May’s Finest!

April 30th, 2015 by Asaf_and _Barak

It’s special effects season, it’s mega stars season, it’s bigger than life movies season – THE BLOCKBUSTERS are here and ain’t nothing gonna stop them from grabbing you by the shoulder and placing you in the nearest cinema! And why should you resist? They offer excitement, humor and a fantastic getaway for a of couple hours. So brace yourselves for 5 movie recommendations and 5 TV show recommendations. These are May’s finest!

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Movies:

Avengers: Age of Ultron – The ultimate kickstart for the blockbuster season.

Hot Pursuit – For those looking for an odd couple action comedy.

Mad Max: Fury Road – For boys night with a preference for stylized apocalypses.

Tomorrowland – For fantasy loving families.

San Andreas – For boys who love destruction and explosions (in other words, every male out there?).

TV:

Grace and Frankie – For people who liked Amazon’s Transparent.

Wayward Pines – For people who like mind bending mysteries.

Texas Rising – For people who like historical westerns.

Aquarius – For people who’d like to see Hank Moody chase down Charles Manson.

  • What? When the teenage daughter of a respected lawyer goes missing, an LAPD detective starts asking around. Needing the help of someone he can trust, he partners with a rebellious undercover cop who’s more comfortable rolling a joint than patrolling a beat. It’s not long before they stumble upon a small-time cult leader seeking out vulnerable women to join his cause. From there, they follow this man’s trail down a rabbit hole of drugs, sex, murder and cultural revolution. Little do they know, however, the guy they’re hunting will eventually become the killer we now recognize as Charles Manson.
  • When? May, 28. 2015
  • Who? The cast is led by David Duchovny and also stars Grey Damon and Claire Holt.

The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe – For people who liked My Week with Marilyn…and Lifetime’s Anna Nicole biopic.

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April’s Finest!

March 31st, 2015 by Asaf_and _Barak

Ready, set, go… April is here and along with it comes “Furious 7” who would probably sweep theaters around the world. But aside from furious films, we have touching ones, and humorous ones, and captivating ones and… well, you know the deal. On top of that, if you roll down to our TV section you’ll find some highly recommended new TV shows this month. Let’s see how April is gonna look and sound like, these are April’s Finest!

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Movies:

Furious 7 – For the ultimate exciting boys’ night.

The Longest Ride – For the ultimate girls’ night and/or date night.

Unfriended – For the ultimate scary teens night.

Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 – For the ultimate humorous family outing.

The Age of Adaline – For romantic and sentimental souls.

TV:

American Odyssey– For people that like conspiracy thrillers.

The Comedians – For people who like Billy Cristal and showbiz comedies.

Daredevil– For people who like superheroes. No need to love the Daredevil movie starring Ben Affleck to enjoy it (we hope).

Happyish – For people who like biting satires with a dark sense of humor.

  • What? Thom Payne is a 44 year-old man whose world is thrown into disarray when his 25 year-old “wunderkind” boss arrives, saying things like “digital,” “social” and “viral.” Is he in need of a “rebranding,” or does he just have a “low joy ceiling?” Maybe pursuing happiness is a fool’s errand? Maybe, after 44 years on this ludicrous planet, settling for happyish is the best one can expect.
  • When? April, 26. 2015.
  • Who? The cast is led by Steve Coogan (replacing Philip Seymour Hoffman who was supposed to be the star of the show), Kathryn Hahn, and Bradley Whitford.

Mad Men, Louie, Game of Thrones, Silicon Valley – We couldn’t ignore the return of these great shows so we decided to mention them despite the fact that they’re not new.

  • What? Four of the best TV show there are – Louie is a brilliant, sincere, somewhat sad comedy, Silicon Valley is a witty satire, Mad Men is a clever and stylized period drama, and of course Game of Thrones – the epic fantasy series.
  • When? Mad Men April. 5, 2015, Louie April. 9, 2015, Game of Thrones April. 12, 2015, and Silicon Valley April. 12, 2015.
  • Who? The same guys you fondly know if you’re a fan of any of those series plus a few new faces to spice up the new seasons.

 

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March’s Finest!

February 25th, 2015 by Asaf_and _Barak

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Did you win any Oscar? A lifetime achievement award? No? Well, it’s all corrupted anyway. After all the glamour has faded, it’s time to enjoy some quality time with a good movie or a captivating new TV show. Lots of good films to watch this March and some fascinating new shows. Let’s check out March’s finest!

Movies:

Chappie – For those looking for some offbeat sci-fi action.

Cinderella – Great fun for a family outing and a sentimental option for a date night.

Insurgent – For teens and fans of the Divergent series.

Home – Another great option for families and kids.

Get Hard – For some good ol’ silly humor fans. And people facing jail time.

  • What? James King is about to go to prison. But he doesn’t know what they do in prison. So he hires who he thinks could teach him about prison life, Darnell Lewis, who pretends to be the most experienced ex convict even though he never spent a day in jail.
  • When? March. 27, 2015.
  • Who? Seems like an explosive combination between Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart. Debut feature by writer Etan Cohen.

Apart from the above, March also delivers the elderly comedyThe Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” (Mar. 6), the boys night comedyUnfinished Business” (Mar. 6) the critically acclaimed indie-horrorIt Follows” (Mar. 13), Liam Neesons’ action hero streak in “Run All Night” (Mar. 13) Sean Penns’ transformation to action hero in “The Gunman” (Mar. 20) and the Indie dramedyWhile We’re Young” by Noah Baumbach.

TV:

Battle Creek – For everyone who thinks that one Vince Gilligan show on air is not enough.

  • What? a drama about two mismatched law enforcement officers whose polar opposite views of the world and crime-solving breed frustration, disdain, humor and possibly a grudging respect as they clean up the hardscrabble streets of Battle Creek, Mich.
  • When? March. 1, 2015
  • Who? Josh Duhamel and Dean Winters star, but more importantly, the two creators of the show are Vince Gilligan (Breaking Bad) and David Shore (House).

The Last Man On Earth – For people who waited a long time for a funny post-apocalyptic TV show.

Dig – For people who like the Indiana Jones and National Treasure movies.

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt – For anyone who likes Tina Fey and wants to see what kept her busy after 30 Rock.

  • What? About a woman who is rescued from a doomsday cult and starts life over as a nanny for an Upper East Side socialite in New York City. Armed with just a backpack, light-up sneakers and a couple way-past-due library books, she takes on a world she didn’t think even existed anymore.
  • When? March. 5, 2015.
  • Who? Ellie Kemper (The Office) and Jane Krakowski (30 Rock) star, Tina Fey created the series.

Bloodline – For people who enjoy tense family dramas.

 

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The Deadly Tournament of Creatures!

May 12th, 2014 by Asaf

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Deadly creatures are always fun to stumble upon. They’re not so friendly but as long as they kill the guys on the screen we don’t mind, in fact, it can be pretty entertaining. Godzilla is about to hatch from its egg this weekend and to celebrate the occasion we’re having a contest to see which creature/monster is the most fun to hang with. We decided on a few categories, we saw all the films, heard all the screams and memorized every brutal death. This is Jinni’s DEADLY TOURNAMENT!

10th place – Godzilla (2014)

What it’s all about – a reboot about the greatest monster of all time. This time she’s just looking for someone to talk to.

Physical appearance – Godzilla is the reason fantastic titles exist – to show us gigantic imaginary creatures in all their glory (and in 3D).

Mood – Godzilla doesn’t like playing games, she’s serious as they come. Teens and guys on a boys’ night should enjoy.

Box office – We can’t predict the future but with a budget of 160 million anything less than a major blockbuster would put Godzilla back in the egg for the next decade. Success, and expect a sequel in summer 2016.

Chaos/Excitement meterWorldwide chaos. If you like watching stuff crash, collapse or break expect to get excited.

Fun to hang with – so far the film is getting good reviews. It seems Godzilla is an exciting roller coaster.

9th place – The Wolfman (2010)

What it’s all about – another remake for the myth around a man who becomes a wolf when the moon suits him. Beware the howl.

Physical appearance – pretty hairy, sharp teeth and bad breath (unless he ate someone that smelled good).

Moodserious and atmospheric, yet suitable for boys’ night.

Box office – $139,789,765. The film had some financial problems considering it’s gigantic budget (150 million).

Chaos/Excitement meter – Wolfman is responsible for some chaos but only in his village so he’s kind of lame chaotic dude. Plus, the film is bleak so no excitement here. He’s just a wolfman, no more no less.

Fun to hang with –  5/10. Wolfman got mixed reviews and was considered one of the flops in 2010 so hang out with him only if you like period supernatural horror films.

8th place – Piranha 3D (2010 + 2012 sequel)

What it’s all about – Another remake, this time about raging piranha fishes that eat everyone in their underwater path.

Physical appearance – The film is gory, campy and in 3D. As for the fishes, they look like gold fishes with sharp teeth, red eyes, and without the gold.

Mood – Piranha is humorous as it’s scary, and that’s it’s main selling point. Perfect for a teens night.

Box office – $83,188,165. Considering its minor budget it’s a success.

Chaos/Excitement meter – Both exciting and chaotic – The fishes created mess and confusion in the resort where the film takes place and the guys got excited from all the hot and sexy girls running around.

Fun to hang with – 6/10. Piranha got good reviews for delivering an equal amount of screams and laughs. If you’re in the mood for a semi serious semi fantastic horror comedy go for it.

7th place – Cloverfield (2008)

What it’s all about – J.J. Abrams said he wanted to create the “American Godzilla” and so Cloverfield was born.

Physical appearance – The film is of the found footage genre – a fake documentary. The great thing about Cloverfield is you hardly see the monster and so your imagination runs wild.

Mood – a fast paced serious film that’s suitable for teens and for a suspenseful boys’ night.

Box office – $170,764,026. Pretty successful which is why there are rumors of a sequel.

Chaos/Excitement meter – An exciting film with lots of chases and races. And as you’d expect from a monster, there’s also chaos and mayhem non-stop.

Fun to hang with  – 6.5/10 – if you like the found footage genre mixed with supernatural escapades.

6th place – Tremors (1990 + 3 sequels and 1 TV show)

What it’s all about – a sand worm decides to come out from underground and eat the residents of a small town in the middle of the desert.

Physical appearance – well, she lives underground so she’s pretty dirty. Plus, its jaw is gigantic. But if you’re into those kind of jaws go for it.

Mood –  Semi serious and perfect for teens who wanna laugh and get scared at the same time.

Box office – $48,572,000. Successful enough to give birth to a new franchise.

Chaos/Excitement meter – The monster created quite a fuss and gave Kevin Bacon quite a scare but the film is filled with gags that distract your mind from it. An offbeat title that’s both suspenseful and humorous.

Fun to hang with – 7/10. Tremors was critically acclaimed for being a fun action-horror film. If you don’t mind its age we highly recommend it.

5th place – The Mummy (1999 + 2 sequels)

What it’s all about – an ancient mummy rises from the dead due to a mysterious curse. Brendan Fraser must save the day before the mummy consumes everything in its path.

Physical appearance – The film is fast and filled with great special effects. The mummy itself starts as a rotten mummy and then transforms to actor Arnold Vosloo.

Mood – A semi serious adventure film, suitable for families, teens and boys’ night.

Box office – $415,933,406. One of the biggest blockbusters in the summer of 1999 which led to 2 successful sequels.

Chaos/Excitement meter – Any mummy that awakens from deep sleep (or even a person) will create chaos but when archaeologist Rick O’connel  comes to the rescue (and a daring one) have no fear. As for excitement – Treasure hunt, survival, heroic mission and an opposites attract love story to wrap it all nicely.

Fun to hang with – 7.5/10. With audience comparing archaeologist Rick to Indiana Jones you’re bound to have an entertaining escapade.

4th place – Trolljegeren (2010)

What it’s all aboutin the forests of Norway there are trolls and there are hunters who hunt them down. This scary mockumentary proves it.

Physical appearance – Someone has to say it – Trolls are ugly. But because of the found footage style you hardly see them. In fact you’ll be so scared you’ll prefer not seeing them at all.

Mood – a semi-serious and semi gory film. You’ll laugh and be disgusted simultaneously.

Box office – $4,159,678. Not bad for a foreign film.

Chaos/Excitement Meter – Who knew Trolls can be so exciting? the film is equally exciting and terrifying.

Fun to hang with – 8/10. Critically acclaimed  horror films are hard to come by. If you’re into that you’ll love Trolljegeren.

3rd place – Pacific Rim (2013)

What it’s all aboutGigantic aliens fight gigantic robots. GIGANTIC!

Physical appearance – Stunning. Wonderful special effects, epic battles, stylized creatures as can be.

Mood – a serious and fantastic film. Great for teens, boys’ night and anyone who wants to watch bigger than life battles.

Box office - $411,002,944. There were higher expectations from Pacific Rim and yet it’s no failure. Talks about a sequel keep on going…

Chaos/Excitement Meter – High on both scales – Tough heroes, save the world, evil aliens – what more do you need?

Fun to hang with – The film is like the ultimate summer blockbuster – some gags, some suspense, many special effects. lots of fun ensure.

2nd place – The Host (2006)

What it’s all about – a monster emerges from underwater and snatches a young girl. But her family won’t give up on her without a fight.

Physical appearance – The monster kind of looks like a giant piranha with legs. Kind of.

Mood – a biting semi serious horror drama, presenting some stylized scary scenes you won’t forget quickly. If you’re looking for a scary boys’ night with some touching moments (so you can bond with your friends), give it a try.

Box office - $89,106,383. Pretty successful for foreign films. Hollywood plans on a remake but it keeps on getting postponed.

Chaos/Excitement Meter – Seoul is pretty much in chaos not to mention the family in crisis. More than exciting, the film is mostly captivating.

Fun to hang with – 9/10. You’ll be happy (and scared) to host the host on your TV screen.

1st place -  The Cabin in the Woods (2012)

What it’s all about – All the deadly creatures participated in This film – zombies, vampires, demons and dozens of other creatures. Probably not what a group of teenagers thought they’d encounter on their vacation in the woods. Then again, they never do.

Physical appearance – a rough and gory film filled with special effects. As for the creatures, there are too many of them to describe them all but they all look good.

Mood – Fantastic, partly scary and partly humorous, filled with dark humor gags.

Box office - $66,486,080. A mediocre success.

Chaos/Excitement Meter – The chaos on screen is only matched by the chaos in your mind as it’s a mind bending film.

Fun to hang with – 9.5/10 – Critically acclaimed, award winner, original and clever. If you’re into offbeat horror films you’ll most likely have a blast.

 

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Witches, ghosts, and goblins. Stealing down the street, Knock on every door way, Trick or treat!

October 31st, 2013 by Guy

It’s that time of year again boys and girls! After an entire year of watching dramas, comedies, and Hollywood action movies – It’s time to step to the dark alleys of cinema, set our eyes upon the bloody and the gory, the scary and the disturbing, the suspenseful and the tense! Tales of werewolves, ghouls, clowns, vampires and all the creatures of the night are approaching! Be warned, some of these titles might not be for the faint of heart, so better grab a friend or two to keep you safe, warm that popcorn and get ready for some bloody fun!
Last year, we took a look at some of the classic titles of horror; yet this year, we’re taking a look at some of the more up-to-date titles, so considering its a 30-40 year time-skip the scares, and torture significantly more advanced.

I Spit on Your Grave (2010)

Jennifer Hills drives up to her isolated forest-home in order to find some peace of mind. She’s in the midst of writing her book, and the quiet should do wonders for her focus. Alas, some local men notice Jennifer and decide to “pay her a visit”. Unfortunately, Jennifer gets horribly abused, but the men’s mistake was not making sure she’s dead, cause she’s coming for them, with a raging vengeance. This is a remake of a 1978 movie of the same name, though this one is much more rough, and merciless.

Evil Dead (2013)

We proceed with yet another remake this time for the 1981 movie of the same name, which was actually developed into trilogy of sorts. Five friends drive up to an isolated cabin in the woods to try and get their friend Mia to quit drugs cold-turkey, since she almost OD’d. While in the cabin, they stumble upon the “Book of the Dead” which awakens a powerful evil force that corrupts all of them slowly, turning them against each other.

Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3D (2013)

The remakes keep on coming! Although we wrote about the original Texas Chainsaw Massacre last year, I felt it was important to mention the new version since it was a surprising box office hit in theatres, which instantly got a green light for a sequel. Heather Miller inherits her grandmother’s mansion in Texas. Little does she know that once she’ll get there, she will encounter the notorious Leatherface and his chainsaw.

Mama (2013)

This chilling ghost movie is based on a short film of the same name, and take it from someone who watched it fellas – In it’s most fearsome moments, it’s so tense and scary that as much as you want to look away, you just can’t, as if the ghost has a hold of you aswell. That is the sign of a great horror film. The story revolves around 2 little girls that are found in the forest and are adopted.  In trying to readjust to everyday life, the ghost of their mother is not having it, much to the distress of the girls and their new adoptive family.

Carrie (2013)

It almost seems as if 2013 is the year of horror remakes Smile Honestly though, It’s not an easy thing to come up with an original horror concept that actually works.

Carrie!

Carrie!

That being said, “Carrie” is a remake of a’76 film of the same name, which revolves around a young girl that has telekinetic powers. Despite being so special, all that Carrie wants is to be normal like everybody else. However, getting bullied 24/7 can only be tolerated for so long before you break.

The Host (2006)

This foreign monster film from Korea revolves around a middle-aged man who runs a snack shop on the banks of the Han river in Seoul. Park Gang-Doo houses his family with him as well. One innocent day a sea-monster emerges from the Han river and abducts his little girl. When the family realizes that she’s not dead, they are determined to save her as fast as possible. This film is notorious for being highly tense while still managing to stay humorous throughout. Incredibly original and highly recommended.

The Walking Dead (2010-ongoing) – TV

One of THE most popular TV shows currently running. Notoriously known for bringing ‘slow-zombies’ back into popularity, and also creating a bleak and chaotic post-apocalyptic world that actually feels real. It’s uncompromising approach towards it’s characters is one of the more chilling aspects of this series that tells the story of ex-sheriff Rick Grimes who tries his best to keep it together after waking up into the zombie apocalypse.

Big Bad Wolf (2013)

This recent Israeli horror was praised by Quentin Tarantino as one of 2013’s best films. “Big Bad Wolf” tells the story of a series of brutal child murders, and focuses on one parent that recently lost his daughter to one of those murders. That same parent heads out on an obsessive revenge quest to find his child’s killer and exact justice on him in a most brutal way.

Dead Set (2008) – TV

“Dead Set” comes from the creator of the technophobic mini-series “Black Mirror” and tells us the tale of a zombie outbreak which happens no less than in the middle of the ‘Big Brother’ reality show. This mini-series takes itself very seriously. It is gory, scary, suspenseful and original to top it off. Like I mentioned earlier, It’s not often that you get to see something different.

Hellraiser (1987)

I’d like to finish with an oldie that is fast approaching with a remake of it’s own. “Hellraiser” tells the story of a man who inadvertently opens up a gate to hell, and in doing so, loses his earthly body to a trio of demons known as the Cenobites. His mistress finds a way to bring him back to life by bringing human sacrifices to her house. Only by killing the victims, the man can gain a little more body essence to reclaim his body.

It is apparent that 2013 on it’s own had an incredible amount of horror remakes. It’s not much of a surprise either since horror plots are usually very much the same; It’s either a serial killer, zombie outbreak, group of promiscuous kids looking around where they shouldn’t, eventually leading to everyone getting sliced, bitten, infected, and horribly tortured in one way or another.  People get bored from seeing the same thing over and over, so the logical thing would be to give a visual upgrade of sorts with the advancement of technology in visual effects and create a more realistic feeling to the gore.
Some of the remakes actually work and add to the original, and others are rather pointless. As long as we don’t change our state of mind in terms of delivering a realistic story, I’d expect us to see more remakes in the future, and then it’s just a 50/50 chance of receiving something good.
With that note, I wish everyone a happy Halloween, filled with scares that will leave you with a taste for more!

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