5 Fun Disney and Pixar Movies Available on Netflix Right Now

Summertime is for relaxing: hanging at the pool, reading a good book, enjoying some backyard barbeque, and of course, watching movies. Getting lost in an animated world for a few hours is exactly what this season was made for. So strap in, pop some corn, and explore the best Disney/Pixar movies on Netflix this summer.

Finding Dory



Go on an unforgettable adventure under the water with Dory, a well-meaning fish lacking a short-term memory. Ellen Degeneres voices the lovable title character who first made her debut in the 2003 smash hit, Finding Nemo. Join Dory in this 2016 flick as she goes on a search to find her long-lost parents. Twists and turns throughout the film keep viewers on the edge of their seats, all rooting for Dory to complete her quest with the help of wild and wacky friends along the way.

Moana



The ocean is calling you to watch this animated epic adventure. Moana, a strong-willed 16-year-old from the beautiful island paradise of Motonui, sets off on a quest to save her people. With the help of demi-god Maui, voiced by Dwayne Johnson, she travels across the sea to complete her task. While on her voyage, Moana is joined by a funny rooster named Heihei who serves as comic relief. The best part of the movie is the realistic animation, whisking viewers away to a Polynesian paradise. The ocean looks so real that you can sometimes forget it’s animated!

Coco



Join Miguel and his canine pal Dante in Coco as they travel between the living world and the other side to find a long-lost relative before the sun comes up. The pair are unwittingly transported to the spirit world on the Day of the Dead and must find Miguel’s relative to get his blessing and return to the Land of the Living. This heartwarming Disney/Pixar film shines throughout, in part because of the wonderful voice acting of Anthony Gonzalez as Miguel. You’ll be transported to another realm and will be cheering for Miguel the entire way. Oh, and the songs aren’t bad, either.

Pocahontas



Pocahontas is a strong-willed 18-year-old member of the Powhatan tribe in Virginia. Her father is the chief and he wants her to marry the best warrior in the tribe, but her heart tells her he isn’t the right one. She meets an adventurer named John Smith who has sailed from Europe to the New World. She teaches him about being more tolerant, and he tells her about life where he came from. The two fall in love just in time to thwart a war between their people. Fun fact: the most famous song from Pocahontas, “Colors of the Wind,” won best original song at the Oscars in 1995.

Mulan



Mulan is a 1998 Disney film that explores what it means to honor your family and save your country by any means necessary. The title character, Fa Mulan, must disguise herself as a man to serve in the military and fulfill the government requirements to send one person from each family to fight. She is joined on her quest by Mushu, a small Chinese dragon voiced by Eddie Murphy, who serves as comic relief. She transforms herself into a man and trains beside some of the best fighters in the country. Will Fa Mulan and Mushu succeed in their endeavor? Watch and see!

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Queen Latifah To Fund and Produce Movies For Independent Female Filmmakers

Still a few years shy of 50, Queen Latifah has already racked up a lifetime of achievements that include a Grammy, Emmy, and a Golden Globe Award. Throughout her illustrious career, the hip-hop pioneer has stood as a powerful voice for women and used her platform to help others advance in male-dominated industries. Now Latifah is turning it up another notch by helping women crack the glass ceiling in Hollywood by funding and producing two independent projects created by women.

“We’ll choose two people who will have their scripts made [and] financed from A to Z. When it’s time to be distributed, we will get distribution whether it’s theatrical or whether it’s through Netflix, Hulu, or whatever outlet is appropriate for the film. We will market and promote [it] as well,” said the 48-year-old actress and musician on Friday at a private dinner sponsored by Proctor & Gamble’s “My Black is Beautiful” campaign and held during the 2018 Essence Festival in New Orleans, Louisiana.

The projects will be produced by The Queen Collection, a new initiative created by Proctor & Gamble and Latifah’s production company Flavor Unit. In addition to handling the funding, production, distribution, and marketing of the projects, Latifah herself, will offer the women guidance and mentorship.

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Chris Pratt’s Next 3 Movies: ‘The Lego Movie 2,’ ‘Cowboy Ninja Viking,’ ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3’

Chris Pratt's Next 3 Movies: 'The Lego Movie 2,' 'Cowboy Ninja Viking,' 'Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3'

In Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (above), Chris Pratt is a reluctant hero, pressed into service to track down the grown-up Velociraptor named Blue when a volcano erupts at the ruined theme park formerly known as Jurassic World. The film unleashes a flurry of dark delights, which we won't spoil here, but we can definitely recommend seeing it in a theater.

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Volvo is making a true ‘Autopilot’ that’ll let you eat, sleep, or watch movies – coming in 3 years

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Self-driving cars have gone from DARPA project to roaming our streets much faster than anyone predicted, but if you bring the topic up with a grouchy truck nuts-owning uncle, the response is probably going to be “Yeah, but when can I buy one?”

Volvo is making a more concrete (and realistic!) pledge than most of its competitors: to have a Level 4 autonomous car in showrooms, buyable and usable, by 2021. Level 4 doesn’t mean full autonomy, but what it does mean is that you can have the bulk of your commute completely automated.

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Lucasfilm Says ‘Multiple’ Star Wars Standalone Movies Still in Development

Lucasfilm has denied reports that standalone Star Wars movies have been put on hold, confirming “multiple” spinoffs are still in active development.

ABC News reports Lucasfilm is moving forward with projects separate from Rian Johnson’s new trilogy of films and another series of movies from Game of Thrones producers David Benioff and D.B. Weiss.

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Pixar’s Next 3 Movies: ‘Toy Story 4,’ Then Original Animated Adventures

Pixar's Next 3 Movies: 'Toy Story 4,' Then Original Animated Adventures

Pixar continues to enjoy great success at the box office, as evidenced by the record-breaking weekend for Incredibles 2. The sequel built on the themes first explored in the original film in 2004, while deepening the family relationship and featuring a baby with a range of newly-deployed superpowers. Of course, the animated adventure was also a lot of fun and included truly mind-boggling action sequences.

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Why ‘Star Wars Resistance’ Will Be Essential Viewing for Fans of the Movies

George Lucas’s galaxy far, far away has always been rife with amazing ancillary stories that sit outside the canonical Star Wars movies. After all, these books, comics, and games were all fans could consume during the 16-year interim between the release of episodes VI and I, then again until the Disney acquisition back in October of 2012. This newly rebooted extended universe, however, is anything but a cash grab, with Star Wars’ most recent animated TV offerings serving to trigger events and plot lines that are now starting to permeate big screen entries.

If you haven’t been watching Star Wars: The Clone Wars or Star Wars Rebels until now, you’ve been missing out. But don’t worry, because a new animated Star Wars series is scheduled to debut later this year, giving you another chance to get involved in the animated universe. Star Wars Resistance is set to take place in between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens, and here’s why those still invested in Lucasfilm’s upcoming movie slate will want to pay attention.

Where Elements From All Eras Converge


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Star Wars Rebels.

Like or loathe the prequel trilogy, it happened; it’s canon. And so far, the Star Wars extended universe has done a decent job of taking some of the best elements first introduced here (Darth Maul, the clone army, Anakin’s slow descent to the dark side) and even expanding upon them for the better. It’s through The Clone Wars and its sequel series that we get to experience such arcs as Rex, a clone trooper captain that broke free from the emperor’s Order 66 programming, wrestled with the fact that he was bred for war, before going on to fight alongside the rebels at the Battle of Endor. And this is canon!

Both of showrunner Dave Filoni’s existing animated TV shows are full of examples similar to this, where what were thought to have been throwaway concepts and characters are given time to fully develop. Sometimes to such a degree that those who just watch Star Wars movies can even be left scratching their head. Did a certain former Sith’s presence at the end of Solo: A Star Wars Story leave you shocked? Not if you’ve been paying close attention elsewhere.

This crossover between all of Star Wars’ greatest era elements is arguably best witnessed during the finale of Rebels season 2. For it was here where fan-favourite characters Darth Vader and Darth Maul got to share the same space. In a two-part special titled “Twilight of the Apprentice“, we got to see our regular cast of rebels fight off evil on two fronts with Jedi protagonists Ezra and Kanan battling Maul — long thought dead, as Clone WarsAhsoka Tano is forced to face her former Jedi master in his Vader guise for the very first time.

It’s through interweaving like this that any casual or committed viewers get to experience the level of grandeur previously only thought present in the movies. Dave Filoni’s genuine appreciation of the franchise, however, means he can have this bleed through even in a much shorter format. Expect great narratives and moments like this to continue in his upcoming Star Wars Resistance.

Documenting Events Leading Up To Episodes VII VIII and IX


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Star Wars: The Clone Wars.

When Star Wars exploded back into our lives with the arrival of The Force Awakens, it did so leaving a big time gap. We were left wondering how the First Order were able to rise up from the ashes of the defeated Empire, why Luke Skywalker sought to retire after becoming a Jedi master, and how the Rebellion crumbled away until the Resistance was all that remained.

A sprinkling of these stories have been told mainly in books and comics until now, but it’s this period that will act as the main thrust to Star Wars Resistance. We’ll get to experience it through the eyes of an entirely new character known as Kazuda Xiono, who Dave Filoni describe as “a young pilot recruited by the Resistance and tasked with a top-secret mission to spy on the growing threat of the First Order.” This makes it seem like a safe bet that we’ll get to witness this period from the viewpoint of both factions. Exciting considering the new trilogy’s tendency to show the dark side as evil and vice versa.

Given how closely linked Rebels was to The Clone Wars, don’t be too surprised if you see threads originally spun in those shows iterated upon in the new series. Characters like Ezra, Hera, and Zeb are all rebels capable of surviving the events of Return of the Jedi, and their wisdom is sure to come in handy during the early days of the Resistance. People we know we’ll be bumping into include Poe Dameron – expected considering the show’s emphasis on pilots – alongside the underutilised Captain Phasma.

Big Screen Talent on the Small Screen


Captain Phasma
Captain Phasma.

Giving Star Wars Resistance some cachet is the fact that both Dameron and Phasma will be voiced by original live-action actors Oscar Isaac and Gwendoline Christie, respectively. This isn’t the first time original stars have returned to their characters for TV. Billy Dee Williams, Ian McDiarmid, and even James Earl Jones have lent voicework previously, but this willingness to avoid recasting proves that Star Wars Resistance won’t feel any less authentic than the cinematic episodes.

Captain Phasma’s inclusion is where the real excitement stems from here. It’s currently unknown if the stormtrooper captain will return after her apparent demise at the hands of Finn in The Last Jedi, so Star Wars Resistance is the perfect opportunity to expand the background of the character. We’ve been told she’s a forceful presence, but unlike Poe who’s been graced with enough time to shine in episodes VI and VIII, Phasma has often felt like an afterthought. With any luck, Star Wars Resistance will change this and let us appreciate the “tough veteran commander” schtick.

Given the popularity of Dave Filoni’s past animated Star Wars shows and what we know about Star Wars Resistance so far, the stars are seemingly aligned to make Kazuda Xiono’s tale one worth watching. How else will anyone be able to fully appreciate the subtle callbacks present in the main saga going forward?

Star Wars Resistance debuts on Disney XD this autumn.

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While some film franchises like to set up release dates far in advance, DC Entertainment is no longer on that path. Walter Hamada, the relatively new head of DC's movie production, is against that and other recent Hollywood trends, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The "DC Extended Universe" no longer seems intent on aping Marvel's design, if it's even really a crossover mega-franchise anymore. Hamada has no interest in a writers' room, either. He appears to be into…

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5 Pixar Movies That Teach Boys Healthy Masculinity

Our country is in the middle of a long overdue conversation about sexual violence. The way children’s movies and TV shows often portray men and women may be part of the problem. Imagine a typical male hero character — he’s probably white, well-muscled, and punches, stabs, or shoots villains to save helpless female characters. Research shows that when children watch these types of shows and movies, they internalize the gender stereotypes they portray. Thankfully, Pixar has produced some great movies with heroic male characters who are diverse and non-violent. So, here are five Pixar films that have healthy male role models for young boys.

Coco


Miguel and Coco Pixar's Coco
Miguel and Coco.

Pixar’s Coco is a beautiful visual and musical celebration of Mexican culture. Its male protagonist isn’t your typical “hero.” He doesn’t have bulging muscles, and his heroic journey has nothing to do with rescuing distressed damsels.

Instead, Miguel saves the day by pursuing his dreams and bringing his family closer together. Coco teaches lessons about how families can work through conflict, as well as the importance of legacy and memory. This movie is a great option for families who believe that representation matters, particularly in children’s movies, as it offers a different image of what a male hero can look like.

Up


Dug, Carl and Russell in Pixar's Up
Dug, Carl, and Russell.

Carl, from Pixar’s Up, is a great male role model for many reasons. First, he shows that you don’t need to be young to be a hero. Second, while Carl’s story does include flying houses and mad scientists, his greatest acts of heroism are much simpler. Up’s most meaningful scenes are about Carl developing relationships with an awkward boy and a dog who needs a home.

Up also tells a beautiful love story in just under ten minutes. In too many other kids’ movies, all we get is a vague “happily ever after” following the wedding scene. Carl and Ellie’s marriage is a refreshing contrast to this pattern. They have a relationship that includes love, laughter, as well as tragedy and dreams they don’t get to accomplish together. This montage can open up a fantastic conversation about how healthy romantic relationships are based on friendship and teamwork.

The film also teaches that we can work through grief by honoring our loved ones’ memories and building new connections. It’s hard to imagine a better message for young boys to internalize.

Ratatouille


Ratatouille Remy and Alfredo
Remy and Alfredo.

Remy, the main character in Pixar’s 2007 film Ratatouille, doesn’t just lack muscles; he’s not even human! Better yet, his calling is to create delicious food, not destroy or shoot things. Remy must overcome seemingly insurmountable challenges by teaming up with and mentoring other characters, as opposed to competing with them.

While Remy’s human chef avatar, Alfredo, and fellow chef, Colette do develop a romance, Colette is hardly helpless or meek. In fact, she holds a position of authority over Alfredo for a good portion of the film.

Ratatouille teaches that we can form powerful friendships with people who are very different from us. Kids also learn that teamwork can bring even seemingly impossible goals within reach. After all, there’s almost nothing less likely than a rat opening up a five-star restaurant!

Cars


Lightning McQueen learns the value of good sportsmanship.

Cars is the film that most closely resembles a “typical boy movie” on this list. True to its name, it features cars and trucks, and the plot centers on a competitive race. Lightning McQueen also starts out like a pretty typical male protagonist. He is young, arrogant, refuses help from others, and is prone to careless, destructive actions.

Fortunately, Cars doesn’t celebrate these qualities. Instead, the movie is about Lightning McQueen finding a wise mentor and learning the importance of community. Better yet, McQueen gets his happy ending by helping a competitor rather than by winning the race. Cars teaches kids that good sportsmanship, interdependence, and integrity are much more important than outward appearances.

Finding Nemo


Marlin and Nemo

Marlin is another Pixar character who manages to be heroic while defying gender stereotypes. He is an extremely caring, but also over-protective and anxious, single father. He forms a supportive, hilarious, and completely platonic friendship with Dory (a female character).

While Finding Nemo is about a rescue mission, Marlin crosses an ocean to save his son, not a helpless princess. Furthermore, the climactic scene involves Marlin allowing Nemo to become a hero in his own right and on his own terms. Like so many of the other films on this list, Finding Nemo teaches kids that caring is the ultimate superpower. It also contains valuable lessons about overcoming anxiety and developing healthy relational boundaries.

Hollywood is still a long way away from promoting a culture where anyone but white men can feel truly safe and valued. However, more and more films demonstrate that there are multiple ways for boys to grow into successful men. Pixar has created some magical movies that allow parents and children to have meaningful conversations about diversity, non-violent solutions to problems, and kindness.

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All the New Original Movies You Can Stream on Netflix This Summer

The movie theater used to be a place to escape to when you just needed a darkened, air-conditioned room to plop down in for a couple of hours. It’s now facing some tough competition from your darkened, air-conditioned living room. For those who can’t be moved to sweat their way to a theater, there’s a full slate of Netflix original movies hitting the small screen this season.

From zombie survival thrillers to quaint British period pieces, here’s what’s new on Netflix this summer—adding to an already packed slate of summer movie releases.

Cargo (May 18)

In this emotional zombie survival movie based on a critically acclaimed short film, Martin Freeman plays the infected father of an infant daughter who forges unexpected connections while trying to protect her in the wilderness.

Ibiza (May 25)

Three girlfriends — played by Love’s Gillian Jacobs, 2 Dope QueensPhoebe Robinson and Saturday Night Live alum Vanessa Bayer travel to the Spanish island known for electronic- dance-music-fueled parties and soon find themselves on the hunt for an elusive DJ.

Set It Up (June 15)

Two frazzled, overworked assistants (Zoe Deutch and Glen Powell) try to set up their demanding bosses, played by Taye Diggs and Lucy Liu, in an effort to get them off their backs.

Graduates (June 29)

David Spade and Nat Faxon (Friends From College) star in this comedy about two recent college grads whose argument about which dude’s dad would win in a fight leads to the upending of a number of lives.

The Legacy of a Whitetail Deer Hunter (July 6)

Josh Brolin flexes his comedic muscles, alongside Vice Principals‘ Danny McBride, as a hunter setting out to bond with his son over a pastime that’s far from a shared interest.

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Alex Strangelove (July 20)

In a new comedy from the writer-director of The Skeleton Twins, a teenager is preparing to lose his virginity to his girlfriend when his sexual identity becomes confused by the introduction of a handsome stranger.

Like Father (Aug. 3)

Kristen Bell and Kelsey Grammer team up as an estranged father-daughter duo on a Caribbean cruise originally intended to be her honeymoon.

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Extinction (Aug. 10)

Michael Peña and Lizzy Caplan star in a sci-fi thriller about a father trying to save his family when the planet is invaded by a band of not-so-friendly outsiders.

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society (Aug. 10)

Based on the 2008 novel of the same name, this historical drama sees Lily James as a writer who travels to a small British island and embeds with a quirky local club after World War II.

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To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before (Aug. 17)

In this adaptation of Jenny Han’s young-adult novel, a teenager (X-Men: Apocalypse‘s Lana Condor) is mortified to find that all of the secret love letters she’s written have been mysteriously delivered.


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80s Movies That Still Hold Up Today

We love movies from the 1980s often for nostalgic reasons. Ferris Bueller’s Day Off remains a favourite because it is so evocative of the era in which it was made. But if the same film was made and released today, would it still be met with such enthusiasm, and held in such high regard? Perhaps not. Not without a huge overhaul anyway. So which films from the 80s still hold up today? Here are  our picks.

1. The Terminator (1984)

A cyborg assassin comes back from the year 2029 to wipe out a threat that will one day affect the future. It’s the basic premise of James Cameron’s The Terminator, in which Arnold Schwarzenegger’s T-800 is on a mission to kill Linda Hamilton’s Sarah Connor, mother of Resistance leader John Connor, who would one day lead an uprising against the sentient machines.

But it’s also a premise with echoes of the plot of the recent Deadpool 2. Undoing events via time travel is also crucial to the plot of Avengers: Infinity War. It’s a device that’s as significant and popular today as it was back in 1984 when The Terminator was first thrilling audiences. It’s, in part, because of this that The Terminator still holds up today.

2. RoboCop (1987)

In 2014, a remake of Paul Verhoeven’s 1987 original starring Joel Kinnaman was unleashed on the world. But Verhoeven’s tale of a superhuman cybernetically enhanced police officer keeping order in a crime-ridden near-future didn’t need the remodeling treatment.

A science-fiction classic, RoboCop is smart, shockingly violent, satirical, and – crucially — still pertinent, exploring as it does the effect of the media on society, and putting capitalism and authoritarianism in the spotlight. And since we’re talking Deadpool 2, and cybernetic characters, Josh Brolin’s similarly enhanced futuristic supersoldier Cable has parallels with Murphy’s armoured cop. Like The Terminator, the themes explored in RoboCop are topics we’re still obsessed with today.

Plus, Murphy has a female partner who’s pretty awesome — Nancy Allen’s Anne Lewis. So it gets extra recognition for its ahead-of-its-time progressiveness. If you haven’t watched RoboCop in a while, it’s time to revisit it.

3. The Color Purple (1985)

In 1985, Steven Spielberg was best known for his blockbuster fare. There were the Indiana Jones films, as well as Jaws, Close Encounters of the Third Kind and ET. So when he adapted Alice Walker’s historical novel about African-American women in the Deep South in the early 1900s, audiences and critics were surprised.

Spielberg’s film focuses on a young black girl named Celie – played by Whoopi Goldberg in her film debut – who we see through the passing years endure abuse at the hands first of her father and then of the other men in her life. The story ends on a positive note, with Celie and her female friends transcending the racism and misogyny they’ve suffered.

The messages of the film are as relevant today as they were both when the film was released and the 1982 novel written, not to mention the time in which the story is set. Standout performances from a cast that includes Goldberg, Oprah Winfrey and Danny Glover help make The Color Purple as hard-hitting in 2018 as at any other point in the intervening years.

 4. Blade Runner (1982)

Ridley Scott’s iconic neo-noir sci-fi is still influencing pop culture today. The recent Netflix series Altered Carbon is just one example that owes a debt to the mesmerising imagery of Scott’s adaptation of the Philip K. Dick novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? 

Set in a dystopian Los Angeles, the story revolves around Harrison Ford’s Rick Deckard, the downbeat cop tasked with hunting down a fugitive group of synthetic humans known as replicants. It’s so highly regarded that it took more than 30 years to generate a sequel. Arrival director Denis Villeneuve took the helm of that film, Blade Runner 2049, and managed the near-impossible, pulling off a follow-up that was well received by critics.

Themes, cast and performances, and the ageless aesthetics of the original all contribute to its standing today as one of the greatest sci-fi movies of all time.

5. Stand By Me (1986)

Based on a short story by Stephen King, Rob Reiner’s Stand By Me is a period piece, made in 1986 and set in 1959. The means that a dated ’80s aesthetic typical of a bunch of comparable titles from the decade is absent, making the movie feel timeless. This sense of timelessness is bolstered by the device of narration – the story is told in flashback through the eyes of a grown-up Gordie Lachance (Richard Dreyfuss) recounting a tale from his youth, on the discovery that his childhood friend Chris Chambers has been stabbed to death.

The story he tells is of the misadventures, trials and tribulations of his group of friends, a foursome consisting of River Phoenix’s Chambers, Corey Feldman’s Teddy Duchamp and Jerry O’Connell’s Vern Tessio, in addition to his younger self, played by Wil Wheaton. They head off in search of the body of missing local boy Ray Brower in the hope of becoming local heroes.

While it replicated the dynamic of the group of youngsters in 1985’s The Goonies, unlike that film it stands up to the scrutiny of today’s sophisticated audiences. While The Goonies has bags of retro appeal, Stand By Me is a film with arguably more substance. And also delivers a spirit that titles like Stranger Things and Andy Muschietti’s 2017 adaptation of Stephen King’s It strive to capture today.

6. Blue Velvet (1986)

Watch David Lynch’s nightmarish crime-thriller today and it’s no less disturbing. The much-discussed scene in which Dennis Hopper’s Frank terrorises Isabella Rosselini’s Dorothy Vallens while inhaling a mystery substance hasn’t lost any of its impact.

If anything, the film is all the more surreal and disturbing with the passage of time. Its abstract nature, the idyllic surface of its small-town setting punctured by a very Lynchian dark underbelly, and an indefinite time period make it a film that defies categorisation and will forever remain in our minds. Blue Velvet has influenced a bunch of directors, from the Coen brothers to Tarantino – and will no doubt continue to inspire a new generation of filmmakers.

7. Honey, I Shrunk the Kids (1989)

Director Joe Johnston went on to helm Jumanji, Jurassic Park III and Captain America: The First Avenger, but it was Honey, I Shrunk the Kids that marked his directorial debut.

The film starred Ghostbusters star Rick Moranis as the inventor who accidentally shrinks his children along with the kids next door, then throws them out with the trash. It represented a breakthrough in special effects, showing as it did the quarter-inch tall kids battling insects and otherwise innocuous now-giant garden hazards to get back indoors and back to normal size.

While the effects might be nothing to write home about today, the story is charming and one that is absolutely as entertaining, appealing and relevant today. With last year’s Downsizing borrowing extensively from Johnston’s 1989 hit and Ant-Man and the Wasp gearing up to hit screens later this year, it’s clear that shrinking down to teeny-tiny size is still very much a theme that Hollywood, and audiences, care about.

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Parents are more willing to let their children see PG-13 movies with intense gun violence when the violence appears to be ‘justified’ than when it has no socially redeeming purpose, a study finds. But even when the violence in PG-13 movies appears justified, parents think it is more appropriate for teens at least 15 years old, two years older than the PG-13 rating suggests.
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It’s been 14 years since Pixar’s The Incredibles stormed the big screen, delivering one of the most memorable – and surprisingly relatable –superhero movies ever made. It’s currently the highest rated superhero movie on Rotten Tomatoes, and its story – about an unassuming suburban family who secretly have superpowers and fight crime on the side – resonated in a way that helped it grow to become one of Pixar’s most beloved movies.

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We’re one month away from the release of the next Star Wars movie. Solo: A Star Wars Story is the latest of the supposed standalone installments of the franchise, separate from the "Skywalker Saga" episodes released in alternate years. Solo focuses on the early years of Han Solo with a recast Alden Ehrenreich in the role made famous by Harrison Ford. We’ll now get to see what the "stuck-up, half-witted, scruffy-looking nerf herder" was like and what he was doing…

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As a mom, a Girl Scout leader, and a nature lover, I find Earth Day to be a good time to do a little reality check: Am I teaching my kids to take care of our environment? Am I teaching them to just get outside and appreciate it? I really do want them to grow up appreciating this amazing planet.

We live at the bottom of the Rocky Mountains, and I think they get sick of me telling them, “People save up for years to come stand where you’re standing right now.” But I hope they get that. I hope they always look at this world with awe.

I thought I’d follow up last year’s post on  great books to read on Earth Day with a post on good movies to watch. Every Friday night, we make breakfast for dinner, spread blankets on the floor, and have a movie night while we eat. It’s tradition. If you’re looking for a Friday night movie suggestion, how about one of these with an environmental theme?

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12 movies to watch with kids for Earth Day

1. Whale Rider: Set on New Zealand’s North Island, Whale Rider shows life in a present-day Maori tribe. Pai knows her destiny is to become the tribe’s leader, but faces resistance because she’s a girl. But the movie also shows the relationship between the tribe and nature, and Pai’s own place in it. The movie will give you lots to talk over with your older children (it is rated PG-13, so I’d hold off with younger kids.) Just a beautiful movie that will leave you thinking for days.

2. Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax: Danny DeVito voices the Lorax, a grumpy but lovable creature who speaks for the trees in this adaptation of the Dr. Seuss book. The soundtrack to this wacky movie is one of our favorites.

3. March of the Penguins: Morgan Freeman narrates this documentary on the harrowing journey emperor penguins make — from warmer climes to the freezing Antarctic — in order to mate. If you haven’t seen it yet, you’ll leave with an amazing respect for these fellow parents (and if you’re anything like me, you’ll get teary realizing the lengths they go through for their babies, just like we do.) Great movie for kids and adults.

4. Arctic Tale: From the same studio that made March of the Penguins. Queen Latifah narrates the stories of Nanu the polar bear and Seela the walrus pup as they struggle to survive and grow in the Arctic.

5. Anything by Disneynature Films: I’d start with “Earth,” but all of these movies are fantastic and show how different species survive in their environments. There’s a new film out this year — Born in China — about pandas that I really want to see as well.

6. Happy Feet: Although Mumble the penguin can’t find his “heart song” — the unique noise each penguin makes to attract a mate — he’s a pretty awesome dancer. The movie also touches on how humans have depleted the penguins’ food supply, and could lead to a good discussion with kids on how our actions affect others. (Also? Another amazing soundtrack!) Bonus pick: Sequel Happy Feet Two returns with a plot involving melting icebergs that endanger the penguins.

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7. WALL-E: Set in the future, Wall-E shows a garbage-strewn planet earth, where a sanitation robot (WALL-E himself) lives alone until the arrival of a fascinating new girl robot (EVE). But can WALL-E and EVE help the humans, who now orbit Earth in a spacecraft, to return to their planet and take care of it properly this time?

8. Fly Away Home: Amy, a 13-year-old in New Zealand, is sent to live with her father in Canada after a car crash kills her mother. While wandering through marshes near her new home, Amy discovers goose eggs left behind when developers accidentally kill the mother goose. Amy raises the goslings herself, teaches them to fly, and helps them migrate with the rest of the Canadian geese. Rated PG, so make sure your child can handle the more intense moments.

9. FernGully: The Last Rainforest: Fairies discover humans are cutting down all the trees in their forest. One fairy, Crysta, shrinks a human boy to save him from being hit by a tree being felled, and teaches him about the importance of saving her forest.

10. Big Miracle: Based on a true story. In 1988 a reporter in Barrow, Alaska, discovers a family of gray whales trapped offshore. Realizing this could be his big break, he reports the story, which gets picked up by press across the country. Organizations from Greenpeace to oil companies to the Soviet Union must work together to save the whales. (Note: There is a death that might upset younger children. The movie is rated PG.)

11. Bambi: Way back in the ’40’s, Walt Disney made a film that took a hard look at man’s relationship with the natural world, and at his capacity to destroy it. From Bambi’s mom being shot (spoiler alert) to the fire at the end of the movie, Man doesn’t come across very well in this one.

12. Hoot: Based on the Carl Hiaasen book, the movie follows three kids trying to thwart a corporation that’s endangering owls. The kids sabotage the company’s construction site, and hilarity ensues. Rated PG.

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For more kids’ activities and easy recipes, you can find Laura at Peace but not Quiet, and on facebook and Pinterest.

This post was originally published in April, 2017.

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Mark Hamill is totally fine with being digitally re-created in any future Star Wars movies.

Speaking to RadioTimes, the Luke Skywalker actor said that he would “absolutely” be fine with being digitally recreated a la Peter Cushing in Rogue One, or recast with a younger actor a la Alden Ehrenreich in Solo.

“Well already I told my family ‘Absolutely – thumbs up!’” he said.

“But it is a question of propriety really. I’m sure they had to go to the Cushing estate and get their permission.”

Hamill said that he was very sure that Star Wars stories would continue to be told well after his death, and was happy for Luke Skywalker to be a part of them. “You know, it’s amazing to me – George

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Ava DuVernay Doesn’t Want to Make Star Wars Movies and That’s Awesome

Ava DuVernay is being thrust into the spotlight thanks to her directorial duties on A Wrinkle in Time. Since she’s made a big budget flick under the Disney banner, her name has been bandied about as a potential director for Star Wars.

Well, DuVernay herself shot that possibility down in a response to a fan on Twitter.

Many fans were bummed to hear this, but you know what? This is actually pretty great. Here’s why.

Talent Deserves Freedom

Ava DuVernay is undeniably talented. She’s more than proven that with Selma13th, and now A Wrinkle in Time. It’s understandable that fans would want her to exercise that talent in the Star Wars universe. But, when we are lucky enough to have exceptional artists working in film, we need to step back and allow them to do what they want to do.

The best creativity comes from having artistic freedom. DuVernay has earned our collective trust when it comes to her abilities and feeling the need to shove her into a franchise betrays that trust. If we really support her, we should also support her desire to make whatever artistic endeavor she feels most compelled to make. That’s the only way we’re going to continue to get truly inspiring work from her.

The Dangers of Tokenism

There is also a narrative built up that Ava DuVernay should make a Star Wars film because the franchise needs more diverse directors. That’s absolutely true but we need to be careful when we start making demands of artists simply because of their racial and/or gender designation.

If there are diverse filmmakers out there that have a solid concept for a Star Wars film and a creative urge to tell that story, we should do our best to promote them and see what they can bring to the series. But, we shouldn’t be nominating talented filmmakers and making them feel obligated to create certain pieces of art because they tick a certain box in terms of diversity.

If DuVernay wanted to do a Star Wars movie because she had a Star Wars story to tell, I’d be championing her as loudly as possible. But, saying she should make one because of her skin color and gender is missing the very point of diversity and equality.

Star Wars Scrutiny

It’s also possible that DuVernay is staying away from Star Wars because she just doesn’t need the hassle. Star Wars is the most recognizable brand in the history of entertainment. That notoriety brings with it a cadre of followers that pick apart every detail to the bones. And if they decide to, they can become incredibly harsh.

Just ask Rian Johnson. After The Last Jedi (which I loved), the writer/director of that film was plagued with online harassment and fan criticisms that bordered on ridiculous. Johnson has been incredible with his handling of certain entitled fans, but it’s likely that DuVernay just doesn’t want to invite that kind of appraisal towards her work.

Of course, there are plenty of fans who disliked The Last Jedi and didn’t go about their complaints in an insulting or intrusive manner. But, we have to acknowledge that those sects of fandoms exist. If DuVernay doesn’t have an interest in opening herself up to that world, who could blame her?

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Get excited about Ava DuVernay’s next project, no matter what that project might be.

Probably the most exciting thing about Ava DuVernay not being interested in Star Wars is that this means she might make something entirely new in the cinematic landscape. Fans are often lamenting the lack of new stories on the big screen. So, shouldn’t we see DuVernay’s disinterest in Star Wars as the opportunity for her to craft something new?

DuVernay is a powerful and important voice in the world of film, and the idea that she can branch out and make whatever she wants is exhilarating. If she committed to a Star Wars film, that means a lengthy production cycle that could affect her chances of making something else. And we need strong and opinionated filmmakers making what they feel is important now more than ever.

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Who Was Alan Smithee, and Why Did He Make So Many Terrible Movies?

Alan Smithee was a terrible filmmaker. In a career that spanned more than three decades, Smithee tackled pretty much every genre, helming comedies, thrillers, westerns, horror, drama, science-fiction — the lot. And his films were almost always bad. Like Uwe Boll bad.

In between, he tried his hand at TV, cartoons, music videos, comic books and video games, with inevitably disastrous results. While Alan also — somewhat bizarrely — re-edited a bunch of films for TV and planes, with the Smithee cut almost always inferior.

But who was Alan Smithee? Where did he come from? Why did his work stink? And how did his name become synonymous with bad filmmaking? Smithee’s story is a strange one that’s filled with twists, turns, and cameos from the likes of Sylvester Stallone, Whitney Houston, The Mighty Ducks, David Lynch, and Homer Simpson. His tale proving that — in Hollywood at least — fact is frequently stranger than fiction.

Who Was Alan Smithee?


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Alan Smithee is not, was not, and never has been a real person. Rather, he was the pseudonym used by directors who wished to disown a project. When a filmmaker felt that they had lost control of a movie, or that it had been altered or changed against their wishes, they could appeal to the Director’s Guild of America (DGA), and if successful, their name would be removed and replaced by that of Alan Smithee.

When it comes to feature films, the Alan Smithee moniker was used more than 30 times in 30 years. Catchfire (1990) is maybe the most famous example, with Dennis Hopper removing his name until his own director’s cut was released on video.

Sequels to The Birds, The Mighty Ducks and Hellraiser also carry the credit, as well as a National Lampoon flick (1995’s Senior Trip), a TV movie about OJ Simpson, and a star-studded Hollywood satire called Burn Hollywood Burn. But more on that later.

On TV, Alan Smithee is credited on episodes of The Twilight Zone, La Femme Nikita, Tiny Toon Adventures, and the MacGuyver pilot. While the video for Whitney Houston’s ‘I Will Always Love You’ is also a Smithee joint.

As for the TV versions of movies that directors are so seldom fond of, several big names took advantage of the Smithee loophole, with Michael Mann using it for Heat and The Insider, Martin Brest employing it for Meet Joe Black, and David Lynch crediting the TV version of Dune to Alan Smithee. While at the same time changing his writing credit to Judas Booth, a very Lynchian combination of Judas Iscariot and John Wilkes Booth.

The Birth of Alan Smithee

It all started with a 1969 film called Death of a Gunfighter, a western about the people of a Texas town ousting their old-fashioned marshal. Robert Totten spent around 25 days in the director’s chair, but clashes with the film’s star Richard Widmark saw him removed and replaced by Don Siegel, who shot for a further 10.

When the film was finished, Siegel didn’t want to take credit for Death of a Gunfighter, and neither did Totten. So the Director’s Guild had a problem. They listened to both sides of the argument, believed Totten and Siegel to be in the right, and so decided to credit the western to a fictional director.

They needed a name that was not only unique and believable, but also generic enough to not draw attention to itself. For fear of undermining both the Guild and the station of director as the ultimate author of a film. The name they came up with was… Allen Smithee.

Which initially confused critics, with esteemed scribe Rober Ebert stating in his review for Death of a Gunfighter: “Director Allen Smithee, a name I’m not familiar with, allows his story to unfold naturally. He never preaches, and he never lingers on the obvious.”

The New York Times was also duped, Howard Thompson claiming: “The mounting tension is well-spun. Using the color and camera graphically, Mr. Smithee has an adroit facility for scanning faces and extracting background detail.”

The con was on. Allen was turned into Alan for a retroactive change to Burt Reynolds film Fade In, and with that, Smithee’s career was up-and-running; critics and audiences alike blissfully unaware that he didn’t actually exist.

Smithee Controversies


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Tony Kaye (l) directing Edward Norton (r) on the set of American History X.

For much of his career, Smithee toiled away silently. Mainly due to DGA rules forbidding a director from discussing their experience once they had successfully navigated arbitration. But there were also controversies along the way.

Second Assistant Director Anderson House was one of the only ADs to use the pseudonym, and the circumstances surrounding his decision were tragic. Anderson was working on Twilight Zone: The Movie, during which star Vic Morrow and two child actors — Myca Dinh Le and Renee Shitt Chen — were killed in a helicopter accident. A lengthy court case followed. Director John Landis was tried, and acquitted, of voluntary manslaughter. And House disassociated himself from the film by having his name removed.

In 1998, director Tony Kaye tried to invoke Alan Smithee — or alternatively Humpty Dumpty — for American History X, claiming that both Edward Norton and the studio were meddling with his vision for the movie. He spent thousands of dollars denouncing Norton in the press. Lobbied to have his name replaced. And filed a lawsuit against the DGA. But they refused, claiming that by making the feud so public, Kaye had made it impossible to disconnect himself from the film, and a change in credit therefore pointless.

Finally — and somewhat less seriously — in 1998 Simpsons episode ‘D’oh-in’ in the Wind’ Mr. Burns directs a recruitment video for the Springfield Nuclear Power Plant. But he’s so dissatisfied with the result — largely due to Homer’s performance — that he removes his name and replaces it with… you guessed it: Alan Smithee.

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The Death of Alan Smithee

While industry folk quickly realised what was going on with Alan Smithee, the DGA didn’t want the general public to get wind of the truth. For fear that the name would simply become a mark of poor quality. And evidence that they were basically lying to audiences. But the above incidents took the name into the mainstream. And then Burn Hollywood Burn happened.

A 1998 feature that was written and produced by Joe Eszterhas, the film’s full title is An Alan Smithee Film: Burn Hollywood Burn. It stars Eric Idle as a film director who helms a movie called Trio. But when he sees the studio’s cut of the movie, he disavows it. Trouble is, his own name is Alan Smithee, and so unable to use the accepted pseudonym, he instead steals the film and holds it hostage.

The film featured cameos from the likes of Sylvester Stallone, Whoopi Goldberg and Jackie Chan, which made it big news. It also became a monumental flop and won a bunch of Golden Raspberries, which made it even bigger news. And in a plot-twist fitting of a film much better than Burn Hollywood Burn, director Arthur Hiller claimed that Eszterhas interfered with his efforts, and successfully removed his name from the credits. Meaning An Alan Smithee film was ultimately directed by Alan Smithee.

This was an all-out disaster for the DGA, and the immense negative publicity that surrounded Burn Hollywood Burn left them little choice but to retire the name. Effectively killing Alan Smithee for good.

The moniker still appears from time-to-time, as a movie in-joke, or on titles that don’t fall under DGA jurisdiction. But when it comes to American feature films, Alan Smithee is no more. Signalling the end of one of the worst careers in Hollywood history.

But that isn’t the end of the Smithee story. In Alan’s absence, successors have appeared in his place, to signify a disaster behind the scenes, in front of the camera, or both. A prime example is horrendous sci-fi flick Supernova, on which director Walter Hill had himself removed and replaced by ‘Thomas Lee’ in somewhat mischievous fashion. As there’s a whole page-full of Thomas Lees on IMDB.

So keep your eyes peeled, as the next Alan Smithee is probably out there already. Putting the finishing touches to some celluloid disaster. Arguing with suits from the studio. Or very possibly headlining the credits of that terrible film you just saw.

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Were Quentin Tarantino’s Movies Ever Actually Feminist?

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Quentin Tarantino probably feels like his beleaguered Bride from Kill Bill this week, with the combination of Uma Thurman’s New York Times interview about the accident she was forced to endure on one of his film sets and the resurfacing of his Howard Stern interview where he defended Roman Polanski’s rape of 13-year-old Samantha Geimer in 1977. It makes you wonder: as more about Tarantino’s past, his cavalier attitude toward statutory rape, and his behavior toward the actresses in his films comes to light, should we re-examine the films of his that have been dubbed feminist?

Tarantino has expressed regret for his comments about Geimer from 2003. Of the rape, Tarantino said, “He didn’t rape a 13-year-old. It was statutory rape. That’s not quite the same thing. … He had sex with a minor. That’s not rape. To me, when you use the word ‘rape,’ you’re talking about violent, throwing them down; it’s like one of the most violent crimes in the world. Throwing the word ‘rape’ around is like throwing the word ‘racist’ around. It doesn’t apply to everything that people use it for. He was guilty of having sex with a minor.”

He continued to insist that the sex was consensual and that Geimer was a “party girl” who “wanted it.” Geimer has since refuted the claim.

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Valentine’s Day can be rough for those of us who are a little jaded towards all that lovey-dovey stuff. Maybe you want to get into the spirit of the holiday but in a darker, less conventional way. Well, we’ve got some flicks for you.

If you like Valentine’s Day candy to be nothing but dark chocolate, here are some black-hearted flicks you can watch while everyone else is making googly eyes at each other.

Blue Velvet (1986)

Available on Amazon Prime.

David Lynch is fascinated with examining characters who are seduced and corrupted by the darker forces of existence. Never has that been better explored than in Blue Velvet. The story revolves around naive young man Jeffrey Beaumont (Kyle MacLachlan) discovering a severed ear in a field. As he investigates this morbid mystery, he crosses paths with sultry lounge singer Dorothy Vallens (Isabella Rossellini) and becomes entranced by her. His obsession with Dorothy leads him into a confrontation with the terrifying Frank Booth (Dennis Hopper) and Jeffrey plunges even deeper into an underworld of depravity.

It’s a twisted romance that could only come from the brilliantly demented mind behind Twin Peaks. It’s a difficult and disturbing watch but it’s also one of the best films on this list.

Heathers (1988)

Available on Netflix and Hulu.

Teenage love is often the most tumultuous kind of love. Well, what happens when you throw a little homicide into the mix? That’s what Veronica (Winona Ryder) is dealing with when she falls head over heels for bad boy J.D. (Christia Slater). The two of them end up embarking on a semi-unintentional murder spree and decide to make the killings look like pretentious suicides. Of course, the town turns these kids into posthumous heroes and J.D. becomes obsessed with turning even more teenagers into corpses.

Heathers is a biting bit of satire with a kooky romance as its beating heart. It’s got rapid-fire humor and wonderful chemistry between its two leads. This is a mandatory high school movie.

Bride of Chucky (1998)

Available on HBO NOW.

The Child’s Play franchise had gotten a tad stale after three entries, but Bride of Chucky revitalized the whole series and gave Chucky (Brad Dourif) a romantic foil in the form of the hilarious and super hot Tiffany (Jennifer Tilly). After resurrecting Chucky, Tiffany gets her soul transferred to a doll as well. The two embark on a quest to find some new vessels to possess and they end up hitching along with two eloping lovers, Jade (Katherine Heigl) and Jesse (Nick Stabile). Along the way, they do what slasher villains do best: slice and dice.

Bride of Chucky is a darkly comedic blast, and the deranged relationship between Chucky and Tiffany is bizarrely touching. Just wait until you get to their, ahem, most romantic scene.

Audition (1999)

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Finding love can be very difficult. What if you held a fake audition for an acting role as a cover to find a date? Audition puts forth that concept and it does not turn out well. Because one of the auditioning women, Asami (Eihi Shiina), ends up being one of the most horrific and obsessive individuals ever portrayed on film. When things go sour, she kidnaps her date and proceeds to torture and mutilate him in ways that will make you cover your eyes and scream.

Audition is an endurance test for many viewers. For those who can make it through, it’s a hell of a horror film.

Let the Right One In (2008)

Available on Hulu and Shudder.

Being an outcast is tough, especially when you’re a child. Oskar (Kåre Hedebrant) is a loner kid living in Stockholm. But, he soon befriends Eli (Lina Leandersson), the strange and quiet girl who just moved in next door. They strike up a friendship and even a romance, but it’s not long before Oskar realizes what’s so special about Eli: she’s a vampire.

Let the Right One In is a violent exploration of companionship and accepting the darker parts of our nature. It’s also the kind of charming romance we rarely see in films centered around very young characters. This is a brutally honest and equally heartfelt film with plenty of blood to spare.

Antichrist (2009)

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After the accidental death of their infant son, a grieving couple known only as He (Willem Dafoe) and She (Charlotte Gainsbourg) retreat to a cabin in the woods in order to repair their failing marriage. As they attempt to console each other and get to the root of their problems, nature itself begins to rebel against them in nightmarish fashion.

Antichrist is a vicious and unrelenting deep dive into the disintegration of a romance and the inescapable forces of death and decay. It’s a tough film to recommend but if you can withstand its onslaught of horror, it’s a movie that will never leave your brain.

The Loved Ones (2009)

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This one does require a rental, but out of every film on this list, The Loved Ones is the one you should seek out the most. The story centers around a high school prom, one of the biggest and most dramatic events in a teenager’s life. When the shy Lola (Robin McLeavy) is rejected by the emotionally troubled Brent (Xavier Samuel), she kidnaps him and sets up her own version of the prom. And Brent isn’t the first boy she’s done this too …

The Loved Ones is a perverse and shocking twist on the melodrama of high school romance, and it will definitely go to places you won’t expect. It’s an ugly and truly excellent flick for anyone who has ever felt rejected.

My Bloody Valentine (2009)

Available on Amazon Prime and Hulu.

This remake of the 1981 slasher goes for full-on goofy charm and it works. Centered around a local mine, the grisly events play out around Valentine’s Day so it’s also a very appropriately themed entry in this list. It delivers the kind of slasher fare you expect — gory kills, a masked killer, and even a mystery — but its 3D production adds an extra layer of silly charm to all the bloody ridiculousness.

If you can’t hunt down the original, it makes for a solid double feature with this polished remake. But, this is the one that’s easily available and it’s well worth your time during the Valentine’s Day holiday.

The Last Circus (2010)

Available on Shudder.

Two circus clowns, Javier (Carlos Areces) and Sergio (Antonio de la Torre), battle over the love and affection of the trapeze artist, Natalia (Carolina Bang). All three of them are sadistic and deeply disturbed, and it leads to the kinds of unbelievable escalation that American films are afraid to try. The movie is actually a deep metaphor for the history of Spain, but even removed from that perspective, The Last Circus works as a ferocious descent into obsession and violence.

It’s a truly bonkers film that needs to be seen to be believed.

I Saw the Devil (2010)

Available on Hulu and Shudder.

How far would you go to punish someone who murdered the love of your life? I Saw the Devil asks that question and the answers it comes up with aren’t pretty. When secret agent Kim Soo-hyeon (Byung-hun Lee) discovers the decapitated head of his fiancé, he decides to hunt down the killer on his own and play a sick game of cat-and-mouse.

I Saw the Devil is one of the best Korean films of all time, and for anyone who has ever wanted to enact harsh revenge on someone will understand its particular perspective.

Maniac (2012)

Available on Shudder.

Maniac might be the most difficult film to watch on this list. It’s primarily told from the first-person perspective of Frank (Elijah Wood), a serial killer who targets young women and scalps them. But when he becomes acquaintanced with Anna (Nora Arnezeder), his world begins to fall apart and reality starts to come crashing down.

Maniac is a horror masterpiece but it’s also one that is going to be tough to stomach for most viewers. Putting yourself in the shoes of a serial killer is difficult, but it’s also a tragically heartbreaking tale that ends in a frenzy of nightmares. You’ve been warned.

The Lobster (2015) (Amazon Prime)

Available on Amazon Prime.

The Lobster presents the audience with a ludicrous concept. People live in a compound and are forced to find a mate within a certain time period. If they don’t, they are turned into an animal of their choosing. David (Colin Farrell) is trying his best to find someone but nothing is working out. It’s when he comes across a Short-Sighted Woman (Rachel Weisz) from a very different collective that things start to feel right. But, her group has their own set of particular rules.

The Lobster is incredibly dry-witted and bleak and leaves the audience with a difficult choice to make by the movie’s end. If you’ve felt cynical about finding love, this is a movie that might give you something to mull over.

Hounds of Love (2016) (Hulu)

Available on Hulu.

Australian filmmaker Ben Young crafts this skin-crawling thriller about a disturbed couple, Evelyn (Emma Booth) and John (Stephen Curry), who kidnap teenager Vicki (Ashleigh Cummings). As Vicki discovers exactly who these people are, she uses their issues with each other to help her escape. Hounds of Love is a creepy look at two truly broken and awful people who are both perfect for each other and doomed to destroy themselves.

Like other films on this list, Hounds of Love is designed to make you uncomfortable. If that’s not your thing, this list probably isn’t for you. But, if it is for you, Hounds of Love is not a movie to miss.

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Game of Thrones Creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss Will Helm New Series of Star Wars Movies

The eighth and final season of Game of Thrones may still be over a year away, but that isn’t stopping creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss from lining up new projects to tackle following the show’s conclusion — specifically ones that require a trip to a whole new galaxy.

Lucasfilm announced on Tuesday that the famed showrunner duo is set to write and produce a new series of Star Wars movies that will be separate from both the episodic Skywalker saga and the previously announced Rian Johnson-helmed trilogy.

However, the pair is clearly aware what Thrones fans think their priority should be right now. “In the summer of 1977 we traveled to a galaxy far, far away, and we’ve been dreaming of it ever since,” Benioff and Weiss said in a joint statement. “We are honored by the opportunity, a little terrified by the responsibility, and so excited to get started as soon as the final season of Game of Thrones is complete.”


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New Series of 'Star Wars' Movies to Be Made by 'Game of Thrones' Creators

The Star Wars movies as we know them will come to an end next year, with Episode IX of the "Skywalker Saga" finishing out the original storyline. But that certainly won't be all for the franchise. Besides a potential Obi-Wan Kenobi standalone arriving in 2020, there's also a new trilogy in the works from The Last Jedi writer/director Rian Johnson. And now, directly from Lucasfilm (via StarWars.com), comes word of another series of movies from…

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Super Bowl Movie Trailers 2018

You know how I was telling you that the Super Bowl LII game on Sunday will be peppered with plenty of new trailers. Well, that’s exactly what happened between the Eagles and Patriots’ hot plays last night. But little did I know that so many of the hottest movies coming this year will get new Super Bowl trailers.

Think Avengers: Infinity War, the first Han Solo movie, the Jurassic World sequel, as well as Tom Cruise’s new Mission Impossible. Let’s check out all of them.

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The 2018 Sundance Movies To Put On Your Must-Watch List

We spent several days in the mountains of Park City, Utah attending this year’s Sundance Film Festival. Want the inside track on which indie films you should put on your movie-watching radar for 2018? Here are ten of our favorites…

 

Eighth Grade

Watch it because… it’s the best coming-of-age movie for right now. Its instantly memorable characters and scenarios are in many ways universal, and not many teen films are able to inject as much honesty…

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The Tale Fits the Moment

The Tale, Jennifer Fox's autobiographical drama about her own childhood sexual abuse, is one of the most notable dramas of Sundance, easily aligned with #TimesUp and #MeToo. And the…

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When You Can See the Big Movies in 2019

It might be the start of 2018, but we’re already looking ahead to the big movies hitting screens in 2019. The following is therefore all the release dates we could gather together. Though with schedule changes, productions being pushed back, directors walking (see Gambit below!) and blockbusters jockeying for the big weekends, we’ll update as and when movies move.

Hellboy

Release Date: US — January 11; UK — TBD

The Hellboy reboot — directed by Neil Marshall and starring David Harbour as ‘Big Red’ — is the first blockbuster release of 2019. And we’ve already spoken to Ian McShane about his role as Professor Broom in the movie, and more specifically about Hellboy’s daddy issues.

Glass

Release Date: US/UK — January 18


Samuel L. Jackson and Bruce Willis in Unbreakable.

This sequel to both Unbreakable AND Split brings together heroes David Dunn (Bruce Willis) and Casey Cook (Anya Taylor-Joy) to do battle with villains Mr. Glass (Samuel L. Jackson) and Kevin Crumb (James McAvoy). M. Night Shyamalan both writes and directs.

The New Mutants

Release Date: US/UK — February 22

Pushed back from its 2018 release, The New Mutants is a horror-tinged superhero movie that revolves around five mutant teens being held at a secure facility against their collective wills, and banding together to escape. Maisie Williams, Anya Taylor-Joy and Charlie Heaton all star.

Captain Marvel

Release Date: US/UK — March 8

The first movie in the MCU to focus solely on a female hero, Captain Marvel stars Brie Larson as Carol Danvers, a fighter pilot who is turned superhuman when her DNA fuses with an alien species. Jude Law co-stars as her mentor Dr. Walter Lawson, while Ben Mendelsohn is playing the as-yet-unnamed villain.

Godzilla: King of the Monsters

Release Date: US/UK — March 22

This sequel to 2014 smash-hit Godzilla sees humanity’s future hanging in the balance, with the official synopsis claiming that the story follows “the heroic efforts of the crypto-zoological agency Monarch as its members face off against a battery of god-sized monsters, including the mighty Godzilla, who collides with Mothra, Rodan, and his ultimate nemesis, the three-headed King Ghidorah.” Mike Dougherty directs.

Avengers 4

Release Date: UK — April 26; US — May 3



The as-yet-untitled sequel to the forthcoming Avengers: Infinity War. As with that film, Avengers 4 will be written by Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, directed by Anthony Russo and Joe Russo, and feature the superheroes who survive this summer’s encounter with Thanos.

John Wick: Chapter 3

Release Date: US — May 17; UK — TBD


Keanu Reeves as John Wick.

In this eagerly anticipated action threequel — which will kick off moments after Chapter 2 ends — John Wick (Keanu Reeves) heads to both Spain and Russia. And reportedly does battle with the head of a Japanese crime syndicate, played by Hiroyuki Sanada. Cassian (Common), Ares (Ruby Rose) and the Bowery King (Laurence Fishburne) all return.

Aladdin

Release Date: US/UK — May 24


Robin Williams played the genie in the animated film.

In this live-action remake of the animated Disney classic, Will Smith replaces Robin Williams as the genie, while Guy Ritchie directs from a script by John August.

Gambit

Release Date: US/UK — June 7


Channing Tatum will be playing Gambit in the movie.

Inspired by the success of the standalone Deadpool movie, Fox fast-tracked a solo Gambit flick, but then their directors kept dropping out. In the last couple of years, Gambit has lost Rupert Wyatt, Doug Liman and Gore Verbinski. And with the director’s chair still currently vacant, there’s a strong chance this date may yet move.

Untitled Men in Black Movie

Release Date: US — June 14; UK — TBD


No idea yet whether these guys will be appearing.

No word yet on whether this will be a sequel, spin-off or reboot of the Men in Black franchise. What we do know is that Iron Man and Transformers: The Last Knight scribes Matt Holloway and Art Marcum are writing the script, while Steven Spielberg will again be executive producing.

Toy Story 4

Release Date: US/UK — June 21


Woody and Buzz are coming back.

Toy Story 4 is less a sequel to Toy Story 3, and more a standalone movie, apparently focussing on the burgeoning relationship between Woody and Bo Peep. Most of the beloved voice cast returns, while Patricia Arquette joins proceedings in an as-yet-unspecified role.

Untitled Transformers Sequel


We’re guessing this guy will make an appearance in Transformers 7.

Release Date: US — June 28; UK — TBD

This one has a date. But that’s about it. Though with Unicron‘s horns poking up through the earth at the end of the last movie, and Quintessa revealing herself to be very much alive during the post-credit sting, we reckon both will play a part in the sequel.

Spider-Man: Homecoming Sequel

Release Date: US — July 5; UK — TBD


Tom Holland as Peter Parker in Spider-Man Homecoming.

With the new Spider-Man movies looking to follow the Harry Potter template of having each story play out in a new school year, the Homecoming sequel will take place during Peter Parker’s junior year of High School. Tom Holland again plays Spidey, while Jon Watts is back in the director’s chair.

Top Gun: Maverick

Release Date: US/UK — July 12


Tom Cruise has given a Top Gun sequel the thumbs up.

Some 33 years after the release of the original, Tom Cruise returns as Maverick for a second slice of airborne Top Gun action. Cruise has said that the aviators are coming back, while the story will again concern some kind of competition. Joseph Kosinski — who previously directed Cruise in Oblivion — is on helming duty.

The Lion King

Release Date: UK — July 19; US — July 26

Another live-action remake of an animated Disney classic, this one features an all-star cast that includes Donald Glover (Simba), Beyonce (Nala), Chiwetel Ejiofor (Scar) Billy Eichner (Timon) and Seth Rogen (Pumbaa), while James Earl Jones reprises his role as Musafa. Because no one else can match that voice.

Untitled Tarantino Movie

Release Date: US — August 19; UK — TBD


Leonardo DiCaprio – seen here in Django Unchained – will be re-teaming with Tarantino.

Quentin Tarantino and Leonardo DiCaprio re-team for this period piece, set in LA against the background of the Manson murders. Leo plays a former TV actor trying to get back into movies, while Margot Robbie, Al Pacino and Brad Pitt may also star.

It: Chapter 2

Release Date: US — September 6; UK — TBD


Pennywise WILL return.

It: Chapter 1 only adapted the childhood portion of Stephen King’s beloved book, so this sequel will tell the story of the grown-up members of the Loser’s Club again doing battle with Pennywise. We don’t yet know who will play the adult versions, but Andy Muschietti is back in the director’s chair.

Wonder Woman 2

Release Date: US — November 1; UK — TBD


Gal Gadot in the first Wonder Woman flick.

In this sequel to the best of the new crop of DC movies, director Patty Jenkins and star Gal Gadot re-team, with the story said to take place during the Cold War in the 1980s. Though don’t quote us on that.

Frozen 2

Release Date: US — November 27; UK — November 29


Disney just won’t let this one go.

Do you want to build another snowman? Because Elsa, Anna and Olaf are returning for more freezing cold action, alongside what we’re promised will be “lovable” new characters.

Masters of the Universe

Release Date: US — December 18; UK — December 20


Hopefully it will be better than this.

Dolph Lundgren failed to do He-Man justice in 1987, so Hollywood is having another go. Batman Begins scribe David S. Goyer is writing the script and may direct the tale of Adam, Prince of Eternia, who transforms into the big fella when uttering the words “By the power of Grayskull!”

Star Wars: Episode IX

Release Date: US/UK — December 20


Will the porgs return?

Never heard of this one. Don’t know what it’s about.

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20 Horror Movies to Scare You Senseless in 2018

Featuring killer sharks, killer zombies, killer nuns, killer ghosts, a killer wolf, killer parents and more, these are the 20 scary movies FANDOM is most excited about this year.

Mom and Dad

Release Date: US January 19, UK TBC


Selma Blair and Nicolas Cage in Mom and Dad.

This truly bonkers horror-comedy is a novel spin on the zombie sub-genre, with a mysterious psychosis hitting the parents of a small American town, convincing them to bump off their offspring. Nicolas Cage and Selma Blair star as a couple desperately trying to kill their kids, while the combination of hardcore violence and jet-black humour allows Cage to go FULL CAGE. If you want to know more, check out our Fantastic Fest review here.

Annihilation

Release Date: US and UK February 23

Writer-director Alex Garland’s follow-up to the brilliant Ex Machina is an adaptation of Jeff VanderMeer’s sci-fi novel of the same name. Natalie Portman is a biologist who enters a mysterious ecological disaster zone to save her husband, and judging from the trailer, it all goes horribly wrong. Weirdly, Annihilation will be released in American and Chinese cinemas in February, while it will stream on Netflix everywhere else.

The Meg

Release Date: US August 10, UK March 2


Jason Statham and Li Bing Bing behind-the-scenes on The Meg.

Here it is. The Jason Statham vs a giant prehistoric shark movie that you’ve been waiting for all your life. The plot sees Statham playing a former navy captain hired to rescue a team of scientists who have been trapped by the big fish. But let’s be honest — The Meg doesn’t need a story. Just lots of bloody Stath-on-shark action.

A Quiet Place

Release Date: US and UK April 6

Silence is golden in this high-concept horror about a family who — to avoid the evil entity that terrorises their farmhouse — has to remain silent, and therefore communicates with each other via sign language. As well as being a seriously tense affair, A Quiet Place also marks a couple of firsts for John Krasinski; the first time he’s acted opposite wife Emily Blunt, and the first time he’s directed her.

Ghost Stories

Release Date: US TBC, UK April 13

Based on the hit play of the same name, Ghost Stories is a terrifying horror anthology about endeavouring to debunk the supernatural. Andy Nyman — who both co-writes and co-directs alongside the League of Gentleman‘s Jeremy Dyson — plays a sceptic whose investigations into tales of the undead take a seriously nasty turn. Martin Freeman and Paul Whitehouse co-star.

Slender Man

Release Date: US and UK May 18

The Internet meme which became a cultural phenomenon now gets its own feature film. Slender Man is a mysterious, tall, thin, featureless figure who wears a dark suit and has unnaturally long arms. And that’s about it in terms of back-story, with this new movie filling in the blanks via a plot that concerns high school girls performing a ritual to debunk the myth, then discovering it to be real. If you want to find out more about Slender Man, check out our ‘Quick Guide’ here.

The Nun

Release Date: US July 13, UK August 10

The ‘Conjuring Shared Universe’ continues to expand. We’ve already had a pair of Conjuring movies and a couple of Annabelles. And this summer sees the release of Conjuring 2 spin-off The Nun. This one journeys back to 1952 and revolves around the mysterious death of the title character. Corin Hardy — whose last film was the visually arresting The Hallow — directs, while Taissa Farmiga stars.

The Little Stranger

Release Date: US August 31, UK TBC


Early still from The Little Stranger.

Lenny Abrahamson — the director of Room — helms this supernatural chiller set in 1947. Last Jedi star Domhnall Gleeson plays a doctor asked to visit a patient at Hundreds Hall, a country pile where his mother once worked as a housemaid. But it soon becomes clear that the good doctor is treating less a sickness, and more a haunting.

Slaughterhouse Rulez

Release Date: US TBC, UK September 7


Pegg and Frost, back in their Shaun of the Dead days.

Shaun of the Dead stars Simon Pegg and Nick Frost re-team for this tale of a British boarding school that becomes a bloody battleground when a mysterious sinkhole appears, unleashing what the official synopsis calls “unspeakable horror.” Michael Sheen co-stars, while Crispian Mills directs.

The House With a Clock in Its Walls

Release Date: US September 21, UK October 19


The original ‘House’ novel.

Hostel helmer Eli Roth has made a horror movie for kids! The House With a Clock in Its Walls is based on the bestselling book of the same name by John Bellair, and stars Cate Blanchett and Jack Black. The story concerns a 10-year-old orphan sent to live with his uncle, who just happens to be a warlock. Living next to a good witch. All of whom end up trying to stop black magic from destroying the world.

Halloween

Release Date: US and UK October 19


Michael Myers with Jamie Lee Curtis.

Pretty much the biggest horror release of the year, the new Halloween will be a direct sequel to the original, with Jamie Lee Curtis again playing Laurie, and Nick Castle returning as her masked assailant, Michael Myers. The film is about to shoot in South Carolina, with David Gordon Green directing a script that he has written with Danny McBride. And John Carpenter is crafting a brand-new and soon-to-be-iconic score for the flick.

Ravenous

Release Date: US and UK TBC


Marc-Andre Grondin in Ravenous.

Also known as Les AffamésRavenous is yet another zombie flick, though this French-Canadian effort is a little more cerebral. On the surface, the film revolves around the residents of a small town in rural Quebec dealing with the return of the dead. But there’s much more to Robin Aubert’s satire, the zombies seeming to form their own society and culture, and the film dealing with the threat that group thought and mob mentality pose to minorities and the individual.

The Endless

Release Date: US and UK TBC

Justin Benson and Arron Moorehead — the dynamic duo behind indie horror hits Revolution and Spring — make it three-for-three with their latest effort The Endless. And they star in this one too, playing a pair of brothers who return to the cult they escaped from as kids, only to discover that they might have been wrong about their former family. As it’s these guys, expect a thoughtful horror flick, combined with a few twists and turns.

Possum

Release Date: US and UK TBC


Sean Harris in Possum.

Writer-director Matthew Holness (Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace) cites Martin, Dead of Night, Don’t Look Now and The Innocents as influences on Possum, so we’re expecting great things. The always terrifying Sean Harris plays a disgraced puppeteer who returns to his childhood home to confront a cruel stepfather and face the traumas of his past. Possum meanwhile, is the hideous hand-puppet who joins him on his journey of self-discovery.

Mandy

Release Date: UK and US TBC


More Nic Cage.

Another Nic Cage horror, though this one sounds a bit more serious. Panos Cosmatos — of Beyond the Black Rainbow fame — writes and directs, with the film set in 1983, and starring Cage as “a broken and haunted man who hunts the religious sect that slaughtered the love of his life.” The brilliant Andrea Riseborough co-stars.

Lords of Chaos

Release Date: UK and UK TBC


Lords of Chaos debuts at Sundance later this month.

Jonas Åkerlund (Spun) co-writes and directs this tale of Norwegian black metal pioneers Mayhem, a story that features violent stage performances, churches being burnt down, and murder. Rory Culkin plays guitarist Øystein Aarseth, who co-founded the band and was a major player in the black metal scene until he was stabbed to death by musician Varg Vikernes (Emory Cohen) in 1993.

The Cured

Release Date: US and UK TBC

More zombies! Set in Ireland soon after a virus has wiped out much of the human race, The Cured examines that aftermath, as mankind struggles to rebuild. Survivors deal with PTSD as they struggle to come to terms with their violent actions against the walking dead, while the rise of a terrorist movement threatens yet more conflict. Ellen Page both produces and stars.

Suspiria

Release Date: US and UK TBC


Suspiria teaser poster.

Dario Argento’s Suspiria is one of the greatest horror movies of all-time, so Luca Guadagino (I Am Love, A Bigger Splash) is a brave man endeavouring to remake the tale of strange goings-on at a dance academy. But he’s assembled a top-notch cast in the shape of Tilda Swinton, Dakota Johnson, Chloe Grace Moretz and Mia Goth. And Swinton has recently gone on record to say that this new version — which is set in Berlin in 1977 — will be a completely different movie.

Hold the Dark

Release Date: US and UK TBC


The book on which Hold the Dark is based.

Blue Ruin and Green Room collaborators Jeremy Saulnier and Macon Blair re-team for this thriller about a rogue wolf terrorising an Alaskan village. Based on a 2014 novel by William Giraldi, the film shot in Alberta, Canada, with a cast that features Alexander Skarsgård, Jeffrey Wright, James Badge Dale and Riley Keough. Hold the Dark hits Netflix sometime this year.

Overlord

Release Date: US and UK October 26


Might Overlord feature an early appearance by the Cloverfield monster?

In April we’ve got the third film from the ‘Cloverfield Shared Universe‘ in the shape of God Particle. Then in October — if the rumours are correct — we’ll get a fourth in the shape of Overlord. Produced by Bad Robot and J.J. Abrams, the film is set during WWII and concerns two American paratroopers shot down over Normandy and discovering that the Nazis are using supernatural forces against the Allies. Cloverfield or not, it sounds awesome.

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The Three Highest-Grossing Movies of 2017 All Had One Awesome Thing in Common

Two days into 2018, and we're still thinking about 2017. Looking back, there were some things to celebrate about the year at the movies. And they're the kinds of things that could carry on into the new year and beyond. 

For instance, the top three highest-grossing titles on the domestic box office chart — Star Wars: The Last Jedi ($ 533 million), Beauty and the Beast ($ 504 million), and Wonder Woman ($ 413 million) — all featured strong female protagonists. As…

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These Apps Provide Free Movies, Audiobooks and More Thanks to Your Library

When I first read J.K. Rowling’s “Harry Potter” series, I dreamed of visiting the magical Hogwarts library. (Yeah, I’m a book nerd.) After working in a real library for four years, I’ve realized we muggles have got some secret magic too — and it’s not just in book form.

You don’t have to be a nerd to appreciate the hidden world of virtual resources, which are offered by many U.S. public libraries. Do you want to stream music, movies and audiobooks? Check out a hundred magazines? Learn a new skill? You can do all of this through your local public library — for free.

Even better, you don’t have to be at a library to use these tools. You can experience these resources at home or on-the-go. (FYI, some of the content I’m going to tell you about — like particular movies or magazines — may vary from library to library.)

Grab your library card and read on.          

Hoopla

With Hoopla streaming service, you can watch movies and TV shows, listen to music and audiobooks and read eBooks or comics. Plus, the site is beautifully designed, both as a desktop browser and app. (Check out the app via Apple, Google and Amazon.) Your library will limit how many titles you can check out with Hoopla — for example, my library restricts me to 10 total items per month.

Here’s how to get the most out of this service:  

Music

Get pumped with the alternative beats of Imagine Dragons’ “Evolve,” and entertain your kids with the “Moana” soundtrack. Unlike the radio, you won’t have to hear ads. If you add a musician to your “favorites” section, Hoopla will let you know the next time it acquires one of their albums.

Audiobooks

Hoopla has a “huge selection of audiobooks,” according to Angela Falsey, adult services coordinator for the St. Petersburg Library System. “I’ve found that our patrons who use e-audiobooks really like Hoopla,” she said.

If you only listen to one audiobook this year, make it “The Raven Boys” by Maggie Stiefvater. Narrator Will Patton’s gravelly, evocative voice brings the quirky characters in this fantasy adventure to life. If you enjoy falling asleep to a story, Hoopla’s “sleep timer” will let you drift off without missing a chapter.

Movies and TV Shows

Looking for a new favorite movie? Hoopla will match you to new content based on what you’ve already watched. I’ve found that the movies and TV shows are mostly older titles, rather than new releases, but that shouldn’t dissuade you — you might rediscover a classic.

I’d recommend Hoopla’s recent acquisition, “Barefoot in the Park” — a witty comedy based on the play by Neil Simon. If you want to binge a great TV show, borrow season one of “Humans” — a stand-out science fiction series that explores the world of sentient robots.

eBooks

With Hoopla, you’ll never have to wait for an eBook to become available to check it out. If they have the title you want, you can read it immediately.

If you read one eBook a month with Hoopla, rather than purchasing it through Amazon, you might save at least $ 3.99 a month. (That’s the current price of “How to Unplug,” as of November 2017.)

Graphic novels and Comics

You’ll be impressed by Hoopla’s variety. Along with audiobooks, “the other thing Hoopla is really strong in is graphic novels and comics,” Falsey says. Enjoy classics like Charles Schulz’ “Peanuts” or dive into the gory world of Robert Kirkman’s “The Walking Dead.”

If you enjoy streaming audiobooks, movies and music through Hoopla, you can even cancel your Audible, Netflix and Spotify accounts. Canceling Audible would save $ 14.95 a month, canceling Netflix would save $ 7.99 a month and canceling Spotify Premium would save $ 9.99 a month.

OverDrive

Remember when I said you could only check out a certain number of titles a month through Hoopla? That’s why you also need OverDrive. This streaming service offers an unlimited number of videos, eBooks and audiobooks. (According to my library’s rules, you can only have six items checked out at a time, but once you return them, you’re allowed to keep streaming more.)

You can use the desktop browser or the mobile app. If you use the app, you have two options: the traditional Overdrive app, and the newer, more streamlined Libby app.

With its cartoon of a smiling librarian, Libby is designed to welcome first-time users. Use it to read eBooks and listen to audiobooks.

While not as cool as Libby, the traditional Overdrive app offers even more features. Use it to read eBooks, listen to audiobooks and stream videos. If you use programs like TalkBack or VoiceOver, you’ll appreciate the Overdrive app’s accessibility options.

Through my library system, OverDrive makes you wait for a title to become available before you can check it out. That means you may have to be on hold for a while before you can view a popular book like “Turtles All the Way Down.”

If you use the Libby app, it will tell you exactly how long you’ll have to wait before a title becomes available. You can also keep track of your eBooks with emoji ratings: thumbs up (loved it), thumbs down (hated it) or a stack of books (want to read).

Whichever app you choose, you’ll love Overdrive’s collection of popular titles. Here’s what to read, watch and listen to this fall:

eBooks

Check out John Green’s latest novel, “Turtles All the Way Down.” Filled with Green’s sharp dialogue, it’s an unflinching depiction of life with an anxiety disorder. (I think it’s his best work.)

Movies

“Silver Linings Playbook” may have been released in 2012, but the chemistry between Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence is timeless. If you’re worried about what your kids may watch, you can use “audience filters” to make sure your children are browsing age-appropriate content.

Audiobooks

Check out “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” by Stieg Larsson, narrated by Simon Vance. Detective Lisbeth Salander is one of the most electric protagonists I’ve ever encountered. Her story will keep you up all night until you finish. But if you do want to rest your eyes, the OverDrive app offers a sleep timer similar to Hoopla’s.

If you use Overdrive and Hoopla together, you can save about $ 37 by cancelling Netflix, Spotify and Audible and by purchasing fewer eBooks.

Lynda

Lynda is a platform for online training that boasts over 6,000 courses.

“I love Lynda,” said Falsey, explaining that some of the in-depth courses “are comparable to a class you would take at a local college.”

Most of the classes are focused on technology or business, said Jessica Rehbaum, principal librarian for the Tampa-Hillsborough County Public Library. She appreciates Lynda’s user-friendly features, like the transcripts offered along with each video. You can even “adjust the speed at which the instructor is speaking.”

That’s the brilliance of Lynda: You can learn at your own pace. Watch a 10-minute video on graphic design. Embark on a 14-hour “learning path” to become a C++ developer. Check out a 45-minute training on creative thinking. These high-quality videos are updated frequently, so you’re sure to have engaging and current content.

The only downside? The mobile app may not work with your library, so you may need to use Lynda through its web browser. Check with your local librarian for more details.

As of November 2017, Lynda costs $ 19.99 per month for a basic subscription. If you use your library account to access its services, you’re saving almost $ 20 a month.

RBdigital

RBdigital offers a huge selection of popular magazines in digital form with no limitations on the number of magazines you can read.

Check out “American Girl” for your kids, (I really hope that magazine is still popular, or else I’ve just outed myself as a 90s kid.), enjoy recipe ideas with the latest issue of Martha Stewart Living or explore the world with National Geographic.

To find a new favorite, try displaying the magazines by your genre of interest (Food and Cooking, Crafts, etc). Hit “Checkout” to put your magazines on your digital shelf. These magazines won’t disappear from your collection unless you choose to delete them.

“When you check out a magazine,” Falsey said, “it’s basically yours to keep.”

The best feature? Zinio offers to email you when the next issue comes out, so you’ll never miss a story.

If you’re used to reading a magazine in print, it can be an adjustment to read a digital copy. You might have to zoom in and out on a page to read it properly. After a while, your eyes will adjust — and it’s totally worth the savings.

Zinio is also available as an app (via Apple, Google and Amazon), so you can take the magazines with you wherever you go.

Even if you get a great deal for a digital subscription, it will likely still cost you $ 1 per month for each magazine. (National Geographic is running a special, as of November 2017, that offers 12 issues for $ 12.) If you read five magazines a month through RBdigital, it would save you $ 5 a month.

Let’s add up all these savings. Using Hoopla and OverDrive instead of Netflix, Audible, Spotify and Amazon eBooks could save you $ 37 a month. Learning through Lynda could save you $ 20. Reading magazines through RBdigital could save you $ 5. That’s a total of $ 62 a month in savings.

Do you still feel unsure about using these resources? Are you wondering whether your particular library offers them all? Try visiting your local librarian or chat with one online. (Some states, like Florida, offer virtual librarians.) They’ll be thrilled to show you the world of online tools. When your friends ask you how you’ve saved so much money, you can tell them. Magic.

Emily Young works at a college library and writes freelance food articles for the Tampa Bay Times. Ask her about the time she almost got eaten by a badger.

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The Most Anticipated Movies of 2018

2018 will provide fans with a plethora of films to get excited about. We’ve taken a look ahead and picked out the 25 movies we’re most excited to see in the new year. Check ’em out!

Black Panther (February 16)

Marvel kicks off the new year with the first big superhero outing of 2018. Director Ryan Coogler (Creed) brings an astounding cast to this introductory solo adventure for T’Challa, the Wakandan king who has been thrust into the outside world and must protect his home. Most likely, this is going to be the kickoff to 2018 at the movies.

Annihilation (February 23)

Alex Garland (Ex Machina) adapts the sci-fi novel by Jeff VanderMeer and boy does this look weird in all the right ways. With eerie echoes of Tarkovsky’s StalkerAnnihilation doesn’t look like it’s going to be a flick that pleases all audiences. But, that’s what we need. This is creepy sci-fi from a writer/director who is delivering something special to genre fans.

A Wrinkle in Time (March 9)

Disney corners the market on blockbuster action/fantasy, so it’s cool to see them give director Ava DuVernay (Selma) this adaptation of Madeleine L’Engle’s trippy novelA Wrinkle in Time is definitely a gamble for wide audiences, but if it pays off, it could give us a fantasy epic unlike anything we’ll see in 2018.

Tomb Raider (March 16)

Video game movies have a very, very bad track record. Will Tomb Raider reverse that curse? Alicia Vikander is a solid choice to play Lara Croft, and director Roar Uthaug (The Wave) knows how to cultivate exciting and tense action. If any movie has a chance at crafting a good video game adaptation, it’s Tomb Raider.

Pacific Rim Uprising (March 23)

The sequel to Guillermo del Toro’s 2013 cult favorite looks to be more of what fans liked about the first film: giant robots fighting giant monsters. The added bonus of Star Wars lead John Boyega at the helm could give this second film a unique flavor. At the end of the day though, it’s giant robots fighting giant monsters. Enjoy the simple pleasures.

Isle of Dogs (March 23, limited)

A new Wes Anderson movie is always a reason for excitement, but Isle of Dogs is especially awesome as it marks Anderson’s return to stop-motion animation after 2009’s excellent Fantastic Mr. Fox. If you’re not on the Wes Anderson train, this probably doesn’t look too special. But if you are, this is one of the films you should be most excited about.

Ready Player One (March 30)

Steven Spielberg adapts the immensely popular novel by Ernest Cline. No matter what, it’s clear that many fans are excited to see so many of their fandoms collide in this pop culture extravaganza. Will the story itself be able to match up to all the crazy characters we’ll see on screen? Here’s hoping.

A Quiet Place (April 6)

Horror had a banner year in 2017, but 2018 looks like it’s going to offer some smaller successes. A Quiet Place looks like it could be the most intriguing horror outing of next year. A simple premise — a family must stay perfectly quiet to avoid attracting some kind of monsters — seems like a fertile playground for some good scares.

The New Mutants (April 13)

Speaking of horror, The New Mutants is taking the X-Men universe into a whole new genre. Director Josh Boone (The Fault in Our Stars) promises that this will be an X-Men film unlike any other. And the strikingly creepy trailer seems to back that up. For me, this is one of the absolute must-sees of 2018.

Avengers: Infinity War (May 4)

You already know about this one. Marvel’s cinematic universe builds to a massive climactic showdown that will forever change the Marvel universe. I don’t need to explain to you why you should be pumped for this. You’ve probably already bought your Infinity Gauntlet foam fist for opening night.

Solo: A Star Wars Story (May 25)

The second of Disney’s experimental Star Wars Story films had an incredibly troubled production. Will the behind the scenes troubles be unimportant to the final product? How excited are fans to get a Han Solo prequel? Is it worrisome that this film comes out in five months and we still haven’t gotten a good look at it? But hey, it’s Star Wars. We’re all gonna see it.

Deadpool 2 (June 1)

Everyone’s favorite foul-mouthed mutant is back in the sequel we could never have thought we’d get. Deadpool‘s success will hopefully allow Deadpool 2 to be even wackier than its predecessor. And with David Leitch (Atomic Blonde) in the director’s chair, there could be some spectacular action in this follow-up.

Ocean’s Eight (June 8)

This newest installment in the Ocean’s franchise will switch things up by giving us an all-female cast. The ensemble is undeniably spectacular and these heist movies are always a bit of fluffy fun. No reason this shouldn’t be an easy summer win in the middle of the year.

The Incredibles 2 (June 15)

The Incredibles is one of Pixar’s most beloved films. Can a sequel with over a decade of separation from its predecessor deliver on the same magic? Writer/director Brad Bird is back for this outing, so the odds are definitely in his favor. And with superhero cinema at its peak, this could capture the pop culture at just the right time.

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (June 22)

Jurassic World was a true blockbuster in that it decimated the box office. Will the sequel do the same? It’s positioned well and has all the appeal of the other Jurassic Park films. Whether or not it can deliver the dinosaur craziness that fans love remains to be seen. But, like other films on this list, you know you’re gonna see it. So am I.

Sicario 2: Soldado (June 29)

Sicario is a masterclass in tension and horror. Nobody expected a sequel but we’re getting one and it looks… like a sequel to Sicario.  That’s not being dismissive because Sicario is great and more like it is a good thing. Plus, with the focus shifting to Benicio del Toro’s character, things are going to get very dark and very brutal. Sounds fun!

Ant-Man and the Wasp (July 6)

Another year, another batch of Marvel movies to look forward to. Ant-Man was a cheery enough little flick, but the hope is that Ant-Man and the Wasp will dive headfirst into the deeply weird and very intriguing Quantum Realm. Plus, it’ll be great to have Paul Rudd and Evangeline Lilly as a true on-screen duo. This’ll be fun.

Mission: Impossible 6 (July 27)


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The Mission: Impossible movies have been on a hot streak. The last two were utter joys and if this sixth entry can keep the magic going, there’s no reason it shouldn’t provide the simple pleasures these film provide. All it needs is some good twists, great set pieces, and some huge stunts that make it necessary to see on the big screen.

The Predator (August 3)



What makes this newest entry in the Predator franchise so anticipated are the people steering the ship: Shane Black (Iron Man 3The Nice Guys) and Fred Dekker (The Monster Squad). Black was a character in the original Predator and did uncredited rewrites on the original film. If anyone can make a sequel that lives up to the original, it’s Shane Black.

The Meg (August 10)



Jason Statham versus a giant shark. ‘Nuff said.

Venom (October 5)


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Fans have been wanting to see a good version of Venom on the big screen for years. Venom could finally give them that. With Tom Hardy in the lead role and a commitment to bringing the horror elements of the character to the forefront, this could be the movie that proves the Spider-Man universe has corners worth exploring.

Halloween (October 19)



Another entry in a long-running horror franchise wouldn’t be something worth getting too hyped about. Except, Halloween has an amazing pedigree behind it. Original writer/director/composer John Carpenter is an executive producer and will also provide the score. Hardcore horror fans David Gordon Green and Danny McBride are handling the script. This could be the best Halloween film since the original. Fingers crossed.

X-Men: Dark Phoenix (November 2)



The X-Men films have always been events for fans. But, X-Men: Dark Phoenix is especially big as it will finally bring in a cosmic element to this comic book universe. Fans love the Dark Phoenix story, and if this movie can do the story justice, it will be a big win for X-Men fans.

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (December 14)

How has it taken this long for Spider-Man to enter the world of feature animation? Well, the wait looks like it’s gonna be worth it. Into the Spider-Verse looks like a celebration of comic book imagery in the coolest of ways. Plus, we’ll finally get to see Miles Morales take up the mantle of Spider-Man on the big screen. This looks awesome.

Aquaman (December 21)



The year closes out with the only outing from the DC Extended Universe. But, it looks like it could be a surprise. Director James Wan understands blockbuster filmmaking and Jason Momoa has a charm that’s all his own. If Aquaman can grab a little bit of the same magic that made Wonder Woman such a success, the DC movies could be back on track.

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It isn’t only Hollywood that’s known for beautiful and thought-provoking animated movies. Every year, the anime industry releases various of titles for the masses to enjoy. From psychological thrillers to hilarious comedies, here are seven of the best anime movies of 2017.

7. Sword Art Online Movie: Ordinal Scale


best anime movie 2017 Sword Art Online Movie: Ordinal Scale

The online adventure continues with SAO: Ordinal Scale, but this time around, the gang will be trading in their AmuSphere for the Augma. And while the Augma is less risky than its predecessor, it seems ghosts of the past are hunting the SAO survivors.

Unlike the other adaptations of the MMORPG series, Ordinal Scale is an original work by Reki Kawahara that links between the Mother’s Rosario arc and the upcoming third season Alicization arc.

While the opinion on SAO, may be divisive, fans of the series would enjoy seeing what the guild has been up to. Once again we see Kirito and Asuna’s relationship put to the test with a familiar yet new villain. But that’s not all, the new wearable multi-device, Augma, gives a new angle to the MMORPG anime genre that lately has been stagnant and predictable.

6. Project Itoh: Genocidal Organ

Terrorism is a harsh reality that we have to live with. No matter where you go it has become something we should all be aware. First published in paperback form in 2010, Genocidal Organ was meant to be released in the fall of 2015. However, when Manglobe, the studio in charge of adapting the book, filed for bankruptcy, newly created Geno Studio took on the task.

While a lot of anime movies and shows explore terrorism from the angle of middle eastern terrorists, Genocidal Organ does the opposite. Instead, we a have a Western white man engaging in heinous plots to protect his way of life. How the film explains this twisted way of thinking stays with you long after the credits roll.

5. No Game No Life: Zero

6000 years before the dynamic duo of Sora and Shiro arrived in Disboard, chaos roamed the land. People didn’t use games to solve petty squabbles, but rather, we see a world where humanity struggles to survive a war between powerful magical groups leaving the human race to survive unimaginable odds.

With this new creative direction, No Game No Life: Zero gets rid of the in-your-face fanservice and light-heartedness, commonly found in the TV series. Instead, the anime movie replaces this with a dark narrative that’s prominently displayed in its visual graphics. Due to these changes, the film has attracted a broader appeal from a wider audience who might have otherwise been put off by the TV series.

4. Fate/stay night: Heaven’s Feel – I. Presage Flower

The fierce battle for the Holy Grail continues with part one of a three-part anime movie series, Fate/stay night: Heaven’s Feel – I. Presage Flower. This time around, the main heroine is Sakura Matou, who has been portrayed as shy, soft-spoken, and eager to please.

By the end of the movie, there are still many questions that still haven’t been answered. And while this may be difficult for newcomers of the series, it does indicate that the best is yet to come. Not to mention, Ufotable brought back the dark and mysterious atmosphere of Fate/Zero and kicked it up a notch for Presage Flower.

The studio brought the fighting and gore scenes to life with its playful use of colors and intensity. For surpassing one of the best Fate adaptation, Fate/Zero part one of Heaven’s Feel trilogy is one of the best anime movies of 2017.

3. Mary and the Witch’s Flower


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Also featured on our 15 must-see summer 2017 anime list, Mary and the Witch’s Flower is the first animated film from Studio Ponoc. And although the company is a reasonably new, it captured the magical charm of Ghibli in Mary and the Witch’s Flower. This is because several former Ghibli employees have come together to work on the film.

The movie follows a red-haired girl named Mary who spends the last week of summer visiting her great-aunt before starting a new school. One day, a black cat named Tib leads Mary to the nearby woods, where she discovers a magical broomstick that whisks her to the magic school of Endor College.

Mary soon discovers the atrocities committed against the animals at Endor, and while snooping around the school, Tib gets captured. Now, Mary sets out to free Tib and the rest of the animals all the while trying to evade the clutches of the headmistress.

Mary and the Witch’s Flower combines the best of Studio Ghibli’s hand-drawn animation style and the technical drawing advancements of digital effects. The work and detail that went into each scene bring the magical English countryside to life the way many other Ghibli films have.

2. The Night Is Short, Walk on Girl


best anime movie 2017 The Night Is Short, Walk on Girl

Released last spring, The Night Is Short, Walk on Girl is a romantic comedy directed by Masaaki Yuasa (The Tatami Galaxy and Space Dandy). The anime movie follows a young man who tries to “accidentally” bump into his crush, The Girl With the Black Hair.

However, the film follows not only the young man but also this mysterious Black Hair girl, who’s living her life like there’s no tomorrow. Along the way she meets several characters who help her live up the night. And trailing behind her the young man infatuated with her. Their night out is stunningly portrayed, as if audiences were transported to a modern art gallery museum, with beautiful music playing in the background.

The Night Is Short, Walk on Girl plays with many themes, from friendship and love to good and evil, that together tell a magical night on the town.

1. A Silent Voice


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Getting a Western theatrical release this year, A Silent Voice tells the story of how a bully sets out to make amends for his behavior. The movie follows Shōya, a young boy who, along with his friends, pick on their new schoolmate Nishimiya, who happens to be deaf.

Because of the intense bullying spearheaded by Shōya, Nishimiya transfers to a new school. Feeling guilty for driving Nishimiya away, they focus their anger towards Shōya, making the bully now the victim.

Although the premise may not be one-of-a-kind, its themes and raw visuals deliver a clear unique message: be compassionate to those that “stand out” or need help. A Silent Voice draws the characters’ raw and intricate emotions in a straightforward and basic animation, which audiences seem to understand and connect to. This makes A Silent Voice the best anime movie of 2017.

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Last year, 718 feature films were released in U.S. theaters—or about 14 a week. And, as much as we all enjoy a two-hour respite from the attention-grabbing antics of our commander-in-chief, a man the USA Today editorial board recently branded “unfit to clean toilets in Obama’s presidential library,” even the most vigilant of moviegoer couldn’t possibly catch ‘em all.

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The best movies are the ones that make us long for other lives and embrace the journeys of characters we’ve only just met. When you sit down to watch a movie, you are getting ready to have an experience, and this is something that depends largely on the type of movie you watch. There are so many different genres of film, and they appeal to us for a variety of different reasons.

Movies about traveling always give us a sense of excitement, and a spirit of adventure. They take us to faraway places and other worlds and show us the beauty of travel. Some are about the main character traveling and going through a journey of self-discovery, while others are about a quest to achieve or accomplish something. Amazon Prime brings more and more of these movies direct to our living rooms – and here are some of the best movies on there about traveling.

Into the Wild (2007)

Based on a true story, Into the Wild is an epic adventure movie helmed by Sean Penn. It follows the adventures of Christopher McCandless, a spoilt rich kid who changes his name to Alexander Supertramp, sheds all his worldly possessions, and heads for the wilds of Alaska, living off nothing but the land. The movie shows some of the amazing scenery that can be found in the United States. It documents Alex’s journey through the US and his perils with living off the land and being at one with nature. The movie is wonderfully filmed and has an incredible soundtrack – well worth a watch.

Up in the Air (2009)

This movie follows George Clooney who plays a corporate downsizer, and his experiences with work, as well as the lonely isolation of his constant travels. The movie co-stars Anna Kendrick, and Danny McBride. The movie was released to critical acclaim and received 6 Academy Award nominations. The movie eloquently captures the mundanity, but also the freedom that can be found with a life of travel. This is definitely a movie you should check out, but, it’s also going to make you want to get on a plane and go traveling.

Interstellar (2014)

It’s a movie about travel, but not as you know it. Chris Nolan’s magnum opus revolves around space travel, specifically time and space, as astronauts travel through a wormhole to try to find a new planet for mankind. If you’ve not seen Interstellar, you need to get it on your watch list. But, make sure you can give it your full attention because the movie is pretty complex in places. That being said, it’s one of the most intelligent and visually stimulating movies you’ll see.

Road Trip (2000)

At the more comedic side of the spectrum, we have Road Trip, a college road movie directed by Todd Phillips (The Hangover). The movie follows Josh and his roommates as they take a trip to his girlfriend’s college after he accidentally mails her a VHS of him with another girl. Yes it’s crass, and a little crude, but it’s also a lot of fun, and the characters all wind up finding out a thing or two about themselves in the process.

These are a few of the best flicks on Amazon Prime that you can watch about traveling. They all contain some stunning visuals, with an important moral message. Traveling is always fun, and a great way of seeing the world, or your home country. And, when you watch movies about travel you get to experience that adventure alongside other people as well.

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Aside from indulging in the mouth-watering food, Thanksgiving is also about spending time with family and enjoying that quality time that often gets pushed aside during the daily grind. Playing family games, reminiscing about old times and listening to music are all great ways to bond with the family, but watching movies may be the best way of all.

Black cinema has so many movies that not only make you laugh, cry and everything in between, but they also encourage the family to sit around and enjoy each other through films that were either a part of your life growing up or new classics that have earned their place on your family favorites list despite not being around as long.

This Thanksgiving, we here at HB have you covered with a list of family films that are guaranteed to make you laugh, sing, dance, cry and reflect on just how important family is. If your favorite isn’t on the list, let us know what it is in the comments! Happy Thanksgiving Beauties!

Soul FoodIf there was ever a movie that is perfect to watch with your family during Thanksgiving, this is it. Not only does Soul Food have an ideal title for Thanksgiving family viewing, but it is also a very realistic and warm portrayal of a black family. Centered on three sisters, their mother and their commitment to keeping the family tradition of Sunday dinner alive despite all of the drama going on in their lives, Soul Food is so beloved that it also spawned a hit television spinoff.


The Color PurpleThere’s not much that needs to be said about The Color Purple. It is one of the best, most memorable, most quotable films of all-time—and undoubtedly a quintessential film in the black community. You’d be very hard-pressed to find anyone with melanin who hasn’t seen it, meaning that watching it with your family will inspire practically everyone quoting the film’s best lines. The film made stars out of Oprah Winfrey and Whoopi Goldberg and spawned an award-winning Broadway adaptation.


This ChristmasThough only 10 years old, This Christmas definitely deserves a place on the list of classic black family films. Based on the Whitfield family who reunites for Christmas as they anticipate the arrival of the family’s oldest son, This Christmas has everything you need to keep your family entertained for a few hours, by supplying a generous amount of drama, laughter and some of the best holiday music around.


The Best Man HolidayFans waited 14 long years for the sequel to the hit 1999 film The Best Man, and they finally got their wish when The Best Man Holiday hit theaters in 2013. The gang is all back together for this funny yet heartbreaking follow-up that is set around the holidays where tensions flare and old drama resurfaces. Just as the film is about old friends getting back together, watching it with your family this Thanksgiving feels the same –like a beautiful family reunion of some of your favorite Hollywood stars.


The WizYou can never go wrong with putting on a musical movie for the whole family to watch and few are as timeless and heartwarming as 1978’s The Wiz. You have Diana Ross, Michael Jackson and company singing and dancing their way into your hearts for hours, as they embark on the retelling of The Wizard of Oz. Watching this movie is also a good way to work off that holiday meal, as you won’t be able to stop yourself from dancing around the living room to the classic musical numbers.


The Preacher’s WifeFeaturing Denzel Washington in a rare comedic role, The Preacher’s Wife also has Whitney Houston at her best and singing the songs from the chart-topping and award-winning soundtrack that are perfect for the holiday season. When an angel named Dudley appears (Washington) to help a couple, preacher Courtney B. Vance and his wife (Houston), appreciate what they have and help their church, things get a little complicated when everyone seems to fall for Dudley’s charms…especially “The Preacher’s Wife.”


CrooklynThis coming-of-age film about the black childhood experience is one of the best Spike Lee Joints. It doesn’t matter if you grew up in the 70s like the kids in the film or if you’re younger, the themes and situations translate to all ages, making this a classic the whole family can appreciate. Based on his childhood, Spike Lee vividly captures a portrait of the black experience…and it’s beautiful.


Black NativityBased on the classic play by Langston Hughes, Black Nativity features some of the biggest names in film and music to tell the story of a teen who is sent by his single mother to visit the grandparents he’s never known, while embarking on an unexpected spiritual journey. Featuring Angela Bassett, Forest Whitaker, Jennifer Hudson, Mary J. Blige and Nas, this film is an entertaining combination of music, reflection and redemption.


Holiday HeartHoliday Heart is movie that serves as the perfect example to prove that not all family are related by blood. When a gay man and drag performer (Holiday) takes in a recovering crack addict and her daughter from living on the streets, they become a makeshift family. The drama occurs by the outside interference and opinions of others and temptations of the past. There will be tears as you’re watching, but there are just as many laughs and you’ll appreciate your family more than ever after watching.


The TemptationsYou know it, you love it, it’s on TV a million times a day and it’s one of the best biopics ever. Yes, The Temptations is a classic black film that never gets old and it’s a must-watch at any family gathering. While your parents and grandparents will remember the songs and sing along, the younger generation will love it because of the endless memes and social media love it receives—it’s a win for everyone. Besides, everyone is just waiting to say “Ain’t nobody comin’ to see you, Otis,” in unison anyway.

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Science fiction and fantasy novels existed for decades before being successfully translated into film. The ’70s gave the genre cult classics, but only a few went on to genuine commercial success. In the ’80s, Hollywood took notice in earnest and began to create movies within the genre. A large number are “dated” and watching them now can be uncomfortable, but many still ring with timeless messages. Here are a few worth revisiting:

Dune — “I Must Not Fear. Fear Is the Mind-Killer”


Fight from Dune

Frank Herbert’s Dune series explores the human condition, our evolution, our potential, and our limitations. The universe is rich enough to support 23 books as of 2016. Even a movie focused on the first book and directed by David Lynch struggled to include enough information to explain the plot.

How a person handles fear reflects their quality as a person. Paul Atreides undergoes many trials faced by others in the past, including facing the Gom Jabbar, riding a sandworm, and drinking the Water of Life. Being brave and foolish is not enough, Paul must overcome the challenges. But his path to becoming the hero — and the first challenge many people face — begins by staring down fear.

WarGames — “The Only Winning Move Is Not to Play”


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WarGames is the story of David Lightman, a hacker growing up during the Cold War. At the time, computers could directly call each other, and David calls computers in old-school, bored-hacker style. He finds one that he is unable to identify and discovers classic games and unusual titles on it. With a bit of sleuthing, he discovers the password set by an artificial intelligence programmer. The computer houses both the beginnings of AI and a military nuclear war simulation program. David sets off a chain of events that result in the computer attempting to begin– and win — a nuclear war.

All sides suffer losses in war, a lesson for both the audience and the computer. Attempts to shut down the computer and the program fail. The AI does not understand the difference between the simulation and the real world. Instead, they have to introduce tic-tac-toe to the AI and let it play against itself. This teaches the computer the concept of stalemate. It applies the concept to various simulations of war, consequently releasing control. Sometimes there is no way to win and the best outcome is to not engage in the fight at all.

The NeverEnding Story — “I Will Do What I Dream”


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Based on the first half of the 1979 novel by Michael Ende, The Neverending Story is a story within a story. The first is the tale of Bastian, a bullied child whose father pushes him to stop mentally escaping into fantasy books. Bastian steals a book called The NeverEnding Story and flees to his school’s attic to read it. The story takes place in Fantasia where the Childlike Empress, ruler and essence of the world’s magic, needs saving.

Bastian must overcome his fears and dare to dream — symbolized by bestowing a new name upon the Empress — to save the storybook world. The movie asks each of us to do the same. Fantasia is a reflection of human dreams. The darkness that threatened their world, the Nothing, spread when people lost hope and stopped believing in their dreams. Remember to believe in the fantastic, even if only a little.

Labyrinth — “You Have No Power Over Me”


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Teenage Sarah, played by Jennifer Connelly, wishes away her baby brother. The Goblin King, one of David Bowie’s iconic roles, grants Sarah’s wish and takes her brother to his castle at the center of the labyrinth. Realizing her terrible mistake, Sarah sets off on a quest through the labyrinth to rescue her brother. Sarah realizes that things she once valued are junk, dreams she held are illusions, and obstacles in her path are ones she could have avoided.

While each of these is an excellent lesson, Sarah must learn that she is the source of her own trials. The Goblin King has no inherent control over her. She realizes this at the end; the King offers Sarah everything she ever wanted in exchange for her servitude. The only power he had over her was what she gave him. This is a consistent truth throughout life. Others can only control us if we let them, so be wary of giving them that power.

Willow — “Don’t Call Me a Peck”


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Willow Ufgood and other town folk apply to apprentice with the town’s wizard. He ‘shows off’ his skills but is revealed to be performing simple stage magic tricks. Not trusting his own instincts, he fails the wizard’s test. The Ufgoods stumble across a baby, a princess of prophecy, who is being hunted by the evil sorceress queen, Bavmorda.

By the end, Willow learns to trust himself and the skills he had before his adventures began. He recreates an illusion used to catch hedgehogs to lure the enemy into opening the gate. This allows the army of good to gain entrance to the castle. He saves the princess — and the world — with his sleight-of-hand trick used at the beginning of the movie. His greatest strengths, much like our own, came from within.

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Why Odin is the Real Villain of the Thor Movies

Thor: Ragnarok spoilers ahead…

Marvel has been hoodwinking us these last few years. The studio has made it look like God of Mischief Loki, Frost Giant Laufey, Dark Elf Malekith, and Goddess of Death Hela are the villains of the Thor movies. But that isn’t the case. Because Odin is the true bad guy.

Played by Anthony Hopkins, Odin Borson is King of Asgard and protector of the Nine Realms. He’s wise, patient, honourable, compassionate and just. For those reasons, and many more, his people love and worship him.

But Odin also has a temper. When angry or upset, he jumps to conclusions, acts on whims, and seeks revenge no matter what the consequences.

He deals in secrets and lies, and covering up those deceptions can frequently cloud his judgement. Indeed, most of the trouble that has befallen Odin and Asgard can be traced back to the way he has treated his children.

He spoiled Thor, making the young warrior arrogant, stubborn, immature and irresponsible. But Thor eventually snapped out of it, transforming into a worthy warrior and the mightiest Avenger. With his other two children, however, he did a truly terrible job, and the consequences were MUCH worse.

Odin’s Treatment of Loki

Loki has caused chaos in both the Thor movies and The Avengers flicks. He loves to conjure, conceal and conspire, and as the God of Mischief, he’s always scheming and playing both sides. But Loki wasn’t born that way, and his behaviour can be put down to nurture as much as nature.

Because Loki’s beginnings were tragic. The infant son of King Laufey, he was small for a Frost Giant, and therefore abandoned and left to die. Odin discovered the child in the depths of one of Laufey’s temples, and decided to take him in, adopting Loki and raising him as his own. Out of kindness. And also because he believed — somewhat bizarrely — that having a secret Frost Giant for a son could help maintain permanent peace between the two kingdoms.

A spell was used to make Loki look like an Asgardian, while Odin’s wife Frigga taught him the magic that would make him so powerful a trickster. But while he and Thor were raised as brothers and assured that either one could become King, Odin decided early on that his heir would be Thor. And as that became increasingly apparent, resentment brewed, Loki’s behaviour changed, and he started to plot against both father and brother.

It was soon to get much worse. Because a trip to Jotenheim — home of the Frost Giants — turned Loki’s hand Frost Giant blue. He confronted Odin and was told the truth, and that the plan was for him to one day rule over the Frost Giants to keep the peace.

Devastated, Loki sees this as the ultimate betrayal. Discovering that he’s been used and lied to his entire life, and believing that he isn’t loved, he goes into something of a tailspin, losing sight of the difference between right and wrong.

Indeed pretty much all his bad behaviour can be traced back to this moment, rejection by his father turning Loki into a confused contradiction of a God, who spends his days either trying to regain the love of his family, or punishing them for the hurt they have caused.

Odin’s Treatment of Hela

Odin is pretty much a man of peace when we meet him during the Thor movies. But it wasn’t always that way. In his younger years, Odin was a bloodthirsty warrior, doing battle with beasts and demons, and invading kingdoms and worlds.

Odin’s first child was a daughter named Hela, and she fought by his side, leading his army and becoming known as his ‘Executioner.’ Hela enjoyed killing as much as her father, and together they conquered the Nine Realms.

But Hela quickly became too big for her boots, and when Odin realised that he couldn’t control her ambition and thirst for violence, he turned on his daughter. But with her life being entwined with the prophecy of Ragnarok — aka the destruction of Asgard — Odin realised that he couldn’t kill her, and instead imprisoned his daughter. With one strange loophole. Odin bound his life to her lock, meaning his death would free Hela.

And wouldn’t you know it, at the start of Thor: Ragnarok, Odin dies, thereby freeing the Goddess of Death. And she isn’t happy, her rage increasing when she arrives at Asgard and catches sight of the decorative murals throughout the kingdom.

Because all trace of Hela has been wiped from history, with Odin re-writing the past to show him uniting the Nine Realms via peaceful means. This yet further enrages Hela, and the consequences for the people of Asgard are truly devastating, as death and destruction reign down upon them.

Odin does show remorse for his decisions and actions, and in death he appears before Thor via visions to help him prevent the end of days. But it’s really too little too late, his behaviour triggering all the trouble in the first place, and making Odin the true villain of the Thor flicks.

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6 Creepy Korean Horror Movies You Can Stream Right Now

Korean horror went through a renaissance in the late ’90s and early ’00s. Since then, the nation has produced some of the most unsettling, creepy, and visually unique horror films in the world. So, when you need something extra scary this Halloween, head to your streaming service of choice and check out these terrifying South Korean horror movies.

The Wailing


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Creepy, atmospheric, and downright spooky, The Wailing is a visually stunning South Korean supernatural horror thriller. But, it’s the unusual story steeped in folklore yet grounded in modern-day realities that really sets this film apart from other K-horror films.

The Wailing is set in a mountain village where a weird “infection” starts spreading and people are mysteriously dying. When a policeman’s daughter shows signs of the same infection, the family sees a shaman to deal with the issue. But can the shaman’s old-world mysticism heal the girl before it takes hold of her?

The Wailing is available to stream on Netflix.

A Tale of Two Sisters


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You want scared s**tless, then A Tale of Two Sisters is where it’s at. One of the earlier Korean horror movies to get the attention of an international audience, the film is stylishly directed and excellently executed.

If you’re a fan of Asian horror — particularly some of the more well-known Japanese horror movies around — then you’ll love A Tale of Two Sisters. It tells the story of two sisters who return home from a mental institution to their father and cruel and unbalanced step-mother. The sisters’ recovery is hindered when a ghost interferes in their lives.

A Tale of Two Sisters is loosely based on a South Korean folktale and was remade as the 2009 American Emily Browning film The Uninvited.

A Tale of Two Sisters is available to stream on Shudder.

Oldboy


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Oh Dae-su searching for answers in ‘Oldboy’ (2003).

Director, Park Chan-wook is a titan of South Korean filmmaking. His movies transcend borders with their intense themes grounded in reality and punctuated with moments of dark comedy.

Oldboy tells the story of Oh Dae-Su who is imprisoned for reasons he doesn’t know. When he’s suddenly released after 15 years, he has five days to find his captor and discover some unsettling secrets. The movie is brutal and bloody but also stunningly shot and the story takes some interesting turns you won’t expect.

Oldboy is available to stream on Netflix.

Another Park Chan-wook horror film worth checking out is his intense and extremely messed-up 2009 vampire movie, Thirst, which is available to stream on Amazon.

I Saw the Devil


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When a highly-trained detective’s wife is dismembered and murdered, the distraught husband goes on the hunt to find, and torment, the man responsible. While I Saw the Devil shares the same director as A Tale of Two Sisters, the two films have little in common beyond the fine attention to detail and some really creative storytelling. Where A Tale of Two Sisters relies on an eerie, more supernatural creepiness, I Saw the Devil is deeply rooted in realism.

As any good Korean horror thriller does, some moments are tough to watch. But where the film really succeeds is in the way it blurs the lines for the hero — does he go too far? Or does his pursuit of evil take him beyond revenge? And in the end, was it even worth it?

I Saw the Devil is available to stream on Hulu.

Train to Busan


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Train to Busan was one of South Korea’s biggest movies of 2016. It tells the story of an overworked and inattentive father going through a divorce. When his daughter decides she wants to stay with her mother in Busan, the father and daughter take the ordinary two-hour train journey south. But they soon find themselves fighting for their lives as a zombie outbreak takes over.

You can choose to take the movie at face value — a dumb, fun zombie film with some gore and thrills — and it still holds up. Scratch the surface and, much like Romero’s classic zombie films, you’ll find Train to Busan has a lot of depth to it.

Fun fact: Train to Busan star, Gong Yoo played the lead role in the critically-acclaimed Korean drama Goblin. In one scene, he goes to a cinema to watch a movie, and the film he watches: Train to Busan.

Train to Busan is available to stream on Netflix. An animated prequel, Seoul Station, is available to stream on Shudder.

The Host (Netflix)


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From Snowpiercer director Bong Joon-ho, The Host isn’t straight-up horror, but it is a lot of fun. The monster thriller has all the hallmarks of a good kaiju film, but with enough self-awareness of both the genre and the tendency for Korean films and TV to get a bit overdramatic that it comes dangerously close to being a comedy.

Park Gang-du (Song Kang-ho) is a slovenly, dim-witted dad who would do anything for his daughter, Hyun-seo (Go Ah-sung). But when a monster that was laying dormant emerges from Seoul’s Han River, it goes on a rampage, killing many and capturing others, including Hyun-seo. But can the family of losers get their s**t together to save Park Gang-du’s daughter?

The Host is available to stream on Netflix.

Bonus: Pulgasari


The beast from North Korean kaiju movie, ‘Pulgasari’.

North Korea’s 1985 monster movie Pulgasari isn’t exactly a scare-fest in and of itself. What is creepy about this painfully bad and dated film is the story behind its creation.

In the late ‘70s, North Korean intelligence kidnapped South Korean film director Shin Sang-ok and his actress wife, Choi Eun-hee for the purpose of making propaganda films for the government. The couple eventually escaped the hermit kingdom, but not before creating this kaiju gem.

Pulgasari is loosely based on the legend of a monster that eats iron and destroys evil and is believed to be a metaphor for what happens when capitalism runs amok. Some believe that the director tried to put a hidden message in the film about then-leader Kim Il-sung betraying the country’s revolution for his own gain.

As copyright laws prior to 2001 were non-existent in North Korea, Pulgasari is available to watch on YouTube for free.

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13 Must-See Scary Anime Movies

Although All Hallows’ Eve is synonymous with blood, this list of the scariest anime movies goes beyond just scaring the living daylights out of you. Many of these stay with you long after watching them, which is truly the hallmark of a great spooky anime. So, here are some anime movies that any fan or non-fan should watch this Halloween.

Bio Hunter



Warning: Mild nudity

Bio Hunter tells the story of a mysterious virus that spreads throughout Japan and those affected turn into uncontrollable demons with a taste for human flesh. Two scientists are attempting to distribute a cure, but unfortunately, one of them gets infected. Now it’s a race against time, as he not only tries to control his demon side but also, save those closest to him.

This horror anime movie has everything you could want for Halloween — it’s mysterious, intense, and utterly terrifying.

Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust


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Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust follows D, the infamous “dhampir” a renowned vampire hunter. And while many are afraid of this half vampire half human, his talent at hunting monsters gains him acceptance among mortals. Chronicling his quest to rid the world of the nobility, D is asked by the Elbourne family to rescue their daughter Charlotte from the vampire, Meier Link. However, saving the lovely Charlotte becomes more complicated than it first seemed as she has fallen in love with her kidnapper.

Vampire Hunter D is the perfect anime movie to start off your spooky weekend. The film’s plot may not be that captivating, but its fighting scenes and blood splatter make it a must-see.

Kakurenbo: Hide & Seek


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The short film, Kakurenbo: Hide & Seek, follows a group of children playing Otokoyo (hide and seek) among the ruins of the city. However, this innocent game quickly turns into a nightmare as the children start disappearing, one by one.

While Kakurenbo may not be the blood-fest most often associated with Halloween, the movie does an excellent job of keeping you on the edge of your seat. Kakurenbo is all about the gripping mystery surrounding the missing children. At only 25-minutes long, it’s a perfect in-between film while you wait for your takeout.

Seoul Station


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Serving as a prequel to the live-action South Korean zombie film Train to Busan, Seoul Station follows a group of people trying to survive a zombie apocalypse in downtown Seoul.

The South Korean anime movie is straightforward and perfect if you love zombie movies. It’s also a great way to get you started on other live-action movies for this Halloween.

King of Thorn


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When the pandemic “Medusa” spread throughout the world, there was no cure in sight. So, a biotechnology firm called Venus Gate offered an unlikely solution to humankind – freeze sleeping. 160 people are chosen to put into a cold sleep in hopes of finding a future cure.

Kasumi, a teenage girl, is one of the 160 selected for this procedure and is guided to a Cold Sleep Capsule Center (CSCC) inside an ancient castle. She goes to sleep anticipating a reunion with her twin sister, Shizuku, in the future. However, when Kasumi and the others awake, they notice that the CSCC is not as they remembered. Just like the story of Sleeping Beauty, the castle is covered with thorns, and unknown creatures attack those who have awakened.

Halloween is not all about zombies and blood. King of Thorn will keep you asking a lot of questions as it starts with half-truths and keeps you in suspense until the final sequence. But, don’t get too hung up on the thriller stuff, it also includes some great bloody scenes.

The Empire of Corpses


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The Empire of Corpses is based on the late author Project Itoh’s (real name Satoshi Itō) posthumous novel of the same name. The film centers around the story of Victor Frankenstein bringing the dead back to life. The world has started using human corpses with no souls in them for tedious work.

John Watson (from the Sherlock Holmes stories) is a medical student at the University of London who illegally studies the missing soul in corpses, with the help of Friday. The British government catches onto Watson and recruits him to join the search for the legendary writing, “Victor’s Notes,” which details the creation of the first and only corpse with a soul.

The Empire of Corpses is a steampunk necromancy homage to Victor Frankenstein and his monster. The anime film’s captivating action adventure story puts a new spin on an old and worn-out genre.

Perfect Blue


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Mima’s life is turned upside-down after leaving the pop idol group “CHAM!” to pursue an acting career. But one of her hardcore fans, Me-Mania, is less than happy about her new career path.

Despite her manager’s warning, Mima accepts a role that is far from her idol persona. While on set, strange things begin to happen to people who are involved with the movie. As time goes on, Mima starts to break down mentally, struggling to distinguish fantasy from reality.

If you are a fan of Black Swan or Requiem for a Dream, you will definitely love Perfect Blue. Director Darren Aronofsky reportedly bought the rights for Perfect Blue and drew inspiration from the film while making Black Swan. In fact, he even lifted several scenes from the anime movie.

The Garden of Sinners


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The Garden of Sinners is a seven-part movie series chronicling the life of the knife-wielding Shiki Ryougi and her classmate Mikiya Kokutou. Despite each movie having its own plot, the underlying story focuses on the relationship between Shiki and Mikiya.

The anime movies deal with the paranormal and explore mature themes like suicide, rape, patricide, incest, and murder. However, one film that particularly sticks out is Paradox Spiral which follows the strange happenings at an apartment complex. But for an intense Halloween weekend, you could just marathon them all.

Blood: The Last Vampire


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If you’re only interested in blood and gore, then this 48-minute anime movie is perfect for you. Directed by Hiroyuki Kitakubo (Ghost in the Shell), Blood: The Last Vampire takes place in Japan during the ’60s and follows Saya whose sole mission is to kill Teropterids, or monsters who drink blood.

Blood: the Last Vampire was the first film that launched the entire Blood franchise. So if the short horror anime film isn’t enough to quench your vampire thirst this Halloween, there’s always the 50-episode Blood+ anime series that’s set in an alternate universe.

Lily C.A.T.


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Lily C.A.T. skillfully combines space movie classics, gore, and a cat. Set in the distant future where space travel is possible thanks to deep sleep capsule technology that slows the aging process. The Saldes’ crew wake up after their 20-year space travel, but they encounter disaster as an alien bacteria got into the ventilation system. What was supposed to be an exploratory space mission has quickly turned into a fight for survival.

This isn’t exactly the greatest horror anime movies out there. In fact, it’s actually quite cheesy. Lily C.A.T. is cliche galore with subpar dubbing associated with anime of the late ’80s. But, if you want to relax on your couch and watch a cat do horrific things, then you must check out this film.

Wicked City


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Warning: the movie features tentacles that are used in a promiscuous manner.

From the director of Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust and Ninja Scroll, comes the ’80s horror anime movie, Wicked City. There are two types of world, the human world, and the Black World, a dimension that few people know about. For hundreds of years, a pact existed between the two dimensions for peace and harmony to exist on both sides.

However, when it’s time to renew the pact, a militant group disrupts the signing, preventing the interdimensional agreement. Now, two mismatched agents — one from each world — must work together and fight demons to ensure the success of the accord.

Wicked City, features several iconic anime tropes that have negatively stereotyped anime in the West. But, besides this horrible categorization, the film does feature plenty of action, romance and, of course, some blood and guts.

Gyo


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The beautiful island of Okinawa is taken over by a horde of walking fishes that are leaving the ocean and heading to the cities. Amid this crisis, a girl named Kaori loses contact with her boyfriend Tadashi, who lives in Tokyo. Desperate to find out what happened to him, she heads to Tokyo. But, she quickly realizes that this will be a challenge as Japan’s capital has been taken over by the fish and their revolting stink.

Not only do the bizarre-looking fish in Gyo take over the land, but also giant great white sharks. So imagine a giant white shark chasing you down the street. The horror sci-fi anime movie may sound weird, but it’s well worth putting on rotation this Halloween.

Resident Evil Movie Series


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Unlike the live-action films, the Resident Evil CG anime movies are set within the same canon universe as the original video games. On top of that, it takes place several years after the Raccoon City incident.

Just like in the games, in Resident Evil: Degeneration you never know when a zombie will pop out and take a bite out of you.

A version of this article was previously published on October 27, 2016.

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Kevin Smith Donating Residuals from Weinstein-Made Movies to Women in Film

Kevin Smith's allegiance to Harvey Weinstein dissolved earlier this month amid reports that the now-disgraced movie mogul had sexually assaulted or harassed dozens of women in the industry over the years.

And on October 13th, the filmmaker decided to take action to show his solidarity for those who have suffered

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Willem Dafoe should be on top of Oscar's Best Supporting Actor list for his stellar work in The Florida Project, a film that's as hilarious and heartbreaking as it is unclassifiable. The actor's soul-deep performance as Bobby, a motel manager working the low-rent fringes of Orlando's theme-park "paradise," is alert to every nuance, and his achievement is even more notable considering

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10 Best Movies We Saw at 2017 Toronto Film Festival

We came, we saw, we dropped Visine into our tired eyes and then we saw some more – over the past 11 days, we've let the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival dominate our viewing time with a host of unique visions, singular voices and the occasional marquee-name project gambling on the event's award-season platforming skills. Some 50 movies later, we staggered out of the city's screening

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