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The Neighborhood in Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius is Fake

by Emily Keen

Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius nears its two-decade anniversary and still has fans gushing over the child prodigy and his madcap gang of little geniuses. What we look up to the characters for is their impressive knowledge about science and their courage to face the biggest predicament without blinking an eye. The rather inspiring show aimed at kids however has a sinister back story according to a Reddit user.

Reddit user OrganicKermistry shared a fascinating hypothesis about the Nickelodeon characters that will cause you to rethink your childhood. The theory states that Jimmy, Carl, Sheen, Cindy, and Libby are genetically engineered to harbor a certain superhuman ability and then placed in a fake family for further propagation. The people in the neighborhood are no one but actors hired by the government. This makes sense when not a single soul in that neighborhood is surprised to see a child flying a rocket to school.

The Reddit user further elaborates to clear any doubts around his claims. He calls the city a “testing ground” for government projects. We all witness Jimmy’s self-invented gadgets in one part of the film. Be it the self-folding pants or other gizmos that are insane and unrealistic to a whole new level. This is because the government is taking away all his inventions once they are ready for further research. “Retroville and all the children’s adventures are secretly staged development grounds for Jimmy’s inventions,” the Reddit user says.

In one part of the film, Jimmy and his friends make a trip to Europe and wake up as mummies. What actually triggers this incident in the first place? It’s the movie that was shown to them in the class by their teacher. We could think of it as a stimulus to study the response of these gifted kids and what they make of the knowledge imparted to them.

A notable highlight of the film is the military base, Area 86. It is the ultimate proof that Jimmy and his gang resides in testing ground. The entire film and even the TV show has the kids testing some of the other gadgets now and then. The government aims to obtain these powers for governing purposes. Their lives are fascinating but it’s all a big lie.

Jimmy and his pals end up in boisterous situations each day. But not a single person from the town questions their escapades. What do we make of this? It sounds like a huge antic they pulled off there.

The creator of the show, John Davis however has discredited these claims outright. When he was asked about his thoughts on this theory, this is what he had to say – “Thanks for sharing the truth… er, I mean the amusing fictitious ARTICLE!”.  Jimmy and the gang genetically engineered? Interesting theory…. You DO know the company that made Jimmy is called DNA Productions, right ; )”?

We see what you did there John!

Anyway, we would love to hear your thoughts on this theory! Stay tuned to Spotflik for more such theories.

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Are Voldemort and Hitler the Same?

by Emily Keen

‘He who must not be named’ in J.K. Rowling’s fantasy world comes as a mirror image of a man in the real-world who killed thousands of people while he reigned over Germany. J.K. Rowling herself admitted that her supervillain from the Harry Potter Series has numerous parallels with Hitler, the king of Nazis.

The first clue being, both of them had a difficult childhood owing to people’s inability to comprehend their views. Adolf Hitler had a difficult time fostering familial bonds. Similarly, Tom Riddle shared minimal connection with his parents on an emotional level. This is the reason he ends up in an orphanage.

Their educational experience is however poles apart but ends up in them becoming more inclined towards the evil in the world.

Hitler failed twice during his mandatory education and missed a chance to be admitted to the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna. We wonder how different the history of the world would turn out had he made it to the institute. It is however quite surprising to have someone of Hitler’s stature to have such a poor academic record.

Voldemort however was the exact opposite and aced his magical tests to become a part of elite wizard clubs and his abilities only grew stronger with time. It is tragic for someone like him to have ended up becoming the bad guy who only brings the wizarding world so much pain and suffering.

Furthermore, both men became powerful by walking the path of betrayal. Hitler came to power staging the Reichstag fire and Voldemort by seizing control of the ministry of magic.

Both men exploited the fears of minorities and pit them against a major section of the population. Hitler convinced the Aryan race that they are threatened by the Jews. While Voldemort tricked Pure Bloods in the wizarding world to believe that muggle-borns were the enemies and needed to be eliminated. Both men gained immense power by creating a divide among the people. They weaponized the fear and anxiety of the minorities and used it to create chaos.

They both selectively chose one community to represent the enemy. Voldemort called them “Muggles’ while Hitler chose “Jews”. They then used the differences to spread the far infection and complete destruction to propagate the idea that only one race is superior thus causing the deaths of thousands of people.

Racism is quite evident in both their strategies. The ulterior motive also remained the same. Both men had a spite against impure races when in fact both of them belonged to the same race they spread hatred against.

Hitler wanted to create a world with only Aryans who were tall, blonde, and had blue eyes. When according to some studies it was found that he had Jewish lineage. He himself was nothing like an Aryan. He was short and had brown eyes.

Voldemort made it his ultimate aim to eliminate any person with muggle connections. A muggle-born wizard, or a muggle friend or any person who had any kind of muggle origin was tagged unfit according to his rules. He considered muggles as an impurity in the Wizarding world and wanted to cleanse it off the impurities. It’s like he had some serious personality disorder.

Both Hitler and Voldemort had an inner circle of trusted allies. For Hitler, it was the Schutzstaffel(SS) And Voldemort had the Death Eaters at his disposal.

The identification procedures followed by these groups of people are rather similar- A mark on the skin. The marks used were both symbols of peace and positivity. Hitler used Swastika as his symbol which represents peace in Sanskrit. Voldemort’s Death Hallow is considered a symbol of good omen in the magic world.

Both men shared an obsession with priced antiques. While Voldemort chased Horcruxes all his life, Hitler had a huge collection of precious pieces.

Voldemort’s biggest desire was to claim the Elder Wand which was considered the most powerful wand in the magic world. Also known as the Wand of Destiny, it is something Voldemort badly wanted.

Hitler had a Lance of Destiny in his priced collection of objects. Also known as the Holy Lance, this was the Lance used to pierce Jesus Christ to the cross. The one who possessed the Lance was believed to be blessed with its esoteric powers and gained the ability to win most battles in life.

The evidence is overwhelming and we can’t help but feel thankful that both these characters did not exist in the same world at the same time. Imagine Voldemort having his hand on an atomic bomb and Hitler possessing the power of magic. What chaos would the world witness then?

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Thor is Secretly a Skrull Spy?

by Emily Keen

Marvel has a reputation for laying the groundwork for major plot reveals well ahead in time. We witnessed the weird alien race called Skrulls in Captain Marvel. And the Marvel fans can’t help but wonder if they have seen these creatures apart from this film.

The shape-shifting creatures may have sparked a theory that questions the truth about a significant Marvel hero. Thor may not be who you think is after all. This has been an exciting reveal yet has some fans worried over the claims.

Marvel has used this strategy of dropping hints in many movies. Be it showing Wakanda on Nick Fury’s map in Iron Man 2 or the name-checking of Steven Strange in Winter Soldier. This creates a whole new kind of excitement amongst fans and Marvel is all game for it.

The theory suspects that the Skrulls have some odd connection with the characters we already know. Secret Invasion Storyline is a very important narrative in the MCU. In this story, the homeland of Skrulls is sabotaged by Galactus, and the survivors find their way onto the Earth and infiltrate the superhero community. They do this as a part of their scheme to eliminate the heroes permanently. This culminates in an epic battle where all superheroes have intruders among them. In the end, Norman Osborn is known to have saved the planet.

The Secret Invasion Storyline was rather intriguing in a notable way. That was until the Skrull infiltrators were activated by their masters, they thought of themselves as true Avengers. Meanwhile, the real heroes are kept in a temporary cessation of vital body functions to keep them dormant. They do not possess any memory of their kidnapping whatsoever.

So it is highly likely, the original lord of thunder was abducted and replaced by a Skrull.

According to Reddit user J-Patrick, Thor Ragnarok gives some kind of hint that the Odinson has been abducted by the Skrulls and replaced with one of their own. There are multiple instances in the film when Thor seems to have drifted away from his reality with some vague memories.

The theory suggests that he was taken captive before one of these incidents. After several months of his powers and memories being transferred into the body of a Skrull, he was frozen and the imposter Thor assumed his place.

Since Skrulls are natural shapeshifters they can also replicate a memory or a superpower just as easily. So it becomes almost impossible to tell them from the real superheroes. Thor lacks his Mjolnir in Ragnarok and Infinity War. Besides he starts exhibiting some new powers in addition. This seems suspiciously Skrull like. So is this nerve-wracking theory really true? Only time will tell.

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Is Jason a Tether to Pluto in Us?

by Emily Keen

Granted that Jordan Peele’s Us fits perfectly in his traditional art of layered filmmaking. But how much can you exploit this form to make deep assumptions about his narrative?

Us has been subject to a lot of discussion among fans and critics for its systemic depiction of inequality in the human world and how the wealthy can impact the lives of the population at large. But there has been another discussion surrounding the plot itself that undermines the nature of this symbolism.

From what we know of the film Adelaide (Lupita Nyong) turns out to be a tether. A tether is a doppelganger created by the government as a part of an experiment but was shut down long back. The tether switches places with her human counterpart when they were children. This happens to be the epic twist in the film.

But fans believe this wasn’t the only big revelation in the film. Another big secret which did not get an explicit reveal was   A fan theory has been doing the rounds that Adeilade’s son Jason is also a tether who has swapped places with his human equivalent.

The idea first sparked on Reddit and went on to gain a lot of popularity amongst the Us fans. Is this Peele’s attempt at making you rethink the entire film or just a proof of fans immense impact on the culture.

Here is what the theory suggests:

The theory becomes evident at the end of the film. Adelaide’s human counterpart Red attempts to steal Jason from her family of tethers but is eventually killed by Adelaide.

In the climactic scene when Red reveals her true identity, Jason is privy to the details of the story. Adelaide comes back to the above world and takes her family to a safe location. Just as this happens, Jason passes a suspicious look to his mother and then looks away from her while putting on his mask.

Logically this indicates Jason’s response to his mother’s true identity, fans interpret this look as a sign that Jason has been switched with a Tether. Pluto is Jason’s human counterpart and the switch happened before the film began.

What the Redditor’s theory suggests is “At the end, he has realized that his mother, at one point, has also switched bodies. She gives him a look almost like ‘I also know what you know’ and then he puts on his mask, as a symbol of the masks they will now wear for the rest of their lives,” .

Further evidence presented to prove this point is as follows:

  1. Pluto does not remember the magic trick that Jason learns and ends up burning his face.
  2. Jason is more into digging tunnels in the sand, instead of building sandcastles indicating he is missing his life below the ground.
  3. Jason does not eat with his family when they are at the beach house. Eating reminds Jason of people eating rabbits in the underground and that has killed his appetite.
  4. Jason’s drawing of the bloody man is Pluto’s perspective. The drawing shows Jason’s back and the Tether. This could actually mean it’s Pluto’s point of view of how he sees himself out of his own body.
  5. Jason’s swearing is peculiar and so is his language.
  6. Jason is the first to see his family’s Tethers. When he sees the He goes “It’s us”. This might mean he knows more than he lets off.
  7. Jason can control Pluto making him walk into a fire that supposedly kills him. Tethers were made to control their humans and Pluto’s actions being in Jason’s control seem to fit the description.
  8. Jason cannot perform the fire magic trick because his reflexes are delayed as a tether.
  9. He has focusing trouble. Zora clearly says it to the twins who knock off his sand tunnels on the beach. This probably indicates a side effect of his recent freeing from the tether zone.

But all the above evidence can be efficiently debunked if you understand the core qualities of Tethers.

First of all, Jason may be controlling Pluto but the other way around is not true. The tether experiment was failed because the tethers became susceptible to human enslavement. That was the whole reason why the project was shut down since they have no authority over their human counterparts.

Somehow if Jason turned out to be a successful product of the experiment, the whole film becomes a visceral affair around humanity’s failure and inevitable suffering caused at the hands of a greedy few.

Furthermore, Pluto is unable to control himself from walking into the fire. If it were the Un Tether Jason he would have resisted the act.

The language part of the theory is rather sloppy. Jason is young and speaks good English as compared to his family of Tethers.

Had he been kidnapped while he was young, he would still manage to speak and tell everyone about his abduction as a child.

If Jason and Pluto, did switch places, it would have happened at a young age, and Pluto would have no speaking abilities whatsoever. He would not have been able to recover them once he was back to the surface.

Last but not the least, the whole film is based on the idea of inequality. Pluto’s disfigured face is a result of Jason’s fun magic trick. This symbolizes the power an un-tether has over his Tether just like the wealthy have over underprivileged humans. The rich do not introspect the consequences of their actions on other people just like Jason who has no idea what does not care about what’s on the other side until he is confronted with the truth.

If the subject of inequality is shifts, the integrity of the symbolism is hampered. Jason and Pluto are meant to be viewed as a representation of inequality and not as part of the Tether project. That’s all there is to it.

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In The Thing, Childs is The Thing

by Emily Keen

John Carpenter and Kurt Russel teamed up to create a classic sci-fi horror story. The film has one of the most fascinating villains of all alien romps- R.J. MacReady.

The film created a blood-curdling experience with scary deformations of human bodies and incredible CGI effects on the creatures culminating in a gloriously chilling end. MacReady and Childs survive an alien attack that kills most of their crew. The blow up the base trying to kill the alien. As they wait there covered in snow we can’t help but wonder is The Thing one among these two?

The topic has invited a lot of debate among the online community. Reddit user Giant Freakin robot came up with a fascinating explanation of the film’s mystery.

The user claims that one of his friends had a chance to speak with Carpenter about the film’s ending and this is what Carpenter said:

“[Carpenter] said he never understood where all the confusion came from. The last frame of The Thing is Kurt Russel (sic) and Keith David staring each other down, harshly backlit. It’s completely, glaringly obvious that Kurt Russel is breathing and Keith David is not.” {Emphasis his}

What he is trying to say is that Childs is the thing! But this seems like a sloppy clue. The theory suggests that the alien is not breathing which seems a bit out of place. Furthermore, if the breathing is supposed to be a clue in any way, then Carpenter has clearly missed the mark here.

We can see MacReady clearly breathing because of the fog leaving his mouth and the lighting makes it quite clear. But Childs is also breathing if you look closely.

Although this is not reason enough to trust that Carpenter did not want the audience to think that Childs was a dangerous killer. But it does take away the weight of the claims the theory puts forward.

What do you think about this theory? Do let us know in the comments.

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RoboCop is Jesus Christ- The Theory

by Emily Keen

A man meeting a gruesome and unfair death for doing good by people and then coming back to life from the days only to become more strong and powerful and now immortal! Does this sound familiar?

We all know about the story of Jesus Christ and we cannot help but draw parallels of this story with the Robocop. The Detroit police sergeant Alex Murphy’s life bears an uncanny resemblance to the Lord.

So is the Robocop Jesus?

If you put aside the grisly scenes from Robocop, the life of Alex Murphy and Jesus is pretty much the same. They both serve and protect people. Both are put down by betrayal. If you are thinking about how Murphy was betrayed, it was the OCP’s poor management of the department and disregarding human cops ahead of machine cops. Jesus was betrayed by one of his closest followers Judas.

Both men meet a very cruel ending and before that, they suffer immensely.

Then with the grace of unknown power, both men are brought back to life and this time they gain superpowers that none can match up to. They use this power to face the masses and propagate their beliefs and views. Although the means through which they accomplish this are poles apart the mission is the same.

There are two important scenes in the film that support this theory.

When Murphy is executed at the beginning, it begins with taking off his right hand which is palm open. Jesus Christ’s killing followed the exact process as he was nailed to the cross. The fact that Jesus sits at the right hand of God may be something the scene tries to indicate.

The other scene is where the Robocop walks across the pool of shallow water and that almost seems like he is walking on the surface of the water just like Lord Jesus.

Robocop follows certain directives as a part of his conduct. He shows unwavering dedication towards these commandments.

Considering the above evidence, it only seems to play into the favor of the theory. Above all proof, we have the most important piece of information about the films’ director Verhoeven. The man wrote a book about Jesus. Now that cannot be a coincidence.

In an interview with MTV, the director said; “The point of Robocop, of course, is it is a Christ story. It is about a guy that gets crucified after 50 minutes, then is resurrected in the next 50 minutes and then is like the super-cop of the world, but is also a Jesus figure as he walks over water at the end.”

In the same interview, he called Robocop (the machine) “American Jesus”.

Do we have enough reason to believe the theory now?

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In The Shape of Water Elisa is a Fish Monster

by Emily Keen

The shape of water is a highly ingenious film from Guillermo del Toro. The film swept two Oscars for the Best Picture and Best Director. At its core, the film tells the story of a fish god who falls in love with a mute woman. The plot is absurd in all capacity but the experience at large is incredible.

But the Del Toro film has an important hidden cue that most audiences fail to notice. The film predominantly focuses on the amphibious organism that was retrieved from South Africa. The creature was considered a god by the people around him. He possesses regenerative and healing abilities.

Because of his unusual appearance and abilities, he holds our attention for a longer span of time. What we don’t see is how Elisa is almost as special as this creature. She has the most intriguing backstory of all and you can’t help but wonder if there is more to her than what we see in the film.

She is introduced as an orphan who was the fund with a lot of bruises on her neck and a damaged voice box.  She eventually falls for the amphibious fish-god who later transforms her scars into gills as a part of their “happily ever after” underwater life.

But how can that be possible unless Elisa herself has some genes that make this transformation possible? We can’t help but wonder that there is more to Elisa than the film tells us.

A theory claims that Elisa could have been a part fish creature like the man she loves or a full-fledged fish creature at one point in her life and later transformed to become human.

Here is your evidence:

  1. Elisa was retrieved near a river as a child with those scars on her neck. It is possible that the river was her natural habitat before she became human.

 

  1. She has no fear of water drowning her when she fills the bathroom with water to be with the fish creature. As a human, she is supposed to show at least slight signs of nervousness but that does not happen at all.

 

  1. Her Sexual desires come alive in the water. She feels herself in her bathtub on a regular basis giving her physical needs a rather aquatic spin.

 

  1. The fish-god in all certainty is shown to have only regenerative and healing powers. At best he has time reversing abilities that explain how he can re-grow hair on a bald man’s head. So how then was he able to provide Elisa with gills? That seems a little out of place. The only possible explanation to this is that the lines that appear on Elisa’s neck are rather a dormant form of gills. They are awfully straight to look like scars. What the creature does here is, he simply restored her closed gills. And she is mute because she never was born to speak like a normal human.

 

  1. Her attraction to the creature is bizarre and was a subject of criticism among the audiences. We wonder first that this could probably be like a pitiful attraction to a lonely captive creature. But the attraction goes on to become a romantic relationship. It is not like the creature is attracted to a human or harbors any sort of intelligence. It is a beast in all stripes and at one point eats the head of a cat. It is almost impossible for a normal human to feel attracted to this creature, let alone the desire to have to get intimate with it.

But it all makes sense once we think of Elisa as just another fish creature herself. The two seem to understand each other’s deepest emotions. The fish-god takes care of Elisa when she feels lonely and broken. This explains all of it.

The film intends on exploring the theme of forbidden love and this theory kind of contradicts that. But since people did have an issue with interspecies eroticism, this seems like a fitting reason to call it justified.

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The Government Is Secretly Making Serial Killers In Silence Of The Lambs

by Emily Keen

Hannibal Lecter is undeniably the creepiest maniac known to the psycho-thriller universe. Since Thomas Harris’ book was adapted on the silver screen by Jonathan Demme there has not been a single psychopathic character onscreen who has matched up to the caliber of Anthony Hopkins’ Hannibal.

The Silence of The Lambs is still regarded as one of the finest psychological thrillers and is considered a touchstone for most films in the genre. The story was a grisly shocker made sublime by the gut-wrenching performances from the cast.

The plot was filled with gruesome elements and terrifies modern audiences just the same as it did back when it released in 1991. But was there another side to the story that the viewers missed?

iO9 released a video claiming the narrative had a darker secondary twist which was not revealed explicitly but when examined closely, the subtle hints in the film give it away. According to the theory proposed by iO9’s Hamish Spencer, the film at its core is about mind control project by the FBI.

Clarice an aspiring FBI agent is recruited as a trainee for the FBI. She is assigned a serial killer file which apparently cannot be resolved without the help of another criminal mind. This requires her to have regular sessions with Hannibal Lecter who is a psychiatrist and serial killer himself. Lecter agrees to help her decode the identity of the mysterious women killer. But was this totally necessary? Was coming in contact with a criminal mind the only resort.

As per iO9, this was a conspiracy to transform Clarice into a serial killer. The theory claims, that she was just a guinea pig in one of the government’s secret serial killer manufacturing projects. Hannibal Lecter was only a pawn of the FBI in the Grand scheme and that Clarice was deliberately assigned with a case that would require her to work intimately with him thus exposing her to his thoughts on a consistent basis. Lecter is a genius when it comes to understanding and manipulating the human mind. Considering the nature of this hideous project they could not find a better fit than Lecter to carry out the experiment.

But then why Clarice?

She has had a very disturbing childhood and qualifies as a vulnerable target for the whole project. Is it not a little suspicious that a trainee is required to work in such close confines with a killer kept in a maximum security facility?

This was staged on purpose to make sure Clarice is properly brainwashed by Lecter. The sexist discrimination she faces, Lecter’s attempts to channel their conversations to resurface her childhood memories are all a part of the plan to bring out the killer within her.

As she shares the most intimate stories of her childhood with Lecter, he gets a free passage into her head, thus making it easier to manipulate her views.

Hannibal’s mind manipulation skills were explored in great depths in Bryan Fuller’s Hannibal. The eponymous character is seen playing with the minds of his victims who eventually emerge as killing machines and ardent followers of his beliefs. He tricked them into a world of make-believe where they considered them as some kind of superior human race who get to decide the fate of others who live around them.

The evidence that Clarice is also a pawn being manipulated by Lecter in the film is kind of erratic in the entire film.

Clarice is instructed not to bring any sharp objects anywhere in Lectes’s vicinity. But Lecter eventually escapes using a pen that belongs to one of the asylum’s doctors. This bit seemed a bit too out there. This raises questions on the security of the asylum where Lecter was being held, prisoner. It just does not make sense unless there is something else going on. Clarice is singled out from other trainees right at the beginning by one of her superiors and assigned with a complicated case. This seems rather strange. Furthermore, Lecter’s actions seem to align invariably with the theory. All the horrific experiences Clarice goes through, including the secret of the storage room and Lecter’s escape, is meant to create a sense of disturbance in her mind. Hannibal’s attempts at making her relive her childhood memories are just making her more open to considering his take on life. Simply put, she is being prepped for becoming a killer. And at the end of the film, she has become one.

The above details do raise questions around why some plotlines of the story turned out the way they did.  It does provide enough reason for us to believe that Clarice may have been just another victim of Lecter’s predatory routine.

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The Main Character In Fury Road Isn’t The Original Mad Max

by Emily Keen

Mad Max: Fury Road, the fourth installment of the Madmax franchise stars Tom Hardy as Max Rockatansky and Charlize Theron as Imperator Furiosa. Set in the post-apocalyptic world, the film pits Charlize’s Furiosa against an overbearing cult leader Immortan. The film was critically acclaimed by fans and critics across the board for its glorious set pieces and high-speed chase sequences. The avant-garde George Miller production won Multiple Oscars in 2016 and a nomination for the best picture. Simply put, it is one of the greatest action films ever made.

The ingenious film however was a subject of contentious debate for its lead character. There was a chasm in between the viewers where a section of the audience believed it was about the titular character Max Rockatansky while a major faction considered Furiosa as the headlining character.

Furiosa supporters had strong reasons for their side of the argument.

First of all, In most films, Max never has a story of his own. Except for the first installment, Max pretty much becomes a part of someone else’s troubled life and makes it his own purpose to get them out of it. He is just a gypsy who helps people with their problems and leaves for his next adventure.

And secondly, the character of Max Rockatansky in Fury Road was written with Mel Gibson in mind. However, Tom Hardy was finalized for the role since the director wanted Max to look younger for this particular role. Mel Gibson’s character carried a lot of weight as his stature was that of the wasteland wizard who knew everything about the post-apocalyptic world. Considering this, he could have been a more dominating character as compared to Furiosa. But when the makers bought Tom Hardy on board, the character arc was changed bringing Max’s character on an equal level as that of Furiosa. In fact, Furiosa’s character eventually went on to gain more weight, and hence she had a bigger claim of being called the protagonist of the film. That is what even Brendan McCarthy suggested of the story.

But in the grand scheme of things, this outlook is not resounding enough to dissipate the eminence of Max’s character.

As for Furiosa, she does have a new-fangled role in the franchise. Her caliber and potential are the closest to Max himself, no doubt about that. But how can we forget the title says Mad “Max”. Furiosa’s character can be considered an important one but to think of her as superior to Max somehow seems like stretching it a bit too far. She still needs Max to get fight the villain. It’s Max who helps her complete her quest of bringing balance back to the terrorized wastelands. Max makes the plot rise above the platitudes of survival and adventure and shows what it’s like to become a part of something bigger than oneself. At it’s core the film is about the indomitable spirit of Max. So yeah, Charlize’s Furiosa is kickass and all but the protagonist is the one and only Max Rockatansky.

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The Aliens In Signs Are Demons

by Emily Keen

Night Shyamalan is known for his legendary end twists that invariably leave the audiences in awe of his creations. While most of his movies stand out for an epic climax, some are all about perception and interpretation. The elements and events are symbolic and mean to inspire deep thoughts.

One such film is Signs. The sci-fi horror is known to have been a subject of contentious debate among fans and critics. It received a mixed response from fans. While a few found the film terrifying, others complained that the ending was not what they expected off a Shyamalan film.

Signs revolve around the Hess family who witnesses strange events in their farmyard, apparently indicating an alien invasion. Graham Hess loses his wife in a car accident and with that his faith in the lord as a true Christian. He gives up his life as a priest and devotes his life to the farm and his children.

Their private little abode is soon invaded by aliens. The family is terrified at the beginning but soon finds a way to fight the extraterrestrial monsters. Turns out the invading forces cannot stand plain water.

Good for the Hess family but puzzling to the audience. Why would an alien race with the power of advanced technology choose a planet that has the one thing that scares them in abundance?  Come to think of it, one heavy shower of rain, and they are done forever.

That could only mean that they were there for the only other thing that is unique to the Earth. Humanity! Their ultimate goal was to take over human souls and not the planet.

A notable highlight about these aliens is the way they are completely defenseless against humanity. That is not what you expect of a typical alien. The Hess family is able to fight them using routine objects like a baseball bat and unfinished glasses of water that Bo, leaves around the house.

Mysterious events begin to terrorize the town of Pennsylvania, where a strange creature is seen flying across the sky and crop circle appeared in the field. The incidents happen across the town, but the Hess family seems to be the ultimate target bearing maximum brunt from the invaders.

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The question is why?

This is attributed to Graham’s loss of faith in his God whom he once worshipped as a priest. And when he gives up his belief in him, the evil forces see him as a vulnerable target.

Night Shyamalan is known to incorporate religious and angelic themes in his films. The theory put forward is based on this very aspect of the Shyamalan brand of cinema.

It all starts on the night Graham refuses to say grace before the last supper.  The next thing they know is that they are under attack from aliens. “I am not ready,” he says with absolute reluctance while the invaders are about to get into the basement where they are hiding. This can be viewed as his battle with his spiritual self. He is not ready to fight his own demons that are pushing him over the edge.

The man who killed his wife in a car accident because he fell asleep while driving, Ray Reddy is also battling with his own demons. He feels the utmost guilt and instead of confronting the husband of the woman he accidentally killed, he keeps dodging him. We see Ray and Graham having a little chat before he leaves where he tells Graham- “I guess if this is the end of the world, I’m screwed, right? People who kill reverends wives aren’t exactly ushered to the front of the line in Heaven.” His encounter with the alien is eerily synonymous with his fear of confrontation. His ultimate defense when he sees an alien is locking it in the pantry and running away with all his belongings. All of this indicates that his guilt is crushing him but instead of facing it he simply chooses to run from it.

A strange thing about these aliens is their spaceship is not seen anywhere in the film. The TV reporters consider they might be using some kind of cloaking technology to hide their vessel. But if they are demons, it’s obvious they never used any vessel. Crop circles are discovered in the fields suggesting a spaceship might have landed in town. Weird enough these crop circles are in the shape of a pitchfork which happens to be the traditional tool of demons.

Apart from these, there are multiple signs that the underlying subtext of the film is more supernatural and not scientific.

Graham’s daughter Bo has a substantial part to play in these events. Just before the final showdown with the creatures, Graham recalls how Bo mesmerized everyone in the room with the most beautiful smile when she was born. So much so, that the ladies in the room called her an angel. Was that just a compliment or reality? Well, its Bo’s half-drunken glass of water that effectively burns the aliens once they come in contact with it. In one particular scene, Bo sees a monster outside her window and demands a glass of water. Almost as if she is asking for a weapon to fight it thus putting an angelic spin to her character. Her name too is a variation of Bua in Norse which means “to live”.

And just like all Shyamalan films, the film has an epic payoff at the end. Colleen’s (Graham’s wife) words just before dying become an epiphany for Graham to rise to the occasion and claim a glorious win against the invaders. He recalls how she told him to “See” and Merrill (Graham’s baseball player brother) to swing away. Just then he “sees” on top to find Merrill’s baseball bat which once scored him an iconic win.

Pin on Great Movie Ass Kicking ScenesMerrill picks up the bat and “swings” the alien and just then Bo’s glass of holy water, spills on the alien burning him to the ground.

We simply can’t dismiss all these signs as just coincidences. They have got to have crucial meaning, especially in Night Shyamalan films. At one point Graham goes “Is this really happening” and we can’t help but wonder if it’s Shyamalan speaking through him just to say “all is not as it appears”.

Shyamalan’s previous films have extensively covered supernatural tropes. Wide Awake, The Sixth Sense, Unbreakable, and Devil heavily play on otherworldly themes in some form or the other. Shyamalan himself is a Hindu and has had influences of Episcopalian and Catholic teachings while growing up. That is reason enough for us to believe that “Signs” is not just a film about an alien invasion. It means to invoke deeper questions about the god we believe in, the purpose of life, and the significance of one’s soul.

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Nosferatu Featured a Real Life Vampire

by Emily Keen

Nosferatu, the iconic horror film that released in 1922, was guilty of openly plagiarizing Bram stoker’s literary Dracula. But it is still placed at the pinnacle of the horror movie genre. It is believed to have lifted the vampire trope from the category of indefinite myths and placed it in the mound of highly traversed sub-genres across mediums.

The silent horror lore narrates the story of a vampire who seeks a new residence and expresses unsettling interest in the wife of a real estate agent who is helping him find a house. The lack of dialogue added to its chilling aesthetics. But controversies did not just spawn the film’s plot but also the lead actor. To add to an already dreary reputation, film critic Ado Kyrou came up with another spooky rumor about the film. Max Schreck who famously portrayed Nostferatu’s pointy-eared demon, was hypothesized to be a real vampire.

Although this was a little too out of place, it was not debated my movie fans and the movie community at large. Very little was known of Max Schreck’s personal life besides his film career. The man was an absolute ghost outside his professional life. Stefan Eichkoff who documented Schreck’s life in a biography also concurred with the fact that he was highly reserved as a person. As per Eichkoff, the actor’s colleagues considered him as a “loyal, conscientious loner with an offbeat sense of humor and a talent for playing the grotesque”. Schreck starred in over 40 motion pictures, however, Nosferatu is one of his most memorable performances.

What fuelled the rumor even further was the German interpretation of Schreck’s name. The word translated to “terror” in German. His portrayal of Orlok was so natural, that people couldn’t help but wonder if he really was a vampire in reality.

Kyrou’s idea garnered unprecedented attention. He wrote  “. “Who hides behind the character of Nosferatu?” Kyrou wrote. “Maybe Nosferatu himself?”. Not much was known about Max Schreck when the movie first released.  Even his identity remained unknown for quite a long time. It almost seemed like a well-planned attempt to keep the actor away from public attention. Except this was mainly the cause of an internet deficient world that had very few means to access information.  No one questioned the veracity of Kyrou’s claims simply because there was no room left for debate. The man with the makeup really could be anyone.

The rumor and the meaning of the actor’s name in German fit in like a glove thus encouraging people to believe Schreck could have really been a coffin loving bloodsucker.

This little commentary by Kyrou went on to become a premise for a whole new film.  E. Elias Mehrige’s Shadow of the Vampire played off this rumor as it’s core theme. It was basically a nimble recreation of the making of Nosferatu.

For all, we know this was just a rumor stoked in an era that lacked the necessary means for quick debunking.

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The Real World in Matrix is a Fake?

by Emily Keen

A popular fan theory spawned post the release of Matrix Reloaded in which it was speculated that the “Real-world’ in Matrix is still a simulation. Popularly known as the Matrix in a Matrix (MIAM), the theory suspected that the world outside the Matrix was the next level of Matrix with the presence of Red-pills. The demonstration of Zion and the process of extraction was also a simulation.

Fans believed that the truth would be revealed in Matrix’s next segment i.e. The Matrix Revolutions.

The hypothesis found its roots in The Matrix Reloaded. Two notable aspects from Reloaded had everyone questioning the truth about the so-called “real world”.

As far as Smith’s Red pills are concerned, they are only effective inside the matrix. When he jacks out of the matrix, his programs lose the ability to possess other individuals. But in the film, he continues to possess Bane even when they are outside the Matrix. Considering the fact that Bane is not a part of the Matrix, it seems to be either a trivial glitch or a hint that they are still in the Matrix.

At the end of the movie, Neo telekinetically immobilizes the sentinels. This can be viewed as another hint that he is still inside the Matrix. It is just like the way he manipulates bullets in the Matrix.

It presents essential dichotomy. There are believers who argue that Zion and the real world are a digital environment. The other faction is against the needless complexity.

Another version of this theory is presented with Neo’s meeting with the architect at the edifice of the narrative. It is believed that after the meeting, Neo was trapped forever in the digital world and it was impossible for him to jack out. This is the reason he could disable the sentinels.

However, the final segment of the trilogy did not address any of the above concerns. The makers stuck with the facts that they presented the audience in the earlier installments. If the Wachowskis meant to maintain the element of mystery around Neo’s powers cannot be warranted. We cannot completely deny the fact since their brand of cinema is meant to encourage people to question the iron clad rules of the world around them.

While the fact that Neo’s powers were only limited to machines, in the real world cannot be dismissed. The nature of his powers is also an important factor to be considered. Neo exhibits super speed and flying abilities inside the matrix. These powers do not persist in the real world.

The effectiveness of Smith’s red-pills also can be explained with a simple theory that he erased Bane’s memories and altered his personality with his headjack.

In the end, it’s a Wachowski artform. It is meant to encourage people to think and come up with ideas giving the world a whole new perspective.

 

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The Ghostbusters Died When They Crossed Streams

by Emily Keen

The classic 80s fantasy sci-fi comedy Ghostbusters reached a glorious ending with the iconic foursome eliminating the evil Gozer and becoming celebrated heroes of New York.

The final showdown however was met with a lot of questions and theories.

According to a popular fan theory, the Ghostbusters might have suffered a terrible fate themselves when they crossing of proton beams. This theory takes its roots from Ergon’s warning that comes earlier in the film where he clearly states that it would be bad if proton beams from multiple particle throwers crossed paths.

He cautioned his fellow Ghostbusters not once but twice during the course of the entire film.

In the end though, when they have exhausted all means to defeat Gozer, Egon himself instructs the team to cross streams.

So what was with all the world ending and life-threatening warnings?

Well according to the theory, the Ghostbuster did not make it out alive from that battle. It was clearly impossible for any human to survive an explosion of those proportions. They had no protective gear on whatsoever that could have protected them from the impact of the blast.

While this may have happened, it raises questions around the sequel of the film. I mean if they did die that day, how did they return in the next installment of the franchise?

According to the theory, the sequel is set in purgatory. This makes sense when you examine the key aspects of the film. If you recall, the film appears skewed from multiple angles.

The theory proposes that the gang is living in a limbo where the events of the first film keep repeating. And if you look closely there are slight hints dropped in the film that indicate that the city and it’s people seem a little out of touch with the events of the past. For instance, the New Yorkers in the film have no memory of the giant marshmallow man.

So how do the Ghostbusters escape the purgatory?

David Houghton of Gamesradar extrapolates this theory by adding his own ideas. He sees all their actions as a way to redeem their actions. After all, by crossing streams, they did not just kill themselves but put the whole world in terrible danger. In an attempt to clear their Karmic account they do everything in their power to do good by the people while they are stuck in between the two worlds. This includes Ray summoning his supernatural powers at the end of the film to save the day.

Not just as Ghostbuster, but the four also make some incredible progress with their personal relationships. Peter gets close to Dana and begins to care for Oscar. The ever cynical Egon puts aside reasoning for once and tries to look at things from a more emotional and humane perspective.  As for Winston, he settles for a world filled with ghosts.

It all adds up. They die in the first film as a result of crossing streams and then the sequel settles their acts in a purgatory.

But if crossing streams did have such catastrophic effect, why did it not happen when the Ghostbuster pulled the same trick earlier in the first film.

The epic battle against Gozer was not the only time their streams crossed. In their spar against Captain Steel, when the Captain misconstrues them for the bad guys and tosses them in the air with a bent poll around them, they use the same technique and emerge unscathed.

All four of them point their particle throwers at the water below and create a plume of water to reduce the impact. Egon later admits that he had no idea that the trick had life-saving potential.

This contradicts the theory in all capacity. For all, we know they were very much alive and did make it to the victory parade in New York.

What do you have to say about this theory? Do let us know in the comments.

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The Ending of Minority Report is a Dream?

by Emily Keen

For a Spielberg film the ending of Minority Report seems a little too happy and normal. Steven Spielberg however claims that this is how he and Stanley Kubrick wanted to complete the story. They actually went for a happy ending. But a section of fans still find it hard to believe and think there might be more to what they can see in the climax scene. The missing piece of the puzzle which could actually confirm that the ending was actually a dream induced by a Halo!

But given the fact that Spielberg films are canon on having a hopeful ending, no matter how distressing the plot, Minority Report ending may actually be what it seems to be- The triumph of good over evil!

Minority Report heavily plays on the themes of choice and observation. The plot is set in a future where a Precrime Department has been put in place to regulate the occurrence of crimes. The department operates based on the visions of Precogs. Precogs have visions through which they are able to sense an upcoming crime but more often than not, these visions are not clear. The detectives then have to connect the dots to resolve the remaining part of the puzzle.

John Anderton (Tom Cruise) has been framed for a crime that he actually did not commit. Adding to his misery are the ghosts of his past. He has these repeated visions about his son who was kidnapped and never found. The visions of the precogs are considered hard evidence. The film almost labels them as Oracles and the place where they reside is called a Temple. The solid belief of the world in the Precogs is what drives the whole story. But are the Precogs really accurate in their predictions? And more importantly, can the events be altered once predicted? Will you see what you believe? Or is there more to the story? These are the questions the film means to evoke.

John Anderton is living an unsettling life, mostly high on drugs that take him back to the visions of his son and the happy memories they share. The world has cut down on the rate of crime by 90% but is that a better world? For all we know, a world with no privacy and unfair detainments based on half baked predictions of the future cannot be a good one. Besides crime is not the only issue the society faces. There are more issues like poverty that still persist. The system has clearly not done anything to improve the lives of those individuals.

Spielberg creates a narrative around the characters which is often missed because the audience is lost in the structure and fails to notice the bigger picture. The structure is based on the fact that fate is inevitable. But the story means to break those rules and go beyond the veracity of visions and that fate can be molded according to our actions.

In the final scene, John has been arrested and cognitively detained with a haloed device around his head. This basically puts him in a state of catatonia. The mastermind behind the Precrime program is all set to be honored for nationwide implementation. Just then John’s ex-wife breaks into the containment where John is detained and frees him from the halo. With the motive of stopping Lamar, the begin to gather evidence to prove the error of the program as it does not implicate Lamar for a murder he has committed. Lamar kills a woman who seeks her child just because it could get in the way of the success of his project. He then gives the murder a picture of an echo so that the technicians would just ignore it. This is where the quality of human perception is questionable yet again. They see death but they write it off since their beliefs are altered by a technology-driven society.

As John makes a move towards Lamar, the Precogs sense another murder- Lamar Killing John at the party. Lamar is already exposed before John arrives on the scene. Lamar now faces a choice between proving the efficiency of his Precogs or admitting that the system is flawed and that future can be altered even after it has been observed.

This brings us to our observations about the film. Do we wish to gauge the idea of the film with the regular Spielberg standards or the story itself?

It all finally comes down to what you want to believe in. Is it something that the pre-emptive notions will cause you to think? Or will it be something that you have clearly seen with your own eyes? In the end, systems may fail, justice can be denied and suffering will be caused just because human visions are flawed.

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Labyrinth is a metaphor for a Girl Navigating Puberty

by Emily Keen

Ever since the fantasy lore came into existence they have been aimed at a younger audience with a vivid imagination. Since children adore shiny magical aesthetics and a happy ending, the genre focuses on capitalizing their story by playing heavily on these elements. Much of the plot is invariably about a damsel in distress who fights her way through a series of evil for a McGuffin.

Children take these tales at face value just like they are supposed to. But as we grow up, we realize there may have been a subtext to the story that was not quite obvious upon the first viewing.

Some of these tales stand out among the rest in respect of narrative and for what they represent. Labyrinth is one such gloriously weird tale that found itself treading water at the time of its release but went on to become one of the most iconic films in the history of fantasy cinema.

On the surface, the film seems like a generic tale of a coming of age girl on a quest of rescuing her brother from an evil Goblin King. (Write plot). At its core, though it symbolizes the fantasies and fears of a teenager on the verge of entering a new phase of life. The disoriented set up and it’s phallic undertones become quite obvious to a more mature audience.

The film follows Sarah, a sixteen-year-old girl who has a hard time adjusting with her family’s utter disregard for her feelings and life choices. Dejected and unable to find a way to channel her emotions, she makes a rather wish for her baby brother. Unlucky for her, the words are spoken out of spite become a reality, and there commences a journey through a labyrinth that is both baffling and enlightening. N other words her experiences in this dark world empower her to take full control of her thoughts and life itself.

Let us examine this outlook in detail.

Sarah is a normal girl who likes to read a lot of fantasy lore, act in plays, and goes through a normal girl’s experiences just like any of us. So her insecurities and fantasies would look very much like that of a normal teenager. When she is unwillingly thrust into a world of fantasy, those very fears and desires become her challenges.

First and foremost, David Friggin Bowie!

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Only a total robot will deny his raw sexual magnetism. Of course, the man of her dreams looks like a rockstar with big pointy hair and wears tight pants. A little too tight in this case symbolizes the phallic aspect of puberty. Bowie plays Jareth, the Goblin King who is the reason Sarah is trapped in the Labyrinth. An attractive face is a reason for all your troubles and confusion! classic Puberty problem?

Jareth has Sarah’s baby brother locked away in oblivion and the only way she can rescue her brother is by obeying Jareth’s rules.

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When Jareth first meets Sarah, he tells her that she can either take a dream magic crystal he has to offer or rescue her brother from his complex labyrinth. The clock for rescue is set for 13 hours. If she fails to rescue him within the set time frame, he will turn into one of Jareth’s Goblins.

Sarah without hesitation chooses to rescue her baby brother and from then on Jareth relentlessly pursues her trying to break her will by making irresistible offers.

Jareth and his labyrinth is a rich tapestry of sexual and phallic symbols. His tight outfits make a give a good impression of his genitals. He holds a cane in his hand which in all capacity looks like a BDSM implement. Not to mention the masquerade ball, crawling with young, groveling women.

This represents Sarah’s desire for physical and material pleasures as a teenager. Although she is not quite sure if she wants these things and labyrinth is what represents her confusion. She is fighting the urge to dive into the adult lifestyle by trying to save her childhood. Her baby brother is a symbol of that very childhood which she strives to protect.

The glossy magical life in a Labyrinth is only making it harder to focus on what is most important to her.

Another notable figure in the film is Hoggle. Hoggle eventually becomes Sarah’s guide in the Labyrinth but when she first meets him, he is seen peeing in the pond, holding his bare penis in his hands.

Toilet humor | Muppet Wiki | Fandom To a younger audience, this is only meant to evoke laughter. But when viewed from the eyes of a teenager, this scene bears a sexual undertone.

In addition to this Hoggle spots a jacket with a very unsettling picture of a face on it. This could mean he is probably two-faced. In all probability, he cannot be trusted since he is betraying his master by helping Sarah.

 

Jareth is constantly trying to woo the girl to become his queen and rule his kingdom alongside him. But then what about her brother. Jareth obviously cannot be trusted since his intentions seem sinister. He is keeping her away from her brother and never keeps a single promise. The point here is even amidst a myriad of temptations and fantasies, Sarah is able to make sane decisions. She does get confused occasionally due to Jareth’s conflicting personalities- sometimes a suitor, a father, a king, and a playmate. But in the long run, it does not affect her coherence.

Her experience at the masquerade ball represents her outlook about adult life. To a young teenager on the cusp of adulthood, it is nothing but a racket full of corrupt and threatening faces all around. She desires the enjoyment yet somehow finds it sickening and dangerous. That is the reason she chooses to retreat.

Though most elements of this film fit into the canons of traditional fantasy, it does break the rules to give Sarah the heroic win. Even if it was her decision to get her baby brother to disappear, she makes a quick decision to reverse her actions. She faces Jareth and the challenges of the Labyrinth head-on and comes out unscathed because she does not let her desires get in the way of her determination. Giving up the offer of a queen is rather commendable given the fact that she is a normal girl who believes in fairy tale endings. She sticks to her choices and does not let Jareth take control of her life even for a moment.

Jareth sings, dances, and pulls up all kinds of magical antics to win her over. In the final showdown, he sings “Everything I’ve done, I’ve done for you”. This shows, that Sarah was the only hero in the story. And like every other fairy tale, where the damsel ascends the throne, Sarah gives it away and becomes the king of her own life.

With all authority, she claims at the end “You have no power over me,”! She does not win a king, or a ring but has gained full control of her fate. She has understood her power and responsibilities as a young adult. She has realized that her family and loved ones are beyond any materialistic desires. And in the cacophony of two-faced, intimidating people, she has won loyal friendships.

She emerged so beautifully from the Labyrinth that even the king himself finds it hard to keep away from her. And thus he sits outside her window in the form of an owl in the real world. Only to enter her life again if she approves!

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Did Fargo Spark a Real Life Death?

by Emily Keen

A body of a Japanese travel agent names Takako Konishi was retrieved from Detroit Lake in November of 2001. No one of the people had any idea why the woman was there.

She had checked in to a local Holiday Inn a week before she met with the terrible fate. She was spotted wandering nearby a landfill in Bismarck, North Dakota just the morning after she arrived. She did not know any English. The man who spotted her took her to the local police. Konishi showed the police a roughly drawn map of a tree and road and repeatedly mentioned something that sounded like “Fargo”.

Fargo is a city 200 miles to the east of Bismarck.  It lies between the border of North Dakota and Minnesota. The city gained fame with the 1996 Coen brothers directed iconic film Fargo. The plot of the film revolves around a kidnapping plan that goes wrong and ends up in an unexpected killing of one of the kidnappers. The victim later buries the briefcase with the ransom money in the snow.

And here was this woman, with no English speaking skills nor any solid evidence, looking for the treasure from Fargo. Or so the rumor said!

Among the police, only one officer had actually watched the film. The opening credits clearly specified that Fargo was based on a true story. The police tried to explain to the lady that it was just a film and none of the claims in that story are real.

The tedious effort of making conversation through a pocket translator had no impact on the woman. The police tried seeking help from a local Chinese restaurant. But that did not work either.

A few days later the police discovered the woman’s body through a bowhunter. She was last seen by two people hitchhiking in a miniskirt in a temperature below 26. That was an odd outfit for someone residing in North Dakota, given the harshly cold weather. The people who offered her a lift thinking she might be working her shift although they had no idea where she was working.

The story about Konishi, the Japanese woman looking for the money from Fargo began spreading like wildfire. It eventually caught the attention of the Zellner Brothers who lived n Texas. It was not even a clear story. Just some unconfirmed half baked information that circulated across the then very new internet. There was obviously no means to confirm the bits of information they found through the internet alone.

Some posts claimed the woman froze to death while trying to find a treasure near a snowbank. Had social media been popular among users then, the rumor would have been easily found numerous fact-checkers eventually revealing the truth.

But since the story was still in its raw unattended form, it had the Zellners’ attention. They decided to dive deeper into the story ultimately unraveling the fact that it was actually a case of suicide. The claims about the Fargo treasure hunt resulted as a part of the misunderstood conversation with the cops at the North Dakota police station.

The lack of information and the mystery surrounding the woman is what caused a rumor to be adapted into a full-blown film “Kumiko The Treasure Hunter”.

The Zellners were particularly attracted to the outdated quest of treasure hunt being pursued in the modern era. But as it turns out, the real story was different from what the rumors claimed. But Nathan and David Zellner, kept their film true to the claims of the rumor as they found them more intriguing.

Therefore, even though the rumors culminated in a big-screen adaptation, the story about Fargo inspiring a treasure hunt is not true.

It was simply a case of “Lost in Translation”.

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Jar Jar Binks is None Other than Supreme Leader Snoke

by Emily Keen

Each time a Star Wars movie ends, it leaves a lot of questions unanswered which is a common strategy followed by most franchise films. Although Star Wars in particular likes to take the mystery game pretty seriously. This causes theories to brew up in desperate abandon. Just like the secrecy about the identity of Luke Skywalker’s parents at the end of Star Wars: A New Hope. We only found Luke’s father was none other than Darth Vader in The Empire Strikes Back. The same went down with Rey’s parents before Episode VIII. The most fascinating theories however have developed around the true identity of the ominous Supreme Leader Snoke.

There is a faction of fans who believe that Snoke is “the Last Jedi”. While some others believed he is a re-embodiment of the dead Mace Windu or the Darth Maul because they were equally evil and menacing. However they are missing an important face of malevolence in all this concoction- Jar Jar Binks.

Obviously right now you are thinking “He is just an imprudent, racist filler character from the first trilogy”. Yet there are some fans like Reddit user Lumparwarroo who hold him in high regard as a Force user and Sith collaborator. The theory Lumparwarroo proposed goes on to suggest that Jar Jar Binks supported the Emperor Palpatine in his scheming. Another surprising disclosure adds an insane twist to an already bonkers claim. It seems Jar Jar Binks is a Sith master with immense power and raise a villain of evil proportions from a young child he finds. So that makes Jar Jar Binks even more powerful compared to Snoke.

This is going to seem hard to keep up with so stay with us!

Back in 2015, Star Wars released a book trilogy titled Aftermath. The trilogy covers all events that went down in Episode VI and Episode VII. The same manner in which Rogue One found a connection between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope. The last book of the trilogy reveals the fate of Jar Jar Bink as a street clown who entertains exiled kids from the Gungan race.

It is at this time Jar Jar Binks is approached by a young boy who wishes to know why Jar Jar Binks is ignored by all people. To that Jar Jar Binks replies- “Jar Jar makin some uh-oh mistakens. Big mistakens. Der Gunga bosses banished me longo ago. Mesa no been to home in for-ebbers.”

What is even more intriguing to note is how the boy is described in the book- “disfigured orphan” whose “scar tissue runs up from his jaw, over the hole that used to be his ear, and to the scalp.”

Can you recall a person with a similar deformity? That’s right! Snoke also has a pretty disfigured ear with a deep scar in his forehead. Moved by the young child’s regard for his feelings,  Jar Jar makes an offer- “My teachin yousa, pallo. Wesa maken the whole galaxy smilin, huh”

Now, we are not in complete denial of how completely thoughtless Jar Jar was and of course there is all possibility that he just wanted to teach the young man a few Jar Jar antics. But the theory makes us have a whole new outlook on the dynamic between Jar Jar Binks and the Gungan child. It is possible that Gungans, upon discovering his ulterior motives as a Sith collaborator banished him. The child in turn may have had some dark power lurking within him that Binks fuelled and gave rise to the evil Snoke.

Do let us know what you have to say about this theory in the comments.

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Obi Wan Kenobi is a Robot Clone?

by Emily Keen

As a Star Wars fan, you are well aware of a clone war. Given a choice between a normal human being and a superhuman, who do you think deserves a clone? No offense to humanity living outside. As much as I think, humanity is a marvelous creation meant to change the course of the world, here we need to consider an ideal option. And that would be a being with superhuman abilities. And in the Star Wars universe, the most powerful creatures are the Jedi masters like Qui-Gon, Windu, and Yoda.

So did they do it? Is it possible that they cloned a Jedi in the Star Wars galaxy?

A fan theory surfaced in the late 90s regarding the true identity of Obi-Wan Kenobi. It was proposed that Obi-Wan was in fact a clone. It is a much-debated hypothesis and certain aspects surrounding the character suggest it might be true.

First of all, the name sounds mysteriously close to something like that of a droid. Obi-Wan can also be written as Obi-1. A serial number only appears in the names of robot clones. Obi Wan’s name was later changed to Ben. I wonder what circumstances called for that change?

Try to picture a bunch of Kenobi Jedi army with lightsabers. That would be one invincible group of soldiers.

The question is what made the incumbent government initiate such a project.

Ben Kenobi was first introduced to the audience in Episode I. He has promising Jedi powers growing at an exponential rate. On sensing a kind of threat from the Trade Federation, the government acts accordingly to create a scepter army in the interest of protecting the Republic. Cloning is the only powerful technology that is powerful enough to save the values that protect their galaxy.  This brings us back to the question we asked at the beginning. Who do they clone? For mere soldiers would not be enough to protect them from the threat that looms over the Republic. In which case, Jedi is their only resolve. And that is how the idea of cloning of the strongest guardian of the Republic is conceived. All they need to do now is to select an ideal candidate amongst the Jedi whose abilities deserve to exist in multiple bodies.

Following this they seek out the sharpest among young Jedi. This hey shortlist a few Jedi youth, one among which is Ben Kenobi. He along with a few other gifted Jedi concur to be a part of the project.

The project leads to the creation of a vast number of OB1 or Obi-Wan Kenobis. But soon they discover that these Jedi clones have some glitches. They have a weak resolve in comparison to their hosts and can be easily manipulated. Besides the hosts tend to get overworked because they have to train multiple padawans at once. The said weakness leads to a lot of these clones falling into the dark side and joining the Sith. Imagine the kind of battlefield this would create had the siths pit the cloned Jedi against their hosts. You couldn’t stop but marvel at the magnificence of a Jedi vs Jedi battle.

Coming back to Obi-Wan Kenobi. Amongst the clones, apparently he is a strong-willed one in comparison to others and remained loyal to the Republic. He fought alongside the Republic in the war against the clones, faithfully serving his master Ben Kenobi.

As these battles continue, the clones eventually undergo mass extinction. Unfortunately Ben Kenobi meets his fate at the hands of one of his own clones in a battle. Obi-Wan annihilates his master’s murderer and brings along Ben’s body. In the light of these despondent events Obi-Wan withdraws to a smaller planet to find a safe refuge. He finds Tatooine as the best resort and finds himself home while Yoda goes to Dagobah. On reaching Tatooine, he puts his master’s body to rest and assumes his identity.

Since Obi-Wan is a spitting image of his master, he would have the least difficulty in carrying on Ben’s legacy.

Obi-Wan also brings along one of Anakin’s twin children (the male) to Tatooine. Anakin’s son is the only way of bringing the Force back to power. By guiding and training him, Obi-Wan hopes to honor his master. Luke is kept in secrecy with one of his Aunt and uncle on Tatooine. OB1 chooses to segregate himself until the time comes when he must start training Luke. He remains in isolation for more than 10years after which he reunites with Luke. On resurfacing again, he is addressed by his original serial number OB1 and he is quite surprised to hear it after calling himself Ben Kenobi for all these years.

Makes sense? Although this theory has not been confirmed, Lucas may have had this thought in the back of his head. Let us know what you think of this in the comments.

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Alfred is Bruce Wayne’s Real Father

by Emily Keen

We all know there are some crazy movie buffs on Reddit who always come up with the most insane theories. More often than not these theories change every perception you have about the film. Some times the truth is hard to accept and before you know, your favorite film is not the same anymore. One such theory was put forward by Reddit user u/Gemini911.

Batman comics have been rather inconsistent in providing us a clear picture of Alfred’s origin. Most comics and movies depict him as Bruce Wayne’s legal guardian which came into force after Bruce’s parents died. And we have invariably witnessed a touching dynamic between the duo. The theory however puts a sinister twist on the backstory of how this bond came to be. According to u/Gemini911, Alfred in all probability could have been Bruce Wayne’s biological father.

As shocking and repulsive as this may sound, he comes up with a depressing hypothesis to support his claims. According to the user, Thomas and Martha Wayne are so carried away with their larger than life lifestyle, they have almost no sense of normalcy and sanity left in them. Thomas Wayne indulges in drugs and even gets his wife hooked on drugs just like him. In the distress of her husband’s actions, Martha seeks comfort with Alfred and that gives rise to an illicit relationship between the two. However when Martha conceives a child, she covers the truth and makes Thomas believe it is his own son. While she is carrying she refrains herself from any drugs and ends her affair with Alfred. Alfred however loves the child and her too much give her up. He pursues Martha even more strongly confessing his feelings and gifts her pearl necklace. Martha rejects the proposal on account of her love for her husband. A jealous Alfred seeks revenge from Thomas Wayne with the help of Joe Chill whom he meets at a bar.

When Alfred discovers about Joe’s criminal background, he uses him to plot an elaborate scheme to kill Thomas out of spite. As Martha and Thomas exit the theatre on that dark evening, Joe poses as though he is there to mug the lady off her pearls. Joe points a gun at Martha when she refuses to hand over the necklace. That’s when Thomas steps in front of his wife to protect her. Joe sees this as a perfect opportunity and shoots a bullet at Thomas. On seeing this Martha begins to scream for help. Baffled and afraid that she might testify against him, Joe ends up killing Martha too. Alfred’s plan backfires in a hideous way and Bruce Wayne is left orphaned at a very young age. Alfred grieves the love of his love and swears to protect their child with his life.

Alfred cuts all ties with Joe and makes everyone believe that this is the work of just another maniac on the streets of Gotham. And although it has been hinted at multiple times in the story, Alfred denies being any kind of father to Bruce Wayne.

This theory does sound insane but the vagueness around Martha and Thomas Wayne’s true killer does leave room for eccentric theories.

Although this may not sit very well with fans, it does have Caped crusader enthusiasts vying over possibilities.

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Elvis Presley is Alive and Featured in Home Alone

by Emily Keen

A fan theory claims that not only was Elvis Presley alive when Home Alone released but that he also made an appearance in the film. This is not just insane. One might even call this theory “Bonkers”. Let us examine the evidence that indicates this is true.

Home Alone released in 1990. Elvis Presley died almost 13 years prior to its release. So even considering this idea for a moment seems ridiculous. But here goes!

When Kate McCallister realizes that her son has been left behind, she gets into a squabble at the Scantron airport staff trying to convince them to help her get to Chicago. In the scene, while she argues with the attendant, there is a man who looks so much like Elvis Presley.

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The man is spotted rocking a modest suit, just like any other extra from a scene in a Hollywood film. No bejeweled catsuit, no sideburns, basically nothing that is typical Elvis (because for all we know, he is not).

Careful scrutiny of his actions and head movements are done in a video below. Watch the video and decide for yourself as we have more evidence to cover.

The theory also emphasizes on the fact that Kevin’s convincingly inspiring bathroom performance on “White Christmas” is a point to be noted. It was the same song that Elvis made a cover for.

And if all of this is not reason enough to consider this theory, Home Alone director Chris Columbus mentioning Presley in one of his comments, totally is.

“They are convinced, these people, that this is Elvis Presley,” Columbus says. “That he’s faked his death, and because he still loves show business, he’s an extra in Home Alone.”

“Look at this guy,” he talks of the bearded man in the scenes “He’s not Elvis Presley!” (Sure he’s not, Chris…)

And the most notable and rather mysterious evidence is the anagram that a fan deduced to support this theory. It is strange that when you rearrange the letters of Kevin McCallister, you find a message “I, Mr. Elvis, act”. This is both spooky and hilarious at the same time. On one hand it does sound like a message from a ghost. But as far as logical reasoning goes, this does not even qualify as a perfect anagram. But even then, believers of the theory, consider this final piece of evidence as an important one.

But people, at least since the sarcastic tone in the commentary of the Director! That’s all we got for now! Home Alone is clearly getting more and more sinister with wild theories popping up time and again. Check out other Home Alone theories covered by Spotflik.

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Kevin’s Mother Sold Her Soul to the Devil in Home Alone

by Emily Keen

It’s been more than 29 years since the release of Home Alone. The iconic holiday classic has had generations of audiences head over heels for its goofy prankster of a child protagonist. Kevin Macallister is left behind in his own house while his family goes for a Christmas vacation. His goofy antics and instant ideas get him through even the direst situations. Thanks to his wits and ability to lay elaborate traps with regular household items, he is able to protect his house from a robbery and give us two full hours of entertainment.

The classic garnered enough attention to have several sects of fans and movie buffs coming up with insane theories around its simple plot. One of the craziest theories was sparked by a Reddit user who believes, Kevin’s mother sold his soul to the devil to make sure her son was safe. You’d be thinking, how come a comical holiday classic about aimed at young children possibly have such a dark twist. And how come you did not notice it all these years?

Its because this is just a theory spawned from trivia and possibly does not hold much weight with the kind of evidence. As a fan of delightful holiday movies, you are probably disgusted by the idea. This may have even ruined your favorite childhood film. But the lovers of dark comedies will possibly find this theory rather intriguing.

So who is the devil we are talking about here?

The Polka King of Midwest who greets Kevin’s mother at the airport- Gus Polinski! Apparently being in a Polka band is just a cover he uses to have his way around with innocent and troubled souls.

When Kevin’s mother, Kate realizes her son has been left behind, she freaks out at the airline staff and causes quite a scene that attracts onlookers.

What she precisely tells the airline rep is “If I have to sell my soul to the devil himself, I am going to get home to my son.” We must say the foreshadowing is commendable.

Amongst these onlookers stands Gus Polinski, who notices her little outburst. He has found the perfect victim.  Before the airport staff can provide any advice on dealing with her ordeal, Gus walks up to her and offers to help her.

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The man in the yellow jacket is the one we are talking about.

The second indication comes from the location of the airport where Kate is stranded. The Scranton airport Is located at a crossroads. According to the Reddit user Drewgarr, the crossroads is a myth connected to the world of demons. This is the place where you can make a deal with the devil.  The devil makes an appearance and grants the wish in exchange for something (in this case, the soul). So in this movie Kate has agreed to sell her soul to the devil if he can get her to Kevin.

In exchange for her soul, Gus offers her ride to Chicago. He introduces Kate to one of his friends who rented a van. Kate agrees to the terms and seals the deal with the devil, thus accepting the ride. She may have been irresponsible in keeping a watch on her child but this makes up for every mistake she made as a mother. Could you have asked for a bigger sacrifice?

But how do we know for sure that Gus is a Devil?

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Gus plays a woodwind instrument. And guess what the Devil’s instrument of choice is? Bingo!

In the words of the Reddit user himself – “One last piece of evidence that I have found is Gus choice of instrument. Sure it’s not as obvious as a fiddle, instead, it’s a woodwind instrument. There are some references in the bible that one of the instruments are created and favored by the devil (my understanding at least),”

This does seem a little out there but the evidence he has provided is rather remarkable. It only goes on to prove how vigilantly the person has followed each bit of the film and then connected the dots. Sure the makers may have never had this idea in mind that the elements they have put in place have a rather hellish essence to itself. But it is rather fascinating to watch the film with a different outlook. Dark too!

Do let us know what you have to say about this theory in the comments.

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In Groundhog Day Bill Murray Is Buddha and Punxsutawney Is Purgatory

by Emily Keen

Ramis Harold’s Groundhog Day comes across as a thought-provoking film that had us asking some very important questions about life. The film’s protagonist, Phil wakes up to the same old day precisely 38 times on screen, although there has been some ambiguity surrounding the actual number of days he lived the recurring reality of February 2nd. Phil is a TV weatherman and visits the town of Punxsutawney for officially covering the annual Groundhog Day celebration. On the eve of the ceremony he is already in town and hits a local B&B only to be woken up in the morning to the sound of clock radio playing Cher’s I’ve Got You, Babe. He isn’t particularly enthusiastic about his job and does a sloppy on-camera bit just for the sake of it. Now that he has completed the task, he tries to leave the town but a snowstorm strikes the region and he has to stay the night. He crashes into the same B&B and wakes up the next day with an awfully precise Déjà vu. Except, it’ not a Déjà vu! The day of February 2nd keeps repeating itself until Phil accepts and mends the flaws in his current outlook. Each repetition brings along new realizations and experiences that he tends to overlook in the earlier attempts thus making him appreciate each moment and make the most out of it.

The film was critically acclaimed by critics and academics across the board. But one of it’s most endearing effect was the way it was perceived by philosophers and followers of various faiths.

The film was scrutinized in a theological light by various ethical gurus and thinkers. At the surface it might seem like a comical journey of a supposedly tragic hero. Although at its core, “Ground Hog Day” is about finding the true purpose of one’s existence.

One of the most prominent sects to pick up on the film’s philosophy was Buddhism. The Buddhists found the theme rebirth particularly conversant. Director Harold Ramis himself spoke about people who felt the whole idea a moving experience which included his mother-in-law who was a Zen Buddhist.

There were many others who shared similar views. Stephen Simon, Spiritual Cinema Circle co-founder called the movie “a wonderful human comedy about being given the rare opportunity to live several lifetimes all on the same day. Of course, that’s not how the film was marketed but, for our purposes, I believe that concept is at the soul of the story” in his essay titled, “Groundhog Day The Movie, Buddhism and Me,”.

Dr. Angela Zito, co-director of  NYU’s Center for Religion and Media believed that the story symbolized the idea of  Samsara or rebirth. In her interview with The New York Times, she said  “In Mahayana [Buddhism], nobody ever imagines they are going to escape samsara until everybody else does. That is why you have bodhisattvas, who reach the brink of nirvana, and stop and come back and save the rest of us. Bill Murray is the bodhisattva. He is not going to abandon the world. On the contrary, he is released back into the world to save it.”

And that is how Bill Murrays’s character in the film went to gain a hypothesis that represents Buddha. That’s not it. There were speculations around the town in which the film was set. Writer Jim Cissell caused an online stir when he wrote an article about how the town of Punxsutawney is probably a purgatory. For those of you who do not know, purgatory is a place between heaven and hell as specified in the Catholic Church doctrine. Cissell highlighted various aspects of the town that pointed out its similarities with a purgatory. An elaborate version of this theory goes on to tell us that Phil Connors is going through his own brand of purification before he meets his maker. And the changes he undergoes here will have a direct impact on his fate in the afterlife.

What do you think about this theory? Do let us know in the comments below.

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Forrest Jr. is Not Forrest Gump’s Biological Child?

by Emily Keen

Over the years Forrest Gump has been a subject of countless debates and hypotheses. And the fad only seems to be growing with each generation. The classic has been highly scrutinized with the smallest detail presented to the audience. One such detail is the true paternal origin of the titular character’s son- Forrest Jr.

A wild fan theory claims that Forrest Jr. may not be the biological child of Forrest Gump. And there are clear cues in the film that point to this fact. Before moving on, let us remind ourselves that this is just a fun segment and has no bearing over the contents of the film. The Forrest Gump lore will remain intact as ever since Gump accepts the child as his own in the film, no matter what.

Here are a few things to mull over:

There is no evident on-screen record of intimate relations between Forrest and Jenny

The love of his life is found years later and they both share a passionate kiss in the bedroom. But there are no explicit indications of them having sex. Besides, Forrest doesn’t seem to care much about the act of making a child. Jenny knows this and there goes the possibility of her being discovered out of the window. This might seem a little out there given the ambiguity of the scene we spoke of earlier. But the remaining points are suggestive of the facts we are looking for.

When Jenny Visited Forrest

There is a possibility that Jenny was already pregnant when comes back to Forrest. Her unusual sleeping patterns are another sign that she could have been carrying a baby. Fatigue as we know is one of the symptoms women experience during the early stages of pregnancy. This fatigue of hers may not have received enough attention in the film but could be a plausible cue. At one point in the film even Forrest expresses his concern over her sleeping habits.  Since her lifestyle choices are not an appropriate set up to raise a child, she thinks that it’s best if she returns to Forrest. Forrest’s simple way of life is a much healthier environment to raise a child.

Following this, jenny starts having second thoughts about her intentions, and maybe she realizes that keeping Forrest in the dark is not something he deserves. So she leaves and decides to take care of the child on her own, only to find that she is dying. This brings her back to her original and the only option to take care of her child- Forrest Gump!

But the main question that arises is “ why does she decide to name the child Forrest Jr.?

This is the fact the quite literally counters most of our arguments. If Forrest isn’t the father of her child, then what makes her name the child Forrest Jr.? It’s highly questionable since they did not share much of their life together. And even though they are best friends, it would seem odd to the person who is the real father of her child.

Well here’s a guess. Maybe she is unaware of the identity of Forrest Jr.’s real father. And besides, Forrest is her childhood friend and the only other significant person in her life. He is a constant who has never judged her and accepted her whenever she showed up. That is probably the reason she respects him and as a sign of gratitude decides to name her son, after the most important person in her life.

Jenny’s depiction in the film makes us think that she is a self-centered and an awful person. But is she though? She may have not stuck around for Forrest as much, but as a mother, she did the absolute right thing. She put her child in the hands of a very caring and responsible person and did not just leave him to deal with the world she used to live in. Before she died she made sure, he wouldn’t in any way be impacted by her choices.

What do you think about this theory? Do let us know in the comments below.

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Warhammer 40k is a Sequel to Event Horizon

by Emily Keen

Apparently Event Horizon set the tone for Warhammer 40k and the evidence cannot be dismissed.  The 1997 film starring Lawrence Fishburne and Sam Neil went on to become a fad among the tabletop gaming community. And Warhammer later followed the same path.

But you cannot help but notice the continuity the plot of Warhammer offers Event Horizon. Coincidence and very unusually fit right into the puzzle.

Warning! Spoilers ahead!

Blending some very critical themes of God, AI, and capitalism, Paul Anderson’s Event Horizon sets a bleak narrative with space and time at the heart of the story. A ship called Event Horizon resurfaces after several years of absentia. An investigative team is sent to examine the mysterious event and what they unravel is a grisly tale of horror and massacre.

To put the events in perspective, Sam Neil who plays the designer explains how the traveling mechanism of the ship uses black holes to travel the farthest reaches of the space. What they did not see coming is the path that leads through a figurative hell. The ship crew finds themselves in a ghastly space that has them under some kind of murderous spell forcing them to commit some of the most gruesome acts. Their bodies are discovered in the most horrid state describable. But worst is yet to come.

Come to think of it, the said hellish experience is similar to the one in Warhammer 40k experienced during the Warp travel. The place of Chaos in Event Horizon bears an uncanny resemblance to the world of Daemons and Chaos Gods called Warp. The nightmarish dimension is the path to achieve traveling speed that is faster than the light. Although there seems to be an advancement in 40k since they have figured means to keep the hell at bay so that it does not harm the members of the crew. They describe the technology as Gellar Field.

If this force field fails, it is the travelers who will be subject to similar atrocities as what happened in Event Horizon. Demonic invasion, hallucinations, evil possession, and insanity to name a few! If such horror causes irreversible damage to the vessel and the crew or demonic incursion occurs, the ship just floats in space or Warp like a husk. Furthermore when such ship collides with celestial bodies like asteroids or space stations they are addressed as Space Hulk.

 

According to the theory, Event Horizon was the first Space Hulk to be created after its destruction in the Warp. It is evident that that was the first attempt at using wormholes for space travel and unbeknownst of the horrors that lie ahead the crew simply chose to enter the warp without any defense. As a result they were unable to avoid the ghoulish fate. But the Warhammer 40k crew learned from the experience and created a strong defense mechanism to neutralize the Daemons and Chaos Gods.

Now Event Horizon may be a modest and practical outlook in comparison to 40k, but the timeline of occurrence and the nature of events occurring in both stories hardly seems like a coincidence.

If you watch 40k ahead of Event Horizon, it will help define an outlook that makes this theory believable. If you have already watched these films, try to do a re-run with this idea in mind and you might end up having a whole new perspective than what you had earlier. The parallels only make it a much more enjoyable watch than it already was.

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In “The Big Lebowski” Donny Doesn’t Exist

by Emily Keen

A fan theory claims that In Big Lebowski, Donny is just a figment of Walter’s imagination. Considering this might seem a little out there, we did a little digging and it turns out there is more than enough evidence to believe so. Here are some cues that point to the obvious. If you are in a state of total awareness and notice how the script navigates its characters, it helps you discover some interesting facts.

Like looking at the way the characters interact and which characters do not share a direct communication. I mean, that’s how theories unravel right? The devil is these unscathed details.

In the case of this film, if you look at Donny and his interaction with other cast, you’d be surprised to find he only exchanges words with Walter. The Dude is in a state of denial.

Furthermore, the bowling team has only two members. And when the Corvette owner tries to smash their car, Donny’s presence is completely ignored. In fact, when the nihilists start chasing them, they only go after Dude and Walter. Donny is left alone.

Also, remember the scene when Donny is shot? Walter shouts “Man down” but Dude is least bothered since the lack of blood could only mean “Donny” whom he can’t see.

What is even more unsettling is that the guy never gets a funeral. An important member of a gang at least deserves a memorial right? But the only memorial he gets is from Walter. Sure Dude accompanies him at the mortuary while he says goodbye to his imaginary friend who was nothing but the manifestation of his stress from Vietnam.

However, a section of fans finds this debatable since Donny and Dude are caught exchanging one-liners three times in the film. Twice when the car is stolen and Donny asks “Where are you going, Dude?”. To which Donny clearly responds b calling his name- “Home Donny”. The other time when Donny says “Phone’s ringing Dude”. And Dude saying “Thank you, Donny”. There is also one at the very beginning where Donny asks “What tied the room together Dude?” to which Dude answers- “My rug”. Subtle but plausible signs that indicate this theory is baseless. The Coen brothers do not leave room for doubt there. Even if it’s limited, the dialogue upholds the validity of Donny’s existence.

But the supporters have an equally strong argument to counter these supposed flaws in the theory.

If you carefully examine the scenes when Dude responds to Donny, you can see patterns of ambiguity. For example, the scene in the parking lot when Dude responds, he is actually walking away from the camera and we cant see for ourselves if he really said it. In the first alley scene, he has his head bowed and buried in his long hair. The words spoken then too are not clearly visible to the audience. So we for sure cannot say that Dude did respond to Donny’s questions all this while.

If Walter is delusional enough to make up an entire person in his mind, how hard could it be to force a few dialogues between his groupies? Even that could well be in his own head. After all, if it’s in his head, he can imagine whatever he wants, and however, he wants it. Seriously, hallucinatory theories are a tough nut to crack.

 

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In Fight Club, The Narrator and Tyler are Grown up Calvin and Hobbes

by Emily Keen

It is being speculated that In Fight Club, the narrator and Tyler are actually adult Calvin and Hobbes from the popular American comic by Bill Watterson. The comic spanned over the period of November 1985 to December 1995. The comic revolves around the humorous antics of Calvin and Hobbes (Hobbes being Calvin’s stuffed Tiger). But like in every comic, the Tiger is anthropomorphic.

Fight Club was based on Chuck Palahniuk’s 1996 novel of the same title. Brad Pitt and Edward Norton star in a feature helmed by David Fincher. The Narrator of the story is bored from his life and his executive job. One fine day he meets Tyle Durden the soap maker along with whom they form the “Fight Club”. As the fight club begins to prosper, the thing starts to turn wild.

Coming back to the theory! It goes like this- Calvin grows up to be the narrator and Hobbes becomes Tyler Durden but now he is fully human. The theory speculates that the bullying Calvin is subjected to in seventh grade makes him unimage Hobbes. But Hobbes’perception still remains unaltered somewhere in the deep corners of Calvin’s mind. Hobbes is not around Calvin but may have been waiting for him to free him. When Calvin grows up he eventually brings Hobbes back as Tyler Durden.

What is the basis for this speculation?

This may sound like we are only trying to find reasons to believe the theory. The hypothesis stems from the belief that Hobbes and Tyler Durden are not real but only an image in their respective stories.

Let us see why this theory makes no sense:

  1. What made Calvin change his name? Also, The Narrators’ name in Fight Club may have been revealed in one particular scene as Jack. So the hypothesis that Calvin is the narrator cannot be effectively proved.
  2. Why did Calvin bring back Hobbes as an aggressive personality? It is possible that our hardships as humans tend to make us want to channel the rage we feel inside through some means. But id Calvin did have a hard life, a more calm and sensible version of Hobbes was a practical answer.
  3. Calvin and Hobbes and The Narrator and Tyler both have their own clubs. GROSS (Get rid of Slimy Girls) is the club that Calvin and Hobbes started. The Narrator and Tyler are the Fight Club. But we cannot ignore the fact that both these clubs are completely different.
  4. And the most significant difference between Hobbes and Tyler is their personalities. Hobbes is a very sensible and composed tiger. Tyler Durden, however, harbors an offbeat personality who loses his calm on many occasions.

 

All the above evidence points towards the fact that this theory does not hold a practical explanation. Although it does account for an interesting story.  What do you think?

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Who Framed Roger Rabbit is about Racial Segregation?

by Emily Keen

The multi Oscar-winning offbeat Hollywood cartoon and live-action hybrid is a muti-Oscar winning Disney masterpiece. The film follows the injustice done towards cartoon stars in the Toontown. Set in the 1940s, the film tells the story of Roger Rabbit, who is framed for killing Marvin Acme a human club owner. Eddie Valiant is a private detective who is hired by the Rabbit to clear his name off the felony.

The film has been a subject of many controversial debates but the least discussed one is that it low key takes a hit at the racial segregation that prevails in the society.

Jim Crow era of segregation was at its peak in 1947. The film is set in Toontown of Los Angeles where humans and cartoons lead life effectively distinct and segregated from one another. Judge Doom who plays a big role in maintaining the segregation, comes up with a new freeway plan for the town to support the rich residents. Sounds familiar? The gentrification of non-white neighborhoods happens in a lot of western societies.

Jessica Rabbit is a cartoon character who is more humanlike in her behavior. Eddie, the detective finds her really attractive. Given his hatred for all cartoons, this actually seems like a big deal. This represents the confusion of white males and how they perceive women of color. Although they are viewed as lesser in comparison to their white counterparts, they do sweep the hearts of the men just alike.

Then we have the gruesome Judge Doom, who is actually a cartoon and pretends to be human. This character represents the sellouts who betray their own kind to get accepted in the society. But there is a major difference in the film and what actually happens in reality. In culmination, the film disregards the process of segregation and swears equality to all. In the real world, however, sadly racism still persists.

 

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The Dinosaurs in Jurassic Park are not Real

by Emily Keen

The Steven Spielberg Dinosaur lore that first released in 1993 first presented the world with the possibility that dinosaurs could walk the face of the earth again, very much alive. And that is not much of a shocking revelation given the advancements that have happened over the years in the world of genetic engineering. In the film, the dinosaurs were cloned by entrepreneur John Hammond by extracting DNA from a mosquito preserved in amber. But the claims fall way beyond the limits of science. If you are a science enthusiast it is not difficult to point out the inconsistencies of the facts presented in the film.

We have to give it up to the VFX team of the film for creating exceptional images of the giant Tr-Rexes and bloodthirsty Velociraptors. The park is full of amazing creatures that walked the earth 65 million years ago. So where does the error lie?

According to a theory that was proposed on Reddit, there is not a single real dinosaur in the entire park. The film claims that the Dinosaurs were made from the DNA pooled from mosquitoes that were preserved in amber. But science says DNA would have decayed long before 65 million years. For a moment let us consider that it did manage to remain intact. Even then a mosquito would have had DNA from multiple species of dinosaurs. Not just one.

So how exactly was Hammond able to create the dinosaurs.

The hypothesis suggests that they are lab experiments. They are hybrid creatures built from bits of reptilian, amphibian, and avian DNA and then well crafted to match the popular perception of a dinosaur. The movie scientists have proven that this is possible. The Indominus Rex from Jurassic world is a hybrid of DNA from multiple species spliced together to create an entirely new species.

So why would they not create an entire park full of similar organisms? There is nothing stopping them from doing that. In fact, this way they can create each species with custom specifications.

One way to prove this is the size of the Velociraptors. In the movie, these giants are the size of a human. When in reality, fossil reports of Velociraptors indicate that they can actually grow as big as Chimpanzees.

Another very strong reason to believe this theory is John Hammond’s obsession with creating larger than life illusions with animals to trick people to believe that what they see is real. He started this business by creating a mechanical flea circus which was meant for children. Jurassic Park is no different. It was the same trick that played out on a much larger stage.

He only made it more believable by gaining the trust of Dr. Grant and Dr. Sattler who actually fell for all the stories he made up about the splicing DNA from a mosquito. And if he could fool the scientists, how long before the world accepts it?

The DNA demonstration was all a part of the plan to convince people so the smart ones amongst the onlookers don’t question the actual origin of these giant creatures. But in reality, it was just another con act that Hammond pulled up very smoothly. He knew that it does not matter if the dinosaurs were real. He just wanted people to believe they were. And well, people did!

What do you think about this theory?

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Nemo Doesn’t Exist in Finding Nemo?

by Emily Keen

We all know Finding Nemo as a friendly, funny Pixar movie aimed at a younger audience. There was nothing particularly erroneous about the way the story was told. It was probably the best gags that were used in the trailers that caused a little damage to its performance at the box office. But besides that, the movie was much loved by audiences of all ages. Basically it was a linear plot meant to greet its viewers with a genial message about a father-son relationship or the importance of family on a more general level.

However, if you try to analyze the subtext of the story and the characters philosophically, it holds a deeper meaning to it. A theory has been making rounds regarding “Nemo” being a figment of Marlin’s imagination. At first, it does not make sense, because we all know how Nemo was captured by the divers and then ended up in a fish tank in a dentist’s clinic. Obviously Marlyn couldn’t have built an image with that much detail. That seems totally out of context and unnecessary. But there are certain details that do suggest that Marlyn may, in fact, be imagining Nemo’s presence in his life.

To begin with, it’s the name. Nemo in Latin means “no one”. We know that from Twenty Thousand Leagues Under The Sea. So this changes the title of the film in question to “Finding No One”

Finding No One? Where am I going with this? Here it is, folks: the eponymous character of this children’s animated epic, Nemo, doesn’t actually exist. Finding Nemo is, in fact, the tale of a psychologically damaged clownfish who must go on a personal journey as he tries to overcome the pain and fear caused by the loss of his family.

So that reduces Nemo to nothing but a figment of Marlyn’s imagination. The clownfish ended up with a damaged psyche after witnessing the loss of his wife and children. The film begins with a terrifying incident in which Marlin’s wife and the eggs end up becoming victims of barracuda attacks. As per the scene, the only survivors of the tragic incident are Marlin himself and an egg which grows up into Nemo, a baby clownfish with a slightly deformed fin. It would be safe to assume at this stage that Nemo is nothing but Marlin’s insecurities coming to life.

Before the barracuda destroy his family, Marlin is shown as a jovial and cheerful father and husband. He has found them a safe neighborhood to reside in for the rest of their lives. He looks forward to living life and having fun with his family. Nevertheless, the family meets with a tragic fate, and Marlin is crushed under the guilt of not being able to protect his family.

So when he finds out that he is the lone survivor of the attack, he begins to imagine that one egg somehow survived the attacks which in turn gives him back the power and imparts hope to his otherwise awful life. As a part of the promise made to his wife and the subconscious awareness that its all an imagination, he decides to name the child ‘Nemo”

His trauma snowballs into overprotectiveness and irrational fear of remotely dangerous things when it comes to Nemo. And when Nemo goes missing, he sets on a journey to rescue his one last ray of hope and more importantly because he does not want to feel powerless this time.

He makes a lot of friends on the way who guide his way through the problem and literally to his destination even. He learns many valuable lessons that help him get over the burdensome thoughts like the guilt of not being able to protect his people and eventually realizes that responsible for the death of his family. Bruce, Anchor, and Chum help him realize the misunderstood nature of things that seem dangerous but in reality, are not. And that worrying too much only worsens the situation.

The sea turtles help him realize that there are few things that cannot be controlled and in those times, its best to let go. Dory, his accomplice on the search mission, suffers from short term memory loss. Dory exemplifies living life in the moment and that each passing second brings in new experiences. Marlin gradually understands the importance of letting things go and moving past the feelings of grief and guilt. He begins to live life just like Dory- every moment is a brand new experience.

At the end of the film, Marlin is finally ready to let his don roam free in the aquatic environment and sends him off to school by saying “go have an adventure”. This indicates how the overall journey has helped him evolve into a whole new person who isn’t afraid of what’s to come. He has finally let go of the unpleasant memories and the guilt he had been holding on to. He is no longer a paranoid father as he was at the beginning of the movie.

Am I reading into this too much? I’ll answer the naysayers straight off: yes, yes I am. I know I am. As I stated at the onset of this op-ed, I came up with my analysis arbitrarily in order to keep the film relevant for an older generation. Even so, I hope this interpretation works for many of you the same way it worked for me and keeps what should be another Pixar gem fresh in your minds.

It seems like a deep read into the characters and the story, but this way, the film sounds more relevant to the older age groups. It makes “Finding Nemo” much more than just an animated adventure for kids. It is a film that elaborately explains five stages of grief and how to overcome it.

Thank you for reading this! Do let us know what are your opinions about this theory.

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Sid Grows Up to be the Garbage Man in Toy Story 3

by Emily Keen

We are all aware of Sid from Toy Story. He the little child, who tormented his toys by subjecting them to eccentric experiments. Probably an adolescent while he pulled up the livid act of setting the toys on fire and then pull them apart and then merging them with other toy parts. The kid was insane. The giant baby head on the metal legs is an unforgettable memory. In fact, just go out on the limb and say, he was a terror.

The cynics will probably dismiss his deranged behavior quoting his lunatic side did not cause any harm to live beings. But Hey! Guess what? The toys in the movie have feelings and you cannot stop the audience from siding them over the maniac who did nothing but try to deform them in the most heinous way possible. He learned his lesson at the end of course when the toys decided they won’t take it anymore.

The last we see him is when Woody warns him to “play nice” and he runs while screaming on top of his lungs.

Enter Garbage man, from Toy Story 3!

If we believe the rumors being spewed by ardent fans, Sid probably grew into Garbage man in the third installment of the franchise. And the main indication of the fact is the Skull T-shirt that he wears. Its Pixar- every little detail means something.

Most people would say Sid becoming a garbage man as an adult was karma returning to him in the most practical way. He treated toys like trash. He might as well learn to respect the trash. And as a result, he ended up making a living out of it.

Reddit user Londongarbageman gave an elaborate explanation to back the theory. Here it is:

“In Toy Story 1 Sid is confronted with the horrifying revelation that his toys are alive. 15 years later in Toy Story 3 we see that Sid has become the local Garbageman. Now being a garbageman has one of the biggest perks that you may not have realized. We find things. Lots of things,”.

The user who claims to be a garbage man himself spoke about the toys he retrieved from the trash including Barbies, Legos and Nerf guns. He went on to suggest that Sid accepting the job of a garbage man was his way of redeeming himself in response to the suffering he put the poor toys through.

“Now, let’s imagine you’re a guy who just learned that inanimate objects are alive. What job would you get? Sid isn’t f–ked up and working a crappy job. He’s trying to save them. He is trying to save the toys. He picked one kind of job where you can rescue those things. And Sid is uniquely equipped to fix those toys that he finds that are broken. He’s pretty damn creative.”- he added!

Sid’s job was his wrongdoings coming back to him. He chose a profession that would mean doing exactly the opposite of what he did as a child. Save the toys! He is not even happy doing that job.

Although if you think about it, fate isn’t exactly a curse. It may not be a glamorous job, but at least he is doing something good for the toys that are disposed of. The predator is now the benefactor! How poetic is that! This seems like a more fulfilling explanation for Sid’s story.

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Peter Pan Is Flying Spirits of Dead Children to Neverland

by Emily Keen

Peter Pan, the angelic child designed by J.M. Barrie in his novel comes to rescue his shadow that he once lost in the Darling mansion. But in an unusual turn of events, the Darling kids are fascinated with the antics of the magical young boy and decide to follow him to Neverland- the place full of enchanted children who never grow up.

But this story has been given a dark twist by a few movie buffs. They believe that in reality Peter Pan is the angel of death and he is flying the dead spirits of the children to Neverland which symbolizes heaven.

Let us look at the facts that stand grounds for this hypothesis.

The first thing that points us in the direction is his line where he says- “to die would be an awfully big adventure”. This only indicates that he may never experience it himself since he is immortal. Few among the believer of the theory suggest that he is so innocent, he does not even realize that the children are actually dead. Does it make sense?

But then the fact that he helped a little girl return back home in the story- “The Little White Bird” plays contradictory to the above theory. In fact, even the Darling children eventually are returned home safe and sound. The same goes for his crew of Lost boys. Wendy’s daughter and granddaughter too are subjects of consideration.

According to the book the children tend to escape while their babysitters are busy tending to some other tasks. This is, in fact, symbolic but it is not death. It probably suggests something even more dark and dangerous crimes that were prevalent in Victorian England at those times namely child theft and sex trafficking. Chilling isn’t it? But J.M. Barrie had in fact decided to tackle some very critical concepts in disguise as it seems.

This other theory goes on to suggest that the boys Peter flies to Neverland actually die or become pirates in the story. And those who survived their childhood became the victims of the harshest crimes breeding in the underbelly of England.

The book brings us face to face with a lot of truth if we know where to look for it. Furthermore, Peter Pan’s stories have been presented by plays and films by changing the original scenario and giving it a whole new meaning. Barrie himself had written multiple memoirs based on the different adventures of Peter Pan. Each story possibly signifies something deeper than just what we can see. So the next time you watch or read Peter Pan, make sure to look beyond the platonic meaning.

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Nightmare Before Christmas is a Halloween Movie?

by Emily Keen

Categorizing some films is a tricky business. They are not created to explicitly fit into a particular season. For example- Die Hard being a Christmas movie has been a subject of enough debates. Just because it’s an action film, do not we can overlook the backdrop in which it is set.

Horror films are clearly meant for Halloween. Who would dare to question the tagging of Casper and Hocus Pocus as Halloween movies? They clearly have this weird and spooky vibe about them. Not as disturbing and scary as horror films, but they do manage to creep you out just right for Halloween night. Similarly, none has questioned the status of Elf, The Muppet Christmas Carol, and Home Alone as holiday films.

But there is one movie that has always left the audience perplexed about which time of the year it belongs to. And that is The Night Before Christmas. Is it a film that fits into the list of Christmas films or is it in fact meant for All Hallows eve?

If you scan all the characters of the film it definitely weighs more in the favor of being a Halloween movie. The film’s main character is a skeleton called The Pumpkin King. He has a dog who happens to be a ghost. The film is full of Witches and then we also have Oogie Boogie who is a sinister creature filled with snakes and uses a torture chamber to scare people. But as it turns out, that does not make it easy to place it as a Halloween film.

The entire film is set in a Christmas town and speaks only about Christmas. And the biggest hint? It has Christmas in the title! The films the main objective is clearly finding the true meaning of Christmas. So when Christmas runs so deep in the plot, it would not be fair to classify it as a Halloween movie. And have you noticed the uncanny resemblance it shares with the film How The Grinch Stole Christmas?

The makers, however, feel differently. Henry Selick in a Q&A at Colorado’s Telluride Horrorshow film festival made his views quite clear: “It’s a Halloween movie.”

As per the report in BirthsMoviesDeaths, The director said that the film was about Halloween, the people of Halloween and what are their views about something like Christmas. His claims actually make sense if you take into account the time of its release which was just in time for the Halloween of 1993.

But if we try to dissect the idea of the plot with practical reasoning, it gives more of a Christmas vibe than the Halloween vibe. What do you suggest?

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Up is Carl Fredricksen’s Journey in the Afterlife

by Emily Keen

Pixar’s Up just got really sad! The movie explicitly aims at tackling the themes of loss and grief. But on a deeper level, it could mean something depressing. Since Pixar overlooked many scientific aspects of floating a house in the air, it has caused fans to speculate that the floating house was symbolic of Carl’s death and transition into his afterlife.

The basic error with the idea of a floating house is that he carl would need at least 100,000 balloons spread on every three feet. But how can a senior citizen with a fixed income manage to pull this off and have it installed on such short notice?

The flying house could mean only one thing. Carl is dead and he is being flown to the spiritual world. And the person guiding Carl in his journey in the afterlife is Russell. He is probably trying to earn his wings by fulfilling the task of Carl’s transition. This is seemingly his final badge attainment task which requires him to help an old man.

Once Russell successfully helps Carl, he becomes a guardian angel in a true sense. Carl’s erroneous perceptions about life need to be corrected. Russell’s innocence and devotion will help Carl see where he is wrong about life. This is clearly working because Carl seems to react positively to many of Russell’s actions. Russell may have taken a child’s form to impact Carl much deeply because Carl and his wife always longed for a child but never had one. It is possible Carl is living his long term dream through Russell’s presence.

Kevin is symbolic of a higher calling or God. Russell probably knows about Kevin’s reality. Carl does not care about Kevin. He just wants to shake him off. But Russell is the one who helps Carl see that Kevin’s presence might actually be a good thing. Kevin loves chocolates. It shows his thrill to earn small rewards on the way of chasing the higher calling. And him never being around when Carl needs him the most is also indicative of the same thing.

Dug’s translational collar is a part of Carl’s ascend too. Dug possibly is a symbol of transition himself. Dug who originally belonged to Muntz followed Carl and now lives by his side. Through a translational collar, Dug is said to have bridged the gap between humans and animals. Which probably reads like, he is supposed to help Carl bridge the gap between life and the afterlife.

Muntz is cruel and signifies Lucifer according to the theory. He’s trying to bring down Kevin is similar to Lucifer meaning to destroy the good in the Bible. The catch being Carl’s soul. If Muntz succeeds, Carl is forever trapped in the cage of despair.

The house symbolizes Carl’s yearning for the physical world. Paradise Falls is his ultimate destination. Paradise means heaven. When the house finally lands in Paradise Falls, Carl has completed the transition and reunited with his beloved wife Ellie. That right there is his greatest adventure!

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The Monsters Made their First Contact with Humans During the Black Death

by Emily Keen

The advancement and sophistication of the monster world in Monster Inc is evident. They are clearly living in a more technologically advanced era than we are. They are skilled in inter-dimensional travel and their means of energy is the resonance of a child’s scream or laughter.

A theory suggesting that the giants are petrified of the Black Plague has been much debated over. Let us see if this is just another speculation or it holds any weight at all. The following evidence will help us understand the grounds of the theory.

Almost a century ago the monsters tested their technology to open an inter-dimensional portal. Although it was a simple gateway connected to a nuclear power plant that opened the door to a different realm, they did succeed. The first-ever monster to arrive was the big hairy monster. He steps into the portal and enters into the room of an ill child.

The child is terrified at the sight of the monster and starts yelling. Well so does the monster who then quickly retreats from the door back to his own space. In that scene, we can see the child’s scream messing with the monster technology. There is an unexplained surge of power. And in that very moment, there is a noticeable resonance between the power source and the sonic vibrations.

The second indication comes from the flea carrying Yersinia Pestis. At the time when the first monster pulled inter-dimensional travel, he was not checked for any potential dangers or contaminants that he might have brought back with him. Obviously they are aware of fleas and their potential.

Later in the day, the monster goes home, back to his family along with the flea he just transported into his realm. The flea may easily find a corner to breed and start his own family. The monster paid no heeds to that itch on his shoulder. And thus unleashed the terror of a germ that caused his neighbors to show signs of illness. That was the beginning of a pandemic in the monster world, the roots of which are attributed to be the Black Plague that he acquired from the sick child in the human world.

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Did You Know that Dumbo is a Biracial Elephant?

by Emily Keen

Tim Burton’s Disney venture “Dumbo” was perhaps the biggest celebration of diversity, family love, and dreams. Max Medici is a circus owner who assigns Holt Farrier and his children with caring for a baby elephant Dumbo with oversized ears. This trait makes Dumbo an item of laughter and that is not in any way helping the shattering the profits of the circus.

But when they find out that Dumbo has the ability to fly, it shoots the booking and the circus company makes a sizzling comeback with Dumbo for a new entertainment project. The film tackles a lot of themes including family and dreams but there is little being said about the lineage Dumbo belongs to.

The fatherless Heffalump is born to a single mom in a circus. He has been a laughingstock since his birth owing to his giant elephant ears. However, how did he get those?

There is something very peculiar about those ears and it obviously has a plausible explanation.

That is the question very few fans have asked. A fan theory suggests that the pachyderm is a product of biracial love between a female Asian elephant and an African male elephant with large ears. Dumbo apparently takes after his father with giant big ears.

The father, however, is not known. But the fan theory speculates the identity of the father through the mother’s name. Mrs. Jumbo is probably the widow of Jumbo, the African bush elephant in real life, and was a part of P.T. Barnum’s traveling circus in 1800s. He died a very brutal death while being stuck on a locomotive train.

This adds more to the misery of Dumbo. He is not only mocked by his fellow elephants but has the tragic death of his father to his history. It all just seems so dark and depressing. Dumbo will never be the same again!

 

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Were Petunia and Vernon Aware that Harry was Voldemort’s Horcrux?

by Emily Keen

Besides the fact that the Dursley couple was terrified of wizards combined with Petunia’s jealousy towards Lily (Harry’s mother) is there a valid reason why they treated him so harshly? Vernon most certainly convinced Harry that magic is nothing but a myth. There is a plausible explanation to their utter disregard for Harry’s feelings.  One that might not be clear at first, but if you can connect the dots, it’s all right there.

The reason is Harry being one of Voldemort’s Horcruxes. There is evidence suggesting that a Horcrux has a very negative impact on its surroundings and the people who possess it. Most of Voldemort’s Horcruxes were inanimate objects(Except Nagini). That made it easy to claim them. The ring could be worn. The diary could be read. Dursley’s being the legal guardians to Harry Potter, became the ones in ownership of him.

So was his presence itself that made them even crueler? Their mindless way of going about life indicates the same.

They tortured their orphan nephew and never let him have a normal childhood. They pampered their own son and raised him to be just as evil and arrogant as they were. Dudley is seen misbehaving with a snake at the Zoo. It’s safe to assume he is mean to animals in general. We cannot forget the time when the Dementors attacked Dudley for being in possession of a criminal soul.

If the Dursleys did hate Harry so much that they felt no shame in treating him like a servant, why did they not put him in an orphanage right away? This makes us give them the benefit of doubt. It is possibly their exposure to a Horcrux that made them behave so callously with their nephew.

So why are other people not affected by Harry’s presence? It is probably because they do not own him in any way and don’t spend much time with him. The longest Harry is known to spend time with is Ron. He is the only person who stays so close to him all the time. But the ownership aspect works here as well. In fact, they break contact when they are asleep at night. So that puts Ron and the others in a safe zone.

Do you think this makes sense?  Do let us know what you think in the comments below.

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Jack Jack is the most Powerful Incredible

by Emily Keen

We cannot stress this enough. The little terror stole the show in Incredibles 2. If you remember in the first movie, he harbors as many as 4 powers. Cut to Incredibles 2, he shows a new power every time he appears in the frame. He keeps giving his family a hard time with a new trick each time. It’s like if Marvel and DC had a baby, he would be it!

We first witness Jack Jack’s powers in the first installment of the franchise when syndrome tries to steal him from his parents. He evades the kidnapping by setting himself on fire while Syndrome is transporting him away. Not just fire. He then transforms into a demon and a heavy metal. But when he starts falling back down he quickly returns to his normal form before his mother comes to rescue.

His babysitter keeps trying to alert his parents that his actions have been quite questionable. But the family completely ignore the seriousness of the situation and that he may have started showing signs of superpowers. In his little antics with the baby sitter, we get to experience his abilities of levitation, wall climbing, gravity control, strength, crossing dimensions, fire and laser eyes.

Pixar has been very selective in spilling the secrets of his actual powers. Which invites even more questions.

After scanning all the bits of Jack-Jack antics we can’t help but think if he has multiple superpowers or if his powers manifest in different ways. Can he control Space and atoms around him? But that does not count as a superpower does it?

His powers are not limited to an object like Aquaman’s Trident or Superwoman’s Lasso. He has not undergone any artificial alterations like the cyborg.

His traditional powers include Super speed, super strength, laser vision, teleportation through dimensions, and telekinesis.

He has body manipulation powers that enable him to clone himself, shift shape, change the size, transform into a demon, stretching, levitation and intangibility.

A lot of these powers come handy in the fights his family gets into. As unusual as these powers are, they do add a lot of entertainment value to his character. Especially when he mimics Edna’s look by getting oversized goggles and a dark-haired bob cut or when he makes multiple clones of himself to fight a raccoon and also when his family uses him as a gun and makes pew pew sounds while he shoots bullets out of his eyes. Its fun to watch but also makes us think, does his powers have any limitation at all?

He is able to move his mom’s mind screen control goggles off his mom through telekinesis.

The youngest member of the Incredible family has is able to mimic the elements and any form of matter there is including metal, smoke, fire, liquid, electricity or lightning, and so on. This clearly shows he can take properties of elements.

 

Jack Jacks’s powers may not be a serious subject of discussion among his family members, but there is one member of the cast who definitely has her interest piqued. Edna is both intrigued by his powers and perplexed by how complicated his design is.  Our theory? He is probably a polymorph given his shapeshifting and other body manipulation abilities. All the antics with space, form, and elements may be pointing out the molecular vibrations in his form that he is unable to control yet. Having said that we cannot ignore the fact that he is able to alter time and space, pull out water and electricity from the atmosphere and his powers to open portals to other dimensions.

In Edna mode’s words- Jack-Jack is pure unlimited potential. In fact, she is the first one to understand his polymorphic abilities and to realize that he is far more mature for his age- Physically and mentally! This comes as a part of his response to external stimuli. For example, he responded to Mozart every time it is played. First with his babysitter by pulling up the goofiest act and attacking the nanny. And the second time with Edna. But the second time he keeps it low key and just clones multiple copies of himself.

As of now, it is unclear if he is just lucky or the powers just come to him naturally as a reflex in times of danger. But the mysterious part is, how is he able to tackle every kind of danger. He is able to ward off any danger because his powers customize based on the nature of the trouble. In other words, he is remarkable. Does he have any limitations at all? Sure doesn’t look like it. He does share some common powers with his father and his brothers like the super strength and super-speed. But the rest of his abilities that stun even his family.

Doesn’t that prove that he is in fact the most powerful Incredible? What do you think?

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Winnie the Pooh Characters have Psychological Disorders

by Emily Keen

A new fan theory about Winnie the Pooh surfaced with the release of Christopher Robin in August 2018. The theory suggested that the Disney characters residing in the Hundred Acre Wood, symbolize various mental disorders:

When you look at it, all you see is a happy and beautiful world where Christopher Robin dwells with his friends. A.A. Milne’s tales have been nothing but noble and gentle for all the readers. But the new generation of readers has a section who believes that all these characters represent a form of mental illness each.

Let us examine each character in detail:

Winnie the Pooh

Pooh shows signs of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). This disorder refrains the patient’s ability to pay attention and is also characterized by the above normal level of activity. According to a research study on all the characters, Pooh’s focus on food and counting pattern indicates that he also suffers from an OCD

Christopher Robin

This seems way out there, and awful but there are questions surrounding the choice of name for his bear. Winnie the Pooh (W*iner in urban terms is used to indicate male reproductive organs). According to Freudian theory, Robin being fixated on the word W*iner is indicative of his sexual drive affecting his personality.

Tigger

The tiger suffers from a chronic case of being attracted to danger and that explains his impulse for sampling everything.

Piglet

He is the closest to Pooh and has a generalized anxiety disorder. He is always either anxious or blushing. As per the study, the piglet’s behavior indicates the problem of lack of self-esteem.

Kanga

Kangaroo’s problem is Social Anxiety Disorder. She is always overprotective about her son Roo.

Owl

He is the most intelligent among the group but is probably dyslexic to a certain degree. The spelling errors all hint in the same direction.

Eeyore

The donkey is depressed. He goes through episodes of stress and anxiety which represent “Chronic dysthymia”.

Rabbit

His mental disorder is OCD coupled with the obsession with self and also his perception of him having many great relations.

What do you think about these characters? Do let us know in the 30comments below.

 

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Wheezy is the Secret Villain in Toy story

by Emily Keen

Stinky Pete, Toy collector AI and Emperor Zurg are probably the most prominent crooks in Toy Story 3. Although there is one more character who has some mystery surrounding his intentions. Woody and Buzz of course, but they are not the ones we are referring to here.

It’s our adorable little penguin, who was saved by Woody from the sale of doom.

A fan theory suggests that Wheezy was not so innocent indeed. A Reddit user TheCircleOfKnife said that Wheezy actually had something sinister about him.

Wheezy was shelved owing to some issues with his squeaker and thus had no playtime with Andy. The Reddit user suggested, “Toys ca be jealous of one another”. This is probably why Wheezy felt left out when Woody and Buzz Show got to spend a lot of fun time with Andy.

“What’s the point in prolonging the inevitable? We’re all just one stitch away from here … to there,” Wheezy said strikingly on noticing the yard sale. In fact, Woody was the one who made an effort to hide Wheezy while Wheezy did not. The user suggests that this was a part of a bigger plan. Wheezy probably knew that Woody would act all heroic and end up getting sold in return. So with Woody out of the picture, Wheezy had Andy’s attention all to himself.

Wheezy could have rounded his arms around Buster’s collars tightly during the rescue mission. But he did not and once again Woody was there to his rescue. That caused woody to fall off the Buster. Wheezy did not even address the fact that Woody had fallen out and just let the Buster keep running.

When at the end of the film Woody is back, the Penguin felt relieved since he had this guilt within that he was responsible for all of Woody’s problems. That is the reason Wheezy is seen singing and dancing along with everyone celebrating Woody’s return but more importantly that indicates his own state of euphoria. Having said that, the musical act could have also been Wheezy trying to cover up his sinister motives by playing all nice and happy so that no one suspects his intentions. Are you on board with this theory?

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Pulp Fiction- The Briefcase Contains Marsellus Wallace’s Soul

by Emily Keen

Quentin Tarantino generally tackles a script with a more nihilistic and practically violent approach. Although his film Pulp Fiction seems more in a Christopher Nolan mold of limbo. Especially owing to the ambiguity of the contents of the “Briefcase”! Fans have been asking this question since the release of the film but Tarantino has consistently insisted that there is no single answer to that question.

In the film, Jules Winnfield and Vincent Vega are on a quest to retrieve a suitcase for their boss. The Briefcase is essentially the “MacGuffin” that drives the story. While they are at it, the kill two men and accidentally kill a third one. In response to which they manage to pull a master level clean up of the mess they just created. When the suitcase is finally acquired, there is a glowing light spilling out of it. The audience, however, is not privy to the contents of the briefcase. The light spiritually awakens Vincent and a restaurant robber named Ringo who also seems to be the fortunate enough to have a peek at what’s inside.

The film swings between the past and the present and that make it quite a puzzling experience. The briefcase additionally serves as a crucial piece of the puzzle which just does not seem to fit in. Although there are a few theories as to what the Briefcase may harbor.

A popular theory suggests that the briefcase contains the soul of Marsellus Wallace. It is hypothesized that the gangster cut a deal with the devil in exchange for his soul and now wants it back. But that won’t be easy as it is clearly suggested by the death parade that unfolds. The number associated with the briefcase is 666. That is the number of the devil. Furthermore, the bandage on the back of Wallace’s head supports the popular claim of how the Devil takes one’s soul as suggested in the Bible. Jules in an intriguing dialogue explains “divine intervention” on surviving a shootout.

Some other fans claim that the Briefcase contains diamonds from Reservoir Dogs. However, not much evidence is there to back this claim apart from the stereotypical gangster attributes and connections between characters. Mr. Blonde a.k.a. Vic Vega after stealing diamonds in that movie goes on a killing spree inviting retaliation from Mr. Pink. In Pulp Fiction, Vincent Vega who is a brother to Mr. Blonde is the first person to look at the contents of the briefcase. Roger Avery who created the story of Pulp Fiction with Tarantino, once suggested that the briefcase contained diamonds but that turned out to be too mundane an interpretation and did not spark any curiosity.

The specialty of the Briefcase, however, is that the truth about its contents will forever remain in limbo. Maybe all Tarantino was aiming to do was pay a tribute to 1955 classic Kiss Me Deadly which includes a similar concept of a cryptic box that is connected to “the gates of hell” and glows when opened.

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Willy Wonka From Charlie and The Chocolate Factory is a Serial Killer

by Emily Keen

Isn’t it terrifying when someone tells you that dreamy and sweet adorable Willy Wonka from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is a serial killer? Fans believe that the chocolate enthusiast played by Gene Wilder in 1971 may not have been as innocent as he shows he was. Speculations are, he was probably a homicidal lunatic and a calculated murderer who invited children to his factory only to kill them in the end.

Roald Dahl weaved the character in 1964 as a chocolate factory owner who lets people take a tour of his chocolate factory by selecting them through a lucky draw. The people who win golden tickets are entitled to a complete tour of the factory by Willy Wonka himself.

Although viewers who see a dark twist in his character believe that nothing good could come out of those tours as they were traps set up to lure kids into his crib of death.

Willy Wonka’s frustration owing to the spying from competitors is sighted as the possible reason for his hidden murderous instincts.

The loneliness pushed him over the edge. And that has him building these elaborate traps as a set up to fulfill his heinous intents.

The golden tickets are nothing but tickets to a one way trip to neverland. Once the young children are lured into the trap they are made to suffer all kinds of awful fates. He views these murders as a part of moralistic schemes.

This is also possibly the reason why he is least concerned about the damage done to his property or the accidents that occur on the premises. And why on earth are the Oompa Loompas prepared to face a child’s death?

When he sees himself getting too old and fatigued to carry on the task further, he decides to pass his throne to a poor boy whom he can easily influence. He put all his effort into explaining the fates of the children to Charlie. His ultimate aim to brainwash the kid and make him a part of his evil plans.

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Smallfoot

This movie plays with the concept of a world were Yetis don’t know that humans exist. However, one bright young yeti finally discovers a human. This news about the ‘smallfoot’ spread quickly around the simple yeti community and creates an uproar. Everyone is worried about what else might be out there beyond their snowy village.

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A meteor full of outer space gunk turns Susan Murphy mysteriously into 49-feet-11-inches giant on her wedding day. When she was living her worse nightmare, the military takes her to a secret facility where she teams up with other monsters like her to fight against alien invaders.

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Is Cobb’s Wedding Ring the Distinction Between Dreams and Reality?

by Emily Keen

Inception is a unique concept. With a storyline that interlinks the past and the present, reality and dreams, deep texts and elaborate action scenes, it is one of the most phenomenal films complete with an incredible cast and stunning graphics. It will forever remain one of Nolan’s most memorable creations.

Although, the ambiguity of the ending still has people’s minds doing somersaults. The limbo of the last scene is raising plenty of questions. Does the top stop spin? Was it real or was he still dreaming? Nolan’s personal views on the scene go way beyond the movements of the totem or the validity of reality. He has always been more focused on the emotional message in each scene and in this one, it is that Cobb has finally stopped dwelling over his past and decided to return back to his children.

We may never really be able to answer the questions with complete certainty. After all, Nolan films are always meant to invoke multiple possibilities. But an interesting theory about Cobb’s ring has been doing the rounds.

The detail we often fail to acknowledge has been brought to light by an ardent fan. Cobb is seen wearing a ring in every scene while meandering in the dreams. But when he is finally awake, the ring is nowhere to be seen on his fingers. Is that the hard-line between dreams and reality for Cobb?

It’s almost shocking that the ring is absent from his fingers when he meets his children. So that boils down to one logical conclusion. Cobb was not dreaming in that scene. That, in fact, was his happy ending. But is it though? Let us look at the events sequentially.

Right from the very beginning, we witness Cobb intertwined in a cobweb of grief and repent. He believed he is directly responsible for her death by implanting the idea of inception in her mind which she was never able to fully recover from. The thoughts of which led her to take an action as grave as killing herself because she believed that her husband made her believe that she would wake up.

This is the thought that traps him in his own mind consequently not letting him accept his wife’s death. He believes he is still married to her and wears the ring as a symbol of their intact bond in his dreams.

The main storyline then branches off into alternate plotlines of the heist and Cobb’s character evolves as he sets himself on a quest to find peace within. That brings us to the end where he finally sees his children. While in limbo when Cobb is about to save Saito, he sees his wife in which he renounces the desire to be with her. For the very first time, his subconscious accepts the fact that she is nothing but an illusion and that his real wife is dead. He understands that the only families he is left with now are his son and his daughter. This is when he makes a conscious and subconscious decision to leave her and free himself from the shackles of her memories.

That points to the obvious error in the ring theory. It means that Cobb will never again be bothered by the painful memories of his wife even subconsciously. And that is the reason he gives up on wearing the ring in is dreams and also in the real world. So the level of uncertainty in the final scene is still intact.

But as Nolan says, the film is more about the protagonist’s emotional journey rather than the heist. So does the presence or absence of the ring really matter? The focus of the final scene was never meant to be the spinning top which slightly wobbles before the end credits appear. The highlight of the scene is that Cobb chooses to ignore the top and looks beyond it to see the faces of his children. He takes full control of his thoughts and knows exactly what he wants now. If that is a dream or a reality, it doesn’t matter. And that is when he has found inner peace. Wasn’t that the point of the whole experience? That right there is where the story ends.

As we have said earlier, Nolan films are meant to be thought-provoking and bound to leave you with countless questions. In such cases, it is the central idea that we focus on the most. In this film that being Cobb navigating his emotions of guilt and grief to finally attain peace! But when it’s a movie as spectacular as Inception, who cares for a meaningful final answer. You just watch it until every detail makes a new revelation. That is the spell cast by Christopher Nolan films we cannot escape from.

So this time when you watch the film, focus more on the characters rather than the plot. It could give you a whole new experience.

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Blood and Money (2020) Trailer

by Kaylen Summers

A retired veteran goes on a hunting trip in Northern Maine. Due to the dense forest and snow, no one is able to track him. However, he accidentally stumbles across a dead woman and a large sum of money. Now, the people who killed the woman are off to track him down and kill him. Will he be able to survive with her army skills?

Releasing Date: May 15, 2020

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Connected (2020) Trailer

by Kaylen Summers

Connected is a classic road trip comedy complete with a cute dog and a robot invasion. A desperate father finds himself less connected with his tech-savvy daughter. With her leaving for college, he must find a way to bring back the love and care that they once shared. The solution- a road trip at the last possible second. But, will that be enough to keep the family bonds tight?!

Releasing Date: September 18, 2020

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6 Best Disney Animated Movies On Disney+

by Kaylen Summers

With Disney starting its own streaming platform, the studio’s beloved movies got its own home. But, like every other OTT platform finding the right movie to watch. So, we have decided to help you with that. If you love watching Disney movies, then here are the best Disney movies you can start streaming now on Disney+.

The Lion King

We all know this classic Disney movie. After killing his father Simba is cast out of the kingdom by his evil uncle. Years later, when he is all grown up, he realizes that it is his destiny to reclaim the lost throne and become the ruler. However, for that he has to face his uncle in battle.  If you are thinking about rewatching this Shakespearean animated tale, then available for streaming on Disney+.

Toy Story

Here is another famous animated tale from Pixar and Disney. Woody and Andy’s other toys were living happily when Buzz Lightyear appeared. He was Andy’s new birthday present and for Woody, the fear of being forgotten by his kid. However, when the two are separated from Andy, they decide to set aside their differences and work together to get back home.

Zootopia

Zootopia is one of the latest addition to the Disney animated family. The movie tells the imaginary tale of animals leading a human-like social life. Officer Judy Hopps becomes the first bunny to be a police officer in Zootopia. she is out to crack his first case. However, to solve the mystery she must learn to trust the scam-artist fox Nick Wilde.

Wall-E

In the future, Earth becomes inhabitable for humans from all the waste. While they settle in space, an advanced AI robot named Eva is sent down to earth for research. But, when she reaches here, a garbage robot falls in love with him.

Up

After the death of his wife, Carl Fredricksen decides to fulfill his dreams of exploring the globe and experiencing life to its fullest. He reinvents his house into a hot air balloon and sets off. However, there was an unexpected change in his plan when a persistent 8-year old Wilderness Explorer named Russell followed him on his journey.

Inside Out

Human beings are filled with many emotions. Fear, regret, shyness, happiness and all play an important role in shaping our choices. But for Reily, growing up has made her emotions go crazy at times. Will her emotions be helpful to guide her back with better choices. Stream to find out.

 

 

 

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8 Best Sci-fi Shows Streaming on Amazon Prime

by Emily Keen

Looking for some rigorous sci-fi action on television? Here are a few shows on Amazon Prime video that might match the bar. The shows follow diverse themes ranging from futuristic crime thrillers to space operas. With some unusual plotlines and abstract themes here are a few series that we believe should be on everyone’s watchlist.

 

  1. The Expanse

Image result for The Expanse tv showThe show is set up for almost a hundred years in the future where humans have colonized the solar system. The people are divided as The belters, Mars and the Earth. As tensions rise between The earth and Mars, the belters suffer consequences.

 

  1. Salvation

Image result for Salvation tv showA tech aficionado calculates an imminent asteroid collision. The Earth only has a window of six months to prepare for the threat. An MIT graduate discovers the threats and teams up with the techie to find a solution to the arriving apocalypse.

 

  1. Stargate SG – 1

Image result for Stargate SG - 1 tv showThe series is built around Stargate SG 1, a device capable of interstellar transportation across the universe through a wormhole. It was built by a race of humanoids centuries ago and is rediscovered in present-day Egypt. Earth puts the device to use for protecting its own existence and also for deep space exploration. In this series colonel Jack O’Neil is assigned a mission on planet Abydos. On arriving Abydos, the colonel discovers a whole new network of Stargates.

 

  1. Eureka

Image result for Eureka tv showS. Marshal Jack Carter and his Daughter Zoe end up in Eureka, a town filled with scientist nerds. Carter helps find the real culprit behind an awry science experiment and finds permanent residence in the town as the Sheriff. The show builds around the daily struggles Carter deals within this town of troublemakers.

 

  1. Humans

Image result for Humans tv showSynths are robotic servants that have become a necessity in a parallel present. Joe buys a synth to help his wife Laura with domestic chores. The thought-provoking show aims at reflecting on the impacts technology has on human lives.

 

  1. Defiance

Image result for Defiance tv showThe Earth undergoes a massive altercation in its landscape post three decades of alien colonization.  Defiance is a town where humans and aliens coexist. As the series unfolds, certain events threaten to disrupt the peace the town has sacrificed so much over. The TV show and video game of the franchise maintain a striking balance as the events occurring in one, impact the course of the other.

 

  1. Grimm

Image result for Grimm tv showAs Nick Burkhardt discovers that the legacy of his ancestors is very much alive in him, he must continue his duty as a Grimm. Grimms serve to preserve the balance between humanity and Wesen (Creature). Grimm sees Nick battling monsters with the aid of his Wesen Friend Monroe and his detective partner.

 

  1. Mr. Robot

Image result for Mr. Robot tv showA cybersecurity engineer holds a vigilante conscience that sees him hacking criminals once he is off the clock. Serving justice from the shadows, kind of backfires when a mysterious anarchist reaches out to him with the task of ruining the company that he works for.

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8 Best Movies On Netflix To Watch With Your Family

by Kaylen Summers

Sometimes the best option to spend time with our family is by watching movies. However, finding the right one that could entertain all the family members and be kid-friendly at the same time can be a challenge. With the arrival of streaming platforms, our viewing options have become vast and wide. But, that didn’t solve the problem. That’s why we’ve specially curated a list of the best movie-watching options for all ages to enjoy on Netflix.

Here is our list of 8 best family-friendly movies on Netflix.

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018)

Spiderman gets killed and now it’s up to Miles Morales to take his place. He has already got the superpower after getting bitten by a spider.  However, things get out of control as he meets alternate versions of spiderman on an epic battle to save the multiverse.

The Theory of Everything (2014)

Based on the extraordinary life of one of the most brilliant minds we have ever seen, The Theory of Everything is about none other than the renowned astrophysicist Stephen Hawking. His life, his relationship with fellow Cambridge student Jane Wilde, and his struggles are inspiring and deeply moving.

Collateral Beauty (2016)

After a personal tragedy, a man retreats from life and questions the universe by writing to Love, Time and Death. But, what he didn’t expect was to receive answers for them. He eventually realizes how life interlocked everything and how even loss had meaning and beauty.

Walk. Ride. Rodeo. (2019)

This movie has a true story of survival that will surely inspire your children.  Amberley Snyder is a nationally ranked barrel racer. After barely surviving an automobile accident, she is now paralyzed from the waist down. But with strong will-power and determination, she fights back to her place in the sport she loves.

The Jungle Book (2016)

We all know this epic tale, right? Now, it’s time that your kids see this one too. Mowgli is a boy who was raised in the jungle by a pack of wolves. The villainous Shere Khan, a tiger, is out to kill him. But with the help of a mentor panther and a friendly bear, Mowgli escapes his clutches.

Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010)

Edgar Wright is known for his iconic movie-making style and brilliant transitions that he uses. Scott Pilgrim is a 23-year-old Canadian gamer. But, his real ambition is to become a famous rockstar. He eventually falls in love with an American delivery girl named Ramona Flowers. But, in order to date her, he must now defeat her seven evil exes.

 The Little Prince (2016)

The Little Prince is an animated composition, based on Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s 1943 children’s classic. The movie is about a relationship between a child and her aviator neighbor.  However, the center character is the little prince from outer space. He comes to the earth and falls in love with a high strung rose. But as time passes he grows up to lose his innocence and starts accepting the ruthless norms of the world.

Black Panther (2019)

We all love this one for its ambitious- yet brilliant take on an imaginary hidden society that has found a balance between tradition and technology. Although there are some sloppy parts, this superhero movie has some serious political and cultural undertones. The completely functional plot and its cultural connections make this one more than just excellent.

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‘Never Rarely Sometimes Always’ Review

by Emily Keen

Unwed teenage mothers fighting for the life of their unborn child against the impositions and pressures of the society is a narrative extensively exhausted in movies. NRSA breaks the pattern and brings us a girl who is not ready to be a mother. With no support from an adult, it is just her and her high school best friend by her side, battling the stringent laws of abortion in America.

Since the state of Pennsylvania won’t let her abort the child without the consent of a parent, she travels to New York in the hope of facing fewer hindrances while going about the process. Eventually, we all know that won’t be the case.

NRSA finds its title from a heart-wrenching sequence in the film where Autumn is made to answer a questionnaire about her sex life at a clinic. The questions are along the lines of – Has your partner refused to wear a condom/Has your partner made you have sex against your will? And options that follow are Never, Rarely, Sometimes, Always. You can almost feel the power of her being been crushed to the ground as she answers each question.

The film has limited dialogue and much of the story is expressed through the subtle cues in the actions of the characters. Like when one BFF is seen applying an eye shadow for the other or the scene where Autumn throws up in the bathroom and Skylar just knows what it means.

The brilliance of the fare lies in the mastery with which Eliza Hittman overlays the themes of friendship, social indifference, political system and toxic masculinity over a largely subversive plot. The impact created by the bleak silence in the frames will stay with you even when the film is over. And there is nothing deficient about the character study of two young women who seamlessly carry the film to the end.

Hélène Louvart’ s cinematography elevates the desolate mood with the coarse, gritty frames and while keeping it vibrant at the same time. That helps us feel that hope is not dead after all. Hittman plays to the pulse of her characters and draws up eloquent setpieces even with no monologue. Sidney Flanigan and Talia Ryder are a talent to behold. All in all the film is a poignant tale of teenage pregnancy which has its disconcerting and reassuring moments. We have to give it up to Hittman for creating a melancholic and devastating affair with minimal violence and almost no aggression.

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8 Best ’80s Movies You Can Stream Right Now

by Emily Keen

The golden era of the 80s is filled with cinematic masterpieces. It is hard to pick a few films that were best of all. But we have tried to cherry-pick a few that the audience at large would love to watch.

And now that we have so many streaming services available, it is not hard to get hold of these classics.  The 80s films span across a wide spectrum of movie genres Before the superhero films imploded and captivated the minds of the viewers, the film industry explored a range of genre that touched both ends of the spectrum. We have classics like The Breakfast Club, Pretty in Pink that never get old. Dark affairs like Beetlejuice and Heathers was the idea of horror back then. Action cinema saw marvels like Die Hard, Star Wars: The Return of Jedi.

It’s quite the roster and we are hoping the mood for retro flicks won’t wear off any sooner.

 

  1. The Shinning (1980)

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A visual masterpiece created by Stanley Kubrick is the idol of horror for today’s horror aficionados. The haunting narrative is picked directly from the novels of the legend of horror stories- Stephen king.  Jack Nicholson gives a stupefying performance that pulls you down in the cave of darkness along with him.

 

  1. 9 to 5 (1980)

Image result for 9 to 5 movieThree women going up against their misogynistic boss builds into a plot that will get you hooked to the screen. The film stars Dolly Parton, Lily Tomlin, and Jane Fonda in lead roles. The theme song of the film was the biggest hit of the decade.

 

  1. Caddyshack (1980)

Image result for Caddyshack movieThe tricks and pranks of this comical romp will leave you in splits. The members of Bushwood Country Club are here to entertain in this classic sports adventure.

 

  1. Fame (1980)

Image result for Fame 1980 movieThe plot is set in New York City performing arts high school and builds around a group of teenagers on a quest of understanding and perfecting their talent. The theme song won the Academy Award for the Best Original Song.

 

  1. Mommy Dearest (1981)

Image result for Mommy Dearest movieWriter Christina Crawford systemically channelled her resentment towards her adopted mother who put her through years of physical and mental abuse. The book garnered a lot of attention than which led it to be made into a film which was also a major success. Fay Dunaway’s performance in the film went on to gain a cult following in the following years.

 

  1. Riders of the Lost Arc (1981)

Image result for Riders of the Lost Arc movieIndiana Jones has a separate fanbase altogether. He is an archaeologist who goes up against dangerous men to retrieve precious artefacts from the past. How hot is that? The franchise was a major hit and then was blown into multiple sequels, a TV series, comic books and Video games.

 

  1. Victor/Victoria (1982)

Image result for Victor/Victoria movieSeven Academy Awards! That should be enough to get you curious and excited about this film. The musical comedy follows the life of a struggling singer who finds her due after she poses as a man on stage following the advice of a gay performer. This is also one of the few mainstream films that portrayed the LGBTQ+ characters with a positive touch and absolutely no controversy.

 

  1. An Officer and a Gentleman (1982)

Image result for An Officer and a Gentleman movieThe film is a romantic drama that navigates the life of Zack Mayo as he tries to keep up with his life at the United States Navy as an officer under rigorous training while working out his relationship with his love interest Paula Pokrifki.

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8 Movies We Can’t Wait to Watch in 2020

by Emily Keen

How much ever we try to cover all the movies in a year, it is impossible to catch every single one on the list. We are bombarded with options every year. And then during awards seasons, we find out that there is actually much more to the roster than we have added to the list. The 2019 list still has pending contenders but we are already compiling the 2020 line up. Few that we are really looking forward to are listed below.

 

  1. The Grudge

Image result for The Grudge movieThe 2004 version of this film was terrifying. The film sees a detective investigating murders happening in a haunted house. The creepy force lurking the home is believed to pass the curse of evil to whoever enters the house. The curse begins to inflict a terminally ill woman, her husband and one other couple who somehow end up in the space ruled by the creepy presence.  (In theatres January 3)

 

  1. Underwater

Image result for Underwater movieWe see Kristen Stewart in her next action-adventure, this time battling strange creature underwater. The film follows a research team in a drilling station which is wrecked by a disaster and the only way the survivors can manage to escape the predicament is by walking across the seafloor. (In theatres January 10)

 

  1. Bad Boys for Life

Image result for Bad Boys for Life movieWill Smith and Martin Lawrence are returning once again to the silver screen with the Bad Boys streak. Mike Lowrey and Marcus Burnett are on the roll one last time.  (In theatres January 17)

 

  1. The Rhythm Section

Image result for The Rhythm Section  movieStephanie Patrick (played by Blake Lively) discovers that the plane crash that killed her family was not an accident. She seeks help from a former CIA agent who can help her track down the culprits. The quest to find the truth soon turns to a self-destructive action as the feeling of vengeance takes over. (In theatres February 31)

 

  1. Birds of Prey

Image result for Birds of Prey  movieThe suicide squad spin-off has Harley Quinn returning to the silver screen. Joining her are Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Jurnee Smollett-Bell, and Ewan McGregor. (In theatres February 7)

 

  1. The Photograph

Image result for The Photograph  movieMae, the daughter of a renowned photographer is grieving the untimely death of her mother when she discovers a photograph that leads her on a quest of diving deeper into her mother’s early life.  While she is at it, she meets a journalist and a tale of an unexpected romance unfolds. (In theatres February 14)

 

  1. Emma

Image result for Emma  movieThe impression of Gwyneth Paltrow playing the meddling Emma Woodhouse is carved deep in the mind. But then again, why not? (In theatres February 21)

 

  1. A Quiet Place Part II

Image result for A Quiet Place Part II movieThe real-life husband-wife John Krasinski and Emily Blunt are returning back with the second instalment of this highly acclaimed creeper. Krasinski will also be directing the film in addition to starring in it. The stay silent feature’s first instalment created a lot of buzz. Will it be able to surpass the level of horror it created earlier? We are yet to find out! (In theatres March 20)

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8 Movies That Will Make Life Worth Living

by Emily Keen

Life isn’t that complicated. We tend to complicate things with our perception of things. What you need in such cases is to relax and think about it with a calm mind. If you need help with that, here are films that will help boost the optimism and give you a new and simple outlook at everything around you. Let us look at each of them one by one:

 

  1. National Lampoon’s Vacation

Image result for National Lampoon’s Vacation movieA man plans a trip with his family to an amusement park across the country. What could go wrong? Apparently everything as per ‘National Lampoon’s Vacation. Bad for them, but good for the audience because you will have a hearty laugh at everything that is going on.

 

  1. Forest Gump

Image result for Forest Gump movieForest Gump has an odd perception of every event that happened in America’s history in the 20th century.  It is rather charming how a boy with a sub-level IQ gives awfully practical views about every aspect of life.

 

  1. My Left Foot

Image result for My Left Foot movieThe film is based on the life of Christy Brown who suffers from cerebral Palsy. His entire being rests at the mercy of his left foot. But in no way does that affect the man’s perseverance thus giving us a fresh and positive outlook about life.

 

  1. As Good As it Gets

Image result for As Good As it Gets movieThe film circles around a maniac whose behaviour around others is affected by his OCD. Things take an interesting turn when he has to alter his way of life as he is placed in a new atmosphere. The film meticulously examines the impacts of OCD on the lives of human beings.

 

  1. Adam’s Apples

Image result for Adam’s Apples movieA neo-Nazi, now a recluse in church vehemently believes it is good in every human being. The Danish film gives us a positive outlook on life leaving us with a pleasant hangover.

 

  1. Erin Brockovich

Image result for Erin Brockovich movieEvery individual is earnest and impressionable. But sadly the societal conditioning moulds us to believe in the weaknesses more than strengths. ‘Erin Brockovich’ will forever change this notion about humankind. The film circles the life of a housewife who lands a job at an attorney’s office and overcomes societal pressure and also helps an entire community.

 

  1. Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

Image result for Ferris Bueller’s Day Off movieEver decided to skip school and that turned out to be the most amazing decision ever? Well, this is the same feeling this film is meant to evoke. A teen skips school along with friends and encounters various adventures. ‘Ferris Bueller’s Day Off’ is a feel-good film with a simple plot, and explores human construct in the most subtle manner.

 

  1. The Eighth Day

Image result for The Eighth Day movieThe phrase ‘mutual development’ makes much more sense once you watch this film. A man who is aimless crosses paths with a young boy who has Down’s syndrome and has fled the rehab where he was being treated. When the two of them meet, they embark on a journey with each other that will ultimately help them understand more about themselves and look at the problems of life with a whole new perspective.

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8 Movies To Watch If You Are Single On Valentine’s Day

by Emily Keen

All Rom-coms need not have a happy ending. Some could even see the characters go through a difficult breakup and rediscover a new self. The idea is not just to see a couple falling in love and calling it forever. It could also mean, breaking the shackles of a controlling relationship and living a free life.

A fairy tale ending is not necessary every time. Here are 8 such hilarious rom-coms that singles can enjoy on Valentine ’s Day.

 

  1. Forgetting Sarah Marshall

Image result for Forgetting Sarah Marshall moviePeter (Jason Segel) takes a trip to Hawaii to get over a painful breakup. But guess who shows up in the hotel where he stays? It’s his ex! Could things get any worse? What ensues next is a hilarious tale of post break up dissing and showing off to each other. But what we need to take away from the film is that you need not give up hope if a relationship does not work out.

 

  1. Under Tuscan Sun

Image result for Under Tuscan Sun movieThis is a tale of a wife, who troubled with her husband’s infidelity, takes a holiday away from the mess and ends up purchasing a villa in Tuscany. The film has all the elements of love and passion. But it is truly about a woman standing back up after being knocked down by challenges.

 

  1. Legally Blonde

Image result for Legally Blonde movieElle tries to get back with her boyfriend and gets into Harvard Law School in the process. But as life at Harvard goes on, she realizes there is more to her life than just the boy she is chasing. Oh and she aces the course!

 

  1. Bridesmaids

Image result for Bridesmaids movieAnnie Walker a woman, in her 30s is asked to be her BFF asks her to be her maid of honour. The film is hilarious and the all-girls cast put up a phenomenal performance.

 

  1. 500 Days of Summer

Image result for 500 Days of Summer movieThis indie film is about the love that did not work out because one of them was just not that into it. The film beautifully breaks down the different phases of a relationship.

 

  1. How To Be Single

Image result for How To Be Single movieBased on a novel by Liz Tuccillo, the film follows the lives of four young adults on a quest to find love in New York City.

 

  1. The First Wives Club

Image result for The First Wives Club movieDiane Keaton, Goldie Hawn and Bette Midler star in this hilarious venture where their ex-husbands leave them for young women and now they want revenge for what they have been through.

 

  1. Bridget Jones’ Diary

Image result for Bridget Jones’ Diary movieIf someone loves you, they will never demand you change. If you find someone like that, keep them. Bridget Jones’ Diary is a highly relatable and comical flick about being single.

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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 Must-See Movies for Psychology Lovers

by Emily Keen

We are sequencing a series of movies that are plotted for psychology lovers. Clinging to your favourite narratives here you can find a few blends of psychology themed movies and why you should watch them. It comprises of different genres such as drama, thriller, etc. They are Also, you find your preferred stories including biographies, social psycho drams, psychopathologies, psychological additions, social turmoils and, also symbolic periods of psychology. 

Let’s have a look at these visual psychology treats:

 

  1. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975)

 

Image result for one flew over the cuckoo’s nest movieThis is a story of a crazy criminal who speculates that to serve his time in a mental institution will be easier than pushing his life in jail. It is a comedy-drama that highlights the behaviourism of individuals as well as narrates various forms of psychosis. It also screens the institutional processes of the 1960s and picturizes human cognitive dimensions. 

 

 

    2. Rain Man (1988)

 

Image result for Rain Man movieA melodrama which narrates the selfish rouge who is unaware of the fact that he has a brother who is autistic. The role of Charlie Babbitt was played by Tom Cruise who tries to take his brother under his control to snatch his inheritance. The entire play is adorable and it defines the dynamics of the family. 

 

 

   3. A Beautiful Mind (2001)

 

Image result for A Beautiful Mind movieIt is a biographical drama and dubbed as one of the best movies on mental health. It is based on a true story and more about a genius mathematician yet asocial in nature. The movie highlights the disorder of paranoid schizophrenia. Also, it tells the impact of such a condition on the personal and social life of a person. 

 

 

  4. Black Swan (2010)

 

Image result for Black Swan movieA Typical psychological horror movie that illustrates anxiety disorder and behavioural disorder. It narrates the rivalry and explores mental stress that a person comes across at the prime points of life. As Nina finds the director is about to replace her with Lily, she broke out to the dark phases of life where anxiety and rivalry welcome her to go mad. 

 

 

  5. Driving Miss Daisy (1989)

 

Image result for Driving Miss Daisy movieThe story tells the bond between a Jewish lady and an African American driver. A clear cut drama which reflects a lot of life lessons. This movie clearly traces and never forgets to echo how the relationship between the two prime characters grows. It highlights social discrimination prevailed in society and explores the psychological perspectives of life from different points of view. In addition, you can trace the message that relationships are not bounded by any boundaries. It also touches the problem statements of Alzheimer’s disease and its impact. 

 

 

  6. Memento (2000)

 

Image result for Memento movieA crime drama or can be said as a neo-noir psychological thriller that narrates the revengeful life of a person who is suffering from anterograde amnesia. A severe head injury changes the life of Leonard Shelby who was an insurance investigator. His wife was killed by someone and he was trying all the way to remember the murderer to take revenge. It narrates eh psychological dilemma encountered by those who are suffering from such severe memory loss. 

 

 

  7. Reign Over Me (2007)

 

Image result for Reign Over Me movieIt is a family drama that visualizes the desperate situation that a man faces when he loses this whole family. Charlie lost his family in the 9/11 terrorist attack and he drowns himself down in deep despair. However, when he meets one of his college roommates he finds relief for the rest of his life. In short, the movies gives a vivifying experience that blends different psychological emotions in a person’s life. 

 

 

  8. Ordinary People (1980)

 

Image result for Ordinary People movieThis movie sheds light on the deep mental anguish. Conard is losing his brother in a sailing accident. This loss tore him to deep guilt and he attempted to kill himself. Subsequently, Conard was his extended stay in a mental hospital. He finds his life back and tries to restore life seeing how his mother and father deal with the same situation. This movie highlights the dynamics of a family setting in its deep distress and the value of psychological therapy in real life.

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‘Cars’ is the Future Where Vehicles Had Wiped Out Humanity

by Emily Keen

Did you notice something weird about the movie ‘Cars’? The children watching the film may not find it odd, but as an adult doesn’t it bother you that there were no humans in the film at all? Cars, after all, are machines designed to make human lives easier. They cannot have a city or planet of their own.

The more you think about it, the creepier it gets. The cars have doors when there are no people to open them. They speak in English. They have personalities of their own. You may argue saying this is just a film and its just a part of the writer’s imagination. But Director Jay Ward who wrote a book about cars has some weird theories of where these cars might come from.

Here is what he said:

 

If you think about this, we have autonomous car technology coming in right now. It’s getting to the point where you can sit back in the car and it drives itself. Imagine in the near-future when the cars keep getting smarter and smarter and after one day they just go, “Why do we need human beings anymore? They’re just slowing us down. It’s just extra weight, let’s get rid of them.” But the car takes on the personality of the last person who drove it. Whoa. There you go.

It does trouble us to think that the director just made such a serious theory sound so casual when it, in fact, sounds like trouble. Is Google even listening? Are world leaders listening? We have a serious situation here! Save mankind from the imminent uprising of the machine before it’s too late!

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8 Movies That Are Worth Staying In To Watch

by Emily Keen

It’s not hard for introverts to make choices when it comes to social situations. They love to stay in as going out amongst a crowd makes them uncomfortable. But in the case of extroverts, it would take something really compelling and strong to make their minds when it comes to staying in. These movies are among those reasons that will force them to give in and spend the night at home to experience some of the most exceptional pieces of cinematic art.

 

  1. 13th

Image result for 13th movie Ava DuVernayA captivating documentary by director Ava DuVernay that focuses on 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution that illegalized slavery and “involuntary servitude”. The documentary brings out the long-lasting impact of the detention system that existed in America years ago and how it still affects modern Americans.

 

  1. Zodiac

Image result for zodiac movieAll A-listers in one film should be enough reason to give up on that night out you were anyway not sure about going to. The film follows a cartoonist in a chronicle who becomes obsessed with the case of a serial killer who appeared in San Francisco in the late 1960s till early 1970s to the extent that it ruins his professional and personal life. The movie stars Jake Gyllenhaal, Robert Downey Jr. and Mark Ruffalo in prominent roles.

 

  1. The Big Short

Image result for The Big Short movieThe substance of this film is formed by a prediction of a financial crisis by four executive-level finance guys. The film develops as they stand up to the banks in retaliation. This is a must-watch if you haven’t already seen it.

 

  1. Milk

Image result for Milk movieThe film is based on the life of Harvey Milk, the LGBTQIA activist who went on to become California’s first gay elected official. The film is complete with footage from the archives. Sean Penn portrays the protagonist in this must-watch film.

 

  1. Atonement

Image result for Atonement movieBased on Ian McEwan’s novel, the film follows the story of Briony, a 13-year-old writer who secretly has a crush on his older sister’s love interest. When things start to heat up between the sister and her lover Robbie, he decides to interrupt by accusing Robbie of a crime he did not commit. Robbie is arrested and the course of all three lives changes forever.

 

  1. The Queen

Image result for The Queen movieIn the wake of the death of Princess Diana, Queen Elizabeth II faces a lot of criticism as she sits on the throne. She attempts to balance the situation with utter composure. The film won Helen Mirren an academy award for her portrayal of Queen Elizabeth II

 

  1. The Place Beyond the Pines

Image result for The Place Beyond the Pines movieRyan Gosling plays a bike stuntman turned bank robber in this film. He needs money to Eva Mendes who is the mother of his child. The film also has Bradley Cooper starring as a police officer trying to climb the ladder in his department.

 

  1. First They Killed My Father

Image result for First They Killed My Father movieThe film is based on the life of a human rights activist in Cambodia fighting against the oppressive Khmer Rogue. Her attempts to survive and the battle against the oppressor are wonderfully depicted in this movie directed by Angelina Jolie.

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8 Things You Never Knew About ‘Miracle on 34th street’

by Emily Keen

The iconic film from the 1940s is the film you will feel like watching every Christmas. Miracle on the 34th street is the kind of film that will put you in the right mood every time you have a bad day. The tale saw a reboot in 1994 and most generations grew accustomed to it. But did you know these behind the scenes facts about this film?

 

  1. The real Santa Claus

Natalie Wood, the child artist in the film thought that Edmund Gwenn who played Santa in the movie was the real Santa Claus. She only found out the truth once he shaved off his beard once the film was over.

 

  1. Not just a movie Santa

Gwenn pitched himself as Santa in the 1946 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Cameras were set up along the parade route to recording the footage of the actor waving at the crowd.

 

  1. Macy’s was head over heels for this film

Helda Hopper revealed in a 1947 column that Macy’s would let its workers leave early when the film opened in theatres so they would be able to watch it.

 

  1. The Kindhearted Neighbor

While shooting the scene where Susan rushes to her dream house, the camera equipment kept failing. The day was cold and the crew had a hard time managing the situation when a woman in the neighbourhood was kind enough to let the crew relax in her house for some time and fix the equipment. Maureen O’Hara later took the woman and her husband to a classic 21 Club restaurant as an appreciation of her gesture.

 

  1. There was talk of a sequel

There could have been a Miracle on 34th Street sequel. Apparently, actor John Payne was so in love with the film that he wanted to make a follow-up. He reportedly even penned a sequel that he planned to send to O’Hara, but he died before ever sending it. O’Hara said in her biography she “often wondered what happened to it.”

  1. The Name

Originally titled the Big Heart the film underwent a change later to ensure the U.K. audiences would connect with it. In a memo to producer William Perlberg, director George Seaton wrote “I am crazy about the title The Big Heart. If we can clear it, it is a natural, it is the kind of title like Sentimental Journey [1946] that made such a hit previously with [John Payne and Maureen O’Hara].”

 

  1. The issue with the Catholic Church

As per The Catholic Legion of Decency, the film was “morally objectionable” since O’Hara’s character was that of a divorcee. But the audiences received progressive notions quite well. Natasha Wagner whose mother Natalie Wood played Susan said: “Maureen O’Hara’s character is a wonderful role model, because the movie is a classic, [its feminism] gets overlooked.”

 

  1. Gwenn was not the first choice for the role

The role of Claus was originally offered to Gwenn’s cousin Cecil Kellaway but since he declined the offer, Gwenn got the opportunity.

 

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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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The Green Knight (2020) Trailer

by Emily Keen

Starring Dev Patel, Alicia Vikander, and Joel Edgerton, director David Lowery brings us the story of King Arthur’s nephew who embarks on a journey to square off against the Green Knight.

Releasing Date: May 29, 2020

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Big Time Adolescence (2020) Trailer

by Emily Keen

 

The story is about a coming of age teenager, who finds a destructive mentor in an aimless and irresponsible college drop-out dealing drugs.

Releasing Date: March 13, 2020

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Robert The Bruce (2020) Trailer

by Emily Keen

 

The King of Scots gets badly injured in a spar against the English army. A widow and her family help him recover and join him on his quest to free Scotland from the English forces.

Releasing Date: April 24, 2020

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Resistance (2020) Trailer

by Emily Keen

 

The film follows Marcel Mangel, on his quest to save children from the brutality of Nazis before he became a world-famous mime artist and actor.

Releasing Date: March 27, 2020

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The French Dispatch (2020) Trailer

by Emily Keen

 

A European journalist decides to make a bold attempt at publishing the eventful stories of the decade- life imprisonment of an artist, student riots and a case of kidnapping solved by a chef.

Releasing Date: July 24, 2020 

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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 Creepiest Movies Streaming Now on Amazon Prime

by Emily Keen

Streaming services are up-ing their horror game by adding serious spooky content. They are hell-bent on giving you the most horrifying experience because of course you come seeking one. Why else would you watch a horror film right?

Here are some movies on Amazon Prime to send chills down your spine. They will sink in your heart and impress in your mind the creepiest images, that will leave you so scared, that you won’t want to leave the room alone.

Have fun watching these. Not alone!

 

  1. A Quiet Place

Image result for A Quiet Place movieAs blind creepy monsters crawl all around, a husband and wife must survive the petrifying situation and help their deaf daughter get through the horror too. The film is full of nail-biting tension and suspense. There is very little dialogue as the survival of the characters depends on staying quiet, hence the name.

 

  1. Amityville Horror (2005)

Image result for Amityville Horror movieThe baffling tale already narrated in1979 was revamped in 2005. The film speaks about the horror that lurks the Amityville home in Long Island.  Based on true incidents the flick explores the paranormal events that occur in the haunted house.

 

3.       Annihilation (2018)

Image result for Annihilation movieJeff VanderMeer’s sci-fi novel realized into a kaleidoscopic flick by Alex garland is one scary experience. A series of strange biological phenomenon shake up Florida and a group of women walk into the quarantined area to analyse the matter. Will they make it out alive?

 

4.       Cabin in the Woods (2011)

Image result for Cabin in the Woods movieThe ulterior motive of the makers of this flick is in a bit of a limbo. Whether they tried to make an entertainer or a horror film is unclear because they unleash a group of monster creatures on college kids for fun. How does that sound for an experience in the woods? Same old same old? But the fun element stands out and gets you till the end.

 

5.       Carrie (1976)

Image result for Carrie  movie The god of horror stories, Stephan King obviously had to face some kind of childhood trauma to be able to channel so much terror into his novels. Carrie is straight out of his teenage days, brought to fruition silver screen by Brian De Palma. Sissy Spacek gives a gritty performance as Carrie and Piper Laurie as her god-fearing mother deserves special applause.

 

6.       Children of the Corn (1984)

Image result for Children of the Corn movieThe film may have fewer production costs, but it did land very well in the annals of horror. This is a short story following a bunch of rural kids struggling to survive against the terror caused by “He who walks behind the Rows”.

 

7.       Chopping Mall (1986)

Image result for   Chopping Mall movieNot an explicit slasher by nature, but it does showcase human carnage in the form of electrocution and cutting off heads. If that information is hard to process, you better stay away from this “camping night at the mall” flick.

 

8.       Climax (2019)

Image result for Climax movieHorror does not really answer the question of why! It just happens. Can you even answer why you are drawn to scary films knowing you will be left terrified for days? No right? Same works in case of this film. The pic follows a dance crew and their successful venture which leads into a celebration night. Things go south when their drinks are spiked with LSD and that leads to a whole nasty situation. Again, do not question if all the nihilistic and cruel incidents are making a point.

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The Personal History of David Copperfield (2020) Trailer

by Emily Keen

 

Period drama regular Dev Patel returns as David Copperfield in a film that revolves around the personal experiences of the character developed by Charles Dickens.

Releasing Date: May 8, 2020

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Minions: The Rise of Gru (2020) Trailer

by Emily Keen

Directed by Kyle Balda, the film follows the life events of a 12-year-old Gru in the 1970s, when he plans to join a supervillain group called the Vicious 6.

Releasing Date: July 3, 2020

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Run (2020) Trailer

by Emily Keen

Directed by Aneesh Chaganty, Run is a story of a homeschooled teenager who finds out that her mother has been hiding a dark secret all along.

Releasing Date: May 8, 2020 

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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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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 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 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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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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7 Romantic Movies That Are Heart-Warming

by Kaylen Summers

There is nothing more heart-warming than to snuggle next to your beloved and watch a beautiful romantic movie. The perfect movie date night, isn’t it?! But, which movie is the ideal one to watch? What if the movie you selected has some awkward moments?

Don’t worry. We’ve got your back. From the long list of romantic comedies and romances, we have picked up some of the best for you to stream on your movie date. Here are 7 romantic movies that are heart-warming.

Notting Hill (1999)

William Thacker lives a pretty normal life. But, when the famous American actress Anna Scott walks into his bookstore in London, things took a turn into the romantic. One thing leads to another and before you know it the two are in a blossoming relationship. But far will their relationship last with their completely different lifestyles?!. Can the average bloke and glamorous movie star exist together?!

The Lake House (2006)

Sometimes love can be a little bit strange. What happens with Sandra Bullock in this movie is the same. She plays a lonely doctor who used to live in a lakeside home. She soon starts exchanging love letters with its former resident who happens to be a frustrated architect. The two soon fall in love and now they must unravel the mystery behind this one-of-a-kind romance before things get out of their hands.

50 First Dates (2004)

Henry is skilled in seducing any women. However, when his tricks are useless in front of Lucy. Why? Because the girl has no short-term memory. Henry is not going to give up that easily. So, she woos her day after day and finally made her fall for him. But, with her short memory, will she be able to remember him?!

When Harry Met Sally… (1989)

It was during a trip from Chicago to New York that Harry and Sally had a strong debate:  Whether sex would ruin a friendship between a man and a woman or not?! Guess what? Even after eleven years, they still trying to figure out a solid answer.

The Fault in Our Stars (2014)

Ready for some heartbreaking love story? Hazel is terminally ill. Though her treatment has brought some more years to her life, she knows that she is not going to last long. But when she met Augustus Waters all of a sudden at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel comes to the realization that there is more to her life than just waiting for death.

My Sassy Girl (2001)

Here is a non-Hollywood tale of love. When a mild-mannered man saw a drunk young woman on a subway platform she helps her out. But, he didn’t know that it was the beginning of a beautiful love story. We don’t want to spoil this one with a description. This one is worth seeing.

The English Patient (1996)

This one is also gonna make you cry. What do you expect from a romance that got 9 Oscars?! The story takes place in the 1930s. The Royal Geographical Society has sent out Count Almásy, Hungarian map maker and several explorers to chart the vast expanses of the Sahara Desert. However, with World War II unfolding, Almásy is through into a world of love, betrayal, and politics all of a sudden.

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6 Movies That Are Too Disturbing To Watch

by Kaylen Summers

Movies are made to entertain its audience. But there are some movies that can seriously disturb you to the core. It can be a scene, an actor’s performance, dialogue and in some cases the whole movie. Yes! We are not joking. There are movies out there that are too disturbing for anyone with a normal mental state will regret watching. If you think that we are joking, try anyone one of these movies from our list and let us know how you felt in the comment section below.

Here are 6 movies that are too disturbing to watch.

The Human Centipede (2009)

Two American girls were on a carefree road trip through Europe. Their car accidentally breaks down somewhere in the middle of the German woods. While searching for a nearby place to stay, they eventually end up in the clutches of a deranged retired surgeon. He is apparently planning on making something known as the ‘human centipede, – where the women will be connected to each other one after the other.

The Hills Have Eyes (2006)

This one based on the old cult classic by Wes Craven. A family is on a road trip. But, things get awry when they somehow get stranded in a government atomic zone. With nowhere to go, they soon realize that they are actually in a breeding ground of a blood-thirsty mutant family. Guess who their next prey is?!

The Devil’s Rejects (2005)

If you have seen House of 1000 Corpses, you’ll know what you are in for. This one is a sequel to that movie. After surviving the ambush, Otis and his sister, Baby, manages to escape. The two hides in a backwater motel waiting as their father, Captain Spaulding is on his way, killing whoever is standing in his path.

The Green Inferno (2014)

A group of student activists from New York City has arrived at the Amazon. Their mission to organize protests to save the rainforest. Unfortunately, they soon realize that they are not the only ones in the vast landscape. Whatever is lurking behind the dark jungle is not going to let them off the hook that easily.

FearDotCom (2002)

A homicidal sadist has tortured and killed four people. The worse part is that the killer is posting these gruesome videos online. Now it is up to Mike Reilly and the Department of Health worker Terry Huston to track down the homicidal sadist before he goes at it again.

The Neon Demon (2016)

You know how the fashion industry works. The glitz, glamour, and fame are everywhere. But there is also a dark side to this as well. Aspiring model Jesse is one who got pushed into that side. Her youth and vitality created jealousy among other beauty-obsessed women in the industry. They will do everything they can to take her out. But, how far will they go?

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7 Must Watch Movies Every Teacher Should Watch

by Kaylen Summers

Teaching is not just a job. It is a responsibility given to shape the minds of the future. A good teacher is remembered by their students forever. However, if you are not so good at teaching, it will not just be affecting you, but others as well.

These movies are not going to help to teach better. However, they will surely encourage you to become a better human being and look at students with a much positive perspective.

The Squid and the Whale (2005)

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

Good Will Hunting (1997)

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

It’s A Wonderful Life (1946)

Premiered in 1946, this movie has without a doubt stood the test of time. Guardian angel Clarence Odbody walks George Bailey through an alternate reality George was never born. Holiday movies may come and go, but this is a heartwarming movie that will always stay close to you.

Little Miss Sunshine (2006)

We all need more of Olive’s confidence. She is chubby, bespectacled and fabulous. there may be moments when she might doubt it. But she knows that there is no one actually like her.

The Karate Kid (1984)

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

The Blind Side (2009)

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

October Sky (1999)

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

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Swallow (2020) Trailer

by Kaylen Summers

Hunter has a newly pregnant housewife with a Ken-doll husband, Richie and controlling in-laws. When the pressure from them mounted, Hunter soon started developing a strange and dangerous habit- a disorder called pica which makes her eat inedible and often life-threatening sharp objects.

Releasing Date: 15 January 2020

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7 Inspiring Biographical Movies That Critics Loved

by Kaylen Summers

We all know what a biopic is. It is the cinematic representation of life and most often the death of a famous personality. Movies are not like real life. So there will obviously be so many glorified moments to make these movies more engaging and attractive to the general audiences.

With that being said here are some of the great movies about real-life people that are worth watching.

J. Edgar (2011)

We all know J. Edgar Hoover as the feared and admired, reviled and revered face of law enforcement in America. Over his 50 years serving the nation, he has been part of many government policies and controversies. When filmmakers decided to make a movie about him, it was Leonardo Di Caprio who got the chance to play Edgar on screen.

Race (2016)

Jesse Owens is one of those sportspeople who became the greatest track and field athlete in history. He took the central stage when he was chose to represent his nation at the 1936 Olympics. But there he had to face off against Adolf Hitler’s vision of Aryan supremacy. This is his life’s tale.

Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (2013)

Perhaps the most noted figure after Martian Luther King to fight for the African American Community is Nelson Mandela. This 2013 biopic unfolds the chronicles of his life and struggles to become who he is. Starting off the journey from his childhood in a rural village, the movie follows the respected leader to him becoming the first democratically elected president of South Africa.

Milk (2008)

The story of Harvey Milk is known wide and far. He is the first openly gay man ever to be elected into a public office. It was in the late 1970s that Milk began his fight for gay rights. He went on to inspire others to join his movement and make equal rights available for all Americans.

Jobs (2013)

Steve Jobs will always be a name remembered by many for many years to come. He is the creator of one of the greatest brands in human history and has revolutionized how we use technology. After his sadful demise, two biopics were made about his life and career. However, we are just settling with just one for this list.

The Life and Death of Peter Sellers (2004)

Actor Peter Sellers had a turbulent personal and professional life. He began his career as a comic performer on BBC Radio and later moved on to become one of the greatest film comedians of all time. However, being an obsessive artist he dedicated most of his life to his work. This eventually made him neglected by his loved ones.

Eddie the Eagle (2016)

Many know Michael ‘Eddie’ Edwards as a courageous British ski-jumper who never stopped believing in himself. But, his life story is more than just that. Eddie the Eagle depicts the athlete’s life, struggle and how he endured all the hurdles to become what he is today.

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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 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)

Related imageRated G, IMDb score: N/A

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)

Related imageRated PG, IMDb score: 6.2/10

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)

Related imageRated PG-13, IMDb score: 8.3/10

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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Spenser Confidential (2020) Trailer

by Kaylen Summers

Spenser is an ex-cop who is just out of prison. Just when he was leaving Boston for good, he is roped back in to help his old boxing coach and mentor, Henry with an amateur named Hawk. However, things take a turn as two of Spenser’s former colleagues are murdered and he and his new friend have to work as a team to find justice.

Releasing Date: March 6, 2020

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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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7 Great Movies You Haven’t Probably Seen Yet

by Kaylen Summers

 

The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly

TGTBTU is an epic stemming from the conflict in the wake of the civil war. For the uninitiated, this film is tantamount to the first port of call before making it to others in the genre. The magnificent film brings together three parties to track an allied treasure. The reluctant team-up unleashes a wild skirmish resulting in one of the classic and genius western stories ever made.

The Village (2004)

Written and directed by the master of plot twists, M. Night Shyamalan, the twist in The Village may sound a little dumb at first. However, you have to hand it to the director for making such an unrepentant big swing in the third act. Watch the movie just for that.

The Big Sick (2017)

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

Love & Other Drugs (2010)

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

Little Miss Sunshine (2006)

We all need more of Olive’s confidence. She is chubby, bespectacled and fabulous. there may be moments when she might doubt it. But she knows that there is no one actually like her.

Strangers on a Train (1951)

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

Joy (2015)

Joy has a story that spans across four generations. She is a woman who builds a massive business dynasty and becomes a matriarch figure.  The film takes us through the many stages of her life- from innocence to betrayal to power. It is through her unwavering strength and determination she takes herself to the top.

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Black Widow (2020) Trailer

by Kaylen Summers

Black Widow marks the first solo-outing of the character after a decade of being in the Cinematic Universe. The movie will also kick start Phase 4 of MCU. Set as a prequel to the events of Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame, the movie is expected to be placed after Captain America: Civil War in the MCU timeline.

Releasing Date: May 1, 2020

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Morbius (2020) Trailer

by Kaylen Summers

Morbius is the newest addition to Sony’s Spiderverse. Dubbed as The Living Vampire,  he isn’t a vampire in the traditional sense. In his pursuit to find a cure for his terminal illness, Dr. Michael Morbius conducts a series of experiments that give him vampire-like powers. The only downfall is his thirst for human blood.

Releasing Date: July 31, 2020

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Here Is Why ‘Hell Boy 3’ Was Never Adapted Into A Comic Book

by Kaylen Summers

After the first two movies, fans of Hellboy waited nearly a decade to see if the filmmaker would be closing down the trilogy with Hellboy 3. Unfortunately, del Toro announced in early 2017 that the movie would not be made and later the studio announced that it would be rebooting the franchise.

While appearing at  Comic Con International in San Diego last week, Hellboy creator Mike Mignola was asked the obvious, inevitable question: Why not publish that story as a comic, and get some return-on-investment for all the money spent developing the project? And Mignola answered the question in a pretty simple way:

“I think del Toro mentioned it to me once, and I said no. I think, let the comics be the comics. Comics are confusing enough for people. Let’s not have two different versions of the Hellboy comic out there. My vote would be (to say) no.”

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Mignola was referring to how confusing it is for some DC and Marvel superhero fans from having multiple versions of their favorite characters coexisting within sprawling multiverses. Comics can get overly complicated, with numerous continuities running side by side until the whole thing has to explode with an event like Crisis on Infinite Earths.

Mignola had co-written drafts of the Hellboy 3 script and went on to consult with the reboot once it was decided to take the franchise in a new direction.  Even if the third installment of the original movie is not going to be released, there is always a chance for the screenplay getting printed or an animated version of the script being released. We already have such movies like Hellboy: Sword of Storms and Hellboy: Blood and Iron, which were set in the continuity of the Guillermo del Toro movies.

Then again, considering how poorly the Hellboy reboot performed at the box office, maybe a little bit of multiverse-madness won’t be hurtful after all. Come on Mignola! Give us the threequel we deserve!!

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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 Best Movies to Stream on HBO Right Now

by Emily Keen

HBO has been on a dropping spree lately but is known to make up for what has been removed with even more intriguing features. The carousel seems to just get better and interesting. But that sure could get overwhelming if you don’t have the guide at hand and the time to weigh your choices. So here you go!

We have prepared the guide you need with 8 movies that definitely deserve a spot on your watch list:

 

  1. Leaving Neverland

Image result for leaving neverland documentaryThere is something solemnly unusual about the frames of Leaving Neverland. Be it the audible breathing and swallowing sounds filling interview segments or the allusive display of archived photos. Leaving Netherland documents the lives of victims who faced subversion by the hands of music and dance legend Michael Jackson. The documentary does not patronize the star but walks us through the darkest hallways of a predatory mind and its long term implications on the lives of victims. Many of us know Jackson’s rise as a dance icon, his struggle with racism and battle with deteriorating health owing to his skin bleaching procedures. Did battling with demons, also give rise to one? How else do you contemplate an act as grave as child molestation?

 

  1. Jane Fonda in Five Acts

Image result for Jane Fonda in Five ActsYou cannot question the altruism in someone who gets arrested for taking a stand against a global crisis. But there is still too much truth shadowed by her larger than life image and the sense of accountability that follows. The doc sees Fonda candidly narrating the high and low points of her life that made her the person she is now. Not to mention how cautiously and sincerely the film investigates the facts using real resources.

 

  1. Happy Death Day 2U

Related imageRemember the time you thought Happy Death Day ends where it ended in 2017? With Happy Death Day 2U you need to make peace with the fact that if filmmakers can resurrect dead without making it look like a big deal, they can also revive a closed story to birth a sequel out of it. Christopher Landon realized he could squeeze more out of the premise and there we have Tree getting caught in the time warp again thanks to her love interest’s pal Ryan. Turns out he caused all this quantum physics, time muddling mess in the first place. Where in the first installment, Tree finds a way out of the time loop, in the second one, Ryan messes up again to put Tree through the same misery yet again. Landon’s script is a winner and so is Rothe’s performance.

 

  1. The Mule

Image result for The MuleEarl Stone’s desperate circumstances land in a driver’s job for a Mexican drug ring. But to his misery, he is not even aware of the nature of cargo he is asked to deliver. The man does an exceptional job as a driver and that leads him to be droned by DEA agent Colin Bates. Now that he has the money, his past deeds begin to haunt him which will either land him in prison or dead at the hands of the drug lord.

 

  1. The Hurt Locker

Image result for The Hurt LockerThe human mind’s predisposition toward hardships is inadvertent. And that may well explain the Chris Hedges opening quote of the film- “War is a drug”. The film brings out the perspective in the most natural way possible. Kathryn Bigelow’s The Hurt Locker rises in a typical war set up in the volatile regions of Iraq, this time solely focusing on the experiences of the Explosive Ordnance Disposal team, zeroed in on one specific character- James. The hothead is a master in bomb disposal but manages to keep everyone at a distance thanks to his hot dog tendencies.

 

  1. Rescue Dawn

Related imageDieter Dengler will be remembered for his great escape from the unbreakable POW camp in Laos. Warner Herzog’s commendable yet far from actuality charts the story of his break out from the impenetrable prison.

 

  1. Upgrade

Image result for upgrade movieIf you share an unprecedented liking for sci-fi and slasher movies this movie is it. Call it the soberest attempt at glorifying gore in the vein of science fiction and efficient storytelling. That’s the art director Leigh Whannell has mastered and upgrade proves it. The film overlaid on the foundation of “AI taking control of humanity” and then conveniently builds a plot with revenge fantasy. Whannell is known for his ever-evolving, gory murder tactics. You will get that a lot in this one too.

 

  1. The Miseducation of Cameron Post

Image result for The Miseducation of Cameron PostIf you haven’t guessed the gist from the title, well here it is. The “miseducation” refers to her being sent to a remote area called God’s promise to “normalize” her sexuality. This happens in response to her being caught in the back seat of a car with a prom queen. The film explores the ridiculousness of the mindsets and the terrifying effects of being labeled gay with light and humory tone.

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Antlers (2020) Trailer

by Kaylen Summers

Antlers (2020) is an upcoming supernatural horror film. It tells the tale of a small-town Oregon teacher and her brother, the local sheriff. They come across a young student in her school who harbors a dangerous secret. This eventually leads them to some frightening consequences.

Releasing Date: April 17, 2020

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7 Must-Watch Classic Movies On Hulu

by Kaylen Summers

Hulu is mostly known for streaming current television (and of course, a few of their original shows). But, what many movie lovers still don’t know is its surprisingly extensive library of movies, all free to subscribers. With movies from almost all genres, there are many classic movies in this streaming service that are worth watching. Lucky for you, we have created a list of such movies to help you start streaming right away.

Here are 7 must-watch movies on Hulu:

A.I.: Artificial Intelligence (2001)

Steven Spielberg completing a project that was originally conceived by Stanley Kubrick may seem like a great moment in movie history. However, when the movie was released back in the day, fans were divided.  Today, the movie has become a genre masterpiece. The plot is about David, an artificial boy longing to be real. If you haven’t seen the movie for some time,  now is the right time to revisit it. The movie’s representation of the impactful climate change and the role of technology in our lives will certainly feel relatable now.

Chasing Amy (1997)

Yes, you heard it right. Back in the ’90s, this movie was nicknamed as the “Ben Affleck falls in love with a lesbian” movie. Though the plot is pretty much that, Chasing Amy is more about love than just sexual politics. It explores the male insecurity in finding love and maintaining it and other human emotions. The movie is a wonderfully crafted rom-com with a bittersweet ending.

Chicken Run (2000)

If you are looking for precious, quality family films on Hulu, then you should definitely try out this 2000 hit from Peter Lord and Nick Park.  The movie shares a similar to prison break movies. But, this time it is the chickens who will be breaking out. Besides that, the movie also held the title for the highest-grossing stop-motion animated film for almost 20 years now.

Escape From Alcatraz (1979)

Speaking of prison break movies, here is one that is an all-time classic from the genre. Escape from Alcatraz is about three men who try to escape from the maximum-security prison at Alcatraz. The impenetrable federal prison was broken only once and the three men were never to be heard of again.

Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994)

Don’t mistake it with the recent miniseries on Hulu. We are definitely talking about the classic one. This romantic comedy is so good that you’ll be amazed to know that it is directed by the same person who helmed the Harry Potter and Goblet of Fire movie. Starring Hugh Grant, Four Weddings and a Funeral  tells the story of Charlie, who is uncomfortably busy with four weddings and a funeral. However, among the weirdly big circle of friends present at each event, Charlie keeps on encountering the beautiful American Carrie, played by Andie McDoweel.

Let the Right One In (2008)

This one will surely not be your first choice for a romantic movie on Hulu. However, there is something about Let the Right One In that makes it romantic and sweet from all the other movies. Yes, the flick is about a little boy and a little girl vampire and it’s a little spooky at times. But, no one will ever deny how sweet it is for this movie to present the beloved as the ultimate protector for her lover.

Fever Pitch (2005)

You might know Jimmy Fallon only as the host of The Tonight Show, he also had his luck tried in movies. Fever Pitch is one of his best works. This charming adaptation of a Nick Horny book has Fallon paired with Drew Barrymore and a wonderful story that is relevant even today.

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Free Guy (2020) Trailer

by Kaylen Summers

Free Guy is about a bank-teller named ‘Guy’. He discovers that he is actually an NPC inside an open-world video game. He gathers the courage and finally decides to become the hero of his own story. As his whole game world is about to go offline, it is now up to Guy to find a way and save the day.

Releasing Date: July 3, 2020

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Black Widow (2020) Trailer

by Kaylen Summers

Black Widow marks the first solo-outing of the character after a decade of being in the Cinematic Universe. The movie will also kick start Phase 4 of MCU. Set as a prequel to the events of Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame, the movie is expected to be placed after Captain America: Civil War in the MCU timeline.

Releasing Date: May 1, 2020

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8 Inspiring Movies That Every Woman Should Watch

by Kaylen Summers

Hollywood is known for pleasing their audiences. But, while they do so, they often marginalize many others as well. Take women audiences, for example. Many still believe that they only love light-hearted subjects like romantic comedies. But women, like all humans, are multifaceted and unpredictable. This should be reflected in the movies about them as well.

Luckily, there are many visionary filmmakers who share the same notion. We have selected some of these works that every woman should watch at least once. These movies are empowering, joyful, strong and unforgettable.

Little Miss Sunshine (2006)

🎨Drama, Comedy ⌛ 1h 41m 🍅91%

We all need more of Olive’s confidence. She is chubby, bespectacled and fabulous. there may be moments when she might doubt it. But she knows that there is no one actually like her.

Fargo (1996)

🎨Drama, Crime ⌛ 1h 38m 🍅93%

This Coen brothers neo-noir comedy-thriller has a pregnant detective as the main character. She is investigating the case of two homicidal maniacs. For those who think that movies about punching macho men and exploding cars have high stakes, then you should definitely watch Fargo. Here is a woman who is at her most vulnerable, yet strongest time.

Thelma and Louise (1991)

🎨Drama, Mystery ⌛ 2h 10m 🍅84%

If you haven’t seen this one, you are missing out on the best there is. This movie is iconic for so many reasons. No other movie has ever represented the power of female friendship and support like this one. Two women are on a road trip, taking a break from their day-to-day life. However, things took a wrong turn and now they have to face the whole world, with no one to help expect themselves.

 The Blind Side (2009)

🎨Drama, Sports ⌛ 2h 9m 🍅66%

This inspiring tale is about the NFL player, Michael Oher. He was a traumatized kid. But, with the love and kindness of a woman, he overcame his worst times and changed his life for the better. He went on to become a prized player for the Baltimore Raven and the Tennessee Titans.

The Color Purple (1985)

🎨 Period Drama ⌛ 2h 34m 🍅80%

Here is another movie that shows how a woman can be of great support to another woman. Being a black woman back in the days means you have to face double discrimination- one based on gender and the other on race. Poor, abused Celie Harris had to face the same. However, her only solace was the friendship she had with two other women Shug and Sofia.

 Erin Brockovich (2000)

🎨 Period Drama ⌛ 2h 34m 🍅80%

Most people know Erin Brockovich as the woman who fought against the energy corporation Pacific Gas and Electric Company and saved many lives from chromium poisoning. But for us, she is a living symbol of persistence. This movie showcases her fight against the corporate giants.

Blue Is The Warmest Color (2013)

🎨 MeloDrama ⌛ 3h 7m 🍅89%

Perhaps the most wonderful thing about this movie is that it doesn’t make a great deal of two women falling in love with each other. The movie tells the wrenching love story between a french teen and an older art student.

Pitch Perfect (2012)

🎨 Romance, Music ⌛ 1h 52m 🍅80%

The movie does have some stereotypes when it portrays the good girls, the mean girls, and the weird girls. But, we can ignore that for a while, as this movie is really entertaining and empowering to watch.  The plot is about a group of misfits coming together to compete at the national a cappella competition.

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1917: Review

by Emily Keen

The peak of World War I sets the backdrop for 1917. Sam Mendes does an amazing job as a director upstaging the story through strong old fashioned storytelling. The film proves to be powerfully engaging. A realistic experience that grips the audience with riveting performances from the cast! The Oscar-baiting feature

On April 6, 1917, Blake and Schofield are called for a highly critical mission. The general informs them about a trap set by the enemy and British colonel (Benedict Cumberbatch) is walking straight into the trap.

Blake and Schofield must go across the “No Man’s Land”, and make it to the German-occupied regions to accomplish their task. Blake’s older brother is lieutenant on the frontline and thus this mission is highly important to him. The brave soldiers walk into imminent death. If they do not make it in time, thousands will lose their lives.

Blake and Schofield’s journey seems like an endless march through trenches filled with injured, shattered souls and animal corpses. But the real trouble awaits in the regions they are yet to cover. The brilliance of this Oscar-baiting film lies in its ability to keep the audience with Blake and Schofield and make us feel what they are going through in real-time. And of course the urgency of the matter at hand!

The technical mastery of the film is something that deserves special mention. But that does not in any way let the plot take a back seat. The film has no edits and is one continuous camera shot.

Blake and Schofield are the mascots of courage and persuasion in times when you need to go through tough times and survive. The film phenomenally explores themes of friendship, loss, and compassion. We have to give it up for the makers for bringing the story to the silver screen with sheer honesty.

The tension of the film permeates through the screen and that is largely thanks to Thomas Newman’s incredible score. The music traverses with the two characters to justify the status quo of every space they walk. Be it the darkest places they navigate or the forests.

The film is completely a perspective of Blake and Schofield. Dean-Charles Chapman and George MacKay are perfect.

This film could easily be called Sam Mendes’ magnum opus. No we are not denying the prominence and enormity of American Beauty. But he has outdone himself with 1917. The film is a Dreamworks Pictures production in collaboration with Amblin Partners and Universal Pictures as distribution partners.

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The Irishman: Review

by Emily Keen

It’s a meticulous and rare assortment of three legends onscreen directed by another legend. Martin Scorsese brings together Robert De Niro, Al Pacino and Joe Pesci for an all-encompassing mob thriller. Don’t let “Thriller” diminish your excitement because this film is much more than just another drug lord or bounty hunter life history. But it has definitely got a lot to do with various phases of history.

Frank Sheeran is introduced to us as a crumbling old man now residing in an old age home and regurgitating his deeds which he regrets and admires at the same time. The man now in his 80s takes us through his life as a war veteran and how fate introduces him to Russel Buffalino (Pesci) and then Hoffa (Al Pacino). Filling the dramatic arcs of the story is a road trip full of cigarette breaks and flashbacks of blood spattering past.

The Buffalinos and Hoffas are both well-known mob families and Frank Sheeran is their trusted aide. The film takes us through the phases of the lives of these teamsters and their involvement in some of history’s important events. The rise and fall of John F. Kennedy, for instance, is a peculiarly narrated tale showcasing the participation of the nation’s most powerful union boss in it. It’s almost as it is if meant to invoke dark thoughts about political homicide.

Franks’s daughter and Russel’s goddaughter Peggy is a small but significant part of the story. She hardly expresses her thoughts in front of the mobster men she grew up watching.  But her fierce gaze is a testimony to her conditioning. Anna Paquin does an incredible job as Peggy.

The story of foreign hitmen who ruled suburban regions of America in a lengthy but a fabulous farewell to the stories of the mobsters. Scorsese has brilliantly utilized the iconic trio to elevate the characters. The narrative has a somber pace native to Scorsese’s style of film making. The Irishman excels in conveying the ultimate message that men who only speak the language of violence do not mean anything to anyone.

Even with all the violence and bloodshed, it seems worth our time to understand the impulses that drive these mobsters. The film definitely goes down in the list as one of the greatest of Scorsese epics.

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6 Best Non-Animated Kids Movies On Netflix

by Kaylen Summers

Finding the right movies to watch with your little ones can be a tiresome job. Especially, if your little ones don’t have the patience to wait till you find time a good, child-friendly flick.

It’s time to sit back and have a relaxing movie night with your kids. Luckily, we’ve got you covered. After going through all the best kids movies available on Netflix, We’ve tailored a list of 6 awesome, non-animated, kids movies that you can watch right away.

Don’t forget to get the snacks!

A Wrinkle in Time

⌛1h 50m 🍅42%

Meg’s father was on a quest to discover a scientific breakthrough. But suddenly, he vanishes into another realm in space. However, with the help of three peculiar beings,  Meg, her brother, Charles, and friend Calvin reaches the realm to find out what dangers are holding her father back and to help him return back home safely.

Walk. Ride. Rodeo. (2019)

⌛1h 39m 🍅53%

This movie has a true story of survival  that will surely inspire your children.  Amberley Snyder is a nationally ranked barrel racer. After barely surviving an automobile accident, she is now paralyzed from the waist down. But with strong will-power and determination, she fights back to her place in the sport she loves.

Benji (2018)

⌛1h 27m 🍅60%

This Benji (2018) is an improved retelling of 1974’s hugely popular Benji.  The movie tells the story of an adorable stray dog who becomes friends with two kids. But when his new owners go missing, Benji becomes the hero to save the day and his little owners.

The Jungle Book (2016)

⌛1h 51m 🍅95%

We all know this epic tale, right? Now, it’s time that your kids see this one too. Mowgli is a boy who was raised in the jungle by a pack of wolves. The villainous Shere Khan, a tiger, is out to kill him. But with the help of a mentor panther and a friendly bear, Mowgli escapes his clutches.

The Little Rascals (1994)

⌛1h 28m 🍅23%

This movie sure brings back a lot of memories and nostalgia. The movie is about a bunch of kids trying to find funny solutions to their trifles. Even though they are little, these adorable kids sure know how to stir up some trouble.

The BFG (2016)

⌛1h 28m 🍅23%

Based on Roald Dahl’s classic book, this movie is about a young girl named Sophie. She becomes friends with a Big Friendly Giant- the BFG. Now, together they are on a mission to protect the world from something evil. Will they be able to succeed?!

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The Photograph (2020)- Trailer

by Kaylen Summers

The sudden death of the famed photographer Christina Eames leaves her daughter Mae, hurt, angry and full of questions. But, when finds a photograph from a safe-deposit box, she realizes that there is something more to her mother’s past than she knows. The Photograph is about her investigation about the romance between her mother and a rising journalist.

Releasing Date: 14 February 2020

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6 Must-Watch Classic Movies to Stream on Netflix

by Kaylen Summers

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

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

Strangers on a Train (1951)

🎭 Drama, Mystery ⌛1h 43m 

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

West Side Story (1961)

🎭Drama, Crime ⌛2h 33m

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

Logan’s Run (1976)

🎭Action, Adventure ⌛2h 00m

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

Poltergeist (1982)

🎭 Fantasy, Horror ⌛2h 00m

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

Pretty in Pink (1988)

🎭 Drama, Comedy ⌛1h 36m

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

Heathers (1988)

🎭Drama, Teen ⌛1h 43m

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

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9 Female-Centric Movies That Are Too AWESOME!

by Kaylen Summers

Modern cinema has presented us with so many wonderful leading female characters. These characters have broken away from their stereotypes and became more than just side chicks or supporting characters.

Here are some movies about women who are ambitious, determined, daring, relentless, and much more. These women are everything from sassy to serious, exciting to inspiring, playful to intense.

In A World… (2013)

⌛1h 33m ⭐6.7/10

Carol Solomon is a struggling vocal coach. When she finally started making her mark in the movie trailer voice-over industry, she is devastated to realize that her own arrogant, famous father is her biggest competition. As he is eyeing the same big project she hopes to win, what will Carol do to survive?!

Little Miss Sunshine (2006)

⌛ 1h 41m ⭐7.6/10

We all need more of Olive’s confidence. She is chubby, bespectacled and fabulous. there may be moments when she might doubt it. But she knows that there is no one actually like her.

Tiny Furniture (2010)

⌛1h 33m ⭐6.7/10

Aura is a graduate of film school. With no clue on where to go next in her career., Aura takes a job in a restaurant. From there, it is her unsuccessful attempts to develop relationships with men, including a chef and a cult Internet star.

Begin Again (2013)

⌛1h 45m ⭐7.5/10

Gretta is cruelly dumped by her long-time boyfriend. The reason is that he finds famous in the music industry and she is still struggling.  With her biggest inspiration and songwriting partner gone, she feels alone and heartbroken in the big city. However, things change for the good as she meets an ex-record label executive.  The two sets off a musical and personal journey that change their lives.

Thelma and Louise (1991)

⌛ 2h 10m⭐ 7.5/10

If you haven’t seen this one, you are missing out on the best there is. This movie is iconic for so many reasons. No other movie has ever represented the power of female friendship and support like this one. Two women are on a road trip, taking a break from their day-to-day life. However, things took a wrong turn and now they have to face the whole world, with no one to help expect themselves.

Joy (2015)

⌛2h 4m ⭐6.6/10

Joy has a story that spans across four generations. She is a woman who builds a massive business dynasty and becomes a matriarch figure.  The film takes us through the many stages of her life- from innocence to betrayal to power. It is through her unwavering strength and determination she takes herself to the top.

Rachel Getting Married (2008)

⌛1h 54m ⭐6.7/10

After being in rehab, Kym makes it back home to her sister Rachel’s wedding. She has been trying to overcome her addiction problems for a long time. However, she cannot overcome it with deep guilt within her from a horrible tragedy. The wedding makes her feel isolated and judged. She eventually bursts out and conflicts with her family and friends.

Camp X-Ray (2014)

⌛1h 54m ⭐6.9/10

For any woman being in the military can be a tough job. But, when a woman is assigned as a guard at maximum-security prison, thing can be even tougher.  Though she tries to overcome the adversities with an unusual friendship with one of the inmates, it leads to many ethical problems.

Tracks (2013)

⌛2h 00m ⭐7.2/10

This is a truly stunning film in every way. Robyn Davidson leaves her city life behind and makes an existential quest through the vast Australian desert. She travels over 2000 miles with a dog and 4 camels. Her epic journey makes her discover herself.

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6 Awesome Murder Mysteries on Netflix Right Now

by Kaylen Summers

Having strong roots in literature, murder mysteries have always roused the interest of its audiences. The classic detective adventures of Sherlock Holmes and Agatha Christie’s famous character of Hercule Poirot are perfect examples of this.

But, when it comes to movies, making good murder mysteries need a little more than just good narratives. The acting performances, the brilliant directions, the seamless cinematography, all play an integral role in giving out the best mysteries onscreen.

Netflix provides a huge array of movies belonging to this well-crafted genre (many even from the 50s and 60s). Here is a list of 6 wonderful, gripping mystery thrillers, that you can watch on the streaming platform. So take a seat, turn off the lights and enjoy these movies:

In the Shadow of the Moon (2019)

⌛1h 55m ⭐6.2/10

This movie is set in the late 1980s. A police officer is looking to become a detective. In order to do so, he needs to solve a good case. Taking it upon himself, he starts tracking a serial killer who resurfaces every nine years. But soon he realizes that the killer’s crimes are starting to defy all scientific explanations. Now the officer’s obsession with the case is destroying everything around him.

Secret in Their Eyes (2015)

⌛1h 51m ⭐6.3/10

This movie is more of a remake of an Argentine film with a similar storyline. But, it has a really exciting mystery that is worth watching. Jess is Detective Ray’s former teammate. He is helping her reinvestigate the death of her daughter. As he finds new clues, a more shocking truth is slowly revealed to them.

Agatha And The Truth Of Murder (2018)

⌛1h 33m ⭐6.3/10

We all know about the queen of murder mysteries, Agatha Christie. This one is about her, deciding to solve a real-life murder. In 1926, the had trouble both in her writing and her personal life. It was during this time that the god-daughter and namesake of Florence Nightingale was found murdered on a train. Her body had horrific head injuries. When the victim’s partner requested Agatha to help, she took it herself to solve the case.

Small Town Crime (2017)

⌛1h 31m ⭐6.6/10

This is truly one of the most underrated murder mysteries of all time. The narrative talks about Mike Kendall who is an alcoholic ex-cop. He discovers a woman’s body on the roadside of a highway. This sets himself on an investigation to find her killers. If you want a violent murder mystery with an ample dash of humor,  then this is your pick.

Murder Mystery (2019)

⌛1h 37m ⭐6/10

There is no doubt that Jennifer Aniston and Adam Sandler are legends when it comes to comedy.  This latest flick from Netflix has them on a murder mystery. The two play a couple who are on a European vacation to regain the spark in their marriage. However, they somehow end up getting framed for the murder of an elderly billionaire. Will the duo be able to solve the murder and save themselves?!

Righteous Kill (2008)

⌛1h 43m ⭐6/10

A team-up of Al Pacino and Robert De Niro is always fun to watch. This time they are out to solve a gritty murder mystery. A killer murders convicts and criminals and leaves poetry after murdering his victims. Will Al Pacino and De Niro be able to bring some ‘poetic justice’ to this crime thriller.  A major twist awaits you at the end of this film.

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7 Best Christmas Movies on Netflix 2019

by Kaylen Summers

The chilly winter winds, a hot cup of cocoa and the pleasure of snuggling up. These joys of winter are what make the holiday season unique. However, there is one more hidden delight that we all relish during the holiday season- watching Christmas movies.

Whether it is a kid-friendly movie, a religious one or even a classic rom-com, Netflix has a Christmas movie for everyone. But, before ruin your holiday time, trying to find the right movie, take a look at our list. We’ve picked out some of the best Christmas movies to make your holidays merrier.

So get your holiday snacks and start streaming right away:

‘A Christmas Prince: The Royal Baby’ (2019)

⌛ 1h 24min ⭐3.55 / 5.0

Back when the first installment of A Christmas Prince was released,  no one thought that the sweet, lovable movie would ever be getting a sequel. Guess what?! We just got the third installment in this royal series this Christmas. With the wedding now over, the third installment will be about Prince Richard and Amber’s baby. Let’s see what is in store for us at Aldovia castle.

A Christmas Carol (2009)

⌛ 1h 36min ⭐3.4 / 5.0

This one is a classic tale that got many onscreen visits. However, the 2019 version is dear for two reasons: Jim Carrey and Disney. The movie is about a miser Ebenezer Scrooge. He is awakened on Christmas Eve by spirits. They show him, his miserable existence, wasted opportunities, current cruelties, and the dire fate that awaits him.  Will he change his ways?! Scrooge must decide whether his future will hold death or redemption.

The Holiday Calendar (2018)

⌛ 1h 35min ⭐2 / 5.0

Ready for some Christmas magic?! Abby receives a mysterious Advent calendar from her grandfather. What she didn’t know was that every gift she receives from it was a clue about what was going to happen to her that day. Will she be meeting her one true love? Will she finally get her dream job? Go watch this movie to find out.

Arthur Christmas (2011)

⌛ 1h 37min ⭐3.55 / 5.0

Everyone knows how Santa works, right?! Each year he and his highly trained elves produce gifts and distribute them around the world in one night. However, this time he misses one of 600 million children to receive a gift.  Arthur Claus, Santa’s misfit son, finds this unacceptable and decides to go on an unauthorized rookie mission to give the last present. The only problem is that it is halfway around the globe and he has to reach there before dawn on Christmas morning.

The Christmas Chronicles (2018)

⌛ 1h 44min ⭐3.55 / 5.0

Is Santa Claus real?! Kate and Teddy think so. The siblings are on a mission to prove that Santa is real. However, they end up accidentally causing his sleigh to crash. Now it is up to them to save Christmas. Will they be able to do it? Or will Christmas be ruined because of these two? Start streaming to find out.

A Dogwalker’s Christmas Tale (2015)

⌛ 1h 26min ⭐2.2 / 5.0

Luce Lockhart is a 21-year-old spoiled college student. When her credit card got maxed out, she is forced to work during the holidays- which includes walking her wealthy neighbor ‘s dog.  She is excited to learn that her new employers are looking to a salon and spa over the nearby local dog park. However, things change when she falls in love with a fellow dog walker, who wants to save the dog park by stopping the construction.

Merry Kissmas (2015)

⌛ 1h 29min ⭐2.1 / 5.0

Kayla is in a relationship with a controlling choreographer. But, when she happens to fall for a handsome man, the choreographer starts to behave nicely. Now, she is stuck between which man she really loves. How will she ever overcome her self-doubts and find her one true love?!

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

by Emily Keen

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Onward (2020) Trailer

by Kaylen Summers

Onward (2020) is the upcoming animation feature from Disney and Pixar. Two teenage elf brothers, Ian and Barley Lightfoot are given a wizard staff that could summon their dead father for one day. However, with their magic, they could only bring half of him back. Now, the brothers are on a journey to find more magic so that they could spend one last day with their father.

Releasing Date: 4 March 2020

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Frozen II Review

by Emily Keen

Frozen’s sequel comes along almost six years later. The fans have evolved and so has the franchise. This is apparently the best thing about the movie. The plot seems more mature and does not have much to do with the prequel. The story follows the ancestral history of Anna (Kristen Bell) and Elsa (Idina Menzel). There is a whole new world discovered beyond Arendelle where dwell the snowmen, huge rock trolls, and powerful nature spirits.

The second installment clearly takes the animation to another level. Be it Elsa conquering the horse-shaped water spirit or the mysterious feel of the underground realm, the effect is simply captivating.

The message of the film is quite in resonance to the situation that currently prevails in the real world. It is Nature versus humanity! It is a smart and mature effort to help people understand that harmony is the key to survival. While the underlying messages are intense and powerful the film does not fail to keep up with the usual arcs of friendship and love. Now that Kristoff and Anna are both young, we expect to see some heat there and we do. Our guy is repeatedly making efforts to propose to Anna but keeps missing the opportunity. Adorable little Olaf has realized that times are changing.

Elsa has gained more powers and is trying to reach her full potential. She is burdened with her responsibilities of the kingdom and Anna wants to share the responsibility. A mysterious voice compels Elsa to go up North. Anna, Kristoff and Olaf and Sven accompany her but get separated on the way. And from there on begins an adventure that unravels the mysteries of the past and lay a foundation for a beautiful future.

The love and support of your friends and family will get you through the toughest times- is the message that the film conveys in the most wonderful way.

Songwriters  Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez bring us some touching songs with the composition of Christophe Beck. “Some things never change” featuring the voice of Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Josh Gad, Jonathan Groff, and other cast members will put you at ease. Then there is Groff again soothing our hearts with Crowd favorite Reindeers are better than people.

A feel-good film for a crowd that loves vivacious and gleeful worlds, Frozen II manages to give us some amazing visuals and a meaningful story. If you are looking for something with substance and style, it’s definitely worth a watch.

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Awesome Animated Movies Released In 2019

by Kaylen Summers

If you thought that animated movies are not just for children, then you are wrong. A good animated feature is enjoyed by people of all ages. 2019 gave animation movie fans plenty to choose from.

From sequels to original movies, here are some of the awesome animated movies that got released so far in 2019.

Klaus

Klaus (2019) is a retelling of the Santa Claus tale. The movie follows a  postman who is posted to a frozen town in the North for being the worst postman at the academy. He eventually finds Klaus, who is good at making toys and makes a deal with him to deliver his toys.

Date of Release: 8 November 2019

Frozen 2

Sequel to Frozen (2013), Frozen 2 takes place three years after the events of the first film. Elsa and her sister are on a new journey beyond their homeland of Arendelle.  This time their mission is to discover the origin of Elsa’s magic powers and save their kingdom. They are joined by Kristoff, Olaf, and Sven.

Date of Release: November 2019

The Addams Family

The Addams Family (2019) marks the return of the famous comics/animated series back to the big screen. This time the kookiest family on the block has to face off against the 21st century and its treacherous, greedy, arrogant and sly reality TV host Margaux Needler. The movie features the voices of Oscar Isaac, Charlize Theron, Chloë Grace Moretz, Finn Wolfhard, Nick Kroll, Snoop Dogg, Bette Midler, and Allison Janney.

Date of Release: 18 October 2019

 

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

by Kaylen Summers

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

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

The Thirteenth Floor (1999)

⌛1h 41min ⭐3.55/5

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

Cube (1997)

⌛1h 30min ⭐3.6/5.0

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

The Cloverfield Paradox (2018)

⌛1h 42min ⭐2.75/5

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

Spectral (2016)

⌛1h 49min ⭐3.15/5

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

Battlefield Earth (2000)

⌛1h 58min ⭐1.25/5

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

Ender’s Game (2013)

⌛ 1h 54min ⭐3.3/5

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

Predestination (2014)

⌛ 1h 37min ⭐3.75/5

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

 

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6 Upcoming Movies For Your Kids This 2020

by Kaylen Summers

2020 is around the corner and a lot of movies are already slated to hit theaters in the coming year. With so many choices to pick from, finding the right movies for your kids can be a real tough job.

We really don’t want the quality time you spend with your children to be ruined. So, here are some of the child-friendly movies that we have picked for you to watch with your kids. These movies can make your 2020 awesome with your kids.

Pixar’s Soul

Releasing Date: 18 June 2020

Joe Gardner is a middle school music teacher. He is a longtime dream is to perform jazz music on stage. However, when he finally gets a chance, an accident causes Gardner’s soul to be separated from his body. He is transported to the “You Seminar”, where must work with souls to develop and gain passions before being transported to a newborn child.

Dolittle

Releasing Date: 17 January 2020

Dolittle (2020) tells the story of Doctor Dolittle, a former doctor who turns to treat animals because of his love for all creatures. Eventually, he soon discovers that he can communicate with the animals. He, thus, embarks on a fantastical adventure.

Trolls World Tour

Releasing Date: 19 March 2020

Six different troll tribes from six different lands are devoted to six different kinds of music -funk, country, techno, classical, pop and rock. When rockers Queen Barb and King Thrash are out to destroy the other kinds of music, Poppy and Branch embark on a journey to unite the trolls and save the diverse melodies.

Disney’s Jungle Cruise

Releasing Date: July 24, 2020

Disney’s Jungle Cruise (2020) is an adventure movie based on the famous theme park ride of the same name. The movie is set in the early 20th century and is about a riverboat captain named Frank who takes a scientist and her brother into the jungle. Their mission is to find the tree of life, which has great healing powers.

The Spongebob Movie: Sponge On The Run

Releasing Date: 22 May 2020

Gary the snail has been mysteriously kidnapped. In order to solve the mystery, SpongeBob and Patrick travel to the lost city of Atlantic City.  Proving that there’s nothing stronger than the power of friendship, they encounter danger and delight at every turn.

Onward

Onward (2020) is the upcoming animation feature from Disney and Pixar. Two teenage elf brothers, Ian and Barley Lightfoot are given a wizard staff that could summon their dead father for one day. However, with their magic, they could only bring half of him back. Now, the brothers are on a journey to find more magic so that they could spend one last day with their father.

Releasing Date: 4 March 2020

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6 Movie Series For You To Binge-Watch Right Now

by Kaylen Summers

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

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

Pick a franchise and start binge-watching now

Die Hard (5 Movies)

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

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

Jack Ryan (5 Movies)

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

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

Millennium Series (5 Movies)

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

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

View Askewniverse (7 Movies)

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

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

Bourne Series (5 Movies)

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

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

Hannibal Lecter

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

  1. Manhunter (1986)
  2. The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
  3. Hannibal (2001)
  4. Red Dragon (2002)
  5. Hannibal Rising (2007)
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7 Movies on Amazon Prime That Are Too Romantic

by Kaylen Summers

There are many romantic flicks that you will never get old to watch with your loved ones. Apparently Amazon Prime has a boatload of these movies. From classics to millennials, these romantic movies can easily help you fall in love all over again with your soulmate.

Don’t mind wasting your time finding them one by one.  Because we have cherry-picked them for you. So, here are some movies on Amazon Prime that are too romantic to watch.

Love & Other Drugs (2010)

Director: Edward Zwick | Writers: Edward Zwick, Marshall Herskovitz, Charles Randolph

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

Like Crazy (2011)

Director: Drake Doremus | Writers: Drake Doremus, Ben York Jones

Having trouble in long-distance relationships? Wait till you see this out. A British college student falls in love with an American student. However, fate separates the two from each other. She gets banned from the U.S. after overstaying her visa. Will the two lovers unite?! Start streaming to find out.

He’s Just Not That Into You (2009)

Director: Ken Kwapis | Writers: Abby Kohn, Marc Silverstein

Remember that really cute person who promised call, but didn’t? This is one such tale. We have been there, and now we can relive it. But definitely, the ending will make you fall in love again.

The Big Sick (2017)

Director: Michael Showalter | Writers: Kumail Nanjiani, Emily V. Gordon

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

Just Like Heaven (2005)

Director: Mark Waters | Writers: Leslie Dixon, Peter Tolan

David Abbott moves into his new home in San Francisco. All seems normal. till he gets an unwelcome visitor named Elizabeth Martinson. She affirms that the apartment is hers. But, when she starts appearing and disappearing abruptly, David starts to suspect that she is a ghost.

Valentine’s Day (2010)

Director: Garry Marshall | Writers: Katherine Fugate, Abby Kohn, Marc Silverstein

Valentine’s Day is about a group of related characters and their struggles with love on Valentine’s Day. With a long list of cast, as couples, this movies have almost all the possible lover scenarios that you can think of.

No Strings Attached (2011)

Director: Ivan Reitman | Writers: Elizabeth Meriwether, Elizabeth Meriwether, Michael Samonek

Emma is a busy doctor.  She makes a seemingly perfect arrangement that offers her best friend Adam a relationship. However, there is one particular rule: No strings attached. Can sex friends stay best friends?!

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5 Things You Didn’t Know About ‘Gone With The Wind’

by Kaylen Summers

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

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

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

1. The Academy Awards.

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

2. Facing The Music

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

3. The Cast Hated It!

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

4. The burning of the Atlanta Depot

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

5. Racism

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

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7 Time Travel Movies That You’ll Love Watching

by Kaylen Summers

There is nothing like watching a mind-numbing time paradox reveal onscreen. These movies from the sci-fi subgenre work on the age-old question: “What will happen when someone meddles with time?”

Apparently, these movies have plenty of answers for that. So, let us examine the best ones from them. Here are 7 time-travel movies that you’ll love watching.

The Time Machine (1960)

3.8 / 5.0

There is no talking about time travel movies without mentioning the classic Time Machine. Based on the famous science fiction novel by HG Wells, this movie is about a Victorian Englishman who travels into the distant futute. There he discovers that human race is divided into two hostile species.

Somewhere in Time (1980)

3.6 / 5.0
Not exactly time travel. But, the concept comes under the same realm. Richard Collier is a young writer. On the opening night of his first play, he finds an old lady who begs him to go back to her. Puzzled, he soon discovers that she is a famous stage actress from the early 1900s. Things take a wild turn as he becomes more obsessed with her. Eventually, he self-hypnosis and travels back in time to meet her.

Minority Report (2002)

3.8/ 5.0
Fan of Tom Cruise?! Apparently, he did some time traveling too. John Anderton is a top ‘Precrime’ cop in the late-21st century. Their advanced technology can predict crimes before they’re committed.  However, the plates are turned when Anderton becomes the quarry as another investigator targets him for a murder charge.

Time After Time (1979)

3.55/ 5.0
The wildest chase of the century! We all know about Jack the Ripper and the famous writer H.G Wells. This story bents these characters further, than we ever thought possible. The killer escaped capture and is trying to escape by time traveling.  Wells on the other hand is on the pursuit to stop him.

Timecop (1994)

2.95/ 5.0
Not the best pick for a time travel flick. But, this one has its own merits. In the future, there are officers who regulate time travel. One of those officers must defend his life against a shady politician. Apparently, these two have a tie to his past.

Predestination (2014)

3.75/ 5.0

A Temporal agent is sent on an elaborate series of time-travel journeys. His mission is to prevent future killers from committing their crimes. In his final assignment, the Agent  must face his greatest challenge. He must find a criminal who has been dodging him throughout time. If he doesn’t stop him, it may lead to the devastating attack in which thousands of lives are lost.

About Time (2013)

3.9/ 5.0
Not all time travel movies have to dark, gritty and sci-fi. How about a time travel romantic comedy?! You just got your wish fulfilled then. Tim’s father tells his son that the men in his family can travel through time. Tim can’t change history, but he can change what happens and has happened in his own life.  So, he decides to make his world a better place- get a girlfriend. But, things are not that easy as he thinks.
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The Way Back (2020) Trailer

by Kaylen Summers

The Way Back (2020) tells the story of a widowed, former basketball all-star. He is struggling with addiction and attempts to come back by becoming the coach of the high school basketball team at his alma mater. The team is disparate and ethnically mixed. As the team starts to win, he is on the fight to overcome his old demons.

Releasing Date: 6 March 2020

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Pixar’s Soul (2020) Trailer

by Kaylen Summers

Joe Gardner is a middle school music teacher. He is a longtime dream is to perform jazz music on stage. However, when he finally gets a chance, an accident causes Gardner’s soul to be separated from his body. He is transported to the “You Seminar”, where must work with souls to develop and gain passions before being transported to a newborn child.

Releasing Date: 18 June 2020

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

by Kaylen Summers

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

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

1. Not That Spooky

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

2. Emotionally Powerful

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

3. No Usual Cartoonish Rubbish

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

4. Return To The Roots

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

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

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7 Movies To Make You Forget Your Life Problems

by Kaylen Summers

Feel-good films are good healers. But there are people who consider it as substandard. Their simple stories and over-popularity can make any movie buff rethink about watching them. However, sometimes these movies are just the right medicine to make you feel upright.

Having any life problems?! Forget them all. Here are 7 great movies to bring back the joy in you.

Amélie (2001)

4.15/ 5.0
Amélie (Audrey Tautou) is adorable yet painfully shy.  She believes that she has a gift for helping others. Thus. Amelie decides to spend her days as a matchmaker, guardian angel, and most importantly a do-gooder. However,  when she meets an attractive stranger, she somehow has no courage to become the star of her very own love story.

The Pursuit of Happyness (2006)

4/ 5.0
This is the extraordinary tale of a salesman who is struggling in his life. He takes custody of his son. But now, he has to as earn a living by starting a life-changing professional career.

Happy-Go-Lucky (2008)

3.5/ 5.0
Poppy is a cheery, colorful, North London school teacher. She is highly optimistic and it tends to bother those around her. This movie is an overlook of a few chapters in the life of Poppy.

Mamma Mia! (2008)

3.2/ 5.0
Sophie is the young spirited daughter of an independent mother who owns a small hotel on a Greek island. As they are busy with Sophie’s wedding, she secretly invites three of her mother’s ex-lovers. Her real aim is to find her biological father.

Life Is Beautiful (1997)

4.3/ 5.0
This movie tells the touching story of an Italian bookseller who lived during World War II. He lives in his own little fairy tale with creative and happy life. However, all came to halt when his entire family got deported to a concentration camp.  Even when he is locked up, he doesn’t lose his optimism as he makes his son believe that everything is just part of a game.

The Intouchables (2011)

 4.25/ 5.0

This heartwarming tale is the true story of two men who should have never have met. One is  a quadriplegic aristocrat. He got injured in a paragliding accident. The other is a young man from the projects. Will the two get along? Watch this wonderful movie to find out.

Lost in Translation (2003)

3.85/ 5.0

One is a young, neglected wife of a photographer. The other is a washed-up movie star shooting a TV commercial. The two lost souls meet each other during a visit to Tokyo. Both of them find an odd solace and pensive freedom to be real with each other.

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7 Heart-Breaking Movies on Netflix That’ll Surely Make You Cry

by Kaylen Summers

We all have gone through those times when we’re strangely in the mood for a good cry. Lucky for us Netflix has many of these tearjerking dramas. From deadly serious ones to uplifting flicks, there is something for everyone.

Here is the list of 7 most heartbreaking movies on Netflix that will surely make you cry.

Blue Valentine (2010)

1h 52min | Drama, Romance

Dean and Cindy are living a quiet life in a decent neighborhood. As their relationship starts to bloom, they feel like the world at their feet. But soon, irreversible cracks begin to appear in their marriage. His absence of ambition and her escape into self-absorption is tearing their marriage apart.

Boyhood (2014)

2h 45min | Drama

This movie is remarkable for the time period it took to shoot the whole thing. A boy’s parents are divorced. During a period of 12 years- from first grade at age 6 through 12th grade at age 17-18- the movie grows along with him as he examines his relationship with his parents over the years.

Revolutionary Road (2008)

1h 59min | Drama, Romance

Based on a novel by Richard Yates, this movie takes place in the mid-1950s. A young couple is having personal problems and they are struggling to raise their two children in between.

Milk (2008)

2h 9min | History, Drama

Harvey Milk is the first openly gay man ever to be elected to public office. This movie is about his story. Taking place in San Francisco during the late 1970s, the tale is about Harvey Milk becoming an activist for gay rights. Eventually, he goes on to inspire many to join him in his fight for equal rights that should be available to all Americans.

Meet Joe Black (1998)

1h 50min | Drama, Romance

The grim reaper is out to collect the soul of mega-mogul Bill Parrish. However, he has an offer. Host him on his “vacation” and get a few more days of life. Now, using the pseudonym Joe Black, Death hangs around with Parrish and eventually falls in love with his daughter. Do you think that Death’s love will change Parrish’s fate?

Collateral Beauty (2016)

1h 37min | Drama, Romance

After a personal tragedy, a man retreats from life and questions the universe by writing to Love, Time and Death. But, what he didn’t expect was to receive answers for them. He eventually realizes how life interlocked everything and how even loss had meaning and beauty.

Remember Me (2010)

1h 53min | Drama, Romance

A tragic family event and his parents’ recent divorce has left Tyler Hawkins heartbroken. But, after he meets Ally Craig, he realizes that there is a fresh lease to life. Ally has her own personal tragedy of witnessing her mother’s death. As the two draw closer, their separate tragedies start to jeopardizes what they have between them.

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9 Most Anticipated Upcoming Movies of 2020

by Kaylen Summers

2020 is lining up to be a wonderful year for movie lovers. Both franchises and original movies are slated to release this coming year and you will be needed more popcorn than ever for wonderful cinema treats that awaits you.

Here are 9 of the most anticipated movies of 2020:

The Invisible Man

The Invisible Man (2020) is the official retelling of the classic horror flick from Universal Studios. A crazed scientist stages his suicide and starts using uses his power of invisibility to stalk and terrorize his ex-girlfriend. Even though she approached the police, no one believes her. Now, it’s up to her to take matters into her own hands and fight back.

Releasing Date: 28 February 2020

Bad Boys For Life

Bad Boys For Life (2020) will see the return of old-school cops Mike Lowery and Marcus Burnett. The two are now part of a newly created elite team from the Miami police department called AMMO. They will be teaming up to take down Armando Armas, the ruthless leader of a Miami drug cartel.

Releasing Date: 17 January 2020

Dolittle

Dolittle (2020) tells the story of Doctor Dolittle, a former doctor who turns to treat animals because of his love for all creatures. Eventually, he soon discovers that he can communicate with the animals. He, thus, embarks on a fantastical adventure.

Releasing Date: 17 January 2020

Disney’s Jungle Cruise

Disney’s Jungle Cruise (2020) is an adventure movie based on the famous theme park ride of the same name. The movie is set in the early 20th century and is about a riverboat captain named Frank who takes a scientist and her brother into the jungle. Their mission is to find the tree of life, which has great healing powers.

Releasing Date: July 24, 2020

Bloodshot

Bloodshot (2020) is the upcoming movie based on the comics from Valiant comics. Ray Garrison is a marine who got murdered along with his wife. However, he was resurrected by a team of scientists with the help of nanotechnology. With the nanobots in his bloodstream, he becomes a superhuman, biotech killing machine – Bloodshot.

Releasing Date:  21 February 2020

Onward

Onward (2020) is the upcoming animation feature from Disney and Pixar. Two teenage elf brothers, Ian and Barley Lightfoot are given a wizard staff that could summon their dead father for one day. However, with their magic, they could only bring half of him back. Now, the brothers are on a journey to find more magic so that they could spend one last day with their father.

Releasing Date: 4 March 2020

Birds of Prey

Birds Of Prey (And The Fantabulous Emancipation Of One Harley Quinn) (2020) joins Harley Quinn as she splits with Joker and teams up with Black Canary, Huntress, and Renee Montoya to protect a young girl named Cassandra Cain from an evil crime lord, Black Mask in Gotham City.

Releasing Date: February 7, 2020

The King’s Man

Directed and produced by Matthew Vaughn, and written by Karl Gajdusek, The King’s Man is a prequel to the Kingsman film series. The plot of the movie takes place during the early-1900s and describes how the spy agency was formed.

Releasing Date: 14 February 2020

Top Gun: Maverick

Top Gun: Maverick is the direct sequel to 1986’s Top Gun. The movie takes place 34 years after the events of the original film. Captain Peter “Maverick” Mitchell is the new flight instructor of Top Gun. He guides Bradley, Goose’s son to become an aviator like his father.

Releasing Date: June 26, 2020

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Is ‘The Godfather’ Really Worth Watching?!

by Kaylen Summers

There is no doubt that Francis Ford Coppola’s The Godfather is truly the best gangster movie out there. The extremely well-crafted movie defines the genre and is a touchstone for all movies to have made from the genre. There are many people who consider Goodfellas as the best. But, Godfather occupies a place in movie history that cannot be replaced.

However, is this iconic flick really worth watching? We think it and we have some of the key reasons why everyone should watch The Godfather.

The Godfather is the romantic portrayal of mob life. Since the movie is based on a novel, the filmmakers had all the freedom to make The Godfather was free to make their lifestyle look glamorous. The Corleones family essentially picturized as the royalty in the criminal underworld. Even though there were occasional scenes like Sonny getting shot dead at a toll booth, most of the movie had their gangsters very glitzy and fabulous.

Gangsters were not never this cool until Francis Ford Coppola gave an idealized Hollywood depiction of their lives.

The Godfather has brilliant performances. Whether the fiction element is good or not, it did help the movie’s actors give some of their greatest performances. Surely, Ray Liotta’s performance as Henry Hill in Goodfellas is truly remarkable. His portrayal of the guy who adores the gangster lifestyle and constantly cheats on his wife is phenomenal and intense. However, let not forget that Al Pacino’s turn as Michael Corleone in The Godfather is more nuanced than any performance in Goodfellas.

While Henry yells out what he’s feeling, Michael explains everything in a single facial expression. In addition to that, the subtle performances from supporting players like Marlon Brando, Robert Duvall, James Caan, Talia Shire, John Cazale, and Diane Keaton only adds extra charm to the whole movie. Though Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci’s support in Goodfellas is riveting, it can never be compared to the ensemble of The Godfather.

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The Spongebob Movie (2020) Trailer

by Kaylen Summers

Gary the snail has been mysteriously kidnapped. In order to solve the mystery, SpongeBob and Patrick travel to the lost city of Atlantic City.  Proving that there’s nothing stronger than the power of friendship, they encounter danger and delight at every turn.

Releasing Date: 22 May 2020

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‘Ford V Ferrari’ Review

by Kaylen Summers

With equal parts character development, burnt rubber, and historical drama, Ford V Ferrari is Hollywood’s high octane tribute to auto racing legends Ken Miles and Carroll Shelby. The movie is directed by James Mangold and features a glorious tale of the true competition between two car companies to build the fastest car. Ironically, the movie runs a sluggish pace at times and struggles hard to reinforce the stakes for everyone involved.

 However, this all-star movie is sure to make you laugh more than expected and even shed a few tears in between.

The movie takes place in 1963. It was then that race car driver Carroll Shelby (Matt Damon) decided to start a career in automotive designing and specialty manufacturing due to his health issues. Lee Iacocca (Jon Bernthal), a marketing executive at the Ford Motor Company approaches with a stunning offer.

Sales were declining at Ford and there was a general poor reaction to new Ford cars. In order to revitalize the company’s image, Henry Ford II (Tracy Letts) decided to buy Ferrari, the bankrupt Italian sports car company. However, the owner Enzo Ferrari (Remo Girone) saw this as an insult and loudly shared his low opinion of Henry Ford II. This provoked the arrogant and domineering Ford CEO, and he wanted to beat Ferrari on a public forum at any price.

Shelby was asked to design a Ford car that could beat Ferrari at the grueling twenty-four-hour Le Mans race in France. Previously, it was Ferrari and his racing team, who had been dominating the prestigious competition for years. Shelby takes up the challenge to design the car, but his choice of the primary driver was Ken Miles (Christian Bale). He was a supremely skilled hothead British driver who was flat broke with his devoted wife (Caitriona Balfe) and son (Noah Jupe).

The film explores the characters very deeply. Christian Bale astonishes everyone again with his cockney accent and brash behavior. Matt Damon’s performance appeared graceful and spot-on. But, let not forget to mention the contributions of actors like Tracy Letts and Caitriona Balfe. Their supporting roles catalyzed the story’s successful conveyance.

Another notable aspect of Ford V Ferarri is how the racing scenes were like a breath of fresh exhaust. For those who were flooded with CGI Fast & Furious garbage over the years, this movie is gratifying. CGI effects are obviously present in Ford v Ferrari, but it’s done in a more realistic and convincing way.

Apart from the uneven level of pacing, the movie is masterfully done. It is deservingly a full-throttle awards contender. Ford V Ferarri is undoubtfully one of the best films of the year, and you don’t need to be a gearhead to enjoy this one. 

Do check out this movie before it leaves theaters and let us know what you think about it.

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6 Underground (2019) Trailer

by Kaylen Summers

6 Underground (2019) tells the story about 6 billionaires who fake their death. They formed a vigilante squad eventually to take down notorious criminals. Directed by Michael Bay, the film stars Ryan Reynolds, Mélanie Laurent, Dave Franco, Manuel Garcia-Rulfo, Peyman Maadi, Adria Arjona, Corey Hawkins, and Ben Hardy.

Releasing Date: December 13, 2019

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6 reasons why ‘Casablanca’ remains a unique classic film

by Emily Keen

The greatest love story ever made will forever hold a special place in the hearts of cinema lovers. Casablanca is one unique classic that continues to retain its reputation as an iconic film. For obvious reasons of incredible performances and a magnificent screenplay, the film went on to win three academy awards since release. Although, not the biggest hit during the initial phase of release, Michael Curtiz’s highly acclaimed Hollywood classic is more than just a love story. This monumental thriller is also a journey through the setup of the Second World War and its consequences on normal lives.

For those uninitiated, here are six reasons why Casablanca hails as a unique classic film

  1. Rick Blaine

To start with, the variations in character experienced by the Rick Blaine (played by Humphrey Bogart) are rather unconventional. Like most Hollywood heroes, the man cuts a dash. And more importantly, he is the one leading the story through various arcs. But we do not see the world through his point of view. The audience is in fact left to judge the morality of the character through the lens of various other characters. His employees and clientele see him as someone who you cannot easily walk up to for a conversation. He is cold and arrogant. There are times when Blaine comes off quite negative. When the police arrest Signor Ugarte, he says “I stick my neck out for nobody”.

His best friend Renault views the man in stark contrast. He thinks of him as an emotional and compassionate being. And that the cold Rick is nothing but a consequence of a failed love story. These traits are obvious in the character on multiple occasions. For instance when he helps a Bulgarian couple flee to America. The conclusion, in fact, is the greatest testimony to his altruism.

  1. Elsa

Elsa is a strong feminine character, torn between her love for Rick and the respect she has for her husband, Victor. Stuck at crossroads from where it’s either love or responsibilities Ilsa Ingrid finely portrays a heroine who is in no way trying to do anything heroic. She is just a simple woman making her loveless marriage work as a courtesy to her good-natured husband. In doing so, she won’t hesitate to even point a gun at Rick whom she loves so deeply.

  1. Unconventional narrative

The story is presented to us in a disorderly fashion. For those times this was a rather unconventional method of storytelling. The film begins with a shot of Rick’s café and a narrator explaining the background events. The delightful moments of Elsa and Rick’s life are stacked in between the messy present. Moreover, the ending does not resolve any of the chaos, be it the war or Rick’s love life. The War persists and so does the pain of our protagonist’s heart. The film is also a reminder that justice and freedom come with a price.

  1. Separate plotlines

The story perfectly blends in two different plotlines. The first is the love triangle between Rick, Elsa, and her husband. It is the nobility of Elsa’s husband that adds complexity to the narrative. The second plotline is the war and its consequences on the lives of people staying in Casablanca. More importantly, the film has some powerful underlying beliefs and political messages.

  1. The mysterious town of Casablanca

There is always a mystery surrounding the town of Casablanca. The movie is based in a Moroccan setting but there is hardly any reference to Moroccan way of life. It is simply chaotic and reeks of uncertainty. There is a line where a German commander warns Elsa – “human life is cheap in Casablanca”. And people in and around view the city as a prison from which they desire to escape. However unsafe, the town does has some fantasy attached to it. It is the brilliant vision of the makers that fuels our attraction towards mystery and makes us fall for the idea of a risky life.

  1. The Remarkable Conclusion

The climax of this poignant tale of love will break your heart but in a very positive way. It defies the usual traditions of happy endings or the death of a significant character. But ardent movie fans would not have it any other way. For that is what sets the film apart from others in the league. Besides Rick Blaine’s heartfelt decision at the end is what makes him not just one of the greatest known lovers but also a very noble character.

Over the period of its release, Casablanca went on to win three Oscars – Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay, and Best Director. The music is still enchanting to the ears. Can you even listen to ‘As Time Goes By’ and not think of the film? There is nothing and absolutely nothing mediocre about this epic tale of romance. Be it the story, the music or even humor. The film shall forever remain a unique classic film in the history of cinema.

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‘The Godfather’ Vs. ‘Goodfellas’. Which Is The Best Mob Movie Ever Made?!

by Kaylen Summers

We all know that Francis Ford Coppola’s The Godfather and Martin Scorsese’s Goodfellas are truly the best gangster movies out there. However, fans of the two iconic flicks often go on debates to find the finest of the two.

Undoubtfully both are very excellent movies. Coppola’s The Godfather is adapted from a fictional novel and Scorsese’s Goodfellas is a true-to-life biopic. One follows a traditional timeline and the other is nonlinear with choppy editing. However, these two well-crafted movies define their genre and are touchstones for all mob movies that got made after.

For those who are eager to find the best from these movies, here is a comparison of the good, bad and ugly from the two movies.

THE GODFATHER IS ROMANTIC PORTRAYAL OF MOB LIFE

Since the movie is based on a novel, the filmmakers had all the freedom to make The Godfather was free to make their lifestyle look glamorous. The Corleones family essentially picturized as the royalty in the criminal underworld. Even though there were occasional scenes like Sonny getting shot dead at a toll booth, most of the movie had their gangsters very glitzy and fabulous.

Gangsters were never this cool until Francis Ford Coppola gave an idealized Hollywood depiction to them.

GOODFELLAS IS THE REALISTIC PORTRAYAL OF MOB LIFE

One of the major differences between The Godfather and Goodfellas is that one is a work of fiction while the other is more of a realistic portrait. While the former glamorize the gangster lifestyle, the characters of Goodfellas are often shown doing the dirty work. The Corleones family is also shown filthy rich, while the characters of Goodfellas don’t make that much money.

The movie even ends with one of the mobsters ratting out on all of his friends. He secures his family’s safety in the Witness Protection Program. This itself is a nod to how realistic the movie’s storyline is portrayed.

THE GODFATHER HAS BRILLIANT PERFORMANCES

Whether the fiction element is good or not, it did help the movie’s actors give some of their greatest performances. Surely, Ray Liotta’s performance as Henry Hill in Goodfellas is truly remarkable. His portrayal of the guy who adores the gangster lifestyle and constantly cheats on his wife is phenomenal and intense. However, let not forget that Al Pacino’s turn as Michael Corleone in The Godfather is more nuanced than any performance in Goodfellas.

While Henry yells out what he’s feeling, Michael explains everything in a single facial expression. In addition to that, the subtle performances from supporting players like Marlon Brando, Robert Duvall, James Caan, Talia Shire, John Cazale, and Diane Keaton only adds extra charm to the whole movie. Though Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci’s support in Goodfellas is riveting, it can never be compared to the ensemble of The Godfather.

GOODFELLAS HAS A FASTER PACE

There are many who criticizes The Godfather for being too slow. On the other hand, the pacing in Goodfellas is much quicker. The movie’s plot moves at breakneck speed, jumping back and forth along the timeline of the narrative. But, the makers did make sure that we will be getting all the information you need at any given moment.

In fact, it is this choppy editing of Goodfellas, that gives it the iconic style. In a way, it throws you right into the story at the deep end.

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6 Awesome Plot Twists You Would Never Expect

by Kaylen Summers

There is nothing more exciting in a movie than the brilliant misdirection that’s thrown right in our face. 

Here we are picking out the top ten best movie twists of all time. So there will be some major movie-ruining spoilers ahead. If you haven’t seen anyone of the movies listed below, its okay to skip. 

For everyone who’s still here,  let’s kick it off.

The Time And Place Twist: Planet of the Apes

While the vast majority of twists are aimed to deceive us about either the what or the who, there are a few that mislead us in terms of where and when. Movies like Triangle and The Village gave us similar twists. But none will even come close to the ending of the Planet of the Apes.

The idea that they were on Earth the whole time is absolutely brilliant and completely unexpected.  Released in the 60s, this ape twist set the recipe for great movie twists later.

Conspiracy Twist: The Sting

These types of twists are a common element is heist movies. We love this kind of twist because it takes advantage of our own hubris. Just when we think we’re ahead of the plot, fully informed, and upon every aspect of the scheme, we realize that we too are being duped. The Sting presents the audience with one such excellent twist from this category.

In many ways, we too are similar to Lonnegan in the movie. Without realizing that everything is part of the con, we commit the exact same mistake he does- overbetting our hand.

The Unexpected Bad Guy: Murder on the Orient Express

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If you’ve ever watched Scooby-Doo, you’ll be familiar with these twists. Though there are many great movies that given us such awesome twists, Murder on the Orient Express threw in an extra twist on top. And for that, it needs to be on the list.

Based on the Agatha Christie novel, the movie presents an incredibly complex portrait of 13 strangers suspicious in the murder of Cassidy. While initially, it seems that there is nothing connecting any of the suspects, it emerges that the one thing they have in common is that they all have a reasonable motive. And that’s the twist. The killer is not one, but everyone. The perfect coverup for who’s guilty was that they’re all guilty.

It Was All A Dream: The Wizard of Oz

This is perhaps one of the most controversial and occasionally obnoxious twists commonly found in the film. We’re talking about movies like The Matrix and Source Code that play with the concept of what is real and not. But nothing uses this more brilliantly than the original, the magical and the lovable The Wizard of Oz.

Though this plot twist is considered pretty frustrating and lazy writing, In when it seems like something really interesting and subversive is going on, in The Wizard of Oz, the dream world helps Dorothy subconsciously work out her conflicts in a symbolic way.

All In The Protagonist’s Head: Fight Club

The twist, of course, comes from detangling the fantasy from the reality. These are films where the audience experiences the delusions alongside their unreliable narrator. There is only one movie that comes to our mind when we read this description and that’s Fight Club.

Probably one of the most popular twists of the last few decades, Fight Club manages to slip an entire character by us without us noticing. A character who interacts with all kinds of different characters that tend to keep their hallucinations separate.

Identity Mixup: The Empire Strikes Back

Yes! There are movies like Frailty, Matchstick Men and The Crying Game giving as the best of this plot twist. But, none will be as iconic as this one.

As far as twists go, The reveal of who is Luke’s father is perhaps one of the biggest reveals in movie history. The question is how did they keep it a secret? Well, they lied about it in the script and to just about everybody but Lucas and Hamill, then overdubbed the line later.

Mistaken Identity Twist: Psycho

Don’t get confused with the previous one. This one is entirely different. Instead of realizing we’ve confused someone for another, we realized they’re the exact same person.

With some brilliant contenders to fight for the top spot in this category, it’s tough to find the best one. However, the Norman Bates reveals in Psycho will always stay remarkable. One would ever expect mild-mannered Norman to actually dress up as his dead mother and kill protagonists weirdly early in the movie. This thriller still messes with our heads when we watch it and for that, it remains one of the best movie plot twists of all time.

But, we know that you still have some more awesome movie twists that you want to share with us. Let us know which movie surprised you the most.

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Why is ‘It Happened One Night’ a Classic Worth Watching?

by Kaylen Summers

It was on Feb. 22, 1934, Frank Capra’s classic road trip film It Happened One Night got released into theaters. The movie was an instant hit and won 5 awards at the 7th Academy Awards, which included the best actor for Clark Gable and actress for Claudette Colbert.

Though the iconic movie is running for more than a good two hours, its excellence is that there is not even one dull moment in it. During the post-production, some of it was left on the editing floor, but it is too good throughout that the audiences won’t mind having some extra footage kept in. The main reason for this is that It Happened One Night has a charming, coherent and believable plot. The characters are also lovely and human that you will instantly connect with them and events they go through.

The movie belongs to an offshoot genre of comedy known as screwball comedy. In many ways similar to the romantic comedy, this sub-genre slowly vanished in the 30s itself. However, It Happened One Night still remains as one of the best screwball comedies and also as an iconic cult classic. It has everything from being a comedy with a kick, drama with a punch, and the acting and direction served at a new high.

The lead roles are played by Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert. Gable plays the role of a newspaperman who helps Colbert escape from her father. The two embark on a hitchhike from Miami to New York. And eventually, they fall for each other.

Both Gable and Colbert are seemingly effortless in their acting. It felt as if they were joyfully being utterly natural and devastatingly human throughout the picture. Adding this with the perfect lines did nothing but sparkle. It is as if the makers of the movie made extra sure that not even one single dull line of dialogue was there in the whole thing, and there isn’t a character who is not lively. More than its everlasting charm, this gave the film all its life and personality.

Other characters in the movie include Walter Connolly who looks splendid as Miss Colbert’s father. Roscoe Karns also amuses the audiences as a traveling salesman. Alan Hale’s smaller role is also worthy to be mentioned.
But the icing on the cake was from none other than the director of this classic flick- Frank Capra. Along with Joseph Walker’s cinematography, the two created a marvel on the screen.

Whether you are a fan of comedies or not this one is worth seeing. It’s got superb acting, riotous comedy, big names, and perfect direction. So what are you waiting for?! Go watch the movie and let us know how much you enjoyed the movie, in the comments below.

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‘The Wizard of Oz’ Is The Most Influential Film of All Time. Here Is The Reason

by Kaylen Summers

A recent study has found that The Wizard of Oz is the most influential film of all time. The study conducted at the University of Turin selected MGM’s 1939 musical ‘masterpiece’ from more than 47,000 films.

Based on L.Frank Baum’s 1900 children’s novel ‘The Wonderful Wizard of Oz’, the movie was MGM’s biggest production at the time ($3 million). However, the movie turned out to be a failure at the box office initially. It was only with several re-releases that the studio was able to make a healthy financial return from it.

How did such a movie end up as the most influential movie of all time?! We also want to find out the answer to that. There are several factors and a variety of combinations that make up the anatomy of a cult film. We will be taking a close look at these elements in The Wizard of Oz.

1. Breaking the Rules

 

In order for any art to gain cultural significance, it needs to break the existing rules and produce something better. In the case of cinema, this happens more often, but only a few will pass the test of time to become cult classics. When MGM decided to make The Wizard of Oz, they knew that they were breaking or rather bending some contemporary self-imposed ‘unwritten rules’ of the industry.

The production was more of a gamble since it followed the failure of 1933’s Paramount production of Alice in Wonderland.  However, what made MGM stand out is the skillful use of Technicolor. And for that, the movie is still considered as an extremely bold and worthy ‘rule twister’.

2. The ‘Better-Than-Life’ Feeling

Cinema has always shaped our reality. It constantly makes us believe that there is something better than life out there. This feeling of leaving the reality behind can be seen even in the most cynical cult movies. When MGM was producing The Wizard of Oz, they made sure that this ‘better-than-life’ sentiment is provoked in the audience.

The makers of the movie deliberately used sepia tones at the beginning of the film and the end, to represent reality. However, in the ‘surreal world’ they used technicolor (which was a new technology at the time).

As a result, we also fell in love with Dorothy Gale’s fantasy world.

3. Missing Subplots

Loose ends are mostly considered as lazy writing. But in cult movies, they add an extra charm. The idea that the characters ‘live on’ outside of the finished story itself keeps these movies open for new speculations and theories.

The abrupt ending of The Wizard of Oz presents the audience with one such loose ending. Initially, it was planned as Hunk/The Scarecrow (Roy Bolger) leaving for an agricultural college and he would eventually marry Dorothy upon his return. However, this was changed to the ‘Kansas family’ assembling around Dorothy’s bed. Though this change happened as a result of the studio shortening the movie’s runtime, it gave the movie its cult appeal.

4. So Bad, It’s Good.

Wait! Are we talking about bad production or the morality of the content?! Unfortunately, The Wizard of Oz has both. Though the movie was made with the biggest budget of that time, it did had many production flaws. The rough ending of the movie is merely the tip of the iceberg. Throughout the film, there are scenes that end a little too abruptly. The Wicked Witch’s instructions to the flying monkeys are cut short almost mid-sentence. This is one of many clunky and disjointed edits in the movie.

As for the moral side, we all know how the ‘romance’ between Dorothy and Hunk/the Scarecrow got diminished.

What do you think about The Wizard of Oz? Does it deserve to be the most influential film of all time? Let us know in the comments below.

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Bad Boys For Life (2020) Trailer

by Kaylen Summers

Bad Boys For Life (2020) will see the return of old-school cops Mike Lowery and Marcus Burnett. The two are now part of a newly created elite team from the Miami police department called AMMO. They will be teaming up to take down Armando Armas, the ruthless leader of a Miami drug cartel.

Releasing Date: 17 January 2020

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REVIEW: ‘Motherless Brooklyn’ (2019)

by Kaylen Summers

Rating:⭐⭐☆☆☆  (2/5 stars)

Actor Edward Norton’s new directorial attempt, Motherless Brooklyn is painfully slow and boring. Motherless Brooklyn is the big-screen adaptation of Jonathan Lethem’s period crime novel. The movie is set in 1957 New York City where a private investigator with Tourette syndrome tries to solve the murder of his mentor. Norton also stars in the film, along with Bruce Willis, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Bobby Cannavale, Cherry Jones, Alec Baldwin, and Willem Dafoe.

Departing from the original source material, Motherless Brooklyn takes the story further back to 1957 from the novel’s 1990s setting. Norton plays the role of Lionel Essrog, a detective with Tourette syndrome. His involuntary tics and outbursts have made him into a ‘freakshow’ for others. However, his ‘broken brain’ gives him a photographic memory and a keen ability to line up details.

During one of the assignments, best friend and mentor Frank Minna (Bruce Willis) is shot. However, before he dies Frank whispers scant clues to Lionel. From there, the mystery is set up and Lionel is on the pursuit to uncover it.

Though the film has some great performances from actors, it’s another miss for Edward Norton as a director. It is clear that he has lost focus on the pacing and structure of the whole movie. The movie drags its audience through the two hour and twenty-four-minute runtime. Yet, the mystery doesn’t provide any big reveals in its ending. This is what makes this movie fails as a detective story in the first place. Many key clues are revealed in the first act itself. Any casual moviegoer can easily solve the so-called mystery in the first 20 minutes into the film and this predictability affects the flick’s ending punch severely.

The movie’s exploration of themes like racial subjugation and oppression feels clunky and heavy-handed at times. Rather than treating these themes with more subtlety, they are hammered into the audience scene after scene.

With that being said, there are a fair amount of memorable moments that the movie does offer. One of these includes a scene where Lionel tries to light a showgirl’s cigarette and fails desperately. This scene is both humorous and heartbreaking, making the audience care for the character more. Unfortunately, these minor, necessary detailings are the same factor that made the movie more sloppy altogether. Instead of spending too much time on such smaller details, Norton should have focused on its critical plot point.

For a casual moviegoer, Motherless Brooklyn will be a tiresome theatre experience. However, if you a movie buff looking to see some awesome performances, then you should be giving it a shot.

  • Rating: R (for language throughout including some sexual references, brief drug use, and violence)
  • Genre: Drama
  • Directed By: Edward Norton
  • Written By: Edward Norton
  • Runtime: 144 minutes
  • Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures
  • Cast: Bruce Willis, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Bobby Cannavale, Cherry Jones, Alec Baldwin, and Willem Dafoe.
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This Is What GOT Creators Had Planned For Their Star Wars Trilogy

by Kaylen Summers

Star Wars fans will be having a sad weekend this time around. With David Benioff and D.B. Weiss officially exiting their deal with Disney, we won’t be seeing any Star Wars trilogy from the Game of Thrones showrunners as promised.

Initially, it was reported the two will be developing on the Jedi origin story. Fans had speculated that the pair would be developing the Knights of the Old Republic storyline. However, recent reveals are showing that they were intending on going even further back in the official canon to explore how the Jedi came to exist. Guess, we will not be seeing the secret of the Jedi’s origin anytime soon.

Even though Benioff and Weiss’ Star Wars trilogy was canceled, not much about its possible connections to the current sequel trilogy is out yet. Some fans are theorizing that there are chances for their story arc to be linked to the Jedi Temple on Ahch-To. Also, it actually unclear how far they were in the writing process before exiting from the project.

Rumors circulating are stating that it was the massive $250 million deal with Netflix that put an end to David Benioff and D.B. Weiss’ association with Lucasfilm. With such a huge deal already in their pockets, it was most obvious that the pair would never be able to get the time from the studios to properly develop a new trilogy. Despite that, Disney was not liking the Netflix deal from the beginning.

However, it is not the first time Lucasfilm has let go of a director in the past years. Before David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, other directors like Phil Lord, Colin Trevorrow, Chris Miller, and Josh Trank have had similar experiences with the studio.

Considering the ‘toxic fandom’ and heavily divisive final season of Game of Thrones, Lucasfilm might have become nervous about giving over the project to David Benioff and D.B. Weiss. Whatever the case may be, the deal is now officially off.

Fans, on the other hand, are looking for new stories with the Skywalker Saga ending this year with The Rise of Skywalker. Whether or not the studios will be able to bring such a story to the table needs to be seen.

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Gerard Butler Tapped For a High Voltage Action Thriller

by Emily Keen

An elevated action thriller titled The Plane has made its way into Gerard Butler’s schedule. The film will be launched at the AFM next week by MadRiver International. The domestic rights to the film are attained by CAA Media Finance.

Charles Cumming and  J.P. Davis have written the script based on a book penned by Cumming. Butler will be seen as a commercial pilot Ray Torrance who skilfully lands his damaged aircraft in a war zone but now must face the brunt of militants trying to take the passengers hostage.

The film is being produced by Di Bonaventura Pictures’ Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Mark Vahradian, MadRiver Pictures’ Marc Butan and Ara Keshishian. Butler and Alan Siegel under their G-BASE banner are also co-producing the venture.

Between 300 and his Fallen franchise, the actor has created a different groove for himself. The actor recently starred in the final installment of the successful series Angel Has Fallen which grossed at $133 million globally.  He has also demonstrated some serious acting chops in The Vanishing, which follows three lighthouse keepers who come across a missing fortune.

Although his action cinema does not have a serious fanbase, we cant wait to see how he goes about donning a pilot stuck in a warzone. The production for The Plane is set to begin in the second quarter of 2020.

Butler’s upcoming projects include Ric Roman Waugh‘s thriller Greenland, and Jamie Foxx‘s upcoming basketball comedy All-Star Weekend.

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Waves (2019) Trailer

by Kaylen Summers

Waves (2019) tell the epic emotional journey of a suburban African American family. After suffering a tragic loss, they are set to navigate love, forgiveness, and togetherness. The movie takes place in the vibrant landscape of South Florida. It got its world premiere at the Telluride Film Festival.

Releasing Date: 15 November 2019 

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

by Emily Keen

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Stay tuned to Spotflik for more details on the film.

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Jeremy Irons to star in a Racehorse Biopic

by Emily Keen

Frankel, the British race wonder horse’s life is getting a film treatment. Oscar-winning actor Jeremy Irons has been tapped in to play the Horse’s trainer Henry Cecil in the film.

Irons is known for his roles in The Lion King, Die Hard: With A Vengeance and The Man In The Iron Mask. His role as Claus von Bulow in Reversal of Fortune won him the Oscar. Currently, the actor stars in a hit HBO series, Watchmen.

Frankel is a retired racehorse owned by breeder Khalid Abdullah, who ran 14 races and went out unbeaten in all the races. Irons will play his trainer who endured years of professional failure and sickness and train Frankel into one of the greatest racehorses, the races have ever seen.  Frankel’s final race at the Champions stakes was indeed an emotional event as the sire went bowing out in front of the capacity crowd at the Ascot Racecourse. The film is set to chart the highly emotional and powerful bond between Frankel and his late trainer.

Apart from starring in the Film, Iron will also be producing it alongside Andrew Berg and John Sachs of Eclipse Films.

“A lot of people have tried to make this film but fell short of the mark,” Andrew Berg and John Sachs of Eclipse Films told screendaily.com.

“Jim Piddock’s script stands out as the perfect balance of drama and action and director Ron Scalpello is a gifted director, visceral, sensitive and extremely hard working and creative. Jeremy was first choice to play Henry and has a genuine love for horses. Jeremy’s decision to join us as a producer has further cemented his passion for this project.” They added.

This, however, is not the first time that the winning horse’s life story has been documented. Frankel and Cecil’s relationship was earlier showcased in a British documentary named The Trainer and the Racehorse: The Legend of Frankel.  It aired on Channel 4 in 2015.

The worldwide sales on Frankel’s biopic will be handled by Canadian Wazabi Films. The co-presidents of the firm Anick Poirier and Lorne Price expressed by saying they “immediately connected with the determination and resilience of the story.”

The film is written by Jimmy Piddock and will be directed by The Corrupted and My Name Is Lenny’s Ron Scalpello.

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21 Bridges (2019) Trailer

by Kaylen Summers

21 Bridges tells the story about an expertly trained NYPD detective named Andre Davis (Chadwick Boseman). A gang of cop killers is on the run. In order to defeat them, Andre puts all of New York City on a lockdown. As the night unfolds, he soon becomes unsure of who to pursue, and who’s in pursuit of him.

Releasing Date: 23 August 2019

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MAJOR SPOILERS! Plot Details and Photos of Edgar Wright’s ‘Last Night in Soho’

by Kaylen Summers

Last Night in Soho is finally pulling back its curtains a little and it seems like director Edgar Wright is expecting to pull off a different approach this time.

 It was in a preview for 2020 movies, that Wright described his new film as an “all-out psychological horror”, set in 1960s London. The movie will have a lead character named Eloise played by Thomasin McKenzie. Eloise is obsessed with the time period of the 60s and ends up experiencing it. This has led many to speculate that there is some possibility of time travel involved. But, how exactly it will be presented in the movie is yet to be seen. Talking about his latest directorial effort, Wright had this to say.

“There’s something I have in common with the lead character in that I’m afflicted with nostalgia for a decade I didn’t live in. You think about ’60s London, what would that be like? Imagine if you knew everything you knew now, and went back. I’m taking a premise whereby you have a character who, in a sort of abstract way, gets to travel in time. And the reality of the decade is maybe not what she imagines. It has an element of ‘be careful what you wish for’.”

Fans also got a behind-the-scenes photo of Edgar Wright on set with Anya Taylor-Joy. The actress plays a character named Sandy, who shares a “mysterious connection” with Eloise.

Wright is known for his breakout hit Baby Driver released back in 2017. However, movie lovers would remember him for his early works with Simon Pegg. Popularly known as the Cornetto Trilogy, it was the movies Shaun of the DeadHot Fuzz and The World’s End that made Wright’s unique style recognizable. His later movie Scott Pilgrim vs The World went on to gain something of a cult following over the years. However, his greatest hit came as 2017’s Baby Driver. The movie was recognized by both critics and the general audience alike. It eventually went on to get nominated for three Oscars.

For more information, guess we will have to wait till Last Night in Soho hits the theaters on September 25, 2020.

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An Iconic Character from Spiderman to Cameo in Sony’s Morbius

by Emily Keen

There could be an unexpected cameo of a Spiderman character in Sony’s upcoming antihero flick Morbius. News has been doing rounds that J. K. Simmons could appear in Morbius in the form of J. J. Jameson.

A twitter handle, DR Movie News cited an unnamed source to have had a peek through the footage of the Daily Bugle editor-in-chief making an appearance in the Jared Leto film.

As reported by CBR.com – “Freelance media journalist Daniel Richtman seemed to confirm that footage of Simmons as J.J did exist for the upcoming Sony film, though no descriptions were provided.”

J. J. Jameson’s character has famously appeared in Sam Raimi’s Spiderman Trilogy. As of lately, he also made an appearance in Spiderman: Far From Home. MCU’s version of this fan-favorite character is in the form of a host of an online news show instead of an editor-in-chief of a newspaper.

It’s about time the two studios settle on a common version of hefty Simmons, as it seems he is not just passing by and is definitely sticking around.

Given the character has already appeared in a Marvel Studios film, it is clear that Sony needs an approval to use Jameson in Morbius.

So if they have come to an agreement on Jameson, does it mean that the SMCU and MCU are ready to build bridges?

If Jameson does make an appearance in Morbius, it is not wrong to assume that Sony well intends on sharing the Spider-Verse with the MCU.  In other words, Sony’s Venom and Morbius do not just exist in a shared universe of their own, but may somehow be connected to the MCU just like Spiderman.

Kevin Feige now has creative control over all Marvel characters and is also the one to broker the deal with Sony to maintain Spiderman’s presence across universes. It is possible that the new arrangement might have opened doors for various other characters to travel across the cinematic universes too. His statement about the new deal might have hinted at the existence of a multiverse between MCU and Sony’s Marvel characters.

“I am thrilled that Spidey’s journey in the MCU will continue, and I and all of us at Marvel Studios are very excited that we get to keep working on it,” Feige said. “Spider-Man is a powerful icon and hero whose story crosses all ages and audiences around the globe. He also happens to be the only hero with the superpower to cross cinematic universes, so as Sony continues to develop their own Spidey-verse you never know what surprises the future might hold.”

Morbius starring Jared Leto as the eponymous character will be directed by Daniel Espinosa. Matt Smith will be playing Loxias Crown and Adria Arjona is set to don Martine Bancroft.  Further, we have Tyrese Gibson as Agent Stroud and Jarred Harris in an unnamed role. The film will open in theatres on July 31, 2020.

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Teen Wolf Heartthrob to Lead an Infestation Thriller

by Emily Keen

Teen Wolf star Tyler Posey has been signed for a new thriller from Johnny Martin – Alone. The movie will also star Donald Sutherland alongside Posey in the lead role, Deadline confirmed. 

Sutherland is known for his role in The Hunger Games franchise as President Snow. He recently also starred in Brad Pitt led cosmic thriller Ad Astra. Sutherland’s other credits include Lolita and Buck White. 

The plot follows the life of Aidan(Posey) who locks himself in his apartment to protect his life from infected screamers infesting the complex. Amidst the chaos Aidan discovers that a young girl (Summer Spiro) in a house across his courtyard is also trapped and now must find a way out for both of them. 

The story naturally unfolds into a tantalizing romance between the two youngsters together in times of danger. 

Alone is written by Matt Naylor and financed by HIG Productions. Martin in addition to helming the movie is also co-producing alongside Rabih Aridi and Anne Jordan.

Malaysian actress Maya Karin also has a brief role in the film as that of a scientist who understands the virus infecting the screamers.  The actress confirmed her onboarding earlier in July when she flew to LA for the short scene. 

The film began shooting in May this year and i currently in the post production phase.

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Knives Out (2019) Trailer

by Kaylen Summers

Knives Out (2019) is a modern take on the murder mystery genre, starring  Daniel Craig, Chris Evans, LaKeith Stanfield, and Noah Segan in lead roles. The events of the movie follow the investigation of the suspicious death of a presumably wealthy patriarch Harlem Thrombey, played by Christopher Plummer, on the night of his 85th birthday.

Release Date: 27 November 2019

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Game of Thrones Creators Drop Star Wars Trilogy Project

by Emily Keen

David Benioff and Dan Weiss have chosen to walk away from the upcoming Star Wars Trilogy. The Game of Throne creators juggled a $200 M deal with Netflix and realized it was not possible to do justice to both projects in the given time frame. 

The duo had entered an agreement with Disney Lucasfilm to write and produce the project. The official announcement of the deal came in February 2018. But earlier this year, when GOT was almost ready for its final showdown, ‘Deadline’ found out that the duo were being approached by as many as 6 film studios.

The pair finally closed a $200 M deal to write, produce and direct a venture for Netflix. 

Benioff and Weiss acknowledged in a public statement that it would not be fair for more than one project to be handled in such tight frames. 

“There are only so many hours in the day, and we felt we could not do justice to both Star Wars and our Netflix projects,” they said in a statement to Deadline on Tuesday. “So we are regretfully stepping away.”

“We love Star Wars. When George Lucas built it, he built us too. Getting to talk about Star Wars with him and the current Star Wars team was the thrill of a lifetime, and we will always be indebted to the saga that changed everything.”

Kathleen Kenedy, Lucasfilm President said in his statement: “David Benioff and Dan Weiss are incredible storytellers. We hope to include them in the journey forward when they are able to step away from their busy schedule to focus on Star Wars.”

No comments were made on as to what the future of this trilogy would be, but that need not concern Star Wars fans. A different trilogy from Rian Johnson is already on charts of Lucasfilm along with other releases in the Franchise. These include Kevin Feige’s film, Disney + live-action series Mandalorian and the return of Obi-Wan Kenobi in an upcoming Disney + series. 

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Joker Takes Over Maleficient’s Collections, Back to Being No. 1

by Emily Keen

Arthur Fleck’s contagious laugh does not seem to be dying any sooner. Joaquin Phoenix’s magnum Opus now stands strong with a global collection of $849 million. The DC movie has toppled Angelina Jolie’s fantasy fiction once again to reclaim it’s top spot this weekend.

According to ‘Deadline’ the Todd Phillip’s Joker rolled in a $18.9 million where as the Disney film brought in $18.5 million. The numbers are close but the fact that Joker has been it its fifth week of release speaks for itself. In the last week, Maleficient 2 brought down the highly acclaimed Phoenix starrer with the collection of $36.9 million. Joker in that weekend stood at $29 Million.

Maleficient: Mistress of Evil’s global earnings as of now are $293.5 million.

This weekend was rather peaceful with studios slowing down releases for the onset of Halloween. In the third place, stood Addams Family with $11.7 million edging out Zombieland: Double Tap which brought in $11.6 million.

Joker’s list of accolades could already bind a compendium and it has them coming. The movie has now officially surpassed Deadpool’s record as the highest grossing R-rated movie. The Ryan Reynold’s film stood at $782.6 million.

Terminator: Dark Fate debuted in cinemas this weekend and made $12.8 million. The numbers might have been a tad disappointing given the hype around the Linda Hamilton starrer. But the movie might soon catch up as there are Holidays coming up in the keys markets of release.

As for Joker, it is still running strong in Europe. This weekend added $47.8 million to Jokers collections from 79 overseas markets. The film is now looking forward to a $950 million worldwide collection.

The film is also the highest grossing WB movie in 14 international markets including Russia, Argentina and Mexico and the biggest DC movie in 34 markets which includes, Holland, Italy, Spain, Russia, India, Argentina and Mexico.

Moreover it has stood at the #1 spot for a 4th weekend in a row in Europe. In Asia, Joker is now the 4th best WB title and the 2nd best of WB movie of all times in Latin America.

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It’s a Wrap for Daniel Craig’s Last installment of 007

by Emily Keen

The latest installment of the James Bond series, No Time to Die has successfully wrapped its shoot.

The official Instagram page of 007 confirmed the news. The news comes almost a month after Daniel Craig’s emotional speech on the final day of production in Italy. The Bond hunk was then tapped giving a heart-warming speech for a wrap up party.

The new picture features director Cary Fukunaga, Craig himself holding a clapperboard.


Post Spectre, this will be Craig’s last dive into the Bond universe. Fans are even more eager to see the actor don the secret agent for the last time. The makers were firm on having a strong story-line for Craig’s last film. And in the effort lost the original Bond director Danny Boyle.

Fukanaga finally came in as Boyle’s replacement, but the change led the film to be postponed until 2020. With his arrival Fukunaga made a few more additions to the line-up of the film including Rami Malek. Fukunaga has taken the shoot around the world and has been busy with the production of Bond 25. Craig’s on-set injury also added to the delay in the duration of the filming. But the shoot has finally come to an end.

Familiar faces are set to make returns in the 25th installment of the Bond series. Jefferey Wright will be reprising the role in the movie with his character Felix Leiter.

The movie is set to hit theatres in the April of 2020. Since the production is already complete, we can expect the first trailer to drop soon.

Stay tuned to Spotflik for more updates on movies.

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Code 8 (2019) Trailer

by Kaylen Summers

Code 8 (2019) is a sequel to the 2016 short film of the same name. The movie tells about how people with superhuman abilities are co-existing with normal human beings. However, one desperate young man decides to use his powers to rob. This eventually leads him into a clash with the militarized police force of the city.

Releasing date: October 2019

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Halloween Treat! ‘Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark’ Returns to Theaters

by Kaylen Summers

This year’s Halloween is getting an extra scary treat from Guillermo del Toro and Andre Ovredal. The two are all set to bring back Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark to more than 1,500 screens in North America this weekend. But this time the movie will take a more family-friendly PG-13 approach with the intention to fill the relative void for horror-loving audiences this Halloween.

The announcement was made by Ovredal on Twitter. He tweeted:

Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark is back in over 1500 theatres all over North America this weekend and through Halloween! Bring the family, it’s PG-13 scary.”

Grossing almost $95 million in its first outing, the movie did well with critics and audiences alike. This can be seen in its 79 percent approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes. With the re-release, the movie is expected to cross the $100 million mark.

Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark is already available on Digital HD and the Blu-ray/DVD and 4K Ultra HD versions are expected to release on November 5 from Lionsgate.

The movie is directed by Andre Ovredal, who is known for his works in Troll Hunter and  The Autopsy of Jane Doe. Guillermo del Toro, whose previous works include Pacific Rim and The Shape of Water produced of the movie. 

The plot of Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark revolves around the town of Mill Valley, during the late 1960s. The young Sarah Bellows, belonging to the Bellows family has turned her abused life and disturbing secrets into a series of scary stories. However, it turns out that these tales eventually become the living nightmare for a group of unsuspecting teenage Mill Valley residents.

The horror movie is an actual adaptation from author Alvin Schwartz’s beloved book series. The trilogy includes Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, More Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark and Scary Stories 3: More Tales to Chill Your Bones. Based on real-life folklore and urban legends, the books were initially published between 1981 and 1991.

If you’re looking to watch the movie in theatres this Halloween, here is its trailer for you:

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Realease Date Set for James Wan’s Upcoming Horror Flick

by Emily Keen

Aquaman director James Wan’s latest horror romp now has an official release date. Before going ahead with the sequel of the DC movie, Wan has bet his time on a project that takes him back to his horror roots. The Warner Bros. movie, Malignant is set to hit the screens on August 14, 2020, as suggested by a report from ‘Deadline’.

The cast line up for the film includes Anabelle Wallis who recently starred in Netflix’s Peaky Blinders. Jake Abel of CW’s Supernatural fame is also a part of the horror freight. The rest of the lineup includes George Young, Michole Briana White, Jacqueline McKenzie, and Ingrid Bisu. Bisu has co-written the film alongside Wan. In addition, she will executive produce the venture with Wan and his Atomic Monster partner Michael Clear.

Not many details about the film’s plot have been revealed yet. For all, we know from Wan’s statements that the film will be a Hard-R thriller.

Wan had said in a statement:  “There’s been a bit of speculation as to what my next project is… all I’ll say is, I’m super excited to go back to my indie roots with this hard-R thriller,” Wan said of the project earlier this year. “An original horror idea (not a reboot/remake or anything based on existing IP) with old school, practical effects and no giant, blue screen sets.”

Malignant will be distributed by New Line Cinema with Starlight Media and Midas Innovation as the financers. The film is currently undergoing production in Los Angeles.

Wan’s previous direction credits include Saw, The Conjuring, The Conjuring 2, Furious 7, and the Mamoa starrer DC freight Aquaman. Wan’s Conjuring and Insidious sagas have gained him the reputation of a horror film honcho. With Malignant, the director plans to weave a new kind of horror fantasy.

The film is set to square off against three major wide releases on opening. These include Universal’s Nobody, Sony’s Escape Room 2 and Disney’s The One and Only Ivan.

Stay tuned to Spotflik for more updates on the film.

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Disney is Plotting the Second Round of Hocus Pocus

by Emily Keen

A sequel of the cult favorite Halloween classic Hocus Pocus is apparently making movements. A report from ‘Collider’ confirmed that Jen D’Angelo is on board and working on the script. The sequel is exclusively aimed for streaming on Disney’s web streaming service, Disney +.

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The report also claims that the writer has been asked to work the script to get back the original characters. The 1993 classic starred Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimy in the role of the three lead witches. There are rumors that the three actresses might make a return in the sequel. If they will reprise their roles or pass the legacy to a new generation of actors, is still a fact that remains unclear. Given the fact that the Witches are obsessed with restoring their youth, we may not be wrong to assume that the Sanderson sisters could be portrayed by three young faces.

The original PG-rated film was written by Mick Harris. The plot follows as a young boy, Max unintentionally resurrects the Sanderson sisters (the witches) from the dead inviting trouble for his little sister. The film progresses as Max along with his love interest Allison makes a run from the witches trying to save his sister and all the children in the city. The film was helmed by Kenny Ortega.

Many of the original cast has expressed interest in making a return in the sequel, including the actresses who played the witches and also Doug Jones who played the deadman, Billy Butcherson. Considering the cultural impact of the characters, Disney could very well grant them the wish.

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The film then did not land as a box office success initially, but over the years went on to become one of the most-watched Halloween movies. Despite the film lacking commercial success, Disney has kept its fad piqued with recurring streaming on All Hallows Eve. It’s consistent airing on Disney’s networks probably aided the film’s growth as a classic loved by a huge faction of audience.

As for D’Angelo, she has served as a writer-producer for CBS’ Happy Together and Fox’s sitcom LA to Vegas.  She also holds the credits as the associate producer of Netflix’s Game Over, Man!  She also made a consistent appearance on Facebook series Loosely exactly Nicole, as Veronica.

Disney + launches on November 12 it plans to add a whole lot of fan-favorite freights to the platter in addition to lots of reboots and spin-offs. Stay tuned to Spotflik for more updates on movies.

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EXCLUSIVE!! Keanu Reeves To Join Fast & Furious Family?!

by Kaylen Summers

Everyone’s heart-throb, Keanu Reeves is back making headlines again. It seems like the star will be joining the Fast & Furious movie franchise really soon. Fast & Furious is one of the most profitable movie franchises now in  Hollywood that not owned by Disney. Longtime franchise writer Chris Morgan had a recent conversation with the actor about bringing him into the popular movie series. 

A similar discussing had already happened earlier, about Reeves being a part of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson starring spin-off Hobbs & Shaw. Though it never happened, Morgan has high hopes that the beloved actor will make his presence felt in the franchise with full capacity.

Talking about this in a new interview, Morgan had this to say about his potential involvement in the series.

“I sat down with him and we’re talking about. I wanted him to be in the Fast universe for a very long time. We’re just trying to find… the hardest thing is always time and competing schedules and then designing the right thing together. My fervent desire is to bring him into this franchise for sure.”

From what Johnson had told earlier, Reeves was initially expected to play the director of the mysterious techno-terrorist organization ‘Eteon’ in Hobbs & Shaw. However, this particular idea “just didn’t feel right creatively” for Reeves. As fans of the star, it seems fair for us to say that the star does deserve a much bigger presence in the franchise. In the spin-off movie, the character was eventually made off-screen, only speaking out as a faceless voice. The real reason for keeping the character a mystery might be because of the difficulties in finding the right actor for the part.

With that being said, now it is speculated that Reeves could appear in a surprise cameo appearance for the upcoming Fast & Furious 9, set to release next year. Reeves is not new to jumping into other popular long-running franchises. Recently, the actor played a role in the animated sequel Toy Story 4.

Though there is no official word confirming Reeves’ casting, many other popular musicians Cardi B and Ozuna have been recently revealed to be part of the upcoming movie. The newcomers will be joining other big-names like Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, Jordana Brewster, Nathalie Emmanuel, Helen Mirren, John Cena, Michael Rooker, and Charlize Theron.

Whether we will be seeing Reeves alongside the Fast & Furious cast or not, the actor will surely be reprising his most popular characters in the upcoming sequels The Matrix 4 and John Wick: Chapter Four.

Fast & Furious 9 is currently slated to release on May 22, 2020, by Univeral Pictures. In the meantime, we will keep you updated on any of Reeves’ possible involvement in the franchise.

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Fast And Furious 9 Tapped Rapper Cardi B

by Emily Keen

Fast and Furious 9 has been making waves with it’s casting news lately. No very late after the news of Keanu Reeves possibly becoming a part of the Franchise future rolled out, they are ready with the next blow.

Cardi B has been signed for an unknown role in the upcoming installment of the fast-cars feature. The Fast and Furious frontman Vin Diesel dropped a clip of him and Cardi B acknowledging their last day of shooting in the UK.

In the video, Cardi B is seated next to Diesel, while he tells us that the entire cast has given the film everything. The Emmy winning rapper shares the feeling, declaring this film would be the best one of all the others in the franchise.

The news of Cardi being a part of Fast 9 comes on the final day of their UK shoot. Which means the queen of rap had been onboard for quite some time now. Looks like Diesel is hell-bent on not letting the hype die down. He kept it in the hopper and dropped the news yesterday as the film is nearing wrap. Cardi B recently sizzled alongside Jennifer Lopez in the hit stripper crime thriller Hustlers.

Many popular names have joined the cast in unknown roles including John Cena, Finn Cole and now Cardi. Reggaeton artist Ozuna will also be a part of this hot lineup. Ozuna and Cardi have previously worked together for the hit DJ Snake Song and its music video- Taki Taki.

Besides the new joiners, we have familiar faces making returns. Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Jordana Brewster, Chris Bridges (aka Ludacris), Nathalie Emmanuel, Helen Mirren, and Charlize Theron will be reprising their roles along with Vin Diesel.

The ninth film of the series is being directed by Justin Lin who had also helmed the third, fourth, fifth and sixth films of the saga. The film will open in theatres on May 22, 2020.

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Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) Trailer

by Kaylen Summers

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) marks the conclusion to the Skywalker Saga of Star Wars. Rey, Finn and Poe Dameron resume their journey with the power and knowledge of generations behind them. The narrative continues with the surviving Resistance facing off against the First Order again.

Releasing Date: 20 December 2019

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The Lighthouse Review

by Kaylen Summers

Directed and co-written by Robert Eggers, The Lighthouse is dark and not just in its overall color tone. The period psychological thriller is skillfully crafted in grainy black and white to give a unique theater experience.

The movie revolves around a retired timberman Ephraim Winslow, who is on a contract job as a ‘wickie’ for four weeks on an isolated island with a gassy elderly man named Thomas Wake. For Winslow, Wake appears to be a strange and superstitious fellow, going up to the top of the lighthouse at night and stripping nude.

As days pass by, Winslow’s chores increase and he is constantly attacked by a seagull. He eventually kills the bird, even though Wake warned him that it would bring bad luck. From there, Wake becomes paranoid that a storm is destined to attack the island and this causes his psychological descent into insanity. His hallucinations and the terrors caused by it are the real spooks of the movie.

The enthralling performances of Robert Pattinson and Willem Dafoe are enough to immerse you into the disturbing environment of the narrative. Their performance deserves universal acclaim and is worthy of contending any acting award out there. However, the intensity they had build-up was wasted in a bizarre and somewhat predictable climax.

The movie doesn’t belong in the typical horror movie genre. Yes, there are some dark, horrifying elements present in it. But, The Lighthouse stands much closer to the reality-inversion of psychodrama character studies like Repulsion. In fact, just spending 110 minutes is enough for even us to doubt our sanity.

However, the movie will undoubtfully be marked as Pattinson’s complete transformation into a captivating character actor, which he had already initiated in features like High Life.

In short, The Lighthouse is raw, powerful, and brilliantly cinematic. The mastery of the character’s journey is truly appreciable. Robert Eggers has done a brilliant job in giving his lead actors the platform to show their remarkable talent.

If you are ready to witness some true movie magic, go for this one without any hesitation. The movie may be in black and white, but the art of it is vibrantly colorful.

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Gemini Man’s Abysmal Figures Will Take a Toll On its Production Companies

by Emily Keen

Will Smith’s Gemini Man was trying hard to breathe since two weeks of its release. But looks like the game’s over for the Double Smith feature. The movie rolled in multiple bad reviews from critics and faced tough competition from the highly acclaimed Joker and Maleficent: Mistress of Evil.

But that’s not all with director Ang lee’s directorial venture. The movie took multiple hits of disappointments and this one seems like the last nail in the coffin.

Gemini Man’s failure at the box office is a testament that not even a wildly popular actor and an Oscar-winning director can save a bad script. The story sees Will Smith, squaring off against a young clone of himself (materialized with de-aging tech).

The movie is set to face a whopping loss of $75 million. The movie opened in the domestic market at $20 million. If you think that is worse, the worldwide collection figure will sink your heart.

The action thriller made a modest $118.7 million dollar global collection according to ‘The Hollywood Reporter’. The film still had high hopes from Chinese Markets where it disappointed again with just $21 million over the weekend where Maleficent: Mistress of Evil surprisingly surpassed making $22.4 million.

The loss, however, will be shared by David Ellison’s Skydance Media, Paramount Pictures and the China-based Fosun and Alibaba. The production of the Will Smith starrer cost roughly around $140 million and over $100 million was spared as the marketing budget.

The movie garnered high hopes across demographics for being the trailblazer of de-aging and high frame rate technology.  Paramount and Skydance, however, predicted the current precarious situation when pre-release tracking and reviews showed no signs of positivity.

The VFX packed feature is by Far Lee’s worst project with a 25% score on Rotten Tomatoes.

Paramount and Skydance each invested 35 percent budget in the film. Paramount’s returns, however, will ultimately soar up through distribution minimizing the loss. Fosun and Alibaba have 25 percent and 5 percent stakes respectively as per sources.

Both Paramount and Skydance can still hope for redemption for they have James Cameron’s Terminator: Dark Fate coming to theatres next month.

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Zack Snyder’s Upcoming Zombie Film Wraps Shoot

by Emily Keen

Zack Snyder is done with the principal photography of his upcoming film Army of The Dead. The Man of steel director took to Vero to acknowledge the wrap of his upcoming zombie romp.

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Since Dawn of the Dead (2004), this will be Snyder’s first zombie feature. The director stepped away from the movies post Dawn of Justice (2017) owing to a family tragedy. Army of The Dead marks a comeback to his momentarily snoozing career.

His wife Deborah, Wesley Coller, Ori Marmur, and Andrew Norman are co-producing the venture alongside Snyder himself.

The Netflix exclusive’s plotline picks up 6 years after the city of Las Vegas has been put under isolation down to a Zombie outbreak. Amidst the vicious assortment of the walking dead, a mercenary (played by Dave Bautista) brings together a group of soldiers to retrieve a casino owner’s money from the quarantined zone of the zombie-infested city.  Snyder came up with the idea of the plot and put together a script along with Shay Hatten.

Apart from Bautista, the movie contains one exciting line up including Ella Purnell, Omari Hardwick, Theo Rossi, Ana De La Reguera, Huma Qureshi, Hiroyuki Sanada, Chris D’Elia, Garret Dillahunt, Raúl Castillo, Nora Arnezeder, Matthias Schweighöfer, Samantha Win and Rich Cetrone.

When the project was announced Snyder was excited to have full creative independence with a film. He said in a statement, “There are no handcuffs on me at all with this one. I love to honor canon and the works of art, but this is the opportunity to find a purely joyful way to express myself through a genre. It will be the most kick-ass, self-aware — but not in a wink-to-the-camera way — balls-to-the-wall zombie freakshow that anyone has ever seen. No one’s ever let me completely loose [like this].”

In a recent interview, he also expressed how the movie has given him a chance to introspect and grow.

“With Army [of the Dead], it’s difficult not to do to a social statement because the movie is about building a wall for refugees and veterans but it’s also fun to do a zombie heist in Vegas. It makes it richer and better. I can’t help myself. I’ve always worked in a self-reflective way. Cinema is a reflective art form.”

History has not been very kind to Netflix’s decision of giving directors full creative control over films. Films like Roma, Gerald’s Game Apostle and Hold the Dark have failed to generate a consistent response from the audience. Snyder, however, seems pretty confident about his ideas as the movie falls well in the confines of his creative expertise.

Netflix has not given an official release date for the movie. Zack However has revealed the launch could happen somewhere in the winter of 2020. We are hoping the project is worth all the wait.

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Zombieland: Double Tap Review

by Kaylen Summers

After more than a decade, a sequel to the 2009 post-apocalyptic horror zombie comedy film Zombieland is finally here.

The new installment, aptly named Zombieland: Double Tap, brings back the winning formula of the first with some new hilarious additions. Director Ruben Fleischer has successfully delivered a raucous adventure again which is sure to satisfy the eager fan base.

It was in a time when the zombie movie genre went boring as hell that Zombieland first made its much-needed presence felt with a shot of adrenaline and creativity. With the stars of the movie becoming huge stars in the later years, a squeal with the same cast felt almost impossible. However, the original cast returned and the second installment turned out to be worth the 10 years wait.

The movie picks up a decade later with the characters now becoming an irreverent family. The cast does a wonderful job of keeping the humor alive with their wonderful chemistry. The laugh riot got more amplified with the arrival of some new hysterical characters. One such performance that stands out is from the newly added character of Zoey Deutch. She nearly steals the show as the dumb blonde stereotype, Madison. The love triangle between her, Columbus, and Wichita is sure to have you rolling down in waves of laughter.

Penned by Rhett Reese, Paul Wernick, and Dave Callaham, the flick gives space for each character to shine. The movie has no dull moments to offer. Though the overall plot is wafer-thin, Double Tap has a graceful, immensely entertaining pace. The narrative is mostly driven by the interaction between the characters. This constant engagement gives the movie no room for downbeats. The movie also has two old school cameo surprises and if you stick around till the end, there is another surprise after the credits.

If you are looking for a great fun-filled entertainer, do see this movie in the theaters. It’s worth it!

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Dwayne Johnson is Finally Ready to Don Black Adam

by Emily Keen

Dwayne Johnson is finally ready to break the ice around his dormant DC project. Black Adam, the arch-nemesis to Shazam! is finally happening. The project that has been in talks for over a decade, is ready to begin production in July next year.

Beau Flynn of FlynnPictureCo has stepped in to produce the film alongside Johnson, Dany Garcia and Hiram Garcia of Seven Bucks Productions.

Johnson took to his Twitter to confirm the production by reposting an image of a fan-made sculpture of the antihero.

After the huge success of Shazam! the makers are already working on a sequel. Black Adam was earlier set to appear in the movie. But looking at the rich history of the character, the makers decided to give the villain a feature of his own.

The gestating project will be helmed by Jaume Collet-Serra. The director has already worked with Johnson on the upcoming Disney flick, Jungle Cruise.

Dwayne Johnson was approached for the role of Shazam! but he chose Teth-Adam intrigued by the transformation curve of the character. He said he found it interesting how the character goes on to become a villain from a slave and then an antihero.

The Shazam! movie has equally had its share of delays and conflicts.

The movie had kicked up in the pre-production phase in 2008 at New Line Cinema. But as soon as the studio was acquired by Warner Bros. the project had to be shelved. As a part of the old plan, Peter Segal was tapped in to direct the movie with a script from John August.

August left the project over creative differences with the studio. Apparently the studio wanted more intensity to Shazam post the success of The Dark Knight. The draft prepared for Shazam was more on a comical and light-hearted side.

Meanwhile, another team of scriptwriters tried their luck with Shazam’s script. Bill Burch and Geoff Johns too tried making progress but apparently did not think that Johnson will stick around with the script being constantly altered.

Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel released in 2013. Segal stated that a Kibosh was put on Shazam! owing to the superhero’s similarities with Superman.

 

 

In August 2014 the movie was back in talks and Dwayne Johnson confirmed he was still a part of it. Later that year in September, he finally settled his choice of character with Black Adams – the modern antihero version. In 2017 David F. Sandberg stepped on board as the director of Shazam!

By the time DC had something big planned for Johnson’s character. They decided to make the character a solo film without him making an appearance in Shazam! They wanted the character to have an origin story before facing off against the superhero.

You have to give it up for Johnson for sticking around for so long. 12 years if you will! Besides this will be the actor’s first time testing the waters of the superhero territory. It will be interesting to watch an otherwise morally right Johnson, approach an unusual grey character.

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James Gunn Says It’s Okay if Genius Filmmakers Don’t Like Superhero Movies

by Emily Keen

Martin Scorsese taking a dig at Marvel movies, calling them “not cinema” has now escalated into a war of words between the directors who are for and against the comments.

In his resolve to support Martin’s thoughts, Francis Ford Coppola took a hard hit at the comic book movie universe. He called the films “Despicable”!

 

 

Speaking to a Journalist in Lyon where he was awarded the Prix Lumiere for his contribution to cinema, Coppola said:

“When Martin Scorsese says that the Marvel pictures are not cinema, he’s right because we expect to learn something from cinema, we expect to gain something, some enlightenment, some knowledge, some inspiration. I don’t know that anyone gets anything out of seeing the same movie over and over again. Martin was kind when he said it’s not cinema. He didn’t say it’s despicable, which I just say it is.”

James Gunn particularly could not stay quiet at the sound of this obnoxious criticism.

The Guardians of Galaxy director, however, did not call out to Coppola directly. He did but give quite a dignified response through an Instagram post using the word “Despicable”.

The post materialized with an image of an emotional scene shared by Groot and Rocket accompanied by captions in the vein of “a movie may not necessarily resonate across demographics”. He also highlighted how perceptions change with generations by citing examples of how our grandfathers and other elderly thought differently about movies that are in today’s time, considered classics. He ended by saying that if genius minds are not able to appreciate a movie loved by masses, it is still okay!

Here is James Gunn’s Instagram post with a statement responding to Coppola’s comments.

The dramatic exchange of emotions first began with Martin Scorsese saying in his interview with ‘Empire Magazine’, that he has had futile attempts of watching Marvel movies. He then doubled down the attack by classifying them into theme park adventures.

The Irishman director’s comments invited a twitter backlash from multiple Marvel actors and fans.

James Gunn had also responded to Scorsese’s comments saying

“Martin Scorsese is one of my 5 favorite living filmmakers. I was outraged when people picketed The Last Temptation of Christ without having seen the film. I’m saddened that he’s now judging my films in the same way.”

We do not know if Gunn’s response will settle this heated debate. Marvel is currently the biggest entertainment company in show business. It has given audiences around the world, a universe full of hope that is now a part of their lives. So it’s hard to say if fans will let go of an attack on something they have cherished for years, so easily.

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Godfather Director Coppola Says Marvel Movies Are “Despicable”

by Kaylen Summers

It seems like Marvel movies are getting a lot of harsh criticism these days. After director Martin Scorsese and actress Jennifer Aniston, it is director Francis Ford Coppola showing his disagreement towards the superhero movies.

The master filmmaker supports the words of Scorsese stating that the MCU movies are nothing but theme park rides. It’s obvious that the director doesn’t like getting involved in anything from the superhero genre. The comments were made at the French city of Lyon where he was given the Prix Lumiere for his contribution to cinema. Talking to the journalists, Coppola said:

“When Martin Scorsese says that the Marvel pictures are not cinema, he’s right because we expect to learn something from cinema, we expect to gain something, some enlightenment, some knowledge, some inspiration. I don’t know that anyone gets anything out of seeing the same movie over and over again. Martin was kind when he said it’s not cinema. He didn’t say it’s despicable, which I just say it is.”

When it comes to his works, Coppola is really selective and only initiates a project only if it interests him. Coppola’s last movies Distant Vision back in 2016 and the obscure fantasy horror comedy Twixt in 2011, were experimental cinemas. However, they did not do well with the general audience. However, the director is always be known among moviebuffs for his cult classic work, The Godfather.

Coppola has been working on his upcoming project Megalopolis for over two decades and with the recent comment riling up Marvel fans, the movie will be getting more attention than before. He had this to say about the film:

“I wanted to make a film about a human expression of what really is heaven on earth. I would say it’s the most ambitious film (I’ve worked on) — more than Apocalypse Now. That’s the problem. I think it would cost more than Apocalypse Now. It would be the biggest budget I ever had to work with.”

Francis Ford Coppola is one of the exclusive movie makers to be awarded the Prix Lumiere. Other recipients who previously received the prestigious award include Martin Scorsese, Pedro Almodovar, and Milos Forman.

With more and more top filmmakers and movie stars coming against the superhero movies, will the successful genre be affected? What do you think?! Let us know in the comments below.

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The New Riddler is Ready to Challenge The Batman

by Emily Keen

Paul Dano has been tapped in as the Riddler for the upcoming Robert Pattinson led Batman movie. For a while, there were rumors about Jonah hill being in talks to play the character, but it seems the makers have finally settled the deal with Dano.

Dano’s character in the movie will be named Edward Nashton who goes on to adopt a villainous new identity as Edward Nygma.

The news of Dano’s casting was confirmed by Matt Reeves himself through Twitter.

Tantamount to his name, the Riddler is known to challenge Batman with tough to solve puzzles.

Riddler’s character first appeared in a live-action Batman series in the 1960s. The character was then portrayed by Frank Gorshin. Following which, the infamous portrayal of the character by Jim Carrey in the 1995 film Batman Forever, left a mark.  In the recent Fox series Gotham, the role was marvelously handled by Corey Michael Smith.

The news broke almost 3 days after Zoe Kravitz landed the role of Catwoman in The Batman movie.

As for Dano, his previous credits include Escape at DannemoraSwiss Army ManLooper and, in the dual role of Paul and Eli Sunday in There Will Be Blood. He also produced and co-wrote 2018’s Wildlife.

The Batman is set to begin shooting by January and will open in theatres on June 25, 2021. The latest reboot of the franchise follows the life of young Bruce Wayne.

Spotflik keeps you updated on all the latest happenings of Hollywood. Stay tuned!

 

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Charile’s Angels (2019) Trailer

by Kaylen Summers

Charlies Angels (2019) reboots the 2000 action-comedy. A young systems engineer blows the whistle on a dangerous technology. Now, the Charles Angels are on the run to prevent it from falling into the wrong hands. They will risk their lives to protect us.

Release Date: November 15, 2019 (United States)

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Truth Revealed! Here Is Why Martin Scorsese Doesn’t Do Director’s Cuts

by Kaylen Summers

Martin Scorsese is famous for the brilliant movies he had made over the ages. The original works from the iconic director are a fine example of this directorship and visually vibrant storytelling abilities. But, have you ever wondered why we never got any director’s cut of his movies?

Apparently, it seems like Scorsese believes that the director’s cut of a movie is the one that moviegoers experience in the theater. He believes that some directors go back to their already released movies as if the product is not finished yet. He states:

“The director’s cut is the film that’s released – unless it’s been taken away from the director by the financiers and the studio. The (director) has made their decisions based on the process they were going through at the time. There could be money issues, there could be somebody that dies (while making) the picture, the studio changes heads and the next person hates it. Sometimes (a director says), ‘I wish I could go back and put it all back together.’ All these things happen… But I do think once the die is cast, you have to go with it and say, ‘That’s the movie I made under those circumstances.”

Obviously, no studio head will be asking Scorsese to rethink his work. However, that’s not the case for other directors who will have to suck it up and let studio interferes ruin their original visions. Talking about the issue, the director had this to say:

“It’s an interesting thing. We would have loved to see an extended version of a number of films in the past where scenes were cut out. Now (those scenes were) cut out from the director’s cut, not from the rough cut. There’s a big difference. (Sometimes to) capitalize on (a film’s popularity) and exploit it they say, ‘This is the director’s cut.’ You should take a look at Sam Peckinpah’s Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid.

I saw the full version a few days before it opened at a meeting and it was two hours and 20 minutes or so. Then MGM released their version and it was 90 minutes. We all said, ‘Oh no, it was a masterpiece,’ and wished it could be saved. The editor saved a copy and what you see now is what we saw in that meeting. That is the director’s cut. And if the editor said there were another 20 minutes that Peckinpah wanted to keep in there, I would have loved to see those 20 minutes. So I understand the idea of an audience wanting to be entertained for another 20 minutes in that world.”

Unfortunately, the term “director’s cut” is often misused as marketing term these days. Corporate studios are looking to capitalize on the audiences’ love for the craft and want audiences to go out and buy the digital or Blu-ray copy of their favorite movies.

It was in an interview for the promotion of his upcoming film, The Irishman that Martin Scorsese spoke about releasing director’s cuts. His upcoming film is already over three hours long, so we are definitely not expecting a four-hour-long director’s cut for it.

The Irishman is scheduled for a limited theatrical release on November 1, 2019, and will be available on Netflix from November 27, 2019.

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Bombshell (2019) Trailer

by Kaylen Summers

Bombshell (2019) is the upcoming American drama based on the sexual harassment allegations against Fox News founder Roger Ailes. Three female employees at the news network are set to take on the toxic male culture. This eventually leads to the downfall of media mogul Roger Ailes.

Releasing Date: December 20, 2019

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The Batman has found the Catwoman

by Emily Keen

Big Little Lies star Zoe Kravitz has been cast as Selina Kyle in the upcoming Batman Flick alongside Robert Pattinson.

‘Deadline’ confirmed that the iconic role which has earlier been donned by Michelle Pfeiffer and Anne Hathaway has now been claimed by Kravitz. It will be interesting to see how the actress will blend into the skin of the gray character.

Kravitz has earlier starred in Mad Max Fury Road, X-Men: First Class, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald in significant roles. That seems like enough a testimony of her aptitude to sizzle as the Catwoman alongside the Sly Caped crusader. Besides Kravitz already has some experience with the character. She was the voice of Catwoman in The Lego Batman movie.

Ana de Armas, Ella Balinska, Eiza Gonzalez were also in the running for the role of Selina Kyle. But Kravitz was found to be the apt choice for the role of the Bullwhip flinger.

Jonah Hill will reportedly play Penguin the eccentric yet gentlemen of a criminal. Jeffrey Wright is in talks to play Commissioner Gordon. However, none of these actors have been publically been named by the makers.

Selina and Bruce Wayne share an odd relationship wherein the cat although a rival ends up being a reluctant ally of Batman on most occasions.

We can’t wait to see how Zoe and Robert will recreate this inevitable bond onscreen.

Director Matt Reeves has teased saying that “there will be a rogues gallery” for the Batman to deal with. Robert Pattinson in the reboot of Dark Knight will play a young Bruce Wayne, who is more of a detective than a vigilante behind a mask protecting the city against crimes.

The makers are looking to unlock a whole new Bat-world with this film. In addition to Catwoman and Riddler, Two-Face, Firefly and Mad Hatter are also rumored to appear to amplify the misery of Batman in this movie. The upcoming story of the caped Knight is a completely new script and does not aim at validating the adventures of Ben Affleck’s Batman.

Nothing has been disclosed about the plot as of yet. Though rumors have it that it might be along the lines of The Long Halloween comic book, where Bruce Wayne in his pursuit of a serial killer is faced with his many of his old foes along the way.

The Batman will open in theatres on June 25, 2021. Stay tuned to Spotflik for more updates on the movie.

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‘Abominable’ Lands in Trouble in Vietnam Over Territorial Issues

by Emily Keen

Vietnam has put a Kibosh on Abominable’s theatrical run in the country as it shows a controversial map that marks territory in Vietnam as a part of China.

A scene in the Dreamworks feature showcases a map that presents China’s unilaterally declared nine-dash line enclosing a part of the South China Sea. China has claimed a resource rich region of the sea. But the South Southeast Asian Nations including Vietnam assert rights over portions of the sea as rightfully theirs.

The region has been the cause of a standoff between the two countries.

The screenshots of the map from the movie were extensively circulated on social media by Vietnamese viewers once they spotted the inaccurate depiction.

This thus resulted in the government pulling off the movie from theatres.

Ta Quang Dong, Vietnam’s deputy minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism said “We will revoke [the film’s release license],” as quoted by the ‘Thanh Nien’ newsdaily.

Written and directed by Jill Culton, Abominable opened in Vietnam, on October 4th.  Screenings of the film were put to an end on Sunday once the images of the upsetting map started circulating on social media.

The PG-rated adventure follows a Kid (Yi) who discovers a Yeti seeking refuge on the terrace of her home. When Yi learns that the capitalists are trying to use the creature for their gains, she and her friends (Tenzing Norgay Trainor, Albert Tsai) set on a quest to save the animal and put her back in her natural habitat.

Abominable is a joint venture produced by Shanghai based Pearl Studio and Dreamworks animation. Pearl studio is owned by Chinese entertainment conglomerate China Media Capital. This unit is supported by the Chinese government. As The Hollywood Reporter suggests, the depiction may not have been a fluke after all.

The two neighbors are already in the middle of a heated Maritime dispute. Earlier in July China tried to conduct an energy survey by sending its vessel in the waters controlled by Vietnam.

The scene from Abominable might have fanned the sparks.

Stay tuned to Spotflik for more updates on movies.

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Disney’s Jungle Cruise (2020) Trailer

by Kaylen Summers

Disney’s Jungle Cruise (2020) is an adventure movie based on the famous theme park ride of the same name. The movie is set in the early 20th century and is about a riverboat captain named Frank who takes a scientist and her brother into the jungle. Their mission is to find the tree of life, which has great healing powers.

Releasing Date: July 24, 2020

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Secrets Revealed! Will Disney Buy Back Spider-Man from Sony?!

by Kaylen Summers

These days, the relationship with Disney and Sony feels more like two divorced parents trying to decide where their children should spend the summer vacation. And like every relationship it was so exciting and fabulous when it all began. Fans were so thrilled to see Spiderman back home fighting the battles with Avengers.

As for money, the initial idea was that 10% of the revenue collected will go to Disney and rest to Sony. However, things changed last summer as the Mouse House demanded a 50-50 deal and Sony packed its bags and left the house.

The dispute regarding the deal did recently come to end with Sony agreeing on 25% for Disney. Yet, recent rumors are indicating that there is a secret plan for Disney to shell out a lot of money to buy back Spiderman from Sony.

It is clear that Disney is not down with the recent agreement to work together again for a Spider-Man: Far From Home sequel and an unknown upcoming MCU movie. The Mouse House is known for its famous acquisitions and plans to continue it by taking full control of Spiderman. That too for a whopping $5 billion, if Sony agrees.

It was Mikey Sutton who revealed the details of the studios’ intentions. Though not much is known about the character, it is now assumed Disney and Marvel want Tom Holland and Brie Larson to lead the MCU into the future. This, in turn, opens up the possibilities for Holland’s Spider-Man to become the new leader of the Avengers.

Considering the $1.1 billion the last Spiderman movie grossed in global ticket sales, the investment could make easy returns for Disney and Marvel Studios in no time. But, the real question is whether Sony will take up the offer. After all $5 billion is a lot of cash and Sony is busy with its own Spiderman Universe (Ironically, without the actual Spiderman!).

What do you think? Would it be wise to sell Spiderman to Disney? Tell us know in the comments below.

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Aladdin Officially Beats Avengers: Endgame

by Emily Keen

Aladdin has officially steered past the theatrical run of Avengers: Endgame. It released on May 24th and has now completed 143 days on the big screen.

Avengers: Endgame sure stays the highest-grossing movie of the times beating James Cameron’s Avatar with a worldwide collection of $2.79 billion. Aladdin’s collections stand at $1.05 billion.

In his interview with comicbook.com Aladdin producer, Dan Lin said

“I mean, we’re just so fortunate we got Will,” Lin said. “As has been publicized, he passed at first and then he thought about it some more. I think Jaden [Smith] may have influenced him, and encouraged his role in this movie, but that’s the only way that you can cast this movie, which is with the biggest movie star in the world. And it’s a role that is so complex because it requires singing and dancing, high expectations, it requires comedy, it requires drama. It really requires kind of the full skill set of an actor, and he pulled it off. And how he did that was he made it really personal. I think that’s the number one overarching theme that everyone brought the movie. They made this movie by bringing their personality to it.”

“And so Will Smith, if you look closely at the Genie, is influenced by what he did so well in Hitch and what he did so well with Fresh Prince,” the producer continued. “This is a hip hop genie and so it’s very specific to Will. No other actor could have done this the way he did, in the same way no other actor could have done the genie the way Robin Williams did. They are so iconic and so the way Will interpreted the Genie was to make an iconic character that only he can play that is very true to himself. And that’s what really excited us and allowed us to differentiate and stand out from the previous Aladdin movie.”

As of Thursday Aladdin was still being played across 105 screens in the United States. Whereas Endgame is available digitally and also on physical home media. It is Disney’s one of five movies to hit the 1 billion mark in 2019 alongside The Lion King, Captain Marvel, Toy Story 4 and of course the showstopper of the Year Endgame.  And that is not all! Disney still holds two more cards up its sleeve before it ends the year with a bang. Frozen 2 open in Theatres in November and Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is set to hit the screens at Christmas. The predecessors of both features are members of the $1 billion club.

Stay tuned to Spotflik for more updates on movies.

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Joker’s Rank In IMDb’s ‘Top Movies of All Time’ List Will Shock You

by Kaylen Summers

Though there are mixed responses about the movie, Joker has no intention of stopping anytime soon. The movie has become a huge hit at the box office and slowly making its way up to become one of the biggest hits from DC in recent times. Now, it seems like more and more IMDb users are also cheering for the movie. The controversial movie has become one of the highest-rated movies of all time on the online movie database.

Making its way into the Top 10 movies of the list and occupying the No.10 slot, the movie stands tall among some of the cult classic titles like Pulp Fiction, The Shawshank Redemption, and the first two Godfather movies. With Heath Ledger’s clown prince of crime (The Dark Knight) currently ranked No. 4, it is safe to say that fans love watching the character on screen again and again (We are not talking about you, Jared Leto!).

Standing apart from the existing DC movie canon(s), the Todd Phillips directed movie presents an alternate origin story for the chaotic comic book villain. Joaquin Phoenix’s performance as Arthur Fleck deserves a spotlight even in the midst of all the controversies. The movie also stars Robert De Niro, Zazie Beetz, Frances Conroy, and Brett Cullen, alongside Phoenix.

The new Joker movie had been facing many controversies over its release in theaters. The film’s violent and disturbing content is being widely criticized to evoke mass shootings or copycat killings by people with the same mental state. While nothing of such has been reported thus far, the movie continues to take the heat even though it has made it’s way up to become the highest-grossing movie from WB studios this year. Whatever the case may be, there is no denying how well the movie is crafted in Phillips’ direction and the Phoenix’s performance.

Though it’s a wonderful sight to Phoenix’s performance being appreciated alongside Jack Nicholson and Heath Ledger, IMDb numbers can quickly change eventually over time, either during its theatrical run or after a subsequent release on home video.

If you haven’t seen the movie yet, watch it and let us know what you think about it.

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Terminator: Dark Fate Run Time Beats Most Movies of the Franchise!

by Emily Keen

Terminator: Dark Fate is one the second-longest movie among the entire series. The Dark Fate plot has apparently altered the timelines neglecting the events of Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, Terminator Salvation and Terminator Genisys.

Dark Fate sees a destructive humanoid (Gabriel Luna), sent from the future to kill a young woman Dani Ramos (Natalia Reyes), much similar to the plot of the first installment of the series. The new Terminator model is Rev-9 and is capable of separating itself in two autonomous units. And just like in the original movie, there is also a soldier from the future sent to protect Dani from the murderous cyborg- Grace (Mackenzie Davis). Arnold Schwarzenegger will reprise his role as Carl who now lives peacefully with the humans. Linda Hamilton as Sarah Connor is also back at being the hardcore gunslinger.

BBFC announced that the movie has a runtime of 128 minutes.

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The James Cameron production instead is a direct sequel to Terminator 2: Judgment Day. We see what Cameron did there! It looks like he had a different vision for how the franchise would progress since the second installment and that looked nothing like the two movies that came after.

Director Tim Miller has teased a powerful ending to this highly anticipated follow up. There is some overwhelming nostalgia about to hit the fans.

He said in his statement

“I think it’s hugely emotional, and I’m not making this up when I tell you I just watched the ending again this morning because I was showing someone, and I cried. I still cry almost every time. It’s really powerful at the end and I think it’s a testament to the story, but also what the actors brought to it.”

Arnold Schwarzenegger is also very happy with the film. He said: “I haven’t seen action and emotion like this since the second movie. It feels new again.”

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Under Miller’s direction, Dark Fate seems to be redeeming itself by going back to the roots after the last two installments wandered off. And with a runtime of over 2 hours, the film is not compromising on any aspect of the narrative by keeping it tight. The audience can experience high voltage action made of blazing guns and human-robot face-offs for a good two hours.

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A Training Day Prequel is Officially Underway

by Emily Keen

Denzel Washington’s Training day is getting a prequel. Warner Bros. is currently working on the project. The original movie released in 2001 and was a box office hit with a gross collection of $104 million at the box office.   

The movie follows the life of Jake Hoyt (Ethan Hawke) who is taken up for evaluation by Alonzo Harris (Washington) for determining his potential for joining the LAPD. It does not take long for Jake to learn that Harris is corrupt and has quite a shady past.

The film was directed by Antoine Fuqua with a script from David Ayer. Denzel Washington won an Oscar for the second time in his career for his role as Alonzo Harris (The first one being for Supporting Actor in Glory). Ethan Hawke also received an Oscar nomination.

The movie was later on adapted into a tele series that premiered in 2017, starring Bill Paxton and Justin Cornwell. Unfortunately, the venture had to be called off after Paxton’s untimely death.

The prequel is rumored to be showcasing the past life events from Hariss’ life and is set almost a decade behind the time period of the original movie. Blacklist writer Nick Yarborough will be working on the script. The prequel as of yet has no attached director to it.

Denzel Washington’s character in the original movie was 46 years old. Now that the prequel is set almost a decade earlier, Alonzo would probably be in his late thirties. We wonder who could best fit to play the younger Alonzo. Bets are being placed on John David Washington (Denzel’s son) who is currently 35. If Warner Bros. believes that the apple does not fall very far from the tree, then chances of John being the young Alonzo seem pretty high. In addition, John has recently worked with Warner Bros. for Christopher Nolan’s Tenet. So the predictions are not entirely delusional.

There is no hint of Antoine Fuqua or Jeffrey Silver(one of the three original producers) being involved in the making until yet. But there is a possibility they might return as executive producers.

A lot of projects lately tend to create a buzz but do not make it past the writing stage. We hope the Training Day prequel does not suffer the same fate. But considering the accomplishment of the original film, it would not be wrong to assume that Warner Bros. is pretty serious with this one.

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Onward (2020) Trailer

by Kaylen Summers

Onward (2020) is the upcoming animation feature from Disney and Pixar. Two teenage elf brothers, Ian and Barley Lightfoot are given a wizard staff that could summon their dead father for one day. However, with their magic, they could only bring half of him back. Now, the brothers are on a journey to find more magic so that they could spend one last day with their father.

Releasing Date: 4 March 2020

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Coming 2 America Will Not Be Rated R; Here Is The Reason.

by Kaylen Summers

Even in the midst of busy promotions for Dolemite Is My Name, it seems like Eddie Murphy is not going to stop giving us inside scoops about the other works on his slate.

Recently, the actor revealed that his highly anticipated project Coming 2 America will not be rated R and more likely be getting a PG-13 rating. The long-awaited sequel was expected to have an R-rating like the first installment.

On the other hand, the Dolomite movie will be R-rated, marking twenty years since the actor put out an adult comedy. Life with Martin Lawrence (1999) was his last film from the sub-genre and many fans were hoping that Prince Akeem Joffer’s return would bring him back to his roots.

Talking about the ratings of comedies over the years, Murphy had this to say: “I think what happened was, there was a period when Hollywood was on some PG-13… that’s how you reached most audiences. And there was, maybe, a 15-year period where that’s all everybody was doing. So I got caught up in that sh*t. But no, doing this movie, we went, ‘This movie has to be rated R because of the way Rudy Ray Moore was.’ But I’m doing Coming to America next, and that’s PG-13.”

Directed by John Landis, the 1988 movie is about the African Prince Akeem who has to marry a woman he has never seen on his 21st birthday. determined to find the woman he can love and respect, the prince breaks the tradition and goes to America.

Initially making a name for himself in comedies like Coming to America,  it was only later in the late 1990s and early 2000s that the actor found his success formula for family comedies. Movies like The Nutty Professor and the Shrek came as a result of this. Now it seems like Murphy is looking to bring the same formula back with Coming 2 America. Besides that, the makers are planning to release the sequel during the holiday season. That explains a lot about the gentler rating.

Currently in the pre-production phase, Coming 2 America is expected to release in theatres on December 18th, 2020. It seems like we have to wait and see if Eddie Murphy’s comedy formula still works after over 30 years.

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Joker Has made it Among the Top 10 IMDb Movies

by Emily Keen

The audience around the world has clearly defied all the arguments of the film content inciting violence and helped Joker sit in the top tier of IMDb movies. 

Joker follows the life of Arthur Fleck who is disenfranchised by the society where he tries to spread laughter as a clown. His frustration grows into untamed lunacy that takes the path of heinous crimes. 

The fact that Joker is a comic book adaptation and still managed to grab a position in the list definitely seems like an achievement. But will it be okay to dismiss the spirited and purposeful experience it created just like any other art house cinema? How Todd Phillips was able to narrate a gritty story that sourced from the poster selling world of DC universe is something to reckon with.

The origin story of Batman’s arch-nemesis has no connection with the DCEU’s timeline whatsoever. Hence just tossing the movie into the segment of comics would be not entirely fair to this masterpiece.

The movie is a downright classic that explores the cultural imagination of times with such precision. There has been enough discussion around the potential of its content to trigger criminal minds. Despite the film only intending to reflect on the pervasion of the evil in society.

Joker currently stands at the ninth position in the IMDb top 10 list. But let’s not rejoice just yet as, there have been instances where a film entered the high ranks soon after release and then fell away in months to come.

It is not easy to maintain the rank in the top 10 given the number of factors that influence the ratings. But having said that we hope it does maintain the ranking because, well, it deserves it!

Philipps’ imagination clearly seems to have resonated with the masses and the flocking audience is a clear indication of its success. 

The clown prince of crime currently shares the space with Shawshank Redemption, Both Godfathers, Pulp Fiction and it’s dear enemy- The Dark Knight.

The R-rated film is on its way to hit the $300 million worldwide collections.  DC’s previous installments have performed quite poorly at the box office. The Arthur Fleck lunacy has made up for all the low points DC had with the last few features. 

Joker is currently playing in cinemas near you. Go watch the movie if you haven’t yet! 

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Walter White Alive?! Here Is What The Series Creator Revealed.

by Kaylen Summers

Fans of the Breaking Bad TV show will surely not be forgetting Walter White’s presumed death scene in the series finale. When a movie sequel based on the series was finally announced, the obvious question that arose in everyone’s mind was about Walter White.

Is he still alive? Will he be returning back in the movie?

For those who are still hoping for the miraculous survival of Walter White, get ready for some really bad news. Recently on ‘The Rich Eisen Show’, the series creator Vince Gilligan finally confirmed the fate of the Walter White character and revealed what we can expect from the upcoming movie.

“You know what, yeah,” he said, “I’m gonna give you that one too, Rich, because I love you so much and because it’s your fifth anniversary. Yes, Walter White is dead.”

Bryan Cranston played the lead role as Walter White in the hit AMC series. However, it seems like the movie will have his then co-star Aaron Paul in the spotlight.

The Breaking Bad show is a pop culture phenomenon and is still considered as one of the most beloved TV series of all time. Unfortunately, the show came to an end with five seasons and 62 episodes and ever since then the fans were clamoring for more.

Though there were rumors about a Breaking Bad movie long before, it never got materialized. However, fans did get the spin-off series Better Call Saul with Bob Odenkirk reprised the role of crooked lawyer Saul Goodman.

With the director of the movie declaring that Walter White is dead, the possibility of seeing the two awesome on-screen crime partners again has finally come to a sad end. Still, it seems fair to not rule out the chance for Bryan Cranston to appear in a flashback sequence or in the thought of Jesse Pinkman.

But, the makers of the movie are conscious about any possible leaks od such plot detail. From what we have seen from the trailer, it will be Aaron Paul’s Jesse Pinkman serving as the central character. Other confirmed casts include Charles Baker and Matt Jones- returning as Skinny Pete and Badger.

El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie will be premiering on Netflix and in select theaters on Oct. 11.

Here is the complete interview with Gilligan from The Rich Eisen Show:

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How about David Diggs as The Jamaican Crab?

by Emily Keen

‘Sebastian’ the chatty crab may finally have a voice in Disney’s live-action feature of The Little Mermaid. Blindspotting actor David Diggs is in talks to be featured as Sebastian in the adaptation of the 1989 animated pic. Sebastian is a close friend to princess Ariel and happens to sing one of the acclaimed songs from the movie- Under the sea.  

The movie will be directed by Rob Marshall and written by David Magee. The titular character of The Little Mermaid has already been claimed by Halle Bailey. Melissa McCarthy will play the evil aunt Ursula. Oscar Awardee Javier Bardem is in talks for the role of King Triton. Awkwafina and Jacob Trembly will be Skuttle and Flounder respectively.

Harry Styles was almost set for the role of Prince Eric but called the deal off this summer. 

Producer Lin-Manuel Miranda was rumored to play Sebastian’s role but the filmmakers apparently feel that Diggs can pull it off way better. As for Miranda, this seems only a little less work among many other duties. In addition to producing the film, Miranda will also be working on the songs of the film along with Alan Menken who was also behind the score and sound of the original animated pic.

The then Sebastian was voiced by Samuel E.wright.

Director Rob Marshall will also be producing the film alongside Marc Platt, John DeLuca, and Miranda.

Marshall in his statement to comicbook.com said,

“There are things I’ve learned about how you have to work to integrate songs into story, and how it has to feel earned. It can’t just be sort of put there, placed there, because you feel there should be a song. It has to be a song that’s earned, that takes you there. And so as we’re working on, in a way, fleshing out The Little Mermaid — Ariel has one song in the animated film — and so we’re looking for maybe more material.”

“Alan Menken and Lin-Manuel Miranda are coming on board to write some lyrics, so that’s exciting, to sort of take what was there, which is so beloved, but also find a way to create a live-action version of it,” Marshall said, adding “the lessons of creating an original musical have been very helpful so far.”-He added.

Diggs rose to fame with as Marquis de Lafayette in the infamous Broadway production of Hamilton. He was also awarded a Tony for the best featured actor in a musical. He also has Wonder, Undone and the upcoming tele series Snowpiercer to his credits.

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