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All The Zack Snyder Movies Ranked From worst To Best

by Kaylen Summers

There is no doubt that Zack Synder is one of the most well-known directors. With only a handful of movies, the director has secured his position as an A-list filmmaker with his epic movies, iconic visual styles, and his growing fanbase. However, not all his movies are well received and some are even worse. Here is a list of all the Synder movies ranked from the worst to the best, including the latest Synder Cut.

9. Sucker Punch

Controversies are not new to Zack Synder. His movie Sucker Punch was no different. The movie was labeled oppressive, sexist, and offensive. This made the movie both a critical and commercial failure. However, the movie did have some of the best CGI visuals that Hollywood can offer. Not to mention the stellar performance from actors like Oscar Issac, who plays a charming and creepy character in the movie.

7. Justice League

Yes!! We all know what happened. This is bad and it’s not Synder’s fault. Unfortunately, he is credited as the director of the movie and for that alone we have to include “original” Justice League in the list. With the release of Snyder’s original vision, we now know how bad the theatrical version is. Adding that to Whedon’s irrelevant reshoots made the movie more mess than the epic it was intended to be.

6. Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole

Zack Synder’s movies are filled with many visually stunning CGI. So, it will not be surprising for him to direct a fully CGI animated movie. Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole marks his debut as #D animation movie director. The movie tells the story of a young owl named Soren who is kidnapped by the evil owls of St Aegolious. However, he escapes and decides to tell the mythical guardians about the evil that is set to happen.

5. Watchmen

Watchmen was Snyder’s ticket into the superhero movie genre. Though the movie didn’t get much attention during its theatrical run, it did get a cult following after the release of its extended version. The American neo-noir superhero movie is based on the limited series DC comics of the same name. Like every other Snyder movie, the movie does have a prevailing polarised option. While some see it as Snyder’s best work, others believe that the movie is filled with many inescapable flaws.

4. Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice

Fans were always eager to see their beloved superhero Batman and Superman going against each other.

3. 300

Zack Snyder’s stylized visuals are what make him unique. The director’s slow-motion action sequences and vibrant frames give some of the best movie scenes ever. And it all began with his second feature film, 300. The movie based on Frank Miller and  Lynn Varley’s comics is filled with stunning action, brutal violence, and brilliant beautiful frames. But, the lack of substance does upsets many, not to mention the inherent fascism, racism, and other problematic elements.

2. Man of Steel

Superman is one of the most beloved superhero characters of all. Though the Man of Steel had many big-screen visits, it was Zack Snyder who was tasked for his modern-day appearance. There is no doubt that Henry Cavill donned his role as Superman and Snyder’s epic movie-making elevated the movie to the next level. This superhero movie has a place of its own in Snyder’s list of movies.

1. Dawn of the Dead

Fans of Zack Synder must have already known that the director started his career with a zombie movie titled the Dawn of the Dead. The movie is a remake of George Romero’s classic movie from 1978 and is more twisted and terrifying than the original one. The director is also working on a new zombie movie for Netflix currently and since he is returning back to familiar terrain, fans have high expectations for the movie.

 

 

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Top 10 Netflix Movies That Are Too Scare To Watch

by Kaylen Summers

With Halloween around the corner, we are all looking for some gruesome scary movies to watch. Here is our list of the scariest ones that you can stream on Netflix this Halloween.

Nobody Sleeps in the Woods Tonight

Technology has made us addicted to a new lifestyle in which we are constantly plugged into the internet. A group of such techno-addicted teenagers goes to an offline camp. What they didn’t expect was hiking through the woods without any communication with the outer world. With dangers lurking in the forest and fighting against things that they have never seen before, they must work together as a team to stay alive and come out in one piece.

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His House

When war has torn down their home town in South Sudan, a young couple takes refuge in a small English town. After being released ‘on probation’ to a new house, hopes of starting a new life began to pop up. However, things take an unexpected turn when they realize that unspeakable evil is lurking beneath the surface of the new home. Now, in order to avoid losing their newfound life, they must outrun whatever is haunting them.

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Room

For more than seven years, a woman and her little son were held captive in an enclosed space. The woman was abducted by a man named ‘Old Nick’ who is the biological father of the boy. She was routinely raped while her son slept in the closet. Even in these terrible times, the woman remained optimistic and joyful to her son. However, she soon started to suffer from malnutrition and depression. With her son’s life hanging in the balance, she had no chance but to somehow keep herself alive.

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Dead Silence

Jamie’s wife was mysteriously murdered after receiving a weird package with a ventriloquist dummy named Billy inside it. This has made Jamie suspicious and he decides to go to his hometown to find out the truth behind what had happened. What he didn’t know was that the dummy is associated with the legend of ventriloquist Mary Shaw. When he went to the town where Shaw was buried, he got more than what he was looking for.

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Halloween

Remember the iconic slasher movie franchise, Halloween. Over the past four decades from its initial release, the movie has had many (MANY!) sequels, prequels, spin-offs, and whatnot. However, the makers behind the original movie decided to do a direct sequel to the first in an attempt to reset the entire franchise and also give fans what they deserve. The movie has Jamie Lee Curtis reprising her iconic role as Laurie Strode and Nick Castle returning as the evergreen slasher character Michael Myers.

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Cadaver

This Norwegian horror-thriller is set in the aftermath of a nuclear disaster. When a family is looking for food to survive, they find a charismatic hotel owner, who offers them a free dinner. As the evening progresses, the family soon realizes that they have to pay a dark price for the free food they were promised. The lines between the evening’s entertainment start to blur and it looks like the spectators are turning into the spectacle. Will they be able to make it out all alive?

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Oculus

The brutal death of their parents drifted siblings Kaylie and Tim apart from each other. After 10 years, when the two are trying to rebuild their relationship, Kaylie realizes that the antique mirror they own possesses a supernatural entity. Known as the Lasser Glass, she believes that it can affect anyone who gazes into it. As Kaylie unravels the truth, her brother seems to have fallen under the evil spell of the mirror. Now, it is up to her to save his brother, before she loses him too.

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The Strangers: Prey at Night

Unknown places can be scary, especially at night. A family’s road trip ends up dangerous when they arrive at a mobile home park. They were expecting to see some relatives there, but it turned out to be mysteriously empty. Things took an even darker turn when three masked psychopaths started to hunt them. With nowhere else to run, the family must stick together and fight with everything they got to survive.

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Annihilation

Lena is a biologist and a former soldier. When her husband goes missing inside the mysterious Area X, she joins the team assigned to find the truth behind what went down there. She soon finds out that a mysterious phenomenon is mutating the landscape and creatures, and is taking over most of the coastlines of the area. With their lives and sanity under the threat, the question is- will they be able to make it out alive?

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House of Wax

Ever been to a wax museum? Those life-like figures can be scary at times, right? Apparently, for a group of unwitting teenagers, it was more than just a simple scare. As they got stranded inside a strange wax museum, they soon started to realize that things are not what they see. They will have to fight to survive or end up us the next exhibit.

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8 Great Musicals On Netflix

by Kaylen Summers

Fan of musicals?! Then here are some great ones for you on Netflix

The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

The Ballad of Buster Scruggs tells the tales of six people in the old West during the period following the Civil War. The six individuals include a sharp-shooting singer, an aspiring bank robber, two exhausted touring performers, a lonesome gold prospector, an uncertain woman roaming the West, and a crew of random strangers stuck together in a carriage ride.

Les Misérables

Our favorite superhero Wolverine actor Hugh Jackman had his own share added to the world of musicals and that too in the most classical way. Les Misérables is an adaptation based on the infamous stage musical from the novel written by Victor Hugo. Both the classic novel and the movie takes place in 19th-century France and revolves around Jean Valjean,  a released prisoner who is out seeking redemption.

West Side Story

West Side Story is also an adaptation but from a classic broadway musical of the same name. The story takes place in the slums of the upper West Side of Manhattan, New York. There are two gangs there. One is a gang of Polish-American teenagers and they call themselves the Jets. Rivaling the are the Sharks, a group of Puerto Ricans who have recently migrated to the place. While their ongoing battle continues about ‘owning’ the neighborhood streets, two kinds from the rival gang end up falling in love with each other.

The Muppets

Kermit the Frog and the Muppets discover that their precious theater planned to get demolished soon. However, they are not willing to let it go without a fight. With the help of a loving human named Gary, and his puppet roommate, Walter, they decided to gang up and make a show that can raise 10 million dollars and save the day.

White Christmas

After the war, two talented men decided to team up. Their song-and-dance skills have driven them to grow into one of the most popular shows of their time. Eventually, they become friends with the beautiful Haynes sisters. They had their own show and the two pairs end up falling in love with each other.

Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey

Here is the latest share from Netflix to the world of musicals. This holiday tale is set in an imaginary world of an eccentric toymaker. He has an adventurous granddaughter who stumbles upon a  magical invention. Its breathtaking powers changed their lives forever.

Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga

Another wonderful musical comedy movie from Netflix is the recently released Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga. The story is about two small-town aspiring musicians who is out to prove that they are indeed the pop stars they dream to become. To prove themselves they get a chance to compete in the global music competition. With the stakes high, they must overcome scheming rivals, and onstage mishaps to prove themselves.

Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story

Dewey Cox is destined to become one of the most musical sensations of all time. However, a childhood tragedy follows throughout his life and his rise to music stardom. As his career blooms Dewey changes his musical styles, becomes addicted to nearly all drugs known, and falls for uncontrollable rage.

 

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Top 10 Psychological Thrillers That Are Really Twisted

by Kaylen Summers

Twisted, dark, and deeply haunting, psychological thrillers are sure to have the viewer on edge. Here are a few of the best films in the genre for those of you who love films that mess with your mind:

The Silence of The Lambs

The Silence of the Lambs is a 1991 American psychological horror film adapted from Thomas Harris’ novel. It is the story of Clarice Starling, a young FBI trainee who is hunting a serial killer, who skins his female victims. To catch him, she seeks the advice of the imprisoned Dr. Hannibal Lecter(Anthony Hopkins), a brilliant psychiatrist and cannibalistic serial killer. This is a film that is cited by film critics the world over as one of the messiest psychological thrillers.

Get Out

This is the story of a young African-American man who goes to meet his girlfriend’s family on a vacation. Things turn chaotic for him as he discovers an unnerving secret in the process. Watch this film if you want to experience some psychological horror right under your skin!

The Girl of The Train

Based on the novel of the same name by Paula Hawkins, this is a film that follows the journey of Rachel, a young woman with mental health concerns that interfere with her sense of reality. She finds herself questioning the fundamentals about her failed marriage after she finds out some secrets related to a couple she stalks on her way to work. This film is a deeply haunting take on mental health, relationships and betrayal.

Black Swan

Black Swan is a masterpiece in psychological horror. Director Darren Aronofsky is known for his selection of themes that haunt the viewers for days. Black Swan showcases his capacity to influence the mind at its best. It is the story of a ballerina who is competing with a rival for a lead casting in a ballet. It maps her mind and her insecurities about reality and art that causes her to go off-grid eventually. Watch this film if you are someone who likes to be involved in a film long after you have finished watching it!

Gone Girl

Based on the novel of the same title by Gillian Flynn, Gone Girl is a psychological crime thriller directed by the brilliant David Fincher. Fincher is known to play with the viewer’s psyche and he does it perfectly well in this film. Gone Girl is the story of Amy, a famous author who goes missing, and her husband Nick who is the prime suspect. It is a chilling take on modern matrimony, trust, love, and betrayal in relationships.

Psycho

Alfred Hitchcock is the king of psychological horror. Psycho is his evergreen classic which sends chills down the spine even after so many years of its release. It is the story of a young woman who rents out a room in a suburban motel for a night. The shy proprietor of the secluded motel manifests uncanny behavior and the aftermath of it is a mystery that unfolds in the most unexpected way.

Shutter Island

Another classic in the genre of the psychological thriller is the brilliant Martin Scorsese’s Shutter Island. Starring Leonardo DiCaprio in the lead, this is the story of a cop who investigates the happenings inside a psychiatric facility on Shutter Island. Dark, haunting, and deeply introspective, this is a film that will truly leave you guessing till the end.

The Shining

Directed by the phenomenal filmmaker of all times, Stanley Kubrick, The Shining is the story of an aspiring writer and recovering alcoholic who accepts a position as the off-season caretaker of the isolated historic Overlook Hotel in the Colorado Rockies. His son is gifted with the ability to visualize the horrific incidents from the hotel’s past and what unfolds is a tale of horror, thrill, desperation, and violence.

The Sixth Sense

A harrowing psychological horror film, The Sixth Sense is an immersive work of cinema by Manoj Night Shyamalan. It is the story of a child psychologist whose patient can speak to the dead. This film marked the director’s place in the genre and has been hailed as one of the best films in the category.

Us

Creepy, mysterious, and disturbing, Us is the story of Adelaide. A group of attackers shows up at her family’s beachfront house one night. Things get uncanny when Adelaide and her family learn that each attacker resembles one of them. Watch this film for some really messy storytelling that will leave you wondering for many nights after!

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10 Best Spy Movies To Stream On Netflix

by Kaylen Summers

Suspense is an emotion that keeps every film buff on edge. Combine it with a plotline featuring dangerous undercover operations and you have a splendid movie experience.
Here are some amazing spy movies to watch on Netflix for the suspense lover in you:

The Angel

A high ranking Egyptian officer gets into a shady tie up with Israel, as his country prepares for war. Watch this action-packed spy movie for some adventure and thrill.

Beirut

Set in a war-torn Beirut, this is the story of an American spy who has been kidnapped and must rely on a washed-up ex diplomat to be released. Exciting plotline and brilliant performances make this film a great movie experience.

The Accidental Spy

Comic yet thrilling, this is the story of a young, heartbroken IT specialist who moved to London to audition for a reality show. What unfolds is how he accidentally becomes part of a problem so complex that it almost costs him his life to save himself.

Body of Lies

Deemed one of the best films in the genre, Body of Lies has Leonardo DiCaprio in the lead as a spy who teams with the Jordanian Intelligence team to infiltrate a terrorist plot.

Haywire

A story of betrayal and self-preservation, the film follows a female spy who realises she has been found out before a last-minute operation in Dublin. The performances are so good that you will not want to skip a single minute of the film.

Argo

Critically acclaimed and loved by film goers around the world, Argo is the story of 6 Americans who take shelter from Iranian militants in the Canadian embassy. What follows is an elaborate plot by the CIA to rescue them. Tense and fast-paced, this is a film you will not regret watching.

Munich

Set against the Summer Olympics of 1972, this is the story of an undercover Mossad agent who tries to trach down the Palestinian terrorists who killed a group of Israeli athletes during the Olympics. Racy and full of twists, this is a film that will thrill spy movie lovers.

Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation

The 5th part of the Mission Impossible series, this is a spy thriller about the war against a group of renegade spies bent to destroy the world. Fast paced action and intrigue combine in this film that is one of the most-watched spy thrillers in the world.

The Tourist

Starring Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie in the lead, this is a thriller that follows an American tourist who falls in trouble after he meets a disguised Interpol agent. Combining romance, action, and curiosity, this is a film that was very well received by film lovers across the globe.

Snowden

Based on the life and struggles of Edward Snowden, this film traces his conflict-filled journey from being a normal Army recruit to a whistle blower who was bent on exposing the problems in the U.S surveillance programs.

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10 Best Groundbreaking Fantasy Films

by Kaylen Summers

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

1. Groundhog Day

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

2. My Neighbour Totoro

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

3. A Matter of Life and Death

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

4. The Dark Crystal

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

5. La Belle et la Bête

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

6. Spirited Away

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

7. Ugetsu Monogatari

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

8. Onward

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

9. King Kong

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

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

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

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10 Movies That Are Actually Comic Book Adaptations

by Kaylen Summers

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

1. Blue Is The Warmest Colour

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

2. Hellboy

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

3. Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World

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

4. Oldboy

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

5. A History Of Violence

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

6. Persepolis

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

7. Snowpiercer

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

8. The Mask

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

9. Ghost World

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

10. 30 Days Of Night

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

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10 Parenting Movies Every Parent Should See

by Kaylen Summers

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

1. What To Expect When You’re Expecting

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

2. Knocked Up

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

3. She’s Having A Baby

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

Three Men And A Baby

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

Life As We Know It

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

Mr. Mom

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

7. Yours, Mine, And Ours

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

8. Little Miss Sunshine

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

9. Riding In Cars With Boys

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

10.This Is 40

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

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10 Best Enemies-To-Lovers Stories of All Times

by Kaylen Summers

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

You’ve Got Mail

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

ICarly

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

Star Wars

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

Buffy The Vampire Slayer

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

When Harry Met Sally

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

The Vampire Diaries

 

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

10 Things I Hate About You

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

Once Upon A Time

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

Pride & Prejudice

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

Cheers

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

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10 Movies That Are Too Heartbreaking To Watch

by Kaylen Summers

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

1. Dead Poets Society

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

2. Marley and Me

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

3. Pride and Prejudice

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

4. If Beale Street Could Talk

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

5. Gladiator

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

6. The Colour Purple

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

7. A Walk to Remember

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

8. A Star Is Born

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

9. Sophie’s Choice

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

10.The Lion King

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

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10 Best Heist Movies of All Times

by Kaylen Summers

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

1. Sexy Beast

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

2. Heat

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

3. Logan Lucky

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

4. The Usual Suspects

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

5. Baby Driver

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

6. Reservoir Dogs

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

7. Inception

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

8. Quick Change

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

9. Thief

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

10. The Killing

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

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10 Great Bromances That Are Worth Watching

by Kaylen Summers

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

1. Point Break

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

2. The Fox And The Hound

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

3. Superbad

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

4. The Shawshank Redemption

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

5. Lethal Weapon

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

6. Pineapple Express

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

7. Bill And Ted’s Excellent Adventure

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

8. The King’s Speech

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

9. The Odd Couple

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

10. Lord of the Rings

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

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10 Genre-Defying Horror Movies

by Kaylen Summers

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

1. It Follows

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

2. Friday The 13th

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

3. Trick ‘R Treat

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

4. Shaun Of The Dead

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

5. Suspiria

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

6. Repulsion

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

7. Don’t Look Now

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

8. Get Out

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

9. The Thing

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

10. 28 Days Later

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

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10 Best Nature Documentaries To Watch Netflix Right Now

by Kaylen Summers

Nature never stops to fascinate us. Netflix is the same. With some of the most stunning views of nature and animals, Netflix’s nature documentaries are truly mesmerizing. Here are some of the best documentaries to watch on Netflix right now.

Our Planet

This eight-part series about life on Earth took producers 3500 days to make. No wonder why this epic documentary went on to win the Emmy award. The high-definition nature film takes us to places on the earth where life is thriving and spots that are deeply struggling due to climate changes.  It gets even better. The producers had to spend 10 days in the field to create the final minute of the film

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Night on Earth: Shot in the Dark

Earth has a whole different look during the dark with plenty of unseen creatures lurking in the dark. Night on Earth: Shot in the Dark takes us through the unseen world of animals and insects that thrive in the darkness of the nights.  From oceans to mountains, all landscapes are explored with some brilliant groundbreaking footage.

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Oceans

Oceans built the most percentage of Earth. They are huge in volume and are mostly unexplored. This water-themed documentary explores the five vast oceans of the planet and the creatures residing in them. With breathtaking shots, this is your chance to explore the vast unknown world that we have never experienced.

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Chasing Coral

Like most of the documentaries, this one also took a long three years to complete shooting. With more than 500 hours of underwater footage, the movie explores the tragic effect of coral bleaching and how it impacts the oceanic ecosystem.  The documentary was made with the help of more than 500 people across more than 30 countries.

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A Plastic Ocean

We all know that our oceans are getting filled with tons and tons of plastic wastes. Craig Lesson, a sea-loving journalist took up the task to make a difference. With the help of professional diver Tanra Streeter and a team of scientists, they are on a mission to take action and show the world the real truth and impact of plastic on nature.

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Mission Blue

Presenting the life and work of oceanographer, marine biologist, and environmentalist Sylvia Earle, this documentary portrays her mission to protect the earth’s oceans from pollution, overfishing, and other climate changes. The docufilm went on to win the 2015 news and documentary Emmy Award for outstanding editing.

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Kiss the Ground

Earth’s topsoil is being depleted. Without it and the nourishing nutrients required to sustain life, cultivating food for the living being will become more and more difficult. Now, it is up to activists, scientists, farmers, and politicians to stand up and adopt regenerative agriculture to save the topsoil.

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The Ivory Game

Ivory is one of the many prized possessions by many hunters and middle-class Chinese individuals. No wonder it is called white gold. In the name of this status symbol, many elephants are being slaughtered in Africa and Asia. It took more than 16 months for film makes to go undercover and document the deep-rooted corruption behind the global ivory crisis.

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Dancing with the Birds

Directed by Huw Cordey and narrated by Stephen Fry, Dancing with the Birds is about exotic birds and their mating rituals. Different birds have different methods of finding a mate. Some dance, some sing, and others create bowers with some beautiful decorations. Watch these birds in paradise flaunt their best moves.

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David Attenborough: A Life On Our Planet

Beloved broadcaster and natural historian David Attenborough is known for a lifetime of exploring the vibrant wonders of nature. At his 93rd age, Attenborough recollects the defining moments of his illustrious career with nature. The documentary is a first-hand account of humanity’s impact on nature.

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Birders

Borders are for humans. For migratory birds, there are no birds and they are uniting birdwatchers from both sides of the US and Mexico border each year.  These birders observe, record, monitor, and fight for the rights of their rare and wonderful species.

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10 Popular Disaster Movies That Actually Existing

by Kaylen Summers

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

1. Airplane!

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

2. San Francisco

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

3. Contagion

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

4. The Poseidon Adventure

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

5. Melancholia

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

6. Miracle Mile

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

7. A Night to Remember

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

8. The Birds

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

9. The Towering Inferno

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

10. Titanic

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

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10 Best Disney Live-Action Movies

by Kaylen Summers

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

1. Old Yeller

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

2. Aladdin

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

3. Queen of Katwe

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

4. Pollyanna

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

5. The Jungle Book

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

6. Saving Mr. Banks

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

7. Miracle

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

8. Remember the Titans

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

9. Mary Poppins

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

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

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

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10 Highest Grossing Movies of All Time

by Kaylen Summers

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

1. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2

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

2. Black Panther

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

3. Avengers: Age of Ultron

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

4. Furious 7

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

5. The Lion King

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

6. Jurassic World

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

7. Avengers: Infinity War

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

8. Star Wars: The Force Awakens

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

9. Titanic

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

10. Avatar

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

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Golden Globes 2021: Where To Watch The Nominated Movies

by Kaylen Summers

The award season is here and the nominations for the Golden Globes are announced. Here is where you can watch all the top nominated movies.

Mank

⌛2h 12m 📺Drama, Comedy

Nominated for: Best picture (drama), lead actor (drama), supporting actress, director, screenplay, and score.

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One Night in Miami

⌛1h 54m 📺Drama

Nominated for: Supporting actor, director, and song.

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Over the Moon

⌛1h 40m 📺Family, Musical

Nominated for: Best picture (animated).

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Palm Springs

⌛1h 30m 📺Comedy, Rom-com

Nominated for: Best Picture (musical/comedy) and lead actor (musical/comedy)

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Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

⌛1h 34m 📺Drama, Musical

Nominated for: Lead actress (drama), lead actor (drama)

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Borat Subsequent Moviefilm

⌛1h 36m 📺Comedy, Mockumentary

Nominated for: Best picture (musical/comedy), lead actress (musical/comedy), and lead actor (musical/comedy)

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Pieces of a Woman

⌛2h 06m 📺Drama

Nominated for: Lead actress (drama)

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Sound of Metal

⌛2h 10m 📺Drama, Music

Nominated for: Lead actor (drama)

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The Midnight Sky

⌛1h 58m 📺 Drama, Sci-fi

Nominated for: Score

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The United States Vs. Billie Holiday

⌛2h 10m 📺 Drama, Music

Nominated for: Lead actress (drama), song

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The Trial of the Chicago 7

⌛2h 10m 📺Drama

Nominated for: Best picture (drama), supporting actor, director, screenplay, and song.

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Onward

⌛1h 43m 📺 Fantasy, Comedy

Nominated for: Best picture (animated)

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The Prom

⌛2h 12m 📺 Musical, Comedy

Nominated for: Best picture (musical/comedy), lead actor (musical/comedy)

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10 Movies to Watch If You Like Julia Roberts

by Kaylen Summers

Julia Roberts is an actor who has brought alive many unforgettable characters on screen. Here are some of her most amazing performances you should not miss:

Mother’s Day

This is a feel-good comedy that celebrates the many different shapes of motherhood. In the movie, Roberts plays a mother who gives up her only child for adoption. She brings out very subtle ease in her performance and moves you with an intense, yet very precise expression of the role. She performs with conviction and even though this is an unconventional mother, in the end, she wins the heart of the viewer with her commitment to the character’s emotions.

Valentine’s Day

This is a holiday movie that follows different characters as they find love in different forms on Valentine’s Day. Roberts plays a character who finds love in a long conversation with a handsome businessman on a flight. In the end, it turns out to be something much different from what we may expect. She performs with a very removed kind of involvement which really underlines the complex emotions of the character.

Mary Reilly

This is a horror film in which Julia Roberts played the lead. This is the story of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde told from the perspective of the housekeeper played by Roberts. She harbors a secret infatuation with the doctor. The film is gripping and her performance elevates the mood of the film with her solid performance. Se exhibits a vulnerability that adds a lot of gravity to the entire film, as well as brings out her sharp eye for detail in acting.

Mona Lisa Smile

Set in the 1950s, this is the story of an art teacher played by Roberts. Her character is one who encourages her classroom of conservative girls to open their minds up to art and expression. The film itself is relevant for its socio-political context. Roberts delivers a performance that drives the narrative home with sharpness. She is very matter-of-fact and also tenders in the way she holds her students by the hand into newer horizons of expression.

Eat Pray Love

This is a film that’s inspired by a bestselling book of the same title. It tells the story of a newly divorced woman who embarks on a solo-travel journey around the world to better understand herself. Roberts plays the character with an understanding of all its nuances. She is relatable and extremely lovable on screen. Her performance makes the character feel personal, a thing only brilliant actors can make the viewer feel.

Stepmom

This is a family drama with a heart in which Roberts played a role that comes across as a bit negative in the beginning. She plays the girlfriend of a man who is divorced from his wife and has three kids. The wife is then diagnosed with cancer, and Roberts steps into a bond with the children and helps the family to brace through this difficult phase. She performs so well that by the end of the film, she wins your heart.

Runaway Bride

Roberts plays a famously indecisive woman in this film. She then becomes the subject of a journalist’s latest piece after running away from her third wedding. Her portrayal of a woman who has trouble making long-term decisions is very relatable and strikes a chord with the viewer. She is effortless in her confusions which really lifts the story into something entertaining.

Conspiracy Theory

This is an intense film in which Roberts delivers yet another memorable performance. She plays an attorney who becomes involved with a paranoid taxi driver while trying to solve her father’s murder. She is very self-affirmative and that makes you truly believe in her character. She knows all the nuances of her role, which comes through in compelling ways. Her performance is something that really holds together the film.

Pretty Woman

There can be no list of Julia Roberts’ performances without mentioning Vivan Ward, her character in Pretty Woman. She plays a sex worker who unexpectedly finds herself in new territory when she meets a corporate businessman who wants her to be his client for the next week. Complications ensue when the pair ponder if they could ever be a real couple outside of their hotel room. Roberts is known for this role because she has delivered an exceptional performance. She is tender, bold, sure, and confused all at once in this beautiful film with a layered storyline.

August: Osage County

This is a film that earned Roberts an Oscar nomination. The story focuses on a group of women who return to see their mother who subjects them to harsh criticism after the demise of their father. Among the daughters, Roberts plays the oldest and most willing to challenge her mother’s brutal honesty. She exhibits a mature, well-grounded performance which is one of the high points of the film. Years later, she is still the same solid performer, only better with time and films.

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10 Inspiring Films About Strong Women

by Kaylen Summers

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

The Devil Wears Prada

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

Brave

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

Mamma Mia!

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

The Hunger Games

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

Salt

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

Black Swan

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

Malena

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

Frida

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

Kill Bill

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

Juno

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

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10 Best Forgotten Classics of All Time

by Kaylen Summers

Films offer great insights into the world and our own selves. Classic films remain timeless because they truly open viewers into new horizons of thought and aesthetics. Here are some forgotten gems that will transport you into different worlds with their beauty and brilliance:

Under The Skin

This is a visceral and moving exploration of grief about a young woman whose mother’s death prompts a breakdown of sorts. With every element of the film, performance to the visuals as well as the soundtrack, the filmmaker elevates the story into a very intense experience. This is a classic that is grossly underrated and quite forgotten.

The Front Page

This is a milestone work in every sense with its fast, wise-cracking dialogue and rapid editing. This is the story of the newspaper industry focusing on a suave, double-crossing editor and his star reporter. The film is an engaging take on the workings of journalism and news. It is more than worth a watch for its making and theme.

Ace In The Hole

This is a cynical film about mass hysteria and the yellow press with stunning performances. It focuses on an unscrupulous journalist exploiting a local tragedy to get back into the big league. The film dives deep into the nuances of how people consume news, and how reporters work around news items to create impact. This is a true gem of a classic film that is criminally underrated.

The Beaver Trilogy

This is an experimental film set in Beaver, Utah, in the 1980s. It is the story of a man who has a penchant for impersonating famous personalities. The story is unconventional and twisted in its own ways. It is one of those films that will take you along with it and then get deep under your skin with each scene and setting. This is a forgotten classic that deserves more attention that it has received.

Top Secret

This is a comic masterpiece that spoofs WWII movies with both affection and visual wit. It focuses on the life of Nick, a handsome American, and a rock and roll singer. He falls in love with Hillary, a beautiful heroine and helps her rescue her father. The film displays a brilliant sense of wit and intelligence. It is worth a watch and a film that remains underappreciated.

Bamboozled

This is Spike Lee’s angriest, most savagely funny film. It is a media satire about a network’s rating success with a show. This is a brave and striking film that speaks a lot about institutional racism and faux-liberal whites. The film has some really great music and superb tap dancing. It is an absolute delight to watch all these elements unfold on screen with such natural subtlety.

Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me

This is an eerie fable of incestuous urban horror. It follows a woman who wallows in sadness as she tries to succumb to the pain of holding a deadly, dirty secret. The music in this film is perhaps another character in itself. It creates an air of dread, grief, and terrible magic. This is one of the most powerful, passionate classics out there which is entirely forgotten and deserves to be watched more.

Let’s Scare Jessica To Death

This is a creepy and surreal ghost story. It focuses on a woman trying to start a new life in a remote village. She has previously spent time in a sanatorium in an attempt to cure her of her fascination with death. This is a very inventive take on horror films with a mix up that turns into something truly terrifying. It is a very interesting kind of horror movie that is creepy and also deep in its themes and making.

The Low Down

This is a beautiful film that makes you question whether you can be young and carefree forever. In essence, the story is about the usual story – boy meets girl theme. But here, it’s in north London and the boy’s life undergoes a series of shifts as the relationship develops. The film was not well accepted when it came out, but it is a lovely, poetic film that is brilliant in the way it brings out deep emotions on screen.

A New Leaf

This is an entertaining story of an eccentric millionairess botanist who is trying to deal with the uncomfortable advances of an aging man. The film has a sense of sophisticated humor that focuses on the relationship of this odd couple. It is a film that was not too well received at the time of its release, but it is definitely a classic that deserves a watch for its edge and craft.

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10 Best Shows on Amazon Prime To Watch This February 2021

by Kaylen Summers

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

The Wilds

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

Truth Seekers

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

American Gods

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

The Boys

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

Good Omens

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

Tales from the Loop

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

The Tick

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

Vikings

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

Catastrophe

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

The Man in the High Castle

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

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10 Weird Horror Films That Give You The Creeps

by Kaylen Summers

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

The Lords of Salem

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

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2

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

The Beyond

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

In the Mouth of Madness

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

Evil Dead II

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

The Old Dark House

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

Suspiria

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

Phantasm

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

The House by the Cemetery

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

The Car

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

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10 Best Dramas to Watch on HBO Max this February 2021

by Kaylen Summers

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

Breaking the Waves

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

Brief Encounter

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

Casablanca

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

Citizen Kane

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

Cleo from 5 to 7

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

Dead Man Walking

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

Dog Day Afternoon

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

In the Mood for Love

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

The Invisible Man

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

Mystic River

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

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10 Best Shows on Amazon Prime To Watch This February 2021

by Kaylen Summers

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

1. The Wilds

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

2. Truth Seekers

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

3. American Gods

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

4. The Boys

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

5. Good Omens

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

6. Tales from the Loop

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

7. The Tick

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

8. Vikings

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

9. Catastrophe

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

10. The Man in the High Castle

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

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10 Dark Noir Movies Every Film Buff Must Watch

by Kaylen Summers

Noir movies are known for their genre-bending themes and stylish presentation. It is a genre that delights every film lover who looks to explore different kinds of storytelling. Here are some of the darkest noir films you must not miss:

Ace in the Hole

The is the story of a reporter who has to run out of New York because of a scandal. Attempting to rebuild his career, he takes up work for a local paper in New Mexico. He then stumbles upon an amateur archaeologist trapped in a cave and successfully turns the rescue operation into a national sensation. This film is incredibly dark and represents the genre at its best.

Criss Cross

This film follows a luckless man, hopelessly in love with his femme fatale ex-girlfriend. After tracking her down to Los Angeles, only to discover she has become a gangster’s muse, he masterminds a robbery of the firm where he works just to be near her. When the heist succeeds, he rips off the gang, only to be ripped off by the said gangster. The film is dark and compulsive from beginning to end.

 

The Face Behind the Mask

This is an edgy film that tells the story of a friendly immigrant watchmaker who is disfigured in a blaze, mere hours after his arrival in New York. He then dons a sinister white mask and turns to organized crime, whilst courting the affections of a beautiful, blind woman. When he attempts to retire from the criminal life, his gang tries to assassinate him, killing his new love in the process. The film has a plot that is doomed from the start, making it dark and devastating. But it is a thrilling kind of darkness which you will enjoy.

I Wake Up Screaming

This pulpy murder mystery follows a wisecracking publicist, falsely accused of killing his most recent discovery, a waitress-turned-singer. Together with her sister he searches for the real killer whilst being hounded by a seemingly deranged police detective. The story gets more and more complex with each event and it is a narrative that explores the dark noir genre of its full potential.

Ladies in Retirement

A very different Gothic melodrama, this film is very representative of the dark noir genre. It follows a spinster companion to a retired actress in her secluded country home. After the actress’s two mentally-ill sisters arrive for an indefinite stay, their antics upset her, and the plot spirals into a mad frenzy of dark events leading up to the climax. This is a truly intense film that is quite hard to digest, but totally worth it.

Asphalt Jungle

This is the story of a heist gone wrong after a stray bullet hits one of the main characters. There is a unique blend of off killer compositions, unconventional camera angles, high-contrast lighting, and creative sound design. The film taps into noir cinema’s overwhelming sense of fatalism and as the film build to its tense, tragic, and darkly comical finale, it emerges as an intense tale of fatal incidents. This is really dark stuff, so be on your watch!

Brighton Rock

This is a film with the most terrifying, sociopathic villain in all of noir. It focuses on a violent gang leader, a really innocent girl he marries, and an investigator studying a murder her committed. The film is deep and dark and digs into the layers of crime, intimacy, and thrill. It is a story that is quite upsetting because of how so many things don’t work out. All the chaos ultimately culminates into something really intriguing, and it is worth the time.

One False Move

This is a film that offers a picture of regional division and segregation still powerfully evident in America. It sees violence as the common denominator between blue and red states. The story sets off with a mixed-race outlaw, her psycho of a boyfriend, and his sadistic spectacled accomplice murdering six Angelinos to get their hands on a large stash of cocaine. The story spirals from then on and takes many frenzied turns to become what it is in the end. It has its dark moments and they do really get under the skin.

Caught

This is a sophisticated film about a woman who is trapped, even before she catches the eye of a psychotic thug who’s also a brilliant businessman. She then gets stuck between two modes of prostitution: literally posing at the department store that pays her practically nothing, or figuratively posing at her captor’s mansion for luxury beyond her imagination. The film explores the politics of sex and how women often are objectified with no redemption. It is a bold film with a deep dark narrative that is definitely worth watching.

While the City Sleeps

This is a dark, cynical film about journalism and its nuanced problems. The film’s killer is a sexually repressed person who feeds his murderous rage through violence. The film also puts focus on a media empire divided by a mogul among three subordinates who war with each other for a top position at the paper. As each journo tries to find the killer, the company loses sight of its civic responsibility. Executives are even willing to dangle their own employees as bait for the killer, and the film is weirdly upsetting at most places, to say the least. What makes it worthy of watching is its brilliant critique of society and depiction of crime.

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10 Unforgettable Movie Characters of All Time

by Kaylen Summers

Some characters from movies stay with us, even after we have watched the films. The writing and performances are so moving that they live in the minds of the viewers forever. Here are some unforgettable movie characters from amazing movies of all time:

Amelie Poulain

Movie: Amelie

This is one of the most lovable characters in movie history. The film is the titular character’s whimsical world which is beautiful and could make even the grumpiest person crack a smile. She is everything good about the world. Amelie will give you hope that the world is still a good place, and that is what makes this film and character unforgettable.

John Wick

Movies: John Wick franchise

The role of John Wick is the ultimate action achievement in the career of Keanu Reeves, which is certainly unforgettable. The moments that this character has created on-screen are so moving and absolutely edgy that it is one of the most loved, revered characters of all time. Reeves owns the role like it is where he belongs, making this film even more memorable.

Captain Jack Sparrow

Movies: Pirates of the Caribbean franchise

Johnny Depp as Jack Sparrow is yet another absolutely unforgettable character of contemporary cinema. It is iconic to see him in all his glory for the first time in “Dead Man’s Chest.” Then on, he delivers a performance that is theatrical and nuanced all at once. He is an important element of the

Hans Landa

Movie: Inglourious Basterds

Inglorious Basterds is a lovable mess of a movie. But the ruler of all that chaos is Christoph Waltz’s ruthless character, Hans Landa. A sociopath who is unhinged and so damn brilliant, the character is hilarious and haunting all at once. This is one of the most iconic on-screen roles an actor can portray and Waltz has outdone himself, etching the character in the minds of film lovers forever.

 

Batman

Movies: The Batman trilogy

Christian Bale is the ultimate Batman with the ultimate story behind him. Bruce Wayne has been done before by several actors. But Bale perfects the brooding nature of the character in its Dark Knight form. He lands everything right in his performance of this reluctant hero, a character the world loves and needs. Nothing is more memorable than Bale in his Batman attire, setting out to save Gotham! It sure is a character that will live on forever until there are films and filmgoers.

Anton Chigurh

Movie: No Country for Old Men

This is a character that is unforgettable for how terrifying he is. The horror of Anton Chigurh lies in his simplicity. He’s an old-school guy who is willing to decide your fate on a coin toss. There’s no reasoning with him or digging deeper. Javier Bardem has performed the character with such tightness that it is hard to think he is not real.

Dory

Movies: Finding Nemo, Finding Dory

Dory was always the character from “Finding Nemo” that demanded a spinoff. Her mantra of “keep swimming” isn’t much more than just a feel-good dialogue. It speaks to you from a very deep place in the heart. The circumstances and the lovable creation of this character make it iconic and extremely unforgettable. You cannot think of Dory without feeling a slight, happy pinch in your heart.

Gollum

Movies: The Lord of the Rings franchise

There is no character in “The Lord of the Rings” franchise with a more engrossing backstory than Gollum. He represents the horrors the ring is capable of. His lust for it turned him into a monster you can’t help but feel sorry for. He’s everything we don’t want Frodo to become. This character is memorable for all its complexities which we love to sometimes hate.

Regina George

Movie: Mean Girls

On the surface, Regina George is a character we’ve all met before — the popular girl who cares about no one but herself. But the character then loses her masks and becomes so human that it is what makes her so memorable. Rachel McAdams brings forth edginess and vulnerability to the character like none other. This is sure a character that is unforgettable for all the layers it has.

Harry Potter

Movies: Harry Potter franchise

There are several characters from the “Harry Potter” franchise you could put on this list. In the end, it always comes back to Harry, the childhood wizard we’re willing to watch grow to his potential over the course of eight movies. Daniel Radcliffe plays Harry and his journey over the years so relatably well that Potter has become one of pop culture’s undeniable, unforgettable heroes of all times.

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10 Weird Movies to Watch on Amazon Prime

by Kaylen Summers

There are diverse kinds of movies out there. We may be used to the popular ones that follow the rules. But there are different films out there as well, which are worth the time. Here are some weird films you can watch on Amazon Prime:

1. Dust Nuggets

This is a film about an ambitious manager sending the rock band she oversees straight to the top of the stardom. Her secret weapon is a children’s book that has all of the instructions she’ll need. The entire story is told as she lies in an overdose-induced coma, and the plot is full of such layers that lift the story emotionally and craft-wise. The performances are stunning, with well-written dialogues and great music.

2. Blue Velvet

This is a really innovative, menacing film by ace director David Lynch. The story focuses on the protagonist who takes a trip back to visit his sick father and stumbles into a world he never knew existed in the town he grew up. The performance is delightful and brings out all the madness of the writing. The film is a cult classic and often finds space in almost all lists showcasing weird movies. If you manage to stick through it, you will be surprised and taken aback.

3. The Lighthouse

This is an insane tale of insanity, isolation, and seagulls. It is difficult to describe the plot without spilling the surprises out. It is a film that delves so deep into your mind and emotional landscape that it is quite unbelievable how it slowly does it. The film showcases the power of storytelling, and the potential of a film to show us the unreal while making it feel real. Watch this film, but make sure you do not give away anything to those who have not!

4. Suspiria

This is the story of an American dancer who starts to figure things out for herself. Visually stunning and absolutely intense, this movie is so wild that not only did one actor play three different roles, but it is complete with great prosthetics and techniques to enable it. The story is crazy, and when we say that, it is quite an understatement. Watch this film to be mesmerized and blown away by how far a plot can creep you out.

5. Pi

This is a film by director Darren Aronovsky, who is known to get a bit wild with his filmography. This is a film that is a crucial gateway into the weird world he builds through his filmmaking. The story starts with a mathematician Max developing an obsession with the numerical sequence. The plot progresses and gets on into a space that is unpredictable. It is a menacing tale that is sure to make you wonder at its insanity.

6. Midsommar

This is an intense film about how the psychological trauma of a person affects her partner. When they visit their friend’s ancestral commune in an effort to mend things, it changes their lives forever. The film is immersive with its deep-running plot that has many layers. The performances complement the plot and elevate the story into a gripping, intriguing watch.

7. Hotel Artemis

This is a film that is wild and twisted. The film is an action-comedy which proves with its star-studded narrative that sometimes all it takes is a lot of gunplay, a water riot and a hotel full of criminals to kickstart the excitement. The actors are all stunning, and the story unfolds in a striking manner, making it quite unlike anything else we have seen on screen. The film is mad, but not in the sense that we are used to. It is contained, sinister, and extremely creepy. Watch it for a different experience.

8. Come To Daddy

Families can be pretty wild, even on their most mild-mannered days together. This is a story of a family reunion. What was supposed to be a reunion with his absent father turns into an insane night from hell for the protagonist. This proves to him once and for all that the pen truly is mightier than the sword, especially when it is dipped in something nasty. Did not get the reference? Watch the film to know!

9. Overlord

This is a film that takes the concept of Nazi super-soldiers and turns it into something that feels pretty fresh in its execution. It is a film that spins a very done and dusted storyline to make it something fresh and exciting. It is a plot with quite many twists and turns. It is innovative and very engaging to watch. The performances also add to the texture of the film, with minimal effort, and deliver an incredible cinematic experience.

10. The Boondock Saints

This film is the gold standard for wild independent filmmaking. The story revolves around the titular pair of brothers who set out to clean up the streets of their hometown after receiving visions from God. This is quite crazy, but the madness in the film is not even getting started here. What you are in for is a wild tale of absolutely weird occurrences that tie together stunningly in the end. The performances are spot-on, and the entire atmosphere of the film escalates the madness with each scene.

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10 Under-the-Radar Movies to Watch

by Kaylen Summers

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

1. Locke

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

2. Empire Records

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

3. All I Wanna Do

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

4. Smokin’ Aces

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

5. That Thing You Do

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

6. Better Off Dead

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

7. Max

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

8. In a World

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

9. Sunshine

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

10. Near Dark

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

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10 Best Shows to Watch on Hulu in February 2021

by Kaylen Summers

Looking for some exciting shows to binge-watch this month? Here are some of our recommendations of content you can stream on Hulu:

Dollhouse

This is a sci-fi and fantasy show which is quite underrated. It focuses on a small group of volunteers, who have their minds wiped clean and reprogrammed with personalities ranging from housewife to hitman in order to complete dangerous missions. But there happens a glitch when one of them starts to regain their sense of self and do not want to do this anymore. The series incorporated science, emotions, and a lot of different kinds of themes that are relatable and moving.

Woke

This is a relevant show that speaks about the social context of weakness. It focuses on an African American cartoonist who is violently arrested by police due to racial profiling. He then begins seeing inanimate objects come to life in a similar style to his own drawings. They send him messages about his own predicaments like racism, misogyny, and white privilege. He thus feels that he has somehow been woken up to these realities and the show takes very interesting turns from thereon. This show is a gem, do not miss it.

The Terror

This is a historical chiller based on the historical fiction novel of the same name. It focuses on a fictionalized account of real-life explorer Captain John Franklin’s lost expedition to the Arctic in 1845. The series imagines what happened to the crew on this fateful expedition, as they try to survive starvation and freezing temperatures. The series is well shot and quite desolate in many moments. But it is still worth a watch.

Everything’s Gonna Be Okay

This is a comedy-drama that follows a man who takes care of his sisters after the death of their father. Life quickly becomes complicated when he begins dating a new guy when one of his sisters becomes angsty, and the other deals with the reality of being an autistic teenager. The series has some really smart character writing and every character feels realistic. This is one of the bests shows on Hulu and is a must-watch.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer

This is an exciting series that tells the story of a high school student by day, who is also a vampire killing machine by night. Through the narrative, the show touches on taboo topics such as depression, sexuality, drugs, and consent while marrying them to fantasy. Adulthood, supernatural challenges, and the complexity of real-life issues are all tied together well in this entertaining show that will not disappoint.

You’re The Worst

This is one of the best romantic comedy series on Hulu right now. It follows two people – a lazy, vain PR executive and a self-serious writer. After sabotaging the wedding of an ex, they hook up and despite their efforts to keep their relationship strictly sexual, they begin to fall for each other and begin to give a healthy relationship a try. The show is funny, complex, and very endearing throughout. It is relatable and it is a show that you will instantly fall in love with.

The Handmaid’s Tale

Based on Margret Atwood’s book of the same name, this is a dystopian show about the nightmares of a world where women are exploited and cornered. Though difficult to watch sometimes, it is relevant and absolutely important to watch something like this. The execution, performances, and music all add to the eerie desolation of the world that is carefully built in the show.

Ramy

This is the story of an average guy living in New Jersey, trying to figure out who he wants to be. What makes him different is that he’s Muslim, and trying to honor his religious values in the increasingly complicated world he lives in. The show examines spirituality and religion in a meaningful way, making it a good, important watch.

Catch-22

An adaptation of the book of the same name, this is a limited series that brings an anti-war message to life. It focuses on a World War II bombardier who wants out of the war but finds himself in an impossible situation. The “Catch-22” law says that he can only leave the war if he’s deemed clinically insane. This is the central conflict of the story which then pans out in an edgy, sometimes comic way. The series is well made and intense, making it a good option to watch.

Broad City

This series follows two twenty-somethings living in New York City, who often get into various troubles. It perfectly captures the distinct voices of both, effectively defining a new generation of women who are brash and boldly themselves. This is an impressive show that critiques modern-day lives and also brings forth some really untold nuances of being new-age women in a big city.

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10 Amazing Sci-Fi Movies Of All Time

by Kaylen Summers

Science fiction is a genre that has immense possibilities. It combines so many elements that are hard to not love. Here are some of the best sci-fi movies to watch if you love the genre:

Her

This is a moving romantic drama set in a near-future L.A. It follows a lonely, introverted man who falls in love with an operating system. The story brings forth thought-provoking questions about humanity’s modern relationship with technology and moves into a sentimental and relatable masterpiece of a film. This is a film that is unlike any in the genre with its edgy technological narrative and its underlying poetic nuance.

Edge of Tomorrow

This is a sci-fi action drama that takes place in an apocalyptic, alien-invaded world. It focuses on a military officer who is assigned to join an operation against the aliens and finds himself in a time loop that sends him back to the same battle every time he is killed. The irony and conflict of being in the same battle and getting killed again and again are where the complexity of the plot lies. This is a really captivating film that you will certainly enjoy.

Annihilation

This is a merging of sci-fi and psychological horror. The chilling, gripping film follows a group of scientists as they embark on a dangerous expedition into a mysterious zone of an alien presence called “The Shimmer.” The result is an opening into a world that is visually stunning but eerily terrifying. The moments in the film are moving, sad and also extremely intriguing. There are plenty of scenes that will remain etched into your mind well after you’ve finished the movie.

Back to the Future

This is one of the most iconic time travel films of all time, directed by none other than Steven Spielberg. It follows the time-traveling adventures of a high schooler and an eccentric scientist as they’re accidentally going back thirty years from the present time. The film has stood the test of time (see what we did there!) and has attained a cult classic status in the genre.

Interstellar

There can be no mention of science fiction without mentioning director Christopher Nolan. This is yet an epic sci-fi movie of his with a mind-bending story. It is about futuristic space exploration. The story follows a group of astronauts who embark on a dangerous mission to travel through a wormhole in search of a new home for humanity. The music by Hans Zimmerman is out of this world. Literally!

Source Code

This is a smart and action-packed sci-fi thriller about a U.S. Army pilot who discovers he’s part of a simulated mission to find the identity of a bomber on a Chicago commuter train. The plot focuses on his exhilarating race against time to save lives. There are some compelling twists and turns that will keep you on the edge of your seat the entire time.

2001: A Space Odyssey

This is undoubtedly the most influential sci-fi film of them all. Only a few movies are considered as legendary as this masterpiece by Stanley Kubrick. The film has taken generations of viewers on an epic trek through space and time and has been an undisputable masterclass in the making, writing, and execution. No more descriptions here, just watch it.

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

This is an interesting film where sci-fi meets drama and romantic comedy. This genre-defying film is about a man who follows his ex-lover in undergoing an experimental procedure to erase his memories after a painful breakup. With the help of this inventive concept, the movie offers a heartfelt and imaginative look at relationships, loss, and heartache. The performances are beyond brilliant and the film is s thriving masterpiece.

Looper

This is a film for the fans of nail-biting action and thought-provoking time travel. The story follows a hired contract killer called a “looper”, whose job is to assassinate targets by sending them back into the past. But the looper himself must be killed in the same way in order to “close the loop.” The film is an extremely intriguing take on life, death, and time travel. It also has some unforgettable action which only makes it better.

Contact

This is a gripping adaptation of the Carl Sagan novel of the same name. It focuses on a young astronomer who discovers a signal from outer space and is then chosen to make the first contact with the extra-terrestrials. The film is imaginative and thoughtful in its exploration of science and space, making it a nerdy and enjoyable watch for all.

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6 Upcoming Movies On Prime Video That You Don’t Want To Miss

by Kaylen Summers

Amazon Prime Video has a long list of exciting movies coming to their platform. Here are the top titles that you don’t want to miss out on.

Coming 2 America

After 33 years, Eddie Murphy’s break-out comedy film, Coming to America is finally getting a sequel. The then African prince is now the king and he must find his son in America to take his throne and save the kingdom. However, just like Akeem, his son is also determined to live his own life and choose the partner that he wants to spend their life with.

Honest Thief

One thing that we never grow tired of is watching Liam Nesson in an action movie and saying “I’m coming for you”. Well, you can have both in the new movie Honest Thief. The beloved actor plays the role of a professional bank robber who wants to turn himself in and live an honest life with his new girlfriend. However, two crooked cops are trying to get away with the stolen money and now it is up to Liam’s character to clear his name and bring his justice.

War Of Likes

Raquel wants to advance her career in the world of publicity. He is looking to reunite with her high school friend Cecy who is a queen of social media. However, reuniting with friends is not as same as getting followers on social media. Directed by María Ripoll, this Mexican comedy is sure to tickle your funny bones.

Without Remorse

John Clark aka Kelly is a navy seal. His wife was murdered and he seeks to take revenge against those who took his life away from him. However, on his path for vengeance, he realizes a greater conspiracy taking place in the background. For those who don’t know, the action thriller is the origin story of the character John Clark which was created by the Tom Clancy who is famous for ‘Jack Ryan’. Since Prime Video has already set up Jack Ryan, will we be seeing the two famous characters together in a Ryanverse?! Guess we will have to wait and find out.

Radioactive

The first and only woman to have won the Nobel Prize twice, Marie Curie is finally getting the biopic she deserves. The Polish physicist and Chemist is known for her theory of Radioactivity. Based on the graphic novel ‘Radioactive: Marie and Pierre Curie’, the movie follows her discovery of Polonium and Radium and also the scientific and romantic relationship she had with her husband Pierre Curie.

Smiley Face Killers

Male college students are mysteriously drowning on the California coast.  Jack who id struggling to keep his life together at school did not expect to find himself being stalked by a hooded figure driving an unarmed van. Will he be the next victim to end up dead on the shores.  Watch this movie to find out.

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Last Call (2021) Trailer

by Kaylen Summers

Mick’s life is a local success story. Due to a family emergency, Mick had to return back to his old neighbourhood and is forced to stay when he realised of a huge real estate opportunity. Directed by Paolo Pilladi, this comedy has Jeremy Piven, Zach McGowan, Taryn Manning, Jamie Kennedy playing the major roles.

Releasing Date: 19 March 2021

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10 Best Korean Movies on Netflix

by Kaylen Summers

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

Psychokinesis

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

Revenger

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

The Drug King

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

26 Years

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

The Prison

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

Pandora

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

Okja

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

Seoul Searching

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

The Chase

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

High Society

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

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Golden Globes 2021: Where To Watch The Nominated Movies

by Kaylen Summers

The nominations for the Golden Globes are announced. Here is where you can watch all the top nominated movies.

Mank

⌛2h 12m 📺Drama, Comedy

Nominated for: Best picture (drama), lead actor (drama), supporting actress, director, screenplay, and score.

It was David Fincher’s late father Jack Fincher who originally wrote the screenplay for this movie. The biographical drama is about the screenwriter Herman J. Mankiewicz. Directed by David Fincher, the movie follows the writer as he struggles to develop the screenplay for the iconic, cult-classic movie, Citizen Kane.

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One Night in Miami

⌛1h 54m 📺Drama

Nominated for: Supporting actor, director, and song.

Directed by Regina King, One Night in Miami is about the fictionalized meeting where famous figures like Muhammad Ali, Jim Brown, Sam Cooke, and Malcolm X meet met in a room at the Hampton House to celebrate Ali’s title win in 1964. The group goes on to their responsibility of being successful black men during the period of the civil rights movement.

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Over the Moon

⌛1h 40m 📺Family, Musical

Nominated for: Best picture (animated).

Fei Fei is a young girl who believes strongly that there is a goddess in the Moon named Chang’e who has taken the potion of immortality. The little has taken it as her quest to build a rocket to reach the moon and meet the mystical moon goddess.

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Palm Springs

⌛1h 30m 📺Comedy, Rom-com

Nominated for: Best Picture (musical/comedy) and lead actor (musical/comedy). 

Ever felt like you had experienced a moment before?! Palm Springs takes this feeling to the next level. Taking inspiration from the Groundhog day style of storytelling, the movie has its central characters two wedding guests trapped in a time loop and eventually developing feelings for each other.

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Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

⌛1h 34m 📺Drama, Musical

Nominated for: Lead actress (drama), lead actor (drama).

It is 1927. Iconic blues singer Ma Raine has gathered with her band for a recording session in a studio in Chicago. However, tension escalated quickly and the turbulent recording session is taken to some thought-provoking socio-political circumstances that era.

Borat Subsequent Moviefilm

⌛1h 36m 📺Comedy, Mockumentary

Nominated for: Best picture (musical/comedy), lead actress (musical/comedy), and lead actor (musical/comedy)

After the first movie got released, Borat is prisoned in Kazakhstan for defaming his nation. Now, he must somehow regain his countries lost pride, by returning back to America with his 15-year-old daughter. If things go wrong, he will never be able to return back to his country.

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Pieces of a Woman

⌛2h 06m 📺Drama

Nominated for: Lead actress (drama)

Directed by Kornél Mundruczó, Pieces of a Woman features a woman who attempts home birth. It fails in the most heart-breaking way and she is thrown into emotional turmoil. She isolates herself from her partner and family as grief started to take the best of her.

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Sound of Metal

⌛2h 10m 📺Drama, Music

Nominated for: Lead actor (drama)

Ruben is a heavy metal drummer. His life is thrown off balance when he starts to lose his hearing ability. With little control over what is happening, the troubled drummer must find a way around his limitation, all while combatting addiction.

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The Midnight Sky

⌛1h 58m 📺 Drama, Sci-fi

Nominated for: Score

A mysterious global catastrophe has taken over the world. When a crew of astronauts is looking to return back home to Earth, a lonely scientist at an Arctic research station must somehow find a way to contact them and help evade danger.

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The United States Vs. Billie Holiday

⌛2h 10m 📺 Drama, Music

Nominated for: Lead actress (drama), song

Professional singer Billie Holiday was an American jazz and swing music singer. The United States Vs. Billie Holiday is a fictionalized biographical account about the undercover sting operation that took place against the musician by the Federal Bureau of Narcotics.

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The Trial of the Chicago 7

⌛2h 10m 📺Drama

Nominated for: Best picture (drama), supporting actor, director, screenplay, and song.

The major countercultural protests that occurred during the  1968 Democratic National Convention had led the federal government to believe that seven individuals are the masterminds behind it. They are charged with conspiracy and more.

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Onward

⌛1h 43m 📺 Fantasy, Comedy

Nominated for: Best picture (animated)

Another animated movie from Pixar has risen to award glory. Set in a magical realm, Onward is the story about elf-brothers Ian and Barley going on a magical quest to find the way to resurrect their late father for a day. With hurdles after hurdles, it looks like their mission is even harder than they thought.

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The Prom

⌛2h 12m 📺 Musical, Comedy

Nominated for: Best picture (musical/comedy), lead actor (musical/comedy)

When they are down-on-their-luck, a bunch of Broadway stars decides to rally behind a teen who is looking to go to the prom with her girlfriend. The musical comedy is adapted from the 2018 Broadway musical of the same name.

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10 Best Serial Killer Movies of the 90s

by Kaylen Summers

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

The Bone Collector

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

Copycat

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

Summer Of Sam

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

Nightwatch

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

The Talented Mr. Ripley

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

Kalifornia

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

Citizen X

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

Natural Born Killers

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

Se7en

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

Silence Of The Lambs

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

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10 Best Dramas to Watch on Netflix this February 2021

by Kaylen Summers

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

Halt and Catch Fire

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

The Queen’s Gambit

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

Broadchurch

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

Ozark

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

Hannibal

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

Mindhunter

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

Maniac

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

The Crown

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

Hap and Leonard

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

Bodyguard

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

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10 Best Horror Comedies that Are Actually Creepy

by Kaylen Summers

Horror comedy is an interesting genre to watch when you cannot decide whether you want to laugh or scream! Here are some of the best horror comedies you can watch for scary laughs with an optimum dose of creepy:

Re-Animator

This is a science fiction horror comedy that is absolutely wild and witty. If you are a fan of monsters like Frankenstein, this film is for you. The story revolves around a scientist who thinks he had found the method to re-animate dead tissues. Lab experiments, scares, crazy monsters – this film has them all. The plot is supported by the electric performances of the actors and the film keeps you on edge from start to finish.

Dead Alive

This is a grotesque but hilarious film about a young man kept under the custody of his oppressive mother. Soon, he falls in love and tries to break free. But his mother’s vengeance comes after him in the form of a blood-soaked zombie outbreak. Bloody, witty, and entertaining, this is one of the maddest horror comedies of all time. The film is unhinged in its exploration of the plot and it is quite unlike anything you are used to.

Eating Raoul

This is one of the zaniest zombie horror-comedies of all time. Though it is not as gruesome as most cannibal films go, it is disturbing enough to make you creeped out. The story focuses on a condescending married couple, who are absolutely fed up of the influx of swingers and degenerates in their apartment complex. When one of these people gets aggressive with the wife, it sets off a chain of events that leads to a series of murders and an eerie people-meal. Watch the film to find out how all these elements are unpacked in this crazy film.

This Is the End

This is a fun and creepy film about the end of the world. The story follows each of the actors playing fictional versions of their famous selves as they try to survive the end of the world. Things don’t go well as all of their big egos get in the way of survival and what follows is an extremely wild experience of wit and horror. The film is a perfect blend of post-apocalyptic terror and situational jokes that are amusing and outrageous.

The Final Girls

This is a horror-slasher comedy that has a whacky storyline. It starts off as a heartwarming mother-daughter drama about a young woman grieving the loss of her mother. Her mother used to be an 80s slasher scream queen and she gets sucked into one of her most creepy films from the time. The violence is brutal and the laughs are abundant in this film that is so self-aware and entertaining.

Jennifer’s Body

This is a great horror comedy with a lot going on in the storyline. It is a demonic possession story told in a modern and innovative style that you’ll never stop being surprised where the story is leading you. It is also a smart portrayal of the nuances of female friendship. It focuses on two besties, one of whom gets possessed. The narrative unfolds when the other friend finds this out and tries to put the pieces together in the event of the boys in their small town turning up dead.

Scream

This is the story of a ghost-faced serial killer stalking a California high school. This is quite the gold standard for the genre of horror-comedy owing to its brilliant making and self-aware storytelling. The film is also scary as hell, even as it’s telling you clearly why it is scary as hell. It piles up high tension hilarity scene by scene and culminates into an entertaining film that is scary and funny in equal doses.

The Love Witch

This is the story of a perpetually single young witch who moves to a new town in search of love. But soon enough, her spells and potions which she uses to make men fall in love with her do more harm than good. Watch her do whatever it takes to find herself a man. Though it might look unconventional to us, it is the perfect portrayal of what it means to say that all is fair in love!

Cabin in the Woods

This is an absolutely immersive horror comedy film. It focuses on friends who arrive at a remote forest cabin for a vacation. One by one, they fall victim to zombies and the plot kicks off from there into a scary but funny trail of events. You may feel that the events in the film are random at first, but they are all connected, as you will soon find out. This is a film that really explores all the possibilities of the genre and it is an entertaining and terrifying watch.

Creepshow

This film is made up of five short stories that feature a zombie patriarch taking revenge on his money thirsty family, an uncontrollable meteorite that overwhelms a backwoods gentleman, a creature released by a man, and his male friend who uses it to enact revenge on the man’s wife that escapes after they try to drown it, a horde of cockroaches that overrun a germophobe’s apartment and a wife and her lover who are drowned by her husband but then return as waterlogged zombies to exact their revenge. There is both comic relief and plenty of eerie moments in the films. They each tell a unique story of terror and wit.

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10 Entertaining Movies You Have Surely Missed

by Kaylen Summers

Looking to be entertained by some fun films? We have your back! Here are some really entertaining Bollywood films that are quite undiscovered and totally fun:

Robin Hood: Men In Tights

This is a hilarious musical comedy that is a spoof of the original Robin Hood story. When the word spoof comes into the picture, you can imagine that the storyline is going to be crazy. The film does justice to the genre and packs some of the most entertaining scenes into the narrative. It is a movie that will have you in splits and it also has some moments that will make you stop and think. Watch this underrated gem of a movie for some non-stop laughs.

Popstar: Never Stop Stopping

This is a musical comedy told in the format of a documentary. It follows a young music prodigy who grows up and forms his own band. Later, the band splits and he sets on a journey to achieve individual fame. Things crash and what happens next is the plot of the film. It is one of those films that has a lot of layered humor that will make you laugh-cry. The performances are great and this is overall an entertainer that is largely undiscovered.

Mr. Right

This is a romantic comedy which is yet another underrated entertainer. It is the story of a young girl who finally meets a man she thinks is perfect for her. She then goes on to discover cracks in his behavior and realizes that he is a murderer. The plot then moves in a hilarious path, unpacking humor and suspense very well. The film has amazing moments and is one that will keep you hooked till the end.

Birdcage

This is yet another comedy that will leave you in splits. It is the story of a gay cabaret owner and his drag queen partner who put up a front as a straight couple when the woman’s son decides to marry the Senator’s daughter. The film is a fun take on politics, sexuality, and family relationships. It has a lot of good music and situational humor that is also sharp and edgy. Watch this underrated gem of a film for a fun ride of an experience.

Clue

This is a dark comedy film that bases its plot on the board game Clue. It is the story of a diner and its owner who blackmails his guests. A lot is unpacked in the story as it rolls further down into a snowball of cover-ups, crime, and timely humor. The cast supports the plot perfectly and golds together the fun factor throughout. This is a film that released in 1985 and yet is very much an entertainer even today.

Rat Race

This is yet another ensemble comedy film with a huge cast. It tells the story of a big shot casino owner who places gold coins in different rooms. Six contestants who are all locked up inside a locker must race against one another to find these coins and earn a reward. The film is mad and absolutely whacky. But there is a lot of order in the chaos and it is a full-on joyride once you get a hang of the plot and the characters.

Kiss Kiss Bang Bang

This is a dark comedy film that wraps up the crime, chase, and humor all in one. It tells the story of a thief who pretends to be an actor and gets involved in a murder investigation in Hollywood. The film has a very layered take on crime and its relationship with the entertainment business. It also reflects on human behavior and how people change for instant gains. But all of this is narrated with a sharp sense of humor that is edgy and absolutely entertaining.

Just Friends

This is a romantic comedy about a guy who was rejected by most women when he was younger. He then goes through with a makeover and becomes a charmer. The plot follows his life and his encounters with women. It is a fun film with a lot of comic moments to remember. The story is relatable and it also makes for a good binge day watch when you really want to take your mind off everything.

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

This is a crazy film with a crazier plot. It focuses on two con men who decide that they cannot work in the same territory. In order to decide who must leave, they enter a contest. They find a very rich heiress, and whoever robs her clean gets to stay, the other one must leave. Sounds mad, doesn’t it? It is a fun, absolutely mad film that is extremely funny from start to end. It is a surprise that the film is not as popular as it deserves to be.

The Whole Nine Yards

This is yet another comedy that is entertaining and undiscovered. It tells the story of a dentist who lives a decent, peaceful life. Soon, he has a new neighbor and the man turns out to be a dreaded contract killer. The film then follows the two characters and how they iron out their conflicts while getting on the crime radar of the cops. It is a fun watch with amazing comic moments and some great performances.

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5 Upcoming Movies On Netflix To Watch Right Now

by Kaylen Summers

Here are some of the best upcoming movies to stream on Netflix.

A Week Away

Will Hawkins is a troubled teen who has to choose between juvenile detention or attend a Christian summer camp. Though he felt like a fish-out-of-water at first, Will soon opens up to discover love and his long-lost sense of belonging.

Bad Trip

Pranks are one thing. But, can you make it into a full-length movie?! Movies like Borat have proven it be possible. Adding one more to the list is the upcoming movie Bad Trip. The movie is about two pals who go on a road trip filled with full of pranks.

Secret Magic Control Agency

Netflix is set to release another animated movie. Set in a fantasy world, the Secret Magic Control Agency controls all the activities related to witchcraft. When the witch of the Gingerbread House is becoming more and more troublesome, the agency sends their best agents Hansel and Gretel to save the day.

Yes Day

Family movies are always fun to watch and this one is even funnier and entertaining. A mom and dad decided to say yes to everything their kids’ requests. You can imagine what the result would be.  With the newly established rules, there is a whirlwind of fun and adventure.

Paper Lives

An ailing waste warehouse worker Mehmet decides to take a young boy under his wing. As he tries to protect him, he must somehow also learn to fight back against his own traumatic childhood.

 

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10 HBO Max Movies That You Don’t Want To Miss

by Kaylen Summers

There is a mountain of streaming options out there. It is only natural that some of the best films and shows may have gotten buried underneath it. Here are some of the best, hidden gems you can stream on HBO:

Enlightened

This is a comedy-drama series with a female protagonist. It focuses on a young woman who decides to live an enlightened life after she has a mental breakdown at work. The series is fun and at the same time reflects on the nuances of everyday life that lead to conflicts of mind and emotions. The fact that all these themes are brought forth through a female protagonist makes the narrative even more layered and complex. This is quite an undiscovered gem of a series that is worth your time.

The Station Agent

This is a lovely film about a downcast, dwarf person who has a great love for trains. His life changes when his boss passes away and leaves him a railroad depot in New Jersey. He then decides to move to an obscure town and process his grief. The story follows what happens to him from then on, and how he interacts with the new people of the town. Peter Dinklage plays the protagonist and does a wonderful job of it. The film is a beautiful watch that combines a lot of emotions and a very moving narrative that is beautiful to watch.

Search Party

This is a dark comedy series about a group of Brooklyn millennials trying to locate a missing woman. The series is full of many twists, turns, and plot points that keep your attention to it throughout. It also critiques quite a few social norms through the story which has an ongoing thread about the power of a community and people coming together for a cause. The actors do justice to bring alive all the diverse characters with commitment, making this an engaging watch.

Ad Astra

This is a film that focuses on a rescue-mission story. It follows an astronaut who is trying to let go of his grief after discovering his astronaut father who is presumed dead, is actually alive. He figures out that his father may be hiding away on another planet to find out the truth. This is a lovely film that combines emotions and science with a sharp sense of awareness. If you love space stories, this is definitely for you.

Muriel’s Wedding

This is a fun film about a socially awkward woman who tries to find a life partner. She is eager to move out of her town and is quite desperate to have a glamorous wedding. The story follows how she goes about that and packs a lot of humor and social criticism in the process. It also reflects on gender norms and is very entertaining to watch especially if you are someone who is trying to figure out how to deal with finding a partner!

Her Smell

This is a film about an unhinged lead singer in an all-female trio. She is self-destructive and tries to keep people away even when it costs her professional success and a career. We have seen quite many films about self-sabotaging artists, but this one is mad and quite chaotic especially when the female protagonist comes into context. The performances are amazing and they all bring out the underlying spirit of the film really well.

Winter’s Bone

This is the story of a 17-year-old girl who sets out on a journey to track down her meth-dealing father. Jennifer Lawrence plays the character of the young girl with a stunning sense of restraint. The film draws a lot of its emotional strength from the underlying feelings of abandonment, self-doubt, and absence of parents felt by the girl. It is an intense film that rides on deep emotions and a narrative that is bold as well as moving.

Little Children

If you are a Kate Winslet fan, this is a film for you. The story follows a woman who has a troubled marriage. She is quite tormented by the monotony of domestic life and the general love-lessness she feels. Soon, she meets a man who has similar life situations and they become intimate. What follows is how they figure their lives together, while dealing with some social stigmas on the way. Kate Winslet is stunning in her subtle performance and she holds the film together with her delivery of the character.

Togetherness

This is a comedy-drama series about two couples living together under one roof in Los Angeles. It is a fun series that showcases the complex workings of relationships, romance and matrimony. The cast is fun and brings alive all the nuances of the story while keeping intact the comic element of the narrative. The exciting tone of the storytelling is very interesting and it makes the film engaging for the viewer. It is a series worth watching if you are looking for a breezy watch to get hooked on to.

Irma Vep

This is an out-of-the-box, different kind of film that focuses on a woman who plays the role of a female thief, in a film within a film. It follows the disorientation of the director as the film is made, as well as critiques the general plight of the film industry through him. This is a rad, unconventional film and may not be for everyone. But if you can watch it, it will sure turn out to be an experience in itself.

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10 Highly Underrated Gems On Amazon Prime

by Kaylen Summers

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

Mother

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

Parks and Recreation

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

Victoria

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

Forever

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

Disobedience

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

Lady Bird

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

Fighting with my Family

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

The Man who Invented Christmas

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

Catastrophe

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

Blue Tiger

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

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10 Scary Monster Movies On Netflix

by Kaylen Summers

Love Monsters and demons? Check out our list of the best monster movies streaming on Netflix:

Bird Box

This is a Netflix original monster film where we do not actually get to see the monsters! But they are around and they can hear you. This is the story of a woman trying to survive in a post-apocalyptic world overrun by supernatural entities who hunt by sound. They attack where the sound is coming from and cause the humans to go crazy and kill themselves. Spooked out? Watch the film for some real chills.

Siren

Monsters are not always so straight forward are they? This is the story of a group of groomsmen who cross paths with a predator. The monster takes the form of an attractive woman working at a strip club. This is a solid monster film that is creepy and deceptive. It has strong performances and a very steadfast cast to elevate the chill quotient.

Wildling

This is a twisted monster film where the protagonist is both the hero and the monster. The story follows a teenager who has just hit puberty. Soon, other strange biological developments and transformations begin to occur in the body, leading to the main theme of the film. The girl becomes a wild creature who eats people alive and with each scene the movie only gets scarier.

Beowulf

This is quite a popular monster we have here. It tells the story of a hunt for a monster and its powerful mother. The film is mixed with live-action sequences and the eerie atmosphere is maintained with a sharp sense of tightness. The film gives you many moments of horror, and it does haunt you much after you finish watching.

The Ritual

This is a movie that is really scary. The story follows a group of friends hiking and hunted by a mysterious, towering behemoth. The film starts off as a psychological drama but soon escalates into a horror-thriller that gets beneath your skin. It is one of those films that slowly grows on the screen to immerse you in its world and finally leaves you gutted.

Ravenous

Set in a quiet town, this Canadian thriller follows the journey of a group of people who come together to flee their zombie-infested town with everything they can gather. This is a monster film with zombies that are very spooky. The tension lies in the run for life by these small-towners. It makes you feel on edge and is something that has a lasting impact.

The Monster

This is a horror film that explores the mother-daughter relationship. The story follows a daughter who has had enough of her mother’s toxic, abusive habits. As she tries to separate from her mother, suddenly they find themselves hunted by a monster in the woods after hitting a wolf with their car. This is a film that uses deception and illusions as effective plot points to drive home the fear.

The Golem

This film revolves around the titular character, a creature made of clay, brought alive through a ceremonial ritual. The monster can be both good and evil, and its actions are motivated by whoever brings it into being. The film bases a lot of its fear factor in the mythology of the Jews and it is also set in a historic timeline. The scares feel eerily real and it is a film that has the chills right.

Sweetheart

This is the story of a haunting in the middle of a shipwreck. A survivor is troubled by a monster after washing up on the shore of a small tropical island following a shipwreck. The monster can make a meal out of her and she must do everything she can to survive and to be alive. This is a strong story of will and determination with the fear factor right on point. It is frightful and inspirational at different points.

Phobia 2

This is a Thai horror film that is a compilation of five short stories. The stories pack all kinds of monsters from zombies to dead human beings. It is an extremely eerie film that has so much spook factor wrapped into it that it is probably difficult to watch all the films in one go. The horror in each film is on point and it will definitely give you those chills down your entire body.

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10 Best Happy Movies to Make You Smile

by Kaylen Summers

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

About Time

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

Hook

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

Groundhog Day

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

Always Be My Maybe

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

The Spectacular Now

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

Burlesque

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

The Pursuit of Happyness

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

Tramps

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

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

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

The Edge of Seventeen

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

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10 Best Will Smith Movies That Are Worth Watching

by Kaylen Summers

Will Smith is one of the most loved actors of our times. Be it comedy or intense characters, he handles them all with his own unique grace. Here are some of the best Will Smith movies to watch:

Enemy of the State

This is a political drama with Will Smith playing an innocent lawyer who ends up entangled in a case of mass political corruption after he accidentally comes into possession of evidence of the murder of a U.S. Senator. He plays the role of the lawyer caught unaware in a scandal with great commitment. His portrayal brings out a relatability and depth to the role, making the film a very engaging watch.

Independence Day

This is an exciting science fiction film that showcases yet another brilliant performance from Will Smith. It is the story of a superior alien race that tries to destroy several cities of the Earth with its sophisticated weaponry. Various people join forces to push back and save human beings. The characters are fleshed out well and executed convincingly. Will Smith is believable and fun onscreen with his usual charm and commitment.

Ali

This is a sensational biographical sports drama that follows the life and struggles of legendary boxer Muhammed Ali. Will Smith plays the titular role and aces it with his extraordinary on-screen performance. He brings out the aggression and the vulnerabilities of Ali with subtle grace and defining strength. His presence elevates the film and holds it together to make it deep, exciting and extremely relatable.

Men In Black

This is a science fiction action comedy film that is based on the Marvel comics. It is undoubtedly one of Will Smith’s best and most memorable performances of all times. He is supported by the rest of the cast to bring the film together in engaging ways. He comes across as a diverse actor who switches from humour to action very naturally and without much effort. This is a film of his that you must not miss.

Bad Boys for Life

This is an action-packed story of two detectives who join the special team of the Miami Police Department. Their mission is to bring down a ruthless killer on a ploy to commit a murder. The film is edgy and entertaining. Will Smith handles his roles with ease and also brings out the assertion of a detective in very convincing ways. He walks in and out of scenes with a nonchalance that is extremely interesting to watch.

The Pursuit of Happyness

This is an adorable film that is hard to not love. It tells the survival story of a man and his little son. The duo navigates life and financial troubles and form an incredibly warm relationship in the process. Smith shines through as the endearing father who is all love for his little boy. His vulnerabilities are so relatable and moving that you might need to keep some tissues ready for this film!

Hitch

This film marks one of the few times when Smith ventured into rom-com. The film has him playing the role of a professional dating doctor who trains men to woo their dream women. He claims that he can match anyone, regardless of their differences with their partner. This is a fun film that is light and breezy. It wraps together some enjoyable humour and light drama and Smith proves that no genre is beyond his capabilities as an actor.

I, Robot

This is a fictional fantasy film that is based in the future. Will Smith plays a hardened police officer whose distrust of the robots that are now part of everyday life is challenged when he gets forced to deal with a robot charged with murder. The film has an interesting plot which is held together by Smith’s sharp performance as a cop. He makes the best effort to bring believability into a story that can easily falter if the performances do not hold it together.

Focus

This is a fun film that offers a modern-day twist on classic heist movies. Smith showcases undeniable charm and chemistry on screen. The film has exotic locations and very sophisticated heist sequences which Smith handles with charm. He fits right into the story with his easy-breezy performance that switches to strength and assertion when needed. It is a very different kind of performance from Smith and hence a film that must not be missed.

Winter’s Tale

This is a film in which Will Smith only appears for a brief moment. But it is on this list because he plays Satan, and makes the film memorable for the short while that he is in it. It is one of his most fun and remarkable performances which showcases his true diversity and versatility as a performer. The film is an overall exciting watch and Smith elevates it with his screen presence.

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10 Best Will Ferrell Movies to Watch

by Kaylen Summers

Will Ferrell is an actor with the best comic timing. His portrayals of several characters on-screen have given us moments that we cannot forget. Here are some of the best Will Ferrell movies you must not miss:

Stranger than Fiction

This is a fun film with one of Will Ferrell’s best performances. It follows the story of a man who begins hearing a voice in his head. The voice narrates his entire life as it happens, and positions him as the main character of a novel. When he figures that the novel ends with him dying, he panics and tries desperately tries to prevent it. This is a fun movie with Ferrell being his easy, comic self that is exciting to watch.

Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back

In this exciting film with spectacular comic timing, Ferrell plays a cop who claims jurisdiction over an escaped orangutan and leads a hunt to find the two men who wreak havoc. The film is a buddy comedy and it is entertaining throughout. Ferrell brings out the comic element of the film with his committed performance and he is a lot of fun to watch. This is a film that is the perfect binge-watch on a day that is hectic.

The Other Guys

This is a buddy cop film about two cops who set out to nab a shady capitalist. The film is full of situations that bring out natural humor. Ferrell does an extremely memorable job in sustaining the comic air of the film. The performances of all other actors complement the story and hold together the film well. This is yet another fun film to binge on a bad, tiring day.

Kicking and Screaming

This is a film about an unremarkable man dealing with the emotional scars inflicted by his over-competitive father. The story focuses on how he struggles to escape the overbearing attitude of his father even after he is fully grown up. The film is a fun watch, that is quite relatable because of the simple storyline. Ferrell makes an impressive performance and holds together the film with his easy-breezy delivery of the character.

Zoolander

This is a film about an aspiring fashion model who loses a much-desired fashion competition. In an attempt to win his career, he accepts an offer from a fashion designer. But things complicate as he is asked to assassinate the President of Malaysia. Ferrell does a short appearance in the film, and this is perhaps the only qualm we have about this film. But his performance in the film is iconic and has marked him as a comic icon.

Step Brothers

This is a totally fun film about two grown men who are forced to live together after their parents decide to get married. The film is a fun ride that explores family dynamics, sibling rivalries, and all the exciting, comic layers of staying with parents even after being grown up. Ferrell is his usual self, bringing out all the nuances of the story keeping intact the light-hearted tone of the narrative. It is one of his best performances and he is very memorable in this role.

Talladega Nights

This is a mad, exciting story of a racer. Ferrell plays a racer who finds love, a new race car, and success on the race track. He delivers one of his career-best performances and the film marked a milestone in his career. He shines through with his natural, layered performance and also brings in his classic ease into the film. It is a film that is worth a watch to get to know the kind of great actor he is.

Anchorman

This a film about the battle of the sexes told with a fun narrative. The story follows a chauvinistic host of a highly popular American show who is threatened by the arrival of a smart female news reporter. It is an entertaining watch that portrays a relevant theme with a very entertaining narrative. Ferrell comes alive on the screen with his charming performance which is assertive, comical, and committed.

Old School

This is yet another lovely Will Ferrell film that has its laughs in the right place. It tells the story of a mild-mannered, recently married man whose life goes downhill when he starts hanging around his old friends. The film has all the elements of an ensemble comedy and it keeps the interest of the viewers on point with its breezy narration. The performances back the story and maintain the mood of the film. It is an exciting watch on a bad day when you need some really interesting laughs.

Elf

This is perhaps a film that marked Ferrell as an all-around entertainer. It is filled with classic Will Ferrell lines and situations that no one could do better. The story follows a human being raised as an Elf who ventures out into the world. Ferrell brings out all the manic, fun elements of the character with subtle ease. It is a film that will definitely have you in splits because of his brilliant comic timing. Watch it to experience the quintessential Ferrell humor with no holds barred.

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10 Best British Movies To Make You Forget Hollywood

by Kaylen Summers

Be it extravagant settings, quiet countryside, or urban lives, British films offer a rich visual and intellectual experience to viewers. Here are some British films you can watch that will make you forget Hollywood:

This Is England

This is a film about a young boy who stands up to skinheads when they bully him. After having lost his father in the war, the boy tries to push back at a few skinheads who trouble him. In the process, he earns their respect and becomes friendly with them. They become friends and right when his life feels like it is getting better, they get into trouble again. This is a film that is a very engaging, layered watch with amazing performances.

24 Hour Party People

This is a musical drama that follows a young local TV news reporter who is frustrated at work and is looking for ways to do something more significant. He spots a band at their performance and persuades his station to televise their performance. Soon, he becomes a coveted person to manage various rising off-beat bands, leading a musical revolution. The film is dense and fun with its nuanced observations about the music industry.

Kingsman: The Secret Service

This is a racy, sophisticated action film that was a big hit. It is the story of a secret spy organization with a great legacy. A young boy enters the organization and the narrative follows how he blends into the group. The film is extremely well-made with its many reflections on society including its critique of crime, punishment, social compartments, and the like. It is a must-watch film for its cinematic excellence and writing.

Hunger

This is a film that references a historic event. It focuses on the 1981 hunger strikes by Republican prisoners in Northern Ireland. It tells the story of one man who started a hunger strike for himself and his fellow prisoners for them to be recognized as political prisoners. It is a film that documents the movement and brings forth its relevance in very nuanced ways. The performances are excellent and they back the story with their commitment.

The Lobster

This is a fun dystopian film like none other. It is set in a futuristic timeline where being single can turn people into animals. They are sent to the woods and they have a few days to find a partner before they fully transform. As the plot sounds, it is an interesting take on relationships, our quest for love and the social stigma surrounding singledom. The film is shot with keen attention to detail and performed with absolute conviction.

Ex Machina

This is an exciting science fiction fantasy film. It focuses on a young programmer who gets to be part of a strange experiment. As part of the experiment, he is supposed to assess many aspects of artificial intelligence and he has to interact with a female robot for the same. This changes his life and thought process. The film is a fun, unconventional take on relationships and the conflict between science, technology, and ethics.

The Falling

This is a film about an all-girls boarding school. A seemingly normal all-girls boarding school gets disrupted after a very strange epidemic hits the students. Two best friends fight it and embark on a psychological quest to figure out the truth. This is the story of friendship and self-introspection. Though set against a confusing, bizarre plot, the film convincingly brings out all the layers of the story and the subtly strong performances of the actors hold it together beautifully.

Shaun of the Dead

This is a fun zombie apocalypse film. The story follows a salesman who accidentally is left to deal with a whole community of zombies. Unlike other zombie films, there is a certain ease to this film. The story is engaging and it has many twists and turns that keep the attention of the viewer intact. It is a different, entertaining watch that wraps together an intriguing plot and some amazing performances.

Dirty Pretty Things

Filmed pretty much in the style of a documentary, this is a film that follows the lives of immigrants in London. It is the story of a kind doctor who finds a human heart in one of the toilets where he resides with other illegal immigrants. This is a film that is relevant as it documents the social issues faced by immigrants and how their lives and healthcare are all very pressing issues that need intervention from the concerned authorities.

Brooklyn

This is a quintessential British period drama with all its operatic aesthetics. It follows a young girl who lands in the 1950s in Brooklyn. She soon gets used to her life and the freedom she finds for herself. She then falls in love with a charming man who hails from an Italian family. As she goes on with her life blooming in different ways, she is struck by tragedy back home. The film is a loud, colorful one with a visual texture that is very characteristic of British dramas.

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10 Best Disney+ Gems That You Probably Never Knew

by Kaylen Summers

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

While You Were Sleeping

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

Lady and the Tramp II: Scamp’s Adventure

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

Three Men And A Little Lady

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

Darkwing Duck

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

The Three Musketeers

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

Bedknobs and Broomsticks

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

Life With Mikey

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

Monsters, Inc.

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

Willow

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

The Brave Little Toaster to the Rescue

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

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10 Best TV Series on Netflix Right Now

by Kaylen Summers

From action to drama to comedy, we have got one for all kinds of viewers. Here are some amazing shows on Netflix that you can stream right away:

Altered Carbon

This is a sensational science fiction adventure that was a rage when it first came out. It is the story of a prisoner who is awakened 250 years after being put on ice with a mission to solve a murder for his freedom. The series has amazing visuals and some really twisted scientific fantasy scenes that are extremely immersive. The effects take the cake and are complemented by the performances and music.

Arrow

This is a vigilante story similar to the Batman franchise. The protagonist is a rich spoilt man who turns to heroism, but his weapons are the old-school bows and arrows. Exciting isn’t it? The series is entertaining and action-packed with its moments of heroic redemptions and vulnerabilities. It is something that has the potential to easily get you hooked on it once you start.

Orange Is the New Black

This is a series you must have heard of. It is quite popular and rightfully so. The series follows a group of prison inmates from diverse backgrounds finding their way in and out. It is easily one of the most varied sets of characters you will see and this is a show that is long and has the potential for a good binge-watch session spanning over weeks. It is intense, witty and immersive, making it one of the most popular Netflix originals on the platform right now.

Maniac

This is a fun, twisted miniseries that is perfect for a short but immersive watch. The story follows a man and woman who enter multiple stories in a dream state. The narrative is stylish, sophisticated, and also very innovative. It is equally mind-bending and also entertaining. The fact that Netflix green lighted this show is testimony to their commitment to air diverse kinds of content and thanks to them, we get to watch a series like this!

Gotham

This is another interesting take on the Batman universe. It focuses on the childhood of Bruce Wayne and gives a lot more detailed, layered view of the villains and the entire atmosphere of crime and violence in Gotham. This series is a treat for all the Batman fans and geeks out there. It also adds to the franchise by turning the clock on the backstories that we do not see in the films. This is also one of the most popular shows on Netflix right now that you can binge.

Shameless

This is a fun series that tells the story of a twisted family of many members. It wraps together comedy, emotions and a lot of exciting anecdotes about staying together as a family. It is one of the most entertaining comedies on the platform that is long and loved by the audience. It is a soothing watch if you are looking for something breezy and nice to binge on. The emotions are feel good, and the actors, especially the kids are adorable.

F is for Family

This is one of the most unique animated Netflix original shows that has a large fan following even today. It is set in the 1970s when times were simpler and tells the story of the Murphy family. The story follows Frank who works at the airport while supporting his wife and three kids. The humor is quite on the point and the series deals with family troubles in a very relatable, entertaining way. This is definitely a must-watch for animation lovers.

The Walking Dead

This is a show that is all about the zombie apocalypse. It is one of the most watched and loved shows on Netflix as it is brilliant in its making and themes. The zombie angle is one that is much explored in pop culture and visual content, but this series does handle it differently. It layers the stories of each character with some unique angles that make the episodes very interesting to watch.

Narcos

This is a series that made a huge noise for its popularity when it first arrived on Netflix. Millions of fans were instantly formed for Pablo Escobar, the drug lord who is the focus of the series. Later, the storyline also shifted to other drug lords and drug cartels. This series is till date one of the most watched and awaited one on Netflix. It is shot well and written with a sense of detailing that has won the hearts of all gangster/drug lord story lovers world over.

Bojack Horseman

Yet another hugely popular animated series, this is the story of a tormented horseman who tries to make a comeback into life. This is not only one of the most loved shows on Netflix, but also one of the smartest. It deals with sensitive issues such as mental illness and sexuality all in a way that is both comic and also extremely deep. The intense core of its comic writing is what makes it light and hard-hitting all at once.

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The Courier (2021) Trailer

by Kaylen Summers

Benedict Cumberbatch stars in the upcoming spy thriller titled The Courier. The movie is based on a true story and is set in 1960s London. Cumberbatch plays the role of a crusty British salesman named Greville Wynne who ends up getting a call from the government agencies to take part in their missions and spy on the Russian government to collect crucial information. The evidence he gathered will be pivotal in defusing the Cuban Missile Crisis.

Director: Dominic Cooke

Writer: Tom O’Connor

Stars: Benedict Cumberbatch, Merab Ninidze, Rachel Brosnahan

Releasing Date: March 19, 2021

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10 Best Food-Based Shows on Netflix

by Kaylen Summers

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

Million Pound Menu

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

Flavourful Origins

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

Ugly Delicious

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

The Chef’s Line

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

Meat Eater

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

The Great British Baking Show

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

Cooked

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

Salt Fat Acid Heat

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

Chef’s Table

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

Rotten

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

 

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10 Most Underrated Movies of 2020

by Kaylen Summers

2020 was a year of so much chaos that cinephiles may have missed out on some of the best movies that came out, due to lack of publicity. Here are some of the most underrated movies of 2020 that you can catch up on:

Ordinary Love

This is an intense drama about how a couple tries to face the perils of growing old. It explores the layers and limits of sharing a life together. The story focuses on an aging married couple forced to confront their health and fear of mortality after the wife is diagnosed with cancer. A tough predicament to deal with, the couple goes into a very upsetting phase in their lives and the movie captures their distress with keen attention.

Relic

This is a horror film that is quite inward-looking and atmospheric. It is about how the spooky streak is passed down generationally and the story unfolds slowly into something one would never imagine. The film went underappreciated for the kind of thought it has put into its narrative. The film follows an 85-year-old matriarch’s descent into otherworldly interactions and insanity from the point of view of her daughter. It is eerie and extremely haunting. It is worth a watch and it is a highly underrated film of 2020.

I Used to Go Here

This is a film that is fun and exciting. It tells the story of a successful author who goes to give a speech at her alma mater. She subsequently gets entangled in the lives of a group of youngsters and what follows is the narrative of the film. It is an interesting take on life, relationships and the uncertainty of young age. The story is engaging and unexpectedly funny. This is yet another film that was overlooked in 2020.

Spree

This is a film that feels so relatable that it is almost scary. It follows a rideshare driver who wants to go viral on the internet and gain followers. He devises a dangerous plan for the same and is determined to stop at nothing. The quest for fame, revenge, and digital following are major themes in the film. It is a deeply disturbing film owing to how real it feels. It was overshadowed by other films in 2020 and is a story that deserves more attention and appreciation.

Tesla

This is a film that follows the life and times of legendary inventor Nikola Tesla. The story focuses on his battle to bring his wireless electrical energy- based system into fruition. It chronicles the struggles of a visionary who is largely mocked and misunderstood. The power of grit, determination and dreams are reiterated through the struggles of this man who is one of the world’s most important inventors of all times.

I’m Thinking of Ending Things

This is one of the most innovative yet underrated films of 2020. It is the story of a woman who travels to her boyfriend’s secluded animal farm and family home. She feels like there is something amiss in their relationship and plans to end it between them. What she encounters at his home are situations that are hard to figure out and the film finally snowballs into something none of us would imagine. It is an intense film that deserves more appreciation than it received.

Emma

This is a fun story of Emma, a self-appointed matchmaker. She meddles with the romantic lives of all her friends and sometimes ends up messing with them. Along the way, Emma makes some missteps and misjudgments which land her in an entangled mess of soiled relationships and tattered friendships. But somewhere along the way, Emma also figures out that love need not be sought in unfamiliar places. This is a fun film with beautiful performances and it definitely is one of the most underrated films of 2020.

Bloody Nose, Empty Pockets

This is yet another fun film based on a bar in Las Vegas that is going to shut down. The patrons and staff enjoy an evening at the bar sharing their experiences and issues related to the space. It reflects on the alcohol-fuelled world that emerges on its own in the night at bars. The film has a narrative that packs quite a bit of social criticism and commentary in fun, engaging ways. It is a film that does deserve more views than it got.

Host

Set against the Covid 19 pandemic, this film begins with a few friends who join a weekly Zoom call to catch up during the pandemic. One of them hires a medium to try and communicate with spirits over the call, for the thrill. Things go haywire after several members of the call drop for various reasons. The film is terrifying for its execution that seems so real. It is relatable and spooky because of how tangible it feels. For the way it was conceptualized, the film is pretty underrated.

Never Rarely Sometimes Always

This is a bold film that reflects on themes like women and their right to their own bodies, social prejudices against independent women, how the State interferes with personal decisions, and so on. It tells the story of a girl faced with an unexpected pregnancy who travels across the state with a friend to find a solution to her problem. For the kind of social critique the film offers, it was grossly underrated and it deserved to get more appreciation.

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10 Best Cooking and Food Based Shows on Hulu

by Kaylen Summers

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

Chopped

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

Food Network Star

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

Cupcake Wars

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

Guy’s Grocery Games

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

Kitchen Nightmares

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

After Hours

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

Top Chef Masters

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

Bizarre Foods With Andrew Zimmerman

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

The F Word

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

Worst Cooks in America

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

 

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10 Best Shows to Watch on Netflix this January

by Kaylen Summers

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

Bridgerton

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

Grace and Frankie

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

Queen’s Gambit

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

Girlfriends

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

Good Girls

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

Arrested Development

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

Virgin River

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

The Crown

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

Jane the Virgin

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

Schitt’s Creek

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

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10 Best True Crime Movies of All Time

by Kaylen Summers

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

All Good Things

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

The Bling Ring

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

In Cold Blood

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

American Hustle

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

Catch Me If You Can

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

Memories of Murder

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

Casino

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

Bully

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

All the President’s Men

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

Zodiac

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

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10 Best Animated Shows on Netflix

by Kaylen Summers

Animated shows are loved by one and all. The imaginative canvas and fun elements are things that attract everyone. Here are some animated shows on Netflix that you can watch:

The Magic School Bus

This a fun story about a slightly nutty school teacher who powers the bus into outer space, all to teach her students about the scientific wonders of the universe. This is an exciting series that is all about adventures and learning about the various wonders of the world. It has a very imaginative landscape, detailed animation, and many moments that are entertaining as well as thought-provoking. Watch this series for a fun, engaging time with some really amazing plot points.

One-Punch Man

This is a series whose craziness is a league all its own. It is the story of a 25-year-old college graduate who rescues a boy from the murderous clutches of a lobster man-monster. To make this happen, he abandons his search for a salaried job and devotes himself to rigorous three-year training to become a hero. The series has its mad moments which are brought out with relatable storytelling and it is a fun watch if you are looking for something out of the box.

Legend of Korra

This is a show with an incredible female protagonist, the titular character. She is a legend, a kickass teenage girl who must save the world while navigating the many curiosities and layers of her adolescent life. This is an amazing series that has very poignant story points that especially take a much-needed jibe at conventional gender roles. It is a super fun, action-packed show to watch for kids and adults alike.

The Dragon Prince

This is the interesting, mystical tale of the land of Xadia. Here, magic comes from six sources: the sun, moon, stars, sky, earth, and ocean. Later, humans go to this pristine land and they create a seventh kind of magic — dark magic. The storyline is exciting and extremely entertaining. The series packs a lot of adventure and great animation. It is a super fun watch to get hooked on owing to its sharply written scenes and amazing execution.

She-Ra and the Princesses of Power

Kicking girl power, an LGBTQ subtext, and deep female relationships— that is what this amazing series is in a nutshell. This is a beautifully animated action-packed series packaging the dark conflicts of its characters’ upbringings and destinies. The world built through the story is fascinating with plenty of flawed, badass ladies who come through as the heroes we need in the world. Watch this for a different, relevant take on everything ranging from strength, resilience and fun.

Voltron: Legendary Defender

This series is a tale of teenagers transported from Earth who become pilots for robotic lions to fight in an intergalactic war. The Paladins of Voltron must learn to work together now to assemble the robot Voltron and use its power to push back and conquer the empire. The story may sound familiar but the execution with impeccable attention to detail is the most captivating aspect of this series. Watch this for some fun drama and action-packed sci-fi adventure that will surely have you amazed.

Aggretsuko

This is perhaps one of the cutest animation series with small, adorable animals. This is the story of an old red panda working as a dead-eyed accountant at a trading firm. The panda is the star of this musical comedy. It also very beautifully written and it showcases the power of a woman’s anger. The emotions are brought out through music as the panda shrieks out her frustration by singing death metal. This show truly creates a very satisfying, relevant narrative.

Inuyasha

This is a Japanese series that tells a very fascinating story. It is the story of a fifteen-year-old middle school girl from modern-day Tokyo. She is transported to the Sengoku period after falling into a well in her family shrine. There, she meets the half-dog demon, half-human Inuyasha. The series is a beautiful rendering of the fantasies of a girl. It is something that will have the attention of the viewer from the very first episode. It is the perfect series to get hooked on if you are looking for something long and interesting.

Castlevania

Adapted from the Konami franchise of the same name by award-winning comic book writer Warren Ellis, this is an exciting, layered series about the tormented her and villain Dracula. This is an amazing adaptation of the character and told with innovative storytelling techniques. The animation is executed with a stunning sense of aesthetics and it does complete justice to the plot and the expectations of the audience. This is something that is entertaining as well as mentally stimulating.

BoJack Horseman

This is perhaps the most popular, sensational series on Netflix in the animation section. This is the story of a humanoid horse, BoJack Horseman — lost in a sea of self-loathing and booze. He decides to make a comeback and through him, the narrative critiques themes of self-realization, mental well being and the general cut-throat nature of the world. The series is full of epiphanies and memorable, teachable moments which makes it extremely beautiful and fulfilling to watch.

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10 Best Shows to Binge on Amazon Prime

by Kaylen Summers

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

American Gods

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

Good Omens

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

The Tick

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

Catastrophe

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

Downtown Abbey

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

Fleabag

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

Homecoming

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

Undone

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

The Expanse

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

Black Books

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

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

by Kaylen Summers

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

The Midnight Sky

🎬2020 ⌛1h 58m 

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

Mank

🎬2020 ⌛2h 12m

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

Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

🎬2020 ⌛1h 34m

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

Catch Me If You Can

🎬2012 ⌛ 2h 10m

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

The Platform

🎬2019 ⌛1h 34m 

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

The Half of It

🎬2020 ⌛1h 45m

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

The Departed

🎬2006 ⌛2h 31m

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

His House

🎬2020 ⌛1h 33m

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

I’m Thinking of Ending Things

🎬2020 ⌛2h 14m

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

Death to 2020

🎬2020 ⌛1h 10m

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

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10 Hidden Netflix Gems Waiting To Be Discovered

by Kaylen Summers

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

Mud

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

The Killing of A Sacred Deer

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

Midnight Special

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

Nocturnal Animals

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

Wildlife

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

Free Fire

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

Haywire

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

About Time

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

Mute

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

1922

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

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10 Best Comedies on Hulu

by Kaylen Summers

Comedies are loved by everyone. What would our lives be without some humor after all?! Here are some of the best comedies on Hulu that you can watch:

Happiest Season

This is a fun movie about a girl who brings her girlfriend home but has not yet come out to her family. The film explores family dynamics, relationships, and love with a twist of well-timed, engaging humor. The actors all do their parts extremely well and the film is one that also stands out for presenting a relevant theme with the attention it deserves. It is not only packed with good comedy but also deep layers of emotions that make you feel good in the end.

Ingrid Goes West

Based on our internet obsession, this is a fun story of a woman who becomes obsessed with an Instagram celebrity. As you can imagine already, celebrity obsession is a plot that gives rise to quite many moments of situational humor. This film captures those moments well and presents an engaging story of the quest for viral culture, fame, and the need to fit in. It is as funny as it is serious. Watch it for a good laugh at the characters and perhaps, your own self!

The Nice Guys

This is a nice, old-fashioned buddy comedy flick. It is the story of a private detective who gets caught up in the disappearance of a teenager. He teams up with a funny cop to untangle the mess. This film explores friendship and mystery to present a story that is genuinely funny. The actors showcase brilliant chemistry and the narrative comes around as engaging, deep, and extremely relatable.

Say Anything

This is a comedy about deeper thoughts. It showcases how people from different backgrounds find each other. It is a family drama that explores your realizations about your family members, and those moments in which you learn the world is more complex than you thought as a kid. It is a light narrative but it touches on important topics. The performances back the comic element very well.

Support the Girls

This is a very charming comedy about a Hooters-esque restaurant. It showcases a woman employed at the restaurant who is having a particularly bad day at work. It is not a film that makes too many statements about anything, yet ends up being very relevant and striking. It is a film about the power of human will and how people try hard to swim against the tides. It is a fun, exciting story that will surely have you hooked.

Greener Grass

This is a weird comedy film for all you mad comedy lovers out there. It is a strange kind of comedy that borders onto black humor. It examines the suburban culture and is deeply exaggerated for comic drama It is quite a crafty film because it experiments with comedy in ways that are very different from usual methods. It looks like a film that will have a niche following very soon. Watch this film to join the bandwagon.

Click

This is one of Adam Sandler’s last films before he shifted to Netflix. It is a comedy about an average man who finds out that his universal remote can fast forward through the boring and bad times in his life. It has all the elements of an Adam Sandler film. It packs humor, thoughts, and some relevant issues in a narrative that is sure to feel extremely relatable. Watch this film for a really exciting experience you will fully enjoy.

Big Time Adolescence

This is a coming-of-age story about a kid who befriends a very lazy adult man. It explores their friendship and the influence they have on each other. It is an extremely relatable film that explains with a tenderness that maturity comes to people at different ages, in different ways. The performances are endearing and keep up with the funny tone and the soft heart of the story.

Beerfest

This is yet another great comedy about an underground drinking game tournament that takes place during Oktoberfest in Munich. It is an ensemble with performances that stay in your heart for a long time. The scenes pack easy humor that elevates the overall mood of the film. The chaos on the screen is very well curated to present a story with many characters and moments that make the film an absolutely lovely watch.

Four Weddings And A Funeral

This is a breezy comedy about a man who gets into a lot of complicated issues at weddings and a funeral. He ends up falling in love at the end of this complex mix. It is a very engaging story that packs comic chaos extremely well. It has its heart in the right place and the performances support the theme in ways that really sustain the excitement of the narrative till the end. It became the highest-grossing British film of all time when it was released.

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10 Best Comedies on Amazon Prime

by Kaylen Summers

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

The Big Sick

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

Chuck & Buck

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

Clue

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

Eighth Grade

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

Fighting With My Family

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

Harold and Maude

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

His Girl Friday

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

Me, Myself, & Irene

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

The Opposite of Sex

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

The Royal Tenenbaums

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

 

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10 Best Comedy Shows On Netflix

by Kaylen Summers

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

Arrested Development

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

The Good Place

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

Schitt’s Creek

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

Sex Education

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

Jane the Virgin

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

Derry Girls

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

Community

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

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend

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

Big Mouth

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

New Girl

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

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

by Kaylen Summers

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

Mortal Engines

🎬2018 ⌛2h 8m 

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

Available on Netflix 

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Sylvie’s Love

🎬2020 ⌛1h 56m 

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

Available on Prime Video

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London Fields

🎬2018 ⌛1h 48m

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

Available on Netflix

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Hope Gap

🎬2020 ⌛1h 40m

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

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Pieces of a Woman

🎬2020 ⌛2h 06m 

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

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Ghosts of Girlfriends Past

🎬2009 ⌛1h 40m

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

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Criminal

🎬2016 ⌛1h 48m

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

Available on Prime Video

Our Idiot Brother

🎬2011 ⌛1h 30m

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

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The Mexican

🎬2001 ⌛2h 03m 

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

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10 Great Anime Series to Watch on Amazon Prime

by Kaylen Summers

Looking for some animated series to binge on? Here are some wholesome, beautiful animated series you can watch on Amazon Prime:

Dororo

This is an exciting story that begins with a wicked lord who makes a deal with 12 sealed demons for the prosperity of his lands. Years go by, and a young orphan thief named Dororo encounters the boy. He has blades instead of arms and is blind, but his eyes can see monsters. This is a fantastic story that unfolds with a deeply layered story that touches on themes of friendship, revenge, myths, and beautiful moments. Watch this for an experience that you will not forget.

Vinland Saga

A reputed Viking commander lives in Iceland with his wife and son. A mercenary sent to kill him. After his death, his son teams up in a bid to avenge his father’s murder. This is a great series that is a touching tale of how the family stands up to the murderers of its head. It also packs a lot of well animated scenes and memorable moments. The series is loved by many anime lovers over the world and it is definitely worth a watch and your time.

Birdy The Mighty

This Japanese manga series is beautifully written and illustrated by ace artist Masami Yuki. This is the story of Birdy, an undercover interstellar agent on a mission to capture the most dangerous criminals ever seen in the galaxy. The series offers adventure, fantasy, and some extremely relatable moments that make the story come through with absolute relatability. It is executed with a sharp sense of commitment and it is something that is very engaging for people of all ages.

Cowboy Bebop

This is a science-fiction series, that showcases a dark world of drugs and violence. It is a packed series that did attract some amount of criticism blaming it for the increase in violence in Japanese schools. Even though this allegation stands, the series is rich in stunning animated sequences and it is still worth a watch if you want to explore the theme and also see what it is that caused such a row in Japan.

Flame Of Recca

This is yet another interesting, engaging series with some amazing animation. The story follows a teenage boy who is interested in ninja. He often gets into fights but eventually pledges his loyalty and services as a ninja to a girl with the innate ability to heal any wound because of her kindness and compassion. He later realizes that he has a magical ability to control flames and the story follows how he journeys with his abilities and ambitions and navigates his life.

Grand Blue

This is a full-on fun story of a college student who spends his year at the seaside town having fun on the beach with his school friends. It packs the conflicts of growing up, staying together and navigating friendships. It is a beautiful series that is stunning to look at. The deep blue sea looks more real than a real-life beach moment. The entire story is narrated with the sea and the atmosphere as main influences. Watch this series and be extremely amazed by the imaginative power of animation.

Great Teacher Onizuka

This show focuses on a 22-year-old ex-gangster member and a virgin who becomes a teacher at a private middle school. It is a layered take on life, purpose, and many deeper thoughts. Everything is told with a sense of tenderness yet it all comes across as a strong story that is put forth with a playful commitment to integrity. Watch this to indulge in the beautiful voice-overs and lovely animation that will keep you curious for more.

Kabaneri Of The Iron Fortress

The series is beyond exciting especially in today’s times. It is about a serious virus that appears during the industrial revolution. It draws a very interesting picture of how people deal with a deadly virus. It feels like a dream to watch this in our post corona world. The series is beautifully animated and brings out the anxieties of the spreading pandemic with a deep sense of awareness. Watch it if you want to see something that resembles our current reality.

Made In Abyss

This is a show about a girl and the robot that she owns. The both of them embark on a search for her mother, who seems lost within a large vacuum. The show is equal parts sentimental and entertaining. It is something that has a deep emotional core and also a very engaging, adventurous storyline. The animation compliments the plot and the voices, details, and everything else is absolutely on point. This is definitely a show worth watching to take your mind off a tiring day.

Nichijou

Set in a suburban Japanese town, this series is filled with a group of students, featuring moments from their everyday lives. The story packs their difficult life situations, young years, and the complex predicaments of growing up. The animation is lovely, and it encompasses all the confusion of the age and the problems of the characters in the story. It is a lovely, engaging watch.

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10 Documentaries to Watch on Disney Plus

by Kaylen Summers

Documentaries are a great way of looking at the world and the various incidents that shape it. The element of reality in it makes each documentary a tangible source of introspection. Here are a few amazing documentaries streaming on Disney Plus that you can watch:

The Boys: The Sherman Brothers Story

Did you love the songs in the Disney films like Mary Poppins that made them iconic? Then you must watch this documentary about the makers behind all that amazing music, the Sherman brothers. This film captures the life and creative struggles of Robert and Richard Sherman. It documents their strained relationship, their artistic collaboration, and their eventual split up. This is a film that has music, life, and relationships under the scanner, and you will be amazed to see how it has been made so poignantly.

The Imagineering Story

This is a lovely documentary film on how the Walt Disney themed parks were created around the world. It focuses on the history, conceptualization, and the final execution of the parks. It also takes us through how the minutest details like the color of each ride, the selection of park icons, and so on were arrived upon by the team. If you are a lover of Disney characters and the whole Disney atmosphere, this one is for you.

Frank and Ollie

Frank Thomas and Ollie Johnston were the two most important animators in the Disney team They were the creative hands behind some of Disney’s most loved hand-drawn animations like the Jungle Book. In this documentary, they discuss at length about their creative process, their conflicts, and how they decided upon the look and feel of some of the most iconic Disney characters. Watch this film for a deep delve into two of the most creative minds of the world.

Waking Sleeping Beauty

This is the inside story of how Disney revived itself with reinterpretations of fairy tales like The Little Mermaid and Sleeping Beauty. It documents the renaissance period of Disney by showcasing the inside meetings between creators and animators as they ideate on how to revive Disney and make their stories more relevant for the changing world of storytelling. If you like seeing the creative process behind films and listening to artists’ moot ideas, this is for you.

One Day at Disney

This is a fun tour of the many departments of Walt Disney. The documentary captures a typical workday which includes creative discussions, designing, executing, and everything that happens at the Disney studio in a day. The visuals are a joy ride into the world’s pioneer storytellers who have shaped the imagination of several generations of animated movie lovers. This is a must-watch documentary for every Disney fan.

Jane Goodall: The Hope

This is an extensive, intimate look into the life and work of one of the most renowned primatologists, Jane Goodall. She studied animals extensively and has been very vocal about their rights and needs. Her work in Zanzibar is especially focused in the documentary where she built an auditorium outside the forest to encourage young people of the community to gather and work together for the betterment of their own fellow beings as well as the animals native to their place. Watch this to know an extraordinary woman up close.

Empire of Dreams: The Story of the Star Wars Trilogy

This is a documentary every Star Wars fan will not want to miss. It takes us deep into the world of Star Wars. Exclusive interviews featuring the makers and actors showcase how the Star Wars universe was conceptualized, made, and executed. It is a fun and exciting film that documents the making and creative process behind one of the most successful franchises of world cinema.

Marvel 75 years, From Pulp to Pop

This is again a must-watch for fans of the Marvel universe. It documents the thoughts and process of the makers of the cinematic installments of the Marvel comics. You can also listen in on how the creators converse about the relevance of these stories in the present world. Captain America is discussed at length and so are many other Marvel heroes with respect to their creation and impact on moviegoers.

The Plausible Impossible

In this movie, Walt Disney himself takes the viewers through how animation is conceptualized and made tangible. He dwells on the scope of human imagination, and its crossover with technology to bring alive anything that can be imagined. It is a film that opens up the immense possibilities of animation to visualize whatever it is that a person imagines. It shows us how animation has changed our visual culture and taken us to a world that until now only existed in our minds.

Apollo: Missions to the Moon

This is the documentation of how NASA put 12 men on the moon between 1969 – 1972. It was released to mark the 50th anniversary of Neil Armstrong’s moon landing. Considered one of humanity’s biggest scientific achievements, this series documents the obstacles, grit, and determination of space scientists to open for humanity a vast arena of data and wonder. It is a story that has been filmed many times, but it never gets old. It is a proud achievement that was arrived at with much effort and it deserves to be told many more times over.

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10 Best Adam Sandler Movies to Watch on Netflix

by Kaylen Summers

One of the best comedians and content creators of today, Adam Sandler is the most popular performer of our times. Here are some of his must-watch films that are now streaming on Netflix:

Hubie Halloween

This is the story of Hubie who loves his hometown Salem. But he is not that well-loved or respected by his townsfolk. Humiliated and considered a dimwit, Hubie lives his life. But when the town is in danger as Halloween approaches, it is only Hubie who can save everyone. This is a film that has its heart in the right place and is sure to engage you if you are looking for something warm, simple, and feel-good to watch. As with any other Adam Sandler movie, this one also has its humor intact with all those laughs placed at the right points.

Murder Mystery

This is the story of a policeman who takes his wife on a vacation after many years of promising. When they board the flight, they become friends with a mysterious millionaire who invites them to a flashy yacht party. At the party, the millionaire is murdered and the two get entangled in the whole mess. This is again a funny dramatic film that is quintessentially Adam Sandler’s brand of comedy. It also stars Jennifer Anniston, the queen of comedy who does not fail to impress in this one also.

The Ridiculous 6

This is a film that has situational comedy at its best. It follows the life of a man who was raised by native-Americans. He figures out that 5 infamous outlaws are actually his brothers and the 6 of them set out on an adventure to save their deadbeat father. The film has humor, surprise, and some action. It is packed at a pace that is easy and can be watched to cool off after a long day. Adam Sandler brings out his usual, frothy sense of humor into the film and it is easily one of his laid-back performances that do the trick as always.

You Don’t Mess with Zohan

This is yet another Adam Sandler movie that will keep you hooked with its knotted storyline. It follows an Israeli Special Forces soldier, Zohan, who fakes his own death and travels to America. He leaves behind his old life to pursue his dream of becoming a hairstylist. Sounds unbelievable? That is exactly what makes this film spot on in its wit and ease of narration. It is a story of second chances and how the past is always something that is permanent and unchangeable.

Uncut Gems

This is a film that proves that Adam Sandler can handle serious roles with utmost commitment. It is the story of a jeweler in New York City with a serious gambling addiction. He finds a rare diamond and tries to maximize his profits by using quite a few complicated back door methods. The rush of a win, the thirst for luxury and the nexus involved in the business world are all showcased well in this film that packs intrigue, action, and thrill. Sander pulls off his character with believability and it is refreshing to see him in a role like this.

Click

What would you do if you were given a remote that lets you change your life instantly? This film is about a frustrated, worn-out young man who is handed a magical remote that allows him to channel his life in ways that seem unimaginable. Sandler pulls off the workaholic, bored man with his usual charm and ease. The film is a fantasy comedy-drama that is very smooth to watch on a day when you need some feel-good humor in your life.

The Week Of

This comedy-drama follows the week of the marriage of a couple. The fathers of each of them are polar opposites and find it extremely hard to endure each other for the whole week. The film is a fun, breezy take on family, relationships, and love. It has all the elements you would expect in an Adam Sandler movie. It is easy, relaxed, and extremely witty in its storytelling pattern. It is also one of Sandler’s good performances in recent years.

The Do-Over

This is a fun story of two buddies who meet up at their 25th school reunion. They are both fed up with their current lives and decide to reimagine their lives ahead. They fake their own deaths and pretend to be new people and start new adventures from scratch. But soon, they figure out that pretending to be other people is harder than they imagined. With every step, they encounter problems after problems that not only upset them but also put their whole lives at stake.

Just Go With It

This is a film about an unhappy doctor who pretends to have a difficult family life to go out on new dates every week. When he lands a young attractive woman who he wants to keep seeing, he must put together a pretend-family to convince her that he is married and unhappy. This is a classic Adam Sandler kind of comedy that is feel-good, exciting, and extremely witty. It also stars Jennifer Anniston who aces her role and compliments Sandler as always with her presence. This is a film that can be a great movie night watch with some nice food to binge on.

The Waterboy

The is a sports comedy-drama that follows a man who loves to swim. An innate trait for sports makes him a member of a college football team and his life gets entangled between the game, his overbearing mother, his supposedly dead father, and a former love interest re-surfacing. This is again a film that is an easy watch with some situational humor that saves a bad day. Sandler is his usual charming, witty self and he brings forth very casual ease to the character. It is a film you can put on and immerse in when you want some time to cool off a hectic day.

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10 Popular Family Dramas Available On Streaming

by Kaylen Summers

There is nothing quite like the love and craziness of family. We all agree that family is important and irreplaceable. Here are some really amazing films about families that you can watch:

The Family Man

As the name suggests, this is a film about the importance of family. The film sounds like a feel-good story, but it is more than that. It is one that addresses some serious issues within families and it also promotes fundamental family values. It shows us why it is important to make an effort and be present in the family in order to nurture it and help everyone grow.

About a Boy

This is a very touching film about the importance of love, happiness, and family. The story follows a boy who makes an unlikely friend and ends up developing a strange, rewarding relationship. The film focuses on how people overlook their family bonds and sometimes need some pointers to really bring their attention to these factors. It is a soft story that makes you feel really warm and fuzzy by the end.

Blue Valentine

This is an American romantic drama that is about how to save relationships and giving one more chance to building a happy family. A married couple who were once head over heels in love later discover that their passion has dissolved. They try hard to retain their relationship and nurture their family with care and attention to feelings. This is a lovely story that explains why it is paramount to focus on family and relationships.

The Addams Family

This fantasy comedy movie was based on a cartoon about the Addams family, a weird yet very loving family and their numerous relatives. They look strange, wear black clothes all the time, and live in a very spooky old mansion. Their relatives are all witches, murderers, and monsters. But nothing prevents them from being happy, and loving and caring for each other with all their hearts.

It’s Complicated

This is a lovely, light-hearted family movie. It is filled with many relatable dialogues about family ties and complicated relationships. If you think that people after turning 50 immediately become serious and responsible, watch this movie, featuring the brilliant Meryl Streep and you will figure out how mad families can be even after their heads turn old. Sometimes, old age is what brings out the wackiness in people and that is where all the fun lies!

As Good As It Gets

This is a very romantic story about people who are reluctant to let new people into their lives as a result of being stuck in various difficult life problems. The dialogues and numerous comic situations will make you believe in the importance of building a family and nurturing relationships. It shows how everybody needs somebody, and that life is worth living when we are more open to sharing and caring for one another.

Kramer vs. Kramer

This is one of the best movies that bring out the various nuances of how families function. It is a good example to show young kinds to help them be educated about the idea of a perfect family. Life is not always easy, and every family faces its own troubles. In this film, a couple going through divorce teach their kids how to cultivate patience and love. Though slightly dark and intense, the film is a very important watch, especially if you want to understand difficult family situations.

Facing Windows

This is an Italian film about a married couple who have a failing, disintegrating marriage. The film goes on to show how they both try to revive themselves and attempt to be happy with what they have. It is not at all easy to change everything at once and make things look normal, but it’s worth trying because family is a place that has no replacement. The is a feel-good film that reinforces the importance of family and relationships.

The Story Of Us

This is yet another story of a couple who find themselves in a soup. The film is extremely touching and shows seemingly insignificant details that can destroy everything in a relationship. It showcases how mutual misunderstanding and resentment cause stress and depression amongst couples. The story also focuses on how to look at common grounds when you try to build a family rather than magnify the differences and grow further apart.

Yours, Mine & Ours

This is a great movie you must watch with the whole family. The plot is simple and predictable, but also engaging and very entertaining. The whole atmosphere of a big happy family is recreated in the film with endearing performances and about a zillion jokes. It is a warm, fuzzy movie that will want you to huddle together as a family and watch it, again and again, to simply feel the togetherness and love.

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10 Documentaries to Watch on Netflix

by Kaylen Summers

Documentaries connect with us because they bring together facts, personal experiences, historic references, and real emotions of people. They remind us what the real world is like and help us make sense of it. Here are some amazing documentaries on Netflix for the lovers of reality out there:

American Murder: The Family Next Door

This is a true-crime documentary about the multiple murders in the Watts family that happened in Colorado in 2018. It begins with the disappearance of the woman of the family and her children and follows on to the investigation of the husband who is a suspect. The film reflects on the themes of privacy, the involvement of social media in our safety, and the conflicts of modern relationships. This is a documentary that will open up several insights into our lives for anyone who wants to delve deeper.

The Speed Cubers

If you are someone who is intrigued by the Rubix Cube, this documentary is for you. It follows a Rubix Cube expert from Australia who was an undisputed cuber in the world until an American rival arrived. One would expect this to turn into a story of rivalry and hate. It is anything but that. The film documents the beautiful friendship between these two champions who are pitted against each other. They learn and grow together, encouraging each other to be better. It is a story that is much needed in today’s world of ruthless competition and it will leave you absolutely heart-warmed.

Crip Camp

This is the first-ever documentary where Barack and Michelle Obama. It is set in 1971, at Camp Joined, a camp for differently-abled teenagers. From then on, it chronicles the lives of these spirited, focused teenagers who turned themselves into pioneers for the disability rights movement. The film also raises important questions about the inadequacies in our legislation and public utilities for the differently-abled. It is an important film because it opens up the debate about a crucial issue that must be discussed at length.

Miss Americana

This is a deep dive into the life and mind of Taylor Swift, one of the most famous icons in the world. The film captures her journey of coming to terms with society’s expectations of her and being her true self. It reflects on her feminist awakening, and her struggles to express her political opinions without fear of judgment. This is a film that has all the elements of glamour, pomp, and vulnerability that are expected in an intimate portrait of someone as sensational as her. But what also makes the film extremely relatable is the baring of her personality as an individual like any of us, with weak spots, conflicts, and break downs.

The Great Hack

This documentary is an insight into our lives in the digital world. It focuses on the Facebook-Cambridge Analytica scandal. Through accounts of journalists and especially Cambridge Analytica whistleblower Brittany Kaiser, the film brings out the problematic data harvesting of Facebook that the company vehemently denies. It is one of the most disturbing documentaries to watch because it explains how data has become the most important commodity and how we are all left tied in a situation where we cannot do without the internet, but we also have to be extremely cautious of it.

Knock Down the House

This is a film that follows Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez and her struggles of fighting against the establishment. The film does not only focus on the left-right political divide as some of us may expect. It zooms out and takes stock of the larger picture, panning over the lives and efforts of other female politicians seeking to win primary battles. It brings forth the real struggles of grassroot workers and how they painstakingly build a campaign and a movement.

Five Came Back

This is an adaptation of Mark Harris’ non-fiction book of the same title. It documents the events of World War II through the eyes of five different film makers. These directors were all designated to make documentaries, cover footage of horrific human experiences, and shot visuals for rallies and propaganda during the war. They have all witnessed the terrible aftermath of the war in close quarters and their experiences come forth as a real eye-opener of the atrocities of war and the need for the world to stop the violence.

Ugly Delicious

This is a documentary for all food lovers out there. Hosted by ace chef David Chang, it chronicles his journey into different parts of the world exploring the tastes of the most loved food items from there. The documentary is not just a feature of foods but delves deep into what tastes and flavors make the foods as delicious as they are. It explores cuisine as a cumulative output of culture, and the respective tastes of the people of each region. It draws a very detailed picture of what makes the food we love what we love.

Conversations With a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes

This is one of the most sensational documentaries out there. It chronicles the life of one of the most diabolic serial killers who murdered 30 women. The series has footage from an interview with him before his execution. It is a chilling account to watch because of how normal Tend Bundy appears. It explores the fine line between normalcy and criminality in each of us. The unique fact that he did not confess to his crimes until a few days before his execution is testimony to the fact that criminal tendency is something that is still a layered mystery to us.

Audrie and Daisy

This is a film that is difficult to watch, but extremely important. It focuses on two young school-going girls who were sexually assaulted and threatened using social media. One of them gave in to the pressure and committed suicide. The film speaks about how women are shamed and cornered by institutions that are bound to protect them. It also critiques the ways in which we approach sexual assault and offer very few coping mechanisms to the victims in terms of moral and social support. It is an intense watch, but an absolutely necessary one as well.

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The Best Documentaries to Watch on Hulu This January 2020

by Kaylen Summers

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

Minding the Gap

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

Ask Dr. Ruth

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

Becoming Bond

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

Untouchable

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

Ballet Now

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

Jane

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

RBG

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

Crime + Punishment

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

The Amazing Johnathan Documentary

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

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

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

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Netflix’s Top 10 New Movies To Watch This Weekend

by Kaylen Summers

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

Outside The Wire

🎬2021 ⌛1h 55m 

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

Pieces of Woman

🎬2020 ⌛2h 06m

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

Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

🎬2020 ⌛1h 34m

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

Sightless

🎬2020 ⌛1h 29m 

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

Asphalt Burning

🎬2020 ⌛1h 40m

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

Don’t Breathe

🎬2016 ⌛1h 28m

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

Stuck Apart

🎬2021 ⌛1h 36m

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

Double Dad

🎬2020 ⌛1h 45m

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

Tony Parker: The Final Shot

🎬2020 ⌛ 1h 38m

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

Dracula Untold

🎬2014 ⌛1h 32m

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

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10 Meryl Streep Movies You Shouldn’t Miss

by Kaylen Summers

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

Julie and Julia

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

The Devil Wears Prada

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

The Post

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

Heartburn

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

She Devil

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

Death Becomes Her

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

The Iron Lady

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

The Bridges of Madison County

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

August: Osage County

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

Manhattan

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

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10 Best Coming of Age Movies

by Kaylen Summers

The years of growing up when you are too old to be a kid, yet young to be an adult is perhaps the most confusing time of life. Coming of age films capture all the chaos and adventure of those mad years. Here are a few films from the genre that are amazing in their portrayal of life’s most exciting times:

Booksmart

School is a time for hard work and study, but it is also the time to have all the fun you can! This is the story of two girls, high school prodigies, who realize that all the academic laurels they earn make no sense if they forget to enjoy their time. So they decide to hit the most happening year-end party and things turn really crazy. This is a fun film about two young adults who are just taking a break from being responsible. We have all been there, haven’t we?!

American Honey

A loud, racy film about a young teenager, American Honey captures all the chaos of becoming an adult. It follows a girl who is confused, curious, and aimless – something that teenagers bring with them for all of us. The story is deeply immersive in her world that is full of music and a constant search for a sense of belonging. The narrative brings out what teenage feels like to most women, and how clueless they often get given that it is also an age when they are most restricted by parents and society at large.

Call Me By Your Name

This is a whirlwind of a romance between a 17-year-old boy and his father’s research assistant. The story is a welcome change in terms of its portrayal of a gay romance in the most beautiful manner. When a teenager and an adult fall in love, the dynamics are bound to be turbulent. The boy in all his confused teenage mental state experiences a longing so pure that it guides his emotional and sexual coming of age in the most unexpected ways. Watch this film to have your heart squeezed out by some exquisite romance.

Lady Bird

In her final year of Catholic school, Christine changes her name to Lady Bird in her search for reinvention like most teenagers. She has a year of college to get through and the plot comes alive with all the classic elements of a coming of age story like romance, friendships, fitting in, conflicts with family..etc. The film is entertaining and also very representative of the in-betweens that teenagers often presents us with. It is a complicated age in terms of the physical and emotional changes a person goes through and the film portrays all of those confusing feelings with a subtle sense of understanding.

Mustang

Set in a remote Turkish village, this is the story of five young orphaned sisters and their struggles of growing up in a conservative neighborhood. Themes of sexuality, acceptance, and social confirmation that women experience are dealt with in the film. The plot is rife with depictions of how society treats young women differently and imposes a certain moral code on them while their male counterparts live a more free and unsupervised life. The film is very relatable and real owing to its honesty of emotions and that makes it a very fulfilling watch.

Little Women

Adapted time and again in different versions, there is no other story more coming of age than Little Women, a novel by Louisa May Alcott. This is one of the oldest and most classic versions of the film that tells the story of four sisters as they navigate their lives and ambitions. The film depicts how women are often taught to downsize their intelligence to suit the egos of their male counterparts and how sometimes being married becomes the most important identity of women. Those who try to swim against this tide are doomed to an isolated life that is characterized by loneliness and a constant conflict between being free and giving in.

The Spectacular Now

Based on the age-old trope of a young bookish girl dating a high school bad boy, this is a film that treats the subject in a very different manner. The passion of the young sweethearts is so real and innocent that it will make you want to go back to your own school love. There is something undeniably charming about naïve young adults falling in love and the fact that they are opposites only adds to it. Watch this film to be reminded of the beauty of young love and the ways in which it sparks excitement like none other in teenage minds.

Boyhood

Boyhood is a coming-of-age film that literally explains how nothing major happens in these years of growing into an adult from a teenager. It follows the protagonist for 12 years and is filmed at different locations over time to document his life as an adolescent. The film making technique is unique and explores the patience it requires in life to accept change, grow as a person, and brace through experiences that are new and sometimes uncomfortable. Filled with brilliant performances and beautiful music, this is a film that is a must-watch for lovers of the coming-of-age genre.

Girlfight

Teenage is often characterized by unmanageable temper for most youngsters. This is the story of a teenage girl who always loses her temper and is trying to climb out of her chaotic high school life. She accidentally steps into the boxing ring one day and gets hooked to the sport. The controlled display of aggression in the ring helps her feel anchored and to tame her own anger in personal spaces. The film depicts how she uses the sport as a personal tool to help herself out of her turbulent teenage life.

Rebel Without A Cause

This is a film that explores the lives of suburban middle-class teenagers. The film explores themes of decay of purpose among the youth, problematic parenting patterns, and the conflicts between generations. The narrative tries to bring forth an excellent commentary on how the young are treated in lesser elite communities and how their aspirations are often limited by their social status. The consequences of capitalism on young minds is also a theme that overarchingly appears throughout the plot.

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10 Best Romantic Movies of All Time

by Kaylen Summers

All of us love a good love story! Here is a list of some of the best, most timeless onscreen romances that will sweep you off your seat:

Casablanca

Regarded as the most romantic film of all time, Casablanca is a timeless tale of love. It follows a lonely bar owner who has to make a difficult choice between being with his lover and helping his husband crossover the border. The two lovers meet in Casablanca where he owns his bar in a turn of coincidence and they are suddenly drawn into their old love that perhaps still remains aflame in their hearts. What follows is how they resolve the situation and whether or not they choose one another, yet again.

Love and Basketball

This is a coming-of-age love story between two teenagers who get together through their shared love for basketball. As they age, their love for the sport and each other grows, and they become bonded more than ever. This is a classic love story of two people growing together and includes all its related themes like music, career, life, priorities, and the like. Beautifully executed with some amazing performances, Love, and Basketball is a love story for all times.

Before Trilogy

This is a 3 part trilogy by Richard Linklater which chronicles the love story of Jessie and Celine, two youngsters who accidentally meet during a trip. The three parts – Before Sunrise, Before Sunset, and Before Midnight is symbolic of the various stages in a romantic relationship. The story spans over several years and depicts the characters in their youth, midlife, and early old age. The narrative is such that it is filled with conversations between the two characters, bringing out the importance of communication in sustaining a romance and also indicating that growing together as individuals is an essential component of love.

Brokeback Mountain

This is a film that explores the romance between two young men as they spend time together at a mountainside. The film is a beautiful take on same-sex romances and portrays the complex, delicate love of the protagonists with a subtle sense of understanding. Widely acclaimed by critics and movie lovers alike, this is a film that was ahead of its times. The theme of homosexual love was not explored when this film came out. It set the conversation rolling on the topic and did a wonderful job of telling a fragile story in the most sensitive way.

When Harry Met Sally

After meeting through a cross-country trip, Harry and Sally keep trying to meet each other again for almost a decade in this romantic comedy that lifted the standard of the genre from mindless feel goodness to something substantial. The love between the two protagonists is tender, yet loud and urgent. The viewer is sure to feel their pangs in this beautifully crafted story with great performances, amazing background score, and complementing visuals.

Bridges of Madison County

Francesca is a housewife who gets to have her house to herself for the first time in many years. As she relaxes and enjoys her peace, a photographer who is covering bridges of the suburbs passes by and she accidentally is bound to be host to him. What follows is an electric, fated romance that has the both of them in a whirlwind of emotions that they did not expect to every experience. What follows is how they deal with themselves and what choices they make in the end about their love and relationships.

In The Mood For Love

Written, produced, and directed by the cinematic genius Wong Kar Wai, this is a film that is so atmospheric that you will fall in love with each frame. It is the story of a man and woman whose spouses have an affair and who slowly develop a romantic affinity for each other themselves. Complex, intense, and deeply poetic, this is a film that is regarded as a classic in world cinema. The music is stunning and the performances are so fluid that it is an unforgettable experience for every movie lover.

Titanic

You may have watched it, but any list of timeless love stories is incomplete without a mention of Titanic! Set against the tragic journey of the Titanic that eventually sank in the ocean, this is the story of Jack, a man of modest means, and Rose, an aristocratic woman. The movie is so iconic that its dialogues and scenes have been etched in the memories of viewers who have watched it. Watch this film if you have not for a love story that swims across time and death.

Call Me By Your Name

A story about a young teenager who falls in love with his father’s research assistant, this is a film that explores gay romance in all its glory and intensity. The dynamic between a teenager and his older lover is unlike anything we have seen on screen and it is so poignant that it is hard to forget. The film is bold in its narrative yet subtle in its presentation. The urgent restlessness of an almost forbidden love comes through so seamlessly in the film that you will be left with a soft, lovelorn heart in the end!

The Notebook

Based on Nicholas Sparks’ novel of the same name, this is perhaps one of the most-watched love stories of all times. It is a classic story of how love finds its way against all odds. What begins as a summer romance for Noah and Allie becomes an emotion that they cannot live without. The relationship is condemned by her mother and the couple meet and part in ways that spark more longing in them than ever. Watch to find out what happens to their burning romance and how they manage to keep the fire alive across borders and time.

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10 Essential Feminist Movies Everyone Should Watch

by Kaylen Summers

Gone are the days of treating women like lesser human beings. We are in the era of inclusion and parity and cinema has played a major role in creating dialogues around these topics. Here are a few kickass feminist films that you must watch if you want to be a part of the change:

Kill Bill

Kill Bill is a 2 part American martial arts revenge story written and directed by Quentin Tarantino with Uma Thurman in the lead. Thurman stars as the lead character Bride who sets on a journey to take down the Deadly Viper Assassination Squad and their leader Bill, who tried to kill her and her unborn child. The film is racy and packed with scenes that showcase the true resilience of the female mind and body. It is an inspiration to be strong against odds and shows that anger is not only for men to exhibit.

Thelma and Louise

Thelma and Louise is an American female buddy road film that has attained the status of a cult classic over the years. Directed by Ridley Scott, this is the story of two friends who embark on a road trip and land in unforeseen circumstances. There are many moments in the film that remind us that most other mainstream films stereotype women. This film is a welcome change compared to them, and it explores female friendship in ways that we have not seen before on screen.

Portrait of a Lady on Fire

This is a historical period film that explores the romance between a female painter and an aristocratic woman whose portrait she is commissioned to paint. The visual language of the film is so acutely feminist in its perspective that this film can be called a manifesto on the female gaze in filming. It has stunning landscapes, piercing dialogues, and a love story for all of eternity to remember. Watch it for an experience like none other.

All About My Mother

Pedro Almodovar is a director you must not miss if you like films with strong female protagonists. All About My Mother features complex, resilient women who navigate life with a fire that is unstoppable. Subtle in appearance but steadfast in their decisions, the film explores themes of sexuality, relationships, and the many social stigmas surrounding the choices of women. What unfolds in the course of the story is nothing short of a celebration of female survival skills against all odds.

4 Months 3 Weeks and 2 Days

This is a film that showcases Romania’s history of negating women’s right to abortion. The film takes an evident pro-choice stand in its narrative. The story revolves around two women, one of who is helping the other to procure an illegal, potentially fatal abortion in clandestine. The film shows how difficult it is for women to exercise their own choices when the entire social and political system forces them to concur to their standards.

Daughters of the Dust

This is the first feature film directed by an African-American woman and theatrically distributed in the United States. Set in 1902, this is the story of three generations of African -American women who finally decide to move to the north of America. The film explores themes of separation, conflict of identity, and how women deal with alienation in regimes where they are a racial minority. Critics and film lovers unanimously refer to this film as one of the most significant pieces of art that feature extraordinary female characters.

A Woman Under The Influence

Mabel is a housewife who is married to a construction worker. She is addicted to alcohol, suffers from mental health issues, and is on the edge. Unlike loud portrayals of women, this is a story of silent strength. Mabel is fragile but now weak. The film explores the monotony and emotional isolation faced by most housewives and how that affects their mental and emotional health. It also explores why men often tend to add to the distress of their wives by being absent physically as well as emotionally.

One Sings, The Other Doesn’t

Agnes Varda is a French director you must not miss. She makes films with strong female characters and explores themes that break stereotypes. This is one of her finest films about two women and their friendship et against the feminist movement in France in the 1970s.

It talks about women and their right to their biological choices. Society often exerts immense pressure on women to confirm and make choices that are convenient for everyone. Agnes paints a complex, relatable picture of how women keep up with such stigmas and yet assert their personalities in their own ways.

The Passion of Joan of Arc

This is a French silent film based on the actual record of the trial of Joan of Arc. Widely regarded as a landmark in film making, the film was accepted critically by reviewers the world over. The film was shot on one huge concrete set modeled on medieval architecture in order to realistically portray the Rouen prison. The film is known for its cinematography and use of close-ups. A celebration of Joan of Arc’s life, strength, and determination, this is a piece of cinema that you must not miss.

The Kids Are All Right

Most of the mainstream cinema has treated lesbian relationships as something unnatural or sensational. This is a film that has an understated take on a lesbian relationship. It features a married lesbian couple raising their kids together. The film is a comedy that brings forth the conditioning around same-sex marriages in a light yet poignant manner. Filled with brilliant performances, a beautiful background score, and a very subtle sense of strength, this is yet another take on strong women who fight odds to make their own choices.

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10 Movies About Serial Killers

by Kaylen Summers

The line between sanity and sycophancy is so thin, you never know when they may mingle! Serial killers have been a theme that filmmakers and viewers have always been obsessed with. Here are some of the best films based on serial killers for you to watch:

The Silence of The Lambs

The first character that comes to mind when you say the word serial killer is perhaps Dr. Hannibal Lecter. A cannibal who cooks and serves his preys to his guests, Hannibal is one of the most terrifying characters of all time. The silence of the Lambs follows a young officer who uses the help of an imprisoned Hannibal to understand the psychology of the killer she is currently trying to nab. Chilling and undeniably haunting, this is one of the best depictions of how a serial killer’s mind works.

The Clovehitch Killer

A film with all the classic elements of a serial killer movie, this is about a killer who was on a murder spree in the town. Years later, just when you think he is done, you realize maybe he is not. Exploring themes of social confirmation, human tendency to be violent, and the problems of suppression imposed by a dogmatic society, the film is a haunting take on violence and gore. Watch this film for an experience that will leave a very lasting impact on your mind.

The Hitcher

This is the story of a murderous, maniac hitchhiker who hunts down an unsuspecting couple. The film is visceral as it explores the philosophical motivations of a serial killer, trying to showcase the extent of madness the human mind is capable of. Terror is brought forth in the narrative through the mystery surrounding the killer’s motivations unveiling the sheer unpredictability of violence. Watch this film for an immersive take on how the mind of criminals works and what lies on the other side of sanity.

God Bless America

This film follows a troubled man with a problematic marriage who decides to go on a killing spree of the people he feels do not deserve to be alive. Though modeled on a serial killer storyline, the film explores the sheer rudeness human beings are capable of to each other in a society. The protagonist’s violence is not solely against his victims, but also against the society which stereotypes people and sets standards for everyone based on herd mentality.

Black Widow(1987)

This film takes the femme fatale concept to its most glorious heights by showcasing a female serial killer who is unstoppable and a police agent who is bent on bringing her before the law. The killer is one who marries rich old men and murders them for their money. While the two women piece together their games, we witness a racy, thrilling narrative unfold. The performances of the leading ladies are neck to neck and the film is full of intrigue, mystery, and all the substantial elements of a cat and mouse serial killer movie.

Deranged: Confessions of a Necrophile

A middle-aged man goes on a murder spree after the death of his mother. He was raised by his mother to be strictly religious and staunchly misogynistic. The film follows his motivations behind his act of violence. Though the title has the word necrophilia, the protagonist does not exhibit any such characteristics in the film. The plot is very mysterious and delves deep into the psyche of gender-based violence and what it is to be a man who thinks women are his to violate or mutilate because he belongs to a privileged gender.

Frenzy

One of Alfred Hitchcock’s masterpieces, this is a film about a serial killer in London and the ex-Air Force serviceman he implicates. Hitchcock is known for his storytelling patterns that induce curiosity, terror, and surprises. The same follows in this film with absolutely haunting music and performances that seem very real. The plot is full of interesting anecdotes on real murder mysteries in London and if you are a serial killer geek, there is plenty in here for you to go back and read!

Zodiac

One of director David Fincher’s best, this is the story of the hunt for a deadly serial killer who terrorized the U.S with his letters and bloodstained clothing that he sent to the police force after his murders. The movie explores the efforts of the officers to nab a criminal whose identity is unknown and hence the possibility that he could be anyone is something that makes the entire process very complex. Fincher has a penchant for crime thrillers and this is a classic example of how invested he is in the madness of the human mind.

Monster

Another story with a female serial killer in the lead, this film follows a woman who was an ex-prostitute who murdered seven of her male clients. Widely acclaimed by critics and film lovers alike, the film is a complex depiction of how female rage is rooted in gendered aspects of society. It features a protagonist so fierce yet fragile that it is hard to understand what she might do next. If you like seeing complicated female characters come alive in all their vulnerable, mad glory, this film is definitely for you.

I Saw the Devil

This is a South Korean thriller film about an agent who sets out to trace a serial killer after he murders his fiancé. The plot is deep and haunting as it explores the themes of obsession, chase, and gratification in the act of plotting and executing a murder. The protagonist has trysts with the killer now and then and is attacked and left free by the killer for him to feel powerful in the chase. A storyline that depicts the manic compulsions of a hardened criminal, this is a film that will stay in your mind for quite a while.

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10 Christmas Movies to Watch on Disney Plus

by Kaylen Summers

Christmas is a time when everyone is filled with excitement for new things and nostalgia for the old. Here are a few films you can watch on Disney Plus to add to the gamut of holiday emotions that you have been feeling:

Noelle

Things get difficult at the North Pole when Santa Claus dies and his son is all set to take over as the next Santa. As he prepares for his task, he is helped by his sister Noelle to keep track of gifts and maintain the Christmas spirit. But one day he takes off and never returns and it is upon her to find her brother and put things in order before Christmas. Watch to find out how she saves Christmas for everyone, it is not the ending you might be anticipating, because it is even better!

12 Dates of Christmas

Kate finds herself reliving Christmas eve over and over again. The same kinds of things keep happening, including a date with a man named Miles. She wishes to break this cycle and move ahead and pursue her ex-boyfriend and set her life straight. But the holiday season is one of the miracles and life has other plans for Kate. Watch to find out what she does.

Good Luck Charlie, It’s Christmas!

Based on Disney’s original series Good Luck Charlie, this is a fun Christmas comedy film that is apt for the season. The film is about the Duncan family who set out on a Christmas road trip to Amy Duncan’s parents’ house. This obviously does not go well and the family is faced with all kinds of odds on the way. Nothing seems to be right about this whole idea and they have to deal with themselves and the cranky Duncan household all at once!

Snowglobe

This is the story of an over-enthusiastic woman who is obsessed with Christmas. She travels into the Christmas village inside her snowglobe and spends her time in the enchanted place to fulfill her love for the season’s magic. But she soon realizes that her transportation into magic is affecting the real world and she must find a way to strike balance. Watch to find out how that goes for her.

‘Twas The Night

A young man gets into trouble with some hard-boiled criminals. He must hide for a while and he takes off to stay with his brother’s family during Christmas. Things take a fun turn when he discovers a device that can freeze time. Who gave it to him? Santa of course! Watch this film for a bit of magic, joy, reality, and lots of Christmas goodness.

The Ultimate Christmas Present

A few naughty kids set out to meet Santa. They discover that Santa has weather making machine with which he makes it snow every Christmas season. The kids sneak out of the machine to make it snow in Los Angeles. What follows is the price they have to pay for messing with the forces of nature. Watch how these brats team up with Santa to solve the mess they have made.

Mickey’s Once Upon A Christmas

What is Christmas without a little bit of your favorite Disney characters?! This is an hour-long anthology of Christmas-themed stories featuring some of Disney’s most classic characters. Watch all your childhood favorites come together in this lovely ensemble of fun, fantasy, and nostalgia. This is a film that is sure to get you back to your fondest childhood memories. If you can watch it with your kids, double the joy!

Beauty and The Beast: The Enchanted Christmas

The good old fairy tale with a Christmas twist! What is to not love about that!! This is a beautiful re-telling of Beauty and The Beast about how the Christmas spirit brings all the people in the castle closer to one another and eventually softens the beast. This is a perfect watch to usher in the holiday spirit and to make merry in the comfort of the hope and joy it brings forth.

One Magic Christmas

This one is a true heart-warmer that tells the story of a mother who is struggling with her kids. She is having a very tough time during Christmas and an angel is sent to watch on her family. This is the perfect guardian-angel movie for the season if you are one of those people who like to believe that Christmas brings with it the possibility of miracles and positive changes in life.

The Muppet Christmas

Yet another version of The Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, this is the story of how the stingy, grumpy Mr. Scrooge is taught the true meaning of Christmas by his Muppet friends. The Christmas Carol is almost the world’s most-read/watched story around Christmas time. This is another fun adaptation of the same with a heart so big that it will definitely make you cry a bit. But do not worry, these are the good kind of tears!

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10 Iconic 90s Movie That Worth Watching

by Kaylen Summers

The ’90s were characterized by a cinema that was thematically innovative. Some of the films from those times have become cult classics now. Here are a few amazing 90’s films you can watch:

Schindler’s List

Based on a true story, the film is about a couple who employ more than a thousand Jews in their factories to help them evade Nazi prosecution in Germany. Highly acclaimed critically and otherwise, this is the film the won Steven Spielberg his first Oscar. The film is intense, haunting, and very moving. Considered a timeless piece of cinema, it is still one of the most recommended movies of all time.

The Truman Show

This is yet another film with an innovative storyline. Truman Burbank’s every move is being watched by several cameras in what is a long continuing reality show. He has no clue that he is the protagonist of the world he takes for real. When he finds out, he gets desperate to end this and find a way out. The film was quite ahead of its time in concept but watching it now feels like it was made for our times!

Shawshank Redemption

A story of the tight-knit friendship between two inmates at one of the most unforgiving prisons of the country, this is yet another classic film that has inspired people across generations. The dialogues have been immortalized through repeated usage by viewers and fans. Great performances, excellent cinematography, and brilliant craft come together to make this film a work of great art.

Before Sunrise

This is the first part of Richard Linklater’s trilogy known as the Before Trilogy. The film tells the story of Celine and Jessie, two youngsters who meet accidentally and spend a day together before going their own ways. It is a film that focuses on the conversations between the two characters and is deeply reflective on many themes ranging from love, music, politics to art, literature, and culture. If you like films with lesser characters and more conversations, this is for you.

Thelma and Louise

The gold standard for onscreen female friendship, Thelma and Louise is a must watch road movie about two friends who set out on a journey that turns bloody. Adventurous, bold and extremely entertaining, the film showed women in a separate individual light, taking charge of themselves without the overarching patronage of male characters. If you love films with strong women characters in the lead, this is for you.

Fargo

This is a crime thriller about a husband who hires kidnappers to abduct his wife so that he can claim an exorbitant amount from her father as ransom. Though paced as a thriller, the film also has comic elements about how the plan sometimes feels like it is bound to fail. The actors have all done an amazing job and the screenplay is absolutely engaging. If you are looking to watch some chase, twists, and fun, this is your movie.

Goodfellas

Directed by the ever-brilliant Martin Scorsese, this is the story of the rise and fall of a mobster. Though based on the lives of criminals, the film does not glorify violence or bloodshed. This is one of the things that makes the film stand out amongst other films in the same genre. The film packs some great performances and memorable moments making it one of the most-watched films even today.

Pretty Woman

This is the film that sealed Julia Roberts’ career as an undeniable star. She played Vivian, a prostitute hired by a wealthy businessman to accompany him to meets and parties. Over their time spent at events, the duo develops affection for each other. The film has some of cinema’s best-written dialogues and Roberts does an absolutely amazing job at being Vivian on screen.

The Silence of The Lambs

Another timeless classic from the ’90s, this is the story of an FBI trainee who seeks the help of Dr. Hannibal, a psychiatrist, cannibal, and serial killer to throw insights into a difficult case she is investigating. The film is scary and might give you some goosebumps but it is one of the films that must not be missed by any film lover. Anthony Hopkins stuns as Dr. Hannibal. He is the life of the film and you will surely agree after you are done watching.

Forrest Gump

Forrest Gump, the titular character is unforgettable. This film is now a cult classic and its dialogues have been repeated and used on merchandise, books, artworks, etc. Watch this film to see the world through the beautiful eyes of Forrest Gump, a slightly slow to react but extremely lovable character. Tom Hanks gives the performance of a lifetime as Forrest and the film benefits hugely from his nuanced portrayal.

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10 Classic Holiday Movies To Watch This Season

by Kaylen Summers

It is the season to take a break from regular life and settle into the spirit of the holiday season. Everything is hopeful with the promise of a new year. This is the perfect time to sit back and watch some holiday films to add to the joy. Here are some holiday movies that you can binge:

Miracle on 34th Street

Little Susan is skeptical about Santa Claus and the myth about the magic of Christmas. She probably gets it from her mother who is a realist. When asked to arrange for a person to pose as Santa for a children’s function, her mother appoints a man who claims to be Santa himself. The film is about how his claims are contested by everyone and how it changes Susan’s and her mother’s attitude towards Christmas, magic, and communion.

Home Alone

Home Alone is an American Christmas family comedy film that is perfect for the holiday season. The film follows a smart little boy Kevin who must safeguard his home from two burglars after his family accidentally leaves him behind on their vacation. Home Alone is one of the most-watched films across the globe owing to its comic moments, beautiful background music, and a huge heart. It is a film that feels like a warm hug, especially in the holiday season with everything narrowing down to friends, family, and fun.

Frosty The Snowman

With his button eyes, a tiny nose, and corncob pipe, Frosty the snowman is a delight to watch. He is the perfect holiday companion who will take you into a fantasy world of goodness, joy and festive cheer. Perfect for children and adults alike, this is a film for the holidays that is unlike any other. Watch this animated movie for a wholesome experience of laughter and hope.

Elf

A comic Christmas tale of an elf who was adopted and raised by Santa’s buddies, this is the story of his journey to New York to find his biological father. He finds the busy world outside the North Pole very disturbing and hard to get used to, but eventually teams with other humans and his father to restore faith in the Christmas cheer. Fun and breezy, this is a film that will not disappoint you.

A Christmas Carol

The world has probably lost count of how many adaptations have been made so far of Charles Dickens’ novella A Christmas Carol. This is by far the most authentic film version with stunning performances and music. Watch the film to see how the unkind, miserly Mr. Scrooge regains faith in Christmas and goodness after he is visited by 3 ghosts. You might be familiar with the story, but it is as timeless as Christmas itself and never a waste of time to watch it again!

A Christmas Story

This is a film that has almost attained the status of a seasonal classic. Christmas morning arrives and Ralphie dives into his presents. He does receive some great but he is disappointed that he did not get the one thing that he wanted more than anything – a Red Ryder Gun. His father leads him to a hidden gift and he opens it to find the gun. What follows is how he gets into trouble with his new holiday present.

Klaus

Klaus is a beautiful hand-drawn animated film that fits perfectly with the holiday season. The story follows the friendship between a lazy postman and old Klaus who must team up to restore the Christmas cheer among people. The animation is stunning, with amazing music that sets the mood for the season of excitement and happiness. Watch this film for a fun-filled experience.

Rudolph: The Red-Nosed Reindeer

Rudolph is the naughty little reindeer with a button red nose who leads the other reindeers who pull Santa’s sleigh on Christmas Eve. With a spirited soundtrack, stunning animation, and heart-warming moments, Rudolph is a character that you will want to pull out of the screen and keep to yourself! Watch the film for a visual experience that will add to your holiday cheer.

How The Grinch Stole Christmas

Considered a classic holiday watch, this is the story of the Grinch who lives outside Whoville and despises the Christmas spirit. Grumpy and bent on taking away the spirit of the season from the townsfolk, Grinch is the embodiment of pessimism and doom. A smart little girl sets out to reform him and show him how happy he could be if he comes to the other side of the world!

It’s a Wonderful Life

This is the story of how goodness begets goodness. An all-time holiday staple, the plot follows George Bailey, a man who has given up his dreams to help others, and whose imminent suicide on Christmas Eve brings about the intervention of his guardian angel. The angel then shows him how his acts of goodness have impacted so many lives and how his wife’s life would have been much sadder had he not been born. This is a film that instills hope and faith in life even in deeply troubling times. Just what we all need to watch now, isn’t it?

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10 Christmas Movies to Watch on Amazon Prime

by Kaylen Summers

The season of hope and happiness is here! Christmas time is always associated with cheer and the anticipation of better times ahead in the coming year. Here are a few Christmasy films you can watch on Amazon Prime to add to the season’s spirits:

The Holiday

The Holiday is a fun, warm film about two women who are tired of love. Heartbroken and alone for Christmas, they decide that they need a change of scene. Through the internet, they find each other and make a plan to swap homes for Christmas. They pack and go to each other’s homes to escape monotony and heal. But life has some unexpected blessings in store for them! Watch to know how it ends for the two.

Rise of the Guardians

This is an animated action-fantasy comedy film. The world is about to be engulfed by dark forces in a flight of dreams. The guardians – Santa Claus, Tooth Fairy, and Easter Bunny and Sandman- must save the world from this onslaught. So they come together, along with others to take on the evil forces in a thrilling, funny entertainer that is filled with beautiful voice-overs and great animation.

Elf

This is an endearing story of a boy who gets lost and ends up in Santa’s Christmas sack. He winds up in the North Pole and they raise him as an elf. But as he grows, he realizes he does not fit in and sets off to New York to find his real parents. All is not warm and accommodating in the big city and what follows is how the elf-man makes his way through other humans. Funny, breezy, and full of heart, this is a movie you will love for the season.

Polar Express

Polar Express is an animated adventure film that also features human characters using live-action motion capture animation. The execution is absolutely stunning and the human and animated elements fit seamlessly to create a fantasy world of thrill and intrigue. The story follows a young boy who boards a mysterious train to the North Pole on Christmas eve. Watch to find out what awaits him on his trail!

How the Grinch Stole Christmas

This is a Christmas fantasy comedy film adapted from the book of the same title by Dr. Seuss. It is the first Dr. Seuss book to be adapted into a full-length feature film. This is the story of the green and grumpy Grinch who lives in a cave with his dog, away from the rest of the townsfolk. But as Christmas draws near, he is annoyed by the holiday cheer and decides to take everyone’s happiness away by stealing their gifts. What follows is how his plans progress and who saves everyone’s Christmas in the end.

The Santa Clause

What would you do if you had to be the next Santa Claus?
This is the story of a man who takes on Santa’s Christmas duties after Santa Claus slips on his roof and dies while delivering his present. Following instructions left by Santa, he sets out to deliver gifts only to realize that this is not a one-time affair. He must be the next Santa and live on to fulfill his Santa duties in the coming years! Watch to find out what happens in the end.

A Christmas Carol (2009)

Disney’s third adaptation of Charles Dickens’ story of the same title, this is an animated dark fantasy film. It is the story of a miserly businessman Ebenezer Scrooge, one of literature’s most famous characters. Scrooge is a man of no merry, who shares no excitement or joy for Christmas and is in no mood to meet, greet, or be part of the community. He is haunted by his former business partner’s ghost who shows him how bad the afterlife is if you are not kind and joyous in life. What follows is how Scrooge deals with all this and what he decides to do about them.

The Man who Invented Christmas

This is a biographical movie about the author Charles Dickens. His book A Christmas Carol was a huge success and also marked his name in the literary world. The film follows the life of an author, who has had no success with his book and finally gets recognized after his story about Christmas. Packed with a lot of historic references and anecdotes, this is a film that is interesting owing to its storyline, execution, and performances.

Almost Christmas

In this Christmas comedy, a man who has lost the love of his life decides to get his whole family together for Christmas to feel better. What he does not factor in is how strained some relationships are within the family and the various ways in which things could explode. The gathering turns out to be a nightmare of uncomfortable events when resentments, quarrels, and complaints surface. The film is funny, dramatic and absolutely entertaining. Watch to have some good laughs.

All I want for Christmas is You

This is an animated film based on Mariah Carrey’s song of the same title. Based on this iconic song that was loved by millions of fans across the world, the movie is an endearing take on little Mariah’s Christmas wish for a tiny puppy. The film is filled with beautiful songs and evocative narration by Carrey herself. The animation stands out owing to its attention to detail and everything about this film is warm, fuzzy, and absolutely joyful.

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10 Best Jennifer Aniston Movies You Can’t Miss

by Kaylen Summers

Jennifer Aniston is an actress who has transcended beyond the screen and becomes a cultural and cinematic icon for her acting journey. She has entertained us for many decades now and she still is the same diva you cannot get enough of. Here are a few of her films that you must not miss:

Derailed

Derailed is about a romance that turns into a dark extortion plot. Usually seen in lighter comedies, this is a film that showcased another side to Jennifer’s acting skills. Her performance is restrained, powerful, and absolutely stunning. This is one of the films that establishes her as a versatile performer who is much more than a gorgeous face.

Horrible Bosses

This is a comedy about three frustrated employees who plot to murder their horribly behaved bosses. Jennifer Aniston stars as the dentist who irritates the life out of her junior making her one among the bosses to be killed. The film was well-received and Aniston shines through as the nasty dentist who is instantly unlikeable with her sass and unforgiving nature. What follows is a dramatic comedy that is worth watching for some good cheer.

Wanderlust

This is a feel-good comedy about George and Linda, who are forced to move to Atlanta due to financial troubles to live with his horrible brother. On their way, they encounter a community where clothes, money, and careers are strictly optional. They decide to be part of the community, only to realize that they have been trading trouble for some peace. Watch Jennifer Aniston in this racy comedy to discover how fun she can be on screen!

Marley and Me

Watch Jennifer Aniston tug at your heart in this sentimental drama about a couple who raise a mischievous dog. The film is heartwarming and so tender that you will need to have a lot of tissues handy to finish it. You will cry many times, but it will be a good kind of crying where you feel glad to live in a world with people who are capable of such kindness. Jennifer’s stellar performance adds to the story and makes it a memorable experience.

The Break-Up

Fed up with dating? Here is a Jennifer Aniston film that is the antonym of a romantic comedy. It follows a couple who are forced to share a house after their break up. The film shows how they struggle to suppress resentments and behave cordially with each other despite wanting to rip each other’s eyes off! Watch this fun film to see where this predicament takes them.

The Good Girl

This is yet another Indie movie that proved that Jennifer Aniston is much more than how she is stereotyped in romantic comedies. The Good Girl is the story of a woman who is unhappy with her marriage and her job at a retail store. Things change for her when she has an affair with a much younger co-worker. Jennifer portrays the role of the confused, unhappy woman with ease and nuance. She pulls the film off on her shoulders with a performance to remember.

Dumplin’

Aniston takes the stage in this comedy where she plays a former beauty pageant queen. She struggles to connect with her daughter who is least interested in the beauty world. The film has great music and Jennifer makes it all the more memorable with her stunning performance as a diva of the beaty world. She is sophisticated, poised, and very evocative as both a confused mother and a composed beauty pageant star.

Friends With Money

Jennifer plays a cash-strapped single woman in a friend group full of successful, married people in this film. This is one of her best and most relatable roles. If you have ever felt like the odd one out in your friend gang especially due to money troubles, this is a character you will instantly identify with. Jennifer is grounded, real, and extremely understated, rendering a performance that reinforces her talents.

The Object of My Affection

Jennifer does an amazing job as a woman who is involved with a gay man. This was one of the first films to explore the relationship between a straight woman and a gay man. Though the movie does not get all the nuances right when you look at it now, it was definitely an attempt worth watching, especially given that Jennifer delivers a believable, beautiful performance in the film.

Office Space

This is a classic dark comedy film that is considered a cult in the genre. Jennifer Aniston plays a frustrated employee in a software company. The film showcases the conflicts of work-life in the early corporate world. There are many scenes in the film which have been parodied repeatedly for their humor. Jennifer delivers a brilliant performance in the film that makes it even more memorable.

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10 Best Christmas Movies on Netflix

by Kaylen Summers

It’s Christmas time and the holiday cheer is all around! Here are a few Christmas films on Netflix that you can watch, cozy in your home to usher in the holiday season:

Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey

This is an American musical fantasy film that is perfect for the holiday season. The story follows a toymaker’s quest to find the perfect last piece for his newest invention. Once he puts together this new toy, he leaves to celebrates. The toy discovers it will be duplicated in huge numbers and thus lose its uniqueness. Thus unfolds a magical journey of how the toy tries to prevent the plan. This is a fun and festive film that will definitely make you feel wonderstruck.

Holidate

Holidate is a fun romantic comedy about a young woman who hates the holiday season because her family keeps judging her for not being in a relationship. Try as much as she can to avoid going to family gatherings during Christmas, she always ends up being in their presence, being picked upon for her single status. Tired of being questioned all the time, this Christmas she decides to take a man along who will be her date, but only for the holidays! Watch the film to know how that ends for them!!

Dolly Parton’s Christmas on the Square

This is a Christmas musical comedy film that follows an older woman who returns to her native to evict the residents and sell out her land. The film is a fun, musical, feel-good depiction of how things change between the wealthy, vain woman and the many people who have made a home in the land she wishes to sell. Filled with beautiful songs, rich visuals, and lots of cheer, this is a Christmas film you will remember for many more Christmas seasons to come!

Klaus

Klaus is an animated Christmas comedy film about a careless postman who befriends the old and reclusive Klaus. The film is about how the postman, a lazy worker himself is made to deliver toys by Klaus to the children of the town by jumping down their chimneys. Made with delicate care for the details, the film excels in quality and craft. It is a heart-warming watch for those of you who love to see stories about how people come together to put a smile on each other’s faces. Well, that is what the holiday season is truly about, isn’t it?!

Let it Snow

Let It Snow is an American romantic comedy film based on a young adult novel of the same name by Maureen Johnson. It is the story of a young girl who runs into a rising pop star on Christmas eve. He mistakes her as a paparazzi and when they get stranded by heavy snow, things change in unexpected ways. What follows is a funny, heartful, messy tale of how the two of them bond and develop the most beautiful feelings for each other. If you are looking forward to a breezy romance this Christmas, this is for you.

White Christmas

This is a lovely musical film. Set against World War II, this is the story of a Broadway artist and an aspiring performer. All the elements of a musical come together beautifully in this film to create a happy, hopeful atmosphere amidst the tragic situation. In this year that has drained most of us of our energies, this film is a cheerful reminder of how to hold on to the small joys of life like music, togetherness, and art.

A Cinderella Story: Christmas Wish

A teen comedy musical film written and directed by Michelle Johnston, this is the 5th installment of A Cinderella Story franchise. A modern re-telling of the classic fairy tale Cinderella, this is the story of a young girl who aspires to be a singer. After the death of her father, she is left in the care of her stepmother and stepsisters who treat her unkindly. What follows is how she fulfills her dreams and how her life changes around Christmas day. Watch this film for some fairytale-like love, happiness, and some much-needed Christmas cheer.

Angela’s Christmas

This is yet another animated film that will truly put a smile on your face. The story follows little Angela who tries to make sure that everyone in the neighborhood has a great Christmas. The plot in itself is so endearing that it instantly forms a bond with the viewer. The animation is done beautifully, bringing out the spirit of goodness and the essential cheer of the holiday season. Watch this film for some mushy, joyful moments that will surely make you want to put a smile on a loved one’s face, like little Angela.

Get Santa

Get Santa is a British Christmas comedy film about a former getaway driver who is released on parole for Christmas. His supervising officer lets him know that if he misses any scheduled meeting with her, she will send him back to prison. While grappling with this, his son claims to have found Santa in their shed. What follows is a hilarious story of how everything goes haywire and how the characters manage to pull everything together and have a Christmas that is still enjoyable and happy.

Christmas Inheritance

This is a Christmas comedy film about an ambitious heiress who is sent to a small town by her father to deliver a letter to one of his former partners in order for her to be able to inherit the business. The story follows how she gets to this difficult place, and tries to adjust to the minimal comforts until she completes her task. In the process, she learns how joyful it is to help people and to be part of a community to do each other well. This film is a beautiful reminder of why we must all prioritize kindness and that makes it a perfect holiday watch.

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10 Christmas Films to Watch on Hulu

by Kaylen Summers

Hey you, Santa Claus is coming to town! So spread the cheer of the holiday season with some amazing Christmas movies on Hulu. Here are a few you can watch and enjoy:

Happiest Season

We all are fans of Schitt’s Creek and Dany Levy aren’t we?! Dan Levy stars with Kristin Stewart in this holiday romantic comedy that is fun, and perfect to snuggle up and watch. The film is the story of a lesbian couple who goes over to one of their parents’ homes for Christmas. Turns out, not both of them have come out to their family and what follows is how the couple tries to keep it together and prevent the holiday season from being bombed with their secret!

His and Her Christmas

This is a fun story of two journalists working with rival newspapers. They are both single and their family constantly keeps setting them up with potential partners. When one newspaper acquires the other, the two of them come in conflict with who is better at what and the film unfolds into a fun romantic drama that entertains and much as it tugs at the heart.

The Secret of the Nutcracker

This is the story of little Clara who takes off on a journey on Christmas eve to find her father. All she wants for Christmas is to be with her father and he is being held captive in a camp for World War 2 prisoners. Clara sets off determined to find him and help him, a huge task for a child but what follows is how she experiences a Christmas miracle. Tender, moving, and extremely engaging, this is a film that will definitely fill your heart with joy and optimism.

Pixi Saves Christmas

This is an animated film about a brave, steadfast elf who tries to save Christmas from an evil ex- Christmas genie who tries to take away all the season’s magic and cheer. For years the genies have come together to spread joy, but now one of them has decided to mess it up for power and domination. The other genies led by a smart little elf get to the task of stopping evil and restoring the Christmas goodness. Watch this film for a fun take on the good versus evil theme, told in a spectacularly engaging manner.

Holly’s Holiday

Holly is all set to enjoy her perfect holiday. She has a job she likes and is happy. The only thing she wants is the perfect man to sweep her off her feet. Finally, Holly meets the man only to find out that he is nothing but a mannequin who has come to life! She remembers wishing to meet someone like the mannequin while passing by the store in which it has been on display and to her shock, her wish seems to have come true in the most unexpected way. Watch to find out if Holly feels this is the perfect match for her!

12 Dog Days Till Christmas

A troubled teenager is assigned to an animal rescue shelter by his probation officer as part of his community service allotment. He finds himself in a tricky situation when he is supposed to find adoptive homes for 12 dogs before Christmas. The film, as one can infer, is full of dogs and how human beings are often helped by their pets to overcome the bad days. Usher in the festive holiday spirit with these enthusiastic dogs who are sure to steal your heart away!

Every Other Holiday

Recently separated couple with two daughters decides to spend the Christmas together as a family for their children. The reunion is not as easy as they think it is. Old feelings and resentments pop up between the couple who have to keep it together for their girls. But Christmas is a season of magic, and the holiday cheer offers the couple some space to rethink their lost love, perhaps making their children’s wishes come true. Watch to find out how it goes for this family.

Married by Christmas

Sisters Katie and Carrie figure out that the first of them to get married will inherit the family business. Katie already has her wedding planned for Christmas and Carrie realizes she must hurry! This is a fun comedy about how the sisters try to outdo each other to get hold of the inheritance that they both badly need. But all is not easy when you are competing with family. Watch to find out how the sisters deal with their lives this holiday season.

My Dad is Scrooge

This is a fun Christmasy fantasy film where two kids embark on a journey to make their dad a better person in the holiday season. He tries to evict the residents of a local farm after giving them a foreclosure notice. The kids take the help of a few talking farm animals and make attempts to persuade their father to not take their home away from them. In this endearing film about kindness and joy, everything comes together perfectly to form a story that will make you a bit sift in the heart!

A Magic Christmas

A modest, middle-aged man finds himself and his bakery business in a rut. He is unable to give his family the comforts they desire and he keeps feeling more and more apart from his kids. So they decide to go to a cabin in the woods to bond and spend time together as a family. But the trip seems to be doomed from the start and what follows is the host of problems they get into and how they pull together as a family.

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10 Classic Movies You Should Watch At Least Once

by Kaylen Summers

There are all kinds of films out there but one a few survive the test of time. They live on beyond generations because of their quality and capacity to move viewers irrespective of language, geography, or generation. Here is a list of 10 classic films that have been enriching minds and hearts for years and will surely continue to stay on top of the game in the years to come:

Gone With The Wind

Adapted from the novel by Margret Mitchell, Gone With the Wind is a romance set against the American Civil War. The plot follows the pursuits of Scarlet O Hara, one of world cinema’s most evocative female protagonists. The film is rich in its texture, themes, and visualization. It bagged 10 Academy Awards and is one of the most critically acclaimed and watched films of all times. If you are a lover of good cinema, this is a film you must watch at least once in your life!

Casablanca

Directed by Michael Curtiz, Casablanca is a wartime romantic drama that is as timeless as love itself. It is the story of an American expatriate who has to make the tough choice of being together with the woman he loves, or helping her revolutionary husband escape the city to evade the Germans and continue to fight against them in the shadows. The film is a cult classic that has some of world cinema’s most iconic dialogues. Viewers across age and time have cherished the film and its many moments to the point of immortalising it. Watch it to join the other side!

Breakfast at Tiffany’s

Audrey Hepburn fans unite! Breakfast At Tiffany’s is an American romantic comedy film starring the legendary actress Audrey Hepburn. It is the story of a naïve, vain, happy girl who falls in love with a struggling writer. The film has one of Audrey’s most unforgettable performances of all times. She mentioned it to be tough since she was an introvert who had to play an extrovert in the film. The film is considered “culturally, historically or aesthetically” significant by the U.S. Library of Congress and was selected to be preserved in the National Film Registry in 2012. Watch it for Audrey. If you are not already a fan, your life is about to change!

Psycho

There can be no mention of classic world cinema without mentioning the master filmmaker Alfred Hitchcock. His penchant for thriller and horror films is unmatched even by today’s most advanced filmmakers with all the technology available. Psycho is a timeless thriller that follows Norman Bates, the owner of a suburban motel and a young woman who drives in to stay there for a night. The film not only unfolds in unexpected ways but also has layers that are both haunting and philosophical. Watch to know what incredible storytelling feels like!

The Godfather

Adapted from the novel of the same title by Mario Puzzo, The Godfather is a film that has inspired generations of filmmakers and audiences. This is a mafia trilogy with 3 parts that tells the story of the powerful yet subtle Don Corleone and his family. It chronicles the transformation of his sons, and their journey from being reluctant onlookers to ruthless mafia kings. The film is loved and revered so much by movie lovers across the world that even today it is one of the most talked-about films of all times. The dialogues have been immortalised by constant repetition and this is a trilogy you must not miss at all.

Double Indemnity

Double Indemnity is an American film noir that has attained a cult status over time. It is a psychological thriller that follows an insurance agent and a housewife who wants to get rid of her husband. Double indemnity is a term in insurance where the pay-out amount is doubled in case the policyholder dies accidentally. The film is widely acclaimed by critics and is one that set the standard for film noir. It is equally rich, thrilling, adventurous and haunting. The pace is racy, and the visuals are stunning. Couple it with amazing performances and you have a film that you will thank us for recommending!

The Sound of Music

The Sound of Music is an American musical drama film that is still as fresh as the day it released. The film follows a young Austrian girl who is sent to the villa of a retired naval officer. He is a widower with 7 children and she is appointed as the governess of the children. What follows is how she brings joy, music and laughter into their lives and how they form a beautiful bond of friendship. The film also documents how the protagonists keep themselves hopeful against the loss of their land to the Nazis and how to keep their spirits alive even during trying times of turbulence. Watch this film for a wholesome, musical experience.

Lost In Translation

Lost In Translation is a comedy-drama written and directed by Sofia Coppola. It is the story of a fading movie star who experiences a mid-life crisis. He travels to Tokyo to promote a brand of whiskey where he meets a young graduate. Both of them do not belong to Japan and the film explores alienation and cultural isolation faced by individuals when required to navigate through unfamiliar circumstances. The romance between the two characters in the film is atypical and in stark contrast to most mainstream romances. The film is intense, immersive and deeply beautiful. Regarded as one of the most skilful films of all times, this is a must-watch.

Pulp Fiction

Written and directed by the genius Quentin Tarantino, Pulp Fiction is a neo-noir black comedy crime thriller. It pieces together several stories of crime in Los Angeles. The title refers to the flashy, violent crimes that were usually depicted in pulp novels and magazines of those times. The film is racy, thrilling, intense and extremely well made. The combination of humour and strong violence makes the film an exciting experience. Though the script was initially turned down by many production houses, it came to be one of the most timeless cult classics of world cinema.

Schindler’s List

An American historical drama directed by none other than Steven Spielberg, this is the story of a German industrialist and his wife who employ more than a thousand Irish-Jewish people in their factory to save them from Nazi prosecution. The film was a box office success and was critically appreciated, winning seven Academy Awards. Set against the difficult theme of the Holocaust, this is a film that is unforgettable for its execution, intensity, and performances.

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10 Best Netflix Movies of 2020

by Kaylen Summers

Netflix has been our savior in 2020. The platform has put out content that has helped us survive the year that brought our lives to a standstill. Here are some of the best Netflix films of 2020 to watch:

Lost Girls

This is a hard-hitting film about a mother who sets out to find her missing daughter. She is tired of the inefficiency of the police system and launches this personal investigation. But eventually, this also leads the police to uncover the mystery of many murdered sex workers. The film is sharp in its critique of gender-based violence and it has an emotional core that is relatable for any woman. It also addresses themes like crime, the loopholes in the justice system.

Over The Moon

This is a stunning animated film about a young girl who sets out to meet the Moon goddess in a spaceship. She expects to bring back her dead mother’s memories by meeting this goddess from legends but has to turn things around when she realizes who the goddess actually is. This is a fun, warm film that is sure to engage viewers of all age groups. The characters are real and relatable, and the makers have made it a point to bring out the heart of the story in beautiful ways.

Alive

This is a Korean film about a zombie apocalypse. It tells the story of a gamer who is stuck in his apartment when the city is being torn apart by zombies. Dystopian in its setting, the emotions are very haunting and seem as if they could happen to us in the near future. The film packs thrill, fear, uncertainty, and isolation very well to bring out the story of human survival and hope. Though scary, the film is one that will reinforce your faith in the power of determination.

Uncorked

Here is a film for wine geeks and lovers. This is the story of a young man who ventures out against the wishes of his family to become a master sommelier. He is expected to join his family’s barbeque business but his love for wine puts him on a different trajectory. The film speaks about doing what one loves and finding ways to support one’s own dreams. It has been a while since we have had a film about wine, and this one is a great refill!

Horse Girl

This is a film about a young girl who tries to battle her own demons. It is a complicated story about how she fights herself, and also tries to make sense of the world on the go. The film reflects on themes of mental health, self-recovery, social norms, and fitting into the needs of other people. The climax is full of surprises and it has to be watched to be experienced in all its glory.

The Trial of Chicago 7

This is one of the most sensational Netflix films of 2020. It is a historical drama about seven anti-Vietnam war protestors who are charged with conspiracy for transgressing state lines in Chicago. This is a gripping drama that brings out the complexities of justice, war, freedom of expression, and the unflinching power of human perseverance. It is a film that must be watched because it critiques the present-day world of ours in very poignant ways.

The Old Guard

This is a fun superhero film about a few centuries-old mercenaries who live in hiding. They have magical powers to heal themselves. They discover that some people may have discovered their secrets, and must embark on a journey to protect themselves. This is a superhero film that has a warm plotline at its heart. The performances are exciting and it is one of the better Netflix films of 2020.

Mank

This is one of the most anticipated releases of 2020. Directed by David Fincher, the film is based on a screenplay written by his father about the Hollywood screenwriter Herman J. Mankiewicz. It explores the struggles of a writer, the changing dynamics of the film industry, and the various complexities of living a creative life. The biographical drama brings out the scathing wit of Mankiewicz with a sharp sense of commitment and sophistication that only David Fincher can pull off.

I’m Thinking of Ending Things

Written and directed by Charlie Kauffman, this is a psychological thriller film that got mixed reviews. It is very inward and reflective of how we look at ourselves in relation to the world, our aspirations, and expectations. The story is set in motion after a couple goes on a drive to the man’s family. Once his girlfriend meets them, she thinks about their relationship and whether she wants to end it. It puts into context their entire relationship and how both of them feel about each other and life.

Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga

This is a musical comedy that focuses on the lives of two aspiring pop singers from a small-town. They go to a huge national contest where they have to prove themselves to get to their dreams. The plot is full of twists and turns that pertain to the obstacles the two characters face on stage and off stage. This is a fun film about how people struggle in their dream life and overcome barriers to really do what they are passionate about.

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10 Best Japanese Animation Films to Watch

by Kaylen Summers

Japan has a rich film culture especially when it comes to animation films. They excel at building a world within the film that mesmerizes as well as speaks to the warmest corners of our hearts. Here are a few amazing Japanese animation films you must watch:

Spirited Away

The first animated film to win an Academy Award, this is the story of a young girl who encounters a strange world full of flying witched and spirits. Her family is turned into mysterious animals and she must go on a brave journey to set them free and return to the normal world. Written and directed by ace director Hayao Miyazaki, this is a film that represents the genre of animated cinema the world over. Miyazaki is known for his attention to detail and his enchant for telling tales with multiple layers through this medium.

Weathering with You

This is yet another exciting story of a young boy. He runs away from his home in Tokyo to experience the adventures of the world but soon runs out of money. He then joins an occult magazine where he befriends a girl with special powers. She can clear the skies and prevent it from raining in Tokyo. Together, they embark on a journey that unfolds beautifully on screen. The film is done with excellent skill in creating the effects it desires to create. The warm story with a dash of magic makes it a perfect watch for kids and adults alike.

My Neighbour Totoro

This is another gem from Hayao Miyazaki. The film is about a professor and his two young daughters who move to the village where the mother of the kids is ailing. The kids befriend spirits in the neighboring forest and go on adventures with them. The film is told from the perspective of these kids, giving it a vulnerable yet hopeful tone. Themes like separation, grief, and death are dealt with a rare childishness which is very comforting. This is a specialty of Miyazaki movies so to say. He deals with larger issues from the point of view of children, which makes difficult emotions more palpable for everyone.

Wolf Children

This is a film about building a family. A young woman is left all alone to raise her children after her werewolf husband dies. The kids who are half-wolf are put to school with the other local children and what unfolds is a heart-warming tale of friendship, community building, and the struggle of a single mother. The film puts into perspective the value of having a family that loves and supports each other. It is animated with the utmost care to maintain the delicate yet striking theme of the film. Everything from visuals to voice-overs stands out in this wonderfully crafted movie that you must watch at least once.

Your Name

A story of fantasy and love, this film is about two high school students who live in different parts of the city. They accidentally swap bodies and embark on the most random journey of bonding that blooms into something they had never expected to happen. This is a film that was very well received by critics and fans the world over. The film is a warm tale of young love, with all its magic, tenderness, adventure, and innocence.

Ponyo

Ponyo is a cute, fish-like creature who lives underwater. She desires to become a girl and uses magic to transform into a real girl and visits the dry land. There, she falls in love with a boy and the film follows her emotional journey of coming into the human realm. The film carefully brings out the themes of love, identity, and isolation in a fun way. The characters are so relatable that we often forget the film is an animation.

Castle in the Sky

This is again, a gem that came out of Miyazaki’s brilliant imagination. The film follows a young orphan girl who escapes prison with the help of a magic crystal. Together with a fellow orphan boy, she embarks on a journey to fight pirates and save a mystical, floating city. The film is again, told from the perspective of kids, rendering it a rare fragility and beauty. The details of the animation are stunning and nothing is out of place in this beautifully crafted tale of friendship, hope, adventure, and love.

Paprika

This is a dystopian science fiction drama that is one of its kind. It revolves around Paprika, a therapist who uses a peculiar machine to enter the dreams of her patients. One day, the machine gets stolen and havoc is wrecked in the world. It is upon Paprika to find the machine and save the world from utter crumbling. The film is paced very well and attempts to bring an edge to the genre. The animation is spot on to create a world that is visually very believable though set in dystopian fantasy. Watch this film if you want a different take on animated films, removed from the soft themes that are generally narrated.

Perfect Blue

This is a hard-hitting film about the public and private life of a young member of a Japanese pop-idol group. The girl who is now pursuing a career in acting gets stalked by a fan. The obsession broadens into terror as her public life and fame come to haunt her in her private existence. The film deals with themes of obsession, passion, and violence on women in a very mature, palatable way. The animation and tone compliment the story well. It is a refreshing psychological thriller that has become a cult by now, influencing various other filmmakers across the world.

Redline

A movie for cyberpunk and racing fans, this is the story of a racer who is participating in the most popular race in the entire galaxy. Losing is not an option and to win, he must survive all those who have been trying to finish him off. Racy, fast, and extremely exciting, this is a film that has its thrill factors right on spot. The exhilaration of the racing and the adrenaline rush it brings to lovers of the sport is perhaps unmatched. All of these things coming together in an animated film is rare and therefore must not be missed!

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Top 10 Tom Hanks Movies to Watch

by Kaylen Summers

Tom Hanks is one of the finest actors we have. His dedicated performances have elevated all his films far higher than what they may have been conceived to be. Here are a few of his best performances to watch:

The Da Vinci Code

One of the most sensational films of all time, The Da Vinci Code stars Tom Hanks as the iconic Professor Robert Langdon. The character is etched in the minds of readers as the book on which the story is based written by Dan Brown is one of the most top sellers in the world. Tom Hanks did full justice to the character by bringing out all the nuances of it. There could have been a no better choice to play Professor Langdon on screen and all fans agree!

Catch me If You Can

Directed by the one and only Steven Spielberg, this is a cult classic film about a con man and a police officer trying to nab him. Tom Hanks shines through as the police officer who gets conned by the fraudster himself played by Leonardi DiCaprio. Hanks is believable, witty, and extremely charming in his role. He delivers a performance that is one of his best and most popular. He also compliments DiCaprio’s performance beautifully to create the perfect screen experience.

The Terminal

This is a film about a European man who is stuck at an airport in New York as he is denied entry into the U.S. He is also unable to return to his home country owing to a military coup. Tom Hanks plays the upset, agitated man who is enraged at this situation. The film is a comedy-drama that has its own sense of wit and Hanks handles all the nuances of the character perfectly well. He comes through as the character with a subtle ease and one cannot help but fall for his on-screen nonchalance.

Cast Away

In one of his career-best performances, Tom Hanks stars in this drama about a FedEx officer who lands on an abandoned island after a military mission goes haywire. The character goes through a physical and emotional transformation, and Hanks handles the character with brilliance. The quest for survival, the desolation of being stowed away from the world, and the desperation to somehow keep going are all very safe in the hands of Hanks, who has proved himself to be an actor of superior skills through this film. Watch this film if you have not, to see how much an actor can bring to the table with his performance.

Saving Private Ryan

This is a war film written against the backdrop of World War II. It is an intense story about the invasion of Normandy where the U.S captain and his squad go on a search for a lost paratrooper. Tom Hanks plays the captain who is vulnerable yet tough for his subordinates to survive the time of absolute violence and desolation. Hanks delivers a very calculated performance, not letting the layers slip away at any point. He holds together the film with such great dedication that he ends up owning it.

Bridge of Spies

This is a historical drama set during the Cold War. Tom Hanks plays a skilled lawyer entrusted with the negotiations on the release of a U.S. Air Force pilot shot down by the Soviet, in exchange for a Soviet captive from the U.S. Based on true events, the film depicts the complicated tropes of international politics. Tom Hanks carries the role with ease and affirmation. He is very brisk and sharp in his acting, mannerisms that befit a lawyer under tremendous duress.

Forrest Gump

In what is perhaps his most celebrated, loved film, Tom Hanks plays the title character in this comedy-drama. It is the story of several life stages of Forrest Gump, a slow-witted but extremely good-hearted man. Hanks brings out the kindness and commitment of Gump in beautiful ways. He gives a different kind of life to the character and elevates every scene to its maximum potential. The film is held by Hanks on his shoulders. The film has over time become a classic loved by millions the world over.

Apollo 13

This is a stunning docudrama about a space mission to the Moon that gets deranged. Tom Hanks plays the lead astronaut on the team. Based on true events, the film is a fictionalized depiction of America’s failed Apollo mission. Hanks comes through as a steady performer with all the emotional complexities the character requires. He compliments the ensemble cast while also managing to stand out in his own ways. Invested completely in his performance, his on-screen transformation to character is marvelous. He delivers what is demanded with more than a hundred percent finesse.

A Beautiful Day in the Neighbourhood

This is a biographical drama about a journalist who is assigned to profile television icon, Fred Rogers. Tom Hanks plays Rogers and is absolutely brilliant at it. He is convincing and extremely on point with his performance. Hanks has seasoned into an even better actor in time, and this film is testimony to that. He handles the role with a finesse that only a well-experienced actor can do. He gets everything right about the character and is a true delight to watch on screen.

A-League of their Own

This is a sports comedy-drama with Tom Hanks playing manager to an all women’s baseball team. He is witty, engaging, and absolutely fun. He waltzes in and out of the scene with ease and suave. He brings to the character a firmness, yet careful to not let the excitement slip away. He stands out with his dedicated approach and his comic timing. As always, he is a delight to watch on screen and he does his job amazingly well.

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The Marksman (2020) Trailer

by Kaylen Summers

Liam Neeson is back and this time he is playing the role of a hardened Arizona rancher named Jim Hanson. The movie revolves around a character who wants to be left alone. However, the long trail of eviction notices has something else to say. Things escalate when the ex-Marine sharpshooter crosses paths with an 11-year-old migrant Miguel and his mother Rosa running from drug cartel assassins.

Releasing Date: January 22, 2021

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10 Best Musicals You Must Watch

by Kaylen Summers

Music, as they say, has its own language. When a story is told in musical interludes, it becomes a rich experience in itself. Here are some of the best musical movies you must watch if you enjoy that kind of storytelling:

La La Land

A struggling actress and aspiring jazz musician trying to make it big. Meanwhile, the crossroads with each other and get enchanted with the creative drive of one another. A romance told in musical interludes; La La Land is one of the most popular contemporary musicals that will have your heart melt. Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling shine their best as the young couple who do not know what fate has in store for them until they walk the path together.

Les Miserables

Get your tissues out for this one! Set in the 19th century, this is a period musical film about the many struggles of the underprivileged people who are often the worst affected in the face of a crisis. Inspired by Victor Hugo’s novel of the same name, the film is grand in its making, texture, and performances. Critics and film lovers over the world responded with great praise for the film which was also won many international awards.

Chicago

Chicago is a musical black comedy film that is racy, thrilling, and absolutely engaging. It explores the scandal, corruption, and personal lives of people in Chicago in the Jazz Age. Following the lives of two murderesses who are in prison, the film takes you on a musical journey of crime, intrigue, and adventure. Wondering how such a story can be told in the format of a musical? Watch the film to be mesmerized!

Moulin Rouge

This is yet another classic musical film that has attained iconic status for its rich storytelling, soulful music, and glamour. Set in 19th century bohemian Paris, the film is the story of a courtesan and a struggling writer who fall in love but must keep their relationship under the wraps to be safe. There are moments of tension between love and secrecy which add to the clandestine charm of the story. Watch this film if you love a bit of mystery told with music.

Funny Girl

A classic of its own league, this is the story of a young struggling singer who works her way up to make it big on Broadway. The film has Barbara Streisand in her full element and this is regarded as one of her finest performances of all time. Energetic, witty, and stunningly musical, this is a film that will loosen you up and also leave you with a lot of hope and cheer.

My Fair Lady

Starring Audrey Hepburn, the icon herself, this is a re-telling of the timeless fairy tale classic Cinderella. A working-class girl tries to polish herself and try to pass off as a high society woman and what follows is how she lands herself in a soup. Audrey is unforgettable as a modern Cinderella and it is near to impossible to take your eyes off her!

The Sound of Music

A musical for all seasons, this is the story of how a governess looks after a widower’s seven children and restores their faith and cheer in the time of crisis. This is one of the most-watched and loved musicals of all the world. Set against the hills and the open skies of the countryside, this musical is a very hopeful take on how to navigate life even in the most depressing of times.

Singin’ In The Rain

When two actors of silent films join musicals as the film industry transforms from silent films to films with dialogues. Known for its dance scenes with umbrellas and grand sets, this film is one of the most acclaimed and praised films in this genre. The music blends in beautifully with the narrative and the performances are unforgettable.

Mary Poppins

Mary Poppins is an American musical fantasy film about a woman who visits a dysfunctional family in London and uses her unique powers to make them more functional. It was very well received and is one of the most top-grossing hits of all times. Stunning performances, a mesmerizing soundtrack, and some unforgettable dialogues make Mary Poppins a favorite even after so many years of its release.

Annie

A story of hope and determination told in musical intervals, this is the story of Annie, an orphan who is taken in by a millionaire during the time of the Great Depression. Through music, dialogues, and incredible performances, the film reminds us that we’re never truly rich until we really can smile from our hearts. A fine blend of fine execution and great messaging, this is a musical film that will make your heart sing.

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10 Most Visually Stunning Films of All Times

by Kaylen Summers

Cinema is an art of visual captivation. Visuals transport us to places we have never been to. Even the places we have seen can seem magical through the lens of a skilled filmmaker. Here are some of the most visually stunning films of all time:

Interstellar

Born out of Christopher Nolan’s brilliant imagination, this is a film about humanity’s exploration of other inhabitable planets. It is extremely difficult to make such a visual landscape believable and Nolan does a stunning job of it in this film. The terrain of planets that we have never seen is depicted so well that we almost feel like we have actually been transported to outer space. This film is unquestionably one of the most captivating films in terms of the visual beauty of all times.

Gravity

Yet another film about outer space, this is the story of astronauts who set out to collect more data. Hit by high-speed debris, they begin to lose each other one by one. The story is about how one of them survives, a lone human being in outer space. The plot itself makes it very difficult to film, owing to its complexity. Capturing the loneliness of being left alone in space is extremely difficult. But the makes do an unquestionable job by crafting visuals that are hard to forget. Watch this film to see some of the most stunning visuals ever made.

Mad Max: Fury Road

This is a dystopian, post-apocalyptic movie when the world is a barren desert. The water supply is controlled by a tyrant who discriminates and tortures people who have no other option but to be at his mercy. The story is about how some rebels join forces to overthrow him. Getting the landscape of a dystopian movie right is not easy. The film excels in its visual execution. The despair and tension of a post-apocalyptic period are brought out skilfully using precisely crafted visuals making it one of the most mesmerizing films to watch.

Life of Pi

Based on the novel of the same name by Yann Martel, this is the story of a stranded boy and a tiger lost in the seas. A tiger is a ferocious animal and to create visuals of the beast along with a human child is no easy feat. The film has moments that show the beauty and terror of the high seas with absolute commitment. The water, swimming dolphins, and stars are all so real that they come alive on screen to make you feel as if you are in the waters yourself. Watch this film to experience the visual beauty yourself.

The Revenant

Set against a snowy, wild terrain, this is the story of a frontiersman and his team who face the odds of nature. He gets attacked by a wild bear and is split away from his crew. The moments of combat between him and the beast make for one of world cinema’s most stunning visuals of all times. The film is atmospheric and deeply haunting owing to the effect the visuals create in our minds. It is a beautiful and horrifying watch, capturing the lone, piercing beauty of difficult landscapes with stunning perfection.

Her

In this modern-day depiction of man’s relationship with machines, a lonely man falls in love with the operating software of his computer. Complex as it sounds, the emotions are made very tangible and relatable through the visuals that humanize the plot. His whims, emotions, and fantasies are depicted with a sense of vulnerability that makes the visual experience one of a kind. Executed with clarity and backed by solid performances, this is yet another visually stunning film that is a must-watch.

The Mulholland Drive

This is a surrealist, neo-noir film about a woman who loses her memory post an accident. She teams up with a friend to find out her true identity and piece her life together. This is a film that is difficult to execute owing to its complexity and psychological layers. But director David Lynch does a brilliant job and brings alive the layers of the woman’s mind on-screen with utmost tangibility. The beauty of the film lies in the way it takes us through the story with visceral imagery.

2001, A Space Odyssey

Directed by the phenomenal Stanley Kubrick, this is the story of man’s search for a monolith in space that first appeared at the beginning of humanity. For a film made in 1968, the visuals are extremely futuristic. To think that the film was made so early on in time with not many references of how to create the visual language for it is unbelievable. Kubrick is at his imaginative, edgy best in the film with his interpretation of the space in his own language. Watch this film to experience the piercing power of great cinematography and art in cinema.

Roma

This is a Mexican film about Cleo, a domestic help who shares a bond with the family she works for. When the man of the house elopes with his mistress, she becomes closer to the wife, thereby, forming a rare bond of womanly tenderness. The film’s visual beauty lies in its minimal simplicity. The imagery is full of real-life moments that seem as though they have been drawn straight out of your solitary thoughts. Watch this film to experience emotions through visuals that you may perhaps never have experienced through films before.

Arrival

This is the story of a linguistic expert who tries to decipher the language of aliens who have landed on Earth in a mysterious spaceship. The visuals of the film succeed in creating a curiosity about how aliens look and behave. It is very different from the usual depictions of aliens and that enhances the imaginative depth of the film. The language of the aliens is shown through signs, and it is unlike anything we have ever seen on screen. Watch this film for a mesmerizing visual treat of beings from the other world.

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10 Christmas Movies and Shows to Watch on HBO

by Kaylen Summers

With the season of happiness in full swing, here are a few Christmasy films and shows you can sit back and enjoy on HBO:

Last Christmas

This is the fun and warm story of Katie, an aspiring artist who always ends up making bad life choices that are bound to mess up. She takes work up as an elf in a Christmas themed department store and things turn wild. She meets Tom at the store and her life changes forever. Watch the film to know which way it went for Katie!

A Very Harold and Kumar Christmas

Harold and Kumar are the best of stoner friends. Six years after their Guantanamo Bay adventure, the duo unites for a holiday. They create a ruckus as they accidentally burn down Harold’s father-in-law’s prize Christmas tree. What follows is how the two pull the scene together and manage to stay afloat. Watch this film for a good laugh that will lighten your holiday mood even more.

The Family Stone

A very disciplined, uptight businesswoman goes to her boyfriend’s family home for Christmas. She figures that his family is a bunch of mad people who live wild and free in their own worlds. The film follows the incidents that follow in the holiday gathering and how she suddenly finds herself being the odd one out. This is a funny, light entertainer that is a perfect seasonal watch.

The Search for Santa Paws

Santa makes a new friend, Paws. Together, they realize that the world has forgotten the goodness and joy of Christmas. To bring back the true spirit of Christmas, they set out on a trip. Things go haywire when Santa loses his memory and Paws along with an orphan child and a group of talking dogs are now in charge of making sure the world remembers what it is to be kind and loving again. Watch this film to feel the true Christmas vibe.

Santa Buddies

Puppy Paws, the loving son of Santa Paws is bored. He finds a new puppy on Santa’s naughty list and tries to teach his new friend how to be a normal, disciplined pup. Meanwhile, the Christmas icicle begins to melt and Puppy Paws with his newfound buddies set out to the North Pole to set things straight before Christmas. This is a lovely film and heaven for dog lovers. Watch this for a fun entertaining time this holiday season.

The Family Man

Jack is an ambitious man who goes to New York on a job he lands. He leaves his girlfriend behind and is now settled and successful in his work life. On a Christmas week, he goes into a grocery store where he is forced to purchase a ticket from a random man. The next thing he knows is that he wakes up next to his ex-girlfriend who he is now married to with kids. As Jack’s old life she knew it disappears, he learns a lot about himself and what he has missed.

Doctor Who Christmas Specials

If you want to hook yourself on to a show this Christmas, Doctor Who has 12 seasons on HBO that are packed with the Christmasy feel. Each episode is an hour long treat with the continuation from the original doctor story and is full of Christmas anecdotes and references that will keep you in the holiday mood throughout this season.

Yes, Virginia! There is a Santa Claus

Based on a newspaper editorial where the editor responds to a young girl’s question about the existence of Santa Claus in the affirmative, the film is about a man who has recently lost his wife and dealing with personal trauma finding comfort in a young girl. What is most memorable about this film is how it shows that the innocent belief of children is the only thing we adults also need to bring back our belief in the magic of the Christmas season.

Black Christmas

If you are looking for some Christmas horror, here is the perfect one for you. Black Christmas is a slasher film that follows a few girls who are being stalked and threatened by a strange man. The film is racy, scary, and also full of interesting twists. Watch it for some horror thrill if that’s is the film experience you are seeking out this Christmas.

A Christmas Carol (1938)

A Christmas Carol is Charles Dickens’ novella which is perhaps the most read/adapted piece of literature, especially around Christmas time. This is yet another adaptation of the story where the old, grumpy and unkind Mr. Scrooge learns the true spirit of Christmas after he is visited by 3 spirits. The film is endearing and lovely to watch, especially at the end of this year which has left most of us tired and hopeless.

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Top 10 Animated Movies of 2020

by Kaylen Summers

2020 was a year when we all were glued to our screens. The world spent more time watching movies in 2020 more than any other year. Animation movies were among the most-watched owing to their potential for fantasy and warmth. Here are some of the best animated movies of 2020:

Alien Xmas

This is a Christmas animation film that came out in November 2020. It is the story of an alien, X, who is sent to the North Pole of the Earth to eliminate the Earth’s gravity. X belongs to an extra-terrestrial race of thieving aliens. This is a classic story of how evil is won over by the cheer of the season and everyone ends up in a happy place. Soothing, hopeful, and wonderfully executed, this is one of the most loved animation films of 2020.

Over the Moon

A Chinese computer-animated musical fantasy film, Over the Moon, is yet another beautiful release of 2020. This is the story of a girl who grew up on folk tales of the moon goddess. When her mother falls fatally ill, she embarks on a journey to the moon to find the mystical goddess to seek help. The film is fuelled by music and the memories of her mother that she badly wants to preserve. In a delicate way, the film addresses themes of love, separation, and hope. It is a wonderful watch for those who like to engage in feel-good films that tug at the heart for days after watching.

Canvas

This is a very distinct story of grief. A wheel-chair bound old man learns to cope with the loss of his partner. His daughter and granddaughter visit one day and the little girl uncovers his old passion for painting. As he struggles to accept his own loneliness and loss, he also learns to revive his love for art. This is a very moving, dense film about how a person finds purpose even when he is experiencing the worst kind of grief there is. The film touches upon themes of isolation and solitude with a sense of tenderness. You might need quite a few tissues to get through this one!

Out

This is a film that has a young, gay protagonist who has not yet come out to his family. As he struggles around his sexual identity, he gets his mind magically swapped with that of a dog. The incident opens him up to his own self and well as the emotions of the tiny creature in ways that he never expected. The plot unfolds into a beautiful story of acceptance when the dog causes the man’s secret to be revealed only to find out that his parents have perhaps known it all along. The beauty of this film lies in how it treats the subject of coming out with utmost simplicity and kindness.

Onward

Onward is a computer-animated fantasy adventure film that was one of the best releases of 2020. It is the story of two elf brothers who set out on a journey to find a magical artifact that will bring back their deceased father for a brief while. The story is set in a fantasy world that is built with utmost imaginative nuance. The narrative is full of moments that make it extremely warm as well as exciting. The brothers struggle with the acceptance of their father’s death and they realize that they are all they have for each other. The love for each other that they discover in the absence of a parent is relatable to anyone who has siblings!

The Croods: New Age

This is a film that is all about how a particular community of people tries to fight for survival. Searching for a safer habitat, the prehistoric Croods family goes hunting for land that they can safely inhabit. In the process, they discover a discrete place that meets all their needs. But they have to fight other beings who are higher up on the evolutionary ladder and thus unfolds a story of survival and adventure. This is a fun watch with lots of characters, detailing, and imagination. All these elements make it one of the best-animated films of 2020.

If Anything Happens I Love You

This is an animated short film about grief and the healing power of love. The story follows two parents who try to get over the loss of their school-going daughter after she is killed in a shooting. The memories of the deceased daughter bring shattered and distant parents together. Their memories of her and their love for her act as glue to rebuild their marriage after this traumatic event. Densely layered with deep emotional conflicts, this is a film that is real and hard-hitting. But it comforts in the end because it brings forth the therapeutic power of unconditional love.

A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon

This is a science-fiction comedy about an alien who crashes lands near a farm. Shaun the sheep finds the alien and decides to save it and return it safely to its home. But sinister forces try to abduct the alien and Shaun and the alien go on an adventure to fight them. The film is very adorable with its cute characters which are animated so beautifully. The story is breezy, witty, and extremely engaging. It is a treat to watch this film and that is perhaps why it is also one of the most loved animation films of 2020.

The Willoughbys

This is a fun take on family bonds and reckless parents. The kids of the Willoughby parents hatch a plan to get rid of their parents who do not give them any attention to live a much freer life as orphans! The Willoughbys were once a generational family of loving parents. But they both become obsessed with each other and neglect their kids. The kind in turn make efforts to get away from their parents and also teach them a lesson. Watch this fun animation film for a joy ride into a dysfunctional family.

Soul

Just before his big break as a Jazz musician, a middle school music teacher must unite his soul and body that were separated in a freak accident. The film is highly positive among critics and reviewers owing to its perfect combination of music, story, and detail. It is a story of finding passion. The element of music lingers all through the film, which adds extra charm to it. Watch this to experience a soothing, hopeful story that is sure to make you smile very often.

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10 Best Movies of 2020 That You Might Have Missed

by Kaylen Summers

2020 was a year that we would all like to forget. It was also a year that brought us closer to films because in our isolation we all turned to art for solace. Here are a few of the best films that came out in 2020 that won’t be forgotten:

I am Thinking of Ending Things

As expected, Charlie Kauffman delivered what can be called the film that messed with our minds the most in 2020. This is a film about two lovers driving off to meet the man’s family. On the way, his girlfriend realizes that she wants to break up and thinks of ways in which she can gently communicate the same to him. What follows is a story of deep self-reflection and analysis. If you like films that lead you to questions about your own self and existence at large, this is for you.

Never Rarely Sometimes Always

Faced with an unexpected pregnancy, a young girl travels across the state with a friend to find a solution to her problem. This is a very bold, tenderly written film that talks about various relevant themes like women and their right to their own bodies, social prejudices against young independent women, how the State interferes with personal decisions, and the like. This is definitely an important film that came out in 2020 that must not be missed.

Mank

David Fincher fans have something to be excited about in 2020. Mank is his latest biographical drama starring Gary Oldman as Herman Mankiewicz. Mank was a well-known screenwriter and the film documents his life and times while he was writing and developing the screenplay for Citizen Kane. The film makes an analysis of the creative process of a writer, the power structures within cinema as an industry, and the many ups and downs of being in showbiz. Fincher has maintained his elements of intrigue and the film does not disappoint.

Promising Young Woman

A witty, young, tantalizing woman comes across an incident that changes her life. The film which starts out as a revenge comedy progresses into something wild and mad. The films is an immersive take on the double like of women in both the domestic and social space. The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and was received very well by critics and audiences.

One Night in Miami

What if some of your icons met in a fictionalized setting and spent time hanging out? One Night in Miami is exactly that! Set in 1964, this is a fictionalised portrayal of Malcolm X, Muhammad Ali, Jim Brown, and Sam Cooke. They meet in a hotel room in Miami to celebrate Ali’s win over Sonny Liston. This is a film that explores the dynamics between these renowned men and opens up their private aspirations, emotions, and humanizes them for us. It is a fun, crisp, well-written film that is sure to keep you excited throughout. Applauded by critics and moviegoers alike, this is definitely one of the best films of 2020.

The Nest

2020 was nothing short of a thriller film itself! Here is one of the best on-screen thrillers that came out of the year. The Nest is an icy, immersive story about a middle-class couple who move to England in search of better opportunities. What unfolds is a story that ventures into the most unexpected territories with their relationship, social standing and safety hanging in the balance. The film is paced incredibly well, just enough to keep you guessing and also make you want to linger for a bit in every scene. Amazing performances, stunning visuals, and befitting background score make this film one of the best thrillers of 2020.

The Trial of the Chicago 7

It will not be an exaggeration to call this film one of the most sensational releases of 2020. The Trial of the Chicago 7 is a historical legal drama about a group of 7 anti-Vietnam war protestors trying to cross the State lines in Chicago in 1968. The film is loaded with a sharp political critique that is strikingly similar to the events of today’s times. Originally planned as a theatrical release, it was eventually released on Netflix as a result of the pandemic. All the actors have done a fabulous job in this tightly packed drama that became one of the most discussed films of the year.

Soul

One of the most exciting releases of 2020, Soul is a computer-animated comedy-drama that has an African-American protagonist. Produced by Pixar, the film is the story of a middle school music instructor who sets out on a journey to unite his body and soul after a freak accident. He is just about to have his big break at a Jazz concert prior to which he finds himself unable to make music. The story is a warm, witty, and musical journey of him finding his voice and his true love for music. The film has all the ingredients of a good animation film. The voice overs stand out for their depth and every scene is crafted with utmost attention to detail and aesthetics.

The Invisible Man

Loosely based on the novel of the same title by H.G.Wells, this is a science fiction horror thriller that stood out in 2020. The film follows the life of a young woman who feels she is being stalked and manipulated by her boyfriend even after his suicide. Turns out that he has perhaps not passed away, but has made himself invisible somehow and is trying to gaslight her through his presence. Chilling, racy, and intriguing till the last scene, this film is one that will keep you on your toes. It has got its pace and its thrills right, which are complemented by great performances and a curious storyline.

Ammonite

Based on the life and times of British palaeontologist Mary Anning, this is a romantic period drama that made a mark in 2020. The film opens with Anning living in a quiet town with her ailing mother. Her glorious discoveries behind her, she now makes a living by hunting for fossils and selling them to tourists. One such tourist couple visit her and she is entrusted with the care of the wife. What unfolds is a fierce romance between the two women that breaks stereotypes and social norms. The film is a treatise on the all understanding tenderness of female companionship. Kate Winslet stars as Anning and gives an unforgettable performance.

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10 Most Romantic Movies of 2020

by Kaylen Summers

2020 may have been a bad year for everything else, but it has been quite the year for love! As lovers across the world found new ways to stay in touch and be in love, films also added to the charm with a row of romantic films that released. Here are some of the most romantic films of 2020:

Palm Springs

Palm Springs is a desert resort in California. The story follows two people who meet at a wedding in the resort. They get stuck in a time loop and the film alternates between being a romantic comedy and a science fiction drama. The film is a fun, breezy take on romance and has all the adventures of new people finding love. The performances, execution, and visuals complement the complex character of the narrative, yet make the film a very enjoyable watch. This story of science intersecting romance is definitely one of the best romantic films of 2020.

The High Note

A musical love story, this film is about a young assistant to a famous musician. She wants to produce music instead of being an assistant and when she expresses her interest to her boss, what unfolds is a magical journey of self-fulfillment and finding love. Set in a happy, simple tone, the film offers all the warmth of a good romantic movie. The element of music is present throughout the narrative, making the film a very engaging watch.

The Photograph

This is the story of the estranged daughter of a famous photographer who sets out to know more about her mother. In the process, she falls in love with the journalist who is investigating her mother’s life. The film unfolds beautifully with some tender yet striking romance. The chemistry between the characters is spot on, and the narrative ties together themes of affection, loss, consolation, and romance very effectively. True to its genre and immensely beautiful in its execution, this is definitely one of the most romantic films of 2020.

The Lovebirds

The Lovebirds is a romantic comedy that is a perfect blend of humor and love. It focuses on a couple who have been married for 4 years. They argue constantly and have quite many problems in their marriage. On a drive, they decide to part ways and, in the process, the distracted husband hits a cyclist on the road. What unfolds is the story of how these two people end up in a tangled mess involving a mystery. The film is equal parts fun, curious and romantic. It is a breezy watch for people who love to see lovers get into trouble for no fault of their own!

All The Bright Places

This is a movie based on a young adult novel of the same title. It revolves around two teenagers who meet at a time when both of them are contemplating suicide. They help each other as they understand each other well, and work together on a school project which brings them closer. Packing in all the elements of a young romance, this film was one of the most-watched romantic movies of 2020. It has a very fresh charm to it and the story is extremely relatable to people across ages.

Chemical Hearts

Yet another story about young love, this film follows a teenage boy who is a hopeless romantic. He aspires to be a writer and meets a girl at school while working on the editorial of a high school newspaper. Reluctant to open up to him at first, she slowly begins to let him into her messed up life and what unfolds on screen is a beautiful romance that is warm and lasting. The film has some amazing performances and good music. Young love has perhaps never looked so charming on screen in recent times.

Holidate

Lonely and single at Christmas, a woman decides to bring a date to her family to avoid being taunted for not being in a relationship. The two agree to be each other’s pretend partners for family holidays and keep to plan. But things have a way of messing up, especially when two young, single people are involved! The film is a fun take on being single late into your 20s and being the butt of family jokes about singledom. Romance is portrayed with ease in the film which makes it easily relatable and a fun watch.

After We Collided

A sequel to After (2019), the film is yet another young romance that has a repressed, rather lonely girl struggling with her relationship. It has all the tropes of a young romance movie, yet, the film manages to keep its pace. Filled with cute incidents from the lives of the characters, the film showcases the many romantic possibilities of youth. The characters are lively and full of zest. They bring to life a phase in life that almost everyone likes to remember with a sense of adventure.

Desperados

Wesley is a young woman who desperately wants to settle down in her romantic life. She goes on several dates but comes back disappointed. Finally, she meets a man who she thinks she wants to marry. In an attempt to keep him, she pretends to be who he likes and gets intimate with him. But he vanishes suddenly and she and her friends write an abusive email to him in rage. He reaches out days later informing that he has been in an accident. Determined to delete the email before he reads it, she makes a trip to where he is, to save her love life. Watch what happens in the end, in what can be called one of the best romantic comedies of 2020!

Love, Guaranteed

A fun take on online dating and new age love, this film follows Susan, who goes undercover to investigate the efficiency of an online dating app, Love, Guaranteed. She focuses on the case of a man, a client of the website who has had several dates but no luck. She observes his latest date to find out what problems occur and, in the process, starts getting closer to him. The film is a fun and relatable ride of romance and complexity – two complementary themes in the online dating scenario.

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Coming 2 America (2021) Trailer

by Kaylen Summers

After more than 30 years from its theatrical release, Coming to America is getting a new sequel with Eddie Murphy returning to play the role of Akeem Joffer. The movie will follow the events of the original and Akeem is the then prince is now the King of Zamunda. Also reprising the role as best friend Semmi is Arsenio Hall. The story reveals that Akeem has a son in America that he never knew about. In order to honor his father’s dying wish, he and his best friend go to America again to groom his son to become the next king.

Releasing Date: March 5th, 2021

 

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10 Great French Movies You Must Watch

by Kaylen Summers

French films are great in aesthetics and content. The industry has produced some of the world’s most rich cinema that has marked different eras of time. Here are a few of the most amazing French films you must definitely not miss:

The Passion of Joan of Arc

One of the most phenomenal works in cinema to ever be made. This is a silent film about the trial of Joan of Arc. The film was shot with immense attention to the detail of the art and properties to make it believable. The setting makes it a work of exquisite craftsmanship. Rich with performances, and frames that capture all the difficult struggles of the protagonist, this film is a masterclass in documenting human isolation and the quest for living an idealistic life. Watch this film at least once to experience the penetrative potential of cinema.

Amelie

The story of a woman, an oddball who tries to navigate her life. She is a shy waitress who struggles with her own isolation and in the process attempts to make life bearable for those who she meets along the way. Her observations are active and visceral. She grew up alone and hence she develops a very vivid imagination to cope with her loneliness. Through her, the film reveals things about everyday life that are so strikingly beautiful but overlooked by most of us. The brilliance of the film lies in how it shows us bits of our lives and surroundings that we do not care to notice. It puts forth the fact that we need to be more mindful of our days and nights because if we try to, we can find the hidden beauty in everything.

Breathless

This is a crime drama by Jean-Luc Godard. He is undisputedly one of world cinema’s most extraordinary film makers. This is one of his best works that revolves around a wandering criminal and his American girlfriend. The frames, cinematography, and performances are absolutely immersive. The making is penetrative enough to take you into the psyche of the characters in ways that you would never see coming. Watch this film to experience the brilliance of Godard, a defining craftsman of cinema.

Amour

One of the most romantic films of all time, Amour is a lovely film that is an ode to love. It focuses on an elderly couple who have a daughter who lives away from them. The couple, who are both retired music teachers go through difficult times when the woman has a stroke. The film is a staggering reflection of old age, and the relevance of love when people near the end of life. The romance is something that has passed time and crisis, making it a profound friendship between two people who have seen the best and worst of each other. Moving and extremely poignant, this is poetry on screen.

The Artist

A poignant film in the history of world cinema, this is a black and white film that follows the relationship of a young upcoming actress and an older actor who used to star in silent films in yesteryears. Their relationship also documents the change in Hollywood films from silent to talkies, and through them, it showcases the aspirations, changes and inner workings of actors who worked in both these phases of cinematic transitions. Rich in performances and craft, this film was appreciated by critics and film buffs alike.

Van Gogh (1991)

Based on the last few months of the phenomenal Dutch painter Vincent Van Gogh, this film documents his struggle for survival and his never-ending eye for beauty. Van Gogh is an artist that the world cannot forget. He was also a tormented individual with many complex layers, which reflected in his art as well. Poverty, mental health battles and many intricacies determined his outlook towards life. He created for us, art that lives after his. The film captures all these dynamics of Van Gogh’s life with absolute brilliance.

Blue is the Warmest Colour

Considered as a defining, iconic film of all times, this is the story of a teenage girl who falls irrevocably in love with another woman, an artist who inspires her to be free and true to herself. She discovers fire, freedom, and her own self-actualization through the relationship. The film was one of the very few that depicts lesbian love without judgment, stereotypical portrayals, or unnecessary sensationalism. It is appreciated by critics and fans alike. It is an experience that will definitely not disappoint, rather, one that will usher you into the beautiful recesses of the minds of the characters.

Celine and Julie go Boating

A witty, charming fantasy, this film follows two women Celine and Julie. They meet at a park and enjoy each other’s company so much that they move in with each other. Afterward, they devise a fun plan to swap identities and live each other’s lives for a while, among other things. The film has themes of magic and abandons depicted with sharp cinematic beauty. The inner lives of women, their longing for magic and to live a life being everything they want to becomes through with humor and clarity. It is a cinematic experience that makes you think about the various ways in which women try to escape their restricted existence to slip into a world that lets them be.

La Vie En Rose

This is an intense, beautiful, and unforgettable piece of cinema that documents the life of French singer Edith Piaf. Edith already has a life that was rich with diverse experiences. Tragic, dense, and musical, the film begins with events from her childhood and extends into the days before her death. It is made with immense care to stay true to the legendary singer’s life and art. Marion Cotillard stars as Edith and her stunning performance won her the Oscar for Best Actress, the first time the award was presented to an actress for a French origin role. Watch this film for an experience that is so penetrative that you will certainly wish you had watched it much earlier!

Remorques

This is a drama that revolves around a man who falls in love with a married woman. He is a tugboat captain who has a seriously ill wife and a child. The film is very atmospheric and captures the nuances of love and desire with a striking complexity. The performances are deeply moving as is the cinematography that makes no judgments about the characters. The timelessness of the film lies in the fact that it is very descriptive of how people feel when they transgress lines that they know could turn out to be catastrophic.

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10 Must Watch Movies About the Holocaust

by Kaylen Summers

The Holocaust was a dark period in human history when Jews were ruthlessly killed by the Nazis for racial cleansing. Since then, humanity has struggled to understand what happened, how this brutality was organized, endured, and executed. Here are a few films based on the Holocaust that give valuable insight into the experiences of the time:

Schindler’s List

This is Stephen Spielberg’s masterpiece that cannot be avoided in a list of Holocaust movies. It is the story of Schindler, who is part of the Nazi party and a factory owner himself. After being traumatized by the execution of Jews in Poland, he decides to save the Jewish workers in his own factory from Nazi brutality. The film is a shattering account of how people struggled and preserved themselves during those times. It is also a hopeful depiction of the warmth of the human heart, which goes beyond all agendas sometimes.

The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas

This is a heart-warming take on the Holocaust told through the eyes of two little boys. The protagonist, an 8-year-old, is the son of one of the commanders at a concentration camp. He forms a friendship with a Jewish boy from the camp and the two begin a friendship from across the fence. The film is packed with moments of truth and density that move the viewer. We come across scenes which shame us as adults because it shows how much more human kids are, and how much we all must learn from their innocence.

The Pianist

This is the story of a Jewish pianist who struggles to keep himself alive during the Holocaust. Director Roman Polansky delivers a classic film that opens up the brutal realities of a monstrous time in history. He also contrasts it with classical music which makes the film devastatingly beautiful. It is an atmospheric film that is hard to accept owing to its commitment to the truth of the times. The film is to date, one of the most intense on-screen portrayals of the Holocaust. The music though beautiful renders a cathartic feel to the story, which makes it all the more haunting.

Life is Beautiful

This is a warm, hopeful take on the horrible times of the Holocaust. It is the story of a Jewish-Italian bookshop owner who uses books and literature to free his young son’s mind from the cruel thoughts of the Holocaust. The film showcases a very moving bond between the due, which is an attempt to humanize young kids into imagining a world that can be better for everyone. The film, though set against tragedy, has beautiful moments of tenderness which is what makes it a timeless watch. The capability of human beings for kindness against all odds is depicted so relatable in the story that it is bound to make you feel good even though you are watching a film on the Holocaust.

Sophie’s Choice

This is the story of a Polish immigrant who lives in Brooklyn with her boyfriend. She is trying to navigate life but is deeply haunted by her childhood memories of having survived the Holocaust. It is a difficult thing to go through as a child and experiences like this last a lifetime. The story focuses on how she deals with these demons and tries her best to not let them take her present or future away from her. The film is yet another hopeful take on the Holocaust which gives emphasis on the healing capacity of human will.

Divided We Fall

This is a Czechoslovakian film about a couple who live in Nazi occupied Czechoslovakia. They hide a Jewish friend at their place at great personal risk. What follows is a documentation of how humanity is threatened at the hands of the politics of the time. This is a personal story of these three characters through which the Holocaust is depicted and critiqued. It is a very engaging, intense take on how relationships change and grow even in the face of extreme personal loss.

The Diary of Anne Frank

This is the cinematic representation of the disturbing accounts from the diary of a young Jewish girl who was forced to go into hiding during the Holocaust. She and her family hid in an attic to preserve their lives and the film takes us through her observations, emotions, and conflicts during that time. She undergoes traumatic events that children of her age seldom survive. Yet, she shows incredible resilience and uses her diary as a means to make sense of her life. Fear, isolation, and uncertainty all take shape in this story of distress told convincingly from the perspective of a child.

The Pawnbroker

This is the story of a Jewish man who witnesses his family being tortured and killed in a concentration camp. He is left to live a life of hopelessness, despair and absolute guilt of not having done enough to save his loved ones. This is one of the darker films made about the Holocaust. It captures the real horrors that an individual experiences on the face of such extreme tragedy. It also shows us how hard it is to fight our own minds and stay alive.

Europa Europa

This is a story of adventure. It follows a young Jewish boy who escaped execution at the Holocaust by pretending to be an elite German child. The boy figures out the ways in which he can forge his identity and uses it to save himself from the impending horrors of the concentration camp. This is a story of the survival instinct and presence of mind told from the exciting point of view of a child. The film was well received and won a Golden Globe for its depiction of hope, and the power of the human will.

The Reader

This is perhaps one of the most iconic Holocaust films ever made. Kate Winslet plays the lead as a Nazi camp guard who is under trial. A young boy observing the trial learns that she is the older woman he once had an affair with. What follows is the unfolding of a relationship between the two of them where he discovers more layers to her than he had known. She holds a secret which he figures out in the end, and through this relationship, the film reflects on themes of human guilt, fragility, and the erratic ways in which we act when faced with moral conflicts.

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10 Feel-Good Movies to Make You Forget 2020

by Kaylen Summers

The lockdown, isolation, and general sense of despair that 2020 inflicted on the world is not easy to get past. Here are some feel-good films to forget the negativity of the year:

Little Miss Sunshine

This is a fun drama about a family that travels across the country to accompany their daughter who wants to participate in a beauty pageant. The journey has in store for quite many twists and turns that they are completely unaware of. The film packs all the exciting incidents that ensue during their journey and how they overcome them as a family. The humor is natural and stems from the situational slip-ups of the family members trying to navigate obstacles.

We’re the Millers

This is a hilarious crime comedy about a drug dealer who is forced by his boss to smuggle drugs from Mexico. He decides to execute the task by road and pretends to be on a family road trip. He gets a stripper, a petty thief, and a teenage neighbor to be his fake family members. What follows is a fun ride about how they manage to complete the task. The film is a riot of good humor and is sure to keep you hooked.

The Holiday

This is the story of two girls who swap homes in different cities, to get away from their personal troubles during the holiday season. They expect that a change of scene will help them to relax. But what they least expect is their lives to change in the way it does. The film is a warm, feel-good, hopeful tale about how life is full of surprises. It is an optimistic entertainer that is perfect to watch when you feel that the world around is becoming too negative.

Bad Moms

Mothers are the most exhausted group of people on the planet! Tired of keeping up to speed with domestic responsibilities and work, their lives have lots of elements that can be tapped into. This is a film about a few exhausted moms who take a well-deserved break to relax. But they are soon pitted against the perfect PTA queen mother from their neighborhood. The story is extremely relatable and breaks down the “perfect mother” stereotype and presents mothers are normal human beings who are tired and need help. It is a fun take on a serious issue, which makes it all the more watchable.

Pretty Woman

This is an iconic film about a rich businessman who forms a warm, unexpected bond with a local escort. The story is moving with its moments of emotional honesty. The characters are real and relatable, leaving an unforgettable mark on the viewer with their depth and ease. This is a film that is loved by movie buffs the world over. It is a lovely film to watch when you want to feel good about yourself and life.

The Devil Wears Prada

Meryl Streep shines in this comedy about the fashion business in New York. She is the ruthless head of the biggest fashion magazine where a young intern joins. She gives the girl hell, but the newbie is determined to hang on and impress her boss. What follows is a fun story of how the duo tries to find a balance. The narrative is rich with fashion anecdotes, the complexities of the corporate world, and the adventures of a young aspiring girl trying to hold on to everything she can to survive.

The Sound of Music

A young woman is sent to the house of a retired naval officer and widower, to be the governess to his seven children. Through music, hope, and love, she brings light and cheers to their lives. The film is a musical with beautiful moments. It is an optimistic take on life, something that is absolutely necessary in today’s times. Watch it to feel warm and fuzzy in your heart, on a bad day.

Bridesmaids

A full-blown comedy with female protagonists, this is the story of a wedding. A chef is asked by her friend to be her bridesmaid. Things go haywire after she develops issues with other bridesmaids and the wedding is about to get ruined. The film deals with how these women manage the situation. The narrative is hilarious with its moments of natural humor. Watch this film for a breezy, exciting, fun take on weddings, friendship, and honest mistakes.

When Harry Met Sally

This is a breezy romantic comedy about two people who meet by chance. Five years later, they meet again and are forced to face their feelings for each other. This is a feel-good film about chance encounters and hopeful love that has by now become a cult classic among rom coms. It elevates the genre from mere superficial storylines to something of substance. Watch this film to feel good about everything life throws at you, when you feel nothing is working quite right.

Moana

Moana is an animated adventure film that is one for all seasons. It is the story of a young girl who is chosen by the ocean to reunite a long-lost goddess with a magical relic. The narrative is filled with beautiful anecdotes of hope, happiness, and survival. It is one of those adventures that will make you feel extremely in love with life. Each frame is done with such stunning perfection that you cannot help feeling cheerful, no matter how low you have been feeling.

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10 Best Leonardo DiCaprio Movies of All Time

by Kaylen Summers

Leonardo DiCaprio needs no introduction to moviegoers. He is an actor who has surpassed his own limits of excellence and has emerged as one of the most timeless performers in contemporary cinema. Here are some of his best performances that you must not miss:

Titanic

It is difficult to mention Leonardo DiCaprio without mentioning Titanic. Iconic by all means, this is a film that is etched in the minds and hearts of film lovers all over the world. Leonardo plays Jack, a young man of modest means who falls in love with Rose, an aristocratic woman he meets on a cruise. He shines as Jack, portraying the many emotions of a young man hopelessly in love with ease. His performance is one of the key elements that makes this love story work. This is definitely an unforgettable performance from the actor.

The Great Gatsby

Based on Scott Fitzgerald’s famous novel of the same title, this is the story of Gatsby, a millionaire hopelessly in love. The novel is almost unfilmable owing to its vastness and complexities. The film tries hard to capture the essence of the story, and its biggest advantage is DiCaprio’s charming presence. He performs incredibly well, owning each scene with a subtle sharpness. If it was not for his committed performance, the film would have been a drag.

Shutter Island

This is one of the most deeply haunting psychological thrillers of all time. DiCaprio plays an investigator looking into the case of a missing inmate at an obscure, island asylum. As he delves deeper into the problem, he realizes that the limits of his own sanity are being tested. This is a film that brings out the range and power of DiCaprio’s mettle as an actor. He renders the character with such finesse that we get drawn into the web of illusions in the story with no barriers to the imagination. This is definitely one of his career’s defining roles, to not be missed.

The Wolf Of Wall Street

Leonardo delivers one of his best performances in this film as a penny-stock kingpin and financial huckster. The film depicts the ups and downs of the stockbroker world and DiCaprio fits in like the perfect puzzle piece. His vivacious energy drives the scenes and brings zest to the film that is its core strength. It is as if the director just put him in front of the camera and watched him go at it full throttle. The performance is full of life and absolutely memorable.

Revolutionary Road

This is the story of a couple struggling to save their marriage as they also plan to relocate to Paris. An unexpected pregnancy foils their plans and also puts their efforts at stake. DiCaprio plays the character of a conflicted, torn young husband with utmost commitment. His vulnerability on screen is so moving that it is hard to forget that you are witnessing a film, and nor listening on a real-life story of someone you know. The film also stars Kate Winslet, an actor DiCaprio shares amazing chemistry with.

Django Unchained

DiCaprio stuns in this Tarantino film as a snarky, ruthless slave-owner. Delivering one of his best, defining performances, he brings to the character a realness that makes you want to hate him while also making you curious about the ways in which his cruel, depraved mind works. His portrayal of a grey, dark character as this one with such convincing mannerisms is testimony to the fact that he is an actor who can traverse all emotions with absolute efficiency.

Catch Me If You Can

This is the story of a con man and an officer who is on the run to track him down. DiCaprio and Tom Hanks respectively handle the roles and DiCaprio make the film a fun, engaging watch with his nonchalance as the witty con man. He is so lovable in the film with his playful charm that you want him to win, though you know full well that he is not supposed to! Watch this film to be mesmerized by the ease of this actor yet another time.

The Departed

This is a tight crime thriller by Martin Scorsese with DiCaprio playing a police officer who infiltrates the mob. His performance is grounded, full of despair and depth that it gives a very surreal elevation to this rouge film. Elements of crime, desperation, identity, and finding purpose come together beautifully in this racy film which is lifted another notch by DiCaprio’s solid performance. He breathes life and vigor into the film which becomes an experience of a lifetime owing to his presence.

Inception

In this mind-bending science fiction thriller by Christopher Nolan, DiCaprio plays a thief who extracts vital information from his targets by entering into their subconscious. He makes an almost unbelievable plot tangible, relatable, and human. His performance breaks the barriers of the dystopian plot and makes you feel as if the incidents are plausible, and not far from reality. This is a rare quality of an actor, and DiCaprio aces his job with absolute precision.

The Revenant

In this adventure film, DiCaprio plays a frontiersman who is left behind by his crew after a traumatic attack by a bear. He fights against the weather, his own body and mind to get back at the crew member who betrayed him. This is a film that is phenomenal by all means. DiCaprio delivered the performance of his lifetime which finally won him an Oscar along with almost every other award in that year. If there is one film you want to watch to really get the quintessence of DiCaprio as a performer, it is this one. Watch it to be amazed by how this actor never ceases to blow our minds.

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10 Best Horror Movies of 2020

by Kaylen Summers

2020 was a scary year in itself! But there was no shortage of on-screen horror and the year brought us some of the best movies in the genre. Here are a few of the most immersive horror movies of 2020 for lovers of thrill:

The Wolf of Snow Hollow

This is an interesting film which is equal parts of horror and comedy. Comedy horror is an exciting genre as if blends fear and fun in the right amounts to keep the viewer guessing, yet at ease. The story follows the happenings in a small town which seems to be haunted by a mysterious werewolf. The film breaks out of the usual horror film tropes and presents elements of psychological shock with the protagonist, a recovering alcoholic trying to determine whether or not the werewolf is real. It has many moments that will humor you with its self-reflective setting and push you to think about your own demons that live within you.

The Relic

This is one of the most immersive, chilling films to be made in the genre in 20202. The plot revolves around an old and widowed matriarch Edna who goes missing. Her daughter and granddaughter move to her town to find her. She returns a few days later, the sound of body and mind but with an unexplained bruise. What follows is a story of generational curses being revealed with a striking sense of horror. The film is very well-paced and made with great attention to detail. It is rich with dense background score, amazing performances and a lingering reminder of the fear that looms large throughout the narrative.

Host

Set against the Covid 19 pandemic, this film is quite the defining one in terms of horror in present times. The story begins with a few friends who join a weekly Zoom call to catch up during the pandemic. One of them hires a medium to try and communicate with spirits over the call, for the thrill. Things go haywire after several members of the call drop for various reasons. They begin to experience paranormal vibrations after one of them tries to summon a friend who has committed suicide. The film is very terrifying especially considering that it is set in a scenario that is real and imminent to us in our times. The narrative unfolds slowly and with a sharp sense of horror.

His House

This is a film that has themes of isolation, fear and hope blended together to create a perfect horror experience. The story follows a refugee couple who are attempting to free themselves from South Sudan. In their journey, they traverse a small English town where they try to settle. The town has a mysterious source of evil lurking around and the couple is caught off guard in its hold. Survival and fear come into close conflict for them and they must decide what is a way out if at all there is one. The film unfolds slowly and showcases the unsettling struggles of trying to build a new life in an alien space while confronting a sinister force that has no logic or explanation.

The Invisible Man

A combination of horror and thrill, this is one of the most intense films of the genre to have come out in 2020. The story revolves around a woman whose boyfriend commits suicide. She starts experiencing paranormal sightings of him only to realize that he faked his death and turned invisible to stalk and gaslight her. The horror element of the film comes from the fear of the woman who is being manipulated by a man who knows her well but is not quite in his human form anymore. The plot is dense with the terror of being watched and it gets to the psyche of the viewer so much that it becomes hard to shake off.

The Rental

A classic tale of horror that happens during a getaway, The Rental is a psychological horror-thriller that follows the lives of two couples who rent out a property for a short staycation. Things go haywire when they discover that they are being watched. They find a camera in the shower and some of their private secrets are revealed, putting their marriages at risk. Stuck in an unfamiliar place, with the possibility of a paranormal spirit hovering over their lives, the film pits its characters against their own fears, insecurities, and secrets.

Horse Girl

This is a film that presents a kind of psychological, scientific horror that is best experienced than spoken about. It follows the life of a quiet, introverted girl who works in a craft store. She frequents the grave of her mother who committed suicide and visits her horse who is now put up in a stable. Her life goes haywire with a few new encounters she has and then on, the plot thickens into a terrifying horror film that tests the limits of its own boundaries. The film is full of unexpected twists and the climax is bound to make you feel spooked out for days!

Run

Run is predominantly a thriller. But the thrill comes from the fear it rides on and induces on the viewer. It is the story of a mother who has a premature birth and delivers a baby who suffers paralysis. She becomes paranoid and keeps her baby isolated from the outside world. The child grows up, away from people and everything that lies beyond her house. Slowly, things turn extremely sinister as she discovers some secrets about her mother. Intense and extremely haunting, the film packs some hard-hitting horror that is sure to haunt for days after.

Underwater

This is an interesting sci-fi horror action film starring Kristin Stewart in the lead. It begins when a research facility underwater near the Mariana Trench is hit by an earthquake. A group of researchers goes to examine the damage when they encounter some of the darkest, most mysterious creatures. The narrative is striking with its stunning visuals and innovative storyline. The horror is very loud and it hits the right spots with its larger-than-life depiction.

The Hunt

A horror-thriller film with political undertones, The Hunt is one of the most significant releases of 2020 in the genre. It critiques the divide between the left and right politics in America while unfolding a plot that is rooted in horror and thrill. Revealing details about the plot might ruin the experience for you, we would rather you watch it and have yourself captivated by the immersive, sharp, relevant storytelling that the film intelligently packages.

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10 Bad Movies That Made 2020 Worse.

by Kaylen Summers

2020 was a year when the world needed all the good art that can possibly be out there. But there were some really bad films that made the year even worse. Here is a list of some of the worst films of 2020 based on viewer reviews:

Reality Queen

This is the story of an heiress who is struggling to gain back her fame after being ousted from the limelight by three sisters who resemble the Kardashian siblings. The film is among one of the worst-rated releases of 2020. Viewers claim it to be loosely written, flimsy, and packed with below-average performances that are totally not worth your time.

The Last Days of American Crime

Set against a heist plan by two men and a woman, this is a film that drags on without any real purpose insight. The film tries to bite off more than it can chew and falls flat on its face. The plot has the possibility to be a great action thriller but it is foiled by a lousy screenplay that makes it pointless to watch. Viewers have given the film less than 2 stars on average and it looks like a waste of energy to us.

Buddy Games

It is 2021 already and toxic masculinity has not ceased to take center stage in films! This is a classic boys trip film where a group of buddies reunites to have fun and end up resolving their issues and life crisis. The film is not bad in execution or performance, but it is the content and tone that make it extremely unacceptable in many moments. In this day and age, frat clubs of boys where anti-female humor is encouraged and celebrated cannot be applauded because it is high time we call such content out.

The Tax Collector

This is an action thriller about a local crime lord’s tax collector. He finds himself and his family in danger when a long lost enemy of his boss turns up. The film has all the elements that would make a really amazing thriller. But the plot gets haphazard in its execution and there is nothing much to look forward to. Despite the setting and the dedicated performances of the actors, the film fails to keep the interest of the viewer intact.

Survive The Night

This is a thriller in which a trauma surgeon is forced to operate on a wounded gunman who holds him and his family hostage. It is the story of crime, family problems, and professional ego. But the execution makes it one of the most disengaging films to watch. The screenplay is too loose for a film of this genre. The thrills are very predictable and there is not intrigue to the story after a few minutes into it.

Shortcut

A film about five teenagers who get terrorized by a mysterious creature, this is a film that attempts to chronicle the adventures and horror that follow their journey. But we all know that the most crucial element of a good horror thriller is intrigue. It is also what the film fails to get right. Predictable plot points dampen the experience and make it extremely hard to hold attention to the film. There is nothing more uninteresting than to watch a horror film that does not captivate the focus of the viewer.

Songbird

Set against the futuristic scenario where the Covid virus mutates into a deadly strain, this is a film that follows a woman in quarantine and attempts to save her before the virus gets the better of her. It is a tricky plot because we already have our information on the virus intact and to make us feel invested without creating any kind of logical pitfalls is a difficult task that the film fails to execute. It has all the elements of a good medical thriller but the writing falls short of creating curiosity and holding the storyline together.

Endless

Endless is a story of two high school sweethearts who are madly in love. They are separated by a tragic car accident leaving them devastated. The film starts off as a sweet romance but fails to deliver and keep up with the initial expectations it sets. It is a disappointment to watch the film after being set to a good start. The romance fizzles out and later on, it feels as though the story drags on, without any specific purpose.

After We Collided

Sequel to the 2016 film After, this is a film that fails to rise up to the expectations of the original. The storyline is haphazard and takes its own course after a point. The performances also are quite weak, making the experience uninteresting. The film is packed with very cliché young adult tropes. Young love has to be depicted very carefully or it will become laughable. What happens with this film as well. The screenplay could have been worked better and made more engaging.

Artemis Fowl

This is the story of a 12-year-old boy who attempts to find his missing father. He comes across a world of fairies and soon gets entangled in a difficult battle with them. The film loses its essence in world-building. The most important thing about fantasizes is to build a world convincingly. This film falters in that department. The premise is not very convincing owing to the problems in the execution. A beautiful story with immense potential for fantabulous output is foiled by writing that does not hold either attention or interest.

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10 Disturbing Horror Movies You Will Never Watch Again

by Kaylen Summers

Horror movies can be scary most of the time. However, there are some movies that can be equally disturbing. Here is a list of horror movies that can be pretty hard to stomach.

The Woman

What seemed like a ‘normal’ family is the last member of a cannibalistic tribe. The movie is filled with gruesome cannibalism and sexual assault performed by a child, this movie is sure to make you disturbed. However, it is noteworthy that such a horror movie has some strong statements about misogyny and the people who are constantly normalizing it.

The Human Centipede

We all know this one. The infamous horror movie revolves around a sadistic experiment in which a crazy scientist sews 3 victims together, mouth-to-anus. If that doesn’t sound disturbing enough, wait till you watch one of the victims start to have a bowel movement. You will have a tough time finishing this movie and enough reasons to watch it never again.

Hostel

Director Eli Roth used to be a very famous torture porn movie maker. When the director decided to make his name known in the indie movie circuit, he started making horror movie in the way he best knows- gory and torture horror. The movie has three empty-headed Americans caught in a horrifying game of human hunting and some gruesome chain of events that follows.

The Girl Next Door

You will be surprised to know that this movie is actually based on real events. A young woman who is staying at her own residence is tortured sexually, physically, and mentally. With some really horrifying scenes including sexually assaulting a coke bottle and children torturing one another, you will surely not think about watching this one twice.

The Orphanage

This will be the most depressing movie that you will ever see. From the haunting images of children with special needs to a particular one who walks around with a sack over his head, The Orphanage has enough spooks to give you the chills for the rest of the day. . The movie is dark, both in the subject it handles and also in its making. However, you cannot ignore its Gothic-like beauty.

Teeth

Have you heard the classic legend about a woman who has teeth in her vagina? As absurd it may sound, this dark comedy somehow managed to become one of the most disturbing nightmares for men. Watch how a woman has to deal with the vagina dentata myth as she goes through some grizzly encounters.

The Mist

Stephen King’s novels are known for their horror elements. However, one particular movie adaptation levels up the scare factor further to a disturbing state. When a strange mist takes over their town, a group of townsfolk takes refuge in a grocery store. With a brilliant and controversial ending, you will not be looking to watch the movie again.

Excision

Here is a gag-inducing tale in which an outcast teenager is obsessed with blood and surgery. This leads to some of the most gruesome scenes on screen, particularly the one including menstrual blood. However, if you managed to make it to the ending of the film without turning it off or looking away, then you are sure to get a final kick in the gut.

Funny Games

Funny Games is a psychological crime thriller that is a remake of the 1997 film of the same name. The movie is about a middle-class family who comes across two psychologically disturbed teenagers on their vacation. The family is captured and brutally tortured to a gruesome level. The director intended the movie to be a criticism of on-screen violence used in the media. However, the movie turns out to be more disturbing than most of the others.

A Serbian Film

This is one of those movies that you should only suggest to your enemies. The movie is so disturbing on multiple levels and no sane person will be able to complete it even for once. The story revolves around a man who agrees to make a porn film. However, what he did not know was that it was the most depraved one on earth. From infant rape to decapitation, this is one movie you will surely regret watching.

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10 Best Masterpieces of Korean Cinema

by Kaylen Summers

After the big Oscar win of Parasite last year, the attention of the world has turned to Korean cinema. Korea has produced some of the most must-watch classics of all time in the history of film making. Here are a few of them that are sure to change your outlook on art, films, and life itself:

Burning

Burning is a psychological drama that moves in such a tightly mysterious narrative style that absolutely nothing can be revealed without spoilers. But one thing is sure, the finale is worth the wait and the consistent mystery of the plot will make you analyze each frame for its hidden secrets which all make sense in a big bang in the end!

The Housemaid

The original film released in 1960 has had remakes. But nothing compares to the brilliance of the first, which many directors have claimed to be an influence on their film making. It tells the story of a housemaid and weaves a starkly critical narrative on sexuality, class, gender, and economic disparity. The film is one of world cinema’s best and relevant even today, decades after its release.

The Handmaiden

This is a slow and moving story of scandal, lust, and romance. The movie alternates in the narrative between an erotic thriller and drama. The plot weaves together 3 different stories into one theme of central importance through intrigue and eroticism. Watch this film if you are someone who loves intense cinematic experiences.

I Saw The Devil

This is a chilling tale of violence and gore. The story revolves around a bus driver who offers help to a pregnant woman on the road with a flat tire. The events unfold after she beats her unconscious and takes her away to fulfill his psychotic fantasies.

Memories of Murder

Based on true events, Memories of Murder follows the attempts of two cops to nab a violent serial killer. The killer is South Korea’s first recorded serial killer and the story revolves around the frustrating attempts of the agents at getting hold of the killer who has made living a nightmare in their crumbling town.

Train to Busan

One of the most top rated, emotionally satisfying and psychologically thrilling zombie films of all times, Train To Busan is a must watch for every film enthusiast. The film explores ideas such as the treatment of poor citizens, views by society’s elites, and how in one way or the other, death is coming for all us. The film uses death as a unifying factor that integrates people of all strata, and the only thing in life that does not discriminate like we humans do.

The Host

The Host is about Park Gang-du and his family after his daughter is abducted and eaten by a monster who lives in the nearby river. The film is one of the most different takes on the monster movie genre in world cinema. A lot of parallels can be drawn between this film and the narrative style of Parasite though this is an entire world of its own.

Old Boy

Old Boy is a neo-noir action thriller film. It follows the story of a man imprisoned for 15 years in a room that resembles an old hotel room. He is unaware of the identity of his captor or his captor’s motives. When he is finally released, he goes on a self-destructive quest for vengeance and falls in love with a woman. Everything changes and what follows is a twisted tale of love, loss, violence, and quest for self-fulfillment.

The Wailing

The Wailing is the piercing story of a village that is taken over by rage, violence and terror after the arrival of a mysterious teenager. It tells a chilling story of how friends turn enemies and how law and order fails when people are taken over by a sinister quest for domination and supremacy.

Moebius

Moebius is perhaps one of the goriest films ever to be made. It is the master director Kim Ki Duk’s take on sexuality, relationships, and human pleasure. It was initially banned in South Korea owing to its daring theme but later opened up. As mentioned above, kindly watch with caution as the film can be traumatizing and deeply haunting for some viewers, especially children. This film is strictly not fit for the viewing of kids.

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10 Best Films in the Noir Category that You Must Watch

by Kaylen Summers

Film Noir is a French expression used to depict films that have a stylish storytelling pattern and deal with introspective themes like human lust, revenge, quest for adventure and connection. Most of them have an investigator or a detective agent as the lead. Here are a few recommendations from the genre for those of you who would like to experiment with themes:

The Asphalt Jungle

Stylish, thrilling and very racy, this is the story of a jewel robbery. A classic in this genre this is a film that reflects the true essence of noir as a category of films.

Kiss Me Deadly

A female hitchhiker escapes from a psychiatric hospital and gets picked up by a private investigator. What follows is a story of unravelling that takes the viewer on a journey of questions and answers that unfold in the most thrilling way.

Gilda

Gilda is a quintessential film noir work that tells the story of a woman, a young thug. It combines