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No Time To Die (2019) Trailer

by Kaylen Summers

The latest installment in the Bond movies- No Time To Die will see Daniel Craig’s return as the super-spy. Picking up five years after the capture of Ernst Stavro Blofeld, retired Bond is thrown back into the action when a scientist is abducted by Safin, a mysterious villain armed with dangerous new technology.

Releasing Date: April 8, 2020

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8 Best PG13 Movies On Netflix Now

by Kaylen Summers

What exactly is a PG13 rating? According to the guidelines of the Motion Pictures Association of America, PG13 movies are those containing potential material not suitable for children under the age of 13. With that being said, about 60% of the films releasing each year are rated under this category. That itself constitutes a wide bracket of movies to choose from and Netflix has some of the best ones from this list.

We have lessened your efforts further by picking up the must-watch PG13 movies available. So, take your bowl of popcorn and start streaming right away.

Seven Pounds (2008)

This is one of those movies that critics hate so badly, while the audiences adore dearly. Making a deviation from the type of movies he was doing at the time, the movie introduced to the world a deeper, more disciplined actor in Will Smith. Telling the story about guilt and redemption, the movie is about Ben Thomas who sets out to redeem himself from the weight of a secret that was holding him back for far too long. But, things take an unexpected turn as he finds himself in love.

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.

The Cloverfield Paradox (2018)

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.

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.

Murder Mystery (2019)

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?!

Okja (2017)

Taking the Cannes Film Festival by storm, this movie tells the tale of a giant, genetically-engineered pig and a plucky young Korean girl who will do whatever it takes to save it. Breath-taking cinematography, huge star cast, and moral tale make this movie worth watching.

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.

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6 Visually Stunning Movies On Netflix

by Kaylen Summers

When it comes to cinema, good visuals play a key role in transcending the narrative further. Movies that can dazzle and entertain are the ones that audiences remember the most. However, not all movies possess this quality. So, we decided to find movies with gorgeous imagery that can transport us somewhere magical.

Here are some movies that are true feasts for your eyes. These awesome visual treats are in this list because they have bursting shots of color, jaw-droppingly beauty, a different perspective of the world or all. Start streaming them one by one and you too will understand.

Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events (2004)

⌛1h 48m 🍅72%

The visuals composed by Director Brad Silberling and cinematographer Emmanuel Lubeszki in this movie understand the playful creepiness of the Lemony Snicket books. Lubeszki is known for making stunning visuals in movies like Gravity and Tree of Life. a trio of orphans consistently evades the murderous intentions of their mad uncle (played with full force by Jim Carrey). It’s just a shame we only got one entry.

Chasing Ice (2012)

⌛1h 14m 🍅76%

National Geographic photographer James Balog known for his cover story on climate change and glaciers. It is one of the most popular and well-read piece in the last five years. However, for Balog, working on that story only kick-started a larger and longer-term project was an epic in proportions.

Amelie (2001)

⌛2h 2m 🍅79%

Amélie is an adorable yet painfully shy girl. She devoted to helping others- often spending her entire day as a matchmaker, guardian angel, or all-around do-gooder. However, when she accidentally met with a handsome stranger, she realized that she was falling in love with him. But, she didn’t have the courage to face the music and become the star of her own love story.

Baraka (1992)

⌛1h 36m 🍅83%

Baraka is literally a hypnotic watch. This documentary is paralyzingly stunning and has a global vision. With beautifully shot visuals and perfectly composed music, this work of art captures the essence of life and the relationship between man and nature.

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2013)

⌛2h 41m 🍅76%

The Desolation of Smaug is second in the Hobbit trilogy. The haunting beauty of Gandalf’s adventures is more is action-packed, with some memorable photography. In terms of stunning visuals, this movie belongs to a class of its own. A perfect example of this is the moment that the almighty dragon Smaug is revealed through a shower of ill-gotten gold. It is perhaps one of the best shots of the year.

Skyfall (2012)

⌛2h 23m 🍅71%

This outing of the handsome MI6 spy is the highest-grossing from the entire franchise. It is not just the numbers that make this movie unique. It is arguably one of the very best Bond movies and obviously the most beautiful one. The movie’s brilliant visual language can be seen right from the first shots where 007 emerges from distant blurry shadow into gun-toting clarity. Cinematographer Roger Deakins’ shots are worth enough to be hung on a wall.

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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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Just Mercy (2019) Trailer

by Kaylen Summers

Just Mercy (2019) tells the story about young lawyer Bryan Stevenson (Jordan) and his history-making battle for justice. The movie tells the true story of Walter McMillian, who with the help of Stevenson appeals his conviction for the notorious murder of an 18-year-old girl.

Releasing Date: December 25, 2019

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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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6 Most Anticipated Horror Movies Of 2020

by Kaylen Summers

This year was a surprisingly a bit limited in horror flicks. However, 2020 will have no shortage of spooktacular delights. From original horror thrillers to returning classic properties to some new retelling of familiar favorites, the upcoming year is turning out to be a wonderful year for the horror genre.

With that being said , we’ve gathered up a few of the titles that is sure to excite in the next calendar year. These movies are the most anticipated horror movies of 2020

The Turning

The Turning (2020) is an upcoming psychological thriller based on Henry James’s classic 1898 novella The Turn of the Screw. The plot tells the story of a young nanny who is hired to take care of two orphans. However, she soon realizes that their country’s mansion is haunted.

Releasing Date: 24 January 2020

The Grudge

A young mother kills her family in their own house. The Grudge (2020) tells how a single mother and a detective tries to solve a murder case. However, in the process, they soon realize that the house is cursed. Anyone who enters the house is doomed to die a violent death by a vengeful ghost.

Releasing Date: 2 January 2020

Underwater

Underwater follows an account of a crew of underwater researchers who come face to face with an underwater calamity and must then find their way to safety from their wrecked subterranean laboratory. Starring Kristen Stewart, T.J. Miller, Vincent Cassel, and John Gallagher Jr., the film is directed by William Eubank.

Releasing Date: 10 January 2020

Fantasy Island

Mr. Roarke owns a luxurious, remote tropical resort. There, he makes the secret dreams of his lucky guests come true. However,  when their fantasies turned into nightmares, the guests are now supposed to solve the island’s mystery to save their lives.

Releasing Date: 6 February 2020

Antlers

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

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

 

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6 Most Anticipated Action Movies of 2020

by Kaylen Summers

Welcome to the year that fulfills your patience. 2020 is the year we will see many of the most awaited movies hit the theatre. It’s like we have been waiting forever for these awesome flicks to land in theaters.  However, with so many movies hitting theaters at the same time, there is a chance for you to miss out on the best ones.

Lucky for you, we have prepared a list of awesome upcoming action movies that you will regret not seeing. Mark your calendars for these most anticipated action blockbusters.

The Gentlemen (2019) Trailer

The Gentlemen (2020) is an upcoming movie directed by Guy Ritchie. The movie talks about a British drug lord named Mickey Pearson who has created a highly profitable marijuana empire in London. He is looking to sell off his drug empire to a dynasty of Oklahoma billionaires.

Releasing Date: 24 January 2020

Bad Boys For Life (2020) Trailer

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

The King’s Man (2020) Trailer

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(2020) Trailer

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

Bloodshot (2020) Trailer

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

Disney’s Jungle Cruise (2020) Trailer

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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11 Great Christmas Movies to Stream on Amazon Prime 2019

by Kaylen Summers

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

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

The Grinch (2018)

⌛1h 32m ⭐6.3/10

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

Home Alone (1990)

⌛1h 43m ⭐7.6/10

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

Christmas Lodge (2011)

⌛1h 30m ⭐6.3/10

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

A Christmas Kiss (2011)

⌛1h 36m ⭐6.2/10

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

Christmas for a Dollar (2013)

⌛1h 41m ⭐4.4/10

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

Holiday Engagement (2011)

⌛1h 32m ⭐6/10

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

Miracle On 34th Street (1994)

⌛1h 54m ⭐6.5/10

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

The Holiday (2006)

⌛2h 18m ⭐6.9/10

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

A Christmas on Miracle Lake (2016)

⌛1h 50m ⭐4.4/10

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

A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965)

⌛ 30m ⭐8.3/10

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

It’s A Wonderful Life (1946)

⌛ 2h 15m ⭐8.6/10

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

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6 Must-Watch Classic Movies to Stream on Netflix

by Kaylen Summers

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

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

Strangers on a Train (1951)

🎭 Drama, Mystery ⌛1h 43m 

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

West Side Story (1961)

🎭Drama, Crime ⌛2h 33m

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

Logan’s Run (1976)

🎭Action, Adventure ⌛2h 00m

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

Poltergeist (1982)

🎭 Fantasy, Horror ⌛2h 00m

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

Pretty in Pink (1988)

🎭 Drama, Comedy ⌛1h 36m

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

Heathers (1988)

🎭Drama, Teen ⌛1h 43m

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

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A Christmas Prince: The Royal Baby (2019) Trailer

by Kaylen Summers

A Christmas Prince: The Royal Baby is the third installment to be released in the Royal series. In order to renew a sacred truce, Amber and Richard are busy hosting royal guests from a faraway kingdom. Unfortunately, the priceless treaty disappears and puts their peace in jeopardy. Now, they have to save their family from an ancient curse.

Releasing date: December 5, 2019

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

by Kaylen Summers

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

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

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

1. Ice Cube’s Casting

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

2. Eat, Sleep, and Sh*t

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

3. Liquor Store Conspiracy Theory

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

4. Reality Check

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

5. Cultural Importance

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

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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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Jumanji: The Next Level (2019) Trailer

by Kaylen Summers

JUMANJI: THE NEXT LEVEL tells the story of four students playing a magical video game. They are drawn to the jungle world of Jumanji, where they are trapped as their avatars. To return to the real world, they must finish the game.

Release Date: December 13, 2019

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6 Upcoming Movies Coming Your Way This December 2019

by Kaylen Summers

It’s the last month of 2019 and it looks like there is a wonderful treat awaiting movie lovers. For one thing, there will be a huge slew of holiday-themed films on streaming. On the other hand, there’s also awards-season fever going on.

With all that being said, there is a huge line up of movies waiting for us this December. However, in this little amount of time, how are we gonna watch the best ones from them? The answer lies in this list. We have listed out six of the best upcoming movies that you will regret missing out this month. So, check it out:

The Call Of The Wild (2019)

Set during the Gold Rush of the 1890s, The Call Of The Wild (2019) tells the story about a big-hearted dog named Buck. He is recruited on a mail delivery dog sled team. Eventually, he crosses paths with John Thornton (Harrison Ford) and becomes his trusted companion.

The Banker (2019)

The Banker (2019) is the upcoming 2019 American drama film written and directed by George Nolfi. The movie talks about the true-life story of two black entrepreneurs who makes a fortune by making everyone believe that their company was run by a white man.

Cats (2019)

Cats (2019) is a British-American musical fantasy film based on the musical of the same name. The plot of the movie takes place over the course of a single night. A tribe of cats called the ‘Jellicles’ makes what is known as ‘the Jellicle choice’. The choice will decide which cat will ascend to the Heaviside Layer and come back to a new life.

Releasing Date: December 20, 2019

6 Underground (2019)

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

Spies In Disguise(2019)

Spies in Disguise animated spy, comedy film which revolves around the characters of super-spy Lance Sterling and scientist Walter Beckett. Walter invents the super-cool gadgets that Lance uses in his mission. However, is not as social as Lance. When events take an unexpected turn, Walter and Lance suddenly have to rely on each other in a whole new way, as Lance must save the world disguised as a pigeon.

Release Date: December 25th

Little Joe (2019)

Little Joe (2019) follows a single mother named Alice. She is a dedicated senior plant breeder at a corporation engaged in developing a special crimson flower. The plant is said to keep its owner happy. Alice, going against the company’s policies takes her son to see the flower.

Releasing Date: 6 December 2019

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Fantasy Island (2020) Trailer

by Kaylen Summers

Mr Roarke owns a luxurious, remote tropical resort. There, he makes the secret dreams of his lucky guests come true. However,  when their fantasies turned into nightmares, the guests are now supposed to solve the island’s mystery to save their lives.

Releasing Date: 6 February 2020

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8 Great Alien Invasion Movies On Amazon Prime

by Kaylen Summers

Perhaps the most (over)used story-line in the genre of science fiction is about alien invasions. While we are still looking for life beyond our little blue planet, the curiosity of them finding us first has always been haunting us. Sci-fi movies about alien invasion are perfect projections of these fear and excitement.

Over the years, these movies have shown as many aliens invading our home planet- some cute and cuddly while others are slimy and horrifying. Whatever the case may be, they have always entertained us. Which is why we are giving you 8 great alien invasion movies for you to watch on Amazon Prime.

Here are our picks:

Battleship (2012)

2h 11min | Thriller, Action, Adventure, Science Fiction

Remember the radio signals that are sending into space? Well, it finally got a reply from ‘Planet G’. As a result, several alien crafts splashes down in the waters off Hawaii. Lieutenant Alex Hopper is a weapons officer and part of an international naval coalition. They become the world’s last hope for survival in the fight against the hostile alien force of unbelievable strength.

Battle: Los Angeles (2011)

1h 56min | Action, Science Fiction

Like every other alien invasion movie, here also the Earth is under attack by unknown forces.  The world’s great cities are falling and somehow Los Angeles becomes the last stand for mankind. As they take on an enemy unlike any they’ve ever encountered before,  it is now up to a Marine staff sergeant and his new platoon save humanity from the creatures.

Passengers (2016)

1h 56min | Drama, Romance, Science Fiction

This is not something you will not consider as an alien invasion. But it is too good not to be included in the list. In a distant future, a spacecraft is traveling to a faraway colony planet.  The craft is transporting thousands of people. However, there happens to be a malfunction in its sleep chambers and two of its passengers are awakened 90 years early.

War of the Worlds (2005)

1h 56min | Adventure, Thriller, Science Fiction

Almost an adaptation of the classic novel, this one tells about Ray Ferrier. He is a divorced dockworker and a less-than-perfect father. However, things are about to change as he is trying to keep his teenage son and young daughter while the world is getting invaded by aliens. Talk about a rough weekend!!

The Chronicles of Riddick (2004)

1h 59min | Action, Science Fiction

Another exclusion from the general alien invasion plotline. But, this one also deserves to be here for sharing a similar storyline. Riddick is an escaped convict who has been outrunning ruthless bounty hunters for years. Suddenly, he becomes part of a fight for the future of humanity. The lone, reluctant hero must now wage an incredible battle on fantastic and deadly worlds to save humanity from annihilation.

Jupiter Ascending (2015)

2h 4min | Science Fiction, Fantasy, Action, Adventure

Yeah!! It not that great of a movie to watch. But, you have to admit that it is not easy to find a sci-fi movie that is more fantasy than sci-fi.  The movie takes place in a universe where human genetic material is a super precious commodity.  An impoverished young Earth woman finds herself becoming the key to strategic tactics and internal conflicts within a powerful dynasty.

Men in Black (1997)

1h 38min | Action, Adventure, Comedy, Science Fiction

Men In Black is all about not starting an alien invasion. According to the movie, the aliens are not coming- they are already here. However, there are some aliens who believe that they can take over the universe and it is the duty of the MIB agents to stop them and save the day.

Evolution (2001)

1h 41min | Action, Comedy, Science Fiction

Here is a comedy blend to the awfully serious sub-genre. A meteor hits our planet and releases alien life forms.  Julianne Moore, Seann William Scott, Orlando Jones, and David Duchovny are the only people who can save us from the aliens taking over the world. Trust them with this mission, however, can be a huge problem…  to Earth.

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7 Best Romantic Movies That You Will Find On Netflix

by Kaylen Summers

The romance genre is perhaps one of the most unique and ever-expanding movie-categories. Though many criticize them for their cliches and stereotypes, these flicks have a little bit of something for all of us.

But how will you find the right ones in a huge platform like Netflix?! That’s why we are here. We have listed some of the best romantic movies for you to watch with your beloved. Get your popcorns and let the movie date-night begin.

50 First Dates (2004)

Henry is a player skilled at seducing women. But when this veterinarian meets Lucy, a girl with a quirky problem when it comes to total recall, he realizes it’s possible to fall in love all over again…and again, and again. That’s because the delightful Lucy has no short-term memory, so Henry must woo her day after day until he finally sweeps her off her feet.

Lost in Translation (2003)

Two lost souls visiting Tokyo — the young, neglected wife of a photographer and a washed-up movie star shooting a TV commercial — find an odd solace and pensive freedom to be real in each other’s company, away from their lives in America.

The Notebook (2004)

An epic love story centered around an older man who reads aloud to a woman with Alzheimer’s. From a faded notebook, the old man’s words bring to life the story about a couple who is separated by World War II, and is then passionately reunited, seven years later, after they have taken different paths.

The Age of Adaline (2015)

After 29-year-old Adaline recovers from a nearly lethal accident, she inexplicably stops growing older. As the years stretch on and on, Adaline keeps her secret to herself until she meets a man who changes her life.

Pretty Woman (1990)

When a millionaire wheeler-dealer enters a business contract with a Hollywood hooker Vivian Ward, he loses his heart in the bargain.

Letters to Juliet (2010)

An American girl on vacation in Italy finds an unanswered “letter to Juliet” — one of the thousands of missives left at the fictional lover’s Verona courtyard, which are typically answered by the “secretaries of Juliet” — and she goes on a quest to find the lovers referenced in the letter.

A Walk to Remember (2002)

When the popular, restless Landon Carter is forced to participate in the school drama production he falls in love with Jamie Sullivan, the daughter of the town’s minister. Jamie has a “to-do” list for her life and also a very big secret she must keep from Landon.

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Three Christs (2020) Trailer

by Kaylen Summers

Three Christs tells the story of Dr. Alan Stone. He is treating three paranoid schizophrenic patients at the Ypsilanti State Hospital in Michigan. Each of them believes that they were Jesus Christ. The events of the movie are both comic and deeply moving. It was initially premiered in 2017

Releasing Date: 3 January 2020

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9 Best Netflix Original Movies And Their Trailers

by Kaylen Summers

Scrolling through Netflix to find a good movie can feel like a fruitless task at times. With the seemingly never-ending options, its no wonder why we take so long to find the right flick for the right mood. That’s why Spotflik has put together a list of the best original Netflix movies to start watching right now.
So get your bowl of popcorn and check out these wonderfully crafted tales:

Bandersnatch (2018)

⌛1h 30min⭐3.6 /5
Remember those choose-your-adventure books that you had as a kid? Netflix is bringing back that same experience to their streaming platform with Bandersnatch. With a branching narrative and multiple mind-bending endings, this is one interactive movie that changes its plot every time you watch it.

Bird Box (2018)

⌛2h 4min⭐3.3 /5
By this time, you might have heard about this movie through all the memes and jokes online. However, the movie is definitely not something to be laughed at. Set in a post-apocalyptic world, the movie is about its blindfolded characters trying to escape some invisible creatures who can make you suicidal if you see them.

Okja (2017)

⌛2h 2min⭐3.65/5
Taking the Cannes Film Festival by storm, this movie tells the tale of a giant, genetically-engineered pig and a plucky young Korean girl who will do whatever it takes to save it. Breath-taking cinematography, huge star cast, and moral tale make this movie worth watching.

Wheelman (2017)

⌛1h 22min⭐3.2 /5
When it comes to breaking the mold, nothing comes close to this flick. Wheelman is a well-oiled entry into that oddly specific crime subgenre of ‘Stoic Getaway Driver Caught in a Crime Gone Awry’ films. It’s more like Drive, but only with a sloppy car and more guns.

Gerald’s Game (2017)

⌛1h 44min⭐3.3/5
Gerald’s Game is very simple in its premise. When her husband’s sex game goes wrong, Jessie is left handcuffed to a bed in a remote lake house. Tapping on the basic fears in oneself, this horror movie is about how far a person will go to stay alive.

Game Over, Man! (2018)

⌛1h 40min⭐2.7/5
This action-comedy is from the creators of Workaholics paying homage to the classic action film Die Hard. If that isn’t enough reason for you to watch this movie, then you are definitely missing out on a hell lot of fun.

Outlaw King (2018)

⌛2h 2min⭐3.45/5
For anyone who is missing out on the GOT-style bloody medieval times, this one is your pick. Outlaw King has everything from oceans of mud, truckloads of guts and misty, unconsidered nationalism. So what are you waiting for?!

Unicorn Store (2017)

⌛1h 32min⭐2.75/5
First aired at Toronto Film Festival, Unicorn Store marks the directorial debut of Captain Marvel star Brie Larson. The whimsical theme and great performances from some huge stars make this movie instantly adored. Stream it and you too will fall for it.

The Christmas Chronicles (2018)

⌛1h 44min⭐3.55/5
The Christmas Chronicles is a family Christmas adventure film from producer Chris Columbus- the person who made your favorite movies Home Alone and Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. Watch this one and it will also make it to your favorite list.
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The Last Full Measure (2020) Trailer

by Kaylen Summers

The Last Full Measure is a movie that takes place in two time periods. Soldiers of the war are recounting their moments fifty-three years later. Airman William H. Pitsenbarger, Jr. (“Pits”) is awarded the nation’s highest military honor after his death for his actions on the battlefield.

Releasing Date January 24, 2020

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Honey Boy (2019) Trailer

by Kaylen Summers

Honey Boy (2019) is an upcoming American drama film that tells the story about a young actor trying to reconcile with his father. He had a troubled childhood and the event of the movie shows how it, in turn, later affects the relationship between him and his father.

Releasing Date: 8 November 2019

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6 Movie Series For You To Binge-Watch Right Now

by Kaylen Summers

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

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

Pick a franchise and start binge-watching now

Die Hard (5 Movies)

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

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

Jack Ryan (5 Movies)

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

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

Millennium Series (5 Movies)

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

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

View Askewniverse (7 Movies)

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

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

Bourne Series (5 Movies)

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

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

Hannibal Lecter

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

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

by Kaylen Summers

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

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

Cast Away (2000)

2h 23min | Adventure, Drama

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

The Terminal (2004)

2h 8min | Comedy, Drama

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

A Star Is Born (2018)

2h 16min | Drama, Romance, Music

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

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008)

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

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

Call Me by Your Name (2017)

2h 12min | Romance, Drama

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

The Karate Kid (1984)

2h 6min | Drama, Action

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

Forrest Gump (1994)

2h 22min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

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

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The Call Of The Wild (2019) Trailer

by Kaylen Summers

Set during the Gold Rush of the 1890s, The Call Of The Wild (2019) tells the story about a big-hearted dog named Buck. He is recruited on a mail delivery dog sled team. Eventually, he crosses paths with John Thornton (Harrison Ford) and becomes his trusted companion.

Releasing Date: February 21, 2020

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Doctor Sleep Review

by Kaylen Summers

There is no doubt that The Shining is one of the scariest movies to have made. From the legendary filmmaker Stanley Kubrick, the movie has undoubtedly terrified us as a kid and still continue to do so. ‘Redrum’, ghostly twin girls, and the unforgettable “Here’s Johnny” are all now part of cinema history and no movie has ever made such an ever-lasting impression on us like this one. Thirty-nine years after the theatrical release of The Shining, we are now finally getting a sequel. Directed by Mike Flanagan, Doctor Sleep is brilliantly crafted with a riveting story.

The supernatural thriller is the film adaptation of Stephen King’s 2013 novel and stands as a sequel to his previous book, The Shining. So in the traditional sense, we cannot say that the Doctor Sleep movie is a sequel to Kubrick’s The Shining (since Kubrick made a lot of changes in the source material.) However, the movie does recreate the atmospheric darkness left by its predecessor. Both fans of the original film and novels will be pleased.

The major portions of Doctor Sleep take place thirty years after the events at the Overlook Hotel. Danny Torrance (Roger Dale Floyd) is an adult now- but is traumatized into a broken shell of a man. He is struggling with his drinking habit and is moving from town to town. Eventually, a strange feeling brings him to New Hampshire. There, he finds out about a terrifying group of predators who hunts people with the ability to “shine.” The True Knot cult is led by Rose the Hat (Rebecca Ferguson), and they suck the life essence out of the gifted for their immortality. Danny starts communicating telepathically with a mysterious girl (Kyliegh Curran) who Rose is obsessed with finding. Danny must now save the girl from the True Knot.

The plot of the movie is intricate and is skillfully fleshed out. The narrative branches at the right pace with proper character development. Danny has a proper arc from being a despaired broken man to the hero of the story. Flashback scenes with his mother (Alex Essoe) from his childhood add an intriguing layer to the whole narrative.

Doctor Sleep is not about cheap scares. It is skilfull in building on the established lore of The Shinning and taking the story forward. The lack of CGI gimmickry is a blessing. Excellent performances from the lead actors and brilliant visual style from Mike Flanagan make the movie perfect. Considering what happened with It Chapter Two, Doctor Sleep is undoubtfully worthy enough to be called a classic movie adaptation.

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8 Great Movies That Get Stuck In Your Head

by Kaylen Summers

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

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

So grab your popcorn and check out these memorable flicks.

The Blind Side (2009)

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

Good Will Hunting (1997)

4.15/5.0

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

October Sky (1999)

3.9/5.0

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

Moulin Rouge! (2001)

3.8/ 5.0

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

Ed Wood (1994)

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

Selma (2014)

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

Singin’ in the Rain (1952)

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

The Thin Red Line (1998)

3.8/ 5.0
Based on the graphic novel by James Jones, The Thin Red Line about an Army Rifle company called C-for-Charlie. They change, suffer, and ultimately make quintessential discoveries about themselves during the devastating Battle of Guadalcanal. It reflects their journey through the grisly and exhausting battles and finally saying goodbyes to those who survived.
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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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8 Cult Movies You Probably Haven’t Seen Before

by Kaylen Summers

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

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

Metropolis (1927)

4.15 | 2h 33min | Drama, Science Fiction

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

A Boy and His Dog (1975)

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

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

Red River (1948)

3.9 | 2h 13min | Western, Action

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

Riki-Oh: The Story of Ricky (1991)

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

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

Silent Running (1972)

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

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

The Ox-Bow Incident (1943)

4 | 1h 16min | Drama, Western 

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

The Andromeda Strain (1971)

3.6| 2h 11min | Science Fiction, Thriller

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

The Omega Man (1971)

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

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

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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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8 Adult Comedies On Netflix That You Don’t Want To Miss

by Kaylen Summers

Whether it’s weekends or weekdays, there is nothing like seeing a good comedy entertainer. If it is an adult comedy flick then there will be no stopping the laughter express.

However, finding the right flicks can really be a tough job. Lucky for you we have prepared a list of the best adult comedies available on Netflix. So what are you waiting for? Start streaming now!!

The Master of Disguise (2002)

1h 20min | Director: Perry Andelin Blake | Writers: Dana Carvey, Harris Goldberg

Pistachio Disguisey is a sweet-natured Italian waiter working at his father’s Fabbrizio’s restaurant. Little did he know that his family holds the supernatural skills of disguise. But when his family is kidnapped by their arch-enemy, Devlin Bowman, Pistachio must use the skills of disguise to track down Bowman and save his family.

Not Another Teen Movie (2001)

1h 29min | Director: Joel Gallen | Writers: Mike Bender, Adam Jay Epstein, Andrew Jacobson, Phil Beauman, Buddy Johnson

This spoof movie parodies the teen movie genre in the most brilliant and hilarious way. A gridiron hero of John Hughes High School takes up a bet to turn a geeky Jane into a beautiful and popular prom queen. Will he be able to change her?! Or will he be falling for her?!

Wet Hot American Summer (2001)

 1h 37min | Director: David Wain | Writers: Michael Showalter, David Wain

The year is 1981. It’s the last day at Camp Firewood. But, before everyone goes back home, camp director Beth has ‘some’ unfinished business to resolve. He struggles to keep the kids in order, falls for the local astrophysics professor, tries to save the camp from a dangerous piece of NASA’s Skylab. If you think that that is just it, then there is more.  A dangerous waterfall rescue, misfits, cool kids, love triangles and talking vegetable cans. But, the question is will this all be solved, before the big talent show at the end of the day.

Superbad (2007)

 1h 53min | Director: Greg Mottola | Writers: Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg

Two co-dependent high school seniors are out to enjoy their lives to the fullest as they are off to different colleges. However, their booze-soaked party goes awry as they land in trouble after trouble.

Grimsby (2016)

1h 23min | Director: Louis Leterrier | Writers: Sacha Baron Cohen, Phil Johnston, Peter Baynham, Sacha Baron Cohen, Phil Johnston

A top MI6 assassin is wrongfully accused and on the run. Now, in order to save the world from a sinister plot, he has to team up with his long-lost, football hooligan brother. These two has to somehow get along. Otherwise, we will be doomed.

The Sweetest Thing (2002)

1h 24min | Director: Roger Kumble | Writers: Nancy Pimental

Christina’s love life is not that colorful. She has been avoiding meaningful relationships for years. But, things took a turn when she meets Peter one night. Though she finally lets her guard down and decides to follow her heart, it seems like Peter has suddenly left town. With Courtney, now she is off to capture the one that got away.

Knocked Up (2007)

2h 9min | Director: Judd Apatow | Writers: Judd Apatow

Ben Stone is a fun-loving party animal. The last thing ever wanted to happen in his life was to get his one night stand knocked up. Well, it happened and eight weeks later, she is at his doorstep telling him that she’s pregnant.

 

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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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9 Memorable Movie Quotes That’ll Make You Watch The Entire Movie

by Kaylen Summers

Movies can be inspiring. It can move us from a place of total depression to a land of never-ending happiness in just milliseconds. It is this characteristic of cinema that makes it universally appealing.

While some movies leave us with ever-lasting impressions, there are movie quotes that do more than that. They give us the completeness that we were seeking for. They become our voice and make us wonder: “Isn’t this what I was trying to say all along?!”

Here are 9 of the most memorable movie quotes out there. These movie moments are so priceless that you will go and watch the whole movie after this.

1. The Bucket List

the bucketlist

“You know, the ancient Egyptians had a beautiful belief about death. When their souls got to the entrance to heaven, the guards asked two questions. Their answers determined whether they were able to enter or not. ‘Have you found joy in your life?’ ‘Has your life brought joy to others?’”

–Carter Chambers

2. The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

“To see the world, things dangerous to come to, to see behind walls, to draw closer, to find each other and to feel. That is the purpose of life.”

–Walter Mitty

3. The Theory of Everything

The-Theory-Of-Everything

“There should be no boundaries to human endeavor. We are all different. However bad life may seem, there is always something you can do, and succeed at. While there’s life, there is hope.”

–Stephen Hawking

4. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

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“Our lives are defined by opportunities, even the ones we miss.”

–Benjamin Button

5. Coach Carter

Coach Carter

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frighten us. We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small doesn’t serve the world. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”

–Timo Cruz

6. Rocky Balboa

Rocky Balboa

“Nobody is gonna hit as hard as life, but it ain’t how hard you can hit. It’s how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward. It’s how much you can take, and keep moving forward. That’s how winning is done.”

–Rocky Balboa

7. Eat, Pray, Love

Eat, Pray, Love

“You need to learn how to select your thoughts just the same way you select your clothes every day. This is a power you can cultivate. If you want to control things in your life so bad, work on the mind. That’s the only thing you should be trying to control.”

–Richard

8. Rudy

Rudy

“In this life, you don’t have to prove nothin’ to nobody but yourself. And after what you’ve gone through, if you haven’t done that by now, it ain’t gonna never happen. Now go on back.”

–Fortune

9. 10 Things I Hate About You

“Don’t let anyone ever make you feel like you don’t deserve what you want.”

–Heath Ledger

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Must Watch Movies Releasing This December (2019)

by Kaylen Summers

2019 is coming to an end and we still have so many good movies to expect for. With the holiday season only kicking in, there is a huge list of movies waiting to hit the screens and your streaming platforms.

However, if you are feeling the slightest confusion on which movies you should be watching and which ones are okay to skip, then we have just the right guide for you.

Here are the must-watch movies to look out for this December.

Spies In Disguise(2019)

Spies in Disguise animated spy, comedy film which revolves around the characters of super-spy Lance Sterling and scientist Walter Beckett. Walter invents the super-cool gadgets that Lance uses in his mission. However, is not as social as Lance. When events take an unexpected turn, Walter and Lance suddenly have to rely on each other in a whole new way, as Lance must save the world disguised as a pigeon.

Release Date: December 25th

6 Underground (2019)

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

Little Joe (2019)

 

Little Joe (2019) follows a single mother named Alice. She is a dedicated senior plant breeder at a corporation engaged in developing a special crimson flower. The plant is said to keep its owner happy. Alice, going against the company’s policies takes her son to see the flower.

Releasing Date: 6 December 2019

Bombshell (2019)

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

Richard Jewell (2019)

Based on true events, Richard Jewell tells the story of the security guard who got wrongfully framed for the Olympic bombing of 1996. Initially, Jewell was hailed as the hero for saving people’s lives. However, the media and FBI soon turned the table and he ended up as the prime suspect.

Releasing Date: December 13th, 2019

1917 (2019)

1917 tells the story of two young British soldiers, Schofield (George MacKay) and Blake (Dean-Charles Chapman). During World War I, they are given an impossible mission. They must cross enemy territory and deliver a message that will stop a deadly attack on hundreds of soldiers.

Releasing Date: 25 December 2019

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Cats (2019) Trailer

by Kaylen Summers

Cats (2019) is a British-American musical fantasy film based on the musical of the same name. The plot of the movie takes place over the course of a single night. A tribe of cats called the ‘Jellicles’ makes what is known as ‘the Jellicle choice’. The choice will decide which cat will ascend to the Heaviside Layer and come back to a new life.

Releasing Date: December 20, 2019

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8 Most Creepy Movies of All Time

by Kaylen Summers

Watching a horror thriller is something we all love. But, there are movies that are creepy enough to send a cold chill down our spine. These creative flicks have dedicated themselves to bring out the best creeps of them all.

And who doesn’t like a trip on the creepy side, every now and then? So, here are 8 of the most creepy movies of all time.

A Tale of Two Sisters (2003)

Director: Kim Jee-Woon | Writers: Kim Jee-Woon

A patient gets released from a mental institution and is taken back home to her sister. However, little did she know that she was walking into a chain of disturbing events between her stepmother and the ghosts haunting their house. Everything that happens in their house is connected to a dark past in the family’s history.

You’re Next (2011)

Director: Adam Wingard | Writers: Simon Barrett

The Davison family was on their wedding anniversary getaway. Things took a bad turn as they are attacked by a gang of mysterious killers. But, what their attackers didn’t know was that one of their victims holds a secret talent for fighting back.

Dark Water (2005)

Director: Walter Salles | Writers: Rafael Yglesias

In midst of her divorce proceedings, Dahlia Williams and her daughter Cecelia move into a knackered apartment. With her current financial state, it was all that she could afford. However, from the time they reaches the apartment, a lot of strange things are happening- especially the constant drip from the ceiling in her daughter’s bedroom.

Signs (2002)

Director: M. Night Shyamalan | Writers: M. Night Shyamalan

Mysterious crop circles are seen on a farm and the family living near it is out to find what is causing these strange occurrences. But, they didn’t expect its secret to be something more frightening.

Sleepy Hollow (1999)

Director: Tim Burton | Writers: Andrew Kevin Walker

New York detective Ichabod Crane is out at Sleepy Hollow for investigating a series of mysterious deaths. All the victims in these deaths are found without their heads. The local myth is that the ghost of the legendary Headless Horseman is the culprit behind these murders.

Creep (2004)

Director: Christopher Smith | Writers: Christopher Smith

A woman is trapped in one of the dark London subway stations. To make matters worse, she is being followed by potential attackers. The only way she can survive is by heading into the unknown maze of tunnels beneath the city’s streets. But, will she survive there?!

The Eye (2002)

Director: Oxide Pang Chun, Danny Pang | Writers: Oxide Pang Chun, Danny Pang, Jojo Hui Yuet-Chun

A blind concert violinist gets vision back by undergoing a cornea transplant. However, she soon realizes that her new eyes have the ability to see ghosts. To understand more about what she is going through, she sets out to find the cornea’s former host. What awaits her is something truly disturbing?

Hostel (2006)

Director: Eli Roth | Writers: Eli Roth

Three backpackers are on their way to a Slovakian city. They are looking to meet their hedonistic expectations. But they have no idea what was awaiting them.

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Charlie’s Angels Review

by Kaylen Summers

Set as the continuation to the 2000 reboot, Charlie’s Angels is more of a era incarnation of the franchise from writer/director Elizabeth Banks. The flick is a decidedly aggressive retreading of the same old plot points from the last movie. With that being said, the new trio lacks the chemistry of their predecessors. Though there are a few fun moments from the big action scenes, the actors’ uneven performances stand out really badly. The added star power didn’t help at all and the movie would have been the same even without it.

The plot of the new installment is pretty much the same as the previous two theatrical releases. They are a bunch of bad guys (no bad women of course) with dangerous tech, the angels pull off a complex burglary, only to realize that the real villain is someone close to them. However, Elizabeth Banks did hammer in some woman empowerment here and there. Unfortunately, it didn’t affect the movie’s stale formula in any way.

The movie has plenty of action sequences, but nothing we haven’t seen before. As expected from a franchise movie, everything is over the top. There are bullets flying, cars exploding, and hapless men getting beaten mercilessly. At times, we feel like the movie is made out of the same Fast & Furious template- for the silliness in plot and definitely the car chases.

How the movie fails to see any woman character as a strong villain is a shame. It is clear that Elizabeth Banks was cashing in on the current woman empowerment trends. However, the movie was a good platform to work out something that is really empowering and not just some popular studio gimmicks.

In short Charlie’s Angels is not as fun as its earlier versions. It is obvious that the new cast is struggling to look charismatic in the recycled plot. The girl-power message is overboard and the film fails desperately to keep the audience in interest.

What do you think about the movie?! Let us know in the comments below.

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Trolls World Tour (2020) Trailer

by Kaylen Summers

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.

Releasing Date: 19 March 2020

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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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8 Most Confusing Movies That You’ll Ever Watch

by Kaylen Summers

Admit it! We all secretly love watching dense, complicated movies that leave us wondering, “What the heck did we just watch?!”. Unlike the summer tentpoles, these movies are of substance and keep us thinking even after the movie has ended.

Here are 8 of such puzzling tales that are so confusing. But you will definitely love watching them.

Memento (2000)

4.2/ 5.0

A man raped and murdered Leonard Shelby’s wife, and he is out tracking down the man who did it.  But, since his rare, untreatable condition of short-term memory loss is causing a major hindrance for him.  Leonard can recall most of the incidents of his life before his accident. But, he is unable to remember what happened fifteen minutes ago, where he’s going, or why.

Director: Christopher Nolan | Writers: Christopher Nolan, Jonathan Nolan

Shutter Island (2010)

4.05/ 5.0

Teddy Daniels is a World War II soldier who turned into U.S. Marshal. When a patient suspiciously disappears from from a hospital for the criminally insane, Teddy is out to investigate the case. However, his investigation is affected by his troubling visions and the mysterious doctor.

Director: Martin Scorsese | Writers: Laeta Kalogridis

Source Code (2011)

3.75/ 5.0
Captain Colter Stevens is a decorated soldier. But when he woke up in the body of an unknown man, he is confused. But soon he discovers that he is involved in a top-secret experimental program that makes him experience the last 8 minutes of another person’s life. mission . Now, he must re-live the same incident over and over again, to find a bomber of a Chicago commuter train.

Director: Duncan Jones | Writers: Ben Ripley

Paycheck (2003)

3.15/ 5.0

Being a genius has helped Michael Jennings get hired and paid handsomely by some of the high-tech firms. He is mostly assigned with highly sensitive projects and after his work, his short-term memory is erased for security reasons. However, after a three-year job, his paycheck gets denied and instead is given a mysterious envelope. With the clues in the envelope, he must now piece together the reason why he is not getting paid.

Director: John Woo| Writers: Dean Georgaris

Triangle (2009)

3.45/ 5.0

Jess is sailing on a yacht with her group of friends. Instead of being happy, she is getting the feeling that something wrong is about to happen. Her suspicions turn true as the yacht hits a storm and the group is forced to board a passing ocean liner. But, Jess says that she’s been on it before.

Director: Christopher Smith | Writers: Christopher Smith

The Tree of Life (2011)

3.4/ 5.0

This impressionistic story takes us through Jack’s struggles to cope up with the complicated relationship with his father. He finds himself out of place in the modern world and is seeking answers about his origin and meaning of life.

Director: Terrence Malick | Writers: Terrence Malick

Predestination (2014)

3.75/5.0

A Temporal agent is sent on a complex series of time-travel journeys to prevent future killers from doing their crimes. His final mission is to stop a criminal who has dodged him throughout time. If he doesn’t stop him in time it could lead to a devastating attack.

Director: Michael Spierig, Peter Spierig | Writers: Michael Spierig, Peter Spierig, Robert A. Heinlein

Coherence (2013)

3.6/ 5.0

On a usual night of an astronomical anomaly happens. Eight friends who are at a dinner party go through a chain of reality-bending experiences.

Director: James Ward Byrkit | Writers: James Ward Byrkit, James Ward Byrkit, Alex Manugian

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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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6 Trivia Facts About ‘Pulp Fiction’ That You Didn’t Know

by Kaylen Summers

Tarantino movies are filled with hidden details- both on-screen and something even off-screen. This deep attention to detail in his movies is one of the reasons why we love his work so much. As much engaging as his narratives are, the trivia facts about his movies are also entertaining AF! So here are 10 of the most surprising trivia from Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction.

Michael Madsen As Vincent Vega

When Quentin Tarantino was writing the movie, he had Michael Madsen in mind for the role of Vincent Vega. Even though Madsen knew of Quentin’s plans and had a great desire to play the part, Madsen was already signed up for the role of Virgil Earp in Wyatt Earp (1994). He later confessed that he regretted the decision.

Fake Bible Verse

The passage from the Bible that Jules recites was mostly made up by Quentin Tarantino and Samuel L. Jackson. The first part about the righteous man and the tyranny of evil men is not real. However the second half, “And I will strike down upon thee with great vengeance and furious anger. And you will know My name is the Lord when I lay My vengeance upon thee”, is a direct quote from Ezekiel 25:17.

The Bonnie Situation

“The Bonnie Situation” is one of the main chapters in the movie. However, according to the script, it was originally supposed to be titled “Jules, Vincent, Jimmie, and The Wolf”. Glad that they changed it. Because nothing will come close to the new name.

Comeback Film

Although Pulp Fiction is regarded as John Travolta’s second comeback film, it became one for Bruce Willis. The actor was having trouble with films outside of the Die Hard franchise. His supporting roles in this film and Nobody’s Fool (1994) helped him maintain his A-list status.

Board Games

Board games also play an important role in the movie. Tarantino is fond of vintage board games and they can be seen in a lot of scenes. “The Game of Life” and “Operation” can both be seen on a table while Vincent and Lance are administering the adrenaline shot. In the bedroom, while Lance and his wife are yelling at each other, you can see a game called “Chauvinist Pigs”.

Pulp Fiction Matches

Before the movie’s UK video rental release, some video stores gave away a pack of limited edition Pulp Fiction matches. The packet had a quote from the film, saying: “You play with matches, you get burned”.

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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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Why is ‘Rushmore’ movie everyone’s favorite?

by Kaylen Summers

Crammed with great movie moments, Wes Anderson’s Rushmore is a darkly inspiring comedy. Released in early 1999, the movie still manages to be funny, wistful, smart, dark, poignant, and irreverent without ever being cynical.

The main plot of the movie is about an eccentric teenager named Max Fischer and his friendship with rich industrialist Herman Blume and their love in common for elementary school teacher Rosemary Cross. 

The movie introduced to the world Wes Anderson’s unique brand of whimsical comedy. However, it isn’t his feature directorial debut. Earlier in 1996, he released Bottle Rocket, which was his first major Hollywood movie. With Rushmore, Wes Anderson kicked off his collaborations with talented actors like Bill Murray and Jason Schwartzman.

Critic and Wes Anderson specialist Matt Zoller-Seitz, says: “There are few perfect movies. This is one of them.”

How this movie was able to set a strong emotional bond with its audience?!

Firstly, it is because of the cast. Bill Murray’s take on the self-made millionaire industrialist Herman Bloom is memorable in every sense. He is mean, selfish and bullying. But at the same time, he is also kind, warm and generous with his time and money. His comic timing and slapstick performance are as brilliant as it can get. That’s enough right there to know that this is a great film. Let’s not forget Jason Schwartzman. He is perfect as the young boy, Max who we simultaneously adore and pity.

However, Rushmore is more than just brilliant casting. The movie is about the relationship between Max and Bloom that drives the drama forward. They go from love to hate, and back again. Anyone who watches the movie will easily get hooked with the 15-year-old boy and the 50-year-old man competing for the affection of Ms. Cross.

Rushmore is a film of these small, beautifully observed touches. It is slight and silly, and occasionally a little mannered.

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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 Invisible Man (2020) Trailer

by Kaylen Summers

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

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Jack From ‘Titanic’ is a Time Traveler?

by Emily Keen

A theory from fans will completely change your idea about one of the greatest films ever made. James Cameron’s Titanic as seen right now is a romantic journey that begins on a magnificent ship. The story as we know it was recited by Rose, a survivor who fell in love with Jack Dawson a fellow traveler on board the ship.

But there have been certain inconsistencies in the tale of this epic romance that leaves us wondering. Jack, a young adult from humble roots pursues Rose, a lady of dignified origins. And as the ship progresses so does the intensity of their love. But it has been speculated that Jack was, in fact, a time traveler, who was there only to save Rose’s life.

Sounds crazy? Let us break it down for you. The infamous Titanic met its fate in the year 1912. But there are certain claims that Jack makes, which are shocking for a person existing in that time period.

For starters, the nude art enthusiast says he went ice fishing in Lake Wissota. The man-made Lake in Wisconsin was built in 1917. Now for a man to go fishing in a water body that did not exist until five years in the future, it seems rather impossible in a linear timeline.

In the classic “King of the World” scene, Jack promises Rose a ride on a roller coaster in Santa Monica Pier and that they could ride it until they throw up. As charming as his dreams sound, it might as well be a dream in 1912 since the roller coaster never existed until 1916.

Is it starting to creep you out yet? There is more though!

Jack’s hair looks pretty wonderful, doesn’t it? Except for that kind of hairstyling does not belong to the era in which the Titanic existed. It came into the picture almost in the 1930s. Men’s hair in those days was slicker and closely cropped at the sides.

Speaking of more out of fashion stuff, remember the guy’s backpack? The rucksack that Jack and his friend Fabrizio carry was not in existence until the 1930s. What is more surprising is that the man does not have the kind of money he needs to enter the Titanic. He gambles his way into the ship.

The smoking hot commoner smoked filtered cigarettes that were the product of the 1940s. Did our beloved had a pack picked for the trip to the past is just the question?

So why did he even make that trip? And if he did, why did he not save the lives of thousands of people on board.

The answer seems rather unreasonable but it seems like the only logical way out of this puzzle. The man was there only to save Rose! That’s right!

Imagine if Rose’s attempt to suicide was successful, the ship would obviously have stopped its journey and possibly dodged its perilous fate. That’s for sure given Rose’s high profile status. But Jack is the one who talks the lady out of it and prevents her from jumping from the deck. Not just that. He continues to be with her until the very end and saves her life from the disaster.

But why go through all the trouble to save one woman when he could have saved the lives of so many?

We guess it’s an answer that Jack has taken with himself.

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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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Is E.T. really a Jedi Knight from Star Wars Universe?

by Emily Keen

Fans have theories connecting Steven Spielberg’s E.T. to Lucas’ Star Wars universe. A theory has been doing rounds for quite some time now, that E.T. is, in fact, a Jedi Knight.

It’s a well-known fact that Lucas and Spielberg went to the same film school and share a strong friendship and have even collaborated on projects. Apart from individual success in each of their careers, they got together to give us the Indiana Jones franchise. Besides joint ventures, they even gave each other stakes in projects. Spielberg’s Close Encounters of the Third Kind got Lucas a stake and the latter’s Star Wars shares a stake with the former.

Given the bond they share, it is rather obvious that they discuss and share opinions on creative matters. And E.T. is no different. Besides, E.T. has at least two Star Wars references. Don’t shock yourself just yet!

Because that isn’t it!

The first is the obvious trick-or-treater dressed as Yoda. The second may sound like a ‘no big deal kind of pop culture reference’ happening in movies all the time. It is Elliott playing with Star Wars figures.

Now some would argue that it was the most basic scene that was important to introduce the story. And given the popularity of the Star Wars franchise, there is rather no other reference that would fit in perfectly.

Agreed!

But then there is a strong fundamental link that adds weight to our claims.

Remember the delegates of the Galactic Senate who appeared in the 1999 Star Wars Episode One: The Phantom Menace?  Can you argue that they are not the same species as E.T.?

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Pointless isn’t it?

We all know the legendary Yoda who addressed the chamber!

Events from the Star Wars chapter one are far behind in the past. But the great Yoda will be remembered and spoken about in years to come. Although we do not know what species he belongs to.

The trick-or-treater scene of a boy dressed as Yoda is fuelling notions that E.T. knows who Yoda is. Why else would he mumble ‘Home’ and try to go towards the human who is only there pulling up cosplay?

In 1982, this could be considered an Easter Egg. But since the release of Phantom Menace, the arc attained a whole new perspective. It was definite proof that the delegates of the Galactic Senate might share a common origin with E.T. We all know, Jedi Knights come from different species. So why would it be wrong to assume that little E.T. did harbor the power of the Force?

Especially after looking at this:

So kids from the 80s have something to boast now! You knew about the existence of a Jedi Knight long before they were officially introduced to the world. How cool is that?

Stay tuned to Spotflik for more such theories!

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10 Best Thriller and Suspense Films of All Time

by Emily Keen

We all know that empty feeling when everything in life is normal? It is because, difficult times and tense moments however unwanted, arguably bring a thrill to life. It is in these moments we feel our hearts pounding like it’s racing against time. We feel alive! This is the exact thrill induced by suspense films. But how often do we come across movies that drive you at the edge of the seat or have you jumping with rug pulling twists?  The combination of utterly creepy characters, mind-bending twists and a compelling plot with pace is what makes the best thrillers.

But it is definitely another huge task to choose the best thrillers from troves of available cinematic gems.

We have narrowed down the list to the 10 movies which remain the best thrillers of all time.

  1. Rear Window (1954)

Ever been so bored you had nothing to do but just randomly build creepy stories in mind? Imagine if that creepy story becomes reality. Scary no? That’s exactly the kind of feeling this film invokes. Rear Window is a masterpiece weaved by the legendary Alfred Hitchcock featuring James Stewart, a photojournalist who is left bound to his apartment due to a broken leg. Since, besides his nurse (Thelma Ritter) and girlfriend (Grace Kelly), the man has no interactions with the world, he resorts to peeping through the windows of the neighbors which leads to unraveling scandalous truths. But what makes this classic even more special is Hitchcock’s art of storytelling and the screenplay that does not involve any action. Just pure humor, suspense souled up by its magnetic cast.

 

  1. North by Northwest (1959)

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The master of suspense, Hitchcock strikes yet again! The dashing honcho of sophisticated comedy, Cary Grant is paired up with other usual Hitchcock collaborators James Mason and Eva Marie Saint. Grant’s charm is as usual worth betting all the money on. Grant plays Roger Thornhill who is mistaken for a government agent and hunted by police and assassins. Eva Kendall protects the man and the two develop a tantalizing relationship while hunting for the real government agent. This film is a legacy that inspired numerous thrillers, only a few among which have successfully made an impact. Although not the same as this film.

 

  1. Manchurian Candidate (1962)

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Based on a volatile plot unraveling secrets of underworld politics, the studio thought it was too risky to produce the film. But with support from John F. Kennedy, John Frankenheimer finally breathed life into a politically charged USSR brainwash thriller. If one wishes to witness the gruesome politics through black and white frames, this iconic film is your go-to. Frank Sinatra plays a U.S. army hero who returns to his homeland from Korea. But the fact that he has been hired by the communists to assassinate a presidential nominee is finally discovered by his buddy who sets on a quest to stop his pal from committing a felony.

 

  1. Blood Simple (1984)

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Written, directed, edited and produced by Ethan and Joel Coen, this is the duo’s breakout movie. The film is a brooding crime classic from the siblings who knew nothing about film sets when they were ready to shoot this dark-humored thriller. Marty(Dan Hedaya) is a bar owner and a ruthless torturer of his wife. Frances McDormand who plays the wife ultimately resorts to cheating with one of the bartenders at Marty’s bar. Marty somehow sniffs the betrayal and hires a detective (Visser) to kill the wife and the lover. Steering moments of pure horror but keeping audiences in the know of everything, in contrast to most thriller this film binds a tale of bleak fatalism which is a recurring theme in most cinemas.

 

  1. The Silence of the Lambs (1991)

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This Oscar-winning work of art became the third film in American history to sweep five major awards after It Happened One Night and One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest. To date the horror film remains the only scary film to win The Best Picture Oscar. The film concocts a shrewd serial killer psychology thriller brilliantly brought to life by Jodie Foster, Jack Crawford, and Anthony Hopkins. This is one of those rare movies which has the power to keep you coming back for a re-watch even though you know what it entails. Jonathan Demme indeed crafted a gripping plot to pull the audience right inside the story.

 

  1. The Usual Suspects (1995)

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“The greatest trick the Devil ever pulled was convincing the world he didn’t exist.” The iconic line from this movie by the legendary Kevin Spacey says everything about this blazing cult classic. In his Oscar-winning performance, Spacey plays a mysterious con man and plans a million dollar heist with his partners, the usual suspects in the list of police records. The planned heist fails on cosmic proportions and then comes an offer from the Devil himself. Keyser Soze is a criminal mastermind known to people only through stories of his heinous crimes but not by face. The suspects agree for they have little choice left when it comes to dealing with the mysterious face of violence.

 

  1. Se7en (1995)

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The ending is blowing the minds of audiences even today. If that is not enough to get you excited about the film, David Fincher’s unparalleled obsession with weaving, edgy dark stories will. Brad Pitt and Morgan Freeman play detectives looking into brutal murders symbolizing seven sins- pride, lust, gluttony, wrath, sloth, greed and envy. A vicious yet epic tale that approaches a twist of stellar proportions at the end. Se7en inspired countless storylines and revolutionized the genre of detective/thriller.

 

  1. Memento (2000)

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Apart from the riveting performances by Guy Pearce and Joe Pantoliano what makes this film so great is Christopher Nolan’s flair of weaving an emotionally charged storyline with equally magnificent twists. The film is a different kind of cinematic experience altogether with reverse storylines and chronological events merge and help you connect with the soul of the character. It gets you curious and more importantly satisfies that curiosity. It reveals the end at the very start defying the fundamental norms of cinematic storytelling. What makes you stick around is just the characters and theme.

 

  1. No Country For Old Men (2007)

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It’s the ‘once amateur’ siblings again! Imagine if Ethan and Joel Coen can create a masterpiece without knowing things about filmmaking, what could they do with experience? Cormac McCarthy’s novel forms the plot for this thrilling film. No exaggeration intended! It is literally thrilling. It begins with a Vietnamese veteran (Josh Brolin) discovering a huge amount of cash in the wake of a failed drug deal. He flees with the cash and invites being chased by an enigmatic killer. The crisp frames, captivating landscapes, and biblical themes elevate the effect of this ‘almost an action’ feature by the Coen Brothers.

 

  1. Prisoners (2013)

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A peculiar touch of David Fincher’s dark and seedy world is the treatment that prevails the backdrop of Denis Villeneuve’s Prisoners. Hugh Jackman plays a father whose 6-year-old daughter is missing and the identity of the kidnapper is the obvious mystery they have to solve. The feature is a slow burn of tension intensified with jaw-dropping twists and turns. Jake Gyllenhaal plays detective Loki who is obsessed with his job and Paul Dano is a suspect who is released due to lack of evidence. The stellar cast along with an emotionally powerful storyline makes this movie an absolute work of art.

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7 Disturbing Movies on Netflix That You Will Only Watch Once

by Kaylen Summers

Creepy, violent and adrenalizing- yet, good horror flick is adorned by all. However, there are certain movies that push us even further into darker territories. These disturbing tales may raise your eyebrows at first. But somehow, they are strangely entertaining.

If you’re in the mood for these particular thrills, then let’s get started on 7 of the most disturbing movies on Netflix that you will only dare to watch once.

1. The Witch (2015)

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You’ll either enjoy this one or hate it. Set in the 1630s, The Witch talks about an outcast Puritan family troubled by paranormal activity. If you are willing to give in to the movie’s deliberate pacing, then you are in for some unbearable sense of dread. (Plus, you’ll surely not be looking at goats the same way again!)

2. Train To Busan (2016)

🍅93% ⌛1h 58m

Fan of gruesome zombie movies?! Then, here is something for you. Train To Busan takes place in a post-apocalyptic South Korea occupied by zombies. In order to reach one of the few territories not affected, a workaholic father and his daughter are on-board a train. However, the journey is not going to be an easy one, as they’ll have to survive the infected passengers, who are looking to munch on their brains.

3. The Autopsy of Jane Doe (2016)

🍅86% ⌛1h 58m

This is one B-movie that is sure to give the creeps. A small-town coroner and his son are performing a routine autopsy on an unidentified female body. However, things take a spooky turn once the examination begins. It seems like the corpse has a series of increasingly disturbing secrets to reveal. But, can you handle it?!

4. Gerald’s Game (2017)

🍅91% ⌛1h 43m

Gerald’s Game is very simple in its premise. When her husband’s sex game goes wrong, Jessie is left handcuffed to a bed in a remote lake house. Tapping on the basic fears in oneself, this psychological horror movie is about how far a person will go to stay alive.

5. The Babysitter (2017)

🍅69% ⌛1h 25m

Since its release in 2017, this horror-comedy has grown its own cult following. The movie has become extremely popular for its disturbing (yet, oddly entertaining) plot. The team behind the movie is even working on a sequel. Deeply stupid most of the time, it is the movie’s sense of finding humor that takes it to the next level.

6. Calibre (2018)

🍅94% ⌛1h 25m

This isn’t really a horror film. But, there are enough disturbing scenes in this movie to make it one. The movie is a pretty terrifying thriller that sets off when one of the protagonists accidentally shoots a child. In their desperate attempt to hide their crimes, things go downhill fast.

7. The Perfection (2019)

🍅73% ⌛1h 30m

Try watching the trailer for this movie and figure out what it is all about. No clue, right?! It’s better that way. Don’t let anyone else spoil it for you. Because you really need to see this to understand how twisted this tale can be. This is one movie that has literally earned its place on this list.

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Why ‘The Shining’ is the scariest (and best) horror movie ever made?

by Kaylen Summers

Hollywood horror classics will not be complete with the genre-defying movie The Shinning from the maestro Stanley Kubrick. It may be a cinematic adaptation of the beloved novel by Stephen King, but the movie has dexterously scraped away most of the supernatural horrors from its source material. Yet, it still remains as the most creepy, unnerving, deeply engaging horror movie to have come out from the genre.

But, how did this movie- without the typical horror genre elements- managed to remain the finest brilliantly-crafted horror movie of all time. Yes! It is directed by Stanley Kubrick and that explains a lot. But, we are still going to take a deep dive into this cult-classic and see what hidden gems are in-store for us.

Jack Nicholson At His Best

Well, this one is actually obvious. The Shining will never be this spooky and eerie without Jack Nicholson’s brilliant performance. We don’t need some masked, machete-wielding serial killer to bring in the scares. It only took Nicholson’s depiction of Jack Torrance and his slow descent into madness. His facial expressions and line delivery are enough to create monster scares than any amount of makeup or costume design ever could. But let’s not forget the other cast of The Shining who gave terrific performances as well, including Shelley Duvall, Scatman Crothers, and even Danny Lloyd.

Fictional Horrors To Explore Real Horrors

There are two ways in which the horror movie genre generates fear in the minds of audiences. One is by the use of fictional elements like werewolves, zombies, black magic or so. The other is by using real devices like death, violence, torture, etc. However, in The Shining, Kubrick skillfully uses the fictional horrors- like the supernatural ghostly presence in the Overlook Hotel, to explore the underlying real-life horrors of abuse and murder. Perhaps, it is this engaging conflict between these two that makes this movie so bone-chilling.

No Cheap Scares

The most wonderful thing to learn from this Kubrik masterpiece is that every scene in the movie needs to be there. There are no out-of-place cliched scenes. Not even a second of the long two and a half hours is wasted with some gruesome horror movie element. Horror classics like Halloween and Rosemary’s Baby maybe some of the best flicks from the genre. But unlike them, The Shining has no fat under its bones. One of the reasons for this might be because the movie was trimmed down in editing to make it more marketable. Whatever the case may be, it ended up as a streamlined horror masterpiece and the genre’s finest.

It’s Wide Open To Interpretations

For any filmmaker who is attempting to make a movie from the genre, The Shining serves as a perfect inspiration in every sense. A major reason for this is that it is open to interpretation. However, no matter how much interpretation that we find in this movie, it will still be open for more. For almost 40 years since it was released, The Shining has gone through infinite deconstructions and countless essays and books than any other movie.

This Shakespearean element of deciphering meanings has kept us at the edge each time we watch the movie. We still can’t ease into it. We still can’t find out the real meaning or end to this incredible cinematic experience. And that makes it a timeless work of art.

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Little Joe (2019) Trailer

by Kaylen Summers

Little Joe (2019) follows a single mother named Alice. She is a dedicated senior plant breeder at a corporation engaged in developing a special crimson flower. The plant is said to keep its owner happy. Alice, going against the company’s policies takes her son to see the flower.

Releasing Date: 6 December 2019

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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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Star War’s Lands in a Pit of Uncertainty Yet Again

by Emily Keen

The future of the Star Wars franchise is still on the fence. With GOT creators D.B. Weiss and David Benioff exiting the project, fans are left to wonder how and where the brand will progress from here on.

Kevin Feige is set to produce a Star Wars film but that won’t happen any time soon since the Marvel studios honcho is busy with MCU projects. Feige who has led the Marvel universe on a sensational journey with multiple billion-dollar products was rumored to probably take over Lucasfilm. But a recent report from ‘Variety’ dismissed the rumors of Feige attaining any big role at Lucasfilm.

Besides, the Star Wars Franchise is a solid brand in itself and needs not to worry about the effects of organizational level mishaps. Each film in the universe aside from Star Wars: Solo Story has grossed over $1 billion global collections.

Also, creators leaving a project is not entirely an alien situation for the franchise. Remember when Colin Trevorrow and Josh Trank left their Star Wars projects even before they started? Phil Lord and Chris Miller’s unforeseen exit from the Han Solo-centric feature was almost an upheaval of stellar proportions.

In a recent report, Variety cleared some facts on the unfortunate situation the creators and makers were trapped in and how the Ron Howard did the unthinkable by filling in the last moment.

The duo viewed the project as an opportunity to weave a fresh and unique concept that sets it apart from the other franchise films and not just make it a fan service affair. Lucasfilm, however, was not in for all the improvisation and risk-taking. Where everyone was looking forward to a Lord-and-Miller-directed Han Solo feature, the duo had a hard time coming up with a vision for the film that harmonized with the outlook of the studio. Extensive experimentation and uncertainty caused the film’s production to be delayed thus inviting a situation wherein no other option was left for the two rather than to leave the franchise.

The studio ultimately brought in Howard who shot 70 percent of the final feature and delivered the $250M film right in time for its Memorial Day release.

It looks like Benioff and Weiss’ departing situation is much better than that of Miller and Lord’s retreat. Obviously, because the project has not begun any production.

As reported by Variety “The departure of the two [David Benioff, D.B. Weiss] likely sends the studio back to the drawing board with the future of the series more uncertain than it has been since Disney closed its $4 billion deal for Lucasfilm in 2012.”

But given Kathleen Kennedy and Lucasfilms’ expertise in handling the status quo, the franchise definitely seems in safe hands. Although they don’t have much time with the release of the last film of Skywalker Saga closing in. The fact that they do need a comprehensive strategy for future-proofing the brand is inevitable.

The last chapter of the Skywalker trilogy is all set for release on December 20th, 2019.

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When Will Be The Next Endgame Level MCU Team-Up?! Here Is Your Answer

by Kaylen Summers

Avengers Endgame was a pretty huge conclusion to the 10-year-long saga of Marvel movies. The blockbuster is currently the highest-grossing film of all time and has no intention of leaving the crown behind anytime soon. But if you are expecting another mega movie event from MCU anytime soon, you are mistaken.

It seems like we have to wait another 10 years for such a movie event to happen again. Recently, Marvel Studios executive producer Trinh Tran explained about the time duration for seeing something like Avengers: Endgame again.

There is no doubt that the Infinity Saga wrapped up, with fans stunned and craving for more. With the pressure of the huge success over their head, recreating such an event again in a fresh new way is a huge challenge for Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige and his gang. With that being said, the studios are now focusing only on the development of its Phase 4. Talking about the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Tran had this to say:

“Our focus right now is to make sure that the titles that we’ve released in Phase 4… obviously those stories are going to be new, exciting, different and can connect with the audience like the other movies have been. Over 10 years ago, it’s always been our dream to get to Infinity War and Endgame level. We didn’t know obviously where that was going to go at the start of the studio, but it’s incredible to know that we were able to accomplish that. Now it’d be amazing if we could get to that level 10 years later, so I think it’s a dream to continue doing that and build upon the MCU and the connective tissue that we have.”

Lately, Kevin Feige has been giving out a lot of information about what to expect in Phase 4 and probably Phase 5. With new stories ready to be explored, the MCU is also expanding further to join the small screen on the Disney+ streaming service. But, will Disney+ shows have any connection with the main Cinematic Universe? Trinh Tran had this to say.

“And now with obviously our Disney+ side and the shows and how our characters are venturing into that world and how that’s gonna lead to the future and more franchises and more stories and more properties and their connective tissue to the rest of the MCU, it would be amazing to do something like this 10 years later.”

Though everything seems to be well sorted out from the studio’s part, it seems like we have to wait further to see how well it all turns out. There are also many popular Fox products waiting to be explored by the studio. So hopes are high from the fans’ side.

Will there be an X-Men crossover anytime soon?! Or will be the Fantastic Four movie to happen first?! Tell us what you think about the Marvel’s Phase 4 plans

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The Grudge (2020) Trailer

by Kaylen Summers

A young mother kills her family in their own house. The Grudge (2020) tells how a single mother and a detective tries to solve a murder case. However, in the process, they soon realize that the house is cursed. Anyone who enters the house is doomed to die a violent death by a vengeful ghost.

Releasing Date: 2 January 2020

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Bloodshot (2020) Trailer

by Kaylen Summers

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

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9 Great Spaghetti Western Movies Of All Times

by Emily Keen

Obsessed with Tarantino’s western revisionist dramas are we? But what laid the inspiration for Tarantino’s widely popular genre might still be unknown to many cinephiles. The template for the current revisionist cinema is borrowed from the works of Spaghetti westerns aficionados. Which you will realize once you watch the great epics of the genre mostly acclaimed to Sergio Leone, the legend of Spaghetti Westerns.

If you haven’t broached this group yet, here is what you can start with. Or rather you must start with!  

 

  1.   Once Upon A Time In The West

 IMDb rating: 8.5/10

Waging in all the classic vices of the genre, Once Upon a Time In The West sits at the pinnacle of the Spaghetti westerns. Well because everything right from Ennio Morricone’s score to the film’s visual impact is extraordinary. From an efficient blend of corruption, injustice and violence spawns a brutally honest tale of the old west. Henry Fonda’s Frank is a sadistic killer hired by a crippled railroad kingpin to seize the property of a prime railroad owner. The attempt of seizing the land goes foul as, after the death of the owner, the property is lawfully transferred to his wife who is now under the protection of Charles Brosnan’s Harmonica. Sergio Leone’s magnum opus is a vicious jumble of alliances and betrayals. Not to mention the riveting performances by Brosnan and Fonda.  The film is without a doubt the best western ever made.

  1.   The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly

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 IMDb rating: 8.8/10

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.

  1.   For A Few Dollars More

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 IMDb rating: 8.3/10

The quintessential tale of western partnership sets a platform for Sergio Leone’s famous trilogy. The movie surpassed its predecessor in every capacity but essentially not the successors. Lee Van Cleef and Clint Eastwood is probably the best onscreen chemistry ever created with a pair of western gunslingers. Topping a fine storyline, as usual, was Morricone’s trademark score. The film’s climax unarguably beats the buildup and is the best pay-off amongst many others in the genre.  

  1.   The Great Silence

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 IMDb rating: 7.7/10

Sergio Corbucci manages to create a masterpiece tale with the backdrop of The Great Blizzard of 1899. The elements of a cold disaster worked hand in glove with the cold nature of the protagonist who loses his voice with the brutal assassination of his parents. Hungry for revenge he sets out to bring the killers to justice teaming with Mormon outlaws and a young African American woman. The movie managed to stand out with setup and story painted in stark contrast to its contemporaries. Tarantino’s Hateful Eight contains a eulogy of the opening scene of this film.

  1.   The Big Gundown

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 IMDb rating: 7.4/10

A symbol of American imperialism brewed by Sergio Donati brings out the shady truth of politics that prevailed in the era. Jonathan Corbett(Lee Van Cleef) is a lawman who is presented with a chance to run for Senate for he has displayed an unprecedented mastery of skills at work. But before that, he is assigned with bounty killing of an alleged rapist by the power broker throwing the bone. In pursuit of his bounty, the lawman finally discovers the truth of impacts of political order on the underprivileged and that his target may not be guilty after all. A rather unusual blend of socio-political themes presented to the viewers by some extraordinary performances, The Big Gundown went on to become a classic post many years after release.

  

  1.   A Fistful Of Dollars

 

  IMDb rating: 8.0/10

The beginning of what shall forever remain an iconic trilogy in the history of westerns, A Fistful of Dollars may not be as charged as it’s sequels but deserves special mention for being a Kickstarter to the regime of western spaghetti. The movie follows a tale of a cynical gunman, Joe, who flaunts his ostensible allegiance to two rival gangs but is loyal to none. Clint Eastwood’s performance as Joe is the most iconic role of his career. The story borrows the mold of Kurosawa’s Yojimbo but Leone’s treatment definitely brings out a stunning original that now serves as inspiration itself.  

 

  1.   Duck, You Sucker! (A Fistful Of Dynamite)

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 IMDb rating: 7.7/10

A rather underrated film of Sergio Leone, this happens to be the second film of the Dollar trilogy. In the final act, Leone soars down the focus to a single character. The movie finds its roots in the Mexican revolution of 1910 with a classic transformation of an outlaw to a revolutionary storyline. Although unlike other westerns, the film is less political and more of an emotionally charged affair, navigating the essence of friendship during a volatile phase of Mexican history.

  1.   A Bullet For The General

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 IMDb rating: 7.1/10

Set in the backdrop of the Mexican Revolution the movie follows the life of El Chuncho, a militant turned revolutionary. Guiding his path of transformation is a prisoner of government forces. The film is a poignant account of political drama, deception and conflicts weighed against the power of conscience and trust. With a heartfelt performance by Gian Maria Volontè, the feature is considered one of the best among the genre of Zapata Westerns.

  1.   Django (1966)

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IMDb rating: 7.3/10

Django is one of the classic western spaghetti films, very much in the Sergio Leone mold. A soldier of the Union Army begins his journey across the south with a coffin. Of course, there is a lot of action along the way when the cowboy hero has to face off against multiple enemies across the Mexican border. Drawing subtle inspiration from A fistful of Dollars, the film explicitly mimics the classic Kurosawa style film making and continues to have a cultural impact years later.

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Jane Foster’s Cancer Storyline Could Find its way in Thor: Love and Thunder

by Emily Keen

Taika Waititi recently teased that Thor: Love and Thunder might explore Jane Foster’s battle with breast cancer. Natalie Portman who will reprise her role as Jane Foster in the Ragnarok sequel, will acquire the abilities of an Asgardian and become female Thor as hinted by Waititi in his earlier interviews.

The new plot retains significant arcs from 2014 comic written by Jason Aaron with Russell Dauterman as the artist. Not only does Jane return but she returns as Mighty Thor. The question is will the makers be generous enough to lift the part about Jane’s battle with cancer as well?

As per the comic, Jane in her human form is diagnosed with breast cancer. Meanwhile, Thor grows unworthy of wielding the power of Mjolnir.

Following which the hammer grants its powers to Jane who becomes a new Mighty Thor. As a human, she cannot endure the effects of the painful disease. But her super-powered form is able to fight it owing to the powers rendered to her by the hammer.

Waititi seems much intrigued by the part of the story of Foster’s cancer battle. But he is not sure about how much of that story will make it into the film, since plans for Marvel films are subject to change even when late in production or editing phases.

In his recent interview with Variety, the Jojo Rabbit director said

“I think that’s a really powerful part of the books. I think it’s really cool that she’s fighting this thing and there’s two battles going on. Personally, I really love that storyline. But whether it ends up in the film is yet to be seen,”

Waititi has not worked with Portman’s character before since she was missing in Ragnarok. The writer/director approached the Oscar-winning actress to make a comeback in Love and Thunder for an even more promising role than she had in the first two installments of the series.

Chris Hemsworth will reprise his eponymous character along with Portman’s Jane and Tessa Thompson’s Valkyrie. The storyline if retained will tackle a powerful subject and could in some way prove inspirational to the cancer-stricken around the world.

Thor: Love and Thunder will open in theatres on November 5, 2021. Don’t miss Taika Waititi’s Jojo Rabbit which hits the screens on October 18.

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9 Netflix Halloween Movies That Are Super Scary to Watch

by Emily Keen

Halloween is the time for brewing up some hocus pocus with friends and family. But if you do not have much to do this Halloween season, grab some candy corn and Apple cider, get cozy in the blanket and tune in to Netflix. There are some spooky fun horror movies waiting to be discovered. We narrowed down the list with some of the most iconic classic and new horror movies to make your task simpler.

Here are nine tales of otherworldly horror for you to enjoy this Halloween season.

  1. Coraline

IMDb rating: 7.7/10

Coraline is a symbolic journey of a young girl who must decide what is right and wrong. The girl subjected to constant invalidation from her parents finds her way into a new world which is an ideal version of her own life. Slipping away into the sparkle of the new world, she fails to understand it could, in fact, be an illusion created to lure and trap her.

 

  1. The Ritual

IMDb rating: 6.3/10

The usual tale of a sinister creature in the forest story. Four humans have made their way in the woods as a part of college reunion and are relentlessly hunted by an unseen force. With plenty of spooky vibes the horror movie seems perfect for Halloween season.

 

  1. The Sixth Sense

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IMDb rating: 8.1/10

This is the breakout film of M. Night Shyamalan and contains one of the most iconic twists in the history of films. Cole Sear a socially awkward boy has a terrifying ability to communicate with spirits. Malcolm Crowe, a child psychologist steps in to help the child make peace with what is and find ways to put a positive spin to a rather undesired gift.

 

  1. I Am The Pretty Thing That Lives in the House

IMDb rating: 4.5/10

Helen Bloom, a successful ghost story writer decides to live in her country home during the last days of her life. Lily is a young nurse who takes care of Helen. Little does Lily know that the house of the writer has some real horror lurking within. The film directed by Oz Perkins is an immersive and slow burn of horror unfolding onscreen.

 

  1. Murder Party

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IMDb rating: 5.9/10

Christopher, an awfully humble man finds an invitation to a Murder party. Without even taking time to consider that it sounds like trouble, he decides to show up only to find out the inviters were not bluffing about the name of the party.  It is, in fact, a group of rogue artists trying to glorify their art through murder to win a grant. Jeremy Saulnier’s debut directorial venture is a comical yet relentlessly violent affair.

 

  1. The Witch

IMDb rating: 6.8/10

A witch steals a child from a family in New England and uses it to open some unhealed wounds and disrupt their integrity. The period drama set in the 1630s depicts the destruction of relationships due to evil supernatural forces but more importantly due to forces of doubt and grief native to humanity.

 

  1. The Crow

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IMDb rating: 7.6/10

A tale of rebirth for revenge, The Crow charts the life of Eric who is killed along with his fiancée by a group of street thugs. A year later, Eric comes back to life as the Crow infiltrates the gang and brutally brings each one responsible to justice. The film sheds light on the unsettling and evil corners of society.

 

  1. Horns

IMDb rating: 6.5/10

The film begins with Daniel Radcliffe’s character being a suspect in the mysterious death of his girlfriend and him waking up one morning with a new set of horns. With the horns grows his wicked humor and ability to influence people to speak out their deepest desires. Based on Joe Hill’s novel of the same name, the movie is a tale of revenge, exploring weirdness of the supernatural world.

 

  1. The Babysitter

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IMDb rating: 6.3/10

A horror comedy that is just right for Halloween mood. A young woman, hired to babysit a boy secretly performs satanic rituals every night the boy is asleep. Until one day the boy defies his usual sleep schedule and walks in on her shenanigans only to strike up a rivalry against a group of handsome but insatiable young adults ready to do anything to fulfill their desires.

No matter how old you are. The list has something for everyone. Watch away!

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Yahya Abdul-Mateen II Lands a Secret Role In Matrix 4

by Emily Keen

Aquaman star Yahya Abdul-Mateen II has been officially signed for a lead role in Matrix 4. The makers are reportedly deep into a rigorous casting process and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II clearly passed the hard test.

It’s a test to enter The Matrix Universe after all. You need more than just acting skills!

 

Although the role landed by The Greatest Showman star has been kept under wraps. We are left with a hint about a young Morpheus appearing in the film. And now, looks like the two pieces of the puzzle fit right in.

As we know Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss will reprise their roles as Neo and Trinity. Warner Bros. is also excited they were able to get Lana Wachowski back at the Director’s chair.

The present Warner Bros Studios boss Toby Emmerich said:  “We could not be more excited to be re-entering The Matrix with Lana. Lana is a true visionary – a singular and original creative filmmaker – and we are thrilled that she is writing, directing and producing this new chapter in The Matrix universe.”

The concept of The Matrix was considered a benchmark in the history of Sci-fi cinema for many considered it way ahead of its time. Although Reloaded and Revolutions did drop the ball, this could be the franchise’s chance to redeem itself. And looks like the Wachowskis are hell-bent on making that happen

Lana is going ahead with the screenplay in full swing. She said she has been adapting pre-developed concepts for the plot along with sister Lilly Wachowski. The Lazarus Project author Aleksandar Hemon and writer David Mitchell are also lending the story their writing prowess.

Lana said in a statement – “Many of the ideas Lilly and I explored 20 years ago about our reality are even more relevant now. I’m very happy to have these characters back in my life and grateful for another chance to work with my brilliant friends.”

The Matrix Universe genesis-ed almost 20 years ago revolutionizing the way sci-fi movies were perceived. The film begins production early 2020 and there is no confirmation of a release date for the feature. The plot of Matrix 4 has been creating waves amongst the fans with impending mysteries and rumors. We can only hope the follow up is worth all the commotion.

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Guy Ritchie and Jason Stathom are Back With a New Action Thriller

by Emily Keen

After Lock, Stock And Two Smoking Barrels and Snatch Jason Statham and Guy Ritchie are powering up again for a Miramax action thriller. The currently unnamed project is a remake of a 2004 French film Le Convoyeur.

The plot charts the life of a reserved and mysterious man who works for armored trucks company. The character-driven script spans across various timelines in the life of the protagonist through a meticulously crafted narrative creating a truly mind-altering experience.

Miramax CEO Bill Block and Ivan Atkinson will be lending the project their producorial prowess.

Block said in his statement- “Working again with Guy Ritchie on our second collaboration together, alongside renowned actor Jason Statham, is a privilege, and we anticipate that the tone and flavor of these two longtime friends will resurrect nothing less than a true, genre classic,”

Ritchie who can’t wait to work with Statham once again had this to say:

“I’m looking forward to bringing this story to life and working with Jason while he still has the use of his knees.”

Jason Statham’s latest project with Dwayne Johnson, Hobbs and Shaw saw a tremendous global success grossing over $758 million. Even though the fast and furious spin-off had a bit of a sluggish start at the box office, it eventually kicked up momentum and how.

Guy Ritchie’s year too has started on a fantastic note with Aladdin turning out to be a massive success worldwide. Aladdin currently stands tall with a global collection of $1 billion. His upcoming projects include The Gentlemen starring Matthew McConaughey who plays an expat Drug lord based in London trying to clean himself up while enemies try to take over his empire.

For all we know, the unnamed project with Statham is Ritchie’s claim to fame frenetic action genre. There are no official confirmations on production dates or release dates as of yet. Similar is the case of the remaining cast line up for the action freight but we are hoping for the news to drop soon enough.

Stay tuned to Spotflik for more updates on the Hollywood adaptation of the French action thriller.

 

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Tom Holland’s Next big Project With Russo Brother’s Begins Production

by Emily Keen

Now that Sony and Marvel have finally settled the Spiderman conflict, Tom Holland can happily get back to work. Joe and Anthony Russo’s Cherry has officially kicked off with principal photography. This is the Russo brothers’ fourth big venture in collaboration with Tom Holland since Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War, Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame.

The brothers were eventually planning on shooting the film in their hometown of Cleveland but could not do so owing to uncertainty around Ohio’s film production tax incentives.

Cherry is a big-screen adaptation of Nico Walker’s Bestselling novel with the same name. Holland will portray the protagonist of the story who is a war veteran and suffers from the post-traumatic stress disorder. He resorts to bank robberies to support his drug addiction. 

The first announcement about the project came in March with Holland’s in the lead role. The makers also confirmed that the film will be R-rated.  Co-starring with Holland in female lead is Wayne star Ciara Bravo. The remaining cast line up includes star Bill Skarsgard, Jack Reynor, Forrest Goodluck, Jeff Wahlberg, Michael Gandolfini, and Kyle Harvey.

In a joint statement, Russo brothers said

“We were drawn to Cherry given our personal experience from Cleveland, as well as the important need to share stories like these. As Cleveland natives ourselves, it means a lot to us to be able to film in our hometown. We shot the exteriors for Winter Soldier here, we are excited to return home to our roots.”

The novel happens to draw inspiration from the real-life experiences of the author who is also a Cleveland native. We can see what really sparked the connection between the Russo Brothers and the story.

At the Comic-con event in July, Joe Russo expressed why they felt like taking up the subject.

“It’s a story about drug addiction and the opioid crisis. It’s touched us both, it’s a deeply personal movie for us. The gent who wrote the book went through the same growth arc in the same part of the city we grew up in — but different experiences.”

Stay tuned to Spotflik for more updates on the movie.

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We Finally Know The Secret Behind C-3PO’s Red Eyes

by Emily Keen

Disney is leaving no chance to mess with the minds of Star Wars followers by revealing clips of questionable nature from The Rise of Skywalker. Daisy Ridley’s Rey, wielding a double-bladed red lightsaber has drawn assumptions that she has fraternized with the enemy. And then another speculation of a good character gone dark seeded from the footage of C-3PO flaunting ominous red eyes.

Plausible explanations behind the red oozing out of C-3PO ‘s peekers are that either he has been swayed or that he is probably a sith. But a recent update about a new character helped us connect the dots.

A Droidsmith of diminutive stature with talents of cosmic proportions – Babu Frik!

Here is how Starwars.com stylized the persona and fervors of the new alien:

“The tiny Anzellan droidsmith, first glimpsed in toy form during the Triple Force Friday livestream event, works among the Spice Runners of Kijimi and can reprogram or modify virtually any droid — regardless of the security measures protecting its systems.”

Have a look at the pint-sized droid technician in live-action:

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Now size up and focus on the part that says “can reprogram or modify virtually any droid”.

Babu Frik is clearly the only one with the powers and talent to mess up with the protocol fixated droid created by Annakin Skywalker. That’s all we needed to understand why C-3PO is shooting red daggers in the trailer. Now we are not quite sure, who Babu Frik swears his allegiance to, but guessing from the part that says “Spice Runners of Kimji” it will not be wrong to assume he operates for Resistance.

The very first disclosure about Babu Frik came in September. The classic toy unveiling the furry coated droid master happened at the Triple Force Friday Preview event. Although not much has been revealed about Babu’s role in the franchise sequel. We can’t help but think if it is because he could do something important to the story.

It’s hard to clearly decipher the arcs of the final chapter looking at the skillfully edited trailers. They are only flashing glimpses from the movie without projecting a clear idea of the plot. All we can do is interpret these glimpses to get the bigger picture. However, it’s only fair to maintain the mysterious aura given this is the final chapter of the Skywalker Trilogy.

After all, it’s just a few months ahead of release and fans deserve this period of excitement.

The Rise of Skywalker opens in theatres on December 20, 2019.

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Eli Roth’s Amazing Reaction When Asked About His Upcoming Project!

by Emily Keen

The word is out and official that Eli Roth will be producing the latest Orion slasher flick 10-31. The story crafted by Ian Shorr and Peter Gamble is set in the backdrop of Halloween. A young woman goes trick-or-treating with her niece and nephew and discovers about a serial killer being loose in her neighborhood. That’s just the synopsis we know about for now. But looking at the Hostel director’s excitement seems like the slasher flick has lots in store than just a gripping storyline.

There are currently no reports on who will be directing the horror flick. The same goes for the cast as well. The screen story written by Kathy Charles will be handled by a pretty impressive team of producers. Roth and Roger Birnbaum’s Arts District Entertainment will be producing the film alongside John Zaozirny’s Bellevue Productions.

Roth was quoted saying this about his upcoming project: “Very rarely do you get a script that grabs you by the throat, holds you until the last page, and gives you nightmares after. I don’t want to reveal too much, but this is one of the best, scariest premises for a horror film that I have read in years. Slasher films are my favorite subgenre of horror, and this script has all the ingredients of a new classic. We are very excited to make this film with Orion, who we have a long relationship with, and who understands what it takes to make a no holds barred scary movie.”

Executive producer Michael Besman too seemed quite excited. In a statement he said:

10-31 is exactly the type of movie that Eli and I have been looking to make for Arts District Entertainment: Smart, elevated genre for a wide audience. The writing has originality, style, elegance, and most of all, real tension and scares. We look forward to a great production with Orion.”

Eli Roth’s most recent works include Death Wish remake and The House With a Clock on it’s Walls as a director. He also produced the AMC series History of Horror and Haunt.

10-31 does not have a release date yet. Stay tuned to Spotflik for more updates on the movie.

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9 Netflix Movies That Are too NSFW to Watch

by Emily Keen

However progressive, humans are bound to have sweat dripping off their forehead if they have to share a room while a sex scene runs on TV. Especially if it’s with a parent! The feeling of secondhand embarrassment is universal to humanity, no matter what age you are strutting through.

So here are a few movies that need to stay strictly off-limits on family get-togethers or even movie nights with friends. Friends too yes! Unless of course, you share a blatant lack of respect for each others privacy.

 

  1. The Late Bloomer

 

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Run Time: 90 min | IMDb: 5.2/10

The title marks the late onset of puberty for Peter Newmans who happens to be a sex therapist himself. Tragic? Well just wait until you see how the puberty that is 15 years late to arrive hits him overwhelmingly. All the mood swings and voice cracking happen in just one single month. The movie is strictly not recommended if you find it uncomfortable discussing sex out in the open. Directed by Kevin Pollack and starring Johnny Simmons in the lead role, this movie is a downright horny comedy.

 

  1. Below Her Mouth

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Run Time: 94 min | IMDb: 5.5/10

A Lesbian romance that begins with two women discovering their sexual preferences when they meet each other over a weekend. With that begins a highly sensual and defiant tale of love. The scenes are every shade of lust, a lesbian desires in her wildest dreams. They are way too NSFW to be played in a company that does not approve of a generous sexual display. Directed by April Mullen, the not so praise worthy script, is an absolute erotica aimed at teens and night-loners.

 

  1. Nymphomaniac Vol I

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Run Time: 117 min | IMDb: 6.9/10

Do we even have to guess after reading the title? Director Lars von Trier made quite a choice of using porn actors as body doubles to film the sex scenes and then using CGI to make it look like they were performed by real actors. The plot follows Joe (played by Charlotte Gainsborough) who is found in a bad shape in an alley. The movie is largely about Joe (a nymphomaniac) recalling the sexual experiences from her youth. With so much sex and extremely kinky stuff going on most of the time, the movie easily earns a safe spot in the list of NSFW movies.

 

  1. Immoral Tales

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Run Time: 103 min | IMDb: 5.7/10

An anthology that features four stories with a vivid display of sexual desire and its manifestation across the series. But what apparently makes it a bad movie night contender are the silent, background score lacking, erotica-oozing frames. Ever had an uncomfortable experience when an extremely intimate scene pops up when with parents? You even stop breathing hoping they forget you exist in that moment. That’s exactly the kind of embarrassment this erotic flick is meant to ensue.

 

  1. The Package

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Run Time: 94 min | IMDb: 5.5/10

The package seems like a safe way to address the entity they are actually trying to imply here. Wait till you find out what the discretion holds, highly protected in a cooler.

Whatever! It’s a Penis!

Already grossed out? Well then don’t watch, because the fate of the penis is way too worse than the hospitalized teen who chops it off with a switchblade. An unfortunate incident unfolds on a  spring break, where one among the group of highly messed up teens incises his tenders and the group safely sends him to the hospital. Only with the wrong package! Could things go more wrong? Yeah! They are already high up the mountains by the time they realize their friend might just pay the price of their carelessness. A dark comedy aimed at saving genitalia, The Package is not for the feeble ones who mellow up jargon with euphemisms.

 

  1. The Little Hours

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Run Time: 90 min | IMDb: 5.8/10

A young male appears at the door of a convent seeking refuge and projects himself as deaf and mute. One trip of thought and he blows up his cover! Speak of blasphemy and there is a lot going on in this convent full of vulnerable nuns. You might want to pass on this one if you have an aunt who strictly insists on saying “grace” before dinner and Amen after every single thought.

 

  1. Love

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Run Time: 135 min | IMDb: 6.1/10

A 3D sexual adventure that will blow your mind with thrice the level of erotica. An artistic sex epic weaved with closely packed sex scenes and visuals of privates up for display,  Gaspar Noé’s Love, created quite a buzz at the film festivals. The film is about a couple looking to amplify their sexual experience with a threesome but forget to factor in the emotional chaos it might lead to.

 

  1. Blue Is the Warmest Color

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Run Time: 180 min | IMDb: 7.8/10

A poignant account of Adele’s romantic experience with a blue-haired woman- Emma!. Self-discovery is the crux of the story and inspiration ensues as Adele blooms in Emma’s presence. The story draws its plot from a novel and is quite a piece of art cinema. It however contains a long and intense scene of graphic sex hindering your desire of experiencing this beautiful tale of Lesbian romance.

 

  1. Y Tu Mamá También

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Run Time: 106 min | IMDb: 7.6/10

This art drama directed by Alfonso Cuaron may particularly not be an oasis of vulgarity, but does contain a threesome of electrifying intensity. So definitely not safe to watch at work kind of movie! Cuaron cinema is bound to be a muscular script with underlying subtext. One thing we ought to remember is that art-house directors believe in “No compromises”. It is essential to bring out the depth and conviction in each character. And being a coming of age drama, Y Tu Mamá También demands at least some aggressive making out.

So the next time you decide to watch any of these movies, be sure to maintain a low profile.

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9 Best Comedies on Amazon Prime Right Now

by Emily Keen

The comedy genre has come a long way in Hollywood. But if you consider Hollywood comedies as just all jokes and no substance then you are wrong. The American cinema is definitely a huge universe with numerous gems conceived down the line of history and waiting to be discovered. 

Here is a list of classic comedy features streaming on Amazon prime which are not just funny but also have a solid storyline and underlying messages even.  

  1. The Apartment

Run Time: 125 min | IMDb: 8.3/10

C.C. Baxter decides to play wingman to his philandering office superiors by lending them his apartment for their illicit affairs just to get into their goodbooks. His trade off seems fair until he finds out that his crush has an affair with his boss and that is just the beginning of Baxter’s miserable yet humorous romantic tragedy.

 

  1. Beetlejuice  

Run Time: 92 min | IMDb: 7.5/10

A ghost couple is disturbed by the fact that their home is haunted by a conceited human family. Quite a reversal of roles from traditional premise of horror movies, this forms the basis for the humorous tale. Beetlejuice ( Michael Keaton) is the star of the show who is hired by the couple to free themselves from the wrath of the humans. Directed by Tim Burton, the spooky horror is carried substantially by Keaton with his manic performance until the very end.

 

  1. The Birdcage 

Run Time: 117 min | IMDb: 7.1/10

A screwball comedy of the 90s era that portrays Robin Williams as a gay cabaret owner and his partner Nathan Lane as a dragqueen of the night club. The story gains heat when Williams’ son (Val) falls for the daughter of a highly moralist politician and now must introduce both families. And amidst getting Nathan to pose as Val’s mother and the senator trying to protect his reputation of “Man of Values” unfolds a chaos of cosmic proportions.

 

  1. The Blues Brothers

Run Time: 133 min | IMDb: 7.9/10

The film brings to life John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd’s SNL characters “Blue Brothers” to life on big screen. The two of them learn that the orphanage that they grew up in in about to be shut due to back taxes. They gather their old bunch of band members and try to raise money to save the orphanage. A simple plot sizing up the absurd lives of two cynics amidst a lot of chaos and carnage

 

  1. Boomerang 

Run Time: 117 min | IMDb: 5.5/10

The king of comedy, Eddie Murphy is an executive at an advertising firm and leads a highly exciting life as a professional and a philanderer. This is until his new female boss (Robin Givens) with a similar personality only amplified in magnitude gives him a taste of his own medicine and there begins his comeuppance. Set in the backdrop of misogynistic culture of corporate, the film maker conveys the message of love and Karma in the vein of what can be viewed as a sophisticated parody.

 

  1. The Disaster Artist

Run Time: 104 min | IMDb: 7.4/10

James Franco’s Magnum opus is based on the making of Tom Wiseau’s 2003 fiasco The Room.  Tommy Wiseau (played by James Franco) bumps into Greg Sestero (played by Dave Franco) in an acting class. Greg is bewitched by Tommy’s take on performance art and they both set out on their quest to make a movie. But when Hollywood rejects to take the script he is so passionate about, Tommy decides to make the movie on his own. Made especially for the cult followers of The Room, this movie depicts Wiseau’s megalomaniac craze and undying dedication towards the projects with utmost honesty.

 

  1. The Squid and the Whale

Run Time: 104 min | IMDb: 7.3/10

An indie pop by Noah Baumbach, follows the crumbling marriage of a couple and how it affects their two sons. Both parents are writers but are perceived differently by their children. The father Bernard, is a literary aficionado and the elder son, Walt (Jesse eisenberg) agrees to and respects most of his opinions. 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 ihas fallen out of love with Bernard and finds a romantic interest in another man. The younger brother is enjoying his puberty in a very unapproved manner. All in all this a perfect way to explain how dysfunctional relationships raises a relatively better offspring and the cycle continues.

 

  1. Wayne’s World

Run Time: 94 min | IMDb: 7.0/10 

A laffaminit spectacle originally conceived from the parody of Saturday Night live TV show. The show is hosted by two young lads who are quite passionate about their choices and are also very much attached to them. They are outsmarted by an ad company that finally tricks them into selling their show for big bucks. The film captures the journey of the two young men through a very predictable but intelligently crafted movie filled with sight gags and smart humor.

 

  1. Six Degrees of Separation

Run Time: 112 min | IMDb: 6.8/10

News broke in New York that a few socialites were tricked by a black young man who claimed himself to be the son of Sydney Poitier. This became the premise for a Broadway hit and later was given the film treatment by Fred Schepisi. The protagonist played by Will Smith plays a con man who drops by the door of an upper crust couple and introduces himself as a schoolmate of their children and that he has just been mugged. The couple kindly let him spend the night and he fully uses the opportunity to charm them with anecdotes and his culinary skills. A vibrant drama filled with surprises and sarcastic comedy!

So get ready to split your sides with some of the best comical ventures. 

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9 Best Netflix Original Movies So Far

by Emily Keen

In the world of event cinema, finding interesting stories driven by passion and originality is a tough task. But if you have Netflix, you need not sweat it! Some of the most engaging dramas are waiting to be discovered right away. 

Here is a list of nine such wonderfully crafted stories:

  1.   Roma (2018)

Run Time: 135 min | IMDb: 7.8/10

This mellow piece of drama shot in pellucid black and white frames follows the life of two women. Sofia, a mother of four and Cleo the maid of their house are walking parallel roads disappointed by the spineless men who left them alone to deal with their plight. Alfonso Cuaron intelligently combines the ingredients of tragedy, comedy, and mystery to brew up a soulful tale of a dysfunctional household in Mexico. And to top that is the extraordinary performance of a tender and stoic Cleo, scaling up the drama to a sheer work of art.

 

  1.   Mudbound (2017)

Run Time: 134 min | IMDb: 7.4/10

Mudbound is a poetically maneuvered narrative of communal tragedy layered onto the preconceived notions of racism and patriarchy. Set in the aftermath of world war II, the film explores the situation of two families (one black and one white), only to reveal they are implicitly weighed down by common distress- societal norms. This is a deviously crafted melodrama that dares to bare the sublime agony of the browbeaten by the powerful.  And just unlike a mature piece of cinema, it aims at evoking response based on individual perceptions with subtle clues of information hidden in the beats.

 

  1.   Happy as Lazzaro (2018)

Run Time: 128 min | IMDb: 7.6/10

Based on real events in Italy, Happy as Lazzaro is a story of a naïve young man who lives among the sharecroppers on a farm. Another tale of a socially oppressed class of workers being bossed around by their landlords, that introduces you to a perplexing mindset of a boy who despite being exploited with intensive labor, sees his life as idyllic. An engaging buildup waiting to reveal the mysterious cause of the Lazzaro’s happiness, the film will have you puzzled but still wanting to keep wandering in the world created teller.

 

  1.   Beasts of No Nation (2015)

Run Time: 137 min | IMDb: 7.8/10

An uncompromising and emotionally powerful depiction of what war costs humanity! Beasts of No Nation is a poignant tale of a village boy strayed by the men who portray themselves as messiahs and manipulate young minds to commit ruthless crimes disguised as “heroism”. Gauging the depths of a soldier’s mind, the movie brings out the truth of the lives of men in uniforms who take pride in unleashing the beasts within.

 

  1.   Private Life (2018)

Run Time: 123 min | IMDb: 7.3/10

The “Private Life” is a comical venture into the lives of a middle-aged couple who cannot get pregnant owing to an awfully unfortunate status quo of their reproductive system. Truly painful a situation yet a rich premise for a humorous drama, the story explores the frustrations of an impotent couple. Their obsession with bearing a child takes a hard hit at their professional and personal lives until they have a guest who comes as a beacon of hope. A brilliant mix of observations and gags skillfully sprinkled onto the story of two ambitious people bearing the brunt of their choices.

 

  1.   The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018)

Run Time: 133 min | IMDb: 7.3/10

An anthology of political nature at large follows six stories for a duration of two hours. With Western revisionism at the heart of the film, the Coen brothers play up almost every element that forms a part of conventional cinema in a few handpicked genres – Gothic mysteries, romance, and slapstick comedy. Amidst abundant violence and killings, the film gallops across the canvas of western legends. A rather intelligently chronicled account highlighting the nihilistic stains in the fabric of civilizational history.

 

  1.   On Body and Soul (2017)

Run Time: 116 min | IMDb: 7.6/10

A bizarre yet unique plot that unfolds in the backdrop of a slaughterhouse, On Body and Soul is a metaphorical representation of the nature of human thoughts. The story unwinds as two people begin to fall in love with each other and live the experience not in the real world but through a common dream. Yes, therein lies the bizarre part of the story! It is a whimsical depiction of an ostensible world where humans find it okay to chop animals for trade but deep down a part of them, construes the act as horrible. 

 

  1.   The Meyerowitz Stories (2017)

Run Time: 112 min | IMDb: 6.9/10

Harold Meyerowitz is a sculpting artist whose borderline narcissism overrides his instincts as a father. Thanks to this attitude he has managed to raise two sons with malignant thoughts for one another, waiting to explode at any given time. There is also a daughter who does not die for attention and comes across as the sensible one of the lot with her limited yet poignant dialogues. A deviant family drama garnished with Noah Baumbach’s hallmark astringent comedy!

 

  1.   The Little Prince (2016)

Run Time: 108 min | IMDb: 7.7/10

Based on Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s 1943 children’s classic, the little prince is an animated composition remixed with instruments of modernism. The story unfolds as a clandestine relationship between a child and her aviator neighbor who introduces the central character of the movie. The little prince from outer space strikes the face of the earth from outer space and falls in love with a high strung rose but ultimately loses his innocence as he grows to accept the ruthless norms of the world. 

So what are we waiting for? Switch to Netflix and binge-watch these amazing movies now!

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Fantastic Beasts 3: Eddie Redmayne’s Update Comes as a Relief!

by Emily Keen

Post the not so successful second installment, Warner Bros is definitely not willing to take chances with the third sequel of Fantastic Beasts. And why not? It’s a lore that connects generations and has got to keep up with the reputation. So the initial filming schedule of summer 2019 has been pushed ahead into the summer of 2020 giving J.K. Rowling a fair amount of time to rework the script.

When asked about Fantastic Beasts 3 at the Toronto Film Festival Eddie Redmayne told ET the script is still being worked on. It is appeasing to hear that the makers are not taking the emotions of the cult for granted. The word coming from Newt Scamander himself testifies to the fact that there are efforts made to maneuver the arcs of the script to take the franchise in the right direction.

Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling will be planning for five movies of the Franchise. Crimes of Grindelwald script invited a solid criticism from many fans. Executive of Warner Bros., Kevin Tsujihara himself admitted that the sequel was not up to the mark.

He also assured the audience that J.K. Rowling was revising the draft of the upcoming movie.

“The second film didn’t perform as well as the first, but I think we know what we need to do to get the third film hopefully even better than the first one. And J.K. Rowling is really working hard now on that third script, and we’re going to get it right. She has an incredible vision of where she wants to go with this that is incredibly exciting. The hardest part of the franchise is you have such a big core fan base. That fan base really knows the lore and they want to go deep into these characters. But what you don’t want to do is intimidate people. You want to be able to create a stand-alone movie that’s enjoyable for someone who isn’t steeped in the lore.”

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them hit the screens in November 2016 and the second installment opened in November 2018. To keep up with the two-year timeline, the third movie was slated to release in November 2020. But since The Crimes of Grindelwald did not land well, the makers thought it was best to take time and introspect.

Finally, November 12, 2021, was locked in for the release of Fantastic Beasts 3.

The franchise now bears the pressure of redeeming itself. And with a cliffhanger as major as the mysterious Dumbledore family tree, J.K. Rowling has a lot of explanation to do in the third movie. The stakes are high and the job is well, tremendous! It would only be wise to spend time than regret.

 

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The Kitchen (2019) Review

by Kaylen Summers

The American gangster movie genre is popular for its morally challenging convections. With its giddy whiplash through the attraction-repulsion cycle, each gangster movie gets viewers hopped up on power fantasies, adrenaline, and the rush of taboo fantasy. The Kitchen follows the same recipe that audiences have seen countless times.

Adapted from the DC Vertigo graphic novel by Ollie Masters and Ming Doyle, the premise gives a female viewpoint to the popular, machismo infused gangster flick. However, don’t expect Goodfellas from these girls, as most of the vacuous plot is utterly predictable. It is refreshing to see women as the crime bosses, but a gender swap alone cannot make a good movie.

Produced by New Line Cinema and DC Films, and distributed by Warner Bros, the movie is set in the late seventies when the Irish mob ran the unions, protection, and loansharking rackets of New York City’s Hell’s Kitchen. After three local heavies: Jimmy (Brian d’Arcy James), Rob (Jeremy Walsh) and Kevin (James Badge Dale) are arrested for their strong-arm tactics, their wives sink into poverty and desperation. Though begged for a raise in their scant allowance they are ridiculed and rebuked. One of them even gets racially subjugated because she is the only black woman amongst the Irish. Thus, the women decide to take over their husbands’ business and enlist a cold-blooded killer (Domhnall Gleeson) to back them up.

The movie marks the directorial debut of screenwriter Andrea Berloff (Straight Outta Compton). Telling the femme-centric story of women taking the reins, the movie is constructed around three strong actresses-Melissa McCarthy, Tiffany Haddish and Elisabeth Moss. However, it fails when it comes to characters and settings, as they are so overblown that they look more like caricatures. Adding that to the generic gangster plot, The Kitchen feels more trudged than visceral.

Most crime dramas pay more attention to detailed character exposition. This nuance is lost somewhere in the heavy-handed and obvious plot of the movie. But, the overall empowerment theme should be celebrated, though it sometimes becomes contrived with its megaphone delivery.

In short, if you are a fan of hard-R rated movies, then The Kitchen might be your cup of tea. There is plenty of onscreen violence, swearing, and adult themes. With extremely graphical headshots and chopped up bodies, the movie works better as a pulp action film with girl power.

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‘Ready or Not’-Review

by Kaylen Summers

With most of the blockbusters gone, the end of summer is a pretty awkward time for Hollywood. It is during this time that studios normally drop movies that they aren’t quite sure what to do with. However, this year things got a little different with movies like Tyler Gillett’s Ready or Not appearing on the big screen.

This deliciously diabolical sophomore feature gives the audience a little bit of black comedy, horror movie, thriller and possibly even an action movie. But, don’t underestimate it as 25% of four different genres. Ready or Not is 100% all of them at once.

From wedding cake stuffed with razor blades to blowing up the chapel, the low-budget movie is packed with plenty of subversive pleasure.  Though at first, the premise might seem similar to Richard Connell’s The Most Dangerous Game, the movie is a real winner in how it is capable of achieving deep cultural critique with superficial diversion

SPOILERS AHEAD!! The plot revolves around Grace (Samara Weaving) who is getting married into the wealthy Le Domas family. The family’s wealth comes from making games- everything from cards, to board, to professional sports. According to the family tradition, the new member of the family should play a game on their wedding night. Well, it’s obvious that it is not going to be a game of checkers or chess. It is when Grace pulled the “Hide And Seek” card from a special puzzle box that she knew that in this game the seekers are armed, and the one who is hiding ends up dead if found.

Set up like a thriller, Ready or Not is keen on breaking away from the basic plot cliches with some ghoulish alterations. Even as Grace runs for her life from her crazed in-laws, the film sticks to its black humor and has some great laugh-out-loud hilarious jokes. The movie also avoids the usual plotline of the rich hunting for kicks. The Le Domas family does it because of what they fear will happen if they don’t. Such elements of such superstitions brew the possibility of the supernatural, as Grace struggles through scorching confrontations, deadly mishaps, and gleeful violence that can make any horror movie lover cheer!

Any review of Ready or Not will remain incomplete without talking about Samara Weaving’s performance in the movie. The Australian actress gave what can be legitimately termed as a “star-making performance”. Weaving can be seen nearly in every scene and there are a fair number of them which she spends alone. However, the actress gracefully took the narrative on her shoulders and moved it forward in ease and style.

The movie is 95 minutes long and is a relief considering a season full of features well over two hours in length. The script by Guy Busick and Ryan Murphy is perfectly paced, with everything serving the unbroken tension built up by the plot.

For a movie made at such a low-budget, Ready or Not deserves not to be missed and to be seen on the big screen.

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Lucy in The Sky (2019) Trailer

by Emily Keen

Lucy (played by Natalie Portman) is a female astronaut, moved by her first experience in space and on returning back to earth, sees her world as small and loses grip with reality. Directed by Noah Hawley, the plot unravels as Lucy tries to make it back into space amidst personal and professional challenges that arise due to her obsession.

Release Date: 20 September 2019

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How Crawl Redefines The Indie Movie Culture?

by Emily Keen

The usual tradition of a blockbuster studded summer faded this year. The season saw high budget films gauging the depths of the valleys while a different kind of horror-thriller cruised its way out. Crawl was the latest addition to a roaster of cheap thrill horror cinema. But unlike other indies, this one has a major studio back-up.

Florida is under a category 5 hurricane alert. After numerous failed attempts to reach out to her father, Hayley Keller(University of Florida swimming champion) decides to drive past the impending hazard to check in on him. The way to her childhood home passes through an alligator farm. This is where the audience gets a glimpse into the horror that lay cloaked under a dank natural disaster. She comes home to find her father bruised and trapped in the cellar, a “Crawlspace” of some sort. For the most part of the film, the action builds up in this very region of the house.

As the hurricane reins its fury, the house starts flooding and brings in a swarm of bloodthirsty alligators. The digital fruition of these bone-crushing jaws looks awfully real and earns the film its brownie points. Fun fact, the movie lacks environmental simulation and is primarily shot in a real space calibrated to align with the appearance of a disaster struck home. Hayley (played by Kaya Scodelario) is invariably seen dragging herself through a concoction of black muck even with gruesome gator bites. The script plays up with its highly interactive make-believe sets.

The film flaunts well-schemed attempts of failed rescue only to force in a few humans into the mouths of giants and fuel the uncertainty of survival for the central characters. Director Alexandre Aja creates spikes of panic with dysfunctional items like torches and phones. Kudos to the screenwriters for having appeased the audience with enough scenes of the bloodthirsty giants crunching away human carcasses and scaling the situation of the protagonists!

Even though the plot at large has essentially nothing new to offer, the script lifts off on a fresh note. It is a rather mediocre premise treating the audience with sporadic jolts of thrill. The director succeeds in creating moments of nail-biting tension and sequences which say Don’t Breathe (just to blow Sam Raimi’s trumpet who co-produced the film along with Aja and Craig Flores).

Amidst the mayhem caused by the water and the creatures, the skin-deep script is forced to flex dry emotional substance. The tension fades off for a while as the element of sentimental past kicks in.  The father-daughter duo tries to address issues from the past, which seem like an unruly attempt to mollycoddle a script aimed at inducing raw fear. Although even with a clichéd and redundant emotional angle, the scenes are well gauged to suit the lead actors’ clean and convincing performance.

Given Aja’s record as a successful indie filmmaker, Crawl was not screened at as many press events as it should have been. Where everyone was expecting Disney’s The Lion King remake to be the show stopper, Crawl did surprisingly well for a modest independent horror feature. Though the script draws several parallels with earlier releases in the league, the presentation is acute and effectively served.

All in all, Crawl has progressively perfected the conventional theme of man vs monster with appallingly realistic CGI and gallant performances from the leads.

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The Coach of 12 Mighty Orphans Finally Has a Face

by Emily Keen

Luke Wilson has officially stepped in the role of Coach Rusty Russel.

12 Mighty Orphans is a feature adaptation of Jim Dent’s novel of the same name. It documents true life events of a group of orphans chasing the title of Texas Football champions.

To summarize the plot- It shows the journey of a football coach and his team who inspires the crippling nation struck by Great Depression!

The Bottle Rocket star has an interesting line up of movie coming later in the year. Berlin: I Love you released earlier in 2019 and his upcoming projects include “The Goldfinch” and Zombieland: Double Tap.

The story of 12 Mighty Orphans is set in the era of WWI. Rusty Russel, trying to come to terms with his bitter past as an orphan, feels obligated to turn the fate of others like him. On discovering about the boys he decides to trade in as their coach and transforms them from a bunch of amateurs to potential champions.

The script has been penned collectively by Ty Roberts and Lane Garrison. The film will be co-produced by Mike De Luca, Houston Hill, Angelique De Luca in association with Greenbelt Films’ Brinton Bryan.

Production shall kick-off by fall. It will be filmed in Fort Worth, Texas as dictated by the original narrative.

Wilson in the skin of Russel seems like a pretty interesting choice given his journey that highlights comedy flicks as his forte. But then again it would be unfair to pigeonhole the actor into one genre since has maintained the balance when it comes to the choice of projects. Although his major credits do come with a stamp of humor.

In recent years he has dived into multiple low key ventures and even TV series and like DC’s Stargirl and Showtime’s Roadies. The hustle and shuffle only point to his gleaming versatility. The 12 Mighty Orphans seem to be in good hands after all!

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