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8 Thriller Movies Streaming Hulu

by Kaylen Summers

Ready for some of the best thriller movies available for streaming on Hulu.

Live Free or Die Hard

John McClane is all set to rock the screens once again and this time he will be working for the Homeland Security. When a bunch of internet terrorists are out to get hold of America’s internet infrastructure, it is up to him to stop them. However, this time he is not alone. There is a young hacker ready to help him no mater what the odds are.

Coherence

Ever watch those movies that can give you a hard time about what is exactly going on? Well, we have one for you.  On  a very normal night something extrodinary happen. An astronomical anomaly disrupts the dinner party of eight friends, spinning them off in a troubling set of reality bending events.

Super 8

Ready for some spooky events that can truly get your mind thinking?! This movie is set in  1979 Ohio. Some of the youngsters there are looking to make a zombie movie with a Super-8 camera. However, things took a unexpected turn when a train derails while they were shooting. ALthough all of them were lucky to escape with their lives, the incidented spooked them out. But, thats not all,. It was soon discovered that the accident was more than just some technical failure. This leads the gang into a series of  unexplained events and disappearances.

Eye in the Sky

A  military officer in command from Uk is on a top-secret drone operation. The mission is to capture terrorists in Kenya who are said to be planning a suicide bombing. As the mission goes forward, options of capturing them alone become a distant dreaam. But, what American pilot Steve Watts didn’t expect was a nine-year-old girl to enter the kill zone when he was just about to engage. The movie takes you deep into the political undercurrents of international warface and  the disputes by governments over the moral, political, and personal implications of modern day wars.

’71

During a riot in the streets of Belfast,  a young British soilder is left behind accidently by his unit. Now, he must find a way back to safety without getting hurt or even loosing his life in the process. Will he be able to make it? Or will fate have something more horrifying instored for him.

A Simple Favor

Stephanie, an obsessive mother, and popular vlogger befriend Emily, a mysterious upper-class woman whose son Nicky goes to the same school as Miles, Stephanie’s son. When Emily asks her to select Nicky up from school then disappears, Stephanie undertakes an investigation that will dive deep into Emily’s cloudy past.

Tickled

Journalist David Farrier accidentally discovers upon a mysterious tickling competition online. As he dives deeper he comes up against something that he never expected, but that doesn’t stop him from going to the rock bottom of a story stranger than fiction.

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All Pixar Characters Live in the Same Universe

by Emily Keen

Film critic Jon Negroni in 2013 brought into the spotlight a highly debated upon theory about Pixar movies. Ardent Pixar fans will know about Room All3. This is a classroom where many Pixar animators were trained. Many Pixar films have a reference to this room in addition to the Pizza Planet delivery truck.

Disney, however, has spoken very little to confirm the veracity of this theory.

In 2017 Disney released a promotional video on its Facebook page connecting all Pixar movies.

Subsequently, another video was released on the Facebook page for Toy Story.

The videos tie the scenes from the following movies:

A Bug’s Life

Toy Story

Monsters, Inc.

Finding Nemo

The Incredibles

Cars

Wall E

Ratatouille

Inside Out

Finding Dory

 

Here are some of the elements from the videos that blatantly exposes the connection between the movies:

Mcqueen rides tires used in Cars are used again in Up to furnish Carl Fredricksen’s tires.

Buzz Lightyear is seen pitching a soda cap in a TV commercial in Toy Story. It is the same cap that Ellie wears as a badge in Up

The girl who watches Carl Fredricksen’s house float in the sky plays has her bedroom filled with toys from Toy Story movies

A child is seen reading “Mr. incredible” in Finding Nemo and seems fascinated by the antics of the superhero.

Finding Dory has a cameo from the homesick protagonist of Inside Out- Riley.

The restaurant, Gusteau’s, from Ratatouille makes an appearance in Cars.

Boo from Monsters, Inc. has a toy Nemo (From finding Nemo).

These are the sly details that validate the truthfulness of the theory. The biggest indication, however, comes from the presence of BnL, a superstore that most Pixar movies showcase. In fact, the chain keeps growing with each film and maintains its presence in Wall E as a ghost company that runs the universe.

Toy Story toys are powered by using BnL batteries.

A news article in finding Nemo picks BnL as a subject.

The racetrack walls in Cars 3 are filled with BnL ads.

BnL was showcased in the 2011 Pixar short story Small Fry where it allowed the characters to buy BnL Burst from a vending machine.

There is enough evidence supporting that Pixar movies are more than connected. The subtext of the context only implies the presence of all these movies in the same universe. What do you think?

Do let us know in the comments.

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Aladdin is Set in a Post Apocalyptic Future

by Emily Keen

A  Weird fan theory suggests that Aladdin may have been set in a distant post-apocalyptic future. Certain suggestions made by Genie may have found the ground fertile for this hypothesis.

Let us deconstruct these hints one by one.

When Genie is about to give Aladdin a makeover, he says that Aladdin’s present costume looks like it belongs to the third century.

Now, if you think about the time he first got out of the lamp, he complained that his neck had been sore with staying inside the lamp for ten thousand years. Considering he has been locked away from the outside world there is very little chance that he is aware of the fashion in vogue. That pushes the setting way ahead in the future- roughly to 10300.

The Genie is voiced by Robin Williams and he seems to include bits of 20th-century actors including Arnold Schwarzenegger, Groucho Marx, Rodney Dangerfield, Jack Nicholson, etc. That pushes the date further ahead to 11970.

In fact, a lot of magical elements in the film logically back this theory.

The “Magical Carpet” for instance represents the hover technology that was trapped in the cave of wonders, probably to keep it from falling into the wrong hands during the nuclear war. A war that turned the whole world into a never-ending desert.

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Likewise, Iago is not just another talking Disney character. It is quite possible that the people of the future grew so emotionally dependent on the pets, that they developed means to detect every thought passing through their minds. Or maybe a mutation occurred in the wake of the nuclear spat that caused animals to grow conversational abilities.

Furthermore, Agrabah is just a made-up town where they happen to follow Middle Eastern culture. The name was probably derived by playing the consonants from Egypt, Arabia, and Afghanistan. Considering the fact that in post-apocalyptic worlds, the names of places that once existed are deemed irrelevant, the name only plays into the validation of the theory.

More evidence comes from the Aladdin video game where remains of the dead from the nuclear war, undetonated nuclear contrivances, and 20th-century signs are clearly seen lying around in the desert.

Some fans highlight the presence of the monolith of Nintendo Wii in the cave of wonders. This holds little weight but cannot be fully disregarded since the former evidence sets a strong case in favor of the theory that the legend might be set well ahead in the future.

TIL Aladdin found the Nintendo Wii in The Cave of Wonders. - Imgur

But to be fair to the school of the audience that does not support this theory, it makes more sense about Genie not being tied in the constraints of time. Also, the fact that he only brings up the 3rd and the 20th century and nothing in the middle is also worth emphasizing. In that case the time he spent trapped in the lamp would be a different time altogether. But the fact that he wants to take a trip to Disney land on being freed, catches us off guard.

There are alternate theories to neutralize the claims of this hypothesis.

The one where Belle from Beauty and the Beast reads a book about Aladdin, definitely means that the story was from the past.

The second theory is that the whole story, in fact, is a lie cooked up by a merchant to sell a lamp.

Which is your favorite theory about Aladdin? Do let us know in the comments.

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6 Best Travel Movies To Watch In Self-Isolation

by Kaylen Summers

With the global pandemic taking away our privileges, travel seems like a distant dream at the moment. However, as the great American filmmaker George Orson Welles once said, ‘Cinema has no boundaries.’ With this list of travel movies, we intend to prove him right once again. These movies of existential quests are ensured to transcend into those unknown beautiful landscapes.

Alice in the Cities

German journalist Philip Winter is having a writer’s block.  While he was trying to get back to Germany that he becomes friends with a German woman and her nine-year-old daughter Alice. However, the mother asks Winter to mind Alice temporarily and left her with him. The movie is about Winter and Alice’s journey and how the innocent friendship between grew as they travel together through various European cities on a quest for Alice’s grandmother.

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The Accidental Tourist

Macon Leary is a travel writer who is not having a great time. His son’s death has left him in an emotional turmoil and his wife thinks it would be best if the two would just split up. It was then that Macon met a strange outgoing woman, who patches his heart back up.  The two start a relationship. But all of a sudden, Macon’s wife comes to the realization that their marriage is still worth a try.

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Kings of the Road

Bruno Winter is a wandering equipment repairman. Robert Lander on the other hand, is a depressed hitchhiker who had a break-up with his wife and a half-hearted suicide attempt. Together, the two are traveling along the Western side of the East-German border in a repair truck, visiting old movie theaters, and getting to communicate across their differences. Presented in stunning black-and-white cinematography, this movie is something that you don’t want to miss.

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The Time of Their Lives

Helen is a former Hollywood siren and on the other hand, her friend Priscilla is a depressed English housewife. The two escape from their London retirement home to gatecrash Helen’s ex-lover’s funeral on glamorous French hideaway Île de Ré. As they hit the road, they have to make a race to get to the funeral on time.

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Up in the Air

Ryan Bingham is a corporate downsizing expert who spends most of his life in planes, airports, and hotels. In fact, he was even closing in on reaching the milestone of ten million frequent flyer miles. However, things all took a chance when he meets a woman who makes him rethink his transient life.

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The Art of Travel

Conner Layne is a high school graduate who is about to marry his first love. The plan fails, but he decided to go solo on his honeymoon to Central America anyway. There he joins a ragtag group of foreigners who are attempting to cross the Darien Gap in record time.

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Free Movie To Watch Online While In Quarantine

by Kaylen Summers

The fight against COVID9 continues and as you are staying home away from others, we’ve made a list of the best movies to keep you entertained. The best part is that you can stream them all for free!
Before we start…
🚨Please keep in mind that you can protect yourself and others from the virus.
🖐Wash your hands with soap and water or alcohol-based hand rub for more than 20 seconds.
😷Use masks only if you have symptoms. Save them for health care workers who really need it.
🏡Most importantly, stay home and keep yourself entertained with these movies.

The Intouchables

🍅74% ⌛1h 53m 🎬Comedy, Biography
What Is it About: A paragliding accident makes an aristocrat quadriplegic. A young man from the projects takes up the job to look after him. The two become friends and make some heart-warming memories together.

Train to Busan

🍅93% ⌛1h 58m 🎬Adventure, Zombie
What Is it About: A mysterious viral outbreak has turned everyone into zombies. Now, the remaining ones must get on an express train to Busan to stay safe. But, will they be able to survive when some in the train are also infected?

Snatch

🍅73% ⌛1h 58m 🎬Adventure, Zombie
What Is it About: From British director Guy Ritchie, this one is fast-paced crazy character-colliding filled film with two overlapping stories. A diamond is stolen and different gangs are after it.

Roman Holiday

🍅98% ⌛1h 59m 🎬Romance, Comedy
What Is it About: While visiting Rome, European princess Ann decides to take off for a night. However, she ends up a park bench after having a sedative. Luckily, an American reporter, Joe Bradley, finds her and takes her home.

What’s Eating Gilbert Grape

🍅98% ⌛1h 59m 🎬Romance, Comedy
What Is it About: Gilbert Grape has a lot of responsibilities- his overweight mother, mentally impaired younger brother, Arnie and more. But, when he meets the free-spirited Becky, his world is turned upside down.

The Man from Nowhere

🍅100% ⌛1h 59min 🎬Thriller, Crime
What it’s about: A lonely former special agent is friends with Somi, a little girl next door. When she gets kidnapped by a gang, he is out to save her.

Rain Man

🍅90% ⌛2h 14min 🎬Drama, Psychology 

What it’s about: Charlie Babbitt is a selfish yuppie. When his father left a fortune to his savant brother Raymond, he must somehow get the money from his brother.

Big Fish

🍅75% ⌛2h 05min 🎬Drama, Psychology 
What it’s about: Edward Bloom led a life enormous passions and tall tales. But, he remained a mystery for his son. After his death, his son sets out to find the truth about his father.

Planes, Trains, and Automobiles

🍅93% ⌛1h 33min 🎬 Comedy
What it’s about: A man is trying to get back home for Thanksgiving. However, it is not turning out the way he thought. Now he has to stick with a shower ring salesman to get back home.

Taxi Driver

🍅97% ⌛1h 54min 🎬 Crime, Drama
What it’s about: A Vietnam War veteran works as a night-life taxi driver in New York city. His unstable mental condition and urge for violent action have let him into full outrage.
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8 Post Apocalyptic Movies Everyone Should Watch

by Emily Keen

When you sense desolation in the frames and an uneasy silence seemingly deafening to the stability of your being, know that the cinema has transported you into a post-apocalyptic set up. Creating an experience or more importantly, sensory experience is a craft of perfection. Not all films are able to achieve it. Materializing visually magnificent setpieces, while keeping alive the spirit of the narrative and the characters is a daunting task. If the scale tips in favour of a single attribute, the imbalance hinders the experience of the viewers.

A post-apocalyptic set up comes as an amalgamation of distress, desolation, grim and a visually listless tone. There is something very intriguing about the mood and the ambience of such movies. Ask DC fans why they like gloomy and cloudy days? The bleak, the silence and the feeling of anxious deep down helps us catch a glimpse of our vulnerabilities as human beings.  Besides this could prepare us for a dystopian future if at all that is a possibility.

Hold that thought while we introduce to you, some of the grimmest tales of a cinematic universe. All these films follow the theme of life in the wake of destruction and chaos.

  

  1.       28 Days Later

Image result for 28 Days Later movieThe heart sank in a river of pain as Cillian Murphy aimlessly wandered over Westminster Bridge not being able to comprehend the tumultuous nature of his surroundings. Directed by Danny Boyle the film paints a picture of Britain in the aftermath of a Zombie apocalypse. There is nothing commonplace about 28 Days Later because the makers actually went to great lengths to get the impression right. The producer closed London down for a short time!

 

  1.   A Quiet Place

Image result for A Quiet Place movieNever has a film been able to engulf the audience with a masterful sound editing like this one. The same reason, the film was in contention at the Oscars. A family is trying to lead a normal life in a rather unsettling environment. The world around them is full of creatures that prey by the listening to sound.  The coveted off-screen couple John Krasinski and Emily Blunt come together on screen as parents who are trying to help their deaf daughter survive the danger.

   

  1.       The Battery

Image result for The Battery movieA Zombie apocalypse set up at that but the problem at hand is surviving the with the person you have an aversion to. That is what makes this film so interesting. The two baseball players headlining the tale can outrun the danger but not each other, for they need to survive. The film is very intellectual on various levels but basically in its quest of sticking to the ingenuity of human feelings rather than going on with fan service.

 

  1.       Bird Box

Image result for Bird Box movieThis film sparked a lot of debate since its release on Netflix. Some say it was highly flawed while others argued that it was full of substance. The film has humans against a monster who gives them suicidal thoughts with just a look in the eye. The set pieces are some of the truly amazing scenes ever but do not let your expectations swell for it is a good movie, not a revolutionary cinema as some may say.

  

  1.       The Book of Eli

Image result for The Book of Eli movieA world in the aftermath of a nuclear explosion is not following the rules of the ecosystem as we know it. Humans are either killing each other or eating one another. With some heavy on the mind themes like cannibalism and religion adorning the script, the film builds around Eli played by Denzel Washington, who travels across a wrecked America to deliver a book. The film has plenty of surprise elements and is full of original ideas that makes you wonder why has it not accomplished the success and popularity it deserves.

 

  1.       Cargo

Image result for Cargo movieThe Australian outbacks are infested with plague and Martin Freeman’s character must find a safe place for his infant and himself. Besides the unusual characterization that sees a father ready to battle it till the end for his baby, instead of a mother like films usually show, this one is also a beautifully narrated story.

 

  1.   Carriers

Image result for Carriers movieDo you believe friendships can survive through a life and death situation? Because this film is meant to tell you that they suffocate and die under life-threatening conditions. You can either choose to stay alive or do the right thing. The film was portrayed to be a Zombie themed catastrophe romp, but there are hardly any zombies which disappointed audiences at large.

 

  1.       The Day

Image result for The Day movieWWE studios finally have a feature that does not stink. Not as much as the ones that came early in the league. In fact, that sounds quite unjust a remark, because The Day is actually really good with a quintessentially bleak tone building around its morally questionable characters.

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8 Best Teenage Rom-coms Movies on Netflix

by Emily Keen

There is something about teenage that we just cannot seem to get over those years. The rush of emotions at the raw age simply euphoric even as we remember it as adults. That first crush, the first kiss or when you thought it was cool to make double meaning jokes, that was the fun you experienced as a teenager.

It was a life without filters and young blood saw no embarrassments or regrets for being naïve and crazy. Those were the experiences that shaped your perceptions as an adult and your life as you know it. You may no longer be able to experience that time again, but with these movies, you can surely take a trip down the memory lane.

Here are movies that pay homage to the sweet sixteens;

 

  1. See You Yesterday

Image result for See You Yesterday movieTwo teens figure out a way to travel to the past. But things take a weird turn when one of them alters the events of the past and that has major consequences on her present life.

 

  1. To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before

Image result for To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before movieThe film gave us the heartthrob of the era Noah Centineo. He is everything a boyfriend should be and girls can’t stop feeling jealous that Lara Jean gets to be the beneficiary of all his love and care.

 

  1. Dude

Image result for Dude movieFour teenage girls make some really bad decisions during the last few days of high school. Teenagers are weird. We have all been there. The film stars Lucy Hale, Awkwafina, Kathryn Prescott, and Alexandra Shipp in lead roles.

 

  1. Sierra Burges Is a Loser

Image result for Sierra Burges Is a Loser movieNoah Centineo appears again with all his charm at its peak. But the film is really about Sierra whom our adorable lover boy talks to mistaking her identity for someone else. How long will she be able to keep up the act?

 

  1. Candy Jar

Image result for Candy Jar movieImagine you and your arch-rival being paired up to debate against another team. You have never known anything but be on battle mode when suddenly you have to work with the enemy. Well, that is how most rivals turn into friends and stories like Candy Jar unfold.

 

  1. Alex Strangelove

Image result for Alex Strangelove movieA rather unusual yet platitudinal tale of romance that sees a teenager stuck between his best friend and boy named Elliot. This is one among the very few films that explore queer feelings.

 

  1. Dumplin’

Image result for Dumplin movieThe film follows the life of an oversized teen endearing body shaming all along. The biggest tragedy is her being the daughter of an ex-beauty queen. The girl decides to challenge the norms of beauty by participating in a beauty pageant and ends up inspiring numerous other oversized people to accept and respect themselves the way they are.

 

  1. The Kissing Booth

Image result for The Kissing Booth movieElle and Lee are inseparable as BFFs. But their friendship has a bro code like every other and unfortunately, Elle ends up breaking it by falling in love with Lee’s elder brother. Set in the backdrop of high school days the film explores everything from the importance of friendship to self-discovery as you pass through the most exciting phase of life.

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8 Movies That Will Change You to a Whole New Person

by Emily Keen

Take some time to experience some great cinema that will inspire you to change your perception of the world. These films will help a great deal in filling life with optimism.

Let us take a look at some of the most inspiring cinema.

 

  1. The Shawshank Redemption

Image result for the shawshank redemption movieWrongly accused of murder, Andy Dufresne finds himself in the Shawshank prison. But even in that most hopeless scenario where most people would give up, he finds himself doing positive things for people around him and leading a very productive life. And he does that while enduring all the vices that lurk within the walls of the prison. A very strong-willed person that he is, he builds a very secure plan to escape that prison. Will he succeed?

 

  1. The Intouchables

Image result for The Intouchables movieThe film brings together a paraplegic and an ex-con, both down on their luck together. In each others company, they find a new way of looking at life.

 

  1. Gran Torino

Image result for Gran Torino movieA war veteran Walt Kowalsky starts to reevaluate his prejudiced outlook towards people when a series of incidents brings a young Thao in his life. Walt’s hidden humanity once again resurfaces and he finds himself much more optimistic and blissful.

 

  1. Good Will Hunting

Image result for Good Will Hunting movieA college professor stumbles upon a janitor, Will Hunting, with prodigious talents in mathematics. All he lacks is etiquette to present himself in society and lead a respectful life. The professor decides to help Will, attain his maximum potential by having training sessions with him. Will eventually has a newfound respect for life and starts to believe in himself.

 

  1. Million Dollar Baby

Image result for Million Dollar Baby movieA has been a boxing coach and an aspiring 31-year-old boxer come together to create a new and better life for themselves.

 

  1. Rocky

Image result for Rocky movieRocky has served as an inspiration for millions of people around the world. The film finds Rocky taking part in the heavyweight championship where he has to square off against the Muhammed Ali inspired Apollo Creed. The film is about Rocky overcoming all the hurdles to accomplish his dream.

 

  1. It’s a Wonderful Life

Image result for It’s a Wonderful Life movieEvery person on earth serves a purpose. You may just not realize it. That is what the film aims at conveying to its audience through the story of James Stewart who has lost all interest in life and thinks of his existence is futile.

 

  1. Into The Wild

Image result for Into The Wild movieAs a man who chooses to walk against the crowd, Christopher McCandless decides he does not want to be a corporate slave bound to the clock. He gives up his possessions and takes a trip to Alaska to experience the feeling of being lost in the wilderness. He meets a lot of different people on the way who give him a new perspective about life. The film is based on real-life experiences of Christopher McCandless who became an inspiration for countless people.

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8 Movies on Netflix That You Just Cannot Stop Talking About

by Emily Keen

These are age-old and hard to attain movies, but thanks to the golden age of the Internet, we now have a plethora of wonderful content available on-demand at your fingertips. Whether it’s a series like The Walking Dead that has captured our hearts for so long, or the ultimate in Internet stoner cinema, Stranger Things, there are so many things that you can watch and talk about at the drop of a hat.

Here are 8 movies on Netflix that you are probably on the verge of explaining on a late-night rant.

  1. Dear Zachary

Image result for Dear Zachary movieThis is the movie that will actually make you ball your eyes out. The trauma-inducing thriller is about a child whose father is murdered by his mother. The film is brilliant yet so depressing that you actually want to curl up in your bed and never go out in the world since you just witnessed its darkest corners.

 

  1. Shawshank Redemption

Image result for Shawshank Redemption movieThe movie has been standing tall with the highest rating on IMDb for a very long time now. No one could have imagined that a rather mediocre story about prison break could be told in such a comprehensive and majestic fashion.  It sinks and sinks and keeps sinking until it envelops your whole being.

 

  1. Hot fuzz

Image result for Hot fuzz movieThe comedy-action flick directed by Edgar Wright aims at portraying police officials in a funny light. Wright has a unique knack for visual storytelling and that is what makes this film quite phenomenal and a cult favorite.

 

  1. Oldboy

Image result for Oldboy movieSince Parasite’s Oscar win, we have started noticing that Korean movies exist and they are unarguably kickass, you might want to add a few to the list and Oldboy is the one you should start with. You will thank us later!

 

  1. Best In Show

Image result for Best In Show movieDirector Christopher Guest has undoubtedly reinvented mockumentaries and this is one of his works of art that you will want to discuss forever.

 

  1. American Beauty

Image result for American Beauty movie“Sometimes there’s so much beauty in the world, I feel like I can’t take it, and my heart is just going to cave in,” says Kevin Spacey in one of those iconic scenes that is considered the most artistic expressions of emotions in the history of cinema. The film could be a nightmare with a vile theme but will definitely captivate your thoughts.

 

  1. Food Inc.

Image result for Food Inc filmYou might not want to finish that Big Mac once this movie comes to mind. Because it tells you everything that is wrong with the food systems followed by the biggest fast-food chain in the world.

 

  1. Silver Lining’s Playbook

Image result for Silver Lining’s Playbook filmThis is one movie that you will never get tired of watching. No matter how low you feel, this film is meant to make you feel better. The film is a great story with Jennifer Lawrence playing a mental patient delivering one of the most phenomenal performances of her career.

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8 Movies on Netflix That You Didn’t Know You’d Love

by Emily Keen

For decades now, one of the most talked-about American exports is Netflix, which offers customers one of the largest streaming collections of anything you can find online.

The idea here is to guide you through the most surprising movies out there, paired with informative suggestions to see if they’ll make you feel you’re coolest. In our list below, we’ve picked 10 movies we love that have managed to land on Netflix, even if they’re not ones we know very well.

 

  1. ‘Almost Famous’

Image result for Almost Famous movieThe soundtrack of this film is the only upsetting thing about this film as per most people who have watched this film. Everything else is pretty cool. After so many years of release, the rock movie is still relevant and loved by most movie buffs.

  1. ‘Hush’

Image result for Hush movieIt is just scary how smart people can be. Now imagine if there is an added element of psychopathy to this smartness. This is a lethal dose. The man stalking the woman in this film is exactly the kind of psychopath we are talking about.

 

  1. ‘Sixteen Candles’

Image result for Sixteen Candles movieThis movie is a testament to how liberally sex and nudity were treated back in the 80s. The film has a PG rating when a lot of cine folks today would beg to differ on that aspect and demand it be rated R. All in all a light-hearted attempt at explaining coming of age feelings that develop during adolescence. But be assured that the ending will leave you delighted.

 

  1. Home

Image result for Home movieRihanna, Jennifer Lopez, and Steve Martin come together in a lavish and scintillating animated venture for kids. Don’t fret! Adults will equally love it.

 

  1. Hotel Transylvania 2

Image result for Hotel Transylvania 2 movieWhen it comes to the Transylvania franchise, it is loved by audiences across demographics. The second installment of the oddball Halloween adventure has some strong messages about family unity and diversity. You should bite!

 

  1. The Wood

Image result for The Wood movieA story of three friends on the west coast, who reunite after years for one of the guys is getting married. Things go south as the groom goes missing just before the wedding and the other two embark on a hilarious journey to find him and amidst the road trip, take a nostalgic trip down the memory lane.

 

  1. Mystic River

Image result for Mystic River movieThe Oscar-nominated film examines some serious themes it gets you brooding over somber aspects of humanity. This is truly a great film from the beginning till the end that will leave you aching and yearning for an alternate conclusion.

 

  1. To Kill a Mocking Bird

Image result for To Kill a Mocking Bird movieYou never realize how significant some films are until you have watched them. This is one of those masterpieces. It is like chicken soup for the soul. Does it seem like an exaggeration? It won’t seem like it once you have undergone a shift in the perspective about prejudice and the feeling that encourages it in humanity. Which is exactly what this film aims to do.

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8 Movies On Amazon Prime That Can Lift Your Mood

by Emily Keen

Of course, we didn’t find a film that improved mood across the board, but we did find one that may do the trick for you. Instead of stressing about the mood-up, consider taking a break and watching a film of your choice. That may be just the thing to boost your mood.

If that does not work, then we have the following suggestions for you.

  1. 50/50

Image result for 50/50 filmThis film has a hell of a lot going on. The entire film is centered on our protagonist Adam and his medical issues. A thoughtful departure from the typical comedy that sometimes can feel tiring, 50/50 is sure to keep you on edge.

 

  1. Lion

Image result for Lion filmYou will learn that by loving and learning about others, you unlock your inner self. This is an emotional and gripping tale about a 25-year-old boy (adopted by an Australian couple) who on a quest of finding his real parents travels across continents. We recommend it to all of you. You will love it.

 

  1. Salmon Fishing in Yemen

Image result for Salmon Fishing in YemenThis is a relationship film but it is not the typical one. It is a relationship drama that blends in a good chunk of a journalist’s life and their current situation. This is not a comedy and though it still has a few happy moments, with incredible performances from a wonderful cast.

 

  1. Sing Street

Image result for Sing Street movieMusic is in the air and that just adds to the uplifting routine. The boy who leads the track belongs to a family in the middle of a financial crisis. His sole focus right now is to impress a femme fatale with his music. Set in the 1980s, the film is a witty and cheerful story of a band’s successful journey and the protagonist’s pursuit of his love interest.

 

  1. It’s Kind of a Funny story

Image result for It’s Kind of a Funny story movieAdolescence isn’t always normal for every child. It sure isn’t for Craig Gilner. So he decides to get himself checked into a mental health center. The youth ward isn’t available leaving him with the only option of spending five days in an adult ward where begins a journey of mentorship that changes his life for good.

 

  1. Love is Strange

Image result for Love is Strange movieBen and George decide to tie the knot after four decades of courtship. That’s strange enough to even hand the title. The union sets off a series of events that makes up for a delightful ride for the audience elevated by the incredible cast.

 

  1. The Fundamentals of Caring

Image result for The Fundamentals of Caring movieWhat does it take to care for someone? If you are one of those emotionally dry people who cannot find an answer to this question, well then this is your chance. Paul Rudd in an attempt to get over his painful divorce decides to become a caretaker of a teenager suffering from muscular dystrophy. It is not the most adorable relationship you will see as between usual caretakers and their beneficiaries. The connection develops purely on sarcasm and profanity that transcends into mutual growth and emotional healing.

 

  1. The Intouchables

Image result for The Intouchables movieImagine you are bound to a wheelchair? An ex-con would definitely be the last choice on earth right? The protagonist, a rich paraplegic, thinks otherwise. He sees this as a life-changing experience for both of them and from there on ensues a poignant tale encompassing hilarity, surprises, and emotions all along.

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8 Really Sad Movies That Will Make You Cry

by Emily Keen

We all love watching tragedies, don’t we? We all love watching tragic movies, don’t we? As a matter of fact, it is one of the most popular sub-genres we’ve ever seen online. Since we’re short of ideas for a broader franchise, we’ve been giving the media industry and fans that love our films more attention than usual.

That’s why there are so many fan-created ‘diabolic’ films. Before the plot of any film is even set in stone, the watchers will be on the lookout for the possible disasters of the future, leaving all the actors in a bloody and dazed state.

Let us have a look at some of the classic tearjerkers of the era.

 

  1. Ordinary Love

Image result for ordinary love movieA tale of love and cancer which will make you weep like a baby. The film stars Liam Neeson, Lesley Manville, and Amit Shah.

 

  1. Harriet

Image result for Harriet movieCynthia Erivo plays Harriet Tubman in the film that explores her life and the dangerous missions she spearheaded to free slaves from the darkness of the Underground Railroad. The film also stars Leslie Odom Jr. and Joe Alwyn.

 

  1. Adrift

Image result for Adrift movieThe survival story of Tami Oldham and Richard Sharp, who endeavor to cruise the Atlantic Ocean. When Richard is left in basic condition after a storm, Tami must explore her approach to shore alone.

The film stars Shailene Woodley and Sam Claflin

 

  1. Dumbo

Image result for Dumbo movieThis story about a young elephant who is picked upon at the circus will break your heart. The film stars Colin Farell, Michael Keaton, and Danny DeVito.

 

  1. The Aftermath

Image result for The Aftermath movieA British Army man and his wife shift to Hamburg as a part of the colonel’s assignment, but things go south when a  previous resident starts having issues with them. The film stars Alexander Alexander Skarsgård, Keira Knightley and Jason Clarke

 

  1. If Beale Street Could Talk

Image result for If Beale Street Could Talk movieThe film revolves around a pregnant woman whose fiancé has been wrongly convicted of a crime he did not commit. The tear-jerker stars KiKi Layne, Stephan James, and Regina king.

 

  1. Up

Image result for Up movieA 78-year-old balloon vendor goes in search of paradise in his flying balloon which happens to his dead wife’s dream. The film stars Edward Esnar, Jordan Nagai and John Ratzenberger.

 

  1. The Wife

Image result for The Wife movieDoes a woman’s success get shadowed in the image of their husbands? This classic tale of a devoted wife aims to tackle the very concept. The film showcases Glenn Close, Jonathan Pryce and Max Irons in prime roles.

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8 Psychological Thrillers You Should Watch

by Emily Keen

These movies will literally have your brain hurting with a mind-bending plot and overtly unusual character arcs. But it is the most satisfying experience to watch movies that are simply wholesome on a psychological level.

The perplexing feeling that develops while you are at it, is exactly what the directors of these movies want you to feel.

Here is a list of 8 Psychological thrillers that everyone should watch:

 

  1. Frailty (2001)

Image result for Frailty movieThe story follows two siblings and their incredibly strict father. The father accepts he is the errand person of God and that he has been instructed to battle evil spirits. While this is going on, an FBI operator is additionally searching for a serial killer known as “God’s hand.”

 

  1. Get Out (2017)

Image result for Get Out movieAn African American picture taker Chris (Daniel Kaluuya), is persuaded by his white sweetheart to visit her folks’ house in the forested areas. Chris immediately saw something is wrong with a couple of dark people living in that town, they appear to be controlled.

 

  1. A Tale of Two Sisters (2003)

Image result for A Tale of Two Sisters movieFilled with twists and turns, this Korean flick is sure to interest you. Each time you figure things will pass by ordinary, something insane and surprisingly turned occurs. The story rotates around the life of two sisters with a family loaded with privileged insights and secrets.

 

  1. Split (2017)

Image result for Split movieThree young people are caught by a weird man with different characters. He can be delicate, well disposed, and even neighborly at times. At others, he can turn rough, forceful, and insane without reason. Kevin has 23 personalities and his captives must discover an exit plan before the bad side of him dominates and kills them all.

 

  1. Asylum Seekers (2009)

Image result for Asylum Seekers movieThe film recounts to the tale around six misfits who are exhausted or dismissed by current society a desire to be conceded into the haven so as to flavor up their lives. Inside the refuge, they locate a world loaded with odd people, who they appear to venerate. They want to move into the establishment, but the problem is only one of them gets through.

 

  1. Shutter Island (2010)

Image result for Shutter Island movieThe protagonist is sent to examine the exercises of a dysfunctional behavior office situated inside an island. Turns out that proof brings up at DiCaprio being the crazy one and he has had envisioned this “analyst” situation in his mind the entire time. It is up to you to decide, who is the insane one?

 

  1. The Skin I Live In (2011)

Image result for The Skin I Live In movieA Spanish thrill ride about abnormality, science, and firearms. A plastic surgeon is chipping away at another type of engineered skin to assist people with serious burns. His techniques though are somewhat unlawful. He catches hirelings, whom he uses as his guinea pigs until one of them turns on him.

 

  1. Ex Machina (2015)

Image result for Ex Machina movieSoftware engineer Caleb Smith wins an excursion to meet his hero Nathan Bateman. Bateman shows Smith the freshest upset in innovation- robots that look incredibly, human. Things take an interesting turn when Smith begins to fall for one of the robots, Ava. In the wake of discovering Bateman’s damaging methods, he endeavors to save the robots.

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7 Oscar-Losing Movies And Where To Stream Them

by Emily Keen

Whatever your assessment of the Academy Awards, on the off chance that you care about film, you can’t simply expel them. The Academy’s champs serve as a past filled with film. Going through the rundown of Best Picture victors, you’ll see patterns come and go and in any event, get a harsh feeling of what was esteemed in films for every year and the movement of patterns.

Here are 7 movies that lost the Oscars, but definitely deserve your time.

  1. First Reformed

Image result for first reformed movieEthan Hawke was generally great and profoundly astute in his presentation in this film. First Reformed is an extremely unusual flick. Hawke plays a military cleric turned minister of a noteworthy church. A young mother (Amanda Seyfried) requests that he counsel her husband, whose agnostic perspectives strike as a crisis of faith to the pastor. The film in all its capacity zeroes in on the fate of the world and probably this is the reason it was in the running for Best original screenplay. You can stream it on Vudu, Amazon Prime Video, Youtube and Google Play.

 

  1. Black Panther

Image result for Black Panther movieA Marvel movie! Yes! But it lost. And if you haven’t watched it yet, do yourself a favor and please go watch it. You are missing a cinematic and superhero masterpiece. It is now streaming on Netflix.

 

  1. A Quiet Place

Image result for A Quiet Place movieThe Quiet Place crawls with Beasts who are blind and sensitive only to sound. The only defense against these monsters is to keeping pin drop silent in their presence. The film won a nomination for the best sound editing. The film is streaming on Vudu, Google Play, Amazon Prime Video, and YouTube.

 

  1. Shoplifters

Image result for Shoplifters movieShoplifters already had a taste of a win at the Cannes Film Festival. The film set in Tokyo showcases aims to bring out the rare side of family integrity topped by an incredible performance by Sakura Andô. The film is streaming on Vudu and YouTube.

 

  1. Cold War

Image result for Cold War movieSet in the backdrop of the Iron curtain, the film takes us through the love story of a couple spanning over 15 turbulent years. The black and white format adds to the sanctity of the story that is much inspired by director Pawlikowski’s parents. An otherwise exhausted and dramatic tale of passionate love is wonderfully narrated and the cinematography simply adds to the feel. The film is streaming on Amazon video.

 

  1. Can You Ever Forgive Me?

Image result for Can You Ever Forgive Me? movieMelissa McCarthy and Richard E. Grant is awfully underrated in this stunning film based on queer characters. The film was nominated for the best picture. It is available on Amazon Video, iTunes, Google Play, or Vudu.

 

  1. RBG

Image result for RBG movieA riveting documentary about a woman with exceptional mental power was surprisingly left out of the contention of awards. “I ask no favor for my sex. All I ask of our brethren is that they take their feet off our necks.” The line sends chills down the spine and so does the story. The film is streaming on Hulu, YouTube, Vudu or Google Play.

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8 Movies So Disturbing That You Can Watch Only Once

by Emily Keen

When talking about kids – and this applies to both adults and kids – one very important thing to remember is the difference between what is called mature content and what is called hardcore content. It’s about ideas and themes. The sort of explicit scenes we’re mentioning in the films are clearly the kind of depictions and their content that deals with the dark and disturbing subject matter.

Considering the makers went to great lengths to bring out the horror in these ghastly cinematic pieces, they deserve to be praised. But yet they can be watched only once given the kind of violence that is being explicitly showcased in the movies.

Here are 8 such films that every movie buff should try to watch. We say try, because, if you are sensitive, you might just give up mid-way. Else it is a onetime watch and you get to boast about covering every kind of movie on earth.

 

  1. Schindler’s List (1993)

Image result for schindler’s listLet us begin with a winner. Based on the life of Oskar Schindler, the film is based set the backdrop of Nazi Germany. The German businessman and a party member of the Nazis, in addition, has a change of conscience and decides to help Polish Jews escape atrocities by giving them jobs at his company. He blows almost all of his fortune in the process but is still left with the guilt of not being able to do much for them.

 

  1. The Woman (2011)

Image result for The WomanThe last surviving woman from a cannibalistic tribe loses her way and is held captive by a local lawyer. In an attempt to civilize the woman, the lawyer puts the woman through some horrible trauma. The woman eventually discovers the lawyer and his family have some dark secrets of their own. The film showcases some highly disturbing murder scenes that will make you sick in the head. Nonetheless, the movie was received with much appreciation for exploring the subtle cues of misogyny that exist in society.

 

  1. The Human Centipede (2009)

Image result for The Human CentipedeHonestly, the film is awful. But the story of a grim doctor who performs tormenting experiments on the tourists caught the eye and it went on to gain a cult following. It got two sequels which were equally bad and a spoof version on South Park. The plot is so vile that even the thought of it will make you sick in the head. If at all there is any reason why you should be putting yourself through this agony, it is only to get yourself a pop culture knowledge upgrade.

 

  1. The Passion of the Christ (2004)

Image result for The Passion of the ChristIt is humanly not possible to watch this much blood being spilled if you will. The film was the highest-grossing R-rated film until Deadpool took over in 2016. Now, why is a film about Jesus Christ an R-rated film? It is because it is two hours of pure barbaric torture. Don’t say we did not warn you!

 

  1. The Last House on the Left (1972)

Image result for The Last House on the LeftThe Last House on the Left can easily be called one of the most controversial films in the history of cinema. So much so that the film was banned in the UK and the copies of its reels cut to destroy any chances of witnessing the deeply disturbing and degrading scenes. The plot follows a group of escaped prisoners brutally raping and killing two teenage girls. As Karma does it’s thing, the attackers find themselves in the home of one of the girls. The savagery that ensues as a part of vengeance will literally leave you feeling nauseous.

 

  1. Maniac (2012)

Image result for maniac movieYou know the film is a winner when it has sucked you in and twisted your senses to almost make you believe you are a part of everything that is going on. Good thing, just not when the film is about a psychopath serial killer who randomly murders womenkind as a part of his retaliation against a troubled childhood he had watching his mother be a sex worker.

 

  1. Hostel (2005)

Image result for Hostel movieHostel is a classic that holds the top spots when it comes to creepy and gory movies. The film follows two tourists in Europe who are tricked by two women to come seek refuge in a Slovakian hostel which in reality is a human trafficking center where they will be sold off to sadistic clients who take pleasure from torturing and killing people to blow off steam. The scenes are gory to a whole new level and explicitly showcasing all the inhuman disfiguring the humans are subjected to.

 

  1. I Spit On Your Grave (2010)

Image result for i spit on your grave 2010 movie posterA woman from New York is brutally gang-raped by a group of local men. They leave her thinking she would be dead. But luckily she survives and swears to bring the perpetrators to justice. But in the most grizzly ways possible. The film sparked a heavy debate on feminism since Jennifer was portrayed a hero in most of the second half of the film. The franchise gained several sequels but the original is considered the most disturbing of them all.

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8 Netflix Movies That Will Scare You to Death

by Emily Keen

The current lineup of horror films on Netflix is scary to a whole new level. It is so creepy that even watching the trailers will leave you terrified. From films based on true incidents to those aimed at scaring children, there is every kind of film available. And do not make the mistake of watching these alone. Just don’t!

Are you ready? Here goes!

  1. In The Tall Grass

Image result for In The Tall Grass movieFor a film including an hour of individuals strolling through grass, it some way or another stayed straight from beginning to end. The acting was convincing and balanced.

 

  1. Eli

Image result for Eli movieIf hospitals give you creeps, better stay away from this one. The plot circles around a boy who is admitted to the clinic following his diagnosis with a rare disease. The attempts at his therapy, however, unleash bouts of horror and thus a grisly tale.

 

  1. Eerie

Image result for Eerie movieThe film is set in a convent, idiosyncratic to most Hollywood horror films. A girl from a catholic school ends her life and the school thus invites a psychic to investigate the matter. But in the process a lot of hidden secrets and horrid tales about the convent resurface.

 

  1. Malevolent

Image result for Malevolent movieEver heard about the stories where the Ouija board attempt backfires? This is one of those tales, just that there is no Ouija board. A brother and a sister try to earn some extra cash dealing with paranormal stuff. Things go south and now they must run for their lives.

 

  1. Truth or Dare

Image result for Truth or Dare movieYoungsters often tend to go a little crazy and always want to go down the forbidden path. It is this inclination towards danger that usually lands them in trouble. That is pretty much the story of Truth or dare.

 

  1. The Ritual

Image result for The Ritual movieA group of 4 Britishers goes camping in the Swedish wilderness. But they are too deep in it until they realize they are not safe beyond the boundaries of their tents.

 

  1. The Bye Bye Man

Image result for The Bye Bye Man movieAgain a tale of college students who find themselves battling something they don’t even know is real or just hallucination. It’s the Bye Bye Man, a supernatural killer.

 

  1. The Disappointments Room

Image result for The Disappointments Room movieWell, it would have been fine if the were only disappointments. But they are ghosts and it’s not a pretty experience for the woman who just bought the new fixer-upper.

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8 Netflix Movies Based On True Stories

by Emily Keen

Looking back at the lives of those intriguing individuals who inspired some incredible cinema! Watch these films that are based on true events.

Here are 8 movies on Netflix that will help you witness the lives of some extraordinary folks.

 

  1. Dallas Buyers Club

Image result for dallas buyers club movieThe film draws inspiration from the story of Ron Woodrood, although Rayon’s sexuality in the film stays in limbo. There is no explicit revelation about him being a transgender or a crossdresser whatsoever. It speaks volumes about AIDS crisis and the stigma attached to HIV positive people and the consequences on their lives in the 80s and the 90s. The film has some of the most incredible performances by Jared Leto and Matthew McConaughey.

 

  1. The End of the Tour

Image result for The End of the Tour movieFollowing writer David Lipsky’s unpublished account of Wallace in the most recent days of his book visit for Infinite Jest, the film is a ground-breaking chip away at the workmanship, talking with, virtuoso, despondency, and the manner in which inventive individuals see one another. Jesse Eisenberg and Jason Segel do probably the best work of their professions as Lipsky and Wallace.

 

  1. First They Killed My Father

Image result for First They Killed My Father movieThe film is pensive without being exhausting and genuinely wrecking without being manipulative. It’s an extreme watch however a solid film. The film recounts the genuine story of Luong Ung whose family was one of numerous that endured under the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia.

 

  1. Other People

Image result for Other People movieIn light of Saturday Night Live essayist Chris Kelly’s genuine encounters, Other People recounts to the account of battling satire author, David (Jesse Plemons). He moves back home to care for his dying mother. Confounding issues is his dad, who won’t acknowledge David’s sexuality, even 10 years after he turned out. It’s a film that shifts back and forth between minutes intended to make you giggle and cry.

 

  1. Lincoln

Image result for Lincoln movieLincoln may happen during the most spellbound period in American history, however in contrast with our political atmosphere today, it’ll cause you to feel emphatically roused about the intensity of government. Daniel Day-Lewis is incredible as the titular character. Steven Spielberg’s standard wistfulness is altered down to attain a moving narrative.

 

  1. Schindler’s List

Image result for Schindler’s List movieSteven Spielberg’s film is now a characterizing account of the Holocaust. It won the best picture and gave Spielberg his place among the most renowned directors of the generation.

 

  1. The Two Popes

Image result for The Two Popes movieThe Two Popes covers the rising of Pope Benedict XVI (Anthony Hopkins) and his possible retirement and substitution by Pope Francis (Jonathan Pryce), told through a progression of anecdotal discussions paving the way to Benedict’s acquiescence in 2013. It is substantially more modern than the numerous Netflix Originals.

 

  1. Neruda

Image result for Neruda movieNeruda is an interesting, yet long and moderate track down film with artistic and political reverberation. Neruda lived in intriguing times and Larraín hypes the gatherings and talks skillfully combining a chase story.

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8 Highly Underrated Movies of All Times

by Emily Keen

Cinema is one tricky business. It gives the most passionate minds the space to channel their emotions and yet only a few manage to soar heights and actually get noticed amongst the troves of movies that are released. Not a very fortunate thing to happen to the films that were made with such dedication and alleviated by incredible performances.

You can almost sense the passion with which they were made and yet they somehow manage to slip under the radar. Seriously, why isn’t there enough love in these movies? Amongst these, there are those that may have to be flawed but still went on to become cult favourites.

We have some of these wonderful actors turning in great performances, but since the movie does not get enough vocal advocates, it simply drowns in the noise.  Take the excellent and stunningly crafted The Dark Crystal. The film is a visual treat and yet criminally underrated.

There are many more by the likes of these. Let’s have a look at them one by one.

  1.   Saved

Image result for saved movie mandy mooreThis movie is a testament to just how wonderful is Mandy Moore in comedic roles. The hilarious film is set in a Christian high school where the mean queen Hillary Faye tries to control her pregnant friend Mary. The sharp sarcasm around Christianity and the iconic scene where Mandy Moore hurls a bible at Jena shouting ‘I am filled with Christ’s love’ are the highlights of this highly underrated teen comedy.

 

  1.   Uptown Girls

Image result for Uptown Girls movieFrankly, this Brittany Murphy starrer never got the credit it deserved as a classic. It will leave you in tears and awestruck at just how much you can relate to Murphy’s Molly as a 22-year-old girl. One warning- the desire to get those Egyptian cotton sheets will stick around until you get one of those.

 

  1.   Hackers

Image result for hackers movieA cult favourite Hackers had quite the futuristic story and also happens to be the breakout film for Angelina Jolie. Everything about this film made a statement- the clothes, the visuals, the characters. Not to mention the music, that was devoured by younger audiences.

 

  1.   Into the Blue

Image result for Into the Blue movieMight I suggest this one, just for all Paul Walker fans? Take the word at face value- he looks so gorgeous in this one, you will fall in love with him all over again. That is basically one selling point of the film and the other being Jessica Alba’s character that brought her into the spotlight as a leading lady.

 

  1.   Alpha Dog

Image result for Alpha Dog movieThis gem has a separate elite movie nerd fan base and holds a respectful spot among movies that impact lives. It may not be a cinematic masterpiece, but the story has fire in it. Anton Yelchin is the star of the show, outperforming the star image he gained with big flicks like Star Trek.  

 

  1.   Pet Sematary

Image result for Pet Sematary movieDerived from a Stephan King book this is one horror experience you will want to have again and again. The story subverts expectations and constantly improves with every watch. This is the kind of movie that will make you feel disgusted and terrorized at once.

 

  1.   Right on Track

Image result for Right on Track movieThis sports adventure belongs to times when kids movies were everything but soft. The rugged race tracks are meant only for men and race car drivers Courtney and Erica Enders are on a quest to change the notions of a misogynistic world.

 

  1.   Dark Crystal

Image result for Dark Crystal movieAn astonishing work of art in every sense, The Dark Crystal is for those who have faith in the ingenuity of myths and legends. It will bring out a surge of emotions, including terror, awe, sympathetic and at times tears. And not just once or twice. It will happen each time you revisit this legendary piece of cinema.

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7 Brilliant British Movies to Watch On Netflix

by Emily Keen

Netflix has added to its list, the dark horses of the British cinematic universe. They are bringing in a whole new kind of drama, action and comedy to the table. The streaming service is buzzing with Guy Ritchie movies and Hugh Grant cinema all at once. Could it get any richer?

Here are 7 Brilliant British movies on Netflix that you should be adding to your watch list:

 

  1.     Trainspotting (1996)

Run Time: 93 min | IMDb: 8.1/10

Image result for Trainspotting movieDanny Boyle’s dark comedy in a very weird sense, speaks to you and tells you to get yourself together. The Scottish classic’s great humour and the incredible performances have a cult following around the world for.  Evan McGregor plays a drug fiend who shares his apartment with friends who are equally a disaster. The film charts the lives of these outcasts as they go through some vicious fights and crimes to finally give us a tragic hero ending.

 

  1.     Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998)

Run Time: 107 min | IMDb: 8.2/10

Image result for Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels movieWhat’s the best place to kick off a crime comedy? In Hollywood’s popular opinion – Gambling. Our guy here loses big time in a rigged card game to a crime kingpin. To pay his debt, he decides to rob a gang along with a group of friends and there begins the hilarious 100-minute journey. This genius British crime comedy is the magnum opus of the legendary Guy Ritchie.

 

  1.     Theory of Everything (2014)

Run Time: 123 min | IMDb: 7.7/10

Image result for   Theory of Everything movieEddie Redmayne walked away with the Oscars for portraying the genius in the chair that year and we couldn’t be happier. It was well deserved. Stephen Hawking himself agreed to the fact that the film was broadly true and that there were multiple instances when he saw himself in the film. The story chronicles the life of the genius scientist and his wife Jane who stood by his side even when his world was crippled by the disease.

 

  1.     God’s Own Country (2017)

Run Time: 104 min | IMDb. 7.7/10

Image result for God’s Own Country movieA truly remarkable love story of a young farmer named Johnny and a Romanian migrant worker Gheorghe. The gritty tale of romance between two men will have you tear up emotions and yet feel delighted at the end. The chemistry between the two is absolutely magical and makes you want to savour every bit of their relationship.

 

  1.     Layer Cake (2004)

Run Time: 105 min | IMDb: 7.3/10

Image result for Layer Cake movieJust going to out a limb and say that this film rules and has everything you want in a fast-paced crime drama. Craig Daniel plays a drug dealer who has to get his hands dirty one last time before he walks away from the world of crime. But the tasks he has at hand are almost impossible? Will he and his crew survive the precarious situation?

 

  1.     About A Boy (2002)

Run Time: 101 min | IMDb: 7.1/10

Image result for About A Boy movieA man child has his way with single mothers, making them believe he is a single father to a son. When one fine day a young man (Marcus) really enters his life and changes him for good. Through a series of comical events, we get to experience a deftly crafted tale of a Casanova, exceptionally performed by Grant and his young pal, played by Hoult. 

 

  1.     Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)

Run Time: 91 min | IMDb: 8.3/10

Image result for Monty Python and the Holy Grail movieKing Arthur and his Knights formed the inspiration for this historically accurate film loved by most movie nerds. Yeah! If you do not geek out on movies, chances are you haven’t even heard of this film. Terry Jones’ ultimate masterpiece is eccentric at best and loved by intellectual cinema fans everywhere.

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7 Edge-of-the-seat Thrillers to watch on Netflix

by Emily Keen

It is that thrill of experiencing danger without even being in one that draws us to thrillers. The tension and racing heart create excitement that is distracting enough from mundane life. We love to relish the action, suspense, anxiety, drama that comes along. Netflix recognizes your innate longing for the adrenaline rush and has modified its menu and thrown in some exciting thrillers. At times you may not be able to categorize a film as a hard thriller because it crosses the thin line to merge with the element of horror.

Here is the list of 7 edge-of-the-seat thrillers that you can stream on Netflix right now:

 

  1. Drive (2011)

Image result for Drive movieThis amazing thriller with an incredible soundtrack is one of Ryan Gosling’s best films. No doubt it has some crazy violence in it, but there is an equal balance of calm and composure. Gosling and Carey Mulligan both give a phenomenal performance but the plot of the film is what takes the cake.

 

  1. It Comes At Night (2017)

Image result for It Comes At Night movieWe have to give it up to A24 for creating some of the most eccentric thrillers and It Comes At Night is no different. It takes a special talent to not showcase the face of a monster and leave the audience to speculate and come to the conclusions of their own. The film centres around two families desolated from a worldwide epidemic and ultimately unravelling the truth that true danger lurks within. Not to mention the speciality of A24 to create these paranoid and creepy scenarios in the most scenic locations that make it just so hard to look away from the screen.

 

  1. The Hateful Eight (2015)

Image result for The Hateful Eight movieUnarguably one of Tarantino’s best films in the line of Spaghetti western inspirations, The Hateful Eight sees multiple similarities to vintage western classic frames. The cold snowy frames bear an uncanny resemblance to those of “The Great Silence”. Some would disagree on it being a called a 21st-century movie, yet no one can deny that it is three hours of utter fun. Netflix has both the theatrical version and the director’s cut of the movie to choose from.

 

  1. Panic Room (2002)

Image result for Panic Room movieDavid Fincher’s claustrophobia-inducing thriller is decidedly the most intense of all his films. The film opens with a group of burglars breaking into a house, causing a mother and daughter who live in that house, to lock themselves up into a panic room in their new apartment. We get to witness Jodi Foster’s amazing acting chops and what would become of Kristen Stewart as an actor in this cinema.

 

  1. Frozen River (2008)

Image result for Frozen River movieLooking for some female-oriented independent film to watch? Put Frozen River right up on the list. The story revolves around a single mother who is broke and in need of money to take care of her children. The desperate circumstances make her go down the forbidden path and illegally traffick immigrants across the frozen river. By staying true to the realities of the working class and deftly examining the crossover of race and class, the film has only managed to win hearts at large.

 

  1. Jackie Brown (1996)

Image result for Jackie Brown movieJackie Brown is the titular air hostess who is on a quest to play the gun dealer and the feds chasing her for the debt she owes and her crimes. The woman is slick and you never know what she is thinking. That’s where all the suspense fumes from. This is one of Quentin Tarantino’s famous classics that is surprisingly yet essentially low on the gore and violence.

 

  1. The Cell (2000)

Image result for The Cell movieOne of Jennifer Lopez’s best performances throughout her acting career comes from a thriller directed by Tarsem Singh. The story sees Lopez as a social worker working who helps bring comatose patients back to life by using a technology that taps into the vulnerable parts of their brain. FBI agent (Vince Vaughn) shows up asking for her help to tap into the mind of a notorious serial killer to help find a captive. Although you might see a reflection of “Silence of the Lambs” in the film, the plot is a lot more unique, featuring incredible performances from the cast.

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8 Highly Conceptual Movies that are Hard to Understand

by Emily Keen

Conceptual cinema mostly focuses on a single concept and build a whole world around it. It does not fit the mould of low concept films which essentially follow the same formula to build a narrative.

The film is basically about the concept and less about the characters. In other words, the story is the protagonist.

Here are 8 films that are deemed highly conceptual and hard to understand.

  1. Coherence (2013)

Image result for Coherence movieIf multiple realities are a real thing this film got the concept just right. Eight friends start experiencing a chain of events hard to explain in normal terms. The only concept to explain it is the Schrödinger’s cat theory.

 

  1. Pi (1998)

Image result for Pi movie‘Pi’ revolves around the life of a mathematician who is obsessed with the stark contrast between mathematical regularities and human imperfections. It touches upon multiple themes including mysticism, religion and the connection of mathematics and the universe.

 

  1. Source Code (2011)

Image result for Source Code movieJake Gyllenhaal plays a government agent who is tasked with decoding the identity of a bomber who is dead in a train explosion. He now has to relive the last few minutes of the bomber’s life and find his motive. In the process, he unravels that there is actually much more at stake and things may not be as simple as they seem. The highly exploited concept of time travel is reimagined in this film with brilliant execution by all the actors.

 

  1. The Butterfly Effect (2004)

Image result for The Butterfly Effect movieAccording to chaos theory, a small event in one part of the world triggers a series of consequential events far away. The story focuses on life of Evan a teenager who keeps blacking out due to frequent headaches and wakes up in his past. He is tempted to make alterations to his past life not knowing it would have drastic effects on his present. Until he realizes the consequences of his actions he has already landed himself in a commotion of heinous proportions.

 

  1. Predestination (2014)

Image result for Predestination movieTime travel is fascinating but always rest in limbo. Predestination is a highly intriguing story of a time traveller who keeps touring between 1945 to 1943 in search of a vanishing bomber. Predestination Paradox forms the underlying concept of this mind-bending adventure.

 

  1. Upstream Color (2013)

Image result for Upstream Color movieThe symbiotic relationship between man, animal and nature form the pretext of this script. But overall the film touches upon many concepts. The film builds around two individuals who lose pretty much everything they had and embark on a journey of self-discovery.

 

  1. Inception (2010)

Image result for Inception movieThis movie will forever change how you perceive reality. At least for a few days after you have watched it! The Christopher Nolan movie added a new dimension to the league of intellectual cinema that people didn’t just love but worshipped. This is one true masterpiece that is loved by all tribes of movie buff alike.

 

  1. 2001: Space Odyssey (1968)

Image result for 2001: Space Odyssey movieIf you have watched this Spielberg visionary work of art, you would probably agree to the fact that the movie was far ahead of its time. A section of audiences may find the pace of the film weary. But the arcs are befitting for this deep space adventure. In fact, the pace is the most important element to create an impactful space opera. Kubrick did an amazing job at that!

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8 Movies on Amazon Prime that are Totally Hidden Gems

by Emily Keen

We are not even exaggerating when we say Amazon Prime has hidden gems. Even if you have been using the streaming service for a long time, there is a high chance you might have missed on these sizzling classics. The lineup includes a mix of new and old.

Be it, a cult classic or drama or a comedy, there is something that lines with the likes of each one of you. Brace yourselves for some of the best creations that popped out the Hollywood mould.

 

  1. ‘Superbad’

Image result for superbad movieWhat do coming-of-age boys desire the most? Do we even need to say anything else? It’s hilarious yet heartwarming to see them go to great lengths to get laid though. If you haven’t watched the coolest movie of the year yet, it’s high time you do! Jonah Hill and Michael Cera are a treat to watch in this teenage buddy comedy.

 

  1. ‘Forever’

Image result for 2.	'The Big Sick'  movieExcitement ensues as a suburban couple decide to break the monotony of life and take a trip in the woods. Maya Rudolph and Fred Armisen lighten up your heart with their amazing onscreen chemistry.

 

  1. ‘The Disaster Artist’

Image result for The Disaster Artist  movieOne of the worst movies in Hollywood laid the foundation for one of the best. Could irony flex any further? We don’t think so. James Franco’s The Disaster Artist charts the making process of the cult favourite film “The Room”.

 

  1. ‘Arrival’

Image result for Arrival  movieAmy Adams gives the performance of the generation in this Sci-fi thriller that oversees dealings of human-alien. Adams is an expert translator and volunteers to undertake the mission of cracking the mystery around the intentions of the ET visitors.

 

  1. ‘Lady Bird’

Image result for Lady Bird movieIf smiling through tears is the kind of experience you seek, then Lady Bird is for you. This sweet coming of age story about a young girl will take you girls back to your sweet sixteen. Starring Saorise Ronan in the lead role, the film is directed by Greta Gerwig.

 

  1. Children Of Men

Image result for Children Of Men movieThe film has aged like fine wine and the more you watch it, the more you realize how visionary Cuaron is as a director. The film charts an intense journey of a man who is asked to escort a young pregnant woman away from the dark and difficult land that has not seen a new life since the past two years.

 

  1. Harlem Nights

Image result for Harlem Nights movieIf Eddie Murphy classics had a headliner, this would be it! Harlem Nights is a classic Murphy comedy that sees, a father-son duo sparring against the officials in New York to protect their livelihood.

 

  1. The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert

Image result for The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert movieFilled with love and laughter, three drag queens take a trip in the deserts of Australia hoping to find a gig of a lifetime. The bus on which they travel is called Priscilla.

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8 Brilliant Period Dramas to Watch on Netflix

by Emily Keen

Period Dramas are a guilty pleasure we all devour without being embarrassed. There is something about these costume oriented 18th century Scottish/English legends that captivate all audiences alike. Perhaps it is the lavishness of the frames that seeps into our minds or the elegance of the women that enchants our senses. Besides these dramas bring out the most awkward details of the lives of the people who were considered the makers of history. A dose of gossip is always a plus. If not any of the above, the blooming innocent romance and lurking infidelity in a regal set up is the kind of entertainment that unequivocally attracts audiences.

Here is a list of 8 brilliant period dramas streaming on Netflix

 

  1. Revolutionary Road

Image result for revolutionary road movieIf you felt Titanic was heartbreaking because Kate and Leo did not have a happy ending, this one will leave you shattered. Meant to say that as a positive trait as their onscreen chemistry is a treat to the eyes and you should watch Revolutionary Road for that in addition to its incredible storyline and screenplay.

 

  1. ‘Neruda’

Image result for Neruda movieThe Chilean communist drama about the infamous politician and poet Pablo Neruda is an act of revolutionary aesthetics and narration. Luis Gnecco is perfect in the role as the impish Neruda. The narrative navigates through the time of Chilean history when a cold skirmish broke between the government and the communist group. An utterly biblical mash-up of literature, politics heightened by splendid performances.

 

  1. ‘The Imitation Game’

Image result for The Imitation Game movieA British masterpiece helmed by Morten Tyldum is the life story of Alan Turing phenomenally portrayed by Benedict Cumberbatch. Many believe Alan Turing was a hero who changed the world by breaking the Nazi Enigma code during World War II but did not get credit owing to his sexuality which also led to his persecution.

 

  1. ‘Howard’s End’

Image result for Howard’s End movieWhat happens when a conservative family crosses paths with an intellectual family? A situation of similar proportions brews up when the Schlegel family and Wilcox family meet in the late 20th century.

 

  1. ‘Daughters of the Dust’

Image result for Daughters of the Dust movieThis is a lyrical experience crafted Julie Dash that chronicles the lives of three generations of Gullah women in the South Carolina preparing to migrate from the region owing to vanishing ways of life. You can feel the frenzy in the inventiveness of the narrative and visual language.

 

  1. ‘Becoming Jane’

Image result for Becoming Jane movieNetflix sure does not have “pride and Prejudice”. But “Becoming Jane” is the closest any story could come to the 90s romance classic. The story is based on the life of the author of “Pride and Prejudice” Jane Austen herself and we may have just realized what forms the inspiration for most of her novels.

 

  1. ‘The Duchess’

Image result for The Duchess movieThe ever beautiful Keira Knightley and period dramas are a never-ending affair and we can’t deny that it is where she belongs. In ‘The Duchess’ the actress portrays the life of the Duchess of Devonshire charting all her life right down to the scandals of 18th century.

 

  1. ‘Lady J’

Image result for Lady J movieFor all you movie buffs who love Dangerous Liaisons, Lady J almost walks the same path where a woman intends to take down a man who cheats on her. Set in the reign of Louis XV, the makers have brilliantly blended wit with a highly promising narrative.

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8 Romantic Movies To Watch This Valentine’s Day

by Emily Keen

There are classic rom coms in Hollywood we often trip over. There are scenes that still get the audience swooning. For instance- Mark flashing a “To Me You Are Perfect” note to Juliet in Love Actually or the I’ll have what she’s having” moment in Harry Met Sally. No matter how many times we come across these scenes, there is a momentary gush of feelings.

But we often miss out on movies that drown in the noise caused by these cult classics. We keep chasing after the relatable feelgoods when there are troves of new feelings to experience. Here is a list of the rarest romantic films that you should be binging over this Valentines.

 

  1. Moonrise Kingdom

Image result for moonrise kingdom movieAccording to popular opinion, this is the film holds a spot in the top 5 movies of Wes Anderson. The man has a penchant for creating heartwarming stories with his knack over intricacy. A budding love of a pre-teen couple passionate yet mature forms the heart of the story. The story builds as they navigate the challenges of school life and the mindset of adults around them. The Moonrise Kingdom might as well be called the best adaptation of Peter Pan and Wendy’s onscreen chemistry.

 

  1. Amelie

Image result for Amelie movieMagic ensues when two kindred souls are trapped in a whirlpool of emotions and you know it is never going to be a straightforward love story. But that’s the beauty of Amelie. The back and forth journey of two people in love will leave you with an intense yet carefree hangover.

 

  1. Love & Basketball

Image result for Love & Basketball movieAmidst countless tales about how love suffocates between two achievers stands an honest attempt by Gina Prince-Bythewood. The film charts the love between two ball players that stems as a rivalry but blooms into an imperfect yet a trying relationship. Bythewood leaves no corner unexplored in this athletic feature. Right from the complications of being in the limelight, making business decisions and family planning Love & Basketball is an ode to love stories that endure the test of time and life.

 

  1. Let the Right One In

Image result for Let the Right One In movieThe love between two oddballs is still love. They just have a different way of expressing it but at the core still exist the same values- utter faith and zero conditions. This screen adaptation of John Ajvide Lindqvist’s novel brings together two misfits who have a peculiar inclination towards gruesome murders and bloodthirst. Creepy huh? If you don’t mind the grisly aspect of this romantic affair, you are about to have a whole new perspective about the unconditional love that we talk about all the time.

 

  1. WALL-E

Image result for WALL-E movieMake no mistake, it’s not just a robot! He feels passion, love and emotions just like you and I. 800 years from now when humanity would probably have evolved into humanoids with the human core still intact only abilities amplified, this is how the love between two people would look like. Andrew Stanton’s sci-fi space animated adventure takes you through different stages of WALL-E’s love story and he makes sure it permeates the screen and pierces right through the heart.

 

  1. The Apartment

Image result for The Apartment movieIf you are ensorceled with B&W era classics love sagas, The Apartment would be a bold choice. If you are thinking why “bold”, well for once it favours the idea of painful love and the other being the Avant grade characters build by Billy Wilder.

 

  1. Forgetting Sarah Marshall

Image result for Forgetting Sarah Marshall movieFor all those getting over a breakup, Jason Segel’s methods of forgetting a significant other might just help. Or maybe not! If not that, at least you will laugh your heart out at this brutally honest tale of post break up struggle.

 

  1. Carol

Image result for Carol movieTodd Haynes means to tell you that love is not just a feeling that brews randomly. It is slow, lopsided and has its own language. It lies in the subtle cues that we often ignore thinking it is just ostensible and transient. What if it’s not? This intoxicating tale provokes so many questions and unattended emotions at once. It’s time you meet your feelings head-on!

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8 Best Valentine’s Day Movies On Amazon Prime

by Emily Keen

Date night with friends or boyfriend! A romantic film is a perfect way to end the night. But how do you choose a film right for the mood? Fret it not!

We have got a list of 8 movies that make up for a perfect valentine’s week line up on Amazon Prime. Here goes:

 

  1. Miss Congeniality and Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous

Image result for Miss Congeniality movieAn undercover FBI agent infiltrates a beauty pageant in this infamous rom-com headlined by Sandra Bullock. The first instalment is more on the romantic side while the second is a pal comedy featuring Regina King as Bullock’s partner.

 

  1. Because I Said So

Image result for Because I Said So movieA hilarious experience ensues as Daphne tries to get her extremely insecure youngest daughter find a perfect match and stop her from backing the wrong horse. The misunderstandings caused by Daphne’s overbearing fill the feature with an utmost chuckle.

 

  1. Thanks For Sharing

Image result for Thanks For Sharing movieA recovering sex addict and a breast cancer survivor find comfort in each other’s company and end up falling in love. But how are they supposed to make this work when they have to fight separate battles of their own? The film stars Mark Ruffalo and Gwyneth Paltrow in lead roles with Tim Robbins and Josh Gad as supporting cast.

 

  1. Cruel Intentions

Image result for Cruel Intentions movieYou could call this a revamp of Dangerous Liaisons with an added essence of true love, Cruel intentions come across as an exploration of the viciousness of human vices. The star cast includes Reese Witherspoon, Ryan Phillippe, Sarah Michelle Gellar and Selma Blair star.

 

  1. Girl Most Likely

Image result for Girl Most Likely movieThis indie comedy charts the life of Imogene (Kristen Wiig) from the time she attempts to end her life and her mother takes her in. You would think this improves her life but it’s just the opposite.

 

  1. How To Be A Latin Lover

Image result for How To Be A Latin Lover movieIn the ultimate laughing stock we see Eugenio Derbez playing toyboy to rich widows to keep his desire of a luxurious lifestyle satisfied. When his cougar of a wife banishes him from her life, his quest of searching for a new flame earns him a total shift in perspective.

 

  1. The Big Sick

Image result for The Big Sick movieKumail Nanjiani’s relationship with Emily V. Gordon forms the basis of this feature dealing with cross-cultural conflicts in a love story. The film stars Nanjiani as himself and Zoe Kazan as Emily.

 

  1. Little Italy

Image result for Little Italy movieA love story at the mercy of a family feud forms the backdrop of the film. Will love see this couple to the end of the road amidst a business rivalry? Oh and maybe you should order some pizza if you crave food once you look at it.

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8 Rom-Coms to Stream on Netflix this Valentine’s Day

by Emily Keen

It’s the valentine season and we are sure you are looking for something to end a date with. Singles need not worry either. These movies will inadvertently cheer up any section of audience irrespective of their relationship status. There is something magical about these classics that spellbind even the most uninterested viewers. You just have to initiate. When it comes to rom-coms Netflix has quite a collection.

Here are 8 best Rom-coms to watch on the streaming service this Valentine’s:

 

  1. About Time

Image result for about time movieThis romantic narrative overlaid on the concept of time travel is monumentally packed with drama and emotions. It is a rather interesting blend of a love story and science fiction. As …. Realizes he can travel through time, all he wants to do is go back and woo an old flame.

 

  1. The Ugly Truth

Image result for the ugly truth movieA lovesick television producer (Katherine Heigl) strikes a wily deal with a cynical TV show host (Gerard Butler) who believes his perception of love is perfect. He is even almost winning the bet until his own feelings begin to wander the love he so claims to control begins to control him instead.

 

  1. Always Be My Maybe

Image result for Always Be My Maybe movieOne word! Hilarious! This comical journey of two childhood sweethearts reconnecting after 15 years will crack you up. The film stars Ali Wong, Randall Park and Keanu Reeves in a special role.

 

  1. The Theory of Everything

Image result for The Theory of Everything movieIf you think a science mind is not at all romantic, you need to watch Theory of Everything. This film captures the love between the most intelligent man on earth and his first love in the most incredible way.

 

  1. Hitch

Image result for Hitch movieWill Smith plays a Date Doctor who claims he can match people with their soul mates in just three days. He crosses paths with a Tabloid journalist (Eva Mendes) who swears to expose him and his sham at all costs. Little do they know the spar ultimately causes them to develop feelings for each other?

 

  1. Jane Austen Book Club

Image result for Jane Austen Book Club movieA tale full of love, bliss, failures ensues as a group of funny friends catch up years later in a Jane Austen themed book club.

 

  1. Good Luck Chuck

Image result for Good Luck Chuck movieCharlie is cursed with being lonely. He has dated a bazillion women and everyone finds their soul mate as soon as they break up with him. As life takes a beautiful turn and he stumbles upon Cam, a charming penguin girl. He instantly falls in love with her but will he be able to break the curse?

 

  1. Someone Great

Image result for Someone Great movieThe twenties won’t stay forever no? We eventually have to give up on our idea of a perfect relationship and embrace life like an adult. In an attempt of recovering from a brutal breakup, Gina takes a holiday with her friends that turn out to be a life-changing adventure.

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7 Reasons Why Love Actually is the Perfect Christmas Film

by Emily Keen

Over the years I have wondered why Love Actually never made the cut as a Christmas film, when in fact it had all the elements to measure up as one. To begin with, it deals with some of the most iconic love stories in all their glory. This is the crux of every Christmas film out there.

Arent holidays suppose to be romantic? What’s the fun if you do not share it with the person who loves you?

Here are ten reasons why Love Actually, actually qualifies as a Christmas film:

 

  1. True love need not always be romantic

Some of the most prominent relationships in the film are not romantic – Sarah and her sick brother, Billy Mack and his Manager and also the father-son duo.

 

  1. Awfully relatable characters

The tension of being around someone you are crushing overkills you and Martine McCutcheon and Hugh Grant realize the exact scenario on screen.

 

  1. That pain of unreciprocated love is beautifully captured

Who does not love the scene where Andrew Lincoln confesses his love for Keira Knightley? It is one of the most beautifully crafted scenes of closure. In fact, it’s perfect!

 

  1. The great Christmas play

The presence of Spiderman, lobsters and a giant whale during the birth of Jesus was absolutely normal and not at all questionable.

 

  1. It’s funny

Jamie struggling to communicate with his maid, Colin’s scheme of finding love in America and Billy Mack’s Radio interview should be the highlights when it comes to hilarity.

 

  1. The incredible music

The music by Craig Armstrong, The Beach Boys, Norah Jones, Kelly Clarkson, and Joni Mitchell powers up this magical journey of love.

 

  1. The Portuguese proposal by Colin Firth!

You will be in splits when you hear Colin proposing Aurelia for marriage every time you watch this film.

Just watch it! It’s worth every bit of time.

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8 Movies That Make You Think About Reality

by Emily Keen

For years we have been told that we only use 10 percent of what our mind is actually capable of. There are still theories contradicting this fact. But what if it’s true? These are movies that will help you walk through those passages of mind that you didn’t even know existed. The whole purpose of these films is to expand our consciousness and open our minds to new possibilities.

Total Recall (1990)

Image result for Total Recall (1990)Douglas Quaid has constant dreams about a trip on Mars but he has no idea why. Until he subjects himself to a memory implant which brings back some forgotten memories.

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K-PAX (2001)

Related imageA patient claims to be ET but the psychiatrist has a hard time believing his explanations.

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Predestination (2014)

Image result for Predestination (2014)A mind-bending time travel romp which finds a Temporal agent chasing his a criminal who has forever managed to escape through time.

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Identity (2003)

Image result for Identity (2003)Two plot lines run parallel to each other where one follows a series murders happening at a Motel and the other is a trial room set up where a psychiatrist is trying to prove the innocence of a man accused of murder. Is there a connection between the two?

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Unbreakable (2000)

Image result for Unbreakable (2000)David Dunn is unbreakable, and he does not notice the fact until he survives a deadly train crash and emerges completely unharmed from it. Elijah, a comic specialist might just know why that is.

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The Jacket (2005)

Image result for The Jacket (2005)The Jacket is a story about a wrongly convicted suspect in a crime that leads a war veteran to have visions from the future while he is locked in a body drawer as a part of experimental therapy.

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The Thirteenth Floor (1999)

Image result for The Thirteenth Floor (1999)Another “whodunit” mystery murder tale taken to a whole new level by throwing in a concept of a computer-generated parallel world.

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Triangle (2009)

Related imageJess and her friends land in an uncalled for a tragic situation where they are being hunted down one by one and Jess unknowingly is the way out of this quandary.

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8 Best Netflix Original Holiday Movies

by Emily Keen

November and December are the most pleasant months of the year. It is the time when the excitement for holidays begins and it is okay if you feel like indulging in cheesy rom-com features. Since the mood is generally skewed towards light-hearted and happy ending dramas, a lot of holiday movies happen to release during this time of the year.

Netflix too has its share of flicks that are meant for an audience who want to cozy up to a delightful adventure on a snowy night. And here they come!

 

  1. ‘Let It Snow’

Image result for ‘Let It Snow’ movieYou will find yourself going gaga over a pair of teenage couples, out on a date on Christmas eve in the beautiful small town, Illinois.

 

  1. ‘Klaus’

Image result for ‘Klaus’This Netflix original animated film might seem like a casual holiday flick. Except it’s not! The film has a very strong underlying message about why it is important to learn about being responsible.

 

  1. ‘Holiday in the Wild’

Related imageIt doesn’t exactly start on a positive note where Kate’s husband just left her and her son is off to college. Kate then decides to take a solo trip to Zambia which was actually supposed to be a second honeymoon. The holiday turns out to be a life-changing journey for Kate where she finds an ostensible love interest in Derek and a new found love for taking care of elephants at the local sanctuary.

 

  1. ‘Holiday Rush’

Image result for ‘Holiday Rush’Rush Williams loses his job as an RJ, goes broke and has to give up on his normal lifestyle and start sharing an apartment with his aunt. It would have been better if he didn’t have any dependants on him. He has children who think the house is a dump. “Holiday Rush” is the story of a walking the tight rope, trying to make a living and at the same time be a good father to his children.

 

  1. ‘The Knight Before Christmas’

Image result for ‘The Knight Before Christmas’A knight from the 14th century gets sent to present-day Ohio by an old crone. He is following a quest, unbeknownst to what the mission actually is. Brooke empathizes with the situation and decides to take him in until he has found his way. What unfolds next is a tale of old school romance adorned with a lot of love and kindness with the air smelling like Christmas. A perfect movie for Christmas eve!

 

  1. A Christmas Prince: The Royal Baby’ (2019)

Image result for A Christmas Prince: The Royal Baby'If you don’t mind overly cheesy and goodie love being thrown all around like confetti, go ahead and watch this one. But mind you, it could sound awfully ridiculous at times with overblown emotions and sugar-coated dialogues.

 

  1. Christmas Inheritance (2017)

Image result for Christmas Inheritance (2017)This can be called a hallmark Christmas film with all the elements that make up for a perfect holiday watch but is way less cheesy than the Christmas Prince Trilogy as a whole. A rich city girl must learn the importance of Christmas before she inherits her father’s fortune. What grips you to the story is her journey.

 

  1. The Holiday calendar

Image result for The Holiday calendarNothing flashy about this one per se but it definitely deserves a spot on the list. It’s too bad that this charming story about a photographer who inherits a calendar that can predict the future is often forgotten when we speak of Netflix’s holiday content.

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8 Light Hearted Movies You Can Stream on Netflix

by Emily Keen

We all need an escape from the stress and tension of our daily lives. Netflix is the one escape that we are very thankful for. Do you know what more you should be thankful for? The light-hearted films the streaming service has on the list.

Don’t worry about doing the digging. We already did that for you. Here goes:

 

  1. Roald Dahl’s Matilda (1996)

Image result for Roald Dahl's Matilda (1996)As children, we all felt like getting back at the adults who tried to control every aspect of our life. What would you do if you had the power to teach these control freaks a lesson? Roald Dahl’s Matilda could give you some ideas.

 

  1. When Harry Met Sally… (1989)

Related imageThe cult-favorite rom-com is every hopeless romantic’s go to after an exhausting week.

 

  1. Set It Up (2018)

Related imageIt’s payback time for the horrible bosses! This story about two assistants fed up with their managers will give you a laugh of a lifetime.

 

  1. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before (2018)

Image result for To All the Boys I've Loved Before (2018)What if someday your crush finds out the way you feel about them? You have no idea what to do right? Well, in Lara’s case it is just too many crushes whom she wrote secret letters to and now all of them know! How is she ever going to get through this?

 

  1. Burlesque (2010)

Related imageCliché is all you can call this plot that involves Christina Aguilera and Cher. Mostly a no brainer, but you just can’t hate it.

 

  1. Someone Great (2019)

Related imageThis may not be a great rom-com but watch it just to witness the best onscreen chemistry the trio shares onscreen.

 

  1. Falling Inn Love (2019)

Image result for Falling Inn Love (2019)The Inn is what drives the story that starts between a woman who wins a new tavern space and the contractor who is helping her refurbish it.

 

  1. Legally Blonde (2001)

Image result for Legally Blonde (2001)Is there anyone who has not heard of this teen classic? And if you did not know it was available on Netflix, You are welcome.

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8 Movies That Make You Think About Life

by Emily Keen

We often think of cinema as a medium to keep ourselves entertained. But movies do so much more than that. They help us gain a new perspective on life. Just like these movies we have listed below. They enlighten us and inspire us in more ways than we can imagine.

 

  1. Into The Wild

Image result for Into The Wild movieThis story about a nature lover who gives up on his life and goes in pursuit of wilderness will help you come to terms with the fundamental nature of human beings.

 

  1. The Truman Show

Image result for The Truman ShowWhat would it feel like if you find out, your life until now was documented for a reality TV show? The Truman Show is about a man who comes to find the truth about his life and now questions the significance of his existence.

 

  1. Crash

Image result for crash movieA brutally honest tale of racial tension that developed in America post 9/11 highlights different shades and complexities of human nature.

 

  1. The Shawshank Redemption

Image result for The Shawshank Redemption movieThis classic narrated by Morgan Freeman is a work of art built around the life of Andy Dufresne who is wrongly convicted for a murder he did not commit. Will he be able to redeem himself?

 

  1. Waking Life

Image result for Waking LifeA philosophical masterpiece crafted by Richard Linklater vividly illustrates the nature of the human mind.

 

  1. Pay It Forward

Related imageDoing good is not hard. The world would be a great place to live in had we practiced kindness like the 11-year-old boy does in this movie.

 

  1. Dead Poets Society

Image result for Dead Poets SocietyWhy do we let society define the way we should live? Who gets to decide if your dreams are normal or delusional? Dead Poets society raises some very important questions.

 

  1. Life Is Beautiful

Related imageThis is one heartwarming attempt at showcasing a parent’s love for their children and you will find yourself smiling through tears.

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Kevin from ‘Home Alone’ Grew Up to Be the Killer from ‘Saw’

by Emily Keen

There is this crazy theory doing rounds about Kevin McCallister being the Jigsaw. Home Alone films by 20th Century Fox were a major blockbuster of the 90s. In the film, Kevin gets left behind while his family goes on a vacation. Two burglars take note of the fact and try to break into the house. Kevin gives them a tour of hell with his cunning defense art. But this creative skill later evolves into a murderous instinct as per a few.

Jigsaw, on the other hand, is a crooked killer who resorts to killing people as a distraction from his imminent death. Jigsaw’s name is John Kramer. He has a peculiar way of murdering his victims. The captive must play the games they are surrounded with to stay alive. He kills them if they lose.

So where is the comparison here? Let us break it down for you

Kevin does not show any signs of abnormality as a child. Granted he only harms the bandits in defense. But the fact that he enjoys watching them suffer cannot be neglected. Jigsaw’s motive is to generate newfound respect for life in the minds of his victims but he too enjoys torturing them. Would it be totally nuts to assume that Kevin lost his grip on sanity when he heard the news of his illness and brought back the sadist mentality in a more violent way?

Both Kevin and Jigsaw use similar crafts to hurt their victims. Kevin’s speciality is building elaborate traps while Jigsaw makes up complicated games. Some of Jigsaw’s games have an uncanny resemblance to Kevin’s work of art.

Not to mention the blue eyes and blonde hair and oh, the mysteriously similar jawline they share. If we assume Kevin moved to the east coast after experiencing the events of home alone and grew up there, it all adds up. He possibly assumed a new identity of John Kramer and the rest is history.

The release timing of the two movies may not favour this theory since Kevin is just a kid in home alone films and he could only grow up to be a teenager by the time saw released in theatres. But Jigsaw is a fully grown man.  Nevertheless, James Wan, the maker of Saw fully supports this theory. That could mean something.

Only if the math of the release dates could add up, we would have every possible explanation to believe that Kevin did grow up into Jigsaw.

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8 Fantasy Flicks Streaming Right Now on Netflix

by Emily Keen

There is no rigid definition of what makes up a good fantasy film. It is simply any pic that gives us an out of the world experience through breathtaking set pieces.

Be it a battle of pirate ships or trouble in paradise, they qualify if they make the audience go woohoo!

Here is a list of some of the most expansive epics that will take you on a ride of a lifetime.

Legion (2010)

Image result for Legion (2010)Run Time: 100 min | IMDb: 5.2/10

Paul Bettany and Dennis Quaid star in this dark fantasy epic that clings to some of the genre’s most- A protagonist versus Zombie chronicle coupled with religious themes and a bit of darkness! We cannot lie though. It’s quite a lot of darkness, to be honest.

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Cloud Atlas (2012)

Image result for Cloud Atlas (2012)Run Time: 172 min | IMDb: 7.5/10

This Wachowski creation is more of a mind-numbing experience than a fantasy with a lot of plotlines and character arcs being navigated simultaneously. But the themes of space and time help it make the cut.

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Coco (2017)

Image result for Coco (2017)Run Time: 105 min | IMDb: 8.5/10

On a superficial scale, Coco might just seem like another family drama surrounding a Mexican family. But subliminally it is meant to invoke some deep sentiments that humans experience in this journey of life and death. The picture of heaven painted by this film is rather unconventional but extravagant.

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The Crow (1994)

Image result for The Crow (1994)Run Time: 102 min | IMDb: 7.6/10

A rockstar comes back to life as the Crow to take revenge from men who raped and killed his fiancé. The film gained much acclaim since the lead Brandon Lee, died on an incident on the set with just a week remaining for the film to be completed.

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The Brothers Grimm (2005)

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Two brothers go around scamming villagers for money in exchange for their ability to scare away evil and ghosts. But the con eventually lands them in real trouble when they are faced with real supernatural powers.

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Hellboy (2004)

Image result for Hellboy (2004)Run Time: 122 min | IMDb: 6.9/10

Who could pull off the devil better than Ron Perlman did? But the audience loved this one since he was not a devil after all. He fought for good.

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April And The Extraordinary World (2015)

Image result for April And The Extraordinary World (2015)Run Time: 105 min, IMDb: 7.3/10

Set in an alternate version of reality, this film showcases a world where technology does not exist and France is led by the Napoleans. Care to venture into this world?

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Horns (2013)

Image result for Horns (2013)Run Time: 120 min | IMDb: 6.5/10

Can you imagine Daniel Radcliffe with horns? He still looks hot! Besides in this one, he goes dark.

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8 Fantasy Movies to Watch on Amazon Prime

by Emily Keen

Fantasy movies are much more than the cliché ideas of fairy tales and wizards. They could be giant monsters or machines or even space adventures. It is any movie that takes you on a roller coaster of thrill and excitement.

We present you 8 best fantasy movies streaming on Amazon Prime.

 

  1. Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle

Image result for Jumanji: Welcome To The JungleDwayne Johnson’s Jumanji is a modern-day idea of the original concept. The third installment of the franchise features a video game that sucks the players into a jungle where dangers of cosmic proportions await.

 

  1. Aquaman

Image result for AquamanThe supposedly rightful heir of the Atlantis, the Aquaman is back with a splash in a standalone aqua adventure treating us with the best CGI and intensive combat scenes. But what really looks mesmerizing is the vibrant theme of the film.

 

  1. Godzilla: King of Monsters

Related imageOne word- Destruction! That’s right! If fans say they were not satisfied with the earlier renditions of this monster film franchise, be assured you will have enough combat and demolition to fulfill that craving.

 

  1. Men in Black

Image result for Men in BlackThe Brand’s original film is the best one ever and none of the sequels will ever match up to the level of wit, vision and cultural impact the dynamic duo Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones had on the audience.

 

  1. Snow White and the Huntsman

Image result for Snow White and the HuntsmanUnlike the animated Snow White, this one is not a light-hearted princess story. It is a rather dark and murky quest of a princess(Kristen Stewart) who has to save her kingdom from her evil stepmother. This is a real battle she has to fight on the field with the aid of the huntsman (Chris Hemsworth).

 

  1. Hocus Pocus

Image result for Hocus PocusHocus Pocus is the classic tale of three witches whose spirits come alive every Halloween. The spooky cult favorite released in 1993 and is still adored by all generations.

 

  1. Guardians of the Galaxy

Image result for Guardians of the GalaxyA group of Kickass and hilarious guardians driving around in their cool spaceship saving the cosmos from imminent dangers! This is one franchise in the Marvel universe that perfectly blends superhero actions with genuine emotions and brilliant plotline.

 

  1. Mortal Engines

Image result for Mortal EnginesThe plot sounds bonkers. It is actually set in a post-apocalyptic future where cities are moving on wheels and the big cities will eat up small ones if they don’t grow. Crazy huh? But the soul of the film is n fact the protagonist Hester, who has rather questionable ethics but an undeniable depth to her.

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8 Psychological Thrillers Streaming On Netflix Right Now

by Emily Keen

Thrillers need not always be about creepy monsters and surreal characters. The darkest corners of the human mind are much scarier and worth exploring. Hollywood’s cosmos of psycho thrillers is gleaming with the darkest gems that are highly underrated.  For fans of horror and mystery here are 8 of these brilliant psychological thrillers streaming on Netflix right now.

The Invisible Guest

Image result for the invisible guest movieA typical ‘whodunit’ plotline that will keep you guessing about the identity of a killer until the curtain falls on the final act.

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The Good Neighbor

Image result for The Good NeighborTwo tech-savvy guys, Sean and Ethan are hellbent on creating a haunting experience for their old neighbor. If you are thinking there is nothing particularly psycho about it, you should perhaps take a closer look at Ethan who would go to any lengths to push his poor old neighbor over the edge.

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Buster’s Mal Heart

Related imageWhen Rami Malek’s at the heart of the story, don’t expect anything sane or normal! But one thing is for sure! You are in for a ride of a lifetime. The Oscar-winning actor plays an ordinary man who one fine day decides to give up on his life as a family man for life on the run because he is convinced that an event called ‘The inversion’ is about to change the world.

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Brick

Image result for brick movieA classic film noir, the film overlays the elements of old age detective films over seemingly modern characters. Gordon-Levitt’s character drives the entire film which is a masterpiece in itself when it comes to plotting, dialogues, and astuteness.

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Berlin Syndrome

Image result for Berlin SyndromeSet in Berlin the film follows the journey of an Australian backpacker Clare who loves to explore places and meet new people. But are all strangers really dreamy-like they show in romantic comedies? The one Clare meets is definitely a nightmare.

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Creep

Image result for creep movieIt is everything the title literally says. There is something so disturbing yet utterly fascinating about this found footage romps that they will keep you coming back. Creep charts the life of Aaron, a videographer who finds himself working for a man(Josef) who is about to die of cancer and wants to document his life for his unborn child. But whatever Josef says, his stories do not add up.

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Hush

Image result for HushImagine you are home alone and suddenly you realize that you have an invited guest. The terror that would craw above the knees is unexplainable. Now hold that thought. Let’s say you are deaf and mute too. Feel the chills down the spine yet? Exactly the feeling this slasher flick aspires to invoke.

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Burning

Related imageIf any of you are aspiring thriller filmmakers, consider Burning as the masterclass session you need. The film is simply amazing with developing a story that will take even the most uninterested audience to the edge of their seats. A must watch a psychological thriller that takes brilliantly dissects the concepts of class divide and toxic masculinity.

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8 Movies That Are Sure to Make You Cry

by Emily Keen

No matter how strong you think you are when movies bring out a whole lot of relatable sentiments it will trigger waterworks whether you like it or not.

Here are 8 such movies that are sure to make you cry when you watch them.

Beaches

Image result for beaches movieA tale of childhood friendship eternalized by the love between two best friends and the performances of Barbara Hershey and Bette Midler. If nothing else, do not underestimate the power of music to tickle the eyes.

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Brokeback Mountain

Image result for Brokeback MountainIf this poignant account of homosexual attraction between Jake Gyllenhaal and Heath Ledger does not make you cry, I don’t know what will.

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Holland’s Opus

Image result for Holland's OpusThere is always that one teacher in everyone’s life whose words or actions have a huge impact on their life. Have you thanked them for doing it yet? If not, this story about a music teacher will compel you to do so.

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The Joy Luck Club

Related imageA mother-daughter story that will make you reach for the phone and call your mom once it’s over.

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Stepmom

Image result for StepmomSusan Sarandon and Julia Roberts give us the ultimate tear-jerker with their bizarre relationship that takes an unusual turn.

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The Lion King

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Not just the deers, zebras, and the elephants, we were all rejoiced and teary-eyed when Rafiki held little Simba high up in the air like the king he was.

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The Fault in Our Stars

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The Hate U Give

Image result for The Hate U GiveThis brutal drama about the life of a black girl highlights the struggle of surviving in spaces of white dominance when you belong to a black neighborhood.

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8 Good Movies to Watch When Home Alone

by Emily Keen

Some movies mean to convey emotions that cannot be fully felt in the presence of company. Such features are best enjoyed alone. Here are 8 such movies that may be solemnly devoured when you have the house all to yourself.

 

  1. Honey Boy, 2019

Image result for Honey Boy, 2019A poignant account of actor Shia Labeouf’s life explores an emotionally toxic relationship he had with his father and how the consequential PTSD changed his life.

  1. Waves, 2019

Image result for Waves, 2019Another complicated father-son relationship maverick which pushes the boundaries of conventional narratives coupled with phenomenal cinematography and sublime acting.

 

  1. Uncut Gems, 2019

Image result for Uncut Gems, 2019A high thrill adventure set in the backdrop of New York city driven by an ecstatic Adam Sandler whose life at the moment to be described in one word would be- crisis. Not to mention the Safdie brother’s signature style tension build-up that will keep you at the edge of your seat.

 

  1. The Lighthouse, 2019

Image result for The Lighthouse, 2019An oddball script that is carried only by two characters. That’s right! Robert Pattinson and Willem Dafoe phenomenally enact the struggle, the frustration, and weariness they undergo while being stuck over an island with each other.

 

  1. The World Before Your Feet, 2018

Related imageA very uplifting account about life realized through Matt Green’s obsession to walk every street of the city and document the character of what we call New York. It took him six years!

 

  1. Last Breath, 2019

Image result for Last Breath, 2019A tense and gripping tale of a diver who is stranded 100 meters below the surface of the North Sea just 5 minutes away from his Last breath while the rescue is 30 minutes away.

 

  1. Midsommar, 2019

Image result for Midsommar, 2019Well here is the deal. If you suffer from Anxiety, stay away from this one. This is Ari Aster’s second psycho-thriller taking satanic rituals to a whole new level set in the backdrop of beautiful Swedish mountains. Don’t fall for its aesthetics. It could drive a sane man crazy!

 

  1. The Mustang, 2019

Image result for The Mustang, 2019Matthias Schoenaerts proves he is very eloquent with expressing his emotions without saying a word. This is one of those rare gems which deserves all the appreciation for the underlying subtext more than the story and more so for the way it is narrated.

 

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8 Best Animated Movies of All Time

by Emily Keen

It all started with simple 2D drawings on the screens. The animation genre was once only an effort meant mostly for a juvenile audience. Even the pioneers wouldn’t have foreseen its power as the richest medium to channel creativity and imagination. If we were to handpick a few in the genre that really pushed the boundaries of innovation with the drawings and characters, these 8 films would be it!

 

  1. ‘Rango’ (2011)

Related imageThe director of Pirates of Carribean gives us quirky animated western which charts the adventures of a thespian lizard. The film uses references from some of the most classic western genre opuses including Clint Eastwood’s “Man with No Name” which gives it a peculiar feel.

 

  1. ‘Coraline’ (2009)

Image result for Coraline’ (2009)Everything that shines is not gold. Coraline, our titular character learns this the hard way. The stop motion animation flick crafts some crisp 3D frames and a brilliant storyline.

 

  1. ‘Charlotte’s Web’ (1973)

Image result for Charlotte’s Web’ (1973)Watch this one just to witness Templeton the rat dancing and singing to “the fair is a veritable smorgasborg-orgasborg-orgasborg!”. You will cherish it forever.

 

  1. ‘Grave of the Fireflies’ (1988)

Image result for Grave of the Fireflies’ (1988)An attempt supposedly made to target the child audience but is in fact an intense post-war set up that shows the struggle of teenage siblings who are learning to survive in the world in the wake of the hostilities.

 

  1. ‘Fantastic Planet’ (1973)

Image result for Fantastic Planet’ (1973)Everything! Literally everything about this film is odd. Right from the eerie soundtrack to the papercut animation, this is simply a work of art by French animator René Laloux.

 

  1. ‘The Secret of NIMH’ (1982)

Image result for ‘The Secret of NIMH’ (1982)A symbolic fable that attempts to take a dig at heinous experimentation on animals and a gesture at celebrating the strength of single moms through a light-hearted yet strong story of a widowed mouse.

 

  1. ‘Up’ (2009)

Image result for ‘Up’ (2009)Simply put – an achiever! The film garnered much attention after it became an opening film at the Cannes Film Festival. The stunningly animated frames skillfully refine the plot to realize into what we can call the best magical realism fable ever made.

 

  1. Howl’s Moving Castle’ (2004)

Related imageAn unpleasant witch curses a young woman with an old body. The woman’s only way out is a young wizard who moves around in a walking castle.

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8 Reasons Why Elf is the Greatest Christmas Movie of Modern Times

by Emily Keen

There are a few movies that do not get the recognition they deserve when they are released. But as years go by they grow to become cult favourites. One such film is Elf on the Shelf. We often see a lot of Santa in Christmas movies. But Elves are usually underrated as a significant part of Christmas.

Elf in the Shelf released in 2003 but hardly ever makes it to the Christmas playlist. We wonder why when it is, in fact, one of the greatest Christmas movies of modern times.

Here are 8 reasons why:

 

  1. Will Ferrell

Will Ferrell broke out as a comedic superstar from this film. He already had cult following through his comedy TV show. He created a brand with his non-sequitur style and frankly, that’s what makes the film so great.

 

  1. The idea of the film

Elf mirrors the plotlines of some of the classic American films including Crocodile Dundee, Big and The Jerk where he is visiting the city of New York with a purpose in mind. The way the makers have settled for an idea that perfectly balances conformity and anarchism is rather commendable.

 

  1. Santa’s Home

The film showcases one of the most unique sets depicting the North Pole. We have to give it up to the set designers for creating a 2D stylized home for Santa and to keep it believable and comical at the same time.

 

  1. Jon Favreau

Jon Favreau deserves credit for a heartwarming and easy-going script which well defines his talent as a writer and director. The film does not look like it is going heavy on the festive element but holds a subtle and natural charm.

 

  1. Way to New York

The directions to New York are rather easy to remember in a way this film taught us: pass through the seven levels of the Candy Cane forest, through the sea of swirly twirly gum drops, and then walk through the Lincoln Tunnel.

 

  1. James Caan

Buddy’s father, a human, makes the rather poignant process of defrosting look so usual. No one could have pulled the act as well as he did and that proves how visionary the casting director was. Susie Farris, Take a bow!

 

  1. Redefining Food Groups

Candy, candy canes, candy corns and syrup! We need to sign a petition to recognize this as the official Christmas diet.

 

  1. Face off with fake Santa

“You sit on a throne of lies!” Buddy yanks the fake Santa to give us the big moment of revelation like in Miracle On 34th Street and Bad Santa.

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8 Best Space Opera Movies of All Times

by Emily Keen

Space operas as a genre are a tremendous effort. The VFX, extravagant set pieces and vivid imaginations are quintessential to the success of these movies. Not all Soap operas made in Hollywood to date have made it to the winner’s list. It’s a total gamble. If the film wins, the makers become legends. If it doesn’t, well then, they get drafted into Hollywood’s loser’s list.

Here is the list of 8 great space operas which turned out to be massive hits:

 

  1. Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan

Image result for Star Trek II: The Wrath of KhanTwo ship commanders sparring against each other in the dark of space, this installment of Star Trek Franchise takes the villainous nature to a whole new level. With staggering performances and one of the most striking death scenes, this deserves the number one spot on the list.

 

  1. Star Wars: Original Trilogy (1977 – 1983)

Image result for Star Wars: Original TrilogyThe Trilogy is the one true definition of what a space opera means in all respects. All three films are considered benchmarks in the world of cinema.

 

  1. Serenity (2005)

Image result for Serenity (2005)Ever come across a film that is so wholesome that it becomes difficult to pick one good moment? Well, Serenity is one of them. The movie was specifically applauded for creating a whole new world with well-drawn characters.

 

  1. Alien (1979)

Related imageIf you haven’t watched this movie in a theatre, you are missing out on an experience of a lifetime. No movie will ever be able to match the dark depths of space as recreated in Alien. The film revolves around a group of humans making a run from an Alien spaceship, hellbent on destroying them.

 

  1. Interstellar (2014)

Image result for Interstellar (2014)Simply put – Work of art, made sublime by the direction of Christopher Nolan and scaling the height of classics owing to wonderful performances and brilliant cinematography.

 

  1. Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)

Image result for Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)James Gunn’s GOTG may not be a classic space opera but it would not be fair if we just dismiss it. The dazzling visual effects and comical tone which spans across the film help the film make the cut.

 

  1. WALL-E (2008)

Image result for WALL-E (2008)So far the only animated film to be classified as space opera Pixar’s WALL-E builds entirely around a robot. It would not be right to say that they have a perfect vision of the future but the ideas are quite refreshing.

 

  1. Galaxy Quest (1999)

Image result for Galaxy Quest (1999)The film begins with spoofing the ideas of space opera and sci-fi culture but then takes a sharp turn to give you a perfect space adventure.

 

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6 Awesome Cowboy Movies To Add To Your Watchlist

by Kaylen Summers

Before the era of superheroes, the 1930s to 60s saw Hollywood’s obsession with cowboys. During this time, many classic westerns were produced and some of them have their own cult following even today. But, if you are thinking about watching any of the movies, here is a list of awesome cowboy movies for you to start watching.

The Great Silence (1968)

1h 46min|Director: Sergio Corbucci

A group of ruthless bounty hunters is out to hunt down another group of outlaws and a vengeful young widow. However, the only person standing in their way is a mute gunslinger. Will he be able to overcome the odds and save his people from the bounty hunters? Stream to find out.

Pale Rider (1985)

1h 55min | Director: Clint Eastwood

A ruthless landowner is terrorizing a small gold mining camp to take hold of their land. Luckily for the miners, it seems like God has finally heard their prayers and he has sent Clint Eastwood on a pale horse to help them out. Arriving the town as a preacher with mysterious, otherworldly origins, Eastwood teams up with the miners and fights against the landowner and the corrupt sheriff.

High Plains Drifter (1973)

1h 45min | Director: Clint Eastwood

When it comes to cowboy movies, Clint Eastwood will always remain on the top of the list. In this movie, he is a  gunfighting stranger who visits a small settlement of Lago. Feeling intimidated by his presence, three gunmen try to kill him. However, he guns them down and earns the trust of the townsfolk and they hires him to hold off three outlaws coming their way.

Ride the High Country (1962)

1h 34min | Director: Sam Peckinpah

From transporting gold from a mining community an ex-lawman is hired. He has to travel through some dangerous territory to get to his destination. But, the real danger was lurking much closer than he expected. His partner and old friend double-crosses him and plots against him.

Appaloosa (2008)

1h 55min | Director: Ed Harris

The people of a small town in the west are suffering under the rule of a rancher.  In order to escape from his clunches, they hire two friends to police the town. But, their job got a little tougher then they expected when a young widow arrived in the town.

True Grit (2010)

 1h 50min | Director: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen

A hired hand murders the father of a 14-year-old farm girl. With no one on her side, she took it to herself to capture the killer. But, she knew that she needed the help of a trained hand. So, she hires Reuben J. ‘Rooster’ Cogburn, the toughest U.S. Marshal around.

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7 Movies That Are Super Funny To Watch

by Kaylen Summers

Being funny is not an easy task- especially on screen. You need to have a consistent narrative, great performance from actors and overall good timing. Though there are many comedies from Hollywood, only a few were striking enough to remain in our hearts.

Here is a list of such movies that super funny enough for a rewatch.

Ace Ventura: Pet Detective (1994)

When it comes to comedy, we cannot start the list without mentioning Jim Carrey. There is no doubt that one of his most memorable performance comes in Ace Ventura: Pet Detective. The mascot of the Miami Dolphins along with quarterback Dan Marino has gone missing. Now it is up to Jim Carrey to find the people behind this awful crime. Will he be able to solve the mystery, using his killer wits and abnormal investigations tactics? Watch to find out.

Police Academy gets a new batch of recruits and this time its a group of civilian volunteers because of  Commandant Lassard’s new ‘Citizens on Patrol’ program. The new community relations project has strong governmental support. But, it looks like Captain Harris has a strong dislike towards it. With him determined to make it a failure, it will be a fun ride to watch how the new batch survives.

Problem Child (1990)

It all started when Ben Healy and his social-climbing wife Flo decided to adopt a child.  Their choice was a fun-loving seven-year-old named Junior. But, little did they know that he was actually a little monster who can turn camping trips, a birthday party and even a baseball game into disastrous embarrassments. How?! You will have to watch this hilarious satire on modern-day family life to find out.

So I Married an Axe Murderer (1993)

Charlie MacKenzie has just gone through a bad breakup. But he is not going to give up on a love that soon. He falls for lovely butcher Harriet Michaels and introduces her to his parents. Unfortunately, his parents think that she is actually a notorious serial killer nicknamed “Mrs. X”, who is involved in a series of unusual honeymoon murders. Taking his parents’ actions as foolishness, Charlie ties the knot with Harriet. But soon he starts to realize that his parents were actually right.

Kingpin (1996)

Roy Munson was told that he would become a bowling superstar one day. But on playing for the wrong crowd, he lost his left hand and was left with a hook instead of it. It was when he started to settle down with it that he found someone who is as good as him- an Amish kid named Ishmael. Now, he is out to make a comeback and help the kid paly the high leagues.

Black Sheep (1996)

Albert Donnelly is a dignified candidate running for Governor. His campaign managers think that his slow-witted and klutzy younger brother, Mike, can be a problem to his public appearances. So they have hired sarcastic Steve to babysit him and keep him out the media’s eyes. Mike and Steve are out of town during the election and having the time of their lives.

Fierce Creatures (1997)

A New Zealand tycoon has just acquired Marwood Zoon and he has hired ex-policeman Rollo Lee to run it. To prove himself to his new boss and to earn more profits, Rollo introduces a new ‘fierce creatures’ policy. According to it only the most impressive and dangerous animals are allowed to remain in the zoo. But, the keepers are liking these demands.

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8 Feminist Movies to Watch on Netflix Right Now

by Emily Keen

 

Women centred films are slowly breaking the stereotypes and coming to the fore with more innovative and intriguing plots. Filmmakers are coming up with powerful issues surrounding women as opposed to archaic stereotypes where women were just considered a decoration for the script. Here are 8 films streaming on Netflix that have strong stories played by equally staunch actresses.

 

  1. Portraits of feminism

Image result for Portraits of feminism documentaryA dozen women activists are interviewed in this documentary where they share their views around the evolution of society as a safe and welcoming place for women.

 

  1. Is not it romantic?

Related imageNo, it’s not. It is just a girl on a journey of self-discovery and learning the importance of self-love.

 

  1. Dumplin’

Image result for Dumplin’Ever felt like you are not happy with your body? Most women do and that’s the issue this film expects to tackle in the vein of a light-hearted teen comedy.

 

  1. Lionheart

Image result for LionheartThe ceiling is glass. All you need is a Lionheart! Shot in Nigeria, the film is written, directed and enacted by Genevieve Nnaji as the central character.

 

  1. Mona Lisa SMILE

Related imageMaking life decisions does not seem like a big deal for women in our world right now. But the young women of the mid-twentieth century did not think of it as normal. Watch Mona Lisa Smile to find out how they emerged out of the cocoon to believe in a whole new reality and the fact that they had every right to shape it.

 

  1. The Incredible Jessica James

Image result for The Incredible Jessica JamesModern women want to be self-sufficient for themselves and would still believe in old school romance. Why is it hard to accept that strong women feel no different want nothing different when it comes to love without compromising on their self-esteem? The film raises some very pertinent questions.

 

  1. She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry

Image result for She’s Beautiful When She’s AngryWhoever type casted feminists as rude, men bashing creatures, definitely need to watch this film. The film brings to fore some very prominent moments from the second wave of the feminist movement.

 

  1. Historias cruzadas

Related imageNo oppressor can survive once the force of nature decides to reconcile. Historias cruzadas documents the combat of mid-20th-century domestic workers in the United States who joined hands against ill-treatment by employers and in the process inspired many city women to question the norms of gender stereotypes.

 

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8 Female Empowerment Movies on Amazon Prime

by Emily Keen

Looking for movies with some powerful and complex female characters? In times where women are battling with issues that are deep-rooted in the society since ages, a dose of motivation would not hurt. In fact, that is more of what we need.

Here are 8 very staunch women-centric titles, streaming right now on Amazon Prime.

 

  1. The Help

Related imageA young Journalist in 1960s decides to stick up for a story about the lives of domestic staffs in Mississippi that invites rage of the high-class employers.

 

  1. Lady Bird

Image result for Lady BirdA woman can steer past a thousand troubles but not a stubborn mom. Watch Saoirse Ronan in the skin of a lovely high school senior trying to get it right with her mother along with a whole eventful year at the high school.

 

  1. Moana (2016)

Image result for Moana (2016)Why is Moana on the list? Come on. How else would you inculcate the idea of strong women in the minds of coming of age girls and boys?

 

  1. Hidden Figures

Image result for Hidden FiguresDid you know that the mission that launched astronaut John Glenn into the orbit, was spearheaded by three women at NASA?

 

  1. Mulan

Image result for MulanA girl is not the one to carry forward the father’s legacy? How about we talk after you watch Mulan?

 

  1. A League Of Their Own

Image result for A League Of Their OwnYou’d think it’s easy to be in All-American Girls Baseball League. Well then here is the reality.

 

  1. Wild

Related imageCheryl Strayed begins her journey of self-discovery along the 1,100 mile-long Pacific Crest Trail after a harsh divorce. Reese Witherspoon as a protagonist gives a staggering performance in this adaptation of a bestselling novel Directed by Dallas Buyers Club.

 

  1. Bad Moms

Related imageThings hit the roof as a trio of overworked moms go astray to take time to themselves until they are facing a clique of moms who comply with their responsibilities as good moms.

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8 Family Friendly Movies on Amazon Prime

by Emily Keen

Parents who are having a hard time finding the perfect movies to watch with your kids, we got this. Amazon may not have a section labelled specially as family movies, but they do have films which suit the occasion. Here are 8 movies that you can watch with your kids without getting bored all along.

  1. Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (2017)

Image result for valerian and the city of a thousand planets (2017)Rated PG-13, IMDb score: 6.5/10

Luc Besson’s The Fifth element may not exactly fall within the confines of family movies, but Valerian sure does. The film is an adaptation of French comics and has a PG-13 rating. The film has its share of absurd ferocity but the kind that does not hurt the eyes since it is mostly computer-generated. Oh, and there is a sexy dance number by Rihanna!

 

  1. The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About Space (2017)

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Again a G-Rated feature which is safe for watching with children of all ages. Paul Hunts Cat in the Hat saga this time explores the wilderness of the solar system. This the absolute go-to if you want to get your kids started on the sci-fi space adventures.

 

  1. Power Rangers (2017)

Image result for Power Rangers (2017)Rated PG-13, IMDb score: 6.0/10

This reboot of the original Power Rangers film is a next-level adventure. Tidied up for the new-gen audience (older kids basically), it follows the power rangers dealing with some obnoxious rumour peddling happening at school. The violence is animated and the kids get to venture into the vivid world of the gang fighting evil monsters.

 

  1. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out Of The Shadows (2016)

Related imageRated PG-13, IMDb score: 6/10

Before you pounce on our decision to add this movie to the list, wait! Agreed that this turtle spoof carries a load of foul language and toilet humour, but they have definitely sobered down on the sexual content. If that’s what had you worried and a little “Jackass” and “son of a b****” here and there does not bother you, go for it!

 

  1. Hugo (2011)

Image result for Hugo (2011)Rated PG, IMDb score: 7.5/10

A quirky ride power packed for a younger group of audiences is what Hugo is at large. The tale speaks of Hugo, an orphan who loses his father in a fire. While there is nothing particularly concerning or even alarming about the film, the tone adopted in the film by Sasha Baron Cohen’s character where she speaks of pregnancy and infidelity may have upset a few sections.

 

  1. Zathura: A Space Adventure (2005)

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This whimsical space adventure has two brothers (aged 6 and 10) put aside their conflicts and embark on a journey that will have them facing off against infuriated extra-terrestrial beasts. An absolute No-No if you despise foul language though!

 

  1. Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989)

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Are you surprised Indiana Jones made the list? You are probably thinking “why anyone in their right mind would want to show their children scenes of melting humans and skeletons”? We don’t want that either. The Franchise’s third instalment goes subtle on the element of “atrocious” and that is how it made the cut. Indy this time pairs up with his father Henry (played by Sean Connery) to give us a wholesome movie full of action, adventure and drama.

 

  1. Jack Frost (1979)

Image result for Jack Frost (1979)IMDb score: 7.2/10

Jack Frost visits the town every year and along with him brings wintertime. But this time fate takes an unexpected turn and the master of cold has his heart warmed by a local woman Elisa. Lovestruck, the conjurer pleads to become human. But the transformation comes with its share of troubles that Elisa’s family must now endure. The stop motion animation feature harbours certain terms that in the times could be considered offensive.

 

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8 Movies Universally Loved by All Audiences

by Emily Keen

There is a general divide among audiences when it comes to a penchant for movies. There will be a section that loves indie classics. There are others who have an inclination towards mainstream cinema. But then there are movies that managed to push these barriers of categorization and enthrall audiences across the band. Here are 8 such films that managed to strike the chords in the hearts of movie buffs at large.

 

  1. Star Trek (2009)

Image result for star trek (2009)A vengeful Kirk is on a quest to defend the Federation from a ruthless Romulan seeking revenge. Will he live up to his father’s legacy? This reboot is considered one of the best renditions of the classic Star Trek saga.

 

  1. The Great Escape (1963)

Related imageAs the name suggests, the film is about allied prisoners of World War II planning an escape from a German camp. The film has been critically acclaimed for its top of class acting and background score. Be assured that if you do decide to watch it, you won’t get bored.

 

  1. The Hunger Games (2012)

Image result for The Hunger Games (2012)Since we are talking about universally loved movies, THG deserves a mention by all means. The popularity of the books formed the foundation of success for the films no doubt. But THG films do have a selling point of its own- Jennifer Lawrence.

 

  1. Spider-man 2 (2004)

Related imageI doubt there is anyone who will disagree with the fact that Sam Raimi’s Spiderman the benchmark of the spidey universe. Peter Parker’s love life is falling apart as he tries to bring down the wicked scientist named Doctor Otto Octavious. The film perfectly blends the elements of romance, action, and evil coming off as a work of art superhero romp.

 

  1. Terminator 2: Judgement Day (1991)

Related imageJames Cameron truly went all out with the second installment of Terminator. Arnie is back from the future one more time to protect John Connor from a shape-shifting monster, Robert Patrick. The film’s blockbuster performance at the box office is primarily credited to the hot and raging CGI that blew the crowd. It is an absolute classic amongst all other Terminator movies.

 

  1. My Neighbour Totoro (1988)

Image result for My Neighbour Totoro (1988)Imagine you are vertically stretching your body and the force you are using actually pulls a tree out of seed in a matter of minutes without you even touching it. This is just one of the many mystical powers Satsuki and Mei discover in the forest of wondrous spirits. Hayao Miyazaki’s complement to country life leaves you in the state of a pure transcendent hangover in its wake.

 

  1. X2 (2003)

Related imageBryan Singer’s X2 unfolds as the social struggle of the gifted continues and they keep their moral high ground fighting on the right side of the battle. The second slab of the x men has some pretty interesting character arcs overlaid with bold action sequences. The fan-favorite outshines its predecessor in all aspects and takes the story of the spandex swathed superheroes to a whole new level.

 

  1. Inception (2010)

Related imageChristopher Nolan’s signature move to couple a mind-numbing concept with entertainment lands Inception right in the lap of eternal classics. You might need to watch it twice because it is heavy to process in a single watch. But the psychedelic assortment of dreams and reality will leave you with an out of body feeling.

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8 Best Movies to Stream on Amazon Prime Right Now

by Emily Keen

Too much time is lost each day scrolling through the overwhelming options available on streaming channels. In the hope of getting the gist and finding the right movie, you keep analyzing titles and scan through the descriptions but end up more confused about which one is right for the occasion.

We thought we could scale down the level of misery for you by helping you pick some of the best movies that are available on Amazon right now. So here goes:

 

  1. Midsommar

Related imageA limerick of classics such as The Wickerman, the film unwinds in the backdrop of a stunning summer solstice that almost blinds you out to the technical mastery at times. Ari Aster’s third attempt at sending you down hell hole of savagery is undoubtedly a masterpiece. Through the landscape of grief, codependence, and angst, follows an extraordinary performance from Florence Pugh. Pugh, enroute on a trip with her boyfriend and his friends ends up in the middle of a pagan ritual which points untangles into a pitch dark comedy.

 

  1. The Report

Related imageContagion and Side Effects writer Scott Z. Burns’ directorial debut is a procedural thriller aimed at exposing CIA’s use of torture post 9/11 attacks through a senate investigation. Adam Driver heads the probing team at the command of Dianne Feinstein. This is a skillfully crafted and sharply executed thriller that in no way deviates from the central gist. And what shall end into a Report as the title suggests!

 

  1. Late Night

Image result for Late NightIf you are into BTS Hollywood stories, then add this to your list right away. The story introduces Mindy Kaling as an aspiring writer for late-night show host Emma Thompson. But here idealistic principles face off against the practical and surviving spirit of the women she idolizes and the all-male writer staff. The film starts high on laughs and ends on a surprisingly emotional note. Thompson is incredible as usual and Kaling is phenomenal as a charming and innocent novice.

 

  1. The Terminator

Image result for The TerminatorA relentless mash-up of sci-fi, drama, and action, The Terminator was the breakout film for the legendary James Cameron. The film meticulously traverses through the concepts of drama and romance in the vein of a full-blown sci-fi script. The cult favorite is one of Linda Hamilton’s iconic roles packed with some high voltage action scenes and comes across as an extraordinary buildup of the script by Cameron.

 

  1. Instant Family

Related imageAn intense and honest film pertaining to the positive and negative aspects of foster home parenting. But kudos to the way the film deals with the comedy without downplaying on the significance of the emotions it is meant to convey. Rose Byrne is someone to be treasured and celebrated for the way she has held up in the comical genre for all these years. She outdoes herself in this one and that is all we can say.

 

  1. A Simple Favor

Related imageIt is twisted, but it is gorgeous! Even with so much absurdity going around, A simple Favor keeps you hooked until the end revealing secrets and weird details at each turn. A single mother (Anna Kendrick) agrees to look after Blake Lively’s son while she is away. But the situation takes a bizarre turn when Lively goes missing and a series of truths begin to unravel about her mysterious life.

 

  1. Climax

Image result for ClimaxThis crowd-pleaser from Gasper Noe is the director’s most sober attempt at mixing the ingredients of paranoia and insanity. Anyone who has seen Irreversible and Enters the Void would agree. Sofia Boutella’s dance crew call for an all-night celebration following a successful performance. But its too late until they realize their drinks have been spiked with a potent dose of LSD. What ensues next is an overpowering psychedelic experience as a cumulative effect of all the crushes, rivalries and violence amongst the crew members.  This is one of those tales that will make you exhale heavily and slowly as anxiousness begins to crawl up the nerves.

 

  1. Serenity

Related imageSerenity is one of the quirkiest films of 2019. The plot is a straightforward “rescue my ex-wife from her abusive husband” story. Although Fisherman Baker Dill is not doing this out of love for his ex-wife. She has offered him $10 million if the plan of this premeditated murder is successful. It’s not much of the story that falls into the quirky groove. It’s the weirdest turns the film takes. If you like weird, you are going to have a blast for sure.

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8 Best Rom-Coms to watch this Holiday Season

by Emily Keen

Romantic comedies and holidays are lovers in paradise. Too cheesy? But that works just fine for the movies coming your way. Since you asked, here is the gold from the tinsel town’s romcom minefield.

 

  1. When Harry Met Sally (1989)

Related imageWe are talking holidays so let’s start with the classics first. And of course, Harry Met Sally aces the list for obvious reasons. Rob Reiner’s classic love story charts the life of Harry (Billy Crystal) and Sally (Meg Ryan) as they meet in college and eventually fall in love. The film is adored by viewers across generations and harbors some of the most phenomenal quotes doing the rounds of the rom-com universe since forever.

 

  1. Love Actually (2003)

Related imageThere is not a single hopeless romantic who won’t know this gem. Is there? If you don’t know Love Actually, you do not qualify to watch any of the below movies. Just kidding! But this classic rom-com by Richard Curtis is no joke. It follows the life of 9 couples across London until Christmas. The movie is a wide spectrum of narratives exploring the definition of love for people of various age groups and mindsets with a schmaltzy yet a classy mold.

 

  1. Bridget Jones’s Diary (2001)

Related imageHelen Fielding’s bestselling novel forms the plot for this film. The feature follows a year in the life of a protagonist which ends with holidays. Perfect for a holiday watch, the film stars the wonderful Renee Zellweger who lived in the film is pretty much smoking, drinking and documenting her life in a journal. Though the film breathes through self-humiliation, it still stands tall in the list of evergreen romcoms.

 

  1. You’ve Got Mail (1998)

Related imageA romance that stems through mail struggles to survive through the blows of a rivalry imbued by capitalism. But the people involved are not aware that they are in fact just pawns in this game called irony. A man and a woman who anonymously share their routine struggles with each other on an online platform do not know that they are the same people rooting for each other’s failure in real life. It is an interesting journey along which the man, eventually finds the truth but still keeps up with the act. setting aside all his anger and frustration he solely focuses on supporting the woman who is out of business thanks to a big bookstore he just opened around the corner. You’ve got mail is a story incredibly narrated and phenomenally played its two protagonists, Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks.

 

  1. The Holiday (2006)

Related imageTwo women from different corners of the world, rent each other’s houses to spend a holiday away from their everyday surroundings and problems. As it happens the swapping of environments works in their favor as they may have found themselves the love they were always looking for.

 

  1. The Best Man Holiday (2013)

Image result for The Best Man Holiday (2013)The second installment of Malcolm D. Lee’s 1999 classic rom-com reunites all characters after a gap of 15 years. Most of the guys are going through either emotional labor or financial trouble when one of the fives puts together a vacation plan for the boys to get back together during Christmas. The ensemble does not disappoint with their comeback chemistry. But this time Lee has thrown in a few chunks of melodrama too.

 

  1. While You Were Sleeping (1995)

Related imageLucy (played by Sandra Bullock) is a train token collector who develops a major crush on a regular traveler. One day she saves the guy from an oncoming train in the wake of which he is hospitalized. In order to get permission to see the comatose man, she lies to the hospital and even his family about her being his fiancé. But things take a terrible turn when Lucy falls for his brother as she starts spending time with his family. Its one big messy story and frustrating too. But Bullock and Bill Pullman’s chemistry is what cuts us some slack and makes us hang in there.

 

  1. Last Holiday (2006)

Image result for Last Holiday (2006)Imagine one day you find out you have very few days left to live. What would be the first thing you want to do? Take a trip to a place you always wanted to? That’s what Georgia Byrd does in the film. The film is high on the experiences of her Last Holiday to Europe with a sprinkle of romance. The plot is mostly predictable but its fun to watch Georgia have the time of her life on the trip.

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8 Action Movies to Stream on Hulu Right Now

by Emily Keen

For those looking for action movies on Hulu, you’d probably don’t want to miss out on these shared favorites which the streaming service has added to the list.

Hulu’s list of action cinema is a power-packed roster of movies exploring all kinds of action- be it blood spilling or bombs exploding all around. You have a wide range of options to choose from

Here is the exciting bunch of action movies streaming on Hulu right now:

 

  1. The Way Back

Image result for the way backThe Peter Weir directorial venture opens with Poland being invaded by the Soviet Union. The film is a character-driven narrative moving around the struggle of a Polish Army officer who is captured in a Siberian Gulag labor camp. The atmosphere at the labor camp is not particularly something he is fond of and as a result decides to escape along with his companions Mr. Smith (Ed Harris), Khabarov (Mark Strong), Valka (Colin Farrell), and several others. The way back is a long way home. If you feel can connect with the real struggle of surviving in hard environments more than a simulated action set up, this is your bet.

 

  1. Kick-Ass

Related imageEver look at these avenger fight scenes in a city where the whole city is in ruins thanks to these superheroes fighting bad men? The idea of Kickass is somewhat the same. It is the superhero myth realized and in a way we all fear. A young youtuber with crime fighting capabilities is drawn into a world of real heroes. What ensues next, spills a lot of blood.

 

  1. Mission: Impossible – Fallout

Image result for Mission: Impossible – FalloutWhat started as an adaptation of a 60s spy TV show, is now a full blown franchise. Mission Impossible is mostly a skirmish between Father time and Tom Cruise where the one is always trying to best the other. But this movie has a perfect summer feel and a pleasant surprise with Henry Cavill joining the force.

 

  1. Total Recall

Related imageThe plot is a straight-up bonkers sci-fi movie narrative adapted from Philip K. Dick’s short story “We Can Remember It For You Wholesale”. Arnold Schwarzenegger as Douglas Quaid opts for a memory of vacation package from the Rekal company which implants the desired memories in the minds of their clientele. Quaid specifically chooses a package which triggers events of a spy in a enemies are hunting a spy on Mars. The plot is driven by these memories implanted in his brain.

 

 

  1. Hellboy II: The Golden Army

Related imageIf you like Hellboy, then you are going to love Hellboy II. As we have all established that Guillermo del Toro loves his monsters and has every trick up his sleeve to make us fall in love with them too. The second installment of the franchise sees Hellboy on a  quest to stop an angry prince from awakening a golden army of monsters that will eradicate humanity if aroused.

 

  1. Kill Bill Vol. 1

Related imageQuit drooling at the picture of Uma Thurman there. Yeah, all you men! But can’t blame anyone as she simply nailed her role in Kill Bill Vol. 1. Thurman stars as an a member of a group of assailants who are betrayed and left to die. The movie follows her journey of vengeance. Expect all the blood and gore as you would in a Tarantino movie. In fact it is gore to a whole new level. We are talking “blood sprinkling from limbs as though it would from a firearm level” gore.

 

  1. Road House

Image result for Road HouseA wholesome bar bouncer action doubled down with some Patrick Swayze powers. Swayze works at a bar in Jasper Missouri as a bouncer. Everything is normal bouncer duties until Brad Wesley shows up with an intention of taking over his place of employment. Now it is upto Swayze and his gang of bouncers to prevent the greedy corporate owner from taking it away.

 

  1. From Russia With Love

Related imageThis is film comes around as one of the top James Bond films. This is the second film of the franchise with Sean Connery still playing Bond and outwitting his rivals. The plot involves Bond travelling to Turkey to assist a Soviet clerk and unravelling truths about SPECTRE’s actual intentions in case of Dr. No.

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8 Family Friendly Movies to Cozy up to on Netflix

by Emily Keen

Ever been in a discussion of shortlisting a movie with your family. Well, don’t even get me started on the choices of the kids. One might want to watch a scary ghost film, while the other wants a fun animated pic. The moment you open Netflix, people start throwing in all the weirdest opinions. So how do you prioritize and select a movie right for the occasion?

We have simplified that task for you. Here is a list of 8 family movies on Netflix just apt for every family member. Have a look!

 

  1. Mamma Mia! (2008)

Related imageThis is a light-hearted feel-good film wherein the concept of ‘trying to find who my dad is’ is tackled with utmost simplicity. Sophie’s wedding weekend at her mom’s Greek island hotel becomes interesting. It’s a fun watch for every member of the family. The outdoor-summery theme will leave you all relaxed and cheered up.

 

  1. Lincoln (2012)

Image result for Lincoln (2012)It’s a great story with some amazing educational value. A political biopic by all means but absolutely recommended as a family film if all the folks have a thing for history and politics. The film zeroes in on the specific phase of Lincoln’s career associated with the 13th Amendment.

 

  1. Coco (2017)

Image result for Coco (2017)Coco won two Oscar awards and we cannot see why not. It deserves every bit of appreciation for the way it captures the Mexican lifestyle through a family drama. It explores the themes of death, desertion, family, and matriarchy in the most whimsical way possible. Children will love the vivid animation and elders too are left with some thinking to do.

 

  1. Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs (2009)

Image result for Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs (2009)An adorable children’s book adapted into an animated feature! It follows the adventures of an inventor and a geeky weather girl. An ‘invention gone wrong’ adventure where the two protagonists have to save the town from mutant food, raining from the sky.

 

  1. Groundhog Day (1993)

Related imageThe 90s classic is still a cult favorite for its unusual set up and storyline. Bill Murray an exhausted weatherman is made to live the same day over and over again. The film captures his evolution from a frustrated individual to a man who now puts his experience to use by living a better life. In the vein of sarcasm and comedy, this makes a perfect Sunday afternoon watch.

 

  1. The Little Prince (2015)

Related imageWith crisp animated frames and a heartwarming story, this is a must-have on the list of family movies. The feature tackles profound philosophical concepts in the most humble manner.

 

  1. Little Women (1994)

Related imageThe story of the 1868 novel has been transcribed into live-action countless times but this rendition is somewhat special. The stellar cast makes it sublime with their performances. The cast includes Susan Sarandon, Winona Ryder, Claire Danes, Christian Bale, and Kirsten Dunst. There will be times when you laugh and then cry as the story of the March sisters unfolds.

 

  1. The Incredibles 2 (2018)

Image result for The Incredibles 2 (2018)There is not a child and adult who cannot love these movies. The first installment bowled the fans over and the second one is just as charming. It is the perfect blend of humor, wit, and action.

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8 Good Romance Movies to Watch When Bored

by Emily Keen

Romantic films are a go-to when you feel down or bored and need a lift from an exhausting day. You may not prefer one at all times but there are moments when you simply need to feel love. But amongst so many options staring right back at you, how do you choose the best ones.

We have done the weight lifting for you. Here are 8 classic romance stories you can watch when you are feeling absolutely jaded.

 

  1. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)

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A poignant account from the lives of Clementine (Kate Winslet) and Joel (Jim Carrey) wherein the couple willingly goes through a procedure of wiping off each other’s memories. As the story builds up, one finds it hard to not become emotionally involved as it progresses.

 

  1. About Time (2013)

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What would you do if you had the power to travel in time? Change history? Prevent the Holocaust? Well, Tim Lake is not interested in being a part of something big. All he wants is a girlfriend. The makers of Love Actually have gone a step ahead and given their protagonist a superpower to captivate his love interest Mary (Rachel McAdams). All in all, it is a nicely written romantic comedy to watch when you are bored.

 

  1. The Notebook (2004)

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This particular film is adored by women all over especially for the utterly congenial characters played by Rache McAdams (Allie) and the dreamboat, Ryan Gosling (Noah). Not all love stories can stand the test of time but this one does through all its trials and tribulations. McAdams and Gosling phenomenally land as Allie and Noah in this cheesy yet heartwarming account of love.

 

  1. Love and Basketball (2000)

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Set in the backdrop of the basketball theme, this film enchants the male audience as much as the female for obvious reasons. What begins as a love-hate relationship between Quincy and Monica, progresses into a mature story of two dreamers chasing their passion while continually crossing paths. This movie is highly recommended to the young audience who loves sports.

 

  1. Cactus Flower (1969)

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A complicated yet heart-winning love story between a 21-year-old woman and an older man went on to help Goldie Hawn an Oscar for her portrayal as Toni Simmons. Hawn has her way through wit and charm and that is exactly what makes you fall in love with her.

 

  1. Lost in Translation (2004)

 

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The crux of the story is the classic romance between Bob Harris (Bill Murray) and Charlotte (Scarlett Johansson). It could be characterized as a miserable account of two individuals caught up by accident in a totally unfamiliar set up.  There are ephemeral moments where Anna Farris lightens up the mood with her spoofs. But then what did Bob whisper in Charlotte’s ear before saying goodbye?

 

  1. When in Rome (2010)

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This classic Valentine story is supposedly one of the most iconic roles of Kristen Bell. Bell visits Italy for her sister’s wedding where she steals coins from a fountain. In reconciliation, to her theft, she is hunted down by Danny DeVito, Will Arnett, Jon Heder, and Dax Shepard, who are apparently under a love spell. The film is hilarious and definitely recommended for the days when you are feeling blue.

 

  1. 50 First Dates (2004)

 

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You cannot really come up with a more adorable onscreen couple than Adam Sadler and Drew Barrymore. So the premise goes like this. Adam Sandler transforms from a playboy to a man of commitment for a girl who has short term memory. Since an accident, she wakes up each morning and lives the same day over and over. It’s funny, romantic and a classic chick flick for all romance buffs.

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