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7 Ultimate Feel-Good Movies That’ll Make You Smile

by Kaylen Summers

After a busy can week, we all are looking for ways to lift our spirits- and sometimes the best way to do it is just relax and stream a good movie. But, the problem with finding feel-good movies is that not all popular movies can bring back your lost joy.

Feel-good movies are those special, lightweight movies that carry an uplifting, thoughtful message that will definitely leave a smile on your face when the credits roll. With that being said, we have selected for you some awe-inspiring feel-good movies that can surely cheer you up.

Check out these binge-worthy movies and let us know which one you liked the most.

The Karate Kid (1984)

⌛2h 6min⭐8.2/10

Some of you might have already seen this one. But, it is still worthy to be on the list for being the hugely popular classic underdog tale. Daniel LaRusso is hassled by the school bullies. Luckily, it is in his apartment building that martial arts master: Kesuke Miyagi lives. He agrees to train Daniel and teaches him more than just self-defense. With newfound confidence and wisdom, will Daniel be able to face off against his tormentors?

It’s A Wonderful Life (1946)

⌛ 2h 15m ⭐8.6/10

There’s no classic Christmas movie like It’s a Wonderful Life. Premiered in 1946, the movies have without a doubt stood the test of time. Guardian angel Clarence Odbody walks George Bailey through an alternate reality George was never born. Holiday movies may come and go, but this is a heartwarming movie that will always stay close to you.

The Squid and the Whale (2005)

⌛104 min ⭐ 7.3/10

An indie-pop by Noah Baumbach follows the crumbling marriage of a couple and how it affects their two sons. Both parents are writers but are perceived differently by their children. Inspired by the father, Walt is quiet a talent at school but takes weird decisions of giving up his love life, because his father apparently is not a big fan of monogamy. The mother, on the other hand, has fallen out of love with Bernard and finds a romantic interest in another man.

The Big Sick (2017)

⌛2 hours ⭐ 7.6/10

This one is a Prime Video exclusive. Pakistan-born Kumail Nanjiani and graduate student Emily Gardner fall in love. However, with two different cultures, bad things are bound to happen. Emily contracts a mysterious illness.  This forces Kumail to face her parents, his family’s expectations, and his actual feelings.

Forrest Gump (1994)

⌛2h 22min ⭐ 8.8/10

When it comes to all inspiring movies, Tom Hanks has a lot to tell. Here is another flick from the master actor. Teh tale is about a man with a low IQ who accomplished great things in his life. He has been present during significant historic events than anyone had imagined he could do. However, even after all he has achieved, his one true love avoids him.

Cast Away (2000)

⌛2h 23min ⭐7.8/10

If you think that all is worse in your life, wait till you meet Chuck. He is a top international manager for FedEx and is in love with Kelly, a Ph.D. student. As they are heading towards marriage, Chuck’s plane to Malaysia ditches at sea during a terrible storm. He’s the only survivor who washes up on a tiny island with nothing. Now, he needs to find a way to get back to the mainland.

Love & Other Drugs (2010)

⌛1h 52m ⭐6.7/10

Maggie is a lovable free spirit. She who won’t let anyone or anything tie her down. But finally, she meets her match in Jamie. He is relentless and charming and works in the cutthroat world of pharmaceutical sales. The relationship between these two takes them both by surprise. They find themselves under the spell of the superior drug: love.

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11 Great Christmas Movies to Stream on Amazon Prime 2019

by Kaylen Summers

The most wonderful time of the year is back. And you know what that means?!

It’s finally time to start watching all our favorite Christmas and holiday movies. Lucky for us, Amazon has an array of options to choose from. From evergreen classics to modern heartwarmers to seasonal rom-coms, here is a list of the best Christmas movies to stream on Amazon right now.

The Grinch (2018)

⌛1h 32m ⭐6.3/10

The Grinch is perhaps the most adapted holiday staple of all time. But, no matter how many versions arrived we just can’t get enough of this troublesome character each holiday season. Recently, we got an animated adaptation with Benedict Cumberbatch voicing the titular character. This is definitely a well-done version of the beloved Christmas classic.

Home Alone (1990)

⌛1h 43m ⭐7.6/10

The holiday season is not complete without Home Alone. This cult classic has multiple sequels, but none will ever come anywhere near the original. When Kevin was left home alone for Christmas, he has to save himself and the house from some robbers. Ranked as one of the best Christmas films of all time, this one is a must-watch for any holiday season.

Christmas Lodge (2011)

⌛1h 30m ⭐6.3/10

Mary Tobin is back at her family lodge for some nostalgia and renovations. However, what she didn’t expect was… wait for it, love. Will the Christmas season fill her life with the magic of life?

A Christmas Kiss (2011)

⌛1h 36m ⭐6.2/10

Wendy is an aspiring interior designer. She shares an impulsive kiss with a man in an elevator. Unfortunately, it turns out that the man is her boss’s boyfriend, Adam. Yikes!! After a twist of events, she finds herself decorating Adam’s home. A perfect setup for a romantic plot, right?!

Christmas for a Dollar (2013)

⌛1h 41m ⭐4.4/10

The Kamp family is in the throes of the Depression. With the holiday season finally arriving, the family must now find a way to come together and discover the true meaning of the holidays.

Holiday Engagement (2011)

⌛1h 32m ⭐6/10

Hillary Burns’ fiancé leaves her unexpectedly. However, before leaving home for the holidays, she decides to hire an artist to pretend to be in a relationship with her. Will the two be able to pull it off? Or will there be another twist waiting for them? Start streaming to find out.

Miracle On 34th Street (1994)

⌛1h 54m ⭐6.5/10

Even though this is a remake of the original 1947 film, this has a following of its own.  Kris Kringle is the acting Santa at Cole’s Department Store in New York.  His mission is to bring a little holiday magic to the children he meets. Eventually, everyone starts to think that he is the real Santa Claus. This heartwarming film will surely make your holiday season special.

The Holiday (2006)

⌛2h 18m ⭐6.9/10

This Christmas love story has Kate Winslet and Cameron Diaz in the lead role. The two women swap homes for two weeks before the holidays. Winslet’s character ends up in Los Angeles, while Diaz is in a cottage in Surrey, England. However, things turn romantic as both ladies fall in love with their new locales. Talk about holiday season magic.

A Christmas on Miracle Lake (2016)

⌛1h 50m ⭐4.4/10

Not all Christmas movies are happy and cheerful. Take this one for example. It start off devastatingly sad. A boy returns to the pond where he used to play hockey with his now-deceased friend. But, when he comes back to visit at night, the pond magically becomes a hockey rink. Morbid, but sweet.

A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965)

⌛ 30m ⭐8.3/10

A little too short, but a holiday gem. A Charlie Brown Christmas is a timeless classic. The short movie tells us how Charlie learns the true meaning of Christmas. The movie debuted back in 1965 and ever since then, it remains as most-watched movie in the holiday season.

It’s A Wonderful Life (1946)

⌛ 2h 15m ⭐8.6/10

There’s no classic Christmas movie like It’s a Wonderful Life. Premiered in 1946, the movies have without a doubt stood the test of time. Guardian angel Clarence Odbody walks George Bailey through an alternate reality George was never born. Holiday movies may come and go, but this is a heartwarming movie that will always stay close to you.

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6 Must-Watch Classic Movies to Stream on Netflix

by Kaylen Summers

Can any old movies be a classic? There are many people who think so. But in order for a movie to be called classic, it needs to stand the test of time. A classic movie is itself an influential piece of cinema that retains the thrills, wonder, and momentum at any point in time from its release.

Netflix a handful of these bonafide films. Some are stark black and white films, while others are beautiful Technicolor extravaganzas. Whatever the case may be, only a few of them are worthy to be called classics. Here are the best classic movies you can find on Netflix now.

Strangers on a Train (1951)

🎭 Drama, Mystery ⌛1h 43m 

From the master of cinema Alfred Hitchcock himself, this is a tense and suspenseful adaptation of a novel by Patricia Highsmith. Bruno is a psychotic male. He meets a tennis player named Guy, during the train journey. Soon, it is realized by Bruno that both are looking to kill someone. Then comes the master plan. In order to mislead the cops, they decides to exchange the murders. Will their plan work out?!

West Side Story (1961)

🎭Drama, Crime ⌛2h 33m

This famous musical is a retelling of Romeo and Juliet. However, the old setting is replaced by the harsh blacktop of 1950s Manhattan. Lovers Maria and Tony are caught up in the battle between their gangster families. Realizing that the feud will only end in disastrous consequences, Maria sends Tony to put an end to the fight.

Logan’s Run (1976)

🎭Action, Adventure ⌛2h 00m

Here is some retro sci-fi goodness. In the distant future, people who turn 30 years old are killed. This is done to maintain equilibrium and conserve resources. ( Thanos seems like a super fan of this movie). Michael York was a former exterminator. But when he turns 30, he is on the run to do everything he can to survive past his expiration date.

Poltergeist (1982)

🎭 Fantasy, Horror ⌛2h 00m

Ready for a horror classic? A family in suburban California is being haunted by invisible ghosts and monsters. Some of them are playful, while others are downright evil. Penned by Steven Spielberg, this movie has one of the most iconic lines in movie history: “They’re heeeere!

Pretty in Pink (1988)

🎭 Drama, Comedy ⌛1h 36m

This Brat Pack rom-com tells the story of an idiosyncratic teenager who is from the wrong side of the tracks. She falls in love with one of her more popular and wealthy classmates. This creates huge dismay among their respective friends. Will the two overcome their obstacles and finally unite?! You have to watch it, to find out.

Heathers (1988)

🎭Drama, Teen ⌛1h 43m

This teen drama is an all-time cult classic and must-watch vintage movie. Winona Ryder and Christian Slater star in this pitch-black comedy. They play the role of teenagers who are planning to kill off the Heathers, the mean girls at their high school.

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5 Reasons Why ‘Boyz N The Hood’ Is Still Relevant

by Kaylen Summers

After almost 18 years since its release, Boyz N The Hood is still considered one of the classic films. The movie revealed to the world a side of Los Angeles that no one outside the area knew. Telling the tale of the streets of South Central, Los Angeles, and Compton, this cult classic is about one of America’s most notorious ghettos.

Directed by a debuting African-American filmmaker, John Singleton’s movie had stars like rapper Ice Cube, Cuba Gooding Jr. and Morris Chestnut. At the time, a movie with such ‘no-so-famous’ colored actors seems not quite like the recipe for blockbuster success. However, Boyz N The Hood proved the skeptics wrong and went on to become a huge success.

Even after all these years, this Oscar-nominated film still feels precious for us. Why we absolutely love this classic?! Here are 5 reasons for you:

1. Ice Cube’s Casting

There is no doubt that the actors of Boyz N The Hood has some of their most brilliant performances. However, if it wasn’t for Ice Cube’s remarkable acting, the movie might have become a little less memorable. With that being said, it was not the same when Ice Cube was the first cast for the movie. The rapper gave a ‘bad audition’. But Singleton took a chance and the rest is history.

2. Eat, Sleep, and Sh*t

Boyz N The Hood is filled with so many iconic moments. But, none will be as memorable as the classic phrase, “All you do is eat, sleep, and sh*t”. The famous dialogue from Mrs.Baker still remains a favorite pop culture reference for many.

3. Liquor Store Conspiracy Theory

“Why is it that there is a gun shop on almost every corner in this community?”. This is this question that Furious Styles asks the old man. It kick-started the very famous liquor store conspiracy theory. Styles’ answer to the question is pure gold: “For the same reason that there is a liquor store on almost every corner in the black community. Why? They want us to kill ourselves.”

4. Reality Check

Boyz N The Hood is notable for not being afraid to show us the realities of being a Black living in the hood. Ricky’s death scene in the alley is still heartbreaking. Ironically, the movie’s depiction is still valid today.

5. Cultural Importance

Boyz N The Hood stands tall as it represents the importance and power of creativity. The movie was literally made against all the Hollywood landscape. It is one of the reasons why this work of art resonates even today.  In 2002, ‘Boyz N the Hood became part of the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress’. It is a program established in 1989 to preserve films deemed important for future generations. 

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‘You’ve Got Mail’ is secretly a tragedy. Here is why!

by Emily Keen

You’ve Got Mail is a simple romantic comedy that came out in 1998. Unlike many other films that release in the 90s the film did not gain instant recognition and fan following. But over the years went on to grab a spot on bucket lists of movie buffs and the became the honor of every airplane seat screen.

Plus the 90s attire adds an unusual charm to this perky romcom. Be it Kelly’s pixie hair cut or Joe’s bulging blazers. And then we have Joe’s dog who imparts a sense of intimacy to their encounters. Kathleen Kelly and Joe Fox strike up an online friendship not aware of each other in real life. However, their fates do clash in the real world in the least congenial manner. Joe is the owner of a big chain of bookstores and puts Kelly a small bookstore owner out of business.

Directed by Nora Ephron, the film explores multiple conditions prevailing in the 90s. Primarily the dial-up internet and its ability to bring complete strangers together.  That is in fact what forms the crux of this poignant tale of love. A match made in AOL and two people waiting to hear the three magical words- You’ve Got Mail’. The story wholeheartedly explores the pros and cons of internet love made sublime by the riveting performances of the actors.

Conflicting business interests cause a few sour experiences in the first few meetings between Joe and Kelly. Joe eventually finds out that the girl he has been talking to online and the one he can’t put up within the real world are the same. And somehow he is mesmerized by the two sides of her personality- an adorable friend and a feisty businesswoman. And from there begins his quest to woo and charm the lady.

As a literary, he knows every trick of old fashioned love to get the lady to like him back. He sends her flowers, quotes her favorite writers and even bumps into her at the places she visits often. Sounds romantic?

It is a proven fact that however modern, a woman cannot escape the charm of old school love. It is timeless and has the power to lead a man straight to her heart.

Although this wholesome tale of love effervesces into a tragedy on some level.  Here is why

We have another character complicating the matters of the lives of the central characters. Frank is Kathleen’s boyfriend who is mostly consumed in his own world of fiction. Our girl here is caught up amidst the unsettling relationship she shares with her pretentious boyfriend and the man who took usurped her livelihood.

Besides being a woman in love, she is also an independent bookstore owner who is passionate about selling books to kids.

The film concludes with Joe taking over Kelly’s bookshop leaving her with a small section of Fox book stores which mimics her story hour for children. At the same time, we see a happy ending to a love story that initiated in the virtual world. But a part of you can’t help but question the nature of this conclusion. Doesn’t it tell you that in the end, its capitalism who won?

It’s jarring this realization. Once you read the underlying context through the lens of entrepreneurship and monopoly the weight of the film as just a romantic flick somehow withers away. And you are left to wonder if that how a love story is supposed to reach a conclusion.

But the irony of the matter is Kathleen the victim of capitalization herself loves Starbucks a chain that disrupted the business of coffee shop owners at large.

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‘Stagecoach’ is on Amazon Prime. But is worth watching?!

by Kaylen Summers

American Cinema and its development owe a lot to the Westerns. Ultra stylized gun fights, morally muddy protagonist and lots of bloody violence- nothing is more nothing more wholesome, subversive, and iconic than a good western movie. However, for movie-history enthusiasts, the equation will not be complete without directors like John Ford and actors like John Wayne. Pioneers in their own ways, these people gave us some of the most memorable Westerns of all time- with Stagecoach still occupying a powerful and significant position in film history. But what makes this cult classic worth seeing after all these years?!. Let’s have some whiskey shots and find out.

Academy Awards

Released in the same year as Gone with the WindThe Wizard of OzMr. Smith Goes to WashingtonWuthering Heights, and Of Mice and Men, Stagecoach still managed to score seven Oscar nominations among the heavy competition. It got nominated for best picture, director, editing, art direction, and cinematography. It even bagged the prize for supporting actor (Thomas Mitchell) and music direction.

First Modern Western

Though Westerns were exceedingly popular in the early days of cinema, by the 1930s it fell out of favor. Nobody took them seriously and they ended up us low-budget B-movies. However, John Ford revived the lost status of the genre with Stagecoach. The movie brought realism and new storytelling methods to the genre and was a huge hit. For that, it is considered the first “modern” Western.

Influenced Later Movies

Stagecoach not only revitalized the Western but also became one of the most iconic and influencing movies of all time- for not just Westerns, but other genres as well. An example of this is the one scene in which the stuntman, Yakima Canutt, drops from a horse onto the ground and is dragged under the stagecoach. This scene can be seen imitated in later movies like Raiders of the Lost Ark and Maverick.

An Ensemble Film

Breaking away from the conventional Western movie plot, Stagecoach is an ensemble movie. It has a storyline with clear-cut main characters. The structure movie is much similar to the modern disaster movie. If you replace the threat of an alien invasion or a massive earthquake with the threat of an Indian attack, then you will get the formula for an ensemble movie like Stagecoach.

Officially Got Remade Twice

There are not many movies that get a remake. However, Stagecoach got officially remade twice. In 1966, a version of the movie was made with Ann-Margret as the prostitute, Red Buttons as the booze salesman, Bing Crosby as the doctor, and Alex Cord as Ringo. Later in 1986, a made-for-TV version was released with Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, Johnny Cash, and Waylon Jennings.

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7 Sci-Fi Movies On Netflix That Will Blow Your Mind

by Kaylen Summers

The genre of science fiction is one of the cornerstones of world cinema. It is where filmmakers cast their vision for the future. Over the years we have seen many sci-fi movies come and go. Some thrilled us with spectacular narratives and imageries, while others were utter disappointments.

Lucky for you, we have picked some of the best ones from this glorious genre. And they are all available on Netflix for you to stream. Take a look at the 8 sci-fi movies that will surely blow your mind away.

The Thirteenth Floor (1999)

⌛1h 41min ⭐3.55/5

Every heard about some nerdy scenario which turns your entire concept of the world upside down. This one is that. Mr. Fuller is a wealthy man in Los Angeles. He discovers a shocking secret about the world he lives in. Understanding that his life is in danger, she leaves a desperate message for his friend. Curious about what the message is?! Then watch the movie and find out yourself.

Cube (1997)

⌛1h 30min ⭐3.6/5.0

Fan of puzzles? Then you will like this puzzle of death. A group of strangers is trapped in a maze-like prison. Each of them has a particular skill that is necessary to escape from prison. Unfortunately, things are not that easy as it looks.  They have to make sure that they don’t wind up dead first.

The Cloverfield Paradox (2018)

⌛1h 42min ⭐2.75/5

This Netflix movie is truly a sci-fi paradox. The movie takes us to a distant future where the planet on the brink of war. Scientists are testing a device to solve an energy crisis. However, they end up opening up a dark alternate reality. If you find concepts about alternate reality fascinating, then this one is your cup of tea.

Spectral (2016)

⌛1h 49min ⭐3.15/5

Ready for some military level action. This movie has the military fight alien invasion. What more can we, sci-fi fans ask for?! A European city has been taken over by some supernatural being. Now, it is the mission of a special-ops team destroy the creature and save the day.

Battlefield Earth (2000)

⌛1h 58min ⭐1.25/5

Welcome to the future. The year is 3000 and a greedy, manipulative race of aliens named Psychlos has taken over the planet. Man is no match for these beings on their quest for ultimate profit. They are taking away all the planet’s resources and using the remaining human race as slaves. However, Tyler, a slave is the only hope for mankind.

Ender’s Game (2013)

⌛ 1h 54min ⭐3.3/5

This one is based on the classic novel by Orson Scott Card. The movie tells about a future where Earth’s most gifted children are selected and trained. Their mission is to defend their home planet in the space wars of the future.

Predestination (2014)

⌛ 1h 37min ⭐3.75/5

Here is some mind-boggling time travel stuff to blow your brains out. A Temporal Agent  is sent on an elaborate series of time-travel journeys. He is supposed to prevent future killers from doing their crimes. His final assignment, however, is to stop the one criminal that has avoided him throughout time. If he doesn’t stop the criminal, he will fail to prevent a devastating attack in which thousands of lives will be lost.

 

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6 Movie Series For You To Binge-Watch Right Now

by Kaylen Summers

We live in an era where movie franchises and shared movie universes are the biggest selling points for studios. While studios like Marvel and Lucas Films are busy with their world build process, there are many other movie series that are worth binge-watching.

This list includes the 6 of the best movie series that will definitely make you crave for more. We are excluding the obvious movie series like Infinity Saga, Fast and Furious, Star Wars or James Bond.

Pick a franchise and start binge-watching now

Die Hard (5 Movies)

Bruce Willis became a pop culture icon with this movie series. Though these flicks mostly have the same repeated plot-line, we just love seeing Bruce Willis blowing up stuff and giving terrorists and hijackers a hard time for no reason. The movies from this franchise include:

  1. Die Hard (1988)
  2. Die Hard 2: Die Harder (1990)
  3. Die Hard: With a Vengeance (1995)
  4. Live Free or Die Hard (2007)
  5. A Good Day to Die Hard (2013)

Jack Ryan (5 Movies)

You might recognize him from his series on Amazon Prime. But, Jack Ryan has more stories to tell than you know. If you want to check out him in some real action, here are some movies you need to watch:

  1. The Hunt for Red October (1990)
  2. Patriot Games (1992)
  3. Clear and Present Danger (1994)
  4. The Sum of All Fears (2002)
  5. Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (2014)

Millennium Series (5 Movies)

Based on the award-winning Swedish crime novels created by Stieg Larsson, these movies are a treat in so many ways. With some gripping mystery thrills, if you are looking for something to keep you at the edge of your seats, then check out these movies from the series:

  1. The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (2009)
  2. The Girl Who Played with Fire (2010)
  3. The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest (2010)
  4. The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (2011)
  5. The Girl in the Spider’s Web (2018)

View Askewniverse (7 Movies)

For those who have watched the recent comedy Jay and Silent Bob Reboot- you just became part of a ‘bigger universe’!! View Askewniverse is a shared movie universe with a fan base of their own. It’s not a surprise either. If you watch these movies you will become a fan too.

  1. Clerks (1994)
  2. Mallrats (1995)
  3. Chasing Amy (1997)
  4. Dogma (1999)
  5. Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back (2001)
  6. Clerks II (2006)
  7. Jay and Silent Bob Reboot (2019)

Bourne Series (5 Movies)

Suffering from amnesia is one thing. But for Jason Bourne, most of the people who he encounters after memory loss want him dead. Will he able to reconstruct his life with world-class, spy-level combat and mental skills? Watch these movies to find out:

  1. The Bourne Identity (2002)
  2. The Bourne Supremacy (2004)
  3. The Bourne Ultimatum (2007)
  4. The Bourne Legacy (2012)
  5. Jason Bourne (2016)

Hannibal Lecter

Hannibal Lecter is a fictional character in a series of suspense novels by Thomas Harris. However, when he made his appearance on the big screen, he made sure that he had enough stories to last an impression of a lifetime. Here are the tales of the man-eater:

  1. Manhunter (1986)
  2. The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
  3. Hannibal (2001)
  4. Red Dragon (2002)
  5. Hannibal Rising (2007)
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7 Life Changing Movies On Amazon Prime

by Kaylen Summers

Movies are meant for entertainment. It provides us with amusement and enjoyment. However, every now and then there are some good movies that move us and enlighten us. These onscreen marvels leave us with a rush of emotions and will most definitely inspire us.

If you are looking for such movies to watch on Amazon Prime, then you are in luck. We have a list of movies that will change how you look at your life. Grab your bowl of popcorn and get ready to change your life perspective.

Cast Away (2000)

2h 23min | Adventure, Drama

If you think that all is worse in your life, wait till you meet Chuck. He is a top international manager for FedEx and is in love with Kelly, a Ph.D. student. As they are heading towards marriage, Chuck’s plane to Malaysia ditches at sea during a terrible storm. He’s the only survivor who washes up on a tiny island with nothing. Now, he needs to find a way to get back to the mainland.

The Terminal (2004)

2h 8min | Comedy, Drama

You really don’t want to be traveling with Tom Hanks. This time he is not stuck on an island. He is stuck at the airport. Viktor Navorski lost his country for some political reasons. But, the problem is he was on the plane when this whole thing happened. Now, he’s stranded at Kennedy Airport with a passport that nobody recognizes.

A Star Is Born (2018)

2h 16min | Drama, Romance, Music

Ready for some romance?! Jackson Maine is a seasoned musician. He falls in love with a struggling artist, Ally. As she was about given up on her dream to become a big singer, Jack coaxes her back into the spotlight. Unfortunately,  while  Ally’s career takes off, the personal side of their relationship starts breaking down and they end up fighting each other.

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008)

2h 46min | Fantasy, Drama, Thriller, Mystery, Romance

Benjamin Button is born under unusual circumstances. Unlike normal people, he was born as an elderly man and ages in reverse. He eventually meets Daisy, who he falls for. Though Benjamin has all kinds of unusual adventures over the course of his life, it is his relationship with Daisy that drives Benjamin forward.

Call Me by Your Name (2017)

2h 12min | Romance, Drama

Elio Perlman decides to spend the summer with his family at their vacation home in Lombardy, Italy. It was when his father hired a handsome doctoral student. The 17-year-old soon realized that he was developing a viable attraction to the young man.

The Karate Kid (1984)

2h 6min | Drama, Action

Some of you might have already seen this one. But, it is still worthy to be on the list for being the hugely popular classic underdog tale. Daniel LaRusso is hassled by the school bullies. Luckily, it is in his apartment building that martial arts master: Kesuke Miyagi lives. He agrees to train Daniel and teaches him more than just self-defense. With newfound confidence and wisdom, will Daniel be able to face off against his tormentors?

Forrest Gump (1994)

2h 22min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

When it comes to all inspiring movies, Tom Hanks has a lot to tell. Here is another flick from the master actor. Teh tale is about a man with a low IQ who accomplished great things in his life. He has been present during significant historic events than anyone had imagined he could do. However, even after all he has achieved, his one true love avoids him.

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8 Great Movies That Get Stuck In Your Head

by Kaylen Summers

Not all movies transcend into our minds and heart. Only those with remarkable performances and memorable narratives tend to leave a lasting memory.

Finding such movies, however, is a task of its own. Which is why we have created a list of movies that we’ll all remember for a very long time. These cinematic masterpieces have a special vibe to it that we will never grow old of.

So grab your popcorn and check out these memorable flicks.

The Blind Side (2009)

3.8/ 5.0
This is the story of Michael Oher, a homeless and traumatized boy. With the help of a caring woman and her family, the movie tells about how he became an All American football player and first-round NFL draft pick. If you love watching stories about the underdog overcoming and winning, then this is the one for you.

Good Will Hunting (1997)

4.15/5.0

This one is a cult classic. Will Hunting has a genius-level IQ. Yet, he chooses to work as an MIT janitor. His talents were recognized by Professor Gerald Lambeau when he solved a complicated graduate-level math problem. The professor took it to himself to help the confused youth reach his full potential.

October Sky (1999)

3.9/5.0

Here is another story about overcoming and achieving. The movie is based on the inspiring real-life story of Homer Hickam, a coal miner’s son. Gaining inspiration from the first Sputnik launch, he decides to study rocket science against his father’s wishes. Luck favored the brave, as he eventually became a NASA scientist.

Moulin Rouge! (2001)

3.8/ 5.0

At the cusp of the 20th century, a celebration of love and creative inspiration takes place in the infamous and glamorous Parisian nightclub, Moulin Rouge. A young poet is plunged into the heady world of the club. He falls in love with the club’s most notorious and beautiful star and begins a passionate affair.

Ed Wood (1994)

3.9/ 5.0
This is one tale about an unsung hero of cinema history. Ever heard the story about the legendary “worst director of all time”.  This is based on his life and work. The director based on the help of his strange friends filmed countless B-movies. But, he never became famous or successful.

Selma (2014)

3.75/ 5.0
The tales of victory are not over. This one is from history books. Selma is a place Alabama where segregation in the South was at its worst. This lead to a march that ended in violence. As a result, President Lyndon B. Johnson was forced to make a famous statement and ultimately led to the signing of the Civil Rights Act.

Singin’ in the Rain (1952)

4.15/ 5.0
A little bit of history again from the cinema world. The story takes place when cinema moved from silent to sound. A lot of changes happened in the world of motion pictures and one such incident occurred is about a silent film production company. The company and cast are having a hard time transitioning to sound.

The Thin Red Line (1998)

3.8/ 5.0
Based on the graphic novel by James Jones, The Thin Red Line about an Army Rifle company called C-for-Charlie. They change, suffer, and ultimately make quintessential discoveries about themselves during the devastating Battle of Guadalcanal. It reflects their journey through the grisly and exhausting battles and finally saying goodbyes to those who survived.
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5 Things You Didn’t Know About ‘Gone With The Wind’

by Kaylen Summers

Gone With The Wind is celebrating its 80th birthday this year. Set against the American Civil War, the movie talks about the romance between Scarlett O’Hara and Rhett Butler, who smuggled arms, food, equipment, and luxuries during the war.

However, there is more to this story than just romance. Themes like war, courage, cowardice, perfidy, loyalty, wealth, poverty, the pretty, the unpretty, evil and good have all played their equal share in making this movie one of the most memorable movies of Hollywood movie history.

Curious to know more about the movie. Here six fascinating things that you never knew about this cult classic.

1. The Academy Awards.

Gone with the wind is know for setting many firsts when it comes to Academy Awards. The movie made Hattie McDaniel the first African-American to be nominated for, and win, an Academy Award. It is the longest-running of all motion pictures to win the prestigious award for Best Picture. The movie is also the first color film to win the Academy Award for Best Picture.

2. Facing The Music

Max Steiner had to compose the music for the movie in only three months. This was really a challenge for him as 1939 was the busiest year of his career. However, the music director made it possible by sometimes working for 20 hours straight. He even took Benzedrine pills to stay awake.

3. The Cast Hated It!

Thought the movie is considered as an all-time hit, most of the cast members hated their characters.  Clark Gable was forced to take his role by making arrangements to divorce his current wife and marry Carole Lombard. Rand Brooks’ character as Scarlett’s first husband Charles Hamilton felt wimpy for him. Butterfly McQueen didn’t like the negative stereotype of her character. Leslie Howard believed that he was too old for the role of Ashley Wilkes.

4. The burning of the Atlanta Depot

The burning of the Atlanta Depot was the first shot to be flamed. In order to film it right, they actually burned many old sets including the ones from The Garden of Allah (1936) and the “Great Wall” set from King Kong (1933). The fire cost the studios over $25,000 and a total of 113 minutes of footage was shot from it.

5. Racism

A lot of racist issues surrounded the movie, even after it was made. One was them was Hattie McDaniel being criticized by some African-Americans for playing in a supposedly racist film. To this, she responded that she would “rather make seven hundred dollars a week playing a maid than seven dollars being one”.

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8 Cult Movies You Probably Haven’t Seen Before

by Kaylen Summers

Tired of CGI-filled roller-coaster rides?! We hear you loud and clear. Movies these days have turned into nothing but studios trying to make a profit in any way possible. However, there was a time when movies were more about film-making and storytelling.

These cult classics constitute a cornerstone in the long history of cinema. Unfortunately, not all of these movies are well known. There are many hidden gems that people have forgotten over the years. Here is the list of such cult movies that you probably haven’t seen before.

Metropolis (1927)

4.15 | 2h 33min | Drama, Science Fiction

Morden day CGI will stand back when they see what this movie has achieved. Taking place in a futuristic city where the working class and the city planners live divided, the movie tells the love story between the son of the city’s mastermind and a working-class prophet. Check out this movie for some cool vintage practical effects.

A Boy and His Dog (1975)

3.25 | 1h 31min | Drama, Science Fiction, Comedy

Post-apocalyptic tales never get old! This one is set in post-apocalyptic America. Vic is an 18-year old boy with a telepathic dog, Blood. They are scavengers in the desert-like wasteland left behind by World War IV. The survivors must battle for food, shelter, and sexual companionship. Follow Vic and Blood out on their scanty existence, striving for food and fighting ruthless gangs.

Red River (1948)

3.9 | 2h 13min | Western, Action

There is nothing like a good black and white western! Headstrong Thomas Dunson starts a thriving Texas cattle ranch. His helpers are his trusty trail hand, Groot, and an orphan Dunson took under his wing, Matthew Garth. The Civil war has left them broke and they are off to Missouri to sell the cattle at a better price. But, the cranky older man and his stubborn young partner begin to have disagreements on the exhausting journey.

Riki-Oh: The Story of Ricky (1991)

3.55 | 1h 32min | Comedy, Action, Thriller

Want some kick-ass martial art fights? Then this one is for you. Hardman Ricky is confined in a futuristic prison.  If he wants to survive the corrupt, sadistic system, ultra-violence is the only way. He must undergo multiple tortures before facing the feared ‘gang of four’, and finally the governor. The movie has one of the goriest climaxes ever seen.

Silent Running (1972)

3.35 | 1h 29min | Adventure, Drama, Science Fiction

It’s time for some nerdy sci-fi stuff. Earth in the distant future is barren of all flora and fauna. The only existing ecosystems are in large pods attached to spacecraft. The officials are trying to eject the pods into space and destroy it so that the spacecraft can be reused for commercial purposes.  While most of the crew onboard the craft celebrate going home, botanist Freeman Lowell decides to take matters into his own hands and save nature.

The Ox-Bow Incident (1943)

4 | 1h 16min | Drama, Western 

Gil Carter and Art Croft reach a small Nevada town. The town is troubled by cattle thieves and thus, Carter and Croft decide to join a posse out to get the criminals. Finally, when they closed in the group of fugitives, they were to decide on a course of action that will affect numerous lives.

The Andromeda Strain (1971)

3.6| 2h 11min | Science Fiction, Thriller

All of the residents of Piedmont, New Mexico, are found dead. Many are suspecting that it is after the return of a space satellite back to Earth. Now it is up to a group of eminent scientists to assemble a secure laboratory and find out why two people from Piedmont – an old alcoholic and a six-month-old baby – survived. Will they be able to stop the already mutated alien lifeform?

The Omega Man (1971)

3.25 | 1h 38min | Action, Science Fiction, Thriller, Drama

You won’t see this kinda movie-goodness in any of the modern tentpoles. Robert Neville is the only survivor of an apocalyptic war waged with biological weapons. His secret is an experimental vaccine. The plague caused by the war has killed everyone except for a few hundred deformed, nocturnal people. They had become sensitive to light and homicidally psychotic. Now, Robert has to survive them too.

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‘Big Fish’ is on Netflix. Here is why you should be watching it

by Kaylen Summers

From Edward Scissorhands to Beetlejuice, Tim Burton has given us some of the most memorable cinema moments. Over the last decade, the master of the macabre has undisputedly created some of the most entertaining movies of all time. However, none will ever be a truly great, emotionally engaging one like the 2003 movie Big Fish.

Why?! We had the same doubts. So we did some investigations of our own and fight out why this movie is a must-watch flick.

1. Not That Spooky

Tim Burton is known for making spooky movies. However, Big Fish is American Gothic rather than pantomime gothic. It is faded, rural Americana and its dark forests and carnival scenes are washed out in an earthy retro tint rather than hallucinogenic and stylized. Though who has seen many of his previous work will easily understand that this one is genuine and fresh.

2. Emotionally Powerful

Rather than being a movie for you to cry out, Big Fish is about a son trying to reconcile his father’s tall tales. These stories were once a source of embarrassment and friction between him and his father. The film’s plot itself is set in a way for us to connect with more emotionally than we know. We too, as a kid, used to look up to our fathers as larger-than-life, legendary figures. This emotion is easily resonated with the movie. The relationship between father and son is explored in Big Fish with great insight and conviction.

3. No Usual Cartoonish Rubbish

Well, you know how absurd these movies can be. In movies like Big Fish, it’s normal to see ordinary people dressed up in the most bizarre, cartoonish way possible. (We are talking about you, Johnny Depp!) However, this flick stands apart by giving some logical space for reality. This nothing over the top. Johnny Depp‘s lip-pursing standoffishness or sideways-glance incomprehension is never once seen. Instead, the movie only provides what is necessary.

4. Return To The Roots

It is obvious that Tim Burton is returning to his roots now. From the suburban angst and unease that characterized Edward Scissorhands and Beetlejuice, the director has taken much more subtle movies. This transition is heavily evident in Big Fish.

The movie is filled with fantasy flashbacks and led by the charm-bomb Ewan McGregor. More than the spooky stuff, it’s about fun. There is everything from stopping a town from upsetting a giant, catching the titular uncatchable fish and joining a circus, learning one thing each month about the girl he has fallen in love with. This movie certainly will have something to leave in your hearts even after you are done watching it.

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Why you should watch ’12 Angry Men’?

by Emily Keen

It’s a courtroom scene. The Judge announces to the jury “if there is reasonable doubt in your minds as to the guilt of the accused, a reasonable doubt, then you must bring me a verdict of not guilty. Now however if there is no reasonable doubt, then you must in good conscience find the accused guilty. However, you decide your verdict must be unanimous. In the event that you find the accused guilty, the bench will not entertain a recommendation for mercy. The death sentence is mandatory in this case. You are faced with a grave responsibility. Thank you Gentlemen”

That’s where it begins. 12 Jurors are assigned the task of reaching a verdict in a case in which a young boy is accused of murdering his father.

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Responsibility for humankind means many things. To a few, it is a choice while to others it is inevitable. Between these two perceptions lies a fine line. Which sometimes blurs and outweighs the core beliefs of humanity. The reason is possibly man drifting from his true self owing to experience and evolution.

When the 12 men enter, the discussion room, the chaotic setup paces and gives an impression of how unimportant the case is to each one of them. Besides one person, every man in the room is talking about trivial things like how they have to be somewhere once all this is over or how this is their first experience on a Jury.

 

The film does a marvelous job of keeping things as real as possible. The entire movie is shot in that small meeting hall where the morals of these men are put to test by various factors. It is the sheer intelligence of the makers to introduce a story that is most uncertain when it comes to the end result. Of course, there are only two outcomes. They either come out pleading guilty or not guilty. But it is not the verdict we are worried about. It is the people who are assigned the responsibility of breaking the case down but are simply unwilling to put an effort.

But as we said, there is one man! To make them realize that they are dealing with a human life after all.  Davis’ character in the film is incredibly well thought of and brilliantly executed by the amazing Henry Fonda.

An intense drama created in one small room takes you through a series of realizations. At one point, the truth about the murder seems irrelevant. It is just 12 normal humans exchanging thoughts and realizing where they stand with their views and beliefs.

In the beginning, it is Henry Fonda against the 11. The thoughtful architect wants to give the accused a benefit of the doubt and talk about possibilities.

The way Fonda shows his presence of mind even with a few hefty in the room trying to yell and talk him out of his merciful mindset is explicable. As he analyses all the evidence and witnesses, one by one the jury members begin to realize that they may have missed important facts about the case. Now they have the same goal as Davis- Not to rely on biased witnesses and bring out the facts of the mysterious murder. From here the excitement builds on.

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Davis is never confident he will be able to change all perspectives in that room. In fact, he is uncertain of the truth more than anyone in that room. At one point he is even left dumbfound when one of the men questions his method of assumptions and asks him what if the boy really killed his father? But he is willing to put himself in the victim’s shoes to understand his plight as a slum dweller. Things like violence are an everyday experience for a boy of his origin. And the fact that he was not able to clearly detail his alibi after looking at his father’s dead body.

A brash cobb keeps yelling on top of his voice. At one point he even loses his cool and threatens to kill Davis only to strengthen his argument even further. You will absolutely adore Davis for the dignity and calm that he manages to keep in the most volatile space. Among men who he slowly turns on his side one by one, proposing the most logical possibilities. And in the process, showing them men, that there are more things to them than just themselves.

There are no special effects, no dramatic storyline. Just a simple story played out magnificently by these 12 gentlemen. Fonda’s Davis may be the highlight of the story. But the other 11 characters have a fair share of screen time. In the duration of 96 minutes, director Sidney Lumet makes sure you understand the personality of each character.

It is rather difficult to captivate an audience without giving them something elegant to stare at. The makers, however, manage to keep interests piqued with the minimal resources they have. Zooming in on characters, close facial shots and the sly background score on occasions where the men are struck with deep realizations amplify the effect.

The discussion in that room is built to give the audience, the entire account of the murder. At no point would you feel the need to see how the murder happened. Thanks to the brilliantly scripted conversations you can actually visualize what must have happened at the crime scene.

The characters are undergoing uncomfortable experiences in the room like sweating, no fan and most importantly, the arguments. But the plot never suffocates and succumbs to the claustrophobia of a small room. The script is out an out a winner. If you want to witness tension in its most raw form, this is the film you need to watch. It is marvelous how you feel what each of these characters feel. Very rarely do you come across a script that successfully weaves awkward scenes with gawkiness permeating all the way out of the frame.

It is also a powerful message about the nature of Justice and the nature of humanity itself. How law sometimes fails to understand the truth and takes wrong decisions. We judge others based on superficial details that we know and have heard of. Almost every time forgetting to realize there could be a flipside to the reality that we see.

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Here Is why ‘Poetic Justice’ is a cult classic.

by Kaylen Summers

Released in 1993, Poetic Justice was a massive hit. The movie debuted No. 1 at the box office during its opening weekend and grossed over $27 million domestically. It made nearly double its actual production budget of $14 million.

Janet Jackson and Tupac Shakur played the lead roles. The movie was a follow-up to director John Singleton’s 1991 Oscar-nominated coming-of-age film Boyz n the Hood.

It has been more than 25 years since this movie got released. However, there are many things that make this movie a cult classic. Let us examine these unique elements.

Here are 4 reasons why Poetic Justice is a cult classic:

The Road Trip

Road trips are known for bringing people together and tearing people apart. Justice, Lucky, Chicago and Iesha’s experience in Poetic Justice is also very much the same. The journey takes the four characters through a range of emotions and moments. These experiences helped them alter their lives forever and changing their outlook on life. They discovered new things about themselves. From shooting water pistols at the rest stop to rough arguments, Poetic Justice had everything from the good, bad and ugly of the co-ed road trip. The idea of mixing work with a little bit of pleasure is romanticized to its full charm in this movie.

Poetic Moments

Poetic Justice is mostly what its title promises. There are literally many poetic moments in the movie. Jackson’s character is always reciting poems throughout. One of the most notable one among this is “Alone” and “Phenomenal Woman” by famed poet Maya Angelou. (She also make an appearance in the film). These poems serve as the backdrop to some of the film’s most moving moments, giving the movie some added character and substance. This also helped introduce a generation to the greatness of Angelou.

Battle of The Sexes

A major repeating theme in Poetic Justice is its viewpoints about relations between men and women. These viewpoints are explored from both sides. The infamous salon scene where Lucky first encounters Justice and her man-eating boss Jessie, and his intense arguments with Justice during their trek to Oakland are few examples of the many instances in Poetic Justice that tackle the conflicts between men and women. The movie also points out that this battle of the sexes is one of the reasons for the disconnect that occurs within the black community.

Tupac’s Performance

Tupac Shakur had already proved to audiences that he is a wonderful actor with his performance as Bishop in the 1991 film Juice. Unfortunately, though, he was typecast into roles like thugs or criminals. So Lucky was his ticket out the stereotyping and his brilliant performance as the character proved it right. The character is a law-abiding mailman and caring father. Tupac’s performance is a solid testament to his range as an actor.

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Why ‘Breakfast At Tiffany’s’ Is A Must Watch For Every Woman?

by Emily Keen

She is spunky. She is stylish. She gets what she wants! That’s Holly Golightly for you. The iconic diva from ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s will always be cherished for her style and substance. She is what makes the film the classic that will never go out of style. The woman became the fashion dream of the era in her chic wardrobe and elegant neckpieces.

Blake Edward’s Breakfast at Tiffany’s is a perfect film for women pursuing their dreams. And Holly is a perfect face of unpretentious womanhood.

Well, that’s one thing that has her character engraved in the hearts of men and women generations later. The other quality is her way of life. She believes she is entitled to have anything she sets her heart on. And most importantly in enjoying the process of pursuit. Maybe that’s what makes her so unique.

Holly is basically a nineteen-year-old, craving the taste of a luxurious lifestyle. She thinks there are no compromises when it comes to the desires of the heart. She chooses to leave her loved ones and dismisses the norms of society which compels a woman to follow a rulebook. She sets out to see what more life has to offer beyond family and friends.

In doing so, she emotionally disconnects with herself and others. The idea of happiness is lost in the midst of standards of society and materialistic desires. No emotions, just a sense of responsibility towards her dear brother whom she wishes to support in life. Not even her pet cat is a beneficiary of receiving the love buried deep under the pile of dreams and expectations.

On a moral compass, Holly’s choices and methods seem rather dubious. Yet the character seems so real and relatable. Audrey Hepburn’s portrayal of Holly is phenomenal. Her charisma will blow your mind while her style has you swooning. She wants what she wants but makes some questionable choices in the process. At some point, you just wish there was someone who can tell her that she is worth much more than petty gifts and a few dollars.

Besides the story does not try to please the audience either. It is a ride with Holly, who is just being herself and winning hearts with her magical self. At no point does the plot look like it is meant for fan service or to please any of innate human fantasies. It’s just the journey of a girl trying to fit in society. The story too is not a conventional piece of the cinema setting the protagonist on the quest for love or trying to idolize her. She is simply Holly Golightly being herself who needs someone to remind her that all she needs to be in this imposing world is her own self. That is what will get her true love and that’s enough to make her happy.

The honesty of the story is what makes you love the film more than anything. It may not be your good ol’ entertainment flick. But it is definitely a film that you would love to revisit when you feel vulnerable. For all women facing an existential dilemma, this film is a perfect reminder to be themselves and not who the world wants them to be.

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