drama that deserves a watch. The film tells the story of a woman one who returns to her hometown after being shunned decades earlier for being in love with her childhood friend. The story touches upon very relevant themes and it is especially relatable to women who have faced social isolations based on their gender. It critiques our society and it also tells a story about confrontation and self-discovery.

Lady Bird

This is a really beautiful and extremely entertaining coming-of-age film. It is about a young girl getting ready to graduate high school. She fights with her mom and hangs out with her best friend. She is also entangled in thoughts about what she wants in her life and how she must mold her future. The film is a lovely, layered take on the complexities of growing up and also the pushes and pulls in the relationship between mothers and daughters.

Fighting with my Family

This is the story of two children of parents who are wrestlers. The film tells a fun story of how the girl who finally makes it struggles with her family and the world to realise her dream of being a wrestler. It is a film with great comic timing. Watch this film for an entertaining take on dreams and family expectations. The film packs amazing moments and also some really beautiful moments.

The Man who Invented Christmas

This is a biographical movie about the author Charles Dickens. The film follows the life of an author, who has had no success with his book and finally gets recognised after his story about Christmas. This film has an amazing visual texture and it references many historic moments which are absolutely a treat for all literature lovers. Watch this for some really immersive storytelling and performances.

Catastrophe

This is one of the most underrated gems on Amazon. It is a comedy about two people who meet just once and discover later that they are going to be parents. It has all the elements for a situational comedy and the performances and dialogues make it all the more entertaining. The commitment to humour is impressive in this fun narrative that is a breeze to watch. Watch this on a day when you really need some laughs to save your tired mind.

Blue Tiger

This is yet another hidden gem of an action crime thriller film. The story follows a mother who hunts down the shooter of her beloved son. The woman uses all her capabilities and her beauty to carefully create a well-laid trap to seek her revenge. The narrative is bold, strong, and extremely sharp. For the kind of film, this is, it is quite surprising that it has not gotten more attention or publicity.

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10 Best Happy Movies to Make You Smile

by Kaylen Summers

Looking for feel-good films to watch after a long, hard, day? We have here a list of happy movies you can watch to put a smile on your face:

About Time

This is a touching tale of true love and time travel. It focuses on a young man who has the ability to travel back in time and change the course of events. Each time he does this, there are consequences, but he goes ahead and uses his special power to make sure that tragedies on his family are averted. In the process, he also falls in love and the film is one big-hearted story of his romance and magical talents.

Hook

This is fun about a grown-up Peter Pan who returns to Neverland. This is one of Robin Williams’ most memorable roles and it is full of moments that warm your heart. The film is adorable and it engages all viewers across age groups. This is a sweet little film that will put a wide smile on your face.

Groundhog Day

This is a charming masterpiece about a man who is tired of living the same monotony every day. It is a nice, warm little tale of how he deals with his life conflicts and eventually finds grand love. The film is all things feel good and witty, along with a simple storyline that will surely make your long day instantly better. The performances are solid and they hold together the simple niceness of the story very well.

Always Be My Maybe

This is a goofy story about two childhood friends who set out on wildly different career paths. They reconnect 15 years later and their flame gets reignited. The film is in the romantic comedy genre and it packs a lot of fun, glittery humor with a good dose of emotions which are extremely relatable and exciting to watch. This is a film that will definitely make you smile.

The Spectacular Now

This is a coming-of-age drama that is fun and entertaining. The film follows the story of a popular high school senior who gets smitten with an awkward girl. She is the one who teaches him the prizes and pitfalls of growing up, taking him on a super fun ride. The film is lovely in its vulnerabilities and gains its strength from the light presentation of the complex experience of growing up. It is a watch that has many moments to make you smile.

Burlesque

This is the charming story of a small-town wannabe star who is hired as a cocktail waitress. She uses the opportunity as a chance to become The Burlesque Lounge’s flashiest attraction. The film is fun and full of spark. The narrative is based on how she believes in herself and goes ahead to explore her uninhibited urge to perform. It is a film that has an infectious energy and makes you feel happy as it ends.

The Pursuit of Happyness

This is a happy-tear-jerker. This is the story of a struggling father who is desperately trying to sell medical supplies when he and his son are evicted from their apartment. He loses his job and they fall into a deep financial crisis. The film showcases how he tried hard to care for his child while getting their life together. The duo has a friendship that is so sweet that you will feel your heart beating full of happiness.

Tramps

This is a playful romantic comedy with a dash of criminal activity! This is the story of two people who team up after a pair of mistakenly swapped briefcases and an unlikely team-up brings them closer. They both soon discover that they have more in common than a talent for criminal pursuits. The film is lovely with a tinge of tension and theft, but that never gets in the way of the comic element of the film.

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

This is the ultimate in the skipping-school, fancy-free fun genre of films. The film remains one of the best feel-good films ever made—and not just because it’s about one last escape of a few students before graduation, but because it has some amazing performances and heart-warming scenes. The story is one that makes all kinds of viewers feel absolutely excited about its happiness quotient. Watch it for a moving, gleeful experience.

The Edge of Seventeen

This is a coming-of-age comedy-drama that is honest and hysterical. This is the story of an awkward, smart girl who is reeling from the loss of her father and the revelation that her best friend is dating her older brother. It encompasses all the conflicts of growing up with a fun sense of earnestness. It is a film that is relatable owing to its emotional honesty and it will put a big big smile on your face.

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The Little Things Review: Is The Movie That Bad?!

by Kaylen Summers

Warner Bros. recently released their latest major title, The Little Things both at theatres and their streaming platform, HBO Max. For a crime-drama starring three Oscar-winning performers, the movie did have high expectations. Not to mention the excitement of seeing Denzel Washington in a crime drama again. The guy is so perfect for these roles.

Directed by John Lee Hancock, the movie has a strong, all-star cast including Oscar-winners Denzel Washington, Rami Malek, and Jared Leto. Unfortunately, that was not enough to overcome the issues. The Little Things seems to fill with a whole lot of big problems and they are so evident that it makes the movie and its plot so unimpressive and frustrating.

Set in the 90s, the movie is about Joe Deacon (Washington), a haunted, weary sheriff’s deputy who has to unofficially join the investigation of some serial killings. The murders resembled the ones that occurred when he was a homicide detective in L.A. Malek plays the young homicide detective Jim Baxter who is intrigued by the work of Deacon and wants him to join him in his investigation.

After watching the movie, if you felt that the plot of the movie is a lot old-fashioned, then you are not mistaken. The story for this movie was first written in 1993 and over the year, many notable names, including Steven Spielberg and Clint Eastwood were involved in the attempts to make the movie happen. This explains why the movie is so generic.

The tormented protagonist who wants to be left out of the game, a young hotshot looking to bring the protagonist back, gruesome killings, and the neo-noir tone meant great business three decades ago. However, for today’s movie audiences, these are all cliches.

The character may sound great on paper, but onscreen they appeared poorly written and close to being fact. Despite the writer trying hard to bring depth and complexity to the characters, they appear nearly flat and generic. Their character journey and development are pointless and exists merely for the plot advancement.

Jared Leto’s performance is the only considerable interesting element of the movie. Surprisingly, the actor was capable of driving the story back in some exciting directions and did outperform Washington and Malek in so many ways.

If you are a fan of the good old serial killer thrillers, then give this movie a try. The movie is now available on HBO Max and in selected theatres. Here is the trailer for the movie:

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10 Best Disney+ Gems That You Probably Never Knew

by Kaylen Summers

Forgot to catch up with all the amazing content out there on streaming platforms? We are here to help. Here are some of the best, hidden gems on Disney+ for you to watch:

While You Were Sleeping

This is a fun film with lots of situational humor in place. It is the story of a lonely woman who pulls a man out of the way of an oncoming train. In the hospital, while he is in a coma, his family mistakes her as his fiancé and she ends up in his house, where things get complicated. The film has Sandra Bullock in the lead and it is a film that captures both romance and comedy in equal measures. It is an engaging watch and is much undiscovered amongst viewers.

Lady and the Tramp II: Scamp’s Adventure

This is an animated film with Scamp, a rebel dog in the lead. He leaves his domestic life and runs with a pack of strays because he feels that things are better outside of the house. Watch this really underrated film to find out what happens to the exciting life of Scamp. The film is beautifully animated with adventure, romance, drama and everything else packed together with a sense of warm honesty.

Three Men And A Little Lady

This is a fun film about a lady and her 6-year-old daughter who live with three bachelors. As they live happily, she decides to get married and move out. Upset that the gang will break up, the men try everything to sabotage the marriage and keep the mother and daughter with them. The film is hilarious and has a lot of moments that will make your heart so warm that you might need some tissues!

Darkwing Duck

This is a lovely animated series about a normal suburban duck who dons the hat of a superhero to fight crime. Spanning over three seasons, the series packs adventure, action, and lots of exciting moments. The idea of a duck as a superhero in the hiding is something that is very endearing to watch. This is a very engaging storyline and it is something everyone from kids to adults will thoroughly enjoy.

The Three Musketeers

This is a story that we are quite familiar with owing to its roots in literature. The film follows suit and tells the story of three swordsmen from the disbanded French king’s guard. They encounter a young man, who dreams of joining them and want to save the King from enemies. The film is made well and the old plot of the musketeers as we know and love is kept intact. Their fight for justice and their loyalty to their King and country are brought out very well.

Bedknobs and Broomsticks

This is a musical fantasy about a few adventurous children who are placed under the reluctant care of a woman. They soon find out that she might be a witch and they then blackmail her with her secret to get what they want. The film is a fun ride, which takes you into a world of magic, curiosity, and lots of troublesome moments invited by these fidgety kids. It is enjoyable for all ages and it is a film that is quite underrated.

Life With Mikey

This is a fun film that has an entertaining storyline. It follows a former child star who is now a talent agent for child stars. He discovers a girl who pick-pockets for money and lives with her teenage sister. Together, they try to earn her a role in television commercials. Their endearing bond and fun conversations are so adorable that they hold together the film with their chemistry. This is definitely a film that is worth a watch and something you will absolutely love.

Monsters, Inc.

This is the story of Monstropolis, where two-star monsters do the work of scaring everyone. Their upper hand and lives are upset when a human girl enters their world. The film is an animated fantasy that is beautifully executed with brilliant colors and extremely well-made, detailed visuals. The film is fun and extremely relatable. It is also one that takes you to a world that offers a different take on monsters, humanizing them and making them adorable.

Willow

This is the story of a land that is both myth and adventure. It is a fantasy drama where a young man explores life beyond his fears and apprehensions. It packs a lot of mythical sequences where dream and reality exist side by side. It is a very engaging and extremely different watch for the kind of world it builds within the story. The performances are also extremely amazing, they keep together the story and makes it relatable.

The Brave Little Toaster to the Rescue

This is an animated fantasy drama about a toaster and his appliance buddies who embark on adventures together, getting in and out of trouble. The plot is fun as it gives personalities to appliances and makes them very relatable and friendly. The story keeps together a very light and adventurous tone. The imaginative canvas of this film is quite commendable as it brings together human feelings through inanimate objects by giving them a persona.

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10 Best Food-Based Shows on Netflix

by Kaylen Summers

There is nothing like watching a food-based show to take your mind off your day. It not only makes you happy but also introduces you to exciting food that you can try out. Here are some of the best food shows on Netflix to watch:

Million Pound Menu

This is an interesting show featuring pop up chefs, home cooks, and food truck chefs. They all come together and cook for their professional futures. They are given tasks and are judged by people who are also restaurant investors. It is an exciting show because it rounds together different kinds of cooks and makes them all try out similar dishes to see how creative they can get.

Flavourful Origins

This is a show that is all about how food becomes an entire cultural phenomenon. The narrator takes you around two Chinese provinces with a detailed focus on the food culture. Farms, markets, stalls, family dining experiences, and professional kitchens all come together to give a very accurate sense of the place. The show is very aesthetic to look at and each episode is quite short in length. This is the perfect binge-watch show for a foodie.

Ugly Delicious

Chef David Chang tries to recreate an Anthony Bourdain kind of food and travel-based show where he takes you through places and cuisines. The show focuses on food as an emotional and social experience that binds the people of a place together. He also takes you to his home where he talks about the sentimentality of home-cooked food and how that is a universal emotional experience for most people.

The Chef’s Line

This is a fun food show where people are in a cooking competition. Home cooks from all over are brought into a studio kitchen to make the cuisine they love. They will be marked by chefs from a restaurant specializing in that food. It is exciting because it has personal experiences, eliminations, and tasks that spice up the whole ordeal. It is fun to watch the best chefs around the world taste food made by diverse home cooks.

Meat Eater

This show follows Steven Rinella, who has devoted his life to conservation. It is a celebration of wild foods and educating the common people on the subject. The show follows Rinella and other fellow hunters as they travel across America to hunt, fish, and cook. It is a deeply informative show as it explains about sourcing our own meat and understanding the food we eat. It is also very different in its approach. It showcases the wild, raw side of food sourcing, which is unlike the chef’s table aesthetics in most food shows.

The Great British Baking Show

This is the quintessential baking-based cooking competition that is the perfect comfort watch for baking lovers. Home bakers assemble to showcase their talents and of course, win. The show has it all — from dramatic judges to difficult recipes to all the drama as the ovens heat up and chefs run out of time. This is a very fun watch, that is sure to have you all invested when you have the time for some binge cookery watching.

Cooked

This is a great show that explains food based on the elements that contribute to making it – water, fire, air, Earth. Journalist and author Michael Pollan takes a look at food from a scientific perspective and each episode looks at how fire, water, air, and the earth help us create the flavors we love. This is a show for food lovers who want to have a better understanding of what it is that makes food so incredibly unique. It is quite a revelation as to how the food we eat is a result of so many things we barely recognize.

Salt Fat Acid Heat

This is yet another food show that is also travel-based. It follows Chef Samin Nosrat who goes around the world, digging into how salt, fat, acid, and heat change food. It also speaks about how the usage of these elements in food differs drastically across cultures. Nosrat’s love for food really comes through in the show as it takes you through the beautiful dishes and locales around the world in all their glory.

Chef’s Table

This is perhaps the most sensational food show on Netflix ever. It focuses on a chef, baker, butcher, or cook who has devoted their lives to food. There’s a single personality at the center of each story that takes the episodes forward. The show explores food from the perspective of the different people who handle it and it is amazing to note how each of their relationships with food is so tuned by their roles in procuring or making it. This is also a visually stunning show that will keep you hooked.

Rotten

This is an important watch to understand how the food we consume comes to our table. The series is a journalist-forward documentary covering our food supply chains and the harrowing aspects of how we get the food we eat every day. Everything from French wine to chicken comes under the radar here and there is a detailed explanation about how the supply chains are problematic and what we must do to keep in mind that the food we eat is made without exploitation.

 

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10 Best Cooking and Food Based Shows on Hulu

by Kaylen Summers

Are you looking to watch some food-based shows to unwind? Here are some delicious cooking and food-related shows you can binge on Hulu:

Chopped

This is one of the oldest cooking competitions on the internet. The show pits four chefs against each other as they cook through various rounds of appetizers, dinner, and dessert. Each dish must include some mystery basket ingredients. At each round, one of the chefs gets eliminated from the competition. The show is catchy, exciting, and very engaging. It blends food, technique, and competition together to create a lovely experience.

Food Network Star

This is yet another cooking competition where 12 chefs compete throughout each season to host their own Food Network series. There are eliminations and one chef is eliminated at the end of each episode. They are faced with multiple fun and testing tasks where they are supposed to cook under pressure and time crunch. This is a very engaging show that wraps together all the essential elements of a cookery competition.

Cupcake Wars

This is an interesting cooking challenge where four cupcake bakers are pitted against each other in a themed battle at the end of which there is whopping prize money. This is a fun show especially if you love baking. The chefs work under duress and have to bring forth their best foot to be creative and up to the mark. Watch this show when you have the time to binge on some delicious baking.

Guy’s Grocery Games

This is a different kind of cooking show that is set in a grocery store. Guy Fieri hosts this show during which four chefs compete in a series of elimination challenges with themes that seem impossible to put together. The tasks vary from making sandwiches without the bread aisle to a gourmet meal featuring only frozen entrees. The show is quirky, fun, and absolutely rewarding to watch. It stands out for its creative and experimental edge to cooking.

Kitchen Nightmares

This is a show that incorporates ace chef Gordon Ramsey’s creative spirit. Gordon Ramsey and the team visit failing restaurants to help them go for a revamp. The team examines each restaurant’s lapses, renovates the building, and makes menu and management add innovative changes to help build goodwill and customer base. This is a show that really brings out Ramsey’s love for restaurants and food. It is also explanatory of the obstacles in setting up a restaurant and managing it well.

After Hours

This is an inside story of the world of some of the best chefs. The show takes us behind-the-scenes at some of America’s most popular restaurants. It showcases how to ace chefs function, what their work discipline looks like, and how they tune their inner creativity into dishes. They are also seen to be laughing and joking, apart from exchanging recipes and culinary secrets. This is a reality check and a very engaging show that shows us a sneak into the elite chef world.

Top Chef Masters

This is a show that is somewhat a rip off of Top Chef. The show pits world-renowned chefs against each other in weekly competitions where they have to perform difficult tasks and come up with creative dishes. There is a very endearing cause to this show, which makes it worthwhile. The featured chefs compete on behalf of specific charities. Hence, all prize money goes to their specified organizations and not for their personal gains.

Bizarre Foods With Andrew Zimmerman

This is a food show that is whacky and out of the box. If you love food adventures, this is surely for you. Zimmern, an ace chef, and food writer travel across the globe in search of the strangest foods imaginable. He tries to find out the food items that are usually unheard of and introduces their flavors to the viewers. He’s gone from place to place, eating everything from goat organs, ox intestines, and fermented cabbage tacos.

The F Word

This is a fun family cooking show in all ways. Hosted by chef Gordon Ramsey, the show pits family teams against each other in an hour-long live competition. Ramsey makes the show interesting by being his fun, whacky self. He sometimes brings in surprise celebrity guests to judge the dishes and interacts with audience members through fun games that elevate the excitement of the show. It is interesting to see how different families approach cooking and the show is an overall enjoyable watch.

Worst Cooks in America

This is yet another quirky show that is bound to catch your attention. Celebrity Food Network chefs guide a group of new recruits through cooking boot camp each season and train them to go into the finale. The final task is to cook a restaurant meal which will be judged by three guest food critics. It is fun and endearing to see these cooks learn the basics and fumble a bit but pick themselves up and deliver their best.

 

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Honeydew (2020) Trailer

by Kaylen Summers

Honeydew is the upcoming horror-thriller that revolves around a young couple who are forced to ask to take shelter in the house of an aging farmer and her strange son. It doesn’t take long for things to go wrong and the couple starts to get weird cravings and hallucinations. The movie is directed by Devereux Milburn and has Sawyer Spielberg, Malin Barr, and Barbara Kingsley. It is the feature debut of Sawyer Spielberg, who happens to be the son of the legendary director Steven Spielberg.

Director: Devereux Milburn

Writers: Dan Kennedy, Devereux Milburn

Stars: Sawyer Spielberg, Malin Barr, Barbara Kingsley

Releasing Date: 12 March 2021

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Raya and the Last Dragon (2021) Trailer

by Kaylen Summers

Raya and the Last Dragon is the upcoming fantasy movie from Disney that follows the adventures of the lone warrior Raya. She is on a quest to find the legendary last dragon, in order to fight the great evil that is lurking in her world. Together with the dragon, the warrior is expected to the harmony in the fractured land and its divided people. Unfortunately, her epic journey is not going to be an easy one.  The movie will be released in theatres and on Disney+ simultaneously.

Releasing Date: 5 March 2021

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10 Best Shows to Watch on Netflix this January

by Kaylen Summers

Winter is here, and we all need content to binge-watch on the really cold, worn-out days. Here are some amazing shows to watch on Netflix this January 2021:

Bridgerton

This is a series that follows the lives of a few of London’s elite in the early 19th century. They socialize, seek love, marriage, political alliances, and gossip. It is an indulgent, flamboyant show that is like a period drama version of a new-age gossip story. Though the plot may seem easy and peripheral, the show is not all that flimsy. It has its moments and you will love them when they happen.

Grace and Frankie

This is one of the most fun shows on Netflix right now. It follows two men who fall in love with each other. Their wives then go off on an incredible friendship that becomes an endearing, exciting tale of surviving old age and the bumps in the road of life. This is a show that offers humor, life lessons, and a lot of twists and turns in very natural ways. It has its heart in the right place and is a show that will get you hooked.

Queen’s Gambit

This is an enthralling story of a chess prodigy. A Kentucky girl with a rare talent journey through the world of competitive chess as she faces loss, and struggles with addiction. It is a well-made, tightly edited series about ambition, determination, and vulnerabilities. It is very addictive in the sense that it will make you want to learn and play chess! Watch this series for a wholesome experience of the game.

Girlfriends

This is the kind of uplifting comedy you need this January. It follows the story of four ambitious women as they seek love, success, and identity in Los Angeles. They are all close friends and they stumble through problems in very funny ways. But they always have each other’s’ backs and their friendship is the most exciting element of the series. It is fun, light and also very engaging to watch.

Good Girls

This is yet another exciting story of three women, who are friends. They are all going through personal and financial problems. They get entangled in money laundering and struggle to keep cover to protect their families. This is an extremely funny show that has its quirks in the right place. It also explores relationships, loss and the importance of money in keeping a family going. Watch it for some amazingly fun moments.

Arrested Development

This is a fun series about a family of rich folks who have been going through some tough times. It takes you through intricately woven family dynamics with lots of situational humour. The lavish lifestyle of a rich family is critiqued and it is extremely relatable. Watch this show for some natural well-packed humor that will keep you engaged for quite a while. It is one of those shows that will make you want to just go with the flow until you realize you’ve been hooked.

Virgin River

This is an intriguing series that is placed in an obscure little town called Virgin River. A woman moves into the town to practice as the new nurse in the local clinic and what follows is how she makes a life for herself amidst everything that is happening in the town. Trying to escape the grief of her husband’s death, she explores new people and things as she gets entangled in several problems. This is a very beautifully made series that will have your attention from the first episode.

The Crown

With the new seasons released, this is one of Netflix’s best shows. It follows the history of the Great Britain through the life of the Queen. It is one of the most sensational political dramas in recent times with fans, awards, and lots of cheering to back it up. Watch it for its well made scenes, amazing writing and solid performances. It is again one of those shows that are long and run for many seasons, for those of you who are looking for something to hook on to.

Jane the Virgin

This is a fun story of a devout Catholic girl who gets accidentally pregnant via artificial insemination. She is a virgin, saving herself for marriage, but when this happens her life changes. The story follows how she and her family deal with this particular situation and all of this are wrapped up in very good, relatable humor. Watch it for some light, breezy comedy and also an interesting take on family and relationships.

Schitt’s Creek

If you have not caught up on the most phenomenal show of the last year, here it is. This is the story of the Roses, a family of multi-millionaires who lose everything in a scam. They are forced to go live in a small-town motel and start over. The story is hilarious with its really quirky characters. Soon, this fun show gets even better with many layers of tenderness and heart. It is a show that won almost all the awards when it ended last year and it is definitely one of the best shows now on Netflix.

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10 Best True Crime Movies of All Time

by Kaylen Summers

Crime has been a constant source of inspiration and terror for all cinema lovers. True crime movies capture real-life incidents and add a dash of fiction to make it more intriguing. Here are some of the best true crime movies ever made that you can watch:

All Good Things

This is a crime thriller that is sensational and has all the ingredients of a racy crime story. It follows the son of a New York real estate tycoon who becomes the prime suspect behind a series of murders including that of his wife. The film showcases his journey ahead with all the world’s focus on him. This is a film that is flashy, edgy and has intriguing plot points to keep your interest intact. It is complemented by great performances and good cinematography.

The Bling Ring

Ace director Sophia Coppola tells the story of a teenaged crime ring that got vapidly famous for breaking into and robbing multiple celebrities’ homes in the late 2000s. It is a flashy tale told in style. The performance of Emma Watson as a twisted teenager will have you hooked to your seat. The story is tight, relatable, and woven with elements of curiosity and truth that will surprise you as you get more and more involved.

In Cold Blood

This is the chilling story of two criminals in action. It follows the true story of the 1959 murder of the Clutter family in Kansas. It packs suspense and the intricate workings of criminal minds in a narrative that is extremely engaging. It is a film that will show you another side of the human mind that is sure to make you think deeply about crime as a tendency to deviate and its nuances.

American Hustle

This is a film that is way deeper than its flashy scenes and gorgeous female leads. It is the story of the FBI’s 1970s ABSCAM sting operation. The film is filled with many twists and double-crossings that are quintessential to a narrative of scam and betrayal. It has its elements on point and the cast delivers an absolutely committed effort to keep the plot together. The film did receive a lot of attention when it was out, but It still did not really reach out as one of the best true crime films in the way it deserved to be received.

Catch Me If You Can

This is a phenomenal, cult true crime film by Steven Spielberg. It tells the story of Frank Abagnale’s rise as a conman. Leonardo DiCaprio is enjoyably charming as the conman who pulls off the most complicated heists and also keeps the agent tracing him on his feet. The film is now a cult classic with a huge fan following. It is one of the most sensational, widely watched films of all time. The narrative is fun, thrilling, and also very critical of the concept of crime and punishment itself.

Memories of Murder

This is a Korean film based on Korea’s first serial murders. It is a mysterious crime thriller that tracks the true events leading to the first documented cases of serial killings in the country. The narrative is chilling and very eerie because of the fact that everything depicted in it is true. It is a one-of-a-kind experience to watch something that seems so fictional but is in fact, the sad, cold, truth.

Casino

This is a gem of a hugely underrated film by Martin Scorsese. It tells the story of a low-level gangster making his way up the casino racket. The film is based on Frank “Lefty” Rosenthal and his wife and friend who threatens to tear his empire down. The film is extremely well-made and told with a sense of wit and thrill. It is one of those hidden gems that will catch you by surprise when you finally watch it. The performances are amazing and they bring out the layers of the characters absolutely brilliantly.

Bully

This is yet another true crime film that is slightly hard to the palette. It is the story of a few South Florida high schoolers who murder a sadistic friend who had abused them in the past. The film is told with the no-nonsense approach it deserves and it is filmed with an edge. The narrative is very nuanced as it questions the nature of crime and tries to delve into revenge as a valid response towards abuse. The lines are thin when the crime is as grave as murder, and the film gets these layers right.

All the President’s Men

This is a true-crime story of the most sensational Watergate burglary scandal that cost President Richard Nixon his political credibility. It is a novel take on the relevance of good journalism and also a very thrilling depiction of corruption and scam that happens at the political level. The film is very well made and executed with absolute objectivity to the storyline. It is also a reference of a historic scandal that can be viewed with an intention to know what went down back then.

Zodiac

This is a clincher from none other than director David Fincher. It tells the story of California’s Zodiac killer who went on a murder spree. The film is narrated with a suspenseful precision and it snowballs into something larger and deeper with each scene. It has all the characteristic elements of a David Fincher crime thriller. What makes it even more intense is its reference to the actual happenings that led to the making of this film.

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10 Best Shows to Binge on Amazon Prime

by Kaylen Summers

As you try to navigate the new year, you might need some content to help you through. Here are some of the best shows on Amazon Prime for your binge-watching days:

American Gods

Based on Neil Gaiman’s bestselling book of the same title, American Gods is the tale of fading old gods as they are replaced by new gods. They have specialties familiar to us 21st-century people. There are specific Gods for specific purposes like technology and media; connectivity and the like. This is a very dystopian, yet fun shows that is immensely imaginative. If you are a Gaiman fan, this is the show you must not miss.

Good Omens

Yet another fantasy story, this is about two men who each play an antagonistic angel and a devilish demon who were present at the beginning of the Universe. Despite their differences, they strike up a lasting friendship, and, when the time comes, they team up against all evil. This is a fun story that also critiques our ideas of right and wrong in very insightful ways. The performances are great and hold together the show really well.

The Tick

The Tick is yet another superhero series about an invulnerable hero who fights crime. He has a fun, nervous side-kick who helps him through thick and thin. The pair must find ways to intervene as the villain, The Terror returns. This is a show that has all the cool elements of a superhero story. It is incredibly engaging and has many moments that will thrill you. It was also very well received when it came out though Amazon has not confirmed the new season yet.

Catastrophe

This is one of the most underrated comedies on Amazon. Being a first-time parent isn’t an easy job. What if you are doing it with your partner who is from another country and you don’t really know them that well? This is a fun story of two people who meet just once and discover later that they are going to be parents. The plot has all the possibilities for great humor and the series captures them brilliantly. For the kind of engaging content, this is, it is surprising that the show is not more popular.

Downtown Abbey

This is a period soap-operatic series that is all about super-rich people going about their lives. The Crawley family leads the story, as their lives are interwoven with real-life historical events like the sinking of the Titanic and World War I. With all these external events going on, the drama within the Crawleys and their servants become trickier. This is a show that can be binged on for its rich making and social critique. The performances compliment the making and it is the perfect bine watch material.

Fleabag

This is one of the most sensational feminist comedies on the internet. It follows the story of Fleabag, a young woman who is struggling to manage her family and personal life. She stumbles through life as her sister who is much more successful presents a threat to her and her father seems unhappy with her. This is a fun survival story of a woman caught in herself. It is also one of the most layered, political takes on womanhood.

Homecoming

This is a story of a counselor at a facility called Homecoming. She helps veterans transition back into civilian life after they come back from service. Or so she thinks. The show is told in flashbacks between her first day on the job and a future point in time where she’s back home with her mom. She has a very faded memory of her time at the facility and she has her own conflicts about it. This is an intense series that is backed by some stunning performances.

Undone

This is a peculiar, engaging story of a 28-year old girl who can’t find her place in the world. Feeling disconnected from the world as her younger sister is almost getting married, she finds herself thrown into a car crash. Later, she figures out that she can jump through time. This new gift allows her to interact with her deceased father and what unveils is a mystery that is unraveled with the help of her father. This is an absolutely immersive watch, perfect to binge on.

The Expanse

This is a science fiction thriller about our future as mankind. It tells the story of us, many years from now. Mankind sprawls into the universe, taking command of everything it lays hands on. Mars is an independent military power, and at war with Earth. The scenes and settings are very imaginative and edgy, yet extremely relatable for us. It is shot well and made with a sense of conviction that it becomes instantly connected to the viewer.

Black Books

This is a series with its heart in the right place. It is the story of Black, a sarcastic bookstore owner whose concept of a good day at work involves no customers and lots of wine. He is constantly lonely and longs for a romantic partner. When he hires help and becomes friends with his neighbor, he slowly discovers the joys of having friends and meeting people. This show has great moments, good one-liners, and a plot that will keep you engaged.

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Boss Level (2021) Trailer

by Kaylen Summers

Boss Level is the new action-thriller with Frank Grillo playing the lead character named Roy and Mel Gibson as the mysterious villain. Directed by Joe Carnahan, the movie follows Roy Pulver, a former special forces agent who is trapped in a time loop where he is constantly forced to relive the day of his murder. Packed with bullets, beheading, and even sword fights, this movie is nothing but, action and brutal violence.

Director: Joe Carnahan

Writers: Chris Borey, Eddie Borey

Stars: Frank Grillo, Mel Gibson, Naomi Watts

Releasing Date: 5 March 2021

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Netflix’s Top 10 Most-Watched Movies This January 2021

by Kaylen Summers

Here are some of the top, most-watched movies available for streaming on Netflix this week. Start streaming them now or you can also use our Smart Movie Recommendations App to get more personalized movie suggestions.

The Midnight Sky

🎬2020 ⌛1h 58m 

A mysterious global catastrophe has made Earth inhabitable. It is up to a lonely scientist living in the artic to warn a group of astronauts not to return to Earth. Based on the 2016 novel, Good Morning, Midnight, this 2020 science fiction movie is directed by George Clooney. The actor also plays the lead role in the movie. Other characters of the movie include Felicity Jones, Tiffany Boone, Demián Bichir, David Oyelowo,  Kyle Chandler, and Caoilinn Springall.

Mank

🎬2020 ⌛2h 12m

Director David Fincher is always known for his unique way of storytelling. His movies have an identity that stands apart from the rest and helped him earn a loyal fanbase through the years. MANK is his latest movie for Netflix and is an adaption of his father’s screenplay about screenwriter Herman J. Mankiewicz, the man behind the script of Citizen Kane. The biographical drama has Gary Oldman playing the title role with other prominent actors like Amanda Seyfried, Lily Collins, Arliss Howard, Ferdinand Kingsley, Tom Burke, Joseph Cross, Tom Pelphrey, Sam Troughton, Tuppence Middleton, Jamie McShane, Toby Leonard Moore, Monika Gossmann, and Charles Dance.

Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

🎬2020 ⌛1h 34m

The tale of the fearless blues singer Ma Rainey and her band joining for a recording session in 1927. Directed by George C. Wolfe and written by Ruben Santiago-Hudson, the movie is based on the play of the same name by August Wilson. Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom is listed as one of the ten best movies of 2020 by the American Film Institute.

Catch Me If You Can

🎬2012 ⌛ 2h 10m

Inspired by the life of Frank Abagnale Jr, Spielberg, Tom Hanks, and DiCaprio teams up for this adventurous thriller about a young man who cons people.

The Platform

🎬2019 ⌛1h 34m 

Inside a large, tower-style prison branded as ‘Vertical Self-Management Center’, food is served to the inmates on a platform from floor to floor. The top eats the good food and the bottom gets the leftovers. This Spanish, social science, horror fiction is directed by Galder Gaztelu-Urrutia and has Iván Massagué, Antonia San Juan, Zorion Eguileor, Emilio Buale Coka, and Alexandra Masangkay playing the different characters.

The Half of It

🎬2020 ⌛1h 45m

N A high school jock hires a nerd to help him woo a girl. However, it looks like the girl nerd also likes the girl being wooed.

The Departed

🎬2006 ⌛2h 31m

Two rookie Boston cops get tangled up with the Irish mob- one as a member of the gang and the other double-crossing his own department.

His House

🎬2020 ⌛1h 33m

From war-torn South Sudan, a couple seeks asylum in England for a fresh start. However, what awaited them was a greater evil lurking in their new house. Written and directed by Remi Weekes, the movie is adapted from a story by Felicity Evans and Toby Venables. Wunmi Mosaku, Sope Dirisu, and Matt Smith play the major characters in the movie.

I’m Thinking of Ending Things

🎬2020 ⌛2h 14m

A woman and her boyfriend’s troubled relationship takes a new turn when they decide to visit his parents at a remote farm. The movie is a psychological thriller directed by Charlie Kaufman and is based on a novel of the same name written by Jessie Buckley, Jesse Plemons, Toni Collette, and David Thewlis.

Death to 2020

🎬2020 ⌛1h 10m

Starring some of the most notable personalities, this British mockumentary that looks back at all the events of 2020 in a comedic retrospective. Some of the familiar talents playing the fictional characters of this special features include Samuel L. Jackson, Hugh Grant, Lisa Kudrow, Leslie Jones, Joe Keery, Kumail Nanjiani, Tracey Ullman, Cristin Milioti, and Diane Morgan.

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Willy’s Wonderland (2021) Trailer

by Kaylen Summers

Nicholas Cage’s new movie Willy’s Wonderland has him playing the role of a drifter who ends up in the remote town of Hayesville, Nevada.  Things take a turn to the worse when he decided to work as a janitor for ‘Willy’s Wonderland’, a local family fun center. He soon realizes that the animatronics of the place has come to life and is out to kill him.

Director: Kevin Lewis

Writer: G.O. Parsons

Stars: Nicolas Cage, Emily Tosta, Beth Grant

Releasing Date: 12 February 2021

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Cherry (2021) Trailer

by Kaylen Summers

Russo Brothers and MCU’s Spider-Man actor Tom Holland are teaming up for another movie for Apple TV+ streaming service. The movie follows a disenfranchised young man who is on a quest for life. He meets the love of his life. However, certain bad decisions and life-changing circumstances have drove him to the edge of gaming their relationship and losing her forever. The bold, gritty, unflinching coming-of-age movie is a different style altogether from the visionary directors Anthony and Joe Russo.

Releasing Date: 26 February 2021

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10 Hidden Netflix Gems Waiting To Be Discovered

by Kaylen Summers

We often only watch films that are hyped and advertised. Some great films go unnoticed in the process. Now that we are in the new year, here are some underrated gems that you can watch:

Mud

This is one of the most underrated movies of the past decade. The story is told from the POV of a young teenage boy who comes across a man named Mud living on an island in the Mississippi River. Their unexpected encounter leads to a chain of events that cause the boy to be more mature than his age and in the process brings transformations in Mud. This is a lovely drama about coming of age, search, and the power of human determination. It has brilliant performances and is one of the most underrated movies ever.

The Killing of A Sacred Deer

This absolutely strange psychological thriller is one that you may either like or hate. It follows a cardiac surgeon who secretly befriends a young man. The man then makes an eerie prediction. He warns the surgeon that his entire family will slowly die. The film is quite unconventional in its theme and execution. The scenes are tight and extremely thrilling. Though the story is quite strange, the film deserves an attempt at watching because of its craft and creative thought.

Midnight Special

This is a very underrated science fiction thriller. It follows the story of a father and son. The father realizes that his son has magical powers. What follows is how the duo tries to save their secret from the world and build on their relationship in the process. This is a movie with stunning performances and minimalist visual effects. The characters are well fleshed out and the film overall is absolutely engaging.

Nocturnal Animals

This is a film that cannot be explained. It has to be watched. It is the story of a divorced writer and his ex-wife. It takes you through the manuscript of the writer which he completes and sends his ex-wife to read. The story then takes off on an entirely unexpected turn and the film leaves many questions in the minds of the viewers which will take some time and thought to resolve. This is an absolutely intense film that did not get the attention it deserves.

Wildlife

This is yet another underrated film about a family. Told from the perspective of the young boy, it showcases incidents after he moves with his parents to Montana. His father loses his job and is forced to leave him and his mother to fend for themselves. What follows is how the mother tries to rebuild their lives and the mystery behind the father’s identity is slowly revealed in the end. The film is a deeply layered one with stunning performances.

Free Fire

This is a Mexican standoff story that is very exciting yet underrated. The film begins in the 1970s with a meet-up between IRA members and an arms dealer. What follows is a tale of betrayals, backstabbing, and violence. The film is racy and very tightly made. But the violence may not be for everyone, so tread carefully. If you like gangster thrillers, this is a film you must give a shot. It is very well filmed and the performances are also quite amazing.

Haywire

This is the story of a female agent who is betrayed by her employers and targeted for assassination. This sets her on the run for her life, but it is also on her to gather intel and unravel a conspiracy before it’s too late. The film has stunning action sequences and an overall intrigue that is very solidly preserved till the end. The amazing depth of characters and mood that the film maintains makes it a watch that is worth the time.

About Time

This is a fun story about a family of men who have the power to go back in time and change the course of things. The story focuses on the young man from the family who marries the love of his life. Hiding his true powers from everyone else, he navigates through life and his relationships to make sure that distressing events are corrected with his powers. But each change in the event is with a consequence, and hence, the film is a very intriguing watch.

Mute

This is yet another weird movie that you will have to watch and see to decide on. It is the story of a mute bartender who is searching for the woman he loves. She has mysteriously disappeared and he keeps his vigil on, actively trying to trace her and find out what happened to her. The film is quite strange in its execution and may not offer a fully happy picture of the future. But it is worth giving a shot for the way it is crafted.

1922

This is a suspense-filled film that is quite difficult to forget once you watch it. It is the story of a farmer at the end of his life writing a full confession of a crime. Told mostly on flashbacks, the film is about an unforgivable event that has so far been hidden in the mind of the protagonist. It is backed by great performances and beautiful cinematography. It is a film that is quite an experience. For the quality of the film, it is surprising that it remains so underrated.

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To All the Boys 3: Always and Forever (2021) Trailer

by Kaylen Summers

Lara Jean’s finally comes to an end with the upcoming Netflix threequel To All The Boys: Always and Forever. The third installment will mark the finale for the hit rom-com trilogy and is set to pick up from the aftermath of last year’s P.S. I Still Love You. Lana Condor will be reprising her main role as Lara with Noah Centineo’s Peter. Other cast members include Janel Parrish, Anna Cathcart, Ross Butler, Madeleine Arthur, Sarayu Blue, and John Corbett. Michael Fimognari is back to direct the third and final film. The movie is adapted from the original trilogy novels written by Jenny Han.

Releasing Date: 12 February 2021

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10 Best Comedies on Amazon Prime

by Kaylen Summers

Comedy is what keeps all of us going. After a year as disturbing as 2020, we all have realized how necessary humor is for us. Here are some amazing comedies on Amazon Prime that you can watch:

The Big Sick

This is a comedy about a Pakistani stand-up comedian who meets an American girl. The series packs witty scenes about how the cultural differences between the couple get them into problems. The girl soon falls into a coma and the man is left to work out a relationship with her hostile parents. This is a heart-warming, fun film that critiques relationships, religion and also reflects on the potential of human kindness.

Chuck & Buck

This is a bold comedy about a young playwright who becomes obsessed with a friend after his mother dies. This is a comic yet very layered representation of how people try hard to move on and build new relationships after they have suffered a significant loss. This is one of the best pieces of writing where comedy, thrill, and reality are all balanced out perfectly. Watch this film for a novel experience.

Clue

This is a 1985 comedy film based on the board game of the same name. It features a wonderful, ensemble cast of brilliant actors like Eileen Brennan, Tim Curry, Madeline Kahn, and Christopher Lloyd. The film was no sign when it released, but over the years it has become a cult among comedies. It is a fun, engaging take on the dynamics of friends, the joy of winning, and everything that comes along with existing in a group of close-knit buddies.

Eighth Grade

This is the story of an eighth-grader who deals with self-confidence issues. She posts motivational content on social media but goes through an extreme crisis of self-esteem in her real life. Elsie Fisher gives a breakthrough performance as a young lady who is socially awkward and has no clue how to deal with those years of existence. All the rocky roads to completing teenage life are represented smartly and sharply in the film. Watch it for a unique experience of teenage comedy.

Fighting With My Family

This is the story of two children of parents who are wrestlers. They both desire to get into wrestling but only one of them actually makes it. The film tells a fun story of how the girl struggles with her family and the world to realize her dream of being a wrestler. It is paced well, the comic timing is absolutely on spot and it is an engaging watch with laughs at the right places. Watch this film for a unique take on dreams, goals, and family expectations.

Harold and Maude

This is a black comedy about the unlikely friendship between a young man and an old woman. The duo meets at a funeral and connects with each other. It is a kind of comedy that is dark, deep, sarcastic, and absolutely engaging. It is a great watch because of its comic nuance. The performances are bang on which makes this strange story utterly relatable. It is also rich with stunning visuals and music that increases the comic value.

His Girl Friday

This is the story of a newspaper doing one last story with his ex-wife. He finds out that she is engaged to a wealthy man and he gets involved in her life in a professional capacity. But his intentions are clearly not just personal. This is a witty film about how the man learns to deal with his relationship baggage while also trying to get his ex-wife back in his life. It is a classic tale of envy told in an extremely funny, layered manner.

Me, Myself, & Irene

This is a dark and daring comedy about an average Rhode Island man who has a revelation about his alter ego, Hank. He has a psychotic episode, revealing a darker second personality named Hank. Now he has to escort Irene to a place while he alter ego takes over his personality on and off. Jim Carrey shines through in one of his most sensational performances of all time. This is a fun film that also makes you think about whatever goes on in the subconscious mind. It is funny to see how the man approaches his own alter ego and how he uses it to laugh at his own life.

The Opposite of Sex

This is a typical, fun comedy film about a teenage girl who is pregnant and has just lost her stepfather. She runs away from home and moves in with her half-brother. She causes major confusion in her life and tries to get together with his partner. It is a film that packs situational, dark humor in all its glory. It is an entertaining watch for those of you who love some breezy, easy humor.

The Royal Tenenbaums

This is a story about three siblings who learn that adult life is way more complicated than they had anticipated. The film is a fun take on how the siblings make peace with the patriarch of the house once they get the news that he is dying. This is a really funny, striking film that will keep your laughter intact throughout. It is an age-old theme, but the narrative is fresh and funny. Watch it to cool off after a long work week.

 

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10 Best Comedy Shows On Netflix

by Kaylen Summers

Who doesn’t like a good laugh? Here are some of the funniest shows on Netflix that you can watch for some amazing humor.

Arrested Development

This is a fun series about a family of rich folks who have been going through some tough times. It takes you through intricately woven family dynamics with lots of situational humor. The lavish lifestyle of a rich family is critiqued in sarcastic ways that make it extremely relatable. Watch this show for some natural well-packed humor that will keep you engaged for quite a while.

The Good Place

Ever wondered what happens in the afterlife? Here is a show that takes you on a fun ride into the concept of the afterlife. It focuses on “The Good Place” which is where the nicer people go once they die but surviving in a good place is not easy as there are rules and standards you must meet. Twisted, goofy, and philosophical at the same time, this is a show that will keep your imagination occupied and your mind humored as you watch it.

Schitt’s Creek

This is the most sensational, popular, comedy series to have come out in recent times. It is the story of the Rose’s, multimillionaires who lose everything in a scam and are forced to move to a motel in a small town called Schitt’s Creek. What starts off as a story of an elite family trying to make peace with a modest lifestyle, soon layers into an exciting, heartwarming tale of determination, gratitude, and goodness. Watch this series to feel warm and fuzzy in your heart.

Sex Education

This teen comedy explores all the fun of being adolescents. The series follows a mother-son duo where the mother is a sex therapist and the son is a high school student with lots of doubts about intimacy. He soon teams up with a friend and starts an undercover sex therapy clinic in school. What follows are accounts of problems, fears, and myths that run in adolescent minds about sexual intimacy. The narrative is extremely witty and it also addresses important themes with respect to safe sex practices in the process.

Jane the Virgin

This is the story of Jane, a devout catholic, who has sworn to remain a virgin until marriage. She is accidentally injected with an artificial insemination solution during a routine gynecological visit. Unmarried, devout, virgin Jane thus becomes pregnant. What follows is how she makes peace with her predicament while managing her friends, family, and society. The narrative is layered with sarcasm and dark humor that critiques social norms and prejudices with clarity.

Derry Girls

This is a series about a group of wild, young, catholic school girls living in Northern Ireland in the early ’90s. They get into all sorts of trouble with their unflinching adventurous days. The series captures the conflict of living in a war zone and it also showcases the angst of being teenagers in a restricted environment. Watch this series for fun and layered take on adolescents and their various ways of exploring the forbidden.

Community

This is the story of a former lawyer with a fake degree who heads to community college to get a real degree. He gets into a lot of trouble with his new peers and instructors. The series packs all kinds of bizarre happenings in the most natural, relatable ways. It is a fun adventure that marks the protagonist’s attempt to do something with a sense of integrity for the first time ever. It is as endearing as it is funny.

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend

This is a show more layered than its name probably comes across as. It is a musical romantic comedy that explores relationships with toe-tapping music that is sure to catch your attention. The actors have excellent comic timing and there are plenty of moments that make the show a wholesome critique of themes like mental illness, isolation, and the desire to be wanted by someone else. Watch this show for a fun trippy ride into a musical, realistic yet fantasy-filled world.

Big Mouth

This is an animated comedy series with familiar voiceovers and much more familiar life discussions. It follows a group of young friends and chronicles some confusing life changes that happen to them during their puberty. The show wraps together the anxieties, meltdowns, curiosities, and angst of undergoing puberty in striking humor. The jokes are well-timed and articulated in such a way that you will remember some of the dialogues for days after you finish the series.

New Girl

This is a series about a quirky young girl who moves into an apartment with three male roommates. What starts off as a pretty straightforward, slow narrative soon snowballs into a story of questioning stereotypes, building relationships, and surviving life. The humor is very relatable and brings out ease while you watch it. The chemistry between the four main protagonists is what holds together this witty, well-timed comedy that is sure to get you hooked once you start watching.

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What’s New On Netflix, Prime Video, Hulu This January

by Kaylen Summers

Here are the top new option available on your streaming services this January. Start streaming them now or you can also use our Smart Movie Recommendations App to get more personalized movie suggestions.

Mortal Engines

🎬2018 ⌛2h 8m 

In a post-apocalyptic future, cities can move and consume each other for their survival. A group of rebels is out to stop this sinister destruction. The movie is directed by Christian Rivers is based on the young-adult science fantasy novel of the same name, written by Philip Reeve. The movie has Hera Hilmar, Robert Sheehan, Hugo Weaving playing the major roles.

Available on Netflix 

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Sylvie’s Love

🎬2020 ⌛1h 56m 

A young woman and an aspiring saxophonist fall in love and it transcends changing times, geography, and professional success. The movie is set in 196o’s New York City. Tessa Thompson plays the lead role as Sylvie Parker, while Nnamdi Asomugha is playing the role of the young saxophonist named Robert Halloway.  This Amazon Original was written, directed, and produced by Eugene Ashe.

Available on Prime Video

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London Fields

🎬2018 ⌛1h 48m

Nicola Six gets tangled up in love affairs with three different men. She knows that one of them will be her murderer.

Available on Netflix

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Hope Gap

🎬2020 ⌛1h 40m

Things take a dramatic turn when a father tells his son that he is leaving his mother after 33 years of marriage.  Directed and written by veteran screenwriter and two-time Oscar nominee, William Nicholson, the movie is based on his play The Retreat from Moscow. Annette Bening and Bill Nighy play the longtime couple with Josh O’Connor and Aiysha Hart playing the other important roles.

Available on Hulu

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Pieces of a Woman

🎬2020 ⌛2h 06m 

When a home birth ends up in unimaginable tragedy, Martha must navigate through her grief, her husband, mother, and the publicly vilified midwife. The character of Martha is played by Vanessa Kirby, and Shia LaBeouf plays the role of her husband, Sean. The movie is directed by Kornél Mundruczó, who is known for movies like White God, Johana, Jupiter’s Moon.

Available on Netflix

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Ghosts of Girlfriends Past

🎬2009 ⌛1h 40m

A notorious womanizer re-evaluates his behavior as he faces the ghosts of girlfriends past, only to reconnect with his first and only love, Jenny. The American romantic comedy film directed by Mark Waters and written by Jon Lucas and Scott Moore.

Available on Netflix

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Criminal

🎬2016 ⌛1h 48m

In order to stop a diabolical plot, a dead CIA operative’s memories, secrets, and skills are implanted into a death-row sentenced inmate. Directed by Ariel Vromen, the movie has Douglas Cook and David Weisberg penning the script. The movie features  Kevin Costner, Gary Oldman, Alice Eve, Antje Traue, Scott Adkins, Amaury Nolasco, Gal Gadot, Michael Pitt, Jordi Mollà,  Ryan Reynolds, and Tommy Lee Jones.

Available on Prime Video

Our Idiot Brother

🎬2011 ⌛1h 30m

Ned seemed to the usual idiot type for his three sisters. However, as their lives began to unravel, they realize that Ned is not an idiot after all. This comedy-drama is directed by Jesse Peretz and starring Paul Rudd, Elizabeth Banks, Zooey Deschanel, and Emily Mortimer.

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The Mexican

🎬2001 ⌛2h 03m 

Jerry transports an ancient gun called The Mexican across the border as per his employer’s instructions. His girlfriend wants him to quit his criminal activities. Starring Brad Pitt and Julia Roberts in the lead roles, this adventure comedy is a blend of different genre elements and is directed by Gore Verbinski.

Available on Hulu

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Finding ‘Ohana Trailer

by Kaylen Summers

Marking her feature directorial debut, the Young Sheldon director Jude Weng tells the story of two Brooklyn-raised siblings who find a journal that contains the secret to a long-lost treasure.  12-year-old Pilialoha “Pili” Kawena is taken away from her New York life and is forced to move to O’ahu to take care of her grandfather. What she did not know was that a whole adventure awaited her there and it is to help her discover her native culture and the secret treasure.

Releasing Date: 29 January 2021

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Malcolm & Marie (2021) Trailer

by Kaylen Summers

Netflix’s new movie Malcolm & Marie has Zendaya and David Washington playing the leading couple who are exploring their past relationships together. The achingly romantic flick has Sam Levinson on the director’s chair. The movie  is an ode to one of the most celebrated Hollywood romances. John David Washington plays the role of the famous hollywood filmmaker Malcolm and Zendaya Coleman playing his girlfriend.

Releasing date:  5 February 2021

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10 Best Netflix Animes For Hardcore Fans Only

by Kaylen Summers

Anime is a Japanese style of animated films which are imaginative and impactful. They are suited for both children and adults with their many layers of storytelling. Here are a few amazing animes on Netflix that you can watch:

Food Wars

This is a series for all food and culinary lovers out there. It is the story of a young chef who is happy cooking at a small family-run eatery. He gets thrust into a culinary school where he is pit against some of the world’s best cooks. The film follows his struggles, aspirations, and passion for food. It is also a mouth-watering experience where food is animated with such stunning details that you will definitely feel hungry after watching. Don’t tell us we did not warn you!

Erased

This is a chilling psychological thriller about a young boy who has the ability to travel back in time whenever something horrible happens in his vicinity. He uses this power to stop any mishaps from occurring. But when he encounters a serial killer, he must make a journey back in time that will stop the killer from executing the act. The film is a thrilling experience that blends fiction and fantasy in the right amounts. Watch it if you love films that immerse you in their world.

Blue Exorcist

This is a series that is full of intrigue and spine-chilling scenes. It follows a young boy who discovers that he is the son of Satan. It shows how the boy makes peace with his destiny and uses it to navigate his life and relationships. It also documents the conflicts of being born with a streak of evil and how that might meddle with a person’s attempts to live a modest life. This is one for the lovers of drama and a bit of spooky horror.

One Piece

This is undisputedly one of the best anime series ever. It follows a young, good-hearted pirate who sets out to find the “One Piece” that will make him the true king of all pirates. It has all elements of emotional ups and downs in it. It is racy, sentimental, witty, and packed with action. Many of the scenes are overwhelming and impactful. It is a complete package of all kinds of emotions you are looking for in a series.

No Game, No Life

This is a fascinating 12-part anime series about two pro gamers. They defeat God in an online gaming match and become Gods themselves. They are then thrust into a world where decisions are made based on winning or losing games. This is a film that bends your imagination and crosses over faith and technology. It is an edgy, modern re-telling of how ethics and science sometimes collide, making it hard to arrive at value-based decisions. Watch it for a one-of-a-kind experience that will definitely blow your mind away.

Castlevania

This is an amazing medieval fantasy anime series that follows the last surviving member of a clan. He tries to save the place from Dracula and what unfolds is a stunning series based on revenge, war, action, and drama. The animation is outstanding and it is one of the most popular anime series on Netflix now. It is unprecedented in its imaginative brilliance and the scenes are set in such a way that you cannot help believe in this world that is solely based on imagination.

Fireworks

This is the story of young, adolescent love. It follows lovers who elope to live their dreams. They find a magic ball that enables them to reset time. But each reset has its own implications and the story deals with how these young dreamers figure their life out in between this. The story seems like a flamboyant romance at the surface. But as you watch further, it develops deep layers that are very immersive and impactful.

Mirai

This is an endearing story of a little boy who finds out that he is about to have a younger sister, Mirai. He struggles to cope with the loss of his parents’’ attention and having to share his life with a new member. To avoid facing this, he discovers a portal in his garden that allows him to travel in time and meet some magical characters. The story then follows how he deals with his life, fantasies, and his sibling’s arrival. This is a heart-warming tale that is fun and memorable to watch.

Mary and the Witch’s Flower

This is a sweet little story about a girl Mary. She finds herself alone and bored in a city of adults. To fight her boredom, she ventures into the forest and finds a magic flower that allows her to be a witch for one night. But Mary gets into trouble with some magical characters in her attempt to get back to her normal life from her witch transformation. The story is simple yet layered with the inner world of a small girl who is trying to be loved and heard.

Flavors of Youth

This combines three different stories of youth from different parts of the country. While one is about the nostalgia of noodles in a bowl, the other is about finding the way back home. All three stories showcase different shades of lost youth and reflect upon themes of growing up and coming to terms with life. They are extremely relatable and animated with utmost attention to detail. They bring out ease and nostalgia in us that is a bittersweet experience.

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Life in a Day 2020 (2021) Trailer

by Kaylen Summers

Life In A Day 2020 is a crowdsourced documentary and a sequel to the 2011 version of Life in a Day. With 2020 being the year that tested all our endurance and patience, the movie does has its own importance. The concept will first be premiering at the Sundance Film Festival and later be available on Youtube.

Releasing Date: 1 February 2021

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Locked Down (2021) Trailer

by Kaylen Summers

Locked Down has Anne Hatheway and Chiwetel Ejiofor playing an ambitious couple who is trying to execute a heist while the whole world is in lockdown. The feuding couple is looking to steal a huge diamond. While the world is preoccupied their heist makes way for some of the most hilarious moments on screen.

Releasing date: 5 March 2021

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The Best Documentaries to Watch on Hulu This January 2020

by Kaylen Summers

Are you in the mood to watch something other than a rom-com or a series? Here are 10 amazing documentaries on Hulu that are bound to catch your attention:

Minding the Gap

This is a documentary film about the lives of three young boys who live in Illinois. They are united by their love for skateboarding, but as life gets in their way, they all are forced to move. The film captures how they navigate life and thereby draws a picture of how relationships grow, expand, sometimes shrink down and how we attempt to preserve them over time. The film was acclaimed critically and was nominated for the Best Documentary Feature at the Academy Awards.

Ask Dr. Ruth

Dr, Ruth Westheimer was America’s most sought-after sex therapist. She is a holocaust survivor and a woman of great resolve. This is a documentary that chronicles her life in all its depth. It reflects on her difficult past, years of growing up, and all the various turning points that led her to her successful life and career. She is revealed to the viewer in all her nuanced glory and the film is engaging, just like a work of fiction!

Becoming Bond

This is a documentary film about Australian model George Lazenby, the first to be cast as James Bond in the film On Her Majesty’s Secret Service. He eventually left the role and his career took an impact. The film takes us through the inner workings of the actor’s mind, what his responses to the role were at that time, and how he looks at that decision now, over time. This is a gripping documentary, especially for those of you who like understanding what goes on in the minds of creative personalities.

Untouchable

This is one of the most relevant, hard-hitting documentaries that one must watch. It chronicles the rise and fall of Hollywood big shot Harvey Weinstein. In the wake of the #metoo movement, Harvey faced multiple trials and public criticism. This documentary chronicles his journey through all of it with chilling accounts from the victims of his abuse. This film touches upon important conversations on power, gender, and how men are entitled to keep behaving the way they do in workspaces with zero accountability. Watch it, it is one of the most significant documentaries out there.

Ballet Now

This is a film for all ballet lovers. It documents the inside world of the dance form, chronicling how it developed and how the dancers struggle. It is told from the perspective of the first woman ballet dancer who curated The Music Center’s famed Ballet NOW program in Los Angeles. She is the city’s most coveted ballerina, and her point of view is effectively used in the film to explore the many facets of the art and its lesser-known layers.

Jane

If you are a lover of the animal world, this documentary is for you. It is the story of renowned primatology scientist Jane Goodall, who worked in Tanzania studying Chimpanzees. The film includes original footage from her travels and some heartwarming moments of revelations during her interactions with the animal. Her life is worth knowing intimately, and her incredible body of work is something the world must not miss.

RBG

This is a striking, intimate visual portrait of Justice of the U.S Supreme Court Ruth Bader Ginsburg. She was a badass legal expert who opened many doors for women through her disposal of justice. She did significant work while looking into matters related to women and brought many constructive changes in the legal framework that ensures equal footing for women. She is a much respected, loved, and revered figure in the legal world. Watch this documentary to get to know this genius of a woman.

Crime + Punishment

This is a potent, sharp documentary about a group of Black and Latino whistleblower cops in New York City as they speak about the illegal policing quotas and pressure to make a targeted number of arrests. The film critiques the racial and class divide in the policing system. It also draws a picture of the struggles of minorities in the force who struggle to function within the existing system.

The Amazing Johnathan Documentary

This is a documentary film that follows the last tour of a dying magician. It focuses on the struggle of the artist with health and his passion for magic. The documentary begins on a very objective note, but later shifts pace to an illusion. The maker gets entangled in the amazingly polar mind of the magician and it is hard to tell fact from illusion. The film is an intimate experience that must be watched to be fully understood and appreciated.

Margret Atwood: A Word After A Word After A Word Is Power

This is an interesting film that takes you into the lesser-known private life of phenomenal author and Booker Prize winner Margret Atwood. The author is known for her deeply political, imaginative novels that critique gender roles and the settlement history of people across the world. She has created numerous literary wonders that are now taught in many Universities. This documentary takes us into her intellectual and personal world and fascinates us with its committed approach.

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The Reckoning (2021) Trailer

by Kaylen Summers

Set in the year 1665, the movie takes us to the time when the world is ravaged by the plague. Bodies are piled up in the streets and many believe that the judgement day is near. Unfortunately, Grace becomes a scapegoat of the horrors. She is labelled as witch and captured. From there things take a horrific turn with some terrifying supernatural happenings.

Releasing date: 5 February 2021

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Netflix’s Top 10 New Movies To Watch This Weekend

by Kaylen Summers

Netflix has some new titles ready for streaming this week and here is our list of the top 10 titles that are worth watching this weekend. Stream them or you can just use our Smart Movie Recommendations App to get more personalized movie suggestions.

Outside The Wire

🎬2021 ⌛1h 55m 

In a deadly militarized zone of the future, a drone pilot and an android officer must team up to locate a doomsday device. Directed by Mikael Håfström, the movie has Anthony Mackie playing the central character as Captain Leo, the android military officer. The actor is also one of the producers of the movie.

Pieces of Woman

🎬2020 ⌛2h 06m

When a home birth ends up in unimaginable tragedy, Martha must navigate through her grief, her husband, mother, and the publicly vilified midwife. The movie is filled with the emotional fallout, isolation, and grief that follows it.

Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

🎬2020 ⌛1h 34m

The tale of the fearless blues singer Ma Rainey and her band joining for a recording session in 1927. The movie is directed by George C. Wolfe and is written by Ruben Santiago-Hudson.

Sightless

🎬2020 ⌛1h 29m 

Sightless is the newest addition to Netflix’s latest movie catalog. The psychological thriller is about an attack that has made Ellen blind. As she withdraws from the world to recover, she starts to believe that the attacker is still with her.

Asphalt Burning

🎬2020 ⌛1h 40m

 With his wedding gets ruined, Roy takes up the challenge to race a new enemy for his runaway bride. This second installment to the Børning film series is directed by Hallvard Bræin and the screenplay is penned by Kjetil Indregard and Christopher Grøndahl.

Don’t Breathe

🎬2016 ⌛1h 28m

Three teen thieves decided to rob a blind, rich man. However, they did not expect the tables to be turned into a deadly game of cat and mouse. Directed by Fede Álvarez, the movie has Jane Levy, Dylan Minnette, Daniel Zovatto, and Stephen Lang in the lead roles.

Stuck Apart

🎬2021 ⌛1h 36m

Struggling through a midlife crisis, Aziz tries to find peace in his mundane job, lonesome friends, and troubling family.

Double Dad

🎬2020 ⌛1h 45m

As her mom is away, a teen decides to go on a journey to find who her father is. The quest leads her to new adventures.

Tony Parker: The Final Shot

🎬2020 ⌛ 1h 38m

The film about the background and career of Tony Parker, one of the greatest French basketball players.

Dracula Untold

🎬2014 ⌛1h 32m

In order to protect his kingdom and people from the Ottoman invaders, a medieval warrior and king decide to become a vampire. This movie was initially meant to kick start Universal’s dark cinematic universe. However, the plan never took off as the movies didn’t reach the studio’s expectations.

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Outside the Wire (2021) Trailer

by Kaylen Summers

Set in the year 2036, war is not fought between human troops alone. Drone pilots and robot combatants called Gumps are fighting alongside them. When one drone pilot disobeys the orders of his superior, he is sent to work with the new commanding officer. Realizing that his new commander is an AI-enhanced android supersoldier, he must learn to trust him and his fight to find and destroy a doomsday device.

Releasing Date: 15 January 2021

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10 Meryl Streep Movies You Shouldn’t Miss

by Kaylen Summers

Meryl Streep is a performer who is in her own league. She debuted as a Broadway actor and went on to be nominated for 21 Academy Awards and is to date the most nominated actor at the Golden Globes. Her stature in cinemas unquestionable and she has delivered some of the most iconic characters ever. Here are some of her best performances to not miss:

Julie and Julia

Meryl Streep plays the inimitable culinary expert Julia Childs in this breezy, warm film. It is the story of her, and a young aspiring chef who is inspired by her. Meryl Streep fits perfectly into Julia Child’s shoes as if the two were one person! Her charm, wit, and technique make it absolutely believable that she is a chef and a lover of food. She carries the film on her shoulders and delivers a performance that you will want to watch again and again.

The Devil Wears Prada

Meryl Streep fascinates yet another time in this sophisticated film about fashion and glamour. She plays the editor of the most coveted fashion magazine in New York. Her new assistant, a young woman in awe of her is unable to keep up with her volatile ways of working. The film is a fun take on how they find their balance. Meryl Streep is forthcoming, agile, and very assertive in her portrayal. The character’s layers come through with nuance in her brilliant performance. She sure is a treat to watch in this film.

The Post

This is a political thriller based on real events. It chronicles the attempts of a few journalists at The Washington Post to publish documents related to the infamous Pentagon Papers. Meryl Streep plays the woman editor who handles the publishing of the materials along with her subordinates. She shines through with her committed performance as a headstrong, ethical journalist. The film also depicts how gender is a means of discrimination while handling news items of political significance. Ms. Streep carries all the weight of the layers of this character with a sense of ownership, making it yet another gem of a performance from her.

Heartburn

This is the story of a food critic and a newspaper reporter falling in love and trying to start a family. Meryl Streep plays the self-aware food critic who is nonchalant and very charismatic. She gives a great performance as a woman who has fallen in love with a man who is unsure if he can be a family man. The pangs of new love, the uncertainty of being in a long-term relationship, the conflicts of motherhood. Etc. come through very convincingly in her portrayal. She brings new life and elevates and otherwise rom-com material into something more substantial and impactful. This is a film that is real and relatable, and, her performance enhances its believability many notches higher.

She Devil

This is the story of an underconfident housewife who tries her best to save her marriage. Her husband is in love with a glamorous novelist played by Meryl Streep, and he leaves the marriage to be with her. What follows is how the wife plots revenge to get back at both of them. Meryl Streep slays as the other woman who is mysterious, luring, and hated by the wife. She is sophisticated, suave, and edgy. Her wit and dark humor only enhance the impact of her performance. This is a fun comedy-drama that you will really like.

Death Becomes Her

This is a black comedy fantasy film about two women – a writer and an actor who have a crush on the same man. They drink a magic potion for eternal youth and accidentally end up being immortal. Meryl Streep plays the neurotic, narcissistic actor who is love lorn and mad about making it to the top. She brings forth the comic element of the story very engagingly. Her chemistry and on screen presence is stunning and she walks in and out of the scenes with natural ease. Watch this film for a fun, exciting experience.

The Iron Lady

In a biopic of Margret Thatcher, United Kingdom’s Prime Minister, Meryl Streep plays the part and delivers one of her most significant performances of all time. She won an Oscar for the part and rightfully so. She is fierce, sensitive, and extremely assertive as Ms. Thatcher. She is so convincing that she almost disappears into the skin of the character. She breathes her own life to the role while also keeping intact the fundamental traits of the Prime Minster. Watch this film for a solid performance from this legendary actor.

The Bridges of Madison County

In one of the most sensational films of all time, Meryl Streep plays Francesca, a housewife in the suburbs of the country who has the house to herself for a few days. She meets a man who documents the bridges of different places and the two develop an attraction that is fated, consuming and beautiful. Ms. Streep is a dream to watch in this film. Her natural sensuousness spills over onto her performance and what you see on screen is a chemistry so immersive that it is difficult to forget.

August: Osage County

This is a comedy that is based on a dysfunctional family. Meryl Streep plays the matriarch of the family who suffers from cancer. Her children visit her for an unexpected family reunion post a tragic incident. She is annoyingly convincing as the matriarch! You will want to love to hate her because her performance is that believable. The film reflects on themes of honesty, acceptance and love in families. All the tension is brought forth by the screen presence of Ms. Streep, who binds the characters together with her effervescence.

Manhattan

This is a film about a twice-divorced man who tried to figure his life out. Meryl Streep plays his former wife who leaves him for a woman. She played the role of a bisexual woman way ahead of her time. Her performance makes sexuality a normal, acceptable thing instead of overtly sensationalizing it. She exudes her natural ease and presents herself perfectly as a woman who is exploring herself. This is a film that has many interesting takes on relationships. Meryl Streep stands out with her beautiful performance even though the film has many other actors in important roles.

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Palmer (2021) Trailer

by Kaylen Summers

Palmer is the new drama from the fairly new streaming service of Apple TV+. The movie has Justin Timberlake in the leading role. The actor plays the role of a convicted felon who is determined to reform his life for the better. Directed by the famous 80’s movie icon Fisher Stevens, the movie is will be a new addition to the streaming platforms’ vibrant catalog. The central character named Eddie Palmer used to be a high-school football star. From being a hometown hero, his life takes an unwanted turn when becomes a convicted felon and is sentenced to twelve years in a state penitentiary. With his past still shadowing over him, Eddie looks to set his life back on track, while fighting the suspicious eyes of his small-town community.

Releasing Date: January 29, 2021

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Wrong Turn (2021) Trailer

by Kaylen Summers

The famous horror franchise is getting a reboot with the new installment of Wrong Turn. The movie takes us back to the woods with a whole new round of gruesome cannibalistic madness. The movie is scripted by none other than the franchise creator Alan B McElroy and has Mike P. Nelson on the director’s chair.

Release Date: January 26, 2020

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Nomadland (2020) Trailer

by Kaylen Summers

Nomadland is the feature-length adaptation of the book of the same name by Jessica Bruder. Directed by Chloé Zhao, the movie focuses on Fern, a woman who decided to live outside the conventions of society and its beliefs. The movie depicts more of an existential quest and struggles that Fern faces through her days of being alone and fighting her own perceptions.

Releasing Date:30 December 2020

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Outside the Wire (2021) Trailer

by Kaylen Summers

Outside the Wire is a new action/sci-fi movie from Netflix starring Anthony Mackie. The actors are famous for playing the role of Falcon/Sam Wilson in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Directed by Mikael Hafstrom, the movie has Mackie playing the role of Leo, a militarized android who is fighting technologically advanced enemies in the future. The movie is loaded with lots of action, robots, and explosions and comes from the same producers as that Extraction and The Old Guard.

Releasing Date: January 15, 2021

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Psycho Goreman (2021) Trailer

by Kaylen Summers

RLJE Films and Shudder are partnering to bring a new intense horror-comedy. The movie tells the story of a young brother and sister who brings back to life an ancient alien who once failed to destroy the universe. The movie is written and directed by Steven Kostanski and has Matthew Ninaber playing the titular role of  Psycho Gorman. Other main cast members include Nita-Josee Hanna, Owen Myre, and Adam Brooks.

Releasing Date: January 22nd, 2021

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Nobody (2021) Trailer

by Kaylen Summers

We all know him from his brilliant performance in Breaking Bad and later as a lead role in its spin-off Better Call Saul. However, Emmy award winner Bob Odenkirk is all set and ready to surprise as with his new persona as an action star. Directed by acclaimed filmmaker Ilya Naishuller and is written by the narrative architect of the John Wick franchise, Derek Kolstad.

Releasing Date: February 26, 2021.

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10 Amazing Films to Wait for in 2021

by Kaylen Summers

2021 is a year of hope even before it began. The world is looking forward to better times and the case with films is not any different. Here are some of the most anticipated releases of 2021 to wait for:

No Time to Die

Every James Bond film comes with a lot of anticipation. No Time To Die is the 25th installment in the franchise with Daniel Craig in the lead. The film follows the adventures of Bond five years after he has quit service. He is pulled into a mission to track a missing scientist and that sets the story in motion. The film is expected to have all the thrills of a Bond sequel. The cast, crew and plot, all point towards the promise of a smashing, tightly executed action thriller that will up the James Bond franchise one notch. The film is tentatively slated to release in April 2021.

A Quiet Place Part II

Sequel to A Quiet Place, this is one of the most anticipated films of 2021. This is a dystopian thriller that follows the lives of a family as they try to stay alive in the middle of an attack by monsters that hunt on the basis of sound. They try their best to be quiet while attempting to get out of town safe. The second part follows their journey of escape by exploring other dangers that lie ahead of them as they begin to lose each other to death. The first part was one of its kind in its narrative and execution. Consequentially, the second part if expected to invoke the same kind of intrigue and awe, making a film to look forward to in 2021.

Black Widow

Slated for release in November 2021, Black Widow is based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name. With Scarlett Johansson in the lead, the film is supposed to be the 24th installment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The film picks up after the events of Captain America: Civil War, when the Black Widow finds herself tied to conspiracy theories and her own private history. The narrative is set around her battle against forces she cannot easily stop while also trying to make peace with events of her life much before she became an avenger.

Fast and Furious 9

The 9th instalment to the Fast and Furious franchise, this action thriller is yet another film fans are looking forward to in 2021. Schedules to release in May, the film takes off after the events of The Fate of the Furious. The protagonist Dominic’s family struggles to face assassins and fights for their lives in this sequel where revenge becomes a necessity. Packed with all the racy, edgy elements of the Fast and Furious films, this film also promises some kickass action and thrill.

The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It

Sequel to the 2 Conjuring movies and the 8th installment in the overall Conjuring universe, this supernatural horror film is also a highly anticipated release of 2021. Based on one of the most sensational cases from the files of real-life paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine, this is the story of America’s first case where a murderer claims paranormal possession as a defense. The Conjuring movies need no introduction or description. They have been chilling spines since the first film came out and this sequel is expected to be nothing short of haunting.

The Suicide Squad

Based on the DC Comics antihero team the Suicide Squad, this is one of the most awaited sequels to the Suicide Squad (2016). The film is set in a time when a Nazi-era prison holds political prisoners and conducts experiments on them. Imprisoned convicts from Task Force X are now sent on a sentence- reducing mission to save these prisoners. The film promises to be an action-packed thriller with some amazing performances and racy sequences.

Dune

Dune is a science fiction film that ventures to explore the mysteries of the universe. Set in the far future, the plot follows Dune, who is appointed as the explorer of a dangerous desert planet which is the only source of a magic substance that extends human life and makes it possible for humans to travel faster than light. The plot with its minimal available details is already exciting. It will be even more exciting to see how they create this visual experience and hook us to the screens with their creative expression. All these elements make Dune yet another promising release of 2021.

Mission Impossible 7

The 7th installment of the MI film series, this is an action spy film that has fans the world over in anticipation. Slated for release in November 2021, the film was shot under many constraints due to the Covid-19 protocol. The history of the other MI films promises this one also to be on the same track in terms of its excellence. Action, curiosity, style, and violence come together in this spy thriller that will surely be one that tops the other films in the franchise in terms of making.

The Matrix 4

The 4th installment in the Matrix series, the film has Keanu Reeves in the lead. The plot of the film has been kept under the wraps by the crew and that only makes the wait more exciting. Scheduled for release in December 2021. The film is an intriguing take on the events following the Matrix franchise, 20 years from the last.

Last Night in Soho

Set to be released in April 2021, this is a psychological horror film that is being awaited by movie lovers. The film follows a young woman, an aspiring fashion designer who mysteriously enters into the 1960s to meet her idol, a wannabe singer. The story is set in London and showcases how London in the 1960s was starkly different. Her venturing into the 1960s has consequences and the film promises to take us through some really immersive psychological sequences that are bound to upset, intrigue as well as mesmerise us.

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The Falcon and the Winter Soldier (2021) Trailer

by Kaylen Summers

After a long wait, we finally got our first look at the action-packed series of Falcon and the Winter Soldier. The events of the series are set to continue the Avengers: Endgame storyline, in which Steve Rogers passed his iconic shield down to Sam. With the original Captain America gone, Bucky and Sam are out on there on adventures and trying to find their own place in the world without their friend.

Releasing Date: March, 2021

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The Mauritanian (2021) Trailer

by Kaylen Summers

Based on Mohamedou Ould Slahi’s diaries written during his long time in prison, The Mauritanian, tells the story of one man who was captured by the U.S. Government and was prisoned for a long time without charge or trial. His only hope for justice is his defense attorney Nancy Hollander and her associate Teri Ducan.

Releasing Date: February 21st, 2021

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Shadow in the Cloud (2021) Trailer

by Kaylen Summers

Vertical Entertainment and Redbox Entertainment are teaming up to bring the upcoming sci-fi World War II thriller, with Chloe Grace Moretz in the leading role. The movie revolves around the character Maude who is on a bomber plane with an all-male crew. Her presence intimidates other members. However, what they did not know was that there was some else lurking in the same air carrier they are on board.

Releasing Date: 1 January 2021

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The Little Things (2021) Trailer

by Kaylen Summers

Oscar winners Denzel Washington, Jared Leto, and Rami Malek are teaming up in the upcoming crime thriller The Little Things. Washington plays the role of a grizzled, world-weary, burned-out sheriff named Deke Carven. Rami Malek plays the role of a crack Los Angeles detective, Baxter and Leto appear like the enigmatic character, Albert Sparma. The three are swirled into a series of dreadful events that are tangled up with their dark pasts.

Releasing Date: January 29, 2021

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The Beatles: Get Back (2021) Trailer

by Kaylen Summers

Directer Peter Jackson is all set to release his upcoming full-length documentary on the legendary band, the Beatles. Titled The Beatles: Get Back, the documentary will be using actual footage shot in January 1969 and is a compilation made from more than 60 hours of unseen footage and 150 hours of unheard audio. The actual recordings are skillfully remastered  and restored and is said to contain the rehearsals of 14 new songs.

Releasing Date: August 27, 2021

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The Sound of Philadelphia (2021) Trailer

by Kaylen Summers

Set in the world of the Philadelphia mob, The Sound of Philadelphia tells the tale of family, friendship, and betrayal. The man is disturbed by his sister’s death while his cousin becomes more powerful in their family crime business. Directed and penned by Jérémie Guez, the movie has Joel Kinnaman, Matthias Schoena, Ryan Phillippe, Garrett Hedlund, and Maika Monroe in the lead roles.

Releasing Date: 22 January 2021

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Shark Encounters of the Third Kind (2021) Trailer

by Kaylen Summers

Inspired by two Steven Spielberg classics- Jaws and Close Encounters of the Third Kind, here is an indie flick with sharks, aliens, and space. The movie tells the story of a group of terrorizing aliens crash landing on the bottom of the sea. They use mind control on the sharks and use them to attack the towns to complete their mission to invade earth.

Releasing Date:  March 2021

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The Boss Baby 2: Family Business (2021) Trailer

by Kaylen Summers

 

The Oscar-nominated blockbuster animated comedy film is getting an official sequel. The movie starts off with Tim and his Boss Baby little brother Ted growing up and drifting apart from each other as they become adults. However, a new Boss Baby is in town and he is planning on a new cutting edge approach for bringing the two back closer and together.

Releasing Date: March 26, 2021

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Chaos Walking (2021) Trailer

by Kaylen Summers

We all know Tom Holland for playing the role of Spiderman in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The actor has astonished movie lovers and critics with his performance in The Devil All the Time movie earlier this year. Now, he is back with the much-awaited movie, Chaos Walking. The movie takes place in a future where people live in a colony called New World and believes that a deadly pathogen has killed off all the women. However, things change when a mysterious girl crash lands on the planet.

Releasing Date: January 22, 2021

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One Night in Miami (2020) Trailer

by Kaylen Summers

Marking the feature directorial debut from Oscar-winner Regina King, One Night in Miami is the movie adaptation of the award-winning play of the same name by Kemp Powers. On a fateful fictional night, iconic personalities such as Malcolm X, Sam Cooke, Jim Brown and Muhamed Ali crosses paths and spent time together. Even though the premise is of a fictional one, the movie did give the legendary figures authentic looks.

Releasing Date: December 25, 2020

 

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Tom & Jerry: The Movie (2021) Trailer

by Kaylen Summers

The beloved cartoon characters of Tom and Jerry are returning back to the big screens after a long time. The new movie showcases the spectacular blend of animation and live-action. Exploring the new grounds of adventure the iconic characters must now somehow learn to work together in they want to save the day. While many live-action movies like Sonic the Hedgehog received severe backlash from fans, the makers of this movie decided not to mess with the original look of the characters and it looks undoubtfully better and acceptable in the live-action backdrop.

Releasing Date: 5 March 2021

 

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Disney’s Raya and the Last Dragon (2021) Trailer

by Kaylen Summers

Taking place in a  fantasy world called Kumandra, the movie welcomes us to a land where humans and dragons live together in harmony. However, when an evil force starts to threaten the land, all the dragons sacrificed to save humans. About 500 years past then, Raya, a lone warrior has devoted her life to find the legendary last dragon and reunite the divided people of the land.

Releasing Date:12 March 2021

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8 Most-Awaited Movies That Got Postponed Due To 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

 Disney tried its luck by releasing its delayed movies on its streaming platform and failed miserably. Hopefully, they are not trying to do the same with Marvel’s Black Widow. The movie was intended to be a summer tentpole releasing in May 2020. With the theatres closed across the globe, the movie is moved to May of next 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. Initially agreed to be released on July 3, 2020, the action-packed CGI-heavy flick is now shifted to December 2020. 

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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Popular Movies To Stream On Netflix This August

by Kaylen Summers

Check out some of the most popular movies to stream on Netflix this July.

Fatal Affair

What is it about? Ellie and her husband are not having a good time with their marriage. She is looking to mend her relationship with her husband Marcus. However, things go out of control when she realizes that her old friend David has a dangerous obsession with her.

The F**k-It List

What is it about?  A silly prank ends up ruining a high school senior’s life. Feeling disappointed and down, he started making up a list of things that he could have done better in his life. Follow him on his fun-filled existential quest, trying to figure out himself and his purpose in life.

Father Soldier Son

What is it about?  During an military operation in Afganistan, Sgt. First Class Brian Eisch is severely wounded. The event changes his concepts of life and sets him and his sons in a path of love, loss, redemption, and legacy.

Desperados

What is it about? There is nothing like a mishap and the things you do to solve it. Wes sends a ranting email to her new boyfriend. Now, she and her best friends are out to Mexico to delete the email before her new love reads it.

One-Way to Tomorrow

What is it about? Two strangers are on their individual way to Izmir. During their long journey, they cross paths with each other and discover that they share an unexpectedly intertwined romantic past. The two build a bond with each other.
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Judas and the Black Messiah (2021) Trailer

by Kaylen Summers

Judas and the Black Messiah tells the story about Fred Hampton who became the chairman of the Illinois chapter of the Black Panther Party. Marking the directorial debut of Shaka King, the feature has Daniel Kaluuya playing the historically important character, his fight against the deep-rooted racism in America, and ultimately how the FBI plotted to assassinate him.

Releasing Date: October 8, 2021

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Halloween Kills (2020) Trailer

by Kaylen Summers

Continuing the events that happened in David Gordon Green’s 2018 Halloween movie, this one takes us back into the Halloween franchise. Jamie Lee Curtis reprises her role along with Judy Greer and Andi Matichak. Kyle Richards, Charles Cyphers, and Nancy Stephens from the original movie will also be returning.

Releasing Date: Oct. 20, 2021

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Doctor Strange 2 Will Be MCU’s First Horror Movie

by Kaylen Summers

San Diego Comic-Con 2019 saw many big reveals. But the most awaited one was from the Hall H panel of Marvel Studios. With the Infinity Saga concluded with Spiderman: Far From Home, it is obvious that everyone is a little too much curious about what to expect next. Fortunately, we didn’t have to wait long, as Kevin Feige announced the new slate for upcoming Marvel movies.

Among the big reveals we got the confirmation about the next big-screen adventure of Benedict Cumberbatch’s Dr. Stephen Strange. Titled Doctor Strange In The Multiverse Of Madness, the movie will also feature Elizabeth Olsen’s Scarlet Witch as a key supporting character. Feige also confirmed that the movie will have a more horror-centric feel.

Fans who are already aware of director Scott Derrickson’s previous works will easily understand that prior to his MCU debut, almost all of his movies were focused on horror aspects. With the director returning back to his tonal realm, we are surely in for some pretty scary moments.

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Addressing the Comic-Con crowd, he explained: “When I came and talked to [Kevin Feige] about doing a sequel, I said, ‘I don’t want to do just another sequel. If I’m going to do it, it needs to go into the territory that drew me into the Doctor Strange comics in the first place’ – which is how they dipped into the gothic and the horror and the horrific. And we’re going to make the first scary MCU movie.”

However, there was no information dropped on who will be the villain(s) for the new movie. Will Marvel be going dark like DC?! Don’t get too excited! Derrickson can bring all of Marvel Comics’ freakiest threats onscreen. But, the studio will be overviewing the production to make sure that the movie will be rated PG-13. Talk about mood-killing!!

Scarlet Witch will be a surprise mix with Strange. Fans are already wondering how two characters will be getting alone together onscreen since not much about her role in the upcoming movie is revealed yet. But, we will be seeing the Wanda in the upcoming Disney+ series WandaVision before the sequel. The series will be hitting the streaming service in the spring of 2021 and will tie in directly with the events of Doctor Strange In The Multiverse Of Madness. This will be a massive shift for Marvel’s shows as they were not previously connected to the bigger cinematic universe.

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Jeffrey Wright confirmed in the role of Batman’s GCPD Ally

by Emily Keen

The Batman director has spilled the beans on the actor’s identity set to don Commissioner Gordon. Jeffrey Wright is now confirmed for the role of the caped crusader’s ally from the police department.

The rumors of Wright playing Gordon have been doing the rounds for quite some time now. Although the Westworld actor’s onboarding was not verified by any of the makers or the directors until yesterday.

The Cloverfield director took to his tweeter account to introduce Wright as Gordon.

The tweet did not say much. He merely wrote the word Tweet!  And Gordon with a hashtag followed by a bat emoji. So there you go. You know who the head of the Gotham city Police Department is.

The Batman’s casting is still an ongoing affair or at least it seems so since there is not much confirmation on the finalizing of many characters. For now, all we know is that Twilight star Robert Pattinson will play Bruce Wayne, Zoe Kravitz has been tapped in as Catwoman, Paul Dano will don The Riddler and now it’s Wright in the skin of James Gordon.

Jonah Hill has reportedly walked away from the role of Oswald ‘Penguin’ Cobblepot which led to Jason Alexander volunteering to play the role. Although it does not seem that Reeves has accepted the Seinfeld actor’s offer.

The Batman, as far as we know, follows the life of young Bruce Wayne and the plot will be somewhere along the lines of Bruce Wayne trying to track a serial killer in Gotham City, keeping suspicious of almost every supervillain in the comic. But the makers were upright in stating that the film is a standalone affair and has no connections with the DCEU whatsoever.

DC movies do not have a great reputation of standing tall at the Box Office with a shared universe. On the other hand, individual ventures tend to perform a great deal. It worked for Joker. Might as well turn out the same way for the masked vigilante’s latest.

The film has locked June 25, 2021, for release. Its currently under the pre-production phase and hopefully we will have news on more castings rolling out soon.

Stay tuned to Spotflik for more details on the film.

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Here Is What Former ‘Catwomen’ Think Of Zoe Kravitz’s Casting

by Kaylen Summers

It’s official! Zoe Kravitz will be putting on her ‘cat costume’ for Matt Reeves’ upcoming Batman movie. The actress will be playing the coveted role of Selina Kyle against Robert Pattinson’s cape crusader this time.

Zoe Kravitz made her acting debut in the 2007 film No Reservations. However, her breakthrough role came from another superhero movie- X-Men: First Class (2011). The actress went on to give memorable performances in movies like Mad Max: Fury Road and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Now, Kravitz is all set to bring the popular comic-book character back onscreen, and she is getting a lot of support, especially from some of the other ladies who’ve previously played Catwoman on the big screen.

The character first made her appearance in comics as ‘The Cat’ in Batman #1 (1940). However, Catwoman was eventually transitioned into an anti-heroine rather than a supervillainess of Batman.

When the casting for the character began many actresses were rumored to play the role. It was only recently that Kravitz got officially confirmed to play the role and most fans were on board with the idea. Not just the fans, former Catwoman actresses Michelle Pfeiffer, Anne Hathaway, and Halle Berry are now also offering their support to Kravitz as well.

Michelle Pfeiffer welcomed Kravitz into the clowder while addressing about the casting in the Good Morning America. Pfeiffer who played Selina Kyle in the Tim Burton sequel Batman Returns, even had some “important” advice for the actress: “Make sure, whilst designing the costume, they consider how you’re gonna go to the bathroom.”

On the other hand, Halle Berry who took on the role for the standalone movie Catwoman, praised the casting choice on her Twitter, saying: “Special shout-out to your new Catwoman, the eternally graceful & extremely badass Zoe Kravitz. Keep shining Queen & welcome to the family!”

Anne Hathaway who had the most recent portrayal of the character made her opinion clear in a post on her Instagram account. “The biggest congrats to Zoë Kravitz on landing the role of a lifetime”, says Hathaway. “Well, one life anyway…⁣⁣ Enjoy the ride, Selina,”

The Batman is expected to hit theaters on June 25, 2021. With the casting progressing swiftly, it won’t be long since we see the movie head into production.

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Is There A Matrix Cinematic Universe In The Works?! Zak Penn Reveals

by Kaylen Summers

For movie fans around the globe, the recent announcement about the fourth Matrix movie came as a shocker. The sequel installment will see Lana Wachowski back in the franchise writing and directing the movie, and also Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss reprising their roles from the original trilogy.

Now, more news about the franchise is being revealed as Zak Penn confirmed that Warner Bros. is actively developing two Matrix projects.

It was about two years ago that Zak Penn let fans know that he was working on something new for the Matrix universe. Though fans were initially confused about whether it was a remake or a reboot, no one thought that it would be the further extension of the universe.

Here is Zak Penn’s Twitter clarification below.

“People keep asking, so let me clarify there are two different Matrix projects at WB. I wrote one set earlier in the timeline of the Matrix universe. Lana Wachowski is directing a sequel that I did not work on but can’t wait to see. Neither of them are reboots.”

Yes! It seems like we are finally going to get a ‘Matrix Cinematic Universe’.

Unfortunately, Zak Penn didn’t say much about his Matrix project than that it will be taking place earlier in the timeline. The writer has always been known for standing against Warner Bros. trying to reboot the franchise. Now, he finally gets his wish fulfilled as ‘The Matrix Universe’ is expanding further. As fans, we too share the same excitement.

While this news unfolds, we have been also getting more info on Lana Wachowski’s Matrix 4 movie as well. The movie will see most of its artists and technicians from the first installments return to keep everything uniform. In addition to that, last week the officials revealed that they are looking for an actor to portray the younger version of Keanu Reeves’ Neo. There are also rumors that we might see a young Morpheus too.

This is what Warner Bros. chief Toby Emmerich had to say about the movie: “We could not be more excited to be re-entering the Matrix with Lana[…] We are thrilled that she is writing, directing and producing this new chapter in The Matrix.”

With Lana Wachowski putting the finishing touches on the script and casting already underway, we won’t have to wait long to see the movie, it seems. However, there are no details as to where Zak Penn’s Matrix project stands in the development phase.

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Exclusive! Guess Who Will Be Directing Spiderman 3?!

by Kaylen Summers

Spiderman is busy making headlines lately and the latest one is about who will be directing the third installment coming out next year. Recent reports are revealing that Jon Watts is in final talks to direct Spider-Man 3, the continuation to this summer’s blockbuster hit Spider-Man: Far From Home.

Sony and Marvel Studios finally reaching a deal to bring Tom Holland’s Spider-Man back to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. This means that Watts will be able to bring a conclusion to his trilogy, retaining his signature youthfulness and fun energy.  With Jon Watts closing in on the deal to direct the threequel, it is obvious that the third installment (probably) will also be a huge success like the first two blockbusters.

Earning around $880 million, Spider-Man: Homecoming was a huge success at the box office. With the partnership paying off well for both studios, Sony was more than happy to let Peter Parker showed up in Civil War, Infinity War, and Avengers: Endgame. The success was also reflected in the Far From Home as well, as it made over $1 billion. This inturn made it the highest-grossing movie ever for Sony.

As remarkable as these movies are, Jon Watt’s directorial style should also be mentioned as it played a huge factor in making the first two installments so profitable. With the director back on franchise, it’s obvious that the next one will also be a box office frontrunner.

Since the creative team behind the last two movies are back, we are also happy that we will be getting a proper explanation to the heavy cliffhanger at the end of Spider-Man: Far From Home. If everything goes smoothly with Sony and Marvel, there is also a chance that we will be seeing Tom Holland’s Peter Parker in more MCU movies.

Spiderman 3 is set to hit theaters on July 16th, 2021.

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Suicide Squad Unites: New Photo Of Cast Includes Margot Robbie & Pete Davidson

by Kaylen Summers

New specifics about James Gunn’s Suicide Squad has arrived as the director himself revealed that his version of characters will be mostly based on the iconic 1980s comic run. Recently, Gunn shared a new photo of the cast with Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2 star Pom Klementieff. The stars of the upcoming film were at a screening of Joker.

With most of the cast set, The Suicide Squad seems to be pretty huge even for James Gunn. However, the production has already begun and in honor of that, the director also posted a picture of an original comic given to him by his agent. Answering to one of the questions by his fans, Gunn had this to say about the characters and their source material origins:

“The original Squad was a group of adventurers, soldiers, and scientists, who explored and battled anomalous events. Ostrander introduced the idea of the Dirty Dozen with disposable, second-rate supervillains. King Shark didn’t enter the team till the 2000s. (Our) movie takes elements from all those timelines but is especially indebted to Ostrander (and Kim Yale).”

Though Gunn seems okay answering fan questions on social media, it seems like he has brought some secret-keeping Marvel skills over to DC as well. However, keeping everything tightly under wraps will turn good for us too, since it should make the movie more satisfying as it releases in 2021.

Whatever the case may be, we are sure to get some set photos to come our way in the near future, either officially from Gunn and the studio, or as leaked set photos and videos.

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FIRST TIME EVER! Marvel To Release 4 MCU Movies in One Year. Here Is The List.

by Kaylen Summers

Just when you thought that all the dust is going to settle, Marvel Studios is back in the game, set to break new ground in the coming year. Four different big-screen MCU entries are slated for 2021.

First in the list will be Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings slated to release on February 12, 2021. Announced over the summer at San Diego Comic-Con, the movie will be part of MCU’s Phase 4 slate and will star Simu Liu as the titular martial arts master.

Then it will be Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, which will hit the screen on May 7, 2021. Directed by Scott Derrickson, the movie will see Benedict Cumberbatch in his a solo movie sequel as the Sorcerer Supreme.  Scarlet Witch will also be a part of this installment and Nightmare will be the main villain.

Thor: Love and Thunder is slated to release late on November 5, 2021. The movie will see Ragnarok director Taika Waititi back calling the shots and also the return of Natalie Portman as Jane Foster. But, she will be more than just a pretty face this time, as the actress is set to become the Mighty Thor.

Though this was initially believed to be the slate for 2021, it seems like we got a final minute entry into the list. With Sony and Marvel finally getting back together, Spider-Man 3 will also be releasing on July 16 of 2021. However, little is known about the specifics of the deal. Still, MCU fans have a lot to cheer for in the coming year.

The studio has been releasing two movies a year for quite some time. It wasn’t until 2017 that three releases were made in a year- with Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Spider-Man: Homecoming and Thor: Ragnarok. However, 2021 will surely be a crowded year for the Marvel Cinematic Universe as this is the first time they are releasing four movies in a single year. Guess we have to wait and see how things turn out for the studios with such a year planned ahead.

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Live-Action Micronauts Movie Finally Gets A Director

by Kaylen Summers

With shared cinematic universes being the new big trend in Hollywood, more and more studios are trying to test their world-building skills for a share of the spotlight. However, when it comes to Paramount studios, things should be a little more desperate. The production house kickstarted the Marvel Cinematic Universe-one of the biggest money-makers in Hollywood now, and sold the rights to Disney. Ever since then, the studio is despairingly trying to build a new cinematic universe and the latest addition to this will be the live-action Micronauts movie.

Decisions on who will helm this new superhero flick has finally reached a conclusion and it was reported that Dean DeBlois, the director of How to Train Your Dragon director will be calling the shots for the upcoming project. DeBlois has been working in the field of animations for many years and this movie will be his first-ever live-action project. Though Micronauts isn’t that much for a fan-puller at the moment, the Academy Award-winning director is hoped to bring an exciting story to the project.

Like many other Hasbro-based flicks, Micronauts also comes from a line of toys that were very popular in the late 1970s. Later, Marvel started releasing licensed comics based on these characters. The comics told the story about a microverse linked together by diverse worlds. A power-mad dictator named Baron Karza kills the royal family and eventually takes control of this world. However, a small group of eclectic characters bands together to form a resistance to stop his evil doings. The Marvel series ended in 1984 and later the property got resurrected by Image Comics, Devil’s Due Publishing and IDW Publishing.

The new movie will be produced by Brian Goldner, Stephen Davis, and Greg Mooradian through Hasbro’s AllSpark Pictures. Dean DeBlois will be writing and directing the flick which is slated for release on June 4, 2021.

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Crystal Skull Writer Returns To Script Indiana Jones 5

by Kaylen Summers

For fans of Indiana Jones, Harrison Ford’s announcement about Indy 5 came with a lot of excitement. The actor even promised that the fifth installment from the franchise would begin production soon. Unfortunately, the whole project was in pre-production far too long as the studio was finding the right person to pen the new adventure. But now it seems like Indiana Jones and the Crystal Skull screenwriter David Koepp will be returning back to pen the script for Indiana Jones 5. The writer was previously onboard the same project but was eventually removed.

After his departure, the studio tried many writers including Solo: A Star Wars Story writer Jon Kasdan and Dan Fogelman who wrote This Is Us. But none seem to work and finally, Koepp was brought back to the project. The news was revealed by the writer during a recent interview while promoting his new book ‘Cold Storage’.

“I actually am again.” The writer announced, “I’m working on it again. We’re still trying. And I think we’ve got a good idea this time. We’ll see.”

Koepp has been collaborating with Steven Spielberg several times in the past with movies like Jurassic ParkWar of the Worlds and of course, the much-maligned Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. He is also known for the screenplays of movies like Spider-ManStir of Echoes and The Mummy.

Granted that blockbusters like this often go through a lengthy development process, it is evident that Steven Spielberg and Lucasfilm are having a tough time spinning the right plot for the movie. The movie will probably see Harrison Ford’s final onscreen adventure as the iconic hero, and with David Koepp back on board, we hope that Jones will get the farewell he deserves. But, things can also take a turn to the worse given what happened last time around with the franchise.

Currently slated to release on July 9, 2021, the movie will begin shooting in April 2020. But, till then we will keep you posted with further details.

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Jurassic World 3 To Start Filming At Pine Studios In The UK

by Kaylen Summers

Not much was heard about the third installment of the Jurrasic World trilogy than rumors and fan speculations. However, recent reports are revealing that the studio is gearing up for the production of the film at the legendary Pinewood Studios in England. The news can be considered as a confirmation that the cameras will soon start rolling since the locations are locked in.

Planned as the third entry of the sequel trilogy to the original Jurassic Park trilogy, Jurrasic World 3 will see the return of Trevorrow to the director’s chair. The 2015’s Jurassic World grossed $1.672 billion at the box office. However, Trevorrow only penned for its sequel (Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom) with Derek Connolly and left the directing duties to J.A. Bayona.

With the director returning to helm the third installment, fans can surely expect some major surprises. Recently, Trevorrow released a short film, Battle at Big Rock, giving us a glimpse of what the world will be like with humans and dinosaurs inhabiting it. The 8-minute-long short takes place after the events of Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom and is said to be setting up the events of Jurassic World 3.

Although not much about the cast has been revealed yet, it’s obvious that Chris Pratt is set to reprise his role as Owen Grady, and Bryce Dallas Howard back as Claire Dearing. But, we also hope to see Jeff Goldblum, Laura Dern and Sam Neill return as Ian, Ellie and Alan, respectively.

Being excited about this latest film, Chris Pratt had this to say: “When I heard the pitch, I was blown away. I can’t believe we’re gonna make that movie. I can’t believe they found a way to deliver on the promise on the end of Fallen Kingdom. ‘Wait, what? The island is blown up, the animals are out, we can’t put them back in the box. What are we gonna do? How is, not only the dinosaurs but this technology, moving forward, going to affect the planet?’ And we jump forward and it’s like, ‘Oh, oh right. Oh, damn.’ [Trevorrow’s] been working his butt off on it and it’s going to be pretty epic.”

Excited?! Well, you have to wait till next year then, as Jurassic World 3 is currently scheduled to premiere in theaters on June 11, 2021.

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Lara Is Back: ‘Tomb Rider 2’ To Release In 2021

by Kaylen Summers

Let’s admit it. No one honestly saw this coming. After the 2018’s Tomb Raider reboot, a sequel for it was the least anyone would expect. Yet, it’s happening and much sooner than you can imagine.

Arriving on March 19, 2021, the flick will have Academy Award winner Alicia Vikander reprising her role as Lara Croft. But, there will be some change on who is going to call the actions. Recent reports reveal that filmmaker Ben Wheatley will be helming this time around, replacing the original’s Roar Uthaug.

Wheatley is best known for directing cult British movies like Free FireKill List and High-Rise. With Wheatley confirmed for directing the sequel, there is some hope that the upcoming movie will be worth watching.

Helping the director out with penning the action-adventure movie will be Amy Jump, who co-wrote Free Fire and High-Rise with Wheatley. However, we are not sure whether the movie will begin from where the last one was left.

Last year’s Tomb Raider was based on the 2013 video game and grossed over $275 million worldwide. The movie’s plot was about Vikander’s character attempting to solve the mystery of her father’s disappearance.

The first installment of Tomb Raider ended with Lara overcoming the (second) death of her father and escaping the clutches of Trinity. Even if the story doesn’t pick up from there, we sure hope to see the explorer with her trademark twin pistols again on a new adventure.

Alicia Vikander has expressed her interest in playing Lara again, even before the release of the first movie. She said: “Yes, I adored taking on the role of Lara. So yeah, we’ll see. If there’s an audience out there for it, then I would love to.”

Well, from what her character when through in the first installment, let’s hope she is ready for some more bumps and bruises. Because in Hollywood sequels have to go big or go home.

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‘Mortal Kombat’ Reboot: Sonya Blade and Kano Casts Confirmed

by Kaylen Summers

The word is out that two more actors have been cast for the upcoming Mortal Kombat movie from Waner Bros and New Line. Actor Jessica McNamee is on board to play Sonya Blade, while actor Josh Lawson will be playing the role of Kano. The two actors are in final negotiations to play the iconic characters onscreen.

 Jessica McNamee is famous for her role in movies like The Vow (2012) and Chips (2017). But her most notable performance was in last year’s The Meg. On the other hand, the Australian actor Josh Lawson is known for his role as Doug Gugghenheim in Showtime sitcom House of Lies.

Though not much about the new film’s plot is know, there is a huge probability that it will be following the basic premise of the first game, which was set in a world where one-on-one deathmatches in a tournament held on the evil Shang Tsung’s island determined the fate of the world.

It was in 1992 that the original video game Mortal Kombat got first released. Having sold more than 49 million copies, it quickly thrived into one of the most profitable video game franchises of all time. In 1995 a movie adaptation of the game was released, with Paul W. S. Anderson helming the flick. The movie went on to gross an astonishing $122 million worldwide and an indirect sequel named Mortal Kombat: Annihilation was released.

However, the upcoming Mortal Kombat is expected to be hard R-rated, considering the amount of screen-carnage promised by the Screenwriter Greg Russo. “Since it’s already been stated by other members of the team, I’m gonna put this one to bed,” Russo tweeted, “MK WILL be R-Rated and for the first time EVER, FATALITIES will FINALLY be on the big screen (and no I’m not gonna say which ones) You’ll just have to wait for the movie & see!!!”

 Joe Taslim (Sub-Zero), Mehcad Brooks (Jackson “Jax” Briggs), Sisi Stringer (Mileena), and Tadanobu Asano (Raiden, the Japanese god of thunder) were previously announced as cast members for the reboot. British actor Lewis Tan will also be appearing to play a lead role, whose identity is still unknown.

The film, currently in pre-production, is expected to begin shooting later this year in Adelaide, Australia. Directed by Simon McQuaid, Aquaman director James Wan will be the producer of the movie.

Mortal Kombat is set to hit theaters in March 2021.

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‘The Suicide Squad’: James Gunn Casts Comedian Steve Agee as King Shark

by Kaylen Summers

From specifically-themed birthday cake to plenty of speculation and rumors, we all knew that it would be happening one way or the other. Our expectations were not in vain as it is now official that King Shark will be a part of James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad and comedian Steve Agee will be cast in the role. Agee will be providing the voice-over to the humanoid super-villain with shark’s torso and a human’s legs.

The DC villain created by Karl Kesel first made a brief cameo in the comics in Superboy vol. 3, #0 (Oct. 1994) and later made his first full appearance in Superboy vol. 3, #9 (Nov. 1994). Even though he was a part of the Arrowverse series The Flash, Gunn’s new movie will mark his first appearance in a big-screen adaptation.

Gunn and Agee have already worked together in Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, in which he played the Ravager Gef. However, he is known among fans as a comedian with a knack for stealing scenes. The actor has popped up in everything from New Girl to Superstore to You’re the Worst. He has also voiced for Cartoon Network’s Adventure Time and Netflix’s Twelve Forever. If that is not enough to note how incredibly talented he is, Agee has also written 306 episodes of Jimmy Kimmel Live!

It was in 2016 that Warner Bros. and DC released the first installment of Suicide Squad, written and directed by David Ayer. Even though the movie went through pretty negative reviews, it became a box office hit earning up to $746.8 million worldwide.  The movie also suffered a bit of tumultuous post-production with Warner Bros. who were desperate on changing the heavily criticized dark tone of their movies.

The new movie will be a soft reboot with an original story from Gunn. Chuck Roven and Peter Safran will be overlooking the production. Though sequel will not be having direct ties to the first one, it will be picking up where the 2016 film had left off. Margot Robbie (Harley Quinn), Joel Kinnaman (Rick Flag), Viola Davis (Amanda Waller), and Jai Courtney (Captain Boomerang) are reportedly reprising their roles from the first movie. Newly added members to the team will be Idris Elba as a yet-to-be-revealed character, David Dastmalchian (Polka-Dot Man), Daniela Melchior (Ratcatcher), and Flula Borg in a supporting role.

The Suicide Squad is expected to hit theaters on Aug. 6, 2021, with its production starting in September. With Gunn onboard, The Suicide Squad will be shaping up to be one of the most anticipated superhero projects of recent times.

Check out this space for more updates about the movie.

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Nathan Fillion to Join the Ensemble of Suicide Squad 2

by Emily Keen

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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Will There Be Batman In Suicide Squad 2? James Gunn Answers

by Kaylen Summers

From production issues to studio interferences, the DC movies have always had a hard time in theaters. Even with such a massive franchise in hand, Warner Bros. was only able to get three hits- Wonderwoman, Shazam! and Aquaman, from all the DCEU movies that they brought to the big screen. However, the studio is trying to get back on track with some exciting projects lined-up.

One among them is the sequel (a soft reboot, to be exact) of Suicide Squad, directed by James Gunn. For superhero movie fans, Gunn is a familiar name for his exceptional work as the writer-director of Guardians of the Galaxy- Vol.1 and Vol.2.  The director signed on to helm The Suicide Squad months after his firing from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. Though he was eventually reinstated to work back in MCU, Gunn promised fans that he will finish the Suicide Squad movie first before working on any other project.

Since the movie is a soft reboot from the original one, fans were curious to know if batman would be appearing in the movie. David Ayer’s Suicide Squad in 2016 had Ben Affleck appear in several cameos as Batman. Even though fans are not expecting Affleck to return as Batman, they will be super excited if there will be a cameo of Matt Reeves’ Caped Crusader.

When one of the fans asked this question to Gunn, the director responded by saying: “You can check out Batman in The Batman June 2021. The Suicide Squad will feature mostly, you know, The Suicide Squad.

Sadly there won’t be Batman in The Suicide Squad. However,  we will be having plenty of familiar faces in the long-developing project. Margot Robbie will be back for her third appearance as Harley Quinn, with Rick Flag (Joel Kinnaman), Jai Courtney (Captain Boomerang), and Viola Davis (Amanda Waller). There will also be some new faces involved, including Idris Elba, John Cena, and Storm Reid.

The Suicide Squad is set to hit theaters on Aug. 6, 2021.

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